#Win Alternative Easter Gifts for Cool Kids

Cool stuff kids march

It is always good to have alternative Easter gifts up your sleeve, that aren’t chocolatey…I have some to win too!

Okido is the arts and science magazine for kids. I had banned kids’ magazines in our house because they are generally impossible to actually write on with any pen known to humans, a bit rubbish, focussed soley on telly watching, pink/blue, covered in plastic tat, expensive, insulting, boring and lacking in anything that is going to set my children’s minds on fire.

How refreshing then to receive Okido. Beautiful pages you can write on, lovely layout, bright colours, colouring pages you would want to colour, art, cooking, science ideas. The stories, poems and illustrations explore emotions beautifully. Continue reading

Avert Valentines Day Meal Disasters #Win a meal cooked in your home by a Masterchef!

Its the simple things, Mr A made me a heart shaped jacket potato

I bet you have some funny or painful Valentines Day meal stories. I know I do.

I will never forget the Singles Valentines night me and my friend J threw at university. We cooked heart shaped pizzas for all our single friends. The evening was going well, wine flowing, a few sparks of romance flying, mainly though, just good friends having a blast. Continue reading

Carnival Cruise Lines funnest family Episode 4 – Let’s Eat!

2013-11-032Last year we were selected to go on two cruises with Carnival Cruise Lines, and be their funnest family. We had so much fun on board Carnival Sunshine in October, enjoying the ship, the destinations and working with the film crew, and there are now five short films about cruising as a family, featuring us. Continue reading

Win the UK’s first gluten free Christmas hamper, plus Ilumi discount code

ilumi hamperRegular readers may remember I did a Illumi review and give away earlier this year. It proved really popular, so many people have food allergies and were on the look out for convenient, tasty and good value short cuts to great meals. Well this Christmas I am really excited to have the UK’s first gluten free Christmas hamper to offer, plus exclusive discounts, just in time for Christmas! Continue reading

Magic and Sparkle

This morning, as I was crawling through the in traffic in town, the lights changed at the pedestrian crossing to let an elderly gentleman with a big blue carrier bag across.

He walked across the road painfully slowly, I had time to roll my stiff neck and my eyes to the heavens and to tap my fingers on the steering wheel. I was wondering if I would ever get to the end of my to do list, or when I would get round to writing a Christmas to do list. Continue reading

Trees to Sprinkle on you Brekkie

Trees to sprinkle on your brekkie
Anyone else trying to be a bit good in the run up to Christmas? Breakfast is often a rush and a missed opportunity, but, I have been sent two products here which add a quick dash of vitality and winter warmth to your mornings. Plus a healthy snack with bite. Just when we need it most. Continue reading

How to pull off a Heston Blumenthal Christmas

Heston Blumenthal has devised a new party food range for Waitrose, just in time for Christmas. His trademark hidden orange pud seemed to fill my facebook timeline last year, from all you smug people who bagged one in time, so don’t miss out! For the non traditionalists, the Christmas pud ice cream and the Strawberry and Lycee layered gateau look like great bets too, look at this and try not to salivate (or drift into a Christmas party outfit daydream). Continue reading

The one where I am converted by a cupcake

Wonky retro cupcakes for L’s 6th birthday

I’ve always been a bit anti cupcake. I’m the first one to sneer when someone produces a batch of 12 perfectly iced creations. When I was a kid, you knew where you were with cupcakes, they were generally wonky, iced with glace icing and covered in dolly mixtures. So that is the kind of cupcakes my kids usually get.

That was until Emily from A Mummy Too blog moved round the corner from me and turned up one snowy day with a batch of rum laced, beautifully iced Christmas cupcakes. This Summer she invited me and the kids to come and decorate cupcakes with her. How could we refuse? Continue reading

We came, we saw, we conquered, Camp Bestival 2013

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This was our second year at Camp Bestival and we still found loads of new things to keep us busy. I think it took us longer to get into the festival mood this year, Mr A and I had less time to switch off from work, and the kids being older, wiser and more used to the site, had very strong ideas about what they wanted to do which caused some frictions. (TIP: On Friday everyone is fresh faced and wants to do everything, so there are more queues and people, so try to save some things for other days!)

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No I will not wait ’til Sunday when it is quieter to make slime in the Science tent Mummy!

But I always think festivals are a winding down, transformative kind of ritual, and by Sunday breakfast, Camp Bestival’s magical work on us was complete, look: Continue reading

My Daddy Bakes Millionaires Shortbread

One Saturday morning I was the one who got up to make the kids’ breakfast, while Mr A snoozed. A few hours later, among many demands they made that morning, the kids demanded to bake, they’d been sent some fab baking equipment by Good to Know who have launched a guide to bakesales.

So I told them to ask their Dad. My thinking was that this would wake him from his very long lie in, pass the buck and buy me a few minutes peace. Little did I know it would end in him actually baking, and very fine baking it was too. He selected this recipe for Millionaire Shortbread from the Good to Know site. Continue reading

Guest post – FODMAP-Friendly Barbecue Sauce

After sharing the Ilumi competition last week I realised how many people battle with allergies and intolerances. I was asked to share this guest post, great for IBS sufferers

Barbecue sauce is one of the most delicious parts of summer. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most troublesome if you suffer from IBS. So what can you do to sauce up your sausages this summer season without the high FODMAPs?

Try this barbecue sauce out! It’s FODMAP friendly, and tastes delicious too – you’ll even find your non-IBS friends asking for the recipe for this healthy, decadent sauce. Continue reading