Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Oxo Herbs and More - Roast Garlic & Rosemary Flavour Pot! #oxoherbsandmore

 Everyone knows we love to cook, so when we were offered the chance to work with Oxo Herbs & More we jumped at it!  I have seen these in the supermarket but not purchased any yet so this would be our ideal chance to give them a go! 

We received our pack and love our Kitchen Magician and Kitchen Magicians Assistant Aprons! There was also a Kitchen Magicians Wand, instruction cards and packs of the different flavour Herbs & More pots!

 We decided to Conjure up a Carbonara!  Evie didnt want to help as she had been off school poorly so Scott to the rescue!  He put the apron on and away we went....


Since there are 8 of us we doubled the recipe and substituted the parmasan for cheddar.

For the original recipe you will need:

500g linguine
2tsp olive oil
4 egg yolks
1 Roast Garlic & Parsley Herbs & More
50g grated Parmasan
(little extra to sprinkle on top)



The cards are set out so that you 'Kitchen Magicians Assistant' can help the child 'Kitchen Magician' with the baking so that they are getting use to being in the kitchen.  These recipes are perfect to get children involved and the flavour pots mean that there is no dicing or grinding of herbs etc - bonus! 


The little pots certainly pack a punch - i seriously wish there was smelly vision as the aroma from these flavour pots was amazing!


Having got the pasta on to boil Scott set to work frying the bacon.....


....once cooked through we got to add the flavour pots...listen to that sizzle!! 


 After everything was combined we couldnt wait to dive in!  I can safely say this will be a regular to our menu as it was SO easy to do and would work out MUCH cheaper than buying jar sauces!  


There was so much flavour and the fact that the children can help out in the kitchen is simply genius! 

Children see it as helping and theyre learning life skills too -  we are all looking forward to trying everything from Cottage Pie with Rosemary & Thyme to Glazed Cod with Tarragon and Chive! 

Tomorrow however it is Cottage Pie with Rosemary & Thyme! 

TTFN
Debbie
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 I'm working with BritMums and OXO on this project and have been compensated. All opinions and editorial oars my own.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara - review!

I was asked by a lovely friend (Lindsay Davis) to try the new Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara and WOW am I impressed! 

Supplied, in what looks like an expensive black embossed glasses case, you receive 2 tubes which look like mascara - one is Transplaning Gel and the other Natural Fibers.  There is also a step by step instruction leaflet

First you coat your lashes with mascara like you normally would.  Allow them to dry and then apply the Transplanting Gel, followed by the Natural Fibers and finish with the Transplanting Gel again.  


(Please excuse the tiredness in the first photograph - can you tell how much i was smiling in the second one! lol  Long lashes make such a difference!)

One lot was all i applied so i can only imagine how much difference it would make if you went for a second round! 

I am a serious make up addict and can honestly say that out of all the lengthening mascaras out there that i have tried nothing comes close to the difference this makes! 

If you would like to purchase please follow this link -  https://www.youniqueproducts.com/LinzDavis/products/view/US-1017-00#.VGE6X_msU7r  (i dont get commission or fees etc im just passing on a way of buying these)  

TTFN
Debbie
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(I was supplied with the Younique mascara to make this blog post - all views and opinions are my own) 

Friday, 7 November 2014

My girls!

I thought it was time to do a little update on how Amelia is doing!

Shes such a doll and at almost 6 months shes on solids with her milk and certainly has her own thoughts! She is such an independent little soul and is always smiling!


She loves to be cuddled and is starting to grab at my face to give me kisses! 


She is completely doted on by her big sister and brothers!  Talking of big sister - look how grown up Evie is getting!  I cant believe shes 4 (going on 14) and completely Frozen obsessed right now.  Shes still a real girly girl and has a huge hair bow obsession!  The bigger the better! lol

I am so looking forward to watching them both grow :)

TTFN
Debbie
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Thank you Thank you Thank you

*personal post alert*

I have started to re-read The Secret.  


Yes, that book that everyone went gaga over a few years back.  Well, i read it a couple of times then it was put away, out of sight out of mind blah blah......

 In the back of my mind ive always thanked the universe and ALWAYS been greatful for what i receive....but i havent had the right frame of mind for the past couple of years.  

Yes ive been lucky with some competition which makes me think things are good.  

False sense of security n all that...

Think again lady, just because youre winning stuff doesnt make you good with the Universe.  I need to get my mind back into the game and know that things will be ok, that things will work out alright and that things all happen for a reason.


This past year has been so much better than the last one and i can only hope of going into 2015 with a positive view and greatful heart!  


Ive made mistakes and Ive faced up to that, problems are being dealt with and overcome and I hope that next year can be a fresh start.

That I can look forward to building myself up and working towards what we need as a family instead of being stuck in the past.  

Heres to moving forward...

Heres to a positive attitude...

Heres to making things work for me!

TTFN
Debbie
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Thank you Thank you Thank you 

Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri - review!

We were lucky enough to be chosen to do a review for another pan in the Green Earth range.  We were sent the 20cm frying pan which is a little godsend! 


This pan is the ideal size for single servings of omlette or if you just wish to fry a coupke of eggs.  No need for any oil and completely non stick! No catching, no mess - no problems at all.


Easily wipe clean and bright colour makes this an ideal must have for every kitchen!



  • Utilizes GREBLON ceramic - an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free (no heavy metals or chemicals).
  • Innovative textured pan surface delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge pure aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

Currently £19.99 instead of £39.99 on Amazon

We were sent a pan free to review. All opinions are my own.

TTFN
Debbie
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Halloween Nicholas style!

Any excuse for a party!

We love Halloween as it means all the kids get to play games, dress up and eat candy for the sake of it! lol  No better reason!

Here are a few of the ideas we have had over the past couple of years.... 


Game Ideas:

Mummy (see who can wrap up another person in toilet roll fastest!)
Bob for Apples
Touchy Feely (someone blindfolded has to feel random foods and guess what they are - hot dogs are fingers, jelly is brains etc...)
Pin the Hat on the Witch


Things to make:

Streamers from loo roll
Decorative candles (be careful where kids are) 
Haunted mirrors and journals (theres too many nice papers and stickers out there NOT to decorate everything in sight!


Instead of splashing out on expensive facepaints etc just raid the make up bag! Black eyeliner works well for cobwebs and stitches and red lipstick makes a fabulous blood trickle! 


Above all though, enjoy yourself and have fun with it!  Hand out sweets and try to be a little spooky - its the one time of the year when you can act scary and get away with it....mwahhhahahahaha!


TTFN
Debbie
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Snufflebabe & Dentinox to the rescue!

Its almost silly season again - yes when one of the kids comes down with something it has a serious domino effect in this house!

6 children generally flat out with runny noses, coughs and trouble breathing through the night - arent night times always the worst!

Maybe they could see my nose glowing from where they are or maybe it was the sleepless nights and endless crying from a stuffy Amelia that alerted Snufflebabe and Dentinox to send us some goodies to try out.....warning....if youre in any way squeamish with runny things from the nose dept dont read on! 

First up was this fabulous little contraption from Snufflebabe.  It is a nasal aspirator that has you gagging until you realise what a little wonder it is!  You pop one end at the entrance of babies nostrel (NOT INSIDE) and SUCK! Yes......you heard me right!  


Worry not though there is a filter inside where all the gloop collects and its easy to wash out too - it really does work!

Next up is vapour oil and i think everyone at some point has used vapour oil.  This one is a little different in the fact it can be used with a dummy which helps little one breathe that bit easier.  Ive tried the drops in water, ive tried the drops on the radiator - nothing works but this seemed to help her a little more than any other way.....even when it dropped out of her mouth it was still close enough to help clear her airways.  


A little gem of a product and i can see this being used lots in the winter and thoughout!

Lastly is something that will no doubt be a staple in our medicine box - instead of using syringes (which are a nightmare to clean!) this dummy allows you to pop in a dose and dispurse it straight into babies mouth! 


 No mess, no fuss - just pop the medicine in the open end, close and squirt while baby is sucking! Simples!   We havent had need to use this one yet but as soon as the Calpol is out rest assured this will be too!

Now i know not everyone gives their children medicine etc and this is purely a 'what works for us' post - i am not giving medical advice and i am certainly not saying how you should care for your little ones.  We all try to do the best for our children and im just pleased ive found something that works for us! 

Thank you for listening and I hope all the littlies stay cold free this winter! 

TTFN
Debbie
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I’m working with BritMums on a project with Dentinox and Snufflebabe to test their products during cold season. All opinions are my own. To find out more about the products visit http://www.dentinox.co.uk and http://www.snufflebabe.co.uk.