Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Kids travel guide to Spain Review

Review for FlyingKids*

I am a culture vulture I will admit and my first purchase after booking a holiday is a guide book. I will hungrily devour every scrap of information, historical facts and try my best to learn at the least a few of the most common phrases. This I hope to instil in my children. I love travelling and have visited numerous countries in my thirty six years. Having children hasn't stopped me either and I really enjoy taking my children abroad to experience different customs and cultures.




























This year we are taking a trip to Spain and my eldest has already been asking me about the language. We've been practicing how to count to ten on the walk to school this last week. So we were pleased when we were asked to review FlyingKids Travel Guide to Spain.

It is just the thing for my eight year old. He has already started filling in the preparations for travel and the who is travelling sections. Building his interest and excitement in the trip. Shame he still has to wait three months!














What we loved about the guide was it gave you a bit of information on lots of different topics and broke them down into bite sized facts and games to play.
So you could find out about the major cities, the history and food for example.
My eldest favourite section was definitely the language section and he's already learnt the word for cool.













It'll be a great one to fill the time on the plane and refer to while we are on holiday. Plus it also has a section at the back for filling in a holiday journal. So he will have something to look back on and take in for show and tell after the summer break.

I don't want my children to holiday and see everywhere as just a beach with different sounding ice creams and this guide will hopefully get them more engaged with the richness of Spain.



















Flyingkids also have a great range of guide books for many different countries France through to Thailand.

I was sent a copy of FlyingKids Travel Guide to Spain in exchange for my honest review. To read my advertising and disclosure policy click here.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

How to have a perfect BBQ*

Post in collaboration with Firemizer*

Barbeque season is upon us and while I love eating outdoors and enjoying the longer days. It can turn into more hassle than its worth if you let it. Suddenly you find yourself spending longer in the kitchen or waiting hours for the Barbeque to heat up. This can be the opposite of the lazy afternoons you imagined.
Which is why I have some top tips for enjoying the perfect Barbeque to help you have a stress free summer and enjoy all the smoky flavours of a great barbeque.




























1. As soon as the supermarkets start selling the barbeque stuff look out for the offers they have on and stock up with things that can be frozen. Take advantage of a big freezer space if you have it and then you'll never be scrabbling around for sausages at the last minute.

2. Buy all your barbeque supplies in spring. Big DIY superstores tend to always have it in stock to buy before the rush then you are guaranteed to can barbeque at the drop of a hat. The British weather is unpredictable and you don't want to miss out on the one day of summer because the supermarket had run out of charcoal.


















3. Make your barbeque burn more efficiently and save you money. Let's be honest barbequing can be expensive. With a Firemizer in your barbeque it slows down the air flow and reduces the burn rate. Therefore giving you a longer time period to cook for, great when you are entertaining from lunch into evening. It also conducts heat evenly across the fire meaning there are no cold spots where sausages linger untouched by heat. We used one in our barbeque for the first time this year and my mum was already eyeing up the firemizer for her stove at home.















4. Don't stress over salads. There are a whole host of salads that are quick and easy to prepare. Why not try my carrot and orange salad and my fruity creamy slaw If you are really pushed for time or hate being left in the kitchen buy a bag of prewashed salad and make it awesome with my honey and mustard dressing.


5. Don't worry if it all goes wrong, people don't mind waiting for their lunch a little longer if the sun is shining. Put some music on, have a drink and enjoy the weather. You never know it may be the only day of summer we get.











I was sent a Firemizer in exchange for my honest opinion. To read my advertising and disclosure policy click here.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Ten great gifts for every type of Dad

This guide contains reviews and affiliate links throughout.*

Father's day will soon be upon us and I like many mums, daughters and wives will be looking for the perfect Father's day gift. In fact I will be looking for four. As I have my hubby to buy for as the kids are too young, my Dad, my step Dad and my Father In Law because hubby is too lazy. So when it comes to Father's day gifts I think I am a bit of an expert and I have narrowed it down to ten perfect gifts to suit every kind of Dad.






























1. The Old School Dad.

These days most people check the time on their phone, but not the old school dad. He needs a watch. This is the perfect gift for him. A classic watch with a stitched brown leather strap that goes so well with the gold case and white opaline dial. My hubby feels he isn't dressed without a watch and loves this Henry London from Amara.












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2. The Sporty Dad

Every serious runner needs something cool to listen to while they pound the pavement or the treadmill. Make sure your Dad never misses a note with these wireless Bluetooth sport headphones which are also sweat resistant.

3.The Sweet Tooth Dad

Chocolates may not be the first thing you'd think of when gift buying for your Dad but I know my hubby has a sweet tooth and in fact most of the men I know are partial to chocolates. Give them a more refined and grown up version with these Elizabeth Shaw Salted Carmel Crisps. If you can resist eating them before June the 18th that is.


















4. The Gamer Dad

Gaming isn't just for kids, I know my hubby really got the PlayStation for himself not the boys. So for big gamer dads this is the perfect Tee for them.


 5. The Travel Loving Dad

Some Dads would be happy to be on permanent vacation. You know the type, back from one holiday and planning the next. In shorts and sandals from the first signs of spring to the last drops of Autumn. For classic, cool comfort all summer long, give them a pair of Ugg Ithan Cork sandals. My hubby's feet just don't want to part with his!

















Buy now from Amara.

6. The Lazy Dad

I have been know to say that my hubby is lazy but really he isn't. Some Dads are kind of proud of their Laziness so here is the perfect gift for them.


7. The DIY Dad.

We own about three tape measures in our house and yet we can never find one when we need it. Be sure your Dad knows which one is his with this fun No.1 Dad measure.  


8. The Connoisseur Dad

For many Dads I know, Whiskey has become one of their favourite drinks. They can become experts in the age, area and flavours of the whiskey. If you know one of these Connoisseur Dads then you will know, you should not put ice in it as it waters it down. These whiskey stones made from Granite chill the whiskey without dilution.


9. The Classic Dad

When going out meant you wore a shirt and really dressed up. If you've heard this phrase before than you have probably met a Classic Dad. These Brass Plated 'Brave and True' cufflinks are the perfect gift. Great also for office dads and those that have weddings to go to this year. My hubby will be proudly sporting his at the summer weddings we are attending this year. A stylish and contemporary accessory perfect to finish off a smart outfit.














Buy Now from Amara.

10 The Well Read Dad

For Dad's that say they have read everything why not get them, Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. Less than Zero is a Cult classic and is regularly featured in books to read before you die lists.



This post contains reviews and affiliate links throughout. To read my full advertising and disclosure policy click here.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Troo Granola review

You will know if you have read my blog before that I love breakfast and I am a big fan of granola. I love oats and the long lasting energy they give me to get through the morning. Especially when I am teaching. I don't get chance to snack and have to have something fortifying to start my day.




























The sheer variety of granola you can buy know is wide and I have tried many different gluten free ones over the years. They can be so different and finding a good one with great crunch and flavour can be tricky. Until now I have never seen one that you toasted yourself.

When a pack of Nutty Troo Granola arrived at my door, I was interested to see how it differed from everything else on the market. The idea is that this granola you toast yourself, meaning you get a much fresher toasted flavour than packs that may have sat on shelves for months.

It was quite simple to do. First you remove the measuring cup from the bag and measure out honey and oil into it. It is your choice on the oil and sweetener, so I choose sunflower oil and local honey for mine.


















Then you shake the mix and pour into the bag. I found it a little tricky to mix in the bag but it saves on the washing up!













Once mixed it all got tipped onto a baking tray and toasted in the oven for 15 minutes. My boys came downstairs attracted by the amazing nutty and cinnamon smell coming from the oven.


















It was so convenient and easy to use. It was great to have the fresh toasty flavour and we loved the range of nuts and seeds in it. We couldn't wait for it to cool to try it and I must admit it's nearly all gone already! I did save enough for my smoothie bowl this morning.













If you would like to make this smoothie bowl you will need:

2 bananas chopped
A handful of frozen mixed berries
200ml almond milk.

Place in a blender and mix until smooth and thick.

Top with a big handful of Troo Granola and enjoy.

I was sent a pack of Troo Granola in exchange for my honest opinion. To read my advertising and disclosure policy click here.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Five great ways to use Matcha*

Post in collaboration with teapigs.*

Over the past two years I have been on my recovery journey from my coeliac diagnosis. I have spent a lot of time looking at the foods I eat and how I can maintain the best health though my food and drink choices. You will know from reading my blog that I am a big tea drinker. Now my tea of choice has always been Earl grey. I like the delicate flavour and never drink tea with milk in it. So it was a natural step for me to start drinking green tea. So good for you and a great alternative to my normal cuppa.





























Green tea and Matcha what's the difference?

Matcha is green tea which has been grown in the shade which boosts it chlorophyll content. It's then ground into a super fine powder. So when you drink it or use it in your food you get every bit of the flavonoid goodness from the green tea. Ten times the nutritional value of regular green tea.You can buy teapigs Matcha here.

So here are my favourite five ways to have Matcha

1. Tea.
Not for everyone and I will admit it took me a while to get used to the taste. It's not unpleasant at all but has a grassy flavour. If your used to drinking green smoothies it wont be in unfamiliar flavour. Great on a summers day and a quick and easy way to get the all the benefits of matcha.


















2. Matcha granola
I call it my Hulk granola, but that's probably because I have small children. Simple to make. Whip up a batch and it'll keep for a week in an air tight container.

You will need:
  • 250g gluten free rolled oats
  • 150ml honey
  • 75g flaked almonds
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g Raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Sunflower oil
  • 2 sachets of matcha

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c gas mark 4
  2. Melt the honey and sunflower oil in a saucepan.
  3. Once melted remove from the heat and stir in the oats, almonds and coconut.
  4. Tip onto a baking tray and bake for ten minutes.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Place in a cereal container, add the raisins, cinnamon and matcha and shake to combine.
  7. Seal and it will keep for a week.
Serve with almond milk or yoghurt.




















3. Matcha and mixed berry smoothie

You will need
  • One banana
  • A handful of frozen mixed berries
  • 250ml of almond milk
  • I sachet of teapigs Matcha tea
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz up until smooth.
  2. Enjoy straight away for a great breakfast boost.












4. Matcha latte

  1. Heat a mugful of almond milk gently in a saucepan.
  2. Whisk in one sachet of matcha.
  3. Enjoy a great latte that has half the caffeine of coffee and ten times the nutritional value of regular green tea.

5. Matcha muffins




















Don't these just look fab! Great for breakfast on the run. Make a batch the night before and you are good to go.











You will need:
  • 250g Gluten free plain flour
  • 70g Dark soft brown sugar
  • 3 bananas
  • 50 ml Sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sachets of teapigs Matcha
  • 1 tsp. Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1. tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4. Nutmeg

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c Gas Mark 4.
  2. Line a twelve hole muffin tin with paper cases
  3. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.
  4. Spoon equally into the paper cases.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned and springy to the touch.
  6. Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a cooling rack.











Best eaten on the day but will keep for a day or so in an airtight container.

I was sent a box of teapigs Matcha tea to review and sample in exchange for my honest opinion. To view my advertising and disclosure policy click here.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Jewellery Candle review

Have you got a lady in your life that you struggle to buy gifts for? I do, in fact with my mum, mother in law and plenty of sister in laws. I find it a all too real struggle quite often. Buying for kids is so much easier, you see what is the latest toy or ask them and they produce a list 10 foot long with all the things they want. As people get older buying them something they will really love gets so much harder, they already have all the things they need and often buy themselves the treats and knick knacks that you might choose for presents.




























So when I was asked to review this Jewellery Candle from The Charming Candle company, not only was I delighted to have a beautiful scented candle for my lounge. I also think I have discovered a great gift for all the ladies in my life.

So what is a Jewellery candle?

My hubby was a little confused when he saw me lighting it. He thought it would be jewel encrusted or some other blinged up monstrosity. Instead he was looking at a beautiful glass votive, that now burning was filling my lounge with a beautiful citrus scent. I had the pink champagne one which is scented with grapefruit, orange and pomelo.













The Jewellery is hidden inside the wax it can be either a ring or a charm bead. As you burn the candle a little gold package is revealed. It took two nights for me to first catch a glimpse of gold foil pocking out. I was so tempted to try and dig it out but my hubby stopped me. On the third night it was fully revealed. You then, snuff the candle out, pull it out with tweezers and wipe off the wax. Inside was a beautiful delicate two band ring.


















Perfect gift solution.

It's two great gifts in one. So this is fair warning to all my female family members this is what you'll be having next birthday. Who doesn't like beautiful scented candles and jewellery? You can find the Jewellery candles from the Charming Candle company.


















I was sent this Jewellery candle for free in exchange for my honest opinion. You can read my advertising and disclosure policy here.

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