Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

I love entertaining at home. Given the choice of going out for a meal or having people over. 9 times out of 10 I prefer to have people over. Not only does it take the stress of if I will get gutened when I’m out but also I much prefer the relaxed atmosphere you get feeding friends and family at home. Over the years our entertaining has improved, with a larger kitchen and a wider cooking repertoire. Now we also have the perfect kitchen accessories with the Vremi Espresso and wine preserver. To start and finish our meal with too.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway

Why do you need to preserve wine?

Not everyone in our family agrees on what is the best wine to drink with our meals. We had robust red drinkers, rose lovers and dry crisp white flavours. So having a wine preserver is a handy way of keeping that half bottle fresh for up to ten days. It has a vacuum pump which makes it quick and easy to seal the bottle. Plus it has a dial on it so you can turn it to the date it was sealed and then you never miss out on the cheeky extra glass.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

After dinner Vremi Espresso

Once dinner is over, hubby loves to finish his meal with a coffee. I must admit I’m not a fan of drinking coffee. Being much more of a tea drinker. But I do love the smell of fresh coffee being made. This Espresso maker looks so lovely in our black and white kitchen. Filling the downstairs with that great aroma. Easy to use and suitable for lots of different stove tops. It’s a great way to end a fab meal.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

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Shape kids review

We were recently asked to test and review The Shape Kids toys and books for the Rainbow toy awards. Both the boys were excited to get the package and tore it open immediately. Even though they are aimed at my youngest age group, that didn’t seem to stop the eldest from joining in.the shape kids

You will probably know that personally I love wooden toys and often buy them for other kids as I like their feel and they remind me of my childhood toys. The Shape Kids were lovely and smooth, with brightly coloured finishes and magnetic spots where you can take the pieces apart and rearrange them. A great way to introduce shapes and colour to your children.the shape kids

Initially the youngest was very excited to play with them, however it didn’t last long. Once he had made them up, swapped their body parts and then tried to launch various blocks at the eldest head. The novelty had worn off.

Now they have become part of the mix of toys in the playroom and are used in different creative ways. For example in small world play as platforms for fire rescues and as barns and walls in the farmyard.the shape kids

The eldest has also enjoyed the magnets and spends ages collecting objects to hang from the blocks magnetic spots.

We will however come back to again and again, the story books. As I have said before we love books and reading in our house and these are lovely stories to enjoy before bedtime.the shape kids

Final thoughts on The Shape Kids

Overall I think the toys were of a very high quality and would last a long time. They were easy to fit together and are well suited to being played with by little fingers. With the age setting, I think three year old’s will enjoy playing with the toys as they come. As the children get older they will probably be used in more creative and imaginative ways. Which is all part of the fun, right?the shape kids

 

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The Alphabet train book review

I love reading and I have done everything I can to grow the love of books in my children. I find it such a shame when I meet children in Secondary school who have never found the joy of reading. The earlier you can introduce and share books with your children the better. If you are yet to find a book that your kids love. You might find they love one that is personalised with their name. The Alphabet train could be the perfect book for them.the alphabet train

So a few weeks back I responded to a tweet from Dr. Niamh looking for parent bloggers to review the book she had written. You have the opportunity to personalise the book. You choose your child’s name, their sex and what they look like. Then you can also add a special message for the last page. We chose ‘Keep on reading’.the alphabet train

All aboard The Alphabet Train

Then the story takes you through the alphabet, looking at the letters and the sounds they make. Which fits in perfectly with early years curriculum for phonics.

They then explore if those letters are in their name. It is perfect for my youngest who is four and is just learning to sound out words and write his name.the alphabet train book review

The book is easy to read, fun and captivating for young readers. With great rhymes which all children love and remember! It is perhaps a little longer than the books we read at bedtime. So it’s worthwhile finding the time to set aside and enjoy the book together. Why not make a book corner and have a dedicated area to encourage the love of books.the alphabet train book corner

The Alphabet train is beautifully illustrated. It makes a great keepsake and will be a book my youngest will treasure.the alphabet train

Many thanks to Dr. Niamh for sending us the book for free in exchange for our review. If you want to find out more you can read my advertising and disclosure policy.

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ResMed S+ Sleep review

Sleep has become a bigger issue as I’ve got older. Now me and my husband seem to talk about sleep a lot more than we did. ‘did you get a good nights sleep?’ ‘I’m so tired today’ etc etc. When I was younger I don’t think I ever thought about sleep. I could go without any or sleep for half a day. It didn’t seem a big deal and I never thought about getting off to sleep. With all these sleep matters now praying on my mind I was pleased when I was asked to review the ResMed S+ sleep monitor.resmed

What is the ResMed S+ sleep monitor?

Unlike a lot of sleep monitors that I see my friend tap tapping on, on their wrists this is a contact less monitor. Which is a plus as I tend to sleep with my arms tucked under me and I couldn’t stand to wear a bracelet to bed.

It can monitor your sleeping patterns from a sensor looking at your breathing patterns. Telling you what stage of sleep you’ve had and for how long. It can also tell you what disturbed your sleep. Whether it was temperature, noise or light disturbance.resmed

How does it work?

It was easy to set up, just plug it in and position it on a bedside table with the sensor ponting at your cheast. This was a bit of a problem for us, as only hubby has a bedside table so he decied to give it the first go. Then you download the app and sync it to the monitor.

It also has some other cool functions as well as the sleep monitor. Such as note function, which is great when you suddenly think of something you need to do the next day. Plus a sound function which helps you regulate your breathing to drift you off to sleep.

Our initial thoughts.

Hubby was quite intrigued to find out a bit more about his sleeping. I on the other hand was excited and then disappointed when I was the light on it. This is a major point of annoyance for me. I cannot stand any source of light at night and hubby has already taped over the glowing light on the phone stand and covers over the alarm clock.resmed

Did we make a discovery?

We didn’t make any big discoveries about our sleep yet. We know that we get disturbed twice a night by our four year old. I didn’t need a monitor to tell us that. I’m hoping to have ago with it now as hubby had the first trial and it can only monitor one person at a time. So I’m planning on fashioning some sort of stack of books next to my side of the bed to perch it on.

I’m also looking forward to trying out the alarm that wakes you within a light sleep stage as often I feel really fuggy when the alarm goes off, so maybe I’m getting up at the wrong portion of sleep.resmed

With thanks to ResMed for providing the sleep monitor for this review. You can ready more in my advertising and disclosure policy.

 

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Wannabees – I want to be a Doctor review

You will have to forgive me for this parenting crime, but I would really love it if one of my kids pursued my early career dream and went to study to be a Doctor! I really wish I had trained to be one and is it really wrong of me to encourage my kids to think of this career path? I’ve been subtle in my influences so far, with carefully chosen toys and dressing up outfits! Now I’ve got the perfect book to go with the medical themed play scene. Wannabees, I want to be a doctor book. wannabees

What is Wannabees?

Wannabees produce imaginative roles play packs for children on different careers. Teacher, Cafe owner and Doctor. All great gender neutral roles. Naturally I wanted us to look at, I want to be a doctor.

It is so comprehensive and really brings to life role playing this profession.

Included in the pack were:

  • Name badge and patient stickers
  • Bed layout plans for doing hospital rounds
  • Patient health records
  • Eyesight tests
  • Growth charts
  • Patient examination forms
  • End of bed notes
  • Injection records
  • Appointment cards
  • Prescriptions.

It was perfect for my two to play together with. At four my youngest loves the stickers and setting up the ward with his cuddly toys and at eight my eldest loves form filling and statistics. So it’s something then can happily divide up the roles and play nicely along side each other.wannabees

You never know I might just convince both of them to be doctors sometime in the future! If not, I know they’ll have had a happy childhood playing with each other and using their imaginations to inspire creative play.wannabees

Many thanks for Wanabees for sending us the book to review in exchange for my honest opinion. You can find out more in my advertising and disclosure policy. 

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Magic memories review

You may remember that I have written how how I like to print my photos. That I don’t like to consign my memories to a hard drive somewhere for them only to be looked at in the instant they were taken and then forgotten about. My photos are cherished, this is why I was happy to be asked to review magic memories.

magic memoriesWhat is Magic Memories?

magic memoriesMagic memories is a site dedicated to capturing and creating special products from your prized photos. You can make the usual photo books and calendars. (Which I think make great grandparent gifts) To more expensive high quality items such as canvases and unique novel ideas such as the Lego brick wall. (One to bookmark for the eldest I think!).

magic memoriesThe site is easy to navigate and it took me no time to make my product selection of a canvas and then drag and drop the photos I wanted.

magic memoriesIn this case I chose to pick from our summer holiday to Spain as we had such a great time with the boys and made such happy memories.

My thoughts.

Designing my canvas was quick and easy. The delivery came in on time and for a high quality product I think under a week was a great time.

I am really pleased with the feel of the product, it has some weight behind it and the canvas doesn’t feel too thin.magic memories

Massive plus point for me was the clarity of the photos. Some of these were just snaps taken on the photo. The colour and richness really captures the beautiful weather we had on the Costa Tropical.

magic memoriesI was sent the canvas from Magic Memories for free in exchange for my honest review. You can find out more by reading my advertising and disclosure policy.

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gocustomized review

Have you ever had it when someone has picked up your phone by mistake? Let’s face it they all look so similar these days. A few months back my Mother In Law walked off with mine because we had the exact same model in the same colour. I spent ages ringing it and looking around the house. So the opportunity to review gocustomized was the perfect solution to this not happening again.gocustomized

What is gocustomized?

gocustomizedBasically it’s a design platform that allows you to choose the make and model of your phone and create something unique and personal to you to protect it. It’s all well and good buying a case to stop your phone from being damaged, but the chances are someone will still have the same case.

‘Are you looking for original smartphone or tablet cases? Then you’ve come to the right place here at GoCustomized. Almost everyone these days has generic and identical smartphones, so why not make yours unique? Protecting your smartphone is important, but we here at GoCustomized take it a step further by allowing you to create a personalised phone case with a photo! We offer a wide variety of custom phone cases for almost all smartphones.’

My design.

So with gocustomized you can create something really unique. With designs, text and the chance to upload your own photos. Which is the option I chose.

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It was really easy to use. Simply select the make and model of your phone and then choose what style of case you want. I went for the personalised hard case. Then simply upload the photo and adjust it to fit.

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I am so pleased with my new case. It’s protective and truly unique! It’s just a shame that my phone needs an upgrade soon, but I’ll definitely be making another case for my next phone.

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I was asked to review gocustomized in return for my honest opinion. You can find out more in my advertising and disclosure policy.

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Magic Santa letter review and discount code

How do you celebrate Christmas? Is Father Christmas an important part of your children’s celebrations? We are a little different to most families in this country as we celebrate on Christmas Eve. This is a tradition that has come from my side of the family and when my husband and I married we had to combine both of your traditions. So how can Santa letter fit in to our traditions?santa letter

For us Father Christmas isn’t the be all and end all of Christmas, he is a part of our celebrations but not everything. So we emphasis to the boys that Christmas and the gifts we receive are about family. I don’t want all  the credit for the toys taken by Santa! Most of the gift giving is done on Christmas eve under a candle lit tree.

Then Santa delivers a few special gifts for Christmas morning. This was the best way to combine both our family traditions and still keeps the magic of Christmas.santa letter

I know my youngest will be delighted when he receives this letter from Santa. It comes so beautifully presented and to have a letter addressed to him is something special.

Inside is a personalised letter to him, in which it describes how he has behaved this year and comments on how big he’s getting now he’s four. I’ve also adding in what he has asked for Christmas.

The certificate for good behaviour I know will be pinned to the fridge and the colouring pages should keep him occupied for a good afternoon. santa letter

We can’t wait to sprinkle the reindeer food outside and feel the magic on Christmas eve. As we all wait for Santa to deliver that extra special gift.santa letter

I am very lucky to be able to offer my readers an exclusive discount code that will give you 30% discount off every type of Santa letter at Magic Santa letter.

Use X25OFF and order an extra special keepsake for your little ones this Christmas.santa letter

I was very kindly sent this Magic Santa letter to review in exchange for my honest opinion. You can find out more by looking at my advertising and disclosure policy. 

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Vremi Kettle and Ice Trays review and giveaway

Anyone who has ever visited my blog will know that I love tea. I really do love tea! I will drink it all day long and it’s the first thing I think of when I get up in the morning. However I am also a lady of contrasts. Must be the Gemini in me. I adore my hot drinks, hot and my cold drinks, cold. So I could not be happier when I was asked to review the Vremi Kettle and Ice Trays.Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

Vremi Kettle

Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway Our current kettle has been on it’s last legs for a while. Failing to turn off when boiling, dripping water all over the work surface. Being generally a pain in the bum. When we were on holiday this summer, we had a stove top kettle. I loved the whistle. This Vremi kettle has such a cute design aesthetic. I love the cherry red, the whistle when it’s ready and the speed at which it boils on our induction hob. I think it’s probably more economical than our old electric one, but I haven’t checked the smart meter yet to find out. Perfect for a brew any time of the day.Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

Vremi Ice Trays

Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway Have you ever battled with the ice cube tray, running it under the tap to try and loosen the cubes? I thought these ice cube trays would be just the same, but the popping rubbery bottom of them really does work and I got all of the cubes out in no time.Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

Perfect for baby food if your looking after tiny ones. Perfect for cocktails if your not!Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

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Damson and apple crumble recipe

Autumn is such a splendid time here in Herefordshire. It’s really is a beautiful place to be and I do love the chance to pick the fruits of Autumn that have swollen with the last rays of sunshine. We are very lucky that in our back garden we have damson and apple trees. I’ve plenty of recipes in mind this Autumn including a damson vodka. But to kick off my seasonal baking I’ve started with a Damson and Apple crumble. Perfect with a blob of dairy vanilla ice cream after a great Sunday Lunch.

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I couldn’t wait to get out there and pick the fruit this year. The damson has done really really and we picked at least three kilos of fruit. The apple tree hasn’t fared so well but we have had a good basket full.damson apple crumble

Damon and apple crumble

You will need:

  • 400g of Damsons
  • 3 eating apples
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 75g gluten free flour
  • 50g unsalted butter

1 Preheat the oven to 180c, gas mark 4.

2 Remove the stones from the damsons. I’ve found the best way to do this is with a drinking straw pushed though the damson.

3 Core and chop the apple.

4 Spread the damsons and apple in the base of a oven proof dish.damson apple crumble

5 Sprinkle with the caster sugar.

6 In a food processor, blitz the flour, butter and soft brown sugar until it looks like breadcrumbs.

7 Stir in the flaked almonds.

8 Sprinkle the crumble mix over the fruit and bake in the oven for 25 mins. Until golden and bubbling.damson apple crumble

9 Remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes.

10 Serve with a blob of dairy ice cream.damson apple crumble

Best bakes.

This Damson and apple crumble recipe is the perfect new addition to my new personalised recipe binder from Potato Print. I love the idea of having a special place to store all your best recipes. The tried and tested, tweaked recipes you have been perfecting all your life. The thought that one day my kids might be looking up their favourite childhood recipe from it is such a sweet one. Just I have I done with the scraps of paper my mum had jotted down on my favourites when I left home. damson apple crumble

It comes with a whole set of pages for your best bakes to be written on and a beautiful set of dividers. I’m going to organise my bakes into seasons.

If you would like to have one of these binders to keep your best bakes in. I have en exclusive discount code for my readers which will give you 10% off.

Just use CRAFTCARTWRIGHT10 at the checkout.damson apple crumble

Have you got any great Damson recipes? I’d love you to share them with me for an upcoming Damon recipes round up.

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I was sent the recipe binder from Potato Prints for free in exchange for my honest review. To find out more you can read my advertising and disclosure policy.

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