Sunday, 21 September 2014

Naansters Snack Review



I'm not generally a microwave snacker, but I recently did notice Naansters in my local Nisa in the holidays. So we was thrilled to be asked to try and test them out and give our views.





Naansters come in the following flavours :

Chicken tikka
Vegetable tikka
Balti chicken
Beef madras




The concept is actually pretty awesome and if I have a curry I fold my naan and put the curry and rice in mine. I'm a huge naan bread fan and a curry isn't complete with out on. The Naansters come in a little sleeve so you don't even need a plate & you microwave for 90 seconds. I actually popped mine in the oven for a few minutes as I like mine a little crispier. They are bursting with flavours and its just the right mix of rice, chicken, vegetable or beef, I just felt they needed a tad more sauce in for the curry effect. I really enjoyed the chicken tikka and even though the taste is lovely it isn't overpowering either. I know when they was cooking I could really smell and the herbs and spices.




My other half really enjoyed them and actually took quite a few to work as they have a microwave there to use, so they are good for on the go work and at home or even as a little treat.

RRP -£1.79 each

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Look In My Letterbox.



Very slow start to the week then this happened, the postie laughed and said I had to bring the van round with this lot.... Whoops! Haha 





Wins 

Four bottles of alcohol free wine from a blog competition. This will be great for Christmas.



Another blog win this is a face oil/moisturiser can't wait to get trying this out.



My daughter won this pack from making a mermaid out of a loo roll for nouvelle. She was a runner up and got this huge bundle. 



A Lego movie set, perfect stocking filler for my son from the ComeRoundUk party we had.




Buys

I treated myself to come Vegan nail polish £3.99 each, which is a total bargain.



Some barbie outfits for my daughters dolls which was £2 each from ebay.



A frozen watch from ebay for £1.59, thought it was a good little stocking filler.




Review 

Halloween items from asda 



A movie pack from Cussons mum&me #voiceofmums



Primula cheese for a baking post 







Alice Megan

Friday, 19 September 2014

Little Tikes Toys Exclusively At Asda



Little Tikes have just launched 36 new colorful, fun and engaging toys, available in-store and online. 





Prices start from £3, perfect little gifts, stocking fillers or even pocket money treats. Little tikes have a huge range of fantastic, bright, bold & educational learning toys. We received the My First Learn And Play Pad to review. We already have the cash register and some of the bigger cars. They lexie still plays with daily. This was a little on the baby side for Lexie if I'm totally honest one of the older ones would of been better for her to use. I think this would be perfect for around a one year old, who loves noises.






On the play pad there is three category's numbers, words and sounds. You can flik the little button at the top to choose which one you want to play with with. ABC, 123 or woof, learn with different pictures sounds and numbers. Match the pictures to the sounds. The buttons also flash and vibrate once pressed. The play pad is really sturdy and very easy to use perfect for little hands. It comes with two volume levels and an on and off button. Its a perfect size to pop in to a child's bag for long road trips, days out on the bus or even just something to jerk them amused while on the go.


Lexie enjoyed having her own little pad and listening to all the different sounds and trying to match them up.





RRP -  £10 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A Parents Total Nightmare - Bullying!




The past week I've been a total mess my worse nightmare came to life. Honestly I didn't think I would have to deal with this in junior school though. You know when you have a gut feeling about something which you just can't out your finger on . I had a feeling something was going on with R last term. He went from the type of boy that was up, dressed and excited for school to one that left getting dressed till the last minute, dragging his feet and looking really sad on the way till school. Summer holidays he picked up, but began to start to sleep walk or waking up upset on the nights. I put it down to him moving up to juniors as he doesn't cope with changes very well and its a huge change from infants to juniors. Even his tea her last term saw a huge change in him, but again she put it down to moving up.

Last weekend something happened when he went to his cousins and he come back upset and said no one will listen to him. I knew something then was up. Other half  talked to him and a boy below in school has been swearing, kicking him, fighting him and being mean to him in general. He said to R if he told anyone he would smash our windows beat his up. R  said he's tried to tell the teachers but they shhhhhh him or the other boy gets to them before him and he ends up in trouble. He said he felt scared and a bit embarrassed and he didn't want to tell anyone. I ask him everyday if his had a good day or anyone has been bothering him and he wouldn't ever tell me at all. I'm so glad he opened up so we can nip this in the bud now an dim hoping the sleepwalking will die down now he is worrying anymore.

The school have put plan in to place and we go back and see if everything is running smoothly back in school. He has seemed calmer and happier last week as his little sister started nursery at his school and they both walked together hand in hand.

I really hope this is the end of it now and he gets on OK and makes lots of new friends in the juniors.



   

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Sofia The First Amulet & Tiara Micro World Play-sets Review



Lexie has just recently got in to Sofia The First and I know she's already saw these advertised on TV.  We was very lucky to be sent these to review before our party this week. Lexie goes though stages of taking something new with her everywhere so these have been in her nursery bag all week with her.



First is Sofia's purple magical amulet, the amulet is pretty big and it opens up to reveal a little lake and a boat where you can peg Sofia on and push up and down to make her move on it. 



The back bit is a beautiful glittery castle (Enchanica's castle ) which you can open the doors to reveal a secret two rooms. The top is a dance floor when you can peg the figures on the dance floor then you can push the light at the back for it to light up and play music. 




The bottom but is a huge chair for Sofia to sit on.  Lexie has found the amulet very hard to open, you really have to prise it open. It also comes with three micro characters from the series.




RRP -£19.99

Next was the tiara, you can clip the heart on to the tiara for dressing up or have it on the chain as a pretty necklace. I love the sturdiness of the tiara it isn't cheap plastic that will break easy and fits quite well on Lexie's head. Its the exact same copy of Sofia's tiara with pretty gemstones sparkling all around.  





This micro set is heart shaped and once open it revels Sofia's beautiful garden. With flowing steps you can peg Sofia on or a hot pink swing that moves to and fro. I love how these are 3D , full of sparkles with lots to look at and see. 





This play set also comes with three little figures, so Sofia with never be lonely playing with all her friends. Lexie has loved both the Play sets and is really excited about the party this week.




RRP - £12.99

We also have been watching the new Sofia The First: Ready to be a Princess [DVD] which will be available from the 11th November.



Don't forget to join us on the 18th September 4-6pm with the #sofiasmicroworld hashtag for your chance to win some Sofia prizes too. Check out DisneyJunior.co.uk for more fun Sofia activities and games until then.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Baking Bread A Simple Way



We made bread in the holidays we break it up and use normal flour and bread flour as it can be quite heavy with just bread flour sometimes.


7oz strong white bread flour

7oz of plain white flour

2 tbsp melted butter

½ tsp salt

1 ¼ tsp fast action dried yeast

1 cup of warm water



Put the flour into a large bowl, add the butter and mix well, stir in salt and yeast.

Make a hole in the dry ingredients and add enough of the warm water to make a soft (not sticky) dough. If the dough is too sticky, just add a little more flour, or add a drop of water if the dough is too dry. Warm water reacts with the yeast better making the dough expand.

Knead for 5 minutes and then cover and put aside to rise for around 45 mins. Knead again then put into a greased loaf tin.





Bake at Gas 6 for about 30 minutes.







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Monday, 15 September 2014

Back To School - Tips On How To Prevent Head-lice




One of my worries as a parent with children at school is Head-lice. You know 1 in 3 UK school children aged between 4 – 11 will get head lice this year.  Two years ago I had the most awful itchy head, I checked for days over and over and found nothing in my hair the 3rd day I brushed over a white piece of paper and there it was. I was utterly mortified, I remember phoning my dad up to see if he could take me to a late night chemist to find some treatment. I remembered  Raiden having all his hair shaved off the week before so I did wonder if he had them and I didn't notice. Even though I think at school age its impossible for them not to catch them there are some ways you can try and prevent it. 


I've put together some top tips to try and keep head lice at bay.

~ Keep hair short or tied up. This stops a lot of hair touching at school.

~ Check regular, I check every week when they are having a cuddle on the sofa. Paying attention to behind the ears and nape of the neck.

A prevent shampoo like this one from Vamousse  Protect the whole family with this shampoo. Prevent head lice infestation and zapp lice before they have chance to lay eggs. Use like a regular shampoo, massage into hair, wait a few minutes then rinse. It smells really nice & leaves hair feeling very soft.



You can also pop a few drops of tea tree oil in to your shampoo at home too or even a water spray to use in the mornings. Apparently head lice do not like this very much.

Keep brushes, hats, scarfs & towels to each child so they can't contaminate each other.

If you are caught out Vamousse has a one-step mousse treatment, no need to reapply, no drips or greasy mess. The treatment comes with a steel lice comb, the mousse application is non toxic, pesticide free and very easy to use. Proven to kill 100% of lice and eggs in just 15 minutes.





Vamousse have even launched a free mobile gaming app, High Noon for Head Lice to keep the kids occupied while parents treat the lice. Available now in the App Store and Google Play. My kids love the game, it’s a super bit of fun.