Nurture Prize Bundle Giveaway

WIN A NURTURE FRUITY WATER+ PRIZE BUNDLE!

I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Natural Immune Products, producer of the healthy children’s drinks Nurture Fruity Water+, to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a fabulous Nurture prize bundle – worth £25 each – which includes:

* A Firsty plush neck pillow (available in pink or blue) for comfy travel

* A Nurture puzzle book to challenge little minds

* A Nurture growth chart to measure our growing kiddies

* PLUS 4 mess-free pouches of Nurture’s delicious drinks to include Cherry & Strawberry Fruity Water+ and Orange & Pineapple Fruity Water+

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Nurture Fruity Water+, sold in Boots, Holland & Barrett and Ocado, is targeted specifically at young children (aged from 1 year) with added nutrients to support immunity and lower naturally occurring sugar. Made with 45% natural juice and 55% water, as well as nutrients that support immunity, bones, and teeth (scientifically proven with EU health claims) – Nurture Fruity Water+ contains no added sugar and less than 1 teaspoon of naturally occurring sugar per 100ml. What’s more, it is school approved and offers the UK’s first mess-free pouch for on-the-go convenience.

Nurture Fruity Water+ was created to support children’s immunity and help busy, on-the-go families stay healthy.It’s the first functional drink of its kind targeted specifically at young children (from 1 year). Nurture is the story of parents Lucie and Derek Sanders. With three children of their own, they were on a mission to create a children’s drink that not only tastes delicious but is healthy, thanks to its natural goodness. Driven by a firm belief that if children consume less sugar from an early age, they will be less inclined to develop a ‘sweet tooth’ and more inclined to make healthy consumption choices later on, Lucie and Derek have focused on flavours that kids love. Nurture Fruity Water+ is all about nurturing our little ones’ healthy habits for life. Out with sugar, and in with flavour!

For a chance to win enter via the Rafflecopter below. Visit nurtureimmunity.com for stockists and information.

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2.There are 5 prizes available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 04/03/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

 

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The Tipple Lovers Valentine’s Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is soon to be upon us (for anyone that’s from the planet Zog it’s on the 14th Feb). Whether you’ve been in a relationship for a while or just starting out it can be difficult to know what to buy. Here are a few ideas from online drinks vendor 31 Dover for those of you that like a drink and want something special for your Valentine.

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1. Warner Edwards Victoria Rhubarb Gin 20cl £19.95

Pretty in Pink and with it’s own tin this Gin is made with hand picked Queen Victoria Rhubarb from a Crown Estate farm.

2. Pothecary Gin 10CL & Chocolates In Gift Box £22.95

Includes a sweet little bottle of gin and two highly original new sweet treats from Miss Witt Chocolates using their signature water ganache. The chocolates made from Venezuelan 40% milk chocolate and featuring Lavender and Sicillian Lemon flavours are sure to be a hit.

3. Men’s Society Make Your Own Leather Hipflask Kit £34.95

This nifty little  kit contains a 30oz hip flask and everything you need to make your own leather hipflask case  including leather pieces, a leather punch, needles and thread, the manual and even a practice leather piece too. Great for when you want something a bit different for the man (or woman) in your life!

4. Peated Malts Of Distinction Miniature Gift Pack From Beam Suntory £17.95

This of 4 5cl miniature peated malt whiskies including Ardmore Legacy, Connemara Original, Bowmore Small Batch and Laphroaig Select and includes a booklet about the peated whisky production process.

5. The SloeGasm Cocktail Bundle £47.95

Containing 1 bottle of  Chapel Down Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 and 1 bottle of Sipsmith Sloe Gin it’s everything you need to make a naughty but nice Sloegasm cocktail to share 😉

6. Smirnoff Electric Berry Group Shots £32.95

This bundle includes a bottle of Smirnoff Berry Electric Vodka Liqueur and 4 stainless steel metal shot glasses for you to share the love and enjoy with friends.

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 *This is a collaborative post*

Sweet Champions Done Adulting Box Giveaway

I thought once I hit around 30 I’d feel like a proper adult. Nope. I was wrong. Researchers for a poll by Tangerine confectionery – makers of Sweet Champions Sweets – polled 2,000 Brits over the age of 30 and found they did not consider themselves an adult until 33. Not sure I go along with that as  I may look older but I definitely don’t feel it.

The fabulous people at Candyland Sweet Champions kindly sent me a Done Adulting box, which contained lots of sweets (win!) to help me embrace my inner kidult when I’ve had a hard day adulting. It contains all my favourite retro sweets such as Refreshers, Black Jacks, Fruit Salad and Sherbert Dip Dabs.

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A copy of the bestselling book ‘Adulting. How I become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps’ by Kelly Williams Brown.

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A Kidult Colouring Book with pictures to colour in of all your favourite retro sweets.

Lastly some stickers for when you’ve really had a good go at this adulting lark!

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How many of these signs you’re a kidult can you tick off?

You…

  1. Watch whole box-sets in a weekend
  2. Have recently got a tattoo
  3. Have set up a Whatsapp group with your friends
  4. Used a Snapchat selfie filter on your profile pic
  5. Listen to Radio 1
  6. Voted for someone on the X Factor
  7. Have gone to a music festival
  8. Have bought a must-have pair of trainers
  9. Regularly raid the sweetie cupboard for treats
  10. Have ridden a scooter to work/on the school run
  11. Owned a novelty phone case
  12. Queued for a new Iphone
  13. Downed a pint in one
  14. Worn skinny jeans
  15. Used a selfie stick
  16. Love eating a Sherbert Fountain or Dip Dab
  17. Worn a band t-shirt
  18. Worn ripped jeans
  19. Gone abroad on a stag or hen do
  20. Edited Social Media photos to make you look younger/ more attractive
  21. Bought a pet rather than have a baby
  22. Dumped a partner because you weren’t ready for anything serious
  23. Use nicknames for all your friends
  24. Let your parents do your washing, housework, DIY or gardening
  25. Asked your parents to borrow money
  26. Watched shows like TOWIE/Made in Chelsea/Ex on the beach/Love Island/Kardashians
  27. Have gone straight to work after a night out
  28. Stayed up all night playing computer games
  29. Worn fancy dress for Halloween
  30. Dyed your hair a crazy colour.

I ticked off 17 so not quite as kidult as I thought. My worst is raiding the sweetie cupboard. Naughty. My fave sweets as a kid were Frosties Cola sweets so I was delighted to find some in my Done Adulting box!!

Now I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win a Sweet Champions Done Adulting Box for themselves! Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is no cash alternative offered.
3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
4. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
5. The giveaway will run until Midnight 29/1/17
6. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize 🙂

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*We were sent the box free for the purpose of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Our Halloween In Review

We enjoy Halloween, we don’t go crazy like some of my friends who really do go all out and decorate their whole house but we do enjoy seeing the trick or treaters and having a bit of Halloween fun. We tend to stay home and have fun there, this year was no different.

What We Ate

The lovely people at Lékué sent us some great cake moulds to use. Any excuse to make cake hey? They sent us a fantastic Pumpkin 3D cake mould and a Halloween mould to make the cakes with.

The moulds are made from easy to use and easy to clean silicone, they of course were bright orange and just perfect for Halloween. Now I’m no top baker so I must admit I was really nervous about totally naffing it up however they were so easy to use you couldn’t really get anything wrong. A suggested recipe was included with the Pumpkin mould and this was the one we used to make our cake. The cake mould comes apart in two halves and has a well in the middle so that when you remove the cake from the mould you can actually fill the hole with sweets. What’s not to like? We mixed up all the ingredients poured the mixture into the hole at the top of the mould with a jug and put it into the oven (as it was with no tray required underneath).

The cake came away easily from the mould – we used a little oil brushed over it which was suggested for the first few uses and none of the cake was stuck on removal once the cake had cooled for a while. We then cut out some eyes,nose and mouth and filled the holes with melted chocolate to make it look more like a cut out pumpkin. You can see below how it came out along with a pumpkin my daughter made with the Halloween mould again filled in with melted chocolate.

We were very pleased with the way the cakes came out and stuffed our faces silly with them. I hadn’t actually heard of Lékué  prior to my review, they are an innovative Spanish cookware brand from Barcelona and on checking our their site they have lots of brilliant ideas for cooking, baking and even recipes. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

What We Drank

We were sent some really gorgeous Crystal Head Vodka from the fab people at 31Dover which really was beautiful. The pictures really don’t do it justice. In ‘real life’ it really is so pretty not sure that’s the right word for a skull but I’m sticking with it! Plus vodka. Win. Canadian Vodka filtered through crystals no less.

Crystal Head is the creation of actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander who both shared an avid interest in the legend of the 13 crystal heads.  These crystal heads were found in regions around the world and according to urban legend are thought to possess spiritual powers. That’s just wet your pants exciting stuff. And that couldn’t be more ideal for Halloween if it tried could it!!

The vodka itself is 40% vol and has a lovely flavour none of your cheap burny stuff it’s really clean and no nasty aftertaste. My one and only complaint is that I wanted more 😀 I was sent the  50 ml version, I think they’ve heard what a loud and silly drunk I am and wanted to protect my poor neighbours 😉

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They have a whole host of drink choices for your parties or just you know because it’s a day with y in it. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


I was also very excited to be sent some Coldpress Pumpkin Power juice. No Halloween is complete without pumpkin and this is a healthy drinkable version! It’s made from pumpkin puree, apple juice, carrot puree, apple puree, pineapple juice and lemon juice with a little bit of ginger puree and cinnamon.

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We were sent both 250 and 500 ml bottles to try and we thought they were yummy. I found the taste very much reminded me of carrot cake so if you’re a lover of that you won’t go far wrong with this! It’s a bright orange (naturally) easy to drink smooth juice. You can also feel all smug about drinking it as it has no added sugar and a 150ml serving counts as one of your 5 a day. They’re suitable for vegans.

Coldpress juices are cold pressed and not heated so they have more taste, vitamins and nutrients than conventional pasteurised juices.

The juices are available to purchase:

  • 500ml – £2.79 Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Whole Foods, Ocado, Budgens.
  • 250ml – £1.49 Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods.

Coldpress can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

What Amused Us

Last but not least were the ever so sweet Limited Edition Wizard of Oz Itty Bitty’s we were sent from Hallmark UK. We received the Wicked Witch and Good Witch. Now she might be called the Wicked Witch but the Itty Bitty version of her couldn’t be cuter if it tried! She has her trademark hat, corset style dress and cape. Glinda the good witch has a pink dress and silver crown and both are made from a super soft plush material which went down a storm with the kids. They have sewn in detailing to the facial features and clothing and are well made. They are around 13cm tall just right for small hands as you can see from the picture of my son.

They got a bit cheeky though and tried to get in on the cake action 😉 we have had some Itty Bitty’s before and we were really pleased that these were just as huggable as the others. There are lots of different types you can get at Hallmark UK stores or Amazon.

You can find Hallmark UK on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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*All products featured were gifted for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

 

Shall we naff off then?

My Mum and I went to a restaurant today. I use the term ‘went’ loosely because by ‘went’ i mean we attended said establishment however after we were shown to our table in a corner in the busiest, noisiest place I have ever set foot in and my Mum had to wait to sit down because the girl at the table 6 inches away from us decided to take her time removing her coat with elbows all over the shop like a dancing toddler, my Mum started doing her signature ‘getting her hair off face’. Not a good start. We picked up a menu and shouted “what do you fancy” like literally shouted. She looked at me. I looked at her. “This isn’t for us is it?” I said. “Not quite what I was expecting no” she said. “Shall we naff off then?” I said. The relief literally jumped out of her and did a jig. Only we had to get out of there.

Now a few years ago I would have run out, phone clamped to my ear shouting “what do you mean she’s vomiting so much it’s like a Nanny Plum jelly flood? I’ll be right there” grimace at the dude on the door and run.

Not this time however. I am finally one of them there adults. I didn’t rush. I didn’t lie. I looked him straight in the eye and said “mate it’s too busy in here and the noise is doing my head in.” And left. He just looked on flabberghasted. Did I feel bad? Nope. It wasn’t like we were the only people in a bar full of tumbleweed, they were busy. Did I feel all smug that I’d done it rather than being all British and smiling and telling them how great it was despite dying slightly inside? Too bloody right. This of course wasn’t their fault. They want the place to be busy that’s the whole point, this was my personal opinion.

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It reminds me of the time back when I met my partner. He painted my house, a mutual friend of ours that worked with him kept telling me how “his butty was single” (if you’re not Welsh I’m NOT talking about his sandwich here) and how I should go out with him. I sniggered but eventually handed over my number. Which I found out years later he’d promptly chucked in the bin thinking his mate was joking.

We did eventually go on a date though to a local pub. It was lovely. For our 2nd date I got to choose where we went and I picked a local hotel that had a nice restaurant. I got dressed up and we went. Only the look on his face said it all as the guy at the door looked him up and down took my coat.

“This is a bit f**king fancy isn’t it?” he said as he eyed up the cutlery set up on the table. The tinkly piano music in the background. My brain started screaming ‘Oh God, I HAVE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE’.

‘How can I get out of this?’I started panicking. He hates it. It’s too posh. The b**tard is common as muck. Egg on his chips kind of guy. What the hell was I thinking?

“Right lets go” spills out of my mouth without meaning to. He nods. We get up. Half walk, half run to the door. I grab my coat. We shout “sorry gotta go” over our shoulders and leg it to the car.

Then drove to a Harvester instead. And we laughed and laughed. That’s how we knew we were meant to be.

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday