Friday, 29 July 2016

A Wonderful Week! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:
Well we've had the first full week of the summer holidays and it really has been wonderful. 

Most mornings we haven't been getting up until after 9am and the girls haven't been going to bed until about 10pm. Eek! It has been lovely! The kids have been helping with the housework and cooking their own lunches. It has really lightened the load on me.


We haven't really been anywhere as Ellie had a little accident on Sunday and scraped the skin off the top of her big toe....She was playing outside with no shoes on. I tell her all the time to wear shoes outside but this one time I didn't tell her so it was obviously all my fault....lol She's fine now but has really milked the sore toe. 

We have had plenty of fun at home though....Of course the girls have played a lot of Minecraft.....We have watched films and so much YouTube.

We have done some crafts and made ice cream in a bag which worked out so well....


The weather has got cooler here but it hasn't stopped the girls playing outside....The other night it was so chilly I actually thought about putting the heating on. I made do with fleecy pj's and a blanket.....

I have finished shopping for Ellie's birthday which is this time next month....I have all her presents and she want's a beach party, party so everything is ordered and I am going to be getting a lot of deliveries next week. 

I made a start on shopping for Becky's birthday which is at the start of September....I have an Amazon basket full of presents for her....Everything seems to revolve around YouTube for her....I added one thing to my basket which them recommended something else, which led to something else. It was very helpful....

Next week we have some fun things planned and we're hopefully going to see Finding Dory. I can't wait.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

HARIBO Starmix and Tangfastics Frenzy Carnival range....

The Olympics in Rio start at the beginning of next month and Haribo are encouraging everyone to get into the carnival spirit with new Starmix and Tangfastics Frenzy Carnival range!


The limited edition treats feature the same iconic pieces found in Starmix and Tangfastics but in a frenzy of exotic flavours and bright colours to bring you a taste of Rio.

A blue banana flavoured bear, a mango flavoured green egg, a purple and green lime and mango flavoured ring are just some of the pieces that have sashayed their way into Haribo Starmix Frenzy Carnival.

Adding to the fun of Haribo Tangfastics Frenzy Carnival are a lemon and lime flavoured cherry and a grapefruit and pineapple flavoured bottle.....

We were sent these to try....They arrived in a fun filled box....We opened the box and it started playing carnival music! How cool!!


The girls had such a fab time with the party, confetti cannon.....Becky had the honors of setting it off and they played for a good while with the paper....We made a game out of tidying up....hehehe According to them it is the best box ever!!!



As for the Haribo Starmix and Tangfastics we loved them....The new flavours are different and make a nice change....They didn't last the day so they were obviously liked.....We will be buying more while they are still on sale.

We were sent a box of goodies from Haribo in exchange for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Ice Cream in a bag....

One of the things on our Summer bucket list was to make Ice-Cream in a bag....Yes we could have went out and bought ice cream but where is the fun in that....


For one serving you need:

250ml single cream
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons chopped fresh strawberries
4 scoops ice cubes
4 tablespoons coarse salt

To make:


Put the cream, sugar, vanilla extract and strawberries in a resealable plastic bag. Press the air out of the bag and give it a shake to mix it....

Add the ice and salt to the 2nd bag and put the first bag into it....Press all of the air out and seal it.


Wrap bag in a towel and shake until the contents of the first bag thickens into soft ice cream. It took about 5 minutes of shaking for us to get what we did....

Rinse the 1st bag quickly under cold water to wash off salt.....Snip off the corner of the bag with the ice cream in and squeeze ice cream into a bowl.

It worked....It actually worked! We made ice cream in a plastic bag!! It could have done with a little more shaking but we know that for next time....


It tasted so good too....Not that I got to try much because the girls wolfed it down in minutes...

We did learn a few things: 

When you think you have added enough strawberries, add more....Ellie's could have done with a couple more.

Use strong bags to put the ice in or they will split with all the shaking....Next time we will double up and use two bags.

The salt on the ice makes it extra cold so do wrap the bags in a towel or it will hurt your hands.

We are planning to make more with different fruits and maybe even some chocolate!

Little Passports Giveaway!

We have been trying out the Little Passports subscription box...I am now giving you the opportunity to win a three month subscription for a little person you know....


You have the choice of either the: 

Early Explorers for 3 to 5 year old's which includes 17 themes over a 18-month period. Your child will receive their Traveler Kit in the first month, followed by a themed package each month thereafter. Themes include: landmarks, music, animals, food, art, oceans, natural wonders, world coins, space, world discoveries, dinosaurs, science, celebrations, habitats, transportation, insects, and sports.

World Edition for 6 to 10 years old's. Discover a new country each month, with souvenirs and hands-on activities. This was the one we reviewed...

Use the Rafflecopter thingamabob below to enter.....
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The Giveaway runs from 12am on the 27th July until 12am on the 18th August 2016..... 
One person will win a 3 months subscription to the Little Passports subscription service.... 
Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and answer the question in the widget. This is the ONLY mandatory task...
You can gain extra entries by following on social media, tweeting, etc....
This giveaway is open to all UK residents only.... 
I will contact the winners within 24 hours of the competition ending....The winners must respond within 28 days of the notification e-mail or a new winner will be redrawn. 
It is the responsibility of the company to dispatch the prize directly to the winner. I will however try to help with any issues you have!

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Little Passports - Review!

Little Passports was launched in 2009 by two mums and best friends who had a shared vision: inspiring children to learn about the world. It is a subscription service and each month you get a package from two friends who travel and explore the world we live in....


Little Passports offers two different type of adventure depending on how old your child is: 

Early Explorers for 3 to 5 year old's which includes 17 themes over a 18-month period. Your child will receive their Traveler Kit in the first month, followed by a themed package each month thereafter. Themes include: landmarks, music, animals, food, art, oceans, natural wonders, world coins, space, world discoveries, dinosaurs, science, celebrations, habitats, transportation, insects, and sports.

World Edition for 6 to 10 years old's. Discover a new country each month, with souvenirs and hands-on activities. This was the one we reviewed....


In our first package we received the cute, little suitcase, a passport, a wall-sized world map, a welcome letter, stickers, a photo and activity sheet, plus access to online games.

At first it didn't seem like there was a lot in the package but it has kept Ellie busy and entertained for quite a while....She was very excited to have her own passport and was keen to fill it in....She had a great time filling in the activity sheets and the map is pinned on her bedroom wall at the moment which she loves.


Ellie was very happy with what she received and loves the service so far....It really excited her and she is wanting to travel the world now....

In the package we also received a boarding pass which gave us access to the online games. They are child friendly and safe.


Ellie had a great time with them even though some of the trivia questions were a little difficult. I struggled with some of them but both Ellie and I ended up learning something which is a good thing....

Prices for the Little Passports subscription box vary depending how long you sign up for and you are billed on a monthly basis but you can cancel your subscription through your online account at any time.

 It says that  you need to allow up to 6 weeks for your Little Passports subscription to start and receive your first package but after ordering online ours only took about 3 weeks to arrive....After the first month the subsequent packages ship around the middle of the month.

Little Passports is a fun way to learn about the world we live in...The different countries and cultures....We are very excited to receive our next package....

At midnight I have a giveaway starting where you can win a 3 month subscription to Little Passports. Do come back and enter.


We received a 3 month subscription to Little Passports so we could review the service and package.....All thoughts and opinions are our own.