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Mighty fine honeycomb (review)

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I love honeycomb, when I was a child it was always my sweet of choice when we went anywhere which sold it. It’s so yummy! And when it’s dipped in chocolate its even better. However mighty fine honeycomb have taken it a step further! Flavoured chocolate honeycomb.

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Salted caramel seems to be a really big thing at the moment. After eating this bar I completely know why! This is an absolute perfect honeycomb bar, the saltiness cuts through the sweetness. The chocolate is lovely and thick and it really leaves you wanting more!

I also got to try the dark chocolate one, I don’t have a picture of that because my self control got the better of me, dark chocolate is my real treat so when I saw the combination it was gone pretty much straight away (after breaking off a bit for FiL who spotted it upon opening the pack! It was so good, the dark chocolate lends its slight bitterness to the sweet honeycomb perfectly. Again the chocolate is a good depth meaning you do really get a taste of the chocolate not just a wimpy afternote.

The honeycomb is dense and really gives you the experience of a high quality honeycomb, its not at all chemically which some are. It’s very sweet and any more than one bar at a time may not be a good idea! Although you’ll want more after one its probably best not too! 

The bars are £1.79 they also do gift boxes for £7.50 and bags for £3.50.
The flavours are
Dark chocolate
Milk chocolate
Peanut butter chocolate
Salted caramel
Or just straight up honeycomb

They give a donation to the friends of the honeybee for every pack sold, and we all know how important honey bees are!

You can (and really really should) buy them from their website
http://www.mightyfine.co

I received two bars to review free of charge in return for an honest review, all thoughts are my own and not influenced in any way.

Review

Tommee tippee ultra bottle. (Review)

 

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Say tommee tippee to most mums and they’ll smile at the thoughts of the fab baby products, the known quality the use ability of items all mums use when our most precious mini people arrive. I know I do anyway, I used tommee tippee bottles for midge when she was little & when I was buying for froggy I knew I wanted tommee tippee bottles again. Not only did I buy their newborn starter pack I also bought the blue colour my world bottles, the microwave steriliser, dummies, and not long after he was born we bought the perfect prep machine. So you could say I like tommee tippee products, so when I got the chance to review the new bottle I jumped at the chance.

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Natural Latch – The extra wide neck teat on the Ultra bottle offers a more breast-like shape for baby to latch onto. The teat is made from a super-soft, high grade silicone which allows the teat to move in multiple directions like a breast replicating a natural feeding action. The breast-like nature of this bottle makes for easy switching between breast and bottle.

Secure Seal – A contour zone has been uniquely built into the Ultra teat, which forms a perfect match to baby’s open mouth. This zone allows baby to form a secure seal around the teat which helps reduce air ingestion and discomfort. It also helps prevent messy milk dribbles for a more comfortable feed

Perfect Flow – The innovative angled teat on the Ultra bottle provides a more comfortable, upright feeding position for baby and the milk flows down the bottle in an even way right to the end of the feed

 

We love this bottle, the shape really helps as my little froggy is quite a dribbly baby. With this teat he doest dribble as much and he doesnt mess around with the teat so much in his mouth. As the milk level gets lower im not trying to twist the bottle to get the dregs into the end of the teat as due to the shape of the bottle and the teat it goes right down into the tip! hooray! I really like the shape of the bottle too as it sits in my hand really easily ( is that even an issue for other mums? some bottles feel like they are a bit too round?)  and the shape of the teat is preferable for little froggy. I will definately be changing over all Ultra bottles when my colours ones need replacing (I cant bring myself to get rid of the lovely coloured bottles just yet) Hes never had much trouble with wind (its so nice after 2 girls who both had colic!) but he did sometimes get hiccups when drinking his bottle however when he uses the ultra he doesnt ever get hiccups, maybe its coincidence but probably not. I love it and if I knew what I know now I wouldnt have bothered with the ‘normal’ bottles and gone straight for ultra.

The new Ultra bottles from Tommee Tippee are available in 150ml and 260ml sizes in packs of 1,2 and 3 in Boots priced from £8.99 for a single bottle to £19.99 for a pack of 3.
For more information, please visit www.boots.com or  www.tommeetippee.co.uk.  Like us on Facebook : – www.facebook.com/tommeetippeeUK or follow us on Twitter: @tommeetippee_uk or Instagram:  @tommeetippeeuk

The Tommee Tippee® product range is available at Amazon, Asda, Argos, Boots, Kiddicare, Mothercare, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Toys R Us or online at www.tommeetippee.co.uk.

 

I was sent the ultra bottle for the purpose of an honest review. All thoughts are my own and I havnt been influenced in any way
Review

FiddleBeads Necklace REVIEW!

Sometimes really fab prducts come along and once youve used it you think, how did I ever manage before?! Well I thought the same when I had Sassy and was breastfeeding, I loved breastfeeding hugely however Sassy has nails like mine which grow very very fast and are rather scratchy and strong so I used to end up covered in claw marks whenever I fed her. So I bought a necklace which was supposed to keep her occupied, it was a cheap one, plastic and brigtly coloured and very very long, I wasnt a fan but it did what I needed it to do and kept her hands occupied. Its still at my mums house now and the girls like to wear it. I didnt use anything when feeding Midge as I did only do it for a short time. This time im already prepared! at 28 weeks I have a really amazing, versatile, cute necklace, which is wood not plastic, very smooth, adjustable in length and doesnt look like something that belongs in Sassys jewellery case.

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These necklaces are gorgeous! My photography can not catch how fab they are. The wood is brilliantly smooth. Everything from Fiddlebeads is completely baby safe, the coloured wooden beads are all EN71-3 tested, the juniper teething shapes and beads are EU compliant, as are the ash teething rings and finally the silicone beads and shapes are all nasty free and safety tested so you can buy safe in the knowledge that everything is totally baby friendly.

Hayley Has also recenly introduced a new silicone/wood and just silicone range which gives you more optiona again. The beads can come in all different colours and they can be totally customised to what you want!

A few words from Hayley:

I also make custom pieces, I can match wrap/carrier/outfits or a can make for special occasions or baby shower/new baby gifts and I am always more than happy to chat to people if they have something specific in mind. I have a Facebook page which is www.facebook.com/fiddlebeads and also an etsy shop which is www.etsy.com/shop/fiddlebeads.  I am also on twitter and instagram and I am @fiddlebeads

And why Fiddlebeads started:

Fiddle beads fiddle necklaces were created when my breasteeding, sling riding daughter was pinching and pulling at me all the time when feeding or being worn, she was so distracted and nosey at the breast and pulling off at every little sound and was quite partial to pulling my hair when being carried. Fiddle beads are the perfect answer to keep her attention at the breast and also keep her hands and fingers occupied when feeding or being worn, and save me from pinching and pulling.

They really are fab and even though I dont have a tiny one at the moment I still wear it a lot & Midge likes to fiddle with it when shes tired. Both girls also enjoy wearing it. The strings are adjustable and I cannot wait untill Baby Blue Bump is here to use it fully! 😀

I was sent the necklace in return for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

Review

Tremor by Ryan Mark.

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I loved this book, and I read it in a couple of days. Once you start reading it you dont want to put it down, you need to know what happens, who is behind all of this, why is it happeneing?

It is truely brilliant, I dont really know how I can gush about it in the way I want to without ruining it for anyone who hasnt read it! The characters are fab, the descriptions and emotion you feel from them is so very real.

The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall’s intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?

When someone close to William disappears, he decides it’s time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would you go to save it?

I really cannot wait for the next book to come out in October. The book ends on such a cliffhanger, I didnt want it to end! Its not my usual genre of book at all ( I am a bit of a romance chick flick girly type book reader) however this has completely changed my view and I will definately give any book a go!

Ryan Mark is an amazing author and deserves serious recignition for this book!  If you wish to find out more or to keep up to date with what ryan is doing check out the links below!

https://www.facebook.com/authorryanmark

http://www.ryanmark.co.uk/#!home/mainPage

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23210957

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tremor-Ryan-Mark/dp/1906954836/

http://www.bookdepository.com/Tremor-Ryan-Mark/9781906954833

Buy it, Read it, Leave reviews, Tell everyone about it. Its Fab.

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Book Promo! Falling to Pieces & Falling Into You

Now we all know I love a good book. The average book takes me 2 nights to read so I’m always running out of reading material! Books are fantastic, they alow you to experience thing you wouldnt in real life, to feel things you never knew you could and to be people you never knew existed, through a book you can be anyone. So, upon reading that a book needed blog space for its promotion I was happy to oblige.

Looking for a refreshing read this spring break? Look no further than L.T. Kelly’s Falling Series. The entire series will cost you only 99 pennies! The first installment, Falling to Pieces is FREE from now until the 6th of April! The sequel, Falling into You is a absolute steal at 99c/99p!

Falling to Pieces
When Teagan Lewis moves from rural Montana to the bright lights of London with her maker Thomas, she expects to live as harmoniously as she has for the last one hundred-fifty years. 
Teagan didn’t know she had a heart or soul until she met Marc Romano. 
However, it quickly becomes clear that Marc is forbidden fruit. All the signs that he isn’t human were there from the beginning, but she chose to ignore them…to her peril. 
Can she simply walk away from this mesmerising stranger? Or should she risk her immortality to be with the man she has fallen in love with?
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Falling into You
 
Marc Romano disappeared without a trace into the darkness. His lover became overwhelmed with grief in her loss. But her grief takes on a much more murderous form than most, for Teagan Lewis is a vampire. 
Now her heartache is driving her further from the woman she once was, and she realises she must snap out of her monstrous habits and discover the way back to her old self. But how? 
Ending their trip around Europe, Teagan and her friend Alex head back to New York. Teagan has the full intention of carrying out a dangerous plan here; not just physically dangerous, but emotionally as well. 
How will she be able to resist the irresistible? And what of the new rival, Ivan Lenin? He threatens her life and the lives of everyone she loves. The only people who can help her are her sworn enemy and an ancient stranger. Will they assist her? 
How will Teagan Lewis face the demons of her past and try to find happiness? Will she stay and fight or will she run from the things she must face in order to finally be at peace? Mistakes will be made. People will die. The time has come… 
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Pick up your copy for 99c/99p:
Contact the Author:
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L.T. Kelly loves to hear from readers and potential readers. Wether that’s leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or personally getting in touch.
Website: www.ltkelly.com
I will now be off to purchase the first book. And who knows you may see a further review here soon! 🙂
Review

Clearance XL REVIEW & best before/use by descriptions

After this post about money saving I was contacted by Clearance XL to do a review of their service. This I was excited about because I love the idea of what they are doing, way too much food is wasted now a days and its really not needed! When we have people on the streets and families like mine struggling to feed themselves week after week why are people still throwing out stuff which is still edible?

When I first got the code I had a look on the website but didn’t buy as I wanted to keep a watch over how often new things are added and how long items tend to stay etc. So I left it about 10 days before I actually ordered. The website isnt the easiest to get around but it does what its supposed to. Its hard to tell what links on the side are part of the website or external links to other websites. However Once you get to ordering its brilliant, you can add items to the basket easily and see your totals.

So i ordered my items, paid my shipping fee (£4.50 for upto 30KG and then £3.50 for each box after) Im useless at weights/sizes etc so really underestimated how much food i had ordered!

My delivery arrived the day after I ordered it! On the website it says it could take between 1-5 days, this was one reason I had held off ordering before, because I couldn’t afford to pay out for food I may not get until the week after. Now seeing how fast it arrived I think I would definitely use them again. T+he box was massive and there was LOADS of food! we are sorted for snacks for a while now! The food is brilliant, unless you look for the best before dates then you’d never know they where out of date.  The fizzy drinks are still fizzy, the crisps are still crunchy and the chocolate is still yummy!!

I will definitely order again, the amount that my shopping totaled to is hardly anything compared to what we as a family usually spend on snack type foods. And it is a huge area that we really struggle to get the amount down in so this will help us big time! I’ve just had a look again and there are more items I would like to order!

I did have 2 popped bags of crisps and a smashed tin of pringles but for the amount that was included that’s fine by me!

Oh and for anyone like me who cant tell sizes/amounts very well, Sassy fitted in the box stood up and there was still a bit of space above her.*

BEST BEFORE

These dates refer to quality rather than food safety. Foods with a ‘best before’ date should be safe to eat after the ‘best before’ date, but they may no longer be at their best.

USE-BY

These dates refer to safety. Food can be eaten up to the end of this date but not after even if it looks and smells fine. Always follow the storage instructions on packs

DISPLAY UNTIL & SELL BY

You can ignore these dates as they are for shop staff not for shoppers.

DID YOU KNOW?

To extend the life of food beyond its date, freeze it before the date and defrost and use within 24 hours.

Providing eggs are cooked thoroughly, they can be eaten a day or two after their ‘best before’ date.

Taken from lovefoodhatewaste

*yes I put my daughter in the box!

Another page definitely worth a look is also on lovefoodhatewaste website about how to store food and how to waste less! fantastic ideas HERE

Review

buytshirtsonline T-shirt kit Review

I was lucky enough to review a Tshirt designing kit from buy tshirts online.

The kids had MEGA fun doing these!

I ironed the images on to the t shirts whilst the kids where out.

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When they saw them (with just the images on) they where very impressed and when I told them they where aloud to draw on them they looked at me as if id grown another head and 3 legs..

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All 4 sat down on a blanket (to minimise damage to my carpet!) and we got the pens out. Boy, Girl Sassy & Midge got straight to it. The 2 eldest drawing recognizable pictures and writing their names. Sassy was making really thick blobs which Fil showed her how to spread but Midge decided to lean on the pen causing it to squirt EVERYWHERE! I now have a ruined top & pair of jeans as well as it being on my carpet. I’ve also found it in my hair despite it being washed many times since the incident and this happening about 3 weeks ago (if not more.. )

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These kits are fab, the T-shirts are the fantastic quality which we all know from fruit of the loom clothing. Boy (aged 8) and Girl (aged 6) really enjoyed the task and got the best results and for children of this age its brilliant to keep them occupied. Sassy (aged 3) had fun but couldn’t really get the hang of it and Midge (22 months) isn’t getting pocket money until shes paid for a new carpet/jeans/top.. well not really (we don’t do pocket money) but it wasn’t such a great task for her, although she enjoyed it there is not a chance I would let her near fabric paint until shes 21!

Kit provided by http://www.buytshirtsonline.co.uk/

I was provided these kits in return for an honest review, all views are my own.
Review

kids weekend box review

I was sent a weekend box to review, now Sassy is only 3 and with Midge only being 21 months they are both at the lower end of the suggested age, that said however they loved it.

The box turned up on a day when both girls where out so I could have a look before they got it. I was happy with the activities which where available. We havnt yet tried the Hot chocolate and that will be added once ive bought the chocolate!

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The first thing we did was the Aztec parrot

This one was made by Sassy as Midge decided to eat hers..

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The girls enjoyed doing this, the eyes where a bit fiddly (remember my girls are on the young side) but that didn’t stop them. It kept them occupied for ages and since making it it has featured in many of their games.. Although midge isn’t content with eating her own but would also like to eat Sassys..

We also made the coasters but i’ve not got any pictures of them, I ended up with little bits of foam stuck all over the house! I cut the foam into little triangles and squares as the girls are too young for using scissors, I then left them to it sticking foam on their paper. This activity kept them quiet the longest as they had to concentrate on pulling the backing paper off before putting it on their paper.

Then we made the prints, neither of the girls could quite get the hang of it though so just ended up painting

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The weekend box idea came from a man (Andy, the founder) who was looking for a gift for his nieces & nephews.

‘I wanted to buy something educational (yet fun), something that would engage them and teach them about the world. I couldn’t find anything that fit so I quit my job and started Weekend Box.’

This came about in 2013 and its grown from there since then they’ve provided 45,000 hours of quality time through activity boxes.

They’ve won start up of the year award and have launched a campaign called PledgeOneHour along with the National Trust, designed to provide parents with free activities to do with their children, which was mentioned in Richard Bransons personal blog!

I would recommend it and if Sassy & Midges aunties or uncle wish to buy them something educational and lasting this year they are very welcome to purchase a subscription to these boxes! The girls loved it and it engaged them and created a point of learning because of the themes within the boxes, my girls don’t yet understand the themes but if i where to do it again with my partners children who are 6&8 it would open up discussion about Aztecs and why cocoa was used as currency.

If you would like to try one for free then use : FERN193
Boxes can be redeemed from www.weekendboxclub.com (new customers only please and just one free box is allowed per household)

Review

Book Review: Clementine court by Chris Bakos

This book is amazing.

The characters feel like you are reading about people you know. I love the character Jen and this book completely made me reassess my life, from my fist job in warrens bakery ive wanted to run my own and this book has inspired me to get back to looking at bakery courses at my local college in a bid to make it a reality one day!

Georgie is a complex character whose emotions come over brilliantly.

I really dont know how to express this book. I couldnt put it down, I felt a part of the story. I was completely gutted when i finished it! there where twists in the book which i wasnt expecting which made it even better.

Clementine court is the kind of place we would all like to live and bring our children up in. Where neighbours become friends and family. But i really cannot show how wonderful this book is, i highly recommend it.

If you do wish to read it yourself you can purchase it from amazon

have a peep on Goodreads

and at Chris’ website

Beautifully written, cleverly done.

Review

Baby’s Big Box of Little Books review

The girls and I where sent Baby’s Big Box of Little Books to review.

The box is very cute, and the illustrations are eye catching, these pictures caught both girls attention straight away. Being in a box with a magnetic closing got both excited to find out what was in the box! The magnetic closing allows both girls to open and close the box themselves, then they encountered a problem, the books are quite tightly packed so neither could get that first one out. After I gave them a hand getting them out they where away! Pointing to the pictures they knew and where familiar with and telling me what they where. Then I went through all 9 books with them saying each word and discussing the pictures; since we did it all together Sassy has sat going through each book with Midge, telling her what all of the words are and getting her to repeat them.

Both girls love to read them, and they love being able to put them back in the box themselves.

The books in the box are relevant to babies and toddlers every day life and are brilliant for getting children associating words and things. With these books we’ve also looked through them and then the girls had to find the ‘thing’ e.g in family they had to find ‘mummy’, ‘daddy’, sister; in games for catch they had to find a ball and throw it to each other. Making connections between words in a book and items they know.

The books are small enough for little hands and nice and chunky making them easy to hold. However the edges of the books are cardboard and with young children who enjoy chewing things these may not withstand the dribble. This of course would only be a problem if the child is sucking it for a long time.

Both girls enjoy these books and as they are simple they give scope for plenty of learning opportunities and play in differing situations.

summed up:
Very cute pictures and a brilliant idea, every parent with young children who are learning to read should have these books on their shelf, let their imagination run wild with a single word on the page.

you can purchase it from