Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Science of Soaps Review & Giveaway!




I have always loved toys that encourage an interest in science so when I was invited to review the
Science of soaps  by the lovely people over at Science4you I couldn't wait. Me and my eldest Granddaughter have reviewed a number of craft kits over the years and I must say this one is a favourite of mine. We enjoyed it so much that we are planning on ordering more soap making supplies to make Christmas presents for our family and friends. My Granddaughter has been thinking up some brilliant ideas of how she can get creative with soap.


The kit comes complete with everything needed to make a gorgeous, scented soap and is really easy to use. At first I did think that it may be a bit complicated like some other kits we have tried, but it wasn't at all - it was really simple. What I love about this kit is the eductional booklet that is included. It really does go into depth about the science behind soap making, making the process interesting and fun to read.




 Toys for girls and boys prices for kits range from £9.99 - £34.99.


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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

10 Simple Storage Ideas For Your Kids Stuff


Nothing clutters up a house quite like having kids, especially if you’re busy with work and are having difficulty maintaining a good work/life balance and spend a lot of time outside the house. Here are 10 simple storage tips for people with kids, from the storage experts at Safe Store.

1.  Put a small kids area in almost every room - There should be a little space for the kids in almost every room except for the dining room and your own bedroom. This keeps things organised and helps with storage and cleaning up. It also keeps the kids organised.

2.  Use a basket for “catch-alls” and quick tidy ups - Place baskets around the house – giving each kid their own basket – for kids to put their toys and other items in. You can also use the baskets yourself to clean up random things you find around the house. Just make sure kids empty their baskets and put things away properly every so often.

3. Throw out unwanted items - Get rid of all their old clothes, toys, and clutter. Find space for sentimental items though. Teaching your children what they should keep, donate, or throw away is a great way to keep the home organized.

4. Divide Rooms into Areas - Dedicate individual areas in the room for groups of items such as books, toys, and clothing.

5. Use appropriate storage and shelving - The tall shelves and bookcases in kid’s rooms should be used for decorating or displaying items. Invest in some child-height storage options and lower shelving so children can store things themselves.

6. Buy Double-Duty Furniture - Try to find furniture that offers built in storage space such as a stool, an ottoman, or a bed with built in drawers. These furniture items go a long way.

7. Buy Adjustable Shelving - You need to buy shelving that can adjust to your needs and your stuff, rather than trying to adapt your stuff to your shelving. It’s easier to adjust a shelf when you need more space than it is to invest in a new one.

8. Put Their Favorite Toys Where They can Reach Them - If you’ve been inside a preschool class you know the dolls and blocks are kept at ground level. That’s because those are the most-used toys. Make sure your kids can reach their favorite toys so they don’t get upset or – worse – make a mess trying to reach them.

9. Throw out the Wrapping - The only time you need to keep the wrapping on a toy is when it’s a collectible. If your kids are playing with it, then it probably isn’t. Don’t be afraid to throw away the wrapping, which can be up to 40% larger than the toy.

10. Buy Special Storage - Do your kids loving playing with toy cars? If so, then you should consider getting storage boxes designed for them like a toy car carry case. These specialty storage choices are available for a wide range of toys, and are an ideal way to pack things away.

Monday, 21 August 2017

WizMops 2 in 1 Spray Mop Kit Review (Discount Code)


I've never actually used a microfibre floor mop before, I've always stuck with the traditional mop head type as I've found they do the job just fine, I've had no reason to spend the extra money on a fancy mop, especially a spray mop. I just figured a mop is a mop. That was until I tried the fancy type for myself, the  and now I won't be going back to the old method of mopping.


The reason being I simply found it much easier to use. I love it. The main thing I love about it is there is no need to lug a bucket of sloppy water around, especially convenient if you have toddlers who you worry might go near your bucket. The Wiz Mop has a handy bottle that you can fill with your favourite cleaner, detergent or environmentally friendly watered down lemon or essential oils which you spray directly on to your floor and mop with a reusable microfibre pad (which lasts for 100 washes). So much easier than messing around filling buckets.



Another great feature of the WizMop is that it comes with a window cleaner attachment. I don't clean my windows at home, it is one of those chores that hubby took on as his own years ago. He has all the kit, squeegee thingy and flash cloths so I was keen to see what he thought about the attachment. Hubby found it lightweight to use and he found the spray feature really handy. It left my windows streak free so it works wonderfully well.

Overall I really love this mop and I won't ever go back to my old method. This is so much easier to use and it really does clean my floors better. I highly recommend. 


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Monday, 12 June 2017

Best Oreo Cupcake Recipe


I have been loving my new food mixer and have been trying all sorts of delicious creations to make the most of my Kenwood KMix. Firstly I made a Chocolate Birthday cake, then last week I made a yummy carrot cake. This week we were eager to try an oreo cupcake recipe. Each cupcake has a hidden oreo inside and they are so easy to make. Everyone loved them!

Ingredients:
  • 175g/6oz Butter
  • 175g/6oz Caster Sugar
  • 225/7oz Self Raising Flour
  • 3 x Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 25g Cocoa
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Oreo's (I used mint ones for a little twist)



1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place cupcake cases on a baking tray.

2. Add eggs and sugar to a bowl or your food mixer and mix until pale and fluffy.

3. Sift the flour and cocoa and gently fold into the egg/sugar mix. I gradually added my milk and melted butter through my dust lid. Then add vanilla extract.

4.  Spoon a small amount of mixture into your cake cases and push an oreo into the centre, then add another spoon of mixture on top.

5. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 20 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven leave to cool for 10 minutes.





Oreo Frosting:

  • 50 g butter, softened
  • 80 g cream cheese
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 6 Oreo biscuits
1. Crush the oreos.
2. Cream together all the other ingredients, then mix in the crushed oreo's. 
3. Add to top of each cupcake. 
4. Sprinkle some decoration (I crushed up some dark mint chocolate).




Monday, 5 June 2017

Carrot Cake Recipe - Kenwood KMix Review


I love carrot cake, it is one of my most favorite cakes and I was really excited to try making it in my new Kenwood KMix. Last week I made an easy chocolate Birthday cake and it went down very well indeed. It was really simple to make using the food mixer so I was excited to see much easier it would make my carrot cake recipe.

The main thing I like about the KMix is how robust it is. A solid bit of kit, I quite happily let my older kids and teenagers use it to create their own recipes. I don't worry at all that they will break it because it feels like it has been built to last. I like that it is quite heavy so it sits rigid on the work top without moving around when in use. 

I also love that it has a lid that my old Kenwood mixer didn't have, this is great for minimising any dust plumes from flour and icing sugar. I guess you could say that is my favorite feature of the KMix, it's brilliant. 

Another great feauture is that the bowl is glass, which I like because I can see what I'm mixer and when I need to give the bowl a little swoop with my spatula. I like be able to watch my creation mixing.

The Kenwood KMix comes with:

  • K-beater, shaped perfectly to reach every area of the generous 5L bowl, ideal for mixing dry ingredients and crushing biscuits for cheesecake bases.  
  • Balloon whisk, designed to trap air easily while whisking to add maximum volume to the ingredients, ideal for Meringues or simply whipping cream.  It is also fantastic for light and fluffy flawless cakes 
  • Dough hook, formed to take the hard work out of kneading bread, fantastic for tough white breads such as brioche, stolen and pizza bases.  
  • Splashguard, with extra large chute for adding ingedients easily
  • Spatula, for easy removal of ingredients to ensure you get every last drop.



Method:

1. Grate your carrots and place them to one side.
2. Add soft brown sugar, eggs and oil to a mixing bowl and mix using the K beater attachment until light brown and creamy.
3. Add the carrots and continur mixing.
4. Add the mixed spice, ginger and flour. Continue mixing.
5. Grease your cake tin and add your cake mixtre.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C (300–325°F) Gas mark 3 for 30 - 40 mins. 







Frosting:
1. Add all to a clean mixing bowl and beat together, then simply decorate your cake and sprinkle with walnuts.






ENJOY!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Easy Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe



Over the coming weeks I will be sharing a variety of easy recipes to make the most of your Kenwood Kmix. I will be posting an in depth review and my experience of using this machine, the KMix stand mixer KMX754WH next week so please look out for that as well as another recipe - Carrot Cake. My last Kenwood stand mixer was purchased by a family member during the 1960's and passed down to me. It only packed up a couple of years ago!

The first thing I made with my new Kmix was a Birthday Cake for my Brother. I must admit I'm not the greatest baker, my cakes are not always a success and I dream of being able to create a delicious sponge. I am hoping that my Kenwood mixer will help me in my quest to become a better baker.


Method:

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease your cake tin. I used two cake tins, one for the bottom of the cake and a thinner tin for the top of the cake.
    2. Add the eggs and sugar to a bowl or your mixer bowl and mix until pale and fluffy. I used my whisk attachment on my mixer and let whisk for about five minutes.

    3. Sift the flour and cocoa and gently fold in. As I was using my Kenwood mixer I added the flour and cocoa to the egg/sugar mix, swapped my attachment for the K beater and let it mix. I gradually added my milk and melted butter through my dust lid.



4. Spoon the mixture into your tins and lightly level the top. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

5. Remove from the oven leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out on to a wire rack and leave to go cold.

Buttercream:
  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Allow to cool until the chocolate no longer feels hot to the touch
  2. Beat the butter in a bowl or add to your mixer bowl until soft using your K beater attachment, then gradually beat in the icing sugar. Add the vanilla extract and beat again.
  3. Fold in the melted chocolate (add a few drops of milk if needed).


    
Add your buttercream to the centre of your cake and on top and decorate.

Enjoy!





Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Baby Box Company Hamper Review


How exciting is it to welcome a new baby in to the family. It is probably the most exhilarating time of your life, whether the new arrival is your baby, a grandchild, new niece, nephew, cousin or a friends, excitement flows through the air like magic. 

Of course it is delightful to receive all those lovely gifts that loved ones so thoughtfully buy for you and it is equally thrilling to give them. That is where The Baby Box Company come in. 


The Baby Box Company can provide you with a choice of great baby hampers to send as gifts. We were sent 'The Really Useful Baby Hamper' to review and we are delighted to share our thoughts with you. 

The medium sized hamper is £25 and inside you will find:
  • 1 Aden & Anais Circus Musy Muslin Square
  • Baby Bunting Grey Star Print Unisex Bodysuit
  • Baby Bunting Grey Star Print Knotted Hat
  • Aden & Anais Twinkle Star Washcloth

We totally love these cute hampers and think they are great to give as gifts to any new parent. We think they are particularly great if you have a friend or family member that has just had a baby and maybe lives long distance from you. A hamper instead of a bouquet of flowers could be more useful or for someone who isn't keen on flowers. They are wrapped and packaged beautifully with a big red bow, so you can rest assured that the recipient will receive the hamper in perfect gift condition.

The Baby Box Company also sell individual products and well worth popping over to check them out.


*Opinions are unbiased and entirely our own.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Five Easy Foods To Grow With Kids



Kids usually love being out in the garden. Rain, snow or sun they don't care and they always enjoy growing things from scratch. Gardening is really good for instilling a sense of responsibility and excitement in your child as they eagerly plant their favorite fruits and vegetables, caring for them as they wait to reap their harvest. Not to mention, you can thoroughly enjoy a bounty of fresh, organic foods that your family grew together

There are lots of easy things you can grow together and this time of year is when you should start thinking about what you want to plant. You want your kids to have success when gardening, which will boost their confidence and love of growing their own. I have planted many different types of fruits and vegetables with my kids over the years and the following are pretty much foolproof. 



1. Potatoes - One of the easiest foods to grow are potatoes, they are tough, needing little fuss. You just need a spot in the garden that gets some sun and a seed potato which you usually buy in net bags from a garden center, online or from places like Wilkinson s. Even if you are limited on space with just a balcony, you can even grow potatoes in a bag just as we have many times. Plant them between February and May. 



2. Tomatoes - The taste of a home grown tomato is amazing and the aroma as they grow is heaven. You need a frame, trellis or simple canes to grow these as the grow very tall. seed them in pots first and when they get a few inches tall transplant them to a grow bag with three planting holes cut out. Stick a can in with each plant as they get taller.



3. Strawberries - Such an easy fruit to grow, strawberries can be grown in flower beds, pots or hanging baskets. I personally prefer to grow them in hanging baskets because you tend to get less problems with slugs when the strawberries are grown higher up. They are the fastest fruit you can grow and kids are always delighted to see them appear. Natures sweet candy, they are like finding garden gems when they turn red. You can grow these from seed, but you will see lots of garden centers that sell them really cheaply as tiny plants. Just re-pot them into a basket, pot or bed.




4. Peas - These are a delight to grow and the kids love making a cane wigwam for them to grow their plants up and over. Peas provide our gardens with really pretty flowers before they produce our peas and are thrilling to grow.




5. Radish - These are the easiest and fastest growing vegetable and a great one to start with if you want to guarantee a garden full of hundreds of radishes. Kids can secure instant rewards growing these as they only take 21 days from seed!





What do you like to grow with your kids?







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