Sunday, 26 June 2016

My Sunday Photo 26th June 2016

We have had Marlow since November last year, he has brought trials and tribulations but I can honestly say he is my best friend.  He knows my mood more than anyone and is always willing to place his soft furry head on my knee in that moment of need.  Dogs can be so soothing.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Win a Good Clean Summer with Astonish

It is the time of year when I start to notice cleaning jobs around the house which have been neglected over the winter months. I was recently contacted by the lovely folks over at Astonish to see if I would like to run a competition with them, so how could I say no? Astonish are a British family owned manufacturer of cruelty free cleaning products.

I was sent a few items to try and I can honestly say that they do the job brilliantly, whilst being kind to the environment. I would definitely recommend their products and was really surprised by some of the results. I was sent:
  • Floor cleaner – with the smell of fresh sea mist this cleaned really well and left a lovely smell which freshened the kitchen.
  • Oven & Cookware cleaner – I found this ideal for using on my hob, it has never looked this clean and no smears.
  • Grease lifter – great on the underside of my frying plan, it does what it says on the box.
  • Window & Glass cleaner – one of my pet hates is cleaning windows, streaks drive me funny but this cleaner is really good and smells pleasant too.
  • Fabric refresher – a must being a doggy household, it smells gorgeous.
I have a Good Clean Summer cleaning pack to give away. The pack contains a selections of cleaning products that are Vegetarian Society approved and registered with the Vegan Society.  If you would like to win a Good Clean Summer please complete the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck.

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A Delicious Book of Recipes Every Caravanner Can Get Behind

From the enchanting smell of sausages sizzling over a BBQ flame to the fruity delight of special salad, summer cooking has to be one of the true delights of the year.

Unfortunately, if you’re like me, and you’re a huge fan of the good old British Caravan holiday, coming up with delicious recipes for all the family while cooking with one stove and a microwave can be a serious predicament.

That’s why I’m super excited to introduce this first of its kind ‘Ultimate Caravanner’s Cook Book’. Put together by 20 of the UK’s finest food bloggers, each of the recipes that made it into publication have been tried and tested by each of families involved.

As one of the chosen bloggers asked to participate I nominated one of my long time summer favourites: SUPER SIMPLE BACON AND EGG POTATO SALAD

As a family favourite nearly all my life, I love the simplicity of this delicious and tasty summer salad. Not only can this meal be done and ready for garnish in less than 20 minutes you can add your own level of spice by adding sriracha sauce or, if you’re serving for kids, you can pick and choose a few of your own veggies.

Another of my favourite recipes from the cook book is: QUICK AND EASY SAUSAGE NOODLES by MrsCraftyB.

I love the simplicity of this recipe and believe it would a be the perfect quick fix for all the family, especially on one of those raining Sunday evenings!  Impressed with these quick and simple recipes? then take a look at the downloadable book.

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Boy Who Lost His Name Book Review & Competition

Reading with your child is so enjoyable and after a long day there is nothing better than snuggling in bed with a good book and enjoying those last moments before sleep.  As a family who love books it is always nice to receive something a little bit different.

Lost My Name provide delightful books and The Little Boy Who Lost His Name is specifically designed around your child’s name. I chose one to give to my nephew, so the books revolves around a little boy called Oliver and how he goes on a journey and meets an Ostrich, Lion, Imp, Viking, Elephant and Robot in order to find his name.

The book is beautifully illustrated and is ideal as a different present for that special little person in your life. You can create your own book at Lost My Name and they cost £19.99 for a soft back version and if you purchase more than one book you are entitled to a discount.

You can find Lost My Name on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I have one soft back copy to giveaway on my blog of the name of your choice, so if you would like to enter please complete the rafflecopter form below.

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Laundry Tip and Laundry Baskets

I literally must spend 8 hours a week sorting out washing and whilst we no longer have to stand over the good old fashioned twintub, I do find it time consuming, especially waiting for the washer to finish.

It also amazes me how that odd rogue sock intermingles with the white load you have just put on to wash. How many times has this happened to you? All you end up with is murky coloured whites or even vibrant pink ones. Well this happened to me on a regular basis, that was until I acquired two laundry baskets. My family are now under strict instructions to put whites in one basket and colours in the other and yes, I have had fewer accidents, but the same rogue sock still manages to make an appearance occasionally.

The House of Fraser have some lovely laundry baskets and I was recently sent a Gray and Willow woven basket. The basket features a stitched stripe design with rope handles and is cream and grey in colour. I love the fact that this basket is lightweight and easy to carry and looks so much more stylish than a plastic basket. Of course, there are many other fabulous designs to choose from, laundry baskets do not have to be boring.

I was sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is my own.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

My Sunday Photo 19th June 2016

Last week Gee went a walk with a friend and brought home the most amazing poppies I have ever seen. Have you seen any like this?


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Men's Health Week - 7 Steps to Better Health

Women’s health is talked about quite openly as we age, but for men this seems to be a taboo subject. A man is just as likely to encounter health issues as a woman and with research showing that only 1 in 5 men had a general health check up in the last two years there are concerns many men keep their worries to themselves. From June 13th to June 19th it is Men’s Health week and what better time to highlight issues and get them to open up and improve their health. The kind folk over at Tena sent hubbie a ultimate Men’s Health Kit containing lots of goodies to help him make changes over 7 days, in fact I was rather jealous over the items he received.

Day One – A Zekolo Infusion Water Bottle – hydration is important in maintaining a healthy bladder and this fab bottle allows you to add your favourite fruit for a refreshing change. Now hubbie has never been a fan of water but with added fruit water is more appealing.

Day two – Runtastic Orbit – a smart watch to tackle daily and night time activity, it monitors heart rate, steps and sleep so that you can aim to improve your general health. This is perfect for hubbie as he can actually see how much activity he is doing, this has been rather difficult up to now as his job is predominantly sitting, so with the aid of this device he can work on fitting in more exercise and meeting his own personal challenges.

Day three – A Below the Belt Grooming Kit – I have never seen this brand of goods before and the name made me smile but obviously it will help with personal hygiene. With the likes of the Fresh and Dry Balls and Waterless Shower Groin Cleaner it is great for reducing chaffing when walking or running. Obviously it is as important for men to feel fresh and clean down below as it is a woman.

Day four – Oomf! Bench Pressed Oats – hubbie is a huge fan of muesli and with the help of a good breakfast it is a great way to avoid snacking throughout the morning.

Day five – Tena Men Protective Shield – I know we all laugh and joke about bladder problems but they can be a real issue for men as well as women. I have heard lots of women talking about their bladder problems but never a man. Did you know that 1 in 4 men will have urine leakage by the age of 40 and although hubbie doesn’t have this problem at the minute, I’m sure one day he may and I would like to think that he can talk openly about it without any stigma.

Day six – Anti Stress Deodorant – top tip is to stay cool and keep calm and you can achieve this by taking five deep breaths in and out and visualise all the stress leaving your body. Obviously a good deodorant helps in stressful situations.

Day seven – Professor Puzzle Brain Teaser – keeping the mind as active as the body by exercising it using puzzles, not only is it fun but it will help to keep his mind healthy.

Do you have any useful tips for helping the men in our life stay fit and healthy?