Joie Trillo car seat, from Kiddies Kingdom | Review

Joie Trillo car seat from Kiddies Kingdom

Noah has recently grown out of his previous car seat and it was beginning to look a little worse for wear. So The Husband & I had discussed purchasing a new one. Previously, N has received Jacob’s “hand me downs”. But even though J is only a foot shorter than me at 6.5 years old, he’s still in need of a booster seat for a little longer so he still requires his most recent one. At just the right time, Kiddies Kingdom offered me a seat to review from their website.  Read more

5 tips for money saving at Christmas

I’m sorry. Or am I? It’s November now, so we’re officially allowed to say the ‘C’ word, yes? Christmas of course! Well it is next month… I’m so excited I can finally say that! I’m one of those people who starts shopping for Christmas in January (or maybe even the December before, depending on available bargains). But I know of some people who leave everything right until the last minute. I can’t help it; I think I have a different type of OCD – Obsessive Christmas Disorder! Read more

Musings of a Slimming World (non?) target member | #3

Musings of a Slimming World target member #3

Wow. I didn’t realise it had been so long since I wrote my last musings post. Over one whole year in fact. Truth is, since then, I’ve rarely been in target. I honestly don’t feel like a target member; I haven’t done for a long time. I look at Slimming World diamond members (those who have been at target for a year or more) and I think –

How do you do it?

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Brian the Lion Goes Into Space | Book Review

Brian the Lion Goes into Space

Being a bookworm myself, I’m glad the boys are just as into books as I am. Unlike their daddy, who has been reading the same book for a number of years! They’re always asking to go to the library, and I make sure they have at least one book read to them at bed time. Although, Jacob has started reading for himself most of the time now, which I’m super proud of. Recently the boys were very kindly sent a copy of Brian the Lion Goes into Space.

Brian the lion is tired of hanging out with his pride – all they do is sleep all day long. While they snooze, Brian gazes at the stars, dreaming of going into space. He can’t believe it when his loved ones, tired of his moaning, present him with a DIY rocket so that he can fulfil his dream. Zoom – he’s off! After looping the loop, Brian soon lands on a moon near Saturn and meets small green gnomes who make him rainbow-coloured food and speak in a strange language, and their dragon Norris. Though things are exciting for a while, Brian is soon missing home, even the boring bits. What will Brian do? Will he stay in his new space home or return to his pride? Featuring one of craft expert Tracey Radford’s adorable animal creations, Brian the Lion Goes into Space is a sweet tale, with a wonderful moral message, that will be loved by young children.
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Passionfruit and mascarpone roulade | Recipe

Other than week one, I have joined in every single week of the Bake Off so far – it’s a miracle! Even though both kids are now at school full time, I still don’t manage to get around to doing my bake until a weekend. I must remedy that though, as it’s so hard to photograph with them around. “Please Mummy, can I have some now?”. NO! I haven’t finished yet…

Anyway, for dessert week, I thought I would have a go at a roulade. But not a meringue based one, as my oven is so temperamental and I just know it would end up burning, then I’d get frustrated, throw it away, and well; just not join in. So I decided on a cake based one instead. The only roulade I’ve ever made before is a Slimming World one and I’ve never really had a problem, so I was confident about this bake…

I shouldn’t have been! The recipe I was using as a base said to roll up the roulade with some baking paper when it came out of the oven; I presume this is so it already has its shape when you come to roll. But, mine didn’t want to cooperate and started cracking, so I ended up with a ‘trilade’ instead 🙄. And the cake burned slightly underneath. (But was fine on top – see,temperamental oven!). On the whole though, it still tasted nice!
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