I do like to think I’m a decent baker, most things turn out ok with the odd exception. I did attend cake decorating classes for over a year and I make the odd celebration cake for friends and family.
I have been given the opportunity to review some Cake Angels supplies, I’m always interested in trying out new cake decorating/baking ingredients and equipment. Over the past few years, cake decorating and baking has become huge with the help of certain TV shows and celebrities.
I couldn’t wait to see what I was sent, and I wasn’t disappointed……..
I received a tub of Chocolate fudge icing, a bag of mini marshmallows, party candles, chocolate sprinkles and 2 x cake toppers. The chocolate sprinkles looked amazing and I couldn’t wait to get baking, I got to work by making myself a yummy hot chocolate first……..
I know it doesn’t look the best but it was melting and I had to take the picture quickly. It was super scrummy and I used some of the marshmallows and chocolate heart sprinkles.
Next, I decided to make some chocolate cupcakes. I had run out of cocoa powder but thought I’d improvise and use hot chocolate powder instead! They didn’t look the best but they tasted absolutely fine.
One tip I was taught, is to use an apple corer to take the centre out of the cupcake and fill with jam. If your cupcakes are a little dry, it will help moisten and also adds lots of flavour.
I wanted to smother my cupcakes with the chocolate fudge frosting as it smells so nice. I placed the tub of frosting in the microwave for 10 seconds, it softened up really well, there were no lumps and was super smooth. I thought I’d use lots of frosting as I was pretty generous with it but I only used about a third of the tub!
I was a little disappointed because a few of the chocolate sprinkles had melted together but I had more than enough to decorate my cupcakes.
I’d most definitely recommend Cake Angels, the quality is up there with the big named brands and I will be buying in the future.
*I received the mentioned products for review purposes, all words are my own and honest*
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* WARNING, THIS POST CONTAINS NUTS!*
I have been given the opportunity to review some Natural Balance Foods snacks. I was asked to pick a case of bars that I would like to try. I decided to go for the Nākd Celebration Box as it contains a nice mixture of all of their most popular snacks and I didn’t want to be restricted to one flavour of bars.
Natural Balance Foods started making yummy cereal bars and snacks in 2006, they wanted to make healthy snacks more exciting and delicious.
I couldn’t wait to get stuck into my Nākd bars, they arrived in their own brown box which was wrapped in bubble wrap and a postage bag. They were well packaged and arrived in one piece.
I couldn’t wait to get stuck in, my box contained, 2 x Cola Raisins, Cherry Raisins, Lime Raisins, Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Berry Cheeky, Strawberry Crunch, Apple Crunch, Banana Crunch, 2 x Cocoa Orange, 2 x Berry Delight, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight, Rhubarb and Custard and Caffe Mocha.
This mixed box is caters for all family members, there’s bound to be something that everyone likes!
Some eagle-eyed people might notice that the Cashew Cookie bar wrapper has been taped together, my dear Husband couldn’t even wait for me to take some pictures!
I love the simple but funky packaging, most cereal bars overwhelm with too much info. One thing that struck me, was the ingredients list, these bars only contain a handful of ingredients, with no sugars, syrups or additives. They are also Vegan, contain no wheat and dairy and even count as one of your five a day!
If you are on a healthy eating buzz and craving chocolate, the Cocoa Orange or Cocoa Delight will satisfy your craving. It was just like eating the gooey inside of a brownie!
The infused raisins surprised me…..
They were so much tastier than I thought they would be, the flavour was enough but not too over powering. I don’t think I’ve ever seen infused raisins, only soaked in orange juice or alcohol for the Christmas cake. These make a lovely change from other snacks and they are nice and juicy.
The bars that have more protein than others have been stolen by my gym mad Husband, grrrrrr!
Nākd bars are perfect for lunch boxes and as a snack. They taste too good to be considered a healthy snack, you almost feel naughty eating them.
As long as you don’t have a nut allergy, I’d most definitely recommend them and will be buying them in the future.
* I received the mention products for review purposes, all views and opinion are my own*
Saint David is the Patron Saint of Wales, the Welsh celebrate St David’s day on the 1st March – the date that St David died.
To celebrate St David’s day, children are sent to school wearing the traditional Welsh costumes, where they celebrate with special assembly’s, concerts and other activities.
One of my favourite things to do on St David’s day is to make Welsh cakes. They are super simple to make with only a few different ingredients. They are very forgiving and if you don’t like or have a certain ingredient, you can substitute it with something else.
Most Welsh families have their own recipe for Welsh Cakes that’s been past down through the generations. Some recipes use butter, lard or a mixture of both and different fruit. It really does depend what you have in the cupboards.
I’m going to share my recipe, you will probably be surprised at how easy they are to make!
225g self raising flour
75g mixed fruit or sultanas
75g caster sugar plus extra for dusting
1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice
Add the flour, sugar and mixed spice, rub in the butter. Add the fruit. Add a beaten egg to the mix and bring it all together. If the mixture is a little bit dry, add a drop of milk. Roll out on a floured surface and cut out. Cook for 2-3 s each side on a lightly buttered bakestone or heavy bottomed pan.
Like I said earlier, if you don’t have a certain ingredient, it’s easily substituted. My recipe calls for mixed fruit or sultanas, I didn’t have either, so I used raisins. You could always use chocolate chips, coconut or even split them in half and smother with jam and cream!
I hope I’ve persuaded some of my readers to have a go at making Welsh cakes. They are delicious when they are still warm with a cup of tea!
The very lovely Alyssa from Mum to a Monster blog has tagged me in her ‘The Mum tag’ post. This is a fab way to get involved with fellow bloggers and my readers get to learn more about me and my family. ‘The Mum tag’ consists of 20 questions, questions about before, during and life after the new arrival.
1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?
I’m a working Mum, I work 15 hours a week as a Deputy Manager in a Betting office. 15 hours a week suits us, if I worked any more, we’d have to pay childcare, so there’s no benefit in me working any more hours. My Mum is wonderful because she looks after Willow whilst I’m at work.
2. Would you have it any other way?
Yes and no, yes because I’d much rather be working a different job and no because I want to work. I think it’s important to have time away from Willow, have some adult conversation and interaction and it’s nice for Willow to have time away from me. I’m pretty sure she loves Willow and Gran time! I think that working 15 hours is just enough and I get to watch Willow grow up.
3. Do you co-sleep?
Full time, no, but when Willow is ill or teething, then yes. I can’t really complain as we are lucky enough to have a really good sleeper, so a few nights here and there isn’t a real big deal. Sometimes only Mummy and Daddy cwtches will do!
4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Just one?! Hmmmmm…… I know! Willow’s little vibrating rocker chair. In the early days, it was the only place she would sleep
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
I originally wanted two quite close together but after having an awful pregnancy and birth, I changed my mind! After having Willow, I was told that I’d more than likely have SPD again, can you imaging looking after a toddler whilst using crutches?!
6. Date night? How many nights per month?
Nope, Never. Unless it’s a daytime event and my Parents look after Willow. Willow has never slept over at Gran and Grandad’s. I don’t think our relationship is suffering because of it, so I’m not too bothered.
7. Your child’s favourite show?
Easy! Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly, This Morning and Jeremy Kyle, Willow loves a bit of the silver fox and Jezza!
8. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using?
A Gro Egg room thermometer, only because our monitor has a built in thermometer. It’s good to get an idea of the room temp but you can easily get into a bit of a flap about it being too hot or too cold. The same with a bath thermometer, I found the water to be freezing when I used one, I find it much easier to judge by using my elbow.
9. Your child’s favourite food?
Pizza! Gosh, my readers must think I’m an awful parent, letting Willow watch Jezza and eat pizza! but not at the same time, honest! She also loves any sort of pasta, she loves her carbs! In fact, she will eat anything! For her first Birthday, we had a big family meal at Pizza Hut!
10. How many cars does your family have?
Just the one car and a work van, the work van isn’t owned by us and there’s talk of getting another car. A little car that’s tax free and super cheap to run, something that I can use during the week for me and Willow. Our current car is a Mazda 3 MPS, something slightly sporty with a bit of oomph. I think Simon wants to get a little car for me to stop me driving the Mazda!
11. Weight gain before pregnancy, during and after and now?
Sore subject, it’s probably the same for most newish mothers but I actually gained 4 stone! It’s a massive amount and much more than I was expecting to gain. I had SPD from about 16 weeks, it was agony to walk, the last 6 weeks I was using crutches and I was banned from driving by the Physiotherapist. I’ve still got 2 stone to lose but I’m finding it difficult to find some sort of exercise that I’d enjoy.
12. Dream holiday with your kids?
Disney, Florida, without a doubt! I love all things Disney and I hope that rubs off on Willow. I’ve been trying to get her to say ‘Dada Disney’! I’d settle for a trip to Disney, Paris though.
13. Dream holiday without your kids?
Vegas or New York. We’ve actually been to Vegas 3 times and even got married there! I love Vegas but I’d also love to visit NY, you see it in the films all the time, I’d like to see it in real life. I dream of all the shopping…….
14. How has your life changed since your baby has been born?
Not a great deal really, obviously there’s less couple time and you tend to plan more when you have a little one. No more spontaneous meals out or cinema trips. We also had to have our dog put to sleep, he didn’t like Willow and we couldn’t rehome him because of his age and health problems. I’m still gutted about it but I know it was for the best.
15. Finish the sentence: ‘It makes my heart melt to see …
My two favourite people laughing!
16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Anywhere and everywhere, as long as it’s reasonable quality at a decent price. Supermarkets, high street and nearly new sales. There’s no way I’d buy designer clothes for a baby, they simply grow to quickly!
17. Favourite makeup and skin care products?
I probably don’t take care of my skin as much as I should do since having Willow. My skin is oily and not at all sensitive, I can get away with using many different products but I like a good body scrub. I love Soap and Glory and I’ve got a bit of a thing for Benefit make-up. I actually have a diploma in waxing and make-up consultancy!
18. Huggies or Pampers?
What ever is the cheapest/on offer. I’ve never found that one suits Willow better than the other. I think that this question needs to be changed, haven’t they stopped manufacturing Huggies nappies?
19. Have you always wanted kids?
No, I never wanted any, it’s only the past 4 or 5 years that I changed my mind.
20. Best part about being a mum?
All of it, if you want to be a parent, you have to take the good with the bad. You have to take the sleepless nights, dirty nappies and sick with the first words and steps.
Well, those are the 20 questions with my answers. Hopefully you will feel like you know more about me and not just reading about some stranger on the internet!
Do you want to do ‘The Mum tag’?
I’m tagging Elle over at Addicted to Baby Stuff and Daniella from Madame Gourmand
can’t wait to read your answers ladies x
I’m always willing to try out new products that I wouldn’t normally use, so when the opportunity came up to try Pure Chimp Super Cream, I thought I’d have a go.
Pure Chimp Super Cream is made from natural ingredients, Hemp Seed Wax, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Lavender Oil, Wheatgerm Oil and isn’t tested on animals. Super Cream is recommended for sensitive and dry skin, redness, sunburn and itching. I don’t suffer from sensitive skin but I do suffer from dry patches here and there.
First impressions - It has nice simple packaging, nothing too fussy and is straight to the point with all the info you need. Once I’d opened the bottle, I noticed the smell, it’s not the best but it’s what I’d expect from an all natural product. The cream itself was a little on the funny side and was also slightly grainy but this disappeared as soon as it’s worked into the skin.
I must be totally honest and say that I tried it on my face a few times and I absolutely hated it! I suffer with oily skin on my face and it took ages, and I mean ages to absorb into my skin, my make-up slid off and I just didn’t like it.
I didn’t want to write off the Super Cream straight away, so I tried it on some of my problem areas, elbows, feet, hands and my dry ends. The results were much, much better. Apply a generous layer to hands and feet and cover for half an hour or even over night for amazing super soft skin.
A word of warning, if you use it on your hair, use it the night before bedding change day or cover your pillow with a towel. You will look like you’ve dunked your hair in a chip pan but you will have silky soft hair once you’ve washed it out and it’s totally worth it.
Overall, I’m impressed with the range of uses that Super cream has. It has a very decent 18 month shelf life and I can’t wait to chill it in the fridge for summer time sunburn, although I will probably use it all up before then!
Whilst I was testing the Super Cream, I did receive an email saying that a few batches weren’t to the right consistency but the Super Cream was still ok to use.
Compared to similar creams, the price it very reasonable at £10 for 60ml with free UK delivery and £2 Worldwide.
* I received this product for review purposes, all views are my own and honest *
As we’ve both booked this week off as annual leave, we did have certain things planned but unfortunately not a holiday, boohoo!
Sunday saw an impromptu visit to ikea, food shopping and a walk to the beach.
The toy storage situation has been getting out of control, Willow has so many toys and nowhere to put them. They were in plastic storage containers, lined up in the living room. We wanted something a little more aesthetically pleasing and space saving. We decided on a trofast unit as it fitted the specification of what we were looking for size and colour wise. We even managed to save £15 off the price as we found it the bargain corner, all because the packaging was damaged, bargain!
We also bought two spice racks. I’ve seen some fellow internet mummies us them as book racks, and they work amazingly. I know people will probably wonder why we’ve put them up so high, Willow has developed a bit of a habit of ripping pages out of my books!
Food shopping was the same old, nothing interesting but it needed to be done.
We are lucky enough to live a two-minute walk away from the beach, it was a lovely sunny day, the first decent day of the year and the place was packed out!
We decided to take Willow’s Birthday present out for a test drive, I know it’s not her Birthday for a few days yet but it was such a nice day and it seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
We decided to get her a Smart Trike, she was spoilt at Christmas and has more than enough toys but we felt we couldn’t get her nothing, especially for her first Birthday.
Monday was our 5th Wedding Anniversary. We decided to celebrate by booking a spa day, it was a bargain price and wasn’t to be missed. If you are a regular reader, you will know that I’m a bargain hunter, coupon, cashback and discount code user. Why spend more than I need to?!
The spa was lovely and relaxing, we spent over an hour in the most spectacular jacuzzi (I’m now trying to convince Simon that we NEED a hot tub). We both had 3 treatments each, a back exfoliation, full body massage and a facial with a scalp massage, the treatments were wonderfully relaxing and we will most definitely go back – if I can find a good deal!
On the way home, we decided to stop off at a local home furnishing store. We ended up buying Willow her own little brown faux leather tub chair with a matching foot stool. The fabric type chairs were a little cheaper but wouldn’t be easily cleaned. Some people will think that it’s a pointless item to buy a nearly 1-year-old but I’m sure it will last a few years.
We had fun at soft play! The first few times we went to soft play, Willow cried. I think it was a mixture of new surroundings and not being able to crawl about at the time.
Since we welcomed Willow into the world, I don’t get to go out and do the things I used to do as often as I’d like. I guess it’s one of the sacrifices we make once we become parents. I love going to the theatre and live events, I’ve seen many different shows but my all time favourite show is the Phantom Of The Opera, closely followed by Les Miserables.
Before I got pregnant, we (Myself, Mum, Aunty and Cousin) would go on a coach trips to London every few months to see a show. I’d love to still be able to do it but finances and time wont allow.
My Husband isn’t a theatre goer at all but I can just about get him to come to a concert with me. My all time favourite concert was also my most recent, Blink 182. I’ve always been a fan but never had the opportunity to see them, they didn’t tour the UK very often and then they split up for a few years. It was amazing to finally see a band that I’ve loved for a very long time.
I’m also a fan of Katy Perry, I have a major girl crush on her and I think my Husband does too! I’ve wanted to see her live for a while now. Simon surprised me at Christmas with Katy Perry tickets at the O2 for her Prismatic World Tour! I think the tickets were for his benefit as well as mine, seeing as we weren’t meant to be buying Christmas presents for each other!
I can’t wait to see Katy Perry, her shows look like so much fun, with no expense spared on the production or outfits. She always looks like she’s having fun on stage and doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously. I’m positive she will put on an amazing show and we will a fab time!
We normally attend concerts in Cardiff but not every tour comes to Wales, that’s why we are going to the O2. We’ve never been to the O2 before so it will be a new experience for the both of us, an experience that I can’t wait for and I might even drag Simon to see a show whilst we are down that way!
*This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it.*
I recently read a blog post about a little girl named Margot. Margot has a rare form of leukemia and needs to find a blood stem cell donor.
There has been a massive campaign to encourage people to become a stem cell donor, only half of the people with blood cancer will find a match.
Its so easy to register, as long as you are fit and healthy, aged between 18-55, with no serious conditions, you can donate. Just fill out an online form and within a few days a swab kit will arrive. Swap the inside of your cheek and send it back in the envelope provided. Simple.
I’m pretty sure that most people will know someone who has/had cancer, wether it be family or friend, it’s heart breaking. I’m doing my bit, will you?
I think it hits home even more when you have a little one, Margot is only a few months older than Willow is now, I can only image what Margot’s parents are going through, but they need to keep strong for their little girl..
I just want to urge people to apply for a swap kit, it’s not only Margot who needs help. If you are a match for someone, you can save their life!
Please, please, please apply for a kit, https://www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk/home.html
Some amazing news, a donor match has been found for little Margot, she should be having treatment in the coming weeks, fingers crossed for her! But, there are still plenty of other people who need help.
REGISTER. SWAB, SAVE A LIFE!
Since becoming a parent, I’ve suddenly fallen in love with items that can be personalised with a picture. I feel that sometimes pictures often get left in an album, only to see the light of day once in a blue moon ( that’s if they ever get printed off). By having Willow’s pictures on everyday items, I get to enjoy her pictures all the time.
Thanks to http://www.wrappz.com I can now enjoy a picture of Willow whilst I’m having a cup of tea!
Wrappz can personalise mugs, phone cases and skins, making your item a one off and personalised to you. I think they have something for every piece of technology going!
After browsing the mugs over at http://www.wrappz.com/personalised-mugs, I decided to go for the 15oz ceramic stein mug, which is priced at £9.45. I tend to like bigger mugs because I’m a biscuit dunker! Once you have chosen your mug, it’s time to get creative! You simply upload your picture, add any text, change sizes, rotate, change colours ect and it’s as simple as that, just sit back and wait for your new mug to be delivered.
Delivery was super fast, they aim to deliver within 1-2 working days.
The packaging was what I’d expect a mug to arrive in, a thick cardboard box with just enough room for the mug to stop it moving around. It arrived in one piece and I couldn’t wait to see the quality.
No quality was lost at all, the image is as it should be and the mug is perfect, no imperfections in the mug or picture, it has a lovely glossy finish and a big handle……
I like that it has a big handle, its easier to hold and I can keep my hands warm if need be, not very lady like but I don’t care. It’s a nice sturdy mug, it would take some doing to break it and I’m thrilled with it!
As soon as my Husband saw it, he decided it was his new mug. I don’t think so Mr!
Anyway, I’m off to have a cuppa, anyone fancy joining me?
*I was sent this mug for review purposes, all views and opinions are my own*