Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Birdseye #AfterSchoolChefs

This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Linky Challenge, sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Birds Eye Facebook page

Our routine is always a bit haywire but this #Afterschoolchefs campaign gave us the opportunity to try and regain some sense of routine. With Jack about to start nursery and a partner working odd shifts, dinner time can often be a stressful occasion with whoever is cooking juggling a variety of different meals. Something we can all agree on though is things like pies, chicken etc so we always make sure to stock up on these.

When given £20 worth of Birdseye vouchers to complete this challenge, we made a list of things we wanted to buy and those featured in the picture aren't even all that we bought - we happened to visit the supermarket when a lot of the Birdseye items seemed to be on offer so did well in filling up our freezer for an affordable amount. 

I am not the greatest cook, anyone will tell you that and if Steve is at home, he usually does the cooking. However, I love Birdseye because they make everything so simple - and it all tastes delicious too! We like to make sure that Jack doesn;t get into a routine of chicken dippers, fish fingers and similar foods so it is nice to see Birdseye pies too - something we know he will eat and that is a little different from the norm for Birdseye.

Over the past few weeks, we've been having a selection of meals together and Jack has been helping me with the process, detailing exactly what each meal should have. I obviously then do the grown up parts and put things in/take things out of the microwave but he has been having the final say and we have had some tasty concoctions - pie, mash and peas and chicken chargrills in burger buns have been recent favourites. However Jack's favourite will always seem to be a simple chicken dippers with chips and some ketchup - plus whatever veg is currently his favourite (right now, sweetcorn!).


We love Birdseye products in our house as they give us such a range of ideas. What would you suggest for an after school dinner?

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Click and Chat Social Media Linkup #27



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The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #27!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!
We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!
This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 16 amazing blogs!! That is 16 times the exposure for you and your links!
We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!
We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.
Ready to meet this weeks featured blogger?
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Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!
Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!
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Rebecca Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom
Heather- Krafts and Kiddos / Miranda- A July Dreamer


To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section.

Ready to link up? Great!

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1. Please follow your hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias! It is just good blogging manners! . You can find all of our social media in the links below! Have you already followed us on one? Find another one to follow us on! We post great stuff on all of them, you won’t be disappointed!

2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up!

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday Favourites #8

I'm not going to lie. I completely forgot about this last week as I was spending time with family. Oops! This therefore goes back two weeks.


 Jenny shares five things she's learned about working for herself | Becky shared her fears and phobias. Look for a post from me, inspired by Becky, coming soon! |  Bee's post about book spine poetry was really interesting |  I love Beth's own version of a favourites post - Plastic Rosaries Procrastinates | It is nice to see Shona recovering so quickly | Lisa is back to blogging - finally! | 

What are your favourites for the week?


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

My Perfect Getaway: NYC

This is probably really cliché but I've always been in love with the idea of visiting New York City at Christmas. Like others, I find that the whole idea seems rather magical and I hope to go in the not too distant future. 


Steve and I often discuss our perfect getaways and where we would like to go. There are numerous places on the list including Canada, Finland and New Zealand. If you are anything like us, you will often find yourself looking up the prices of flights and accommodation before you've even saved a penny towards your trip - so far this year I have already been on dream trips to France, Iceland and Canada!

We are quite lucky that we live close to London meaning there is a number of airports to choose from when planning a trip. Whilst it would certainly be easier to fly from London Luton, I often find that the best deals can be found from Heathrow or Gatwick. 

I've been using Amadeus recently to plan my perfect holidays and actually created my own plan for Christmas in New York City. This site stems from Amadeus.com and is a new tool which uses search tools to streamline the booking process for holiday seekers. This free to use tool enables you to search for the cheapest flights available to you and even the cheapest day to fly - meaning you can plan accordingly! 

Whilst you can't purchase holidays through the site right now (all users are linked to their chosen website should they pick a certain deal), Amadeus are planning to expand the site in the future to include full holidays. Although I can't afford a holiday right now, I am definitely going to have fun planning some fantasy holidays. Who knows? I may even see the perfect deal that I just won't be able to resist!

If you like thinking about your fantasy holidays, you would love this site as you can create plans for as many holidays as you wish - these plans can also be set to public or private, it is completely up to you. My plan for this evening is to look up flights to see my cousin in New Zealand...

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Collaborative post.

New York City Christmas photo from Shutterstock

Back To School with JD Sports

Since Jack will be going to nursery very soon, we have been looking for items that he can take with him. Whilst he will be starting off in the mornings at first, we hope to have him having at least one full day a week which means he may need to take some extra stuff in with him.
When asked if we wanted to take part in What's In Your School Bag? with JD Sports, we agreed and scoured the website looking for the perfect bag for Jack to take with him. He has a number of bags and rucksacks with TV characters on but we wanted to get him something a little different to take with him and finally settled on this one.
We hadn't quite anticipated how big it would be on Jack but as he seems to be growing at an alarming rate, it will be sure to fit him properly soon. We've tightened up the straps but it is still a bit loose - I don't know why I'm worrying though as it will probably be me carrying it!
Here is what we keep in our nursery/school bag:

Although we know that the nursery will have most of this stuff, we want to be prepared in case another member of family picks him up so he has:

-nappies & wipes
- spare change of clothes
- toys (Jack decided to empty ALL of his dinosaurs into the bag for this picture!)
- a book
- a drink and a snack

What do you include in your child's nursery/school bag?
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Win £30 Paypal Cash with Voucherbin!

I am a huge fan of saving money and am signed up to a variety of sites that promise me discounts and coupons for my everyday needs. One such site is Voucherbin and the discounts at Voucherbin are certainly impressive - I've been taking advantage in the run up to Christmas!



I've joined up with Voucherbin to offer one lucky UK winner the chance to win £30 Paypal cash - money that will definitely help most people with their Christmas shopping this year! Perhaps you'll even be able to find a great deal on the site too! Currys (for Steve's presents) and The Works (for some of Jack's) have been used and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more great deals!

As well as sharing the deals on their website, Voucherbin also share on their Facebook and Twitter too. What are you looking for a discount on? 

For your chance to win, just complete the form below! 

Giveaway ends 8th October, UK only.

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Printed.com | Giveaway

I was recently contacted by the wonderful team behind Printed.com. I'd heard plenty of good things about them so when they offered a competition for my readers, how could I refuse? I love what they have to offer and I am sure you will too!

Describing themselves as an easy to use printing destination, everything is handled by a team that care as much about the final result as you do - your print, your way. They offer a variety of products such as business cards, flyers, stickers, invitations...you name it, they probably have it!


To introduce you to the brand, I have two prizes to giveaway. First prize is a framed print of the winner's choice. Second prize is two sets of Instagram prints or stickers. So what are you waiting for? Get entering, I'm sure you'll love the prizes!
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UK ONLY. Ends 31st October. Multiple entries are NOT allowed and all entries will be moderated.


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