Saturday, 17 June 2017

Aqua Dragons In To Space Review

We are huge fan of pets, and we recently watched are caterpillars grow and turn in to butterflies, after they had hatched we released them in to the wild. So when we received an email to say if we wanted to review some Aqua Dragons I knew the kids would be in their element. 

These are special Aqua Dragons as On April 17, 13.8 million Aqua Dragons, or Artemia, eggs were launched into Space from Mequinenza in Aragon, Spain.  The total Space flight lasted 3 hours and 32 minutes.  This launch comes on the success of World Alive’s recent Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 for the launch, record video footage of the flight and then package these Space eggs into a new range of Aqua Dragons kits known as Aqua Dragons Live Astro Pets.

Aqua Dragons are a unique kind of crustacean called Artemia, that have a biological process called Diapause that allows them to hibernate, hatching once in contact with water. You can watch them grow day by day, they start off as tiny little black dits then you can see their tails and them glide though the water. The kids have loved watching them hatch, feeding them and learning about Aqua Dragons. 

As a result of the most recent the eggs reached an altitude of 109,560 feet and a low temperature of -590 Celsius.  Consumers can watch the full space mission of their new pets by visiting the Aqua Dragons in Space YouTube channel 

 All Live Astro Pets also come with a Certificate of Authenticity for their flight mission. 

The full line of Aqua Dragons in Space will be available at retail starting this summer. Consumers can pre-order now on the Aqua Dragons website

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Easy Squeezy Recipe Ideas From Primula Cheese

SUMMER is the perfect excuse for getting together and celebrating with family and friends over fresh, delicious seasonal food.

Whether you are looking for the perfect breakfast to eat on-the-go, a tasty side-dish or quick, tasty eats – the chefs at Primula Cheese have created a brand-new selection of flavoursome snacks which are perfect for summer feasting.

When it comes to spending time with loved ones, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen for hours on end, so these speedy recipes can be whipped up quickly giving you more time to enjoy those little moments with family and friends.

For those who don’t already know, as part of the Kavli Trust, Primula profits go to charities in the UK and abroad. So every time you pick up a tube of Primula, you’re helping a good cause too!

Mini Breakfast Frittatas

Start your day right with our mini frittata muffins, using this delicious and healthy recipe.    

Serves: 12

What you’ll need:
• 1 tube of Primula Light Cheese
• 280g cooked quinoa
• 300g frozen peas
• 3 spring onions, finely sliced
• 10g mixed herbs, e.g. mint, parsley or dill, finely chopped  
• 7 large eggs
• Salt and pepper
• Paper cases or baking parchment


Preheat oven to 200˚C / 400˚F.
Line a muffin tin with paper cases.  
In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, peas, spring onions and herbs and mix well.
Add the eggs, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.
Using a small ladle, portion the mix into the paper cases, ensuring an even spread of ingredients.
Top with a squeeze of Primula Light cheese spread into the centre of each Frittata.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the muffins are set and the cheese is bubbling and melted.
Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

“Dutch Baby” with Cheese, Bacon & Kale

A Dutch baby is somewhere in between a Yorkshire pudding and a pancake. Filled with yummy Primula Cheese, delicious bacon and crunchy kale you know this dish is going to be super tasty! 

Serves: 4

What you’ll need:

• 40g plain flour
• 120ml full fat milk
• 2 large eggs
• Pinch of salt
• Pinch of grated nutmeg
• 4 tbsp. butter

• 6 slices of bacon
• 2 handfuls of curly kale, stems removed
• 1 tsp. olive oil
• Salt & pepper
• 100g Primula Original Cheese Tube


Preheat oven to 220˚C/425˚F /Gas Mark7.
Place bacon on an oven tray and grill until crispy.
Set bacon aside and allow to cool.
In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the milk.
Whisk in flour, salt & nutmeg until just combined. The mixture should be a little bit lumpy.
Melt butter in a heavy, oven-proof frying pan (a cast iron skillet is ideal), either in the oven or on a hob.

When butter has melted, pour in batter and place in the oven.
Bake until pancake is golden brown, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Whilst the pancake is baking:

Fry kale in olive oil over a high heat, until edges start to crisp. Season well with salt & pepper.
Break the bacon into shards, and fill pancake with kale and bacon.
Finish with generous dollops of Primula cheese.

Cheesy Parsnip Mash

Our flavour packed cheesy mash will convince even the fussiest of eaters to devour their veg. 

Serves: 4-5

What you’ll need:
• 150g Primula Original Cheese
• 400g parsnips
• Olive oil
• 5 sprigs of thyme
• Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 200˚C/400˚F/Gas Mark 6.
Chop parsnips into small chunks, toss with olive oil, salt & pepper and sprigs of thyme. Roast in oven until very soft (20-25 minutes) but not crispy.
In a food processor, combine parsnips with Primula Cheese and blitz to a smooth puree. You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water if the mixture is too thick.
Check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

Serve hot.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Air Hogs E-Chargers Review.

We are very familiar with Air Hogs products so we was excited when we got the delivery this half term. We have had chargeable and remote products before and you normally have to wait forever for them to charge up, you have a little play then they are dead again. They can end up extremely stressful when the kids have waited so long to have a turn.

Contents in the box are : 

1 x Air Hogs Plane 
1x Charger 
1x Instructions 

The Air Hogs E-Chargers come in four designs Dragon, Shark, Military & Patriot.

The charger needs three 3 AAA batteries (not included). Once the batteries are in you are set to go. You slip the Air Hog on the charger and after 30 seconds it is ready to fly, no waiting for it to charge. No upset when it needs to be charged again. 

Instant play, every 30 seconds. We received the shark design, the plane has durable materials and an aerodynamic construction. Stands tough crash landings and bumps. Made to be played with outdoors where it flys up to 100 yards. The kids both had fun, taking in turns and playing outside flying the plane. 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Fred's Variety Box Review

I've written before about mystery subscription boxes that I've signed up for myself. They can be so hit and miss, so I stopped all my current ones. When Freds box asked me to review a Variety box, I knew it would be something that Lexie would enjoy.

The box contains a bundle if mystery items and the box fits though the letterbox, so it will be at home waiting for you. . This box contains a variety of mystery products, but always will contain, trading cards, blind bag Ooshie, age appropriate reading book, Fred's Box pencil, sticker and 4 design your own postcards. Along with this you will also receive between 2 and 5 mystery gifts.

So in this months box was the following : 

Pink Glow in the dark fidget spinner, the kids already have a few of these already and Lexie is always asking for more. She hasn't got a glow in the dark one. So she was chuffed with this.

Shopkins bracelets, again she is a massive Shopkins fan so these have gone straight in her jewellery  box. 

DC Ooshies - Harley Quinn is Lexie's favourite so she was glad to receive this one. With over 40 to collect I'm sure these are going to be popular. 

Disney Princess Cards  - We haven't came across these before so we are going to check out if we can find a book to start collecting them. 

Littlest Pet Shop blind bag. These have over 100 to collect and from the pets in the city range. 

The School Trip  (oxford reading tree ) Lexie has books like this at school, which she is currently reading. I'm always happy to receive something that will encourage reading.

Fred pencil and postcards, a lovely added extra. To doodle and draw.

Lexie was really pleased with the box.

RRP - £11.99 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Hitting My Target & Feeling Better Within, With Skinade

I wanted to say I have finally got to my target after ( changing it twice) 56 weeks later, down from a size 22-14 and losing a whopping 94.5 inches all around. I'm 4 stone 7.5lbs lighter and I feel amazing. 

Skinade got in touch at the perfect time, I'm coming on to my mid thirties and I've got heavy lines on the top of my brow and I can see more fine lines appearing. Not only with losing a good amount of weight I wanted to make sure my body and skin is getting the nutrition’s and vitamins it needs. I've always suffered with bad skin and I have done and tried everything to sort it out, but nothing works. 

Skinade are the leading collagen drink on the beauty market at the moment. Not only does Skinade reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but it also increases the skins hydration levels, meaning it is beneficial to dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis of the whole body. To see the benefits of Skinade, the drink must be drunk daily for a 30 day period. It tastes of Mangosteen and peach and is packed full of vitamins, with just 1.5grams of fructose sugar, no artificial colours and fewer then 38 calories per 15omg bottle. 

To fill you in drinking Skinade has a three-fold effect: increasing collagen in the bloodstream by adding the 7000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen in each bottle (daily dose) of Skinade as well as triggering the body’s own collagen production by firing up the fibroblasts (= our own collagen factories). Increasing collagen in the bloodstream also triggers the body’s production of hyaluronic acid which is responsible the optimising skin hydration. To optimise skin health, we must work from the inside out, as well as the outside in.

Not only does Skinade reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but it also increases the skins hydration levels, meaning it is beneficial to dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis of the whole body. To see the benefits of Skinade, the drink must be drunk daily for a 30 day period. It tastes of Mangosteen and peach and is packed full of vitamins, with just 1.5grams of fructose sugar, no artificial colours and fewer then 38 calories per 15omg bottle. 

Armed with my 30 day supply of 10 already made bottles and 20 sachets, that you add once per day to a half a glass of water. These are great to carry around in your bag if you are on the go. The flavour is a very sweet peach taste and after the first one, I didn't really notice the sweetness of it. 

To get the same ingredients as in Skinade you’d need to take about 20 large tablets per day. By taking Skinade’s ingredients in liquid form, you’ll absorb 80-90% of them, whereas you’d only absorb 30-40% of the ingredients when in tablet form.

After 30 days of drinking Skinade, my face is slightly better. I haven't had angry red breakouts and my nails are pretty amazing. I replay wish I had taken a picture of them before as they have gotten so long.

Prices start from £99 for a 30 day supply. Which works out around £3.30 which is a price of a coffee. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Moving Out And Budget Tips

Last month I received a letter to say my property is being demolished and cleared, within the next year.  We have been living here for over 8 years, so not only have I got a lot of clutter. I have to literally be ruthless on when I start to pack. Not only is it going to be very expensive as the furniture we have is really old, plus the children will have a room each we need to furnish. 

I've put a few tips together on how to save some money, when moving. 

De-clutter and make some ££ - I've come to the conclusion it's either, bin, donate or make some cash. Even if I get a few pounds it all add's up in the long run. Selling on Shpock & eBay can help with decluttering.  Also Shpock and Gumtree are great for people picking up free items, I'm not taking some of my bigger stuff like bookcases and table. So I will be listing them on free sites. which will save me money as I won't have to pay to get rid of them.  Some councils charge £25 to remove bulkier items from your home. 

These sites are also great for picking up tins of decorating bits including paint, we recently managed to pick up a whole new tin of pink paint for free. Which will be used for Lexie's room as she wants it pink. 

Cardboard boxes are expensive and once you are all moved in they will be thrown away. Ask in local shops and I've asked in my children's school to save me any bigger boxes, so I can start to sort and pack as I am going though each room.

CD's & DVD's can be sold in bulk and they can take up a huge amount of space. With everything online now, at the touch of our fingertips. We don't need a bulk amount of items, that probably we won't use again after moving. 

Don't forget there are some good rates  & ' Payday Loans'  which are great if you need something delivered quickly or something breaks down with simple and easy payments

Make furniture wishlists. Most online stores you can set up an account and make a wishlist, these are great for keeping eye on prices and you will notice if they go on sale. Always look for a discount code and use cash back sites when ordering anything off the Internet, it's great to get some cash back for something you was going to buy anyway. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ravensburger 3D Puzzle - Despicable Me 3 Review

Raiden is a huge fan of puzzles and we have had the ball 3d puzzles from Ravensburger  before and he really enjoyed them. He was very keen to get started on the prisoner minion Despicable Me. 

The puzzle has easyclick technology, you start with number one and work around in a circle building it up. The pieces are clearly numbered and arrowed so you know which way to go and they are easy to fit in to each part. 

The box contains the 54 pieces, instructions, a base disc, a minions embellishment and plastic feet and legs.

 The puzzle is really easy to fit together and Raiden managed to build the minion within around 40 minutes, he did have to stop and piece together a part as he was a bit heavy handed with piecing in a part. It's gets slightly fiddly as you get closer to finishing it. 

RRP - £4.99 

Ages 6+