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I love cake and I love personalised gifts too so personalised cakes are perfect for me. I was so happy when the opportunity came up to work with caketoppers in reviewing their wonderful cupcakes and to be able to offer my readers not one but two amazing offers. We have a fab 10% discount code below and a giveaway where you can win 9 love heart cupcakes (RRP £17.49) In addition – my review gives you the chance to see the type of quality and service you can expect from caketoppers.
I was so pleased with how the picture of my boys came out on the cakes. It was a lovely moment when they picked them up and were grinning away so happy with seeing themselves on the top of these lovely treats. I think that they were quite surprised that I then said they could eat them…it was a good day in the myrealfairy household!
The cupcakes are packaged really well which minimises the chance of any damage to the cakes and ours were perfect when they arrived. You can have next day delivery if you order by 2pm for weekday deliveries or by 12 noon on a friday for a saturday delivery. This is great if you are doing something a bit last minute because of all the other things you have going on. They come with a full storage instructions and full ingredients with allergenic ingredients in bold.
They are super friendly at caketoppers and you can contact them to talk about any special requirements.
The cupcakes were really delicious and I was lucky to get a taste as the boys didn’t really want to share as they were enjoying them so much! caketoppers guarantee them to stay fresh for us to 5 days but say that they often keep for much longer. The icing is great tasting too and has a thick and creamy texture.
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I really wanted to let you know about a great new subscription service that will deliver wine through your letterbox – no I haven’t been on the wine before writing this, it’s true…wine through your letterbox!
The service offers a selection of wines and Garçon Wines aims to revolutionise the way wine lovers across the UK source their favourite tipple!
Garçon Wines are going to be the next big thing. They have identified and removed the problems of missed deliveries, depot collection cards and having to wait in for hours on end for a courier.
By creating a unique alternative to traditional wine bottles, which are not only functional and aesthetically pleasing, but are also designed to fit through a conventional letterbox, the brand is opening up a refreshing new way to have wine delivered at home.
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As a mum with children who use their various devices to listen to music and watch films, I have tried a couple of different headphones to see which suit them best. I was pleased to be able to review these EasySMX headphones to see how they shaped up. One of the best features of these headphones is that they have a built-in volume limiting feature to protect your kids’ hearing. The volume is pre limited to a maximum 85DB. This feature along with safe practices by the adults i.e. limiting time spent on devices can have a huge benefit for children’s hearing.
I loved the fact that they have the padded ear covers so they are protecting the little ones ears. They were shipped straight from amazon and were well packed and arrived without any dents or scrapes and I got next day delivery too so there wasn’t any waiting around.
As you can see here the recommended age is 3-12 and I had the willing assistant of my eldest son big M who has just turned 11 to try them out.
When we opened them up his first words were ‘oh cool!’ so that was music to my ears as I find that my boys are very sure of what they like and what they don’t like.
The jack which fits into the devices is 3.5mm which means it fits into most things, for example, ours fits into the mini iPad, iPad and kindle.
I am pleased to say they were a great success and big M soon zoned me out and carried on with watching his movie with his new headphones on. I can rest easy knowing that he cannot blast the sound up too high.
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I was given one set of headphones for the purpose of this review, there are no affiliated links with this post and all views are mine and big M’s 🙂
As you probably know I love facts and trivia so I thought I’d kick the new year off with a few little gems relating to January.
The zodiac star signs which cover this period are Capricorn which spans from December 22nd – January 19th who’s element is earth and Aquarius January 20th – February 18th who’s element is air.
Something which I am very pleased about is that on January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld convention. It wasn’t until June that it was actually released. In apple ads for the iPhone, the time is always shown as 9.41
Australia day on the 26th is when Australia celebrates the day of the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, which happened in 1788.
Movie releases for the UK in January 2017 are; Monster Calls with Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, cert 12A, Assassins Creed with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons cert 12A, La la Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone cert 12A
It’s the month of birth of Robert “Rabbie” Burns, Scottish poet. Burns Suppers celebrated all over the world each year on this day on the 25th January. Auld Lang Syne is one of the most frequently sung songs in English, most of which was written by Robert Burns.
There is a variety of cold-tolerant winter cabbage grown in England known as January King. It is purple and blue in places and is a hardy winter veg.
Martin Luther King day is held on the third monday in January in the United States. He was an important civil rights activist and was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.click to share with your friends on twitterClick To Tweet
The Anglo Saxons who came from north-western Europe to Great Britain called it the Wulf-monath (meaning “wolf month”) as it was the time of year when the wolves were unable to find food and their hunger made them bold enough to come into the villages of ancient Britain.
If you enjoyed this and would like to see a few more then have a little look at another of my posts here: Amazing Facts – you never knew you didn’t know!
Sounds like a bold statement doesn’t it, surely time management will be a tricky creature to tame!? Well it is, but there is some hope to be able to achieve this……
I started blogging to have an escape and hobby away from my job and the normal stresses that having my chosen career brought my way. Never in a million years did I realise how time-consuming blogging would be. However, for me at least, it is not stressful at all and thankfully it is amazingly relaxing and enjoyable. So even though it’s a great relaxer, it does mean that there are even more things on my plate.
Whether you’re a parent, blogger, career person, stay at home parent, student, none, or a mixture of all of those labels, I bet you all have times when you’ve been juggling loads of tasks and you feel at bursting point.
I have been on quite a few time management workshops over the years to glean a basic understanding of what I should be doing to ease things up with my workload. That doesn’t mean that I always get it right but I do have a couple of tips that you may well find useful.Do you sometimes struggle with all the things you have to juggle?Click To Tweet
Plan Plan Plan – then when the unexpected jumps out at you, which it normally does, you’ve got some idea of where you were in the day before it all went crazy.
Have ‘thinking’ time – time taken at any point during the day that you can just think about what needs to be done and try to put it into some sort of order. Write in a journal if it helps, or on your phone, whatever you use for jotting things down.
When people offer help, say yes! It can be a big hurdle to overcome but generally when people offer then they mean it. Say yes once in a while and feel the difference it can have on you.
My favourite and the one which has the biggest positive effect on me is….Whether it’s bills, kids letters home from school, letters at home…..touch them only once! Try and carry out all the necessary action with it. It may be to book the dentist appointment or phone in the electric reading. Get it sorted out, then file or bin it. This is by far my biggest time saver and also the one that needs the most willpower to succeed.
Finally, remember – You’re not superhuman, you can rest! Ease up on yourself and celebrate what you have achieved.
There is always tomorrow….
While I was writing a piece this morning I was attaching a picture when my son squealed that the picture looked like me as a fairy!
Not only was this very flattering, I also think it was through those gorgeous rose tinted glasses that only your children could have. The exuberance of youth is wonderful.
This got me thinking about what forms our fairy avatars would take. It’s a fun little game that you can do and have a little bit of fairy tale fantasy to break up your day. How would you look and what would you do if you were a fairy for a day? I would really love to hear from you to see what form yours takes.
Comment here or tweet me @myrealfairy using the #fairyform hashtag to join in. You may already be very clear on how your fairy looks or this may get you thinking and creating, either way, enjoy and I can’t wait to see and hear from you ✨
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I do..I love christmas and I have decided to host a one off christmas linky where you can add up to 3 posts on whatever theme you like. As it’s a one off christmas week linky #mainyloveschristmas you can add old, new or trial posts just for this link up.
One of the other christmas bonus points to this link up is that you don’t have to add a badge, just link and promote yourself and your fellow bloggers. This link up is just for this week and you choose how much you want to participate.
This is a random link up so the posts shuffle around and are not listed in time order.
The link up starts Sunday December 18th at 6pm GMT and closes Friday December 23rd at 6pm GMT.Tweet here to tell others about this link up, the more the merrier! Happy Christmas! #mainyloveschristmasClick To Tweet
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This is a great easy cranberry sauce recipe as it is so quick to make. Also it has just 3 ingredients. It couldn’t be simpler to prepare, even at short notice as it only takes 15 minutes. Super tasty and looks great too. I love it with any of my christmas roasts and it can be used with your desserts too. I enjoy putting it with mince pies and cream.
What you will need is:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of orange juice
Start by washing the cranberries in cold water and drain.
Place the orange juice and sugar in a large saucepan.
Stir together and bring to the boil.
When it’s reached boiling point turn down the heat to medium and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the cranberries and bring to a gentle simmer. You will hear and see them pop a little. Be careful of splashes so don’t get too close. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat.
Leave to cool until they reach room temperature.
Place in jars. It can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
It can also be frozen. If you want to do this then pop it into a freezer bag or appropriate plastic container and freeze when cool.Want to share this easy recipe with your friends? Go ahead and tweet away:) Thank you!Click To Tweet
Christmas – come on then we are here!
We’ve been waiting 12 whole months for you to re-appear
To shower us with festive cheer
To bring those from afar to near.
So how about it dear old Christmas
Can you make us all get on
Make the little ones giggle with the fun
I bet you can you bearded one.
Thank you christmas for visiting us
For giving reason for all this fuss
It brings us close for it’s you we discuss
Whether you come by sleigh, star or bus.
Thank you Christmas for making me think
To appreciate my loves with a wink
You really are more than just a day
You’re a hug, a boost and to you I say Hooray!
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