Getting Choppy with Red Candy 

I am very pleased with my new chopping boards and am delighted to be able to show them to you today. Finally I’ve got something very classy that makes me look like a pro cook. I don’t know about you but I love to be in my kitchen trying out new recipes and more and more I like to have good quality but also funky accessories around me. I was nearly jumping for joy when my Joseph Joseph Chopping Board set arrived. At last I could finally throw away my old wooden one that was warped and leaving little bits of wood on the knife every time I cut anything up, surely not a good sign! My other old plastic one that I had hanging around had managed to get bent out of shape and had seen better days.

I've had a blast of colour with my new kitchen accessories.

This set is great because they are easily identifiable in what they are to be used for. The set comes from Red Candy which sells wonderfully stylish bright homewear.

I've had a blast of colour with my new kitchen accessories.

Red Candy was launched in 2009, as the world’s first red-only website. Back then every product they stocked, from clocks & colanders, to mugs & magazine racks, was red! I spent so long having a look on the site I’m sure that I could have redesigned my house about 5 times over – I loved it.


I've had a blast of colour with my new kitchen accessories.

‘Shut up, beige!’ is their battle cry against everything bland. You will definitely see that is true if you visit their website. At the moment there is a really good sale of up to 70% off so you can get loads of pressies and gifts for yourself.

I've had a blast of colour with my new kitchen accessories.

I’m going to take every opportunity to show off my lovely boards. Below you can even see them with one of my home-grown cucumbers. You’ll see more of my gardening escapades in future posts. Remember the runner beans vlog from last year? It still makes me smile to see Little G doing his presenting.

These boards all have a little extra to them depending on what their function is; the veg one has a little lip all the way round to collect juices for either putting into your dish or it stops it running over onto your work surface. the fish one had a little gripper which stops a slippery fish moving around and helping to cut safer.

I've had a blast of colour with my new kitchen accessories.

Have a little look and see, I’m going to stock up and get a bit of early christmas shopping done, ever the thrifty mum!

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Disclaimer: I was given a set of chopping boards to review for this post. All thoughts are my own and I must say once again that they are great:)

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Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad

Today I’ve got a packed post filled with a vegetarian recipe, pictures from the garden and a healthy hamper giveaway. It’s an eclectic mix that I’d love you all to enjoy.

Like most of us I am usually busy and on the go, either to work, dropping the kids off of having to run some errand or other. I love it like that, it keeps me busy and happy. What I do have to remember is to eat well and I like to make sure that all of us at home have good food to keep us fueled up and healthy.

We grew cucumbers on our patio garden this year and have been amazed at how well they grew and how huge a cucumber plant actually gets, it’s massive. They took ages to germinate but once they got going they grew so fast. I have been using them fresh off the plant and really enjoyed creating new dishes for them to go in.

The additional ingredients today have been supplied by Indigo Herbs who sell organic and quality assured products. They have a huge range of foods with which they wish to inspire and motivate you on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. I spent ages on the site looking at all they have on offer including; natural health guides, superfoods, wholefoods, herbal teas, aromatherapy and lots lots more.

Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
The cucumber plant that I’ve grown this year. It’s taking over the patio!

This Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad that I am going to be showing you today is just the ticket to give a boost to your body that will help set you up for the rest of the day.

The Protein packed Tricolour Quinoa Grains are a great wheat free alternative to rice or pasta and I’m sure you’ll agree they give it a wonderful burst of colour.

Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
Uncooked tricolour quinoa

I love the sprinkle of pine nuts at the end. These nuts have a beautiful sweet flavour and are soft to bite into. If you have any left over from the packet then you can use them in my carrot tops pesto sauce which can be set aside for later in the week. Pine nuts are actually the seeds from the pine tree and they contain a wealth of antioxidants, including vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.


The recipe is vegetarian, vegan and super healthy!

5 from 7 votes
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Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A Vegetarian and Vegan Recipe
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium cucumber
  • 50 g Gogi Berries
  • 150 g Tricolour Quinoa Grains
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Pine Nuts
  • Half Teaspoon Coarse Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 juice Lemon
  • 50 ml Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic - minced
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa grains, place in a saucepan with double the amount of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop your cucumber into big chunks
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  3. Mix in the gogi berries
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  4. Add the salt
  5. Mix together the lemon juice, Rapeseed oil and minced garlic.

  6. When the quinoa is ready, place in a large bowl and pour over the lemon, oil and garlic dressing while it is still warm.
  7. Mix in the cucumber and gogi berries.
  8. Sprinkle with pine nuts
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad


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Healthy Wholefood Hamper Prize
Goji Berries 150g. Organic Royal Quinoa Grains 1kg. Organic Shelled Hemp seeds 250g 

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Disclaimer: I was supplied the ingredients by Indigo free of charge to use in my recipe. Everything you see is an honest view and use of the products and I was delighted by the products as you can see!

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Sensor Night Light Review

My youngest still likes to have a light on somewhere upstairs which is fine as it helps him settle and he’s happy. Over the years I’ve tried different ways to make this happen; I’ve tried the plug-in night lights, leaving the landing light on and various themed lights.

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I’ve had the chance to review this sensor light for Hamswan which has a variety of uses. As you can see from the picture above it’s a really contemporary design and for me it can fit into any room without the need to be hidden away. It’s also something that if you’re using it for the kids, they won’t grow out of the design which is a problem I’ve had over the years with something suddenly being too babyish for my boys and they wont go near it!

This one is stylish and handy, it even has a hanging ring that you can use to pop it up on any wall if needed.

One of the best ways to see this light in action is to watch my youngest who loves to ‘vlog for his mummy’s blog’ under the name of little G. He’s one to watch out for the future I think *surprise surprise* Have a look here and you can see the light in action.

It’s really easy to set up and it comes with a USB charger cable. If you are like me then the last thing you need is to be trying to work out how to work something, normally while the kids are running around and one eye on the other 5 things you’re doing. You can get this out of the box, push the on button and you are good to go. When you do charge it usually takes 3-4 hours, and it will last for 4-100 hours after a complete charging (depending on the brightness used).

The unit is sealed so it’s great for keeping little curious fingers out of it. Great for peace of mind and leaving in the kids room. The light is soft and the big bonus which we liked is that you just have to wave your hand over it and it comes on. Then leave your hand above it and it will dim or get brighter. For me this was a first, I hadn’t seen this before on a night-light.

I think that this has lots of uses – for example – it would be great for when you have to get up to do the night feeds for the baby. I remember those days well, even though they are 8 years ago – there are some things we never forget! I remember being so tired I would bump into things in the dark or be dazzled by the bright lights in our hall. The dimmed light of this one would be perfect and we have already earmarked another one that we will buy when the boys step sister has her baby. Another present sorted that is actually useful and beautiful looking.

Sensor Night Light Review

I think that you can see above that I have sneaked it into our room as I think that these look really nice on our bedside tables. I often wake in the night so this soft light shouldn’t disturb my other half and I can have a little read without waking him!

Don’t worry, I did put it straight back into little ones room afterwards, he would not have been impressed to wake and find it gone bless him.

I’m happy to be able to offer you a great discount of 15% when you buy one. Here is the link that will take you to the Sensor Light and enter the code: 770001OF when you check out. I’d love to know what you think about this one and night lights in general. Have you had to use them for your children or do you like them for yourself.

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Disclaimer: I was gifted one of these night lights for the purpose of this review. All comments are mine oh and my sons own words and I think it’s pretty clear that we love it! Thanks for reading. There are no affiliated links in this post. 

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Childrens Perfect Party Game Giveaway

Childrens Perfect Party Game Giveaway

If you are stuck for what to do at a children’s party or get together then this great giveaway will be the ideal game for you. This Barnyard Bash party game is an interactive game for up to 20 children!

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This game comes with everything you could need for a light-hearted party game. Probably best suited for preschool upwards. You get everything you need including chick stickers, poster and blindfold.

Barnyard Bash Pin The Tail Game. Old Macdonald had a farm EIEIO with a chicken, pig, horse, cow, duck and the farmer too. Approximately 24in x 36in. Includes blindfold and playing pieces.

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Fabulous Fathers Day Presents – Reviews Giveaways and Discounts!

If you are stuck for your Fabulous Fathers Day Presents then you are in luck. I have this mammoth Fathers Day Presents Round up. Full of discounts and giveaways, it’s a huge bonanza of ideas and offers. Make sure you scroll down through each one to make the most of all the giveaways. My boys have been so excited helping with this post as they want to give everything! What’s also super about this post and the features are that they can be presents for all through the year and for any member of the family. Big brother, uncle and grandad can all benefit too.

Now as I love all of these, they are in no particular order. I’d love to hear your favourites at the end! For the moment you can sit back and have a look what’s on offer.

Treasure Trails

Fabulous Fathers Day Presents

If you’re looking for something new to do with the children this weekend – and want something to encourage them outdoors – then why not try a Treasure Trail. Treasure Trails are self-guided themed walking treasure hunts, ideal for discovering more about where you live or for taking on holiday. They are priced at only £6.99 each, which I think is great value for money and it’s an activity that everyone, whatever their age, can enjoy doing together. We are so excited about this gift as it means being outdoors and exploring new areas. There are over 1100 different Treasure Trails to choose from so you won’t be stuck for choice.

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So, put down the computer games and get out there for some fun time in the fresh air.

You can also enter for a monthly prize draw of £100, imagine what a bonus that would be! Have a look at the action on twitter too: @TreasureTrails

Talking of prizes, look what we have below. Your chance to win a Treasure Trail of your choice.

To win one of these terrific trails, enter here.
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What Knot

Fabulous Fathers Day Presents

What Knot Makes tying and untying a rope as easy as; insert rope, twist, done! Oh my word you just have to try these connectors. It really is as easy as they say, you just pop the rope through, turn the connector and it grips it as firm as any knot. Then when you want it out, you just twist theFabulous Fathers Day Presents connector and it’s free. Imagine all those times when you have used a bungee type clip, those elastic ones that are fierce and nearly take your eye out…well this is the new, safe way to tie or hold things in place. I am very pleased with mine, especially with my boys always having their equipment and bikes etc around the side of the house and in the car. My other half will love this and I cant wait until he’s sorting out the garden shed, result!

Have a look and see how easy it is to use:

We have a fab giveaway for you which includes  6 What Knots with 2 x 3.5m and 2 x 5m rope.  This is a really great prize.
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Lostmy.name

Fabulous Fathers Day Presents

Lostmy.name have just released their third book ‘Kingdom of You’. It’s a beautifully illustrated book that I am sure you will love. You have a step by step guide to personalised it to your children or…how cute is this…to dad on fathers day.

I love the story behind the books too. In 2012 four friends got together to make a personalized book. As they say – they worked on it in their spare time, as a pet project. Late nights! Understanding families! Pretending to work on work stuff at work, when they weren’t. Gulp who does that! Oh yep, most of us! They also have discount codes on the site that you can share with your friends and options that if 3 of your friends buy one then you get one free! The most magical thing though is the joy people will get from reading their books.

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You can see them also on Twitter: LostMyName

I am very pleased to offer a Giveaway for you today. For a chance to win one of these great books you can enter below:
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Chemist.co.uk

Fabulous Fathers Day Presents

Chemist.co.uk

Oh yes this is a mega site and everything is on sale now! Whether it’s a gorgeous spray for dad to put on for those ‘rare’ nights out or nail clippers for keeping himself perfectly groomed, there is something here for everyone. Check out their twitter page for updates and even more offers! Twitter: ChemistUK

There is so much to buy and I was surprised at the prices as I’m sure you would be too. Loads for Men, Women and Children.

There are alternative therapies and dare I say it anti snoring aids! Well that should just about crash the site to see how we can stop the sound of a pneumatic drill going on beside you…not you my darling if you are reading this..oops!

For my haul I’m including these beauties..

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I’m also keen on the Festival Packs, they have pretty much thought of everything over there!

Penwizard

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Peppa Pig is a firm favourite in alot of households for younger children and this is another in their personalisation series

‘Daddy’s Words of Wisdom’ is a newly adapted, fully personalised Peppa Pig book full of tongue-in-cheek parenting advice from your child’s Daddy and Daddy Pig, and, for the first time ever, up to THREE children can star with their Daddy in this exciting new release.

This is perfect for Fathers Day and with the discount code below you can make it in time.

However, I will also be coming back to this great site in the coming weeks and offering you further discounts and offers!

Fabulous Fathers Day Presents

 

For now I have a whopping 20% discount code to offer you when placing your order which is: FAIRY20 (Valid until 13th June 2017). 

The last order date for a guaranteed arrival for Fathers Day is 13th June so hurry up and order if you would like it for then:)

Terms and Conditions: This code gives you a 20% off the whole range of personalised books.  Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offers or discount codes. Available on any personalised books, not valid on Peppa Pig stationary. Offer valid until midnight Thursday 13th June 2017. 

 

Well there we go! I hope you have enjoyed this round up and have some ideas for Fathers Day and all those birthdays and special events to come. Why not just treat him for no other reason than to say I love you!

Disclaimer: I did receive a sample of each product to review for this post. All thoughts are my own. All giveaways included in this post are for U.K. entries only.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake – Recipe and Giveaway

This vegan chocolate cake recipe is one to keep. I came across the idea when I realised there were many more people that I know who are either vegan or who are removing some areas of food from their diet. There are so many ways in which we can tweak our favourite recipes to meet our own requirements.

With my vegan chocolate cake it does not contain any eggs or butter. The standard sugar has been replaced with Natvia sweetener – Natvia is made from the stevia plant and is completely natural – and the oil is vegetable oil.

This is a cake that is so versatile. Its perfect with a hot coffee, if you fancy a summer party then adding fresh fruit will put the sunshine feeling into the day, or if it’s luxury you are after then vegan hazelnut frosting is something that will top this off a treat!

vegan chocolate cake

Have a look and see. I also have a great giveaway just for you, scroll down to enter.

But first, see how easy it is to make….

 

5 from 7 votes
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Vegan Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

This No Egg, No Butter, Vegan Chocolate Cake is delicious! Try it out with fresh fruit or a hot steaming coffee. You can upgrade this to the best wedding cake with vegan frosting, it's so versatile. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 12
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Plain Flour
  • 12 oz Natvia Natural Sweetener
  • 3 oz Cocoa Powder
  • 3 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 8 fl oz fl oz Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pint Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Measure out your dry ingredients and mix these together in a large bowl.
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  2. Add your wet ingredients and blend these in making a smooth paste.
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  3. Line an 8 inch (22cm) loose bottomed cake tin with parchment.
  4. Carefully pour into the tin.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Insert a clean toothpick into the centre of the cake to see if it is baked. If the toothpick comes out clean then it’s done!

I have been given a pack of Natvia Sweetener by the people at Natvia for you to win. You can do this entering the rafflecopter giveaway below:

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I was given one pack of Natvia Sweetener to try. It works and tastes great in this cake!

2 Wonderful Wooden Toy Trucks Giveaway

Boys and girls alike will love these beautifully made wooden toys. They take you back to a time when toys were kept in amazingly good condition and stayed in families for ages. You can win both of these wonderful wooden toy trucks in my giveaway today for double the fun!

These toys have developed and both look good and are stunning to the eye.

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Features

A sturdy city cleaning vehicle made from sustainable rubber-wood, natural paints and finishes.

Suitable for indoor and outdoor play

Right size for small hands to play with and carry around.

Dimensions: 11.5 x 9cm

Recommended Age: 19 months +

Take care with toy around all children

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Turn your photos into awesome artwork with FotoJet. Giveaway and Review

I am one of those people that need as much help as possible with my photos when I want to post, print or display them in some form on my blog. I have just tried FotoJet and been impressed with the variety of functions the app can perform.

You can:

Create a Design

Make a Collage

Edit a Photo……

and so much more in-between! It really is one of those programmes that you need to have a sit down with to find out all of the features and what you can actually do.

Here are a couple of designs I whipped up while using the app.

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The one below I can see being used in so many different ways; I have been thinking about something like this for a christmas present and having it printed on photo board so that it can be hung up and displayed. I can just see it with stories of our favourite trips out and about.

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Today I have got a premium membership to give away  which will upgrade the already cool and free version to the full account which has access to the full premium range of features. You will get additional fonts and templates for free and it’s well worth it without, but this is a bonus!

Good luck in the giveaway Please enter using the rafflecopter feature below.

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My Best Friends Notebook Giveaway 

I’ve got a fantastic giveaway for you today with this My Best Friends Notebook.

The time has come when we are getting near to the end of school term and some children will be making the big leap to senior school. This best friends notebook is just the thing to set down memories of childhood friends.

With pages to write contact details, to have photos and to pop little messages that are recorded forever, it’s ideal to take to school during the last week of term.

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So, all you have to do to win this notebook is to enter using the rafflecopter entry below. Good luck and forget to come back each day for a bonus entry tweet!

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Honeycomb Bird Decorations Giveaway

Spring is well and truly upon us now and as I sit here writing I can hear birds in my garden and its beautiful.

The giveaway I am pleased to be sharing with you today actually shows how you can have wonderfully elegant decorations in the house which can represent the outside wildlife so well.

 

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They can be used as wedding party decorations, imagine a flock of these in one corner on a lovely summers day…beautiful!

Great at a christening, childrens party or any occasion that you want your decorations to stand out from the crowd. Much nicer to have your party talked about for all the right reasons.

These 3 birds can be used inside or outside and if handled carefully can be used again and again. The pack contains 3 x 6″ paper honeycomb birds.

They are beautiful and add a touch of something a bit different. You can enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Good luck and thanks for visiting today.
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