Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

Hello there and here I am with even more great christmas ideas and also another fab giveaway. This post is looking at stocking fillers and quirky ideas that you may not of seen before. It’s great to see a real look of surprise on peoples faces when you give them something, I think you’ll find these fit the bill!

You can also see my Bumper Gift Guide Part 1 and Bumper Gift Guide Part 2 where there are a more ideas and giveaways.

Splat

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SPLAT ethically and scientifically, develops and manufactures professional oral care solutions for the whole family.

I bet you haven’t see anything like this before, it’s a Gold Toothpaste which is fluoride free. Splat Special Gold Toothpaste consists of Diamond Powder and Gold particles, developed specially to create a beautiful smile and maintain a healthy mouth. £16.95 This is the sort of present for a princess with a liking for the luxurious things in life! How cool!

Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

This Blackwood Charcoal Toothpaste contains a cutting-edge combination of active ingredients that remove plaque formations and prevent them from re-occurring. Charcoal, the ingredient that gives Blackwood its black colour, whitens, absorbs smells and removes stains to leave teeth feeling fresh and clean. Juniper extract promotes gum health. The toothpaste significantly and safely whitens teeth, fights plaque buildup and maintains long-lasting fresh breath. £7.95

 

Magic Oral Care Magic Oral Care Foam for oral care on the go. Perfect for your child’s school bag or lunch box after those snacks, lunches and drinks, as it protects from tooth decay for when your little one is out and about. Doesn’t have a mint flavour as some kids don’t like it. £5.95Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

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Oral Care Foam – the adult version of the foam for busy people on the move. This one has a mint flavour and is to be used after food and drinks, convenient for travelling (50ml bottle) and especially loved by people who wear braces. Helps to protect against tooth decay and keeps your breath fresh. £5.95

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You can win a bundle of 1 of each of the toothpastes featured here today. This is a great prize and I wish you the best of luck.

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Galleoneers

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Discover a cuisine each month with Galleoneers‘ exciting recipes from around the world. Learn about geography and explore new cultures with arts & crafts, fun and educational activities related to the month’s cuisine.

The recipe box comes with a free membership to the Galleoneers Cooking Club. That means subscribers receive by email a free eBook.

I have got a 3-month recipe box subscription box in the giveaway today from Galleoneers, how good is that?! Such a super prize and a great introduction to the range. See lower down for the giveaway.

The Recipe Box contains the following:

1. One 24-page Fully-illustrated Recipe and Activity Book that includes

• 3 child-friendly recipes for a full-course meal (Note: alternative substitutes for those with dietary restrictions are provided through the Galleoneers Cooking Club)

• Every recipe step is classified by age and cooking skills level

• Culinary lessons and kitchen learning aids for kids

• Cultural information, infographics and country trivia related to the month’s culinary theme

• Arts and crafts activities related to the month’s culinary theme

• Educational activities related to the month’s culinary theme

2. Kitchen tools and gadgets for your child to keep

3. Some of the food ingredients to be used in the recipe

4. Grocery shopping list (also emailed in advance)

5. Welcome letter to grown-ups

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I love the idea of this gift as it’s such a creative present to give. So many different skills are used which will keep our younger ones entertained. You do have to carry out a fair bit of it with them but that too is great as its a bonding experience without any of the pressure of getting anything ready. Most of this is taken care of by Galleoneers!

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TowelUP

 

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TowelUp© is the brainchild of  Hannah who was fed up of her towel falling down every time she walked from the shower to the wardrobe, simple as that!  It has taken much research, time and effort to create what she hopes is a solution to that problem for men, women and children alike.

Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3Have you ever been caught short with your towel falling down? I never used to worry about this when I was young free and single but as I’ve grown up and either shared houses or been travelling it became a bit of a thing that I didn’t want to be worrying about. Yes, you can wrap it round you and tuck it in but there is always that risk of it falling!  TowelUp© will keep your towel securely in place for as long as you need it to and costs just £3.99 for one or £6.99 + P&P.  It simply slides over where you wrap your towel around you body and hey presto you are ready to move around! These are great for stocking fillers and they are a really different present to give.

Sweet Hearts

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Lice are a hazard of the children going back to school in my experience so it’s good to see products that can help out with that. Also when my son was alot smaller he had longer hair which goes beautifully and curly the longer it gets. With the 2 in 1 – Detangler & Head Lice Defence Spray you can use it for detangling and styling. If your child does then come into contact with an infested head, the strong head lice repellent will deter them from even thinking about spreading. The detangler and head lice spray has Fragonia, Neem and Tea Tree oil which puts of the bugs but doesn’t smell horrid like some can.

The SweetHearts Hair Detangler Spray has been created by Beth Belshaw alongside Denise McGowan of Evanji to make a detangler that is soft enough to be used daily, yet leave hair feeling light and shiny. It is made from ethically sourced ingredients and is free from synthetic chemicals & parabens. Sweet hearts hair design have a strict no animal testing policy so you can rest assured when you are buying them that this has been upheld.

 

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I would love to know which ones have really grabbed your attention. Have you seen any of these products before?


I have been given the products to review for you here today. Thanks to each of the brands and I am pleased with each of them. Delivery was good and all arrived in tip top condition!

Pre Empty Nest Syndrome? Is this what I have?

Not quite a teenager and not a little boy content with running up to his mummy and back. My little boy is growing up and I’m finding it hard.

 

When I saw my eldest son ‘M’ for the first time, it took my breath away. The moment is always with me and I look back and talk about it whenever I can….here with you, with the kids and with my friends. The feeling was no different with my second boy ‘G’. I’ve always had a strong drive to keep both of my boys safe and a bit wrapped up in cotton wool. Those that know me would nod along now and hopefully smile in recognition as I’m probably the most over protective of the lot. I’ve heard of empty nest syndrome but never pre empty nest syndrome….my babies are still at home, just growing up.

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‘M’ aged 4….he’s 11 now. Oh how time has flown.

As my eldest reaches towards 12 I am having a few moments when I struggle with him taking that next step towards teenagehood and being more independent. I think maybe it’s because it’s the start of another school year and so many different questions….and behaviours have begun to show.

The reluctance by him to spend as much time with me has been something to get used to. Having him want to spend time alone, chatting with his friends without wanting me around is something new.  I love it so much, that he’s growing up and he has lovely friends who all get on and laugh at their own in-jokes. However, I’m now looking on at this and not instigating it. It’s not created by me – for him…..I’m not included as much, wow, when did this happen? I’m starting not to be the only big thing in his world. It’s a bit of a shock!

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He looks alot different now but I couldn’t resist these of when he was smaller.

The full on unashamed spontaneous hugs have also started to fizzle out, when they do come it’s magical and I crush him in my embrace. He does that ‘ok mum’ and giggles, knowing that I will undoubtedly now ruffle his hair which he has just preened and styled to an inch of its life.

My rational side knows that I am proud of what we have achieved. This is what I have been preparing him for so why does it give me a lump in my throat even writing about it?

I know that being a parent is to nurture and care for our young and I realise that they are not to be owned by us. We have to prepare them and set them on their own unique path. I hadn’t realised until now that the notion of this would be so hard, I had been in the caring role for so long.

It’s all such a learning curve being a parent. I’m always amazed at the different emotions it brings.

Am I alone or is this normal or even normal-ish? Do you ever get these feelings?

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Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 2

It’s time for Part 2 of my Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide. So glad you could join me again.

Another chance to showcase some wonderful companies offering gifts which have presents that I personally love. If you are like me then it’s often the gifts we would love to have ourselves that we end up buying for others. Have a look and why not treat yourself along the way! There is also a chance to win in our great giveaway below.

Enjoy and let me know your favourites and who you would like to see featured again. You can also see my Gift Guide and Giveaways Part 1 by following the link.

Red Candy

I am a big fan of Red Candy and have featured them before here.

If you like really cool, modern gifts then redcandy.co.uk is the place to go. I love this VW Campervan Magazine rack. This retro creation uses a quirky cut out design to display all of the campervan detail, including the windows, doors, and headlamps.

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It’s a really good size at: 24cm x 40cm x 14cm. It comes in 5 colours; Red, Green, Black, Blue and Yellow. It costs £19.00 which affordable considering how well made it is and makes a substantial christmas present.

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If you want a kitchen gift with a difference then how about this Elvis Joseph Joseph Worktop Saver. Priced at £14.90 it’s great value. It has a lifetime guarantee, ensuring it will stay very much alive, no matter what food comes into contact with it, so you can enjoy it for years to come.

You can follow their news on   here @redcandyuk

Taylor + Rani

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Taylor + Rani was started by Isobel who is a print and pattern designer. Isobel is an avid traveller and doer. They make beautiful, stylish and comfortable underwear for girls and teens.

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The bralettes are reversible, you simply remove the straps and turn around. The bra pads are removable via the side seam where there is a purpose hole. The pads do not need removing for washing, just leave them in place.

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Taylor + Rani have a team of researches who look at how they work with each charity partner to find the best way they can provide help in a sustainable manner.

They are currently partnering with a charity that works in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Sierra Leone to help girls stay in education longer. Young girls in that part of the world often miss out on completing their education due to lack of access to toilets and/or sanitary products. Purchases of their products provides equipment and support to make this happen. You are actually helping such a worthwhile cause by buying this great gift. #brasthatdogood is the one hashtag that you should use today!

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Their collections are varied in colour and themes and all look stunning and comfy. Have a look here. I will be carrying out a focused review of this forward thinking company in the new year and will let you all know when this comes out.

You can imagine how pleased I am to be able to offer a great giveaway of a set of underwear to one lucky reader. Enter using the rafflecopter below.

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 Hotwaterbottleshop.co.uk

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If you love to soothe aches and pains and to feel warm and snuggly then the hotwaterbottleshop.co.uk is perfect for you. A family business working side by side, they have developed a beautiful range of hot water bottles, microwaveable body warmers (such as feet warmers, body wraps, eye masks) and microwaveable toys.

They have a fab blog which has useful information such as 5 tips to making the most of your microwavable warmer. I also liked the post that gave safety information on how to fill a water bottle. My nan used to always give me a water bottle when I was little and stayed at her house. I would love to stand and watch her knowing that I would have the treat of curling up next to her with it and drift off to sleep. It brings back very happy memories.

I couldn’t resist featuring this cute owl hot water bottle with cover. It’s capacity is  0.8 litre which uses an ultra-modern, thermoplastic rubberless design. It’s easy-to-use, comfortable and eco-sustainable too.  These hot water bottles are made from 80% renewable materials, are PVC free, recyclable and unlike many other hot water bottles they are odourless. Priced at £18.99 you can buy it here.

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For something next that I have been wanting for a long time and finally have, it’s a Peony Scented Floral Microwaveable Body Wrap.

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Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide - Part 2So many times I come home from work or even after a day running around after the kids and I realise I am aching all over. This microwavable body wrap is lovely for warming up and draping over your shoulders or wrapping around your back. This one is infused with Peony essential oils so smells fantastic. There is a peony pattern on one side which is shown in the pictures here and on the reverse is a soft fleece material. As with many of the products on the site, this can be frozen to be used as a cold compress when needed. Ideal christmas present. Length = 49cm, Width = 14cm.

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If you like personalised gifts – like me! then how about a Monogrammed Soap Gift Box. You have 4 beautifully crafted soaps in a gift box. You can have a single initial or triple initial monogram. This is something so different and adds a touch of luxury to your gift. The soaps are vegetable based and triple milled which means that you get a gorgeous soapy lather that feels great on your skin. More than just a stocking filler!

I hope you have enjoyed part two of my christmas gift guides. Please see part one here for more ideas and chances to win.

What are you most looking forward to at christmas? Have you started your shopping yet?

 

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Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 1

Gifts, ideas, giveaways and voucher codes, I’ve a month of Christmas themed posts that will something for everyone. Thank you all for such a great year, I’ve loved having you along to my blog!

This year I am in full preparation mode for Christmas and have compiled an amazing christmas gift guide and bumper giveaways post that should have you inspired and even save you some pennies.

We are lucky enough to see great gifts from people I have showcased before on the blog and some new products that are hand picked to present presents that will suit all ranges of prices and tastes. Every gift here is something I would love to be given and also be proud to hand over wrapped in a big bow!

Enjoy this gift guide and let me know which ones are your favourites in the comments box at the bottom of the post. Also see my Gift Guide and Giveaways Part 2 here.

Kartegraphik

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Kip Perdue is a paper cutting artist based in South London, England. He has one of the best websites at Kartegraphik I have seen in a long time. It takes you on an informative journey through his artists mind and evokes a wonder in his beautiful creations. Kip produces wonderful cut out maps. These maps are perfect for gifts at Christmas and I’m very pleased that they are the first of this years products to be featured. I commissioned a map of Bournemouth Gardens because when my other half and I had our first date we went on the Bournemouth balloon which was tethered there and offered flights which overlooked the town. To have that experience where we saw the town from the sky and then to have this intricate and cool artwork is another piece of our own history mapped on our wall.

The map is the best of both worlds, a quick, customisable, and above all personal gift! The map is a one square mile map, so it is centred upon a specific location and will be cut to show one mile from that centre point.

Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide - Part 1The gifts are reasonably priced and so unique that they are something that will always get people talking and commenting. People won’t be trying to remember what you bought them a few years ago, it will instantly come to mind. Furthermore it shows thought, and everyone likes to feel special.

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Have a look at Kip on his social media sites also

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Kip and I are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a 21cm (8.25in) Square Mile Personalised Map. A truly super prize. Good luck!

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Hugzzies

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This is a super cute gift to give to anyone who likes a nice snuggle.  There are 5 adorable charachters to choose from. They have a microwavable lavender infused wheatbag inside them and they hug around you giving a comforting feeling. Priced at £9.99 it’s a good quality, reasonably priced gift that will bring a smile to their faces!

Why Choose Hugzzies?

• A Super soft high quality Individual Character Teddy Bear • Velcro Waist band • Removable lavender infused microwaveable wheat bag • Children’s bum bag for toys • Hugzzies can be used either Hot or Cold • Helps and eases pain relief • Bodywarmer • Keeping cool in the summer

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bakerdays

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At bakerdays you get the personalised experience that can make a cake look extra special and light up the room brighter than any candle. The cake is scrummy, the delivery is speedy and the ordering a breeze! Really, what’s not to love?

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It works on a streamline ordering system; choose, post, deliver! With a delicious cooking part in between!

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It’s packaged so well with added extras. A perfect party package!

I had a Halloween cake delivered for my dinner party with my friends. It was such a highlight to the evening. They didn’t know that it I’d had it made and it was a real surprise! The picture is of us at the party the previous year in our fancy dress and face paint.

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Looks great on my halloween table!

I am delighted to say that I have a letterbox cake to giveaway to one of my lucky readers.

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All the giveaways featured in this post are open to people with a UK posting address. See my contacts page for more details.

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I hope this has given you some food for thought and kicked off the festive season with a good look at some treats on offer. Let me know what you think and what you have planned.

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5 Tips on Buying a Family Car

If you are thinking of what you need when buying your family car. Have a look at my top tips which I found have been really useful to us.

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The cars that I have bought over the years have changed so much. Not only that but the types of cars that are available now are so much smarter than when I first started driving.

I remember the old mini that I first passed my test in, it was a little beauty but rather temperamental. When it was cold I would have to bump start it down a hill behind my flat just to get it started! I didn’t think too much of it at the time, it was just what I needed to do to get it going. It’s a different story now though, so many more things to think of. Mainly that I am a mum now and I have to take different things into account.

So, it’s a good way to pass on some tips that I have learnt over these past few years. Here I have my..

5 Tips on Buying a Family Car

1. Safety, this has to be the number one thing for me now. Since having children the whole priority on what I need from a car has changed. Cars.com is great because it’s packed full of information about different cars, makes and models. Plus, it has other helpful information as well, including car seat safety check tips and more!

2. How many people are going to regularly travel in the car. We now have a car that normally seats 5 but has 2 emergency seats that turns it into a 7 seater when needed. It’s great to have that flexibility to do that without having the size that a full 7 seater needs all of the time.

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How many seats do you need?

3. How long to you plan to keep the car? Our discussions are around the money we pay versus how long we plan on keeping it. If your children are younger and you need the space for longer then you need a car that has a good reputaion for lasting and holding it’s value.

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4. Space around the car. By this I mean roof rack and bike rack. See what added space the car can offer. Last year we put a bike rack on that holds up to 3 bikes comfortably. We also have the option of a top box if needed. This all makes a big difference when going on day trips and holidays. It’s better to have the inside of the car clutter free for us.

5. My last tip might seem a bit more frivolous but don’t be fooled. I’m talking about interiors! Bright white leather does look stunning and I’m sure that the latest glossy mags show it off to its glorious best. Now come back down to earth and you will realise that a family car is going to get grubby hand and footprints in every conceivable place. Think long and hard about this often overlooked accessory on a family car. Choose wisely!

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Let’s start promoting!

When I was preparing for my recent trip to London to go to Brit Mums Live 17 it suddenly struck me that I didn’t have any publicity material.

I started seeing my fellow bloggers showing their bright spangly business cards on their tweets. People were really prepared and I felt a bit left behind in the promotion stakes. So I thought, let’s start promoting!

I have had it in the back of my mind for a while now that I would like to start having some material or products with my logo on it. I’d love to see my brand displayed on clothes or bags, it would be so cool. When I first designed my logo I was just beginning and it seems like a long time ago.

So I got to it and thought about what I’d like. First up was some business cards. I designed these on my computer and chose the wording with the aim in my head that it was a welcome card to come see my blog.

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My home made business blog cards!

Does it work? I’m not sure but I do know that the understated look works for me. I still won’t have my picture on it but it still represents me in a way that I’m happy with.

I also used Bags of Love who make beautiful personalised gifts with photos of your own designs. They have just about everything you could want to have your photo printed on from personalised suitcases to hot water bottles. Their photo gifts are very impressive.

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Everything is handmade in the UK, built to last and sent out nice and quickly. If you are impatient like me then it’s great!

The bag is perfect for me, it’s very stylish and has loads of room for all kinds of shopping or work material I may have.

It’s also got little pockets on the inside for money and things I need to get to in a hurry! I spend far too long scrabbling around in the bottom of my bags for my car keys so this is a real plus for me.

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I chose pale blue on the sides to compliment my blog logo

So I think I’m just about set for the moment. I like the idea of having some really nice looking journal, so I think that will be my next project.

Can you think of anything else that I could use as promotional pieces?

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I was gifted the bag for the purpose of reviewing the service. The cards I made myself! It all came together at the right time!

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

It’s that time of year again to go wild with the face paint and walk the streets in search of sweets and mischief. One of the best traditions in our house has been the pumpkin carving. This is totally the domain of my OH. I’m so proud of him I couldn’t resist the urge to showcase last year’s offerings. We are set to try and beat these beauties this year. Stay tuned and they will be on show soon! You can also enter my Halloween Lantern Giveaway to add a little glitz to the night. So, back to last years carvings.

The evening started with the humble pumpkin…

Halloween pumpkin carving

A couple of years ago we brought a pack with all the carving tools in it. It was obviously the OH setting the scene for him to get serious!


The preparation has started and all of the insides are taken out. Sounds gruesome but it’s definitely in the Halloween theme. He uses the stencil for the main shape and marks out the outline.

Halloween pumpkin carving

Before we know it, the unveiling is upon us and look….

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Oh yeah, not just one, but two! the Prince of Darkness is joined by the Spooky Spider.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

I love them and the kids think they are fab! They will sit outside our house on Halloween with candles in them and let people know that we are joining in the fun.

How is your Halloween going so far? Do you love to get into the spirit of it, if so how do you celebrate?

Try some monster lollies from what2buy4kids they look pretty cool for Halloween. Great for trick or treat night!

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Stunning Stourhead National Trust Estate

Stunning Stourhead National Trust EstateWe had a real treat recently with our trip to Stourhead which is a National Trust estate with huge gardens and house. We won a family ticket which was a thrill in itself and we wanted to go somewhere that we hadn’t previously heard of.

My OH and I had a look through the national trusts site. With our need to have somewhere; family friendly, a long walk and a good house to have a nose around, coupled with somewhere within 1 to 2 hrs drive, we settled on Stourhead in Wiltshire. It seemed to have all the elements that would suit us. It does state that no balls are to be taken for the kids and I can understand that they don’t want a football to go hurtling into all their beautiful plants and flowers.

We packed a good old family picnic in the morning and set out on our trip. It didn’t take too long to get there from our home in Dorset, just over an hour. Our prize ticket did work OK. I’m always a little worried when using a voucher or something that ‘the computer says no’ or there is a problem with that day or time being excluded. Everything was fine though.

Stunning Stourhead National Trust Estate

The house is stunning and you can see from this view looking up from the gardens that it is framed really well by the care that is taken over the gardens. you can also see by the dark clouds that rain was a feature of our day too!

Stunning Stourhead National Trust Estate

The literature and the information around the house charts the lives of the last family to have Stourhead, parents Henry and Alda Hoare and their only son Harry. The family were devoted to each other and to Stourhead. Behind the public rooms used for entertaining and shared with visitors were the intimate family spaces where the family could relax and be themselves.

As you move around the family home, you follow in the family’s footsteps from their arrival and through the war years. Henry and Alda were devastated when Harry was killed in World War 1. They gave Stourhead to the National Trust in 1946.

Stunning Stourhead National Trust Estate

In the playrooms there were dressing up areas for the children to try on clothes from the era that the family were in residence. Our boys had some fun in there. It’s a good break if you are doing the tour in the house with children as they can let off a little steam without worrying that they will upset anyone.

There is also a picture quiz where they have to go round and find pictures of dogs in different paintings around the house. The boys love a bit of competition between themselves so it was another task to keep them occupied.

Stunning Stourhead National Trust Estate

So much care and dedication was put into the gardens by the family, it was such a labour of love for them.

The greens should be ranged together in large masses as the shades are in painting: to contrast the dark masses with light ones, and to relieve each dark mass itself with little sprinkling of lighter greens here and there.

– Henry Hoare ‘The Magnificent’

Stunning Stourhead National Trust Estate

Dogs are welcome across Stourhead’s countryside areas all year round. They are welcome in the landscape garden from March-October after 4pm, after 3pm in November and all day, every day from December-February.

Stunning Stourhead National Trust EstateThe kitchen gardens were in full bloom. The plants were massive and growing so well. I would of loved to chatted with one of the gardeners to get some tips but I didn’t manage to. In one of my posts where my OH made my pallet garden you can see what we have managed at home. I’m really chuffed with what we have managed on a small scale and for free! My dream would be to have a huge garden devoted to fruit and veg.

The visit was wonderful and I think the rain added to the day in ways that surprised me. There were times we had to stop and take shelter under some of the huge trees or hide under the arches. In those times we felt some more of the magic of Stourhead.

Stunning Stourhead National Trust Estate

Have you been there or visited other walks that you would like to share? I’d love to hear about it.

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Seriously Tasty Cheese Scone Recipe

When I was a young girl and staying with my nan on the weekends she would often bake with me. I remember the feel of the oversized apron tied around my waist, folded in the middle so that it wouldn’t trip me up.

One of the staple things we would bake together was scones; plain, fruit or cheese, all these would be made with her big hands over my little ones.

So, when I was looking for a tasty bake to make with my boys then cheese scones were a favourite choice.

The recipe and method are straightforward and ideas for moulding together quickly for a warm and wholesome savory treat.

Seriously tasty cheese scone recipe

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Seriously Tasty Cheese Scones Recipe

As the title says, these are seriously tasty and what's more is that they can be made in the blink of an eye!

Ingredients
  • 200 g Plain Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • Half tsp Salt
  • 50 g Butter
  • 100 g Cheddar Cheese
  • 20 g Parmesan Cheese optional
  • 60 ml Cold Water
  • 60 ml Milk
  • 1 Egg used for glazing
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 200 ºC (185 ºC if using a fan oven)

  2. Measure and put the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt into a mixing bowl

  3. Combine well
  4. Add the Butter and rub together with the tips of your fingers until it looks and feels like wet sand
  5. Grate the Cheese and mix through with a large spoon
  6. Add the Water and Milk
  7. Work together with your hands but don’t hand longer than necessary
  8. Put out onto a lightly floured surface
  9. Press down to a thickness of 2cm and cut out in rounds approximately 5cm wide
  10. Put onto a baking tray and cook for 15mins until golden
  11. Allow to cool a little on a wire rack.

 

Seriously tasty cheese scone recipe

If you fancy another easy comfort food dish that you can make while you’ve got the oven on then try my Easy Toad in the Hole recipe

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Thank you nan, this ones for you.

Seriously tasty cheese scone recipe

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