Thursday, 20 November 2014

NEXT Kids Autumn/Winter Wardrobe

I am always buying my kids new clothes. Not because I have money I can throw around, just the fact that they seem to outgrow all their clothes so quickly!! I buy most of my kids clothes from Primark, Peacocks and Tu at Sainsburys, but my favourite is NEXT. I normally buy from the Next directory twice a year. And I only get a few things for each of my 3 kids as the total soon mounts up and if I had the money I would go mad, because there are so many things I like from NEXT.

Here are two outfits from NEXT that I got for my youngest two.

For Caitlin I choose this lovely warm grey wool knit jumper dress priced at £16-£22 and some pink tights £3-£5 
grey cable knit jumper dress and pink tights from NEXT

And for Aaron I choose engineered jeans £12-£13, a striped jumper in Ecru & navy priced at £10-£11 and some red wellies with trucks priced at £7-£8

Ecru & navy striped jumper, jeans and red truck wellies from NEXT

All the items are of very high quality and made with good materiel, nothing flimsy here. I brought aged 4-5 for Aaron who is still 3 but will be 4 in just two weeks time. They fit him perfectly and the jeans have an adjustable waist, which is a must for my kids. The wellies are a size 8 and again the fit is spot on. As for Caitlin she turned 5 at the end of October, but is on the small side. The tights are aged 5-6 and are a great fit, with lot's of stretch to them so will last for ages and the jumper is an age 5-6 and every so slightly big on her, as you can tell on the photos of her sleeves. But this hasn't been washed yet, and I have a feeling this material may shrink a little. But better to be big then too small.

And here they both are modeling and posing for me

And just in case you wondered, the Dora the Explorer wellies I got of of ebay for just £4

I received the above clothes from NEXT in return for this post. All opinions are mine

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Astro Bites

Nairns Berry Blast Astro Bites Biscuits

The kids were sent a box of Astro Bites by Nairns to try out. Each box contains 5 mini packs and a sticker.

They are little biscuits in the shapes of spaceships, stars, aliens and rockets. They are made with wholegrain, are wheat free and also contain 40% less sugar then other children's biscuits. 
They come in a delicious berry blast flavour which the kids (and me) loved. These are perfect for lunchboxes or a snack.

Nairns Berry Blast Astro Bites Biscuits

You can find out more about Astro Bites and other Nairn's products on thier website
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Mash Direct - New Yummy Products

4 mash direct products

I received 4 products from Mash Direct to out. Mashed Potatoes, Chilli Baby Bakes, Broccoli with cheese sauce and Cheese & Onion Croquettes. the mash is is priced at £1.50 and the other 3 products are £1.75 each.

Mash Direct are an independent family run company started by husband and wife Martin and Tracey Hamilton back in 2004. All their products contain no artificial flavouring colours or preservatives. And are also low in salt.

My kids tried the croquettes and they really liked them. So a big thumbs up!

Potato Cheese & Onion Croquettes from Mash Direct

My kids didn't fancy trying the chilli baby bakes which are basically potatoes coated with chilli breadcrumbs. They did have a kick to them but not overly spicy, just about right. I liked them and thought they made a nice change to ordinary plain potatoes but did taste a little bit dry by themselves.

Chilli Baby Bakes from Mash Direct

I tried out the mash and broccoli cheese together. The mash was lovely, which I wasn't expecting from packet ready made mash. But I would buy this again as I hate peeling potatoes to make mash. But the broccoli with cheese sauce was my absolute fav!! It was gorgeous!! The broccoli tasted fresh and lovely and the cheese was so nice and just the right texture and thickness, not overly sickly either. I will definitely be buying this again and being completely honest, this was the best broccoli cheese I have ever had!!! It was that nice!

Mash Potato and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce from Mash Direct

You can find out more about Mash Direct and see their other products on their website and you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and You Tube

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I was sent the above mash direct products in return for a review. All opinions are mine

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October's Degustabox

I received October's Degustabox last week and again I wasn't disappointed with it's contents

First up was Brioche Pasquier sliced brioche loaf and pain au lait with choc chips. This is the first time I have tried anything from this brand. The pain au lait's were gorgeous. Lot's of choc chips and lovely soft bread. These are great for both breakfast or just as a snack. The brioche loaf had a lovely sweet taste to it, not like your normal everyday loaf. This was great just eating a slice as it is or would be nice in a pudding. These are priced at £1.69 for the loaf and £1.60 for a pack of 8 pain au lait

Next up is Dr. Oetker fine dark cocoa powder priced at £1.89 for 3 packs of 25g and the premium 90% extra dark chocolate priced at £2.49. I haven't tried these yet, but I have used other Dr. Oetker products before and always liked them. Might try my hand at making a chocolate cake or some muffins at the weekend with these.

Then we have 2 products from Bear. We got Bear paws which are fruity snacks which are great for kids. my kids love these and we have brought them before. They are priced at 55p a pack. The Bear alphabites cereal was actually a sample present included in the box. We haven't tried these yet, but I know my kids will like them. 

Special K cracker crisp in barbecue flavour. We love crisps in our house, but we do try and stick with the healthier kind. These have 60% less fat than other crisps and taste great. They are priced at £1.29 for an 80g sharing pack, but you can also buy them in small single packs or multi packs of 4. They also come in Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion and Sweet Chilli. We will be buying these again

The Solo toasted marshmallow creme is delicious!! You can use it in lot's of different ways. Straight out the tub with a spoon, on toast, in desserts or my favourite way, a big dollop on my hot chocolate. This is available to buy from and are priced at £1.99 a tub. 

I also have a discount code for you. You can get 10% off at American Soda if you quote code : DGBOX10

And a great little healthy snack are these Get Buzzing natural flapjack energy bars. They are priced at £1.30 each. And if you go to you can get 10% off your order if you quote code : newbuzz10

We haven't tried these Blue Dragon sweet chilli sauces yet. But they look delicious. And there are quite a few ways to use them and make different meals. They are priced at £1.39

This is one for my husband. Kent's Kitchen Bengal meal kit. I don't really like spicy food and the sauce also contains chicken stock, so I won't be eating it has I'm a vegetarian. But my husband loves things like this, the spicy the better. Each meal kit is priced at £2.50

The Enhance drinks look great. Still haven't tried this yet, but you just add a squirt to water to give it some flavour and it should make up 32 glasses. This is priced at £2.49 and there are 4 different flavours in total to try.

I was so excited when I open my degustabox to find a pack of yummy Jelly Belly jelly beans!! I love them!!! This pack contains 20 different flavours, my favourite was the buttered popcorn, it was delicious. I did find that the pack seemed to have a lot of liquorice ones, but I didn't mind as I like liquorice, but I know a lot of people who don't. The worst ones were the coconut. I hate coconut and my 3 kids didn't like this flavour either. This pack is priced at £2.50, it was a lovely treat and will be buying again

there was also a voucher in the box for some Benecol yoghurts but I haven't used it yet.

you can get your own monthly box at and I also have a coupon code for you! Use code : Z48ZP  to get £3 off your box

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Which product in the October's Degustabox would you like to try the most?

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Personalized Jellycat Giraffe

Personalized soft toy giraffe from my 1st years

How sweet is this personalized Jellycat giraffe from My 1st Years?

I had mine personalized with my daughter's name - Caitlin. It is so soft and made with great care and you can really see the quality of it. It comes in a beautiful gift box, making it an extra special gift for your child or a friend's child.

my 1st years gift box

This is also features in myChristmas Toy Gift Guide 2014

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