Saturday, 19 April 2014

Win with The Brit Pack and Project Jelly

Introducing The Brit Pack: A New Voice for British Made Children’s Brands

The Brit Pack Logo

If you haven’t already read about The Brit Pack let me tell you more…   It’s a collaboration formed of brands that design and manufacture quality goods here in the UK, specifically within the children’s arena.  The collaboration is the inspiration of Grubbies - the ‘dungaree evangelists’ – made Great in Britain!

The premise for the initiative is to help support and build recognition for brands that not only design, but also manufacture their goods in Britain. By working together, The Brit Pack aims to generate greater awareness for British made children’s brands.

The Brit Pack are celebrating the collaboration with an eggciting Easter Blog Hop.  For 15 consecutive days in the run up to Easter, you’ll have an opportunity to WIN delightful children’s products, made with love, here in the UK. 


The final prize on the Easter Blog Hop is from PROJECT JELLY who have provided an exclusive opportunity to WIN a pair of their retro, British made, Jelly shoes!

The Brit Pack Project JellyThe Brit Pack Project Jelly

Project Jelly is the ultimate fundraising initiative.  In 2013 Natalie Collier set about repackaging charity in a cool and innovative way - by combining the best of British children’s design with a fundraising edge - creating fun and funky Original British Jellies & Wellies for children, and donating 25% of the profit made from each pair sold to mencap!

The Brit Pack Project Jelly

Project Jelly recently unveiled their Spring/Summer collection, incorporating a NEW range of 'limited edition' children's Jelly shoes, in aid of mencap – available from May 2014. In addition to the Watermelon Rocks, cherry red sandals with a sunny yellow sole, and Raspberry Mivi, a sparkly pink style, there’ll be four new bold and equally delectable colours to choose between!

For further information visit:  You can also find Project Jelly on Facebook and Twitter

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

My Mobile Phone Frustration!

This time last year I upgraded my tired old Nokia 900 in favour of a shiny new phone, on my Virgin Media contract. Within two months, and despite having a case for it, I dropped it and the screen smashed to smithereens. I stumbled on with a broken screen for a while, never seeming to have the spare cash for the excess to claim on my insurance and, eventually the phone just packed in. I went back to my old Nokia.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's a great little phone, but it's getting rather past it's best. If I don't charge it every night it gives up the ghost and it's running Windows 7 so I can't even access Instagram on there. Yup, my Instagram account gets no love from me because I can't upload from my phone. Imagine, fellow bloggers and Instagram addicts? It's like a blogging arm has been chopped off! If I'm out at an event, or somewhere I need to tweet a lot from, you can guarantee that the battery will expire quicker than James Arthur's musical career. It weighs a ton too, which is good as that makes it virtually indestructible, I'm clumsy, did I mention the dropping? Do you know which phone has excellent battery life and a tough, water resistant case? The Samsung Galaxy S5!

Virgin Media are giving away a brand new (and shiny) Samsung Galaxy S5 to the blogger who can tell them why they deserve to win one. If that little story above doesn't do it (no Instagram. None. No photos of my food or children playing, or cats I have seen, on there. None! Won't someone think of my followers?) then maybe the simple fact that a brand new phone would allow me to run my blog, personal and social life far more efficiently and effectively might be a good enough reason to choose me. The 16MP camera would vastly improve the quality of my Instagram snaps too!

Pick me, Virgin Media, and make Instagram cat happy, you know it makes sense!

This is my entry into the Virgin Media Samsung Galaxy S5 competition 

Lyle's Syrup Fruit Cider Cake

Will you be doing any baking over Easter? This cake from Tate & Lyle would be a perfect yummy treat if you are entertaining or planning a picnic this weekend.

Tate & Lyle Syrup Fruit Cider Cake

Syrup Fruit Cider Cake
Time to prepare: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 to 50 minutes
Makes: 6 to 8

175g plain flour
Pinch of salt
75g butter

3 medium eggs
1 tbsp milk
50g Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Dark Brown Sugar
175g Lyle's Golden Syrup
50g butter, softened
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla essence
Finely grated rind of 1 orange
175g shelled walnut halves

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl then rub the butter in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Then stir in just enough water to give a soft but not sticky dough. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface then use to line a 30x 10cm/12x4in rectangular fluted flan tin. Trim off any excess pastry then line with baking paper and beans, Place the tin on a baking sheet and bake blind in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove paper and beans and cook for a further 5 minutes until lightly browned.

Meanwhile beat the eggs and milk together. Put the Tate & Lyle Fairtrade sugar and Lyle’s Golden Syrup in a saucepan and heat gently until combined. Stir in the butter, cinnamon, vanilla and orange rind and cool slightly. Slowly pour the syrup mixture onto the beaten eggs.

Scatter the walnuts over the pastry case then spoon the syrup mixture over. Reduce the heat to 170°C/150Cfan/gas 3 and cook for 30 minutes or until the filling is set.

Serve either hot or cold.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Win a Fabulous Postman Pat Movie Goodie Bag

We are very excited about the Postman Pat movie in our house. The film is released on May 23rd and I think we will be off to see it just as soon as we can. For those not yet aware, the movie sees Postman Pat enter a singing contest and features the voice talent of Stephen Mangan and Ronan Keating.

Take a look at the trailer, we've watched it a few times now, to add to the excitement!

I've teamed up with the Postman Pat movie to offer my readers the chance to win a fabulous goodie bag to celebrate the film's release.

One lucky winner will receive the following items:
  • 1 x Pat Doll
  • 1 x Jess Doll
  • 1 x Soundtrack
  • 1 x Set of figurines
  • 1 x poster

It's a fantastic prize and bound to make any little Postman Pat fan very happy. Bud would love it I'm sure.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Mind Body and Soul Experience Manchester - Giveaway

The Mind Body and Soul Experience comes to Manchester on 10th and 11th May at Manchester Central.
Mind Body Soul Experience Manchester

After years of bringing the show to London the exhibition comes to Manchester for the first time, there is a huge variety of workshops and stage experiences, all of which are free of charge. Some highlights include From Stress to Vitality Now with Kris North and How to Become a Money Magnet with Marie-Claire Carlyle. In addition, visitors to the Mind Body Soul Experience can attend the OYoga Show, being held in a neighbouring hall, completely free of charge.

The fun-packed weekend event is a great way to experience new and exciting things, and the perfect pick-
me-up. On offer is an eclectic collection of complementary health, spiritual awareness, and personal development that you simply won’t find on the high street. 

Mind Body Soul Experience Manchester

With over 100 exhibitors, the show will allow visitors to use all five senses to see, feel, hear, smell and taste the rich diversity on offer: from fairies to food blenders, runes to raw chocolate, there is a new experience awaiting around every corner. 

“The MBS show offers an experience like no other with the aim of helping visitors to develop a positive mind, healthy body and enlightened soul,” says MBS organiser Julie Saunders. “Visitors will be taking away new ideas and ancient wisdom and leave with a spring in their step.” From Latin rhythm, to sultry sitar, the multi-cultural assortment of entertainment on stage will also be an experience in itself. There will be plenty of space to unwind, relax, refresh and renew, with visitors welcome to stay to the very end to soak up the atmosphere, and with plenty of hot and cold healthy food options available, there’s no reason to leave early.

Opening Times:
Saturday 10am – 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm

Online admission costs:
Adults £7.50 | Concessions £6

On the door: 
Adults: £9 | Concessions £7.50

Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

I've teamed up with the Mind, Body and Soul Experience to give away two pairs of weekend tickets to the show. One pair each for two lucky winners. To enter please complete the Rafflecopter widget below and ensure your read the terms and conditions. Commenting on this blog post is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional ways to enter. 

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