Reasons to be Cheerful


I have been ill most of this week on antibiotics as I have a sinus infection and I'm only starting to feel better now....So back to work today.

Looking forward to the weekend....We have complementary tickets off to the London aquarium
So we are all really looking forward to it.
I m currently running my first ever Rafflecopter competition to Win Family Tickets To The croods Screening in London ...would appreciated any Entries ...Google+ Twitter RTs and Facebook shares . ..Hugs and Thank you in advance...As most of you know it can be quite daunting holding your first proper competition...any advice also is appreciated x

What are your R2BC pop over to Mummy From The Heart and share
I look forward to reading them x


Strawberry & Honey Tartlet - Recipe


When Greek God's set a challenge to come up with a recipe "an original love inspired recipe for two" using Greek Gods yogurt...... I couldn't wait up take part.


I opted for the Strawberry & Honey Greek-Style Yogurt....And I want disappointed so much so that me and my son ate half of the yogurt.... and I still hadn't made my recipe...but after all that yummy yogurt I finally made my desert.

Strawberry & Honey Tart

Ingredients
Ready made tartlets- or you can make a tartlet yourself using ready roll pasty

Chocolate sauce or melted chocolate for drizzling

A tub if Greek Gods Strawberry & Honey Yogurt

Fresh strawberries

Method
I opted for ready made tartlets for convenience as I an wanted instant pudding...I add a few spoons of the yogurt into the tartlets and drizzle with chocolate....Arrange tartlet on plate with fresh strawberries.....
Great for dipping and sharing.

This was a tasty pudding quick simple yet extremely tasty.

Win Family Tickets To The Croods Screening


WIN TICKETS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO A PREVIEW SCREENING OF 
THE CROODS

To celebrate the release of this year’s biggest family spectacle THE CROODS, opening in cinemas on 22nd March 2013 and featuring the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, we have a great ‘clue in the clip’ competition for you! We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to attend a glitzy preview screening of this adventure-packed animation with loads of fun-filled family entertainment in the cinema foyer before-hand!
The screening takes place on Sunday 10th March and the winner will receive four tickets so they can take their very own prehistoric brood with them!

From Twentieth Century Fox comes DreamWorks Animation's THE CROODS, a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Travelling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.

THE CROODS is released in cinemas March 22nd 2013.


To win this amazing prize for you and your family simply watch the trailer and answer the following question.....

Question...What is dad Grug’s one rule in THE CROODS?
Is it...
A...“Never retreat, never surrender.”
B...Never look back in anger…”
C..“New is always bad, never not be afraid.”


Enter Via Rafflecopter and follow the instructions...Leave you answer below...

Good Luck


          

You can also find The Croods on Facebook 



NO TIME TO BE ILL

I'm on antibiotics as I have sinus infection and to top it off a sore throat and generally feeling unwell..and a bit rubbish...but no time to stop rest and recuperate there's always soooo much to be done as a mother....Don't get me wrong I know how lucky I'am .....It's an infection and will pass I'm aware there are other mothers who have long term illnesses....I can't even begin to imagine how they cope. I also have a fantastic supportive hubby and kids...so guess no room to complain.

But this infection is driving me mad...I'm off of work because I'm ill and feel so conscious that I will hit my 5 day trigger sickness at work (no more then 5 days illness in rolling year) if you are you then get sent to occupational health....and can get a informal meeting/letter and go into sickness procedure route....if your ill health continues it will go formal...more letters and warnings...So no pressure then.
No one wants to be ill.....but the council take these drastic measures as to deal with those who take sick for no reasons.....But its no help to me as being ill is unpredictable and id rather not be....

As a working mum I normally go work when generally under the weather.....but sometimes I have to listen to my body and try and stop....not that I feel any better about not going in work.....rather pressured for being off ill.

The life if a mother.....it's not easy way to many balls to juggle.....blink and you'll miss a ball and get conked on the head.

Mothers Day Twinings Tea Gift - Review


I have already been dropping hints to my sons...as we were shopping this weekend I reminded my boys ....Mother Day will soon be here and I would like the usual .... Flowers ... Chocolates and a Gift.... I hinted " so make sure you tell dad".

Mother's Day is a nice chance to get spoiled ......and to spoil your mum...

But I have found some perfect Gifts.... since spotting some of the amazing Mother's Day Gifts on the Twinings I have changed my mind on some of my Mother's Day wants....

I'm delighted to review this awesome Teapot and Twinings Limited Edition Tea Tin of Deluxe Earl Grey Black Tea with Bergamot & Lemon ..but ssssshhh I wont be telling my hubby....as I want more!!!!

As most people know I love my cup of tea.. there's nothing more I crave then a nice cup of
English Breakfast Tea in the morning....So I was overjoyed to see the amazing range of
Mother's Day Gifts Twinings have to offer...
I absolutely love this beautifully coloured Limited Edition Tea Tin know my mum would love one too.

Also Twinings have an amazing selection of Tea Gifts so you can give a Twinings Tea Gift all year round and for all occasions.


I received Twinings Tea gift.......All views are that of my own and I remain honest in my views and opinions.

Keep It Kind - Review


As I watch my boys growing up I often wonder where the time has gone....They are changing so quickly and are so much more aware of there physical appearance and personal hygiene.
My boys will often watch their dad get ready.... So like dad they want to do their hair and wear deodorant and smell nice just like their dad.

So it was great to sample the Keep It Kind Kid's Deodorant Range which has roll on
Fresh Kidz deodorant for children aged 8+ and Deodorant Spray Blast for boy's and Missy for girls aged 11+ .
The great thing about Keep It Kind is that it contains no parabens or alcohol ...which means is sensitive and gentle on my boys skin ...and as a parent this is extremely important to me.

The roll on's were great and are fragrance free...... My boys have loved using the roll on deodorants ....keeping them fresh and feeling grown up instilling good hygiene habits for the future..

What I like about the Blast - Boys deodorant is its delicate smell......yet very fresh an amazing scent...my husband even liked it so much so he had a spray....(cheeky Dad)
My Boy's are really pleased with their Keep It Kind Deodorants  
Please note - I dispensed the Blast Spray for my boys...as it is not suitable for children under 11+

Keep It Kind is available in most Boots Stores....Also check out the Keep It Kind Facebook Page



I was given the deodorant for review purposes all views and opinions are that of my own and I remain honest in my review.

Simply Fancy Dress - Review

Horrid Henry - My son loved dressing up

My sons are huge Horrid Henry fans and don't like to miss an episode.... So when we were given a chance to review one of Simply Fancy Dress amazing costumes we were excited ....And no guessing the costume my son choose .... Yes ....Horrid Henry

As world book day approaches my sons get really excited .....about dressing up with their friends at school and showing off their costumes.

My son wasted no time in trying this fab costume on .... He absolutely loved the mask and wore his costume for most of the evening....what an amazing costume.

My Son Being Cheeky In His Horrid Henry Mask

I'm so glad we have now found Simply Fancy Dress as they have a wonderful selection of costumes....from classic characters though to modern day Heroes....something for every child.

My boys are really looking forward to world book day and can't wait for dress up and have fun at school with their friends.
Check out Simply Fancy Dress for some amazing costumes

Na Na Na Na ..... Naah

We were given a costume to review ...all views are that of our own and we remain honest in our opinions 



Lamb Curry


Ingredients

Whole spices
2 Bay Leaves
3 Cardamom Pods
11/2 Inch Cinnamon stick
1/2 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
2 Cloves

Ground spices
1 Teaspoon of Garam Masala
1/2 Teaspoon of Cumin
1 Teaspoon Ginger
1 1/2 Teaspoon of Fennel
1 1/2 Teaspoon Chilli
1 Teaspoon Coriander

4 Tbs Natural Yougurt
500g Lamb Cubes
2 Onions
1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
4 Tablespoons of Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Inch of grated Ginger
1 Teaspoon of Arrowroot*
Fresh Coriander
Salt & pepper

Mix together yogurt half a teaspoon of the garam masala leave in a bowl to marinate for 1- 2 hrs.

Heat oil in large pan over medium heat add whole spices...fry for a few seconds before adding onions, garlic and ginger ....cook until onions until soft.

Add lamb marinated mixture to saucepan and cook for 20 minutes on a medium to low heat.

Add the rest of the ground spices and  season .....cook through as a paste for a few minutes then add the tinned tomatoes cook for a few minutes on a medium heat then add 3/4 pint of water *(I always add a teaspoon arrowroot to water to help with thickening)
Bring to boil and then turn down on a low heat and simmer ....cook gently for 1 1/2 hours on a very low heat.... stirring occasionally .... topping up with water when necessary
Garnish with the Coriander.



#Silentsunday


Silent Sunday

Sofia The First

We were privileged to attend the screening preview of Sofia The First Princess....
 
On arrival we were greeted by beautifully dressed princes and princess and an amazing array of activities and dressing up clothes....
My boys spotted the pirates outfits and wasted no time dressing up and posing for pictures.
My boy's enjoyed making Swords and Badges and met Lloyld from Art Attack.....Great Fun

Colouring and Sticking Fun.

Getting Ready to Watch The Movie.

There were some tasty cake pops which we munched on before heading off to watch...... Sofia The First Princess....
I must say my boys really enjoyed watching Sofia and her amazing adventure as a princess so much so we will be turning in for the series Which will be lunches on Disney Junior on the 8th march at 5.25pm.

A Great Day At May Fair Hotel London.

Our Half Term

It's the last weekend of half term and though I have been at work .... It's been a very relaxed week... No rushing around and the boys had a fab time being looked after by their grandma...

Having Fun With The Skylanders Homework Pack.

They had lots of half term fun from making up their own imaginative Skylanders game with their skylanders cards.....To enjoying their Skylanders Half Term Homework Bag....which was full of fun things to do.......to be honest they have a huge Skylander fix at the moment and if their not playing Skylanders video game....They are drawing them or making up Skylanders games.
My Boys Making up Their Own Skylanders Game - Using Skylanders Cards and Cars.
Drawing Of Bouncer.
                                                                  
And on our weekend trip to the supermarket the boy's purchased with their new Skylanders character.......
Saving Hard paid off when they Purchased another Skylander Character

Along with fun filed days of table tennis and movie nights and a trip to a movie preview.....This has left my boy's with a fun  memorable Half Term.

So I hope you all had a wonderful productive half term.

Reasons To Be Cheerful

It's been the boys half term this week and although me and hubby have been working...My Boy's have had some amazing quality time with their grandma who came around to look after them...

My boys are being very imaginative and playing some amazing games together....it makes me so proud to watch them play sharing their ideas


We had a movie night... Which was fun my eldest brought his teddies in the living room to join us ... which i thought was fab...and of course no movie is complete without munchies.


It's been a slower paced week which is really nice.

I really looking forward to spending some well deserved time with my boys over the weekend.

Link up with seasider in the city and share your reasons x
Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

#The Gallery - My Boys

My boy's are the world to me.... I live with three men in my life.... My two boy's and my hubby who are all known as my boy's...Over the years I have captured so many special memories of them together so it was hard to select a few of my favs....Looking back as these picture brings so many special memories of fun time and adventures that we have shared.

This one was taken about seven years ago.... all my boys together.

My Baby Boys
At The Beach with My Boys
This was a very hot day....we spent all day at the seaside...stopping off some some fish and chips...Yum

Linking In ....with Sticky Fingers linky ...The gallery...

Chicken and Spinach Curry

Chicken and Spinach Curry

Ingredients

Whole spices
1/4 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds

Ground Spices
1 Teaspoon Ginger
1 Teaspoon Coriander
1 Teaspoon of Fennel
1/4 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon of Chili
1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala

500g Spinach
3 Tablespoons of Oil
500g Chicken Cubes
3 Tablespoons of Tomato Purée
1 Teaspoon Arrowroot (optional)*
Salt

Wash spinach and drain until water is gone

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat add spinach leaves with 1/2 teaspoon if salt and cook for 3-4 minutes breaking down with the back of the wooden spoon into a pulp. Leave to one side

Hear remaining oil in saucepan over a medium heat ass whole spices until they sizzle.... Then add chicken and salt

Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes

Add ground spices stir the add tomato purée fry for few minutes before adding 300 ml of water
 (* I thickened water with 1 teaspoon of arrowroot)

Cover and cook for 30 minutes add spinach and continue to cook for 40-50 minutes on a low simmering heat.

quick simple and spicy....





Chicken Rogan Josh



Ingredients

Whole spices
2 Bay Leaves
3 Cardamom Pods
1 Inch Cinnamon stick
1/2 Teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
2 Cloves

Ground spices
3/4 Teaspoon of Garam Masala
1/2 Teaspoon of Cumin
1 Teaspoon Ginger
1 Teaspoon of Fennel
1 1/2 Teaspoon Chilli
1/2 Teaspoon Coriander

3 Tbs Natural Yougurt
500g Chicken Cubes
2 Onions
1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
4 Tablespoons of Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Inch of grated Ginger
1 Teaspoon of Arrowroot*
Fresh Coriander
Salt & pepper

Mix together yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of the garam masala leave in a bowl to marinate for 2 hrs.

Heat oil in large pan over medium heat add whole spices...fry for a few seconds before adding garlic and ginger ....cook until onions are soft and browned

Add chicken marinated mixture to saucepan and gentle cook for 5-8 minutes

Add the rest of the ground spices and cook through as a paste for a few minutes then add the tinned tomatoes cook for a few minutes of a medium heat then add 8fl oz of water *(I always add a teaspoon arrowroot to water to help with thickening)
Bring to boil and then turn down on a low heat and simmer ....cook gently for 40 minutes to an hour....Garnish with the Coriander.

Garnish with coriander and serve with basmati rice
This is a medium spicy dish.... alter chili if needed.



#Silentsunday


Silent Sunday

Egg Chilli Pasta



Ingredients

400g Farfalle Pasta (pre-cooked)
2/3 Green Chillies (Finley chopped)
1 large onions
4 Eggs
1 Tbs of Oil
Salt to Taste
Fresh coriander

Method

Pre cook pasta and drain....In a frying pan or wok add a tablespoon of oil and soften onions
and chillies....Once softened add eggs gentle scramble but do not fully cook...Then add pasta and cook through with egg ensuring you turn all ingredients are incorporated together ... Add salt...Then add fresh coriander full incorporate and serve

Cheap simple tasty snack.... Or meal.....In minutes.

Approx 4 Servings

Unplanned Fun

In our way to visit my niece......We popped into the local play area close to where she lives.....
The boys had lots of fun on the swings and climbing frame.....Simple yet great fun.....Especially as it was an unplanned visit to the play area....As soon as they spotted the swings they wanted to go and play...which is quite a usual ...No matter where we go !
We also spotted the trains as they went past above us.

Fun in the play area

We could hear the trains rumble above our heads.



On our way home we stopped off for a bite to eat and my boys enjoyed showing off their red noses that they had brought earlier on... Simple unplanned fun x

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Simply Fancy Dress - Costume Review

My boys love to dress up in costumes....And as world book day approaches on Thursday 7th March 2013...... My children are already planning what they are going to wear as their costumes this year....My boy's school always encourages children to take part in world book day by dressing up as their favourite character ....We always take the opportunity to take part dress up and have fun... So we were delighted to review some fab costumes From Simply Fancy Dress...
My son choose this amazing Willy Wonka costume .... As he loves Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, And his favourite character from the story is Willy Wonka.


We absolutely love this costume it's fantastic the Willy Wonka jacket has an attached vest...Which was very easy to put on, The costume has amazing detail and looks amazing on ....We really loved the top hat which really completed the look ...
My son is very excited and can't wait to wear it to school on World Book Day.


For more amazing costumes at fab prices check out Simply Fancy Dress