Animal Antics with Netflix


With over 13 million households owning a pet in the UK, its no surprise we are a nation of pet lovers  This month, Netflix is encouraging you to celebrate the animals in your life – so check out our top picks of pet inspired TV shows and films the whole family can enjoy! 


Check out some of the awesome titles you can stream on Netflix, which includes animal adventures for your younger ones, as well as titles suitable for the whole family. 


Whether you have a pet or not, you can still enjoy animal themed fun with your kids. Netflix has teamed up with food artists FunkyLunch who have created two delicious and healthy recipes to spice up a sandwich and get your kids experimenting with lunch. Great news: all the ingredients are things you probably have in your cupboards already, so there is no need to spend money to get crafty.


How to make a Dog sandwich


You will need
2 x slices of wholemeal bread
1 x wholemeal pita or 1 x slice of wholemeal crust
Your favourite sandwich filling
Cucumber
Cheese
Cream cheese (optional)
Method
1. Make a sandwich using two slices of wholemeal bread and your favourite filling
2. Using a sharp knife, cut out a shape that resembles a pear or light bulb (wide and round at one end and narrower and rounded at the other)
3. Using either pitta bread or the slice of a crust, cut two teardrop shapes and then tuck these inside the sandwich so that the rounded section is at the top and the point is downwards
4. To make the nose, cut a slice of cucumber skin and then shape it into a round edged triangle and put it in place
5. For the eyes, take a slice of cheese and using a circular cutter (small cookie cutter), cut two oval eye shapes. Cut some more cucumber skin and using an apple corer or very small circle cutter, make two pupils from the cucumber skin and place on top of the cheese ovals
6. To finish, cut some small curves of cucumber skin using a round cutter and place above the eyes. To give the eyes and nose a more lifelike appearance, use a tiny dot of cream cheese to highlight these


How to make a Rabbit sandwich



You will need
3 x slices of 50/50 white bread
½ a slice of wholemeal bread
Sandwich filling
Slice of ham
Cucumber
Black grapes
Red pepper or cherry tomato
6x pieces of dry spaghetti

Method
1. Make a sandwich using two slices of bread and your favourite filling
2. Cut the shape of the Rabbit head as shown in the picture (rounded at the top, with a wider section for the cheeks, narrowing to a thin neck)
3. To make the ears, cut the third slice of white bread into two long oval shapes pointed at one end, and top these with two ovals of ham slightly smaller than the ears, leaving an edge around the outside
4. Using the wholemeal bread cut two small oval shapes slightly pointed at one end and place these together on top of the bread so that the tips touch. Top this with a small circle of either red pepper or cherry tomato for the nose, cut using a small circle cutter
5. For the eyes, cut a slice of cucumber lengthways and remove the skin. Using the cucumber flesh, cut two long oval shapes and top these with half a black grape for the pupils
6. Finish your Rabbit with some teeth made from a rectangle of cucumber with a v-shape cut up the middle. Using the spaghetti poke it into the wholemeal bread nose and snap off to your desired length. Don’t forget to remove the spaghetti before eating the sandwich

Top tips
1. Instead of cucumber flesh for the eyes and teeth, you could use a slice of cheese cut into the same shapes?
2. Why not swap the dry spaghetti whiskers for some chives or thin strands of spring onion?





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Cadbury Chocolate Competition - Win 10 Boxes of Cadbury Thank You Chocolates For Your Child's Teachers


Summer is here and school’s out! Mummy Be Beautiful has teamed up with Cadbury to bring a little bit of joy to Mums and Teachers around the UK as the end of term approaches. 
One lucky winner will receive x10 boxes of Cadbury Thank You chocolates to help take the hassle out of what to buy for your child’s teacher.  

Bored of buying the same old mug and bunch of flowers for an end of year gift? You’re not alone! A whopping 73% of Mums and Dads have less than an hour to spend on finding a gift and are stuck for inspiration, with a further one in five admitting to recycling abandoned presents! 



Cadbury Thank You boxes are the perfect present to send you straight to the top of the class. Filled with lovely little Cadbury chocolates with hazelnut praline in a flower shaped box, they are the ideal way to say ‘thank you’ to your child’s teachers for their year of hard work.

Available from www.cadbury.co.uk, and most retailers: RRP £3.99 for 180g, or RRP £1.49 for 48g.To enter,simply follow the Rafflecopter Instructions below...



One Lucky Winner will WIN 10 boxes of Cadbury Thank You Chocolates 
for your Child's Teachers

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World Cup Special with Asda


The boys are really enjoying the excitement of the FIFA World Cup, Long before the games began they were collecting Panini Brazil Stickers in preparation of this years World Cup and although England may now unfortunately be out of the game, it hasn't stopped everybody getting into the football spirit.

The boys have been having an amazing time watching the matches supporting their favorite team Brazil, So they were ever so delighted to receive these awesome Brazil footballs, they have been having a fantastic time playing football with their friends and practicing their football skills.

The Brazil footballs are strong and sturdy and are only £5 
which is fantastic bargain.

Asda have a amazing range football goodies to get you into the world cup spirit this year, so why not join in the football fun and check out your local Asda or Asda Online ASDA-Football.




There are lots of amazing Football items at Asda, Great fun for all the family to celebrate the FIFA World Cup 2014.


Or even better still get hold of this awesome personalised mugs Now only £4 or 
£6 for the larger mug at Asda-photo






We were given the Footballs to review, All thoughts are honest and that of our own opinion.

Huevos Rancheros - Recipe



Ingredients

  
4 corn tortillas or other flat breads
  
4 large free range eggs
Oil for frying



For the Tomato Sauce
tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
  
1-2 red chilies finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes
1 tsp brown sugar
salt and black pepper

Chopped coriander to garnish


Method

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Heat the oil in a wide saucepan and soften the onion and the chilli over a low heat for about 10 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 4 minutes more.  
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Add the tomatoes, breaking them up a bit when stirring them in, then add the sugar.  Leave to cook for 15-20 minutes until the tomatoes have cooked down and the sauce has thickened.  You can add a bit of water if it gets too thick. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
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Dry fry the tortillas in a frying pan, or you could brush them with oil and bake them in the oven until crispy.  Fry the eggs in the frying pan.
 .
To assemble the breakfast, top each tortilla with a couple of spoonfuls of the tomato sauce and then a fried egg (or any other toppings you would like). Garnish with coriander.

Serves 4 

This recipe was created by Lisa Faulkner, made using Eggs for Soldiers – a Help for Heroes endorsed product that donates 15p from every pack sold to the charity. For more information on Lisa’s exclusive Eggs For Soldiers recipes visit www.facebook/eggsforsoldiers




I have not received any incentive for sharing this recipe.

Kellogg's All-Bran Chocolate Wheats - Competition & Review


Breakfast is a very important part of the day in our house, as a very busy family I want to ensure we have a tasty breakfast that will set us up for the busy morning ahead.
We were very excited to try the New Kellogg's All Bran Chocolate Wheats, each of the small squares of Chocolate All-Bran is made from natural shredded whole wheat bran fibre with a chocolate filling.


 I made my All-Bran Chocolate Wheats with some hot milk, I was so surprised at the amazing texture and taste, A slight crunchy texture full of yummy chocolate in every bite, a very moreish tasting cereal that left me feeling very satisfied and full and ready to start my day.

 Overall we really loved the taste and we most defiantly will be adding them to our shopping list, absolutely delicious.

New All-Bran Chocolate Wheats are available now from all major supermarkets with a RRP of £2.69 for a 340g box. For more information On Kellogg's All-Bran Wheats and other great cereals, visit www.allbran.co.uk

Now its your chance to get your hands on some boxes of this amazingly tasty cereal

WIN Two Cases (10 Boxes) of Kellogg's 
All-Bran Chocolate Wheats
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Florette Salad Peppercress Pizza

As a family we are always trying to eat healthy and ensure we get our 5 a day into our diet, but with fussy children it can be quite challenge, so are excited to try this awesome Florette Salad Recipe courtesy of Florette Salad, Its a quick and simple recipe which is great for the whole family, best of all it goes down well with the kids. We made a few adjustments and left out the meat and opted for a veggie option. For the full recipe please check out Forette Salad - Peppercress Pizza. Florette Salad have a host of amazing recipes online to inspire you to try healthy salad recipes.

Florette Salad Peppercress Pizza


Ingredients
1 bought pizza base*
1/2 bottle of good quality passata
1 ball of buffalo mozzarella
1/2 punnet of chestnut mushrooms
1 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
125g Mascapone
30g peppercress

Method
Preheat the oven as per pizza base baking instructions.
Slice the mushrooms and fry over a low heat until soft with the oregano and red chilli flakes. Season and set aside.
Spread the passata about a 1/2cm thickness over the base of the dough, right up to the edges.
Slice the mozzarella in thin round and place on the passata, followed by the mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper and more oregano flakes.
Bake in the oven until crisp and cooked through (10 – 15 minutes).
Roughly chop the peppercress and place loosely on top of the pizza along with 3 or 4 dollops of mascarpone and a final drizzle of oil.
Serve – I like to chop my pizza into squares.

*Why not make your own Wholesome Brown Pizza Dough?
Makes one pizza

Ingredients
2.5 cups of a combination of whole wheat flour, spelt flour and rye flour (whichever you can get hold of)
2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast (1 sachet)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar

Method
Preheat oven to 200 C.
In a glass stir together the yeast, water and sugar.
In a large bowl mix together your flour combination. Pour over the yeast mixture and olive oil and mix together vigorously until it all comes together as a dough.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5 – 10 minutes until smooth and bouncy. Add a splash of water if it looks dry, or a sprinkle of flour if it is too sticky to knead.
Place in a greased bowl and cover lightly with greased cling film for 1 hour. (You can also make the dough the night before and pop in the fridge. Just leave it to come to room temperature before cooking.)
Lightly flour a pizza stone or fill with a square of baking parchment.
Flour a surface and rolling pin. Push your dough into a rough circle with your fingers and begin rolling out to a desired thickness (around 1cm) with the rolling pin. Roll from the centre to the edge of the dough, rotating it clockwise slightly after each roll to achieve an even circle.
Use the rolling pin to pick up the dough and move onto your pizza stone. Add your toppings as above and bake until the dough is crisp and firm in the centre.


Recipe Created by Naomi Twigiden with adjustments for full recipe please see above link.





We were given a Florette Salad voucher to enable us to recreate our favorite recipe.

Surf Wild Flowers and Morning Dew


I'm a huge fan of Surf as it's my regular brand of washing detergent. I love the amazing range of scents available and I will often choose between the varied range, purchasing a new scent each time, so I was ever so delighted to try the amazing New Surf Wild Flowers and Morning Dew.

I opened the lid to smell the most amazing aroma of refreshing and uplifting scents of spring flowers and freshly cut grass.
I couldn't wait to try the New Surf in my next wash load, and as a family of four we are all always on the go with work, school and family activities. So we have regular loads of laundry to wash.

My son couldn't wait to snuggle into bed with his freshly washed duvet.

We certainly wasn't disappointed, when I opened the washing machine door 
I could immediately smell the freshness.
Once dry my clothes and bed sheets smelt absolutely amazingly fresh, as well as being perfectly clean with a long lasting freshness.

  

Surf Wild Flowers and Morning Dew is available in capsules and liquid at a RRP £4.85 for the liquid and the Tablets RRP of £5.12 available from all major Supermarkets,



For more information check out www.facebook.com/SurfUK.IRE








I was given the Surf to try, all thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Our Kitchen Story - Building Bonds



“This post is an entry for the “My Kitchen Story” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Fairy Platinum"

Our kitchen is defiantly the heart of our home, Although it is quite a small kitchen, I would say i spend most of my time in this part of our home, it's where so many family meals are cooked daily, I tend to be in the kitchen quite alot, and the boys will often catch up with me sharing their day whilst I carry out the daily chores.



my youngest son is known as "chef" as he will often come and take over the cooking and start stirring whatever I'm cooking on the stove, he also loves to blend and add ingredients, I have to keep an eye on him, as in the past he has often tried to add unwanted food items to my dishes...eeek.

The great thing about our kitchen is that is a space that brings us together and my boys love to help out with the chores whilst chatting with me. We also spend lots of our bonding time in our kitchen baking and getting creative.



We will often make yummy cookies, smoothies and cakes. It's a great bonding time, and it gives the boys the chance to take over the kitchen and get really creative and hands on, although I'm often left with a very messy kitchen which needs lots of tiding up as well as a pile if washing up, but its always worth the fun and yummy baked goods.


Fairy Platinum, which has been awarded best in test 5 years running as It tackles grease leaving you with unbeatably clean dishes first time. 
Fairy Platinum is an all in One dishwasher tablets with liquid power for daily cleaning of stubborn foods of dishes plus grease-cleaning action for the dishwasher.


Platinum Fairy also helps to prevent grease build up on your dishwasher drainage system, filters, and spray arms 
Dissolve quickly and completely in water and leave dishes and cutlery sparkling and clean.





We received the Fairy Platinum as part of our post

My Sunday Photo Fathers Day



Mario Kart Challenge

To celebrate the release of Mario Kart 8, We were set a Challenge to create and design our own Mario Kart, Mario Kart Racing Track and weapons that we would like to use against are racing opponents.


We were very excited and couldn't wait to get started..... 
using some cardboard boxes we had laying around the house and some coloured paints and pens, The boys wasted no time in getting creative and set about creating a their colourful rainbow Kart's, We had so much messy and creative fun. 

My son even went and got his Mario soft toy characters to let them take the driving seat of the new Kart creations, They were super excited and very pleased with their kart's.





The boy's had a great time creating and designing their Mario Rainbow Karts.


We then created our very own racing track using some felt tip pens, my boys opted for a white road with green/blue and red markings. 

     






And or course no Mario kart and racing track would be complete without a weapon to defeat and slow down your opponents, This is the fast blade that will slice and dice the opponents wheels and temporarily slow them down, giving you the chance to whizz by and take the lead....Pretty cool.



We had so much fun getting creative and designing our very own Mario experience at home...Great fun.





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Bin Weevil Arty Arcade



We were delighted to try out the new Bin Weevil Arty Arcade, a fun artistic experience where you can paint and create your own fun and exciting designs. Arty Arcade allow the user to experiment with a vast array of amazing brushes and effects, it also allows the user to incorporate your own photos of friends and family into your designs.


Choose from an assortment of imagery and tools invent amazing vibrant designs, and turn them into an incredible selection of printable gifts such as masks, tattoos, t-shirt transfers,custom designed cards and much much more. With so many amazing experimental creative designs you will find yourself transformed into the creative world of Bin Weevil Arty Arcade.


Some amazing Key Feature are.... 

Explore the Bin Weevils universe along with your favourite characters!
Invent amazing imagery using hundreds of backgrounds, characters, nest items and more.
Turn your own images into awesome printable gifts including t-shirt transfers, masks, greetings cards, tattoos.
Experiment with incredible brushes! Paint with elephant trunks, balloon animals, and gunge amongst many more!Mix your own amazing colours in Lab’s Lab using the musical paint jars.
Create amazing images with insane effects.
Put your favourite characters into the washing machine or create bedlam with the desk fan and TV feedback effects.


The boys absolutely loved creating their Bin Weevil Arty Arcade designs, with so much to choose from and endless design ideas, Bin Weevil is the perfect choice
for creative minds.


Bin Weevil will be coming soon to PC and mac. For more information on Bin Weevil Arty Arcade click Here







We attended a Bin Weevil event, All thoughts and opinions are honest and that of our own.



Father's Day Gift Guide with Asda


As Father's Day approaches, its always challenging trying to find the perfect gift and with the help of Asda we are delighted to bring you this amazing selection of Father's Day Gifts suitable for every pocket, as well as our chosen gift choice for this Fathers Day.

We were delighted to receive the Polaroid Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker at only £15 its a real bargain, It was very easy to connect the bluetooth connection to the mobile phone and in no time we had a room filed with music, although the Speaker is mini its made no difference to the sound quality, as it was clear and played fairly loud, it was easy to adjust the volume and change tracks using the button interface. 

The great thing about this cool Polaroid Mini Speaker is that once charged via mini USB you have up to four hours of portable music play.The awesome Polaroid Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker also lets you share handsfree phone conversations with the built in call management technology. and as the speaker is bluetooth enabled you can stream wirelessly from any bluetooth enabled device such as MP3 players and tablets as well as your mobile phone so its the prefect gadget and choice for us this Father Day


We really love this Polaroid Mini Speaker for our Father's Day gift, the boys cant cant wait to present it to their dad in a few days time, check out Asda for other awesome fathers day gifts Here


Here is a small taster of some of the cool gifts Asda has to offer this Fathers Day













We were given the Polaroid Mini Speaker,as it was our choice of gift , all thought are honest and of our own.