Friday, 2 October 2015


I would like to thank Oliveit UK for hosting this delightful giveaway with us. 

Olive it! Is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to bag two places on an exclusive culinary masterclass with celebrated Spanish Chef Omar Allibhoy. Omar has been hailed by Gordon Ramsay as the “Antonio Banderas of cooking”.  He is smoking hot in the kitchen, he has been working his socks off to get Tapas recognised here in the UK!  

Omar will be hands on hosting an exclusive cookery tuition session, teaching a variety of tapas, inspired recipes using everyone’s favourite Mediterranean ingredient… table olives! 
Talk about mouth watering.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to use the mouth-watering flavours of olives to add a twist to everyday dishes, weather you are cooking at home or you are entertaining guests.  The culinary masterclass will be located at the infamous gastronomic hotspot 'Food at 52', in the heart of Clerkenwell, London. 

This bespoke class will take place on Thursday 15th October (12.30-3.30pm) with guests cooking up a variety of exciting dishes, there after the winner will get to sit down to enjoy sampling the mouth-watering feast accompanied by carefully selected wines.

So don't be shy come and give it a try.

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Ends 11 October
Open to UK residence only
Please note this is an exclusive cookery lesson with Spanish Chef OMAR ALLIBHOY. The venue is Food at 52, Clerkenwell, London. The class will take place on Thursday 15th October (12.30-3.30pm)
Only open 18+
 - Winner contacted soon after and details made public on my social media sites.  

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Saturday, 5 September 2015

I have a JOB! Working 9 to 5

I have a little bit of fabulous news.  I have a J.O.B! Yippeee!!!   

I have been working...

Over the last 6 months, its been really playing on my mind on how bored I am, especially as both of my sons are now at school full time.  My major concern is not having appropriate child care in the summer holidays, also deep down I have felt a little scared, I don't want to fail my family or a future employer.

Out of the blue, I had a message from friend, someone I used to work with.  They need someone to help, however it is only a temporary position.  I knew I could do the assignment with my eyes closed, so I jumped at the chance.  The best part is I can work from home.

Last week, I went to the corporate offices at London Bridge for a couple of days training.  It felt really nice to be welcomed by so many lovely people, training went very well.  I took to the work like a duck to water.  This last week I have been working full-time from home, its been great.  I wouldn't say its been easy, working from home has meant I have had to prove to myself to be disciplined, not too many tea breaks and having to keep myself focused.  I have a my little office set-up in my frontroom, looking out onto my street, Absolute radio has been keeping me entertained in the back ground. 

My body has had to get used to sitting down for hours at a time but apart from that it is going very well.  I am really pleased this is a start in the right direction, that I had wanted, actually what I needed.  I hope to find something more permanent when my assignment finishes.  Most of all it is nice to feel useful and get paid too.

Also, I have to give 110% kudos to full time working parents that keep their blogs upto date... Working in full time employment.   It is really difficult to work, run a home and write a blog at the same time.  My sons only went back to school on Friday, I haven't found time to keep up with my blog, I've been too knackered to write, its been impossible.  So massive respect too the parents bloggers that do!

Whatever you dream of doing, good luck, nothing is impossible.   

The Ugglys Pet Shop review, The Ugly pets you'll actually like to play with

I have 2 boys, both like fairly gross and ugly things, neither of them are spooked or shocked by weird looking things.  It could be because their daddy has a love for War Hammer 40K, Star Wars and Zombies. 

Liam is my youngest at 5 years old, he is interested in animals, dinosaurs, sea creatures.  He is a very curious little chap, full of questions, he likes to repeat facts.  He has a love for animals, especially dogs, not a day goes by he is asking for a puppy or on occasion an alligator.

Recently was kindly sent The Ugglys Pet Shop to review.  My first impression was this is really gross... however I am not a little boy with a inquisitive imagination and admiration of animals.

I actually get it now, they are suppose to be gross looking.  Both my sons found them hilarious and very funny not gross looking whatsoever.

The box may look a little deceiving, as it looks like there are 4 little stackable houses.  Two of the pictures are cardboard, there is only one house, the otherside is the Pet Shop entrance (the red door).  Also included is the Manic Monkey, he has a big wonky grin and boggled eyes, looks like a total loon.  The blue big roof is detachable. 

Its a great introduction pack, for anybody wanting to start the collection.  The Ugglys PetShop is £12.99  Character Online.

PUSH DOWN >> Poooff!

There are 101 Ugglys pets to collect.
Pets can be purchased alone in twin packs £4.99 (no house included).  Or individual houses with 1 pet included £6.95.

However if you want them to stack them on top of your existing Pet Shop and add the roof on top you will need to buy them the houses in twos.  It would be like building a block of flats.

Every home has its own it's silly, stupid sounds too .  If your kids are anything like mine, the sound of goofy noises, of course big fat burps and smelly farty noises are the best to have everyone rolling around in stitches!  All you need to do is press down on the house and your little house will blast off with funny noises.  Each house will make a few different sounds.   I can only imagination what a stackable Pet Shop would sound like, a mad place spring to mind.


Liam really like the pets too,  he takes his in his pockets, puts them in the Pet Shop when he is at home.  These are lovely little toys, nicely made, the small parts don't fall off, lots of little details, not cheap looking, the stickers don't peel off either.  Best of all The Ugglys Pet Shop make my sons laugh out loudly too.  They all also interchangeable, they can all be stacked as you want them to be.  They are easy to store as they don't up much space.

Fun great toys for little fingers and great minds.  They are aimed at children aged 5+

Disclaimer: This is an unsponsored post.  I was sent them for a honest review.  I hope you get to enjoy these charming, Ugglys too!

Do not be shy, come and say hi!  

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Manomasa Torillas Review and Torillas Meatball recipe - Very Tasty indeed

I had been sent some Manomasa Tortillas chips to sample, I am the first to admit me and my family are a bunch of snackers and we love torillas chip at the best of times.  I had only seen the Manomasa brand online.  I have never actually had the opportunity to eat them before now.  

The Manomasa are corn flour tortillas (perfect if you are a Coeliac and want Gluten free). The Manomasa Brand was born in the back streets of Mexico, paying great homage to 'The Totopo', a traditional flat corn tortilla (flat bread). The Totopo would be baked in the a clay oven and unlike any other tortillas The Totopo had salt added to the Masa (corn dough) and holes are made in the disk prior to baking.

Manomasa uses traditional Mexican techniques to create authentic style tortillas, they are much thinner then other tortillas I have eaten.  Also do not be fooled they are nothing like the thick Nachos you may have brought in supermarkets.

There are 6 flavours, each has a new and tasty combination, fairly original with a ingredient global twist.  The different flavours have unique shaped tortillas on the front their packets.  So do not be alarmed to open the Manchego & Green Olive to find the tortillas rectangle shaped.

These tortillas are packed with flavours and deliciously put together, hopefully to meet everyones individual taste needs. My favourite's are the Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn & Tomatillo Salsa both flavorful, bursting with exciting flavours, the texture in my mouth is really something too.  My least favourite were the Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper maybe because I expected them to tasty more like crisps and they did not.  However my other half and youngest son voted these ones the best.

Manchego & Green Olive: RECIPE No.15 The DIPPER layered with juicy Mediterranean olives, subtly sweet PIMIENTO and tangy MANCHEGO CHEESE

Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn: RECIPE No. 86 The TOSTADA is packed with creamy beans, pepped up with zesty GREEN LEMON and delicate FRUITINESS

Chipotle & Lime: RECIPE No. 24 The TOTOPO with smoky chipotle chilli & zingy lime with RED BELL PEPPERS, GUAJILLO chilli & TOMATO PUMPKIN SEEDS

Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper: RECIPE No. 34 The SIXER with a pinch of salt & twist of cracked BLACK PEPPER crunch full of golden LINSEEDS, brown linseeds poppy, CARAWAY & sunflower seeds
White Cheddar: RECIPE No. 51 The SUPER SCOOP with creamy Cheddar cheese and CILANTRO. A rich WHITE CORN chip liberally scattered with GOLDEN LINSEEDS.

Tomatillo Salsa: RECIPE No. 63 THE TOTOPO GRANDE with fruity Peruvian Amarillo chilli, a crunch of RED and WHITE QUINOA SEEDS, blended with tingling TOMATILLO SALSA.

I thought it would be a shame just munch them all up as this could so easily be done.  I made a meal with some of the Manomasa Tortillas chips.

We are huge fan of Latin style dishes.  I cooked up a storm in the kitchen and made a family favourite Meatballs.  


Recipe: Main Dish, Gluten-Free
Cooking Type: Oven or Actifry 2in1
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6


500g Minced beef
One small Onion
2 cloves of garlic
One 160g packet of Manomasa Tortillas chips (I use the Manchego & Green Olive) I like the idea of added a cheesy twist to my meatballs
A vegetable stock cube
1tsp of mixed herbs
5g of cumin
A table spoon of Tomato puree
1 egg
Add Salt and Pepper

One Large Onion diced
3 Garlic cloves crushed
10ml Oil
2 Tins 400g of chopped tomatoes
A big dollop of Tomato puree
10g mixed herbs
1 x Vegetable stock cube and
1 x Beef stock Cube
150ml of boiled water
10g cumin
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper

Pinch of Salt
10ml Oil
1 and half cups of rice
Boiled water - use the same cup and double the water.
(3 cups of boiled water)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Gas mark 4

Rice: Boil the kettle.  Add the oil, the rice and salt to a medium sized pan (make sure you have a pan with a lid).  Cook the rice on a medium heat, until the rice looks white, this should take about 10/15 minutes.
Then add the double quantity of water of rice, to the rice.  Cover the Pan with it's lid and bring to boiling point.  Will be ready in 2 minutes (not any longer)
Then reduce the heat to it lowest setting for 25 minutes.  Turn off the heat and keep covered until ready to serve.        

Meatballs: I blitzed the onion and garlic in the food processor, for 5 seconds, they will look finely chopped up.
Then added the Tortillas Chips blitzed all until they resemble fine crumbs.

In a large bowl add all the ingredients and mix very well.  
Roll the meat into balls, not too big, so they fit in the palm of your hands.
Put them in a baking tray and let them cook in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes
Actifry Option: Actifry 2 in 1 - Cook in the top tray for 20 minutes

While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.

Sauce: Add the Oil to a large heavy pan
Add the Onion and Garlic
cook until golden brown
Add Herbs, Spices & Puree
Mix it all up
Add the 2 tins of tomatoes
make sure it's all cooking on a low heat
Crumble both cubes and add to the tomato sauce mixture
mix well for a couple of minutes.
If the sauce get too thick add some boiled water
cover pan and let it simmer, keep checking it not burning until the meatballs have cooked.

Once the meatballs have cooked, add them to the sauce.  Ensure they are completely covered in the sauce.  Keep them simmering in the sauce for 10 minutes and add boiled water starts to get thick.
 Done ready to serve:

If you want to add some extras.
You could make a homemade Guacamole and Nacho style tortillas.

One avocado peeled and deseeded
3 thin Spring onions, peeled and chopped
2 small fresh tomatoes
(one little green chilli optional)
Salt to taste

Blitzed with a hand mixute, make it chunky or smooth, however you like, its ready to serve with the Manomasa Tortillas.

Nacho style Tortillas:
2 big handfuls of Manomasa tortillas
add sliced JalapeƱos
a handful of grated cheese on top and quickly grill until the cheese has melted. Done

Our dinner tasted fantastic, I make meatballs a lot.  These actually were a lot lighted then the plain meat ones I always make. We could taste a hint of cheese from the tortillas, they came out really nice.  This was really easy to make and I had four empty plates and plenty food leftover for 2nds.

We have ready enjoyed Manomasa Tortillas.  I can't wait indulge again soon.  If you get a chance to make them, please let me know how it went.

Thank you for stopping by, don't be shy and come and say Hi!

Disclaimer: this is an unsponsored post, I was sent a few packets of Manomasa to sample and give my honest opinion on them.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

LEGO® Dream home competition! with Ocean Finance, my sons entry

James and Liam had been set a blogger challenge from Ocean Finance, they have been building their dream home from Lego blocks.  To be honest it has taken some time, the Lego blocks have been on the table for a few weeks.  'We are doing it, has been said a lot.'

They love the Lego kits and can easily follow the instructions.  Doing free-play has really sent them wild.  I told them weeks before the Lego arrived they will be working together to build their dream home.  I asked them to think of ideas or draw some pictures, maybe when we're out they may see a building they like. I said 'run with your imaginations. It could be for your Skylander Toys, The little Minions we have, whatever you like, you think it and you can build it.'

I could see their little face thinking what to make, how is it possible.  I am pleased to say with a lot of encouragement they have gone for it in a big way!

I am really impressed.  Liam had so many ideas he tried to run with them all, adding the flags and lights, making the beds, the trees and the Games rooms and kitchens.

There has been lots of adverts for the Pixel movie, Liam wanted Pac Man to greet his friends, so made him and added him to the roof.

'The kitchen has a glass wall, so we can see outside' said Liam.  'This has been inspired because our bathroom is next to the kitchen.'  They have to turn the light-on in the kitchen at night to go to the toilet.

They had to have bunkbeds (same as they do at home - Love the details) so they can talk to each other in bed. 

A games rooms, no mummies allowed! (Well that is just a rude I told them) With a touchscreen TV and all the gadgets like daddy.

James added the garden and swimming pool, with lifeguard, Liam added the diving board. James said their treasure chests are kept there for safe keeping, because he is very rich. 

The Hall lamp, is brain control,

They added a Water Bar.  This made me laugh, we have one at home, James drinks so much water, it makes sense he would add one.

Garages for the car, buggy and helicopter.

James made most of the walls.  Liam built the kitchen wall, with all the details.

They believe their house is the best, because their dream home is amazing, it has everything they need and want.  All their friends want play with them too.

I have enjoyed them playing together and being very creative, they are still playing with the house, both still adding things.

Liam also said one day he would buy me my dream house, I wonder if I can hold him to that.

This is my sons entry for the 'LEGO® House Competition' run by Ocean Finance 
There are 60 bloggers all of whom have been sent lego, for the child/ren to build their dream homes.  Good luck everyone.

Disclaimer: This is an unsponsored post, I was sent some Lego to build this home.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Our Summer Holidays

How has everyone been during the holidays?  I can not believe there are only two weeks of our summer holiday break left.  I have friends that have already gone back to school this week.  Time is flying by for everyone.
The downer is the weather, it's been warmish at least.  Ha ha so lets not grumble.
My kids don't care what the weather is like, as long as they can have fun they are happy!

Being kids they have been enjoying rather fat lie-ins and trying their luck at going to bed as late as possible.

It's all been fun and games at my house over the last few weeks, I wanted to share a little of what we have been up too...

The kids spent all their savings on Skylanders,
enjoying the sales in Smyths
We went blackberry picking, this is the first fruit pie I had baked in a while
and Liam ate most of it.


We went to Wembley watched 'Inside Out' at the cinema

We played with friends, even went to a (local farm) Cassionbury
Farms Open Day
James cooked us dinner twice - He loves Pizza

We've been on buses, tubes and trains,
in and out of London a lot

I have been organised and brought the sons their school uniforms

Lots of play fighting and cuddles
We have scoffed our faces with lashings of Ice-Cream

We have done so much more.  The best part for me is waking-up finding these two delicious munchkins (and on occasion their daddy in bed - on a day off) all in my bed,  they have been so affectionate, giving me huge cuddles, it's been heaven.

I have loved the quality time we have been spending together, this has been the best summer holidays so far and we haven't actually been on a holiday.

The last few years have flown by and with every day I love my family just a little bit more, I know it's cheesy but they make me feel so happy. 

We still have 2 weeks left, I have no plans at the moment
(Apart from me and my boyfriend will be celebrating 10 years together soon)

Sending you much happiness, enjoy the next few weeks, because it will be back to routines before we know it.

Thank you for stopping by, dont be shy, come and say Hi! 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

I have SPOTTED FACEB4, Have you? Fabulous Skin Duo Review!

Some of us are luckier then others, especially when it comes to beautiful healthy looking skin.

I have spent most of my life hiding my spotty face, make-up is an amazing thing, concealing what hides beneath.  I know I'm not the only person to do this.

More recently I wear make-up less and less, I have grown comfortable within my shell.  However I do have days, weeks, month when my face erupts like I am a teenager and I want to hide.  I can feel the zits coming to the surface, my face feels sore, the skin becomes red and the big ass bumps appears.

Then the irritation kicks in and the pain. It's really not fair especially for an older woman to go through this.  I had hoped by the time I hit my 30s' my skin would settle, no such luck. 

I do make a habit to use none greasy products, products that absorb well leaving no residue, that do not irritate my skin, also that will not dry my skin out.  

Before taken 2 months ago

I recently was sent FaceB4 brand products, this is a skincare duo, I was asked if I would like to test them out.  The packaging is clear, FaceB4 helps fight the bacteria that cause spots, also Helps Prevent spots.  This is a medicated formula that is clinically tested.

I suggest using the Skin Duo twice daily; Morning and before bed.

Daily Cleaning Foam
This is a double pump action bottle, with a combined Cleanser & Toner.
You will need two pumps of the foam cleanser to cover your face and neck.

I feel the foam getting to work right away, the bacteria crying as I drown it in the foam.  I like the stinging sensation, I know it is working.
Leave it on a minute before rinsing off with warm water. My skin feels soft and supple.

The foam doesn't have a smell, which is good, I personally do not like the harsh smell medicated products.

I dry my face with my clean face towel.  Then I apply FACEB4 Anti-Bacterial Serum.

One pump is more than enough to cover my face, I gentle massage it into face in circular movements around my face, with gentle up and out strokes under my eyes.

My skins appearance is left shiny and starts to tighten.  After a few minutes I feel a tingly feeling where I have spots, the serum is working.  Again no smell from this product.
I add my moisturiser as normal and I can apply make-up as normal at this stage.

Overall my face feels good.

I have used this product over 2 months, that's how long it has lasted me. I am very happy with the results.  My blemished and spotty skin looks healthy my spots are not so angry, I am less spotty too.  This formula is not a miracle cure however there is a dramatic improvement.
After taken today

If you have skin concerns, I recommend FACEB4.   If you are unsure if this is suitable for your skin type or have medical problems contact FACEB4 on
Twitter: @FaceB4 or Facebook they will be able to confirm if these product is right for you.

FACEB4 has been clinically tested and has had a lot really good reviews.

The products range around £14.99 each of them.

This Skin duo is for 12+ upwards, so suitable for most age groups.  With each day, I am aging, I can not turn back time the hands of time but I plan to preserve what I have for as long as possible.

Thank you for stopping by, don't be shy, com and say 'Hi!'

Disclaimer: This is an unsponsored post.