Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Baby & Children's Gifts from Born Gifted

I love shopping for gifts for other people. I really take my time shopping around to find something that I think is really unique and personal to them (and at the best price of course!)

Over the summer we have quite a few children's birthdays among family and friends so I've been having a look at the lovely gifts available at Born Gifted and I wanted to share a few of my favourites with you...



This ABC print Deckchair is just adorable and a perfect addition to any child's garden this summer, it looks great quality at just £19.99.


My children absolutely love gardening and I know they would be delighted with this bright and colourful gardening tool kit that can even be personalised with their names, a really fun summer gift at £18.99.


If you know a mum who can't function without her morning coffee then this funky Rise and Shine Sippy Cup inspired by a certain coffee house chain would make the perfect accessory for their little one at just £6.99!



Keeping cool is what it's all about in this weather and these Lickety Pops Ice Lolly Moulds shaped like tongues are both practical and a little bit cheeky, a great budget gift at just £4.99 for a pack of two!

At Born Gifted, they understand that everyone has their own budget to stick to so they offer a wide variety of gifts at prices to suit every situation. They also have a very handy search tool that allows you to look up suitable gifts within your price range.

They also know that we all love a Freebie so as well as offering FREE standard UK delivery on everything, they also have their own FREEBIES page where they have brought together the best offers and freebies for parents in one place. These great finds include Free nursing tea for breastfeeding Mums, free printable colouring sheets to keep children entertained in the summer holidays and even a free cuddly cow for baby!

The lovely folks at Born Gifted have offered me a £20 voucher to give away to one of you lovely readers. Just follow the rafflecopter instructions below for your chance to win:

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One winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend at http://www.borngifted.co.uk/ The prize will be provided by Born Gifted  No cash alternative. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery of prize.
Entrant's must be 18 years or over, 
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Multiple entries will be disqualified.

The competition will close at 12.00am on 14 August 2014.








Save Money on Family Days Out with #CBeebiesMagKidsGoFree



The Summer Holidays are always a difficult time to stick to a budget, you want to make the most of the time off with your children and create some special memories together but days out to their favourite attractions don't come cheap, especially if you are a larger family. 

So to help save you some money this summer CBeebies magazine has teamed up with Merlin Entertainments to launch a Summer long campaign giving parents the chance to save up to £355 on top kids’ attractions in the UK!

Every issue of CBeebies Magazine from the 16th July until the 7th October will come with two vouchers for kids to go free to a different Merlin attraction.These will include some of the most popular kids’ attractions in the country...

Sealife Centres and Seal sanctuaries - Issue 409 on sale 16th July


Chessington World of AdventuresIssue 410 on sale TODAY 30th July


Alton Towers Resort inc. CBeebies LandIssue 411 on sale 13th Aug


Warwick Castle Issue 412 on sale 27th Aug


Legoland and Legoland Discovery Centre Issue 413 on sale 10th Sept


Sealife Centres and Seal sanctuaries - Issue 414 on sale 24th Sept

Depending on the resort you choose to visit each voucher could save you between £19.50 and £43.20! So for a family of four visiting Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers purchasing a £3 magazine will not only entertain your children on the car journey there but could save you a whopping £86.40!


According to Stephanie Cooper, Editor Pre-school: “Keeping kids entertained during the long summer months can often be a challenge and we want to do our bit to help. We are delighted to team up with Merlin Entertainment on this fabulous offer. For a magazine priced under £3 for each issue parents can bring two kids for free to some of the countries’ best venues.
Are you planning any family days out this summer? I would love to hear where you're going! We're looking forward to vising Cbeebies land this weekend, so be sure to come back and check out our review!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Halloumi and Pepper Stack - Quick Summer Meals



In the hot weather we've been having recently it can be hard to make too much of an effort  when preparing food so I like to have a few really simple and quick meal ideas to hand . This delicious  vegetarian grill stack was first created based on what was left in my fridge the day before my weekly shop! The ingredients compliment each other really well though and  and it soon became a regular favourite.

What you need (to serve 4):


A 250g block of Halloumi Cheese

Two large Peppers (I chose Yellow and Red)

100g Cous Cous (either a ready spiced mix that you can buy in the supermarket or plain cous cous and your own spices to taste.)

Dressing (I used a sweet chilli, soy and ginger dressing, but I think sweet chilli, or a balsamic glaze would go equally as well)

What to do:


Start by slicing your Halloumi into 8 pieces and place under grill, (To make it super quick and easy I used our George Foreman).

Next chop each of  your peppers up into 6 large pieces and also place on the grill.

Make up your cous cous as per the packet instructions (usually adding boiling water, stir, leave for five minutes and stir some more, adding a little olive oil if preferred.)

Turn the cheese and peppers after 5 minutes and continue to grill for a further 5 mins.

Serve by dishing the cous cous onto the plates then stacking 3 pieces of pepper and two pieces of Halloumi alternately on top to form a 'tower'.

Add dressing and season to taste and enjoy!

A deliciously simple vegetarian meal from fridge to plate in just 15 minutes, perfect for a warm summer evening!

Also great on a budget: this worked out at just 95p a serving for me!

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