Scalextric Touring Car Battle Set Review

Scalextric has been and still is a popular gift with children and adults alike! There is something about a Scalextric that appeals to everyone. I never owned a Scalextric set when I was younger, I think my brother did but I don’t recall playing with it. When I was offered the opportunity to review one, I was a little bit excited. The big kid inside. I also knew that my husband and my eldest would have so much fun with it. The simplicity of Scalextric is part of its enduring appeal. The general concept is electrically powered scale-model cars race around a slotted track. The cars are operated by a simple hand-controller. The track slots together easily which is handy when you have an impatient child who cant wait to play. The Scalextric we were sent is the Scalextric Touring Car Battle Set. It is very cool. The box contains a 15V transformer, a lap counter,… View Post

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Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

Are you having a Halloween Party? Or just want to make some great Halloween goodies at home? Then look no further, here are some great recipes that you can make. Lime & Lemongrass Halloween Carrot Cake Serves 12 300g Carrots, peeled 225ml Sunflower Oil 170g Sunflower Oil 3 Eggs 1tsp Vanilla Extract 2tbs Maple Syrup 4tso Belvoir Lime & Lemongrass Cordial Zest of 2 Limes 325g Self-Raising Flour 1tsp Baking Powder For The Icing 125g unsalted butter 125g icing sugar 50g full fat soft cheese 1tbsp Belvoir Lime & Lemongrass Cordial orange food colouring black writing icing plastic spiders to decorate Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180oC/Gas 4/Fan 165oC. Lightly oil a 20cm deep cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. Coarsely grate the carrots. 2. In a stand mixer or with an electric hand whisk, beat together the oil, sugar and eggs until they are light… View Post

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Don’t Try And Be The Mum You’re Not

She’s so organised and seems to be able to keep her house beautifully neat. She’s so hospitable and is always comfortable for people to visit her home. She always looks amazing. I don’t know how she does it. She’s so creative and thinks of cool things to do. She’s so active and takes her kids everywhere. She’s always so patient, gentle and kind. I’ve never heard her raise her voice. She’s funny and makes everyone around her laugh. She bakes and cooks everything from scratch. If I look for generalisations, I’ll surely find them. When I do find them, I see the many things I’m not as a mum (but would like to be). It’s easy to fall into the trap of worrying I’m not giving my children all they need because I can’t be all the things I see in others. Some of the many  things I am not I’m… View Post

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Technology Isn’t Always A Good Thing

Technology is everywhere we look. Computers, tablets, phones, game consoles and television. Whilst technology comes with many advantages, there are also occasions when it isn’t a good thing. When I was a kid the only options for writing were pen and paper and type writers. Game Consoles were starting to appear. I loved my ZX Spectrum, despite it taking half an hour to load a game. Paper boy was a firm favourite. To see friends it was a case of knocking on a door or phoning them from the land line.  Now I never write letters with pen and paper and I don’t phone people that often. I text rather than call most of the time and I spend a lot of time in front of one device or another. I do my banking and shopping online and keep up to date with friends on facebook. All of this is very… View Post

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Blog Birthday Giveaway – Win a Born Gifted My First Paddington Bear

Finding the perfect gift or toy for a baby can be tricky business as I well know. Having children of my own and also had to buy gifts for other babies, I have frequently debated on what to buy. You never know what they have already got. Born Gifted is a great website that has a large selection of gifts. They offer toys, personalised gifts and there is also a  great selection of Christening Gifts. If you are looking for the perfect gift I recommend checking out the Born Gifted Website. The website is really easy to navigate and another bonus is that the standard postage is only £2.95.   The Born Gifted My First Paddington Bear is a lovely introduction to Michael Bond’s loveable character for any baby. Made from super soft plush and complete with signature red hat and removable blue coat this quality plush toy would make a… View Post

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