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Christmas morning pancakes

Christmas morning pancakes – quick, sweet and fun!

This was an impromptu pancake breakfast with some suitably festive sprinkles. They were such a hit, we’re going to have them again as a special treat on Christmas morning, so hence force and forever more they shall be known as Christmas Morning Pancakes!

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5 tips for managing a tight household budget

If you dream of owning your own home but are struggling to figure out how you’ll ever be able to put enough aside to make up a deposit, a careful review of your household budget can help free up a few pounds here and there to start putting into a savings account. Here are five tips for cutting down on household costs.


The Samsung VU7000 Motion Sync 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner: first impressions

I’ve just unboxed and vacuumed the house for the first time with the Samsung VU7000 Motion Sync 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner, so I’m going to share my first impressions today and then once I’ve had a chance to really put it through its paces, I’ll post again to let you know how I got on. So […]

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Will you be embracing Christmas jumper season?

Love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the fact that Christmas jumper season is here. And so too, it seems, are The Christmas Jumpers. Hit it lads… Now, if you’ve never worn a festive fleece before, this could be your year, because affordable fashion retailers have embraced the season and this year’s pick isn’t […]

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A family weekend and little moments of happiness

We should have spent this weekend getting jostled about by other stressed Christmas shoppers, but thanks to some tip-top organisational skills on my part *cough* and a little help from Paypal, that’s already sorted. So instead, here are some of the magical family moments we enjoyed this weekend.


Celebrate 10 Years of Peppa Pig! (review)

If you, like me, are a parent of small people, you’re probably already very familiar with Peppa Pig, but did you know that the loquacious little piglet has now been on our screens for ten years? To celebrate Peppa Pig’s 10th anniversary, I’ve been looking at a series of games, stationery and other goodies from the themed range. Take a look – they’d all make perfect Christmas presents.


Kids’ winter style at Debenhams

Debenhams sent us a few pieces from their kids collection to help keep Miss J and JD toasty this winter and I’m pretty impressed. They have a good selection of items, from the more affordable Bluezoo range up to the slightly pricier Ted Baker options.

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Arroz Doce (Portugese rice pudding)

Arroz Doce (Portuguese rice pudding)

I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I LOVE rice pudding. Not so much the thin, out of-the-can gloop, no, I love the home-made stuff that slowly fills the house with a warm, sugary scent long before it’s ready to eat. So, when Expedia got in touch and asked me to take part […]


Festive cookie ideas + #recipeoftheweek 13-19 Dec

It’s time for #recipeoftheweek once again. This is THE place to link up your recipe posts for lots of tweet, comment and Pinterest love. At the bottom of this post is the latest #recipeoftheweek ‘linky’ – use it to add any recipe posts you would like to share. They don’t have to follow a particular […]


Corned beef & mozzarella twice-baked potatoes (recipe)

Today I have a very easy and deliciously filling recipe for you which uses baked potatoes, mozzarella and Princes corned beef as the key ingredients. If you’ve only ever had corned beef in corned beef hash, this will be a bit of a revelation. Here’s a quick look to whet your appetite. The recipe feed four […]

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Five creative Christmas cooking ideas + win a £20 eBay voucher

It’s almost Christmas! And that means I’ve been going crazy in the kitchen preparing all sorts of awesome Christmas treats ready for the big day. With that in mind, I’ve taken inspiration from my love of Christmas cookery to share with you a collection of ideas you could put into practice to make Christmas extra special this […]


Win a Ride On Shape Sorter Zebra worth £74.95

Win this Ride On Shape Sorter Zebra – it would make a lovely gift for a little one. Aimed at children aged 12 months+, it’s a foot to floor ride-on toy with solid wheels and no pedals.