Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Super Chesnuts.....

When I first started my blog it was to capture those little gems that kids say which if you are anything like me, you will soon forget.......Today it was the turn of Beansy to make me laugh but first I shall set the scene....it probably will get lost in translation but made me laugh a LOT!

Pixie is naked having taken off her skirt to do a poo on the loo......quick as a flash, BoBo whips her skirt up and puts it on before prancing (yep, he really was) around saying "I'm Mummy's little girl...ooooooooohhhhh"

Pixie then flings herself (yep, she really does) onto the floor wailing and kicking saying "NO, I am Mummy's girl"

This goes on for about 2 minutes when Beansy then pipes up "Mummy, your kids really are weirdos aren't they?"

See, lost in translation but has made me laugh again!!! 

I have cross dressing, naked dancing, temper tantrum throwing kids, but do you know what?!  I wouldn't swop them for love or money!!!!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

Appliance Online could make my (and your!) dream come true!

As most of you know from my various rantings on twitter or real life, my washing machine is the bane of my life.   It has served us well these last 16ish  (oh when things were built to last) years but has been very temperamental these past few months and finally gave up the ghost a few months ago.

We have been unable to replace this due to financial constraints, so when I was having a moan to the very sexy voiced Yossi over at Appliances Online he told me that if I made a video plea that I might just get my wish come true!!

Never one to turn down a challenge, I got the kids involved and we came up with a very silly poem that we then captured on video before rushing off to school.  I love that when you listen to this, you can hear the kids laughing at me in the background..too cute!

The great thing about this is that you choose the prize - what is it that you most desire???  I went for the Samsung eco bubble washing machine as not only does it have an 8kg wash it is also A+++ efficiency rating which means that not only does it offers a unique blend of advanced design and technology, it also achieves top class energy consumption (30 percent less than the limit for an “A Energy” rated washer).

What really appeals to me though is the "bubble technology" which dissolves the washing powder into the water and then injects air, which produces a rich soapy foam cushion that begins to appear in the drum seconds after the normal cycle starts. The detergent is so thoroughly dissolved into the water, it doesn’t need as much hot water (unlike me, I know I am waffling on but it is such a great advance in technology) to aid the cleaning and penetrates deeper into clothes up to four times faster than conventional washers.

What this basically means is that it can wash at 15°C temperatures whilst delivering an unbeatable 70 percent energy saving. 

How amazing is that?!!!

If you fancy having a go yourself, or you just want to have a giggle at my video, then head on over to Appliances Online Facebook page.  My video plea is on the 2nd page.....

I would love it if you could comment on their page and please, please enter yourself!!!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

Monday, 23 May 2011

An Amazing Opportunity...............

When I was in labour with Beansy way, way back in 2003, England were playing the best Rugby they had played in a long time at the world cup.   Of course we went on to win and us English fans were quite literally worshiping at the feet of a certain Mr Wilkinson.  In fact, such a passionate English fan I am, that I wanted to give Beansy the middle name "Jonny". 

picture courtesy of bbc news

HAW being Scottish put his put down on that idea, but it was no surprise that our boys would go on to play rugby from a very young age.  In fact, when we were talking about a summer holiday at the weekend they said they didn't care where we went so long as they could take a rugby ball!
They both started playing aged 3 at our local club Sutton & Epsom RFC and HAW is now a coach whilst I manage the Under 7's.    S&E is one of the oldest yet most active clubs in the Country which has a splendid and magnificent past.  You can find out more Here 

Our under 7's have had a magnificent first festival season, winning plenty of silverware and qualifying for the final of the Curtain Raiser Cup at Quins.  We lost by one try to the eventual winners but more importantly than any silverware is the team spirit and enjoyment for the game that has been seen throughout the squad.

When I saw that AEG were supporting grass roots Rugby and offering not 1 but 50 (!) teams aged 16 and under the opportunity to design new kits, win a washing machine, tumble dryer and lots of other goodies I just had to enter my boys and girls.    I couldn't believe it today when I was told that we were a finalist!!!

Now my lovely friends, we are all waiting with bated breathe to find out which lucky team gets the opportunity to train with Austin Healey, and the ultimate grand prize of a once in the lifetime opportunity to train with the England team!!

You can also try and win a new AEG washing machine by entering a competition Here

Fingers crossed for my little Superstars!!!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Fundraising for New Zealand

My lovely, talented business partner (in crime!) is fundraising for the Christchurch Earthquake appeal and has given herself just a week to raise £500.

She will be climbing the Gerkin with her husband and 3 teenage daughters and any donation great or small would be greatly appreciated. 

You can read all about the appeal Here

Thank you so much for reading this, a little donation and support can make the world of difference to those still suffering.

Thank you

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Lego Frog Rush Game - Review


When I told the boys that we were going to review one of the new Lego games, they nearly wet themselves in excitement.  You see to a 7 and 4 year old, Lego is the be all and end all, the elixir of playtime.  I on the other hand, inwardly groaned.  I am sick to the back teeth of Lego, I find it everywhere from down the sofa to in my handbag and I presumed that this would be lots more bricks to add to the ever increasing mountain.

However, when we opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised - there wasn't a lot and it was quite small.

We didn't even follow the instructions to put this together as I stupidly didn't realise there were two instruction packs in the box (ikea this isn't!)one for the putting together of the game and the other how to play.  It took about 10 mins to put together and we quickly got stuck into the game. 

The object of the game is to get your frogs back home (this reminded me of the 80's computer game frogger) before your opponents get their frogs back to base.  Add to the fact you have a froggy eating stork on the board and it makes for a game of tactics (the boys quickly came to a silent agreements that if either of them rolled orange which means taking control of the stork, that they would eat my frogs).

We really enjoyed this and played a couple of rounds before bed.  This is aimed at children aged 7+ but BoBo who is 4 really got into it (although was a bit heavy handed with the pieces).  Beansy aged 7 loved it and even got some Lego ninjas involved as the "froggy protectors".

This retails at around £10 and would make a great present for a boy or girl.

The boys get the final say:

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

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Toffee Dodgers - A review

It didn't take much persuading when we were offered the chance to review the latest offering from the Burton's Dodger family - the Toffee Dodgers.  Now I have to say, I have been a massive fan of Jammie Dodgers for a long, long, time and they are always the biscuits I home in on at kids parties.  So, would the toffee dodgers meet my exacting standards??  More importantly, what would the kids think??

When we first opened the packet, we were hit by a very strong caramel toffee smell - first bite and the lovely crumbly base that you get with the Jammie dodgers is there and then you hit the sticky toffee.   Now I have to be honest and say that for me they didn't quite hit the spot, it was a very strange sort of toffee taste although the texture was spot on.   I would almost describe it as a burnt toffee taste.

The kids on the other hand, LOVED them!!! 

Here is what Mandy Bobrowski the Marketing Manager at Burton’s Foods has to say ‘Dodgers are a well loved family treat and we wanted to offer families more choice. Toffee Dodgers brings a whole new flavour to the range and we hope that kids love it as much as we do. The new packaging will run across the range and there will be other additions in the future.’

What is fab is that the design has the cut away heart and you can cut the biscuits in half to lick the toffee filling out.  In fact, does anyone NOT eat dodgers in this way??

Packaging:                            8/10 (it's new, it's slick)
Value for Money:                  8/10
Taste:                                   5/10 me, 6/10 HAW, and 10/10 the Kids!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Key Lime Pie - Easy Recipe...

Key Lime Pie is one of the families favourites puddings to both eat and make and this recipe is so easy, even the kids can do it!  It's our take on this as we use ginger biscuits rather than digestives as I think that ginger and lime are a fabulous combination! 

In fact, it is more of a key lime cheesecake as you don't bake it in the oven so despite calling it a pie, it really is technically a cheesecake.  Either way, it is booooootiful!!!

Ingredients/You will need:

1) Two packets of ginger biscuits (this makes a lovely thick base)
2) 1 pint of double cream
3) 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
4) 5oz butter
5) 8 large limes - Juice and Zest
6) Mixing Bowl/Blender/Spoons/Springform cake tin approx 12" (but if you only have smaller then it will make a thicker pie
7) A very helpful 2 year old (optional)


1) bash your biscuits to make a base.  My beautiful assistant is doing it here, I put mine in either a clean tea towel or make a parcel out of grease proof paper.

2) Melt the butter in a large bowl (microwave is fine to melt) then add the biscuits.  Press this into your tin and put in the fridge to set whilst you make the topping.

3) Zest the limes, a really good tip is to use a cheese grater.  So much quicker than a little zester.  Put the zest to one side and juice the limes into a large bowl.  Then add the double cream and condensed milk and mix, mix, mix.  I do this until it thickens.

4)Then fold in about 3/4 of the zest and pour onto the biscuit base (make sure it has set though before doing so).

5) Chill in the fridge and sprinkle over the remainder of the zest before serving.

There you have it, a delicious and easy to make Key Lime Pie.

Peace and Love

S.A.M. xxx

Silent Sunday

Friday, 13 May 2011

My son the loon...........

I popped into town this afternoon with Beansy (aged 7) as he wanted some new shorts for beavers.  I was having a look in Peacocks and had left him at the accessories whilst browsing.  When I turned around, this is what I found..........He was "rocking out" to Florence and the Machine's version of "You've got the love"


When I asked him if he minded my blogging about this, he said "I am such a cool dude mum, my fans (!) will love it"  so please, leave my little dancing loon some love!!!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Monday, 9 May 2011

Boots Smooth Skin ipulse plus - Week 1

Boots Smooth Skin Ipulse Plus

As you know I am a massive beauty junkie and so when I was asked to review the Smooth Skin Ipulse Plus, I was absolutely delighted.  It first launched in 2008 but as I was pregnant and then breast feeding the Pixie, I wasn't able to try this, but guess what?!  I am NOT pregnant and I am NOT breast feeding anymore so bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Firstly, I hear you ask, what is this??

The Boots Smooth Skin brand (or just "iPulse" as it's known as  in other countries) uses IPL (intense pulsed light) technology which offers clinically proven, permanent hair reduction.  This has been around for about 30 years and works by using flashes of light which target the pigment in the hair which them disables the hair follicles and stops new growth. 

It's recommended that you use this between 6 and 12 times (once a week) and after that hair growth should be minimal with the occasional top up session every couple of months to keep the stray hairs at bay!  Regrowth becomes less over time and eventually you'll have minimal growth - yippee doo da!!!

The iPulse PLUS also comes with an  "Electronic Skin Tone Sensor" device which takes the guess work out of choosing the appropriate skin type setting for each part of your body.  There are four skin type settings meaning you can personalise treatment depending on skin colour.

I am going to be treating my legs, bikini area (no Hollywood or Brazilian stylee though ;-) underarms and the odd facial hair (ahem). 

I did the first treatment session at the weekend and spent about an hour zapping the follicles.   You need to "prep" each area by shaving and then smear the area with the activator gel which helps to guide the light down the hair follicle.  It also cools the area that you are treating.  

By far the longest time was spent on my legs (approx 30 mins) with 10 mins on each other area.  The first great thing was that the power cord was VERY long meaning that all areas were really easy to reach and treat, without having to be a contortionist.  It was a bit weird at first as the *zap* sound with a flash of light was a bit space age, but I soon got used to doing it.  It is VERY easy and almost pain free.  I say almost as there was a little bit of discomfort but this was because I had the ipulse on the wrong setting.

I have taken photographs to be able to show you "before" and "after" shots so stay tuned for more info!

The Boots Smooth Skin PLUS is a a little more expensive than the original model at £399.99 but if you factor in the cost of salon treatments you are definitely quids in. 

If you want to find out more you can get in touch with the iPulse team using their international sales email address which you can find on the iPulse Facebook page.

Other useful links are 

Buy Boots Smooth Skin PLUS from Boots.com

iPulse website: www.ipulse.com
iPulse on Twitter: twitter.com/iPulseSmooth
iPulse on Facebook: www.facebook.com/iPulseSmoothSkin

If you have any questions, please do post them here, I will do my best to help as have access to experts and a manual as thick as my arm!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Frock It......................

Oh, Oh, Oh................this is the BEST sort of meme for me that the lovely Midthirtieslife has invented (damn, why didn't I think of that) as it encompasses everything I love...fashion and people watching....

It's called Frock It and you basically have to post a picture of a dress that someone has rocked this week......

Without further ado here is my absolutely favourite:

Poor Kate got absolutely slated for wearing this Here but I absolutely love it, it is a real statement dress that is chic and patriotic. 

I managed to track it down, it costs £98 (gasp!) from Traffic People and is also available in understated grey (which I adore).  

Who knows, you may just see me in this very, very soon.....

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Potty Training - The 7 day update

Well it's been a week since I decided to potty train Pixie Potty training the slatterns way and what a little superstar she has been!  I remember my life being ruled by the potty with the boys, staying in, being WAY to over enthusiastic so this time, using my experience I decided to just go with it and see what happened as she was showing signs of being ready. 

Not sure if it was the fact she was a girl (and have heard that girls are easy to potty train than boys) or the fact I was just so much more chilled out about it all, but it was a breeze.

She as only had 2 accidents in a week and has not wet the bed once! 

I have always taken the bull by the horns and just taken the night nappy away with all of them at the start of potty training as I believe it confuses issues and taken longer if you have a nappy on at night and then underwear in the day.  I know of a few 6/7 year olds who are still wearing pulls up at night and when their parents try and take them away, they are wetting the bed. 

I just give them their bedtime drink about an hour before bed and make sure they wee before going to sleep.  I always used to lift the boys but we forgot with Pixie and she was fine (so far) and just does a big wee in the morning.

The only trouble we are having is that she can't pull her knickers down/up by herself.  I am going to buy her some a size bigger to see if this makes things easier as she is very independent and takes herself off to the loo/potty then struggles with her knickers.......I will let you know!

Good luck to anyone else trying!!

Love and Peace

S.A.M xxx