Learning my lesson in the kitchen

This blog post is a review of the Stainless Steel Earth Pan by Ozeri. But before I start, a confession and a bit of background. Confession: I have been an idiot all of my adult life. Fact. Background: As a child, I never really learnt to cook. That meant that my culinary skills developed at university, where I bought the most basic pots and pans and started to learn the basics of survival cookery. When I bought my own home, I didn’t have the money to buy furniture, let alone pots and pans and even now, I still have some of the…

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A New Drink Experience

A few days ago we were watching TV when an advert came on for Robinson’s Squash’d. My husband and I discussed what a great idea we thought it was and how we’d liked to try it. In a strange twist of fate, I was then offered the opportunity to review the product. Robinson’s Squash’d is a very concentrated squash in a tiny bottle. Because it is so concentrated, you only need to squeeze the bottle gently into a glass of water to make an excellent tasting drink of squash.  Personally, I don’t drink a lot of squash because I’m happy enough…

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Early Starters – it’s Competition Time!

This week, Libby and I have been lucky enough to be reviewing the latest books by Rod Campbell, creator of the much loved Dear Zoo. The new series is called Early starters and consists of these four fabulous books.  Each one of them is based around a particular theme. “How many?” is a great introduction to counting, “My Day” follows the baby’s day and encourages children to name objects. “What’s That?” has lovely colourful page tabs and helps a child to learn about animals and things they might encounter in every day life. Libby’s particular favourite is “Can You?”. This…

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Review of the Rebuilding Society

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to review the Rebuilding Society website. I had heard of crowd-funding and peer-to-peer lending before, so I was delighted to spend some time researching the concept. As I run a small business, it is always great to know the options that are available to us in terms of funding. This time, I dealt with the Rebuilding Society as a lender, having £50 to lend to one of the companies listed on the Marketplace. I took a little while to choose a company to lend to, because I wanted to make sure that…

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Read the beans book!

A couple of weeks ago, Libby was lucky enough to be sent two more of the beautiful Zoe & Beans books to review. The books are called “Hello Ladybird” and “We’re Not Scared”.  As always, both books feature really sweet, simple stories and gorgeous, brightly coloured, eye-catching illustrations.  Hello Ladybird follows the story of Zoe and Beans finding a ladybird, only to lose it again. Luckily enough, it turns up, just where you wouldn’t expect it!  We’re not scared is another lovely book that demonstrates to children that so many of the things that people are commonly afraid of are…

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Busy books!

This week, Libby has been lucky enough to be sent some absolutely gorgeous books to review by Campbell Books. We’ve had a chat about it, and we’ve decided to review them in two separate posts because there are quite a few and we love them all! This first review is about the four “busy” books; Busy Garage; Busy Park; Busy Farm and Busy Train.  Libby is growing up and changing every day, her speech is really coming along, as is her ability to amuse herself. Because I work full time, I can’t do things around the house when Libby is…

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Reasons my kid is crying

Usually when I hear from Macmillan books, they are asking me to review one of their fabulous children’s books with Libby. That’s why I was so pleased when this time, they asked me to review a book that was one for me to read!  Reasons My Kid is Crying by Greg Pembroke is a fabulous book that was published as a result of a photograph that Greg Pembroke had published online. The photograph was of his toddler in the depths of a tantrum, caused by the fact that he had broken his piece of cheese. Understandably, many parents related to this…

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