Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Its nearly summer - break out the barbecue

So its been kind of sunny here recently and the girls thoughts are starting to turn to barbecues but while we still at home yesterday and had not much food left in the fridge I decided to make hot dogs.

Now my kids and husband don't like hot dog sausages (the tin ones) I went and bought some sausages and some buns.

The normal toppings in our house is ketchup, French's mustard (Neb and me) and onions (me, Neb and Bel).

For a change we had a new sauce to taste:

The blurb for Newman's Own sauce says: Made from all-natural ingredients, the Smokin’ Hot Dog Sauce has all the flavours of American style mustard with an added hint of smoky chili. It’s a full on, full-flavoured accompaniment that is a perfect condiment for a summertime BBQ.  

And our reaction - well Car didn't like it - I think mustard is something that she will get when older.

Bel liked it a bit whilst me and Neb thought it was super delicious and makes a great topping for hot dogs

But I can also state that not only is it yummy with hot dogs its also great with pork chops, as an alternative to sour cream on a chili and am sure will be used for endless other meals.

The Smokin' Hot Dog Sauce is a part of the new American condiment range from Newman's Own and will be selling in a Morrison's near you soon for a rrp of £1.89 a bottle.


I was sent a bottle of Smokin' Hot Dog Sauce for the purposes of this review. All opinions given are my own.


Monday, 21 April 2014

No meal plan here .. move along please

Hello - well its still holidays here and therefore we have no meal plan.

Off to Brum tomorrow to stay with inlaws and then down south to Winchester to family do.
Hope your all enjoying sending the kids back to school- mine are still bored and eating chocolate.

Normal meal plan next week (if I have money left!)


PS has anyone been to the Winchester science centre - is it any good - have to keep kids occupied until we book into hotel

 PPS if you want meal plans go here

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Holiday Planning - Limerick

Lovely Limerick 

Whether you’re planning a short break or a stop off on your driving holiday around Ireland this summer, the lively city of Limerick in the Mid-West region where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean, is a great place to visit. There’s a great choice of reasonably priced hotels in Limerick too, meaning you can rest your head without breaking the bank. 

University of Limerick
During term time, this campus is alive with both students and visitors who flock to it to enjoy the serene atmosphere, striking architecture, great places to eat and lovely walks, the highlight being the footbridge over the River Shannon where you can pause to watch the swans gliding below. Bring a picnic and just watch the world go by on a sunny day. 

King John’s Castle
The twenty-first century meets the seventeenth century in this newly refurbished, must-see tourist attraction in the centre of Limerick’s medieval heart. It reopened last summer after a multi-million euro makeover and now boasts great interactive features to tell the story of the castle’s eventful past. A brilliant day out for young and old with a great cafĂ© to recharge your batteries after a morning of cultural activity. 

The Cliffs of Moher
Whether you drive yourself or choose the distinctive Irish flavor of a Paddy Wagon or another tour operator, taking a day trip out of the city to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery on Limerick’s doorstep is a must-do. When you first set eyes on the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, you’ll instantly understand why they’re the most popular natural tourist attraction in the whole of Ireland. And don’t miss the vistor centre to find out more. 

So whether it’s history, exploring the coastline or just soaking up the atmosphere, Limerick has something to offer everyone. 


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter time

Egg and Rabbit courtesy of [luigi diamanti] 

That's it - after today I have one more day of work and then I'm away to enjoy Easter with my family.

We're not religious so Easter will be a time of chocolate and enjoying spring. Car has already been asking about when the Easter egg hunt will be but mostly about the chocolate.

It's lovely having 3 days off work (we get the day after Easter Monday off as well) but I've also taken extra days off to spend some time with the girls, Neb and everyone over the rest of the half term holidays. We're spending time at home, enjoying the hopefully nice weather and then off to the in-laws and to a family event in Winchester for the rest of the holidays.

I was thinking last night what traditions we have for Easter. We don't go to church but every year the girls give us cards - lovingly made in school. I think I best keep an eye out for some personalised cards for the kids. There are some lovely ones over at Dom and Geri , and  they have a good range of Easter cards to offer as well as Father’s day cards, which is another event on the horizon.

The other tradition that we started when Bel was young was an Easter egg hunt - why spend money going on one when you can have one at home. Our garden isn't very big but we do manage it between there and the house -or if its raining the house.

Easter Egg Hunt courtesy of [hyena reality]
Of course we also have the giving of Easter eggs, a tradition which the girls gladly love. We've been good this year and only got them one each but am sure that many more will wing their away to us. Bel is not fussed about Easter eggs and last year we may have had to help her out a bit (ahem!)

What Easter traditions do you have? Are you looking forward to the long weekend ( I am as we have wine to enjoy with it!)


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Win big with Millionaire Genie at 888ladies

I remember my gran going out to play bingo and I wonder what she would have thought of online gaming (or computers for that fact) no more getting your red bingo pen out, shouting house or listening to the dulcet tones of the caller shouting legs eleven.

I've never tried online bingo (apart from the free games on Facebook) so when asked to try out the new millionaire game on 888 ladies I thought why not. The game, is not a bingo game but a slot game so no skill needed only the luck and chance on the rolling of the slots.

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You can bet anything from a 1p to £3.00 if your feeling brave.

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I played Millionaire Genie for half an hour and found it quite enjoyable. As well as depositing money through the site you can also withdraw any winnings to a bank account or pay pal account (minimum £10 meaning that any winnings made can be kept for a rainy day event!)

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This is a sponsored post, I was given £5 to play Millionaire Genie - all opinions given are my own

Meal Plan - The first week of the Easter holidays!

The kids are off school but I'm currently still in work - I'm hoping that the sun is still shining when I'm off with them otherwise there will be trouble. Neb is taking them on many walks this week to ensure that the words I'm bored are not mentioned in the house! Yesterday, they went to the river and today they are walking around our favourite bluebell woods but along the path that goes up a hill. I don't like hills so am grateful that this is happening while I'm not there!

The plan for this week is very frugal as we are off to Neb's parents next week and then away to a family event in Winchester so mega skint!

Monday - Leftover Roast Chicken, Fresh Bread, Coleslaw, Salad, Ham, Pickles etc - otherwise known as a bits and bobs meal 

Tuesday - Freezer Dive and Chips - it will be fish fingers/ chicken goujons

Wednesday - Fry up 

Thursday - Pork Kebabs and Rice

Friday - Lasagne and salad

Saturday - Either leftover Lasagne or Steak and Chips

Sunday - Undecided?

Apart from the Chicken and the bread and the Eggs for the fry up - I have everything else in the house. I may need to buy an onion for the lasagne but that should be that.

I hope your having a fun Easter break and activities a plenty are keeping the children happy


Friday, 11 April 2014

Top 5 Things to Do in Wales this Easter

 Easter is just around the corner, it won’t be long now. Do you want to have a family fun day out over the holidays? Then check out these 5 ideas:

Easter is fast approaching. The Easter Bunny will soon be here with lots of yummy treats and the children will have 2 weeks off school. Whether you will be in work Monday to Friday or home the whole time with the kids, you will probably want to spend at least one day together on family fun outing. But what’s going on in Wales over the 2 weeks? Anything good? Well, here are our favourite 5 things to do in Wales this Easter:

1. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

 Peppa Pig and her brother George are coming to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo this Easter! If your children would like to meet their favourite television character then take them down on the 19th, 20th or 21st of April.

The characters will be appearing at various times throughout the day at no further cost. That means you just have to pay for entrance to the park which is around £10 per person. As well as seeing Peppa Pig take a look at the real animals in the zoo and the farm, jump on one of the many rides in the Carousel Woods or run about in the adventure playgrounds. This is a great day out for all the family.

 2. Dare Valley Country Park

Dare Valley Country Park in Rhondda Cynon Taff has plenty on this April 19th. A day full of active excitement this is one for older children. Have a go on the climbing wall, shoot some arrows in the archery section or take part in a group scavenger hunt and let’s hope the weather is nice for it.

3. Bedwellty House and Park

 If you live near Blaenau Gwent then pop down to Bedwellty House on the 14th April for an Easter Egg-stravaganzer. Between 11am and 3pm the house and park will be home to plenty of Easter crafts for you and the kids to get involved with. And once you’re all cut and stickered out, follow the Easter egg hunt trail around the park and collect your prize of an egg off the Easter Bunny. This is a great bargain day out as taking part is only £3 per child!

4. Cardiff Castle

 If you are looking for a jam packed day out this Easter then head down to Cardiff Castle in the capital on the 19th April. The castle has many activities planned for children and parents including egg and spoon races, egg rolling and a short trail.

 If you’re kids love anything crafty then enter them into one of the colour competitions or sign them up for an egg decorating workshop. Beware however there is a small charge for some of the activities on top of the regular entrance fee.

 5. Pembroke Castle 

 On the 17th April enjoy a teddy bear picnic with all the family amongst the beautiful grounds of Pembroke Castle. This event is aimed at under 5’s so if you have young children take them along with their favourite teddy, a blanket and a yummy picnic.

The events host Professor Panic will fill the day with plenty of songs, games and of course circus tricks. And when the kids are all tired out there will be teddy stories being read for some down time. The gates are open between 11am and 5pm and normal admission fees will apply.

 Do any of these days out sound like fun?

If you know of any other great activity days out this Easter we’d love to hear from you – leave a comment!

 (image: Pixabay)

For a fun day out for all the family head down to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo one of Pembrokeshire’s most popular attractions. There is never a dull moment at this award winning zoo, farm, amusement park and adventure play area in West Wales. It’s also soon to be the only place in West Wales where you can see lions. Roarrr!

This post is brought to you in association with Folly Farm. A fun day out come rain or shine.