Have an Eggcellent Easter with Sainsbury’s


If you’re looking for somewhere that has all of the Easter goodies under one roof a trip to your local Sainsbury’s is in store. They have a lovely selection of Easter themed products from Egg cups to bunny rabbit ears and lots of fun Easter themed craft packs great for keeping little ones entertained over the Easter holidays.

We are planning a little Easter party and egg hunt in the garden for Maxx and the items are perfect for creating just that.


These cute Easter signs are great for brightening up the garden and bringing a little Easter fun to your home, If you don’t have a garden you could put them in a plant pot. They are really colourful and fun and of course how else would the Easter bunny know where to find us if we didn’t put up a sign.


Now that we’ve brought a bit of Easter to the garden it’s time to bring Easter indoors too. I love having themed items in the house for Easter, it makes it that little bit more exciting for Maxx. The bunny and chick ornaments above are great for bringing Easter into the house without taking up much space.


Easter isn’t complete without bunny ears! Sainsbury’s has a very cute semi poseable pair of bunny ears on offer for Easter. The ears look really sweet and were a huge hit with Maxx. There is also an Easter bonnet available which is perfect for using for a school project or for dressing up.


I love these cute kitchenware items, the cup comes complete with a cuddly chick which Maxx adopted straight away. Not that I’m surprised, it is very cute and fluffy. I also think the egg cup and cosy is really sweet, it would make a nice Easter gift and is a great alternative to Easter eggs you could maybe even put a small chocolate egg in the egg holder. That’s sure to please everyone!


Maxx fell in love with the very cute and surprisingly not annoying boogie bunny which sings Everybody Dance Now with some Easter rapping thrown in the middle. It’s really cute and entertaining, Maxx hasn’t stopped making it dance since it arrived and thankfully it’s not actually annoying but it does have an on/off switch just in case!


Easter means Easter Holidays which means lots of children who are bored after 2 days of being off school, my nephew Maxx is no exception. If you want to avoid the ‘I’m bored’ call then pick up some of the fantastic Sainsbury’s Easter craft kits whilst you’re doing your shop. They are guaranteed to keep little ones busy and there are a lot of different kits available so something to suit everyone. There are large packs where kids can spend the afternoon getting stuck in to some fun crafts or there are small craft kits that take 10-20 minutes to complete but are perfect for breaking up the day and creating a bit of Easter excitement. The Happy Easter sign was the first craft item we made, it was very easy to make but it kept Maxx and I busy for around 20 minutes, it looks great and will be perfect for hanging on the wall for our little Easter party and outside for the egg hunt. We also used one of the smaller craft kits with was a make your own key ring pack, I was really impressed with this as it was very easy to do. All of the items needed to create the key ring were self adhesive so Maxx simply peeled off the packing and placed the foam in the right place, I then put the key chain on and he had a really cute Easter themed key ring.

So whether you’re looking for a specific Easter item or you’re looking to buy all your Easter essentials in one place take a look at Sainsbury’s. The quality of the items is really good, there is a wide range of items available and the items offer great value for money.

Happy Easter!



By |April 16th, 2014|Review|0 Comments|

Repair, Renew and Protect with FTN


At the start of the year I made my resolutions as usual and one of those was to lead a healthier lifestyle, this includes eating better, drinking water and exercising regularly. Well it started out well but things started slowing down again recently and I was in need of a kick up the bum. Thankfully that came in the form of FTN Drinks.

I was recently asked if I would like to try some new drinks that help repair, renew and protect the body. Well I would be silly to say no so I said yes and was looking forward to trying them.

So here’s the scientific facts.

FTN has been proven to help the body repair quicker by supporting the natural renew process of adult stem cells, allowing them to proliferate quicker and protect them from free radicals.

The unique blend only found in FTN was created by a team of top researchers over six years ago. The drinks contain all natural ingredients and are completely stimulant free. A daily drink of FTN will help support your body’s cell renewal system. FTN drinks will help your body speed up recovery time, slow down ageing and maximise preventive effects against degenerative brain disease by promoting your body’s adult stem cell renewal process.

The drink comes in two flavours, Super Berry and Citrus. I was pleasantly surprised, both flavours taste really nice. My favourite was the Super Berry flavour, both flavours have a slightly bitter aftertaste but are really enjoyable and refreshing especially if you drink them straight from the fridge. The drinks come in a small shot sized bottle which means if you forget to drink it in the morning you can grab it and go, it will easily fit into your bag or pocket.

I can’t say for sure if the drinks had any effect, I didn’t feel like superwoman or anything but they tasted nice and the scientific research certainly gives a compelling reason to give them a go and I’m glad I did.  I do think the drinks helped me stay more alert and fought of tiredness which I usually experience mid afternoon.

If you would like to try FTN drinks for yourself you can purchase them directly from the FTN website, from Amazon and from specialist retailers Win Naturally.

You can find out more about FTN Drinks by visiting the FTN Facebook and Twitter page where you can also keep up to date with the latest FTN news.

Let’s Grow Wild This Summer!

I’m sure you have all been loving the weather we have had over the last couple of days, it has been so nice to see the sun again after such a wet and windy winter.

We spent the weekend clearing the garden, mowing the grass, preparing the soil and getting the garden toys back out of the attic. It’s so nice to finally be able to start enjoying the garden again.

We have quite a large patch of soil running up the side of our garden which currently has 2 large trees and a bush in it but there is a lot of space not being used. I hadn’t given much thought as to what we should put in there but after seeing the Grow Wild campaign video I have decided to plant some beautiful UK native wild flowers, they look beautiful and I love the idea behind the campaign. You can watch the campaign video below.

The Grow Wild campaign is bringing young people and communities together to help brighten up unloved spaces using UK native wild flowers. The idea behind the campaign is to bring communities together, brighten up unloved spaces and help support habitats for pollinating insects.

If you want to brighten up your garden and give nature a helping hand in the process head over to the Grow Wild Facebook page where you can sign up to take part in the campaign.

The first 2,000 people to sign up will receive a free packet of wild flower seeds. I have just signed up and can’t wait to plant them and see them grow. Not only will they brighten up the garden they will bring nature in to it too which is lovely.

Saving Money on Everyday Items with CheckoutSmart


There’s no escaping it, we all have to do the weekly or monthly food shop whether we like it or not. I dread doing it as every week things seem to be more expensive so I tend to buy items when they are on offer and stock up. I am always looking for other ways to save money on the weekly shop so when I heard about a new app called CheckoutSmart which gives cash back when you buy grocery items I was really intrigued.

The app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play Store and anyone aged 16 or over can open an account. The idea is simple, the app shows you items that are available to earn cash back on and which supermarkets are eligible (Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s,Waitrose, Aldi, Morrisons, Lidl), it also tells you how long you have left until the offer expires (offers are regularly updated). If you buy the item and meet the terms and conditions then you will receive cashback on it. The app is easy to navigate and has a help section which tells you how to use it.

I love the fact that the items on offer are updated regularly and that they are products that everyone buys on a regular basis such as bread, milk, cheese and there are also offers available on treats such as ice cream, crisps, chocolate so essentially there should be products on the app that everyone buys which means cashback for everyone!

When I did my weekly shop I managed to find 11 items on the app which I buy on a regular basis all offering money back, one of the items (the Volvic water) was free after I received my cash back, that’s right F-R-E-E! I received small amounts of cash back on the other items I purchased and these are all items I would have bought anyway – result!


So here’s how it works..

  1. Download the CheckoutSmart app and create an account
  2. Check to see what items are offering cash back
  3. Buy the item from the correct shop
  4. Snap your receipt and upload it to the app
  5. Request your cash back -SIMPLE!

Once you have your receipt simply select what shop you bought the products from, select the date you purchased the items then select all of the items that are on the receipt. You will then have to take a picture of your receipt and upload it to the app, submit the receipts and then wait for an e-mail to let you know if the receipt has been accepted. If it has been accepted your money will be credited to your account and you can request a withdrawal, your first withdrawal has to be £1 or more after that withdrawals have to be £5 or more. CheckoutSmart charges a 5% of processing fee to cover their costs, that’s only 5p for every £1 cash back you earn.

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I think the app is great! It gives me cash back on items I would buy anyway and I can withdraw the money to my PayPal account or bank account. The whole process is really easy and I was kept up to date with e-mails throughout the process, after I requested a payment the money was in my account within days. My whole experience of using the app has been a pleasant one and I will continue to use it when I do the weekly shop.

I’m planning on using the app to save money to put towards Christmas. I’ve set myself a target of £10 by Christmas which I think is more than achievable and every little helps!

To start saving money on your weekly shop download the app from the App store or from the Google Play store today. You can find out more about the app by visiting the website here.

I Feel Like A Teenager Again


Sadly not in a good way…

I have never had any major problems with my skin, I got the occasional spot as a teenager but I was never really bothered with spots. I have been really lucky with my skin, up until now!

Over the last couple of months I have been getting the odd spot here and there, I know some of you might think wow a couple of spots but I’m not usually bothered with them so it made me think that perhaps my skin wasn’t in the best shape. I also noticed my skin has been a lot drier recently, I’m not sure if it’s the change in the weather (or if that’s a myth) but I knew I had to start looking after my skin better.

Thankfully I had recently been sent some skin care products to try and these came in very handy!

I’m one of the worst people for trying something then giving up if it doesn’t work quickly but I decided to start a skin care regime and stick to it. I have never really done much to protect my skin or keep it in good shape, to be honest it’s been pretty neglected up until recently.

So here’s where I probably went wrong, I wear make up and forget to take it off at night (major oops), I forget to moisturise, I hardly ever wear sun cream and generally neglect my skin.

I am now making sure I remove make up as soon as I’m in for the day, I have replaced the baby wipes I normally use to remove make up (when I remember) for Johnson’s Makeup Be Gone Face Care wipes which are fantastic. They smell lovely, they remove makeup gently without having to rub the skin and they even remove waterproof mascara which is a big bonus. I don’t want a hundred different products cluttering up my desk when I can have one product that does the job.

I have also been using the Clean & Clear Advantage foaming wash. This is designed to be tough on spots but gentle on skin, I think it definitely helped get rid of the pesky spots that had been refusing to go away. I really like this product, my face always feels clean and fresh after using it and you only need to use a small amount which makes this a product that offers value for money.

The other item I have been using is Neutrogena Body Oil. I had been using this as an all over body moisturiser before I got the dry patch on my face and it was such a good product that when the dry patch appeared I decided to see if it would help as it’s designed to seal in moisture. I can’t say 100% if it was the body oil but after using it on the dry patch for a couple of days it had cleare up which was great as it really did look horrible. The oil has a really nice but subtle floral fragrance which makes me love it even more, it sinks into my skin really quickly and doesn’t look greasy. It’s another great product that will love your skin and keep it moisturised and looking great.

My skin is now back to normal *touchwood* and hopefully I’ll be spot and dry skin free for a long time to come. I think now that I have a better skin care regime it will definitely help.


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