Getting Adventurous with Glorious Soups

Getting Adventurous with Glorious Soups

It has to be a really tasty soup to get a comment from me. I resisted the joy of a warming bowl of steaming goodness for such a long time – As soon as the weather changes (and hasn’t it just changed?!) out come the soup and their accompaniments. Its all about what a soup is served with that creates a wonderful dish for me!

Glorious Soups are encouraging us to get adventurous with our soup choices this November. Their range of adventurous soups is inspired by their travels around the world.

Mexican Tomato Fire Roasted Red Pepper Glorious Soup

There’s a great competition open to win a trip for two to Mumbai worth over £3000 – I can guarantee you’ll have a huge adventure there! All you have to do is write a blog post, telling Glorious about how you have been inspired by one of their adventurous soups. There’s 13 flavours to choose from so you shouldn’t struggle for ideas. You don’t actually have to have already been to this destination – it could be one on your ‘to-visit’ list.

For more details on how to enter the competition visit Closing date: Midnight 30th November 2015.

Glorious Soups

We chose Mexican Tomato & Fire Roasted Pepper flavour – A fresh Skinnylicious Soup containing less than 2% fat and under 150 calories per portion. We are huge Mexican cuisine fans in our house, even choosing to visit Acapulco for our honeymoon because of the food. I could bring you wistful tales of romantic meals, a perfect location and the holiday of a lifetime. It wouldn’t quite be true though, jet-lag, food poisoning and a hurricane sort of took the shine off the holiday but we enjoyed it nonetheless!

So what did we think of the soup – Really good actually. I’m a bit of a soup snob, I like to think my own homemade soups are wonderful but actually we really enjoyed this flavour. Good consistency for a ‘skinny’ soup and a good depth of flavour.

As we were celebrating all things Mexican we decided against a boring old bread roll and went for toasted tortilla triangles and a veggie salsa.

To make your own salsa, you need: (serves 2)

1/4 Onion, Finely Chopped
2 Large Tomatoes – Chopped into small cubes
A good handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Sprinkling of Ground Black Pepper

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with @Foodies100 and Glorious Soup #GloriousAdventures

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Christmas is coming! #GeorgeSecretSanta

#georgesecretsanta gift swap

I’m determined that I’m going to experience a full Christmas this year – Last Christmas I had proper grown up flu for 2 weeks beforehand then spent the next 5 weeks getting over it. I’ve started as I mean to go on, by joining in with quite a few Secret Santa projects – I like the variety of the ones I’ve chosen. There’s really cheap ones, creative ones and completely fun ones. I’m also lucky enough to be part of the #GeorgeSecretSanta programme this year, run by Asda.

I have to admit this is one of the most easy Secret Santas I’ve ever taken part in. I didn’t even have to leave the comfort of my office chair – I didn’t even have to wrap a thing. Even better!

We were all given a fellow blogger to choose gifts for – We had to stalk investigate their blog, instagram, pinterest or twitter feed and choose gifts from George’s Christmas Gifting Range that we thought appropriate.

My recipient was Tasha at Tasha is a graphic designer based in London. She blogs about lifestyle, design and the most beautiful stationery. She also has a love of triangles! I will admit to having a moment or two of feeling sooo old when I read Tasha’s blog – I soon got over it though and submerged myself into the beauty of her writing and photos.

A few days later and my Secret Santa present arrives! Yay! I always wonder if people can sense the ‘real me’ from my blog so this was a real test. I don’t know who organised my gifts but I owe them a huge thank you. I love them! They are so me – see if you agree…

stamping impressions set

I’ve had my eye on an impressions set for so long – this is such a lovely gift. I can’t wait to get creative in the kitchen using these.

Initial Cup & Cake Picture

I fully expected quite a lot of cake references but was pleasantly surprised with this picture. It will fit in with pretty much anywhere in our house.

Who wouldn’t love a cup with their initials on? Both uppercase and lowercase – Perfect for making sure Dermot keeps his hands off my brew!

Slipper Socks George

These socks made me giggle. After the needle in the foot incident, we are definitely being more careful about having something on our feet. Very toasty!

George Photo frames

Photo Frames – Always a winner!

Hot water bottle george

Perfect for those horrible 4am starts taking Millie to training. Everyone should have a hot water bottle in the car – Love that it has a 2 year guarantee too.

Pink Cake Bowl George

My very favourite! I love love love this cake bowl – Really heavy and good quality yet pretty and a great size.

So what do you think? My questions to you today are, What would you have sent to me? Are you taking part in any Secret Santa swaps? What would you really not like to receive?

Disclosure: All gifts were provided by George at Asda. Many thanks to them for such a fun project.

Getting creative with Minions at Tesco

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

One of the brilliant things about being a mum is being able to suggest random activities when they take your fancy. No-one blinks an eyelid when you suggest making fun stuff if you say you’re doing it with your kids. If I’m honest, I was always making fun stuff even before the children arrived but lets keep that quiet, eh?

Its fair to say Minions are BIG NEWS in our house – There’s so much Minion stuff around in the shops that we seldom come back without a Minion themed item. Even better are the after school trips to our local Tesco, purely to buy fun Minion stuff.

We were recently asked to show off our favourite supermarket and undertake a ‘fun shop’. No problem! Our Tesco is HUGE! I think it was the largest in Europe when it opened about 5 years ago. There’s so much variety and tons of special offers. We were actually in there last week and Tara asked about buying all the Minion stuff in the world so I promised her we would go back in a couple of days …Here’s what we found:

Minion Tins Tesco

We bought some really cute Minion Tins and filled them with Minion Eyes (also known as Sultanas & White Chocolate Chips). Love this cheap after-school snack that the girls just devour!

Minion Eye Balls After School Snack

We also hit the Minion stationery and party aisle…

Minion Stationery Party Aisle

and made Minion Cup Holders!

Minion Cup Holders

But as with any fun project, there must always be food involved. So we made some Easy-Assemble Minion Cookies:

Easy Assemble Minion Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 packet of round Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 pack of yellow fondant icing
  • 1 pack of black fondant icing
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Cool boiled water
  • Equipment: Rolling Pin, paintbrush, straw, kitchen knife ( a child’s one will do if kids are making these), scissors


  • Roll out the yellow icing and cut out into circles
  • Paint the back of the icing with the cool boiled water and attach to the top of the cookie
  • Roll out a pea sized amount of black icing into a circle & stick to the yellow icing
  • Roll out a small amount of black icing and cut into thin strips – attach either side of the black circle
  • Insert one white chocolate chip into the black dot
  • Cut the end of the straw in half to make a smile shape and insert into the yellow icing

Minion Biscuits

As you can see, we had a ball. We loved getting creative and having fun and obviously eating what we had made afterwards. Who knows, our Minion tablecloth might still be on when we eat Christmas Dinner!


Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf #FeelingFibrant Oats & Veg Box Giveaway

Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf

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There are times when you want the feel and comfort of a piece of cake without the guilt of indulgence. Contrary to popular belief, I more than occasionally eat heathily – You can’t bake as often as I do without having a selection of ‘healthier’ recipes in the repertoire.

This Apple & Walnut Cake manages to be tasty enough to eat on its own and interesting enough that even the kids enjoy it. They never guess that it is healthier than some other cakes. Containing vegetable oil instead of butter, this cake is not as high in saturated fats as most cakes, therefore being a better treat for people watching their cholesterol levels. The oats too, have been linked to lowering cholesterol. Over time, I’ve managed to reduce the sugar content – I use Pink Lady apples so they are not too tangy and just 100g of soft brown sugar. You may even find that you can reduce the amount of sugar you like in the cake even more than me. The crunch of the pecans and the spice from the cinnamon keep this cake interesting – There’s no need for any topping or icing. Its definitely a sit down with a good book and a brew type of cake.

Tea & Walnut Apple Oat Loaf Cake

I’ve talked before about my love of using oats in my baking – cakes, breads, crumbles, biscuits all benefit from substituting flour with some oats. Quaker Oats are challenging bloggers to come up with creative recipes using oats. I struggled to do just one – I put oats in nigh on everything!

Slices of Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf Cake

Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf


  • 60g Oats (equivalent of 2 Quaker Oats packets.
  • 260g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100g Light Soft Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • 150ml Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Pink Lady apples – Grated & juice squeezed out.
  • 60g Chopped Walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Whisk together the eggs and the oil and add to the dry mixture. Mix together until just combined.
  • Add in the grated & squeezed grated apples and walnuts and mix.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf tin and flatten down the surface.
  • Cook in the oven for 30 mins.
  • Reduce the heat to 160C and cover the loaf with tinned foil. Continue to bake for a further 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Best eaten within 24 hours – Suitable for freezing.

Apple Walnut Oat Loaf Cake

  • Oats contain a form of soluble fibre called beta glucan, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High levels of blood cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • The recommended daily intake of fibre has recently been increased from 24g to 30g per day. The UK has a traditionally low fibre intake compared with other countries – Oats are high in fibre content and can contribute towards this daily suggested intake.
  • Oats are 100% wholegrain – Dietary guidelines suggest we should be achieving an intake of 48g of wholegrain per day.

I’m happy to be hosting a quick competition to win a 3 month supply of Quaker Oats plus a 3 month fruit & veg delivery from Abel & Cole. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me about one of your recipes that includes oats. The competition closes on Friday 27th November after which time, I will chose my favourite from the entries. Please see Terms & Conditions for more details.

Fruit Oat Loaf Cake

This blog post was commissioned by Quaker Oats and Foodies100 as part of the Quaker Oats #FeelingFibrant campaign. I was compensated for the cost of ingredients and my time.

This giveaway can be found over at The Prize Finder

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Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol is a new discovery for me. I was approached a couple of weeks ago to try it but must admit to being unfamiliar with the drink. Its certainly not a new drink though – originating in 1919, it became a popular drink for young adults in Italy, post war.

Aperol is a bright orange colour (I spotted a lady drinking it in the Trafford Centre last week and straightaway knew what it was!) with a mix of orange & herb flavours. It is described as a unique taste and it most definitely is. Not too strong, it is not overpowering which makes it more than suitable for a variety of cocktails.

The most popular way of serving Aperol is the Aperol Spritz – A combination of 2 parts Aperol, 3 parts prosecco & splash of soda.

I wanted to test its use in a different type of recipe though so tried it in a simple Mascarpone Trifle.

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Serves 6
Prep time 2 hours, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
If you like a stronger alcoholic jelly, feel free to add more Aperol! This makes a perfect substitute for Christmas Pudding if you fancy something lighter.


  • 2/3 packets Lady Fingers/Sponge Fingers (This really depends on how sturdy you like your triple sponge base)
  • 1 pint Orange Jelly (1 Packet made according to instructions on the cover)
  • 1 tablespoon Aperol (Per Individual Trifle serving - About 6 tablespoons in total)
  • 250g Mascarpone
  • 8 tablespoons Icing Sugar
  • 284ml Double Cream (Thickly whipped)
  • 2 Segments Terry's Chocolate Orange (Grated for decoration)
  • 2 Zest Orange (Finely Grated)
  • 1/2 Orange Juice


Pour the jelly over the lady fingers and allow to soak in. Mash with a fork until fully combined and lump free.
Stir in the Aperol - If making individual portions, distribute into glasses now. Leave to set in the fridge for 2 hours.
Using an electric whisk, mix together the mascarpone, icing sugar and double cream until fully combined. Stir in the orange zest and juice.
Spoon or pipe on top of the Aperol jelly and keep in the fridge until needed - Leave at least 1/2 hour.
Just before serving, sprinkle the grated chocolate orange on top

Aperol Individual Orange Trifles

Other trifle recipes can be found at these blogs:

British Blackberry & White Chocolate by Emma from Supper in the Suburbs.
Raspberry & Gin Trifle from Claire at Foodie Quine (I hope if I ever meet Claire she makes this for me!)
And not forgetting my own Christmas Lemon Curd & Amaretto Trifle

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Aperol – I have been provided with expenses to produce this post. All findings and opinions are my own and accurate at time of publishing. There is a short video showing how to best make an Aperol Spritz here.

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Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Toasted Coconut Cupcake with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Now aren’t you yearning for one of these? One of my favourite flavours of buttercream – light and not to claggy (I think that’s a word – you know, when it just sits in your mouth). The zesty citrus breaks through the homely toasted coconut cakes brilliantly.

I was asked a couple of days ago if I would showcase a recipe I make that uses Clover. I’m a bit of a stickler for the right sort of spread in my cooking and baking. Clover has the same great taste as butter as it made with buttermilk but has half the saturated fat of butter. For me, there is no recipe that showcases the quality of a buttery taste than buttercream. Cannot stand artificial spreads that make buttercream inedible. Clover contain no artificial ingredients.

Weighing Clover

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

Serves 18
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 18 minutes
Total time 48 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Formal Party


  • 200g Clover Spread
  • 300g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • 180ml Semi Skimmed Milk (plus 3 tbsp of milk for the buttercream)
  • 100g Desiccated Coconut
  • 400g Icing Sugar
  • 2 Zest Oranges


These cakes are fine to freeze prior to the buttercream frosting being added. Store in an air tight container and defrost at room temperature for 2-3 hours before piping the frosting on.


Toast the coconut lightly for 2-3 minutes in a dry frying pan - Keep stirring continuously and remove from the heated pan as soon as the coconut starts to turn golden. It will catch and burn really quickly if left. Keep to one side until needed.
Preheat the oven to 180C and line 18 muffin tray with cupcake liners.
Using an electric whisk, mix together the caster sugar and 100g of the Clover, on a medium speed until well combined
Slowly add the egg whites and full egg, one at a time whilst still whisking. Add the vanilla extract.
Alternate adding a tablespoon of the flour with a small drizzle of the milk until both are fully added. Keep clearing down the side of the mixing bowl to make sure it is all combined.
Add in 80g of the toasted coconut and gently stir through until all mixed in.
Distribute evenly in the cupcakes cases and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden.
Orange Buttercream Frosting
Meanwhile, mix together the remaining 100g of Clover with the icing sugar and 3 tbsp of milk - You want a sturdy, thick buttercream that will hold its shape when piped.
Add in the grated zest of the oranges and fill a disposable icing bag with a plain nozzle
Pipe in a swirl and top with a sprinkle of the remaining toasted coconut

Piping Orange Buttercream

Clover are also hosting a competition over on their Facebook page to win personalised fridge magnets (with your face on) and branded oven gloves. Simply share a picture of a dish you have made using Clover to enter.

Disclaimer: This post was commissioned by Clover. As always, all views expressed are my own personal opinions.

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes

Stepping into winter with Hotter Boots

Hotter Store Opening Leeds

Its a sure sign that winter is on its way when the black boots come out. My trusty black knee high boots are a trusty companion during the winter months. Unfortunately my current pair were looking a bit battered and well loved but I wasn’t giving up without a fight. You see, I’m fairly well endowed when it comes to the size of my calves – Not so wide that I need wide fittings but wide enough that its always been quite hard to get just the right fit.

Hotter Leeds Store Opening

I was recently invited to the grand opening of the Hotter store in Leeds City Centre – It was on a training night so even better, I had some company en route! Gutted to have missed the Calendar Girls earlier that day but they had a spectacle of sunflowers left in their honour. Now on their 70th Hotter store, it was a pleasure to be back and join other bloggers as we oohed and aahed over the winter collection. (You may remember my visit earlier last year when I admired the spring collection)

Hotter Winter Knee High Boots Review

I was delighted to be offered a chance to choose some new shoes or boots and like a lot of the other bloggers at the event, headed straight for the black winter boots collection. A tiny bit apprehensive, I was about to test the width of those calves but I needn’t have worried – they have a fabulous elastic back that runs right the way up the boot, which comfortably hugs your legs. They are not ‘wide fitting’ but are stretchy enough to go over skinny jeans. Perfect!

Hotter Winter Boots

I waited a couple of days for them to arrive and quite frankly, haven’t had them off since. I’ve traipsed around Liverpool and Leeds in them, driven short distances (because I don’t want to ruin them) and they are so comfy. Highly recommended!

The Briony Boots come in 2 colours, Black & Brown and are £150.

Disclosure: I was given a pair of Briony boots to review. All opinions are my own and honest.

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An Evening with Paul Rankin #Saveoursausage

Sausages crushed potatoes onion/mushroom gravy

My favourite blogging events are definitely the ones that involve food and my kids. I love nothing better than my children benefiting from the work I do here. Last week, I got to spend some one on one time with middle daughter, Violet at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester for a lovely evening with Paul Rankin. You will most probably remember Paul from Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook fame or maybe if you are a bit more high brow, you will have visited his restaurants, Roscoe & Cayenne.

Well Paul is now on a mini tour of the UK, promoting his love of his own brand of sausages, the Rankin Selection of pork sausages. Our blogging event was all about these sausages – from the sausage roll canapés on arrival to the heartily wonderful, sausages, mash & onion gravy sit down meal later on.

Meeting Paul Rankin #saveoursausage

Paul and his team opened the event in what I can only describe as, good old fashioned Irish friendliness. We were given a warm welcome, Paul was very modest when described as a ‘celebrity chef’ From what I can remember he called himself, “A man on the telly that can cook”. He introduced his brand and love of sausages – we were there to #saveoursausage! He recognises that people want comfort food, families like to sit down to a good old feed and flavours must be simple and honest. His sausages are all made from either GB or Irish pork and must contain 50% pork meat.

There was fun for the kids too, a good natured game very similar to Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook where we answered impossibly hard questions about … sausages of course! And of course, there were prizes for everyone – Sweeties for the kids and the cutest tiny frying pan for the grown ups.

Violet Paul Rankin #saveoursausage

Paul shared his secrets of how he likes to cook sausages – He prefers to fry them, which feels alien to me. I fried the sausages below and served them to Mr C who honestly commented on how nice they were. Paul told us his tip of making onion gravy – Apparently we should be sweating the onions down for 45 minutes!

I’ve tried to follow his tips when I made my onion & mushroom gravy(see photo at top of page):

Ingredients: Serves 2
1 Small Onion (finely chopped)
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 large mushromms (chopped small)
150ml Vegetable Stock
Black pepper

In a small frying pan, sweat down the onion using 1 tbsp vegetable oil for at least 10 minutes until transparent. This should be on a really low heat – the onions should not be browning too much.
Add the balsamic vinegar and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, vegetable stock & pepper – stirring for another 5-10 minutes.
Serve immediately.

Paul Rankin SAusages

Many thanks to Tots100 for the opportunity to attend the evening. Rankin Sausages are currently being sold for a promotion price of £1.75 in leading supermarkets (Pack of 8).

My question to you for today is … who would you like to share Sausages & Mash with?

Blackpool Tower Review

We live just under an hour away from Blackpool but have never really done the tourist spots. I managed a well-known fast food restaurant for a summer season in 1997 and if I tell you having my tonsils out was the highlight of that year, then you get an idea of why I didn’t rush back.

Fast forward 18 years (OMG!) and 3 children later. I’ve been asked to visit various Blackpool attractions several times but one email stood out. We were just back from our summer hols, My birthday was looming, Dermot was working and 2 children were desperate to go. (Eldest was swimming in Oxford) So I said yes, we would go and experience all that is Blackpool Tower.

I took my mum – well after all, she should be celebrating my birthday too – she did the hard work! We arrived at Blackpool Station after a really packed train journey (Blackpool is obviously a lot more popular than I gave it credit for).

I’m not going to pretend that walking along Blackpool Prom is going to be high culture – You will see all sorts of sights. Its great for people watching – Tara was most impressed to see a real life Minion!

When Tara met the Minion of her dreams

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So we arrived at Blackpool Tower – Straight away we were impressed. It is so much more magnificent inside than you think it is going to be. A real bustling atmosphere but highly efficient and friendly counter staff.

We were given Tower tickets for the day which gave us access to all 7 attractions – How did I not know before that there were 7?!


We knew we wanted to go to the Circus and up the Tower and anything else would be a bonus. Our first stop was the Blackpool Circus as the next showing was in 20 minutes. I was expecting a short performance but it is actually a full 2 hour show! My advice to anyone visiting the circus would be not to sit in the main seating area- this gets really packed but there are plenty of other, more comfortable seats all around the arena with just as good, if not better, a view. We had plenty of room to relax and didn’t disturb anyone as we hopped up and down to go the toilets (Which are very clean & well stocked in case you are wondering)

The performers themselves are just incredible – There were acrobats, clowns (not scary or spooky), Spanish Dancers and Tight Rope Walkers (which were so phenomenal you have to watch between your fingers). Me & my Mum loved the Dress changing sequence – the girls couldn’t get enough of the end surprise (I’m not going to spoil it for you if you are intending to go soon).

Just brilliant!

Blackpool Tower circus


Just the circus alone, would have been worth spending the money on the ticket but we came out and decided to go to the top of the Tower. It was a completely miserable day so we knew it would be wet and blustery as the photo shows.

Before going up in the lift (and then a LOT of stairs) you watch a 4d video all about the history of the tower and Blackpool today. We were also REALLY brave and stood on the glass floor when we went up!

Top of Blackpool Tower


OH wow, I completely loved being in the ballroom (The girls were not quite as thrilled but enjoyed it all the same). We managed to get in when the live Wurlitzer was being played – How amazing that on a wet, Wednesday afternoon there are so many people dressed in full ballroom outfits dancing. Whether you are a professional, a learner or just someone who wants a dance with their kiddies – the dance floor was full for every dance.

I’d love to go back for afternoon tea in the ballroom – I’ve since applied to watch Strictly live when it comes from the Ballroom but it looks unlikely we’ll win now as the date gets closer.

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

The other attractions that we didn’t have time to visit were:

Jungle Jim’s Indoor Adventure Playground (The queue seemed quite big for this, possibly due to it being a wet day)
Blackpool Tower Dungeons
Blackpool Sea Life Centre
Madame Tussauds

Your Blackpool Tower ticket is valid for 90 days which is a great bonus if you get chance to go back. There are no circus performances on a Friday. The Tower remains open throughout the year. Entry to the Tower opens at 10am. Closing times and special events alter throughout the year and can be found on the Blackpool Tower website.

Tower Tickets are usually:

£35 per adult (£30 when bought online)
£28.50 per child (£25.50 when bought online)

Disclosure: We were given our Tower tickets for the purpose of us undertaking the review – We had a brilliant day and highly recommend a visit!

Interplay Snow Flake Charm Jewellery Review and Giveaway

Interplay Snow Flake Jewellery Craft Set Giveaway

Where did my baby go? One minute she was a pre-schooler depending on me for everything, the next she is sat making jewellery and doing a pretty good job of it!

Its always a gamble trying toy sets – particularly ones that could result in a lot of hard work like jewellery making – We were really pleased with the Interplay Snow Flake Jewellery Craft Set though. It comes in quite a small box that seemed quite underwhelming – I have to admit the box was hanging around for a few days before I had chance to get Tara organised with it. I suggested that Millie (age 13) might like to open it and help Tara out and luckily she agreed.

They set to work opening the box – First impressions? Wow, there are so many beads and trinkets. The box says there is enough to make 10 pieces of enchanted jewellery but there seems so much more. The quality of the snow flake charms is great – they are really pretty and seem less tacky than other children’s jewellery sets we have had.

Children's Jewellery Making Set

Millie had to help Tara with cutting the elastic for her bracelets and tying a knot in the end but after that, she was all systems go! Its her first real time of doing grown up crafts on her own and she loved it. She’s happily modelling her bracelet and went straight on to make more.

jewellery craft set bracelet

The Interplay Jewellery Craft Set has a RRP of £7.99 which is incredible value – I’ll definitely be stocking up on a few of these for Christmas presents. Don’t be fooled by the small box – this is a set that can provide many happy hours of play. (For ages 4-7 years)

Jewellery making set

I’m very happy to be able to offer a Snow Flake Jewellery Craft Set to the one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, please follow the Rafflecopter instructions – Please leave your comment at the end of this post rather than on the Rafflecopter widget to be a valid entry. Open to UK entries only – The giveaway will end at 11.59PM on Tuesday 20th October. After this time, a winner will be selected at random then informed as soon as possible – The winner will be asked to give contact details for Interplay to be able to send their prize. Best of luck to everyone!

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Disclosure: We were sent an Interplay Snow Flake Jewellery Set for the purpose of this review – All opinions are Tara’s & Mine (Millie said the set was exquisite – She may have been having a teenage moment!)

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