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Bargain Food Haul from Approved Food

Bargain Food Haul from Approved Food

Our bargain food haul from approved food – I’m loving all the TV programmes at the moment on how to eat for less, and making savvy purchases to save money. We never used to be very savvy when it came to shopping. Gone are the days where we shopped at the same supermarket and bought whatever we wanted, sometimes not even taking note of the price. We stopped shopping like this quite a while ago, and now alternate our shopping trips dependent on what we need such as store cupboard staples, fresh fruit and veg and meat.

Approved Food

I was really pleased to be asked to try out www.approvedfood.co.uk which essentially is a bargain online shop where you can buy food that is either surplus or short dated stock.

I placed my order at around 8.30pm on Tuesday 4th July with an expected delivery time of 2 – 3 working days and it was delivered on Friday 7th July.

You can buy everything from cupboard staples such as pasta and rice to all the kids chocolate biscuit treats, toiletries and cleaning products and even a healthy and beauty section.

What we bought

  • Amoy Plum Sauce x 2 = £1.00
  • Amoy Soy Sauce Reduced Salt x 2 = £1.00
  • Bottle Green Elderflower Sparkling Presse x 4 cans = £1.49
  • Cavalino Bucks Fizz x 1 = £1.99
  • Chupa Chups Air Heads x 3 = £0.99
  • Combos Cheddar Cheese Cracker x 3 = £0.99
  • CorNiche Apple Teddy Marshmallows x 5 = £1.00
  • Don Mario Fusilli x 2 = £1.00
  • Don Mario Spaghetti x 2 = £1.00
  • Fabiola Pasta Spaghetti x 2 = £1.00
  • Flash All Purpose Cleaner x 1 = £0.99
  • Foxs Nice Creams x 2 = £1.00
  • Foxs Triple Layered Biscuit 10 pack x 1 = £0.99
  • Giovanni Di Firenze Tomato Pasta Sauce x 2 = £1.50
  • Globe World Foods Plum Tomatoes x 3 = £0.99
  • Go Ahead Yoghurt Breaks x 3 = £0.99
  • Golden Wonder Chicken and Mushroom Pot Noodles x 4 = £2.00
  • Gratify herb baked mini dippers x 2 = £1.00
  • Jacobs Jaffa Cakes x 2 = £1.98
  • Maryland Double Chocolate Chip Cookies x 4 = £1.00
  • Napolina Conchiglie Pasta x 1 = £0.95
  • Purina Delibakie Stars Turkey and Bacon x 1 = £0.99
  • Quaker Oats – Oats so Simple Morning Golden Syrup Bars x 1 box = £0.99
  • Real Handcooked Variety Pack Crisps x 2 = £0.02
  • Ryvita Crackerbread Pepper Flavour x 2 = £1.50
  • Simple Soothing Facial Toner x 2 = £1.00
  • Wubba Dog Toy x 1 = £2.99

Grand total = £32.34

Postage and Packing is worked out by box. We had one large box which cost £5.99.

Fun Fact – I quite liked the Fun Fact at the end. Mine was that I’d saved £44 by buying from Approved Food which is the equivalent of 36 litres of fuel. That’s a total bargain in my book.

The offers come in daily and since signing up, I’ve received quite a few emails with all the latest offers.

What we think

Approved Food is definitely a website worth a monthly visit to fill your cupboards. Nothing lasts very long in our house what with a pot noodle eating cookie monster of a teenager and a six year old who loves a treat or two and a midnight munchie man around. I think my favourite bargain is the kong dog toy which are usually quite expensive and was very much appreciated by Charlie!

Have you shopped at Approved Food?

Let us know what your BEST bargain was.

Lisa x

*We were given £30 credit to spend for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
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Family Fever

Doodle Collection Notebook Review

Doodle Collection Notebook Review

I’m a sucker for stationary!

I love notebooks, notepads, pens…….actually everything from moustache shaped paperclips to novelty pencil sharpeners. I was just a little bit excited to be asked to review a notebook from the Doodle Collection.

Doodle Collection

My daughter has inherited the same magpie like attraction for cool stationary.

I have a particular thing for notebooks, even if I don’t have a particular use for one. I like to select a nice pen and alway write neatly in my notebooks. I hate making mistakes or crossing things out in my notebooks.

I have several notebooks on the go for different things.

Diaries, planners and calendars are also a fave of mine. I always get either a calendar or diary for Christmas so I like to set aside an evening to write out my calendar or diary with a nice pen (preferably several different colours) and a glass of wine, and make a bit of an event of it.

The company is based in India but all their full range is available to buy on Amazon.

They have a huge selection of notebooks, diaries and planners in all the colours and designs you can think of.

We’re really loving Flamingoes and Unicorns at the moment so when given a choice I went with a Majestic Misfit Notebook. I really love the wording on the front:

Doodle Collections Review Competition

Notebook Features:

  • It’s A5 in size and has a sturdy cover
  • 200 lined pages with a scribble section on every other page
  • Thick paper, nice for writing with an ink pen
  • Perforated edges on each page which is fab if you make a mistake

What we thought

I really like this notebook from the size to the thickness and quality of the paper. The size is great for popping in your bag but it’s not too small. I love the flamingo design and is easy to lay flat to write on.

I’ve already pinpointed this Notebook for when I start my new job next month to take notes. Until then it will be sitting prettily on my bookshelf.

Which Notebook would you choose from the Doodle Collection?

Lisa x

 

Family Fever

A Tip Top Big Mac – Your New McDonalds

A Tip Top Big Mac – Your New McDonalds

A Tip Top Big Mac is what I made at McDonalds even if I do say so myself.

Your New McDonalds

Myself and some fellow bloggers were invited to take a look around one of Plymouths City Centre McDonalds where some pretty impressive changes have been made to improve the service that customers receive and streamline the whole McDonalds experience.

Your New McDonalds

What’s New

Self Service – If you’ve been into your local branch recently it may be one of over 50% of restaurants that have the touch screen self-service points in addition to the usual counter and drive through services.

You may have even already visited one of the restaurants that have table service on offer. Fear not as these services will be rolled out nationwide in the near future.

The self service points where you order and pay for your food are a really quick and convenient way to order food. It displays the whole menu with size options and meal deal options.

Using the screens couldn’t be simpler. All the food is displayed using pictures and gives you various options (including dips for meals that include this). The touch screens are so easy that you could let your children use the screens to pick choose and order their own food. The best thing about the screens is that the menu is visual and there are options on there that you may not even know is available.

Table Service – This has probably been a long awaited addition to the McDonalds restaurants and will make ordering so much easier for the vast majority of us.

As a parent, standing in the queue and ordering the food and then finding a table can be such a pain in the butt, and then you forget to get the straws or napkins.

These days are long gone. The self-service machine allows you to choose table service. They have plastic table number plaques which are Bluetooth enabled that you pick up which are all numbered (I’m sure they have an actual name). You tap this number in and once your order is placed the server will be able to find you via the number plaque. The server comes armed with a toolbelt loaded with napkins, straws and sauces so there’s no need for you to leave your seat.

Behind the Scenes

We got to have a nose around behind the scenes which was quite impressive.

We started off in the staff room where we were given our very own McDonalds apron, hat (plus hairnet) and name badge. I was totally sold by this point but I am quite easily pleased!

Your New McDonalds

The kitchen, whilst busy was very orderly and everybody was going about their work like a well oiled machine.

I’ve always been quite impressed by the number of staff that are working in any restaurant at any given time. There are approximately 40 staff on at any given time and more at peak times.

Your New McDonalds

We had a look at the walk-in fridges and freezers at all the fresh ingredients that are delivered almost daily and YES they do use fresh eggs!

Tablets

Some of the restaurants have a seating area where tablets are available. I always assumed that these were just for children, but as well as games available you can use the tablets to get news updates, check your emails and log-in to your social media sites.

Rest assured that the tablets have strict blocks so that unsavoury sites are not accessed by our kids.

You can also keep up to date with all news that is McDonalds including calorie content and community projects that McDonalds support.

The Best Bit

We got to make our very own Big Mac’s.

All of the burgers are made specific to McDonalds. There are clearly labelled charts above the work station to ensure that all burgers are made the same.

You can watch my video but this next bit is completely from my memory.

  1. Get your bun ready
  2. Pop it into the three sections of the special bun toaster
  3. Get your box ready
  4. Put the bun in box
  5. Shoot the Big Mac sauce gun at both parts of the bun
  6. Add lettuce
  7. A sprinkle of onion
  8. A slice of cheese on one side
  9. Two slices of gherkin on the other making sure that you separate so you get pickle in each bite
  10. Add a burger on each side
  11. Put the middle part of the bun on top of the bottom bun
  12. Shut the box
  13. BOOM the Big Mac is good to go

I totally aced my Big Mac making skills as you can see in my video.

Your New McDonalds

Cool McDonalds Facts

  • They use fresh ingredients. Contrary to what many people think where possible fresh ingredients are used and delivered to the restaurants daily.
  • No food is sat around – The burgers are freshly prepared to order
  • All waste is recycled. This was the biggest surprise for me. All food and packaging waste is separated and recycled including the oil used in the fryers
  • McDonalds aim to have a ‘Zero Waste Policy’ in all restaurants by 2020
  • To reduce the carbon footprint, delivery lorries deliver and pick-up at the same time so that no empty lorries are driving around
  • Since the introduction of the self-service touch screens more salads have been ordered. This maybe since the entire menu is visual on the screen it’s much easier to see what’s on offer
  • McDonalds work with local councils and volunteer for litter picking with the Love Where you Live campaign
  • McDonalds support local community projects and sports clubs

I bet you’re just a little bit impressed as was I. We like to take Isabelle to McDonalds for a treat and we allow her to choose her own meal whether it be a burger and fries or fish fingers and a fruit bag. It’s all about moderation!

As they say *whistles* ‘I’m Loving it!’

Lisa x

Your New McDonalds

 

 

Chalkola – A Review

Chalkola – A Review

Chalkola Review

We were really excited to be sent some Chalkola Chalk Pens which can be used on any non-porous surfaces such as chalkboards, whiteboards, glass, plastic and windows. It is recommended that you do a test patch just in case.

We were sent a set of Chalkola Neon Colours which is a set of 10 and a set of Chalkola Earth Colours which is a set of 8.

As it is Christmas I thought we’d have a bit of fun with these and make some cool tea-light jars which could be used for a centre piece or placed on the fireplace.

When you first open the pens you have to give them a really good shake and then press down the nip so that the chalk comes through, and then you’re good to go.

Isabelle was really keen to get started with these.

Chalkola Review

We decided to make some tea-light candle jars which we could use as a centre piece for our Christmas table.

Chalkola Review

What you need:

Jars – Of any size or shape as long as you can drop a tea-light candle into them
Chalkola Pens
Creative imagination

Chalkola Review

This is Isabelle in action with the pens which could be used just like felt tip pins.

As it was on glass we just had to be careful that we didn’t smudge them, and also allow time to try (only a couple of minutes) or some of the colours run together.

Chalkola Review

These are our Christmas Tea-light jars which as you can see we have decorated with Christmas Trees and Christmas Lights.

Chalkola Review

Isabelle was keen to keep going with the pens so we decided to Jazz up our Dog’s Treat Jar which I think he quite likes.

I think the Chalkola Pens would be really great if you’re using chalkboards for your wedding – you could make some really cool personalised table number plaques or use a large one to create a seating plan.

These pens get the thumbs up for both Isabelle and I. You can get your hands on a set for yourself and we have a Discount Code for you. Just add 20OFFSTR at the checkout to get 20% Off.

Chalkola Neon Colour Set 

Chalkola Earth Colour Set 

 Visit their site for their whole range and updates at www.chalkola.com

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

toucanBox Review

toucanBox Review

toucanBox Review

I’m totally loving the concept of subscription boxes. Choose the box of your choice, set up a payment plan and then BAM, every month a box appears through the post fully of lovely goodies. Boxes range from everything from make-up, feel good boxes and I’ve even seen some foodie type boxes.

Isabelle loves to make things, colour, cut, draw, stick so we’ve built up quite a good craft collection and often use Pinterest for inspiration.

We spotted toucanBox a few months ago which is perfect for Isabelle’s age range so when the opportunity to review the boxes came up we jumped at it.

toucanBox is aimed at children between 3 – 8 years. Each box comes with the complete kit and instructions to complete a crafty project.

There are three choices of subscription

  • Petite – contains one project and is shipped fortnightly
  • Grande – contains two themed projects and a reading book and are shipped monthly
  • Super Boxes – contains four themed projects and are shipped monthly

Payments are made when you first place the order and then monthly after that. There are no ties so you can cancel your subscription at any time and if you are away there’s even an option to pause your boxes and set them to come once you return.

toucanBox is addressed to your child which is lovely as all kids like to get post!

There’s a cool quiz that you can do on the site to find out your child’s personality. I did mine based on Isabelle and it came back with her being a Creator which I would totally agree with.

Isabelle is always making things. If she’s not drawing then she’s cutting things up or sticking things together.

So let’s get stuck in.

toucanBox Review

Isabelle was very excited to get the toucanBox through the post with her own name on it. I love the fact that it fits through the letter box so no waiting in or delivery cards through the door if you’re out.

Poor Isabelle is full of a cold in this video but doing some craft cheered her up.

toucanBox Review

I love that you get everything included to make the project including a glue stick and crayons. You could easily pop one of these in your bag and take on a train journey or away on holiday in case of rain.

Treasure Map & Parrot Partner

As explained in the video the box contained:

  • A tea bag
  • Paper
  • A paint brush
  • Stickers
  • Crayons
  • A Cardboard Parrot
  • Feathers
  • A Glue Stick
  • A wiggly eye
  • A Jumbo Lolly Stick

The instructions were very clear and even tell you the difficulty and messiness rating as well as some cool pirate facts. There was also a sheet with ideas on pirate themed games once the project is complete.

First of all we had to make a cup of tea – perfect.

toucanBox Review

Crumple the paper into a ball and then flatten. I should have taken a picture of Isabelle as she did this as she was quite surprised as I usually tell her off for wasting paper and screwing it up.

toucanBox Review

Using the cup of tea (no milk, no sugar), paint the piece of paper and set aside to dry.

toucanBox Review

toucanBox Review

Whilst the paper is drying, colour the parrot with the crayons.

toucanBox Review

Then add the feathers to make your parrot. Isabelle was starting to get tired again as she was a poorly girl but making this made the day bearable and fun for both of us.

Once the paper was dry, add the stickers to create your Treasure Map.

 

toucanBox Review

toucanBox Review

 

See what you like?

You can grab your own FREE toucanBox for your child or as a gift by visiting the site and adding the code BLOGGERSTREAT.

Any boxes ordered between 17th November – 15th December will include Christmas themed projects which will be nice to do on a cold day. They are also running a Christmas Advent Calendar with a surprise a day.

Happy Crafting.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

*We were sent the toucanBox free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions and images are our own.

 

Boohoo Kids – A Review

Boohoo Kids – A Review

I know you’ve heard of www.boohoo.com – if you haven’t’ where the heck have you been?

Isabelle is 6 now going on 16 and has an annoying interest and input into what she will and won’t wear.

So on we popped onto the Boo Hoo website to have a look at their new kids range.

I thought I would do something a bit different and let Isabelle loose to choose what she liked and added it to a wish list and then pick an outfit at the end (within reason).

This is what Isabelle Chose:

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