Being a mum can be the most rewarding job in the world. It can also be the most challenging! Join me on my journey through motherhood and the highs and lows it brings. I blog when I get a moment; as you will see these moments are far and few between. But I am still committed to improving my blogging rate!
Thank you to Cardooo for sending me two of their lovely cards full of fun to review.....
Cardooo make interactive greetings cards for children and adults. They retail at £3.50 a card and are packed with stories, games, puzzles, stickers,colouring activities, word searches and some easy recipes; depending on the style of card you choose. I thought the cards were an excellent idea as there were opportunities for development of literacy and numeracy skills. The cards are easily postable in the UK due to their compact size.
A lovely story with great illustrations which my 3 year old thoroughly enjoyed. My older children wanted to read the story themselves and enjoyed the novelty of having a story in a card. It was quite nice to see Mr Wolf being bashed on the head rather than cut open!
They thought that it would be great to receive a card with fun things in to do and my eldest daughter said that the Activity Cards and Journey Buddies would be good to take on holiday with us;
"So can you just buy them for us even if we don't need a card" she said!
There are lots of different cards to choose from; Birthday, Get well soon,Seasonal, Books to name but a few. I thought they were really good value for money, especially when you look at the price of a basic card.
I was also sent The little Christmas Tree. My older children ( aged 6, 8 and 10) enjoyed this story at bedtime. We had to read it first whilst they snuggled in and then they 'discussed!' who was having it to read to themselves!! It was a surprisingly long story,considering it was in a card, which all enjoyed it.
There are pictures of what is included in each card on the Cardooo website and also a helpful video link so that you can get a better view inside each cardooo card. A recommended age is given alongside each cardooo card which is a helpful guide.
Many thanks to Cardooo for sending me these samples to feast on. As a book loving, active family we certainly enjoyed them and will be searching out cards for future occasions.
Cardooo are trying to engage children in their reading and maths work through an original and different medium. We are a book loving family and have always read to our children and supported their learning journey but if you have a child who is a reluctant reader then it can be a challenge. I have to be careful choosing books for my son as he is a 'lazy' reader and likes short sharp extracts, factual information or a book with a balance of illustrations and text. The Cardooo cards present reading in a new way and I believe could be a new way to engage those children who may not naturally have a love of reading. My son even loves to read packages and signs, so I think anything goes as long as they are reading!
and the French's Classic Yellow Mustard Recipe Book
I have never been a fan of mustard, my husband has, but I can now definitely say that I have found a mustard that not only I like but the children loved. Bonfire night seemed the perfect time to try out some of the lovely recipes in the booklet.
Soy and Mustard Glazed Chicken
This delicious recipe was for chicken wings but as I didn't have any I substituted chicken drum sticks.
15 to 20 chicken wings
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp FRENCH'S CLASSIC YELLOW MUSTARD
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss the chicken with salt, pepper and oil then roast for 35 minutes. Whilst they are roasting simmer the vinegar, soy sauce and sugar in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally, for around 10 minutes, until reduced. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and French's Classic Yellow Mustard. Remove the roasted wings and let them stand for one minute then transfer them to a separate bowl. Pour the soy and vinegar mixture over the wings and toss, leave for five minutes and then toss again. Serve immediately.
This went down a storm with the children asking for seconds and thirds!!!!
Easy Honey and FRENCH'S CLASSIC YELLOW MUSTARD DIP
5 minutes preparation.
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp French's Classic Yellow Mustard
1 tbsp honey
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and serve with anything you like.
My 6 year old daughter made this dip and it was declared a great success. Everyone dipped in and some even took spoonfuls to have on their plate to add to their chicken!
Tangy chicken Strips
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp natural yoghurt
1 tbsp French's Classic Yellow Mustard
1 tbsp mango chutney
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 clove of garlic,crushed
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
4 skinless chicken breasts
Preheat oven to gas mark 6, 200 degrees C
Mix all the ingredients together then brush over the chicken strips. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through.
We didn't have all the ingredients in the cupboard and we had some left over chicken breast from our Sunday roast. It worked well with what we had and tasted wonderful. The children have all asked to have this cold in their packed lunches for school!
I have tried really really hard this year to be good, (mummy and daddy may not agree with me) but I did try! I hope you are well and that your elves are busy helping you. This year I would really like....
The Sylvanian Families Highfields Farm as my grandma has a wonderful dolls house I play with when I visit her, but I would really like one of my own (and my grandma lives on a farm so this would be perfect)
Cosmic Light Scooter. All my friends ride their scooters to school but I haven't got one. Please can I have a new scooter so I can ride to school? (Mummy would like this as it is reduced to £20)
Classic Tiny Tears. I love my dolls, and although I am getting a bit older now I still spend hours playing with them. My mummy said she had a Tiny Tears when she was 4 from Father Christmas so I think she would like to play with this too.
Lots of love
One good little girl with her fingers crossed xxx
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Firstly I must say a huge thank you to TRUPRINT for giving me the opportunity to review a wide range of their canvases.
The quality of the canvases was great; crisp, clear and a high colour resolution. I was very impressed. Up loading your photographs on to their site into your own album was very quick. I have used other sites in the past to upload my photos and this was by far the quickest I have used.
Gallery wrap canvases come in a variety of different sizes with a price range of £24.99 to £79.99. My favourite size was the 20" x 24". With four children to fit into the frame this made a really impressive canvas, with a treasured photo which means we can always take our memories of them as they grow older.
The canvases are ready to hang on arrival with clips and nails provided, the delivery is amazingly quick and they come really well packaged.
It couldn't be easier to design your canvas. Simply upload your photographs, choose one to use and position on your frame. You can jiggle about with the positioning to get the canvas just as you want it to look. Postage and packaging start at £7.50 for your first item and then £4.99 for each additional item.
The only problem I had was choosing which photographs to use!
You can add up to 15 photographs and choose from landscape or portrait. You can then choose from a huge selection of 44 background colours. I chose white and black but I must say this red looks good too. TRUPRINT place your photographs on the canvas design but you then have the chance to shuffle them around until you find the combination that works for you.
Prices start from £29.99.
These look amazing on the wall and make an ideal gift. I made a canvas of the children with other family members so that we had memories of good times spent with relatives.
If you are new to TRUPRINT and want to upload your photographs to get prints you can get your first 50 prints free. You have a choice of sizes and finishes. The quality is good and the postage is quick.
TRUPRINT have lots of offers on and you can subscribe to their newsletter to get all the latest information. They currently have an offer to get 35% off your cart but you had better be quick as this offer ends on 28th October. Or 20% off all prints with free postage ending 10th November.
Thank you to TRUPRINT for giving us these memories. All of the opinions are my own. I was very impressed with the quality, easy of use to design my canvases and upload my photographs and the quick delivery. A fantastic addition to our walls.