Monday, 30 March 2015

Prints with Feeling.com



I love a gift that is not just thoughtful, but also goes a little bit further to convey my feelings to the person. Its occasionally easy to buy a unique gift for a good friend, harder sometimes to buy something for close family, those who I live with and have bought for, many times over the years.

I find I have bought many gifts for Chris that appeal to him. Paige and Conor, I know their likes and we have catered within reason to those over the years. Granny who lives with us, is at a grand age where she says she needs nothing but her food and warmth.

These family members who mean more to me than anybody else in the world, yet on special occasions I am sometimes struggling to find a present that conveys how I feel about them. 

So I was most interested when I was asked to review something from Prints With Feelings.com, a company  who work to create gifts with words that spark a feeling. Who work with different designers to come up with concepts that you can either buy as you see and some that you can personalise.


I was sent a Family Tree Print, I was able to choose the colour of the tree, so it  fits in well with the room decor, I could choose  any names I wanted and or family name.
I could choose a print, how I wanted it framed, if at all and then personalise by choosing text that I wanted. 

The framed print arrived very quickly, so it will be a handy place to visit if you are seeking a last minute gift.

It was carefully packaged and when I opened it I fell in love with it. I was happy that it was unique to my family set up, living with Granny and caring for her, we now have something that signifies this.

The above is my print on the wall. I chose to give this to my family on Mothers Day, it was a chance to offer a gift in return for being treated like a Queen all day. 



There are many other unusual gifts on the Prints with Feeling website for that special gift.


From cushions to prints, mugs to tote bags and cards all ranging from £2.99. 




Some can be personalised, some are cute, others just funny. There are lovely prints to welcome a baby into the world, your child's favourite football team shirt prints and many more.

The site is easy to use, there is a video to help with getting the personalisation right.

Big thumbs up from me for Prints With Feelings.

What do you think, is there somebody you would like to choose a unique gift for?

I noticed the site has a 10% discount code for Spring and Summer, click on the gift icon on the left of the page.  



I received the print for the purposes of this review, my opinions are my own.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Easter at Asda




With the long weekend break, Easter is a chance for everyone in the family to get together for a catch up over a delicious meal, a glass of something bubbly and of course indulge in plenty of yummy chocolate Easter eggs. 

To help plan this Asda have put together lots of ideas to make your Easter fun, tasty and entertaining for all members of the family



Their Easter Egg selection is vast, as well as the usuall brands and family favourites, they also have a range
of Asda Extra Special Luxury Milk Chocolate Eggs and sent me one for Easter.

I was sent a Bejewelled Extra Special egg, created with Leiths School of Food and Wine, it certainly looks luxurious. The egg is made with dark and milk chocolate.
It is hand decorated  with luxurious fudge, honeycomb, wrapped in chocolate, sprayed with a purple lustre.  



It looks like luxury but at £6, it won’t break the bank
.

There are some gorgeous accessories at Asda this Easter, the usual Easter bunny hunt accessories, great value tableware to co-ordinate your Easter table and some mouthwatering cakes and foods.


Freebie Friday 27th March



Hello again, the week comes round so quickly, the freebies take most of the week to find, more time on the the money off coupons to try and find the combination to make it a freebie.

Thanks to all the lovely bloggers who keep adding their giveaways, I know from feedback its becoming a nice weekly treat to stop by.

Thanks as always to the readers who stop by to enter a comp, grab a freebie or make use of the money off section.

They are really taking off and I have spent a good few hours comparing store prices to get a really good deal and for a few free or a few pence.
For the Mums this week some Johnson baby freebies below.
Extreme couponning is good but for the ease of the freebie at the click of a button, I still love those the best!



Actual just freebies the Kinder Egg storybook is a fab one, everybody can get the free downloaded version, it makes a nice little personalised treat for the little ones.

See you all next week.


Spotlight

This week I am spotlighting how to get a two course meal for four for £2.92 or £1.92 if weight watching, minus the roll!

Yes 73p a head, dine alone for £1.48 with leftovers and also extremely healthy depending on your picks.
Soup for free with the ongoing Covent garden soup, this week Asda has all the varieties at a £1
With the money off voucher its free. Choose from Soup of the month, vegetable, Skinny vegetable, Chicken, butter and pepper and many more.
You will need a roll maybe at £1 a pack for Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse with the coupon.

Follow this course with a Weight Watchers meal for 48p also on offer at Asda, choose from Chilli Con Carne, Chicken curry or Chicken hotpot 

You could even make this a three course with a pot of Boursin for 17p and some 



Freebies

For Bloggers and Vloggers 

Receive free products for tutorials and reviews
Be part of exclusive product launch collaborations
Feature as Bblonde's Blogger/Vlogger of the month on our website and social media channels
Be our Bblonde Blogger/Vlogger reporter at special events
Be sent product bundles for competitions on Blogger/Vlogger channels

http://www.bblondehair.co.uk/bblonde/bblondes-bloggers


Free Bike Workshop for 7-11 year olds
http://www.halfords.com

Free tickets to the Just VShow
Kinder Eggs 6,500 printed storybooks.
Bare Minerals Foundation again
I received a few other goodies as the consultant was unavailable
Elizabeth Arden 7 day sample of Prevage serum
https://www.facebook.com/elizabethardenUK/photos/a.354116367981245.80860.156154071110810/873867312672812/

 FREE packet of Skittles with Shopitize App. 
Code '15RNBO', buy the  Skittles.
Upload your receipt and receive £1 cashback.

Sun Perks
http://perks.thesun.co.uk/

Two Free Alton Towers Tickets for all members
Free Millies Cookie
2 for 1 Shades of Grey tickets
Free West Cornwall pasty
20 free photo prints


O2 Priority

Hotel Chocolat Free Easter slab
LA Fitness free 5 day pass
Free Little miracles drink at Superdrug



Worth A Go As So Many

4000 packs 4 different Tomato seed varieties 
1000 of each
5000 John West Tuna with a Twist meals
400 Montagne Jeunesse Masks
https://www.facebook.com/MontagneJeunesse?sk=app_343236642414878&app_data=45898




Money Off and Clever Combining

Free Covent Garden soup
On offer for £1 at Asda
Further £1 off here http://newcoventgardensoup.com/

Free Johnsons Baby Shampoo 500ml 
On offer for £1 in Tesco 
Further £1 off here http://www.caringeveryday.co.uk/offers-coupons
**Tesco have changed the offer to the 300ml for £1 , you may still be able to use if part of a big shop

Free Johnsons Baby Oil
On offer for £1 in Tesco and Sainsbury's
Further £1 off here http://www.caringeveryday.co.uk/offers-coupons

Femfresh for £1 Usually £3.29
On offer for £2 at Superdrug
Further £1 off here http://femfresh.co.uk/coupon#

Boursin Creamy Shallot and Chive for 17p
On offer Tesco £1.17
Watch the video, the link for  a further £1 off will appear 
http://www.boursin.com/en_gb/Recipes/

Bold 2 in 1 Gel for £2 Usually £5.20 
On offer at Asda, a few variants at Tesco
£1 off here https://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers/coupon

Weight Watchers Chilled Meals for 48p at Asda
On offer at 98p
Further 50p off here http://info.weightwatchers.co.uk/ ends 15/04


£1 Benecol Plus 
Cheapest at Morrisons.
If you have 2 vouchers, you can get two packs for £4 at Tesco

Crabbies Fruit  4 pack for £3 usually £5
On offer at Sainsburys
£1 off here https://www.facebook.com/CrabbiesFruitsUK/app_996046423742264

Low Low cheese snack packs for 50p
On offer in Tesco for £1
Further 50p off here https://www.mymail.co.uk/mycoupons

Newburn Bakehouse White rolls for £1 Usually £2.49
On offer at Sainsburys for £2.00
£1 off here http://www.newburnbakehouse.com/thank-you-1

Netrogena Body balm Tub for £1.65 Usually £3.98
On offer at Tesco for £2.65
Further £1 off here http://www.caringeveryday.co.uk/offers-coupons

Free Cif Power and Shine Multi-Purpose Wipes 
Tescos on offer at a £1 
 Cif Normal 50 wipes for £1 and you may get the £1 off a £1 pack.

£1 off here https://www.mymail.co.uk/mycoupons

Activia for 69p for 4
On offer at Tesco for £1.19
50p off here http://www.danoneactivia.co.uk/

£1 off John West Steam Pots
http://www.john-west.co.uk/trawler-fun/steam-pots-coupon-50


Word FREE image made from cubes,  mosaic pattern thanks to Shutterstock 

Shopping in supermarket. Shopping trolley image thanks to Shutterstock

02 Logo thanks to Shutterstock


Spotlight image thanks to Shutterstock

Free label image thanks to Shutterstock



Friday, 20 March 2015

Freebie Friday 20th March




Hi Freebie Friday fans, this week seem to be all about snacks, free drinks, chocolate, sandwiches. So fill up on all the goodies and enter some fab blogger giveaways.

Bloggers feel free to add any deals, discounts and freebies as well as the giveaways.


Spotlight

Buy the Daily Mirror (55p) in England and Wales on Thu 26 Mar you'll get a voucher for £5 off when you spend £40 or more in an Aldi store by Thu 2 Apr


Free Origins sample


Bring any amount of empty cosmetic packaging
- from any brand -to your nearest Origins counter
and they'll give you a FREE* 1-time use sample
of one of our high performance natural skincare products
to say thank you.


To find your nearest Origins
counter visit: origins.co.uk/locator




Freebies

Free Lidl JD Gross Chocolate Pralines

https://www.facebook.com/lidluk?sk=app_174961479209942

Free Burberry Kiss for a friend (Twitter)
https://burberrykisses-uk.sopost.com/send/choose/

Free sandwich and coke

Free Greggs Hot Drink

Check your app or join up iTunes/Android

FELIX Sensations Crunchy Crumble
Checkout Smart Freebies
Free Frijj
Free Mars or Twix or M+M's yogurt
Free Butcher's Choice dog food
https://www.checkoutsmart.com/

Sun Perks Freebies

West Cornwall Pasty Friday only
Free Dork Diaries at Tesco
Free Paddington E book
Free tickets to see Robots Overlords

Send a friend a FREE Nature Valley Protein bar
A free £25 credit, with Get Taxi
Download the GetTaxi app on your Android or Apple device. 
Code NEWCITY25



London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham only

Check last weeks Freebie Friday for offers still running!


O2 Priority
Free Little Miracles drink at Superdrug 

Free Easter Slab at Hotel Chocolat


Worth a Go as So Many

Win 1 of 80 Spontex Cleaning prize packs
http://connect.spontex.co.uk/

First 1000 Stabilo Pen pack
Answer 30
http://blog.stabilo.co.uk/blog/as-seen-on-tv-revision-competition/

Win 100 The Museum of Things Left Behind 

Money Off and Clever Combining



Free Gillette Oceana Venus 2 pack Usually £2.97  
On  offer for 97p Asda may be able to get two packs 
£2.00 off here https://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers

Fairy platinum Dishwasher Tabs for £3 Usually £7

Lemon tabs on offer for £4, Asda
£1 off here https://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers

Olay Total Effects for £5.95 usually £15 
(Asda on offer for £6.95)

Bold 2 in 1 Gel for £3 Usually £6 
(Morrisons on offer for £4)

PG Tips Green and Fruit Teas for 50p
Usually £1.29 Morrrisons, Asda, Sainsburys

Covent Garden Soup Free at Asda 
On offer for £1 here


Word FREE image made from cubes,  mosaic pattern thanks to Shutterstock 

Shopping in supermarket. Shopping trolley image thanks to Shutterstock

02 Logo thanks to Shutterstock


Spotlight image thanks to Shutterstock

Free label image thanks to Shutterstock


Monday, 16 March 2015

M&S Count On Us Review


I have been enjoying different meals with M+S recently and I was asked if I would be interested in featuring the Count on Us range. Its high time, with summer coming, I started to eat a little more healthily, with time at a premium, its also nice to eat a lower calorie meal that is quick to prepare too.


The M + S count on us range has been specially developed to be low in fat (less than 3%) and calorie controlled - allowing you to enjoy great taste without the guilt!
In order to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you use. Foods that are higher in fats and sugar tend to contain a lot of calories. This range has been developed to help people who are trying to lose weight sensibly, offering a variety of great tasting products to choose from that are both low in fat (less than 3g per 100g) and calorie controlled.


It can sometimes be a struggle finding foods that can be included as part of a reduced calorie diet but our count on us range includes an assortment of foods from prepared meals, to desserts to food on the go.

The meals I chose were ones that I was hoping were tasty and also close to favourite meals but of course without the fat.



As regular readers know a good curry is often on our family's menu, so the first meal I wanted to try was the Chicken Tikka Masala with Spiced Basmati Rice.
Perfect for a Saturday night if you still want to have a Fakeaway meal  with the rest of the family. Only 400 calories and it certainly does not taste that way.
It was creamy, lovely big chunks of chicken, the sauce is fragrant, spices very apparent and the rice was perfectly cooked.
It did not taste like a healthy meal and I have bought this again, Paige had one recently and said the same as me, it just does not taste as if its a healthy range ready meal.



Next on the menu is one of my favourite meals to eat, a Jambalaya  364 calories, 5.5 syns if you are on Slimming World. I  usually cook it at home, on rare occasions if I can find a good dining establishment, I will choose it. 

I love rice mixed with meat and veg. I decided to risk it and hoped M+S could rise to my challenge.
I was happy with this version, rice in some of the ready meals I have tried can break a dish. It was perfect. The peppers and chicken tasted fresh, it was spiced as I hoped it would be. Oh and the chorizo made it feel a bit naughty, not really a low cal meal. Smoky, juicy and spicy.
Its a toughie eating this, it was so good, I wanted another one!






Finally I chose a meal with a Yorkshire pudding in, Count On Us Steak filled as well in a Wine  when watching weight there is often times where you fancy a food that just is not usually part of a low calorie diet. With some Actifry roasties and veg this was lovely, sadly I slightly overdid them, so apologies to M+S they look better.

The beef was tender, the sauce rich and tasty. I am a major fan of homemade Yorkshire puddings, I rarely but a shop bought one, in fact Chris says they are banned, but I do often fancy them.  This filled the spot. Each filled pud is only 210 calories and so you can eat two if you have managed your meals.


Overall I was very impressed with the meals I tried, I was expecting hunger after my meals and I had none. M+S do food so well and none of their well know taste was missing.

You can find a large range of Count On Us meals in M+S in store and online.


http://health.marksandspencer.com/our-health-ranges/count-on-us

I was supplied with the meals in order to review, my opinions are my own.