Thursday, 27 March 2014

Freebie Friday 28th March

Freebie Friday again, bloggers link up those lovely giveaways, try your luck winning a prize and fill your letterbox with goodies.

My spotlight is a free cuppa this Mothers day, I am hoping you will give this to your children or their dad, its a voucher for Mum to get a cuppa made this Sunday!!

Here are a few nice little goodies found this week


O2 Priority Freebies
All in store
Free Neals Yard Power Berry Moisturiser 30/03
Free slab of chocolate at Hotel Chocolat 30/03
Free L'Occitane hand cream 30/03

Free BreatheRight Nose strip pack

Free  3 pack Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3-step sample.

Free Pow Pen

Free Encens Aftershave sample

Worth a Go as So Many!

1000 packs of Dominoes starts again 31st March

1,500 Robinsons Squash'd (ends noon)

Nutella Freebies
As part of our 50th celebration we’ve got over 5000 Nutella anniversary gifts to give away! That’s thousands of everyday items making their way into homes across the UK & Ireland throughout 2014. 
Plus, EVERYONE that enters will receive a personalised Nutella jar label!
This month, we’ve got 1000 Nutella® key rings and 500 Nutella® pins up for grabs, so enter before the 6th April 2014 for your chance to WIN.

Money Off Coupons

Ribena Plus 50p off coupon

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Ben & Jerry's All Or Nut-ting Review and giveaway!!

Bliss is sitting on the sofa with a tub of ice cream, as polled by my family and friends. My husband Chris actually dislikes ice cream, in our heady wild romantic days, I found this to be a sadness, in  that we did not share a passion for ice cream. Nowadays I am very happy as my rose tinted 'sharing is caring' days are gone when it comes to desserts and chocolates. I am quite happy he is not hovering near my Ben and Jerry's with a hopeful spoon.
Have you seen the new Ben and Jerry's Core flavour, its inspired by Nutella, I can hear you swoon from here!! Smooth chocolate and hazelnut ice cream, sprinkled with choc chips, The core is  a rich sweet core of chocolate hazelnut. 

For those who like to eat from the Nutella jar or is that just my family, this is a very good cold alternative. 

New out in the shops right now and I have a voucher to giveaway.

This latest concoction joins original Core flavours, Dough-ble Whammy and Karamel Sutra, and newer members of the Core family, Blondie Brownie and Peanut Butter Me Up.

Available in 500ml tubs at RRP £4.99, All or Nut-ting will be hitting UK shelves from today!

Disclosure. I received a voucher for a tub of Ben & Jerrys, my views are my own.

Fudge Kitchen Easter Hamper Review

Fudge and cookies. What better way to leave Lent behind than by piling through a 
be-autifully be-ribboned Easter hamper, crammed 
with a selection of Fudge Kitchen favourites.

Fudge kitchen sent me the Cookietastic Jar and the divinely sensuous, heavenly, delicious (they are that good!)  Chocolate Indulgence Gourmet Miniatures, a box of melt in the mouth fudge, all with a chocolate theme.  

This tasty selection is part of the Easter hamper, which also contains 6 Mini Slims selections Peanut Butter, 6 Mini Slims selection Vintage Vanilla and a 230g jar of Chocolate Caramel Fudge Sauce.

Now the fudge is mine!! But I am going to be uber generous and share the cookies!! 

The box of fudge described as miniatures, but I would say a generous mouthful have some gorgeous flavours, a must is the chilli and chocolate, I have heard it is a great combination and now I know it. My favorites were the dark chocolate and sea salt and the white chocolate and raspberry.

The Cookietastic cookie mix comes in a lovely Kilner jar, which will be kept to store my lemon curd in. The cookie mix is very easy to make, just mixing an egg, butter and vanilla essence into the supplied jar contents, cooking for about 10 minutes and decorating with yummy mini eggs. 

Here are mine above, its a really unique Easter present for teens, baking enthusiasts, even for those who do not cook that often. 

For a real Easter treat, I would recommend Fudge Kitchen, they have some lovely gifts online and fudge making courses too. 

Forget  chocolate  eggs - hollow  on every  level - this is  an  inspired  gift  for  the  more  discerning Easter Feaster, Cookietastic produce stunning, layered  cookie  making  jars for  every  occasion, containing  all  the  dry  ingredients  needed  to  make  gorgeous, homemade  cookies  (ordinarily  retailing  at  £8.95 through 

The Easter hamper joins a growing range of truly decadent Fudge Kitchen hampers, including Chocolate Lover’s  Hamper, Fudge Lover’s Hamper, Afternoon Tea Hamper and the Ultimate Fudge Hamper, ranging from £40 
to £120. 
All available online at 

Orders by 16th April to ensure delivery by 19th
April 2014

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Freebie Friday 21st March

Its #FreebieFriday again
I'm really enjoying finding the freebies, the feedback I have received tells me lots of people love it too.

Bloggers add your links for any giveaways, freebies and deal on your blogs. (Please add a close date)

Spotlights this week!!! 

Shop smart to get Johnson's baby products for 50p a bottle, if you shop at Sainsbury's and  use it its a bargain. 
Sainsbury have Johnson's Bay at 2 for £3 by printing out the vouchers on Caring Ever Day you can pick a £3 bottle up for 50p
Go to download grab two vouchers for the products you want. Check out all the money off coupons while your there.

Hayfever sufferers
I had to add this one its a total bargain, for those who suffer and will pay lots of money as the pollens starts to get right up your nose. Very cheap hayfever medication!

Get 120  Loratidine capsules (Clarityn) for £3.59 and free delivery

Had to have another spotlight,  it seems to be food!!
If you have Paypal and a smartphone, download the new app, (even if you do not use it or have any funds) you can then get a free Gourmet Burger Kitchen burger worth £6.75. I am very jealous of the folks who have a GBK in their city!

Today only (Friday) Burger King are giving away free fries, said to be less fat!! 

If you have both stores near each other, its a free dinner!!


Free 50 Nectar Points for Nectar card Ebayers

50, 000 Oral B 3D White samples

Free Burger King Fries 
Friday 21st only

Free GBK Burger Using the new paypal app 17/04

Dolce by Dolce and Gabana Free sample
(Boots Advantage card holders)

Free Bare Minerals and mini Kabuki Brush (instore)

Free Origins Sample
Bring any amount of empty cosmetic packaging from any brand to your nearest Origins counter and get a free sample.

20,000 free packs of Always pantyliners.
Boots Advantage Cards


3,000 lucky voters will be sent an amazing Benefit They're Real! Mascara.

1500 Robinsons Squash'd

10,000 Free Heinz Tomato Seeds

4000 Lenor Spring Awakening samples, ends 23/03


Free Helen E Lipstick worth £10
£2.50 p/p

Listerine, Compeed, Johnsons and more

Burger King discounts

£5 Free Amazon Voucher 
Can be used off a £30 spend
Ends f23:59 30 March or completion of the “Answer” action by 38,400 entrants.

Akti Lanterns Giveaway

I recently reviewed Darwin's Home and fell in love with several of their pieces, they have a lovely range of garden pieces and one of my top picks were the Akti lanterns

The AKTI lanterns are perfect to decorate festive table, to add some atmosphere to dark winters, or use in the summer on a late evening outside. They add a lovel warm touch to your house or garden and make for a great gift idea. They are made in India from recycled glass, all Darwin's Home products are environmentally made to help care for the planet.
Read my review here

Summer nights will soon be here and for your chance to have these beauties hanging from a tree or lighting up a table, just fill in the rafflecopter below.

The AKTI lanterns are manufactured in India in a workshop that is certified to work to the Fair TradeCharter.
They are designed from recycled glass. This uses 30% less energy than using raw materialsduring manufacture, which means less carbon emissions and less fuel is used.

Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs- Giveaway

A first for Easter eggs…

Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs.

Chocolate lovers are in for an egg-cellent treat as Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk have launched chocolate Easter egg versions of their ice creams for the first time.  I was sent the trio to try and already having reviewed the bars last year, knew I was in for a treat. 

Each egg is tasty, the Magnum and Cornetto egg shells  are lovely and thick.

For Magnum lovers this is the ultimate treat, no lolly sticks just pure chocolate heaven this is a large egg and with 3 Magnum chocolates filled with vanilla Cream, this is my top pick. Made using Magnum Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa, delicately flavoured with Madagascan vanilla, its a good egg to buy this Easter

The Cornetto Egg has 6 mini Cornetto cones each in the well known wafer, filed with a whipped creamy chocolate centre. Topped with hazelnut  and chocolate pieces.

There is no ice cream involved, so freezing isn’t required. The only thing melting will be your friends’ and loved ones’ taste buds as they enjoy the irresistibly smooth chocolate in all three gift packs.

Mini Milk Easter Eggs is great little treat for big or little kids, I love the box shaped like an ice cream van, the egg is smaller in this box, but you are rewarded with chocolate Mini Milk lollies which taste like the ice cream version.
The Mini Milk chocolate lollies each have 30% of the RDA of calcium, and are 94 calories. Each lolly has a whipped centre, encased in a smooth shell and really melt in the mouth.

All three Easter gift packs are now at major retailers

  Magnum Chocolate Easter Egg - Available in packs of three bite sized pieces and a Magnum chocolate egg with an RRP of £8.00
   Cornetto Chocolate Easter Egg - Available in packs of four Cornetto chocolates and a premium chocolate egg with an RRP of £8.00
    Mini Milk Chocolate Easter Egg - Available in packs of four Mini Milk lollipops and a Mini Milk chocolate egg with an RRP of £6.00

One lucky reader can win all three eggs with Given to Distracting Others.

Just fill in the easy rafflecopter, entering as many or as few times as you like.

** Please note the prize may not arrive in time for Easter**

Disclosure I received three eggs to review, I recieved no other incentive.

Haribo Easter Basket of Fun Giveaway

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket this Easter, save some space for HARIBO’s tasty Easter treats.
Helping to put the fun into Easter HARIBO is offering one reader the chance to win a selection of tasty treats for you to share with all your family during the super sweet occasion. Up for grabs is a HARIBO Easter basket containing the new Chick Mania gift box – the latest addition to HARIBO’s gift range,  a bag of Fizzy Farm Animals, a Twist ‘n’ Stick gift box, the new Easter Fun hanging bag plus everyone’s favourite; the Easter Fun Bucket.

I was sent the Easter goodies to try too and if you are a Haribo fan, or not so fussed by chocolate you and the children will love what they have done.

The Chick Mania gift box above is brand new and features Charlie the Chick who is looking after a selection of tasty jelly, foam and marshmallow treats.  A very cute Haribo treat for your little chicks.

I love the Haribo Twist ‘n’ Stick contains three treat sized bags of themed sweets and the packaging twists to create up to 16 different Easter characters. 

Once you have found your favourite combination of Easter mash ups, you can add stickers to make them even more exciting.

The Easter Hunt
The HARIBO Easter Fun bucket is also hopping back. 

The popular bucket contains 32 mini bags, 

Plus cards showing hints and tips on how you can arrange the perfect Haribo Easter hunt, alongside jokes and further ideas on how you can use the bucket once Easter is over.

The Easter Treats to Share
The new HARIBO Easter Fun hanging bag as well as HARIBO Fizzy Farm Animals are great sharing treats, though if you are like me you may want to stash these!!

The Easter Fun bag brings together gums and jellies in bunny, chick and lamb shaped pieces – perfect for the super sweet occasion, while Fizzy Farm Animals feature sour farm shaped jelly pieces that are sure to put some fizz into Easter.

For further details about HARIBO’s Easter range please visit or visit the Facebook page - HARIBOUK.

To win, please enter using the rafflecopter form, you can do ass little or as many entries as youu like

**Please note, the prize may not be delivered in time for Easter!!**

I was sent the Haribo Easter Basket for the purpose of this feature, I was offered no other payment.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Gallo Family Vineyards for Mother's Day

I was asked by Gallo Family Vineyards if I wanted to try a bottle of their wine perfect for Mothers Day.

I chose the Summer White, the weather has picked up a little and it will soon be time to have a glass of light wine in the garden. I am hoping Mother's Day stays fine, we will be at home and a nice roast dinner is on the cards, my husband and children will be cooking, while Granny and I pop our feet up in the garden and have a tipple, us Mums have worked hard and deserve a treat.

I obviously tried the wine now, for the purpose of the review and not because I so needed a glass of wine, wink, wink. I found it to be incredibly fruity, light as described, a real taste of pear for me. To further add to the appeal, its low in alcohol only 5.5 %  and a cute 75 calories per 125 ml  for those watching the curves. 

I had a glass or two with last nights Creamy Turkey and Leek Filo Topped Pie. If you like a sweet wine this is it!

Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red is a refreshing, sweeter wine, bursting with flavours of cherry, pomegranate and raspberry. Best served chilled, it's perfect for serving on Mother's Day alongside a traditional roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, followed by rich blackcurrant cheese cake. It has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from from all major retailers.

Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato is a light to medium-bodied white wine, with notes of luscious fruit and florals including juicy peach, citrus, pineapple and orange blossom. This sweeter style complements indulgent desserts and chocolates, perfect for treating any mum this Mother's Day. It also partners well with mild cheese and fruity dishes. It has anRRP of £6.99 and is available from all major retailers.

Gallo Family Vineyards Summer White is packed with sumptuous fruity flavours of ripe apple, pear and citrus with subtle floral notes. This sweeter, light wine is a perfect treat for mothers relaxing on a crisp spring evening this Mother's Day, paired with a light salad or pasta dish. It has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from all major retailers.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Chicken Parmagiana

Newman's Own is launching its original range of delicious, all natural Pasta Sauces in the UK.  Available from Waitrose, the range of Pasta Sauces offer something for all the family,  and are perfect for a wide range of pasta dishes. 

I was delighted to have the chance to try them out, I love cooking from scratch as you know, but its lovely to have a good store cupboard stock of jars of sauces, for those days when I am shattered. Yet I still can make a good recipe and bypass all the chopping and slaving.

Free from artificial colours and flavours, makes me happy, the ingredients all are normal foods you expect in a sauce. 
Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs is another benefit.

Founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman, Newman’s Own already has a popular range of salad dressings, BBQ sauces and marinades available. 

I decided to try the Sockarooni sauce, Paul's own recipe, full of tomatoes, red and green peppers I just love the name, I made a Chicken Parmagiana style dish. Quick and easy to prepare with a jar.
4 Chicken breasts
1 jar of Sockarooni sauce
75 grams of fresh breadcrumbs I used white as the brown was a bit too fresh.
75 grams Parmesan cheese.

Easy easy method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6/180°C fan oven. 
Place the chicken into an ovenproof dish.
Pour over the sauce.
Mix together the cheese and the breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the chicken.
Bake in the oven for 30- 35 minutes.

I served with a crisp salad.

The sauce was fresh tasting and I really loved the depth of the flavour. I will happily use again.

Each of the flavours in the Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce range brings a different taste and character to the table. The flavours available include:
·         Basilico: A flavoursome combo of tomatoes and basil
·         Bolognese: A lip smacking family favourite!
·         Diavolo: A devilishly hot concoction of tomatoes and chilli
·         Sockarooni: Paul’s mischievous jumble of tomatoes, green and red peppers & more!

Available from Waitrose RRP £1.99, 350ml

To find out more visit

I received the Newman's Own pasta sauces to review, I received no other incentive, my recipe and opinions are my own.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Freebie Friday 14th - 20th March


Bloggers, don't forget to add your new and existing giveaways, deals, discounts and freebies!!
**Please add a date to avoid disappointment for those entering, if its over its over!!


Todays Freebie spotlight is Vouchercloud, 

Similar to O2 Priority it has lots of free offers and deals. Just install the app to your phone and off you go.

This week there is a free bottle of Coke Zero, you just hand your phone to the cashier at participating shops 21/04

25% off in BHS and Dorothy Perkins until 16/03
£10 off a £20 in the Body Shop and many more discounts on eating out.

Free pot of Moma Porridge
Upload a picture of your breakfastconfessions, it can be anything, Moma will send you a voucher for their porridge

Today only free cat or dog food ends 14/03

20,000 Always Dailies Pantyliners
(Boots Advantage Card holders)

4000 Lenor Spring Awakening samples

Free Ella’s Kitchen Smoothie Fruit Drink

1,750 Californian Raisin Easter Activity packs

Free Carte Noire samples 
(Nespresso Users)

Free Alpro Soya simply Mild 1 litre
(Tesco shopping online)


Aberdeen free sunflower seeds
The Sunflower Challenge is a fun and friendly competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower in Aberdeen.  Get your seeds, pots and everything you need to grow sunflowers, completely free from the Great Outdoors Fund, by contacting Julie Somers, email  or telephone 01224 523122, by 31 March 2014.

So many,worth ago!!

1000 Full sized Febreze Sleep Serenity Sprays

1000 TePe Healthy Mouth kits
Kit contains inter-dental brushes, disclosing tablets, floss with a mini-flosser, and a TePe information pamphlet.

1000 Free bottles Olay Total Effects

5000 Paulton Park Goodies (Need Twitter)

You tweet a friend and hopefully they will tweet you.
 There are 5,000 prizes available consisting of: Single adult or child admission tickets
Family Paultons Park admission tickets 
15% Off Official Paultons Short Breaks 

Too good not to mention

 11" pizzas for £5 Delivery
Hawaiian, Pepperoni Feast, Veggie (Vegetable) Supreme, Margherita, and Meat Feast (original). Stuffed Crust is not available with this offer
Use the code AF1122