Tuesday, 23 October 2018

What’s That Smell game - Review!

Every now and again we will have an evening of playing games. Some times board games, sometimes games on the Wii and sometimes something a little different. Over the weekend we tried out a brand new game called What's That Smell.

The unique new game from WowWee where taking a sniff makes you a winner. Eagerly anticipated and already gaining fans, it’s the new the scratch & sniff party game that stinks! What's that Smell is the first ever hilarious fragrant guessing party game that opens up to a world of interesting whiffs. Guess the scents correctly to win or suffer the stinky consequences!

Included in the box is 48 Mystery Whiff Cards, 4 Stank Cards & scent-barrier bags, 6 cardholders, Whiff Strips, score pad and instructions

There is an app associated with the game available from the App Store or Google Play but you don't need it to play. As long as you have a nose, you’re pretty much good to go. 

We didn't bother downloading and using the app because we were trying to have an evening off electronics. 

The app comes with a timer and a ReekCam so that you can record the Whiff of Shame in all of its slow motion glory.

The basics of playing: To play this game you need two to six players. Start the timer, pick a mystery whiff card, brush it gently with a Whiff Strip and try to guess the scent! When the time is up pass it on to the next player and do it all over again until the smell round is over. The best sniffer wins! 

To stop anyone cheating you unfold the first panel and inserts the card in their cardholder so that the smell zone is visible but the answer isn't.

You can earn bonus points by picking the correct smell category. Is it Tutti Fruity, Sweet stuff, Spice it up, Bloomin fresh, Smoke factor, All things chemical or Just plain stinky?

You can also think of the funniest memory or image that the smell triggers for your chance to earn bonus points. The funnier the better!

When the round has finished the person running the game reveals the correct answers for each.

Top smell guess: 5 points.
2nd and 3rd best guesses: 3 points.
Correct category: 1 point.
Funniest association: 2 bonus points.

The person with the highest score is crowned the "Nose-It-All" and gets to pick the player of their choice to smell 1 of the 4 outrageously stinky Stank Cards. They really do stink!

These are truly awful. If you sniff too hard the smell will hit the back of your throat and you will gag! My fella thought he was so clever and had a good whiff of the Diaper Blowout! He regretted it. He could taste it. lol It is the perfect forfeit!

This game is aimed at people over the ages of 14 but Ellie who is 11 wanted to play too and did under close supervision. She was surprisingly good at it. She has a better sense of smell than Becky my teen and my fella. hehehe

This game is such fun! I cried with laughter several times throughout the game. We could have played it all night, the only reason we stopped was because our noses were getting overloaded with scents and everything was starting to smell the same. We did play for over an hour so I think our noses did well.

The smells come across really well and some are easy to guess others are not so easy. I thought one was coconut but it was sunscreen? I was really surprised that both of my girls got cinnamon. One that baffled me was peach! I knew it was a fruit but just couldn't put my finger on what it was. Ellie guessed popcorn correctly I went with nachos and Stu with oat biscuits. All of the smell cards are different. The one's we used were anyway.

You can store the Stank Cards in the plastic bags provided so they don't leave a stink. I don't know how long the scents on the cards will last but I think if they are stored correctly they will be good to play with again and again. 

This would be a perfect game to play for family get together's over Christmas and the New Year. 

What's That Smell? is available to buy for around £24.99 from Smyths, Argos, Amazon.

We were sent this game free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Forty before 40! #Blogtober18

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Wishlist for the future!

Next year I am 40! When I turned 30 it didn't bother me and I don't think turning 40 will. I am OK with that. Age is just a number after all.

I have came up with 40 things that I want to do before I am 40. Some of them are simple things which I have never done before but others are going to be a little harder to complete.

1. Learn to drive.
2. Get a passport or some sort of official I.D.
3. Drink proper Champagne.
4. Buy something from Starbucks.
5. Have a proper hair cut and dye at a hairdressers.
6. Go to the cinema alone.
7. Have my nails done professionally.
8. Print out photos & put them into albums so they can be looked at and enjoyed.
9. Get a Tattoo.
10. Have an afternoon tea.
11. Go to a concert.
12. Feed a wild animal (at a Safari park/zoo).
13. Dye my hair a wild colour.
14. Ride a bike again.
15. Go 24 hours without technology.
16. Get a proper camera so I don't have to rely on my phone.
17. Get a new phone.
18. Go on a family holiday.
19. Trace my family tree.
20. Ride a horse again.
21. Go to a blogging conference.
22. Spend more time with my dad.
23. Have a real Christmas tree.
24. Stay out all night partying.
25. Ride the dodgems.
26. Try caviar.
27. Host a dinner party.
28. Go camping.
29. Wear high heel shoes again.
30. Move house.
31. Sing karaoke in public.
32. Get a brand new sofa.
33. Bake my own bread.
34. Plant something which will live longer than a month.
35. Go out for a meal and not worry about how much it costs.
36. Walk along a pier.
37. Read at least 10 books.
38. Have someone else cook my Christmas dinner.
39. Lose some weight.
40. Be spontaneous for a whole day.

What do you want to do over the next year or so?

Monday, 22 October 2018

Our weekly meal plan. 22nd - 28th of October! #MealPlanningMonday

Last weeks meal plan pretty much went to plan. I had a rubbish day on Wednesday and I ended up telling Stu to get some Greggs sausage rolls and we ended up having them with home made chips. It was just what I needed to cheer me up.

Last week I learned how to make poached eggs in the microwave thanks to Nomipalony's Insta Stories. It takes longer to boil the kettle than it does to make them. lol I have had them a couple of times for lunch and I'm planning on making them for the kids this week too.

On Thursday the kids break up for half term. Hooray! It doesn't actually seem that long since they went back to school but they are excited for 10 days off school! I am hoping for a couple of lie in's.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings.
Tuesday - Bubble & Squeak with poached eggs.
Wednesday - A fry up. Sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, black pudding, beans and toast.
Thursday - Leftover bolognese out of the freezer over jacket potatoes.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Scampi chips and peas.
Sunday - Pie, mash and veg. 

Sunday, 21 October 2018

All she wants is a Unicorn! #MySundayPhoto

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Unusual Pets.

We don't have any pets but Ellie's dream pet would be a Unicorn! We know they are not real but everyone needs a little magic in their life. 

Saturday, 20 October 2018

A photo every day for a year! Week 42 of #Project365

This week has been one of those weeks where I have been wrapped up dealing with little annoying things, nothing serious just phone issues, Ellie being sent home from sick from school (she's fine and was by the time she got home) and something with my dad which I won't go on about on here. This week seems to have flown by without me even realising. I did manage a photo every day but there seems an awful lot of food and not so good photos but I guess that's real life. Every week can't be fun exciting snaps. 

Now for a photo every day....

A table full of party food and a kitchen cupboard in need of a clear out.
A slow cooker with chicken curry in. My girls in their uniform ready for school.
A canvas of my family on the wall and a full washing basket.
A photo of some new stuffing balls. Cranberry and pork one's.

286/365 - 13th October
I changed what we I had planned for tea. I had planned on a home made KFC but ended up raiding the freezer for picky party food. I went a bit over the top but it went in the fridge to pick on for the next couple of days.

287/365 - 14th October
I took a photo of the treat cupboard hoping it would inspire me to sort it out. It still looks like that. Oops.

288/365 - 15th October
The best chicken curry I have ever cooked say the kids!

289/365 - 16th October
The kids all ready for school. Before Ellie started secondary school I really worried that she would struggle to get out the door on time but she's been fab. It's her usually waiting for her sister to finish getting ready.

290/365 - 17th October
I won a canvas from Stressed Rach's blog and it arrived on Wednesday! It looks fab up on the wall. 

291/365 - 18th October
It's that time of the year where I am struggling to get the washing done. We don't have a tumble dryer as we have nowhere to put one so we dry everything on airers which take forever to dry anything because I refuse to put the heating on just yet. 

292/365 - 19th October
One of the best thing about Christmas is all the different types of stuffing you can get. I obsess over it and bought some of these. We're having a roast dinner on Monday where I will try them out.

Ten facts about me. #Blogtober18

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Ten facts about you!

I have thought long and hard about this blog post. It is hard to come up with 10 new facts about me but I had the kids help me. They came up with my strangest habits and things about me. Eesh!

1. I hardly ever wear matching socks. They will be the same type but different colours. The kids will make a big deal if I ever manage to wear a matching pair.

2. I always have at least 3 different drinks next to me. Juice, tea/coffee and water. I never know what I fancy and drink half a glass/cup then get another then another. On a weekend evening I replace the tea or coffee for wine. hehehe

3. I have never been out of the UK. I don't even have a passport.

4. I swear like a trooper. I try to hold it in when I'm around the kids but I can't always manage it. I use all the swear words even the bad one's.

5. My favourite weekday is Wednesday. It's my fellas day off work and the kids finish school early and are home by 3pm. I never thought I would love a day in the middle of the week.

6. I own pj's which are older than Becky my teenager (she's 16) and I still wear them. I got them when I was due to go into hospital to have her.

7. Vodka & coke is my drink of choice if I am on a night out but I would never drink it if I am just sat in the house.

8. I love watching old episodes of Corrie which are being shown on ITV3 at the moment. I actually prefer it to the new episodes. I am so behind. I have about 14 episodes on my Sky planner. I'm up to where Gail is pregnant with Sarah Louise. Eek! 

9. If I find an item of clothing I like I will buy it in every colour. I have so many tshirts which look the same but are different colours and jeggings.

10. I have tomato ketchup on most of my meals.

Friday, 19 October 2018

This week my Word of the Week is: Phones. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

This week seems to have all been about phones and phone calls.

For years my dad has ran the O2 family Bolt On where he pays £7.65 and myself, Becky, Stu, my dad and his girlfriend get free texts and phone calls to each other. It's handy because my dad lives at least 150 miles away and I speak to him on the phone at least 3 times a week. He realised last week that they were overcharging him and had been for months. He'd been paying £12.76 for 10 numbers. He went into his local shop and they had to cancel the bolt on and make a new one at the correct price. We waited and it didn't reactivate. Grr! 

I rang O2 on Monday for him to set it up and they said it was all done and they just didn't activate it. We don't know why. Grr! We even went through all the palava of me being on the phone to them and them ringing my dad to check who I was who I said I was.

I tried setting it up online on Tuesday and it said my account wasn't suitable. Grr! Stu tried online and failed so he rang, had a rant and finally set it up. We are all connected again! Well Stu, Becky and I are. My dad and his girlfriend have had enough of O2 and have gone with someone else. The £7.50 still works out cheaper for us and when Ellie gets a phone we can add her number too. It will do until we find something better.

While we were messing about doing this we realised that both Stu and I were on stupidly expensive tariffs. I was paying 35p a minute for a call and 15p for a text and somehow Stu was on an international tariff? lol We both changed to classic pay as you go and we are now paying 3p a minute and 2p a text. I don't ring anyone on my mobile apart from my dad and his girlfriend so it will be better for me.

On Wednesday I got a phone call from Ellie's head of year. I always panic when the school ring but it was just to tell me that Ellie had been sick and needed picking up. I walked up to school and got her and walking home she seemed fine. She got home and was fine and I found out she had a bacon sandwich at school that morning and she said it didn't taste right but still ate it. She thought it was because there was no tomato sauce on it. Grr! She wasn't ill. Once she had got what she had eaten up she felt fine. She went back to school yesterday.

Becky was supposed to have her interview for her part time job on Wednesday but the manager rang to rearrange it for today. She's going to have to rush home from school and then rush to town. Eek! She is really looking forward to it. Not nervous at all.

Be sure to visit the new host of the Word of the Week linky, Raisie Bay!

Autumn and Winter clothing Wish List. #Blogtober18

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Style for Autumn and Winter.

I am not that into fashion, I never have been really but I do love this time of year when it comes to clothes. Jumpers, boots and cosy knitwear!

Burgundy Leaf Print Wrap-Style Jumpsuit - £20.00 - Asda
Lands' End - Beige womens cotton cable crew neck jumper - £33.75 - Debenhams
Burgundy Single Breasted Formal Coat - £34.99 - New Look
Block Stripe Jumper - £26.00 - Dorothy Perkins
Little Misty Cat Jumper - £34.95 - Joe Browns
Black Straight Leg Jeans - £15.00 - Sainsbury's
Mustard Floral Long Sleeve Belted Tea Dress - £16.00 - Asda
Lilley Womens Brown Cone Heel Calf Boot - £24.99 - Shoezone

V Bardot Jumper With Cashmere - £39.00 - Topshop
High Waist Cord Trousers - £22.00 - M&Co
Birdseye Stripe Jumper - £20.00 - Matalan
Black Corduroy Shirt Dress - £24.99 - New Look
Printed wellies - £49.95 - Joules
Cable-knit hat - £8.99 - H&M
Ozark Trail Red Longline Thermal Padded Coat - £50.00 - Asda
Early Autumn Tunic - £34.95 - Joe Browns

Is there anything here that you fancy?

Thursday, 18 October 2018

My blogging values. #Blogtober18

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Respect Everyone #WorldValuesDay #ConflictResolutionDay

text and a laptop, keyboard, book and mouse

Values are what make us who we are. They are the compass guiding everything we do, our choices, our actions and a lot of my personal values apply when it comes to blogging too.

I blog honestly. I share a lot of my life online the good and the bad. There are things that I keep back which are private to us as a family but on the whole part my blog is an honest representation of my life. 

Every now and then I review products. Sometimes I paid for these products and sometimes I am sent them free of charge to review. It doesn't matter whenever I review something I am honest. If I didn't like something I will say so and I have in the past. I will try to find positives but I won't blatantly lie and say I loved something when I don't.

I love blogging. I am not in it for the money and "freebies". I never have been. I started blogging nearly 6 years ago and didn't even know you could earn a living from blogging. I thought people bought everything they reviewed themselves and paid for the giveaways too.

I will keep blogging not for as long as someone reads it but for as long as I love and enjoy it. I really would still blog even if no one read it. It is a great way to record mine and my girls life and look back on. 

I respect other bloggers. There are so many that I look up to. Those who have been blogging a lot longer than I have and know everything and newer bloggers who started blogging well after me and have just got it! I may not always agree with what every blogger writes but I respect their opinions. It would be a boring world if we all thought the same.

I am pretty dedicated to this little blog of mine. I have been daily blogging for nearly 6 years and people always say it must be so hard but I started daily blogging from the beginning so I know no different. I do most of my blog post writing on a Friday evening for the week ahead. I have a routine and it works for me. I also make sure to have some back up posts in case I don't have anything to write about that week. 

I have met so many people through blogging and I would call quite a few of these people friends. They may just be there behind a computer screen but they are there to listen, offer support and a kind word.

You need a lot of patience when it comes to blogging. When you start you have to wait for that first reader to come and visit, you have to wait for replies to emails, parcels to be delivered and ideas to come to you. You have to patiently wait to spend time on the computer while your children need you and you have an amazing idea for a blog post and you need a whole heap of patience when it comes to learning new things like editing photos and changing the layout of your blog.

I am always transparent with my readers. If I am sent something to review I will tell you. I never have and never will pay for followers, I would never promote something that I don't believe in. Things like gambling and MLM schemes will never be seen here on my blog. I will give credit where credit is due and I try to link back to websites and blogs when I feel I should.

I appreciate all of you that keep coming back and reading, commenting and sharing my blog posts. Thank you!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

A Unicorn Box with Puppets from Not Another Birthday - Review!

Do you ever struggle to buy presents for children? I know when my girls were younger and they were invited to birthday parties I used to, especially for children which I didn't know too well. 

Two mums from Suffolk have created something which can make our lives a lot easier! Not Another Birthday provides fantastic presents in beautiful themed boxes or bundles for children. 

Their boxes are the perfect solution for the special little people in your lives. The hunt for the perfect children's gift is over. Their signature 'Not Another Birthday' boxes come packed full of thoughtful, unique gits for kids, they are beautifully wrapped and include a personalised card.

There are 8 boxes to choose from. A Unicorn Box with puppets, Fairy Princess Box, Dinosaur Box for ages 3 to 5 and one for 5 to 8 year old's, a Superhero Box for ages 3 to 5 and one for 5 to 8 year old's, an Outdoors Box and a Unicorn Box with a skipping rope. 

The themed boxes cost £20.00 and I think that is a great price for what you get.

I chose the Unicorn Box with Puppets for Ellie. It says these boxes are aimed at 3 to 8 year old's but Ellie is crazy about unicorns and included everything that she loves.

The box arrived and I left Ellie to open it! The box is made of kraft card and are covered in the signature doodle design which can be coloured in as an extra activity!

Ellie was very impressed when she opened the box. Each item was individually wrapped in coloured tissue paper and it is such a lovely touch. Ellie said it felt like it was her birthday!

This magical box included:

Two Unicorn hand puppets to make - These are great for imaginative play and are easy to make with no glue or scissors needed.
A magic wand to make. - Create your own unicorn wand. Use the cut outs, ribbon & glitter glue to personalise your wand.
A rainbow hair clip - Shimmer and shine with the beautiful rainbow hair clip
A signature Not Another Birthday A6 kraft notebook.
Colouring pencils! - 12 colouring pencils in a cute unicorn tube.

 You can also choose to add additional items to each box. Things like Unicorn necklaces, keyrings, card games and several different colouring in items.

Ellie loved everything included in this box and it didn't take her long to start making the unicorn puppets. I was so impressed with them. They are made from thick cardboard and were way bigger than I thought they would be. They were a little fiddly to put together but we got there eventually. I think they will be around for a long time. Ellie thinks they are fantastic.

These boxes are so thoughtfully put together and there is a theme for just about any child. I think these would be a fab idea for a Christmas eve treat or reward for doing well at school as well as a birthday present. Everything included is a fantastic quality and they are well worth the money.

If you are looking for something which costs a little less there are the Gift Bundles which cost £8.00. You receive a minimum of three themed children's gifts, individually wrapped and tied in a bundle with a personalised card. The themes include Sparkle, Superhero, Explorer and the Dinosaur Bundle.

Free UK shipping comes as standard on all boxes.  Boxes are sent the same day when orders are placed before 2pm and are sent by Royal Mail second class. 

We were sent this box free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

No-Bake Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart - Recipe!

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Quick, hide the wrappers for #ChocolateWeek

Baking things is fun but not baking is even better.

No-Bake Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

To make the caramel:

Place 350g of pitted fresh dates in a saucepan with 250ml of cold water and boil until soft and the dates have broken down.

Place the mixture into a food processor with 1 tsp rock salt and blend until smooth.

Pass through a sieve to remove any large bits.

Put to one side to cool.

To Make the base:

100g desiccated coconut
50g ground almonds
200g 100% chocolate

Place the coconut and almonds in a mixing bowl and combine.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour over the dry mixture.

Mix until everything is evenly coated.

Line a 8” cake tin or pie dish with cling film then press the mixture up the sides and cover the base before popping in the fridge to set.

To Make the topping:

300g 100% chocolate
100g honey/agave syrup
150g coconut milk

Heat the honey/agave and the coconut milk in a pan just until it starts to simmer.

Pour over the chocolate and mix until completely melted and combined.


Take the base from the fridge and remove from the tin, place on serving dish.

Spread the ‘caramel’ evenly on the base.

Pour on the topping and give the the serving dish a few light taps on the counter to level.

Place back in the fridge.

Once the topping has completely set, finish with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes.

A No-Bake Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

How does this sound to you?

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Gel-A-Peel Fashion Maker And Nail-a-Peel Deluxe Kit - Review!

A few weeks ago you may remember we tried out the Gel-a-Peel Deluxe Rainbow Kit. We have been sent another couple of kits to try from Gel-a-Peel. It may be Ellie's favourite thing at the moment. She has already been and sought out every kit and put them on her Christmas list.

Gel-A-Peel Fashion Maker.

The Fashion Maker kit comes with everything you need to easily gel on fabrics and create your own clutches and earrings too! Included in this set is 5 Gel-a-Peel colour tubes and accessories for 3 clutches and two pairs of earrings. There is the Fashion Station with gel tube stand, 40+ design stencils and templates, 2 gel trays to make gel clutches, 7 designer tips (round, rake, and star), 2 squeegee tools, and a cleaning tool.

After using the last kit we knew what we were doing this time around and Ellie got straight on with starting to make a clutch bag using one of the trays. She decided to use 3 of the colours and used the squeegee tools to spread the gel out.

We left the clutch bag to set and dry and got on with decorating an old t-shirt using the black frame from the Fashion Station to hold one of the stencils in place.

It was just a case of squirting the gel onto the stencil and spreading it around using the tool provided!

The end results were fantastic. Like I said there is 40+ stencils which include everything from ice creams and cupcakes to butterflies and pretty patterns. I can see Ellie going on and decorating all of her clothes given the chance. It's fantastic to be able to put your own twist on the clothes you wear.

We loved this kit and what Ellie created with it. We are going to buy more of the gel to play with this more. The stencils are fab and once we had ran out of the gel Ellie went on and used felt tip pens and paper to get creative with them.

The Gel a Peel Fashion maker has a RRP of £34.99 but Smyths Toys have it on sale for £17.99 (as of writing this). It does state that is for 8 years plus but I think with a little help younger children could use this. 

Nail-a-Peel Deluxe Kit.

Give yourself a 3D manicure with the Nail-a-Peel Deluxe Kit! Using new 3D nail technology, you can polish your nails in your choice of fun colours and then add 3D designs. Finish off the look with some nail d├ęcor! A completely new, creative way to do your nails! The Deluxe Colour Kit provides the widest array of colours and nail decor to create 3D nail designs. Make 100+ nail designs! When you’re ready for a change of colour and style, simply peel off the gel designs and do it all over again!

Ellie had a good go at this kit but she didn't feel the love for this set. There was no real reason but it just didn't hold her attention. I imagine there is lots of children who would love this set but it was not for us. I had a go at decorating the nails and I did love it. 

When you’re ready for a change of colour and style, simply peel off the gel designs and do it all over again!

Nail-a-Peel Deluxe has a RRP of £29.99 and is suitable for ages 8 plus.

We were sent these products free of charge to try. All thoughts and opinions are my own.