Spalding Bulb 70th Anniversary

To celebrate their 70th Anniversary, Bakker Spalding Bulb sent us a box of 70 mystery bulbs for us to then plant and wait to see what grows - all we were told is they can be anything from flowers, to vegetables!

Previously, I never been someone very interested in gardening, cutting the grass was about as far as I got with my garden, but it's my youngest son's enthusiasm and his interest that has rubbed onto me. In May we bought some crates and planted different veg - and surprisingly they are growing very well so far - which is really encouraging. Then when we were approached by Bakker Spalding Bulb's with the offer to send us some mystery bulbs, we were very keen and excited to get involved.

The kids love getting involved in the garden; digging, planting, pruning and watering the veg we have - which is normally tasks I would avoid, but they have changed that and I am finding gardening is enjoyable. So we were all excited to receive our mystery box of bulbs and planted them straight away. We planted quite a few outside our garden wall in our stone edge, and we also planted some in our garden.

The box arrived with quite a few different packets of bulbs (all shapes and sizes) and basic instructions on whether they need sunlight, and how deep to plant them into the ground. It was all very simple, the hardest part was finding enough areas in our garden to plant all the bulbs we had - but that was fun too.

When it came to planting, first Jacob made sure to weed the areas and then sweep up. He dug out the holes and placed the bulbs in. We are now waiting patiently, checking them every few days to see if we can spot the first growth. It's all very exciting and I love seeing Jacob's enthusiasm.

I recommend any parent to get your children involved with the garden - seeing Jacob's reaction and how involved he gets is really rewarding.

Look out for an update post soon. (fingers crossed our bulbs do grow)

Jacob doing a bit of weeding before we planted the bulbs.
Sweeping the weeds.

Pensions for the Self-Employed

So what is a pension! it is a tax-free pot of cash you, or if you are employed, your employer (and sometimes the Government) pays into, a central way of saving up for your retirement.

Retirement, pfft I haven't even considered thinking about my retirement, not when my priorities have been my savings for my children and my current career. I've really not given a pension much thought.

But, I know I must! I am self-employed, thus I do not have an employer paying into a plan for me, unlike my hubby does. And because I am self-employed I face a particular challenge in saving for retirement, and I need to recognise this, especially as I am not getting any younger - the responsibility lies entirely with me.

But then how easy is it to start a pension? to merge all my smaller pensions from the employee jobs I have had over the years - A pension whilst being self-employed is a minefield of information you need to research, you want to get the right one that suits you the best, right? And, if you are like me you just don't have the time or desire to go sit down with a financial adviser for a couple of hours.

With Nutmeg you have either option to start a new pension from scratch or if applicable, you can bring all your existing pensions under one roof. Then you have the control where you can grow your pension automatically by Direct Debit, or you organise for your employer to contribute directly. Nutmeg allows you to build up a retirement pension fund in a tax efficient way.

If you do start a pension, then don't forgot about the available tax relief (as per the annual allowance). Because if you are self-employed you will automatically receive 20% tax relief as an additional deposit into your pension pot. You can also reclaim tax relief from the previous three tax years.



Degustabox is a food/beverage monthly subscription box delivered directly to your home.

It's always full with new and exciting items, and if you like to experience traditional and/or new food and drink brands that maybe you wouldn't normally buy, then this is the monthly subscription service for you. The monthly box is delivered directly to your home and the contents are always kept a secret. You will receive between 9 to 14 items, and it costs just £12.99, including delivery - I have a £3 discount code for new subscribers - see at the bottom of this post. 

There is an element of excitement when receiving the Degustabox each month - what is in there, what new products can I get to try and so on.

In this month's box please see below for each item included:

9bar Fruity - a healthy snack that is stacked with nutritious seeds including sunflower, sesame and pumpkin and combined with succulent dried apricots and dates then topped with carob - hubby really liked these, he had one each morning on the way to work.

FUEL10K Protibrick - the first ever protein boosted wheat biscuit. It has been designed to suit a growing appetite for more protein in our diets and to keep active early morning risers feeling fuller for longer. Made from 100% wholegrain, Protibricks are high in fibre, low in both sugar and fat, and bigger than average wheat biscuits.

Grill Mates Marinade in a Bag -  You simply put your meat, fish or veg into the bag for 30 minutes to marinate and then it is ready to cook. Available in 6 delicious flavours.

Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce - is next level for great for marinating, dipping or as an cooking ingredient. A sweet and smoky blend is really tasty.

kid's coco juice with banana - A fresh clear coconut juice. A mix of coconut and banana which grows wonderfully among the coconut palms and gives you loads of potassium. Low acidity and a handy 200ml size with straw.

Slim Pasta Lasagne - a low calorie alternative to regular lasagne that lets you savour your favourite lasagne dishes whilst keeping you on track for weight loss success. Carb-free and only 21 calories per 100g serving. Gluten, fat and sugar free

Sarson’s - a versatile full bodied balsamic from Modena, perfect as an accompaniment to salads or a recipe ingredient, or to drip bread in. A distinctive gentle aroma with a tangy taste. 

Stroopwafels - soft, sweet, toasted waffles and there creamy caramel fillings. You warm them up by placing them on top of your hot mug of tea/coffee etc.. 

Maggi So Stir fry - a range that helps you to create delicious new noodle meal ideas for the whole family will love. The packet contains noodles and a seasoning sachet with perfectly blended herbs and spices.

I love receiving the Degustabox each month as it is both interesting and fun, and if you would like to order your first box and give it a try, I have a £3.00 discount code for you: DC8QT

You can follow Degustabox for the latest news and updates with the below links:

Win a Hello Kitty iPad Leather Flip Case

Hello Kitty iPad flip case is made out of quality soft PU leather. It is both lightweight and durable. Specially designed with free access to all buttons and ports, as well as a stealth magnetic snap. This is a case that provides a combined all-around protection for your iPad against surface scratches, sudden bumps or shock and the best screen protection.

Great gift idea for any Hello Kitty fans!

I have teamed up with Cash Generator, who sell cheap tablet PCs for this giveaway to give one of these fabulous Hello Kitty iPad flip cases to one lucky reader.

To enter please follow the instructions int he below Rafflecopter widget. Good luck.

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Angel's Face Tutu

There's something about a tutu that simply makes a little girl face light up with a smile. Especially, Summer. I think it may be because she feels like a little princess in one, the bright colours, the flow and graceful movement of the material, the soft frills, and the reaction from people when she is wearing it.

Summer love's Tutu's, each day in nursery she puts on a tutu from the dress-up box, and to her dismay I have to ask her to take it off before we head home. So when we were invited to review an Angel's Face tutu, I knew Summer would love it. 

It really is her dream come true.

We received the beautiful Neon Orange Tutu, which is part of the new the Angel's Face Neon collection. The tutu is packaged and arrives in a gorgeous hat box, with a little ribbon handle.

Whilst wearing it, she walks around with a grace about her, twirling the tutu around, feeling and enjoying the movement. She enjoys wearing it, she loves wearing it - it is her favourite piece of attire.

Angel's Face is the UK's leading pettiskirt brand, with over 30 colours available. They also sell beautiful dresses perfect for flower girls and parties, tops, birthday t-shirts and matching pumps. 

The tutu's are all made from 100% nylon with an elasticated waist, you can wash them in the washing machine and all are delivered to you in a beautiful vintage style hat box. 

The tutu's start from £35 and delivery is free. Summer's tutu cost £49.


Silent Sunday

Peanut Hottie Milkshake Recipe

Peanut Hottie is an amazingly delicious and moreish peanut butter flavour instant hot beverage. But, the best thing is, you can make a nice cool deliciously fun milkshake out of the Peanut Hottie mix. 

Getting your peanut butter fix just became a whole lot easier -  just add milk and whiz it up in a blender, and you have a refreshing, tasty drink, perfect for the summer.


  • 3 teaspoons of original Peanut Hottie
  • 200ml milk of your choice
  • sprinkle of mini marshmallows


This milkshake is quick and easy to make, simply mix your Peanut Hottie with the milk in the blender (I used my Nutri bullet) and add your toppings of choice.

Peanut Hottie is made with real peanuts, Caffeine free, No artificial additives or colours. Available in two flavours Original & Chocolate 

You can buy Peanut Hottie in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Morrisons with an RRP of £2.99