#OreoCookieQuest Challenge

For the #OreoCookieQuest with BritMums we decided to have an Escape Room Style treasure hunt. Treasure hunts are something we used to love doing when the boy was smaller. Clues on a scrap of paper and the prize was a map to the real treasure. The boy is loving the current craze for escape rooms, so I tasked him with setting up a room and clues, in escape room style.

It is easy to find some padlocks and boxes, we used Kilner jars and even a bicycle lock to hide keys. The boy used small paper notes to give clues as well as setting the story. He thought about the characters and Dad Dragon and I had to work out who had stolen the map to the hidden stash of Oreo’s! He set up the conservatory with all the clues carefully hidden. Each clue once found gave us a number. This opened a safe revealing another clue to the thief.

The boy did an escape room with scouts, and they had hidden keys in tomato soup! While we didn’t go this far the boy instead hid a key in a jar of water! . There were coins and money in locked boxes when added up they gave another numeric clue. Finally we had to narrow down the culprits. we decided that It was JimBob who had stolen the map! Luckily we were right and were rewarded with Our Oreo Prize.

The boy loved the #OreoCookieQuest challenge and we will be setting up escape room activities again as it was a fun way to spend a cold afternoon indoors. Why not set up your own Oreo Cookie Escape room and enjoy your own OreoQuest?

This post is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest, sponsored by Oreo.




Chilean Easy Peelers – Review

Chilean easy peelers are a great fun snack and one my whole family love. They remind me of dark winter evenings. I used to spend my weekends at my Nan’s curled up on the sofa with a little orange which she used to peel for me and watching the A team.

I started popping little oranges in my sons lunch box when he started Junior school. They soon became a sign of Autumn and a way to make him smile when he was having a hard week. I like to draw silly faces on a Chilean easy peeler. Something silly and easily done with a marker pen. It was guaranteed to make some funny comment at the end of the day. I think his favourites were always pumpkins or a Santa face!

Now I use these little Chilean easy peelers for after school. They are such a quick snack especially for a midweek car journey. In our house they always come with a square of kitchen roll for wrapping up the skin. I love that Chilean easy peelers are high in fibre, vitamin C and 87% water. The perfect way to stay hydrated, or as a great on the go pudding. The boy says I am swearing when I mention the F word (Fruit) but as a mum I know these little oranges are a much better alternative to chocolate and biscuits.

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #ChileanEasyPeelers Challenge, sponsored by Chilean Citrus Committee.



#TearsIntoSmiles with Elastoplast

The #TearsIntoSmiles campaign has challenged me to turn those tear filled moments into a happy ones.

I don’t think there is a household in the country that doesn’t have a selection of plasters. We have long been fond of the ones with fancy pictures, as somehow they seem to make things just a little bit better. I used to have to stock up in the USA on these fun additions to the medicine cabinet, with favourites like the lion king and winnie the pooh. Now there are lots to choose from and the Star wars ones are an instant hit.

When the boy has an accident I used to take on the strategy from his nursery which was to treat the wound with magic liquid (water) and then a big hug and a plaster. The boy was always ready to show off his Piglet or Eeyore. The boy loves to be outside, and his favourite at the moment is water pistol battles with his dad or friends. Bumps cuts and bruises are part of childhood and turning the #TearsIntoSmiles is a great way to make things better. I love the video from Elastoplast turning real tears into these miniature paintings.

Making sure that you get out and about in the fresh air is the best way for kids to learn about their surroundings and their limitations. The boy has had his fair share of bumps and scrapes. With a love of Fencing we now carry a first aid kit with us to every event. This kit will always contain a few plasters as well as cool packs and cream for bumps and bruises. I still use magic water, and you cant beat a big hug to make everything feel a little bit better.

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.


#MorningWin Challenge

I have already confessed that “I don’t do Mornings” I really don’t, and my family know that. But the one thing that makes my mornings just that little bit more bearable is getting ready the night before.

I hate the whole shouting at the boy to hurry up, so planning what is needed the night before, is the only way we get out of the door even remotely on time. First I check the homework, and the school bag, to make sure no letters have appeared that need action. Next is there any extra kit, is it swimming? Yes I have had to run home before now for the trunks and towel. Is it PE, yes another bag. Has the boy got his reading book, and diary? Have I remembered to fill it in? I wont have time for scribbles in the morning.

Next the uniform, Has he got clean trousers? Shirt, jumper, did he remember to even bring the jumper home? There are so many things to remember I would have no chance in the morning of getting them all sorted in time. So with the clock clucking 8am (yes our clock clucks) its time to grab my clothes, sort out my life and collect the boy ready for the off.

Most mornings he is busy telling me all about the latest app, school club or what his friends are doing that day, which is great! But there is hair to comb, socks which seem to go missing, and shoes. Even the coat is an effort. Someday I have to repeat to myself, stay calm… Once out of the house, the battle is over we are on our way. No turning back, well unless we have missing trunks.

Before the boy arrived life was easier, quieter and somehow less colourful. As much as I HATE mornings, I wouldn’t change them for the world and especially the ten minute walk to school before I hand the boy over for the day. Those ten minutes are ours, and our time to be friends #MorningWin.

#winmorning with belvita

Belvita biscuits are a quick and easy start to the day, especially if you are having something on the run to school. The boy loves the new belvita Crunchy biscuits and chooses them as an after school snack. Even Dad has discovered the new Crunchy Hazelnut biscuits and says they are pretty good at filling him up till tea time!

This post is an entry for #MorningWin Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more at Belvita



Sunday Roast with Added Schwartz Flavour

When I saw Brit Mums were looking for families to test a new range of Schwartz 2in1 Mixes, I couldn’t wait.

Тhe new 2in1 range offers easy to use recipe mix sachets in one handy pack: one sachet flavours the main dish whilst the other contains а seasoning for a complementary side dish or topping. With 5 different varieties to choose from, and an easy recipe on the back of each pack, it’s a great way to try out new dishes or transform an existing family favourite.”

We were sent two of the new mixes to try:

Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken + Crispy Roast Potatoes: Roast chicken seasoning, with garlic and thyme, accompanied by a special seasoning to create perfect Crispy Roast Potatoes

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta and Cheesy Crumb Topping: A blend of herbs and spices for chicken pasta with a cheesy topping

Previously you may have read that I am a BIG fan of the Sunday roast, and especially my Yorkshire puds!
So I chose the Garlic & Thyme chicken to start. The packets were easy to use, and the chicken smelt amazing while it cooked. The roasties were perfect and crisp and we were all pleased with the finished results.

I love anything that makes my cooking life easier, so cant wait to try some of the other flavours which include Chicken Tikka

This post is an entry for BritMums ‘What’s for Dinner Tonight?’ sponsored by Schwartz. Find out more about the new 2in1 mixes HERE

we were given 2 packets of the mixes, but the opinions remain our own.