Thursday, 17 November 2011

Get Baking Mad and Help Raise Money for Children in Need!

Friday 18th November 2011 is Children in Need, not only is it a great night of television but it also is a day when we can all do our bit to help support the work supported by Children in Need. Baking Mad (Allinson's)sent us a pack of goodies to make Pudsey Cupcakes with, as they are trying to help raise money for Children in Need by selling special packs of flour in Asda and cupcakes are so simple to make and great for fundraising too:

Allinson Flour have teamed up with supermarket giant Asda to help raise money for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal. To support the appeal Allinson will be donating 15p from the sale of special packs of their Nature Friendly Plain White and Self Raising flours to the charity. The special packs featuring the iconic Pudsey bear character, are due to go on sale in November and are available exclusively at Asda supermarkets. So next time you’re out shopping be sure to look out for Pudsey in the home baking aisle!

We used the Pudsey Bear Cupcakes recipe from Baking Mad, it was easy to follow and the hardest part I found was getting Boo to wait for them to cool before we decorated them!! Boo really enjoyed helping to weigh out the ingredients and mixing them all up! It was quite educational to as he had to help 'count' the cases into the tray, and help me set the timer!

We had planned a variety of different designs we were eager to try (including ones with wafer bear ears!) but Boo and Elvis are currently not very well so we decided to stick with the simple idea Baking Mad suggested. The butter cream was easy to mix although I confess I forgot to add the still tastes ok though.. we added the vanilla extract and Boo was in charge of adding the yellow food colouring - he loved to see the mix turning bright Pudsey Yellow! Spooning it onto the cakes I found myself resisting the urge to 'correct' Boo, he was loving spreading the mix over the cakes and it added character that they weren't perfect! I avoided telling Boo that the chocolate beans were..well chocolate, so the majority survived to make it onto the cakes..well we did have to taste the odd one or two - just to make sure they were ok you understand!! So here are our finished cakes:

So next time you're out shopping have a look for a special Pudsey pack of Allinson's Flour, and get baking with your family! Not only do Children in Need benefit, but you also get to enjoy baking and of course eating the cakes you create!

We had intended to sell our cupcakes and donate the proceeds to Children in Need, but as the boys are unwell, we are just making a donation to Children in Need instead! But don't worry Kirsty (who had kindly agreed to buy one of Boo's cakes from him) we will make sure when we Boo is better that he makes a cake especially for you and we'll even deliver it!

Disclaimer: We were sent all the main ingredients to make the cupcakes by Baking Mad, all thoughts (and the cakes!) are our own!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Festival Place Lights Switch on - Fun for all the Family!

Festival Place hail the start of the festive season with the Christmas Lights switch on being held on Friday 18th November. The event will see a host of entertainment including food and wine expert Olly Smith, Fil Straughan (for your musical pleasure!) and no doubt most eagerly anticipated by the children Alvin and The Chipmunks switching the Christmas lights on!

Festival Place are running a competition in honour of the Chipmunks visit, children named Alvin, Simon or Theodore, can register (with proof of name) at the Information Desk (adjacent to Marks & Spencers) between 4pm - 5pm to get the chance to win tickets to use at Vue, Festival Place as well as meet their name sake superstar Chipmunks!

The evening will end with the annual firework display to really get you in the festive mood!

It's worth remembering that if you enter the car park after 5pm your charge for parking in the evening is just £1! So this really could be a great night out for the family, and give you the opportunity to sneak in a little early Christmas shopping, or perhaps select yourself that must have Christmas party outfit!

Disclaimer: I was asked to write this post, I was not compensated for doing so, all thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

My Winter Skin Must Haves from Green People!

A little while ago I spoke to the lovely ladies at Green People, about Boo suffering from red dry cheeks all of last winter and my concern that it might happen again. His skin is quite sensitive, and over the summer he'd had a nasty reaction to a 'sensitive' children's face cream, so I've been cautious finding a new cream for him.

Green People suggested I tried their Mum & Baby Rescue Balm. The Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is fragrance free and suitable for use on dry skin, nipples and perineum so it is ideal for all stages of pregnancy and child!

It is a really rich balm, so even a tiny bit goes a long way. Containing loads of natural organic ingredients it really is like great food for your skin. I've been using it on Boo's skin before bed and his face looks less red and certainly more moisturised! I have to confess, I have also been using the balm on my lips, hands, knees oh and on baby's bum! While it might be too greasy for some to use as a multi-purpose balm, for anyone who suffers with very dry skin like me it is super!

I have always wanted to wear lipstick which would make a big statement,  shouting confidence, but every time I wear lipstick I end up looking more like a clown as my lips swell and become very uncomfortable. When you're on your way out for a night out, believe me, this is not a good look! I have tried so many times to find a solution, but had never even considered an organic lipstick! I tried the Eco Lipstick in cherry, I was assured it wasn't as red as it sounded and can confirm it is actually a superb colour, it is more burgundy than 'red' with quite a warm shimmer and it really suits my colouring! 

When I applied it, I instantly noticed my lips tingling and my heart sunk thinking that I was about to suffer the same problems as normal, however I was mistaken. The tingling came from the minty flavour in the lipstick, which I found really nice and subtle - much nicer than the 'taste' of other lipsticks. It was almost as though I was applying just a lip balm! My lips felt very moisturised, and the colour applied evenly and stayed put! I am definitely going to stick with Green Peoples organic lipstick!

I'd like to Congratulate Green People as their No Scent Baby Oil organic and fairly traded, has just been awarded 'Best Organic' Baby Oil and the prestigious Editiors choice in the TIPS awards

Disclaimer: I was sent the Mum & Baby Rescue Balm and Eco Lipstick to review, but all thoughts are my own unbiased opinions based on my experience using the products for the last few weeks. Many Thanks again to Green People for allowing me to try the products.