Easter Extravaganza Giveaway Competition!

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Easter is nearly upon us and that means (amongst other things) Chocolate Eggs and lots of them! While I’m sure that fills many children across the globe with sweet delight, I’m also acutely aware that those eggs can be expensive if you buy more than a few. So today I’m here with the help of some fellow bloggers to ease the burden and maybe even treat you to more than just a sugar rush. Enter my new Easter Extravaganza Giveaway today!

What can you win?

One lucky winner will be walking away with a fantastic £200 worth of Amazon vouchers, plus one runner up will get £20, to spend on whatever they want – though chocolate seems like a good idea at this time of year. (If the winner is from a country other than the UK the prize will be delivered via PayPal cash). Here’s who’s helped put together this wonderful prize:   1-1Emmy’s Mummy | Hubby Helps | Missing Sleep |Mummy’s Little Monkey | Bump And Beyond | Cosmic Kick | Julie’s Notebook | Serenity You | All The Beautiful Things | Mother Distracted | Testing Time Blog | Wishful Wonderings | A Working Mum’s Blog | Lucy’s Mad House | Spanish Mummy | Hex Mum   2-1Being Tilly’s Mummy | Chilling With Lucas | Alice-Megan | Rambling Through Parenthood | Angel Eden Blog | The Not So Secret Diary of a Wannabe Princess | Petit Moi – Big World | Precious Little Worlds | Dizzy Miss James | Ickle Pickle’s Life and Travels | Cookies and Cwtches | Sally Akins | Odd Socks and Lollipops | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers

How do I enter?

To enter all you need to do is answer the following question:

What is the best thing about Easter?

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*Please note that all entry options other than the question are optional, however it would be lovely if you could take a few minutes and support some of the bloggers who have helped make this giveaway possible. Good Luck!

Knitting for Charity with the Knit for Winter Campaign #knitforwinter

knit for winterI often have a knitting project or two (or three, or four, who’s counting really!?) on the go at any one time, partially because I have a short attention span but more because there’s so many good patterns or events to make for! At the moment I’m knitting a hat, an octopus, possibly a fish (I keep taking it apart and restarting) and I’ve just finished two of the cutest hats you’re ever likely to come across. These were made for Sunrise Senior Living’s annual Knit for Winter campaign.

Every year Sunrise supports a different charity and challenges knitters to use their wool to help. This year it’s in aid of the premature baby charity First Touch. Sunrise with the help of Jane Gois have written two patterns suitable for beginners or advanced knitters. Make a blanket or bonnet to be used in incubators to help keep the most delicate babies warm.

All of my children were born early with the youngest going straight into an incubator to be ventilated so this is a campaign close to my heart. It was for that very reason that I wanted to knit the bonnet and give it a bit of personality!

When your baby is unexpectedly taken away from you moments after birth, you don’t get a chance to dress them in that perfectly selected outfit hiding in your hospital bag. They’re placed into an incubator and wires seem to obscure almost every feature, I didn’t even know what colour my son’s hair was! The wires prevent most clothing but the hospital usually provides a teeny tiny hat. But… baby wool often comes in limited colours, pale blue, pink, yellow and white etc. When I made these tiny hats I had myself in mind, just because my baby wasn’t well didn’t mean he wasn’t an individual little person. I wanted to knit hats with personality, so instead of using standard baby wool I made hats using the softest 3ply acrylic sock wool. I think the end result really stands out, they’ll be no denying which baby is which in hats like these! I hope the recipients feel the same way too :)

If you’d like to get involved pop over to Sunrise Senior Living’s website for the patterns and get knitting! You can also use the hashtag #knitforwinter to showcase your creations on social media.

Share some #LoveAtFirstLight with this French Toast Recipe

IMG_2347Everybody needs a little lift now and then and Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to share the love! I’ve got a nasty cold at the moment and in the midst of feeling supremely sorry for myself I heard a knock at the door. Imagine my delight when the delivery man (who was probably shocked at my unkempt, ill appearance) gave me a Valentine’s hamper from Co-operative food. I had no clue this was coming and the surprise (along with the contents) really lifted my spirits! It reminded me how seemingly small acts of caring can really mean a lot to the recipient. So this Valentine’s Day show whoever you love (partner, friend or just yourself!) how much you care by taking the time to enjoy a wonderful breakfast or #LoveAtFirstLight

The co-op have partnered with Fred Sireix from First Dates to help Britain share the love. Pop over to www.co-operativefood.co.uk/breakfasts to find a wondrous selection of romantic breakfast recipes. I’ve shared my favourite below.

 

frenchtoastFrench toast

Ingredients:

Strawberries

5 Loved by Us medium eggs

Nutella Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

5 tbsp caster sugar

6 slices of The Co-operative farmhouse bread

8g Loved by Us Scottish butter unsalted

70ml Semi-skimmed milk

Equipment:

Baking tray

Large bowl

Skillet

Spatula

Heart shaped cutter, knife or scissors

How to make:

Step 1 – Mix the eggs, milk and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until well blended.

Step 2 – Dip each slice of bread into the bowl, allowing it to soak up some of the mixture.

Step 3 – Melt a knob of butter over a large skillet on a medium heat and add the slices of bread. Fry until golden brown on both sides, flipping when necessary before plating up.

Step 4 – Using a heart shaped cutter, knife or even clean scissors, carefully cut  the toast into heart shapes.

Step 5 – Spread Nutella on each slice of toast and top with strawberries. Layer each slice on top of the other into a mini french toast mountain and tuck (back) in.