Saturday, 2 August 2014

Princesses, Prizes and Canvas

We *love* camping. Some of our best family holidays have been spent under canvas. There's something about camping that is extra restful, particularly if the site is surrounded by woodland.

When we're not in the mood for 'full on' camping we often holiday with Canvas Holidays, we've enjoyed trips to France, Italy and The Netherlands with them. During our stay at their Berny Riviere site we made the most of the close proximity to Paris and visited Disneyland. So began a love of Disney Princesses.

Canvas have recently launched a competition to win £500 worth of holiday vouchers for sharing a photo of your children dressed as Disney characters - how could I not enter? I found this wonderful photo of my son and Daughter enjoying a game of 'Princesses' (Merida and Rapunzel if you're not die hard Disney fans!) and was chuffed to see it make it through to the final voting round of the competition.

If you have a spare 10 seconds (because that really is all it takes!) I would be really grateful if you could vote for them, this is the picture you are looking for:

Just click here to vote:

Thank you!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Our amazing new gluten free and dairy free chocolate discovery!

Yes you read that right!

Many newly diagnosed coeliacs also suffer from a lactose intolerance, which is certainly true in our house with myself and my daughter dairy intolerant and as a result I mainly eat paleo.

One thing that is really hard to find is nice gluten free and dairy free chocolate, I usually console myself with Lindt's 95% dark chocolate but still have to be sparing with it and it would be nice to have a change. To date I haven't found any dairy free chocolate that is very nice - until recently that is!

Enter Hotel Chocolat's Dark and Nutty Hazelnut Buche:

Wow - a little piece of chocolate heaven!

As as bonus it's also vegan too...the downside though is the price, at £9 for a small log, however it is really rich so you can only 2 or 3 slices at a time at most meaning it lasts a good few days. It's definitely an indulgence we'll be treating ourselves too now and again!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A Review of the Freesat+ box with free time

A couple of week's ago I was lucky enough to be sent a 500GB Humax Freesat+ box to review by the fab Mumsnet Bloggers Network. This couldn't have come at a better time for our family as we are in the process of a serious review of our household bills which seem to be spiralling out of control. With our money needed to cover the ever increasing fuel bills we just can't justify luxuries like the £50 per month we spend on Sky TV, so the appeal of the subscription free Freesat is HUGE, even with the initial outlay of the box within 6months we would be saving money when compared to our Sky subscription!

Unwrapping the box!
I am completely clueless when it comes to technology (I still call DVDs 'videos'  and CDs 'records' to the embarrassment of my children), so wasn't looking forward to the task of setting the box up!  A week and a bit ago a box arrived containing everything we needed to get going with Freesat. The actual Freesat box itself is about the size of a DVD player and actually pretty good looking (if you like that sort of thing that is!). Despite my technical ineptitude, the box was actually really easy to set up (though I did enlist the help of my other half to do the plugging in!). You literally just turn the box on and follow the on screen directions at each step. We were up an running within about 10 minutes maximum. Marvellous!

Setting the Freesat box up - testing signal strength

So, what do I think of it? It does everything it says in the blurb:

"Freesat believe you shouldn't have to pay a monthly subscription to watch and listen to 180 channels of the best comedy, drama, sport, lifestyle, music and news. We offer free HD services from ITV, the BBC and Channel 4; freesat+ to record pause and rewind, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand5; and all subscription free."

Freesat launched 'freetime' last Autumn which includes a Roll Back TV Guide that allows you to watch programmes you've missed from the previous seven days across 21 channels, a new showcase section providing top TV picks chosen daily by Freesat's reviewers, on-demand services and enhanced recordings."

So 'thank you' Freesat, we now have a fab array of *free* channels (195 to be precise - see below!) to watch with no costly monthly fees (hooray - we can turn the central heating on!). My kids are happy that they still get to watch their favourite programmes and my husband is getting stuck right into the 'on demand' section. It's mad to think we would pay £600 per year to Sky for a similar service!

195 free channels!

Happy smiles all round - thank you Freesat!

Freesat is a subscription free service and Freesat+ boxes are available to buy from a range of retailers - RRP from £226. Humax are offering, via GlutenFreeChild, an exclusive discount code to purchase a 500GB Humax Freesat+ box for £199, a saving of £30. Just enter the code: FT30 when ordering.

Note: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.