My Crazy Family Story

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Sudocrem - A Letter to you



Dear Sudocrem,

So far you have been in my life for fifteen or more years. We were first introduced when I started working as a healthcare assistant in your dull grey pot a brilliance of brightness once opened with your thick white ways you could always soothe a bottom, a sore, most things were no match for you.

Then I discovered that not only were you used to soothe the most intimate places you could be used as a sunburn healer an acne healer an anecdote for eczema. In my days before children, before sharing a bed with someone, I would coat myself in a thick layer of you and wake up with a softer face one that was ready to face the world.

Sudocrem care and protect nappy rash prevention cream


Since we first met oh how you have evolved, you were the first thing I knew I could rely on when my son was born nearly eight years ago, then came Sudocrem Care and protect in its smaller more modern looking tube - not as thick and bright as my old faithful but amazing to say the least you were there tucked away in every hospital bag I packed ready for their imminent births you were there first to protect with your hypoallergenic triple care ointment with just newborns in mind and then it was back to the old faithful to soothe their skin if they had been in the sun a little too long, you were there when they were teething and there skin was red and angry, you were there for my youngest son when his eczema flared up, you have been with us through many ups and downs in my life and parenting journey. I knew I could always rely on you and you could rely on me to recommend you to friends and family in there hours of need. It has been a long and emotional journey that still isn't over yet the twins are babies and the boys still need you, in fact, we all still need you for many years to come with your healing powers.

We have many more memories to make in our lives as a family and you are certainly an important part of our family, you are invaluable so we want to thank you Sudocrem for always being there for working your magic and making life just that little bit easier.

Sudocrem care and protect - helps to care for your babies delicate skin protecting it against the causes of nappy rash it's gentle and light so it simply glides onto newborn babies skin and can be used as part of your everyday routine at nappy change time.

You can read more about Sudocrem on my review over here its priced at around £4.00 a tube and is available to buy from all good supermarkets and chemists.




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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Veeno Italian wine cafe Leicester Wine Tasting Experience


We were kindly invited to visit Veeno Italian wine cafe in Leicester for a wine tasting experience, to be quite honest before this invite, I didn't know this gorgeous little place existed, we accepted the invitation as it was a great excuse for a date night as we never really go out without the kids just the two of us!

The History of Veeno.

It started off with two Italian guys who shared a passion for relaxing with drinks and nibbles after a long day at work. This soon evolved to include their friends and family and before long they opened their very first Veeno – an amazing Italian wine cafe a place to enjoy great wine and various platters of meats, cheeses and other appetisers known as ‘Spuntini’.


The day before we visited (We choose a Saturday night to visit) Veeno the wine cafe sent us an e-mail, saying they were looking forward to our visit and it had a brief history of the business which I thought was a really nice touch, there was also an option to re-book in case we couldn't make it the following day which was nice as well it makes things hassle free if you are thinking of making a booking and then something comes up unexpectedly.

On approach to Veeno the wine cafe it looked really cosy from the outside it had pretty twinkling white lights hanging in the window there was also a small seating area outside for the warmer weather.

Inside we were greeted with a relaxed atmosphere it was really busy, but not too crowded it was cosy The interior of Veeno Leicester – St Martins Square is beautiful. On closer inspection of the website, it seems Each Veeno has a similar theme throughout in that it always has twinkling white lights hanging in the window. With a wooden theme and bottle/cork decorations, the venue really has a warm and friendly feel to it.

Veeno Italian wine cafe Leicester Wine Tasting Experience


We approached the counter and I told them we had a table booked for seven the staff were really friendly they explained that the table wasn't quite ready and we ordered drinks whilst we waited they were very friendly and accommodating. Which I thought was amazing as often sometimes in venues you find on a Saturday night that staff are so rushed off their feet they forget the small, but still very important parts of hospitality.

We didn't have to wait long for our table and to be seated by our host and wine-expert for the evening which was a lady, now very rude of me but I didn't quite catch her name and at the end of the evening I still didn't catch it but she was an amazing help and host.

They left us for a short while to get settled into our seats and drink some of our drinks we had already bought the host then brought over the bottles of wine that we would be tasting that evening there were two white, a rose, and two reds I wasn't sure how this would work I was worried that we would be sniffing and spitting wine but it turns out you get a glass wine from each bottle - of course you don't have to drink the whole glass!

Veeno offers three various options for their Wine-tasting, their ‘Classic’ option, the ‘Blind’ option and the ‘Selezione’ wine-tasting experience. The Selezione option was the option we experienced and It made up of some more of their premium wines.

The host then brought over a beautifully presented platter and our first glasses of white wine, she explained to us that each thing on the platter was meticulously paired with one of the wines in the experience and to try not to eat all the food and save something of each thing on there with to try with each individual wine, so at this stage the platter was really just to observe, despite the temptation to tuck-in and eat it all right away!

Veeno Italian wine cafe Leicester Wine Tasting Experience


I don't think I should go into to much detail about the wine or what each individual ‘Spuntini’ (part of the platter) that they were paired with its better if you go and try it for yourself as I would hate to get it wrong  as much as I learned a lot recalling everything from memory is difficult and I am not a wine expert plus it would spoil the fun. What I will tell you is that our host was an absolute expert in her knowledge of the wines on offer. She gave us plenty of interesting knowledge and insight into each individual wine getting us to describe them and asking us what we thought of each one and the wines pairing.It was really interesting, not too full on and made the experience very unique personal and exciting

We were very well-looked after by our host and after each wine and food-combination pairing, we were given some time before our host returned. I think this is important it gave us time to chat and savour the flavours and the wine, Veeno got it spot-on. Even though this was a paid-for experience to learn more about the wines and to take in Veeno, for us it was still very much a much-needed date night for just us and I am so glad we were given enough time to ourselves to make the most of the of the great atmosphere and enjoy what was in front of us.

To top off the evening we were offered either a large slice of Tiramisu or lemon sorbet we choose the lemon sorbet which was beautifully paired with this delicious sweet wine Tagos Grillo, and a Limoncello shot.

Of course, it’s not just wine on offer here. There are oodles of cocktails to choose from and coffees too. While we were there, people were just popping in for a glass of wine or a quiet Saturday night drink.



Veeno Italian wine cafe Leicester Wine Tasting Experience


Thank you so much to Veeno Leicesters for inviting us along and hosting such a wonderful evening for us. The wine tasting experience is such a great night out it would be perfect for celebrations such as birthdays or anniversaries I could also picture having a work get together doing something like this it is really enjoyable. The Selezione experience in particular costs £26.90 per person. Veeno is a fast-growing brand and there’s currently 14 Veeno’s across the UK, so if you are near one I would highly recommend visiting and trying it out for yourself. Check out their website to find out more or book you experience www.theveenocompany.com


We were kindly given the opportunity to visit Veeno for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Half Term Baking with The Kids and DR.Oetker


Half term is already nearly upon us and its difficult to find things to do especially with Christmas just around the corner and probably for most like me funds are short or are being preserved for Santa, what better to do than some half term baking with the kids its fun keeps them engaged and bring out the creative in them. We were kindly sent some amazing Cake decorating items from Dr. Oetker which made the cake decorating exciting and really let them explore their creative side.

We used a really simple recipe that I remember off the top of my head and I have been using for fairy cakes since I was a little girl remember when it comes to kids baking it doesn't have to be perfect nor does it have to be a piece of art like you see splashed all over the internet, baking should be fun, messy and inexpensive that is exactly what it was in my house.

Half Term Baking with The Kids and DR.Oetker



Ingredients 

  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine.
  • 110g/4oz caster sugar.
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional).
  • 110g/4oz self-raising flour.
  • 1-2 tbsp milk.

Method

  • heat the oven to before you do anything to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and fill 2 x 12 fairy cake tins with paper cases.
  • Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl it should turn pale once you have done this. Beat in the eggs, a little bit at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract (you don't have to use this).
  • Fold in the flour or if its kids miking them stirring is just fine use a large spoon if you can. Add a little milk until the mixture is a soft dropping consistency and spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden on top and using a skewer or knife insert it into one of the cakes if it comes out clean then they are cooked. Set them aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool and let them cool.
Half Term Baking with The Kids and DR.Oetker

Usually, we would make our own icing, but with Dr.Oetker there is no need for icing the decorations are easy to use taste simply divine and will have the kids squealing with excitement as they add there own individual personality to each cake it was absolute chaos but they had so much fun.


Half Term Baking with The Kids and DR.Oetker



There is so much choice to choose from with Dr.Oetker and it is certainly not going to break the bank this is what the boys used to get creative with theirs.


To see more from the Dr. Oetker range of baking goodies and toppings visit www.oetker.co.uk

Half Term Baking with The Kids and DR.Oetker


Below are two more recipes from Dr. Oetker if you would like something a little more challenging or with a different taste, however, if you don't fancy any of these recipes you can find plenty more inspiration over on the Dr Oetker website Here You will also find all the toppings that they make on their website through there online shop so you can purchase them and much much more!


Chocolate Heart Mallow Cupcakes 



Ingredients

For the recipe Chocolate Heart Mallow Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
Dr. Oetker Cupcake Cases
220 g Margarine softened
220 g Caster Sugar
Medium Eggs x 4, beaten
5 ml Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract (1 tsp)
2 Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder (x2 sachets or 50g)
170 g Plain Flour
3 Dr. Oetker Baking Powder Sachets x 3 (3 tsp)

For the Decoration:
150 g Butter softened
350 g Icing Sugar
2 Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder (x2 sachets or 50g/6 tbsp)
25 g Dr. Oetker Heart Marshmallows

Preparation

Chocolate Heart Mallow Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C Fan, Gas Mark 5). Line a cupcake tin with 12 Cupcake Cases.

Beat the margarine with the sugar until light in texture.

Gradually whisk in the eggs and Madagascan Vanilla Extract.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and Baking Powder. Using a metal spoon, fold the dry ingredients into the mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the Cupcake Cases and bake for 20-22 minutes until risen and just firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For the icing, place the butter into a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder to make a smooth buttercream. Add a little milk if the buttercream is too thick.

Fit a piping bag with a 1cm closed star nozzle then fill with buttercream and pipe onto the cupcakes. Place a Heart Marshmallow onto each cupcake to finish.


Strawberry Marshmallow Cheesecake Bites 


Ingredients

For the Cheesecakes :
Dr. Oetker Baking Cases
115 g Digestive Biscuits, (4oz) finely crushed
65 g Butter, (2 1/2 oz) melted
150 g Strawberries, (5oz) washed
1 Dr. Oetker Free Range Egg White Powder Sachet, (5g)
50 g Caster Sugar, (2oz)
150 g Full fat soft cheese, (5oz)
Dr. Oetker Platinum Grade Leaf Gelatine, 3 sheets
Dr. Oetker Bright Red Gel Food Colour

To decorate:
150 ml Whipping Cream, (1/4pt)
100 g Strawberry Jam, (3 1/2 oz) sieved
Dr. Oetker Heart Marshmallow, 1 bag


Preparation

For the Cheesecakes

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with Baking Cases. Put the crushed biscuits in a bowl.

Stir the melted butter or margarine into the biscuits until well coated. Divide the mixture equally between the cases and press down into an even layer to make a smooth base. Chill until required.

For the filling, remove the green stems from the strawberries, roughly chop the fruit and blend in a food processor for a few seconds until smooth. Spoon 30ml (2 tbsp) into a small bowl, cover and chill until required for decoration.

Make up the Egg White Powder according to the pack instructions and whisk until stiff. Gradually whisk in the sugar to make a thick, glossy meringue. In another bowl, beat the soft cheese until smooth.

Put the Leaf Gelatine in a shallow bowl and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 5 minutes then drain and squeeze out the excess water. Place the gelatine in a small bowl and spoon over 45ml (3 tbsp) very hot water. Mix well until thoroughly dissolved. Stir into the remaining strawberry purée.

Using a spatula, scrape the meringue onto the soft cheese and carefully mix them together. Gradually and gently, mix in the strawberry purée until well blended.

Spoon the mixture on top of the biscuit bases to fill the cases. Chill for at least 1 hour until set.

Carefully peel away the cases and put the marshmallow bites on a serving plate. Whip the cream until softly peaking and load into a piping bag fitted with a large closed star nozzle. Pipe a swirl on top of each. Mix the reserved strawberry purée with the jam and drizzle a little over each cheesecake. Top with a Heart Marshmallow to serve. Serve any remaining sauce as an accompaniment.



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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Best Halloween Costumes for baby girls


Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year so I thought I would put a collection of some of my favourite Halloween costumes for baby girls together.

The Best Halloween Costumes for baby girls


1) Tu by Sainsburys Black Halloween Cat Dress and Headband Outfit sizes  0-4 years (£11.00)  this costume is lovely love that it comes with a headband cat ears and a tail also if you have a baby the tail comes off so baby can go to sleep comfy it doubles up as a lovely party dress it puffs out quite a lot!

The Best Halloween Costumes for baby girls


2) How about being a spooky ghost this TuTu outfit is from George at Asda priced at £7-00 comes in ages 0-18 months, simple yet very effective I love this and it's not too expensive the headband is not included they were purchased separately from Amazon.

The Best Halloween Costumes for baby girls



3) This cute pumpkin out is from Amazon priced at £9.65 sizes run up to 12 months  you get all the accessories, the headbands the girls are wearing in the picture are also from Amazon purchsed separately


The Best Halloween Costumes for baby girls


4) Tesco Witches all in one Tutu costume comes with the cute witches headband hat that is wobbly, not sure how long a baby would keep this on for it is priced at £9.00 the costume runs up to 24 months and it has scratch mittens built into the sizes up to nine months.

The Best Halloween Costumes for baby girls


5) This one has got to be my favourite it comes with all the accessories shown the spooky Halloween pirate costume is so cute I love it is priced at £13.99 from Amazon the sizes run up to 24 months and does run on the bigger side I love the shoes!

The Best Halloween Costumes for baby girls





*All opinions remain honest and my own.





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