Pancake Day with Num Noms #NumNomsFoodie

It’s Pancake Day, yaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!

We love pancakes so when the guys at Num Noms set us a challenge to create a Num Nom inspired pancake we of course had to accept, any excuse to make some pancakes.

The guys sent us a little

Inspiration…

to help us get those creative juices flowing.  They came up with some great sounding ideas combining some of their Num Noms.

Coconut Raspberry Topper

Introducing Razzi Berry, Coco Cali and Choco Sprinkles!  We think these three would make a pancake with just the right balance of sweet, sour, and a hint of coconut!

Straw-Nana Mallow Madness

When you already have a Nom which combines the delicious flavours of strawberry and banana in a lipgloss, it would be crazy not to combine these two in a pancake.  We’re bringing extra tasty toastyness with Toasty Mallow too, because who wouldn’t want melted marshmallow in a pancake?

Just cheese

 When you need a savoury treat, where better to start than cheese?  Cheesy Burrito is our chosen character for this one, part of the Fiesta food Starter Pack it makes for the perfect pancake.

Our creation combined two Num Noms

We thought we would have a bit of fun and make a pancake stack that looked like a Num Nom, how cool is she!

We also wanted to show this as a normal dessert.

We made a stack of mini pancakes then topped it with a home made dark chocolate ganache that combined 50g melted dark chocolate and 50ml double cream combined.  This was topped with yummy fresh strawberries and squirty cream and hundreds and thousands.

The kids couldn’t wait to tuck in.  Apparently it was “really good” not that I’d know as I didn’t get any.  Poor mummy.

We had so many different Nums Noms to inspire us.  The delicious Series 3 stackables has nine new collections, new themes include Marshmallows, Donuts, Fruits, Veggies, Candy and Fiesta Foods.  This seasons Noms are either erasers, stampers or dual-flavoured lip glosses, and of course they all smell so delicious.

We were also sent some starter packs to review.  You can take a look at our #unboxingvideo here and see what we were sent:

Available within Series 3 Mystery Pots, Starter Packs, Lunch Box Deluxe Packs and Surprise in a Jar, the uniquely scented characters have never been more fun, with so many ways to collect.

The lip-gloss range has also expanded, with duos of flavours such as Straw-Nana, Peachy Pina and Mintberry now being served!

There are so many fabulous scents and products now available we wanted to share the fun yet again with yet another wonderful Num Noms giveaway.  This time we will be giving away 1 Series 3 Lunchbox Deluxe Pack & 1 Series 3 Starter Pack!

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Num Noms Series 3and Num Noms Series 1 Lightsare for children aged 3+ and are available from all good toy retailers including ToysRUs, Smyths and The Entertainer. For more information, visit www.numnoms.com

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Num Noms Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack and Introducing Num Noms Lights #UnBoxingDay

Num Noms #UnBoxingDay

Num Noms have some NEW products hitting the shelves and we were lucky enough to get our hands on these great new additions.  You may have already seen their recent addition to the toy range the Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack (Style 1) well brace yourselves as the Series 1 mystery packs from the new Lights series will be coming to the UK soon.  We were sent these to get a feel for the toys and take a video of the little ones unboxing them but were asked not to post anything before today #UnBoxingDay.  It was all super exciting and hush hush!!!

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The Lunchbox has been cleverly designed so that if opened carefully it can be used as a storage case.  Within the case you have various types of Num Noms including Marshmallows, Donuts, Candy, Fruits and Veggies.  In the pack you will find ten scented Nums in a variety of flavours and food groups. Includes one mystery Num, two scented Nom erasers, a stamp and a mystery pot.

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The Mystery Light Packs Series 1

These include a scented Num and Nom and the Noms actually light up in two colours!!!  I know how great do they sound?   These cute guys come packaged in a juice carton which is a great touch and feature Freezie Pops, Snow Cones and Glitter Gummies.

Here is how we got on with our #UnBoxingDay review.

How great do these look?  Don’t you just love the lunchbox and also those cute light up Noms!!!

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It’s Halloween!!!!! Whose excited?  I know I am and I’m not even a child.  I love Halloween as I love to watch my girls getting excited, dress up and being brave enough to knock on a few local doors when we go trick or treating.  You see some great Halloween costumes when you are out and about and it’s amazing the effort some people go to in decorating their houses.

Now as you know I have featured some super reviews and competitions with the wonderful guys at Num Noms spreading the news and prizes of these fun scented toys to kids around the country and I am at it again.  This time in celebration of Halloween Num Noms wanted me to share this great activity sheet with you to keep your little ones having as much Halloween fun as possible.

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This game is such great fun you will be playing it all year around.

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As if that wasn’t enough fun we also have some cute Num Noms to giveaway!!!!

Although the girls love Num Noms I think Mr Squishy may be their biggest fan ever.

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Want to see your little one having the time of their life with these great little toys then why not enter to win some!

The lovely guys at Num Noms have said that one lucky reader will win 1 deluxe pack, a starter pack and 1 mystery pot so make sure you get entering.  Grandparents, uncles and aunts please feel free to enter too as these make super Birthday and Christmas pressies.  I am hearing from readers that their little ones either love their Num Noms or really want to get their hands on some of these great little toys so I can safely say that Santa will be getting quite a few requests for these this year.

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Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck Review and Giveaway

My girls love making things at home.  Little ones seem to find creating quite fun whether it’s in the kitchen or having fun with arts and crafts.  Like most children my little ones enjoy watching the various programmes on tv and love watching all the adverts in between in fact they like the adverts so much they won’t let me fast forward them where we have prerecorded a programme.  I will admit the toys now available for children are varied and look like such fun that I don’t blame them wanting to watch them.  I think they may also be working on their wishlist for Santa too.  Oh dear, poor Santa!

Recently the girls saw the advert for the Num Noms Lipgloss Truck.  I will admit even I thought it looked like great fun and after a few weeks of nagging from the kids I contacted my friends at Num Noms to see if they wanted a review.  Thankfully they said yes and so here is own super duper review of the fabulous Num Noms Lipgloss Truck!!!!

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Naturally the girls were very excited and couldn’t wait to get started.  Thankfully it’s simple to use so the girls could have gotten on and made this themselves which is useful to know if you are planning on getting one for your little ones.

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Doesn’t it look fabulous?????

The girls love playing with this and making the 3 different flavour lip glosses.

Mr Squishy thought the truck was great fun too!

The second his sisters were called to do homework he was there in a shot ready to get playing with the cool truck.

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The girls did a great video review here so you can see the truck in action.

So now you know all about the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck and how it works why not try your luck at winning one so you can have fun and practise all you have learnt!

It’s an amazing prize isn’t it especially with Christmas coming up.

(This is the second competition being run on this post the previous prize has already been claimed.  Any old comments will not be counted for the new competition.)

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake #WackyBakers & a Num Noms Freezie Pop Giveaway!

We have had fun baking in the kitchen recently thanks to Num Noms the wacky new collectables.  Each of these little toys that smell and look like different foods from sweet to savoury.  These guys challenged me and my little ones to get in the kitchen and create a delicious bake for their #WackyBakers campaign.  Were we up for the challenge?  We sure were who doesn’t love cake!!!!!

Before stepping into the kitchen though we decided to get unboxing our series 2 Freezie Pop Deluxe pack for a little inspiration.

The pack includes 6 freezie pop Nums (OJ Pop, Nana Pop, Wild Berry Freezie, Kiwi Freeze, Creamy Po and a Mystery Num )

2 motorized Noms (Icy Peach Go-G and Icy Pina Go-Go), 1 freezie pop container, 1 freezie pop accessory, and 1 collectors menu.

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The girls loved all the new flavours especially Nana Pop and Creamy Pop.

Inspired by their love of pineapple and the Icy Pina Go-Go Nom the girls decided we simply had to make a pineapple upside down cake.  I will mention that part way through mixing this my mixer died (it was a disaster, but of course you can’t abandon a cake part way through so with a bit of elbow grease we got there, phew!!!!).  I let my little one do as much as possible but where knives and heat were involved I took over (kitchen safety is important!)

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Ingredients

430g Tinned pineapple slices you might want to save a little of the juice to use too.

3 medium eggs

250g caster sugar

120g butter (I like using lurpak)

Extra butter for the tin

1 tbsp soft brown sugar

120ml milk

210g plain white flour

3 heaped tsp baking powder

2tsp vanilla essence

Method

You need to line a 9 inch lose bottom baking tin.  Using the extra butter apply a thin grease layer on the tin to help the cake come out easily.

Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly around the base of the baking tin.

Place the pineapple slices on some kitchen towel and dab until they are dry.  Place on the bottom of the backing tin.  We used 7 and ate the last one, yum!

Place the milk and butter in a pan and heat lightly until the butter melts.  This can be done whilst you are doing the next step to save time.  Once it has melted set aside.

*Optional, deduct 1 tbsp of milk if you want to use a tablespoon of pineapple juice in the mix.  The juice will be added when you combine all the liquids (when you pour milk and butter mix into mixing bowl).

Take one keen child and a mixing bowl.  Measure out the sugar into the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla essence.  Mix well.  You need to get as much air into this.  You know it’s ready when it becomes a lighter colour and looks thick and creamy.

Pour in the butter and milk mixture and stir well.

Combine the flour and baking powder and sift into the mixing bowl. Gently fold in using a spatula with a figure of eight motion.

Try not to over fold or the cake will lose it’s fluffy texture and become dense.

Once combined pour over the pineapple rings and cook for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.  Then lower the oven to 180 degrees cover the cake with foil and cook for a further 30 to 35 minutes depending on your oven.

Now the hard part, wait for the cake to cook.

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Check with a metal skewer to see if the cake is cooked through before removing from the oven.

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The cake can be served warm with ice cream or cream but it is just as yummy when eaten cold.

Enjoy!

Want a Deluxe pack of Num Noms Freezie Pops for yourself?

Why not try your luck to win some here.  I am giving away:

1 x Freezie Pop Deluxe pack

1 x Mystery pot

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to one lucky winner and it could be you.

The odds here are much better than those for the lottery!

These make super Birthday and Christmas pressies for little ones.

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Num Noms Series 2 Brunch Bunch

I know many of you love the Series one Num Noms so you will be super excited to hear they have a new series available as of the 1st  of July 2016!!!!!

These great little characters are scented and when combined create an enormous range of fun scents.  You can make over 5,000 mix and match combinations so there is no shortage to the fun flavour fusions children can make, good for us mums as our little angels will be occupied for hours.

The New Series of Num Noms hit the shelves on the 1st of July with packs full of deliciously scented characters.  After having caused a frenzy earlier this year with their introduction, these cute stackable colletables sold out across the globe.  Fans will be interested to hear the Num Noms are back bringing with them even more tasty flavours.

Now you can add savoury flavours to your collection inspired by various brunch dishes including Becca Bacon, delicious pizza flavours including Mozza Rella, super sophisticated sushi snacks and also yummy dinner foods.  In addition there are also even more yummy sweet flavours inspired by fairground foods, ice pops, cupcakes and ice creams.  Each has its own scent and as you will recall from my previous post the Nums are the hollow, soft squidgy topping which sit on top of Noms which are either fun scented stamps, motorised, scented lip glosses or funky erasers.

There are over 5,000 mix and match combinations to create and children will have great fun playing chef and creating crazy flavour combinations such as a blueberry and banana pancake, or even wasabi ice cream!!

The blind packs / mystery pots include a Num and a surprise flavour lip gloss or stamp in a cool yoghurt shaped pot.

The Num Noms Deluxe packs have a SRP of £14.99 and include 6 Nums, 2 motorised Noms and a food container, accessory and collectors menu.  Plus, there is a mystery Num in each pack.  The starter packs have a SRP of £8.99 and include 3 Nums, 1 motorised Nom an accessory and collectors menu.  Playsets with a SRP of £24.99 are also available.

Num Noms are suitable for ages 3+ and can be found at all good toy stores.

We were sent a Series 2 Brunch Bunch box which contained 3 Nums, a Nom, a frying pan and a spatula.  You can make such great scented scent combinations that you’ll wish were edible.

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Here is how we got on:

Want to win a Series 2 Num Nom prize????

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Num Noms Series One Party Pack: Cupcake & Mystery Pots Unboxing

You may recall me introducing you to Num Noms earlier this year, well we are at it again.  This time I have included unboxing videos, please excuse the girls they are only just starting out with videos and their introduction and ending are a little slow but I am sure they will find their feet soon enough.  Me on the other hand there may be no hope for but I shall plod along with my dodgy videoing as long as we have great products to unbox, who knows I may even improve eventually.

Num Noms consist of two parts a Num which is a cute scented topping which may be an ice cream or cupcake topping.  Noms also very cute and scented and they are either motorised or contain lip gloss.  You place Nums on top of Noms to create different flavour mixes.  In this pack we have a cupcake base to place the Num Noms on.

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 Motorised Noms are found in the large packs and the lip glosses are found in the mystery pots.

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There are some great scents including bubblegum, mint, vanilla, orange, strawberry, caramel, banana and that’s just a few.  By combining the different toppings and bases you can create different sweet aromas that smell delicious, it’s a shame they are not edible.

In my first video we unbox the series one Party Pack Cupcake.  The topping are cupcake topping not ice cream topping (I think one of my daughters said ice cream in one of the videos, opsy).

In our second video we are unboxing 2 Mystery Pots.

 

 

Series two is set to hit supermarket shelves sometime in July and we will be introduced to some more great scents that children will love.

Do your little ones love Num Noms / are they continuously asking you to get them some???  Don’t worry I have a big announcement.

One lucky reader will WIN a deluxe pack and two Mystery Pots.

The prize item will be from one of the deluxe packs in the range, I don’t know which so it will be a surprise.

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Num Noms Series 1 Sundae Sampler Review and Giveaway

Cute collectables appear to be all the rage with children these days and many parents will have already have been introduced to some by their children by now.  There is a new toy coming to the collectable scene this year and here is your chance to find out all about them and surprise your children with your expert knowledge on the subject!!!  These are taking the US by storm and are set to do the same over here so read this post then go buy some before they all fly off the shelves.  Num Noms are set to become a highly sought after collectable for ages 3+ this year but what are they?

DSC02742Num Noms are scented collectable characters that look like a scoop of ice cream with a cute face.

You can get Nums

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DSC03029  Nums are slightly larger than Noms and are squishy and hollow.  They can be piled up high to create a multi flavoured / scented ice cream.  Noms are smaller hard ice cream scoops that are used as a base on top of which Nums are added.  Noms can be either motorised like those pictured above with a little button on them that you can press and they move.  You can race these across the floor which my girls and Mr Squishy did for ages as it was great fun.

We topped our Noms with a Num and had them race each other.

DSC02797The Noms go into an ice cream cone or cup.  It’s great fun piling up the Nums on the Noms and seeing how many you can add before they all topple over.

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Num Noms Num Noms hit shelves at Tesco on 28th March and will also be available at all other good toy retailers.  There are over 1000 sweet scented mix and match combinations and you can buy a range of pack sizes including blind pots priced at £2.99.

The pack was easy to open and the preprovided battery in the Noms meant the girls could play the second they got the contents out of the pack which is something I appreciate as a mother.  These are not a toy that children will just discard after one use.  My girls have been playing with them over half term and introduced friends to Num Noms too.  I must also admit Mr Squish has rather taken a fancy to the Noms and mummy has been supervising his play with them.  May I add the batteries are lasting ages!!!!

Want to get your hands on some of these great collectable toys then look no further.  I have the pleasure to announce my next competition.  How good am I!

I am giving away the following to one lucky reader:

1 x Cupcake Party Deluxe Pack

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2 x Mysery Pots (each Includes 1 Num, 1 lip gloss Nom, and 1 collector’s menu)

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