Baylis & Harding Linen Rose and Cotton Range

Recently I wrote a post about Baylis & Harding’s Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Range.  This range was truly fantastic. I really did love the aroma and it was one that was popular with many of you too.  With that in mind I decided to make sure I featured another product that I discovered that I know you will also love this time from their Linen Rose and Cotton Range.  This range features a lovely mix of products many of which make fantastic gifts although you might decide once you have bought something from this range that you want to keep if for yourself.

The range is nice and varied to cover many tastes and budgets including diffusers, candles, different toiletry sets all of that are beautifully packaged.  I loved the look of the Linen Rose and Cotton Tin which features some lovely large bottles which anyone would be over the moon with once they smell the fabulous fragrance.  This is perfect for a pampering session and includes a 300ml Body Cleanser, 300ml Bath & Shower Crème, 125ml Bath & Shower Gel and 125ml Body Balm.  With Mother’s Day coming up this would make a great gift for mum to thank her for all her hard work this year as let’s face it mums do sooooo much and we can never really say thank you enough.  We must remember mum’s also need a little relaxation and pampering time for themselves and this is perfect for that.  The toiletries come in a pretty tin which will of course come in very useful for mum as it could be used to help store other toiletries when these all empty and would also look great in the kitchen to home jars of herbs and spices and if mum is green fingered she might even like to plant some herbs for the window sill or flowers.  A pretty heart design is displayed on the tin as well as onthe items nestled inside making this the ideal gift for one that you love.

 Now you know me if I can find this on offer for you I will so you will be pleased to know that although the RRP is £30 but, mummy here has gone and found it for the bargain price of (quick sit down!!!!!!!)

£9.99 at Argos.

OMG didn’t I do a great job there.  You will find it at Asda for £15 and Tesco also has it for £15 until the 26th March.

Another of the the products featured in that range that caught my eye was their;

Linen Rose and Cotton Large Wick Candle

How pretty is that in its silver coloured glass jar.  This candle has the same great delicate fragrance as the products in the tin and will help keep a room smelling gorgeous and it also looks great as a centre piece on a table or mantelpiece or even for those like my husband that enjoy taking a bath by candlelight  (you might want to get two or three in that case).  Almost everyone loves candles, there are very few that don’t now days an this is a great one to be given as a gift.  The wax is a baby pink colour and the 180g candle has a total burn time of up to 25 hours.  This has a RRP of £15.00 and can be found at OCADO £7.50 another bargain!!!!

There are many more in this range but I also wanted to include a product from the Pink Prosecco and Cassis range for a two reasons, one that it smells so amazingly fabulous that you should all be aware of it (okay so I’m stating the obvious there) the second reason, well I’m not going to tell you just yet you will need to read on to find out!!!! – Trust me you want too.

Pink Prosecco and Cassis  Diffuser Set

 Not only does this look pretty it gives off a lovely aroma to have any room smelling wonderful.  As with the other products from this range the packaging features the pretty rose gold.  The 200ml diffuser will last for up to 10 weeks.  The RRP is £15.00 but this can be found at Asda for £10.00.  Keep reading, you can win one of these below! (reason two).

What did you think of these super products from Baylis & Harding?

I have always been a fan of the various ranges that have been available and love discovering new ones.  For this reason I want to help one lucky reader discover two of the products / fragrances featured in this post.

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The prize is a lovely one that I would enter for too if I could but that wouldn’t be very fair.  One lucky reader will win a Linen Rose Cotton Large Wick Candle AND a Pink Prosecco and Cassis  Diffuser Set thanks to the lovely guys at Baylis & Harding.

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Ferrero Rocher Price Comparison Christmas 2016

I tend to buy Ferrero Rocher each year as a little thank you gift for people either as a small gift or to include as part of a larger gift.  Before I go to make my purchase I do make sure that I do my research before parting with my hard earned cash.  I don’t always use price comparison charts but I do look up local supermarkets of which there is a good variety where I live in London and compare the product I want on each or look to see which I will be passing on a specific day it would be convenient for me to stop off and make a purchase and see which shop had them at the best price.

I did this again this year and though as many of you will also be looking to buy Ferrero Rocher as a gift I would list the prices from the various shops I looked at so you too can see the price differences too.

The one that I compared was the 24 piece box 300g.


Morrisons £5.00 (this was an in store price, it says £6.00 online)

I phoned Morrisons to confirm this today 14/12/2016 but I suggest you hurry if you want them for that price in case they do increase it as it did say £5.00 a few days ago on the website.

Tesco £5.50

Sainsburys £5.50

Asda £6.00

Co-operative Food £6.00

Ocado £6.00

I bought 12 boxes so made a pretty good saving (£12), I could go and get another two boxes lol.

Whilst I was looking at the chocolates on the Asda website I noticed someone had done a whoopsy!

Can you spot the mistake?


Have fun shopping xxx

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November Fab Finds

Now that November is truly over and well are well into December I am going to tell you all about the Fab Finds that I came across last month.  In my Fab Finds features I will include products that I have either come across when out and about shopping, samples of items that I have tried and loved and also products that I have been sent for consideration that I have liked.  My first every Fab Finds feature included some items that I discovered in September that I really liked, October was super busy for me and I didn’t find anything particularly Fab so I skipped that month, there is no point wasting anyone’s time telling you about pointless items now is there.

This month my Fab Finds post seems to have been taken over by items for foodies.

One of the items that I was introduced to in November which I found handy was a healthy Italian alternative to sweets.  My girls love sweets and when they get them from anywhere be it birthdays at school where they get a sweet of some kind, birthday parties, their grans, friends or uncles houses they will secretly squirrel it away somewhere in their bedroom out of my sight.  I know they do this as I find sweets lying around and sweet wrappers carelessly disposed of on the floor next to the bin (come on kids really, you somehow missed the bin by 2cm).  I find that if a sweet craving is hijacked by a healthier sweet item being introduced such as whole pieces of fruit – not always a child’s first choice or something like dried fruit then the craving is satisfied reducing the need for sugar and rummaging through their room to find their hidden sweets when mummy isn’t looking.

Noberasco the Italian masters of dried fruit have a selection of fruit cubes which can be found at the Ciao Gusto Italian Shop on Ocado.  They have a range of flavours including Plum,  ‘Red Fruits’, Apricot and Pear.  The Fruttime packs are great for adding to lunchboxes and also for adults wanting a convenient snack that doesn’t include the hydrogenated fats and cereals that appear in so many snacks these days.  The products do not contain pectin, colours, gelatinizing agents, apple juice, added sugar, artificial flavour or preservatives just 100% fruit.  The pouches are a handy size making them easy to transport and they are resealable so you don’t need to finish the whole pack in one go.  Just a reminder though that although they do not contain added sugar the product will contain natural sugars from the ripe fruits used and also will not have the fibre that comes with the fruit.  I have been using these as an addition to whole fruit, it’s great as an after school snack on the way home or on the way to the tutors.


Another item that I thought was rather good especially for children was Puds in a Mug.  These are a recent addition to the Dr Oetker range.  There are times where the little ones or I get a craving for cake and and nothing else will do.  Dr Oetker has 3 products in this range:

Dr. Oetker Pud in a Mug Sponge Puds are available in Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco and Co-op.

Dr. Oetker Pud in a Mug Velvety Desserts are available in Asda.

The MRRP is £0.79.

I made tried the rich chocolate dessert which really did have a rich chocolate flavour.  Although not the same as home made it helps when you need cake straight away and is not bad at all when eaten whilst still hot with vanilla ice cream.  It’s super easy to make, you simply add milk and microwave.


I use coconut milk quite regularly and recently I came across a new coconut milk pouch in Asda.  The pouch contains 200ml of coconut milk where as the tins have 400ml.  Normally I use tins and reduce the milk as it isn’t always thick enough and there is a touch too much so the pouches make a fabulous alternative, these simply need pouring over the food you have cooked and heating through which takes a matter of minutes and adds a gorgeous creamy coconut flavour to your dish.  The coconut content is high too, this is one of the better quality products on the market as it contains 60% coconut extract where as many other have less and don’t taste as good.  I am looking forward to experimenting with some more vegetable pasta dishes so keep your eyes peeled for some yummy recipes coming soon.  This is high in fats but should be fine when eaten as part of a balanced diet.  In many instances you will be combining it with vegetable which will contain fibre and will actually trap some of the fats within the fibre strands helping to eliminate some of them from the body.


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Delicious Desserts from Pots & Co and your Chance to Win a Dessert Hamper

I’m pretty well known for being the person that makes the yummy desserts amongst my friends and family and this is a title I have worked hard to achieve and will strive to maintain. A recent example of my work is my my Almond and Amaretto Cake in a Double Chocolate Cage which not only looked good it tasted fabulous although it was enormous.


The only problem is if you make your desserts yourself when you decide you want cake or dessert but don’t have the time or the inclination to make your own ( we’ve all been there ) you are stuck as many desserts in stores are simply not up to scratch, trust me I have tried a fair few and would now rather eat nothing than suffer their sickly sweet offerings in some cases and in others sponges that are bland or too sweet and feel overly dense or like eating something equivalent to a dry aerated sponge. Fortunately I have found my salvation in the form of some excitingly scrummy dessert pots from Pots & Co.
I want your full attention now as food for me is serious business.

Pots & Co have a range of desserts by Michelin-starred chefs which have been designed to give people like myself who are not Michelin-starred chefs but enjoy flavoursome greater tasting and superior quality desserts than those found on supermarket shelves.  You don’t need to be a food snob to appreciate well made delicious desserts.  These desserts are handmade from the finest ingredients with no artificial colours or preservatives or flavours.  The desserts that are cooked are baked are slow baked so as to give just the right texture and flavour.  These desserts are even suitable for vegetarians and gluten free!

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the following delicious flavours and must say this is one of the best dessert tasting I have done.


Little Pots of 70% Chocolate

Rich smooth and delicious once you try this you will understand when I say one pot is not enough.  With a spoon attached these are easy to transport, great for the hardcore chocoholic that simply can’t be caught without chocolate on standby.  This divine chocolate ganache is made with the finest 70% Belgian chocolate.  The texture is gorgeously smooth and this dessert simply melts in the mouth.  These are great for lunchboxes whether you are 3 or 63 I doubt there will be any complaints.


Passion Fruit & Orange Pot

Here we have a combination of passion fruit and orange compote set on a cheesecake cream that is in itself bursting with tangy flavour.  It is not only a great combination but again a fabulously thick and smooth dessert that smells just as good as it tastes.  I love the fruity taste of this dessert it’s a great alternative if you want a change from something chocolatey but still yummy!


Rhubard & Custard

This consists of a smooth Madagascan vanilla custard set on fresh and tangy rhubarb compote.  This fabulous summer dessert flavour pot is one that you will want to eat all year around.  The quality of the ingredients is clear from the taste this is a gorgeous dessert, it’s so good, you’ll want to lick the pot!


Salted Caramel & Chocolate Pot

The combination of salted caramel. chocolate and sea salt is simply amazing. The flavours work incredibly well together as the ingredients and their quantities have been combined perfectly.  Possibly my favourite although I’d need to try them all again for comparison purposes of course just to make sure.  This super velvety dessert is bound to be a winner with adults and children.  Chocolate lovers will be running back to stores to stock up on their supplies once they have sampled this seriously good pot.


Little man was very excited about trying the delicious looking dessert.


My mini food critic in the making was in heaven, he loved the pot and sat in silence whilst he ate with the biggest smile you have ever seen.  Clearly he was happy with the dessert.


We were extremely impressed at the quality of the desserts.  Each had its own distinct yet delicious flavour and is a real treat for the tastebuds.  I also loved the fact that most came in the cutest coloured ceramic dishes perfect for my own dessert creations.  In fact if I play my cards right I may be able to fool friends and family into thinking I made them lol.

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Available to buy from Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, Budgens and Harvey Nichols the larger pots are normally priced at £2 a pack although if you look you may find some on offer.

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Sweet Freedom and Choc Shot

We are a nation of chocoholics, let’s face it, in many instances we turn to our dark and delicious friend for comfort before sharing our pain with partners or friends.  The challenge is to keep the various forms of chocolate interesting to appeal to our changing and generally super busy lifestyles.  I have been known on occasion to make hot chocolate as they do in France with pure chocolate melted into hot milk.  My goodness what a pain that is to do as it can be quite time consuming and rather frustrating especially when you have a baby running into your heels with his walker and two little Princesses wanting this and that.  Powdered chocolate needs a blooming good stir or else you get lumps, and even when you do stir it in well or at least that’s what you think, you get a chocolatey mass at the bottom that never quite mixes in!  Many of you reading this will feel my pain as I am probably describing a daily routine that you too experience at least with the chocolate powder.  You will be pleased to hear I come baring good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ok, so I am overly excited but did you know …….you can get liquid chocolate to make hot chocolate (Choc Shots)?  I know it’s like the invention of the wheel all over again.  This can be used in drinks and on foods and is available in different flavours including: Plain Chocolate and Chocolate with Orange Spice, both of which are available in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Co-op and Ocado at the hot chocolate shelf RRP£3.59.  They will also be introducing a Chocolate with Coconut (launching 31st March at Holland and Barrett).


  • 100% natural
  • Sweetened with our magic ingredient, award winning Sweet Freedom
  • Only 14 calories per teaspoon
  • Low GI / GL – no energy highs and lows
  • Suitable for diabetics as part of a healthy diet
  • NO artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives
  • GM, dairy & gluten free
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • Made in the UK

The little ones and I sure did know what to do!

Step one

Open packaging excitedly.


Step 2

Show mummy what was sent to review.


Step 3

Open the first choc shot and sample.  Once approved go to step 4!


Hang on mum we need to make sure, out come the spoons.


Step 4

Make a dessert!

Chocolate Coconut / Chocolate Spiced Orange and Banana Puffs


Wipe children clean then take a block of puff pastry and roll it out and cut into 4.


Place banana slices diagonally over the middle and then drizzle with the choc shot of your choice.



Fold the first side in and remove the excess pastry in the middle.


Fold second side in and place on a baking tray that has been lined with foil and sprinkled with flour.


We made half with the coconut one and half with the spiced orange.


Cook for approx. 25 minutes at 190 degrees in a fan oven 200 degrees in a conventional oven.

Having let the little ones loose on this they did squeeze quite a bit of syrup on the bananas, well who could blame them.  If you are making this at home put about a tablespoon and a half just in the middle part as this will bubble up and through the ends when cooking.

Don’t they look good!


Everyone was so excited about trying them that I didn’t get to add my last minute touches so if you do give these a go give them a little sprinkle with icing sugar once they have cooled and a small drizzle of the chocolate sauce on the top and serve.

Step 5

You will need a drink to go with it!

An obvious treat to make with the choc shots is hot chocolate.

Just make sure you remove the seal before using lol, I hadn’t done this when I gave the bottle to my youngest daughter with hilarious results.



Check to make sure you have used enough.


Step 6

Serve and enjoy.


Both flavours were sweet and chocolatey.  The coconut flavour really came through in the coconut shot and the warm orange spice in the orange shot.


A great treat for adults and super simple and self-explanatory:

Strawberries with chocolate sauce


As well as chocolate Sweet Freedom also make two different sweet syrups that are made from carob, apples and grapes. These syrups have multiple uses.

syrup 1  syrup 2

The original tastes and sweetens like white sugar and the dark like brown sugar.

  • 100% natural
  • Made from 100% fruit; apples, grapes and carob
  • Only 13 calories per teaspoon
  • Use 25% less gram for gram
  • Low GI / GL – no energy highs and lows
  • Suitable for diabetics as part of a healthy diet
  • NO artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives
  • Produced using a water process with no chemicals or enzymes used
  • GM & gluten free
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • Made in UK
  • 16g of fructose per 100g (sugar is 50g, honey 40g, agave syrup 90g)
  • Branded products called ‘fruit’ sugars are made from sugar beet and are 100% processed fructose

I popped some over some yogurt for breakfast.


Hubby at the last banana or that would have gone in too.  This tastes similar to honey and was really nice and sweet (I have a sweet tooth).

I also found it a great alternative to golden syrup on pancakes.


The products have won Gold Stars in the Great Taste Awards for the last three years and quite rightly so as they do taste lovely.

Sweet freedom is better for you than the sugar we see sold in the shops this sugar alternative has a low glycemic index so when you use it instead of the sugars we are accustomed to as it helps avoid the sugar highs and lows that one would normally experience.  It is only recently that the risks of excessive sugar have been brought to the public’s attention.  Whatever form sugar is in it should be taken in moderation.  Excessive consumption of sugar in any form although more so of refined sugar (white sugar) can result in tooth decay, premature aging, obesity, types 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease as well as other conditions so it is best to control your daily intake especially as it is highly addictive (I should know I’m a sugar addict!).

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As a nation of animal lovers we want the best for our pets.  For dogs this means plenty of exercise, fun things to keep them occupied so they are not gnawing at the furniture and on our shoes etc. and of course good nutrition.  You can tell a lot about a pets wellbeing by its coat and interaction with others.

  Ruby is a 7 year old Hungarian Vizsla and one of the most mild mannered a friendliest dogs you could meet.  Given her age a pet food that helps give her suitable nutrition to help her mobility is appropriate as like us, dogs can suffer from joint problems as they get older.  Ruby loved her new dog food from Pooch&Mutt (MOVE EASY complete grain-free dog food).  This is tailored for dogs with mobility issues or for those like Ruby that are very active.  With high levels of essential fatty acids from Scottish Salmon, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, green lipped mussel, rosehips, linseed, alfalfa and yucca this mix is formulated to support healthy joints and mobility.


 Pooch&Mutt have formulated a grain-free dog food because many dogs struggle to digest foods containing grains.  This can then result in digestive discomfort and itchy skin.  The food is naturally hypoallergenic as it does not contain common allergens like dairy products, soya, wheat or rice.

Well it’s one thing to tell you all about how great this product it supposed to be but another to be told straight from the horses mouth or in this case dogs.  What did Ruby think?  Well from the second she was told she was told she could eat her head did not move from the bowl until it was sparkling.  You would never have known that it had been full of food just a few minutes earlier.  Although joint problems have yet to be seen in Ruby, by eating this food it helps to avoid them manifesting.


There are five different dog foods to choose from including: Move Easy, Calm & Relaxed, Slim & Slender, Fresh Breath and Digestion & Wind.

dog 1

As well as foods they also have a range of tasty treats available.

dog 2

Treats are also available for our canine friends.  There are seven different types.  Containing only natural ingredients the hand-baked bone shaped treats are a great low calorie treat that dogs will love.  Again we tried the ones tailored for easy mobility.  Ruby loved them, the second she smelt the treats she was like putty in our hands, no trick was too much trouble if it meant she would be rewarded with these tasty bite site bones treats.





Containing ingredients that have been scientifically proven to improve joint comfort and also incorporating Yucca which was traditionally given by North American Indians to their animals to aid normal joint function these are guaranteed to benefit your dog.

Available straight from Pooch&Mutt as well as Amazon Prime, Ocado and Pets at Home their products are well worth a try by our four legged friends.

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Appy Drinks

Appy Drinks has launched it’s NEW ‘School Approved’ HEALTHY JUICES which are now available from and Tesco stores as packs of four.  What do I mean by healthy juices I hear you ask!  Don’t worry I’m just coming to that.  Normal fruit juices are literally just fruit juice and what some people don’t realise is that they can contain high quantities of naturally occurring fruit sugars which if not used up by the body will be converted to fat!!!!  These drinks also don’t contain artificial colours or preservatives.

Appy Drinks has reduced the amount of sugar in their juices by 50% by using natural sweetener Stevia instead of sugar thus cutting sugar content by 50% but not compromising on the flavour and that’s not marketing talk I have tried them for myself.  The generous team from Appy Drinks sent me some of their great new drinks with their fun packaging to try and give my opinion on.  Initially I wasn’t sure whether the addition of the water would compromise the flavour and you can ask my family and friends I am all about flavour when it comes to food and drink but trust me it really doesn’t!

These juices don’t just taste great but are also appealing to children with their colourful designs that children can relate to.  The company won Best Retail Packaging Innovation at the World Juice Awards for being the first company to feature Nickelodeon licences and augmented reality packaging by Tetra Pak.  The interactive feature on the cartons allow for them to be scanned with a smartphone and props to be collected which can be used on the Free Appy App, and enter viral competitions and watch videos.  All Appy products are interactive so wherever you see the Appy ‘A’ symbol users can scan with their smartphones to enter Appys online world of educational fun designed to allow children to interact with each other as well as their parents.  Competitions will be run with prizes including the likes of DVD’s, plush teddies and stationary up for grabs.

The packaging features:

Peppa Pig – Apple & Summer Berries

peppa pig

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Apple & Blackcurrant

teenage mutant

Sponge Bob Square Pants – Orange

sponge bob

These packs fit nicely into lunch boxes.


They are adult friendly thanks to the fact that they are full of flavour and great for those watching their sugar intake.


My little ones enjoyed them so much that this cheeky little munchkin decided she wanted to take two with her to school the following day!


The children loved the vibrant colours and the familiar characters and even my eldest whose isn’t always a juice fan insisted she had at least one in her packed lunch the following day.  For more information about these and other products make sure you take a look at

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