We Made An Awesome Easter Egg!

So, in the run up to Easter we have had the chance to take part in a great competition run by HRS, they even sent a fabulous chocolate kit to make our creation truly amazing! I don’t think the girls were expecting anything as thick with quite so many sweets, so they were more than pleasantly surprised by what arrived!

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So firstly we did some brain storming, followed by some rather sneaky eating of the materials. Not in the original plan I can assure you. My sister and Pops decided on a path with some lovely pinks chicks in bonnets, these pink chicks would be taking a walk down the smartie path and everyone around them is obviously watching. She had so much fun stick everything down and using chocolate as glue. Far better than a glue stick. Pops even tried her hand at making a marshmallow tree and a pond using the jazzies. All look very beautiful and very yummy.

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I think you will agree, the final outcome is amazing!

We had a fabulous time making our own chocolate egg, hope everyone has a fantastic Easter.

Despicable Me 2 Review

 

Any fan of Despicable me 1 would be overjoyed to hear it has a sequel.

So hurrah to the return of Gru, the hard not to like super villain, excellently voiced and brought to life by the talents of funny man Steve Carrel, his now iconic and family favourite minions, his delightful daughters Margo, Agnes, Edith, Assistant mad scientist Dr Nafario voiced by Russell Brand, who like or loath him makes a great contribution to this low key yet likeable character, and finally, Gru’s not so pleasant dog, Kyle, along with a good handful of new friends, acquaintances and enemy’s.

So what can be in-store for the worlds best criminal mastermind who has three adopted daughters to keep in tow. A new ingenious plan to beckon the world to his needs, a journey to another planet to see what resources he can steal for ransom. His daughters certainly feel a woman’s touch would be nice around the home, and as much to Gru’s despair, has a neighbourhood of woman wanting attention.

Again a criminal rival has stolen something, this time a secret laboratory from the artic circle, but wait a minute! Whoose treading on Gru’s toes. What is he going to do about it? Chase after the villain stealing the limelight, freeze him and put him on display in a museum while he takes the glory and the prize?

Get a visit from the Anti-villain league who want to recruit him to take down the villain, protect the world and bring him to justice?!?! Surely he wouldn’t would he?

Of course he wouldn’t. So Gru gets man-napped by special agent Lucy Wilde equipped with enough gadgets to match James Bond, she forces him into the boot of a car with, two of Gru’s loyal minions pick up pace to try to rescue him and get nabbed themselves. They travel into the sea in the bond style boat/car and see some creatures of the sea on their journey to the AVL’s secret head quarters.

Although reluctant at first super villan Gru turns secret agent is partnered with Agent Lucy Wilde and packed with his own arsenal of gadgetry and minion horde, but trusty assistant and friend Dr Nofario, is off in search of a better paid placement with a more energetic villain.

Packed full of humour for all ages, it is delightful to see a return to the charming super villain and his lunatic minions who will try and do anything to entertain the group. Going in a direction you would never expect brings a new style and purpose for the films. Hugely enjoyable and entertaining and a film you will definitely see more than twice.

 

MS Mummy Of Two’s Easter Eggstravaganza!

With the Easter bunny well on his way, I have lined up some fabulous products to show. From the yummy Easter egg to something that little bit different to help you find that perfect Easter gift.

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Firstly we have the Easter bunny story book. This book is great, tells the story of the Easter bunny on a fabulous adventure and even has the added magic of having your little one’s name included in the book.

Yep, you can personalise it to say any name you want! That way even Boo and Pops can go along for the adventure too.

You can even have a personal message at the beginning! This personalised book retails for around £9.99

Easter 2Next is something I have always wanted, and the fact it now comes in an egg shape is even better. This set is great for someone who can’t have chocolate. They get all the fun off the egg without the food.

This aqua dragons set comes with everything you need to grow your own real live aqua dragons. This easy is probably one of the easiest pets to keep, it rarely needs feeding, but when it does, its only a tiny amount of its special food.

It can take a  little bit of time to start seeing movement as the aqua dragons are so tiny to being with. But they will soon keep you entertained for ages.  This set retails for around £12 and its perfect for any child, no matter how old!

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What gift guide doesn’t need a puzzle? WasGij is a different kind of puzzle because your not actually making the picture on the box. Nope, with a Wasgij you need to read what it says on the back an on our box it was what do you think happens next.

So you use the picture on the front and all the goings on to predict what will happen next and you then have to put that picture together! Clever huh?

This mystery puzzle is great for something to do as a family and I know it will forever keep my lot entertained.

This kind of Wasgij retails for around £10.

easter 4Next is a little bit of luxury in the shape of an egg. Some Godiva Eggs. 

These truly eggsquisite eggs are far too yummy for my little people. Definitely an adult treat if you ask me. This little foil wrapped pack retails for around £10, but they are truly worth it.

Godiva have a really great easter range the year, from bunnies to beaded eggs they have something for every taste. Perfect if your like me and don’t want to eat too much chocolate this year, something small and special like this can go a long way. Especially if I hide them really well. 

Now its just up to me to think of somewhere they won’t look, because there is no way I am sharing these!

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Both the girl’s love to read, especially before bed. So Hattie peck was a really fab addition to the bookshelf. Hattie Peck is written by Emma Levey, who is a fantastic writer of childrens books.

This book is all about Hattie Peck and her love for eggs. Big and small she really does love them all. One day Hattie decides to go off into the world to find as many different eggs as possible, but poor Hattie does face some trials and tribulations on her adventures. But nothing she can’t handle!

This book is a really great read, for me and the girls. The illustrations really make the book come alive and I can see it becoming a firm favourite. Hattie peck retails for around £7 and is a must read this Easter.

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Asda, now they offer something for everyone all under one roof. From chicky bags to bunny ears, a bunny face chocolate lolly to Lambie from Doc McStuffins, they have the perfect Easter gift for every age. Edible or otherwise.

Both girls had loads of fun using their little bags for an egg hunt we had last week and I myself had even more fun wearing the fluffy bunny ears and eating all the Easter nests.

Couple that with a game of find the plastic egg in our own garden and you have the perfect mix. The plastic eggs are especially useful for hiding little bits and bobs in.

And great for keepsakes and crafts at a later date.

Of course Asda also have a vast variety of chocolate eggs etc to keep any chocolate lover happy. Thats especially true for my husband, who is a chocolate fiend.

Asda have pushed the boat out this year with decorations, toys, DVDs and the ever faithful Easter egg. So in this case there is something for every budget, whether you’re young or old, they will surely have something you love.

You would think I would have my work cut out with all those Easter nests, but thats nothing I can’t handle. Promise.

Next on the agenda and also something you might find in a supermarket is a new kind of Easter egg. Some wonderful person has gone and turned some of our favourite ice lollies into Easter eggs. Amazing.

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Yep Magnum, Mini Milks and Cornetto have been turned into Easter eggs. The Magnum eggs are made using the Magnum chocolate, and trust me, there is plenty to go round. Also In the box comes three Magnum chocolate bars each with their own Magnum middles in side, vanilla truffle which really does taste like a real Magnum, just without the ice cream!

Then the mini milks. Each box has a yummy chocolate egg and four chocolate mini milk lollipops, all packaged in a lovely mini milk ice cream van, perfect!

Then its the Cornetto. Each box contains a lovely thick chocolate egg and four vanilla chocolate cones. Each cone has the signature wafer, yummy chocolate ad now a new creamy chocolatey centre. YUM!

These eggs retails from £6 to £8 and are a really wonderful addition to the Easter egg family.

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This next treat is fab. Something for the small people, a really great BUT YUMMY dough for them to make some really amazing creations with.

Yes this little kit comes with everything you need to make some lovely cookies. With cutters and some mix to make the dough, which is edible both before and after baking. You can knead it and shape it until your hearts content.

I dont know about you but my children like to put everything in their mouths, and with Yummy dough that is just not a problem anymore.

They offer a variety of different size packages which all include everything you need to have a great time with the dough and something yummy to eat at the end of it.

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Next are some lovely books from the Whimsy wood series by Sarah Hill. These books join Posie Pixie and her friends on some great adventures. These books really capture the imagination and the illustrations keep the little ones entertained throughout.

Pops is starting to want to read more, and be read to of course. But not in the form of “baby books” as she calls them. So the Whimsy wood books were great for taking the next step into the bigger books.

These books retail for around £5 and they are well worth it. Even I enjoy reading them.

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How did I not know about Elizabeth Shaw luxury chocolates? These two eggs have something for everyone.

The large flute selection egg has a lovely milk chocolate egg along with two boxes of dark chocolate orange and milk amaretto flutes.

The the large crisp egg has a lovely milk chocolate egg with a selection of twenty four of the brands most loved chocolates, this is also available with dark chocolate and a selection of mint crisps. Perfect.  Especially if you are looking for an egg to show off with!

The range retails between £6 and £10. A great price for something so yummy!

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The old favourite Guylian. These easter eggs are really fab. Not only do they come with a yummy chocolate egg, but also a box of their finest belgian chocolate truffles.

With something to suit a variety of budgets Guylian has this wonderful larger egg with selection box of truffles and a small version. Both would make anyone happy I’m sure.

Popping a new little bit of loveliness in here with the new Maynards discovery patch sweets. These new sweets bring learning and sweeties together. With packs of animals, body bits and myths and monsters to choose from, every day you could be discovering something new.

From hearts to dragons, each pack holds some lovely goodies and they really keep the kids entertained, which is a massive plus! easter 13

Then there is a great new kind of sweet from Goody Good Stuff. These sweets are gluten, lactose and gelatin free and they are made with natural colours and flavours.

They really do take the guilt out of sweets. They come in a really vast variety of different flavours and types. The small packs are perfect for little hands and the bigger packs are just right for daddy to keep in the car.

I really was not sure how the kids would take to these, sometimes when things seem to good to be true they usually are, but these sweets still taste yummy and they go down a treat with the girls. Fantastic.

I love  good pudding and with Easter dinner such  big part of the day, the perfect pudding is a must. Coppenrath & Wise do some really beautiful cheesecakes. Not only do they comes in several flavours, but they are also available from most major supermarkets.

They can be kept in the freezer, so they last much longer than other. They retail between £1-£2

bunny beigeI wanted to give a special mention to a great online company. The lovely people over at Cobwebknits hand make so many beautiful pieces. This bunny ear hat is amazing and something I know the girls would love, especially at Easter.

With a wide range of things to choose from, you won’t be let wondering for that special gift. They have everything from blankets to aprons and everything is made to order.

I was blown away with the customer service, it was personal and top notch. Cobwebknits are a real gem of the internet.

Next is something that would fit perfectly in an Easter Hamper. Beeches new range of chocolate bars that retails for just £1.50.  They would bring something different to anyone’s Easter, with a really different new range of flavours. From fragranced with natural ginger to chilli and lime. There is something for everyone’s taste.

Beeches have been perfecting the art of chocolate making since 1920 and they now have a vast collection to choose from.

 

So last but not least I have an amazing selection of goodies from Aldi. Aldi do their own version of nearly everything and everything they do make is really lovely. Including their fabulous Easter range.

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Everything from chocolate bunnies and lollies to bunny shaped marshmallows. Large Easter eggs with some tasty little surprises inside and really funky rabbit shaped Easter eggs made with really yummy chocolate.

Aldi really do have something for everyone in this seasons Easter range and of course something for every pocket. Even little Easter coins which Boo loves, perfect for the many Easter egg hunts we have had!

So that concludes my Easter Eggstravaganza! I hope you find something in here to make your Easter perfect!

Happy Easter From everyone at MS Mummy Of Two!

 

 

My First Baby Annabell Lets Play

Boo loves babies. She just loves them. Not convinced she would love a real baby, but nonetheless, she is still a big fan. So we have been giving My first Baby Annabell lets play a run for its money.

With toys like these I like to give them a proper try. I like to make sure they withstand everything my children could throw at them. That way, I know they will hold up with all other children.

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The My First Baby Annabell is designed for two years plus, so she is a little smaller than the usual Baby Annabell. Perfect for little hands and small hugs. She comes with a bottle, so perfect for role play and learning about feeding. When leaned to the left she feeds better and when leant to the right she burps. Which kept Boo entertained for hours.

There was a lot of over feeding going on there!

The great thing about My First Annabell lets play is the different noises she makes when you perform different activities with her. So holding her under her arms will make her giggle and when you raise her up high, she laughs even more. Same for sleep time. When you lay her on her back she closes her eyes and goes off to sleep. Boo loved getting her off to sleep, she gave me many a shush face.

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My first baby Annabell has been perfect for Boo. She is the right size and shaped for her small stature and she does everything you would expect from such a tiny baby. We have had many hours of looking after baby and racing around garden with her pushchair and I am sure there will be many more to come.

My first baby Annabell lets play retails for around £29.99 which is perfect for a first baby, especially as its a brand that is renowned for lasting years.

 

The Amitriptyline Hangover

So roll back a few months, I was not sleeping. I was exhausted from even trying to sleep, but just completely unable to switch off.

Once I was asleep I would sleep, it was just the whole getting to sleep part I was struggling with.

I think I ended up using nytol for around 4 weeks, I think given how tired I was, I would have tried anthrax if I thought it would send me off to sleep. 

Knowing what I know about drugs, I knew becoming dependant on said antihistamine was probably not the best option.

So when the time came to see the man in charge of, well, me?  The first thing out of my mouth was “please put me to sleep” I informed him about my longing to nip into the anesthetics suite when I was on my way to my infusions, just for a quick nap. 

He We laughed.

But that didn’t last long because I WAS KNACKERED.

So he gave me Amitriptyline. I knew a little about the drug and he said it would help me drift of into a normal sleep.

THANK GOD.

So although Amitriptyline is not really used for sleep, reports show people who do use it, have a real sleep.

So, the first night I took it. Two hours later I was asleep. 

The whole night, I slept. 

But the next day I had to wake up for some appointment and my did I feel like death. 

I literally felt like I had been dragged through a hedge backwards twice, thrown out of a tree and had someone shouting in my ear ALL NIGHT LONG.

I had been warned about the after effects at the pharmacy. How I would feel if I woke too soon.

I felt like satan had licked my brain. It was vile.

I had an Amitriptyline hangover. The worst kind of hangover ever.

And the only way to get rid of this hangover was to sleep. Sleep was the key.

So thats what I did!

Now, instead of feeling like I had danced with the devil, I wake up feeling like I had a real sleep. Kind of like a normal person does.

I need to make sure I get between 12-14 hours, but thats fine. As long as I can wake up ready to face my version of life, I’m good.

Thank god for modern medicine!