The Hopping Mad Easter Guide

Green and Black’s Organic Easter Range

Green and Blacks are makers of Fair Trade chocolate, their chocolate comes from the Trinitario bean, when the beans are picked the farmers cover them in banana leaves for around 5 days and then are left to dry in the sun. This makes Green and Blacks really great chocolate with a little some special, they do white,  milk  and dark chocolate with different flavors and some are very different from Salted caramel and blood orange to ginger and almond in a traditional chocolate bars to hot chocolate and ice cream.

If you’re looking for special easter egg then Green and Blacks have something for everyone from single eggs to an easter egg tasting collection which will suit any choc a holic, a lovely great dark chocolate egg with 24 different flavored miniature bars so great for someone who can’t make their mind up. From around £14.36

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Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw are one of Britain’s greatest loved luxury chocolate makes. Their chocolates are enjoyed by everyone, they bring a little elegance to any occasion.  They use the finest ingredients.

They produce a large range of chocolates from their amazing chocolate crisps that are a great addition to any dinner party! mint thins and chocolate boxes, not forgetting the chocolate flutes and famous name liquors.

They have a lovely easter range with a yummy orange and honeycomb egg included are 12 milk mint crisp, they are put in a stylish box making them look the hit of luxury and from around  £10  they are a great easter gift. There is also a liqueur and mint one available so something for everyone. They are available from most supermarkets.

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Monty Bojangles

Looking for an easter egg with a little something extra then look no further than Monty Bojangles, makes of truffles, with their very own truffle bar in Reigate. There is a lot of thought and detail put into not only the product but the packaging too. The boxes are described as “utterly unstructured” they are very different but this makes them look extra special.

Along with truffle for lovers of fruity berries or Pastichio maroon to marc De champagne and raspberry. They also produce gummy sweets and fudges and toffees, starting at £1.  Their easter egg range is a little bit special with their fun and colourful boxes making them look a little posh!! and not just a lovely milk chocolate egg some of their truffles included within the easter egg that retail from around £6 they are a great little buy.

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Cadburys

When anyone says chocolate i’m sure one company comes into your head Cadburys!! Easter = Chocolate = look no further than cadburys. Everything you could possible need for easter whether it would be just simple eggs most of cadburys chocolates have an egg at easter, and when it’s easter we have those special ones that we have to wait until this time of year!!! cream eggs and mini eggs our favorites!! you can’t go wrong with one of thoses.  

Cadburys do a great range of smaller chocolates if you’re planning an easter egg hunt, your cream eggs of course and the smaller individual foil wrapped there is a range available from daim bar to oreo. They even do an easter egg hunt pack with everything you need for a hunt from the clue cards to a range of different eggs for your little ones to find. great fun to be had.

Cadburys also have an egg that comes with its own icing so that you can decorator your very own easter egg. This kept some of ours quiet for a while, was easy to do and tasted great too, this is a great easter gift idea too.

Something a little different from Cadbury i’d the dairy milk egg and spoon, it’s like a real egg only with chocolate and milky mousse inside comes with its own spoon and in its very own egg box, great as you get to eat the shell too!!!

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Hari Ghotra Currys

We love curries in our house and I’m talking proper ones, but to make them taste like they should involve a lot of spices and when i’m looking at recipes to make i always seem to be missing 1 or 2 of the spices. Well I have found the answer, Hari Ghotra. The curry kits are all the spices you will need, in different bags with some separate and some altogether and you just have to buy the meat and any vegetables that are needed. It was so easy to follow and with a heat guide on the packet you can suit everybody.  The website is great you can choose many different ways or foods to cook and it will find a recipe for you. From times and ingredients to occasions and courses, It will give you great ideas and kits to suit you and all your different curry tastes includes Bhunas and tikka masala to the more usual Dahl curry and acuit kit. From around £2.95.  They do a curry kit 6 pack that would make a great present.

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Ferrero Rocher

These are a firm favourite with my brother in law, but it’s usually something we have at Christmas. Ferrero Rocher have a great easter range (which made my brother in law very happy!!) From a bunny shaped tin with the traditional Ferrero Rochers in to small eggs with different fillings in. They have different varieties too white chocolate and dark chocolate and One with just chocolate so no nut in the middle for the person (my dad) who always gives the nut away! These will make any easter event a little more upper class!!

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Moo Free – Dairy Free chocolates 

Now in our household many of us can’t well shouldn’t have milk, some more serious than others my brother and mum and a couple of my cousins can’t have anything where was me and the girls and other family members can have the odd bit of chocolate or icecream, but not in a quantity, I remember when i was young the only easter egg that was around that my brother could have was an after eight one and he missed out on lots of things, chocolate being one of them.

The range nowadays is so much more it is great and it’s not just easter eggs, Holland and Barrett do a great range for all occasions of dairy free and vegan chocolates and ice cream from their own make to Moo Free (great name) . We were so pleased to get some of this to try and some other easter chocs not just eggs. Little chocolate bunnies and chicks and small chocolate eggs so this year you can involve everyone in easter hunt and not worry about the little ones having too much chocolate.

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Hobbycraft

On our easter egg hunt day we like to do all different things as well as just the traditional hunt, from games to crafts, and hobby is a great place to go to get everything we need. From the little plastic eggs to hide the chocolate eggs in to all sorts of different craft ideas, from easter bonnet kits, to ceramic egg design kits, to you guessed, it fluffy yellow chickens, no easter in our eyes is complete with a little fluffy chicken! You can get ones in nests or with hats on a different colours too. Hobbycraft does a great range of everything you will need to make cards or decorations or even that unique present for someone, on rainy days we love to craft and Hobby craft is a great place to go to get ideas and kits as well as everything you need and not just for easter for any occasion. With prices from as little as around £1 it makes great pocket money prices too. We have great days with all our friends around making and doing and there is always a prize for them best one and  it’s not only the children who get involved too.

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The Crackin Egg Company

Finally one for the savoury lovers amongst us. I don’t know about you but I do love a hard boiled egg. Nothing can beat it. Nut they can be a faff to make. Especially when you’re my husband! But The Crackin Egg Company have now got you covered. With ready to eat hard boiled eggs on the go, for whenever the notion takes you. You can choose from a two pack, or a multi-pack for those of us who are eggbound. The Crackin Egg Company use free range eggs, boil them and then covered them with an attractive protective layer so they stay yummy for longer. They even come with flavouring packs for those of us who are a little adventurous.

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Our April With NetFlix!

We are lucky enough to be a part of the Netflix stream team, so every month I will be bringing you some of our favourite titles for the month. From family nights into scary evenings on the couch, if its on Netflix, you can be sure to find it  here 🙂

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So with the Easter holiday this month we had two small children to keep entertained. Netflix was the perfect way to have something different to watch. Not sure I would be alive had it just been CBeebies! So this month the girls have enjoyed Tangles, Peter pan, Winnie the poo and Carebears! Perfect!

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Both of the girls had a fabulous time movie wise, we had popcorn and duvet days a plenty! There really is so much on offer to children of all ages on Netflix at the moment, perfect for keeping them entertained on a rainy day!

I have had a rough month this month, So I have taken to the bed on more than one occasion. Usually I would watch several DVDs on repeat, however now I have NetFlix which has kept me entertained for hours. One film that was particularly good this month was The Big Wedding, I was a little dubious to start with but it was full of everything a true rom com needs, a real must see!

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I also dared myself a little and watched a few scaires alone, Solstice, The Lazarus effect and Dark Skies! All amazing films which were just enough scary for little old me. I may have also watched the entire seasons of Modern Family. My new favourite TV series and a real must watch in my eyes. Cannot wait for more seasons to be added.

So that was our Easter with Netflix, roll on May for late nights and help with the early mornings!

Remember you can sign up to Netflix at any time by following this link. For as little as £5.99 a month.

Our Tamagotchi Easter Party!

So this year, we have been lucky enough to host our own Tamagotchi party. Complete with sweets, chocolate eggs and more crafts than you could shake a stick at. We ended up holding the party on Easter Sunday. It seemed pretty perfect and as Pop’s had a tummy bug the previous week, it was the perfect Easter treat.

I remember tamagotchis from way back when and the magic is still there. Both adults and children were immediately taken and engrossed in raising their own little digital friend. Even Boo!

After some straw picking and games, the Tamagotchis were soon with their new owners and the fun began…

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The new Tamagotchis are fab. As well as being like they used to be they also have these great new features. Like the characters themselves there are so many different characters you can grow, they can now even send texts or ‘bumps’ and gifts to other Tamagotchi friends. Perfect for a room full of tech mad children. Even Hubby was engrossed with getting everyone set up and running. With five games to play and all the feeding, I can safely say everyone loves their new friend!

One thing I remember was worrying about my Tamagotchi dying, these days they tend to run away if you don’t look after them, I think it still has the same affect and all the children were forever checking that their new friend had everything it needed. It took me an age to get their attention again. Thank goodness their Tamagotchis went to sleep so we could get to playing games and colouring…

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Everyone had a great day. Even the adults coloured in a picture or two!

The new Tamagotchi Friends retail at around £20, I was a little unsure on the price, but they really do so much more than they used too, so its well worth it. There is so much to do and s many different characters it would be pretty hard to get bored. The kids also loved all the Tamagotchi notepads etc, even little Boo recognises her ‘gotchi’ friends and I can already see a house full of tamagotchi soft toys and sweets!

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We hope you all had a fantastic Easter!!!

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.

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.

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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!