Sunday, 18 April 2021

Lawnmowers and bikes. #MySundayPhoto

 This week has seen lots of retail opening back up and I wasn't too fussed about it until I realised the local auction that we love will be opening up too. 

The stuff they had for sale was fantastic especially outside. All the lawnmowers and bikes were impressive but the bike I fancied Stu said wasn't much better than the one I have so we didn't bother bidding on it.

I wasn't too fussed that we didn't buy anything, it was just nice to have a walk out, see people and spend some time in the sunshine.

Lawnmowers and bikes

My Sunday photo linky

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Week 15 of #Project365. 10th - 16th April. A photo every day for a year!

Happy Saturday, I hope you have all had a good week. Mine has been busy and I am glad it's the weekend. Yesterday I stayed in bed, had a bit of a lie in and then had a soak in the bath. It was lovely to relax. I feel like I have been here there and everywhere. I will be glad on Tuesday when Ellie goes back to school so we can get back into a routine.

Now for a photo every day!

Dandelions.
My plants on the window sill.
Sloppy Joe mix and a confetti balloon.
Tomato & Chilli bread
Paint pot and paintbrush and a Harry Potter planner.

100/365 - 10th April
Even weeds look pretty when the sun is shining.

101/365 - 11th April
My plants on my windowsill are growing well. Tomatoes, some sort of flowers and dwarf sunflowers.

102/365 - 12th April
We had sloppy joes for tea on Monday. This was the mixture.

103/365 - 13th April
I was gifted a confetti balloon to review and it was perfect timing with my dad's partners birthday during the week. She loved it.

104/365 - 14th April
Home made tomato and chilli bread. One of those things where I should have made double as it didn't last long.

105/365 - 15th April
I was at my dad's helping with some painting. I of course got covered.

106/365 - 16th April
Becky came pack from town with a present for me. A Harry Potter diary/planner. It really is beautiful and she said it cost under £10 from Primark. Sometimes Becky drives me crazy but she does make up for it with thoughtful moments like this.

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(Ad - Gifted) The All-Hands collection from Mad Beauty.

Over the past year our hands have been suffering with all of the handwashing we have been doing due to Covid. I know mine have been. Last year they were sore and dry and I really don't want that to happen again so was interested to try out The All Hands collection from Mad Beauty which has been created as an SOS for Covid tired hands!

The All Hands collection from Mad Beauty

Now that the restrictions of lockdown are easing we will be washing and sanitizing our hands even more especially if we are venturing out to shops, pubs, to get our hair cut or anywhere where people are.


MAD Beauty All Hands Hand Wash

Refresh your hands and awaken your senses with the new All Hands Hand Wash. The heavenly fresh fragrance will give you an uplifting burst every time you wash your hands and leave your skin fragrant & beautifully cleansed.

Fresh Lychee & Asian Pear hand soap combines the perfectly blended scent of sweet lychee & exotic notes of Asian pear bringing you a sweet tropical sensation with every wash.

Hand washing has never been so important & our formula will not only cleanse hands but leave them feeling hydrated. Suitable for all skin types, simply pump onto wet hands & massage into a lather before rinsing thoroughly.

This smells so good, it really is a fresh, uplifting scent. It leaves my hands feeling amazing and it is a pleasure to use.


MAD Beauty All Hands Soap Sticks

The soap sticks are such a clever idea. You can pop an All Hands Soap Stick in your pocket or bag and have it on hand when it needs to be used. I have been places over the last week, used their toilets and really didn't fancy touching the soap dispensers and some places didn't even have soap dispensers. These are so handy to have!

You simply wet your palms then rub the stick on your hands and you have your own personal soap on the go. No mess and no need to share with anyone else which is a good thing at the moment.

MAD Beauty All Hands Soap Stick top

The soap sticks come in 3 fragrances: Zingy Pineapple & Lime, Lychee & Pear & Raspberry & Honeydew. They all smell so good but the Zingy Pineapple is my favourite and that has been put in my bag. The girls have claimed one each which will be put in their school/college bags to use too.

Do you like the sound of any of these?

I was sent a selection of products from the All-Hands collection from Mad Beauty free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Friday, 16 April 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Open. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

Open

When I started writing this Word of the Week post my word was busy, then it changed to bustling, then working and finally I decided to go with open. More restrictions have been lifted and our country is starting to open back up again.

We nearly had a disaster over the weekend. Stu had been upgrading some parts in his computer and all went well with that but when he tried to plug the external hard drive back in with all of out family photos from the last 15 years on it wouldn't open. You could see it was there but it just wasn't picking it up. It just wouldn't open or even show any of the files. He managed to find a recovery programme online and got all the photos and videos back. Phew! I was so relived. The only thing was that the recovery programme put everything in one folder so Stu has spent all of his spare time sorting all the photos out and putting them back into separate folders. 

Wednesday seems the new day for me to visit my dad and this week he gave me and the girls the job was finding the right keys to open different locks around his business and put labels on them. Finding a needle in a haystack was a phrase which was used a lot but we got there in the end and out of about 40 locks we found about 30 of the keys. lol His keys are all organised now and it does make his life a lot easier.

I had an appointment in town this week and it was busy but good to see the shops open, everyone socially distancing mostly and wearing masks. Stu, Ellie and I are going back on Monday to do some shopping. It is a treat for Ellie, I think the last time she was in town just to have a mooch around was August last year. She has a list a mile long of things she wants to buy. She has been saving her money so is very exciting to get spending.

My dad's business opened back up too after the latest lockdown and thankfully it has gone well. It was nice to catch up with people that I haven't seen for months. I ended up back there yesterday where I helped with some painting and of course ended up covered. I would love to be one of those people who can paint and not make a mess.

I also called in at the local auction which has reopened and spotted a few things that I fancy bidding on on Saturday. Almost a couple of years ago all got bikes from the auction and I am wanting a better one and this week they must have about 40 bikes for sale. Stu is going to call in tomorrow and have a look and see if any would suit me. There was a couple items of furniture which I fancy, a gorgeous dressing table with a mirror. I have always wanted a dressing table but to buy new they are so expensive or flimsy looking. This one looks fab.

Becky is off to town today to meet up with her girlfriend. She has said not to expect her home until late on. They have all the shops to look around. I predict them spending at least an hour and a half in Primark. lol

Life is seeming pretty normal at the moment and it feels good. I hope it continues. 

How has your week been?

Word of the Week linky

Thursday, 15 April 2021

The most nostalgic smells. Freshly mown grass, Pencil shavings, Baby powder...

More than any other sense smell can evoke powerful, emotional memories. Whole scenes of people, places and things can be brought back to life by the mere hint of a long forgotten scent. Whether it’s a seaside holiday, a visit to a fairground, or a sunny walk through a forest, suddenly smelling a particular scent can suddenly take us right back there, recreating the whole sensory experience.

Pencil shavings

The research commissioned by Disneyland Paris says that the top 40 scents show a wide array of things that awaken our senses and stay with us for the rest of our lives. They show the pleasure we take in experiencing smells and the powerful emotions they evoke.

The 40 smells that transport us to our childhood.

1. Freshly mown grass - Summer days/school sports day. 
2. Pencil shavings/case/stationery - School days.
3. Baby powder - When the kids were babies.
4. Vicks vapour rub - Colds/illness.
5. Plasticine - School days.
6. Candyfloss - Childhood, fairgrounds.
7. Bonfires - Winter nights. 
8. Sun cream - Family holidays.
9. Fish and chips - Going to the beach.
10. Old perfume - Gran/mum.
11. Bubble gum - Sweet shops.
12. Chalk - Classrooms.
13. Talcum powder - Baths as a child.
14. Pipe smoke - Granddad/older male relatives.
15. Garden shed - Granddad. 
16. Chicken soup - Being ill as a child.
17. Hairspray - Mum/gran getting ready. 
18. Rain on tarmac - Summer holidays and school playground.
19. Doughnuts - Fairs/attractions.
20. Savlon or Germolene - Colds/illness.
21. Old Spice - Granddad/older male relatives.
22. Coal Tar soap - Grandparents.
23. Log fire - Winter nights.
24. Roses - Grandma.
25. Petrol/engines - Dad/ granddad.
26. Marker pens - School lessons.
27. Leather/shoes - New school shoes.
28. Lavender - Grandparents.
29. Muscle rub cream - Playing sports.
30. Popcorn - Summer
31. Musty shed - Granddad.
32. Hair gel/brill cream/lynx etc - Boys as teenagers. 
33. Bovril - Bonfire nights/cold winter nights.
34. Peppermint - Grandma.
35. Cinnamon - Early Christmases.
36. Chanel perfume - Mum.
37. Cocoa butter - Holidays/ mums.
38. Shower gel - Sports team showers.
39. Tea tree oil - Childhood injuries.
40. Jasmine - Grandma.

So many of the top 40 smells remind me of my childhood and especially the summers of my childhood. I love the smell of rain on tarmac and sun cream and there was nothing better than having a trip to the beach and getting fish and chips. Germolene reminds me of fun days playing out with friends and coming home with bumps and scrapes and the Bubble gum smell reminds me of going to the corner shop and getting 10p mix ups. We seemed to get so much for 10p about thirty years ago.

Bonfires and pipe smoke remind me of my Grandad and petrol and engines remind me of my dad. My girls even say when they smell petrol they think of my dad. He is always tinkering with some sort of engine. Even now when I go into my dad's workshop it takes me right back to being a child. The smell of it is exactly the same.

Baby powder and Johnsons baby shampoo remind me so much of when my girls were babies and I used to love sniffing their heads. There is nothing nicer than the smell of a freshly bathed baby. That sounds so creepy but it's not meant to be. 

What smell takes you back to your childhood?

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

How I will be making people happy today. #GiveJoyForJessica

It is 3 years today since Jessica died. The little girl with a special heart. In case you didn't know Jessica was the 6 year old daughter of a fellow blogger, Louise who writes at Little Hearts Big Love.

Jessica was born with a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) which basically meant she had half a working heart. Jessica was given her first heart surgery before she was even born and many more after. One of the first blogs I remember reading and following was Louise's. She blogged a lot about heart defects and as both of my girls have been through open heart surgery to fix one defect (holes in their hearts) and were left with another (leaky valves) her family and life interested me. Louise also gave me the confidence to blog about my girls hearts.

To do something positive and #GiveJoyForJessica Louise wants us to bring another person joy and make them smile. One thing about Jessica was that no matter what she was going through she was always full of smiles. Her godmother called her a "joy carrier" which is so true. Every time I see a photo of Jessica I smile.

Give Joy For Jessica

I am taking today to remember Jessica and to do some little things to make people happy.

Instead of Stu making the morning coffee's I am going to make them. It will be a nice treat for him. I might even make him some toast or a bacon sandwich.

We will be visiting my dad today and I will be taking his partner her birthday present. It's not her birthday until tomorrow so it will be a nice surprise for her. I am also going to get her a bunch of flowers and while I am in town I am going to get some nice cakes from the bakery as a treat for us all.

While I am in town I am going to smile and say good morning to people. A lot of people do it here and I never feel comfortable talking to strangers but I am going to step out of my comfort zone and do something to maybe make someone smile.

I am going to look out for people to help and help them if I can. Simple things like holding doors open, let someone in front of me in the queue in the shop, 

I am going to make an effort and text a few people just to say hello and later tonight I am going to ring my great Aunt. She won't be expecting the phone call and I probably will start it by saying " don't worry, there's nothing wrong" but it will be a nice surprise for her. I speak to her about once a fortnight but always think I should ring her more.

I am going gift the kids some random dance or costume on Fortnite. They are always asking for V-Bucks so getting a new dance or costume will really make them happy.

What will you do today to make someone happy?

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

(Ad - Gifted) - Working out at home using the The Leg Master! - Review!

Most have us have been at home for the last year, there has been no going to gyms and I know I have done very little exercise but now the world is opening back up there is no excuse for the laziness.

Recently I was given the chance to try out a piece of exercise equipment called The Leg Master Slim which promises a workout in less than 60 seconds, plus a whole range of other proven health benefits.

The Leg Master Total Body

The Leg Master Slim uses your own body weight to provide classic strength training and deliver a full workout. It targets your inner thighs, outer thighs, buttock, hips and core muscles to tighten and tone themIt also engages the lower abdominals and the lower back, and with the addition of the new flexible handlebar helps to tones the upper arms, upper back and chest. As well as exercising over 200 muscles in the lower and upper body your pelvic floor is repeatedly contracted and strengthened.

Fiona Summers husband invented The Leg Master after the birth of their fourth daughter. Fiona says: “When I was 43 years old my pelvic floor was definitely not in good shape. My days of going on the trampoline were definitely over and going out shopping was a challenge unless bathrooms close by. I didn't have control and felt embarrassed to talk about it. That’s when I asked my husband to create something to help people like me feel confident again. We wanted something that everyone could do in the comfort of their own homes, and which would get great results in a short amount of time. We developed The Leg Master, the minute a day routine that’ll help you take back control.”

The Leg Master arrived at my house last week and I was using it within 10 minutes. It took me longer to open the box than to actually put it together. lol It came in 3 parts which easily slotted and were attached together.

The Legmaster parts
The Legmaster assembled.

It is advised to use The Leg Master for a few seconds each time, throughout the day. If you start small for 15, 30, 60 seconds each day you can add more and more sessions to see more results. Each time just a couple of repetitions will wake up muscles and start strengthening them.

As you stand on the Leg Master your body weight rests on the lower section of the curved ramp but lifting your body weight up the ramp, even though you’re gliding gently takes a lot of muscle power.

I have been doing just that. It is still in my living room and whenever I walk past it I get on and use if for about a minute. The first time I tried it I lasted for about 30 seconds before I felt the burn. It definitely gave those unused muscles a working out. It is getting easier and I am lasting longer each time I use The Leg Master and the whole of my lower body does feel better for it.



The Leg Master gives fast results and can be felt working immediately. It is a cardiovascular workout and release endorphins whilst helping to keep you slim, toned and strong. It can also be used standing up or sitting down which makes it ideal for both active people and those struggling with mobility issues.

Using The Leg Master

It isn't a massive part of equipment and can easily be taken apart and stored somewhere when not being used. At the moment I am keeping it out to give me the motivation to keep at it but so far so good. I am fitter for using it.

The Leg Master costs £89.95 which at first glance seems expensive but I don't have the time to go to a gym so this is very handy piece of equipment to have in my home. Stu has been using it too. It's not just aimed at women, anyone can use it to strengthen their lower body.

I will report back in a couple of months to let you know how I am getting on with it.

Is this something you would fancy trying?

I was sent The Leg Master Slim! free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 12th - 18th April. #MealPlanningMonday

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Monday! It's a new week and for some it's an exciting day with more restrictions being lifted. Shops, hairdressers, pubs, gyms and most importantly to us Primark are opening again. lol We aren't rushing to go shopping yet, we have decided to let the craziness die down a little before we venture out.

Last weeks meal plan went well. We ate the salad on the coldest day which my dad thought was hilarious. We did skip the pizza on Friday and Stu cooked fish & chips. I would have preferred it from the chip shop but we're trying to save a bit of money. We will need it for the big shopping trip next week. 

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Sloppy Joe's.
Wednesday - Pork and apple sausages and potato wedges.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Burgers in buns with fries.
Sunday - Mince, dumplings and mash.

What are you eating this week?

Meal planning linky

Sunday, 11 April 2021

The wild side of the garden. #MySundayPhoto

There is some of my garden that I haven't got around to weeding and sorting out. I am tempted to leave it as it is and see what else grows because these purple flowers are new and I didn't plant them.

Purple flowers


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Week 14 of #Project365. 3rd - 9th April. A photo every day for a year!

It has been a funny old week. Most of the time I really have to think about what day it is with having Easter and the kids being off school. I had my vaccine and didn't feel great for a couple of days but thankfully my arm has finally stopped aching. I have had a week of aches and pains but that is only because I am moving around more and being more active which is of course a good thing.

Now for a photo every day.

Vaccine card
Negative covid tests and blue sky
Sausage casserole and blossom
Sheep in a field
The Leg Master in it's box

93/365 - 3rd April
I had my Covid vaccine and got one of the cards. All of my family have now had the vaccine and I feel like I can breath a sigh of relief. I didn't feel great on Saturday night or Sunday. Aching and feeling hot and cold but that was as bad as it got.

94/365 - 4th April
Two more negative lateral flow tests for the kids. They are quite used to doing them now and it does give us peace of mind. 

95/365 - 5th April
Pretty blue sky but it was so cold on Monday. So cold that we had a few flurries of snow. It really was one of those days where were had all the seasons in one day.

96/365 - 6th April
Sausage casserole. I was going to cook it in the slow cooker but left it too late so did it in the oven.  

97/365 - 7th April
We went to my dad's and on the way I was looking at all the trees. They are so pretty at this time of year.

98/365 - 8th April
Sheeps. hehehe We always stop and look in the same field at the sheep and lambs. 

99/365 - 9th April
I had an exciting delivery yesterday. The Leg Master Total Body. A piece of exercise equipment which promises a full body workout in less than 60 seconds. I am reviewing it and there will be a blog post about it next week.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Aching! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

Aching

I seem to have been aching all week for various reasons. All the aches have been worth it though or they will be in the long run.

On Saturday I had my Covid vaccine. I was the last of my family to get it and the aches I felt on Saturday night and the ache in my arm since are worth it if it means I am that bit safer. The ache in my arm has just about gone but it is still sore to touch. 

I did think I was hallucinating a couple of times this week. I saw an Easter Bunny walk past my house on Monday. I made the kids look to make sure I wasn't going mad. lol I read on the local Facebook groups that it was someone just being nice handing out Easter eggs to kids. Then on Tuesday I was in the kitchen and glanced out of the window and saw snow. The sun was shining and it almost looked like a summers day apart from the snow falling. I shouted Ellie to look just to prove I wasn't going mad. lol It was indeed snowing, it didn't last long but it seemed crazy considering the sky was so blue and the sun so bright.

We went and visited my dad on Wednesday and of course he had us helping out with a few jobs. I was moving bricks and managed to drop one on my finger. Right on the end, on the nail. That was on Wednesday and it's still aching now. I haven't broken anything it's just sore. With moving the bricks my back was aching but nothing a soak in the bath didn't fix.

Yesterday my aching was caused by bike riding. It seems ages since we last went on a long ride and my legs are telling me now that it might be a long while before I go out again. Ellie had a cycle route of about 40 miles planned. I don't know who she thinks I am because I am certainly not a long distance cyclist. lol

Today is going to be a day of rest. I think my aching bones need it. I have pushed myself this week and as much as I am aching I do feel better for moving about and doing more than I have done over the last few months. This might actually be the start of me getting fit and losing that lockdown weight. Becky's girlfriend is coming for a visit in the garden and I have told her to wrap up well as it has been so chilly this week. I do have blankets if it gets too cold for them but I think no matter what the weather they will just be happy to see each other again.

Word of the Week linky

Thursday, 8 April 2021

The A to Z blogging challenge.

Recently I saw Jo from Tea & Cake for the Soul mention the April A-Z blogging challenge which you can read about on her blog but she didn't have time to do over a month and did it in one blog post. I thought it was a good idea for a blog post too so here is my A to Z of my blog posts.

A to Z

It has been over a year since we have been to the local auction, it has been closed because of Covid. We used to love it, there was always bargains to be had and I furnished most of my house with furniture from it. It is opening back up soon and I can't wait to visit again.

When Becky was at school part of her health and social care lessons was to bring home an electronic baby. It was an interesting weekend and put Becky right off having children of her own.

Electronic baby

C - CHD - Our #CHD Story.
This was an easy post to choose. The story about how my girls congenital heart defect's were discovered and their heart surgery.

A post about how Becky is itching to learn to drive and why I regret not learning to drive. Hopefully now lockdown restrictions are being lifted she can start the driving lessons.

After Easter we always have a lot of eggs leftover and these are some ideas to what to do with them all.

All about why I dreaded having the kids friends over. After a year of hardly seeing anyone I actually miss having a house full.

The time when my hair turned green. lol I was trying to remove a few years of hair dye of various colours and didn't expect it to end like it did. lol

Green hair

H - House - Making a house a home.
I wrote about our house a couple of weeks after we had moved in and had unpacked everything downstairs.

I - Ice Cream - Ice Cream in a bag.
How we made Ice cream in a bag. It was a fun experiment which worked out quite well.  

Yum, yum! We did actually make this jam roly poly and it was so good especially with lashings of custard on.

I could have used Kim since it's my name but I couldn't find one blog post just about me. lol Instead I have chosen a blog post about Kit's Chutney which we tried out. 

Years ago we made ice lollies from lemonade and Haribo bears. The kids had fun making them and eating them.

Haribo ice lollies

This was all about Ellie's favourite soft toy Monkey who is actually a lion. There's a story behind it and it makes more sense than it does reading this. lol

N - Night - The Witching Hour.
All about the girls bedtime routine, it was a few years ago and they have got better at going to bed now. They still argue and still faff around but at least there is no toys left out on an evening and they will happily have a bath now. lol

O - Outside - A trip to Amble.
This is our favourite place in the whole world to visit. We were planning to go last year but Covid stopped us unfortunately. Amble is a seaside town in Northumberland and it is such a gorgeous place to visit especially on a summers day. 

P - Photo - Project 365
This was my first every Project 365 blog post which I shared in 2015! Wow, that seems forever ago. I have joined in every year since, taking a photo every day.

I was sent some of the Tilda Kids rice to review and the girls loved it. I have continued to buy it and I think we have tried all the flavours.

The kids eating tea

R - Rant - Cold Callers.
It seems ages since I have a rant on my blog. I used to all of the time and there was even a linky for them. Ranty Friday. Thankfully living where we do we get no cold callers knocking at the door. I think we've had one in nearly 2 years.

These were all the things I would miss about Primary School when Ellie was a few weeks off finishing. I really don't miss the school run now and thought the days of certificates and awards were long gone but Ellie seems to bring home a certificate or reward of some sort every week now at secondary school. 

T - Trampoline - My favourite present!
All about my favourite present that I received as a child.

A couple of years ago for National Unicorn Day we made some Unicorn shortbread biscuits. I do miss Ellie being obsessed with unicorns.

I was sent this to review and gave it to Stu for Valentine's day. We still have them now and love them.

W - Wicked Wednesday's - More make up - #wickedwednesdays
Wicked Wednesday's was a linky that was ran a few years ago by Brummy Mummy Of 2 sharing photos of the things that our little darlings got up to. Ellie was the gift that kept on giving for this linky and her obsession with my make up always got her in trouble. lol

Make up

Another Blogtober post all about the x-rays and broken bones that I have had. Horseriding  and being a clumsy child resulted in me having a few broken bones.

Y - Young - When I Was Young Tag.
All about my childhood memories.

One of Blogtober 2017's prompts was Zoo and this was what I came up with.

So there you go. Some letters were easier to choose than others and it took a couple of days with my thinking hat on but I got there in the end.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

(Ad - Gifted) A Classic afternoon tea for two from Piglet's Pantry - Review!

I do love an afternoon tea. Obviously I prefer to go out for it but at the moment that isn't possible so to get an afternoon tea delivered was a real treat. Recently I was gifted an afternoon tea for two at home through BuyaGift.

The afternoon tea came from Piglet's Pantry and it wasn't a business I had heard of but their food looked amazing, their cakes especially!


Piglets pantry logo

To order I was to email Piglets Pantry with the code given from buyagift and I did and it took a little while for my order to be processed but I was fine with waiting, there was no rush for the afternoon tea.

My afternoon tea arrived and it was packaged perfectly. Everything was chilled and there was no damage to any of the products which is really impressive considering there was cakes with icing on top.

Piglets pantry afternoon tea

Included in the afternoon tea is:

Two cheese and chive quiches.
Two Scotch eggs.
Two mini sausage rolls.
Two mini sausage rolls with cheese and pickle.
Two fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry conserve.
A selection of four cakes (either carrot cake with cream cheese icing, blueberry, banana and lemon curd icing, chocolate chip and caramel drizzle).
Earl Grey tea bags.

In my email I did ask "Would it be possible to change the sausage rolls filled with cheese and pickle to just normal, classic sausage rolls?" but it seems they never got the message and the sausage rolls with cheese and pickle arrived. It wasn't a massive issue for me, I was just being picky. I didn't eat those but the kids did and said they were so good! So good that they wanted more.

The food all looked amazing and when it arrived it was chilled thoroughly. We actually had to wait for the scotch eggs to defrost which was a good thing as I knew it was chilled properly and OK to eat.

The afternoon tea food

It was only when I started thinking about the scones I thought where's the cream? I looked, I lifted the plastic tray out, looked underneath, I looked all through the packaging that I had put to be recycled and then went as far as taking everything out the tray it came in and there still wasn't any cream. I did speak to Piglet's Pantry and they were deeply apologetic about it.

Despite there being no cream and the sausage rolls with cheese and pickle which I didn't really want I was still impressed with the box. There was more than enough food for my two girls and I to have for tea. The scotch eggs were to die for and the carrot cake was one of the best I've ever eaten. 

When I ordered it was the run up to Valentine's day then there has been Mother's day and Easter so they have been busy and I did have to wait a week for the afternoon tea to be delivered which was fine, we were in no great rush for it.

The afternoon tea costs £35.00 and I would say it was well worth the money if everything was correct in the box. I have read that other bloggers have tried out their afternoon tea's and everything was fine with theirs so I was just an unlucky one. I am tempted to pay for one myself to give them a second chance because I do think the mistakes with my box were just a random occurrence. Like I said the food we did have was so good, it's just a shame some was missing or not what we had asked for.

I was gifted the Classic afternoon tea for two from Piglet's Pantry in exchange for a previous blog post from BuyaGift.