Friday, 17 February 2017

Win Prizes AND Get Fit! (YB)

 I've just come across a fab new app that's perfect for us compers!

And maybe an even bigger bonus if you're a fan of the Pokemon Go and fitness!

Snatch is a fab app I've just come across that let's you walk around whenever you're out & about (or you could go out just to do this!) and collect virtual parcels.

You have to try and keep hold of your parcels for 6 hours - if you manage to keep hold of them without another nearby member snatching it off you, then you get to open it - the boxes contain prizes - anything from the in-game coins which help you get & keep hold of parcels to things like flights, cash, games consoles and more!made

It's a similar idea to Pokemon Go, except instead of catching virtual made up pet-like creatures, you're getting parcels which might contain amazing prizes!

Not to forget the potential health benefits... An excuse to get you out of the house and on the move - you'll be getting fit as you walk around finding parcels and trying to snatch other peoples parcels!

You can buy coins in games that give you benefits - you can use them to snatch other peoples parcels,  you can use them to defend your own parcels from being snatched, you can make yourself invisible from people trying to snatch parcels and so on and so forth...

If you like the sound of it and want to give it a go, why not download the app on your phone and please use my referral code (CTM1XW) as then I will get some free coins to use in game.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Marriage Is NOT An Outdated Institution (YB)

I recently heard someone say that marriage is an "outdated institution" and that inspired me to write a blog post...

I have been married for 17 years. I got married when I was 17 years old (and Paul was 19) and we've been together ever since. Not because of the unwritten rules of marriage being for life, but instead because we love each other very much.

I'm pretty sure people thought it wouldn't last. They were wrong...

I think in this day & age, people don't take marriage seriously though. Most people see marriage as a reason to dress up like a princess and spend insane amounts of money on the big day - each seemingly trying to outdo someone or everyone by having a more expensive dress, a bigger party, more vintage wedding cars or whatever and that's just not what marriage is about.

I've heard that a lot of people who get married in such a way, end up arguing lots about the money troubles they find themselves in from the cost of the wedding and it ends in divorce - wow, that seems worth it.

If you're happy and in love, you should marry that person because you love them and you want to show commitment to them. And that should be your only motivation.

It most definitely shouldn't be about other people - of course you want the people you care about to be there and share your special day with you, but haven't you gone a bit far when you're inviting your neighbours or friends of friends' friends?!

Our wedding was a simple, unflashy affair in a registry office on Valentine's Day in 2000. A small group of people who were important to us attended. We had a small (buy your own drinks) after party in an hired room in our local pub. We didn't have enough money for a honeymoon, but you know what? It didn't matter.

In hindsight, I guess at least a night away would have been nice, but we had each other, we had committed to each other, and at the end of the day, that was all that mattered.

If back then I entered competitions like I do know, I would have loved to win a "white wedding" - but only because it would be paid for and it's traditional - but neither of us would have ever wanted the expense and worry of a great big unnecessary affair of a wedding.

I would renew our vows "white wedding" style, but again only if I won it or we won the lottery and could afford it with ease (i.e. no borrowing). And the main reason I would like to do that, is simply so that our boys could be there and we could have some lovely family photo's to treasure. We didn't have children when we got married, but now that we do, it would be amazing to renew our vows with them at our sides.

I wish more people would respect marriage for what it is instead of turning it into some fairytale affair.

And don't even get me started on celebrities and rich people... If you need to have a pre-nuptial agreement, you shouldn't be getting married. Marriage is about commitment - if you have a pre-nuptial agreement, from the offset that means you're not sure it's going to last, and if that's the case, why get married? Why not just wait and see how it goes and only get married when you're SURE it's going to last and there's no need for the pre-nuptials?!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

YB WRITES: Get Yourself £10 Free Food

Fancy £10 of free food delivered?

Deliveroo deliver food in lots of places throughout the UK from your favourite local food places to chain restaurants such as Yo Sushi, Wagamama, Pizza Express, Prezzo, GBK, Carluccio's & Zizzi to name but a few, so you know you're ordering top quality food.

Use my link to get your free £10 food:

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

DXB REVIEWS: Choc Chicos Dairy Free Chocolate Making Kit

Firstly I would like to say how much I enjoyed this kit because it was fun and it's great to taste chocolate you've made yourself at the end of it.

It was very easy to make and only took me around ten minutes to complete and an hour to set.

It tastes better than your store bought chocolate and is completely organic.

I would definitely recommend to kids of all ages. The instructions were very easy to follow. 

Raw chocolate is chocolate which is made from unroasted Cocoa beans and cold pressed cocoa butter and no dairy products are added which makes them great for vegan people and people with a gluten or lactose free diet.

What's inside: Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Powder, Sweet Freedom Sweetener, Mini Cases, 3 Cocoa Beans and a Chocolate Recipe Card.

First I melted my cocoa butter in a bowl over hot water.

This is how it looks when it's mostly melted:

Next in is two tablespoons of cocoa powder.

And two tablespoons of Sweet Freedom Sweetener is added to this.

I mixed this altogether with a whisk and it looks just like melted chocolate.

Finally I put this mixture into my mini cases and then put them in the freezer (I made a bit of a mess!).

In a rush to eat them, I forgot to photo the finished chocolates, but they looked a little something like this:

The Choc Chicos Kit costs £9.99. Choc Chick also do a Choc Chick Starter Kit that's aimed more towards adults and it only costs £12.99.

You can have a look at all of their kits and more on their website - or visit their Facebook page -

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

YB REVIEWS: Motorola MBP853CONNECT Baby Monitor

I was sent the Motorola MBP853CONNECT baby monitor to review...

The MBP853 Connect is a HD WiFi connected video monitor with a 3.5" colour LCD parent unit that live stream's video from the camera in the baby's room.

I'm not afraid of technology, so had it been a challenge to set up, I'd have welcomed the challenge, but I honestly have to say, you really couldn't get much simpler to set up.

In the box was the monitor and power lead, the camera and power lead, the battery and battery cover and the instruction leaflet.

Putting the battery into the monitor was very quick and simple and then the battery cover screws on quickly & easily.

The next step is setting it up. Again, a very simple process. You put the camera in the baby's bedroom and the monitor wherever you want it. You switch them both on, then press the sync button, nice & easy.

An added feature for this baby monitor, is the ability to download the Hubble app on your smartphone or tablet (on iOS or Android) - meaning you can keep an eye on your baby from anywhere, not just where the monitor is. You can also download it on your PC for viewing only - the setup has to be done on the app.

^^ The Hubble app on my phone ^^
You can hear sound and watch your baby live on the monitor or on your phone/tablet. It also detects motion. You can even pan and tilt from your device or the monitor, meaning you can adjust the direction the camera is pointing to see your baby from a different/better angle without having to go in their room to do it & risking disturbing them.

You can also talk to your baby through the monitor, if they wake up alarmed, you can reassure them by talking to them.

Another great feature is the ability to start playing one of 5 pieces of soothing music to calm your baby. Again, this is something you can control from your device through the Hubble app or via the monitor.

You can also take photo's or video's from the app on your device, so if you'd like to take some sleepy photo's or video's to treasure, this is a perfect feature too.

The camera provides a crisp, clean live video of your baby. You get excellent clarity whether it's light, dim or dark (with it's infrared night vision) as you can see from the photo's below...

^^ With the main light on ^^
^^ With just the lamp on ^^
^^ In the dark (no lights on whatsoever) ^^
Another really good feature of the system is it detects and monitors room temperature, meaning you can make sure your baby is not too hot and not too cold. You can also set an alert to let you know if your babies room is too hot or too cold.

The monitor is very versatile. You could just as easily use it as a home monitor when you are away on holiday. That way you can keep an eye on your home while your away via the Hubble app on your phone and you'll get a notification if any motion was to be detected in the room. You can also add additional cameras if you wanted to monitor more than one room.

The MBP853 Connect is available now and retails at around £169.99.


YB REVIEWS: InfaCare Night-Time Baby Bath

I was sent a sample of InfaCare Night-Time Baby Bath to review...

Firstly, the baby bath solution has a nicely mild, subtle fragrance. It is kind to the sensitive skin of a baby and suitable for regular use. It is clinically tested and pH balanced.

It's really easy to use, you add just a little bit to running water as you are running the bath (or maybe a bit extra if your little one loves bubbles as much as my little man does!).

The bubbles lasted a nice long time, meaning lots of splashing fun, fun with bubbles and playtime with his bath toys - perfect! Little man absolutely LOVES bubbles - he spends ages trying to pop them all or blowing them around!

The night-time baby bath solution is specifically designed to help relax and soothe baby ready for bedtime and a peaceful nights sleep. It really works too, it left little man worn out & feeling sleepy and he was soon sound asleep...

InfaCare comes in two sizes, 400ml and 750ml and is available from leading high street stores including Asda, Tesco, The Co-Op, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Boots, Wilkinson & Lloyds Pharmacy. You can also buy it online at Amazon and eBay.

Read more about InfaCare on the internet...

Saturday, 30 July 2016

YB WRITES: Fantasy Sports Games 2016-17

By now, you probably all know I'm totally sports mad. And I do love my fantasy sports! So I decided to make a list here of the games I play and I've mad a blog league in each (if it let me) which I hope my sports loving blog readers & fellow bloggers will join me in...

Today's Golfer Fantasy Golf 2016
FREE League Name: My Random Family Blurb
League Password: mrfb2016

Fantasy Premier League
FREE League Name: My Random Family Blurb
League Code: 649864-182457

Sky Sports Fantasy Football
FREE League Name: My Random Family Blurb
League PIN: 8212413

£2 League Name (Cash Prize): My Random Family Blurb PL
League PIN: 8212417

Telegraph Fantasy Football -
FREE League PIN: 8115026
League Passcode: 2016

£2 League PIN (Cash Prize): 8115028
League Passcode: 2016

European Tour Fantasy Golf -
FREE League Name: My Random Family Blurb
League PIN: dLkC2Y2Y7H

Bunkered's Fantasy Golf '16 -
FREE League Name: My Random Family Blurb
League Entry Code: 9n7ms

American Golf Fantasy Golf 2016 -
FREE League Name: My Random Family Blurb
League Password: mrfb2016

If you fancy a little bet, why not enter one of my £2 to enter leagues too (listed above)!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

YB REVIEWS: Nurture Drinks

I was sent a couple of the Nurture drinks to review...

There was Cherry & Strawberry  Fruity Water+ and Orange & Pineapple Fruity Water+. This is suitable from 1 year old and a 200ml bottle contains 45% juice and 55% water and helps to support your child's immunity. It also has a mess free spout to save on those inevitable messy situations little kids get into!

It's a still water that contains juice and vitamins - Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), B6, Folate (B9), B12, C, D, Calcium, Zinc & Wellmune Bet Glucans. It contains no artificial sweeteners. preservatives or other nasties. It is also free from lactose and gluten and the drinks are vegan friendly.

Vitamins B6, Folate (B9), B12, C, D and Zinc all contribute to the normal function of the immune system.

Calcium and Vitamin D are needed for normal growth and development of bones in children, and maintenance of teeth.

While I haven't personally tried them, my little man seems to really enjoy them. They've quenched his thirst whether in the house or out and about in the park.

They're really convenient and I love the fact that I know my little man is getting the vitamins & minerals he needs while having a drink he is clearly enjoying!



I was sent a sample of ChocOnChoc to review. I was sent these lolly ice shaped chocolates...

ChocOnChoc use delicious Belgian chocolate to create fun & unique chocolates, suitable for the old and young, as kids and adults alike will love them equally.

I absolutely loved the lolly ice designs. As did my husband and our two boys. They were designed to look like a Fab, Rocket, Twister and just a standard lolly ice (I think) with a "bite" taken out of it (obviously by design rather than a pre-nibbled chocolate!).

Living in England, summer isn't all sunshine. With these chocolates, on a rainy day, you could shut your curtains or blinds and eat these chocolates and pretend you're at the beach in your home! You don't need to wait for the sunshine and warmth for real ice cream!

My boys loved their ones as you can see from the photo's...

The designs are perfect, they look really good and would make a great, fun gift for the kids or as a retro throwback treat for a nostalgic adult.

They are very tasty too. The chocolate is delicious, excellent quality chocolate. 

The Retro Chocolate Ice Lollies Set is just £15 to buy and is of course, but one of their very many designs.

ChocOnChoc sell lots of designs, and your sure to find a suitable one as a gift. As well as a range that can be personalised too.

For small children, fantastic gifts would be the Chocolate Zoo Collection or the Chocolate Farmyard Collection.

For tweens, maybe the Make Your Own Chocolate House or the Chocolate Egg On Toast would make perfect gifts.

And for teenagers/older children, the Chocolate Makeup Set for the girls and the Chocolate Biscuits for the boys.

If you've got a poorly family member or friend who is in hospital, why not ditch the traditional fruit basket and cheer them up even more with a Chocolate Fruit Basket!

Why not surprise someone you love with Chocolate Love & Kisses. If you brought them this unexpectedly, you would certainly make them feel loved!

A perfect gift for a school or university leaver would be the Chocolate Miniture Books or the Chocolate Stationery Set. A little way to reward them for all their hard work. Or maybe a bit of encouragement for back to school, when after all the fun of the summer holidays, the kids aren't exactly thrilled to be going back to school.

"Bath-based luxury chocolatier ChocOnChoc ( has discovered the most delicious way to study with their bespoke chocolate creations – all made from pure Belgian chocolate and refashioned into desktop designs.
Crafted using the brand’s patented chocolate layering technique, invented by its founders – Flo Broughton and her father Kerr Dunlop – and from which it takes its name, this intricate method decadently layers chocolate on top of chocolate to create the most intricate and beautiful designs imaginable.  Choc on Choc creates every single chocolate by hand at the infamous ‘Chocolate House’ in Rode, a small village near Bath in England."

If you would like to know more about ChocOnChoc, why not visit them here: