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Grandparents day is only a few days away now and if you are struggling to find a little something special thenBlossoming Gifts have some great ideas.
At Blossoming Gifts we understand the importance of customer satisfaction. When giving a gift for that special occasion can be so meaningful, we make it our priority to ensure you have an enjoyable shopping experience. Our dedicated team of customer service professionals are always at hand should you require any assistance during the order process.
We have a small team of experienced florists who design and create each of our bouquets especially for you. We use the freshest flowers, to guarantee the bouquet will stay fresh for up to 7 days. You can also add your very own personalised gift message to all of our bouquets free of charge. We do not believe in machine made, all of our bouquets are hand-tied at our UK floristry centre with love and care by our team of experienced florists to make the perfect gift you could give.
All of our hamper suppliers are UK based, and 90% of their products are sourced from within the UK. Our hampers are carefully assembled by hand to ensure that they both look attractive, and can be transported safely. This is how we ensure a quality gift is received. Please note that hampers containing fresh food can only be delivered Tuesday-Saturday. This is to ensure they are kept cool and fresh during transit, and ensure that produce arrives at it’s best quality.
Our spectacular range of gift wines are supplied by Laithwaites, who have been in the business for over 40 years. They have direct contact with their 450 wine producers from 25 countries and visit them regularly. We favour the wines made by families, which you will not find elsewhere, and that’s what makes these gifts so special. Laithwaites wines won over 750 awards in 2013, so we’re proud to be bringing you the best of their range.
Our range of personalised gifts are made right here in the UK, at three locations. We care about the environment, and that’s why we make sure that all of the paper that is used in our personalised gifts also comes from the UK, and abides by EU timber legislation.
Our Environmental Impact
We are mindful of our environmental impact and strive to be as respectful to our natural environment as possible, after all, our flowers deserve it. When possible we source our flowers from British growers and have designed our packaging to produce as little waste as possible. We do not believe in machine made, all of our bouquets are hand-tied at our UK floristry centre with love and care by our team of experienced florists. A huge 95% of all waste generated by our wine operation is recycled, and we do our part in protecting the rainforest by only using paper from the UK to make our personalised gifts.
My parents do so much for us as a family due to both me & my Husband working and with two kids it can get a little bit of a handful for my mum and dad.
We appreciate so much the hard work they do so we are going to be reviewing some beautiful flowers from blossoming gifts and giving them as a gift as part of Grandparents day..
Their website is very easy to navigate round as they have a header bar such as.. Flowers // Occasions // Personalised Gifts // Hampers // Wines // Plants.
You can ever type into the search tab if you are looking for something particular.
I went for the Woodland flowers £24.99
Woodland is an autumnal gift of fragrant orange la lilies, cherry brandy roses with solidago and seasonal burgandy hypericum berries and autumn birch
You can get free Chocolates with selected items and you can add a gift such as teddy bear ,wine , vase for an additional cost.
Size of the flowers you can pick standard or large for an extra £5
Arriving in super quick time they come in a tall well presented box
On opening you are met with the warmth rich Autumn colours coming from the flowers,wrapped and hand tied and attached to the packaging is the food for the flowers.
Also comes with the chocolates with a gift card.
I am using my own vase so had to cut the stems down a little bit but was not a problem doing this.
Some of the flowers were in bud so you seem to get a longer life out of them then some of the other places I have previously bought from.
How effective for this time of year with the rustic bold tones of orange and deep red from the berries and yellow soliadago. Looks very effective and sure to grab the attention of any guest you have coming around.
Good to know if you order by 9pm you can get them by the next day which is very good and are hand picked to ensure good quality to last longer for your home.
I have been very impressed with the great service from Blossoming Gifts not only that but the quality and care they have at this business,would recommend them to my friends & family.
Disclaimer- Precious Little Worlds have been given a voucher for free in exchange for our honest opinion for the purpose of our blog, to report back to you the viewers our findings
If you are looking for great tasting food without the huge price tag then Brewers Fayre is sure worth a visit.
At Brewers Fayre our aim is simple - 'To serve our guests the nation's favourite pub food, at great value prices, in a family friendly environment.'
We want our restaurants to be easily accessible; a place that you can visit for any occasion, without having to worry about booking in advance. We want to create a warm and friendly atmosphere where you can take your time ordering at the bar, then relax and enjoy yourself at the table while our team does the rest.
We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment you arrive; we like to create an atmosphere that is easy-going and informal that is why we encourage you to choose your own table, you don't need us to tell you where to sit! Our menus offer a huge variety of dishes; something for everyone to enjoy, because our name tells you that food is at the heart of our brand.
Great food demands great service; once you've placed your order at the bar we'll make sure that there is always a team member ready to serve you when you need something. To create that relaxed atmosphere we always have the lighting, background music and temperature set at the perfect levels.
Our aim is simple - to do our job properly so that you'll come back to visit us again and again!
Picture the scene, you have picked the kids up from school, its the nearly the end of the week and the thought of cooking just sounds exhausting. I believe Brewers Faye offers excellent service, quality tasting food whether it's a special occasion or,like me you just felt like a change.
Taking a trip to our local Brewers Fayre, The Rhubarb Triangle in Wakefield, West Yorkshire with my children and four adults this is one of the chains that does not have a play area so I was not sure how happy the kids would be.
On arrival, we were taken to our table its good to know that you can book
on-line to avoid disappointment and waiting times,checking out the daytime menu as shown below is some examples of what you can choose.
Now, its important to know my family can be quite fussy when it comes to picking and choosing their food, so some of our choices where not from the daytime menu.
Enjoy two delicious dishes (and the same generous portions!) from our main menu from just £10. 12-5pm Monday - Friday (check local site for specific times). Choose from:
Fish** and Chips
Breaded Wholetail Scampi^^
Grilled Gammon Steak
Red Pepper and Caramelised Red Onion Quiche (v)
Sausage, Egg and Chips
Grilled Chicken and Bacon Salad
Sausage and Mash
Chicken Tikka Masala
The Brewers Fayre Burger
The South Western Burger
Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne
The New Yorker Burger (upgrade for only 99p per person)
Half Rack of Ribs (upgrade for only 99p per person)
6oz* Rump Steak (upgrade for only 99p per person)Atlantic Cod** and Chips (upgrade for only 99p per person)
Kids activity comic is jam packed full of puzzles, games and more.
For the purpose of this review we had chosen a selection of food to show you other foods too but if you stick to daytime 2 for £10 you cant go wrong,two of us had the -
Red Pepper and Caramelised Red Onion Quiche with Jacket Potato.
I would of had this as-well and my hubby but as I say wanted to show you the variety of food so would of been £20 for four adults which is fantastic but if you want to go for some others such as The Taste Of classic American - New-
Chilli Cheese Dog.
My Husband really enjoyed the hot dog as it had chillies in this and was nice to see then just a normal one.
Quorn burger with fries and coleslaw
I am a Vegetarian and love Quorn so when I spotted this yummy burger sure had to give it a try,what was so nice and different to this one is the delicious kick to the burger from the spicy sauce gave it an extra element.
Very happy to see some nice chips plus coleslaw to accompany the meal.
Sides can be added for for as little as £1.99
Kids Meals From £3.99
Chicken, chips and baked beanos
Alfie is the one we have problems with getting him to eat anything good form him, but was very pleased to see him try the chicken even dunking his chips into the beans.
Although Alfie did not eat every last bit personally was nice to see him eat something good for him.
If you have a child like my 3 year old they have so much to choose from on the kids menu including mini burger / spaghetti bolognese / hot dog / grilled chicken plus more.
SAUSAGE ‘N’ MASH
Sausage, mash and peas - veggie sausages available
Unlimited refills are the key when it comes to the drinks as you can keep going back for more and can save you a far penny!
As a huge fan of Costa Coffee nice to see that I can still get my coffee fix.
You can also get two desserts for £2.50 what a bargain!
With all the meals you do get good portion sizes the only problem came across is not having a play area, with two kids one being 3 years it was a little bit of a task to keep him occupied even with the colouring activity sheets.
The place was nice and clean and very inviting and even had a nice area to sit outside and have a meal on a sunny day.
Good service on a whole bar one staff member who just did not want to help us out with a voucher code it was us that ended up saying "well can we have a word with the manager" it did get sorted in the end thanks to the kind manager.
As a family we try to look for the best value restaurants having two kids, one of which is a fussy eater. Its important to not waste money.
Getting the right balance of good tasting food at affordable prices is key and Brewers Fayre sure delivers this.
We have been taking part in a campaign by Come Round in conjunction with Huggies pull ups for their potty training party.
But first I will like to tell you the problems we are having in our house to do with our daughter Millie, Might sound odd but Millie is not your typical 5 year old. And yes I hear you saying "why" well she was born 10 weeks early will link the story below for you all the read when you have time.
Millie is disabled with Hydrocephalus which causes lots of problems and one being toilet problems we have tried so many times and do get judged by others as she is not potty trained at the age of 5 this is not due to us been lazy as some misguided judgemental people have been in the past to us.
It's part if her disability if I break it down for you in parts with Hydrocephalus its hard for Millie with her balance / sitting as this is one side effect we have been given some rails for the toilet and a have a separate special potty both given to us by Millie's occupational therapist.
Her brain does not work in the way a normal persons does due to part of it been damaged so its hard for her to understand. Millie at times does not have any control over her bladder and bowel so its hard for her to say "mummy I need a wee" as she does not know she is doing it, we as parents just have to keep saying to her plus taking her along with us to the bathroom when we do.
I also have a 3 year old son Alfie so its been a good time to start him off and for Millie to watch him as she might pick it up from him well at the stage I am so willing to give anything a try again.
We all kicked off with a party bringing granny & grandad round and a few others to get involved and to try and get the message across to Millie that it is good to use the potty / toilet. This is another one we are struggling with is Millie and pooing she seems to think it hurts her but what she is doing is holding back and yes, I know it might sound odd storing it up and then when it comes to the time its hurts her so much as she has a back-log of poo :(
We are going to be doing the reward scheme that came in our Come Round packs.
What does the reward scheme do?
During the training process its helpful to reward your child for potty use with a small token such as a sticker, and explain to your child how to get one for example if they wee on the potty they get one sticker or if they poo in potty can earn two stickers its upto you how you want to play it.
Let your child choose a sticker from the pack this might be a favourite character and so on and place it on the chart.
Millie having ago on her new potty have to say was very excited to see her trying and did sit for a good 5 minutes but at the end she did not do anything, my heart said she would not but she tried and that's a start.
Millie did get a sticker for trying as it would be unfair not too and she even said "mummy I will try again soon"
It is hard work and many times my Husband and I have wanted to give up due to frustration and pressure plus other peoples lack of understanding of my daughters illness, but we will do this and yes I know its going to take even more time then so be it we are both willing to do our best and that's all we can do. we got told by some of Millie's care team that she may no be fully trained until the age of 7.
Its still ongoing with Millie's & Alfie's potty training but sure making progress step by step.
Thank you to the Come Round team for letting us report back and for the goodies we received.
Disclaimer- Precious Little Worlds have been sent out some samples of peanut butter from WOWBUTTERfor free in exchange for our honest opinion for the purpose of our blog, to report back to you the viewers our findings.
WOWBUTTER Foods (formerly Hilton Soy Foods) is a small family business, owned and operated by the Mahon family. We started over 20 years ago with the idea of creating unique natural foods grown on our very own farms where we could provide superior quality products by completing every step of the process from "Field to Table" all in one facility. We also wanted to work towards ensuring the future viability of our family farm and at the same time help support other local neighbouring family farms.
Through many years of product development, trials and test marketing, we have progressed to the point where we now focus specifically on soy based foods using soybeans grown on our own farms and other local neighbouring farms located in the fertile soil of South-western Ontario, an area renowned worldwide for its high quality soybeans.
In particular, ourSafe-for-School WOWBUTTER spread has become our main product line that has been selected as the focus of our efforts and the product we feel is most needed and most beneficial to society.
Having experienced first hand the impact of peanut allergies in our family and the importance of providing a peanut free environment for school kids, we developed our unique Safe-for-School WOWBUTTER specifically as a peanut butter replacement that "Tastes Just Like Peanut Butter!" for use in schools and other public institutions. We are proud to produce this much needed peanut butter replacement because it provides good nutrition at a time when better child nutrition is desperately needed in society. The benefits of consuming soy foods as part of a healthy diet are well known and extremely important during childhood years and throughout adulthood.
We are committed to providing lunch solutions for schools and helping to increase the number of socially responsible schools in North America that have implemented a complete peanut ban to help protect the millions of North Americans that live with peanut allergies. More importantly, we are helping educate the hundreds of millions of North Americans that are unaware of the severity of peanut allergies and the importance of supporting the implementation and adherence of complete peanut bans in schools and other public institutions.
Often schools have delayed or cancelled plans to implement peanut bans at school due to backlash from uninformed parents who have not been introduced to our product. Until now, there was no consumer accepted replacement for the ever popular PB&J sandwich for school lunches. Our "Wow! Tastes Just Like Peanut Butter!" School Lunch Procedure Peanut Butter Replacement is the only product that is supporting school principals and teachers when peanut bans are implemented with a School Lunch Procedure, School Lunch Procedure Letter and School Lunch Procedure Labels while at the same time providing great lunch solutions for parents and kids both with and without peanut allergies.
We look forward to working together with you to create a happier, healthier and safer society for everyone!
FOR MANUFACTURERS — The WOWBUTTER Foods Advantage
100% Peanut Free and Tree Nut-Free Facility
Only top quality Select Canadian Non-GMO IP soybeans used
Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Kosher certified facility
Full manufacturing capabilities from "field to table" for better quality control and food safety
Proprietary Toasting Technology for unique tasting products
Now you know who and what they do I will now see about using the WOWBUTTER with my young family.
Personally I have never been a big fan of peanut butter especially on its own just always been too sweet for my liking but recently be thinking abut trying it out with the kids.
My daughter Millie has just started primary school so breakfast is very important in my eyes,so in the morning did them both wowbutter on toast.
New to the range are.....
NUT FREE WOWBUTTER FLAPJACK BARS &
WOWBUTTER PEANUT-FREE SATAY SAUCE
The barsare so good if your child has a nut allergy due to them been nut free so no need to worry. Also suitable for Vegans and Diabeticsthey come packed high in proteinplus free from artificial colourings , flavourings and additives.
My daughter Millie enjoyed the bar but she did not eat all of it as was a little too much for her but the half she did eat said was tasty! Very handy in school lunch boxes I think they are around £1.25 per bar. The Sauce is a fantastic way to introduce kids into more adventurous foods such as adding to your cooking such as chicken skewers in peanut satay sauce.
Such a nice creamy texture and not too strong with such versatility to this product.Loving the new range and hope to even see more from WOWBUTTER.
Disclaimer- Precious Little Worlds have been given some items for free in exchange for our honest opinion for the purpose of our blog, to report back to you the viewers our findings
TheCream- From The Pink Cow Brand- Nature's Superfood for Skin
NEW! Colostrum Based, 100% Natural Skincare
Crafted with superior New Zealand Colostrum to nourish, feed and energize the skin. The Bio-Available range includes products for face, hand and body. No chemicals, petrochemicals, parabens or preservatives.
Formulations are clinically tested and EU approved.
The range is hand batched with loving care in Montana USA.
Nutrient dense. Protein Rich. Vitamin Rich. Mineral Rich.
100% Natural. Up to 85% Colostrum. 0% Bull
Very excited to bring you a brand that's very new to me theCream from The Pink Cow Brand as you will know from the above information its a 100% natural skincare.
I'm sure my regular readers will know that I have very troublesome skin and do struggle from time to time and still do. I do worry about the amount of chemicals that can be found all over our skincare brands but with these you do not have to due to they are 100% natural. After reading the claims what this brand can do I was sure excited to see what all the buzz could be about.
First lets take a look at the items I have been testing out!
NOURISHING FACE CREAM
100% Natural. 75% Colostrum. 0% Bull.
50mL/1.7 fl. oz.
The original and best selling product in theCream range.
Formulated with 75% clean, green New Zealand Colostrum, Nature’s Superfood.
the most powerful, cell building & complete natural ingredient known.
produced by female mammals for approx. 72 hours after birthing,
is not milk, but the starter or life and completely recognised, accepted and utilized by our cells.
colostrum from grass fed cows is 200x more powerful than human colostrum.
theCream’s colostrum comes from New Zealand, the world’s best!
Colostrum ‘feeds’ the skin and activates essential cell function (growth, maintenance and
Other All Natural Ingredients:
Only cold pressed botanical oils (no extracts used):
Peroxide (cellular oxygenation), Naturally occurring Vitamins A,C,D,E,B1,B2,B6,B12, Folic Acid and all 22 amino
acids and trace minerals for total skin health and beauty.
This daily nourishing cream has been designed specifically for the face, neck and décolletage to:
instantly hydrate and improve skin’s moisture balance.
smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
improve skin tone and texture.
assist with increased firmness and elasticity.
provide environmental protection (sun, wind, etc).
Use morning and night. Can also be applied throughout the day as required for dry, dehydrated skin.
Super concentrated, so only a small amount is necessary.
Tip: Mix one pump with mineral make-up and use as a foundation for flawless, healthy skin
theCream is 100% Natural. No chemicals, mineral oils, petrochemicals, parabens or preservatives. The formulation
is waterless which means it is a non-diluted product. Packaged in revolutionary airless dispensers, means no
preservatives are necessary and the formulations does not deteriorate in any way.
Bio-available to the skin, meaning cells recognise, readily accept and utilize the formula to receive full benefit.
Clinically tested and EU cosmetic safety approved.
Branding & Packaging
Was not a huge fan of the writing saying Cream upside-down from the brand I just could not get my head around it even thinking of the name plus image did no see why or make the connection why was that way?
Looking passed that do like the colour scheme with the black & white then the cow in pink very effective and works so well.
Absolutely love this pump on the nourishing face cream
For me my firstimpressions from the cream when tested some on my hands is... "is this going to be too rich for me"
I do worry when seeing such rich looking creams thinking its going to be too heavy for me but looks and trying them can turn out very different.
Its a non greasy cream that can be used morning or night for face & neck to give you're skin an texture treat. Have added this into my skin care routine and love using this cream as a primer base for my make-up as I do have some dry patches and fine lines around my eye area.
As I have mentioned with my skin do tend to flare up with items but this is a very good one for me as had no reactions bad from both of the products which is fantastic new for me when using new brands plus items.
"Give your skin the drink it deservers with this enriching natural face cream".
RepairConcentrated Repair Cream
20ml /0.68 fl. oz.
A super-charged, intense cream with 80% Colostrum and a revolutionary
botanical blend (Blackcurrent & Sunflower Oil concentrate and Crysanthus
Bulb extract), to assist in calming redness and irritation.
Apply to problem areas as required.
lace a small amount on a band-aid and apply overnight on problem areas
For problem, troublesome skin issues.
Ideal for use on delicate/baby skin to soothe and calm.
Softens and moisturizes, to support the skin.
Helps reduce the appearance of redness and irritated skin.
The texture from the repair cream is so nice and light with such invigorating smells you get it too.
I have been using this in my daily routine and doted it over my spots before applying my make-up you don't have to do this but its something I like to do. Then at night apply a layer to get double benefits from the repair cream as I do have lots of redness on my skin, finding just on the first week my skin has not been as red and sore as its tends to be.
Very good on healing and calming your skin.
Been so surprised by the Pink Cow Brand on how good skincare they are bringing us and have to say looking at more items from this brand as had some good results / benefits from these items.
Yes I know what I said at the beginning that was not convinced on the branding but its growing on me the more and more I use the items, have been sold and cant get enough from this brand such powerful skincare without all the nasty chemicals.