Outdoors: Putting Trespass walking boots to the test

We are a family who walks a lot. We love the countryside and although we live in Manchester we have a local nature reserve on our doorstep. Most weekends we go for a walk by the river, or through the woods; and we often take trips further afield. My husband loves to go walking in the Lake District, Derbyshire and Devon whenever he can.

We all own good stout walking boots for when we go out for an amble. When I broke my ankle when I was hill walking in 1994, the A&E Doctor told me if I’d not been wearing my good boots I would have shattered my ankle completely. His words have stayed with me and I always wear them when I’m walking.

Outdoors: Putting Trespass walking boots to the test

My husband goes on an annual walking weekend in the Lake District each June. His old walking boots had seen better days. He decided to invest in a new pair to break in now in readiness for his miniature expedition. After some careful consideration he opted for the “Source men’s brown boots” from Trespass.

Trespass sell a broad range of walking boots, clothing and accessories, so there were plenty of boots to choose from. Knowing he’d get several years of walking trips out of the boots, he went for a top of the range boot. They cost £79.99, but Trespass had discounted them from £159.99 so he was very happy with that.

Outdoors: Putting Trespass walking boots to the test

The Source men’s walking boots are a sturdy pair of boots. The upper is breathable leather and has been designed using tres-tex technology, which helps to prevent moisture seeping into your boots.

The boots have a steel shank inside the sole, this helps stop any sharp edges from rocks or fragments from piercing the sole and injuring your foot. The sole of these sturdy boots is made from Vibram rubber which is known for being hard-wearing and is ideal for tackling rough and tough terrain.

Outdoors: Putting Trespass walking boots to the test

But are they comfortable? Yes, as he was lacing them up for the first time he said they were really comfortable. He took himself off on a walk down by the river and through the woods and came back smiling. The boots were comfortable, fit really well (he’s a size 10) and didn’t rub. Of course it’s going to take a few local walks to break them in and mould them to his feet properly, but he’s excited about wearing these on his walking weekend in June.

He’s worn them every day since they arrived, just for an hour each morning when he takes the dog out, but he’s had no complaints. He’s walked through puddles, mud and muddy puddles in our local woodland, down by the river and in the nature reserve.

Outdoors: Putting Trespass walking boots to the test

He’s given his boots a quick clean when he’s returned home (because if you look after your boots, they’ll look after you) and he’s had no blisters or rubbed bits on his feet. They’re cushioned around the ankle, comfortable for him to wear and they look great on. He’s very happy.

It pays to invest in good boots. Not only will they help protect you if you take a tumble; but they’re designed to look after your feet, keeping them dry and comfortable over long distances. I’m certain his new Trespass walking boots will be good for several thousand miles.

Visit the Trespass website to find out more about their range of walking boots and accessories.

 
Outdoors: Putting Trespass walking boots to the test

We were sent these walking boots from Trespass for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Can you dig it? The new JCB Kids glasses at Specsavers

Over the weekend the boys went off on an adventure. They were invited to Specsavers at Manchester Fort for the launch of the new range of JCB Kids glasses. It was the promise of getting up close and personal with a real JCB which tempted them; but a free eye test for the boy was also a big draw.

Eye health is something we take pretty seriously as a family. My husband has worn glasses since he was a child and I started wearing them last year. We know it’s likely Ben will need to wear them at some point. Regular eye tests are important for a lot of reasons; not least because having them checked may alert you to a health problem you didn’t know was there.

Can you dig it? The new JCB Kids glasses at Specsavers

Children’s eye tests are available for free from Spacsavers (on the NHS). If they need glasses, they get an under-16s’ NHS optical voucher to put towards new glasses. Kid’s glasses have come a long way since when I was a child. Although the thick NHS specs we dreaded back then are all the rage these days.

Matthew and Ben arrived at Specsavers and were both excited by the real JCB backhoe loader outside. It was even wearing its own giant pair of glasses. Ben was especially excited by the JCB Transformer. Who wouldn’t be? It was an actual Transformer which changed from a JCB to a walking hero in front of his eyes!

Can you dig it? The new JCB Kids glasses at Specsavers

Aside from his school eye test, Ben hasn’t had a proper eye test with an optician and it’s been on my list of things to do for a couple of months now. I was a bit worried that he’d make a fuss and not co-operate with the optician, but he was great. He sat beautifully in the chair and did everything that was asked of him. It helped that the optician who was testing him was fantastic and patient with him. We’ll be back next year!

Thankfully his eyesight is absolutely fine for now. We’re so glad we got him tested, it’s a weight off my mind at least.

Can you dig it? The new JCB Kids glasses at Specsavers

I’m a bit envious of these JCB Kids glasses, they make my sensible glasses look a bit pedestrian. The JCB Kids glasses from iconic British brand JCB are tough, cool and created with adventure loving boys and girls in mind. All of the JCB Kids frames come with single-vision lenses including UV filter and are part of their kids 2 free pairs offer. You can view the full range here.

Can you dig it? The new JCB Kids glasses at Specsavers

Looking after your eyes is so important. I’m so glad we got him tested, it’s reassuring to know that his eyes are ok. We’ll be taking him back next year for his annual test. It’s worth remembering that children’s eye tests and almost all of their glasses are available on the NHS free of charge.

You can find out more about children’s eye tests and the JCB Kids glasses range on the Specsavers website.

We were invited guests of Specsavers and JCB Kids glasses. We received a goodie bag and a voucher towards eye-care as a thank you for attending.

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

This month I’ve been tinkering about with Easter crafts. I loved making my Easter Bunny Bunting, but after consulting with my son, he suggested making a birds nest with some birds in it. He loves topping up the bird feeders and watching the birds in the garden, so making a little next for him to enjoy indoors seemed a nice idea.

I explored a few different options for making the nest, but eventually decided on making one out of brown paper. Like all of my crafts, this is really easy and I think it looks pretty cute. My son is pretty happy with the result too.

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Making a brown paper nest

You will need:
An empty takeaway soup container or similar
Brown paper
A stapler
Bostik Glu Dots
ScissorsCraft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Method:
Take your takeaway soup container and cut it down to a height you like, mine was about 4cm deep.

Take the brown paper (my brown paper was leftover packing from a parcel I’d received) and fold it roughly over the container and staple into place. It doesn’t matter if it’s not neat as you want it to look a bit rough, like a birds nest.

With another piece of brown paper, cut it into a circle which is approx 10cm wider than your container. Using the Bostik Glu Dots, stick the paper inside the container, pressing it into the inside edges and over the side. Cut a fringe into the overlapping paper so it looks like twigs sticking out from the nest.

Shred with some scissors some more brown paper to make a comfy nest base for your birds.

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Making a Pom Pom Bird

You will need:
Wool
A pom pom maker, or your own homemade cardboard pom pom maker
Googly eyes
Orange paper for the beak
Scissors
Some felt for the wings
Bostik Glu Dots

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Method:
Make your pom pom bird as big or as small as you want (if you’re not sure how to make pom poms, there’s a video you can watch here). 

Using the Bostik Glu Dots, glue a pair of googly eyes on your bird. Cut out a small beak shape of your orange or yellow card and glue the beak on too.

Cut out two wing shapes out of your felt material. I cut two curvy triangular shapes and stuck those to the side of the pom pom bird to give it its wings.

Once you’re happy with your pom pom bird, pop it in the nest and you’ve finished. I added a few mini eggs to keep it company, but I doubt they’ll last for long.

Craft Tutorial: Pom Pom Bird in a brown paper nest

Note: I am a Bostik craft blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. 

Giveaway: Win a Bob the Builder – Dig This DVD

Bob is back! With tools at the ready, the nation’s favourite builder returns with a new DVD collection of tales of teamwork and friendship in the Bob the Builder – Dig This DVD, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 17th April.

Grab your tool belt and hard hat and join Bob and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and working together. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to get to work in Fixham and Spring City.

This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way. No project is too big or too small – from fixing a leaky roof to repairing a skyscraper. After all, the fun is in getting it done!

In Dig This, Team Bob are digging the foundations for a skyscraper in Spring City’s new business zone, but work has to stop when they come across some ancient Roman ruins. 

This new collection features seven fun episodes: Dig This; Saffi’s Treehouse; Out of the Woods; Stormy Weather; Bear Mountain; Bentley’s Bones and Home on the Range.

Giveaway: Win a Bob the Builder - Dig This DVD

Released on 17th April 2017, rated U and with a running time of 70 minutes. The Bob the Builder – Dig This DVD is available to order from Amazon now.

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Recipes: Tinned Spaghetti Pizza & other weird ideas

When I read this week about the favourite family meal of New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English, I knew I had to try it. Bill had come in for quite a lot of criticism after making tinned spaghetti pizza for his family, despite it actually looking quite nice. It sounded just about bonkers enough for me to try and make one for myself.

Recipes: Tinned Spaghetti Pizza & other weird ideas

It’s fair to say that his recipe would probably have most Italians weeping into their cappuccino, but it’s not completely insane. Ok, so his pizza contains that love/hate pizza ingredient pineapple, but I’m one of those people who loves pineapple on pizza so I was prepared to go with it. His version also looks like it has a generous helping of ham on top, which I didn’t include on this occasion.

His pizza didn’t look terrible, and with all of the ingredients sat in the cupboard I thought it was worth trying to recreate this classic New Zealand recipe. I made three different pizzas, all of which I’d make again. I admit they’re a bit of a carb overload, but as an occasional novelty I would be happy to dish them up.

Recipes: Tinned Spaghetti Pizza & other weird ideas

In each of the recipes I use some homemade pizza dough. You can buy packets to make up some, or you could just use ready made pizza bases. It’s entirely up to you.

Tinned Spaghetti Pizza

Recipes: Tinned Spaghetti Pizza & other weird ideas

Ingredients – 
1 pizza base 
1 tin of spaghetti in tomato sauce
Two rings of tinned pineapple, roughly chopped
Half a ball of fresh mozzarella 
A couple of handfuls of grated cheddar cheese
Dried herbs – I used oregano
Pepper

Method – 
1.   Pre-heat your oven following the instructions on the packet of pizza dough, or the pizza base.
2.   Place your dough on a pizza or oven tray. With a sieve drain some of the excess sauce from your tinned spaghetti. If you don’t do this your pizza will be soggy. Once drained, spread the tinned spaghetti over the pizza base.
3.   Scatter your finely chopped pineapple all over the spaghetti. If you’re adding ham to your pizza, now is the time to put that on too. Season with pepper and sprinkle over a few pinches of dried herbs. I used oregano, but mixed herbs would be fine.
4.   Tear your half ball of mozzarella cheese into pieces and evenly distribute over the pizza, then sprinkle your grated cheddar cheese over the top. 
5.   Bake in the oven following the instructions on your pizza dough or base. My pizzas took around 20 minutes to cook.

Tinned Meatball Pizza

Recipes: Tinned Spaghetti Pizza & other weird ideas

Ingredients – 
1 pizza base 
1 tin of meatballs in tomato sauce
Half a ball of fresh mozzarella 
A couple of handfuls of grated cheddar cheese
Dried herbs – I used oregano
Pepper

Method – 
1.   Pre-heat your oven following the instructions on the packet of pizza dough, or the pizza base.
2.   Place your dough on a pizza or oven tray. Open your tin of meatballs in tomato sauce and tip into a bowl. With a spoon spread most of the sauce onto the pizza base, spread it around until the base is covered. I used whole meatballs, but I’d be tempted to halve them with a knife and me more generous with my meatball topping next time. Make sure your meatballs are evenly distributed.
3.   Season with pepper and sprinkle over a few pinches of dried herbs. I used oregano, but mixed herbs would be fine.
4.   Tear your half ball of mozzarella cheese into pieces and evenly distribute over the pizza, then sprinkle your grated cheddar cheese over the top. 
5.   Bake in the oven following the instructions on your pizza dough or base. My pizzas took around 20 minutes to cook.

Tinned Spaghetti Bolognese Pizza

Recipes: Tinned Spaghetti Pizza & other weird ideas

The spaghetti bolognese pizza already has a thick tomatoey-meaty sauce, which makes it excellent for topping pizza with.

Ingredients – 
1 pizza base 
1 tin of spaghetti bolognese
Half a ball of fresh mozzarella 
A couple of handfuls of grated cheddar cheese
Dried herbs – I used oregano
Pepper

Method – 
1.   Pre-heat your oven following the instructions on the packet of pizza dough, or the pizza base.
2.   Place your dough on a pizza or oven tray. Pour your tinned spaghetti bolognese into a bowl and with a spoon evenly spread it over the pizza base until it’s covered.
3.  Season with pepper and sprinkle over a few pinches of dried herbs. I used oregano, but mixed herbs would be fine.
4.   Tear your half ball of mozzarella cheese into pieces and evenly distribute over the pizza, then sprinkle your grated cheddar cheese over the top. 
5.   Bake in the oven following the instructions on your pizza dough or base. My pizzas took around 20 minutes to cook.

I think tinned spaghetti pizza is an excellent store cupboard meal. I had everything I needed already to hand and it’s the find of thing I’d throw together on a Friday night for my family. It might not be the healthiest meal ever, but I reckon it would be great for hiding veg in if you’re that way inclined and it is excellent cold. Really excellent.

What do you think? Is tinned spaghetti pizza brilliant or bonkers? Will you be giving it a try?

Review: Paw Patrol Craft Egg PLUS Win a Minions Craft Egg

When you think of Easter, one of your first thoughts is probably about chocolate eggs. In recent years there have been a few changes to the eggs kids might find left by the Easter bunny, and not all of them are now made of chocolate. 

It’s also nice to be able to give something that won’t be gobbled up in five minutes, especially as my son usually gets given a lot of chocolate eggs. We’ve been gifting a combination of chocolate eggs and play eggs for the last few years, much to the delight of my son. This week we received the Paw Patrol Craft Egg from Sambro to put to the test.

Review: Paw Patrol Craft Egg

The Paw Patrol Craft Egg is ideal for little artists who enjoy being creative and who like to have fun creating, painting and drawing. The Craft Egg is a great way to encourage and develop their creativity and imagination. Plus it will also keep your little ones busily entertained for a while.

Review: Paw Patrol Craft Egg

He was incredibly excited when he saw the Paw Patrol Craft Egg sat waiting for him on the table.  I helped him peel the wrapper off (which is tricky and will probably need a grown-up and a pair of sharp scissors) and then he opened up the egg.

The Paw Patrol Craft Egg contains:

  • 4 Marker Pens
  • 4 Crayons
  • 2 Ink Pads
  • 2 Stampers
  • 2 Finger Paint Pots
  • 10 Paw Patrol Colouring Sheets

Review: Paw Patrol Craft Egg

He was absolutely delighted with his Paw Patrol Craft Egg. Once we’d unpacked it and looked at everything inside, he diligently sat colouring the pictures in and stamping them with his new Paw Patrol ink stamps. He happily crafted and coloured away for over an hour. 

I think he will come back to his craft egg several times over the next few days. He has already coloured in the ten pictures which were included, but with the paint, felt tips, crayons and ink pads included, I am sure he will create a number of artworks over the Easter break. 

The Paw Patrol Craft Egg from Sambro costs £5.99 and is a good alternative to the traditional chocolate egg. There are a number of different craft eggs to choose from which include Minions, My Little Pony, Shimmer & Shine and Disney Princesses. The Paw Patrol egg is available in pink or blue. They are available from a range of retailers, but I’ve seen them online in both Amazon and Ocado.

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What makes the ultimate spa day?

I am a great believer in spa days and taking time out to pamper yourself. I’m a busy mum and taking time out occasionally to completely unwind and relax is a massive treat, and one I am prepared to scrimp and save for. 

I’m happy to have a bit of regular home pampering to tide me over until I go on my annual spa weekend. I love a hot bath, a face-pack, a little home pedicure and maybe a hot oil treatment for my hair. They’re a nice little pampering pick me up after a busy week, or before a big night out.

Each year I go away with a couple of close friends for a spa weekend in Yorkshire. It is nothing short of blissful relaxation. When I think of my idea of an ultimate spa day, I think of my last visit there.  A few hours exploring the sauna and steam rooms, sitting in the outdoor hot tub chatting with my friends long into the cold November night; having a luxury pedicure and falling asleep in the relaxation room and waking up to find my amused friends peering over me and chuckling to themselves.

We’ve booked another spa weekend away in July and I can’t wait. Now I know the spa and what to expect I know exactly how I will spend my day. It will begin virtuously with me swimming 20 lengths of the pool. Then I will move on to experience the sauna and steam rooms for a while. I’ll meet my friends for lunch, then off to the relaxation room for a nap. The afternoon will be spent having a facial, another nap and then an hour or so in the hot tub. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

www.ellisons.co.uk, the wholesale hair and beauty specialists have created an eBook about the Ultimate Spa Experience which you can download here.

What’s your idea of the ultimate spa day?

 
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Making a style statement with your composite front door

First impressions are everything. A smart and stylish front door is a great way for you and your home to make a statement. When we moved to our current home six years ago I wanted a front door with a bit of flair. Having moved from an estate where everyone had virtually identical white uPVC front doors, I was determined to make a more stylish statement about my new home.

Of course, there’s a reason why uPVC doors are so popular. They are considered to be more secure, well-insulated and hard-wearing. These days modern composite doors have been engineered to have all of the positives of a uPVC door, but with a sense of style most white plastic doors lack. Plus they’re available in a range of finishes and styles to suit all tastes.

If you’ve never heard of a composite door before, they have solid timber cores and are fitted with multi-point locking systems. Composite doors are designed to easily fend off even the most determined intruders. Hard-wearing and thermally insulated; a composite front door has the practicality you need in a secure front door, but with an individuality you can enjoy.

Making a style statement with your composite front door

It makes me happy to walk down my path towards my lovely solid bright blue front door; knowing that behind it is the secure oasis of my home. My front door looks pretty unique and it gets a lot of compliments. You certainly can’t miss it. 

People think a front door is just a door, but it can say a lot about the individuals who live in the house behind it. The colour, the style and the door furniture can tell you so much. This article in House Beautiful – what your front door says about you makes for quite fun reading.

Of course, choosing a style and colour for your front door might not just be a case of personal taste. You might be wise to consider feng shui when selecting a new door. Which direction does your house face? This article could help you to select the most auspicious colour for your new composite front door, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Whatever you decide in terms of colour, style, finish and furniture for your front door; safety and security come first. Choosing a modern composite front door over a generic uPVC one will help your home stand out from the crowd.

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How do you say I Love You to your loved ones?

Shout “bah humbug” at me if you want, but I often feel that being given a bunch of flowers on an occasion such as Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day is a bit of a waste. I’d hate to feel that someone felt obligated to buy me something because it was considered the right thing to do.

I’d much, much rather have someone give me a bunch of flowers just because they wanted to tell me they loved me, or because they knew they were my favourite flowers, or because it’s weekend and why not. Impromptu flowers are my favourite kind of flowers.

Flying Flowers

A beautiful bouquet of flowers can often be the perfect way to say I love you. My husband and son, when they are moved to express their feelings for me in gift form, often do so in a bouquet of flowers. On birthdays and special anniversaries I often receive a delivery of beautiful flowers.

I have on rare occasions sent my husband flowers. But more often than not, I express my love for my boys is through cooking. By cooking their favourite meals and baking them their favourite cakes and biscuits. I feed them well and they know when there’s a roast dinner in the oven; what I’m really saying is I love you.

UK flower delivery specialists, www.flyingflowers.co.uk have done some research on how the people of the UK say I love you., Flying Flowers have created the infographic below with their research results.

Apparently 83% of people associate the classic red rose with love. I do love receiving red roses, but I had delicate white roses in my wedding bouquet and a bouquet similar to what I walked down the aisle with is a special gift for me. 

How do you show your loved ones how you feel about them? Are you a feeder like me? Or a sender of flowers or chocolates? How do you say I love you?

Flying Flowers

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Making the most of natural light with aluminium roof lanterns

Until I had a family of my own I didn’t appreciate just how much room kids take up, with their toys and games and general bouncing around. It’s nice to have a space just for the grown-ups. In my Grandma’s time, her house would have a parlour reserved for visiting adults which was absolutely child free. These days many family homes have a well turned out conservatory for grown-ups to enjoy some clutter free quiet time.

Of course conservatories have a whole range of different uses. Most people build them for the extra space and to take advantage of natural light. Natural light is so important. It can be a great mood booster and can help reduce the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (known as SAD). I often walk into the sunny atrium of a large public building and feel uplifted, purely because of the light. But how can we bring that uplifting feeling into our own homes?

Installing aluminium roof lanterns in our homes is one way to maximise the natural light levels in your new or existing conservatory, kitchen or flat roof extension. Aluminium roof lanterns are made to measure and are available in standard white finish or a wide range of colours and finishes.  

Making the most of natural light with aluminium roof lanterns

From the inside the roof looks like a solid glass panelled roof. The glass panels help the conservatory to retain heat and this means that you can use your conservatory or extension all year round. 

Dark homes can feel a little oppressive. I love these ten ideas to bring light into your home. Trimming down trees, cleaning your windows and having lots of light reflective surfaces can really make a difference. 

If you’re building an extension, or you need to replace the roof of your existing conservatory or extension; aluminium roof lanterns are beautiful, modern, efficient and stylish option. I adore the idea of a light filled room we can use year round. Somewhere to relax with friends, a quiet space to read; or a vibrant colourful family room where we can enjoy meals, crafts and games. A conservatory or extension can add so much to your home and is a great investment, it makes sense to maximise the natural daylight in your home by installing aluminium roof lanterns.

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