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Is “Healthy Eating” one of your New year Resolutions!?, Then Keep it up with “Tesco Healthy Living range”

As a Mum and a stay at home mum,  I always strive hard to provide my family healthy eating options and always on the hunt for what is available and how to make them taste better and most lovable. And most Importantly, it is top on the list of my New Year Resolution.

Sure,  there are many of us out there who would like to have healthy eating life style despite of the busy times around the life. And to help us all, Tesco has their New “Healthy Eating Range” in Store and Online with plenty of choices both in Veg and Non-veg and ofcourse without compromising the taste. How appropriate and just the right time when everyone of us is seriously trying to stick onto our resolutions.

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Last November,  I had been invited to Tesco healthy living Event to try out some of the Healthy eating options from Tesco Healthy living Range,  I was very happy to be there for the event and not to be surprised, Hubby was more keen than me to see what is in store for him. He is more health conscious, dieting and trying to keep fit, looking always for the healthy eating options – you name it. So Mummy and the Cuties were at the event to explore the options to  help mum Cook Less but still eat healthy and Definitely Yes – at an affordable cost.

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It was beautifully Presented that your taste buds could just wait no more. Usually, there is less options for vegetarians, but Tesco Healthy living range has generous options for vegetarians too so you are not left to starve and this is what impressed hubby the most.

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All the options are carefully prepared with low calories, Low fat, Low Salt and Low Sugar – If it is not to the Lowest you would expect, it is definitely to a minimum as possible and will definitely be the choice for the people who are carefully watching out the eating habits and healthy maintainance.

One of everyone’s favourite was the Chicken laksa noodles which has only 261 Calories that is much lesser than any other food with Chicken and Noodles.

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And the other choice was the vegetarian one – Spicy Butternut Squash with the Fruity Pilaf. This one had just the right amount of Spice in it tasted Yummy.

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And for the Fish one, there was Tuna Crunch and Wholemeal Pasta... Never to say No.. it was perfectly made.

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And don’t stop there and don’t even think that desserts does not fall under healthy living range. There are good choices of yougurts and DD 2 is now a big fan of it. The pictures prove them all.  She managed to finish atleast 4 cups of them and was still angry with someone for (kindly) taking the empty cup from her! I was amazed with the taste yet the delicious taste and the lower calories it could offer. Tesco Healthy living8

There are still more choices and you can browse  here the Tesco healthy living Range for anything you would like from the starter to the soup, halting at main meal and finishing with dessert, Tesco Healthy living has a choice for you. And I am sure you will just not be stopping like the one below.

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Olly the Little White Van – review

Though there are some strict rules around the house for TV timings,  Mummy and the Cuties love watching TV and everyone plays their best to fill up the Sky+ memory by recording the same shows/episodes infinite times. And the animations and cartoons are always on out toplist for watching – two main reasons – these can be watched as a family with no Boo… Boo… , change the channel moments and ofcourse they are extremely interesting that some shows just mesmerises me.ching so

And sometimes watching something New other than the Usual ” The Micky Mouse, Club House, Come Inside, there is fun inside!,  And Dora, Dora, Dora the Explorer!!!!! and the Peppa Pig and the George the Monkey “……….. makes me feel better, but I hardly get a chance and choice.

So, Recently when we were sent a Olly the Little White Van DVD for review, I was more happy and was sure the children would love it too. We have never heard about this and So this was all New for us to explore and enjoy. This is currently shown on Channel 5’s Milkshake. And though it claims it targets boys and girls aged 2-6 years, I would say both my daughters loved it a lot and specially DD2 who is now riding a big rescue car all the time with tiny little hands.Olly-logo

It is all about Olly the Little White Van who helps his friends as much as he can with driver Stan and feels much happy when he could help someone every day, every moment. Most attractively, the Little white van borrowed the voice from Mr Tumble…………………the Owner of the Magical Voice – Justin Fletcher.

Whenever we watch animations, We love identifying the voices without peeking into the title. And while I was breaking my head to know whose it is!, DD 1 answered me in No time -” it is Mr. Tumble, from Justin’s House ” and there comes the influence of (TV) Mr. Tumble.

The DVD has five New episodes and the one good thing I liked about all of these episodes is., each one is just less than 5 minutes. Dd 2 is usually impatient to sit for more than 5 minutes and this one was just perfect for her to watch.  DD 1 is used to watching longer episode so she was a bit surprised to see all the episodes getting over too sooner than she expected. But was able to grasp the moral of it and was able to remember the episode just as it is. Each one has a song with the music that DD 2 enjoys dancing for each (though the stpes are always the same 🙂 ) The theme tune makes me to hum it all the time.

For some reason I couldn’t get the episodes play continuously but this helped me enjoy the moments when DD2 brings the remote to me to play the next one as soon as an episide is finished. How smart the kids are now a days ! She even knows the remotes for each device at home including the Wii. !!!!

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The episodes that were new in this DVD are:

  • Suzy’s makeover
  • Skyscraper Caper
  • Bumpton buses
  • The Mystery of the Bumpton  ghost
  • Ducks and Cover

DD 1 loved The Mystery of the Bumpton  ghost and DD 2’s Favourite is always Ducks and Cover. There were few ooooo! that is not nice ! when Suzy the Car was just left by his owner for a makeover! There are few other cute characters including the Jethro the tractor.

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For the people who are new to this series, here is some info.;

Series Synopsis

Olly the Little White Van helps his friends as much as he can.  He isn’t a racing car or fire engine, but he and his driver Stan are very good at helping everyone out, every day.  Like an enthusiastic puppy he bounds around the village of Bumpton talking to everyone, and is happiest when he is setting up a new bus service to the seaside, helping Alice when she is preparing for her driving test, or sprucing up an old VW.

Educational Values

Olly’s Little Helpers – the production recruited the help of Dr Richard Woolfson during development of the series and now Olly wants to recruit others to be like him and get a lot of  fun out of helping.   Olly doesn’t always get things right but he is always helpful and tries his best and the series aims to nurture the communicative and caring nature of children.  There are a number of downloadable activity ideas on the parents section of the website, with ideas for games to help out at home  e.g Matching the colours of socks, helping to care for a new baby, watering plants or feeding the birds.

 Target Audience &  UK transmission

The series targets boys and girls aged 2-6.  In the UK the series started airing on GMTV and CiTV in 2011, then began airing on Cartoonito in 2012 and is now airing dialy on Milkshake at 06.50 as well as Cartoonito and Boomerange.    The series is also dotted around the Milkshake schedule in addition to its regular slot.

Overall, Olly the Little White Van is a much loved, fun series for the little ones. It has a Good Moral in every episode. It is very colourful and grabs the attention of the little ones and has cute little characters in it. It does not teach your children numbers and shapes but the good behaviour that would help them and others in life. It gets a Huge like from Mummy and the Cuties. And you can make your little ones more engaged with loads of activities at the website Olly the Little White Van

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Long life School Uniforms – Trutex School Uniforms Review

I love my School days, But honestly except for those uniforms :). Not because I have to wear the same uniform every day at school, But, the colour fades and the uniform looks dull sooner from the first day of the New Uniforms.

When DD 1 started school, I really wanted to buy uniforms from the School Shops than the Supermarket just becasue I thought, the Quality of the School Uniform shops should be atleast slightly better than the one we buy from the supermarkets. DD1 is a messy baby, she likes to explore any new things, play with paint, palay in Mud and you name it. So All I was left to do was constant washing and ironing of the school uniforms.

So when Trutex sent me some of their uniform to try, I couldn’t wait to see how good the quality of the garments is and ofcourse how long lasting they are. especially because, Trutex is an established brand that claims it’s uniforms are  “made to last” and “colours stay true wash after wash”.

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They have Sent DD 1 a Cardigan, Trousers and Non-iron Blouse.

The Cardigan felt very soft, well fit. It was cotton based so makes it comfortable for DD to wear. It is also bleded  with acrylic and nylon for colour and shape retention. DD1 fits for 9-10 Size. So the Cardigan that was sent was perfectly fitting her and she was very happy to wear it to school. I am sure she will run out of it soon :). They are definitely long lasting, so if you would like your child to wear it for quite sometime, then I would advise you to go for the next size to the one they usually wear. The Bottle Green colour was just as expected and I was not disapoointed with the colour and quality. As I mentioned before, I need to wash the School Uniform quite often in a week and this Cardigan is been washed many times and still has the stiffness and quality in it. I was bit worried that it might shrink after the wash, But glad it didn’t and came out of the wash just as it and fresh as new.

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The long sleeve non iron katie collar blouse is Bright white and had a lovely Girly Cut and looked beautiful on her. The “Non-iron” promise was tested well and It stays neat for quite a good number of washes so you don’t have to bother about ironing it after every wash. They had been washed atleast 10 times now and still look good as New. I gave a slight Iron to the shirts after about 5 washes just not to put them under pressure so much to stay Neat with No effort from me. The cuffs and collars are still Stiff and Sturdy 🙂

The trousers is pressed leg and zip fly front and Boot cut. It has a pocket under front waistband so DD collects her Treasures there ! 🙂 You obviously know what they are… All the Stones and leaves and flowers.  So I need to check the Pocket before giving it a wash all the time :(. They have Double stitch detail around the waistband and makes them look nice. The stitching all around is neat and strong. The only disadvantage I noticed is, they are not adjustable waist so has to be more careful about the waist size while ordering.

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Overall, The quality is the BEST and the Garments are lasting longer definitely wash after wash. They look Bright as New. I have been using them for atleast 5 weeks now and still not disappointed in anyways. It is highly recommended from Mummy and the Cuties. And they are the Carbon Neutral people so gets all our likes and thumbs up!

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Trutex uniforms are available from most of your local stores. Why not check out your nearest stockist of Trutex school uniform and get your uniform ready for the new term?

Christmas Gift Guide – Thule the Travel friend

Thule LogoThule is a Great Travel companion.  It could be your one-stop shopping for your Travel whether it is a long holiday or a short outing or just a business trip. They have Huge range of products from a Bike Carrier to child carriers, luggage bags, Roof racks Storage boxes  and baskets and Many more. You will not fail finding what you want to get for your holiday.

Thule is a brand known for it’s comfort, Safety and Easy to Transport and Yes for it’s Best Quality. Here is a quick Christmas guide from Mummy and the Cuties for Thule  – The products we liked and loved the Most.

One of the first and foremost we pack for our holidays would be our Camera and Camcorders. And if you are holiday lover and photography addict, You will definitely Love this Camera Bag.

New Thule Perspektiv camera bags

Thule is introducing a complete series of sleek camera bags for the thrill-seeking photographers. The bags are steeped in Scandinavian design and Thule quality where each piece combines function, attention to detail and contemporary styling.

Product Design AwardThule Perspektiv is a series of six camera bags in different shapes and sizes; Perspektiv Backpack, Perspektiv Daypack, Perspektiv Messenger Bag, Perspektiv Top Loaders (medium and large) and Perspektiv Action Sport Camera Case. Functional features such as weather-resistant construction with welded and taped critical seams, DWR treated fabric and YKK RCPU zippers are a part of the bags DNA and offer the opportunity for adventures without worries.

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All Perspektiv camera bags have fast access compartments, are lightweight and for carrying comfort, the bags have ergonomic chassis and adjustable shoulder and hip straps. The SafeZone compartment in the bags ensures protection for fragile gear and feature moulded EVA shells with foam padding, and a soft knit lining.

Thule Gauntlet MackBook and Ipad Attaché Case

Adventurers who take their technology wherever they go will appreciate in-case usability in this rugged attaché. Gives you peace of Mind about the safety of your valuable Gadgets.

Macbook 5For those that like to love adventurous lives, or for the city commuter, Thule has created the Gauntlet, a 13 and 15-inch laptop bag that offers incredible protection in a slim casing. The clamshell nature of the bag means that you can open it and leave your laptop inside while you work, with the case maintaining its protection even when open thanks to the rigid exterior design. An elastic brand keeps your laptop fixed securely, and the design of the zip and exterior shell make the whole thing water resistant. I wouldn’t go as far to suggest using your laptop case as an umbrella, but you certainly won’t need to fret about your device when caught out in a rain shower (which if this year’s weather is anything to go by won’t be too long in arriving!). This case looks the business too, with a hard-wearing finish that also serves to look suitably professional in an office environment.

Thule Macbook CaseThey are Durable, proves their quality and always be your best companion for your travel to protect your gadgets.

If you would like to surprise your loved ones, You still have time to order and get the products intime for Christmas.

Looking for a Stress Free Christmas!? Here are some Tips…

How do you feel in the lead-up to Christmas? Excited? Festive? Or just plain anxious? For those of you who worry you’ll never quite reach Kirstie’s levels of home-made festive perfection, fear not – you are not alone!

Well, I love Christmas Time. After all it is a Festive season and meant to keep us happy and laughing than stressing ourselves into doing things great and perfect. But I need to prepare myself well ahead to protect myself from getting stressed.

What do we do mostly for Christmas – Shopping and cooking and have fun with family and friends and ofcourse I am not that bad not to mention the Holy Christmas Mass.

The main stress is from Shopping and Cooking  – Some of them can be planned well in advance and you can make yourself ready and comfortable well before Christmas.

  • Well, Santa’s are usually on duty atleast from the first day of december, so if you could have an earliest Santa visit and shortlist the toys that has been told to Santa from your littleone. In that way, you can buy gifts at the earliest and dont have to leave anything to the last minute – BUT How you hide the gifts until the Christmas day is entirely your challenge and I will leave it with you 🙂 Do give me some tips if you have anything better. One of the tricks I follow is leave it with friend’s or at the loft.
  • Ofcourse You can not cook and keep eveything you planned weeks before.. Don’t look at me like that! 🙂 But some of the desserts can be prepared and freezed. List down the items that (you think) would taste the same or even much better when freezed. Prepare them in your spare time and leave the last minute for the fresh meals.
  • Most important of all, Whatever the works that can be deligated to the machines, leave it with them. Let your Dishwasher takes the load than you spending hours clearing the dishes.
  • Feel free and never feel shy to take help – Man or Machine, all we need is a little help and additional hands to prepare the stuffing and check on the turkey in the oven.
  • Do you think all of this is hard and you can’t take any more stress on Christmas day! – IMPORTANT – This time I have planned to have Christmas at Mum’s place. She is the best person who will never let us do anything but will do everything by herself and still be happy seeing her children happy. All you have to do then is Just eat, chat, drink, open the gifts and enjoy Christmas to the fullest ( I know, even if you offer help, Mum wouldn’t take it, All she wants would be seeing you relaxing and enjoying the great day.) After all, You will also have your turn soon when your daughters have their family. 🙂

Here is some research done by Beko about How Mum’s feel about Christmas generally

Beko’s Household Helpers survey found that over two-thirds of UK mums worry about creating the perfect Christmas, with a sixth of them (15%) admitting to losing sleep. An additional sixteen per cent worry about comments from the in-laws, not to mention the letters to Father Christmas that manage to span two pages of A4…

The Beko Household Helpers Census also found:

•                    Making sure the house is tidy is the number one concern when hosting Christmas lunch (28%)

•                    27% of mums are anxious about fitting the roast and all the trimmings in the oven

•                    23% are worried that their dining table isn’t big enough

•                    A fifth (21%) worry about having a messy kitchen

•                    16% of mums say they are nervous about entertaining their in-laws

I love the last point 🙂 Honestly. After reading this, whether you decide to comment or Not,  I know there is always a Comment!!!!!!!!???? awaiting me on the Christmas day 🙂

So why to wait, we have hardly two weeks before Christmas, Let’s go shopping and make those puddings.

Asda Christmas Toy list – Traditional Wooden Dolls House – Review

 DD 2 is now a Big “baby” Fan and loves any Dolls and finds herself playing with them happily feed them and sing a lullaby, Make them sleep and even change the Nappy – Well, In her words it is “Baaabbbbbyyy”
Stop! Don’t think so! I am not planning to bring another baby home! But hearing this, Asda had asked me to review their Traditional Wooden Dolls House from their Christmas Toy List.
 doll house 1It comes flat packed for you to assemble at home. I took an hour to build it! 🙂 How Quick! Once built, the solid free standing wooden house is a beautifully constructed house ready to provide endless fun.  And Here is something o Make you run……… If you are quick enough you might be able to grab it for a great bargain of £35 as it is on sale down from £70. Yes!!!! a Great Half Price Toy sale exclusively for Christmas. And ofcourse I was one of the Quick runners though I walk Slow! 🙂
And this is how the Interior looks
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  • It is a pink and white solid wooden structure with a pink roof and white outer front and side.
  • It has a beautiful Heart and flowering print on the front that would be any girls favourite.

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  • The windows and doors are hinge opening and decorated with pink love hearts.
  • The house has an open hinge front door, 2 bay bottom level cut out windows, 3 dual open hinge second storey level windows and 2 roof cut out windows so that your child can see through and interact the dolls house
  • The wooden dolls house is also accessible from above with its removable roof, so that kids can interact with second storey and third storey.
  • Each level has its own staircase, so once assembled your child can move dolls around the house in a natural manner.
  • It has four main rooms on the first and second floors, and a converted attic on the third storey.
 The four bedroom layout can be arranged however you like. The one thing you should Note is this dolls house does not come with any furniture, but you can buy them separately –  which is also on sale for 12£ down from £24 – Wooden Doll House Furniture

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This will aid your child’s understanding of how a house is structured as they move through each room within the wooden doll house.Your child will be able to interact with the house easily with its double opening front doors and removable roof, enabling them to play anywhere in the dolls house easily.
As they are on Sale they are going off quickly, So you need to be quick enough to grab yours before it is gone!
Disclaimer:  I have received a £30 voucher from Asda to purchase these products and used it to part pay these items. All opinions and ideas are my Own.