Jan's Family Notebook

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

BRIO Abacus with Clock - Giveaway

We love wooden toys and educational toys in our house. Today I have a toy to giveaway to one lucky reader that is both of those things. The BRIO Abacus with Clock is a lovely toy for children learning to tell the time and count.

On one side is the clock face with moveable hands that is easy for little fingers to move around. On the other side the numbers 1 to 10 are printed with the corresponding number of beads. There are ten coloured beads that children will love to move back and forth as they learn to count.

They toy priced at £19.99 is made from wood and plastic and is suitable for age 3+.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

20 of the Best No Bake Energy Bites Recipes

Energy bites are one of my favourite healthy snacks, there are so many variations that I never get bored. They are packed full of nutrients and provide a much needed energy boost in the afternoon. I make a batch a couple of times a week and keep them in the fridge to snack on whenever I get hungry. They are quick and easy to make and you can use almost any combination of oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. I compiled a list of 20 of the best no bake energy bites recipes. There are lots of different flavours so I am sure there will be something to suit everyone.

Fruity Flapjack Energy Bites from Eats Amazing

Chia Energy Bites from My Fussy Eater

Apple and Cinnamon Energy Bites from Hungry Healthy Happy.

No-Bake Energy Bites from Rosalilium

Chocolate Orange Energy Bites from Paleo Diet and Fitness

Coconut, Pistachio and Matcha Energy Bites from Jan's Family Notebook

Cacao Nibs Energy Balls from Lylia Rose

Vegan, Raw Mini Energy Bars from Captain Bobcat Blog

Lemon Blueberry Energy Bites from My Whole Food Life

Cacao and Roasted Hazelnut Energy Balls from Nutritiously Naughty

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites from Homemade Health

Lemon Coconut Energy Balls from Nourished Naturally

Lemon Drizzle Energy Balls from Made by Luci

Super Seed Energy Bites from The Natural Edit

Lime Coconut Energy Bites from Running on Real Food

Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls from Natalie's Food and Health

Almond Butter Energy Bites from Joy Food Sunshine

Raspberry Coconut Breakfast Balls from Healthy Little Foodies

Pineapple Coconut Energy Balls from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites from Recipe Runner

What is your favourite energy bites recipe?

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Hape George Luck Wooden Puzzles - Review

We were recently sent two wooden puzzles from the Hape George Luck range to try. Little Man and Little Miss were eager to try them when they arrived as they love doing puzzles. Little Miss' favourite animal is a rabbit so she was particularly pleased with the Rainbow Rabbit puzzle. I am a huge fan of the Hape range of toys and have been impressed with the products we have purchased in the past. I was interested to see what these puzzles would be like and am happy to say they lived up to the expectation I had of Hape.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle has 6 colourful pieces that fit together to form two rabbits, a large one and a smaller one. There is a hole at the back to help with the removal of the puzzle pieces. I am very pleased it is there as otherwise the children would tip the puzzle upside down sending pieces flying everywhere!

Little Miss (3) found the puzzle quite tricky at first but after I helped her a few times she became more confident and was happy to attempt it on her own. She still needed a little help but there is always an older brother around to lend a hand. This has quickly become one of Little Miss' favourite puzzles and she asks to do it most days.

We were also sent the Arctic Animals puzzle which Little Man (5) has had lots of fun with. The Arctic scene shows two polar bears, a walrus and a killer whale along with the ice and sea. There is a hidden puzzle underneath which Little Man was delighted with. This shows another arctic scene of dolphins swimming in the sea. Little Man found the puzzle a little difficult but with lots of concentration and by using the picture on the box as a guide he managed to complete it without any help. My older two boys aged 7 and 9 also enjoyed completing the puzzle.
The puzzles are excellent for helping to develop problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration. They also spark imagination, Little Miss loves to talk about the mama rabbit and baby rabbit. The Arctic puzzle is a perfect introduction to discussing animals that live in the Arctic.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle is suitable from age 3+ and is available from Debenhams priced at £6.00.

The Arctic Animals Puzzle is suitable from age 5+ and is also available from Debenhams priced at £13.00.

I received the puzzles for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

What I've Won January - April 2017

I have had a good start to the year with competition wins. I have been trying to get into a better routine with the way I enter so that I can hopefully enter more competitions in the time I've got. Towards the end of last year I had just been entering a few here and there and the lack of effort really showed in what I was winning. 


£30 to spend at Party Bags and Supplies from Chelsea Mamma. I spent this on Peppa Pig balloons, banners and tableware for Little Miss' birthday. I also got a few things for Little Man's birthday. I forgot to get a picture of it all together!

Kiddylicious Snacks from A Strong Coffee. The children enjoyed trying these, the strawberry fruit wriggles were a favourite!


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Where to Promote Your Blog Giveaway

Hosting a giveaway on your blog is a fantastic way of bringing traffic and gaining new followers. If you are hosting the giveaway on behalf of a brand it is an invaluable way of increasing awareness of the brand and their product. The success of a giveaway is determined by how well it is promoted. Below I have listed several places to promote your blog giveaway. If you don't have time to list on every site listed here then just promote your giveaway on the first four. I find these to be the highest referrers. However, if you want maximum exposure for your blog giveaway and have 30-40 minutes to spare I highly recommend listing on all the websites I have listed.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

£10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (CLOSED)

It has been a while since I have run a giveaway on the blog. To make up for that I am offering one lucky reader a £10 Amazon Gift Card. For a chance to win enter via the rafflecopter below. There are no mandatory entries, you can do as many or as few options as you like. The more entries you do the more chance you have of winning. Come back daily for a free entry.

Good luck!

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Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on Sunday 30th April 2017.
The prize is one £10 Amazon Gift Card. There is no cash alternative.
To enter complete at least one task in the Rafflecopter widget.
The winner will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
The winner has 28 days to respond.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan - 10th April

It's been a while since I have done a meal plan but I need to start again as there have been too many unhealthy meals sneaking in.

Monday - Chilli Nachos

Tuesday - Baked Potatoes with Tuna and Sweetcorn

Wednesday - Sweet Potato, Spinach and Butter Bean Stew

Thursday - Meaty Pasta Bake

Friday - Omelette and Chips

Saturday - Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Sunday - Roast Lamb with Trimmings!

What's on your meal plan this week?
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