Hello!

My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 7 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Pancake Day is sweeter with Num Noms!

Getting creative with a little scented inspiration!

What's Your Flavour?

It's no secret ... my girls adore Num Noms. They are both steadily acquiring a healthy collection each, which become the focus of their make believe games on a very regular basis! On Boxing Day, 2016, they were delighted to share in the excitement of the launch of the latest Series 3 and had lots of fun exploring the new scents.


I'm sure most of you have heard about Num Noms by now, but for those of you that haven't, they are a very sought after collectable in this house. They're sweet, stackable and scented! With each one having its own scent, they can be stacked together to create inventive new scents, and with hundreds to collect, the possibilities of imagination are endless. I am invited to their restaurant regularly and treated to plated of banana fries and strawberry soup!


So, when we were asked to allow Num Noms to inspire and influence our Pancake Day this year for their 'What's your Flavour?' campaign, the girls were extremely excited and full of ideas whilst I was preparing myself to say goodbye to our usual lemon and syrup toppings and a little apprehensive about what would be suggested by the girls!

This is the second Series 3 Lunchbox that we have had from Num Noms now, and the girls absolutely love them! You get 3 different food categories, with 3 Num Noms in each. In this one, we had fruit/veg, hard candies and donuts! As well as these 9 Nums, there is also a blind pot and 2 eraser Noms. So once Munch and Beastie had explored the box and matched each one up to the list to identify their names, they set to work on deciding which would make good pancake topping combinations, whilst grabbing the rest of their collections too.


Munch decided on a pancake topped with peaches, maple syrup and bananas, so Nana Hearts, Maple Sugars and Peachy Stamp-It made up her creation.


Beastie clearly liked the sound of Munch's idea, so she stacked the same scents, but added Brooklyn Blue (whilst insisting she was a blueberry Num ... she's actually blue raspberry, but these are just mere details!)

One thing I have found as a mum of girls who have Num Noms from all series 1-3 is, the scents seems to be becoming more realistically accurate. Beastie actually cannot stop smelling Maple Sugars saying she smells exactly like maple syrup (she's not wrong either!) And I did have to liberate her from Beastie's coat pocket on the way to school the other day. Apparently, all her friends needed to sniff her!

So, fast forward a few days, and here we are.

It's Pancake Day!!!

So, what are your favourite toppings? We had our pancakes a little early so we could share what we created. I asked the girls to put their shopping lists together with their Num Noms inspired ingredients, and I went out and bought exactly what they asked for!


There was maple syrup too!

We had so much fun creating these Num Nom inspired pancakes, and the girls were really excited to be the brains behind the ingredients! The most fun part of all though was the building of their own pancakes and the eating!


Do let us know what you'll be having on your pancakes today, and will your toppings be creatively inspired like ours were?

Num Noms really got the girls thinking and had them thinking up all sorts of crazy concoctions! I did find myself saying "Hmmm, I'm not sure about hot dogs with marshmallows on a pancake," and, "maybe cotton candy and tomatoes wouldn'[t be such a great idea ...", but I think they got the idea in the end!


We were sent a set of Series 3 Num Noms and a contribution towards ingredients for the purpose of this post. No other payment was received and all thoughts are 100% our own.

When an event needs a venue ...

... Theres always a venue that needs an event!

Whatever the time of year may be, there are always important events going on. Living so close to London, we are often lucky to receive invitations to some wonderful blogging events in our wonderful Capital, London. Many of these events are held in some truly beautiful venues, and blogging has helped me to see London through much more favourable eyes, as I have had the opportunity to visit some wonderful places that I never knew existed.

These events may be blogging conferences, product launches or celebrations of brand successes, all of which have been held in some of the most attractive locations which always leave me in awe of the amazing city that is right on our doorstep.

However, I do fail to appreciate sometimes, the hard work that often goes into finding and securing these venues. There are many of them in London - some that are well known and quite well known, whilst others are like hidden treasures that are almost unheard of. How on earth would one even go about locating a place like that when advertising is strongly dominated by the more well known places and they are far from the obvious choice?

Now, thanks to Venue Seeker, these little diamonds that are so well hidden in the rough are easier to locate and no event should ever be without a venue again!

Image courtesy of Venue Seeker

Whatever your even requirements may be, Venue Seeker are able to help. Looking to spread the word about your great new product ...? Hold a social occasion for employees and/or clients ...? Maybe an award ceremony to celebrate successes within your field ...? An indoor venue with atmospheric decor ...? Or possibly somewhere spacious which spills to a picturesque outdoor area as more of a Summer party venue ...? Venue Seeker can help throughout. They know how important location is when planning your event and are aware how stressful it can be when you are trying to ensure that everything goes down without a hitch! They want to take some stress out of the planning, leaving you to concentrate on the more important details of your event, like how many bottles of champagne you need to order!

With a book containing over 100 event spaces in and around London, Venue Seeker are sure to have a location to suit every occasion. From ancient venues with a historical tale to tell to more contemporary conference centres, London has it all!

Image courtesy of Venue Seeker

Furthermore, Venue Seeker is free to use and extremely simple. Use the website to enter your requirements regarding event type and number of guests and browse through the suggestions offered, give the office a call and have some hand-picked suggestions given, or list your requirements in an email and see what is available to you.

Thanks to this company, finding and securing a venue for your event should be so much easier, and with the Summer fast approaching, you may want to start thinking about Summer gatherings, or getting yourself extra organised and begin planning your private Christmas event for this year. One thing is for sure, you won't be short of suggestions, and choosing London as your setting, you can plan an occasion that will have people talking into 2018!

Venue Seeker can also be found on social media. Why not give them a shout on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and see if they can help you.






This is a collaborative post. All words are my own.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Happy Birthday, Swagbucks!

It's a Birthday Extravaganza!


Everyone loves a good birthday celebration, and Swagbucks is no exception! They are going all out starting this Monday (27th February,2017) to mark the special occasion that is their 9th birthday!

9 years! 9 years of rewarding their members ... 9 years of always finding new and fun ways to entertain their community ... 9 years of growing success!


As Swagbucks is celebrating their birthday on Monday, they're keeping the party alive all day on February 27th, but they want to give YOU presents. You can play Birthday Swago (their version of bingo) all day long, filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. I have played a number of rounds of Swago now, and they are fun! Search the web, complete surveys, refer friends, explore your favourite stores ... what will this next Swago board have in store?

If you have played Swago before, you will already have an idea of how it works. But ... This is no ordinary Swago! This is Birthday Swago, and Swagbucks have lovingly added a twist of the best kind!


 For each square you fill in, you get a spin on their big birthday prize wheel, where you can earn up to 2500 points (SB) with each spin! The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash! 

So, a Swago board with a top reward of 300 SB (for completing the whole board), and lots of opportunities to try your luck on the Big Birthday Wheel!

Fill up your board and then submit your patterns to get even more spins and more chances to win big points! Click here to sign up and get started! If you're not yet a member, you can sign up through my link, and when you earn a minimum of 300 SB before March 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

So, if there was ever a perfect time to sign up for free to Swagbucks, with all these rewards on offer, now is it! 



I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Choc-Dipped Swagbucks!

Another fun Team Challenge!

They just keep on coming! Not only is Swagbucks a brilliant way to earn vouchers for your favourite online and high street stores, but they are always making it fun. It is very rare lately that there isn't an event of some sort going on!



Here's another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! They have one themed around Valentine's day - the Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge begins Monday, 13 February. 

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site: 

1. Click here to join the challenge (sign up and then you'll see the challenge banner on the home page) and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting 13 February at 4pm GMT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far. All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before 1 March, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)! 

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, February 17th and will expire on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:59am GMT.


The Team Challenges are always a lot of fun with a great, friendly competitive atmosphere, and you can keep up with your own progress and that of all the teams on the Team Challenge page.

What team will you be on ...?





I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Friday, 10 February 2017

With Love from ... Swagbucks xx

Valentine's Day Shop & Earn deals

Valentine's Day ... Love it or loathe it, it's everywhere you look. Card shops make you search for the few birthday cards hidden amongst a million love greetings, store windows are adorned with gift ideas for that special someone and florists are just a sea of reds, pinks, balloons and cuddly toys. It's on the high street, it's online, it's on the TV and the radio. So, whilst there's no escaping it, why not embrace it ...?!


If Valentine's Day plays a big part in your annual calendar, are you still looking for the perfect gift to get that special person in your life? Do your Valentine's Day shopping through Swagbucks and get cash back for all your purchases! The best part? Through Valentine's Day, selected retailers are offering double cash back or more! Just click here to sign up for Swagbucks and learn more. If you don't know about Swagbucks, it's a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, searching the web, and taking surveys! You redeem your SB for gift cards or PayPal cash. As a special bonus, if you sign up through me and spend at least £25 in shop, you'll get a 200 SB bonus!


If you're not in the Valentine's mood or don't celebrate the occasion, why not take full advantage of those that do, treat yourself to something lovely and bag yourself a nice SB cashback bonus! 

So, whatever your opinion on the day, Swagbucks will spread the love to everyone - be sure to catch some for yourself!


I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Changes for 2017 ...

Up the Protein ... Up the Fitness

I've heard so many people say recently that; 
2017 will be the year they get fit ... 
2017 will be the year they lose weight ...
2017 will be the year of change ...!

The problem many people face is the very problem I have, and I am determined to beat that this year! As a busy mum of three, I neglect myself, pure and simple. It's not necessary, but I do. I see so many mums at the school who turn up at 3pm having just been to the gym, the salon, the sun bed, and here's me just wishing I could fit a fitness routine into my day!

But why shouldn't I?!
There is always an excuse!

For a start, I need to eat better. There are some days (actually, many days) where I will go the whole day without food. I will spend my day making sure the kids have everything they need, and will often forget that my body has the same needs too! Then, when I do suddenly get hungry, I will grab something quick that will act purely to banish the hungry feeling rather than satisfy my body's need for nutrition. 

This needs to stop!

I need to look after me a little more. After all, my children want me fit and healthy and able to do all the things they want me to join in with as they grow. I want that too.

So some changes will be made, and I have been looking in to where I should start.

Equipment


Although not essential, some fitness aids can make all the difference when trying to establish a fitness regime that is going to be sustainable. Santa very kindly brought me some roller skates for Christmas and I'm determined not to let them get lost in the back of a cupboard where they will gather dust. Munch also received new skates for Christmas, so some mummy/daughter time getting out and about on our skates could be a lot of fun, as well as being a good workout for me. I'd like to invest in a good exercise bike too, as it will mean I can work out when the kids are in bed and I am unable to leave the house.

Clothing


There's nothing quite like some lovely new clothes to motivate me, so I know I will need to accessorise my wardrobe with some new fitness gear. Leggings and tops which are suitable for physical exercise, and a good, comfortable pair of running shoes that are suitable for both indoors and out. Right now, I'd either be exercising outdoors at night or slightly well covered as my body confidence right now is lower than low, but if I can stick at this, then maybe ... soon ...

Supplements


Some people don't need to supplement their diet when wanting to reach a body or fitness goal. Some people get all the goodness they need from their perfectly planned, balanced and nutritious eating regimes. I, however, don't! Supplementing my diet with a little more protein, a little more energy (and not just the kind that comes from several cups of coffee!) all has to be a good thing. And knowing that I can purchase these aids online at discounted prices without having to cut out the things I enjoy, makes the whole concept even more tempting! Take a look at http://www.fitnesscodes.co.uk for yourself. The range at My Protein is huge!

2017 ... some changes will be made!



This is a collaborative post

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Collecting Bills for Bucks!


One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Just by using the Swagbucks search bar to do your usual web browsing, you can earn random bonuses. I use Swagbucks as my default search engine now, as you never know when a reward will pop up just for performing a search!

Every now and then, Swagbucks have "Collector's Bills" worth bonus SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, Debenhams, Argos, and many more!


Here's all the information for this week's Valentine's Day Collector's Bills:

Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, February 6th through Friday, February 10th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

5 SB 
7 SB 
9 SB 
14 SB 
21 SB 

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus! Keep searching til you find them all!

I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Love is in the air with SWAGO

Make Valentine's extra sweet with a 200 SB SWAGO bonus!

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? I've written about previous rounds, all of which have awarded me with the maximum reward of 200 SB. It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

 With Valentine's Day around the corner, why not do your gift shopping online and earn cash back while you're at it? 


Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus:

Shop Swago began yesterday on 6 February at 4pm GMT. When you visit your board, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change colour signifying the action item is complete. You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose carefully. However, it is not difficult to complete the board for the full 200 SB. I think my board took me around 10 minutes to complete. That's an easy 200 SB! And don't worry, although it is a Shopping Swago, you don't have to make a single purchase in order to complete the board!

The game ends 9 February at 8pm GMT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

If you are still not a member of Swagbucks, sign up today for free and start raking in the benefits for yourself! 



I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Monday, 6 February 2017

All you need is love ... And Swagbucks!

Spread a little love this February
February is here already! January, voted the hardest month of the year, is now behind us and we're now almost a week into the shortest month of the year.

February is famous (or infamous - depending on how you feel about it) for being the month of love. Whatever your view of this annual affectionate tradition might be, maybe getting a 500 SB bonus from Swagbucks is a way making the occasion extra sweet?! 

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like New Look, Amazon, or PayPal cash (to name just a few!)


When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 500 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before the 1st March, 2017, and you'll get a 300 SB bonus for doing so!

3. If you spend at least £25 through Swagbucks Shop* you'll get another 200 SB bonus on top of the cash back you'll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn't cost you anything extra, but you'll get SB points for every pound you spend (on top of the bonus)! 



That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned over £400 in Amazon vouchers since I started shortly before Christmas. It truly is the most effective saving scheme I have ever known. It costs nothing at all but may be one of those things that you start and question why on earth you hadn't done it sooner. I question this myself every single day!

*You must receive your shopping SB before 1 April

I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!