Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Blondes Vegan Creme Eggs

If you're vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free or simply just fancy an incredibly tasty Easter treat, you need to get yourself to this Facebook page pretty sharpish.
So there I was browsing one of the cow's milk allergy 'mum groups' I'm a member of on Facebook and someone links to a post from Blondes Coffee Shop near Hull.

It looks nice enough, you think; it specialises in vegetarian and vegan food so you know they'll have dairy-free cakes...and then you notice... they've only gone and started making vegan creme eggs!

 And they deliver across the UK. I repeat - they deliver creme eggs TO YOUR DOOR.

Well, needless to say, I bought some. It's 3 eggs for £6 (plus £3.50 postage) and if you buy 12 (which obviously I did) they send you a free edible gift. They do creme eggs, caramel eggs and raspberry creme eggs and you can mix and match however you like. All vegan and free from eggs, dairy, soya and gluten.


Send them a message on Facebook, pay by Paypal or over the phone and then a few days later, they'll be in your face hands.
My free gift was a very chocolately slice of rocky road. That's been eaten, along with one of the raspberry creme eggs.


THEY. WERE. DELICIOUS. (and yep, they were that good they do deserve capitals)
I'd like to say they'll last til Easter and won't get devoured before but you know, it might be a case of needs must... 

Disclaimer: All the eggs were bought with my own money and I haven't received anything for writing this post - I just thought they were so tasty I'd share the crème egg love!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Year of Firsts

On 26th January, two months ago now, this little thing turned 1 whole year old.

A year that's not been without its problems but equally not been without its happy moments too.

So...how do you measure a year? (apart from the obvious answer of 525,600 minutes)*

  • In 1 music festival rocked out at (I wonder how many babies can say they'd seen Adele and Muse live by 5 months old)

  • In 1 lido sunbathed at
  • In 1 professional photo shoot attended
  • In 1 balloon fiesta stared at

  • In 1 publicity press pack featured in (scroll to page 10 for our story)
  • In 1 funeral attended
  • In 1 fancy dress party dressed up for (it was a 'heroes & villains' theme - we went as Little Red Riding Hood, the Woodcutter and the Big Bad Wolf!)

  • In 1 dairy allergy diagnosed
  • In 1 hen do gate-crashed
  • In 1 modern train rode on

  • In 2 steam trains rode on
  • In 2 weddings attended
  • In 2 cinema films watched
  • In 3 classical music concerts enjoyed
  • In 3 Father Christmas' met

  • In 3 late night trips to A&E
  • In 4 firework displays admired
  • In 4 fairground rides rode on

  • In 4 levels of swimming lessons completed
  • In 5 soft play centres bounced up and down in
  • In 5 steam rallies enjoyed
  • In 6 holidays taken

  • In 9 carnivals watched open-mouthed
  • In 11 theatre shows enjoyed

  • In 20 different baby groups visited

  • In 1 big birthday party

  • In numerous friends made
  • And in thousands of naps taken!

*Bonus points to you if you recognised the 'Rent' musical reference!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January

January's photo an hour ended up being a bit different. I originally chose Sunday 29th - mainly for selfish reasons as it would be Lily's first birthday party - but Jane's email reminder said Saturday 28th.

So, we gave everyone the choice: Saturday, Sunday or even (as I decided to do), both days!

Here's what the bumper photo an hour weekend looked like...

Saturday 28th January

9am - Morning smiles.

10am - Packing things for a birthday day trip.

11am - On the move.

12pm - Still on the move.

1pm - Picking up some birthday party bits.

2pm - More party prep.

3pm - Sweet potato fries while Andrew was off with Lily at a soft play centre.

4pm - It seems someone rather likes going down slides headfirst!

5pm - Last bit of food shopping for the birthday party.

6pm - On the way home.

7pm - Back home and clearly not worn out just yet.

8pm - Missed 8pm as too busy with party prepping!

9pm - Everything packed and ready for the morning..

Sunday 29th January

9am - Early morning playtime.

10am - Breakfast sizzling away.

11am - Breakfast turned into brunch.

12pm - Quick shower for both me and Lily.

1pm - Setting up things for the party.

2pm - People arriving and starting to enjoy the inflatables and toys.

3pm - When she can't see mum, she's happy to play...

4pm - Party time's over.

5pm - On the way home.

6pm - Lots of birthday presents to open.

7pm - Testing out the birthday cake.

8pm - Cleaning up in the kitchen sink after lots of cake-eating.

9pm - And amazingly she still has energy to play.

10pm - She's finally asleep so we get to catch up on 'Call the Midwife'

Head on over to Jane's blog for a look at what she was up to in January.

Also, check out what I was up to in...

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 19th November

November's photo an hour each year usually falls on a carnival day here in Somerset and this year was no different - it was the turn of Glastonbury town to host the parade.

Here's what the day looked like...

10am - A rare treat of a lie in.

11am - Unpacking the winter stuff from the previous evening's carnival in Wells and repacking for that evening's carnival in Glastonbury.

12pm - An hour or so of playing at nan and gramp's house and she's fast asleep.

1pm - Important toy post delivery.

2pm - Late lunch before heading out for the carnival.

3pm - Sleepy feet.

4pm - En route to Glastonbury.

5pm - Current view from the car.

6pm - Waiting.

7pm - Still raining. Still wet.

8pm - Watching the carnival floats.

9pm - Drying out after the carnival.

10pm - Waiting for traffic to clear before heading home.

11pm - Asleep after a soggy carnival evening!

Jane did the round up that month so for a list of all the photo-an-hour-ers (that should definitely be a word), head on over to her blog.

Also, check out what I was up to in...
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