Friday, 5 February 2016

A Year after the Move

It has been over a year now since we have moved to our new home. Although we feel like we have settled down, and the kids have gradually stopped talking about our previous house (they really miss it even though there was less space to play), there is still a lot to do.

We have planned how the garden should look like, but we haven't done anything else about it. Now that the garden has been well soaked by the rain, which has killed a big patch of grass and turned it into a muddy field, I think it's time for us to get on with paving at least half the garden before Summer comes.

We can also do with painting the whole house, as the house only came with a base coat, which wears off easily. With all the furniture around, it seems like a chore to paint one room, let alone the whole house!

I guess that's just an excuse isn't it? So many of you have done exactly that, so surely I can do it too. I'll make it this year's resolution to paint the house room by room, since I'm in an arty crafty mood anyway (let's hope it doesn't wear off anytime soon)! I do wish it was easier and we could paint the house before we have moved in though, but we only had a few days to move out from our previous house and straight into the new one.

Looking back at that time, we were quite lucky that we could do a part exchange, because selling your home is a very stressful thing to do. You have to sort everything out in the house that you are no longer staying in so that it is good enough to sell, then you have to endure all the criticism from potential buyers who are trying to bring the price down. If you have neighbours who are trying to sell as well, it gives you even more pressure because their house might worth more but they might sell it for cheaper than than you. Then, when you do sell, you'll still have to give a big cut to the agency who is helping you sell, whether you are making a profit or not.

With our current house, I don't think another part exchange is possible though, but we really love it here so hopefully this is it. Which means putting more effort into maintaining the house and making it look pretty!

I have mentioned that I'm in a planning mode since January, so I'm going to add "Furbishing Home" into my planner. It includes moving 1/2 of the toys out of the house! It's probably going to be the biggest challenge this year because the kids tend to cling onto toys they no longer play when it's time to get rid of them! Why?!

Valentine's Day with Jelly Belly

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When we went to Holland, the kids were both given an allowance to buy Dutch sweets, but Abby went for some jelly beans. I told her that she can have Jelly Belly jelly beans instead (her favourite) when we were back in the UK (instead of buying them from Holland).

So when she saw a lovely gift box from Jelly Belly on my desk (waiting to be photographed), she squealed and quickly reminded me of my promise, so I should allow her to dive into the gift box straight away (before taking the pictures). I didn't give in of course, and managed to take some really nice pictures (in my opinion!) of Jelly Belly's Valentine Gift Ballotin Box!

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Jelly Belly jelly beans, Valentine's Day Jelly Belly, Valentine's Day Card

Jelly Belly jelly beans, Valentine's Day Jelly Belly, Valentine's Day Card
Left: Bubbly Champagne
Right: Red - Very Cherry, Pink - Cotton Candy, White - Coconut
Jelly Belly's Valentine Gift Ballotin Box (RRP £10.00, net weight 92g) is a golden gift box with shredded red paper stuffing, tied with a Jelly Belly branded red ribbon.

It contains an adorable love heart bauble made from plexi-glass, which comes with 50g of Jelly Belly beans in Very Cherry, Cotton Candy and Coconut flavours, as well as a mini bottle (so cute!) of Bubbly Champagne flavour Jelly Belly jelly beans (42g), which is very new to us with its beautiful pearlescent coating.

The packaging is beautiful and the bottle and love heart bauble are both really cute. The colour (and flavour of course) combination inside the bauble and the Bubbly Champagne flavour is perfect for Valentine's Day!

I think on it's own it will make a perfect Valentine's Day gift already. But I thought I'll do something fun with the jelly beans as well for the kids. They have been making cards for us all the time, so I thought, what if I make a card out of Jelly Belly jelly beans? Even better, what if I make a card that is completely edible and not just the Jelly Belly jelly beans decorations?

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Jelly Belly jelly beans, Valentine's Day Jelly Belly, Valentine's Day Card

And I did! As soon as I found some A4 size edible paper (sweetened too!) and food colouring marker pens (see image below), nothing was going to stop me from making the above adorable (if I say so myself), totally edible card.

I glued the Jelly Belly jelly beans on the edible paper with pink icing (I just happen to have a small icing pen selection, white is completely fine of course) and formed a heart shape apple with a white stalk and red leaves, as well as 2 love bugs (ladybirds) with white icing spots. The rest are done by the edible food colouring marker pens. It's so easy and so much better than a non-edible card (just take a picture before you eat it for memory sake)!

The card has fooled the kids and they had no idea it's completely edible when they saw it on the plate. They started picking on the Jelly Belly jelly beans (without asking me if they can still eat it with glue all over them...), and were shocked when I tore a piece of card and put it in my mouth. They knew about edible paper, but didn't know there is one in a card size (I cut it into A5 size then fold it into a card)!

As soon as they knew, they devoured the card within a few minutes (while fighting over the Jelly Belly jelly beans!). Good I took some pictures first!

If you are looking for some Valentine's Day crafty things to make, consider something that's entirely edible. It's good for the environment too!

I'm currently giving away a 20 flavour Jelly Belly Valentine's Day Gift Box, don't forget to enter for a chance to win!

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I bought these online from The Craft Company

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Valentine's Day Giveaway - Jelly Belly Jelly Beans 20 Flavour Gift Box

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Giving away 1 x 20 Flavour Gift Box (the box at the bottom in the picture)
When it comes to Valentine's Day, one thing you almost must have is something sweet. It doesn't matter whether you are celebrating it as a couple, family, with friends, alone or with pets, or even celebrating it every day of the year, having something sweet will certainly lighten/ enhance your mood!

So I have something deliciously sweet here from the ever so popular Jelly Belly to give away to one lucky reader!

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A box of Jelly Belly 20 Flavour Valentine's Day Gift Box (250g of gourmet jelly beans!)!

As it's so close to Valentine's day, and I want to give more people a chance to enter, I thought maybe I'll do the giveaway as a Valentine's month giveaway. It wouldn't arrive before the 14th, but I hope you won't mind. I can guarantee that it's very worth waiting for! I'm sure you'll agree?

Good luck! x

Prize: Jelly Belly jelly beans 20 Flavour Valentine's Day Gift Box (net weight 250g) x 1

Giveaway Ends: Saturday 13th February 2016 midnight (where 12:01am is Sunday)

Winner announcement: Sunday 14th February 2016 on here, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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