Gifts

SodaStream Night Spirit – The Review

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When you think back to your younger years, I will guarantee one thing you will remember is the SodaStream!
Whether you had one or really really wanted one. They were one of the most sought after products in the 90’s (my era).

We were lucky enough to be sent the gorgeous Red Night Spirit to review.
And boy was I excited by this! Not only getting to relive, some, of my youth, but we can now make cocktails with it. Mmmmm how I love a cocktail!

Back to the SodaStream….
I couldn’t believe how compact the machine is. It is lovely and slimline and will fit in anyone’s kitchen.
I remember it being big and chunky when I was younger, and I don’t remember them looking as good.
When making drinks, it was so easy. Most of the time I let the Mini Man and Little Lady help make our choice of fizz for the day.
Cherry is the favourite here.
I am not too keen on cherryade, but this one wasn’t as sickly as the ones on sale in the shops.
We all enjoyed a glass of that in the sunshine

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The SodaStream is so simple to use, I have been getting my Mini Man and Little Lady to do most the work!
Full your bottle up to the line.
Chill.
Attach to the drinks maker and carbonate, the mini’s favourite part.
Add syrup and shake up.
Bob’s your uncle!

SodaStream have also brought out new Cocktail syrups, *drools.
There are 3 syrups available – Mojito, Margarita and Cosmopolitan.
These are all on my shopping list! As mentioned earlier, keep your eyes peeled for a future blog post on these.

One of my favourite aspects of the SodaStream is that it helps me with my budget.
Each bottle of syrup makes 12 litres of juice and the syrup is only £3.49. Compare this to the average of roughly £1.50 for 2 litres of fizzy in the shops and you know you’re onto a winner with this.

We also tried out the new My Water, flavoured essence.
I liked this, as I love flavoured water. My only problem was I had to use more than the bottle stated. This could just be my taste, as I like quite a good flavour instead of a subtle touch.

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All in all, the Night Spirit went down well in our house.
The Mini’s love making their own juice, I am loving that we aren’t spending a lot on juice anymore and that I can make cocktails 😉 and the Mr loved his Cream Soda. His words – not as sickly as previous ones he has tried.

At £69.99, the machine isn’t too expensive and the pennies you will save by switching to this from bottled fizz is fab!
Have a closer look at the Night Spirit here you won’t regret it!

Disclaimer
We were sent the Night Spirit for the purpose of this review.
All our opinions are of our own

Jolly Logan Sheep Range by NICI

We were lucky enough to be spent a wonderful package from NICI UK to review.
In the package we received a Jolly Logan stuffed toy, money tin, notepad and shoulder bag.

As soon as I had opened the package to fighting had begun! My two monsters wanted it all and didn’t want to share. Junior (4) worked it out that he should have the first shot as he is the oldest. Lolly didn’t agree, once I have her the bag she had changed her mind.

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Junior loved the stuffed toy, I don’t blame him as he is so soft. And we love the idea behind him. He is a sheep with a wolf coat and hood. He goes everywhere with him.

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Lolly wouldn’t let me take her photo with the bag as she said I would steal it! The cheeky little monster.
The bag is as soft as the Jolly Logan stuffed toy. I couldn’t stop feeling it for a moment!

The notepad is a great wee thing and fits perfectly into the bag. It’s coming up for Juniors birthday and we will be using these for his thank you notes.

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The money tin came with a little padlock and two keys. I told the monsters this was to keep their money safe and that I keep the keys.
We are going on holiday soon and we have all been putting some extra pennies in. Whatever is in there by the time we go will be their spending money.

NICI is available to buy at many local retailers and online at these retailers:

www.nici.co.uk
www.amazon.co.uk
www.delveswoodbears.co.uk
www.cuddlykingdom.com

A big thank you to NICI for sending these wonderful items.
The favourite item has to be the Jolly Logan stuffed toy, so so soft. Love it!
I would recommend these products to everyone.

Find NICI on Facebook and on Twitter these are the places to be so you are kept up to date with their latest news.

Foodie Christmas Gifts

Everyone has the right to have a little (sometimes a lot!) of indulgence in their lives. Especially at Christmas time.
I love to indulge my little self and have been looking into gifts that would make the perfect gift for any foodie.

Perthshire Preserves

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With lots of varieties ranging from spicy tomato and chilli chutney to deluxe orange marmalade with deanston 12 year old whiskey, and everything inbetween.
I was literally drooling at their range.

Ochil Fudge Pantry

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I love Ochil Fudge :).
They have the most amazing flavours of fudge, including Irn Bru! See my previous review here.
This would be perfect for a foodie with a sweet tooth.
Hmmmm fudge 🙂

Oliver Bonas Salt Wand

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I seen these and thought they were pretty nifty, albeit maybe slightly dangerous round young children?
At £9.50 not as expensive as I thought they were going to be.
These would bring a magical sparkle to any table.

Celebrity Bake Book

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I love a bit of baking, and nothing beats a nice new shiny book of new recipes to try out.
This book contains recipes from 150 celebrities from Twiggy to Joanna Lumley to the Duchess of Cornwall.
The proceeds raised from the sales go to the Ben Kinsella fund, to help raise awareness on knife crime. So that’s a bonus too.

Hope these have helped you a little in your Christmas gift quest 🙂
Happy shopping x