SodaStream Night Spirit – The Review


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


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.
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.


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!

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


Bakerdays Review

Don’t you just love it when a cheeky treat comes through your letterbox?
I love it!
And that’s just what happened to me this week.
What was I sent? I was sent a fab cake.
Yes, yes, I said a cake!
Bakerdays are a fantastic company that can send you, friend or family member a cake in the post. They aren’t the biggest of cakes, or they wouldn’t fit through the letterbox, but boy are they tasty. They can also personalise it however you want, and do a fab range of flavours.
We were sent the Carrot cake.
All my friends know I am not a huge vegetable lover and Carrot cake is included in this. However, I ate a quarter of the cake and loved it! It was so moist and packed full of flavour.

Bakerdays send the cake in a fantastic metal tin and also include some goodies alongside, candles, balloons and even a cheeky packet of love hearts! Could they be any better?!


Wouldn’t you love to receive this in the post?!

Before I had even taken the cake out the tin, the monsters were all over it. I was told specifically to “share it” and Mini Man told me “I have to have 4 big bits because I’m 4″
Cheeky monkey.

My design was fantastic, I chose the wording to fit in with the blog, as I said before Bakerdays can personalise it however you want, photos, names, sayings, the lot.

I, reluctantly, shared the cake with the family and it went down a storm. All of them wanted seconds. Even Dougal the dog.
The only comment made was from the Mr. He said it tasted more like a ginger cake than a carrot cake. Although he did enjoy every mouthful.


So thank you Bakerdays for our lovely cake. We will be back for more cake soon.


We were sent a cake for the purpose of this review. All opinions are of our own.

Save The Dates & Invitations

I’m starting to get a little excited.
Ok a big bit excited 🙂
It’s just over 13 months to go until our Big Day. It doesn’t seem that long ago since it was 2 years to go.

So, now is the time we should be looking at Save the Date cards and invitations. And I am having a hard job deciding!
Along came Paper Themes and helped me along a little.
They sent me a few samples from some of their ranges. And the more I think about it, could they have made my job in the search harder??
They were gorgeous.
A couple, not to my taste. But 1 stuck out immediately. I had fallen in love, don’t tell the Mr!

I liked all but one of these Save the Dates, but that’s just my personal preference. The Mr thought it was funny though. Can you guess what one it is??

As I said they are all lovely.
Also, some designs I hadn’t seen before.
The website has a lot, lot more, my eyes were like saucers looking at them. And there are prices to suit every budget. Perfect!
I found the site easy to use and work my way about.

Here is my favourite Save the Date and Invitation.

I loved this as it fits in with myself and the Mr.
It took him 7 1/2 years to propose!! I know, I know. I tried for a while before that to get him on one knee, and all it took was a New Year’s Day trip to the pub!

This invitation is so unique. I hadn’t seen one like this before, despite all my reading of wedding magazines!
It also fits in with our wedding as we are getting married at the National Mining museum of Scotland.

Go on, pop over to Paper Themes and have a cheeky little look.
You won’t regret it.


Disney Range from Munchkin

My little lady loves to get her overalls on and get dirty down the yard with her daddy. But she also loves her girly things – disney princess, Minnie Mouse etc.
And her cheeky wee face lit up when we received this in the post.


The wonderful people at Munchkin have brought out a new Disney range. It looks fabulous. So fabulous that the Little Lady would not let her big brother near it! She insisted she had juice out of it there and then.
I had my orders and off I went to give it a wash out and put water in it.
The cup is leakproof and has a 100% leak proof guarantee, thank heavens, can you imagine the mess.
The only fault I found with it, was that I struggled to flip the straw up. It was quite stiff.


Around came dinner time, again I had my orders that dinner was to be put on madams new plate.
Lolly loved having the different sections on the plate, especially having a separate bit for her tomato sauce, I was specifically told where to put it, she is a bossy boots!


I love the fact the plate and bowl have a rubber bottom so as they don’t slip about the table. We have tried other ones that have promised the same but haven’t been as effective.
The set is bright and colourful too, which we all loved.
The range starts from £4.50, so not hugely expensive either. Another great factor.

I think the picture below says it all.


For more information on these products and others visit Munchkin

We were sent the products for review purposes. All words and opinions are our own.

Cute Cute Review

I love to kit my Little Lady out in gorgeous products. Clothes, accessories etc.

When I heard about Cute Cute I got excited, we do love new sources.

We were even more delighted when we were sent a gorgeous rose headband.
It came in a gorgeous package


Lolly loves her new hairband, and even gave her baby a shot of it.


The site and the products are a hit with us.

We were sent the headband for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 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.


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.


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.



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:

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.

XLS Medical Review


I have taken on the weight loss challenge, to get my wedding body on.
I am doing this with a mixture of healthy eating, attending gym and not trying not to have too much wine.

I was asked if I would like to aid my weight loss with the UK’s No 1 weight loss tablet XLS Medical.

After reading into it, side effects etc (there weren’t any known when Myself and other bloggers were given them to review) I decided to go ahead and give them a bash.
I am a woman who needs to lose weight. I will take any extra help I can 😉

The tablets are simple to – Take 2 with a drink after each meal. 3 if its a high fat meal. The maximum you can take in one day is 6.

The one thing I liked about these is that they are naturally derived and don’t interfere with your body’s natural workings. Perfect!

I am going to do the review in 3 stages. This is due to being given 3 month supply of XLS Medical and thought the best way I can do it is in monthly stages.

This first month I have been a little bit lazy (and piggish, if that’s a word!) on the healthy eating front. There have been some days where all I have wanted is junk food. Crisps, dips and nuts, especially cashews mmmm, are my downfall. And there was one week I didn’t lose any weight, didn’t put on though. Just stayed the same. And I put that down to taking XLS medical. I really think, had I not been taking these I would have put on weight for sure.
My other weigh ins I have lost 2-3lb and that’s not cutting back just eating normally and a couple sessions at the gym.

In the last 30 days I have lost 9lbs. Go me 🙂 and that’s including the week I stayed the same.

I know what you are thinking? How does this work then? Here’s the answer:

XLS Medical Fat Binder reduces the absorption of dietary fat by interacting with the fat to form a viscous fat-fibre complex too large to pass through the wall of the small intestine.
This fat-fibre complex is eliminated naturally from the body in the stools, when you go to the toilet. You shouldn’t notice any difference to your usual bowel movements, although you need to drink enough water to prevent becoming constipated.

That’s the science part behind it.
If you want to lose those extra pounds What have you got to lose? (Excuse the pun!)

If you are any of the below, then you are not able to take these supplements:
Are pregnant or likely to become pregnant
Are breastfeeding
Have a BMI of less than 18.5
Eat liver or liver products once a week, with other products containing retinol (as XLS-Medical also contains vitamin A as retinol)
Are at risk of osteoporosis (post-menopausal women and older people)

If you have any underlying health problems, cholesterol, etc, please seek medical advice from your GP before taking these.

I will update you in another 30 days with more progress 🙂

If you would like anymore information visit XLS Medical

I have been given a 3 month supply of XLS fat binder for reviewing. All opinions are of my own