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Enjoy A Splendifirous Summer With Mr Kipling & Roald Dahl

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Last week we were invited to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Aylesbury to celebrate the collaboration between Roald Dahl and the delicious Mr Kipling cakes who want you to Enjoy A Splendifirous Summer With Mr Kipling & Roald Dahl. Mr Kipling has added a touch of magic to their range of cakes with new limited edition Roald Dahl packaging that is exclusive to Tesco until September. With every pack you purchase there is a unique code inside that you enter onto the Mr Kipling website and see if you have one of many amazing prizes.


Mr Kipling and Roald Dahl know the importance of spending quality time together, especially over the Summer with the children on their holidays, which is why they are trying to make your Summer more splendifirous by winning amazing prices and sharing a packet of their delicious cakes. The wonderful prizes include tickets to see the wonderful West End stage show, Matilda the musical, a trip to Buckingham palace, a selection of Roald Dahl books, family tickets to the Roald Dahl Museum, a BFG jump squiffling giant jigsaw and lots lots more. Even a family trip to New York for two adults and two children! You can see the full list of prizes here.

The limited edition packaging can’t be missed as all the Mr Kipling cakes now have a Roald Dahl twist. There are fantastic french fancies, enormous crocodile croc-olate slices, gloriumptious cherry bakewells, delightful Viennese swirls, scrumptious mini battenbergs and Dory-Hunky angel slices. Also on the website is an ‘inspire’ page full of things to do for families over the Summer.


When we arrived at the Roald Dahl museum we went up to the Mr Kipling room for a cup of tea and some cake and was given a talk on the exciting new collaboration. We then went around the museum, I had never been before but Oscar visited with his school earlier on in the year when they were learning about chocolate. The museum is fantastic and as a fan of Roald Dahl as a child it was nice to share something I loved as a child with Oscar as he is now reading the books too. He is currently reading the Giraffe, the Pelly and me. We learnt lots of fascinating facts about Roald Dahl.


We then went on the village tour and I was fascinated at how many of Roald Dahl’s books are based around the small village of Great Missenden. From the library in Matilda, to the Tudor looking building he then envisaged as the orphanage in the BFG, the supermarket in Fantastic Mr Fox and the petrol pump station in Danny The Champion of the World. We also then walked up the hill to the village church where Roald Dahl’s grave is. It has the BFG’s giant footprints leading up to it and is set under a beautiful tree with a bench with his grandchildren’s name on it.


We then walked back to the museum for story time and then went and had a lovely afternoon tea with Mr Kipling. I hadn’t had a battenberg in ages and now I am totally addicted, I have had a fair few packets since last week.


We had a lovely time at the Roald Dahl Musuem thanks to Mr Kipling and will be going back very soon as it is so local to us.

The New Summer Piccolo Menu At Pizza Express

Yesterday we went to the Pizza Express in Watford for lunch. We had been to this particular Pizza Express countless times and have always had a great experience. We had been asked to see what we thought of the New Summer Piccolo Menu At Pizza Express, we knew it would be lovely as the boys love it there! When we arrived we were given a spacious table and the menus to browse through. They have a new Summer Piccolo Children’s menu and activity packs. Oscar is seven and always likes an activity pack in a restaurant with different puzzles, word searches and colouring on them and Archie being two loves drawing all over it and the activity packs keeps them both entertained until their lunch arrives.

The new Piccolo menu has lots of choice and you get three courses, a drink and a bambinoccino with the dessert for only £6.95. The starter is baked dough balls with cucumber and fresh, red baby plum tomatoes. For mains there are three different pasta dishes to choose from,  four different types of pizza and new on the Summer menu is a Pollo salad. For dessert as I mentioned a bambinoccino is included and there is four yummy desserts to choose from.


Oscar always has the same he loves the penne Bolognese and Archie had the Margherita pizza. The portions are perfectly sized, obviously Archie always leaves a bit as he is only two but Oscar as a growing seven year old finishes the bowl of Bolognese completely. I had my all time favourite a salad nicoise. I love the Pizza Express salad dressing, thankfully you can buy it at the supermarket and I use it all the time at home. They finished their lunch off with vanilla ice-cream with a cone and chocolate sauce which also comes with a Bambinoccino.

As well as the fun-filled activity packs, with each child getting their very own chef’s hat and stickers too, Pizza Express are encouraging children aged 6-12 to unleash their creativity and be as imaginative as possible in their Dough Ball Adventure writing competition. All they have to do is submit an exciting Dough Ball adventure story (up to 200 words) via the Pizza Express website for the chance to have their stories being made into animations, as well as win weekly adventure prize. Plus one lucky winner will win an adventure holiday. Such a fantastic competition and educational too! Oscar has already started writing his dough ball story about them going on holiday to visit their family in Italy.

The staff in the Watford branch were really lovely as always and even though they were super busy we didn’t have to wait for a table and our food came nice and quickly. We will be back many times over the Summer holidays! For a great priced, relaxing lunch head to Pizza Express with the kids this Summer! And don’t forget to enter the competition!


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Our Puddle Adventures With HIPP

As you may well have seen it has been an exciting few months for HIPP Organic with the launch of their baby bath range and now their brand new yummy fruity muesli with crispy ducks and porridge pouches. The perfect breakfast’s for your little ones tummy on a cold morning.  The porridge pouches are the only ones available in the UK making breakfast even easier if you are in a rush or travelling.


HIPP’s delicious cereals are made with the finest organic ingredients, providing toddlers with a healthy nutritious breakfast to start the day. With the boys food I always try and give them organic wherever possible and starting off the day with a nice filling organic cereal is fantastic. The cereal and porridge are designed to give your little one a healthy start to the day and make breakfast time a little more fun, the HiPP Organic Fruity Muesli with Crispy Ducks contains the finest organic cereal and have no added sugar. Archie loved the ducks and kept picking them out and eating them all at the end.


Each Porridge Pouch contains one of five-a-day and encourages little ones to try a range of different flavours; pear, apple and apricot and a fruity porridge and also a apple and peach porridge. Archie likes feeding himself with them, Oscar likes them too and between school and his swimming lesson the other day he had one in the car as a snack. I have tasted all three flavours myself and they taste really nice.

HIPP also kindly sent Archie the sweetest duck rain coat, umbrella and wellies, which he absolutely loves. When I say love he has become slightly obsessed with his wellies and wears them everywhere. Even when we were housebound last week as he had chickenpox he wore them all around the house and even to bed!


We have been out, thanks to the rainy weather jumping and splashing in puddles and having great fun. To be honest at the start he looked at me like I was mad when I was jumping up and down getting soaked. He soon joined in the fun and loved it!

One thing you may not know about HIPP is they are the only large, family-run company in baby food, HiPP Organic is passionate about natural and organic products to provide little ones with the best start in life. Also knowing they are a family-run company gives me confidence in the brand itself. Visit their website for more details on the brand and their fantastic ranges.


Disclaimer: We were sent the range of pouches and cereal for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own. We were also gifted a raincoat, wellies and an umbrella.

Review: Fruit Heroes Fruit Bars – A Healthy Kid’s Snack

With Britain about to enter a heat wave I always love to get outside with the boys and have picnics and Fruit Heroes are brilliant for your children to have a healthy yet yummy snack as part of their picnic treat. A kid’s healthy snack that tastes great, what more could you ask for?



Fruit Heroes come in four delicious flavours; strawberry, blackcurrant, banana and apple and raspberry that all have natural and healthy ingredients. They have sourced the best natural ingredients from around the World to make their fruit bars great for your children and simply used a splash of sunflower oil and water and pressed the bars in to shape. Oscar is often starving when he comes out of school and I am always taking a treat or piece of fruit when I pick him up. Now I keep a packet of the Fruit Heroes bars in the car so he has a healthy snack to boost his energy and even though it is healthy the fun wrappers on the bars make them look like a treat. They are great to keep in your bag or add to a lunch box as a fruit dessert.



Finding a snack that is one of Oscar’s five a day that he enjoys and is easier than him turning his nose up at yet another piece of fruit is fantastic. Oscar thought all four flavours tasted great, his favourite being strawberry and he kept asking for one after the other! You can also use them to bake with and there are some fun and yummy recipes HERE which could be a fun activity to do over the Summer holidays with your children.


The Fruit Heroes 20g bar have no added sugar, no added colourings, no added preservatives, no sulphur dioxide, no gluten or dairy, have not been cooked or baked, have naturally a high fibre content and all natural ingredients. With 84% of British parents concerned about their children’s diet these Fruit Heroes could be the answer to your five a day worries. Fruit Heroes are hosting a live web chat with leading Dietician and Nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker on the Fruit Heroes Facebook page on Friday 9th July.  Dr Sarah will be tackling some of the questions and confusion around children’s nutrition and facts about sugar. 


The Fruit Heroes are available from Tesco, Holland and Barrett, Tree of Life, One Stop, Amazon and selected health stores. The RRP is £1.99 for a pack of five.




Disclaimer: We were sent the Fruit Heroes bars for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.



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