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Argos ColourMatch Toasted Sandwich Maker

We had a toasted sandwich maker lurking at the back of the cupboard for years. No one ever bothered with it until a couple of months ago when Kaycee was looking for sprinkles to put on her cake and saw the toastie machine or magic sandwich maker as daddy calls it!

Since then it’s been used on an almost daily basis and when it stopped working a few weeks ago it was awful! Everyone, especially me, had been so used to having a toasted sandwich for lunch that it felt weird to have a regular sandwich!

We were all very pleased when a lovely new apple green toasted sandwich maker from the ColourMatch range arrived from Argos 🙂
Not only does it look great, it cooks so much faster than our old one!


The kids have been having toasted sandwiches for breakfast with some their favourite fillings being cheese and beans or banana and chocolate spread.
My favourite filling has got to be cheese, ham and salsa 🙂

What’s your favourite filling?

Argos ColourMatch Range

I’ve been a fan of Argos since I was a little girl; the Christmas season didn’t start until I’d spent a couple of hours thumbing through the catalogue, circling all the things I wanted and writing them on a list for Santa!

As I got older, I moved from the toy section to the home and garden section, in particular, to all things kitchen! I’d choose my colour scheme and plan on the things I was going to have when I moved out and got a place of my own.

When I finally did move out and get a place of my own I bought just about everything from Argos! So as you can imagine, when I got an email telling me about the ColourMatch range at Argos and asking if I’d like to take part in the ColourMatch challenge, I couldn’t have been more excited!

We’re having a new kitchen fitted soon, I’ve just picked the cupboards, counters and floor colours and Ant and I have been searching Google for a new ceramic range cooker. We found one we both like and ordered it. It should be here before the end of the month 🙂
I’ve never had a nice new kitchen before let alone a brand new cooker so my excitement levels at the moment are probably going to be making my blood pressure rise!
Just to add to the excitement, I received a huge box of kitchen items from Argos this morning and I really was like a kid on Christmas morning when I was unwrapping it all!

So, according to the Argos ColourMatch Personality Test, the best colours for me are Jellybean blue and Tutti Frutti green which means the new colour scheme for my kitchen is Jellybean Blue; I love it…even the name makes me happy!
I love the Tutti Fruitti green and the Bubblegum pink as well but seeing as we had pink and green last year when we decorated I think it’s time for a change 🙂

After checking out your ColourMatch personality test and letting me know your result in the comments below (only if you want to of course, there isn’t a prize or anything!) head on over to Argos to see the full ColourMatch range 🙂



About ColourMatch
makes it easy to add a splash of personality with our extensive range of colour
co-ordinated homewares; all at prices to make you smile.
online at for a wide selection of ColourMatch homewares at Argos.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with a fantastic range across kitchen and dining,
lighting, rugs and cushions, blinds and curtains, bedding and bathroom
16 colours available, ranging from Poppy Red to Apple Green, there is a wide
choice for everyone and for every room in the house.

With the Check & Reserve service from Argos,
customers can reserve products at for immediate collection from
their nearest store


5 Top Tips
from Colour Psychology Expert Karen Haller to add Personality to your Home
Simply add colour
The simplest and easiest way to
instantly add your own personality to your home is through colour.  Adding
colour to your home doesn’t mean getting the paintbrushes out. It can be as
simple as buying a bunch of flowers, a colourful bowl of fruit or home ware
Trust your instinct
We all have different personality traits and behaviours. So pick the colour
tones that resonate with your personality, those you are instinctively drawn
to. This means they’ll have a positive impact on how you feel and how you
behave in your own home. If you’re unsure, you can find out your perfect
personality colour through the ColourMatch test on
Use colour to match you mood
You only need a splash of colour
to change the mood of a space. Something as simple as scatter cushions on your
sofa, a colourful kettle in the kitchen or a lamp in the living room can
instantly change the mood of a room and how it makes you feel. That’s why I’ve
been working with ColourMatch from Argos to make it even easier to find your
‘perfect colour’.
Decorating your home is an
extension of you

So many of us create a home to make other people happy. They aren’t living in
it, you are.
Take your time finding the things
and the colours you love. You’ll be creating a home that nurtures you, that
loves you back.
Have fun
Colour isn’t something to be fearful of. Experiment. If it doesn’t feel right
then play around with the colour tones, the proportions, the placement until it
feels right for you.
ColourMatch from Argos has
created a simple test making it easy for anyone to identify which colour best
reflects your personality at home. To find out your visit


Karen Haller, the UK’s leading
Colour Psychology Authority for business branding and interiors

I now need to take a trip to Argos to get the rest of the Jellybean blue kitchen range!

All the above now added to my wishlist!

Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of items from the Argos ColourMatch range and this is my honest and accurate opinion.

My Debenham’s Dream Bedroom

I bought paint last year intending to decorate our bedroom.

It’s still in the shed.

I planned on getting it out and finally getting the bedroom done during the school holidays while the kids were away with family.

It’s still in the shed and the summer holidays are over.

I’m not starting it now, what with Christmas coming up, (I know, any excuse is better than none right? Decorating is just so messy though!) so I’m going to have to dream a little longer about creating my perfect bedroom and that’s what I’ve been doing today when I should have been doing countless other things!

I’m entering a competition which is being run by Mammasaurus and Jen at Love Chic Living to design a dream bedroom with Debenhams 🙂





1) Cream bonded leather ‘Washington’ TV bed frame – Super king – £1386
2) Buttermilk ‘Oxford’ double wardrobe with drawers – £560
3) Buttermilk ‘Oxford’ 3 drawer chest x 2 – £304 each
4) Buttermilk ‘Oxford’ 5 drawer chest – £400
5) Buttermilk ‘Oxford’ wall mirror – £104
6) Yellow capri bed linen – £76
7) Graham and Brown matt finish nice pear paint – £15.99
8) Whiteheads Loretta lime lined eyelet curtains – £43.99
9) Yellow capri cushion – £32
10) Cream large butterfly tea light holder – £12
11) Lily Flame smile candle – £6.80
12) White hanging heart candle holder – £8
13) Silver ‘Louis’ large metal trunk – £288
14) Black wooden ‘Don’t spend your life’ sign – £17.60
15) Small black table lamp with lime shade x 2 – £22 each
16) Wooden ‘Waiting for the storm’ sign – £12.80

Total spend – £3615.18

Department 19 – Book Review

Aiden (13) was sent the Department 19 trilogy a while ago and what with the school holidays and spending weeks at his dad’s, he’s still not finished the first book! He is enjoying it though and he’s hoping to get it finished and move onto the next one once school starts again on Thursday.

He’s enjoying the story and recommends I read it as we tend to enjoy the same kind of books (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Gone series to name a few) so when I’ve finished my current book I’m going to read Department 19.

The story centres on 14 year old Jamie. His mother gets kidnapped and he gets dragged into Department 19, the governments most secret agency. It provides him with the tools needed to find his mother and kill the vampires that are trying to kill him.

Some of the reviews on Amazon say that it’s quite gory and a bit more grown up than the regular teen vampire novels which is probably why Aiden’s enjoying it!

I love vampire stories so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this one 🙂

Staying safe on the school run.

Kaycee and Ella both love walking to school. They used to go in the car every morning with Ant who would drop them off on his way to work until I got fitter and was able to walk with them.

We live on cul-de-sac but the road at the front of the house is very busy and this is the one we have to cross on the way to school every morning. I always worry about the girls being involved in or causing a road traffic accident by walking out in to the road and not looking both ways.
Because of this we’ve been teaching them from a young age how to safely cross the road.

The words, STOP, LOOK & LISTEN were drummed in to me when I was younger and I use them now when reminding the girls not to step out on to the road without checking for traffic.
We learnt about the Green Cross Code at school and there were always adverts on the tv showing the Green Cross Code Man or little hedgehogs singing and looking for a safe place to cross!

When we’re walking to school we discuss standing a safe distance from the edge of the pavement and always looking both ways before crossing. The girls also know how important it is not to cross near parked cars and whenever possible we use a pedestrian crossing.

I’m very confident in Kaycee’s ability to safely cross the road. Ella on the other hand, worries me greatly because she doesn’t have a very big concentration span and I’m constantly having to remind her to stop, look and listen!

Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation to write this post however all opinions expressed are my own.


Vanish stain remover – Review

I used to manage a laundry and one of my specialities was stain removal. It was made very easy there though because they had a range of chemical stain removers for just about every stain you can think of.

At home though I don’t have access to those stain removers and many an item of clothing has had to be thrown away due to the sticky, food covered fingers of children who use their dresses/trousers/t-shirts etc as napkins!
I was sent some Vanish Oxi Action spray and powder to try and I’m really pleased with the results 🙂
Kaycee cooked dinner for us the other night. She made a delicious chicken pizza with the chicken breasts being the base instead of bread and she topped them with her home made pizza sauce, mushrooms, sweetcorn and cheese.
Of course she managed to get the tomato based sauce all over her brand new dress that her sister bought her for her birthday at the beginning of the month.
Now she loves this dress and the thought it being ruined was very distressing for her so you can imagine how happy she was when Mum saved the day by spraying it with Vanish, leaving it to work for a few minutes then chucking it in the washer with a scoop of the Vanish powder added to the powder drawer.
While I was at it, I decided to try it on Ella’s Piglet cushion that she’d left in the garden for a few nights.
It was filthy and had been rained on more than once!
I sprayed it all over and left it to work before adding it to the washer with the dress.
Both items came out looking wonderful and I now have two very happy girls 🙂
If you need help with stain removal, check out the stain solutions on the Vanish website. I’ll be checking how to get rid of coffee stains and red wine stains because although I’d like to believe it was just the children who ruined clothes with stains, I’m very clumsy and you can bet your bottom dollar that if I have a white top on I’m going to spill something bad like coffee or red wine on it!
Disclosure: I was sent the Vanish to review but this didn’t guarantee a favourable review. All opinions of the product are honest and accurate.

Gardening Express – Review

I think this has got to be one of my favourite review posts ever!

I was asked by Gardening Express if I’d like to order some plants and write about them on my blog and they asked at a time when I’d been doing research on how to create displays in pots for winter colour.

I went to the website and chose 6 trailing ivy plants, 3 cyclamen and 3 winter flowering heather.
I calmly waited for the plants to arrive and didn’t get at all excited *cough* when they did a couple of days later!


They were packaged in a way that kept them from moving about and getting damaged and the soil around each plant was moist.

I have to say I was extremely impressed with the health of all the plants. They looked stunning and I couldn’t wait to get them into the stone pots I’m going to be keeping them in over winter.

First I had to re-home a miniature rose my husband bought me a few years ago for Valentine’s Day and remove an old coriander plant that we never used because I don’t like coriander! I still felt a bit sad about it though because it was one of the first plants I ever successfully grew from seed and the ease with which it grew really helped increase my confidence as a new gardener 🙂

Anyway, back to the new plants!

I put three ivy plants, two heathers and one cyclamen in one of the pots

then three ivy, two cyclamen and the last heather in the other pot (one of the cyclamen in this pot is white and is behind the ivy so you can’t see it very well from this angle).

I put them next to the arch that is finally getting covered in jasmine after 2 years of it not growing. As a new gardener with little experience of jasmine I came to the conclusion that it must have needed a while to get itself settled before starting to climb away!

I love my new pots and I’m very pleased to finally have some heather in my garden because my grand mother was called Heather and Ella has it as one of her middle names 🙂

I’ve got lots more ideas for displays in pots and now I have a ‘go to’ place to get my plants online 🙂

Disclosure: I was sent the plants to review but receiving them didn’t guarantee a favourable review. This is my honest and accurate opinion of the products received.

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Walkers Mighty Lights – Review

Walker’s crisps are always a favourite in our house; we like nearly all the flavours but we do tend to argue over who gets the cheese and onion ones!

The day Walker’s sent us some new Mighty Lights to try, the girls and I were just off out for a picnic in the park with some friends so we grabbed one of the multi packs and took them with us.


At 30% less fat than regular crisps they were a good option for the girls and because of the reduced fat I was able to have a packet, using only 5.5 syns from my daily Slimming World syn allowance.
I love crisps and wouldn’t be able to cut them out of my diet so being able to have a proper packet of crisps that are delightfully crunchy while not using too many of my precious syns makes me very happy!
I usually have to have corn or maize snacks to keep the syns low but they just don’t feel as indulgent as ridged crisps and I’ll be telling the people at my Slimming World group about these 🙂

Mighty Lights have been a big hit with everyone here, so much so that I didn’t manage to get to them quickly enough to take the photo before they’d opened all three packets!


The crisps come in Cheese & Onion, Roast Chicken and Lightly Salted.
I’m not usually a fan of salted crisps, always thinking them to be the ‘boring’ option out of the multi-packs when I was younger but these Lightly Salted ones are really lovely. Both Ant and I said that they were nicer than regular salted crisps; in fact, we believe the same to be true of all three flavours. I don’t know if it’s the flavour of the ridged crisps mingling with the added flavours but there’s something in them that makes them tastier than regular crisps while at the same, seeming lighter in flavour.
I hate when you can still taste the cheese and onion flavour in your mouth hours later when you’re trying to enjoy your next meal but these crisps didn’t leave that after-taste which is a big plus in my book!

I’d be quite happy giving them a packet of these crisps in their lunchbox occasionally, not only because of the lower fat content but because they’re made from real potatoes, they don’t contain any artificial colours or preservatives and they’re a source of fibre.

The kids love them as much as Ant and I but this time, instead of fighting over the cheese & onion ones, they’ve been fighting over the roast chicken flavour! I can safely say that Walker’s Mighty Lights get a big thumb up from all of us and the children will find them in their school lunchboxes from time to time, that is if Ant and I don’t get to them first!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Flying Fairies by Flutterby – Review

Our fairy arrived wrapped in pink tissue paper from which gold glitter floated down when it was ripped off. The girls thought it was wonderful and couldn’t wait to get her out of the box.



She’s very pretty and the girls were eager to get her flying so we put in the batteries and sat her on the base to charge her up.

It didn’t take too long and Kaycee was the first to try her out. You’re supposed to be able to control where she flies by placing your hand under her feet so she’s just hovering above it and moving your hand around.

I’m sad to say that she didn’t have any luck at all in controlling her because as soon as she left the base she shot straight up to the ceiling.
We tried getting her to start spinning then holding her by the head and placing her above our hands rather than letting her rise off of the base but that still didn’t work.


Sorry about the angle…I’m better at taking photos than video!

After various tries by Kaycee, me, her dad and Ella we gave up.

I must admit, we had a lot of fun seeing her shoot up to the ceiling and trying to get her down but after a while the girls got frustrated with not being to make her do what she was supposed to.

The girls did keep trying over the next couple of days but unfortunately, a little later in the week, Ella was playing with her in her room and somehow the metal piece in her foot that connects to the base to enable her to get charged up, fell out. We couldn’t find it so once her battery loses power we won’t be able to charge her anymore.

So all in all, we’ve not had a very good experience with Flying Fairy Flutterby and I’m not quite sure what to do with her once her power has gone.

*EDIT AUGUST 25th 2013*
We were sent another doll to try and I’m very pleased to report that this fairy is very well behaved, unlike the first one! She doesn’t fly off to the ceiling straight away and stay there; she goes up but then comes back down a little and she’s not too fast to catch! We were also told to press the button on the base unit if she did go too high and that brought her back down a little again. I’d have probably found this out if I’d read the instructions properly!
The girls are away at the moment but I know that when they get back they’re going to be very excited to play with her now that she does as she’s told 🙂
I’ve checked a lot of other reviews and I’ve come to the conclusion that we just got a naughty fairy who flew too fast and high because no one else seems to have the problems we’ve had.

*EDIT DECEMBER 27th 2013*
I’m sad to say our second fairy stopped working again. I’m not sure when exactly she stopped working; the girls hadn’t played with her for ages and when I saw the comments below, I asked them why they hadn’t played with her and was told she no longer works. The piece in her foot that allows her to be charged fell out and got lost. I’ve now thrown her away and won’t be bothering getting a new one.

Please note: We were sent the doll to review and this is my honest and accurate opinion.

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