Review: Once Upon A Time Book Bundles & discount code!

There are not many things I enjoy in life more than reading. Curling up on the sofa or in the bath with a good book is one of my favourite ways to relax. It goes without saying then, that I would love my little girl to become a bookworm just like me and this is why her library of books is growing and growing exponentially! I already have sets of classic books from my childhood that I loved like the Famous Five, and Roald Dahl squirrelled away in the garage waiting for the appropriate time.

So when Once Upon a Time Book Bundles got in touch offering to send me one of their bundles to review, I was more than happy.

Once Upon a Time offer a personalised service, putting  together bundles of books tailored to specific age groups at a great price. The business is run by Kelly, a mum, who has qualifications in early childhood studies.

They offer bundles such as 10 books for !0, 20 for £20 and themed ones such as Easter or sorted by author too.

In our bundle was a good range of books suitable for Imogen at 8 months, and included a free finger puppet too. The books we got were:

  • Rustys Train Ride
  • Peekaboo Moon
  • Maisy goes to hospital
  • Timmys pocket library (6 books)
  • Bathtime alphabet book

We really liked the book selection, and it was obvious to see the care that had gone into choosing the books and putting together the parcel, with books from a wide range of series and covering lots of different topics.  Imogen is loving the bath book – her first of this kind, and also adores the Timmy library as they’re even small enough for her to hold.

I would throughly recommend Once Upon a Time Book Bundles for a great way of building up your babies library without having to break the bank. And if you fancy indulging in some books for your little one – if you use the code IMOGEN at checkout you will get £1 off the 20 book bundle!

Disclaimer: I reviewed a 10 book bundle free of charge. If you use my code I will be in with a chance of winning further books from this company but no other payment will be received. 

My very first Primark Haul!

Until my maternity leave, I hadn’t been to a primark for absolutely ages –  I just can’t deal with the one in  Birmingham City Centre it’s too busy, and completely forgot a couple of years ago they opened a brand spanking new one at The Fort Shopping centre. It’s still about a 25 minute drive away though so I don’t go very often, but when I do I tend to buy a fair bit. I love their home section as well, the stuff is quite quirky and I’m really liking their bed linen a lot as there’s loads of funky patterns.

I love watching haul videos on You Tube, and as I’ve recently started my own channel I thought I’d have a go at filming one of my own. Click on the video below to have a watch! Let me know what you think, and what other kinds of videos you’d like to see!

kitchen bites

Kitchen Bites #22 March & April 2017

March and April have been pretty busy for us on the blog, we’ve been trying out a few new places  eat like Giggling Squid and Sushido as well as trying out some new bits and bobs for Imogen like these bath toys from Vital Baby. But as usual we’ve also been testing out new foodie things in our kitchen. First up this month is a really exciting new cookbook – ‘London The Cookbook’ which looks fantastic.

This book, which has a foreword by Fergus Henderson, is a collection of recipes from some of Londons most Iconic restaurants and locations. Split into sections including classics like Le Gavroche up and coming hip places like The Dairy, markets neighbourhoods and producers. There look to be some really amazing recipes like the one below from The Dairy.

We’ve tried out a couple so far and thereby both been big hits. There’s a good mix of both high end complex recipes and the more simple, so something for everyone, and I’m loving reading about all the restaurants too.

On to some of the food bits we’ve been trying, and the first of these is some new flavours of Doritos! Doritos aren’t always our crisp of choice, but these new Doritos Heatburst sounded right up my street as I love a bit of spice.

The premise is a double wave of flavour – first a hit of BBQ or Chipotle Cream, then a explosion of fiery chilli.


The double flavour was certainly evident, and overall I enjoyed them but they aren’t something  would particularly go out of my way to buy over and over again.

Next up are some herb and spice grinders from KTC. These were a great addition to our pantry as I recently cleared out our spice racks and had to throw quite a lot away as they were way past their expiry dates so we are slowly building it back up again.

The KCT grinders are available in Premium Peri Peri Spice, Pure Ginger Pieces, Premium Everyday Spice, Premium Chilli Flakes, Premium Chilli & Garlic, Pure Himalayan Salt, Authentic Cajun Spice, Premium Garlic, Ginger and Chill, Authentic Chinese Spice, Pure Garlic Flakes, Indian Turmeric Pieces. We tried out the ones below.


The best of these I think was the Peri Peri spice – as its just so versatile, great with chicken, fish and in pasta sauces. The others come in more useful in just adding seasoning to dishes, Ive never seen dried tumeric or garlic pieces so these were interesting to see! I like the sound of the cajun spice too so I’ll certainly be on the lookout for that one.

Last up this month are some juices from Naked.

This new range from Naked features cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices, packed full of flavour and things that are good for you!


The first things that struck me was the vibrancy of the colours of the juice – instantly so appealing. They come in three flavours – Bright Greens, Lively Carrot and Bold Beet.

The Bright greens with apple, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, celery, courgette lemon and wheatgrass was my favourite, but I also enjoyed the carrot too. The beetroot one with carrot cucumber lemon and ginger wasn’t for me, but then I don’t like beetroot so no surprises there.


I would certainly buy the Bright Greens variety again, it would be great for a morning pick me up when out and about.

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The UK according to Cakes & Biscuits

I’m sure it’s not a particular surprise to you guys, that being a bit of a foodie, I’m partial to something sweet, and a cake or biscuit usually hits the spot quite nicely!

If you’re like me you’re going to want to take a look at this new Infographic from Holiday Cottages UK,  all about the UKs famous cakes and biscuits. So if you want to know where Bara Brith comes from, or where the Victoria Sandwich originated, read on!

The UK according to cakes and biscuits
Ooooh. Anyone fancy a cup of tea and custard cream now?!