Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

We are big fans of Ready Brek in our house, particularly as the weather gets colder. There is something really comforting about a warm breakfast or even a warm supper that feels just right, especially when it’s dark and miserable outside.

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

A couple of weeks ago I asked followers of my Facebook page for topping suggestions for Ready Brek to try out some new combos with the kids. I was pleased to hear that chocolate spread was a fave for people and syrup with fruit like raspberries or blueberries is a definite winner with my kids. One lovely reader suggested hot chocolate powder, strawberries, yoghurt, honey, banana and chocolate chips all at once! I’m not sure that would be a fave for me but as my kids pointed out there are some great combos within that list.

I love Ready Brek for supper for a healthy treat when all I really want to eat is rubbish. It’s filling but tasty and add some fruit and chocolate spread and it’s really satisfying too!

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

 

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3Ready Brek has teamed up with Despicable Me 3 and the release of the movie on DVD and the release of new Despicable Me 3 Mineez Dru’s Secret Lair toy. We loved the movie, another great addition to the set and we loved Gru’s long lost brother Dru!

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

The kids have loved the whole Despicable Me franchise and the Minions so they were thrilled to find Minions on the Ready Brek box this time.

When they saw the Mineez set they were instantly excited to see what it involved and to open the box and play with it! I was concerned that it wouldn’t have much play value but the kids were transfixed. They loved the little Minions and the sticky Dru. I dislike those toys that are sticky because they end up covered in fluff after two minutes but the kids think they are hilarious!

Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

They loved the sounds and the ejection chair and generally the whole play set, which at an rrp of £39.99 isn’t the cheapest toy but I would recommend it for Despicable Me fans who will enjoy acting out the film through the play set.

We received Ready Brek, the Despicable Me 3 DVD and play set for the purposes of this review.

8 Ways to Save Money on Your Weekly Food Shop

8 Ways to Save Money on Your Weekly Food Shop

These days, it seems like we’re constantly spending more and more cash on those everyday expenses, from the petrol or diesel that takes us to and from work, to the groceries that fill our refrigerators.

Unfortunately, just because the prices of necessary purchases are going up, doesn’t necessarily mean that the amount we get on our weekly wage is improving too. That means that if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to find some clever ways to save.

To help you improve your shopping habits, we have 8 incredible tips that could help you to save money on your weekly shop.

1. Switch Credit Card Debt for a Personal Loan
If you’re struggling with credit card debt that always means that you’re too far behind on your payments, then it might be a good idea to pay off that debt with a personal loan instead. This way, you can save yourself some of the money that you waste on high-cost interest payments each month. Take a look around at the options that you can use to consolidate your debt and cut down on interest each week. You can even get cards from supermarkets that give you specific deals on food and gas too, so you can knock out two birds with one stone.

2. Plan Ahead
We’re all a little prone to over-buying at times. If you can take inventory of what you have and what you need, then you can create a more detailed shopping list and stick to it when you’re at the store. Also, make sure that when you’re shopping, you’re not doing so on an empty stomach. When we’re hungry, we’re generally more likely to make impulsive purchases and costly mistakes.

3. Purchase In-Season Produce
One of the easiest ways to save money on your weekly food shop is to check out the fresh produce that’s in season. Usually, food that’s designed to last only for a few days will be priced to sell fast. This means that you can save quite a lot of cash if you’re happy to eat fresh, instead of getting the majority of your meals out of a tin, or from the freezer. Plus, you’ll have the benefit of a healthier diet too!

4. Make the Most of Coupons and sales
Planning your meals about whatever is currently on sale can be a great way to cut down your grocery bills – particularly when you’re also using coupons. Just make sure that you’re only using vouchers to buy the things that you would have gotten anyway. You’re not saving money if you’re spending extra on things that you don’t want or need.

5. Stock Up on Frozen, Canned and Dried
The next time you’re searching for the ingredients to use in a family favourite meal, try making sure that you stick to canned, dried, and frozen foods. Usually, they’re much less expensive than their fresh counterparts, but they can be equally nutritious. This is because a lot of products will be dried, canned, or frozen when they’re at the best point of ripeness. What’s more, meats like poultry can be flash-frozen to reduce freezer damage and maintain flavour.

6. Don’t be Wasteful
Before you add piles of perishable foods onto your shopping list, think about how you can use it in a number of different ways. If you’re not going to use all of the fresh produce and meat that you buy, think about whether you can purchase a smaller amount instead, or use the leftovers in a different recipe. For instance, leftover vegetables could go into an incredible soup, while leftover meat could be perfect in a stew or casserole.

7. Don’t Buy Big Brands
While the flashy advertisements for big-name brands can be quite effective at convincing us to buy them, the truth is that you can often get the same flavour and experience from store-brand items, without having to pay the premium. All food manufacturers need to follow the same standards when it comes to producing high-quality foods, so you don’t have to worry that you’re going to miss out by buying something that doesn’t come in a sophisticated packet.

8. Prepare the Food Yourself
Finally, unless you have the chance to take advantage of a sale item, buying pre-sliced or packaged items generally means that you’re going to be paying a higher price-tag. Though it’s simpler to avoid having to cut and prepare your own foods before a meal, you could actually save a huge amount of money by switching to standard items and doing the preparation yourself

Do you have any tips to share that help you save money on the weekly shop?

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Do fake security signs really keep your home safe?

Do fake security signs really keep your home safe?

Let’s be honest, being burgled or having your home broken into, is something we all dread happening. And there’s been a lot of talk lately about how to scare of potential intruders with false security signs.

Whether its “Beware of the Dog” or “CCTV in operation” there’s been some discussion about how effective these signs can really be in real life. Now the question lies in whether you should fake a home security system or install more secure equipment. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of fake home security signage and explore additional ways to secure your property.

Pros: Cost

The most obvious benefit of using yard signs and window decals instead of a security system is that it’s much cheaper. Purchasing yard signs and stickers with home security logos will only set you back much, and many of the most popular security brands’ logos can be purchased online. Or you can visit a custom metal signage company and see what they have to offer.

Pros: Time

As a homeowner and a parent, there’s nothing more valuable than time. And investing in fake signage could save you just that. It takes minutes to put up a window sticker, or hang a metal sign from a place where everyone can see it. So you can get on with your day in a heartbeat.

Pros: It’ll probably work

It’s true, having false signs around your property might be enough to spook most intruders or those hoping to be in the right place at the right time!

Cons: Your signs might look unconvincing

It’s true that you get what you pay for, so if you’re going to go down this home security route then it’s worth investing in some professional looking signs. Remember, if your sign looks unconvincing or boasts a false security company name, it takes only a few clicks for a savvy thief to establish whether or not your company is real.

Cons: Nothing will happen if there is an intruder

If you have a home security system, it will alert you and the monitoring centre of the breach. Without it, the burglar will call your bluff pretty quickly and make off with your belongings.

Alternative security ideas

Faking a home security system is as barebones as you can get—and as risky. Luckily, there are some middle-of-the-road options as far as security and cost go and full-out home security systems that can help keep you safe.

Installing a security system: Sometimes its just best to bite the bullet and really invest in your property and the safety of your family.

Get a dog: Dogs are the original security system – not to mention the fact that they’re a fantastic addition to any loving home and good for your health too!

Motion detector lights: Nothing will make that intruder run faster than being lit up whilst lurking on your property. This doesn’t require a full-fledged home security system and motion sensing lights can be purchased for a pretty cheap sum.

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