Num Noms and Bella Italia

We were recently invited to an event to see the new season two Num Noms and sample some food at Bella Italia.

Num Noms and Bella Italia

The event was filled with Num Nom themed toys, games and face painting. LissyLou  was quite taken with these cute little, scented toys. Having never played with them before her favourite thing about them was the fact that you can stack them. But more to follow on Num Noms in our upcoming review and competition!

Num Noms and Bella Italia

Num Noms and Bella ItaliaEven Daddy Ramblings enjoyed the ‘Guess the Smell’ game!

Num Noms and Bella ItaliaThe event was at the Birstall branch of Bella Italia, we walked in to find a hive of activity, Num Noms a plenty and of course good food! C enjoyed creating his own Num Noms in this picture.

Num Noms and Bella Italia

LissyLou and C loved making their own pizzas, something they never tire of. They loved eating them too! Great fresh ingredients and well cooked, they were very happy.

Num Noms and Bella Italia

The grown ups weren’t forgotten either, we sampled a range of delicious pizzas, salads and goodies from the Bella Italia menu. I was very happy, if you want a recommendation, the Insalata Verde was incredible, a delicious salad of avocado, green beans, peas, cucumber, mixed leaves & spring onion with salsa verde & pumpkin seeds – heavenly!

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For the all important dessert the kids were thrilled by the design your own ice cream station, a great range of delicious Italian Gelatos and a wide range of delicious toppings, an ice cream lovers paradise!

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The fantastic face painter perfectly captured a couple of Num Noms for the kids too, they were very pleased with the results!

Num Noms and Bella Italia

Num Noms and Bella Italia

Thanks so much to Num Noms and Bella Italia for including us in the event, we loved tasting some delicious Bella Italia food and learning more about Num Noms – they are now LissyLous’ new favourite toy!

Serenz Allergy Relief Review #Serenz

As a family we suffer from our fair share of allergies, C has pretty nasty hay fever and dust allergies as does his Dad. I have hay fever which seems to get worse each year. We’ve tried every anti-histamine going, tried natural remedies and the sea salt sprays and nasal gels. I’ve never been wowed by any of them. So when I was sent the Serenz Allergy Relief  to review I was interested to see how it would compare in terms of ease of use, results and price.

Serenz Allergy Relief is a hand held unit, it looks a nasal hair trimmer and is about the same size. It works by using carbon dioxide to clean your nose and nasal passages and hopes to relieve allergy symptoms.

Serenz Allergy Relief Review

I started by reading the instructions carefully, wanting to be sure that I could use it correctly. At this point I should mention that the  Serenz Allergy Relief is for over 18s only so I knew not to use it on the children. The instructions also advised that Serenz can cause some stinging that is temporary.  I can confirm that the first couple of times I used Serenz I did experience a burning sensation, this stopped almost immediately and it didn’t put me off using Serenz Allergy Relief Review again.

I find that within seconds of using the Serenz Allergy Relief I feel better, instantly some of the nasal congestion and itching is relieved. I was genuinely surprised to find such instant results. Based upon the results I would recommend people with allergies try Serenz Allergy Relief.

Serenz Allergy Relief has an rrp of £19.90, do not as cheap as over the counter medicines but each bottle contains approx 40 cleanses and it’s a natural product so it won’t interfere with other hay fever medicines so you can use it alongside your anti histamines if required to help improve systems, or on its own to avoid taking medicines. It is fairly expensive but the results are far superior to my normal medicine so I will use it when my symptoms are at their worst to really help improve things quickly. You can buy Serenz Allergy Relief from Weldricks

I received the Serenz Allergy Relief for the purposes of this review.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Owl Cake

We love baking, especially since we moved into our new house with its fully working oven and baking friendly layout. It makes a massive difference to have working tools for the job. Our old oven was definitely past its best!

Cadbury sent us a bag of delicious Dairy Milk goodies to help us bake our version of their Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Owl Cake and as big Cadbury fans we were more than happy to give the cake a go even if cake decorating is not my strong suit. My favourite item in the bag was my brilliant, blog personalised apron. I love that it’s Cadburys purple and features my blog name too, such a great present!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Owl Cake

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The recipe below is courtesy of Cadburys, we changed the presentation to better suit our skill set.

For the Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Owl Cake you will need;

Equipment – 20cm square cake tin, greaseproof paper, bowls, spoons etc


200g caster sugar

200g unsalted butter – softened

140g self raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp Cadburys Bournville Cocoa powder

4 medium eggs


Icing Ingredients

100g Cadburys Bournville dark chocolate

100ml double cream

knob of butter


To decorate

Selection of Cadburys Milk and White Chocolate Buttons

Cadburys Giant Milk chocolate buttons

Cadburys Maynards Mix ups

Cadburys Flake

Preheat oven to 180C, line your cake tin with greaseproof paper (or grease it well). Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs and flour, baking powder and cocoa powder, mixing well to combine.

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Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven, wait around 5 minutes and then turn cake out of the tin to cool.

To make the icing melt the chocolate and cream in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once melted add the butter and put yo one side to cool. To decorate we chose to fully ice our cake first. This created a canvas on which to assemble our owl. We found it easy to make the owl shape and were pleased that it was recognisable as an owl. You can make yours by starting with the eyes, then layering the buttons to make a feathered body, use a ‘raspberry’ Mix Up for the nose and crushed up flake for the ears.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Owl Cake

Thanks to Cadburys for providing the ingredients for our delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Owl Cake. You can find more yummy Cadbury recipes here.

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