Monday, 31 December 2018

Pommery, The Perfect Champagne For New Year's


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Who does not love a glass of delicious bubbles, it's the drink to celebrate with and this New Year's you'll find the perfect glass of bubbly in my hand from Pommery.

With the countdown on to New Year's, it's officially party season, this is the drink to see it in style, its indulgent, sexy and great shared with friends and family to toast in the New Year's.


The Pommery Brut Royal Champagne is light gold in colour, super delicate, light and refreshing in taste, yet packs a punch in taste and pairs easily with canap├ęs shared on the night or any occasion. 

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When you think of festivities or a girls night in, you think of Pommery! Pommery is not only just a bottle of festive indulgent champagne, but owned by the ultimate girl boss Jeanne Alexandrine Louise Melin, who took control and brought great ideas on the production line since 1860. I am all down for girl power and empowering women throughout the whole world, 2019 I will be seen and doing more of empowering us women, and shall be teaching my daughter to rely upon no man and take a stand and make her mark and pave her own way in life! Not that I'll be teaching her to drink god forbid, I mean she is only 4, but to stand on her own two feet, no matter the odds and be her own girl boss and take control, just like Jeanne and myself and all the mothers, non-mothers and women alike all over the world.



2019 I will be encouraging others, my daughter, myself  no matter what, to take new steps to be courageous, be brave and adventurous be it with our adult choices of beverages, to the paths and decisions we make in life, but before I do, I raise a toast, with a delicious glass of Pommery in hand and wish you all a happy New Year. 

How will you be toasting your New Year?

Lindsey xx

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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Best Gift Guide For Him


Still searching for the perfect last minute Christmas gift's for him? I’ve got all your questions answers, just call me your Christmas genie!

Be it for the man in your life, your dad to your grandad to your bestie there is something for all here.

I am the worst person in making decisions I always leave it to the last minute, I also hate going out shopping, I prefer to do it all online and within the comfort of my own home, or whilst in bed nursing the Christmas party hangover!

What man does not like a good pamper set, before I would be like yeah right, but if you go to from Leanora's dad to her great grandads bathroom cabinet, these boys are fully stocked to the brim, so gifting them a little luxury gift set from Clarins is great, especially if they are travelling and this Clarins set is great as it is hydrating for the skin. 

Now with the beauty all sorted, you can not go wrong with a great scented fragrance and this Tom Ford Tuscan Leather is one of the best scented fragrances out there and it has so much depth to it thanks to the leather and raspberry notes!

For the stylish man or gentlemen in your life, a good coat is perfect for this time of year, teamed with a cosy cashmere scarf and a new Charles Tyrwhitt men's shirt for Christmas day they are dressed to impress and with a pair comfy moccasin slippers to wear on Christmas morn. 

What better way to end a Christmas feast than with a little tipple of whisky and how fab is the name! After one of my favourite shows. It is actually at a really affordable price at £25.00 from Debenhams. 

What will you be treating the men in your life to this Christmas?  Have you read my Kids Christmas Gift Guide?

Lindsey xx
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Family Travel Maintenance Checks Over The Festive Season



Planning on travelling over the festive season? There are quite a few things you are going to need and to check out before you hit the open road to keep the family safe and the kids entertained and occupied. 

Whilst over the last year we’ve not been big travellers, I’ve travelled with Leanora enough to know what I need to travel with to have a safe and easy journey being a short or long-haul travel journey, as they say, you live and you learn!

We recently visited family in Northampton and before we sped off down the open road, We made sure to take our safety measures, especially as our car is not new and well over 3 years old and was in need of an MOT so glad that Calmac Tyres was able to help, they checked the brake pads which I was grateful as they were a little worn and replaced them immediately. One must be aware of the brakes functioning properly, negligence to this may lead to devastating consequences and may cause inconvenience along the journey. They also topped up and made sure that the fluid levels are appropriate. Since I travelled with my kid I did not want to go through the hassle of stopping at service stations, I just wanted to get home as quickly and safely as possible, so prior to our trip we made sure to fill up our engine to the required oil levels. I cannot recommend enough visiting Calmac Tyres for all your car servicing needs, you can even book your car in online on their website free of cost.

Games
Be it if you are in the car or on a plane, games are essential to have in your travel e bag to keep the kids and you entertained, mostly you sane from the kids kicking off and complaining every five minutes. Whilst I eye spy is a great game for the family, it can easily become boring, so stock up on cards, activity books and colours.

Translator
We are off to Paris for New Years, now whilst I may have learnt French at school, I literally know the bare minimum. Google Translate is my new best friend and is great to have at hand especially if sightseeing and you get. Little lost or if your child has allergies and need to let the hotel or restaurant know.

IPad
I cannot lie we always take ours when travelling and it goes without saying, bring the IPad I know I will be! Make sure it’s fully charged and even bring a travel battery charger so if the battery is running low whop out the extension lead to keep it going, perfect for long haul flights and drives.

First Aid Kit
It goes without saying, this is a must, you don’t have t9 bring a massive one, but even if you pack a vanity bag with essentials such as plasters, antibacterial wipes and normal wipes, goes without saying!

Are you travelling over the festive period, where are you guys off to? If you have any great tips for travelling I would love to hear below! Always insure before setting off particularly if driving that your lights are fully working on your vehicle along with all fluids are topped up including fuel, coolant, brake fluid and oil, this is so important and doing these little checks can save you a lot in the long run, no one wants to break down on the motorway ever and keeping your car MOT tested regularly will help you and your family. 

For more family tips you can find them over on Bloglovin!

Lindsey x
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Monday, 10 December 2018

Humble Chicken Pot Pie




One of the many things I love about the cold is the cosy dishes I get to make, but eat! We are big fans for years of pie, but I’ve never made my own until now and this chicken pot pie is delicious, full of flavour and our new and hopefully your new favourite, plus it makes your home smell divine.

Monday’s are normally leftover day's, we make a roast chicken on a Sunday and then the chicken left over normally goes into a stir fry for dinner or used for our lunch in sandwiches, but this Monday we will be having it in a pie loaded with vegetables, fresh herbs and tender chicken bursting with flavour and truly scrumptious. 

This buttery rich humble pie is perfect for the family weeknight dinner and takes no time at all to make. 

INGREDIENTS
  • Leftover chicken shredded 
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 1 cup of petit pots
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 knob of salted butter
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 600ml of vegetable stock (or chicken)
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 medium egg beaten
  • 1 sheet of chilled puff pastry



DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  2. In a large frying pan, add the olive oil, diced carrots, leeks, onion, garlic and half of your thyme and cook until soft, stirring often. Cook for about 10 minutes until golden.
  3. Next, add in the chicken, butter, flour and stock into the pan then stir until melted and all comes together then add the remaining herbs and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour your filling into your pie dish and take your pastry and place it over the pie. Take a sharp knife and trim the edges, make sure to leave about 1cm over the dish and press slightly so that it sticks, then pinch with your fingers or take a fork and push down around the sides.
  5. Egg wash your pastry and then bake in the oven until pie lid is golden, then serve with some steamed seasonal vegetables. 

Nothing too hard to make, a simple and delicious humble pie. 

Let me know if you make this pot pie and what you think in the comments below, don't forget you can tag me on Instagram as well as for more recipes you can find them over on Bloglovin!

London Mumma





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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

With the countdown on to Christmas (eek!) the pressure is on for us parents and gift givers to bestow the little ones with the perfect gift this Christmas. 

Wither your buying for your own little cheeky chops on someone else's it can be hard to find that perfect gift, so fret not mon frer I am here to help with a few the top choice Christmas gifts this Christmas and where to buy them from 

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1. Nintendo Switch
The game console of the moment for the kids is the Nintendo Switch. They come with some great game classics and can be bought on it's own or in a set with a game. 

Look out Super Mario and Hello Kitty, here we come for some gaming fun this Christmas. We, love that it can be played anywhere be it at home with family before your Christmas dinner, or if travelling to see family can be used in the car to keep the kids quite. 

2. Boxer - Interactive Robot
A perfective interactive robot for kids comes with 10 different playing games such as bot bowling and Go Kart. This super cute bot also expresses emotions from happiness to sadness, to grumpiness and tiredness like our little tots, suitable for kids aged 6+.

3. Barbie Complete Home Set
A girls must have, whilst it may be on the expensive side, it will certainly keep the little ones entertained and using there imagination making stories. Comes with loads of accessories for the home.

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4. LOL Surprise
With these super cute collectables still reigning upreme this year, this is high up on the Christmas gift list and will always be a pleasant surprise to unwrap before you find out who you've got and with over 15 layers of surprises.

5. Harry Potter, Howarts Hall - Lego
This is not just for the Harry Potter loves, for the Lego lovers too, spend hours creating the great hall of Hogwarts this Christmas with the whole family. 

The perfect gift to get your hands on this Christmas for the Avid Harry Potter fans, it looks nice and very sturdy one built. Let the Wizardry commence!

6. PAW Patrol Paw Patroller 
The perfect playlet for the toddlers, a firm Christmas favourite for the parents as well as kids. The ultimate rescue vehicle and it’s perfect for making sure that the Paw Patrol team can get to new exotic adventure locations fast. Can hold up to 3 Paw Patrol vehicles, but note they are sold separately.

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7. Fingerling Dinosaur
Forget the monkeys, it is all about these little cute fingerlings baby dragons. Fingerlings have now brought out these along with super pretty unicorns, to the ferocious dinosaurs. and they all come in a variety of colours. 

8. Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise 
The greatest toy that all kids love is this mystical unicorn who can poop glittery poo once feed. There are over 20 to collect. Poopsie Unicorn comes with 4 Unicorn Food slime packets, 4 Unicorn Magic packets and 1 packet of Unicorn Sparkle as well as a sparkly potty.

9. Super Slime Studio
Slime is going nowhere and what better way to for the kids to get creative is than with this Slime studio creation which encourages stem learning and lets the kids have super slimy fun.

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Monday, 3 December 2018

Mushroom And Lentil Bolognese


Cosy and comforting, mushroom and lentils make for a simple supper the whole family will love! We've been cutting down on our meat intake and we have felt great and found we've had more energy, thanks to this hearty meal, with fresh herbs, loads of veggies and of course lashings of melty cheese and pasta. 

With the holidays finally here, we all tend to eat a lot more and indulge, and I'll be the first to admit that I indulge big time, so it is nice to have something healthier and with the cold weather a hearty meal with pasta is the way to go. I am a big fan of pasta, but I've noticed that as soon as I have been eating it of late, I've been left feeling bloated and very uncomfortable, so I decided to try gluten free pasta and oh my gosh, it has been totally life-changing, the bloat has gone and I feel great after eating it! I may have been a bit naughty and had seconds, ok maybe a cheeky third's, but I have to say gluten-free is the way for me and my family and for those that feel bloated after eating a starch pasta dish, I recommend trying gluten-free pasta. 


Leanora loves bolognese, so at first, I was a little worried about this dish but it was a hit and she did not even notice that it was jam-packed with vegetables, especially vegetables that she normally does not eat (mushrooms), she scoffed the whole lot and asked for another helping. This is the perfect cosy and hearty vegetable filled dish for the family, a smashing way to sneak in the 5 a day for the kids, plus it's a great way to get them to try new things such as lentils. 

Growing up and now in my adult life, I never tried lentils so was a little bit worried about cooking them, even myself liking them, most likely due to fear of the unknown, but that is what is great about stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a risk and trying new things as it can pay off and it sure did. 


I always thought you had to soak lentils, like some pulses you have to, but it is so easy to cook and popped it all into the same pot to cook out. I went for green lentils for this dish as I found that they have a more earthy stronger flavour and remain firm once cooked, therefore giving this dish a more meatier texture.


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh time
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • 100g of green lentils
  • 2 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tin of plum tomatoes
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • parmesan cheese
  • 400g of gluten-free pasta 



DIRECTIONS
  1. Peel the onion, carrot and garlic. Trim the celery and roughly chop all veg. Heat up the oil in a large frying pan. Add all the vegetables, along with the time and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft. 
  2. Blitz the mushrooms in a food processor or roughly chop into small pieces, add to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, stir and add the green lentils, tomato puree, plum tomatoes, and vegetable stock and pop on a lid and cook on a medium heat for 30 minutes until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. 
  3. When the lentils are almost done cook pasta as per instructions on the packet.
  4. Drain the pasta once cooked, saving a little of the water it was cooked in, into a cup.
  5. Stir in the bolognese into the pasta and a little of the hotter saved in the cup to help it to stop sticking together. Sprinkle in the parmesan and if you like roughly chop some parsley and serve it on top of your bolognese.

This bolognese can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. 

London Mumma
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