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Sunbeam High Performance Power Blender - Your kitchens new best friend

"The ultimate, versatile kitchen appliance to power through ingredients for perfectly blended results and so much more".

The above statement pretty accurately sums up the Sunbeam PB9000 High Performance Blender.
I have been using my new blender for a couple of weeks, and have blended just about everything I can to test it out. So far it has not let me down. Retailing for $499.00 this makes the perfect Christmas | wedding | or just because gift!

A few thing I absolutely love about it:

  • Super easy to use - simple, clear settings make it easy for anyone to use (even hubby).
  • The large jug (1.9L) fits everything I need to fit in there, and ensures I can do my blending all in one go. Its also super easy to clean - and fits perfectly in the dishwasher (win), and its BPA Free.
  • Versatile - I love having the ability to blend just about anything - and this blender is so powerful that it does the job quickly and properly (without the need to blend over and over again). This is thanks to the 1500W motor and 6-point sharpened stainless steel blades.

I wish I had something like this when my kids were babies, as it would have made my life so much easier when it came to making their baby food. 

All I can say is move over stick blender, you are being replaced in our household!!!!! If you are looking for a blender that is convenient, powerful, value for money and will last, then look no further - you won't be disappointed.

*we were sent the Sunbeam High Performance Blender  to review- all opinions are my own.

Crock- Pot Express Cook Multi-Cooker Review

I love cooking - when I have the time, which is rarely these days. You kind of don't understand how much time kids take up until you have them. Before you know it, its 4.30pm and there are 2 kids who are hungry (well they are always hungry), tired, and arguing with each other  - and you are trying to think of something that is going to be as quick as possible to make for dinner, because any longer in the kitchen the kids are going to totally trash the house.
When I was recently asked if I would like to try out the Crock-Pot Express Cook Multi-Cooker, I was  intrigued to see if this would indeed make my life easier when it comes to dinner time.

Now, I am the first to admit that pressure cookers scare the heck out of me, I have never owned, let alone used one before, but I have heard horror stories about them, so have always steered clear of them, opting for my trusty slow cooker instead.

My Crock-Pot arrived, and I planned my meal (simple - slow cooked lamb - pressure cooker style). I got everything ready, and waited until hubby came home, so that he could release the pressure, because I was too scared. After watching him do it, and seeing how easy it is, I was super excited to test it out properly for myself - lets just say, I don't think I have turned the stove on in the last week.    

What I Love about it:
  •  From Sauté to Steam, Slow Cook to Pressure Cook it does it all - in on pot, quickly!
  • Its quick - I made spaghetti bolognaise in 15 minutes - in one pot (and it was so good). In general it cooks meals up to 70% faster thanks to its powerful cooking mechanisms inside.
  • I can just pop it on and walk away - it beeps when its ready, and then goes to warming mode, so it keeps the food nice and warm until you are ready to eat it.
  • Its great for entertaining, you can cook for everyone all at once (as it has a 5.7l non stick pot), and you can actually spend time with your guests and not slogged over the stove.
  • Its so easy to use, and not at all scary, if you have pressure cooker phobia - don't worry this will take your worries away, and will have you wondering why you never tried them out before.
  • It has 7 one touch meal options - so it does all the thinking for you, simply place you food in the pot - close the lid, press your desired setting, and press start.
The Crock-Pot Express comes with a recipe book, steaming rack (I have not tried this out yet), and serving spoon. The cooking pot is non stick, and so light and best of all is dishwasher safe. The recipes look super yummy - I based my lamb dish off the one in the recipe book, and it was absolutely delicious. 

It's honestly a must have for any household, you don't know what you are missing out on until you have one, it makes life just that little bit easier, and clean ups a breeze. It RRP's in NZ for $249.99, and in AUS for $149.99, which is a bargain when you consider all the things it does.

Be sure to follow along on my Instagram stories - as I have been and will continue to share my crock pot express adventures on there.

*we were sent the Crock-Pot Express Cook  to review- all opinions are my own.

PROTECT-A-BED - Protect - Your - Bed

When I think of mattress protectors, I think of those plastic fitted sheets that go on the mattress, and crinkle and make the sheets move around constantly - the kids loathed them, and I eventually chucked them away. So for the last while, we have not been using anything - which freaks me out in so many ways, not only because we still have the very occasional wet bed, but they are breeding ground for dust mites and dead skin cells - and these don't go well with my eczema prone kids.

Over the last while, my kids have been trailing the Tencel range of mattress protectors from Protect-A-Bed , and all I can say is WOW!
Both my kids are eczema sufferers - and even more so in winter, so when I saw that the Signature Tencel Range of protectors were recommended for Eczema and Sensitive skin - I was sold.
This is due to it having a super smooth fibre structure that is non irritating to the skin. Plus the miracle layer (which all the waterproof mattress protectors have) provides a barrier from those pesky dust mites (which are a known trigger and irritant for eczema).

We love so many things about about the Tencel Signature Series, and have listed a few below:
  • The SIGNATURE TENCEL, TRADITIONAL COTTON QUILTED, and STAYNEW COTTON TERRY protectors are all endorsed by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ's sensitive programme -  and also supports the Eczema association in NZ. (this is due to their dust mite and allergen barrier). 
  • The miracle layer is SILENT, breathable, and super comfortable - I slept on it, and it made no sound! This layer is exclusive to Protect-A-Bed and is waterproof (don't believe me - see my video below).
  • The fitted sheet expands to fit extra depth as well as standard mattresses - plus you can machine wash and tumble dry them.
  • They are stocked just about everywhere, plus they have a vast range of products for everyone in the family. I have eyed out the pillow protectors as our next investment (we are all dribblers - so I don't even want to think about what is lurking and breeding inside those).
  • PLUS - they have a 10 year stain-proof mattress guarantee*
This range of protectors are made from odourless wood-based fibres, which stay cool in summer, and warm in winter. This range also displays the red nose (SIDS and KIDS) logo on the infant and single sized products.

Every Mattress Needs Protection - make sure yours uses a Protect-A-Bed

*we were sent mattress protectors to review- all opinions are my own.
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Jelly Belly Popcorn Clouds

School holidays are round the corner (this is the first time I have had to worry about things like school holidays- so need all the help I can get), so why not make use of some of these fab ideas for keeping the kids entertained.

Jelly belly has a range of recipes that are all kid friendly and yummy!!!!

Today I am sharing their popcorn cloud recipe combining 3 of my favourites - jelly beans , white chocolate and jelly belly’s.

It's super simple - and no lie, they lasted about 1 day in our house!
So to make your own Popcorn Clouds follow the below:

So its super simple - you make the popcorn, and melt the white chocolate, and the combine.
My helpers added the Jelly Belly's at this time too - but the recipe says to just add the popcorn and chocolate and then place on a sheet of grease proof paper. Once this is done push down Jelly Belly's, and then leave to set (this is the hardest part!!!).

These are honestly SO good - I can see myself making them on a regular basis.
They are great for the kids to help with too - as its only 3 ingredients.

Definitely check out the Jelly Belly website - its packed full of great recipes, and will keep the kids busy these school holidays! Another of my favourites is the Movie Night Snack Mix - I am all for sweet and savoury - and think this will be added to my must make list.

* I was gifted Jelly Belly's for this post - but all opinions are my own.