9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch Box

9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch BoxIt’s back to school time again which means that all of us who have kids are starting to scratch our heads yet again in search of something new and exciting to put into their lunch boxes.

I was wondering about the perfect lunch box contents but the more I thought about it, the more confused I became and I would end up turned around in my own thoughts… sandwiches, salads, fruits, veggies plus some special “pick me up” treat. Normally this treat would be a shop bought snack bar but lately I’ve started making my own energy bars… they aren’t perfected as yet so I can’t share them with you… I did however go on the hunt through my favourite food bloggers in search of that something special to put into the lunch box.

I have picked for you a lovely selection of homemade bars which would make a perfect addition to any bento lunch box.

Savoury Bars

Bacon Jam Crumble BarsBacon Jam Crumble Bars

These bars contain bacon spread which can be purchased from most supermarkets but if you are a vegetarian 10thkitchen has a few great ideas with regards to substituting the bacon content.

Oat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried TomatoesOat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Lovely vegetarian bar which can be adapted to suit omnivores too. I love sun dried tomatoes so this recipe sounds perfect to me. For the full recipe please click here.

Pizza Snack BarsPizza Snack Bars

I am sure this one will become many kids favourite. As long as you call something pizza they will eat it, am I right? These bars are whole grain, gluten and oil free. For a full recipe please visit Healthy Helper Blog.

Sweet Bars

Vanilla Almonds Granola BarsVanilla Almonds Granola Bars

Wonderful looking and packed with good ingredients and if you want to go one step further Bowsesssed has the recipe for homemade almond granola too 🙂

Chocolate Chip Walnut Granola BarsChocolate Chip Walnut Granola Bars

Lunch with no chocolate? Well not to worry, I picked some chocolate bars too. The full recipe can be found on Shweta in the Kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Snack BarsKitchen Sink Snack Bars

Don’t let the name put you off, these bars are truly amazing. They are packed with oats, nuts, seeds and berries and look like fun… oh, and they are gluten free! For the full ingredients list and the recipe itself please visit Kim’s blog.

No Bake Bars

Strawberry and Cream Snack BarsStrawberry and Cream Snack Bars

Vegan, allergy friendly, gluten free and with a paleo option, they are very kid friendly. All you need is one bowl and 10 minutes of your time. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Visit The Big Man’s World to see how they are done.

Coconut Almond Quinoa Granola BarsCoconut Almond Quinoa Granola Bars

Lots of wonderful ingredients disguised as a sweet bar, especially with a chocolate drizzle on top who would think these are the healthy option? These might not take 10 minutes to make but they are well worth it. Full recipe can be found on The Spiffy Cookie blog.

M&M Protein BarM&M Protein Bar

You have to admit they do look super kid friendly. What kid could resist a bar like this? But in addition to the M&M’s which stand out in these bars they are packed full of goodies like oats, nuts, seeds, coconut… For a full recipe please visit Mommyhoods Diary.

These are all looking like wonderful bars, wouldn’t you agree?

And they are so much better for them than many shop bought “slabs” of chocolate bars which usually take up a place in our kids’ lunch box.

And on the topic of lunch boxes…. Fancy having your lunch in style?

I have a wonderful MB original green bento box from monbento to give to one of you. Monbento boxes not only look totally fab but they are also microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, soft touch, airtight, BPA-free and are made from food grade materials. So if you fancy winning yourself this award winning, cool looking lunch box just follow the steps on the Gleam app below.

#win MB Original from monbento

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3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner will be chosen by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive one MB Original bento box from monbento. The prize will only be fulfilled by Bark Time.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Monday 28/09/2015 at 23:59pm.

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SWIG – Amazing Hip Flasks – Review & Giveaway

Did you know that the “hip flask” first appeared in the Middle Ages? Back then it wasn’t a hip flask as we know it today but it served the same purpose – it was designed to hold liquids. The 18th century brought about the hip flask which resemble the flasks of today. Usually made from pewter, silver or glass, these small curved containers were designed with drinks on the go in mind. Today most flasks are made from stainless steel or plastic (to avoid detection by any metal detectors allegedly).

As an object, the hip flask makes for a wonderful personalised gift. Additionally due to the materials they are made from they are also perfect for engraving.

SWIG – Amazing Hip Flasks – Review & GiveawaySWIG is a worldwide luxury hip flask brand. They offer a lifetime guarantee as their flasks are designed to last for generations.

To be honest I wasn’t all that excited about my new flask when I was waiting for it… but it all changed when it arrived. Oh boy, SWIG flasks are pure luxury!

SWIG – Amazing Hip Flasks – Review & GiveawayThe flask comes in a beautify box complete with a ribbon 🙂 I have to admit for a moment or two I really didn’t want to open it, it was that pretty. But once you do open the box, you are met with even more surprises – your flask is neatly resting on a soft pillow-like fabric… so cute and adorable! And to make things even better there is a card included with your personal SWIG Society number.

SWIG – Amazing Hip Flasks - Review & GiveawayThe flask itself has a perfect finish, despite “studying” it for a long time I wasn’t able to fault it in any way. It is simply perfect.

SWIG – Amazing Hip Flasks – Review & GiveawayI opted for a leather finish with a Union Jack design but there is a lot of choice to pick from including Harris Tweed flasks which are just so British 😉 You can buy a “naked” flask or you can purchase one which already has a pouch. In addition to the full range of hip flasks you can also order an engraving service, which will make your SWIG truly unique.

What do you think?

Would you like to have your own SWIG?

If your answer is yes, it might be your lucky day! SWIG is offering one SWIG flask as a giveaway prize to one of my Bark Time readers. You will be able to pick any flask you fancy (well, almost any as the Heritage flasks are not included.) So, what are you waiting for? Just follow the easy steps on the Gleam app below to submit your entry.

#win an amazing hip flask from SWIG

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2. This giveaway is sponsored by SWIG.
3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner will be chosen by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive one SWIG flask of their choice (subject to availability; the Heritage range is not included). The prize will only be fulfilled by SWIG.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 27/09/2015 at 23:59pm.

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Happy National Dog Day!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger A. Caras

National Dog DayToday is the day!

National Dog Day!

We should love and care for our dogs every day but today is a special day so it would be nice to show them some special love – maybe a longer walk or an extra session of their favourite game… maybe a special dinner, some dog friendly cake or some home baked cookies… whatever you do, remember to do something extra special today 🙂

Frontline Spot On commissioned a survey polling 2,000 dog lovers in order to find out our nation’s favourite dog…

Can you guess which breed won?

Labrador Retriever!

Labrador Retriever received almost double the votes of the second place, German Shepherds. On the list of the UK’s Top 10 Favourite Dogs we can also find the Border Collie, Yorkshire Terrier, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bulldog and West Highland White Terrier.

What breed would you have voted for?

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Josh Billings

Josh Billings was right and we should never forget it!

In celebration of National Dog Day I have a giveaway for you. I’ve received a few Pawsomeboxes which are still intact and were not raided by my two pooches, I will create from them a dog friendly goodie bag and send it to one of you.

To take part in my giveaway tell me one special thing you do for your dogs to show your love. For extra entries please just follow the Gleam app below.

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And remember dogs are for life, not just for Christmas!

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2. This giveaway is sponsored by Bark Time in connection with Pawsomebox.
3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner will be chosen by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive a dog friendly goodie bag. The prize will only be fulfilled by Bark Time.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 13/09/2015 at 23:59pm.

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Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask – Review & Giveaway

Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask – Review & GiveawayWhen I heard about the possibility of non-surgical face lift I simply couldn’t pass on this opportunity. The idea that my face or especially chin can look slimmer within 30 minutes was too good to be true, I had to try it myself…

Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask is designed to reduce 1cm of chin-fat within minutes. The results of it will last for several days, but repeat usage can provide you with a permanent effect.

Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask - Review & GiveawaySo what are the benefits of Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask?

Slimming – firming essence accelerates metabolism & boosts the lymphatic system effectively reducing chin fat.

Contouring – performs skin tightening and restores loose & sagging skin.

Ageing Defence – stimulates connective skin tissues and defends against any rebound. Defends against the visible signs of aging such as fine lines & wrinkles.

Lifting – lifts and tightens up neck and chin for a more angular facial contour.

Moisturising – gives immediate relief to dry & dehydrated skin. Defends against the visible sign of aging such as fine lines & wrinkles.

Firming – improves skin activeness and firm cheeks, jaw and chin. It helps boost the density of collagen and cell tension, instantly lifting and firming by up to 20%.

Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask - Review & Giveaway - How To UseThe mask itself is designed to be used with the slimming band. The main job of the band is to keep the mask tightly on your chin. So you have the mask and the chin strap, what next? Well the process is pretty straightforward… clean and dry your face, open the mask, apply the mask (correct way up… full instructions are provided on the packaging) then put the band on and relax for 30-40 minutes… or at least try to relax… I’ve never used a mask with a band like this, I found it quite uncomfortable. The movement of my face was quite restricted and my face was burning… or at least it felt like it. As much as I wanted to relax I simply couldn’t but we often suffer in the name of beauty so hey… I just had to take it 😉

When the time was up I was extremely glad to be able to finally remove the chin band.

FotorCreatedSo, was it worth it?

Well… yes. I could both see and feel the difference. Once I removed the band and the mask and once the leftover mask was absorbed completely by the skin all the “burning” feeling disappeared. The skin was left very smooth and extremely tight (but in the positive sense of tightness). Using the measuring tape provided it looks like 1.2cm simply disappeared over the 40 minutes.

Will I buy it?

Yes, and no. I would buy it if I had some important event coming up like a wedding, a big party or a school reunion. I will not be adding it to my daily routine, not so much due to the cost of the mask but because I didn’t really enjoy the experience of having my head locked in so tightly.

What do you think?

Would you like to try it for yourself?

I have one Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask complete with band to giveaway. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter app below.

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4. The winner will receive 1 x Chin Up Firming & Contouring Mask Pack complete with a band. The prize will only be fulfilled by Chin Up Mask.
5. The winner will be contacted directly by Chin Up Mask.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Tuesday 08/09/2015 at 23:59pm.

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Summer Feet & #win with Scholl

Summer Feet & #Win with SchollSummer time, warm weather, open sandals, beach… now it is the time to take extra special care of your feet.

Don’t get me wrong, foot care is extremely important all year round but during the summer months out feet deserve even more attention than usual. Not because we show them off more often but because the hot temperatures and salted water (if you are lucky enough to spend some time by the sea) make them even more vulnerable – skin becomes hard and dry, the heels can crack and before you know it you have one giant disaster on your hands… or feet to be precise.

So what is to be done? Well, take good care of your feet on a regular basis and you will be fine. Use foot cream to soften the skin, also get rid of any dead, dry skin on a regular basis and your feet will repay you for this care tenfold. There is a reason why foot care products exist; they are designed specifically with our feet in mind and not as a generic skin care product. Feet are such a vital part of our body and have an extremely important role to play… after all health and comfort of your feet can affect the entire body – healthy feet make for happy feet!

For years now we have been and still are using Scholl products to take care of our feet, so when I was asked to review some of them I simply couldn’t say no. Scholl understands feet better than anyone else; they spend years trying to understand the structure and biomechanics of feet in relation to the body. After 100 years they still have the same passion and philosophy – to improve the health, comfort and well-being of people by caring for their feet.

Summer Feet and #Win with SchollThe product I want to tell you about is called Velvet Smooth Express Pedi – it is a fast and more importantly, safe way to remove dry and dead skin from your feet in the comfort of your home with a professional level of results.

Does it work?

Oh yes, it does. It works better than I could have imagined. It is fast, yet gentle (there is no sharp blades); it leaves your feet velvet smooth just as stated on the box.

Summer Feet & #Win with Scholl.Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi comes with two batteries and it’s ready for use within seconds… all you have to do is to open the packaging, locate the battery door and pull out the safety strap which will allow the batteries to be properly connected… after this you just turn the handle onto the “on” position and file away 🙂 It really is that simple.

Scholl was also kind enough to offer one of their foot care bundles to one of my lucky Bark Time readers. Just follow the Gleam app below and you might be the lucky owner of this lovely bundle of products:

Summer Feet & #win with Scholl
#win foot care bundle from Scholl

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T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Scholl.
3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner will be chosen by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive Scholl foot care bundle: 1x Party Feet, 1x Fresh Step Foot Spray, 1x Instant Recovery Cream. The prize will only be fulfilled by Scholl.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 30/08/2015 at 23:59pm.

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