‘What’s Cookin’ Reole – Cook Music Cook Food – Review & Giveaway

‘What’s Cookin’ Reole – Cook Music Cook Food – Review & Giveaway“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Isn’t it true?

Everything seems to be better with a little bit of music and some good food!

So why not put these two desirables together?

Well, Reole have done just that.

Funkmaster general Reole is following up his dazzling album ‘Hear Come The Drums’ with an equally incredible offering ‘What’s Cookin.’ The album is a warm homely feeling album that is honest and not over spiced. The cooking music part is equally influenced by cooking food.

‘What’s Cookin’ is sure to set ears twitching and tummy’s rumbling everywhere with its blend of instrumental funk, jazz and classic rock. It’s an album with subtle touches and fantastic production.

The album contains 13 music tracks and 7 recipes including jambalaya fire, gris-gris jerk chicken with beans and coconut rice and some mean muffuletta to name but a few.

It’s a great addition for any eager cook. It would make a great little gift and I am sure it would put a smile on any cooks face.

What’s Cookin’ album is set for release on December 4th but I have two advanced copies to giveaway to a couple of my Bark Time readers… so if you fancy some new tunes to put you in the cooking mood just enter my giveaway below.

Win 1 of 2 CDs ‘What’s Cookin’ by Reole

Good Luck!

T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Bark Time in connection with Reole.
3. There will be 2 winners chosen at random from all valid entries. Winners will be chosen by Gleam.
4. Each winner will receive one copy of What’s Cookin’ by Reole.The prize will only be fulfilled by Bark Time.
5. The winners 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 08/11/2015 at 23:59pm.

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Calling all designers! #CreateACupDesign and #win with Haberman

Do you feel confident you know what appeals to your child? Do you intuitively know what toddler feeding entails? Are you an experienced or maybe a secret hobbyist designer in need of a platform to show off what you can do?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, now is your chance to shine!

Calling all designers! #CreateACupDesign and #win with HabermanHaberman in conjunction with Prima Baby magazine have launched the #CreateACupDesign competition; you have the unique chance to create a new toddler trainer cup which will be put into production in 2016. But that isn’t all – the winner will also receive £500 in cash, a Haberman feeding products gift pack of winning cups printed in the finished design and a year’s subscription to Prima Baby magazine. Finally 100 cups of the winning design will be donated by Haberman to a registered children’s charity of the winner’s choice.

The competition is an amazing opportunity for anyone to show off their skills. You have a blank canvas and the unique chance to create something special. So, it is time to put your game face on and get thinking, creating, designing!

You can download a design template here. And for full Terms and Condition please visit the Haberman website.

You have until 23:59 on October 31st, 2015 to submit your entries. Make a note as this is one date not to be missed!

And for everyone else who isn’t into design, art or crafts I have an easier way to win something. Haberman have kindly offered 3 x £20 vouchers to spend at Anywayup. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to fill the Gleam app below.

3 x £20 vouchers to spend at Anywayup

Good Luck!

T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Haberman.
3. There will be 3 winners chosen at random from all valid entries. Winners will be chosen by Gleam.
4. Each winner will receive £20 voucher code to spend at Anywayup. The prize will only be fulfilled by Haberman.
5. The winners 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 25/10/2015 at 23:59pm.

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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

Good Luck!

T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Bark Time in connection with monbento.
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

Good Luck!

T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
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.

#win a goodie bag for your dog

Good Luck!

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

T&C:
1. Open to UK readers only.
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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