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Monday, 1 September 2014

Back to School Lunchbox Ideas for Little Pirates #CapriSunSchool

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

Somehow, September is upon us already and it's time to think about healthy lunchbox ideas for our little ones.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

Caitlyn loves the sea and all things Piratey, so I decided to plan a Pirate Themed Lunch Box for her.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch
Apologies for the blurred Izzy in this image-she must have been moving quickly!

We popped to Tesco to pick up everything we would need for this packed lunch. In the Water Aisle, we found the perfect drink for little pirates:  Capri-Sun Fruit Crush.  I thought that the Tropical flavour would remind my little pirate of voyages to tropical desert islands!

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

Capri-Sun Fruit Crush was also a great choice of lunchbox drink as it is made of 75% fruit  juice and 25% water.  I was also pleased to read that Capri-Sun Fruit Crush is 100% compliant with the School Food standards and that every pouch of Capri-Sun Fruit Crush provides 1 of your 5 a day.  
Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

We also bought the Apple & Pear flavour and will try Apple & Blackcurrant on our next shop.
Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

Caitlyn has already chosen a Pirate Themed School Bag and water bottle - Jake and the Neverland Pirates!  She is a huge fan.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

I also stuck some stickers on her Lunch Box to make it look more like a treasure chest but we all know it's what's inside the treasure chest that counts...

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

We started with some Fishy Shaped Sandwiches to provide carbohydrate for energy.  Choose your child's favourite bread and filling and just cut the sandwich into fishy shapes.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

Next we have Parrot Pepper Salad.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

Disclosure:   Parrot Pepper Salad does not contain any feathered friends- we just think the colours are very parrot inspired!

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

We have a Loot Bag of Grapes.  Caitlyn did suggest that a loot bag of chocolate coins would be an appropriate treat one day for a picnic!  Any small fruit can be placed in a loot bag.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

A Treasure Chest  of Raisins within a treasure chest always provides a healthy dried fruit gem.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

Crackers and cheese can also be made into Cheesy Treasure Chests and provide protein.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

We also added an easy peeler satsuma (prevents pirates getting scurvy while out at sea!) and a home made Apple Juice Pirate Biscuit.

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

As we don't start school until later this week Caitlyn got to try out her Pirate Lunch Box by the sea.   We found the sandwiches went down a lot easier when shaped and with no crusts.  My hungry horace son on the other hand likes his sandwiches the bigger the better and with crusts, so make yours to suit your own child's appetite.  She has asked to have a treasure chest with yogurt and raisins instead of just raisins so that will provide some extra dairy.  We both agreed that there are more fruit and vegetables than she needs at lunchtime but this is good as it means she has something healthy left to snack on during the walk home. 

Capri Sun School  Healthy Lunch Box Pirate Themed Packed Lunch

She loved her Fruit Crush (and I enjoyed mine too).


Whatever homemade snack is going into the lunchbox that week (like the Apple Juice Pirate Cookies), I make the weekend before and store in an airtight tin.  I also make my lunchboxes the night before as I'm not a morning person!

We also vary the fruit and vegetables in our packed lunches over the week so the kids can also expect to see:  strawberries, blueberries, apples, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomatoes and red cabbage etc.  Variety is the spice of life!

Good luck to everyone going back to school, hope they all enjoy their tasty, healthy lunchboxes!

You can find more lunchbox ideas at Capri-Sun Mums Zone and follow the hashtags  #CapriSunSchool #CollectiveBias #shop .

Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Cheese and Onion Sandwich Through and Through (Seabrook Crisps)

This recipe is an entry into the National Crisp Sarnie Week competition with Seabrook crisps
National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe


Tots100 Challenged Bloggers to create the perfect crisp sandwich in return for free crisps.  A crisp sandwich has always been one of my guilty pleasures so I agreed to take part.  One of my favourite student foods was sliced bread, butter and plain crisps.  Yum.

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

As I was sent Cheese and Onion flavour Seabrook Crisps then I thought I should do justice to this flavour and make mine a real Cheese and Onion Sandwich through and through.

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

I started with a Cheese and Onion bread roll.

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

 I added some margarine spread.

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

Then the cheddar cheese.

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

Next the red onion.

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

I added the main ingredient, Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Crisps, the Pièce de résistance if you like!

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

I squirted a spiral of mayonnaise onto the top of my roll (optional of course) and voilà!  My sandwich was complete.

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

Serve with salad and leftover crisps (I know there is usually no such thing as "leftover crisps but you don't need to put the whole pack in one sandwich!).

National Crisp Sandwich Week Seabrooks Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe

Then enjoy!

Mmm. I have to admit it was very delicious even if I do say so myself.  The crunchy roll, crispy crisps, flavoursome cheese and strong onion just taste so lovely together and the mayonnaise just heightens this combination of flavours for me.

Do you like a cheeky crisp sandwich, what's your favourite recipe?

Seabrooks have been asking Crisp Eaters to create the perfect crisp sandwich in celebration of National Crisp Sarnie Week.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Washing Baby Clothes and Supporting Tommy's #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion


Washing our family laundry with Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner always brings back precious memories to me of both being pregnant and enjoying that cherished newborn time with each of my four children.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started buying white bodysuits, sleepsuits, hooded towels, mittens and booties.

Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion


I would wash each item carefully with the above products as I knew they were specially made to be kind to sensitive skin.  

Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion

I would then hang them out on the line and put them in a special "baby draw".  Every day I would open up that drawer and breathe in the gorgeous scent.  I would lay the clothes out on my bed and try to imagine that there would soon be a real baby wearing them.  I could never quite believe it!

My hospital and baby bag all smelt lovely and everything from our flannels to dressing gowns as soft as they could be.  

I soon found out that even with all the clothes and baby equipment ready nothing can really prepare you for how you will feel after you have had a baby.  I remember the overwhelming feeling of love and the natural instinct to protect my child.  Danny was a very poorly baby and spent a long time in hospital.  I am so grateful that with the help of Special Care Baby units and very skilled surgeons I still have my boy.  

Naturally I worried a little bit more during my subsequent pregnancies, so I realise the importance of charities like Tommy's  who fund research into miscarriage, premature birth and still birth.  When my niece was born premature the information we were given from Tommy's was really useful and reassuring.

Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion

As my babies have grown older they have still appreciated soft, scented clothes next to their skin, fluffy towels after their bath and snuggly blankets to cosy up in especially as we move into the Autumn and Winter months.

Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion


Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion

Now our own family is complete, I love washing all the old baby clothes, bundling it up and passing it on to friends and families starting their own families.  I find the Persil Non-Bio keeps the clothes fresh and clean, while the Comfort softens and conditions them making them gentle enough for a baby.

Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion

Asda are currently selling Persil Non-Bio 25w and Comfort Pure 42w in a special Better Together Pack and will donate £100,000 to Tommy's to support their research.  I think it's great that a brand many new mums use and love are donating to such a worthwhile charity.


We found both our products in the Laundry Aisle.


Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion

Comfort Pure was a little bit further up the Aisle in the Fabric Conditioners section.  Look out for a special display in your local store to buy both products together.

 Washing baby clothes Sensitive Skin Persil Non Bio Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner Tommy's Charity Promotion

We still use Persil Non Bio and Comfort Pure to wash our clothes, the clothes are just bigger now and we have lots more school uniforms and sports kits to wash!  It's still important to me that I am doing the best to look after my children's skin and keeping them happy, which makes me happy.

To find out more about  Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure's Charitable Partnership with Tommy's please visit their website and follow the hashtags #Mums4Tommys #CollectiveBias on Twitter.

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