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Introducing Pure Freeze Dried Cat Food

This week we have had the pleasure of working with Pure Pet food, Felix is our pet cat and this week he gets to make a guest appearance on our family blog. Felix is 10 years old and right from him being a kitten he’s always been fussy with his cat food and will only eat Whiskers tinned cat food in gravy, he will not eat any other brand, he also loves his fresh cooked chicken and goes mad for tuna, so quite a fussy cat!

We were asked if we would like to try out and review a new brand of cat food which is made by Pure Pet Food. Pure Pet Food make it their mission to make healthy  choices easy for pet owners and make a range of air-dried, dehydrated and freeze-dried pet foods.

We were sent 2 boxes of freeze dried cat food for Felix to try out, we were sent a box of Surf & Turf and a box of Whisker Lickin’ Chicken. Felix was very inquisitive when I started opening the box and he was very happy to sit and pose for a photo!

We decided to try the Whisker Lickin’ Chicken first, I wasn’t sure if Felix would be interested but he just wouldn’t leave me alone whilst opening the box and was meowing his little head off, he was even trying to eat the food before I’d mixed in the water, it must have smelt good to him. The instructions are really easy to follow and give you guidelines on how much to measure out depending on the size of your cat and also instruct on how much water to add.

The food was really easy to make, I just needed to measure out the exact amount using the plastic scoop provided and then measure out warm water using the same scoop. This is the first time that we’ve tried a new brand of cat food that Felix has thoroughly enjoyed and eaten. I could tell he was really enjoying it because he licked his bowl clean without a trace left so a big thumbs up from Felix.


Pet’s are provided with the natural goodness and nutrients found in raw and homemade food. Freeze drying removes the moisture from natural and human grade ingredients, locking in the nutrients and goodness whilst preserving them. You simply add water and serve, creating a meal similar to a fresh or home prepared diet. I would say these are great for fussy cats and cats with sensitivities.

All of Pure’s meals are made with 100% fresh human grade ingredients and are lovingly made at Pure’s very own human grade food facility in Yorkshire. Pure’s freeze dry technology allows for the preservation of meat with zero exposure to high temperature and pressure, retaining a real meat texture with zero preservatives and with no need to store in a freezer

The standards in making Pure are so high that they are regulated by both the human and the animal food authorities. Pure foods contain no grains or gluten and are high in protein, ensuring a healthy balanced diet. With Pure’s pet food you just add water, this unique process gives Pure all of the advantages of both wet & dry food. Adding water allows the food to expand in the bowl rather than the stomach making it easier to chew and helping to prevent bloating, whilst reducing the risk of dehydration. At the same time like a good quality dry food Pure is super easy to store and has a great shelf life.

Felix is definitely converted and loves his new cat food, we’ve introduced 1 meal of Pure a day along side his normal cat food to get him used to his new food and will gradually convert him over fully over the next few weeks. Our local Pets at Home stock the Pure pet food and it can also be purchased direct from the Pure website.


Felix says “It’s lip smacking good” so go give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.


Thanks for reading

The Mann Clan x


‘Best of Christmas’ Hamper from Prestige Hampers

We received a gorgeous Christmas hamper from Prestige Hampers to review. We received the ‘Best of Christmas‘ hamper which retails at £69.99. The hamper is filled with delicious fine foods and wine and plenty of sweet treats for all the family to enjoy.

The ‘Best of Christmas’ hamper comes in a lovely festive designed convenient, sturdy and 100% recyclable postal box and has been carefully packed to avoid any damage. We were really impressed with the contents that we received, there were plenty of luxury items that have been selected for their taste and quality.


The hamper includes;

Ardens Green & Black Olive Twists 100g
Barfield Bakery Mince Pies x 4
Border Divinely Chocolatey Cookies 150g
Brown Bag Crisps Smoked Bacon Crisps 150g
Crunch Craving Spicy Peanuts 85g
Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company Medium Roast Coffee 113g
Farmhouse Biscuits Luxury Sticky Toffee Pudding Butter Biscuits 150g
Lily O’Briens Sticky Toffee Chocolates 110g
Linden Lady Handmade Fudge 115g
Oloves Chili & Garlic Ripe Black Pitted Olives 30g
The English Provender Co. Plum & Bramley Apple Chutney 300g
The Original Cake Company Top Iced Slab Cake
Yorkshire Popcorn Salt & Sweet Popcorn 40g
Stas Small Milk Chocolate Bauble 75g
Simpkins Festive Fruit Drops 200g
Merlot Rio Rica Central Valley Chile 75cl
Sauvignon Blanc Rio Rica Central Valley Chile 75cl


Myself and James really enjoyed trying out the luxury medium roast coffee with a luxury mince pie to go with it. The boys enjoyed trying the Border Divinely Chocolatey Cookies, I tried these too and they are just so tasty and just melt in your mouth. We’re saving the Christmas fruit cake and the Sauvignon Blanc for Christmas day.

I would definitely recommend this hamper, it’s perfect for if you want to try something a bit different and really want to indulge over the festive period, there’s something for everyone and the hamper comes with a good variety of different foods. I just love the festive box which I’m going to re-use, it’s just too nice to throw away and I also love the personalized message on the box, it really brightened my day and made me smile, thank you David.

This fabulous hamper will make a lovely gift for friends, family or even a corporate gift for your clients or staff. This would make the ideal gift for that one family member that’s always difficult to buy for, I’m sure we all come up against this problem every year!

Prestige Hampers sell a wide range of hampers to suit every ones needs & budget with something for everyone. Prestige Hampers are fantastically priced and are definitely value for money, I would definitely buy a hamper like this as a gift and if anyone wants to treat me to one for Christmas then I will be the happiest mummy on Christmas day, hint hint!

The service, communication and delivery I have received with Prestige Hampers as been excellent, I can’t fault them in any way and I look forward to using them in the near future.

Please go check them out, you won’t be disappointed. 


GoGo Squeez’s new range of fruit snacks and yogurt snacks (Advert)

We recently had the opportunity to test out and review a new range of fruit and yogurt snacks from GoGo Squeez’s new range.


The boys were excited when we received a package through the post, they always get excited when we receive parcels, they just know a parcel always contains something interesting or exciting! When they discovered the items were edible they couldn’t wait to get stuck in! Both my boys are mad for snacks and just don’t stop eating, it was nice to fill the cupboard up with something new and different.


We received 4 pouches of the following flavours to try out:

GoGo squeeZ Fruit Snacks: Apple, Apple-Strawberry and Apple-Mango

GoGo squeeZ Snacks: Strawberry flavour and Banana flavour


My boys loved these snacks and rated them very highly, they are aimed at children between the age of 5 and 7.  The yogurt pouches won hands down over the fruit snack pouches, I think it was the texture of the fruit pouches that the boys didn’t like, they were more like a puree and these didn’t go down too well. The banana was the most popular yoghurt flavour and trumped the strawberry which I was quite surprised at!

My boys loved the ‘cool helicopter top’ on the packaging which I also thought was great as it was easy for them to open on their own as there was more room on the lid for them to get their whole hand around it to twist.  The first thing Charlie said was “Put one in my lunchbox mum” I will definitely be stocking up on more of the yogurt ones for the boys lunch boxes, they are just so convenient, easy to open for little hands and can just be disposed of straight into the bin so no messy yogurt spoons coming back in the lunch boxes and definitely no yogurt covered jumpers from Charlie! We will definitely be using them as an on the go snack too, it’s great that they don’t need to be refrigerated.

The new fruit snacks are made from 100% fruit and the yogurt snacks are a great source of calcium & vitamin D. They contain no artificial anything, no refrigeration needed and come with a built-in straw, they are the perfect squeezy snack for kids on-the-go, at school, or at home. Tasty, fun, mess free and easy – no nasties, no worries!

Try it, love it! Find out more at

***This is a personal blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own, I was gifted the above product to test in return for an honest review***

Book Review – Home Wrecker by Jennifer Juan (Ad)

Book Review

I’ve never written a book review before, it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. When the opportunity presented itself I jumped at the chance. It might seem like a small ambition to review a book but to me it’s quite a big thing. There are so many little things I want to do and I’m finally getting the confidence to do them.

I was a little nervous when I said yes to reviewing Home Wrecker, it’s not my everyday kind of book, I’m used to losing myself in a big chunky paper back novel but I saw this opportunity and decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something new

Home Wrecker is the third major collection by Jennifer Juan, the book is available as an eBook and Paperback, the book can be brought exclusively through Amazon.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading Home Wrecker, I’m not a big poetry fan but really lost myself in this book and just wanted to keep reading, I couldn’t seem to stop! I was instantly drawn into the seductive world and each poem seemed to hold a mysterious message that you really had to think about to understand it and make sense of it. Home Wrecker showcases both love, loss and heartbreak and is a very powerful book.

I couldn’t fully understand and relate to every poem but there were a few that touched me. The collection expresses great vulnerability, rawness and hurt and this is felt throughout the collection. Jennifer writes about the highs and lows that we all experience and go through in life.

One of my favorite poems from the book is “Depression is not real?” We have all experienced the lows in our lives and some of us have even suffered with depression but not many people fully understand it and how it affects the mind. This poem really hit home. I suffered with depression at an early age and was lucky enough to come out of the other side stronger than ever. Mental health is really close to my heart, I’ve watched family and friends suffer with depression and battle with mental health, it can rip your family apart, this one really touched my heart.


I wish Jennifer all the best with her new book, she is a truly amazing writer and poet and is such an inspiring and talented lady. I wish Jennifer well on her journey and I hope Home Wrecker does well and is a huge success.

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***This is a personal blog post and all thoughts and opinions are my own, I have not been paid to write this blog post but have been gifted a copy of Home Wrecker by Jennifer***

Autumn Primark Haul

I am SO impressed with Primark at the moment,  It’s one of my favourite places to shop, especially for baby clothes, you could say I went a bit crazy on my recent visit this week. I only went into my local Nottingham Primark for some mittens for Daisy. With Goose Fair on the approach I wanted to make sure she would be nice and warm.

I had some time to kill before work so decided to hit the shops, it was so quiet shopping early in the morning and was utter bliss, Primark was lovely and tidy, no clothes on the floor and no queuing to pay. I felt so overwhelmed with all items in the store as I wandered round not knowing where to start, I think I could have quite easily brought everything in sight.

The first item I picked up was a lovely cream knitted hat with matching mittens priced at a bargain £2.50, these will definitely keep Daisy warm through the winter months, well that’s if she keeps them on! I picked up a size 12-24 months, Daisy is 9 months old at the moment and I wanted to make sure these would fit her through the winter, I do find that you have to go bigger with Primark sizes, they can sometimes come up a bit small.


The next item I picked up was a pack of 3 sleep suits, Daisy is growing so fast and is almost out of her 6-9 month sleep suits. These were priced at £6.50 making each sleep suit around £2.17 which is an absolute bargain, they had so many lovely designs to choose from and I finally settled on the butterfly designs and spotty design.

Primark 1

Next up is a lovely little grey and plum spotted dress priced at £10 in size 12-18 months, this wasn’t too badly priced because the dress also comes with a pair of plum coloured tights. I know we’re out of the summer season but this will look lovely paired up with a vest top underneath and a little cardigan over the top. I love grey and also love anything spotty. A little girl’s got to have a few dresses in her wardrobe even if it is Autumn!

Primark 3

I got really excited when I spotted Christmas themed clothes in the baby section, I’m a sucker for a Christmas jumper and this was definitely a must have. I liked it that much that I went back the next day to buy another one for my baby niece Violet, you’ve got to have matching jumpers at Christmas, I just need to buy James one and then we’re all sorted for Christmas jumpers. I’m on the look out now for Christmas pyjamas for the boys and for Daisy.

This was priced at £6.00 and is so lovely and soft, it’s more like a sweatshirt style jumper and will look lovely with a pair of jeans or leggings. I picked this up in a size 9-12 months as it’s a little on the big size but should fit come Christmas. Roll on December so we can get our festive jumpers out!Primark 2

The next item I picked up was a 3 piece set and is a cotton butterfly top, a beautiful blush pink and gold fleck knitted cardigan and denim leggings priced at £14.00 which isn’t bad on price when you are getting 3 items for your money. This is in a size 9-12 months.

Primark 4

The final item I picked up is a lovely pink and grey knitted spotty jumper with a cute teddy design on the front priced at £6. This is in a size 9-12 months, we’ve had to turn up the sleeves with it being a little on the big size but is perfect for the winter months and looks lovely with leggings.

Primark 5

Thanks for checking out this post!

Lot’s of love,

The Mann Clan


***This is a personal blog post and is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own***


Our baby girl’s room is the smallest room in our house, Daisy drew the short straw being our 3rd and final baby. James got evicted from his office and the box room became Daisy’s nursery/bedroom. We started decorating this room back in August 2016 about 4 months before Daisy was born, we didn’t want to find out the sex of our baby and decided to go with a neutral theme, I absolutely love grey at the moment and decided to go with a grey theme, that way a bit of pink or a bit of blue could be added to the room to give a bit of colour depending on the sex of our baby.

My dad kindly did our wall papering, he’s really good with DIY jobs, I think we’d all be lost without him, I’m not sure how James would be with wallpapering but is really good with painting. I absolutely love spots so the spotty grey wallpaper became our feature wall, we decided to just do one wall with wallpaper and kept all the other walls painted neutral, we opted for an off white colour with a hint of mint green, the paint was from B&Q and I seem to think the colour is called Milky Coffee. The wallpaper was from House of Fraser and is from the Graham & Brown range.

Here are a few photos before the room was finished.

And here are a few photos once finished, I wouldn’t say it’s completely finished yet, I still want to add a rug and maybe a few wall stickers for the plain wall. It’s certainly taking shape now and looking more like a bedroom/nursery than a blank canvas and I absolutely love it.


The White wooden shelf below is a bespoke shelf made by my brother-in-law Ashley (AAW Custom Interiors). The pink paper pom poms are from Hobby Craft, I absolutely love these. The wooden LOVE letters are from Mothercare and match Daisy’s bedding.

The bedding set, bunny, comforter and matching cot organizer pockets are from Mothercare and are from the My Little Garden range . Our cot mobile is from when we had the boys, if money was no object then I would have opted for a pink one to match the bedding, it’s a neutral one so it’s fine, the same with the changing mat and over cot changer, these were from when the boys were babies and are neutral too.

The large white drawers are from Ikea and are part of the MALM range, we also have a small set at the end of the cot which fit nicely in the small space. The curtains and matching light shade are both from Amazon and are part of the Silvercloud Counting Sheep range.

Bedroom 4

Bedroom 5Bedroom 7

The money boxes were both gifts along with both frames too. I’ve still got to fill the middle frame, it’s got little heart pegs where you can hang little bits. I’m still pondering over what to put in it, maybe hospital tags, first shoes etc, any other suggestions or ideas?

***This is a personal blog post and is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own***