Galleoneers recipe kit review

Being a busy working mum, I love the idea of having a subscription recipe kit which is tailored for children. It’s a good idea for them to take interest in the kitchen at a very young age while I’m there to help them which will also create a special memory of bonding. My kids are a bit fussy when it comes to foods hence Galleoneers recipe kit is the perfect way to enjoy cooking and spend family time. I’m hoping that cooking with them will help them to have a positive relationship with food so that they can make a healthier choice.

About Galleoneers

Galleoneers is a subscription of recipe kits for kids aged between 3 to 12 years old. Their recipe kits teach your kids to appreciate diverse cuisines around the world. What I love about Galleoneers is that it comes with 3 recipes which include starters or snacks, mains and desserts which will help my kids to learn varieties of cooking and food preparation. Galleoneers also offer alternative recipes ( through their cooking club ) so you can have more option and also good for people with specific diet.

Japanese themed recipe kit

We were sent a ” Japanese Theme ” recipe kit which pack in a small box with a beautiful themed design. My boys were excited to open the box. Inside is a beautifully wrapped recipe kit. It is well packaged so would make a great gift. The recipes to make were sushi, chicken yakisoba and red beans ice lolly. The recipe kit also comes with seaweed sheets, sushi rolling Mat, wooden spatula and origami sheets for arts & craft activity.

Grocery shopping for the ingredients

When my recipe kit shipped, the list of ingredients were emailed to me to buy and a grocery shopping list is also included in the kit. Alternative ingredients can also be found in the book which is very helpful and flexible. I took my youngest child with me in buying the ingredients which is fun. He help me find the stuff needed and I let him hold the grocery list. It is also a good way for him to get to know the name of the ingredients such as those avocado, spring onion and asparagus.

Starter

Japanese sushi

It’s our first time to make sushi and my boys ( 6 and 3 years old ) really enjoyed making it. The instruction were easy to understand and follow. My boys had fun as if they were playing. Our sushi doesn’t look perfect but what matters is that my boys loved it.

Main

Chicken yakisoba

My daughter did the cooking of the chicken yakisoba since she loves noodles. She enjoyed doing it all herself without any help from me. She easily followed the instruction since she is 14 years old which is above of the age recommended for the recipe kit which is 3-12 years old. She likes learning to cook from recipes which is wonderful. She find the recipe interesting and fun to cook.

Dessert

Red beans ice lolly

My 3 years old son took interest in making the ice lolly. He was cute and charming as he patiently waited for my instruction as I help him to make the ice lolly. He looked at the picture in the booklet and said are you ready mommy? Oh bless him…He was really keen in helping making foods in the kitchen and he found it so exciting and fun doing all the mixing. He even put them in the freezer by himself.

What do we think about the Galleoneers subscription recipe kit?

I thought it’s a brilliant idea. I would never thought I would have fun cooking with my children. Having a recipe kit which is simple and easy to follow is wonderful for children to get them involved in the kitchen. It is also good for a quality bonding time as a family. The price seems to be a good value of money considering it comes with a 3 recipe compare to other subscription recipe kit that only comes in one, however it would be nice if the more unusual ingredients were included, as I struggled to find some of them. It also included a free exclusive membership to their cooking club.

The subscription box price

Subscribe to Galleoneers

3 months for £27.75

6 months for £54

12 months for £105

Single recipe box is available for £9.99 plus shipping. They shipped every 22nd of the month.

Recipe box includes :

• 24-page fully illustrated recipe and activity book

• 2 kitchen tools

• Some of the food ingredients

• Arts and craft materials

Plus, you get a free exclusive membership to Galleoneers Cooking Club for one month

£9.99

Disclaimer : The recipe kit and ingredients were provided by Galleoneers for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinion are mine.

Photowall Prints: so much better than “just a canvas”

Since having the children we have had several photoshoots which we have bought canvases from and boy are they expensive; I think the last one cost £1000! It’s a lovely print but ouch!

We all have so many lovely pictures taken on our phone now and the quality of the cameras are so good that you might as well get some prints done from them.

Photowall offer some lovely canvas prints and wallpaper murals but they also offer the option to upload your own image and put it on a canvas with frame or as a wallpaper mural.

Photowall were kind enough to send me a canvas with frame from one of our photos, from Disneyland Paris last year. I admit I didn’t pay attention to the sizing and was stunned when it arrived:

But the quality is amazing considering it was taken on a lowly iPhone 5. Although it didn’t arrive in its frame it was really easy to put together (well it was easy for hubby).

If you would like 20% off at Photowall as well then use the code: amyshiphamcampaign2017 code valid until end of November 2017

*please note: canvas was provided free for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are my own. 

Mango Chicken Curry recipe, featuring capsicana sauce

I was sent 4 different Capsicana sauces to trial. You can use them as a standard stir in sauce but if you go to their website you can get all kinds of recipes based around their sauces. 

I wanted to try the most mild sauce: chilli and lemon, as we aren’t huge spicy food eaters and I wanted to test the heat before I set my mouth on fire. I liked the look of their Peruvian spiced prawns in cream sauce but I already had chicken out for dinner and didn’t have any cream or half the fresh vegetables so I kinda based my recipe on theirs but then it went off in its own direction! I have also put it in video form if you prefer. 

Recipe:

  • Chicken breast
  • Red onion
  • Fresh ginger (thumb nail sized piece)
  • Coconut milk
  • Capsicana chilli and lemon sauce
  • Tinned mango

Brown off the chicken, and add the diced onion, ginger and mango. Fry all until chicken is thoroughly cooked. 

Stir in the tin of coconut milk and add Capsicana Sauce, season to taste. 

Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer until sauce is reduced, approx 20 mins. 

Serve with rice, or add some new potatoes at the same time as the coconut milk and they will cook while it reduces. 

Absolutely delicious recipe, 5/5 from my 9 year old, the youngest won’t eat anything with sauce so you will never win him over lol

*note, item was provided free for the purpose of this review, this has not effected my opinions. 

Stunning bouquet by Prestige Flowers and donation to cancer research 

Prestige were kind enough to send me these stunning flowers from their new range:

Link goes live in September. 

There is no better feeling than received a big bouquet from a loved one on your special occasion (be it birthday, anniversary, birth of a child, graduation etc) and this bouquet just makes it even better as a huge 25% of the cost is donated to Cancer Research, such a worthy cause.

I would be willing to pay 25% extra for a donation to be made to Cancer Research, but amazingly the price of these flower bouquets are the same as the main site.

Check out our video of the box opening here. 

As always the flowers were well wrapped and had a water reservoir to keep them fresh in transit. I actually wasn’t home upon delivery and they left it in a safe place, out of the sun and a clear note for me for where to find it. It would have been safe all day and the water would have lasted as well.

Once opened the flowers were fresh and beautiful. So colourful and a stunning mix of different flowers (it’s so nice not to just get one type of flower in a bundle) and there was also a vase in the box.

So next time you purchase flowers for a friend, or lover, consider this collection and donate to charity at the same time, why not indeed!

*please note, item was received free in exchange for this review, however all words and opinions are my own. 

Psychology of Colour: what colour should you decorate?!

Choosing colours for your home is a difficult task, I work for a paint manufacturer and I know the stress it brings people!

Did you know that certain colours can affect our emotions or how we behave in the house?

Thomas Sanderson has produced a guide which gives you a guide for the best colour for each room and the science behind it. I have taken their key points below for you, but do check out their full guide on their siteContinue reading “Psychology of Colour: what colour should you decorate?!”

Three Signs You Need to Remodel Your Kitchen

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How long have you lived in your home? If it's been awhile, you might be getting the itch to remodel your kitchen. It could something as simple as replacing the wallpaper or it could be as major as replacing the appliances and cabinetry. Either way, a kitchen that has the aesthetic you want will make you much happier living in your home.

For prospective home buyers, the kitchen is the most important room in the house and the first thing they consider when checking out a home on the market. Because of this, many sellers choose to remodel their kitchen before putting their home on the market. Your kitchen may need renovating and you may not know it, so here are three signs you should heed telling you it's time to remodel your kitchen.

Space

As your family grows and you increasingly use your kitchen, it could become overly cluttered with the appliances and utensils you use. Space is one of the most common reasons homeowners choose to renovate their kitchen. A home renovation contractor will be able to come up with a design that you will love that gives you ample space to store the myriad of things you use in your kitchen every day. Of course, a kitchen with a lot of space and a functional work environment looks great to prospective home buyers as well.

Outdated Appliances

New appliances are also a major factor in how much prospective buyers are interested in your home. This is for two reasons. The first is it gives the room the sleek modern look buyers are looking for without them having to put in too much extra work after they buy it. Second, new appliances are more energy efficient, meaning they will save you a lot of money over time on monthly utility bills.

Damages

This is the most obvious reason that people choose to renovate the kitchen their home. Damages to the ceiling, walls, or any part of the kitchen are unsightly. They are even dangerous in some situations.

If you are experiencing any of these three things in your kitchen, check out a website like renovationexperts.com. They act as a directory for homeowners to link up with good contractors in their area. Log on today to find the perfect professional for an upcoming kitchen renovation project.

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Living Room Inspiration for Summer

There is so much I want to do in the house, one of which is refurbishing the lounge, we recently repainted, using our recycled paint in Parchment Cream and now I want to update the rest of the room.

One thing I love is the blinds we have, we got them from a little place Chichester, they are great quality and have lasted so well with the two child environment and being vertically fitted they don’t gather dust as badly as horizontal blinds.

I would love to renew our sofa, we have had it 8 years now and it has coped with two babies throwing up on it and spilling milk daily, but now we would like a “grown up” sofa. I love sofa shopping and Fishpools have some lovely collections, I adore the Isabelle range of corner sofas, we are definitely going for a corner sofa this time.

Storage is important, especially with children around, somewhere to put the toys without looking like its full of toys. These unit boxes are great it keeps the toys tidy and the kids can take one box at a time and tidy up before they get the next box out. Check back to our blog in a few weeks as we will be giving away one of these units. 

I love floating shelves for displaying ornaments, keeps them out of the kids reach but without the messy brackets holding them up.

A bright rug like this Darcy Rug from Littlewoods would look great in our lounge, the bold red would look fab against our dark wooden flooring and the flower pattern would help hide the dog and cat hair which inevitable always coats our flooring!

What are your lounge décor plans? Do you dream of redecorating like me?

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Sunrise clock: why you want one and how to get it (hint, we are giving one away)

When you wake up when you aren’t quite ready, like in the middle of a dream, you start the day feeling sleepy and nothing you can do can shake it.

A sunrise clock, or wake up light, is the perfect solution. You set the wake up time and half an hour before the light comes on and gradually increases in intensity over the half hour before wake up, at which point either nature sounds or the radio comes on (depending on which you set it to). Continue reading “Sunrise clock: why you want one and how to get it (hint, we are giving one away)”

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself When Considering An Attic Conversion

Converting your lifeless attic into a living space that could be filled with joy and laughter one day, is a fantastic way to fully make use of all the space in your home. Utilizing the attic is a task unlike any other around the house because it’s essentially an integral structure that is a part of the roof, which is the most fragile part of any home. However, it gives you so much creative leeway to convert the attic into a room totally of your choosing which could not only be a great asset to your living standard but increase the price of the home. Whether you choose the new room to be an additional bathroom, living room or bedroom, the financial rewards are too great to miss. Many people convert the emptiness into a study, where you can get away from the noise of a busy household and purely focus on your paperwork. The first step is to plan sufficiently so the tricky stumbling blocks of design can be tackled with a driven purpose.

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The inspection 

 

Before your heart can set on any particular idea for the space, check that converting your attic is feasible. You could go the easy route and hire an inspector to come to your home and learn the history of the property, the materials used and the structural safety that the building codes the local authority or company adhered to. Although, you could also make some simple checks to see for yourself before getting a second opinion. The ceiling needs to be around 10 to 12-feet high in order for it to be deemed safe, as banging on the support beam and metal bars is bad for your and the house’s health. In that regard, the floor also must have the correct support to withstand many people walking on it at different locations in the room.

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Making it comfortable 

 

It’s important that your potential space has modern regulations on insulation that were used during construction. This means you should have r-30 insulation in the walls along with r-13 in the ceiling so that you’ll be protected from windchills and have an adequate room that keeps the heat in. Having the proper insulation will also save money on an energy bill. Equally important, there needs to be at least one window from which sunlight and fresh air may peer through. Following the same principle as the insulation, seek to hire a company like Buckingham Double Glazing, which specialises in proper window construction. You can then choose whether you want aluminium or wooden frames for a modern or rustic style. Pick out where you would like a window using knowledge of which way your home faces so as to get the most sunlight available. From then on, the installation will be focussed on maintaining the integrity of the surrounding structure.

 

The real price 

 

There’s a big difference between an estimate you might have gotten to the final quotation. An estimate is the contractor’s guess as to what the conversion might end up costing you. However, the quotation is the final price after every question of safety, design, materials, time and labour have been calculated. Before work can be done, you will be given a list of the overall expenditure and the items to be bought, so make sure your budget is sufficient.

 

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