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Strawberry Ice Pops (Pinterest Challenge #2)


A couple of weeks ago, I shared the first post (Cat Origami Bookmarks) in the Pinterest Challenge I am doing with the lovely Kay from Mummy Who. The idea is really cool, we choose 3 Pinterest pins for each other, then we attempt to recreate each one and blog about our experiences. For our second challenge, Kay has picked me these Strawberry Ice Pops which look amazing and perfect for the summer! To see which pin I gave to Kay, go head over to Mummy Who and check out our second challenge! 

When I knew I was going to make these, I headed over to Amazon to find myself some ice pop moulds. The pack I chose had 6 regular moulds and 6 star shaped moulds. The best bit about these ice pops is there is only five ingredients – the simpler the recipe the better in my opinion. So the day before, I went shopping for skimmed milk, whipped cream, strawberry syrup, white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles.

Step 1: Add milk to measuring jug. The instructions advise 480 ml but I wanted to make room for the cream so I only added about 400 ml.

Step 2: Add cream and mix well. I added about 150 ml of cream – I probably would have added more if the jug allowed it.

Step 3: Add the strawberry syrup and mix again until the milk turns pink.

Step 4: Pour the tasty mixture into moulds.

Make sure you fill the moulds up to the very top and place the lids on firmly.

Step 5: Place the moulds into the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Step 6: Hope for the best…

Step 7: (24 hours later) Prepare the white chocolate by breaking it up and microwaving for 30 seconds (stir) and a further 30 seconds.

Step 8: Yay, the ice pops turned out okay! To remove the case, run under warm water for about a minute and they slide off easily.

Step 9: Dunk the ice pop into the warm melted white chocolate and sprinkle with rainbows.

Step 10: Repeat for all ice pops. Once they have been dunked and sprinkled, I’ve found they don’t want to go back into their cases. If you wrap them with tin foil and pop back into the freezer they should be fine.

Step 11: Enjoy your strawberry ice pops!

Thank you for the challenge Kay! This was really fun to do and I actually surprised myself here. I’m looking forward to our next one which will be appearing on the blog in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned! Don’t forget to head on over to Mummy Who and see which pin I gave to Kay for the second challenge…

Have you tried making strawberry ice pops? Or have you challenged your friend to a Pinterest challenge? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Printiki Magnets Giveaway

Since starting my blog, Printiki have been my go-to place for photo printing. Their awesome prints have appeared in my Phuket Travel Scrapbook, Greece Travel Scrapbook, Gran Canaria Travel Scrapbook and most recently my Food From Around The World post. I’m always impressed by their speedy service, great quality and value for money. So when Prinkiti contacted me recently to say they had launched photo magnets I was super keen to check them out.

Printiki have very kindly gifted me these magnets and have generously offered a giveaway prize for someone to win their very own personalized set (see end of post for details). You can either select 9 Mini Magnets or 4 Medium Magnets. As Shaun and I have now been on five holidays together, I opted for the 9 mini magnets as I didn’t want any holidays to feel left out.

The Printiki photo magnets look amazing with my World Travel Magnetic Map from Not On The Highstreet.

Printiki make photo printing so easy. All you need to do is upload your chosen photos from your computer, Facebook or Instagram. You also have the option to customize your photos with text, filters, colours and shapes. Lastly, you can choose whether you want to turn your magnets into a collage or a jigsaw.

These are perfect to stick on your fridge to keep the holiday memories alive all year round. Of course, you can print absolutely anything, why not find photos of friends, family, pets, days out and special occasions to make your own awesome collages. If you would like a chance to win one voucher for a set of magnets with shipping all you need to do is:

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One winner will be chosen at random on Friday 22nd June at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part! Which photos would you choose to print onto Printiki photo magnets?  Let me know in the comments!

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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Modern Map Art: Star Map Chart

In the photo:Modern Map Art Star Map Chart and Printiki prints.

Have you got a special date you want to remember forever? Maybe it’s a wedding, anniversary or birthday? Then this Custom Star Map from Modern Map Art could be just what you are looking for! I was recently asked if I wanted my very own Star Map to review and of course I said yes please! The special date which immediately sprang to mind was the date that Shaun & I first met.

The Star Map gives the exact coordinates of where we met. Being a bit of a nerd, I googled them and I can confirm that Winchester, UK appeared as the top result. The print also shows how the stars looked on the evening of Saturday 14th May 2016 which I think is super cool. 

I went for a blue map on a white background, however, you can pick from a range of colour schemes such as a black background and white text. I also picked the title: ‘The Story Of Us’ as I thought this date marks the very first page of our story together.

You can choose absolutely anything you like such as ‘Together Forever’, ‘The Night Sky’ or you can really personalize it with your names. There are a selection of different fonts and I found the preview window so handy to see what my print would look like as I went along.

You can completely customize the message underneath too, I chose to keep it simple with the location, date and coordinates. Finally, you can choose whether to have a border and if you want constellations (for those not too familiar with astrology, like myself, these are just the lines which make patterns between the stars). Overall, the whole process is really straight forward as your awesome Star Map is created right in front of your very eyes.

When the print arrived the other day, I showed it to Shaun and he loved it. It’s a perfect and unique gift to remember special occasions and something you can proudly frame and display in your home. Modern Map Art do a whole range of products such as typography prints, scratch maps, city skylines, hiking trail maps, pillow maps and custom street map prints. There really is something for everyone at Modern Map Art

Thank you to Modern Map Art for my fantastic Star Map, it’s awesome! You can also check out them out on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram. 

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Cat Origami Bookmarks (Pinterest Challenge #1)

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by the lovely Kay from Mummy Who if I would like to do the Pinterest Challenge. The idea is really cool, first we choose 3 Pinterest pins for each other, then we attempt to recreate each one and blog about our experiences. It sounded so much fun, I was definitely up for the challenge. For the first pin, Kay picked me these super cute Cat Origami Bookmarks. To see which pin I gave to Kay, go head over to Mummy Who and check out the first challenge! 

For my challenge, I admit that I got off to a pretty unsuccessful start and my creations were not really resembling cats, more like crumpled pieces of paper. But, I was determined not to be defeated by these folded felines. Instead, I decided to simplify (like they do on The Cube) and found a slightly easier version here. On a warm Bank Holiday Monday, I sat outside in the garden, attempting origami cats, and a few hours (and multiple cats) later, I felt like I cracked it.

Practice and perseverance always pays off when it comes to origami (and everything in life, really).

Here is my how-do guide if you want to make your own cat origami bookmarks. Have fun!

You will need one sheet of origami paper (pineapples are optional).

Step one: Fold the paper horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Then fold the 2 opposite corners into the centre to make triangles.

Step two: Fold the triangles in half.

Step three: Make two creases so that the top half can fold easily.

Step four: Fold the paper down. This took me a few attempts but as long as the pineapples are covered that’s the main thing.

Step five: Turn the paper over.

Step six: Fold the triangles in half along the horizontal centre line.

Step seven: Unfold the paper from the front and flatten.

Step eight: Fold the triangle down and turn the paper over again.

Step nine: Fold in the inside triangles.

Step ten: The trickiest move – You need to fold these inside out. It may take a few attempts but you will get there.

Step eleven: Ta-da it should look like this.

Step twelve: Bring the ears down and fold them again they appear at the front. Keep experimenting with different folds to get the ear height right.

Step thirteen: Do this on both sides then fold down the centre to create the cat head.

Step fourteen: Turn the paper over and fold the sides inwards to create the bookmark.

Step fifteen: Fold the little cat nose into shape and yay! your origami cat bookmark is complete!

Thank you for the challenge Kay, I really enjoyed it. I never expected I would be able to make an origami cat bookmark but this challenge made it all possible. I’m looking forward to our next one which will be appearing on the blog next month. Stay tuned! Don’t forget to head on over to Mummy Who and see which pin I gave to Kay for the first challenge…

Have you tried origami cat bookmarks? Or have you challenged your friend to a Pinterest challenge? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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