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The most wonderful time of the year

Love it or hate it Christmas is coming, fast…….and I love it. I have wonderful memories of Christmas growing up and it’s even better now that I’m a parent. I see the magic and wonder in my children’s eyes and it just makes me feel so happy. Don’t get me wrong, I still threaten to call Santa multiple times a day and they are convinced that he is using elves and special cameras in smoke detectors to make sure they are being good.

This year I discovered Portable North Pole.  PNP brings the magic of the North Pole Village to life! It’s a free app/website personalise a special festive video message from Santa just for your child and its really easy to use. Simply enter in your child’s name, age, the gift they are hoping for and favourite pics and you’re all set! Also a free feature ,is a cute “Fun for Groups” video that lets groups such as childcare and preschool groups enjoy Santa’s greeting together.

With a paid Magic Pass option you have access to all PNP’s features, there are activities for kids (including cute filters) and codes for top secret parent and Santa business. Plus you can even schedule a call from Santa and with the mobile only Reaction Recorder, the best part is you can record your babies as they watch their personalised videos and the reactions are priceless.

Here is an example of a video for Scarlett where Santa remembered it’s her birthday soon. She was so surprised to hear Santa saying her name and absolutely loved that he didn’t forget her birthday:

Here is a snippet of a reaction video:

The filters are lot’s of fun too

Check it out and make this Christmas super special. You can get 20% off your own Magic Pass by going to this link creating your account and entering the code PNP7BLG20 at checkout.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

Rachelle xx

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Dinner doesn’t have to be a marathon

Being a working mum I love a quick tasty dinner and it ‘s always a bonus if I can incorporate some veggies too.

I have always been a fan of Marathon foods and my kids love their puffy dogs. While they would love to eat them every day, I see them as a treat and would prefer they eat something more balanced.

I recently discovered that Marathon foods now make a range of easy heat and eat meals in their Chef Direct range. There are meatballs, lamb shanks and even a beef hot pot. My favourite is the Con Carne mild chilli beef and bean. They are all so versitile and really good for if you haven’t done any meal prep or forgot to defrost the meat for dinner.

Tonight I whipped up some tasty and healthy mexican bowls which everyone loved. I used the Marathon foods mild chilli beef and bean mix (straight from the pantry), added some capsicum, corn, garlic and tomatoes. Fried it up in the pan

Next I boiled some quinoa and brown rice, made a quick guacamole. At this point I realised I had no corn chips so I toasted some pita pockets under the grill with olive oil, a touch of cumin and garlic salt.

Then I popped everything in a bowl, added sour cream (with chopped coriander in it), grated cheese and some rocket.

Dinner was on the table within 15 minutes and tasted amazing! The most time consuming part was boiling the rice, but really you could use the pre boiled packet rice and cut even more time off your dinner prep.

If you haven’t already it’s worth checking out the Marathon chef direct range, perfect to have on hand for busy nights. They would also be great for a quick lunch or a gourmet camping meal.

Rachelle xx

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