Date Night – Eat Now {Review and Giveaway}

As many parents to young children would understand, going out on a date with your partner is somewhat of a rare luxury that happens only when certain planets align.

Now that our 7 month old daughter’s eating and sleeping habits have become a little more predictable and our 3.5 year old goes to bed around 8pm, I have declared Friday nights as Date Night. Out of the last six Fridays, I think we have managed to watch one movie uninterrupted… but I still persist.

I was fortunate to receive an opportunity to try the service of Eat Now – a website and app that allow you to order and pay for your takeaway or home delivery with just a few clicks.

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I had been thinking about it all day. I love not having to cook and food always tastes better when someone else makes it.

I decided on Chinese food for our date night meal. Our local Chinese restaurant is good but not great so when it didn’t come up on the list of restaurants to pick from, I was a little relieved. It meant we got to try a new restaurant. I chose the one with the highest star rating, New Golden Emperor Thai and Chinese Restaurant. Hmm.. Thai and Chinese sounded a bit confused but their menu read nicely.

Too excited to wait, I pre-ordered at about lunchtime and requested a delivery time. (Can you tell I think about food a lot?).

After a busy day with a preschooler and baby, just as promised, our meal arrived right on time and was piping hot.

The babes were in bed, the table was set and it was time for some grown up conversation and DUMPLINGS!!! *insert squeal*

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They were so good!
They were so good!

We devoured the pork dumplings and started tucking into the duck pancakes. Then as I took my first bite, I heard a familiar noise… a thump, thump, thump of little feet travelling in our direction.

“What you got there Mummy?” asked our sleepy eyed three and a half year old and she promptly plonked herself at the head of the table.

“Oh.. It’s just Chinese food…” (trying not to make it sound too appetising) But then her eyes fixed on the bag of complimentary prawn crackers and our dinner for two became dinner for two and a half.

It was the first time she’d seen chopsticks in action and she was happily crunching through the crackers, so she stayed while we enjoyed our Chef’s Recommendation of William Beef and our mandatory Mongolian Lamb. It was a real treat and we’ll definitely be ordering from them again.

Eat Now made it so easy to order. I did it early in the day when I had a spare few moments which was ideal for this busy mum. We also discovered a great new restaurant and when we want to order from them again, Eat Now will remember our last order!

Perhaps our next date night will be just hubby and I.

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VOTE for your favourite restaurant and dish now for your chance to win www.eatnow.com.au/besteats.html

Thanks to Eat Now, we had the opportunity to try a meal on them and now it’s your opportunity to win a meal on them too (To the value of $50).

Please enter via the gleam app below answering the mandatory question “If you could travel to any country in the world for a meal, where would it be and why?”

This is not a game of chance. The winner will be selected based on the creativity of their response. All other entries are to support the blog and Eat Now.

You must be an Australian resident over the age of 18.

Winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize.

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This is a sponsored post but all opinions, as always, are based on my own experience.

When Ants Attack – Mortein Kill & Protect High Performance Review and Giveaway

When the weather starts to warm up, we always have unwelcome visitors in our house – ants. I can’t stand them. No matter how much vacuuming I do to remove the traces of Dora’s snacks, they still want to intrude.

Our street seems to have a bit of a problem with ants. You only have to go into our front or back yard to find them busily working away in trails. They hide in our walls I’m sure, as they sometimes leave piles of black stuff that I’m too afraid to google.

I was embarrassed yesterday when our front porch had been invaded by the pesky blighters. Someone had dripped something sticky on their way in and that was all it took for half of suburb’s ant population to descend… okay.. only a slight exaggeration. I don’t like ants.

Inside, their favourite place seems to be the high window in our lounge room. I could see a few congregating there and worse still, one made its way onto baby Moo’s tummy time mat. Before they started calling their mates for reinforcements to come and collect crumbs from Dora’s morning tea, I took charge.

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I sprayed around the perimeter of the window and the door with  Mortein Kill & Protect High Performance Crawling Insect Killer..  and I vacuumed (again).

… and waited…

The day warmed up which usually brings them out in brute force but to my delight…. the Mortein kept them at bay. Yay! Take that Ants!

At this point I waved my can around and put my best Kevin Spacey voice on “Are you saying I’m stupid?” “Do I look stupid. To. You?”

Credit: AliciaLogic.com

A great feature of Mortein’s Kill & Protect Surface Spray is that is has a six month residual killing action against crawling insects. I’m looking forward to having an ant free home this Spring and Summer.

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Mortein has a great range of pest control products that are available in supermarkets and are certain to keep crawlies and mosquitoes at bay at your next barbeque.

Here’s your chance to win a can of Mortein to help you fight your creepy crawly battles.

Please enter via the gleam app below.
You must answer the mandatory question for entry.
Sorry, Australian residents only.

Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond.
Other entries in this competition (shares, follows etc) are to support the blog and business involved.

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* This is a sponsored post ~ all opinions expressed are based on my personal experience *

 

Weekly Wrap Up – Easy White Choc Chip Cookies

Since reading how many preservatives (as well as a tonne of sugar and salt) are in Dora’s favourite biscuits snacks, I thought I should bake some of my own treats. I always like to include something sweet in her lunchbox for daycare and I do a variation of these with 100s & 1000s or dark choc chips. These certainly aren’t low in sugar but at least I know exactly what’s in them.

White Choc Chip Cookies

125g butter, softened
3/4 cup demerara sugar or brown sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 cups wholemeal self raising flour
1 cup white choc chips

Preheat oven to 180˚c.
With an electric mixer, beat softened butter with sugar until light and creamy.
Add egg and beat on low until combined.
Sift flour into mixture and then add choc-chips.
Roll into tablespoon sized balls and put onto a baking tray.
Cook for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden.

Then, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy.

What’s your favourite lunch box treat?

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Weekly Wrap Up – Pure Heart Kids Books – Healing Stories for Difficult Times

Sometimes life can deal us some hard blows. While we try and deal with our own emotions, it can be difficult to find the right words to explain sensitive issues with our children.

Author and mother, Niki Burton’s dream was to publish a series of books that would give children the opportunity to recognise and address their feelings of grief, stress and anxiety. Her books are written from a child’s perspective with the hope of opening up channels of communication and aiding the healing process.

Author: Niki Burton | Pure Heart Kids Books
Author: Niki Burton | Pure Heart Kids Books

Motivated by her own journey of healing, Niki hoped to empower others faced with adversity.

Niki’s first book, I Don’t Want to Go, is the story of a nine year old boy, Clae, whose parents are separated. He travels by plane to see his dad each school holiday. We see him deal with the emotions of leaving his mum and later the emotions when leaving his dad to return home. It shows that parents can feel emotional about separation too and that a loving family can take many forms. The illustrations by Julie Sneeden, express the complex emotions so beautifully. There’s even a little heart hidden on each page to discover.

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Read I Don’t Want to Go:

The other books in the series are equally as touching and beautifully illustrated:

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The Secret Wish – This story shares a child’s secret wish to have his parents back together. One child who thinks no-one knows about his secret wish to re-unite his parents. One child who realises that no matter what his family’s structure, he is loved and supported.
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Where Are You Now? – The story of one child who learns to accept the death of a loved one. A heart-warming tale of transition from heartbreak to peace. A confirmation that the people we lose are forever in our hearts and memories. A celebration of life and the joy of loving others.

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My Guiding Star – This story gives thanks to Adoptive Parents, Foster Parents, Grandparents and anyone else who has opened their home and their heart to a child in need.

Pure Heart Books are written from the heart and inspired by life experiences. They are available as an eBook or in hardcover (my favourite) and are for all ages.

They’d be a great resource for your local or school library or a lovely gift for someone going through a rough time.

You can purchase them here: Pure Heart Kids Book Webstore

 * Disclosure – I was gifted a set of Pure Heart Books to read, love and review :)

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