GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit Review

GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit Review

I was recently contacted by GroCycle to review their mushroom growing kit. It seemed perfect for me since after the success of the veggie patch I’d decided I wanted to grow mushrooms that I could eat! I’ve found mushrooms growing in the garden but I have no idea if they’re edible or not!

GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit

GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit

The mushroom growing kit comes in a nice sized box. The kit contains:

  • Instructions
  • GroKids information and colouring pages
  • Dried oyster mushrooms (for cooking)
  • Box with recycled coffee grounds

Per the instructions you need to soak the bag in water overnight. My TOP TIP – the bag will float so be sure to weigh it down in order to get maximum water retention.

Whilst the bag is soaking, cut out a square in the front of the cardboard box – it’s been perforated so should be quite easy!

GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit

After the overnight soak, place the bag back in the box and leave in a room away from direct sunlight.

You need to spray the mushrooms twice daily and soon little mushrooms will start sprouting.

GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit

Ones the mushrooms have flattened out, harvest and enjoy a yummy meal with them! I used them in

GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit

My Thoughts

The results are pretty instantaneous which is awesome because we could see the mushrooms grow on a daily basis. My toddler found it fascinating! It’s a fantastic kit to do with the kids. To be honest, I found it great fun myself!

The information pack is good as well and it taught me lots about mushrooms and the toddler loved the colouring pages. The only problem I found is that the sheets were too glossy for her pens.

I also love the fact that the mushrooms grow from used coffee grounds. I’m all for recycling!

The kit can be used over and over – the instructions say to leave the kit for two weeks before restarting the process. Unfortunately I didn’t get to test this as my husband thought it was a one-time thing and threw it out! Gah!

More Information

Their website has lots of detailed information about growing mushrooms. You can buy your own GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit direct from their website. They retail for £16.00 but there are multi-buy discounts available.

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Have you ever grown mushrooms?

I was given the mushroom growing kit for free by Gro Cycle but all opinions are my own. 

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The Dragon Has Landed


It has been rumoured that a dragon has been roaming the Welsh countryside. He’s been travelling the length and breadth of this country and you can see from this video what he’s been up to.

Dragon Spotted

IHe’s been spotted at Caernarfon Castle and at Beaumaris Castle but  the dragon has declared Harlech Castle to be his permanent residence. Fairplay to the dragon, he will allow you to visit his home. Just beware of the talons!

The dragon has landed
The dragon has landed at Harlech Castle
Dragon
Dragon claws
Dragon
Dragon wings
Dragon
Dragon eyes
Selfie with a dragon
Little Miss eyeing up the dragon
Dragon
Smoking dragon

And here’s a little video of the smoking dragon.

If you can get a chance to visit the dragon then please do so because he is AWESOME! So lifelike! The one small thing that would make him absolutely real is blinking eyes. But oh my word I could sit there all day with him. It’s such a shame he’s not at Caernarfon otherwise I would be visiting him regularly.

You can find the dragon at Harlech Castle – website / Facebook / Twitter

Are you brave enough to face the dragon?

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5 Reasons Why I’m Fat

Recently I’ve noticed that my size 14 jeans are getting a tad too tight for my liking. So I’ve been looking at why this might be the case. I’ve narrowed it down to 5 things. So here are…

5 Reasons Why I’m Fat!


1) St Pierre’s Vanilla Brioche

St Pierre Brioche - cc

These things are LETHAL! They are loaded with sugar but are just SO.DAMN.NICE!! I cleared out Morrisons the other day by bulk buying the whole shelf! At least I can admit that I may have a problem… in fact I emailed my boss to tell her I had a problem. That’s the first two steps to recovery right? Admitting a problem and seeking help?

2) Chinese Takeaway

Chinese

I love love LOVE Chinese takeaway! Unfortunately it’s full of fattening goodness! The above images are actually not takeaway but a sit down meal at Jade Village for our 4th wedding anniversary.

3) Love of Sausage Roll

Sausage Roll

I’ve recently rediscovered my love for sausage roll. It’s all because my normal sandwich shop had closed for some repair work so I had to walk further afield and went to the other shop. THEY HAVE SAUSAGE ROLLS!!! So I may have to visit again.

4) Untouched Running Shoes

Running Shoes

Remember how I said I was going to take up running? Yeah that didn’t happen! These beautiful funky pink and black Fila shoes are sitting collecting dust. I really want to give it a go but given the recent bouts of illness I’m worried about my asthma.

5) Sucker for a Lollipop

Lollipop

Another thing I love is the traffic light lollipop. They’re 20p a pop and mmmm delicious! No bloody wonder I have to visit the dentist and have fillings done! Boo! Will it stop me eating them? NOT AT ALL! I can always get false teeth!

I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s a bit of a laugh at myself post but really, I am getting fatter and not fitter so I am going to have to do *something* but that’d be after my next Chinese takeaway!!

Any tips of how to get me fit and slim again?

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#OfficeYoga – Combat That Bad Posture Now!

OfficeYoga - Combat That Bad Posture

Working in an office for 35 hours a week can wreak havoc on your posture. I know because I suffer from having bad posture. The trouble is I really should know better and I cannot blame my employer as they have provided me with all the necessary equipment – adjustable office chairs, footrest, monitor shelf etc.

Care Bears

What has Care Bears go to do with bad posture I hear you ask? Well I slouch even when I’m not at work. So much so that my Mam has said that I resemble one of the creatures from CareBears…. (click play and it should show you the Green Creature Slave)

….yes my Mam is lovely huh?!

#OfficeYoga

Anyway moving on! I really need to work on my posture and to increase my movement whilst I’m at work. My boss has joked (I hope so!) about having a gym installed in our basement but I have found these awesome #officeyoga positions that I could do by sitting at my desk. Thanks to Furniture at Work for sharing.

Furniture at Work - #OfficeYoga Infographic

Seems pretty simple that even I could do this! I’m determined to give it a go and I’ll report back and let you know if my posture improves.

Tell me, have you got bad posture? Do you work in an office? 

(in collaboration with Furniture@Work)

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#MySundayPhoto

Not joined in with this linky before but today this is a photo I took. It’s hubby in A&E. 

He’s ok now but he’s got a chest infection and had rapid heartbeat so the paramedics wanted him to go to hospital. 

But honestly, all I can do is thank the NHS staff. They’re brilliant and we don’t appreciate them enough.

Photalife

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Weekend Moments – This Little Big Life

Weekend Moments with This Little Big Life

This Little Big Life – Celebrating the Weekend Moments

It’s time for another This Little Big Life post where we celebrate the weekend moments. I’ve been rather quiet on the blog of late which has been due to being ill. We’ve all had a bug and a cold so evenings have been spent going to bed early. The weekends are the only time we get now so here’s how we spent last weekend. As ever skip the video for the photos….

Saturday

On Saturday we went to The Grill at the Royal Oak for a birthday meal with hubby’s family. The food was really nice! Would definitely recommend it. I had a message from an old friend from London saying that he was in Llandudno later that afternoon.

Food at the Royal Oak

So we went to Llandudno but stopped by Surf Snowdonia to have a nosey. It looks like such fun! It’s incredible what they’ve done with the place. I remember the aluminium works that were there previously. Such a transformation! And I am glad that something has been done with the place!

Surf Snowdonia & Caer Rhun Hall

From there we headed towards Llandudno and we had heard there was a Pokemon meetup in Happy Valley. Yes, I am a Pokemon Go player and I have no shame! There was a large crowd of people at Happy Valley and it was great! Everyone was just mingling and you had all sorts there – young kids through to pensioners all playing.  Every so often someone would shout something and the crowd would all move… I believe the excitement came when an Onix was spotted. Haha great time!

Happy Valley & Llandudno Pier

On the way back to the car we walked along the pier. It was rather late in the day so all the shops were closing up but I’m rather surprised that we’ve never spent time there with the girls. I remember many a happy days there as a child.

Sunday

On the way back home on Saturday we drove through Conwy and found that there were so many Pokestops that we decided to have a day out on Sunday. As Cadw members we can access the Castle for free. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the cards but the lovely lady at the desk let us in anyway!

Exploring Conwy Castle

We spent a couple of hours wandering around the Castle. I took so many photos and I’ll post another Photo Days post with them all. Little Miss walked around the castle looking for Meic Y Marchog (Mike The Knight) and at one point I caught her phoning Ryder to ask the Paw Patrol to help find him! Ahh the innocence of little minds.

Smallest House In Britain

After the Castle we walked down to the front and saw the outside of the Smallest House in Greta We didn’t go in but we might go next time.

How was your weekend?

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Friday Frivolity – Letter Writing

Friday Frivolity

It’s time for another Friday Frivolity linky party! This week the hosts’ topic is Letter Writing!

Letter Writing

I have previously mentioned that I used to have a lot of penpals. Recently I’ve joined a Facebook penpal group. It’s really lovely to receive happy mail rather than bills all the time!

I fully intended on sharing some of my letter writing resources because I’m completely in love with pretty stationery but alas this week has been a bit of a write off <- HA get the pun!!

Friday Frivolity

Friday Frivolity

Now on to the Friday Frivolity Link-Up!

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:In a fun twist, since we now have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there!  😉  

Featured Post

Friday Frivolity

This week my featured post is Shelbee’s post about photobooks. I love photobooks!

THE HOSTS

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention!  Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more! If you’re looking for a way to beat stress, how about some bedtime yoga?

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! In her latest post Lisa shares some Alphabet Videos. I know my toddler loves them!

 

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.”  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Check out her latest post for a step by step guide on making a Vision Board for success.

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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! In her latest post Jess shares some old school books… must see!!

Oh and then there’s me – Co-Hosting for August:

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Rebecca is a fun and eclectic blogger who writes about family life in North Wales on her blog, Becster.com!  Her posts encompass parenting, travel, product reviews, tips for landlords, pop culture, and even her love of Formula 1 racing!  Her latest post shows off Little Miss‘ bedroom.

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  🙂  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’!

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay!

You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!

There are three rules only:

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Our House – #30BBDaysOfGratitude

30 Days of Gratitude

Aurélie from Bump And Blush is hosting a 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge for September! And I’m joining in! If you haven’t seen if the I would suggest you check out Aurélie‘s post. As an overview, you write down (or blog) about certain things your grateful for. Aurélie has set a different theme for everyday of this coming month.

Day 1 – Our House

#30bbdaysofgratitude challenge with @bumpandblush. Today I’m grateful for my house. I have a lot of things I would like to change but really our house is lovely. Lots of room for all of us.

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Day 1 of the challenge is to be grateful for your house.

I am so grateful for our house. As much as I would like to change various things – such as a new bathroom, replace the kitchen, and doing a loft conversion, I am very grateful that I have a house at all. I know that there are so many people who don’t have a house.

Our house may not always be tidy but when you have kiddiwinks there isn’t much you can do about the mess! I still think we should get a cleaner though.

Above I have shared a photo of our living room. It’s a big living room especially now that the DVD cabinets are in the spare room. I love the colours – lime green is always a favourite! The windows are nice and big and bring in a lot of light. I do believe the corner sofa is a bit too big! I would love a new sofa but we won’t be replacing this one for a few years yet. Not until the girls have finished writing all over it at least!

Now if you want to find out more about the #30BBDaysOfGratitude then check out this post….

A Challenge for bloggers (or not): the 30 days of gratitude challenge

Are you taking the #30BBDaysof Gratitude challenge?

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Friday Frivolity – Food Glorious Food

Friday Frivolity

It’s time for another Friday Frivolity linky party! This week the hosts’ topic is Food and/or Dieting!

Food Glorious Food

There’s one thing* I love and that is food! I mean really, who doesn’t love food? If it wasn’t for the fact that you get fat, I would like nothing more than to eat myself silly!

* I’m clearly lying here because I love a lot of things like my family but you get what I mean right?

And as I can’t quite decide what to do for today’s post, I’m going to share some of my favourite recipes. Oh and some Food themed songs for you to sing along to whilst cooking them. Hey, it is Friday Frivolity after all! Gotta have some fun!!

Recipes

These are links to my own recipes (which have been inspired by someone else) but they’re things I love cooking.

Food

And who doesn’t like some yummy food photos?!

Now on to the Friday Frivolity Link-Up!

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Featured Post from Last Week:In a fun twist, since we now have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there!  😉  

Featured Post

French Toast

 

This week my featured post is this delicious French Toast recipe from Marilyn. It isn’t something I see on the menu here in the UK but when we went to Florida for our honeymoon it was my breakfast of choice. Well that and freshly made crepes!

THE HOSTS

 

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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! In her latest post Jess shares some old school books… must see!!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention!  Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more! If you’re looking for a way to beat stress, how about some bedtime yoga?

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits.  She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! In her latest post Lisa shares some Alphabet Videos. I know my toddler loves them!

 

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Instagram

Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.”  Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Check out her latest post for a step by step guide on making a Vision Board for success.

Oh and then there’s me – Co-Hosting for August:

Facebook // Twitter // YouTube // Instagram // Pinterest

Rebecca is a fun and eclectic blogger who writes about family life in North Wales on her blog, Becster.com!  Her posts encompass parenting, travel, product reviews, tips for landlords, pop culture, and even her love of Formula 1 racing!  Her latest post shows off Little Miss‘ bedroom.

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  🙂  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’!

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay!

You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!

There are three rules only:

Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really... ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

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HomeStyling – Little Miss’ Bedroom

Little Miss' Bedroom

It’s been over a year since we prepared Little Miss’ bedroom and I can’t believe I haven’t shared the “makeover” on the blog! So today I bring you Little Miss’ Bedroom!

Previously it was used as a spare room. It had an IKEA Malm Bed and Dresser in there. The carpet and walls were green as it was leftovers from the previous owners.

Kritter Bed

We got rid of the bed and repainted the walls – just to freshen it up really so the green is pretty much the same green. We’ve kept the carpet as it was in pretty good condition – until hubby spilt paint on it! But thankfully it was green paint and so you can’t tell!

IKEA Furniture

After we got rid of he Malm Bed and Dresser and replaced them with the IKEA Kritter bed. Also in the room is a whole lot of STUVA storage including the desk, wardrobe and bookshelf.

STUVA Wardrobe

STUVA desk

Also from IKEA is this wonderful toy storage. I love them! Unfortunately I can’t hang it from the ceiling so it’s behind the door. Also from this photo you can see part of the farmyard murual we have on the wall. How cool is it?

Farm Murual & Toy Storage

Bedding

For the bedding we wanted to keep the farmyard theme. You can buy this Apple Tree farm bedding from Childrens-Rooms.co.uk. You can also find matching curtains (See the photo of the wardrobe above).

Apple Tree Farm

I just love her bookcase! Especially when it’s all tidy like this…. and of course we have to have some Peppa, Frozen and Paw Patrol by her bed!

Little Miss’ collection of books and toys in her bedroom. Pop collection started already! #funkopop #toddler #toys #books #llyfraucymraeg #llyfrau #disney #salimali

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What do you think of Little Miss’ bedroom?

(Linking up with Jess and Caro for #HomeEtc)

Home Etc

(Linking up with Stevie and Eilidh for #PickNmix)

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