My Sunday Photo 20th January 2019

I was sifting through my photos trying to find something to share that wasn’t of the kids or the cats and having very little luck. Then I spotted this photo I took from the car while, in very slow moving traffic, on the way home from the hospital.

Admittedly it’s not the best of photographs, but I think it means a lot to me. This factory was where a few members of my family have been employed. I mostly remember my auntie working there and she had a special pass for the shop which she would share with my Mum. At Easter, my Mum would go along and buy a load of yummy Easter Eggs at a much cheaper price than in the shops.

Every summer, there is a fete held on the grounds in front of the factory. They have a big fairground and fireworks in the evening. We’ve been many times, particularly when my older kids were younger as it always seemed to fall around my daughter’s birthday. What a great treat for her.

About 30 years ago, they opened a brand new visitor centre right next door which is very popular with people far and wide. It actually took me around 25 years to visit it, but we’ve been several times since and experienced it in both summer and winter time.

Also, around 12 years ago we spent a whole afternoon looking for a geocache which was hidden in a tree near here. (Just right of the photograph.) I learned so much more about the area on that visit, including that all the trees are numbered! When we found the tree we were looking for I was keen to be the one to retrieve the geocache. So, I put my hand into the hole of the tree and straight on top of a frog who was guarding the little box of treasure.

The factory was the first in its chain and its produce is known in many countries around the world. The whole area around it was built by the factory for it’s workers and is still very much unchanged. When you pull into the local train station everything is painted in purple.

Do you know what factory it is yet? One last clue, it smells divine!

bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk

It’s the Cadbury factory in Bournville, Birmingham.

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It’s chocolate week! My favourite week of the year (well apart from cake week, chip week, desert week, but most definitely NOT healthy eating week!) 

How can I not love chocolate when I live a chocolate button’s throw away from Cadbury World! 

Of course, Cadbury World was not always there, originally it was just Bournville Village, built by the Cadbury family. 

200 Years of Cadburys

John Cadbury was from a family of quakers who did not drink alcohol. As an alternative John made tea, coffee and drinking chocolate and sold it in a small shop in Birmingham. The drinking chocolate became really popular and he opened factories in the city. His son’s took over the business and in 1978 George Cadbury was looking for somewhere less industrial to open a factory and chose Bournville, a village outside of the city centre. He built homes for his workers and a cricket field to encourage them to keep healthy. Bournville still remains a village today, and the cricket ground is still there. 

Moving on from drinks Cadbury’s began making chocolate and became more and more successful. Did you know that Cadbury’s Roses were introduced as far back as 1938 and are still popular today!

a box of Cadbury Roses chocolates
Cadbury’s Roses

Halloween Sweets

Cadbury’s also have some fab Halloween Sweets this year. Look out for these spooky Goo Heads in Store, or order them online, I’ve always found Cadbury’s gift shop really reliable.

Some Cadbury chocolate eggs with ghoulish wrappers for halloween
Halloween Goo Heads 65p each
a pack of mini chocolate eggs with ghoulish wrappers
Cadbury’s Goo Head minis 

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Cadburys Christmas versus Thortons Christmas

In our house Christmas and Chocolate go hand in hand. I always buy a big hamper of chocolate to share around and we have chocolate Advent Calendars to count down the days.
Now there are lots of places to get your chocolate from but two of our favourites are Cadburys and Thorntons. I’ve decided to take a look at both and see what they have to offer for Christmas. Read on and then decide which you would go for Thorntons or Cadburys? There is a prize to be won for one of my lucky readers.

Advent Calendars

My kids adore Advent Calendars, a tiny piece of chocolate each day when they get home from school, and they know it’s getting closer to Christmas by how many window they have opened.
3 cadbury chocolate advent calendars
Cadburys are offering 3 Advent Calendars for £6. Sounds like a bargain to me!
three advent calendars from Thorntons
Thorntons also have a special offer on their Advent calendars, they are all under the 3 for 2 offer, with the cheapest ones being £5 that means it will cost you £10 for three calendars, but you can mix them for a wider choice, and even choose more expensive ones, although it’s always the cheapest that you will get free. 
Size wise, these £5 ones have the same amount of chocolate than the Cadbury ones, but you do get a bigger variety.

Selection Boxes

Selection Boxes are a great stocking filler and a fab last minute gift for kids. I always wrap a few spare ones up and keep them under the tree, then if we have surprise guests at Christmas I can give the kids a Selection Box. 
Cadburys selection box
1 x 169g Cadbury Selection Box containing six Cadbury chocolate products including Dairy Milk, Crunchie, Dairy Milk with Oreo, Dairy Milk Buttons, Double Decker and Wispa. £2.99
Thorntons do not do Selection Boxes, but you can buy gifts like Chocolate Santas or Snowman at a slightly more expensive price but again they do come under the 3 for 2 offer so great for mixing gifts.

Christmas Gifts

If chocolate is not gift enough in itself you can always buy chocolate with a gift.
1 x 360g Cadbury Dairy Milk Gift Bar with ‘Merry Christmas’ cardboard wrap sleeve, 1 x Cadbury Dairy Milk Gorilla Soft Toy (Height: 24cm suitable from 3 months upwards)
£13.50
I couldn’t find anything similar at Thorntons.

Chocolate and Alcohol

How about a little tipple with your chocolate? Or a more grown up gift? Both Cadburys and Thorntons do a selection of alcohol and chocolate mixes with price ranges to suit all budgets. Here I’ve picked two similar for comparison.
1 x 360g Milk Tray- two layers of Milk chocolates, 1 x 75cl Il Cortile Sereno Prosecco Brut NV- Italian ABV. 11.5%
Bottega Gold Prosecco (750ml, Alcohol 11% vol.)
2 x Sicilian Mousse Bag (110g)

Hampers

Need something to please the whole family, or looking for an extra special gift? How about a Hamper. Both Cadburys and Thorntons have lots to chose from, with a range of prices.
1 x willow hamper basket with fasterner and handle , 1 x Cadbury Heroes Tub 660g, 1 x Cadbury Roses Tub 729g, 1 x Cabury Christmas Selection Box 169g, 1 x Eclairs Carton 400g, 1x Maynards Bassetts Wine Gums Carton 400g, 2 x Cadbury Mousse Chocolate Snowman Bars 30g in a Cadbury purple organza bag, 1 x Christmas Cadbury Gifts Direct Gift Box which contains: 1 x Christmas Selection Pack 95g, 2 x Freddo Popping Candy 18g, 1 x Dairy Milk Winter Edition Bar 100g, 1 x Cadbury Buttons Tube 72g, 1 x Cadbury Snow Bites Bag 90g, 1 x Cadbury Fudge Mini Tube 72g  
Reindeer Model (200g)
Christmas Stars Collection (176g)
Continental Chocolate Collection (142g)
Classic Collection (123g)
Vanille Truffle Bag (105g)
Bag of Honeycomb Crisp Chocolates (97g)
Santa Model (200g)
2 x Milk Chocolate Santa Lolly (25g)
2 x Smiles Milk Chocolate Coins (50g)
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Competition Time

Have you made up your mind? Would you rather have Cadburys or Thorntons under  your tree this Christmas? 
Take a look at this Christmas Super Fun Pack from Cadburys and this Puddings Christmas Selection from Thorntons and let me know which you would prefer. You will need to fill in the widget for your entry into the competition.

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Terms and Conditions

1. UK only (sorry)

2. Giveaway closes  5th December 2017

3. Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
4. There is 1 prize of either a Cadburys Super Fun Pack or Thorntons Puddings Christmas Selection
5. The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
6. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media.
7. The winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications may be shared on social media.
8. The winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 4 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
9. Prize will be sent out within one week of receiving e-mail details via the supplier.
10.If the prize is not available an alternative may be sent of the same value.
11. There is no guarantee that this prize will be received in time for Christmas, but prompt replies by the competition winner and stock availability will prove this easier to achieve.

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Teacher Gifts Guide and Competition

It’s that time of year when it’s almost the end of term and parents start thinking of gifts for their kid’s teacher. In the past I’ve spent ages with my kids making home made gifts or baking cupcakes. Last year I wasn’t well enough and this year I find that they are getting a bit old for the home made things so I will have to buy presents again. Thankfully, Star is now in Secondary School so I only have to buy two gifts for Boo and the Little Man.

Do you buy presents for your kid’s teacher? Tell me what you are buying this year for an entry into my new competition for a box of Cadbury’s Chocolate for sharing. A great way to get the summer holiday started.

First though, please take a moment to browse some of the teacher’s gifts that I’ve found. I would love it if you were to click through as there are lots of other gifts available on these sites and I’m sure  you will find something that’s just perfect for your child’s teacher.

Box of Treats

Last year I bought Star’s teacher a one off box of treats from Boxcitement. She was absolutely thrilled with it. You can find some bargains on the sale page.
boxcitement gift box

Tea Lovers Gift

Who doesn’t love a nice cuppa! This gift from Twinings is just lovely and they have many other gifts in their shop too.
twinings tea gift

Travel Books

Why not inspire the teacher to get away from it all during the break with a fabulous travel book like Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist
ultimate travelist book

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Now this is a great gift for any teacher, they can go home, bake themselves a delicious chocolate chip cookie in less than a minute and put their feet up, relax and enjoy! Contains 3 portions to microwave in just 45 seconds.
chocolate chip cookie mug mix

Cat Mug

Do you know that your kids teacher is a cat lover? Well, then they would love to receive this amazing Cat Mug from My Geek Box. You can find all sorts of geeky gifts  at My Geek Box from Doctor Who to Star Wars and much more and prices start from less than £10. So check them out if you are looking for something a little bit different. 
cat mug

Chocolate

Chocolate is a great gift but you could make it even greater buy buying a personalised Dairy Milk bar from Cadburys. You can personalise bars from 110g for £4, 200g for £5, 360g for £7 and 850g for £12. So, something to suit all budgets. It’s real easy to do too.
personalised chocolate bar

Competition Time

To get your Summer Holidays off to a good start I’m giving you the chance to win a Cadbury Treasure box full of 18 bars of chocolate for sharing. (or not!)
cadburys treasure box
Fill in the widget to enter and Good Luck!
You can find another competition on my blog here.

Terms and Conditions

1. UK only (sorry)

2. Giveaway closes  21st July 2017

3. Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
4. There is 1 prize of a Cadbury’s Treasure Box
5. The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
6. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media.
7. The winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications may be shared on social media.
8. The winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 4 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
9. Prize will be sent out within one week of receiving e-mail details via the supplier.
10.If the prize is not available an alternative may be sent of the same value.

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Make it a Happy Father’s Day With Cadburys – gift guide and competition

Father’s Day is coming up next and I’m sure most Dad’s would like one of these gifts from Cadbury’s Gift Shop. Read on for your chance to win a choccie prize in my new competition.

The Hero Dad

What could be a better gift than this Heroes box of delicious treats.

CONTAINS: 1 x Cadbury Heroes 185g, 1 x 110g Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar, 1 x Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy bar, 1 x Double Decker, 1 x Crunchie, 1 x Wispa, 1 x Dairy Milk Freddo, 1 x Chomp bar , 1 x Fudge
Cost: £10

The Vehicle Loving Dad. 

Cadbury’s do some great Corgi toys for those Dad’s that have never really grown up. As well as this fab plane you can get a Mini,  a Routemaster Bus and a Tanker

 
CONTAINS: 1 x Boxed Cadbury Dairy Milk Bi-Plane by Corgi- Special Edition Die Cast Model wingspan 9.5 cm . 
Cost: £8.99 for plane, £5.99 for other vehicles 

The Beer Loving Dad.

I bought one of these for my husband on his birthday, it really is a lovely gift, Cadbury Bars and Beer.

CONTAINS 
1 x 200g Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar, 1 x 200g Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut Bar 1 x 200g Dairy Milk Caramel Bar, 1 x 200g Dairy Milk Whole Nut Bar, 1 x 500ml Hambleton Ales Stallion- Premium Yorkshire Bitter, ALC 4.2%, 1x 500ml Hambleton Ales Thoroughbred – Premium Pale Ale 5.0 ABV, 1 x 500ml Hambleton Ales Good As Gold Ale ALC 4.5%
Cost: £18


The Toblerone King Dad! 

Even better than a bar of Toblerone, a bar of King Dad Toblerone. Dad’s would love this.
CONTAINS 
1 x King Dad Toblerone Milk 360g. Cost £4.99

The Wine Loving Dad.

What about something bigger? this gorgeous Chocolate and Wines Hamper would certainly make a Dad’s day special.

CONTAINS 
1 x 16 Little Black Pigs Pinot Grigio 75cl, 1 x 16 Little Black Pigs Shiraz Cabernet 75cl, 1 x 420g Chocolate Eclairs Carton, 1 x 187g Heroes Carton, 1 x 321g Roses Carton, 1 x 180g Milk Tray Box, 1 x Cadbury Boost Bites Bag, 1 x 110g Dairy Milk Bar, Cadbury purple organza bag with 2 x Fudge, 2 x Chomp, 2 x Freddo, Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and Cadbury White Buttons 
Cost £50

The Sweet Dad.

What about the Dad who Doesn’t like chocolate? Don’t worry, Cadbury’s still have the perfect gift. Take a look at this Sweet Gift Hamper.

CONTAINS 
1 x 192g Maynards Bassetts Mint Favourites Bag, 1 x 165g Maynards Bassetts Sports Mixture Bag,1 x 160g Maynards Bassetts Midget Gems Bag, 1 x 200g Maynards Basset’s Pear Drops Bag, 1x 190g Maynards Bassetts Wine Gums Bag, 1 x 190g Maynards Bassetts Jelly Babies Bag, 1 x 165g Maynards Bassetts Sports Mixture, 1x 192g Maynards Bassetts Sherbet Lemons Bag, 1 x 165g Maynards Bassetts Wine Gums Tangy Bag

Cost: £15.50

There is so much more to choose from at the Cadbury’s Gift Shop. There is something to suit every budget too. 
I’m offering a Heroes Treasure Box to one of my lucky readers and all you have to do is fill in the Raffle Copter entry form. Don’t forget to read the Terms and Conditions below. This is a UK only competition. (sorry)

Why not tell me in the comments which gift your Dad deserves this Father’s Day?

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Terms and Conditions

1. UK only (sorry)

2. Giveaway closes  7th June 2017

3. Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
4. There is 1 prize of a Cadbury’s Heroes Treasure Box
5. The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
6. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media.
7. The winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications may be shared on social media.
8. The winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 4 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
9. Prize will be sent out within one week of receiving e-mail details via the supplier.
10.If the prize is not available an alternative may be sent of the same value.
11. There is no guarantee that this prize will be sent out in time for Father’s Day.

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.