Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Panda Drinks Review

Recently we were sent some Panda Drinks to enjoy. Well, I say 'we' but they really were for Olivia! I *ahem* may or may not of been a little bit jealous.........

Back in the day when I was Olivia's age I used to love drinking Panda drinks. Little bottles of fizzy goodness usually accompanying a treat meal (chippy). Back then no one was really that worried about what they contained I know I certainly wasn't!

But these days with a lot of focus on what we eat and what is in our food and drink Panda drinks have gone through somewhat of an image overhaul. With the focus now shifted to being drinks with 'no nasties' Panda drinks are back with a bang.

Gone are the little bottles of fizzy pop and in their place are:

  • Still juice drinks in blackcurrant and raspberry
  • Still flavoured water in orange and pineapple and blackcurrant
  • Squash in tropical and summer fruits 
Olivia is currently going through her "I only drink water" phase so I tried her with the still flavoured water and the blackcurrant was a big hit! My 18 month old niece had the blackcurrant flavour and she really enjoyed it too with lots of mmmm's and 'more tace' so a big hit there and with no added sugar and only natural colours and flavours her mum was happy for her to be drinking them especially in their 250ml size just right for kids I think. 

I tried out the raspberry juice and orange and pineapple water and have to say I was impressed. I can be quite fussy with juice drinks as I tend to find some leave a nasty after taste but not with Panda Drinks at all think these will be on my future shopping list especially at only £1 for a pack of 6 bottles at Asda too!

You can also but Panda drinks at Tesco (squash only available here) and Ocado.

*Disclaimer: I was sent the above drinks FOC for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Trendy Tot Thursday 16/10

Last week I took Olivia to see the new Monster High film Freaky Fusion. She is a massive Monster High fan and she had been looking forward to this for a long time. So I thought I would get her a Monster High top I came across in Tesco's, the same shop featured in my last Trendy Tot post.

I actually paid full price for this top! No sale or bargain just normal rrp *shudder* but with all the other money I saved on the the other clothes I bought I thought why not!



  1. Monster High Top £7 Tesco age 11-12
  2. Scarf £1 Tesco
  3. Jeggings Blue Zoo at Debenhams £6 10-11
  4. Also worn with jeans (middle right) Tesco £4 age 11-12
Trendy Tot Thursday : ClearlyBex

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Trendy Tot Thursday 02/10


Update: This was supposed to be last weeks #TT_Thursday post but I didn't manage to link up so I thought I would link it this week instead.



This week I treated Olivia to some new clothes courtesy of a fabulous sale at Tesco's and you all know how much I love a good sale!

I am going to to pick my favourite one today as I am sure she will be wearing them all quite a bit in the coming weeks.

This is what I have chosen...............

Olivia's outfit
  • Top: Tesco F&F Age 11-12 Reduced from £10 to £5 comes with free headband too!
  • Jeggings: Tesco F&F Age 10-11 Reduced from £6 to £2
Alicia's outfit
  • Frozen Top Tesco F&F Age 12-18 months Reduced from £7 to £1.50
  • Jeggings Tesco F&F Age 12-18 months Reduced from £5 to £1
Some Fab bargains today in Tesco's not sure if I am glad I went or not yet.........  my bank manager certainly won't be impressed with today's spending oops!


Trendy Tot Thursday : ClearlyBex

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Great Packed Lunch Issue

Yet again in the news there is another report of school clamping down on what parents are putting into their kids packed lunch.

In the age of promoting healthy eating and making sure we get our '5 a day' along with a balanced nutritious diet are schools taking it a step too far?

Today I read about the school using year 6 pupils to monitor what is in other children's packed lunches. Who in their right mind thought this would be a good idea? Then there was the case of the boy not being allowed to go to school in the big mini cheddar fiasco and I can't help thinking it's gone a little, well very extreme.

Shouldn't we as parents know what good for our kids? And shouldn't they be allowed a little treat once in a while? Because we all know the more you are told NOT to do something, well the more you want it right!

While I do agree with promoting healthy packed lunches schools need to concious of the fact that there is a line and it's a fine line. Is a child to go hungry at lunch because they don't agree with what parents have packed? Surely there must be a better way of promoting or even suggesting alternatives that are more suitable than others?

I always try to make sure Olivia has at least 2 portions of fruit/salad in her lunch box. She drinks water, takes a yoghurt and cheesestring of some variety and maybe a mini chocolate muffin/chocolate biscuits ie mini fingers. Her lunch box usually looks something like this:

  • Tuna Mayo Sandwich
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Fruit bag
  • Cheesestring
  • Frubes
  • Crisps/mini muffin/biscuits pack/pack of fridge raiders

Personally I feel like this is a suitable lunch for Olivia with all bases covered. Maybe a bit of a big lunch but fairly balanced and one I know she will enjoy. 

Personally I would fuming if the school ever told me she couldn't have certain things in her lunch box or if she came home telling me she wasn't allowed to eat certain things. 

They do tell us that no sweets/chocolate bars and the like are allowed in lunch boxes and I try to steer clear mainly as Olivia has mentioned kids have had items like this taken off them. 

So as a mum with a child taking a packed lunch to school I have a few ideas of how this issue could be approached. 

  1.  Free school meals for all problem solved!
  2.  Send out a specific letter letting parents know what type of foods should be in lunch boxes and what they should try to avoid. 
  3.  Advise parents on cheap and healthy alternatives are available. 
  4. Encourage kids to try new foods in schools ( this is a good way to get them to try new things especially if they are like Olivia who hates trying new things)
  5. Supply an alternative packed lunch as opposed to just hot dinners. Give parents the option of a school supplied dinner to vary what their child has to eat. 
What do you think? Have schools gone too far or is being strict on what pupils eat a good start in the battle against childhood obesity?