Thursday, September 24, 2009

Recipe: Best Tasting Chocolate Syrup, Ever!

Last night, out of nowhere, I had a real urge for a Chocolate Egg Cream Soda. Which would be fine, except we didn't have any chocolate syrup. So I dug out my mum's recipe for the best tasting chocolate syrup ever, which can be made in about 5-10 minutes, and less than 20 minutes later, I was drinking in the deliciousness that is a Chocolate Egg Cream!

Chocolate Syrup

1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups water
4 cups sugar
dash of salt
dash of vanilla essence

Mix the cocoa and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat until cocoa is dissolved. Add in sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring to the boil, and boil for 3 minutes. Add salt and vanilla, and pour into hot sterilised glass bottles. Store in fridge for a few months (not that it ever lasts that long!). Makes about 1 L.

Chocolate Egg Cream Soda

3 tbs chocolate syrup
1/2 c icy cold milk
2/3 c soda water
1 scoop icecream (optional)

Gently stir together milk and syrup in a large glass. From a reasonable height, pour in the soda water to create a nice frothy head. Drop in the scoop of icecream if using. Drink in the bliss!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Giveaway: Miche Bag

MicheBag recently gave me the opportunity to try their revolutionary MicheBag, as well as giving a set away to one of my readers. The MicheBag company is run by two young moms from Utah, and was created when Michelle, one of the moms, spilt something on the outside of the bag, and thought how great it would be if you only had to replace the outside of your bag and not the whole thing. Thus, the MicheBag was created; a base bag, and detachable outer shells that snap on and off in seconds.

Replacing a damaged outer is not the only benefit. For busy moms, it means that you can change your handbag to match your outfit in just seconds, instead of the drama that is usually incurred as we transfer the copious contents of our bag from one to another. The concept is also quite frugal, as you only need to purchase additional outer shells to get a whole new look, instead of a whole new bag.

MicheBag sent me a black base, and two shells:

The Lydia shell ($29.95) is a bright coral orange cord, and would be perfect to brighten up winter outfits. I found this one the most useful, as it had two outer pockets at each end of the bag, which I found useful to hold the baby bottles.

The Cori shell ($24.99) is a silver/black faux crocodile, and would be great for dressier outfits. It has a really sleek and simple feel, but the metallic silver embossed croc adds another dimension. Again, this bag is perfect for the upcoming fall/winter season and will really tie in with the greys and jewel tones of the season.

I loved the concept, but unfortunately, this won't be able to replace my baby bag just yet! Also, I am more of a believer in investing in one or two longlasting leather totes that go with everything rather than faux leather (so please, MicheBag, come up with some leather shells!). However, the bags and the shells are really well made and if you like swicthing up your bag all the time, you will love the MicheBag.

And now for the giveaway! I have one black base and 2 shells to give away thanks to MicheBag.

To enter, take a look at and leave a comment telling me which shell is your favourite.

For extra entries, follow my blog, subscribe to my blog, or blog about this giveaway on your blog; leave a comment for each entry! Entry closes Monday 28 September.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

50% off abcteach

If you are homeschooling, or wanting to supplement your child's schooling, then Homeschool Buyer's Co-op has come up with a great group buy for abcteach, an online resource for PreK - 8. They have over 35 000 printable worksheets, activities and games, as well as custom worksheet generators. An annual membership is usually $40, but if your purchase through the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op (you need to join, but its free), it is going for $20 until the end of September.

I just bought my membership, and I can't wait to start using all the resources!

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Winner of the Rembrandt Giveaway

I admit it, I have been a terrible blogger lately and to be honest, I don't really know why. Anyway, the winner of the Rembrandt Whitening Kit is comment #7, so the package will be winging its way out there shortly.

Stay tuned, because not only do I promise to be a better blogger (really!), I have another great giveaway coming up.

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