Sunday, 26 April 2015

Claudi and Fin Lolly Review

One of the healthiest lolly brands (or 'ice-pop brands' if you're Irish!) in the UK has just launched in Ireland and my girls and I were lucky enough to be invited to sample some, just in time for the glorious Spring weather this past week.

Crafted from delicious Greek style yoghurt and jam-packed with fruit, Claudi & Fin was created by 'Mumpreneurs' Lucy Woodhouse and Meriel Kehoe after they struggled to find healthy treats for their toddlers. Named after their little ones, Claudia and Fin, the lollies are made with no artificial ingredients and contain 30% of your child's recommended daily intake of Vitamin D. They also come in two different flavours; Strawberry and Mango.

Accepting the offer to review these lollies was always going to be a bit of a risk because I have one child that absolutely hates yoghurt. HATES. IT. I've tried everything with Sábha  - from natural yoghurt with fruit compote, to sugar-filled not-even-yoghurts, to the ubiquitous petit filous and even goat's yoghurt with zero success.

Luckily for me, her sister is her polar opposite. She'd eat all the yoghurt all the time. So in the end, I figured that accepting the yummy treats (as much for myself as for them) could end up meaning a fairly balanced review. Or at least I knew one child would like them and I could always lie about the other... OR... a miracle might happen and I'd discover a new way to get some dairy goodness into Sábha.

As it happens - Claudi and Fin turned out to be a miraculous discovery. 

I didn't mention to the girls that the, gorgeously packaged, lollies were made of yoghurt. I just gave them some to try, crossed my fingers Sábha wouldn't gag and fling them back at me and then asked them what they thought.

This is their response:
They're saying 'Yummmmmmmmm'
They absolutely loved them. In fact, yoghurt-hating Sábha likes them even more than Lile does. Lile prefers the Strawberry flavour while Sábha prefers BOTH flavours. As often as possible. It's a revelation.

I have to admit too, that I'm quite partial to them myself! They have a lovely creamy texture, are very tasty and are a satisfying treat on a sunny day. I gave some to a few family members to try too and there was a resounding thumbs up from everyone. Good job Claudi & Fin!

Claudi & Fin lollies are now available in Ireland in Centra and SuperValu stores and are priced at €3.50 for a box of four. For more information visit:

Disclosure: I was given a generous sample of Claudi and Fin Frozen Yoghurt Lollies in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own, and those of my children and we were not paid to give them.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A Winner and a Wannabe Winner

I'm back from New York, where I had The. Best. Time. Ever. I'm dying to tell you all about it but my first order of business is to talk about winners. Well, one actual winner and one wannabe-winner (me). 

First of all, I'd like to announce that the winner of The Fairy Force Book is: SHEILA POLLARD

Spotted in New York: A Fairy Door, complete with graffiti!
Well done, Sheila!! Please contact me at wherewishescomefrom [at] gmail [dot] com with your postal address and I'll pop it in the post for you. I hope you enjoy the book as much as we did.

Secondly, I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I've made it onto the finalist list of the First ever Irish Parenting Blog Awards in no less than THREE categories. (See my new badge over there >>>>)

I'm in the final five blogs in the; 
and in the final twelve in the:

I was in New York when the lists were to be announced and I had Devo tormented all day to find places with free WiFi so I could keep an eye out for it. It was actually back at the apartment when I finally got to catch up and I nearly fell off my seat when I realised I had made it through. 

The level of talent amongst the Irish Parenting Bloggers is incredible and the shortlist was almost cruelly short, so I had not held out very much hope of making it. Though I was shocked and delighted to make it through in the Most Beautiful and Best Homespun categories, I'm probably most surprised about making the list for Best Blogpost. The quality of writing in that category is unbelievable and the longlist was a treasure trove of stories that made me laugh, cry and become insanely jealous at the level of writing talent some people have.

There are too many favourites to list here but please take a look at the longlist yourself as I'm positive you'll find something new to read that you'll just love.

I'm very much looking forward to the big night on Saturday night now and busy planning which dress to squeeze my USA-expanded frame into... 

There was a lot of this kind of thing... but more on that soon...

Good luck to all my fellow bloggers, I can't wait to party with you all on Saturday!


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