James and I had so much fun launching the #summerbakingchallenge. For the rest of August, the Dr. Oetker Summer Baking Challenge will set a baking challenge every Sunday on Facebook.

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Dr Oetker carried out a survey to celebrate the launch, which revealed that Mary Berry is the celebrity who most reminds them of their own mammies in the kitchen.

The Great British Bake off star topped the poll ahead of Cork native Darina Allen (23%) who came in second place and proving Irish mammies are a persuasive bunch, Mrs. ‘Go-on-go-on-go-on’ -Fr. Ted’s housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle, came in third place (21%).

Regardless of what was in the oven though, a whooping 80% of mothers remember their own mother baking when they were growing up and 78% even remember how much they loved licking the spoon! I know that was certainly my favourite part when my granny was baking!

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An overwhelming 90% voted that the smell of freshly baked goods is the most welcoming scent a house can have. So round up your mini bakers and get messy baking to create new family memories this August!

All you have to do is share your photos on to the Facebook page to win a KitchenAid mixer and weekly prizes of Dr. Oetker baking goodies.

This competition will add a sprinkle of fun to baking with the family this summer.

For lots of tips, recipes and baking inspiration check out @DrOetkerBaking and #SummerBakingChallenge


Whitewater’s Back-to-School Family Fun Festival is running from Wednesday 20th until Sunday 31st of August at Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge.​

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The  Family Fun Festival schedule includes stilt walkers, story telling, bubble displays, magic shows and face painting for  children as well as up-beat string quartets and a live Minillan band for all the family to enjoy.

Whitewater’s Summer Kid’s Club will also draw to a close with the last two weeks featuring special guest Merlin The Magician and his magic show on the 21st of August, followed by the season finale, a week later on the 28th of August with a Teddy Bears picnic rounding off the most successful Kids’ Club series to date.

I’m absolutely gutted that I can’t make this years highlight, a visit from much-loved cartoon hero Fire Man Sam, who will visit the Newbridge centre on Sunday 31st of August from 1-4 pm. James is obsessed with fireman Sam and we are constantly putting out fires in Pontypandy.

These shows are to run hourly from 1pm and will feature a free Pontypandy welcome mini-show, music from the hit show as well as opportunities for children to meet and greet Fireman Sam.

There will also be face painting taking place on the day. Face painting is free, however, donations are encouraged to the Newbridge branch of Downs Syndrome Ireland, collecting in the centre on the day.

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