Saturday, 27 June 2015

Claudi & Fin Frozen Greek Yoghurt lollies, Fabulous competition win one of 3 £10 vouchers to buy Claudi & Fin Frozen Greek Yoghurt lollies


I remember growing up my childminder would feed me frozen ready meals and give me all types of junk food.  It would annoy my mum no dead.  Life is challenging and not everyone can cook or has time on their hands.  Over the last 30 years lifestyles have changed both parents are working longer hours and lets not forget the invention of the microwave.   Conveniences is key!   We want food fast.  Sometimes it not always healthy.

However there has been a dramatic turnaround, we are becoming a nation of healthier eaters. People are living longer, everyone appears to be watching their weight, counting calories and most of all we think of better ways to treat our children. 
I can only speak for myself, my sons are always demanding treats, sweets, chocolates, crisps, cakes.  The last few days the weather has been glorious, ice-creams are number topic of desire. 
My mum would make homemade ice-cream, bless her she did try her best to be healthy but I actually hated her ice-cream.  We all know ice-cream full fat cream, milk and sugar.  Not a treat us or our children should be over indulging in too often.
Please let me introduce you to Lucy & Meriel, two devoted mothers, who got fed-up of not finding  natural ice lollies with wholesome ingredients, for their little ones Claudi & Fin.  They got together and after much experimenting and taste testing they launched Claudi & Fin. (I bet they had fun in their kitchens)



A new brand of natural delicious frozen lollies made with Greek style yoghurt, whole milk, with real fruit Puree.  These fabulous lollies are packed with vitamin D.  Each yummy lolly has 30% of the vitamin D we require as our daily intake.  MOST OF ALL NO NASTIES are hiding here!


This is all real food, NO preservatives, NO artificial additives, NO JUNK!
The packaging is bright and clear, catches my attention and my little people are very curious by the cute lollies on the boxes.
What are you waiting for? Mummies & Daddies it baking outside and I bet you all fancy a tasty Claudi & Fin Frozen Yoghurt lolly.



The lollies come in 2 tasty flavours Mango and Strawberry.  They are sold in boxes of 4 lollies.  Currently being stocked in some stores of Sainsburys and Waitrose, RRP £2.50.

This is a fabulous new British product, gets my vote. 

Me, James and Liam have been enjoying these delicious lollies over the last couple of weeks.  I did not tell them they are Frozen (Greek) Yogurt.  My boys had no idea they are not eating ice-creams.  They absolutely love them.

Claudi & Fin are being superb, they want you to indulge too, have kindly given me x3 £10 vouchers for Sainsbury's or Waitrose depending where Claudi & Fin are stocked to give to my readers.



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5th Annual MOONDANCE CAMDEN PALACE REUNION. Saturday, 18th July at KOKO


 CALLING ALL THE OLD SKOOL RAVERS!!!


'I put on my Raving Shoes and boarded the train...' 

 I have announcement about some 'Jungle Techno' MOONDANCE is coming home to it's roots.  Lets celebrate 'Push-up your lighter in the air' its the:

5th Annual MOONDANCE CAMDEN PALACE REUNION. 
Saturday, 18th July at KOKO.



It's time to feel enthralled by the Old Skool Magical vibes, be it the underground sound of breakbeat, the heavy dirty sounds of Drum and Bass, the classic piano riffs or the beautiful seductive vocals, whatever your style, it's a trip down memory lane for me.


 
Moondance offers the best crème de la crème of the Old Skool DJs the world has ever heard off.  The musical beats, mixing us back into a time warp treat.  It's not happy clappy, we're talking Old Skool Hardcore, Jungle, Drum and Bass and Original House Classics and mammoth amounts of anthem bashing! 'Old Skool will never die!'
 
5th Annual Moondance Camden Palace Reunion 2015, Sat 18th July at Koko. Old Skool / Drum & Bass / Jungle / House Classics. Over 60% of tickets sold, £20 tickets available
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Whether you are a dedicated Moondancer or a newbie get involved, tell your friends.
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

LONDONERS 24 hours NIGHT TUBE (Weekends only) Details here!

It's finally here, what a lot of Londoners have been waiting for.

24 HOUR TUBE NETWORK - Not all services will be running, there are 5 lines running 24 hours over the weekend.  Service to commence from the 12th September.

London will not sleep... Its going to be Years Eve every weekend. 

  
My raving shoes are well and truly dusty these days but at least I know it is possible to travel in the  we hours of a chilly London morning.  I have spent many a morning freezing my butt off waiting for the night bus with a bunch of smelly pissed-up people.  (Please do not take offense if that sounds like you).
Falling out of Camden Palace at 6am, waiting the tube line to open.  Haha those where the good old days.  

Londoners are being spoiled rotten!

It is great news, having that flexibility to travel through the night.  Lots of night workers will be pleased for sure.   Also if you need to travel too or from Heathrow over the weekend it will now be  possible, the Piccadilly line will be most popular I can imagine.   

Please note this is NOT the entire tube network service.  The following lines have committed, I am unsure if they will remain or change.

Central Line,
Jubliee Line,
Northern Line,
Piccadilly Line,
Victoria Line.

So whatever you do, wherever you go, just make sure you are safe.  All stations will be manned just the same as during the day.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

KidZania The BIG LAUNCH THIS THURSDAY, 25th June 2015

Have you heard of KidZania?

If you live in London and have children your little ones will be raving about KidZania very soon.  I can promise they will be asking you to take them.




What is KidZania
The UK’s first Unique Interactive Educational Entertainment Experience. KidZania London is a real-life introduction to the world of work for children ages 4 – 14 to play, explore and learn about the adult world.  It packed with real life experiences.  

Kidzania the Story

KidZania a childs experience
Great informative video



Where is KidZania? 
It is located inside the Westfield (Shepherds Bush) shopping centre, on the first floor between Marks & Spencer and the Gap stores.

KidZania blends education with entertainment.  Based in the heart of the Westfield centre in London.  KidZania covers 75,000sq.ft child-size safe and friendly city.

Here children are given the keys to the KidZania city and with their own money in hand, thats the KidZania currence.  They can role play and learning about new life experiences.  There are more than 60 exciting establishments that include a Bank, Hospital, Police Station, Fire Station, Aviation Academy and Theatre.  These are all replicas of the real facilities and brands.  Kidzania has worked closely in partnership with lots of brands to achieve this new kids world. The kids can independly visit each of these places and many more.

Each activity offers a unique role-play experience where kids learn financial literacy, careers, teamwork, independence and real-life skills.


THE GRAND OPENING IS THIS THURSDAY
25th JUNE 2015
10.00 - 10.15 - Offical Ribbon Cutting
10.30 The First Tour 

Tickets can be booked online: Prices HERE

Child
 (Age 4-14)
£28.00


Adult
 (Age 15 and Over)
£16.50


Early Years
 (Age 1-3)
£10.00


Infant
 (Age 0-1)
£0.00

Please note: An adult (18+) must be present for the admission of any child into KidZania London. We recommend that one adult may supervise up to five 0-6 year olds.

The summer holidays are coming up and this will be new kids heaven for all of us parents.  So make sure to have a look at the website: Kidzania London, I hope you can tell me all about it!


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Sunday, 21 June 2015

An afternoon with Currys, Philips and Raw & Juicy - Juicing Vs Blending #CurrysIntroJuicing

Blending... Juicing... Blending! It is being talked about everywhere.  Us Brits appear to be loving it! As far back as I can remember my mum used to greet me with a glass of fresh carrot juice.  She swore by it, to be honest I hated it.  Pure carrot juice is not for me but, I do love fresh juices, something as simple as carrot and apple is delicious.  

Stalls on North End Road Market
My mum lives 5 minutes from North End Road Market, this is an every day street market in Fulham.  It's the best place to go to in West London for fresh fruit and veg, its really cheap too.  I was very lucky to have this market so close.  I feel like I have grown up knowing the true value of fresh produce.  However I know a few people who would only eat a potato as long as it was cooked liked a chip.   Hey, I am not here to question or criticize others, even thou chips are fun :)  But, fresh is best! >>> £1 a bowl - bargain.

More recently blending is a topic floating around everywhere.  Truth be told I mostly blend my soups and sauces.  I have never made a blending drink before, it's all new to me.  I would like to learn more and have a better understanding of these smoothie type drinks, especially as there is a lot of juice companies, offering a range offer detox juices and cleansers. I really want to understand what the benefits are, if there are any.

A couple of weeks ago I attended #CurrysIntroJuicing hosted by Joe Blogs HQ in Kings Cross.  Ohhh my ears pricked-up, I would love to be able to make delicious drink, that's fresh, healthy, fruity.





Joe Blogs hosted a wonderful event, on my arrival I was greeted by Vita Coco drinks, tasty wraps and fresh fruit, lots of fruit, great stuff as I was hungry as hell.

A lovely lady Stephanie Morgan, spoke with so much passion.  Stephanie looked amazing, flawless skin, slim, healthy a true advocate that juicing does work.  Stephanie has been juicing for years and is the founder of Raw & Juicy, dating back to 2006.  Her story starts with her suffering chronic fatigue and other symptoms, she would sleep 14 hours a day and still felt unwell.  Her GP prescribed drugs such as anti-depressants and contraceptive pills.  In all fairness these prescribed drugs where not the source of happiness or well being, they even had side effects that made things worse.  Stephanie wanted to take control and see if changing her diet could be the source of a happier body, mind and soul.



she started juicing and her life changed for the better.  9 years on she's a new person and Raw & Juicy is very successful.  I love this story, its sounds so simple and inspiring, very basic and apparently true in a few cases of seen.  Especially after watching Joe Cross and his journey of being over weight and all the health problems he once had, juicing can and does work.  Its about finding the inner strength to make changes to your diet. 

Stephanie went a step further explained the difference between Juicy and Blending!
There are a few different type of juicing machines most are available for home use.   I found this video of Will and Norm explaining the Centrifugal (juicing machine) vs. Masticating (mashing juicer) juicing machines, very interesting to watch.



The Whole Food Juicers and The Masticating are both has very different however both juice.  The Centrifugal juice has been oxidized because of the air that has worked into the juice. 

Juicing:- Is a process which extracts water and nutrients from Fruits and vegetables leaving the fiber behind. 


Benefits from juice:
Its a quiet way to get nutrients in your body/system.
No energy is used in actual eating
Easing the Digestion
High Nutritional density
(If someone gave you 10 carrots to eats you could eat a few however if I gave you carrot juice of 10 carrots, that's drinkable - You'd gain the nutrients of the whole 10 carrots)
Juice can be frozen and refrigerated 

Juicing concerns:
Plenty fresh fruit and vegetable take up a lot of space in the fridge.
Fruit contains natural sugar, high quantities are actually bad for you (Of course not as bad a processed) especially for tooth decay.  If you are planing a juicy control diet, ensure to add-up the natural sugars.
Excess Piff and Pulp:  However these can be used in ice-lollies and soups.
Juicing can help to cleanse your body, your energy levels will be peek, but as there is no fibre your hunger level could increase too.
Refrigeration life 24 hours however if you drink within the first 15 minutes you will get all the nutrients.

Blending:- Unlike juices, blended drinks consist of the entire fruit and vegetables, containing all of the fiber.

Benefits from blending:
Its possible to blend, nuts, seeds and bananas (A banana isn't going to juice)
Even thou your body uses energy to digest the food, you will feel fuller for longer.
With blending water can be added
Blending can be a soupy constancy and in general food absorption is much slower.
No food waste
Adding seeds and nuts, gives blending an upper hand, being able to add fatty acids, omega oils. 
Blending is full of flavour and highly nutritional.
Can be frozen and refrigerated 

Blending concerns:
Plenty Fresh fruit and vegetable take up a lot of space in the fruit.

There are plenty of health food store and online companies offering detoxing and cleansing, if you are unable to make juicy yourself.  I was told the recommendation was to start with 2/3 detox or cleanse.

Also its advisable if you want to do this for a longer period of time; break your meals into 3 preferable courses.   Stephanie suggested the following:
Breakfast:  - Blend (to stay fuller for longer)
Lunch: Juice as this will give you an energized boost through out the day
Dinner: Blend keeping you fuller. 

This is all very interesting, I like juicing but to be honest I had never really thought about the pro and cons.  I personally have never really considered blending.  I love the idea of eating something as a whole and not wasting food, either option is very healthy and its possible to combined them.

Now our taste buds were going to get tantalized with a fruity berry ‘Berries Matter’ mocktail.  The Cocktail Service David, Tom and Heather where going to treat us.  They used the Philips Pro 6 Blender Filling the machines with, fresh strawberries and raspberries, carton juice, Funkin Lemon Fruit Juice, honey, and a shed load of ice.   The machines were excellent, making a refreshing smoothie.  I liked how they crushed the ice too, effortlessly, a little nosy but the machine was not going to break either.    


Now with our table full of fruit and some vegetable we could make our own mocktails.

I was sat with Claire Indra both girls totally bonkers and very tongue and cheek. We laughed our heads off! We even took time out to #PosingwithVegetables - I suggest you Google it!

David in the back ground was giving us instructions to follow:  Chop up 1/2 a Honeydew Melon (first peel and deseed it), 1/2 a Pineapple skinned and chopped up, 6 Kiwi Fruit skinned (these juiced  then added to the blended ingredients), 3 Bananas and the flesh of a mango.  Added a large scoop of ice cubes.  This made a lot of juice, it was very filling and rather nice.  The banana flavour was sneaking though but it was not over powering.

The other smoothie had me very interested.  The 3 carrots were juiced in the Philips Viva Juicer, their juice added to the blender, then the avocado deseeded and the flesh added to the blended, the celery sticks chopped were added to the blender.  A beetroot was juiced (sadly nothing came out of the juicer.)

We then added lot of ice and blended the entire mixture.  The smoothie was a very solid like a sorbet, it looked really nice, It tasted horrible.  (I had suggested peeling the carrots - but was told no) I would of peeled the carrots and juiced the celery.

However I had a very enjoyable evening.  I am currently feeling inspired to juice more and even attempted to blend.  I love home cooking, the idea of not losing the nutritional value really appeals to me.

Watch this space, I plan to created... If you have any tasty recipes please leave me you links. Thank you.

You are never too young to Juice

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Minion Invasion, Ravensburger Puzzle Review for 6+ (80 pieces)

This summer, Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are coming to a cinema somewhere near you.  I can not wait to watch the new movie.  My boys and me are big Minion fans.  The merchandise that is coming out is great for the new movie too.

I was kindly sent one of the new Puzzles from Ravensburger they have a great selection, so make sure to check them out.

We received this new 80 piece beaut.  The Minion Invasion has begun! Ours to Puzzle together Kevin, Bob and Stuart as they race through the streets of London on a 60's inspired bike!

So much detail on this puzzle, lots of words, symbols, pattens and colours to piece together, perfect for young imagines and little fingers.  



This puzzle is designed for 6+ the pieces are a good size, not too small.

James is 6 and being a boy at this age, he is always problem solving.  When I showed him the Puzzle he could not wait to get stuck in.  Little brother Liam showed some interest too.  They both sat down eager for me to open the box and take out the pieces.


I left them too it.  I had over an hour of pure silence, this actually brought me joy to see them so content together.  They tried their hardest to complete the puzzle by themselves.  Eventfully James asked for a little help and then wanted me to stop helping after a few helpful hints. 

By the end of puzzle I had a very smug little boy.  James said he felt he had accomplished something.  He told me it was the first puzzle he had really enjoyed doing, more so as him and his brother worked together as a team.  He has now asked to frame it, as he wants to hang it in him bedroom.

    
The Ravensburger puzzles can be purchased online through Amazon this one is RRP: £4.99 an absolute bargain. 

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Olives; I love them do you? 5 winners will win an 'olive it!' Hamper and olive it! recipe book #Competition


The lovely people from Olive it! Have asked me to give my readers an olive it! Hamper. 
5 to be WON 

WIN AN OLIVE IT! HAMPER!



With a delicious ensemble of quality black and green olives, this beautiful hamper will spark your imagination and show you how versatile and delicious olives can be. As well as an array of olives, five lucky winners will receive an Olive it! recipe book full of mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes that will broaden your culinary repertoire. 

 
Celebrated Spanish chefs José Pizarro and Omar Allibhoy share the joy of olives through family-trusted recipes passed down through generations. Combining tradition with a contemporary twist, the two chefs provide proof that simple table olives can pack an explosively flavoursome punch!

From innovative marinades to tantalising tapas and tapenades, this simple and easy to follow book has something for everyone – irrespective of cooking ability – and for every season. So discover a new flair in the kitchen or develop an old skill using the Olive it! recipe book’s clear guidance and inspiring culinary combinations.



Delicious!!!




Loved around the world for their delicious taste and nutritional benefits, olives are the star of the show in this book, which also includes information on the history of this versatile fruit, the different types of olives and what makes them such a healthy treat.


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