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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Back in time for Dinner, thank the heavens for a Panasonic Fridge Freezer, Its futuristic


I have been watching Back in time for Dinner, its been fascinating.  It showcased the Robshaws family living through the generations of time. It started off in the 1950s, each day represents one year.

The Robshaws had their actual home adapted to replica the times they were living in (only down stairs, the communal living area and the kitchen).   Every way that they were used to living has been throw out of the window as they turn back the hands of time and embrace history.


They start at The 1950s, post the 2nd World War era, life was truly a different in the UK.  The kitchen area is a very basic room.  No electric time saving gadgets either.  Mrs Robshaw would be the home maker, she would have to go shopping a few times a week, for milk, bread, everyday essentials.  Then the fridge hadn't been invented yet, food would be kept in the larder or pantry.  A small cold cupboard in the kitchen, with a few shelves.

In the 50s they ate a lot of bread and dripping, that would be the fat/lard and some of the meat juices left from the Sunday roast.  Mr Robshaw has an allotment he'd bring back seasonal fruit, salad and vegetables.  Apart from that Mr Robshaw didn't really contribute in the kitchen area. Most evenings he didn't even eat his meals with the family.
 

The entire series had made great viewing, traveling through the hands of time. Not only does it show the birth of the microwave, soda-stream, its showed the revolution of the fridge, this exploded on scene in 1962, this made a massive impact in unhooking women all around the world from their kitchen posts.

The series also gives an insight how the average woman was perceived through the years, their role in society changed so much in 50 years.  Mostly women kept house, as time moved on the women would be expected to work too, the 80s showed women in full time jobs and keeping house, the series really highlighted quick cooking around the era, the TV dinner was here to stay,  back then food was made quickly without much nutritionally value.

Nowadays we are lucky, we have awesome technology and we have an abundance of choice in foods, for myself as a mum, I do want to be able to offer my children the best.  When I was growing up my mum stayed home, we were very fortunate, we had a fresh meals, she shopped at the local food market only 5 minutes away and it's still there today, selling seasonal fruits and vegetables. North End Road Market in Fulham.  My mum has always cooked from scratch every meal. It's always been an important factor in my life. 

I am going to return to work soon,  this series has really made me think about my future.  I am wondering how am going to fit it all in. Get all the daily chores done, the cooking, laundry, washing-up, I'm forever standing at the blasted sink washing the dishes, then there's the ironing, helping with the kids homework every night, walking the dog and hopefully earning a crust too.  

No-one told me how complicated being parent, homemaker would be. There does not seem to be enough hours in my day to fit everything in. Even now it's impossible to see the bottom of my laundry basket. 

My sons can eat and eat, they are always hungry and growing so much.  They enjoy fresh food, home cooked meals with a splash of junk thrown in for a treat.  I have been thinking how on earth can I make my life better for our future, without cutting corners.  I am not a ready meals type of person.  I am fully aware it's going to be impossible not to be chained to the kitchen every night.  I have come up with a solution to make my life easier, I have to make my kitchen evolve with the times.  I need a bigger fridge freezer the American style type. 


I adore the smooth finish of the Panasonic Freezers, everything has a place inside too, it is beautifully finished.  The plan is to cook larger meals and freeze half, lock in the goodness.  Then I will defrost during the day and heat-up in the evening.  There are plenty shelves, meaning shopping can be less frequent that's a time saver too.  These units have so much storage.  Lots of chilling compartments, even a water dispenser, fresh cold water at ones fingers tips would be a dream come true.  These Fridge Freezers are quite too, no humming.  The Panasonic Freezers have fantastic seals, locking the coldness inside and not wasting energy.  This would make a great family essential.    


What would you like to make your life easier in the kitchen?
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Canapies, Gourmet Mini pies, packing greatest. From Square Pie. The Review


I have been sent a couple of boxes of delicious treats, from Square Pie last week.  They kindly sent me some a few boxes from their new range 'Canapies'.  

Square Pie is the brain child of Martin Dewey, Martin started his business in the summer of 2001, come November he set up a successful stall in Spitalfields Market.  Word of mouth has seen the company’s reputation grow very quickly.  He now has brunches in both London Westfield centers, Bluewater and the Excel building.  Soon a restaurants will be opening in London and Birmingham. 




Martin, wanted to create a pie that he could be proud to call British and now branded as such these pies are real, wholesome food, made using high quality natural ingredients including meat sourced from British and Irish farms, made with no artificial additives or hydrogenated fats not even tricks like adding extra sugar to avoid fat.  The Canapies are smaller then their standard pies but gourmet pies never the less, great for lunch, dinner or even a cheeky snack.  They are sold four in a box.

The Canapies come in 4 delicious flavours: 
Steak & Ale
Chicken & mushroom
Cheese & Onion (v)
Sweet Potato & Goat’s Cheese (v)
If you’re not near a Square Pie shop you can now get your hands on them from Ocado and most London Tesco stores. Canapies cost £3.79 for four 60g pies. Find out more at www.squarepie.com.


The day ours arrived you can say I went Canapies mad.  It was lunch time, we were in the school holidays, 3 hungry tummies, I popped the Cheese and Onion ones in the oven.  The cooking instructions say 10-12 mins Gas mark 4.  I left them in the oven for another 10 minutes, until the pastry puffed up and tanned.   The smells coming out of the kitchen were awesome, cheese and onion wafting in the air.  James couldn't wait to get stuck in, to be honest nor could I.



The Canapies are perfect for little mouths (and big mouths too), the Cheese and Onions are filled more then halfway, the pastry is flaky and crumbles in the mouth.  Great flavours, creamy cheese and not too much onion.  James liked the Cheese and Onions the most.  He was very disappointed when they were gone.



For dinner we all shared the BBQ Bourbon Beef and the Steak and Ale Canapies.  Firstly James was upset that we had not more Cheese and Onion, he isn't a vegetarian but seems to of really liked them. 

Once he tasted the BBQ Bourbon Beef (my favourite) he was pleased, these little meat pies were moist, clearly little pieces of carrot and spring onion can be seen and tasted, very moreish.  Full of flavour, even getting hints of BBQ Bourbon, a little sweet.


Daddy adored the Steak and Ale, these mini pies were full to the brim, packed with juicy real meat, the sauce creamy and rich, very nice indeed.  Liam is my hoover is loved all of them.    


The range has tasty flavours to suit all the family.  The flavours are always changing too.  These pies are fresh,  they have a short shelf life, however they can be frozen to lock the freshness in.  Either cooked from fresh or frozen, a great bargain at £3.79 a box.

So what are you having for lunch or dinner? 

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The launch of Samsung's new SMART TV KIDS CLUB, Including Hopster a fantastic new childrens channel


Myself and the boys were invited Maggie and Rose in Kensington last week.  I love going to Kensington its a trip down memory lane for us, as I used to live only a 10 minute walk from Maggie and Rose, I never knew it existed.  We attended the launch of Samsung's new SMART TV KIDS CLUB.





Included is a new Channel, 'Hopster', a delightful channel dedicated to tots, that right our little people, U-rated for preschoolers via Samsung Smart Hub. With 1000s of hours to view of children's TV, kids will be spoiled for choice.  Also other exciting channels are included the likes of CBEEBES, Milkshake! and CITV.  Makes great viewing on your Wide Screen Samsung TV.

Hopster has a wide variety of programs suitable for children between the ages 2-6.  It is super easy to use and view any of the shows, even for little fingers.  It has a couple of extras too, young children like to explore, push buttons to see what happens, they learn by trial and error.

Over the last few years, technology has changed and is continually evolving.  When I was grown-up I would rush home from school, then sit wide eyed in front of our one and only television to watch children's TV for a couple of hours.  Nowadays there are many different ways to watch television, there are many providers, some companies offers a huge selection children channels for all ages, solely dedicated to children but if you do not register/subscribe you are not going to be able to watch theses shows, also most are unsuitable for a younger audience, a lot of channels are aimed at older children, 7+ then teenagers, a whole manner of strange cartoons. 

Hopster is child friendly, its programs our for the younger generation, so little eyes and ears see no evil or hear no evil, there's no violence, no oddities, there is no online interaction with anyone else, no chat-rooms or forums.  Its very safe to use, even if your children are out of sight, you can be safe in the knowledge that only children's TV can be watched, unlike YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and any other Internet provided.

Hopster updates with a new array programs on a regular bases. We have just celebrated Easter, Hopster showed a whole range of children's entertainment featuring 'Easter as topic' and they will continue to feature seasonal programs throughout the year.  Also once a week there will be a featured cartoon.  Kids can choose this or select different programs. 

Its cheaper then the other online subscriptions just £3.99 per month.  You can register upto 5 devices (including smart TV) at one a time to your registration.  Even IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SAMSUNG SMART TV, Hopster can be added to ANY OTHER device.  All can be running simultaneously, were the users can all watch different programs, no more squabbling who watches what.  If you no longer want the service, you can cancel immediately, its rolling, no contract.

I also like that fact that some of the programs can be down loaded to watched at a later date, prefect if you are on the go, travelling by car, train and even plane where you do not have access to Wi-Fi. Press the Blue Plastic Bag character, there is a list of some of the shows, click the show you want to download.  It doesn't take long, I would suggest make sure your device is linked to Wi-Fi.

So what are you waiting for, Hopster is currently offering a 7 day free trial for their service.  Enjoy and Happy Viewing!  

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Friday, 17 April 2015

@O2 Big Bundles Pay and Go Promotion


I have been an O2 customers for years, there deals just keep getting better.  They have some super 'Big Bundles for their Pay and Go customers.  All you need to do order one of their FREE Sims.  Once it arrived you can choose from a choice of packages:




£10 - 100 minutes, 500MB Data, 1000 texts, 3G

£15 - 200 minutes, 1 GB Data, 2000 texts, 4G ready

£20 - 400 minutes, 2 GB Data, 4000 texts, 4G ready 
Check them all out here the BIG BUNDLES 


Once you have ordered your FREE Sim, share their deals with your friends and you could win £1000 cash or a PS4 bundle.  The more you share, the better the chance of winning.

They top 5 referrers will each win £1,000 cash to help them live big. O2 will also pick 10 referrers at random to win one of 5 iPad Air 2s or 5 PS4 bundles.


Sounds awesome! Good Luck
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Splash proof, protect your smart phone, Reviveaphone Splash proof Review and competition

Everyone has a mobile phone, mostly smart phones these days.  Our mobile phones are not cheap and to most people these remarkable little gadgets contain our entire life.  Sometimes we lose them, drop them, break them and even drown them.

I have murdered two smart phones, one to the bath and one to the toilet.  I can remember as clear as day both situations.  Thankfully with today's technology focusing on our love of gadgets, innovation is continually changing evolving.  If something like that ever happens again my mobile phone will be protected.

Oliver Murphy The man behind Reviveaphone.com has managed to crack the code and come up with a solution, he has invented an actual 'solution' its a spray on resistant coating for smart phones.  Oliver then appeared on the Dragons Den to show, showing the Dragon how this new technology works and of course he went on the show to look for an investor.

He obviously made a 'Splash' with Dragons Den Kelly Hoppen as she stumped up £50K, the investment he wanted.  How fantastic is this.  Over night Oliver had become techie sensation. He has turned his company around.  It's all still new and feels a little surreal for him.  Sales figures have rocketed from £1,000 each month to £20,000 almost overnight.

The Splash Proof contains the following:
A small bottle of the Splash solution spray
A plastic scraper
A buffer cloth
and the instructions 

WATCH THIS VIDEO!


I have been sent my very own kit box to review... I have to say I was very dubious at first.  I am sure you are feeling this too but, I feel safe in the knowledge, the spray has been tested, you just need to trust yourself to use it properly, it's proven to work.

So here goes!  -  Clean your device with the buffer cloth, open all ports, spray the solution over the openings, ports and buttons. If you can expose the battery area, spray the solution all over the back of your phones battery area and the ports of the battery. Spray these areas three times. Then leave it to dry for 5-10 minutes.  The solution is x10 thinner then a strand of hair, it will dry quick.  Use the plastic scraper to smooth over the surface and scrap off any residue and buff with cloth.  Thereafter your phone will water resistant.  That means it can get wet, if you drop in the sink it will be fine but I wouldn't take it swimming.




Carphone Warehouse will be stocking and selling this kit soon, currently Splash proof is available to purchase on the Reviveaphone Splash  website at £17.99.     

Now for anyone feeling lucky, there is a competition running to win your own Splash proof kit.  So what are you waiting for, get involved.


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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

IntotheBlue Experiences and you can win your Wishlist upto £1000


Just incase you are not aware its National Experience Week, April the 13th to the 19th.  That means a week to try something new, go somewhere different, experience something exciting, challenging maybe even daring... How about going 'IntotheBlue'?


Sorry, I bet that hasn't made too much sense, 'IntotheBlue' is a fabulous Experience company, they have been making people happy since 1996, they offer a great selection experiences to suit everyone, for all occasions, daredevils, high flyers, cocktail makers, animal patters, whatever is your hearts desires, lots of see and do all based around the UK.

They are currently hosting a great competition, which is open to everyone in the UK.  Someone will win their wishlist.  That's right a wishlist made by you, upto the value of £1000.  Yucks its sounds fabulous, I want to win too.


Their competition is simple to enter, collect at lease two experiences and bank them on your wishlist.  You can choose as many as you want upto £1000  (You don't even register on their website) You submit your email address. You will get an email confirmation that your wish is banked. The email will look like this and you'll get one for each experience you have added to your wishlist >>>

I too liked this competition so much, I have entered myself (just to shown you how its done - I can not win).  I'm not a daredevil but I do like the highlife not that I can afford it.  Having children, my priorities tend to be spoiling them not me.  So taking advantage being able to do something nice and go anywhere I chose the following experiences.

#NationalExperienceWeek

Luxury Chocolate Making London
I love cooking, baking generally making a mess in the kitchen and delivering tasty food my family and friends.  However I have never actually made chocolates. Its sounds like a lovely experience. Also being able to take some home, that would be a treat to spoil my boys.

Beer Brewing Course Peak District
I chose this not for me but for my boyfriend, he has often spoken of making his own beer.  I figure if he is going to do this, I would like him to have guidance and not blowing up our shed or make some lethal moonshine.  With this experience not only would he get a lesson, he get to keep all the equipment too.

Murder on the British Pullman
The most prestige train in the UK, The British  Pullman, part of the Belmond group originally known as the Orient-Express Group.  Murder on the British Pullman, everyone on the train will catch glimpses of a potential crime. Thereafter a Murder is committed and everyone on board gets a chance to solve the mystery of 'Who dun it!'  This is not your standard train ride, its a high class affair.  Black tie, cocktail dresses, a sophisticated dinning experience too, cheers with champagne, yes please darlings.  I would love to go, the service on the Pullman is impeccable, food to die for, it's an experience I would talk about for the rest of my days.  I hope it's on your bucklist, it is mine.

Weekday Champagne Virgin Balloon Flight
Everyone talks about doing a Balloon flight even me. I have never met anyone that's done this thou.  I would take either my boyfriend or one of my sisters for a fun day out.  Something we can spend some quality time together, watch the world go by and afterwards we can say we did it!

Anyway enough about me and what I want to win, what do you want to WIN? You can get involved too, the full details are here: IntotheBlue #NationalExperienceWeek

The email you get back, will have a link, that will take you to your wishlist - Mine is below.  This competition will be running from 24/03/15 until the 23/04/15.

        

Once you have chosen your wishlist, you must share with the world on your social media networks, why you should win, either the experiences you've chosen, why you want to won, make sure to add the following
Twitter: @IntotheBlueUK 
Facebook: IntotheBlue Gift Vouchers

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Pooch & Mutt DIGESTION & WIND dog food review




Hello everyone, this is for all the doggy lovers and owners, I know I have a few of you.  For those of you who are unaware I have too have a dog.  Tyson, he is a long dog, a Lurcher, a Dalmatian, Greyhound cross.  He is only 3 years old, thats a fully grown adult dog in doggy years.


Last week Tyson has been kindly sent some dog food and treats from Pooch & Mutt.  It's a Premium Award winning dog food brand.  There are 5 varieties of dog food available.  Each type is slightly different however the varieties offer the eater the best suitable nutritional dog food they require.


Pooch & Mutt's ethics to is make the best dog food without wheat, corn, rice, beef, cereal, all gluten, soya and dairy products.  As these ingredients can have an affect to our dogs digestive system.  Pooch & Mutt also use the best products they can source locally i.e. British ingredients.  There food is free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. 



Priory to the food being sent, I was asked a little bit about Tyson.  I explained he is a very healthy dog, young, active too, however he does get 'farty' and they can stink to high heaven. Not that he is bothered.  Pooch & Mutt kindly sent me a 2kg bag of their DIGESTION & WIND dog food and a packet of their treats.  This has been made with 45% Salmon, Probiotics and Prebiotics, Parsley, Sweet potato and charcoal. Sounds good enough for me too eat, Yum!



Tyson went nuts before the bag was even opened, jumping at me, he knew the bag was for him. When I opened the bag, the smell was very strong, I got a fishy, spinach aroma, it really smells fresh, obviously very appealing to Tyson's sense of smell.

I have always fed Tyson dried food.  I suggest make sure to read how much you need to feed your dog.  Tyson is a large dog approx 35kg, I should be feeding him 360g day. He gets 120g x3 times a day.  Less when I am mixing in human food, he will also be given tinned oily fish twice a week.  To be honest he does eat a lot of human food.  He is like a dustbin, he is given all the left overs, this could explain the bad smells he produces.



The difference between his regular dog food and Pooch & Mutt, their food feels lighter (I noticed one whole cup of his old dog is 120g.  A cup of Pooch & Mutt is approx. 85g, the old dog food is more dense), its a richer brown, even greenish colour, I am used to seeing lighter brown dog food.  I also try my best to keep his food fresh with Pooch & Mutt that fresh smell continues until the end of the bag, its fabulous.

Right: Old Food - Left: Pooch & Mutt

Tyson can be fussy if he doesn't like a brand he wont eat it, on this occasion he has lapped-up every tasty kibbly bit.  The treats seem to be just as good, my kids love telling Tyson to sit for treats.  These are all low calorie, wheat-free, hand-baked. Very cute looking little bones.

Pooch & Mutt is more expensive then standard supermarket brands.  2kg bag is £13.99 or 8kg is £41.99  However the ingredients, isn't bargain bucket, its not bulked up, like most other dog food brand.  Its a brand that is caring for our doggies.

Must of all its done as it says on the packaging, I am impressed.  Tyson's mega farts explosions have practically stopped.  It is true dogs can be wheat and grain intolerant.  Maybe this is what is causing my pooch to be gassy.

If you are interested in purchasing Pooch & Mutt but you are unsure which food to buy, as all of their products are functional to help with specific problems dogs may have. For example itching, calming, oral hygiene, puppies, training and older dogs to name a few.  Please contact Pooch & Mutt via their Social media sites, they are on hand for great advise.  Twitter: @poochandmutt & Facebook: FB Pooch & Mutt

Thank you Pooch & Mutt for the experience, I hadn't heard of your brand before, its great to see a brand that is as caring as you.  Its definitely the best dog food on the market I have come across. 

If you do become a customer, there is a rewards program, all packaging has Pooch Points, these can be used to get free products and merchandise.  I love the jumpers!
 

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