Monday, 23 June 2014

FREE MEAT; Butchers Selection Slow Roast Easy Carve Beef Joint worth £7.99 For all my Readers Thanks to TOPCASHBACK



HELLO!!!!


How is everyone? I hope you are enjoying our great weather, it looks like its going to continue. YIPPEE!

 
I am sure you already know, times have changed, I am doing it, my boyfriend does it, so does my dad and my sisters and most of friends.  Its ONLINE Shopping.  Not only is it faster, it can be cheaper, we all love a deal, we also can get it delivered. 


I myself have been online shopping for years. I do my monthly food shop online, as its a lifesaver, saves time, money and the stresses with 2 little boys running circles around me in store.

I am delighted to be working with TopCashback, TopCashBack have a list of retailers that offer all manner of savings, from mobile phone contracts, insurances to clothes, cosmetics and shoes.  With TopCashback you spend online and claim a percentage back, this credit can be banked and spent as you wish.     
 
This weeks super deal is for a Joint of Beef, that's right free MEAT!  This offer is on the Butchers Selection Slow Roast Easy Carve Beef Joint worth £7.99 only! Purchased through ASDA (Available 24th - 29th June 2014)
    

Now who does not enjoy a delicious Roast especially as its a FREEBIE!  Something to treat all the family.


A couple of points to follow!

This offer is for New TopCashBack customers only - (if you have already signed-up get your partner to sign up too)

Sign-up with @TopCashBack as a new customer via THIS LINK ONLY Topcashback Deal

Follow the detailed steps
Ensure the Butchers Selection Slow Roast Easy Carve Beef Joint worth £7.99 is placed in your shopping basket.

I should also mention there is a minimum spend of £25, this is standard with any online supermarket shop.

This offer can be delivered or ordered with the click and collect services only.  Can not be  purchased in store.

Your Cashback will be credited after 7 days. In effect you will get back the full £7.99 paid for the Butchers Selection Slow Roast Easy Carve Beef Joint as your cashback making it free. 

      
Good luck and let me know what you are cooking for dinner!

This is a collaborative post in partnership with TopCashback. Please make sure you read the T&Cs of the offer and understand how you claim your this free £7.99 Beef Joint! This offer is only open to new TopCashback members. Offer valid until midnight 29th June 2014.



 

Monday, 16 June 2014

LolliBop 2014 The Greatest Children Festival! Check out this fantastic LINE-UP! #Competition

 
I am so excited about LOLLIBOP, the largest kiddies event is taking place, from 15th August for 3 days, taking place at the beautiful grounds of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.  Come for one day or all 3 days, there will be something for all children of all ages.

I attending last years event and I was totally blown away by the event.  So many super live performances, great stalls with fab entertaining activities, from the moment I arrived until I left my sons were 150% entertained.  So much happening for my kids to see and interactive with.  Never a dull moment, we didn't even get a chance to see and do everything. 

I am pleased to confirm this year is even going to be 
BIGGER, EVEN GREATER, MORE ACTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 


LOLLIBOP’S ALL STAR LINE UP

Mister Maker taking over the main stage on Friday.
CBBC’s Big Friday Wind Up Sam & Mark to LolliBop for the first time.
Cook and Line from Swashbuckle (Fri & Sat only).


Saturday CBeebies Superstar Justin Fletcher headlining on Saturday and Sunday.

The hit television show Lazy Town Live on the main stage.

LolliBop ‘newbies’ include Thomas & Friends with a bespoke interactive play experience created especially for LolliBop.







Chris & Pui with their Mini Roadshow.
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid.
Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures Show.


LolliBop is delighted to announce it’s first ever Disney experience with the
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic present a Silent Disco!

Creative kids are invited to Join In with Southbank Centre, in a brand new space for Lollibop 2014. Whether you love, drawing, playing, singing, dancing or creating there is something for all under 10s and their families to enjoy. Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank
of the Thames, with art and activities inside and out that encourage everyone to become involved in the arts in new and creative ways. 



At Lollibop there will be music, dancing, fashion shows, DJs, Pirate school den making and plenty of takeaway crafts.

Join the universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance in the STOMP workshops.
Skylanders returns to LolliBop to launch the fourth installment of its award winning franchise – Skylanders Trap Team™. Kids can expect the opportunity to play the brand new game before it’s
released later in the year.  I have seen the new game, its looks WICKED! 


Sign up to Harry’s Wizard School and take part in fun antics and enchanted activities.

Making the most of LolliBop’s new home with its fantastic green spaces and woodlands, the incredible Bear Grylls Survival Academy will be joining LolliBop for the first time.

 
As its World Fever, a must for all budding Beckhams, Rooneys and Bales is the Tottenham Hotspur Global Coaching Team who will be at LolliBop teaching kids essential football skills, including passing, dribbling, keepy uppies, shooting, 5-a-side and more. 


Mr. Bloom 
Andy Day’s Live Show
Postman Pat® Mini Show





Making the most of the fantastic gardens and woodlands at Hatfield House,
National Geographic Kids have planned a Woodlands Takeover, with
engaging activities including games, prizes and exploring natural habitats!


Other activity confirmed, includes Beano Events

Cookery workshops in the Lolli Kitchen, LolliBop’s first Inflatable Village, a Good Old Fashioned.

Sports Day, dancing session with Itsy Bitsy Strictly, Ready Sheddy Disco and Baby Ballet, Footballing Skills, Beat boxing, face painting and balloon modeling classes.




For our little book worms
NEW LITERACY AREA


Mayhem with Dennis the Menace!
Join Steven Butler, author of Diary of Dennis the Menace.  Expect lots of fun and games (maybe even a prank or two!) as Steven brings to life the world of Dennis the Menace.
Peter Rabbit
Interactive puppet show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. See Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s Garden, and help him on his journey.
Spot the Dog
Join in the numerous storytelling activities throughout the day, which also includes colouring and activity sheets and a chance to meet Spot himself!
Ladybird Live
Join Ladybird Live for a series of events to promote and celebrate the joy of storytelling for pre-schoolers and parents.  Arts and crafts that encourage children to engage with the stories and enter a world of imagination and fun.
 
The new LolliBooks area will also feature a Lolli Library.  Pull up a hay bale and spend some quiet time reading from much loved classics to new releases, all aimed at children up to the age of 10.

There’s nothing quiet however about Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre!  Returning to LolliBop for a third year, LolliBopppers can enjoy swizzfiggling tales from Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts and fantabulous crafts to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Festival director, Gareth Cooper said: “Lollibooks is set to become one of the most loved areas of the festival, all set in the beautiful gardens of Hatfield House.  It’s perfect too for mums and dads who might like to take some time out from the madness of the rest of the festival!.”

Situated in Hertfordshire, just off the A1 with plenty of parking or a short 22 minute train journey from London Kings Cross, the stunning country house and gardens of Hatfield House offer an incredible array of spaces to host LolliBop’s vast activity and entertainment programme.

Festival Director Gareth Cooper said: “For a family destination, Hatfield House can’t be beaten. The setting is breathtaking - with stunning gardens, lush green areas and a woodlands just waiting to be explored - it’s allowed us to open our imaginations and programme an event like never before.
 

“The 2014 lineup is jam packed with big names for the main stage,
alongside an unprecedented number of live theatre performances; sporting activities; creative workshops; nature talks and brand new areas and acts, never before seen at LolliBop.”
 

With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and just a five
minute walk from Hatfield train station, LolliBop 2014 is more accessible
than ever before.
 

Tickets are on sale now priced £17.50pp www.lollibopfestival.co.uk
facebook.com/lollibopfestival


I have some great news for a lucky family, I am giving you the chance to win 4 tickets to this marvellous event!  So what are you waiting for get involved!

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Starts 18/6/14 Please follow the 6 steps. Leave a comment on my blog, follow my blog by subscribing via email, follow me on GFC & tweet about my giveaway and follow me @LondonBirdLucy & @LolliBopUK
For extra daily entries please tweet and/or leave comments on other blog posts.
We have one family pass to giveaway. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 12 months do not require a ticket)  ·      The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either August 15, or August 16 or August 17. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize  ·      Travel and accommodation are not included ·      The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered  -     The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival  -    The prize includes all events and activities at LolliBop but not food and drink from any stalls or bar
Open to UK residence only
Winner announced on Friday, 18th July 2014

 




Its going to be a phenomenal weekend, I really hope to SEE YOU ALL there!

Dont be shy... Say HI!

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Friday, 13 June 2014

OCULUS - Review (No Spoilers!)


Today is FRIDAY the 13th and the latest Horror movie is out

OCULUS!


I do have a soft spot for a scary movies and recently I have seen a few, which have had lame storylines, too ridicious or just plain gory.  Worst not even scary.  

However Oculus was very interesting, some great twists, left the viewers waiting and waiting to see what happened next.



Ten years previously, teenage sister and brother Kaylie and Tim experienced tragedy in their home, the lost of their parents.  Now in the future poor Tim is released after the convicted of the brutal murder of their father. 

However Kaylie has had to deal the the trauma, she is still haunted by that fateful night, she's convinced her parents' deaths were caused by something else altogether.

An antique mirror, holds the key, it has a story of possible distraction.  Kaylie tracks down the Lasser Glass mirror, she wants to take on this malevolent supernatural force, to proof to herself that her kid brother is innocent.   She can't do this alone.

Great cast, sister and brother Karen Gillan as Kaylie Russell and Brenton Thwaites as Tim Russell, Mother, Katee Sackhoff as Marie Russell and Dad, Rory Cochrane as Alan Russell.

I really hope you get to watch the film, definitely one for you if you like the hairs on your neck sticking-up.  I really hope there is a sequel!!! 

Anyway I made they Youtube clip, much to my surprise and amusement!
(HELLO - MEEEE) Love it!


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Getting Active


I hadn't been jogging for 7 months.   Since then I haven't really exercised.  Walking the dog (I'm talking strolling) and taking the kids out and the school run, I'm not a breaking a sweat. I have become lazy in my day to day life.  So I have taken my head out of the sand, jumped off the couch and started to get more active.  I have been power walking.



As I have started the 21 day almond challenge, I decided to get sweaty.  My Zaggora's are out of the draw.  I have been wearing my beloved shorts, 3/4 lengths and vest.  These are my best friends to help loss the inches.


On average I have been walking over 2 - 3 miles, usually about 45 minutes.  When I am comfortable I want to pick-up my pace.   7 months ago, I would take the same route and complete about 10 minutes faster.  So I have little goals set out to crank up the speed and get my tooshie jogging!

The best news in the last 7 days, I have lost 5lbs.  I'm happy with myself.  I've cut out most of the crappy foods, replaced my snack attack time with almonds, also I am drinking gallons of water.    

It all started last week, I made a pack with a friend to start loosing weight.  I even sent her some lovely Zaggora Hot Pants.  She is also doing well.   


This week has not been perfect. These first outings as usual something has goes wrong.

The first two days I logged-on to Strava (This was my fav running app) strangely it didn't log my walks.  Feeling frustrated I have changed the app, I'm now using Runtastic, this is working well. 

The third day I rested, my muscles ached so much, thats a good sign.
The forth day my trainers rubbed my heels, given me blisters now and ugly feet.
The fifth day my dog decided to try to fish a ball out of the Canal.  He fell in! I've no idea how deep the canal is, he couldn't get out.  I grabbed the loose skin around him neck and threw him on the towpath. (He is super fine, I think he enjoyed his dunk)


So far so good. I'm sleeping very well, I had been feeling very tired for the last few days, maybe my body adjusting.  I have been eating my almonds when I'm peckish.  I haven't eaten chocolate, crisps, biscuits for the last 5 days.  I had awful cravens too for crisps.  Today I was fine thou, which was really odd, I took my boys to a Fathers Days cake sell.  They stuffed their little faces with cake, I had none.  BUT HAPPY!

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

California Almonds #SnackHappy, 21 day Challenge

Tomorrow evening I have been invited to attend an event hosted by California Almonds. 

I am super excited as Denise van Outen is their guest speaker and front lady.  Denise will be talking of the benefits of this new healthy Happy Snacking regime.  I am interested to hear what she has to say, like me, she's a being a busy mum, she maintains a healthy lifestyle, I am all ears to hear of there benefits. 
Not to mention Denise always looks awesome, the secret may be locked in these nuts.Also attending is dietician Lucy Jones of Channel 4’s Food Hospital and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.  Lucy will be on hand to answer my questions regarding my diet and lifestyle.  I will have a 1 too 1 consultation with her too.  I am a little nervous as to hear what Lucy tells me, I have so many diet fails.  Fingers crossed there is hope for me, I am rather excited to hear how I can change my lifestyle. 

 

I am participating in the California Almonds 21 day challenge.


The idea is when I feel peckish is to eat a 30g serving of Almonds.

I myself am always looking for healthy options, being someone who is currently overweight and I need a kick in the right direction.  I am super happy to be able to take part in this 21 day challenge. 

I have a tendency to snack on all sorts of foods, fruits, crisps, biscuits, carrots sticks, toast, my kids sweet treats.  Usually foods that are tasty, sweet, high in calories and quick to serve.  Not always the best choices. 








The 21 day challenge is taking away the thought process for naughty snacking.  However its giving me something tasty and nutritious to munch on.  


Today is my second day of the 21 day challenge, so far so good, I am enjoying it.  I love eating almonds.  Its hard battling the cravens of all the naughty treats, I am trying my hardest.  
Any other benefits haven't been recognised as yet, it's still early days.

Tomorrows event is a Question and Answers Event.  I am hoping to learn a lot, I will bring all my findings back to you.  Look out for my tweets #SnackHappy

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum Review, #NoHiddenDust and Giveaway!

 THE DYSON CINETIC DC54

Have you ever wondered what your vacuum is picking-up, its dust, fluff, hair.  When I look into the dust collector is all the gross stuff I don't want to touch with my bare hands.  I have to vacuum at least 4 times a weeks and the collector tub is full.

I was invited to Westfield Stratford to an event that Dyson hosted. To try the new Dyson Cinetic™ DC54 vacuum 'No more loss of suction'  


I'll be honest, I have not owned Dyson but I do get through at least a vacuum cleaner a year.  So yeah I am intrigued at this famous brand.  The price tag has always scared me, however people do rave about their 'Dysons', maybe I am missing a trick. 

The Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum is the latest bagless, cylinder, all bells ringing Dyson, roller ball technology and the magic of the cyclone.  This model had over 2000 prototypes before this model was confirmed, this is a very thought through design.  


James Dyson idea was originally to get rid of bags, as this causing lose of suction.  Now there is the problem of washing filters or worse buying new news.  This is the problem I have, I have to clean my vaccum cleaner to vacuum my home, its frustrating, I dont want to get my hands dirty and breathe in the dust, it is filthy. 

Dyson Cinetic™ cyclones are so efficient (I mean its has such a powerful suction) at separating microscopic particles (tiny weeny particles) that everything gets thrust into the bin, and you can forget about fussy over cleaning the filters.

I     I had a go using the Dyson on a couple of different surfaces, I am impressed.  The Cinetic feels, sturdy to use, the cylinder isnt big, it glides around the floor effortless.  Dyson engineers spent time in real homes and calculated how much dust would accumulate over ten overs.  They then tested the Dyson Cinetic™ DC54 with this amount.  In total Dyson engineers spent 9,000 hours testing the Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum; the equivalent of 500 years of vacuuming in the home, tests showed it maintains a constant suction, with no filter maintenance  NO LOST Of SUCTION! 



Dyson Cinetic™ DC54 has smaller cyclones these generate a higher centrifugal force, because of this higher energy, smaller particles are captured, things that are x100 smaller then the eye can see. In the smaller and tighter the cyclones, the more likely they are to get blocked. Dyson Cinetic™ DC54 has been created with flexible cyclones tips. The spinning airflow prevents dust from sticking to the cyclones, keeping the passages clear.

NASTIES!

Like no other machine the Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum, manages to suck in all types of particles, things that can only be seen with a microscope.  Its more common to suffer with our homes with allergies.  An allergy is a is usually an attack on the immune system, symptoms can include red eyes, itchiness, runny nose, eczema,hives and asthma.  Dyson’s fully-equipped microbiology lab enables scientists to develop healthier and more hygienic appliances.

The elegance of Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum is it traps inside most of the little meanies:


Dust Mites:
Are the number one cause of allergies in the home. They feed off skin cells, thats mostly our dead skin. We leave them our skin to feast on, on our beds, sofas, carpets, clothing and where they eat they defecate, its these tiny feces they float in the air.  We breath-in, those who are sensitive to a type of protein found in dust mite feces will react with an causes allergic reaction.

Its sounds pretty gross, its actually makes my skin crawl.  There are other causes to allergies too.

Pollen:

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to the pollen of wind-pollinated plants, including numerous species of trees, grasses and weeds. Pollen is produced in huge quantities in spring and summer. 



Mould:


Indoor moulds and fungi occur throughout the year provided there is moisture and oxygen. They reproduce by emitting microscopic spores.



Dog & Cat Saliva:
Dog’s and cats hair have allergens on them – left from them licking themselves, the proteins secreted by oil glands. Household allergens cling to it too.  Resulting in (licked) pet hairs can cause irritation.


Great news for animal lovers - YUCK!  my dog is continuously licking himself. He spends a lot of time on my bed and the sofa... Have you started itching yet?  I feel I could breakout in Hives any minute now!


Not to worry help is at hand, some handy prevention tips: 

Dust Mites:
Vacuum mattresses regularly to pick up skin cells and dust mite faeces. Dyson’s vacuum cleaners are all approved by the Allergy Foundation and their unique cyclone technology means they have no loss of suction.
Placing items like toys, make-up brushes in a plastic bag, freezing them for two days and letting them thaw naturally. Removing shoes before entering the house. 


Pollen:
Keeping your home below 45% humidity makes it harder for fungi and mould to flourish.    
Opening bathroom and kitchen windows can help lower humidity and reduce mould. 
Air other rooms regularly, but try to keep windows closed during the hay fever season. 

Keeping grass cut short will help prevent it flowering and producing pollen.

Mould:
Damp areas on walls should be seen to. 
 Removing house dust by vacuuming will remove spores that are present in the dust therefore reducing the risk of mould forming in the house. 
 Pay particular attention to walls behind kitchen units and cupboards; the lack of ventilation often means that excess mould grows in these areas. Tackle condensation
Dog and Cat Saliva
Clean/wash dog bed at 60 degrees
Vacuum your dog with a groom tool – only ones specifically for this use
When pets lick their fur they leave behind allergen-rich saliva – it ends up on upholstery and carpets when they shed. Vacuum regularly and use a cleaner with a motorised brush bar to remove more pet hair from deep-pile carpets.






As you see the Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum is a dream machine to many Allergy suffers.  The cylinder keeps all the nasties inside it's sealed unit, the fine air filter releases clean air rather then dirty allergens out.  Have a look at the out vent on your vacuum cleaner, that hot air to actually pushing out all the allergens you've vacuumed-up.
Dyson Cinetic™  also has a trigger-button to empty the system, at a press of the button, its easy to release all the dirt in the bin.



Guarantee: Dyson Cinetic™ vacuum has a 5 year parts and labour guarantee.

RRP: £390
Dyson Cinetic Animal
Dyson Cinetic Multi floor   

Availability: www.dyson.co.uk/vacuum-cleaners/cylinder/dc54.aspx





Dyson very kindly gave me some goodies to take home:
The James Dysons', autobiography, 'Against The Odds' and A Soft dusting brush

Sadly I do not own a Dyson, I thought its would make a lovely prize to one of my followers. Plus you get to read James' incredible story.

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Starts 4/6/14 Please follow the 6 steps. Leave a comment on my blog, follow my blog by subscribing via email, follow me on GFC & tweet about my giveaway and follow me @LondonBirdLucy & @Dyson
For extra daily entries please tweet and/or leave comments on other blog posts. <br />
Open to UK residence only
Winner announced on Friday, 27th June 2014


I hope you enjoyed this, as much as I have making it (1st proper video)
Don't be shy say Hi!

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