Friday, 27 March 2015

Soap and Bath Bomb making event

So a few weeks ago I was invited to a Bath Bomb making event.  I was super excited as, as anyone could tell I love Lush and relaxing baths etc (saying that I might have one tonight)!  It was held at the rather lovely and lush Amba Hotel at Charing Cross by Midas Touch Crafts.  On upon arrival I bumped into Becky from Beckybedbugs.  I have followed her on twitter for a while but never met her.  After she wrote down her blog name it finally clicked!  So that was a great start to the day.  We were greeted with drinks and spoilt to an amazing lunch (I wish I could of taken the chef home with me).




After everyone had mingled and introduced themselves Naz from Midas Touch Crafts gave us a little history on soap.  Now normally history bores to sleep but it was actually really interesting how much soap had such an impact from an early date!  Once we brushed up on our history it was time to get stuck in.  First up was the soap making.  So first off w had to put in 2 drops of colouring in a small container.  I decided to put a drop of pink in and a drop of purple in mine instead of just one colour.  We then added the crushed up soap.


So as the room was very busy I miss heard what Naz said.  We were to stir the soap and colouring together before the hot liquid soap was poured on which makes sense.....Yeah I kinda did it the other way round...opps.  Naz was kind enough to top my soap up with extra liquid though to give it a smooth finish.  Much nicer then the lumpy one I had created.


Next up was the jelly soap.  Now I've never used jelly soap as I only have a bath but I must remember to buy some when I go on holiday cause mine smelt fantastic and it seemed kinda fun to play with.  We started off with food colouring, gelatine and liquid soap.  We then stirred to mix it all together until it became of an icing sugar consistency (that's what I called it anyway).


Next we poured it into our moulds.  Bubbles appeared on top so we had to spray on a mixture of vodka and water to try and get rid of them.  Apparently my bubbles were really stubborn and no amount of spraying would get rid of them!


Now for the final creation...now I should really say that loosely.  Making Bath Bombs was the final thing we had to make.  Now I thought this would be easy.  I mean it does look that hard right?  Nope wrong and you'll find out soon enough.



So first things first we had to mix cornflour,  Bicarbonate of Soda and citric acid together.  We had to measure them out VERY carefully.  Then we had to add a tiny drop of water to it..now when I say tiny I mean tiny. I swear I only added a little but well I obviously didn't as you will see in a moment.  Then after adding the water you had to mix it together until it came out like a dough not being wet though.  After that was done we placed it into our molds.  After waiting for a few moment we then had to do the brave thing and tap our bath bombs out.  So what did mine look like.  Well just to warn you I hold no responsibilities to any bad reactions that may happen after you look at this.


 So yeah....I mean on the bright side Naz did lame the temperature of the room and I agree!  Also at least I had I put mine on the plastic bag other people had the same problem as mine and they put it straight on to the table.  It gave plenty of us a good laugh though that's for sure.

Either way I'm very proud of what I learnt and what I achieved and after talking to Naz about how she uses coconut oil and chocolate to tan herself I'm definitely interested in attended more of her classes.  Heck I think it would make for a really fun and interested Hen Party.  Not that I'm getting married any time soon or anything, just an idea ha ha.  That's it for this blog post now and I hope you enjoyed reading it and laughed at my bath bomb at least.  Until next time!


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Little Tiger Press Book Review | Train & Zip it

Hi everyone, first all I just want to warn you all that the pictures shall be of iphone quality.  My SD card reader has gone missing and my laptop SD card reader decided to break a while ago.  I'm sure I'll find it soon but just wanted to warn you all.  So the lovely guys at Little Tiger Press sent David 2 books to review.  I absolutely love getting books for David to review, in fact I think it's the best products I get sent to review.  Reading is so important and David is getting more and more into it.  He's even starting to read back to me from memory it's amazing I couldn't be prouder.  

£8.99 coming soon

So if you haven't already guessed from the title the two books they sent me were Train and Zip It. Lets talk about Zip It first.  Zip it is a great interactive book that really gets the mind and fingers moving.  It's has fun rhyming instructions that will help your little reader pick up new words but to also learn how to follow instructions via books. My only problem with this book is that the button for the pig was far too stiff.  I had a play with it before David did and I had a feeling he was going to rip it off.  He did just that after my attention was distracted for 30 seconds.  I don't blame him though as it was really hard even my dad who I showed before David had a go felt the same.


It has to be said though that my favourite page is the "shoelace" page.  It's never too young to teach children how to tie their shoes or even just a knot for that matter.  Infact the earlier the better in my eyes as it is quite a challenge do achieve when your younger.  


David's favourite page though was the kitty collar.  I think he likes it as it makes a fun popping sound when you undo it and pop it back into place.  Earlier I said about how the instructions rhymed so in this picture you can see it for yourself.  Over all I think it's a cute little book where your little one can not just read the book but really get involved.


The next book is a book literally called Trains!  Yes you've guessed it, it's all about trains.  If your little one doesn't know how to say train then I can guarantee you s/he will by the of this book.  It may even send slightly bonkers with how many times you have to read it aloud.

£4,99 Buy it now

This little delightful story is all about a little elephant that loves trains.  Maybe a bit too much.  Throughout the book different animals are introduced that you can teach your children as well as the many vehicles.  Another aspect about this book that I missed until I read it with my son was that it can teach children not only to share but also how being angry is okay but there is a time and place.  My son picked up straight away when the main character was having a strop and we talked about why he was angry and how he could calm down.

 
This book does have a happy ending though as he makes friends through the experience of sharing.  This I find VERY important.  I've always taught David to share at a young age and I will continue to do so.  This is a thick board book so it's easy for children to turn the pages. 


That's it for this review I hope you enjoyed it.  I will be back soon for another book review which includes and sticker book with puzzle (hint great value). Until next time bye!



Saturday, 14 March 2015

A Tetley Tea review and Food pairings

So unlike a lot of Brits I am not a huge tea drinker.  I do however LOVE Green Tea.  Their are so many health benefits to Green Tea it's unreal.  A cuppa in the morning after a hot lemon drink is sure to get you going in the morning.  With that being said I don't actually know much about tea.  Well did you know just like wine, tea can be matched alongside food to refresh your palette?  I've selected just a few but you can find more here.

Green Tea

Well come on you all knew that was coming.  It's my favourite tea after all!  For this fresh herbal tea Tetley recommends health conscious dishes like salads and fresh fruit.  You know those healthy lunches we all dream to pack and are jealous of our work colleagues when they bring out their amazing packed lunch.  Yep those.  I couldn't agree more.  I love having some Green Tea along side some fruit or my most often breakfast muesli.  They do however also state that it can be eaten alongside a cheeky bowl of ice-cream though I prefer Sorbet.

Cranberry Tea

Cranberry is most known for having a sharp but cut clean taste.  Due to this it makes sense to pair it alongside strong fruit flavours such as museli topped with yoghurt or pineapple.  


Earl Grey Tea

Ah the good old Earl Grey Tea.  You could call him Mr Grey hahaha.....no maybe not.  Anyway this is a classic.  So have been eating it with the wrong foods?  Let me guess you think of Earl Grey and think naughty delicious cream cakes.  Well stop right there my friend.  As Early Grey provides the palette with citrus, floral and bergamot flavours, it is then best suited with more light but sweet subtle foods.  These can be foods like Strawberries or a lemon and poppy seed muffin (very posh!).


Review

So Tetley was kind enough to send me not 1, not 2 but 3! samples of their new green tea range (probably because I boosted how much I love green tea....I can't help it it's the only tea I'll drink).  The first one I used all up (opps) was the Raspberry and Pomegrante Green Tea the second one as you'll see below is the Peach and Apricot Green Tea.  Both were new for my tea palette as I'd never before drank fruit teas of any kind.  I found them to be great to drink in the morning as they would wake me up.  I also found them particularly handy to drink when I had a sweet tooth.  It would get rid of that need for sugar which for me what a big bonus.  The flavours weren't too strong in my opinion they were just enough to give it that zing in your mouth.



So now we move onto the bled of both Green Tea and the original Tetly.  To me it tastes just of normal tea this is probably because only 28% of the tea is Green Tea.  That's okay though I don't mind as I like the taste of "normal" tea every now and then.  I think this is a great option however for people who may not like the taste of Green Tea but perhaps want to seek the benefits.


That's it for this review thank you for reading and I hope enjoy this post. See you in the next post. 


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Healthy eating with #Ryvitaanythinggoes

So a lot of my Facebook friends will probably know that I have changed the way I eat now (though I could never live without a cheeky take away now and then).  I now get my meat from a butchers and try and buy most fruit and veg organic.  I also don't buy cow's milk anymore but instead almond or hazelnut.  I also try and buy organic bread but this can be a bit difficult.  I often to get people asking me "urgh I really want some bread but I can't have it" to that I turn them to the magic that is Ryvita's. So here I am with some new suggestions some of which you may be familiar with, some may be new.


I think a lot of people see Ryvita as this open sandwich and that they must stack things on top.  Although this is an option this isn't just the only thing Ryvita's can be used for.  Have you ever thought about using it to dip in your soft boiled eggs?  Crispbread Soldiers is an excellent way to start your day.  You can also try yoghurt topped with fresh berries on some sunflower seeds and oats crispbread if you want something different other then layering it all in a bowl. 


This is another one of my favourites.  Although we are slowly breaking into Spring now we still have those mega windy days where the cold hits us like we are in the North Pole.  What better way to kick start your lunch with a warm bowl of soup.  Have you ever run out of bread though to dip or are wanting those deep fried but oh so delicious croutons? Well what I love to do is break some pieces off into my soup to give the soup different textures OR even better dip a Black Pepper Ryvita Crispbread into the soup.  Especially with tomato soup. I mean black pepper and tomato soup hello! Winning combination right there.


Okay, okay I know what your thinking the old classic.  Seriously thought if you haven't tried this on some crisipbread where have you been!!! It's simply devine.  Heck even without the soft cream cheese it's amazing!  I think it's a great way to introduce more fish into your diet too if you eat quite a lot of meat.


Ryvita's don't always have to be savoury and you can even treat yourself from time to time.  I think chocolate and strawberries on some crispbread would of been an excellent treat on Valentines Day.  But Mothers Day and Easter is just around the corner!

So what are my favourite ways to eat Ryvita, well other then dipping in soup? I have one last favourite topping to have on my Ryvita's and that's homemade guacamole.  I haven't got the best picture to show you guys but my god it was so good.  I don't even like Supermarket brought guacamole but I LOVE this.


Like I said not the best photo but oh so delicious! All it is, is;

1 Avocado
a few drops of lemon and lime
a sprinkle of salt
and a handful of parsley and coriander.

You can also add some chilli if you'd like.  So what is your favourite use of Ryvita's?  What is your favourite topping?  Have you ever used Ryvita's even?  Until next time.





Friday, 20 February 2015

Being safe on the internet with Club Penguin.

Hi everyone,  let me start off by giving massive apology for not posting in a good few months.  I went rouge and I don't expect to be forgiven for this. I'll explain this in a different post.  So last year I got the chance to play around on Club Penguin.  My son is way to young for this but as an avid gamer and also a parent it really intrigued me to see just how safe and user friendly this game is.  I've heard a lot of stuff about Club Penguin mostly about how people have been banned for saying outrageous (and sometimes funny) things. 


So first things first registration. How was it?  Well it was both easy and difficult.  Easy due to the layout and options very user friendly....apart from one thing that bugged me too kingdom come.....picking a username.  It literally took me ages.  In the end I finally found I could pick cndyflosscld.  I felt a bit worried because if I was getting stressed about this then my dear lord I couldn't imagine the frustration a child would have.  I was surprised it didn't give me usernames that were available for me to chose maybe that would make it easier?


Once activating the account you will get to chose between two different chat modes. 
1. Standard safe chat mode (players type their own messages which are filtered before they appear in world).
2. ultimate safe mode (plays choose from a menu of set phrases and only see other ultimate safe chat messages).  
For older children I would trust the standard safe chat mode but with younger children (age 10 or under) I personally would chose the ultimate safe chat mode.  I chose ultimate safe chat mode to try it out but found that there wasn't much talking going on anyway.  Everyone seemed to keep to themselves. Obviously children might have a different experience but I feel relaxed as a parent knowing that their chat options are monitored and some what limited.


At the log in screen as with most websites it has a box that allows you to save your password.  I was pleasantly surprised that it warns you about saving your password, as anyone that gets into your account could get your penguin banned or spend your coins.  I think this is a great starting point for children to learn about internet safety.



So once in the game what happened?  Well you get a fairly standard but fun introduction. your shown how to do many things.  One of these being how to buy clothes to dress up your penguin.  I did find it odd however that it didn't tell you how to actually put the clothes on.  I had to figure that out for myself which was a tad bit frustrating. I also noticed that when you went to adopt a puffle there seemed to be no back button.  The good thing I found though was that quests were added regularly and I'm a gamer who LOVES quests.  Wen I complete quests in a game and there is no more I find myself becoming really bored and I just stop playing it.  

All in all I think this is a great fun and SAFE game for children to play.  I wouldn't say it's educational but then not every game has to be right?  It's okay for children to play a game just for fun. I'd be more then happy when David is older for him to play this considering how much thought and consideration Disney as put into making this a safe but friendly and fun game.  So with all that being said what are your thoughts?  Do you have any children that already play this?  








 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas with Christmas Boutique

I just want to quickly say I'm so sorry this is late.  I've been really tired recently and even had a really nasty virus where I had to go to A&E (don't worry everything's fine)

So it's after Halloween and the supermarkets have stocked up with their Christmas and New years eve party food and decorations already.  It's a very odd feeling being excited about Christmas again.  I haven't felt excited for a long time.  I mean recent stresses in life have made me lose the excitement a tiny bit but I'm trying not to let that get me down.  I just have to keep the faith that everything is going to be okay and everything will slot into place (house problems).  It's kinda odd to be excited this yeah as well because I haven't actually got David on Christmas day his dad does. Either way I really want to make my home feel really festive this year.

Christmas Boutique were kind enough to feed my Christmas spirit by sending me some decorations to make my house feel more festive this year.  I've taken pictures but I haven't put them up yet.  I was going to wait until December but I doubt I can last that long, ekk.



This small draw string bag is only £4.99 and although it's small don't be put off by it's size as I was able to fit the rest of the decorations I'm about to show you inside.  I've already got David a bigger bag but this will be perfect for any additional items.  After all you always say "I'll only buy this for my child this year" then before you know it you can fill the whole living room up.  I may even use this for David's future stocking when he's older as this is a more mature version.  No doubt like his auntie and uncle he'll STILL ask for a stocking up until he leaves the house.  Yep you heard me right my sister and brother still ask for a Christmas stocking and they are well above the age of 16 (pretty sure it's just so they get more gifts cheeky monkeys!).




I really love these letters as they are kinda of old fashioned I suppose. there great for a mantle piece decoration or on your window sill. I'm tempted to even do some crafting with them with David as they are indeed actually recycled from printing press blocks.  If not I might super glue them to a bigger bit of wood and have them spelled out downwards or similar and hang it on a wall.  I can also see them being great on the fireplace now I think about it...damn I wish I had a fireplace now! Candles either side above a fireplace would look sooo beautiful!



Well Damn look how cute this little fella is.  I kid you not a "awww" came out of me when I saw this guy pop out of the box.  I do find the name rather insulting though...fat...pfft sexy curvy Santa more like! I mean come on look how adorable he is!....okay I'll stop now I'm sorry. Seriously though this would look great on a shelf up high if you have children as well if you don't want him to break easily. If you can't afford the Elf on the Shelf I think this would be a great swap as you could tell your children it has a hidden camera inside and he checks the recording at night time to see if you have been naughty...........then again that sounds slightly creepy but still a great decorations to have in your house when the Christmas decorations come out.



4. Set of 12 Assorted Colour Mini Glass Bauble Decorations (£5.99)

Now I know what your thinking....there just bauble's right?  WRONG they're mini baubles.....still don't get it?  Unless your a Christmass Tree decorating wizard you will always have those branches where you can't hang anything because they space inbetween the branches are just tiny.  Please tell me I'm not alone here, I mean come on it's just annoying well not anymore, with these mini baubles I can fill those gaps and settle my Christmas Tree perfecting OCD yay!



5. Red Coloured Glass Christmas Tea Light Holders (£5.00)

There is nothing like lighting a few candles after the presents have been open and the dinner has been eaten when your full to your eyelids laying on the sofa and watching Christmas films. These festive red and white polka dot tea light holders are sure to set you in a snug mood that will leave you wishing the Christmas day was happening all again tomorrow (well maybe not the one who had to cook the dinner....and perhaps without the cost of presents).



6. Set of Three 15cm White Retro Honeycomb Pom Pom Decorations (£4.99)

So these delicate looking pom poms come in a range of colours not just white, from black, blue to even pink.  They are great to hang up on the tree or even hang from the ceiling.  you will have to make these as they come "flat packed" but that just makes these pom poms even more fun with little ones around the house.  They can join in with the fun and help you bring them to life.  However do be careful as they are quite fiddly as I found out.  One was slightly broken and didn't come with a paper clip though it's easy to fix so nothing to worry about too much.

That's all the decorations Christmas Boutique sent me and I can't wait to decorate my house with them and make my house full of festive cheer!  I was really impressed with the packaging that surrounded my items and everything was made to feel safe and secure.  If you have any questions about any of the items be sure to leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as possible until next time!


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Angel Delight Bubblegum recipes.




Hi everyone, so a few weeks ago I was set the task to 1. Try a smoothie recipe and 2. create my own recipe with the Angel Delight Bubblegum Flavour. I used to have Angel Delight all the time in my childhood. Mostly over strawberries or tinned fruit.  It was great to find my way back to it again, I often walk past it now a days because I forget how easy and quick it is to make.  The first recipe I decided to make was a short cut Strawberry, Raspberry and Bubblegum cheesecake....now I've said that it sounds quite odd. 

What you will need:

- A handful of strawberries
- Half a punnet of raspberries
- 1 packet of Angel Delight Bubblegum Flavour
- Milk
- Digestive biscuits
- A glass bowl to put all your ingredients into 

Start by blitzing your Angel Delight with cold milk and then putting in the fridge to set. next get your biscuits and crush them in the bowl using then end of a rolling pin.  After that then chuck in your raspberries you can add as many or as little as you wish.


Next top your bowl up with your Angel Delight and decorate them with strawberries.  I cut mine in half  and spread them round the edge.  I was actually really pleased with this and it tasted amazing!


Next up is the Bubblegum Smoothie.  I made this using 1 sachet of bubblegum Angel Delight, 3 scoops of angel delight and 300ml of milk.  It tasted amazing...however 1 pro tip....don't leave it too long or it will set I'm now having to spoon it out instead of a straw ha ha.


I really enjoyed this campaign and it made me remember my love for Angel Delight.  I defo think this will be making a return to my kitchen cupboards. It's a lot quicker then I realised and only takes 5 minutes to set in the fridge. If you make any of the recipes please let me know I'd love to see your creations!  Until next time.

This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge.