Friday, 27 June 2014
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
We have been vegetarian as a family since the year 2000. My eyes were opened to the old idiom 'you are what you eat' after researching the food industry for health reasons. I discovered lots of things that I disagreed with from a compassionate, a spiritual and a biological point of view. I was inspired to make changes, not just to myself, but to my whole family. So we embarked on a new eating adventure together with open eyes, where our new mantra became 'if it's got a face we ain't eating it!'
With meat, poultry and fish off the menu, I started to find recipes using lentils, pulses, tofu, Quorn, soya and vegetables. I discovered a whole world of delicious ingredients and enjoyed experimenting with them to come up with my own family meals.
As the years went by, my interest in food and healthy eating increased. We cut back on dairy products, increased the amount of wholefoods in our diet and reduced the amount of refined sugar we consumed. Don't get me wrong, we still enjoy a cheeky Indian takeaway or a big, veggie topped pizza and we love a good home made cake, but on a balance we do the best we can to eat as well as we can. It's not restricting to eat this way. In fact it's been liberating to discover new foods and experiment with wholesome ingredients and bold flavours.
There are still some days when I just feel utterly unmotivated to do anything and these are the days when I am grateful for my American style fridge-freezer which I keep stocked with Quorn nuggets, veggie sausages and bean burgers. A bit of convenience food comes in handy from time to time! Throw in some potato waffles and a can of beans and the kids are fed for the night.
If I ever won the lottery (I can dream!!) I would love a house with a huge, modern kitchen with an island in the middle where the family could sit and chat and where I could spread myself out while preparing food. I'd have cupboards filled with fancy kitchen gadgets, novelty bakeware and gorgeous crockery. I'd spend many an hour cooking and baking and would serve up plenty of good meals and yummy treats for my family. Of course I would also love the convenience of having a huge and super efficient new dishwasher to clean up all the pots and pans, with Fairy Platinum dishwasher tablets effortlessly keeping everything sparkling clean. (Failing that, my Ian is an excellent and very accommodating pot wash!)
In the meantime, until my six numbers come up on a Saturday night, I will continue to enjoy my kitchen exactly as it is, and continue to do my best when it comes to feeding my veggie family!
I received a Tuxedo Striped Bed Linen Bundle in Stone, which consists of a king size duvet cover, fitted sheet and two pillowcases.
|A bit creased from the packaging but so lush.|
The king size set I have cost £61.60 for the duvet cover, pillowcase and fitted sheet bundle (with free UK delivery). You can find discounts of up to 50% across the site, so it's a great time to give your bedroom or bathroom a touch of opulence for the summer.
Monday, 23 June 2014
To help parents get growing in the garden with their little ones, QVC have two fabulous kits: the Little Grower Flower and Little Grower Vegetable kits. We received the one to grow flowers and absolutely loved the choice of seeds included. Children will get to grow flowers that look like striped caterpillars, hedgehogs and Mexican hats, as well as the ever familiar and fun to grow sunflower.
Once filled with compost, Freddy poked the seeds into the pots. He insisted on wearing his gardening gloves. He was very interested in the pictures on the front of the seed packets. The Asclepias Hedgehog seeds looked really interesting with their hairy round seed pods that resemble mini Mrs Tiggywinkles. The Striped Caterpillars have pale yellow flowers which are followed by deeply marked seed pods which curl up like caterpillars. Perfect plants to grow for fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! The Mexican Hat plants are very low maintenance plants and reward the grower with colourful flowers that resemble a sombrero. Freddy's school have grown sunflowers, which they have planted out in the school gardens, so he was very keen to tell us all about them! The Sunshine Sunflower seeds are great for kids to plant as they are so quick growing. Once they have grown, the seed heads can be used as bird feeders.
While we were out in the garden, Freddy helped his daddy harvest the strawberry crop. We have had a bumper year. Ian has kept the slugs at bay using beer traps, which has been really successful in keeping the pests at bay in a safe and natural way.
You can order the Little Growers kits from QVC for the price of £17.50 (introductory price £15.72) + P&P. The vegetable kit contains seeds to grow sweetcorn, peppers, runner beans and cherry tomatoes.
You can download your own copy of the Watch Them Grow booklet and discover some gardening ideas from QVC at www.qvcuk.com/WatchThemGrow
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
But the YUUbag isn't simply a bag, it's so much more. It is a work station in a bag, with compartments and pockets for special things. It is ideal for travelling, sleepovers, holidays or for visiting grandparents, giving children somewhere to draw, write and play games in a contained space that is just their own. It keeps everything safe and sound, and you can buy extra accessories to add to the YUUbag, such as a lunchbag, drinking bottle and stationery.
Everyone who owns a YUUbag can join the YUUclub where they can play online games, earn points and win prizes. Each bag comes with its own unique membership card.
Freddy received a BUUZ YUUbag to try out. It came in a super cool 'bugs' design in blue with silver reflective discs on it for safety. It has wide, adjustable padded shoulder straps and a strap that does up across the chest. The clasp has a clever little whistle incorporated into the design which is fun as well as being an added safety feature. A zip up pocket and a pouch are built into the sides of the bag. The straps can be adjusted for a perfect fit and the back pack is carried high on the back very comfortably.
A Fun Pack gives kids a magnetic game of Snakes and Ladders, A4 paper pad, colouring pencils, deskcard, YUUclub membership card and a keyring to use with their YUUbag. It gets children started, giving them some things to pop into the compartments! It sells separately for £7.99 but one comes free in the YUUbag.
The bag is very lightweight, with a deceptively large interior packed with features. It is sturdy with a moulded foam shell and is comfy to carry. It can be attached to the headrests in cars to make an entertainment station whilst on long journeys and it is aeroplane cabin friendly too.
Freddy and big sister Kizzy were both very impressed with the YUUbag. They both enthusiastically explored all the design features. They liked all the little pockets and pouches and found the pull down desk really handy for creating their own space. It is so roomy, whilst remaining compact enough for kids to carry independently. They both want to fill it with things and keep it ready for taking out and about on their travels. Freddy loved the magnetic Snakes & Ladders game that came in the Fun Pack. It's a great way to improve his counting and number skills.
|Perfect for writing and drawing|
|Great for games|
My only negative would be that we found the zips slightly difficult to manage, as they are quite tight around the corners on the moulded foam shell edges. This might prove tricky for little fingers as you need to have the two edges of the zip properly aligned in order to do it up easily. At 11, Kizzy managed it fine, but Freddy needed help. Other than that, the YUUbag is a really innovative idea and something that will keep kids happily entertained and well organised when on the go. The design is really attractive and it is just so very useful!
RRP £43.00 for the YUUbag for ages 7-12.
YUUkid is a slightly smaller bag with an A5 pull down desk space and is suitable for ages 3-6 and is priced at £38.00.
Find out more or buy the bags and accessories at www.yuuworld.com
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
- Powerful search: Find a movie by searching by title, actor, director or keyword
- Watchlist: Save movies and shows to watch at another time
- More like this: Find similar programmes to your favourite shows
- Play all: Press the green button to play every episode in a series back to back
- Most popular: All your favourite TV shows and movies in one place
- Currently watching: If you leave a programme half way through, the ‘currently watching’ section will return you to the exact point where you left it
These features make the whole experience more user friendly and efficient, and lets you get the most out of your TV time.
TalkTalk have been making lots of improvements to the YouView service, including adding seven new Sky channels to the line up, so YouView customers get to enjoy all the shows on Sky 1 and Sky Living. Plus pre-school favourites Wallace and Gromit and Timmy Time have just been added to the kids' TV line-up. The TalkTalk Player is faster, smarter and makes finding what you want easier.
If you are looking to add some extra fun to breakfast, then how about serving up your toast soldiers in breakfast boots! These limited edition boots are from the Federation of Bakers who are encouraging using bread as part of a wholesome, fibre-packed breakfast. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for the chance to get your hands on a set of boots, when they offer samples again.
Freddy had his morning toast and Marmite in the boots and he said "It is the best thing I have ever eated! And the tastiest too!" Amazing what a pair of little soldier boots can make to a round of toast!
e-cloth Cleaning & Dusting Wand
I am a fan of e-cloth, the household cloths that clean using the power of water. This is a quick, easy, safe, allergy friendly, environmentally friendly and cheap way to clean your home.
We received a cleaning and dusting wand to try out, which can be used wet or dry, to clean awkward areas and narrow spaces such as behind radiators, between audio-visual equipment and underneath appliances.
The washable sleeve is removable and attaches to the bendable wand using velcro. It is guaranteed for 300 washes, which means it will last for ages. It is perfect for all those tricky, hard to reach areas and is good for removing cobwebs from the ceiling too.
It costs £9.99 and is another great product in the e-cloth range. Find out more at www.e-cloth.com.