Thursday, 2 July 2015

Makeover your complexion


By keeping your skin cleansed and refreshed, you can continue to look young and healthy for many years to come! To help you do this, listed below are our top five tips on how to improve the quality of your skin:

1. Drink more water

Water has a cleansing effect on your skin as well as your entire body - hydrating your skin and vital organs with essential nutrients and expunging harmful toxins out of your body and pores. As a result, it is recommended you drink between six and eight glasses, or approximately two litres, of water each day for optimum hydration.

2. Catch up on sleep

If you aim to have seven to eight hours of sleep every night, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of suffering from acne outbursts or other irritating skin conditions. This is due to the fact that whilst you are asleep, your body is able to carry out vital repairs on all your skin. If you do not get enough sleep, your cortisol and adrenaline levels will rise - hormones which have both been known to trigger breakouts and conditions such as rosacea.

3. Quit smoking

In addition to being extremely hazardous for your general health, smoking has been shown to deplete your body's natural collagen levels, which in turn reduces the elasticity in your skin and makes it appear wrinkled. Fortunately, by quitting smoking, you can prevent these changes from occurring and instead replenish your skin with essential nutrients and oxygen that would have previously been drained away. Even if you find it difficult to quit smoking entirely, by making the effort to switch to healthier options (such as Vapouriz e-cigarettes) that will not cause the same amount of damage to your skin, you can look younger for longer.

4. Choose green tea

If you are a tea or coffee addict, you may wish to consider switching to green tea. Not only does green tea aid weight loss, but it also has significant anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe red skin, acne and rosacea, amongst other skin conditions. What's more, green tea also contains epigallocatechin gallate - a type of catechin that has been scientifically proven to prevent sun-induced DNA skin damage.

5. Wear sunscreen

If you endeavour to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day, you can actively prevent the onset of sunburn and wrinkles as well as life threatening illnesses such as skin cancer.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Netflix Dragons: Race to the Edge


We were super excited to attend a fun filled Netflix UK screening of Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Race To The Edge in central London.


From the creators of How to Train Your Dragon comes an all new Netflix original series, How to Train Your Dragon Race To The Edge which is a 13 part series which See's Hiccup and Toothless on exciting new adventures.

  


We began our afternoon getting dressed up, As we set off for some creative fun followed by delicious dragon snacks and face painting. We had an amazing time exploring the characters and getting creative designing our hats and cool battle weapons.

 

We excitedly took our seats in anticipation of the series and we wasn't disappointed, As we watched Episode 1, which saw Hiccup and the dragon riders discover a mysterious object which holds their destiny, 
After the first episode we were treated to some delicious Toothless Dragon cake. The second episode was equally exciting as watched Hiccup and friends take on the fearless snow dragon. We really loved watching The How To Train Your Dragon episodes and cannot wait to continue to watch the rest of the adventures on Netflix UK.

  

Thank you Netflix UK for an amazing adventure, If you would like to know more check out Netflix.com


Sunday, 28 June 2015

The True Cost of Food Waste - Brits Bin Huge Amounts of Nutrients Every Day




British family could boost their diets with more than 60 tonnes of additional vitamins, minerals and other nutrients annually by reducing food waste, Nutrient rich potatoes, bread and milk amongst the lost foods. Sainsbury’s research shows that protein is the most wasted nutrient

British homes waste more than 4.2 million tonnes of good food every year – meaning masses of vital nutrients are being binned rather than helping to improve the health of the nation.
Annual food waste reports regularly reveal the quantity of food discarded each year, and the financial impact – most recently reported as £700 a year per family.2  However, new research today from Sainsbury’s uncovers a further hidden cost of this food waste - the 60 tonnes of vital vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are binned annually.

The Sainsbury’s research – released to support the launch of its new waste campaign ‘…to the rescue’ - shows potatoes, bread and milk are among the UK’s most thrown away foods with WRAP data indicating that 1.65million tonnes are binned every year of these three foods alone:

Annually, 733,000 tonnes of potatoes are chucked, equating to enough potassium to feed 140,000 people their daily recommendations (Nutrient Reference Value) for an entire week; the equivalent of the entire population of Blackpool.

Protein is the most wasted nutrient with 55 tonnes thrown in the bin every year.

Fibre commonly found in fruit and vegetables, is among the top binned food component with carrots being one of the most thrown away fibre providers, with every 80g portion of discarded carrots equates to 2.6g of fibre.

Some 353million litres of milk also goes down the drain annually, losing essential calcium, crucial for bones and teeth.

Sainsbury’s wants to help customers to make small changes to their routine to make a big difference to their food waste footprint. As part of the ‘…to the rescue’ campaign, recipes and handy tips, such as storing potatoes in the cupboard rather than the fridge, have been created to help people reduce their food waste.

Annie Denny, Sainsbury’s nutritionist, comments:
“We’re all guilty of throwing away lots of key nutrients that help keep our bones, immune system and nervous system healthy – all vital to helping us stay well. By making the most of our food, we can all go a long way to ensuring we’re not just saving money but also letting those key nutrients to do their jobs.” 

Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability at Sainsbury’s, comments:
“Throwing away food is often associated with wasting money, but our research published today as part of our ‘…to the rescue’ campaign shows there is also a wider nutritional issue. Our simple tips for saving the most frequently thrown away foods, along with our recipes for leftovers have been created to help reduce food waste and benefit the health of UK families. None of Sainsbury’s food waste goes to landfill and any surplus food fit for human consumption is donated to charities.”

 Three handy tips to help reduce food waste

- Keep all fruit in the fridge except pineapples and bananas which are happier in the fruit bowl
- Keep leftover salad in a bowl and add a sheet of kitchen roll before topping with cling film
- Shake and freeze bread to stop the slices sticking together

To find out more about the To The Rescue’campaign visit www.homemadebyyou.co.uk and if you’re in need of some food-spiration,
visit Sainsbury’s food rescue app www.sainsburysfoodrescue.co.uk  for more details.



Sharing information I found of interest, I have not been compensated in any way for sharing this post.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Leerdammer Toastie and Burger - BBQ Tips and Recipes


We love Leerdammer cheese and was delighted to know that Leerdammer has a new Toastie and Burger range,Toastie and Burger is a much more creamier cheese which makes it the perfect filling for a toasted cheese sandwich or even better a BBQ burger. So as barbecue season upon us, Leerdammer has teamed up with Darragh O’Shea, owner of the renowned O’Shea’s Butchers in London, to give his top tips to make sure any barbecue you host goes off without a hitch.


Darragh O’Shea’s Top BBQ Tips

• Set-up – make sure the marinating of the meat is done 24 hours prior to cooking to enhance the flavours you want to create. Once marinated leave in the fridge
• Light the barbecue before guests arrive – your guests will arrive to either the smell of meat being cooked or the sound of the barbecue. I always recommend using a coal barbecue, as it allows for the best cooking conditions and provides a fantastic taste. Make sure you allow longer for a charcoal barbeque to heat, approximately 40 minutes
• Ensure that your coals are ready to cook on – the coals need to be glowing red with a powdery grey surface before you start cooking, this will mean that they are hot enough to cook on
• Allow the meat slightly to warm before cooking – take the meat out of the fridge around an hour before you cook it, bringing it to room temperature. This will make sure it cooks faster, with the meat just below the surface not being overcooked
• Be organised – especially around the barbecue. Keep cooked meat away from raw and make sure that all utensils are also kept separate
• Use the best possible ingredients – ensure the meat is of a high quality, check it is organic, free range or from a reputable source. Make sure you have exciting salads, cheese and vegetables to go alongside what you are barbecuing 
• Don’t be afraid to include extras – on your meat such as cheese which is a great accompaniment to any barbecue. I would recommend Leerdammer® Toastie and Burger which is natural, thick and creamy sliced cheese
• Stay with the barbecue – to ensure the food is properly cooked and that nothing gets burnt 
• Move the meat – if you can, have different racks that allow meat to be moved off the main barbecue when they are cooked, this will ensure they are kept warm and more importantly allows you to rest the meat. You can also place the food in foil
• Check the meat is cooked – use a knife and fork to cut into the meat to test that it has been cooked properly and use a meat thermometer to assess the desired temperature
• Rest the meat – leaving the meat to rest once it has been cooked allows it to absorb the juices, and will be more tender.

With these amazing tips in mind why not head over to Leerdammer/recipes for more barbecue inspiration, Leerdammer has also created this burger recipe below. 

Leerdammer Beef Burger with Avocado


Ingredients
400g extra lean minced beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tsp mixed dried herbs
2 tbsp HP® BBQ sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices Leerdammer ® Toastie & Burger
1 large ripe avocado
100g reduced fat crème fraiche
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 burger buns, split
Mixed leaves and sliced tomatoes, to serve.

Serves: 4
Instructions:
1. Preheat the barbecue or grill.
2. Mix together the minced beef, onion, mixed herbs and HP® BBQ sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Fold each slice of Leerdammer cheese in half, then in half again to make roughly a square. Make the burgers by forming a quarter of the meat mixture around each square of cheese, so that it is completely enclosed.
3. Barbecue or grill the burgers for 8-10 minutes, turning once.
4. While the burgers are cooking, peel and stone the avocado and mash the flesh with a fork, then mix it with the crème fraiche. Season.
5. Toast the burger buns on the cut sides. Top with the mixed leaves, sliced tomatoes and burgers. Serve with a dollop of the avocado mixture.

Leerdammer Toastie and Burger is the perfect accompaniment to any barbecue this summer. 



I was given some Leerdammer Toastie to try, All thoughts and opinions are that of my own,

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tesco Minions Event Weekend


Tesco are having several exciting Minion events at selected Tesco Extra stores and select Tesco Superstores this weekend Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June, to celebrate the release of the much anticipated Minions Movie which releases in cinemas this Friday 26th June.

The Minions Weekend aims to help families across the UK have fun in the lead up to the movie release with some exciting in-store activities including

Photo opportunities with life-sized Minion cut-outs and props
In-store treasure hunt competition (prize for a family cinema ticket on both days)
Free sampling (bananas, apples and Minion Haribo)
Free Minion goggles and colouring book giveaways Creative station

The Tesco Staff will also be getting involved in the fun, dressing up.


The Minions Weekend will be taking place at all Tesco Extra stores and the following superstores this weekend: 
Clacton
Elmers End
Guildford
Burgess Hill
Amersham
Bathgate Blackburn Road
Hermiston Gait Edinburgh
Dalkeith Hardengreen
Carlisle 2
Wellingborough 2
Kidderminster
Rugby

Check out Tesco Minions Weeekend Event to see if the Tesco Minion Event is happening in a store near you. If you love the minions as much as we do, then make sure you check out Tesco cool selection of Minion Toys and accessories.


For these amazing Minion items and more check out Tesco Direct Minion Movie Range, where you can find cool Minion Toys, Minion clothing, Minion Books and a range of Minion accessories which will help you kit out your very own minion room, and of course the DVD Movie's  Despicable Me.

  
My son loves this cute plush Minion Minion Backpack only £15.00 from Tesco.

Or why not have a bedroom makeover with this cool one in a minion single duvet set.


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Splatoon - Nintendo Wii U Game Review


We were really excited to get our hands on Splatoon, A awesome new shooter video game where you splatter your enemies with ink and claim your turf. It's splat or be splatted for a cool new kind of battle.


 

Splatoon is primarily an online game although there is a offline game option. Turf War is Splatoon's eight player online battle, where you are split into two teams of four, you and your team will need to use your inking skills to cover as much turf as you possibly can within an allocated time, The team who covers most turf will win. During play you can turn into a inkling squid which enables you to refill your weapons ink, you can also move faster through the ink as well as glide up and down the walls.
 

The more territory you cover in ink and the more battles you win, will help you score more points and earn cash, This enables you to purchase a range of super cool weapons and cool clothing accessories which will help you power up and defeat your enemies.


If you want to play offline then be sure to check out  Octo Valley which is for one player, Here you can take down the evil Octarian army, or for a two player mode opt for a head to head battle with a friend in Battle of the Dojo and see who can burst the most balloons in this balloon bursting battle.
My son has been really loving Splatoon and its never ending action he is already on level nine,The games graphics are bright and colourful, We loved that we can see the entire arena on the Wii U pad which is really useful, this cool ink shooter game has him hooked, We a thoroughly enjoying Splatoon. A huge thumbs up from us.
Splatoon is also compatible with Amiibo where you can check out new and exciting challenges for more information check out Splatoon-Amiibo. Splatoon is available exclusively on Wii U and can be purchased for £34,99 for more information check out Nintendos/Wii-U/Splatoon

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Sudocrem Summer Fete Competition


This Summer Sudocrem has launched their Summer Fete Facebook Game. There are hundreds of great prizes to win including Apple Watches, Amazon Kindles and much more. Plus, this competition is made up of 3 exciting games; the first, ‘Whack a Gremlin’, is available to play now. But the other two games, ‘Hoop toss’ and ‘Hook a duck’, will launch during the Summer.


To celebrate we have teamed up with Sudocrem to give you the chance to WIN A Sudocrem Spring/Summer goodie bag

The goody bag includes:
Sudocrem Care & Protect
Sudocrem Skin Care Cream
A Sudocrem pen
A Sudocrem car bumper sticker
A Sudocrem T-Shirt (for infants)
A Sudocrem legionnaires cap (for infants)
A pair of Sudocrem sunglasses (for infants)

To Win simply follow the instructions below



Sudocrem Goody Bag



For this and more competitions check out The prize finder.com