Monday, 3 August 2015

Inside Out: Character Toys Review



If like us you loved the Disney movie Inside Out then you will adore the Inside collection at the Disney Store, The Disney Store has a range of accessories soft toys and more inspired by the cool characters from the Inside Out movie. We we super excited to share our thoughts on two of our much loved characters Joy and Anger.


Joy: Soft Toy £12.99
We really love Joy she is great in the movie and expels happiness and optimism. This soft Joy is 12 inches tall and comes with a glittery thread woven in her soft plush skin, hair and eyes this gives joy her glowing effect just like the movies.


Complete in her yellow satin dress this Joy is the perfect gift for Disney fans like us, Joy from Inside Out is suitable for all ages, she is very cuddly and lovable.



Anger: Talking Doll £15.95
Anger is a funny yet grumpy character in the movie, we loved his witty comments and exploding head. If you loved Anger in the movie then you will defiantly love this talking doll. This cool deluxe dolls says 13 phrases, some which we immediately recognised from the movie which really made us giggle, not only does Anger sound cool he also lights up which us awesome.


Inside out deluxe talking dolls are great if you want to relive movie moments, The deluxe talking dolls are available in all of the Inside Out characters only at the Disney store.

We love the Disney store and have spent many happy shopping hours browsing the online and the store. Check out Disney Pixars cool Inside Out collection and start your very own character collection.which includes soft toys, accessories, stationery and more, inspired by the much-loved characters in the film, Available at Disney Store and Dsiney Store Online DisneyStore.co.uk

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Messy Adventure with Persil and Roald Dahl & Roald Dahl Gift Bag Giveaway


Persil has tamed up with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Quentin Blake to give every family their very own Messy Adventure this summer. For the first time ever, some of the best loved, and most feared heroes and villains of Roald Dahl’s stories have been brought together in a brand new interactive adventure story,   


The ‘My Messy Adventure’ story enables every child (and big kids) to be the hero of their very own Roald Dahl story, where they will get to meet The Witches, Matilda or James (James and the Giant Peach) along the way.  Free to play at www.persil.co.uk/Roald-Dahl, the story will encourage families to get outside and go exploring this summer, from the back garden to a local park. We have already had our very own messy adventure in our local park and the boys loved it, It was a great way to get outdoors and enjoy a fun interactive story together.

These Specially branded Persil small & mighty wash packs are available in store.

A study was conducted by Persil among parents and children aged 6 to 12 to launch ‘My Messy Adventure’ which reveals that almost half of children (41%) blame the weather for their reluctance to get outside with a fifth (20%) describing outdoor activities as ‘too boring.’ Typical out door activities are also on the decline as over half of children have never been on a nature trail (51%) or been camping (57%) and over three quarters (80%) have never tried orienteering.  However, parents no longer see technology as a barrier to outdoor play as almost half (49%) believe their children would play outside more if technology had had an enhanced role, with 72% believing that technology can stimulate children’s imaginations.

We are delighted to team up with Persil to give three lucky readers the chance to WIN a Roald Dahl Gift Bag


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The Power Of Poison Exhibition


We were really excited to visit The Power Of Poison, a cool exhibition in the Heart of London's East End which explores the Power of Poison in a fun yet educational way.


We were really intrigued and couldn't wait to explore, and we wasn't disappointed, As we entered the children were given an activity sheet to encourage them to explore and locate the answer around the exhibition, As we made our way around the exhibition it was really educational and interesting to learn that the chocolate that we find delicious to eat in fact in dangerous to dogs, as well as high doses of salt and its effects.


We were fascinated by exhibition which is broken down into seven areas each area is filled with educational and interesting facts on toxins and poisons.

  

Throughout the exhibition we learned some really cool facts about live poisonous frogs and venomous plants and insects. As well as the myths and stories which surround poison's. The boys loved the Interactive exhibitions where they could get involved and solve mystery's.

 

But our favourite part of the morning defiantly had to be the fun presentation by Dr Digby and Professor Kalvin.

 

Dr Digby took as on the journey of poisons and their effect, he also shared a mysterious tale which involved the deadly poison arsenic, We were really entertained by Dr Digby's presentation it was defiantly the highlight of our morning.


The Power Of Poison is a really cool educational exhibition, we learned lots about toxins and poisons not only how deadly they were, but also about the cures they bring, The Power of Poison exhibition is filled with live animals and cool tales and mystery's. A fascinating exhibition which we were left talking about long after we left.


The Power of Poison is at Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR Every day until 6 September. Ticket Prices - Adult: £9 Child: £5, Concessions: £7, Family of 4: £23, Family of 5: £27, Groups (8 or more people): £6.50, School Groups £3.50.     

Friday, 31 July 2015

Tesco Flame Academy: BBQ Recipe's & Top Tips


In honour of BBQ season Tesco have launched Flame Academy! An easy to use recipe hub which is filled with delicious recipes, tips and advice for all levels of barbecue experience. I was delighted to put a few of Flame Academy's Top Ten Children Recipes, So I enlisted the kids to challenge me by choosing a couple of recipes that they would like to try,

Spiced chicken skewers with herby rice recipe



Ingredients
6 boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cubed
3 tbsp curry paste
200g (7oz) fat-free Greek-style yogurt
1tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
1tsp cumin seeds, roughly crushed
1 tsp ground turmeric
300g (10 1/2oz) basmati rice
200g (7oz) spinach leaves, washed
handful coriander, leaves picked and finely chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice

Method
Step 1 - Combine the chicken, curry paste and 2 tbsp of the yogurt in a non-metallic bowl and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.
Step 2 - Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat and cook the onion until just beginning to brown. Add the cumin, turmeric and rice and stir well.
Step 3 - Add 450ml (3⁄4pt) water, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the spinach. Cover and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Stir through the coriander and lemon juice.
Step 4 - Thread the cubed chicken onto 4 skewers (ensure you soak wooden skewers 15 minutes prior to use).
Step 5 - Put a griddle pan over a high heat until smoking hot. Put the skewers on the griddle and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning every 2 minutes, or until cooked through and no pink meat remains.
If cooking on a barbecue, place onto the barbecue on a medium/high heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes; turning regularly until they are cooked through and no pink meat remains.
Step 6 - Serve the chicken with the rice and the remaining yogurt.

Beef kofte with apple raita recipe



Ingredients
For the raita
1/2 red apple, coarsely grated, excluding the core
a squeeze of lemon juice
handful mint leaves, chopped
150g (5oz) natural yogurt
For the kofte
500g (1lb) lean beef mince
1/2 small onion, coarsely grated
2 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
4 mini flour tortillas
1 large carrot, grated
1/4 Chinese cabbage, shredded

Method
Step 1 - Make the raita, toss the apple with the lemon juice to stop it browning. Stir into the yoghurt with half the mint. Cover and chill until needed.
Step 2 - Make the kofte, thoroughly combine the rest of the chopped mint with the beef, onion, cumin, and paprika in a mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. With slightly wet hands, form heaped tablespoons of the mixture into ‘torpedo’ shapes or spheres and set aside on a plate. There should be about 20 kofte.
Step 3 - Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Fry the kofte gently for about 8 minutes, turning often, until browned all over and cooked through. 
Step 4 - Serve hot or cold, with the apple raita, tortillas, grated carrot and cabbage

Both of these recipes tasted delicious and were perfect for the kids, and very easy to follow. A huge thumbs up from us and we are most defiantly looking forward to trying some more of Flame Academy's recipes. Check out Ben Tish (Executive Director of The Salt Yard Group) is Tesco’s Flame Academy master and he has kindly provided us with a selection of BBQ tips.


Flame Academy: Ben Tish’s top tips for wowing barbecue quests

•It’s important to know when the BBQ is ready to cook on. The flames should have subsided and the coals turned and even, ashen grey.
•Use hard stalks such as thyme, rosemary and oregano to throw onto the BBQ coals and smoke whatever your cooking. Great for a quick smoke hit!
•Slow cook whole chickens and larger cuts of meat with some vegetables help keep them juicy and tasty. Dissolve 10% salt to 90% hot water to make a solution and then cool.
•For larger cuts of meat, a lump of seasoned hard wood such as oak or birch set at the side of the shen coals will gently really a stream of perfumed smoke and in turn smoke and flavor whatever your cooking with.
•Smoking chips thrown onto the coals will give a smokey boost of flavor to smaller items such as steaks, chicken thighs and fish fillets.
•Use the coals as another cooking medium. Wrap vegetables in foil and nestle them between and under the ashen coals to slowly cook and flavor. Great for potatoes, aubergines, beets and carrots.
•A digital meat probe is great for checking if large cuts are cooked through correctly.
•Fish cooking clamps are brilliant for cooking- and turning large flat or round fish without the worry of then breaking or sticking
•A fire chimney is a fast, reliable way to start up your BBQ. It’s also great if you are using your BBQ for a period of time to cook larger cuts or several dishes. You can start the chimney next to the BBQ and then top up as and when needed, just giving yourself 10 minutes to do so.

If all this BBQ talk has left you inspired watch Ben Tish;s Top Three BBQ Recipes and check out foodie bloggers Crumbs Food who have just created a video about cost-effective BBQ Recipes


Make sure you check out Tesco - Flame Academy for all of your BBQ needs this summer.

Monday, 27 July 2015

X+Y Movie Review


We were really excited to watch the critically acclaimed drama X+Y  Inspired by a true story,
X+Y  follows maths genius Nathan (AsaButterfield) who from a very early age is diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, Nathan struggles to to connect with those around him, especially his own mother (Sally Hawkins) who desperately wants to connect with Nathan and comfort him following the death of Nathans.


Nathan is a talented boys who finds comfort in what he knows best numbers and mathematics.Nathan soon builds an amazing bond his teacher Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall) and soon Nathan's amazing mathematical talents win him a place on the United Kingdom Maths Squad,This amazing opportunity will see Nathan's life move in a new direction, when the British Team is invited to Taiwan Nathan meets Zhang Mei (Jo Yang), This see Nathan experience a whole new range of emotions and feelings.



X+Y is a heart warming movie that will almost certainly have you reaching for the tissues.Suitable for ages 12 and above.

If you would like to know more about the movie check out Facebook XplusYfilm





We were given the movie to review - All thoughts are honest and that of our own opinion.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Cafe Rouge - Menu Pour Les Enfants Review



We were delighted to attend Cafe Rouge a family friendly french restaurant in Holborn Central London. Cafe Rouge serves a host of french dishes, Baguettes salads and steaks.


And from this July Cafe Rouge has just launched a dedicated children's menu, So we couldn't wait to sample a few dishes from the kids menu and the main menu. We were super excited as we looked through the Cafe Rouge Menu, with so many amazing dishes to choose from we were certainly spoilt for choice.

 

After a lot of debating we finally decided on our dishes, While we waited for our food the kids were given colouring pencils, so they could colour in the mini colouring in section on their menus, This was a great way to keep the children entertained whilst we waited.

  

The kids menu offers an amazing three course meal with a drink all for only £6.95 which is amazing value, The Menu Pour Les Enfants has seven main meals options as well as five desserts options to choose from, So there is defiantly something that every child will like, Soon we were greeted with the childrens starter a delicious warm Artisan Bread with Cucumber, Carrots and Tomatoes with a tasty Tomato Dip.

   

The kids all choose different meal options from Poulet Goujons and Frites, Macaroni Cheese and Fab Fishcake. The boys really enjoyed their meals and said that they were very tasty indeed, the portions sizes were perfect too.

  

The desserts were just as delicious, The kids enjoyed Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Crepes. 
Here are some quotes on exactly what the boys had to say about their evening at Cafe Rouge
"It was comfortable and spacious and I really liked the food" 
"I loved the Ice Cream, I want to go again" 
"I enjoyed the Crepe it was yummy"


We all had an amazing family time at Cafe Rouge, whilst the children munched their way though their three course meals, myself and my sister opted for Demi Poulet and Filet De Sumon from the main menu, Absolutely delicious.

 

The atmosphere at Cafe Rouge was great and the staff were friendly and helpful and best of all the food was deliciously tasty, it was a real pleasure to eat at cafe Rouge and we most certainly cannot wait to go back and sample a few more dishes.


Thank you Cafe Rouge for the amazing experience and the yummy food, We very much look forward to our next visit. Check out Cafe Rouge to find out your nearest restaurant Cafe Rouge


Thursday, 23 July 2015

LEGO Dream Home Competition


Both of my boys love LEGO, So they were super excited to take part in Ocean Finances blogger challenge where they boys get the opportunity design their very own dream home.


As I set out to work and left my boys in the capable hands of their Grandma, My son had already began his dream home challenge, So I was excited to see his creation on my return, But what I found when I got home amazed and astounded me.

 
My son opted for a rainbow effect across his dream home, complete with windows and doors, Outside is a small selection of pretty flowers and plants and a cool tree.

 
The backyard is a cool relaxing area, where the Lego friends and chill out and relax, There are benches to sit on and no dream home would be complete without a swimming pool with a diving board where the Lego friends can show off their skills.

  
 Here is an over view shot of the dream house, As you can see my son also added a cool Lego car to complete his stylish and yet very practical dream home.

I must say I'm extremely proud of my sons creation, so much so that its now my phone profile picture, Well done to him for his creative thinking, This is defiantly my dream home too.


If you are a blogger with children and you would like to enter the Lego Dream Home Competition with the opportunity to win 1x £150 Toys R Us voucher check out Ocean Finance/Dream Home competition  for more details on how you can enter.