Thursday, 21 August 2014

Creating An Atmosphere: A Guide To Mood Lighting


With a little imagination and some new lighting products, it’s amazing how easy it is to transform the look and feel of your rooms. If you’re keen to create some impressive mood lighting effects in your home, take a look at these top tips.

Living room
You can let your imagination run wild when it comes to selecting mood lights for your living room. The important thing to remember is that by using different types of lighting and placing these products in various locations around the space, you can create a host of different effects and achieve the perfect atmosphere for any occasion.  

A must for any living room is a ceiling light and by purchasing dimmer versions, you can control how bright the space is. If you’re trying to read or concentrate, put the dimmer up high. On the other hand, if you’re relaxing or enjoying a romantic evening in, simply turn it down.

To add texture to your lounge lighting, it’s a good idea to introduce wall lights and these items are also available with dimmer controls. Low level lighting around the edges of your room can help to create a warm, homely feel. The same applies to floor and table lamps. You can turn these on or off, depending on the look you’re trying to create.

Last but by no means least, it’s worth investing in some stylish picture lights. Rather than adding to the brightness of your living room, these products simply draw attention to your artwork. They look especially good when the rest of your lounge is under low level lighting.

Bathroom
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a relaxing soak in the tub, but stark lighting can ruin these experiences. If you want to unwind in style in your bathroom, it helps to have an alternative to your main ceiling light.

One great option is to invest in mirror lights. By switching these on rather than your overhead light, you can create a much more restful environment.

You can supplement this look by lighting a few candles around your bath or on your window ledge, and for the full effect opt for aromatherapy versions.

Kitchen
Of course, you’ll need to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re cooking up a storm in your kitchen. However, if you’re staging an intimate dinner party or a romantic meal for two in the space, it’s important to have less intense lighting options.

Ceiling spot lights can be perfect for these rooms. You can adjust the heads so that they are directed towards your hob, sink and food preparation areas, but away from your dining table. Under cabinet lights are great too. They illuminate worktops without casting too much light around the room more generally.  

Bedroom
You can have some real fun when it comes to choosing mood lights for your bedroom. After all, this is your space to do whatever you like with. Dimmer wall lights and lamps are a must in these rooms. They allow you to completely transform the atmosphere at the flick or a switch or turn of a button.

You can also use your imagination when it comes to colour. Bedrooms should be warm, cosy places and you can achieve this look by simply purchasing the right shades for your wall and ceiling lights, as well as your lamps. Earthy colours and pinks and reds are a great option if you want to create a romantic setting.

It’s also possible to purchase coloured ceiling pendant lights. For example, you can get versions that feature opal glass pendants with coloured bulbs, and the colour is only visible when the pendant is lit.

See for yourself
If these ideas have sparked your imagination and you want to check out the impressive selection of lighting products now available, head to websites like The Lighting Superstore. You should be able to find everything you need within no time.









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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

TARZAN


The king of the jungle is brought back to life as the epic, fun-filled jungle adventure TARZAN is
available to DOWNLOAD and watch instantly via platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video,
blinkbox, GooglePlay™ and to rent through SkyStore, Virgin Movies, and BT from 25th August 2014,
courtesy of Entertainment One.


Writer and director Reinhard Klooss revives the story of TARZAN using innovative special effects and 3D technology to awaken the jungle, with an impressive voice cast including: Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga Franchise, The Legend of Hercules) as brave and strong Tarzan; Spencer Locke (Monster House, Cougar Town) as love interest Jane Porter; Jaime Ray Newman (Catch Me If You Can, Made of Honor) as Tarzan’s mother Alice Greystoke; and Robert Capron (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Frankenweenie) as John Jr. Greystoke.

John Jr. Greystoke was just a child when he accompanied his adventurous parents to Africa in search of a mineral that could revolutionise the energy industry. The trip ended in tragedy when their helicopter crashed in the heart of the dark and dangerous jungle, leaving John Jr. as the sole survivor. Found and raised from that day forward by a family of primates, John is renamed Tarzan and thrives in his beautiful new surroundings. Years later, the grown up Tarzan falls for pretty conservationist Jane Porter following a chance meeting. However their romance is threatened by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, who is in search of a new energy source, and won’t let anyone stand in his way.


A spectacular and fun filled family adventure, experience the legend and king of the jungle this summer as TARZAN is available to buy and rent on 25th August 2014.



Monday, 18 August 2014

Family Fun In London - Ripley's Believe It Or Not


We were super excited to visit Ripley's believe It Or Not in London's Piccadilly Circus. Ripley's believe it or Not is home to an amazing 700 interactive exhibits located over six floors and it is most defiantly the most extraordinary place you will ever visit. With an amazing collection of stunning artifacts from across the globe, many of which were collected by the explorer Robert Ripley himself.

We had heard so many amazing things about Ripley's we really couldn't wait to get into the weird magical world of Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

As we headed into the foyer, we could feel the buzz and excitement in the air, We were greeted by a huge transformer and cool crystallised mini from that moment on, we were in anticipation and couldn't wait to continue our adventure.
Colouful and Bright - The cool lift inside Ripley's London that took us on our journey

The amazing journey of all that's weird and wonderful starts on the filth floor and as you work your way through each level you will be amazed at the stunning and strange interactive exhibits on display, We were in awe and what we saw, fascinated and excited by the cool exhibits which were beyond our wildest imagination.
Each cool gallery had something strange and unique to offer, We read some amazing facts and were astounded at what we saw.
With so much to see and do we spent hours exploring the galleries. From a cool knitted life size Ferrari to portraits made of toast and sweets, There really is something for everyone at Ripley's London, and you really won't believe what you are seeing. To give you a taster of what you can expect I have added a short clip of Ripley's Believe It Or not.


Half way through our amazing journey we stopped for a hot chocolate in the cool cafe which is home to the worlds tallest man as well as world heaviest man, It was an surreal sight as we sat and regained our energy for the adventure that awaited us.
The boys absolutely loved every single minute of our day, I can't tell you how many times my boys made me walk through the Spinning Tunnel as well as making me roll around the floor and dodge the laser beams in Impossible Laserace.

Our trip has left us with so many amazing memories, We really can't wait to visit Ripley's again.

 
Ripley's London has to be experienced to be believed. A jam packed day of the weird and wonderful. I have never been so fascinated and amazed. An exciting adventure for the whole family.


For more Information on the Artifacts and Galleries as well as admission prices visit  www.ripleyslondon.com

Friday, 15 August 2014

Our Day Trip To The Cutty Sark


We were delighted to visit the Cutty Sark in London, The Cutty Sark is a British Clipper Ship and is the last surviving tea clipper, she was the fastest and greatest ship of her time, newly re-opened in April 2012. We were really excited to explore the amazing exhibits, We had the most amazing time visiting the Captains Cabins and the ships living quarters which gave us a real sense of what life was like aboard the Cutty Sark as a crew member all those years ago. 

With so much to see and do abroad the Cutty Sark the interactive displays and exhibits gave us a wealth of information on the history of the Cutty Sark, it was amazing to see and take in the 144 years history before our very eyes.



As we ventured around the sights and smells really brought the Cutty Sark to life. Best of all it was amazing to walk under the hull of the ship and take in the overall size, As we sat and had a coffee we were in awe and the surreal sight of the 963 tonne ship above our heads, it was truly amazing.


We all had the most fabulous day out, it was great to step back in time learn some amazing facts about the Cutty Sark, The boys really enjoyed the interactive exhibits, and to be able to touch the historic wooden planks and iron frames,  Left us all feeling that our trip to the Cutty Sark was one we will all remember in years come.


 We has truly unique day and to be able to experience and explore the Cutty Sark in all her glory, as well as take in the amazing views from the ship was absolutely breathtaking.

For more information on the history of the Cutty Sark and visitor information and whats on visit www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic - Coming To The UK


We have been lucky enough to attend a couple of the amazing Disney On Ice shows, and we have always enjoyed every magical minute of  the stunning performance. But this time we are super excited as Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic and its Coming to the UK this September 2014.

This one of a Kind skating spectacular features more than 60 lovable Disney characters Having wowed audiences all over the world in Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends from Disney’s Mulan, The Lion King and Pinocchio, and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Toy Story, will be bringing the on-ice spectacular to the UK this autumn and winter! Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decades, a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, stunning choreography, elaborate sets and beautiful costumes. With Mickey and Minnie leading the fun, the show includes breathtaking skating numbers, devised by an award-winning choreographer who created the skating segment for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Complementing the fabulous skate sequences are countless memorable Disney musical classics, such as “A Whole New World”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, which bring everyone’s favourite memories of Disney to life on ice. 

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic - Here are some amazing eye-opening facts about the show and what goes on behind the scenes.

Hours it takes to set up the production – 10 -14 
Hours it takes to tear down the production – 3 – 4 
Full time crew members who travel with the production – 5 Number of countries represented by the cast - 10 
Number of male performers in the production – 23 
Number of female performers in the production – 24 
Number of yards of fabric used to make the costumes – 1,300 
Number of costumes in the show – 160 
Number of different paint colours used on the props – 102 
Weight of set – 8 tons


Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic and will be appearing around the on the following dates:  
Braehead Arena, Glasgow – 26th September – 5th October 2014 Metro Radio Arena,
Newcastle – 7th – 12th October 2014 Phones 4u Arena, 
Manchester – 15th – 19th October 2014 The NIA, 
Birmingham – 22nd October – 2nd November 2014 Motorpoint Arena, 
Sheffield – 5th – 9th November 2014 
The O2, London – 24th December 2014, 26th – 29th December 2014 and 3rd & 4 January 2015 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Mackays New Conserve Range



We are huge Jam fans in our house and love nothing more then a slice of toast topped with a tasty jam, So we were very so delighted to try Mackays New Conserve Range.

Mackay's is a family run business and ensures all their Jams, Marmalade's and Curds are produced to the highest quality. by producing small authentic batches for a quality and homemade taste.

Mackays Jams are made in a traditional authentic way by using steam heated Copper pans to ensure the sugar and fruit are boiled slowly which allows the flavours be be released slowly before setting. Mackays Jams are made using Scottish Raspberries and Strawberries which are considered to be the best berries in the world

I had never had Mackays before, But I must say the Jams tasted amazing and I very much look forward to having them many years to come.

Mackays Cherry Conserve - A very thick deliciously tasting Jam, Made with real fruit pieces absolutely delicious.

Mackays Raspberry Jam - Super tasty jam, I loved the texture and tasted amazing and was great on thickly cut fresh bread. 

Mackays Strawberry Jam - I always tend to opt for Strawberry Jam as its my favourite, I loved every mouthful of this Jam, very moreish, my new favorite strawberry jam.  

Mackays Jam Tarts


All of the Mackays Jams were so delicious I wanted not only wanted to have these amazing tasty Jams on my toast but I also wanted to make some fresh jam tarts.


Ingredients
Mackays Jam (Use your Favourite Flavour)
Filo Pasty
Butter for brushing

Method
This is a really simple and quick recipe, simple cut approx six layers of Filo Pastry into 12 small squares, You will have to work quite quickly as Filo pasty dries out very quickly. Using a muffin tin butter the inside of the dish before layering each square around the muffin tin followed by a brush of butter to allow pastry to stick together.
Layer all six small squares and then fill with Mackays Jam and bake in a preheated oven gas mark 5 for approx. 12 minutes or until pasty is a golden brown...Allow to cool and serve alone or with a fresh dollop of crème fresh.



Friday, 8 August 2014

Musical Movies With Netflix


This month at Netflix we are celebrating Music, In various forms, So weather its a musical movie which is something I really enjoy, or perhaps you prefer some sixties or seventies disco Netflix have something to suit everyone's taste and genres.

Check out Netflix for a complete range of Musicals and Movies. Here is just a taster of what you may want to watch to get you in a musical mood.

To get you in the Musical spirit why not create this amazing No Sew Stage Curtain below

No Sew Stage Curtain





Materials needed:
Tension rod to fit your doorway
Fabric to fit your doorway
Scissors
Different colours of felt
Ribbon
Liquid Stitch Glue
Measuring tape
Self-adhesive Velcro dots (optional)
Straight pins
Piece of paper
Pencil
Step 1:
Using your measuring tape to measure your doorway, determine how long and wide your fabric should be, leaving at least one additional inch on each side and bottom and four additional inches on the top. Use the straight pins to hold your hems in place. Once you have the hems exactly how you want them, drizzle Liquid Stitch Glue onto the fabric to hold the hems in place. Let dry. Tip: Glue the top of the curtain last so your tension rod can easily slide through the hole.

Step 2:
Draw a triangle shape onto a piece of paper and cut it out. This will by your triangle bunting template. Pin the template onto the felt and cut the triangle out. Repeat until you get the desired amount of triangles you will need.
Step 3: 
Spread your curtain out on the floor. Place your felt triangles on it to determine where they look best. Once you’re happy with your placement, unravel your ribbon from the spool and lay over the tops of the triangles. This will help you determine how much ribbon you need for each strip of bunting. Cut the ribbon to your desired length. Then take the felt and ribbon off the curtain. Stretch your ribbon out and glue the tops of the triangle to the ribbon to create the bunting. Let dry.

Step 4:
Once dry, place the bunting back onto the curtain and glue into place. Let dry.

Step 5:
Fold the curtain in half lengthwise and create a crease in the fabric. With your scissors, carefully cut the fabric lengthwise, ¾ of the way up from the bottom.

Step 6:
Insert your curtain rod in the top pocket and hang on your door. Optional: Adhere (or sew) self-adhesive Velcro dots to the curtains opening to help the curtain flaps stay closed.