Sunday, 30 August 2015

Oyko: Oh So Heavenly Vanilla and Devilishly Salted Caramel


I'm a huge fan of Greek Yogurt, So I was over the moon when I found out that Danone had launched two brand new four pack Oyko greek style yoghurts, Oyko Oh So Heavenly Vanilla and Oyko Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel. 


Oyko calls on you to choose if  you want to indulging on your inner angel or succumbing to your devilish side with either Oh So Heavenly Vanilla, or Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel, I couldn't wait to indulge and see how heavenly or devilish I was feeling and as they were both my most favourite flavours I couldn't wait to tuck in.


Oyko - Oh So Heavenly Vanilla is a deliciously creamy light textured greek style yogurt which is delicately blended with vanilla beans, Each mouthful tastes amazing with a very subtle taste of vanilla.

Oyko - Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel Oykos is a flavour that I adore, I was ever so excited to with this delicious combination, The creamy greek style yoghurt has a delicate taste, but as you scoop down you will find the layer of sweet salted caramel which is very moreish.


I'm so impressed with both of these delicious Oyko flavours, they are most defiantly on my next shopping list. 




Oh So Heavenly Vanilla Oykos and Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel Oykos will be available in all major retailers launching from the 5th August to mid-October in packs of x4 at 110g per pot RRP £2.39.  Oykos variations: Strawberry, Peach, Pear and Passion fruit plus our new 4 packs Devilishly Delicious Salted Caramel and Oh So Heavenly Vanilla.

Visit www.oykos.co.uk or www.facebook.com/OykosUKto find out more.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Sky Kids - Den Challenge


We have been having an amazing half term holiday and after all the trips out there really is nothing nicer then coming home and catching up on some of our favourite Sky Movies and Sky Kids shows, So what better way to catch up on our favourite shows then to build a cool den. So with the help of Sky kids we set about creating a cosy space where we could snuggle down.

 

It was great to use our imagination and create a special place where the kids could retreat to and watch their favourite Sky Kids shows. If you would like to build your very own den then follow these simple instructions.

You Will Need
A large sheet or Duvet cover
Ropes and pegs to secure den
Cushions to make your den cosy
Blankets to sit on or snuggle under

Step 1 - Choose an area of your home where you can set up your den, ensuring you have enough space, The boys choose to create theirs in their bedroom,
Step 2 - Use a  large chair or secure furniture and create a circle.
Step 3 - Drape over your bed sheet or duvet cover, Once you are happy with your design secure with pegs or rope.
Step 4 - Now your den is complete, Add some blankets, cushions and a few soft toys and blankets to make it comfortable, All you need to do now is snuggle inside and watch Sky Kids via your Ipad or TV, There really is nothing nicer.


Sky have announced that they are expanding their Kids library from 700 to 4,000 episodes, My boys are really pleased as we only watch Sky Kids and there is always a vast array of great shows and movies that keep us all entertained, I like chilling with the boys watching the Regular Show and Deadly 60.

Sky is offering a one-stop-shop for providing entertainment that won’t break the bank. From latest releases, to all-time favourites, the on demand service boasts a whole array for shows from Peppa Pig, Thomas The Tank Engine, The Octonauts, SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer to Ben 10. Committed to offering great children’s entertainment, Sky has also launched a new dedicated kids section within the Sky+ homepage so shows can be accessed and watched with ease, in one place.

February 16’ will also see the introduction of a new Sky Kids app aimed at children aged between 4-9 years. The app will allow children in Sky homes the chance to catch up with loved programmes and favourite characters in a way that best suits them, whether travelling in the back of the car or from the comfort of their playroom. Shows will include Adventure Time, Ben And Holly's Little Kingdom, Johnny Test,Roary The Racing Car, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sofia The First are just to name a few.

If you have Sky then select the Sky+ homepage or check out Sky Kids online


We received the Sky Kids den kit, All thoughts and post contents are that of our own and what we wish to share to our readers.

Persil: Learning for Tomorrow Initiative


The half term holidays are almost over and the kids will be heading back to school, Like most parents school for us is an important part of our children's life and something we take for granted.
It was amazing to know that Persil had teamed with UNICEF to support The Learning for Tomorrow Initiative which will help 10 million children access learning opportunities across 2015,


Persil believe every child deserves the chance to get a quality education and the life opportunity it can bring. That’s why they are launching Learning for Tomorrow, there global campaign for education is a long-term initiative to help give children in some of the world’s toughest areas the opportunity of a quality education.

There are around 58 million children who won’t even get a primary education this year. And while many will go to lessons, not enough schools in Brazil, India, and Vietnam have the right facilities or properly trained teachers. This means about 130 million children leave school every year without the foundation they need for the future. That’s why Persil's Learning for Tomorrow initiative concentrates on improving access to quality education.

Persil understand the importance of education, and  it gives children a head start. The school day teaches them so much more than just reading and writing, Children also learn vital skills such as making decisions, choosing friends, getting messy, and learning from their mistakes. These are skills you won’t find in any textbook. That’s why Persil is giving 10 million kids access to quality education, to help them take the first steps towards learning for tomorrow.


Persil have chosen the humanitarian organisation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to help make Learning for Tomorrow happen. Like us, UNICEF believes a proper quality education for all helps set children up for life. And because they’re the experts in giving young people the best possible start, they know exactly what kind of help is needed where. The first step could be training more teachers, kitting out classrooms or tackling the social issues that lead to pupils dropping out of school. We are very proud to be supporting such a brilliant organisation on such an exciting initiative.

Persil is giving UNICEF €1.4 million to kick-start Learning for Tomorrow in 2015. And that’s only the beginning. As this initiative is about giving children a brighter, better future they are already busy planning for what will happen next. Take a look here to see some of the great work UNICEF does to make sure children get a quality education, and find out more about the importance of learning.

For more information check out Persil/Learning for Tomorrow Initiative

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Npower 2 for 1 Day's Out


Its always important for me and my husband to give the boys some wonderful family memories during the summer holidays, But over the period of six weeks it can prove to be quite expensive. So I was delighted to see the npower is giving their customers 2 for 1 entries on over 900 attractions across the UK,

Research from npower reveals parents spend upwards of £600 during summer holidays to keep their children happy, Npower has partnered with Mumsnet and celebrity mum Melanie Sykes to npower to pull together 20 of the best summer activities to help parents overcome summer slump.

Parents are spending upwards of £7.27 billion* each year on entertaining their children – and that’s just over the summer holidays. Mumsnet the UK’s largest network for parents - shows that parents are more stressed than ever trying to keep their children entertained over the break, with 67% wishing they could go on more weekends away as a family. The newly released figures show that factors such as no local facilities (25%), expense (48%) and no time (10%) stop them from doing the activities their children would want to do.

Melanie Sykes says: “Having personally struggled through several summer holidays with my children, I understand how tiring it can be and also the need to keep the children happy. That’s why I’m supporting npower, who are offering 2 for 1 as an opportunity to visit some great locations in Britain, putting the fun back in to the summer holidays for both the parents and kids.”

Mumsnet Editor, Sarah Crown, says ”This survey highlights the pressures parents face when trying to keep their children entertained over the summer holidays without breaking the bank. Holidays and day trips are expensive, and many parents lack the time or local knowledge to ferret out cheap activities within striking distance. At this time of year, we see lots of threads on which parents pool information on low-cost days out and swap tips on free things to do."

Warren Davey, Head of Brand and Advertising at npower says “npower is all about standing up for customers – and in particular for this season, empowering parents who find it tough through the summer holidays. Our campaign aims to inspire as well as support parents.

Npower is looking to offer the 57% of Brits who can’t afford to go on holiday this summer by offering 2 for 1 on local attractions across the UK, With so Many amazing attractions to choose from in London we were defiantly spoilt for choice, from Ripley’s Believe it or Not to Harry Potter Bus Tours and City Cruises are just to name a few.


We opted for a trip to Ripley's Believe It or Not which is located in Piccadilly Circus in Central London's. Ripley's believe it or Not is home to an astounding 700 interactive exhibits some of which were collected by the explorer Robert Ripley himself.

Many of the stunning artifacts and awesome fact have been collected from across the globe, All sure to leave you astounded and amazed.

 
Our journey begun on the fifth floor and we worked our way down each floor through the stunning exhibits, each area offered a unique and fascinating collection of the weird and the wonderful, we were lost for words, totally amazed and ready for the next installment.

Ripley's believe it Or Not is a great family day out, and will leave you talking about what you have seen long after you leave. To choose our favourite exhibit is extremely hard, as it was all so amazing, But here are some of our highlights.

   
The boys love seeing if they could out weigh the worlds fattest man and the vortex tunnel was amazing and left and defiantly put our senses to the test.

  
With so much to see and do we spent ages exploring the galleries, before stopping off for a bite to eat in Ripley’s Remarkable Cafe. Ripley's London has to be experienced to be believed. 
Check out  www.npower.com/daysout for more information on the exciting 2 for 1 attractions near you.




We were given the opportunity to experience Npowers 2 for 1 attractions. All thoughts and opinions are honest and that of our own, we share information which will be relevant and helpful to our readers.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Ritz Crisp & Thin


Ritz, the world’s number one savoury biscuit brand  brings you the new Ritz Crisp & Thin a delicious oven baked potato snack which comes in four amazing flavours.


Cream Cheese & Onion - A delicious and full of flavour every crunchy bite, you can really taste the cram cheese and the onion flavour, which we all loved and gobbled up in no time.


Sea Salt & Vinegar - These were my sons favourite, Delicious with just the right  amount of tangy vinegaryness, again very moreish.


Sea Salt & Black Pepper - I really liked these, A lovely taste of salt and black pepper on these crunchy textured oven baked snacks.


Sweet Red Chilli - My favourite, I loved the spicy flavour and gentle kick of heat, they wasn't to overpowering and had just the right amount of sweet yet chilli taste.


Ritz Crisp & Thin is a brand new unique baked snack that is full of flavour and very moreish and tasty and at only 134 calories per serving its the perfect guilt free snack,  Ritz is a must have snack which promises to Ritz Up’ any occasion,  Ritz have teamed up with Radio One DJ Alice Levine and Duck and Waffle Mixologist Richard Woods  who have created an array of Dips and Cocktail recipes in collaboration with Ritz Crisp and Thin.


My favourite Ritz Crisps & Thin have to be the Sweet Chili Ritz Crisp & Thins as I love the spicy flavour and teamed with this Smokey Lemon Yoghurt creation by Radio One DJ Alice Levine is the perfect accompaniment,

Smokey Lemon Yoghurt



Makes a sharing bowl

Ingredients
500g Total Yoghurt
1½ tbsp Smoked Paprika
1½ tbsp Sumac
4tbsp Good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (and some extra for presentation)
1 Garlic clove
1 Lemon (juice and zest)
seeds of ½ a pomegranate

Instructions
In a bowl stir together all the ingredients, minus the pomegranate
Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and and scattering of pomegranate seeds

for more amazing recipe tips and more Ritz products check out Ritz UK on You Tube  and  Ritz Bakery 

Ritz Crisp & Thin are available now in sharing bags and single bags to complement any snacking occasion.

Ritz Crisp & Thin 100g sharing bags RRP: £2.19
Ritz Crisp & Thin 30g single bags RRP: £0.79

Stockists include: Tesco, ASDA, Ocado, Amazon.co.uk, NISA, Budgens, Londis, Spar, and Superdrug


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Shrek's Adventure


We were super excited to attend Shrek's Adventure London newest attraction , We eagerly awaited our time slot, Before we knew it a small group of us were off on our adventure,

 

We were entertained at the the boarding gate and instructed to switch off our phones, this really gave us the opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the experience.

 

We were greeted by Princess Fiona and that's when the magical story begins, As we headed for the 4D London Bus which was driven by Donkey, We were given 3D glasses and we were transported through virtual London, On our journey we swooped and soared over some of London's best known landmarks, We also saw some well known and much loved characters along the way, A was truly magical experience,

Then suddenly we crashed in the Far far away land accidentally landing on Rumpelstiltskin’s witch,
We were then on our journey find Shrek, From this point onwards we were in for a real treat of ten live shows from Cinderella to The Muffin man, Each live show was totally unique and ever so entertaining, We found ourselves shouting and clapping and dancing our way through each adventure, This really kept us eager for the next installment.


Here is the Shrek's Adventure advert to give you a little taster of what you can expect.


When we finally reached the end of our journey we were greeted by Shrek himself which was a real treat and the perfect photo opportunity. 


Shrek's Adventure was a magical experience, You really need to experience it to believe it, from the start to the end we were mesmerised and entertained, an experience full of wonderful memories that we will remember for a very long time.


Shrek's Adventure is open 7 days a week, if you book online its slightly cheaper - Child online ticket price £18.72, Adult online ticket price £23.40. The tour last for approx an hour. For more information check out Shrek's Adventure London.



Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Caribbean Food Week with Grace's Foods

I have teamed up with Grace Foods to celebrate the UK's biggest ever celebration of Caribbean Food & Drink for Caribbean Food week which runs from 24th - 31st of August, and what better way then to share some delicious products and some recipe ideas to help inspire you and your family. .


With the help of these delicious Grace Foods products I set about to create my very own Caribbean inspired dish.


Dunn's River Jamaican Jerk Seasoning - When I opened the lid I could smell an amazing smell of herbs and spices, Simplly rub Dunn's River Jerk Seasoning into chicken, meat or fish and leave to marinate for several hours, then grill on a barbeque for an authentic Jamaican flavour.On this ocassuon I decided to opt fro my favourite cooking option which is to use a roasting bag,

Ingredients
5/6 chicken pieces
2 tablespoons of Jerk seasoning
splash of oil
Basmati Rice to serve
1 roasting bag

Method
Add the chicken to the roasting bag along with the two tablespoons of jerk seasoning an a splash of oil, Seal the roasting bag and gently rub the jerk seasoning into the chicken, leave for a few hours to marinate. Cook on a low heat cook for 45 minutes always ensure chicken is cooked thoroughly before serving.


I was pleasantly surprised with the results, A delicious moist spicy flavoured chicken
I opted for Basmati rice and a side dish of Callaloo.


Dunn's River Jamaican Callaloo is a popular Caribbean dish and can be served in a variety of ways and is  a perfect complement to a range of Caribbean  dishes such as rice and peas or salads, I opted for a simple spicy sauteed version.

Ingredients
1 tin of Callaloo
Pinch of dried thyme
1 green chili (optional)

Method
Gently fry the onions until soft
Add 1 tin of drained Callaloo along with the pinch of dried thyme and the green chili season well with salt and peeper and serve with your favourite dish. If you love Jerk Chicken then why not try this Hot and Spicy Fry Mix which also can be used with fish,


Dunns River Hot and Spicy fry mix is Hot and Spicy blend of  specially selected  spices blended to deliver delicious, authentic taste which is great for making tasty chicken or fish

Ingredients
6-8 Chicken thighs
Dunns River Hot and Spicy Jerk Chicken fry mix
1 egg or a few tablespoons of milk


Method
Wash and dry chicken, cut into pieces, then dip both sides in whisked egg or milk.Place several tablespoons of Dunn's River Hot & Spicy Jerk Chicken Fry Mix in a plastic kitchen bowl and coated the chicken pieces are evenly.
Deep fry the coated chicken pieces in hot oil for approx 12-15 minutes (if  you have a large breast or wing chicken pieces) cook for 20-25 minutes (if drumstick or thigh chicken) or until crisp and golden. Turn the chicken pieces half-way through the cooking. Alternatively for a healthier option, shallow fry for approx 15 minutes until crisp and golden or oven-bake on a lightly greased baking tray at 200°C for 25-30 minutes, turning half way through cooking.  Or add a few tablespoons of olive oil and two to three tablespoons of the fry mix in a roasting bag, evenly coat and roast for 35-40 minutes.Ensure chicken is cooked all the way through before serving, and if you like it with a extra hot spicy kick why not serve with Grace Hot Pepper Sauce which is the perfect accompaniment to any dish.


Grace Hot Pepper Sauce - Made with  Jamaican Habanero and Scotch Bonnet peppers this hot blend is processed with natural cane vinegar and spices, then aged to produce this distinctively hot and spicy flavour that you can use to accompany any dish.


Why not serve with a delicious ice cool Grace Coconut Water to cool you down. This tasty non carbonated drink is just what you need during these hot summer days, a great way to help you stay cool and hydrate your body.


Grace Coconut Water is a clear tasty liquid that comes from young coconuts and is low in fat and saturates.


If you would like to purchase any of these delicious products then visit your local store or supermarket. Grace Foods is one of the UK's largest supplier of traditional Caribbean foods and drinks and supply a wide range of mouth watering authentic Caribbean products, visit Grace Foods UK for more products and recipe ideas.