Thursday, 20 November 2014

Sonic Boom Shattered Crystal

Sonic Boom Shattered Crystal is a exciting adventure game featuring Sonic and his cool friends Tails, Knuckles, Amy and newcomer Sticks.
The adventure starts when Sonic friend Amy finds a manuscript which contains details of the lost crystal of power, she is then kidnapped my the mean villain Lyric who wants the crystal of power to enable him to power up his army of robots so he can take over the world.

Join Sonic and the team as they use their amazing skills as they battle through each level. with amazing character upgrades and secrets within the levels Sonic Boom is an amazing game full of adventure.

We really love Sonic Boom Shattered Crystal, although we are only in the early staged of the game, We are already enjoying the adventure and cannot wait to embark on the new levels.
Sonic Boom Shattered Crystal is available on Nintendo 2DS and 3DS and is available to order on the 21st November 2014 to pre order visit The Nintendo Store for £34.99.
Here is a teaser trailer to give you a taster.

Sharing our thoughts on this game as part of the Nintendo Blogger network.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Fun And Games With The Nintendo Kids Club Website – Now Live


Extra, extra, read all about Nintendo! Hot off the press, and published via the Nintendo website  today comes two new online offerings giving fans of all ages the chance to get the lowdown and interact with their favourite Nintendo characters and series.

Offering younger fans the chance to enjoy playing with famous Nintendo characters including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Peach,  Nintendo Kids Club Nintendo Kids Club is a new website that offers a host of content including fun puzzles, Nintendo-themed artworks to cut out, create and decorate, and top trivia on much-loved characters. The Nintendo Kids Club will also play host to present and future episodes of the puppet-based video series ‘The Cat Mario Show’, providing yet more free content for kids to tune into.

Meanwhile, for fans of all ages looking for useful gaming tips, exclusive Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game content, and fancy the odd Nintendo-themed challenge to boot, issue one of a new online magazine, Nintendo Extra, has been unveiled. From picking up some handy pointers for reigning victorious in Mario Kart 8, to learning from none other than Eiji Aonuma himself about the fundamentals of a The Legend of Zelda game, Nintendo Extra kicks off with a bang, with further issues to be published in the coming months.
For further details:                                            

Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour

Nintendo 2DS Website 

Wii U (UK) on Facebook

Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook

Nintendo UK on YouTube

Nintendo of Europe on Twitter

Nintendo UK on Twitter

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Netflix Stream Team - November

Staying in is the new going out, honestly. The latest issue of Glamour told readers to get cosy with home comforts, curl up in their favourite dressing gown with a cuppa, and most importantly - watch Netflix!

Even supermodel mum Claudia Schiffer admits to enjoying a night in with the family watching TV box sets on the sofa – and revealed once the kids go to bed, she sneaks a few episodes of Breaking Bad with her hubby.
Reality check - we all know how rarely this happens (especially the kids going to bed early part) and how you probably end up watching more episodes of Turbo than The Killing. With two long months until Christmas, it’s a testing time for any mum – so this month we are challenging you to reclaim the sofa, and save some pennies in the process.

Netflix have put together their top suggestions for your ultimate family get together - binge watching optional!
For families who like animation

 Monsters, inc available on 14/11/2014, VeggieTales in the House available on 27/11/14, Hercules available now

Christmas countdown

The Search for Santa Paws available on 21/11/14, I'll Be Home for Christmas available on 28/11/14, Christmas Angel available on 1/11/14

Recently seen at the cinema

Jack Reacher available on 22/11/14, Robocop available on 7/11/2014, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire available now

How to save money with a Netflix night in (and keep the Christmas kitty crammed)

Netflix subscription – Free (well, it is for our Stream Teamers, but for everyone else it’s from £5.99 a month)

Snacks and drinks – Not only is making your own popcorn miles cheaper than buying it, you don’t need to feel guilty about snacking either as you can add as little salt and flavour as you’d like

Pizza feast – use a whole-wheat flour base (you can even cook quinoa into a crust), select some greens such as zucchini and spinach and sprinkle with feta or goats cheese – that way the kids still get in their veggies

Surprisingly cinema tickets have increased more than house prices this year, so a Netflix get together is a great money saver ahead of Christmas.

Sharing as part of the Netflix Stream Team

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas Gaming With Nintendo

Nintendo have something for everyone this Christmas, So if you are looking for the prefect present, Nintendo have a vast selection of games and consoles and gaming bundles that will engage and entertain you and your loved ones this Christmas.

This year has been an amazing year of gaming, Nintendo have released some awesome games which are now our family favourites. Here are a small selection of our family favourites and some top picks from Nintendo



Ever wanted to be mayor of your very own town? Then Animal Crossing: New Leaf is for you. Look after the residents, fill the museum with fossils or go fishing to fund that new piece of furniture for your room or a new outfit for your character to wear – there’s a wealth of possibilities waiting for you. Whether you want to explore a tropical island or shake bells, the local currency, from the trees, whilst managing your town in real-time, snap up this game for a warm and charming experience that moves at a relaxing pace. PEGI 3

"Make your own virtual world, and design and shape your own home and life, fun game where you can do whatever you want" for our full review visit Nintendo 2DS Animal Crossing New Leaf
Available from the Nintendo Official UK Store for £34.99.


Throw yourself into Nintendo’s craziest world yet with Tomodachi Life, your own personal soap opera. You can create friends, family or anyone you like as Mii characters, and then watch over their lives and interactions on your own Tomodachi island. Dress them up, watch them fall in love and write songs for them to sing – you can even see inside their dreams. With so many possibilities, there’s endless fun available for anyone that gets their hands on it. PEGI 3

"A cool fantasy game where your mii characters will take on their own lives " Never ending fun" for our full review visit Tomodachi Life
Available from the Nintendo Official UK Store for £34.99.


Defy the laws of gravity with the best Mario Kart yet, riding up vertical walls and driving across ceilings, with over 32 different courses to race on.  You can also take the race global, competing with players online from across the world. And now with Mario Kart TV, you can share your best races with your friends on YouTube and Miiverse. With stacks of new items for you to get your hands on (from Boomerangs to Piranha Plants) as well as the new and improved courses, this is a must-have for any gaming fan. PEGI 3
Available from the Nintendo Official UK Store for £49.99.


Budding artists and Pokémon fans alike will be itching to get their hands on this game as Pokémon Art Academy shows you how to paint, sketch and draw your favourite Pokémon from scratch. Armed with your stylus, there are 40 lessons waiting for you; meaning you’ll pick up plenty of illustration skills and have lots of fun along the way, working up your digital masterpieces. PEGI 3

"Create your own masterpiece and learn to draw with step by step instructions to help you become an amazing artist" for our full review Pokemon Art Academy

Available on the Nintendo Official UK Store for £29.99. 


We love Nintendo 2Ds and 3Ds Consoles - great design and easy to use so we matched our favourite Console which come in an awesome bundle.


Kick-start your Nintendo gaming experience with this Nintendo 2DS console bundle. The latest console in the Nintendo 3DS family plays all Nintendo 3DS games in 2D, bringing huge software variety while offering family-friendly value to your handheld gaming options. Get this WHITE + RED Nintendo 2DS, then load up Tomodachi Life – the crazy, fun packed game starring people you know as Mii characters in your own personal soap opera – and watch the events unfold. Also included in the pack is a carry case, meaning you can zip the console up safe and sound and take it wherever you go.
Available on the Nintendo Official UK Store for £129.99


Show off your fighting flair with the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Limited Edition Pack. This package gives fans the chance to own a red Nintendo 3DS XL system with a striking Super Smash Bros. motif emblazoned on the front. This limited edition hardware comes with a pre-installed digital copy of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, so players can get straight into battle, right out of the box.
Available from the Nintendo Official UK Store for £209.99


Strap on your seatbelts and rev up those engines, this bundle’s a must-have for any budding racer. Not only do you get a Wii U console and Mario Kart 8, the brand new installment of the well-loved series to play with, you’ll be fully kitted out with a Mario or Luigi-themed hat, Wii Remote Plus, wheel and Wii U GamePad protector. You will look and feel just like their favourite character. And with a Mario Kart 8 game guide included too, you’ll get to the top of the grid in no time.
Available exclusively from the Nintendo Official UK Store for £299.99.

Monday, 10 November 2014

A Nation Of ‘STAINOPHOBES’ – British Kids Are Missing Out In Fear Of Getting Messy

My boys love to get messy and creative crafting and cooking,. We are a family happy to embrace the mess and general stains that may come from having fun. We were ever so amazed at this research, According to Persil small & mighty parents arewe are raising a generation of ‘stainophobes’.


"A third (33%) of children admitting they don’t like dirt and mess and nearly half (46%) stating that looking ‘cool’ was more important than ‘having fun outside’.

Despite the nation tuning into the Commonwealth Games and Great British Bake Off in their millions, almost two thirds (59%) of tired parents are actively discouraging their children from taking up activities such as baking and sports in order to avoid extra wash loads. Interestingly it is Dads who are most likely to stop their kids from doing an activity that could cause mess (55% vs 50%).

Even though over two fifths (41%) of parents admit they got more stuck in with messy activities when they were young, more than half (57%) wouldprefer their children play with an iPad over a set of paints to avoid stained clothes, using excuses such as “you can do it tomorrow”, “it’s dirty” or “there’s not enough time” to dissuade their child from doing so.

It’s no wonder young people are worried, with parents in the UK warning their children to wash or stay clean three times a day – that’s over a thousand times each year. To help young people to get over their stain fear Persil has enlisted TV magician Ben Hanlin (ITV2’s Tricked) to helpencourage kids to get stuck in and wear stains with pride. Ben kicked off by surprising a school in none other than Staines, Surrey, with an impromptu day of messy magic. The video of the spectacular magic tricks can be viewed below

For today’s kids, indoor activities rule – watching TV (61%) or playing computer games (48%) are the top activities that kids do after school – with outdoor pursuits in decline. A surprising one fifth of children have never heard of a mud pie and of those that had, over half (55%) had never made one.

Bernie Hall, Assistant Brand Manager for Persil, said: “Parents today live busy lives, so it’s no wonder they want to cut house work to a minimum where they can. However, laundry technology has progressed so much in recent years that it needn’t be at the expense of kids’ play time. Persil’s cleaning formulation is so advanced that stains which would likely have been permanent years ago can now be tackled easily. We’re encouraging kids to wear their stains of honour – such as mud and poster paint - with pride!”

Steven Chown, Programme Development Manager for Play England, added: “The Persil survey confirms our own research that many parents are becoming more risk averse. Getting messy is part of a happy, healthy childhood and such play is linked with a range of cognitive and developmental benefits. Given the opportunity, today’s children would do exactly the same things as we did when we were children –climbing trees, making mud pies and splashing around in puddles – so it is important parents encourage this form of play and don’t worry too much about the mess.”

Working with Play England, Persil has revealed the top seven fun, engaging and possibly messy activities parents should encourage their children to get stuck into to develop kids’ creative side – one for every day of the week:

COOKING STAINS: Learn to cook spaghetti in the kitchen with mum and dad
FRUIT SPLASHES: Pick blackcurrants or make fresh fruit smoothies
GRASSY SMUDGES: Play football in the park or roll down hill
MUD SPLATTERS: Make a mud pie in the garden and jumping in muddy puddles
JAMMY SMEARS: Make a jam sandwich picnic for you and your friends
PAINT DROPS: Get creative and paint a picture, make a collage using natural materials and poster paints
WATER MARKS: Find some frogspawn in the spring, have water fights with friends in summer or go sledging in winter

Persil Small and Mighty is available in major supermarkets and retailers now.  All prices quoted are Recommended Retail Prices. Retailers are free at all times to set their own retail prices. Keep a lookout for promotions across all major retailers

Persil Bio and Colour – 525ml – 15 washes - £4.69
Persil Bio and Colour – 875ml – 25 washes - £6.79
Persil Bio and Colour – 1400ml – 40 washes - £9.99
Persil Bio and Colour – 2100ml – 60 washes - £13

We were given the Persil to sample, all thoughts are that of our own and we share information that we feel is useful to or readers.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Princes Salmon Noodles

I was delighted to take part in the Princes Blogger challenge to come up an innovative family meal
creating a new and exciting recipe from the Princes canned fish range. I love a challenge and love experimenting with food, so I was delighted to take part.Here is my Princes Salmon Noodles.

Cooking Time -10 Minutes
Serves- 3

1 Tin of Princes Red Salmon
4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
I Small Chunk Of Ginger
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Green Chili
Handful of Green Garden Peas
4 Mini Sweetcorn cobs (cut into thin slices)
3 Spring Onions
1 Pack (410g) Egg Noodles
1/4 of a Teaspoon of Mixed Curry Powder
Coriander to Garnish
Salt to Taste

Step 1 - In a large frying pan add the olive oil and gently fry the ginger,garlic,chili, spring onions, sweetcorn and peas in the oil for a few minutes.
Step 2 - add princes Red Salmon and curry powder, season with salt and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Step 3 - Add the egg noodles and gently toss all ingredient together cook for a further 5 minutes.
Step 4 - Garnish with coriander and serve.

A delicious tasty meal in minutes, and if you like it spicy why not add an extra chili or for a different taste omit the curry powder and add Chinese 5 spice.

Why not check out promotional 4-packs of Princes Tuna where you can win a prize simply by sharing your Favourite Fish Dish. All you have to do is is enter a code from promotional 4-packs of Tuna at