Thursday, 5 March 2015

Tassimo Costa Caramel Latte and Caramel Tart


We love our Tassimo, its great to have a quick coffee or a lovely warm hot chocolate treat after a hard days work, We couldn't be without our Tassimo machine its certainly a firm favorite in our home, So we were very delighted to receive a Tassimo Winter Warmer package, filled with our favourite Tassimo drinks.


My son is a huge fan of the Tassimo Costa Caramel Latte, So I decided to make our favourite Caramel tart to accompany our Costa Caramel Latte. If like me you like your Costa Latte slightly weaker just push the XS button on your Tassimo machine for a weaker flavour but its still just as delicious.

 
  
Caramel Tart


What is great about this tart is that is quick and simple to make and tastes amazing accompanied with the Costa Caramel Latte.

Ingredients 
Ready roll shortcrust pasty
I can of carnation caramel
Chocolate sprinkles

Method
Step 1 - Place pastry on a lined baking tray, ensuring you pinch the edges.

Step 2 - Prick pastry with a fork and bake (as pack instructions)
Step 3 - Once your pasty its cooked and cooled....spoon on all of the caramel and spread evenly

Step 4 -  Add chocolate sprinkles.

We love this Caramel Tart and it tastes delicious with a Tassimo Costa Latte.


Mimi Green Goddess Fresh Face Mask Kit


As a very busy working mum, Its important I have some much needed me time, So i was ever so delighted to try Mimi Green Goddess Fresh Face Mask Kit, Mini Green Goddess is a deep cleansing and detoxifying face mask which is 100& natural and contains no parabens, Mimi Green Goddess fresh face mask is formulated to detoxify and nourish your skin, no matter how sensitive it is.


I was very excited and couldn't wait to have some well deserved me time. I was delighted when I received the kit, it came beautifully packaged in a solid white box, and the contents of the kit was delicately wrapped in tissue paper.

The Mimi Green Goddess Kit contains
A simple step by step guide book 
4 individual Green Goddess face mask treatments 
A mixing pot
Spatula
Cotton wool pads and handy reusable hairband. 


It was very easy to make up the mask and took only a few minutes, The mask was an amazing green colour which smelt fresh, By mixing the mask fresh at home cuts out the need for synthetic preservatives, which I really like.

Here is Mimi step by step video to show you how easy quick and easy it is to make your mask at home.


The mask was very simple and easy to apply and very soothing, after 10 minutes the mask had dried and changed colour from a dark green to a light green, I gently washed off the mask and was pleasantly surprised how soft and subtle and clean my skin felt after the first treatment, I'm really looking forward to using Mimi again, and with four mask treatments per box, is a great excuse for more me time and amazing feeling skin, so a double bonus for me.


Mimi have a range of natural skin care products which I cannot wait to try, Check out Make It Make It

Nintendo 3DS - Cooking Mama 5 Bon Appetit - Review


We were very excited to play the new Cooking Mama 5 Bon Appetit Nintendo 3DS game,
Cooking Mama is a cool game where you can assist Cooking Mama make and bake a variety of recipes. Cooking Mama has 60 awesome recipes from sandwiches to steaks as well as more exotic recipes, the game is great fun and very easy to play, you simply follow the on screen instructions and carry out various steps of each recipe from chopping, mixing, flipping and grilling, and as you complete each recipe you are rewarded with additional recipes and new game play items. 


We really loved the Cooking Dojo feature where you have to complete each task before the clock stops it was super exciting and fun.
We also loved the fact we could customise Cooking Mamas kitchen and change the decor, you also can change the colour of Cooking Mamas headscarf and apron. and best of all the fun is not only limited in the kitchen as there are 15 mini games and chores from helping Cooking Mama in her shop to feeding the kittens, so there is plenty to keep you occupied.


Cooking Mama is a fun interactive game which is suitable for all ages, its bright and colourful and the graphics and game play keep you engaged for hours, and with up to four players you can compete head to head which adds a competitive feature that we love.
For more information on Cooking Mama Check out Nintendo/Games/Cooking Mama Bon Appetit





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Monday, 2 March 2015

Superstitions Affect How And When We Send Cash

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 WANT TO be more lucky with money? Londoners do. Cash senders in the city are the most superstitious in all of the UK* and are inspired by Chinese folklore and tradition to bring them financial fortune – with the busiest day to send money revealed as 3rd March.
WesternUnion.com has analysed 255 million transactions sent in a 12 month period and found 3rd March to be the most popular day of the year to send money. Alone on that day nearly 40% of the transactions from the UK to China came from London.



In Chinese culture the number three has special significance as a harbinger of good luck. This number is considered to be one of the luckiest as a man’s life is defined by three important stages (birth, marriage and death) and Londoners are clearly influenced by it.

Ganesh Krishnamoorthi, VP e-Commerce Europe at WU.com, said: “Our analysts saw a surge of sending on 3rd March with more than 90,000 GBP sent last year. When we dug into this a little more we also saw that six of the top 10 busiest days for sending also fell into the third month of the year, showing a clear belief in Chinese lucky numbers when it comes to sending money to loved ones.”

The top superstitious cities in the UK according to WesternUnion.com are:
1.       London
2.       Manchester
3.       Wakefield
4.       Norwich
5.       Liverpool

And because we all want to be a little luckier with money, WesternUnion.com has devised a list of tips based on Chinese culture and traditions around numbers:    

1.       Celebrate a wedding or a birth with money, but ensure it’s sent to relatives on the third day of the month to reflect the three key important stages in life; birth, marriage and death
2.        ‘Good things come in pairs’ so send transactions in even numbers for good luck
3.       Zero makes every number even when added to the end so round up your cash for extra luck
4.       Send money in multiples of five to reflect the five elements: water, fire, metal, wood and earth
5.       Transfer money to a loved one at 13:14 on the dot for extra luck in your relationship. This combination of numbers showers favour on those that use them, so don’t miss out!

Customers in the UK and China will, for the first time, be able to send remittances to loved ones through the Western Union® Money TransferSM service at the touch of a few buttons via the new mobile app or Western Union website.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Disney Cinderella - Movie Review


We were delighted to be part of the first UK audience to see the magical Disney movie Cinderella, Inspired by the classic Disney 1950 animated fairy tale, this stunning magical story has all your most memorable moments and more in this visually stunning movie.The magical story of Cinderella features the young Ella (Lily James) a gentle and very kind natured girl whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother


Ella happily welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home, but unfortunately all is not what it seams, as when Ella’s father suddenly passes away, Ella soon finds her life turned upside down by her cruel new family, who call her Cinderella. Ella remains kind and positive and remains true to her mothers dying wishes to “have courage and be kind.” despite the hardship that she faces as the family's servant girl.


Ella by chance meets as charming young man Kit (Richard Madden) in the woods one day, totally unaware he is really the Prince, and when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball,  Ella hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. But Ella's wicked stepmother forbids her to attend the ball and rips her handmade dress, Ella is distressed and heartbroken, but with a little magic from Ella's fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) Cinderella will attend the ball and again meet her prince charming.


An amazing yet magical story, if you loved the classic Cinderella animation, then you will most certainly adore this magical tale of courage and true love, Cinderella is both moving, magical and humorous, a truly great timeless classic Disney movie enhanced and brought to life, A story of good overcoming evil and happily ever after. All we want from and expect from a Disney movie. We adored the movie and most defiantly cannot wait to watch it again.

Disney Cinderella will hit UK Cinemas from 27th March if you cannot wait until then here is a sneak peek.


 For more information on Disney's Cinderella check out Facebook.com/WaltDisneyStudiosUK  Twitter.com/Disney_UK


Thank you Disney UK for an amazing memorable day. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Red Nose Day Funny Face's With Persil


To celebrate the launch of the limited edition funny faced Red Nose Day bottle of Persil, TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher has teamed up with Persil to encourage families across the UK to make their faces funny by getting gunged for money,So the Sky Sports presenter braved 20 litres of bright blue gunge as she took part in a photo shoot to launch the campaign.


Kirsty Gallacher said: “When Persil asked me if I was game for a gunging, I thought why not? The shoot was great fun and the photos are hilarious. It’s for a really fantastic cause, so I’m urging the nation to get involved as well. Persil even tackles gunge, and with a donation from every limited edition funny faced bottle going to the charity - there’s no excuse for not having a go too!”

Excited and inspired we were delighted to get involved and, so with the help of Kirsty's simple gunge recipe we set out to have some messy fun.



Kirsty’s recipe to make gunge in the home.

Ingredients:
350ml of water
3 to 4 drops of blue paint powder. Kids powder paint is best for this, and can be bought cheaply on Amazon 
140g corn flour, available from all good supermarkets

Method: 
1. Add 350ml of tap water to a small saucepan and heat until the water is warm but not boiling. You do not want to use boiling water as you will have to wait for it to cool before you can use your hands to mix the gunge – and we appreciate that you’ll want to get gunging straightaway!
2. Pour 250 ml of the warm water into a bowl (leaving 100ml to one side). Add three to four drops of the blue powder paint until the water is about a shade darker than you want the gunge to be. When you make the gunge, the colour will become diluted slightly. Mix the water and paint well with a spoon, until fully mixed. 
3. Measure 140g of corn flour and place it into a separate large-sized bowl.
4. Pour the coloured water slowly into the bowl with the corn flour. And now for the fun bit… Get stuck in using your fingers to mix the ingredients together until you have a thick paste, and voila – you’re ready to gunge anyone who stands in your way!
Top tip: double the ingredients for double the gunging fun!

  Kirsty’s top tips for gunging:

1.Once the mixture is prepared let it cool for 20-30 minutes before you get messy and why not put your gunge into the fridge for a few minutes for an extra cold surprise!
2. Be sure to wear goggles during the gunging, and keep your mouth closed; it might help to make your face even funnier!
3.Remember to have a camera nearby. Your friends and family members are sure to pull funny faces when the gunge is poured over them, so take a picture to remember the event at a later date
4.Once you have prepared the gunge once, feel free to do it again using different colours, or maybe even some glitter! Go for a bright pink or orange for your child’s favourite colour, or to create a rainbow effect


The boys had the most amazing time playing with the gunge, which then quickly turned into a gunge fight, soon the whole entire kitchen and the boys were covered in light blue gunge. Although it was very messy it was great fun and we certainly will be making the gunge again.


As part of a £1 million donation from Unilever, Persil has produced a limited edition Persil small & mighty liquid bottle which sees its dosing ball swapped for a unique take on a Red Nose, and funny face.  To get involved, head to www.Persil.co.uk for more inspiration on how to make your face funny for money; buy the limited edition bottle; or text PERSIL to 70703 to donate £3. And don’t forget to share your funny faces on Twitter/Facebook using #RNDfunnyface.  


Persil believe that family fun and messy experiences should be embraced, which is why they are inspiring the nation to let loose and have fun with gunge. It’s the perfect way for families across the country to get involved.There are loads of other ways to get involved in Red Nose Day on the Persil website too.

For more information visit www.persil.co.uk or  www.rednoseday.com.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Nestlé Gluten Free Cornflakes



Wake up to brighter mornings with these NEW Nestlé Gluten Free Cornflakes, I know a few people who have to avoid gluten for dietary reasons, so if you live a gluten free lifestyle, or are you thinking about starting one you can now have Nestlé Gluten Free Cornflakes.
I was very curious how the New Nestlé Gluten Free Cornflakes taste, To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect, but I need not have worried as there was no taste compromise at all, In fact they tasted deliciously moreish just like regular cornflakes. 


I served my Gluten Free Honey Flakes with a splash of ice cold milk and loved every mouthful, I actually will defiantly be purchasing these again.These delicious crispy flakes of golden corn are a great source of seven vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamin D and are available in two delicious varieties Nestlé Gluten Free Honey Flakes and Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes.


Not only are these Nestlé Gluten Free Cornflakes deliciously tasty, but they are cost effective for all budgets, RRP: £1.99 for Nestlé Gluten Free Cornflakes and RRP: £2.19 for Nestlé Gluten Free Honey Cornflakes for a 500g box.
Nestlé Gluten Free Cornflakes are available at Tesco, ASDA, Morrison’s and Waitrose.


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I was given these Nestle Cornflakes to sample all thoughts are that of my own.