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Giant Amoy Soy Sauce Portrait Marks the Year of the Monkey.

 Amoy Soy Sauce Portrait

Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey, the UK’s number one soy sauce brand Amoy has got things off to a swinging start with a giant monkey portrait painted entirely out of Soy Sauce.

The Amoyzing artwork is larger than life at 8ft x 8ft and has been created by artist Will Vibes who over the course of a single week made the finishing splashes to bring this cheeky monkey to life.  The concept was to bring to life the enthusiastic and thoughtful nature of the celebrated Monkey, along with a key ingredient of Chinese cooking.

 Amoy Soy Sauce Portrait

The Year of the Monkey celebrates witty, intelligent, mischievousness and curious personality traits and just like the animal ensures that creativity is at the heart of everything. The larger than life soy-trait, which is over five times bigger than your average Monkey, amazed onlookers and certainly showed everyone that there is no business like Monkey business!

Chinese New Year is very popular in the UK, and thousands of spectators joined the festive fun at Trafalgar Square to celebrate Chinese New Year last year. In 2016, over 300,000 families, government officials and VIPs are set to attend London’s Amoy-sponsored festivities, which will make the upcoming February 14th occasion the biggest the UK has ever celebrated.

Alongside the rising interest in Chinese New Year, Asian food has increased in popularity over the past couple of years with sales of Amoy Soy sauce increasing by 8.7% in the last year alone. However, Soy Sauce is not primarily popular because of its artistic attributes but rather its tasty table top versatility. But in order to specially celebrate The Year of Monkey, Amoy decided to swap forks for paintbrushes and explore a creative new ‘serving suggestion’ for the modern family classic.

 Amoy Soy Sauce Portrait

Martina Davis, Brand Manager at Amoy, comments: “Amoy is famous for adding fun and creativity to the dinner table, and the Monkey represents optimism and energy in Chinese culture.  So our idea was to bring these two classic Asian icons together in a modern and playful manner to ring in the Year of the Monkey. The final huge artwork playfully celebrates the commencement of Chinese New Year and, quite literally, shows the true versatility of our Soy Sauce range.”

“The use of soy sauce in painting has been an art form since the 16th century, so it was inspiring to bring this age old tradition to life with a fun and new world twist,” Said artist Will Vibes. “The final artwork using Amoy Soy Sauce blends tradition and modernity through the movement, exuberance and energy of the Monkey – an extremely revered figure in the Chinese Zodiac.”

Amoy, the top authentic oriental food brand, will be the primary sponsor of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations in London on the 14th February 2016.

WIN Tickets To Amoy Chinese New Year Celebrations.
Amoy, the top authentic oriental food brand, will be the primary sponsor of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations in London on the 14th February 2016. Amoy will host a special VIP tent in Trafalgar Square all day on Sunday 14th February 2016 and consumers able to gain access to the VIP tent during the celebrations by following and tweeting @AmoySoySauce #SoyMonkey. 

For more information about AMOY please visit  www.amoy.co.uk

Attempting to Shop Smartly

Shopping trolley

I must say a few years back i was the worst shopper ever, I would constantly buy things I just didn't need, my biggest downfall was food, On my way home from work whichever direction I choose to walk home, I would always pass a major supermarket, So I'd pop in and generally buy cream cakes, it got to the point I could feel those cake gathering around my stomach, And each time I checked my bank I was overspending excessively, I knew this had to stop. I began to take a good hard look at my spending habits and I wanted to be accountable for my spending. So I drew up some rules that I had to stick by and so far so good, So I thought it would be great to share these quick tips to help you become accountable for your spending habits.
shopping list

Plan - If you intend to go clothes shopping or you have a big purchases in mind, set your price tag limits and stick to them,

Credit Cards - Only use if you have the finances to pay them back at the end of the month, being in debt is no fun and can easily get out of hand.

Cash only - Shop with cash I tend to take out my money out of the bank so i only carry cash this way I can keep a tab on exactly what I'm spending.

Make lists - When you budget your weekly/monthly income set aside your maximum amount spend. The average food cost are around £80 per week for a family, But if you are super careful and selective you can properly do it for less.

Meal plan - I go grocery shopping every Saturday so my meal plan is runs from Saturday to Friday, Meal planning helps save on food waste, As you only buy what you need, I try to opt for at least one dish that we can eat more then once in that week eg Curry Dish or Hot Pot

Do I need it - Distinguish between your wants and your needs, We can easily justify that latest purchase, I know this because I've done it, BUT but the big question is do I really needs it.

Don't get drawn in - Supermarkets offer lots of buy one get one free items, but remember if it's not on your shopping list then don't buy it.

My Scarf Shop: Review

I adore scarfs, there is nothing quite like a pretty contrasting scarf  to match your outfit. As i buy lots of scarfs, I was delighted to learn that My Scarf Shop is a dedicated online shop full of gorgeous scarfs, from thick woolly scarfs which are perfect for the chilly weather to delicate silk scarfs.

My Scarf Shop is based in the UK and has a large variety of scarf designs and head wear accessories, My Scarf Shop is competitively priced with a varied range of colours and materials, from luxurious Silk scarves, wool scarves, cotton scarves,chiffon scarves to Cashmere scarfs.

green pashmina scarf

I was delighted to receive these stunning scarfs, I adore this Green Pashmina style scarf its a medium weight scarf and perfect for the autumn and winter seasons. Prices start from £6.00.

  pink paisley scarf

This lighter Pink Paisley Scarf is beautiful, very pretty and light, Made from chiffon its great addition to your wardrobe. Currently on sale for £14.95.

red scarf

This bright bold Red Chiffon Scarf adds a pop of colour to any outfit, great for wearing around the neck or around the head as a headband, At only £7,50 you cannot go wrong.

Scarfs make excellent gifts and are the prefect accessory all year round, My Scarf Shop also has a vast array of men scarfs, so there defiantly something for everyone. For these gorgeous scarf and more check out My Scarf Shop.

Family Fever

I was given some pretty scarfs to review,All thoughts are honest and of my own opinion.

Our Ideal Holiday #MarkWarnerMum


For us a our ideal Holiday is all about building bonds and new adventures, with our busy hectic lifestyle we are all like passing trains, often catching up with each other when we can, We all like fun adventures and exploring, So last year we headed on our first ever family holiday to Morocco, We had heard lots about the Atlas Mountains and the hustle and bustle of the markets, So it sound like the perfect adventure for us, We felt that the boys defiantly ready for their first family holiday adventure.


We have some amazing memories and defiantly want to create more, from our first ever aeroplane flight to hiking up the Atlas Mountain, it was quite steep in places and we found ourselves walking over small bridges and rocks with the river rushing beneath our feet, The boys loved scrambling up the side of the mountain to reach the waterfall, We took in the stunning views along the way, The further we hiked up we you could feel the density of the air change it was surreal.


Later that day we got to eat traditional Tagine by the edge of the Atlas Mountain and catch up with each other on what we had seen, Some amazing memories that we look back on fondly.


We learnt a lot about the Burbur people who lived in remote villages by the mountains, and even had the opportunity to be invited in a locals home to have some moroccan tea, it was humbling to see how different people live and was an experience that i will never forget.


Our Ideal holiday is that we are together having fun making new memories, it gives us a chance to re connect and recharge , We met some amazing people and best of all we all got the chance to explore a new place.

We love new adventures as well as building bonds and love nothing more then spending time quality time together, This is our entry to the #MarkWarnerMum Ambassador Programme,We are have chosen "Adventure Junkie" As we love new experiences and are excited at exploring new places and trying new things. For more information on Mark Warner and their Holiday packages go to Mark Warner 

Our Netflix Night In

We were delighted to join in with Netfix night in, We headed for the family movies selection to see what we could watch.

With so many movies, it was hard to choose, I wanted to watch a Disney movie whilst my boys wanted something with a little bit more action, After a compromise we settled for A spy Next Door - A cool action family movie - Whilst babysitting an undercover agent is thrown back into the world of a top secret adventure, when a secret file is accidentally downloaded.

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We have seen the film quite a long time ago, so it was great to watch it again, I always find you miss little parts of the film first time around, so it was great to re-watch. A superb Netflix Night in, Great movie and tasty popcorn, All whilst being cosy under our Netflix blanket what more could we possibly ask for.

Netflix have lots of new titles every month, Here are some top picks.

Spice World - Available on the 10th February  - The 90's classic, The world famous Spice Girls tour London in their union flag double decker bus causing trouble and performing classic songs on route.

Enchanted - Available on Netflix on the 26th February - A princes who is prepared to wed is sent away to New York by an evil queen, Where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Muppet's Most Wanted - Available on Netflix on 25th February - Whilst on tour the Muppet's find themselves wrapped up into an european jewel heist headed by Kermit the frog lookalike.

Thank you Netflix for our fab night in, If you would like to know more about Netflix and their  movies selection then check out Netflix

Disney Store Announces The Release of Star Wars Tsum Tsum Collection

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Popular Line of Stackable Plush to Hit Shelves in the UK and across Europe on February 16. Disney Store today unveiled characters from a galaxy far, far away as a part of the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection, the newest addition to the popular stackable plush line that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced at Disney Store in Japan in 2013.

The Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection will feature characters from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and will come in three sizes - mini, medium and large. Characters represented in the collection include: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, R2-D2, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3P0, Ewok and Stormtrooper. The collection will be launched exclusively at Disney Store locations – both in-store and online – in the UK and across Europe, as well as the U.S. and Japan on February 16.
 Disney Tsum Tsum star wars collection
Since its debut in 2013, Disney Tsum Tsum has quickly become one of the most successful plush lines in Disney Store history, prompting category expansion into softlines, accessories, home décor and more. Featuring classic and new Disney, Marvel and now Star Wars characters, Disney Tsum Tsum’s whimsical design reinterprets everyone’s favourite characters with a unique Japanese aesthetic.
Disney Tsum Tsum star wars collection
Disney Store launched #TsumTsumTuesdays where a new collection of the adorable plush is unveiled the first Tuesday of every month. With the February 16 release of the Star Wars collection, Disney Store will also kick off a new #TsumTsumTuesday release cadence with a new Disney, Marvel or Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection launching on both the first and third Tuesday of every month.

The free puzzle app Disney Tsum Tsum, which was first released in Japan in 2014 and quickly became the #1 free app on both iOS and Android, now boasts more than 50 million downloads worldwide.

Sharing information as a Disney Fan.I have not been compensated for this post.


Sunset in weavers field park

There's something about sunsets that I love, In this picture we decided to take the boys for a quick game of football after school club ended. Had to capture this awesome skyline.

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