Magno-Z



I cant tell you how excited we are to become Magno-Z ambassadors, when we first saw Magno-Z, We loved them straight away, Magno-Z are cool colourful stretchy little dudes with funky hair and have the most amazing expressions you have every seen.

 
Magno-Z are hair-ee and funky with springy coiled arms and legs which make great stretchy magnetic fun. With six colours and nine different characters, there are over 50 to collect. Each character has a different name and personality, Very addictive and poseable, pocket-money play. Patented magnetic connectors mean that you can attach your Magno-Z characters to any metal surface. Decorate a metal bookshelf or fridge – or accessorise your bike or scooter. They stick together, so you can use them to make fun jewellery or funky hair decorations.  
Since our Magno-Z characters have arrived we have been having endless fun.

 
They boys having been attaching them to the radiators, letting the Magno-Z do some awesome acrobatic poses.

 We love the magnetic attachments, We can link and attach our Magno-Z almost anywhere.

The boys had a great time attaching the Magno-Z on to their bunk bed and creating amazing shapes.


You can do almost anything thing with the Magno-Z, they are great fun to stretch, link together or attach and if you are like me, style that crazy hair. Endless fun. 

I'm sure we will be collecting the entire range as they are just so cool we love them, and you don't have to worry about where you going to put them!! simply find the nearest metal object and your sure never to loose them, Awesome.


The boys knew how much I loved Magno-Z so they gave me one of my very own one called Mary, she now lives on my fridge x
I wanted to share this really cool video of Magno-Z it certainly got us excited about the cool little dudes, 

To be honest I cant stop singing this theme tune, I think I'm driving the boys crazy xxxx


Magno-Z will soon be available from Smyths Toys, Amazon,
The Entertainer,Toymaster and all good Toy Stores.




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Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial - Competition & Recipe


Belvoir Fruit Farms have been making organic fruit crushes and cordials in the quite countryside of Lincolnshire for many years, created from their very own family recipe and made with pure organic ingredients.All made with absolutely no preservatives or flavourings

Organic Elderflower Cordial

I was delighted to try Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial, I had never had Elderflower cordial before so I was very intrigued to try it.

Elderflower cordial is a fantastic alternative to alcohol and has an amazing refreshing taste,sweet and floral with a slight twang of lemon,a perfect combination, I loved the refreshing taste, perfect served chilled on a hot summers day.


Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial is not only fantastic to drink, but to show how amazingly versatile Elderflower Cordial is, Belvoir teamed up with celebrity chef Sophie Conran to create some tasty recipes.

Here is my favourite Recipe

Sophie Conran’s Elderflower Fairy Cakes


For the Cake’s
100g butter, softened
100g sugar
2 eggs
100g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Elderflower Caramel Topping
100g caster sugar
25g unsalted butter
25ml Belvoir elderflower cordial
100ml double cream

Method

It is so simple to make these fairy cakes:
“These fairy cakes are basically quite a simple sponge mixture”, says Sophie. “As fairy cakes use the same ingredients as any sponge cake, most cake recipes can be used to make fairy cakes. You can try adding other things to the mixture, like spices, raisins, cocoa powder, broken up pieces of chocolate, mashed banana or even grated carrot to make mini carrots cakes.”Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C for a fan oven
Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and use a wooden spoon to beat together until pale, light and fluffy.
Beat the eggs in a jug then gradually add to the butter mixture, beating well between additions.
Sift over the flour and baking powder then gently fold in along with the vanilla extract.
(If all that mixing by hand looks a bit too much like hard work simply put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand-held blender although you may need to do this bit if you have very young children)
Line a cupcake tin with paper cake cases and half fill each case with the cake mixture.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the cakes have risen and look golden. Cool on a rack then decorate.
Decorating your fairy cakes:
“Frosting and decorations are defining characteristics of a fairy cake. There are different ways of icing your fairy cakes but I like to ice them with either simple sugar icing, or butter icing better still try this delicious elderflower caramel icing which is also great on ice cream or pancakes”, says Sophie.
Heat the sugar, butter and a tablespoon of water in a small pan on a medium/high heat.Stir a little until it starts to brown. Stir in the double cream and allow to bubble for another 5 minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved and you have a smooth sauce. Lastly, add the cordial and stir through. Keep warm until needed.
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Mario Kart 8

 As Mario Kart 8 Launches today here is some more information as well as a very funny video inspired by the infamous Blue Shells, This really made me giggle, to be honest I have many of these days myself,


Here is some more information on the awesome New Mario Kart 8 Game
PREPARE FOR GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN IN MARIO KART 8, LAUNCHED TODAY EXCLUSIVELY ON Wii U
Mario Kart TV web service enables racers to check out karting action on the go!
 Today the highly-acclaimed Mario Kart 8 releases exclusively on Wii U, bringing family and friends together once more for some high-octane kart racing, whether taking place in the confines of a living room or online with other racers from across the globe. With crisp HD graphics, a live orchestrated soundtrack, and a new antigravity course mechanic that allows competitors to race up walls and along ceilings, Mario Kart newcomers and veterans alike are set for a challenge!
Reviews have been pouring in for Mario Kart 8, with critics unanimous in their praise for the eighth instalment in the series:

Edge, 9 out of 10 – “The greatest Mario Kart yet.”
Eurogamer.net, 10 out of 10 - "Mario Kart 8 is a rare thing, then: the best entry in the series and the most exciting yet."
The Sun, 10 out of 10 – “Quite simply Mario Kart 8 is the best racing game of any console, bar none.”
Huffington Post, 5 out of 5 – “This is a classic video game, one of the very, very best.”
Metro, 9 out of 10 – “The best Mario Kart has ever been, with a near perfect blend of features and frequently astonishing visuals.”

In Mario Kart 8, get ready to rev your engine and take on racers from across the globe, with up to 12 players able to race or battle online, as long as everyone has the game and a broadband Internet connection. Players also can create public or private tournaments for which they specify the day of the week, the time and the rules. Per tradition, players will be able to race against ghost data from friends or even the top 10 worldwide racers. With the new Mario Kart TV feature, players can even watch their Highlight Reels, rewind them, play them in slow motion or share it with other players. Players with Google accounts can also upload their reels directly to their YouTube channels to show off their slick racing moves.

In preparation for the game’s much-anticipated release tomorrow, a new Mario Kart TV web service optimised for smart devices – mariokart.tv - has launched today, offering fans the chance to check out Mario Kart TV Highlight Reels and global Time Trial data on the go. While the service can be accessed by anyone, those with a registered Nintendo Network ID (NNID) will be able to log in and use mariokart.tv to watch Highlight Reels created by friends as well as videos of tournaments they’re participating in. Users with a registered NNID can also access their personal Time Trial data to see how they fare on each course in comparison to their friends, as well as looking at the best course times from across the globe to aim towards being the fastest racer in the Mushroom Kingdom! For more details on this new service, please visit the following link via a PC or mobile device browser: https://mariokart.tv/

As a reminder, fans looking to pick up Mario Kart 8 from tomorrow can also get their hands on a Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle, which comes complete with a Spiny Shell Collector’s Item alongside a physical copy of the game. The Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle is available to pre-order while stocks last. Meanwhile the release of theMario Kart 8 Premium Pack – Special Edition Wii U hardware bundle will accompany the launch of the game on 30th May, complete with a black Wii U Premium console with 32GB* of storage packaged alongside a black Wii U GamePad controller, Sensor Bar, and the all-important Mario Kart 8 game disc.
On top of that, anyone who registers the PIN code for Mario Kart 8 in Club Nintendo between 10:00 (UK time) on May 30th and 23:59 (UK time) on July 31st, can claim a free download code for one of a selection of great Wii U games in the Mario Kart 8 Bonus Game Promotion!

For the full lowdown on Mario Kart 8, exclusively for Wii U, the game’s full website can be checked out

For further details:
Mario Kart 8 website http://nintendo.co.uk/mariokart8
Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk
Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk











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Disney's Maleficent - Movie Review


Maleficent is well known as the villain from the classic 1969 Sleeping Beauty, As a huge fan of the animated movie, I was extremely excited to attend the screening of Maleficent, 

Maleficent tells the untold story of this well known villain. To to be honest I was expecting a very dark movie  but I was pleasantly surprised as Maleficent has unexpected twists, I couldn't have possibly imagined.

The movie began with a young Maleficent living in the Moorlands of the Forest kingdom, until one day maleficent's life changed forever when she met a young boy called Stefan who has dreams he would one day become king , A beautiful friendship develops but due to Stefan (Sharlito Copley) dreams and human desires Maleficent soon found herself alone once again, with Stefan heart and desires firmly set it wasn't long until Stefan dreams could finally become his reality with an evil twist.

Years later an army tried to invade Maleficent's (Angelina Jolie) home land the forest kingdom, Maleficent stood firm to protect the land and defeated the army, but then a visit from a Stefan leads to an unforgettable and very moving betrayal.

Stefan finally has the opportunity to claim his desired place as king, with Maleficent paying a high price. Maleficent is so hurt and and betrayed , we finally see maleficent turn into the evil character that we know and love...consumed with hurt and hatred, Maleficent take the opportunity to seek revenge on the birth of king Stefan's daughter Aurora played by (Elle Fanning).

But as the years pass by Maleficent's hate for Aurora slowly subsidies, and we are taken on a very beautiful journey of and friendship along with a heavy dose of true love, which give a whole new twist on Maleficent's character.

The move was amazing a must watch movie, The graphics were awesome and I felt drawn into the 3D effects of the movie, with a thrilling enchanting story line.
 I was entertained throughout leaving us drawn into Maleficent's world.

I very much enjoyed every aspect of this movie and I really want to watch it again, A great family movie, Rated at PG suitable for older children over 7 years due to the subtle scariness of Maleficent and some of the battle scenes. 

My boys thoroughly enjoyed the movie and our favorite term at the moments is the line "well" "well" " well", great entertaining movie defiantly not to be missed.











Upbeat High Protein Dairy Drink - Review


Upbeat has launched National Protein Week (26-31st May 2014) A week to educate people on the often 'forgotten nutrient' protein and the important role it plays in the body, in helping people feel full. Many people report they stop feeling hungry after eating protein. Protein is especially important in the morning as it helps to set you up for the day, so you’re more likely to resist the temptation of the biscuit tin - keeping you on track throughout the day. However, seven out of 10 Brits (68%) consume the majority of their protein at dinner, leaving a significant gap in Brits eating the right amount of protein at breakfast, which would set them up for the day. And if that wasn't enough, protein contributes to the maintenance of healthy muscles and bones, keeps skin and hair looking healthy and supports the immune system – keeping you at your best.

I was delighted to try upbeat, as a busy working mother of two boys, I'm always on the go, I often start with very early mornings and find I'm still on the go into the night, on top of my busy working schedule I often try and exercise so my lifestyle is generally very active as well as being quite chaotic. After reading the research I think i took for granted how important the role of protein plays in my diet and how little protein I'm actually consuming after checking my daily consumption needs i defiantly not getting enough protein, which has really made think.

I really love upbeat it comes to two amazing flavours Strawberry and Mango & Passion Fruit and each serving contains 20g of high quality whey protein. Upbeat is deliciously tasty and smooth, each drink comes in a 250ml bottle and costs around £1.79, perfect for when I'm on the go.


Upbeat is packed full of fresh protein and fruit puree, Upbeat helps you to get just the right amount of protein you need to support your stamina throughout the day. Available in a convenient 250ml bottle, Upbeat is a truly healthy drink that helps you to get your protein when life takes over - perfect for busy people on the go. What is more, the protein in Upbeat is from whey (a high quality protein that’s found naturally in milk) that contains all nine essential amino acids that your body cannot make, so they must come from the diet.

Upbeat have shared some amazing research and facts about protein including its benefits and also the misconceptions many of us make.

Millions of Brits are baffled by protein according to new research, which today reveals 81% have absolutely no idea how much protein they should consume daily and, worryingly, more than one in ten (11%) believe chocolate, beer and wine to be good sources!

The new study, conducted by fresh dairy drink Upbeat also found that a further one in five (17%) wrongly believe that all protein rich foods are unhealthy and high in fat, while a fifth (19%) don’t realise that it is essential to consume protein daily.

Top ten items Brits mistakenly believe are good sources of protein

1.     Cereal
17%
2.     Pasta
16%
3.     Butter
15%
4.     Rice
14%
5.     Chocolate
6%
6.     Beer  & Wine
5%
7.     Biscuits
4%
8.     Chips
4%
9.     Instant noodles
4%
10.  Crisps
3%


The research went on to uncover that two out of three Brits (73%) suffer from energy dips during the week. Of those that do, more than half (55%) experience them at around 3-4pm.

When hunger strikes, a staggering one in two (55%) opt for chocolate, crisps and sweets as their go-to snack. No surprise then, that one in three Brits (35%) admit that they experience below average amounts of energy throughout the day, in terms of how energetic and productive they are.
Dr Adam Carey, nutritional health and wellness expert commented: "Only recently are people beginning to wake up to the benefits of having protein sufficient diets. It's the jewel in the crown when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet and staying in control of wellness goals. Where before protein was hard to consume while on-the-go, it's now easier than ever with high protein dairy drinks such as Upbeat."

Mark Neville, Founder of The Good Whey Co., the company behind Upbeat said: "We're on a mission to educate the nation on the importance  and many benefits of protein, helping Brits to make healthier choices. Creating National Protein Week will hopefully help people to understand how protein and Upbeat, a convenient and healthy source of protein, can help keep them going throughout the day. Our ultimate goal is to spread the word on the vital role protein plays not only in supporting day-to-day fitness and wellbeing, but also helping people get more of that upbeat feeling!"


Keep an eye on twitter and www.feelingupbeat.co.uk for interesting facts, events, competitions and giveaways throughout the week.




New Cadbury Dairy Milk Lu Sweet Biscuit and Ritz Crackers - Review



I Carnot hide it ! I'm a huge chocolate fan, I had seen the new Cadburys Ritz bars in my local supermarket but surprisingly I hasn't tried them, so when I was given the opportunity to sample Cadbury Dairy Milk Lu and Ritz bars I was ecstatic.

The Cadbury bars are new and totally different to any chocolate bar I had ever seen or tasted, The chocolate bars come in two delicious varieties LU Sweet Biscuit and Ritz Moreish Crackers each bar comes in a cool squarish shaped bar with four mini segments, each tasty square biscuit is nestled and sandwiched between delicious creamy Dairy Milk chocolate, and not only is the chocolate sandwiched inside, but also around the entire edge of the bar,The creamy dairy milk chocolate was thick and delicious and extremely tasty - Here are my thoughts of each of the two varieties.

Ritz Moreish Crackers
I really adore the salty taste of the Ritz Cracker teamed with the Sweet Dairy Milk Chocolate, every bite was a real tasty treat, I really love the salty sweet combination. I totally enjoyed this chocolate bar and yes it lives up to its very moreish name as well as being totally delicious. The perfect savoury sweet snack for any time if the day.

Ritz Crackers with thick dairy Milk Chocolate, Sweet & Salty delicious.

LU Sweet Biscuit
Dairy Milk Lu Sweet Biscuit  is a super tasty sweet biscuit combined with the creamy Dairy Milk chocolate and a sweet tasty crunch of the biscuit, its tasted absolutely delicious, perfect for nibbling on, The biscuit was very delicious and the combination of the biscuit and Dairy Milk chocolate tasted amazing  I love the extra thick chocolate edging its a real treat.


LU Biscuits creamy and chocolate in every bite with a crunchy sweet biscuit texture simply Divine.



Cadbury Dairy Milk LU and Ritz are available in 35g bars each with four mini segments and RRP £0.58
Also available is a three bar muiltipacks for only RRP £1.49 



I love these new Cadbury Dairy Milk bars, My favorite has to be the Ritz cracker combination, I really loved the salty sweet taste, Absolutely delicious, I would most defiantly will buy both varieties again, as they went down very well with the whole family 10/10 from us.

Now a must have on my shopping list x









I was given the Cadbury Dairy Milk bars to try, all thought and opinions are that of  my own and I share my honest opinions on this product.


HealGel Eye - Review



I Love HealGel products, so I was delighted to try HelaGel Eye is a corrective eye treatment that is designed to lift and improve the appearance of puffiness, 
fine lines and dark circles.


HealGel Eye has so many fantastic reviews I couldn't wait to try it on my tired eyes.

HealGel eye is a very light gel, I only needed a very small amount, The HealGel went on easily and smoothly it was very cooling around my eyes, after application i had the perfect base for my make up, as well as a brighter and smooth appearance.

My under eyes appear smoother and so much brighter and after using for several weeks the darkness under my eyes has decreased and my eyes feel smooth and moisturised.

HealGel Eye contains Arnice and Madecassoside which are suspended in liposomes with powerful peptides which initiate a uniquely soothing and collagen boosting process, Healgel also locks moisture into the skin and firms the eye area with its dual action hyaluronic acid.

HealGel retails at £32 pound which I would say is fairly reasonable in comparison to other eye gels I have purchased in the past, also you only need a very small amount, So 15ml will last you a very long time.

To purchase HealGel or to find out more about this products and HealGels other products click Here






I was given the HealGel Eye to review, All thoughts are honest and of my own opinion.

Nakd Bars - Review


Up until recently I had never ate a Nakd Bar, I had seen them in my local store, But I had never purchased one.
In my mind it was a healthy bar which probably wasn't that tasty, So when I had the opportunity to try some, I was intrigued and very pleasantly surprised.

Nakd bars are delicious snacks bars made with raw fruits and nuts containing 100% natural ingredients with no added sugar or syrup, all of the Nakd bars are wheat and dairy free.
The Nakd bars are soft and chewy and are great for on the go, and as a snack.



To my delighted the bars were soft fruity, and some had quite nutty texture, 
The Nakd bars tasted sweet from the fruit and I really enjoyed every bite, they were the perfect snack. Nakd bars are delicious I cant believe I have missed out all this time.
My favourite has to be this tasty Cocoa Delight - I'm a huge chocolate fan so this one was perfect for me, it tasted rich and chocolaty with a hint of cashew nuts and is made for 100% natural ingredients.

Nakd bars come in a variety of delicious flavours and here are just some.....

Cocoa Delight - Chocolaty and simply delicious.

Cocoa Mint - Cocoa with a hint of Mint, soft and very tasty.

Peacan Pie - crunchy pecans with delicious dates.

Cashew Cookie - Tasty and very nutty, delicious.

Caffe Mocha - A tasty infused taste of cappuccino and cocoa.

Cocoa Orange - delicious chocolate flavour with a zing of orange zest flavour.

Rhubarb & Custard - A scrumptious taste of smooth custard with a rhubarb taste.

Ginger Bread - delightful soft with a nutty bite, with a subtle ginger bread taste.

Berry Delight  - Yummy raspberries in an amazingly soft bar


I really love Nakd Bars and I will defiantly be purchasing them in the near future they are great healthy snack alternative and the best thing of all is that they taste great, and with so many varieties and flavours keeps me very happy and wanting more,

Nakd are produced by Natural Balance Foods a British company devoted to making tasty healthy snacks and protein bars as well as a varied range of natural products including flapjacks.
Check them out Here







I was given the Nakd Bars to sample, all views are that of my own. And I remain honest in my opinions.

Build A Bear - Huggable Hero


Do you know a kid who's a real hero?

Since 2004, more than 100 exceptional young people have been recognized by Build-A-Bear Workshops® Huggable Heroes®. Each year the annual Huggable Heroes program supports a wide range of causes and champions un-bear-lievable efforts of young people who are making a difference. 
This year Build-A-Bear Workshops® will add 10 more amazing kids to our growing roster of Huggable Heroes. If you know any young leaders, ages 8 to 18, who provide extraordinary service in their communities or around the world, nominate them today!
The 2014 Huggable Heroes will each receive a £3,000 educational scholarship and £1,500 to be donated to the cause of their choice.
Nominate a Huggable Hero now or pick up an entry form at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United Kingdom, United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
Need some inspiration before nominating your personal hero?
Check out the Huggable Heroes from past years!

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Coco Caramel Shreddies - Review


We are huge Shreddies fans, We begin most mornings with our favourite bowl of Shreddies, The boys love the Chocolate Shreddies,
So we were super excited to try the New Coco Caramel Shreddies.


As I opened the packaging an amazing waft of caramel greeted me, My favourite little malty squares, but now with a caramel twist, Hastily I made a bowl of the Coco Caramel Shreddies with some hot milk, I couldn't wait to tuck in. 
The Coco Caramel Shreddies tasted amazing, if you have ever had the Chocolate Shreddies and you know how good they taste, well these Shreddies have a hint of caramel flavour which gives them a tasty kick, But not to overpowering in flavour, but a very subtle hint of caramel in every bite.
My boys loved them just as much as I did, and they have been having them everyday since.


Coco Caramel  Shreddies are not only extremely tasty, but they are full of whole wheat goodness, high in fibre and full of vitamins and iron, which make them the perfect way to start the day.

Only Fools and Horses


We had a wonderful trip to Southend On Sea. We headed out to spend the day together and enjoy some quality family time by the sea. 
Unexpectedly whilst heading for our favorite destination Southend Pier, we noticed that there was a Only Fools and Horses exhibition taking place at the end of the pier for a limited period of time. 


And at a fantastic price of £7 pound for a family, we knew it was a one off opportunity we wouldn't want to miss.

Now where can I start in telling you how much my hubby and boys adore Only Fools and Horses...well if I say we have seen all the re-run episodes on Sky Gold and we also own the boxsets of DVDs which is watched regularly!!! gives you a small little clue on how much they like the show.........oh yes and also my son already has picked and remembered some of his favorite punch lines
"Look out margate, and lock up your daughters" - yep this is just one!!!!


As we arrived we were in for a treat, the exhibition wasn't huge, but had some amazing classic props/clothing and furniture from the actual set, We were also lucky enough to meet actress Sue Holderness who plays Marlene, She was lovely and a very friendly lady.


We were in awe at the amazing collection and loved every minute of the exhibition.


Seeing some of the classic items from our favorite episodes was great.

 

From scripts from the show to the Lesser watch - which saw Del-boy and Rodney finally become a millionaires.


The classic sign of Nelson Mandela House.


If you are an Only Fools and Horses fan and stay updated on forth coming exhibitions and events visit www.ofah.net/blog/ 


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