Netflix #StreamTeam



I love this time of the year, Like most i look forward of spending some quality time with the family, and as we all off and we can stay at home and catch up with some of our favourite Netflix movies.


I was delighted to see that Netflix has some of our all time must watch movies, from Jingle all the Way to Home Alone.


We are really looking forward to catching up on lots of awesome movies this season.


And what better way to watch Netflix then with some delicious snack and these cool Netflix socks that will keep our feet warm and toasty.


Thank You Netflix,

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros



Mario and Luigi have to be our all time favourite Nintendo characters, So we were super excited to play Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros, The game begins when Luigi is in Peach’s Castle, Luigi accidentally knocks open a magical book, which cause's paper friends and foes to fly out of its pages,


Although its lovely for the characters to meet each other, But now there are two Bowser's which is a huge threat to the Mushroom Kingdom. Its up to you to help Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario to defeat Bowser and Paper Bowser and bring the Paper Mario characters back to their original world.


We love that we could use Paper Mario to to explore as Mario is paper he can slip though small cracks and other area where the three dimensional Mario Bros cant reach, You can also use Paper Mario’s unique copy ability you can create duplicates of him for greater attacking powers. Mario and Luigi Paper Jam Bros is a fun game with cool battles a unique and fun game.

  

We had a great time playing Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros and can't wait to resume our game play and take part in some giant paper battles. We have also been enjoying crafting these cool Paper Bros characters. For more information on Mario & Luigi:Paper Jam Bros Check out Nintendo UK.




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Merry Thfiftmas Everyone


It great to share Sainsbury’s Canapénds campaign as most are preparing to kick off the Christmas celebrations. UK families buy an average of £216 worth of food and drink per household for the festive period, but data from WRAP tells us that up to £340 million of food can be wasted in each month. We all know that Christmas can be an expensive time of year as we love to spend money on special treats for family and friends, so Sainsbury’s team of chefs have created a collection of delicious Christmas ‘Canap-énds’, providing a route for some smart savings this Christmas, that will impress your guests while making the festive budget go a little further.

New research launched today by Sainsbury’s revealed that 84% of the UK population can use leftovers from their Christmas dinner for up to four days to create new meals during the festive period.

Lemon salmon tartar, on cucumber with crème fraiche and dill

Makes 10

10 Cucumber slices, salted
 2 tbsp crème fraiche
1 tsp chopped dill
Few sprigs of dill to garnish
Salmon marinade
1 x 150g salmon fillets
20ml of good quality gin
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of sea salt

Method
1.  Chop the salmon very finely and place into a bowl with the marinade ingredients
2.  Leave for 5-10 minutes, until salmon is just starting become opaque around the edges
3.  Place a spoonful of crème fraiche on each piece of the cucumber pieces and add then top with a teaspoon full of salmon mixture. Sprinkle with dill


To help customers combat wasting food this Christmas, Sainsbury’s has teamed up with chef Thomasina Miers to create a series of ‘Thriftmas’ recipes, transforming leftovers of the classic Christmas dishes and ingredients which customers could otherwise struggle to use - into ingredients for inspirational new family meals.

Foods specifically purchased for Christmas reported by UK shoppers to be frequently leftover include turkey (13%), cranberry sauce (20%), Christmas pudding (15%) and those controversial Brussels sprouts (21%). In addition they also report to having ample amounts of gravy (15%), spirits (10%) and root vegetables (10%) to use up post-Christmas.

Based on these top leftover foods at Christmas, Thomasina has created a range of delicious and exciting recipe ideas including festive turkey & sweet potato samosas, a zesty Brussels sprout salad, and a hearty chicken,  bacon and chestnut winter pie, using up that delicious leftover gravy. The Thriftmas recipes are designed to encourage customers to put a ‘little twist’ on their meals by adding in something an unexpected or adventurous ingredient to create inspirational new recipes.

Chef Thomasina Miers said “The week between Christmas and New Year is a time when we often have a surplus of typically Christmassy ingredients in the fridge - what is needed is some imagination and help to transform these ingredients into little feasts. I hope these recipes – made from commonly leftover Christmas foods and store cupboard ingredients - will inspire families to get creative, save money and most importantly cut down on food waste.”

To find out more about Sainsbury’s commitment to reducing food waste as part of their ‘Waste Less, Save More’ campaign and if you’re in need of some food-spiration, visit www.homemadebyyou.co.uk.


Spiced turkey & sweet potato samosas
Makes 12

1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 spring onions, chopped
½ small thumb ginger, peeled and grated
1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 ½ tsp garam masala
1 small (250g) sweet potato, peeled and diced
175g leftover turkey meat, shredded
A big handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
100g butter, melted
500g filo pastry

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4 and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Place a pan over a medium heat and warm up the oil. When hot, add the curry leaves and once they have crackled and turned translucent, add the garlic, spring onions, ginger and green chilli and cook until the spring onions have softened. Add the chilli powder and garam masala and allow the spices to cook for another 2 minutes.

Stir in the sweet potato and a big pinch of salt and pepper and allow them to cook in the mixture for a minute or so before adding enough water (approx. 75-100ml) to just cover and placing a lid on top. Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes, checking occasionally that the mixture isn’t catching on the bottom of the pan. Add a little more water if the mixture appears too dry.

Once the sweet potato is just soft, stir in the turkey and the coriander and check the seasoning before transferring to a plate to cool.

When the filling is cool, lay a sheet of filo pastry horizontally in front of you on a clean, flat surface. Brush with melted butter and lay another sheet on top. Cut vertically into 4 equal strips.

Place half a tablespoon of the filling in the corner of each strip. Fold the pastry over the filling to make a triangle-shaped parcel. Keep folding the parcel into triangles until the sides are sealed and the pastry is all used up. Brush the final edge with melted butter to seal it. I’d recommend watching a YouTube video on folding samosas to get yourself started – they are very easy to follow.

Brush the finished samosa all over with melted butter and place on the baking tray ready to be cooked. Repeat the process until everything has been used up (you may have some leftover filling).

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning over once, until golden and crisp. Delicious hot or cold.




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The Perfect Tassimo Gift This Christmas


For the perfect gift this Christmas, choose not to choose with Tassimo. With different brewer styles and colours available, as well as a vast range of top brands and hot drinks to suit every taste, the choices are endless.


The perfect addition to any gift list, the Tassimo brewers are ideal for those that love coffee shop quality hot drinks at the touch of a button. So whether you fancy a Kenco coffee, Cadbury Hot Chocolate or even a Twinings tea amongst others, with Tassimo you can choose not to choose and enjoy a little bit of everything in the comfort of your own home.


The Tassimo Caddy
Introducing the newest addition to the range; the Tassimo Caddy, perfect for keeping your Tassimo brewer and T-Discs neatly in one place, it is the ideal special gift for hot drink lovers at just £149.99. This new member of the Tassimo family features a handy T-Disc holder at the side of the machine, making that early morning coffee or after-dinner hot chocolate even easier to make, and ever more tempting.

The stylish brewer houses two holders, each offering space for up to 16 T-Discs and the ability to add an additional six holders to the machine. The Tassimo Caddy is perfect for those hot drink fans that love to have a wide range of T-Discs at their fingertips.
Choose which T Disc takes your fancy on the day, simply pop it in the brewer and enjoy a world of variety at your fingertips thanks to the unique Tassimo Intellibrew technology.


The Tassimo Suny
Add a splash of colour to your life with the chic Tassimo Suny, which is available in Autumn Red, Pacific Blue or Midnight Black. This stylish brewer is the ultimate gift for those in a hurry. Simply press your cup against the Smart Start button, and watch the Tassimo Suny make coffees, teas, chocolates, and more, creating the perfect drink every time.


The Tassimo Vivy
Thanks to its petite stylish size and compact design, the perfectly formed Tassimo Vivy is ideal for those who desire a more compact machine. Not only is this efficient brewer shorter in depth but has been carefully designed to fit into the snuggest of corners making it the ultimate choice for those where space is at a premium.
Despite a reduction in size the Tassimo Vivy has had no reduction in features and the slim style water tank holds up to 0.7Litres making approximately three cups of standard-sized hot drinks.

Available in two classic colours – black or white – and all for under £100, there is no better way to show a loved one you care this Christmas.

For more information check out www.tassimo.co.uk

Minions Movie #MinionsXmas


We adore the Minions, we have watch all of the movies and we certianly were delighted to watch the latest Minions movie and with Christmas just arounf the corner, we were delighted to spread some festive Minions cheer with the help of the Minions.


The kids were excited to show off their creative skills by decorating some Minion baubles.

  

They were really impressed with their creations.


The Minions is the biggest animated film of the year, and is now avaible on 3D, BLU-RAY™ and DVD now from Universal Pictures (UK) and Illumination Entertainment.


MINIONS begins at the dawn of time, long before we first met the lovable henchmen in Despicable Me. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, the Minions evolve through the ages, serving the most despicable of villains along the way – from the T. rex to Napoleon. Despite their best efforts, the Minions struggle to keep their bosses for long, and ultimately fall into a deep depression when they can’t find a new master to serve. Thankfully, one adventurous Minion named Kevin steps in to save the day with a courageous plan and two unlikely sidekicks teenage rebel and wannabe rock-star Stuart, and the hapless yet lovable little Bob. The trio embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential boss, Scarlet Overkill, played by Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock (Gravity, Miss Congeniality) the world’s first-ever female super-villain. Their quest sees them travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960’s New York City, finally ending in London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date, Which is to save all of Minion kind from obliteration.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s, MINIONS is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri (Ice Age, Robots) and Janet Healy (Shark Tale, Jurassic Park) and is directed by Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2) and Kyle Balda (The Lorax, The Mask). Brian Lynch (Puss In Boots, Hop) has written the screenplay and Chris Renaud (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Orientation Day) serves as executive producer on the film.
Don’t miss your chance to take Kevin, Stuart and Bob home this Christmas as MINIONS is released on 3D, BLU-RAY™ and DVD on now.  For more information on the Minions check out Facebook - Minions Movie UK

Limited Edition NOW TV Christmas Boxes


We love NOW TV  especially this time of year its a great time for us to catch up with each other and watch some lovely Christmas movies.It was lovely to see NOW TV range of limited edition festive boxes for Christmas 2015, The boxes are only (RRP £15). With a NOW TV Box and a selection of NOW TV Passes you can stream the latest movies, live sports and must see TV shows without a contract, all in one place. They also make great gifts this Christmas.



With seven fun and original designs this exclusive collection ensures that there is something that all of your loved ones would like to receive this Christmas. 

The stunning designs are amazing from cuddly polar bears to the lovable reindeer, I must say I do love the Fungus the Bogeyman design which is inspired by Raymond Briggs classic family story Fungus the Bogeyman, Which I'm really excited to say will be shown exclusively on Sky1 this festive season. We certainly cant wait to watch it.


The Now TV box is more than just a stylish stocking filler, The NOW TV Box instantly turns your TV into a smart TV meaning you can stream live and on demand Pay TV content available from Sky without a contract. You can dip in and dip out with the selection of NOW TV Passes:

You can access to over 250 of the most talked about Box Sets such as True Blood and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Sons of Anarchy and 13 Pay TV channels not available on Freeview including: Sky Atlantic, Sky 1 and Sky Living with the Entertainment Month Pass  at £6.99 per month. 

The Sky Movies Month Pass is only £9.99 per month, Here you can access to over 1,000 movies on demand, including up to four new Sky Movies premieres each week. There’s Hollywood blockbusters, including: Disney’s Cinderella, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Big Hero 6, Taken 3, and Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb all available in December; cult classics like The Usual Suspects and Ghost; and favourites such as Disney’s Frozen, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Interstellar, ready to be streamed straight into the living room.

The only place to stream the biggest live matches and events on all 7 Sky Sports channels without a contract, making a Sky Sports Day Pass  at £6.99, Sky Sports Week Pass at £10.99 a week or Sky Sports Month Pass at £31.99 per month, which is the perfect present for any sports fan. There’s plenty to watch this December with Barclays Premier League, Sky Bet Football League, International Cricket, and World Darts Championship all live.

At present all new customers can enjoy a 14 day free trial with the Entertainment and Sky Movies Month Passes.  To get your mittens on a limited edition NOW TV Box in time for Christmas (RRP £15) register your interest at www.nowtv.com/christmasbox. For more information on NOW TV check out  @NOWTV  and @NOWTVSport.

Story Fun with HP #NeverRunsOut


We were super exited to receive a cool HP activity pack, which is designed to help illustrate how you never run out of imagination just like HP ink never runs out of HP Instant Ink. We couldn't wait to read Harrison and Hugo's Imaginary Zoo story book adventure, The great thing about this story is that we got the chance to add an addition imaginary character at the end of the story.


The kids had a great time and loved the story.

Pamper Must Have's For Mum & Mums To Be

All of us mums need some pampering, especially this time of year and even more so if you are pregnant or looking to fall pregnant. Why not take a look at these three products which will help you take care of yourself this season. Below are three must have products for mums and mums to be, which help you take care of yourself when planning and preparing for the holiday season.


Bio-Oil -  £8.95, 60ml from Boots. This amazing formulation is designed to maximise the skin’s elasticity to help prevent the appearance of stretch marks. It combines some of the most important skincare ingredients including vitamin A and E with Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile oils, plus the unique ingredient, PurCellin Oil. and PurCellin Oil creates a dry non-greasy oil which ensures the ingredients are absorbed deep into the second layer of the skin, where they can provide targeted treatment, I love Bio Oil and use it regularly as it leaves my skin soft and smooth.


Dr Organic Hemp Oil Lip Serum - £4.49, 10ml from Holland & Barrett.
Revitalising - Smoothing - Hydrating Keep lips hydrated with this moisturising lip serum based on organic Hemp Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Green Tea, Ginkgo and Bilberry. This aromatic formula will help to soothe and nourish the lips. I have been loving this lip serum, this time of the year I always end up with dry lips, so this had been great keeping my lips subtle and moist.


Centrum Pre Pregnancy - £4.29, 30 supplements, Boots and Tesco’s. Formulated with 21 nutrients including Chromium to help maintain normal blood glucose levels. Centrum During Pregnancy is the next product in the new range, tailored for women to take from the moment they find out they are pregenant. The formulation contains 21 vitamins and minerals specially developed to give nutritional support for both mother and baby. Centrum During Pregnancy includes Chromium, a nutrient need to help maintain normal blood glucose levels.  The formulation also contains Calcium and Vitamin D which are recommended for pregnant women by the Department of Health to support healthy growth and development of the baby’s bones during pregnancy. Centrum During Pregnancy also provides Iodine which is essential for brain and nervous system development. I wish something like this was available when I was pregnant all those years ago, I used to take a few different vitamins, but Centrum Pre Pregnancy has everything you could possibly need.





I was given the products to sample and share my thoughts.

Tommy Tucker Popcorn


I'm a huge fan of popcorn, not only does it taste good but it's also considerably lower in calories then other snacks. Popcorn is a must have on family movie nights.


So I was more then delighted to sample Tommy Tuckers Popcorn, I was really exited to taste my all time favourite Toffee Popcorn, but more recently I have started to take a liking to the Salty Sweet version and Tommy Tucker's popcorn tastes delicious.


Tommy Tuckers Popcorn offers a range of classic flavours and some really unique flavoured popcorn that I have never tasted before. So I thought it would be great to share some of the more unique flavours as well as a couple of classics that I love.

  

Strawberry & Raspberry - This unique blend of fruity popcorn was amazing, I could really taste the difference between both of the flavours.

  

Smoked Cheese - Delicately flavoured this smoked cheese popcorn was very tasty, I was pleasantly surprised how delicious this was and the kids loved it as much as I did.

  

Chili & Lemon - I was very curious as to how this popcorn would taste, I love chilli flavoured snacks, So I was very keen to taste this popcorn, I was pleasantly surprised first you get the sweetness of the chilli followed by a lemony flavour, with a gentle heat of the chilli.

   

Toffee popcorn - Delicious, One of my favorite popcorn flavours, This was very moreish, I demolished the pack in no time.

  

Salty & Sweet - As I mentioned earlier I'm starting do adore this combination and Tommy Tuckers get both of the flavour mixes just right, A delicately flavoured combination of the sweet and salty.



Tommy Tuckers Popcorn is scrumptious, I have eaten lots of popcorn in my time but to taste some of the amazing flavours that Tommy Tucker have was a delicious experience. My next must taste flavor is Tommy Tucker Salt & Vinegar popcorn. Tommy Tucker has the very best wholesale popcorn and snacks. For more information check out Tommy Tucker.



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Congratulations Cheerios


We regularly tuck into a delicious bowl of Cheerios, over the past year we have had the pleasure of working with Cheerio, So we delighted to learn that Low Sugar Oat Cheerios won The Grocer's New Product of The Year Awards 2015.


The Grocer's panel said "Cheerios proved that a breakfast cereal could be delicious whilst meeting the low sugar agenda".  Cheerios kindly sent me the small gift for my support, I certainly look forward to working with Cheerios again in the new year.


Cheerios new Low Sugar Oat Cheerios, They have just 1.4g of sugar per serving, and are made with 98% wholegrain. They’re are also high in fibre, Which is great for families like us that are looking to help maintain a healthy balanced diet.


Congratulation's Cheerios on your well deserved award.

Mario Tennis Ultra Smash


We adore playing Mario games, So we were really excited to play Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, A fun new game on WII U, where you can play with up to four player in a virtual Tennis battle. There are a few game modes you can choose from (See below).

 

We had a great time selecting different tennis courts and selecting out preferred characters each of which have their own special powers. It was great that we could Jump and hit the ball high over our opponents head, and if you get a giant mushrooms it makes you character bigger.

Mega Battle - In this mode you can use the mega mushrooms to make you gigantic, you can also use your characters cool battle powers during play..

Mega Ball Rally - We loved this mode, Play tennis with a huge mega ball, because the ball is so much larger the ball moves slightly slower which is great for novices like me.

Classic Tennis - A cool classic game of tennis with your favorite characters, In this mode you will not get the mushrooms.

Knockout Challenge -  Play in single player mode, here you can also use your Amiibo character, Play the Knockout challenge, Play to win if your get knocked out the game is over.

Online - In this mode you can play online with another player.


Mario Tennis Ultra Smash is a fun and bright colourful game with all of your favorite characters, The boys had a great time competing against each other, Great fun for the whole family.
Mario Tennis Ultra Smash is also compatible with Amiibo characters, and each time you play you can train you Amiibo characters as the more you play the more you skills will improve.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, only on Wii U, for more information check out Nintendo/Games/Wii U - Mario Tennis Ultra Smash.




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