I have been having having some much needed me time this weekend with this cool Crayola Colouring Book, It was nice to spend sometime relaxing and chilling out and focusing on something completely different, If you you like to know more check out my thoughts on Crayola Adult Colouring.
HEART UK- The Cholesterol Charity has teamed up with Flora ProActiv on a campaign to get cholesterol checked for National Heart Month, This is to remind us all of the effects of cholesterol, As over half the population of England suffering with high cholesterol.
So with an important message to get across to commuters in London there was a bold disruption then when these huge disruption the London underground for a day is was a huge reminder to what could be going on inside our bodies.
High cholesterol is a major risk to heart disease as it contributes to the narrowing of vital arteries which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. As there are no obvious signs or symptoms of high cholesterol HEART UK and Flora ProActiv have teamed up to prompt people to check their cholesterol levels.
There are very simple and effective steps you can take to help lower cholesterol which includes changes to diet and lifestyle, By simply exercising and eating healthier as well as adding cholesterol busting food like plant sterols can all contribute to help lower cholesterol.
Three important facts you need to know about Cholesterol:1.High cholesterol is invisible, it has no symptoms but is a major risk factor for heart disease.
2.One in every two people in England having elevated cholesterol, it’s vital to get checked and keep your heart healthy.
3.Do you know your number? Ask your GP or local pharmacist and get checked this February.
So with all this in mind Floria ProActiv have come up with some delicious recipes, So i decide to try this delicious Looking....
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2.5 cm fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp flour
4 chicken breast fillet, cut into chunks
400 grams tinned chickpeas, drained
1/2 Knorr Chicken Stock Cube, dissolved in 300ml boiling water
100 grams spinach
2 tbsp mango chutney
100 ml low-fat natural yogurt
225 grams basmati rice
1 tsp coriander seeds toasted
30 grams Flora Pro.Activ Buttery
A handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
In a saucepan heat the olive oil over a moderate heat and fry the onion until soft. Then add the garlic, ginger, turmeric and curry powder and fry for 1 minute.
Add the flour and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the stock, stirring constantly. Add the chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile cook the rice according to pack instructions.
Add the chickpeas to the curry along with the spinach leaves and heat until the spinach leaves have just wilted. Then stir in the mango chutney and natural yogurt. Heat through gently, but be careful not to boil.
Drain the rice and stir in the Flora ProActiv spread, coriander seeds and the coriander leaves. Serve with the curry.
Posted by M-BE Beautiful at 15:03:00
Saturday, 27 February 2016
I must admit I love coloruing in, It has been known that I've asked my kids if they need me to assist them, there is defiantly something very relaxing about colouring in. My son had purchased an adult colouring book some time ago (He loves colouring in) so I know how amazing and addictive adult colouring books can be.
Crayloa is a very well know brand that we have grown up with, and as it Crayola's 100th anniversary Crayola has launched its very own Adult colouring range of books and stationary, So I was delighted to finally get my hands on my very own set.
Crayola colouring book is full of amazing intricate designs and patterns which are designed by artists at Hallmark, Flicking through the pages I couldn't wait to get started, best of all I had these amazing Crayola Fine Markers and Crayola Pencils to help.
Taking some time out of my day to sit and relax was relaxing and therapeutic, it was great to have some chill out time to de-stress, But my son has caught sight to my book so I'm sure he will want to share.
Crayola Adult Colouring Books are available from RRP £9.99
50 Pack of Pencils £11.49
12 Delicate Fine Line Markers RRP £4.99
Available form all good Bookstores and Major Stationery Shops, For more information Vivid Toys And Games/Crayola
Friday, 26 February 2016
It's been the first week back after the half term, Back to the routine and work, I really had an amazing rare time off with the kids, So when the reality of the week hit, it really knocked the stuffing out of me. When I was off last week I didn't drink hardly any water or take my daily vitamins, so I don't think this helped, Usually when I'm at work I go through a couple of litres a day,
It's funny how I'm more on top of things when I'm working and busy, I guess it because I have to be or nothing would get done. I'm still setting my daily goals and working through my daily to do lists this really helps me stay on track. I really looking forward to the weekend still loads to do but at least it'll be a slower pace, Well I say that but lets see, At least I can have a few cuppa's and hopefully I'll get a little rest before next week.
Posted by M-BE Beautiful at 21:07:00
Thursday, 25 February 2016
So mothers day is just around the corner and I'm already thinking what I should start hinting for, I normally ask for Jewellery, Although flowers and Chocolates are always very welcomed. I decided to put together my top wants for this mothers day.
Pandora - I adore Pandora and over the years I have accumulated a fair few bracelets and charms, But I'm always looking to add to my collection, I have been checking out the Pandora - Mothers Day Collection, I'm sure I can always find space for more.
Chocolates - Classic must haves for Mothers Day, I always need chocolate in my life, I can never say no to Chocolates, I saw these at my local Co-operative store for only £4 which is fantastic, Check out Co-Operative Food/Mothers Day.
Bags - Can never have enough right, I'm always looking to add to my bag collection, I really adore this cute bag from Saffron Tote Bag for only
£59.00 from Jones Bootmaker
Flowers - There's nothing quite like some fresh flowers to brighten Mothers Day, I could spend hours admiring their beauty and smell, Defiantly a must have.
Boots - I've always wanted a pair of brogues, So I really love the styling of these Lori Ankle Boots, Smart yet casual and reasonably priced at £60.00 from Jones Bootmaker, Jones Bootmaker currently have a sale so it's defiantly worth checking out: www.jonesbootmaker.com/sale
Elizabeth Arden - This is a must have for mums everywhere, I adore Elisabeth Arden Eight Hour Oil only £29 available from most large retailers, It's my new must-have beauty product, Read more about it here Elizabeth Arden - All Over Miracle Oil.
Posted by M-BE Beautiful at 10:18:00
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Milk is an important part in most Children's diet, being a mum and working with under fives, I certainly know how nutritious milk is, and the role is plays in childrens development. But their is now a new generation of fresh milk thanks to Big Milk from Arla Foods. Big Milk has been developed to specifically meet the needs of children aged from one to five years of age, Arla Big Milk is fresh cows whole milk enriched with essential key vitamins and minerals including Vitamin D, Iron and Vitamin A, as well as being naturally rich in calcium. to help support children’s growth and development as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle,
Arla Big Milk containsCalcium naturally rich in calcium needed for normal growth and development of bones in children
Added Vitamin D for normal growth and development of bones in children
Added Iron that contributes to normal cognitive development of children
Added Vitamin A which contributes to a child’s normal development and growth, keeping eyes, skin and the immune system healthy
Registered independent nutritionist, Charlotte Stirling-Reed, commented: “For parents, your child’s development and diet can be such a big worry and so it’s fantastic to see a product that has been specifically designed to cater for toddlers’ nutritional needs.
“Public Heath advice in the UK recommends that every child aged one to four should take Vitamin A and Vitamin D supplements every day, but Arla Big Milk supports this need, by providing these additional vitamins in a practical way that kids aged from one to five already love”.
Arla Big Milk is now available in fresh milk isles across the country in a 2 litre format with an RRP of £2.25 at most major supermarkets.
Monday, 22 February 2016
I love Grapefruits they have to be one of my most favorite fruits, There's nothing nicer then a delicious Pink Grapefruit in the morning the sweet tartness gives a zesty start to the day, I was delighted to hear that Florida Grapefruit has teamed up with chef Gizzi Erskine to offer some recipe inspiration on how to use Florida Grapefruit in a host of sweet and savoury dishes, But not only for breakfast but for lunch, dinner and as a tasty snack.
As I love to be inspired with new recipes so I was really looking forward to trying Gizzi Erskine five simple yet delicious Florida Grapefruit recipes, Naturally I had to make the Florida Grapefruit Sunny Bircher Muesli, It was absolutely delicious, A great start to the day, my son loves it just as much as I did, So I'm now making bigger batches for the entire family. I also love the fact it can be made in advance as it saves so much time in the mornings. Check out the delicious Bircher Musesli below, along with the rest of Gizzi Erskine delicious recipes to give you some Florida Grapefruit inspiration.
Florida Grapefruit is widely recognised as the world’s most premium tasting grapefruit due to Florida’s unique climate, Florida's sandy soil is perfectly suited for citrus trees this makes Florida Grapefruit sweeter and juicier than its Mediterranean counterparts.
Gizzi Erskine says: “I’m a huge fan of Florida Grapefruit , I have been for a long time. I love the sweet, yet tangy taste,and find it works well with such a variety of dishes. I immensely enjoyed creating the recipes for this versatile fruit.
Florida grapefruit sunny Bircher muesli
Makes 5-8 portions
Preparation time 20 minutes
Soaking time 12 hours minimum
2 tbsp. mixed dried tropical fruit, you can buy this from the supermarket, it has dried pineapple, mango and banana)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
Handful of almonds roughly chopped
350ml milk, of your choice (almond or drinking coconut works best with the grapefruit)
250ml freshly squeezed ruby red Florida grapefruit juice
1 grated apple
1 tablespoon maple syrup
a dash of all-natural vanilla extract
to serve, per two portions
4-6 tablespoons of Grapefruit Sunny Bircher muesli
2-3 tablespoons thick Greek or coconut yoghurt
a couple more slurps of almond or drinking coconut milk
1 Florida grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments
4 tbsp of mixed berries eg: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into slices
Mix all of the ingredients for the Bircher muesli together in a bowl and mix well. It will be too wet at this stage but the soaking process drinks up all that liquid and flavor. Now make sure it’s covered with cling or popped in a sealable container and place overnight in the fridge. This stores for 4-5 days.
When you’re ready to eat, split the muesli between two breakfast bowls, top with yoghurt, a slurp of milk and then the fruit and serve straight away.
Bajan Prawn tacos with pink Florida grapefruit, avocado and black beans.
The best way to eat these tacos is with big fat plump raw prawns, quick marinated in all the great things for prawns; garlic, chilli, cumin, coriander and paprika, then charred and served with a whole bunch of fantastic and fresh usual suspects for the perfect taco, but with pink Florida grapefruit being the hero.
Makes 4 tacos (serves 2)
Preparation time 25 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
For the prawns:
12 big fat raw tiger prawns, peeled and slit deeply down the back almost to butterfly them,
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, grated finely
1 red chilli, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
For the tacos:
4 corn tortillas
1/2 little gem lettuce, thinly shredded
6 radishes, thinly sliced.
1 Florida pink grapefruit, segmented and cut into small pieces.
1 avocado, peeled seeded and finely chopped
100g tinned black beans, drained and rinsed.
The juice 1 lime
40g feta cheese
A good handful of fresh coriander, leaves picked
Hot sauce and soured cream to serve
First start by making the marinade for the prawns. Place the prawns in a bowl and mix together with the oil, garlic, chilli, (i like to keep the seeds in), salt and spices. Cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge whilst you prepare the other ingredients.
Next make the salad. Mix the shredded lettuce, radishes, Florida grapefruit, beans, lime juice and salt in a bowl.
Fry the prawns in a little more oil on a medium to high heat, until cooked through, (this should take about 5 minutes, you’ll know they’re cooked when they change from grey and translucent to white and opaque). Whilst you are doing this you can heat the tortillas in the dry pan, for about 20 seconds each side until warmed through.
Now you’re ready to construct your tacos! First layer a spoonful of salad onto the tacos, followed by the prawns. Follow with a dollop of sour cream, a nice scattering of coriander and finally crumble on a little of the feta. Try with some hot sauce followed by a little extra squeeze of lime at the end. Now try and eat without making a massive mess, but that’s part of the fun! Have napkins to hand!
Florida Grapefruit Curd Pavlova
For the meringue:
5 free range egg whites
300g caster sugar
For the whipped cream topping:
300 ml double cream
1 tsp seedy vanilla extract
1 tsp icing sugar
For the curd:
150ml strained Florida grapefruit juice.
50ml lemon juice
75g golden caster sugar
1 free-range egg and 4 egg yolks, I would use Cottswold legbars for their orange yolks
75g unsalted butter
2 whole Florida grapefruits, peeled and thinly sliced on a mandolin
1 tbsp caster sugar
To make the meringue. preheat the oven to 200C. Line a large flat baking tray with greaseproof paper. Line a deep roasting tray with greaseproof paper, pour in the sugar and put it in the oven for about 5 minutes until the edges are about to melt. Heating the sugar helps to create a more stable, glossy mixture. Separate the egg whites into a large bowl and begin to whisk slowly, allowing small bubbles to form, then increase the speed gradually until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
Turn your oven down to 100C. While you whisk at speed, add the hot sugar to the egg whites one spoon at a time. Once you have added all of the sugar, continue to whisk for a further 5-7 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth, stiff and glossy.
To make the caramelized grapefruit thins, places the sliced Florida grapefruit onto baking paper on a baking sheet sprinkle with the caster sugar. Place in the bottom of the oven while the pavlova is cooking. They will be caramelized and dehydrated after about 1-2 hours. Keep an eye on them so the sugar doesn’t scorch. Remove from the baking sheet straight away and place onto a wire rack where they will continue to dehydrate and crisp up.
Spread onto the baking tray in a fat circle approximately 23cm in diameter. Make a well in the centre. Cook in the oven for 2 hours. Turn the oven off and leave the door a little ajar and leave to cool in the oven for 1 hour.
To make the curd, put the Florida grapefruit juice, sugar and egg in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter. Cover with cling film, then leave to cool. Once cool pop in the fridge to firm up and set.
Whip the cream with the vanilla and icing sugar until thick enough to hold its shape, but still soft, there is nothing worse than foamy over whipped cream.
Remove the meringue from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature. You don’t want to leave it anywhere too cold, so you can do this by leaving the oven door open if you think your kitchen is too chilly.
Remove from the greaseproof paper onto a nice serving plate. Smooth over cream with a palette knife, followed by the curd. Finally arrange the dried Florida grapefruit prettily on top and serve.
Florida grapefruit, mint and feta salad
Florida grapefruit works brilliantly in this salad where you might normally see tomato or watermelon. It’s light and refreshing; the mint works so well with both the taste of the Florida grapefruit and the saltiness of the feta and olives. It’s a cracking salad on its own but terrific with a side of grilled oily fish like mackerel or salmon.
Preparation time 20 minutes
To make the dressing:
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ teaspoon pink peppercorns, crushed
4 tablespoons really good extra virgin olive oil
3 Florida grapefruits
1 small Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
3 small shallots, very thinly sliced
100g cup kalamata olives (halved if they're large)
Small bunch of mint, leaves picked
180g organic feta, thinly sliced into shards.
Using a very sharp knife, cut the ends from the Florida grapefruits, slicing just deep enough to expose the flesh. Cut off the remaining peel and pith. Then, working over a large bowl, remove the segments, cutting between the membrane. Halve the segments. To the Florida grapefruit add the cucumber, onion, olives and mint. Pour in the vinegar and lemon juice, season with salt and toss to mix. Divide among 4 to 6 plates or one large platter, and top with the feta.
Soused Mackerel with Florida grapefruit
Soused mackerel is simply boiling up a load of aromatic in vinegar and sugar and pouring it over mackerel in order to ‘par ‘cook it and preserve it. The grapefruit marries so well, the taste going with the aromatic pink peppercorns a treat! So healthy and great as a starter or light lunch.
Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 10 minutes
Macerating time overnight
350ml white wine
1 bay leaf
the peeled rind of 1 Florida grapefruit
the juice of 2 Florida grapefruits
1 tbsp pink peppercorns
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp allspice berries
6 juniper berries, lightly crushed.
1 tbsp sea salt
1 red onion, thinly sliced into rings
1 small orange carrot, thinly sliced
1 small white carrot, thinly sliced
4 mackerel fillets, with the central bones cut out
1 grapefruit, segmented
To make the marinade, place 70ml water and the vinegar, bay leaf, Florida grapefruit rind and juice, peppercorns, chillies, allspice and juniper berries, sugar and salt in a small pan and heat slowly until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil and then turn off the heat. Add the onion and carrot and then leave to cool.
Lay the mackerel fillets in a dish and pour over the marinade, making sure they are completely immersed. Cover with cling film and leave to cool to room temperature. Then leave in the fridge to marinade over night.
Serve plated with some of the pickled vegetables and the Florida grapefruit segments.
Sunday, 21 February 2016
I was delighted when my husband brought home my first ever Rainbow Bagel, Now I've eaten many Bagels in my time, but I'm sure you've heard of the Rainbow Bagel hype in Brooklyn New York, if not then check out the #RainbowBagel hashtag and you'll soon see what I'm talking about, So to have my very own Rainbow Bagel....well lets just say was I was chuffed, but then again I'm easily pleased. The pretty colours made my day....yeah I know its full of colourings, BUT it looks good and tasted great.
Posted by M-BE Beautiful at 23:58:00
Saturday, 20 February 2016
We were super excited to hear that Disney Publishing and Parragon launched the first of three illustrated novels which introduces the world of The Zodiac Legacy created by Stan Lee, We cannot wait to read his awesome book, Its defiantly going to be our bedtime read. We very much look forward to sharing our final thoughts on The Zodiac Legacy.
The first book in The Zodiac Legacy trilogy is based on the Chinese zodiac,Created by Stan Lee, The world renowned creator in the comic book industry for co-creating our much loved superheroes from Superman to Avengers. The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence is an action packed illustrated novel that follows Steven, a young Chinese American teen who finds himself drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding twelve mystical pools of energy.
When he and other randomly chosen teens around the world are suddenly gifted with magical powers, they're thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. Steven and his friends have to learn how to master strange powers, outrun the super powered mercenaries of the Vanguard, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac. Their greatest hopes and deepest fears will be brought to light by the powers of the zodiac.
Watch this special video message from Stan Lee for UK fans.
Stan Lee, Creator of The Zodiac Legacy said “It’s a book that I think children would love, but I think a guy 50, 60, 80, 100 years old would love – anybody who likes a great adventure story about things that are bigger and more imaginative than life itself.”
Friday, 19 February 2016
We had amazing half term week, I had already planned a couple of adventures out and some restful days at home. It quite hard to get half terms off at work, so I was really chuffed to be off with the boys as they are getting older its important for me to spend and do as much as I can with them.
We headed to the Saatchi Gallery it was amazing day out, The boys had a great time exploring all of the different types of art throughout the gallery, We loved looking at the large scale art, its really mesmerizing. We also headed to Madame Tussauds, The other days off we spent building Nexo Knights LEGO and watching movies, It was a great week, Its always a shame when it has to come to an end,
Posted by M-BE Beautiful at 22:55:00
We’ve teamed up with Disney and TOMY toys to offer 4 lucky children* the chance to win tickets to an exclusive Zootropolis screening experience at Disney HQ in London before anyone else in the country gets to see it!! *(Each ticket entitles one child and one adult entry to the screening
Winners will also be one of the first in the UK to play with the hotly anticipated Zootropolis toy range from TOMY, designed to let kids recreate specific scenes and events from the film, truly bringing it to life.
From the studio that brought the smash hits Frozen, and Big Hero 6, Zootropolis is a modern, civilized world that is entirely… animal. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and bustling Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.
Lucky winners will also receive a Zootropolis goody bag including Judy's Carrot Recorder and Badge from TOMY toys. This carrot may look like the bunny’s lunchtime snack, but it’s a convincing disguise. The carrot can record sound and play it back. Simply press the button and start taking down the evidence!
The goody bag will also contain Judy’s Police Vehicle. This bright, shiny, large police mobile illuminate as you push it and also comes with a little criminal mouse who neatly fits into a jail cage at the back of the vehicle!
The screening takes place on Saturday 12th of March at 12.30pm* at Disney HQ in Hammersmith, London. The movie officially opens in theatres on the 25 March.
*Apologies date had been changed from the 5th March to the 12th March due to unforeseen circumstances.
More competitions at The Prize Finder
Posted by M-BE Beautiful at 10:29:00
Having a regular beauty regime is important to me, Especially as I'm getting older I have noticed lots of changes in my skins appearance. I like to try different products as it always good to see what works well with my ever changing skin, So I was ever so delighted to try Elizabeth Arden All Over Miracle Oil, To be honest I have used lots of Elizabeth Arden product over the years, But i had never tried the Eight Hour Oil so I was curious how it would fit into my skin care regime.
So after all of those amazing comments, I couldn't wait to try the miracle oil for myself, I certainty wasn't disappointed, I first sprayed a little oil on my forearms, immediately I could smell the amazing subtle scent, the oil soaked well into the skin and left my arm feeling smooth. Over the next few days I used the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Oil in every way possible, on my face in my hair and on my dry skin, I was amazed how it instantly eased my skins tightness and dryness, my skin felt softened all over, I can now really understand why everyone raves about it, I now cannot see myself using anything else, its been that amazing, I love the fact that I have that this oil has so may uses,
Elizabeth Arden All Over Miracle Oil - For Face, Body and Hair - Eight great ways to use it....
All over body moisturiser - Softens dry skin
Adds shine to dry,dull hair - instant shine, just use a light mist
Post shave moisturise - Gently massage into post saved area
Scent - The subtle scent promotes a sense of well-being
Cuticle soften - Use twice a day on cuticles
Instant shine - adds a instant shine to face and body.
I did a quick online search to see how much I would expect to pay for an 100ml bottle and averagely across most high street stores its £29, which is higher then my average spend on beauty products, BUT as its so amazing and has worked wonders with my skin I certainty intend to invest my money into a quality product that really does work. I have been using the Elizabeth Arden Oil daily and as you only need a small amounts it has been lasting me ever so well. I cannot recommend this product enough, its definitely for keeps, My skin has never felt better. If you would like to know more about this amazing product then check out www.elizabetharden.co.uk
We love LEGO and my son is slowly building up his Nexo Knight collection. So we were delighted to build and review Nexo Knights Chaos Catapult.
Nexo Knights consist of five Knights who protect the kingdom from the troublesome Jestro and the Book of Monsters. Chaos Catapult is driven by Crust Smasher and is chasing after the Royal Guard, Crust Smasher has flying lava rocks as well as his crush bar shooter.
We started off building the Mini Figures Crust Smasher and Royal Guard, it was then on to Chaos Capulet, building it was great fun, myself and my son took it in turn to locate the pieces and build. We also did a quick video to show Chaos Catapult in action.
We are really pleased with Nexo Knights Chaos Catapult its awesome, My son absolutely loves that he had a cool working Catapult.
NEXO KNIGHT Chaos Catapult costs £7.99 and is available from all good stores and online LEGO:Chaos Catapult