National Allotment Week With Kenwood Blend XTract


We are delighted to celebrate National Allotment Week with Kenwood Blend Xtract, fruit and vegetables are fundamental to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so we couldn't wait to make a delicious nutritious smoothie using the new Kenwood Blend Xtract blender. Kenwood kindly provided all we needed to make a tasty Berry Smoothie.

  
       
Berry Smoothie

Tools needed: Kenwood Nutrition Extractor
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
300ml Pure Cranberry Juice sweetened with grape and apple juice
100ml Apple Juice
250g Fresh Raspberries
125g Fresh Blackberries and Raspberries to decorate

Method:
1 - Pour the cranberry juice and apple juice into the goblet, add raspberries and blackberries.
2 - Blend on mix for 15 seconds then on smooth for 30 seconds, check the sweetness and serve immediately, top with raspberries and enjoy.


Kenwood Blend Xtract creates fresh and healthy nutrient blend which are great for on the go as it comes complete with 2 flexible strong BPA free sports bottles, with a two speed plus pulse and durable blades the Kenwood Blend Xtract is perfect for your nutritional needs. For more information on National Allotment Week check out  www.nsalg/national-allotments-week and for more information on the Kenwood Blend Xtract check out www.kenwoodworld.com

The Magnum Pleasure Store London


Magnum London Pleasure Store has opened in Seven Dials for the summer in partnership with Moschino fashion house. the Magnum Pleasure Store is part of the brand’s ‘Release the Beast: Dare to Go Double’ campaign where you celebrate your greatness and Let go of your inhibitions and release your inner beast with a powerful roar and indulge with Magnum Double ice creams.delicious ice cream dipped in a chocolatey coating and layer of sauce, all covered in cracking Magnum chocolate.


The Magnum Pleasure Store London will serve bespoke ice creams to visitors until September 10th with prices starting from £5.50.


Check out the various events will take place in the store throughout the summer by visiting /www.magnumicecream.com/uk

Cadbury Dairy Milk Tiffin is officially back


Cadbury Dairy Milk Tiffin is officially back on the shelves in a generously new sized 200g bar (previously 95g). After its debut in the UK over a decade ago, Cadbury Dairy Milk Tiffin has now been brought back to the market following increasing consumer demand for the revival of this old school classic, this delicious bar combines the tastes and textures of crunchy biscuit and dried grapes all smothered in Cadbury Dairy Milk perfect for the whole family to enjoy.


Katrina Davison, Cadbury Dairy Milk Brand Manager, said “Cadbury Dairy Milk Tiffin has always been a firm favourite amongst chocolate lovers and is perfect for sharing. Last year, we released a limited edition bar in the summer and the response was incredible! With so many fans campaigning for its permanent return on social media, we just knew we had to bring it back for good this time.”

Cadbury Dairy Milk Tiffin is available in 200g bars, for a RRP of £2.49 at all major supermarkets.
For more information on Cadbury visiwww.facebook.com/cadburyUK


Bear And Puffin's Big Book Club


This summer to encourage children to read, join BEAR and Puffin on their magical adventure into the world of reading with free extracts from amazing books every month and fun activities to enjoy at home.

  

We help celebrate the launch of The Big Book Club, BEAR and Puffin gave us a cool kit to get us started.


Also inside BEAR AlphaBites you get free story magnets so you can make your very own story.


Check out www.bigbookclub.bearnibbles.co.uk and www.penguin.co.uk/jointhepuffinandbearbookclub to become a member of BEAR & Puffin's Big Book Club and be the first to discover each new book of the month, competitions, updates and more!



LEGO: Mini Mission Experience is coming to London


This August Bank Holiday weekend (26th – 28th August), LEGO will debut its LEGO Mini Missions: Ninjas in the City pop-up experience on the Southbank, London, bringing together the two worlds of LEGO City Police and LEGO NINJAGO for the first time ever. Visitors can join top City Police detective Chase McCain and the legendary LEGO NINJAGO Ninjas to form a heroic crime fighting team and complete cool missions, from finding clues to solving puzzles as they make their way towards a final stand-off again the evil Lord Garmadon

The LEGO Mini Mission event will take place at 
The Queen's Walk, Lambeth, London SE1 (near the London Eye) 
 Join the Mini Mission adventure on  
Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th, Monday 28th August between 10am-6pm
Entry is free and is suitable for children 5+


I've accepted my LEGO mini mission and I'm really looking forward to taking on the challenge of building a crime fighting tool that will help defend the city from the bad guys, look out for my creation (coming soon) on twitter, check out #LEGOMiniMissions to find out more.



Our Holiday Good Reads


Holiday Gems are currently running a campaign sharing their top tips and book recommendations, so as its holiday season I thought that I would share my good reads with you.


I must admit I tend to like to read real life inspirational books, I've just finished reading Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso which was really inspiring reading sharing her tale from rags to riches. I've heard a lot of good things about The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well this defiantly has to be my next read. I tend to download books on my Kindle just for ease and simplicity, but the boys defiantly prefer reading books. When going away I like to read about my destination and prepare and plan my days from lazy days reading on the beach to exploring the sights, I defiantly recommend getting a big map of your destination so you can start plotting and planning your activities.

Holiday Gems Top Tips For Holiday Bookworms
1- If you don’t fancy forking out for a range of books to take away with you, check if your hotel has a lending library.
2 - Not always in the mood for a book? Books can be a bit of a chore for people who aren’t big readers, so don’t forget to take a selection of magazines too.
3 - Try to avoid buying your books at the airport if possible. Many airport stores hike up their prices, so plan in advance and get your reads prior to the departure lounge.
4 - Need some more book inspiration? Head over to the websites of The Guardian, Waterstone’s or Amazon, where you’ll find lots of book recommendations.


When planning a holiday be it planned months ahead or last minute it's always good to plan your reading materials especially for those long flights, so I'll defiantly be making sure that the boys choose a really good book to read and keep them occupied on their journey and knowing them they'll choose one of their favorite books from Diary of Wimpy Kid series.


Celebrating Summer With Sainsbury’s


Sainsbury’s has just released new research which shows the nation’s attitudes to al fresco dining and what makes a good summer guest.
Areleasedve seen this week we all know that the British summer weather can be so fleeting that often means that barbecues and picnic lunches are often planned at the last minute, and for those attending these al fresco event a Sainsbury’s study found that of 2,000 people have revealed the top attributes you need when attending an event this summer. 
Not muscling in on the BBQ (45%)
Dressing well for the occasion (32%) and 
keeping everyone’s drinks topped up (even though you’re not the host 35%)


Sainsbury’s has also revealed that, when it comes to table manners, we pride ourselves on being good guests (90%), 60% said they were more relaxed when dining al fresco, preferring a more informal atmosphere for outdoor dining, barbecues and picnics -which will be a relief to hosts across the country. But al fresco dining has its annoyances: the top 10 annoyances for al fresco summer dining included the unpredictable British Weather (78%), not having enough chairs/blankets (69%), not knowing how many people to cater for (63%) and animals, (such as dogs and even seagulls!) stealing the food (60%).



I love Sainsbury’s summer advert Table Squish, a Tetris-inspired 30-second advert which celebrates the joyous task of trying to squeeze all the dishes and guests around the table, and let's face it we have all been there. 

The Grossery Gang Movie: Putrid Power


Yesterday we headed into Central London to The Courthouse Hotel to watch the cool new The Grossery Gang Putrid Power.


The Grossery Gang Putrid Power sees Pizza Face Rocky and friends battle with the evil Clean Team using their newly found putrid Powers, taking on and defeat the wicked overlord Vac Attack who wants to wash away the towns grime. Check it out!


The Grossery Gang Putrid Power is a fun entertaining animated movie, it was great fun watching Putrid Pizza and his pals transform, the boys loved it. .

  

After the movie, we had the chance to play some fun games and sample the cool new Grossery Gang Putrid power collectables and action figures.


For more information on The Grossery Gang Movie: Putrid Power and The Grossery Gang toy range check out the official website www.grosserygang.com

PERSIL POWERGEMS #ExtraordinaryPowers


With two pre teenage boys, the washing machine is constantly on, and as avid Persil detergent users, we were really looking forward to trying the NEW Persil Powergems.


Persil Powergems contains 100%  triple action power of stain removal, care and long lasting freshness, by using one small concentrated dose the active ingredients disperse well in your washing machine giving the ultimate washing experience.


 Persil Powergems triple action formula features:

1. Stain Removal: Persil Powergems are packed with more stain removal power to help tackle stubborn stains.

2. Care: Persil Powergems is free from ingredients which can leave residue on the fabric. along with a unique formula that will help to both retain the bright colours of your clothes and keep your darks dark.

3.  Freshness: Persil Bio Powergems releases an enhanced fragrance technology which helps Persil Powergems to remain on fabric for longer.


I really loved the Persil Powergems the first thing you notice when you open the pack is the fresh fragrant scent, they are easy to use as the lid double as a dosing cap to hold so the little gems go directly into the washing machine drum. Verdict: My clothes came out clean and smelling amazing, I really can't wait to put it to the test on more stubborn stains and I'm sure I won't have to wait too long, I'll make sure I keep you updated here!


Persil Powergems comes in Non-Bio and Bio variants in 12, 19 and 30 wash packs, each pack features the easy to use twist and lock closure system, as well as a safe to use in-drum dosing cap to help ensure the correct dose of Persil Powergems is added in every wash.  Persil Powergems RRP
Persil Powergems12 wash Bio/ Non-Bio, RRP £5.00, Persil Powergems 19 wash Bio/ Non-Bio, RRP £8.00, Persil Powergems 30 wash Bio/ Non-Bop RRP £11.00.

Foraging For Summer Fruits with Robinsons Fruit Shoot

 

Fruit Shoot has partnered with foraging expert, Fergus Drennan, to create a range of hints and tips about foraging for fruit in your local area. We were given a really cool foraging kit to help us prepare for our adventure.


We were really excited to explore our local area and forage for fruit, the countryside defiantly offers more of a variety, but it's good to know that the inner-city also has a range of parks and public spaces where you can forage. We like foraging in an East Londons Cemetery Park which allows you to forage and explore responsibly.


During this hot summer days, what better way to stay refreshed than with the taste of delicious summer fruits, inspired by the real fruit taste of Fruit Shoot which contains real fruit foraging expert Fergus Drennan has some top tips on foraging safely to discover the taste of summer.

  

We had an amazing afternoon exploring and came across some familiar as well as unfamiliar berries, so we ensured we followed Fergus Drennan top tips and safety advice to guide us!


Fergus Forging Tips

1. Safety First - Before setting out on a foraging expedition remember to make sure you know the fruits that you will be looking for! NEVER pick and eat anything if you're not sure what it is as some plants are poisonous and can make you ill.

2. What To Wear - There is no dress code for foraging, if its cold wrap up in thermals or wear practical clothes like waterproofs or wellies. Don't let the rain and wind put you off, it's all part of the elemental experience. Forging can get messy, so don't wear your best shoes.

3. Don't Be Greedy -  Avoid collecting all the fruit that you can see as other creatures rely on them for food, blackbirds and pigeons love ripe berries, and young foxes will eat fruits like cherries and plums.

4.  Grow Your Own - Collect seeds and plant them, you could even create a dedicated wild food plant area in your garden, or pots indoors if you don't have any outside space.

5. Brush Up On Your Knowledge - It's also worth on checking which plants are rare, threatened or protected by the law (even if edible) in the wildlife countryside act. The woodland trust also has great tips for foraging.


Inspired by our afternoon foraging and looking for summer fruits, the boys thought of a cool new Fruit Shoot flavour called Bannaberry, a concoction of their favourite summer fruits with a banana flavour twist.

  

With the few Blackberries we did manage to collect, we decided to make some Fruit Shoot Ice pops, we thoroughly washed a sliced the Blackberries and added some Strawberries and Raspberry, we then filled up our ice pops with a favourite Fruit Shoot soft drink Summer Fruits and waited for the ice pops to set! They tasted absolutely delicious!


Robinsons Fruit Shoot Summer Fruits soft drinks contain only real juice, no added sugar only naturally occurring sugars and no artificial colours or flavourings. Check out www.fruitshoot.com


Meeting Buttons The Animatronic Cadbury Cow


To celebrate the Adopt a Cow Campaign Cadbury has created a realistic eight foot (moo-ing) animatronic cow named Buttons, we were excited to visit Buttonsthe Cadbury Cow in Central London last weekend, where we got the chance to meet artist Rose Blake and learn how to sketch Buttons during a life drawing class.

  

We had the most amazing time posing for pictures and putting our artistic skills to the test, best of all we got to sample some delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons.


Cadburys Adopt a Cow Campaign comes in response to research, which revealed that city children are a bit confused when it comes to cows and what they look like, with one in 10 believing that a cow is the size of a double decker bus whilst over 10 per cent think that they’re as small as cats.


It takes approx 23,000 cows produce the fresh British and Irish milk that is used to make Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and through the Adopt a Cow initiative, you can choose to adopt 20 different cows with differing personalities, simply buy a Cadbury promotional pack and enter the unique code inside and you can be in for a chance to win an exciting farm getaway to meet one of the Cadbury cows in real life. For more information check out adoptacow.cadbury.co.uk.

Lacura Sun care


The summer holidays have just begun and no doubt we will be spending much more time outside. Sun protection is hugely important to us so I was really keen to try Lacura Suncare

Lacura sun care is available from Aldi and has a range of sun care products suitable for all the family. Sun safety is really important especially delicate young skin, Lacura has skin protection suitable for the most sensitive skin and excellent SPF protection from 15 to 50. I always opt for a high sunscreen factors to ensure myself and the kids and protected to the max. I was delighted to try all of these amazing Lacura sun lotions and sprays, but here are my top two and my reasons.

Lacura SPF 30 Spray – 200ml - £2.79 
Lacura SPF15 Oil Spray - 150ml - £2.99
Lacura SPF 15 Lotion £2.79, 200ml 
Lacura SPF50 Clear Spray - 200ml - £3.29
Lacura SPF50+ Sensitive Lotion kids/adults – 200ml - £2.79


I love the high protection offered, I also love the simplicity of using the refreshing sun spray, easy to use and great on the go.


I love this Kids extra sensitive sun lotion, it's perfect for my son who has sensitive skin, it's also extra water resistant which is amazing, especially for those days on the beach, it fits perfectly into my bag and can be used on the go and with a very high UVA and UVB protection this is a must have for the family.

Lacura is available from Aldi and prices start as low as £2.79 which is amazing, check out Aldi online www.aldi.co.uk or your local Aldi store.

Your Chance To Meet Buttons the Cadbury Animatronic Cow


Cadburys has launched a brand new campaign which comes in response to research, which revealed that city children can be a bit confused when it comes to cows and what they look like. One in 10 believes that a cow is the size of a double decker bus whilst over 10 per cent think that they’re as small as cats. It takes 23,000 cows produce the fresh British and Irish milk that is used to make Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and through the Adopt a Cow initiative 20 families will get the chance to meet one of the Cadbury cows in real life.


When you buy a Cadbury promotional packet simply and enter the unique code on the back for a chance to win an exciting farm getaway adoptacow.cadbury.co.uk.


To celebrate the Adopt a Cow Campaign Cadbury has created a hyper-realistic eight foot (moo-ing) animatronic cow named Buttons who has taken to the streets of London to show families exactly what cows do. Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons are also inviting Families to a Cadbury Little Pi-Cow-So Masterclasses Led by renowned artist Rose Blake, attendees will learn how to sketch Buttons during a life drawing class and pose for pictures with the friendly cow. Families will also get to sample delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and leave with a fun-filled goodie bag so they can continue to channel their artists within at home.

What:  Illustrator Rose Blake hosts life drawing class where families can meet Buttons the Cadbury animatronic cow and learn how to sketch her
Where: Level 4, Frobisher Rooms, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS
When: 22nd and 23rd July 2017
Open to: Families with children aged 4+

The Little Pi-Cow-So Sessions are set to be an activity the whole family can enjoy. For full information and to book your free tickets, visit the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cadbury-little-pi-cow-so-masterclasses-tickets-35734143786  Hurry spaces are limited!

To keep up to date on other exciting news about Cadbury, visit www.facebook.com/cadburyUK or tweet @CadburyUK.