Paddington 2 - Movie Review


We adored the first Paddington movie so we couldn't wait to watch the much anticipated Paddington 2.  The movie finds Paddington living a good life in Windsor Gardens in London with the Brown family. Paddington is on the hunt for a present for his beloved Aunt Lucy 100th birthday and spots a pop-up book in Mr Grubers antique shop, but as the book is very expensive Paddington sets up a series of jobs to buy it,


but things take a dramatic turn for the worse when the book is stolen, and poor Paddington is accused of the theft,  so it's up to the Browns, Paddington and his new found friends to unmask the thief and free Paddington.


Paddington 2 is a lighthearted movie, it's defiantly my favourite movie by far, the humour and storyline exceeded my expectations and I was giggling and smiling throughout, a feel-good movie which all entire family will most definitely love.


Paddington 2 is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight of the HARRY POTTER films, GRAVITY, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM).
Paddington 2 is now avaible to buy on DVD


Superdrug: SOME BODY


Looking after myself is really important, but lets face it we could all do with a helping hand especially at this time of the year with the festive season fast approaching and there is more temptation then ever.


Superdrug has released a new health and wellness range called SOME BODY the range has been designed to encourage everybody to make smarter and healthier choices when it comes to snacking and nutrition. I was delighted to try our a few products from the SOME BODY range.


SOME BODY Whey Protein Powder Vanilla 600g £17.99
This pure whey protein powder in Vanilla is  not only delicious but it helps you adding extra protein to your diet which in turn will help you achieve a lean and healthy body.


SOME BODY Teatox 28 Day & Night Detox and Cleanse Tea Bags £24.99
I'm really looking forward to using these long term, as not only does this tea help ease exhaustion and provides a natural energy boost  The Somebody Teatox 28 Day Detox and Cleanse Tea Bags help to reduce bloating and improve digestion.


SOME BODY Natural Protein Bar Cocoa and Orange 30g £1.49
This is a Natural high protein bar which is low in sugar and is soya and gluten free, a perfect on the go snack.



SOME BODY Sweet and Salt Popcorn 25g £0.79
I'm a huge popcorn fan so this went down really well, SOME BODY popcorn is dairy free and gluten free. Made from the finest natural, wholegrain butterfly corn.

Check out the SOME BODY wellness range www.superdrug.com/some-body 

Vita Coco Coconut Milk Alternative: Date Smoothie


As its half term its a great time to get the kids involved in some family activities, we were delighted to receive a cool Vita Coco kit to help inspire us to get creative and make a delicious coconut-inspired milk smoothie.


Date Smoothie



Serves: 2
You will need a hand blender

Ingredients:
  • 300ml Vita Coco Coconut Milk Alternative
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 6 majool dates
  • pinch of cinammon
  • 1 tsp of honey


Method:
  • Add all ingredients into the hand blender jug, on a high speed blend together until all of the dates are blitzed. serve.


Vita Coco Coconut Milk Alternative is the perfect for all your milk replacement needs from coffee, cereal to tasty dairy-free smoothies, it can also be used in your dairy-free cooking needs as its a plant based milk containing no added sugar. For more information check out www.vitacoco.com

Education Quizzes

Education Quizzes is a cool revision site specifically designed and written by teacher for children, it covers all of the popular key subjects in KS1, KS2, 11-Plus, KS3 and GCSE and is in line with the national curriculum. Education Quizzes is designed to help support children in their everyday learning from the comfort of your own home.


All subject quizzes are broken down which allows children to gain an easier yet deeper understanding as when you work your way through the chosen subject quiz,  each time you answer the questions you are given a simple explanation along with the correct answer, this really helps your child to learn and widen their knowledge base and reinforce the theory behind the subject.


I was really impressed with the site, both of my boys explored the Education Quizzes KS3 section, they found it easy to navigate to their desired subject and select a quiz,  as a parent I really like this site as, like most my boys love quizzes, so not only are they having fun but the quiz also reinforce what they are learning at school which is invaluable.


Subscription is monthly at £9.95 and can be cancelled at any time, Educational Quizzes are aware that not every parent can afford the £9.95 monthly subscription, so Educational Quizzes are currently promoting the idea to schools which will extensively reduce the costs to parents. For more information on Educational Quizzes check out www.educationquizzes.com.


Apple & Pear Pancakes


We were delighted to recreate a delicious recipe curated by ex-Great British Bake Off star, Holly Bell, which is inspired by the flavours of Fruit Shoot.


Apple & Pear Pancakes

Ingredients:

For the apples and pears
  • 1 apple cored and cut into 1cm chunks
  • 1 pear cored and cut into 1cm chunks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • vegetable oil
  • maple syrup serving

For the Pancakes
  • 180ml milk
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 130g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • vegetable oil
  • maple syrup for serving

Method:
  • Place the apples, pears lemon juice and cinnamon in a small saucepan and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes until apples are soft, set aside.

  • Make the pancake batter, mix the milk and lemon juice in a jug. In a bowl stir the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon together.

  • Crack the egg into the jug with the milk and lemon on it. Whisk the egg into the soured milk, then pour this liquid over the dry ingredients. Use a fork to mix the ingredients until they are combined, then stir in the apples and pears. Don't over whisk the pancakes.

  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over a high heat, then ladle 2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan. After a minute when the pancake is golden brown underneath turn over. once pancake is cooked both sides serve with maple syrup and apple and pear compote.


Robinsons Fruit Shoot soft drinks contain only real juice with no added sugar and only naturally occurring sugars they also contain no artificial colours or flavourings, each and every one is filled with multi-vitamins perfect for on the go. Check out www.fruitshoot.com

UltraDEX : Don’t Brush These Tooth Tips Aside


Learning how to brush your teeth properly to avoid the universal faux-pas of bad breath is one of the first life skills we learn, but has your oral care routine actually been wrong all this time? UltraDEX have teamed up with leading dentist Dr Mervyn Druian to find out how we can look after our teeth and gums

DON’T

  • Brush too hard: Although physical abrasion is important for teeth and gums, brushing with too much vigour can take off the top layer of enamel. If your toothbrush is worn out within two months then this is a sign that you are brushing too hard.

  • Forget the gums: Plague takes 24 hours to calcify. Without brushing in between your teeth or flossing at least once a day, debris and plaque can remain in the most vulnerable area – lodged between teeth and gums. UltraDEX Interdental brushes are an easy way to reach unreachable places.

  • Rinse with water: You should use a high quality, alcohol-free rinse which contains fluoride, such as the UltraDEX Daily Oral Rinse as the final stage of your routine. This leaves protection in your mouth rather than water washing it away.

  • Let issues go unseen: If in any pain see the dentist straight away. If you have an ulcer for more than 10 days see the dentist.
DO

  • Eat fruit first thing: Moisture from food such as fresh fruit is the perfect antidote to morning bad breath. The high water content supplies the necessary moisture, the fibre acts against the debris and the sugars activate saliva production.


  • Electrify your brush: An electric toothbrush allows any dexterity difficulties to be overcome, as well as elevating the brushing action needed. Make sure to focus on the area where the teeth and gums meet, as this is where the plaque is most likely to form.

  • Wait after your juice: If you drink something acidic, wait at least 1 hour before brushing your teeth.

  •  Go to the hygienist: Every 3 months. If everything is healthy, then see the dentist once a year.


  • Rinse in the morning: Commonly, extra steps above brushing are left until the evening when people have more time. Rinsing only takes 30 seconds and with UltraDEX Daily Oral Rinse, fresh breath confidence lasts for 12 hours.

Dr Mervyn Druian comments: “People are getting much better at looking after themselves and the selfie age means that everyone wants a perfect smile. But there is no magic potion, it’s the basics that are important; good homecare and frequent dental check-ups.”

Find out more about Dr Mervyn Druian’s top tips for fresh breath here http://ultradex.co.uk/fresh-breath-tips/

Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops


We love Heinz Hoops so we were really excited to learn that Heinz has recently launched sugar-free Hoops which are naturally sweetened with stevia plant extracts and contain 1 of your 5 a day, as they contain whole tomatoes which are squeezed into every portion.


Its great to know that Heinz is leading the way in offering tasty and sugar-free alternatives to families across Britain and we really couldn't tell the difference as they still tasted amazingly scrumptious.


Heinz No Added Sugar boasts a range of health benefits:
  • Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops are 1 of your 5 a day
  • Vitamin D to support normal bone development
  • Packed with iron to support normal cognitive development
  • Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops is Free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives

Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops are available from all major supermarkets RRP £75p for 400g.

The Famous Five Adventure Game


We were really delighted to play The Famous Five Adventure Game, based on the much loved Famous Five Book series by Enid Blyton which I grew up with as a kid and loved.


The Famous Five Adventure series celebrates its 75th anniversary since the very first  Enid Blyton book, Five On A Treasure Island, came out.


The Famous Five Adventure Game takes is players on a journey of mystery and its up to you the player to explore the world of the famous five and solve the mystery,


You begin by selecting which character you'd like to be choose from Julian,Dick,Anne,George with Timmy the Dog in tow, then its up to you to then selected your preferred location, then your off to solve a mystery and meet some cool and occasionally suspicious characters on your journey.


Once you have the clues and solve the mystery children can read their adventure is a personalised storybook, which gives you the opportunity to revisit the tale of your game you played and relive your adventure.


The  Famous Five Adventure Game gives its players the chance to take part in a quick game or to participate in a normal game mode, there is also a dyslexia font option for easy reading, as well as a parent corner where you can adjust how long you would like the gamplay to last.


The Famous Five Adventure Game is a fun yet educational game which helps children develop problem solving skills and helps develop reading and language skills.The Famous Five Adventure Game is only £2.99 to download from iTunes itunes.apple.com/the-famous-five-adventure-game suitable for children aged 7+ and requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


The Famous Five Adventure Game is just one of many games by Kuato Studios all of which can be found on the app store itunes.apple.com/kuato-games.

Transformers: The Last Knight Radio Control Bumblebee Car


We love Transformers so we were delighted to put this cool Transformers The Last Knight Jumbo RC Bumblebee to test.


Our first thoughts were the impressive size which is a cool 40cm long and 19cm high with a length of 19cm, we needed 7 AA batteries for both the car and remote control, and we were ready to go.


The Last Knight Giant RC Bumblebee Car was easy to use and manoeuvre with its multi-directional steering it was super easy to navigate around obstacles,

the light body most defiantly helps with the speed, my son had hours of fun playing with this cool radio control Bumblebee car.


Transformers: The Last Knight Giant Radio Control Bumblebee Car is a must have for young Transformers fans.aged 5 years and over. Available to purchase from Argos.


THE Cadbury COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS Has begun


Most of us by now would have spotted that the countdown for christmas has begun, and and Cadbury has all you need to help celebrate and  countdown to the festive season


Cadbury unwraps moments of festive joy and to much delighted to us  chocolate lovers all over the country the delicious range includes the much-loved favourites alongside new and exciting products.

NEW FOR 2017


Cadbury Heroes Advent Calendar - Open up a door every day in the lead up to the big day to reveal miniature versions of some of your favourite Cadbury bars 232g £4.99.

 
Cadbury Christmas Crackers - Christmas wouldnt be complete without a jolly cracker. These purple Christmas cracker come filled with Cadbury Snow Bites to share with your friends and family. 126g £2.99

Cadbury Dairy Milk Classic Collection Box - A collection of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk classics, this fun box features the original packaging for Whole Nut, Dairy Milk, Fruit and Nut and Caramel alongside the history behind each bar 460g £5.95.


Cadbury Help for Heroes tin - help support a wonderful cause this Christmas. Each tub contains your favourite Heroes treat and 65p of each tin sold will be donated to Help for Heroes. 1kg/RRP £12.50 – Tesco exclusive
Cadbury Snowbites Mini Carton - Treat yourself and your loved ones with these delicious Snowbites in a handy mini carton,the delicious milk chocolate balls are encased in crisp sugar shells dusted with icing sugar making it the perfect festive treat. 43g £0.60

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
 
Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar - a must have and most defianly the best way to count down to the most magical day of the year. 200g RRP £4.99/ 90g RRP £2.19

STOCKING FILLERS
Hollow Santa - the Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Santas are the perfect reminder that Santa will be on his way soon, these Santa’s are made from delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk 50g RRP £1.49, 100g RRP £2.99

5 Jolly Santas -  Cadbury Dairy Milk Jolly Santas are perfect as they come in packs containing five pocket sized Santas, each presented in fun wrapping 75g  RRP £2.99.


Buttons Tube - A timeless treat that will be well receive, the classic bite-size button shapes of solid Cadbury Dairy Milk come packaged in an exciting festive tube that will bring joy to everyone. RRP £1.42. If Fudge is one of your festive favourites, then Cadbury Fudge Mini tube is your perfect stocking filler. The festive tube comes packed full of the sweet treat.

DECK THE HALLS

Oreo Bauble -  a touch of Cadbury Christmas purple to your tree, or surprise your relatives by gifting them with a Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Bauble. The spectacular supersized bauble is filled with Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates complete with a vanilla flavour filling and Oreo biscuit pieces. RRP £4.99


Cadbury Dairy Milk Tree Decorations - There are different designs and shapes for everyone in the family To make sure your tree is kept even sweeter this year  ‘Now with Oreo’. 136g RRP £3.46
The Cadbury Dairy Milk Santa Gift Box – filled with delicious chunks of Cadbury Dairy Milk, the perfect stocking filler RRP £2.99.
These Cadbury Dairy Milk Snow Balls - are the ideal treat to share and come in a pack of four. Simply crack open the top of the Snow Ball and use the spoon provided to scoop out and enjoy the fluffy mousse centre. Yum! RRP £2.99

Cadbury selection packs  - avaiable in two sizes, small and medium. The smaller selection pack enables chocolate fans to enjoy all their favourite Cadbury classics as they count down the days until Santa arrives! There is a bar for each day with Cadbury Chomp, Cadbury Curly Wurly, Cadbury Fudge and Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo. The Cadbury Medium Selection box contains a mix of favourites, such as the Cadbury Double Decker, Cadbury Crunchie and Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons. 95g RRP £1.09, 169g RRP £2.99