Ravensburger Union Jack Sneaker 3D Jigsaw Puzzle


My son has never really been into puzzles, I think he takes after me and doesn't seem to have the patience to complete one, well that has now changed thanks the Ravensburger 3D puzzles, unlike general floor puzzles Ravensburger 3D puzzles are three dimensional 3D which means that you are building a structure rather than a puzzle picture, which is so much more fun and interesting. What is amazing about this 3D puzzle is that each piece is numbered and has a mini arrow which indicates where it needs to be attached which was perfect.


We had so much run putting together this Union Jack 3D Sneakers inside you'll find 108 pieces inside the box, the base of the shoe fits together and the rest of the pieces of the puzzle clip from the base up and around, before we knew it we had an awesome 3D Sneaker which we could then use to hold out pens and pencils.


We were really impressed with this puzzle and would most defiantly recommend. The finished puzzle measures 21.3 X 8.7 X 13.4cm high when complete and is suitable for ages 8 years and up. Ravensburger Union Jack Sneaker 3D Jigsaw Puzzle has an RRP of £14.99. For more information visit www.ravensburger.org/uk/3d-puzzle

Monster Family


Yesterday we headed into central London to be one the first UK viewers to watch the animated comedy Monster Family. The Wishbone family are far from happy, so in an attempt to reconnect them as a family, Mum Emma plans a fun night out, but unfortunaly her plan backfires and the entire family is turned into Monsters. Before we settled down to watch the movie we had the opportunity to have some fun in the foyer and make our own monster rocks.

 

Synopsis:
The Monster Family follows the hectic and dysfunctional life of the Wishbone family, following
a chance encounter with Dracula, Mum Emma finds herself cursed by an evil witch and transformed into a Vampire along with her Monster Family, Now Emma has to fight to keep her Monster Family together whilst chasing the witch around the world to reverse the curse and return them to their human selves. We absolutely loved the movie a tale of uniting together and not giving up on those you love, Monster Family was humorous and fun to watch, perfect for the entire family.


Sky Cinema Originals:
Monster Family animation is Sky Cinemas first Original Film, Sky Cinema Original Films will see a selection of movies from family movies to thrillers come to Sky Cinema the same day they hit big screens around the country, so now Sky movie customers can watch movies like Monsters Family at the cinema or in the comfort of your own home.


Thank you Sky Cinema for an awesome day.

Chow Mein


To celebrate Chinese New Year in 2018, why not rustle up this deliciously quick and easy Chow Mein recipe to celebrate Chinese New Year, the original recipe from Ken Hom contains no meat, but I decided to add some beef steak and a couple of green chillies to my recipe.

Ingredients:
225g dried or fresh egg noodles
1 1/2 tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
50g  carrots, shredded
50g  mangetout, trimmed and shredded
3 tbsp spring onions, finely chopped on the diagonal
1 red pepper, shredded
pinch sugar
2 tsp light soy sauce
2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil, plus more to serve
1tbsp rice wine
1 medium beef steak sliced thinly

Method:
  1. Cook the noodles following the packet instructions. Drain and cool 
  2. Transfer to a bowl and toss with the sesame oil. Set aside
  3. Heat the wok over a high heat and add the groundnut oil once it starts smoking, stir-fry the garlic for 10 seconds, then add the carrots, mangetout, spring onions and red pepper.
  4. If you are adding beef them stir-fry until browned and cooked.
  5.  add the noodles, sugar, soy sauces, rice wine, season with white pepper and salt. Drizzle over a little sesame oil and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Recipe from Ken Hom Chow Mein Recipe

Chinese New Year 2018


To Celebrate and welcome in the Year of the Dog head into London this Sunday where you can join in the celebrations, each year thousands of people head to London's West End to enjoy the spectacular parade which is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association.

When: Sunday 18 February 2018
Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
Cost: No tickets required

The festivities kick off with a vibrant parade in and around Chinatown, followed by spectacular free stage performances in Trafalgar Square, explore the festivities and family frindly actvities from martial art displays and a range of traditional Chinese street food, head over to Trafalgar Square which will hosts the main stage.
The highlights of the day - There are FIVE Celebration Zones, including the Main Celebration Zone, Talent & Community Zone, Family & Children Zone, Martial Arts & Cultural Zone and the Food & Cuisine Zone

10:00: Opening parade
12:50: Dragon Dance and Flying Lion Dance performance at the Trafalgar Square Stage
13:15: Variety show by the Festival of Springs, Culture of China troupe, presenting an exciting mix of cultural dance and performance by top performers across China
14:45 Hong Kong Traditional Music Group Artemisia performing Chinese songs with Silk Road cultural influences
15:20 World renown Chinese Soprano Ms. He Wu
After 4pm: Surprise appearance of TV celebrity, Fashion Stylist and DJ, Gok Wan
17:30 Finale: Year of the Dog Finale on the Trafalgar Square Stage, cultural live performances, Lion Dance and pyrotechnics, with a spectacular pyrotechnic show.

For the latest updates on the day of the Chinese New Year London celebrations, follow the official #CNYLondon hashtag on social media. For more information check out www.visitlondon.com

The Perfect Valentines Gift For Cheese Lovers


I love cheese and with Valentines Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate then with this beautiful heart shaped red wax truckle filled with the finest vintage Cheddar. This delicious vintage cheddar is crafted in the heart of Somerset with love.

The Cheddar has been matured for over 15 months to give it a smooth, yet silky texture, with a very slight crunch, Perfect to eat on its own or accompanied with your favourite dish. Here are a couple of ideas so why not try these classic ingredients to help mark the day in style?

Strawberries and chocolate: Roughly break up the chocolate and place into a microwavable bowl. Place the bowl into a microwave and gradually warm, making sure to check every 10 seconds, giving a stir to check. Once you are happy that the chocolate is melted through, get your strawberries and gently dip. Place each dipped strawberry onto a tray/plate. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Sorted!

Figs and Honey:  Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Get 8 ripe figs, your favourite honey and some butter. Halve your figs and place onto a parchment lined baking tray. Put a small knob of butter onto each half then drizzle with a teaspoon of honey. Place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until soft and gooey.

Olives: Olives make a great partner for cheese and lots of them. Just dot them artfully around the board, simple and the perfect complement to our cheese!

Elderflower Prosecco: Pour 10ml of elderflower cordial into a champagne flute fill to the top with chilled Prosecco. Dress to impress by placing a fresh raspberry on.


The 400g Red Love Heart Cheddar Truckles are available for a limited time at WykeFarms.com/shop


Personalised Valentines Day Gifts With GiftsOnline4U


We all love to give and receive gifts, with so many special occasions coming this year I'm definitely looking to find unique and special gifts that I know my loved ones will love and cherish, and nothing is more special than a personalised gift, especially on Valentines Day.

I was ever so delighted to receive this beautiful Engraved Silver Heart Pendant from GiftsOnline4U, the stunning stainless steel heart pendant comes complete with two hearts, the front heart has a cut out heart design which looks amazing, the second heart is plain which makes it perfect for engraving a special message unique to you and the recipient, when you order the silver heart pendant online you have the opportunity to engrave your very own special message. My personalised  silver heart pendant has engraved Someone Special which is what my husband chose when I placed my order, I really love that I now have a necklace that not only looks amazing but it has a special message straight from the heart.


This stunning Engraved Heart Pendant came in a stylish grey velvet presentation box, you also have the option to include a greeting card and small gift bag which mean the gift will be ready to gift.
This Silver Engraved Heart Pendant is the perfect gift for that special loved one this Valentine’s, birthdays, Christmas or just because they are someone special. My order arrived within a few days, but there also is the option to order next day delivery or you can opt to use the free delivery service which I did, this mean you you get your gift within 2-7 days. The personalised Heart Pendant is made of stainless steel, the pendant is approx 30mm x 30mm with the necklace length around 18in in length.


I really enjoyed browsing GiftsOnline4U, the website is easy to use and navigate around, I found it really easy to select which occasion I would like to browse or whom you wish to buy for, this really helped me narrow down suitable gifts, in each drop down menu there is an array of personalised and unique gifts to choose from along with a Valentines Day gift section which will take you directly to all the Valentines products, there is defiantly something for everyone.

GiftsOnline4U offers hundreds of wonderful engraved gifts for all occasions, featuring a range of unique and personalised gifts for every special occasion imaginable. GiftsOnline4U  recently launched some stunning new designs of  which feature personalised glassware including pint glasses, tankards, tumblers and flutes, along with some Valentine’s themed Gifts from engraved photo frames

So this Valentines Day why not treat yourself or someone you love to a personalised gift, not only will it make their day but it will be the perfect keepsake. if you would like to see more Personalised Valentines Gifts or Engraved Gifts For Her check out www.giftsonline4u.com.

Time To Celebrate With Intercake


If you know me or follow me on Instagram you will most defiantly know that I love CAKE, I get quite excited at the thought of a slice of cake, but no cake tastes better then a celebration cake and last weekend it was my husbands Birthday, so what better way to celebrate than by designing your very own cool looking personalised celebration cake with Intercake.


Designing our cake was really easy, simply choose which image you would like on your cake and  pop into selected stores of Asda and Morrisons and upload your photo through iPhone or USB or scan in a printed photo, you can even add borders and a personalised message, you then get a receipt which you hand to the bakery staff who print your image and add it to your iced cake.

  

We opted for a large sized cake which was only £16, we were really happy with the finished result, best of all my husband loved the cake, not only did it look amazing but the soft sponge filled with raspberry buttercream topped with a generous layer of icing, every bite was absolutely delicious.


If you are looking for a Personalised Photo Cake for a special occasion than Intercake is a perfect choice, and as Valentines Day is approaching why not make a personalised photo cake for that special someone.


A small cake serves 22 people and costs £12 and the large cakes serve 40 and costs £16. The cakes comes in vanilla sponge with raspberry jam and buttercream filling and chocolate with chocolate buttercream filling (small only). Cake toppers can also be designed and ordered online in just a few simple clicks. Intercake kiosks can be found at Asda and Morrisons, to read more about Intercake and where you can get yours visit https://www.intercake.com.


Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Sandwich and Oreo Bites


I pride myself on being a huge chocolate fab so what better way to kick off Febusry then with two brand new chocolatey products from Cadbury which also include my favorite Oreo biscuit.


The brand new Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Sandwich features mini Oreo biscuits sandwiched between delicious, creamy Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.


Bringing together two iconic products into one delciocos bar, this tempting tablet packs a combination of crunchy biscuit and silkysmooth chocolate. The perfect bar for all chcolate lovers.


But this isn’t the only new delicious product for Cadbury and Oreo fans to enjoy as there are also brand new Cadbury Oreo Bites; delcuios mini mouthfuls of crunchy Oreo encased in smooth Cadbury chocolate.


Lyndsey Homer, Junior Brand Manager at Mondel─ôz International, said: “We are really excited to be able to add these two delicious new variations to the Cadbury and Oreo range, giving chocolate lovers even more ways to enjoy their favourite treat. With the combination of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and biscuit, these two new products are too good to turn down – Seriously you’ve got to try them!”

Both Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Sandwich (RRP of £1.49) and Cadbury Oreo Bites (RRP of £1.99) will be available in all major retailers nationwide from February 2018. For more information check visit  www.facebook.com/cadburyUK  or tweet @CadburyUK.

How To Increase Your Workday Productivity, Get More Sleep


It can sometimes seem like the hunt for more productivity is the holy grail of our age. Governments talk about it endlessly, businesses think about it constantly and chances are you spend a lot of time considering it too. Why else would you be reading this article?

An entire industry has been built up around giving advice on productivity. Countless books, podcasts and apps all exist, promising the secret of greater efficiency. Well, I am here to tell that the answer isn’t so hard. Actually it is really simple, completely free and best yet it’s something we all enjoy doing. To be more productive all we need to do is get more sleep. 

Yep simple as that! It may seem counterintuitive to suggest staying in bed longer means you will get more done. But it will. Productivity is all about maximising your brain’s potential and sleep is key to that. Read on below I will explain why...

Sleep makes you more accurate:
The experts are constantly reminding us of the benefits of a good night’s rest. One of them is accuracy. An individual who slept well makes less mistakes than someone who is sleep-deprived. The less mistakes you make the less time you waste and the more productive you are. Research has even shown that someone who is even moderately sleep deprived has a slower response time and reduced accuracy levels than an individual who has been drinking alcohol.

Think about that for a moment:
A lack of sleep can under some circumstances have a greater impact on your accuracy than drink. Now you wouldn't start your workday with a glass of wine would you? So don't start your working day without enough sleep.

Sleep improves your memory:
If you’re anything like me, you probably waste a chuck of time each day trying to remember something you really ought to know – your email password, the location of your house keys, your child’s name. All those wasted seconds quickly add up to put quite a dent in your daily productivity.

Well get a few more good night's sleep and you will find you will never forget a password again. The connection between good sleep and a good memory are well documented. Firstly, a well rested brain is able to process more information more quickly than a tired one. This means data is recorded more precisely. 

Secondly, the information we take in during the day is processed by our brain while we sleep. The day's events are basically replayed and anything our brain deems important is transferred to our long-term memory. A phenomenon known as 'consolidation'. This process is much more efficient with a good night of unbroken sleep.

Sleep helps you maintain focus:
One of the essential skills of truly productive people is their ability to stay focused on the task at hand. To stick with it the job, no matter how dull it is, until completion. 

We all get distracted from time to time, it's an inevitable consequence of living in such a fascinating world. Sleep however can play a big role in how well we recover from distractions.

According to researchers at Harvard, brain scans show that a sleep-deprived individual can perform just as ably as a well-rested individual at any given task up until the moment the crucial moment they are distracted. 

Say the phone rings or there is a knock at the door. The weary individual will then find it much more difficult, if not impossible, to regain the same level of focus as before. The areas of the brain that should kick into gear to refocus simply don’t perform. 
 
Sleep helps you make better decisions:
Being productive is about being able to make good decisions, quickly. When you are sleep-deprived this is almost impossible.
Think back to your last hangover day and how long it took you to choose which takeout to get! And that's not even a important choice.

On any given work day, even the most mundane, you are likely to be called upon to make countless decisions, some big and some seemingly tiny. Making good decisions is all about processing speed and without sleep our brain’s cognitive performance is hampered.
Sleeplessness basically creates multiple short-circuits in our thought processes that prevent us from making the correct choices.

You've heard the phrase 'let's sleep on it' right? The postponement of a decision until both parties have had time to think about and return to the table fresh the morning after...well, there is wisdom in those words. Heed them. 

And there you have it - four ways in which a good night’s sleep will increase your workday productive. An extra hour in bed is not an hour wasted it’s the exact opposite. Tiredness leads to sloppiness and being productive demands the exact opposite. 

Sleep well tonight and enjoy a productive tomorrow.