Camden Market summer sale


Browse the Camden Market and check out their summer sale


What: For the first time in its eventful history, Camden Market is holding a site-wide summer sale with up to 50% discounts. With over forty traders participating in the sale, adhering to strict safety guidelines, the stalls will feature everything from designer fashion brands like Modfather, Collectif and Studio Collection to bespoke accessories like Turkish Lamps. A full list and map can be found here.

When: 26th June to 3rd July

MILITARY WIVES


MILITARY WIVES is the feel-good film and inspirational story of friendship, love, and support on the home front. A group of women come together as their partners serve in Afghanistan. Together they form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life's most difficult moments and also becoming a media sensation and global movement in the process. The critically acclaimed film is available to own on Digital Download from 29th June and Blu-ray™ & DVD from 6th July 2020.


Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) directs Oscar® Nominee and BAFTA® Winner Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour) and BAFTA® Nominee Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) star in this feel-good crowd-pleaser.

 k, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). Rounding out the cast and playing the military wives are Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey), Gaby French (Victoria), Lara Rossi (Robin Hood), Amy James-Kelly (Safe) and India Ria Amarteifio (Line of Duty). The film will feature a score penned by BAFTA® Nominee and Mission: Impossible-Fallout composer, Lorne Balfe and a brand-new track for the official soundtrack, ‘Home Thoughts From Abroad', written by Robbie Williams and long-time collaborator Guy Chambers.



OGG'S CAKE'S



Fathers Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some scrummy OGG'S Cakes. OGGS Cakes have three varieties which will suit everyone's taste, but if you can't decide which ones to gift this Father's Day then why not treat him to all three, he will not be disappointed and the more cake you have the more likely he is to share. As you know I adore cakes, so I was delighted to get my hands on these delicious OGG'S cakes and decide which ones we would be sharing this Father's Day.


  • Chocolate Fudge – This delicious rich fudge cake is soft and sweet perfect for chocolate lovers

 

  • Victoria Sponge – Deliciously jammy with sweet vanilla buttercream, the perfect classic cake in a bite-sized treat.

 

  • Lemon Drizzle – By far my personal favourite, this scrumptious lemon cake is sweet and zesty and moist, deliciousness in every bite.

OGGS CAKES

OGG'S cakes are amazing, I love that they are the perfect bite-size treat, when I opened the packaging I was immediately blown away by the fresh sweet smell which made me want to eat them even more, each OGG cake was full of flavour, the sponge was soft and moist and very moreish. OGGS range is vegan-friendly, the sponge is made using OGGS patented Aquafaba an all-plant liquid egg alternative. The OGGS mission is to create plant-based alternatives for everyday foods, that not only taste delicious but also contribute to making a positive change to the planet, animals and people one bite at a time. All of OGG'S plastic packaging is made from recycled material and is biodegradable which ensures that the packaging won’t damage the planet or the animals on it.

OGGS CAKES

OGG'S are available in 4 packs and can be found at Sainsbury’s and Waitrose stores nationwide, priced at £4.25. Also available online from Ocado and TheVeganKind. For more information on OGG'S head over to https://www.loveoggs.com


Father's Day With Moonpig


Father's Day is the perfect time to celebrate with our fathers, grandfathers husbands and partners, and show them how we appreciate all they've done for us and the family and how important that are in our lives. So what better way to show you care than a beautiful personalised card and gift from Moonpig. Moonpig has an amazing range of Fathers Day gifts and cards, perfect to make the man in your life feel extra special.


My husband is a huge Only Fools and Horses fan so we got him this fantastic Only Fools and Horses Del Boy Soft Toy & Mug Set from Moonpig along with an Only Fool and Horses Personalised card, with so many amazing card and gift we were truly spoilt for choice, we opted for some delicious Lindt Chocolate Napolitains and some Salted Caramel Fudge. Father's Day is a special time to show you care, so to keep Father's Day fun we have chosen our top tips to make the important man in your life feel that extra bit special.

  • Make The Day About Him - well, of course, its Fathers Day so what way to plan the day than to fill it with the fun things he loves the most. 
  • A family stroll - There's nothing quite like a beautiful stroll with the family, a simple walk together in the sun can do wonders for our spirits.
  • Picnic in the park - Make some sandwiches and take along some of your favourite snacks and enjoy each others company, there's something quite fun sitting on the grass making memories with your loved ones.
  • Sharing a delicious takeaway together - As most of the restaurants are only offering a take out service, why not eat in, set the table and share the moments having a meal in.
  • Playing a fun board game - who doesn't like to play a good game, especially if you're competitive like me, you want to be winning.
  • Watching a movie together - grab some popcorn and have a movie night, great so the whole family.
  • Make him his favourite foods - let him sit back and relax, make him his favourite foods or snacks, great to get the kids involved too.
  • Order him a personalised Father's Day card from Moonpig to show him just how much you care.

Most of all have fun together this Father's Day and cherish the moments and memories.
 

Check out Moonpig and create personalised cards online and discover their amazing range of unique gifts and flower bouquets.

Create Your Own VOGUE Challenge Template #VogueChallenge


The VOGUE Challenge is a viral sensation across Instagram and Tik Tok, it gives us everyday folk the chance to star on the cover of VOGUE, simple photo fun, that the internet is going crazy over.

Why not join in the vogue Challenge head over to Wendy and Shaz London Life to find out how to make your own VOGUE template in a few quick simple steps.



#VogueChallenge

Movies To Watch This Week

We all love a good movie, so why not check some of these latest movie releases this week, that's movie night is sorted.

Screened Out
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: Digital
A startling look at the cost of our connectivity and how the tech industry has designed addiction in the quest to monopolise our time and attention.
Available on iTunes 
To The Stars
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: Digital
In this acclaimed and uplifting coming-of-age story, a 1960s Oklahoma town is shaken when an enigmatic new girl arrives.
Available on iTunes 
Porno
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: DigitalContact: Distributor / PR 
An outrageous comedy horror following 5 teens who unwittingly unleash a demon determined to give them a sex education!
Available on iTunes 
Buffaloed
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: Digital
Contact: Distributor / PR 
When an acceptance letter to the school of her dreams arrives, Peg falls into the shady business of delinquent debt collection to pay her tuition fees.
Available on iTunes
Dolittle
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: Digital 1st Junes - DVD & Blu-Ray - 15th June
Robert Downey Jr. electrifies as the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. After losing his wife, he hermits himself away behind the high wall of his manor, but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill. Helping Dolittle in search of a rare cure are his rambunctious animal friends--including Chee-Chee (Oscar® winner RAMI MALEK), an anxious, self-conscious gorilla; Dab-Dab (Oscar® winner OCTAVIA SPENCER), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck; the bickering duo of cynical, neurotic ostrich Plimpton (KUMAIL NANJIANI) and chilly-but-chill polar bear Yoshi (JOHN CENA); as well as a headstrong parrot named Polynesia(Oscar® winner Emma Thompson).
Available on iTunes
Cats
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: DVD & Blu-Ray
Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event.Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut.Featuring Lloyd Webber's iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap.
Available on Amazon & iTunes
Parasite
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: Digital, DVD & Blu-Ray
Korean satirical black comedy co-written and directed by Joon-ho Bong. Kim Ki-taek (Kang-ho Song) sees a way out of his struggling family's poverty when he is employed by the wealthy Park family to tutor their daughter Da-hye (Ji-so Jung). He quickly ingratiates himself with the Park family and convinces them to employ the rest of his impoverished family disguised as his acquaintances. However, their scheme to infiltrate the Park's lavish life soon turns awry when their true identities come under scrutiny.
Available on Amazon & iTunes
Line Of Descent
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: DVD & Digital
LINE OF DESCENT, explores a dysfunctional mafia family in Delhi, as three brothers fight for control of their father's legacy. When a mysterious American arms dealer (Brendan Fraser - The Mummy) becomes embroiled in the family business, a respected veteran cop (Abhay Deol) investigating the brothers, tries to stop their tragic downfall.
Available on Amazon & iTunes
Shockwave: Countdown to Disaster
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: DVD
When massive volcanic storms begin to spew from the Earth, geophysicist Kate Ferris tries to convince the Department of Defense that this is no natural phenomenon. They re the result of a seismic super weapon known as the Hell Storm device; and now that it's been activated, the shock-waves it sends out will destroy major cities across the globe, killing millions.

When her claims fall on deaf ears, Kate teams up with her daughter and estranged husband at the San Andreas fault line to find a way to counteract the destruction. As Kate and her family navigate the fault, they find themselves directly at the epicentre of the largest shock wave yet. Now, in a harrowing race against the clock, Kate must figure out how to stop the shock-wave before its effects seal humanity's fate once and for all.
Available on Amazon
The Iron Mask
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: Digital, DVD & Blu-Ray - 8th June
Adventure drama directed by Oleg Stepchenko, starring Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. English cartographer Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) makes the journey to China hoping to map parts of the Far East. However, once there he finds himself involved with a village of tea makers who are under the spell of an evil witch (Li Ma). As Green aids them he discovers that in order to defeat the witch they will need the coveted dragon seal which is being held by a man known as the Master (Chan) who is currently incarcerated in the Tower of London. To ensure his escape they must evade the attention of tower guard James Hook (Schwarzenegger).
Available on iTunes
Red Dwarf - The Promised Land
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: DVD & Blu-Ray
It reunites the original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and sees the return of Holly (Norman Lovett) the much-loved ship’s computer. Three million years ago… David Lister, a vending machine repairman, was sentenced to eighteen months in suspended animation for smuggling his pregnant cat aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. While Lister remained in stasis, a radiation leak killed the rest of the crew. Safely sealed in the hold, the cats evolved into humanoid form. The cats now roam deep space in a fleet of their own...
Available on Amazon
Who Dares Wins
Release Date: 1st June

Trailer
Format: DVD & Blu-Ray
It's suspected that a peace/anti-nuke organization in UK has some extremists willing to use terrorism. The action will probably be against an embassy in London. The SAS/Special Air Service try to get the organization infiltrated.
Available on Amazon
The Running Man
Release Date: 1st June

Format: Blu-Ray
In the year 2019 an innocent man accused of a crime has a choice - Hard Time or Prime Time. He must pay or play The Running Man - the highest rated Television Show in history. It's a game between life and death but tonight the game is going to be different - Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Running Man. He's playing for a prize - the prize is his life. From now the rules are going to change... forever!
Available on Amazon
Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters 2
Release Date: 1st June

Format: Blu-Ray
The classic supernatural comedies that defined a generation: Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, together in this special collector's edition Blu-ray set. Celebrate 30 years of the Ghostbusters franchise with remastered high-def picture & sound for both movies, plus all-new and never-before-seen special features. Plus, explore the history of the films with this deluxe collector’s edition, loaded with production notes, character sketches, insider info and more. Bring home these spooktacularly successful films that captured the imagination of audiences around the world—and redefined the action-comedy genre in the process. Who you gonna call?

Supporting Paradise Wildlife Park


I adore Paradise Wildlife Park and have spent many beautiful days exploring the park and watching the animals (read more about our last visit here), but Due tothe COVID-19 outbreak Paradise Wildlife Park has closed. As such, the usual money coming in through ticket sales and on-site purchases have dramatically decreased which affects the general upkeep of the animals the facilities. Paradise Wildlife Park is reaching out to its loyal visitors and guests to help support it with a small donation during these difficult times.


Any money raised will go directly towards the upkeep of our animals (food, vet bills, healthcare, enrichment, habitat facilities and cleaning) which costs roughly £3,000 a day.  

Support Paradise Wildlife Park, share and donate to the Just Giving Emergency Animal Fund below https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/animalsupportfund


London Transport Museum hosts a virtual celebration of its poster collection online


Over the weekend London Transport Museum has recreated its ‘Poster Power’ Depot Open Weekend online, launching a brand-new hub for family activities, videos, audio recordings, blogs, quizzes and online galleries, all inspired by the Museum’s collection of transport posters – one of the most important collections of 20th-century graphic poster art in the world. 
The Museum’s Depot Open Weekends are a rare opportunity for the public to explore a treasure trove of over 320,000 artefacts from London’s transport history, including historic Tube trains and buses, maps, station signs, and posters. While April’s Open Weekend will no longer be going ahead, the ‘Digital Depot Open Weekend’ will allow the public to still explore gems from its collection from home.


Over the weekend (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26), London Transport Museum will recreate its ‘Poster Power’ Depot Open Weekend online, launching a brand-new hub for family activities, videos, audio 
In keeping with the ‘Poster Power’ theme planned for April’s event, activities and resources available from the Museum’s new ‘Poster Power’ hub will include behind the scenes video tours of the Depot’s art and poster stores, a recorded talk on the history of poster design from the Museum’s Head Curator, creative family activities, and new online poster galleries where virtual visitors can explore the intricate details of historic artworks up close. 

The Museum’s online shop will be offering a special 30% discount on all pre-printed posters until 3 May, so art and design fans can bring a piece of transport history into their home. There will also be the chance to win gift bundles from the shop’s brand new ‘sporting range’, inspired by beautiful vintage sports posters from the Museum’s collection. Visit the website to enter https://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/competition the competition closes on 8 May. ahead, the ‘Digital Depot Open Weekend’ will allow the public to still explore gems from its collection from home.  
In keeping with the ‘Poster Power’ theme planned for April’s event, activities and resources available from the Museum’s new ‘Poster Power’ hub will include behind the scenes video tours of the Depot’s art and poster stores, a recorded talk on the history of poster design from the Museum’s Head Curator, creative family activities, and new online poster galleries where virtual visitors can explore the intricate details of historic artworks up close. 



Greek Salad with Tomatoes


Tomatoes are packed with carotenoids, including lycopene. Research shows that lycopene present in ocular tissues helps prevent light-induced damage to the retina and other areas of the eye. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, another vision protector.

Serves 2
1 tomato
1⁄4 cucumber
1⁄4 green bell pepper
1⁄4 red onion
Handful of olives
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
4-6 cubes of Feta cheese
Sprinkle of oregano

Method:
Chop the tomatoes into wedges. Thinly slice the bell pepper into rings. Slice the red onion and cucumber and half the slices. Add to a salad bowl along with the olives and lightly toss with the olive oil. Top with the Feta followed by the oregano.

Recipe from www.essilor.co.uk

Tantilisingly Tasty Turkey chilli


Turkey is rich in zinc. Zinc is concentrated in our retinas and helps enzymes that promote eye health. Niacin, also found in turkey meat, can help protect your eyes from cataract development.

Serves 2
100g turkey mince
1⁄2 white onion – thinly chopped
500g passata
Half a can of kidney beans, drained
1 garlic clove – crushed
1 chilli chopped
1 cube of vegetable stock
Splash of water
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin

Method:
Cook the turkey mince in a pan until brown, then drain any excess fat
Add the onion and cook until tender
Mix in all the ingredients except the water - add water according to the desired thickness of the sauce
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with rice or potato wedges and add cheese if you wish!

Recipe from www.essilor.co.uk

Mothers Day With The Samsung KX


The Samsung KX experience space in London’s Kings Cross is offering families and parents the opportunity to enjoy a free hand-drawn digital portrait for Mother’s Day.


Digital Family Portraits:
Timings: w/c 16th March - Tues/Wed/Fri/ - 3-5pm. Sat/Sun -  12-2pm.
Samsung KX is inviting guests to enjoy a hand-drawn digital portrait experience, the perfect gift for mums this Mother’s Day. Sketched live by one of the skilled Samsung staff, opt for either a full family drawing or make it extra special with a portrait of yourself.

Digital Mother’s Day cards:
Timings: w/c 16th Mach - Mon-Fri 3-5pm. Sat/Sun – 12-2pm.
Samsung KX is inviting guests to push their creative limits this Mother’s Day with digital card-making workshops using a Galaxy tablet. The experience will include insightful live demos showcasing easy tips and tricks to make the ultimate e-card, which can be easily downloaded and sent to mum in time for the special day. For more information check out www.samsung.com/uk/explore/kings-cross

Location:  Samsung KX
Coal Drops Yard
King's Cross, London
N1C 4DQ



Sweet potato and spinach quesadill


Sweet potatoes and spinach are both essential sources of vitamins and minerals that promote eye health. Packed with beta carotene, the body converts beta carotene in sweet potatoes into vitamin A, a nutrient that helps prevent dry eyes and night blindness. Beta carotene and vitamin A also may help reduce the risk of eye infections.

Serves 2
1 sweet potato
2 tortillas
100g spinach
1⁄2 jalapeno chilli - chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 garlic clove - crushed
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Method:
Pierce the sweet potatoes and cook in an oven at 200 degrees for 50 minutes, or until soft
Let the potatoes cool and scoop out the inners
Heat some of the oil in a large skillet and add the garlic, heat for 1-2 minutes until brown, add the sweet potato flesh, spinach, jalapeno and cumin
Cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally, season accordingly
Spread the filling on one-half of each of the tortillas and fold shut
Brush with oil on each side and cook on a hot griddle pan for 3 minutes or until brown.

Recipe from www.essilor.co.uk

HACKNEY EMPIRE ANNOUNCES JACK AND THE BEANSTALK FOR ITS 2020 PANTOMIME


Hackney Empire has announced Jack and the Beanstalk for its 2020 Christmas production opening in London this November and marking its 22nd pantomime at the East End venue.  Jack and the Beanstalk will run from 21 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, with press night on Thursday 3 December. Tickets will go on sale to the public from Friday 6 March 2020 at 12 noon.

This year, Hackney Empire is proud to announce Grande Dame Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe as its very first patron of the theatre. Clive will also make his 14th pantomime appearance this Christmas starring as Dame Daisy Trott. The full creative team and casting will be announced in due course.

Yamin Choudury, Artistic Director, and Jo Hemmant, Executive Director, from Hackney Empire said: “Nothing could feel more perfect than Clive Rowe becoming our first patron. As Hackney Empire’s pantomime Dame he has captivated, delighted and charmed audiences with his award-winning performances. As we head towards Hackney Empire’s 120th birthday, we look forward with great excitement to the next chapter of life at the theatre.”

Clive Rowe said: "I cannot truly express how honoured I am to have been asked to be Hackney Empire’s first patron.  My relationship with the building over the years has always been based on love and respect not just for the theatre but also for the community it is part of. I would like to thank the Hackney Empire for this. I will cherish my patronage."

As only Hackney Empire can, Jack and the Beanstalk will get the festive season underway, bringing all of the fun, magic and razzle-dazzle that Hackney audiences love.

When happy-go-lucky Jack is tempted into selling his family’s beloved cow for a fistful of magic beans, he finds himself tangled in an adventure of epic proportions! Join Jack on his journey up an enchanted beanstalk as he tries to outwit a rampaging giant, all with the help of his larger-than-life mum. This tall-tale is packed full of slapstick comedy, laugh-out-loud topical gags, outrageous costumes, dazzling song and dance numbers and plenty of chances to cheer, boo and hiss.  Hackney Empire’s pantomime has become one of the city’s most anticipated annual highlights bringing West End value at East End prices to attract an ever-growing local, national and global fanbase.

Over 44,000 people attended last year's pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat including 10,000 schoolchildren. 41% of the audience were first-time visitors to the Hackney Empire.

Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk go on sale on Friday 6 March from 12pm at www.hackneyempire.co.uk

Lightopia Festival - London


We were lucky enough to visit this year Lightopia festival in London’s Chiswick House Gardens. Lightopia is an immersive visually stunning lantern and light festival which has toured Manchester and Edinburgh and is now in London.

 

We couldn’t wait to see what awaited us, having read so much about the festival and seeing the images of the trail we were super excited for the evening ahead. we eagerly headed to the main entrance of the park, as soon as we arrived it was clear that we were in for a real treat as brightly colourful Lightopia sign greeted us.


We wandered through the light trail passing the various installations each unique and spectacular from The Love Gate, Tree of Life and The Flower Road, there were so many installations to see, it was an amazing display of light art and sculptures, some of the light installations moved to music whilst others were just visually pleasing to experience. 


There was a wonderful selection of food and drink available from delicious churros, chips to hot and cold drinks. At the end of the light trail, there were yet more attractions to experience from a mini funfair and a few more food and drinks stalls.


Overall Lightopia was an amazing experience which I feel privileged to have shared with my loved ones, I would defiantly recommend visiting it’s a great evening out and is suitable for all ages. I very much look forward to Lightopia returning to London next year. Check out my Instagram highlights for more images of our visit https://www.instagram.com/mummybebeautiful

Lightopia Festival  - London
Dates- 2nd Jan – 1st Mar 2020
Times - 5:00pm-10:00pm last entry 8:30 pm
Location - Chiswick House Gardens, London, W4 2QN

Ticket Price: (Booking Fee Apply)
Advance: | On the day
Adult £20.00 | Adult £22.00
Child £13.00 | Child £15.00
Family Ticket £58.00 | Family Ticket £66.00
For more information check out https://www.lightopiafestival.com

Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni with Beetroot and Almond Pesto



Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni with Beetroot and Almond Pesto

Serves: 2
INGREDIENTS:
1 pack of La Famiglia Rana Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni
15g shelled and roasted almonds for garnish 
1 small roasted beetroot, peeled and diced 
15g pumpkin seeds 
15g cashews or walnuts 
1 clove of peeled garlic 
Grated Pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh lemon juice 
Salt and pepper


METHOD: 
Place all the pesto ingredients (beetroot, pumpkin seeds, cashews, garlic, pecorino, oil, lemon juice) in a food processor and mix until the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Add salt and pepper to your liking then pour the pesto in a bowl. 

Grill the almonds in a non-stick pan for 2 to 3 minutes until they are golden brown and set aside. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the tortelloni for 2 minutes. 

Carefully drain the tortelloni and stir in the pesto, mixing gently. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds and serve.

La Famiglia Rana:
La Famiglia Rana is a family run-and-owned company. We’ve been producing the finest fresh filled pasta since 1962. From humble beginnings when founder Giovanni Rana hand-made and personally delivered fresh tortelloni to friends and neighbours in Verona, we’re now a globally recognised brand and we continue to uphold our same core values: using only the best ingredients and pushing boundaries to create the tastiest fresh filled pasta.