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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Eye Care with Artelac Rebalance Drops and Nighttime Gel

We care for our skin when it’s dry, tired and dehydrated, protecting it from the stresses of daily life and the effects of ageing, but we often don’t realise our eyes need attention too. They are often completely neglected when it comes to our daily health and beauty rituals, but there are products that we can use to help keep our eyes healthy and hydrated.

Like a day and night cream for the skin, Artelac Rebalance Drops and Artelac Nighttime Gel have been clinically proven to provide long-lasting hydration to dry eyes and soothe irritation and discomfort. 

Artelac Rebalance drops are designed for day use and can be used when experiencing recurrent dry, tired or irritated eyes, providing long lasting, sustained hydration and protection. Apply a drop of Artelac Rebalance after your skincare routine and before applying any makeup to hydrate and protect the eye throughout the day. It is also compatible with contact lenses, giving long lasting relief for irritated, dry, tired eyes.

dry eyes


Artelac Nighttime Gel, designed for night time use contains a unique combination of ingredients, designed to seal in moisture overnight, when the symptoms of dry eye are worse. Before bed, apply Artelac Nighttime gel to provide overnight comfort and hydration, leaving your eyes feeling refreshed for the new day ahead. No more waking up with that sensation of having gritty eyes!

dry eyes, tired eyes


In this world where so much of our day is spent staring at screens for hours on end, our eyes can really suffer. My teenager suffers with dry eyes, so much so that they actually make little squeaking sounds when she blinks! The Artelac products have really helped and have now become a part of her daily routine. It is like having a moisturiser for your eyes keeping them feeling well hydrated and preventing the irritation and discomfort that comes with dryness.

Artelac Rebalance and Artelac Nighttime Gel are available from independent pharmacies. Artelac Rebalance is £6.95 RRP and Artelac Nighttime Gel is £4.99 RRP.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp - coming soon!

I think I have discovered my favourite ever Cadbury chocolate bar! This is a very serious claim given my love for Cadbury Dairy Milk Whole Nut, Mini Eggs and Cadbury Caramel bars. But I honestly believe the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp is THE most delicious chocolate concoction that I have ever tried.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp


Combining thick Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate with a peanut filling containing pieces of nut and crunchy crispies, topped with gooey caramel and peanut halves, this chunky bar is a delightful mix of flavours and textures that is simply divine. Each chunky piece displays an embossed shelled peanut image on the top layer of chocolate, adding to the multi-sensory nutty experience. I think that nuts and chocolate are the perfect combination and this bar takes that to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Peanut Caramel Crisp


The bar is a massive 278g, which is a perfect size for sharing (if you can bear giving any away to anyone else). It costs £3.49 RRP and will be available in all major supermarkets from April - just in time for Easter!

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

Chillfactor Pull Pops Review

Kids love ice lollies and ones that they make themselves seem to be even more appealing. So the Chillfactor Pull Pops are a great addition to the kitchen cupboard, allowing kids to create popsicles using a variety of ingredients and their imagination.

Chillfactor Pull Pops


The set includes two of the pull pop makers as well as a small bowl for dipping and mixing, a squeezy bottle for flavourings and a flavour spacer injector with lid. An illustrated instruction leaflet is included.

Chillfactor Pull Pops


You can use fruit juice, fresh fruit, drinkable yogurt or squash to create flavour combinations. You can fill ice pops with added syrup or melted chocolate using the flavour spacer to make a hollow during the freezing process or top them with sprinkles by dipping into your favourite toppings using the bowl. The possibilities are endless. Freddy and Kezia used Pepsi Max to make theirs.

Chillfactor Pull Pops


The process is easy and mess free. Simply insert the nozzle into a cup or jug of the liquid and pull the plunger to suck up the liquid into the tube.  Alternatively use the end of the tube to cut circles of fruit to push into the tube. When the tube is full (be sure not to overfill), you twist off the end of the plunger to make a free standing popsicle mould.

Chillfactor Pull Pops


Pop into the freezer upright and freeze for around 2-3 hours.  The plunger handle can then be re-attached and used to gently push the popsicle up the tube to be eaten. (A little warm water poured over the tube makes this a lot easier to do.)

Chillfactor Pull Pops


The real appeal of the DIY ice pop makers is that you can make them using whatever you want and you will know exactly what is in them. You can make healthier options using fresh fruit or juice or smoothies, for a more nutritious treat. Or use sugar free drinks or squash if you are cutting back on sugar consumption. Or opt for an indulgent popsicle using some chocolate angel delight made from a packet, filling it with melted chocolate and dipping in chocolate sprinkles. The choice is yours and there are hundreds of possibilities to pick from. I really like the pulling method of making the Pull Pops, not only is it fun, it's mess free.

The Chillfactor Pull Pops cost £4.99 and the set makes two pull pops. Perfect for when the weather gets warmer!

Find out more at www.character-online.co.uk

Monday, 27 March 2017

Tonka Tinys - Tonka Trucks in Miniature!

Tonka is a brand that has been around for ages. My 28 year old son played with Tonka toys when he was younger. He had a big yellow, tipper truck, which he loved. It is still going strong today and has been played with by his younger siblings over the years.

Tonka now has a brand new way for kids to enjoy their products, with the Tonka Tinys range. Tonka Tinys are collectable miniature scale vehicles, which come in 20 designs including police pick-ups, quarry dump trucks and helicopters.

Tonka, cars, collectable


They are available in a three pack (with two vehicles on display in the blister pack and one hidden surprise) and in blind garage packs, making collecting them fun. The little grey plastic garages have a yellow lift up door and can be used to store the vehicles in. They also slot together, keeping them attached to each other, making a neat row of garages.

Tonka, toy cars


Each vehicle is made with great attention to detail including working wheels and some have tiny moveable parts. They are well made and built to last. Kids will love collecting them all. Which vehicles will your kids find?

Tonka,


The three packs (which are new for this year) cost £5.99 and the blind garage packs are £2.49 each. New playsets and new waves of vehicles will be added for autumn. They are suitable for ages 5 and up. Find out more at: http://funrise.com/tonka-micro-site/index.html

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Midweek Meals with Dolmio #ThankGoodness

When it comes to feeding my family, I like to make sure they have a wholesome diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. I enjoy using natural ingredients, but still appreciate the convenience of using jar sauces, especially when it comes to midweek meals. Dolmio sauces are made using 100% natural ingredients so are a real asset when I need to make a quick and easy meal. The Dolmio Bolognese Sauce contains the same ingredients as I would use at home, so using Dolmio saves me time and effort when it comes to preparation, without compromising on the goodness.

thank goodness, dolmio


Dolmio sent me a delicious delivery of ingredients including their bolognese sauce, so I could create a meal for my family. We love Italian food so were very happy to get creative in the kitchen using some lovely fresh produce and a jar of Dolmio sauce. 


natural ingredients


I made a super colourful, chunky tomato, vegetable and vegetarian chicken pasta sauce and served it with spiralised carrot and courgette as a healthier, lighter alternative to spaghetti. It's comforting, hearty and tasty and packed full of goodness.

It was quick and easy to make using the Dolmio sauce as a base to the recipe, and it was super healthy too. This is exactly what I need when making a midweek family meal.


Recipe, vegetarian



Chunky Tomato, Vegetable and Veggie 'Chicken' Pasta Sauce 

(serves 4)

1 onion sliced
3 small carrots chopped
1 half red pepper chopped
1 half yellow pepper chopped
1 courgette diced
5 blocks frozen spinach
6 - 8 mushrooms sliced
1 jar Dolmio Bolognese Sauce
1 packet veggie chicken style pieces

Fry the onion and carrot gently in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes.
Add the chopped peppers, courgette and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Pour in the jar of Dolmio and a third of the jar of water.
Add spinach and veggie chicken style pieces.
Simmer for about 15 minutes until the carrot feels softened.
Serve with wholewheat spaghetti or spriralised vegetables (spiralise carrots and courgettes and quickly fry in a little coconut oil for about 4 minutes to heat through) for a healthy, delicious meal.


spiralised veg, courgetti, zoodles


Everyone enjoyed their midweek meal thanks to Dolmio. My teenager said it was "delish" (high praise indeed) and my husband was delighted that we were getting so many veggies in one meal and that all the flavours worked together so well with the herbs and spices in the Dolmio sauce. Our dinner was packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and it tasted absolutely delicious. Just what I want when feeding my family.

Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g sauce is 100% natural. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal! 


tomato sauce, pasta sauce



“This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.”

Monday, 20 March 2017

Nothing says Easter like Cadbury

Easter will soon be upon us. I love Easter because it means we have yet another excuse to do some fun things together as a family. Every year I plan an elaborate Easter Egg Hunt for the kids (I say kids but most of them are now officially adults - but they still love my hunts with cryptic clues, physical challenges and puzzles to solve!) We have a big vegetarian roast dinner and eat lots of chocolate. Perfect!

I like to stock up on plenty of chocolate treats in the run up to Easter. This year, Cadbury have a great range of  chocolatey goodies, which the Easter Bunny will be proud to deliver. From favourites such as Mini Eggs to the eggscellent Egg Hunt Pack to popping candy chocolate bunnies, there is something for everyone. Large individual Easter Eggs are available in lots of different varieties from Cadbury Buttons to Creme Egg. I love the mini filled eggs that come in a range of flavours including my favourites Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo and Daim. The Cadbury Dairy Milk Spring Edition is a lovely seasonal twist on the classic bar. With prices to suit all budgets and varieties to suit most tastes, Cadbury have Easter covered. 

You can come up with some lovely activities for the family such as a simple Easter Egg hunt for younger children, where you hide the eggs around the garden for them to find and pop in a basket. Or use them as prizes in an Easter quiz or rewards for completing a more complicated challenge! However you celebrate Easter, I hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy indulging in some yummy treats!

Some Fun Easter Facts from Cadbury

  • 255,000 Cadbury Easter Eggs are made at the Bournville factory every day
  • That is 10,625 Cadbury Easter Eggs made per hour or 177 per minute!
  • If you stacked every Cadbury Easter Egg made at Bournville every day on top of each other you’d have a tower of Cadbury Eggs as high as 305 Big Bens!
  • Over 83 million Easter Eggs are sold in the UK over the Easter season, with the Cadbury Creme Egg being the most popular.
  • Over 300 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are made every year, with about two thirds of that number being enjoyed in the UK – that is 3.5 Cadbury Creme Eggs for every man, woman and child in the country to enjoy!


Cadbury, Easter


This year, the Cadbury Easter Bunny is inviting families to come together and take part in some eggsciting egg hunts across the country.  Cadbury is teaming up with the National Trust to offer families the ultimate day out with more than 300 Cadbury Easter Egg hunts being activated across various sites in the lead up to Easter. With over 300 egg hunts to choose from across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Cadbury will be sure to help families have a fun-filled Easter. 

To find out more and discover a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at a National Trust property near you, visit: www.cadbury.co.uk/easter


Friday, 17 March 2017

Celebrating 50 Yearz of Beanz Meanz Heinz

The iconic "Beanz Meanz Heinz" slogan was first used back in 1967 and even today 50 years later, it remains one of the more recognisable and memorable advertising slogans of our times. With a can being sold every 17 seconds, Heinz Beanz are a big part of family life here in the UK.

To celebrate, Heinz is launching over 6000 limited edition cans, commemorating this momentous half century milestone. They feature some modern twists on the original slogan that reflect what Heinz Beanz mean to us today, such as "Beanz Meanz  Yummz" and "Beanz Meanz Spudz". These will go on sale exclusively at Selfridges foodhalls in London, Birmingham and Manchester priced at £2 each.

Heinz Beanz


In addition to this, 50 super collectable numbered cans signed by Maurice Drake, the man who penned the "Beanz Meanz Heinz" slogan, will go on sale in the London store and online  on April 5th for £10 a can. Monies raised will be donated to The Ideas Foundation, a charity for nurturing creatively gifted young people that also works towards increasing diversity in creative industries.

slogan


Baked bean fans can also go to a pop-up bar in Selfridges London, where they can enjoy dishes such as Beanz with scrambled egg for £3. A real breakfast classic! This will be running from March 27th to April 23rd, no need to book.

On the success of his advertising slogan for Heinz, Maurice Drake says "...I still find it incredible that, over  50 years later, the seemingly timeless ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ slogan continues to have relevance and brand power, still appealing to different generations in an ever-changing world. This is in part due to a great product which is still as loved as it was then, but also due to the enduring love of content which places food and meal times at the heart of the home.”

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