24 Aug 2015

Ideal Home Improvements

When I first set eyes on our house, I knew I had found my dream home. It ticked almost all our boxes apart from the fact that it came with a high maintenance garden. We were not alone in thinking this was the perfect home. There were other interested parties who were as taken with its quirky charm as I was. Then followed a couple of weeks of nail-biting tension and something that bordered on a bidding war before we got the house.

Next came the tricky bit. Trying to make that house our home, decorating it to our taste and to suit our needs. M and I have diametrically opposing views when it comes to most life choices. We were constantly at loggerheads trying to decide what to buy and in what colours. All within the constraints of a limited time frame and an even more limited budget. And with a toddler in tow.

23 Aug 2015

Casdon Henry Cleaning Trolley

Who doesn’t like Henry the vacuum cleaner? You can’t help but fall in love with the cheeky smile and sparkling eyes of the only cleaning aid with a friendly face! And so it was with my little boy. He had only to clasp eyes on Henry before he was taken with the smiley face.

Only this time, instead of the real, functional Henry, we were looking at a miniature replica. I am talking about the Casdon Henry Cleaning Trolley. It comes in the red and black colours of the original Henry and includes a very realistic Henry spray mop complete with a bottle of liquid dispenser and a cloth. Also included are a long-handled broom, brush, dustpan and waste bag. All of these sit smartly on a trolley with wheels that can be pushed along from one room to the next as you go about your chores.

Casdon Henry Cleaning Trolley

19 Aug 2015

BabySteps Scratch-Off Calendar Giveaway

I distinctly remember the day I found out I was pregnant. There was shock and disbelief, quickly followed by exultation. And then began the scouring for information. There was always something new to read and a new milestone to look forward to. My baby is now the size of a bean. Baby has a heartbeat. I can feel movement. The kicks are getting stronger. I am that big, I can barely breathe!

I had lots of details available on the internet and there were books to read. What I would have really liked was something bright and entertaining to look at as I traversed this most incredible of life's journeys. Something fun and cheerful.

The BabySteps Scratch-Off Calendar by Splash Brands is just that. It is bright, it is beautiful and it is packed full of interesting trivia.

BabySteps Scratch-Off Calendar by Splash Brands
Image courtesy Splash Brands

17 Aug 2015

The King Of Tiny Things by Metta Theatre

I was exposed to a lot of children's theatre growing up as my Mother is very much into arts and culture. Now I am a mother, and I would like my son to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences that will enrich his thinking and broaden his horizons.

He is four, and having never attended a theatre show before, I wanted to take him to his first live stage show over this summer.  Metta Theatre invited us to review The King of Tiny Things, and I could not have asked for a better production for J to make his debut in the audience. 

                  The King Of Tiny Things by Metta Theatre

16 Aug 2015

Creating Our Dream Home with Lego

I remember the day we viewed our house. It was love at first sight and I knew I had found my dream home.

My son begs to differ. He has a completely different idea about what his dream home should look like. At four years old, he is not boxed in his thinking. Conventions don’t apply, and tradition just doesn’t cut the mustard. Imagination is the name of the game when you are that little.

What better than Lego then, to help drive his architectural fancies and turn them into reality! Here it is, the house of J’s dreams, conceptualised and brought to life by my precocious four-year-old. And spurred on by the Lego Dream Home competition hosted by Ocean Finance.

5 Aug 2015

Of Kenwood, Currys, Cakes and Bakes

The new series of The Great British Bake Off starts today, so the timing of this post could not be better. I enjoy watching GBBO and I love to eat cake. My baking prowess sadly, extends only to baking the odd banana loaf. I have never put anything in a bain-marie before. And the only soft and stiff peaks I am know of have nothing to do with baking.

Of Kenwood, Currys, Cakes and Bakes

So when the lovely people at Currys and Kenwood invited me to an Introduction to Baking course (#CurrysInTheKitchen), I wasn’t about to refuse. The fact that the venue was the beautiful Wilmslow Cookery School in Cheshire, a few doors down from a Ferrari showroom, was added incentive.

As it happens, all baking on the day was done using the Kenwood kMix that, not unlike the Ferrari, is sleek, sophisticated and simply stunning. And comes in a bright scarlet in addition to other pretty colours.

2 Aug 2015

Nick Baker's Bug Safari by Interplay UK

J has never been one for creepy crawlies. He is not particularly worried by them, but neither will he go out of his way to gush over the petite cuteness of a snail. Having said that, he is not averse to spotting mini beasts in the garden. Every time he sees one, I hear an excited scream of, “Snail!” or  “Bumblebee!” or “Ladybird!” or something similar.

The child has a highly inquisitive mind. The questions start at dawn and carry on relentlessly till bed-time, sometimes beyond. Between us, M and I answer all that we can, proffering logical explanations for most queries. It almost borders on scientific enquiry.

Nick Baker's Bug Safari by Interplay UK

1 Aug 2015

Loup De Mer - Sunday 02/08/15

From the main menu at Cafe Rouge: Seabass fillet & sauce vierge with tomatoes, basil, olives, sugar snap peas and new potatoes. I have no hesitation recommending this delightful plate of food to any seafood lover out there.

Loup De Mer


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