12 Dec

Simple Handscrub & Lotion Bars

Simple-Homemade-Cosmetics-2.jpgSimple Handscrub

This is the kind of gift that a small child can make, and actually they’d probably love the feeling of squishing the oil and other ingredients together. We used organic ingredients because we’d rather use them where we have the option. Read More

27 Apr

Infinity War – Spoiler Free Family Review

Critics don’t watch films in our house, our entire family does. The boys have grown up with the new iterations of Captain America, Ironman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thor et al. To them, while they understand that the characters are cartoons, they are also real in their imagination. Lego kingdoms are built and destroyed in the Marvel Superheroes’ names; they dress up for Hallowe’en as Thor, and Spiderman.

This film has been anticipated in our house for months and months. The entire family has been watching trailers and sneak peeks together and debating on how the full complement of Superheroes will work together.

Did it live up to the hype? Read More

20 Mar

A Wrinkle In Time Movie Review

A couple of weeks ago the family and I were kindly invited along to a preview screening of A Wrinkle In Time by Disney Ireland.

As the boys get older, watching movies together has become a special treat and they eagerly count down to ‘Movie Night’ which happens once a week. We turn off all devices and settle down for a few hours of escapism. Disney films are top of the list when it comes to Movie Night picks. Not just the more modern movies such as Star Wars, but the classics like The Flight Of The Navigator and Tron are huge hits in our house.

Great books open a door to all you can imagine. I read “A Wrinkle in Time” around 9 years of age so I’d been watching all the hype in the lead up to its release in the US and had already marked the release date in Ireland so that I would get our family tickets.

Storm Reid is Meg Murry in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic.

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23 Aug

Morphy Richards Spiralizer Express Review

In advance of its launch on the Irish market, Dimpco sent me a Morphy Richards Spiralizer Express to test out at home and review.

To be very honest with you, I’ve never bought a spiralized item in my life and don’t have a manual spiralizer in the house. Which sounds mad considering the glut of courgettes and vegetables I get at this time of the year. It’s something that I’d intended to rectify this Summer anyway so this offer couldn’t have come at a better time.

If you’ve never eaten or used spiralized vegetables/fruit before it’s simply a different way of preparing your fresh items. You can substitute spirals of courgette for pasta in dishes for example, making them low in carbs. Spiralizing your fruit and vegetables gives you a greater surface area for marinades and pickles, meaning you can easily add extra spices and flavours to lift your meals. Read More

14 Jul

Warner Brothers Studio Tour Review

This family of muggles travelled to London and decided we’d like to visit the studios where the Harry Potter films were made. It’s not a theme park, it’s a genuine interesting, thrilling, and exciting studio tour. We thought it was well worth it; here’s a flavour of how we got on.

Harry Potter Experience ReviewIf you travel to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour by public transport, please, please take the bus from the train station. It’s inexpensive enough (costs about €3 per person), and it’s mocked up to look like the night bus. If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this is probably going to be the most boring thing you’ve ever read. Sorry! If you are a fan, then you’ll certainly be interested in this family visit review. Read More

07 Jul

Legoland Windsor Review

Both hands up, we love Lego, all ages play with it in our house, and the idea of heading to an entire theme park dedicated to Lego had us all excited. Legoland Windsor is located in a scenic location in, yes, Windsor. There are a couple of hotels nearby, but we had based ourselves in London City Centre so we used the rail network to get there instead. This was a bit of a kerfuffle as it involved taking a tube from our hotel, 2 trains and a shuttle bus. It took about 90 minutes excluding the tube journey on a rainy Summer’s day. Read More

05 Jul

Attracting Brands For Food Bloggers

Attracting Brands For Food BloggersIf you’re a food blogger and you’d like to attract brands, or be offered opportunities/invites here are some questions you will need to answer first. Let’s accept you have great images and decent recipes, or at least you’re working on them. It goes without saying that these are prerequisites for food bloggers! Once again you can apply many of these tips to other blogging genres but as Karen (YankeeDoodlePaddy) pointed out to me last week, ‘screen-lickable images’ probably won’t work for beauty bloggers! Read More

28 Jun

Social Media Tips For Food Bloggers

Social Media Tips For Food BloggersI’m going to preface this by saying that this is not a how-to guide. If you want to know how to use various social networks there are plenty of tutorials out there. However, if you are a food blogger/business and would like to make the most of social media here are some tips for you. Read More

21 Jun

Resources For Food Bloggers

Resources For Food BloggersI often get asked for tips and advice from other bloggers; maybe because they’re looking for help to get started, or get ahead in food blogging, or get more work as a result of their food blog. Here’s a list of the resources I use to keep my skills as up to date as I possibly can. If this helps you, then please do share it on with others, and if you have any that you use that I’ve not listed here, please let me know! Read More

17 Feb

Budget Or Bust? Nutrition Blenders Put To The Test.

Budget Or Bust_ Nutrition Blenders Put The The Test.Please note. This blogpost was originally published on 18 February 2016.

I’ve taken the most popular nutrition blender in the market, and tested it beside 2 other budget versions. How does the new Aldi Nutrient Blender compare to the Nutri-Bullet or a classic smoothie maker, and is it worth spending the extra money on the more expensive nutrition blenders?

Yesterday I tested 3 nutrition blenders in my kitchen. What’s the difference between a nutrition blender and a juicer? It’s simple, with a juicer you’re left with juice in a glass, and the pulp in a reservoir. Most people don’t use the pulp at all and they’re missing out on important fibre and antioxidants if they only consume the juice. With a nutrition blender, you blitz everything together so you’re getting the full nutritional value of what you put into the cup. This is why the nutrition blenders are so popular.

If you know anything about me at this stage it’s that I love testing! On the kitchen counter:

  • Kenwood 2GoSport 300W
  • Nutri-Bullet Graphite 600W
  • Aldi Nutrient Blender 700W
  • Stopwatch (for precisely timing the blend conditions)
  • Sieve (to check for the “bits” in the smoothie and see how well the ingredients were blended)
  • Classic Smoothie Ingredients (frozen banana, coconut water, yoghurt, frozen raspberries, spinach, and avocado)
  • Roasted Peanuts & Coconut Oil

As you can see, there is a marked difference in power between the blenders so I was expecting there to be a difference in the amount of time it took to blitz ingredients, and how smooth the end result was. Read More

09 Apr

Bloom 2014 In Review

I was going through my camera files the other day and realised I had some lovely pictures that I wanted to share but never got around to it. As I’m part of The Sodshow* team, we spent an awful lot of time at Bloom 2014. I had the camera in hand most of the time and snapped when I got the chance.Sodshow Stock Image Read More

30 Jan

Feed Your Family Well For Less

This is my mantra. There’s no need to spend a fortune on good, wholesome food for a family. So you’ll excuse me if I have a little rant today. I promise I did sleep on it first though! Read More

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