Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Elderflower & Lemon Victoria Sponge
For the cake;
200g caster sugar
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp elderflower liqueur (or cordial if you prefer)
For the filling;
100g butter, softened
140 icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp elderflower liqueur (or to taste)
jar of lemon curd
icing sugar for sifting over the cake
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Pop-up restaurants seem to be all the rage these days and new ones are springing (or popping?) up everywhere! If you're not familiar with the concept, a pop-up restaurant is basically a supper club or a temporary restaurant. They are trendy and in demand and often disappear just as quickly as they turn up!
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
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Are you a pushy parent when it comes to your children's education?
I initially felt wrong for raising it as an issue, like I was making a mountain out of a molehill but now I feel justified. I'm sure her class teacher is probably gunning for me right now and I really don't want to be labelled a pushy parent but on the other hand I do want my children to be able to reach their full potential, and be given the opportunities to do so. If it means I have to get involved in what is going on at school, then I will do so.
I'm of the belief that if my children fail in their education, I cannot purely blame the school as I have some level of control and input into what happens so it's my job to keep an eye on the ball. I don't believe that when it comes to your children's education that the buck stops with the school.
So I will continue to push - but not to my children's detriment, only for things that will benefit them and obviously their happiness comes first.. I mean, my daughter doesn't really like sport so I'm hardly going to push her into joining the girls football team...but she loves swimming and is good at it, has amazing confidence and therefore I will push for her, to make sure she gets the best teaching and is not overlooked.
Would you consider yourself a pushy parent? Would you/do you intervene with your children's education and learning? Would love to hear your views.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
I could also go for one of those dresses (which are quite clearly underwear).
And there was Legs & Co
What is it? And more importantly, where do I get one from? (Other than 1973).
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Decide beforehand whether you're going to stop at a restaurant/motorway services for lunch, or bring your own food and have a picnic en route.
If you have the time for a picnic, or if you plan to eat in the car without stopping, here are some tips about the sorts of food to bring on your journey.
Canned drinks are not a good idea as they are easily spilled and often high in caffeine. Having an excitable child in the back of a car is not conducive to a relaxing journey!
Drinks with lids are a must for avoiding spillages. Water is ideal, but if your children find this unappealing, add a bit of squash beforehand. Alternatively, take fruit juice or low-sugar drinks in cartons - this allows you to regulate how much they drink so you can cut down on the number of toilet stops.
Our recommendations for picnic-style family snacks are fuss-free and not too messy, so are particularly great for toddlers and young children.
1. Main food items
It is important to take food that will really fill you up, so take plenty of sandwiches, quiches and tarts. Other options, such as tortilla wraps or pitta pockets, are a less messy option for eating in the car and could make a pleasant change.
2. Healthy snacks
Dish out snacks gradually over the course of the journey, to stave off boredom, and reward good behaviour in the back seat. There are many healthy options, so snacking doesn’t have to mean sugar.
• Fruit – Berries, cherries and grapes are ideal and don’t leave much to put in the bin. For older children, take pre-cut pieces in a sealed Tupperware container with a plastic fork.
• Vegetable sticks – Celery, cucumber and carrot sticks are especially good for car journeys. Cherry tomatoes are tasty, but can squirt juice. For older children, add a dip if you fancy.
• Sticks of yoghurt – the types that comes in tubes, such as Petits Filous or Frubes Fromage Frais, are brilliantly mess-free.
Take a cool bag to keep your healthy snacks fresh, and make sure it is easy to reach in the car.
3. Dry snacks
• Pre-packed – Mini sausages, Peperami, and individually wrapped cheeses, such as Babybel, are great ready-to-eat snacks. Popcorn or breadsticks are also easy to eat on the move.
• Build your own – Give the children some oatcakes or rice cakes, with slice of cheese and ham, and let them build their own lunch.
• Dried fruits – kids often love mini packs, and don’t forget the sweet, yoghurt-coated varieties.
• Home-made – If you have the time, making your own food for the road can be a great idea. In particular, flapjacks, cakes and mini muffins will be a welcome sweet treat.
Eating on the move
Whether you’re taking a few nibbles or a meals worth of food, pack fresh food in disposable cling film or plastic bags, or leak-proof Tupperware. You can even reuse plastic takeaway boxes if you want to save a few pennies.
It’s a good idea to keep wet wipes and kitchen roll close by, in case of mucky hands and spillages.
A plastic carrier bag makes a handy bin for food leftovers and rubbish, and to wrap up dirty Tupperware.
Plastic cutlery and paper plates are also useful, especially if you’re stopping for a picnic. If you do stop, don’t forget the all important picnic blanket.
Making sure your family has enough food for the trip will take the stress out of your car journey. And having car insurance to suit your needs will also put your mind at ease.
Tara Nathanson writes for Sainsbury’s Money Matters blog on a range of topics including car insurance, car safety and other motoring topics. In her spare time she likes going to the cinema and doing yoga and Zumba classes, and at weekends she likes hanging out with her six-year-old son.
**This is a guest post I have accepted from Sainburys as part of being a member of their Family Blogger Network. I have received no payment or any other kind of remuneration for this article**
Friday, 11 May 2012
We all know times are tough at the moment and if you're looking to switch or perhaps take out a new credit card then why not have a look at the great top deals that Barclaycard have to offer right now.
I've had a Barclaycard myself for a few years now, I love their online facility and I've even managed to snag myself tickets to some great events purely because I've been a Barclaycard holder. Now obviously I wouldn't advise anyone to go and get themsevles into unneccesary debt but sometimes there are times when you need a bit of extra help or in my case, like the extra security that paying by credit card offers you. Maybe you've got existing credit card debt? In which case a good deal on a balance transfer could help you out no end.
Currently there are four top deals available - but you need to move fast. These great deals will close to new applications at midnight on 31st May 2012.
- Market leading 22 month 0% BT offer is now even stronger with the introduction of a brand new £30 discount on the transfer fee (for transfers over £2,500)
- New 15 / 15 deal - 0% interest on both purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, an extra month improvement from the current 14 / 14 offer.
- The low BT fee card (fee of 1.6%) is extended to 17 months duration, increased from 16 months
- A completely new, 0% interest on all purchases for the first three months with Barclaycard Initial, a product designed for those customers who are new to credit
David Chan, chief executive of Barclaycard Consumer Europe said:
“We’re very excited to be offering even better value and such a huge amount of choice to new customers; from those wanting to manage their money better, to those who are seeking to build a credit history.”
I often look out for a good deal on balance transfers as I've not always been very good at paying off my bill in full and I think that the 22 month balance transfer with £30 off the transfer fee is a great offer. In fact I don't think I've ever seen a card that has had 0% interest for so long!
"Those looking to manage their balances can now receive money off the transfer fee on the Barclaycard Platinum card, with which they can enjoy 22 months 0% interest on balance transfers. New customers moving over £2,500 will now receive £30 off the fee. The card comes with a variable APR of 17.9% and new cardholders will all benefit from 0% on the first three months of purchases."
I'm fortunate enough at the moment that my credit card debt is relatively low - and already with Barclaycard but if I were in a position to do so, that's the offer that I would be taking advantage of right now.
If you want to know more about Barclaycard and these top deals, full details can by obtained by visiting their website to find out more.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
After the giveaway as ended your email address will be deleted and not used for any other purposes. The prize will be sent direct from the PR company.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
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