Monday, 25 February 2013

How To Make Easy Jam & Lemon Tarts

A simple recipe to make some yummy jam & lemon tarts. 

8 oz plain flour
Pinch of salt
4oz butter
2-3 tbsp cold water
Strawberry or any fruit jam or lemon curd.

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4.

Place the flour, butter and salt into a bowl, 
Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it goes in to breadcrumb texture.
Add the water to the mixture bit by bit until the dough binds together
Wrap the dough in Clingfilm and chill for around 30 minutes.

Unwrap the pastry onto a lightly floured work surface and roll . Using cutter or cup, cut circles from the pastry just slightly bigger than the holes in the prepared tart mould or baking tray. 
Place a heaped teaspoon of jam or lemon curd into the pastry .

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins on gas mark 4

Raiden loved making these and it was our first time making pastry too.

Scooby-Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon DVD Review

The fantastic Warner brothers sent us the new Scooby-Doo,  Mask of the Blue Falcon. I've been a massive scooby doo fan since I was small. So it was a perfect time to get the duvet out and have a film day and see what adventures the mystery gang will be on.

 This time the gang investigate at the Mega Mondo Pop Cartoon-a-Con where the villainous Mr. Hyde releases a horde of evil creatures. Shaggy and Scooby take inspiration from their favourite superheroes Blue Falcon and Dynomutt as they attempt to put a stop to Mr. Hyde's wicked ways and save the convention.

We all really enjoyed watching the gangs adventures, even Lexie sat and watched most if it too. 

Available to buy from Amazon HERE 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Tree Fu Tom Magic Sapstone Belt And Holopax Review

Tree Fu Tom is the star of the high rating CBeebies show and, following much anticipation, Flair is taking Tree Fu Tom from the TV to the playroom with an awesome range of toys!

This hit TV series is set in an enchanted world where movement creates magic. Tom may appear to be a normal eight-year-old boy, but by putting on his magic belt and performing a special sequence of magic action-movements (known as Tree Fu), he transforms into a tiny but mighty magical super-hero! The show advocates the importance of movement and encourages kids to get up and move as they help Tom make Tree Fu magic and save the day!

Lexie loves Tom, she a real Cbeebies fan, she loves to dance. So when Tree Fu Tom comes on, i know that she will try and copy him which means getting up and being active.

We received the Magic Sapstone Belt and Holopax to test out. It has an  activated belt buckle that glows, so children can transform into their favourite magical character . The more they act out the special moves needed to turn the magic on, the brighter the Sapstone will glow! Lexie loves dressing up so this went well she liked having the belt on. The belt was easy to put together with a few clicks and looks really hard wearing too, it not cheap thin plastic. Even her big brother decided to have a go too.

The Magic Sapstone Belt and Holopax is available to buy from all major stores now. RRP is £14.99. 

Simple Vanilla And Chocolate Cake

If your looking for an easy recipe for half term, here is an easy one to make a Simple Vanilla And Chocolate Cake. 

100g of self raising flour
1tsp of baking powder
100g butter 
100g caster sugar 
2 large eggs 
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp of Vanilla essence
Bar of chocolate ( we used Cadburys) 
Two strawberries to decorate.

Add flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the butter, eggs, vanilla & sugar. Beat together until well mixed. If the mixture is a little thick,  mix in a little milk. 

Add to a cake tin, bake on gas mark 4 for around 20 Minutes. Once cooled add to a plate, melt the chocolate and cover the whole cake.

 Once dry add the strawberries for decoration, these just about lasted for me to take a picture before they was eaten! 

Anger Management Season One Review

Following record breaking TV ratings in the US, hit sitcom ‘ANGER MANAGEMENT’ starring the award-winning CHARLIE SHEEN alongside SELMA BLAIR, arrives in the UK on 14th January with the release of all 10 episodes from Season 1 on DVD.

SHEEN stars as Charlie Goodson, a non-traditional therapist specialising in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing volunteer counselling for an inmate group at a state prison. Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend ex-wife, and their 13-year-old daughter.

I've always been a fan of Charlie Sheen, he has always been so funny to watch. Anger Management brings Charlie Sheen back bigger than ever & back to his best. His character  is great and the cast are brilliant together.  The show is hilarious and once I started watching it was hard not to stop watching one DVD after another.

Anger Management season one is available to buy on Amazon HERE 

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Stuck On You Review

We have been sent some gorgeous items from Stuck On You 

Stuck on you started off just doing children's labels Stuck on You labels and gifts help keep your children's belongings safe. Over 17 years ago, Carrie Felton created Stuck on You. The busy Mum of three boys needed labels to identify her children's belongings for child care and nursery unfortunately nothing was available - Lucky for us Stuck on You commenced and the rest as they say is history.

Mum's know Stuck on You labels are incredible quality, perhaps less widely known is that we have our label materials and inks custom made for us. 

Stuck on you have branched out to do the most amazing personalised items, from placemats, bottles, puzzles, backpacks & clothing. The list is endless, the selection of items is amazing. 

We was lucky to receive a personalised nightdress for Lexie, made with 100% cotton it's really pretty and has washed very well. I was a little worried the picture would wear and crack but it hasn't.  There is a selection of pictures you can use, then you can personalise with one name. Perfect present for a birthday or Christmas. RRP is £19.99.

The next item was a 500ml stainless steel drinks bottle. This is perfect for school as it has his name printed on and it is really unique. With so many designs available there is always something for your child. The bottle holds quite a lot of juice, and it keeps it cool being stainless steel. It has a pop up lid so no spills. RRP is £15.99

I'm a huge fan of wooden puzzles so our next time was the gorgeous number puzzle. Beautiful crafted and it came in pretty colours pink, purple and white. Lexie loves the puzzle is its a great learning tool to recognize and learn numbers. RRP is £12.99

Our last item was labels,  they are always handy for school for Raiden. So far we haven't lost anything in school. I love the designs on the labels and they are great for sticking on all equipment for school. They are the perfect size and last well. 

I'm so pleased with the gorgeous items we received from stuck on you, there are definitely worth going to for the personalised items, simply beautiful.

Check out the full range HERE

Adopt A Turtle Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Sammy’s Great Escape, in cinemas February 15th, Warner Bros. Pictures and The Syders are offering one lucky reader the chance to win an ‘Adopt a Turtle’ pack from the Marine Conservation Society.

The pack contains:

• A cool cuddly turtle toy.
• Talk Turtle - the MCS newsletter on turtle conservation work - delivered twice a year.
• A fact sheet and pictures of turtles in the Wild.
• A personalized adoption certificate.

" Sammy and Ray, leatherback turtles and friends forever, are enjoying an atoll’s water and sand, shepherding new hatchlings Ricky and Ella out to sea. Suddenly, a poacher swoops in and ships them off to be part of a spectacular aquarium show for tourists in Dubai. The kingpin of the place, Big D the seahorse, enlists them in his plans for a great escape. But with their new friends Jimbo the bug-eyed blob fish, Lulu the snippy lobster and a whole family of penguins, Sammy and Ray hatch breakout plans of their own. That is when little Ricky and Ella arrive, determined to break in to rescue them. After a series of thrilling adventures and narrow escapes, our heroes head south to meet up with Shelly, Sammy’s first and only love" 

Sammy’s Great Escape is released in UK cinemas 15th February 2013.

The Marine Conversation Society is a leading UK charity working to protect sea life. 
Leatherback turtles like Sammy and Ray are critically endangered, but you might be lucky enough to see one when they visit UK seas to feast on jellyfish.  The ‘Adopt a Turtle’ pack helps protect sea turtles in the UK and overseas. Find out more at

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