Friday, 30 September 2011

Autism ... communication.

Being Autistic you can sometimes be locked in your own little world, even though you sometimes cannot communicate verbally, it doesn't mean you cannot communicate in other ways from makaton (of which I know nothing myself, to usual visual pictures with simple words on.


The simplest thing that I have found that brings me joy to unlocking the silent world that lies within an autistic  is a tray with sand in it and a paint brush. Who knew that such simple items could break such pleasure.


Many children are unable to vocalize their emotional state because of their autism or if they are on the autistic spectrum . Incorporating the element of a familiar medium, the sand, allows a child to instantly achieve a sense of comfort and security. With little instruction from the teacher or a teaching assistant like myself , the child is free to play and develop his or her own expression of situations. Oftentimes the children will experience a sense of independent play and will begin making assumptions and behavior changes without cues from the teacher or teaching assistant. This method therapy serves as a valuable and powerful outlet for children and an incredibly insightful method of opening access to their world.


The way that I used it was that i said the sound and the child with a paintbrush drew the letter in the sand. Amazing with phonics going off all around us this served as reinforcement for the activity we were doing. A calming and pleasant activity, you will often find they will do letters that you never thought that they knew.


Jml Mircowave Steamer Review.


Micro Steamer
With the handy Micro Steamer, you can combine the nutritional benefits of steaming with the convenience of a microwave. Micro Steamer is a quick and easy way to get tasty, flavour-filled food that’s full of goodness. Simply place your food in the special perforated container, add water and cook on full power. Steam is released and circulates around the container to give perfectly cooked food that’s never limp or tasteless. All the nutrients stay locked in your food, so you can have healthier meals in no time at all. Once you’ve tried Micro Steamer - you’ll never boil again!


Pros

  • Self-venting cover for even steaming

  • Locks in goodness and flavour

  • Non-stick and easy to clean

  • Dishwasher and freezer safe

  • 2 litre capacity



Cons:
  • Doesn't look all that attractive, perhaps a colur change would be better!.

Is it Value for money?  yes its not a bad level entry steamer.

My Overall Reaction: It was easy to use whilst I got on and cook the rest of the curry whilst the steamer when to work with the rice. You have to remember to stir it half way through!.









( I was sent this for purposes of review)
I added the desired amount of water to the steamer. Then put in in the mircowave for the required amount of time.

















. £7.99, jmldirect.com
There you have lovely fluffy rice after being cooked in the JML mircowave steamer.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Sanex Zero Shower Gel Review and giveaway


I was sent the  Sanex Zero sensitive and Sanex dry shower gels for review. I have sensitive skin myself as does J and Mr T as well. I had just been using the free shower gels you get in hotels, and the one I had been using recently was from a very expensive hotel £300 a day , which was the stay and not the price of the gel!  . So you would have thought that such a hotel would have used some quality shower gel!. It left me with a rash around the neck!.

Immediately i got the sower gel I rushed off to use it don't worry there wasn't a trail of clothes as as I rushed up the stairs i wouldn't want to leave you with that mental image to scar you forever!

The one that I tried was the Sanex Zero sensitive shower gel. there is no fragrance is just a clear gel that is kind to the kind. And its no that sort of shower gel that slips over your finger s just as you are about to apply it to yourself. I noticed within minutes that the area of irritatation I had around my neck was beginning to calm down, along with following the below tips for Sanex and using their shower gel, I am sure it will disappear completely.












Surviving winter with Sanex Zero%

Many of us take our skin for granted forgetting that it is a living, breathing organ. Understanding how best to look after your skin will help keep it healthy, conditioned and looking good.

With this winter set to be the coldest in recent years, you’ll notice a difference in your skin as the season changes. Skin will begin to dry and feel uncomfortable and itchy. Worse still, it’s a minefield when picking the best skin-care products that contain ‘no nasties’.

To help combat this, Sanex, the healthy skin expert, has five top tips to beat the winter blues and keep your skin looking and feeling great:

  1. Keep your skin hydrated from within by drinking lots of water throughout the day. Herbal tea is also great when it’s really cold, and will help your skin maintain a healthy glow
  2. It’s important to exfoliate your skin even in the winter months. A good body brush can help remove dead skin cells and improve circulation
  3. It’s tempting to shower in hot water when it’s cold outside but in fact, you’ll dehydrate your skin even more! Use hydrating shower gels like new Sanex Zero% designed to work with your skin’s natural processes to offer: protection, moisturisation and pH balance
  4. Lips become easily chapped during winter, so important not to neglect them. Soften them up with a lip balm that contains good moisturising properties and vitamin E
  5. Just because summer is over, it’s still important to protect your skin from UV rays. Apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 or more to protect your skin 

The new range of bath and shower products from Sanex minimise chemical ingredients and maximise benefits to the body’s largest organ - our skin.

To launch the new Sanex Zero% shower and bath range, ‘living sculptures’ performed on London’s South Bank. The performance was held to encourage people to think twice about using unnecessary chemicals on their bodies:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV2d6gGwE-k&feature=youtu.be
The new Sanex Zero% range contains:

  • 0% Parabens
  • 0% Colourants
  • 0% Phthalates
  • 0% Phenoxyethanol

Its biodegradable formulation is also proven to be better for the environment and has been awarded the European Eco Flower. This means that Sanex Zero%:
- Has a minimal impact on aquatic ecosystems
- Fulfils strict biodegradability criteria

Sanex Zero% is available in the following variants:

Normal skin, dry skin and sensitive skin RRP £1.89, 250ml

Also available: Sanex Zero% foam bath for normal skin RRP £3.19, 650ml

The Sanex Zero% range is dermatologically tested and proven to keep skin healthy.

  I have three bottle of this to give away so there will be three winners winning one bottle each.





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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

nostalgia remember when

Many people can identify with certain memories or recollections , especially those of us who are now considered "pre interneters!" and reminisce about days gone by nostalgia -- things the way they used to be before the age of computers, iPods, iPads, and the Internet.

Do You Remember When...

  • Monster munch and Wagon Wheels really were bigger years ago .

  • A family picnic meant spreading a blanket at the side of a busy A road road and enjoying homemade sandwiches, curled up sausage rolls, and Mr Kipling's finest.

  • The martians from the Smash adverts they really were cool.

  • You wondered if you really would wrinkle up if you tipped in the bath too long!

  • Jim will fix it. I so wanted to go on but never wrote in.



  • Rentaghost was ulttmaley the best programe on television along with mr 'Ben' 'Jamie and the Magic torch'

'The Spy who loved Me' I loved the Underater car The Lotus Espirit S1 it was my favourite car. I love james Bond anyway but as everyone has a Doctor Who of their generation. This car is my car of the my James Bond era. And when Corgi bought a model of this car out I was there it was my heaven , while other little girls where playing with Sindy and that Barbie I was playing with cars, cap guns swords and Mr Potato head.


Meowgon Pawney cooks @Very Lazy food Chicken Chasseur.


I knew that you couldn't what to see the happy chef Meowgon Pawney again the temperamental chef that swear like a trooper.



Well those nice chaps and the lovely ladies over at Very Lazy food decided to send me their Chicken Chasseur concentrate to cook with.




Simple....

You require the concentrate of course and a willing assistant, well sort of willing and taking a break from world domination.

Rollie is smiling within honest.
Add the chicken and the onion and brown for 2 minutes.

Add the Lazy Food Chicken Chasseur concentrate.The recipe calls for tin mushrooms for some reason I much prefer fresh so that's is what I added.

Add a can of tin tomatoes cook for ten minutes.


Voila the chasseur served with potatoes as suggested.


I 'd like to see some posh easy suggestions of how to do potatoes apart from the obvious mash that you can do, all in all and enjoyable recipe to cook and only takes 5 minutes preparation and 15 minutes cooking.

Rollie says cook with Very Lazy Food or else he'll smile.




Don't worry all surface are wiped down if I ever invite you to dinner....


A Hampton Court review.

Here I am working at a school as a teaching assistant a world a away for what I am qualified for. You may indeed wonder what I am qualified for? NASA space scientist =No, Nobel peace prize winner= No, or maybe an angst poet= sadly No.

Well its heritage Conservation , "Whats that" I hear you cry? Well its the care of old buildings and artefact's . I have a qualification from Nottingham University it called an ordinary Certificate which equates to the first year of a degree.  I have further qualification from Derby University in American Studies which would add further to the completion of a full degree.

Why don't I go for it , I don't now really., I suppose its cost , it would cost be a fortune to pursue my dreams of being an archaeologist or museum curator.

So I am instilling my love of history and archaeology into my son who is loving it. We were all really impressed when we went to Hampton Court for the day a few weeks ago , J totally loved it. I love the way children from a young age are immersed into the history of Hampton court. Children and even adults can dress up as people from Tudor times. And it was great fun to see Henry the 8th wandering into the chapel, there was musicians playing,it was a joy there was something every corner you turn. The palace is larger than you think so you need a whole day there. However, we were there over 6 hours and didn't get to see all the palace, and not all of the the gardens as well. You can see the gardens from the palace and there are descriptions of them through the audio commentary when you walk around.
J enjoying looking at the highly intricate ceilings at Hampton Court.

Hampton Court Palace

The wine flows from this fountain on a Bank holiday!.

J loving the interactive features in abundance at Hampton Court Palace.


Tudor kitchen hands spit roasting chickens.

Hampton Court gardens.



A plethora of History here long may it reign!

New! Royal Beasts at the Tower of London
For 600 years animals were held in the Royal Menagerie.  And now they're back!  
See how the Tower would have looked, smelt and sounded before the animals left, 
with stunning life-size sculptures of lions, baboons, a polar bear and more.  To 
book visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon

Kensington Palace is changing!  
Play your part by joining Kensington's Historic Royal Family or capture a moment 
in the palace's story.  Visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/PlayYourPart to find out 
how.


Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of 
London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew 
Palace. Although the palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, we 
receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support 
of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.  Our aim is to help 
everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in 
some of the greatest palaces ever built.


Sunday, 25 September 2011

Dettol No- Touch hand Wash System review.

Dettol No- Touch hand Wash System.



Price: Starter sets from £9.9 9 rrp Refills £2.99 rrp

Available from: Most good supermarkets

My initial reaction was how stylish it look especially if you have stainless steel appliances in your kitchen and that it encourages your family to adopt healthy habits you can help stop the spread of bacteria around the home. This take is made simple with the NEW stainless-look Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System. It automatically dispenses just the right amount of soap in to your hands and kills 99.9% of bacteria, helping you to maintain a healthier and happier home environment for your family. The soap dispenser will fit in with the decor of your kitchen and bathroom especially as the tend now is too have gleaming stainless steel everywhere; initiating a healthy hand washing routine in the key places where hygienic can make a big difference.

Pros:
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Only dispenses a small amount
  • Helps to stop the spread of germs
  • Last quite a while
  • The hand wash itself is really nice
  • No drips



My hand activating the sensor.



The Dettol No-touch starting to deliver a controlled amount of soap.




The Dettol No Touch hand wash system finishing the delivery of the soap.




Cons:
  • Sensor really quite sensitive.
  • Expensive but what makes it more expensive is the cost of refills if this could be half the price it would be so much better.
  • You could struggle to switch it on if you have really mucky hands after cooking gardening etc , as you really need to switch it off after you have used it to conserve the batteries.

Is it Value for money? The cost of the refills make it expensive.

My Overall Reaction: The Dettol No-Touch System is really easy to use and the hand wash lasts long than normal bottle as it dispenses the right amount of soap.

It is really sensitive so you need to move your hands away quickly after you have used it and remember to switch it off after you have used it.

Personally I found it quite expensive; as ideally I would want want in the bathroom as well and I have two bathrooms and one downstairs toilet ( not showing off honest)

The starter kit comes with a dispenser, one hand soap refill, and four AA batteries which is a really good idea.

( I was sent this for purposes of review)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Nando's crisps, cashews and mixed nuts the review ... its hot

Nandi Peri-Peri Cashews


I never knew that Nando's did crisps and nuts, following on the wave of the Lee Evans jokes about Nando ( they were positive of course and the joke was that Nando's are everywhere). I discovered that there was more to this brand that just their restaurants. So I was sent some of there hot snacks for review.

There is a hotness gauge on the back so if you can't handle it , you really only have yourself to blame. the gauge ranges from "I like brown paper packages tied up with string" to " I like the taste of napalm in the morning"



PERi-PERi Chicken Crisps

PERi-PERi Chicken is what we do best at Nando’s, and so it would be criminal to launch our chips without including PERi-PERi Chicken as a variety.
With a medium heat, these chips are packed with flavour, combined with a healthy kick of PERi-PERi. Incredibly moreish and great for sharing, available in 150g and now 40g bags.

For me personally the medium had just the right level of spiciness without me having to permanently suck the cold water tap dry.



The first crisp we tried were the Peri- peri chicken groove cut these are very good as well if you are coeliac as they are gluten free, and I know it is hard to fin great tasting snacks if you are coeliac.


On the other hand I couldn't handle the hotness of the Hot peri- peri groove cut though my husband who can eat anything loved them and even my son who doesn't ever like spicy food enjoyed them.  I am hoping this will broaden his horizons into other foods as well.

The other products myself and I husband were unsure on were the Peri -Peri cashews and the mixed nus but that's just our personal taste.


Dishwasher Magic and Washer Magic review


LEAN ON THE INSIDE!
Give your dishwasher a thorough clean with Dishwasher Magic, £3.99 - it sits in your cutlery tray and will remove any build-up of food, grease or scum.

I had never used a product like this before and I was really pleased with the results. I have gone from a smelly dishwasher to a sparkling clean one .  I shall use this as often as my dishwasher tells me to my the way it smells and looks.



Dishwasher Magic disinfects which is a relief especially as you set your machine to clean your dishes while you are at work and they can often be left sitting in dishwasher for hours on end.

Its very simple to use, you just take the cap off leave the wax seal on, this melts in the hot water and pop upside down in the cutlery basket.

You just switch it on a wait for the cycle to run.

After running this through my dishwasher it was if I had bought a new machine it was all shiny and clean. This has increased my confidance in using my dishwasher as I know that using this product regularly will keep the nastiness away.


Now all I need is a magic husband at my beck and call...

Washer Magic, £3.99, can be poured into your washing machine dispenser drawer to remove bacteria and odour-causing residue that builds up. Both available at unifit.co.uk.

Designed to remove odour-causing residue from your washing machine.

Very easy to use just pour a little onto a cloth and wipe round the rubber seal and then rinse off with a damp cloth, that's the hard bit out of the way. Next pour 1/3 of the bottle where you'd normally put the powder. Then do a normal wash cycle with the hot water setting and that's all there was to it.

There was no residue left after using it and it defiantly freshened up my machine and shall be repeating the process again in a few months.


Washer Magic removes soap scum, iron and mineral stains which improves your washing
machine's ability to wash clothes. It will improve the lifespan of your washing machine and clothes! It is safe to use in any washing machine as it is non-corrosive.


If only it could do the ironing ....................

Shoe Zone Back to School savings.

In these harsh economic  times when your finances are being stretched by the ever increasing cost of day to day living, it is nice to find a company who offers good quality and good value.  Shoe Zone is the "No 1 Value Footwear Retailer" with over 550 shops across UK and Ireland.  They sell approximately 30 million pairs of footwear per annum...which is about 57 pairs every minute!!  Prices are kept keen with an average price of 40% of the national average.
They sell a great range of shoes for Men, Women, Boys and Girls at really competitive prices.  Their range includes footwear for fashion, work, school, sport and fun. I has sent lots of pairs to review my son has adult size feet. So there was no way he could road test girls and boys size 10 shoes impossible. So I am sending some of the shoes out to be road tested by some bloggers, well not the bloggers but their children. Also road testing are some people who aren't bloggers so who knows after this they might.  Prices start from just £1.99 so take a look and see how much you could save.


So I will be able to report back to you in a week or so exactly what they and their parent s thought of the  shoes from Show Zone and we all know how fickle children can be.







Shoe Zone offer an online click and collect in store service, free delivery on online sales, free return to any store and next day and Saturday delivery (chargeable).  
Check out this season's new arrivals online at www.shoezone.com or instore now.



Here is what one of the ladies thought about the shoes I sent her.



"I received a pair of Shoe Zone girls lace up Brogues to review. They are black, slightly pointed toe brogues with thin laces and my first reaction was would my daughter like these as they are quite different from the normal style of shoes she would wear. I showed them to her and she was very excited – new shoes (what girl wouldn't be?!!).

She tried them on immediately and they were a good fit and seemed really comfortable. Being a budget style shoe they are synthetic rather than leather but the upper seemed quite soft and supple. The laces were thin and round, so were easy to put a double bow in to stop coming undone during the day. My daughter hasn't yet mastered the art of tying a shoe lace but hopefully she'll get a lot of practice with these!

Overall we were happy with the shoes, they are a very fashionable style, with brogues being seen in all the shops at the moment and look great with skinny jeans/leggings for the perfect little daytime outfit."




Another blogger gave his reaction or rather his four year old did!!!


"The shoes look really lovely. Yusuf has another pair of school shoes from a very popular shoe shop especially for kids.  We prefered these, they looked nicer and felt a lot lighter which is good when your thinking of an energitic almost 4 year old on the go all day!!  Yusufs' take on the shoes was:  "Daddy am I wearing the top quality shoes today?!"   I promise that these words were on his own behalf (top quality is a popular thing with him at the moment!!)  We think coming from a 4 year old that says quite a lot."
 

Grandsreads Ginger wine and traditional lemonade.


I was sent all four flavours of Gran Stead's, I can tell you that the Traditional Still Lemonade is a trip back in time and the Ginger  wine will have you sending Dug the dog to farm warn warn them that little Timmy has fallen down the well. Refreshing and tangy it hits the spot.




And then there the wild one....
We call this “lemonade with attitude!”


Our newest drink combines the refreshingly zesty flavour of Sicilian lemons with just enough ginger to give it a gentle hum of spice. It’s a fusion of our two other drinks, Gran Stead’s Ginger Wine and Gran Stead’s Traditional Still Lemonade. We spent a lot of time trying out various combinations, consulting our customers all the way. We believe our new drink is unique and we hope you love it as much as we do.


Naturally, it’s absolutely free of artificial colourings or flavourings.
What’s in it?
Simply water, Sicilian lemon juice*, sugar and ginger
(* contains a trace of sulphur dioxide – this is added in Sicily to help it keep its fresh, lemony colour)


It’s gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Once opened, it will keep in the fridge for four days.


 Gran Stead's Non-Alcoholic Ginger Winehowever,  Fiery and sweet the perfect drink to match Mr T's personality ( I am joking rfeally . Mr T is a pussy cat reallly) !!



Gran Stead's say its an invigorating, alcohol-free drink made in Sussex from natural ingredients. The historic recipe is over 150 years old.
This hearty concoction, prepared with exotic spices and years of know-how, is simply brimming with character. 
Rich, smooth and vibrant, Gran Stead’s Ginger has broad appeal and won’t leave you gasping for water. 
That’s because the heat is expertly balanced with a welcome hint of sweetness. 








Christiana Stead was born in 1898 in a small country village called Middleton-in-Teesdale in the North of England. Her ginger wine recipe - now over 150 years old - uses all natural ingredients and the result is a mellow, versatile drink for all seasons.

We liked it so much we bought the business”

In 1994, Len and Dot Knox bought the recipe for their favourite drink. They began preparing Gran Stead’s Ginger Wine from home and selling it at craft fairs. As word spread and demand grew, they moved on to farmers markets and began to build a list of stockists.


The business was given a marvellous start by the hard work of Len and Dot and we’re delighted to say that fifteen years later it continues to grow. Today it’s  their son Chris and daughter-in-law Rosemary, who take care of the day to day running of the business and production has moved to a local farm. Sadly Dot passed away in 2008 but Len is still an important member of the family team and you may well know him, as he is often out and about offering tastings as he continues to spread the word about his beloved Gran Stead’s Ginger Wine.




There are some wonderful recipes on their website , so please do take a look there drinks are a very pleasant alternative to wine.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Forgiveness ... Do you? would you?

A conservation reared itself today which made me upset and think back to a conservation I had with an old boss.


Working in a schools its hard nigh on  impossible to get time off only for deaths ,family emergencies etc.

So a few years ago when my Nan died I had to arrange the funeral, family matters made it impossible for my mother to do this. So I went to my boss at the time and asked for time off to arrange the funeral and to grieve . Her response to this was NO you get one day off for the funeral and have to be back in work the next day. My Nan lived over 250 miles away in Kent , so I had to arrange the funeral for half term, leaving my Nan in the morgue as a connivance to my boss at the time.

So can I forgive my old boss for this in away No its always there but I can respect the qualities she did have , even if humanity at the time was not one of them.

So could you forgive a situation like this, we all make mistakes don't we but our some mistakes too big to forgive for?


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Munchy Seeds review


Pack a Munchy Picnic!

This balmy sunny weather is the perfect excuse to be eating outdoors with friends and family, 
enjoying delicious British picnic food, barbecues, al fresco dining or festival food.  Whatever 
your summer eating occasion, Munchy Seeds have spent all their working hours carefully 
blending and gently roasting premium quality seeds which make an ideal healthy addition to 
pack for your picnic feast! 


Even though its nearly Autumn we can still enjoy those Indian summers we will be having!.

Seeds are an excellent natural source of essential vitamins, minerals, oils and fibre too so enjoy 
them as a healthy snack or sprinkle them on just about everything from jazzing up summer 
salads, to using them in baking cakes, flapjacks or muffins. The best, classic picnics are lengthy, 
sociable affairs, so seeds are great to graze on through the afternoon too.... 

There are seven moreish varieties to choose from, some are deliciously sweet, some are 
savoury and some are sizzling hot.  All are free from artificial colourings and preservatives and 
pack a punch with masses of crunch, flavour and goodness.  

The Munchy Seeds range includes Omega, Pumpkin, Chilli, Vanilla, Munchy Granola, Original 
Mix, plus the delicious new Choccy Seeds. 

Omega Mix – Savoury roasted 7 seed blend (pumpkin, sunflower, 
sesame, linseed, flax, hulled hemp and rape seeds) 

Pumpkin Mix – Savoury roasted 3 seed blend (pumpkin, sunflower 
and sesame seeds) 

Chilli Mix – Hot savoury roasted 3 seed blend (Apricot kernels, 
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds) 

Vanilla – Sweet roasted pumpkin seeds dusted in vanilla icing sugar 

Munchy Granola –Roasted oats, seeds, sultanas and orange zest drizzled with honey and maple 
syrup. 
I particularly like the Vanilla Munchy seeds and also the Pumpkin mix which I added to my Moroccan cous cous.

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