Friday, 28 September 2012

Win With Rangemaster and Roald Dahl

Rangemaster invites you to celebrate Roald Dahl Day www.roalddahl.com this September by turning story time into meal time and get cooking as a family with Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes book. The unique and scrumptious dishes all star in Roald Dahl's famous books, from the BFG’s ‘The Royal Breakfast for Growing Giants’, Matilda’s ‘Bruce Bogtrotters Cake’ to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s ‘Stickjaw for Talkative Parents’.
Rangemaster have teamed up with the Revolting Recipes series, to encourage families across the country to celebrate the splendiferous storyteller Roald Dahl, by cooking together from the 13th September onwards.

 
Families can download their Whizzpopping Party Packs via www.roalddahlday.info which includes quizzes, posters, stickers and much more. As part of the merriment, you will find a selection of recipes on the Rangemaster Facebook page, and families can also submit their best efforts from Revolting Recipes onto www.facebook.com/rangemasteruk to win a selection of scrumdiddlyumptious prizes.

Celebrate Roald Dahl Day with Rangemaster by recreating one of  three iconic Revolting Recipes. Your task is to recreate one of them, photograph it, then email it to marketing@rangemaster.com for your chance to WIN prizes as follows: 
1st PRIZE - £100 voucher for Amazon – to treat yourself to all the books in the world! 
2nd PRIZE – 2 x sets of Roald Dahl classics (Including Roald Dahl’s Completely Revolting Recipes; Matilda; The BFG; The Twits; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

We were kindly sent a copy of Roald Dahl’s Completely Revolting Recipes and I have to say it really is a lovely book. My Granddaughter is staying with us for the weekend so we will be joining in too. The competition ends in two days time (30th September 2012) so be quick if you fancy taking part. Pop over to www.facebook.com/rangemasteruk for a choice of recipes and more details. Sounds like great fun doesn't it.

The Vampire Diaries


I was very kindly sent a box set of the complete Season one of Vampire Diaries to review. When it popped through the post my 17 year old Daughter immediately took it up to her room, and shouted down the stairs "I'll review this for you Mum!" I didn't even get a look in.


The Vampire Diaries is based on the best selling book series by L.J Smith that has recently been re-released and has been enjoying some time on the New York Times best sellers list.

The story revolves around Elena who's first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents is proofing to be a bit of a struggle, until she meets the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan. Elena is touched that he can relate to what she's going through. What Elena doesn't know is that Stefan is a
vampire, constantly resisting the urge to taste her blood. As their undeniable connection grows deeper, Stefan's dangerous older brother, Damon, shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls - and claim Elena for himself.


Available from Amazon and other good retailers priced at around £8.49

Bottom Line - What did we think?

Miss K say's...

"I had never seen an episode of Vampire Diaries before doing this review for my Mum. I instantly liked the look of the front cover, it just really appealed to me so I was pleased when my Mum agreed to let me review it for Warner Brothers. The storyline is really good and is a bit addictive, its very much like the Twilight movies in style and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I would definitely recommend this box set"

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Reasons To Be Cheerful - The Czech Edition

I have had such a great week with some really cool reasons to be cheerful. It has been an interesting week and Ive had some experiences that I have really enjoyed being part of.


1) I was very lucky to have been invited along on a trip to the Czech Republic to find out what exactly goes into Cow & Gate baby food. Let me tell you, it was such an eye opener. I did not realise how much work goes into the production of these tiny jars of food. I learnt so much, enjoyed the stunning Czech countryside, made some fab new Friends and had a lovely time.


2) I haven't flown since I was 11 yrs old so I was really excited to fly again after all these years, however on the morning of the flight I felt a little nervous. I think it was more to do with the fact that I would be travelling without Papa Syder. We never leave our little town without each other so it was quite the challenge for me to travel without him. I needn't have worried though because I was fine, my travel companions were all lovely and I feel chuffed that I overcome my worry about flying without my Hubby.


3) I've discovered Czech biscuits. They are so delicious, although not so good for the diet that I was supposed to be starting this week! Oh well, I'll have to start it tomorrow.




Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart


Monday, 24 September 2012

Autumn Manifesto 2012


The lovely Jen over at Mum In The Madhouse has a very seasonal linky up and running that I feel compelled to join in with. Like Jen, I too always feel like Autumn represents a fresh start, just like New years day. This time of year I feel the need for an autumn clear out and to make plans for the winter period. I love it as the weather cools and I can cosy up to a roaring fire and dig out my winter coat and scarves. I love the changing colours of the season and the crispy fallen leaves.


1) This year I would like to decorate the front of the house with an Autumn wreath on the front door, so over the next week or too I will be collecting bits & bobs to make my own wreath.

2) Walk, walk and walk. I seriously need to lose some weight...OK, not just some, but a lot. So I'm planning on walking across our local farm fields at least 3 times a week.

3) More baking. I now have my lovely sister in law living nearby and she bakes beautifully. I feel inspired to bake more myself. I also want my home schooled 12yr old to learn to bake (although I must admit she is already a better baker than me!).

4) Buy a slow cooker and cook some yummy, warm winter meals.

5) Much more crochet than usual. I really want to make some cosy Christmas gifts for my loved ones, so my evenings will be spent crocheting more than I usually do.

6) Every Halloween we build a flashing pumpkin man and this year I want to create a really good one...or maybe even a husband and wife. Always brings a smile to the faces of passers by.


Pop over to Jens place and check out everyone Else's plans for the Autumn.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Scooby Doo - Laff-A-Lympics Spooky games

How many of you remember watching Scooby Doo as a kid? I do, and it was all the way in the 70's. Scooby Doo was my favourite cartoon and now I'm a Nan, I find it funny that it is also my Granddaughter's favourite cartoon too. Whenever our 6 year old Granddaughter comes to stay with us her bedtime story is a made up one that always involves Scooby and the gang solving mysteries. So when the lovely people at Warner Brothers sent us  Scooby Doo - Spooky Games DVD along with an Olympic themed goodie box, we were thrilled!


The DVD is crammed full of spooktacular sporty fun, as three teams (Scooby Doobies, Yogi Yahooeys and the Really Rottens) head off to the Invitational Games. Old favourites come back to life in these original 1970's episodes featuring some classic Hanna-Barbera guest stars like Hong Kong Phooey, Captain Caveman and Huckleberry Hound.

We all loved this DVD and it brought back lots of memories for Me & Papa Syder. Available from Amazon priced £4.99.

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday

Monday, 17 September 2012

Magpie Monday - The Vintage Kitchen


I have a real weakness for Kitchenalia. All things vintage do it for me, but the vintage kitchen really thrills me so whenever I manage to pick up anything for this room I'm chuffed.

Over a year ago I picked up a lovely retro teapot and matching tea, coffee & sugar pots from my local charity shop. I use them daily and love the design so I've been on the look out for the matching milk jug & sugar bowl which I'm thrilled to say I found on ebay last week for £9, and I even got a toast holder chucked in for the price.


I also found some fab vintage, campervan enamel saucepans for a bargain £6 for the pair. I love them!


And then some lovely glass jars in the charity shop for £1.50 each. They will be fab filled with sweets or biscuits.


Me and My Shadow

Friday, 14 September 2012

Thinking of Mum



Last Friday was the 6th anniversary of losing my Mum to cancer. Its weird to think of that date as an anniversary because I associate the word anniversary with celebration and it just doesn't seem to fit right. I remember people telling me back in 2006 that 'time heals' and the excruciating pain I first felt, will lessen. They were right, to a certain extent it does get easier as the years fly by, but it also becomes more frustrating. 

I find myself more & more frustrated that I can't just pick up the phone and speak to my wise ole Mum. I miss her voice more than ever, even her cranky or bossy voice is missed so much. Even when she was wrong, she was so right (if that makes sense). Mum made a few mistakes and she wasn't a perfect Mum but she was a hard worker, a good provider, a fighter, a genuine and positive role model, she was the most honest, loyal person I have ever known and even during testing times she never lost her principles, her values or her morals.


So as we enter into our seventh year without Mum I'd like to say how proud I am of all she achieved.
My Special Mum, I love & miss her so much.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Gallery - Beauty


As I love art & photography I see the beauty in most things, infact I see it in everything...






But, most of all I see Beauty in my precious family.


Friday, 7 September 2012

Tots 100 Film Club Review - The Lorax


Dr Seuss's The Lorax has recently hit our big screen in 3D and has proven to be a big hit over the summer. Tots100 Film Club sent me the original TV cartoon (digitally remastered) to watch and review on dvd, I was keen to watch this retro 70's cartoon as I don't remember it first time around.

If you haven't seen The Lorax before, the storyline is a fable that was first published as a book in 1972 telling the story of how corporate greed can threaten and destroy our natural environment. A character called the Once-ler is responsible for cutting down all the tree's in the land, a once thriving, beautiful colourful land that now stands ruined and destroyed for the benefit of The Once-ler's industry. The Lorax stands up for the trees and the environment and he tries to prick away at The Once-ler's conscience in a bid for change. Does he succeed? I'm not giving too much more away, you will have to wait and see....

Did we love it? Yes, we did. A fab way of introducing the kids to caring for our beautiful planet.



tots100 parent bloggers film club 

*Thanks to Warner Brothers & the Tots100 Film Club for supplying this movie for the purpose of this review. All opinions are totally my own*

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Gallery - Back To School

As some of you may know I homeschool. I didn't always, but wish I had. I think my two eldest would have really benefited from the one to one education that I can provide at home, just as my two youngest have and are.

My eldest Daughter has been homeschooled for three years and now she has reached her school leaving year she is due to start an art & design course this Friday. I couldn't be more proud of how hard she has worked to get onto a good college course, plus she is doing all I ever wanted to do myself. 

Back in the eighties when I was at school I lived for my art lessons and I dreamt of attending the London college of fashion. I would spend hour upon hour locked away in my bedroom surrounded by piles of paper, pens, pencil and paints creating my portfolio for my future college application. It was the one time in my life that I actually felt my Dad was taking an interest in me as I had inherited his creative mind. Dad would spend weekends with me encouraging me to explore my creativity and teaching me to draw.

However, Mum didn't share our enthusiasm for the world of art and she refused to let me pursue it as a career. Mum was a bit old fashioned and would say "What kind of job will an art degree get you". Mum later admitted that her decision to end my artist dream was wrong of her but by then it was too late and I rebelled. I gave up at school and become the class clown instead. I was angry that my dreams had been shattered. I don't blame Mum because she was only doing what she thought best and she just assumed best would be the academic route.

So, I am thrilled that one of my kids will be pursuing a career in the arts. My youngest Daughter (age 12) has dreams of becoming a journalist. Miss C is a very keen writer and loves to create her own stories, books and reports so this year we will be concentrating on what it takes to become a good journalist. I will also be encouraging her to start up her own blog, as a platform to improve her writing skills.


Linking up to Tara's Gallery

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Dallas is Back!


How many of you remember Dallas the first time around? I'm showing my age now by admitting that I certainly do. I was about eight years old when it was first aired on UK TV back in the late 70's and I'm pretty sure my Mum wouldn't have let me watch it at the time due to its adult content plus the fact that it was full to the brim of power, wealth, sex ... and glorious extravagance, so not really suitable viewing for an eight year old. However, as I grew so did Dallas and the Ewing family had no limits to what they would do in the pursuit of power, wealth and revenge.


Dallas was full to the brim of cheese, drama, big hair, shoulder pads, extra marital affairs, murder, alcoholism and dodgy dealings. Compulsive weekend viewing, Dallas became famous for its cliffhangers...especially the 'Who Shot JR' scenario.


I was thrilled when Warner Brothers sent me the original first two seasons of Dallas in the post. I actually nearly burst with excitement as I loaded my DVD player with the first disk. As I watched the Ewing family in full swing I was filled with memories of the past and when I would sit and gossip with my Mum about the latest goings on at Southfork, the Ewing family home.

And now it is back in all its glory with some of the original actors too. On UK TV screens from tomorrow night, I can not wait! Essential viewing for me.

If you fancy catching up on the old story lines then you can, by purchasing the complete season 1 & 2 (5 disc box set) from Amazon priced around £12.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Listography - The Top 5 Songs I Grew Up To

Thrilled to see Kate's Listography is back and to kick start it we have a good ole music theme...The top 5 songs I grew up to, now this will bring some memories back. My Mum and Dad had a modern record player in our lounge with a pile of albums that they would play. On my 7th birthday my Mum gave me her old record player that she had in her bedroom as a teenager. It was huge, weighed a ton and looked like a giant suitcase. It was in good working order although I did have to balance a 2 pence piece on the arm of the player to stop it jumping, haha I'm really showing my age now.



1) The Drifters - kissin in the back row of the movies (1974) - My Dad was into soul music, so I was raised on Sam Cooke, The Drifters, The Platters amongst others. The song that reminds me most of my childhood is The Drifters - Kissin in the back row of the movies, which reached number 2 in the UK charts. My Mum would tell me stories of the days when she met my Dad during the mid 1960's, he had a scooter, wore a parker coat, a funny hat with a daffodil stuck to the side, he was cool and a very slick dresser having his suits tailor made for him down savile rd in London. Dad listened to the Drifters a lot, and both he and Mum would go and see them in concert as often as they could.


2) Phil Spector - A Christmas Gift for You (1975) - I can't pick just one song because this whole album just screams out all I remember about being a kid during the 70's and the excitement I felt when I would see Mum get out the Christmas album from her pile and place it the record on the player. Me and my Brother would thumb the album cover and would be transported into a world of anticipation waiting for Santa. I still play this album every Christmas.


3) Barbra Streisand - Woman in Love (1981) - This song reminds me of when my Mum & Dad divorced. It was my Mum's birthday and I took my pocket money round to our local shop that sold singles and I bought her Barbra Streisands new song. as I handed it to her she burst into tears. I was puzzled as to why my present would upset her so much, but later I discovered that Dad was leaving.


4) Barry Manilow - I write the songs (1975) Even though this song was released in 1975 it personally takes me back to 1981. Just before Mum & dad split we went on a family holiday to the USA and Canada. Flying home from Miami we travelled via New Yorks JFK airport, notorious for delays, we ended up spending a night on the airport floor and this song was played on repeat. I'm always transported back to that airport floor every time I hear this tune.


5) Eddie Rabbit - Every Which Way but Loose (1979) - Whenever I hear this song I instantly become a nine year old girl, flares on, hair plaited and riding my hot rod (chopper bike) down the street. Me, my Brother and our Dad are big Clint Eastwood fans and we absolutely loved this movie but the theme song was a big hit with us too. Classic!

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