Wednesday, 28 September 2011

To share or not to share..

When Elvis arrived, Boo seemed to have instantly become a brilliant big brother, admittedly we perhaps spoilt Boo when Elvis first arrived, and maybe this is why he welcomed him so warmly?

Elvis has started to move around under his own steam, he's speed crawling and pulling himself up on the sofa. He's not 9months yet, but Boo was walking by 9 1/2months.. It looks as though Elvis might go the same way.. Why is this relevant? Well, since Elvis can now move around, he can reach Boo's precious collection of cars.. and this means tantrums and tears. Boo is quite happy for Elvis to play with the Lego Duplo, as he feels that is a toy 'to share' where as the cars no, they are 'his'.

Sharing appears to be the hardest lesson to teach Boo, and while he will share - if he gets given sweets or other foodie treats he will instantly offer them around - he doesn't seem to fully grasp the concept. But is it so wrong that he doesn't want to share his cars? I mean I have things which are 'mine' and I wouldn't let Boo, or Mr G touch? E.g. My jewellery box and my handbag?

Generally Boo is very good natured, and I wonder whether I'm taking the 'sharing' thing to far? Is it worth Boo being made to feel resentful over a box of cars which he has collected over the course of over a year (infact since I became pregnant with Elvis)which he fears will get ruined by his baby brother (and in truth they may well do..) While i do not wish to encourage him to be possessive about things, is it wrong that he learns to look after his things and in doing so keep them away from his baby brother?

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Fashion Festival coming soon..

Festival Place is once again hosting the popular Fashion Festival! From Friday 7th October until Sunday 9th October 2011 you'll be able to catch the latest trends from the high street modelled on the event catwalk which will be located in the midst of the shopping centre, adjacent to Marks & Spencer.

Special guests this year include Mark Heyes the celebrity stylist best known for his appearances on ITV1's LK today, who will be making an appearance on Sunday 9th October!

ITV 1's This Morning stylist Wendy Elsmore will be attending on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October, running Confidence workshops, where ladies can find out what will best suit their shape and what to avoid! Having recently lost my baby weight I'm really looking forward to this, and hope I can get some great hints for looking stylish this Autumn! To book tickets for this event please contact Festival Place, they are available at a cost of £10.

Fashion blogger Poppy Dinsey, will be attending daily and ensuring everyone is up to date on the must have fashion items and trends from London Fashion Week 2011. Poppy will also be photographing any great outfits she sees on the day and adding them to her fabulous site What I wore today..

Between fashion shows there will be the opportunity to gain beauty tips from Bare Esscentuals, so you can complete your look and ensure you really look your finest this winter with Festival Place.

If you can't make it to the Fashion Festival, I've been ask to attend and keep you all updated with what's going on and what are this seasons must haves and what to look out for on the high street this Autumn! Throughout October I shall be writing a series of posts on what is hot this Autumn in fashion and beauty!

Photo Taken at the Festival of Fashion 2010 and is used with the permission of Festival Place, Basingstoke. All rights Reserved.

The Tilda taste panel wants to get you cooking!

Ever since being sent a fabulous rice recipe book by Octopus Books, rice has been on the menu in our house! I had always seen rice as something that went with a main meal, instead of the substance to make a main meal! My rice of choice is Tilda, I found that it is easy to cook and has taste and texture I much prefer to other brands, so it was with much delight I accepted an offer to try out their new chilli and lime microwave rice!

To my further delight, Tilda actually sent me 3 bags of their microwave rices, Sweet Chilli & Lime, Egg Rice, and Basmalti, along with a couple of recipes for me to try out! The recipes form part of the new Tilda Taste Panel, the three members of the panel are food writer Jo Pratt, Indian cuisine expert Maunika Gowardhan, and nutritional expert Azmina Govindji these ladies are all Mum's and understand the importance of eating healthy but also the difficulties often associated with cooking when you have children - e.g. time! They will create recipes and give advice to busy parents to help them keep mealtimes healthy, tasty, and easy! If you join the Tilda Mummy Tasting Panel you get the opportunity to receive money off Tilda Products and be kept upto date with all the latest Tilda Mummy Tasting Panel ideas!

The recipes can be cooked in 10 minutes, initially I was sceptical as often it might say 10 minutes but in practice it takes longer! However I can vouch for the speed and ease of creating these delicious dishes! I started off by trying the recipe for Special Fried Rice, I always worry that the rice will stick to the wok, but using the Tilda steamed rice I just opened it poured it into the wok and it cooked without any stickiness or mess. The result was a very tasty meal which could compete with the takeaway, at a fraction of the cost and in less time than it would take me to go to the takeaway!

I made a variation of the Special Fried Rice using the Great Taste 2011 Gold award winning Sweet Chilli & Lime steamed rice, I had never tried this flavour of rice before so I was quite excited! It smelt fantastic,  a really sweet tangy smell of lime combined with unmistakable hint of chilli. I found it was quite a firey flavour, but the lime really made it a pleasent taste, taking the edge off the heat of the chilli! Would I buy it again? Most definetly! It made such an amazingly tasty meal and will be great for quick winter warming dinners!

If you'd rather watch how to cook they've even got a great range of videos on the site so you can cook along with more complicated and slightly longer to cook ideas, I'm planning on trying out paella next week!

Disclaimer: I received 3 bags of Tilda Rice to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.