Friday, 30 January 2015

Are you Having a Dry January?

In January after the festive period and all those booze filled celebrations, most people tend to lay of the alcohol in January in what is termed 'a dry January'. I'm not a big alcohol drinker and only really drink on special occasions or when I have a night out, which is very rare for me now. But a lot of you may like to have a glass of wine in the evening after a hard day at work. And if you are ones of these giving up alcohol for dry January, you maybe finding it difficult. But I have found an alternative drink to alcohol.

It's James White Drinks. They have some really nice non-alcoholic drinks and cordials. I got to try out 3 of their bottles of apple juice from their classics range. I sampled their Russet, Cox and Bramley apple juices.

james white classic apple juices - review

They were ll really nice. My favourite was the Cox one, very sweet and fruity. My husband preferred the Bramley one. 

These apple juices are really high quality and the best apple juices I have ever taste. No lie. I have never seen these before in shops, but will be looking out for them. They are made for adults and are the perfect alternative to wine.

james white classic apple juices - review

So, if your looking to go tee-total for a while, I highly recommend these drinks. Their delicious.

You can find more about these drinks and other James White drinks on their website
You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter

I was sent out 3 bottles in return for this post. All opinions are mine

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

#WaterMadeExciting Challenge

Me and my kids where asked to take the SodaStream Water Made Exciting Challenge. It's aims was to get children to drink more water at meal times. Below are a few fact's found from a recent study on the amount of water children drink :


A recent study revealed that 45 per cent of UK parents don’t give their kids water at mealtimes. Almost half (48 per cent) stated the reason they choose not to serve water is to avoid the additional stress this would create at the dinner table.

The study also revealed that 55 per cent said it was because their children prefer to drink fruit juices, squash or fizzy drinks and that they find water boring, even though 70 per cent of those parents are aware of the high sugar content in such drinks.

The research also found that 45 per cent of parents admit their children don’t have the recommended daily intake of water, with one in 20 claiming that their kids drinks no water whatsoever.

However, the study of 2,000 parents revealed that a staggering 80 per cent want their kids to drink more water and will try tactics such as using novelty cups, straws and ice cubes and have even tried bribing them with treats or money. Researchers found that 45 per cent of parents suggested that one answer to persuading their kids to drink more water if it was fizzy.

Fiona Hope, UK Managing Director of SodaStream, which commissioned the research, said; “This research shows us that boredom is a key factor in families and children not drinking enough water at mealtimes.

Independent research shows that people with a SodaStream drink one more litre of water every day compared to people without one.  As such, SodaStream is on a mission to get the UK drinking more water by making it exciting, simply by adding bubbles, meaning families can have fun drinking more water this January.”

This short video - - gives an insight into the battles families deal with at mealtimes with serving water to their kids and the response children give when presented with a SodaStream. 

SodaStream has teamed with government public health programme Change4Life campaign as part of the solution to encourage parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume by making drinking water fun and exciting.

I don't really have problems getting my kids to drink water. I think it's because I have always given it to them from an early age. At mealtimes they normally drink squash and have either water or squash through the day and they take a beaker of water to bed with them.  All 3 of my kids don't drink fizzy pop, my boys don't like it, but my little girl does. We don't buy pop, so she'll only have it when she goes to her Nanna's. 

The challenge was to have my kids drink plain water at mealtimes for three days. Then the next few days to drink sparkling water made with the SodaStream. 
They drank the plain water with no problems at all. They did ask for squash, but when I said we are just having water today, they was fine with it. 

When the day came to try the water made using the SodaStream, they were really excited and couldn't wait to try it. But unfortunately none of them liked it at all. They all only had a sip each. Both me and my husband don't like sparkling water either.

I was slightly disappointed that they didn't like it, as even though they will drink water, I don't think that they drink enough and I thought this might encourage them to drink more. 

So, even though most SodaStream users, do tend to drink more water, It wasn't they case with my kids. 

So the result of our challenge is that plain water gets the thumbs up.

Why not take the challenge yourself and see what your kids find more exciting. Use the hashtag #watermadeexciting on twitter to @SodaStreamUK

I was sent a sodastream for taking part in this challenge and writing a blog post about it. All opinions are mine

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Own a Condo and Say a Big Welcome to Luxury

If you are looking for fully furnished condos where location, lifestyle and luxury are top priority, then Chandler is a good place to search. The area has good services by shopping facilities, restaurants, health centers and proximity to major highways. The condos lined up for sale in Chandler are ideal for a new breed of homeowners. These are people like you. Developers have worked on these properties to ensure that they meet your quest for tranquility and luxury. On the other hand, if you are a golfing enthusiast, this property will quench your thirst.

Dreams coming true

The condos for sale in Chandler are an ideal match for your luxury property ownership dreams. Buying a luxury condo need not be difficult. All you need to do is find a realtor who is accustomed to the area. Give your specifications and requirements. The professional should be able to find an ideal property that matches your needs. A good spot should be one where the property faces the waterfront. Nonetheless, even if you do not get such a location, you will love the designs of these condos. There are different floor plans to choose from. The condos are also eco-friendly meaning that all installations that run on electricity do not waste energy.

Vacation accommodation anytime

Luxury condos are the in-thing these days. Imagine beating the holiday season mad rush without breaking a sweat. Besides, these condominiums are located in an upscale area. Security is tight with all the condos situated within a gated area. You can take a stroll within the property as you savor the beauty in the scenic fountains. There are good neighbors just like you. They will not mind inviting you for some barbecue or a drink. While at it, you can get to know each other more. Who knows, that couple you met could become your most coveted clients back at your place of work.

Wide choice, internet connectivity

There is a wide selection of condos that you can buy. If you have a family, two bedroom condos would be a suitable match. Alternatively, you could go for the one bedroom units. What’s more, every condo owner or guest gets a parking slot which is under surveillance all day and night. Internet connectivity is on 24 hours every day of the week. This ensures that you keep in touch with your business associates. You also get to read your emails and respond to those that you can. For social media, Wi-Fi connectivity enables you share with friends and family photos of your stay and activities you are involved in while on holiday.

Choose the need your condo will serve

Managing a luxury condo is easy. With a little help from your realtor, you can rent out your property. This ensures that your condo does not remain unoccupied whenever you are not around. What’s more, you can upgrade your living standards by choosing to make the condo your permanent residence. It can also be your planned future retirement home.

Author bio:
David Kuttner - photographer, writer, and a father. When he is not busy writing, he is most likely spending time with his wife and their two mischievous dogs: Lily and Bart. 

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Finding Ways to Store all of my Books

I have loads of books. So many that they are taking over my bedroom. At the moment I have them stored in a big basket and also on a free standing mirror that has shelves on the back.

I'm hoping to decorate my bedroom this year and thought it would be the perfect time to find something to store all my books in. 

My first thought was maybe to get a built in bookcase like this one 

or a floating bookcase

I really like both of these. But My room isn't very big, so there wouldn't be much room for my wardrobe. So I thought about a big fitted wardrobe. One that's big enough to store both 
mine and my husbands clothes along with all my books

I am thinking about decorating my room plum and lilac, so if I got a large wardrobe like this it would be perfect. Space to but all our clothes and my books, along with all my other bits and bobs. I love the sliding doors and the mirror too.

I have also been thinking about making a part of my room into a little office for my blog work. 
And this wardrobe would work well. clothes on the right, books on the shelves and room for my laptop and notebooks. 

Do you have problem storing books? Which of these storage ideas do you like the best?

Images are from Urban Wardrobes

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