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I have regularly used many products from the Body shop ranges. As a teenager i loved all the fruit flavoured bubble baths and shower gels. As i have got older and looking after my skin has become more of a must than an option i have started to use the Tea Tree range, from Body Shop. I use the face wash daily and the great face mask on a weekly basis. After clensing i us the face mask, using a 1 inch paint brush to apply the mask evenly to the whole face excluding around the eye's but, being carful to include around the neck area . Once applied leave for about twenty minutes, then remove with a warm flannel or cloth. Once all removed apply a light mousturiser. This product is great if you have skin that can suffer from spots and oilyness. I love this product it not only keeps my skin in check but i know that it's produced in a caring manor and follows the Body shop practices of sustainabilty and fare trade.
After seeing adverts about the Sky Plus (Sky+) system i managed to talk my husband into getting it. WOW i can't beleave how we ever managed without it. This machine has turned every member of my household from TV fighting to calm, nobody misses there programes everybody can watch it back when they are ready. The idea is simple you find the programe you want to record using the TV guide, then you have the option to "series link" which recorde every episode of the programe, no more missing that episode that makes the whole serise make sense. The channels compete with each other to get us viewing now when the BBC & ITV put great show on at the same time i can recorde one or both of them and watch back at my leisure at a time that suites me Great. I can record those great reruns that are on in the middle of the night so when i'm ironing the time goes by quick which can't be bad. If you need to get a drink, nip to the loo or collect the kids you can pause a live programe and go back to it when you return.
We came across the Nando's restruant by accident never been in befor but thought we'd give it a go. In the Nando's resturant you choose from a select of Peri-peri suaces ranging from mild floavourd like garlic and herb to their tongue tingling very hot flavour. The meal was throughly enjoyed by us all as the options available were to everyones taste. After such an enjoyable meal i was plesently suprised when out doing my weekly shop to find that i could buy all the flavours that are in the restruant along with a couple of other i hadn't seen on the menu. So i brought the Garlic & Herb and the hot Peri-peri sauce. I used inexpensive chicken quarter scored the skin and marinated the meat each in the two different flavours for about six hours, then placed the on a baking sheet and cooked on a medium heat for about 30 min they were great fantastic med week meal with some vegatable rice. The sauces were great they permiated through the meat giving great flavour. I would deffinatly recommend these sauce as they really are as good as the ones in the restraunt easy to use and very versitile.
We were flying in to land at Almeria airport, abelow was a carpet of white which on closer inspection were plastic greenhouse. As the Almeria area is a big producer of tomatoes, Bananas and other fruits. Upon arrival in the airpot which is very small and basic with only four carosels for lugage. Once we had collected all our cases and hire car we were on the road driving in Spain is fairly easy as long as you remember to drive on the wrong side of the road. We had rent an apartment in Mojocar Playa (mo-hac-R) which is set a long a beach which has a mixture of sand and shingle still great for kids to play on. the apartment was £300 per week in October half term for 6 people. the apartment was well equiped with air con, washing machine fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. The beach front area which runs for miles up to Vera in the north down to just south of Mojocar playa. All along this area there are many resturants and bars with a good sprinkling of shops. this area is popular with ex-pats so you'll always find an english paper and baked beans, but don't let that put you off. The are some resturants that are closed at that time of the year but we didn't have any problems finding different places to eat in the evening. The weather was warm and we could wear shorts and tops during the day easily but, did need a carrdigan in the evenings. We visited a small local typical spanish village called Mojocar Pueplo (Village) this is typical spanish village huging the mountain side with little winding streets and a view to savour. We had lunch at a balcony resturant with seating that looked out arcoss the valley. Here we had a traditional Tapas, with fresh bread and alijoi (Garlic Mayo) olives. patas bravas, lomo & pinchos and lovley Rosa wine. Although many people speack English it does help to try and speak a little Spanish when you can. if possible try and get to the local markets for they have a great aray of foods worth looking at alone.
We stumbled across Blankenburg by accident while traveling along the tram way up from Ostend. This seaside town is is et along a golden sandy beach witha sprinkling of wooden walkways leading down to the sea. Along the sea front are a good selection of bars and restraunts. to enable the local population to do what Belguims do best, eat and drink. On the sunny Sunday afternoon in September when we were there the promanade was busaling with children with there bikes, mums and dads with push chairs, elderly people with there sticks all just walking along enjoying the sunshine. There were any beach front bar selling waffles with a large helping of chocolate. We stopped and had a lovley glass of wine at one which wasn't over priced as you might expect to find in that type of area. Many of the other shops into the town were closed but did look very intresting. We did find a great little Belguim choclate shop that had to buy a few chocies from, well when in Rome.
As you fly into Cancun you get a birds eye view of the man made sand spite that has become the major holiday detination known as cancun. the airport isn't very big or modern compared to large British airports like Heathrow and Gatwick. After a short transfer we started to drop off people at the varios resort that all looked like five star. after arriveing at our hotel the room was of the American standard by which i mean everything was big. Big shower, big TV to double beds and a big balcony of the whites sand that has the most blue sea rushing up to meet it. the beach was ceaned every morning so it was always clean. the local shops were all geared up for the tourist who are mainly American. we were staying on an all inclusive basis, which ment that all our food and drinks were included. So we didn't eat out at all but what we did see again was very geared up to the Amercan market too. We went in February and it was very hot just what you want after those long winter months. We visited a Mayan site called "Tulum" the buildings and monuments are so amazing as these were built without any modern diggers, cranes thae we now depend upon. the history of the mayan people is quiet impressive withall the varius gods they followed. The secound site we visited was Xel-ha (Shell-ha) which is a nature reserve, they have a natural water inlet that you can snorkel in with turtles, many different fish and rays. There is also a dolphine experience which was not encluded but looked quiet good. the are a seltion of restrants and fast food sites available . This is a great location.
I watched with anticipation as the titles began...... I had never been a James Bond fan with all the cheesy Roger Moore looks at at the camera and his perving over any female that passes by. Along come Daniel Craig in his blue swimming trucks and giving James Bond a new look. Casino Royal was great and seemed to has a great story along with the tradtional action and thrills. Many had said that Quantum of Solace wouldn't be able up to the high standard of Casino Royal. I loved the action and the storyline followed from where Casino Royal finished. james Bond is slowly trying solve what happened. This takes James to meet up with faces from the previous movie and new one's to lead him to what he needed to Know about vespa. Finally he manages to meet who started all the pain for him. this was agreat Bond adventure with all the great special effects that have become standard in these movies. Its a must see.
I had been looking for a cook book that would give me recipes for the basic dishes that my grandparents had given me when i was little. While in the book shop i found a copy of New British Classics by Gary Rhodes. Although i had seen him on the television i hadn't really noticed the him. I started to leaf through the reciped and found some of the dishes that brought back so memories of dish my grandma and nana had made me when i was alittle along with some new ides that look really great. There are so may faviotes in this book but here are just a few fruit and cheese scones, toad in the hole, bread and butter pudding, jam rolypoly, home made salad cream and mayonnaise. I regulary have this book out to plan meals and always find somthing traditional when we have guest to dinner. the recipes are easy to follow and Gary Rhodes give some great tips for even things as basic as mashed potatoes to give them that little somthing special.
A friend recommended PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. I hadn't read any of her books befor but, my friend insited that i give it a go. I read the whole book in just two days i couldn't put it down. the whole staory revoles around Holly who's husband has just died. That in itself had me in tears. then the story follows her throught the days and months after his death and these magical letter he sends to her from his grave, well not quiet. he pushes her to do all the things he knows she won't because he is no longer there. There are some trully funny monemts with some gut renching sads one. My husband got used to me being in tears the whole time i was reading the book. It has a great ending and is so much better than the recent film which didn't do the book any justice at all. Read it....
having watch many of Gordon Ramseys programes on the television. I wanted to see if he really was as arogent as he apperas on many of his programes and why did he grow up and what was the background to some body who appears to be so very driven by what they do. I wasn't expecting for him to have had such a sad background the family life he and his mother and siblings was very different to what i expected. His brother who has had his history splashed over the tabloids what such a sad tale but still Gordon, his wife and family tried. I really enjoyed the book it was well written and easy to follow. The book was so good my husnabd who dosen't normally read autobographies really enjoyed it too and was taken aback by the frank way that Gordon wrote about his past and where he aspires to be in the future. Great book.
I have visited the Aquapark between Los Christianos and Playa de Las Americas on a couple of occastion now and the first time was about four years ago as they had just finished the dolphines display area. Although the park was clean and tidy it was starting to look very dated with many of the slide areas made from concrete that had so many layers of rubberised paint on it. The site then had a little bit of compertion when the all new Siam Park was built and opened this year on one junction up the motorway towards Los Chritianos. This has been the best thing that could have happened to Aquapark, as they have revamped the slide to much more modern flums and the Dolphine show area has been painted and decorated to quiet i high spec. the site will not be able to rival the Siam park site but it dose ofer a cheap alternative that will suite all family meber no matter of age.
During the endless summer holidays my children and i went to stay with friends on the North Norfolk coast. While looking for days out that we would all enjoy we found a leaflet for the Dinosaur Adventure Park. We arrived at about 10 am with a car full of "busy" children a large pack lunch and all the other equipment required when taking children out for the day. We paid for our entry and off we went. We followed a trail with the children which lead us through some fantastic woodland which the children love as the trail had been set up with children in mind lost of things to touch and climb, then we started to find the dinosuars which again the children could climb up an over. At the end of the trail we found ourselves in large grassy open space whihc was great for our picnic, again with the amount of space there the children could run about and play without distubing anybody else and still be with in out sight. ths is a great site and worth a visit. Take wellington boots out of summer months as i would imagin the trail getting quiet boggy.
While on holiday in florida we hired a car for the whole two weeks to enable us to cram as much of the sights and parks as possible. So we set aside a day to go to John F. Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral). It took about 1 hours drive from our resort. the parking facilties were very good. We walked into the entrence hall and were really suprised to see aligators basking in the sun shire in the water areas around the site. The site is huge, we were taken to where the launch vehicle is built and attached to the rockets. Then followed the route that the the launch vehicle follows the tour guide had great ifomation not just about the rockets but about the wildlife that they share. The building that holds most of the exhibits is masive, with mock ups of mission control, luna landing vehicles and various display cases encluding "moon Rock". There is a great outdoor play area for younger child which my children loved as the were a little board by the end of the visit. As adults we thought it was a site and very well put together an worth the drive.
Although my children are a long time out of nappies at 11 and 14 years old, i still regaularly buy wet wipes for the car, picnics and household jobs. As with many people i have been shopping in Lidl to save a bit of cash here and there as some of the product are better than supermarkets own brands and main brands. I thought that i would try the Lidl Baby Wipes. I brought them from our local branch and they were great. I mainly use them to clean our leather sofa. They are frangrent and very moist. They removed all the grimy residue left by mucky finger and clothes ect. We find that they keep their moisture well and fit nicly in the glove box of the car ready for mucky fingers and spills that need cleaning up. I would reccomend these to all my friends although i'm not too sure how they would work out on there intended use i would rate them for cleaning and the other uses we have.
While looking to down size our shopping buget i started to bake my own children after school nd packed lunch snacks instead of the pre-made ones. I brought some Morrisons value milk chocolate. Firstly i made some cookies using the Morrisons value milk chocolate broken up into small chuncks. The children tasted the cookies and loved them. The chocolate worked well and did't burn too greatly as some can. The next recipe i tried was for chocolate muffins, again i chopped the Morrisons value milk chocolate into small chuncks and added to muffin mixture. After baking them and allowing them to cool slightly which was a real test of my resolve. The Muffins were very moist and very chocolaty. The children loved the flovour and i loved the price as both the cookies and the muffins were costing only a fraction of those we used to buy from the supermarkets. As with many Value branded products i find by themselves they are rather bland but use as an ingredient for another dish they great value for money.