Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative Lunchbox Idea's With Capri-Sun Fruit Crush and Bento.

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With the back to school term approaching any day this week, this post is all about creative pack lunches and how to get the right food into your children. For me, packed lunches and school dinners cost around the same amount of money as I pay for Spud's dinners at school without any financial help, so to me, what's important is giving my child something he enjoys to eat on a weekly basis. I popped along to our nearest supermarket today to stock up on the lunchbox essentials and hope to give you all some lunchbox ideas.

Spud started going off packed lunches eating the same style of lunches everyday, so with the latest Bento craze doing it's rounds, I stocked up on some Bento items and started giving them a go. What both me and Spud love about Bento is the endless ideas and possibilities available out there! I have started practising sushi style lunches for Spud, to get more goodness into his lunches!

I'd make a lunch up for Spud with a sandwich mainly consisting of jam, cheese, tuna with cucumber and sometimes ham, I'd also add in some fruit (Spud is a very good fruit and vegetable eater so I don't have to worry about what kind of fruit although he does have his favourites), a savoury snack - mostly cheese, a little sweet treat and also a separate Bento box filled with a packet of crisp with lunchtime. I'd add two drinks into his lunch bag, one for break-time and one for lunchtime.

Spud's lunch is a typical lunch box for school aged children; a sandwich, a treat snack, some fruit, a savoury snack, some crisp and a juice drink. I do try to get the recommended five portions of fruit and veg into Spud every day but do admit that sometime's its difficult do so. I've now found a easier way to help me on the days I struggle thanks to the Capri-Sun Fruit Crush variety with one small pouch equalling to 1 of the 5 a day recommended portions.

Capri-Sun Fruit Crush juice drinks contain a impressive 25% spring water and 75% juice whilst remaining as tasty as the usual Capri-Sun juice drinks. Capri-Sun Fruit Crush is available to buy in three different flavours; Apple and Pear, Apple and Blackcurrant and Tropical and all three are currently on offer at Tesco (in my store the lunchbox drinks are located down the squash and canned drinks aisle) for £1.32 for five cartons (down from £2).

Spud happily showing you all the aisle where we found the drinks!
With the Capri-Sun Fruit Crush drinks being 100% compliant with the School Food Standards I've stocked up on a few boxes of each flavour to hopefully last me through this new school term, however I'm finding the stock pile becoming lower and lower as Spud enjoys them so much he's been helping himself to them at home!

Some of you may argue about fruit juice and I think that's perfectly fine, that's your opinion as I have mine. However I'd just like to say that during the school day, apart from lunch time all the children are allowed to drink is water, school hours are quite long, and so it's nice to give Spud a break from drinking plain water, something refreshing and also quite healthy at the same time!

Also thanks to the #CapriSunSchool hash-tag I've been able to pick up some great tips for other refreshing uses with the Capri-Sun Fruit Crush drinks including freezing the pouches and giving your child a secret slushy drink whilst enjoying their lunch at school as they start to defrost.

Do you have any lunchbox ideas you'd like to share? Please do leave a comment below!

Jada x

Friday, 29 August 2014

A Guide to Taking the Perfect Selfie!

Who knew that taking a photograph of yourself would become such a massive craze? In fact, it’s become such a big deal that the word ‘selfie’ has now been added to the Oxford dictionary. So how can you get in on the act?
Here’s a simple guide to taking the perfect selfie

Make sure it’s you who takes the photo
So often you see photos described as a selfie when actually it’s just a normal photograph taken by someone else entirely. It’s called a selfie for a reason; you take it yourSELF! Don’t go passing a normal photo off as a selfie or you’ll be sent to the depths of photography hell until the end of time.

Don’t just take it of your face
Unless you’re showing off a new lip gloss or badass scar, we need a little more to the selfie than just your face. Either get someone else in on the picture or take it so we can see where in the world you are.

Be mindful of where you are
If you’re going to take a selfie then think about where you are. We don’t want to see your bathroom or the inside of a toilet cubicle in a nightclub.

Beware of photobombers
This can work one of two ways. Either someone photobombing your selfie will completely ruin it or if it’s a particularly brilliant photobomb then you could become an internet sensation. These Australian hockey players were photobombed by none other than the Queen!

The better the location, the better
We’ve already mentioned that we don’t need to see the inside of toilet cubicles in your selfies, so try and make the location as amazing as possible to make your selfie stand out from everyone else’s. Take a leaf out of this guy’s book who took a selfie at the top of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Consider where the Sun is
Proper photography tip here. When taking your selfie, think about the position of the Sun. If the Sun is directly behind you then it will make you look like a silhouette and you won’t be able to make out your face. Conversely, if it’s directly in front of you then you’ll probably be squinting. Try and have the sunlight coming from one side if you can.

Use a front facing camera if possible
Most selfies are spontaneous and are therefore perfect to take using the camera on a smartphone. What’s really handy, however, is if your smartphone has a front facing camera. If it does then you can actually see your end result before you take the photo. Most front facing cameras aren’t as good as the normal camera though, so it might impair the quality a little.

Immortalise your selfie
Once you’ve taken your selfie you then need to immortalise it and make sure everyone in the world sees it. Obviously you’ll need to post it up on Facebook and Instagram (once you’ve chosen your filter, obviously) but if it’s a particularly good selfie, then you could always use a service such as Zippi and whack it on a mug/t-shirt/mousemat/cape/etc.

Do you have any tips that I've not mentioned? Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Jada x

No, not another nomination.

I'm sure everyone on this planet have heard about some medical or charity fact over the last week. Today I want to share one here on my blog - Cerebral Palsy. I'm not asking you to throw water over your head, down a drink in a minute, or even be silent for a day. I would just like you to take a few minutes out of your time, to read the facts stated in the info-graphic below.

Jada x

Cerebral Palsy Facts & Figures – An infographic by the birth injury solicitors at The Cerebral Palsy Site.

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown - Day 16 - Reveal Day!

Wow, what an amazing time we've had during the last 16 days revealing each figure from Series 11 with you all! We're sad to see the reveal over but also equally excited as it means all of you can now go and purchase Series 11 Moshling's yourself as from today - the 29th of August, Series 11 Moshi Monsters are out in toy stores and supermarkets nationwide!

This series concentrates on Free the Moshlings which has all been a bit of a secret up until today! Click on the link to follow the Free the Moshlings link and help rescue the Moshlings from Doctor Strangeglove! All you have to do is play the game and you could be in with the chance to win a day as a Moshi Monster Toy Apprentice!

Name: Weegul
Rarity: Common.

Weegul the Wobbly Dobbly is a demanding, persuasive and spoilt Moshling who is fangtastically cute but goopendously demanding, especially if she doesn't get her own way! When Weegul is not asking passers-by to plop glacĂ© gooberries on their wafery horns, they're insisting on having their cushions plumped up and their backs scratched - not very demanding ay!?

Weegul loves anything and everything however, she's a bit contradicting because she doesn't like walking and chocolate chips!

That's it now folkes, the last Moshling to be revealed from Series 11. It's been a pleasure to be able to be part of yet another reveal, and hopefully we'll be able to share Series 12 with you, whenever that may be!

Please don't forget to check out the special Free The Moshlings website, and remember packs are out now in stores nationwide starting from as little as £2 for two Moshlings!

Jada x