Review – Persil Cook with the Kids

As a busy family we are always on the look out for time saving hints and tips. Anything that makes my life easier is always welcome.  To that end Persil have launched a new harder working formula washing up liquid.  According to them it’s been “rigorously tested and scientifically proven so that for every bottle used, you can get an extra 1,400 plates sparkling clean. In the long run, not only will you be spending less money on washing-up, but thanks to the new proven, powerful and harder-working formula, you’ll also be spending less time. You’ve got enough on your plate to have to worry about cleaning plates, pot and pans. Put Persil to the test and the results will be sparkling.”

I was sent two bottles of the new formulation Persil washing up liquid with the task to get baking with T and not to worry about the mess.

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Challenge accepted!  We signed up to the website http://www.persildishwash.co.uk/cookwiththekids/ watched the video http://youtu.be/ylk2bJzgPlg downloaded the pack and off we went.

I received these just before Easter so of course our first baking session had to be Egg Nests. Now normally when we do these I only have to do a quick wash of all the cooking materials as lets face it, there isn’t going to be much melted chocolate left on anything. But in the interests of giving it a good test I left all the spoons and bowls with chocolate on.

The sacrifices I have to make………..

I decided to do white and milk chocolate to see if that made a difference (and because white chocolate cornflake cakes are to die for).

As I am ever so slightly lazy and melt the chocolate in the microwave, I had to wash the jug in between the chocolates.

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I used one squeeze in the jug and hot water and gave it a wipe round with a cloth. As I would expect the chocolate came off easily and I didn’t need to put a lot of elbow grease in.

Normally I would be chasing after T with a cloth catching (eating) drips and smudges but this time I went with the flow.

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I also decided to leave the bowls a while to let the chocolate harden to see how easily it would clean (the only time this has ever happened.

A quick squeeze, some hot water and a light scrub and the bowls were clean.  As an aside the smell of the orange Persil and the chocolate together was yummy!

The download pack from Persil contains ten tips for cooking with kids, some fun recipes and activities for the kids. Worth a look at for new ideas. It also kept T occupied and saved me from the incessant “Can we eat them yet Mummy?”

On a slight tangent I begrudge paying silly money for dishwasher tablets and have been known to use Starburst in my dishwasher in the week running up to pay day when I have run out.  I thought I would give the Persil a try, one squeeze into the tablet compartment and the dishes were just as clean, if not more clean than the Starburst.  Another handy tip I’ve picked up there.  I don’t know if Persil advise to use it in dishwashers but I’m sticking with it. Just don’t do what a “friend” did and put an extra squirt in the bottom of the machine, apparently that then gives you a nice lot of bubbles over your kitchen floor.  So I’m told…….

*I was sent two bottles of Persil for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

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App review – Brian Cox’s Wonder of Life

Disclaimer – I may have a slight crush on Brian Cox. I even have a signed copy of “Wonders of the Universe” that I won in a competition.  I have always been a big Star Trek, space, astronomy fan even when I was a kid. I was that 8 year old who wrote to Nasa to enquire about becoming an astronaut, (they replied and sent me a pack on the latest STS mission, I still have it..) My “chosen” Mastermind subject was at one time “Episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation” I could tell you the name of the episode from the first 60 seconds of dialogue.

So we are clear on what type of nerd I am yes?

When I saw the opportunity to review the Wonders of Life app from the said professor I was all over it. Here’s a quick video to explain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXthS3RM9lc&feature=youtu.be

(The app is designed for iOS7 so if you don’t have that you will need to upgrade in order to get all the features.)

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Designed as a follow up to the Wonders of the Universe, this app has been made in conjunction with the BBC and will see the Prof lead you on a 3D tour of the Earth’s most disparate climates and creatures.

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The app offers over 30 beautifully crafted creatures and habitats to explore. There are also over 80 articles delving into the intricacies of the natural world and the laws which bind it. It also includes over 2 hours of HD footage from the series and 30+ locations.

So there’s the spiel, what about the app itself?

The app opens with an amazing video of the Earth in space (nerd coming out again)

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You can currently choose to delve into either North America, Africa, Australasia, Sensory, Microscopic or Elements Processes.

Each category has lots of different things inside to watch or read. It almost reminds me of Encarta (showing my age there) in that it’s very easy to start looking at one thing and then before you know it you’ve been sat there an hour with a very numb bottom and a cold cup of tea.

It’s a bit too advanced for my four year old but then I don’t think she is the target audience for this. It is however very easy to navigate around, (just pinch and zoom to grasp the magnitude of the Earth and our place within it) press the rocket symbol at the top of the screen and you’re back to the title menu and can choose something else. She does enjoy sitting with me and looking through it though, the videos and pictures are of exceptional quality and this is definately an app that we can use as she grows and learns.

The app costs £4.99 which is a little on the expensive side but with updates I can see this being an app that is never deleted off my homepage. The app along with it’s predecessor Wonders of the Universe can be found in the iTunes Store.

*I was sent a code to download this app for review purposes but all opinions are my own*

 

 

 

 

Feature – Peterborough Voices

If someone says the word “Choir” to me I am transported back in time to my school days, stood on a bench at the back singing “Water of Life” and “Sing Hosannah”.  Celine Dion I am not.

So when I was invited to the Housewarming Party of Peterborough Voices, the women’s choir, at their new home of Broadway Theatre, I’ll admit I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

I was pleasantly surprised. Starting with a rendition of “Moon River”, they moved onto “Wind Beneath My Wings” (one of my favourite songs ever) which actually made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Finishing with “The Trolley Song” which I had heard before but never actually realised what the name was.

We were then treated to two songs by Peterborough Youth Choir which was enchanting, finishing with an impressive song from the Peterborough Male Voice Choir.

Peterborough Voices were formed in 2011 after the “Sing for Life” project, where PMVC were asked to help set up a women’s choir.  Hoping to originally recruit 40 women to perform at a concert for Cancer Research, 220 applicants turned up at the auditions.  120 women sang at the concert with the late Bernie Nolan and afterwards wanted to continue singing together. Peterborough Voices was born!

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Directed by William Prideaux (who I couldn’t stop watching, it fascinates me directing and conducting) they are now preparing for their latest show “Saturday Night at the Movies” on Saturday 5th July at the Broadway Theatre.

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All three choirs, accompanied by the 46-piece Peterborough Festival Orchestra will be performing a salute to Hollywood’s greatest composers, with music from Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, James Bond and many more.  If the songs are anything like the taster from the Housewarming Party then this promises to be an amazing night.

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They are also starting “Sing for Life” from scratch in June. 40 women are wanted of all ages and experience to sing in the charity concert in aid of Sue Ryder’s Hospice appeal. Check out the website www.peterboroughvoices.org.uk for further details.

Pictures courtesy of Peterborough Sings! website http://www.peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk/index.html

 

Vivacity Archives wins Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future programme bid

Exciting news arrived in my inbox this week from Vivacity Archives.

Vivacity Archives is delighted to announce it is part of a partnership scheme that will benefit from a shared £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Skills for the Future programme. This enables the Vivacity Archives department to offer fully-funded trainee posts from 2014-15 and 2016-17.

The overall scheme was organised by The National Archives, who received the grant of nearly £1m from the HLF. Vivacity is delighted to have been selected as one of the partners in the scheme.

Each traineeship at Vivacity Archives will run for a year, and in the first instance trainees will be helping to run a project involving local people cataloguing the historic records of the Soke of Peterborough Council dating from the Victorian period.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is interested in a career in archives, museums or heritage to get hands-on work experience for a year,” explains Richard Hunt, Vivacity Archives Manager. “Our project will unlock one of the most important archive collections relating to the growth of Peterborough in the Victorian period.”

For more information about Vivacity Archives, call 01733 864 160 or email archives.services@vivacity-peterborough.com. For further details visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com. To find out more about The National Archives take a look at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk