Philadelphia Flip and Dip – Are You a Double Dipper?

We all love Philadelphia soft cream cheese right? We use it as spreads and dips and may even dip a spoon into it and eat it neat. But the one question I have for you is – are you a double dipper?

If you aren’t – you may just turn into one after tasting the new Philadelphia Flip and Dip.

Philadelphia Flip and Dip is the brand new dip perfect for sharing at summer parties. Lightly whipped Philadelphia cream cheese, topped with one of three mouth-watering sauces, including Sweet Chili, Mexican Salsa and Caramelised Onion.  

Simply flip on a plate, watch the sauce top the lightly whipped cheese as you and your guests get stuck into something delightfully different. But, be warned, it’s so flipping delicious, food etiquette could quickly be forgotten and you might be caught in the act of double dipping as your party guests go flipping crazy for this deliciously tempting dip. They may even disregard the crudités, bread sticks and crisps, and uncontrollably tuck in with a spoon…or even their fingers!

And in case you don’t know what double dipping is –

*Double dipping is the act of putting a food item, for example a vegetable or tortilla chip, into a dip, taking a bite and then putting the item back in again.*

We tried ours out with the tortilla chips and I *just about* managed not to double dips. I mean these dips are seriously ‘double dippable’

The children of course had no qualms and double dipped to their hearts content.

We loved all the flavours but our personal favourite was unanimously the Mexican Salsa.

Bring the Bay home on Spotify with the Brand New Turtle Bay Channel

If you’ve visited a Turtle Bay restaurant, you may have found yourself remembering the music long after you’ve left. Did you also sometimes, think how lovely it would be to get that beat going in your own home? Well, the good news is…now you can.

Turtle Bay now has it’s own brand new official Spotify channel. Here’s what you can expect –

● Exclusive Spotify playlists available from the likes of Rohan Marley

● Listen to Turtle Bay’s famous in-restaurant playlists

● Turtle Bay is renowned for its authentic reggae soundtrack

● Includes legendary artist playlists from the likes of Rohan Marley, with playlists from reggae icons and top international artists to come

● Listen to your favourite tracks in the restaurant and then add them to own personal Spotify library

● Bring The Bay Home!

Turtle Bay Caribbean Restaurant and Bar is giving everyone access to its famous laid back, Caribbean tunes with the launch of three exclusive internal lists on Spotify – The Baylis, Dancehall & Soca and Fresh Vibes.

The blissful atmosphere of the Caribbean is now available through these hot Turtle Bay mixes alongside exclusive playlists from Rohan Marley and other international artists to come.

Hear what they are listening to with themed playlists such as ‘favourite reggae tracks ever’, ‘new artists they love’ and ‘weekend vibes’ featuring amongst others Dawn Penn, Toots & The Maytals, Max Romeo, Sister Nancy, Gregory Isaacs, Yellowman, and the king of reggae himself, Bob Marley.

Turtle Bay is famed for its sound systems and the detail and attention it pays to compiling its own in-house music. And the Spotify lists are set to become legends in

their own right as new artist mixes will become available over the coming weeks and months. Fans on Spotify will be able to listen to them in their entirety and then add to their own personal lists, so wherever they are and whatever they are doing they’ll be able to transport themselves straight to the heart of the Caribbean social and bask in the tunes that go to make up one of the most talked about music launches this year.

Investing In Kid’s Bedroom Furniture That Will Last

We live in a throwaway society. Everything from plastic bags to disposable coffee cups and water bottles are part of our lives. Finally, society is waking up to how bad this is for the planet and we are starting to search for ways to reuse and recycle.

It is the same for kid’s bedroom furniture. Do you really have to buy tiny furniture and baby things that will only be suitable for a few months or can you invest in some classic pieces that will suit them until they leave home?

Cut down on redecorating costs

Try to avoid the classic baby look in the nursery. Choose neutral colours for the walls and the ceiling and then it is easy to patch it up if it gets stained or worn. You can make the room look pretty for your baby by choosing curtains and fabrics with appropriate designs. These are easy and cheap to replace as your little one grows up.

It is important that you choose a floor covering that will last as this is both expensive and disruptive to replace. Why not go with a hard-wearing laminate from B&Q or with a carpet in a neutral colour. Classic white gloss is always best for skirting boards and door frames. You can finish the look off with details such as lampshades and prints.

Choose second-hand furniture

You can save a fortune by buying second-hand furniture. It costs a fraction of the new items and is usually in excellent condition. Many pieces have hardly been used. However, you need to choose quality items that will last so you need to look out for:

  • Furniture made from natural products such as wood. They age well and look good even if they have a few bumps and chips.
  • Well-constructed pieces. It needs to have well-built joints. The legs need to be well attached and nothing should be hanging off!
  • Drawers that do what they are meant to do. Cheap furniture often has flimsy drawers. As soon as you put clothes in them, the bottom falls out and once you start using them for toys they will collapse.

Avoid plastic furniture or anything that looks like it will stain or mark easily.

Where to find the best furniture

You shouldn’t have to travel very far to find what you are looking for. Ask your friends and family if they are looking to get rid of any furniture. Is there anything that you like the look of lurking in your grandmother’s attic? You can use shiply to organise transporting large furniture to your home. All you have to do is fill in one simple form and a quote is delivered to you by email.

You can have great fun renovating old items and they will mean a lot more to you when you have finished.

The Wind in the Willows – The Musical: A Review

Last week we headed off to the West End for the Theatrical show – The Wind in the Willows. This one is something we were looking forward to for a long time and we were really glad to finally make it.


The Wind in the Willows has an impressive cast with Rufus Hound as Mr Toad, Craig Mather as Mole, Simon Lipkin as Ratty, Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel, Gary Wilmott as Badger and Denise Welch as Mrs. Otter.

Here’s a little more about the show –

Based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel which has captivated generations of readers for over a century, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has been adapted for the stage with a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the world-famous London Palladium.

What we thought –

In short, it was FABULOUS. The show was entertaining with larger than life Mr. Toad creating a stir whenever he appeared on stage. We thought the sets were amazing and it was unanimous that they were the best we’ve ever scene. The props were impressive and we loved Mr. Toad’s car and Ratty’s Boat. The costumes were great too and we loved Mr Toad’s flamboyant dress sense.

Each of the actors played their part to perfection and it’s very difficult to say who was best as all performed by really getting into their roles and complementing each other well.

The music is a mix of everything – choral, rock and pop and you’ll find yourself tapping your feet in time quite often.

It’s a feel good show and I highly recommend taking the family to it this summer.

For more details visit the website –