Readly – Unlimited Access to Your Favourite Magazines

When I was invited to review the Readly App, I was unsure of whether I would make full use of it. I do read a lot but when it concerns magazines, I don’t seem to have the time.

If you haven’t already guessed, the Readly App is magazine subscription app that allows you to read over 2000 magazine on your device through the app.

There are many categories of magazines from fashion to home to sport – all the popular magazines available off the shelf.

I found it really easy to register and set up an account and I was ready to read my first magazine.

I was spoilt for choice as I had so much to choose from.

What was great was that I could add a family member to my account too so I added Hubs to the account and he also caught up on the latest news in all his favourite magazines.

What’s more, we were able to explore many new ones too.

You can access Readly over 5 devices at any given time so it is perfect for a family wanting to read different magazines. You can also add to a favourites option and the app lets you know when there’s new content.

I didn’t take advantage of it as I should have – I was give a 3 month’s free trial in return for this post, but I am going to continue as I enjoyed having access to the wide range of magazines.

It was great to be able to just read the latest issues as well as the back issues without going to a store and finding the magazine was not available there.

It is a perfect gift even fore older people who may not want to walk down to a store to buy a magazine.

I would definitely recommend getting a Readly subscription. It’s priced at only £7.99 a month for access to all magazines. You can also cancel at any time as there is no tie in period.

There is a 14 day free trial too and you can sign up here – https://gb.readly.com/accounts/sign_up

Top Tips on Hosting a Fun #SportsNightIn Party

I know movie nights are very popular but how about a Sports Night In?  I was invited to take part in a #SportNightIn campaign by Contact Numbers UK and I decided that this was just what I needed for a number of reasons.

I remember when I was younger, the family and friends would get together to watch a particular sport on television which was either football, cricket or tennis. It was a time when we would have a lot of fun as each one supported a different player/team and this made for fun teasing too. The person who supported the losing team usually bought the next round of snacks. We would be jumping off our seats encouraging our team to win or even to boo the other team. It was noisy and so much fun.

I was thinking of doing the same in our home. For one, it would encourage more sports in the household and it would also be nice to relive some of my childhood by introducing my children to something like this.

Here are my top tips on hosting a Sports Viewing Party –

  1. Make sure you’re subscribed to a Sports Channel which is showing the sport you intend to watch – Sky has a great service for this.
  2. Have enough drinks – beer, gin for the adults and fruit juices for the children.
  3. Snacks at the ready – you always feel hungry while watching television so get some party snacks like popcorn, crisps, mini sausages/sausage rolls, cucumber and carrot sticks and dips. If you are enthusiastic enough – make some kebabs.
  4. Fire up the grill and have a barbecue.
  5. Decorate your home with the flags of your teams.
  6. Dress in the colours of the flag of your team
  7. Get some Face Paint out and colour your cheeks/forehead with the colours of the flag of your supporting team.

We are going to be having a Sports Viewing Party soon and I’m going to tell you how it went so do come back and visit my blog to find out.

 

In Collaboration with Contact Numbers UK

Festival Snack Ideas and Recipes from Food Network

Are you headed off to Glastonbury? I received this press release with some super cool snack ideas and recipes and thought I’d share them with you.

10 Easy Bring-Along Glastonbury Snack Ideas

1. Trail mix with nuts, dried fruit and popcorn – add some dark chocolate chips if you have a sweet tooth to this well balanced snack.

2. Turkey or beef Jerky – Cooking slices of meat for an extended amount of time until meat is dehydrated provides for a healthy, protein rich and long lasting snack that you can bring anywhere.

3. Bagels, nut butter and banana sandwich – nut butter does well in the heat and is rich in healthy fats and nutrients that keep you full. Add some banana to make it an Elvis style classic.

4. Energy bites made by mixing dried fruit, seeds, nut butter, cocoa powder and agave for a boost of energy – blitz up some of these energy balls pre-festival and bring along in a container for a quick snack. 

5. Tinned fish such as mackerel or tuna with crackers – This is an easy snack that will keep well until hunger strikes and provide a ton of energy to keep you dancing.

6. Roasted Mixed Nuts – Roast a mixture of your favourite nuts with some salt, pepper and spice of your choice and bring along with you for a quick pick-me-up.

7. Roasted Spicy Chickpeas – Roast chickpeas with spices of your choice or just some salt, pepper and cayenne until crispy. A great way to get a good boost of fibre. 

8. Homemade Root Veggie Crisps – Use a peeler to thinly slice a variety of your favourite root vegetables (such as beetroot, sweet potato and parsnip) and roast with a dash of oil, salt and pepper in the oven until crisp.

9. Fruits such as Banana, Apple, Mango, and Citrus hold up well in the heat as long as they are left unpeeled until the time of consumption. Coconut pieces are a great option as well.

10. Avocado with rice crackers – Avocado holds well as long as left unpeeled until time of consumption, healthy and filling snack with rice crackers or crisp-bread.

11. Nut butter with Apple – preparing portion sized nut butter bags that you can bring along with you throughout the day can be helpful when hunger strikes and you are on the go.

12. Homemade Parmesan Pita Crisps – Slice pita into wedges and bake in oven with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, sprinkle over grated parmesan towards the end of baking time. Let cool and store in an airtight container for a tasty and satisfying snack. 

 

I quite like the idea of Pita Crisps – I must try it out.

There are also recipes for Muffins and Power Bars which look really easy to make. I may need to try them out over the weekend.

Savoury Super Power muffins

Makes 6 large muffins

  • 185g all purpose flour
  • 60g wholemeal flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 275ml milk
  • 70g yogurt
  • 75g melted butter
  • 50g mature cheddar, plus extra for topping, grated
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes, halved and patted dry
  • 25g pumpkin seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases.
  2. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the remainder of the ingredients except for the sun-dried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Spoon mixture into muffin cases. Press in two sun-dried tomato halves in to the top of each muffin allowing them to get mostly covered by the batter, sprinkle some cheese and pumpkin seeds on top of each muffin.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until fully baked (you can check the muffins with a skewer, when it comes out clean they are done).

Nutritional Information (per large muffin):

Calories 346.7  Total Fat 18.1 g Saturated Fat 10.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g  Monounsaturated Fat 3.6 g Cholesterol 32.8 mg Sodium 766.5 mg Potassium 232.4 mg Total Carbohydrate 36.2 g Dietary Fiber 2.5 g Sugars 4.9 g Protein 11.1 g Vitamin A 10.2 % Vitamin B-12 4.8 % Vitamin B-6 1.7 % Vitamin C 2.2 % Vitamin D 4.8 % Vitamin E 1.3 % Calcium 19.7 % Copper 3.9 % Folate 1.7% Iron 3.7 % Magnesium 6.1 % Manganese 4.3 % Niacin 1.7 % Phosphorus 11.9 % Riboflavin 7.7 % Selenium 3.4 % Thiamin 2.8 % Zinc 5.3 % Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Cherry, Chocolate and Almond Super Power Bars

Makes 8 bars

  • 115g old fashioned rolled oats
  • 40g flaked almonds
  • 1 tbsp golden linseeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 35g unsweetened whole grain-puffed cereal
  • 160g dried cherries
  • 80g chopped dried apricots
  • 50g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100g crunchy almond butter
  • 80g coconut sugar
  • 125g agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch of sea salt flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease an 8 inch square baking pan with oil.
  2. Mix together rolled oats, flaked almonds, linseeds and sesame seeds. Place on a baking tray and bake for 5-8 minutes until lightly toasted. Shake the pan halfway through to ensure even browning.
  3. Allow oat mixture to cool slightly. In the meantime, in large bowl, combine  cereal, dried cherries, dried apricots, dark chocolate. Now add the oat mixture and combine together.
  4. In a small saucepan combine almond butter, sugar, agave, vanilla extract and salt. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble and the coconut sugar has dissolved. This should take 3-4 minutes.
  5. Allow liquid to cool for 5 minutes and then pour mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Transfer the mixture to your baking tray. Put some oil on your hands and press the mixture down firmly to create an even layer.
  6. Refrigerate until firm, this should take about 30 minutes. Once firm, cut into 8 bars.

Nutritional Information (per granola bar): 

Calories 365.4 Total Fat 13.0 g Saturated Fat 2.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g Monounsaturated Fat 2.4 g Cholesterol 0.8 mg Sodium 187.2 mg Potassium 276.2 mg Total Carbohydrate 60.2 g Dietary Fiber 5.8 g Sugars 41.4 g Protein 6.9 g Vitamin A 16.7 % Vitamin B-6 1.5 % Vitamin C 0.2 % Vitamin E 17.5 % Calcium 6.9 % Copper 6.8 % Folate 0.9 % Iron 13.0 % Magnesium 13.4 % Manganese 9.0 % Niacin 2.5 % Phosphorus 3.8 % Riboflavin 3.0 % Selenium 0.7 % Thiamin 1.5 % Zinc 2.0 %  – Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Tonka Tinys Car Crush Escape Set and Tinys Blind Garage Review

I’ve written before about Tonka Tinys and how much fun we had playing with them. This time we were sent a playset to add to our collection.

We were sent the Car Crush Escape Playset and two Tinys Garage blind bags.

The Car Crush Playset includes a working crane and a car crusher. It also comes with a vehicle and some other bits that can be used to play at recycling the car parts.

Use the launcher to tip the car bits into the bins provided. You can use this to see who can accurately send the pieces into the bin and make it into a game.

Our set included a recycling vehicle too.

The set is brightly coloured and attractive to children. It is small and perfect for taking around on a holiday without stopping the fun.

We were also sent two Tonka Tinys blind bag garages.

Ethan was thrilled as one contained a police car. The other one was a tiny dump truck. Both come with a garage too.

Both are really cute and I personally love the miniature versions.

Ethan has been enjoying playing with the set and the vehicles. The playset is compatible with all the Tinys vehicles so it is perfect for adding to the collection. They are also connectable. The other playset is the Blast and Dash Quarry.

The blind bags can be purchased one at a time or you can also purchase the vehicles in a set of three which contain two of the vehicles shown on the packaging and a mystery vehicle.

The Tonka Tinys sets are priced at £9.99 and the blind bags are priced at £2.49

These sets are new for this year and there will be additions to the collections later in the year. This year also marks Tonka’s 70th Anniversary so be on the lookout for a larger playset this autumn.