Monday, 4 June 2012

This month's round-up featuring Tall Daughter, Tessie and a chance to win a prize

This is a sponsored post, but as always all opinions are my own.

We've been some interesting things to try out recently, and because I'm slightly behind on the reviewing I'm going to do a round-up of the best of the bunch.  Here we go.

My Tall Daughter and Tessie mousemat
First up, I was offered the chance to have a favourite photo turned into a canvas print or one of the many other products on offer at Snapfish. I chose a small canvas print of Tall Daughter, primarily because she had been nagging asking me to get her one and suffice to say she is chuffed with it, and it now has pride of place in her new bedroom.

I also ordered a photo mouse-mat and (because don't we all have digital photos that never get printed out?) several photo prints. The service was excellent and I received the products very quickly, and everything was really top-notch quality.  Suffice to say, I've already made two extra photo print orders from Snapfish!

Next up, we were sent a voucher to try out the range of Good Natured fruit, veg and salads a long time long ago, in fact, that I'm embarrassed to admit it. But better late than never.
Good Natured use only natural predators (good bugs) to control pests (bad bugs) and disease, and so the range is completely pesticide residue free.

Personally, I'm always concerned by the number of chemicals used on salad products so it's reassuring to know that this range offers pesticide free tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers and peppers as well as their range of fruits.
I like making soup in the colder months, but  how about the summer? Here's Good Natured's recipe for gazpacho:

Good Natured Gazpacho
Serves 4-6
1 kg ripe Good Natured Tantalising Tomatoes, roughly chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 4 spring onions, trimmed and chopped 1 red Good Natured Perfect Pepper, deseeded and chopped ¾ Good Natured Cool Cucumber, chopped 75ml extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp red wine vinegar Seasoning 1 avocado, peeled de-stoned and chopped 4 eggs, softly boiled
 1. Place the tomatoes, garlic, spring onions, red pepper and cucumber into a food processor or blender, and blend until finely chopped.
2. While the machine is still running, slowly pour in the olive oil and red wine vinegar.
3. Season and taste then add a little more vinegar or oil if you think it needs it. Chill until needed.
4. Serve in shallow bowls, garnished with chopped avocado and halved softly boiled eggs.

Tessie was the recipient of a rather large box recently, which contained a rucksack with her name on it (cute!) some play balls  and 6 weeks supply of the Pedigree Joint Care+ chew sticks.

I was asked to keep a record of her progress over the 6 weeks to see if her mobility improved. Unfortunately, the timing wasn't great as she's been quite ill due to problems with arthritis and osteomyelitis, an acute bone infection, in her feet. But happily, she's now on the mend and enjoying her Joint Care+ treats.

If you want to ask the Pedigree team any questions they are on twitter @wearefordogs and Facebook.

And finally, we have a film review and a giveaway! We were sent a copy of Journey 2 The Mysterious Island to review, and then lo and behold a second copy arrived with a little activity pack, so I've decided to give it away! I'm all heart, me. Here's the official blurb for the film:

In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” the new 3D family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

So, Tall Daughter has watched and reviewed the film:

I like that it's an adventure themed film, and it has lots of action in it. I like the Rock, and he’s good in it. There are some really funny bits in it. The setting was alright but in some scenes you can tell a green screen has been used. Some parts were a little bit predictable but I really enjoyed it.

Over all I think it was a really good film. I would recommend this film to both boys and girls from the ages 6/7 and up.

I'm awarding it 4 popcorns out of 5.

The prize includes a Triple Play Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of the PG rated film; some dinosaur tattoos - temporary of course, and a Mysterious Island Growing Hatching Lizard* (I don't think it's a real lizard, but I'm not making any promises.) 
If you'd like to enter the draw to win please leave a comment saying Pick Me! and I'll do a random draw at the end of the week. And please, leave an email or twitter address so I can get in touch!

*UPDATE* The winner of the film and activity pack is Ness @baggiesbabe69 - congratulations. Please email your details and I'll get the prize sent out to you. Thanks to everyone else who entered.
Note:  there is no cash alternative. UK entries only. I will choose the winner randomly and my decision is final. If the winner does not respond within 7 days on close of entry, I will choose a new winner. *Not suitable for children under 5.