Monday, 24 November 2014

I'm a little star-struck. The story of a selfie with LLB

I am rubbish at spotting celebrities - generally I am the person wildly searching the space around me when someone points out the famous person in the vicinity.  I usually see them, or the back of their head, as they are walking away.

There are often television personalities at blogger events - luckily I have a couple of blogger friends who are much better then me at spotting and identifying people, especially if they are newer celebs and have been on Towie or Strictly or whatever. I don't watch much TV - unless you count Pokemon.

But walking into the press office at Earls Court for the first day of the Ideal Home Show at Christmas even I could instantly identify the very lovely Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen with his famous flowing locks and characterful outfit! I have enjoyed TV programmes with him as presenter for many years although I wasn't sure about his themed bathroom at the Ideal Home Show.

I love the colours, adore the armchair and even quite like the tree with the fake owl and fairy lights but think in my house with so many males, the pure white snow round the base of the tree would soon have some yellow trails in it!

Anyway - back to the story behind the picture. I dithered for a while but couldn't resist asking him to pose for a selfie (or an Elfie as he insisted I call it because of all the festive fun going on around us) after he had cut the ribbon to declare the show open.

He was very gracious - I was a blithering, babbling wreck (can you tell from my barmy smile?) and now I am an even bigger fan!

I also saw a few other celebrities at the show including chef Gino D'Acampo who is even more gorgeous in the flesh than on the cover of his recipe books or on TV. And his voice made me melt inside just a little bit. Especially when he was speaking Italian on his mobile. Be still my beating heart.

I couldn't quite pluck up the courage to ask for a picture with him when he was in the foyer and think it's bad form to ask when they are relaxing in the press office and green room.

Celebs aside I had a fab day at the show and now can't wait to start decorating my house ready for Christmas!

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Fizzy Festive Fun with SodaStream

Get busy with the fizzy - now I have given away my age just by quoting the old slogan which I remember from my youth when my favourite SodaStream flavour was cream soda and a top treat was a big glass of it with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in - best float drink ever!

As popular as ever with even more flavours (including cocktail flavours- Hurrah!) Soda Stream shows no sign of going out of fashion, unlike my RaRa skirt.

The latest addition to the range is the new  SodaStream Play.

Making "mocktails" using a red SodaStream Play
at the Ideal Home Show At Christmas 2014

Minimal by design, and ultra-simple to use, Play is available in four vibrant colours, white, black, red and yellow, to suit every kitchen worktop. Play is the first machine to feature the new ‘auto-lift’ slider, along with the popular snap-lockmechanism, making it quick, simple and easy to use.

The model was created by  designer, Yves BĂ©harand costs £69.99 (For a full list of stockists or to purchase online visit

SodaStream Soda Cap dispensing Mocktail Cosmopolitan flavour
SodaStream Soda Cap in action!
To make the most of  this (and any other Soda Stream model) there are  new ‘Happy Hour’ Soda Caps-ideal for impressing everyone with your cocktail making skills over the festive season.

The Soda Caps are uniquely designed to release an explosion of taste in a single dose. Simply choose your flavour, place a cap on a SodaStream bottle of ice cold carbonated water and press down lightly to create one litre of your favourite, freshly fizzed cocktail in seconds. 

The space saving capsules are available in a variety pack of eight delicious flavours, including Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Pina Colada, Vodka Mango, Gin & Cucumber, Gin & Pink Grapefruit and Peach Bellini. 

The range can be enjoyed as a mocktail, or an alcoholic cocktail, just by simply adding a measure of your favourite spirit. I tried a "mocktail" Cosmopolitan with a squeeze of fresh lime juice at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas event at Earls Court this week and it was gorgeous and refreshing! 

Fiona Hope, Managing Director at SodaStream UK, said: “Soda Caps give users a smarter, fun and more convenient way to enjoy homemade sparkling cocktails over the festive season. They provide consistent flavour every time, so that you can make your favourite cocktails and mocktails in an instant - and with zero mess. Soda Caps are also environmentally friendly and with 70% less sugar and calories than other cocktails, they’re guilt-free too.”

You can buy SodaStream Limited Edition ‘Happy Hour’ Soda Caps for £7.99 for eight caps, available at Argos and Amazon, or purchase online at from October whilst stocks last. Each cap of flavoured concentrate makes one litre of fizzy drinks. 

SodaStream Soda Caps are also available in a variety pack of the brand’s most popular flavours, including Pink Grapefruit, Lemon Lime, Orange and Cola, available at Lakeland.

Did you know? Each SodaStream reusable carbonating bottle is estimated to save the environment from an estimated 1,000 bottles and cans each year. SodaStream now offers a range of over 40 different flavours, including sugar-free, energy, isotonic, naturals and mixers as well as fruit flavours and colas. Each of the single 500ml bottles of SodaStream concentrate produces up to 12 litres of soft drink and each of these can replace 24 500ml PET bottles.  I did not know that!

What I DO know is that my children love our SodaStream and they each have their favourite flavours. We have even experimented making a bottle of cola using the concentrate and adding a few drops of natural vanilla essence. Voila - vanilla cola!

Disclaimer: I received free samples of the new SodaStream Soda caps but views and opinions remain honest and my own.