Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Valentine's Day 2019 Round Up

Can you believe it's already February,  January seemed to last for about a year and now suddenly we've all realised we need to order our Valentine's goodies pronto!

To make things a little easier, I've created a little round up of my personal favourite finds for this year:

Personalised Wrapping Paper from Abigail Warner in Luxury Gold heart print.

Personalised Wrapping Paper - Abigail Warner - Emma in Bromley Valentines Day 2019 - #EmmaInBromley

Blue Lady Tiki Mug - I just love the unusual style to this cocktail mug which was influenced by 1952 painting, ‘Chinese Girl’, by Vladimir Tretchikoff and can be found on Cheeky Tiki  - I'm totally crushing on at least half of their stock right now for my new (YouTube) Kitchen! 
Emma in Bromley Valentines Day 2019 - #EmmaInBromley - Blue Lady Tiki Mug


Best Vegan Chocolate - well maybe that should just say best chocolate ever! This handmade chocolate is absolutely delicious and growing in cult status - Kellie at The Happea Herbivore can personalise your Valentine's Day order to make it that bit more special.

Emma in Bromley Valentines Day 2019 - #EmmaInBromley - Vegan Chocolate - Happea Herbivore


Etched Ink Bottle - All The Words I Wish I Could Say To You. An etched glass ink bottle with such a romantic message - comes filled. 

Emma in Bromley Valentines Day 2019 - #EmmaInBromley - Etched Ink Bottle

Adam And Eve LampsPerfectly designed for bedside lighting, these simple yet extraordinary Adam And Eve lights make a delightful feature in any bedroom. Available in different sizes and finishes. 

Emma in Bromley Valentines Day 2019 - #EmmaInBromley - Adam And Eve Lamp

Spitfire Cufflinks Solid sterling silver cufflinks in the shape of a spitfire plane. These cufflinks have a chain fitting and are attached to a solid silver oval face, which can be personalised. The coloured detail on the wings has been hand painted onto enamel.

Emma in Bromley Valentines Day 2019 - #EmmaInBromley - Spitfire Cufflink

Silk PillowcasePerfect for beauty sleep with style. 100% Oyster silk for natural hydration to your hair and skin, 
Emma in Bromley Valentines Day 2019 - #EmmaInBromley - Silk Pillowcase

Hope I've managed to offer a little inspiration! 

Happy Valentine's Day everyone

Emma xx

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Are Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens?

So many children's food menus at the moment seem to scream the word "Healthy" but when you actually look at the menu, they seem anything but healthy and it got me thinking ... who says these menus are healthy and how is that decision made? How is it alright to include known Carcinogens and also state they are healthy?


The World Health Organisation categorised processed foods and meat as either a class 1 or 2 carcinogen (Cancer Causer) Foods such as Bacon, Ham and Sausage are right up there in Class 1 right alongside Asbestos and Cigarettes.

This isn’t even new, this happened years ago but we just pretend that it’ll be ok because we've always eaten these foods and its the norm to consume them. 


Are School Dinners Healthy? Cancer causing foods - Little House Lovely


We're currently encouraged to opt for more plant based meals and our fruit and veg portion advice sprang from 5 a day to 10 a day so why are children's "healthy" menus loaded with processed foods such as cheese, burgers and hot dogs, meat heavy and lacking in plant based options - even the vegetarian options are packed with cheese, quorn and veggie sausages (processed foods)



Leaves me puzzled - why is it ok to claim these are healthy? 

I wouldn't have thought menus where the majority of meals having either a class 1 carcinogen or a class 2 carcinogen would be allowed to claim they are healthy - especially if they are aimed at children and I think its devastating to see barely any plant based meals (is a jacket potato and beans really the best you can offer?) on these typical menus - I would expect, at the very least, vegetarian options to include vegan meals given the growing needs for vegans/ whole food plant based diets/ dairy free/  flexitarains / the eco conscious and those just looking to improve their health- and also future proof their chances of avoiding known Dietary diseases such as Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimers and Cancers.

The Cancer Research UK has a whole section on its website about how eating processed and red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer - scientifically proven - so why are we feeding children red meat and processed meat for their school dinners if even Cancer Research UK is telling you they know it causes cancer?


eating processed and red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer


this is also backed up by the World Cancer Research Fund too - urging you to eat little IF ANY processed meat - so why are our primary schools encouraging our children to eat it 5 days a week?


Eat little IF ANY processed meat - school dinners cause cancer


I feel like I strongly disagree with the majority of children's school dinner meals being described as healthy - especially when you take into consideration the information and science we have at hand in 2018/2019.

I'm not comfortable with the concept of trusting the schools catering service because they've used the word healthy when in reality they are feeding children carcinogens on a daily basis. 

Could you imagine how these menus would be received if we swapped the words over for other items from the exact same World Health Organisation Carinogen category - Cigarette and Mash Monday or Asbestos Sandwich Thursday anyone?

Imagine the uproar if the school dinner lady handed your 6 year old a cigarette instead of a ham sandwich - the sad reality is that we know that ham is a known carcinogen, the gamble is the same regardless of how in denial we are. 

Does anyone have a school offering meals free from (world Health Organisation) categorised carcinogens and leaning more towards organic (lets drop the pesticides) plant based meals to support our future generations? 

Adding the word healthy to these menus is inaccurate but companies get away with it because there’s no clear definition and is a buzz word open to subjective interpretation. 
I'm not ok with that - are you?

Here are some examples of current typical school dinner menus in the UK:


Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens

Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens


Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens

Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens

Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens

Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens

Healthy School Dinner Menus Packed Full of Carcinogens


Whilst I have focused here on information from The World Health Organisation, Cancer Research UK and World Cancer Research Fund, you might also be interested in learning more from either of these two informative, science evidence based documentaries "What The Health" and "Forks Over Knives" - both currently on UK Netflix.

Emma in Bromley


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Monday, 1 May 2017

The First Hippo on the Moon comes to Bromley

 
  1. David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley


    The First Hippo on the Moon is heading to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley this week 2nd-6th May as part of a tour of over 40 UK venues in 2017. The First Hippo on the Moon is based on David Walliams’ picture book and has been brought to the stage by innovative children’s theatre company Les Petits Theatre Company.
    David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

    The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted for the stage by Les Enfants Terribles and Les Petits’ Artistic Director Oliver Lansley whose other adaptations of children’s literature have included the immersive dining experience Dinner at the Twits and Alice’s Adventure’s Underground. The puppets for The First Hippo on the Moon have been created by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell who have previously collaborated on War Horse and The Lorax. The cast for The First Hippo on the Moon includes Dominic Allen, Alice Bounce, Caroline Bowman, Owen Jenkins and Rosie Nicholls.
    David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

           
  2. Based on David Walliams’ original children’s book with illustrations by Tony Ross, The First Hippo on the Moon is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.
    David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

    David Walliams has taken the literary world by storm and his brilliantly funny stories are adored by children the world over. He has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and
    quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone.
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley
 
The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted for the stage by acclaimed theatre company Les Petits following their hugely successful production of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. The creative team at Les Petits have also worked on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at The Old Vic and the National Theatre’s productions of Elephantom, War Horse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear. Les Petits was set up as the sister company to Les Enfants Terribles whose work includes Dinner at the Twits, The Game’s Afoot, The Trench, The Vaudevillains and Olivier nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground. 

I can't wait to visit the Churchill this week to see The First Hippo on the Moon with Blake (age 7) and Maegan (Age 5) and I'm impressed with the selection of performances including ones after school and relaxed day time ones too. Look out for an update to this article later this week!

Update: Wednesday 3rd May

Blake and Maegan had an absolute blast at The First Hippo on the Moon there was a lot of giggling!
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley - Judith, Blake and Maegan Clement

As a parent, there was way too much poo and bum talk in the show (look out for the song about poo and the audience poo contributions!)  but that is what makes children laugh the most and entertaining them is why we went.
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley -  Blake and Maegan Clement

The puppets are great and the actors seamlessly morph between puppeteers and characters.
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

We loved a 5pm show on a weekday and would like to see this happen more often.

Overall verdict? Both children would love to see the show again and we would recommend to a friend ... infact we already have - we have some friends (and readers) watching on Saturday!
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley


Emma in Bromley xx
 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Little White Bird

At the weekend, I took Blake (boy age 7) and Maegan (girl age 5) to The Churchill theatre in Bromley to see "The Little White Bird" inspired by JM Barrie's The Little White Bird.

The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Blake and Maegan Clement

This is an excellent piece of children's theatre following the story of loving friendship between father figure Snowy Owl and childlike Little Mouse set in their home with an excellent musical score (you'll recognise some).

The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Blake and Maegan Clement


Set within the Studio room, you are greeted at the door by the actors and welcomed into the relaxed room with cushions on the floor for the children and ample seating for grown ups.
The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Blake and Maegan Clement


The audience is kept to an intimate level which helps the children to feel at ease and become totally engrossed in the show, every child in the room (ages 2 to 10) was completely captivated for the full length of the show.
The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Blake and Maegan Clement


The story includes many comedy moments for the children, from a chase scene to a windypop so expect a few giggles!
The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley,


Part of the plot involves baking biscuits and as a really engaging and wonderful touch, a tray of gingerbread men is offered to all the children along with a small carton of apple juice.
The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley,


I can honestly say that all of the children in the showing enjoyed The Little White Bird ... and so did all of the grown ups too!

The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley,

This would make a wonderful festive treat for children aged 2-10 the show is running until the 22nd December and there is still availability on some showings via the Churchill Theatre website or in the theatre Lobby.

The Little White Bird, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Blake and Maegan Clement

Emma in Bromley xx



Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wild About Beauty with Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacob

To celebrate Lou's amazing performance on Strictly last night, we’ve got 40%off 40 Wild About Beauty products this weekend (until 23:59 Tuesday 6th December) - check T and Cs.
 
Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs

It's the perfect time to pick up those Christmas stocking fillers, party makeup...or just treat yourself to something new!

Wild About Beauty by Louise Redknapp and
Kim Jacob - her makeup artist.

Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs



Lou names all the products after people in her life - look out for "Sandra" and "Harry" - her inlaws!

Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs


Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs

There are FORTY products with 40% off in this flash sale - here are some of my favourites!

The stocking filler sets currently £9 each would cost £23 bought separately at full price so these are a great bargain!
Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs


Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs

Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs
Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs

Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs

Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs

Wild About Beauty 40%OFF with Strictly's Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist Kim Jacobs

 
 
 


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#stockingfiller #gifts #partymakeup #blogger #strictly #SCD #bbc #secretsanta
 
 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 - Part 1

Welcome to my Christmas Gift Guide 2016 - Part 1 - The Edit!
 
I know Christmas is fast approaching so I wanted to create a simple to read, click, shop guide to be a helping hand or a spot of inspiration - after all that is what we need isn't it? 
 
BigJigs Winter Wonderland Train Set - Wooden Christmas Train - Christmas Gift Guide 2016 - Emma in Bromley
 
BigJigs Winter Wonderland Christmas Train Set - Perfect as either a gift for a little one, or great as a decoration around the base of your Christmas tree or as a table centre for Christmas lunch. Great quality trusted brand and compatible with most leading wooden train sets.
 
Lottie Dolls - Best Doll - Christmas Gift Guide 2016 - Emma in Bromley
Lottie Dolls - In my opinion, the best doll for girls age 3- 11 (and boys - there is also a Finn doll). Lottie comes in a diverse selection of skin, eye and hair tones, is modelled on a true 9 year old body shape and comes with age appropriate clothing and accessories. Pro-Girl, promotes positive body image and an introduction to STEAM, sport and equal rights. Has won many awards - rightly so.
 
Christmas Sylvanian Families and Toystory Aquabeads - Christmas Gift Guides - Christmas 2016 - Emma in Bromley
 
I'm in love with this festive Christmas Sylvanian Families set - complete with santa outfit for chocolate bunny, a bunny snowman, a Christmas tree and lots of gifts and accessories - you can decorate the tree however you wish and chose any decoration for your snow bunny.
Toy Story Aquabeads - oh my! Aquabeads are amazing  - these literally keep both of my children (girl age 5 and boy age 7) entertained and inspire them to be creative. Great gift for children age 5-10.
 
Messy goes to Okido Toy and Magazines, Peter Rabbit DVD and Masha and the Bear DVD - Christmas 2016 - Christmas Gift Guide - Emma in Bromely
 
Messy Goes To Okido is a TV show for children age 3-8 offering a great introduction to science and art in a fun way. The Messy Monster toy is a talking plush suitable from birth. Messy goes to Okido magazine subscription would make a great gift whilst the colouring in book is a perfect stocking filler.
New DVD releases from Abbey home media include a festive edition of Masha and the Bear along with all time favourite Peter Rabbit - The tale of the great rabbit and squirrel adventure.
 
Top 4 Books for Christmas 2016 - Christmas Gift Guide - Emma in Bromley
 
The Gloriumptious World of Roald Dahl - a wonderful treasury of facts, snippets and fun from all the worlds created in Dahl's books.
Alice in Wonderland Puzzles and Games - a great selection of challenges.
Kew - The Botanical Treasury - Beautifully illustrated collection of flowers, comes in a slip case and box containing all 40 of the art prints from the book ready to be framed.
Treasures of British History - exactly as it says - treasures - this book packed full of interesting knowledge contains envelops within the pages with additional elements such as map, speeches and copies of booklets.
 
Alice in Wonderland collection of puzzles - Emma in Bromley - Christmas 2016
Alice in Wonderland Puzzles and Games - a great selection of puzzles, conundrums, riddles, games and challenges broken down into difficulty level and all wonderfully illustrated... and of course there is a solutions booklet! Suitable for all ages above 8.
 
Sam Flack - Another Man's treasure, yankee Candle - Gift Guide - Christmas 2016 - Emma in Bromley
 
Great shadow box art work by Sam Flack at Another Mans Treasure - using vintage and reclaimed board games, Sam can create the perfect piece of art for your recipient, a perfectly tailored gift or browse from the ready created selection.
Yankee Candle have brought out a lovely festive selection of fragrances, here I've featured, Festive Cocktail, Star Anise and Orange, All is Bright and a larger Turquoise Sky candle for a moment of escape.
 
 
Anyone who has followed me for a while will know how much I love Schleich, Their horses and riders are a great gift for children interested in horses or farm life - the attention to detail is perfect and children love the size and feel of Schleich.
Project Mc Dolls - these dolls stem from a TV show and have a balance between the mainstream fashion doll body shapes with a nod to STEAM - this one comes with a kit to make your own bath bombs - great for ages 10 up.
 
Want to see more? I have youtube videos for items featured here:
 
Look out for part 2 - The Beauty Edit coming soon!
 
Merry Christmas Everyone xx