Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Fathers Day Gift Guide 2015

I wanted to share with you a lovely Father's Day gift guide from B&Q

Stains on Panes Window Cleaning in Bromley

I wanted to share Stains on Panes with my readers this month.

Scott arrived to clean my windows - he was in a company sweatshirt and showed me is ID before we even got started which I thought was a great way to start.

It didn't take long to realise that Scott is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about what he does.

For my house - a 3 bed semi, Scott used his Reach and Wash pole system - the poles can be adjusted to suit different heights and the brush heads had been adapted by Scott to maximise there performance. 

Emma in Bromley Window Cleaning with Stains on Panes
Scott has a specially adapted backpack to use with the Reach and Wash poles allowing him to easily clean properties with restricted access.

Scott uses a method which involves firstly a scrub, then rinse followed by cleaning both the frames and sills.

Emma in Bromley Window Cleaning with Stains on Panes
Scott has a water tank inside his van which has a special resin filter to ensure that the water is pure - Scott used a TDS meter to show me the quality (impurities) of my own water from my garden tap - at a surprising 306 ppm, whilst Scott's own water from his tank showed only 5ppm meaning the purer water is less likely to leave chalk residue or smears that you might get from using my garden tap water.
Emma in Bromley Window Cleaning with Stains on Panes
Besides the Reach and Wash method, Scott can also carry out a traditional wash too, where he will still take the time to clean the frames and sills.

It started to rain whilst Scott was still cleaning but he wasn't phased by it and explained that the rain didn't affect the quality of the clean.

My front windows were lovely and clean whilst my rear 2 bedrooms and patio window (a much older style of window) are a little streaky - Scott explained that at some point in the past, someone had used the wrong kind of paint on the frames which started to come off during the wash  - Scott has reassured me that future cleans will solve the problem.

Scott recommended a clean every 8 weeks for my house - a 3 bed semi - at a cost of £20. 
Emma in Bromley Window Cleaning with Stains on Panes
Scott also carries out other maintenance jobs such as gutter cleaning and is fully insured in addition to being a member of the Federation of Window Cleaners.

One of Scott's passions is improving and adapting the equipment to perform better or coming up with his own ideas and inventions - he's currently working on a portable trolly system as a back up plan should he ever find his van out of action!

Stains on Panes clean both residential and commercial properties in and around Bromley - Kent and London regions. 

Find out more here:

Emma in Bromley x

* Disclaimer - I received a window clean for the sole purpose of writing a review. 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Miffy's Makeover Complete

Miffy’s Makeover Complete 

Dick Bruna’s stories all updated as bunny turns 60

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As Miffy celebrates 60 years this summer, 18 of Dick Bruna’s classic stories will have been updated for a modern British audience.
Miffy’s makeover has taken two years to complete - the first time in nearly half a century the books have been changed. 
UK publisher, Simon and Schuster tasked award winning British poet, Tony Mitton to refresh Bruna’s rhyming verse to suit the ears of today’s toddlers and pre-schoolers. The Dutch artist’s iconic illustrations – familiar to millions of British people who grew up with the Miffy books – remain the same.
The new range also comprises colourful activity, sticker, wipe clean and lift the flap books (including a timely miffy and royal baby title).
Lara Hancroft, Editorial Director of Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Publishing comments “Our new Miffy range aims to attract a new generation of young fans, ensuring a bright future for the little white bunny.”

Miffy Mums

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Tiny Pop to launch new Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small

Tiny Pop to launch new Miffy TVBrand new CGI series Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small to air from October 2015
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Sony Pictures Television has announced the launch of a brand new CGI pre-school show featuring Dick Bruna’s classic character, Miffy on its pre-school channel Tiny Pop. 
Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small airs exclusively across the channel’s Freeview, satellite and cable platforms from 2nd October. 
After launching on Freeview channel 126 in January this year Tiny Pop became available in 26.3 million homes. It has since more than doubled its ratings to become the third strongest channel overall for Kids 4-6, after CBeebies and Disney Junior.
With Miffy’s 60th anniversary celebrations in full swing this year, the new series marks the first time the iconic white bunny has ever been seen in CGI. 
Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small has been developed by London-based animation studio Blue-Zoo, and features 52 x 7’ episodes. It is the animated sequel to the successful Miffy and Friends, the initial stop motion series which aired in more than 70 countries from 2003 onwards. 
Featuring new children’s voices, plus new characters and locations, each CGI episode features Miffy exploring the exciting world around her, with simple narrative and cheerful songs to drive it along. It will be faster paced and have more expressive animation than the previous series, yet remains true to the simplicity and iconic style of Miffy’s creator, Dick Bruna.
Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small will become a key part of Tiny Pop’s evening block, Cuddle Time, which features gentle programming allowing kids, mums and dads to enjoy calmer family favourites before bedtime. Tiny Pop has the strongest evening viewing figures in the kids’ category, from 7pm-midnight.
Head of children’s channels for CSC Media, part of Sony Pictures Television, Francesca Newington commented: 
“Miffy has been adored by children and their parents all over the world for so long, we are delighted to welcome the new, CGI Miffy and her friends to Tiny Pop. We hope a new generation of British children will come to love Miffy.”
Mercis BV, Dick Bruna’s publishers and manager of his international rights has developed this new series and commissioned Blue-Zoo Productions to make the series. The series is distributed in Europe by Telescreen BV/m4e. 
Frank Padberg, Mercis BV commented: 
“We’re delighted to be partnering for the first time with Tiny Pop to bring this brand new CGI show to UK audiences.”

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Goodbye Snotface

One year anniversary ...

Maegan and Minty the Snail

My daughter, Maegan (age 3) has a thing for snails! She loves them and since last summer she named them. Usually there is one called Minty - that's always her favourite one!
Maegan Clement and Minty the Snail

It was raining on our school walk so there was an abundance of snails in our front garden as we were leaving to collect Blake. 

Maegan carefully chose two snails to come on the walk with us - one was Minty and one was called Yonna and she carefully carried them in her hands! 

Yonna was abandoned on a leaf not far from school but Minty made it all the way to school and back!

Maegan liked to tell Minty that she loved her and even kissed her "pet" snail!

Minty was returned (completely unharmed!) to her snail family in our front garden.

Emma in Bromley xx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Miffy Turns 60 - Miffy Mums

Miffy MumsJune is a big month for birthdays in our house - My children's birthdays are on the 19th and 24th June, along with a few other family birthdays and father's day - June is always full of cake and fun.
On the 21st June - Miffy turns 60!
We all love Miffy don't we? I remember reading Miffy books as a child and love that my two also love reading Miffy - My daughter all has her eye on a giant Miffy lamp we spotted and I my children love playing Miffy's Garden on my iPad!
I'm really happy to have been chosen as a blogger to be a Miffy Mum, I'm hoping to share with you some lovely Miffy things.

Lets start with some books!

Maegan Clement (age 3) Reading Miffy at the Gallery whilst Blake Clement (age 5) reads Miffy's Birthday. Miffy Mums
Maegan (age 3) Reading Miffy at the Gallery whilst Blake (age 5) reads Miffy's Birthday.
Miffy's Birthday, Miffy at the Gallery and Miffy's Play Date. Miffy Mums

Miffy's Birthday, Miffy at the Gallery and Miffy's Play Date.
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Miffy's Birthday - a really sweet hard back special edition book - My children really like reading this and it certainly gets you into birthday spirits - Cake anyone?
Miffy's Play Date is a lovely sticker book
Miffy's Play Date is a lovely sticker book - lots of stickers to complete the scenes, my youngest has really enjoyed matching the stickers up. 
Miffy at the Gallery - Miffy Mums
Miffy at the Gallery - sweet little hard back book with some lovely inspired art, explores modern and classic art forms - my little boy loves this book because it reminds him of our trips to the National Gallery (One of his favourite places).

Miffy turns 60 years young on the 21st June 2015.

The 3 featured Miffy books are published by Simon and Schuster

Miffy is also on Twitter and Facebook

Emma in Bromley xx

More on Miffy

Disclaimer - I received a selection of Miffy Books as part of being a Miffy Mum

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Continental Market in Bromley

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Come along and browse the stalls for a special gift or sample a wide range of food that will tempt your taste buds. From Jamaican traders offering their bespoke variety of jerk chicken, Quorn products, veggie wraps, mutton and lamb dishes to other regulars like Italian nougat and chocolate traders, and Crepes Temptation.
Thursday to Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm.
The vibrant atmosphere is further enhanced by our regular weekly Bromley Charter Market, so why not take a look?

  • Date: 4 Jun 2015 - 7 Jun 2015
  • Every day
  • Location: Bromley High Street pedestrian area
  • Cost: Free