Thursday, 30 December 2010

Disney Sing It Family Hits Review




Well here we are with  Disney Sing It Family Hits a few days later after reading  X Factor's Celebrity Vocal Coach Yvie Burnett singing tips, we have various Wii Singing games so have microphones, which you do need.

We have warmed up the vocal chords as recommended by Yvie  by jumping about, Paige and Conor have been bribed to stick around and not die of embarrassment straight away. Although they refused to do the really energetic warm ups the rest of us did , they will regret it when I we out sing them!!

 Reading the play list fills you with good memories of Disney, songs we all love and hum along to.  Nice to see there are not too many unknowns,  well I was unfamiliar with the A Bugs life Song,  I would have swapped a few for more Mary Poppins, but then we have them all on DVD and you are never going to please all of the people.


Some of my favourites are there,  so when I got hold of the microphone to sing  A Whole New Word, Katie Price, Peter Andre eat your heart out.
I am a little disappointed in the amount, it is  enough (30 tracks) to keep coming back too over and over though as you get awards for your singing so the interest to beat a high score is there,  fab if you invite different groups to have a play and despite not being a long playlist happy that its quality not quantity, but would have loved to be able to get hold of more songs .
So heres hoping for Disney Sing It 2 very soon.

 Here are some of the best of the 30 tracks.

101 Dalmatians Cruella De Ville
Aladdin A Whole New World
Cinderella Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
Cinderella So This is Love
Jungle Book The Bare Necessities
Jungle Book I Wanna Be Like You
Lady and The Tramp He's A Tramp
Lion King Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Lion King Hakuna Matata
Lion King I Just Can't Wait to be King
The Little Mermaid Under the Sea
Beauty and the Beast Be Our Guest
Cars Our Town

Cinderella A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Monsters, Inc If I Didn't Have You
Mary Poppins Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Princess and The Frog Almost There
Princess and The Frog Dig a Little Deeper
Ratatouille Le Festin
Toy Story You've Got a Friend in Me
Peter Pan You Can Fly! You Can Fly!







The film clips as you sing along make this special, they seem even more alive than the films, the graphics are fab and as you sing along karaoke style its entertaining to watch too, once you get into the swing of following the words.
The sound is great too, really clear.

You can play solo some may have wished I had done so, you just have to sing in tune and in time, if you have played any of these singing, dancing  or Guitar Hero type games you know the drill. Its easy to use you just plug in the mike and play, go to the mode and selection you want and off you go.


Its nice to have Party Play where you can play with the family, it makes for a great Christmas game and any family or group get together.
Whats really good is the vocal coach helped along by  Anika Noni Rose, who played Princess Tania in The Princess and the Frog, you can improve your singing ability and I was most impressed with this. I think this gives a lot more confidence to younger players who may feel a bit self conscious at times singing in front of others.

All in all we had a fantastic time, collapsing in laughter at the squeaks and missed notes, loved learning a few lyrics that I was not sure of, we all thought we were Oscar performance standard by the end and it was all age entertainment. We played with age range 3 years to 56 and all said it was really good fun.



• Sing along to 30 songs and music videos from classic and contemporary Disney favorites

• Easy to follow karaoke gameplay with full screen videos from original Disney movies

• Play with up to 8 players in family fun mode where everyone can sing along together or pass the microphone

• Sing It Encore mode enables players to play back their performances and add fun voice effects
• Unlock new awards and Disney themes
Amazon and most supermarkets are selling Disney Sing It Family Hits
RRP £24.99

Panda Licorice All Natural Range


We are  midway between Christmas and New Year, the cupboards and fridge are groaning under the weight still of sausage rolls, mince pies, boxes and tins of chocolates we bought and then given too.
Every year I promise I will buy less chocolate as we get bought lots of chocolatey treats and by January I am fed up with it. I always fancy something different.

Last night the making of Les Misérables 25th Anniversary show came on and I had been waiting to watch it as Chris is taking me to see it , that was my fab Christmas present. We ummed and ahhed over what to nibble on while we watched and I decided to try the Panda Raspberry Licorice as I had thoroughly been impressed with the Panda Duello chocolate  covered licorice read here


Panda Licorice has been making its delicious licorice in Finland now since 1927. All Panda Licorice is free from nasties, deliciously soft and moreish; nothing like the tough bitter stuff you might have tried as a child.

The Panda All Natural range is made with only four ingredients - molasses syrup, wheat flour, licorice extract and aniseed oil - so its an all natural healthy treat. Added to this basic recipe a little fruit puree and you’ve got Raspberry and Cherry licorice which you’ll find so addictive you’ll be fighting over the last piece!

Panda All Natural Licorice is also available in little bars, little bears or mint flavoured strips. Each is perfect as a guilt free snack for anyone watching their weight or just the health conscious - satisfy a sweet tooth without worrying about piling on the pounds.

For the mums of the nation - when the children’s weekly treat night comes around, you can rest easy that they are eating a healthier option to sugary sweets and treats, and that there won’t be an expensive trip to the dentist!



I have found yet another treat, when you open the packet the licorice scent is there they smell almost peppery, taking one from the bag, they are a natural reddish brown.
In shape  they look like little elongated flower shaped tubes  to me.  They are lovely and squidgy to feel, but to taste is the best part as I can taste raspberry licorice straight away and it works so well. They are incredibly moist and chewy, really pleasant to chew. The fruity flavour is at the forefront and I can honestly say its better for me nicer to nibble than just plain licorice, its easy to polish off more than a couple.
When you look at how natural and healthy they are this just increases the pleasure, half a bag is just 300 calories, no fat, no artificial grotties. Its sort of surprising that they are so good yet taste so good too.
Yet again Panda Licorice have surprised me.

I have joined their Facebook page and Twitter  for news and some fantastic little competitions.

Follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pandalicoriceuk


Panda Licorice is a great alternative to other sweet treats
All Panda Licorice products are made from natural ingredients

 Panda's products contain 'no nasties' such as artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives
The cherry and raspberry flavoured licorice is made using real fruit purée and is completely fat free

 Cherry and Raspberry bags £1.94.

Panda Licorice is available from Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Booths, Holland & Barrett, Julian Graves and most good independent health shops

For more information visit http://www.landoflicorice.co.uk/






Duello Review


If I am preaching to licorice lovers I am preaching to the converted, if I am though you may be (to carry on the religious tone), not yet baptised into the Duello experience.
I like licorice, I love chocolate and I did wonder if together they would work. Well they arrived one morning and I decided to try straight away.
 I don't know what my taste buds were expecting, I think I imagined the sometime bitter taste of licorice in a dark chocolate that teamed up in a nice but bitter strength that dark chocolate can have.
It was not like that at all, you get a lovely sweet milky chocolate, its a really good chocolate taste as well, thumbs up totally for the quality you experience.
Then the licorice comes through, not as a contrast but sweet and almost seems as chocolaty as the covering.
It so works, I immediately put the bag away as these already can be categorised as a treat, i wanted to savour them later and share with Chris.
 Chris got to try one without knowing what he was eating, he said "Mmmm" as he first tried, then as he continued, he said "Okay... is that licorice, yes it is, whats it got with it chocolate? That shouldn't work somehow! But I am glad it  does, have you got any more"
I am so impressed with the Duello, its a real treat after the initial happy discovery that its really good.



Peanut butter and jam, apple pie and cheese, chocolate and chili... its not just the obvious
combinations which make the best bedfellows.
Step forward Duello - a surprising combination of chocolate and licorice from the Finnish
confectioners Panda Licorice. This addictive combination is hugely popular in Finland and now available for the first time in the UK. Extra soft pieces of moreish licorice are covered in a layer of delicious milk chocolate. You might open the bag tentatively, but youʼll be fighting over the last piece!

Did you know that licorice has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine due to its properties as a detoxifier? And its celebrity fans include Madonna, Brad Pitt and even Heston Blumenthal!

RRP £1.89 at selected Holland & Barrett stores nationwide.
For sales please call: 0845 677 3349


Neutrogena Multi Defence Review.


Defend your
beauty from the
damaging effects of the
 everyday environment

I am in love with this range, it promises protection above and beyond   the obvious cleanse, toning and moisturising routine is a given.
But I also am in love with it as it suits my skin, it feels good, absorbs well and then it does this for Paige and Chris too, Conor would benefit but he needs more coaxing in skincare.

It suits my whats termed as mature skin and Paige has used it to good effect on her teen skin. Chris with tendency to redness has been using the Neutrogena Multi Defence for sensitive skin, but also used mine and had no issues at all.
Its gentle on my skin, absorbs so nicely and no greasy residue at all. It is lovely in use and great in effect.



Because it safeguards against all of the elements it is the perfect regime for this cold icy weather.
Come the hot sun I am sure it will still be giving me protection then too.
I thoroughly recommend this not only for multi defence but for multi skin and ages.


The environment can affect the skin in many ways. UV exposure has always been classed as the primary cause of skin damage, however recent research shows that UV is not the only culprit. Our skin is in fact exposed to a number of different environmental aggressors on a daily basis.

The five key environmental aggressors that damage our skin are: sun, pollution, cold, heat and wind.

Research shows that up to 80% of skin ageing and damage can be caused by these aggressors and new research presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) shows that when these aggressors are combined the damage to skin is increased. Pollution, for example, doubles the skin damage induced by UV alone. This cumulative damage could accelerate skin ageing even further.

Introducing new Neutrogena Multi Defence™ – the first daily moisturising range from the Neutrogena® brand that provides all round skin protection against the damaging effects of the everyday environment.

The Multi-Defence™ range includes three daily moisturisers, which go beyond
hydration to help address the needs of different skin types. Each daily moisturiser has been proven to help strengthen the skin’s natural defences and to keep skin nourished and hydrated all day long

Find out more about Neutrogena at:
 www.
neutrogenauk.co.uk

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Sing it this Christmas with Celebrity Vocal Coach Yvie Burnett



We are so excited, Paige had a Wii Sing it bought for her and her friends a while ago. She was most amused when myself and friend started to belt out hits, we thought we were
superb until Conor,  Paige and her daughter put us straight. We were broken!
We will be reviewing Disney Sing It Family Hits with emphasis on the family as I am keen to dust off the old vocal chords again and to help me Yvie Burnett has given me some tips ready for my debut!!
Stayed tuned (Hopefully I will be, get it?  heehee) for the review coming soon.



Learn to sing like a popstar with top tips from celebrity vocal coach Yvie Burnett, and the two fab new karaoke games from Disney, Sing It Party Hits and Sing It Family Hits. To make sure you impress your family and friends this Christmas with your Disney Sing It performance Yvie Burnett has provided some top tips on how to warm up your vocal chords to hit those high notes just like your favourite popstar.


We caught up with Yvie to find out if she will be chilling out for Christmas and what what her tops tips would be for some karaoke fun over the festive period.

Yvie, how has your year been?

It’s been pretty hectic, especially the last few months, but it’s been a lot of fun working with some great talent that I think we will see a lot of next year.


Were you excited to see Matt Cardle win?

I was happy for Matt – he was a well-deserved winner and was consistently good.


You work with lots of chart-topping singers like Katy Perry and Nicole Scherzinger, who would be your dream student?

I’d love to work with Justin Bieber, not just because my daughter loves him, but because he is at the age where his voice is changing and I think it would be fascinating helping him with the transition in his voice. In fact I’ve just been singing along to Justin on the Disney Sing It Party Hits game.

What’s it really like to work with Simon Cowell?

I’ve worked with Simon for years, and got to know him really well. He has always been great to work with - very charming, supportive and the first to say well done when someone has performed really well.


What plans do you have for Christmas?

I will be spending it with my family - we always end up playing games on Christmas day, and the Disney Sing It games will keep the whole family entertained.


What’s your favourite Disney song?

I love singing away to ‘A Whole New World’, it’s my guilty pleasure!

 
What top tips do you have for anyone wanting to play karaoke games such as Disney Sing It video games this Christmas?

Whenever you are singing it is all about the performance – as much as hitting the right notes. Make sure you are enjoying the song and smile throughout – as it will help you stay in tune and really have fun. So pretend you are a true popstar

What is the best way to warm up the vocal chords?

The best thing to do is sing a song you like whilst moving around a bit – to help you relax. So march around the room whilst singing a Disney classic and it will really help loosen up your vocal chords.


What plans do you have for 2011?

I’m heading to LA in the New Year to work with some exciting singers there, and of course there is also the new series of Britain’s Got Talent to look forward to.


Perfect for all the family to enjoy this Christmas, Disney Sing It: Family Hits features 20 beloved songs and videos from popular all-time classic Disney films including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book as well as contemporary favourites from films like The Princess and the Frog, The Lion King, Aladdin, Cars and more.


Get the party started this New Year with Disney Sing It Party Hits, featuring 30 chart-topping songs and music videos from favourites including Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Jason Myraz, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Clarkson and more.

 
Disney Sing It Party Hits and Disney Sing It Family Hits are available on Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 now.


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Wishing You a Merry Christmas


Well the big day is here I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

I am a traditional girl at heart but gradually the digital age has taken over my life, stay with this for a funny take on the Nativity at the end.

I just wanted to say thanks to my husband Chris and my children for putting up with me glued to a screen at all hours, trialling and testing for me when they perhaps did not always want to.
Rushed dinners unless I was reviewing the food then colder dinners as I aimed to capture them on film for my blog.
I love you for all these things and more.
Thanks to some great friends who have helped me with my blog, setting it up, putting up with umpteen questions, so I could get it running and looking good, still a long way to go.

Thanks to some fab readers and followers, who I really wouldn't be here without. (Well I would but I would be  a mad thing mumbling to myself,what do you mean  you already think I am)  
Thanks to you who have visited, supported me by commenting here, entering my giveaways, put up with my tweeting of reviews and my addiction to competitions also tweeted ad nauseum I know.

Thanks to some great PR people who have given the fuel for my review blog and been terribly sweet and generous.
Its been lovely getting to know you, thanks for the emails raving about my reviews, the phonecalls and the Christmas cards ( A lovely unexpected touch)
Thanks to the gorgeous brands who have given me much to praise and rave about.

I wanted to leave a traditional greeting but in keeping with this social networking age I think this is both fun and more apt.

Thanks everybody. I will be here next year with more of the same.
Merry Christmas and wishing you all the best of everything in 2011



Wednesday, 22 December 2010

GRAND MARNIER’S® CLASSIC BOTTLE DRESSES UP FOR CHRISTMAS


One of my first reviews on my blog had to be about my favourite drink, Grand Marnier.
I fell in love with it at the BBC Good Food Show
They were serving the Grand Espirit cocktail see the luscious recipe HERE
I admit to having to visit the stand several times for a sample and leaving with a bottle along with elderflower and a pitcher so I could recreate at home.
I tend to drink it like that all the time and not so much this time of year because the fresh strawberries are just not quite as good.

Christmas has bought me a present in the form of an exclusive bottle and a new way to drink.

I was interested in the contents but have to say Grand Marnier have really put a lot into the bottle design. Its fit for royalty in a black sleek bottle with a large ruby nestled on the curvy outer.
 Very Christmassy and ultra cool.
Its almost too good too open but then I remember the contents and without any finesse open the lid.
I have my cranberry juice ready , ice and fresh cranberries to decorate.
Next stage to sip, its beautiful, I promise you, the cranberries complement the cognac and the warm orange flavour perfectly, turning my favourite tipple into a festive treat.

Seasons Greetings I have all I want to drink for Christmas



To celebrate its 130th anniversary, Grand Marnier® introduces the exclusive Ruby Edition bottle for the festive party season. Renowned for its classic curves and timeless elegance, the Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge has been dressed up in stylish black with a festive ruby-red jewel to create a stunning gift for this Christmas.
In a design that perfectly encapsulates the quality and heritage of Grand Marnier, the traditional amber bottle has been transformed into jet black – the ultimate in discretion and style. This provides the perfect backdrop for a sparkling ruby coloured jewel, replacing the symbolic Grand Marnier wax seal, which dazzles and captivates against the liqueur and the light.

The eighth in a line of exclusive limited edition bottles, the Ruby Edition was designed to celebrate 130 years since Grand Marnier was created by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle in 1880. Renowned for its distinctive flavour and character, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is a delicate blend of fine cognacs and distilled essence of tropical oranges with Marnier-Lapostolle's secret touch. It is slow-aged in French oak casks to give it its incomparable roundness and subtlety, making it the ideal ingredient for Christmas drinks.

Why not try mixing up a Grand Ruby? A stunning combination of Grand Marnier and cranberry juice, topped with seasonal fruit, it’s the perfect drink to share with friends over the festive season.

The Grand Marnier Ruby Edition is available to buy from October, for an RRP of £19.99, from Selfridges, Oddbins and Nicolas.


How to make The Grand Ruby (1.6 units):

40ml Grand Marnier

120ml cranberry juice


In a tall glass, pour Grand Marnier over crushed ice. Fill up with cranberry juice. Squeeze a wedge of lime above the glass and add same wedge in the glass. Garnish with seasonal mixed berries.
 
 

About Grand Marnier®

Today, the Marnier-Lapostolle company is owned and operated by 5th and 6th generation members of the Marnier Lapostolle family, including Jacques Marnier Lapostolle, the current Chairman of the Board. With 90% of its production sold outside of France in over 150 countries, GRAND MARNIER® has been the leading French liqueur in export sales for over 25 years. According to the magazine “Impact”, GRAND MARNIER® is among the top 100 major international brands of premium spirits and is the third highest selling brand of liqueur worldwide (based on retail sales). A bottle of GRAND MARNIER® liqueur is sold every 3 seconds around the world.


 
GRAND MARNIER® is a registered trade mark of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle.

Visit www.drinkaware.co.uk and our global resource www.DRINKiQ.com for information and guidance on responsible drinking.

e-cloth Kitchen Pack



I think these are in some ways more "Wow factor" than any gadget I rave about for the household. Its because each time I use one, I am bowled over by the fact they clean up all on their own.

From any normal cleaning task, kitchen worktops, fridge and table, to a hob thats been Chrissed ( Our term for when Chris does a roast dinner) It looks like a kitchen of wild animals or the gremlins were let loose with grease, gravy and stuffing.
I had the original cloth and love them, rave about them to friends and family and really did not think muck improvement needed apart from some tougher baked on food occasionally was needing a squirt of cleaning spray.

Actually I had a job resisting the urge to get out a spray when I first used an e-cloth. They simply clean up and whats more clean up so well.  I learned in an earlier review that cleaning products kill the friendly bacteria and so I am happier to go one step further and not use even a friendly cleaner.
It shines, my glass, kitchen mirror I can use it dry on my rustic pine table which means I will have saved money on wax now. It cleans my cooker and any tougher bits now get shifted by the scourer corner of the cloth no need to reach for any cleaner at all.

The washing up  pad is great for the dishes, cleans off all manner of food, even tackles porridge well. It has a scoure part too on the reverse and this helps with the pans that are a little more baked on, I still get surprised by it when there is a heavily caked lasagne dish and I do not have to reach for a metal scourer.

Chemical free kitchen cleaning that removes over 99% of bacteria

Kitchens can be one of the hardest places in the home to keep clean. Bacteria lingering from raw meat and sticky fingers can leave surfaces smeared, while boiled-over pans make a mess of the hob. Because of this people reach for chemicals to clean, but for a chemical free clean all you need is water and an e-cloth to remove bacteria, dirt and grease from around the kitchen and banish all those hidden nasties.


e-cloth has improved its best selling and award winning Kitchen Pack, which contains 2 cloths. The Kitchen Cloth now includes a non-scratch, scouring corner to help remove stubborn and tougher dirt left behind on kitchen surfaces. Simply dampen the cloth with water and run it over your kitchen surfaces to clean. Use the scouring corner pocket on those tougher bits of grime that can build up around the oven and work surfaces. For shiny surfaces, finish with the Glass & Polishing Cloth, to leave appliances, glass and worktops sparkling.

Washing up is a haven for dirt and grime. e-cloth’s NEW dual sided Washing-Up Pad cuts out the need for any other sponges or brushes. The yellow side is made of the clever e-cloth fibres that clean by breaking up and trapping grease, dirt and bacteria, which other sponges can leave behind. The non-scratch, scrubbing side can then be used on tougher food residue on crockery, cutlery and plates. Washing up has never been easier!

e-cloth Granite Pack



NEW e-cloth cares for granite surfaces You know when you’ve arrived in domestic paradise when you have granite surfaces furnishing your kitchen and bathroom units. One of the most popular choices for countertops, granite is extremely durable and doesn’t scratch easily. But, maintaining its luxurious appeal can be an effort. A quick wipe with e-cloth’s new Granite cleaning cloth will help to maintain its ‘sparkle’ and polish through the years.

Using just water, simply wipe the e-cloth Granite cloth across the surface to remove grease, grime, soap scum and bacteria, which has built up during daily use. What’s more you won’t need to use any harsh chemicals to achieve great results, as each e-cloth consists of millions of tiny fibres that are uniquely processed to give perfect cleaning and polishing performance. Unlike conventional cloths, as you wipe an e-cloth across a surface the fibres clean by breaking up, trapping and absorbing dirt.


With a guaranteed 300 plus machine washes per cloth, the e-cloth Granite Pack not only makes bathroom and kitchen cleaning a doddle, but it is also great value for money and kinder to the environment as well. In fact, as e-cloth eliminates the need for chemical cleaning products, it can reduce your household cleaning bill by up to £100* a year while ensuring your green conscious remains clear!

e-cloth Granite Pack is available from Lakelands, independent stories and www.e-cloth.com, priced £8.99.

Periproducts RetarDEX Review


Periproducts is a premium oral health care company, specialising in products to help fight bacteria and bad breath. Products in the range include RetarDEX Toothpaste, Oral Rinse and Oral Spray, SensiShield and interdental brushes.

Why the range is so different to any other brands on the market, is they contain a patented ingredient CloSYS II, that is clinically proven to break the bond of molecules that create bad breath. The retarDEX range tackles bad breath for up to 8 hours - other products on the market simply mask the problem.

I was sent RetarDEX Oral Spray its a fab product  It's small and can slip into any handbag or pocket and I am so impressed Chris now has one too in the side pocket of his car door.
He is in meetings around our region all day every day and he constantlay chews gum or sucks Extra Strong mints.
 
Sugar wise and dentally this is not so good, I moan at him but would do exactly the same if in the same situations of having to eat lunch then go staraight to meet people.
 
I popped to Boots to buy  the Oral Spray. Not only will it give him fresh breath, he won't have to worry about finding somewhere for  his gum and it will be much  better for his teeth!
 
The oral  rinse is another great product.
 
 

One 30-sec rinse is clinically proven to provide at least 8 hours fresh breath*

Alcohol and Sugar-free

Gently whitens by removing organic staining

Anti-bacterial

Clear and unflavoured (optional Peppermint flavour sachet)

Winner of FHM Magazine's "Best Dental Product" award in 2000

 Alcohol-free Retardex oral rinse is colourless and does not contain sugar or any artificial sweeteners. Being pH-balanced, it is kind to your teeth and gums. It is unflavoured - Retardex does not rely on a strong flavour to mask Bad Breath - but a separate sachet of peppermint flavour is provided and can be added to the rinse if preferred.

I had a good look around the Periproducts website and there is a wealth of dental and skincare products, if the two products I was sent are indicative of the rest, I will be happy.





Napster Review


I have to admit that I have been happily downloading and buying from one source and never really looked elsewhere. I was asked to trial Napster and I have to say firstly THANK YOU Napster and secondly "Why did I not do this ages ago?
Its so simple and easy to use. You just register and off you go, if you want no downloading widgets, gadgets or applications you just choose the Napster Web Service.
Alternatively you can stream, download, burn Cd's and manage all your music in one place.

I now have unlimited access to millions of tracks and free MP3s to build my own music library.  Its rather like having all my CD collection at my fingertips and then if I have one artist I like, I can then access all their work.
Its definitely going to accompany my blogging for this month. I love it.

How much you are possibly asking, well its £5 and for that I have 5 free MP3 downloads, simple maths tells you that's worth it, then on top I have the access to all that music to listen to whenever I like.

In under 2 minutes I had registered, chosen to go via Napster Web Service, picked my first free song Ellie Goulding's Your Song for Conor, downloaded and was listening to it in iTunes.
Amazing, I was expecting it all to freeze up and it was so simple.
The only problem I had was when it downloaded, Napster had disappeared from my main screen so I had to reload it.

All in all I love it, not sure why I shied away so long, well i do, I didn't want the hassle of faffing about with a new application and sorry I did not do it sooner, its child's play and such a great value too.





I am leaving the Napster info below just in case I am not explaining it succinctly enough.

Napster Unlimited offers you unlimited streaming from our catalogue of 10 million tracks combined with MP3s you can keep forever, all in one great value package.

With Napster Unlimited you can:

Access Napster online from any computer giving you complete freedom compared to other services where you have to download software and are fixed to one PC.

Use the mobile service to preview and download tracks directly on your mobile phone. Napster will send a back up MP3 copy to your PC as well. Another way Napster makes it easy to access your music wherever you are.

Ian Greaves, Napster's UK Programming Director, comments: “Napster strives to offer music lovers the opportunity to listen to music they won’t find anywhere else. Through our strong relationships with the music labels we are able to continue offering the most extensive sets of exclusive sessions of any music service. NapsterLive allows us to not only promote emerging and established talent but also diversify the listening habits of our users by providing them with exclusive, live sessions. The sessions normally feature each artist performing acoustic versions of their tracks as well as one-off covers, which makes each recording unique and prized by the artist’s fans.” 




Exclusive Performances Available from Ellie Goulding, Kassidy, Funeral Party, Daisy Dares You and many others

LONDON – X June, 2010 Napster, the original pioneer of digital music, announced today that it is offering its members an exciting new set of NapsterLive sessions with a number of UK’s leading established and up-and-coming artists. Available to download or via streaming, the new sessions mark part of Napster’s continuing commitment to offer music lovers an innovative and more engaging digital music experience. NapsterLive sessions have been available for the last five years and in that time there have been over 150 live sessions for Napster members to enjoy.


New artists to be featured include BRIT winner Ellie Goulding, Tiffany Page, Funeral Party, Eliza Doolittle, Kassidy and Daisy Dares You among others. The NapsterLive performances have quickly gained acclaim as a showcase for the world’s most talented and sought-after artists, such as Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons and Scouting for Girls. NapsterLive continues to give established and emerging artists the platform to increase exposure around their music and to drive their fan-base.


Available exclusively to all Napster users, NapsterLive tracks can easily be streamed from any PC or downloaded and transferred to iPod’s and a wide variety of other portable music devices.


NapsterLive is just one of the many music features available to users of Napster Unlimited. From just £5 per month users can enjoy a package of unlimited streaming from over 10 million tracks and MP3s to keep every month, making it the best value music service in the market. Other features available to users include hundreds of expertly programmed radio stations and playlists and Automix, a simple, one-click way to listen to a variety of music recommended by Napster, based on what you like. Napster’s music features make it effortless to find the perfect music for any mood. For more information please visit:



 

 
Ian Greaves, Napster's UK Programming Director, comments: “Napster strives to offer music lovers the opportunity to listen to music they won’t find anywhere else. Through our strong relationships with the music labels we are able to continue offering the most extensive sets of exclusive sessions of any music service. NapsterLive allows us to not only promote emerging and established talent but also diversify the listening habits of our users by providing them with exclusive, live sessions. The sessions normally feature each artist performing acoustic versions of their tracks as well as one-off covers, which makes each recording unique and prized by the artist’s fans.”




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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Go NUTS for Harry’s Nuts! this Christmas



In our family we are Nuts about Harry Hill, I know lots of people are, Conor is a massive fan, has the knitted Character and a joke book signed by the funny man himself.
That he has added his name to nuts seems very apt. That they are Fairtrade was a lovely find for me.

Harry Hill makes absolutely no money from these nuts,  the money goes to the farmers in Malawi. I have to add that when I read up on this I found he is not just a figurehead for the brand either, he is closely involved in the taste and packaging too and visited the country to be involved.

He cannot stop with the fun though as you will see from this feature.



Oh you might want to know what the taste verdict is and its in no way secondary to the nutty celebrity.

 Who wants to win a copy of Harry Hill's new book, Livin' the Dreem? All you have to do is come up with an idea for what flavour of nuts you think Harry should make next. The best answer will win the book. So what flavour?



http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1612110023#!/pages/Harrys-Nuts/174273552607012
They are really really good, fresh, tasty and I recommend you have these if you want a tasty snack this Christmas.


We all love nuts at Christmas – in our snack bowls and in our Christmas stockings. A third of all nuts are sold in the run up to Christmas* - and as Harry Hill’s Fairtrade salted peanuts and cashews it’s never been easier to give a tasty treat to the comedy lover in your life.

Harry’s Nuts! are cooked for longer than other salted peanuts and cashews to give them an extra crunchiness and deeper flavour. And, fitting in perfectly with the true spirit of Christmas, Harry makes no money from these products – it’s all about helping farmers in Malawi and other countries building a better life for their families.

 Harry’s Nuts! are now available in 800 Tesco stores as well as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other outlets.

For more information see www.chooseliberation.com/harry

 
Harry works alongside Liberation Foods on Harry’s Nuts! – a company co-owned by farming groups from Malawi, Mozambique, Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru, El Salvador and India. Farmers receive the guaranteed fair price which come with the FAIRTRADE Mark for their produce (see www.fairtrade.org.uk) and receive a Fairtrade premium often spent on projects which benefit the entire community.

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