Party Inspiration Round-up: Budget parties & holiday celebrations

Posted on Jan 17, 2016

Welcome to my very first Party Inspiration Round Up!  I spend most of my time planning and preparing parties for my three boys and I?m delighted to be able to bring you posts and pages of celebrations and happiness in party style each month.  Most of us have had cause to celebrate over the festive period and it hasn?t all been centred around the turkey ? I?m starting this month with the sweetest birthday party themed around a piglet very dear to my boys? heart ? Miss Peppa Pig.  Living near Paulton?s Park in Hampshire means we are well acquainted with her shenanigans and I loved seeing all of the home made decor Molly?s party included over at Kelly Allen, Living the Dream.  If you?re searching for some unique party games, try their pop-a-pig game ? less noisy than balloon bursting for little ones with sensitivity to loud noises, and much easier to set up, too!  Oink!  Have you ever thrown a party for £3.85 per head?  Me either ? but I?m going to try!  I?m feeling so inspired this month by North East Family Fun?s Christmas movie night ? the personalised treats and invites, and genius idea for seating arrangements were just perfect ? I?m still reeling that it cost so little!   We?ve had fun trying out the activities featured on U Me and the Kids this December as they offer 21 suggestions for party fabulousness with little ones.  There?s a variety of crafts and food to choose from ? and number five has my mouth watering, because a party isn?t a party without fun food according to my own boys ? and if it?s your first Christmas ever, then it needs to be extra memorable!  A Slice of My Life?Wales created some festive finger foods for their little one to enjoy ? I?ve already had requests for their final creation in the post to be replicated for my boys? lunch!   If you?re doing some grown up entertaining over the holiday season, and you?re over the whole turkey and nutroast affair, a truly creative way to bring a to your Christmas celebrations is to explore foods from another country ? Fashion Mommy served up Maltese food that made our mouth water this party season as she entertained ? and now I?m keen to try the Pastizzi Tal Pizelli too! The Five Adventurers showed how to enjoy New Year?s Eve as a family with a myriad of fun and colourful activities.  I won?t spoil it for you, and I love all of her suggestions, but the third idea on her list is a fantastic tradition to start for any family ? and a brilliant way to say both goodbye to the old year and hello to the New Year as a family.  Our New Year?s Eve 2016 is going to be amazing with all of her suggestions! Next...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Isn?t Even The Best Thing In The Revenant

Posted on Jan 17, 2016

201th Century Fox Rating: ????? Leonardo DiCaprio is, without a hint of hyperbole, one of the greatest actors working today. An immensely talented performer with a strong understanding of cinematic art and dab eye for a great project; he?s a member of that highly exclusive club (alongside Mads Mikkelsen and Oscar Isaac) of actors so consistent that I?ll get excited about their upcoming projects on promise alone. Not every one of his movies is great (we?ve all seen, then forgotten, Body Of Lies), but you know he?ll always bring something new and interesting to the table. It should come as no surprise that his latest performance, the role of the vengeful Hugh Glass in The Revenant, is one of his best. Just as the character is working against the odds, left for dead in the extreme winter of the America frontier, Leo is out of his comfort zone, working with little dialogue and for vast stretches acting alone. It?s a towering career landmark that puts real focus on his often undersold subtlety. When he steps up to take the Oscar for Best Actor, I?ll be cheering and scoffing at all those old memes like the rest of you. And yet, when it comes down to it, there?s no avoiding a rather uncomfortable truth; he wasn?t the best thing about the movie. 20th Century Fox Alejandro G. Iñárritu?s The Revenant is a masterclass in naturalistic filmmaking. Whether it?s the simple crunch of a boot in the snow or an intense bear attack, every element of every action is fully recreated; through impeccable audio, lighting, set design and visual effects, the film is jaw-droppingly real. It?s almost like this isn?t even a dramatisation; at key moments breath fogs up the camera and ice and blood sticks to the lens, blurring any line between what?s on screen and reality. Essential to this is the work of Emmanuel Lubezki, who has won the Best Cinematography Oscar in the past two years and is pretty much a dead cert again this year. From the painfully wide shots of the lifeless snowy landscape to the plentiful upwards angle shots taking in the moving branches of trees, the film looks beautiful, and every part of that beauty works to accentuate the realism of the other aspects of the film, especially in his use of long continuous takes. 20th Century Fox Most cinematographers clearly don?t know what they?re doing with extended takes, getting two minutes into one then not being quite sure how to wrap it up (see: pretty much every blockbuster from the past year). But here things are confidently different; each shot is the length it needs to be, be it one second or one-hundred-and-twenty, and they?re all constructed so they can be fluidly edited into what follows. The key is that Lubezki isn?t showing off. He?s not trying to prove that he can shoot for three constant minutes; he?s using the fact that he can to better emphasise the movie?s overwhelming sense...

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Man üp ? Men-ü A different kind of grooming brand

Posted on Jan 16, 2016

Graham Fish isn?t a name that you automatically associate with the Glamourous  world of Beauty and Grooming, nonetheless you will have definately heard of the brands he has worked with the and the accomplishments he has achieved with these brands. Over the last three decades Graham?s CV includes, Alberto Culver for 20 years with the VO5, Tresemme, Alberto andIndola ranges. He has turning around the loss making UK division taking VO5 styling to Number 1 styling brand. He was also responsible for developing Tresemme professionally and building overall sales to exceed £90 million. With men-ü, Fish?s is passionate about the fundamental objective of the brand, to introduce more men to quality grooming whilst educating them on the modern brand and modern benefits, incorporating products that are different and make a difference. Men-ü is a contemporary grooming range of men?s hair and skincare products. All products are ultra ? concentrate formulae which facilitates use of a high percentage of active ingredients and the secret is to get them to where they are needed without waste meaning a longer lasting experience. The products fit neatly in the hand and into a man?s lifestyle, bathroom, sports or travel bag. The range is also complemented with Italian PRO BLACK shaving brushes which use up to 40% less shave crème than animal bristles and are easier to keep clean and therefore more hygienic with no bristle loss. The black bristles which are exclusive to the brand are manufactured to be smooth, solid and non-absorbent. However, the brand have another very significant string to their bow through the men-ü salon academy, based in Southampton. This is the centre for men-ü professional training and the product range, inviting salons and barbers to learn more about male grooming needs whilst highlighting the product benefits. Related more featured...

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Dissolving Skittles or M&Ms Experiment

Posted on Jan 16, 2016

Hello everyone, I?m Emma from Science Sparks and am very excited about guest posting on Red Ted Art today. My blog Science Sparks is full of fun, creative and engaging science experiments and activity ideas for kids of all ages. Please do pop over to take a look or visit us on facebook. We?ve loved seeing all the activities so far in the 31 Days of Love series and especially like the paper bag puppets and crayon resist cards. We?re going to show you how to make a colourful heart with skittles ( M & M?s or other colourful candy work as well ). This would make a great mini science fair project or just a fun activity at home. Colourful Dissolving Skittles What you need: A plate or container ? preferably white Colourful coated sweets Warm water Method Place your skittles or sweets into a heart shape in your container, try to alternate the colours. Carefully pour the warm water into the container, if you trickle it slowly down the edge the sweets should stay in place Can you see a lovely coloured heart? Why does this happen? Skittles are coated in food colouring and sugar. When skittles are placed in water the coloured coating dissolves and we see the colour spread through the water. There are actually two processes happening in this activity. The colour and sugar dissolve into the water and then diffuse through the water. Extension ideas Do you get a bigger diffused area of colour from a larger sweet? Investigate what happens if you use hot and cold water. Do the skittles completely dissolve? Maybe even try vinegar, can you predict how this might be different? Just for Fun Put some skittles into a plastic test tube and give out to your friends for Valentine?s Day. If you like this activity do check some of our other popular posts. 15 candy science ideas Roald Dahl activity ideas Valentine Science ideas Did you like this? Share it: Tags: 31 Days of Love, science, science experience, valentine’s day, Valentines, Valentines Activities Category: Science, Valentines These are...

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?I really want to go to Mars? ? Hamilton | F1 Fanatic Round-up

Posted on Jan 16, 2016

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton reveals a surprising goal for the future. Links Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more. The Fastest Man Alive (Harper’s Bazaar) “‘I really want to go to Mars.’ But it’s not a return trip. ‘Well, no, but…’ He pauses. ‘I was thinking I could take a hot chick with me and we could just start a family up there.'” Refuelling is back on agenda for chiefs (BBC) “It’s just another boomerang. Many things are canned and then reappear on the agenda. I wouldn’t read too much into it. It’s nonsense.” FIA president Jean Todt optimistic end to engine battle imminent (Sky) “We have not been happy with certain situations, mainly on the powertrains. Not the specification of the powertrain, but the cost for the teams and the possibility of being supplied” Todt to meet manufacturers next week (Autosport) “If I am unsatisfied with the situation for clear reasons, we will see what will be the next steps.” F1 will be noticeably louder in 2016, says Symonds (Reuters) “We’ve seen some big increases since the beginning of 2014 – the cars have got naturally louder and they will get naturally louder this year in addition to the changes we have made to exhaust.” Michael Schumacher situation ‘painful’ – Jean Todt (ESPN) “I knew Jules (Bianchi) through my son. It is terrible to lose someone in an accident. For Michael is it different because he was like my family.” Pirelli expects teams to split tyre strategies in 2016 (Crash) “I don’t know when we are allowed to see the team choices. It is the FIA that announces the choices made by the teams, I am just led to believe that there are variations. That will provide that element of surprise.” Assisting an F1 team ? from a distance (F1i) “Years ago, I worked for one season in the comms room, and you could only listen to the radio and see lap times on the TV screens! Now people at the factory have access to everything I have on the pit wall: all the live data, all the intercom panel buttons.” F1 aspirant?s manager ‘very lucky’ to miss ISIS terror attacks (Motorsport) “Piers Hunnisett ­? the manager of 2016 Formula 1 aspirant Rio Haryanto ? has revealed he was almost caught up in the terror attack in Jakarta, Indonesia this week.” On this day in F1 Seven years ago today Ron Dennis stepped back from control of the McLaren F1 team, handing it over to Martin Whitmarsh. He retook control exactly five years later, but the team endured its worst season for 35 years last season. More on this...

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