Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Reduce Your Household Waste With EasiYo Yogurt Marker

The Easi switch which could save 287 tonnes of single use plastic if buying habits changed by just 1%

 Reducing plastic consumption is already top of the nation’s agenda with eight out of 10 Brits wanting to reduce their plastic waste and nearly half (46 per cent) feeling guilty about their plastic waste consumption according to recent YouGov research.


Now EasiYo, the world’s No.1 make-at-home yogurt brand, is calling on families to make a switch from chiller bought yogurt to EasiYo. It’s a move which could save a whopping 41 million single use plastic yogurt pots from the bin per year for every 1% of the nation’s chilled yogurt sales.

That 1% of the UK’s annual yogurt consumption weighs in at a huge 287 tonnes of plastic – equivalent to a herd of 41 elephants or 23 double-decker buses. 

The switch to EasiYo removes the need for single-use plastic yogurt pots. 
One sachet of EasiYo makes 1kg of fresh yogurt, saving 8 x 125g single-use plastic pots making their way into fridges and then into the rubbish bin. 


And whilst sceptics might think making yogurt at home is difficult, EasiYo has made it simple, thanks to its yogurt maker and sachet mixes. 
With no moving parts or electronics: an EasiYo sachet is simply mixed with room-temperature water in the re-usable pot, shaken, a kettle of boiling water is poured into the EasiYo yogurt maker, the jar is immersed in the water and eight hours later 1kg of delicious yogurt is ready to put into the fridge. 
Also, with EasiYo there are no artificial ingredients, thickeners or gums.


EasiYo has already noticed a surge in EasiYo UK online sales over the last year as plastic conscious shoppers begin to make the switch. 
Online sales for EasiYo’s delicious make-at-home yogurt have risen by 151% for 2019’s financial year.  


We were recently sent an EasiYo yogurt marker along with a yogurt pouch to see if it could help us reduce our plastic waste. The boys are massive yoghurt lovers and we can get through quite a lot in just a week, so I was more than keen to see if this would be something that would help me cut out the added plastic waste we create weekly.

It was instant love for me, I'm a sucker for anything baby pink. The flavour we had to try was Greek style strawberry yogurt.

I knew I'd love it but wasn't sure if the boys would, as they've never tried a greek styled yoghurt before.


Making your EasiYo yogurt step by step;

Step One.
Half-fill your yogurt jar with room temperature, drinking water. 
Add the contents of a yogurt sachet, pop on the lid and give it a good shake. 
Fill the jar up with more water to about 5mm from the top... and shake again.

Step Two
Push the plastic insert spacer down inside the Yogurt Maker as far as it can go.
 (Check the correct side is facing up). 
Pour boiling water into the Yogurt Maker to the top of the plastic insert spacer.

 Step Three
Put your jar into the Yogurt Maker so that it sits on top of the plastic insert. 
The boiling water will rise part-way up the sides of the jar. 
Put the Yogurt Maker lid on and leave it on your kitchen worktop for 8 to 12 hours (or overnight) to let the yogurt set... and the magic will happen!


Not putting it in the fridge straight away did confuse me, but I followed the instructions to the T, though we did leave ours out for 24 hours rather than 12, as I didn't think it was set enough after only 12 hours.
Once in the fridge, we left it for another 24 hours and then enjoyed a rather yummy breakfast!
The boys were all very impressed without homemade yogurt and all asked for seconds. Even Ru my fussy pants eater happily enjoyed his, he even enjoyed bragging about how he had made it all by himself!!

There are plenty of flavours to choose from and the yogurt is very reasonably priced, especially when you tot up your month yoghurt expensive!

Also a bonus, they are still delivering in this pandemic we are going through, so not being able to get yoghurts in the shop may be the perfect time to try your hand at making your very own!!


To find out more about EasiYo and shop the range visit EasiYo.com where you can even sign up to the Bundles yogurt subscription service to get your favourite flavours delivered to your door.


BUNNY TO COME BOUNDING INTO HOMES ACROSS THE UK



Families preparing for an Easter at home this year need not get ‘twitchy’ as the Easter Bunny is due to ‘bound’ into homes on a live broadcast over the Easter holidays delivering a full programme of Bunny led interactive entertainment.




The new experience has been developed by the creators of the Easter Bunny Live event, an annual live experience that was due to be touring the country to deliver the full Easter experience. Helen Nurse, Director of Fun for Wonder Adventures, explains; “Despite having to cancel the event, we didn’t want anyone to miss out on the magic of Easter so we’ve been working hard to take all the fun online for children to still experience at home.”

The live-streamed event will deliver the same fun, imaginative entertainment as the live experience, all designed to get children involved and active together with their parents.

After registering for a chosen event date and time ‘visitors’ will be directed to join a private Facebook group where the event will be securely broadcast.

During the online event, the Easter Bunny will deliver storytelling, interactive games and riddles all of which the children join in at home. He will also run an egg hunt which families can do around their space and they will learn the new ‘Easter Bunny Hop song and dance’ – a special single will be released especially for the event.

Get a sneak-peek of the new Easter Bunny Hop single here: 

Helen Nurse adds; “During the event, we’ll be encouraging parents to send messages for personal Easter Bunny shout-outs as well.”

The team behind the event, wonderadventures.co.uk, is a family run business including their own children as chief fun testers. They specialise in interactive experiences for under 10’s including live events and online interactive treasure hunts. Helen added; “With our experience covering live and online content - taking the Easter event online seemed the obvious thing to do.”

Helen, Director continues: “We are passionate about providing imaginative play experiences, inspiring kids and encouraging children and parents to play interactively together and so it is actually more important than ever to provide this at home at what will be a challenging time for a lot of families. We want to still provide opportunities for families to experience special, fun moments together and make memories. And being able to bring this into the home as a live experience means families can mark Easter and do something together that is memorable.”

Registration for the event is just £5 per family. 
To register or for more information on the Easter Bunny Challenge LIVE online or the interactive treasure hunts go to http://www.wonderadventures.co.uk

Friday, 13 December 2019

- Portugal -

Back in August, the younger three minibeasts all had their very first trip abroad.
We flew off to Portugal, for a massive family holiday. 
We went with my parents, my brother and his family and my cousin.

We re-booked a villa that we had hired 10 years ago and surprisingly nothing much had changed, apart from we took up more space this time thanks to the additions of all the new children.


The villa was in Moledo,  which is in the North of Portugal.
Filled with beautiful beaches and friendly people


Having our own villa meant we could do what we liked and when we liked. 
The boys all need feeding pretty much non stop or they get hangry, so not having to wait for set meal times worked for us.

As I'm talking about Villas, did you know that Clickstay has 75,000 Villas worldwide to choose from!
Amongst those 75,000 there are some amazing villas in Portugal, which could help you plan your very own Portugues villa holiday.

There was a local supermarket that we all enjoyed visiting, especially the boys as they loved looking at all the fresh fish on offer and all the different sort of sweets and snacks Portugal had compared to back home.

Moledo had lots of different bars and restaurants which we could walk to from our villa, a couple of mornings as we were up before everyone else the boys and I would walk down to one of the favourite bars and they'd all have pancakes for breakfast whilst I enjoyed a nice strong Portuguese coffee.
The bar also had a very long Gin list that Kelly, my mum and I tried to work our way through.
Pretty sure we nearly succeeded too. 


Being within walking distance of two different beaches we thought we'd probably spend most of our time down on one of them, but the kids loved being by the pool and playing hide and seek in the garden.

The kids pretty much took the lead on how the day would fold out and we were all pretty happy with that, if the kids wanted to stay by the pool there were enough adults to keep an eye out if some others wanted to go into town and do a little bit of exploring.


One of the best things about the villa was that the wifi wasn't on and the TV didn't have any signal which meant the kids couldn't get sucked into screen time and they actually spent most of their downtime colouring in or making up games to play together.
It was great to see them all having fun together without the aid of a console or iPad in their hands.



Towards the end of the holiday, we heard about a festival going on in a nearby town, so we packed up the van and headed over to Viana Do Castelo and witness their amazing Feasts of Nossa Senhora da Agonia.


The Feast of Senhora da Agonia is probably the most famous pilgrimage in the region.
 It is celebrated over the weekend after 15 August (day of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin), and usually includes ethnographic parades, processions on land and processions on the River Lima with decorated boats. The streets along which the religious procession passes carrying the image of the Virgin are decorated with carpets of flowers.

The cult devoted to Senhora da Agonia dates back to the 18th century. It is associated with the devotion of the people engaged in fishing, who gave thanks or celebrated the graces received in times of trouble during storms and shipwrecks.






We all loved the drumming and the boys loved watching the groups dance around the square.
The drumming was so loud we could hear it even when we were down by the river.
It was an amazing day out and one I'm sure the boys won't forget any time soon.






The boys spent two weeks perfecting their dive bombs and learning to swim in the sea, eating fancy fish meals that my brother who is a trained chef lovingly cooked up for them.
They learned little snippets of Portuguese which Rupert loved showing off to the locals.
They spent two weeks with their cousins who they hardly see since we moved away from London.
We had midnight parties where they all showed off their very amusing dance skills.

We left our normal day to day routine back at home and the boys took a while to adjust but it was lovely to be stress-free and soaking up the sun rays whilst the boys all had a blast just being kids!




I definitely feel villa holidays are for us, as we just wouldn't even fit into one hotel room.
I feel there's more freedom with a villa holiday.


Do you prefer a Villa holiday or are you an all-inclusive holidayer?