Pedigree dog food is always the brand that I have associated with quality. However, I have also associated it as not the cheapest brand on the market and wondered whether it really can make a difference to a dog’s mental and physical health.

So I have tended to go with working dog brands and was excited when Pedigree sent us a range of dog products to try including wet and dry and Dentastix. I did not really think we would see any difference in our dog if I am honest. I could not have been more wrong.

On his first introduction to Pedigree, Stan the Beagle dived onto the dining table with gusto! He was not exactly a couch potato before but now he seems so much more energised and full of fun. The other big positive is that his coat is now super soft and silky. Finally, he will do just about anything for Pedigree so it can be used as a training aid.

My husband attended an information event on Pedigree and was really impressed with how much research goes into their products based on good science. He was also thrilled to see their commitment to dog welfare.

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I love easy food hacks and am sharing some that apply to the Nutribullet.

1. Hyper-decant Wine

Letting wine breathe is nothing new, but not everyone has the resources or patience to bring a decanter to dinner. If you’ve got a high-speed blender, don’t worry about it: you can hyper-decant inexpensive wine varieties in a blender for 30-60 seconds. How cool is that?

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2. Smooth And Creamy Almond Milk

Once you try this recipe for homemade Almond Milk, you’ll never want the store-bought stuff. All you need is water and almonds, then a sweetener of your choice.

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Be sure to use a blender that extracts all the nutrients you need without compromising on flavor. Otherwise, what’s the point?

3. Olive Oil Mayonnaise

If you’re trying to eat dairy-free, it’s almost impossible to live without mayo. When done at home, mayo costs way less than the supermarket stuff. Try out the totally paleo friendly recipe today!

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4. Best Blender Lemonade

Now before we lose you, this isn’t just lemonade, but it’s the best damn lemonade you will ever have in your entire life.

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Since this recipe requires blending the lemons right in, the key is to have a blender that’ll bring out all that sweet, tangy goodness.

5. Nutrient-packed Compost

Nutrients aren’t just for your body; they’re for your plants too! This simple hack is an absolute no-brainer.

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Put all your wasted food in a blender that’ll bring out all their nutrients, zap it, and pour it on the soil. It’ll look (and possibly smell) gross, but just think of how much love you’ll be putting back into your garden.

 

Do you have some easy food hacks?

Snoopy and Charlie Brown brings back fond memories so I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to share the joys of these characters with my son Ramsey.

The Peanuts gang make their feature film debut in Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, and we were asked to give our verdict.

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The first thing I was loved was how this film was safe to share with children. There were no dire warnings of foul language, sex or violence on the back. It made me realise how rare it is these days to share a film with kids without checking and double-checking it is OK for them to watch.

In Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang appear in the feature film as they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.

The plot like so many Charlie Brown stories appears light but has deep meaning. Charlie falls for a little girl and is too scared to approach he or to tell her how he feels. I guess plenty of us have experienced exactly that sort of anxiety when someone takes our heart.

He tries to impress and seems doomed to always end up with egg on his face or jelly on his dance shoes. I really felt for him and hoped against hope that it would all come right for him in the end.

According to the creators, “The Peanuts Movie will prove that every underdog has his day”.

Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. I felt the Snoopy plot did not really add much to what was already a powerful story of apparently unrequited love. Ramsey agreed with me that he was more engaged by the story of Charlie Brown.

I loved remembering the diverse set of characters in Charlie Brown and it made me want to read and watch more. Underdog or no underdog, Charlie Brown has stood the test of time.

“It’s a good film and I would recommend it” he commented.

SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE IS OUT NOW ON DIGITAL HD™ & ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD FROM 30th MAY, COURTESY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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Do you suffer from dry eyes?

You might feel that your eye has grit or sand in it. Perhaps your eyes overwater so you have to wipe your eyes regularly. Are your eyes red and sore?

It is not a huge issue for me but my husband feels his dry eyes are often one of the signs of tiredness. He also feels air conditioning systems in office environments don’t help matters.

Dry eyes cause irritation and difficulty focussing especially on vdu work.

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Dr David Mantle FRSC FRCPath, medical adviser at Pharma Nord says of Omega 7 (sea buckthorn oil capsules): ‘Sea buckthorn oil is extracted from berries of the sea buckthorn plant, a medicinal shrub originating in the Himalayas. It is a particularly rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), specifically omega-7 (palmitoleic and cis-vaccenic acids), omega-3 (linoleic acid) and omega-6 (alpha-linoleic acid), together with antioxidants (tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids). The PUFAs and antioxidants present in Pharma Nord’s Omega 7 sea buckthorn oil capsules act in synergy to maintain the structure and function of mucous membranes throughout the body, including those forming the outer surface of the eye. In a randomised controlled clinical trial, patients with dry eye syndrome given Omega 7 as an oral supplement (2gm day for 3months) showed a significant improvement in symptoms.’

If dry eyes are a regular problem it is worth a check up with your optician in case it may be symptom of underlying health problem.

Sown & Grown is an exciting new cereal brand.

Sown & Grown comes in six varieties (three granolas and three mueslis) and is slowly being rolled out across the UK, exclusively in Sainsbury’s.

We are always keen to try new cereals and to try out healthier options.

Sown and Grown was developed by husband & wife team Phil and Rachel Toms. Sown and Grown uses only British grains. Rachel is a home economist and mum which reassures me that the right sort of brains are behind this new cereal.

We loved how it came in a tube with a seal top so it stays fresh and does not spill everywhere. We are going to experiment with it and see if it can be added to crubles and the like.

We tried the granola and let’s just say it did not last long at all in this house!

Here is what Him Indoors has to say “Enjoyed the granola, probably more than I do muesli. The Blueberries gave a sharp tangy flavour. Could we have more please as it all went so quickly we didn’t have time to note down the good points?”