Strong bin liners are not the sort of thing I expected to get excited before becoming a wife and mother. They were about as interesting as warm cardigans and storage solutions. How times change!

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Like many women, the bulk of the housework falls on me even though I work. I resent this and even rant about it on occasion but pretty much to no avail. The children buy things and lose interest quickly and I think they might get that from me with my charity shop obsession.

When I try to declutter, you can bet bin liners are not strong enough so I give up, have a coffee and sink into despair.

All this has changed and has put a spring in my step after I was sent some bin liners from Visqueen to review. You can get one off the roll easily without ending up tearing into the next one. You can stuff them with all manner of things.  In fact, I get making the  challenge more tough and still they stood up to the test. I have stared to send things to the tip and the charity shop, mountains of bin liners full. It really has cheered me up and makes housework so much simpler. I have held an attachment to stuff for far too long and I feel lighter as I let things go.

A survey undertaken by Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest site for parents, and commissioned by Visqueen Ultimate, the UK’s toughest bin bags, found that in 46% of households, women are responsible for emptying the kitchen bin into the outside wheelie, compared with 25% of households where it’s the man’s job. In 27% of households, meanwhile, it’s a shared responsibility, and in only 1% of homes do the children take on the task.

It gets worse for the women-folk. The survey also found that in 62% of homes, women are in charge of emptying the other household bins, compared with only 14% of homes in which men do it. It’s a shared job in 20% of households and the kids do it in just 2%. When it comes to actually cleaning the kitchen bin, don’t expect any help from a bloke! In 76% of households, women carry out this unpleasant chore, while men step up to help in only 9% of homes!

The survey shows that what has traditionally been a task for men is no longer just a job for the boys, with increasing numbers of women now responsible for emptying the bins. It is unclear whether this is because men are too busy doing other chores – gardening, shopping or ironing for example. But it is clear that when it comes to responsibility for taking out the household waste, there’s been a significant swing between the sexes.
With this new wave of trash-tasked women in mind, Visqueen Ultimate’s experts have developed a hi-tech generation of super-strong drawstring bin liners that are truly up to the task. Made in the UK, the new bags offer unrivalled strength and tear-resistance, eliminating all risk that a bin bag full of garbage will split and spill its contents on the floor. Mumsnet users have sampled the products and 94% said they would recommend Visqueen Ultimate products to a friend and 94% said they were stronger than their usual brands.

The launch of Visqueen Ultimate, the UK’s toughest bin bags, means that help is here for the growing numbers of women in charge of putting out the household rubbish. The products are strong enough and tough enough to fill the bag to capacity. A simple pull on the drawstring, meanwhile, will protect everyone from unwelcome smells and sights, ensuring household waste can be delivered to the outside wheelie bin with a minimum of hassle and fuss. The Visqueen Ultimate range is on sale now at www.Amazon.co.uk.

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We loved trying out the 100% natural Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit which betters 27 other popular fruits to make it one of the most nutritious available. It is kiwifruit but not quite as we know it.

Unlike traditional green kiwifruit, the skin of the Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit is smooth enough to eat without peeling. Ripe from the moment of purchase, Zespri® SunGold kiwifruits are ready to eat so you can cut, scoop and eat instantly.
The striking golden variety of kiwifruit has a nutrient adequacy score* six times that of blueberries, twice as high as strawberries and 10 times that of apples, giving it the highest score of any commonly available fruit. What’s more it is one of the most nutrient-dense fruits, a powerful combination of minerals, fibre, antioxidants and folates. All at only 79kcal to make it an excellent addition for any balanced diet.

Full of antioxidants, good for your digestion and rich in both folates and C, the Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit also has a low glycaemic index meaning it’s great for balancing blood sugar levels and enabling the body to release sugars steadily over a period of time. A new scientific study has proven that eating kiwifruit with your breakfast will significantly slow and reduce the uptake of sugars into your blood stream. This means it’s perfect for diabetics or anyone who wants to maintain a healthy weight through a low-calorie nutrient rich diet – and of course it tastes delicious,” explains Dr. Veronique Parmentier, Global marketing manager, health communications at Zespri®.

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This has come at just the right time as I return to healthy eating in an attempt to increase my fitness lessons and shed some pounds. The only issue is that I am in competition with my daughter who has developed quite a taste for these juicy fruits.

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The brand have made some new healthy #breakfastbling recipes from nutritionist Fiona Hunter and are encouraging folks to invent their own and to jazz up breakfast time. Let’s fact it – the holiday season is a perfect time to do just that.

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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?

Easy Food Hacks

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Mum Muddling Through

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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