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London Quote of the Month

1 Dec

“Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.”

– Oscar Wilde –

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London Quote of the Month

1 Nov

“Let me wake up next to you, have coffee in the morning and wander through the city with your hand in mine, and I’ll be happy for the rest of my fucked up little life.”

– Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps –

Meowing Heads

4 Sep

We all treat our kitties with great importance as we would our friends, family and children (let’s face it you, dear reader, would not be on a website called Katzenworld if not!). Oddly enough I see a lot of my fellow cat lovers who feed their pets any old supermarket food, and even scraps from the table. If you wouldn’t feed your children salt and grain pumped value sausages for example, why would you do the equivalent to your pet?

My furry one, Dexter, is named so due to the fact that he is a serial killer of mice. Seriously where he fits the pet food into his tummy with all of the London mice that he catches, I will never know!

I was very happy to allow him to test out the new Meowing Heads, as they only produce produce ultra-premium, 100% natural pet food. Each recipe is developed using only ingredients sourced in the UK and all contain a high percentage of protein, combined with fresh vegetables, fruits, added vitamins and probiotics for a cats health and wellbeing.

Dexter, absolutely loved the ‘gone fishin!’ wet food (well it was a bit of a novelty to him, given he usually eats dry) it was a way for me to give him wet food as a weekend treat without having to worry about the nutritional value. His fish breath afterwards however is something I will not describe!

Meow!

Meow!


The dried food looks and smells very much like fresh salmon, and while Dexter tried the kitten range (which he gobbled up very quickly due to its perfectly teeny-weeny spherical pieces) I think that the adult range would have gone down just as well.

kitten

It was so tasty that he took a nice long nap afterwards!

Disco nap

Disco nap


The range is available in the below varieties and flavours:

Meowing Heads

o   Drumstix

  • Chicken & Turkey
  • Wet food

o   Gone Fishin!

  • Fish & chicken
  • Wet food

o   Hey Good looking

  • Chicken & fish
  • Available wet and dry

o   Kittens delight

  • Chicken
  • Dry food

o   PurrNickety

  • Salmon
  • Available wet & Dry

o   Smitten Kitten

  • Salmon
  • Dry food

Verdict: 9 /10 a real winner!

*This blog post was written for the wonderful cat blog Katzenworld. To view this blog click HERE

London Quote of the Month

31 Aug

“London is a bad habit one hates to lose.”
—William Sansom, Blue Skies, Brown Studies, 1961

London Quote of the Month

31 Jul

“It was summer time, and London is so beautiful in summer. It lay beneath my window a fairy city veiled in golden mist … an Aladdin’s cave of jewels.”
—Jerome K. Jerome, Preface to the second edition of Three Men in a Boat, 1909

 

Tasty Treats for Cats

17 Jul

Hi everyone I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Forthglade natural cat food range. Forthglade is a company based in Devon, and has been making pet food for over 40 years, so from this you can trust its prestige. My little kitty Dexter trialled the Natural Lifestage Adult Salmon & Turkey wet cat food – with an 85% meat content, hypo-allergenic and free of pesky grain, it seemed as high quality as a human food!
It had a bit of a strange smell, meaty and fishy all at once. Alas it turns out that this combination is irresistable to cats, as Dexted LOVED it. He pushed the tray all around the floor slurping and nibbling to his hearts content and the whole 90g was gone in minutes.

Turkey and Salmon

Turkey and Salmon

Product information:

  • Grain Free
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • No wheat gluten
  • No soya or bulking agents
  • Vitamin & mineral enriched
  • Botanicals
  • 85% Meat

Verdict: 9 / 10

Blogger Rachel Mullaney (aka cat slave to the cutie Dexter) contributes to a website for catlovers, Katzenworld, to take a peek it can be viewed at http://katzenworld.co.uk

London Quote of the Month

4 Jun

“The man who has stood upon the Acropolis/And looked down over Attica, or he/Who has sailed where picturesque Constantinople is,/Or seen Timbuctoo … May not think much of London’s first appearance–/But ask him what he thinks of it a year hence?”
—Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819-1824

DIY Pet Moodboard

29 May

Any crafter worth their salt (dough that is) will appreciate a good Pinterest session to get some handy ideas. I’ve put together my favourite random scrambling of pet projects from the internet. These should keep me busy all summer! Reviews and step-by-steps to follow! 🙂

   
    

Summer Garden Prep

25 May

As a city dweller, gardening is not usually a fun topic for me. I love it with a passion – but without a garden of my own I often become too jealous to even talk of the subject. After a recent move (from a house where window boxes were banned – to a house with a large outdoor space, albeit a car park!) I decided to take action. There must be a way to keep the green finger hobby alive in the city! I have put together some ideas for others in the same situation:

 

Funky

Hum partnership have the funkiest pots around this summer. With eye-catching designs, including the ‘geometric’ (below) and the ‘zig zag’ they really stand out from the usual terracotta. At £13 a pot they are not badly priced for the size, the pattern and lime green rim are also UV resistant to prevent fading, which should help to avoid weathering. I planted a bright purple flower (reduced to £1.24 in my local Tesco – bargain!) that needed a bit of love and dead heading, but quickly perked up with such a lovely pot to ‘wear’.

Zig to the Zag!

Zig to the Zag!


The 'geometric' design

The ‘geometric’ design

 

Verdict: 10 / 10

 

Think of the bees

My boyfriend lives in a flat with a ‘walkway balcony’ there is nowhere to sit out, but you can hang washing and walk into your front door. When he mentioned growing herbs, it seemed sensible. Yummy herbs to eat, fresh and free – yay! But when he planted flowers I was perplexed. Why plant flowers that you can’t even sit out and enjoy? Well it turns out that he planted these for the bees. Yes the bees. This is one of the many reasons that I love him (don’t worry one of his reasons for loving me is that I bought 15p sprinkles, so we are just weird like that) and made me think for the first time not just about the beauty of flower pots but how in a city it is important to promote bug life – especially for bees. Here are his (just watered) blooming lovely efforts:

Think of the bees

Think of the bees

Cost effective

Given that my garden is a car park, I wanted to fill it with a few pots for my cat to hide behind. This does however have a lot of cost involved, and worried that pots may get stolen in such an exposed area I wanted to choose a budget option. So I popped to Pound Land, and bought pots, trellis, bulbs and compost all for £1 each! The main cost was of course the plants as given there isn’t too much sun where I live I needed some established plants and couldn’t rely on seeds. I worked it out that it costs around £6 per planter, which is pretty cheap!

My top tip is to always look for reduced plants, you want established plants in need of dead heading  , but with plenty of green left – no shrivelled brown bushes, some plants simply can’t be saved and will be a waste of money.

You can always find a space to use, just get inventive!

You can always find a space to use, just get inventive!

Grow your own

Courtesy of Sutton Seeds, I am attempting at growing my own salad garden on my windowsill. From their ‘stacks of flavour’ range – which has been designed with the idea that everyone can grow fresh and gorgeous food no matter how small their garden – the convenient stackable planter has also been personalised! The crate is £25.99 and is available www.suttons.co.uk

Unfortunately it has not grown tall as of yet, but here is a picture of its many uses!

  


   

Verdict: 9 / 10 

 

Plan ahead
When growing your own herbs and vegetables it may be useful to plan in advance what will work best for your kitchen and recipes. Try out the handy book ‘One-Pot Gourmet Gardener’ by Cinead McTernan, released in April  from Frances Lincoln. One-Pot Gourmet Gardener presents 25 carefully devised container recipes grouped into soups and salads, delicious main courses, handy picnics, quick suppers and divine drinks & puddings, including gazpacho, garden pizza, ratatouille, smoothies, sauces and tarts.  Each one-pot recipe provides every step from sowing to serving. And after being guided through an introductory masterclass on how to grow crops in pots, readers will have the confidence and skills to devise their own one-pot recipes.

The hardback book retails at £16.99, but could save you a lot of money on ingredients and certainly washing up!

Yum!

Yum!

Verdict: 7 / 10

Frame Again

21 May

With anything new and quirky on the market often the hype outweighs the reality of the product. I was kindly sent a credit code to create and review the personalised photo frames from ‘Frame Again’ (www.frameagain.com) Frame Again are an e-commerce start up launched less than a year ago by two Camden Town Entrepreneurs who turned down Dragons’ Den funding and went on to successfully crowdfund the finance they needed. The concept behind the business is that the tradition of print is one that we should not give up – and I can’t help but agree. Nothing brings a smile to a face like a favourite photo and it’s much easier to view these around the house as opposed to logging  on to a computer or tablet.

I often look at the latest ‘crowdfunded’ ideas and wonder where they will go – and with Frame Again I am pleased that it is a success story as I can confirm that I absolutely adore their frames.
Firstly you choose the colour of the outer ring on the frame, then the inner ring. The frames are held shut by magnets, making the photo easy to replace, not that I would want to however as it was very high quality.

At RRP £9.99 I expected quite a small frame but they are much larger (pleasant surprise!) than I expected, and also due to the magnets they nestle nicely alongside each other. There is also a hole in the back to allow you to hang the frame on the wall.

I chose my favourite pictures of my boyfriend and matched the colour scheme to my duck egg ad teal bedroom. I cannot wait until Frame Again expands even further and introduces a multitude of sizes, as I think that some mini frames would work perfectly on a desk, or a bedside table.

Larger than expected

Larger than expected

Vivid colour and high quality

Vivid colour and high quality

Verdict: 9/10

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London Quote of the Month

30 Apr

“I’ve been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day.”

Walter Besant, on his deathbed, June 1901

Cute Alert: First Day of Spring

20 Mar
March 20th - First Day of Spring

March 20th – First Day of Spring

Time to plant your summer blooms

Time to plant your summer blooms

London Quote of the Month

28 Feb

“London doesn’t love the latent or the lurking, has neither time, nor taste, nor sense for anything less discernible than the red flag in front of the steam-roller. It wants cash over the counter and letters ten feet high.”

Henry James, The Awkward Age (1899), Bk. I, Ch.

Get Fit Feb

5 Feb

Get Fit Gadgets

I am not easily motivated to get out there and get exercising. I know that for some people it’s enjoyable, it releases endorphins and makes them feel good and they thrive upon competition, sport and the exercise package. The end goal of losing weight is the only thing that can push me to do it! It takes up my precious time of which I have so little at times feels like a sacrifice. If I go for a run even with a sports bra it gets a bit ‘bouncy’ and when you try to exercise while very unfit you just feel like a sweaty, slow mess. I do love shopping however. So while I believe that you can get fit for free (run, walk, bike ride all the classics) I do like the idea of a few gizmo’s to get me going.

I recently tested out the Monster iSport earphones (iSport Intensity RRP £69.99 available at www.shopmonsterproducts.co.uk, John Lewis, Harrods, Selfridges, Apple, Dixons Travel and Currys) After all when you listen to music you can almost trick yourself into thinking that exercise is fun! It’s a great morale booster and can help to set the tempo for that last mile of the run, or that harder part of the cross trainer program. My typical ear phones tend to fall out, and this set have a patented sports clip to hold this in place. The sound quality is amazing, and the hot pink a definite style bonus in my opinion! (Don’t worry they are available in other colours including black too)

earphones

Verdict: A high quality 9 / 10 for the product, but only a 7 / 10 for value. Yes, I know that headphones are very expensive – but I still can’t help but feel that with (albeit absolutely terrible quality) seta available in the 99p store, prices are a tad over inflated.

Best of Books
Gadgets aside, we all know that we are what we eat. Or we eat what we are. Or we eat what we want? Hmm, my dieting advice is a bit mixed up! It is for this reason that I would advise getting a diet plan either online or in book format and sticking to it. Some may work better than others, but all of them work if you stick at it!

Dukan Diet 2
Dukan Diet 2 (available on Amazon for around £8) is a follow-up to the original Dukan Diet book by Dr Pierre Dukan, and is a programme which consists of seven steps and allows the user to join a new food in to their diet each day. An example week would be:

Monday – protein only
Tuesday – protein + vegetables
Wednesday – protein + vegetables + fruit
Thursday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread
Friday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread + cheese
Saturday – protein + vegetables + fruit + bread + cheese + carbs
Sunday – Celebration Meal

download

Verdict: 9 / 10. Low carb diets see fast results, but by incorporating different foods on different days this diet doesn’t leave you feeling cheated. It fits in very well with the working week also, saving you money at work on posh lunches and allowing you to have fun at the weekend.

Back to Basics Diet – Seven Weeks to Change Your life
The Back to Basics Diet book by David R Hack is a low fuss guide, looking at the science behind obesity. Again focusing on long-term lifestyle changes this plan is no ‘fad’ and definitely worth a try!
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Verdict: Another 9 / 10 this book makes sense, and if oe has the willpower it will certainly help with weight loss.


Best of the shakes
Sometimes a detox week for me means protein shakes. Like them or loathe them, it provides a strict regime which on weekdays typing away ensures that I do not eat cake or chocolate. I’ve tried various brands, and while pricey (This kit will set you back £62!) Protein World’s Slender Bender Kit  is by far the tastiest. it tastes like melted vanilla ice cream, and goes well with water, milk or yoghurt. Yum!

protein
Verdict: 9 /10

 

London Quote of the Month

31 Jan

“London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (1887)

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