Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day back home in the USA, so I wanted to pause for a moment and give thanks to my father and all of those who have served our country through the generations. I will never forget your sacrifices for all of us.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nougat London Hand Cream Review

Recently I was sent a wonderful tuberose and jasmine hand cream by Nougat London. Let me tell you, I really love this hand cream. It goes on so smoothly and it doesn’t leave a greasy residue AT ALL! :) I love that because I’m not a fan of creams or lotions that feel icky long after you’ve applied them. This one is a winner for sure! Another great thing about it is that it has a clean, light fragrance that is just so refreshing.

The jar that I was sent looks like this...

And here’s a peek at this fabulous product inside and up close!

I had never heard of this collection of products, so I was pleased to learn about them and to get the chance to try out the hand cream. I always love to know more about the products I use, so I was intrigued to know more about this line. Now, I’d like to share with you all what I've found out :) Here’s the skinny on Nougat London!

Nougat London Limited started life as a fashion collection in London’s West End in 1990. The first Nougat collection was inspired by the glamour and intrigue of film noir, focusing on the refined elegance of the screen sirens of yesteryear.

Their philosophy is to remain consistent through all the new products that they launch. Only the finest ingredients, none of which has ever been tested on animals, are used to create beautiful products ideal for gifts or the ultimate in self indulgence.

The signature Tuberose and Jasmine fragrance has a delicate scent which incorporates the sweet notes of warm milk, white peach, sandalwood, cedar wood, vanilla and musk.

This hand cream is rich and contains the smoothing properties of cocoa butter as well as almond and macadamia oils renowned for their ability to hydrate the skin. All products are manufactured to meet all European & North American requirements. It’s available in a 200ml glass jar, 40ml & 75ml tube or a 50ml glass jar.

I’m so glad that I was offered the chance to try out this wonderful hand cream. What a treat it has been!

**Sponsored Post for Nougat London via Fuel My Blog

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Love For Eurovision

This past Saturday night, Brit Boy and I watched an annual favorite around the Yellow House...the Eurovision Song Contest! :-) It’s always great fun to watch and see what everyone has to offer. It is always intriguing to me to see people from so many places. And here’s a quirk I have, while I’m watching I’m wondering what everybody’s life is like on Monday morning after all of this. I’m just intrigued to know how others day to day lives in other countries are. One question that goes through my mind is...what does everyone have for breakfast? That would be so interesting to know! I love knowing about people!

Okay, I’ll now escort all of you good people out of my head and get back to the contest. LOL. I want to start this off by saying that I hope that all of the videos are viewable. Fingers crossed ;-)

Anyway, I’ve enjoyed watching the contest each year since I’ve been living here in England. My favorite performer still is this guy from a couple of years back who won the contest. He was so excited and this song still sticks in my head. It was all beautifully surreal. Check Alexander out in my post from two years ago.

This year was as entertaining as always. I give everybody credit for trying and it’s great fun to sit back and watch it all. One of my favorite acts this year was from Moldova. They were beautifully eccentric (my kind of folks) and I just love that they were rocking the hats! The girl on the unicycle is just epic. They just really went for it! Check them out below.

My absolute favorites were the ladies from Serbia. They were working it Motown style and I love all of that. Go ladies! ;-) I couldn’t understand the words, but it didn’t matter. That’s the great thing about translates no matter what! Have a listen to them below...

The winners were from Azerbaijan and they had an okay song. They were very laid back. Congrats to them.

As I said before, it’s always an entertaining night of television so I thought I’d share it with you all.

Television is one of those things that can offer a shared cultural experience, such as watching Eurovision. In order to share in those experiences, it's important to have easy access to all the entertainment options available. One of the best ways to take advantage of the options out there is to sign up for one of the Virgin Media Packages that are on offer. They offer many different packages to satisfy pretty much every viewing need. Have a look for yourself and get ready to enjoy!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Storm In A Teacup

Recently, I was sent a sample of tea to review and let me tell you, I love it!!! I only have a few left in the box and I’m really rationing them at this point ;-) The tea that I was sent is called Storm Tea and it has to be some of the best tea that I’ve had in a long time.

Let me set the stage for you...okay, they sent me a box of their Organic Lemongrass & Vanilla Tea, along with one single serving of the Organic English Breakfast Tea. The packaging is really nifty. The box is transparent, so you can see what you’re getting and I like that. The box contains fifteen of their silk pyramids.

The various teas are organic and whole leaf teas, which deliver a delicious, clean taste. The pyramid design of the bags allows space for the tea to swoosh around, so you get all of the flavor and have ‘the perfect storm’ in your teacup. Check out the photo below to see how it all works to give you an excellent cup of tea!

I found both the Organic English Breakfast Tea and the Organic Lemongrass & Vanilla Tea very tasty, and as I mentioned before there is a wonderfully smooth, clean taste to these teas. Between the two, my personal favorite was the Lemongrass & Vanilla Tea. This variety contains: lemongrass, apple bits, hibiscus blossoms, orange peels, vervain, and vanilla pods. This flavor sells for £3.99 per fifteen count box and the price varies with the other flavors.

I had never heard of Storm Tea before, so I’m glad that I’ve been introduced to it. I’m very partial to fruit teas and herbal teas, so I look forward to trying their other varieties. Check them out on Twitter. I would definitely recommend this tea to all the tea lovers out there and to those who enjoy a truly refreshing drink. Enjoy!

*Sponsored Post for Storm Tea via Fuel My Blog

Monday, May 02, 2011

Our Trip to The Royal Wedding

We had a wonderful wedding anniversary and our trip to London was historic and lots of fun. The royal wedding had London all abuzz when we got there. Let me back up a bit though. And I have a variety of photos, so I'll just scatter them within this post independently with captions :)

We headed to London on Thursday morning, the 28th, by bus and train. When we arrived in London we made our way to our hotel to drop off our bags. Then we headed out to see the last minute preparations and see what kind of action was going on. We headed to Westminster Abbey and there were loads of people walking around. There were loads of media around and we saw recognizable reporters amongst the crowds getting interviews with people in the crowds. There were quite a few people camped out too and there was a definite buzz in the air.

Leading up to the side of Westminster Abbey

Front of Westminster Abbey the day before royal wedding

Some of the media across from Westminster Abbey

Then we headed to Buckingham Palace to check things out. Lots of people were camped out along The Mall and there were loads of media and people walking about here too, but the crowds weren’t as big. Since this was a bit of a strategic trip out, we decided that standing along The Mall would be the best place for us to catch a glimpse of things the next day. We really enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere as there was lots of happy anticipation in the air.

Top: Some media across from Buckingham Palace;Middle: Views along The Mall; Bottom: On the way to The Mall (all taken the day before the wedding)

I noticed something when we were watching the various media outlets in their makeshift studios. Whenever they wanted to have cheering in the background, they would have someone on their staff out to the side waving their arms in order to get people to whoop and holler :) And nearly every one of the news studios from different countries did it. A great unifying practice ;-) They also motioned people over who had signs so that they could get them in the background of their live shots whilst their anchors interviewed people. It was surreal and very orchestrated. Who knew? ;-) It was fun to watch. Brit Boy and I hung out for a while longer and played “spot the news anchor”, and then we headed off for a bite to eat. Then we went back to the hotel to chill in preparation for our early start the next day.

On the day of the royal wedding, also our wedding anniversary, we got up and out a bit before 6am. Some people were already out besides those who camped overnight, but not that many. We took a place along The Mall and stood behind some ladies who had camped out and a couple who got there a few minutes before us. Later loads of people filled in behind us. We got a very good spot considering the fact that we didn’t camp out for a spot. The couple in front of us were very nice and we chatted a lot. It was a great way to pass the time together as we all waited. The couple were from the United States like myself and have been living in London for a short time due to the husband’s short-term job assignment here. The ladies who camped out were from South Africa and England, whilst behind us there was a lady from Argentina. It was a very eclectic group in our little section. My own main personal intention for going to see the royal wedding was to experience this global event and that’s exactly what it was. I heard many accents from all around the UK, the USA, continental Europe, Africa, Asia, and everywhere around the world. It was truly a sea of humanity! And I loved that Brit Boy and I got the chance to be a part of this crowd and a part of history.

We were very lucky to get such a good place to watch. Crowds quickly swarmed in right after we got there. It was quite a crunch to be standing there and not be able to move our feet, but it was worth it in the end. Speaking of feet, our hands and feet were freezing. It was a chilly day and there was a cold wind blowing.

Top: The guards & tv cameras; Middle: The Fabulous Band; Bottom: Excited happy people :)

We tried to get some photos, but it was a tough assignment :) Some are rather blurred so I won’t bore you with them. When the royals were heading to the church, the cars sped by very quickly and the crowd went into a I got some pretty random shots. We could hear the ceremony on loudspeakers and they had these programs for sale for £2.

When they all headed back to Buckingham Palace, they came back at a slower pace but it was still tough to get a good shot. But I’ll tell you, seeing it all was something that I’ll never forget :)

Top four: Prince William & Kate; Middle: Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, & Kate's parents; Bottom two: Queen Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh

After they all passed by we made our way down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. We had been standing for about seven hours so we were a bit stiff. The crowd bottlenecked at one point, so we took a shortcut through St. James Park and somehow got closer to the palace than we expected considering how enormous the crowd was. It was quite a crush so my photos turned out kinda random, but I got a few. We saw the balcony appearance and both of the kisses.

All of the above: the balcony appearance :)

And then it was over. We didn’t see Prince William and Kate drive out in the car, because like many others we had dispersed. However, the memories of those days will stay with us forever!

Here are a few inexpensive things we picked up as souvenirs. The free things were being passed out at or around train stations.

Top: flag £1; Middle: tea - free; Bottom: card - free:)

Brit Boy and I made our way out of the crowd was quite a crunch, and then we headed to Covent Garden to have our anniversary lunch/dinner. It was so delicious and we were so hungry by that point. It was truly a wonderful day...and it was one that we’ll never forget. We were so happy to be there to witness it all!

The Mall heading to Buckingham Palace the day after the royal wedding:)

The day after, we had a bit of time to kill before we caught our train, so we went back to see how things were the day after. A lot of the scaffolding was being dismantled along The Mall and at the temporary television studios. And the sky was a beautiful blue...a perfect way to end a great trip!

P.S. ~ Check out Brit Boy's post about it at his blog: Getting Busy Living