Whether you are able to get out and enjoy yourselves this summer, or typically British weather keeps you indoors, here is a Parents Watch collection of the best stylist products to savour over the school holidays.
Teapigs. From teashakes to fruity iced teas… teapigs has the best summer drinks. The arrival of summer generally means it’s time to spruce up the ol’ wardrobe, get a new hair-do and crack out the fake tan – so why not change up your tea routine too!? It’s time to say hello to freshly brewed teapigs on ice as well as everyone’s favourite new kid on the block, the teapigs teashake! Each recipe is made using teapigs tea temples – simple, intense flavour for the whole family to enjoy! www.teapigs.co.uk/articles/teapigs_iced_tea.htm “Great ways to enjoy a healthy drink”
Gear4 launches the coffee cup shaped Espresso speaker in pastel shades. Ideal for those summer coffee mornings, this small Espresso Bluetooth speaker offers big sound, and makes the perfect accompaniment to any smartphone, tablet, MP3, PC or Mac with Bluetooth. The speaker is available now for £19.99 from Amazon. A micro-USB port means it can be easily charged from a PC, Mac or USB power adapter. To make sure users never miss a beat, the speaker features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that offers up to four hours playback time, making it the perfect travel companion. “Fun and practical Take it everywhere “
The Edifier portable MP211 speaker makes sure your favourite tunes are there whenever you need, wherever you are. Lightweight and small enough to fit in your hands, Edifier’s portable speakers are designed to travel anywhere with you. And with long-lasting batteries, get ready for hours of non-stop fun. Available in pink, white, yellow, blue and black and completely portable with numerous audio options, the EDIFIER MP211 speaker provides a compact audio solution for any occasion or location. Available at £39.99 from Tescos, Amazon etc “Light an loud what more could you want!”
PACMAT Get the kids outdoors this summer with the world’s toughest, lightest and most packable rug. However demanding your little angels are, you can now sit in comfort while they go wild in the country. The new British-made PACMAT is the toughest, most durable outdoor rug on the planet and one of the lightest too. But what makes the PACMAT so special is its surface. It’s made from technical microfibre polyester so it’s soft to sit on, sheds water on impact, dries fast, and is easy to wash. And unlike other fabrics on the market, like wool, it won’t shrink (or smell) when it’s wet, either. A family-friendly solution for the beach and every outdoor activity. From £35 www.rubbastuff.com “Best picnic rug ever and easy to carry”
Sherlock Holmes the Card Game If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I’m sure you’ll love Gibsons, Sherlock Holmes-themed card game, with all of the cards illustrated based on the original material, to capture those intriguing moments in the Victorian era. Sherlock Holmes the Card Game gives players the chance to join the world famous detective and his companion Dr Watson on the search for those notorious arch villains. Players can access clues and seek suspects with Police Inspectors, Alibis and even thick fog causing confusion, but the final arrest will be made when the players crack the case. The Card Game is available at Amazon and can be purchased for £12.99. “Thought provoking – inside and outside”
Emily are delighted to announce that they are now available on Ocado and at all Holland & Barrett stores across the UK. Available in three delectable flavours – Crunchy Apple, Crunchy Banana and Crunchy Pineapple, Emily Fruit Crisps are deliciously different, fantastically tasty snacks that combine all the goodness of real fruit with the satisfying crunch of a crisp, designed to be enjoyed as a quick pick-me-up snack, alternative to crisps, topping for yoghurt or porridge or even as an inspiring ingredient in home baking. Using only two ingredients – fruit and a touch of oil – at just 134 calories per 30g pack. £1.75 per 30g pack www.twitter.com/EmilyFruitCrisp www.emilyfruitcrisps.co.uk “A healthy snack that tastes great!”
The Bay Tree based in rural Somerset, has been producing high quality preserves for the past 20 years. Starting off in her mother’s kitchen, Emma Macdonald has grown The Bay Tree Food Company into an award winning company, showcasing an exciting product range of jams, relishes, chutneys and cooking sauces.
Strawberry Extra Jam: A perennial best-seller, the sweet and traditional ‘Strawberry Extra Jam’ is the perfect spread for putting together an authentic cream tea which will be lapped up by the youngsters. Also ideal for making a traditional jam sandwich or for filling a Victoria Sponge – this jam is the essential component for all aspects of your afternoon tea. £3.30
Passion Fruit Curd: For those feeling adventurous, this fruity curd provides a supreme opportunity to experiment and add a difference to your Afternoon Tea. A popular favourite, Passion Fruit Curd, has won three gold stars at the Great Taste Awards. Made with all butter, it has an exceptional flavour and makes a fantastic cooking companion as well as a tasty topping for toast. £3.50 Independent farms shops and delis and www.thebaytree.co.uk “Just loved the smooth rich taste provoking memories of childhood”