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Sunday, 21 September 2014

CBeebies - I Was Invited To The Premier Of "The Furchester Hotel" Hosted By Alex Winters!

Wow! Well! I had an email from Karen Williams of CBeebies inviting my little family and I to a premier of a new CBeebies programme featuring Sesame Street characters called "The Furchester Hotel"  I actually had to read it twice and of course I jumped to RSVP!  (The reason I was invited is I am a lifestyle blogger that heavily supports CBeebies and I feature on Netmums).

My children could not believe it and I even got the husband to come and guess what?  He actually enjoyed the whole experience!  The event was held at Vue in Leicester Square London. 

There were complimentary refreshments and entertainers in the bar area, as well as Alex Winters who was meeting and greeting with genuine warmth and enthusiasm.  It was all organised really well indeed.  We also managed to chat with Dr Ranj from "Get Well Soon".  Dr Ranj works as a consultant in a children's hospital and also appears on "This Morning", "Embarrassing Bodies" and other programmes from time to time, interesting guy.  I had the honour of meeting Alex's family and lovely wife too, who were all incredibly proud of him.  Alex was really excited, (as we have all grown up with Sesame Street).  The kids were so thrilled to meet the characters and the presenters alike.  There was a fabulously talented entertainer there called James Mitchell who juggled and joked.  The children really loved him!  After he finished I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting comic actor John Thompson!  I love "The Fast Show"!  Iconic!  I also met with "The Apprentice" contestant and TV presenter Saira Khan, lovely lady.

We were seated at the front of the cinema and Alex introduced the occasion, thanking all that were involved in CBeebies and "The Furchester Hotel"  We watched a short trailer of some great CBeebies moments over the past year and then we had the fabulous opportunity of watching two episodes of "The Furchester Hotel" on the big screen.  My children were so enthralled with the show and it was heart melting to watch their happy little faces. 

After the show we were introduced to the characters (puppets) and the puppeteers.  I have to say that my favourite was The Cookie Monster although many others favoured Elmo.  There was a Q&A session in which Rufus Hound, (in the audience), asked a question concerning Jim Henson which provoked some emotion.

Then we were back in the bar meeting and greeting again and my children were interviewed about the show by a roving reported puppet on camera for You Tube.

All in all, it was a great day and I am so glad we went.  I look forward to future events and look forward to seeing the rest of the series on "The Furchester Hotel" with my little ones.

"The Furchester Hotel" series first airs on CBeebies Freeview channel 121 at 5pm on Friday 26th September and will continue on Fridays.  My little family and I highly recommend it!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

SPMU with Natural Enhancement

I recently presented as a volunteer model for SPMU with a lovely student called Holly passing her last assessments on semi permanent make up brows and eyeliner.  I of course got a discounted price for this as it was for training.

SPMU can make such a difference and looks so natural.  I opted for brows as mine are very thin and eyeliner as my eyes are small and the natural outline makes my eyes pop.  As I am a busy mum and have constant school and nursery runs in between work I don't get much time to look after my appearance, so SPMU is ideal.

Numbing cream is always used and there is a little discomfort as with any tattoo on a sensitive area, but I assure you that it is well worth it.  (Holly was very gentle and at times I actually felt myself dosing!)

All the ladies at Natural Enhancement are really lovely and make the clients feel comfortable and at ease.

I have had my lips done there too in the past and will again one day, but I don't go as often for this treatment as my lips are very vascular and tend to bleed and scab.  (However, they always look fabulous and full when healed).  Of course not everyone has this problem and I can recommend lip liner and blush to really accentuate your lips and make them look fuller.

Natural Enhancement have a Facebook page which has regular updates on model training days;
Natural Enhancement are based in Chiswick London - all details are on the website:
They are also on Twitter:

Natural Enchancement and also other SPMU training companies around the UK advertise for volunteer models on which is a free website, free membership and free use which will match volunteer models around the UK with trainee beauticians and training companies for hair, beauty, SPMU and even botox abd fillers,.

Salon Guinea Pig a free website for beauty lovers!

My friend Ruth Mills runs a website called Salon Guinea Pig which is a free service that matches volunteer models with trainee hairdressers, beauticians and aesthetics delegates nationally.

The students need models to pass their last assessments under supervision and offer heavily discounted or free treatments in return for the models' time.

Ruth an IT geek and beauty enthusiast developed this site some years ago and it's gone from strength to strength.

I was suffering PND in 2011 when I found the site and decided to join to see if I could get free and discounted treatments to cheer myself up and feel better about my appearance.  I indeed had lots of treatments and as a beauty salon virgin, I found the whole other world fun and interesting.  I started blogging and then met the founder of the website on a beauty forum.  She learned of my blogging and we got talking on Facebook.  Shortly after that Ruth employed me as Marketing Researcher for Salon Guinea Pig and was very understanding of my position with my children, allowing me to work flexible hours from home.  Ruth is now a very dear friend to me.

In the past 3 years I have had around £5k of free and discounted treatments thanks to Salon Guinea Pig, including botox, fillers and semi permanent make up.  I appeared on a documentary last year called "Something For Nothing" to promote SGP and it really worked.  I also got SGP onto Superscrimpers twice.  The website crashed under the entirety of members joining up.

The revenue comes from advertisers - £12 per month for and advertisement on a rotating banner on the site, (which is very reasonable).

In this age of debt and unemployment, this website is a godsend for the strapped for cash people who want to look and feel good.
If you are interested in joining Salon Guinea Pig simply register for free with gmail to

We are on Twitter and Facebook

If you would like to place an advertisement with us please email

Thursday, 15 May 2014

No Reasons - A Star Studded Bristish Movie Shot In Essex

No Reasons is the story of a missing girl and the family left behind. Over the course of 18 months the story follows Paul (Marc Bannerman) and Sally (Lucinda Rhodes) Bryant, as they struggle to come to terms with her disappearance. No Reasons plays out like an old fashioned whodunit, there are clues, mysteries, revelations, and shocking secret that everyone wants to keep.

No Reasons also stars Lorraine Stanley (who currently is shooting Suffragette with Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter) as Simone a woman so terrifying she puts Glen Close's performance in Fatal Attraction to shame. Vicki Michelle an actress known to millions for three decades thanks to her role in Allo Allo. Roland Manookian star of The Business, The Football Factory, and Goodbye Charlie Bright. Anna Karen best known for her performance as Olive from 70's smash hit comedy On The Buses. Stuart Manning of popular teen soap Hollyoaks. Dexter Koh runner up of of 2013's Big Brother. Jessie Williams children's TV icon with successful shows The Dumping Ground and Tracy Beaker returns already under her wing for several years at the age of just 15. Jazz Lintott star of BBC3's The Real Hustle, and the controversial thriller Airbourne. And last but no means least Daniel Peacock (Quadrophenia, Only Fools And Horses) as the bungling private investigator Maurice.

What makes No Reasons so unique is it's story, it covers a number of touchy and taboo areas not yet covered by British cinema. Compared already by industry players as a combination of Kitchen Sink drama meets A Serbian Film and The Human Centipede, and compared in controversial ranking by industry head Steven Woolley as on a par to Ken Russell's The Devils. It is also with a budget of just £25,000 one if the lowest budget British movies ever to be made with such an enormous cast of familiar faces. Director/writer/producer Spencer Hawken promises there has never been a British movie quite like this, and that is why so many known performers lowered their fee to be part of the action.

A Kickstarter has been launched to help boost the budget for much needed special effects:-
All pledges are very welcome.

The film was shot in Havering and Brentwood, Essex with hundreds of people volunteering for roles, and to help put the film together. Big locations such as Romford's The Brickyard gave their venue to the films producers for use in the film. Other locations included Big Cars, The Havering Well, Brentwood Police Station, and dozens of private residences.
90% of the movie is complete! with the aforementioned special effects scenes being all that remains to shoot.
I am also in the film briefly as one of Sally's (Lucinda) closest friends!
The script was written by local film Director Spencer Hawken and the movie was produced by Actress Lucinda Rhodes.
Spencer and Lucinda also completed the film  "Death Walks" on zero budget in Romford Essex last year and are about to start "Road Rage" and "Godfathers Of London". 
The Hawken Rhodes team are also producing and directing other movies written by other script writers such as "On A Prayer" and "Blake 7"  All promise a star studded cast.
Any press and blog enquiries are welcome via my Just Jenny PR.
I will be able to put all journalists, bloggers, podcasters, TV Executives, Radio DJs in touch with Spencer Hawken and cast to arrange interviews.

Saturday, 5 April 2014


London and Quadrant Housing association are implementing a new parking scheme where residents will have to pay outside their own homes!  There is a residential car park with plenty of spaces which has been free for 50 years for residents to use.  We as tenants pay rent and service charge already.

If ticketed we will face fines and the company issuing tickets aim will be to  no make money.  An appeal process would be expensive, time consuming and futile. This was asked for some years ago by a residential group that tno longer exist and no longer live on the estate.

Current residents have not been properly consulted and London and Quadrant admitted to me in an unexpected meeting that they should have been more transparent and implemented a fair and diplomatic ballot to start with.  (As soon as I started publicly tweeting, they turned up on my  doorstep without an appointment!)

We will have to pay for visitors permits as well as our own.  In 50 years there has never been a problem with parking for the residents.  A focus group for the scheme are making all the decisions for the 500 plus residents on the estate which is obviously unfair. 

Many residents that I have spoken to are unaware of all this going on and will be shocked when they get their bill in.  I have been prohibited by L&Q from posting any notices regarding this on the residential notice boards to make residents aware.

I have an article in this week's Romford Recorder on page 18 about this issue.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


WELL!  I did TOWIE again last week.  The last time was in a bar/restaurant in Romford where the bar manager was really rude and called the extras vulchers, so I didn't go back for a while after that.  The TOWIE team and cast are great though.ook

This time filming took place at Headley Spice a very glamorous Indier an Restaurant in Brentwood.  The staff were all really nice, helpful and friendly.  I had a right laugh with the bar manager too.

The extras were a kooky mix indeed!!! I turned up with my friend Debbie Ellis, (we film together on the set of No Reasons a movie by Spencer Hawken.  Deb is lovely, very down to earth and funny.  I took a bit of a shine to Rafael Veyron, (he was ripped and very handsome!)  He is also very modest and has a lovely personality.   Rafael is a personal trainer.  There was a boxer called John Barnard,  John has been deaf since the age of two due to meningitis.  He was very nice.  Hayley Clarke, a Benefits Make up representative and trained actress/singer.  (She was quite a character!) Two regular (and very glamorous), extras called Aimee Le Tourneaue and Michelle Clancy from Wimbledon.  Stacy Roberts a sales consultant and Emma Burns who works at an opticians, (I should have known that as she had fabulous designer specs!)
There were many more, but I can't remember them all.  Some were people that were extras from the very first series and some were very young.  Some were huge - and I mean HUGE fans of TOWIE and the cast!!!  I witnessed a lot of swooning over the boys and heard a lot of admiring comments about the girls.

The cast as I remember were:
Bobby Cole Norris
Billie and Sam Faiers
Jessica Wright
Ricky Rayment
Gemma Collins
James Argent - Arg
James Bennewith - Diags
Danielle Armstrong
Fran Parman
Fern McCann
Tom Pearce
Grace Andrews
Georgia Kousoulou
Lewis Bloor
Jasmin Walia
Dan Osbourne

It was funny as during the eating scene after we all got our food as we were starving, Arg bowled up late!  He got his curry and sat with us.  I made him laugh, (he's always laughing!)  Funny as on TOWIE I used to find him quite annoying, but he is actually really funny!! I like him!  Then Gemma came up and BOOM!!!  They had a full blown row and it was REALLY FUNNY!!!  They weren't even being filmed.  Gemma is VERY feisty!!! Arg was just laughing.  I was really enjoying the entertainment to be honest!  Then Francesca who deals with the extras came over and handled the situation really well to calm things down.  Fran will be dealing with the cast next season, so it was good experience for her!

We all as extras had to wait a hell of a long time in between scenes in the back room, so we lubricated up and had a laugh!!!  Everyone was really funny!!!  We had to break the boredom.  When we were doing scenes, it was very interesting.  I have been on film sets and you have your "ACTION!" and "CUT!" instructions when filming, this is entirely different.  They are much more spontaneous with the filming and I can't remember hearing the work "cut"!

All in all, it was a great day and I will do it again if they'll have me!  We got a few huge group selfies with Arg, Diags and Fran too.

TOWIE - Wednesdays and Sundays at 10pm on ITV2

Thursday, 13 March 2014

No Reasons - A film by Spencer Hawken and Lucinda Rhodes

I am proud to be involved in project of a cluster of films by Spencer Hawken and Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty.

The first film that was made was "Death Walks":
This is a horror movie, but nothing you expect filmed entirely Romford Essex and with a great cast including Lucinda Rhodes, Jessie Williams (Tracy Beaker) and Francesca Ciardi (Cannibal Holocaust).

This film "No Reasons"
There is a fantastic cast:
Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty
Stuart Manning
Daniel Peacock
Roland Manookian
Jessie Williams
Marc Bannerman

Dexter Koh
Elisha Applebaum
Anna Karen
Vicki Michelle

No Reasons is a dark and dirty thriller about a missing girl and her terrible secret, but tastefully made.  That's all I can say about the film as it's confidential.  It's filmed in Hornchurch, Brentwood, Romford and Southend.

I will be helping with the PR aspect of these films and there are more to come.
So as I got a feeling for the film, I recently decided to be an extra in a scene at the Havering Well in Rush Green.  A scene with Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty and Stuart Manning.  I played one of Lucinda's friends with two other extras.  Things are moving fast and furious with this film and block one is almost finished already.  I'm hoping to be part of the extras team again in the future to see first hand how it's all going.

Here are some Twitter links for anybody interested in being a local extra:

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Salon Guinea Pig -

I thought I'd write another post to remind you all of Salon Guinea Pig UK. is a free and national website that matches volunteer models with trainee beauticians, hairdressers and aesthetics delegates who are doing assessments under supervision.

It is free to register and use.  I myself discovered this website in late 2011, by February 2012 I was working for Salon Guinea Pig UK and by 2013 I had obtained around £5000 or free and discounted treatments as a model!  (I appeared on a Channel 4 documentary about this with Harry Wallop called "Something For Nothing".  Salon Guinea Pig has also appeared on Channel 4's Superscrimpers twice.  We have quite a number of members and plenty of treatments on the website.

The treatments available on Salon Guinea Pig range from artificial nails and hair extensions to botox, dermal fillers and fat freezing.  Joining up for free with gmail gives you the opportunity to try all of these on a budget.  If your studying beauty, hair or aesthetics this website allows you to find models easily for your assessments.

The revenue from Salon Guinea Pig UK is obtained from sponsors of the website.  A sponsor who places an advertisement with Salon Guinea Pig will get exposure to our 17000+ members who are growing rapidly.  A sponsor will get an advertisement on a rotating banner on the website that links directly to their own website for just £12 per month.  (The sponsor must supply the design/banner).  After the first three months there is no obligation to continue this service.  Anybody interested in being a sponsor can email for details.

Here are all contact details for Salon Guinea Pig UK.

Firming Day Lotion from Forever Living

I recently met Yvette at a TOWIE scene when we were extras together.

I got talking to Yvette and found out that she is a representative for Forever Living products and she offered for me to try a sample for my blog.

I tried Firming Day Lotion.  First of all; it smells gorgeous.  Secondly; the consistency is perfect, not too greasy and easily absorbed.  Thirdly; this stuff really works!  My skin feels and looks so fresh and dewy.  My fine lines are softened significantly.  I love the texture of the lotion as I have naturally oily skin, so this non greasy product really helps with that.  It also helps to close pores and is a great base for make up.  My friend even tried it when I was giving her a make over and she was really impressed too.

If you are interested in trying Forever Living products, here are all the links: or Twitter @foreverL_Yvette

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Another Post About CBeebies!!

Well!  Last weekend was the charity celebrity football match in Essex and two of CBeebies finest joined us!

Andrew Crawford and Joe Chambers from "The Rhyme Rocket".  (Professor Poet and Officer Ditty).

Andrew unfortunately couldn't play in the match due to an injured Hercules tendon.  Joe did play and played well!

But fortunately for my friend Becky  and I, as Andrew wasn't playing we spent a lot of time talking to him during the game.  Then Joe joined us after the match.

Both Andrew and Joe are very funny, extremely attractive and complete gentlemen.  (I learnt during talking that Andrew's background is stand up comedy).

We did get onto the subject of mumsnet and netmums.  Apparently mumsnet had become particularly nasty about Andrew in a thread saying that his face made them want to get "stabby with knives".  I can well believe that after the horrible cyber bullying and trolling experiences I've had with them!  Netmums were nasty in a more sarcastic way about Andrew's face.  (He tends to pull a lot of silly but funny facial expressions during "The Rhyme Rocket" for the children's entertainment).  However Joe seemed to get a lot of "I wouldn't kick him out of bed" comments.  Of course they did laugh all of this off as we did too.

Let me tell you, they are both lovely!  Attractive, fit and funny and I felt very safe in their company.  down to earth lovely boys with a lot of talent.

I genuinely hope that CBeebies commission another series of "The rhyme Rocket" as it's a favourite with my children.  Also there are plans in the pipeline for a live show to go on the road.  I'll definitely be buying tickets to that!

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