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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Captain Fantastic Children's Entertainer

In the summer holidays of 2012, I met Tommy Balaam at a children's party.  He was the entertainer - Captain Fantastic.  I was so impressed with him that I got his details and since then we have become friends.

Tommy is an accomplished actor, entertainer, comedian, singer and musician.  His company Captain Fantastic specialises in children's parties, he also has CF Discos which are for older children and also adults.

Over the years, I have booked Tommy time and time again, I also got a play booked at my children's local school "Captain Fantastic and the Chocolate Planet", and I took my son to Little Stars a couple of times.

Tommy has a number of Captains and has also introduced new characters such as Pirate Pete, Pirate Polly and Princess Aria.  I am also friends with Ricky and Lisa who have main roles in the company and are great Captains.

I can't recommend CF Parties enough, my children and all their friends always enjoy Captain Fantastic, the Captains are fun and friendly and drum up audience participation getting right on the children's level.  Entertainment includes; magic, balloon animals, puppet show, disco, bubbles, games, foam and a theme tune.

These parties are ideal for a hired hall or even the back garden!

1) OUR MAIN TWO HOUR CAPTAIN PARTYOur popular 2 hour Captain party includes a magic show, balloon modelling, puppets, singing, dancing, parachute games, Punch and Judy show, a tea break and an interactive disco including bubbles, snow, talent show, musical quiz, Captain Fantastic theme tune, classic games and much more.

2)PREMIUM CAPTAIN PARTYWe also have the premium Captain show from our award-winning entertainer Tommy Balaam. This show includes a snow animator, levitation trick, animatronic puppet and a superb lighting rig and large LED backdrop.

3) PIRATE PARTY
Join Pirate Pete or Pirate Polly on their adventure, transforming the children from cabin boys and girls to professional pirates. This party includes magic, puppets, games, activities and balloon modelling. The children will meet Jolly Roger, walk the plank, hunt for treasure and try to avoid the curse of the black spot! Lots of treats and surprises along the way.

4) PRINCESS PARTY
Hosted by Princess Aria, the children become part of her magical fairy tale adventure. This party includes magic, puppets, games, activities, singing and dancing. Together the children help Princess Aria as she races to get to the ball. With the help of Freddie the frog the children must pass the obstacles such as the wicked witch and the field of sleepy flowers to live happily ever after!

On weekends main time slots are between 11-1, 3-5, 4-6pm and evenings

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Panto Time! Sleeping Beauty at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

I managed to get hold of some press night tickets for this year's must see panto in Essex - Sleeping Beauty written by Nicholas Pegg and directed by Matt Devitt at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch last night.

What can I say?  We loved it!  My children were transfixed, it was so lovely to see their little faces light up with such happy expression.  (Even the husband enjoyed himself).

The set was fabulous, there was glamour and glitter galore, a rotating stairwell and a giant dragon so realistic that my daughter was genuinely scared.

The writing and music were also as fabulous with funny jokes for adults and an enchanting modern story for the children.  Melodic and robust songs that make you want to join in.  The Choreography was energetic and elegant.

Glamour was the theme with the costumes, sequins, glitter, bold colours and frills.

The cast were fantastic.  Really great acting and singing.  Great comedy timing and the characters really came out at you as large as life.

Sam Pay (Silly Billy) and Simon Jessop's (Nurse Nelly) characters reminded my son and I of Mr Tumble with a dash of Reece Shearsmith!  The husband was quite taken with Claire Storey as the American Fairy Carabosse.  The beautiful Princess Arora (Rachel Dawson) and pretty good Fairy Primrose (Megan Leigh Mason) were enchanting and Arora's father King Ethelbert The Unsteady (Fred Broom) was very funny.  As for the hero of the story Tom Clutterbuck (Thomas Sutcliffe) the kitchen boy in love with Arora, well......swoon!  He was my daughter's favourite as the hero and I have to say my guilty favourite too!

My children tend to go to a few Cbeebies show's and they loved this panto just as much as those shows.  They thoroughly enjoyed their evening (and so did we!).

Get your tickets for Sleeping Beauty at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch, which is showing until 10th January 2015.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk 
01708 443333

Writer: Nicholas Pegg
Music and Lyrics: Carol Sloman
Director: Matt Devitt
Musical Director: Carol Sloman
Choreographer: Donna Berlin
Cast: Thomas Sutcliffe, Claire Storey, Rachel Dawson, Simon Jessop, Megan Leigh Mason, Sam Pay, Fred Broom

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Non Surgical Breast and Tummy Reduction with Cool Contours.

Being a voluptuous lady and having chronic back pain due to a damaged back a breast and tummy reduction have always been on my agenda.

Since having my children via C-sections my tummy hasn't looked it's best and my breasts have grown larger in size due to breast feeding.  I'm only a little lady of 5ft, so I feel extremely self conscious of my ridiculously huge breasts.  (I've had stares from both genders and lots of unwanted comments from men).  Also outfits that are not designed to be raunchy tend to look so with my huge chest provoking judgement, (mainly from other women).

I did try to apply for surgical breast reduction and tummy tuck on the NHS, but apparently "Tummy tuck is no longer carried out on the NHS" and I am in the "Wrong post code" for breast reduction on the NHS.  Also, even if I lived in a postcode where much needed breast reduction is carried out, I would have to "jump though hoops" and it would "not be guaranteed" that I would get it.

I have known about Cool Contours for a while, (which is endorsed by Lucy Mecklenburgh), and their fat freezing procedure as I went to them to have my tummy reduced last year before a celebrity charity function.  It worked well and I actually got some very nice comments from friends and my husband.

I recently found out that the same fat freezing principle can be applied to breast reduction in both women and men.  I immediately booked myself in.  It took three trains and three hours to travel to Windsor, but it was well worth it.

My breast reduction was carried out first.  Two machines wee used at the same time on the top part of my breasts so as to avoid any glands.  The cups used suck the fat in and the machine freezes the fat cells.  (These froze fat cells then knock against each other, shatter and become liquefied.  They are metabolised through the kidneys and expelled through urination over time). It took about 30 minutes and it was very uncomfortable and slightly painful, but with no side effects, scars or downtime this didn't matter to me.  My tummy was done next with a larger cup and it took around the same time.  (I aimed for the middle part of my tummy as it also works on the surrounding areas). 

After the procedure, my tummy felt smaller, my breasts were bruised and swollen, (I bruise easily and it is obviously a sensitive area).  I followed the instructions to detox and drink plenty of water.  (I also decided to wear a sports bra and tight tummy control pants).  The next day I measured myself around my tummy and found out that I had lost five inches!  (My breasts were still very much swollen).  A few days later the swelling and bruising had gone from my breasts, (I think Epsom Salts baths may have helped).  My breasts are now a cup size smaller and look more pert!  My friends have all commented on my new figure and my husband has noticed the difference too!

I would definitely recommend fat freezing as a non surgical alternative to tummy tuck and breast reduction.  Cool Contours are based in Windsor, Bracknell and Richmond.  www.coolcontours.com  They also offer;
- ultrasonic cavitation to reduce cellulite, tighten skin and contour
- face, neck and chin lipo, using ultrasound liposuction and RF skin tightening
- diamond microdermabrasion, good for wrinkles, sun damaged skin, fine lines, acne,
   whiteheads and blackheads
- Dermaroller which stimulates collagen production and cell renewal, good for ageing
  skin and acne.

Price lists are on the website and courses of treatments are recommended for best results.  (Prices are reasonable too).

Also Cool Contours occasionally ask for models for training which means you would get a discounted treatment.  They advertise on www.salonguineapig.co.uk which is free to join and also on the Cool Contours Facebook and Twitter; https://www.facebook.com/CoolContours?hc_location=timeline
https://twitter.com/Ccontours




Thursday, 30 October 2014

Salon Treatments For Less

I've been using a free website called Salon Guinea Pig UK for a couple of years now and highly recommend it to anybody who likes beauty treatments, but doesn't have the money to treat themselves. As a mother, the money I earn mainly goes on my children and I naturally feel guilty about spending money on myself. When I came across this website, I discovered a whole other world of glamour and beauty for a fraction of the prices and sometimes free. This is a handy site as it volunteer models with trainee beauticians, hairdressers and aesthetic delegates all over the UK. (This also in turn allows you to help the people that are training to pass their courses under supervision). I sometimes travel as far as Windsor, often go to London and manage to find a lot of treatments in Essex. It's worth the time and travel as I have managed to get treatments that I'd never dreamed of, such as SPMU, botox, lip filler, non surgical face lift and fat freezing. You can even get life changing non surgical treatments such as breast reduction!  Here is the link for anybody who is interested www.salonguineapig.co.uk

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Derma Roller for Perfect Skin

I recently delved into the world of the Derma Roller!

I read so much about it and decided to try it at home.  I got an array of products from legitimate sellers on EBay - not bidding items.

I got two derma rollers 1.5mm and 2.5mm.  (A small roller with lots of needles).  I got topical hyaluronic acid serum, collagen gel,  collagen and hyaluronic acid cream, retinol a cream, cell renewal cream and  pure argan oil.

Once a week I roll my face, neck and chest in all directions with the derma roller, one area at a time and treat with all the serums and creams.  The derma roller pierces into the second layer of the epidermis allowing the serums and creams to sink into that layer underneath the upper layer.  The hyaluronic acid and collagen treatments should be used first, serum then cream.  (These ingredients are naturally occurring in human skin, but decrease with age). The retinol cream should be used second from last and then the cell renewal moisturiser and lastly the argan oil to seal moisture into the skin.  (Only use a pea size amount of the retinol a cream on face, this causes the dead skin cells to peel slowly away, so exfoliate each morning and use a good sun block to protect).

(You may draw blood if you have thin skin, don't panic!  This doesn't usually happen though and if you're squeamish about the pain with the needles, get a numbing cream to use before the treatment).

The skin looks red and feels sore for around an hour after the treatment.  Over time the skin boost kicks into renewing the small amount of damage made by the derma roller, thus increasing the production of naturally occurring collagen.  Skin may feel itchy and small flakes will appear when this happens.  Exfoliate and use good moisturisers and sun screen.

My skin looks plumper, my complexion is clear and peachy, my open pores and fine lines are reduced, my skin is also a lot tighter.  People have even commented positively and people who don't know my age guess that I am actually ten years younger!

A cost effective and physically effective treatment for acne, stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, fine lines, loss of collagen and elastin, dead skin cells, ageing skin and complexion patchiness.  This treatment can be used on any area of the skin.

I must spend around £20 on my skin per month at the very most and it is very much worth it!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Non Invasive Face Lift at Aquavie Spa by Elizabeth Caroline

I recently went to Aquavie Boutique Spa in Tonbridge to try The Non Invasive Facelift.

Elizabeth Caroline looked after me.  She is so lovely, beautiful and calming.  She is a really interesting lady - a Buddhist.

My skin was first cleansed and toned and then a special skin cell renewal moisturiser was massaged onto my face.  The Elizabeth began to use the machine which uses nano currents.  These nano currents lift, tone, renew and boost skin cell function.  A quote from the website "Clinically proven to boost the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in skin cells by 500%. ATP is a macromolecule that acts as the power centre of your cells, healthy levels of ATP help enable your skin cells to function, renew and repair. Clinically trials have also proven that a treatment can boost the immune system by improving protein synthesis within the cell membrane. The current used is so controlled, that it's in natural harmony with your body's electrical system. The Alift is doing far more than simply healing your skin, it's working together with your body to achieve natural and effective regeneration."

It felt so relaxing and didn't hurt at all.  It didn't feel odd or uncomfortable.  Then Elizabeth explained that she would do some lifting around my eyes, jaw, chin, cheeks and mouth.  I actually felt the lifting, tightening effect!

After the treatment I felt really happy and relaxed.  My friends told me that I looked rested, tighter and refreshed.  It even carried on working for a time afterwards as I also used the Dermatude Skin Cell Reactivator moisturiser and serum afterwards by Elizabeth.

I would totally recommend this treatment to anybody wanting to smooth and tighten areas without pain, scars and downtime.  To get a more obvious result you would need to get this one or twice a weeks for around 6 weeks. 

I have been told by Elizabeth that she regularly treats Celebrities such; Millie McIntosh and Sadie Frost.

Elizabeth has her own range of skin products and also her own range of Buddhist inspired jewellery.

Enter the world of deep healing and inner peace at:
Aquavie Boutique Spa
126a High Street
Tonbridge
Kent
TN9 1AS
01732 353233
9:30-17:30
info@aquavie.co.uk
www.elizabethcaroline.co.uk
www.aquavie.co.uk
www.facebook.com/pages/Aquavie-Boutique-Spa
https://twitter.com/AquavieSpa

Elizabeth also has a clinic in Harley Street: "
Elizabeth, a-one-of-a-kind, and a facialist to the stars, is the owner of Aquavie, and also sees clients at the prestigious no1 Harley Street clinic, where, amongst other things, she practices her “Elementals” treatments.
In addition to her signature “Elementals” treatments, Elizabeth also offers traditional, clinical facials designed to give a superior aesthetic feel which are more results-based.
To compliment her treatments, Elizabeth has developed a skin care range that can be personalised to suit the individuals needs, harnessing essential skin care requirements with emotional well-being. 
Elizabeth is available on Thursdays at Spa Illuminata, Mayfair, Fridays at Harley Street and on Saturdays at Aquavie. For more information on Elizabeth's London services and booking please contact Aquavie direct on 01732 353233 or by visiting Elizabeth's personal website.  If you wish to see Elizabeth at her spa in Kent on Saturdays, you can also book online with her here (scroll down to Elizabeth Caroline Treatments)."








 

 

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!  http://youtu.be/83eBDVujfw8 www.jamesmitchellactor.co.uk https://twitter.com/jamitchell126
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!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/thefurchesterhotel
http://t.co/XOjRbTwZMV

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; https://www.facebook.com/natural.enhancement.3?ref=stream&hc_location=timeline
Natural Enhancement are based in Chiswick London - all details are on the website: www.naturalenhancement.co.uk
They are also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NaturalEnhance

Natural Enchancement and also other SPMU training companies around the UK advertise for volunteer models on www.salonguineapig.co.uk 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,.
https://www.facebook.com/SalonGuineaPig?ref=stream
https://twitter.com/SalonGuineaPig


Salon Guinea Pig a free website for beauty lovers!

My friend Ruth Mills runs a website called Salon Guinea Pig www.salonguineapig.co.uk 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 www.salonguineapig.co.uk

We are on Twitter https://twitter.com/SalonGuineaPig and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SalonGuineaPig?ref=stream

If you would like to place an advertisement with us please email admin@salonguineapig.co.uk

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:-
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/444022008/no-reasons-cutting-edge-star-studded-british-cast
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.
07804134803
I will be able to put all journalists, bloggers, podcasters, TV Executives, Radio DJs in touch with Spencer Hawken and cast to arrange interviews.