Jacamo – Top Menswear Brands – Review and Giveaway

Flintoff by Jacamo Military Jacket

I am not sure how the man in your life is dealing with the issue of clothes shopping but my other half totally hates it. For Mark this is almost like a punishment to go to town in order to buy some clothes. Thankfully nowadays we have the internet and great online shops like Jacamo, which makes life so much easier!

Jacamo stocks top menswear brands you want (or your man wants) in the size you need. You can purchase there footwear up to size UK 15; chest size from S to 5XL, waist size from 34” to 62” and trousers length from 27” up to 36” – so they really stock clothing for all shapes and sizes :-)

To make the shopping experience easier and more convenient for you Jacamo stocks many great brands. With names like Bellfield, Ben Sharman, Joa Browns, Firetrap, Rockport, just to name a few, there is a huge selection to pick from.

Mark was offered an opportunity to try something from Flintoff by Jacamo range designed by Freddie Flintoff. This famous English cricketer says: “All of the clothes in my collection are things that I like to wear and feel comfortable in”.

The Flintoff by Jacamo collection currently includes pieces like blazers, shirts, jumpers, sweaters, suit jackets, suit trousers or even a waistcoat and if you prefer a more casual look you can get jeans, polo shirts, or even a hoodie.

Flintoff by Jacamo Military Jacket.Flintoff by Jacamo Military Jacket in olive

Marks top pick from the collection was a Flintoff by Jacamo Military Jacket. This jacket has a cool relaxed style and has carried on the military trend for the season. It is constructed with full zip fastening and two top and bottom pockets. Also has an inner drawcord fastening at the waist. It can be worn throughout the year making this a great purchase!

We must agree with this description.

We took it on holiday and it proved to be the perfect wear for colder evenings. The jacket looks very stylish yet casual. The biggest plus: it is made from cotton, which means that it is soft and pleasant to the touch. The jacket is machine washable which will allow you to save on dry-cleaning bills. :-)

Mark has totally fallen in love with his new jacket, proclaiming that it keeps him warm in the wet and wind and yet is light enough to fling over an arm or shoulder should the sun pop out for one last blast of heat. He was particularly happy with the large storage ability offered from all the pockets. Looking snug as a bug when all fastened up he could indeed be quite happy in even quite inclement weather. Though the more he falls for it the less my chances of getting hold of it to do the wash test, evidently it is still looking brand new so I will have to get back to you on the ease of washing point…

And now for an added bonus…

Flintoff by Jacamo Military Jacket in Olive.

We have one Flintoff by Jacamo Military Jacket in a lovely olive colour and size XL to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do it to follow this easy step below.

1. Leave a comment on this post with your top clothes shopping tip.

If you really like the jacket and want to increase your chances I have for you some additional daily entry method:

1. Follow me a Twitter @AgataPokutycka and RT the tweet below, then please leave a comment telling that you have done so.

I want to #win #Flintoff by @Jacamo Military Jacket. For your chance to win this #giveaway visit http://wp.me/p3l2gI-1fp via @AgataPokutycka

Good Luck!

T&C
1. Open to UK readers only.
2. One obligatory entry per reader + 1 additional extra entry per day allowed.
3. There will be 1 winner in total.
4. Winner will receive 1 x Flintoff by Jacamo Military Jacket in colour and size as stated above.
5. Winner will be picked at random and informed within 7 working days via email or Twitter.
6. Winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
7. Closing date is 05-10-2014 at 23:59pm, an entry made after this time will not be counted.

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Alphabet Project | S is for Scrumping

Scrumping – Stealing fruit, especially apples, from someone else’s trees.
Oooops ;-)

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Alphabet Project | R is for Road Trip

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Review – Taste Inc. – #GoodFoodFast

Taste Inc. – #GoodFoodFast

Here at Taste Inc. we want to seriously shake up microwave snacking to deliver an incredible-tasting experience for kids and adults alike. Our range of healthy quick and easy microwave snacks includes subs, microwave burgers, hot dog and baguettes has been developed to taste incredible. Ready in just 90 seconds in the microwave, all Taste Inc. products in the range contain fewer than 500 calories, so what are you waiting for? Open, Heat and Eat. It’s incredibly simple!

Is it all true?

Well, actually it is!

Taste Inc. food actually does taste very good; they are all below 500 calories and take less than 1.5 minutes to cook.

I was sent a few sandwiches so I could try them out. For my selection I received the following:

- Flame Grilled Quarter Pounder

- Chicken & Chorizo Baguette

and

- Whole Breast Sweet & Smokey BBQ Chicken.

This last one was my favourite.

Let’s take a closer look at it.

Taste Inc. --#GoodFoodFast

Taste Inc. sandwiches come in a plastic container, so they are protected against squishing and any deformation. The packaging contains all relevant information about the product inside of it: cooking instructions, serving suggestions, ingredients, nutrition information as well as storage guidelines, allergy advice and use by date.

The Whole Breast Sweet & Smokey BBQ Chicken Sandwich looks awesome on the packaging picture; in reality it looks a bit different :-(

Taste Inc. -#GoodFoodFast

My sandwich came as bun + meat + BBQ sauce. I can understand why there is no lettuce leaves included but I would prefer the pictures to be reflective of the actual product and not what it could possibly look like.

Anyhow… the idea behind this snack is very simple; open, heat and eat. You can have a warm meal in under two minutes. I had my Whole Breast Sweet & Smokey BBQ Chicken with lettuce and tomato. During 70 seconds it took for my bun and meat to heat up I prepared my salad leaves and sliced the tomato. Then it was just a case of putting my bun together and adding the sauce.

Taste wise, I liked it. It was a really tasty little sandwich.

Would I recommend it?

As a quick fix, yes I would recommend it. Priced just below £2 or at £1 if you are lucky enough to hunt one down on a special offer (Morissons stocks them), they represent a good value for money. Quick warm meal within minutes was never easier. I like the fact that they have 7+ days of “shelf life”, which means that you can just have few of them in the fridge… just in case. I don’t see us eating it every day but I can think of the occasions when they would be very helpful.

Things I didn’t like:

The packaging seems to be none-recyclable, which is a huge minus in my eyes.

In general I like the idea of Taste Inc. products. They are priced below most shop bought sandwiches and with just a little effort on your part you can create a warm snack in no time to suit your stomachs desire and with 12 different products to choose from everyone can pick something for themselves that will like… unless you are a vegetarian that is, if I wasn’t such a carnivore I would probably consider that another huge minus…

Do you buy microwavable snacks?

What’s your favourite?

#TasteInc. – #GoodFoodFast

* Products were provided free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .

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Autumn Cupcakes for #bettabakeoff

my autumn cupcakes for #bettabakeoff

Betta Living in celebration of National Cupcake Week have challenged bloggers to come up with an innovative and interesting variation. So with the nights’ drawing in and the temperatures definitely on a downward trend culinary thoughts wander towards comfort foods and homely foods. In light of this I would like to offer my take on an Autumnal Cupcake.

Turn your oven on to 180C and let warm up

Prepare your cupcake trays and line them with paper forms.

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

  • 2 large carrots; grated
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 220g brown sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • 0.5tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 0.5tsp ground ginger
  • 0.5tsp ground nutmeg
  • A handful almonds; chopped
  • Pinch of salt

Ingredients for the decorations:

  • 200ml whipped cream
  • 125g mascarpone cheese
  • 1.5tblsp icing sugar
  • 1 large carrot
  • 250ml water
  • 220g caster sugar
  • Orange food colouring

Method:

Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda.

Now add the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger) and the pinch of salt and mix well.

In a second bowl gentle whisk the eggs together mix in the oil; sugar, grated carrots and vanilla extract, you are wanting the ingredients to be just combined.

Now add your wet ingredients to your dry ones and throw in the chopped almonds and combine gently.

Spoon into your paper cupcake forms, you should have enough mixture for 18 cupcakes.

Place into your preheated oven for 20-25minutes or until golden brown and a wooden toothpick comes out clean when stuck into your cupcake.

Turn the oven down to 110C.

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Allow the cupcakes to cool as we get ready to start creating the decorations.

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Wash your carrot and peel it and dry with some kitchen roll. With a sharp knife you can turn half the carrot into julienne pieces and the other half into wafer thin leaves, or if you are like us who have good but not stunning knife skills then drag out your Oxo Chef’s Mandolin Slicer (other makes are available) and it’s done in seconds.

Add the sugar to the water in a heavy based saucepan and put on a low heat. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add all the pre-cut carrot pieces to the pan and boil gently for 10-15 minutes.

Sieve the carrots to remove the excess water and place on a baking tray that is lined with baking paper, space them out so they each have lots of space. Place in the oven 20-25minutes.

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Remove them from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool you want to roll the leaf shaped pieces around something like a skewer to help form the curl shape. The julienne pieces you want to tie together into knots. Once all the pieces are formed pop them back into the oven for another 20 minutes, we are wanting them to be very dry.

Whip the cream until stiff peaks form and then add then fold in the mascarpone cheese and the sugar. Split your cream if desired so that different colours can be added, we have created a nice orange cream to accentuate the cupcake base.

So we should now have 18 lovely baked cupcakes, a tray of carrot decorations and a bowl of topping.

Now all that is left to do is find your piping bag and let your imagination run riot.

Have fun and enjoy!

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Baby #ootd – The Little Man

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T-Shirt – Next

Cardigan – Next

Jeans – Next

Shoes – Reebok

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Alphabet Project | Q is for Quarter

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