Spruce up your garden with Fayon

Garden
Fayon's Plants
Spring has definitely sprung in my garden!

One thing I love about spring is being able to get in the garden and spruce it up.
Last week I finally got to planting February’s flower of the month, 100 heat treated freesia bulbs and 6 assorted rose plants! I was on Live on air with our resident gardening guest Angela  and I was thinking to myself, I really want these flowers for my garden too.

I learnt that if I plant the freesia’s now, they’ll bloom in time for my birthday in July, how lovely. Also I decided to buy the beautiful rose plants. Depending how much they grow by September I thought they could be involved in welcoming our guests at our wedding. Even if they are not ready by then, I’ll have years of nurturing them.

So, I went into my garden and used the compost I also bought from Ideal World, I found planters and pots which haven’t been used for ages and got planting! It was so relaxing and quiet, I’m really looking forward to spending more time sprucing up my garden.

I’ll keep you posted on their progress, I’ve always wanted to grow my own roses, so watch this space 😉

Check out Fayon’s video of her planting her lovely new Roses and Freesia over on her Ideal World facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/FayonIdealWorld

Sprucing up for Spring with Sally Jacks

Presenter Blogs

Spring Home

Sprucing up for Spring….

After the success of our “Spruce up for Spring” event, I was inspired to start the spring clean on our family home. With all the travelling and work I do, it is something that I really cherish. Since decorating my lounge at the back end of last year, we have noticed how tired the rest of the house looks.

If you watch my vlog from Christmas day, you will see that my conservatory is in desperate need of a make over. I have now decided to make a move and the wheels are in motion! The curtains are on order and being a typical woman I can’t wait to accessorise.

As it’s that time of year, all the talk in my house is about decorating so we are also putting a lick of paint in a few rooms to spruce them up and give them a new lease of life. I can’t wait to get the Wagner back out and start painting.

Thinking about sprucing up your home this Spring? We have some fabulous products to aid painting rooms, decorating and sprucing up the garden.

Get excited for Spring Fashion Day!

News

We can’t contain our excitement, Fashion Day is back from 9pm Wednesday 15th March 2017 with 24 hours packed full of Spring fashion including Cushion Walk, Woodland Leather, Nicole and Lisa Riley‘s back with her Just Be You range! Not only that, but we’ve also got up to 25% off across all shows!Spring Fashion Day with up to 25% off!

We spoke to Ideal World presenters Hayley and Genevieve to find out what they’re looking forward to the most…

I absolutely LOVE Woodland Leather

“I’m so looking forward to Spring Fashion Day, we’ve got a day of my absolute favourites from our fabulous fashion team.

My number 1 on the day? Well that’s tricky as there’s a few….. but I’ve got to say ‘Woodland Leather.’ I think they are the most beautiful leather jackets that you will find. So stunning in their styles and at the same time the leather is so super soft, they’re just gorgeous to wear. Woodland Leather make me feel like a million dollars. Love them!

So another shopping day for me on Thursday then! Hope you’ll join us! I’ll be first in the queue at 7am for those Woodland Leather deals!

Hayley X”

 

Genevieve and Lisa RileyLisa Riley’s back!

“I am beyond excited to be presenting our two hour fashion special with the wonderful Lisa Riley. Lisa’s beautiful range Just Be You is stunning. Everything Lisa Riley designs is perfect for every shape and size and is designed to give confidence.

It’s hard to pick a favourite from the Just Be You range but here are just some of the highlights:

 


The Wrap Pocket dress

I have every colour and as a curvy woman I know it can be hard to find a dress that fits and flatters. As soon as I put this dress on I felt amazing, the tailoring is perfect, the wrap detail ( which stays in place) is great for both a larger bust and a smaller bust as it sweeps over the décolleté with a natural drape. The gentle waistband is draws in the waist without pulling it in giving Apple and pear shapes a flattering shape.

Fit and Flare Top

This sold out in minutes the last time and it’s no wonder. This top is going to be your best friend. Lisa has designed this to give a great shape and to drape beautifully over the tummy area.

The fit is at the slimmest part of the body giving the illusion of a thinner waist. The material is soft with stretch and feels lovely against the skin. This is a must have!

 

Oriental print trousers

These are gorgeous. Comfortable and stylish with no compromise. They look fab with the fit and flare top and the print design is so beautiful.

I want to write more as I love this range but there is just not enough room! I am a huge fan of Just Be You and Lisa Riley is a true inspiration.

I will also be bringing you the new collection from Nicole with spring/ summer colours and more beautiful designs from another best selling range. From flattering tops to waterfall jackets and (drumroll) the Tulip Hem dress. If you missed it when it sold out on Friday Fashion (10th March), it’s back this Thursday 16th March.

Do join us for the show! Lots of love,

Genevieve xx”

So with this and so much more, make sure you tune in from 9pm Wednesday 15th March for up to 25% off our Spring Fashion!

Watch live on Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747 and Freesat 812 or visit www.idealworld.tv.

Mich Turner- Baking with the new Kmix for Ideal World

Kitchen, News

Mich Turner Summer CakesWe find out more about how Mich Turner MBE started baking and why she loves the Kenwood brand.

Having been baking since I was 4 years old when I used to watch Delia Smith on Saturday Morning Swap Shop,  I would stand on a chair in my Mother’s kitchen making pastry and cutting out shapes.  Even at that early age I would pretend I was describing what I was doing to my imaginary audience!

It was when it came to choosing my O Levels I decided to take Home Economics in addition to all the sciences as a preferred choice because I loved cooking, baking and at the same time wanted to understand the nutritional, physical, microbiological and chemical process of food.

I entered and won my first cookery competition at the age of 15 and then went on to study Biology, Chemistry and Home Economics at A Level with a view to go on to study Food Science and Nutrition at University.

Mich Turner

It was whilst I was studying my A Levels, My Home Economics teacher asked me if I would like to make her wedding cake.  I enrolled on a 4 day course with Mary Ford to learn the basics of Top Ornaments, Frills and Flowers and so the passion, skill and creativity was born.

 

I invested in my very first Kenwood at this time and used it for every cake, filling and frosting I made and baked.  This was quite a grown up investment for a 17 year old, but felt it was hugely important to invest in the key tools to be a professional.

I took my Kenwood with me to university and quickly became known as the go-to for baking on campus!  I’d make fruit cake with dried fruits, figs, apricots and dates and bake it with a layer of marzipan in the centre of the cake.  It was a staple of the 2nd year undergraduates at Surrey University!

I was sponsored during my 4 years at University by United Biscuits and spent my 3rd year in industry stationed at McVitie’s in Harlesden overseeing 750,000 Christmas Cakes for Marks and Spencer as well as Jaffa Cake and Biscuit.
After I graduated I worked as a Buyer at Harvey Nichols for Bakery and Patisserie.  It was in 1999 that I left Harvey Nichols to set up Little Venice Cake Company officially.  Since this time the company has baked over 10,000 bespoke cakes and it is so important to have the right tools for the job to ensure you get the very best out of each and every recipe.

I’ve made cakes for many celebrities and international royalty and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for my services to the Catering Industry.

Mich Turner CakesMy style is always involving – in my new book “Have Your Cake and Eat It” I feature Delicious and Nutritious recipes for healthier everyday baking.  The most essential element to have is patience to maximise every stage of the preparation before baking, filling or frosting a cake.  This is where the brand new Kmix comes in to its own – it’s sleek, powerful, easy to clean, versatile and robust to deal with the rigours of baking in my kitchen.

Don’t forget to tune in Saturday 18th March at 9pm to see me with the wonderful Kenwood kMix and my book “Have Your Cake and Eat It”.

Order your Kenwood Kmix during our Pick of the Day from 9pm Saturday 18th March until 9pm Sunday 19th March 2017 for just £429.99 and you’ll receive a FREE Thermoresist Blender! Visit www.idealworld.tv today.

Chef Joe’s exciting new Kenwood kMix launch

Chef Joe’s Blog

Kenwood Kmix

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all go at Ideal World, the team and I are all busy working on new products and exciting deals to bring you over the coming months.

This weekend sees the most exciting launch of the year so far for us, as we unveil the all new Kenwood kMix. The previous kMix machine was voted the UK’s favourite stand mixer by Which? in 2016. The Kenwood brand have proudly designed and manufactured cutting edge, stylish and efficient kitchen appliances since 1947. As the experts in food preparation, their focus is to ensure every Kenwood product enhances your enjoyment of cooking with the greatest of ease. Knowing the great lengths at which Kenwood strive to continually improve their incredible range, I for one am really excited!

Almost as exciting as this unveiling is the fact that I am being joined by a very special guest for the lives shows…..none other than Mich Turner MBE! Mich has made over 10,000 cakes and can count Her Majesty the Queen, Madonna, the Beckhams and Simon Cowell amongst her many celebrity clients. Having trained as a food scientist, Mich has gone on to write five international best-selling books and we are excited to have her showcasing recipes from her brand new publication “Have your cake and eat it”

Before then however, I am off to Sweden…the land of Ikea and the smorgasbord for a bit of r and r before all the excitement. I hope you all have a wonderful week whatever you’re up to and don’t forget to join myself and Mich Turner MBE on Saturday 18th March at 9pm.

kMix logo

Grab a bargain for £20!

News

Join Ideal World for £20 Day from 9pm on Monday 13th March for 24 hours packed full with great products for just £20!!

Take a look below for a selection of products you can get your hands on:

Pair of Cordyline Plants with Gold Groove Planters

Give your garden an exotic look this Summer with our Pick of the Day offer on two Cordyline Plants and a pair of Gold Groove Planters for just £20!

These plants are great for adding a modern twist to any garden. Their unique look will bring a touch of Mediterranean warmth to your garden whilst you sit back and enjoy the warm summer breeze.

PLUS you can also take up our Flexi-pay option – so pay 2x £10 plus P&P!

Order before the deal ends at 9pm Tuesday 14th March >

Spear and Jackson Window Vac

Designed for cleaning a number of glass surfaces, such as mirrors, glass table tops, counter tops, the Spear and Jackson Window Vac is great for tackling spills on any smooth surface!

It can also be used to wipe off the condensation from glass showers or bathroom mirrors, while also being quick and easy to empty – simply pull the stopper and empty dirty water into a sink.

Order yours for £20 here >

Virtual Reality Headset

You may have seen them all over Social Media recently, and now you can get not one, but two and a Selfie Stick for just £20!

Perfect for any tech lover, the VR Box Headset V2.0 combines both comfort and quality to maximize your VR experience – compatible with smartphones up to 6 inches in size.

Find out more here >

 

 

Blue Magic Essential Cleaning Kit

Get rid of tough stains on all kinds of fabrics with Blue Magic, and when you order during £20 Day you’ll receive another Essential Cleaning Kit completely free!

Blue Magic is the perfect multi-use cleaner that can tackle a variety of even the toughest stains, whether new and old, on carpets, rugs, clothing, furniture and more.

Grab our Buy One Get One Free offer now >

Dreamtime Memory Foam Choice Comfort Pillows

Sleep easy with our Dreamtimes memory foam pillow which offers maximum support and comfort at night. During £20 Day you can also take advantage of our buy one get one free offer!

The memory foam reacts with heat to help support your head, neck and shoulders, moulding to your individual shape for ultimate comfort.

Order yours now >

 

Make sure you tune in to Ideal World this £20 Day to see more of our fantastic offers, Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747 and Freesat 812 or visit www.idealworld.tv

Help your plants flourish

Garden

Just like with human beings, to keep healthy and live long plants need a good balanced diet too. For plants though, their balance is not between carbs and protein, but between Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium or NPK – as well as all those little micronutrients they need – just like we may take a vitamin pill.

In the garden, each type of soil can hold varying amounts of feed in it. Clay soils bind feed in, sandy soils less so. But heavy rain can flush it all through. If growing in pots and baskets, it is even more important as peat and composts have little or no feed in – luckily our Premium Professional Compost Mix does – but even then does not last forever.

Going back to our NPK, each of these helps different parts of plants grow:

N – Nitrogen – for the leaves and stems of the plant
P – Phosphorous – boosts the roots and toughens them against diseases
K – Potassium (or Potash) – helps stimulate flowers and fruit – bigger corps and better flower displays

Just like you wouldn’t feed a newborn baby a hamburger, what we feed and when will also affect your plants too. Plus all those little “vitamin” micronutrients they need to toughen themselves up against pests and diseases. Plants can only use feed when they are growing – so when they have no leaves in Winter, no need to feed. The warmer it is, the brighter it is, the faster they grow, the more feed they need.

It may all sound a bit complicated – and if you’ve been dazzled by the array of feeds in garden centres, it is confusing. But worry not – we have the perfect solution. Take 3 bottles into the garden shed? No, our Blooming Fast Universal Soluble Feed really is perfect for all your plants – indoors or out, fruit or veg. flowers or trees – anything in fact apart from lawns.

So how do we do this? As it’s s soluble powder, one spoonful goes a long, long way. Simply dissolve one scoopful (scoop provided) into one standard gallon watering can – it turns it pale red so you can see there is feed in it. Finally, water your plants as normal around the base, or onto the pots or tubs. Avoid applying to the leaves – its just a waste, and ideally do it in the cooler evenings or early mornings too. Every 2 weeks or so is fine – there enough there for them to last that long. And each 750g tubs makes up into a whopping 10 watering can fuls of feed. Compare that to market leading brands ready to use mixes, and its less than 2% of the cost per can.

Used regularly like this you will see amazing results in your garden. More fruit, More flowers, longer lasting flowers, greener leaves, tougher plants, less diseases. All this starts with a healthy balanced plant feed – and Blooming Fast Universal Soluble Feed really is the only one you need. Team it up with our Professional Compost for even better results.

Make sure you add Blooming Fast Universal Soluble Feed to your basket now, visit www.idealworld.tv/.

Shaun talks Gardening

Garden, Presenter Blogs

Hello to everyone, and particularly my gardening buddies out there!

From now on I will be doing a weekly gardening blog as a bit of fun and to share with you some of the things that are happening in my own garden and some of the other gardens that I help maintain. This includes my mum’s garden, the village pub’s garden and the small piece of land as you enter my village that I have promised the Parish Council that I will look after. Sounds like I’ll be a busy boy this year so it’s a good job I love gardening! I also thought it would be nice to share with you pictures of some of the plants, trees and bulbs that I have grown from the gardening shows last year and prior to that.

I didn’t have a lot of time during the week to do much in the garden and the weather has been a bit all over the place recently – sometimes sunny but often cold and wet. I’ve sure many of you will have noticed that I’ve grown a gardeners beard to keep me warm, but it doesn’t really help with the rain! Having said that I still managed to tidy up quite a bit as well as doing a lot of pruning, dead heading and revamping of my winter hanging baskets.

I don’t know how many of you remember one of the plants of the month last year – the Narcissus. They were amazing value and I planted dozens of them in my baskets and pots. They are now all in bud and should be out my next weekend, another reminder that spring is just around the corner. There is more yellow in my garden this month too as my Mimosas which I got from the gardening shows last year is also in full flower and looks beautiful as you can see from the photo.

I will forward to seeing you all on the regular gardening show this Sunday at 11pm with the lovely Angela and lots of new plants and surprises. Thanks for reading my first blog and happy gardening.

Shaun xxxx

Joanne visits Pieroth Wines in Germany

News, Presenter Blogs

We find out where Ideal World presenter Joanne’s been hiding this past week, and it’s got something to do with our exciting new partner, Pieroth Wines.. 

“You may have been wondering, where have I been? Well…. I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the HQ of one of the world’s most exciting wine companies! So… I popped along with a few of my colleagues to meet Johannes Pieroth and his team at his family’s winery in Burg Layen ahead of the launch of Ideal World’s Pieroth Wine Tasting experience shows this Friday 10th March at 6pm, which I hope you will be able to tune in for live!

What an experience we had! With 350 years of wine making experience in his Family, Johannes was a wonderful guide and host. We got to tour the central hub and operational epicentre of their international wine business, which to this day is delivered in a very personal and charming way. It has been fascinating to learn that since the late fifties here in the UK Pieroth Wines have been delivering home wine tasting experiences with 20,000 wine tasting experiences sold last year! Which got me thinking…. What a unique and enjoyable way to spend time with family and friends – I am always looking for different ways to enjoy an evening with loved ones and this certainly would be that!

Wine Tasting at PierothSo if you have want to know a little more about wines and are looking for an enjoyable and unique way to spend some time with your friends and family, make sure you join us at 6pm this Friday 10th March for the first ever Pieroth Wine Tasting Show on Ideal World ahead of our exciting Girls Night In!

Joanne x”

 

Hayley enjoys Spring Gardening

Garden, Presenter Blogs

Hayley and Peter on a Gardening showIdeal World presenter Hayley tells us how she became interested in gardening and plants..

“What a great day Sunday was, it was our Ideal Spring Garden event and was a fabulously fun day. The fact we were busy from start to end makes you feel good because you then feel that the products were right, the prices were right and that everyone really enjoyed it.

I was lucky enough to have two shows with Lloyd Ashford-Thom with amazing deals from Spear and Jackson and then I had two hours of gardening with Peter McDermott and what a show, packed full of things we all wanted!

I’ve always loved gardening and fell in love with the beauty of plants when I started working at the garden shows, I absolutely loved Chelsea Flower Show.

Hayley and Lloyd on their Spear and Jackson showI’ve had many jobs, for years as a singer and dancer but also for many years as a demonstrator of products at shows and exhibitions – Chelsea Flower show was one of these shows we did for years and it was amazing. Sadly we never really had time to look around but we loved the atmosphere as they were always such wonderful busy days! They were long days 8am till 8pm, but come rain or shine or gale force winds the show was always packed. The weather never stopping the gardener, they still came!

Staying in London was always so expensive and trying to find somewhere affordable near to Chelsea was a nightmare. One year we rented a flat which from the window  (when you stand on your toes and lean out the window!) you could see the Thames. Not long after we were there, we were lucky enough to see the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and they sailed right past our flat on the Royal barge.

It was a great character flat but was further from the show then we thought. We would always try and stay in walking distance but not this time , first we did have a long walk to the tube station and then a tube to Sloane Square and a final walk to the show! It meant very, very early starts but however early we left we always seemed to be running past Chelsea Royal Hospital in the hope we would be at the stand by 8am in time for opening! And always forgetting the bag check at the gate! Perhaps we needed to not go to bed at all and should just turn around and head straight back out the door as soon as we walked in to the flat! We still loved it though, what a show to make you fall in love with gardening.

Make sure you tune in this week for a whole week of gardening shows, including 6pm tonight, 9am Saturday and 11am-1pm Sunday.

Have a happy week and countdown to spring!”

Why Paul loves the Vibrapower range

Health & Fitness, Presenter Blogs

Ideal World presenter Paul Becque tells us why his Vibrapower equiptment has helped him lead a fitter and healthier life..

“Last week I couldn’t resist our Blockbuster Deal (which means our lowest ever price, but only whilst stocks last) on our top-of-the-range Vibrapower fitness equipment. This model is called the “HIIT” which provides High-Intensity Interval Training for the whole body.

Since retiring from the cruise ships in 2004, I’ve had a constant battle with my weight. Despite being a busy bee, I work out much less and am far less active than I used to be aboard the ships. Consequently, the pounds piled on and my waistline expanded – for a while I called it middle-age spread and accepted it as natural.

The Power of Focus

However, in 2014, as I approached the big 5-0, I decided that I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and made a conscious decision to improve my health and fitness by simply being mindful of what I eat, drink and do. I began to pay attention to my calorie intake, started drinking less wine and more water, and added exercise to my daily routine with the original Vibrapower Disc. Since then I’ve been able to get my weight down from 13 stone to the NHS recommendation (for my personal profile) of 10 stone and 10 lbs and I’ve never felt better!

Because I thank the Vibrapower Disc for playing such a big part of my success, I felt that I deserved an upgrade to the top of the range model with an onboard computer (which I like to call my motivation monitor), and bluetooth speakers (to play smooth jazz from my iPhone).

Smart Exercise

Today’s Vibration Exercise (VbX) equipment differs dramatically from the old-fashioned vibrating-belt machines (I’m showing my age now!), which wrapped around your mid-section and pulsated back and forth. Essentially, the pulsing effect from the belt did nothing more than push your flesh around.

However, today’s vibration fitness machines, shake your whole body between 30 and 50 times per second. To compensate for this movement, your muscles involuntarily contract and relax as you naturally maintain your balance. It’s this constant attempt to balance yourself that forces your muscles to work hard enough to assist with weight loss and significant toning. That’s what I call “Smart Exercise”.

According to the theory behind Vibration Training, by performing calisthenic exercises such as squats, crunches and push-ups whilst sitting or standing on the Vibrapower fitness equipment, you can substantially increase the weight-loss potential of your activity.

Without doubt, it’s the easiest way I know to exercise. I’m loving the upgrade and my original disc is going to my Mum, who’s already tried it out and liked it!

If you want to take a look at our Vibrapower range, visit http://bit.ly/2n7jZO0.

If you have any questions on this technology feel free to reach out to myself, or Rick Hay, via Facebook or comment on this blog post.

Be well, Paul”

Plumbs Making Furniture Beautiful

News

With a definite whiff of Spring air, I have been raring to make some changes at the house. No other season has the same effect on me, there really is SOMETHING about spring that positively encourages freshness, newness and change!  But change can be so daunting! New can be so confusing.  There are so many options out there, where to begin?

Great news Plumbs are here to help.  This company has over 50 years’ experience in reinvigorating your interiors. From reupholstering your furniture to producing practical but beautiful made to measure covers, giving it a new lease of life!  Also Plumbs can take care of all those wonderful finishing touches, like perfectly fitted curtains that compliment your home and personal style, and if you don’t feel like you know what your style is their friendly, professional and passionate consultants are well qualified to guide and assist you!

The “Plumbs Experience” has been such a happy and successful one for thousands of customers across the UK that in the majority of cases, Plumbs become a family affair with mother’s recommendations taking Plumbs into the homes of their daughters and sons, friends and relatives and so on.

So if you are intrigued to know what Plumbs may be able to offer you, please join me on Wednesday evening at 5pm to meet some of the team here in our live studio, where you will be able to take advantage of a very special offer exclusive to Ideal World viewers. 

Watch now here >