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Schools out for Summer!

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Ideal World’s resident chef, Joe Remblance, talks Summer holidays and Summer cooking!

So it’s here, finally after months of looking out the window at gloomy weather the kids have broken up from school and Summer has arrived properly. Ironically, as I look out of the window here at Ideal World HQ the weather is still decidedly gloomy. With the children at home and the garden out of action in this weather, I doubt you’re alone in feeling you’re on a nonstop freight train hurtling towards tantrums and tears. Desperate times call for desperate measures, by desperate measures of course I’m thinking bribery – as a kid, food was always the most powerful bargaining tool in the arsenal. So crack out the mixing bowls and get the kids involved in knocking up some fun snacks this Summer, who knows you might even get enough peace and quiet for a quick snooze!

Freak Shakes

I mean, realistically these aren’t going to help you in that cause for an afternoon nap for obvious reasons, however these are so much fun to make with fairly few simple ingredients and a few decorations. Crack out the blender and get going on some stupidly sweet drinkable concoctions.

 

 

Cupcakes

The good old classic, I challenge you to get more icing on your sponges than ends up in your mouth, hilariously messy so definitely crack out a few old newspapers for this one. My favourite has to be a chocolate sponge, then add some blitzed Oreos to your vanilla frosting and finish with a mini Oreo, they look awesome but taste even better.

 

 

Waffles

Waffle batter is incredibly easy to make and you can really play around with variations, I like to add a little extra melted butter to my batter to make it incredibly rich or maybe have a go at a chocolate mixture. Ice cream and caramel sauce have to be the ultimate topping surely, squirty cream and chocolate sprinkles perhaps if I had to have a second favourite.

 

 

Doughnuts

Mmmmmmm doughnuts! Although a little trickier to make if you’re using conventional methods these are well worth the effort. If you’re frying them then surely the classic combo of a jam filling and granulated sugar dusting has to a be a winner, maybe Nutella filled and cocoa dusted if you’re feeling fancy. Go for a ring doughnut which are much more fun to decorate for the kids (me).

 

If you use any of these ideas, I can’t be held responsible for the mess I’m afraid – but if you’re looking for something to make creating some of these ideas a little easier then you need to grab yourself a Tefal Snack Collection. It makes creating a whole host of different snacks super easy, you’ll get recipes included and also its interchangeable plates are dishwasher safe….so just the sprinkles to fish out of the dining room carpet for the rest of the holidays

Make sure you keep tuned into Ideal World for a host of exciting kitchen gadgets to make cooking simple and easy this Summer.

Enjoy the Summer holidays!

Joe

Shaun’s back from his holiday and in the garden!

Garden, Shaun's One To Watch

Hello to everyone again and welcome to my latest gardening blog

As some of you who watch Ideal World or follow me regularly on Facebook will no doubt know I have been away on a wonderful seven night cruise with Azamara Club cruises which was simply stunning and I feel very lucky to have been on such a lovely trip. I visited some great places but the photo I have picked from my travels shows some amazing bougainvillea I saw on a port call in Majorca.

Before I set sail I had loads of gardening to do at home but when I returned I was gobsmacked at how much everything had grown in just over a week – but I gather the UK weather has been really good – I know makes a change doesn’t it!

Luckily I had another day of holiday left at home before getting back to work which has really helped me get back on top of things. I am very pleased with my hanging baskets and pots this year as they are doing pretty well and are already quite big and full. I have also planted up three extra easy fill hanging baskets for my mum which I am dropping off to her on Sunday in York when I finish work . She has told me that the sweet peas I gave her a few months ago from the show are now in flower so I am looking forward to seeing them and having a good catch up with mum.

By the way I am delighted to say I am back on gardening this Sunday with the lovely Angela where we’ve got a pair of Best of British Roses and pots of English Lavender and we have our new event our Great British Summer Party! It should be a great weekend with lots of fun and summer ideas. The best thing though is £1 P&P on all items on the shows including gardening so I can’t wait!!

See you over the weekend hopefully, it’s nice to be back

Shaun xxx

Fayon’s Charity Work

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Fayon Charity work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People often ask me what else I do when working on Ideal World. It’s an interesting one as I can honestly say all the other things I do involve talking in someway, which makes me happy and puts to rights all the times I had my name up on the blackboard at school for talking too much 🙂

For nearly 14 years I have been a reader for the charity Interact Stroke. In between my freelance presenting I visit people recovering from having a stroke in London hospitals or community clubs.

15 years ago, two of my mum’s best friends both had strokes and when I would visit them in hospital, I used to read the TV Times or the newspapers to keep them up to speed with daily news. I would make it fun and get them smiling, I had no idea I was laying the foundations for an opportunity to do this on a much larger scale the following year.

Around this time I was working in a marketing company and a colleague who was also an actor would leave early a few times a week. I discovered that she was a reader for Interact and I immediately wanted to be involved!

Fayon charity work

Over the years I have read, sang, played quizzes and games with the patients from as young as 15 to 105 years old!! I feel so fortunate to be part of the recovery of the patients in this way and the hospital staff are always so encouraging and supportive of what we do, often joining in with the songs or a poem they know.

The best parts of supporting a patient who is recovering from a stroke is when I start to recite a song or a poem and out of the blue they start reciting it too and the nurse will tell you that’s the first time they’ve heard them speak! The other great things are seeing them gradually improve and by the time you return to the hospital expecting just a couple of words but they start speaking with you and holding a conversation. As I live close to the hospital the most wonderful thing is when you bump into them in the street and you can see they have got their life back!

This is a small insight into my life however it is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of it.

Take care all,

Fayon xx

Shaun chooses his favourite products in Presenter Picks

Garden, Shaun's One To Watch

Hello again and welcome to my regular gardening blog

I hope you are all well and enjoying our ‘rather average’ weather!

I was out in the garden quite a lot last week as my brother and his family came to stay with us for his 50th birthday so I wanted to make sure the garden looked its best which it really did. I treated myself to an outdoor heater for the undercover seated area by the side of the house so we were all able to sit outside for longer on an evening and it actually was really nice (I may think differently when the electric bill comes in though!)

This weekend on Ideal World is PRESENTER PICKS weekend where our presenters get to choose some of their favourite products and ask the buying team to get our viewers a really special deal. Naturally I have chosen gardening as some of mine and we have our professional compost back in the big 80 litre single bag for just 9.99. I also have a second gardening Presenter Pick which is the gorgeous set of patio Clematis in the serenity pots at a very special price. I love Clematis and have a massive one in flower right now in the garden, the ones on the show are a lovely compact variety that flower for longer and ideal for smaller spaces. Please join myself and Peter on Sunday between 11am and 1pm to find out more.

My other Presenter Picks are the Cushion Walk shoes which I have on Saturday at 9am and 12pm. Now I hear what you are thinking – ladies shoes seems a slightly odd choice for me as one of my personal favourites? The reason why I picked them is actually for my mum as she absolutely loves them and now has several pairs (here she is with one of her many favourites). Hopefully she is going to call into the live show too!

I must dash as I have loads of hanging baskets to make up today and quite a few planters to fill and the weather looks great outside for a change so I intend to make the most of it

See you over the weekend!
Shaun xxx

Hayley’s Dad’s Do

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Hayley looks forward to another year of her “My Dad’s Do” Charity Ball…

So it’s time for me to start getting the final bits ready for my Charity Ball. Venue has been booked for nearly a year – same place it’s been for the last 4 years – the band is booked and now it’s all hands on deck.

Time to pick colour scheme, menus and the rest of the entertainment. Brochures have been printed and sent out, letter written to people to try and get prizes for raffle – it’s all go!

I started our Charity Ball in 2010 instead of having a 40th Birthday Party. It was a lot of harder than I though it would be, trying to get raffle prizes, sell tickets and get everything organised. Then there was the worry, would anyone come? Would they enjoy it? Will the food be ok?  The list went on! It actually ended up being such a great night that it has become an annual event and it will be our 8th Charity Ball this year. I am so lucky to have some amazing friends and family that help me greatly, there are some incredibly generous people in the world and there have also been people I don’t personally know as well as the ones I do. I am so lucky to know and to have met some amazing, kind and caring people.

We have a selection of people that come of all ages 17 to 80. A lot are friends, lots of people whom I know and lots of people who worked with my Dad and since I’ve been at Ideal World there have always been two big tables now from here, which is fabulous!

It’s a Black Tie event, so everyone gets dressed up which is great. Any excuse to get a new frock! Usually I get stuck between two – I love gorgeous dresses. The evening starts with a drinks reception, then followed by a 3 course dinner, coffee and chocolate, then the entertainment starts. It HAS to be a live band, as my background was originally in entertainment a live band is a must. Usually the dance floor is full in seconds, everyone is so up for just having a good time whilst helping to raise lots of money, it’s great! When the band has a break we usually had a comic but last year decided to host a game show instead which was really good fun, so we are going to that again this year. Followed then by the raffle and auction, which raises a lot of money on the actual evening, which is wonderful. The Band are back on for another hour, then its disco till 2am, followed by a late night entertainer in the bar till 4am, which is our switch OFF time and time to have a drink after hopefully a fabulous and busy night.

I’m starting to get me ready too and this weekend features lots of the products that I’m using! Microderm Mini MD to prepare my skin along with Elizabeth Grant, one of our most popular skin care ranges, two of my favourite products. My Vibrapower Disc 2 to help me get into my dress, and keep me fit to run round organising, my number 1 product ever. I can get my nails sorted too with Gel Touch Nails! It’s actually Presenters Picks from 9pm Friday 5th May until 9pm Sunday 7th May, but with all these products it’s like it’s my Charity Ball prep weekend at Ideal World! Let’s get ready..

So here we go, here’s to this year’s event and fingers crossed it all goes ok. A big thank you to every one who supports us, I couldn’t do it without you and so grateful that we have managed to keep it going so long.

We hold ‘My Dad’s Do’ in aid of Brain Tumour Research Campaign, the Aylesford Unit (Warwick Hospital cancer unit) and also to help with my school friend rehabilitation after being knocked over by a car in 2015, she’s still very poorly but continually amazes us with her recovery. Three great causes so close to my heart.

My Dad was my biggest supporter, ticket seller, advertiser, stage builder, problem solver and so so much more. Agonisingly we found out my Beautiful Dad had stomach cancer in 2011 and we lost the most amazing, wonderful man I have ever know in just 4 months at the beginning of January 2012. Our world changed that day and there is a huge hole in our life that will never go away. So from then on our event then became “My Dad’s Do” and is held in ‘My Dads’ memory every year.

I’m sure the reason I am working at Ideal World was my Dads work, he knew it was my dream and the September of that same year that we lost Dad I got that dream job as a presenter here, i think Dad had his hand in that from up above! So wish he was here to see how much I love it. He would be making all his clients watch and he would have loved to come in to the studios to meet everyone and see how it all worked. But in a way I think he already has!

Hayley x

Paul puts the Drill Bits to the test

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Hi – Paul here,

Wowzer! The weather has been great recently for DIY and gardening. With just a few days of sunshine I was able to get outside and complete plenty of jobs that I’ve been putting off over the wet and windy winter months. Now Spring is here, I’ve really been SPRING CLEANING around the home and garden! This is the time of year that I really appreciate Ideal World.

The patio is now moss and algae free, ready for the garden furniture to come out. The driveway and paths all washed down. The windows have been cleaned inside and out. Painting jobs completed. Grass cut. Hedges cut (thanks to my eldest son Solomon) and flowers planted. But there are still plenty of jobs to do.

I need to re-plant my hanging baskets with the peach begonias from last year. Use my Wagner on the fencing and sheds. Fix the bin house. Clean the gutters. Wash the conservatory and get the pumps back into the water features.

I’m very pleased to tell you that most of the tools and devices that I use to do any of these jobs, have come from Ideal World. If, like me, you enjoy taking care of your home, it’s well worth tuning in to channel 22 (we’re on Freeview), or checking out the website, because there are so many useful products at this time of year. And if you can get them on a special deal, even better!

One of my favourite DIY products has to be the “Drill All” Drill Bits. In 2013, we moved home, and as you may well expect, modifying the house to suit our needs and maximising storage, provided an abundance of home improvement opportunities. Some of the most simple of tasks, like adding a kitchen roll holder, loo roll holder, shelves above our fridge/freezer and hanging baskets proved incredibly difficult because my big brand drill bits could not hack the stone walls.

I thought it would be the perfect test for the “Drill All” Drill Bits, and if they couldn’t do the job, you could be sure that I was going to send them back before the 14-day money-back guarantee was up.

Great news! They worked like a dream! Every job that my big brand (probably one of the most famous on the market), drill bits were unable to achieve, I tested the “Drill All” Drill Bits on, and each time they performed like a hot knife in butter. Consequently, I kept them and am currently enjoying their 10 year guarantee. They’re awesome.

Make sure you tune in this weekend between 9pm Saturday 29th April and 9pm 30th April 2017 to take advantage of our amazing Pick of the Day deal for just £39.95 – that’s a saving of £80 PLUS a double discount of a FREE Tool Bag!

Paul

Shaun celebrates 9 years of Garden Bargains

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Hello again and a massive welcome as ever to my weekly gardening blog.

This weekend is a very special one for Ideal World gardeners as we are celebrating Garden Bargains 9th Anniversary. We have a very special Pick of the Day launching  @ 9PM on Friday where we’re giving you a pair of Pink Standard Oleanders and a pair of 11 inch Tulipa Silver Planters for just £29.99 plus buy any plant, pot or compost until 9pm Sunday and pay just £3.99 P&P per item AND receive free Sweet Pea seeds. There’s lots of extra special offers throughout the weekend and during our regular 2 hour show on Sunday from 11pm so I really hope you can join us.

This week I have had my mum come to stay to help me with the garden. She is 76 and has quite a few aches and pains but nothing serious. She is very lucky to still be, on the whole, very agile and able to do quite a lot of gardening – in fact her own garden looks amazing at the moment.

The weather was slightly colder than we thought it would be so mum had to wear one of my old jumpers so is not looking her usual stylish self in the photos! She did a lot of weeding and general tidying up for me though and used one of my heavy duty pots that I often talk about on the show to collect all the rubbish in. We spent the evening watching a film with a bottle of wine and the left over Easter chocolates so that was really nice.

I haven’t planted up any of my Summer hanging baskets or pots yet but that begins next week. I also have my brother Martin and his family staying next week as he has his 50th birthday so I must make sure everything looks really good for his stay.

See you on Ideal World over the weekend when I really hope you can join us to celebrate Garden Bargains 9th Anniversary.

All the best
Shaun x

Shaun’s back in his garden

Garden, Shaun's One To Watch

Hello everyone or should I say “Hola” as I’ve just got back from my mini break in Spain!

Shaun in SpainMy partner Jay and I stayed in a little place called Sitges which is around a 30 minute train journey from Barcelona and really beautiful. It is very quaint with some lovely beaches, bars and restaurants and also very friendly so we both had a great time and even made some new friends! The weather was perfect for me, around 20 degrees every day so I have come back with a bit of a tan and feeling great – all ready for our big Easter Event launching this Thursday on Ideal World at 8PM.

Shaun at home with his own Mediterranean gardenLike most keen gardeners I love observing all the Mediterranean plants and flowers on my holidays and it’s amazing how many plants I spotted in Spain that I have growing in my garden and  greenhouse. The pictures show me next to a giant agave and also some bird of paradise plants, one of my absolute favourites. I’ve been growing one for years in my greenhouse which has never flowered but I’m hoping that might change if we have a great Summer this year. I also have an agave growing in a pot which I fell into once after one two many drinks and it was not a pleasant experience!

I gather I missed out on some great weather however too in the UK while as I was away with temperatures of 20 degrees+ which is incredible for April. I couldn’t believe how much had changed in the garden during the few days I was away and it all needs a good tidy up again. I actually have presenter Joanne and her family coming to stay on Good Friday so I definitely need to make sure the garden looks good by then as we like to compete a little when it comes to who has the greenest fingers!

I am back on the gardening show this Sunday at 11am with some brilliant Easter offers so I really hope you can all join me. We’ve got some exciting deals on our Jumbo Trailing Fuchsias, Pack of 3 Blueberry Collection and a Pair of 2L Pink and Blue Patio Clematis – they’re not to be missed!

Thanks as ever for reading my latest blog and I will see you this weekend!

Happy gardening
Shaun x

Shaun’s Birthday Purchase for the Garden

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Hello again gardening friends and welcome to my first blog for the month of April!

First of all thanks to everyone who ordered from the gardening show on our Birthday weekend, hope you all enjoyed the special deals and exciting new plants and products as much as we did.

Our 17th Birthday was the best yet (and I’ve been to all 17!) and I was so pleased to be a part of it. I actually worked quite a few extra days as I didn’t want to miss out on anything, but that did mean I had to sacrifice a few of my gardening days last week. However, as I was mostly on the early shift I did manage to get a few odd hours in the evening to do a few bits and bobs and the weather has been really sunny later on in the day so it’s been really nice to potter about early evening

I had ordered the patio sweet peas with pots last week from the Sunday Show as a present for my mum and they arrived really quickly so potting those up was top of my list. The quality of the plants was excellent and everything arrived very safely as always. Looking forward to seeing my mum soon and giving them too her, I know she will love them

Last week I pictured my narcissus looking fabulous but sadly because of the intense sun these are going back a little but the tulips are now in full bloom and looking wonderful so the garden is still looking really good for the time of year, even if I say so myself!

Thanks as always for reading

All the best
Shaun x

Ps One final important point- if you ordered lots of things from Sunday’s show or from any gardening hour don’t worry if everything doesn’t always arrive together in one go. Plants and products are sometimes sent In separate parcels for various reasons but often to make sure the plants are as fresh as possible.

The NEW Vibrapower Slim 2!

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Hayley tells us all about the BRAND NEW Vibrapower Slim 2!

“I’m so excited… I love Birthday Celebrations! I love getting and writing the perfect card, making the cake and finding a perfect present, and for our Birthday I LOVE Free P&P!

We have the perfect present launching on Saturday night over our Birthday weekend, it’s the world exclusive launch of the the Vibrapower Slim 2, one of your favourite Vibrapower’s from my favourite fitness brand!

The Vibrapower Slim 2 is slimmer and lighter but also designed so you can control your work out from your wrist! It’s amazing! It’s so easy to use and to operate, and an easy ways to help you get into shape, help you feel fitter and help you to become a healthier you.

You can now operate the machine with a remote wrist band ‘watch’ that comes with it too! You can count those calories disappearing on the onboard screen whilst you just stand, sit or lean on your Vibrapower Slim 2! Start moving, start thinking about what you’re eating and get that happy balance into your life – it is possible to make those changes.

Why do I love the Vibrapower range so much?

It’s quick and simple to get a full body work out, I don’t even have to leave the house and can do it in my PJ’s! I love it because there are so many great stories as so many people have seen such great results, succeeding to get to how they wanted to be.

It was only the other day, when I took my car into the garage for a service, that one of the team called me into her office and said ‘I bought a Vibrapower from you, it’s fabulous!’ She told me of her story, that because of an accident she couldn’t run like she used to or lift weights any more. So after watching a show she decided to give the Vibrapower a go and loves it! She loves being able to exercise again and actually finds it relaxing after a day in the office and really has seen great results too. That’s why I love Vibrapower, it makes me so happy that it works for so many people.

For me, my perfect day starts with a workout on my Vibrapower, it makes me feel fresher, fitter and happier to start my day. Though I’m using energy whilst on it, I feel it gives me more energy back! I seem to be able to get so much more done on the days where I start with my Vibrapower.

Why will you love the Vibrapower Slim 2?

It’s slimmer, lighter and with a roller it’s so easy to store and move. It’s a great size of platform to work on which I think gives you more versatility and can create even more workout levels.

The wrist band ‘watch’ control is at your finger tips and so easy to work, PLUS we’ve brought it out in all you favourite colours.

Not only do we have an amazing deal for the launch, but we also have absolutely NO P&P for our Birthday only!

So please join our Birthday 🎉 Celebrations, with all our Fabulous Family, share our Friendship and come and have fun. All starts Wednesday at 5pm…

Catch the launch of our Vibrapower Slim 2 on Saturday night (1st April) at 9pm….

You’re all invited! Hayley x”

Make sure you tune in from 9pm on Saturday 1st April 2017 or find out more here >

Shaun in the Garden – last week of March

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Hello again all my gardening friends and welcome to my weekly gardening blog.

I’ve had a lovely time this week on my days off and have got quite a lot done as there has been a lot of sunshine around. I’ve managed to dead head all my baskets and tubs – I have about 40 of these so it’s quite a big job. I’ve also fed all my plants in the greenhouse, done lots of weeding and cut the lawns so quite a productive time in general.

It’s amazing how quickly the garden is changing now we are getting some warmer weather and we have changed the clocks. One of my favourite spring flowering trees has got to be magnolias. I have two different varieties in my garden and they have just started to come into flower over the past couple of days and look magnificent! I love the way they burst into full flower before producing their leaves, it really allows the flowers to be prominent and proud.

Now before I forget, don’t forget to put these dates in your diary for this weekend, my gardening shows at midday this Saturday April 1st and our regular 2 hours of gardening at  11am Sunday 2nd April. These are going to be extra special shows as it’s Ideal Worlds 17th birthday, they may even be FREE P&P on all the plants so please make sure you join myself and my great friend Angela

See you very soon

Shaun xxx

Joanne LOVES Gtech!

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For a number of years there has been a cordless vacuuming system that I have coveted… The Gtech AirRam! Can you imagine my delight when I found out we would be featuring it here at Ideal World? Instantly I told all my nearest and dearest about it and how superb its performance is, and let’s face it over the past 14 years I have seen quite a few vacs!

Anyway now, not only do we have one, I’d also impressed my mother and my sister…. my mom has her own set in Lincolnshire and my sister has hers down in Wiltshire!

Please join me today at 11am (and through until 9pm Monday 3rd April) when we will be offering the SET at the lowest price we have ever done with FREE P&P as part of our 17th Birthday celebrations. This is a picture of my mum using hers taken by my 4 year old daughter!

Order your bundle for our lowest price today here > or buy just the Gtech Mark 2 here >

Make sure you tune in to Ideal World during our Birthday where we’ll be offering FREE P&P all weekend!!