Petshop Pooch!

Liz and Pippin

If you’re a pet owner you may already be using – a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. If you’ve not heard of them yet, let me introduce you to the brand. are young online company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. Plus all of their staff are pet owners so understand the needs of other pet parents. Essentially they are an online pet shop for all your pet’s needs.

Knowing I had a little furbaby of my own they asked me (or rather my 7 year old Lhasa Apso Pippin!) to review some of their natural and organic pet food brands. I jumped at the chance because I wanted to bring something different to the blog and show you a peek into the life behind these pages, plus I know many of you are also pet parents and may like a review of this new idea. Food subscription services are huge right now but I’d never heard of a pet version (and it’s not just for dogs) so I decided to give their service a try.

We were sent products from three brands including Almo Nature Dog Food, Nature’s Menu Dog Food and the new Pedigree Dentaflex. The products arrived well packaged and addressed to both myself and Pippin which I thought was really cute. He tore into the parcel, grabbed the Almo dog food sachet and trotted off with it, happily ready to hide it in his basket for later (he does this with anything he likes – toys, treats, food – so I took this as a good sign!

Before the trial with Petshop, we were using a food recommended by our vet which is pretty pricey and we have to go to our vets to pick it up when it’s running low. The Almo Nature Dog food is very alike with similar ingredients, size of biscuits and nutritional benefits and Pip literally scarfed it down in a matter of seconds so I would consider swapping over to the brand, especially because of the ease of having it delivered. Also the price is about £1.50 lower per kg and this is an all natural alternative.

So what do you think to a food subscription service for your pet? Would you buy your pet’s food and treats online because of the convenience? Tell me all about your furbabies and their favourite foods!

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Bonne Maman Sticky Rhubarb and Syrup Puddings Recipe

Sticky Rhubarb and Syrup Puddings Recipe

Sticky Rhubarb and Syrup Puddings Recipe

These sticky little puddings use Bonne Maman Rhubarb Compote as a deliciously sweet sauce atop light little sponges. These are worth the effort for an impressive Sunday lunch or any special occasion.

Bonne Maman Sticky Rhubarb and Syrup Puddings

175 g (6 oz) softened butter, plus extra for greasing
175 g (6 oz) golden caster sugar
175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, beaten
2-3 tbsp soured cream or milk
Finely grated zest of 1 small orange
Chilled custard or cream, to finish

For the syrup…
100 ml (3 ½ fl oz) Bonne Maman Rhubarb Compote
100 ml (3 ½ fl oz) golden syrup
100 ml (3 ½ fl oz) fresh orange juice
1 small orange, very thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 180°c (fan oven 160°c), gas mark 4. Generously butter 8 x 175-200ml (6-7 fl oz) metal pudding basins.

2. Put the sugar and butter together in a large bowl and, with an electric whisk (mixer or hand held), beat together until very light and fluffy.

3. Add all the remaining sponge ingredients and continue to whisk for a further 2-3 minutes until the mixture is very smooth and creamy.

4. Spoon this into the prepared basins and level the top. Cover each one with buttered foil, butter side down with the edges sealed tightly around the tops of the basins.

5. Put the basins in a large roasting tin and fill with enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basins. Steam in the preheated oven for about 1- 1¼ hours.

6. Meanwhile make the syrup. Put the compote, golden syrup and orange juice in a wide, shallow pan and stir over a gentle heat until the syrup has melted.

7. Add the orange slices to the pan in a single layer and bring the liquid to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the slice very gently for about 15-20 minutes until the peel is tender and translucent, and the liquid has thickened to a syrupy consistency. Carefully remove the orange slices to a plate using a slotted spoon and set aside.

8. Loosen the edges of the hot puddings with a round bladed knife and turn out onto individual edged dishes. Spoon over the warm rhubarb syrup and add an orange slice on top. Finish with chilled custard or single cream.

Cooks Tip

If you would rather make 1 large sponge, spoon the mixture into greased 1.1 litre (2 pint) pudding basin. Take a large sheet of foil and make a pleat down the centre. Butter well and use to cover the basin, butter side down. Fold the edges under to seal well. Put the pudding in a large, deep saucepan and pour in boiling water to come halfway up the sides. Cover with a lid or foil and simmer gently for about 2-2 ¼ hours. Keep an eye on the level of water and add more as necessary.

Recipe available from Bonne Maman The Seasonal Cookbook. For more information or recipe inspiration, visit

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Ojon’s New Year Hair Resolutions

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

With 2015 here, head in to the New Year with your best hair yet thanks to Ojon’s New Year hair resolutions!

This 2015 make sure to give your tresses a treat, at least once a week, with Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment.

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

Using Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment once a week can help to nourish hair helping to strengthen it and therefore reduce damage, breakage and frizz.

A clinically proven intensive hair and scalp treatment that instantly helps hydrate and improve the condition of damaged hair. Formulated with pure Ojon™ Oil, the highly-concentrated treatment is rich in essential lipids similar to those found naturally in virgin hair.

Apply directly onto dry hair. Scoop 1 to 1½ teaspoon into palm of hand and warm by rubbing between hands until it transforms into an oil. Distribute evenly throughout hair and scalp repeating until hair is fully saturated. Comb through and allow to penetrate for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. For very damaged hair, apply gentle heat from a hairdryer for 5 minutes and/or leave treatment on overnight.
 repairs cuticle damage
 strengthens hair to help prevent future breakage
 instantly restores hydration and shine

Ojon creates highly-potent beauty rituals featuring naturally-derived raw ingredients found in the world’s rainforests. Centuries old harvesting processes help maintain the way of life for indigenous communities by protecting ancient traditions and sustaining their natural environments. Ojon’s rituals for hair and skin honour the purity and potency of these natural ingredients by keeping them as raw and unspoiled as possible. Introduced in the United States in 2003, Ojon is currently sold in six countries including the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia and Germany.

Responsible sourcing allows us to share the powerful benefits of these rainforest treasures without destruction or depletion of the resource, while providing a steady source of income for the indigenous groups that harvest them. A portion of our revenues go to the Miskito Indian tribes to help preserve the rainforests and their traditional lifestyle.

Come back next week for the the next Ojon Hair Resolution – an introduction to Co-washing!

What are your new year hair resolutions for 2015? I’m aiming not towel dry my hair when it’s wet which causes damage!

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