Tuesday, 28 February 2017

#Bloggersonthebus with Stagecoach.

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We are regular public transport users, we are fortunate enough to live in a city with fantastic transport links, which is lucky seeing as we don't drive or have a car. I was recently invited to a blog event to hear all about the Stagecoach Bus app, which not only allows you to see up to date and real-time bus information, but you can also purchase day tickets online. We use the bus a lot and being able to purchase tickets online via my phone is a real game changer - no more scraping pennies from the back of the sofa, or having to withdraw £10 and feel the wrath of the bus driver with limited change.

At the blog event itself we had great fun chatting to fellow North East bloggers and making our own mobile phone cases - Mine started as a bit of a disaster but the quick application of a lot of glitter saved it. Also, FYI if you are looking for some interesting and delicious cocktails head to Jalou by Central Station - I was really impressed with the varied selection, there was one inparticular that tasted exactly like a Solero ice cream - highly recommend.

After the fun we had at the Blogger event (child free, luxury!) me and Helena from Babyfoote decided to go on a Stagecoach Bus adventure with our kids. Using the app we decided to head into the city centre for a playdate at the Laing Art Gallery. Zoe really enjoyed her trip on the bus, although trying to explain that you can't press the bell until we are ready to get off got a bit tiresome. We did entertain our fellow passengers with several renditions of The Wheels on the Bus though, which I hope brightened someones day.

I will definitely continue to use the Stagecoach App in future, the real time bus updates are really helpful, especially for someone like me who lives in an area which is serviced by a lot of different bus companies and the metro train service, it helped me to see how long I'd have to wait and decide the quickest route.

Are you a public transport user? I think the bus gets a bad rep sometimes for being unreliable or outdated (needing change) but I feel with this app, things are improving and becoming much more user friendly! The bus I was on even had decent wifi and a USB charging port!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Making Your Own Yoghurt with Easiyo.

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Homemade yoghurt? What is this wizardry?!

Before I was contacted by Easiyo to try out their 1kg Yoghurt Maker I had never even thought about the prospect of making my own yoghurt, I hadn't even put much thought into how yoghurt was made. We are however a yoghurt loving household - it is easily one of Zoe's top 5 favourite foods. (in case you're curious it goes; 1. Cucumber, 2. Banana, 3. Cereal, 4. Yoghurt, 5. Kinder eggs.)

My initial thought when I received the Easiyo Yoghurt Maker was that it would probably be a bit of a faff, Paul's first comment on seeing the box was "How are we going to get through 1kg of yoghurt?!" ... Well we were both proven very wrong. The making process itself takes under 5 minutes - you simply add the Easiyo sachet to tepid water, shake, then pop it in the pink surround with some boiling water. Then just 8-12 hours later you have delicious thick and creamy yoghurt! I made mine in the evening while clearing up after dinner, and popped it on a shelf out of the way. So so simple.

In terms of us using 1kg of yoghurt, we definitely didn't need to worry. Each made up pot of yoghurt will keep in the fridge for two weeks, however our first batch was gone in just 3 days!

My one concern is the cost of the sachets, at £2.50 (ish) for a 1kg sachet. However, big 450g pots of Onken or similar are around £1.50, so they do work out slightly cheaper. I also have it on good authority that you can get some multipack deals at Lakeland, so we will be keeping an eye out for those.

In my concern over having a lot of yoghurt to eat, I tried a couple of new recipes. The first was a bit of a disaster. I had seen yoghurt drops on Pinterest and thought they looked great! I was assured by various blog posts that once frozen they retain their shape... This is not true and in fact they melt very quickly. Not sure what I did wrong there, but won't be trying them again anytime soon.

The second recipe was much more successful, homemade granola! I will be posting this recipe soon as honestly it is so delicious! Will definitely be making it again often.

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Have you ever tried making your own yoghurt?

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