Sponsored Video: Samsung Launches Samsung Memory Campaign

Posted on June 20th, 2012 in Random Thoughts by Stephanie

Ever had your computer crash right before you hit save? Or perhaps your phone battery has died in the middle of an important phone call. Even worse, your laptop has frozen during an important presentation that you were giving to your new clients. Everyone has experienced frustration with an electronic device at some time or another, be it with your computer, phone or camera but according to Samsung, choosing a product that that uses Samsung Memory will ensure optimum performance at all times especially during those crucial moments!

Samsung has just launched a new campaign including a series of entertaining videos to promote Samsung Memory and the benefits of using it. The campaign features 3 evil characters: Battery Brutus, Fiona Freeze and Loading Ball Larry. Battery Brutus is the villain who will mercilessly suck out all the life of your battery when you’re on the phone, watching movies on your laptop and using your camera on holiday. Check out the video featuring Battery Brutus below:

Fiona Freeze is someone you won’t want to encounter with her freeze gun unrelentingly freezing your devices when you’re depending on them the most. See her in action in the following video:

And last but not least Loading Ball Larry slows down your devices so that tasks that should take minutes end up taking hours!

But not to worry you can defeat Battery Brutus and his evil friends by choosing a device that uses Samsung Memory. With Samsung Memory you will experience a lower rate of power consumption and therefore a longer battery life. It also enables you to multitask and use several applications on your device without having to worry about it freezing or taking a long time to load.

For more information about Samsung Memory and the campaign you can visit their website here.

This post has been sponsored by Samsung.

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Making Japanese Bento Box Lunches

Posted on June 17th, 2012 in Random Thoughts,Recipes by Stephanie

I love to spend my free time in the evenings making cute Japanese bento box lunches which I keep in the fridge for lunch the next day. Bento lunches are hugely popular in Japan. They are home packed lunches that consist typically of rice, meat or fish and vegetables but it’s really up to you what you want to put in it. There are so many different varieties and possible food combinations that you can use.

Making bento lunches has become somewhat of an art with the food being used to create many different designs including cartoon characters such as Southpark and The Simpsons :)

Southpark And The Simpsons Bento Box Food Art

People have even made bento lunches in honour of their idols. Check out the Bill Gates and Tiger Woods bento lunch designs below!

Bill Gates And Tiger Woods Bento Box Food Art

Bento boxes come in a huge array of colours, patterns and sizes and although typically rectangular shaped, they can also be found in the shape of animals, food, popular Japanese characters, etc. They are usually both microwave and dishwasher safe so it is easy to heat up your lunch and clean in the dishwasher afterwards. That’s assuming that you aren’t having dishwasher problems like the ones that I’m experiencing! I recently got a new dishwasher installed in my kitchen after months of deciding on what dishwasher to get but every time I’ve attempted to use it, my dishes aren’t clean! :( So if anyone has any good dishwasher troubleshooting pointers that they would like to share, please let me know! :)

There are many different bento accessories available such as picks, cups (to separate food), sauce bottles, rice moulds, vegetable cutters, seaweed punches, egg moulds, etc so that you can make cute and beautifully presented lunches. I just bought a simple white bento box from the Japanese homeware shop Muji on Oxford Street so I decided to use it to make a pig themed bento lunch. I used some cute pig shaped bento cups and pig bento picks and sauce bottle to decorate the bento. The bento contains kanpyo (sweet gourd) rolls, edamame, tomato slices, a hard boiled egg (shaped into a heart using a Japanese egg mould), curry potato croquette, chicken siu mai and a mochi filled with matcha green tea chocolate.

Pig Themed Bento Lunch

I also made another bento lunch consisting of mostly Japanese food. It contains boiled vegetables with spicy miso sauce, salmon furikake rice ball, fish cake balls with edamame, gyoza dumplings, kimchee fried rice, seaweed with sesame, cream corn croquette with Kewpie mayonaise and rambutan with pineapple for dessert. I used some cute flower bento picks that I got in Japan to accessorise the lunch.

Japanese Bento Lunch

Bento lunches are fairly simple to make although more time consuming than making sandwiches but hopefully this post has inspired you to try and make cute and tasty bento lunches for your loved ones! 

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Save Money By Comparing Car Insurance Online

Posted on June 11th, 2012 in Money Saving Tips by Stephanie

Save Money By Comparing Car Insurance Online
Owning a car can be expensive especially with costs adding up for petrol, road tax and car insurance. With petrol prices and road tax continually on the rise it is worth comparing car insurance quotes and shopping around for the best deal where you can potentially make savings of hundreds of pounds on your current insurer. Nowadays it is very easy to compare car insurance online by using comparison sites such as Tesco Compare where you can compare deals from a wide range of insurance companies. It’s quick and easy to use as well as a free service. As an added bonus, if you have a Tesco clubcard you may be able to claim points for the money you spend on car insurance.

Buying car insurance online is generally cheaper as many insurers offer a discount to customers who buy their insurance online because the applications are cheaper to process. It is also a good idea to pay for your policy up front in full rather than in monthly instalments as this can add up to be more expensive because of interest charges and administration fees.

When comparing car insurance using a comparison site, you usually have to fill in a short form asking questions about your car and road history before receiving your quotes. It is worth bearing in mind that certain factors such as having a car alarm, tracking device and immobilizer fitted can get you cheaper car insurance quotes. Low mileage on your car also usually leads to a low premium because if you are just using your car for social use and not for commuting to work on busy motorways during rush hour or using it for business purposes, you are statistically less likely to be involved in an accident.

Being a careful driver with no motoring convictions also cuts down the cost of cover. The greater the number of years that you haven’t made an insurance claim, the higher the discount you get. After five consecutive claim-free years you can get a discount of around 50% off your premium. Therefore if you have a minor accident, it will usually work out cheaper to pay for the repairs yourself to protect your no claims discount.

Another way to help cut down the cost of cover is to keep your car parked safely in a locked garage or secure car park as this means that your car is more secure and less likely to be stolen.

Also if your car is modified in any way or you are thinking about customising your car, you might want to think twice about this as it can increase the price of your premium.

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