Month: December 2014

PREVIEWING VALSPAR PAINTS AT TSSREVIEWS.COM

Custom tinted paints by American paint brand, Valspar are being launched exclusively in B&Q stores, in the UK, from February. The tinting technology has the potential to match colour, exactly, and to customer specification. Any shade of any colour can be scanned and recreated in paint form, allowing interior and exterior spaces to be decoratively painted in achievable ways and where outcome for the individual is more bespoke. The planning can be skillful in regard to complimenting themes that are centred more on the aesthetic qualities of something that is nature inspired or is reminiscent of a favourite place or object in the mind’s eye   Valspar at B&Q offers a full range range of finishes including Masonary paint that comes with a 15 year guarantee against fading, flaking and peeling. Interior formulas include wall and ceiling emulsion paints (matt, mid-sheen and silk), interior wood and metal paint in eggshell, satin and gloss finishes; primers; undercoats; varnishes, spray paints and enamel paint in pots; all of which are said to be premium. The tinting machines …

ALDI SPECIALBUYS – JANUARY 2015 plus WINTER SALE ITEMS AT ALDI STORES – A Blog Feature

This post features Yoga pants, Yoga capri pants (for women), also kettlebells and dumbbell pairs all of which are Aldi Specialbuys. Note: these items are part of a new yoga and fitness selling campaign which begins on the 2nd January 2015 in store and which includes yoga gear, home gym equipment and fitness accessories.      On a separate note, Aldi Specialbuys Winter Sale goes in store on 8th January 2015, and they have all sorts of products to help people banish the January blues, without having to spend a fortune! It is called the ‘Aldi Challenge’, please click on the link below for details – https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/about-aldi/tv-campaigns/aldi-challenge/ or use the hashtag #AldiChallenge to join the conversation A list of some of the products on sale from 08.01.15 and available while stocks last (Original Prices listed against the Sale Prices below) Scratch & Sniff Books £1.99 £0.99 Car Windscreen Cover £1.99 £0.99 Children’s Slipper Socks £2.29 £0.99 Ladies Fleece Slipper Socks £2.49 £1.49 Boys and Girls T-shirt £2.49 £1.49 Ladies Soft Lounge Socks £2.99 £1.49 Ladies Slumber …

Trade Press – Strawberry and Vanilla Cake by Erlenbacher

The Erlenbacher brand is sold to trade and served at events, in restaurants, cafes, fancy food stalls; cake shops and patisseries, food halls and delicatessens across the UK and beyond. The Strawberry and Vanilla Cake is currently promoted as being a seasonal variation on a classic favourite  – this is a dessert cake from the creamy dessert range, with a bourbon vanilla and strawberry yogurt cream, has muffin layers and is glazed with strawberry topping decorated with white chocolate strips. Two guest bloggers give their genuine thoughts after putting the dessert to the test: Food Blogger, Janis says: I really enjoyed the frozen dessert from erlenbacher. It was a perfectly balanced cake by which I mean the tart strawberry top complimented the soft mousse like filling extremely well. The cake part was extremely soft and light. No heaviness as can often be the case with frozen desserts. It was almost fluffy, you could quite easily believe it was freshly made. The mousse filling was delicious.  Again very light and the strawberry and vanilla elements went so …

Best Products of 2014 at TSS

Peruse the slideshow showcasing the twelve products that achieved Product of the Month acknowledgments this year, 2014 at tssreviews.com These twelve top products items and consumables fall under a range of different categories. Under Home Improvements we kicked off the New Year with Product for the Month of January the Olive Oxide Eco-Emulsion Paint by Reborn Paints and under the same category…April’s Product of the Month was the Mira Cleanse Module Soap Dispenser. Recent news from Mira Showers is that the Mira 360m Showerhead with 4 unique sprays is selling well **************************************************************** Under the Category: Cleaning – Household and Industrial appeared two superior product items: The first ALL-IN-ONE DISHWASHER TABLETS by Ecover. Our Product of the Month for May 2014. Ecover has recently undergone a rebrand. To celebrate its 35th birthday the brand has received a Colour Pop makeover. The product ingredients are the same, but there are new bottle shapes and labeling. Many Congratulations Ecover! Another success under this category came in the summer, when the Cape Cod Doormat by Turtle Mat received our scrutiny. …

Trade Press – The Fruits of the Forest Dessert by Erlenbacher

TO ALL HOSPITALITY OUTLETS AND FOOD RETAILERS HERE IS A FRUITY, FESTIVE TREAT FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS – consider serving in your restaurant, or displaying in your shop, a fruity alternative to the traditional Christmas Pudding                                                                                         The Fruits of the Forest Tart has a soft, sweet, shortcrust pastry base covered in a creamy filling. This sugar dusted tart is garnished with ample toppings of juicy strawberries, blackberries, large blueberries (which holds their form well once defrosted) and redcurrants too. Attractively presented as a dome shaped offering, this decadent tart is tempting to the eye and is markedly superior to the premium apple pie we recently reviewed in all respects. It is a light dessert and not stodgy at all so is perfect for serving after a Christmas meal. The cakes are offered …

The state of the high street – a personal view

Today is Small Business Saturday in the UK, but I honestly think many of our urban high streets will never make a return to how things were; not by a long chalk. The way people run and do business, the changed nature of the workplace and the terms of employment for people, the conduct of town planners and local authorities are the main factors for this sorry state. Also, how public demand is and how that consumer related demand is viewed and interpreted by decision makers, plus the continued technological advancing and its impact, are the associated reasons why we have grown and nurtured big, ugly, and often empty blots, twinned with the odd white elephant, that mask the beauty of our heritage buildings and ancient streets. To add fuel to the fire, the streets are then given over to night time revellers who puke on its pavements and smash drinking glasses against walls. Once, the out-of-town shopping and the supermarket giants were the only problem to hit the health and the wealth of the …

The Ludicrous Library Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger – Review

A Guest Reviewer from Bury St Edmunds has submitted this sparky review of The Ludicrous Library Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger: ‘The Ludicrous Library Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger is anything but ludicrous, it is an excellent puzzle with an intricate and engaging design that will bewilder yet satisfy all who attempt it. I’ll be honest, I am usually one of those people that starts a puzzle and doesn’t complete it. I’m on holiday, it’s guaranteed to rain so I’ll buy a puzzle from a charity shop and barely even start it.  This time around I was so bewildered by the design, the bright colours and the quirkiness, that I just couldn’t stop myself from completing it. I feel like 500 pieces worked well for this puzzle, you didn’t lose any of the intricacy of the design and it was easily completed within a few days on a coffee table. The bookcases are the hardest parts to complete and everywhere you look there is something you missed on the first glance, you think it’s a book over …

TSS Business of the Month for December 2014 is Mira Showers (Kohler Mira Ltd)

Our Business of the Month, Mira Showers (Kohler Mira Ltd) is the company responsible for producing the world’s first thermostatic shower.     The company was first established in London. It formed a base in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in its early days and remains there today, (sites also at Gloucester, Wolverhampton and a factory in Hull, Humberside). The business was privately owned by members of the Walker family who originally manufactured the Leonard shower mixer valves that were used widely in industry, schools and hospitals.   In 1959, the Leonard 722 (one from the company’s original Leonard brand) was introduced. This was the first thermostatic mixing valve designed to control water temperature and flow under UK pressure conditions. After 42 years the Leonard brand was retired and replaced by Mira Thermostatic. The company itself has had a few name changes since the original Walker, Crosweller and Co (est:1921). It became a subsidiary company in 1963 and was bought out in 1974, and in efforts to up the ante perhaps, was sold on three times and now rests …