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LG-sound-system-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Imagine a sound system of speakers and sound bars that communicate, creating a seamless flow of music as you move from one room to another.

Then picture having the ability to stream from Spotify, Deezer or Napster.

It gets better, you can even Google cast your favourite music or entertainment found online, such as from You Tube, onto the speakers.

All the above via Wi-fi, controlled from the tips of your fingers, direct from your mobile phone device, tablet, iPad or laptop.

Look no further. Introducing you to the LG Music Flow system which I recently got to try out.
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The LG Music Flow system comes in a variety of speaker sizes. You could simply start with one and then add more as you desire, to gradually fill your whole house with music. LG-sound-system-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Made with an anodised Aluminium body, the speakers are sturdy and can easily fit into any interior style.

No more standing around staring like Mr. Puffin above, just move around with the music or your favourite talk show entertainment, from room to room. LG-Music-flow-system-control-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell All controlled via your mobile device. This was the LG tablet that I used. LG-music-flow-speaker-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The pleasures of cooking to music. Nothing quite like some soothing tunes after work, as I cook dinner for the children. LG-Music-flow-system-Photo-By-Little-Big-Bell-blog Love how my LG Music Flow speaker has a dual role, acting as a book end holder too.

The sound quality is amazing. Volume control can also be easily accessible from the top of the speaker.

If Wi-fi is difficult in certain areas of your home, you can also access Bluetooth. LG-music-flow-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This is LG Music Flow’s HS8 sound bar. Paired with a separate speaker, they create the most wonderful cinematic surround sound experience.

Love its elegant curved metal body.

The soundbar can also communicate with the other Music Flow speakers around your house. LG-music-flow-1 The sound bar and speaker set came in handy, when I recently hosted a sleepover 10th birthday party for my son and his friends.

They watched Wolverine, a truly action packed film. With the sound magnified in a surround way, you really felt like you were in the film. LG-music-flow As you can see, the sound bar is in my basement family room.

The stairs lead up our kitchen. It’s perfect, as I can now play music on my Music flow speaker upstairs whilst cooking, but add a further dimension of sound by playing from the sound bar too.

How do you feel about filling your home with music in this way? It would certainly come in handy when we host house parties.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored post with LG. All opinions are my own.)

German-gymnasium-1 It’s not everyday that I get treated to an amazing 4 course breakfast, bright and early, at 8 o’clock in the morning.

It happened last week. I was the guest of Jing Tea .

It was a special treat to sample their tea and food pairing menu at German Gymnasium.
Restaurants-in-London-German-Gymnasium German Gymnasium is based at London’s King’s Cross area.

It’s part of the D&D London group, the operator behind the renowned restaurants such as Bluebird and Le Pont de la Tour.

The restaurant was in a stunning historic building. It was the first purpose built gymnasium in England. Its internal conversion has been so beautifully done. German-gymnasium-london-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell-blog Take a look at the bar with its marble table, brass lamps and those chairs. Aren’t they just simply divine? Jing-tea-at-German-Gymnasium-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Back to the topic of breakfast. I couldn’t wait to sample the pairing menu. Jing-tea-at-German-Gymnasium-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Everything was perfectly set on the table.

Here you have Jing Tea’s classic glass tea ware made from the purest borosilicate glass.

The leaves in my teapot were Jing Lemon Verbena. They are produced from dried Verveine leaves. The tea has a light buttery taste with the subtle scent of lemons. Jing-tea-menu-pairings Here it is, all brewed and ready to be tried.

It was fragrant and refreshing. Definitely the perfect start to my day. Chia-pot-with-coconut-and-almond-milk-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan The Jing Lemon Verbena tea was paired with this delicious and super healthy Chia pot in coconut and almond milk, vanilla, pomegranate and lemon balm. German-gymnasium-eggs-benedict-photo-1-by-Little-Big-Bell The next course was this Eggs Benedict with black forest ham. Doesn’t it look too beautiful to eat?

It was paired with Jing Assam breakfast tea which was a strong, rich, full bodied tea. It had a malty yet fruity and spicy flavour with subtle notes of honey.

I drank it with a little splash of milk. It was the perfect combination to the savoury of Eggs Benedict. Bavarian-Meatloaf-at-German-gymnasium-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Are you feeling hungry seeing all this food? Sorry to tempt.

This is Leberkaes Semmel, a Bavarian meatloaf with Rosti, Sauerkraut, egg and cheddar cheese. You have to try it, it’s totally moreish.

The meatloaf was paired with Jing Jade Sword which is a green tea, full of sweet Spring flavour.

It doesn’t end here. There was one further last course to breakfast, however, I was by then in a rush to get to work.

It was a raspberry and lemon muffin paired with a cold Jing Matcha smoothie combined with spinach, kiwi, grapes and apple.

I was lucky to be given them to take away with me.

The Matcha smoothie was packed full of antioxidants, the perfect addition to my required five a day.

So, what do you think? Have I tempted you to go try this pairing menu at German Gymnasium? I think I’ve tempted myself again.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was the guest of Jing Tea to German Gymnasium. All opinions expressed are my own).

Superheroes-birthday-party-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell It was that time of the year again for a birthday party.

I often have all these grand plans for styling a party, but time seems to catch up on me so quickly. Is it like that for you too?

With my busy schedule, it was difficult to plan. I knew it had to be done quickly and somehow still look good.

My son was turning ten and he wanted a sleepover party with some of his best pals.

I decided at 2 weeks before, that I should at least send some ‘save the date’ emails. His party was during the Easter break.

I didn’t bother with fancy invitations and that worked really well.

The replies came back quickly and totally put me at ease, because I knew no matter how the party turned out, his friends will be there.

Time then passed since the email invites, and I still hadn’t decided on the party theme.

It was lucky how things worked out in the end.

My son loves the DC Comic heroes, and I was over the moon to find out that the ‘Superman vs Batman’ film was being released around the same time as his party.

Even better, a brand new cinema had recently opened up on our local high street and was showing the film.

So it was going to be a Superheroes birthday party.

At one week before the party, I quickly ordered some party ware online. I kept my fingers crossed that they would arrive on time, and luckily they did, with a day to go.

My final saving grace was the Balloon Time Helium tank I had at home. The ability to blow up Helium balloons at short notice meant that the decor and party games were sorted.

I inflated 10 Helium balloons to match my son’s age, all in bright Superhero colours ( image above). Such a simple and effective way to decorate the display table. Super-hero-party-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan I arranged the words Happy Birthday on a light box I had previously purchased from Molly Meg. The superhero theme party boxes were from Party Pieces. superhero-party-by-Little-Big-Bell I loved the smell of popcorn popping in the microwave. We placed them in these cool ‘Pop!’ holders and carried them all in a large box to the cinema.

I also decorated these Fruit Shoot bottles with super hero stickers. I thought the boys would appreciate drinking Hero Juice. M&Ms-cake-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell My son got the Salted caramel birthday cake he requested. I decorated the cake with colourful M&M chocolates to keep the bright colour theme going. M&Ms-birthday-cake-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Then added some colourful candles and placed it on a cake stand. Chalk-drawing-balloons-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Remember I mentioned how the Balloon Time Helium tank was a saving grace?

Well, it really helped with last minute party games.

I inflated a few black balloons and gave the kids chalk pens to decorate them with.

Here, you can see my son designing a few Superhero images. balloon-drawing Here they are on display. Batman-vs-superman-party-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Another fun last minute activity was to decorate the balloons with stickers.  Batman-vs-superman-balloons-superheroes-birthday-party-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here they are.

Who is your favourite, Superman or Batman? 

The party went really well. The kids enjoyed the film thoroughly. We took them for ice cream after the show as we walked home.

The boys had fun playing other games too. The Nerf gun battles up and down the stairs and X-Box games were also winners.

After dinner, the boys settled down for their sleepover. The basement family room was covered in mattresses.

They watched Wolverine on DVD before all falling asleep. Balloon-Time-Helium-UK-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The next morning after the boys had some home made pancakes for breakfast, I decided to inflate more Helium balloons. super-hero-balloons-race-Little-Big-Bell Here they are, all inflated and ready for a ………….. Balloon-race-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Balloon Race. Birthday-take-home-treats-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell A party is not a party without the going home party treats.
Party-going-home-gifts-super-heroes-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Some of the treats were packed in these thank you boxes. They were party boxes from last year’s Laser tag party, but seem to fit in well with this year’s theme and colours. Balloons-hero-party That was my last minute superheroes birthday party preparation.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post has been done in collaboration with Balloon Time but all ideas and opinions are my own).

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