Ten of the Best One-Piece Swimsuits

We’ve searched high and low and found the best swimsuits on the market this summer. Go retro with florals or pastels. Bring the off-the-shoulder or the one-shoulder trend to the beach. Or opt for nautical stripes. or a block colour instead. Shop our edit of the best summer one-pieces.

Embrace Florals

Ditch the black. Florals are big news this summer. Zara has a gorgeous printed one-piece – €19.95 Floral Print Swimwear.

 

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Stripes & Nautical

If florals simply aren’t your thing then embrace the nautical trend instead. A classic one-piece is just perfect for lounging around the pool. Seafolly Castaway Bandeau Swimsuit in Indigo €67.00 Selfridges.

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Off-the-Shoulder

Bring the off-the-shoulder trend to the beach with this gorgeous floral swimsuit from H&M…it’s almost too pretty to go in the pool. Off-the-shoulder swimsuit €24.99

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The One Shoulder

This swimsuit is bang on trend with the one-shoulder look…navy looks great with a tan but it comes in black as well as four other colours. Violet Lake, Caruso €195.00violet lake off the shoulder

Lace-it-up

Swimsuits with a lace-up feature are on trend this summer. M&S has a gorgeous print swimsuit plus hidden control fabric too. Secret Slimming™ Printed Lace-up Swimsuit in Mint Mix €54.00Image of M&S lace up swimsuit

Pretty in Pink!

Pink is this season’s must-have colour. We just love just hot pink swimsuit which will add some colour to wardrobe. Seaspray Just Colour Plunge Halter Swimsuit in lipstick pink €90.75 from Simply Beach.

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Jungle Safari

Look for wild fabrics – tropical florals and animal prints – from earthy neutrals to lush greens. Figleaves has a great selection including this Maryan Mehlhorn Rainforest One Piece – Caribbean £179

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The White Swimsuit

If you dare, a white swimsuit will show off your tan to perfection. Elegantly classic this Melissa Odabash number is designed to flatter. Phuket Halterneck Swimsuit White £200.00. Comes in indigo, dusty rose and black too.

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Body Perfect

Many swimsuits have ‘secret support’ to flatter your figure. Heidi Klein has just launched ‘Body’ a range of swimwear to give you the sleekest of silhouettes this summer. Body Cornflower Blue D-G Wrap One Piece €283.27

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Reversible swimsuits are very versatile (less packing too!). Seafolly has a fantastic reversible swimsuit in vintage floral print one side and a soft candy stripe on the reverse. Seafolly Vintage Wildflower Reversible V Maillot Swimsuit – Iceberg £98 from Cocobay.

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How to Manage Your Kids’ Screen Time

Amanda gets asked all the time “How much screen time is healthy for kids?” If you use the following as a rough guide for age appropriate screen time you won’t be going far wrong, says Amanda.

3-7-year-olds – half an hour to an hour a day

7-12-year-olds – 1 hour a day

12-15-year-olds – 1 and a half hours a day

16+ 2 hours a day

Amanda shares her top tips on managing screen time and usage with My Nametags’ newsletter readers.

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Once you’ve established and agreed with your child how much screen time they are allowed, try and stick to it.  Children are creatures of habit and love a routine. Parents and children love the TimeTokens Promise Contract for that very reason! Let them choose when to use their tokens e.g. 30 minutes after school or weekends only. “I’ve been using TimeTokens with Harry (now 9) for 2.5 years – it’s just part of our routine and so simple we don’t even think about it,” says Amanda. 

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If your child keeps to the rules, reward them.  No arguments and no complaining deserves a treat, right?  “TimeTokens uses a Golden Ticket which works really well as a carrot to keep them on track.  If they stick to the Promise Contract they get to trade in the Golden Ticket at the weekend for a well-earned treat … but not more screentime!” Described as a ‘Genius Idea’ by Kirstie Allsopp. Find out more at TimeTokens.

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Do talk to your child about internet safety. Get free and practical advice about keeping your kids safe online at Internet Matters. By keeping devices in a family space you can easily monitor what your child is viewing, says Amanda. Do talk to your child about what they like playing during their screen time usage. “Find out what their favourite app is? What do their friends play/look at?” as this way you will be tuned into what they are doing on their screens.

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There is no natural stopping device for children today, with access to 24 hours non-stop entertainment.  “Try to create your own stopping device. It will make your life easier, you then lay the ground rules with your child,” says Amanda. Try to make sure your child takes regular breaks in their screentime sessions and keeps a good posture.

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Avoid using screens during mealtimes as this should be time to chat about your day. Children’s brains need time to switch off so turn screens off at least 60 minutes before bedtime and keep bedrooms as screen-free zones.

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And finally, children model their behaviour on what they see around them so be mindful about your own digital habits – like checking your phone at the dinner table!

Introducing our New Travel Labels

We’ve lost countless flip flops and swimming goggles on holiday not to mention the odd iPod and mobile phone. But this year we will be well-armed with some of My Nametag’s new travel-themed labels to get us in the holiday mood.

 

Luggage

Don’t forget to label your luggage. There’s nothing worse than looking for that elusive black bag on the luggage carousel. We think our labels will make your bags, from suitcases to backpacks, stand out from the crowd (and hopefully harder to lose…). Why not add an address or phone number?

 

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Prams & Cots

Whether you’re going on a day trip or a week away be sure to label your child’s pram to avoid any confusion when you’re out and about. Our labels will stick onto travel cots, car and booster seats as well as baby bottles and water bottles.

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The Beach

If you’re anything like us, everything is spread across the beach by the end of the day. Use our stickers to label everything super quickly. They’ll stay in place on wet clothes and in the sun too. For beach towels and swimsuits stick them onto the care label. Never lose another pair of sunglasses, goggles, flip flops or your snorkel again.

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Electronics

Phone chargers are always going missing in our house and it only gets worse awhen we’re travelling. You should label up your phone, MP3 player, tablet and camera whether you’re travelling or not.

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Whether you choose stickers or iron-ons. My Nametags labels are bright, hard-wearing and waterproof. To buy and customise our travel labels go to www.mynametags.ie/travel or see our full range of designs and products at www.mynametags.ie

Top 7 Dresses to Rock Summer 2017

A dress is an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe from daytime and work wear to parties and weddings. We give you the lowdown on the 7 key 2017 Summer fashion trends that will most influence your wardrobe choices this year from the cold shoulder to full on florals, stripes and ruffles.

BRIGHTER THE BETTER

Rainbow colours are in. Think bright blue, sunny yellow, grass green, purple and pink…The choice is yours as long as it’s bright. Don’t be afraid to clash those brights either. Zara Frilled Lace Dress €49.95.Zara frilled lace dress

PINK, PINK & MORE PINK

Like it or not pink is one of the hottest trends this season. Anything goes from the palest blush to searing hot fuchsia. Take your pick. This  summer dress from Hush works the clashing colour trend too. Hush Grecian dress  £45 (available for delivery in Ireland).Image of Hush pink dress

THE WHITE DRESS

White is your elegant go to shade for summer. We love this perfect midi length dress with lace detail from Aspiga. Henley Cotton Silk Dress  €168.Aspiga Henley cotton dress

RUFFLE IT UP

Ruffles are here to stay. Ruffle elegantly with this gorgeous green maxi dress. If you’d rather just add a touch here and there rest assured there will be plenty of blouses and skirts with ruffles on a high street near you. Karen Millen Ruffle and lace-up maxi dress  €550.Karen Millen ruffle dress

THE COLD SHOULDER

Exposed shoulders are a big theme this season. We love the length and casual style of this number from Anthropologie. Avenia Open-Shoulder Maxi Dress  €206.Image of Anthropologie dress

WALLPAPER PRINTS

Head-to-toe prints are everywhere this summer. Full on florals are without a doubt a must. Summer Fiesta print dress €99 from & Other stories.

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GRAPHIC STRIPES

If you can’t do florals then statement stripes could be your thing. Although not strictly a dress we think this jumpsuit ticks all the style boxes. H&M Strapless Jumpsuit €49.99.HM stripe

 

 

Adam’s Epic Adventure – A close encounter…

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Remember last week when I was getting drenched by a tropical storm outside the Sydney Opera House? Well I’m back and this time a little dryer! I was getting used to wearing my poncho but thankfully I can now be back in my natural cuddly state.

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I went for a walk along this wall. As I stopped to admire the view, a passer-by noticed my nametag shining brightly. As the man approached I could see the concern on his face gradually increase. He picked me up and held me tightly in his hand. He looked around to see if anyone standing nearby might own me. Gazing me up and down he searched for more clues. My heart was beating faster and faster. I didn’t want to be abducted because I was enjoying my holiday so much! He slowly drew me closer to his face. I looked him directly in the eyes, praying he wouldn’t steal me. As he paused for what seemed like eternity I saw a glint of discontent in his eyes. He couldn’t figure out a way to reunite me with my owner and so failing to establish a solution, he popped me back on the wall and slowly walked away, turning his head towards me every so often as he drifted into the distance.  I sighed with relief. “Few! That was a close one…”

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Little did he know my name was in fact Adam, not my owner. I’m not like your average teddy bear you see. I’m on my own journey, exploring every nook and cranny of the globe in an effort to enrich my experiences and feedback some epic stories to you awesome guys. I’m sure one day I’ll reunite myself with my owner, but for now the journey of discovery must go on.

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This park seems like a safe place for me to call home this week. It has my favourite type of trees and comfy green grass. So long as it doesn’t start raining again… Next week I’ll be heading somewhere far far away. Stay tuned to see my progress, I wonder what’s around the next corner?… Until next week folks…

Adam’s epic adventure! And so it begins…

Hi, I’m Adam. You’re going to be hearing a lot more from me in the coming months. The good folks at My Nametags decided to send me off on an epic adventure and you can follow my story on our Facebook where I’ll be posting each week from some pretty awesome places!

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I was so nervous before my first ever flight but what a journey that turned out to be! I watched my favourite movie, Paddington Bear and munched on loads of teddy bear crisps the entire journey.

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After my long journey I was certainly in need of a rest. So I found a nice lake to relax by in the sun.
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After my nap by the lake I did some climbing on some nearby rocks in preparation for my big climb up a mountain the next day.

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I know I’m still smiling in this one but honestly this was only the halfway point up the mountain and I was so tired, but I had to keep pushing on if I ever wanted to be as brave as my friend, Winnie the Pooh.

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Hey Look! I made it to the top and here I am feeling pretty chuffed with myself.

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Another smile for the camera one last time before I head off to my next destination. Stay tuned to see where I end up next…

Top Six 2017 Fitness Trends

The New Year is the time of re-evaluating our lives and fitness is for many people a key area. So if you started in January with the best intentions and are ready to give up, don’t! Or if you’re still keen, finding out about the latest trends will keep your workouts fresh.

We’ve rounded up the top six fitness trends you should look out for. Adding something new to your weekly workout is bound to keep you motivated throughout 2017.

Count Steps!

Short on time? Trying to juggle home, family and work? Log your daily steps with a wearable fitness tracker or smartwatch from brands such as Garmin, Apple or Fitbit. This year’s wearables, not only track distance they will also provide heart rate readings, GPS route tracking, move reminders and more. Top tips: avoid the car, walk up the stairs and you’ll be surprised at how many more steps you can do in a day.

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Virtual boxing

The boxing fitness trend will continue into 2017 but the news is it’s going digital. Online virtual boxing workout programmes are currently available in the UK and should soon spread to Ireland. It’s super easy to do at home. All you need is a pair of 1kg weights and you can stream expert instructors to your PC/TV/Tablet/Mobile whenever you want.

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Water Workouts

Watch out for swimming fitness classes for a full body workout. Fitness clubs across Ireland are starting to offer low-impact, high-intensity water-based group High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes. These classes will offer sprint and long swims as well as resistance activities to give you a well-balanced workout without straining your joints.

Functional Fitness

Functional Fitness is the idea that you strengthen muscles every day to be able to lift a suitcase, carry your toddler etc. It’s a term that has been around for a while. However in 2017 we will see new machines to help you achieve this easily. Watch out for the Assault Bike from Walverson. The idea is has heaps of cardio and calorie-burning workout options plus the resistance increases automatically as you push, pull and pedal.

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Strength Training 

Strength training will be big news especially for women in 2017. The old myth that lifting weights makes you bulk-up is slowly disappearing.  Look out for lifting groups and the rise of one-to-one coaching on weights.strength

Mind & Body

The mindfulness concept has finally reached the gym. The focus will be on taking time out to sweat out your stress instead and trying to get to grips with the deep connection between mind and body. Watch out for beginner courses offered in high street gyms and chill out candlelit classes.

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Toy Alert – What’s Hot For 2017

We sent our My Nametags’ detectives to London’s annual Toy Fair at Olympia on 24 January to find out what will be the most sought after toys for 2017! Read this and you’ll be seriously ahead of the game for present ideas for the next 11 months…

BEST S.T.E.M. TOY

Toys that promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) skills are set to grow in popularity during 2017. We thought that the Science Lab from the Galt Explore and Discover range was fabulous and well-priced. It will be launching later this year at Galt Toys, who deliver to Ireland.

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BEST WOODEN TOY

For that big present for age 3+ Hape’s new Mighty Mountain Mine, which is part of its railway collection, ticks all the boxes. Full of interactive features including a lift, tunnels, cranes and bridges. Hape products are available for delivery to Ireland from Amazon.

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BEST CONSTRUCTION TOY

Lego has a fantastic new playset which kids will love to play cops and robbers with. It comes complete with a jail cell and breakout feature, monitoring room with screens, plus police motorbike, crook’s ATV, four mini figures and even a police dog! The LEGO City Police – Mobile Command Centre is available now from Smyths Toys.
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This adorable Sylvanian Families Village Cake Shop will keep your little ones entertained for hours. The detail is amazing with 90 pieces, including 11 varieties of cake, a Veronica Cakebread figure and a story book that’s perfect for bedtime reading. Also watch out for the Starry Point Lighthouse and Ballet Theatre which will also be released later this year. Sylvanian Families products are available in Ireland from Smyths Toys.

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BEST PRESCHOOL CHARACTER

PAW Patrol is a big hit for most pre-schoolers and this fab Paw Patrol Jungle Terrain Vehicle Rescue Set is sure to become a winner. Use the crane to pull the panther to safety and push the Paw badge to activate lights and sound. It comes with Ryder, Mateo and baby panther figures. It is available for delivery to Ireland from Toys “R” Us.

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BEST WHEELED TOY

Micro Scooters won (one of three) best Wheeled toy category at the Toy Fair and you can see why. It’s a great quality-made first bicycle for toddlers and is suitable from 2-5 years. Allows your child to build co-ordination and balancing skills. Micro Chopper Balance Bike is available from Micro-Scooters.

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BEST CREATIVE TOY

We just love this fabulous magnetic activity box. It’s bright with lots of pieces to play with to create hundreds of different pictures or scenes. The Magnetic Shape Activity Box will be available from April from Fiesta Crafts, who deliver to Ireland.

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Be a Tasty Cook – win a recipe book!

Image of Tasty cook bookWe are so excited to share a couple of recipes from brand new official cookbook from Buzzfeed’s  popular global food channel TASTY and PROPER TASTY, which shares the best and most loved recipes of 2017, as voted by the public. There are over 80 mouth-watering recipes with staying power and we’ve got one copy to give-away!

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started extracted from Tasty: Latest and Greatest (Ebury Press, c. €16.90) Photography by Lauren Volo.

To win a copy just send an email titled ‘Tasty Competition IE’ to marketing@mynametags.com before 1st Feburary 2018. Full T&Cs below. Check out more of the mouthwatering cooking videos @buzzfeedtasty@buzzfeedpropertasty

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

(Makes 8 sandwiches)

With a healthy dose of cayenne in both the marinade and  the flour dredge, this sandwich packs the heat along with the crunch. Just the juicy chicken  fillet, piled  onto a lettuce- and tomato-lined bun, would have been enough to amaze, but the dilly, lemony yogurt sauce puts this one over the top.
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BUTTERMILK  MARINADE
475ml/2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
DILL  DRESSING
350ml/1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons dill, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
20g/¼ cup  grated
Parmesan cheese
 SEASONED  FLOUR
250g/2 cups plain
(all-purpose) flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1½ teaspoons cayenne
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Peanut or vegetable  oil,
for frying
 TO  SERVE
Softened butter  for buns
8 brioche burger buns
Butter lettuce
2 tomatoes, sliced
METHOD
1  In a medium bowl, combine all the buttermilk marinade ingredients.  Toss in the chicken thighs to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the fridge, or overnight.
2  In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients  for the dill dressing. Cover and let sit for at least 1 hour in the fridge to chill.
3  In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients  for the seasoned flour. Dip the marinated chicken in the flour mixture until the chicken is completely  covered.
4  Heat the oil to 180°C  (350°F) in a deep pot. Do not  fill
more than half full with oil. Carefully fry the chicken for 7 minutes, or until cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 75°C (165°F), and the chicken should be golden brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack.
5  Heat a large frying pan or skillet. Butter the cut sides of the burger buns, then toast on the hot pan until browned and crisp. Build the sandwiches with the toasted buns, lettuce, fried chicken, tomato  slices, and dill dressing.

Giant Cinnamon Roll
(Serves 12)

 If you’ve never made a breakfast pastry, this would  be a great first one  to try. Because if a regular cinnamon roll is awesome, this one beats the world.
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DOUGH
115g/½ cup unsalted butter, melted, plus  extra for greasing the  pan
475ml/2 cups whole milk,
warm to the  touch
100g/½ cup sugar
1 pack fast-action dried
(active dry) yeast
625g/5 cups plain
(all-purpose) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
FILLING
175g/¾ cup soft butter
150g/¾ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
FROSTING
115g/4oz soft cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
140g/1 cup icing
(powdered)  sugar
METHOD
1  Generously butter  a 25.5cm (10in) cast-iron frying pan, skillet, or cake tin (pan).
2  In a large bowl, whisk together the warm milk, melted butter,  and granulated sugar. The mixture should be
just warm, registering  between 40°C (100 and 110°F). If hotter than that, allow to cool slightly before proceeding. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let sit for 1 minute. Add  520g/4 cups  of the flour to the milk
mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
3  After 1 hour, the dough should have nearly doubled  in size. Remove the towel and add an additional  100g/
¾ cup  of flour, the baking powder, and  salt. Stir well, then turn  out  onto a well-floured surface. Knead the dough lightly, adding additional flour as necessary, until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to
the surface. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 1cm (½in) thick. Fix corners to make sure they are sharp and even.
4  In a small bowl,  combine the filling ingredients and  stir to combine. Spread the filling mixture evenly  over  the rolled-out dough, spreading right to the edges. Using a pizza cutter, make 3 horizontal cuts to divide the dough into 4 long, evenly sized strips. Starting from the bottom, roll the first strip  up right  to left. Take the first roll and place it back on top of the next strip, starting again on the right side and rolling up right to left, building  on the first. Continue with the remaining strips until you have  a giant cinnamon roll.
5  Place the giant cinnamon roll in the prepared pan or cake tin (pan) and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot and leave to rise for 30 minutes. The cinnamon roll should expand to the edges of the pan during this time.
6  Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F/gas 3).
7  Uncover the cinnamon roll and bake for 45 minutes. Cover the roll with foil to prevent the outside from burning, and bake for an additional  35 minutes.
8  While the cinnamon roll is baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, butter,  milk, vanilla, and icing (powdered) sugar until smooth.
9  Remove the cinnamon roll from the oven and let cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes. Once cool, remove from the
pan and drizzle the frosting over the roll before serving.
Competition T&Cs:
– The winner shall be chosen at random.
– My Nametags will contact the winner no more than 30 days after the competition closing date.
– The prize is one copy of Tasty: Latest and Greatest.