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Saturday, 24 September 2016

19 Things To Do In Autumn

Autumn and Winter have got to be my favourite seasons. I love when Autumn hits and there is crisp air with a slight chill. Winter is great for getting cosy and warm by the fire. Evenings watching films with popcorn and hot chocolate are the one.

Things To Do In Autumn:
  • Carve a Pumpkin
  • Watch Fireworks
  • Go on Autumn Walks
  • Go to a Farmers Market
  • Make Toffee/Chocolate Apples
  • Go for a Hike
  • Movie Night on Halloween
  • Make DIY Halloween Decorations
  • Drink Hot Chocolate
  • Getting Cosy
  • Sunday Drives
  • Make Apple Crumble
  • Light some Candles
  • Go on a walk through the fog
  • Do some Baking
  • Get out the Warm Thick Scarves
  • Toast Marshmallows
  • Play Board Games
  • Walk through Crunchy Leaves
What are you going to do this Autumn?

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Healthy Snacks

I can say it till I'm blue in the face but snacking is my weakness. Always. However, I've been very mindful of it lately with having my job quite intense for a week, making sure I was eating the right foods and I've been fortunate enough to have tried some new and exciting snacks recently!

The first snack I have been loving is from Planet Hemp with their Hemp Snacks*. They are Super Mini Bouchées that come in two flavours: Forbidden Fruit and Cacao Heaven. Both flavours taste amazing and I couldn't pick a favourite if I tried! What I love about these snacks is that not only are they delicious, they are also packed full of so much goodness. Yeah, that's right, goodness. They contain Hemp which is a seed that is high in protein, omegas 3 and 6, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese. It is very easy to digest unlike other seeds I have come across and they are an excellent source of essential fatty acids. Plus they contain ALL essential amino acids. "I can get that all from a snack?!" I hear you say, well yes you can! 

As a family, we are huge fans of popcorn, always have been! So when I got to try Willy Chase's Fit Corn, I was over the moon! Their Fit Corn* comes in 5 flavours: Willy's Cider Vinegar, Nearly Naked, Chase Smoky Bloody Mary, Goats Cheese, Red Onion & Thyme and Salted Honey. I absolutely love the fact that for the Willy's Cider Vinegar popcorn they use their own Apple Cider Vinegar that they have made! Plus it has it's health benefits too: aiding with weight loss, improving digestion, and so many more. For me the flavours are amazing, they taste better than any popcorn I've tried before, and that is a lot, and I don't think I can choose a favourite, but I think Salted Honey is swaying it for me. You can buy your own here

As a huge fan of Mango, it is my go to fruit in its natural form but also when it is dried as it obviously keeps for a lot longer. I always carry some of the Urban Fruit Magnificent Mango around with me in case I get peckish at work.

I love Olives! So when I got the Chili and Oregano Flavour of Oloves in the August Degustabox, I was very excited! They taste amazing and Chili and Oregano isn't a flavour combination I've tried with olives before but it is definitely a winner for me.

Nutripot is another product I received in the August Degustabox. I received the Aromatic Thai Noodles and also the Moroccan Couscous but I have to say the noodles were more to my taste. For me, it just had a bit more flavour! These Nutripots have 50% of your daily vitamins and minerals, are high in protein, low in saturated fat and have no added sugar, artificial colours or preservatives. I really want to try some more of their flavours as they make such great lunches.

Lastly, a product I received in the July Degustabox that sorts out my sweet tooth when I have a craving, is the Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavour. These little bites have soft fruit centres and are covered in smooth dark chocolate, I don't need to say any more except these are delicious!

What are your favourite healthy snacks?

*Snacks kindly received in exchange for a review

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Bio-tiful & Delicious Smoothie Recipe

I have got something super exciting to share with you today. It's been far too long since I shared some delicious smoothies and more importantly, a great recipe with you!

Before I share my Smoothie recipe with you, I thought I would give you a bit of background on Bio-tiful and all its amazing health benefits that come with it. Kefir is a creamy yoghurt-like dairy drink packed with a large variety of probiotics, very important for us. It has a tart taste but has 3 times the amount of probiotics than your regular yoghurt and helps to keep you regular and prevents bloating or more serious IBS-related symptoms, now if there's one way to convince me to try something, it's if it prevents bloating!

The Bio-tiful range is award-winning and they use a 2000-year old live probiotic culture containing only British milk and it has no added preservatives or sugar, a winner right there! To be honest, after trying all of the drinks, they definitely do not need to add preservatives or sugar as they taste great as they are!

The range includes four products: Bio-tiful Dairy Organic Kefir Milk Drink*, Bio-tiful Dairy Organic Riazhenka* and Bio-tiful Dairy Kefir Smoothie Range* in Honey & Mint and Morello Cherry.

I typically use the two milk drinks in smoothies as they tasted much better mixed with some fruit in my opinion and conjured up some delicious smoothies with them!

The smoothie range from Bio-tiful was also great, the Morello Cherry had to be my favourite as I way prefer fruit based smoothies, it had a great taste and was packed full with health benefits too. The Honey & Mint was not quite to my taste, I think because I didn't expect the mint to be as powerful in the smoothie and it put me off a little bit. I did however like that it was quite sweet with the honey in it.

Now the anticipated smoothie I made was with one of the Bio-tiful milk drinks and some delicious red berries. I highly recommend trying it, you won't regret it! This recipe makes two smoothies, one for now and one for later.

1 Small Bottle of Bio-tiful Dairy Organic Riazhenka Milk Drink
A handful of Strawberries, tops cut off
A handful of Raspberries

It is really as simple as that! Put the bottle of Bio-tiful with all the fruit into a NutriBullet or equivalent smoothie making device and blend until it is completely smooth! You could also add some Chia Seeds or Superfood Powders for added health benefits but I think this one has enough just on its own!

Should you wish to buy your own drinks, check out their Stockists site to find your local store selling their range!

What do you think of the Bio-tiful range?

*Bio-tiful range kindly received in exchange for a review

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Back To School with Derwent & Write Size

If my last post for Back to School did not sway you to go out and buy a whole load of stationery then this post most definitely will.

I was so grateful when I received the most amazing products from Derwent.

I instantly opened the Derwent Colouring Book* and Derwent Metallic Pencils* because ermagod metallic colouring pencils! It's not often that I am blown away by colouring pencils but these were magical! They colour so smoothly and blend so well, making colouring so much more fun and they now look pretty artistic for me. I had to start colouring with them right away, before I even photographed them, blogger problems! I will definitely be using them in other colouring books I have.

I also received Blendable Colouring Pencils*, these were even softer than the metallic colouring pencils and an absolute dream to colour with. It can make the most dull picture so much more creative, interesting and pretty!

I also received a large tin of their artist pencils*, now I'm no artist but I sure do appreciate a good set of pencils when I see them! These would be perfect for anyone who is taking Art or simply loves drawing.

Another product I received for Back To School was a selection of pencils from Write Size*. Write Size specialise in creating pencils aimed at a certain age group. So typically those of ages 2-6 years, 6-10 years and 10+ years have a certain size hand. These pencils are cut to a certain length and width to make it much easier for the pencil to fit in their hand when they are writing at school or at home. Genius? Yeah I think so.

*Products kindly received for review purposes from Smallman Media

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Back To School with Fabriano Boutique

As a self confessed stationery hoarder and addict, Back to School is the perfect time for me! There is nothing better than those Back to School sales and promotions to stock up!

I am already a big fan of Fabriano notebooks as it was the home to my first Bullet Journal and I now have a replacement! This beautiful blue, white and green patterned notebook* has dot grid pages which is what I prefer to Bullet Journal in and I would most definitely have an Academic Bullet Journal if I was still studying. The blue notebook* is a staple for studying. With great quality paper and lined pages, I would 100% use this for study notes, but instead I will be using it for blogging notes!

This stunning linen pouch* has got to be a new favourite of mine, with 2 pens, a pencil, a small ruler and a pocket for a sharpener and rubber, I carry this everywhere! It has all your basics that you need and is so tiny it fits in your bag nicely! There's also room for a highlighter and some coloured pens and pencils, if, like me, you prefer to have your notes a bit more pretty!

I have drawers full of stationery perfect for back to school, my staples would include:
  • A4/A5 lined notebooks
  • A pencil case
  • A selection of coloured pens and normal biros
  • A few highlighters
  • A ruler, sharpener and rubber
  • Sticky notes
  • Paperclips
  • Folders
Quite literally everything!

What are your Back To School essentials?

*Products gifted for review from Smallman Media

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Blossoming Gifts

I absolutely love receiving flowers, I mean who doesn't? There's something so great about having a big bunch of flowers sat on the table because someone has sought of you and wants to see you smile when they give them to you. Am I right?

Blossoming Gifts* got in touch to say they wanted to do just this, I, of course, happily agreed and chose the stunning Cinder Rose bouquet which included the most beautiful pink roses, white anastasia alstroemeria and dainty gypsophila. I was in love the minute it arrived at my door.

My favourite thing about getting flowers delivered to my house is the quality. I often find that the quality of the flowers is incredible, when you follow the care instructions that you are given, the flowers last twice as long and can even last as long as a couple of weeks!

There is so much to choose from on the Blossoming Gifts site, and it is so much more than just flowers. It is actual gifts which is obviously in the name! You can upgrade to add a vase to the bouquet of flowers or perhaps a bottle of Prosecco. I mean anyone that gives you flowers and Prosecco is surely a keeper, am I right?! They also do Hampers, of which I am a massive fan, these are great for gifts and are always such great value!

You can get 33% off your own bouquet of flowers with the discount code BGIFTS33 (please note: this code does not apply to the flowers by post range). So what are you waiting for?!

*Blossoming Gifts kindly sent the beautiful bouquet of flowers featured in this post

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