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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Summer Survival with Indigo Herbs


Indigo Herbs* which have been helping me lead a much healthier lifestyle while still enjoying my social life.  It is so easy to let our health slip at the best of times, but especially when there seems to be so much more going out and drinking in the Summer, so I am here to save the day with some amazing products so you don't need to worry about depriving your body!
think we are all loving that it is finally Summer, which means plenty more socialising with friends, parties and Weddings. I have been trying out the perfect products from

The first product I decided to try was the Organic Super Cleanse Detox Tea, I am so wary of detox teas, I have always heard bad things about them but decided to give this one a go. I was pleasantly surprised by this one, it was certainly uplifting and I felt so much better after drinking the tea for a few days, particularly because I have been quite unwell recently! It was quite nice to feel cleansed and refreshed afterwards. This loose leaf tea is 100% pure botanical ingredients and includes fennel, liquorice and ginger. It was a big yes from me!


Organic Spirulina Tablets were a new product for me, I didn't really know what to expect but when I told my mum what I had received, she was particularly intrigued by these. She told me they are great for energy and a great pick-me-up, which of course the information from Indigo Herbs confirmed! It is a high protein, multi vitamin and mineral supplement, packed with anti-oxidants and alkalising vitamin B and detoxifying vitamin E. They are a highly nutritious tablet which will rescue you from the worst hangover! Have you ordered yours yet?!

I am a massive fan of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, I have previously written on the topic and used it in some of my recipes before. I think my favourite thing about Coconut Oil is that it is so versatile, you would instantly think of using it for cooking, but I love that it can be used as part of a beauty routine too or it can be used to make a superfood ball, bar or in a smoothie, which I had personally never thought of but cannot say that it sounds appealing to me! It has extensive health benefits and since it is a fast metabolising fat it makes great brain food!


I'm no stranger to Organic Maca Powder but I have not had it in a while, nor used it in the recommended ways by Indigo Herbs. This is a root vegetable, originating in South America and is a renowned energy enhancer and the ultimate Summer superfood! It is perfect to pop into a morning smoothie, always my favourite option, and is great to pop in home-made ice creams, for which I have found plenty new recipes for recently, it adds a great nutritious malty taste. What is great about Maca Powder is that it has a rich, rare blend of vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, iron and zinc. This really helps to calm the nervous system. 


Another new product for me is Turmeric Powder which is apparently the absolute must have product for 2016! It has such a wide range of health benefits making it the best option for anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, cleansing and purifying. While it is typically used in curry and rice dishes, it is a great tonic for the body's system and is now the new hipster cuppa; The Golden Latte! Move over Green Tea! It is recommended to mix Turmeric with almond, coconut or cashew milk, add some ginger, coconut oil and coconut sugar, to make you this Summer's alternative caffeine drink.

One of my favourite features of Indigo Herbs products are that they are certified organic, quality assured and suitable for vegetarians. Plus they are all super affordable which is always a bonus when I run out of my favourite products!

*All Products featured in this post are kindly gifted from Indigo Herbs


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Monday, 4 July 2016

Let's Talk



These past few weeks, I have really been getting myself together. I had a realisation that my mental health had really started to suffer and I had to get it sorted out. But I also had to help myself by living a much healthier lifestyle.

Whilst I have built an amazing support network around me, I have also distanced myself from all the negative relationships and feelings I had, this alone has made a huge difference to a healthier lifestyle and I feel so much better because of it.

To be honest, I felt completely lost, I had abandoned all my hobbies, stopped doing what I loved. The one thing that kept me going and grounded was my Bullet Journal. It is literally a god send.

I then decided to take a step back and re-evaluate all of my goals and make sure they actually what I want to achieve. It worked, I felt less pressure on myself and at the end of the day, I can only be the best that I possibly can.

My point is that I have managed to get myself together and I thought I would share my tips for you to do the same!
  • Detox your life of all toxic relationships
  • Eat better, feel better
  • Take a step back and take a deep breath, then carry on
  • Go back to what you love, find passion in your hobbies again
  • Surround yourself with a great support network and people you love
  • Re-evaluate your goals, make sure you are being realistic



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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Alphabet Dating - A & B


For a little while now, my Boyfriend and I have been planning to do Alphabet Dating. So for anyone who doesn't know what that is, you take a letter of the alphabet and pick something to do beginning with that letter, starting with A and finishing at Z. For example, for H you could go Horse Riding.

It all stemmed from us going on our first date to the Zoo and I suggested we go to the Aquarium (so you can guess what we did for A). And being quite a competitive pair, we also wanted to go Bowling...you can see where this is going. That's when my Boyfriend suggested Alphabet Dating. So we knew what A and B would be but the rest is a surprise.

Now because I am probably the best Girlfriend in the world, I didn't just want to go to the Aquarium, that would be no fun.

I started the date by picking him up and presenting him with a few treats. The night before I had made some mini apple pies (which were delicious if I say so myself), I had bought some Alphabet Letter Sweets and some Appletiser, plus a few other bits. I had also written a little card but that will remain unseen!

We headed to the Aquarium and enjoyed a couple of hours there (it's tiny so we didn't need much more than that) and they also have an Arcade next door (convenient with it being an A alphabet date eh?). I will leave you with a mini photo diary.













It has got to be one of the best dates we have ever been on and one of the best days ever!

For anyone who is going to try this, here is some inspiration for A:
Date Ideas: Art Gallery, Adventure Gold, Archery
Food: Asian, American, anything Apple
Extras: Appreciate, Affection

On to B. I was so looking forward to this! I've wanted to go Bowling for such a long time, and even better to go with my Boyfriend. We went to the Bowling Alley in Southampton as it is so much better than our local one. We enjoyed 3 games there, I say we, I mean he very much enjoyed beating me for two games but I stole the last one back, I couldn't let him have all the victory could I?! We then headed back to town and went to Byron's to eat Burgers, because it is literally my favourite place to eat! Ain't he cute?! It was such a great evening and it makes me so excited to see what else he has planned.

Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of that night, but here is some inspiration for B:
Date Ideas: Bingo, Bike Riding, Boats, Balloon Ride
Food: BBQ
Extras: Bubble Bath, Bear (a good old teddy bear), walking on the Beach

Aren't we adorable?

What should I do for C?!


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Monday, 27 June 2016

7 Steps To Start A Bullet Journal


If you haven't heard of Bullet Journals, where have you been?! They are such a big thing now!

WARNING: This is one hell of a hefty post, sorry, not sorry.

I have been doing my current one for 3 months and I am completely addicted, so much so that I now use two Bullet Journals, one for my day to day life and one for my "collections".

I did a hell of a lot of research before I started mine, I'm talking YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Google, I bit the bullet (no pun intended) and bought a relatively cheap squared notebook and got started. It was very much an experimentation at this point, I used different layouts that I thought might work for me and I also put my collections with this but later decided this just wasn't for me!


I have now been sent the beautiful new Leuchtturm B5 Notebook*, Pink Pen Loop* and Pilot Fountain Pen* in White from J.B.Welly. I honestly think I'm in love. It also gives me the opportunity to start ready for August in a way that I know my Bullet Journal works for me.

How To Start Your Own Bullet Journal:
  1. You need supplies: I know there are people, such as myself, who already have a lot of the things they already need, this did not stop me! I would suggest getting yourself either a dot grid or squared notebook, such as one of the Leuchtturm's, a pack of fineliners (my favourite are actually from Tesco), a couple of coloured pens (I use the Papermate Flair) and perhaps some washi tape if some takes your fancy. You can check out my post on 17 Ways To Decorate Your Bullet Journal for more ideas.
  2. Research: Look around on Pinterest and Instagram, you'll get tonnes of inspiration! You can check out my Bullet Journal Pinterest Board for the inspiration I use.
  3. Experiment: Absolutely no one's Bullet Journal is perfect, nor should it be, but that's half the fun of it. It will take time to find what is right for you. The start of my first Bullet Journal is a state!
  4. Plan Your Set Up: I find it easiest to make a note of what I want to put in my Bullet Journal, just in case I want to research it or come back to it later. I will often mind map how I'm going to do it and plan it so, for me, it's perfect! Unless you have a clear idea of what you want then you can just put your pen to paper straight away.
  5. Create The Backbone: I would initially include pages such as the Index, a Key, a Future Log, a Monthly Log, a Daily/Weekly Log and a To Do list. I include all of these in my Bullet Journal in some way, just perhaps not under those headings.


  6. Keep Calm: Don't overwhelm yourself to start with. It is so easy to dive in head first and cram as much as you can into it, and do as much as you can, but I would not suggest this is a good way to go, personally. It's like Marmite, you could love it or hate it!
  7. Collections: My favourite part has got to be doing my collections. Everything from keeping track of money to weight loss, motivational quotes to my goals, travel plans to what I'm doing next week. The list is honestly endless, it brings out creativity I never thought I had and I have a beautiful notebook because of it!
Now on to how good the Leuchtturm B5 is...it's beautiful, it really is. It's bigger than the A5 and also thinner. Now for me, and my layout, the bigger page is so much better as it means I can fit more in and therefore write more! The paper quality is great and the dot grid also means more freedom with writing on the page. I do find I have to pick my choice of pen wisely as a lot of the time I do get shadowing through the other side of the page which can be seen in my pictures. You can also see I popped the pen loop in with this notebook, I will say it is smaller than I expected, it doesn't fit all pens but this Ban.Do pen conveniently fits in it!


I'm also completely in love with the Pilot MR Metropolitan Fountain Pen. The medium nib is perfect for me and it is an absolute dream to write with! I know a lot of people do enjoy writing with fountain pens but for me, I think it would be more for my notes on a day to day basis, I wouldn't be doing any fancy calligraphy just yet! If you are looking for a nice affordable fountain pen then I would highly recommend this one as it is such great quality. They also do rollerball pens which I have been eyeing up!



I must add that John from J.B.Welly has outstanding customer service, and for someone who works in retail that is saying something! I love the little touches, like a Thank You card and the most stunning wrapping paper which I was so careful to open so I could reuse it! The wrapping paper is hand made in India and you can tell how much care John puts in to each package, as if it is a gift to yourself and it makes the joy of opening it so much more!

A massive Thank You to John who kindly sent over these products. I cannot recommend J.B.Welly enough for all your Bullet Journal needs!



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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Nutella Stuffed Cookies

I haven't done a recipe in absolutely ages. This one though is an absolute crowd pleaser, my family loved them and we took them to a Housewarming Party where they were a hit too.


My Boyfriend and I have been trying to do more cooking and we constantly find loads of recipes on Facebook that we want to try. This just so happened to be one of them, and it is ridiculously easy. And, my god, they taste like heaven! We've made them twice already and I cannot wait to make them again, since everyone is asking for them!

This recipe makes 15 cookies

Ingredients:
225g Soft Butter
140g Caster Sugar
280g Plain Flour
1 Egg Yolk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Like all the chocolate chips you can cram in (technical terms, I know)
A jar of Nutella 

Method:
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  2. Add the egg yolk and mix well. Then add the flour and vanilla extract.
  3. Add in all the chocolate chips you can, depending on how much of a chocolate overload you want! Mix all of this together!
  4. On a floured surface, roll the cookie dough into a sausage shape, depending on how large you want the cookies, for this recipe I would recommend making the sausage shape short and fat as you need to put Nutella in the middle!
  5. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for 1 hour.
  6. Take it out and cut into discs, flatten them out a bit and put a spoonful of Nutella in the middle and roll into a ball, making sure the Nutella is inside the cookie dough ball!


  7. Pop some greaseproof paper on a baking tray and make all of your cookies. Bake for 15 minutes at 190C. And enjoy!

We made the error of using triple chocolate cookie dough to start with but it is simply too brittle to keep the Nutella in the middle and form a ball! So I would recommend sticking to your classic cookie dough.



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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Father's Day Gift Guide

Helllllo! So I'm not doing well with this whole posting regularly on here, but I've got an exciting post today with gift ideas for Father's Day. 

With Father's Day right around the corner, and I mean it's this weekend for anyone who may have forgotten. So I thought I would share a few ideas of what you could get!


Aftershave - A Classic! If you know what your Dad would like in a scent then there are always some great deals going on to get some Aftershave at a decent price!

Chocolate - always a winner! Need I say more?!

Beer or Wine or some form of alcoholic beverage - You know the sort. Whatever your Dad's favourite drink is, get him a bottle of that. I'm sure he would be very grateful!

Cufflinks 


If your Dad is a businessman or often has to wear a shirt and cufflinks (well duh!) then a new set of cufflinks would be perfect. These Howick Cufflinks from House of Fraser would be perfect. The Howick Tailored Square Honeycomb Mother of Pearl cufflinks* are the perfect gift and are only £15.40. Look how classy these are?!

Gift Voucher - a bit of a cop out if you ask me but at least your Dad will be able to go and choose something he loves.

Everyday Carry Items 


The chances are most Father's will be on the go and will need a few items to always carry around. This pencil case is perfect to carry around any pens or accessories he may need to. This is the Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer pencil case** from Bureau Direct can hold a great deal and has lots of little pockets for when you want to stand it on your desk but it also folds away small so you can carry it around easily everyday. It is a bargain at £12.50 and Bureau Direct do free delivery over £10! The pencil case also comes in Black/Red, Light Green/Dark Green and Turquoise/Navy. However, I am partial to the Grey/Pink colour scheme! I am completely in love with mine and will definitely be carrying mine everywhere I go!



Another perfect gift for Father's Day are these Field Notes** in Pitch Black and "The Expedition" Limited Edition, both of which are £7.95, will both be winners. The Pitch Black Collection would be a classier version of the Field Notes with dot grid paper making it a bit more versatile than your standard lined paper. The Expedition Collection is perfect for anyone who likes to be outdoors and as we all know the English weather all too well, this pack of 3 notebooks are waterproof. It's true, I tested them, the whole book is waterproof! So, if your Dad is likely to be in the rainy weather and needs some notes, these notebooks would be absolutely perfect!!

What are you getting your Dad for Father's Day?

*PR Sample kindly received from House of Fraser
**PR Sample kindly received from Bureau Direct


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