Monday, 27 October 2014


This is one of the most exciting blog posts I’ve done so far.



Ilumi* are based in County Durham and they have produced a wonderful range of nut-, gluten- and milk-free foods.

The meals are so well thought out that they are safe to eat for people with certain allergies.


Taken straight from their website, their mission is: to create delicious, colourful, deeply flavoursome foods that our customers can trust, to make them accessible and convenient, and to spread the word about eating for wellness to the wider community.


I personally think that this is an amazing mission to have. I’m sure that many food companies out there have this, or similar, as their mission when creating food products but it is not always written so obviously on their website.


The products that I have been trying this week are under the 7-day meal plan, in which you get 10 x meals, 5 x sides, 4 x soups and 3 x ilumi-endorsed products. That’s 22 products for £44.99, bargain!






These meal plans are new and there are 4 options – 7-day, 14-day, 28-day and “try me pack”.

They are all portion controlled and so yummy plus you get to choose which meals you receive which is so much better than other companies who choose for you. I’m quite a fussy eater so I’d like to choose my food!!


The best part about their meal plans is that they can help you to:

  • Lose weight

  • Increase your energy

  • Sleep better

  • The meal plans are better value as you save over 30% than if you buy the products individually.

Not only do they send you your meal plan for your selected amount of days, on their website there are some helpful hints and tips that you can print off for yourself. On this page they give you a small shopping list that shouldn’t cost you too much, but it does help to ensure that you get all of your 5 a day. They also suggest to only have alcohol in moderation, as you should be anyway!


First up, the Spanish rice and vegetables. It comes in a tray and similar with your typical ready meal, you remove the sleeve, pierce the film lid and heat in the microwave for 2 ½ minutes.

In this pack there are 277 calories, I don’t think you can get a meal better than that!

It’s packed full of vegetables like butternut squash, yellow and red pepper, onion and tomatoes. Plus it’s made with brown rice instead of white rice.

Before I even sit down to eat it, I’m sold!

And once I’d eaten it, it turns out I got my hopes up a bit. I prefer my vegetables a bit al dente but these were really soft. The rice was perfect but it felt like there was just a bit too much seasoning for my liking!


It comes in a microwavable tray so it’s easy to cook!


Packed full of goodness!

The second product I want to share with you is the tomato and red pepper soup. At the time of deciding what to eat, I’d just done a long shift and wanted something I knew I would enjoy.

And it was so delicious! The balance of flavours was just right, and there were little pieces of tomato and red pepper, which gave it some texture. It wasn’t watered down at all and it wasn’t too thick like some soups can be, for me it really was the perfect soup!



Can you tell I enjoyed it?!

On the back of all their packets is a bout themselves with a line “irresistible taste you can trust”.

They claim to have their flavours locked in and 100% natural ingredients.


Nice and easy to understand!


*This post was sponsored by Ilumi and all views and opinions are 100% my own.



Sunday, 26 October 2014

Apple and Blackberry Crumble

I've had these ingredients just sat around for a while and I love to have blackberries in a crumble! This is such a great dessert for this time of year!

Filling -
4 apples
1 tbsp water
3 tbsp sugar
225g blackberries
Crumble Top –
170g plain flour
75g butter
75g sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C. Put the apple chunks, water and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat and cook until the apples are soft, for roughly 10 minutes. Stir every so often so that it doesn’t stick. Taste and add sugar to see if it needs more.

Transfer the apples to a dish and add in the blackberries.

How cute are these ramekins my mum gave me?

I used my mums homegrown blackberries! And she just happened to have a few raspberries so I thought I would add them in too!

To make the crumble top, rub the butter into the flour to resemble breadcrumbs and add the sugar.

Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the filling mixture and cook in the oven for 30 – 45 minutes for larger crumbles and around 15 minutes for smaller, individual crumbles.

Serve with ice cream or cream!

It was delicious if I may say so myself!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Job Interview Tips

This topic today is a follow up of my two previous blog posts on having a Job and What’s In My Bag for job interviews.

These are tips that I go by when I go for job interviews, and even though the interviewer obviously loves me anyway (JK), I feel that these tips really do work if you really want the job you’re going for. 

  • Be Yourself
I guess this is a bit of an obvious one, but don’t try to be someone you aren’t, the interviewer has probably done hundreds of these interviews and will be able to see right through it! They will love you a whole lot more if you just relax and be yourself.

  • Hide The Nerves
This is a harder one out of the lot, but if you can get past the nerves just a little bit, you will be able to give off a much better impression than if you are just a ball of nerves.

  • Be Honest
There’s no point telling the interviewer something that isn’t true. If you can convince them that you’ve had tons of experience then be my guest, but if you can’t back it up with some evidence then you’ll be making a bit of a fool of yourself in my opinion.

  • Act Confident
If you can get past those nerves, act confident, even if you aren’t! I’m a really negative person sometimes but once you get me talking, sometimes I can’t stop; it’s a strange thing. But I just act confident, even when I’m having an awful day and I have to go to work, I put on a brave face and act as confident as I can!

  • Don’t Be So Uptight
And breathe…! Just relax. There’s that whole saying about how the spider is more scared of you that you are of it. Now I’m not saying the interviewer is scared of you but they’re probably nervous too and they want to get the best possible interview from you so relax a little, it’s not so bad!

  • But Keep It Professional
Ok, so don’t relax too much, keep the banter there, laugh a bit but you aren’t having a chat with your best friend. You do need to keep some form of professionalism there or they definitely won’t hire you!

  • Give Them A Reason To Choose You

Don’t forget, you are great! They called you in to have an interview for a reason; they thought your application was good enough. So show them what you’ve got, you’ll have that job no doubt!


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

And Breathe…

I’ve struggled quite a lot the past few weeks. I originally wanted to write a post about gaining confidence, and I will eventually, but whenever I sat down to write it, I just started feeling worse or would end up crying. Now that isn’t how I want to feel every time I sit down to write.

So I thought I would put that post on hold and do something a bit different! It’s been a tough few weeks that came as a huge shock. Not getting a student loan is absolutely horrible! And I honestly don’t know how people afford to live when they don’t earn thousands a month! Who knew there were so many bills to pay?

I am still trying to get my head around all of this and working out a lot of things but blogging has actually been my escape, I’ve written up a whole month of blog posts!

Only the other day did I manage to calm down, I was crying uncontrollably for no reason and I have no reason to worry about certain things because my family are so great and supportive. I snapped out of it, sat down, read through blogs that helped me think a little more positively. Then I did writing for my own blog.

It helps to take a step back sometimes, when things feel like they’re going wrong, just sit down with a cup of tea and take 5 minutes for you. It can make the world of difference and I think everyone should do it more often!

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