August 20, 2016

NEW IN: BEAUTY

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I have recently stumbled upon a few miracle products,I'm not someone that regulary tries tonnes of new beauty products but when I find something that works for me I'm fixated and feel the need to let everyone know about it,here I have gathered together four new discoveries that I can't go a day without using.

Now you're probably thinking it's a bit weird to feature a toothbrush in this post,however this is no ordinary toothbrush.Firstly just look at it,it's pink,it's see through,it has silky soft bristles and it's super lightweight.Since using this my teeth feel super clean and although the bristles are softer than on the brush I would usually use,it cleans my teeth thoroughly whilst still being gentle on my gums.I no longer find brushing my teeth a chore with this brush,if you want to treat your teeth,buy this!

Why have I never tried these before? I have always been a Real Techniques girl and nothing else has ever compared...well,thats until these beauties landed on my doorstep.The Eco Tools brushes are incredibly soft and each brush does its designated job perfectly.Not only do they work wonders they also look beautiful,so simple and clean,they have taken pride of place on my dressing table and won't be budging anytime soon.

If you buy one item from this post then please make it this.I am absolutely head over heels in love with this product.I have always bought just the standard Effaclar Duo cream which was in itself brilliant,however this stuff just blows it out of the water.In short I guess it's just a tinted moisturiser and trust me when I say that this stuff makes my skin look flawless,I apply it straight onto cleansed skin,put a bit of concealer under my eyes,whack my mascara on and i'm good to go,it's that simple and still,every time I apply it,it blows my mind.

Can we just take a minute for this packaging?How cute is it? This bronzer has been my "go-to" as of late,it's very pigmented and gives me a lovely summery glow,it's also brilliant for contouring with, it's golden colour leaves a beautiful shadow and creates the illusion of a cracking cheekbone! This brands' products are cruelty free also which gets a huge thumbs up from me,oh and it also looks amazing swept on the eyelid for extra bronzed goodness.


Have you discovered any miracle products recently? I'd love to know what you've been trying.


August 11, 2016

FOODIE MUST HAVES

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If you are a lover of food like myself you will know that sometimes you have to go far and wide or attend every food festival possible to find new brands.I thought I would gather eight new finds of mine which I have been in love with and make it that little bit easier for people to discover something different...Just call me your personal shopper.

HEARTSEASE FARM
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First up is a soft drink range from Radnor Hills called Heartsease Farm, they use their own spring water and natural flavourings to create this beautiful Premium Presse collection. I especially like the Elderflower Presse and the Traditional Lemonade,perfect with some ice for a hot summers day or a lovely addition to a shot of Gin (I will admit,I've had lots of these).

FLOWER & WHITE
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Need I say anything? Just look at them!!! If they don't send your sweet tooth into action then there is something seriously wrong with you. Flower & White are the award winning innovators behind a range of sweet treats including Merangz,Muffinz,Tweenerz & Custardz.I can 100% say that these are the best Meringues I have ever tasted,they have got the Sugar balance spot on,they are crisp all the way through and make a perfect accompaniment to a bowl of English Strawberries.They have a massive thumbs up from me!!

ROSS & ROSS
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Us Brits love a BBQ and when we get that rare, piping hot Summers day we all seem to go mad and bulk buy enough Sausages and Chicken to last us a lifetime. Ross & Ross have come up with a perfect addition to your meat feast.Simple marinades,rubs and salts will transform your boring Sausages and Dry,flavourless Chicken Drumsticks,I can vouch that the Habanero and Pineapple Marinade is delicious,a must try for any meat lovers out there.

YUSHOI
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Lets just say ...the BEST baked snack I have tried in a very long time.Yushoi are made solely from green peas and rice making them a hell of a lot more healthy than your standard baked crisp (Only 96 Calories to be exact).They are subtly seasoned with a range of sensational flavours including Lightly Salted,Soy and Balsamic Vinegar,Smoked Salt and Szechuan Pepper and Sweet Chilli and Lemon (My Fave) you can pick up the Japanese influence on each mouthful,these have fast become my new favourite "on the go" Snack.

SUKI TEA
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I'm not going to beat around the bush,I am obsessed with Tea so my opinion may be slightly bias,however I think anyone with an inch of a tastebud would agree with me that Suki Teas are Splendid.When these came through the post I immediately opened the Belfast Brew as I'm a huge fan of a strong black tea,with each sip a smile cascaded across my face,a simply beautiful,full bodied blend immediately hit the spot.White Tea Elderflower is another favourite,I am a sucker for anything with Elderflower in,mouthwateringly refreshing yet delicate in taste,I am looking forward to making a Gin and Tonic with this (Yep,Apparently all I do is drink Gin). #sukitea #sukiteatreasures

JIM JAMS
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What's a food post without a bit of chocolatey goodness? The thing I love about Jim Jams is their awareness of Sugar,I feel up until now there hasn't been a healthy chocolate spread anywhere,which I believe was a huge gap in the market,that gap now filled,Jim Jams have created a delicious spread which contains 83% less sugar than leading brands which is obviously, on a whole,better for your health,not to mention your teeth.This spread is also suitable for Diabetics and is Gluten Free,whats not to love? An all round winner which still holds on to that pleasing chocolate taste.I can't wait to make Brownies with this!!

HODMEDOD'S
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Over the last few years I have become more and more interested in Grains and Pulses,I wouldn't touch them as a child but after a quarter of a century I have introduced them into my diet and wish I had done so earlier in life. I have recently Founded Hodmedod's who,alongside British Farmers produce an array of super tasty Pulses,Grains and Flours,some of which include Fava beans,Carlin Peas,Quinoa and yellow Pea Flour.I recently made some Soup and added the Fava beans,I had never tried them before and was immediately won over,such a tasty product and a brilliant addition to bulk up your soups.Theres something wonderfully satisfying about eating food that has been grown and raised in Great Britain.A must try if you are Pulse and Grain crazy.

THE ORGANIC PROTEIN COMPANY
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Protein....something I have always been scared of,I'm not sure why,I think I used to get the impression that it would make me pile the pounds on,however with weekly exercise I have noticed nothing but good things.I was initially won over with The Organic protein Company by the fact that they have a passion for animal welfare and donate 25p per pack sold, to Compassion in world farming which helps improve the livelihood of cows and others livestock in the UK. Organic Whey protein is perfect added into fruit smoothies and homemade cakes and bread.This product has turned my views around and i'm really enjoying adding it into my daily diet.I highly recommend this product if you are new to protein.

Have you found any amazing news food brands recently? I would love to know what they are.


August 07, 2016

NEW IN: MINIMAL JEWELLERY

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I'm 99% sure everyone has dabbled with the minimal craze,be it interiors,clothing or Jewellery we all want that simple,minimalistic lifestyle and we are seeing more and more of it across social platforms and on blogs.I have recently jumped on the bandwagon by adding some beautiful pieces to my collection from My Jewellery Story.
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I love mixing my metals and MYJS do it so well,some people would die at the thought of wearing all three coloured metals together however I love how it looks and will continue to do so wether it's "in fashion" or not.The quality of these items is wonderful,so well crafted and weighty and the price is extremely affordable.I've been wearing the stackable rings on a daily basis and the bangles in the evening for a more dressed up look.

Would you wear mixed metals?

August 03, 2016

KATECOOKS: RASPBERRY ICE CREAM

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: YOU WILL NEED :
+ 450g Raspberries
+ 225g Caster Sugar
+ 450ml Double Cream
+ 225ml Whole Milk
+ 2tsp Vanilla Extract

: HOW TO :

1.Put Raspberries into a blender and pulse until nearly smooth.
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2.Add your Raspberry paste into a large bowl,add Sugar,Milk,Cream and Vanilla Extract and mix together.

3.If you have an Ice Cream maker you can now pour your mixture in and follow the guidelines,I use one by Savisto,its super easy and quick to use,I've made a few batches of different flavours in it now and adore it.If you don't own one you can simply pour your mixture into a freezable container,pop it in the freezer and freeze overnight,but I highly recommend investing in one of these babies.
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4.TADAAA it's as simple as that,Pop on top of a crisp meringue or enjoy in a chocolate waffle cone.
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July 27, 2016

STYLING A SWIMSUIT FOR THE DAY TIME

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I often wonder what happens to the swimsuit after the summer months have passed us by,I guess they get thrown in to hiding as you pile the winter pounds on and dread the sight of yourself in the mirror. I fished mine out the other day and just thought how wasted swimwear can be, an item of clothing made just for lazing by the pool (I wish) or Swimming, although lets face it I never EVER go swimming!! so mine is hardly worn at all. Technically they are the exact same piece as the very much loved "bodysuit" that everyone has been donning this season,okay there might be a tad more lycra involved but that's a good thing right??

All of that being said,I took it upon myself to style my swimsuit for a day time look and was quite pleased with the results (minus the back fat). I know,I know,you might not wear this on your next trip to the supermarket but for a day out with the girls or even to a festival I think it could work and it gives your swimwear the revival it needs,it beats it sitting in the bottom of the wardrobe gathering dust anyway and if it's a bit chilly just throw on a leather jacket.
Just remember...Leave the swimming cap and goggles at home!!!

How would you style your cossie?


July 22, 2016

5 TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR DOG HAPPY

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A commonly asked question amongst us animal lovers is "How do I keep my pet happy?"
For obvious reasons your furry little friends can't express their feelings and you need to be able to identify when they are feeling sad,a bit under the weather or just down right bored so i've come up with a few tips to keep your fur babies 100% content.

1.BUY MORE TOYS
Yes it costs a lot and if you've got a chewer on your hands you will be buying a lot more than the average person however,I have recently found a life saver in keeping my dogs amused which is the Pawsome box,you may have seen this pop up on my blog from time to time but let me tell you,its bloody brilliant.It's a monthly subscription which you can cater to your Dog's needs (they also do one for cats) It is filled with toys,treats,gadgets and things to keep your dog healthy.I'm not saying you have to have this every month,maybe just have it as a doggy birthday present once a year but if you do subscribe you won't be disappointed,it keeps my two amused for days.
(This is what's in this months box)
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2.PLENTY OF WALKS
I know this is a given and is quite obvious but in the summer months people tend to forget about walks "oh its too hot to take them,they won't enjoy it","We are going out for the day and haven't got time" all of this is nonsense,you buy a dog you must walk it every day without fail.I agree with it being too hot in the Summer however early mornings and late nights tend to be cooler and a brilliant time to walk your dog and trust me,they always enjoy it.

3.BATH TIME
We all know that sometimes doggy bath time can be a right ol' stress,for the dog and for the person that is washing them,My two used to hate bath time but by persisting (and having no choice when covered in mud) they have slowly come round to the idea and quite enjoy it,especially when it's hot,they love a cool shower.They don't need washing every day but keeping on top of their cleanliness is a must,we usually do ours once a month.If you and your pooch are struggling them maybe try adding toys into the bath and give treats as you go,this will help calm your dog and keep him/her amused and after all, a clean dog = a happy dog.

4.PRAISE
Keeping a friendship with your dog is the most important part of owning one,call me sad but my two are like best friends to me and I am constantly praising them when they do good.Verbal and physical praise keep them happy,secure and feeling loved.

5.TRY NEW TRICKS
A simple high five,sit,stay and lie down are all achievable with persistence.Try teaching your dog these new tricks it will keep you both amused for hours and don't forget to give treats throughout the training, this will make your dog even happier and he will recognise he is doing well.

What do you do to keep your dog happy?

July 19, 2016

GOING GAGA FOR GREEN

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You may notice I have a slight obsession for everything green at the moment,I feel like it's a very underrated colour and in my opinion as far as homeware goes there is a certain lack of it in the shops.

It has been my goal in life to be able to afford a Chesterfield sofa,they are the marmite of sofas you either love them or hate them but personally I think they are beautiful,so well crafted,so lovingly made and a sure statement piece in your home. I recently stumbled upon a site called The Original Sofa Co. ,they sell stunning Chesterfield sofas and antique furniture,they stock signature collections and pre loved items,everything is crafted so beautifully with coil sprung seats,arms and backs along with hand dyed and hand tacked leather,these people have serious skills.
My jaw hit the floor when I saw this green beauty and would love to own it one day.(One can wish)

Have you spotted any green goodness on your travels? I'd love to kit out our home with more Green accents so please let me know if anything has caught your eye whilst out and about.



*This post is sponsored by The Original Sofa Co.


July 13, 2016

PHOTO DIARY || FOODIES FESTIVAL

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It can be hard to decide which food festival to attend these days,they have become so popular over the last few years that it seems every town,village and city is hosting a foodie feast.
Local businesses,top chefs and thousands of locals gather in which can only be described as one big food party and lets be honest,a day out tasting food for free is a damn sight better than a day at the office.

The past couple of years we have visited The Foodies Festival in Birmingham (They hold events in different cities across the UK check HERE to see if there is one near you). The hustle and bustle of people and the smell of assorted cuisines keep us going back each year,the variety of food is mind blowing and the amount of Gin on offer is fascinating,especially for someone who is a Gin-oholic like myself.

The sun was shining and the festival was jam packed,a wonderful atmosphere and an all round great day out,I 100% recommend this festival if you are a fellow foodie or just after a fun, family day out.