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I have always been a massive fan of moisturising, it keeps my skin looking young, fresh and supple, infact I couldn't stand the thought of not being moisturised, if I was stuck on a desert island with no creams I would go insane!! I have recently been trying out The Body Shop's new Almond Milk & Honey range and I can safely say I am IN LOVE with every single product.
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I will start by saying that when it comes to moisturisers I am extremely fussy, if it lingers on my skin, smells horrible, is too thick etc etc it's a huge turn off and it goes straight in the bin. This range from The Body Shop is everything I love in a skincare product and they have been sitting proudly in my shower and on my bedside for a solid couple of weeks. (also can we just note how bloody photogenic they are!!!)
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the body shop, the body shop review, the body shop almond milk and honey, the body shop among milk and honey review, the best body creams for winter, body creams for acne, body scrubs to combat pimples, bedside beauty, combat ageing skin
So let's talk shower products.... 
The shower cream is a beautiful, rich yet milky consistency and lathers up brilliantly, (there's nothing worse than a shower cream that doesn't foam in my opinion) it works great alongside the exfoliating scrub which I use all over my body with exfoliating gloves, it gets ride of dry skin and has been working wonders on raised pimples on the backs of my legs, these two products have made my showers less of a chore and more of a treat. The smell of the whole range is incredible (like everything from The Body Shop) it's sweet and yummy but without being sickly, let's just say it fills the bathroom with the best scent ever!!
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Onto moisturisers....
These are my favourite things in the range, I was so excited to try them and I haven't been disappointed. I use the body lotion daily after showering and then use the 48hour intense moisturiser a couple of times a week. The Body lotion is everything I look for in a body lotion, it glides on so smoothly, it drys in an instant, it doesn't feel tacky and best of all, it smells delicious. The intense moisturiser is much thicker but a good thick, it makes your skin feel a million dollars, it takes a little longer to dry on the skin but I don't mind waiting as it keeps your limbs feeling supple for days, a definite hero product.

This range will be available to buy from The Body Shop in February, not long to wait eeeek, I would start queuing now if I were you, I can see this range flying off the shelves, I will most certainly be stocking up.


BEDSIDE BEAUTY

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I have always been a massive fan of moisturising, it keeps my skin looking young, fresh and supple, infact I couldn't stand the thought of not being moisturised, if I was stuck on a desert island with no creams I would go insane!! I have recently been trying out The Body Shop's new Almond Milk & Honey range and I can safely say I am IN LOVE with every single product.
the body shop, the body shop review, the body shop almond milk and honey, the body shop among milk and honey review, the best body creams for winter, body creams for acne, body scrubs to combat pimples, bedside beauty, combat ageing skin
I will start by saying that when it comes to moisturisers I am extremely fussy, if it lingers on my skin, smells horrible, is too thick etc etc it's a huge turn off and it goes straight in the bin. This range from The Body Shop is everything I love in a skincare product and they have been sitting proudly in my shower and on my bedside for a solid couple of weeks. (also can we just note how bloody photogenic they are!!!)
the body shop, the body shop review, the body shop almond milk and honey, the body shop among milk and honey review, the best body creams for winter, body creams for acne, body scrubs to combat pimples, bedside beauty, combat ageing skin
the body shop, the body shop review, the body shop almond milk and honey, the body shop among milk and honey review, the best body creams for winter, body creams for acne, body scrubs to combat pimples, bedside beauty, combat ageing skin
So let's talk shower products.... 
The shower cream is a beautiful, rich yet milky consistency and lathers up brilliantly, (there's nothing worse than a shower cream that doesn't foam in my opinion) it works great alongside the exfoliating scrub which I use all over my body with exfoliating gloves, it gets ride of dry skin and has been working wonders on raised pimples on the backs of my legs, these two products have made my showers less of a chore and more of a treat. The smell of the whole range is incredible (like everything from The Body Shop) it's sweet and yummy but without being sickly, let's just say it fills the bathroom with the best scent ever!!
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Onto moisturisers....
These are my favourite things in the range, I was so excited to try them and I haven't been disappointed. I use the body lotion daily after showering and then use the 48hour intense moisturiser a couple of times a week. The Body lotion is everything I look for in a body lotion, it glides on so smoothly, it drys in an instant, it doesn't feel tacky and best of all, it smells delicious. The intense moisturiser is much thicker but a good thick, it makes your skin feel a million dollars, it takes a little longer to dry on the skin but I don't mind waiting as it keeps your limbs feeling supple for days, a definite hero product.

This range will be available to buy from The Body Shop in February, not long to wait eeeek, I would start queuing now if I were you, I can see this range flying off the shelves, I will most certainly be stocking up.


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I'm officially a member of the thigh high club (not to be mistaken for the mile high club), i've toyed with the idea of thigh high boots for a number of months and because I slob around in trainers 99% of the time the idea of actually looking lady like and put together scared me shitless! However the lovely people at 4th & Reckless hooked me up with these super sexy, grey beauts and I can truly say i'm a changed woman!
I think they are the perfect addition to any outfit, they can be worn over jeans, leggings, with skirts, shorts, dresses the choices are endless. 
I chose to wear mine with my Police band t-shirt (I do have shorts underneath to hide my modesty when I bend over) and my sheepskin jacket to keep warm.
I can't wait to rock these babies on Valentine's day with a shirt dress.

How would you style them? Brave enough to team them with a mini dress?


THIGH HIGH CLUB

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I'm officially a member of the thigh high club (not to be mistaken for the mile high club), i've toyed with the idea of thigh high boots for a number of months and because I slob around in trainers 99% of the time the idea of actually looking lady like and put together scared me shitless! However the lovely people at 4th & Reckless hooked me up with these super sexy, grey beauts and I can truly say i'm a changed woman!
I think they are the perfect addition to any outfit, they can be worn over jeans, leggings, with skirts, shorts, dresses the choices are endless. 
I chose to wear mine with my Police band t-shirt (I do have shorts underneath to hide my modesty when I bend over) and my sheepskin jacket to keep warm.
I can't wait to rock these babies on Valentine's day with a shirt dress.

How would you style them? Brave enough to team them with a mini dress?


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I was recently contacted by the wonderful people at HelloFresh and asked if I would like to try out one of their boxes. If you are unfamiliar with HelloFresh then basically they are a food company/service which deliver ingredients straight to your doorstep which you can then use the ingredients to compile your meals throughout the week, you can also choose on their app and website which meals are right up your street or which ones you don't like the look of, handy right?

Luckily enough I was gifted this box but myself and Paul have been signed up previously and can honestly say it is such a good idea, the meals are super quick and easy to make, if you hate cooking you will still love this as it's hassle free, all set out for you with easy to follow recipe cards and everything all weighed out for you, how much easier can you get?

HelloFresh contains the most wonderful produce, this is something we picked up on from the very start being subscribed before, the meat is amazing and the fruit & veg is all so FRESH!
The boxes range from Standard,Family sized and also Vegetarian.
See how I got on by clicking the video above.

Want to try it out? You can get £25 off your first box using the code "HFKATE" or just click HERE

Why not treat yourself this January, let me know how you get on

#AD


KATECOOKS: 3 QUICK & EASY WEEKNIGHT MEALS WITH HELLOFRESH

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I was recently contacted by the wonderful people at HelloFresh and asked if I would like to try out one of their boxes. If you are unfamiliar with HelloFresh then basically they are a food company/service which deliver ingredients straight to your doorstep which you can then use the ingredients to compile your meals throughout the week, you can also choose on their app and website which meals are right up your street or which ones you don't like the look of, handy right?

Luckily enough I was gifted this box but myself and Paul have been signed up previously and can honestly say it is such a good idea, the meals are super quick and easy to make, if you hate cooking you will still love this as it's hassle free, all set out for you with easy to follow recipe cards and everything all weighed out for you, how much easier can you get?

HelloFresh contains the most wonderful produce, this is something we picked up on from the very start being subscribed before, the meat is amazing and the fruit & veg is all so FRESH!
The boxes range from Standard,Family sized and also Vegetarian.
See how I got on by clicking the video above.

Want to try it out? You can get £25 off your first box using the code "HFKATE" or just click HERE

Why not treat yourself this January, let me know how you get on

#AD


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I know, Christmas is over, why am I blogging about a festive candle you ask? The reason is because this beauty has lasted so bloody long and I'm SO in love with it that I needed to let you guys know all about it and also it's still Winter so whats wrong with keeping the place cosy?
I received this Crabtree & Evelyn Candle early in December,it has been burning everyday since and is still only half way down the jar, impressive huh? It smells heavenly, not your typical sweet and sickly festive scent but more so of hints of Pine, Bark and Bonfires, all round quite a masculine scent.
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The fact that it has three wicks is my favourite part, it burns evenly and you don't get any wax left around the edges, there's nothing worse than a candle that lasts 5 minutes and all you're left with is a sooty, black mess. I have loved burning this over the festive period and will carry on doing so throughout the new year, quite frankly I don't want it to end! 
If you're a sucker for a good candle and want to hibernate in coziness for the next few months then I highly recommend this little gem!
Here are a few more of my favourite products from Crabtree & Evelyn, HERE, HERE & HERE


THE CANDLE OF ALL CANDLES

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I know, Christmas is over, why am I blogging about a festive candle you ask? The reason is because this beauty has lasted so bloody long and I'm SO in love with it that I needed to let you guys know all about it and also it's still Winter so whats wrong with keeping the place cosy?
I received this Crabtree & Evelyn Candle early in December,it has been burning everyday since and is still only half way down the jar, impressive huh? It smells heavenly, not your typical sweet and sickly festive scent but more so of hints of Pine, Bark and Bonfires, all round quite a masculine scent.
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The fact that it has three wicks is my favourite part, it burns evenly and you don't get any wax left around the edges, there's nothing worse than a candle that lasts 5 minutes and all you're left with is a sooty, black mess. I have loved burning this over the festive period and will carry on doing so throughout the new year, quite frankly I don't want it to end! 
If you're a sucker for a good candle and want to hibernate in coziness for the next few months then I highly recommend this little gem!
Here are a few more of my favourite products from Crabtree & Evelyn, HERE, HERE & HERE



It's fair to say that Mango has fast become one of my favourite places to shop, only when stumbling in there a year or so ago I first realised what I was missing. The clothing is such good quality, the price point is great and they cater for all styles from smart to casj, mens and kids, it truly is a one stop to kit out the whole family but more importantly, to kit ME out! My closest store is about an hour away which is quite frankly is a pain in the arse but I have recently discovered my local House of Fraser (10 mins away) stocks it,WINNER!!

Here is what I'm currently lusting after, can you tell i'm ready for summer! Anyone else?

Much Love

MANGO WISHLIST


It's fair to say that Mango has fast become one of my favourite places to shop, only when stumbling in there a year or so ago I first realised what I was missing. The clothing is such good quality, the price point is great and they cater for all styles from smart to casj, mens and kids, it truly is a one stop to kit out the whole family but more importantly, to kit ME out! My closest store is about an hour away which is quite frankly is a pain in the arse but I have recently discovered my local House of Fraser (10 mins away) stocks it,WINNER!!

Here is what I'm currently lusting after, can you tell i'm ready for summer! Anyone else?

Much Love

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I posted a picture of this super simple, healthy recipe over on Instagram and lots of you asked to see a healthy recipes series on the blog and hey presto, your wish is my command. This has been my failsafe lunch this past week, it's extremely versatile, you can use any Veg that you like, put pretty much anything on the salmon (within reason) and if you are on the go you can make it the night before and eat it cold, winner!

:YOU WILL NEED:
+ 1TBSP Sesame Oil
+ Veg of Choice Spiralized or Thinly Sliced
+ Fillet of Salmon
+ Salt & Pepper
+ Sesame Seeds (Optional)

:HOW TO:
1. Wash your vegetables and start cutting them into long thin strips, I use a vegetable peeler or you can spiralize them if you prefer. Toss together in a large bowl and sprinkle with Salt & Pepper, I also used chilli flakes on mine to add a bit of heat.

2. Line a grill pan with foil and place your Salmon in the middle, at this point you can drizzle some oil over, add the juice of a lemon,S&P or any herbage that you wish, the choice is yours. Pop under the grill and cook for around 5minutes depending on the size of the fillet, stick a knife in to check it's done all the way through, fish doesn't take long to cook so make sure it doesn't burn!!

3. Pop 1TSBP of Sesame Oil into a Wok or Large frying pan and heat until it smokes, add your Vegetables and toss, you want them Al Dente and not soggy so make sure you only fry them for a few minutes so they retain their crunch and don't forget to sprinkle over your sesame seeds at this point.

4.Turn out into a pre-heated bowl and once the Salmon is cooked place on top. Garnish with your preferred herb.

TADA.. There you have it, A quick stir fry which tastes incredible and is guilt free.
If you taking it to work or school the next day let it all cool down fully, place in a Tupperware box and pop it in the fridge overnight.
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ENJOY

KATECOOKS : QUICK & HEALTHY SALMON STIR FRY

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I posted a picture of this super simple, healthy recipe over on Instagram and lots of you asked to see a healthy recipes series on the blog and hey presto, your wish is my command. This has been my failsafe lunch this past week, it's extremely versatile, you can use any Veg that you like, put pretty much anything on the salmon (within reason) and if you are on the go you can make it the night before and eat it cold, winner!

:YOU WILL NEED:
+ 1TBSP Sesame Oil
+ Veg of Choice Spiralized or Thinly Sliced
+ Fillet of Salmon
+ Salt & Pepper
+ Sesame Seeds (Optional)

:HOW TO:
1. Wash your vegetables and start cutting them into long thin strips, I use a vegetable peeler or you can spiralize them if you prefer. Toss together in a large bowl and sprinkle with Salt & Pepper, I also used chilli flakes on mine to add a bit of heat.

2. Line a grill pan with foil and place your Salmon in the middle, at this point you can drizzle some oil over, add the juice of a lemon,S&P or any herbage that you wish, the choice is yours. Pop under the grill and cook for around 5minutes depending on the size of the fillet, stick a knife in to check it's done all the way through, fish doesn't take long to cook so make sure it doesn't burn!!

3. Pop 1TSBP of Sesame Oil into a Wok or Large frying pan and heat until it smokes, add your Vegetables and toss, you want them Al Dente and not soggy so make sure you only fry them for a few minutes so they retain their crunch and don't forget to sprinkle over your sesame seeds at this point.

4.Turn out into a pre-heated bowl and once the Salmon is cooked place on top. Garnish with your preferred herb.

TADA.. There you have it, A quick stir fry which tastes incredible and is guilt free.
If you taking it to work or school the next day let it all cool down fully, place in a Tupperware box and pop it in the fridge overnight.
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ENJOY

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"Oh god" I hear you cry, "not another fucking New years resolutions post"...am I right?
I did think before I was about to write this that I will probably bore all my readers to death with this however I think its healthy to make a note of your goals wether it's on your phone,on paper, on your blog or even social platforms it's a good thing to do. (Also I need a nice easy post to write to get me back into the swing of things after the holidays) I am making this post solely for myself to look back on but if some of you enjoy it then we've killed two birds with one stone. 
Oh and Happy New Year by the way.

Without further ado here's what I want to achieve in 2017:

+ GET OUTSIDE MORE
I remember as a child I used to be outside 99% of the time, we didn't have computers, phones or ten tonne of toys and looking back now I have days where I wish that was still the case, as much as I love the internet it can really suck you in and control your life. In 2017 I want to get outside more, go for walks, explore new places, even walk to the shops rather than driving, I think we take the great outdoors for granted in this day and age and I feel it's time to appreciate the real world, not spend hours ogling some girl on Instagram that is better looking than us and wishing we had her life.

+ GET MY BODY BACK
Yawwwwn!! You hear this every January I know, but I mean it this time. I've got to a stage where I feel uncomfortable in my clothes and it's time to get back to the size I used to be. I think getting comfortable in life isn't always the best, for e.g.: I have been with Paul for 3 years now and have been that relaxed that I haven't even noticed myself putting weight on, he doesn't care but I know in myself that I'm not healthy (and my stomach hangs over my jeans) and want to change it up in 2017. (Plus I'm a bridesmaid for two weddings this year and want to look marginally decent not like a giant slug).

+ DON'T WORRY
I'm such a worrier, always have been and unfortunately probably always will be, usually over stupid things and things out of my control, I've learnt in 2016 that it gets you nowhere and usually turns out better than you thought in the long run anyway so in 2017 my aim is to sit back, chill out and let things happen naturally without being a big fucking baby about everything all the time.

+ WORK FOR MYSELF
I've always dabbled in and out of jobs and completely and utterly hated working for someone else and big companies just so I can line their pockets with more money than mine, I'm one of those annoying people that hate being told what to do and take everything to heart so am a total pain in the arse to employ i'll admit, however I have taken it upon myself to go full time into blogging with an exciting project on the side which I will update you on when it launches. 2017 will require a lot of work, time and effort but I cant wait as its all off my own back and I'm so proud of how it's all coming together.

+ SAVE
We all know the feeling in the pit of our stomachs when we look at our online banking and see how bloody skint we are and the realisation that we saved next to fuck all last year...yeah? I know for sure that I need to start saving, wether it's for an emergency, to fund travel, pay bills, whatever it is, these days it's absolutely necessary. I will be making a conscious effort to save in 2017. (and hopefully have a banging holiday at some point).

So those are just a few of my New year resolutions, if i'm completely honest I come up with a new one every day, but these are the top 5 things I want to conquer in 2017.

What are your resolutions? How will you go about keeping them?

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

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"Oh god" I hear you cry, "not another fucking New years resolutions post"...am I right?
I did think before I was about to write this that I will probably bore all my readers to death with this however I think its healthy to make a note of your goals wether it's on your phone,on paper, on your blog or even social platforms it's a good thing to do. (Also I need a nice easy post to write to get me back into the swing of things after the holidays) I am making this post solely for myself to look back on but if some of you enjoy it then we've killed two birds with one stone. 
Oh and Happy New Year by the way.

Without further ado here's what I want to achieve in 2017:

+ GET OUTSIDE MORE
I remember as a child I used to be outside 99% of the time, we didn't have computers, phones or ten tonne of toys and looking back now I have days where I wish that was still the case, as much as I love the internet it can really suck you in and control your life. In 2017 I want to get outside more, go for walks, explore new places, even walk to the shops rather than driving, I think we take the great outdoors for granted in this day and age and I feel it's time to appreciate the real world, not spend hours ogling some girl on Instagram that is better looking than us and wishing we had her life.

+ GET MY BODY BACK
Yawwwwn!! You hear this every January I know, but I mean it this time. I've got to a stage where I feel uncomfortable in my clothes and it's time to get back to the size I used to be. I think getting comfortable in life isn't always the best, for e.g.: I have been with Paul for 3 years now and have been that relaxed that I haven't even noticed myself putting weight on, he doesn't care but I know in myself that I'm not healthy (and my stomach hangs over my jeans) and want to change it up in 2017. (Plus I'm a bridesmaid for two weddings this year and want to look marginally decent not like a giant slug).

+ DON'T WORRY
I'm such a worrier, always have been and unfortunately probably always will be, usually over stupid things and things out of my control, I've learnt in 2016 that it gets you nowhere and usually turns out better than you thought in the long run anyway so in 2017 my aim is to sit back, chill out and let things happen naturally without being a big fucking baby about everything all the time.

+ WORK FOR MYSELF
I've always dabbled in and out of jobs and completely and utterly hated working for someone else and big companies just so I can line their pockets with more money than mine, I'm one of those annoying people that hate being told what to do and take everything to heart so am a total pain in the arse to employ i'll admit, however I have taken it upon myself to go full time into blogging with an exciting project on the side which I will update you on when it launches. 2017 will require a lot of work, time and effort but I cant wait as its all off my own back and I'm so proud of how it's all coming together.

+ SAVE
We all know the feeling in the pit of our stomachs when we look at our online banking and see how bloody skint we are and the realisation that we saved next to fuck all last year...yeah? I know for sure that I need to start saving, wether it's for an emergency, to fund travel, pay bills, whatever it is, these days it's absolutely necessary. I will be making a conscious effort to save in 2017. (and hopefully have a banging holiday at some point).

So those are just a few of my New year resolutions, if i'm completely honest I come up with a new one every day, but these are the top 5 things I want to conquer in 2017.

What are your resolutions? How will you go about keeping them?

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