14 April 2014

House moving and life changing

Moving house

Iv been a bit quiet of late on my blog which is due to the fact iv literally just moved house. This is a huge move for us....not just because of the fact we've spent a whacking 13 years at the last place (how the hell did that happen) but the reason for moving was due to a life changing event that happened to me and my family last year. 

Imagine the feeling that one minute everything's good and normal and in a split second you are told something and your world as you know it falls apart.......that's what happened to me and my family, the sort of thing you read about in newspapers and your heart goes out to the family.....that was us....your suddenly living something that happens to 'other people'.....you've become those 'other people'.

Every day was a blur, everynight i cried myself to sleep....you cycle through every emotion..anger, sadness, guilt, frustration....it strips you of the person you once were and you become someone else. I seriously thought it would break me and my other half......but here we are still going, staying strong with our family as number 1 priority.

The move was for lots of reasons and was hugely important in the step for us to get on with our lives. One day i may be able to talk about what happened.....all i can say is never get complacent with anyone...family or friends, even those closest to you....we learnt the hard way.

So im slowly clambering back to the person i once was and the first 2 weeks in our new house have been really exciting.....my kids are happy and me and my other half are feeling determined. 

Looking forward to getting back on my blog.....i don't very often write personal posts but hey there's a first time for everything!
Bye for now





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2 March 2014

Are you Upbeat about protein?

Upbeat Protein Drink

Now do you ever think about how much protein you are getting in your diet? You eat chicken right...so that must be enough. Well yes you do get protein from chicken however for a healthy balanced diet it is recommended you get your protein from various sources and this is where Upbeat have stepped in to help fill that gap!!

Upbeat is a protein drink which is made up of 99% whey protein concentrate taken from British Milk. To add flavor it also contains fruit juice and puree and Upbeat is currently available in Strawberry and Mango & Passion Fruit Flavors. In addition they add a small amount of pectin as a stabaliser, lactic acid which improves taste and overall texture and also a small amount of sucralose to aid with the sweetness.The drink is freshly made so doesn't last long....once you open it must be consumed within 24 hours. Its 145 calories a bottle and can be taken any time of the day.....breakfast, as a snack, lunchtime, evening meal and its also hugely beneficial as a post workout drink.

Who is the drink suitable for?
  • Those who want to have a healthy balanced diet
  • Those who train regularly
  • Children over 3 will benefit from the protein and calcium content which are essential for growth and healthy bones.
  • Also suitable for Vegetarians.

For those who are diabetic, an allergy to milk, lactose intolerant, coeliac or vegan please check the FAQ page on the website to see if this drink is suitable for you.

What Upbeat contains

Adults need about 50 to 90g of protein per day however our bodies can only use about 30g at any one time as it cant be stored. The ideal method of consumption is to spread your intake throughout the day. Ideally you should be having protein with every meal.....not an easy feat if you have a busy lifestyle and are constantly on the go....and that's what Upbeat helps with, fueling those protein gaps. One bottle of Upbeat contains 20g of protein so is perfectly sized to increase your daily protein intake.

The taste test
So we've covered the science bit the key thing is what does it taste like?? Well for me its basically like a yogurt drink. Just the right amount of sweetness as i hate anything overly sweet. I have to admit the large bottle did take me a while to consume as im used to the standard smaller sized yogurt drinks. 

Is it something i would buy....id say yes, but i think the bottle size would take a bit of getting used to. I think this would certainly be popular for people who train regulary and are keen to follow a healthy diet. As far as competition in the market i think Upbeat are aiming more main stream, the other protein type drinks out there all seem to be geared towards people who train so don't really appeal to others, Upbeat on the other hand has a family friendly brand image and therefore will have a much wider market appeal.

A bottle of Upbeat costs £1.75 and can be purchased from Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose, WH Smith, Holland & Barrett and Booths. To find your nearest stockists there is a handy little 
stock locator on the website.

Thank you to the lovely people at Upbeat that gave me the chance to trial there drink.






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31 January 2014

MUA Cream Blush and Lipstick

Blush and lipstick

Now i have to admit that blusher has never been key product in my make up bag. I'm pale....very pale and has always steered clear i guess for fear of the 'freaky doll face look'.

A cream blush recently landed on my desk from My Beauty Compare which is a rather fab comparison site for beauty.

MUA Blush

These blushes from MUA are retailing for the ridiculously small price of just £2. They come in 4 shades and the one i have above is Dolly which i can only describe as a very pale coral colour.

The blusher comes in a highly blendable and easy to apply cream which allows for layering to increase the pigmentation of the blush so you can switch from barely there to rose pinched cheeks.

As far as blush goes i do really like the subtle shade of this, will it convert me.....not sure yet but if your a blush fan then you cant go much wrong with this.....and at £2 a throw it ain't going to break the bank either.

Blush and lipstick swatches

In addition to the blush as was also sent the mysteriously named Lipstick Shade 3 from MUA. 
Again the price is amazing at just £1 and the lipstick comes in 15 shades.

Lipstick

The lipstick comes in fairly standard packaging with a glass base showcasing the colour. Weirdly this base unscrews and you have a separate little pot of colour....no idea why but i assume you can use with a lip brush.

Anyway this shade on first glance seems to be quite a bright cherry pink, not the sort of colour i would normally go for...but i have to say i was pleasantly surprised. Application is effortless, just the right consistency and not too dry.....the pigment is bright but not overly and i have to say the colour totally won me over. Staying power isn't bad but found it disappear after eating so you will have to reapply through the day, but for £1 this little lippie is pretty damn fab.....so much so I'm definitely going to be bagging me a few of the other colours as well!!


Lipstick swatch

Have you tried any of the products above?...what did you think? You can purchase them both direct from the MUA website and the usual high street retailers.

Thank you to Beauty Compare for providing these samples for review. Beauty Compare are a price comparison site as well as a personalised product matcher. A global network of personalised unbiased recommendations from women just like you and me.

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29 January 2014

Join the Swab for Margot Campaign

Margot

This gorgeous little girl is Margot. In October 2013 this little girl was diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukemia. Her survival depends on a stem cell donation from someone with a similar tissue type and so the important hunt began. The campaign for Margot has been gathering pace with support from all across the globe and includes well known celebs such as Gary Barlow, David Tennant and Richard Branson. 

The campaign is simple, Team Margot are calling for people aged between 18-55 who are in general good health to register online at 


Every person that registers on the site will receive a swab kit in the post like the one i got below.

Blood Cancer Swab kit

You then simply follow the instructions and take a swab from the inside of cheek, post the swab back and you will be added to the database and have taken your first step to possibly saving a life. Every single donor counts as its very rare to find 2 people with almost identical tissue types, so the more people that sign up the better chance Margot and other people like her have of finding a life saving match.

I have 2 kids myself so can imagine the pain her family must be going through....so for me signing up to this was a no brainer......i could save a life.....simple!!

So this is why I'm calling out to all you bloggers out there to join in my #bloggersswab4margot request....just click the link above and sign up then tweet with the hashtag
#bloggersswab4margot and spread the word, share with your friends, online communities and lets get the hashtag trending for Margot's family.....it takes just 5 minutes and someone out there could save this little girls life. 

https://twitter.com/swab4margot
https://www.facebook.com/teammargotmartini


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18 January 2014

Stay cool with the Chilli Factor


Now im pretty sure alot of you mums and dads bought a Chilli Factor Slushy Maker for one of your kids at xmas....i certainly did and its been a firm favorite with both of them since it was opened. Moving on from the success of that product, Chilli Factor have come up with an Ice Cream maker.....same concept but this time allowing you to make yummy treats such as ice cream, frozen yogurts and sorbets.

How to use




The Ice Cream maker is basically a soft rubberised cup and lid which resembles a giant ice cream. When you take the top off you will notice the interior of the cup....these are the cooling chambers which when you put it in the freezer employ rapid freeze technology. 

All you do is place the cup without the lid in the freezer and leave for several hours until the interior chambers are frozen (they will feel crunchy when squeezed). You then simply add your ingredients into the cup...for example we used :

100ml single cream
choc chips
2 tbp of toffee syrup

But there's loads of other recipes you can do (some included in the pack).

Anyway once all the ingredients is in, put the lid on, shake it up, take the lid off and then start squeezing the cup...should take you about a minute but as you squeeze you should start noticing the ingredients getting thicker...


Its then simply a case of using the special spoon to scoop out your treat.....



Does it work.....well yes, but you have to be sure that the cup is properly frozen before you attempt it. My kids absolutely love it and you could put in all sorts of ingredients such as fruit, berries, syrups, biscuit etc. Such a simple concept but such a winner with kids of all ages. Mine are 7 and 13....and both use this and the Slushy maker all the time.

This is the perfect kids gift at just £14,99 and is available from various supermarkets and online retailers including Character Online

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