Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Holiday Fun at the Zoo, Carp Fishing and with Friends

Hello peeps, hows it going? Its been real quiet round here but I can assure you this side of the screen it definitely has not! The week before last I took a few extra shifts which meant a long work week with hardly anytime other than to sleep, then last week Dale and I booked the week off to hang out and have some well earned time off. 

I thought I'd share some pics from my time off and show you why I've been MIA : )

We started the with a weekend out with friends which was a fun time and thankfully we had plenty of time to nurse the hangover! 

On the Monday we went to the Zoo, Port Lympne, which was my choice. We were lucky to have a gorgeous sunny day, I love going to see the animals and the tiger below was basking in the sunshine...




It was a great day and we saw loads of beautiful animals, the day was finished with a yummy homemade dinner. I made a gluten free quiche at the weekend and we finished it up on the Monday. 

Tuesday we did things round the house and in town at a leisurely pace as well as get things ready for our fishing trip which was planned for the Wednesday. 


We hit the road Wednesday morning to go and visit a new lake for a couple of days with the hope of Dale catching a few fishy's : )


We chose a lovely little spot to camp while we were there. the lake was beautiful. 


The Wednesday was pretty crappy weather but we had tea and biscuits to get us through plus our little fishing tent cave which was actually quite cosy! Dale caught 2 fish that day so it was a good start to our trip. 


Thursday morning when I woke up I met this little guy outside the tent, love a toad!


Thursday morning Dale made breakfast which was awesome and just what we needed.


Gluten free bacon baps hello! 


Thursday turned out to be another good day for Dale, after wrestling a fish through the weeds in the lake from a tiny boat we caught the biggest fish from our two day stay....


All 36lb 8oz's of it! 

There were no more fish caught and by Friday morning it was time to go home, a successful trip and great to be away for a couple of days : )

The Friday we got home we both got a new tattoo then chilled out at home. Saturday we had a morning and afternoon of visiting family before going to our friends for the evening for a few ciders and some BBQ food....


The view from our friends whilst we ate, drank and chatted till late into the evening.


I also got to meet this beauty.


Sunday was our last day off and we spent most of the day at home chilling, I made a yummy gluten free banana and courgette cake which was perfect teamed with a cuppa. In the early evening we went to Dale's mums for another BBQ which was a lovely finish to our time off. 

It's back to the daily grind now but I certainly feel better having had some time to just hang out with the boy and relax. I can't believe we are nearly at the end of August, it's crazy! 
September there is so much going on I can't wait to get it started it's definitely going to be a fun month.

Question:

Have you had a fun August?

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Simple Savoury Food Ideas and Summer Walks

Hi all, how we doing? I am sending you a belated happy August as we are already six days in, crazy! I'm glad the nicer weather has decided to come back, the past few days have been glorious and I have been loving getting out for some long walks to enjoy it. 

August looks like its going to be a good month for me and as always very busy but I do have a whole 9 days off which I booked as holiday and I can't wait, some time off is definitely needed. Me and Dale are thinking of going on a fishing trip for a few days, there is a new tattoo planned and we are also staying with some friends in a lovely beach house near by so we'll be making use of our days off : )

The beginning of August started with a bang, I had a couple of tattoos done, went out to try a new burger place which was awesome and went out and had one too many drinks all in between work so there hasn't been much time for anything else. It looks like the month will continue in that way too but thats fine by me I'm loving life at the mo! 

In between all the madness I have been eating some yummy foods all of which are nice and simple to put together which as you know is my kinda food, so lets have a look shall we...


I made this really easy meal last night which was tasty and delicious. Potato wedges cooked in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper teamed with a chilli, mint and feta salad. This went down very easy and will be being made again.


You can't go wrong with some cooked mushrooms on toast, great if your in a hurry but would like something hot.


After a night out I am usually one to enjoy a full on breakfast but Sunday I decided against that and went for a smoked bacon and cheese sarnie with lots of spinach, yum!


We are still enjoying a super quick throw together red thai curry, this one was with quorn and was a winner all round.


Lastly is this really quick snack that I have been enjoying lately, just plain old rice cakes topped with mashed avocado, salt and pepper. This is great again if your in a rush but fancy something healthy. 

I don't get in the kitchen as much as I would like these days to conjure something up so these sorts of meals and snacks are what I'm all about right now. 



Along with everything else I have been loving my walks in the sunshine, I really do live in a pretty town which is great to walk around early in the morning when its quiet out and you can really soak up the surroundings. 

Well thats me, a little catch up for you. I have got some things planned on the blog this month so I will be trying my best to get on line and come say hi : )

Question:

What savoury food are you loving at the moment?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

New Products Tried and Tested by Moi

Hello everyone, I'm back as promised with some new products I've been trying out. The following items have either been sent to me as gifts to try out or I have got them myself and I wanted to share my thoughts with you because I'm pretty sure they would be right up your street! All thoughts and words are my own and this will be an honest review but I wouldn't give you anything less : )

Natures Path - Honey Sunrise


First up is this brightly coloured box of cereal from Natures Path, I have tried lots of their products and have never been disappointed so when offered to try out this new Honey Sunrise cereal I said a big yes! Before I tell you about the cereal I wanted to tell you about the great Bee Scene Campaign Natures Path is sponsoring this year, as we all know the lovely bee population has been declining due to agricultural practices and this campaign encourages families to get out and about to discover the nature on their doorsteps you can find out more here.


Ok the cereal! For me cereal is a bit of a treat as I can eat a box in a couple of days when I have it in the house who's with me on that?! I like the new Honey Sunrise cereal it tastes great and is gluten free so its a winner in my book, I did find it quite sweet so wouldn't eat it all the time but it make s a nice change and makes for a nice quick snack during the day not just for breakfast.

Steve's Leaves - Persian Cress & Herby Baby Leaves


Next up is some yummy salad from Steve's Leaves perfect for summer days, although with the grey sky outside my window right now I am wondering if summer has been and gone? When it comes to salad leaves I like to have a range of leaves like spinach, rocket and watercress I'm definitely not an iceberg lettuce kind of girl. I was more then happy to try out this new salad bag of Persian Cress and Herby Baby Leaves because it sounded really tasty and I can confirm it was! 


This salad tastes really fresh and the herbs in it bring an extra kick of flavour which works well, the persian cress has a peppery taste a bit like rocket which is very yummy. I could happily eat this everyday and I'll be looking out for other products from Steve's range for sure.

Hampstead Tea


Now lets talk tea, I drink the odd tea but when it comes to hot drinks I favour coffee or just plain hot water but chilled tea is definitely something I like especially when its flavoured so these Green and Oolong teas from Hampstead Tea are right up my street. Again perfect for a hot day straight from the fridge these drinks are a refreshing way to drink tea and the flavours work well.


My favourite's were the Green teas they are so good and I'll be looking out for these in the shops plus as they are organic and made with natural flavours they're a much better choice then something fizzy.

The Protein Works - Choc Almond Cinnamon Butter


I'm always on the look out for new nut butters and I recently came across The Protein Works range which are a little different to others I have tried so I got myself some to try out, I chose their  Choc Almond Cinnamon Butter and am happy I did it's a pretty tasty pot of goodness!


This almond butter has no nasties added to it and is a nice change from the plain stuff, for some reason it does taste like it has linseeds in it, it doesn't, but thats ok as I like the taste of them anyway! It won't replace my straight up nothing added almond butter but as I said its nice to have an alternative to choose from. 

Fitbit - One


Last but not least after eating all that food I need to burn it off and I've had some help tracking those calories I've been burring from this neat little device a Fitbit One. The Fitbit One tracks the steps you've taken, stairs climbed, calories burned, tracks your sleep and works as a watch which is pretty cool seen's as its a tiny little device you can clip on to your top or bottom's. It also links to your phone and the app gives you all your info which is great to keep track of your daily activity and gives you a little push when your slacking which is never a bad thing! I haven't taken my One off since I got it and would definitely recommend it if your looking for an exercise tracker. 

Alright thats all my reviews done and dusted hopefully you've enjoyed the read and maybe seen something you might like to try yourself. 

Question:

Have you tried and of the above, what did you think?

Monday, 27 July 2015

Fitness First Competition Winners!

Happy Monday guys, hope you had a fun weekend? I literally worked from Friday 3pm till Sunday 3pm so its safe to say I'm feeling shattered but I do get to do the fun thing of announcing the winners of my Fitness First competition today so here goes:


Photo Credit : Designbull


Congratulations.......


and 

Lucie from The Glow Within

I hope you have fun ladies trying out your local Fitness First gyms, I would love to here how you get on! Please email me at tamzin_sparkles@hotmail.co.uk with your preferred postal address. 

As for me I'll be back tomorrow with some products I've been trying out this month, until then x

Monday, 20 July 2015

My Favourite Ways To Use The Gym + Fitness First Giveaway!

Happy Monday everybody, I hope your all ready for a new week? I've had a bit of an up and down weekend due to one of the people that lives in the house I work at being admitted to hospital but I am thinking positive thoughts and hoping all turns out well. But I'm not gonna think about that lets think about fitness! 


I haven't written a fitness post for ages so when I was told about the new refurbishments at the Fitness First gyms it brought back all the fun I had when I worked in their Brighton gym. One of the things I miss most since moving back to Hastings is the gym, yes there are gym's here but they just don't cut it for me. The great thing about Fitness First is they are always on the ball with the latest fitness trends and equipment which makes being a trainer or member lots of fun. Being a PT I have so much equipment at home I don't really need to be a member of the gym but if there was a Fitness First near by I think that would be different because I do miss it and here is why:

My Favourite Ways To Use The Gym


Group Exercise

I love a group exercise class and being a trainer its quite nice to be told what to do by someone else for a change. One of my favourite classes is Spin and boy do I miss getting on the bike for a good sweat session. The Fitness First spin rooms are great, dark, disco lights and loud music make for a really good class you don't ever come away feeling like you haven't done anything thats for sure! Fitness First also offer a wide range of group classes ones that are main stream and others that are unique to them and little more of a test for you like there Freestyle Group Training classes which you can check out here. Plus now they are the official partners of Team GB ahead of the Rio Olympics they are offering Team GB classes which sound like fun. 


Strength and Cardio

Group exercise is fun but I also love sticking my headphones on and doing my own thing, using the gym equipment to make up my own workout. I am not a lover of weight and cardio machines I really like to use other equipment to do my strength training and cardio like Vipr's, medicine balls, bosu's stability balls and the TRX as well as my own bodyweight. I have done a lot of training to be able to use these pieces of equipment but in my experience the gym instructors at Fitness First gyms are very knowledgable and always on hand to help or of course you could hook up with one of their in house PT's for a couple of sessions to get you on your way which is a great idea for gym newbies. 


Swimming

I am not the best swimmer its true but I do like the option from a gym to take a dip if I fancy it, it can be quite nice to do a killer workout followed by a few lengths in the pool. Its also a great way to the start the day, a good swim can make you more then ready for breakfast! 


Sauna, Steam Room and Showers

Lastly I do love to also have the option to do some relaxing in the gym and if they offer a sauna and steam room thats a big bonus. Having done a workout that has really stressed the muscles to then go and sit in the sauna and relax is a pretty good way to end the session. I also appreciate a good shower room with cubicles and good mirrors, I like to workout make up free and become a sweaty mess but I certainly don't want to leave the gym looking like that! 

Fitness First Giveaway!!


Ok my lovely readers you now know how I like to use a gym but how do you? 

The lovely peeps over at Fitness First have been kind enough to give me two £30 vouchers that entitle two people to 3 complimentary visits to their chosen gym, a chance to find out for yourself how good their gyms are so if your lucky enough to have one close by this giveaway is for you! 

The Rules:

You must live in the UK

Comment on this post telling me why you would like to win one of these vouchers and what you would like to try out when you go to Fitness First.

And thats it! 
Good luck peeps, I will pick winners at random and announce it next Monday. 

Friday, 17 July 2015

Cheats Red Thai Curry

Happy Friday readers! I imagine most of you are are dreaming for work to be finished so you can get on with the weekends activities am I right? I'm working most of the weekend but I do have some time off tomorrow afternoon to go to a baby shower which I am looking forward to : )

Changing the subject, you guys know how I love to make quick and easy meals that are healthy, taste good but don't take too much time/prep which is why I wanted to share this super easy recipe. I love a good curry and Dale is a big fan too but when your busy making a curry from scratch with all the spices etc can be time consuming but I have found a nice easy way and thought I would share it...

Cheats Red Thai Curry


Ingredients:
(serves 2-4)

Essentials:

1Tbsp oil
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 red onion diced
3 Tbsp Red Thai Curry Paste (I use Asda's)
1/2 Tbsp Turmeric
1/2 can coconut milk
1 can chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper

Veggie Selection 

Mix of: carrots, peppers, broccoli, courgette, mushrooms, spinach, baby corn, mange tout or any that you prefer. 

Protein

Chickpeas, chicken, quern chicken pieces or again anything you prefer.

Plus rice to serve it with or sometimes I just like to eat the curry without it.

Method:

Add oil, onions and garlic to a heated pan and cook for a couple of minutes before adding in turmeric,  and curry paste cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Add your chosen protein, turn the heat to low and cook for until protein is coated or if meat sealed. Add your chosen veggies, salt and pepper then stir coating the veggies/protein in the spices then add the tin toms and coconut milk. Turn up the heat and once bubbling turn down and simmer for 20-35 minutes.

(If the liquid doesn't reduce to a think sauce you can always add a little coconut flour or corn flour to thicken it up)

Serve with with boiled rice if you so wish and enjoy : )


Simple! And I can confirm this tastes so good and is a hit with the boy which is always nice plus being homemade it is healthier then getting a takeaway curry and tastes way better if you ask me! 

Questions:

Do you make your own curries?

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Muesli For Breakfast Anyone?

Hi guys how's July going? This month has already been lots of fun this side of the screen, I had this past weekend off and as its Dale's birthday tomorrow we started the celebrations early. Saturday we went to Brighton for the day with some friends and did a little shopping and went to Pho for lunch which was delicious as always then in the evening we had a little party at ours before heading off to town, Sunday was all about the hangover which was well worth it as we had loads of fun!

I love a hangover day but I also love getting back to eating well which is where the title of this post comes in, without a blender I am having to look for other breakfast alternatives that are not hot and I am loving me some soaked muesli. 


The way I like to eat my muesli? Well I put some gluten free muesli (my favourite is Asda's own) in a bowl the night before and cover with either lacto free or almond milk and leave to soak, then in the morning I team it with some fresh berries, blueberries or strawberries are my favourite and add a little more milk and there we have it simple, filling and delicious : )

Gotta say I am missing having a smoothie in a bowl but alas until I can afford a blender alternatives will have to do! 

Questions:

What are you loving for breakfast at the moment?

Are you a fan of muesli?