Friday, 19 September 2014

Take Some Good Advice - Day Nineteen

Prompt: If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people what would it be...


I need to remind myself of this daily!

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Question:

What would your advice be?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tell A Tale Of Vacation - Day Eighteen

Hello, while you read this post I will be relaxing in sunny Spain on holiday with Dale so I thought it fitting to talk about somewhere sunny for todays challenge and somewhere that is close to my heart that I think everyone should visit at least once! 

Todays prompt: Tell a tale of traveling, a city or a country you've been to or a favourite vacation.

Barcelona!


About 2 days before my 23rd birthday I moved to Barcelona to live with a friend and it was amazing. I lived there just under a year and a half and had the time of my life. Barcelona is an amazing city with so much to offer I would recommend it to anyone. The tourist sites are awesome like the Sagrada Famillia or Parc Guell and there are loads of wonderful restaurants. 

If you like nightlife then your in for a treat as Barcelona has lots of great bars and clubs I spent many night out on the tiles with the friends I made there and it was a blast! There are also some lovely man made beaches if catching a tan is your kind of thing. I think Barcelona has everything, really good food, good bars, good shops and good tourist spots everything you need from a holiday! 

It also has a quirky side which I loved and the gothic quarter is a must see! 

Brave Love Blog

Questions:

Have you been to Barcelona?

Whats one of your favourite holiday destinations?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Juicy Vlog! - Day Seventeen

Welcome to day seventeen of my Blog-tember challenge and my first ever vlog!!! Oh yes todays challenge is to do a vlog which by the way is absolutely terrifying for me but I guess thats a good thing really, I think we should all do things that put us out of our comfort zones and this is definitely out of mine!

Before we get to the scary stuff I will tell you what todays post is all about....Juice! Yep its got a little juicy round here of late so I thought I would do my September reviews today all about . . . . you got it juice! Before you watch my video I will run through some of the product info first because I don't want to be waffling on to much! 

(The following products were all sent to me free of charge for review purposes, the thoughts and words are my honest opinion and have not been influenced by the companies providing the products)



I first featured these juices back in August but I had only just received them and had only tried one so I thought I would tell you a bit more today now I have tried them all. Uzuma juices are 100% raw, fresh green juice with no additives or preservatives and just drinking one 250ml bottle is the equivalent of eating over 1kg of fresh fruit and veg! There are seven different flavours to choose from and they also do 4 different juicing programmes including Slim, Steady, Fit and Detox. I liked all the juices bar one and had a definite favourite which I will tell you about in a bit. All of the juices are gluten free and vegan so whatever diet your on these should be fine!

Check them out on Facebook and Twitter



A little while ago I was asked if I would like to try out a new juice detox which has just come available to buy. Well I'm pretty sure you all know I love to make and drink fresh juices and I also love a good juice detox so I of course said yes! The juice detox is by Juci Wellbeing and there is a choice of either a three day or five day detox. All of the juices are cold-pressed and 100% pure and natural, containing zero dairy, gluten, egg, soy, artificial flavourings, colouring, sweetness or preservatives.


The reason I wanted to try this detox out was one because it is totally new to me and two I have definitely been feeling like my body could do with a cleanse. Obviously there are some great benefits to a juice detox like clearer skin, feeling energised and lighter a little weight loss which is always welcomed although I am aware that is usually water weight!

I didn't find this detox the easiest and I will explain why in my vlog below, if you are thinking about trying out the Juci detox they have a great FAQs page where all your questions will be answered. 

Check out Facebook and Twitter for Juci updates and more!

1000 Juices - By Deborah Gray


Last up is this new juice and smoothie book, 1000 Juices written by Deborah Gray. I have to say I was quite excited about reviewing this book because I love to make my own juices and smoothies but its always good to have some new ideas and there are some flavour combos in this book I would never have thought of for example a smoothie made from split red lentils, thats definitely new to me! The great thing about this book is there is something for everyone and very occasion from extremely healthy juices using vegetables and fruit to more indulgent smoothies and shakes using condensed milk and ice cream...not in the same shake! The recipes are easy to follow with nice pictures and there are health tips throughout as well as suggestions for special diets. I made a smoothie today for my lunch and thought I would share it with you, this is one of the Luscious Summer Smoothie variations:

Minty Summer Green Smoothie


Ingredients:
(serves 3 small glasses*)

250g frozen mixed berries
2 Tbsp honey*
300ml fresh orange juice/ 3 oranges
60ml greek yogurt*
10 baby leaf spinach leaves*
1 handful mint leaves

Method:

I juiced 3 oranges then added the juice along with all the other ingredients to a bender.
 Enjoy!

* This was for 3 people but I actually drank the lot to myself for lunch! I didn't use honey I used rice syrup, I used soy yogurt and I added a big handful of spinach!

Right no more writing lets actually talk juice shall we..........







Hahahaha well there we have it, in all my Hastings accent glory! I hope you enjoyed my vlog I actually had fun doing it, although it was kind of crazy! I think after a bit of practice I will quite enjoy doing the odd vlog so you might get to talk to me sooner rather then later : )

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Questions:

Have you tried any of the above products?

Have you ever done a juice detox, how did it go?

How did I do, enjoy my vlog?!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Most People Don't Know This But...... Day Sixteen

"Most people don't know this but...." is the challenge for today. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you something I have been doing since January but as of yet have not talked about on here. The reason I haven't shared this info yet because I wanted to try out what the "experts" say and see if it worked for me...what am I talking about..the 5:2 Diet! 

You may remember ages ago I was sent a book to review on the 5:2 you can see my review here but to quickly recap I didn't get it. The book I was sent didn't make sense and at the time I had just lost my job so wasn't in the best of places. Before I go on let me explain what the 5:2 diet is....

Diet for 2 days a week and eat normally for the other 5. On your two diet days women eat no more then 500 calories or as close to that as possible but never over 600 (a mans allowance for the two days). You can eat whatever you like on the diet days but it has to be within your 500 calorie allowance, if your clever you can actually get quite a lot of food for 500 calories. 


Rewind to January this year, I felt like crap! Christmas had been lovely but I had over eaten for a good few months before Christmas and just felt my diet had become out of control then the festive season just topped it off so in January after watching the Michael Mosley documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer again I decided to give it a go. I read Michael Mosley's book again and downloaded the MyFitnessPal app so I could log my calories on both fast days then just went for it.

At first I wanted to lose a few pounds and become in control of the food I was eating but it also has proven health benefits which are pretty amazing so losing weight is really just one of the good thing about this way of life.


How much weight have I lost? All together I have lost (excuse the racy picture but I am quite proud of how far I come so far!) 1 stone since January, not masses I know but I wasn't really overweight to start with. I actually really enjoy my fast days now, at first I found it so had to go through a day on 500 calories but now I find it pretty easy. I actually like the feeling of being more controlled on those fast days too, I don't eat a really bad diet but I do eat quite a lot of fat all be it good fat its still fat! So my two fast days balance it out and they mean I don't have to feel bad when I overeat on occasions! 

I guess you might like to know what I eat on fast days?


Eggs! I eat eggs in some form on nearly every fast, I do this because they are filling and very versatile. I have them boiled, scrambled or as an omelette and team them with salad or veg when eating them for dinner or eat them as a snack on their own. I do eat other things and drink lots of water too, but eggs come top of the list for a fast day favourite. 

So thats what you didn't know about me! Now the cats out of the bag I will be revisiting this subject next month and sharing my fast day tips, meals and other info on the subject : )

Brave Love Blog

Questions:

Tell me something not many people know about you....

Have you ever tried Fasting?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Make a Mood Board - Day Fifteen

Woooooohooooooo its holiday time!!!! We are off to Spain today so I shall be off sunning myself for the next 7 days but don't worry all my posts are written and ready for you all to enjoy : )

Have a fab week and I shall see ya soon x x

Todays Prompt: Make a mood board. Are you brainstorming a room re-do or are you dreaming of going glamping with girl pals?

My mood board is all about the desk area I am planning. Working from home without a desk for the past year has been a nightmare and I'm pretty sure its what has caused my back pain, sitting on a sofa crunched up on my computer is no good! A friend of mine is getting rid of her desk and offered it to me for free so I jumped at the chance, I desperately need a desk and one for free is even better! I want my new desk area to be a pretty space that inspires me to sit and work.


I have been finding inspiration for my new work space on Pinterest of course! The desk is going in the corner of my front room so I won't have masses of space but that doesn't mean it can't be pretty oh no, I also don't want it to be cluttered. I would like a lamp, definitely a pencil pot and a nice coaster on my desk and on the wall a pin board and a picture...I have some gorgeous tattoo flash thats dying to go up on the wall  : )

With all my plans to get more focused and organised having a desk to work at is a must. Working from home can leave you open to lots of distractions but I feel having a designated work space will make me much more productive. I will have somewhere to "go to work" and really nuckle down. I also plan to have a work rota in place with a list of jobs to do each day. It might seem crazy to some that having a desk is suddenly going to change my work life but for me it really will. 

Brave Love Blog

Question:

What would be on your mood board?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Me and My Blog - Day Fourteen

Hello all, I hope your having a good weekend?
I went to my friends wedding yesterday and it was the most wonderful day and so much fun! It was in a converted barn out in the country, the sun was shining and the whole thing went really well.


There was lots of laughs and everybody had great day so mine and Dale's holiday week started with a bang! Today we are just chilling out before we go on holiday tomorrow....can't wait!!!!!!!!

Right todays challenge is to talk about when and why we started blogging, I don't want to sound like a broken record as I have already said when and why here, so for this challenge I'm going to share what I have gained from blogging thus far and where I hope to take my from here. 


I have been blogging now for 5 years this November and with what started as a hobby has slowly grown into so much more than that. At first I just wanted a place of my own to document what I got up to, the highs and lows of life and something I could look back on in the future to see how I have changed. I did this in the form of a blog because I also wanted to find like minded people to talk and share things with. Not many of my friends like to go out for a meal and take a picture of what they're eating, many find it odd but the blogging community totally get it so here I am not strange at all....well maybe a little but its not because I take pictures of food! 


Blogging has given me so many opportunities, I have met some wonderful people and got to do some amazing things. For example when I got to go to London for the day and do a master class with Florence Knight and when I did the Rice Dream You Tube Ad both of these would never of happened if I hadn't started my blog.

I have got to try some amazing products from food to kitchen gadgets to sports wear you can see all my reviews here. I am so grateful to all of those companies that have been kind enough to send samples for me to try, I am aware I'm very lucky and I feel honoured they want to know my thoughts.


Where do I want to go from here?

Gosh where don't I want to go! I have come to realise this last year my blog has been a little erratic with posts and such so I have given myself a talking to and have promised to get organised and really spend some time getting my blog where I want it to be. I would like to give it a facelift maybe move to a new host and give more through my posts. I am toying with idea of maybe doing some vlogs, I think getting to know someone through video is a great thing when blogging so you may see me on film sooner rather then later! Basically I want my blog to grow and become more then it is right now so stay tuned for bigger and better things from me!

Brave Love Blog

Question:

When did you start blogging and why?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

My Current Relationship Status - Day Thirteen

Wow its day thirteen of the Blog-tember challenge which means we're nearly half way through the month already!! It also means I'm off to a good friend of mine's wedding today, I can't wait its going to be an awesome day : )

Right on to the challenge for today we have been asked to share our current relationship status, ha if I haven't made it clear already I'm going out with a guy called Dale! 


Me and Dale have been together for 2 years and 11 months so nearly the big 3! We have lived together for just over a year and a half. 

I actually new Dale for quite a few years before we started seeing each other, we have a similar friends and he rode a BMX so new all the boys I hung out with. If I am honest I would never ever have thought me and him would be together but I guess he had other ideas! He made his move and got me hook line and sinker, I'm very glad he did too as I wouldn't change it now for anything! 

I think our relationship works because Dale has his life and I have mine but we also have a life together. He goes fishing a lot but I am more then happy to spend time on my own or with friends, I'm so independent that having a guy around all the time wouldn't work for me and if Dale couldn't go fishing it definitely wouldn't work for him! 


I'm not going to sit here and write that we have a perfect relationship because we don't but who does? We definitely have our ups and downs but I can't imagine my life without him. I don't know what the future holds for us I would love to get married but I'm pretty sure he doesn't, I don't know if I want kids and neither does he all I know is that for now I am happy and if we stay happy thats enough for me....although getting married would be awesome!... JOKE Dale! Ha

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Whats your current relationship status?