Thursday, 1 September 2016

Happy September - A Look Back At Summer

Happy September all! What a glorious start to the month, the sun is shining and there is warmth still to the air which is lovely, summer overall hasn't been too bad this year ok its not been great but its been better than the last few so I'm not complaining! 


Overall I've had a pretty good summer, I've had a couple of great times away, hung out with good friends and really enjoyed myself when I haven't been working that is. I've worked a lot the past few weeks so theres been no time to just sit and think about blogging thats why I'm here with a bumper summer post. I thought this would be a good way to give you an idea of what I've been up to whilst being MIA so sit back relax and check out my pics......

Morocco 


At the end of June me and Dale went on holiday to Morocco, it was quite last minute so not long to wait once we'd booked which was a good way to do it I think. We went to an all inclusive hotel which was the best deal for us and I have to say we absolutely loved it. We both needed to go away and just chill, not do much other then hang out by the pool, eat, drink and spend some time with each other. 


And thats exactly what we did! The pool was glorious, the drinks went down well and the food was ok, the main thing was there were options for me so I can't ask more then that. Not eating gluten, dairy or much sugar can be hard enough at home but go to an all inclusive hotel abroad and you could be very hungry! Luckily I had options, limited yes but I didn't go hungry plus I didn't get to over eat so no unwanted holiday weight score! 


We didn't just sit by the pool all the time, we did go on a couple of trips to break the week up and see Marrakech in all its glory. One of our trips was to see the souks and medina in Marrakech, that was quite an experience and I'm glad we went with guides because me and Dale would have been lost for days! It was pretty crazy to be honest and the pushy sellers was like nothing I've ever experienced, it was quite scary at times but I'm glad we went as it was really interesting to see and the beautiful buildings and decor was glorious. 


We also took a day trip to the Atlas Mountains in a 4x4 which was utterly amazing, I loved it the only scary part was the guy driving the the 4x4 whipping round the very narrow mountain roads! We went to a traditional Burma home and got to see how they live which was fascinating and so refreshing, it really is a different world. 


The mountains were so beautiful and we had a great day out, I would recommend this to anyone that goes to visit that part the world. 





I spent a lot of the holiday snapping the cutest cats! OMG the cats there are so cute I couldn't help myself, the little ginger and white one (top pic) lived at the hotel and she came to hang out with us in the mornings, I fell a little bit in love with her : )


So to round up we had the best time in Morocco, the hotel was gorgeous the people were lovely and we couldn't have had a better time I could be whisked back tomorrow please. 

Dale's Birthday


For Dales actual birthday we went fishing (of course!) and had a lovely day by the lake before going out for dinner with his family to a nice restaurant in town.


We extended the birthday celebrations to the weekend and rented a house in Brighton with our friends, we booked a house from AirBnB. It was way better then booking a hotel because we had a whole house and what a house, it was beautiful! The house was so nicely done I actually wanted to move in, I think we all did! 

We spent the morning looking round the shops before heading to the seafront for some drinks in the sun, it was a really hot summers day and couldn't of been more perfect. We had an early dinner at Pho before heading home for some chill time and drinks. 


We ended up going into town and the rest is drunken history! A great weekend spent with great friends : )


So what else have been up to when I haven't been working? Well I have had some new tattoos, been to some shows at our local theatre, been out to eat with friends and went to do a quiz night which we failed miserably at but it was still fun, spent time with family and generally had a good time.


Fitness wise I have been going to some classes at the gym on a regular basis, LBT and Armageddon  being my favourites, I've done some walking and even some running (its been a while!) along the seafront and worked out with clients so I've been keeping my fitness up. The only thing I haven't been able to do is my yoga classes as they have been shut but they reopen on Monday and I can't wait to get back on the mat. 





Food wise I've been pretty good, I've been eating a varied diet with lots of healthy ingredients, I think I definitely live by the 80/20 rule these days. The majority of my diet is all homemade healthy foods such as veggies, whole grains and proteins then there is that 20% of things that sneak in like crisps, alcohol and a few sweet treats but they are definitely few and far between but I feel good with the way I eat so thats the main thing. Smoothies have become a daily breakfast meal for me and Dale especially since having a Froothie blender its literally transformed my smoothies and they are bloody delicious plus a great way to start the day. 

So thats my summer summed up in one post, I hope I didn't bore you! I still can't quite believe we are already at September we are all always saying how time flies by but this year has taken the biscuit! I do love Autumn though and the change of season, that crisp feel in the air when the sun is still shining and the leaves dropping to the floor its a wonderful time of year : )

Question:

Whats the best thing you have done this summer?

Mine would have to be Morocco, what a holiday! 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

5 Things I'm Loving

Hey Hey! How are we? 
I'm all good busy as ever with all sorts of things going on this side of the screen as always. I've been on holiday to Morocco, stayed in Brighton for a weekend, been working like a dog and managed to fit a few social events in too. I finally have time to sit relax and blog which I've been meaning to do for bloody ages! I thought I would write a 5 things I'm loving post which I haven't done since 
May 2015 unbelievably. So lets get to it shall we my 5 things are.......


Coconut Oil


When aren't I loving coconut oil right?! Well this has been a long term love affair of mine, its just so good for you inside and out which makes it one of my favourite products to use in the kitchen and as a beauty product. I have been using the coconut oil from Indigo Herbs which is delicious by the way. I highly recommend you going over to look at their products they have a great range of stuff to keep you in tip top condition. 


Avocados 


Avocados are a staple in my diet and there is nothing like cutting one open and it being perfect. I don't know about you but its not always easy to get an avocado as perfect as this, they are either too hard or with a blink of an eye to bloody ripe and all black so when I open one up to find this green and yellow perfection it makes my day! 


Tilda Pulses & Rice


I'm loving these pouches of pulses and rice from Tilda they are perfect for me to take to work for a quick and easy dinner. I am not really one for convenience food but when your pushed for time at work having something that is gluten free and quick to make is a great help plus these taste yummy which is pretty important too! 


Carrot Cake Nakd Bars


Having a healthy snack kicking about my bag is always necessary and these new bad boys from Nakd Wholefoods are my new favourite go to snack. I have been a fan of the nakd bars for so long and have always been a solid ginger fan but these just took the top spot for me so good! 


New Tattoo Dots


I have wanted little dots on my fingers for ages so I treated myself to some the other day at a friends tattoo shop and I love them, although I think they will need to be done twice but thats fine I'm pretty good with the pain....tough as nails me! I am planning to get a couple more pieces done in the next few weeks so watch this space : )

So there are my 5, I am planning on doing a post about my recent holidays and I have some recipes I'm dying to post so I hope to be back sooner rather then later. I hope everyone is well and enjoying life well as much as they can with all that is going on in the world right now.......another reason I have been MIA to be fair is my recent obsession with all that is going on in world. I have never been a political person but I have been so enraged of late that I can't help to be. I won't go on....maybe I'll do a post but then maybe not I am trying to think of happy things but its hard with so much pain and misery but alas I will stop before I go into some crazy rant! 

Question:

Anything you have been loving lately?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

My Favourite Cherry Smoothies featuring Indigo Herbs

Well I could have sworn I wrote a blog post in June but it seems not, better late then though I guess! In my last post I promised to share my cherry smoothie recipes with you so here I am. I've been using cherries and blueberries in my smoothies for the past few months because they don't aggravate my skin, I have actually been cleared to add bananas back into my diet but only on occasion which is great news because we all know how good a frozen banana is in a smoothie. But we're not talking bananas today we're talking cherries so feast your eyes and get blending! 

Cherry and Cashew Smoothie


Ingredients into the blender:

1-2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop of sun warrior vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp of cashew butter
1 Tbsp Indigo Herbs Super Vital Powder
1-2 cups of frozen cherries (depending how thick you like your smoothies)

Blend! 


Cherry and Chocolate Smoothie


Ingredients into blender:

1-2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp cocoa/cacao
1 scoop sun warrior vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp Indigo Herbs Super Vital Powder
1 cup frozen blueberries 
1 cup frozen cherries 

Blend!


Both these smoothies are vegan and gluten free, filling and delicious perfect breakfast for the warmer months and great after a killer workout. The Super Vital Powder has a nice flavour, not too strong and it packs a healthy punch of Vitamin C and Antioxidants so well worth adding into your smoothies for an extra health boost for the immune system. 

Well thats all from me I'm off to Morocco on Friday so you can keep up to date with my goings on via my Instagram @tamzinsparkles. Enjoy the rest of June folks and I'll see ya in July! 

Question:

Whats your favourite smoothie combo?

Friday, 27 May 2016

May 2016 In Pictures

Hello, how are ya?

I'm pretty good, I've just had a few days off from work which was definitely needed this month has been pretty full on work wise so having time for anything else just hasn't happened. I have managed to take a few pictures over the month though so I can show you what I've been up to and what I've been loving....enjoy!

Smoothies! 



I haven't eaten any sugar for weeks other then adding a few blueberries and cherries to a smoothie once or twice a week which doesn't seem to be upsetting my skin, yay! My favourite combo right now is cherry, blueberry and chocolate with a little added extra from Indigo Herbs SuperVital Powder, a delicious and filling way to start the day now the weather is warmer. I'll post the recipe for this soon. 

Vegan Pesto



I have been making some awesome vegan pesto lately, I decided to make my own because the bought varieties either contain cheese, sugar or are really expensive so making my own just makes sense. This is basil and cashew which I can confirm is bloody lovely, again recipe to be posted soon. 

Coconut Oil


The lovely guys over at Vita Coco were kind enough to send me these two pots of coconut oil and as always I have been using it for all sorts of things from cooking to beauty. Such a versatile awesome product it will never get old for me! 

Herbivore Botanicals



I have been using these yummy products from Herbivore Botanicals, as you know if you read my blog I have been having a nightmare with my skin and having heard rave reviews about Herbivore Botanicals I thought I'd give them a go. I bought the Lapis face oil and Bamboo Charcoal face soap. So far so good the oil is gorgeous and I put it on every night, the soap makes my skin feel so clean, I only use it 2/3 times a week as my skin doesn't like being washed everyday but it seems to be helping yay! 


My skin has improved so much lately that I have actually been wearing my hair up! I may sound crazy but I was so self conscious about my skin that hair down was the only option but now (although my skin is not completely clear) I feel so much more confident I am putting the locks up more often.

Cardiff



I took a couple of the ladies from work to Cardiff for a few days as one of them is a huge Dr Who fan. We went to the Dr Who experience and they really enjoyed their time away which was great, although pretty tiring and sometimes stressful for me it was worth it to see them have a fab time. 

Dog Walking



Having a few days off this week meant I got to take these cuties out for walks, the top one is Dale's sisters dog and we took him for a long walk where Dale goes fishing and he loved it, the other belongs to my friend Stef and he is the cutest Jack Russell. I went to Stefs for the day and we took Eddie out for a walk then went to hers to look through some old photos which was hilarious. 


So although I've been MIA round here I have been busy working and enjoying life this side of the screen. I know I always say it but I am hoping to blog a bit more over the next fews months I have some exciting things coming up and stuff I want to share with you so we'll see. 

Question:

Have you had a good May?




Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Candida and Acne Update

Hello all, I hope your having a good April even if its nearly over! In my last post I threatened to be back with a bit of a moan and here I am, get ready to be moaned at.....

If you've read my blog for a while you will know that in December last year I found out I had Candida, due to taking antibiotics for nearly a year, as well as suffering from some horrible acne on my neck/jawline/back and chest. Well I did the Candida diet for 5 weeks and it seemed to clear up, the spots went from my back and chest although they did not clear from my face/neck, I was allowed to introduce some sugar (from fruit) and some food containing yeast. February and March pasted and things were popping into my diet that I probably shouldn't be eating but as they were not on a regular basis I didn't worry to much....ha more fool me! 


A delicious smoothie containing banana and cherries......if only I new this was going to be part of my downfall!

By the beginning of April I was starting to feel really crappy, to the point I was getting light headed and shaky even though I was eating normally so its wasn't down to being hungry. Spots started to appear on my back and chest again and I basically felt bloody horrible plus I have also got some blocked lymph nodes which is a sign my body isn't getting rid of waste properly : ( I went to the doctors to have blood tests which thankfully came back all normal (Candida does not show up on blood tests) and she also confirmed I had blocked lymph nodes but they should right themselves.....hmm ok then!? So I went back to see my Kinesiologist as I needed answers......

Hello CANDIDA!!!!! Yep its back and all over me again, my kinesiologist thinks because I was on the antibiotics for so long as soon as I introduced sugar/yeast back into my diet it just reacted to bring back the Candida joy oh joy and she agreed with my blocked lymph nodes and gave me the most excruciating massage to try an unblock them.

What now? I am back on the diet and have been for a week, I am already starting to feel better though I still get the shaky low blood pressure feeling now and again but that should go once my body really starts to fight off the Candida. I was also advised to try and wash my face with bottled/boiled water as the chlorine from tap water is making my skin worse so I have been boiling water and letting it cool or cooling it with bottled water and using that to clean my face which seems to be helping but my skin is far from fixed and its going to be a long road with lots of experimenting but I am sure it will fix itself in the end.....I bloody hope! I have to go back and see my Kinesiologist in 3 weeks to have my lymph nodes unblocked again and see how I'm doing fingers crossed I'll be on the road to getting better. 

Ok moan over, I have to say I am so fed up but it could be worse I suppose...... I will be doing a "Day in the Life" post soon to share my diet and also let you know about how I have been keeping fit, I'm really enjoying my workouts at the moment and feel my exercise routine is the best its been in while plus I have been trying out some new products which I must share with you guys. 

Right time to get on with getting ready for work later, have a great hump day peeps, see ya soon : )

Question:

Have you suffered from acne, how did you fix it?

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

March Catch Up featuring Nutri-Bombz and Smoothies!

Hi all, how are we? I'm all good other then an acne nightmare which I will be leaving to another post!  I have a candida and skin update but its a total moan and as I haven't checked in for a while I'll leave the moaning for another time. 

March was a good month, I didn't get up to much really other then work to be honest. I did have my first night out in about 5 months which was hmmmmm drunken and gave me a killer hangover, all worth it though! The other thing I did do was get a new car, I had my rust bucket Ford Fiesta ever since I past way back in 2010 and it finally gave up the ghost which was a little inconvenient but within two weeks I was back on for wheels in a cute little VW Polo which I love! 

Other then work and driving about in my new car there has been two other things I have been enjoying in the form of food.....of course! So carry on reading for some food porn.......

First up is the new to me Nutri-Bombz which I was sent to try out and have fallen in love with. If your a fan of nakd bars then these are for you. 


Nutri-Bombz's main ingredients are almonds, cacao, coconut and dates which are then blended with all sorts of super foods to form these little balls of healthy heaven! 


You get 4 packs of 3 nutri-bombz in a box which come in convenient little packs, perfect for popping in your bag ready for a snack attack.


Gotta say all of the bombz I have tried are awesome, each one tastes great but if I had to choose my favourite so far its gotta be the salted caramel.


And they really do taste like salted caramel, if you want to check out the other flavours you can here.


If like me you love a snack but want it to be healthy and filled with fabulous ingredients then look no further and get your chops round some of the bombz! 

The other food I have been eating/drinking a lot of is smoothies, I finally had the money to treat myself to a proper high speed blender so I bought a Froothie 9200A.


My god this blender has transformed my smoothie making, the smoothies come out so smooth even if I add raw unsoaked nuts or berries with pips which is pretty great, all my other blenders have been cheap and really not that great. I would highly recommend, if your looking for a high speed blender, that you check this one out its awesome! 

Me and Dale have been having a smoothie every morning since I bought my froothie and its a great way to start the day, here are some of my favourites......


Cherry, Cashew and Chocolate


Blueberry, Banana and Cashew


Chocolate, Cashew and Banana


Mango and Cacao


Blueberry and Chocolate


Almond Butter, Banana and Chocolate Frappe

I'll make sure to post some of the recipes for these as they are rather delicious and I know lots of you love a good smoothie : ) 

Right time is ticking and I am working tonight so I shall say farewell and see you soon to explain my acne nightmare....bet you can't wait ha! 

Question:

Have you tried Nutri-Bombz?