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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog. I'm Victoria Sully, a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker. I’m passionate about making money online, saving money, self-employment, healthy living and blogging. I’m on a personal mission to be healthier and wealthier! Thank you so much for joining me.
Vigilant Eats Superfood Cereal | Goji-Cacao Review!I just ate the tastiest cereal I have EVER tasted. I hate to admit it, but it's even tastier than my DIY Super Muesli (which is awfully good and my blog post for that one is soon to be uploaded!). This Vigilant Eats Superfood Cereal in Goji-Cacao cereal pot was in my May Flowbox and I've just pretty much swallowed it! It was so, so good!I wasn't expecting so much flavour and was really wowed by the first mouthful. A total explosion of deep satisfying flavour in my mouth, all from natural organic foods and superfoods too!The cacao nibs are incredible! They add a really powerful dark chocolate flavour and a good firm bite, just like chocolate chips but sooooo good for you! You know I'm now going to have to buy a packet of cacao nibs!! I use cacao powder and cacao covered dried superfruits pretty much every day so it's about time I expand my cacao collection!The goji berries add the next most satisfying and noticeable flavour and texture. I'm always banging on about how much I like these berries. The colour, flavour, texture, benefits... I could go on all day about these lovelies. I did realise I'd been pronouncing them incorrectly the other day! I was saying 'godjee' and it should be 'gojee' without the 'd' sound. Oops. Google pronunciation videos are my new best friend!I chucked this cereal into a bowl with Rude Health Oat Drink as I was at home. They do come in travel size pots with hemp powder included, so you can simply add cold water on the go, at work, in the car, on a plane, at a picnic... anywhere!The take these anywhere idea is totally fab, but what I would really like is a great big box of these in my cereal cupboard!
FRANK* Honest Snacking Bars Review
This month I received my very first subscription vegan Flowbox and the very first things I ate were these FRANK* Honest Snacking Chocolate Bars. One was double chocolate flavour, the other strawberry and chocolate.
Firstly, I love their name! 'Frank, Honest'! It's got to be a reference to them containing 100% natural ingredients such as whole grains, gluten-free oats and dried fruit. No sign of any rubbish or nasties! Even the chocolate is dairy free, it's a coconut cream and cocoa mix. Delicious!
My favourite of the two was the strawberry version. It had a genuine scrumptious strawberry flavour to it, not an overpowering fake flavour like some foods. This combined with the deep cocoa flavour really satisfied my sweet & chocolate craving.
The bars are surprisingly filling. Probably the most filling healthy chocolate bars I've tried to date. The bars did seem a little dry on the inside which would be my only criticism. If they were more moist they would be perfect! This wouldn't stop me buying them though, in fact I've ordered a box of blueberry to try as they're currently selling some short dated stock very cheaply!
Green Kale & Moringa Juice RecipeI just wanted to share with you another great recipe which includes Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder. Click here to discover the amazing benefits of this nutrient packed wholefood.The powder is a super luscious green, so it's juices and smoothies all the way for me with this stuff! Juices are often really hit or miss when mixing veg, fruit and salad, but here's a combination that worked amazingly:3 Pears1 Apple2 Kiwis10 Big Green Kale Leaves1/2 Cucumber10 Drops Lemon Juice2 Teaspoons Moringa1 Teaspoons WheatgrassThis scrumptious green juice recipe makes enough for five small glasses. I kept mine in the fridge for two days and the taste stayed great.I juiced the fruit and veg first. Then I used a blender to blend the juice, powders and lemon juice. A really smooth delicious green juice which is nice and sweet and not too vegetable tasting/based.I make smoothies way more than juices, as they are better for you by retaining more of the fruit and fibre, but it's nice to enjoy a good juice every once in a while!
Ultimate Eco Cleaner | Eco Diva Review
Once I started to care more about what I put in and on my body, it was only natural for me to start wondering about what I breathe into my body. I first stopped using a plug-in air freshener last year as I am certain it was making my throat sore. I now use scented candles and sticks instead. I next started to worry about the surface sprays I so regularly used, which had a pretty noticeable chemical smell. It just can't be good to breathe these in several times a day. I'd also much rather my toddler and baby weren't breathing in any unnecessary chemicals too. I began to change over to more natural plant-based cleaning products a few months back, so was very keen to review Eco Diva's Ultimate Eco Cleaner when offered.The best thing about the Eco Diva Ultimate Cleaner is the fact it comes in a concentrated bottle. One bottle of concentrate makes 14 whole spray bottles. There's no need to worry about buying cleaner for months, plus you also reduce plastic production and consumption. This is so much more environmentally friendly and the way all similar products should be made going forward.It does seem quite expensive at first to buy the starter pack or the concentrate, but when you think about how many bottles you get, it's actually cheaper in the long run. I was easily spending £2-£3 on other environmentally friendly surface cleaners, so up to £42 for 14 bottles. This means I can make a saving of at least 50% by switching to Eco Diva, whilst also benefiting my health and the environment.The ingredients are:I really can't see any reason not to make the switch!
'The Fabric Balloon Cover For Babies & Children'BUBABLOON, a new company I found on Twitter, kindly offered to send me their product to review. The 'Bubabloon' looked like something both Bella and Reuben (and me and Ben!) would enjoy so I gladly accepted.The Bubabloon is a funky material cover for a regular balloon. It comes in assorted fun patterned fabrics. This cool case makes the balloon safer for play by preventing it from popping. It allows the child to enjoy balloon play without the danger element. If the balloon dues magically pop, it's inside the fabric so no there will be no nasty injuries.I watched their promo video which makes them look so much fun for all different ages. The video even shows children bouncing on the Bubabloons without them popping. This I just had to see!Bella (very nearly three years old) was very intrigued when it arrived. 'What's that Mum, what's that Mum? It's a balloon!'. She really was excited enough by the packet of plain balloons which were included! We were sent a fabulous bright turquoise blue Bubabloon with fun polka dots. Coincidentally, this was the perfect choice for us as it matches our accent colour in the living room!You simply insert a balloon into the opening of the fabric, blow it up, tie a knot (or two as I do), hide your knot under the fabric & voilà, you have a Bubabloon!These really are just as fun as the video! They stay super light like a balloon so the effect of balloon play is not lost at all. You can bounce it, throw it, bash it, anything you like! Bella went wild rolling around on the rug bouncing on it and trying to balance lying on it, having an absolute whale of a time! It was hard to get a picture as she was having so much fun!I was a little sceptical of how good this product would be, but it's actually amazing. Bella has been jumping up and down on the balloon for a few days now and it's amazingly not popped. It's like a super bouncy mini space hopper! I'd absolutely love to fill a room with these like their promo video. It would be the ultimate kids party for many ages. Everyone loves balloons and these make them even better!It's so lightweight I've been able to pop it on Reuben's belly (now 8 weeks old) and let him touch it without fear of a balloon bursting in his face. He loves looking at the bright contrasting pattern. In a couple more weeks I'm sure he'll be holding it and bashing at it by himself.So Bubabloon, thank you for sending me this great item, and yes I am super impressed! It's a really fab idea which gives hours of fun for a variety of ages. I'm sure it will be enjoyed in our household for years to come! Fab!You can visit their website at www.bubabloon.co.uk