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  1. Food review: kick off a healthy new you with loose leaf green teas from The Tea Makers

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    It’s that time of the year when everyone starts making New Year’s resolutions and for the most part people aim to lead a healthier lifestyle in the upcoming year.  One great way to do this is to upgrade your usual daily coffee or regular tea for a healthier green tea instead.  Green teas are full of health benefits and loaded with anti–oxidants.  Plus, if you think you’ve tried green tea because you’ve simply purchased a box of tea bags from a supermarket, think again. 

  2. A bottomless brunch with Bookatable

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    On Sunday I spent a rare afternoon with my Mum and sister.  Not rare because I saw them, but rare because I saw them on my own without my children in tow!  I don’t usually eat out quite so often, but last week I had a bit of an eating out frenzy and enjoyed four restaurant meals.  If only I could afford to live like this all the time it would be bliss.  No washing up and being waited on hand and foot - sounds perfect to me.  On Sunday we went to All Bar One in Cheltenham to review their Bottomless Brunch deal thanks to Bookatable.

  3. Natural beauty review: Sunrise-Sunset Facial Primer from Angelica Botanical Therapy

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    Around one month ago I was sent the Sunrise-Sunset Facial Primer to review from the natural beauty company Angelica Botanical Therapy.  I have religiously been using this primer every day since receiving it, not only in order to review this item on my blog if I liked it, but because I can genuinely see the benefits of using a primer each and every day.

    The primer glides on so easily; it makes it so satisfying to apply it every morning.  Once absorbed and left for five minutes to settle, it does exactly the same to my makeup.  It makes my makeup glide on to my face effortlessly giving a more perfect finish than without using any primer.  Even with natural BB cream added on top, and a lot of concealer to hide my dark circle ‘mum bags’ under my eyes, I can see my complexion looks more even and glowing thanks to this primer.

  4. Angelica Botanical Therapy Manuka Hand and Body Lotion review

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    The team at Angelica Botanical Therapy kindly sent me some of their delicious smelling Manuka honey hand and body lotion around four weeks ago to trial.  I’ve been using it every day on my hands and arms, and occasionally on my legs if it’s been hot enough to whip them out!  Angelica Botanical Therapy sells a range of high quality natural plant based body care to suit your natural beauty needs.

    Over the past few years I have changed nearly all my makeup, toiletries and body care items to natural products which contain no nasties.  Not only to protect myself from toxic ingredients, but to prevent so much chemical waste from destroying the environment.  After all, where do you suppose it’s all washed away to once you’re finished with it?

  5. My current top 5 natural home cleaning brands

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    Nowadays we unfortunately live in a very toxic environment and this toxicity is sadly also in our homes.  We often think of pollution as something outdoors, perhaps fumes from car exhausts we are forced to breathe in if we want to walk down the street, chemicals from other people’s cigarette smoke, smoke rising from factories in the distance.  But what we often forget about are the chemicals we choose to expose ourselves to day in day out in our own home environments.

    Aerosols, air freshener, laundry products, bleach and many everyday household cleaning products are filled with toxic irritating nasties that we should really avoid.  Many of the harsh ingredients in these products can cause short term side effects such as headaches, skin irritations, nausea and more. The long term side effects are also a concern.  Regular inhalation of the fumes from these products cannot be good for us.  The red poison, danger and warning signs on the labels are enough to make me stop and think about what I am breathing in, letting touch my skin and pouring away into the environment.

    Luckily natural household cleaning products are becoming more and more widely available.  This means we are no longer forced to use highly toxic potentially health threatening versions and can now choose to have a less chemical filled home.  Sure, they may be a little bit more expensive, but for the sake of our health, our children’s health and protecting the environment, this little extra cost is surely worth it?

  6. Boho macrame hanging by BoBellaCo

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    We moved into our new home just three years ago and it’s been a labour of love doing it up day in day out the entire time. We didn’t quite realise the enormity of the project when we purchased our home.  Ben assumed all it needed was a lick of paint and we’d be happy in six weeks.  I think five years would have been a more realistic expectation!  It is the first home I’ve ever purchased so I had no clue how much work really needed doing or of timescales and cost.

    We were also wearing our rose tinted glasses when we looked round and didn’t totally absorb the state of the decor.  This wasn’t helped by the fact the owners at the time wanted to walk round the whole house with us and the estate agent meaning six of us were looking room to room.  They made us feel like we were intruding and had to just peek in each room and quickly move on to the next.  Note to homeowners selling: Don’t Do This!  When we sold my husband’s old flat we made sure we were out every time prospective new owners came for a viewing so they could have a good nosey round and not feel intimidated or awkward!

    By the time we moved in and saw the house empty and in its entirety for the first time our faces dropped.  My mum came with us and she said you could tell by the look on my face just how much work there was to do and how I was in shock.

  7. Skin Elixir review: natural, organic, vegan perfume + moisturiser

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    Chemicals are all around us and unfortunately we cannot escape them in modern life.  However, we can learn how to take care of our skin naturally as well as ethically, by using a skincare and perfume brand that is not tested on animals.  If you're looking for a new organic beauty brand with plenty of natural kind to skin ingredients, then read on.  I'll review two natural beauty products from organic skincare brand Skin Elixir in this beauty blog post.

  8. Get a Free Toucan Box for your child

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    Every two weeks a turquoise blue box pops through our letterbox and our daughter gets super excited!  This blue box is addressed to Bella and has a fun crafty project to complete!  It's the fab kids craft subscription called Toucan Box which we've received for almost one year now.  Looking for a Toucan Box discount code?  Read on to see how you can try Toucan Box with an amazing 50% off by clicking my link!
  9. When were you last kind to someone? #kindnessdaychallenge *

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    Nowadays it seems like every day is a national day of something!  Well yesterday was a goody. Friday was ‘random acts of kindness day’.  Did you know about this kind day and take part? 

    Perhaps you already do a random act of kindness every day already or you may not even realise you do.  Being kind isn’t always about giving a physical product, it could be anything as simple as holding a door open for someone, letting someone go in front of you in a queue, giving up a seat on public transport or even just smiling and saying hello to a stranger you walk past. 

    We quite often do these kind things automatically without realising and they can make a real difference to someone’s day.

  10. Lean green superfood smoothie recipe

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    Focus Supplements Lean Green Superfood Mix Review and Smoothie Recipe Lylia Rose UK Blogger Food Healthy

    Focus Supplements Lean Green Superfood Mix Review and Smoothie Recipe Lylia Rose UK Blogger Food Healthy

    Focus Supplements Lean Green Superfood Mix Review

    I’ve just made myself the best green superfood smoothie I’ve ever tasted!  I’ve really got into eating juicy ripe pears daily recently and buy some of the ‘posher’ ones from the supermarket as they taste so good.  They make this superfood green smoothie taste amazing.  Using pear means you can stick with the green vibe, but the delicious sweet pear taste will distract your taste buds from the otherwise grassy flavours of many green superfood powders – making this drink perfect for green smoothie beginners.

    Focus Supplements Lean Green Superfood Mix Review and Smoothie Recipe Lylia Rose UK Blogger Food Healthy

    Green Smoothie Blender Recipe

    • 1/3 Cucumber
    • 1.5 Pears (me and Reuben polished off the other half!)
    • 1 tablespoon Focus Supplements Lean Green Superfood Mix
    • 200ml Water

    I was inspired to make this delicious green drink thanks to Focus Supplements.  I was able to choose an item of choice for review and the Lean Green Superfood Mix instantly stood out to me.  It’s packed full of not one, but TEN amazing nutritious ingredients.  It’s the ideal powder to pack a whole range of quality superfoods and their benefits easily into a drink. 

    My husband Ben regularly makes green juices so I’m going to make him one of these smoothies and see what he thinks.  I’m pretty sure it will win hands down!  Even if not, I’ll get him to blend a spoonful into his juices to really boost their nutritional value.

    The best thing about a superfood mix is the convenience.  I’m often adding a whole range of powders into my smoothie potions and it can be quite time consuming opening all my Kilner jars to grab a scoop of each!  Having a whole range of them in one handy pouch makes things a lot easier (and quicker so you can enjoy the deliciousness without a wait!)

    Focus Supplements Lean Green Superfood Mix Review and Smoothie Recipe Lylia Rose UK Blogger Food Healthy

    What’s in the Lean Green Superfood Mix?  Here goes… Avocado, Broccoli, Barley Grass, Blackcurrant, Carrot, Kale, Oat Fibre, Spinach, Spirulina and Water Cress… phew!  Doesn’t it sound delicious and all the cells in your body start yelling ‘give me some’ when you read that list?!

    To round up, here are some of the best benefits of these ingredients:

    • Detoxifying
    • Promotes a healthy heart
    • Contains healthy fats
    • Rich in vitamins and minerals
    • High in antioxidants
    • Boosts the immune system
    • Anti-ageing
    • Great for healthy, beautiful skin
    • Improves digestion
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Lowers blood pressure

    Pop along to where you can buy this super powder and lots more.  They also have an excellent blog which is worth a read.

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  11. TOTSUP | Big Red Bus Reward Chart

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    We were kindly sent a TOTSUP ‘Big Red Bus Reward Chart’ to review with our daughter Bella.  Bella is almost four and has been going through a ‘threenager’ stage for a good few months now!  We thought it was easing at one point, then she seemed to get a million times worse!  She’s not a naughty child, but learning right from wrong, asserting independence and pushing boundaries like any normal three year old.  It can certainly be frustrating as a parent and there are days when no amount of pleading or bribes of treats will work!  There are also days when Bella doesn’t seem to care if I raise my voice, get upset or angry.  She’ll just carry on doing the exact opposite of what I’ve said.  Grrr!

    We had tried rewards charts, but with little success.  She’d be rather excited by them for a day or so, but would quickly revert to the unwanted behaviour and not seem bothered by the promise of a reward.  We’d only tried printable charts with star stickers and they were pretty boring, resembling a worksheet rather than something fun and interacting.  I was unsure whether the bus would be any different to the charts we had already tried, but the reviews were very impressive and it looked so much more fun than a bog standard sticker reward chart.

    Would Bella be convinced?

  12. Get Stamping with Stamptastic!

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    Are you a parent who spends forever labelling all your kids school clothes, outerwear, PE kit, books, bags, stationery… yawn… the never ending list goes on…!  Well, throw away those pesky iron in labels, put away those time consuming sew in labels and pop away that stinky marker pen.  Save yourself a whole load of effort and precious time and get stamping instead with Stamptastic!

  13. Talk of the Town Party UK

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    One thing that I always find quite un-eco-friendly is the giving and receiving of cards.  There’s definitely something special about receiving a handwritten greetings card in the post with an actual letter and some thought in it, but many of us send a simple happy birthday or merry Christmas card without a note at all.  We simply write Dear so and so, love me.

    I’m not one to keep these things either, so it goes on the side for a short while and then in the recycling.  That’s it.  It seems so wasteful.

    Luckily, if you like sending cards there is a way to be more eco-friendly.  Simply make sure you buy cards made from recycled materials only or why not buy seeded cards that have wildflowers and plants embedded into compostable paper that can grow into something after use?

    It’s such a great idea and one that I have stumbled upon recently when browsing Etsy for a more eco-friendly Christmas card alternative.