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  1. Nutriseed Goodies: Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules

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    The benefits of Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu (plus a £5 Nutriseed discount code for you)

    It’s been such a long time since I posted about the healthy things I’ve been trying and eating.  I’m a health freak and love trying new superfoods as well as researching such topics every single day.  Back in 2015/2016 I was writing a lot on my blog about the things I was trying and their incredible benefits.  I haven’t stopped trying them at all.  In fact, I’ve got more obsessed! 

    This year, 2017, I’ve been refined sugar free all year.  I’ve had a couple of slip ups.  I do treat myself to chippy chips every 1-2 weeks and I did start getting mushy peas on them thinking surely they are just peas.  WRONG!  After trying to get some in the supermarket one week when they were a strange luminous green colour from the chip shop, I discovered they ALL have sugar added!  Crazy!  Another thing I’ll have to make myself without the added sugar.  It’s so annoying they put sugar in EVERYTHING!

    If you want to read more about my healthy living journey and why I recommend going sugar free, check out these blog posts:

    7 ways I’ve got healthier in 7 years
    Your ultimate inspirational guide to being truly healthy
    Why you need to reduce your refined sugar intake

    Nutriseed Goodies Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules Benefits and discount c

    My favourite online store for superfood goodness is, by far, Nutriseed.  Not only can you use code for a £5 discount off your order but they stock one of the most vast ranges of superfood items I’ve seen.  Plus they’re nearly all organic which is a bonus.

    I use their green superfood powder every morning in my smoothie and highly recommend it.  My latest purchase though is for camu camu capsules and hemp seeds.  I’m not a stranger to hemp seeds as they’re an ingredient in my green powder, plus I’ve had the hemp powder before for my smoothies. 

    Camu camu is new to me and I purchased it as I was reading an article all about their benefits and amazing vitamin C content.  I knew straight away to check Nutriseed for them and decided to go with the capsules as an extra vitamin C boost for the winter months.

    Read on to see the amazing benefits of these two products and why they’re now going to be a staple in my cupboard.

    Hemp Seeds

    I’ve been watching so much about cannabis recently and how the whole plant is an incredible medicine.  Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a medicine and has the most incredible healing properties for many daily complaints as well as horrific illnesses and disease like cancer thanks to its cannabinoid content. 

    Unfortunately the government concentrated on its getting high qualities and made it illegal to grow and use for some time.  Only now is cannabis getting the recognition it deserves as such an incredible plant for so many uses and the stigma is beginning to change. 

    I really want to get my hands on some CBD oil to add a drop to my smoothie each day.  I’m hoping it may clear up my skin and be a preventive for many diseases.  I’ve watched several stories of people with 20 years+ of chronic pain being able to relieve the pain in 20 seconds with the oil.  There are also several stories of it helping people with much worse disease.  If you start researching it, you’ll be amazed at the life changing stories you find.  Sounds incredible doesn’t it?  Plus it’s 100% natural and doesn’t contain nasty ingredients like most prescription medicines do.

    Unfortunately Nutriseed don’t stock the CBD oil, but they do sell hemp powder and hemp seeds.  These aren’t going to have the medicinal properties of the oil, but they are both a nutrient powerhouse! 

    Hemp is from the same plant Cannabis Sativa, but don’t worry, eating the seeds won’t get you high!  The seeds contain only a trace amount of THC (the psychoactive compound that gets people high when smoked) and are actually highly nutritious and healthy to eat.  I have some in my smoothie everyday already in powder form and now I’ve been adding these hemp seed to my home made muesli each morning and also chucking a teaspoon to my smoothie for a more nutty flavour.  They can also be eaten as a snack on their own and would be a great replacement for those with nut allergies.

    Nutriseed Goodies Hemp Seeds and Camu Camu Capsules The benefits of Hemp Se

    Let’s look at the amazing properties of the product I bought, hemp seeds:

    • A full protein source containing all 21 amino acids, making it a healthy non meat source of protein
    • Rich in several minerals including zinc (great for immune system), phosphorus (good for bone health), magnesium (also good for bone health) and iron (delivering oxygen around your body in the blood).
    • High in essential fatty acids and containing the perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6.  Our bodies can’t make these itself so we must rely on a food source for these fatty acids.
    • Rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, D and high in vitamin E.
    • They contain the rare gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is linked to several health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease.
    • Good source of fibre.
    • Vegan friendly.
    • The Nutriseed version is organic.  Read more on my thoughts about organic food here:

    3 Important Reasons to Choose Organic (other than your personal health)
    Organic vs 'Normal' Food

    For 6 evidence based health benefits, check out this article from one of my favourite websites: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds#section2

    Camu Camu

    This can also be purchased as a powder, but I went for the capsules to make sure I take one every day.  I already have two smoothie superfood powders on the go, so didn’t want to add another just yet.  The capsules are filled with 100% camu camu powder so I’m still getting the exact same goodness.

    Camu camu is a shrub found in the flooded parts of the Amazon rainforest and it’s the berries that are full of nutritional goodness.  The fruit is said to be ‘excessively sour’ so is ground into powder to mix with other things.

    Here are some of the incredible benefits of camu camu:

    • One teaspoon or one capsule provides 1180% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, that’s more than any other natural source of vitamin C.  Vitamin C is produced by our body so must come from food.  It’s also not stored by the body, so a daily source is required.  These capsules will make it super easy for me to get enough on a daily basis and from a natural source.
    • The Nutriseed version are organic certified by the UK Soil Association
    • High in vitamins and minerals, particularly in essential trace mineral manganese which supports bone health and normal brain function amongst many other health benefits.
    • Rich in antioxidants

    For me I’m all about getting my vitamins and minerals from natural sources, so this is now my vitamin C tablet.

    Save £5 at Nutriseed:

    Use code 5friendto save £5 at Nutriseed! (1)

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  2. Nutriseed Review and £5 Off Discount Code [Updated January 2018]

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    Nutriseed Review & £5 Off Discount Code

    Use code 5friendto save £5 at Nutriseed! (1)

    I absolutely love receiving my orders from Nutriseed - boxes filled to the brim with wholesome nutritious ingredients.  The type of ingredients which are ideal for smoothies, sprinkling on soups and making delicious raw energy treats.  This package of wonderfulness was sent to me from a company called Nutriseed. 

    Nutriseed are a young start up business who are passionate about healthy living and eating the most nutritious nature provided foods (sound like anyone else you know?!).  Their website is awesome.  It’s basically like opening my kitchen cupboard door and seeing exactly what’s in all my piled up Kilner jars!

    nutriseed unboxing

    They have the most perfect selection of superfoods and ingredients, which in my household really are cupboard staples.  I chuck these things on my oat cereal in the morning (gojis, chia, flax), whizz in to smoothies (most of their ingredients), add to soup (sesame seeds), make hot drinks from (cacao), pop a few pills (spirulina ones of course)… you get the picture! 

    Just today I’ve made a homemade butternut squash soup and I’ve sprinkled some of the sesame seeds on top for extra flavour and a great nutty crunch.  I’ve also whizzed together a banana and oat milk with half a teaspoon of maca powder for a fantastic energy boost in a tasty 'milk'shake. 

    It’s so easy to start eating healthy with these ingredients just by adding some of them to the foods you already eat daily.  There are also so many easy recipes you can whip up in no time at all such as energy balls.  Just mix a handful each of oats, flaxseed, goji berries and chia seeds together with a few table spoons of nut only butter, mould into balls and voila – raw scrumptious superfood balls! 

    They’re also offering £5 off your order in their impressive online shop with my code:

    Use code 5friendto save £5 at Nutriseed! (1)

     

    I believe there’s nothing more important than what you put in (and on) your body!

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  3. Discover Your Fate with the PalmistryHD Palm Reading App

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    If someone could tell you what the future holds, would you want to know?

    I’m not sure I would want to be able to see into the future.  Yes, perhaps to stop a major catastrophe, but I’m not sure I’d want to be able to see my life laid out in front of me.  If we were to know exactly what will happen to us then it takes away the notion of free will and being able to make our own choices.  It makes them seem somewhat predetermined.  I like to think we make our own fate and choose our own destinies.  That seems more realistic to me.

    It doesn’t mean I don’t believe in psychic abilities though.  It's just what I'd like to believe, but it's not set in stone.  I think there is more to life than we know and much more to our consciousness and the human brain, which we apparently know very little about.  There may be other dimensions and parallel universes.  Perhaps some of our future is predetermined, but also we can edit our path as we go along.  Perhaps we’re all just avatars for aliens in space and a game to them.  No-one knows and perhaps the beauty of life is that it is a mystery.

    Discover your fate with the PalmistryHD Palm Reading App

    I also know people who have had psychic dreams.  Whether it’s totally random or coincidence, their exact dreams have come true.  For example, someone dreamt their brother went to prison, and he then did.  Another dreamt someone who had a sterilisation was pregnant, and it turned out they were.  Yes, these could have been coincidences, but they’re always spooky when they happen!  Perhaps they were tapping into a part of the brain they didn’t know about.

    We all know someone who has visited a psychic too.  I’ve not been myself, but those I know of have always been freaked out.  They’ve known so many details about them, things they couldn’t possibly have known.  I’m definitely a sceptic, but perhaps one day I’ll go and see for myself.  It’s always a bit scary they’ll say something we don’t want to hear!

    When I was younger I used to regularly read my horoscope in newspapers and magazines.  It was fun and the possibility of predicting upcoming events was always exciting, especially for my love life as a teenager!

    Discover your fate with the PalmistryHD Palm Reading App

    I was offered the opportunity to review a palmistry app from Stellar Palmistry, where you can also access a daily horoscope.

    I do always question whether the results of these sorts of things are written in a way that could be applicable to anyone.  We might all interpret them in a way that is meaningful to our own selves to make sense of them.   Even if the responses can seem quite generic, it’s a great way to reflect on yourself and think about the most important things in life and self-improvement.  For me, this is the most enjoyable part of it; self-reflection and possibilities.

    Whether you believe in it all or not, it’s still a fun app to download and to read your palm yourself.  If you like horoscopes then it’s a nice app to use to check yours each day.  Why not download it today and see what your future may hold?

    My PalmistryHD Palm Reading Results

    Discover your fate with the PalmistryHD Palm Reading App Results

    The app is very simple and easy to use.  I downloaded it and within a few seconds I’d snapped a photo of my palm and was awaiting my results.  You can get it here as either an iOS app or Android app.

    The results are split into four categories:

    Fitness and Health

    This says I am no slob and like to take care of myself.  That’s definitely true, I’m obsessed with health and always trying new superfoods.  I am refined sugar free, alcohol free, meat free and dairy free.  I care deeply about being healthy.  I also go to the gym 4-6 times per week.  So when it says I could still make some lifestyle changes, I guess the only thing I could do is go to the gym more or cut out the portion of chippy chips I have every Friday.  Other than that I think I’m probably about a thousand times healthier than most people!  It says I could push myself a bit harder when it comes to exercise, which I guess is true for everyone?  We can all push ourselves further and harder.  I could definitely do more exercise, but with two young children and trying to squeeze it in around childcare and working, it’s hard to find the time.  I think I do pretty well managing 4-6 times per week and will find it much easier to work out more once the children are a little older.

    Success and Happiness

    This mostly says I deserve happiness (hopefully most people do) and success, but I’ll have to work hard to be successful.  I’m not work shy and put 110% into my business and blogging full time.  Hard work, good decisions and sacrifice will give me a great deal of happiness.  This too can be applicable to most.  Happiness isn’t always just there; it has to be worked towards.  We have to build the lives we want and discover what really makes us happy.  I don’t think what people think makes them happy is always the reality.  Being content is key and this is what I want to work towards in my future.  I’d like to surround myself with things that make me happy and therefore fuel my success through a more positive attitude.

    Career and Money

    This is spot on, but it could be for the majority of people.  It says I have worries surrounding my finances and I’m not entirely happy with my income or economic status.  I’m definitely always worried about money!  I have a fear Ben will be made redundant and I’m always worried about my income as I’m self-employed.  I feel this is a natural worry for most though and I turn it into a positive by using it to encourage me to save as much as possible and not blow every penny we earn.  Worrying about these things since I’ve had children has definitely made me more careful with our money.  We budget and save every month, whereas pre-kids I spent every last penny and purchased useless stuff I never needed.  Now we make careful decisions, live a more minimal lifestyle and save for our future or trips away.  I feel more comfortable with our money situation from that point of view, but I never feel settled with our income.  I’m always aware it could change or disappear any day and that makes me anxious.

    It does say I have ideas on how to change this, but something is holding me back, but my life cycle is leaving this difficult period and entering a more abundant time.  This is so true.  I struggle to find a work-life balance as only my eldest is in school full time.  Reuben is almost three and only at playschool for 3.5 school days.  So it can be a struggle to manage it all.  I’m sat typing this at the dinner table, for instance, as I’ve just not had enough time to get everything done today!  This phase is definitely ending soon as Reuben will start school in September 2019.  Then I hope to create a better work-life balance and have set working hours which will benefit us all.

    Love and Relationships

    This one is probably the least accurate for me as it says I’m in pursuit of love, but I am happily married.  It also says I have the characteristics of a great romantic partner, but I couldn’t be less romantic.  I explain that a little more in this review.  It also says a big relationship will pay a key role in my future.  I guess that could mean my relationship now or a new one in the future. 

    It’s definitely fun to snap your palm and see what the results say about you.  Find their website and read your own palm here: https://stellarpalmistry.com

     

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  4. Megahome Water Distiller Review: Why I’m Drinking Distilled Water

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    I’m always on a mission to try and be the healthiest I can be.  Over the past few years I’ve cut out meat, dairy, refined sugar, smoking and alcohol.  I feel a gazillion times better for it all, more mentally and emotionally stable and I very rarely get ill or even catch a cold. 

    I’ve literally been ill once in the past 12 months catching some achey thing the kids and Ben had along with a migraine.  Other than this I’ve avoided all colds and any other illness that has been going around.  I totally put it down to eating the most healthiest foods daily, not eating any junk and staying active (I go to the gym/classes five times per week).

    The one thing I had been putting off was our water.  I’ve always questioned the safety and purity of our water at home.   You can see the struggle I had with our hard water when I tried to do water only hair washing:

    7 weeks washing my hair with water only

    Why I stopped water only hair washing after 11 weeks

    It built up the most disgusting residue in my hair.   It’s hard water and it often smells like wet dog or has some weird odour which puts me off drinking it.  We’d looked a little into getting some sort of water filter on the entire house where the water comes in, but had never got round to it.  Now I don’t think that’s even enough for making it safe to drink.

    We had started drinking bottled mineral water instead for the past few months.  Not only is this costly, but it creates a load of plastic waste, so although it’s better for our bodies (kind of), it’s not great for the environment to keep producing and recycling plastic.

    So I was very pleased when Ben’s brother’s girlfriend told me about distilled water.  She shared a couple of websites with me including http://aquariusthewaterbearer.com and this video on YouTube:

     

    I spent the rest of the evening and next day researching distilled water and it just makes sense.  I can’t believe I’d never questioned the type of minerals in mineral water before!

    I don’t take synthetic or metallic minerals and always make sure my vitamin and mineral supplements are from plant sources, yet I’d never thought that the minerals in my water are dissolved rocks and therefore metallic.

    Duuuh!

    So the next day I ordered a Megahome water distiller to make my own pure water at home; pure H2O.

    I was also shocked after watching a guy on YouTube, well several of them, measure the amount of dissolved substances in tap water.  One reading was 460!  That’s 460 dissolved substances in tap water!  That’s chemicals they add, fertiliser, pesticides, medicines, organisms, inorganic minerals, dirt and more!

    YUCK!

    I’ve just ordered myself a TDS meter which measures the total dissolved solids in water.  I’m going to test our tap water, bottled mineral water and our home distilled water when it arrives.  I’m hoping for good results from our distiller as distilled water should not have any dissolved substances.  But I’m intrigued to see how much dirt our tap water has in it.

    It’s no surprise though.

    Where do you think everything in the environment goes?  Those medicines you take, the pesticides sprayed onto crops, the drugs people consume…

    It all ends up in our water and no matter how hard they try to remove it all, trace amounts remain and then we consume it.  Gross.

    And if you don’t believe me, get a distiller and see for yourself.

    After distilling our first lot of water, around four litres, I was disgusted at what was left in the chamber; gross dark brown residue.  Dirt and substances that I would have swallowed had I drank the water directly from the tap.

    It might not look like much, but when we’re consuming this all day long every day, it’s going to build up in our systems and cause damage.

    As out bodies are at least 70% water, we need to nourish it with the best water available.

    Mega Home Water Distiller Review Why I’m Drinking Distilled Water

    Megahome Water Distiller Review

    I ordered a distiller pretty quickly after discovering all this and so far I’ve been distilling our water at home for five days.  Firstly, it tastes amazing!  It’s SO much tastier than the water from our taps and it’s even tastier than the mineral water we were buying.

    The distiller was £155.  They can be cheaper, but I chose to have a glass bottle with it instead of the cheaper plastic bottle.  There is a cheaper brand available too, but I watched some comparison reviews and the Megahome distiller removed the most substances from the water in a test.

    It’s super easy to use.  Just fill the chamber with water from the tap, put the top on, plug in and off you go.  Obviously make sure you have the jug in position. 

    It also comes with carbon filters to put in the spout to remove odours and I’m sure I read somewhere it gives a nice taste.

    I’m hoping it will clear my skin and make me feel amazing.  Some sources say you do have to drink a gallon (four litres) a day for the amazing effects, and I’ve probably had 2-3 litres a day, so I need to up my game.  But it’s so satisfying knowing I’m not consuming all the dirt that’s left in the distiller at the end.

    To store it I’ve bought some glass bottles from The Range.  Two  3.5L ones for just £4.99 each and some 1L ones for the fridge that were only around £2.99 each or perhaps even less.

    Mega Home Water Distiller Review Why I’m Drinking Distilled

    How to store water Mega Home Water Distiller Review Why I’m Drinking Disti

    The distiller is so easy to use and hopefully to clean.  I’ve been cleaning it in-between each use so far and not letting the gross brown stuff build up.  I watched a YouTube video of a guy cleaning his the other day and it was thick with brown all over it and disgusting.  He’d left it for months, eeeew.  He managed to get it all off with white vinegar, so that’s a good trick for cleaning it.  I’d rather keep on top of it and clean as I use it.

    So far I’m happy with the distiller and I hope to write an update in a couple of weeks if I start feeling amazing from the benefits of drinking this water.

    There are some scary articles about distilled water at the top of Google when you start researching, but look a little further than those and read as much as possible before making up your own mind.  There are plenty of people who have been drinking this water for years and they are perfectly fine.  I just can’t believe that pure water is bad and polluted tap water is good.

    I really hope this water is as great as they say.

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  5. Love Layla Designs Review: Rude, Crude, Hilarious Sarcastic Greetings Cards

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    I’m no stranger to the fabulous Love Layla Designs.  Having started out myself as a small business owner selling jewellery among other things, I regularly networked with other small businesses in the UK on social media, mainly other women in business on Twitter.  It was here I first discovered Love Layla and their hilariously crude, rude and sarcastically offensive greetings cards.  As they say in their own words, they’re ‘printing what you’re thinking’.  It’s the most apt tagline and the cards are nothing short of brilliant.

    Eeek! The most amazingly humorous #valentinescards are here from @lovelayladesigns and they are brilliant! I’ll be revealing the rest on the blog very soon! I’ve gone for the most polite I could find to keep it family friendly, but for those who want something extra naughty, I dare you to take a peek at their website! Don’t say I didn’t warn you ???????????????? . . . . #lbloggers #valentinesday #mbloggers #mummyblogger #smallbiz #smallbusiness #smallbusinesslove #indiebusiness #indiebiz #womaninbiz #womaninbusiness #lovelayla #funnycard #greetingcards #funny #showusyourlove #lovelaylacards #lovelayladesigns #husbandandwife #wifelife #truelove #valentines #anniversarycard #stationery #stationerydesign #stationerylover #bloggers #ukbloggers #laughoutloud

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    I like to keep this a family friendly blog, so I’ve gone for the most polite cards I can find.  I’m not a very crude person, so they actually suit me just fine.  The cards I chose are perfectly suited to mine and Ben’s humour.  Or at least mine.  I’m sure it’s Ben’s type of funny too, or he just goes along with me because he has no other choice.  Ha!

    Love Layla Designs Review Rude, Crude, Hilarious Sarcastic Greetings Cards

    We do have a lot of personal banter and it’s always very sarcastic.  I’m not very lovey-dovey at all.  I can rarely even bring myself to say the big L word.  Something always stops me.  If Ben says he loves me I’ll usually say ‘thank you’ or ‘me too’.  I used to be more in touch with my emotional and affectious side, but I seem to be losing it more and more the older I get.  Luckily Ben just jokes about it all the time and I don’t think he’s ever experienced anything different from me so he’s used to it.

    Love Layla Designs Review Rude, Crude, Hilarious Sarcastic Greetings Cards

    The cards I was kindly sent (for my honest review) are from the Valentine’s range, though they are also perfect for anniversaries too.   I’ve just completed one for Ben which is for the two.  We started our relationship at the end of February so I’ve written a joint card.  We’ll have been together seven years this year, so it definitely deserves a card.  Hopefully we’ll make it through the seven year itch.  (That’s actually what I’ve put inside the card, ever the romantic!)

    Love Layla Designs Review Rude, Crude, Hilarious Sarcastic Greetings Cards

    I was sent seven cards and it was so hard to pick one to give Ben next month.  Can I just give him all seven?  Overkill?  Luckily I’ll be sorted for the next couple of years of anniversaries, Christmases and Valentine’s Days.  And even after that I know exactly where I’ll be returning to buy cards I know Ben will love.  Being a typical man he’s not that into cards, so it would be a waste of time me buying him a cute bear holding a heart type card with a sentimental poem.  That’s so not him (or me).  I have to find him cards that I think he’ll find funny and witty and Love Layla are both of these with a pinch of inappropriatism on the top.

    love-layla-logo

    I’ve seen so many of the Love Layla designs online, but it’s always so different when you see them in reality.  They are much bigger than I imagined - a proper sized greetings card.  They definitely haven’t scrimped on the quality of the paper either, using thick card stock.  I love the branding too. The cutesy looking text and pink hearts which is so juxtaposed against the content of the cards!  I bet some people are in for a bit of a shock when they stumble across the website!  It’s definitely not for the easily offended or those who strongly detest swear words.  You have been warned.

    Visit Love Layla here.  Go on.  I dare you. https://lovelayladesigns.co.uk

    Love Layla Designs Review_ Rude, Crude, Hilarious Sarcastic Greetings Cards