Friday, 26 May 2017

Hitting My Target & Feeling Better Within, With Skinade

I wanted to say I have finally got to my target after ( changing it twice) 56 weeks later, down from a size 22-14 and losing a whopping 94.5 inches all around. I'm 4 stone 7.5lbs lighter and I feel amazing. 

Skinade got in touch at the perfect time, I'm coming on to my mid thirties and I've got heavy lines on the top of my brow and I can see more fine lines appearing. Not only with losing a good amount of weight I wanted to make sure my body and skin is getting the nutrition’s and vitamins it needs. I've always suffered with bad skin and I have done and tried everything to sort it out, but nothing works. 

Skinade are the leading collagen drink on the beauty market at the moment. Not only does Skinade reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but it also increases the skins hydration levels, meaning it is beneficial to dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis of the whole body. To see the benefits of Skinade, the drink must be drunk daily for a 30 day period. It tastes of Mangosteen and peach and is packed full of vitamins, with just 1.5grams of fructose sugar, no artificial colours and fewer then 38 calories per 15omg bottle. 

To fill you in drinking Skinade has a three-fold effect: increasing collagen in the bloodstream by adding the 7000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen in each bottle (daily dose) of Skinade as well as triggering the body’s own collagen production by firing up the fibroblasts (= our own collagen factories). Increasing collagen in the bloodstream also triggers the body’s production of hyaluronic acid which is responsible the optimising skin hydration. To optimise skin health, we must work from the inside out, as well as the outside in.

Not only does Skinade reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but it also increases the skins hydration levels, meaning it is beneficial to dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis of the whole body. To see the benefits of Skinade, the drink must be drunk daily for a 30 day period. It tastes of Mangosteen and peach and is packed full of vitamins, with just 1.5grams of fructose sugar, no artificial colours and fewer then 38 calories per 15omg bottle. 

Armed with my 30 day supply of 10 already made bottles and 20 sachets, that you add once per day to a half a glass of water. These are great to carry around in your bag if you are on the go. The flavour is a very sweet peach taste and after the first one, I didn't really notice the sweetness of it. 

To get the same ingredients as in Skinade you’d need to take about 20 large tablets per day. By taking Skinade’s ingredients in liquid form, you’ll absorb 80-90% of them, whereas you’d only absorb 30-40% of the ingredients when in tablet form.

After 30 days of drinking Skinade, my face is slightly better. I haven't had angry red breakouts and my nails are pretty amazing. I replay wish I had taken a picture of them before as they have gotten so long.

Prices start from £99 for a 30 day supply. Which works out around £3.30 which is a price of a coffee. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Moving Out And Budget Tips

Last month I received a letter to say my property is being demolished and cleared, within the next year.  We have been living here for over 8 years, so not only have I got a lot of clutter. I have to literally be ruthless on when I start to pack. Not only is it going to be very expensive as the furniture we have is really old, plus the children will have a room each we need to furnish. 

I've put a few tips together on how to save some money, when moving. 

De-clutter and make some ££ - I've come to the conclusion it's either, bin, donate or make some cash. Even if I get a few pounds it all add's up in the long run. Selling on Shpock & eBay can help with decluttering.  Also Shpock and Gumtree are great for people picking up free items, I'm not taking some of my bigger stuff like bookcases and table. So I will be listing them on free sites. which will save me money as I won't have to pay to get rid of them.  Some councils charge £25 to remove bulkier items from your home. 

These sites are also great for picking up tins of decorating bits including paint, we recently managed to pick up a whole new tin of pink paint for free. Which will be used for Lexie's room as she wants it pink. 

Cardboard boxes are expensive and once you are all moved in they will be thrown away. Ask in local shops and I've asked in my children's school to save me any bigger boxes, so I can start to sort and pack as I am going though each room.

CD's & DVD's can be sold in bulk and they can take up a huge amount of space. With everything online now, at the touch of our fingertips. We don't need a bulk amount of items, that probably we won't use again after moving. 

Don't forget there are some good rates  & ' Payday Loans'  which are great if you need something delivered quickly or something breaks down with simple and easy payments

Make furniture wishlists. Most online stores you can set up an account and make a wishlist, these are great for keeping eye on prices and you will notice if they go on sale. Always look for a discount code and use cash back sites when ordering anything off the Internet, it's great to get some cash back for something you was going to buy anyway. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Ravensburger 3D Puzzle - Despicable Me 3 Review

Raiden is a huge fan of puzzles and we have had the ball 3d puzzles from Ravensburger  before and he really enjoyed them. He was very keen to get started on the prisoner minion Despicable Me. 

The puzzle has easyclick technology, you start with number one and work around in a circle building it up. The pieces are clearly numbered and arrowed so you know which way to go and they are easy to fit in to each part. 

The box contains the 54 pieces, instructions, a base disc, a minions embellishment and plastic feet and legs.

 The puzzle is really easy to fit together and Raiden managed to build the minion within around 40 minutes, he did have to stop and piece together a part as he was a bit heavy handed with piecing in a part. It's gets slightly fiddly as you get closer to finishing it. 

RRP - £4.99 

Ages 6+ 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

New Look, Beefeater - Longbridge Review

Steak lovers of Birmingham can now rejoice - The Beefeater Longbridge has reopened its doors following some exciting changes. I hadn't gone to the Beefeater previously, so I wasn't too sure of how it looked before. The restaurant, on High Street, has undergone a stunning makeover to create a light and welcoming environment for guests. The venue boasts a fresh look inside and out, with booth seating now available for larger groups. With comfort and style a priority for Beefeater, visitors can now enjoy the modern interior and relax in the new-look bar. 

We was seated quite quickly on arrival and a drinks order was taken while we looked at the menu. The children's menu doubles up as an activity sheet too, which is a great touch. It's not often me and the kids have a treat out together, so we was very excited to taste test the menu.

With strong family values at the forefront of the business, the menu is jam-packed with a wide range of favourites, including tender steaks, mouth-watering burgers and fresh salads. Guests can also tuck into Beer-Battered Cod & Chips, Smothered Chicken and the Beefeater Mixed Grill, each prepared with care and presented with flare. In addition, Beefeater is now offering unlimited skinny or triple cooked chips with selected main meals. 

The children's menu offer is : 

1 Course - £4.75 - Main + Squash
2 Courses - £5.49 - Main + Squash with Starter or Pud
3 Courses - £5.99 Starter + Main + Pud + Squash

This is such good value for a children's menu, and I was shocked by the prices. 

The kids started off with a mixed veggie starter which was celery, cucumber and red pepper sticks, with a yogurt and cucumber dip. 

Raiden went for steak and chips for his main, which is a 4oz steak with chips and peas. 

Lexie had Spaghetti Bolognese and swapped her garlic bread for fries.

I like how you are open to swap for different sides, if you wanted to it leaves the meal fuss free. 

I tried to stay as much on the Slimming world plan, as I could and went for the Smoky Paprika Chicken, chicken breast marinated smoky paprika and chargrilled. I swapped my chips for a jacket potato and a side salad. I didn't eat the chunky slaw even though it looked amazing.  

The kids had the Funny Face Sundae for pudding -  Create your own funny face with strawberry laces, chocolate beans, marshmallows and a wafer cone hat. Both the kids enjoyed making and mixing all of the different things themselves.

After being so good at lunch I went all out and had the Cookie Dough Sundae. Which wasn't slimming world friendly- whoops!! ( I didn't regret one mouthful either) 

Delicious vanilla and cookie dough ice creams, layered with chocolate brownie chunks, topped with chocolate sauce, a whip of cream and a wafer.

Beefeater prides itself on affordable quality with not-to-be-missed deals and offers. Steak and chips is up for grabs from just £11.19 with a Daytime Menu also available between Monday and Saturday before 6.30pm. Enjoy top-notch food at your new-look Beefeater – and we guarantee it won’t break the bank.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Pinypon Fairy Tales Range Review

Lexie got a massive treat on her birthday as she got a mega bundle of toys delivered from Bandai, Pinypon fairy tales range

We received 2 Pinypon dolls as fairytale characters, Little Red Riding Hood  & Rapunzel. In the range you also can collect Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Pocahontas & Alice in Wonderland. All well loved children's fairytale classics, that children know and can relate to there favourites. They each come with a pet and accessories for you too play with too.

We also received the Princess and Prince pack with the lovely pink carriage. The carriage is bursting with a trunk you can add all the accessories in to. 

The carriage opens up for dressing room play and it has little holes you can display items on, the mirror is great for play and get the figures to see their new styles and accessories. There is a special feature in which a crown can be lowered onto the princesses head by turning the heart on the top of the carriage. 

Each figure has little holes you can attach different accessories too, crowns, wands, sword, flowers etc. Great fun for giving the figures a bit of variety and mixing and matching them up. The figures hair can be changed and you can rotate the faces to show another expression which I think is fantastic, lexie really liked this feature. It's something that she hasn't seen before. 

I was quite surprised to find out the figure sets start from £3.99 which is great value, the figures are quite large and are very durable. 

The products are 4+, CE marked and are typically for children aged 4-9.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

4 Simple Ways to Make your Garden Beautiful

I can’t tell you how many blog posts I’ve read offering fantastic tips on how to add a little something special to your home décor, a cushion here, a mirror there and voila, totally transformed. However, your outside space (whether it is a large garden, or a small yard in a terraced house) deserves the same attention as the rest of your home décor, and can also be improved by some rather simple changes. Here are just four of many ways to give your garden a little oomph.

1- Benches and tables and Chairs- oh my!

Perhaps the more pricey of my tips but investing in even just. one or two pieces of good quality luxury outdoor furniture will make such a difference to your garden. If you only have a couple of old, plastic chairs, or a wooden bench that looks like it’s been there for at least a century, you are unlikely to feel the urge to go outside and enjoy what your garden has to offer. Taking your family dinner outside into the open air can be such a pleasure, so a nice quality table and chair set is advisable.

2- Sparkly String Lights

An easy and quick way to make any outside area prettier is by hanging string lights. They come in a myriad of different styles, colours, and sizes, and definitely light up the space they are hung above. With so many types available, finding the one that fits your vibe and style the best will be simple enough; the problem is stopping at just one! Remember to measure your outside area and see how long the string lights should be, and then get to hanging!

3- Vertical Gardening

What better way to save space, and still grow your own herbs? Vertical gardening is cute, practical and will spruce up your outside space in no time. Easy to put together, you can even mix up what you choose to plant; all you’ll need are a few hangers, seeds, pots, and a wooden trellis. Plus, if you buy colourful pots it makes the whole alternative garden even cuter. This is even an option for a small yard where flowerbeds just aren’t feasible.

4-Butterfly Feeder

Now, this little gimmick that is the butterfly feeder will definitely increase your garden’s beauty. Just imagine the scene of when you make your way out to enjoy an outdoor activity, and you have a little butterfly fluttering nearby, magical! Easy to set down anywhere, the butterfly feeder is the perfect addition to any outside area you’re improving. Even a windowsill will do!

No matter the size of the space you’re dealing with, improving your garden is fun and an excuse to get creative. Whether you choose to focus on the details, the colours, or even just the lighting, getting the garden of your dreams is only a few steps away!

(Image sources: Table & Chairs , Planter )

Friday, 14 April 2017

Beef up like the Bull with Boost

Bullring and Boost launch a limited edition juice dedicated to Birmingham's iconic landmark.

Ever wondered what makes the Bull so shiny and strong? The secret to his success is the perfect blend of high protein foods, as well as plenty of love and affection from his thousands of visitors each year. 

To show the love for Birmingham's popular landmark, Bullring in partnership with Boost juice bar have created a juice – Bull's Boost to be sold exclusively at Bullring made up of the foods integral for the Bull's high protein diet.

The unique juice contains banana, strawberry, vanilla and strawberry yoghurt, no fat milk, whey protein and ice. This carefully selected blend of ingredients provides the perfect delicious mix of high protein – ideal as a post workout fuel up.  

Maggie Foggett, Marketing Manager at Bullring said, "The Bull at Bullring is one of Birmingham's best-loved icons and attractions and we wanted to give him the love and attention he deserves by creating a product in his honour. We hope that Brummies are as fond of the limited edition juice as they are of the Bull!"

The 'Bull's Boost' juice, will be available at Boost, Bullring on Middle East Mall from 6th- 17th April for £4.65. Every Monday throughout April, Boost will be offering Bullring PLUS app users a free Boost drink of their choice. Download the Bullring PLUS app to find out more.