Quick and Simple Hummus

Hummus is loved by just about everyone.  In fact, I can safely say there is not a single adult I have yet to meet that doesn’t enjoy this delicious creamy and I hasten to add healthy dip that can be used with kebabs, crudités, salads and more.  Not only does hummus taste great it is also simple to make which is great news and my recipe should give a gorgeous creamy version of the dip.  Want to lighten it up a little simply add a touch more water for a thinner consistency.

Full of super foods this great dip can be tweaked to create a whole range of recipes some of which I hope to try and share with you all at a later date including avocado hummus, roasted pepper, jalapeno and coriander hummus.

Hummus is full of a range of nutrients and is protein rich.  This yummy dip is great at balancing blood sugar levels and also reducing cholesterol.  It is though that this dip can also help prevent against cancer and reduce the risk of heart attacks.  So get those blenders out and let’s get making hummus!!!

Ingredients

1 tin 240g cooked chickpeas

1 clove of garlic

3 ½ – 4 tbs Water

1 ½ tbs olive oil

3-3.5tbs lemon juice

2 tbp tahini

¼ – ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp cumin

Drizzle of olive oil for serving

Method

Throw the clove of garlic and the tahini into a blender and blend until it thickens.

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Then just add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until you get to your desired consistency.  You will need to scrape down the edges a few times so no chunks escape.  Some prefer smooth others coarse but either way you have full control over creating your favourite.

Enjoy!

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Tips for London Landlords

Renting out a property in London can be wrought with all sorts of difficulties.  Having had some experience in this field and knowing others that do I thought that a short piece with some tips for landlords might be if value to some of my readers who may hope to become landlords at some stage in the future.  If you live in London then there is no shortage of people looking for property.  The problem is matching up the correct people to the right type of property.  At the end of the day a landlord wants the highest income from their property as possible.

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Location & Decide on Your Target Tenant

For those yet to buy a property, then firstly think location. Are you looking to attract professionals, families, students etc.  For each you would need to choose a property accordingly.  Look at school catchment areas for families that is normally a guaranteed rentable property depending on the condition you are trying to let the property in.  For students look for houses near universities that you can rent out as rooms as this will generate a larger income than renting out the whole property.  For professionals you need good links to public transport.

I have always found that renting to professionals yields the least headaches.  So I will base my post around that.

Make sure the Property is of a Living Reasonable Standard

Given you are in a good location the next thing on your list before beginning to advertise and arrange viewings is the condition of the property.  Many a time I have heard people say that the properties they have viewed previously were in poor condition.  It’s not good enough, being lazy with the appearance of the property will reflect in the number of viewings and will make it harder to get the property rented to good tenants.

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Pricing

Do NOT overprice the room / property.  Have you noticed that some properties just don’t see to get viewings?  There is a reason for that and generally they come down to appearance which we have addressed and also to price.  Do your research!!!! What are other SIMILAR properties / rooms etc. renting for in the same area?  Compare the facilities available from other properties to yours and then work out a price.  Some landlords seem to pull a nice sounding number out of the air and think that their run down property can command that fee, think again!  There may be a lot of people wanting to find somewhere in London to rent but on the other side there are also a lot of landlords looking for tenants, be competitive.  Also Londoners want value for money, they need to get it somewhere as everything in London is expensive.  Consider added extras such as wifi within the property and basic tv’s in the rooms as these can make the whole package look that bit more appealing and give your property the added extra that others may lack.

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Avoid Agencies

Avoid using agencies unless you have too!!!! Seriously, unless you are working long full time hours then there really isn’t an excuse.  Renting properties isn’t hard once you have the basics under your belt.  This way you avoid paying agents fees and also get in good tenants.  Needless to say no matter what an agent says the majority look at the bottom line, how much can they get out of renting your property and also how quickly ca it be done so they can move onto the next client.  Once you have had experienced having bad tenants you will learn soon enough but my aim with this post is to help you avoid the nightmare in the first place.

Use a Rent Deposit Scheme

These are a good way to keep the deposit safe for both parties.  Put the deposit in a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme.  These are listed here: https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection/overview

You have two options a paid for scheme and one that is free but the paid for one allows for easier access to the deposit by the landlord should the need require.

Landlord Insurance

This is important so don’t think you can do without.  Do your research when looking up who to go with.  A good example is HomeLet who do building and contents insurance and a range of optional extras.  But hey don’t just take my word for it.  Defaqto is a provider of independent financial product information and ratings aiming to provide information to support better decision-making.  These guys have given HomeLet 5 stars this year (2016).  They also have a 5* feefo rating.  A global ratings and reviews provider used by the world’s most trusted brands.  Just to add their prices are 15% cheaper when you buy online.

Check Tenants References

Referencing agency rentchecks.com is great for this, you can find out about any previous payment issues that the prospective tenant may have had and avoid tenants that are likely to default on payments.

Simple Contracts

You can get great contracts for landlords from Lawpacks.co.uk who will be able to sell you a specific contract for your type of property.

When you are Ready!

Simply advertise on sites like Find a Flat, Spare Room or Upad (the latter will handle the initial tenant enquiries for you too).

Planning on renting a property out in London?  What are your tips?


River Island Summer Day Dress Wishlist 2016

I do love the style and range of clothes that can be found at River Island, they have some gorgeous shoes and fabulous daywear including some amazing summer dresses.  I’m now counting down to the summer as I am overly excited and can’t wait for its arrival and to help you all feel that little bit summerier too I thought I would share my River Island summer day dress wishlist.  The following dresses are my top 5 must haves for the warmer months.

This navy eyelet dress is that little bit different. It’s one of those styles that may not look that great on the hanger but do not be fooled it looks great on.  It also complements a fuller bust but for those that may feel they are lacking a little in that region a push up bra will work wonders.

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The dress is priced at £150 but will get a lot of wear and can be dressed up with a little sparkle and a cute clutch to transform it into a beautiful evening outfit.

For really warm days, yes we do get them in the UK and of course an ideal dress to wear on holiday this £28 khaki asymmetric dress is lovely.  Pair it with a tan (from a bottle please I am not promoting anyone going out and getting a natural tan/skin damage) add a little gold jewellery and you have a feminine and stylish look.

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Another dress that is suited to tanned or darker skin is this pretty white ace bandeau dress.  It’s got to be a summer wardrobe staple for all that love relaxed, loose, floaty dresses and can also be dressed up easily.  It’s only £35 so a great buy too.

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This stunning dress really shows curves so is suited best for those with a slim line figure.  The style is perfect for day wear as these are very comfortable.  I really love the colour!  This is the lowest priced dress from those chose and is only £22.

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Last but definitely not least this off-the-shoulder Bardot neckline, belted black maxi dress.  It was love at first sight I must admit when I saw it!!!!  Reasonably priced at £30 this has to be a firm summer must have contender.  I could easily see myself wearing this in the day and at night.  This is one of those dresses we all need to have.

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Which is your favourite?


Win a Gorgeous Sterling Silver Forget-Me-Not Necklace & Earring Set

It’s not long until the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens its doors once again to the public (24th to the 28th May).  With their amazing blooms, exciting garden ideas and so much more it’s hardly surprising that they attract over 157,000 visitors each year and why not as we can all appreciate flowers in bloom whatever our age.  To coincide with this show I thought that it might be lovely to do a flower themed competition so have teamed up with Scarlett Jewellery who have a range of stunning flower themed pieces to suit all tastes and budgets.

I loved the range so much that I created a collage with my favourite floral sterling silver pieces.  The main designs include daisy’s, forget-me-nots, poppy’s, bluebells and I even found a gorgeous butterfly charm on their site.

Scarlet 6I love their stack me rings as you can create some gorgeous combinations.  Some of the pieces combine gold and 925 sterling silver to add that little bit extra colour to their pieces as in the beautifully crafted silver and gold daisy charm shown in the collage above.

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The mix of products is good too so whether you want a ring, necklace, earrings or bracelet they will have just the piece to suit you.  There is no doubt that this company has some fabulous pieces on their site but almost equally important is the level of service that they provide.  Scarlett jewellery take pride in giving clients the best service possible which is why they have a direct link to their feefo rating from their site.  The service rating has 100% positive feedback and the product rating 99%.

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I was impressed by the speedy delivery and the quality of the jewellery.  I was sent a pair of handmade 925 sterling silver Forget-Me-Not stud earrings.  Great attention has been paid to the detail of these down to the little hearts on the back of the studs.

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I also received a forget-me-not necklace.  The pair came with a gift box and a meaning card explaining the meaning from the language of flowers.  Forget-Me-Nots are the idea gift as they mean ‘Everlasting Memory’ making them the perfect gift to remember someone, an absent friend, family far from home, or someone sadly missed.

It’s not just keen gardeners that will love these beauties inspired by an old book about the Victorian Language of Flowers discovered in Scarlett founder Sarah’s grandma’s attic.  Scarlett jewellery are regular exhibitors at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and their Forget-Me-Not jewellery is extremely popular with keen gardeners, and those who simply love the meaning and iconography of the Forget-Me-Not as a symbol of lasting memory.

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Pampers Little Champions

Mr Squishy has the funniest, cutest little run he looks like he is running in heels.  My little man has got to be a budding runner you should see how fast he goes when I take him out for a walk.  As a little man he enjoys activities of all types, the more active the better, he certainly keeps mummy on her toes.  At the tender age of 1 1/2 he is better at dribbling than mummy!!!

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It’s important for little ones to be active and to be suitably kitted out to do this.  We went through numerous types of nappies when I first had children until we found nappies that not only held in their contents efficiently (trust me those are not stories you want me to retell) but also allowed my little ones to feel free and run around without restriction.  Since having Mr Squishy these nappies have improved.

Pampers agree that we should encourage little ones to get moving so they have joined forces with sporting hero Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, Olympic Heptathlon Champion, (mum to her own little champion, Reggie) to launch the ‘Little Champions Campaign’ to encourage parents to celebrate their own little champions as in her own words “our babies are the future generation of medal winning athletes”.

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Mr Squishy is already on his way to moving like a champion practicing daily and showing around the clock devotion to discovering anything and everything his little world has to offer.  This little boy literally goes on and on and on and on a bit like the Duracell bunny so it’s hardly a surprising fact that a study has shown that babies move so much in the day they can take as many steps as a marathon runner in just 24 hours* (probably less in Mr Squishy’s case he literally doesn’t stop).  Just as the world’s greatest athletes need a durable kit, babies need a nappy that offers the best comfort and protection – a nappy that will allow them to move freely, without restriction, throughout the day.  Pampers NEW revolutionary Magical Pods do just this with their absorbing channels that help to distribute wetness evenly and providing a sag free fit and superior dryness so babies are able to show off their champion moves!

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Look at these guys goooooooooo!!!!!!

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Looks like Jessica has her hands full there.

 

 

Pampers understand that being able to move freely, and in comfort, is beneficial towards babies’ development. Pampers Love, Sleep & Play expert, Dr. Ellie Cannon explains how research shows that an opportunity to move is an opportunity for movement development to happen:

‘Feeling physically free and uninhibited whilst being supported and safe is an important part of a baby’s exploration of the world and physical development. Babies don’t need instructions to learn – they learn through self-discovery and encouragement from those around them. That encouragement comes in all forms: not just a clap from mum and dad, but also being unrestricted in their clothes and nappy. Freedom to move without restriction is a key aspect of your baby’s development environment’.[1]

Do you have a Little Champion?  What activities does yours little one enjoy doing?

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[1]*Environmental Factors Affecting Preschoolers’ Motor Development – Early Childhood Education Journal 2010


Aubergine with Tomatoes, Onions and Spices

It’s still #NationalVegetarianWeek ok so my last post about it was only yesterday but I must admit I felt a little bad writing a post that included cheese (Courgette Pasta with Homemade Green Pesto) although there was the option of using vegetarian cheese and it is a yummy dish.  I recently created a new recipe using aubergine which is not only full of a massive range of vitamins and minerals it is also a great source of dietary fibre, can help lower cholesterol and is low in calories making it a great vegetable for those trying to lose weight.

This super versatile vegetable which goes well in a range of dishes whether it has the starring role in the dish or bulks up a recipe it really is one that should be used more often.  I like to sneak these into Thai Green Curry’s as it goes really well in them.  The aubergine belongs to the Solanaceae family (nightshade family) along with tomatoes, potatoes and bell peppers.  In some cases, people may have a reaction to this family of plants as they lack high enough quantities of the enzyme diamine oxidase which reduces one’s ability to breakdown vasoactive amines which may result in allergy symptoms including headaches, rashes, itching, swelling, runny or blocked nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain and this will normally happen within 30 minutes of consumption.  Hope that hasn’t put you off as most of us are NOT allergic but I am highlighting it so that those that are might but don’t realise are aware and you all now know what signs to look for!  The dish I have created is full of flavor and nice and simple to make.  It makes a great side dish for BBQ meats and various other dishes and can be eaten hot or cold.  This is a gluten free dish that would even be paleo friendly.

 Serves 2- as a side dish

Ingredients

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 white onions, chopped

1 medium aubergine, chopped

1 tin of chopped peeled tomatoes

Olive oil

½ tsp hot chilli powder (less or omit if you prefer)

1/3-1/4tsp paprika

Freshly ground black pepper

1tbs coriander

Method

Heat a pan then add 1 1/2 tbs olive oil.  Stir fry the aubergine for about 5 minutes.

Throw in the chopped onion and 1tbs of olive oil, the paprika and chilli powder and cook for a further 4-5 minutes stirring regularly.

Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes then add in the tomatoes and black pepper.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Mix well.  Remove from the heat.  Allow to sit for 3 minutes then add the coriander and serve.

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Enjoy!


Courgette Pasta with Homemade Green Pesto

It’s #NationalVegetarianWeek so I decided that I should make a vegetarian dish.  This can be classified as vegetarian depending on how strict you are as it contains cheese (I know plenty of vegetarians that eat cheese) but you can always substitute for a vegetarian cheese.  My fabulous Courgette Pasta (I’m calling it courgetti) with Homemade Green Pesto tastes good even if I say so myself.  Having gotten to grips with my fabulous spiralizer from Eddingtons I decided to branch out and get a bit more adventurous.  I have seen various recipes for making courgetti before but as far as I am aware they generally boil it and then complain about the courgetti being soggy which really didn’t seem particularly impressive to me.  I decided it might be better to whip out my frying pan instead and see what happened.  This is a FAB recipe in that it is exceptionally healthy and super simple to make which is a bonus in anyone’s eyes.

Courgette is rich in magnesium and potassium which help normalise blood pressure.  It also has anti-cancer properties that inhibit cell mutations and prevent colon and lung cancer.  It is low in calories with just 17 calories per 100g and does not contain saturated fats or cholesterol.  The peel is a great source of dietary fiber .

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I was a little unsure about courgetti at first but I was extremely pleased with the results.  Even Mr Squishy agreed that it tasted finger licking good and didn’t want to waste any of it.  In fact Mr Squishy had seconds and would have had thirds if mummy hadn’t eaten the rest of it.

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Serves 1-2 (2 if accompanied by a side dish)

Ingredients

3 courgettes

For the Pesto

2 cloves of garlic

50g Grana Padano / parmesan whichever you prefer

70g basil leaves

120ml olive oil

40g pine nuts

Sea Salt to taste

Pepper to Taste

Extra cheese for a sprinkling on the top

Method

On a low heat warm the pine nuts and stir until they become a golden brown colour.  Set aside to cool.

Place the garlic, basil leaves, cheese, olive oil and cooled pine nuts into a blender and blend.  You can have either a rustic or smooth version depending on how long you blend it for.

Spiralise the courgette.  Heat up a frying pan and then add the spiralised courgette tossing it so it doesn’t burn.  After about 3 minutes add in about 3tbs of the pesto or more if required and stir in well.  Serve with a sprinkle of cheese a touch of freshly ground pepper and a sprinkling of freshly ground sea salt.

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Thankfully using a pan frying worked very well and I have now made it a few times since getting my new toy.  Loved this recipe using my spiralizer?  Then why not take a look at my

Carrot & Red Cabbage Salad (Fun with a Spiralizer) post.


10 Simple Car Checks you can Easily do Yourself

Having written a post recently about payment options when purchasing a car I thought I would follow this up with a post about car maintenance.  As a mum it’s important to me to make sure that our car is suitably maintained for safety reasons primarily but also because I have 3 children and if something happened whilst out and about it wouldn’t be a pleasant experience as I learnt the hard way not that long ago.

I went to collect my girls from school.  On returning to my car with Mr Squishy in his pushchair and the girls on either side I discovered my tyre had gone down.  After looking in the back of the car I realised my husband had yet to return the spare after getting it changed as we had discovered it had a nail in it a few weeks back.  As if that wasn’t enough he had also ‘stolen / borrowed’ my tyre pump. Cue the violins.  I was stuck at school with 3 children the older two complaining mummy I’m hungry (seriously do they not get fed at school!) with no spare and no means to pump up the tyre to at least get me home.  Thankfully Mr Squishy was enjoying the excitement and was quite happy watching the chaos in front of him.

Did I mention I am not a member of any of these car rescue service so had to call the daddy rescue service instead.  All the while in my head was oh no we have to get the homework done and the kids fed, bathed, relaxation time and then in bed early enough so they get a good night’s sleep.

With daddy rescue on its way I set to work getting the girls to start their reading and then even made it to the spellings before daddy arrived to save the day although I could have done it myself with the correct tools.  On arriving home ‘the husband’ was tasked with getting the tyre fixed or replaced asap before the following days school run.  Thankfully I was saved the task of changing the tyre as I have struggled with this in the past.  For me it’s like taking the lid off a jar for the first time and frankly I would rather avoid the hassle and embarrassment.  I did a search online to include in this post (aren’t I super helpful) and came across a company called Point S who are simple to use, just type in your tyre size or if you don’t know it your car registration number (lol, I must admit I don’t know this either, thankfully it’s on the car).  Then you just select the centre located closest and reserve your tyres.  I was drawn to this company for various they offer a good service, they have locations nationwide, there is no messing about with the price (I have no patience for that) and also I thought you might be interested to hear about their win a car competition which I noticed whilst looking at their site.  Apparently you can win a Fiat 500, details can be found instore so get down to your local one to enquire.   How exciting!!!!!  Anyway I’m digressing from my post so back to it.

Having decided to take matters into my own hands I decided to take more responsibility for the basic maintenance of the car.  It can’t be that hard can it?

Well actually no, basic car maintenance is super simple and you can even cheat a bit lol.  This is a quick list of what you need to do.

 10 Car Checks you can Easily do Yourself

1. Check car tyre pressure.   By checking this weekly you help to reduce fuel costs, it also makes driving easier.  You can check this at petrol stations and they generally have a guide to help you.  Alternatively find out what the pressure should be and get your own gauge it’s so much easier.

2. Check the tread depth.  Again simple as most tyres come with tread wear bars built into them.  The legal limit for car tyre tread depth is 1.6mm but needless to say the deeper the tread the more grip you have.  Take a look at this useful video for information about part worn tyres.  It goes without saying buy new NOT part worn.

 

3. Check your oil level.  It’s super easy to do I learnt when I first started driving.  If the level is too high or too low it can affect the engine.

4. Check the coolant level, again important as it affects the engine.  Information as to where this is should be in your car handbook and it is thankfully simple to do.  Not confident about it, Halfords or your local garage can show you how to do this for a small fee.

5. Check windscreen wash levels.  It is a legal requirement that the windscreen system in the car works and you need to make sure you keep it topped up.  Not sure how you can do this at your local garage or Halfords for a small fee.  My suggestion, go to Halfords, buy the screenwash and then get them to show you what to do so you have some ready for next time and know what you’re doing.

6. Check the windscreen for chips (not the variety that can be paired well with vinegar).  These can be repaired if caught early but if you leave it too long may develop into a crack and then the whole windscreen will need replacing (a costlier process).

7. Check your windscreen wipes are cleaning and not smearing the screen.

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8. Make sure your toolkit is in the car.  If tyres are removed by forgetful husband’s nag at them to put them back lol (asking nicely also helps as well as bribing not to feed them if they don’t do it).  I would also suggest a tyre pump (electric), emergency triangle, jack and wheel removing tools.

9. Check lights regularly.  Make sure firstly they are working and secondly they are not caked in mud or anything equally yucky to reduce light flow.  Quick story, my car was covered in bird poo once, as in ¾ of it was covered when I’m guessing a flock of geese or herd of elephants flew over.  I really wish I had a photo right now it’s one of those things you need to see to believe!!!

10. Check the car bodywork and get rust treated asap as like a rash it likes to spread.

For those a bit nervous about doing any of the above mentioned checks as I mentioned both Halfords and your local garage will show you how to do them.  My suggestion go would be to Halfords as they are good with this sort of thing, I have visited them to buy can light bulbs and had them fit the bulbs for me.  Learning how to do this yourself will of course reduce the risk of problems occurring such as my experience and also save you money in the long run.

Have you had a bad experience like mine before? why not share your story with me and my readers.

 


Skinova Cosmeceuticals, AcroPass Skin Patch Review and Giveaway

It can be quite worrying the lengths that some will go to in the pursuit of beauty and perfection.  I’m not sure if I would ever consider going under the knife and the thought of anything being injected into my skin might be a problem as I don’t like needles, as in you’d need to catch me first!!!  A lovely lady emailed me to try a new product eye patches which claim to restore and rejuvenate your skin whilst you sleep, I naturally jumped at the opportunity.  Clearly that is going to appeal to many of us as it’s noninvasive, who really want to be jabbed and stabbed in the name of beauty.

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The Science Part.

The skin acts like a barrier keeping everything contained and keeping out harmful substances.  This means that when you apply some beauty products to the skin they are not always able to penetrate far into the epidermis (top layer) of the skin to the cells below making them no more than an expensive topical moisturisers.

 Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the skin, it can also be applied externally to stimulate collagen production and improve hydration (it retains water exceptionally well) which in turn help plump up the skin making it look firmer and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

 Hyaluronic acid fillers were injected into the skin using a sharp needle let’s stop there as I’m squirming thinking out it, OUCH!!!!!!

 Forget that it’s old news, Skinova Hyaluronic Patches are loaded with TransDermal Nano (TDN) Technology.  Basically this means you can restore your skins youthful appearance just by using these patches.  The patented process of microstructures contained within a patch can deliver hyaluronic acid into the epidermis without causing any damage or discomfort.

Skinova cosmeceuticals are the first company to bring this revolutionary technology to the UK.  Each patch contains 100% of the highest quality French hyaluronic acid and Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) to moisturise, lift and rejuvenate the skin.  TDN patches do NOT contain chemical additives or preservatives and are very safe to use.

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Simple to use the patches are applied at night and the microstructures within the patches penetrate the epidermis and slowly dissolve delivering Hyaluronic acid and EGF deep into the skin boosting the skins ability to improve its appearance.

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Clinical studies have shown that after 4 weeks of use, visible results of overall skin condition, elasticity and firmness were observed.

What did I think?

The patches were easy to use and didn’t hurt at all.

They can be used overnight or during the day if you prefer but night time is easier as you do feel their presence on the skin (just like you have stuck a sticker on yourself).  The process lasts two hours so if you are at home long enough in the day you can always do a treatment then, just don’t forget to remove them before you go on the school run or shopping.

Strangely enough I noticed the skin under my eyes did not look as dark when I removed the first set and the skin did look a little plumper and smoother although the effects did not last long but then you wouldn’t expect them too after just one use.

After the second use the same but the effects seemed to last a bit longer.

Effects will vary from person to person but I generally react well with most products so am the ideal test subject.

I had enough patches to cover me for two weeks but from what I could see it looks as if this is a product that will yield good results and is definitely worth giving a try.  To cover you for the initial 4 weeks you will need to purchase 2 packs but then after that they suggest 1 patch a week for maintenance so price wise it seems quite reasonable.  Each pack contains 4 sets of patches (enough for 2 weeks) and costs £48.

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Carrot & Red Cabbage Salad (Fun with a Spiralizer)

Don’t you just love it when you make a great dish that is tasty, healthy, can help you lose weight depending on what else you eat and ridiculously simple to make?  I know I do.  I am being very careful with my food at the moment and have really bulked up with my vegetable and fruit intake.  To help me do this I have been eating a range of delicious salads, yes the words ‘salad’ and ‘delicious’ can feature in the same sentence.  One such dish is my red cabbage and carrot salad.  It’s like a coleslaw and it is really moreish.  I can quite simply make a bowl of this and eat it allllllll day.

Red cabbage is a great addition to meals especially if you are trying to lose weight as it is low in calories but high in fibre.  It is rich in vitamin K and anthocyanin which are great to improve brain function and concentration.  These can help prevent nerve damage and help protect against Alzheimer’s.  Red cabbage has compounds that have been shown to inhibit cancer growth, it can also help improve eye, skin, hair and nail health, detoxify the body and regulate blood sugar so next time you make a salad make sure you add in some red cabbage.

 Now as I mentioned this salad is easy to make so here is the recipe for those that would love to give it a go.  It’s a great addition to the weekly menu especially if you are trying to lose a few pounds before your summer holiday.  I was sent a great gadget which I used to help me.  The Veggie Pasta Maker / Spiralizer from Eddingtons is great for getting the carrots just right as I have found grating them just didn’t work well enough as the gratings were too flimsy.  The gadget allowed me to make carrot spaghetti to the length I wanted and the perfect thickness which was great.  The veggie pasta maker can also make vegetable ribbons if you prefer by a simple flick of the switch.

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  I do love this product, the only drawback is that part of the vegetable is not used although the positive side of that is that I have something healthy to nibble on whilst preparing the food.

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You can serve this salad as a side dish or have it as a main meal, the portion is quite generous so may be enough for two meals with a portion of fruit as a snack in between servings.

 Ingredients

 176g red cabbage

 160g carrot

 ½ a white onion

1 heaped tsp chopped dill

2tbs mayonnaise (I used readymade)

Method

 Chop the cabbage.

 Spiralize the carrot

 Slice the onion.

 Combine them all and throw in the dill and mayonnaise.

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Stir well and serve.

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Enjoy!

I was sent the spiralizer to make my life easier when making this delicious salad.  All views are my own although the fact the carrots were the perfect thickness with this did make me smile and breathe a sigh of relief.