The Irish Fair Door Company Review and Competition

Childhood can be a great time for children full of fun, adventure and magic.  I want to make the magic in my children’s lives last as long as possible so naturally when I was asked to review a Fairy Door from the Irish Fairy Door Company I was very keen.  The door arrived very quickly and my girls were like jumping beans when I opened the box and showed them what was inside. “OMG a fairy door” they exclaimed loudly, “can we do it now mummy pleeeeeeeeeaaaaassssssseeeeee??????”

Well I could hardly say no but of course I bribed them to do their homework and interestingly enough it was completed very quickly and without complaint too.  Whilst the girls were doing their homework I did mine by popping over to the companies website and taking a look around.  There are a range of Fairy Doors available with different shapes and paint colours, accessories and miniature items to leave out for your fairy, books and more.

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There is so much choice and these make a great gift for children, they encourage creative / imaginative play and allow children to express themselves through the decorating of the door.  You don’t need to just use the items provided be creative and maybe add a few of your own.  Little girls and little boys love fairies as do many adults and it’s lovely to be able to keep the idea of these magical creatures alive in the minds of children.

Making your door is as simple as 1,2,3!

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The set comes with a plain wooden door, colouring pens, paints, a paintbrush, accessories to add on and put in front of the door, a booklet with further information as well as set up info., a key and a lease agreement.

Once the door is ready leave it against the wall with the key and lease.  Make sure you sign the bottom of your lease and when the fairy arrives they will take the key and sign the lease.  Then you have your very own fairy living with you, how exciting is that!

You can add any of the items shown in the collage above to this and many more items can be found on the site.  This is a lovely toy for little ones and it really is nice to see how excited they get when their fairy moves in.

My girls loved designing their fairy door and would do it again given the chance.  I loved that everything needed was included except the glue that is but let’s face it all parents have glue handy for arts and crafts projects.  It’s a great idea for a children’s and after the door is made it can be used after for play.

See how we got on when we made out fairy door:

The guys at the Irish Fairy Door Company have been very generous and said that I can give away one of these great Fairy Doors which make super gifts.

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nono micro review

Choosing a hair removal / regrowth reduction device is not an easy task.  Let’s face it there are so many different ones available making it hard to decided which would be most appropriate for us.  These are designed to give us an alternative to shaving, waxing, plucking threading etc. and can be used on most parts of the body.

Some of you will have already seen my video detailing how to use a nono micro on YouTube for those that haven’t fear not you will find a direct link to it a little further down.  I am trialling a nono micro (which is travel size) at the moment and have put together a post to tell you you all about the device, what it is intended for and how to use it.

The device is cordless and can be charged and depending on use keeps its charge for a reasonable length of time.  It’s nice and light with a sleek design and easy to transport.  There are no side effects associated with the device.

What’s in the box?

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You will find everything that you need to get started within the box including a small bag to keep your nono micro in, a charger, a small brush to clean the device, 2 different size tips, a buffer, a strap, instruction booklet and of course the nono micro itself.

It goes without saying that skin must be clear of make up, creams etc. before using the device.

Firstly when your nono micro arrives you must charge it for 5 hours before using it.  This device uses thermacon technology which is a process where a pulse of heat is gently applied to the hair and travels down the hair shaft to the follicle – from where the hair grows.  The idea is that this disrupts the cell communication and slows down the rate of hair growth.

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The idea is that with continuous use over time there will be no need to worry about hair growth.  In this post I will ask some important questions pertaining to the nono micro and try my best to answer them.

The nono micro

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Does using a nono micro hurt?

The short answer is no it shouldn’t when used correctly.

But, if you don’t use it properly it can burn a little.  The device has been designed so it simply glides over the skin with the help of the roller and send heat pulses through the hairs that it passes over.  Of course we are not flat so in some cases a little creative manoeuvring may be required.  I am trialling this on my face so would suggest for anyone wanting to do the same use your hands to stretch the skin and make it flat in places it isn’t and places that are harder to get to for example the upper lip area under the nose.

How do I get the best results?

Simple, make sure that the hair is stubble length.  The contact with the thermal wire from the Hot Blade touches the hair, singeing it and removing it up to the skin.

Which direction do I move the device in?

The device needs to be used with the logo facing the direction you are moving it in.  The device should be used in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

Where can I use the nono micro?

You can use this on most parts of the body except on or near the genital regions,nipple area, the eye area or eyebrows over broken skin, spots and moles.

Why are there 2 different tips in my pack?

You will use the larger tip for larger surfaces such as the legs and arms and the small tip for the face and underarms.  The sizes help you control the device better in the various locations it can be used and also make use as quick and efficient as possible.

Who can use the nono micro?

According to the instructions this device can be used from ages 8 and upwards.  It can be used by anyone unlike any of the other other devices (laser & IPL – Intense pulsed light) as it does not rely on people having melanin (pigmentation) in their hair.  This is great news for those with blonde, grey and white hair and they are no longer excluded from using a device such as this.

What’s the buffer for?

You need to use the buffer after using the nono micro to get rid of crystalised hair.  When you use the device it crystallizes, or turns the top part of the hair to ash.  The buffer helps to remove the crystals or ash from the skin.

What if it doesn’t get all the hairs the first time around?

Don’t worry you can go over each part 2 or 3 times if need be which should work.  If it still doesn’t get them all give t a short break then try that area again.

Why can I smell burning, see smoke?

Okay, don’t panic on reading this question it’s fine.  You will not be bursting into flames anytime soon.  There may be hair that is a little too long or you have gone over a longer hair section by accident, just be careful or you may burn yourself.  It is best to use the device without various forms of distraction so that you can get the process completed quickly and properly.

How long will it take until I see results?

Be aware this isn’t a quick fix, it requires dedication and continuous use every 3 or so days for months and months.  You can use the NoNo Micro as often as if you were shaving so once you see stubble it’s time to whip out the device and use it.  The recommended number of uses is 2 to 3 each week. Within approximately 6 weeks you should notice a difference but don’t forget hairs don’t all grow at the same pace so you need to use this continuously for a while to catch all the hair in that area at the correct stage of its cycle.

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My Findings:

I have been using the nono micro on parts of my face only and have noticed that the amount of time it takes for the hair to grow back is reducing.

I am not getting any ingrowing hairs which is good.

I have noticed some spots come up in the areas that the nono micro has been used but these see to clear quickly.

If you glide at the right speed over a flat surface the blue light will be steady.  If the light flashes then you may be moving too slowly.

If you fancy trying the nono micro for yourself then you will be able to find it in various stores including Boots, Argos, Beauty Bay, online or by calling 0203 538 0854.      

I was sent a nono micro for an honest review, all thought expressed are my own.

Age 2 Verbal Development

Children develop at different levels and the first thing that I really must stress is that you should not compare yours to others.  The rate that children will develop in terms of speech will depend on various factors including whether they have siblings, the amount of interaction the child has with others, whether they are read to, if they watch programmes with an educational focus for example Alphablocks which help teach children phonics etc. even a child’s confidence can affects it’s verbal interaction with others.

Mr Squishy has been working hard increasing his vocabulary over the last year or so.  He can say quite a few words now and even tries to string along short sentences which can be hilarious and super cute at times with his pronunciation.  Squishy is even trying to sing songs and count and of course I am encouraging this as much as possible.

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My little man is now 2 years old and at this stage of his development he is doing so much more and also wanting to be more independent.  He is beginning to learn new words and the results can be super cute and sometimes pretty funny too.  As well as his speech Mr Squishy’s understanding is also coming along nicely and I am constantly shocked at how much he is understanding.

Some of his new words include:

Please: he says Teeeeeeaaaaaaa

Water: Buuubba

Stick: Dick (I know, he has me in fits!!!!)

Cute: Duute

No I do it: Nooo I dooooo iiiiiiii

I don’t know: I noooo noooo

Hello: Hawwwwooow

ipad Aaaaaa pad

I want Octonauts: Ayyyaaa nonnonuuut

I do that: I dooo daaattt

 Help me: Elp me

Okay: Odaaayyy

Mummy’s little monkey is continuously trying to pronounce new words he has learnt and it is great fun hearing him talk each day.  It won’t be long until I will need him to practise a new skill, keeping quite.  It’s hilarious how much things change as children grow up.  When they are babies we long for them to be able to talk and communicate with us and when they get to my girls age we wish they’d be quite even for a second to give our heads a rest (3 little ones talking continuously and about 3 different topics isn’t easy to follow although I do try).

Are your little ones learning new words or did they come out with some funny pronunciations when they were little?

 

Win a Mr Tumble’s Something Special Christmas Party Album

It’s coming up to Christmas and I am starting to encourage the children to get into the Christmas spirit.  It’s a fabulously magical time for little ones and one way of making everyone feel more Christmassy is by singing Christmas songs.  Now although embarrassing I will admit there are quite a few that I don’t know all the words to that’s fine as Mr Tumble has come to my rescue this year with his first ever Christmas Album, what amazing timing!

tumble1Clearly this was fate as this super Christmassy album has just about every child appropriate Christmas song you could possibly need.

The Album is titled Mr Tumble’s Something Special Christmas Party and contains 20 songs including:

Tracklist:

1             Here Comes Santa Claus

2             Do You Wanna Build a Snowman

3             Santa Claus is Coming to Town

4             Winter Wonderland

5             Frosty the Snowman

6             It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

7             A Sleigh Ride Together with You

8             White Christmas

9             I Can’t Wait for Christmas

10          Silent Night

11          Let it Snow

12          Jingle Bells

13          All I want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth

14          Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

15          Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

16          12 Days of Christmas

17          Little Drummer Boy

18          The Xmas Song

19          Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas Time

20          We Wish You a Merry Xmas

The album contains brand new studio recordings of 20 much-loved classic Christmas songs, with a Mr Tumble twist.  Tracks include Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and many more, including Do You Want To Build A Snowman from the kid’s favourite blockbuster hit film, Frozen (OMG that’s brilliant!).

CBeebies’ Mr Tumble (played by Justin Fletcher) is one of the biggest and most well-known celebrities for pre-school children. How appropriate then, that he joins his peers with an album of everyone’s favourite Christmas hits.

Not only does Mr Tumble have a great Christmas album, he also has some great toys available for little ones including the Mr Tumble Fun Sounds Musical Car available from Golden Bear Toys.

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You can also buy a copy if you don’t want to leave it to chance from Amazon.

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Mr Tumble Fun Sounds Musical Car

Most parents with young children will be aware of Mr Tumble also known as Justin Fletcher who appears in an extremely popular programme called Something Special on CBeebies.  His tv shows are great for little ones and are designed to introduce children to Makaton signing and are aimed at children with delayed learning and communication difficulties although most children love them as they are fun, educational and very eye catching with plenty of bold bright colours.

Mr Tumble also has a growing toy collection which is available for purchase and we were sent one of these to put through its paces.

Mr Squishy took the Mr Tumble Fun Sounds Musical Car for a test drive and was very impressed.

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He loved the bright colours of the car and the well sized Mr Tumble that is easy to hold and virtually unbreakable.  The car so far appears to be Squishy proof with him having thrown it about all over the place and miraculously it has withstood everything this heavy handed toddler has thrown at it or thrown it at to be more precise without any damage whatsoever.  The car is simple enough to use and came with batteries so we were able to use it the second we managed to get it out of the box, handy to know if you are getting one as a gift for Christmas or a birthday.

This toy car has many of the key learning elements from the much loved CBeebies show.   Mr Squishy simply has to push the car to hear it make fun engine sounds as it wobbled along!  When he pressed the big red nose it flashed and made sounds. There is a handy flap at the front that you can lift to place the Mr Tumble figurine into the driver’s seat.  Little man loves pressing the big red music button on the top of the car to hear the theme tune to the show and there are also character buttons on either side to press revealing fun phrases and sounds.  The car comes with 4 word cards with Makaton signs that fit perfectly into the slot at the back of the car allowing Mr Squishy to practise working on his hand eye co-ordination when slotting them in and taking them out.

tumble3This is a lovely toy for little ones and Mr Squishy loves playing with this.  It’s great for encouraging creative play and I have noticed that my little man gets lost in his own little fun world when he is sitting and playing with the car.  We know you guys are loving our videos so we wanted to show you this super toy in action.

Mr Squishy loves his Mr Tumble Fun Sounds Musical Car and decided from the second it arrived that this toy was his!  Although this is a unisex toy my girls don’t get a chance to use it with out being told NOOOOOOO MIIIIIIIIIIIIII  (no mine) by Squishy.

This fun children’s toy can be found at Golden Bear Toys.

Do your little ones enjoy watching Mr Tumble on TV?

Are there any other great toys in the range that you would like to tell us about that you might have for your little ones?

We were sent this toy for an honest review, all thoughts are our own.

Cafe Rouge Christmas 2016

Many restaurants have been introducing their Christmas and New Year menus recently and just like them Cafe Rouge has some tasty offerings appearing on theirs.   I popped along one day when Cafe Rouge Southgate were inviting people to try their tasty festive food and drink that will be available over the Christmas period.

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Drinks included; Winter Berry Lemonade (lemon, blackberry, elderberry and raspberry), French Garden Fizz (elderflower petal, fresh mint, lemon and lime juice) both of which are non alcoholic and plenty of other mocktails, soft drinks, cocktails and wines to choose from to go with your meal.  Mr Squishy loved trying these and made good use of his draw (straw).

We sampled the Salmon Rillette starter: A rustic pâté of smoked and cured salmon, lightly flavoured with shallot and chives, served with caper berries.  It was delicious and full of flavour and one we would highly recommend.  It’s a great size for a starter dish too and the caper berries complimented it nicely.

The pigs in blankets (found on the turkey on the Christmas Party and Christmas Day menus) were delicious and had a mustard seed dressing which added a nice and different addition to the flavour.  This was very easy to finish and although the portion we had was a reasonable size they were that good that we wanted more!!!!

Mushrooms au Gratin: Chestnut mushrooms in garlic and cèpe Mornay sauce with a chive and Gruyère crust (starter) were lovely and creamy and pretty tasty too. It’s also suitable for vegetarians and can be made gluten free to according to the menu (although I’m guessing it is).

The Tomato and Harissa (starter) Lightly spiced smooth tomato and harissa soup with chives is perfect for vegetarians and has a fair amount of flavour to it.

We didn’t get to try any main meal items apart from the sausages which were part of a meal but we did get to try some of the desserts.

The Creme Brulee: Caramelised vanilla crème was lovely and the Tarte au Citron: Lemon tart and crème fraîche was also nice.  I’ve often been to Cafe Rouge for tea and cake with friends as the atmosphere is normally quite lively yet relaxed and it’s a great place for meeting friends.

All in all the food that we sampled and the drinks were good and we would visit again, hopefully over the Christmas period time permitting.

Are you planning on visiting Cafe Rouge over the festive period?

Greek Yoghurt with Banana, Manuka Honey and Sunflower Seeds

breakfast1I love to get creative and eat tasty meals whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Something I grew up eating was yoghurt with honey, it’s very popular with those of Mediterranean origins as it’s tangy yet also sweet and many of us have a sweet tooth.  If you have tried the Greek desserts with nuts, filo and syrup you will understand what I mean.  Yoghurt is nice and refreshing especially Greek yoghurt with its tangy flavour.  The contrast between the yoghurt and honey works well and although you can use any honey to make this dish I would suggest using Manuka so you make use of its immune boosting properties.  The yoghurt brings with it calcium which we of course we need for healthy bones and the pumpkin seeds bring with them vitamin E in different forms (gamma-tocopherol, alpha-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol).  Vitamin E is an antioxidant that has preventative effects against heart disease, Alzheimers, cataracts and cancer.  They also contain various other nutrients that are extremely beneficial.

I believe that if we start looking at foods in a slightly different light we can not only shed a few pounds but we can also eat more nutritious and tasty foods that we can use to help heal out body of various ailments or at least improve the effects of them.  Now as I made this dish for breakfast I also needed something to give me a bit of a boost hence the banana.  Bananas contain soluble fibre, prebiotics which help promote healthy gut flora and carbohydrates.  If you want the energy from the banana to be released quickly then make sure it is very ripe, alternatively eat one that is’t too dark skinned (more yellow than black) to allow for a slower release as the polysaccharide chains (sugar chains) take longer to break down than those in very ripe bananas.  Does this sound like something you would like to try?  It’s very easy to make and full of flavour too simply follow my recipe it takes just a few minutes to make and you can always change ingredients to change the flavour and have a different breakfast each day.

Greek Yoghurt with Banana, Manuka Honey and Sunflower Seeds

Ingredients

4 heaped  tbs Greek Yoghurt

1 medium banana

1-1.5tsp sunflower seeds

1 heaped tsp Manuka honey

Method

Spoon the yoghurt into bowl.  Slice the banana and place, throw over the top.  I of course tried to make it look pretty for the photo but you arrange it your way.  Drizzle over the honey and sprinkle the nuts and serve.

Enjoy!

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Courgetti with Tomato, Chorizo and Olives

As some of you may be aware I have been playing with a new spiraliser from UK Juicers.  This is a great gadget for making vegetable pasta and ribbons.  Using vegetables in place of pasta is a great way to not only cut your calorie intake but also to increase your fibre intake and nutrient intake.  With the new year and the time of new years resolutions approaching many of us are looking for inspiration for low calorie meals that do not compromise on flavour.  This dish does just that, my latest recipe comprising of courgetti, garlic, tinned tomatoes chorizo and more not only gives a pasta style dish with lower calories it also provides antibiotic qualities – garlic, anti-ageing effects – tomatoes and iron from the chorizo as well as a wealth of other vitamins and minerals.

Courgetti with Tomato, Chorizo and Olives

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Serves 2

Ingredients

4 courgettes

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 medium red onion, chopped

100g cooking chorizo

400g tinned tomatoes, chopped

16 pitted kalamata olives (66g) sliced into 3 or 4 pieces

150-200ml water

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Method

Spiralise the courgette and set aside.

Slice the chorizo into bite sized pieces and pan fry without out as it will release oil as it cooks.

Remove the chorizo from the pan.  Soak up some of the oil with a kitchen towel.  Leave a little of the oil and throw in the red onion and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes then add in the garlic and cook for a few more minutes.

Add in the tinned tomatoes, salt, pepper and water then throw the chorizo back in and cook for a few minutes for the flavours to infuse.

Add the courgetti and stir in well to thoroughly coat it.

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Cook for a few minutes and serve hot.

Enjoy x

Radio Control Inflatable Thomas The Tank Engine from Bladez Toyz Review and Giveaway

Mr Squishy has been enjoying a range of new kiddie programmes recently and one of these is Thomas the Tank Engine.  He is now even making the choooo choooo sound which I must say is super adorable!  Bladez Toyz contacted us and asked if we would like to review their RC (radio control) inflatables and would you believe they had a Thomas the Tank Engine RC inflatable, what luck.  Bladez Toyz has a lovely range of inflatable toys for children with some of the most popular characters including Peppa Pig, R2-D2, Lightning McQueen, Olaf, Nemo and many more.  The inflatables range in price so you can find something for every budget.  Sizes of items also range from around 26cm to approx. 75cm

Thomas arrived and of course everyone was very excited and Mr Squishy decided he wanted to take charge of this review and show the girls how it was done.

bladez1Mummy of helped with the inflating of Thomas and putting the batteries in, batteries are not included.  Set up is very quick and simple which was useful especially as there were 3 very excited munchkins waiting to play with their new toy!

Within the box was the instruction manual, radio control handset and inflatable Thomas.  This is suitable for ages 2 and over and can be used indoors and outdoors.  There are built in sound effects although this option can be turned off and you can still play with Thomas without the sound although the little ones might tell you off firstly for playing with their toy and secondly turning the sound off.  It’s great fun seeing Thomas whizzing around the room and it’s a simple toy to play with.  The radio control handset is very easy to use and all the children loved watching him shooting around the room.

bladez2Mr Squishy got a little possessive over Thomas and so we are using this fun toy to try and teach him that sharing is caring!

Although photos are great for you to get a feel for a toy seeing it in action and the honesty of a child’s expressions can show you far more so we have made a fun little video for you to watch and hear Thomas and the children in action.

The children as you can see loved Thomas and had great fun playing with him.  From a parents perspective I must say it is really lovely watching the children having fun and also nice to get a turn to play too.  The toy is also pretty robust, Mr Squishy has squeezed the life out of poor Thomas and he still hasn’t needed reinflating yet.  He has also thrown the radio control device around the place being a pretty heavy handed child and miraculously it has survived – it’s Mr Squishy proof!

 

As Christmas is almost upon us and I am sure some of you have yet to buy all your gifts I wanted to mention that this is a fabulous toy for little ones and you really must check out the range of the radio control cars available as I know some big kids will be wanting some of the RC toys from the range too.

I am pleased to announce that I have one Radio Control Inflatable Thomas the Tank Engine to give away thanks to the guys from Bladez Toys.

Please be aware this competition will end just after Christmas day.

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We were sent this lovely toy to test, and enjoy.  Not only has it survived, like the Duracell bunny is still going strong.  All opinions are my own (I’m sure you knew that anyway but it has to be mentioned once in a while) and we have not been influenced in anyway.  Now as I haven’t said this for a while I must remind you all that ONLY items we like get a feature on my blog hence the name ‘Fab Finds’.  We loved this toy and would highly recommend it.

5 Healthier Lifestyle Switches for January 2017

I know it’s not even Christmas yet but I thought I be super organised and write a post to help promote healthier lifestyles for the start of the coming year.  Many will be making New Years resolutions and some may be stuck for ideas which is where I can help.  Just a few small lifestyle changes can really make a difference to how we feel, how much energy we have, our physical appearance etc.

Increase Exercise Levels

No you don’t have to a join gym.  Many people take a yearly membership in January, they attend for the first three months or so and then rarely go after which is a waste of the twelve month membership that many get convinced into buying.  Simple daily changes can increase your daily movement and boost your fitness levels.  You can get free fitness tracking apps on mobiles or simply get your hands on one of the watches which are much more convenient than carrying a phone around all day.  Why not take look at my blog post reviewing my Fitbit to find out more.  With the Fitbit you can challenge friends which is great as it encourages you to be that bit more active.  If you drive to work why not park further away then normal to increase your steps.  If you take lifts at work why not try taking the stairs, clench your stomach and bottom muscles as you walk to help tone the muscles.  You will find as you become more active you have far more energy it’s great and the knock on effect is that you look and feel better too.

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Dietary Changes

Simple dietary changes can help you drop some of those extra pounds and feel much healthier.  You can eat pasta and other carbs but you just need to balance this out with salad and various fruit and vegetables including cucumber, beetroot, apples and carrots.  Fruits have varying amounts of sugar but they also contain fibres which helps to remove fats and sugars from the body.  Although eating fruit is a good thing, fruit juices are not so great as you generally take in more sugar than you would if you eat the whole fruit and juices don’t contain the necessary fibre that is needed for the digestive system.  Replace juices with smoothies or eat the whole fruit.  Avoid unhealthy snacks in the day including items such as rice cakes, they are not as healthy as people seem to think.  Why not take a look at my post ‘6 Ways to Healthy Eating without Breaking the Bank‘ for some money saving tips and recipes.  You can also look at my recipes section, there are numerous delicious and generally pretty healthy recipes to be found including a Courgetti Carbonara which is gorgeous.

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Increase Sleep

It’s shocking how little sleep many of us actually get.  We are supposed to get about 8 hours of sleep each night but how many of us really do?  I work hard on my blog each day and that is around school runs, and looking after all three of my children, helping with their homework, feeding, homework, activities, homework (your seeing the pattern right?).  On many evenings I go to bed after midnight and then get woken up by Mr Squishy some nights which doesn’t help and then still need to wake up all bright and bushy tailed to get the kids to drink their soya milk, eat breakfast, maybe play the piano and get a little work done (yes again) before we head off for school.  I am jam packed as you can see and that’s not factoring in press events and restaurant reviews, birthday parties etc.  I have found that I get so tired sometimes that I look crazily pale and people tell me I look ill.  This has the knock on effect to remind me to set my bed time alarm.  I have found that when I set an alarm to remind me to go to bed earlier I do fortunately tend to try and do so which does the world of good in relation to how I feel.  I’m almost skipping down the road with the kids to go to the school in the mornings – yes generally I’m one of those happy people at any time of day.  Getting that little extra sleep can do us all the world of good and can help improve memory, overall appearance, how we feel and more.

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Stub out those Cigarettes

Okay, so I am not saying go cold turkey, it’s not easy to do although my dad did but he is a pretty stubborn character and if he puts his mind to something then he sticks to it.  If the thought of cutting out completely sends cold shivers up you spine and triggers off a cold sweat then why not consider looking into the ‘healthier alternative’ vaping.  Now I don’t smoke, I never have – no, I’ve not even tried it and although I’m a friendly, easy going, bubbly individual heaven help you if you smoke near me as I won’t stand for it.  Vaping is supposed to be a far healthier alternative to smoking and in the long run if you are savvy with your purchases and once the initial cost of the gear needed is out of the way it can be cheaper.  If you look online there appears to be an abundance of companies selling vaping products.  One that I came across when I was having a look to better educate myself a little as I am clueless on this topic was beard vape co UK who appear to have a value pack available and when I initially went to their site they also seem to have a 10% off offer.

Drink more Water

Our bodies are made up of 50-65% water.  We need water for our body to function efficiently and processes such as digestion, elimination of waste etc. need water in order to be carried out.  Many of us do not drink enough water on a daily so simply by swapping a few of our coffees and teas (that are high in tannin’s) each day for water we are helping our body function more efficiently and this will improve our overall health and feeling of well being.

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Are you looking to to make any healthy switches in the New Year?

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