Homemade face masks for you to try…

1st December 2014

I had the best weekend at The Good Food show in Birmingham and have come away very inspired so expect plenty of foodie posts coming up.

However, I’ve been thinking of posting this for a while and since it’s a food and beauty mix I thought it was perfect timing. I don’t know about you but when winter comes along it wreaks havoc with my skin. The snapping cold wind and the central heating just does me no favours at all.

Because I’ve got sensitive skin, I’ve got to be careful what kind of products I use, so at least if I use stuff from my own kitchen, I know exactly what’s in it so homemade face masks are the way to go!

Here are four of my favourite homemade face masks

To hydrate…

Our skin is put to the test every single day. So it’s no surprise that many of us suffer from dry skin. Whilst there’s no better way to hydrate your skin than making sure you drink plenty of water, here’s a facemask that will feed your skin and keep it plump and juicy… Continue reading

Turkey leftovers? Try this Creamy Cauli White Sauce

25th November 2014

If you’re planning on turkey for thanksgiving or christmas then it’s very likely that you’re going to have turkey leftovers. And if you don’t fancy the traditional turkey curry or turkey and stuffing sandwiches – then I have a recipe for you…

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There are numerous good things about this turkey in creamy cauliflower white sauce recipe…

1. It’s quick
2. It’s healthy!
3. You can throw in all your leftovers
4. You can serve it with whatever you fancy – veggies, pasta, mash potato – your choice.

And the list could go on. I’ve blogged about how amazing cauliflower is before but just to recap, it’s absolutely packed full of vitamins, it is good for digestion, good for brain health and lots of antioxidants to boot. So pretty much is brilliant for you. Eat more of it!

So here’s the recipe for a creamy cauliflower white sauce that will work wonders with your leftover turkey…I’ve added mushrooms and peas to mine (because you know me dear reader, peas with everything). But as I mentioned above, you can pretty much add anything you want – onions, carrots, beans, spinach – whatever takes your fancy (that’s why it’s so good!).

Oh did I mention it’s low calorie, sugar free and gluten free too? Continue reading

live, work & eat better at the weekend #8

21st November 2014

Such a busy week, I’ve been compiling a gift guide for the insatiable Maison Du Vann, I’ve been working on my new website design and then to top it off, I’m launching a new 21 day pre christmas plan to help other fabulous women feel great in the run up to Christmas. If you’re interested in finding out more then make sure you sign up to my news letter ——>

So this week’s live, work & eat better on a weekend…

LIVE

Texting neck: why your smartphone is bad for your posture. Apparently weight on head of walking while texting is like having four bowling balls stacked on your head.

Did you see this the secret life of passwords from the New York Times? It’s brilliant.

This is good news for me…The Psychology Behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish In Clutter.

WORK

Do you sell digital products? Ebooks, e-courses etc? Well, in January the rules on VAT are changing…

I LOVE this comment from Karen Brady… ‘The only reason to look down on other women? If you’re helping them up’

EAT

WHAT do you think of this? A teacher who killed and skinned a rabbit in class to “show children how their meat is processed”.

The miraculous benefits of coconut oil.

Why New Yorkers will be sipping bone broth (in coffee cups) this winter

I know I’m going to be offending people here, but I’m not a HUGE cheese fan (I know, I don’t really like bacon either)  but I do love a cheese toastie and a bowl of tomato soup on a cold winters night. Here’s a tip on the ultimate grilled cheese.

Sugar Free & Guilt Free: Peanut Butter Fudge

20th November 2014

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I love peanut butter – always have. So when it comes to making a guilt free treat for the lead up to Christmas then there’s only one thing for it. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Note that the chocolate coating is actually optional but I find it takes the edge off the peanut butter a bit and makes it way more decadent. They also make pretty good christmas gifts too.

The other great thing about this recipe is that it’s only 3 ingredients and it’s STUPIDLY simple. I tend not use the sweeter in mine as I like the saltiness of the peanut butter with the contrast of the dark chocolate but if you fancy it a bit sweeter then you can add some stevia.

What you need:

2/3 cup of peanut butter (you can use any nut butter you fancy)

1/2 cup almond flour

1tbsp stevia *optional

1/2 cup of At least 80% dark chocolate (raw dark chocolate is the best)

Method:

Remember I said this was REALLY easy? Well, just combine the peanut butter, almond flour and stevia together to form a dough. It needs to be pretty stiff so if it’s not then add some more flour.

Next you need to make little balls with the peanut butter mixture, once you’ve done this then place them in the fridge for at least an hour.

When your fudge is adequately chilled, melt your chocolate and using a tooth pick dip your peanut butter balls in the chocolate. Place on some grease proof paper and place back in the fridge to set. And voila, you’re done.
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Sugar free, guilt free peanut butter fudge balls…

A brilliant podcast

18th November 2014

I just wanted to tell you that I’m starting a podcast. Just six to begin with to see if anyone listens, but they’re going to centre around living, working and eating better. Fingers crossed I can get the first one recorded next week – if my site redesign is completed that is.

ANYWAY…

I’m a HUGE fan of podcasts. I find them way more interesting than videos, after all, who has time to sit and watch stuff on youtube? Where as with a podcast you can play it in the car, at the gym or whilst you work. Ideal.

So I have to tell you about one of my FAVOURITE podcasts at the moment – Serial…have you heard of it? I am HOOKED!

Here’s what the podcast is about: 

In 1999 a high school senior went missing. Hae Min Lee was found six weeks later in a shallow grave. Her classmate and ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was arrested for her murder. Sounds a simple enough case right? However, he claims he’s innocent, he has no alibi as he can’t remember what he was doing on the day she went missing – but then again, who does remember what they got up to 6 weeks ago? A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was, the trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found. Adnan was found guilty and he’s currently serving a 30 year sentence for first degree murder. Host Sarah Koenig isn’t  so sure that he is guilty so the podcast is all about uncovering the truth. Week by week it goes deeper in to the story. It’s truly addictive. If you love true crime stories (like I do) then I can guarantee that you’re going to love this.

What podcasts do you recommend?

3 Simple Steps To A Better Sleep Tonight…

17th November 2014

Kudos to this dog for knowing how to get himself comfy! From pound pooch to forever home diva! #cairn #cairnterrier #dogsofinstagram #dog
When my friend turned 30 I gave her one (good) piece of advice. Get enough sleep. I don’t know what it was about my 30th year but I was just tired – all. the. time. Maybe it was my 20’s catching up on me or hormonal changes – who knows.

I can do late nights and early mornings, WELL, I can function anyway. But I don’t feel my best. And lack of sleep is something that we ALL suffer with. Especially in these always connected times. Remember when not being able to sleep was solved with a warm milky drink or a bath? These days it means that the smart phone up gets picked up and e-fiddling begins. A flick through facebook, a tweet to reach out to others who are not sleeping. The blue light waking our brains even more – regardless of whether our eyes are heavy and our bodies need rest.

But making sure you get a good nights sleep isn’t just for the weak, it means increased energy and productivity, improved heart and immune system health, a better mood, even a longer life.

So here are just three simple tips on getting a more restful nights sleep… Continue reading

A quick tip to get rid of winter blues…

14th November 2014

Winter is here. It’s raining, it’s cold and it’s miserable. So if you’re looking for a quick way to get rid of the winter blues (without packing your bags and jetting off somewhere sunny) then all you need to do is this…
Lemon.

Take a quick sniff of citrus!

Yep, it’s that simple. Smelling a lemon, lime or orange fragrance will boost your feelings of well-being and alleviate stress because it ups the levels of norepinephrine which is a hormone that affects our mood.

And if you don’t want to waste the fruit by just sniffing it, why not try this Avocado lime cheesecake.

 

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Top Weight Loss Techniques You Might Not Have Tried

10th November 2014

For some people, losing weight is a constant battle. It’s all too easy to succumb to temptation, lose motivation or simply not know the right way to go about your weight loss. Surveys suggest that approximately 8 out of 10 diets fail – it doesn’t make for encouraging reading! Nevertheless there are techniques out there that you might not have tried, techniques which don’t rely on fad diets or crazy exercises. Losing weight is largely psychological and sometimes a fresh approach can give you the boost you need.

The power of the mind

The strength of your mind set towards weight loss should not be overlooked. Are you one of those people who start off with good intentions which eventually fall by the wayside? Do you find it difficult to ‘stay on the wagon’? Sometimes it isn’t enough just to want to lose weight. You have to have the strength to put those feelings into action. Continue reading

live, work & eat better #7

2nd November 2014

Seriously, what’s been up with the weather? It’s been more like summer than Autumn! I’m working on a new design for this website at the moment so I’ve not had much time to get reading, therefore only a short LWE this week…
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LIVE

9 surprising ways salt can restore your skin and body 

What aging and what true beauty means.

How to understand an introvert, in one chart.

I LOVE this…movies and their food pairings.

WORK

5 lessons from the digital revolution

How mentally healthy is your workplace?

Why it’s better to be a business woman in Sweden than the UK

EAT

Would you feed your baby an alkaline diet? Really interested piece in the Daily Mail. Would love to know your views on this.

THIS smoothie bowl from Bionic Buddha

What’s so bad about gluten?

I’m REALLY bad for eating late at night. However, after reading this piece in the New York Times I think I’ll be changing my ways.