Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Cohorted | A Different Type Of Shopping

 
I love a bit of shopping (who doesn't) and I especially love finding a good bargain.  It makes me feel all warm and happy inside.  I especially love sitting in on a cold winters evening all cosy on the sofa with a big baggy jumper or my onesie and do some online shopping.  I don't even have to move my lazy butt off the sofa to find bargains. Perfection.  Cohorted is a new type of shopping that I've discovered in the past few months. Cohorted? I hear you ask. Lemme explain...
 
 
 
Cohorted is social shopping. The idea behind a 'Cohort' is that a product becomes available and you join the cohort to buy the product with the other shoppers. There is a starting price for the product, a current % off and a potential % off, you will pay an amount in between the two percentages depending upon how many people join the cohort to buy. The more shoppers, the cheaper the price will end up being.
 
New products go up on Cohorted 6pm GMT each Monday and let me tell you, sometimes you've really got to be on there at 6pm or you'll miss out on that high end product you've been lusting after.
 
The products I've purchased in the past few weeks are
 
Skin Doctors Instant Face Lift £9
Soap & Glory Supercat Eye Liner Pen Carbon Black £4.20
Real Techniques Combination Pack £12.78
D&G Combination Pack £12.75
Perversion Mascara & Deluxe Set £9.60
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (I've lost the receipt but it was around £3)
Naked Basics 2 Palette £15.40
 
 
 
As you can see from the prices I paid there really are some fantastic bargains to be had and I'd recommend anyone heading on over to Cohorted and checking out the products each Monday.  Coming up in the next few weeks they have products such as the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Raw Sugar & Pink Opal, Benefit Rockateur and Chanel Lipstick Rouge Allure. 
 
Do you do Cohorted shopping? What products have you purchased from them?
 
 
 

The Weekly Vlog #4

It was a week of not much vlogging last week.  I've been so busy with work recently which has left little time to myself.  We did manage to half dress up for a Pirates and Princess kids birthday party on Saturday and it was also the week I attempted some long awaiting and much needed redecorating.
 
 

 
 
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

#WIAW Where's All The Veg?

Another Wednesday has rolled around in the blink of an eye and that means time for another What I Ate Wednesday.. But before we get in to the eats...
 
I have to give a little shout out to Jenn over at Peas & Crayons as she is celebrating her 200th WIAW today.  Her WIAW link up is one of my all time favs and I love checking it out each week, so congrats Jenn and a big thank you from me for hosting an awesome link party each week.
 
On to the food...
 
One of the things I love about doing WIAW is seeing what I've actually eaten in a day.  Todays eats are more or less veggie free (compared to what I think I should eat) which obviously wasn't a conscious choice but somehow it happened. 
 

Breakfast

  
 
Oh how I'm loving having my Blend Active out again for breakfasts! This mornings breakfast was a banana, frozen fruit salad mix (melon, grapes & orange), spinach and just water today as I'd ran out of almond milk.  I was a bit vary of adding the spinach but it was actually quite a tasty addition.
 

Lunch

 

You can't see the teeny sweet potato underneath all those beans but I promise you it's there.  These beans aren't your standard baked beans from a tin - these are my special amped up healthy beans that you can find the recipe for here. I love these beans as they're so much tastier and nutritious than baked beans.  I honestly think that if you try these you'll always want to have some in your freezer ready to whip out for a quick and easy lunch.  The variety of beans can be varied and for this particular recipe I think I used kidney and cannellini.
 

Tea


 
 
Yeah, yeah I know - brown slop doesn't really photograph that well. But as long as it tasted good, right?  This was left over veg curry that I'd made at the weekend served with quinoa.  I used a madras paste and added coconut milk, onions, garlic, ginger, black eye beans, peppers, courgettes and sugar snaps, topped with coriander.
Now, I know that sounds like a lot of veg but I'd got my quantities all wrong and it was mostly black eye beans.
 
What do you think?  Is this days eats seriously lacking in veggies?
 



Saturday, 15 November 2014

Christmas Jumper Picks

Who doesn't love a Christmas jumper? Personally, I think mid November is a good time to start rocking the Christmas jumper to start getting into the Christmas spirit nice and early. 
This year is no different to any other in that there are sooo many to choose from - there are cute ones, funny ones, slogan ones, sparkly ones... the list is endless.
Here are a few of my favourites that I've found. Now the only problem is which ones to actually buy... Which one's your favourite?  






Friday, 14 November 2014

What's On My Nails #4

This week on my nails I've been wearing Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in the shade Chia and I have to say I've been very impressed.  When I initially bought it I thought it had a purple undertone but it hasn't at all (damn shop lighting).  It's a gorgeous shiny mid grey tone that looks particularly good with a monotone outfit. 
 

It's a shade that I feel is unlike anything else I have in my collection so for that reason I think it's definitely a keeper.

 
I've been really impressed with the lasting quality of this varnish, as I have mentioned in the past that I feel Barry M varnishes just don't have that staying power of other more expensive brands (which btw, I don't mind as I like to change my polish quite often anyway) This one though has been going strong since Sunday night and it's now Friday morning - I think that's really good for such an inexpensive product. I have only one teeny, tiny chip on my right index nail.
 
What do you think of this shade?
 
Are you a Barry M fan or do you prefer a more expensive nail polish?
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Boots Christmas | My Picks £10 and Under

I loved compiling my Boots Christmas Under £5 Picks so I'm back today with another round.  This time we're going slightly more expensive and looking at Under £10.  There are some fabulously cute items that you can buy for under £10.  In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how many things I could have added to this list.  They're perfect for a close friend or a little extra indulgent treat to add to some ones stocking.
 
 


Bleach London Hair Wraps £8
Hair wraps/braids are definitely on their way back.  Bleach London are the company behind the super cool wraps you may have seen people rocking recently. What more could you want to do on Christmas Day?

This is a beautiful little glass pot that would look adorable on any dressing table.

Confession time - I've literally never stepped foot inside a Starbucks. But, for Starbucks or hot chocolate lovers this cute little trio of tins would be perfect.  It also has 3 delicious flavours of cocoa including marshmallow and salted caramel.

These hand warmers are a life saver when the cold weather hits.  What better gift to give a loved one than the gift of warmth on a chilli January day.

This is a wonderful indulgent gift for anyone who loves a little luxury.  The tin includes body wash, scrub and a lotion.

Candles always make a wonderful present in my opinion and cinnamon is a wonderfully Christmas smell.

This is one S&G gift set that I'd kinda like for myself.  I love the sugar crush range and the mouth-watering lime fragrance. There's also a hand food in the range in this set - just perfect for any S&G fan.
 
Wonderland Cotton Tail Ceramic Cotton Wool Dispenser £10
We all use cotton wool right girls? This is a super cute way of storing them and an adorable addition to any dressing table. 


Are any of these items on your Christmas list?  Let me know in the comments what your best picks are from Boots this year.

What I Ate Wednesday - Making Time For Healthy

Sometimes finding a theme or topic for What I Ate Wednesday is a bit of a tricky one but this week it's been easy.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting.
 
I always struggle with 'healthy eating.' It's something I tend to think I do but in reality if and when I document what I eat over a week it's full of crap.  The last few weeks have been particularly bad and I've stuffed my face with far too many bags of crisps, heavy carb laden bread and pasta meals and even chocolate sweets, and I'm not normally a chocolate person.  The more I ate the rubbish, the more I craved it and I didn't even really enjoy it.  Even as I was taking the crisps out of the cupboard I knew I didn't really want them, I just couldn't be bothered making myself anything.
 
This week I made sure I went shopping and stocked up on a ton of veggies and fruit and healthy grains and pulses.  I enjoy eating healthier and I feel so much better for it but I know it's something I have to make time for.  Healthier meals tend to take more preparation time and definitely require more planning and organisation.

How do you organise yourself to make delicious, nutritious meals on a daily basis?

Pre-breakfast



The benefits of drinking lemon water are not a new thing.  Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. So, with that in mind I've been adding a hot lemon drink to my morning routine.  I don't drink coffee and only have an odd tea so adding this warm drink to the cold mornings we've started having is really nice.

Breakfast




 Oh how I've missed my Breville Blend-Active Blender! It's been in my cupboard for the past month or so for some reason and I'd forgotten how much I love having a smoothie for breakfast.  This smoothie was a banana, frozen melon and grapes, almond milk, spirulina powder and some water as it was too thick.  I think the spirulina powder is a plant based protein but I haven't looked in to it in detail yet.  I bought it a while ago when I was working in a gym at the recommendation of a fellow gym instructor.

Do you know anything about spirulina powder?

Lunch

 
There's nothing I can say about my avocado on toast that I have for lunch that hasn't already been said. I'm such a creature of habit when it comes to my lunch.  I wonder how many #WIAW this has featured in?  I might have to go back and check...

Tea



 
 
This tea was delicious! It didn't really take that long to make - just a lot of chopping.  It was spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, quinoa and a small sweet potato.  I topped it with a drizzle of my favourite home made chilli oil which added a yummy heat to the dish.
 
 
I've loved eating more healthy this week and I hope I can keep this up and continue my optimism for all these tasty dishes.
 
I'd love any inspiration for healthy, vegetarian recipes I can try so if you have any please link them down below in the comments.
 
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Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Weekly Vlog #2

This week I kinda epically failed at vlogging.  It's just so hard trying to remember to whip out my camera when good things happen.  I think it just takes time to get in to the habit of doing it. 

It was a week of back to work after a few days off which is always a bit of a bummer.  At the beginning of the week Mini Greenoid and I had two evenings where we went baking mad, making scones, a chocolate cake and what Greenoid describes as Green Spaghetti Pancakes (yeah my thoughts exactly!)

There seems to have been fireworks going off every night this week which has been great as I live opposite a field so I can look out at them all.  We went to a firework display down the road on Wednesday night which was cold but fun.  Talking of the weather, there's been a definite drop in temperature round these parts in the latter half of the week so I'm going to use that as an excuse to buy some new winter woollies I think...

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Boots Christmas | My Picks £5 and Under

Now that Bonfire Night is officially done and dusted I allow myself to start thinking about Christmas. That's not to say I haven't thought of it before now but around this time of year is when a little switch goes off inside my brain and I start seriously thinking about (and doing) a ton of Christmas shopping for loved ones.

Boots is always one of my favourites for Christmas shopping.  Who can resist those wonderful 3 for 2 offers?  It can get quite overwhelming though, as there are sooo many amazing products to choose from. So I thought what better on the lead up to Christmas than a few handy little gift guides at different price ranges to help you chose that perfect, special gift for your nearest and dearest (or the Secret Santa you got stuck with at work!)

First up is the For Her For Under £5



This set contains some soft, fluffy candy cane socks and some deliciously fragranced foot treatments.  What's not to love?

I love a bit of Soap & Glory and this perfect little lip balm comes all wrapped up in a collectable bauble. The balm is formulated with mango and apricot butter and sounds delicious.  A perfect stocking filler.

I definitely need some of these in my life.  (Hint, hint!) I love sticky notes and am forever writing on them so if you know a social media obsessed, sticky note lover these are the perfect little present.

This gorgeous duo from Fearne features a beautiful purple/pink shade and some nail glitter which I think is perfect for the festive season. Who doesn't love a bit of glitter around Christmas?

This candle smells divine.  Does anything say Christmas more than the smell of cranberries and nutmeg? The candle is housed in a beautiful, decorative gold leaf and berry design that I think might look quite nice in my dining room actually...

If you know a girl who likes doing her nails these stylish emery boards in a handy little pouch are the perfect little gift.

If all else fails, a box of chocolates never will. Especially the Ferrero Rocher kind. Oh and those white coconutty ones - delicious.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Boots Christmas picks coming soon...

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

#WIAW Out N About In London

 
 
Happy Bonfire Night/Day to all my fellow UKers and Happy What I Ate Wednesday.  I've missed the last 2 #WIAW for one reason or another but I'm back this week with another #WIAW.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting.
 
If you checked out my new vlogging channel you'll know I went down to London last weekend to help my sister house hunt.  These eats are from my busy Saturday of house hunting and trekking around London.
 

Breakfast

 
 
Breakfast was a quick grab and go apple and orange as we had to get out there and pound the streets of London to find a house.  I'm not a fan of eating whole fruits like this.  In fact I find it really hard to eat any fruit like this.  I always, always chop up fruit and arrange it on a plate.  I find I eat more and it's so much more appealing to me, but that wasn't an option today so I had to just grab and go. 
 

Lunch

 
 
By the time lunch time came around I was really hungry so we headed back to my sisters place and made sandwiches.  I had an egg and spinach sandwich on multigrain bread.  I'm not a huge fan of sandwiches in general but this one was quite nice.  I teamed it with some sliced peppers and cucumber, a slice a melon and a few kale chips. 
 
It was just enough to fill me up before we headed back out on the house hunt...
 

Tea


 
 
If I was hungry at lunchtime I was even more hungry come tea time.  We'd walked for miles checking out different houses, calling in on estate agents and getting a teeny bit lost in unfamiliar parts of London.  We decided to go to the Blackheath fireworks which around 80,000 people attend each year.  I adore Greenwich in South East London so we decided to stop there for a bite to eat then walk the short distance around Greenwich park to Blackheath. 
 
We went to Cafe Sol which is a Texan and Mexican Cantina & Bar.  The food was delicious and I'd definitely recommend a trip there if you're ever in Greenwich.  Mexican food is one of my favourites but on this occasion I chose their tropical house salad which had pineapple, olives and goats cheese, three of my most favourite things in a salad.  Simply mmmmm! I can't resist a few carbs and had some yummy garlic bread on the side.
 
 
I don't normally have a sweet tooth but for the past few days I'd been craving something deliciously sweet and when I saw this vanilla cheesecake on the menu I had to go for it.  It was divine.  I think it's important not to deny of things you're craving otherwise it becomes a really big deal and I find it makes me really grumpy and moody.
 
Have you got a sweet tooth?   
 
Do you listen to your body and your cravings?
 
 
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Monday, 3 November 2014

What's On My Nails #3

This weeks polish has actually been on my nails since last Thursday.  I chose Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Mango as I thought bright orange was a good colour to have on my nails over Halloween.


I've only recently started buying Barry M nail polishes and I'm in two minds about them.  I adore the vast range of fantastic colours they do and at between £2.99 and £3.99 they really are a bargain.  I bought this particular shade when I was trying out some Halloween nail art and definitely feel it's more a shade for 'fun' nails as opposed to every day wear. 
 
The problem I have with this polish is the brush seems very thin and I find the formula very runny.  It did only need two coats though to get a really intense orange colour though.  I love the shine in these Gelly Hi-Shine polishes as they really do have an intense shine and don't need a top coat.  In terms of their lasting power, mine are still going strong 4 days after painting them without any chips so I'm really pleased about that.

 
Will I keep this polish in my collection? Probably.  As it's unlike any other shade I own and a bright, intense orange has definitely come in handy to have around this time of year.
 
What do you think of Barry M polishes?
 
Would you keep this in your collection or part with it?
 
 
 
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Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Weekly Vlog #1


I've made it through my first week of vlogging! *Pats self on the back* I've loved this week so much and I'm so glad I decided to start vlogging.  It's a wonderful way to record life and all the little things that get forgotten along the way.


If the embedded video doesn't work here's the direct link
 
I had a few technical difficulties this week and I couldn't use some of my footage which I'm really bummed about.  I'm not the most technical of people and I get really annoyed if I can't get something working after a few attempts. 
 
I guess I'll see you next Sunday (Well I'll see you before on here but ya know what I mean)  I'd love to know what you think of my first attempt at any real editing.  It's not quite as easy as I thought!