Monday, 28 November 2016

10 HEALTH TIPS

Hey folks! This is based entirely on my own lifestyle.... 

I am not a health professional, nor am I a nutritionist, or fitness expert and I am certainly not a life coach. I've made changes over the years and have seen fab results so, I thought I'd share a few tips with you! I continue to reassess both my mental and physical health and make changes / improvements wherever I feel such is necessary. I'm a firm believer that it is better to feel good than to look good. Although both is the aim, right? LOL!

1. Drink garlic tea every morning and / or evening to aid digestion. 



2. Add Flaxseed, or Linseed to your breakfast and Moringa to your lunch / dinner. 

3. Do a minimum of 20-30 minutes exercise up to 5 days a week.



4. Throughout the day, eat when hungry but, eat small healthy portions and to avoid snacking on sugary foods, carry almonds nuts [or your preferred choice] with you.

5. Drink water with every meal and replace your coffee and tea with herbal teas.

6. Carry mints instead of chewing gum - keep your breath fresh without making yourself hungry.

7. Remember, some fruits contain a lot of sugar so, choose your 5 a day carefully.



8. Switch your mobile phone off, or set the handset to silent, turn it face down and leave it in a different room as of 1 hour before bedtime .

9. Meditate, or read a chapter of an inspiring book before you go to bed at night.



10. CONTACT @pmacfitness for nutrition tips, personal trainer services and more health tips!

Trying to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle became important to me after my diagnosis and I hope by sharing my experiences I can encourage you, if you're not already doing so, to try your best to treat your body and mind with a lot more love and care!

Thanks for reading! 

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Monday, 21 November 2016

BLOGGERS XMAS GIFTS

On Saturday 19th November, I attended the Bloggers Christmas 2016 event at a vintage pub in Moorgate, London courtesy of +Soeurs de Luxe and left with a bag of freebies which means a fab GIVEAWAY for you and the testing of some goodies.... 


PRODUCTS REVIEWED 
The Lens Kit by +PNY Technologies Inc 


The kit looks amazing and is very easy to assemble. However, as is the case with most mobile phone gadgets, this kit is not compatible with my Cubot X16. I tried the lenses with a Nokia Lumia smartphone and saw no difference in the picture scope/quality. I'll have friends and family try it too and tweet [if I remember to] about how they find it.

Yankee Candle - www.yankeecandle.co.uk

 

I received the Wedding Day candle [random, literally] and could smell its scent before I had even opened the box. Strong but pleasant, I like the fragrance and was pleased that it was a small size [any bigger and the scent may have knocked me out]. It didn't produce its scent whilst burning which was odd. The scented candles from Poundland are better!! 


Birch Water [Clean & Lean] by Sibberi


It tastes like what starch looks like, harsh on the tongue and chalky. At the time of trying this drink, I was quite thirsty so, I took quite a big swig.... It was not nice at all. 'Birch' [which sounds like a name given to something that is stale] is the right name for this 'water'.


Naturelly Jelly Juice - www.naturelly.co.uk


I am a pure water drinker and have been for so many years that any liquid with even a hint of flavour will be a bit much for me and the blackcurrant was! That said, the texture of the jelly was lovely and it's so easy to drink. I tried them both at room temperature and then having had them in the fridge for an hour. Defo better to keep them refrigerated, I think. The tropical fruits Jelly Juice isn't as sweet and is so refreshing. They're also FREE from gelatin, gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts and are vegan friendly!! 


Hydration mask by Freeman


Not since the cucumber range from Boots discovered many moons ago have I ever felt a facial product so silky and refreshing, all at once, on my face! This mask is LIFE, literally! It has a gorgeous fragrance and I could feel it working, real talk and it left my skin soft and very smooth!! I intend to purchase some more of these asap!


 Gluten Free Bread Kit by MannaVida


Ridiculously easy to prepare and bake! The box includes all of the ingredients and equipment needed, the instructions are incredibly straightforward and the results are so good that the bread was devoured [not alone by the way] before I realised that I hadn't snapped the result!! Whether it's a dietary requirement or not, I suggest you try this bread. It is too yummy and smells amazing!!


THE BLOGGERS CHRISTMAS Exhibit 2016 review:
Despite now blogging for six years, this was the first time I had attended a bloggers event [conflicting schedules in the past meant I've not been able to] and I did so because, I think it's important to gain as much insight as possible into your field irrespective of how much you already 'know' and the 'level' at which you 'rank', so to speak.... 

Finch's Pub is a really nice venue, which I didn't expect [due to it being a place where folks go to indulge in alcohol] and the vintage feel gave it a very chilled, laid back vibe. Everyone I met was pleasant, friendly, chatty and the businesses exhibiting were unique and new to me which was both exciting and fun! - Look out for La Miela on my radio show in 2017, God willing.

Would be awesome to see bloggers and vloggers supporting one another more, as well as being more about the force behind the 'talents' we showcase. Sampling freebies is amazing and helpful for companies but, taking the time to get to know the creator behind the product, or the company pushing a campaign, or brand etc is far more rewarding and no doubt better for boosting product awareness and the profile of content creators reviewing the products/services. One of the awesome companies I connected with was Journo Link - make sure you check them out! 

The best discovery, for me, was BLOGOSPHERE MAGAZINE, frigging luv it!! Whether you've been blogging for centuries, a day, or are thinking about starting a blog, this mag is to be your blogging 'bible'.... Go subscribe!

Leaving the bloggers event with some goodies was great, the complimentary food [not nibbles, I might add, edible, filling food] was a grand touch and I think the organisers did a really good job of creating a 'hub' for bloggers and brands to connect, network and initiate partnerships. My friend and I had a lovely time.. #bloggersxmas

Note to fellow bloggers and vloggers:
Blogging/vlogging needs to be [and remain] authentic, consistent and supportive otherwise what's the point? Never allow money to be the motivation. Be driven positively by your passion and enthusiasm to discover new businesses etc.


GIVEAWAY!

3 gems for you! x

Kiss Cosmetics lipstick in the shade deep red [very silky]  www.kisscosmetics.co.uk 
Skinfix hand repair cream and Skinfix oil cleanser [super mosisturising]  www.skinfix.com

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Thanks for reading! 
If you're a blogger, or vlogger, let's connect!!

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Friday, 18 November 2016

ONLINE TREATS!!


NETFLIX [UK]

How To Get Away with Murder
Season 1 was a little difficult to get into for the five 5 episodes however, it's all FIRE from that point onwards with Season 2 being an absolute BANGER of a show!! The cast are frigging awesome and Viola Davis is just sensational in the lead role. I take my fake hair off to the entire team for such a masterpiece!

Power

Super annoyed that the episodes are made available on a weekly basis. Other than that, it's absolutely thrilling and super addictive. Your heart is constantly trying to reason with your mind; there's a consistent self battle between your like and dislike for the characters which adds to both the excitement and frustration the story line presents. It's a really good watch and another Netflix gem with a great cast and team.

Gotham

In places it can drag so badly. Stick with it though because, it's everything - mind boggling, funny, shocking, gruesome [if that's your thing] and the cast are on point. I reckon the creative team have a lot of fun with it.

Luke Cage 

Mike Colter is on fine form both as an actor and a man, ahem [ha-ha]. This guy is too sexy t'rarse so, even when you're not really feeling a particular scene of his, you don't want him to leave the screen because, your eyes will like what they see. Well, mine do! It's a bit of a predictable and far fetched one [I, mean, it is Marvel] yet a decent watch at the same time. It's quite endearing and warm in a way.


YOUTUBE

Iyanla Vanzant
If you're looking for a channel that can offer you positivity and motivation 24/7, this is it! Grab yourself a cuppa, a pen and a notepad then indulge in Iyanla's wisdom and truth with an open mind..

OWN 

It's Oprah. Need I say any more? Soul, heart, wisdom, motivation and then some.. You'd be a fool to not tap into the videos shared on her channel, real talk!

AgentXPQ 

Black and white animated videos described as 'Confused comedy for Confused people' created by one super talented man with a quirky voice for narration. I frigging L O V E this channel!!

Amy Schmittauer

I'm not really about vloggers, I find that most of them spend the majority of their videos talking about something for too long [usually of no real substance], or showing too much of the nonsense going on around them before actually getting to the point [of their vlog], with the title of their videos rarely having anything to do with the actual content however, this beauty is different. She is insightful, positively driven, authentic, funny, knowledgeable and her channel is filled with an abundance of tips and genuine information about the type of things we all need help with, or want to know. I find her to be massively inspirational and quite like the sound of her voice/accent which helps.



WEBSITES

Rakuten 
You already know, right? No? You should do! Forget Amazon and move on over to the site formerly known as Play.Com - My go to for almost everything especially music!
www.rakuten.co.uk

LinkedIn

A fantastic tool for finding work and opportunities, a great way to learn from others and also a hub of online courses tailored to your specific career pursuit - I cannot believe how many people still don't know about the goodies this site offers! 
www.linkedin.com 

Eventbrite 

A worldwide hub for local networking events, jobs, opportunities, gigs and more.
www.eventbrite.co.uk // www.eventbrite.com 

MISS PAP 

A recent accidental discovery [I'm not into fashion and the latest trends] however, I purchased a few bits all of which fit nicely during my birthday holiday to Santorini earlier this year. The clothes looked fab and I felt S U P E R comfortable [one of the items bought was a bikini but, I didn't take any pics! Soz!!]. 


BEAUTY / MAKEUP

The fact that I am not into this section of the post should already let you know how fab these bits and bobs are, coming from the beauty and makeup inexperienced ME! LOL!!

The Body Shop
Their creams and bath fizzers are too damn good! Their products are cruelty free too so, you cannot go wrong at all!! My skin always feels 'loved', if you know what I mean, after I've used a Body Shop product. 

My all time favourite bath fizzers are the LUSH bath bombs, OH. MY. LIFE!!!!


Boots

In an older post I mentioned the products I buy for my face. I've been purchasing certain toiletries from Boots since I was a teen. They're brilliant and have always been great for my skin. Nothing harsh, or taxing on the skin/body with a Boots product - try the cucumber range.

Nail varnish

The Colour Show 60 seconds range by Maybelline - go try some, that is all. Literally!

Sleek

Their foundation gives you a slight glow and doesn't dry out your skin. Although quite mild, it does have a bit of an unpleasant smell which only lasts for a little while after it has been applied. I wouldn't say it's the best at all however, for basic [natural looking] coverage, it's decent. 


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