Thursday, 9 February 2017

Valentine’s Day Cocktail – Candy Floss Fizz

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and before I let you see my gift guide I thought I would share an easy recipe for the perfect Valentine's cocktail if you are having VDay at home. Although this cocktail would also be perfect for a party. 

It is sweet, girly and romantic all in pink. Also this cocktail is a super easy recipe!
easy_cocktail_recipe
Ingredients:

·         20ml:  Rhubarb vodka from Chase Distillery
·         As much as you desire:  Candy Floss
·         Enough to fill the glass: Champagne or Prosecco

Method:

1.       Add the rhubarb vodka to a champagne flute.
2.       Depending on how pink you want the cocktail add half a glass of Prosecco for a lighter colour then add in a small amount of Candy Floss – watch it fizz and change to pink.
3.       Top up your glass with Champagne or Prosecco.
4.       Add enough candy floss to sit across the glass.

Voila, a Candy Floss Fizz
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Monday, 30 January 2017

5 Secrets to a Good Morning

When you have a good morning it not only helps you have a positive and productive day but impacts those around you, when you are in a good mood it reflects positively, which is great especially if you work in a team. Have you ever got in, in the morning and you have a conversation with a colleague who is grumpy and then you feel in a bad mood?! I know I have. 10%* of brits say they have never had a good morning, which is so sad, so I am here to help with five tips to have a good morning in collaboration with belVita who have just launched a ‘Good Mornings’ campaign to get everyone to have, well a GOOD MORNING and set themselves up for the rest of the day.
5 Secrets to a Good Morning
1.    The Breakfast: Breakfast is going to provide you with the energy you need to have a good morning and a good day; it is my number one tip. Whenever I skip breakfast I end up feeling groggy and hungry by 11am and then snack on crisps, red bull and a chocolate bar or two (currently hating myself for how true that sentence is). Having a good breakfast improves your performance as it basically gives your brain fuel and essential nutrients which also helps you fit into those skinny jeans as you’re not going to snack (as much). The most important thing though is by being fuelled up, you will be happier.

Make sure the breakfast is right though and not just a quick cup of tea. You need something that is going to fill you up, why not try belVita with natural Greek yogurt and fruit you could go crazy if it’s the weekend and add poached eggs, avo smash on toast!
5 Secrets to a Good Morning
2.    The Night Before: I have to say I am not a morning person, I do love to lie in my bed even when I am awake just to be toasty…especially when the weather is like this…the SNOOZE button becomes my best friend. The answer to this problem is you need to prep the night before. I always make sure the kitchen and lounge are looking tidy before I go to bed, in the morning if everything is a mess it pushes my stress levels sky high and I just want to run out of the house. When you wake up and your outfit is ready and the house looks pristine it’s so much easier to make time for breakfast and enjoy a packet of belVita with some yoghurt and fruit ensuring you have a balanced breakfast.

3.    The Extra Hour: Now you are all prepped for the morning, use your time wisely, make a snazzy breakfast to keep you fuelled like in the pics do a spot of meditation, I sometimes use the Headspace app it only takes 5 minutes and can help your prepare you mind and body for the day ahead.

4.    The No Work Zone: I know it is near impossible but do try and not look at your email, Instagram, Facebook until 9am. You will get sucked into the digital landscape and forget all about having some time to yourself and getting ready – you will end up running out the door with no makeup and feeling hungry!
5 Secrets to a Good Morning
5.    The to Do List: As mentioned in tip 3, being mindful will help you relax so you can organise your mind by writing down your to do list for the day. I usually pick about six key things I want to accomplish in the day, anymore and it will make your mind fizz. If you do more than that, great but 6 items are enough. Now another tip is to look at those six items and do the hardest one first (the one you would rather not do) once it’s out of the way the day becomes a whole lot easier and your morning is not plagued by stress and you have achieved something in the first few hours of the day.
5 Secrets to a Good Morning
Why not try these 5 secrets and see how it impacts your day, I know you will feel more relaxed, happy and ready to face the day in a more positive light and you will also notice that you are more positive which will affect the people around you.

Do you have any tips for a good morning?
5 Secrets to a Good Morning
5 Secrets to a Good Morning


*2,000 adults were polled by One Poll in December 2016
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Friday, 20 January 2017

A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

It’s wet, cold and dark outside so  I thought I would reminisce about somewhere that is warm and sunny. In October, I traveled to Abu Dhabi (also Dubai but I will talk about this next week) and I want to share my top tips for an amazing part of Abu Dhabi, Yas Island. If you are heading to the UAE, October is the perfect month to start going as the summer months would turn you into a puff of smoke.

Yas Island is the perfect place in Abu Dhabi to relax, play some golf and see some sights.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
How to get here:
Unless you live in the UAE you need to fly, check out skyscanner for the cheapest flights. If you fly into Dubai it’s about 90 minutes in a taxi and if you fly to Abu Dhabi its about 20 minutes but it really depends on what deals you can get on your flight. We flew from London Heathrow to Dubai with Emirates and OMG they are roomy even in economy!!!

Where to Stay
Radisson Blu Yas Island: this relaxing resort is located next to an amazing golf course and has a lovely spa, which can be followed up with some tasty cocktails and some of the best luxury dining in the area. A highlight was definitely the aromatherapy spa treatment for two.

A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

Where to eat
You don’t need to leave the hotel for good restaurants as Radisson Blu, Yas Island has 3 amazing restaurants and next door in its sister hotel the Park Inn by Radisson there is a fantastic Mexican restaurant.

Belgium Beer Café: Its all in the name! We didn’t make it here but I love Belgium cuisine and it looked fun.

Assymetri: Abu Dhabi does breakfast in style with food from around the globe and lots of it!.

Filini
We ventured to Filini on our first night and after a flight and a quick dip in the pool, Italian food was definitely required along with a gorgeous ‘large’ glass of white wine. I need to mention the view! Make sure you grab a seat outside as you can see the sparkling Persian Golf and the local golf course but if you end up inside you can watch the chefs cook up your meal instead.

Our meal was truly amazing and I will give you a quick run down of what I had: Mixed antipasti, you need to wait a good 20 minutes before you can eat anything else!. Beef Fillet, which was cooked to perfection and came with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and a creamy green pepper sauce. I really could not eat anything else BUT I did and for dessert we had the self proclaimed ‘best in town! Mamma’s Tiramisu'. I am not usually a coffee lover but this was divine.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

Amerigos
Why not have Mexican food whilst sipping a mango margarita by the pool? Of course, fajitas need to be on the main menu but we had eyes bigger than our belly again and had Nachos as well.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

What to do

Ferrari World, All day Ticket 275AED
Now, I know this doesn't sound like everyone's cup of tea especially if you’re not a car enthusiast but I'm not and it was a fun day out! Or even just for half a day... I went from 10am-2pm and managed to do everything I wanted which included rides, shows and a bit of shopping. You've even got the fastest roller-coaster in the world, going 240 km/h in 5s- my face literally looked like it had melted in the ride photo!

T2G Tip: There are a few rides you had to pre-book and I think you can do that online or at the entrance like the go carts, best to do that before you even get to the park.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

So you have done the theme park and now it is time to relax and unwind with some sand in your hair. So why not go and check out Yas Beach! White sand and clear water, what more can a gal want? There is an infinity pool for you to take a dip in and a number of bars and restaurants around the area. If you still looking for some excitement there are loads of water sports you can try like my fave, jet skiing.

Right next to the F1 track Yas Marina is a tranquil slice of paradise, perfect for a leisurely stroll whilst dreaming about owning one of the massive yachts. Then sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down…dreamy.
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

You have probably seen a picture of this mosque somewhere before as it is truly stunning. I wished there was no one there so I could take some more unique photos but the hustle and bustle of people meant the mosque was brimming with people taking in this wonderful sight. It is a special place of worship in the country and can hold up to 40,000 worshipers at any one time.

T2G Tip: It is important to respect the local culture and it is frowned upon for woman to show too much skin at the mosque. I was concerned about showing my skin so I decided to wear a jumper as I didn't bring too many long sleeve tops with me. Do NOT do this, I nearly fainted!
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island

T2G Tips
Best Time to travel: October - March
Taxis: Always try to get a local taxi instead of the hotel ones, as they can be very expensive!
Respect: The local cultures and traditions!
Most of all have fun! 

A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas IslandA Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas IslandA Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island
A Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi: Yas Island


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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Winter Sun Survival Kit

Winter is the perfect time to get away for some festive sun especially when the weather in the UK is so pants; there is not even any snow?! So I jetted off to Houston for Christmas for some sun and family time and the temperature reached up to 27 degrees so pass me my sunglasses. 

I thought I would share my 'Winter Sun Survival Kit'. Winter sun can sometimes not seem that hot due to the wind etc but the UV rays are still as strong as ever so you need to protect yourself.
Winter Sun Survival Kit: 

Protect your body 
Mine is 30 SPF and is from Boots, Soltan Once range, moisturising sun carelotion. It's water resistant so I can go for a dip in a pool or hot tub without needing to re-apply. It is also nice to know that Soltan Once is rated with the highest UVA rating so you know you are in good hands.  The cream is thick so it doesn't just run everywhere and the smell is not strong and smells quite nice, after its soaks in you can’t feel it on. Another plus is that it doesn't block your pores. 
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Protect your face
You should be using a daily moisturiser anyway so why not make sure that it has sun protection. On this trip I used Boots, Soltan Once Face, moisturising suncare cream.

It is the perfect size for your handbag, so you can take it everywhere, to make sure your face is protected at all times. You can always use makeup to make yourself look more tanned. The key benefits are that it offers 8 hours of sun protection from just one application. There is ultra UV ageing in defence and it’s water resistant. The cream is a little less thick than the main sun cream and leaves you feeling moisturised instantly leaving the smell of summer on your skin.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Looking for something a little smaller?
Boots, Soltan Active, ultra-resistance sunstick for lips and face in 30 SPF. This is a must especially if you are catching some rays on the slopes a lip sunstick is my number one essential. You can also use this for your face with extra resistance to water, sweat and extreme conditions – you are ready to go.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
DON’T feel the burn
BootsSoltan Moisturise and Repel, hydrates your skin after you have been in the sun with insect repellent to keep your body looking BOOM!

You don't need much of this as a small blob goes far and smells lovely, quite tropical.
  
Inside Out
On any holiday, especially in the party season you want to make sure you stay hydrated and healthy so fuel up with vitamins to ensure you keep your body is in tip top condition. I have been used Boots Pharmaceuticals Re-energise, Mango – tasty!


No one wants to get ill on holiday so I used Boots Duel Defence nasal spray twice a day in the week leading up to my trip just in case. If you feel you are starting to get a cold or ill start using ASAP.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
You also need two other essentials in any winter sun situation:  
Winter Sun Survival Kit
A pair of sunglasses
If you’re looking fabulous or a bit shit sunglasses will sort out any situation and now your body is protected from the sun so will your eyes. My sunnies are from Topshop for only £22.

Lip Gloss
Your skin is so much better in the sunshine, not sure what it is but the UK makes me break out the moment I land! Whilst in Houston I only needed my Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss (travel size) inClear Fuchsia. 

That's it lovelies, my winter sun survival kit is complete, now it time to start planning my next winter sun escape.
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Winter Sun Survival Kit
Winter Sun Survival Kit



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