Monday, 12 February 2018

REVIEW: HelloFresh Rapid Box

HelloFresh, I have seen the lime green, lime pretty much everywhere are I kind of relate it to someone giving me a discount as I always see HelloFresh at Waterloo and on the odd occasion a discount code will fall out of a parcel filled with clothes I have purchased.
REVIEW: HelloFresh
When thinking about New Year resolutions two were high on my agenda:

1.     Get healthy / Lose a few pounds stone for my wedding

2.     Sort out my partners finances (he is poo at managing money) / Stop spending so much money on food.

Even before I got home HelloFresh was at the back of my mind and then they emailed me asking if I would like to take part in a trial….my prayers had been answered…yes please.

After trawling through the website and looking at some previous recipes I was starting to get excited and spoke to some colleagues about it all who knew someone who was using HelloFresh and one colleague was about to embark on the same journey as she heard that it could cut down your shopping bill.

My main issue with food is that I live such a busy lifestyle I don’t have the time to think or create an amazing healthy meal every evening, so what do I do, I just grab a pizza. HelloFresh must of read my mind as they are actually championing their new launch the Rapid Box – meals in 20 minutes, I can vouch that they really do only take 20 minutes, from getting the ingredients out until it reaches your dinner table.

Monday was my set delivery day and at the moment you can only get three meals which is actually perfect, at the end of the three week trial Adam said maybe we should go for 5 days I pointed out that every Monday we still had our last meal to eat so three a week was more than enough for us.

Monday was an exciting day I am out most of the day so when I got an email with a photo of my HelloFresh box on my porch I was excited to get home…don’t I live an exciting life.

Anyway opening the box was exciting, who doesn’t like parcels being delivered with ingredients measured out exactly. For the three recipes you get an individual bag with all the dry ingredients which I just pop above my fridge until I need it and you get a weird furry bag filled with icepacks with all the items for your fridge.

I figured out in the third week you could actually pick your recipes if you choose before Wednesday. So over the three weeks the recipes I had were:

REVIEW: HelloFresh

- Beef Feijoada
- Seared Turkey Steak with Cream Lentils and Sweet potato
- Chicken Chow Mein
- Superquick Mexican Chilli
- Chicken Laksa
- Lemon and Rosemary Turkey with Creamy Pasta and Broccoli
- Chermoula Grilled Chicken with Chickpeas and Couscous
- Spaghetti Puttanesca with Avocado and Rocket Salad
- Sticky Sesame Chicken

I think one of the issues I come up against with my meals during the week is variety I don’t really have time to think about what I am going to cook and when I do want to cook a new recipe it costs me a fortune on new ingredients. On the website you can also save your favourite recipes, I think out of the above I didn’t not like any of them and the variety was great my favourites were the Sticky Sesame Chicken, Spaghetti Puttanesca and the Seared Turkey Steak with creamy lentils and sweet potato – I didn’t even think I liked lentils.

Moving on to the actual ingredients they were really fresh and lasted the entire week which is another issue with buying a weeks’ worth of ingredients, half way through the week I have to throw half the vegtables in the bin – money just down the drain. Everything was so easy if the meal required the chicken or turkey to be cut up, this job had already been done, if you needed honey or peanut butter you got a little sachet no mess and the packet was finished with. I think these are some of the things that ensure that you prep and cooking time is kept to 20 minutes from opening the box to getting to the table.
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So after my three week trial on #TheRapidChallege how did I think it went?! Well see the results for yourself:
REVIEW: HelloFresh
Even though there is spaghetti and white rice the recipes are all really healthy and with my target weight reduction of 3lbs per month to hit my target wedding weight I managed to lost 4 lbs in three weeks, now I am sure that is not just down to HelloFresh I think I ran two times as well HA but the fact I wasn’t popping into Tesco’s on a daily basis and I was having the leftovers for my lunch meant I was not tempted to pick up the odd red bull or the essential dairy milk bar. Also there was not a huge amount of leftovers so it meant I had a small lunch not a huge mac and cheese microwave meal from Waitrose.

Well in comparison to November (December doesn’t count as I was out of the country and my parents brought all the groceries) November spend was £206 this month was £106 so paying for HelloFresh would have been £102 so that is a £4 saving but does that really matter the point is I have not spent any additional money on food…no loss and tasty meals!!

My time is so previous that is why I would always revert to a pizza. I think I have saved around 30 minutes a day during the week in total – which is actually a lot of time and energy.

Now I am not sure if this has anything to do with HelloFresh but i have noticed I have been sleepy like a BABY.

I see this as a lifestyle change and I hope to keep my evenings free and hopefully lose a few more pounds. S

HelloFreshRapidbox is from £4.92 per serving, with produce selected from only the finest suppliers and delivered straight to your door.
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A foodies guide to Copenhagen

So in December I traveled to the beautiful city of Copenhagen for a weekend break this trip was part of an anniversary gift from Adam. We decided to start the wedding traditions early and this year was of course paper - so a flight ticket was always going to be a winner for a Lifestyle Blogger and getting me one year closer to the year of the diamond đŸ˜œ
A foodies guide to Copenhagen
Best for: A weekend break with lots of walking or cycling.

Location: Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and is bursting with history and amazing architecture, gardens and palaces. I was based on the main street of Vesterbro in the citys ‘hip’ district with boutiques, art galleries and some great bars surrounding us.

Nearest Airport: Copenhagen's airport is only a short drive from the centre of Copenhagen so just get in line for taxi, no Uber’s here I am afraid. I also believe the train is super easy but it was too cold.

Accommodation: We stayed at the ComfortInn Vesterbro, part of Nordic Choice Hotels and boy what a good choice that was, it was close to everything… a 5 minute walk to Tivoli, 2 min walk to bars and restaurants and 15 minute taxi ride to the airport and a few steps to the Forum Subway station.

Some additional things that made this hotel great was on Sunday’s you can either check out at 12 or 6pm, you just need to let reception know and seeing as our flight wasn’t until 10pm this was an added bonus.

Breakfast is included and you can get everything from full English to muesli. There is also a modern restaurantand bar called Plectrum with a number of awards with the main draw seeming to be the huge burgers. I didn’t actually have a proper meal here just a glass of fizz and the garlic bread with Philadelphia, habaneros and aioli which I can totally recommend.
A foodies guide to Copenhagen
Where to eat and drink: Fancy a specific cuisine, you will be able to find it here in Copenhagen as there is every place under the sun with so many places being Instagram worthy.
A foodies guide to Copenhagen
As we were only in Copenhagen for a short time I couldn’t go everywhere but I thought I would share where I did end up for food / drinks đŸ·:

Restaurant Frascati

This restaurant doesn't look very fancy but does the best traditional pizza or pasta dish, perfect if you land late as its open until 11 pm.

Madklubben Vesterbro
You will need to make sure you pre-book or pop in early enough as it’s a popular gem with its simple yet sophisticated menu. You can choose between 1-3 dishes at set prices and choose between around 4/5 options.

On the drink front the cocktails were divine and every night they have a new ‘Cocktail of the day’ although ours was basically Gin and Tonic so I was not tempted.

For starters we had the charcuterie board and the steak tartar we were also treated to a bag of pork scratchings as an aperitif. Then a mushroom risotto and the duck confit for mains.

Copenhagen is not cheap so as you can imagine this meal was not but for two people it cost us £90 including three cocktails. For Copenhagen I thought this was really reasonable and the service was superb as there were quite a few places where the service was pretty awful.

For a good cocktail bar you need a good menu, great ambiance and some type of theme and Duck and Cover Bar has it all. I am not sure how often they update their menu but as we went at Christmas time the Cocktail menu was created in its honour with pine infused everything and catchy names such as Reindeer Diesel or Mrs. Claus’ pear dessert.

I don’t even think there was a sign outside the bar so use Google Maps as a guide, it is dark, a bit of a speak easy vibe but the cocktails and service are perfect and fun.

A foodies guide to Copenhagen

A foodies guide to Copenhagen
Café Norden is at the very heart of the city just by all the fancy shops like Hermes and Louis Vuitton we just popped in for a hot chocolate and a white chocolate and cranberry cookie and the place was packed and super cozy. The breakfasts looked incredible!

A foodies guide to Copenhagen
Copenhagen Street Food
You can’t visit Copenhagen and not go to the street food market, it’s insane, extremely busy but people are leaving all the time so just wait, someone will move.

It is sad that its closing but I believe it is moving to a different location soon so I thought it was still worth a mention. You can get anything your belly desires and with so many options Adam and I end up with the creative option of toasties although mine was goats cheese which wins over most other ingredients.

Location: Hal7 & 8 PapirĂžen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 KĂžbenhavn K, Denmark
A foodies guide to Copenhagen
A foodies guide to Copenhagen

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Friday, 12 January 2018


So the past few weeks have been so busy so with family time, travelling and getting my festive on…but with Christmas out of the way it time for me to start working on the blog again and updating you lovely lot!

So have a look about what I have been loving over the past few weeks.

It’s a pudding and it takes approximately 90 seconds to make – what is not to love. There are a number of flavours in the Dr. Oetker range from traditional chocolate and sticky toffee and newly launch Banana and Choc Chip taking inspiration from banana bread with gooey chocolate chips!
pud in a mug

With a splash of milk and a microwave oh and a mug you will be in for a treat. I actually think these are pretty perfect for work, just pop the sachet in your handbag.

Facials Continued
In my second month and I have had my second facial although from my last facial after 4 weeks my skin did start to deteriorate again so I think it’s important to make sure I am getting them every three weeks to ensure my skin doesn’t erupt (TMI)– I do hope my skin will be perfect by September for my wedding as these random breakouts are horrible!

Anyway this month I tried out another Medi-Spa close to my work in Richmond called Bodyvie and had a facial mixed with the dermalux light treatment. Which if you remember my last facial (it's here if you don’t) I also had light therapy via a mask.

The Dermalux machine looks a little scary as its huge not just a mask but lights up pink so it's actually quite pretty. So after a nice cleanse, dermabrasion and a face mask this machine was put on me for 20 minutes and even after a day my breakouts calmed down and I am looking to have clearer skin in the next week or so - fingers crossed.

To visit Bodyvie in Richmond visit here.
My Favourite Scent
A fragrance which has featured predominantly in my collection since university has been Viktor & Rolf, it is a bit on the pricer side but it smells of a flower garden and its bloody beautiful. Check out the limited edition 'Flower Bomb' eau de perfume which has an embellished rose, because why not?!

Viktor and Rolf limited edition
So last year I did not travel as much as I would have liked due to saving up for my wedding and all...but in December I went to Copenhagen to get my festive on, eat yummy food and spending far too much money. Don't worry there will be lots more on Copenhagen starting next week with a Foodies Guide to Copenhagen as there is too much to say for Friday faves but I just had to mention it.
As I get older art is starting to become more important in my home although both Adam and I are not experts we have no idea what we are doing when we look at art but I believe you should just go with what you love / like the look of. Most of my art consists of animals or a bunch of colours smashed together.

I recently came across a new company called Rise Art and there is so much choice from well known and new artists and i picked up two beautiful peices.
When I said I liked art with Colour EwaCzarniecka’s piece titles “Romance in London” fitted perfectly and it’s currently hanging up centre stage in my lounge and everyone that has come to my house so far has commented on how lovely it is.

Also don’t be fooled by the photo the painting is huge! I also purchased a piece by MarionMcConaghie dedicated to my love of animals again called Earthbound of a dark bird with in a white frame this has not been hung yet but I feel it will go lovely in my Kitchen.
rise art

 This post is in collaboration with Dr. Oetker
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: Home

Home is where the heart is and if anyone is stuck for a gift to me just buy me something for my home.

So here are my fave picks for the home products and a few for the men in your life as well. Home products always come up a little more expensive so everything in this gift guide is under £150.

My faves in the post have to be the sparkly AF suitcase from American Toursiter – this will be coming with me to Houston, the Tom Dixon Decanter from Amara is the perfect gift for Adam and Gutterhead is the funniest game I have ever played with friends.
Christmas Gift Guide: Home

1. The Very Merry Christmas Game, £20.00
2. Gibsons, Pass The Pud, £19.95
3. Gibsons, Limited Edition Christmas Puzzle, Wrapped Up For Christmas, £15.95
4. Gutterhead, £29.99
5. Stablio, BOSS mini pastel Highlighter Pens, £8.47
6. Nextbase, DAB350BT  DAB Adaptor with Bluetooth Handsfree, £109
7. Amara, Tom Dixon Tank Whiskey Decanter, £80
8. Tech21, Evo Gem Phone Case, £29.95
9. TrackR. Pixel, £37.49
10. TrackR.Bravo, £89.99
11. Orla Kiely, Fig Tree mini candle and diffuser Gift Set, £22
12. The Bartender's Guide to Gin, £8.06
13. If the Cat fits, £9.82
14. American Toursiter Wavebreaker Sparktive, £119

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