MUSIC MONDAYS #2

Yes its the start of the week so welcome to another Music Mondays. If you missed out last week then you can check my recommended list here. Gonna keep it short and sweet my minions and give you a whole new lost of vibes that you can get down to when cracking them eggs or lifting them weights.

SAMPHA – LIKE THE PIANO

Yes I have been a huge fan of Sampha for years now. I mean he as produced some huge names like SBTRKT, FKA Twigs, Drake and Beyonce just to name a few. This song is one of his that has hit me the most though. I absolutely adore tracks that feature a piano flow. Its so soft and gentle. It just gives me shivers and fills me with an ultimate sense of calm. This is an ultimate chiller track. Oh and his voice is just gorg.

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HEALTHY BERRY PROTEIN MILKSHAKE

This Saturday I needed a big pick me up. Having had an indulgent night and the odd glass of wine. I woke up feeling groggy and bloated. As you do. Now I am older even a glass of wine makes me suffer for hours. I remembered why I rarely drink anymore. So with my mouth feeling like ghandy’s flip flops and my stomach like a washing machine, I needed some goodness in my body! I have recently received a lot of goody parcels. Considering I was planning a long walk my protein berry oats seemed like a good incorporation. As well as my Bee Energised, which I thought would help give me that lift throughout the day. Yes I made it into a Healthy Berry Protein Milkshake!

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What Are The Benefits Of Bee Energised?

Well it combines highest quality organic Bee pollen, organic matcha tea, organic spirulina, siberian ginseng, organic green tea leaf, & rose hips along with Vitamin B6 & Vitamin B12 (which contribute to normal energy yielding metabolism- reducing feelings of tiredness and fatigue), providing you with the mental and physical support to help maintain a steady stream of energy, stamina, concentration levels and mental alertness throughout your day, without the jitters and crashes.

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WHAT I READ || FEBRUARY READS

This year I have made a promise to myself to read more. After moving to a new house and unloading my library of books. I realised I don’t take time to read as much as I used to. I loved English at school at studied English lit at A levels which meant I read and studied an insane amount of books. However nowadays I only seem to get through the pages when on holiday. I joined Goodreads last year. As not only because you can check out new novels, and read review you can win some of the newest reads out there! As well as this they have the book challenge. This is where you can challenge yourself to read a set amount of books in a year. I did not want to be too optimistic. As last year I only got through 1 meer book in the whole year I decided to go for 1 a month this year. I am not doing too bad being March I have got through 4 so I am at double rate. However I wanted to share my February Reads with you.

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BRITT – MARIE WAS HERE : FREDRICK BACKMAN
★★★★★

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganised cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. She is not one to judge others – no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be.

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INDIGO HERBS REVIEW AND EXCLUSIVE RECIPES

As you are probably well aware by now I live in the middle of bumfluff nowhere. A worn down town that lived its hay days during the height of the slipper industry. That being said it means I am surrounded by beautiful countryside, countless reservoirs and open fells. It is pretty easy to lead a healthy lifestyle here. We always walk to do our Tesco shop, which is six miles. There are amazing places to go bike riding along with stunning walks. Having all those joys does not come without its pitfalls and finding healthy foods is one of them. Where I am options are limited. Health Foods shops are pretty much about an our away which sucks. However that is where companies such as Indigo Herbs come in. I am not one that tends to do a lot of internet shopping, however this sounded like a perfect solution to my problem. They asked if I would like to review their products and services and whip up some tasty recipes. This review is running later than scheduled so apologies.

WHO ARE INDIGO HERBS

Indigo Herbs is natural health company that specialises in natural health products of the best quality, at affordable prices. On their website you can see a wide range of  high end quality Superfoods and Herbs. They are an advocate of well-being and healthy living, helping you on your journey by providing the most natural and finest products. This comes across so well in their branding, which I absolutely love may I just add. I found their website really simple to use and navigate my way through, which is surprising given the vast array of products they have on offer. From natural chocolate making kits to herbal tinctures. There is something for everyone. I chose two products from their site, that being Spirulina and Almond Butter. They arrived quick and fast and I have thoroughly enjoyed using them in my recipes. So much so I am a returning customer and can now add cacao powder, raw cacao nibs and coconut chips to my collection.

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SPIRULINA

I chose the spirulina powder, as it was something was absolutely raved about last year. A superfood with a whole host of health benefits. Also known as blue/green algae it is a complete protein, so great for a post workout smoothie. It is also packed full of Vitamin B, Iron, Potassium and Vitamin E. So you know your getting a good load with a tsp of this stuff. However among the health chat there are so many people who dislike the taste and find it hard to incorporate into their food. I took this as a challenge and this is what I came up with.

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YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK – REVIEW

For years now my mum has been insisting that I go and check out Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I also had a friend that used to work there also who non stopped raved about it! Yet you know me stubborn and all that – I did not listen. Oh boy was I wrong to leave it so late. Mum – You were right I am sorry (savour those words) My visit was not totally spontaneous, as I had noticed a DREAM job opportunity to arise. I mean these rarely come around. However we shall talk about that further below! However making the video for said job made my visit to the park even more exciting and fun. If you like art, if you like long walks and beautiful scenery then this is the place for you!

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WHERE?

As given away in the name the park is based in Yorkshire based outside of Wakefield. I was staying on my mums canal boat not too far away – so it only took us about half an our to drive there. Minus all the stops needed for my video haha. As it is a giant park vast in land its a bit in the middle of bum fluff nowhere. So if you do not drive pubic transport access is limited. I would suggest getting the train to Wakefield then jumping on a bus. I saw loads of local buses so it must be quiet regular. You can get to Wakefield from Leeds so if your an experienced train traveller its no problem. It is about £8 for parking and that is all you will pay. Apart from cake and coffee. However sneaky tip you can park about 10-15 min walk away from the park for free. Shhh do not tell anyone. Continue reading →

MUSIC MONDAYS #1

Good evening ladies and gentleman and welcome to the first in the series of Music Mondays. So I am sure like everyone music plays a huge part in my life. It plays with my emotions, brings me up when I am down, and makes cleaning the house bearable. It pushes me when I am working out and relaxes me in the bath. My dad has an insane CD collection reaching over a thousand, and we are a very musical family. Therefore music runs through my veins and I like all different types of genres. So I have compiled a list of what I have been listening to this week! Songs for when I am jogging, when I am cooking and when I am cleaning , and when I am relaxing. Hopefully you’ll find some new music too.

THE WEEKND FEAT LANA DEL RAY – STARGIRL

I just love The Weeknd and Lana Del Ray so the both of them together is like a match made in heaven. Her sexy sultry voice against his harmonising higher pitches.  The only thing that makes me sad about this song is that its only an interlude. I would have loved them to make a full song.
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ZAK ABEL – UNSTABLE

Zak Abel is no new kid on the block, I have known about him from a good few years back and always enjoyed his songs. He as worked with some pretty big artists at such a young age. I think he just has this rustic raspy voice which he mixes with modern music. This song makes me excited for summer, it just has those tropical vibes flowing through. I also like the lyrics as I feel pretty unstable most of the time ha.
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MY EUROPEAN TRAVEL WISHLIST

At times I would consider myself as a well travelled person. As a child I lived in Africa, and we saw so many incredible places there. Being part French most of my summer holidays were spent in France and its fair to say, I have made my way a fair bit around there too. Not only that but I have worked abroad over in Iceland and Croatia, which was an incredible experience. On top of that I have also been to Italy, Spain and travelled around Morocco. So I do not think I have done too badly hey!

However sometimes I feel a complete novice when checking out travel bloggers or those who spent years travelling the world. Yes sure I probably had the opportunity to do that too, but for some reason or another my path did not go that way. Having said that there is still so much of the world I want to see. Out of the 7 continents I have only touched 2. Within those 2 alone there is still so much more to see. One Summer I aim to inter-rail around Europe and tick some things off my list. For now though here is my ultimate European travel wishlist.

WHATS ON MY EUROPEAN TRAVEL WISHLIST

FINLAND

For as long as I can remember I have forever wanted to see The Northern Lights. This may be down to Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman. However it is something that has never left my head of things I must do in my life. I have been lucky to catch green glimpses in the Northern skies of Scotland and The Lake District. However nothing can compare to the real thing. My dream is to head out there, cosy down in a thermal glass igloo on the edge of the National Park. This is said to be one of the best spots to witness this spectacular phenomenon. I mean cuddles up in your own bed with hot chocolates, wrapped in fur blankets starring at the show the sky has to offer… perfect. Not only that the main hotel offers a steam house and an ice bar. Not to mention the surrounding of the stunning National Park, so a nature trail is also on the cards. There is so much more to do in Finland…. like obviously go find Santa in Lapland, husky dog rides, snow sports, water sports, and you must visit the cultural attractions of Helsinki.

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SANTORINI

Really who can look at Santorini and not want to go?The beautiful whitewashed houses with distinct blue tops synchronising with the stunning ocean it sits on and the sunny skies it lies peacefully beneath. Nestled on the rugged landscape that was once destroyed by volcanic eruption. Santorini is not only beautiful buts its preserved history. There are so many incredible things to do from dipping your toes in at the Red or Black Sand beach, taking in the incredible views from a cable car, or the Akrotiri lighthouse. You can climb up active volcanoes, explore the island on quad bikes and watch a movie from the open air cinema. Best yet witness the most incredible sunsets whilst dining on the cliff edge. Tell me this is not on your list now?!

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JUST BEE HONEY WATER – REVIEW

As you are all aware by now, I am a HUGE fan of flavoured waters. They go over tap water, fizzy drinks and squash hands down! I have tried and tested so many sparkly and still waters, all with their own unique tastes, and different benefits. Last year so far I my taste buds got tingling with POW energy water, OmegaWater, JF Rabbit Veg Water and Flo Drinks. Now I get to add another one to the list. Just Bee honey water. Now before their Dragon’s Den fame (We will get back to that) Just Bee had already grabbed my attention. I liked the fact that honey was added as a sweetener rather than other substitutes such as stevia that leaves your mouth feeling funky, Plus the additional health benefits that honey can give you is a great bonus. I didn’t need The Den to sell it to me, and it looks like they didn’t need the Dragon’s to sell it for them. As they turned down the investment opportunity, it was clear they didn’t need a Dragon on their side, as they are pretty much smashing it on their own. I didn’t even necessarily agree with the Dragon’s either. As I would most definitely buy this as a premium drink. I am one of those who orders a bottle of sparkling water at dinner, rather than juice or coke. So for me it is an option when looking for a a treat drink, a sweet drink or a refreshing one.JUST BEE, JUST BEE HONEY WATER, JUST BEE DRINKS, HEALTHY WATER

What Are The Benefits Of Honey?

Honey has been used for its medicinal purposes for literally thousands of years. I have relatives who eat a spoonful a day and stay on the healthy side. Taken from realfoodforlife.com the ten major health benefits of honey are…

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease
2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal
4. Increase athletic performance
5. Reduce cough and throat irritation
6. Balance the 5 elements
7. Blood sugar regulation
8. Heal wounds and burns
9. Probiotic
10. Strengthen the immune system

So yes I think I choose honey over sugar or artificial sweeteners any. What I also love about Just Bee is that its a family business, coming from generations of bee keepers so these guys really know what they are doing. Not only that but I also adore their Save The Bees campaign, where they send you a packet of Wildflower seeds to plant. As Albert Einstein said

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GOLD MOVIE REVIEW

My partner and I rarely go to the cinema. That is mainly because my partner can not just sit through any film. It generally has to be about gangsters or money and based on a true story. This does not give us a lot to choose from really. So when I saw Gold advertised, it was a winner, money and a true story! So I thought it was time for a date night. We were out of town and ended up going to a random cinema. To start with I could believe how cheap it was compared to The Odeon. That is another major thing that stops us going to the cinema. I can not stand spending over a tenner when I used to pay £2.50 back in the day.  SO onto the film.

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WHATS GOLD ABOUT?

For this film the handsome Matthew McConaughey, is transformed into a repulsive, pot bellied, balding alcoholic, (my nana will never look at him the same) whose family business has turned him into a gold prospect. Desperate for a lucky break after the business is run into ground, he follows one of his drunken dreams. I mean literally. With the idea that there is a stack of gold somewhere over in South East Asia. He ends up teaming up with a similarly enthused geologist, who had a lucky break somewhere in the past. Yet no one is willing to share his dream in gold and invest in his new search. That is until the two have a meeting. Unsure as to whether this would work, (when you see how unstable Kenny Wells actually is) the geologist comes back to accept the offer. The pair then go off into the uncharted jungle of Indonesia, on an incredible search for Gold.  Finding the Gold is a difficult and costly process. However once they strike Gold keeping in their grasps and away from the paws of wolves of Wall Street is a whole much more difficult. It leads to a whole another adventure. Continue reading →

THE ALFRED HOTEL – AMSTERDAM – REVIEW

Just before Christmas my partner and I decided we needed a relaxing city break. Having never been to Amsterdam before we thought that could be the one. I have heard great things from my brother, and there is lots of great things to do and see. Plus this was around Christmas time so it couldn’t really get much festive. All the lights are up, the canals are glittering, and its a great environment for hot chocolate. Cold Wintry walks wrapped up, along the many canals, sounded pretty chilled to us. So when it comes to a popular destination like Amsterdam, how do you decide where to stay. Until this year we have always used booking.com. Yes now I have acquired several membership cards for hotels, if your a frequent traveller I would recommend this. After searching our dates we chose The Alfred Hotel.

WHY THE ALFRED HOTEL?

My partner refuses to stay in anything below a 3 star. For me having backpacked and staying in some dives I understand why. As we weren’t backpacking and having a nice break, we may as well stay were we know the standard. So after searching our dates, making sure it has wifi etc, we went for The Alfred. There was many factors to this decision. For instance we did not want to be in the hustle and bustle of town like many others, and did not really want to stay in a noisy hostel either. However the proximity to the city centre was great. I also just loved the look of the hotel. It had a classy design with some lush greenery growing all the way across. The price was also incredibly insane. We ended up paying about £50 a night, which is the same if we were to stay in a city in the UK.

LOCATION

★★★★★

As I mentioned the location was perfect. It was out of town but not too far out. You could have walked it in about 40 minutes. However travel cards are fairly cheap at 7.50 euros for an entire day. This meant you could hop on and off whenever you pleased. It was right next the tram line, so it was not a struggle catching the tram into town. Not only this but it also close to the Airport, yet again the bus stop literally a 5 minute walk to the hotel. You pass it on the right so you know were to get off. You can get the 197 from the airport for 5 euros. Whereas a tax your looking at 35! Rip off. It was basically 20 mins from the airport, hotel then 10 mins to town, so perfect for us. It was a quiet peaceful neighbourhood and just a stones throw away another beautiful canal path. Although any shops nearby was closed by about 10pm so you gotta get your foods in before that. We did order a takeaway one night and it came straight to our room.  Continue reading →