What's New for Valentine's Day And Beyond

12 February 2018

This is my first What's New post for 2018 and I have included a couple of lovely gifts for Valentine's Day along with a couple of items I have been trying out over the last couple of months.  I hope to bring you lots more new items over the coming months that we have tried and tested.

Rock and Ruddle
A lovely keepsake for Valentine's Day is the Rock and Ruddle fun designed hair brushes. Made from quality boar bristles which glide through hair leaving them naturally shiny. I love the animal designs, especially Mrs Zebra but if you prefer something more Valentine inspired there are ones with red hearts. Priced at £30 for a handbag size brush or £30 for a large brush they are available from Rock and Ruddle.

7th Heaven
Why not treat your loved one to some pampering with 7th Heaven who have recently launched lots of beauty hampers which are loaded with treats for skin, hair and body. They are all reasonably priced with the Super Skin Essentials hamper costing £7.99 and the Top to Toe Treats £9.99. You can buy them online or in Argos. I recently used the Coconut Protein Rescue Masque for hair and roots and can honestly say my hair feels so good.

Genessence botanical healthcare supplements
For a while I have been experiencing symptoms of IBS so when I was asked to try Papaya Leaf and Live Bacteria supplements from Genessence, how could I possibly say no. Containing Papaya Leaf extract and other natural ingredients they encourage the growth of good bacteria in the stomach which aids digestion. I can honestly say after taking these capsules daily for over a month my symptoms have improved. Available to purchase from Revital priced £24.99.

Vie Recovery Patches
Over the Christmas period I also tried out the Vie Recovery Patch. There is nothing worse than waking up with an hangover, especially the nauseous headaches and I will try anything to see if it helps, not that I drink a lot ;) . The recovery patch is designed to help your body break down alcohol in a more efficient way by releasing natural essential herbs, vitamins and minerals into the blood. You apply the patch to a hairless area of skin before you have a drink and wear it for 24 hours. This will not stop you from becoming intoxicated but can help to prevent some of the more physical effects of alcohol. I’m not sure if they helped or not as I did not consume large amounts of alcohol, but I did not suffer with headache (which is a good thing). Available from Vie Healthcare they are priced at £4.95 for 6 patches.

I would love to see if you have discovered any new products this month and include them in my linkie.  All comments will be reciprocated.

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Keep The Love Alive All Year Not Just On Valentine's Day

11 February 2018

How do you keep a relationship alive? I think it is important to set aside some time each week away from work/social media and family to spend time as a couple and enjoy some adult fun. It doesn’t all have to be about sex, although it is healthy and exciting to have a good sex life. Wine and dine your partner as well, make them feel special not just on one day of the year. Get dressed up and do something special, go to the theatre or for a meal. With the help of two fabulous companies Dobell and Love Drop we hope to enjoy many enjoyable evenings.

Dobell are a online seller of men's formal wear and have something to suit every occasion. They recently sent hubbie the most gorgeous classical tuxedo, trimmed with satin on the pockets, lapel and a side stripe of satin on the trousers. On ordering the tuxedo, sizing was spot on and it arrived beautifully packaged and even included a suit bag to store it in. As you can see it fits perfectly and hubbie says it is so comfy to wear. Ok, hubbie isn't Richard Gere but he doesn't scrub up too bad and we can't wait to get dressed up and party. Dobell also have some great offers on at the moment, they are definitely worth considering if you are looking for occasion wear.

Love Drop is a bi-monthly date box subscription service which costs £45. In your box you will receive various items to give you new ideas and toys to spice up your sex life. Even if you haven’t used sex toys before there is always time to learn something new. When Love Drop contacted me and offered to send me a date night box to try out, I couldn’t wait to see what would arrive.

In our box:
  • Welcome card and leaflet
  • Date night idea cards
  • 1 Melt Candle
  • 1 Lelo Nea massager toy
  • 2 Lelo Hex condoms and lube
  • 1 chocolate bar
This box is definitely a keeper. I love all the small details, from the date night idea cards to the divine smelling candle and the Lelo Nea massager is perfect for those tired limbs and other intimate areas. A fabulous idea full of quality items and one that I would like to keep receiving. I only have one little niggle, I would love to have seen two chocolate bars in the box after all it is for two people.

How do you keep your relationship strong and healthy?  

I was sent these items free of charge for the purpose of this post but the opinion is our own.

My Sunday Photo 11th February 2018

11 February 2018

The weeks are passing so quickly at the minute and we are looking forward to Spring.  The first snowdrops are peaking their heads out of the ground and it won't be long before nature springs back to life.  Gee is still struggling both emotionally and socially but is trying so hard to study and get back on track.  We spent a lovely day last week exploring our local town and came across a fabulous little café/wine bar called the Mad Hatter's and they serve the most amazing hot chocolate.  Needless to say this won't be our last visit.

Gee sampled the White Chocolate Unicorn and it looked amazing and she assured me it tasted as good as it looked.  Talk about sugar overload.


3 Slower Cooker Recipes That Take The Hassle Out Of Cooking

2 February 2018

We all have busy lives, whether we’re at home watching the kids or back at work providing for them. Sometimes it’s just not possible to make a dinner from scratch every night, and when that happens the slow cooker is my best friend. There’s an endless amount of recipes out there for your slow cooker, but I’ve chosen three of my favourites. These are simple, no-nonsense recipes that you can throw together in the morning before you head out the door, and come home to a delicious, perfectly cooked family meal.

Thai chicken curry

There’s nothing more wonderful than the smell of home-made curry wafting through the house. This Thai chicken curry is a slow cooker masterpiece and can be put together in less than 10 minutes. The main ingredients in this recipe are all to do with the creamy Thai sauce, consisting of full fat coconut milk, peanut butter, red curry paste, brown sugar, chicken stock, garlic and ginger. Mix all these together, pour over your diced chicken breast, and put the slow cooker on low for just 3 hours.

Once it’s cooked, ladle on-top of white rice. For an added variant you can use sautéed red bell peppers to put on top, or chop up top cilantro, peanuts and green onions for colour.

Pulled pork burgers

Pulled pork can sound like a daunting task, but in the slow cooker it couldn’t be easier. For the perfect slow cooked pulled pork place a pork shoulder into the cooker and cover it with barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar and chicken stock. Then stir together and add brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chilli powder, onion, garlic and thyme. Cook this on low for 5 to 6 hours or until the pork shreds easily with a fork.

To make into burgers, simply toast hamburger buns on the grill until golden brown and lather with the pork. Of course any burger wouldn’t be complete without a side of fries. If you haven’t got time to make your own, try McCain’s crispy Skin on Fries. Leaving the skin on fries gives them extra flavour and makes them ideal pairing for your delicious pulled pork burgers.

Harvest veggie soup

If you work long hours, or are going to be gone all day with kids, you might want a quick meal you can throw together in the morning and leave to cook during the day. The harvest veggie soup is ideal for those days when you want to come home after 8 hours and have dinner ready and waiting for you. You can use most vegetables you have sitting around in your fridge, or use the recipes recommended squash, cherry tomatoes and yellow onion.

Dice your veggies and put them into your slow cooker along with 1/3 cup of dry white cannellini beans. Cover with chicken broth, 1 cup of water as well as some Italian seasoning and let it cook on low for 8-10 hours. Throw in a handful of pasta 20 minutes before you need to eat. Serve with some fresh bread from your nearest bakery and you are good to go. It’s a tasty way to get rid of some the veggies that are building up in your fridge.

How often do you use your slow cooker? Hopefully these quick recipes will inspire you and help you manage your time in the kitchen better.

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