Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Sunday Photo 1st May 2016

After our puppy's accident several weeks ago it seems like an eternity since we were able to take him out.  Thanks to the excellent veterinary care he has received and now the intensive hydrotherapy he is attending, we have a puppy who is ready to explore again.  I can honestly say I have never felt so traumatised by an animal.  He is definitely one miracle puppy.


Monday, 25 April 2016

Bioskin Junior Review

It is so difficult finding Gee nice products for bath or shower time that do not irritate her skin and there is nothing she likes more than relaxing in a nice bath, she must take after me.

Gee has suffered with dry skin since she was a baby and whilst she doesn’t get bad eczema, it can get scaly and itchy.  Now that she is 11  years old she loves toiletries and some that she has used in the past have aggravated her skin, it is so hard finding nice smellies that do not cause this reaction.  Recently she  was sent a range from Salcura called Bioskin Junior which are designed for babies and children over 3 months of age. These help children who are prone to eczema, psoriasis and severely dry skin. 

The range uses only natural ingredients that is free from steroids, SLS, parabens, lanolin, phthalates, antibiotics and paraffin, working with the skin to aide its own healing process.  Gee used the following products on a daily basis for the last two weeks and we have noticed a marked improvement in her skin.
  • Daily Nourishing Spray – Gee used this daily after showering and it really did soak in to the skin quickly, with no need to rub it in at all. £9.99
  • Bathtime Bath Milk – This has to be my favourite product as it is a non greasy milk which soothes dry skin without leaving that slippery surface in the bath.  Just use 2-3 capfuls in the bath. £9.99
  • Bathtime Shampoo – Not only good for your hair but the scalp as well, it left Gee’s hair shiny and manageable. £8.99
  • Bathtime Face & Body Wash – A great all over wash what can be used even on the face, it is so gentle. £8.99
  • Outbreak Rescue Cream – This can be used if the skin becomes really dry or sore.  £9.99
Not only are these products good but the packaging is simple and attractive, especially to a 11 year old girl who loves to feel special and experience new toiletries like mummy. 

We were sent these products free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is our own.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Handbags at House of Fraser

I love handbags, what woman doesn’t and I definitely don't think that you can have too many.  I usually choose a bag that will be suitable for many occasions, taking me from work to going out and having fun, it must be able to accommodate my daily survival kit.

My handbag contains all my essential items to get me through the day, hidden in the depths you will find my phone, purse, make up, keys, tissues and mints. Recently I chose a lovely bag from the House of Fraser but with such a fabulous choice of designer bags and purses to choose from, the choice was difficult to make.

The bag I selected was from the White Stuff collection at House of Fraser. I love the Issy Cross Body Bag, with its classic shape and panelled leather detail. There are plenty of pockets to hold all those small items you are forever losing in the bottom, like your keys and a useful zipped compartment to keep things safe, along with a pocket to keep your phone secure.

Whilst the outside of the bag is a supple brown leather, the interior lining is cotton with a wonderful abstract design. The bag is 30cm long by 24cm wide which is a perfect size for taking out at anytime of day. It is ideal when I am out walking or shopping as it leaves my hands free to use my camera or trawl through the rails of clothes in shops. With a reasonable price of £49.99 it also falls within my budget when buying a bag, yes if I had lots of money spare I most probably would buy a designer bag, but for now I am so happy with the bag I received.  This bag is really well made and the stitching and attention to detail is just first class.

The House of Fraser have so many bags to choose from, you will literally be spoilt for choice but will have great fun looking.

I was sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review.

My Sunday Photo 24th April 2016

This week we have had some amazing evenings and it has been so lovely to get outdoors after a hard day at work.  There is something so calming being near water and the sunset was amazing. This lone swan was casually swimming by, just waiting to be snapped.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Your Essential Guide to Home Security

To ensure that your home is protected from uninvited guests, it pays to have suitable safety measures in place. So that you’re able to keep potential thieves at bay, here is your essential guide to home security.

Photo Courtesy of Unsplash

Purchase a home insurance policy
Although buildings insurance is often mandatory under the terms of mortgage arrangements, contents cover tends to be optional. However, if you want to enjoy peace of mind that you're protected should the worse happen, it's important to purchase one of these policies. To ensure you’re protected in the event of a theft, you need to make sure that your belongings are covered by your policy. If you were to be burgled, you would be able to claim for the loss through your insurance and recoup the cost of the items that have gone missing. Getting a policy is easy, and you shouldn’t struggle to find suitable and affordable deals online. For example, you can get a home insurance quote online by simply entering some information about you and your property.

Install an effective alarm system
So that you can catch any potential intruders red handed, you could install an effective alarm system. Having an alarm system in place can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary, and it will give you the peace of mind that you and your family are safe, especially as you sleep. You should choose a system that is high-quality and reliable, and for heightened security, you could go for one that also features a camera. To ensure it’s fitted correctly, you may want to enlist the help of a professional to install it in your home for you.

Make sure your doors are safe and secure
To ensure your home is protected from unwanted visitors, you should make sure that all of your external doors are safe and secure. Ideally, your front door should be fitted with a five lever mortice deadlock and made from a suitable material that is at least 44mm thick. The frame should be sturdy and the door should be fitted on strong hinges. For extra security, you may want to consider fitting a spy hole and door chain. If you have any external doors at the rear of your home, you should ensure these are fully secure too.

By putting some of these suggestions into practice, you should be able to keep your family safe from unwelcome trespassers.

This post is written in collaboration with Chill Insurance.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Your Essential Guide to Online Learning

Online learning has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s not difficult to see why. Offering the chance to study at any time from virtually any location, for many people it is an attractive alternative to traditional classroom-based teaching. If you’re weighing up whether e-learning is a suitable option for you, this simple guide should help to shed some light on the matter.

Does it hold the same value as a classroom-taught course? 
In most cases, e-learning programmes are of equal value to their classroom-taught equivalents. Online study options are now available for a wide range of industry recognised qualifications, including degrees, diplomas and certificates - and they are currently being used by major universities and companies. For example, financial education providers such as offer industry-approved e-learning courses for a range of professional financial certificates.

Online learning generally has a high success rate and most programmes come with the same workload and reputation as classroom-based instruction. However, it is always worth checking to make sure that the course is properly accredited and meets the industry standards in your chosen field. 

What does it involve? 
Online learning is a type of study method where structured courses are delivered through the internet. The course content is taught by qualified instructors through a variety of online media, such as forums, virtual learning environments, video, text and audio. The time you need to spend on the modules will vary from course to course, and each module will usually end with an assessment. You also benefit from the same experienced teachers and mentors that you would with a classroom-centred experience, as well as gaining access to a range of learning resources and online communities where you can interact with fellow students from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

What are the benefits?  
One of the main benefits of online learning is the flexibility it provides. This style of course allows you to study from anywhere as long as you have a computer and internet access. You can also learn at a pace that suits you and be in greater control of your learning. For many people, it also offers the opportunity to study around work or other personal commitments and it provides a better work/life balance. E-learning can also be a more cost effective option as it removes commuting expenses. 

What else do I need to know?
Of course, home study isn’t for everyone, and it’s worth bearing in mind that it does require self-motivation and discipline to manage your time effectively and commitment to developing your knowledge and skills. While there will be support available and professional instructors on hand to help you along the way, the majority of the course will consist of independent learning and, ultimately, it is your responsibility to complete it.

Some qualifications are also available as part home study and part classroom instruction, so you can get the best of both worlds. You can find out more about your options over the web.

This post is written in collaboration with Simply Academy.

Meat Free Chilli Burgers with Chipotle Salsa by Micaela

With good weather just around the corner (we hope), with family and friends starting to feel like summer is on its way, I have already had invites to two BBQs in the next couple of months. As a vegetarian I always accept invitations to BBQs with trepidation as I often find myself sadly restricted to the nibbles and salad. 

If you’re planning to throw a summer party in the coming months don’t let your veggie friends feel alienated! Try this fantastic recipe for meat-free burgers with a punch of chilli and a delicious salsa. It’s easy! 

Serves 2 | 10 mins cooking time Z 426 cals per serving | 5.3g sat fat per serving


2 Quorn Chef’s Selection Classic Burgers
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 ciabatta roll
A handful of pea shoots
1/2 red sliced onion
2 tbsp sliced red jalapeno peppers
Freshly ground black pepper 

Chipotle Salsa:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
200g sweet corn
1 tsp chipotle paste
1 tsp fresh chopped coriander 

  1. Start with the salsa by heating the vegetable oil in a pan and cook the sweet corn for a couple of minutes until it starts to brown. Add in 1 tsp of chipotle paste (or more if you’re brave!) and stir well. Leave to cool before adding the fresh coriander and scoop into a serving dish.
  2. Brush the back of your Quorn burgers with 1 tsp of oil and place on the BBQ on a moderate heat for 8-10 minutes. Make sure you turn them.
  3. Prepare the ciabatta by slicing horizontally in half and brushing the cut side with some oil. Place on the BBQ to toast for a couple of minutes.
  4. Build your burger! Start with some pea shoots on your toasted ciabatta, add the Quorn burger and top with slices of red onion and jalapenos (as many as you can handle!) before seasoning with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Serve with the corn chipotle salsa.


    By day Micaela is a Digital Marketeer, but by night she is a lifestyle blogger with a passion for all things vegetarian. Find more recipe inspirations check out her blog
    Stylish London Living. You can also Micaela on Instagram stylishlondonliving.
I would like to say a big thank you to Micaela for providing me with this post for my readers to enjoy.  I'm sure you will agree Micaela's dish looks very tasty and perfect for a barbecue.