Monday, 6 July 2015

5 Superfoods You Can Easily Incorporate Into Your Diet

Morning Lovelies,


I am not the healthiest person AT ALL. I do eat well sometimes, but more often than not I reach for the carbs, sugar and  fat! It becomes a vicious circle, because I am so tired working and running after a little one all day, that I need the energy, hence reaching for the bad foods. After reading lots of information about health of late, I decided to best way to start is to incorporate super foods into the diet. I have found this surprisingly easy, because you sprinkle it on anything you eat, or mix into a drink. Much easier for a busy mum like me, who hasn't got time to faff around making dishes with 100s of ingredients that take hours to cook.All of these can be added to ANY food.

Here are my top discoveries:

Chia Seeds




Described as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, Chia Seeds originate from south america. Even though they are very small in size, they pack a nutritional punch in every seed. They contain B Vitamins and are a rich source of  all the dietary minerals. You can add these to food as they are but you can also soak them overnight in almond milk to make a Chia Pudding.

Maca Powder



Maca is known as an adaptogen.  Maca powder strengthens the body; helps maintain optimal stamina and endurance.Studies have shown Maca acting as a caffeine-free energiser. Also,in multiple studies Maca powder has been shown to boost sexual desire in both men and women without any adverse effects on sex hormones. 

Cacao Powder



Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. It has been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes and even used as a high trade commodity


Bee Pollen



Bee Pollen is  thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities.
Nutrient deficiencies and all the health problems they cause are recognized worldwide as a growing problem. Because bee pollen contains all the nutrients needed to sustain life, it is being used on an ever-larger scale for human nourishment and health. Science teaches that bee pollen contains many substances that combine to make it a healthy, nutritious, complete food. There are numerous reports from medical experience that conclusively show the benefits of bee pollen exceed that of a simple food item. And the bees do most of the work.
Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins, free amino acids, and vitamins, including B-complex and folic acid.

Coconut Oil




The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.


These are not cheap to buy, but they do last a long time, and for your health, sometimes its better to spend a bit more money as you will reap the benefits.

You can't buy many of these at supermarkets, but you can find them at any health food store or online.

Love Ellie x




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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Family Holiday To Malta 2015 - Photos

Morning Lovelies,

If you follow my Instagram and Twitter, you will know we have just returned from a 2 week vacation to Malta. If you don't know much about Malta, I will give you some background information.

It is a small island ( still part of Europe) situated underneath Sicily, and to the North East of Tunisia. They speak their own language (maltese) which is very arabic-esque, but they also all speak english. It takes almost 3 hours to fly there, and the country boasts beautiful sunsets and mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine. Typically, the weather is warm all year around, but if you want a Tan, I would advise you visit between May and September. The country is steeped is history , which you can read more about here.

We visit every year, and even got married there. It is a special place for me as the grandparents are Maltese and I have been a very regular visitor since I was born. We had a lovely time and  I didn't want to come home. Honestly, it made me feel really depressed. We created some more lovely memories, and it was lovely to see my nanny and grandad.


Sadly, I forgot the Cannon ( BLOGGER FAIL!), so these pictures were taken with an iPhone so not the best quality..









































Love Ellie x



Saturday, 4 July 2015

June Favourites

Morning All,

June saw a few little beauty favorites from me.  I have just returned from a lovely break in Malta, and these little beauties were a great accompaniment for a summer holiday in the med.







1. Chanel Lipbalm

I saw this in a magazine, and its oh so hydrating and makes lips soft and smooth for hours. Its not a steal at £30, but still a winner!


2. Clarins Radiance Glow Booster

My goodness what a lovely discovery! It is an oil that you add a few drops to your facial moisturiser, mix and put on your face. Morning time, hello facial tan!

3. Clarins Huile Body Tonic

An oldie I have re discovered of late. Use instead of your body mmoisturizer and concentrate on areas that need toning. In my case, the mum tum!

4. MAC 'Kinda Sexy' Lipstick

As I have a tan, I find this lipstick looks so much better on me than without! Its a pinky-browny, but looks more nude with a tan.

5. Flash Tattoos

Remember tatoo transfers as a kid? Well they have made a stylish comeback ! These give an image of body jjewelry They can be worn anywhere on your body. Think layered bracelets. Perfect with a bikini , and all the celebs are wearing them at the moment. I got these from River Island.


Love Ellie x





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Friday, 19 June 2015

Coconut, Cacao & Chia Energy Boosting Drink

Morning Lovelies,


The other day,I had a moment of inspiration and popped into my local health food store. I wanted to make a healthy drink , so I got my creative head on and came up with a  Coconut, Cacao & Chia drink recipe.




This drink is packed with nutrients and makes a  great accompaniment to breakfast as an energy boost.


Coconut Milk

It is dairy free and packed with Fibre, B vitamins & minerals and calcium.

Cacao Powder


Originated in Chile, Raw Cacao Powder offers a wealth of antioxidants, full of protein, fibre and essential minerals. It tastes like chocolate.

Chia Seeds


Described as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, Chia seeds originate from south america. Even though they are very small in size, they pack a nutritional punch in every seed.




Ingredients


200 ml Coconut Milk

1 heaped tsp of Cacao Powder

1 tsp of Chia seeds




Method







1. Blend the Coconut Milk & Cacao Powder together until smooth ( as above)





2. Pour into a glass, then add the Chia Seeds. Stir throughout and drink straight away, as the Chia Seeds will drop to the bottom otherwise




Also, you can use almond or rice milk as an alternative to coconut milk.



Love Ellie x


Thursday, 18 June 2015

How Clean Is Your Bathroom?

Morning Lovelies,






A recent survey was conducted by UK Bathrooms and published by The Kent & Sussex Courier  which revealed residents in Kent & Sussex are the most bathroom proud in Britain.

Being born, raised and living in Kent, I can relate to this. As per the survey, I find that the bathroom is the one area that accumulates dirt easily. The bathroom can quickly transform into an unhygienic pit,  and in turn, this can be a strong reflection of your image . After all, it is probably one of the most used rooms as a family and when guests visit, it is highly likely they will pop to the bathroom.Whoever enters your bathroom will spend time viewing  everything in detail  ( well I do). Don't you find when using the bathroom in someone else's home, you tend to sit and stare at everything for a few minutes ? After all, what else is there to look at?!I feel people do judge you by the state of your bathroom automatically. I have been in many bathrooms and spotted things which made me cringe. Unless it is just me?!

According to the survey, the average Briton spends £300 per year on cleaning products for their bathroom. Having said that, we don't spend quite as much as we have a small bathroom and  we manage to be savvy when spending on cleaning products ( we find these a lot cheaper and look hard for offers), but the products to run out quickly.

When a guest arrives in my home, automatically I rush upstairs to ensure the towels are straight, mirror and sink sparkling, and the toilet has no nasty surprises. Only when my bathroom is clean can I relax.

Sometimes investing in  new bathroom pieces, or a simple lick of paint can make your bathroom appear that much sharper.British brand UK Bathrooms sell a huge range of stylish accessories for your bathroom. They stock top brands such as Gerberit, Villaroy & Boch and Hansgrohe. They also boast a range of funky tiles, vanity units and impressive shower heads.

So lovely people,go and get cleaning and shopping, you never know who will visit!

Love Ellie x




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Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Tour Around Gothic/Victorian Style Lounge


Tiffany Lamp which Jack nearly destroyed on several occasions



Morning Readers,

There is no doubt about it, my mother has superb flair for interiors.  She resides in the suburbs surrounded by greenery and minimal noise. As well as a country cottage vibe,  her apartment boasts many gothic/victorian elements, resulting in a stunning sanctuary you can't help but admire when you step inside.

Her attention to detail is what gives this room such grace and elegance.

So without further ado, here is a little tour inside...



Cast Iron Wall Feature



Grandfather Clock, Gothic Style Table and Country Wall Paper





Detailed Candlestick, view out window




Fresh flowers always add a warm feeling




Real Fireplace, with baskets of chopped wood and gothic mirror



Baskets of Chopped Wood



Tree with lights, and a silver lamp


If you want any details of where to buy, please let me know.

Love Ellie x




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