Friday, 23 August 2013

Summer Time Raspberry Picking

This is the first time I have ever been Raspberry picking, we had so much fun.

The Raspberries were so sweet and juicy, take a look at their magnificent colour!

Loving a bit of Raspberry!!!

Not only are raspberries super delicious, they are also bursting with healthy nutrients. They are a rich source of vitamins and fiber, and raspberries contain phytochemical compounds that function as antioxidants. Raspberries have both antioxidant and antimicrobial protective properties, as well as cancer and macular degeneration protective properties. Enjoy as a healthy snack, to top on cereal or add to a smoothie.
To count as part of your five a day, grab two fresh handfuls and enjoy.
You could always do a bit of picking yourself and enjoy as you go along, we did, can you tell ? ;-)

Raising the Mac-nificents: And so it begins...

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Redbush "Rooibos" tea health benefits.

For tea lovers......

I first came across Rooibos tea which means 'red bush' in 2005 when I first travelled to South Africa . When I was introduced to it I fell in love straight away. I drank it the same as my usual cuppa, with milk and sugar. It is naturally caffeine free whilst not too dissimilar to your usual brew, just slightly sweeter.
I go through phases of drinking Rooibos, usually when I have run out of normal PG tips and search the cupboard for an alternative, this, in turn, usually leaves me buying a few packets because I remember how much I enjoy it!

My names Claire and I'm a teaholoc currently addicted to ten a day, yes you heard right 10 a DAY.

So now you understand, why once again I have reached for the Rooibos.

Rooibos is only grown in South Africa and has been used for many years as a herbal remedy. It has many health benefits and is a pleasure to drink.

Go on give it a go......

  1. Caffeine free – The rooibos plant grows naturally without any caffeine.  This is important, as it means it does not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine.  It also means that anyone can drink it, including those who do not want to drink caffeine such as children & pregnant women.  The other key benefit of no caffeine is that rooibos tea can be drunk in unrestricted amounts, in fact, the average South African will consume 5-6 cups per day.
  2. Contains powerful antioxidants – Rooibos tea contains a huge array of antioxidants, which help to protect the body in a number of ways.  Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea.  These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals.  These are unstable cells, which attack healthy cells in order to stabilise themselves.  The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease.
  3. Prevents against some cancers – Some studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals.  This is because of the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic properties.  This means that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.
  4. High mineral content – One of the key health benefits of rooibos tea is that it contains several minerals that are vital to health.  These include: magnesium – essential for the nervous system,calcium & manganese – essential for strong teeth and bones, zinc – important for metabolism and iron – critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen.
  5. Improves circulation – One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos tea is called Chysoeriol.  It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease.  Drinking rooibos tea also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
  6. Relieves stomach complaints – As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin, it has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diahorrea and indigestion.  This is because the flavonoids help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies.  It has also been widely stated that the health benefits of rooibos tea extend to alleviating colic in babies.  As it is totally caffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink rooibos tea.
  7. Aids absorption of iron – Unlike most black teas, which prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively because of the tannins they contain, rooibos tea supports the body in absorbing iron.  This is because rooibos tea contains less than half the tannins of black tea.
  8. Can relieve skin conditions – A more recent discovery of the benefits of rooibos tea is that it can help you to look more beautiful!  Rooibos tea contains phenyl pyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema.  You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation.
  9. Can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease – drinking rooibos tea regularly can protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation.  This is where free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue.  If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimers.  Laboratory tests on rats showed little difference in brain function from a group of older rats given rooibos tea to the brains of newborn rats.
  10. Encourages restful sleep – One of the many health benefits of rooibos tea is that it can be drunk as often as you wish and at any time of day.  Many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia.  Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it helps people to feel calm and relaxed.

Friday, 16 August 2013

New Camera

Take a look at how much our sunflower has grown. 

and just how much my youngest daughter loves the camera too ;-)

Latest In Beauty Box Editors Picks

I had a quick look on 'latest in beauty' and to my surprise i noticed a new box ! these little beauts are such good value compared to Glossy Box and Birch Box. Take a peek at what i got, try not to get too excited hehe.

Editors Picks


Bellápierre Mineral Eye Shadow (2.35g)(Full Size)

One of the most versatile eye shadows around; mix this little gem with your favourite moisturiser, lip balm, or even a drop of water and it becomes an eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, bronzer, nail polish or whatever you want it to be!

AS London Candle

Each one of AS London's breath taking candles have been individually and lovingly hand poured. Using eco soya wax and wicks that have been infused with the world’s finest essential oils.

EVE LOM Rescue Mask (15ml)

Eve Lom's Rescue Mask is perfect the product to deep clean your skin and leave you looking radiant and healthy.

Mavala Rouge Rubis Nail Varnish (5ml)(Full Size)

This beautiful nail polish has a vivid red base filled with red glitter, for a really gorgeous manicure. Suitable for all skin tones, this is a must have in your Mavala collection!

Mirenesse Lip Lift Moisture Shine (1.5g)

A plumping gloss for really full, sexy lips 24hrs a day. The exclusive formula is a 3 in 1 self-renewing glossy colour. Microcollagen instant lip plumper and long term anti-ageing lip treatment.

Nicky Clarke Instant Calmer (30ml)

This shine balm smoothes and controls hair for a super luxe finish.

Nspa Melting Cleansing Gel (125ml)(Full Size)

This luxurious formulation melts effortlessly and emulsifies into a milk on contact with water. Grapeseed oil dissolves make-up and impurities and helps improve skin radiance.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company Eye Shadow Brush (Full Size)

A must-have for every girls make-up bag, The Vintage Cosmetics Company’s Eye Shadow brush is a natural bristle brush which allows perfect application of your eye shadow every time.

Benefit They're Real Mascara (3.0g)

They're Real! Mascara lengthens, curls, volumises and separates your lashes. The jet black, long-wearing formula won't smudge or dry out and a specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

Yardley Refreshing Body Spray (75ml)(Full Size)

A long lasting, deodorising body fragrance that keeps you fresh and beautifully fragrant all day long. In Royal English Daisy, Royal Diamond or Royal Rose.

Wow what a fantastic box and such great value, I'm looking forward to trying all of these products. The candle smells divine, it reminds me of sherbet lemon. I have heard great things about the Eve Lom mask and have been wanting to try it for a while. My favorite mascara in the box, which is a great bonus.

All this for £12.95!!

So what do you think? I love the surprise of Glossy Box but the amount you get in this box is unbelievable

Buy your own box here . there is a 15% off offer at the moment to.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

August's Glossybox High Flyer's 2013

A few days ago i was surprised to see my Glossybox looking all pretty at me on my door step! rather early this month don't you think?
it was surprisingly light and this had me worried.

This months theme is "High Flyer's" travel size products for girls on the go, all under 100 ml so they can be taken on the plane.

First in the box is Jelly Pong Pong 2 in 1 eyeliner and shadow. Full size worth £10.50
I'm a lover of black eyeliner, so this will come in handy.

Make up remover corrector pen. Not available in the UK and price unknown. I'm looking forward to using this, I'm always making mistakes!

Emite Eyelash Curlers. Worth £20. I'm not crazy about eyelash curlers and these look so cheap, although they do come with spare rubber refills. 

Tresemme Keratin Smooth 60 Second Treatment Shot. Full Size 15ml Worth £1.50. This will be nice to pop in bag for an overnight stay.

Urban Veda Purifying Exfoliating Facial Polish. Sample Size worth £1.44.
Have never heard of this brand but sounds nice.

Not a bad box this month, but last months was much better. What did you receive in your Glossybox?

Claire Xxx

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Natures Hidden Secrets

Welcome to my garden .......

Isn't nature wonderful? Intricate detail, precise lines, graceful movement. I find being in my garden or going for walks helps my mood lift tremendously.

Drugstore Skin Care Haul

Today I needed a few skincare essentials, here's what i bought below. I absolutely love the potent scent of Original Source, I found one i hadn't tried today, vanilla and raspberry. Sounds good enough to eat! 
All of them were on special offer, how I love a bargain :-)
All purchased at my local Morrison's 

Total cost of Haul £9.58

Don't you just love the funny sayings on the back of Anatomical's products?

"You wouldn't leave the toilet before washing your hands, would you? You wouldn't take out the rotting garbage, then neglect to wash your hands, would you? You wouldn't treat someone's gaping wound without first and after washing your hands, would you? You wouldn't change a baby's soiled nappy and fail to wash your hands, would you? You wouldn't prepare food and forget to wash your hands, would you? Oh, you would? Then, you wouldn't mind if we decline your dinner invitation, would you? Sorry, we're washing our hands that night."
We only want you for your body.

£1 usually £3.50

Nivea Pearl and Beauty Deodorant

£0.87 normally £1.50

Morrison's Sensitive Facial Wipes

Witch Blemish Stick £2 normally £2.89

Original Source £0.97 normally £2

So what do you think of my bargains? Can't wait to try them all.

Have you used any of these?

Claire Xxx

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Best Things In Life Are Free....



3.Being Cheeky

4.Children's Artwork

5. Being Married To The One You Love

6. The Beach


8. Nature


10. Being Crazy

11. Unusual Finds and Being Different...

12. Giving Life

13. Sisters 

14. Mummy

15. Love