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Inspired Colouring Christmas | Adult Colouring Book

The madness of Christmas is well and truly over. With all the preparations, places to go and people to see, it can be quite an overwhelming time of year. So when i received this parcel from Parragon’s Blind Date With a Book, it was just the relaxation excuse i needed.

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I have recently gotten into adult colouring books, so when i received this lovely Inspired Colouring Christmas i felt like Xmas had come early.

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Each page provided lovely patterns and pictures on good quality, white paper. I had a major dilemma of which page to start colouring in first.

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I use Marco Raffine pencils when colouring in, they blended lovely on the paper. Sometimes blending can be difficult on lesser quality paper. The first page i coloured was this cute bauble design, I’m not the best at colouring in, but the whole point for me is just getting lost in the picture, relaxing and not thinking about the to do lists i had to do.

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I totally get the hype over adult colouring books, there is nothing better than a cosy night in, a cup of tea, a fresh colouring page and a case full of rainbow pencils! I go to bed feeling more relaxed and wonder why i ever stopped being creative when i grew up?

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I moved onto this adorable wreath design, there was so much detail and plenty of room to use as many colours as i could.

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With over 128 pages and 100 different designs, this book will be an ongoing project for me over the years. I have packed it away with all the Christmas decorations and look forward to colouring more designs next year. I dated the designs that i have already coloured with the year, it will be nice to see how my colouring improves (hopefully) over the years. This is an ideal early Christmas present for any colouring fan needing relaxation on the run up to Christmas, it will last them literally years!

Parragon books sell a variety of adult colouring in books, i like the look of the Inspired Colouring Tattoos next i think.

Disclaimer; i was sent a copy of this adult colouring book for the purpose of this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Stigu Planner 2016 Review

I love this time of year, it’s magical as Christmas approaches but it’s also when i start to think about my goals for the new year. I love to plan (it doesn’t necessarily mean i am organised), i just love trying to put everything in order so my life runs as smoothly as it can. Last year i was fortunate enough to review the 1st edition of the Stick to Stigu Planner. it was slightly different to a normal generic diary, it had that x factor that i needed in my life.

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So when i was asked if i would like to try the new edition of the Stigu Planner for 2016, there was no hesitation, especially now they have several designs of the planner. I opted for the faux leather hardback planner, it looks high quality and is compact enough to fit in my hand bag.

I like that there is a goals page at the start of the planner (split into 3 sections Mind, Body & Soul) – the planner focuses on balance, in the crazy world we all live in, the planner gets you to practice techniques to enable you to get more rest and zest from simply creating a good plan.

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You never get bored of using the Stigu planner as each month introduces a new theme and every week the planner offers tips and inspiration to make your life just that little more easier.

Personally, here are some of the things that i love about the planner;

  • each day has 5 sections – this helps me to focus on 5 things only, rather than writing a huge to do list and feeling like i haven’t accomplished much – we can all get 5 things ticked off our to do lists a day can’t we?

  • I like the inspirational quotes and sayings throughout the diary, i am a quote lover so they are greatly received.
  • Sometimes it is the little things isn’t it? and i just love the tear off corner, which i happily tear off once another week is over. Makes it so much easier to find where you are, allowing you to use the bookmark ribbon wherever you choose.

  • There is plenty of space throughout the planner to jot/doodle/scribble etc, each week you get almost a full page to do whatever you choose and the opposite page you have a structured week view. I have often used the plain page to jot down shopping lists/meal plans, leaving my week view for errands, appointments and blog planning.

  • There is a mass of empty pages at the back to use as you please, i add important dates and addresses in the back. I have also created the odd doodle on more creative days.
  • Each weeks theme is a different colour and shape for the 5 sections, it has so much more variety than a standard diary.
  • If you follow and practice the little ideas offered each week, you will have a lovely zenful new year!

Also on offer from Stigu are 2 spiral bound planners with appealing designs, notebooks, to do lists and stickers… this is all very exciting for a stationary addict like myself.

My Stigu Planner helps me greatly with blog planning, appointments and now our biggest, little human is now at school, i add all his important school events/dates too.

The Stigu planner is suitable for everybody – there is both structure and flexibility, it’s definitely a win win planner and i am glad to have it in my life for another year.

I was sent a Stigu Planner to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All comments and photos are my own.

 

River Cottage Christmas Feast

Two weeks ago, i was fortunate enough to have been invited to a Christmas Feast at River Cottage HQ in Axminster. I was beyond excited as i knew exactly what to expect, as i attended an event with Foodies100 last year at River Cottage and still think about the food… oh the glorious food!

I traveled to River Cottage HQ with some lovely Devon bloggers, Pippa (Slimming Foodie) – thank you for driving! and the equally lovely Hayley (Sparkles & Stretchmarks).

This time it was an evening event but it started the same way, with a meet up in the car park and a fun, bumpy tractor ride down to River Cottage. This gave me chance to have a little catch up with the lovely Ali (Mum In A Nutshell).

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We were greeted with hot drinks and canapes, whilst waiting for all the others to arrive on the next tractor run, we were free to explore River Cottage, the yurt and the gardens.

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Once everyone had arrived, senior chef Andy gave us a demonstration on how to brine meat. I found this so interesting and also so easy to do. Dare i say i am on the look out for the perfect sized non-reactive container to brine this years Christmas turkey! Andy taught us the basic principles of brining, it’s the perfect way to preserve meat (also fish, vegetables and even cheese) like they used to in the good ol’ days before fridge/freezers existed without the need for chemicals. When he informed us that supermarket hams are injected with brine plus other chemicals, it left a bad taste in my mouth. We had a quick taster session of brined chicken (the turkeys are not quite ready) and also beef bresaola – wow, amazing flavours and texture of both meats.

Following the demonstration, we headed to the yurt for a fun game of ‘guess the food items in the box’, i gave it my best shot and somehow won!

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My prize was £25 to spend in the River Cottage shop so i went for the Everyday Veg book to accompany the Everyday book i already own and love.

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We also had a second session sat by the wood burner inside River Cottage, we discussed how bloggers could collaborate and work together – there were some great tips shared which left me feeling uber motivated and inspired.

Blogger networking at River Cottage

Then, the part we had all been waiting for… the food! The Christmas feast was not very festive at all, that’s because at River Cottage the chefs turn up in the morning, see what meat/fish produce is available and create the menu around that. This means all food is fresh and seasonal, i certainly wasn’t complaining (but did hide my snowman jumper under my scarf!)

On the menu we had:

To warm us up on a cold November evening, we had a drop of Kingston Black apple brandy aperitiff – 18% proof!

Canapes

  • Exmouth muscles mixed with red onion, apple and vinegar
  • Whipped goats cheese, beetroot & fennel (i forgot to photo this one as was a bit shocked to hear that i had won the yurt game at this point!)
  • Pork croquettes with chutney
  • Crispy rabbit with romanesco puree & capers

Starter

Celeriac ravioli with wild mushrooms & leaves

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Main

Cider brined ham, carrot puree, fried savoy cabbage & braised beans.

Dessert

Honeycomb creme brulee with apple puree, apple crisps & crumble

Coffee and petit fours

Like last year there was seating plan, so i had the pleasure of sitting with a great bunch, we had a good chuckle. Afra (Mad Mum of 7) told me some fruitful revelations from her Worcester days!!

Thank you to Foodies100 and River Cottage for another fabulous experience… same again next year?

I took so many photos at River Cottage that i put this short video together to share the experience with you all… enjoy!

I was invited to attend River Cottage HQ to give my honest opinion of the experience. You can probably tell that i loved it! All opinions and photos are my own.

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Muscle Food Slimming Lean Hamper Review

As part of the Jingle (not jiggle) All The Way Challenge, i have been focusing on the quality of food that i eat, so when Muscle Food asked me to try one of their hampers, it couldn’t have come at a better time!

The 100 piece ultimate slimming lean hamper retails at £79 (yes that works out at 79p per piece!) and includes;

      • 24 x 200g Premium Chicken Breasts (5kg)
      • 2 x 170g Matured Free Range Rump Steaks
      • 2 x 170g Free Range Sirloin Steaks
      • 2 x 170g Free Range Hache Steaks

Plus These Extras…

      • 4 x 112g Marinated Chicken Skewers (550g)
      • 4 x 114g Sweet Chilli Chicken Burgers
      • 2 x 114g Free Range Extra Lean Burgers
      • 24 x 30g Lean Chicken Meatballs (760g)
      • 2 x 250g Free Range Grass Fed Steak Mince

And These Beauties…

      • 12 x 75g Low Fat Cumberland Sausages (908g)
      • 12 x 76g British Chicken Sausages
      • 28 x 25g Low Fat bacon Medallions (700g)

Plus These Completely FREE…

    • 1 x 30g Grillstock Seasoning
    • 1 x 75g Sugar and Fat Free Strawberry Sweeties
    • FREE Pick Your Delivery Date Delivery
    • Would Usually Cost £3.95

Quite the bargain i feel. Here are some of the meals that i have created with my hamper so far;

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Top (left to right) – Smoked paprika and honey chicken, slow cooked chilli con carne, rump steak.

Middle – Slow cooked chicken stew.

Bottom (left to right) – Healthy chicken enchilada mix, lean beef burger, chicken lunch prep (using Mrs Dash seasoning)

I will share some of the recipes with you in future posts so make sure you use the search button for ‘muscle food’. The meat quality has been fabulous, the meat content in the sausages is very high, i would recommend having them in a casserole as may be dry on their own due to the lack of fat in them and although the meat cuts are very lean, they still have a lot of lovely flavour.

Muscle Food not only specialise in lean meats, they have everything and i mean EVERYTHING for your weight loss needs. You can also order fresh fruit/vegetables, ready cooked super veg, yogurts, cheese, liquid/boiled eggs, snacks, ready meals and supplements. Anywhere you can buy guilt free chocolate fudge syrup is a winner in my book.

The only thing you need to consider and worry about when ordering from Muscle Food is whether you have enough room in your freezer! Ours is absolutely jam packed and as a family of four, i reckon this hamper will last us a good 6-8 weeks – that works out to be £10-£13 for a weeks worth of meat!

I will keep you updated on what else i have been creating with my Muscle Food hamper and the recipes i have used/created.

If you would like to get £10 off the 100 piece ultimate slimming lean hamper (that works out to 69p a piece with the below code), then please join Fat Club Eat Less Move More group on facebook and use the code EATLESSMM at the checkout.

Lets get lean for Christmas… only 6 weeks to go!

I was sent a 100 piece ultimate slimming lean hamper from Muscle Food. As always my review is my own honest opinion.

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Have you entered my fabulous giveaway to win a month supply of LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nail Supplement yet? It’s easy to enter, just follow this link. Closes 18th November 2016

WIN a Month Supply of LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails Supplement

Just over a year ago I reviewed LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails supplement, I wasn’t expecting much to happen as I had tried many beauty supplements prior with no major results. I took the little daily liquid shot for 14 days and was absolutely blown away by the results. The fact that the supplement is a liquid that you drink means your body absorbs the active ingredients a lot faster.

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My skin glowed, I felt comfortable leaving the house with only moisturiser on. My nails grew very long and were the strongest they had ever been. Finally, the most important benefit to me was the impact that it had on my hair. I suffered terrible post natal hair loss after I had my second son, LQ Skin, Hair & Nails made my hair feel healthy, it felt stronger and new hair started growing more rapidly.

I’ve been using the product regularly since my review last year, I no longer feel self conscious about my hair and I get lots of complements on my nails and skin – even I am still amazed by the results of this product.

With Christmas fast approaching, we all want to look our best for the party season. LQ Liquid Health are feeling extra festive and have offered the chance for one of my readers to win a month supply of Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails! (rrp £29.99 x3)

For your chance to win just enter below.

Good Luck!

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Printerpix Canvas Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a canvas from www.printerpix.co.uk – i have been wanting to get some family photos printed for the new house but had not got round to doing it, so this came at a great time.

The first thing i can say about this company is their website is super user friendly, when i have used other companies in the past the uploading and choosing of products has been a bit of a chore. You simply choose the product so in my case a canvas, choose the layout and the size, there is plenty of variety so you will find the perfect size canvas for your project. The the fun part, creating the canvas.

Simply upload the desired photo, once uploaded you can move the shape of the canvas so it’s in the perfect spot.

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Then my favourite part, you can preview how your canvas will look in sample room images.

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If you feel the canvas is too small or big, you still have the chance to change the size before purchasing.

There are plenty of optional extras including; adding a gloss finish, thick and higher quality canvas material, fixing/hanging kit and the option for giving another canvas of the same print as a gift for half the price!

And it is as simple as that!

I love our new canvas in our home. The quality and colour is really good and the fixing on the back made hanging the canvas a breeze.

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Other products available at Printerpix include; photobooks, cards, calenders, wall decor, gifts, cases, prints, instagram photos and even a letter from Santa.

If you would like 60% off your whole order at Printerpix, use the following discount code DEVONSHIREWOMAN – think of all the Christmas presents you could buy?

This is valid until 31st October 2016 so get ordering!

I was offered a canvas from Printerpix in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Jingle (Not Jiggle) All The Way Challenge

Myself and my good friend Lydia have been running Fat Club – Eat Less Move More group on facebook for almost 2 years now. The group came about after we featured on Katie Hopkins My Fat Story back in January 2015. The group has grown enormously over that time and we are now at almost 20,000 members and that number is growing every day!

I love being admin on the group and setting challenges for us all. Recently though, i have been letting things slide a bit and i am ready for our next challenge, so let me introduce you to the ‘Jingle (not jiggle) All The Way Challenge’!

Eat less, move more is not a diet, it is exactly what it says on the tin. In order to lose weight you need to eat less (this means crappy food not food in general) and move more. This simple combination will make you lose weight… simples! However it is not always that simple if you are not in the right frame of mind, and that’s where Fat Club comes in. With lots of support and positive attitudes, it’s amazing what you can achieve.

So in the run up to Christmas i am challenging the group to really try and step up their game so we can all have a virtual weight loss reveal on Christmas Eve… maybe in a new frock that is a size smaller, or even being able to work out longer than they could at the start of the challenge. I will be rolling up my sleeves and getting fully involved also. I want to feel and look better by Xmas eve so i am starting my challenge TODAY!

Here is my plan for the challenge, which i am going to be sharing with the group and on my blog:

  • I will weigh in and take my measurements at the start and at weekly intervals throughout the challenge, this will be reported on here and in the group on Saturday mornings until Xmas eve.
  • As i am a visual person, i am going to colour in a part of this picture every time i lose a pound… hopefully all the baubles will be coloured in by xmas eve!

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  • Each week i am going to commit to a bit more exercise than the previous week. This will introduce me back into Hi Impact Interval Training more gradually and hopefully make it more enjoyable, this can also be applied to the distance you run or the amount of steps you do – i just want to see myself and the group improve… we do not have to be perfect, who has time for that?!
  • Each week i plan to try a brand new healthy recipe that i have found on line, if group members do the same we can recipe share once a week making our next weeks meal planning a lot easier!
  • Everything related to this challenge will have the hash tag #fatclubjingle on social media, so if you would like to get involved, join the group and use the hashtag, you will be able to see how everyone else is getting on too.
  • Every Saturday i will give a detailed account of my week, including what i have eaten, exercise that i have done and how i am generally feeling. I will post an update on Fat Club each Saturday morning, so members can share their progress also.

I’m so looking forward to this challenge, i have needed it so bad. My healthy eating and exercise has not been consistent since i moved house in the Spring… lets just say, my muffin has a serious top at the moment.

My ultimate goal is to lose 1 stone, which is very achievable in 9+ weeks if i stay consistent.

So will you join in the challenge and make yourself proud on Christmas Eve?

 

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