Is there any better feeling than squeaky clean teeth and minty fresh breath? Nope, I can’t think of anything either. But how does long does this feeling really last? 30 minutes, an hour if we’re lucky. I’m always on the look out for a new life changing toothpaste or the latest mouthwash that’s been approved by the world’s best dentist. Basically, I’m a sucker for a dental care product with good marketing. If I’m honest, when I was contacted by Splat Oral Care, I kind of expected the same thing; an over hyped dental care range that provides the same products as other brands but with different packaging. Never the less, I decided to give the products a go to see whether they really could make a difference to my oral hygiene.

That minty feeling isn’t all that I desire when it comes to looking after my teeth, gimme’ all the whitening products. Now that my fake tan days are behind me, my skin no longer makes my teeth appear glistening white so there’s a fair few whitening products I’ve tried in the past. I’ve been using Splat’s Biocalcium and Blackwood Charcoal toothpastes for a good few weeks now, alternating between the two and I genuinely do believe that my teeth have become whiter. Although the charcoal toothpaste doesn’t leave me with the clean and minty fresh feeling that the biocalcium paste does, I think this is the real star of the show when it comes to the whiter gnashes.

The other product that I’ve been using is the Splat Express Oral Care Foam. Foam isn’t a product that I’ve used before but both me, and Liam, are total converts. It is a total game changer and I’m not even exaggerating. It’s pretty much a mixture of toothpaste and mouthwash that can be used on the go without the need for a toothbrush or water AND it leaves you with super minty breath too, for a good few hours!

Overall, I am a Splat convert. My initial judgement that it would just be the same as any other brand was wrong and the products are genuinely fantastic.

What are your go-to dental care products?

Splat

I am a total stationery geek. Whilst in TK Maxx you’ll find most of my friends rummaging through the make up and designer bags, you’ll find me on the stationery aisle getting excited over the pretty note pads with the motivational quotes. Because of my love for stationery, I think it’s fair to say I let out a little scream when a parcel arrived from the team over at Mustard.

With just a matter of days to go until the big man in red arrives down our chimneys, there’s a sense of panic across the UK with shoppers desperate to find the perfect gift and complete their shopping. Me? Being the organised weirdo I am, I had this all completed weeks ago. My inner control freak tendencies have their perks at times. Anyway, Mustard has a range of fun gifts that make the perfect stocking fillers for those in your life that like the brighter things. And trust me, Mustard’s items are bright.

With everything from cactus pen holders (which I’m totally obsessed with) through to unicorn fairy lights and fruit infuser bottles, Mustard is the home of stationery heaven.

I mean, is it sad that I’m looking forward to going back to work in January just to use all of my new things and accessorise my desk?

Finish your Christmas shopping with Mustard here.

Mustard stationery

*This post is in collaboration with Mustard.

Easy coconut and salsa rice recipe with Essential Cuisine

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Essential Cuisine Chicken Stock
  • 150g basmati rice
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 handful of chopped coriander
  • 2 chopped vine tomatoes
  • 1/2 lime
  • 300ml water

Method:

  1. Heat a frying pan with medium heat and add the coconut. Toast the coconut until lightly golden brown.
  2. Once the coconut is ready, take it out of the pan and pop it in a bowl for later. Slice the red pepper into thin slices and cook this in the pan for five minutes until softened.
  3. After those five minutes, add the rice, the water and the Essential Cuisine Chicken Stock. Stir until the water and chicken stock is dissolved in the rice and then cover with tin foil over low heat for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the pan from the heat, leaving the foil on and set aside to cook with the steam for another 10 minutes.
  4. Whilst the rice is cooking, it’s time to make the salsa. Chop the tomatoes into small chunks, chop the coriander finely and add the lime juice and zest. Add a little salt for seasoning.
  5. Now that your rice is cooked, add the desiccated carrot and one grated carrot and mix thoroughly.
  6. Mix the rice and salsa together and then serve it up and enjoy. Oh, and this dish is also delicious cold so is perfect for lunch the following day too.

Essential Cuisine stock

*This post is in partnership with Essential Cuisine

Skincare is something that I’ve become a lot more interested over the past few months. I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was the only one of my friends who wasn’t breaking out in spots growing up. Turns out, I wasn’t as lucky as I thought and the buggers have started showing up over the past year. So, in an attempt to combat the spots and to also try and look after my skin now so that my 50 year old self will thank my young self, I’ve been showing my skin some love.

As part of my skincare journey I’ve been discovering new brands including Tri-Dosha and its facial oil, happiness in a bottle. If I’m honest, the name of the oil itself was enough to win me over, it’s so cute and just makes me instantly have a feeling that it’s going to brighten my skin, which it has! I’ve never used facial oils before, I’ve always worried that I’m going to be left with an oily gross feeling on my skin that won’t budge. However, I’ve been proven wrong. Once massaged in, the oil sinks straight in and instead of a greasy feeling, leaves my skin feeling soft and smelling amazing…result!

Happiness in a bottle is made up of essential oils including evening primrose, frankincense and rose geranium and smells insane. The smell instantly makes me think of a cottage type garden full of flowers so the name happiness in a bottle is very apt. I’ve been cleansing every night and morning, applying this facial oil and then using Clinique’s moisture surge and I think I’ve finally cracked the routine that my skin needs.

This facial oil costs £39 for 30ml which might seem like a lot but you literally need a maximum of three drops to cover your neck and face and trust me, I have a big face so if that’s enough for me I’m sure it’ll be enough for everyone else!

Happiness in a bottle facial oil

*This post is in partnership with Tri-Dosha.

Since I’ve turned into someone who seems to enjoy cooking and baking, I thought it was only right to step up and help with cooking the Christmas dinner this year. My family goes all out with celebrating at Christmas and over the holidays I’m sure I’ll have plenty of Christmas dinners so if I mess anything up, I’m sure everyone will forgive me…I hope. Although, saying that thanks to Hello Fresh and its handy Christmas dinner guide I think I may have it all under control *fingers crossed*.

Hello Fresh has put together this handy step by step guide to show you how to perfectly cook every item of the meal. I always say that a Christmas dinner is pretty much a glorified Sunday roast. Personally, I don’t think that making a roast is hard. The difficult part is the timings and making sure that everything is ready at the same time. That’s where this guide comes in. Not only has Hello Fresh provided recipes to make the dinner taste the best is ever has but the guide also includes timings too. Based on serving the meal at 4pm, the guide includes the exact timings to start preparing, and cooking, dishes so that everything is ready to go at one time. If you don’t plan on eating at 4pm then fear not, just move the timings accordingly.

So, that’s the prep, cooking and serving sorted but of course, one thing you do need is the ingredients. Again, thanks to Hello Fresh, this can all done be done with ease, with a click of a button…literally. The Christmas box has every ingredient needed to make this year a festive foodie success!

Hello Fresh

Download the Christmas dinner guide here.

*This post is in partnership with Hello Fresh