Blogtober Day 13 

I’m a total baby when it comes to food and I’ve vowed to try and be more adventurous and try new things. I’ve also vowed to try and make better food choices. This is why, when an email regarding trying some new adventure-themed vegetable snacks landed in my inbox, I knew that I needed to find out more.

Personal trainer, fitness instructor and lifestyle coach, Chiara Pellegrino has teamed up with new vegetable snack Off The Eaten Path, to encourage the nation to step away from the mundane treadmill and instead be adventurous with their exercise routine – and find something new which they will love. This is what attracted me to the brand and left me knowing that I needed to find out more!

Off The Eaten Path are a range of new snacks made with real vegetables so I kind of expected them to taste a bit bleurgh and dull. However, I had to eat my words…literally. Despite being made with real vegetables these snacks genuinely taste like crisps but not quite as heavy and almost refreshing, if that’s possible?

Because they’re made from vegetables and are made from ingredients such as rice, green peas, pinto beans and white beans, Off The Eaten Path snacks make the perfect snack to carry around in your gym bag or keep at your desk so that you can refuel whenever your body needs a boost.

Off The Eaten Path flavours include:

  • Sea Salt Crispy Rice & Pea Chips
  • Sour Cream and Cracked Black Pepper Crispy Rice & Pea Chips
  • Sea Salt Crunchy Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks
  • Caramelised Onion and Balsamic Vinegar Crunchy Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks

Off the Eaten Path

*These snacks were gifted however all views and opinions are my own.

 

Blogtober Day 12 

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that lately, I’ve been getting my bake on. Now that we have our own home I seem to have found a love for baking and cooking. This is something I definitely never expected. Moving forward, I’m going to try and do regular recipe/how to posts on here to share some of my bakes/dishes…enjoy!

I thought I’d start with possibly the easiest recipe in the world…no, really, it is so easy. I’ve never been a huge fan of flapjacks however when Liam told me how much he liked them I thought I’d give it a go. Not only have I realised that I actually do love flapjacks but I’ve also realised they are so easy to bake. Flapjacks also last 4-5 days when kept in an airtight container so I’ve been baking a batch on a Sunday to last the week. Now, onto the how-to:

Ingredients (makes nine flapjacks):

  • 250g Porridge Oats
  • 125g Butter (you can also use reduced fat spread which is what I use to make it slightly healthier)
  • 125g Brown Sugar
  • 4 tbsps Golden Syrup (I like my flapjacks slightly gooey however if this isn’t for you, go for 2-3 tbsps)
  • 100g chocolate chips (you can swap these for raisins or go for plain flapjacks without either)

Method:

When I said that this recipe was easy, I wasn’t kidding!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and lightly grease an ovenproof dish
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave
  3. Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter and then add the porridge oats and chocolate chips
  4. Slowly stir in the syrup until it is fully mixed in
  5. Pat the mix into the ovenproof dish and score nine pieces with a knife
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until the oats are golden brown
  7. Tah-Dah! Enjoy warm with ice cream or leave to cool and enjoy over the next few days

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What is your go-to recipe? Let me know in the comments below.

Blogtober Day 11 

I’ve been making a special effort to try and pamper myself lately. I’m 100% one of those girls who would rather have an extra hour in bed than get up and do my makeup and hair every day. But, I’ve set myself a goal to start taking more care of myself from my heads to my toes. Which leads us nicely on to the purpose of this post…pampering your feet!

I’m really guilty of abandoning my feet when winter arrives and the flip-flops have been put away. However, this year I’m determined to keep up the regular pedicures and to pamper my feet all year round. Two products that will be helping me in my quest are the What Skin Needs Cracked Skin Cream and the Sock Shop Beautyfeet.

The Cracked Skin Cream from Australian brand, What Skin Needs is designed to help repair dry damaged feet. I’ve been using this cream for a few weeks now and I’ve been genuinely impressed. Of course, the results haven’t been overnight but as the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. As you may have seen in my recent unboxing, one of my favourite things about this product is the fact that it doesn’t have the typical foot cream smell so can also be used across the rest of the body including elbows, knees, etc. I’ve been using this cream day and night every day and popped socks on straight after so that it could fully sink into my skin.

Alongside the cream, I’ve also been wearing my Beautyfeet socks which are designed to do exactly the same and combat against dry heels. I know I’m easily pleased but these socks are so cool because they have nourishing pads in. The pads contain moisturising ingredients including a Chinese herbal recipe, and Nano-Silver, an antibacterial particle technology. Beautyfeet advises that it usually takes 7-14days to completely revive heels and you should start to see results after one day. Although I don’t agree with this statement as even after nearly a month my heels aren’t perfect, or even close, I have definitely seen an improvement.

What are your go-to footcare tips?

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*These products were gifted to me in exchange for a review.

Blogtober day 10

Warning…rant ahead!

Over the past month or so, you may have noticed that I’ve been blogging more, tweeting more and Instagramming more. During this time, I’ve noticed a few things about the blogging community and one of these is dishonesty and gameplaying when it comes to social media.

Over the past month or so, you may have noticed that I’ve been blogging more, tweeting more and Instagramming more. During this time, I’ve noticed a few things about the blogging community and one of these is dishonesty and gameplaying when it comes to social media.

Don’t get me wrong, I care about social numbers as much as the next person. We all know that the higher social following, the more blogging opportunities come your way. Readership and views still matter but the social media stats are the big boys now, they’re the make or break.

However, as much as I would love to wake up and have gained 171833 followers across my social media platforms, there is no way I wouldn’t do this in an authentic way. From spending more time on social media, it has opened my eyes to how many people are buying their followers, some of these being the ‘big bloggers’ that I’ve gone to for inspiration. How are the rest of us even supposed to compare to those who are gaining thousands of followers a day without even posting for just a small sum of money a month…it’s impossible!

Another thing that seems to have become somewhat of a trend is the whole follow and unfollow game. In case you’re unsure how this goes…you follow an account until they follow you back and then you unfollow them once you’ve lured them in. How do I know this you ask? I’ve had countless emails from fellow bloggers who have grown their own social following in this way and are now offering this as a service. Not only this but I’ve so many people do it to me. I’m constantly gaining 10 followers and then losing 10.

When I first started writing this I hadn’t intended it to be a rant, in fact this started off as a post on how to find the motivation in blogging. However, once I started I just couldn’t stop so I apologise however this is something that I feel passionately about. To me, blogging isn’t just about having somewhere to write, it’s also about the community. There are so many amazing bloggers who spend hours every day working on fantastic content for their blog and social media and I feel like those who are ‘cheating’ are totally disrespecting us other bloggers as well as their followers who are being misled.

What do you think about social media and blogging? Do you think buying followers and following/unfollowing is dishonest?

 

Me

 

Blogtober Day 9

Lately, I’ve rejoined my local gym as well as Weight Watchers with the aim to shift some pounds before my birthday in December. Blue Frog offers a range of gym projects including sweat towels. I was sent the Sport Towel Pro and was so excited when it arrived with this gorgeous pattern because even though I’m rubbish in the gym, at least now I can look the part!

The Sport Towel Pro has two zipped pockets which are perfect for your phone and keys whilst you’re working out. In the past I’ve been known to leave my keys on a machine and not realised until it was time to go so this is a total game changer for me.

With two different fabrics that make up the towel, one side can be used to wipe away your sweat and the other can be used to wipe down the gym machines. It sounds gross but it’s very handy!

The features don’t finish there. The towel also has an elasticated loop so that you can wrap it up and pop it in your gym bag or hang it from a machine so that it doesn’t have to go on the floor.

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*This product was gifted to me in exchange for a review however the thoughts and opinions are my own.