Friday, 15 December 2017

Gift guide for avid gardeners and cooks: Elho herb station

Until recently I thought that my father-in-law is one of the hardest people to buy gifts for. I have previously bought him a collection of stamps to pursue a new hobby (just like my dad) but that didn't work, since then we have been buying something more practical and useful, something that will be used and appreciated, something that would make his hobby "bloom" literally- garden related gifts. 

If you know someone who likes to cook tasty meals from scratch or even create their own mini garden in the kitchen Brussels herb station by Elho (£9.49- £10.49) could be just the right gift! 
"Using fresh herbs is more popular than ever. With this in mind, elho has extended its brussels collection with a brussels herb station. A spacious planter to mix and match all your favourite herbs of different container sizes and shapes together. Everything together, close at hand, ready to use. Of course there is a pair of handy herb scissors included. The herbs can be quickly and easily cut, without losing any of their flavour".

The moment I saw the herb station I knew it would fit in nicely in a kitchen full of different spices and plant pots. It has a holder for herb scissors (included) and 2 holes on either side for hanging if you choose to do so and ideally can fit in 2 small plat pots of different shapes.
The herb station comes in 3 colours: white, anthracite and nude, which could be ideal for any interior and is made of a sturdy, heavy duty material. 
I just cannot wait to see what my father-in-law thinks of it, should be a hit! 

"Elho pots and planters are widely stocked at all good garden centres and are available online at Amazon and The Worm That Turned website".

Disclaimer: I was sent the product mentioned above for the purpose of this feature. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas gift guide for a healthier New Year :The Diet Plate

Couple of months ago I have realised that I became obsessed with scales even though the weight was going up or down every single day I was hoping for a miracle that will speed the process. I had a glance at a website selling quick fix methods of losing weight, have re-read articles on healthy eating and realised again that it is only my will and desire that will help and fix the issue. 
As we are just less than 2 weeks away from Christmas I thought that it would be perfect to introduce you to The Diet Plate- complete weight management system.
The Diet Plate offer a great range of portion control plates for female or male users or even kids as well as calories counting bowls for breakfast, yogurts or desserts. 

"The female and children's version of the plate and bowl will provide approximately 1200-1500 calories per day, allowing 300-400 calories for lunch. The male version of the plate will provide approximately 1500-1900 calories per day, allowing 400-500 calories for lunch".

With so many people struggling to find the best way to keep fit and lose weight I think I have found a great middle ground for you! Instead of starving yourself, trying new diets, eating powder meal replacements or giving up due to no results, you can lose weight without giving up the food! And that's not all- The Diet Plate is a good aid for those who have been diagnosed with Diabetes 2 and don't know where to start with their new nutritionally balanced diet lifestyle. 

As some of you may know I have been eating healthy for most of this year, within first 5 months I have lost 2 stone and since then have been maintaining the weight by restricting myself to certain foods that I discovered are a way forward for me as well as keeping active. Like any human being I would have a day where I feel like I have been so stressed that I need to have a square of the chocolate or maybe even a few. 
I was pleasantly surprised to see how big is the Diet Plate (£19.99) (this is something I am used to- big plate, big portions), the plate is divided into sections for carbs, salads, sauce and essentially directs on portion size and amounts. The plate is dishwasher and microwave safe which makes it an ordinary plate but with a twist.

The same principles apply to Calorie Counting Bowl (£14.99) which has its colour band method indicating the appropriate size of the portion allowed for certain calorie intake. With the booklet provided you can find all information on how to use the bowl as well as cereal chart, I was really surprised to learn that I eat perhaps too much of porridge.
"The Diet Plate is not about total healthy eating but about "a little of what you fancy does you good!" The Diet Plate by default alters the nutritional values of the food groups, directly at the point of serving hot food. This means that if you want chips, you can have them but don't go over the starchy carb section, if you are having chips and peas, then both are starches and both sit together as one portion in that area. 

Once you have your starch and protein or starch and sauces measured then just move the entire meal to one side and fill with free veggies, like; cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, pak choy, leeks, carrots etc. So you get a nice big plate of food but it is all calorie counted for you, regardless of whether it is salmon, new potatoes and veg or a chicken curry from the local curry house".

It may seem complicated at first but once you start you can easily get used to and "hooked" up to using both plate and bowl. To support you weight loss journey you can also sign up to The Diet Plan online (accessible form any device) membership where you can enter all your personal information including weight goals and daily meals to be able to track how and what you eat and if something needs adding or adjusting to move forward with your weight loss. 

From the image above you can see that I am used to big portions and the food pretty much overflowing sometimes, depending on what is on my plate and now that I am not eating rice I feel hungry quicker or don't get full as much, the process of getting used to new Diet Plate wasn't too painful. I noticed that even though I want to "cheat" and put a tall tower of vegetables I try to avoid it now as portions are sufficient enough. Due to the foods I eat and portions I do not feel bloated anymore (Yay!) and feel less heavy in myself! 

I believe that The Diet Plate could be a start of something new and exciting for yourself or even make a perfect present for someone who has been struggling with weight gain. 

Here is to a healthier, happier New Year with The Diet Plate!

Disclaimer: I have received the product mentioned above for the purpose of this review/feature. All thought and opinions are my own.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas stocking fillers gift ideas

Living in a small town and going to the same shops sometimes means that there could be a chance of buying duplicate presents or items of clothing which one of your family members already own or bought for us, this did happen few times in the past. To avoid disappointment and to put more thought into what you buy for your loved once, I have compiled a list of unique, thoughtful stocking fillers gifts.

1. Elizabeth Shaw Luxury Biscuits (£1.79 for 140g box, available from major supermarkets). Do you know someone with a sweet tooth?! Well these biscuits could be just the right treat for them.

"We have been devoted to making quality chocolate since 1881. Using our expertise we have now developed a range of decadent and delicious biscuits for you to enjoy  covered in Elizabeth Shaw chocolate.

With tempting flavours to choose from there is a biscuit for every taste: raisin & hazelnut, coconut & hazelnut, mint & cocoa, and raisin & cocoa".

2. Superdrug Foot Packs (reduced to £1.49 at the moment). 
A perfect treat for someone who have worked to hard and need a little spa treatment for their feet. Comes in 2 flavours: tea tree & peppermint and honey & almond. Smells beautifully, length can be adjusted depending on a shoe size, keeps feet soft and smooth! 

3. Tiana Coconut Butter ( £4.99 for 350ml jar). Do you know someone who is health conscious?! This little jar could be a perfect and a very practical gift! 
"TIANA Pure Organic Coconut Cooking Butter is a cost effective alternative to virgin coconut oil. It is also an excellent substitute for cooking oils, margarine or even goose fat and will change your way of cooking and baking forever!

Its smooth and creamy texture is perfect for roasting and stir-frying your favourite dishes, without any distinctive coconut aroma or taste.
It is cholesterol and trans-fat free, has excellent heat resistance, so it is a healthier choice".

4.  Sheaffer Star Wars inspired pens (roller ball £16, fountain pen £18 available form John Lewis, The Pen Shop and Cross website).

"If you prefer the Death Star to baubles and the Millennium Falcon to Santa’s sleigh, Sheaffer have got the perfect gift for the Jedi in your life.Featuring bold artwork 
of fan-favourites Yoda, 
R2-D2 and Darth Vader, the new 
Sheaffer Star WarsTM Pop Pens are 
ideal for Luke’s and Leia’s alike".

Dead Sea Body Scrub with Frankincense Oil (£7.79 for 300ml pot, available from Boots).
Who doesn't like a good scrub?! I absolutely love my scrubs and would normally use body scrubs even on my face even though it is not recommended if the product is not suitable for face. 

"Malki’s new Dead Sea scrub banishes dull dry skin, leaving you silky and soft. From now on fabulous skin is only a fingertip away.

 Dead Sea salt scrub is a deliciously buttery, two-in- one exfoliator and moisturizer. Created by fusing nutrient-rich Dead Sea salts with Frankincense aromatherapy oil. The detergent and chemical free formula is soft but effective on all skin types so it won’t upset sensitive souls. 

You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to reap the rewards of the Dead Sea, just one small pot can transform a boring bathroom into your own secret spa. Shut the door on the world and give yourself and your skin a deserving treat.
Disclaimer: I was provided with product samples for the purpose of this feature. All thoughts and opinions are my own.