It’s time to face plant some strawberries and cream!

With summer finally here and with Wimbledon over in a blink, ’tis the season for strawberries and cream…in our tummies and ON OUR FACES! Yes you read that right.

Neal’s Yard Remedies have created an easy-to-make DIY mask to use at home to give our skin a fresher look and a radiant glow. It’s a 2-in-1 scrub and mask, and contains just three tasty ingredients… strawberries, cream and oats.

This scrub/mask combination is perfect for anyone with a super busy schedule, especially if you’re a relatively new mummy like me where getting out of the house for an hour long pampering facial can be challenging – there simple aren’t enough hours in the day.

It’s also a great idea to do with friends if you enjoy pamper parties. Perhaps with a glass of Pimms for the optimum summer treat…

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No nuts for my granola!

It’s been an AGE since I posted a recipe. This year I haven’t had the chance, energy or desire to experiment much in the kitchen – pregnancy related aversions may be to blame perhaps?!

That might be news to some of you! I’m 26 weeks pregnant and my relationship with food has changed somewhat. I felt nauseas, but I didn’t suffer with (too much) physical sickness and I haven’t really had “cravings” other than a bowl of Shreddies for the occasional snack (I NEVER usually eat cereal).

Eating a healthy balanced diet in pregnancy can be a challenge when all you want is stodge (especially in the first trimester). I do like to play around with my breakfast recipes and as you’ll see from my historic food posts, breakfasts tend to be my go to for when I do experiment. I  get bored of the same breakfast everyday and one isn’t always organised enough to have fresh fruit in the house!

My recent (and successful) experiment is my granola recipe! Shared for you here…

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A chilli for when it’s chilly!

In winter, FOOD is definitely one of my favourite things about this nippy season, and is when I like to stay inside and get my “cooking groove” on!

I need to improve my savoury cooking, and I’m starting to batch-cook (for the first time ever!) in order to have enough meals in my freezer for work/life convenience.

My health has not been at it’s optimum lately, so I want to try and increase my nutrition intake in my dinners where possible, so I’m starting with a veggie chilli…

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Bircher from another nurturer

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Love fresh strawberries!

We are inundated with bircher muesli recipes, granted. BUT, not being the biggest fan of nuts, I’m always disappointed when I order it or buy it and all I can taste is nuts.

So I make my own, and, recently I have found it such a convenient, affordable and yummy breakfast to make in bulk for the whole week ahead – result!

Taking inspiration from some of my favourite food bloggers, I have adapted and created a recipe that includes lots of goodness, textures and flavours, and is guaranteed to keep you full until lunchtime – without a hazelnut, pecan, pistachio or any other nut in sight! I also find my version is cost effective too, without needing to spend on costly ingredients (such as cacao nibs)…

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You got a problem, thyroid?

It’s never a good thing to be told that you have a condition called “Grave’s Disease” – it’s a rather discouraging term. A disease of any kind is far from ideal, and especially not when it is referred to as 6-feet under…

Even more so when you don’t know what it means, and even more so than that when you have barely left your teens and are far too busy enjoying a busy social life.

This blog post is incredibly important and sensitive to me, with some detail not even my nearest and dearest are aware of, and I’d like to share with you a short-film that I filmed last year for the British Thyroid Foundation…

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