"A range of 4% abv blended cocktails exclusively created for Independent Retailers priced at £1 flavours include: Mojito, On th...

Fun and Fruity Flare Cocktails

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

 "A range of 4% abv blended cocktails exclusively created for Independent Retailers priced at £1 flavours include: Mojito, On the Beach and Cosmopolitan"
Now that the weather is warming up a little bit here in the UK, it's making me excited for Summer and the holidays I have planned in the next few upcoming months. Relaxing by the pool, soaking up the sun, adventuring your surroundings and having a few cheeky cocktails is the perfect way to spend your days on a beach holiday. What perfect way to get in the mood for the sunshine than with a tasty, fruity cocktail, and these ones from Flare Cocktails are a great starting point! I was kindly sent three Flare Cocktails* to try, Cosmo, Mojito and On The Beach, a lovely selection of drinks that all have distinct different flavours.

"MOJITO - OUR MOJITO HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY EXPERT MIXOLOGISTS TO CAPTURE THE TASTE OF A TIMELESS CLASSIC: AN ALCOHOLIC MIX OF WHITE RUM, LIME JUICE AND GARDEN MINT EXTRACT."

"COSMO - CITY LIFE IN A COCKTAIL; OUR COSMOPOLITAN HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY EXPERT MIXOLOGISTS TO RECREATE THE TASTE OF THE FAMOUS LIGHT AND FRUITY MARTINI: AN ALCOHOLIC MIX OF VODKA, CRANBERRY, LIME JUICE WITH ORANGE FLAVOURS."

"ON THE BEACH - THIS FRUIT-FILLED REFRESHING ON THE BEACH MIX HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY EXPERT MIXOLOGISTS, TO CONJURE UP MEMORIES OF DISTANT SHORES: AN ALCOHOLIC MIX OF PEACH SCHNAPPS, ORANGE AND CRANBERRY FLAVOURS."

When it comes to cocktails, I am definitely a Mojito kinda girl. They are my absolute favourite, and this Flare Cocktails Mojito drink didn't disappoint. It was lovely! I love the sharpness of the lime and the mint, that makes this cocktail really refreshing and something that you can enjoy all day long without it being too strong. The Cosmo Cocktail was also really fruity and fresh, something that would be perfect to sip on whilst lounging by the pool. Lastly not that I didn't enjoy it, but the On The Beach Cocktail was my least favourite. I'm not a huge fan of  Peach Schnapps, but nonetheless this drink was still enjoyable. The fruitiness of the orange and cranberry really helped to add a great depth of flavour to the drink and made it enjoyable for me.

What are your favourite cocktails?

* PR Sample sent for 100% honest review purposes

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When it comes to making lunch, I hate having to be in the kitchen for ages. I want something quick and easy to make, that I know it...

Best of British Soup

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

When it comes to making lunch, I hate having to be in the kitchen for ages. I want something quick and easy to make, that I know it going to be delicious and fill me up for the afternoon. I previously posted a couple of my favourite lunchtime recipes, that I absolutely love to make. You can take a look at my Halloumi Salad recipe or my Speedy Tagliatelle recipe, and let me know what you think!

With the cold weather still in abundance, something I find handy to keep stocked up on in the cupboard is soup! There is just so many to choose from it's insane. Whether you love chicken, vegetable, or minestrone, there is something for everyone, which makes soup such a great lunchtime meal. Simply serve with a couple slices of bread, some rye bread crackers or even some crunchy croutons on the top, and you're good to go!

I was recently gifted a couple of soups from the Best of British range at Cross & Blackwell's, one Pea and Ham*, and one Leek and Potato*, along with a super cute microwavable pot*, making lunchtimes super quick and easy! The microwavable pot was a great accompaniment its so easy to use, and quick to clean, I would definitely recommend trying out a product like this! My favourite was definitely the Pea and Ham, so full of flavour. It was delicious and something I would purchase in the future!

"Crosse & Blackwell’s Best of British range of soups are made using ingredients grown on farms across the UK. The range is inspired by Britain’s favourite recipes, which have been developed into a range of great tasting wholesome soups. Our recipes bring the home grown flavours of the British countryside from the field to your table."
Find out more about Crosse & Blackwell's here.

Have you tried any Crosse & Blackwell's soups? What is your favourite from the Best of British range?

*Products kindly sent for 100% honest review. All thoughts are my own

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As one of my new years resolutions to improve my diet further, and seek healthier alternatives, I decided that I would give Degusta...

My First Degustabox

12:00 Laura Thornberry 1 Comments

As one of my new years resolutions to improve my diet further, and seek healthier alternatives, I decided that I would give DegustaBox a try. I love to try out new food and drink products and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to find and try some new surprise products, and see how I got on with them. I received the following products in my January box and I was really excited about the variety of products and brands I received.

Amoy Thai Green Curry Cooking Sauce/ Amoy Malaysian Laksa Cooking Sauce / Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks / Slim Noodles / Finn Crisp Thin Sourdough Rye Crispbread / Conscious Organic Raw Chocolate / Reese's Peanut Butter Cups / Fit Fit Rainbow Fig and Walnut / Fit Fit Maya Date and Cacao / Coldpress Apple Juice / Clark's Carob Fruit Syrup / Tsingtao Beer / Jordan's Country Crisp Fruit and Nut

Why not try DegustaBox for yourself?

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With it being February already and holiday season just around the corner, I thought it would be a great chance to share with you some of ...

The Bikini Edit

12:00 Laura Thornberry 1 Comments

With it being February already and holiday season just around the corner, I thought it would be a great chance to share with you some of my current bikini favourites from the high street. This year so far, I'm off to Crete in April for my 23rd Birthday and Ibiza in May for my Sister-in-Law's Hen Weekend, and I cant wait to soak up the sun and free myself from the chaotic and crazy London life. Now, I wouldn't usually be one for a bikini, but as of the last year, I have felt a lot more body confident and I feel like I'm ready to show a little skin and enjoy myself! 

So far this year, I've already purchased a couple pairs of bikini bottoms, I've been searching for a while to find the perfect pair that fit nicely, flatter my body shape, and just some that I feel confident and happy in, and I've just chosen simple high-waisted bottoms as I feel these show my shape without revealing too much and making me uncomfortable. The first pair, here, I picked up from Missguided via ASOS, and I am in LOVE! You can never go wrong with a simple pair of black bottoms, but I adore the lace up sides that just add an extra something, making them look more stylish and on trend. The second pair, here, are just simple black bottoms, again from ASOS, as I feel black is such a sexy and confident colour, which means you can go bright and bold on the top half, and still look fantastic!

I absolutely adore this colour blocked bikini top from New Look. The colours are so bold and vibrant, I know it will look great while I soak up the sun. I feel that structured, more bra-esque bikinis are quite flattering and I like that this one has detachable straps, so you can remove them when tanning.
New Look Pink Colour Block Underwired Bikini Top £14.99

Bold prints are great when you want something plain and neutral on the bottom half, a rule that I'm following, so this gorgeous tropical printed bikini top is a winner for me! I love the touches of blues and greens and pinks, and I feel it is so fun and girly, perfect for a beach retreat! I also love the simple, little cut-out detail and this just makes the top that little bit edgier and cute.
New Look Blue Tropical Print Cut Out Bikini Top £9.99

Again, another patterned bikini. The colours in this one are much more bold and eye-catching, perfect for those wanting to draw the attention away for problem areas, like stomachs and legs. I love the contrast of the black and the red, and as a more bra shaped bikini, I know this would be super flattering and comfortable to wear.
H&M Floral Push Up Bikini Top £12.99

I've never browsed on Topshop for swimwear before, but I found this really simple green and white printed top and fell in love. I love the simple, less "in your face" print and I think this would suit all skin tones and look great win a tan!
Topshop Bamboo Print Sweetheart Plunge Bikini Top £16

You can never go wrong with an all black bikini. Something about all black swimwear is so feminine and sexy, it's a wardrobe must have. I like simple black bikini tops, and with this one from H&M in particular, the cross-over front and cut out sides make this one a little bit more special and adds a cool vibe to your swimwear.
H&M Black Bikini Bandeau Top £12.99

For more of a glamorous, more chic bikini look, this stunning top from River Island is a girls dream! The colour for one is simply gorgeous! But what I like about this one the most is the detail of the back. It's so simple, yet so sexy and feminine. And the metal detail on the straps adds the sparkle and makes it look a lot more expensive!
River Island Turquoise Strappy Plunge Bikini Top £16

Have you planned any holidays this year? What shops do you buy your bikinis?

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As today is Shrove Tuesday, more widely known as Pancake Day, I thought I would use this as the perfect opportunity to share with you...

Tropical Banana Pancakes

09:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

As today is Shrove Tuesday, more widely known as Pancake Day, I thought I would use this as the perfect opportunity to share with you some absolutely delicious, and pretty healthy pancakes that I made using a recipe from the Fit Girl Code website, then added some of my own favourite toppings to make it extra delicious

I love browsing this website, as there are so many great recipes and great workout plans, as well as great articles and plenty of reading material. I always find myself browsing on the commute to work, flicking through all the newest blog posts and articles, as well as bookmarking recipes that I want to try! I found these clean pancakes to be super easy to make, they only required a few ingredients and they were so tasty and they definitely kept me full for a good few hours! 

So if you like the look of my pancakes, keep reading to find out what you'll need and how to make them!

Ingredients (makes 4 to 5 pancakes)
      1 Banana
   2 Eggs
1 tsp of Cinnamon
 2 tbsp of  Greek Yoghurt
Selection of fruit - I used Mixed Berries, Pineapple and Coconut
Honey

Method
Mash the banana on a plate and whip the egg in a bowl. Add the mashed banana to the egg and mix it up.
Add the cinnamon. Pour the mix into a small soup spoon and scoop the mix into the frying pan that is on a small fire.
Let the pancake bake for a while on only one side. After this, turn the pancake. If you think it’s going to break, then you should not yet flip the pancake but bake it on the same side for a while.
Bake the other side until the pancakes have nice brown colour.
Put the pancakes on a plate and garnish with some honey and some cinnamon.

What are you favourite pancake toppings?

*Basic recipe taken from Fit Girl Code website

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"This intense moisture replacement mask deeply quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanes...

Origins Overnight Drink Up Intensive Mask

12:00 Laura Thornberry 4 Comments

Origins Overnight Mask
Origins Overnight Mask
"This intense moisture replacement mask deeply quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing."

When it comes to skincare, I love a good pamper routine and the use of face masks definitely has to be my favourite part. I enjoy trying and testing new face masks and seeing how they work for my skin and what results they give for me. I haven't tried many products from Origins, as they can be on the slightly more pricier side to some of my favourite face masks, but they are well worth the money, as they give such great results and the products go a long way!

Over the colder, winter months, I've seen my skin looking quite dull and dry and I've reached out for this little miracle product, the Overnight Drink Up Intensive Mask from Origins to help beat my dry skin and help to add some moisture back. I picked this mask up in the Origins Mini Mask Marvels Gift set around Christmas, and I have been using this mask for around a month now and I think it’s fair to say that this will be a staple in my skincare routine. I use this usually once a week, perhaps twice if my skin is in need of a real boost, applying a small penny sized amount of the thick-textured, creamy mask, which smells so fresh and fruity, to my freshly cleansed skin just before bed. It takes around 10 minutes to fully absorb and sink into the skin, and you're ready to sleep and I wake up with plump, healthy and glowy looking skin.

100ml - £23

See what I thought of the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask here!

Have you tried this mask from Origins? What do you think? What is your favourite hydrating mask for dry skin?

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"Our traditional family bakery has been established nearly 100 years you would be right expecting that we have perfected the a...

Pretty Personalised Cupcakes

12:00 Laura Thornberry 4 Comments

"Our traditional family bakery has been established nearly 100 years you would be right expecting that we have perfected the art of cake making. With all that experience and knowledge passed down through the generations we can be confident in saying you will never taste a better cake! And with fantastic cake, great tasting icing and personalised with your own photo, image, artwork or logo, our cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any celebration!"

So it has to be said, I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I rarely eat cakes and chocolates and sweets, but on the slight occasion, I tend to treat myself to something small. But when the opportunity to try and test some lovely personalised cupcakes, with my own edible photo on the top, I knew it would be a good idea!

Firstly, can we just admire for a couple of moments how delicious and absolutely mouth-watering these cupcakes look. And yes, they did taste just as good as they look. I was really impressed. Such a sweet and fresh lovely vanilla flavour, my favourite cupcakes ever! They were so soft and light and moist, and featured some seriously creamy icing that was just to die for. All cupcake dreams right here. 

For the edible photo on the top of my personalised cupcakes, I chose to use my blog button image, a simple yet bold design, combining both text and decoration, that I thought would be a great image to use, and it turned out amazing! The quality of the image used in the edible photo topper was amazing and I truly believe they turned out better than I ever expected. The cupcakes from Eat Your Photo arrived in no time at all. Such super speedy delivery, arriving safely and so well packaged, no spills or breakages. I was super happy with this and I would highly recommend to anyone after some personalised cupcakes.

Box of 6 cupcakes // www.eatyourphoto.co.uk // £13*

Have you heard of Eat Your Photo before? Would you like to try these personalised cupcakes?

* Kindly gifted by EatYourPhoto.co.uk for review purposes/ all opinions are my own and completely honest.

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This year, I have wanted to improve my health and fitness, more drastically than last year, and I thought the first thing I really ...

Healthy Living | Haul and First Impressions

12:00 Laura Thornberry 1 Comments

This year, I have wanted to improve my health and fitness, more drastically than last year, and I thought the first thing I really needed to change was my eating and drinking habits, not that I was doing either badly, I wanted to find healthier, more beneficial snacks that I could use as replacements for some snacks that weren't so good for me.

I was recently browsing in my local Sainsbury's after work one day, looking for some new, healthier snacks to try when I came across the Kallo Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes. I'd never tried rice cakes before, but I was really impressed with these. Such a tasty, high fibre snack, I would definitely recommend these to any chocolate lovers out there, still a great chocolate taste, with much more added health benefits, without the added calories.

Another snack that I picked up recently from Amazon were the Nakd Cashew Cookie Bars
and the Nakd Ginger Bread Bars. I had tried the Cocoa Delight raw bars previously and enjoyed those, so I was hoping I'd be happy with some of the newer flavours, and I am in love, especially with the Ginger Bread Bar. It had such a sweet and spicy taste, just like Christmas! It just tastes so heavenly and I can't believe there is so little ingredients but such a great, authentic taste. These bars are a perfect on the go snack, whether you have them whilst travelling to work for breakfast, or as a simple in-between meal snack. They are super tasty and only made with very few ingredients, so there is nothing nasty or processed in these.

Since I bought my Breville Blend Active about a year ago, I've definitely upped my game when it comes to making smoothies, especially for breakfast if I'm in a rush. Smoothies are so quick and easy to make, it's a great alternative for a simple, nutritious breakfast. Recently I was kindly send a few health powders and tablets, that you can combine into your smoothies, that add great health benefits without spoiling the taste. I've been using a mixture of the Indigo Nutrition Organic Supergreens Powder* / Indigo Nutrition Organic Spirulina Tablets* / Indigo Nutrition Organic Wheatgrass Powder* and simply adding a small amount to my breakfast smoothies in the morning and I have really been liking using them. Even though you can't physically see any health benefits, you know that they are all packed with great nutrients and vitamins, it's something so easy you can incorporate into your lifestyle to lead a healthier day to day life.

Something new I'm trying this month are the Proper Pops Lime, Lemongrass and Garlic Chips*. "We pop our nutrient rich chips under pressure. They don't go near a fryer, so they're 100% FULL OF TASTE with almost 90% less fat than your average crisp." The pop chips are basically a healthy alternative to crisps, and these ones I received definitely packed a punch with the flavours used. With a slight Asian influence, the Lime, Lemongrass and Garlic flavours were something I really enjoyed and I would really like to try some other flavours from the range as these really impressed me.

Next up, water. As you may have seen in my 16 Things for 2016 post, I wanted to increase my water intake as I felt that I really wasn't drinking enough. Water is super important when leading a much healthier lifestyle, so I was super happy to receive a bottle of the Nuva Ginger and Lemon Spring Water*. I love flavoured waters, my favourite being the Volvic Lemon and Lime water. But when I tried this one from Nuva, I was really impressed. It was such a lovely, not too overpowering ginger and lemon flavour, that I drank this first thing in the morning before breakfast, just to make my body feel refreshed and get it started for the day.

Finally, another water related product here. I was kindly gifted a variety of Stur Water Enhancers* to try and test, and they have definitely helped me in my aim to drink more water and increase my daily intake. I was sent 2 Real Brewed Tea with Lemon, 1 Real Brewed tea with Peach and the Boldly Blackcurrant and Apple Flavour, all of which are super tasty, but my favourite has got to be the Real Brewed Tea with Lemon, its such a refreshing drink for the early mornings and I've been having a pint of water each day before breakfast, with a little squeeze of it, just to add some flavour. My first impressions of Stur, I would highly recommend them to anyone who finds plain water boring to drink, as these are a great little additive that can help add some fruit flavour and help you to increase your water intake. They also come in such handy travel sized containers that they are easy to take on the go an add to some water wherever you go!

What new foods and drinks have you been trying this month? Would you consider purchasing any that I have included in today's post?



* All items kindly sent for 100% honest review purposes

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For today's post, I've teamed up with Aqua Pura, who kindly sent me a whole load of natural mineral water* and some great tips to...

10 Tips To Help You Feel Good with Aqua Pura

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

For today's post, I've teamed up with Aqua Pura, who kindly sent me a whole load of natural mineral water* and some great tips to share with my readers, as well as what I have personally been doing to help me and you feel good and get that extra mood boost to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. Aqua Pura has provided a list of the following top ten ways to feel your best, how many have you tried or think you could incorporate into your daily lifestyle?

1. Begin by finding a brave friend to start this next chapter with you - having some friendly support (and a bit of healthy competition) should help!

2. Water, water and more water - An amazing 70% of the body is made up of water, and you need to drink around 6-8 glasses to stay hydrated!

3. Move it, move it! - Take the stairs, walk to work or even go to a few classes at your local gym. Find new ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

4. Self motivate! - Don't go for a complete lifestyle overhaul on day one - set yourself achievable goals that you can aim for and conquer, changing your routine one step at a time.

5. Eat a good breakfast every day - Try to get up ten minutes earlier so you have time to enjoy a healthy breakfast before dashing out the door.

6. Snack wisely- If you're feeling a little peckish between mealtimes, grab some unsalted mixed nuts, chopped raw vegetables or dried fruit, and wash it all down with a glass of - you guessed it- water!

7. Enjoy your surrounding - Get to know your local area or reacquaint yourself with nature by going for regular walks.

8. Try something new - As well as cutting out some of your bad habits, introduce some new and exciting recipes and hobbies, and see what works best for you and your lifestyle.

9. Moderation is key - Don't be so strict on yourself that you ban everything you enjoy, but be sure to stay healthy as much as possible so that you deserve the occasional treat.

10. Tackle things heads on- Challenge the negatives in your life

With all these tips in mind. I wanted to share some of the ways I have chosen to feel good and improve my lifestyle. Firstly, I have been drinking a lot more water recently and find that this has given me so many health benefits, it's amazing. My skin looks clearer, more radiant and less dull, plus my hair feels and looks shinier and healthier, as well as having less split ends. Also, I have been walking to the train station instead of taking the bus, this really allows you to get some fresh air and clear your mind, as is a great way to incorporate some exercise into your daily routine, without it being too tiring and vigorous. I've also been improving my diet and incorporating healthier alternatives, making exciting breakfasts daily, trying new foods and recipes and better snacks that are much better  and nutritious for my body.

What tips and tricks do you swear by to help you feel good?

* Written in association with Aqua Pura

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