Tried and Tested in August

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on September 1, 2014

in Reviews, Tried and Tested

Happy Monday peeps!  Hope that you all had a great weekend.  My August review round-up post includes some awesome brands and products.  

Tried and tested

Always disclosed is whether I have been kindly sent these products for the purpose of a review or if I’ve purchased them myself to try and share.  In all instances I will express my honest opinions across all products featured, so here’s what I’ve road tested for the blog in August.

Uzuma raw juices

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I fall in and out of love with juicing, mainly because the juicer can be a pain to clean after every use.  However, I do love juices and the high nutritional value that they offer.  Even though I’m not looking to go on a juice fast or anything of the sort, I was really happy to be contacted by Uzuma to review some of their juices on the blog.  One bottle of green slow juice has an amazing 1 kilo of fresh whole fruit and vegetables.  Nothing else is added to the juices, which means that they are free from additives, preservatives, colours and flavourings – they’re all completely raw and natural! They come in a range of different flavours, which are each created to cater for different moods and you’re also provided with information about different lifestyle programmes depending on what you are trying to achieve for your health i.e. the Steady programme is  designed for those looking to maintain their weight.  

To guarantee the freshness of the juices they are shock-freezed before they are delivered to you, hence they can arrive frozen solid like mine were.  Also, to maintain the freshness these juices use cold HPP pasteurisation and not heat pasteurisation, which can strip the nutrients from the ingredients, meaning that they are full of raw goodness.  A box of Uzuma juices (28 bottles) can cost between €73 to €98 depending on the lifestyle programme that you choose to follow.  

You can follow Uzuma on Twitter and Facebook

Green People Age Defy+ Line Eraser and Cell Enrich Facial Oil

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Now I’m already a massive fan of Green People’s products so was very excited when I was asked to review some of their range.  I was sent their Age Defy+ Line Eraser and award-winning Cell Enrich Facial Oil to try.  I have to say that I’m in love with both products, more so the facial oil.  I don’t think that I’ve used the line eraser for long enough to do it any justice as part of this review. I was a bit dubious about using oil on my face, but I’ve recently had some great results with using body oils throughout my pregnancy and wanted to give this a try.  I’m so glad that I did because after each use it’s left my skin feeling silky smooth, nourished and gives it a certain glow.  It’s not at all greasy and sinks into the skin without leaving any residue. The Age Defy range is pricier than their regular products, but for something of this quality that is organic I personally think that it’s worth it.  

You can follow Green People on Twitter and Facebook

Kallo rice cake thins

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Healthy snacking is something that I regularly get asked to give advice on from my readers. It’s a difficult one as there are so many temptations out there, which is why it’s always great to see new healthy snacks come on to the scene.  One new snack that I have recently tried are these rice cake thins from Kallo that come in two different flavours.  They’re designed to satisfy a sweet tooth healthily and go really well with an afternoon cup of tea.  I’ve really enjoyed eating these as a healthier sweet alternative to biscuits, normally I think of using rice cakes for savoury snacks so these made a nice change.  Kallo rice cake thins as well as their other products are widely available in supermarkets nationwide. 

Sorry, but how adorable is that fox tin which you could win as part of my current blogiversary giveaway as well as some other great healthy living products.   

You can follow Kallo on Twitter and Facebook

Arbonne 

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My beauty regimen has always been about trial and error for me; something that has worked really well may suddenly stop working.  Consequently I’m always on the look out for new beauty brands to try, one of which is vegan brand Arbonne.   I was generously sent some samples of their RE9 Advanced anti-ageing skin care line and some sachets of a selection of body products to try.  The range is free from chemical nasties such as toluene, petroleum-based ingredients, mineral oils, parabens and animal products or by-products. 

To be honest, I feel that I can’t give a full review of these products because the sample sizes only lasted a short while before I could see any of the effects.  For example, a clinical study conducted by Arbonne suggests that in just 4 weeks the majority of women saw a reduction in lines and wrinkles and improvement in skin texture.  OK, so I don’t have any wrinkles (just yet!), but I did find the skin care line very good quality and it always left my skin feeling soft and rejuvenated.  The body products were also wonderful to use and nicely scented.   

You can follow Arbonne on Twitter and Facebook

Babybee 2-in-1 diaper cream and Weleda Baby Calendula Lotion

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Right now my hospital bag is all packed and ready to go and I’ve packed some lovely baby toiletries that I have been asked to review by Chemist Direct.  Admittedly, these are still waiting to be opened awaiting my little one’s arrival, but I love that they are 100% natural and you can tell that they’re very good quality.  Chemist Direct stock a variety of natural and organic beauty products and much more.  

You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Have you used any of these products before?  What products did you enjoy using the most throughout August?

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How do you like your eggs in the morning?

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on August 31, 2014

in Sunday catch up

….I’m pretty sure that there’s a song in there somewhere with that blog title, please correct me if I’m wrong. 

Happy Sunday lovely people!  Hope that you are all enjoying your weekends.  I’m having a good one so far, my bump was on show for a lot of yesterday at our maternity photo shoot. Some of the pictures should be ready soon so I cannot wait to see how they turned out.  I’m pretty much spending the rest of the weekend relaxing and putting the bambino’s pram together.  It’s all becoming so real now. 

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Even though the weather has been slightly better this week there has still been a chill in the air. I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet so I’ve eaten lots of bowls like this for breakfast. This was organic natural yoghurt, strawberries, nectarines, blueberries, cashews and honey.  Such a simple bowl of goodness right there!

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An oldie but a goodie came in the form of this tasty breakfast.  I love peanut butter and banana together, enter my Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, yum!  Toasted organic sourdough bread topped with peanut butter, chopped banana, Greek honey and cinnamon.   

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I’ve tried to get a lot of nutrient dense protein into my lunches this week and eggs have been great for that.  Lots of cheese and spring onion omelettes with salad have been consumed around here.  Omelettes are probably one of my favourite ways to eat eggs or in crustless quiches because they are so versatile and easy to cook. 

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Green smoothies are more of an afternoon snack for me at the moment rather than for breakfast.  To be honest, I’m not sure why, I think I’m enjoying my porridge oats and yoghurt bowls more as a way to start my day.  This one was spinach, banana, ice, coconut oil and almond milk.  

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My favourite dinner this week has to be my Moroccan Lamb Tagine with broccoli and new potatoes.  I just love the flavours in a lamb tagine and it’s so comforting on colder evenings. One thing that I am looking forward to in the autumn is all the stews and casseroles that I will be eating. 

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Holy yum!  I picked this chocolate bar up yesterday and it’s one of my favourite Lindt bars, to be fair I have a few.  Another one of my favourites is their super rich 90% dark chocolate, which is up for grabs in my current blogiversary giveaway! This was the perfect Saturday night treat and just what I needed. 

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This week’s workout round-up:

Monday – REST

Tuesday – REST

Wednesday – morning gym session (20 minutes of gentle cardio and strength routine – bicep curls, shoulder presses, chest presses, squats against the wall and weighted bum raises)  

Thursday – 30 minute walk

Friday –  REST

Saturday – REST

Sunday – Prenatal yoga session

Exercise has taken a bit of a back seat for me this week.  At the beginning of the week I had lots of aches and pains in my hips and after asking my midwife about this at my appointment during the week, she thinks it’s just my tendons stretching and making more room for baby. Consequently, I thought it was best to take it easy and just rest.  I keep forgetting that I’m 37 weeks pregnant and about to have a baby, each week is different as my body changes. Thankfully, the aches have subsided and I’m looking forward to doing some yoga later today.

I’m so looking forward to putting the travel system together later today with Alfie. Earlier in the week I battled with the car seat and the Isofix base, which I happily won and put the bedding on his organic Moses basket. It really is just a waiting game now. :-)

If you eat eggs, how do you prefer to eat your them? 

How have you been spending your weekend?

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