Friday, 27 March 2015

Simple Healthy Diet Changes You Can Make

Morning Blogettes ( a new one for me ;-),

My name is Ellie and I am a carb-o-holic ! Oh yes I am! It is a known fact that carbs/fat/sugar cause addiction , and for me this is indeed correct. I love nothing more than a bacon sandwich, washed down with a strong coffee, followed by a huge plate of lasagne for lunch, followed by an afternoon chocolate treat, and something like a curry or kebab for dinner. With lots of coffee in between.  The more you eat these type of foods, the more you crave them.I know that healthy eating and exercise is the best way to stay healthy and feel good,  and not those silly diets.

So I do know what to do,  it is just summoning the motivation to do it which is my big downfall. To be honest, I am happy with my figure and don't want to loose weight. However, what I do want is to feel better inside, have more energy and better skin. Now it is HARD to make these changes instantly, so recently I have embarked on a journey of making simple changes and swaps slowly, rather than a rapid change. Already, I feel much better. If you struggle like me, read on for the simple changes I have made to my diet which I think are easily achievable for everyone.

SWAP  5 Cups of Coffee ( I am not even exaggerating here) a day  to 2 cups of hot lemon water & perhaps 2 coffees

Click the below link for the numerous benefits of lemon water

SWAP Meat for Fish

Fish is a lot leaner and healthier than meat. I have recently been eating a lot more fish and I feel less sluggish.

SWAP Tomatoe & Cheesy Pasta for Pesto/Vegetable Pasta

Instead of eating a macaroni and cheese, or a lasagne, try pasta with fresh cooked veg, pesto sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice. Pinterest has a huge variety of healthy pasta recipe inspiration.

SWAP Yoghurts for Natural Yoghurt with Honey & Nuts

I am a huge yoghurt fan, but sadly a  lot of yoghurts contain lots of sugar and fat. A natural yoghurt with honey will still satisfy that sweet tooth whilst giving your body goodness. You could add  nuts  which contain healthy fats that you require.

SWAP a Jacket Potatoe for Sweet Potaoe

Not only are sweet potatoes delicious, they are full of nutrients that a normal potatoe doesnt contain.

SWAP White Bread for Burgen Bread

Burgen Bread is packed full of seeds and much healthier than white bread.

SWAP Chocolate and crisp snacks for avocado, hummus, and ryvita

Chocolate and crisps do our bodies no favours. I have been trying to come up with creative healthy snack ideas. Avocados contain good fats, hummus has health benefits and ryvita is better than crackers. You could also add cherry tomatoes and cottage cheese as an alternative.

By no means am I claiming to be a nutritional expert, but these are just some healthier choices I wanted to share with you.

Love Ellie x

Monday, 23 March 2015

Quinoderm Antibacterial Facewash Review

* In collaboration with Quinoderm *

Morning Lovelies,

If you follow me on twitter and read my blog, you will know I have a slight problem with adult acne. As a teenager and through my early 20s, I had flawless skin. Honestly. Never ever a spot in sight. When I turned 25, all of a sudden I started getting breakouts, and not just the one off spot, but big, pustules mainly on my cheeks and jawline. I thought it was a phase. I am now 29 and still battling this problem! I have tried the following:

1. The Pill
2. Zineryt medication
3. Been pregnant
4. Been not pregnant
5. Benzyl Peroxide
6. Drank loads of water
7. Stopped smoking and drinking
8. Expensive Face Products
9. Cheap face products
10. Eaten healthily
11. Eaten non healthily
12. Many makeup free days
13. Foundations for oily skin

Do you think the above worked? Well, I can tell you now it didn't. When Quinoderm got in contact with me to try their antibacterial face wash, I jumped at the chance. Mainly through desperation. My sister in law has used their products a few years ago and said they were brilliant! I thought this could be the light at the end of the tunnel.

The product doesn't have a particular smell really so isn't unpleasant to use. After I have removed my makeup, I wash my face with this twice a day to remove any grime and oil. My face feels less oily after every use. I have been using for 2 weeks now, see below for the results..



As you can, they acne is still present, but a lot less aggressive . This product seems to have reduced white heads, which I am really pleased about.

You can buy Quinoderm on amazon for £4.63, or 3 bottles of £9.99.

Love Ellie

* Please note I was sent the product for review purposes but all photos/opinions are my own *

Monday, 16 March 2015

Pinterest Inspired Home Projects For A Small House

Morning Lovelies,

Hope you enjoyed the weekend. Since becoming an avid fan of Pinterest, it has given me heaps of inspiration for home projects. I have realized that there are so many small improvements I can make  to jazz up my home. I am not very creative, so Pinterest is a great aid for someone like me. I think Pinterest can be depressing if you have a small house, but don't let it! It offers so many ideas for houses of all shapes and sizes. Here is a few projects I have on my hit list that I will get around to ( eventually!).

Stairway Gallery

The walls on the stairs is a great blank canvas for getting creative! I have loads of photos in frames just, well hanging around creating dust on shelves. They would look oh so stylish placed here.

Bathroom Shelving

We have a very small bathroom, and struggle for space. A shelf above the door will not take up space, create ample room to get rid of clutter, and look stylish.

Flower Jar

I have so many empty candle jars, and what a great way to use them? Fill will flowers and scatter around the home. This will create femininity to the home, as living with 2 males, I fear too much masculinity is slowly taking over.

Office Space

As I work from home, I really need some kind of compact, organised space. At the moment, there are files, paper, laptops everywhere! This look above would work perfectly for a small house.

Bathroom Storage

Again, if you have a small bathroom, what a better way than to utilise the space above the toilet?

Wifi Password Frame

What a great way to make guests feel welcome? And also, if your password gets knocked off your laptop for some reason, this will save fumbling around at the back of the router, which lets face it, we have all done at some point!

Love Ellie x

Friday, 13 March 2015

Ten things about motherhood we don't like to admit

Morning Lovelies,

I am not a perfect mother at all, but I am a devoted and loving one.Being a mother is the most fantastic and beautiful thing in the world, but it is tough. Mentally, I do struggle sometimes and I am sure other mums do too. I wanted to admit some home truths, which I am sure most other mums can relate too. If you can't, then I salute you.

1. When my baby won't nap, but he is tired, I leave him in the cot until he falls asleep, which sometimes can be an hour before he nods off. I sit there and feel so guilty that I have just dumped him in there, almost like banishing him to prison, while I sit there and drink my cup of tea or catch up on Towie. But I still do it.

2. When I hear him wake up from his nap, I get a pang of dread.

3. I sit there reading other's blogs and looking at Instagram of families doing crafts, loads of days out, and sit there and think how shit my playgame is.

4. When I go to a playgroup, I sit there secretly thinking my child is better looking than the others.

5. When you meet mothers and they say their baby was sleeping through the night from 6 weeks old, I think you liar I am not buying that, while I smile sweetly and say 'that is great'.

6. If I am that shattered , and my baby does nap, if I don't have a lot of work to do and I go down for a sleep too and do not tell anyone, in-case I get accused of having a life of lazing around.

7. I leave my baby for an hour in the highchair on front of the TV in the morning,  while he eats his toast, so I can enjoy coffee, social media time and a cigarette ( outside of course).

8. I dread feeding times, because I don't ever know if he will eat what I have cooked. Will I have to make something else? Or just leave it?

9.  I love a day trip out because it means my son will be worn out, and he will sleep when we get home and give me a break.

10. I love bed time. I feel a real sense of relief when I tuck him in bed and go down for a much sought after gin and bitter lemon, with a bit of coronation street.

But I wouldn't change any of this for the world...

Love Ellie x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

My Birthday Beauty Haul

Morning Angels,

Well I was very lucky this year for my birthday. My husband has booked us a cruise in September around Spain, Portugal, the Canaries and Madeira. I also got some amazing beauty goodies, so for all you nosy beauty junkies ( like me), here it is....

1. Lush Foot Scrub
2. Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Pallette
3. Nars blusher in 'Super Orgasm'
4. Mac Lipsticks ( L-R) in Fanfare, Diva & Impassioned
5. Lush fresh facemask
6. Laura Mercier Body Scrub
7. Laura Mercier Hand Cream
8. Laura Mercier Body Cream
9. Laura Mercier Bodywash
10. Oskia Beauty Boost
11.  Oskia Cleanser

Love Ellie x

Monday, 9 March 2015

What I am Thankful For

Morning Lovelies,

I know life can be harsh and tough at times. We will ALL experience harshness in our lives, probably more than once; but once you start to lower your expectations, and be grateful for those small things, you find happiness will follow naturally....

Here are all of the things I am thankful for at the moment:

1. I had croissants and coffee this morning with my friend and her little boy
2. My little boy is on the mend and has been blissfully playing away while I get some work done
3. I have a roof over my head
4. I have no financial worries
5. I am growing a closer bond with my dad day after day
6. I have a happy marriage
7. I have 3 holidays booked this year already, and one of them is my dream ( a cruise)
8. I have lots of supportive friends and family
9.I am sat here looking at a beautiful blooming vase full of spring daffodils
10.I have no health worries
11. I have recently found faith in the catholic church and will be baptised in a few weeks time
12. It is my birthday tommorrow and I am going for a lovely lunch and dinner
13. My mother in law is one of the most amazing women I have ever met and I am proud to be her daughter in law
14. Any day now my degustabox will arrive and I am so excited
15. I managed to get Jack and new car seat as I didn't trust the other one, and I have worked out how to use it :-)
16. Despite not always eating great, I am thankful that I do not put weight on
17. I suffer from depression, and I am thankful I manage it and do not ever have a relapse
18. I am lucky enough to be a mother
19. I am on top of my game at work
20. The working mother guilt is slowly dissolving

If we dig a little deeper, we can always find something beautiful in our lives.

Love Ellie x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in 'Painterly'

Good Morning Lovelies,

Thanks to good old beauty blogging world, I have discovered another GREAT Mac product. The 'Pro Longwear Paint Pot' is a cream based eye shadow/primer. It can be used in 3 ways. The first is as a basic cream eye shadow if you are going for a natural day time look. The second is to blend with other shadows. The 3rd is a primer for your eye make up. Fab huh? I opted for the shade 'Painterly' which is a nude/beige with a slight pink undertone. Now usually I flinch at anything with pink undertones, as normally I go for yellow, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Rather than use a brush, this can be applied with your finger. This ensures no product is lost on application. It glides on very well, dries quickly, and can be built up depending on what look you are trying to achieve. The main positive is that it blends with powder eye shadows so well, giving you a much slicker eye shadow application.

The Pro long wear paint pot comes in 23 shades in total, so you have quite a wide variety available.

Swatch indoor light

As I am a powder shadow fan more, I would only use this as a makeup bag staple, rather than to create a dramatic look like some of the other shades promise.

The other thing I would say is you must ensure the lid is tightly closed after use, as otherwise this could cause the product to dry up.

The retail price for this product is £15.50.

Happy shopping ladies and gents!

Love Ellie x