As many of you already know, I’ve been doing the LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat challenge over the last couple of months.  Mum and I have been doing the challenge together and we’ve both found it so easy to stick to. As part of our #ICanDoThat challenge we visited Go Ape, when both Mum and I are scared of heights, which you can read all about here. We had such a fun day! LighterLife Fast helped us feel energised and ready to take on the challenge, and really helped us get rid of our bloated tummies which is something we both [used to] suffer with.

Vegetarian Meal Plan with LighterLife Fast

I’ve gone into details about the LighterLife Fast in a few of my previous posts but wanted to use this opportunity to share my Vegetarian Meal Plan and show you how to incorporate the products into a balanced diet. I haven’t always stuck to the plan religiously, which is why I love, and enjoy, the products so much. I’ve been finding the products to easy to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle on the non-fast days too. The shakes are perfect for a nutritional, on the go breakfast. Much better than any ‘breakfast bar’ you’ll pick up at the local supermarket. And I’ve always got an item from the Light Bites Snack range in my handbag.

A quick disclaimer before I start: I am in no way, shape or form a nutritionist (although my best friend is one). This is just a Vegetarian Meal Plan to show how I personally use the products as part of a balanced lifestyle. There will be things that you do differently, or products you don’t like. But that’s the ease of the LighterLife Fast. There are so many products to chose from, you’ll almost certainly find some favourites among their selection. As well as the foods mentioned below, I always make sure I drink at least 2 litres of water daily and usually 3-4 cups Green/Fruit Tea.


Monday: Day 1

Breakfast 7:30am – Tesco Special Flakes with Red Berries, an Apple and a cup of Green Tea.

Lunch 1pm – A Salad consisting of Crispy Salad Mix, Red and Yellow Pepper, Cucumber, Carrot, Feta Cheese, a dollop of Red Pepper Hummus and Chia Seeds.

Afternoon Snack 3pm – A Cherry Muffin and a Blackcurrant and Rhubarb Tea.

Dinner 7pm – Roast Dinner: Roast Potatoes, Parsnips, Yorkshire Pudding, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Green Beans, Stuffing and a Quorn ‘Chicken’ Fillet.


Tuesday: Fast Day

Breakfast 9am – LighterLife Fast Strawberry Shake.

Lunch 1pm – LighterLife Fast Tomato and Herb Soup.

Afternoon Snack 4:30pm – Light Bites Strawberry and Apple Fruit Chips.

Dinner 8pm – LighterLife Fast Pasta Carbonara and a LigherLife Fast Nut Fudge Bar


Wednesday: Day 3

Breakfast 8am – Toast with Marmite and a Banana (and a Green Tea).

Morning Snack 11:30am – A handful of Lidl Trail Mix.

Lunch 1pm – Jacket Potato with a small tin of Reduced Salt Beans and Crispy Salad.

Dinner 6:30pm – Vegetarian Lasagne made with Quorn Mince, served with Mixed Vegetables.


Thursday: Day 4

Breakfast 9:30am – Lighterlife Fast Strawberry Shake.

Lunch 1:30pm –  Minestrone Soup with a small Wholemeal Roll.

Afternoon Snack 3pm – Wasabi Coated Chickpeas (homemade).

Dinner 6pm – Tesco Vegetable Chilli Balti with Uncle Bens Wholegrain Rice.

Evening Snack 8:3opm – Frozen Banana.


Friday: Fast Day

Breakfast 8am –  LighterLife Fast Banana Shake.

Morning Snack 11am – Light Bites Goji Berries, Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Bar.

Lunch 1pm – LighterLife Fast Hearty Vegetable Soup.

Afternoon Snack 5pm – Lighterlife Fast Chocolate Raisin Bar.

Dinner 8pm – Lighterlife Fast Spaghetti Bolognese.


Saturday: Day 6

Breakfast 9:30am – Scrambled Egg on Wholemeal Toast.

Lunch 2pm – M&S Nourish Bowl (Sweet Potato Bites, Chickpeas, Hummus, Butternut Squash).

Afternoon Snack – Light Bites Roasted Shallot and Cider Vinegar Popped Chips.

Dinner 7:30pm – Mexican Bean Wraps: Mexican Bean Burgers cooked and cut into strips. Mixed with Reggae Reggae Sauce. Served with Peppers, Tomatoes and Onion (recipe coming soon).


Sunday: Day 7

Breakfast 9am –  Tesco Special Flakes with Red Berries.

Lunch 1pm – Tomato Pasta with Feta Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes.

Afternoon Snack 3pm – Half a Cadbury’s Easter Egg (oops).

Dinner 7:30pm – Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein and Prawn Crackers.


I like to think I have a varied, balanced diet. I will usually have one takeaway a week, or every couple of weeks. If I’m feeling naughty it’ll be a Vegetarian Pizza, if not, I will have a Vegetable Chow Mein like this week. And I can’t resist a little bit of chocolate. I always drink 3-4 cups of Green/Fruit Tea a day and at least 2 litres of water. Snacks tend to be nuts or unrefined carbohydrates which fill me up, instead of leaving me craving for more. I’ve been making my own roasted chickpeas recently so I have a recipe for those coming soon, as well as the recipe for my Mexican Bean Wraps.

On the Fast Days I tend to start the day with a Strawberry/Banana Shake, I love these so much that I even start some of my non fast days with them too. I adore almost all of the LighterLife Fast Bars, especially the Nut Fudge Bars – they make me look forward to my Fast Days. And as I mentioned above, I always have a product from the Light Bites range with me. My favourites are the Strawberry and Apple Fruit Chips and the Superfood Fruit/Seed Bars.

I hope this Vegetarian Meal Plan has given you some ideas. I’d love to hear how you get on if you try the LighterLife Fast 5:2 yourself.

Until next time,

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People often ask me, ‘How are you always so motivated?’, ‘How do you find time to do x, y and z?’, ‘Where do you get your energy from?’ and the answer always comes down to a good night’s sleep. I know I’m turning into your Mother now, and you’ve probably heard this a million times already, but I cannot stress the importance of a good night’s sleep enough. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it! At one point I was working four jobs, doing a full time degree and trying to start my now successful (if I do say so myself) company, Moore’s Campers. I couldn’t have done any of it without a good night’s sleep.

Tips For A Good Night's Sleep

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Now that’s easy to say, but how do you actually do it? Here are my top tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

1. First and foremost, a good mattress. This is one of the most important aspects of a good night’s sleep. My fiancé and I opted for a Leesa* mattress; with three layers of high quality foam, these provide cooling bounce, contouring pressure release and core support to ensure a good night’s sleep, night after night. There’s lots more information on the Leesa mattress below.

2. Tidy room, tidy mind. I always dedicate time to sort my bedroom out before I settle for the evening. You don’t have to make this a time consuming task, just 10 minutes is all it takes. Put your dirty washing in the laundry, file lose bits of paperwork, wash up empty glasses. Each thing you do on an evening is one less thing you have to do the next day. Which always makes my mind much clearer.

3. No evening snacks/drinks. As nice as a tub of ice cream in bed at 11pm sounds, it’s not doing your sleep any favours. We’re all guilty, Sam and I have been known to have cheese and crackers in bed at gone midnight, on more than one occasion. But don’t make it a habit. Eating late at night can also contribute to weight gain as your body doesn’t have a chance to burn the energy in the food/s. Make sure you have your last meal/snack at least 3 hours before you go to bed.

4. Create the perfect environment. I can’t sleep with any amount of light and the slightest bit of noise will disturb my sleep. My ResMed Sleep Tracker helped me discover and eliminate some of the environmental factors that were interrupting my sleep. I invested in a good pair of blackout curtains as I was waking up at the crack of dawn each morning. I also discovered that my TV was turning on at 3am each morning so I put a stop to that too. I’d suggest trying a Sleep Tracker if you’ve been suffering with sleepless nights for a while.

5. Routine. Whether you go to bed at 9pm every night or 1am every morning, or 3am if you’re my Mother, try and stick to a routine. Let your body clock adapt, stick to a routine for just a week and I can almost guarantee that you’ll see a difference immediately. Try not to change that routine too much on the weekend either. As much as you think you’re catching up on sleep by snoozing until 11am on a Sunday, you’ll probably end up more tired. And you’ll struggle getting up at 6am on Monday.

6. No TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, games consoles, or anything else bright or electronic. Give your body at least 20 minutes free from electronics before your head hits the pillow. And do something to tire you mind instead. Call us old but Sam and I often enjoy a game of cards, or a chat about our day’s. I also use this time to read. I’m currently reading Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee.

7. Pamper. Wind down activities often involve a good ol’ pamper. I’ll regularly make an entire evening of it. I’ll run myself a warm bath, fill it with LUSH goodies, put a face mask on and either read or listen to relaxing music. Whatever time I do this, I always feel like I could sleep for a week afterwards.

The Leesa Mattress, the key to a good night’s sleep

The Leesa Mattress is expertly crafted to create a luxury feel and appearance to appeal to each and every person. With individual needs in mind. The Leesa Mattress, manufactured with three layers of high quality foam, provides optimum support and comfort to help your body rest and recover to ensure a good, and pain free night’s sleep.

No-one can know how a mattress is going to work for them after a 2 minute lie down in store. Leesa understand this and offer a 100 Night Trial Period. If you don’t feel the Leesa Mattress is right for you, they will arrange for the mattress to be collected and donated through a charitable organisation.

One of the many reasons to choose Leesa is that you’re also helping others. As well as providing yourself with a good night’s sleep. Along with the fact that they donate all returned mattresses, they also donate one mattress for every ten sold to organisations that support homeless and at-risk men, women and children. And if that wasn’t enough, they partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every mattress sold and donate time and resources to help support local and national organisations.

I can give you a massive £50 off your Leesa Mattress if you buy through this link. I’d love to hear what you think if you do chose Leesa.

What are your top tips for a good night’s sleep?

Until next time,

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As always, I was eager to receive this month’s Degustabox. I’m not sure why I get so excited, I think it’s due to the element of surprise. But I almost run out to Laurence our DPD man every time he arrives with it… he must think I’m crazy [I am]. I was over the moon with this month’s box. I was so pleased to see so many healthy[ish] goodies for me to try. Especially the Quinoa Chocolate –  have you ever heard of such thing? And the Vanilla Maca-roons. A lot of the products are snacky things to, which is where I struggle when healthy eating.

Before I get into the contents, remember – you can get £7 off your Degustabox with my discount code UFDHB. Let me know what you think if you do sign up.

Quinoa Chocolate - Degustabox

Quinoa Chocolate - Degustabox

The first thing I noticed when I opened this month’s Degustabox was a big box of Dorset Cereals Machu Picchu Muesli. I’m going to try this with a dash of Almond Milk at the weekend. Although I’m not too keen on coffee flavours so I’m hoping this isn’t too strong. These are usually £4.89 alone so I was impressed to see a full size box.

The next thing I pulled out (and almost opened right away) was the Seabrook Lattice Crisps. I cannot resist crisps, they are definitely my downfall. But instead of opening them there and then, I’ve put them away in ‘safe keeping’ until my house is finished. I’m now looking forward to enjoying these with a Friday night film, when we can finally put our feet up. I’ve also hidden the VIP Hot Chilli Nuts away for the same reason.

The POLO Sugar Free Pot will come in really handy to keep in the car. I try and refrain from having food in the car, one because it’s messy, and two because once I start snacking, I can’t stop. I think I can make an exception for mints though.

There was one drink item in this month’s box. The alcohol-free box contained Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Lemonade which I was pleased to see (the Fentimans Pink Lemonade is one of my favourite drinks). The alcohol box contained a CELIA Organic Larger which Sam has just drank at my desk whilst I’ve been writing this. He’s just wondered off so I can’t let you know what he thinks, but he drank the lot so it can’t be bad.

The two products I mentioned in my introduction are definitely my favourites this month. The Doisy and Dam Quinoa Chocolate was intriguing. I wasn’t too sure at first but the more I ate, the more I liked it. Then the Whitworth’s Full Of Super Maca-roons were lovely too. And very filling! The last snacky item is from the Nothing But range. My box contained the Pineapple and Grape Snack and the Strawberry and Banana Snack. Both products that I’ve tried previously and really enjoyed. They’re perfect, guilt-free, on the go snacks.

Only two products left to mention, one is the Good Hemp Hemp Seed Hearts and the other Garofalo’s Whole Wheat Penne Pasta. I’ve heard of Hemp as a protein source before but never seen it in this form. I think I’m going to try and incorporate this into a Baking Post soon so watch this space. The pasta is made with unprocessed, organic durum wheat meaning it’s natural vitamins and minerals remain intact. And apparently it cooks in just 11 minutes too – what’s not to love?

Do you get the Degustabox? What was your favourite product in this month’s box. Mine was the Quinoa Chocolate?

Until next time,

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This is such an exciting post to be writing, after what seems like, or was, years and years of saving. Sam and I have finally bought our own home. I’m so excited to be sharing the news with you as I’ve been going on and on about owning a home. The whole process has been near enough impossible, mortgage companies were awful and we were forever not being taken seriously. Sam and I are both self-employed which made buying our home so difficult. Although we’ve got 3 years of accounts, they apparently weren’t good enough because we invested more back into the company than we were taking out. How else do you expect a small business to grow? Anyway, this post isn’t to moan about how difficult it is for young adults to get on the housing ladder, it’s to tell you we did it.

We were looking for a project all along. Something we could make our own. We are both so picky when it comes to how we want something. We knew a perfect house wouldn’t be perfect to us. And with Sam being in the building trade, we had his expertise to help us. But we didn’t realise a project was going to be our only option, so I’m glad we were ready for it.

The house we’ve bought used to belong to my Uncle, or I feel still does in some way. He sadly lost his battle with Cancer late last year, and during his illness told Sam and I how perfect his house would be for us. He was terminal at this point so we’d got used to talking about when the inevitable happened. I feel a little better about the situation knowing that my Uncle knew Sam and I were going to buy it. And it was going to be that first step on the property ladder that we needed. Especially as he’d owned the house for 26 years.  My Uncle restored Classic Cars for a living and always joked that his house was only for eating and sleeping in, but he was happy, that’s all that mattered. But you can imagine what 26 years of no decorating does to a house?

The house is a 3 Bed Terraced House in a town outside of Bristol. It has 2 double Bedrooms and one smaller Bedroom which I can happily say is going to be my Blog/Beauty Room. It has an Upstairs Shower Room and a Main Bathroom. Downstairs is the Living Room and Kitchen. And a massive room that isn’t being used for anything whatsoever. We’re going to turn this room into a Kitchen/Diner and have the Kitchen as the Utility Room with a Downstairs Cloakroom. Outside we have Front and Back Gardens, a Double Garage and a Car Port/Driveway.

This is a massive project for us so I wanted to take this opportunity to share the ‘before’ photos with you. We’ve already got quite far into the renovation process. The house didn’t have any form of heating so a full heating system was the first thing on our list. And definitely one of the most expensive. Then it was onto the stripping of the chipboard wallpaper in the entire house. And ripping up the carpets, that had been laid on-top of the old carpets (don’t ask). It took us a while but we finally got it to a starting point.

I’m going to do individual before and after posts of each room as we finish them. But for now… he’re the before photos. We’ve got a lot of work on our plate haven’t we…

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

What do you think? I can’t wait to show you the after photos, we’ve done so much already.

Until next time,

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Now the summer is upon us, the only place I want to be is in my kitchen. Or the beach, I’m not going to say no to the beach. But call me crazy, you have to drag me out of the kitchen kicking and screaming in the Spring/Summer months. I can’t get enough of cooking and baking. Which is obviously difficult right now considering I don’t even have a kitchen…

As you may know, Sam and I have recently bought a renovation project, the full post on that will be coming after this one. We have been working flat out on it, every single day after work, and Saturdays/Sundays for around 2 months now. I’d be lying if I wasn’t to say I’m getting slightly fed up and impatient now. In order to do the kitchen, we’ve had to wait for the electrician to do his business, as we’re moving the kitchen into a completely different room. Now we’re waiting for the plasterer who’s starting Tuesday, then we need to paint, and finally build the kitchen. We’re working towards a completion date of 14th May and the closer that’s getting, the more excited I am to get my arse back in the kitchen.

Obviously, a new kitchen calls for new appliances right? So it’s only right to make a Kitchen Wishlist. I’ve already spent way more than I should and we’ve still got so much to buy. Le Creuset just calls my name far too often…

The first on my Kitchen Wishlist is a fridge, probably one of the most important parts of a kitchen as it’s where the chocolate goes… (I know 99% of you will disagree with that statement). Although I say this is on my Wishlist, Sam and I have already bought this as it was in the Curry’s Sale. We’ve gone for the Samsung RS53K4400SA which was reduced to £649. Crazy for a fridge, but Sam wanted an ice machine, and I suppose it is a novelty. This is still in it’s packaging in the Garage so I can’t tell you what I think about it yet. But I can tell you it will fit a lot of food in, and it has an ice machine…

I’ve been looking for a juicer to make smoothies/soups and I’m impressed with the Panasonic Juicers. MX-ZX1800SXC looks like it’ll do everything I need and more. I have soup for lunch at work almost every day, it’s either that or cous cous/grains with salad. I really want to start batch making my soups as it’ll save me a fortune and I’ll know exactly what goes into it. Leek and Potato is my favourite, or a simple vegetable. I would love some soup recipes if anyone has any favourites they’d like to share?

A microwave is another important appliance that’s high up on our Kitchen Wishlist. I know some people don’t use a microwave whatsoever but I’m not one of those people, I always chose the easy option. I even make pasta in the microwave as it means I don’t have to stand over a pan for 10-15 minutes. I’m want to restart my 5 Minute Mug Cakes series too as the first one of these was really popular. I spotted a Samsung Microwave Grill for £69 at Tesco which I thought was a good price.

Why is this turning into such an adult list? Time for some silly things I think… I’d like some form of Novelty Cookie Jar, Tesco were doing a Robot one but I think it’s since been discontinued. I can always remember going to my Mum’s friends houses and them having silly cookie jars that you couldn’t wait to be offered a biscuit from. I want my Godchildren/Niece to feel like this with me. OK I’ve even made Robot Cookie Jars seem adult… [a little addition, I had a dream about said Robot Cookie Jar last night].

Next is absolutely anything to do with baking. I went through a point when I was really organised with my blog (and life) and I was managing to get a Baking/Food post live every Wednesday. Everything has been up in the air with the house renovation at the moment but I cannot wait to get to this state of mind again. Obviously a Kitchen Aid is on the top of my list but I’ll have to win the lottery first for that one. As that’s definitely not something we can spend our money on any time soon. Then I’m lusting after lots of different cookie cutters, cake cakes and decorations on Amazon, which is great for baking equipment.

I think that’s it, for now anyway. Although I’ve probably forgotten something important. I’d love to hear what your must have kitchen appliances are? Keep a look out for my before and after Kitchen post. I can’t wait to show you.

Do you have any recommendations for things you can’t live without? What’s on your Kitchen Wishlist?

Until next time,

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