As much as I love Winter, I can’t help but long for the warmer, Spring/Summer months. But there really are so many ways to love Winter, and I’m hoping these Winter Blues Tips will help. I always say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing, be prepared and what’s not to love? I work in my local Post Office on a Wednesday and throughout the Winter, customers come in moaning about the cold and rain, then the same customers come in in the summer moaning about the heat and longing for rain to clear the air. Really? I love to wind people up by saying how gorgeous the weather is when it’s pouring with rain or blowing a gale. Their faces say it all. But why can’t we love the wind and the rain as much as we love the sun?

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1. One of my favourite things to do in the Winter is to go on a walk. Especially in the crisp, frosty mornings or just as the sun is setting in the evening. There’s nothing quite like it. And Milo loves it too. Just wrap up warm and explore. It’s sometimes hard to drag myself out into the cold but I’ve never regretted it.

2. Snuggle in bed with a cup of tea, naughty treats and your favourite movie. Just escape. Sam and I watched Pan the other night and we’re planning on watching Tarzan tomorrow, I’m loving these new/re-releases at the moment.  We watched Interstellar in the cinema when it was released and both loved it, I’m looking forward to watching that one again too.

3. Pamper. Run yourself a warm bath and relax. I always add Westlab Epsom Salts to detox my body and a LUSH Bubble Bar. My favourite at the moment is Candy Mountain, such a gorgeous, sweet scent. If I’m feeling extra ‘meh’ I’ll put a face mask on too, and maybe even a hair mask.

4. Exercise. I know this probably isn’t one of the Winter Blues Tips you wanted to hear, but it works. Over the Winter/Christmas period, I eat so much. It’s pretty ridiculous really but I’m sure I’m not speaking for myself here. I hate the idea of exercise but I feel amazing afterwards, it can be a walk like mentioned above, a Yoga session or a more intense workout. Whatever works best for you.

5. Have a clear out. Call me crazy but I could spend an entire Sunday tidying, and absolutely love it. Winter is a perfect time to go through your clothes/make-up/everything else as you’re spending more time indoors. I get all my summer clothes ready, plan outfits and get rid of almost an entire wardrobe that I’ve never worn (I’ve just taken two bin bags to the charity shop). I really want to give a Capsule Wardrobe a go once we’re all settled into our house, I only wear a handful of items anyway. Tidying makes me feel organised, motivated and ready for the days ahead. You know what they say, tidy room tidy mind. That’s 100% true in my case.

Have you got any Winter Blues Tips to add to these?

Until next time,

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January is always a health kick, weight loss, start to love my body again month for me. I’m definitely a ‘new year, new start’ person, I’m SO motivated in January. And this year I had an extra boost, in the form of LighterLife Fast products, to help me through the month. I binged and binged and binged throughout the Christmas break, but doesn’t everyone? I just can’t resist the sweets and treats put in front of me. And the only time I exercise over Christmas is when I walk to the fridge to get more chocolate. I couldn’t be happier to have the LighterLife Fast products by my side to kick start my January health kick.

I wanted to write this post just to tell you about the LighterLife Fast products and give you a little insight into what it’s all about, what products they offer and what you can expect to get out of the 5:2 diet. Then I’ll be writing another post after a month of using the products to let you know how they’ve worked for me.

LighterLife Fast 5:2 Diet

The LighterLife Fast is a 5:2 Diet, available exclusively at Superdrug. You eat normally for 5 days and ‘fast’ using the meals, shakes, bars and pots for 2 days. The Fastpacks restrict your daily calories, and on the LighterLife Fast 5:2 diet, you can expect to eat up to 800 calories on a Fast Day. There is such a range of foods in the Fastpacks, including Shakes, Bars, Soups, Porridge and meals such as Carbonara or Shepherds Pie. You should chose four of these for a Fast Day. For example a Strawberry Shake for Breakfast, Pasta Carbonara for Lunch, a Fudge Nut Bar as a Snack and Spaghetti Bolognese for Dinner. Doesn’t really sound like fasting does it? Fastpacks give you 100% of your RDAs of nutrients, without the calories.

I’ve tried some of the products before and have already done 3 fast days this month. This has given me a chance to try some of the new products available too. The Strawberry Shakes are by far my favourite, I could drink these every single day. Shakes are often grainy or watery but these are delicious. And a little hack for you – pop it in the fridge for an hour after shaking – this will thicken it. It honestly tastes like Angel Delight. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Marathi Lentil Masala with Rice Fastpot and the Pasta Carbonara is lovely too. The Nut Fudge Bars have remained one of my favourites since my last LighterLife fast, I pop this one in the fridge too which makes it extra yummy. The Bars are great for satisfying sugar cravings, especially the Double Chocolate Meal Replacement Bar.

LighterLife have just introduced the Light Bites Snack Range. These are all less than 100 calories per product and make a perfect alternative to fatty or sugary snacks. Whether you’re on a fast day or not. Products in this range start at just 99p and consist of Bars, Popped Chips and Fruit Chips. I haven’t tried any of these yet so I’ll let you know what I think in my ‘How I Got On’ post next month. Up to two of the Light Bites range can be consumed on a Fast Day, in addition to the four products from Fastpacks.

I’m really looking forward to trying the other products and would LOVE for you to join me on my LighterLife Fast Challenge. And lucky for you, I can make that happen. LighterLife have kindly gifted me a 2 week Kick Off Kit worth £38.00 for one of my readers, this contains everything you need for 2 weeks on the LighterLife Fast Diet. Porridges, Bars, Shakes, Meals the lot, along with a free shaker. You can enter the giveaway using Rafflecopter below.

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UK only. The winner gives permission for me to share their details with LighterLife so they can arrange delivery of the prize. If the winner does not claim their prize within 28 days, a new winner will be chosen. There will be one winner chosen at random on 9th February.

Have you tried the LighterLife Fast before?

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When I asked my fiancé what he wanted to do for his birthday, London was the last place I expected him to say. Especially around Christmas time. But he had a point, there’s always something to do in London. I suggested Bournemouth, Torquay and many other seaside towns but he was right, what’s there to do other than walk along a cold, wet beach and visit shops you’ve been in 100 times over. I’ve put this little post/guide of Things To Do In London to help anyone thinking of visiting.

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We booked a Travelodge in Teddington, around a 10 minute train ride away from London, as always. I always recommended a hotel outside of London if you’re driving in as you don’t have to pay ridiculous (£20+) per day parking fees. And you’re more than likely going to have to buy the Zones 1-6 Travelcard anyway so you’re saving yourselves a few pennies to see the London sights. I almost always book a Travelodge as you know what to expect, and it doesn’t cost the earth. Breakfast is always good and rooms are a good size and clean. We weren’t expecting to be evacuated from the hotel at 11pm and a fire crew turn up though…

All I wanted to do on Monday night was visit Oxford Street and Strand to get a few Christmas presents. Strand because I needed to visit the Twining’s shop to get some tea for my Grandma. I’ve managed to get her into Green Tea recently so I thought it was nice to buy a few different teas for her to try. Of course I also bought myself a selection and I’ll be doing another Twinings Tea Tasting soon. We then ended up in Pizza Hut, I know we could have been a little more imaginative as we were in London but we were also absolutely starving. And you can always count on Pizza Hut to fill you up, especially with their free salad cart. A few restaurants I’d suggest visiting near Strand would be Garfunkels, Bill’s or Fire and Stone, or Afternoon Tea at the Savoy if you’re feeling a little more (very) spendy.

As far as Things To Do In London go, you must visit Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park if you’re in London between 18th November – 2nd January. London doesn’t do things in small measures, and Winter Wonderland is a fine example of this. It takes over an hour to walk around, yet alone stopping at the many Christmas Market Stalls, eating ‘Dirty Fries’, drinking Mulled Wine and releasing you inner child on the roller coasters. I thoroughly enjoyed the Bavarian Village myself.

There are many ‘eateries’ in London to find yourself Breakfast. Whether it be a traditional Full English at The Pavilion Café, an American Breakfast at Beany Green or a healthier option at the Vegan Black Cat Café. We took the easy option of Breakfast at the hotel, which never disappoints. Full cooked breakfast (Veggie/Vegan options available), full continental options and a range of tea/coffee/fruit juices all for £7.95 and unlimited, ‘all you can eat’.

Will full bellies we headed into London to start the day. A Zone 1-6 Travelcard is around £12 and will get you on every tube and bus in London, all day. This makes it so easy to travel around and is definitely the cheapest option. Of course you can use the legs you were born with. But it does get tiring once you’ve walked over 20 miles in a day.

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Things To Do In London - London Eye

Things To Do In London - Sightseeing, Big Ben

Things To Do In London - Chinatown Buffet Restaurants

Things To Do In London - M&M World

This is where the fun begins, there are so many Things To Do In London. I’m going to be brave and say you could probably do 3-4 of these suggestions in a day. Depending how long you spend at each one. You could spend the entire day looking around the many museums. The Imperial War Museum and Natural History Museum are my favourites. Other Museums include the British Museum, Science Museum and the London Transport Museum (and of course many many more). Correct me if I’m wrong but all of these Museums run on a donation basis. You can visit them all in a day without needing to take out a second mortgage. Make sure you do donate though, even if it’s just £1 as the Museums depend on these donations.

If you’re visiting with children (or if you’re a 12 year old stuck in a 30 year olds body), my top suggestions would be the Sealife Centre, the Cartoon Museum, Shrek’s Adventure, M&M World or a trip for Hamley’s if you’re ready for the multiple I wants, can Is and pleeeeeeeease Mummys.

The attractions in London can be enjoyed by all ages. Sam’s favourite is Ripley’s Believe It Or Not as he remembers reading the books as a child. I love Madamme Tausauds and the London Dungeons. And of course the London Eye to see the spectacular views of London. The London Eye is a ‘must do’ if you’re visiting London for the first time. I’ve been on many times myself but the experience is surreal each and every time.

As for dinner, Sam and I are definitely eat as much as we can people. We like to know we’re going to leave with full bellies. We headed to Jimmy’s in Wimbledon for dinner as it was on our way back to Teddington but there’s so many other buffet restaurants around London. I’d recommend any in Chinatown, Mr Wu in particular or Lido but this one isn’t a buffet. El Burrito is one of our favourites too and there’s quite a few Wahacas dotted about.

Obviously there are many many more Things To Do In London and I may add to this/update it at a later date as I experience attractions and places to eat/drink. But these are my favourites for now, and some of my ‘must do’ suggestions.

Have you done any of these Things To Do In London? What are your favourites?

Until next time,

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As far as monthly food subscription boxes go, I think Degustabox is my favourite. Just because it’s such good value and there’s always a massive selection in each box, from savoury products, to sweets and chocolate, to alcohol and fruit juices. And you never have any idea what’s going to be in the box before you open it. I love that element of surprise. Degustabox is just £12.99 per month but you can get a massive £7.00 off with my discount code UFDHB – meaning you can get 10-15 food/drink items for just £5.99. I was over the moon with last month’s Christmas box but I love this one just as much. Especially the Bristows Fudge.

Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - Degustabox Winter

Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - Degustabox Winter Box

My favourite from this month’s box were the Hoot Snacks ‘Salt and Vinegar’, the Newton’s Appl Fizzics and the Falafel Bite+ Multi Grain Flake, oh and of course the Bristows ‘Oh Fudge’ Apple and Cinnamon mentioned above. There were strange to begin with but I grew to love them. They’re an acquired taste. I really enjoy Apple Juice so the Appl Fizzics was really refreshing. I can imagine it’ll be even nice on a warm summer’s day, if they exist. The Gallo Vegetable and Cheese Risotto Box also looks lovely, this would make an ideal desk lunch for a busy day at work.

Also included in this month’s box were two bags of Bahlsen Lebkuchen. One was the Bahlsen Akora which are a heart shaped Lebkuchen filled with spiced jam. The other packet was the Bahlsen Lebkuchen Mischung ‘a colourful assortment of gingerbread pieces, decorated with glazing and delicious chocolate’. I’ve been putting these out for customers at work and they’ve been going down well.

A couple of drink items included was an Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine (I don’t like the sound of this one), an a2 Milk and a What A Melon Juice, and the Newton’s Appl Fizzics mentioned above. I’m not keen on Watermelon so gave the What A Melon Juice to Sam, he loved it though.

The Winter Box included a big box of Gluten Free Nutri-Brex which will be ideal for breakfasts as I’ve been sticking to my Health and Fitness Goals. As well as Maggi 3 Minute Noodles and Gallo Risotto, both perfect quick lunches.

Do you subscribe to any monthly food subscription boxes? I’d love to hear you favourites.

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I’ve been visiting Redwood Farm, Cribbs Causeway for a while now. I’m always sharing photos of the food I have on my various social medias but realised I’m yet to do an in-depth review on here. Redwood Farm is part of Farmhouse Inns, a sister company of Greene King. They currently have two pubs/restaurants local to Bristol, Redwood Farm and Winter Stream Farm, but have others all over the country. You can find your ‘local pub’ here. Redwood Farm is only 15 minutes from my work so we tend to go here on a Saturday, we’re always starving and know we’re going to be well fed. The portions are huge!

Redwood Farm is traditionally a carvery. They have many different meats to choose from, usually including Chicken, Beef and Pork and sometimes Turkey, Gammon and other meats. They also do a Vegetarian option of Chestnut, Brie and Mushroom Pie and often Cauliflower Cheese Tart too – this is always the option I’ve been offered anyway. There’s always plenty of vegetables to choose from too.

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Sam and I don’t often go for a carvery, instead we choose from their vast selection of dishes on the menu. We’ve tried quite a few between us now. Sam is a burger man, he’d have a burger for breakfast, lunch and dinner if he could so he’s working his way through the burgers on the Redwood Farm menu. These include the Cheese and Jalapeno Melt Burger, the Tex Mex Chicken Burger and his favourite, the Giant Mixed Grill Burger. Of course there’s also the Spicy Veg Burger. But alongside burgers, there’s also a couple of Hot Dogs, the Farmhouse Dog and the Sloppy Mac and Cheese Dog (pictured above).

My favourite meal on the menu is the Smoky Bean Chilli – they also do Smoky Bean Nachos as a starter (divine). I’ve had this chilli around 4 times now and it never disappoints. I’ve got to the point of ordering it every time I visit as I’m worried that nothing else will compare. I’m dying to try the Cheese, Onion and Potato Pie and the Luxury Homemade Macaroni Cheese though.

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It’s their desserts that they’re famous for. I always take friends/family to Redwood Farm and show them the desserts before we order. Just so they know how much room they have to save. Sam and I are making our way through the selection of desserts, we’ll be able to recommend them all soon – oops. They have Classics, School Day Favourites and Sundaes. They are ginormous! I’m sure there must have been about 600g of soft cheese in one slice of the Toffee Waffle Cheesecake. It tasted lovely though! The Chocolate Crunch and Pink Custard also took me back to my primary school years. I’m definitely going to try one of the sundaes next, the Crunchie Munchie one sounds amazing.

As far as price is concerned, each and every meal/dessert is excellent value for money. My Smoky Bean Chilli was just £7.25 and the desserts start at £4.15.  The only thing I’d say lets this pub down is the service. We’ve always had lovely food but always left feeling unsatisfied with the service. You need to go to the bar to order your food, sometimes wait 10 minutes in a queue to order. A pub this good, with food as nice as it is should definitely have waitress service. But the food most definitely makes up for the service. And I look forward to visiting each and every time.

Have you visited Redwood Farm or another of the Farmhouse Inns? What did you order?

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