Made Without Wheat @ M&S





Bread loaves are often long-life, stale and horrible. Unless you live near an amazing bakery that bakes gluten/wheat- free bread, you're not going to find a good fresh loaf (Genius loaves are the only I've found, but this is not always in stock). M&S sell a white and also a brown seeded loaf which I've tried previously and absolutely love. They also have soft rolls available in either brown or white, and when they say soft, they mean soft.

Let's skip to the good bit (anyone else just start singing that song by Rizzle Kicks?!)...the sweet treats. Depending on your local store as to what they stock but in mine, chocolate muffins, pancakes and a coffee and walnut cake grace the shelves.

I understand that choosing to switch to a wheat-free diet can be difficult, the price is  usually doubled and  the quality and tends to be lacking meaning you can lose hope. Believe me, I've been there and due to certain obstacles, I don't follow a strict wheat-free diet. When the choice is there I go with wheat-free but I don't have a paddy if a cafe or bakery doesn't offer wheat-free options, I mean small businesses may struggle to justify spending time and money on making specialist baked goods to then have them spoil as they ma not be popular.

We all know the healthy lifestyle is quickly becoming more and more popular and soon a wheat-free diet will be common place.

I have just tried the almond frangipan tray bake and I think I'm in love, it's so moist and you can't even tell that it doesn't have wheat in. The ingredients aren't the best but a dessert wouldn't be a dessert if it is 100% healthy. Next I tried the ciabatta, the only thing I've been disappointed with. You know the wheat-free bread you get that has that horrible dry texture, crumbles just by looking at it...well this ciabatta is no different. The taste was okay and I just ended up taking off the top and eating the bottom and the middle of my sandwich.

Let's end on a good fan-fricking-tastic note, made without dairy dark chocolate. I'm not vegan but I do try to cut out as much dairy as possible so this chocolate would make a good sweet treat to have in when I'm in desperate need (these times happen most nights after dinner). It's a big thumbs up from me.

All in all, the range of Made Without products are pretty damn good and I cannot wait to try everything else in the range.

Find out more about availability in your local M&S store here.

Have you tried M&S Made Without Wheat products?

CAUSING A BIT OF A RUCKUS



Sometimes I find myself in a rut. Whether it be to do with my health and appearance or what I'm actually going to do after University...and currently it's the second.

I've just finished my first year studying psychology at University and I must say I'm not convinced. I'm not sure whether it's just me or not- but it's not what I expected. I am currently paying £9,000 a year for my tuition of two half days and one full day. The question of is it worth it keeps popping up in my head.

In my first year I studied hard, I'm a bit of a perfectionist you see, getting less than a first in my assignments really disappointed me. As soon as I moved here I applied for several jobs and landed one almost opposite the end of my road, perfect. I worked there in the evenings, weekends and on my days off university.

I do understand why students get a bad name and a degree has become somewhat common place to have one. 

I see so many people living off their maintenance loans and grants, which by no means am I saying it is wrong but for me personally, I applied for the loans and grants as a precautionary measure in case I couldn't find a job as quickly as I wanted once I had moved.

Now I am one of those people who talks to anyone, especially at work, everyone would ask what I'm studying, I say psychology..."what do you think of me?" or "don't start analysing me" are pretty much the response I get or if I'm lucky, someone may decide they want to tell me the choice I made with psychology is stupid and pointless. Believe me, people can really be delightful sometimes.

Psychology is difficult to get into, I mean it is very popular, especially the counselling and clinical department. But my degree allows me to learn how to conduct experiments and studies, and also how to handle and interpret statistics, these are qualities that can be adapted to other jobs. I have learnt many new skills already and having a degree just opens doors, I may not use my psychology degree to it's full potential but I've given myself options.

Your degree is your degree, it was and is your choice. No one has the right to tell you what you're doing is pointless. They are your mistakes to make in life. End of.

Apologies about the rant but it really gets under my skin when someone tars everyone with the same brush.

What has gotten under your skin lately?

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Healthy Grocery Haul



Recently, with my fast-approaching holiday I've been on a bit of a health-kick and not to mention the fact that I have been feeling really unhealthy and sluggish as well. So yesterday I hit my local health food shop, Holland & Barrett and Sainsbury's and this is what I came out with. I was a little clueless on which shops are best to find healthy food items at good prices because we all know how expensive eating healthily can be.

YOUR LOCAL HEALTH STORE
My local store is a little shop called Grape Tree. It stocks mainly nuts, seeds and dried fruit but it does have healthy snack bars and also gluten, dairy and wheat free products such as flour and milk alternatives. I bought some snack bars and stocked up on an omega seed mix, flaked almonds (for my porridge) and treated myself to some dark chocolate covered brazil nuts.

HOLLAND AND BARRETT
Holland and Barrett stock all sorts of different products from supplements and seeds to peanut butter to protein powder. The prices are quite steep but you can get a points card where you recieve a voucher every so often to spend in store. I like to buy my litttle extras such as cocoa nibs and coconut sugar from there. I also discovered spelt pasta and spaghetti on sale which I have been trying to find for a while now as I have a  bit of a soft spot for pasta and this is a great alternative that doesn't seem to bloat me at all.

SUPERMARKET
The supermarket is one of the best places you can get fresh produce and they stock a gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives as well. Now they don't have a huge variety of brands in store but they have brands such as The Food Doctor, Biona and Whole Earth. I like to go to a supermarket that allows you to collect points to try and save money is some way so Sainsbury's and Tesco are my best friends (not to mention the home delivery service).

Where do you get your healthy foods from?

Let's take a second to give thanks to Peanut Butter





When trying to eat healthily, I struggle without a little sweet kick sometimes but I have found the solution in a healthy version of peanut butter. I have previously tried Whole Earth peanut butter which is readily available in supermarkets and they even sometimes stock different varieties of butter such as almond and cashew butter.

I am now have another health kick and remembered how good healthier peanut butter was and spotted the brand Meridian, which I would deem as better than the Whole Earth butter due to only using one ingredient which is peanuts. This peanut butter is a lot less solid than usual butters and it tends to separate a little between uses but it tastes so damn good!

I would highly recommend getting your self down to the supermarket and getting some of beautiful stuff!

What peanut butter do you use?

Teapigs Haul




I've always wanted to give Teapigs a go, seeing it in a coffee shop in those cute little jars and their unique pyramid tea bags just looked so tempting, but I always chickened out last minute in the fear of not liking it.

I decided to buy the sample pack of twelve which gives me a chance to try many different flavours of tea but then I only have two tea bags per flavour which means if I don't like one then I can just either chuck away the remaining bag or make the boyfriend drink it!

So far, I've tried the popcorn, peppermint and licorice and also the super fruit varieties and I have yet to drink the entire cup. Two sips and I discover that I am probably not a fruit/herbal tea drinker. I'll keep you updated on the remaining flavours, fingers crossed I like at least one.

What is your favourite tea from Teapigs?

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review


The only balm that I had previously tried was Ultrabland from Lush which is an thick oily texture that leaves a slight residue. So when it came to taking this cleansing balm for a test run it was pleasantly surprised as this texture was more my cup of tea, saying that Ultrabland will always have a place in my heart. The texture of the Take The Day Off Balm is light and as soon as it touches the warmth of your skin it melts into an oil that removes my make-up with ease. Not only does it do the job of 'taking the day off' but it comes off with a warm flannel with ease and no residue is left.

I still use a cotton wool pad soaked in cleansing water (my chosen one of the moment being from Garnier) to take off some of my make-up first and use this balm to remove anything that remains and to cleanse my skin. By no means am I saying I need the first step but I am a sucker for the hype of double cleansing, especially now that I am using an SPF daily. If you didn't already know, I am currently using Duac Once Daily - a prescribed gel that treats mild acne/blemish-prone skin, so I use this balm as both my morning and evening cleanser as I wanted to use something simple and not overload my skin with different cleansers so as it doesn't interfere with my treatment gel.

All in all - I would definitely recommend this cleansing balm, even at the slightly expensive price point of £21, you are paying for quality after all. I can't comment on the longevity at the moment but when it's empty I'll come back and add how long it lasted me so you can judge for yourselves whether it's worth spending that hard-earned cash of yours!

What cleansing balms would you recommend for me to try after this one?

Who cares about thigh gap when your jeans are this pretty




Topshop shop isn't usually the place I go into, I sometimes feel it's for the overly skinny and petite which for a girl with curves and not lacking in the boob department, I can feel a bit out of place. I might get some stick for saying that but when you're having a bad day and shopping (never a good match), Topshop is never the top of my list.

That being said I saw Anna (Vivianna Does Makeup) had bought these and they just looked absolutely gorgeous on her, so the next time I went shopping I made my way to Topshop and tried these beauties on! It was love at first fit! I am a Joni jeans kind of girl and they are the jeans I live in 90% of the time so it was odd trying the Leigh jeans. They are not as high waisted (just below belly button as pictured) which felt kind of odd and I had to go up a size in the waist...damn these hips of mine. The Tile Print Leigh jeans are slightly more expensive as well, at £40, but with student discount I justified the purchase. I love them; they just make a simple outfit fun and with the pattern being in blue, they aren't too far from a pair of jeans and great for people who are new to patterned trousers.

What are your favourite Topshop jeans?

Living Room Tour - Mum's Edition














My Mum has been an absolute darling and let me photograph her living room after she has just done it up, mainly courtesy of auctions, which I admire. All the wooden furniture is from an auction and was previously varnished or painted and now has been sanded down for a distressed look. The only things that aren't from an auction is the TV of course, the wall painting which is from Matalan, the sofa which is from someone on Facebook (a bargain and a great way to sell and buy second hand items) and the beautiful fake flowers on the fire place which I believe came from John Lewis.

I like how this look almost country house with the bare wood and cosy sofa, but then with contemporary pieces that tie it all in together. I love how my Mum has an eye for a bargain at an auction and this just shows that you don't need everything brand new and expensive to make a room feel like home. Overall, not counting the electrical goods (TV and fire place), the room would have cost my mum just over £100 which is amazing. So if you're prepared to do some DIY, definitely make your way to an auction and browse the for sale pages on Facebook.

What bargains have you gotten recently?

Sunday Post: My Life Recently


I haven't done too much recently to be honest with you, I've eaten a lot, treated myself to new clothes and worked. 

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I just can't resist a bargain


So I was just browsing in Boots the other day, as you do and I came across these hand washes. I usually get whatever hand wash is on offer but not the really cheap Boots own one, always has to be anti-bacterial but I find that the Boots own is too drying for my old lady hands. Carex Complete hand washes are usually £1.85 whereas with the current offer, they are 92p each. Who can say no. I've trie the honey and oat one which I think is very similar, if not the same as the Nourish hand wash on the right.

Only a short post for today but I wanted to let you all know about this bargain before it ends.

What is your go to hand wash?

My Face Friday #4: Spring Edition




Now that the good weather is on it's way (funny I'm saying this when it's absolutely chucking it down with rain at the moment) I thought I would change up my make-up and make it a little brighter. I'm not usually one for a bright lip but if you've seen my past couple of My Face Friday's I have been attempting to ease my way into the bright lip club, I have yet to be fully accepted.

I have been using Duac Once Daily (prescription gel) to clear up my bad skin so my skin has changed quite dramatically from being very oily to quite dry and peeling (tmi?) around my cheeks especially. To combat this I have been pairing the Clinique Even Better Foundation (shade Linen) and my Make a Difference Origins moisturiser as my base to create a more moisturising and sheerer coverage which I have been loving as my skin is slowly improving.

I am still loving the Seventeen Stay Time concealer for under my eyes and anywhere else I want some extra coverage. To set my make-up I have swapped in my beloved Rimmel Stay Matte for the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot. I was hesitant to try this powder but bloody hell, I will not be swapping back! This powder doesn't seem to ever look cakey on my skin, no matter how much I apply...believe me I have tried going crazy and applying it with a trowel and I still look glowy and natural. Major props to you Soap & Glory!

To finish my base I am back to the ol' Tarte Tipsy and for extra highlight the Sleek Contour Kit in Light. My eyebrows are courtesy of Benefit Brow-Zings and set with Maybelline Brow Drama, why fix something that is just so damn perfect?! A sweep of dark brown eye-shadow across my upper eyelashes for definition and a coat of Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara wakes up my eyes. And finally today the L'oreal L'extraordinare in Rose Symphony is gracing my lips thanks to the beautiful Gemma (Gemsmaquillage) for recommending it.

What are your recommendations for spring lip colours?

Bathroom Tour









Finally got around to doing a bathroom tour. I only have a small bathroom across from my bedroom, this was one of many things that drew me to move into this lovely house. 

When it comes to bathrooms I like to keep it neutral and stay clear of bright colours. In some bathrooms it works, but for me, I would go off of the accent colour easily I think, a little too fickle sometimes some would say.

I think I got lucky when I moved in, the entire house has been done in neutral colours but yet not just your usual magnolia or white, a very pale duck egg blue colour coats the walls with a pale grey (almost lilac in some lights) graces the skirting boards. All the doors in the house are a deep oak wood colour which keeps it simple and whatever colour scheme I adopt would go in any bathroom/house if I choose to move.

The only thing I don't love about this bathroom is the fact that I have yet to figure out somewhere to store towels, and also an effective way to store my face clothes rather than stacking them up next to my MUJI storages boxes.

If you have any questions, ask away...

Wish List: Bravissismo Bikini Edition


The Summer season is coming up and I take it we are all working on our bikini bodies, I know I am. Here are my favourite picks from Bravissimo at the moment, I will be spending a good few hours with the ladies at Bravissimo to pick myself one good quality bikini for a trip to Crete this year.

Some of the bikinis have alternative briefs that are tie sides which I think if I achieve my goal in toning up by July, I will be sure to get the other (also cheaper) briefs. My pasty white skin may not suit all these colours and I would strongly recommend going into Bravissimo as you can see which suit you and you can vary so much in bra sizes. I know some may think calling an assistant in might be embarrassing or intrusive but they are amazing women. Some ladies may want to act like they are not just in their bra and knickers and just get it over with, others (like me) aren't really bothered and I always have a good giggle with the ladies helping. The great thing is that the assistants know exactly which one you are and adapt, there is no awkwardness. When I want good quality lingerie/swimwear, Bravissimo is always my first stop. If your budget doesn't allow this, the next best thing is M&S.


Valentine Bikini Top £38 (£58), Pippa Bikini Top £31 (£45.50), San Maritz Bikini Top £36 (£58), Los Angeles Bikini Top £45 (£70), Honolulu Bikini Top £36 (£57), Sicily Bikini Top £34 (£56).

(Total cost for bikini top and bottom are in brackets)

Where do you buy your bikinis? I would love to hear your holiday destinations for this year as well.

One Line A Day - A Five Year Memory Book





I saw this on someone's blog and for the life of me I cannot remember who's blog. If you haven't seen this sort of diary before, the concept is that you are to write one line (don't worry you get several to write the days happenings) each day throughout the year and then for the coming 4 years you do exactly the same. I think it is so cute as you can look back on what happening on that exact day every year.

It is taking some getting used to, writing in it each day and there may be a couple of blank days as I have completely forgotten what I did that day and sometimes all I've written is I worked all day and did nothing else. An exciting life I lead!

This was very reasonably priced for such a lovely little keepsake. The colours being Tiffany blue with gold detailing which are classically stylish. This little book would be the perfect gift for someone so stock up for this Christmas as there is £1 off at Waterstones at the moment.

Available here for £10.99
FYI you can collect Boots Treat Street points at Waterstones.

Wish List: H&M Sale Edition



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Nike Lunarlon Trainers





These are my pride and joy...as you can tell by the condition they are in.

I used to go to the gym daily when I lived in Norfolk with my feet ill-equipped with a rubbish pair of trainers that probably cost me a fiver. Damn did I see and feel the difference, especially with running. My feet are now so grateful for the proper support. I mean feet deserve a bit of TLC, my poor feet have to put up with me shoving them into those gorgeous sandals every year for the summer season that literally cut up my feet.

I wasn't too sure of what trainers to get initially but I would highly recommend going into a Nike shop and actually asking for advice as you do need different support for different exercises, running on concrete will need more support than being on the treadmill. Now I wanted a pair reasonably priced that would suit most things, so a do all pair. The lovely assistant got many different types and we settled on these as they will support me in all areas, plus £45 price tag you can't grumble.

I can't comment on the lasting power as of yet, but I'll keep you posted on their condition.

What trainers do you wear to the gym? Would you recommend Nike trainers?

An Auction Is Worth A Visit



I'm not usually one to go to the auctions but my Mum is currently doing up her house and found that the auctions is a great place to get cheap furniture to do up (post coming up on her gorgeous living room soon). And well when I returned to little old Norfolk, I found myself being dragged along to an auction. Now I just kept thinking it must be full of junk and yes, sometimes it is but there are some gems to be found.

I ended up buying a box of bits and bobs for £1 and I was so chuffed on getting these for just 50p each and the rest that was in the box I gave it to my Mum to put back into the auction or sell on. Not only are there some great bits to find, especially on the furniture front, the thrill of bidding, I could see this getting addictive..not to mention expensive.

Do you go to auctions? I would love to know what bargains you've found.
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