June Shopping Haul Continued: Health Food Edition

June Shopping Haul Continued: Health Food Edition

 A few days ago I posted my fashion haul for June. I bought a few more bits but these were health food related so I thought it best to do a separate post.
So without further ado, my June health haul..

➀ Heath & Heather Tea ➀
I reviewed this lovely tea company in an earlier post as I was given some of the honey & chamomile tea as a gift by a good friend. I was eager to try another flavour as well as this delicious number because it was so yummy it set the bar high so I knew they were good at mixing leaves into beautiful blends.

☞ Lavendar & Echinacea; The ins and out on the new find:
Lavender tea promotes relaxation and aids digestion. Bonus.
It is a perfect ‘any time of the day tea’ due to its lack of caffeine.
The tea bags are not bleached. Big Bonus.
The colour of the water turns a beautiful shade of pinky red because of the blackberry extracts. Perfect for your red/pink themed tea party. Yey!
Like most herbal teas the tea has a lovely calming effect.

➁ Neal’s Yard Wholefoods Bombay Mix ➁
Our parents food tastes have a big influence on our own; one of the snacks my mother used to have quite a lot was Bombay mix. The slightly spicy, crunchy assortment of delights with the occasional sweet. I haven’t had any for a while because, well I haven’t. So I had them. I enjoyed them; but I clearly have moved my taste buds on to new things. One of the things that I used to love the most was the small sweet raisins and these didn’t really have any sweet bits in them. Disappointing. Added to this, I shouldn’t eat peanuts and I would say 5% of the mix is peanuts. Oh.

➂ Meridian Almond Butter ➂
This product leads nicely on from the last. I cant eat peanuts, I love peanut butter but shouldn’t eat it. Make way for the almond butter!
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It is bloomin’ delicious! I normally buy the smaller 170g glass jars of almond or cashew butter so when I stumbled across this huge 1kg tub of the glorious stuff I hauled it onto the pay desk. I can not rave about it more. The ingredients are quite frankly, minimal. Minimal ingredients when it comes to food is great news. The less your food is played with, the better. I have snipped the ingredients from their website and check out the dietary attributes – no milk, eggs, gluten, soy, fish.. it goes on. BEST of all, no nassttyy palm oil. If you want to know more or see more of their amazing range of products, here’s your link.
I can’t wait to try out some of their seed butters – sunflower or pumpkin as I have not seen these anywhere yet.
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➃ Neal’s Yard Wholefoods Porridge ➃
Ah porridge, you are so plain and basic yet such a good staple. Porridge has to be about one of the only foods I enjoy plain.. yeah come to think of it, its the only food! I haven’t used this porridge yet but I have included it here as it is one of my staple health food purchases. Why not? Its quick, easy, cheap, healthy, filling, versatile. Have it cooked or part cooked, put it in yoghurt, add it to baking.. I ❤ you porridge and here is my shrine.


June Shopping Haul

June Shopping Haul

✿ So it’s the 1st July. Who knew! ✿
As well as being the hottest day of the year so far, ice-cream anyone? Or for the adults how about an ice cold cocktail? Pimms is in keeping with the current Wimbledon scene or better still I saw a new recipe on Facebook today of, quite possibly, my dream cocktail – a Prosecco mojito.. You heard it here first.

Well oh my goodness it is hot enough to… cook an egg?! Probably anyway. I’m not gonna test that cos I don’t really like eggs but if you try this, please let me know the results. Thanks.

So I decided to do a post of my purchases for June cos who doesn’t like a nosy in other peoples shopping bags?! 

1st item in the shopping bag…
✿ Kurt Geiger Shoes ✿
These lovely fuchsia pink flats. They were in the sale, naturally, and come in a couple of colour choices – a bright deep blue as well as fuchsia pink. I am a size 4 foot so I find all sorts of great steals in the sales and these were no exception. They don’t appear to have them online anymore but they do have  these which are very similar, and in the sale – yey! Aside from this they are lovely style an imitate the recently fashionable ‘slipper’ style shoe that I decided didn’t really suit me. However add a bow and hey presto. 

This brings me nicely onto my 2nd item..
✿ P
rimark Invisible Socks ✿

You may or may not do a double take at this next item because you can’t really see anything.. because they are invisible. OK I lie, you can see them, but you can’t see them when they are being worn! Totally invisible.

I thought I better try them out before posting about them and honestly they are great.

✿ The Pros:
– Bargain price of £2.50 for a pair of two.
– They are brilliant for summer, for those shoes best worn without socks really but actually that’s kind of not nice so actually you want to wear socks with them so.. here you go. Thank me later.
– They do them in white as well but I got black so that I could wear them with my  black brogues from Clarks (honestly some of the best work shoes I have EVER bought).
– I was a little unsure about their staying power and was sure they would slip off during wear, but nope. An entire 17 hour day later and they were still in the right place. Perfect.

✿ The Con:
– They work insanely well, the only issuculty (this is an ACTUAL word…. OK Its not but it should be – issue/difficulty.. you get the picture) is that it’s hard to keep them in place when pushing your heel into the shoe. but just wiggle your foot about until comfortable.

✿ 3rd item in the bag ✿
More socks?
More socks.
Yes MORE socks. I wanted to compare the two types of socks namely because one were sporty man made fabric and the other cotton and secondly because it just seemed like a good idea at the time. Quite honestly.
So the sporty set you can see above on the left hand side have also been tested for their usability. I am pleased to announce they were also a great purchase. The benefit of these is they come in three different colours – white, black and grey. So they allow more flexibility. I have a pair of grey supergas which the grey pair match perfectly so that made me super happy. They strike me as being ‘more grippy’ because they really stick to your feet. I can’t wait to utilise them all with different summery shoes like my cherished mint green converse.

✿ 4th item in the bag ✿
Foot cushions (Treats for feet)
By now you probably think I’m obsessed with feet. I’m not going to try and dissuade you as the evidence against me is racking up like a girls shoe collection. It’s true I like shoes, I really like shoes.. and socks it seems.

I decided to try some inexpensive foot cushions because it’s always a good idea to look after your feet. I would like to try some of the more expensive options by brands like Scholl who have a range of insoles shown here which are designed to give your feet a ‘comfort sensation’. but I came across the Primark pair shown in the photo above on the right hand side and this is how I got on..

✿ The Pros:
– They are another Primark bargain at £2.
– They have a sticky underside which is very effective at sticking to the shoe. Though I can imagine this can get kinda gross over time so buying multiple pairs is a good idea if you want to use them long term.
– One size fits all
– They do add a nice cushion underfoot
– Once worn in they are pretty comfortable 🙂

✿ The Cons:
 – They aren’t that suitable for flat/dolly shoes (unless they have stretched loads in which case these will help to lengthen the life of your favorite shoes 🙂 ). Understandably they push your foot up so the top of your foot is then pressed against the top inside of the shoe. I would recommend only using these which shoes that you can loosen the laces on so that your foot isn’t pressed in anyway within the shoe.
– I am not sure they will last that long, but they aren’t expensive so it’s not such a big deal.

✿ 5th item in the bag ✿
iPhone case (Fit for the Queens visits to Scotland)
The Queens visit to Scotland, I can hear you thinking WTF? Well, well, well.. I found out today that the national Scottish Animal is a unicorn. Yep you heard me. A Unicorn. I am of course delighted! Scottish blood runs through my veins and my name is also incredibly Scottish. So how fitting could my new iPhone case be!? I LOVE IT. As well as being quite frankly AWESOME to look at. It is also suitably functional. You can access all the relevant buttons and sockets with ease. Sometimes with cases they put covers over the buttons.. ai it’s a good idea but in practice it can be a pain in the butt if the covers are too stiff or aren’t very well made etc. etc.
So here you have it; Skinny Dip I salute you and your iPhone case making abilities. It is on my phone and it won’t be leaving for a longggg time! 

Tried and Tested: Banana Muffins with Greek Yoghurt 

Tried and Tested: Banana Muffins with Greek Yoghurt 

So overripe bananas are considered a victory in my house. It just so happens three of these overripe delights appeared on the kitchen table. This meant I can put them to good use and oh how there are so many uses! My usual go to is banana bread however the last time I made it, a cat snuck into our house and ate it! I’m not even kidding. So I took it as a sign and this time I thought I would make something else. Off to Pinterest I popped and I found this great blog – le creme de la crumb – a great name, I think you’ll agree, and lots of great baking content. 

I gave her recipe a go and about a couple of hours later they were done. We found that we loved the muffins soo much that of the 16 we made on Friday night there now only remains 2, and it’s Sunday afternoon. 14 muffins in barely two days… Proud?.. I think so! 

Mine didn’t turn out as well as creme de la crumbs, but I have a feeling it’s because my baking powders out of date. Next time, new baking powder and perhaps I will use half self-raising flower to help them along a bit. 

Another awesome thing about overripe bananas… They are supposedly great at fighting cancer cells!   

If you fancy making something else with your ripe bananas see this blog which has over 50 recipes and ideas. Or do what I do and turn to Pinterest! 

I hope you are all having a great Sunday. As you know we’re buying a house, Im super excited and we are getting to the final stages of the purchasing process. There’s a lot to do and it’s kept me very busy sourcing contractors, getting quotes and setting up life insurance! Hopefully we will exchange soon which is going to the the best day of 2015 so far. We decided to spend our Sunday getting organised for the move by sorting through paperwork and clothes. I figure, the less stuff we have the easier the move will be and as the house is a blank canvas I would like to paint a great picture. 

I’m going to try and post a blog every Sunday whilst I’m tied up with the house. I will vary the content each Sunday and blog mid week if I have time too! 

See you all soon 

Loads of Sunday love x