Fitness Challenge Using No Gym!




Fitness was never at the forefront of my mind until I hit my 30s and having two Children can take it's toll on the body as I have found out over the years.
I was not been happy with the way I look and feel for sometime, and may I just add I am doing this for myself and no one else's  benefit but my own. 



Suffering from Depression is hard in it's self but when you are down on body confidence too this can add to 
your load as it did for me.


Looking into a mirror was very hard for to do as all I could see is a huge ugly mess, and "yes" we are our 
own worse enemies when it come to this!
At the start of this year I change my whole way of thinking about food + fitness to do this that was the only way for myself.



Starting Weight of 11 stone 12lbs 







This might sound odd but my Mum & Dad had been doing Slimming World they both go to the groups but for me was not keen on that idea,so I took another approach by following the same plan without attending. Also this mean I could get the bars they do when they go "yes at first was not sure how this would go but hey nothing more to loose".



  

  


Step 1 – Choose Free Foods

Slimming World provides detailed lists of foods that can be eaten in unlimited quantities. Fresh fruit and most veg are classified as Superfree Foods because they are so low in calories. Free Foods include lean meat, chicken, fish, potatoes, rice, pasta, grains, pulses, starchy veg, eggs, fat-free dairy products, Quorn and tofu. Within Free Foods, there are three choices available: the Extra Easy choice; the Green choice (sometimes known as a Green Day); or the Original choice (a Red Day). You can mix and match these choices from one day to another or simply stick to the same one all of the time.

Step 2 – Choose Healthy Extras

In addition to Superfree and Free Foods, you are allowed Healthy Extras every day. These vary according to whether you are following the Extra Easy, Green or Original plan.

Step 3 – Choose Syns

Syns is shorthand for synergy – Slimming World believes it’s the synergy between the three components of the plan, ie. Free Foods, Healthy Extras and Syns, that makes Food Optimising effective at enabling weight loss. Nevertheless, many of the Syns are effectively what other diet plans would call ‘treats'. But Syns also includes foods found in the Healthy Extras, allowing you to eat bigger portions of these foods if you want them.

Regardless of the plan you choose to follow, you are allowed five to 15 Syns a day. These include foods like biscuits , cakes, crisps, dressings, alcohol, ice cream, preserves, puddings, pizza, chocolate and sweets. The Syns value for some foods may vary depending on the plan you are following but as a guideline one Syn is equivalent to around 20 calories. In contrast, WLR doesn’t encourage you to associate any food with negativity. Instead you learn the benefits of certain types of foods as you go and learn to make healthy choices, with the odd treat thrown in.



As a Veterinarian this was going to be very good for me with all the vegetables you can eat.
Portion size does matter so it's best to eat a smaller amounts of food instead of piling your plate up to top,also a good tip is using a smaller plate / dish so this does not happen.
You can treat yourself as you could save up all your weeks syns and have a cocktail or glass of wine if you would like too.   

Day One- 

Breakfast -
SW bars x2 
and yes you can use them as Breakfast bars too as I have done.


Lunch-
Fruit boxes containing Pineapple / Grapefruit / Kiwi.
Yogurt Danone Light & Free - Greek Style (any favour)  

Dinner-
Maggi Curry Flavour 3 minute noodles with new potatoes +stock cube.

Snack-
Sunbites Crisps bbq.
Around 6 Syns


   
Exercise





At home I have a selection on exercise equipment that I have bought over the years.
Around 20 / 30 minutes on rowing machine









Total Core Ab Machine....




5-10 minutes  





Floor Workout-





x10 Planks

x10 Side Planks
x10 Long-Arm Crunches
x10 Bicycle Crunches



I tend to aim for around 2-3 sets.


Freestyle 5-10 minutes ... ie dance / jumps ect.



Other foods I eat are lots of veggies and salads.

Healthy Energy for my workouts




 Run more move that butt baby!


Strengthen and tone your arms and upper body with  a dumbbell set. Dumbbells are a cheap and effective way to get fit and toned without leaving the house. Whether you are working your biceps and triceps with curls and extensions, or adding resistance to lunges and squats you will begin to see the difference in tone and strength.

Also Protein is very important because it helps you feel fuller for longer, I use a few different products such as...
Graze protein bites before my workout.






And the big reveal August 2017 









9 Stone 7lbs


I am overwhelmed with joy the progress I have made plus the determination and makes me carry on even more now.  



Just to update people I have lost some more now around 9 Stone :) 

Appy Kids Co. Review & Giveaway

 Appy Kids Co




Appy Kids Co values families before profit, so all our wholesome products are created using ethically sourced premium ingredients, to ensure that we are always affordable, approved by the family, and loved by kids.

We are on parents’ side, and believe that you should have the freedom of choice when choosing better produce for your family. This is why our offering consists of delicious drinks and snacks specifically targeted to children and made using goodness from nature.



Finding healthier drinks for kids is very important to me and not just as a Parent but in a professional way too, as being a Dental Nurse this is something that I see in my day to day work with all the high in sugar drinks that our Children can get hold of now. 

Appy Kids Co. have come up with a fantastic way to engage our kids into the World of low in sugar which for me and my two Children is such good news.
Both Millie & Alfie tend to drink Milk plus Water throughout the day, personally they will only have soft drinks at parties or if we are out and about at eating places.  





Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24g of free sugars a day (six sugar cubes).
Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19g of free sugars a day (five sugar cubes).
There is no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it's recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it. 



Appy drinks have a minimum of 50% less sugar and 50% less calories than traditional fruit drinks.


hear are a few lists that show you how high some of the other brand drinks are....



As you can see Appy Kids contain around 4 to 5% per 100ml which if you add up is better than other brands for me this is good as it is best to limit the amount of sugars.








Appy Kids have good choice of Children's character deigns from...
 PAW PATROL / PEPPA PIG / DORA THE EXPLORER / THE GRUFFALO / MINIONS / TMNT.
 Peppa Pig Range has "No Added Sugar"
Our Paw Patrol Range is "Fortified with vitamins A,C,E"

They have pouch drinks with straw attached and carton ones too, they are both good for trips out but not only that they are Lunch Box friendly which has been approved by the LunchBox Doctor also Vegetarian approved.

You can find these drinks at Tesco / Spar / Ocado / Poundland / B&M / Dunnes Stores Ireland / 

Our packaging is predominantly made from a renewable raw material: paper board, which is also produced mainly using renewable energy.

We understand the importance of looking after our planet’s resources. That’s why we prefer to use materials that can be re-grown or reproduced.

Our paperboard must be sourced from responsibly managed forests that we know are replenished and where all important values are preserved.

Throughout our manufacturing, transport and carbon management programme, we aim to minimise our carbon emissions.

Our packaging providers partnership with WWF - UK, has raised consumer awareness about the importance of responsible forest management and the benefits of choosing renewable wood or paper-based materials.

Our packaging preserves the shelf life of food minimising the need for food wastage.



feature on the back of the drink’s carton, kids will be able to scan the carton with their smartphone and collect all the fun props to be used on the Appy App and enter viral competitions as well as watch videos. The drink is the first of its kind in Europe to use this feature and the cartons will come in convenient 4-packs.  All Appy products are interactive; wherever you see the Appy ‘A’ symbol users can scan with their smartphones to enter Appy’s online world of educational fun. The innovative idea of a drink incorporating the use of an app is designed to allow children to interact with each other but also with their parents. The Appy app encourages parents to have fun social time with their kids using modern day convention of apps – something which children now regularly enjoy using.

 appy kids co




I love that Appy Kids are trying to help us parents by lowering sugars plus calories into their brand and our blog thinks it works very well at doing so and that it does not compromise the taste from the drinks.



Millie & Alfie enjoyed Appy Kids drinks very much even I had a try at them and found them to be very nice and not too sweet at all,as some can be so strong for us Adults you can taste all the rubbish they put in to them. 
Do think we have found a winner for our trips out and very happy to allow my kids to have them. 

Many thanks to Appy Kids Co.








Disclaimer- Precious Little Worlds we have been sent out some samples from Appy Kids Co. -in exchange for our honest opinion for the purpose of our blog, to report back to you the viewers our findings.



Prize as follows:



3 x 5-pack of Paw Patrol Juice Drink Pouches

3 x 3-pack of Peppa Pig Fruit Drink Cartons

1 x Peppa Pig 9in1 Bumper Puzzle Pack by JUMBO GAMES

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is enter in the Gleams Competition app that is below this post. You will need to do and fill in the tasks that are asked from you.

The Winner will be contacted by email by myself to obtain winners address which then will be passed on to Appy Kids Co only so that your prize can be send out to you. 


Appy kids co. Drinks+Game Bundle Giveaway

Bloggers' GHD Hair Dryer Giveaway

 Bloggers' GHD Hair Dryer Giveaway




The dark nights will be coming in soon and all the hard work preparing the kids to go back to school, so what better way then for a nice treat for yourself and you know you deserve it.

  So here we are, a great team of bloggers, bringing you the chance to win a GHD Hairdryer, to allow you to blow dry your locks whenever you want. So who has teamed up to bring to you this prize:























                                                                                                     

So how can you be in with a chance of winning a GHD Hair Dryer? Well all you need to do is let us know: What is your top tip for looking after your hair? 






This prize is being administrated by Sarah of UK Bloggers / Life in a Break Down for any issues please contact her at sarah@uk-bloggers.co.uk. For full terms and conditions please view the Rafflecopter widget

Back To School With Labels 4 Kids




Our blog Precious Little Worlds are delighted to be collaborating with
Labels 4 Kids once again, to help making back to school more easy.

For the readers who have not heard of Labels 4 Kids lets have a closer look at what they are about!




We are a multi award winning family-run business based in Scotland, founded in 2004 by the Chartered Accountant Ann-Maree Morrison (B.Comm, CA), Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 and 2013.

When Ann-Maree became the mother of three active boys, she soon realised that losing personal effects can upset the daily routine and replacing lost belongings can be frustrating and expensive. She came to the conclusion that what every parent needed was a ready supply of labels which would be reliable and easy to apply. Labels4Kids was born.

From the beginning, Ann-Maree believed that great quality and great customer service would be at the forefront of her business. And this is still true today. With Labels4Kids, satisfaction is guaranteed.

Our products may not be the cheapest you can find on the market, but we can guarantee that they will be amongst the best. Our labels will not dissolve, detach or crease and our products are manufactured in Great Britain. We have a wide selection of colours and designs and you can label almost everything - hats and coats, bottles, hockey sticks and sleeping bags. We also produce allergy warning labels, bands and badges - essential for travel. We have expanded our range to include extra packages for travel, care home residents, and custom clothing of high quality (with a separate checkout).

At Labels4Kids we believe in supporting children through our fundraising programmes.

You can trust Labels4Kids to provide high quality products in time for your requirements. Delivery times are clearly stated on all product pages as all products vary. We have a 100 % money back guarantee and during normal working hours there will always be a friendly voice on the telephone or on our live chat facility. We ship worldwide and labels can be printed in different languages.

Open an account on our website for a faster checkout process with Worldpay Gateway corporate high-level, a safe payment method, which also includes Paypal and American Express.

Ann-Maree Morrison, our founder and Managing Director, aims to grow the company internationally and is also a member of the Government E-Commerce Task Force for the United Kingdom. She speaks regularly at trade events on the optimisation of websites and building a business, women in business and on e-commerce.




We have been sent out - Stick on Clothing Labels + Starter Vinyl Pack.... 




30 stick on clothing labels that are easy to apply and really work. Developed specially for clothes. No ironing, no sewing. Strong adhesion to last many washes: 13mm x 30mm. Tested for 30 washes at 40c according to BS EN ISO6330.


"Yes yes yes" finally with these clothing labels back to school can be made such more simply as all you will need to do is stick them on, so no need to ironing on sewing involved.
They are of a very high quality Vinyl with an adhesive back that makes the labels very strong, you will need to wait 24 hours before you wash any of the clothes you have labelled up so that the material can bond together.    






Great value pack with 80 high quality name stickers. Great for labelling lunchboxes, water bottles, shoes or any belonging with a flat surface. Four different sizes included:
          20 shoe labels with covers



What I love about this site is that you customise what you would like to add on for your vinyl labels, such as the text style of the desired name / colour and even image.

The Vinyl labels are even Dishwasher friendly / Microwave friendly too so no worry about them coming off and wearing as they will last a good long time. 
You can add them to so many school items including pens / pencils / cups / beakers / lunch boxes / shoes + many more. 




We have been delighted to be part of Labels 4 Kids once again with their outstanding customer service and range of unique products they bring to us parents to make it more easy for preparing kids back into school with such joy and fun too.
Affordably prices with high standards that last!  





Many thanks to Labels 4 Kids as they are offering you the reader 10% off when you put in the code BLOG gives 10% off any orders at Labels4Kids. Just apply it in the shopping cart.



Disclaimer- Precious Little Worlds have been sent out some items for free from Labels 4 Kids in exchange for our honest opinion for the purpose of our blog, to report back to you the viewers our findings.

The Insiders Canesfresh Campaign!

We have been taking part in The Insiders Canesfresh Campaign and wanted to share with you all our review and findings on the products we have received. 



~Feminine Hygiene: Canesfresh products~







Canesfresh Feminine Wipes

Developed with the same care as the Canesfresh Soothing Wash Gel and Gentle Refreshing Mousse, Canesfresh Feminine Wipes help you feel clean, comfortable and confident on the go and during your period. You should only use a single wipe once and then flush it away – they’re flushable and biodegradable. The pack comes in a convenient compact size that will easily fit in your handbag.

I love the whole concept of the feminine wipes as they are so handy yo carry around with you when you are out and about, also the fast they are flushable is such a bonus. You will find 10 individual wipes per pack.
Good to take to work too and perfect for this time of year with the hot weather. 



Canesfresh Gentle Refreshing Mousse

This luxuriously soft feminine wash has been specially designed for everyday use. It gently but effectively cleans your intimate area and helps you to maintain a natural pH balance.

For me the mousse is not as good as the wash but that is my personal opinion , you will also need to apply to you hands or a sponge and add a little water to it then you can wash around the areas and remember to rinse off afterwards. Super good in hot weather!




Canesfresh Feminine Wash Soothing Wash Gel

This liquid wash was developed for those times when you’re suffering from discomfort around your intimate area, such as when you’re suffering from thrush or vaginal dryness. It has been specially formulated to help soothe your sensitive intimate area and contains glycine, an amino acid known for its calming properties.

"Yes yes yes" finally a wash that is calming and soothing especially when you have sensitive skin this is perfect if you have, it's free from harsh chemicals 
If you suffer a lot of irritation and discomfort, particularly at the end of your monthly circle this will be a must have for you.  

Bloggers' Summer Samsung Galaxy Tablet Giveaway

 Bloggers' Summer Samsung Galaxy Tablet Giveaway


 Today we are here to celebrate the start of summer, with some fantastic bloggers and I, having teamed up together to offer one of our lucky readers the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.7”. For those who are new to collaboration giveaways, they offer us bloggers a chance to giveaway a bigger and better prize than we could alone, with each blogger contributing to the prize fund to offer you an amazing gift. So who has teamed up to bring to you this prize: 















So how can you be in with a chance of winning the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.7”? Well all you need to do is let us know: What is your top tip for keeping cool in the summer heat?


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How I Improve My Acne & Eczema Skin Thanks To Lush Cosmetics


Let's take it back to when I was around 12-14 years old starting out with all those new feelings of puberty, girls girls girls you know what I mean yep periods and them dam spots.

Thinking it was just a phase and would soon go but it never did after so many trips to the Doctors as my spots seem to be getting worse and forming into Acne, so I ended up getting referred to a Dermatologist which lead to me been put on Roaccutane.


(Roaccutane) capsules contain the active ingredient isotretinoin. Isotretinoin belongs to a group of medicines known as retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. Isotretinoin taken by mouth works by reducing the production of the skin's natural oil (sebum).

Acne occurs due to an excessive production of sebum from over-active sebaceous glands in the skin. The sebum blocks the sebaceous glands, which prevents the oil from flowing freely out and causes an accumulation of sebum under the skin. The bacteria associated with acne thrive in these conditions. They feed on the sebum, and produce waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots.


I soon saw the amazing results of my Acne doing but unfortunately that was very sort lived and ended up been put on this another two times, every time I finished the coarse my acne came back and its not a tablet you can be on forever so I soon became so down again.

Years and years went by trying all other medication and creams ect when I reached the age of 30 and still suffering from adult Acne I kind of said to myself well lets embrace it as had so many other problems going off in my life.

At the age of 32 so around two years ago as I am 34 now I became a Lush nutter lol, by this I mean it started off by going in to one of the Lush stores that was local to me for some Fathers Day items for my Dad.
The one little thing that god me was Melting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melt was so kind and soft in the bath and did not get any reaction to this as I have sensitive eczema skin too.  

I came across Lushes face cleansers and thought I would give a few of them ago,the ones I picked for my skin type are.... 

Dark Angels
Herbalism
Angels On Bare Skin






This is for those of you who really like to scrub your skin to feel clean, with black sugar and charcoal to exfoliate, and rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse. We also use cold pressed avocado oil and vegetable glycerine to moisturise and soften your skin after all that scrubbing, leaving your skin feeling balanced and fresh. Sandalwood and rosewood oils give a rich, earthy fragrance and have a cooling and antiseptic effect on the skin. We buy our powdered charcoal locally in Dorset. It’s a great way to exfoliate and is deeply cleansing, whilst black sugar is in here to scrub away any dead skin cells, leaving you with bright, refreshed skin. 






Nettles, rosemary and rice bran vinegar work to cleanse the skin, removing dirt and grease, leaving bright and beautifully clean skin. Chamomile blue oil and rose absolute are used for balancing skin tone. Rice bran and ground almonds will gently exfoliate the skin and when mixed with water, the almonds create a soft cleansing milk. Our chlorophyllin is extracted from alfalfa, which is rich in vitamins and minerals and is great for revitalising the skin.








This incredibly gentle cleanser is made from 100% natural ingredients. Inspired by a mediaeval recipe and topped off with lavender flowers, this contains kaolin to absorb grease and dirt, leaving skin clean and nourished. Lavender oil and rose absolute calm the skin. As you mix your solid cleanser with water to form a paste, the ground almonds create almond milk which helps to tone and brighten the skin. This can be used all over your body as well as your face.   




I also use ....    

Grease Lightning - 

is a powerful combination of ingredients that will nip any breakouts in the bud without upsetting the skin around them. We use an infusion of antibacterial and antiseptic rosemary, thyme and tea tree, as well as antioxidant-rich grape juice and witch hazel, which is astringent and anti-inflammatory and is said to soothe redness. This product is ideally applied when you feel a spot is about to erupt - prevention is better than cure. 


Tea Tree Toner Water- 

Keep skin clear and refreshed. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear. Use any time of day to keep skin refreshed, or to remove traces of makeup or cleanser.

Enzymion Moisturiser-

A gentle face cream to replenish moisture without oiliness, leaving a matte finish. We use a whole fresh lemon in every pot to stop your skin looking shiny, popped in fresh papaya, and blended in light oils and cocoa butter. Fresh fruit contains enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids to remove dead skin cells and help to stimulate and brighten.

All these Lush products all together over some good few months have had my skin so much better to be honest they have been a life saver for me just shows when you find the right set of items it can take time but when you do it's so worth it.