April 2015 archive

#MyChocBloggers Chocolate Workshop

My day our chocolate making workshop started at 6.30am, and I was out of the house by 7.15! I got the bus with Vicky and made the trek into London which was made worse by the lack of trains running on a Sunday and the London marathon that day! But we made it on time and took our seats to start the chocolate making!
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The table was set out so well and I was definitely intrigued about what we were going to be doing that’s for sure. We started with a bit of chocolate tasting which I’m sure everyone was eager to do! We were told about the difference between good quality and bad quality chocolate and it was very obvious in my opinion. Then we got to try 2 different flavoured chocolates, the first being lemon and poppy seed white chocolate and the second being ginger, cardamon and cinnamon dark chocolate! Neither of which were to my taste unfortunately but it was a good experience to try something that I wouldn’t choose for myself normally.
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I loved the decor, it was so minimalistic which was great for the atmosphere
We were then given a demonstration of how to make truffles and we were literally stood around like little children, completely fascinated! It’s actually relatively easy to make truffles and I was pleasantly surprised, so guess what everyone is going to be getting for homemade presents!
After we had made the truffles, we had to let them set for a few minutes and we were given another demonstration of how to decorate the truffles, fudge and some marshmallows! Mine aren’t quite pieces of art and they got a bit squashed in my bag which is a bit annoying but you get the idea of what we did. I only used the milk chocolate really because I prefer that over dark chocolate.
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What I made! An absolute mess…
I learnt a lot on the day and I think the best thing that I learnt was that chocolate was originally invented to be a savoury food.
After the workshop was over, a smaller group of us headed to The Diner in Islington and had lunch. There wasn’t quite as much chocolate eating as I expected so we were all starving and literally inhaled our burgers and fries (at least I did anyway). It also gave us a chance to talk to the other bloggers that we might not have been with during the chocolate workshop, and also for those of us going to Centerparcs we got to talk a bit more and break the ice before a weekend together!
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For my first ever bloggers meet up, it was a little bit daunting at first but after I managed to calm down, it was great fun and we laughed an awful lot! The great thing about other bloggers is that you have so much in common and there is so much to talk about that you wouldn’t normally talk to anyone else about.
Even though I didn’t get to talk to everyone that was at the event, I would love to read your posts and I’m sure I will see you at a future event soon!
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Buckley London – Miniature Heart Pendant

On Monday I took part in the #BHTwitterParty hosted by Bloggers Love Hub. The topic of the night was What Changes Would You Like To See When Interacting With Brands via Social Media?

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It was a great evening and one of the brands involved was Buckley London*. I was lucky to be gifted with a Miniature Heart Pendant which is gorgeous.

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It has a 16″ chain with a 2″ extender and a small heart hand crafted with clear Austrian crystals and plated with cool rhodium and rose gold.

I’m actually in love with it!

It’s great because you can wear it with the crystals showing or swap it to the other way around and have a rose gold heart. It’s basically 2 for the price of 1!

For me personally, the chain was a little bit too short and if it was a couple of inches longer it would be perfect. This won’t stop me wearing it nonetheless, and it is the perfect addition to any outfit.

*I was sent this product for review purposes and as always my views are my own.

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#WeAreTheThey

A couple of days ago my twitter feed literally blew up. You will probably have noticed the hashtag #WeAreTheThey, which hit back at the comments Jamelia made during Loose Women that day, which I seriously hope she regrets.
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I felt so good wearing this on my birthday

The discussion was on plus-sized clothing for teenage girls. What a dangerous topic already. At no point do I justify that it is ok to lead an unhealthy lifestyle. That’s what this blog is all about at the end of the day, to lead a better lifestyle. No doubt there are a lot of people who have comfort eaten their way to being plus sized, just like I have but I also understand there will have been reasons behind it and also there may be medical reasons behind it. But damn that chocolate tastes so good when you’re having a bad day.

What really puzzles me is that no one is really doing anything about it. Some healthy food is unnecessarily expensive and some unhealthy food is so stupidly cheap. If you are on a strict budget then surely you are going to go for the cheaper option? Someone please correct me if I have completely missed the point here. I’m sure there was talk about taxing junk food a while back, and I was thinking about this the other day (mid breakdown), please do. I would be so less tempted to buy all the crap if it was more expensive and the healthy stuff was cheaper. For me it makes so much sense and I don’t understand why they haven’t done this already. If healthy food was cheaper I’m sure they would be more likely to buy that.

And it’s all very well writing recipe books with really healthy recipes but when the ingredients cost £5 for the tiniest bag or jar, there is absolutely no way I’m going to be buying those ingredients.

Apparently 60% of teenage girls are overweight but why shouldn’t they be allowed to wear high street clothes like anyone of a “normal” size? What even is a normal size anyway? We are no different to anyone of a smaller size, we just have more curves but why should that be discriminated against? Like seriously?

Whenever I go clothes shopping, I basically go into melt down because I can never find anything that fits properly. Do you know what that actually feels like? I can hear you thinking “so why don’t you do something about it?”. Well I am but it’s not so simple sometimes and with a lack of support where it is needed and a hell of a lot of mental issues behind it, they can really get in the way. Right now, I’d be over the moon if I was a size 14. However, I know after a while I wouldn’t be happy with that either. Can anyone try say they are really happy with the way they are? Because I would salute you if you are.

Only the day after this twitter fiasco, I was at work wearing my jeggings (which I feel really good in fyi), and I got told that it was really nice to see someone of “my size” wearing the jeggings that we sell. Well what am I supposed to make of that? If I brought this up with someone, I’m sure they would be really surprised! It makes it worse by who it was that said it. I’m not entirely sure where anyone gets off saying something like that to someone who is clearly sensitive about their weight anyway. Especially after they have just referred to themselves as a skinny bitch. They are really just as bad as Jamelia. Thanks, but really no thanks.

All I really want is to be happy, healthy and be accepted by someone who truly loves me. One day I will find the guy that will accept me the way I am. None of this you are disgusting because you are fat BS.

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And I just want to thank @Beauty7products for her lovely tweet!

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Degustabox – March Box

This is a good few weeks overdue, my bad. But I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful Degustabox with you. Hands down my favourite one yet.

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Jordans Granola – £3.69

I was really pleased when I fond this in the box. It is a lighter version of Granola with 30% less fat. It reminds me of Special K Red Berries but better, I love it!

Juiceburst – £1.25 each

Two of these were in the box, a cranberry juice and one of their Skinny Juices, Mango and Lime. I was more interested in the skinny juice, it tasted so yummy. IMG_4365

BBQue – £3.99

I was very intrigued by this when I found it in the box, I would say it is very industrial looking, in so many words. A very heavy black bottle that turned out to be barbecue sauce. In the box was the original one which is a Bavarian delicacy with cranberries, beer, honey and apples. Ideal for barbecues, marinades and dips, of which I will be doing all 3 in this lovely weather we’ve been having.

Lindt – 2 x £2

Obviously this box was themed around Easter so in the box were 2 bags of the Lindt Assorted Mini Eggs. Now I love Lindt just as much as the next person, the chocolate is so smooth, but I only really ate the milk chocolate mini eggs. I’m really not a fan of dark chocolate and I’ll only eat white chocolate if I’m desperate! I just don’t see the point in it!degustabox sweets

Jelly Babies Berry Mix – £1.48

Did Degustabox know that berry flavoured sweets are my favourite? I haven’t eaten these yet, I’m saving them for Centerparcs, but there’s no doubt I will like them! I haven’t always liked jelly babies but as I’ve gotten older I don’t mind the texture of them! So it’s all ok!

Sour Patch Kids – £1

Best thing ever! I love sour sweets too much! Again, I’m saving these for Centerparcs as it would seem we’re spending the whole weekend eating junk food!

Crabbie’s Alcoholic Fruits – 2 x £1.50

I got Black Cherry and Raspberry + Rhubarb, again not flavours I would necessarily choose but hey, this box is all about trying new things. The Black Cherry is delicious and I’m yet to try the Raspberry + Rhubarb. I would say that these are worth the money! They have been made up with 10% natural fruit juice and contain no artificial colours or flavourings. Winning!

Kent’s Kitchen Posh Noodles – £1.75

I had this as a lunch 10 minutes after the box arrived! Other Kent’sKitchen products I’ve tried have been great but this one was so not for me! It was bland and just outright unappetising.kents kitchen posh noodles

Natvia – £2

This is a very intriguing product that I wish I had already used so I could say what it was actually like. This is an alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar and it has zero calories. Sounds great right? 1 tsp of sugar can be swapped for 1 tsp of Natvia. I’ll let you know what it is like when I finally get around to trying it.

Brioche Pasquier Baked Bread Bites – 2 x 50p

These are baked french bread bites in bacon flavour. Each bag is under 90 calories, then again they are tiny 20g bags. They are low in saturated fat and free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. These are absolutely delicious and I will definitely be buying some more when they launch in stores.

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In total, all of these products come to £24.41 which is one of the best value boxes I have ever gotten so I’m really pleased with that! And I like the majority of the products, so for a fussy eater that’s great as well! Roll on the next box.

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