Get Prepared with Get More

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

As the nights are drawing it and it's almost time to turn back the clocks already, it's at this point in the year when a lot of us start to feel particularly sluggish. I know for a fact that I get extremely prone to prolonged snoozing and develop a real hatred for getting up in the mornings as I feel totally zapped of energy from the get go. It's also around now that winter colds start developing and before you know it that cough that has been passed around the lecture halls has somehow made its way to you, eurgh. As you can probably tell I'm never too fond of these dark autumn months and often feel pretty run down in comparison to summer, so I really want to make an effort this year round to keep my energy levels up as much as possible!
One way I try to keep myself in tip top condition is by making sure I'm feeding my body all the nutrients it needs, so when I was approached about these Get More Drinks* I thought they were a fantastic idea and couldn't wait to try them out. I was sent the Get More Vitamin C* and Get More Multivitamins* flavours.

Firstly, I absolutely love the design of the bottle as it really appeals to me and would definitely make me want to pick it up off the shop shelf. Straight away you can see that there are very few calories, no added sugar, and the benefits of the drink are clearly stated at the bottom.

The Vitamin C drink aims to support your immune system (definitely vital for this time of year!) as well as helping you absorb iron, and the Multivitamins flavour boasts a number of benefits including firing up your metabolism, boosting energy levels as well as maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails - wow!
Both drinks are gently sparkling and lightly flavoured - the orange is my favourite as I love all things orange tasting - and make a really interesting change from the plain water that I always take to uni with me. All the flavours are natural as well which I think is great, I'd hate to be drinking something that's full of fake nasty ingredients! I'm really loving trying these drinks at the minute and as someone who is fairly health conscious it feels fantastic to know that I'm supporting my body with extra vitamins and minerals, especially as I've recently upped my exercise to four classes a week! 
Do you have any tips for staying healthy throughout autumn? Do these drinks sound like they would appeal to you or do you swear by another product? Let me know!

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I'm a Groovy Food Company Ambassador!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

When I got an email asking if I'd like to work with The Groovy Food Company as one of their social media ambassadors I really was over the moon. As someone who's loved their natural, vegan-friendly products for ages and has even featured them on here before it has been such an exciting opportunity for me and I really feel privileged to have been approached by them!

Their range of products includes a huge selection of tasty essentials from oils and marinades to salad dressings and deliciously sweet nectars. I can't wait to share how I use these ingredients in my recipe posts and across my other platforms like instagram, so keep an eye out for them to be featured!

As a quick introduction to some of their products I thought I'd start by telling you about how I use my favourite items! First up we have the organic virgin coconut oil*.
This is such a saviour for anyone who suffers with dry and damaged hair like I do! Once a week I slather a load of this onto my mane all the way from roots to ends and shove my hair up in a bun for it to work its magic overnight. It's such a treat and I've really noticed a difference in the condition of my hair since I started doing this. I also love to cover my face in a light layer of this before bed instead of a moisturiser as it really hydrates the skin and is meant to combat any blemishes!
My next favourite product is the light and mild agave nectar* because it can be used in so many ways and is the perfect replacement for honey! I absolutely love using this in my breakfasts alongside soya yoghurt and berries (such a delicious way to start the day!) and it's great on toast as well as in hot drinks when paired with some lemon. All vegans need to get their hands on some of this!
I've also been loving trying their cooking oils as an alternative to the regular olive/vegetable oils that I would usually use, especially the high five oil* that I mentioned in my latest recipe post. This nutritious cooking oil features camelina, avocado, virgin olive, oleic sunflower and toasted sesame seed oils so contains a number of essential omega acids and Vitamin E. It goes so well with everything I enjoy making and I'm sure my body is thanking me for using it!
I'm so happy to be able to share these fantastic products with you and I really hope you enjoy seeing them on here in future, let me know if you've tried any of them already or are planning to!

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Anatomicals off with their (black and white) head

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Anatomicals products are always a favourite of mine (I recently reviewed their tanning mousse here) and this tea tree face mask is no exception! I'm always partial to face masks that require as little effort to remove as possible so these pre-moistened cloths are just perfect for me. It really is as simple as cleansing your skin, opening the pouch, pressing the mask over your face and leaving it to work its magic for 20 mins - it was such a treat to use while reading a book in the bath!
This moisturising and nourishing tea tree mask is aimed at problem skin and couldn't have come at a better time for me because I'm experiencing a few breakouts and blemishes at the minute. I wasn't really sure what to expect in terms of benefits after using this but I actually felt like some of my spots had dried up and were less angry and sore than they had been previously, so I was pretty pleasantly surprised! I would really recommend these kind of gentle face masks to anyone suffering from spots because sometimes I think that the really gritty exfoliating ones can be aggravating and make problem skin even worse, at least in my experience anyway.
I hope you don't mind this short and sweet review but I loved the mask so much I couldn't not share it with you! The best feature is definitely the mouth hole as I was able to eat crisps while wearing it too (yes I eat crisps in the bath!).
*This product is from a goody bag, though all opinions are 100% honest as usual.

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Compassionate Cooking #9 - Mexican Night!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

One thing I made sure of when I first became a vegan is that I would never compromise on flavour. As someone who loves food I couldn't think of anything worse than eating the same boring meals evening after evening, so I really make an effort to think up as many tasty, fun, and filling dishes as I possibly can! This is one of those meals that just worked so well, and because it's something I would definitely choose to make again I thought it was worth sharing with you lovely readers!

Here's what you'll need:
- 1 onion
- 1 pepper
- 1 clove of garlic
- a few handfuls of vegan mince
- 250ml vegetable stock
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1 can kidney beans
- spices (chilli powder, paprika, cumin)
- 1 avocado
- 1 lemon
- 1 pack of Old El Paso stand 'n' stuff tortillas
- olive oil
- Any extras you might fancy inc. salsa, vegan cheese/mayo, salad etc.

I know that list might look a little long and daunting at first, but trust me as soon as you get started you'll see how easy these are to make! Okay, so start by chopping up the onion, pepper and garlic and throw into a pan along with the mince.

Add a generous dash of cooking oil - I've been lucky enough to receive this omega high five cooking oil* from The Groovy Food Company and I love it - then stir on a medium heat until the onions start to brown. Next mix one vegetable stock cube with 250ml of boiled water and pour into the pan giving everything a stir. Just turn the heat down a little if things get a tad too bubbly!

Now it's time to add the spices, one teaspoon of each will be fine, then crack open a can of chopped tomatoes and add those to the pan before stirring everything round and making sure nothing is burning onto the bottom.

While you wait for the chilli to cook grab the avocado and lemon and make a start on the guacamole! Making this is really as simple as blending an avocado and some lemon juice together (along with salt, pepper, and even red onion if you fancy) and you can add as much or little of the lemon as you feel like depending on how you like it to taste.

Finally, heat up the kidney beans in the microwave then add all of them to the chilli and mix everything up so that it looks something like this! Just cook for a few more minutes so the juices can dry up, season with salt and pepper, then get the tortillas ready and prepare to get messy.

Shovel in as much chilli as possible then top it off with salsa, guacamole, lettuce, dairy-free mayo or whatever else you feel like! I promise you will not be disappointed with this vegan-friendly flavoursome feast and I would even recommend getting a few friends round to share the tasty stuffed tortillas with - if you're feeling generous! Just make sure you have some napkins at the ready!

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Buddy Scrub

Thursday, 9 October 2014

'Buddy' is a nourishing body scrub that boasts a number of health benefits including help with dry skin, reduction of stretch marks and cellulite, improvements in blemishes and even targeting skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. Ingredients include sea salt, sugar, raw cacao powder, coconut oil and a handful of other wonderful oils, minerals and vitamins. The result of all these natural ingredients is an overwhelmingly delicious scent of chocolate and orange, good enough to eat (although I wouldn't advise that!).
I totally fell in love with this as soon as it touched my skin. The gritty exfoliating texture melts away after being worked into the body and is replaced by super moisturising oils that work really well to keep the skin hydrated. For months now I've absolutely had to moisturise after I get out of the shower because my skin gets so dry and eczema-y, but for the first time last night I didn't have to! The scrub is mild enough to use on my face as well so it was great to be able to cover myself from head to toe in this amazingly scented product - it felt like such a treat!
I haven't been using this long enough to comment on any long term benefits but so far I absolutely adore everything about this body scrub and the fact that it's all natural and cruelty-free just makes me love it even more! If you can get your hands on this, you have to give it a go!
Have you ever heard of buddy scrub or similar products? If you've got any recommendations for exfoliators like this then drop me a comment and let me know!
*This product is from a goody bag, though all opinions are 100% honest as usual.

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Rare London AW14 Blogger Event

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Last night I had an incredible time at a blogger event hosted by Rare London and Label PR. The event involved cocktails, chocolate making and - of course - clothes, so all of us bloggers were totally in our element! Unfortunately as a vegan I had to miss out on the truffles as we made them with cream, but it was still tremendously fun to watch everyone else having a go and enjoying the chocolate that we'd created ourselves!

Here you can see the lovely Jessica from Forever Miss Vanity attempting to squeeze out the chocolate into individual truffles, and yes, they do look like little poops.

After making the truffle balls we rolled them up, dipped them in milk chocolate and then decorated them with all sorts of delicious toppings - as you can see they are looking much prettier by this stage! While the chocolate was drying we got a chance to sip on drinks and check out the new collection, which featured a stunning range of dresses and other glamorous items like this incredible faux fur coat. Wowzer.

What I love about this collection is that they really have something for everyone, whether you prefer to create a unique, striking kind of look or go for a more classic, feminine style there will definitely be a dress that catches your eye.
I want to say a BIG thank you to Rare London for putting on such a fun event and letting me have a peek at all this new season's clothes, it was the perfect way to spend a Wednesday evening!  
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Preloved Vintage

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A couple of days a go I had the pleasure of attending Preloved's vintage fair at the Night and Day café in Manchester. The fair itself was made up of a really interesting range of stalls from second hand books to homemade jams with a range of retro clothes in between!

The quirky venue worked really well with the vintage theme and I absolutely loved all the little details like the fairy lights and the cute flowers that were placed around.

There was even an area where you could treat yourself to a vintage 'do and I absolutely loved watching the talented stylist create the perfect 50's quiff! It was a really nice touch to have something a bit more interactive and hands on like this to break up all the stalls and it was a great way to set off the whole retro theme and see it in action. I'm tempted to try a hairstyle like this for an event I'm attending this evening but somehow I don't think I'll be able to pull it off!
Thanks so much for inviting me to this lovely evening, Preloved, it was great fun and I loved having a nosy at all the vintage items there!

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