Wednesday, 19 April 2017

4 Ingredient Chocolate Walnut Bars

Raw chocolate walnut bars


I've been enjoying getting experimental in the kitchen again recently. And now that I've got my weekday lunch prep sorted, I'm starting to think about the extra snacks. Because no matter how good my lunches are, I can't help wanting a little something to keep me going through the afternoon. So with some tasty ingredients very kindly sent to me by Indigo Herbs*, I've created these tasty chocolate walnut bars.

Easy to make, they require just four ingredients and take almost no time to prepare - just a quick blend together in a food processor!

They're perfect pick-me-up food for the afternoon - packed with protein and healthy fats essential for brain function, plus some mood boosting cacao and banana. Medjool dates add a sweet, caramel-like flavouring to balance out the bitter cacao. They've been great mid-afternoon during my oncalls this week - a quick boost of nutty goodness to keep my energy levels up while I'm running around the surgical ward!

Now let's be honest here. These bars are not meant to be a "healthy alternative" to wonderful things like chocolate brownies. Sometimes in life you just need the oozy, chocolately goodness of fudge brownie warm from the oven. 

But there's a place in the world for these walnut bars too - for when you want something sweet that isn't going to send blood sugar levels all over the place, leaving you craving more. These bars are satisfying, hitting the sweet spot and keeping you there. Plus I've discovered they're extra good smothered in your preferred choice of nut butter. 

Raw chocolate walnut bar recipe

To make six bars:

1 chopped banana
2-4 chopped medjool dates (depending on how sweet you'd like them to be)
50g cacao powder (Indigo Nutrition Organic Cacao)

Start by putting the walnuts into a food processor and blending them to a fine texture. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until well mixed and coming together as a sort of dough.

Scoop out the mixture and press/roll into a rectangle approximately 1.5cm thickness. Slice into bars and enjoy!

They'll keep for a few days in an airtight container so, if you're not sharing them, make a batch to enjoy yourself over the next few days!

Bowl of walnuts

Indigo Herbs Walnuts

Indigo herbs cacao powder organic

Food processor walnut bars


Thank you to Indigo Herbs for sending me some products to test out. Recipe and opinions my own!

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #49

Easter Weekend Bunnies


I hope you're all enjoying the long Easter weekend! I'm certainly loving having a few days off - having worked the last two weekends I've been craving a proper break. I've been working a bizarre pattern of shifts recently, thanks to job changeover last week, so it's been a challenge to even keep track of what day it is. This weekend has been great though - I headed home to see my family, and my favourite little dog (who's currently recovering from ligament surgery). I also had a wonderful time at the Health Bloggers Community Summit on Saturday - listening to some of the experts in the health blogging field, and meeting some other lovely people.

Health Bloggers Community Summit

Meeting @audreyfitwell and @flexwithbex at HBCSummit

Here are the little things I've loved this week:

First Magnum ice cream of the year. After a walk in the sunshine on Wednesday morning, I was starting to feel quite warm so picked up a white chocolate Magnum on my way home. It feels so good to be eating ice cream outdoors again!

Leaving the house without a coat. I've been braving it a few times this week and it's been so nice not to have that extra layer to worry about.

Playing with my new food processor.  It's been sat in its box in my kitchen for a few weeks now, waiting for me to have the right combination of time and ingredients to put it to use. I put it to use on Wednesday morning, whizzing up some homemade houmous.

HAPS Superfruit booster


HAPS Superfruit+ Boosters. Rik from HAPS kindly sent over a few samples of this new "serotonin boosting drink" for me to try out. I put them in my bag to take with me during some long on-call shifts. The aim is to help in improving mood, alertness and dealing with stress - all pretty important things for a doctor on-call! The fruity flavour is delicious - plus all those fruit powders contain loads of good vitamins. I added a sachet to a bottle of water, shook it up and enjoyed it. It was also a great way to remind myself to drink something and hydrate myself while at work!

Tulips and sweets


Not killing my tulips! I seem to have developed a bit of a habit of buying fresh flowers on the same day as spontaneously deciding to go away for a few days. It's a bit of sad sight getting home after a weekend and finding drooping tulips all over the counter, so it was genuinely a nice surprise to get back today and see them still looking great!

Seeing Dr Hazel Wallace  (The Food Medic) and Dr Rupy Aujla (The Doctor's Kitchenat the HBC Summit. These two doctors are a huge inspiration to me, combining blogging and social media with successful careers in medicine, so it was great to hear them speak.

Getting faster on my runs. Sticking to my 10km training plan, I was out this morning for a 5-mile run. As I've said in a previous post, I'm aiming to improve my speed but I wasn't really sure if what I've been doing in the gym was at all helpful. Turns out though I'm doing something right as I've managed to knock a full 20-seconds off my average minute-per-.mile pace!

I hope that you're having a wonderful Easter weekend - do let me know what you've been up to this week!

Bluebells at Nuffield Place

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

New Goals - Training for a 10km



Physical activity - we know there are plenty of benefits from getting active regularly! How you choose to fit in your recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity is up to you - but you'll be reaping the benefits of better cardiovascular health, mental wellbeing, reducing your risk of diabetes, preventing osteoporosis and generally just feeling better about yourself.

Fitting in regular gym sessions has been much easier than I anticipated, and I genuinely enjoy the routine of working out a few times a week.

However, I've quickly realised I need to have a reason to challenge myself - something to motivate me to push a bit harder, rather than stick to the same old thing.



Just over a year ago I took part in the Bath Half Marathon, and although the training was tough (rainy runs round the backstreets of Yeovil are bizarrely memorable) the actual race was so much fun. I loved the sense of achievement at the end of it and was determined to keep up the running in one way or another.

Except then I jetted off to Cape Town and spent two months dining out, lazing on the beach and tasting wine (and a little bit of hospital work happened too). 

So I've entered the Vitality London 10km race next month. I'd love to run another half marathon but I also wanted something that was achievable alongside my working life. 10km is a distance I know I can manage, which takes that element away and leaves me able to focus on time and speed.



I've got an eight-week training programme to follow, and it was weirdly exciting getting started on it. It's refreshed my gym routine, given me some sort of direction to take and will hopefully lead to a pretty satisfying result. Without an end-goal, it's really easy to opt out of a workout early, or take the easier options. Knowing that I've got a time in mind to run a 10km though is the motivation I need to keep going when it starts getting hard.

With the longer evenings and hopefully warmer weather, I'm also looking forward to getting back to running outdoors - at least for the weekly long runs if not the rest of the training sessions.

I've also decided to use this event to support a deserving charity - Mind. While this is mainly a personal challenge, it seemed a good opportunity to do something good and raise even a small amount for them! If you'd like to offer anything, you can find my fundraising page here.

Who else is working towards a new fitness goal?

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #48

Tulips and sunshine


As I'm typing this, it's definitely beginning to feel a lot more like spring! I hope everyone's had a lovely week. This was my last week working on an orthogeriatric ward - potentially my final ever work on a medical ward as my next jobs are all surgery, psychiatry or A&E. A downside of the week was a broken washing machine - but the upside to this was a good excuse to buy a few more clothes. You know, just in case it took a while to get sorted?! Today I'm home for Mother's Day, treating my mum to a home-cooked dinner (full disclosure - my sister's idea, I'm just lending a hand with the cooking). So for everyone who is doing something for mother's day, I hope it's a good day for you.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Preventing Osteoporosis - What you can be doing now

Milk preventing osteoporosis


I've learned a few things during my time as an orthopaedic junior doctor:

1. I seem to have defied the odds by surviving a childhood of gymnastics and horse riding with no more than just a few bumps and bruises.

2. Walking the dog is apparently a far more dangerous activity than I'd ever fully appreciated.

3. I really, really don't want to break my hip when I'm an old lady.

And it's this last one that has got me thinking. Many of the elderly patients I see have broken their bones after fairly low impact falls, but due to osteoporosis, their bones are much weaker. Hip, wrist and spinal fractures are the most common injuries and can significantly impact on quality of life - leading to reduced mobility, chronic pain and sometimes lengthy hospital stays while they're fixed and healing.


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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #47

Little things I've loved tulips


Hello again everyone! Hope you're all doing well and have had a great week. This week I've been working, then went home for the weekend to look after my favourite little dog. It's been a busy one for me with a bit of travelling around, more time in theatre at work and a weekend blog event! But my busiest weeks are often the best ones and here are just some of the happy moments over the past seven days:

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Caramelised Pear and Walnut Salad - Recipe

Pear and walnut salad with spinach and quinoa

A warm salad: spinach and quinoa topped with sweet pear, crisp walnut pieces and tangy goats cheese, utterly delicious!


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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #46

Vase of spring tulips


I like these weeks - just Tuesday to Thursday at work and a nice long weekend. It's so nice to have a couple of extra days free to do whatever I want, and that's exactly what I've been doing. We ended up having to do a bit of shuffling at work this week, so I spent two of my three days covering the elective sugery ward by myself - and let me tell you, it's a world away from the trauma ward! Here are the little things I've been loving the past seven days:

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

What working as a junior doctor has taught me about managing stress

Stress management at work


It's been over seven months now since I hung my stethoscope around my neck and took those first steps onto the gastroenterology ward, ready to start my new life as a junior doctor. Since then I've survived long days, night shifts, weekends on-call and all manner of tasks faced by doctors every single day. I've learned plenty - from exactly what information I need to hand to call the microbiologists, how to speedily write discharge letters before pharmacy shuts, to which wards will always have a supply of the particular things I want in order to take blood or site a cannula. 

The most important thing I've learned, though? Well, that would be the stress management side of things. 

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week (and last week) #45



Hello! I ended up having a quiet weekend at home last week, without my laptop, so I never got round to publishing my Little Things I've Loved post last Sunday. I've also been on-call this weekend, so very nearly didn't get round to this week's either! But I enjoy looking back over the week and sharing the best bits so I decided to combine the last two into a post this evening. Here are a bumper fourteen days of happy moments:

This Week:

As I said, I've been on call every day this week. As on-call weeks go, it hasn't been too bad at all - the majority of the patients have actually been pretty well (aside from their fractures of course) which has meant we've managed to stay on top of all the work and not feel ten steps behind all the time.  

Assisting in trauma theatre. I agreed to start earlier on Friday to help one of the trauma surgeons with his upper limb list. I'm not hugely interested in surgery, but I do still find it kind of fascinating seeing it all up close! I used to enjoy watching it as a medical student, but now I actually get paid to help with surgery and I still can't get over that haha.

Quiet on-call evenings, leaving time for catching up with friends. Stable patients in the day also turned into stable patients overnight! I had very little to do after 5 pm each evening so I had a bit of time sitting around in the ward office - the perfect opportunity to text a few people and catch up.

First creme egg of the year. I used to love these- I still remember buying multiple six-packs of them in my second year of uni. Nowadays I find them better enjoyed in moderation, but still enjoy that first one after not having had one since last Easter!

Listening to Ed Sheeran's new album. I make an effort to wind down in the evenings and so Friday when I got home I stuck this on and just listened to it. Pretty sure there'll be a couple of new favourites from it.

Last Week:

I've spent this week working on an orthogeriatric ward, looking after elderly people after having their hip fractures repaired. Seemingly it's a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it rotation - I personally really enjoy the time I spend there, but some of my other orthopaedics colleagues would much rather do anything else! I've been finishing work on time each day, the hospital hasn't been too pressured this week and none of the patients has been that unwell so it's been a good one! Here are the happy moments from the past week:

Patients asking me how I am. It just makes the ward round feel less formal, less rushed and more like a pleasant conversation. Plus it's usually a good sign that they're doing well! 

Braving new bits of the gym. It's been nearly two months now since I joined and I'm slowly building up my confidence about exploring new parts, different equipment and varied workouts. 

Saturday breakfast and an almond pastry. I don't normally eat pastries for breakfast, but I walked past the bakery section of M&S after the gym on Saturday morning and decided I really wanted one! It was delicious with the rest of my post-workout breakfast in bed.



Finding a forgotten pair of black skinny jeans in the wardrobe. Even better they're still actually black rather than grey. And then I found three good hairbands in the pockets. 

A midweek haircut. I've been meaning to have my hair trimmed for a while, so I made an appointment for after work on Wednesday. Especially nice was the head massage and back massaging chair while having my hair washed - a lovely way to wind down after the day!



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Friday, 24 February 2017

Real Health | Do we really need to eat 10 fruit and veg a day?

Fruit and vegetables


This week it's felt as if everybody is talking about the 10-a-day fruit and vegetable portions advice. I'm sure this is probably just a reflection of the kind of people I follow on social media and the news sites I come across day to day, but it's got me thinking even so.

I'm well used to hearing the 5-a-day figure and although it's not something I consciously think about day-to-day, I am mindful of the benefits of eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. 

So, question: do we really need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day?!

Handful of tomatoes

The Evidence

Where did this 10-a-day figure come from?

This week's hype has all come from this study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology by a group of medical and academic researchers.It's a review of current evidence, looking at a total of ninety-five studies that have already been done, and combining their results to generate one huge analysis. 

From the combined studies they've found that consuming 800g of fruit and veg a day (equivalent to ten 80g portions) can reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and the risk of death. Consuming fruit and vegetables reduces the risk, and consuming more each day, up to 800g, reduces the risks further. Therefore the more portions of fruit and veg you eat a day, the more you reduce your risks of these diseases (compared to eating none).

The NHS Behind the Headlines pages do great summaries of health research that makes the headlines, and I'd thoroughly recommend reading this review of the study for more information about the strengths and limitations of the report.

Yoghurt with blueberries and mango

Is increasing fruit and vegetable intake enough?

Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in our diets is just one change we can make to improve our overall health, but it's not the only one.

There are lots of other factors to take into account, including other aspects of our diets, exercise and lifestyle choices. Adding in a load of extra veggies won't change much if you're still eating a diet high in saturated fats, leading a sedentary lifestyle and smoking! 

Healthy lunches with vegetables


Is 10-a-day realistic?

According to figures stated in lots of the news reports I've read this week, only about a third of people in the UK are even meeting the 5-a-day target, raising questions about whether upping it to ten is realistic.

Aiming for at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the public health advice here; supposedly an achievable number with the knowledge that eating even more than this brings further benefits. If public health advisors were to change this advice to 10-a-day, I think people would struggle and this isn't the kind of encouragement needed to get everyone thinking about healthier lifestyles!

10-a-day isn't impossible or unachievable, but it's a big jump from where the majority of people in the UK are right now. 

Vegetable Chilli

How can we up our fruit and veg intake?

We're already advised that fruit and vegetables should be making up about 50% of our diet, but I think we still tend to see them as "additions" to our meals. Starting to think about vegetables and fruits as the main components helps shift them into the spotlight. I often pick out the vegetables I want to eat for my main meals first, then think about what will go with them rather than the other way around. 

There's almost always a way to add one more portion to whatever you're eating - whether that's topping your porridge with a handful of berries, adding vegetables to stews, pies and sauces or having a fruit juice or smoothie with a meal.

If you're feeling inspired, here are some fruit and veg packed recipes to get upping your intake with!


What are your favourite ways to enjoy getting in your daily fruit and vegetable portions?
Jennifer
xXx
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Veggie Rainbow Chilli - Recipe

 Vegetarian Chilli


A big pot of warming chilli is one of my favourite dishes to cook up. It's so easy to pack full of goodness, and it's perfect for making in batches to freeze and save.

Homemade vegetable chilli couldn't be easier - essentially you just stir it all up in a pan, get it nice and piping hot before ladling into a bowl ready to enjoy!

And there are so many ways to enjoy this - spooned over a baked potato, accompanied by steaming rice, wrapped in a tortilla... (It's equally good just on its own for a lighter meal!)

Crammed with vegetables in all different colours, it's an excellent way of getting in a good dose of your daily nutrients - plus colourful food is always tastier, right?!

I'm not really much of a meal planner. I'll prep some lunches through the week to save time, but I tend to be more spontaneous about dinner. I try to keep the kitchen stocked with plenty of fresh vegetables, tins of beans and chopped tomatoes - all great ingredients for just throwing together. So feel free to use this recipe as a rough guide and chop and change it to suit what  you have to hand.

Depending on portion size, I'd estimate this to make two large portions or four smaller ones - but you can always freeze any leftovers!

Bowl of vegetable chilli


Veggie Rainbow Chilli Recipe

Vegetable ingredients

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato, diced
1 courgette, diced
1 carrot, grated
1 sweet pepper, chopped
1 onion (red or brown) finely chopped
1 clove garlic crushed or finely chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
400g tin of kidney beans
2tbsp olive oil
1 sachet chilli mixture (for easiness. You can of course make your own with a mix of spices!)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line a baking tray with tin-foil.
2. Peel and chop the sweet potato into small cubes, arrange on the baking tray, drizzle with 1tbsp of oil and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
3. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan over a medium heat, then add the onion and garlic. Cook until softened, then add the chopped peppers.
4. Pour the chilli mixture into the pan, then add the chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, courgettes, grated carrot and the baked sweet potato. Stir everything together, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked through before serving!

Homemade chilli

Rainbow chilli

Saucepan of chilli


And that's all you have to do. Let me know if you try this out and what your top tips are for cooking chilli. 

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Rainbow Chilli Recipe on Ginevrella

Jennifer
xXx


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #44

Little Things I've Loved This Week Happy Post, cup of tea


This has been a wonderful week for me, full of all kinds of happy things. I had the week as annual leave so I headed home to my parents' and set about doing all things non-work-related. Almost completely switching off from work (I didn't mute the work whatsapp group because I didn't want to miss out on the fun!) has been just what I needed to do and I'm feeling relaxed and refreshed. It doesn't take a sunny holiday to get the most from annual leave (although I wouldn't turn one down...). So here are some of the things that have made this week so great:

Catch ups with my school friends. 
I feel so lucky to still have some great friends from my school days. From watching rugby at the pub, to lunches and dinner out it was so nice to meet up with the people I've grown up with. I love reminiscing about the old days, while also seeing what everyone's getting up to as we move forward with our adult lives.

Lunch at Le Touquet
Dad and I ventured over the channel early on Wednesday morning, taking Le Shuttle to Calais then driving down the coast to Le Touquet. It was a beautifully sunny day and we wandered around the town, stopping for lunch and then headed home. I miss speaking French so it was especially nice to realise I can still understand it!

Remembering how to drive.
This week I tackled one of my biggest challenges, getting back behind the steering wheel. I was incredibly nervous, but it felt so good to realise that I hadn't completely forgotten how to do it! It took no time at all for me to be comfortable steering, changing speed and moving through the gears almost without thinking. I'm still working on my confidence and have been for a couple more drives - it's getting easier, albeit slowly.

Teaching my dad to make poached eggs
My parents taught me lots of what I know about cooking, so I enjoyed the role reversal here! Just a couple more practices and I'll move on to how to capture them in the perfect Instagram shot...

Poached egg with avocado on toast


Aeroplanes taking off into the sunset
Cheesy. So cheesy. But it's a view I love, driving out west on my way back home and watching the planes leaving Heathrow against a golden sun and pink sky. I just really like planes and sunsets, alright?!

Listening to Taylor Swift
Getting back to my flat on Saturday night, I was just really in the mood for some nostalgic music. So I picked out a playlist, turned up the volume and enjoyed the old tunes while unpacking.

Magazines and ipad


What have you enjoyed this week? 
Jennifer
xXx


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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Conquering my biggest fear

Confidence with driving


From the outside, my life appears pretty together. 

At twenty-four, I've moved out, gained a degree, a job and a career and have found enough spare time to write a blog about my life, health and wellbeing. 

But there's been a big thing holding me back for the past six years.

I hate driving. 

As in, palpitation triggering, nightmare-inducing, hatred for it. The only other thing that gets me in such a state is the sight of a mouse scuttling past...

The very first time I drove was on my seventeenth birthday. My parents bought me driving lessons as a present and initially it was fine. I never loved my driving lessons, but then I typically did them after school when all I really wanted to do was go home and get my homework out the way so I could get on Facebook.

It took two goes, but I did manage to pass my test six months later and although the photo is horrendous, I was thrilled to have a pink driving licence.

I don't know when driving became such a fear for me, but it gradually morphed from an annoyance to genuinely feeling sick at the mere thought of getting behind the wheel. Living in a well-connected London suburb, there was no incentive to drive if I didn't want to. My parents still drove my siblings to school, my friends all lived walking distance and I had a free bus pass and easy access to the tube. 

School ended and I went off to university, driving a long-abandoned skill and the pink licence's sole use became proof that I could legally buy alcohol or enter a nightclub....

Every university holiday I swore would be the one I got driving again. Then I said I'd do it before I started work. But there was always an excuse.



People are always relatively surprised to hear that I hate driving. All through university, friends simply assumed that I either couldn't drive or just didn't own a car. 

I decided to make 2017 the year I got driving again. I couldn't keep putting it off. My friends no longer all live in walking distance. I don't particularly want to spend the rest of my life living in the town centre simply for convenience.  And standing freezing cold on a train platform at midnight, or experiencing a rail replacement bus service on a Sunday have motivated me more than I could ever have imagined!

So on Tuesday morning, I finally found myself sat behind the steering wheel of a car, ready for a refresher lesson. I'd booked the lesson about a month in advance and I was so grateful for the busy weeks leading up to it, keeping my mind off of it. Even so, the hour before I couldn't focus on anything else!

Two whole hours of driving. I opted to start on a quiet estate but progressed very quickly to busier roads, country lanes, town centres, dual carriageways. Sure, it wasn't rush hour, but there were buses and lorries to contend with, high streets with pedestrians appearing everywhere. And, well, it was fine! This is what I've been putting off for six years?!

In some ways, I wish I'd pushed myself to do it earlier, but I think it was worth waiting until I felt ready. Six extra years of maturity, six extra years of being a passenger were what it took to finally feel comfortable. And although I didn't get out the car desperate to do it all over again, I don't think I'm going to be having nightmares about driving anymore. 

Sometimes, you just have to push yourself, get out of the comfort zones and see what you can do when you put your mind to it, conquering those fears. I've regained my confidence in driving and challenged my anxiety.

That's enough fear conquering for one year though... 2018 will be the one I deal with the mice. (LOL. No, never getting over that  one!)

Anyone else experienced anxiety about driving? What have you challenged yourself to do despite being scared?

Jennifer
xXx


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Spa at Home: Ragdale Hall Products


Spa at Home Ragdale Hall Products

 Oh how I'd love to be able to spend every weekend on a spa break...

Sadly I'm lacking in time and budget for such indulgement, so the next best thing is to bring the spa home instead.

M&S are doing a fabulous range in beauty and wellbeing right now and as part of my ongoing mission to make more time for taking care of myself, I picked up a few things to try out.

I spent rather a long time perusing the shelves, trying to decide what I most wanted to for - I could happily have filled a whole basket with goodies!

In the end I opted for these Ragdale Hall Spa products - enticed in by the soothing blue/green colouring mainly...

Spa products Ragdale Hall
Time to Revive Himalayan Bath Salts

Time to Revive Soothing Himalayan Salts

After a long day, I often find soaking in a hot bath is one of the best ways to relax. I don't necessarily want my bath to send me to sleep though, so these reviving salts have been just what I needed. They smell divine - I really feel like I've walked out of a spa after bathing in this. And on a practical level, they leave almost no residue on my bath - perfect, because there's no point undoing all that relaxing by scrubbing the bathtub!

Scatter a handful of these crystals into a tub of steaming water, and sink into utter bliss...

Himalayan Bath Salts
Time to revive hot salt scrub

Time to Revive Hot Salt Scrub

I'm a huge fan of any self-warming treatments, and this is no exception. Once my inner science-geek has gotten over the whole exothermic-reaction excitement, I love the feeling of the product warming up soothing deep into my muscles. The scrub isn't harsh, so it's ideal for massaging in - gently exfoliating the skin, while the heat helps relax tired muscles. 

I also love how easily the salt scrub washes off, leaving no trace of any grainy bits behind.

Tub of Hot Salt Scrub

Time to Be Active Muscle Reboost Warming Gel


Time to Be Active Muscle Reboost Warming Gel

Another warming product! This has been wonderful for using after a gym workout. The product is delivered over small rollers, meaning you get the double effect of heat and massage. I was cautious with this at first (I've had reactions to Deep Heat in the past), but I've had no trouble with it at all and have found the warming gel perfect for recovering tired muscles. 

Time to Be Active Gel


I find all of these products work well individually, but for the ultimate pampering session, I've enjoyed combining them. 

Hot bath, flickering candles, peaceful music, a magazine and warm towels - bringing the spa home is just the next best thing to visiting one.

Products for spa at home


What are your must-have home spa products?
Jennifer
xXx

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Little Things I've Loved This Week #43



It's been a week of two halves this one. Buoyed by the enthusiasm from last week, I was in a positive mindset heading to work on Monday. But Monday and Tuesday ended up being long days with late finishes, so motivation was dipping by Wednesday. Happily from Wednesday onwards things got much better - the ward was better staffed, we finished work at 5pm and that means more free evening time for blogging, gymming and just generally sorting my life out!

Here are some of the little things I've loved this week:

Banana and Nutella crêpes. I'd actually been really craving pancakes with sugar and lemon, but then I started making them and realised I had some very ripe bananas in need of eating soonish! So my Friday night dessert was a couple of chocolately, banana-y crepes... yum.

Speedy ward rounds. Some days we're still seeing patients at five o'clock in the evening. Then there are weeks like this one, where we've been managing to get the whole ward seen before lunch time. It just feels better psychologically knowing that we've then got all afternoon to just focus on the jobs we've generated!

The satisfaction of finishing candles. This week I've burned down a few candles that have been sat in various rooms around my flat. I love using things up completely, although I'm trying very hard not to just hoard the glass holders now!

Watching the snow swirling outside while I'm tucked up indoors. These days I find snow that settles more inconvenient than exciting, but I still think the flakes drifting down past the window are rather pretty. And so far it's not settling, so best of both worlds.

Finding everything I wanted in the shops. Saturday morning, I headed out in the aforementioned swirling snow, with a mental shopping list: new work trousers, a cosy jumper and a pair of short boots. This has been my shopping list for about three months so I was pleased to finally find everything I wanted.


Being able to paint my nails. I'm off work now for a week so I dug out my nail varnish collection and spent ages deliberating over which shades to choose.

England winning the rugby. Again. I've seen far less of this year's Six Nations than usual - normally I spend the entire weekend watching all the action. But I did manage to catch the England  v Wales game yesterday and was very pleased with the result. Sorry any Welsh fans reading this...

What have been the highlights of your week?
Jennifer
xXx

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