Clean Eating Made Easy With Everdine

I first dabbled with clean eating last year, inspired by the Ella’s Kitchen cookbook recommended by a friend who had overcome some health problems thanks to a change in diet, it was a welcome lifestyle adjustment. I’d already given up meat (not fish) and felt better, I had more energy for starters. My sugar intake was through the roof though and I was rubbish at getting my recommended 5 a day.

So clean eating was the way forward. Everything cooked from fresh with oodles of fresh veg and introducing ingredients I’d never heard of, chia seeds were thrown in and on everything and breakfast began with overnight oats and granola. The only problem was time. I was a busy mum running 2 businesses and trying to prepare and find recipes which I knew the whole family would eat.

Luckily the older boys are quite good at trying new foods, getting them to always finish was a chore though. Clean eating soon became a chore and while I remained vegetarian and endeavoured to cook healthy meals from scratch, it was still too easy to pop a frozen pizza in the oven on days when I wasn’t in the mood for cooking.

My eldest son is now a keen health foodie though and when asked to try out a clean eating delivery  service called Everyone where clean eating is made simple we both agreed. No more mum guilt, except the whole frozen meals thing concerned me a little, surely it was cheating a little?

None the less, I picked out my favourites from the 8 meal section, that’d be 2 family meals of our choosing where everyone gets what they want. I could see this working out quite well for the boys and I! It meant I could stick to my meat free diet but the boys got their fill.

It arrived in an insulated cardboard box with icepacks (really useful to keep in the freezer and reuse for picnics as you can throw them away afterwards) I then stored them away in the freezer ready for the next day when time was of the essence.

everdine clea eating delivery service reviewed

The meals are microwaved and ready to eat in under 10 minutes and smelt as good as they tasted. The portions are a good size, enough for my older teenager and I managed to share some of mine with my toddler without feeling I’d sacrificed a meal. There’s a really great range to make your choices from on the website too, I went for a mixture of fish, lamb and vegetarian so we were all happy.

clean eating made simple with a delivery service my whole family loved. This exceeded my expectations in ready meals
The lamb chops with feta cous cous and beetroot was a huge hit with the boys, theres no expense spared on taste and seeing them try foods they’d never had before was awesome. My favourite was the harissa & king prawn tabbouleh, a nicely spiced dish with a just right balance of vegetables.

The convenience of having healthy meals ready in the freezer was priceless and while I don’t think I’d use it solely for regular family meals, I can see this being perfect for working couples and singletons. (and for my child free days when I tend to just have a sandwich rather than cook a whole meal.) The only downside was not being able to serve the meals in one go, although some you could cook in the oven.

If you’d like to try them out for yourself, Click here for your Everdine offer giving you £25 off your first box

 

clean eating made simple with a delivery service my whole family loved. This exceeded my expectations in ready meals

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I have been invited to test Everdine‘s service thanks to a company called Tornado.

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Reviewing The Sleep Tight All Night Bear

Sleep, babies, toddlers, blah, blah, blah. They have got to be one of the most talked about subjects on every parent’s lips at some point in their kid’s lives and I totally put my hands up, I have quite an unconventional approach to sleep. 3 babies in and I ripped up the rule book and stopped fretting about what everyone else did with my last baby and followed my son’s lead.

We co slept for 2 years as that was the only way he settled and even now he wanders into my bed most nights or mornings.  He’s a happy, sociable child and I’ve never had the sleep deprivation that I experienced with my older kids. So why am I reviewing a sleep aid device, if I don’t think my son has a sleep problem you’re probably thinking?

Well, as much as I have no problem with early morning or night-time snuggles. As a work from home mum, who’s most productive part of the day tends to be the evening. I could REALLY do with cutting down our bed time routine. In the past I can spend over an hour settling, reading and sitting with my boy waiting for him to nod off for the night. He’s such a busy little thing at the best of times and seems to pull every last snippet of energy out the bag just before he heads off to dream land.

Which is why I’m testing the Sleep Tight All Night, I was curious to see if it helped cut down bed times.


Looking light a normal teddy, it’s a cuddleable sleep aid which helps teach your child when to sleep and when to get up by using different coloured lights and sounds to differentiate day and night. There’s a selection of  soothing white noise and nature noises for night and cute phrases for day.

We started off by keeping the Sleep Tight All Night  bear downstairs in daytime mode for few days while my son got use to it, then we moved onto to introducing it to our bedtime routine. Each night, after the usual round of stories, I remind my boy to get his sleep teddy, he pull’s out the unit which sits under a velcro’s patch of material at the bottom, set the timer, then go through which noise he wanted.

reviewing the sleep tight all night bear to helpmeet toddler settle more quickly at bed time and improve our bedtime routine

After a few days or so, he’d always opt for the heart beat sound but only after he’d been through every other one. I really started to notice a difference to how quickly he settled after a week. There’s was much less resistance and tossing and turning as he went through the same routine ending with selecting his noise, putting the monitor back in the teddy and telling me the light is red so time for bed. Then laying down quietly, drifting off in half the time he’d done previously.

reviewing the sleep tight all night bear to helpmeet toddler settle more quickly at bed time and improve our bedtime routine

I’ve not seen any change to keeping him in his bed all night yet, but if I’m honest, I’ve not really enforced this as I don’t have a problem which him coming in to sleep with me as he drifts straight back off. So I can’t comment on how effective it is in that respect, that said, I will be trying it out when he’s a little older and able to understand that he needs to stay in his bed and go back to sleep.

In a nutshell, the Sleep Tight All Night teddy has cut down bed time by helping my toddler settle and wind down to relax off to sleep. It’s given my son some independence and control over his bed time routine and is now a permanent feature on his pillow, I’m hoping it helps maintain some normality when going on holiday too!

Disclaimer

We were sent this product for the purpose of this review, the Sleep Tight All Night is available to buy  from Golden Bear Toys 

 

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This Summer I’ll Be Swapping Flip Flops For Vionic Sandals 

I’ve only gone and done it….I’ve got my feet out, funny what a little sunshine gets you braving!  It’s always a pinnacle moment of the year, the one where I pack away my trusty boots for the season and bring out the sandals. Being a Devon living, seaside gal it’s pretty much flip-flops all the way for the next few months bar a few plimsols wearing days, only this year I’m going a little different with something a little more supportive.

I’ve got quite an over pronation and while those trusty flip-flops may be super comfy but I fear I may have done a little damage over the years, so this spring and summer I’m hoping to correct my step by wearing some podiatrist designed footbed sandals from Vionic Shoes .


The great thing about the Jura sandals which I’m stepping out in (see what I did there!) is I’ll be working on walking with the correct alignment and that over pronation I’ve developed will be no more. <crosses fingers > I’m also hoping the foot pain I experience when out on long walks will stop. (They’re also great for helping with Plantar Fasciitus which is explained in more detail over on the website

But aside from all the sciencey stuff going on, they look really good! I’ve opted for an on-going animal print theme which I know have a growing collection of footwear in, with the hope they’ll go with anything and everything. They can be dressed up or casual-ed down and break up an all black outfit and add a sassy edge to denims and whites.


I’ve got quite narrow feet so having an adjustable strap means I can adjust them to fit perfectly and as leather tends to give a little over time, I can tighten them so they’ll always fit. This is a must-have on my summer sandals tick list as I didn’t fancy a pair which I ended up having to toe-grab them into place each time I walked, in an effort to keep them on my feet. The double strap should put an end to any of that annoying business.

And best of all, now I have some fabulous shoes, I can start some serious summer shopping for my holiday wardrobe and book myself in for a must have summer pedicure.

Disclaimer

I was gifted a pair of Vionic Jura sandals for my honest opinion. All words and photos are my own unless otherwise stated 

 

 

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Berghaus Kids Jackets Reviewed

Change of seasons always catch me out when it comes to clothing. Take spring for example, the slightest hint of sunshine and I’m ditching to the dark wooly jumpers in favour for cool pastel cottons and end up a shivering mess cussing my perpetual predictability and lack of learning from all the previous years mistakes. I’m just an eager beaver ready to step into the next phase of good ol’ english weather I guess. It’s even worse when you’ve applied the same thought process to kids. They end up whingey that they’re cold or you run the risk of WORSE PARENT EVER syndrome for letting the kiddos out unsuitably dressed. Nothing scorns harder than a whispered “tut, tut” from another well prepared adult.

Not this spring as I’m on it, on it like a car bonnet with bells on as the kids step out in spring proof (and autumn / winter) coats from the new Berghaus range. Dressed in the cutest Fourstones  and Ancroft  parkers with super soft hoods, they’ve had a thorough testing. Despite being warm and practical ( we’ve survivied a rain soaked dog walk ) they’re quite light and look pretty cool. The 4 external pockets came in handy for storing daisies, sticks and shells too and are long enough to cover bums when picnicking. (or even handier when covering up a toddler potty training accident!)

 

 

It wasn’t all about the parkers though, this Carrock  3 in 1 jacket is a fabulous all-rounder. The outer layer is fully waterproof while the warm and toasty thermal inner layer can be zipped away for cooler sunny days. The roll away hood proved a big hit (and limited any chance of getting caught when tree climbing) while sporting my own personal fave on a kids coat; reflective piping. Once kids are walking about on their own on dark evenings this feature comes into its own and has been a deal breaker when choosing kids coats in the past.

 

Zipped pockets mean there’s no chance of loosing precious items and in the summer you can remove the fleece layer so you have a lightweight waterproof. Just a heads up, these seem to come up a little small which is perfect so they aren’t stuck with bulky heavy coats, but if you’re choosing a size I’d suggest bigger. My toddler is nearly 3 and wears a 3-4 comfortably with room to go for next winter.

So happy days all round and even happier, suitably dressed kids ready to tackle whatever the weather throws at them and carry on with even more out and about adventures!

Disclaimer 

This is a collaborative post for which I have been gifted these jackets 

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Review of Giraffe World Kitchen in Exeter

Sitting in prime location, a short walk from the car parks in the Princesshay area of Exeter you’ll find the relaxed dining experience of an evening at  Giraffe World Kitchen. I’ll admit straight away that wasn’t quite sure what to expect with a restaurant being described as a world kitchen but as a pescetarian (the only meat I eat is fish) who tries to stay on the healthy / clean eating side when it comes to food, I had an inclining it would be my cup of tea.

First Impressions

The evening atmosphere is very different from the busy vibrant mood which I’d witnessed during the day. Greeted by friendly, happy staff we were shown to our table, a booth style lit by funky subdued lighting and somewhat informal vibe. (Party dress and high heels not essential here unless hitting the town afterwards.)   I’m a stickler for how a restaurant lighting determines your mood, harsh bright lights are a real bugbear resulting in a not so relaxed evening, so first impressions were just perfect.

a review of the The Giraffe world kitchen restaurant

We were given our menus and offered table water,  with well-informed staff willing to help you through your choice. There’s plenty of choice and deciding was really difficult so I took all the advice the staff offered. It was great to be able to try some foods I’d never had before, that world kitchen status is no lie!

Giraffe on the menu?

Starting with salt and pepper squid with sweet chilli jam and fresh lime prawn, Prawn Saganaki – King prawns cooked in tasty garlic, chilli, white wine & tomato sauce with crumbled feta, served with toasted flatbread and Sweetcorn Fritter Tacos washed down with a very palatable Malbec red wine, we were ready to sample all The Giraffe had to offer. All getting th thumbs up, portion sizes were perfect and a special mention to the squid, I’m so going back for that someday soon.

a review of the The Giraffe world kitchen restaurant

Hoping on to mains we opted for Blackened Salmon served with brown rice & kidney beans, corn on the cob and mango salad, Sirloin Steak and Katsu Chicken; Breaded chicken and noodles in a mild peanut & coconut sauce, with bok choy,  broccoli and wok-fried vegetables. All hitting the spot and portion sizes perfect. Although we didn’t manage to clear plates as the desert menu looked waaaaaaaaaay too tempting, forward thinking meant we needed to leave room!

a review of the The Giraffe world kitchen restaurant

After much discussion and a recommendation from our final waiter, the very chatty Milan, it was on to a  Whoopie Cookie – Speculoos ice cream sandwiched between chocolate cookies with chocolate sauce, caramel popcorn and pretzels, Salted caramel ice cream sundae, layered with caramel popcorn and pretzel pieces and for me, a White Chocolate & Passion Fruit Cheesecake Drizzled with fresh passion fruit.

And yes, they all tasted as good as they sound.

In a Nutshell….

So to sum it up, if you’re looking for a relaxed dining experience with happy, friendly staff, a great variety  of food with a lean to the healthier side then I’d totally recommend an evening at Giraffe World Kitchen. Not bad prices too! I totally credit my lack of hangover the next day to the fresh food the night before. Well that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!

 

Disclaimer

I received a complimentary meal in return for my honest opinion. All words and photos are my own unless otherwise stated. 

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