Co – Op Food Hall Foody Review

At the Co- Op Food hall, I found some new foody products to review for you 🙂

rapeseed oilFirstly a company called ‘Crush’ from Norfolk.

They make Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil – and they are – Artisan producers of a range of Oils, dressings & NEW Cereals. I love the packaging! I tried a few of the dressings my favourite was the ‘zingy lemon’ dressing and I also tried their ‘Gnaw chocolate and hazelnut’ Granola- Yummy. I came away with a bottle of extra virgin cold pressed oil, it was very raw tasting almost like raw sunflower seeds, it wasn’t like others I had tasted. The man on the stall was very helpful and enthusiastic.

curd herd

Next I want to talk about a company called ‘Scarlet and Mustard’

Again the packaging is very eye-catching! They make a range of Dressings, infused oils, curds and a chilli jam! I can honestly say I was happy with everything I tried on this stall but was particularly taken with their range of curds, mainly because I’d never seen any flavours like these before and I like to try something ‘different’.

The curds come in Opulent Orange, Blackcurrant and Star Anise, Passion fruit and Lemon, and Lime and Mint. I came away with Blackcurrant and star Anise and Lime and mint.

Very happy with my items but also very impressed with the Lady on the stall, she was full of good ideas of how you could eat them some of her suggestions were on pancakes, on crumpets, on butterfly cakes!

wht balsamic  Danilo Manco White Balsamic Vinegar

This product (along with other Italian items) was on a stall with another brand, but because it is WHITE balsamic Vinegar it caught my eye. It is lighter and sweeter in flavour and less syrupy than dark balsamic vinegar. For 100ml it was £7.95 so I will use it sparingly!



Todays Doggy care Post is about LOVE!


Love can be shown in so many ways and all dogs are ‘driven’ or ‘motivated’ by different things, some like to be petted others like to play with a toy, some like treats.


Rule number 1) ALWAYS ASK BEFORE YOU PET SOME ONE ELSE’S DOG and be aware they may not know if their dog has issues with men/women/ children. It’s not a guarantee that because they haven’t bitten or snapped at their owner, that they won’t to you. There are right and wrong ways to pet an animal. DO NOT OVER CROWD IT. You look BIG to a dog and if you come over to it and put your face in theirs it can be very intimidating! I always suggest letting the dog sniff your hand first (hold your hand in a loose fist- fingers tucked in) near your side, at their height so they can smell you. If they seem calm you can stroke the dog in the direction the fur grows, not making any sudden movements and beware that some dogs have sensitive spots or issues with certain parts of their body being touched. A dog will usually tell you if it doesn’t like what you’re doing before it potentially bites so watch out for the signals!

dog behaviour


If your dog likes to chew their toys, do not give them toys they can chew bits off of and swallow. These include children’s ‘stuffed’ soft toys with button eyes and plastic noses, soft plastic toys and pieces of material or clothing! I recommend toys like this (pic below) made out of very resilient rubber.

rubber toys


Try not to fall into the trap of over feeding your dog with treats or ‘killing them with kindness’. It is VERY important for ALL dog owners to know which foods to avoid and which foods are ‘safe’ to give your dog. It’s equally important for any one that comes into contact with your dog to abide by the same rules. Dogs cannot logically choose which foods might cause them harm. ‘Bad foods’ can cause Toxins to build up in the dogs body resulting in pain/illness/ death for them and costly vet bills and heart ache for you!

toxic fd dogs

You should also avoid uncooked potato, cooked bones (as they splinter and shatter) Tomatoes and Tomato plant, and citrus fruits.

Here are some examples of ‘good snacks and treats’

good dog foodsOur Dog loves Blackberries, Strawberries and cucumber and everything from the cabbage family!

It’s good to bear in mind that all dogs are different and some have intolerance to certain foods, just like people!

max moo


Air Dried apple crisps 100% natural Ingredients: Review

Charlie from Perry Court Farm in Kent sent me some amazing samples to review for you, air dried apple crisps!

How are they made?

Perry Court Farm make Apple crisps using a completely natural drying process; warm air is blown over the slices of apple until crisp and then packaged quickly to keep them like this.

This slow drying method keeps all the goodness of a fresh apple in the crisps, but allows you to keep it much longer (drying is a natural way of preserving fruit, used since the Ancient Egyptians)!!

Perry Court Farm uses traditional English varieties of apple, selecting the best ones from over 100 different cultivars, including Cox orange Pippin, Laxtons Fortune and Ribstone Pippin.

apple crisps

Less than 70 calories, Ingredients 100% home grown apples – what’s not to love!

  app cri Air Dried apple crisps : Sweet

First I will say I underestimated the flavour of these crisps, they really pack a punch.

I couldn’t have imagined that dried apple crisps could have such a strong apple flavour a lot like a cloudy glass of apple juice. Secondly I underestimated the CRUNCH factor. I’ve tried dried apple pieces before (the chewy kind) this is nothing like that.

  green crisps Air dried apple crisps: Tangy

They didn’t lie when they described these as tangy if you are a fan of tangy or sour sweets these would be the ones for you! Packed with flavour too.

These really satisfied my need for a crunchy snack and are a great sweet alternatives to a packet of crisps.

My personal favourite were the sweet ones.

Where can you get them?

Fruit crisps are available in your local farm shop, deli, health store, farmers’ market and online too.

If you are not sure where to look, send an e-mail to Perry Court Farm and they shall try and suggest a place near where you


Mirror Mirror on the wall whose the thinnest one of all….

This title certainly grabbed my attention on a fellow bloggers page (keepupwithdee).

She talked about the medias involvement, attitude and blatant encouragement to pick yourself and (in particular) other women apart.

To generally not feel that great about yourself if you’re not the ‘right shape’ or the ‘right size’.

What is the right ‘shape and size’ any way – according to the media that changes depending on what mood they are in!

Curvy frames and slim frames seem to go in and out of ‘fashion’.

Here are some examples of celebrated curvy women:


Here are some examples of ‘celebrated’ slim/ petite women:


Have you heard about the ‘thigh gap’??

Well let me enlighten you, it’s a craze/ trend to have a gap between your thighs when you stand with your feet together.

thigh gap

Some women naturally have it some work hard to try to get one, some don’t care.

I fall into the last category! lol

Who comes up with this stuff?

Who decided that it’s ‘cool’ and that’s what we should all aspire to look like?

If that same person convinced every one tomorrow we should all have elbows that face inward I wonder how long it would take people to book in for surgery?

The media encourages women to compare themselves, to their friends, family, celebrity’s on Tv, in magazines, people we see in our every day lives and criticise ourselves and others if they don’t fit  into the category of size and shape that is currently in ‘fashion’!

I feel like it would be wrong to say I wouldn’t have fears and worries about the people I love, if they were at polar ends of the spectrum eg. obese or very under weight.

For me my concerns would come from a place of love.

I am motivated from a positive place of HEALTH and there is nothing shallow about wanting and supporting the people you love to be healthy.

In some ways I think it’s human nature to want what we don’t have (like Kim Kardashians bum)! But to become obsessed by it, to the point that we no longer enjoy the pleasures this life has to offer would be such a great shame.

It’s not realistic….It’s not right for every one and it’s not the truth!

Reading lots of Bikini models Blogs I have been reassured they don’t look chiseled, buff without an ‘inch to pinch’ all year-long. Most of them only look like that when they know they have a competition or photo shoot coming up and they have to do a lot of preparation to get ready.

Photo shop, if you haven’t already learned photo shopping a picture can dramatically change some ones appearance and it’s used in most pictures in magazines most of the time. It can change colours, whiten and straighten teeth, get rid of blemishes, spots, wrinkles and is used a lot to change the shape and appearance of some ones body! When women look at magazines and aspire to be like those models or celebrities they are aspiring to something that’s not real!

Click the link to a YouTube video for just one example!

My hopes for the future:

skinny new healthy

That women stop comparing themselves to other women in such a negative way.

the only person that you

I hope that what ever end of the spectrum some ones at, if they decide they want to live a healthy life that they get tons of support!!!! 🙂

every new day


Never wish to be some one else.


That women become more stubborn and concentrate on having a healthy life, healthy attitude, healthy mind, healthy body and Ignore the media. 🙂

That women dress to flatter their figure and embrace their different body shapes.


There is nothing wrong with admiring someones style but my hope for the future is that young girls ‘role models’ are not based solely on looks, but on their character, strength, determination, beliefs and out look.

Here are some of my role models:


  1. Anita Roddick, a British -born international businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner, best known as the founder of The Body Shop
  2. Katie Piper, was attacked with Acid (set up by her ex boyfriend). She used her experience to help other burns victims and featured in two documentaries. The first focusing on how much her life had changed since the attack and her treatment for the burns, the second focusing on inner beauty and people’s judgments towards burn victims. She’s still very much interested in fashion and always looks immaculate, she’s a model, Tv presenter and book writer and has set up a foundation charity to support other burn victims.
  3. PINK (Alecia Beth Moore Hart), first and fore most a fierce and intelligent music artist, amazing live performer with a bit of a punk rock image and most successful artist of her generation, having sold over 45 million albums. She is also a prominent campaigner for PETA and regularly talks about her love of animals and veg gardening in interviews! 

I’d love to hear who some of your female role models/ ladies you look up to are and why.


Well being, home remedies, natural products DIY

If you didn’t know already I LOVE natural products and I love making my own products and remedies too.

I like knowing what goes into the products and that they are doing me some good and are safe to use.

Lots of items needed can be found in your garden, your kitchen, at health food stores and online.

Here are some ‘must haves’ for your store cupboard for DIY natural remedies and toiletries:


  1. Carrier oils, these are oils that don’t have a strong scent and blend well with and dilute essential oils, my favourite one to use is sweet almond oil, I use it so much, I’ve nearly run out!
  2. Plants with medicinal properties, Aloe Vera is a brilliant plant to have potted on a sunny window sill, it has many uses and its fleshy pulp can be used internally and externally.
  3. Dried flowers such as marigolds, dandelions, chamomile, rose petals, Borage, Lavender if dried well on news paper on a sunny window sill can be stored in air tight containers and used in bath oils, soaps and in other home made remedies many have medicinal properties.
  4. Cider Vinegar is used alot as a cleanser and in hair tonics removing any residue build up.
  5. Food products such as honey, oats, ground almonds, milk can be used in baths and in face masks, as well as many fruits and veg and even eggs.
  6. Ground almonds, ground oats and fine sugar make excellent exfoliator ingredients.
  7. Coffee grounds are often used in the treatment of cellulite and puffy skin, it is thought the caffeine gives the skin a plump taught effect.
  8. Herbs from the garden can be used in scrubs in cooling eye brighteners and other home remedies including teas.
  9. Bees wax and hard or ‘set’ coconut oil are excellent for making hand and lip balms.
  10. Having a variety of dark glass bottles/ bottles with droppers are essential for storing home-made remedies.
  11. A foraging or identification guide-book is a MUST, so that you don’t misidentify plants and run the risk of putting something toxic in or on your body!
  12. Having a variety of essential oils is what makes making your own remedies and products fun, as-well as boosting the health benefit and well-being benefit of your product! You can tailor it to the individuals needs, I always follow my nose when I am choosing which oils to include,(above in the picture are a few of my latest additions)!

I will be including some recipes in my future posts.




Refreshing your surroundings and oil burner recipe for your work area :)

Do you ever feel completely uninspired? Stagnant? Like your energy is blocked?

That’s how I’ve been feeling for a while and totally uninspired by my work area, it didn’t flow well, it felt cram-pt, claustrophobic and I might as well have been sitting in a card board box!

Staring into space for days on end and not being productive, I guess we all have times like that.

I finally had enough of feeling like that, so I decided to freshen up my surroundings!

It’s good for your well-being, concentration and general focus to refresh your surroundings!

Before I moved my desk it was squashed into a corner with my book-case down one side (which isn’t helpful because you really need to ‘stand back’ to see what’s on the shelves)!

I am well-known for moving my furniture around, (usually at silly o’clock in the morning/ night)!

I am not allowed  to put shelves up/holes in the walls so I got inventive and used a small book-case and placed it on my desk at the back, I tried to fill it with practical things I need to hand and inspiring items.


On the top of the Book shelf are three silver frames, a black and white photo of my great Nan a sketch I made inspired by some one else’s simple drawing of a cat (the blank frame is yet to be filled).

The next shelf down has pictures of family members that have passed and I put black and white photos in the frame I bought from the charity shop! I like the idea that they are watching over me and motivating me. It also has Victorian glass bottles (a group of three) one of them is a very old ‘Eiffel tower’ lemonade bottle and a small ceramic white hinged dove trinket box. 🙂  In the end picture frame is a collage of inspirational and colorful pictures I have collected.

On the middle shelf, I have my favorite picture of me and my brother setting off a ‘lantern’ (the type they had in Disney’s ‘Tangled’  for my birthday in our garden, three wooden quote hearts, a cut glass crystal that my mum bought me (I really need to hang it so it catches the light) and many cassette tapes to listen to.

On the bottom shelf I’ve got spiral note pads, (I am a list maker)! Dictionary, Bird Book, Poetry book, A novelty item ‘all about trees’ that was a Christmas present, my collection of corks in a glass jar, from all different celebrations (I will use in a craft….one day) 😀 My collection of unusual feathers (also in a glass jar) a small old glass container of honey and lemon sweets and a wicker basket of chargers, sticky notes and Laptop accessories.

Down the side of the shelf are two very old glass jars I am using for my pens, pencils, scissors, knitting needles etc.




Bergamot essence 4 drops

cedar wood essence 2 drops

juniper essence 2 drops


Lime essence 5 drops

Lemon essence 3 drops

Peppermint essence 1 drop.

When was the last time you refreshed your desk/surroundings/ Work Area?


Fashion Advice…I need your help – STYLE ME :)

Your challenge, should you choose to accept: I need your help, calling any one interested in fashion and styling!!!! 🙂

These two dresses are my latest bargains from my thrift/charity shop haul!

I was compelled to buy them one sunny day in the hope I could style them up and wear them for some summer celebrations/ occasion.

So far I have decided I really like Tan with cream and have pulled out a belt and heels in tan and gold accessories.

BUT I really want to see what YOU would do, how would you re-style these dresses?

The other problem I’ve got is one of the dresses (the lace sleeveless shirt style dress) is VERY sheer and I don’t just mean the lace top (I would def wear a vest top underneath I am not a bra on show fan) the skirt is so see – through.


Please help me, I’m in need of inspiration, feel free to copy and paste this photo to your own post with the accessories you might use to style this outfit.

I look forward to hearing from you!