22 June 2016

Our Visit To The Sky Studios at The O2

We were recently invited to The Sky Studios at The O2, London to celebrate the New Sky Kids App. 

I hadn't been to The O2 for years and the girls were really excited as it was their first time going, I also took along my Niece and Sister In Law to enjoy the day with us.

We were invited to travel to The O2 via the Thames Clippers boats which was even more exciting for the girls, so boarded along the Southbank just next to the London Eye and made our way to The O2, if you haven't already experienced the Thames Clipper River Bus then you should really hop on for a ride, they depart every 20 minutes and the boats are spacious with a Costa coffee bar on board which is great & also toilets which is so handy especially when travelling with children! (especially at the potty training age!)  We were given the Family River Roamer ticket which is unlimited hop-on/hop-off ticket great for exploring the River Thames especially on a lovely Summer's day. The girls absolutely loved their ride to and from The O2.

Arriving at The O2 we headed straight for The Sky Studios, which is located over 2 floors the first floor is made up of two rooms, the first where you can go and have your photos taken with different backgrounds, the girls loved this and we spent quite a while trying out all of the backgrounds! We were given a card to scan which saves the photo's and you can then go onto the Sky website and download photos.
Also on the first floor is the Sky Newsroom, which is fun for taking photos or reading the news! Its all very realistic which makes it even more fun for the kids (& adults too!!)

Heading up to the second floor was the girls favourite, there were massive interactive walls which the girls loved touching.  We then headed to the room where the girls could try out the new Sky Kids App, I loved how bright and colourful everything was in this room, it had a huge Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom set with huge cut outs of all the characters and cute little tables and stools for the children to sit down and do colouring and stickers.  The girls also got to try out the kids app on the iPads, Sophia and her Cousin Nancy enjoyed watching their favourite Peppa Pig! And Abi spent quite a while exploring the app to see what was on for older children.  The app was really easy to navigate and the girls loved it.  You have to be a Sky TV customer to use the app at home, but there are options to have more than one profile which is great if you have more than one child and also filtering for different ages, which is great especially with my two as Abi sometimes likes to watch slightly older kids cartoons & shows.  There is also great safety features too which is always important.

You can head over to the Sky website to find out more about the Sky Kids App.

To then end their fun at The Sky Studios Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol came out to greet all the very excited children. The girls got to meet Marshall and give him a big hug.

To top off our great day at The O2 we were treated to a lovely lunch at Pizza Express with The O2 PR & a few other bloggers a lovely end to a fun day!

Thank you to The O2 & to Thames Clippers for such an enjoyable day!

7 June 2016

The Body Coach 90DAYSSSPLAN Cycle 1, Week 1 Update

I have been meaning to start a fitness section on my blog for a while now but never got around to writing anything up so I thought now would be the perfect time.  Its Summer, people are looking to change their eating habits and start exercising to get themselves beach ready!

When I got into the whole fitness thing (last Summer) I heard about The Body Coach and how great his plan is! I had no idea who he was so I started following him on Instagram and Twitter to see what all the fuss was about.  I followed him for a good few months before I considered signing up, seeing peoples graduation photos and all his yummy quick meals really gave me a kick up the arse to want to sign up to his 90DAYSSSPLAN.  I had been doing HIIT's at the gym so now became familiar to what they were, and how much I hate burpees!!! (I may hate them but they are a great fat burner)

What is the 90DAYSSSPLAN? & Why Am I doing it?
Its an online fitness and nutrition plan for men and women of all fitness levels who want to get fit, get educated about the right foods to eat, and who want to burn body fat and build lean and mean muscle! Everyone's plan is individually tailored to suit them, filled with lots of delicious quick and easy recipes.  You also get your very own support hero who is there for any questions you may have about your plan.  My support hero, Nechama has been amazing and has answered everything I needed to know so far.

Cycle 1 consists of 20/25 minute HIIT's, so high intensity short bursts which are the best fat burners.  The recipe's are delicious and there are so many to choose from for training and rest days.

So I originally signed up in December, started cycle 1 a few weeks before Christmas and completely stuck to the plan until mid cycle 2 I had to have an emergency operation so that completely threw me off plan and I knew that I couldn't train for 6 weeks so I decided to restart when I felt 100% ready.  I have to say that the short time I done the plan back then my results were fab so I'm very excited as to how I will be looking at the end of this whole plan (like a proper little leanie I hope!!)

So last week I resubmitted all measurements to my support hero and started Cycle 1, I hadn't food prepped but had done my whole food shop and written out my weekly plan as to what I would be having for my first week.  The first few days were great, I was eating my three meals a day (plus snacks and lots of water) Then came a day out at the O2 with my girls, being a blogger I often get to go on press trips and days out/restaurants so the PR at the O2 treated me and the girls to a day out and lunch at Pizza Express, where I did go off plan and had the most amazing pizza! But I knew the next day I would be training my backside off.  The came the restaurant review I was booked to do in Borough Market at The Roast where I had a 3 course meal.  Did I feel #guilteeee for this, YES!

So out of the 7 days for my first week, I had two days off plan, that's not the best start BUT I am only human and I know for the rest of it that I will be sticking to food especially 100%.  I trained 5 out of those 7 days doing Joe's HIIT sessions at home from his YouTube channel and also going for a couple of runs.
I'm also a member of the British Military Fitness where we train outdoors in Bushy/Richmond Park so I will be combining that as a HIIT too, the sessions are sometimes torture so I know that they will be great to combine with the plan.

When I first started the plan I did think holy shizzle the portion sizes are BIG & sometimes used to struggle eating things but slowly I got used to the amount of good food I was eating.  So if you have just signed up don't get put off by the portion sizes & remember to weigh your ingredients  (as per weights in your plan) you will soon become a pro and won't have to use the scales as much!

If you haven't done a HIIT session before you will be sweating buckets at the end so be warned!! But also remember how good they are for you, getting the heart rate going and motivating the body. Think of all that body fat melting away!

I have to say that despite having two naughty days that I do feel great, the plan is designed to fuel your body with the foods that you need to give you energy and the HIIT's really do burn all that body fat.  The plan isn't a diet, it is a lifestyle change and has really educated me as to what is going into my body.  And those horrid burpees are defo worth doing when you get to scoff delicious protein pancakes at the end of your sessions.

My two Daughter's (who are 3 and 7) both eat some of the meals with me for dinner so its great that they are getting to taste all these different yummy recipes (& I don't have to end up making different dinners for them)

Monday night I decided to get my backside into gear and prep for a few days this week which I have to say has made life that whole lot easier, I would definitely recommend prepping for the week or for a few days.  I wish I had of done this last week but will be doing this every week throughout the plan (slap me if I don't!!)

So this lovely Mr Joe Wicks has changed the lifestyles of hundreds and thousands of different people around the world and now its my turn! I can't wait to share with you guys how I am getting on every week, I will be totally honest with how I am doing and at the end of each cycle will be sharing my photos and measurements.

Oh can I just say that Sunday I bumped into Joe (or should I say I saw him and ran straight over to say hi, sorry Joe!!) what a babe! That ended my week 1 perfectly.

His book Leanin15 is available at Amazon as is his second new book Leanin15 The Shape Plan which you can also pre order on Amazon.  

Details of the plan can be found over on The Body Coach website.

Thanks for reading guys and see you next week for my second weekly update!

You can also follow my journey on Instagram.

Emily xx

P.S All thoughts and opinions are my own, I have not been paid or asked to promote this plan.

23 May 2016

Clarins SS16 Make Up

My make up collection is huge! But I tend to stick to the same brand with particular products especially when it comes to foundations, blushers and mascaras.  I must admit I am a bit of a make up snob and won't use a cheaper branded products when it comes to foundations especially.  I have tried cheaper brands in the past and they just haven't worked well with my skin at all.  Not that there is anything wrong with using a cheaper brands, if I found one that worked well for me then I would use it but over the years of trying many none of them have worked.  I think with products like eye shadows you can get away with using anything.  You could use a £5 eye palette and still get the same results as using a £30 one!
So back to my FAVE brand, Clarin's.  My previous make up post I talked about the SS16 collection and now I have a few more lovely products to tell you about.
The look I have gone for id say is quite natural with the colours I have used.
Included in my look I have used the:
Instant Concealer £22 - Now I can't rave enough about this product.  If you are looking for a product that hides dark circles or blemishes then this is the product for you.  The coverage on the concealer is amazing.  It has been a savour on the nights I have had broken sleep! 
The great thing about the product is that you only need a small dab. It smoothes nicely over the eye area without leaving the skin looking hydrated instead of dry. 
Tired Mum's this is a must have!!!
I love to wear a blush on top of my foundation so this Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour £27 is perfect.  Its not too harsh looking and gives a real natural glow on the cheeks.  The palette contains different shades and finishes so you can mix up and create either a natural daytime or evening look.
On my lips I am wearing the Rouge Éclat £20 lipstick this shade is lovely Nude Rose, perfect for the every day look if you love wearing a lippy that isn't too bring then this shade is the one for you.  The lipsticks are very hydrating which is good for me as I tend to suffer from dry lips.  The end result is great as I don't get left with that dry cracked look! Very smooth and natural.
The other product featured in the photo above is the Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Lotion which I will be doing a separate post of later this week which will be featuring my favourite tanning products!
*Foundation used is MAC Studio Fix
*PR samples

22 May 2016

Clarins Multi Active Day & Night Creams

I have become quite the beauty junkie over the years, my ever growing collection of creams, body lotions, oils, and make up is huge.  I am spoilt for choice in what to use, but I do have my beauty faves that I use on a daily basis.

Today I will be talking about a luxury brand that I use daily and that I have done for many years now.  I actually used to work as a beauty consultant for them many many years ago (before I hit my early 20's) god that seems to long ago! Anyway, this fab brand is Clarins.  I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore this brand, skincare and make up they always make me look and feel fab.  

Clarins are well known for using plant extracts in their products, and we all know how good naturally based products are for the skin and the benefits they bring.  

This is where Clarins have carefully chosen an organic plant extract called Myrothamnus to cleverly boost the Multi Active Day Cream.  Myrothamnus is a South African plant which has the ability to tolerate extremely dry conditions.  So during the dry season the plant's cells product a substance called trehalose which allows them to rehydrate.  Genius right!? So this helps protect our dermal cells from harmful effects of stress which we all suffer at some points in our life or some on a daily basis. It also prevents cell ageing and makes fine lines visibly smoother and skin appears more toned.

I have been using the cream for just over a month now (I wanted to test for a few weeks to see if I could notice a difference in my skin) and do I trust this product? Totally! 

I have used my Multi Active Day Cream every morning and my skin has visibly improved, it feels lovely and smooth, my fine lines don't appear as harsh as they did when I first started using the cream, I just generally have a better glow about me.  I have used many creams in my time and I can honestly say this is one of the best.

So to assist the Day Cream is the Multi Active Night Cream.  The plant extract used in the night cream is an extract called Californian Poppy.  A flower that closes at night to regenerate itself.  So you can imagine how good this is especially for tired looking skin.  If you've had a late night, or broken sleep then we all know the effects it can have on our skin making it look dull.  The Californian Poppy is helping give that boost at night to regenerate the skin whilst were sleeping and keep it glowing and give it that extra boost.

Both products are fab.  So if you suffer from tired looking skin, and are looking for a great anti ageing product then the Multi Active Day and Night Creams are definitely one's I would recommend. 

Well done to Clarins for yet again creating two must have creams!

Multi Active Night Cream (normal to combination skin) £44

*PR samples - All thoughts are my own