Hunter and Gather – Avocado oil garlic mayonnaise

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“‘Optimal Health’ pioneer, Hunter & Gather has enjoyed meteoric growth over the last three years, going from kitchen table start-up to over £2.5 Million in expected retail sales! And yet, co-founders Amy Moring & Jeff Webster have long craved some strategic downtime to review, reassess and refine the umbrella identity and language of their rapidly evolving range, which has grown exponentially from 2 products to 10 products since the brands launch back in 2017.

Hunter & Gather is a dynamic, category leader with a far-reaching product range that contests a number of distinct yet intrinsically ‘set in their ways’ categories, providing superior, ‘Optimal Health’ choices, from clean-deck cooking oils and condiments to supplementary MCT oil, Collagen peptides and raw Icelandic lamb, real food supplements.  

According to co-founder, Amy Moring, ‘The recent lockdown provided the perfect opportunity for us to develop a dynamic and cohesive new look, strapline and hierarchy of messages that underpins our stance as an Optimal Health Brand that provides you with the tools you need to thrive.  

Since launching, Hunter & Gather we’ve forged strong ties with our customers, listening to their distinct needs, aspirations and ultimately pinpointing what they most love about the brand. It came back to the fundamentals of seeking optimal health products they could trust.

Our transition from small start-up to International operator and supermarket stalwarts has come a lot faster than even we could have anticipated, meaning it was imperative we spent time fostering a bold and clear identity, which heightens our shelf presence whilst amplifying key messages; such as our ongoing commitment to best-in-class, ‘real’ food ingredients & a sugar-free, grain-free, seed oil-free lifestyle.’

With YET further range innovation (4 new products!) and new stockists due to be unveiled this Autumn, this award-winning SME is proud to have bedded down a distinct brand identity that can effortlessly accommodate future range growth, whilst shining a light on their proud ‘free-from’ and ‘less-is-more’ ingredient pledges.” – Hunter and Gather

I have been trying out the avocado oil garlic mayonnaise the last few weeks and have tried it with a few different options and I love it! It’s great to use in a wrap or a sandwich as well as using it for a dip for crisps or with dinner for your chips. I am a massive garlic lover so love any kind of dips/sauces like this.

Have you ever tried this?

Sarah x

Some new joggers from Femmeluxe

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If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe a few times before and I have recently picked out some really great co ord sets as well as tracksuit bottoms, tshirts and jeans. I wanted to pick up a fewpairs of tracksuit bottoms to wear. They always have so many great things to pick from but for now I wanted to get some more comfortable pieces.

I went for three pairs of cuffed joggers, all the same design but in different colours and went for a size 12.

The size is spot on as they are baggy enough to be comfortable lounging in all day but not too big that they fall down or I trip over the bottom of them.

They have so many shades to pick from in the Lizzie style and I really like the shade of pink. I always usually go for black, navy or grey on tracksuits but fancied a changed and I think the pink is really nice to go with a black or white top.

Grey cuffed joggers – Lizzie

Size 12

£13.99

Light pink cuffed joggers – Lizzie

Size 12

£13.99

Sand cuffed joggers – Lizzie

Size 12

£13.99

I wanted to pick up a few pairs of different colour tracksuit bottoms to wear with a plain black t shirt. These are really soft and comfortable. I really like the cuff at the bottom as I much prefer tracksuit bottoms that go in at the ankle.

They are true to size and I always find the loungewear from Femmeluxe to fit me well.

These are perfect to wear at the moment whilst at home but also will be great to wear if popping to the shops as I love the look of baggy tracksuit bottoms with a t shirt and a pair of high top trainers.

All three pairs are super soft and I have been wearing them a lot whilst working from home just with a baggy t shirt rather than staying in my pjs!

The delivery is always really quick which is great, as I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are always really reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. I am always skeptical about ordering clothes online as you can’t feel them to know the quality but these are so good and for the quality I would have expected them to be more expensive.

Sarah x

Glam wax – Wax melts

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Glam Wax hand pour in small batches to ensure the best quality and use the largest fragrance ratio legally allowed to provide strongly scented wax melts that last. Their pots have six chunks and each chunk lasts at least 9 hours, meaning each wax melt provides over 50 hours minimum of gorgeous scent release! They use luxury soy wax which is fantastic quality and provides strong scent throw. 

To use:

Break off one or two chunks of your wax melt (depends how strong you like your fragrance) and place in either a tealight or electric wax burner. If using a tealight wax burner, place an unscented tealight candle inside and light to release gorgeous scents that fill you home.

The two scents I have been trying are:

  • Strawberry bon bons
  • Fresh sheets

I like that how easy they are to break off as each pack contains 6 blocks joined together so depending on the size of your wax burner you can use one or two at a time. You can also mix and match different scents to create your own scent!

The scent is quite powerful but not too overpowering and I am surprised how long one small piece can last!

I love the strawberry bon bon scent as it is so fruity and makes the living room smell great.

Have you tried wax melts before?

Sarah x

Tips To Be Productive When Working From Home

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When working from home, it’s important to be productive. There are opportunities where remote working is offered by the company, or it might be that you have a job that’s home-based. Either way, it’s good to get yourself into a routine and to practice certain things that can help keep you motivated to work hard. Here are some tips to be productive when working from home so that you can get everything done for the day that’s important.

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Start With The Most Difficult Tasks

Firstly, it’s important to start with your most difficult tasks. Usually, many of us will tend to go with something easier, to begin with, and work up to the more challenging or hard to complete tasks. The only problem with that is that when you’re approaching these last few tasks, you can become demotivated to even do them. However, at the start of the day is usually where you are feeling the most productive and have the most energy. With that being said, it’s worth taking advantage of this by doing the tasks that are going to be the most time-consuming or those jobs that you may find to be quite mammoth tasks to do. 

When working from home, you’ll have a lack of leadership, and so it’s important to stay focused on everything that needs to get done. These most difficult tasks are likely to be more of the important ones, so try to get them done and out of the way first so that you can have a more enjoyable afternoon.

Take Breaks

Regular breaks are important because they can be needed in order to give yourself some rest before heading back into your working day. These can be in the form of five or ten-minute breaks to get a cup of tea or your hourly lunch, where you can sit anywhere else other than your desk to take your mind off work and to switch off completely. Too many employees will often eat at their desks, and that can be something that’s hard to get out of said habit. It’s important that when you’re working from home, you still give yourself the breaks you need to feel energized and ready to get back to work when your time is up. If it helps, you could always time your breaks so that it goes off when you need to take a break from the work. 

Structure Your Day 

Structuring your day is important because it can be easy to forget what you need to do next, and all of sudden, you’ve found that you had things that needed to be done. It can be frustrating when that happens, and so having some form of structure to your day is important. Think about what works best for you as for some, it might be an on-going to-do list in the order in which it needs doing. For others, it might be setting out a daily plan that you lay out each hour and what you’ll need to do. It depends on what you find works for you and what will make you the most productive.

By scheduling your day, it can make it a lot more motivating to see you tick things off the list and to finish the day feeling like you’ve accomplished something.

Turn Down The Lighting On Your Devices

When it comes to your health, it’s important that you’re giving yourself breaks where needed but also putting things in place to look after your health in general. This can be having the right set up in terms of your monitor stand, any footrest requirements, and a proper computer chair. You also might want to think about getting glasses to block out blue light so that you avoid sore eyes and headaches. When it comes to our screens, they can be quite harsh on our eyes and so it’s worth knowing what you can do to help with this. Turning down the screen’s brightness can be helpful. For example, it’s worth knowing how to use Chrome dark mode as this can be a little easier for your eyes to look at when it starts getting into the early evening. 

You might also just want to turn down the brightness of your screens, in general, to make it easier for your eyes to view for long periods of time.

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Have A Dedicated Workspace

A dedicated workspace is important when working from home because otherwise, you can end up blurring the spaces of your home. It’s good to set yourself up in a room that’s dedicated as a study or office space and if not, then you want to pick anywhere other than your living room and bedroom. These are two spaces that you don’t want to start getting confused with working spaces. Even if a day of working in bed sounds good, if you end up having a bad day or overworking yourself, you’re then going to see this space in a negative light. It’s also important to have a space in which you can lock yourself away from the rest of the home. Sharing the working space with others in your household can be distracting and not something you want when you’re trying to be productive.

Get Outside

Working from home can be exhausting, especially when you’re spending the majority of your day and week in the house. As much as you might enjoy working from home, it can end up getting monotonous, and in some cases, can give you a case of cabin fever. That’s why it’s important that you’re getting out and taking a bit of time in the outdoors to reset your batteries. Sometimes, being cooped up inside is not helpful when you’re trying to stay productive. Get yourself outdoors for perhaps half an hour just to stretch your legs and walk around the block.

Working from home can be productive as long as you’ve trained yourself to do so. Use these tips to get the most out of your working days when working in your home.

Sarah x

Naturtint

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I have been trying out a shampoo/conditioner bar the last couple of weeks. The Naturtint bars come in three different varieties depending on what you require.

The one I have been using is:

Naturtint shampoo/conditioner bar – strengthening which is ideal as my hair is quite weak at the moment due to over bleaching and I am trying to repair it.

• Naturtint 2 in 1 strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner bar contains 99% natural origin ingredients that strengthen, protect & condition hair. Certified cosmos natural by Ecocert

• Specifically formulated for weak and thinning hair, to strengthen, revitalise and restore

• Plastic free. Environmentally friendly alternative to traditional Shampoo and conditioner, saving at least 3 plastic bottles for every bar. Sls, paraben and silicone free

• Using a naturally derived and powerful base with coconut, cocoa butter and Meadowfoam Seed Oil, the bar gently cleanses the hair and hydrates the scalp with a creamy and luxurious foam

• Slide the shampoo bar through wet hair several times. Massage hair and scalp and work lather through from root to tip. Rinse thoroughly. In between uses, allow bar to dry and store away from water

It is currently available at Amazon with a £3 discount

The bar is easy to use and I can see it lasting a long time as you only use a small amount during each wash. It smells really good and is easy to use. I keep mine in a small box in between uses but you can also use a soap tray or a shelf in your shower etc.

Have you used a shampoo/ conditioner bar before?

Sarah x