A couple of months back I developed a really awful pain in my foot and was struggling to walk on it, it turned out it was plantar fasciitis. I had no idea what it actually was or how to treat it but after talking to people about it I realized it was very common. I was trying really hard to continue to walk on my foot and would sit there at work with a massage ball under my desk, rolling my foot on it all day. I also looked into something I could maybe put on my foot to help and came across the Pernaton muscle massage gel. This seemed to help and I would use it a couple of times a day.

The gel can be used to soothe any muscular pains but massaging it into the skin and it feels slightly tingly and warm. I think the heat from the gel really helps.

It is easy to use and doesn’t smell overpowering like some muscle gels can.

Have you ever had to use a gel like this?

Sarah x

At the International Cider Challenge 2019 proudly African cider brand SXOLLIE [pronounced ‘sk-olly’, like ‘brolly’ or ‘trolley’] walked away with the gong for ‘Supreme Champion’ of this prestigious annual competition. The cider that swept the board was the SXOLLIE Cripps Pink Cider, made from Pink Lady apples.

More than 400 ciders from around the world were entered in the International Cider Challenge 2019, with leading British brands competing alongside ciders from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

Only freshly pressed apples – never concentrate or sugars – are used, fermented with champagne yeasts in stainless steel tanks to preserve the bright fruit flavours of sun-kissed South African apples. After settling the juice, careful filtration and delicate carbonation delivers a natural handcrafted cider entirely free from any artificial flavours, colours and additives. It’s suitable for gluten-intolerant cider-lovers, and is vegan-friendly.

SXOLLIE is one of the pioneers in introducing single-varietal ciders into the UK market, and today their Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Cripps Pink have grown a cult-like following in bars, pubs, restaurants and retailers across the United Kingdom.

After being selected for the competitive ‘Future Brands’ portfolio, SXOLLIE is now available in most Sainsbury’s stores and online nationwide.

The Metropolitan Pub Company, Stable Pizza group, as well as a wide range of independent pubs and restaurants, have signed on with SXOLLIE this year. It is also the only cider served in Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-star restaurant, The Fat Duck.

My husband is a massive cider fan so he tried these out and was so impressed. His favourite was the granny smith apple one. I will have to go and stock up!

I love the design of the bottles and the catchy/unique looking name. I think it is great that they are gluten free and vegan to appeal to more people and it is clearly labelled on the back 🙂

Have you heard of these?

Sarah x

If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe a few times. They are are a great clothing website and after ordering a few bits from them last year, I fell in love with their site.

I have had quite a few products from them before, ranging from dresses to jeans and have always been impressed with their range and the price.

I ordered the loungewear/ two piece sets in a small/medium which is a UK 8-10 and I find this is the best size option for me and they fit really well. If there isn’t a S/M option I usually opt for a 10. For the sweatshirt and the oversize t shirt dress I wanted them to be even more over-sized so went for a L which is a 10/12.

Black – Lips printed oversized T shirt dress – Rihanna

£11.99

Size L

This tshirt is quite thick and comfy. I love the print on the front and I don’t own many long sleeve t shirts so this is great. I think teamed with a pair of leggings it looks really trendy. I went for a bigger size than I usually wear but as it is already oversized it made it a lot bigger. I really like the large t shirt/sweatshirt and legging look which is why I sized up on this one. The material is soft and it also looks good with the sleeves rolled up.

White – This is my day off sweat shirt print sweater – Aubree

£7.99

Size L

I was shocked at how cheap this was! I love slogan clothing and I don’t actually own much white clothing, about 90% of my sweatshirts are black so this made a nice change. It is really soft on the inside and really comfortable to either wear going out for the day or for lazing about the house. Again, on this one I sized up so it would be baggy.

Black short sleeve boxy loungewear set – Lacy

£14.99

Size S/M

Snake short sleeve boxy loungewear set – Lacy

£16.99

Size S/M

In find all of their lounge wear sets are super comfy. The material is quite thick and they are very smart to be worn when going to work or going out as well as at home. The trousers fit perfectly and I love having a top to go with it. I also already have these particular ones in a couple of other colours/designs so could always mix and match!

I think to get two items of clothing for this price is so good. You can either wear them together or wear them with anything else really. The trousers would look good with any top/jumper or top really, they don’t necessarily have to be worn as the set.

As I previously mentioned, the prices are so reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. They really do have choices suited for everyone.

The delivery was super quick too which is great, as I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are so 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!

I am really trying to expand my wardrobe this year and to try things I would’t usually wear and have more of a variety of items rather than just a black t shirt and jeans!

What is your favourite online clothing store?

Sarah x

Have you heard of teff? I hadn’t heard of it before trying this pasta from Lovegrass Ethiopia. Teff is a grain which is gluten free and high in protein.

What is Teff?
Ethiopian Habesha Teff is a naturally gluten free grain that’s high in fibre, iron and magnesium and is the only grain known to contain significant amounts of Vitamin C. The prebiotic fibre is an especially key benefit for IBS sufferers. The white and brown varieties of Teff are nutritionally exactly the same, the difference is purely down to the colour of the grain.

What is Teff Pasta?
Lovegrass Ethiopia has introduced the world’s first 100% Teff pasta. The Teff grain has been ground into flour, mixed with water and turned into delicious Fusilli Pasta that can be used in place of any of your favourite pasta-based dishes. Swapping to Teff pasta means you can enjoy a delicious, gluten free and nutritionally packed alternative to your regular brand.

Which dietary lifestyles is Teff pasta suitable for?

Vegan
Gluten-free/Coeliac
IBS Sufferers
Dairy-free
Free from all 14 allergens
Paleo
Low salt/fat/sugar
Free from artificial products/flavours

It is easy to cook, just like regular pasta and can be eaten plain or with a sauce. I am quite a big fan of plain pasta so enjoyed eating this by itself. It was a pleasant change from my usual pasta and a lot healthier!

Sarah x

Live in the light is a fab website for gifts, hair and body products as well as aromatherapy oils and a lot more. They have so many different products they supply and these are from the Pure Anada range.

Tropical coconut- Hand and body lotion 300ml

I love that the lotion and wash both come in pump bottles so they are easy to use. It is nice to have something in the bathroom you can use on your hands and body.

The lotion is great to use on your hands after you have washed them and also great to use after a bath or shower over the rest of your body. I love the smell as it reminds me of a holiday scent with the coconut.

Tropical coconut – Hand and body wash 300ml

This wash is great as similar to the lotion it can be used in hands and body. It can be kept by the sink to wash your hands or in the shower for your body. A little goes a long way and it leaves you feeling fresh and smelling great.

Cucumber mint shea hand cream 100ml

I love the size of this hand cream and it is going to last for a long time! Cucumber mint is such a refreshing scent and the cream is very rich so you only need a small amount. It is non greasy and it soaks in quickly leaving your hand really soft.

Sarah x