Is This Year The Year You’ll Get Your Summer Body?

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Most people set themselves goals in life and have things that they want to achieve by a certain time. For most of us, one of those goals comes and goes every year and we never really get round to achieving them. The summer body goal is the one that we have in mind. Pretty much everyone goes on one holiday a year, and it’s usually to some beach resort to soak up some sun and forget about the troubles of the world. But we don’t always feel confident going out there and getting out bodies into a bikini. Body confidence is such a hard thing to master, and because of social media and the other pressures in life, it can seem like we’re never going to get the body that’s as perfect as the ones we’re seeing on the internet. Yet we dream of this summer body every single year, and might even put some effort into achieving it, but only for the month leading up to the date of the holiday. So, we’re going to show you how this year can be the year of getting your summer body because you have to start now! Dig deep and find that determination, and follow the tips we have in this article.

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Gym Balance

The mistake people make is failing to be consistent with the gym and fitness, and getting the balance wrong. We would highly recommend getting into the gym if you do want to get the body of your dreams. But rather than spending 10 minutes on the treadmill and sneaking out hoping that nobody saw you leave so quickly, do a mixture of cardio and weights. A nice incline walk for around 15 minutes will burn around 120 calories, and get the blood pumping. If you’ve taken a pre workout supplement this should feel like nothing to you. You can then go onto weights to tone your body up, as well as burn those calories. Experts say that the perfect mix in the gym is to do weights and cardio. There are apps you can download that will give you a structured gym routine to follow.


Consistency is key if you want to get the body that you want. As we said, most people decide to get off the sofa and do something with just a few weeks to go until the holiday. Que a terrible diet full of minimal calories. The way to do it is to be consistent from now until the summer. Make sure that you’re doing the same thing week in, week out, and we promise you’ll get some of the results that you want to. They say that it takes around six weeks to get into a new health and fitness routine if you don’t already have one. That sounds like a lot, but what are six weeks of keeping your head down and sticking to a healthy eating routine? Even if that routine means you keep the weekend as cheat days and have a few bad meals to keep that balance. After the first two weeks, you’ll notice a minor weight loss and improvements to your mentality. After the six weeks, you should be fully engrossed and committed to what you’re doing. Those six weeks are a small price to pay for the summer body that you want.

Sarah x

3 Ways to Get Fit for Animal Lovers

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Getting fit is hard enough but if the treadmill is boring you to tears and team games aren’t your thing, then finding something to get you active can be difficult. However, there are a few ways you can get fit – you just need to identify where your interests cross over with more active pursuits. 

For animal lovers, this is really easy. There are a few sports that include our favourite friends and the most obvious companions are horses and dogs. But you might like to read on for another tip for animal lovers too… 

Saddle Up

Horse riding is a brilliant way to boost your mood, increase your fitness and take in some fresh air while you’re at it. Of course, cross country riding is just one area of this sport and you could also try jumping or dressage if that’s more your style. 

To start horse riding, you don’t need to jump straight in and buy a horse with some land. Most riding schools will let you borrow a horse and teach you the basics too. Indeed, lots of owners look for partners who can take care of their beloved horse while they are away. So, get your riding boots on and give it a go! 


Dogs are the most wonderful companions and whether you have your own or you borrow a neighbour’s, they are bound to get you active. Going for long walks and playing together will increase your stamina over time and encourage you to get off the sofa for a little bit of time each day as dogs are bound to inject a bit of fun into your workout

Dogs also love running and make for brilliant workout pals. Because dogs are pack animals, they like to stay close by you and can spur you on to achieve better times and distance. However, it is important that you do a little training with your dog before you set out so that they don’t dash across busy roads or get distracted from your route! 


Fish might not be your preferred option for a workout buddy and they certainly won’t be coming along on a run any time soon. However, if you’re willing to join them in their habitat, they can provide an excellent distraction. 

SCUBA diving is a really good way to get fit because your weight is balanced for you and there’s no pressure on your joints. Plus, since you shouldn’t get out of breath, more people are inclined to give it a go. Swimming along with your equipment is a good way to very gently build your strength and fitness as well as maintaining your stamina. SCUBA has also been shown to decrease blood pressure and increase your sense of wellbeing. It’s no wonder fish always seem so relaxed! 

The animal kingdom puts us to shame when it comes to health and fitness but with a little help from our furry, hairy and scaly friends, we can enjoy the benefits of exercise too. The trick is to find the right activity for you. The rest is easy.

Sarah x

Pernaton gel

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. I was kindle gifted a tube to try out. 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

Father’s Day gift guide 2019

I always struggle with buying gifts for men, I am not sure why. I thought this year I would share with you some ideas I came up with for Father’s Day. I buy for my dad, my father in law, my step dad, my grandad and sometimes my husband from our pets so have quite a few presents to buy! These are also ideas for any upcoming birthdays or anything and also for females 🙂


If you are looking for something for someone tech savvy then this is ideal. You can purchase from Amazon/Argos and various other shops and it comes in a variety of colours.

GioTeck TX-40 headset


This headset is ideal for gaming or music. It is compatible with Xbox, Xbox one, PS4 and mobile.

Speaker diameter: 40mm

· Mic diameter: 4mm

· Impedance: 32

· Sensitivity: 97.71dB, R 100.26dB

· Frequency rang:20HZ~20KHZ

· Rated Input Power: 20mW

· Maximum Input Power: 30mW

· Plug Type: 3.5mm

· Cable length:1.2m

· Works with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, mobile & more – multi-format 3.5mm jack

· Slick styling – ice white with chili red finish

· Ultra-clear chat with minimal feedback – talk is pin sharp and crystal clear

· Powerful audio, via high impact 40mm drivers – incredible immersive sound

· Robust, lightweight – solid, uncompromising build quality

· Ultra-soft Alacantra® cushioning – because comfort is everything

· Inline mic, mute and volume – for instant fingertip control

The sound is great quality and the headset is very comfortable to wear and can adapt to different head sizes. I find this type of headphone more comfortable than in ear ones. The headset feels very durable and I am impressed with the price!


Norma & Dorothy personalised beer glass


This company has a great range of gifts you can personalize. With this glass you can pick the location by using a postcode and also pick the text underneath. This is such a unique gift and is really something special.

I think the map idea is genius as I have never seen anything like this before. The beer glass will hold a full pint 🙂

It is great how you can pick the location, it could be where you live, a special place within your family or somewhere your dad loves, maybe the local pub?!


Amphora Aromatics have such a fab range of toiletries suitable for men and women of any age. I picked a few bits I thought would be suitable. They are all from the same range so if you wanted to get a few different bits, they all go together 🙂

Amphora Aromatics

Cedarwood & Peppermint range

£5.95 each

Shower and bath gel

Deep cleansing shampoo

Deep cleansing conditioner

I love this scent as I love cedarwood and anything minty. It is always nice to receive luxurious toiletries you wouldn’t usually buy yourself. The bottles are a good size and I love the style of the bottles and how they all go together.

The shower gel is great to refresh your body and we all know a lot of men use shower gel to wash their hair if they have short hair and can’t be bothered with specific hair products so if you know someone like that then this hair range is ideal.


Love Laya greetings cards

£3.75 each

This company has a wide range of quirky, alternative cards and I think they are brilliant! Having a look through their website really did make me giggle. These are great if your family has a good sense of humor!

The card come wrapped in a cello bag and they have a bright blue envelope with them. They also have a funny message on the back too!

If you fancy a different card to the usual ones in the card shops then check these out. Their birthday card range is brilliant too.


I recently tried out a hair treatment from Live in the light and wanted to share a couple of gift ideas too.

Green car cleaner


Some men love their cars, if he is car mad then why not treat him to this green car cleaner. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-stinky, baby safe, car interior cleaner. Green car cleaner is so natural it’s certified to USDA organic food standards by VOF.

It is an easy to use spray and wipe formula and can be used to clean all auto interior surfaces.

Solid cologne


Three scent options:

RIO DE JANEIRO – a exotic blend containing Brazilian oils that boast of sweet almond and warm spicy earth notes, along with a hint of mango.

SALZBURG – a real smooth and balanced blend of frankincense and bergamot with fresh earthiness and a faint top note of peach.

DEAD HORSE CREEK – The Dead Horse Creek runs through the small city of Morden, in Manitoba, Canada. This is where VONBROS originates, and as an homage to our hometown, a new scent was birthed – one that has well-balanced notes of leather, sawdust, and hints of a spruce forest.

These solid colognes are a great alternative to spray aftershaves and are easy to use, you just take a small amount and rub it onto your skin (wrists, neck etc) and it isn’t over powering.


ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 Book


If he is a cricket fan then this is the ideal gift. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the summer 2019 tournament, comprising descriptions of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento.

Available to purchase at and most bookstores.


Wireless colour changing speaker


The smart looking speaker has a touch control so it can show six different colours. It is the BT version 2.1 + EDR and it supports Bluetooth, a TF card and audio output. There is also a built in 1200mAh lithium battery.

It comes with a micro-USB cable that can be used with a USB plug to charge and to operate
Battery is re-chargeable and the expected playback time on a full charge of 3-4 hours.

I love how you can change the colours of it and it looks so cool at night when lit up in a dark room!


Personalized sweet jar


This is such a great idea if he has a sweet tooth as the jar is filled to the brim with retro sweets like love hearts, foam shrimp, cola cubes and refresher chews. You get so many different sweets and you can pick any name on the front. Prezzybox always have a great range of sweets/chocolates for any occasion.


Baileys pouches

Chocolate mini delights: Original Irish cream

Chocolate mini delights: Salted caramel

£2 each

Available in selected Asda, Morrisons and Co-op stores.

These are ideal for any Baileys/chocolate fans and the salted caramel ones are so good! They come in resealable pouches and are ideal to give as a gift. Hopefully if you get these for someone they will share them with you 🙂





If he is into fitness then why not treat him to some gym equipment or a Mirafit kettlebell.

Available in a range of weights from 4kg to 32kg
Powder coated matt black finish with orange styling
Comfortable easy grip handle – feels great in the hand
Flat non wobble base prevents rolling
Mirafit logo and kg indicator on front
Additional kg and lb markings on rear for easy identification

They are easy to hold and use and really help to strengthen your arms and upper body. Makes a change from using standard hand held weights and I like the simple design.


I hope you found this useful and got some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

Exercise Is Like Marmite: You Either Love It Or Hate It. But Why?

Exercise. It’s a bit like marmite. You either love it or hate it. But why?

For most people, exercise is a necessary evil. It’s pain that they must endure so that the rest of the time they can feel healthy, vibrant and alive. Without exercise, it’s all too easy to put on weight, get depressed, and generally feel rotten.

But for some, the act of exercise itself is a positive experience. People who love training still feel the burn, but for some reason, they don’t mind putting themselves through it, day after day. What’s going on?

Check out the following reasons why some people just LOVE exercising, while others can’t stand it.

People Who Love Exercise Embrace The Outdoors

Being outside feels good. As busy worker bees, we spend the majority of our lives indoors, pushing carts, tapping at computers, packing boxes and painting walls. But we evolved in an environment where most, if not all of our time was spent in the open air, enjoying nature. Our modern lives are now so far removed from that biological ideal that we don’t get enough of it in our regular lives.

People who love exercise, however, often use training as an opportunity to be in calm, beautiful natural surroundings. It’s not so much the exercise that they love, but rather where they are while they’re doing it. The beauty of their environment makes physical activity all the more pleasurable.

People Who Love Exercise Don’t Pressure Themselves With Goals


The first thing a personal trainer will ask a new client when they sign up is “what are your goals?” Usually, it’s some combination of losing weight, toning up, or getting bigger muscles. But rarely is the goal “to enjoy exercise.” Arguably, enjoying being physically active is the most critical element of any training programme. It’s what makes it sustainable – something that you’ll want to do for decades to come. But it’s not something that’s ever talked about during most training sessions or fitness programmes. All that matters are the external goals  – like weight loss – and not the internal motivations which drive it. That’s wrong. And it’s why most people never develop exercise as a lifelong habit. It’s not nice forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do, day after day, week after week.

People Who Like Exercise Go Easy On Themselves

The way your body feels and responds to exercise varies from day to day. Some days you want to exercise as hard as you can – usually when you’ve had a lot of sleep and good food. But on others, when you’re feeling depleted, you want to go easy on yourself.

The problem for many people is that they believe the mantra “go hard or go home.” Yes, working out hard can yield positive results, but going all out when you feel physically drained isn’t a good idea. It trains your body to avoid exercise for fear of becoming even more depleted, sapping your motivation.

People who love exercise take it easy. If they’re not feeling it, they give themselves a break and trust that their energy will return for future sessions.

People Who Love Exercise Share Their Passion With Others

People who love to work out can rarely keep their love of their hobby to themselves. Instead, they want to share it with anyone and everyone who will listen. One of the ways that they do this is by taking courses, like the OriGym Level 4 PT Course, so that they can teach others the basics and encourage them to achieve their fitness goals. No personal trainer chooses a career in fitness because they want a solid career trajectory: they do it because they have a love of fitness and want to share it.

People Who Love Working Out Exercise In A Way That Feels Good To Them

All our bodies are different. We all have varying strengths and weaknesses. Some of us are naturally better adapted to long-distance running while others prefer training that involves explosive movements. People who love exercise don’t do what they think they’re “supposed” to do – they stick with what feels good. If running on a treadmill for 60 minutes feels good, they’ll do that. If throwing a medicine ball feels, good, then they’ll do that. You get the picture.

People Who Love Working Out Don’t Sweat The Numbers


It can become easy to become obsessed with how much weight you lift on the bench press or how fast you can run 10k on a treadmill. But people who love working out don’t usually pay much attention to the numbers. Instead, they just enjoy the experience, push themselves if necessary, and trust that their bodies will adapt to the training over time.

People who like to workout also have a healthy habit of reframing their progress in different ways if they don’t see increases in the traditional metrics. If progress stops on the bench, they’ll measure it in other ways, such as improvements in their mobility or health.

People Who Love Exercise Eat Well

If you eat junk all day long and then go to the gym, you’ll feel rough. Because exercise causes pain, you’ll naturally conclude that exercise is “bad,” “evil” or painful. But if you take a closer look, you’ll soon discover that it’s not the exercise itself that’s the problem, but what you’re eating before and after.

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When you eat a bad diet, you decrease the effectiveness with which your body can deliver cells the nutrients they need. The result of this is shortness of breath, pain in the chest, aching limbs and generally feeling rotten. Eating poorly reduces your capacity for exercise, both physically and psychologically. It’s a significant burden.

But if you switch up your diet for a couple of weeks, you’ll soon notice the difference. Throw out all your packaged food and junk in your refrigerator and replace with whole grains, beans, fruit and veggies. Within a short amount of time, you’ll find your fitness improve naturally, and that exercise is a pleasant experience.

Sarah x