Friday, 22 May 2015

ASOS HOLIDAY WEAR PICKS


This cute little two piece is amazing value and is now reduced online the top is the top is only €10.96 and the skirt is €12.33


I absolutely love this swimsuit the sleeves are so unusual and you can just add a skirt or shorts with it for days at the beach or waterpark and is a bit of a splurge at €156.16 but you will have it for years.


This Crochet dress is only €45.89 perfect for day wear


This wrap back denim top is only €25.34 i will be teaming this up with my denim shorts for the double denim look.


For €16.99 this dress is a steal, perfect for day or night wear.


This fedora hat will keep the sun off your face only €15.07






Thursday, 21 May 2015

JAWBONE UP




Blurring the line between bangle bracelets and wearable technology, The Jawbone Up makes it easier than ever to achieve your fitness goals while staying stylish.
We should all be taking 10,000 steps a day.
This colorful device tracks, Steps, Calories burned, Distance and your Sleep patterns.
It also lets you manually enter your food and drink input and even how you are feeling on that day.
The bendable water resistant band wirelessly syncs to your Smartphone to provide you with realtime updates and will even give you a gentle vibration to get you up and move if you have been inactive for a certain period of time.




Idle alert give you a gentle vibration when you have been sitting for to long.
while the smart coach feature gives you general fitness advice and gives you personalized insights to help you reach your goals.






It also has a smart alarm which wakes you up in the optimal moment of your sleep cycle, so you feel refreshed.
Jawbone has thought of everything with this little device.

I have been using mine with my Iphone since Christmas and i find it really easy to use and follow.
I only need to Charge it once a week which i normally do whilst sitting down watching tv.

They are small enough fitting so i went for size medium.
I purchased mine from Fitness Digital here
Jawbone Up costs €79.99 and in my opinion it is worth every penny, It comes in small, medium and large and a various selection of colours.



Thanks for Reading,
Love Cathryn XXXX

HOMEMADE HEALTY VEGETABLE SOUP AND HOMEMADE BREAD

This is one of my favorite quick meals to cook up, so simple anyone can make it.
I put my Nutribullet to good use making this i find it blends the vegetables a lot smoother and quicker.


FOR THE SOUP:

Ingredients:
1 Butternut Squash peeled and chopped.
6 Carotts peeled and chopped
2 Red Onions peeled and quartered
5 Potatoes peeled and chopped
Optionl: 4 small Sweet Peppers
Cayenne Pepper
Salt
Black Pepper
Vegetable Stock Cube


I Steamed all my vegetables for 20 Minutes in my Steamer.
I then blitzed the vegetables in section with my vegetable stock in my Nutribullet untill smooth.
Pop it all into a large pot when blitzed, add salt, black pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper and stir well.
Simmer for 15 Mins and Serve.


FOR THE BREAD:


Ingredients:
2 tsp of bread soda
2 tbsp of oil 
1 large tub of natural yogurt (500 ml)
2 tubs of porridge oats



Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Grease standard loaf tin.
Place bread soda, oil and the yogurt in a mixing bowl.
Using the same yogurt tub measure 2 tubs of porridge oats and add to the bowl. Add your favorite seeds at this point. Stir thoroughly.

Pour the batter into your loaf tin.
Place in the oven and cook for approx. 45 mins.
Ten minutes before the end of cooking time, remove the bread from the tin, turn upside down and cook for remaining 10 mins.
Leave to cool on wire tray wrapped in clean tea towel.



Sunday, 17 May 2015

YUMMY STRAWBERRY AND BANANA MUFFINS

So Today I was busy Baking up some yummy treats, this started out as an experimental recipe but they turned out fab.
They are so easy to make.
This Recipe makes 12 Muffins.


Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas mashed
2 eggs
80g soft margarine or butter
70g dark brown sugar (or caster sugar)
150g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder

10-12 large strawberries choppped
1 extra banana for decoration.






Method:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
    In a bowl, beat margarine or butter and sugar until creamy.
    Add eggs and mashed bananas with a fork. 
    Add the flour and baking powder and mix.
    Add in strawberries and carefully mix in with spoon.
    Grease a muffin pan or place in muffin cases on a baking tray.
    With the extra banana i cut it into 12, 2mm slices and added a slice on top of each bun before i popped them into the oven.
    Bake for 20 minutes.
    Remove from oven and allow to cool before turning out.
    TIP: When cooled pop into an air tight container and they will still taste fresh for up to 3 Days.









Thanks for Reading and Enjoy,
Love Cathryn XXXX


THE ADVANTAGES OF COCONUT OIL



U You may have already heard that coconut oil is a superfood, but first off, what exactly is a "superfood"? and secondly, what makes coconut oil such a popular one? The Oxford Dictionary's definition of a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” With its unique health benefits, thanks to an abundance of fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins, coconut oil certainly fits the bill. Not to mention its creamy, satisfying taste! Here are just a few reasons why we love coconut oil.

1. Coconut Oil Helps You Burn Calories

Coconut oil contains fatty acids known as Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). Unlike the more common long-chain fatty acids, these triglycerides can be metabolized in the liver as quick sources of energy. In one study, researchers found that as little as 15 grams of MCTs per day can increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, which, in fat-burning lingo, amounts to an extra 120 calories burned per day. This extra boost can lead to significant weight loss in the long term when paired with a consistent exercise routine. 

2.Coconut Oil Boasts Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Properties

The above graphic shows the chemical structure of lauric acid, a miraculous, 12-carbon fatty acid which makes up 50% of coconut oil's fatty content. When digested, lauric acid forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Lucky for us, both lauric acid and monolaurin have been found to fight off viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens on and in the human body. Specifically, they have been found to kill off staphylococcus bacteria, which are pathogens known to induce dangerous staph infections. And that's not all! Lauric acid and monolaurin are also deadly to the fungus known as Candida Albicans, which is a major cause of yeast infection in humans.


3. Ketones Are the Key!

Once digested, much of the fatty acids in coconut oil enter the blood as ketone bodies, which are now known to effectively treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. Epileptic children who have endured unsuccessful treatments with pharmaceutical drugs are encouraged to eat foods rich with fatty acids. The resulting increase of ketone bodies in the child's blood inevitably reduces their rate of seizures on a day-to-day basis. In patients with mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer's disease, ketones bodies were found to reliably deliver energy to the brain and improve neurological functioning, greatly reducing Alzheimer's symptoms. 

4. Moisturize and Protect

Some of coconut oil's most sought-after advantages have nothing to do with eating it! Ever wonder why your "granola-babe" friend puts coconut oil on her face everyday? Coconut oil moisturizes and balances the lipid content of your skin without clogging pores. It can even protect your skin from sun damage, as it blocks about 20% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. If you have a case of the frizzies or chronically dry hair, run some coconut oil through your locks to even out moisture levels and protect your hair from damage. 

5. Oral Hygiene

With origins in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling has been practiced for thousands of years. This technique is thought to improve your dental health by killing harmful bacteria and drawing toxins from the body. Others claim that daily oil pulling brightens smiles and even gets rid of bad breath. Want to give it a try? Simply swish a tablespoon of oil (preferably coconut or sesame) around your mouth, as you would a mouth wash, for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this every morning before breakfast and brushing for best results, and let us know what you think! 

6. Bust that Belly Fat  

If you read number 1 on this list, you already know that coconut oil helps burn calories. But did you know that it can actually target those pesky layers of extra belly fat? A study in which 40 women with abdominal obesity supplemented with 1 ounce of coconut oil per day showed a significant reduction in BMI and waist circumference over a 12 week period. A similar study with 20 males noted a reduction of waist circumference in just 4 weeks with daily oil supplementation. Needless to say, simply adding coconut oil to your diet should not replace a steady exercise routine. However, this versatile oil will aid you throughout your weight loss journey especially when it comes to burning belly fat, which is considered to be the most dangerous fat in obesity related diseases.

7. Get the Good Stuff
If you you haven' already, make sure you only purchase organic, virgin coconut oil. Buying refined or processed oil may not deliver the benefits that have made coconut oil so popular. 


Friday, 15 May 2015

BODY JEWELLERY SHOP

Body Jewellery Shop has some amazing earpiercing Jewellery products, there are so many to choose from!

I was recently sent some fabulous Earrings from the Bodyjewelleryshop.com.
There is a huge selection of products on their Website and they really do cater for everyone and every style.

The Products I received, I absolutely Love them, I went for some simple stud Earrings and they are available online to purchase.

Jewelled Heart Clear Earrings I Love these they are so cute and Elegant looking and i will be able to wear them with any Outfit.
Look at the Sparkle from them when the light hits off them.









Jewelled Small Round Gem Clear Earrings I am wearing these already, They are so sparkly.
Both pairs of earrings came with the butterfly fastenings which is great.





All Purchases from Body Jewellery Shop are dispatched within 24 Hours.
They Sell everything from Earrings, Nose Studs, Ear Cuffs, Tongue Studs to Bananabells.
From the Simplest Style to the most out there style.
Not only do they sell Body Jewellery they also sell Nail Polish, Gifts and Fancy Dress.

For more information or to Purchase the above Products check out: EarPiercing



Thank For Reading,
Love Cathryn XXXX




Monday, 11 May 2015

TEA AND COFFEE - FOR COLOR BOOSTING YOUR HAIR

WHO KNEW TEA WOULD BE THIS GOOD FOR YOUR HAIR!!!!

When Highlights start to fade after a dye job, and you don't have time to head back to the Salon yet.
Try one of these inexpensive, all natural home color boosters.
most of which contain nourishing ingredients as well.
This is also great for your hair after a long day by the pool to take the Chlorine Tint out of it.

Find the right DIY Enhanser for your shade....



BRUNETTES....
Measure out two cups of cooled Black Coffee.
In the shower, Pour over damp hair and leave for ten minutes before Shampooing.



BLONDES....
Run 3 cups of cooled Chamomile tea through wet hair and wait 15 minutes before washing.
Condition as usual.



REDHEADS....
Add a cup of Rose Hips which are sold at most health food stores, to two cups of boiling water.
let cool and then pour onto hair, massage in and leave for 20 minutes before washing out.

LOKAI BRACELET

I absolutely love the idea behind these Bracelets.

Each Lokai Bracelet is infused with elements from the highest and lowest points on Earth. 
The bracelet’s white bead carries water from Mt. Everest, and its black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea. 
These extreme elements are a reminder to the wearer to live a balanced life – staying humble during life’s peaks and hopeful during its lows.

Bracelets are available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.
Lokai Donate 10% of its Profits to Charity.

Bracelet is Available in Clear and Blue, I went for the Blue one but I have just Ordered the Clear one as well, I'm going to stack them.
 For more information on these Bracelets or to Purchase one Click Here for Link






Thursday, 7 May 2015

MY TOP 10 UNDER €10 / IRISH BLOG COLLABORATION

Here's My Top 10 Beauty Buys under a Tenner.
This is part of the Irish Blog Collaboration, This is Week 6 and i decided to do my Top Ten on My Favorite Beauty Buys.




Essence Get Big Lashes €2.49 this is available from most Chemists Nationwide



Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm is only €3.99 from Boots Nationwide

Balmi Lip Balm is €5.99 again from Boots.ie

NYX Blush is €9.99



Essence Gel Polish is available from Chemists Nationwide for €1.79 Each

MUA Lipstick is around €1.50 per shade from muastore.co.uk


Garnier Softening Toner, this is €4.49 from Boots.ie


Garnier Intensive 7 Days Smoothing Lotion €2.66 from Boots.ie
http://www.boots.ie/en/Garnier-Intensive-7-Days-Daily-Body-Lotion-with-nourishing-SHEA-BUTTER-for-Dry-to-Extra-Dry-Skin-250ml_1189091/


Chloe Sims Starship Tan €2.99 from Mr Price Stores Nationwide


P.S. Love This Make Up Brush Cleanser €2.50 from Penneys Nationwide

Here are the other fabulous bloggers taking part in the collaboration:
Marie - The Beaut Mum
Maeve - Thrift O'Clock