Renna's Discoveries

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Essentials AA Skincare Collections

It's finally Summer and time for our skin to see the sun more. In the summer we definitely get out a lot more, we do a lot more day trips out and over night stays. However this also means taking more stuff out with you, or at least having a collection of useful 'just in cases' stuff stored in the car.
Toiletries are always required though arn't they. We all get hot and bothered and sometimes, you just want a quick wash and to refresh yourself. So it's always handy to have a few products around.
Amphora Aromatics have some great products that I want to share with you, which are great to carry around with you in your handbag, or to use when staying at a festival or just anywhere really.
Firstly the soothing cleansing wipes are useful on an every day basis.They can just stay in your handbag, gymbag, overnight bag and be used anywhere, There are 25 wipes per pack, and they have a very subtle scent and definitely leave your skin feeling really clean. The reseal sticker on the front is really good and will absolutely make sure it doesn't leak or dry out. They are biodegradable too, which is fabulous news, so they are great for the skin and for the environment.

You can use the toner afterwards or just throughout the day if you are having make up free days. It is so refreshing but you do need a flannel or cotton wool to apply it. Although .... I have to say, that if it's a really hot day just give your face a spritz of this to wake it up. It's lovely and smells amazing.
After you've cleansed you can use the Lavender Gel, which is the perfect 50ml bottle. It's cute and doesn't take up much room, plus this can be used for many purposes. You can use on your skin to hydrate it, to calm it when it's seen to much sun and also for any cuts and bruises. So an all rounder gel, and great for the whole family. It has added anti-inflammatories such as Comfrey, Rose Geranium and Calendula to make it even more calming. I really like this and it is in my handbag all the time at the moment. 
Now, I've been reading a lot about shampoo bars lately, due to the fact that it is less plastic in the environment and great for travelling around. These used to be really popular many years ago and I am so pleased they are making a comeback. This is so easy to use, just use it like soap in the shower and rub the bubbles into your hair and rinse out. This one in particular is a lemon and bergamot scent which smells Really clean. I can not believe these are not in all of the shops and promoted more. They are brilliant. There is nothing to throw away and it's all natural.

I'd love to try out the rest of the collection as they have literally everything you need. Cleansing water, cleansing oils, deodorant, face lotions, face masks, and they are all in very cute but very secure bottles so they are all fabulous for travelling around with as well as just using them at home. They have something for everyone. Plus as the have collections, they make for really lovely gifts and at a super price too !!

Have a look at their website and let me know what you think.

"We've got more than 30 years experience sourcing the best quality essential oils and natural ingredients. Creating innovative products at affordable prices, our aim is to keep your skin happy and healthy. From young, teenage skin to more mature or sensitive skin, our naturally effective products will help look after your skin's wellbeing"

All AA Skincare products are Paraben Free and Made in the UK

*I was sent these products to review, but all opinions are my own, and I'll definitely be purchasing from this brand in the future. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jim Jams - Why we need to watch our sugar intake

In support of National Smile Month JimJams Healthier chocolate spreads has conducted a poll of 1,000 parents with children aged between 7-15 to see how families are managing their sugar intake. 

Worryingly over 90% of those interviewed didn't know the daily government recommended sugar allowance for their children.
73% of parents are worried about their child's sugar intake 
76% of parents polled were actively trying to reduce their children's sugar intake (especially at breakfast)
26% of parents interviewed believe their children are ADDICTED to sugar 
Only 42% of those polled checked food labels for sugar content 
Only 2% knew that 'high sugar content' is 22.5g and above per 100g on a food label
Only 20% of respondents said they didn't find food labelling confusing
Only 1% knew the shocking amounts of sugar contained in leading brands of chocolate spread (up to the equivalent of 56 sugar cubes in a standard jar)

Parents across the country are being failed by successive government campaigns to educate them on safe sugar amounts for their children. The lack of knowledge surrounding sugar content of popular breakfast products could mean that children are consuming their whole allowance at breakfast.
JimJams' dentist Dr Vee Shathur comments: 'Having healthy teeth and gums isn't just about brushing your teeth, it's about the foods and drinks we put into our mouths too. The problem with the food industry is the saturation of products available to us these days, it's no wonder parents are both overwhelmed with choice and confused about what's best. Sugar is hidden everywhere, even places we don't expect it to be, especially foods falsely marketed as 'healthy'. This is a growing concern for dental professionals as we see younger and younger patients each day with more dental decay. The World Health Organisation advises that sugar in a child's diet should make up less than 10% of their total energy intake, not just for their oral health but their overall health too!'

When asked how much sugar leading brands of chocolate spread contained, parents thought Nutella only contained 16 grams of sugar per 100 grams, it's actually a whopping 56.3 grams.  They also underestimated the sugar content of other leading brands of chocolate spread stating they contained 17 grams when it's over 50 grams per 100g.  

Kellie Bath, founder of JimJams and mother of two children aged 8 and 11 commented: 'the government need to come up with a clear, simple strategy to educate parents about sugar consumption and get that information right under their noses (relying on parents to search through complicated government website pages is clearly not cutting it).  High sugar brands should also be more mindful of how they portray themselves; chocolate spread is one of the worst offenders for containing a high sugar content and yet children are its biggest consumer.  Our own children were the inspiration behind our products; JimJams 83% Less Sugar Chocolate Spreads are kinder on teeth because they use a naturally sourced sweetener that doesn't promote tooth decay making them perfect for kids.


Have a read of my own sugar comparison in chocolate spreads  where I compared Jim Jams to Nutella and Supermarket brands

*press release 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Little Cook Box - Lets turn kids into Chefs !!

I love cooking, always have. I used to watch Ready Steady Cook on a daily basis and watch the famous chefs cooking shows. Cooking is such a necessary skill to have and personally I do think that every child should be taught to cook and to continuously cook for themselves and for their family. It gives them confidence and it's a way to make them feel proud about something that they have created and achieved. I have been cooking with my children since they could stand on a chair safely.... We've made biscuits, scones, flapjacks, cakes, all kinds of desserts. Banana cake is always a great one to cook with kids, as they have to mash the banana. Scone and biscuit mix is also a great start for kids, as they can make it from the weighing stages to the rolling and shaping. However, now they are older my children can now use a small kitchen knife to help prepare foods. They started off peeling and now they can chop, which means they can do so much more.
They both love cooking so I encourage them to help me as much as they can. My daughter is now in the cooking club at school, which is brilliant, as she's made fabulous cookies and a pasta salad all by herself at school, so this encourages me to let her do what she likes in the kitchen at home.
Every parent should encourage cooking more, but, if you are one of the few like my friend, who is in the cant cook club, there is always help on hand!!!
Little Cook Box !!! This is a home delivery service so you can get weekly boxes of fresh and pre-portioned food that your kids can cook pretty much by themselves. Each kit is for 2 meals and they will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
They currently have 12 meal kits to choose from, so you can mix and match weekly and even let the kids decide what they want to cook the following week.
You have to subscribe and order a minimum of 4 boxes a week and you can order up to a maximum of 9 boxes per week, so you can have lunch and dinner included too.
With the subscription you can stop and start it at any time if you are away so you never get charged for what you don't need.
They arrive in a large box with a cold pack to keep them cool throughout delivery and most of the packaging is recyclable which is an added bonus.
Have a look at the meals we received. You can see that most of the the meal is completed by the children, and they had so much fun through the process.

My 6 year old, pretty much made this meal all on his own .... and ate most of too !!! He was supposed to be sharing it with his dad, but he loved it so much - even the mushrooms !! (which goes to prove that if they make it themselves, they are more likely going to try it)

The burgers were baked in the oven, however I did fry them off for a bit afterwards to finish them off.
These were delicious !!

My daughter really liked making the goujons, but I struggled to brown them off, so you could quickly fry them instead of oven baking them. I would also cut up the chicken pieces so they are smaller and easy to wrap up. Otherwise, this was a really good meal. My daughter ate most of it herself.

The Calzone, was so much fun to make, but there just wasn't enough. It was delicious !!

Here are the instructions on the back of each meal so you can see how easy they are. 

We really enjoyed making all of these kits, and they are currently offering a special deal of £10 off first orders with the code TRYNOW£10OFF at checkout.

I would highly recommend these kits as the kids had a great experience making these meals and they even tried a few new foods for them. They can be costly for some, but if you have no budget then these are absolutely perfect. You could literally put them in the fridge and your kids can make their own dinners, with no wastage..... perfect !!

What do you think ? Have a look at their website for more details