Renna's Discoveries

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Yerba Mate #yerbamatemission

Wow, I've just been researching Yerba Mate and it's actually quite fascinating. Yerba Mate is from an evergreen holly tree that is grown in South America, and is widely drunk by....nearly everyone. They say it's a really healthy tea with the kick of coffee and gives you the feeling of chocolate euphoria.
It has some great health benefits such as hydration, metabolism boosting and stimulation. It sure does wake me up !! It also has more antioxidants than green tea....wowsers!!
Some people drink it with just water, others drink it with sugar in warm milk, and others blend it with other herbs or plants for flavour. Because of its popularity, there are a lot of companies out there are blending it into many different flavours and drinks for us.
Yuyo are now a company that started off with Rosie & Charles travelling across South America and fell in love with the culture and the food and drink on offer. When they arrived home, they wanted to experiment with yerba mate and see if they could make different blends that would cater for many tastes.

Monday, March 06, 2017

It's almost my Birthday

It's my birthday this week, and I have to say, that I'm actually quite confused by it. I'm going to turn 38.....38 !!! How the fuck did that happen? Where has time gone? I'm also scared as that means its just two years off 40, and I don't feel like I should be anywhere near 40. Yes I feel tired sometimes, but I don't feel aged. I had my first child at 29 and I think, I've just stayed there at that age, although some days I feel like I'm 25, other days I feel 29, but I never feel like I'm nearing 40.
Actually that's a lie, the Only time I ever feel my age is the morning after I've had a few drinks, and I say a few drinks, as it's been many years since I've drunk so much that I couldn't stand. I think if I didn't have kids I may have been a much bigger drinker now, but I just cant handle the hangover with kids, its not good, so I've actually just avoided it. Yes I drink, but it's not very often.
I'm actually a little scared but excited of hitting 40.
My bucket list has most definitely got longer, as I always wanted to travel and see the world, and, although I am very lucky to have have travelled a lot already, there is still so much more I want to see. Life is short, it really is....the years just fly by, especially when there are children involved. They go from a baby to a little adult so quickly, its actually really scary. So I'd really like to travel more now the kids are older. They are now at an age where they will remember their holidays and it's not all about making sandcastles.
If I had the money, I would pack my bags tomorrow and take the kids and start ticking off those lists. But with school, its not as easy to do that. However, if the right opportunity arose, I wouldn't hesitate.
When I was younger I wrote lists of where I would go and in what order. I wanted to travel around Australia and New Zealand, and then travel across America. I wanted to hire a convertible and drive along route 66 and see Niagara Falls. There is so much to see in America, I couldn't possibly list them all. I also want to travel across Africa and do safaris and see the animals in the wild instead of behind cages. My goodness, Africa is such an amazing continent, Morocco, Gabon, Namibia, South Africa are all full of wonderful experiences. I want to take a train across Canada and snowmobile in the mountains and watch the bears eat salmon from a wooden hut. I'd love to see the Northern Lights and sleep in an igloo. I'd like to Greek Island hop, I have, to be fair visited quite a few already, but there are still more to do. I'd like to visit places of history like Rome and Pompeii, and then explore Mexico and Brazil. Then ..... of course, the Caribbean.

My bucket list also includes the many many hotels in the UK that I'd love to visit, whether it be for a glass of champagne in the bar, or a meal, a spa experience or an over night stay .... or of course, all of that. I actually completed a bucket list tick on Saturday, where I finally ate in The Glasshouse at The Grove Hotel. It was amazing, and although it is very costly, it is worth every pound. I used to work at The Grove Hotel, and the only thing left in the hotel that I would like to do is have a spa day. It really is one of the best in England.

So much to do !!!! Thank goodness, I still have plenty of time.

Then of course, we are working our way around the UK. We're back to the Isle of Wight this year for a wedding so we are going to do some proper exploring this time. We are staying in Yarmouth near the national reserves and ports, so I'm excited about that. I'd also like to finally do Sherwood Forest and take the kids to Cornwall and Devon. Then we have the top part of Wales to do and then over to Island for a road trip would be awesome. Not all in this year ..... obviously.

I'm continuing my healthy lifestyle. I still have days where I just want to eat every sweet thing I can find but on the whole, my diet is much better and I exercise a lot more. Having the dogs also encourages me to get out a lot more. I've always loved walking...its the most natural exercise you can do. I decided to do a 5 mile walk on Saturday, just because I could. I'd like to get a couple of fitness obstacle courses this year. I've already signed up for Gauntlet Games but there's a few others I'd like to attempt.

I'm going to try and stop saying .... 'yes soon'.....to......'lets book a date in' lets do this !!!!

How do you feel near your birthdays, do you go through your bucket list like me?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

M Hotel by Montcalm in Shoreditch - London Tech City

I had the pleasure in staying at the M Hotel in Shoreditch London last weekend with a friend of mine Miss E, for very early birthday celebrations, as she will be away on holiday for mine. The M Hotel is part of the Montcalm Hotel group who now have six different hotels across London which are all luxury high class hotels at a reasonable rate. The first Montcalm Hotel was actually completed in 1973 and they have slowly increased to the six very highly ranked hotels of today.

The M Hotel is an absolutely incredible building. It's almost like an optical illusion when you are walking towards it. I still can't understand the building, as once you are inside it, its hard to work out how it all fits and how it doesn't feel like you are walking around a triangle.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

There's a new Popcorn in town - Ikorn - King Of Korn

There's a new brand of Popcorn in town. Ikorn - The King of Korn

I love popcorn, always have. In the winter months, I tend to stay in a lot more and chill out at home. So I like Movie Nights, and of course Movie Nights must require popcorn. It's just something that we've always had. Whenever you go to the cinema, buying popcorn just goes part and parcel. So it's now formed a habit that you need something to munch on whilst watching a film. Thank goodness popcorn is actually a really healthy snack, much better than snacking on countless amounts of chocolates. So .... bring on the popcorn !!! However, some brands like to coat the popcorn in caramel or toffee or even chocolate to be more like a sweet treat, which is ok in moderation, but some brands are so sweet and artificial it ruins the fact that it is a fantastic low calorie snack. Ikorn want to remind everyone that popcorn is a healthy snack and they can provide one of the best option for you as they only use Coconut Oil to cook the Popcorn in. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Goodyfull Organic Superfoods Competition

There are many people that would like to try Superfoods and or high nutritional content foods, but have no idea what they are or how to use them. I know I was one of them....I'd never heard of chia seeds, acai berry, or goji berries a few years ago, and now they seem to be everywhere. What on earth do you do with them all?????? When you look at the aisles in the shops that are full of different seeds, powders, berries, it can be really quite overwhelming. Unless you know what to do with them it's very difficult trying to work out what is best for you, and then of course, you end up buying a massive bag of some seeds and then it ends up sitting in your cupboard until one day you may find a recipe that requires them.
Well this is where Goodyfull comes in. They are a company that sources high nutritional foods for you and then delivers them straight to your door, which is always a bonus. They are also packaged in a way that they will fit through your postbox too, so there is no waiting in for the postman.
They stock only organic products and of high quality.

To help you on your new healthy unknown journey, they have created the Goody Box especially for us. (Competition at the end !!!! )

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

First Impressions of Xero Lipo

I went for a consultation at West London Dermatology Centre where they have the Cosmeditech Xero Technology and I have say that I feel very positive about it. The West London Dermatology Centre deal with fat reduction, laser hair removal, hair transplants, skin peels, acne, skin rejuvenation. Last year they took on Xero Lipo which is a new fat reducing and skin tightening technology. I have explained this all in a previous post. I am very excited about this, as I really wanted to try the skin tightening Xero RF.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Working In The Hospitality Industry

I used to work in hospitality, and I trained for it at college. The roots of hospitality go back to ancient times when a warm bed and meals were provided to those simply passing by. Though this may have started in a small room with only the necessities provided, it has now evolved into large-chain hotels with over 5000+ locations. Through the evolution of the hospitality industry, those looking for a vacation spot, business conference venue, or quick place to stop at on a road trip, are commonly looking for more than a simple meal and bed to sleep in; they are looking for an experience. In turn, people working in hospitality are in the business of making someone else’s day and making all feel welcome. According to the 2009 Trends and Statistics survey by the British Hospitality Association (BHA), around 1.9 million now work in the hospitality industry.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Let's try XeroLipo....

Whilst scrolling through Twitter one day, I saw an advert for a brand new fat reduction and skin tightening treatment, and my eyes lit up.....skin tightening....this is exactly what I wanted. So I started looking into XeroLipo which is a new generation of non-surgical treatments which can reduce fat cells and tighten skin.
I have spent the last year trying to get back to the body I had before children. Of course, most mothers find this really difficult, and well, some are just blessed and look amazing within weeks. I don't know how...they just seem to suddenly have smooth flat stomachs and are enjoying themselves on beaches in teeny tiny bikinis looking like Victoria Secret models......How is this possible? What is their secret, or are they just blessed?  Then you have the other side, where mothers will show off their wrinkly bellies after childbirth and are then extremely proud to show the world. I on the other hand avoided all photos, certainly didn't take selfies (still don't do it often to be fair). As huge as you get whilst being pregnant you go from having a beautiful tight bump to a deflated balloon stuck on your front. It was such a strange feeling of all of a sudden getting jelly belly...it was like having waves flowing over you. I couldn't wait for it to go, even if it did humour others.