Renna's Discoveries: November 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Get More Done When You Eat The Right Foods by Quill.Com

I came across this and I thought it was well worth sharing. Food is important and if we eat the right foods, we are a lot happier and get more done throughout the day, purely because you are fuelling your body with the right foods.
Have a read, its actually a very useful guide.

Jack Cherry And the Juicer - A story to over come the Bullies

The thought of my children being bullied in any way scares me. We all know young children say things that they don't really realise how much it will effect another child. Some take it very personally and others shrug it off. I'm obviously not talking about physical bullying, just mental bullying for now. (Because physical bullies can not just be shrugged off)
Mental bullying can really effect how a child thinks, and how they see others. It can ruin dreams and lives. It can make a child feel inadequate and that the world hates them. Bullying can seem very minor all the way up to when children don't even want to leave their own homes for the fear of being bullied.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Beauty Blogger Box - November Box

Monthly subscription boxes are everywhere, and with a complete variety of items in them. I'm going to tell you about the Blogger Beauty Box that I had the pleasure of receiving. This box is purely for bloggers. I thought that I'd give it a go and see what arrives. Each box is a surprise, and has a variety of beauty products that the makers would liked to be blogged about. The box I'm going to show you is the November Box. Now obviously each month is different and you wont ever receive the same item twice. The box costs £10 per month including postage..... yes, that's not a typo, it included the postage!!! Wow right ???
So here we are, what I have got this month?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Provena - Gluten Free Love

I recently tried one of Provena's products and loved it. Here I am going to let you know about their other products.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sausage Mash Pie - Quick Easy Dinner

I have a friend who always says that she can't cook...and it really annoys me, as to me cooking is easy. Yes, I did train as a chef for a year of my life alongside a Hotel Management course at college....and yes, I did work in a couple of kitchens as a chef of some sort or another in my first few jobs. But....I left all that behind to join the sale side of hotels. So, after years and years have gone by, my cheffing skills have pretty much diminished, plus I have to cook for kids, so its got to be quick, easy and suitable for them to eat.
So tonight, this is our dinner. I've already made it this morning and will heat it up later.
So, I'm going to write this as simply as I can, for those who say, they can't cook !!
Big Tip - Cheat!!!
I'm making Sausage Mash Pie - my style. This is completely off the cuff, I haven't followed any recipe, as I have a sachet !! (Biggest cheat ever!!) 

Neom Organic - London - Scent to make you Feel Good

I wanted to let you know about some fab Christmas Gifts that you can get from Neom Organics in London.
The founder of Neom, Nicola Elliot, who used to work for Glamour Magazine, decided to cut out the stress at work and start her own business, using scents that can reduce stress in women. Women have very busy lives, trying to get everything done in such a small amount of time. Yes, so do men....however, she initially thought of women, being a woman herself. Men can obviously enjoy all of Neoms products too.
She wanted to help improve sleep, anxiety, stress and energy. So after years of researching, she combined the right scents to create her products, whether it be candles, sprays or roll on oils. All of her products are 100% natural with nothing added, and all crafted in Great Britain.
They have an huge collection in different smells and sizes which you can see at their website, but for now, I'm going to share one of my favourite scents and a real Christmas Treat.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Black Farmer - Easy Roast in the Bag Pork Loin

I wrote about The Black Farmer last month in a post HERE, and about his story into starting up a business where he only produced Gluten Free Sausages. From sausages the founder, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones moved onto burgers and meatballs, and now.....may I introduce the ROAST IN A BAG Pork Loin!!!
Yes, it is as amazing as it sounds. This is the Sage & Onion flavour, the first flavour to be produced. There will be others, and if I'm honest they can't come soon enough. Now, the reason why The Black Farmer is also amazing is that ALL of his products are Gluten Free. So this Pork Loin flavouring is also Gluten free.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Loch Fyne in St Albans

I thought I would let you know about our trip to Loch Fyne in St Albans. I won a competition to have free starters from the new menu, so this was a great excuse to go out for a special treat. A pre Christmas gift if you like, and a family meal out. I didn't research the menu like I normally do before arriving, as I fancied a surprise. So, I was unaware of the prices.....
This is the entrance to Loch Fyne in St Albans. It's actually really lovely. I know.... I was very surprised, as I was imagining a white building with a small sign on the outside, but this entrance was big and bold, and you couldn't miss it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Flax Farm Linseed Flapjacks

Whilst we were at The Cake & Bake Show in London this Autumn, I met a lovely lady called Clare who had some amazing Flapjack samples. Now....I LOVE FLAPJACKS !! I love all kinds of Flapjacks. So I had to try them. These flapjacks included Linseed. To be honest, I don't know much about Linseed, apart from its one of the many Super foods also known as Flax Seed. It is sold in Waitrose and many health shops. I'm sure its sold in most supermarkets, but, to be honest, I've not looked for it that much.
Clare was selling her Flax Farm Linseed Porridge which is what she used for the flapjacks. I really enjoyed them, so I went for it and bought a pack.   
I love adding whatever I like to flapjack mixes to make them even healthier. So, here goes.....

Provena Gluten Free - Oat Bread Mix

In my last DegustaboxI was sent a packet of Provena Gluten Free Oat Bread Mix. I was excited to give this a go, as I'm starting to love certain gluten free foods. I do not have a tolerance, but, something bloats me out, so I'm trying new products, to see if it is a mild gluten issue.
I loved the packaging and I was very intrigued, so myself and the kids had a cooking day. I've been meaning to make bread with them for ages, so, this was the perfect opportunity.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

My Favourite Beauty Products At The Moment - October - Jojoba !!

Our world is full of plants that we use on a daily basis for our health, food, and beauty regimes. The Jojoba plant has many uses, however, it is mainly used on our skin. The beauty industry like to use the wax (not oil - although it comes out like an oil and is called oil, so we will call it oil in this post) for an all over body moisturiser. The wax is actually produced from the seeds of the plant.
Originally the Native Americans used to heat the seeds and then use a pestle and mortar to squeeze out and create the wax. Then they would then use this on their hair or to help heal the skin from cuts or burns or any other ailment.
It does have a kind of nutty smell to it, or if the oils are completely refined then it is odourless.
The Jojoba Company in Australia have produced quite a few products that are rich in Jojoba. The packaging is gorgeous and fun for all age ranges and styles. They cold press their seeds to get the highest quality oils. Lovely!!