Renna's Discoveries: March 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#SwearByIt Recipe Challenge by VitaCoco and Foodies100

I've been using VitaCoco for months to fry with. It is pure coconut oil, it's super healthy and can be used in and out of the body. Literally. 
I've only ever used it for frying with and using as a hand moisturiser but nothing else. So when VitaCoco and Foodies 100 started a new campaign, I thought I'd actually give it a go. 
They want a recipe to include VitaCoco. Any recipe we like.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

E-Cloth - New Year, New Cleaning Regime

OK Hands up
Who hates Cleaning ?
Who Cleans because they have to ?
Who hates the smell of cleaning products ?
Well.....Me I Do !!
I hate it, I hate everything about cleaning, and I especially hate how much time it takes up. So, the quicker and easier the better I say. The other thing that I really don't like is the smell. Some cleaning products can make your house smell like a hospital, and I can't stand it. When I've been ill or pregnant for that matter, the smell of chemicals can be intoxicating, and can make you feel worse.
E-Cloth have tried to make cleaning easier. They don't need bad smelling (or good smelling) sprays or bleach...just WATER !! Now, because I've been more health conscience lately, I really wanted to get rid of as many toxins that I could, and that also includes all these chemicals that we are constantly spraying around and breathing in.
It seems to be our obsession isn't it? After seeing horrible adverts on TV we are now obsessed with cleaning as the advert showed wherever you put your hand, you have spread a germ. Yes, germs can kill, they can make you incredibly ill...but I'll tell you a secret.....so can the chemicals that are in our homes and cleaning products. Used too much, they can actually cause asthma, can encourage cancer cells to grow and and start new allergies and diseases in your body. This is a scientific proven fact. So now some people have chemical sensitive allergies, and I really don't think its good for you or children or pets to be breathing in bleach fumes anyways. It can really smell, and if you use too much it can hurt your throat.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Marcus Wareing's Tredwell's Restaurant in London

I've always loved food, but I'm not the most creative of people so trying to make a plate of food look like a piece of art, I've never mastered. Not like the current English Master Chef Judge Marcus Wareing. I've always been a fan...ever since the days that we realised Gordan Ramsey was labelled the Chef from Hell on a TV programme called Boiling Point where Marcus was his Sous Chef. I actually remember watching the programme thinking how could anyone work with Gordan Ramsey, he's a complete brute. But, then when I worked in kitchens and hotels, I actually realised why he is the way he is. There is an amazing amount of pressure in the kitchen, and as they say, If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. This is very true, and this is why I left the kitchens and went into hotel sales instead. I've followed Marcus's TV career ever since then.
In 2014 Marcus opened his latest restaurant - Tredwell's. So, naturally, it went on 'The List'. It is overseen by his Group Director - Chantelle Nicholson and in 2015 it won AA's Restaurant of The Year in London. Well.....that just says it all doesn't it!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Funky Mugs by Tea Please

If you follow me on twitter, I will say how much of a #mugaddict I am. I just love mugs, all mugs, any mugs. I like pretty mugs and fun mugs. I came across this company last year that sell personalised and fun mugs, and she kindly donated a few for our school Christmas Fayre. How cool are these ??? I loved the doughnut, she is just too cute, and then I liked the fun pretending it is alcohol ones. I was gutted that I couldn't keep them. However, I thought I'd share the love with you. 

Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask

I have been loving Insta Natural products lately. I received lots of different products to review last year, so I thought I would tell you about my favourites. 
Their Dead Sea Mud Mask is brilliant. I absolutely loved it, I actually felt like a new person. I know I know, it sounds crazy, but, my skin felt fantastic afterwards. 

Nutriplan TeaTox Tea

So as you know, I've been trying all different healthy food and drink options, so here's another one for you. TeaTox!!

Friday, March 11, 2016

My lovely new jumper from Woolovers

It's been super cold so I've been living in Jumpers and Jeans these last few months. Although this is normal for me but I needed some warmer jumpers. I pretty much live in black, so I was thinking that I must get some colour on me. I needed warmer jumpers for walking the dogs and one that would keep my neck warm as well.
As fate has it, I was contacted by Woolovers to see if I would like to quality test a jumper for the company. So after scrolling through their website for a really long time, I decided on a plain black jumper. How original of me ....lol. I couldn't help myself. However, I knew it would be worn a lot if I played safe with black. These are Woolovers pictures of the jumper I chose. Nice isn't it?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Forever Memory Bears!! These are so Cute!!

I came across a wonderful company on Twitter that produce unique handmade bears that are made out of either baby clothes, uniforms, training uniforms or even bridal clothing as a super special keepsake.
I fell in love with the idea of them so I just have to share it with you.
We all have so many memories, but it can be difficult to keep them fresh in our minds. I find, that if I look at a photo I can remember most of the day, just by one moment. When it comes to babies....the years seem to fly by and I always think of ways that I can keep the memories alive for me and the kids. Like Christmas bears with the year of their birth on it, or a collection of photographs for them. When I saw the Forever Memory Bears idea, My first initial thought was to get both the kids a bear each out of their own baby clothes. Like these below. 

Matcha Tea - The Dream Matcha Tea Co

You know you keep hearing about all these ingredients and foods that are super foods and ingredients that fight diseases. Well Matcha is one of them. It's a powdered tea and is incredibly green. They say its a super fat burner and it also helps fight cancer. Well.....I'm in !!! If anything says it can help fight cancer I'm going to try it.

One cup of Matcha tea is actually the equivalent of ten cups of normal green tea. So, just a cup a day will help with your health. You can have up to three cups a day if you like, but I prefer to have it just once mixed with milk or in a smoothie or protein shake.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Aura Print - My New Business Cards !!

A Blogger friend of mine kept asking me when I was going to have some business cards made. I never really understood why I needed a business cards and then we went to the Cake and Bake show together and as soon as you tell a brand that you are a blogger, they asked for our details. Now, Lucy, just handed over a business card and I had to write everything down, several times over the day. When I saw how impressed the brands were that Lucy had business cards, I thought....well, I better get some quick !! Then, as fate happens, I saw a request for bloggers to review Aura Print for new business cards. Perfect ! This way, I can at least get the professionals to do it instead of me trying to work out what design I want, what colours what style...I just wanted something easy and quick.

So after I sent them a request, they replied with what they required from me.
Address, Any Artwork or Logos that you would like to keep, Artwork instructions, and choice of core colour.
I wasn't sure what to have at first, then I realised that I have a gorgeous blog header designed by Aloha Lola Cards so I thought that would be perfect, and then all they needed was my email address and blog website address. I chose the Pink Core as it goes with purple and the 800gsm paper. They could have designed something completely new for me, but, I might as well stay with my theme. Other bloggers have had brand new logos designed by Aura Print. You can see these in links below.
In just ONE day, I had my first proof of what I had asked for, and in ONE minute I fell in love. It was perfect. Exactly what I what I wanted.....just didn't know it until I saw it.
This the Front and Back First Proof

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Black Farmer Eggs - My Comparison of FREE RANGE EGGS

I was asked to review The Black farmers new Eggs. So, I thought I'd quickly show you in pictures, why you should purchase these eggs if you see them. As I think.....the pictures say it all. All of my eggs are free range, have been for years. The thought of caged hens makes me feel really sad. And, if you keep buying caged hens eggs, you are just encouraging these farmers to continue. Chickens need the outside to be able to run around and dig and do what chickens love to do. So, I couldn't compare free range with non-free range, so, I thought I'd compare two brands of free range for you.
Happy Free Range Chickens produce the Best Eggs, and all you need to know at present is this : The Yellower the Yolk the Happier the Chicken. 

F.O.Y. Fountain of Youth Beauty Products

Wrinkles, do we love and embrace them or try anything we can to fight them? I say ....fight them! We can do this with the help of F.O.Y. or Fountain of Youth. This is an anti-ageing brand that focuses on women aged 25 and over. The main natural ageing process is loosing the elasticity in your skin, which causes it to loosen and prevents it from regrowing and regenerating. This is why we need beauty products and FOY are here to help.