Renna's Discoveries: September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Prestige Flowers - More Beauty of Flowers

Now the summer is over, and the flowers have pretty much dissapeared in my garden, I like to have flowers in the house. I absolutely love it when my garden comes into flower. I have a mass of pinks, purples and yellows, all from various types of flowers. It brings so much happiness as the pure beauty of them is also very calming. So when they have all gone, I love flowers in the home as they can brighten up any corner, and bring the happiness inside as well. They do make lovely gifts and I do wish I received them more often.

I received this stunning bouquet from Prestige Flowers Online Delivery

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We did it !!!! Rough Runner - Clapham Common 17th September 2016

A while back I saw an email about an event called Rough Runners and if we booked before a particular date we could get it at a discount. Anyways, so I sent the email to my fitness friends and said that they must definitely sign up. It looked fun, but it also looked really hard, so I didn't even think about it for me and I didn't even really look into it that much. I just saw a few photos of a couple of obstacles. My reply back from my friend was something like, that looks awesome why wouldn't you do it? So, I had one of those moments and instantly replied, well I'd do the 5km at a struggle but not the 10km. Without a real thought that I would actually ever do it.

Well that was it..... emails went around and all our little crew said YEA FUCK IT, Lets do it !!!!! OMG Whaaaaaattttt???? It seems I was doing it after all !!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Healthy Drink Options That I've Been Loving Lately

I thought I would share with you some really healthy option drinks and combinations that I've been trying lately. If you've read my posts previously, you'll know that I like to add different drinks together, or add supplements to make me feel better and more alert. I like to include fruit or super food powders as well as a bit of matcha green tea.
Here is a frozen banana and strawberry smoothie made with Alpro Coconut Milk with added elete Electrolytes. Just simply a handful of each fruit and blitz up in my blender. Perfect for a hot day before a workout. Read about my elete Holistic Hydration Electrolytes post here.
I also like using Alpro Coconut Milk in a Matcha Latte. I've tried quite a few matcha brands now and Matchaeologist is another one that I enjoy. When I asked them about Matcha Tea a while back, they recommended the Meiko as it is best for lattes. So I literally, just add milk and ice if I have any to one of my shakers with a small amount of matcha and shake, that's it, and it's so good after a run or a workout , or just as a morning refreshing drink. It's a brand well worth looking into.
 Here you can see (unfiltered like most of my photos) the beautiful strong colour it has with just hot water. Another way of me drinking matcha is to shake it up with really hot water and then add milk afterwards, just like a really milky tea. I really like this, and most mornings I will have a hot matcha with a tiny amount of sweetener.

When it's been really hot, I like to have infused water, or at least quite a sweet drink to keep me going. So I just have to tell you about True Nopal. This is catus water. Yes, I'm not joking and I'm not joking when I say.....its actually really good !! It tastes like a sweet berry drink, it has no added sugar or anything added actually, it is what it is. I have to admit, I wasn't keen at first, but then once the taste settled, and I got used to it, I was pleasantly surprised. I've drunk this on its own, in smoothies, and with infused frozen pineapple when I went out on a run. It's well worth trying and it's now stocked in many supermarkets.
 This beautiful colour actually comes from beetroot, not the catus, but if I was a cocktail maker like I used to be many years ago, this would have been a beautiful base drink.
 As I'm loving my green tea I bought some TG Green Tea in two flavours. Mandarin and Ginseng and plain with ginseng. I bought them in bulk as I wanted to share them. Ginseng is really good for a energy boost, so I gave these out before we did Rough Runner so my friends all had an extra boost to keep them going. They all said they liked it, even though a couple were thinking that cold green tea just can't be nice....they were surprised as it can !!! have a look at their website, as they have other flavours of iced green tea, as well as hot tea pyramids. They've just started selling matcha tea too, so this I haven't tried as yet, but the packaging is cute.
Nutriplan is a company that only sells all things good for you. They have loads of different super foods, teas and detox packs. I have previously written about the matcha tea here. I think its a great tea, its blends nicely and tastes good hot or cold. The tropical blend is a mix of acai berry, guarana and passion fruit powder to give you that healthy glow and energy boost. I've been adding this to smoothies and shakes and I feel good for it. I like the natural hit that the guarana gives you.
It is better used in a blender, but in a shaker with your protein shakes or lattes is still fine.
This was a frozen strawberry with coconut water smoothie with added supplements, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I will continue to share new and exciting drinks that I find with you, but are there any that you would suggest I try ? 

*UPDATE Nutriplan has ceased trading, so please do have a look at Pure Chimp Matcha

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Foods To Boost Your Workout

Oh my goodness, Rough Runners is just a few days away, and I am now quite scared but super excited at the same time. With training to do this crazy obstacle course in London and just trying in general to get fitter and healthier this year as well as trying to tone up as much as possible, I have had to change and improve my eating habits. Firstly I changed or excluded certain foods and treats to loose the weight, then I needed to change to make sure I had enough energy to do exercise with. As that's one of the dangers, if you don't eat enough but then do a massive workout, it can actually do you more damage than good.

I have been sent a really good article that I wanted to share with you, so you can learn too.

Foods to boost your workout

Our Third, Fourth & Fifth Day in Tenby - Wales

During our week in Tenby in Wales we had a few places that we really wanted to visit and Tenby has a new kiddy dinosaur park which I thought the kids would love. So after our lovely Day One and Day Two in Tenby, this was a welcomed chill out day.
Day Three:
The Dinosaur Park is literally a five minute drive away from Kiln Park. You are welcomed by a huge Mammoth and you go through into a great play park. They have motorised cars, bumper boats, bungee trampoline, safari cruises, a soft play, arcades, frizz-bee golf (which I am useless at!!) you also have golf which we enjoyed as we could all do it together.
So you literally just go from one activity to the next. Then once all the activities are done, you can do the short dinosaur walk through their woodland. For an adult, I honestly can say, its nothing spectacular, but the kids enjoyed reading up on the dinosaurs and seeing how big they actually were.
You could realistically do all this in a morning and then go elsewhere or back to the beach or caravan park like we did. It opens at 10am so you could be done by lunch or you can stay all day, its up to you.

Day Four:

Pembroke Castle is an absolute must visit. Check what's on before you go at the beginning of the week, as we missed the fighting and re-enactment days. However we did get to see their falcon display, which was equally cool. Pembroke Castle is huge and it is quite spectacular, as they have have rebuilt and restored what they could. The town itself is definitely worth wondering around afterwards too.

Here you can see the map of Wales that is in the castle grounds, and it shows all the castles in Wales, so you can see that there are quite a few to visit if you are a castle fan.
The castle is so large, that it can get a bit confusing whilst walking around it, or maybe it was just us, but we were here there and everywhere. there are steep stairs to climb and go down, we even went into the cave underneath the castle which is where it all began hundreds of years ago. Thankfully, the cave was left as it, as they used it for emergency storage or as protection and a place to hide when they needed it.
Here you can see the amazing views, and the falcons ready to do their show.
The falcon display was brilliant and he made it very funny. The bird are all his own and he has hand reared them himself.

Ready !!!!

And fly...... He flew all around the castle up high and down low and once he had caught his chicken, he sat on the floor really panting, so he had a good exercise run.
We all loved this castle, and this can also be done in a morning if you leave early enough. Some people visit another castle or activity in the afternoon. There really is so much to see, so if you can cram it all in, go for it, but as our kiddies are still young, they like to play and everything takes a little bit longer. But check out this view of the original river that surrounded the castle.

Here's the other side of the river, which now has a dam built to keep the water levels high.
Once we had seen everything, we went for a stroll around the Castle walls which is really lovely too.
As you can see here, the Pembroke houses are just as colourful as Tenbys.
Whilst wandering around town I noticed this amazing building and then we looked in through the windows and saw Cake. Here is Pembroke Tea & Cake Shop. Its worth a quick visit just to look at all the wonderful cakes. If you have time to sit in, they do a really good afternoon tea.

OMG !!!!! I love meringues.....
We all chose a cake or biscuit each and ate half of them as soon as we got back to the car to leave. 
We went back to the caravan park, then wandered to the beach for a bit, before heading off to the inside swimming pool, so the kids could have a good swim with daddy. I sat in the restaurant overlooking it, trying to catch up on emails and twitter. The WiFi at Kiln Park is only in the restaurant, and its not particularly fast, so I literally had two phones and an iPad connected so I could do different sites at the same time. 
After swimming we went back to the caravan for dinner and showers before going back to the entertainment complex to play on the arcades and exchange the winning tickets for prizes. 

Day Five:
Our morning in the caravan was a mamouth joint effort in packing everything away and throwing out any rubbish. The hubs made lunch and snacks for our journey home and I think we left about 10.30am. You are supposed to vacate at 10am - but, unless you pack everything the night before, its never going to happen.
Anyways, so we said goodbye to our amazing caravan and started our travels home. We drove around some new roads and had a look around the areas and finally found Carred Cennen Castle on the Brecon Becons. This is a really old un-restored castle, but well worth the visit purely for the views from the castle. 

You have to pay a small fee and then you can walk up the mountain to see the castle. Its not a long walk don't worry, about ten minutes, if that. But look at this view. They say Wales is Green, and it sure is. It's so beautiful.
Have a look at my photos to give you an idea of how idyllic it is. This area has so much history attached it to so you must read every sign you can.  This is the entrance to the castle, looking outwards.
Inside the grounds.

These are the stairs that lead you into the underground tunnel which they built to store goods and foods as well as escape routes. These tunnels have been blocked off at teh very end as its not safe, but it was incredible going in them. Very dark (you need a torch or don't bother) and slippery but a great experience as castles go.
The picture doesn't really do it any justice. But back in its hayday, you can imagine that this was the grandest building for miles.
Here's the farm that is at the bottom of the hill.
The white building in the above picture had this sign nailed to its door, which I found completely fascinating, for obvious reasons. We had just marveled at the age of the castle and how amazing it was that it's actually still standing, and then we find this building which is completely intact and is even older. 
So these are the houses that were built with the castle brick. They look gorgeous don't they. At least if they couldn't save and rebuild the castle, they at least kept the history of it close by. The buildings are actually bigger than they look as they go back as well. They hold a shop and a big tea room which can be hired for weddings and it has the best views !!!
This is just a glimpse of what is inside the old cow shed. Its been left to look old, as it was or could have been. It really is fascinating walking around. The farmer always used to sleep with his cows, so you can see his box bed and where he cooked and kept the cows along side all of his equipment and tools.

Then this is us leaving Wales on Friday afternoon. It was an absolutely lovely week. We all enjoyed everything we did and really didn't want to leave. There is so much to do and so much to see and we loved the caravan at Kiln Park which was a big bonus for us. The main thing is, the kids really enjoyed themselves too. Their favourite was of course the beach, but everything we did they had fun and were happy and was eager to explore, and if the kids are happy then everyone's happy.

 Thank you Tenby and Haven's Kiln Park Holiday Park for making it a wonderful week.

Have you been to Wales? Is there anywhere that you would suggest we go to next time we visit?