Renna's Discoveries: October 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

I've started Ski-ing Again at Hemel Snow Center #GetMoreWinter

When I was younger, 10, I think, I started to learn how to ski. My Mum had already started to learn how to ski when we were at school as she wanted to try something new that would help with fitness, getting her out of the house, and doing something for just her. (Any stay at home mum will understand this line!!) So, then she thought myself and my brother should learn too, as she really enjoyed it.
We've always lived in Hertfordshire and the only place to learn to ski is in Hemel Hempstead. However, many years ago, it was a dry ski slope, which basically felt like ski-ing on flat broom bristles. I don't really know how it works, but it hurt when you fell, and you only wore gloves to protect your hands. The bonus of learning on a dry slope, is that it's not that cold and you don't get stuck in the snow, but the massive downside is that you're not actually learning to ski on real snow, so when you do go ski-ing for the first time on snow..... it is Very different and there is so much more to learn.
Once myself and my brother had learnt enough, my Mum booked a holiday away with other family members and friends that wanted to learn. So, we then travelled to Austria and Romania and when I was 15 I went to France with my school on a ski-ing holiday. Years later when I was 23 I went to Switzerland to try snowboarding. I'd never tried it before, and I found it very limiting. I felt a bit stuck on a board, and wasn't hugely keen. Plus I think I scared myself, as one one occasion, I stupidly took both my feet out of the holders, whilst on a mountain, and proceeded to watch my board just slide down the mountain on its own, and then fly off the cliff........ never to be seen by me again. hummm, so I think I've tarnished it, although, I would like to give it another go. Anyway, I ended up paying for that board, as I was young and stupid and didn't get insurance. You live and learn !! Apart from that, we had the best holiday, laughed A lot and Switzerland is just beautiful.
Ski-ing holidays are such fun. You wake up, have a huge breakfast, then get on all your layers of clothing and then walk to the ski hire centres to pick up your skis and boots. Most ski-centres will let you hire the boots and skis for the week, so you can store them at your chalet or hotel to make the morning rush easier.
Now I just want to point out, that if you've never put a pair of ski boots on, you must !!! It's the nearest you'll ever get to proper moon boots. (Plus its great exercise for the leg muscles). They are a mission to get on and a mission to get off, but its worth it, as they are on All day when you are on holiday.
So 23 was the last time, I remember being on snow on holiday. My parents have been ski-ing for years and years now and I think they've been every nearly year since my Dad learnt to ski. They have their own boots and ski's and all the gear and they have many friends that ski too, so they always go away in large groups.
So now my kiddies are old enough - 8 and 5, my parents suggested that they learn to ski too, and then we can all go on holiday together eventually.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Muscle Crate - Monthly Subscription Box for Fitness Supplements

Muscle Crate is a monthly subscription box full of wonderful bodybuilding and fitness supplements. There is generally a mix of pre workout supplements and post workout supplements.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Shoot Out MegaBleu Games - Ready for the Winter!!

It's getting cold out there, so I am looking into games that the kids can play inside, but, which can keep them fairly active. So I had a look at MegaBleu Website to find a couple of games that I thought the kids would like, and is also practical for the house and without small bits that get chewed by the dogs or broken really quickly. As this is what happens....a lot !! So I chose two shooting games. Now I don't condone it, however, this is all about aiming, quick reactions and being aware of your surroundings. So although, the chosen games have guns, its also about life skills. Yes, it sounds crazy doesn't it, but, this is what I look for in games. As well as obviously, enjoyment and longevity. 
So here are my chosen two: 
Alien Mission Evolution. This looked great fun and its what it says on the box. You've just got to shoot all the aliens!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Grace Aloe Vera Drinks

When it's been a long day, and you just need something refreshing to perk you up a bit, one of my options is Aloe Vera. I've been drinking Aloe Vera on and off for years now, and I have my favourites. Grace Aloe Refresh is one of them, however, this brand actually have bits of aloe vera in it, so you have to be prepared when you drink it. It is made from Aloe Vera Gel, so it's amazing for your digestion and general well being, as well as being incredibly refreshing. It's perfect on a hot day, or after a workout, it is so good, it's literally just down-able. 

Loose Tea - JustBe and Camellia's

Loose tea can be a scary thought, especially if you're not used to it, but there are so many amazing loose tea brands, that you just have to give it a go. I think the biggest scare for me is not really knowing how much or how little you need. Here's two of my favourites at the moment.

A friend of mine gave me this tea to try. I had heard of the brand Justbe from social media and foodie sites, but had yet to try it. It's a really pretty loose tea with Hibiscus and Lemon Balm. That's it, nothing else added. I followed the instructions for the correct amount and watched it infuse. It is strangely very soothing just watching the stunning hibiscus colour flow into the lemon balm. I should have videoed it for you, but I tell you what, it is delicious !! I love it. It's really pretty, smells amazing and the colour from the hibiscus is just stunning. When I added a photo on my Instagram account, the owner, Gail Bryden said that you could also serve it as an iced tea. So I infused a pints worth of tea with added mint leaves from my garden and then put it in the fridge. Well, she was right !! It is a lovely refreshing drink that can be drunk hot or cold. This is well worth trying.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Eden's Semilla Oils Oils and more Oils

Who doesn't like Oils? Personally, I love them. I love the way it feels on your skin, I love the smells it produces and I love that it is as natural as it comes. 
Aromatherapy essential oils can be added to a plain oil for the perfect massage or you can just burn them so you get the scent and the calmness with it. Eden's Semilla have a great selection of Oils that you can use on their own or mix and blend to make your own perfect massage oil.