Kallo review and hamper giveaway!

20.7.14

I have been a fan of Kallo chocolate covered rice cake thins since I saw them gracing the aisles of Holland & Barrett a few months ago. At around 55 calories they seemed like the perfect snack to have stashed in my desk at work for when those chocolate cravings appear (that would be most days then..)

Kallo recently got in touch with me to offer my blog readers the chance to win a hamper full of treats and kindly offered me the chance to try out a few new things too. I don't often see Kallo in the shops, apart from Holland & Barrett, so it has been great to find some new snack ideas.

My favourites are still the rice cake thins which come in milk chocolate (which I had already tried), dark chocolate and also milk chocolate with caramel pieces on which are as good as they sound!


My favourites, apart from the chocolate covered rice cakes, are the smoked paprika flavour which are so tasty and come in at only 34 calories each. I eat them on their own or with some nut butter on. I also really like the salt and vinegar flavour.

My Kallo giveaway is open to anyone from the UK who follows my blog. All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter device below. It's as easy as that! One lucky winner will receive the following goodies:

Lightly salted rice cakes
Organic unsalted rice cakes
Organic lightly salted rice cakes
Organic sesame seed rice cakes
Corn cakes
Sea salt & balsamic rice & corn cakes
Blueberry & vanilla rice & corn cakes
Belgian milk chocolate rice cake thins x2
Belgian dark chocolate rice cake thins x2
Organic garlic & herb stock cubes
Organic tomato & herb stock cubes
Organic chicken stock cubes
Organic vegetable stock cubes



Good luck!

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A Pug post (featuring Bottomless Bowl).

14.7.14

It has been a while since Lily and Lola had their own post on my space of the internet so I thought I would rectify that. While I'm here I want to share a website called petshopbowl.co.uk who recently sent them some goodies to try, all in the name of highlighting their Bottomless Bowl service.

Lily and Lola eat a lot. They're really greedy. With food, snacks and dental sticks it's an expensive business having dogs (as I'm sure all pet owners will agree!) so it's good to save the pennies where you can.


Bottomless Bowl is a subscription service on Pet Shop Bowl which saves you money, removes the need to lug heavy sacks of pet food round when doing your grocery shopping and (as the name suggests) makes sure you never run out of food! That last one happens to us all the time which results in a mad dash to Morrisons to stock up. It's also one less thing to worry about when you're a busy couple who work full time and do a million and one things in between.

All you do is find the pet food you need, add it to your cart then select your delivery preference - every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, and so on. Such a brilliant idea!


Inside Lily and Lola's box they found Dentastix, Lily's Kitchen dry food and, the one we were most intrigued by, Symply food trays. The Symply food trays are packed full of turkey, rice and veg, are hypoallergenic and Lily and Lola absolutely loved them. I will be ordering some in the future and will be selecting a Bottomless Bowl option on my order for sure!

I hope this is helpful to some of my fellow pet owners. You can find also Pet Shop Bowl on Facebook here.

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Bike riding, bright white Converse and bums.

13.7.14

Hot weather fills me with fear. I absolutely despise getting my legs out because I despise my legs! Normally when it's warm I still throw on jeans or leggings to cover them up and then I feel more comfortable (albeit sweating like a pig) but as there was an element of physical activity involved in our plans yesterday I had to raid my summer clothes drawer and dust off a pair of shorts.

We headed out in the blazing sunshine to run a few errands before meeting up with friends and heading to Clumber Park for a bike ride. The last time I went on a bike ride I was probably about 12 years old, cycling in the local woods with my friend, so you could say I was rather nervous.


I couldn't keep in a straight line for the first half an hour, it was rather amusing (for everyone else more than me), but then I got into the swing of things and it was actually quite peaceful cycling round such pretty surroundings, picking up a bit of speed and feeling the warm air on my skin. I don't think I'll be buying a bike any time soon but I'd definitely go back to Clumber Park and hire a bike for a couple of hours.

I have wanted a pair of white Converse for ages so I finally ordered a pair of Chuck Taylor's recently (c/o Sarenza) and gave them their first outing yesterday. I want them to stay bright white forever but we all know that's not likely to happen.

My ace watermelon shorts are for Primark and were a firm favourite in Florida. They're such a great fit. I like that they're high waisted but still cover up my bits and bobs (nobody sane wants their bum cheeks hanging out do they?!) My tee is from Mango and my sunnies are prescription Ray Bans from Vision Express. Pug bum is models own ;)

I hope you've had some sunshine this weekend wherever you are!


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Ulley reservoir.

6.7.14

After a few cocktails on Friday night I woke on Saturday feeling tired and hungry, so Saturday's plan was to take a drive somewhere, go for a walk and get lunch in a country pub.

We didn't want to go too far so we settled on Ulley reservoir which is a short drive from where we live. It turns out Ulley is a beautiful village with humongous houses and sweet little cottages. It was so quiet and peaceful, we could have moved right in!


We parked up at a pub and strolled down to the reservoir where we saw ducks, birds and dozens of blue damselflies. Signs told us we could have seen some water voles but in the words of Jonathan "I don't see any water voles but I can see a Capri Sun". Why are people such litter bugs?!

Our lunch at the pub was a bit disappointing but we really enjoyed our walk. I love that we have such scenic places to go walking on our doorstep. All that walking and fresh air did me the world of good!

 
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June favourites.

1.7.14

Welcome to my very first favourites blog post! I really like watching monthly favourite videos on You Tube when people talk about a mixture of things (not just beauty products) so I thought I would add mine in to the mix too. So here we go. A mixed big of all the things that have been floating my boat for the month of June.

Bath & Body Works candles and body sprays

I couldn't wait to raid this store in Florida and lucky for us we had one just a few minutes walk from our hotel, which is why my sister and I were in there most days!

The special offers were too good to miss. I got two large 3-wick candles for around $22 and the body sprays were buy 3 get 3 free (I realise 6 body sprays all to myself is excessive...)

The candles smell so good and burn down evenly (none of that uneven melting which plays havoc with my OCD) as well as leaving their scent behind which fills a room and lasts for days. I am definitely going to purchase one or two more from Ebay, even though they're pretty pricey, because they wipe the floor with Yankee Candles in my humble opinion!

The body sprays all smell amazing too and the huge bottles mean I probably won't need to buy a body spray ever again!


Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation

This is less of a monthly favourite and more of an all-time favourite but it has to make an appearance regardless. It's the only foundation that lasts all day on my oily skin and although it's creeping up towards £30 the bottles do last for ages. It covers up my acne scars and blemishes without feeling cakey, so for that it's worth every penny!

Peanut Butter M&Ms

Having developed a severe M&M obsession during our recent trip to Florida it was unfortunate that I discovered that the poundshop near my work sell all manner of American sweets; peanut butter M&Ms being one of them. I made my way through a whole box at the weekend and it was heaven!

Smoothies

I obviously need something healthy to counteract the above. Enter my new smoothie maker by Breville (this one!) It was only £20 when I bought it but it's currently about £26 which is still pretty good. I selected the free Super Saver Delivery option was ace - dispatched the same day, arrived the following day! The blender works really well, even with ice cubes. The best bit is that the container that does the mixing doubles up as a sports bottle so there's minimal mess/washing up. I can tell I'm going to be making a lot of smoothies from now on...


Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream

I treated myself to a few Kiehl's goodies last month as my skin was feeling clogged after my holiday and I had run out of cleanser. I like to switch my products up now and again (apart from my Clearasil pads which I swear by!) and I haven't used Kiehl's before so off I toddled to the counter at House of Fraser.

I wanted an eye cream that would brighten my dark circles and prevent fine lines (I'm 30 next year, fine lines are now an issue!) so the counter assistant recommended this one.

At £32 it's not cheap but I have been shocked at how well this works. I noticed an improvement straight away. It's definitely good at brightening the under eye area. It's not greasy or thick so it sinks in really quickly. The pot is a decent size, and a little bit of product goes a long way, so I envisage this lasting me for quite a while.

Time will tell whether it makes me look 20 again though! Miracles do happen.


What have you been loving throughout June?

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Top picks: Nike.

29.6.14


I receive loads of comments about my Nike trainers (this pair!), and quite right because they're very pretty, but sadly the sizes are running low on Sarenza which is where I ordered mine from (with one of my ambassador codes).

So, I thought I would share some other styles that I've had my beady eye on. Nike trainers seem to fit me really well and always come in the nicest colours/patterns so they're always the brand I check first for trainers.

I really want my next pair to be black as I have recently discovered a fondness for jazzy sports leggings and sometimes feel a bit OTT in my pink pair. I love the black pair below with a hint of white and lilac. They come in pink too if you prefer brighter colours.

Send me your links to pretty trainers! I think I have a new obsession :)

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Swoosh.

16.6.14

I'm mad on wearing trainers at the moment. I love to feel comfortable, and on a weekend can often be found in jeans and a t shirt, so trainers have become my "go to" footwear of choice.

When I spotted these pink and cream suede numbers from Nike (the Bruin Lite style to be precise) I was all over them in a flash! I do love my Converse but fancied a change and these fit the bill nicely.


The best thing is they're now in the sale so they're a huge bargain and there's loads of sizes left. If you like these you may also like to know that Nike are on top form and have plenty of others to choose from. You also like this pair, this pair and this pair (I know I do!)

Nike trainers c/o Sarenza

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5 good things (and a few more Florida holiday pics thrown in for good measure!)

12.6.14

Having had a difficult couple of weeks, but feeling refreshed after my trip to the Isle of Man, I thought it might be therapeutic to put together a "5 good things" post to remind myself that things ain't so bad after all!

1) Making more time for the cinema. We recently watched the new X-Men film followed by Maleficent and we loved them both. Maleficent was a fantastic film, right up my street. Angelina Jolie was perfection. As Jonathan gets half price cinema tickets through his new job there are no excuses now!

2) Starting a new exercise regime. Apart from my personal training sessions before Florida I have been a bit lazy with working out but I was keen to get into something fresh and new and structured. I recently bought the Bikini Body Guide from Kayla Itsines who I found through Instagram and started it on Monday. It's tough but manageable and I ache from head to toe so it must be doing something right! Follow my Instagram account (@lilyloveslola) for updates.

3) This post by Sam at Sunshine Sam. What a sweetie saying such nice things about my blog! Other things I'm loving in the world of social media right now are this makeup tutorial, awesome Disney vlogs by Joe & Ashley, recipes on Nics Nutrition, and my email pal Steph's blog LittleMsTitch. Go check 'em all out!

4) Planning 2015 holidays. It has to be done! Potentially visiting Prague, France and... Florida! Just need to tell Jonathan about that last one ;)

5) Trashy telly. I came back from America with an addiction to Say Yes to the Dress, Honey Boo Boo and a whole host of other nonsense. Not to mention my sister has me hooked on Ex on the Beach. Awful! (but I secretly love it).

What are your 5 good things?

 
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