Food & Lifestyle

It has been two weeks since we have been back from North Cyprus and I still have the holiday blues. We had such an amazing and memorable time with family and friends and not only did I watch my little sister get married I also got to show my babies where their family are from. I will be honest I didn't pay much attention to taking photos for my blog because it was a family holiday and I wanted to be laid back and enjoy every moment instead of stressing about what to take photos of or write about for my blog. Now if you know me you know I TAKE TOO MANY PHOTOS so looking back through my holiday snaps I have enough of them to make a few blog posts haha! 

If you read beautybakingbella you may have seen my review of UFIT Lactose Free Protein Drink. Last month I tried a couple of other UFIT protein drinks that they kindly sent me to review, so here are my thoughts.

The two UFIT protein drinks I tried were the Iced Latte Protein and Coffee Milkshake and the Chocolate High Protein Milkshake.

First I tried the Iced Latte Milkshake one afternoon as a pick me up snack around 3pm when I felt like I needed a caffeine boost. Now, I don't drink a lot of coffee and try to avoid caffeine but when I feel the afternoon fatigue set in I tend to reach for a cup of cafe au last to boost my mood and energy to get me through the rest of the day, this is a great alternative. With 113mg of Natural Caffeine and 22grams of Protein this milkshake is a great source of energy in a tasty drink perfect for on the go or in a rush during a busy day. With 100% Arabica coffee the taste of this protein milkshake was so enjoyable with it's subtle coffee flavour makes it perfect for anyone not just coffee lovers.

On my gym training day I took my Chocolate High Protein Milkshake as my post workout fuel. As you may of read in my previous fitness posts, I like to drink protein shakes and whey protein powders after my workout to refuel and replace protein and vitamins that I lose during my sessions. This protein milkshake was so refreshing and tasty. The bottle is such a nice size and shape which fits easily into my gym bag. With no added sugar and 22grams of protein this shake tasted just like a chocolate milkshake with none of the bad stuff, just full of vitamins and minerals as well as fibre.

Both these protein milkshakes tasted amazing and a great alternative to naughty snacking, just pop one in your workbag, handbag, gym bag or even lunch box for a healthy protein boast and a tasty snack.

After trying a variety of UFIT protein drinks I am definitely a fan and will be purchasing them in the future.

You can find UFIT in Boots, Holland & Barrett's and online.

*this post contains PR samples 

Love & Light

Lahmacun is a round shaped flatbread-style pizza with spicy lamb or beef mince which is a traditional meal enjoyed in Turkey, North Cyprus and Turkish communities around the world, served with fresh lemon and salad which is rolled up and enjoyed.

I have always been one for a bedtime routine, yes even as an adult. No matter how tired I am, some nights it can take me a little while to fall asleep. This has improved since I started regular exercise but some nights I just can't drift off to the land of nod! 

After years of trying, I have now got myself into a good bedtime routine. Here are a few of my bedtime secrets to help me relax and de-stress for a good nights sleep.

* A warm shower (maybe a bath if I have the energy after a day with the kid) 

* A good skincare routine

* A mug of Camomile tea 

* Lavender oil on a muslin cloth hung over headboard

* Sleep Eye Mask

I was recently sent a Spacemask to try and review; from what I have read about Spacemasks, this product sounds perfect for me and my bedtime routine. 

Since my second pregnancy I struggle a lot with my sinuses and periodically suffer with acute sinusitis, which is no fun anyway let alone when running around after two kids every day. I usually use a cold migraine pad (I suffer from migraines too!) to soothe my head and eye area; before trying the Spacemask I had never thought to use a heat pad on that area. One afternoon my plan of using the Spacemask at bedtime went out the window as I decided to use it for an afternoon nap (I struggle to fall asleep in the day as I can never switch off) so that's when I gave my Spacemask a try.

Spacemask is a self-heating eye mask, which is activated when removed from it's little pouch. The mask unfolds and has a little loop on each side that goes behind your ears to secure the mask over your eyes. 

Not long after wearing you can feel the heat from the mask, as oxygen molecules activate the iron particular's to create natural heat through the mask. The calming scent of Jasmine transported me back to my happy place in Cyprus, where my favourite plant in my Nene's garden would be where I would sit and make jasmine flower chains for my Dede to hang in his car, a scent that always relaxes and soothes me to this day. 

I was able to completely relax and feel the tension in my forehead and eye area completely disappear, feeling stress free and unaware that after nearly 20 minutes of laying there I relaxed into a great half an hour power nap and felt amazing when I woke up. 

I will 100% be purchasing Spacemasks to use when I'm suffering from sinus tension or struggling to switch off at bed time.. something so simple has really helped me complete my bedtime routine. 

I will be purchasing mine on my next payday direct from Spacemasks where you can get 5 in a box for £15 and I will be taking some on my next holiday for the plane journeys...bliss!

*this post contains PR samples 

Love & Light

On Sunday I organised an Afternoon Tea Hen Party for my sister at Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa in Kent. This place is a lovely hidden gem tucked away in the Kent countryside with beautiful gardens and a beautiful 19th Century Victorian Manor house, this venue is perfect for weddings, weekends away and even Spa days.

In the last instalment of posts on my holiday to Santorini, this post is all about Places to See. 

The majority of this post will be photos as words can not describe the beauty of this island and the mesmerising views it has to offer.

Continuing on from my post Santorini - Our Villa my travel diary continues onto Where to Eat

I love Greek food it is very similar to Turkish food and growing up eating a variety of Mediterranean dishes it has always been my favourite to indulge in a meaty dish with a side of salad and tzatziki/cacik with warm homemade pitta bread. I have travelled to a lot of the Greek islands and have never been disappointed with the selection of food on offer and Santorini didn't disappoint. 
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