Amphora Aromatics Shampoo Review

I received 6 sachets of shampoo free from Amphora Aromatics in order to provide honest feedback.

For the purpose of this review the only hair care product that was used at the time of testing were the shampoo sachets. No conditioner, hair masks, heat protection sprays etc were used in order to provide a true, accurate account of the product. The shampoos are part of the Amphora Aromatics Essential Skincare Collection.

The Shampoo

1. Pomegranate and Rose 250ml £5.94

Suitable for frequent use on all hair types.

“Antioxidant and strengthening to give you gloriously glossy hair”

This is ultra gentle and suitable for everyday use. It smells lovely too with the fragrance provided by rose and geranium oils, the antioxidant effects come from the pomegranate.

The shampoo lathers well and a little goes a long way. My hair felt silky
smooth upon drying and was easy to style.


2. Ylang Ylang, Argan and Rosemary Conditioning Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for dry hair.

“A naturally effective, nutrient-rich conditioning shampoo which can help repair split ends and encourage softness, shine and volume.”

The top notes of Ylang Ylang and Rosemary are heavenly. Ylang Ylang helps battle brittle hair whilst aiding in hydrating and protecting your scalp thus discouraging dandruff. Rosemary is a natural antioxidant but also aids with volume
and encourages hair growth.

Upon drying with the hairdryer the Argan Oil scent prevails. I love Argan oil it’s one of my favourite hair care products because it is vitamin A and E rich which aids with split ends as well as softening your hair and it smells divine.


3. Peony, Bay and Brahmi Nourishing Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for all hair types.

“A calming and balancing shampoo with natural Peony extract to help boost hair growth and maintain scalp health. Can help repair damaged hair and soothe irritated skin.”

This smells very similar to the Ylang Ylang, Argan and Rosemary above. Rosemary is a strong contender for the top note alongside the Peony a natural astringent, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Brahmi encourages healthy thick hair growth and healthy skin.

When using this shampoo I noticed that my skin (I suffer with eczema. dermatitis and psoriasis) did not get as inflammed as when using my normal shampoo, my hair was also left amazingly shiny! This shampoo is definitely a winner in my book.




4. Amla and Clary Sage Rejuvenating Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for all hair types.

“A balancing and moisturising shampoo with vitamin C rich Amla (Indian Gooseberry) to strengthen roots. Naturally soothes and protects against scalp irritations leaving hair healthy and strong.”

This is a great shampoo to reach for when you need a boost especially in the morning.



5. Cedarwood and Peppermint Deep Cleansing Shampoo 250ml £5.49

Suitable for oily hair.

“An invigorating, naturally antimicrobial shampoo which also adds volumeand shine. Rich in calcium, Vitamin E and amino acids to protect, nourish and strengthen oily hair.”

Cedarwood oil reduces danduff and helps minimise hair loss. The Corn mint oil used in this shampoo has microbial properties. There is a slight smell of Eucalyptus oil that comes upon drying this oil helps add volume and shine to your hair.

This is my favourite out of the six. The scent combination is so invigorating and smells good enough to eat. My hair was left smooth, shiny and sleek with a little bounce.


6. Rosemary, Sage and Burdock Lift and Repair Shampoo 250ml £5.49


Suitable for all hair types.

“An antioxidant rich shampoo with natural extracts to help repair damaged hair and promote a healthy scalp. Packed with vitamins and minerals to nourich hair, leaving it soft, shiny and strong.”

This is a very fragrant shampoo with the Rosemary and Sage being the top notes. Rosemary, Sage and Burdock team up to provide a boost for your follicles and aid with volume.

I found this to be my least favourite shampoo. My hair is very fine and fly away normally but even more so when using this product, I could not wear my hair down at all due to it becoming very static like and sticking to my face. I ended up giving up straightening my hair and just tying it up.

All of these shampoos are available in a larger 500ml bottle with a pump dispenser for £9.54 here.

In conclusion these shampoos are lovely. They smell gorgeous and are reasonably priced. Although they are made using natural ingredients such as essential oils there are still a few preservatives within them.

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MuscleFood Review and 2lb Weight Loss. Woohoo!

I’m now 13st 10lbs!

I’ve lost 2 whole pounds in my first week and I was not expecting that at all due to my major binge on Wednesday and Thursday due to lack of sleep and sick kiddies but I did shift some weight so I’m chuffed.

I ate Weetabix with fruit and low fat yogurt for breakfast most days, a salad or homemade soup lunch and a MuscleFood Live Clean Meal for tea followed by fruit with yogurt if needed.

My biggest change was drinking less Coca-Cola- I went from drinking 1-2litres per day to having 500ml of pop twice last week. I switched my drinks to Flo Water Essence and they are gorgeous, calorie free, fat free and sugar free. They are just mineral water with essence in.

I still had my odd treat though, miracles don’t happen overnight.

I started my weight loss journey by purchasing Live Clean Meals from MuscleFood. I chose the Slimming Meals Lunch bundle at £22.00. You receive a mixture of meals that are ready to pop in the microwave and they are tasty and filling! They are advertised for “a week’s worth of meals” yet you only get 5 which is odd since there are 7 days in the week.

I also received one of these meals free as part of an offer they had on at the time. The free meal I chose was the Persian Lime Chicken with Quinoa and it was delicious! The only fault I found was with the packagaing as this states that it is made with cous cous and I though that was odd- this could be an allergy issue.


The chicken was chunky and well seasoned, the vegetables had a lovely bite in a mint glaze and the quinoa was suberbly flavoured with the lime juice and seasoning well what else would you expect when it was prepared by a Michelin star trained chef???

Another meal I received was Oriental Chicken Pad Thai (not for people with nut allergies). I have never had Pad Thai before so was excited to try a new meal and I wasn’t disappointed- the chicken again was succulent and chunky, the noodles and vegetables were well flavoured in a peanut style dressing with a little spicy kick. The only thing needing improvement was the amount of liquid that came from the noodles and vegetable pack, I had to drain most of it away sadly as it was thin and watery.

The last meal I received was the Pulled Pork with Chipotle Beans. This was my favourite dish of the three that I was sent. I LOVE pulled pork and though there was no way I could have it now I’m looking to lose weight but I was so wrong. The pork is so tender and THOSE beans should have their own food group, the barbecue flavour was mouthwatering and I really want more. Sadly I have lost the photo of this product but take my word for it, it looked amazing, smelled amazing and tasted even better.


MuscleFood could improve on their selection of the five meals upon preparation of orders. I was gutted to find that I received 3 Persian Lime, 2 Oriental Pad Thai and one Pulled Pork. I know I received one Persian Lime for free but the order was placed all at the same time so the packers could have mixed the order up a little as they also sell lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, red Thai fish curry and Korean Pork.

The packaging could be a little better as the cing film is a little flimsy and I had a leaky packet.

The food itself needs NO IMPROVEMENT, it is tasty, well cooked and the portions are spot on.

I also ordered a Slimming Mediterranean Pizza which arrived with no “Use By Date” so I couldn’t eat that and I was so looking forward to pizza night too. On the plus side though their Goji Berry Chocolate Bar is out of this world and I can’t share a photo of that because I ate it so fast, it is devilishly moreish!

Personal Improvements

I NEED to exercise more than what I do at the minute. I also need to start meal planning and keeping a food diary. I also need to up my fruit and water intake too.


Much Love


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Caramel Shortbread with Messy Chocolate Decoration.

Make this quick and easy, SCRUMPTIOUS, naughty but nice caramel shortbread.


You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tins of ready made caramelised condensed milk/condensed milk
  • Chocolate bar
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • 125g unsalted baking butter


I purchased all of my ingredients for less than £4 at Aldi. I like a quick fix as I’m always busy so I bought the ready caramalised condensed milk at only 89p. This is a Special product in Aldi and is only available periodically so I stock up when I can. As far as ready made caramel goes it is one of the best I’ve tried and you can’t go wrong for 89p! Plus you don’t have to faff around with a steaming hot, boiled tin and dread opening it because it’s not as caramalised as you like. The chocolate bar was from Aldi too and they are only 30p each. A lot of bakers use this chocolate and it is highly recommended.


  1. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix
  2. Add the butter ( I prefer to melt mine first) You’re after a nice dough like consistency
  3. Flatten the mix in a butter lined baking tray (mine is roughly 35x20cm) prick with a fork
  4. Bake at 180 degrees for 15-20mis or until golden brown and allow to cool
  5. Spread the caramel evenly over the base (without eating too much)
  6. Melt the chocolate and scatter it randomly over the whole tray and add sprinkles, kids love this part especially because of the mess and they can lick the remaining chocolate.
  7. Allow chocolate to set in fridge
  8. Enjoy!

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Much love



Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Pouch Prism- Tints

Looking for a versatile, sturdy, on-the-go toy that promotes imagination?

Then look no further than the Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Pouch Prism pack. I bought the Tints pack as I just loved the colours. They are also available in a variety of other colous ranging in natural to pinks. yellows, greens and blues.

Not only do I LOVE these chunky, colourful, magnetic blocks because of the reasons mentioned before, I also adore that they are made from sustainable forests with the tress being handpicked by experts. In fact for every Pocket Prism pack purchased Tegu also plant a new tree! I can totally get behind this ethos as I LOVE our planet and more manufacturers should take a leaf out of Tegu’s book (see what I did there?).

These marvellous magnetic blocks really got the gears spinning in my kid’s heads. My little girl was perplexed that these blocks magically stuck together and my 9 year old lad thought they were “JUST AWESOME”.

The blocks come in their own industrial felt pouch, perfect for popping in your handbag, nappy bag or Dad’s pocket for outings.

This Prism Pack is a perfect starter pack if you are unsure of what to expect. I love how endless the possibilities are and that other packs can be purchased to expand the building potential. They also encourage the older children to learn about magnets and polarity -which is a plus as I am a massive geek and I love to teach!

As the pacakging says “Ages 1-99” and it’s so true these little blocks are great fun for young and old alike. So when the kids went to bed I played with them by myself and came up with a good few designs to help my daughter with copying.

Take a look at my designs. What is your favourite? Have you got a Tegu set and come up with your own? Please leave a link to your design in the comments to inspire others.


I purchased this set from Baba Me at the price of £16.50. There are different colour combinations and size packs available ranging from the 16 piece set to the HUGE 130 piece classroom set. Prices range from £16.50-£250. There are also lovely little cars, a helicopter and even a horse model available.

Much Love


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Grimm’s 6 Piece Rainbow

We welcomed a beautiful new toy into our home on Saturday morning and it has been played with constantly since then. Say “Hello” to the wonderful Grimm’s 6 Piece Rainbow.

Upon removing this from the box, my littlest ran over saying “wow”. It really is gorgeous. The colours are so vibrant and each rainbow is lovingly made from Lime wood (from sustainably managed forests) then dyed with a non-toxic colour stain-great for all ages!

The rainbows are not laquered but can still be wiped clean.

This toy is so versatile and encourages imaginative play. We have had a baby laid in them as a bed, a giraffe on a see-saw followed by my daughter on one, they’ve been shoes, they’ve been lined up according to size and counted the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

My 9 year old son even abandoned the Xbox to play with this and he has created some FANTASTIC sculptures.

I purchased mine from Babame for £21.99 plus P&P. This company has an AMAZING customer service team and you can always find someone to help you wether it is through their online messaging service, via phone or e-mail or even on their Facebook group.

They are all lovely and they all have a vast knowledge of their products. They even have a Birthday Club where you can order your gifts 6 months in advance (secured with a 20% deposit) and pay off either via Paypal or by purchasing their online vouchers.

Please go ahead and check these guys out, trust me you will become HOOKED!


We definitely love this toy and will likely buy more Grimm’s in the near future including the 12 piece rainbow. There are Grimm’s Rainbow Friends that co-ordinate beautifully with the rainbows and can be used to create little houses and stunning little masterpieces. Make a ball run with the Grimm’s 6 Wooden Balls that again match the rainbows.

The toys really are limitless!

The Rainbow Challenge

Do you already have a rainbow or any other Grimm’s toys? I challenge you to balance them on your head just like my wonderful Scott below. It’s more difficult than it looks but it’s so much fun.

Leave a comment stating what Grimm’s toys you have and why you love it.


Much love


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Slowcooker Chicken and Veg Soup.

Who doesn’t love coming home to a steaming bowl of home made soup? I know I do, here’s a cheap, quick and tasty recipe.


You’ll Need

  1. Slowcooker
  2. 1800ml chicken stock (ready made or home made)
  3. Cheap chicken cuts (Aldi chicken thighs £1.69) I used 4.
  4. 2 onions
  5. 2 carrots
  6. Salt and pepper to taste


  1.  Chop onions to your preference
  2.  Add onions, chicken and stock to slow cooker
  3.  Cook on high for 2.5-3hours
  4. Remove chicken, ensuring it’s cooked through
  5.  Shred chicken, taking care to remove bones and return to the cooker
  6.  Grate the carrots and add
  7.  Cook on low for 1-1.5hours
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

This is a firm favourite in my household and it is so quick and easy to make. I love being able to toss everything in the slow cooker and just getting on with the rest of my day. I often add rice to this soup to bulk it out a little and add flavour. We love it and I hope you do too.

What is your favourite slow cooker recipe? Leave a note in the comment below.




My Weight Loss Journey!

OK so I’ve reached the point where enough is enough. I have to stop making excuses for myself and stop eating myself into oblivion!

Being on medication that makes you gain weight doesn’t help but it’s the boredom eating, the eating when I’m upset and the checking the fridge EVERYTIME I’m in the kitchen that is really catching up with me.

This is me now

Excuse my PJs this was taken after the kiddies were in bed. I will do a proper bare all picture when I have somone to take a picture for me.


My Stats (Correct as of Monday 6/2/2017)

Weight: 13st 12lbs

Height: 5′ 4″

Waist: 38in

Hips: 47in

Right Thigh: 27in        Left Thigh: 28in

Right Calf: 18in            Left Calf: 19in

Right Bicep: 16.5in      Left Bicep: 17in

Widest Part (around bum and front): 48in

BMI: 16665972_1536301053066495_3543780238074761968_o.jpg

Calculate your BMI here

This is an important tool as I now know what my calorie intake should be everyday and what weight goal to set. My aim is around the 10st mark so I have 3st 12lbs to lose and I WILL do it!

For this first week I have been really trying and I have been eating Musclefoods Live Clean meals for tea as well as homemade soups for lunches and a good healthy breakfast.

I’m not going to lie and say that I haven’t slipped up because I have due to having a horrible day today and my kids being sick. It’s when I’m lagging and have no energy I reach for the sugary treats but I only have done twice this week.

I have cut my sugary drink intake to a sheer minimum as this was my BIGGEST problem I am now drinking more water and I love Flo water at the moment as it is so tasty and has no calories, no sugar and no additives.

Check out my food diary for this week.