Friday, 22 May 2015

IM VIADUKT Zurich

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We decided during our last stay in Zurich that we’d head to IM VIADUKT in Zurich West. The old railway viaduct was built in 1894 and is now an urban hub that caters for all your needs. IM VIADUKT is 550 yards long and is a colourful mix of delicatessens, cafes, sports and fashion boutiques, plus you’ll find trendy galleries to browse around. At the heart of the Viaduct is the ‘Market Hall’ which holds 20 farmer and food vendors from the local area. At the end of Viaduktstrasse is a lovely park area called Josefswiese, which was primarily what we had gone for; the plan was to burn off some energy and enjoy the fresh Swiss air.


OK I’ll admit it wasn’t my brightest idea for February as boy was it cold! But we had a little adventure out on the tram and did have fun before our hands and faces went numb!
However, we’ve also been to Josefswiese during the Summer months and it is truly a wonderful place to be. There are cafes near by as well as very clean public toilets (a must when going out with little ones). The play area is maybe a little big for a 4 year old; it seems better suited to bigger kids, although I find this with alot of Swiss play areas.
During the Summer months the sand pit is always a big hit, as well as the water area which helps you cool off when it’s 35 degrees! Near the play area you’ll find lots of mature trees that help provide shade, so it’s nice to take a picnic blanket and set up your space for the afternoon. I love it there and look forward to warmer weather so we can meet up with some expat mummys.


For those interested in visiting IM VIADUKT you can take trams 4, 13 or 17 from Zurich Bahnhofquai HB. The stop you need is Dammweg, Zurich. If you’re new to the area or on holiday, download the ZVV Fahrplan app or SBB app to your mobile. You enter ‘to’ and from ‘destinations’, and they provide you with information on which trams or trains to take (plus up to date timetables).

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Essence Nail Candies - Pop Some Corn!

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Here is another colour from the Essence Nail Candies range. The colour is called 'Pop Some Corn!' which I can only describe as an off white shade, packed with shimmer. Much like the previous Nail Candies colour.
Essence Nail Candies are a '6 in 1' nail polish that gives stunning results when manicuring your nails. The six benefits of this set of polishes are as follows - Hardening, Protecting, Ridge Filling, Fast Drying, High Gloss Finish and they have a Fruity Fragrance when dry.
I really do like this colour. The polish consistency is very good and it's easy to apply. I personally preferred this once the colour has built up. I applied 3 thin coats of polish so I couldn't see my nail underneath. By doing this I had to allow a little more time for each layer to dry fully however once it was complete you can really see that shimmer coming through; plus I think it will look great with a tan!
Be back soon xx 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015



 
Last week I was invited by Flahavan’s Irish Oats to join the #PerfectPorridge campaign. The campaign has been started to help shake off the image of porridge oats being a boring breakfast option. I for one have never been keen on porridge for breakfast. As children growing up my sister loved it, she had hers with a dollop of jam on top. I however never really liked it. Now in my 30’s I decided to take the plunge and swap my breakfast cereal for porridge! I also plan to rope the whole household into it so I’ll keep you posted on how that goes :)


This week I’d like to share my first #PerfectPorridge creation. Flahavan’s Irish Orgainic Jumbo Oats can be made on the hob or in the microwave; I made ours on the hob.
For one serving I used ½ cup Flahavan’s Oats with 1 cup of Almond Milk. Put these in a pan and bring to the boil. Once the mixture starts to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. When my porridge was ready I stirred in ½ teaspoon of Maple Syrup (I have a sweet tooth!) and topped with a handful of Raspberries and Cocoa Nibs.


Hand on heart I have made a personal breakthrough and thoroughly enjoyed my #PerfectPorridge! I’m very aware my porridge topping wasn’t the most creative but it tasted SO good. I also want to point out that I didn’t feel the need to snack between breakfast and lunch. Flahavan’s kept me well fueled all morning which is an improvement on the cereal I would normally have eaten.


I’ll be back next week with another #PerfectPorridge creation. Let me know if you try this weeks and leave a message below if you have some yummy combinations for toppings
*This post is a collaboration & contains pr samples.

Monday, 18 May 2015

#MakeupMonday is here and we are on the final colour from the Makeup Revolution Day to Night Palette. It is at last the turn of Colour 12 and what a colour this is. First I should point out my ‘hand swatch’ (LINK) was terrible, it had poor colour payoff for what looked like a bright colour. Now this is the time when I eat my words.
COLOUR 12 IS FABULOUS, just look at the colour on my photos!!!! Colour 12 can only be described as a peacock green. It has a slight glimmer to it making it appear like satin. The colour payoff is marvelous, it’s bright and bold and most definitely not for the faint-hearted. I love this colour and it’s a great one to finish the palette swatches with :)


As before if you missed the previous colours you can find the links for them below xx


Friday, 15 May 2015

BarkBeats Box - April

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After putting Elmo into kennels for 3 weeks while we were in Zurich I though he deserved a nice treat. I'd spotted BarkBeats on Instagram so decided to place an order for 'dog mail'. BarkBeats is a mailing service similar to Birchbox and Glossybox, although rather then it being full of beauty products, Barkbeats is aimed at DOGS. I found they had an offer on so received £5 off my first box so rather then paying £14.90 I paid £9.90 (they do free delivery so no extra costs).

Here's how BarkBeats works - 
*Select your dog size - (Small/Med/Large) You'll find a weight guide at the bottom of each size to make it nice and easy. Elmo being a Chihuahua falls into the Small category.
* Choose your plan - 1 month at £14.90 / 6 months at £13.90 / 12 months at £13.50 per box. Obviously the more months you subscribe to the cheaper each box works out at.
*Place your order. Each box is sent out to you the last week of the month so if you know you're going to be away you can pause your subscription. Or if you decide you don't want to receive your BarkBeats box you can simply email them to cancel. 

So what do you get in a BarkBeats box? Each month you receive 5-6 premium products. These range from treats, toys, and grooming products from well known brands, such as Kong, Trixie, Greenies and Starmark to name a few.

Here's what Elmo received in his BarkBeats box -

 Tough Toys Rubber Ball - Although I have heard of this brand and friends with bigger dogs rave about them I found the ball a little too big for Elmo. The ball is made of safe, long lasting natural rubber which is super tough - obviously! He had a sniff but wasn't that interested in it. A friend of mine has a slightly bigger dog called Lupin so I'll be passing that on to them.

Alpha Spirit Ham Bone - Oh my oh my! Elmo absolutely loves this!!! It's not something I would normally buy for him as he can get a little protective over bones. This one looked big however he was able to pick it up with ease and has carried it around our house before settling down to chew it. The only thing I would say is be careful picking it up as it gets gooey and is quite horrid to handle. Elmo loves it though :)

Barks & Sparks - These 'Bone' shaped cookies were a hit with Elmo and us. We always try to feed Elmo the best possible food/treats. Barks & Sparks treats are only made from natural ingredients and contain no preservatives. This particular set of cookies are made with Apple, Carrot, Olive Oil and Whole Wheat Flour. The topping, which looks like icing, is made from natural food colouring and natural yogurt.

3 in 1 Hypoallergenic Treats - Again Elmo loved these (for a Chihuahua he isn't a fussy eater). 3 in 1 Lamb Meat Treats are made for sensitive dogs. They are Gluten Free, support dogs heart function as they contain Omega 3 and 6, plus they support digestion due to containing probiotics.  These are little treats so I found them perfect for putting in my pocket for off-lead walks around the fields near our house :)

Happy Pet Soft Toy - Unfortunately this was missing from our BarkBeats box. I emailed the company Saturday and they replied the Monday (which happen to be a Public Holiday). They apologised tat it had not been packed and I've been told they will send it on in Elmo's box next month -  I'll update this below when next months box arrives.

Conclusions, would I buy this again? Yes without a doubt. OK so the ball was a touch too big and the soft toy missing (but will be sent with next months box), that aside everything suited Elmo and the ball can be given away to a fellow dog buddy. The treats are perfect and I'm super pleased with them.
Roll on May's box :-)

http://barkbeats.co.uk/

Thursday, 14 May 2015

****GIVEAWAY****

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I've decided to do a little giveaway for my lovely readers. I've had my blog for nearly 4 years now and I've never done any sort of giveaway. This is open to those in the UK and Europe ONLY - Sorry the rest of the world. I'll do another Giveaway later in the year for you all.
Ends 28/5/15

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