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Beginning my weight loss quest with Shake that Weight

Since having my second child 4 years ago, I have struggled to regain my pre-pregnancy weight. So now instead of having baby weight to shift, I am just fat. With my first born I had lost all of the baby weight and a but more within about 6 months.

Shake That Weight

This year I had planned to sort myself out and get healthier and fitter and shed a few pounds. However sometimes life throws things at you unexpectedly and this year has really been one of those years that I have struggled with on so many levels and my weight has suffered because of it.

Recently Shake that Weight got in touch with me to see if I would like try out their weight loss plan. Having a good read about them I found they offer two different diet plans for women and two different plans for men. Depending on your BMI depends on which diet they recommend for you. As my BMI is quite high I full in the ‘Total food replacement’ plan. Which I thought would be perfect for me, for a couple of weeks I wont have to think about what I am eating, it will be there ready and waiting.

Total food replacement

With that total food replacement plan, you have an allowance of 600 calories a day. These calories come from shakes, soups, noodles, ready meals, porridge and bars. (Now I hate porridge so that was one of the options out for me.) You are able to have up to 4 of these a day, combined with light exercise to help with what Shake that Weight say is rapid weight loss. There is also the option for a low calorie snack each day, which is available on the web site.

Looking at the options for food, I thought I would go for a shake everyday for breakfast, a chocolate flavoured bar each day (I mean a girls got to have her chocolate fix… right?) then a soup for lunch, followed by either a noodle dish, rice dish or a ready meal for dinner. I also ordered 6 packets of the wafers just encase I need them. In total it came to £88.91. The 2 week plan states it starts from £70.00 but depending on which products you opt for depends on the cost, so if you went for shakes, soups and noodle dishes would you get the lower costs, the little ready meals are £3.99 each plus the wafers, which were the items that increased my plan costs.

Health advice

You should always consulate your Doctor before taking part in this diet. Shake that Weight advise that you remain on plan for a maximum of 12 weeks. While undertaking this diet there are a few side effects to look out for, headaches, nausea, and tiredness during the first few days. Then as you continue on the plan as your body gets rid of ketones you can get sweet, fruity smelling breath. If you are worried please speak to your Doctor?

For more details you can download the brochure to have a read about all the advise and guidance.

Starting my plan

I set the date to start the plan a couple of week ago, we have just arrived back from a family weekend in Legoland and I knew wouldn’t be possible to stick to plan while away. So today I am starting my plan and I am preparing myself for an awful headache. When you cut right down on carbohydrates you can end up with headaches, which is something I suffer with anyway, but I also know it only lasts a couple of days and I shall make sure I keep hydrated taking on lots of water.

I am going to let you all know how I get on with my 2 week plan, wish me luck.

*Thank you Shake that Weight for sending me out the products to try.*

 

Not just any wedding shoes but Rainbow Club dyeable wedding shoes….

When it comes to choosing your wedding dress and accessories, finding the perfect shoes are just as important. The right style, fit, colour and heel height. Many brides don’t really think to much about spending over a thousand pounds on a dress that they will never wear again, but when it comes to choosing shoes brides are often looking for something that can be worn after their big day.

Rainbow Club offer just that, beautiful shoes in varying styles, width fittings and heel heights but they also offer a dyeing service on a large selection of their shoes. During 2017 Rainbow Club have also offered their brides a wedding gift of dyeing their shoes after the wedding with a choice of 5 different colours. Or you are able to have your shoes dyed to a colour of your choosing with their bespoke colouring service. Costing just £25 for the colouring pack which gives you everything you need to revitalise your wedding shoes. It’s not only shoes for the bride that Rainbow Club offer, they have cute little shoes for your flower girls, veils, handbags and shoe accessories.

My Rainbow Club dyeable shoes

Rainbow Club Dyeable Wedding Shoes

When Rainbow Club offered to send me out a pair of shoes and shoe clips, I couldn’t wait to choose a pair of shoes, I mean what girl doesn’t want to add another pair of shoes to her collection. However, as most of you will already know I take ages to make a decision about something and choosing a pair of Rainbow Club dyeable shoes was no different. After spending a couple of evenings looking at all of the shoes, I opted for the ‘Vivian’ shoes at £65. They are a simple classic, statin court shoe with a pointy heal and oh so comfy. Like a pair of slippers on your feet. The Vivian have manageable 9cm heel which for me if great as I am only 5 foot so I do like a pair of heels.

I then decided to channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw and opt of a pair of Xenia sparkly shoe brooches at £43. They are beautiful, as so versatile as they can be moved around the shoes. Placing the at the front, on the side or at the back, I am also sure you could use them to dress up a bag for the evening. The other thing I love about the shoe clips is that once they are in place you cannot feel them, I was worried about the inside of the clip rubbing against my foot, but this was just not the case.

Rainbow Club Dyeable Wedding Shoes

From ivory to navy in a flash

So, not only did it take me 2 evenings to decide on the shoes I wanted, then choosing the colour to have them dyed was another couple of evenings and phone calls to my bestie to see what she thought. Although in all honestly as we have different shoe sizes and cannot benefit from the them she wasn’t to much help. The shoe clips however she was very interested in. But continuing on my quest to be Carrie Bradshaw I opted for the Navy, which was actually one of the 5 different colours that Rainbow Club offer to dye your shoes as pair of their wedding gift to you. I could just imagine the navy shoe with the beautiful shoe clip attached to it. So I filled in the form and posted them off, included within the colour pack was a pre-paid postage bag so it was really easy. Within 2 days of postage I received an email to say my shoes had arrived safe and they would be back with my within 3 weeks. In just under 2 weeks my beautiful navy Vivian shoes arrived back, I was not disappointed. A beautiful rich navy colour, you could not tell they had been dyed, no marks on the the sole from the dye. When I added the shoe clips I was in love hello Carrie Bradshaw.

Something new, something blue….

Did you know that not only do your Rainbow Club shoes not only can be used as your something new, they can also be used as your something blue too. As each pair of Rainbow Club shoes have a tiny blue gem stone set in the Rainbow Club logo underneath each shoe. Perfect if you are unsure what to use for your something blue.

What shoes would you choose for your wedding day?

*Thank you Rainbow Club for sending me these beautiful shoes for review. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.*

My gorgeous gold light box from Gingersnap and giveaway

For months if not years I have been wanting a light box, I see them all over my Instagram feed. I’m not sure why I like them, as they are not really my kinda thing. However for some odd reason I am drawn to these little boxes of light, to share little messages of love or announcements with people. There have been the bright white boxes about for a while now, with the standard bold black letters, of course I wanted something different, something a bit more me.

GingerSnap light boxes

When GingerSnap got in touch asking if I would like to review one of their light boxes, the first thing I did was see what they had to offer. I was pleasantly surprise to see a few options for me with the A4 gold wooden light box jumping out at me straight away.

Gingersnap not only have the gold, they have mint green, pale pink, grey, black and of course white. They also some in 2 different sizes, the large A4 an the smaller A5, perfect for sitting on the kitchen side to leave notes to the family.

Each of GingerSnap’s light boxes come with the standard bold black letters, but they also offer an range of letter packs. Extra black letters, coloured letters, emoji symbols and my favourite pack the rose gold letter pack. I can honestly say I was so happy when I spotted the rose gold letters to go with the gold light box, the perfect combination for me.

My gold light box

When my parcel arrive from Gingersnap I couldn’t wait to try it out. It arrived with a USB cable but no mains plug so make sure you have an adaptor, I just used my iphone plug. When I plugged it in I couldn’t believe how bright it was. It looked fabulous up against the gold wood.

The A4 Rose Gold Letter Pack that I had ordered along with the light box, was lovely. Each letter in an italic style font, very feminine style, perfect for my style.

The light box itself is well made, a lovely gold colour in A4 paper size. It’s going to make the perfect addition to my French Dresser in the family room.

Light box lover

I am so pleased that I now have this lovely light box. It’s going to be perfect for every occasion, birthdays, hen parties, mile stones in life, announcements, leaving notes for the family. I can’t wait to use it for Halloween and Christmas this year.

My only wish for the light box would be that it had a little draw in the back to store all of the letters in. As I have got to find a smallish box to keep them all in, before the children get hold of them and they end up all over the house.

My beautiful new light box is the perfect addition to my home and I’m very much looking forward to using it for every given opportunity.

Win your own light box

GingerSnap are giving you the chance to win your very own gold light box. Just enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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T&C’s:- UK entrants only, must be over 18 years old. Distribution of the prize is the responsibility of GingerSnap. Competition closing 10/11/2017. Good luck everyone.

 

*I was kindly send a Light Box from GingerSnap fro review. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Rachel Bustin

 

An evening of Relaxation at Ragdale Hall ….

Ragdale Hall is only about 30 miles away from where I live in Lincolnshire. I have been keen to visit for years, yet I have never managed to go. I have only been to a spa while on holiday, so I was really excited to visit for an evening spa experience. I invited my best friend to join me for the evening, it’s been a crazy few months for us both so some relaxation was just what we needed.

Relaxation At Ragdale Hall

Relaxation at Ragdale Hall

Arriving for an evening of relaxation at Ragdale Hall, I was pleasantly surprised by the grandeur of the Hall and it’s setting. Often you turn up at places to be disappointed, I am generally someone who does judge a book by it’s cover so to speak. On arriving at the reception we were greeted by the very friendly reception staff, she took our names and showed us through to the lounge area. We were offered drinks, both opting for a cup of tea, we were then given our locker keys and shown a map of the spa facilities. Informed about the various fitness classes we could take part in and where our evening meal would be served.

After enjoying a lovely cup of tea, we headed for the changing rooms. Found our allocated lockers which had towelling robes waiting for us in side. The changing rooms were clean and well looked after, plenty of benches to use to get changed at, or like me use the private changing rooms. Having got changed we entered into the Thermal Spa, we had taken flip flops to wear. My first thoughts went heading around the main pool towards the Thermal Spa was how claim everything was, no one rushing around, no mobile phones just a few relaxed people enjoying the surroundings.

The Thermal Spa

Ragdale Hall is home to 12 different heat and water experiences, each one build exclusively for Ragdale Hall. There was plenty of lovely seating dotted around in little groups, cold water and ice to drink was readily available around the Thermal Spa area, some of the heated rooms can make you really thirsty so keep up your water intake.

Before entering our first heated room, we made a wish at the wishing stream that runs through the spa. Taking a pebble and holding it in your hands to either make a wish or tell it your worries, before throwing it into the steam to wash away all of those negative energy’s before starting your relaxation.

First off we entered into the ‘Thought Zone’ a dry heated room, playing soft relaxing music and showing images on the ceiling to help to get those positive thoughts going. It’s also a silent room. Moving on to ‘Volcanic Salt Bath’, the ‘Colour Flow Cave’ which as really humid and smelt of jasmine and camomile. Then the ‘Scented Room’ which smelt of fresh herbs as soon as the door was open.

Next we entered the ‘Candle Pool’ to be honest it has to have been my favourite room to enter. It felt like stepping into an wonderful sanctuary of relaxation. Stepping down into the pool we swam across to a little bay and sat on the submerged seats with the water lapping over the sides of the pool, watching hundreds of little candles flicker around while looking up at the ceiling that was covered in little ‘stars’. Floating around in that fabulously warm pool was so claiming, so relaxing I just didn’t want to get out.

Then we went into the ‘Rose Sauna’ a tradition sauna you have in the gym however it smelt like roses and had a view of the outside waterfall and pool. If you have been in a Sauna before you will know how hot they are, we didn’t stay in to long before making our way to the ‘Outdoor Waterfall Pool’. By this point it was quite dark outside, which was great, I have always loved being able to swim in a nice warm pool when the temperature outside has dropped and it’s getting dark. I think it stems back from holidays with the family as a child.

Next to each room or cave there are pegs and even glasses holders, as many of the rooms are not suitable to wear your glasses in. My advise is if you wear contacts make sure you pop them in before you go, I completely forgot to put mine in and it wasn’t until I was getting changed that I thought about it. However if like me you can hardly see without glasses it was a bit annoying to keep taking them on and off between the rooms, so I shall remember for next time.

Heading back to the changing rooms to shower and get dressed before dinner. Everything you need is there, lush smelling shampoo, condition, body lotions not forgetting all the towels you could possibly need. Plenty of hair dryers and with seating so easy find somewhere to sit and get ready.

The Verandah Bar for dinner

Included within our package was a 2 course meal in the Verandah Bar. Now having not been myself before I was expecting a small leafy salad followed by fruit and water only to drink. However I was very pleasantly surprise by the menu. Stuffed flat breads or soda bread as an appetiser, we both opted for the rump steak and chiorzio burger with soda bread and chips, although it did take me 10 minutes as normal to decided what to have as there was a great range of items to choose from.

For pudding of course we went for the dark chocolate mouse and the Ragdale mess, (guess which one I went for?) All washed down with a an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc, just how I like it.

I can normally find fault with just about any meal I go for, my Hubby and Sister hate going out to eat with me because if I find something wrong I will complain. Anyway I genuinely could not fault this meal, it was fabulous the waitress was lovely she was polite friendly what more could you ask for to finish off a wonderful evening.

Getting wedding ready at Ragdale Hall

Ragdale Hall would be the perfect place to visit for a pre-wedding destress and relax. Heading there a few days before the big day after all your plans are in place, I think would be a wonderful treat, I know I would have loved this before my Wedding. You could book in for a relaxing massage or a body wrap so many fabulous treatments to choose from to start the preparation for being wedding dress ready. Or why not have an over night stay for your hen party?

Ragdale Hall has so much to offer, our evening package cost from £59 Monday – Thursday or £69 Friday – Sunday. Although with this package no treatments were included, there was always the option to add something on to fit within your evening.

*Thank you for Ragdale Hall for inviting me along for the evening, I shall be returning again soon. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*