Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Weight Loss Wednesdays - CLIF Bars

I haven't written a Weight Loss Wednesday post for a while as I've kind of fallen off the diet and exercise wagon, after we got back from our holiday to Tunisia I just couldn't get motivated anymore and have slipped back into old eating habits but I'm determined to get back on it and start eating healthier.

I was recently asked to try out CLIF Bars which are energy bars that are perfect if you need a boost before exercising which works really well for me as sometimes I lack the energy to workout.

So why eat a CLIF Bar?

Active individuals and athletes have high energy demands. With a mix of carbohydrates, protein and fibre, CLIF Bars supply working muscles with the energy they need for extended periods of activity. Thanks to their portability and great taste, CLIF Bars are a source of energy for athletes and active people who respect their bodies and the world around them.

What is a CLIF Bar?

CLIF Bar is the original energy bar made with wholesome ingredients that deliver energy. CLIF Bars have whole ingredients you can see and taste, such as rolled oats, fruits and nuts. Each bar contains B6 and B12 which contribute to the normal release of energy for use in the body. The bars are also a source of protein and fibre.

When should you eat CLIF Bars?

For best results, CLIF Bars should be eaten about one to three hours before exercise along with water to prevent hunger and supply energy to working muscles. During prolonged, lower intensity exercise such as hiking or bike touring, CLIF Bars can be eaten during activity to help satiate hunger and meet carbohydrate demands. CLIF Bars can also be eaten as a snack between meals or during a long, busy day to help sustain energy.

CLIF Bars come in a range of different flavours but my favourite was the Oatmeal Raisin Walnut as it tasted like a cross between an oatmeal and raisin cookie and a flapjack, it was yummy. I usually eat one about an hour before I exercise and it definitely gives me a boost of energy to get me through when I'm feeling really tired.

CLIF Bars are available to buy in Tesco and Boots.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Night on the Tiles: A Dress for Every Occasion

You’ve been asked out for the evening, and you want to say yes, but you have no idea what to wear! It feels like an age since you were last out painting the town red, and you’re completely stuck for an outfit. Does this sound a bit like you? Don’t worry, there’s a dress for every occasion, and if you don’t already have something tucked away at the back of your wardrobe then George's dress range is the answer. Treat yourself to something from the range and you won’t have to break the bank to afford it; not only that, but you’ll be able to flaunt yourself in a brand new dress, and will look fabulous while doing it!
What dress do you go for though? Here’s some inspiration for you.

Out with the Other Half
How often do you and your other half manage to escape the home commitments to enjoy an evening out, just the two of you? If you have kids, you’ll know how hard it can be to get away for the night, especially if you don’t have many family or friends local enough to help you.
When you do have the chance to escape for a night on the town with your other half, an elegant, feminine dress would be the perfect answer. Opt for the classic LBD and a cracking pair of heels – your other half will be head over heels, all over again!

Meal with Friends
If you’re not going clubbing, but you are off out to a restaurant for a swanky meal with some of your friends, a pretty, girly dress would do the trick. Perhaps a floral number, or a lace midi dress would be the answer? Opt for one that complements your personal style and accessorise with some gorgeous heels and jewellery.

Night with the Girls
Hitting the pubs and clubs with your girlfriends? Now is a great time to wear exactly what you want, and feel fab doing it. Fancy wearing something bold and bright, such as a bodycon dress that hugs your curves? Then do it!

Work Do
As it’s a work do, it’s probably wise for you to dress in something chic and stylish, because you still need to make a good impression. Whether it’s a work do out on the town, or a hired venue, a dress that looks flattering would be ideal, such as a maxi dress with glittering details, or a collared dress that is bang on trend.

Birthday Brunch        
Whether it’s afternoon tea at a local hotel or a table at a posh restaurant during the lunchtime rush, a dress will be perfect for the occasion. A teadress wouldn’t look out of place, or a dress in a pastel shade, such as the G21 Lace Collar Dress for £18 from George at ASDA.
Whatever the occasion, and whatever your personal style, there’s certainly a dress out there for you – that’s right, even those of you who don’t normally wear them!  

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


Still recognised as Hugh Grant’s jilted fiancĂ©e, ‘Duckface’, from Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bafta-nominated actress Anna Chancellor is a true character – on and off screen. Meet her here

I’ve always been a dreamer,” says actress Anna Chancellor. “I went to a convent school when I was quite young and failed miserably – I was bad at everything! I was always very interested and clever but could never get my head around that form of learning with getting things down on paper and writing essays – my homework would come back and it would just be a series of red marks. But I was always in the school plays, and that’s where I flourished. With acting, you’re told what to say but the choice of how you play it is yours and I found the structure of that very relieving. I was incredibly lucky that I found acting – otherwise, I could have felt that I was an underachiever.

“I remember when I came to London at 16. I tried to go to a sixth-form college and my report said, ‘Anna Who’, because I was never there. I was very badly behaved and earned a living as a naked artist’s model when I should have been at school. I got my place at LAMDA [the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art] when I was 18 and can remember thinking that this was going to be the cutting-edge life – that everyone at drama school was going to be very radical and political – but I was surprised by how obedient people were. Then I had my baby, Poppy, at 21 and it looked like it was all going to go disastrously wrong.

“I was unemployed for years. In fact, any success I’ve had, I’ve received with amazement, as have my whole family – but I feel I should tell people that it is possible to earn a living doing something that you love. When you’re on stage, there is a sort of alchemy that happens between you and an audience and that’s an incredible thing to experience. The bottom line is how good the script is: if it’s good, it doesn’t matter what form you do it in, the story takes over and it becomes beyond you.

“I’ve always been a character actress: the dominatrix, the stalker, the nutter... I think it’s a bit more fun, although sometimes it’s quite narrow, the view that people [have of] the romantic heroine. They never make films about ordinary people being in love – everyone has to be really beautiful, and I wonder why we can’t make that mental leap.

“The part I’m playing at the moment, I love! It’s for the BBC [drama] Mapp and Lucia, and I play Lucia, a terrible, dominating phoney who comes head to head with Miranda Richardson. You want the drama within a character, for them to be a bit extreme, so they’re funny but sad, generous but maybe mean to themselves – that’s what you’re looking for.

“I have played a lot of amazing parts and I’ve had some great names, too. With Four Weddings and a Funeral, I didn’t realise that Duckface was my official character name. When I die, my obituary will probably be, ‘Duckface dies’. What can I say about that – do I mind? No, I think it would be churlish to bite the hand that feeds you and, coincidentally, I’ve always had a passion for ducks.”

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