When it comes to healthy habits, there isn’t much better than incorporating a healthy breakfast into your routine. Honestly, I’m not someone who tends to get hungry in the morning, but over the past few months, I’ve been trying to incorporate a healthy morning meal or fruit smoothie to get the day started off right.
One of the easiest and heartiest meals I like to have in the morning is some Greek yoghurt with a little granola. It’s something which takes only seconds to assemble, and it keeps me going until well into the afternoon. To keep things interesting, I love to add a little something each morning – berries, banana, and now I’ve discovered Yacon Viva’s organic Cacao Nibs, they’ve become an integral part of my breakfast routine.
Injecting a great dose of crunch, and an indulgent hit of chocolate, are perfect to add to my granola. The nibs have no added sugar, and they’re completely natural too. Vegan-friendly, as well as gluten free, they also work well on top of smoothies too!
Yacon Viva Cacao Nibs are priced at £9.99 and are available here
Sundays are a day to get everything together and prepare for the week ahead. I’m not sure that there’s any feeling better than heading to bed on a Sunday evening with that to-do list checked off, and all your plans for the week laid out ahead of you. Obviously, at the moment, those plans are more ‘clean out the garage’ than ‘meetings with X or Y’ but hopefully we’re heading towards a little more normalcy (fingers crossed). I’ve definitely been feeling more anxious since March, so I’ve been introducing as many positive habits into my routine as possible, and one of my favourites has to be Pollen’s rather adorable Soothe You CBD Gummies.
Suitable for vegans, each of the 6g gummies contains 60mg CBD, and most importantly, they taste delicious – like real gummy sweets rather than those weird vitamins they give to kids. These ones are soft, sweet and full of flavour – you can choose from Grapefruit & Honey, Cherry & Orange or Strawberry & Citrus, and truly, it’s hard to pick a favourite. Although you can enjoy up to three in a day, I really only felt the need to have one per day to keep me feeling balanced. There’s no after-taste or a hint that these are anything other than a sweet treat, in fact, I loved this starter pack so much, that I went ahead and order the full-sized 30 packet.
Pollen Soothe You Gummies are priced at £35 for 30 and are available here (UK)
I’ve mentioned before, that I’m using this period of not seeing people, as a bit of a much-needed hair rehab. I have highlights, a few extensions and normally I wash, blow dry and straighten my hair daily, and honestly, it really wasn’t feeling 100%. So, over the past eight weeks, I’ve not so much as looked at my straighteners (although I am still blow-drying daily), so I’ve been on the lookout for a heat spray which protects my hair whilst also leaving it soft, smooth and shiny.
After washing and conditioning, I’ve been spraying a generous few spritzes all over whilst my hair is still wet. The Shine Spray smells incredible – super light and fresh, it’s a really beautiful scent. The spray has a lovely light texture, which means I can use it right up to the root, and then, after a little gentle combing, I can blast my hair dry. The result is hair which, despite not faffing around with a round brush or straighteners is soft and smooth, and the spray really adds a great dose of shine. It’s been such a lifesaver in building up my hair health, and it means ponytails look intentional, rather than a fuzzy mess!
The Hair Boss Semi Permanent Shine Spray is priced at £12.99 and is available here.
Happy Friday! I hope it’s as sunny with you as it is here in Scotland. Truly, I can’t remember a better Spring than the one we’ve had this year. This week in particular has been a scorcher; with bright sunshine and clear blue skies, not to mention rising temperatures, it feels like there’s never been a better time to toast a Friday evening with a rather fabulous Tequila!
Maestro Dobel sent over their Diamante Tequila to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the start of the month, and it’s quickly become a household favourite thanks to the complex notes of caramel, honey and maple. Unlike wine or gin, Tequila doesn’t make me feel sleepy after enjoying a glass, and Maestro Dobel’s Diamante is exceptionally high quality – it was even the world’s first cristalino, multi-aged tequila!
I’ve been loving it served with icy cold soda water and a few squeezes of fresh lime. It’s the most refreshing summer drink, and it makes me feel like I’m somewhere far more exotic than the bottom of the garden. If you fancy something that’s a little more refined, why not try the Maestro Dobel Diamante Black Diamond? Just mix 2 parts Maestro DOBEL Diamante with 1⁄2 part agave syrup and 1⁄2 part fresh lime. Then rim an old-fashioned glass with salt, combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in salted glass and enjoy! You can even add 1⁄4 fresh pomegranate or 20ml pomegranate juice and garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Maestro Dobel Diamante is priced at £48.00 and is available here
I’m not sure about you, but the ponytail has definitely become the Lockdown hairstyle of choice for me, as I battle against roots and hair which needs a good trim. I was meant to be headed to the hairdresser back in April, for a bit of a refresh, and now we’re in May, with no salon visits in sight, I’ve been finding ways to feel a little bit more polished. One of the easiest has to be a little of Rahua’s Smoothing Balm, warmed between the fingers, and smoothed onto strands – it’s the quickest way I’ve found of looking and feeling more pulled together.
Naturally, I’ve got hair with a bit of a wave, which is prone to fluffing up at the slightest hint of moisture, and my habit of bleaching it, as well as straightening it daily, meant my hair could do with a bit of TLC. I’ve been using this whole period as a bit of a hair reset time. I’ve not looked at the straighteners since March, and each morning I’ve been washing with a hydrating shampoo and following up with a nourishing conditioner or mask. After blasting it dry with a hairdryer, I’ve been popping it up in a ponytail using a silk scrunchie.
To look as groomed as possible, I’ve been smoothing on a little of Rahua’s aptly named Smoothing Balm around the hairline to keep my hair looking as tidy and shiny as possible. It does an amazing job of tidying my baby hairs, giving it a great does of shine, and it’s full of Morete Oil, which is rich in vitamins A, C, and E and it even protects hair from damaging UVA rays! Cocoa seed butter in the formula not only nourishes, but strengthens strands too! Scented with Gardenia (one of my favourites) it’s a real treat to use, and I love the fact that not only does it make my hair look better, but it’s helping rebuild my hair too!
Rahua Smoothing Hair Balm is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)