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Eps and Amy additional fashion pieces for spring / summer season. 

A and I love fashion, we can’t resist reviewing clothes. Especially ones that will add key features to our wardrobe.

Spring is finally here so we’re starting to collect cute and stylish clothing that would be exciting to wear when the weather gets hot.

Here our fave tried and tested clothing.


BMJL Women Dress Wrap Surplice V neck Business Body Con Dress

This dress is pretty smart which is perfect for Amy since she works in the office.


StyleDome Women’s Casual Loose Lace Up V Neck Front Cross Off Shoulder Short Sleeve Bandage Blouse Shirt Tops Black M

Omg I love this top that Amy wearing. I love the colour which is vibrant and does give a good glow. The criss cross style is just cute and quirky. The shoulder and the back were perfect as well for showing off some skin and her new shoulder tattoo.


Auxo Women Sexy Print Sleeveless Strap Camisole Casual Summer Beach Vest Tops Mini Swing Dress Red Grid L
This dress is really pretty. It makes Amy that girl next door look. The pattern suits her and emphasises her waistline which is a bonus.


Yieune Short Sleeve Summer T-Shirt Women Plus Size Casual Tops V-Neck Backless Shirt (White XL)

This top I’m wearing is loose / baggy style which is comfortable and the fabric were light and soft against the skin. I loved the back style which is cute and a bit sexy.


Yidarton Women’s Sleeveless Off Shoulder Playsuit Floral Summer Beach Dress (L)

Omg this is my new fave, I fell in love with this playsuit. It has a beautiful style that would complement any body shape. It’s very flattering and pretty with it’s floral pattern and you can tie at the back which gives you a sexy front and v shape open back. This is pretty for showing a bit of your shoulder, bust and back. The quality is amazing and it’s very true to size.

Which one is your favourite piece? Let us know 🙂

Love

Eps And Amy

*all clothings we are wearing were received free in return for testing. This doesn’t affect our thoughts and opinion and all wordings are my own unless otherwise stated.

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Fitness

Fun and Easy Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise 

Everybody struggles to find the motivation to exercise from time to time and particu-larly once you have broken a regular habit of working out. Usually, you will quickly fall back into a routine once you start exercising, but finding the energy for that first session can be extremely challenging. So, what are a few fun and easy ways to get yourself motivated and get back on track? 

New Workout Gear 
Sick of putting on the same old workout gear? Inject some colour and energy with brand new workout clothes and you will suddenly feel motivated to break them in and work up a sweat. Whether it is a colourful new running top, merchandise from your favourite sports team or that new pair of running shoes you’ve been eyeing, any new workout gear will build motivation to get back to your workout regime with new en-ergy.


Alternative Exercise Classes 

Doing the same workout or exercise time after time can become boring and tiresome, so it is no surprise that you soon struggle to find motivation. Not only this, but results no longer show after a while if you do not change things up – the majority are working towards some kind of goal whether it is bulking up or losing weight, so it is important to change from time to time. Once great way to mix things up is to take an alternative exercise class, which can even make you forget that you are exercising. Hot yoga, hula classes, pole dancing, trapeze and barre are a few options.

Yes, that’s really me!

New Sport 

If there are no alternative exercise classes that take your fancy, taking up a new sport is a great way to get back into exercise. 5-a-side football, running, cycling and swim-ming are all great options, whilst walking basketball and walking football are fantastic new low-impact sports targeted at those that are unable to run whether it is due to age or injury. One great aspect of participating in sport is that it has a social aspect, which can be a huge motivation for sticking with it.

Alternative Activities

In addition to classes and sport, there are many activities that you could take up which are great fun and also good exercise. These include skateboarding, rollerblading and scooter riding. The latter is a particularly good option as it can be much easier to pick up than the other two and scooters can be found for affordable prices from places like Skate Hut.

Workout Buddy

If you exercise solo it can be very easy to stop. If you enlist a workout buddy, how-ever, it will encourage you to keep going as you are both in it together. It can also make workouts more enjoyable when you have somebody to talk to and motivate you. By working together, you are both more likely to achieve your individual goals and you have somebody alongside you who can monitor your progress.

Apps

There is an app for everything these days. There are hundreds of excellent fitness apps which can be used for a huge range of purposes, including tracking your progress, counting calories, working towards goals with other app users and conquering virtual worlds by achieving real-life exercise goals.

My Zombies, Run! App

Finding the motivation to exercise can be really difficult and particularly once you break your workout habit. These tips are a few fun and easy ways to get motivated and achieve your fitness goals.

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Dear Bear and Beany
Days out · Interests and Hobbies · Life · Live, love, laugh

The Energetic Summer

The summer holidays will be upon us before you know it, the time speeding by at an alarming rate. With that in mind, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about what this summer will bring for you and your kids.

For most of us, there is an element of summer that is quite sedentary. Sometimes, that’s forced upon us by the weather. No one wants to be charging around, sweating up a storm, when it’s hot and balmy outside.

The UK has a notoriously “wet heat” which feels quite different to the dry heat of favoured holiday destinations. It can make the humidity feel cloying and completely sap your energy.

However, while there is always room for a bit of sunshine and doing nothing, it’s preferable for it not to be the sole focus for your kids this summer.

Keeping things energetic can be difficult, but it’s definitely worth it. Not only will you all be fitter and healthier, but you’ll always make better memories than “sat in the garden complaining about the heat” could ever create!

Stuck for ideas on how to keep things energetic? The options are endless, but let’s try and nail them down to some inspiration for making this summer one of boundless enthusiasm.

Make Use Of The Cooler Hours


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The saying goes that it’s always darkest before the dawn, but it’s also true that it’s always coolest before the sun is properly risen. The coolest hours of the day tend to be very early in the morning. If you can get yourself up for 6am, you have a couple of hours to do with as you please without having to worry about risking heatstroke.

What you do with these hours is largely up to you and what your children like. You could go for a bike ride, head into the garden, or just go for a walk around the neighbourhood. If your children love animals, then get in touch with a local shelter and see if they need dog walkers.

Big Plans For Cooler Days 


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If you keep an eye on the forecast, then you should be able to scout days when it’s going to be cooler. Make the most of these, packing them with activities and ideas that none of you will fancy doing when the mercury begins to rise.

Paintballing, for example, is often seen as a pursuit for adults, but it’s actually great for kids. It’s messy and exciting, and it doesn’t matter if the weather isn’t beautiful. If, as a family, you’ve never done it before, then read up on a few tips to be a pro at paintball and then head out for a day you won’t forget.

Another great idea is hiking. There are many choices for the UK, with most of us living within a couple of hours drive of either a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If walking sounds too arduous, most parks will have a cycle hire or even offer horse riding – giving you plenty to focus on when the sun is hiding behind clouds.

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Competition | Win a family ticket to Aldingbourne Country Centre 

✨✨Giveaway✨✨

Following my blog post on Aldingbourne Day Out, Aldingbourne Trust was so generous to sponsored us a giveaway family ticket. 

We have a complimentary ticket for a family of 4 to Aldingbourne Country Centre to giveaway to one lucky follower, to enter all you need to do is:
Like our Facebook page U.K. Bargain Deals, Product Reviews & Lifestyle Blog

Like Aldingbourne Trust

Like and comment on the post

stating which part of Aldingbourne Country centre your children would enjoy most?!
You must complete all steps to be entered into a random draw, giveaway closes at midnight on the 22th May 2017. 

Giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook. 
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Giveaways

Giveaway! Men’s Luxury Quartz and Stainless Steel Watch

We have this lovely stainless steel men’s watch to giveaway to one lucky follower.

  • Adjustable link strap
  • 30M waterproof
  • scratch resistant watch face
  • Shock resistant (eg when running)
  • 37mm diameter and 20mm wide strap, 24cm strap length
  • Quartz watch for accuracy
  • Easy to read luminous crystal face, so easy to read even at night

Enter via our rafflecopter here:

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One entry per item completed, open from 25/4/17 until midnight 7/5/17, UK residents only. Winner selected randomly and will be notified by email. We reserve the right to amend this competition at any time.

 

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Mummy in a Tutu
food · Home & kitchen · other · Product review · Recipes

Gousto Review, fresh recipe delivery box

I had heard about these fresh ingredients delivery boxes and had fancied trying one for ages. So when Tornado contacted me and offered me one to try I was really excited.

My children are fussy eaters and I often end up eating their boring children’s food, so it was really nice to have 2 days this week where we had “adult” food. But more importantly the recipes didn’t need loads of prep time and weren’t so complicated that I couldn’t help the kids with their homework while I cooked.


The box was delivered to my “safe place” because I wasn’t home, they carefully wrap the cold items with freezer packs and sheeps wool to keep it cold for several hours if you are out at the time of delivery:


The sheeps wool is a bit stinky, but it is environmentally friendly.

The selection of recipes to choose from is not huge (22 recipes) but there is a nice selection and changes frequently. I chose the Mushroom Dal with Coriander Chutney and Lemon Pepper Chicken with Tosemary Potatoes, but it was difficult making the decision there were 4 or 5 top contenders.

Neither recipe took over 45 minutes to make and both were surprisingly easy, my husband even made the Lemon Pepper Chicken while I was out, so it must be easy.

Both meals were delicious! The curry had lots of flavour and was juicy enough to have with rice and Naan Bread and the lemon chicken was amazingly flavoursome. They were really impressive recipes.

I was surprised how well priced they were as well, the 2 person box (with ingredients for 2 recipes) is just £27.49, which works out as £6.87 per serving, or it works out cheaper per serving if you increase it to 3 or 4 recipes, and even cheaper per serving if you use the family box (2 adults, 2/3 children) but personally my children are not adventurous enough to try these recipes.

We have a special offer code for you: enter TORNADO for a £40 discount spread on the first and second orders. 

*note: Gousto box was provided free in exchange for a review. This does not effect my opinion and all words are my own.

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Home & kitchen · Interests and Hobbies · Life · Style

Breath Spring into Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank

It’s not always easy to know how to redesign the rooms in our homes. We stare at the same spaces day in day out so it’s difficult to sometimes know where to start. Well, we say room by room. And one room that tends to get forgotten in the annual spring clean, is our bathrooms. It always seems much more alluring to play around with our much loved bedrooms and living rooms and so our little bathing boudoirs can sometimes be neglected.

Well not anymore, here is our cheat-sheet on how to breathe new spring life into your bathroom without breaking the bank.


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First Things First

It’s unavoidable. It’s time to get those marigolds on and roll up those sleeves. It’s really the only place to start with a bathroom, so make sure it’s sparking and you can see your face in that U-bend before you even think about redecorating or redesigning.

Get Organised

The same as any room, organization is king. So try to store as much as possible in cabinets and bathroom storage units and as for the rest, try to organise into containers, jars and bottles. Soaps on dishes, toothbrushes in pots and everything in its place will instantly lift your bathroom into a calm and relaxed space.

Replace Mats and Curtains

Tired and old bathrooms mats are an item in the house that should be replaced annually. Not only can they be unhygienic but due to the humid atmosphere they can look old very quickly. Check out a good bathroom textile website for cheap and cheerful bathroom rugs to breathe a bit of freshness into this room.

Clean and fresh bathroom curtains are also really important to ensure your bathroom looks pretty. Look for a quality curtain website for some ideas of textiles that would work well for your bathroom window.

Create Ambience

In order to make sure your bathroom is a thing a beauty, a place you like to relax and unwind think of ways you can create a welcoming and relaxing ambience.

Treat yourself to some beautiful scented candles and some colourful potpourri to make sure your bathroom always smells gorgeous and looks inviting

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

It’s no secret that mirrors can make a room appear bigger. As bathrooms tend to be one of the smaller rooms in our home it’s definitely worth investing in one or two good quality mirrors to really bring the space to life.

Freestanding mirrors are an ideal complement to any bathroom. Stylish framed mirrors can be hung on the wall if space is an issue, or even a little make-up mirror on a bathroom ledge can add a nice dynamic to your bathroom.

Feeling Really Motivated?

For those of you that are feeling particularly committed to this challenge why not treat your bathroom to a lick of paint? Try a different colour scheme to change the mood of the room, or even just freshening up its existing colour with a fresh coat of paint will do your bathroom the World of good.


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