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TapouT Workout Gear – Review & Giveaway

TapouT Workout Gear – Review & Giveaway

*This post was written in collaboration with TapouT. 


I love working out, it makes me feel on top of the world and like I can conquer anything. That’s why when TapouT got in touch to see if I would try out the weight resistance gloves and resistance bands, I just couldn’t say no. As I’ve been working out for many years now, I often mix up my workout routine to keep it fresh and interesting. These products were great to change things up a little!

TapouT Weight Resistance Gloves –

These gloves are made from synthetic leather and they have a neoprene cuff to make them extra comfortable. They’re breathable and aren’t bulky at all, making them extra comfortable when working out.

TapouT Resistance Bands –

This set includes a heavy strength and medium strength band. They are excellent for building up strength and endurance, which helps to reduce the amount of stress and strain placed on your body.

Both of these products are really well made and the bands especially feel really strong and durable. They’re great to add an extra strengthening element to any workout and the gloves make weight work much easier to manage. Both of these products are fast becoming my favourite exercise accessories and I know they’ll be staple pieces of workout kit from now on!

TapouT are giving my readers the chance to win a set of bands and a pair of gloves! All you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do check out the terms and conditions…good luck!


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Four Ways to Look After your Long-Term Health

Four Ways to Look After your Long-Term Health

Ever since I had children, looking after my long-term health has become so important to me. Before our girls were born I wasn’t healthy. Skinny? Yes. Healthy? No. I didn’t eat the right foods, I spent far too much time in the gym and I drank far too  much alcohol at the weekend. I was a typical young, twenty-something with only myself to worry about. It’s amazing how your mindset changes when you have kids though. Suddenly you have to start looking past the end of your nose.

The main reason I decided to really take care of my long-term health, is because I want to be here for as long as I can for my children. So I resolved to make a few very important lifestyle changes, to help make sure I’m fighting fit for the forseeable!

Here are four great ways to look after your long-term health;

Cut down on alcohol –

I’ve written before about the reasons why I cut alcohol out of my life. In a nutshell though, too much alcohol just isn’t good for you. Drinking too much can cause high blood pressure, obesity, depression, addiction and it’s also been related to breast cancer in women. Cutting down on your alcohol consumption, or cutting it out all together reduces your risk of developing these conditions and so is the perfect way to look after your long-term health.

Make sure treats are just that –

I LOVE treats. Whether they’re sweet treats or a naughty meal, I enjoy every second of eating them. The thing is, treats can become the norm if we aren’t careful. Since I began following a Slimming World meal plan , I’ve found it much easier to monitor what I east during the day. Their ‘syn’ method of counting the calorific foods we eat is a great way to make sure I’m not over doing it on the high sugar, high fat foods.

Exercise, but not too much –

If you’re eating well, around 30 minutes of exercise each day is healthy. It get’s your blood pumping, increases your fitness levels and makes you feel great. As someone who has been at both ends of the exercise spectrum, I can tell you that too much exercise is unhealthy. In order to look after your long-term health, it’s all about moderation!

Invest in a little self-care –

Stress is one of the most complained about conditions. If you let it get on top of you, it can lead to a whole host of health problems. Lack of sleep, depression, anxiety and over-eating to name but a few. Taking some time out for yourself is the ideal way to reduce your stress levels, before they get too much. Long-term stress can even contribute to heart attacks and strokes, so it’s definitely worth taking some time out before it’s too late.


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Three Ways to Help Keep yourself Healthy – Including the Best ‘Fakeaway’ Recipes!

Three Ways to Help Keep yourself Healthy – Including the Best ‘Fakeaway’ Recipes!

Ever since having children, I’ve spent so much time worrying about my health. My girls are the most important thing in my life and so keeping my body healthy, in order to be at my best for them is so important. Pre-children I would burn the candle at both ends and think nothing of it. These days I try my hardest to look after myself in every way, with the hope of passing on the same habits to the girls!

There are so many ways to help keep yourself healthy, some more complex than others. Making just a few simple changes to your life though, can mean the difference between feeling sluggish and in need of a boost, to feeling on top of the world!


Here are three ways to help keep yourself healthy, without changing your life too much;


Exercise regularly –

You don’t have to shell out on an expensive gym membership to make sure you fit a little exercise into your life. There are a few easy exercises that you can do at home HERE! Not only will exercising more help keep you physically healthy, it also releases endorphins helping to keep your mind healthy too.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol –

I’m not saying you should never enjoy a drink, but being aware of how much you alcohol you consume and taking steps to cut back is a sure-fire way to improve your health. Truth be told alcohol just isn’t good for us, so the less we drink the better in the long the run. Many serious health condition including breast cancer have been linked to alcohol intake, so it’s worth keeping a check on how many units you drink and how regularly this happens.

Eat as healthy foods more often –

It’s so important to make sure that the majority of the food we eat is healthy. As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, I get a lot of pleasure out of eating nice food. So for me watching what I eat isn’t always that easy. There are ways to trick ourselves into eating tasty food that is good for us at the same time, enter the ‘Fakeaway’! You guessed it, takeaway style food without all of the fats, salts and calories we don’t really need to be eating.

Here are a few parenting blog ‘Fakeaway’ recipes to give you a little inspiration;


Salt & Pepper Chicken

Healthy BBQ Pizza

Beef Rogan Josh

A Mexican Feast

An Indian Feast

Homemade Doner Kebabs




*This is a collaborative post.

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Easy Ways to Stop Sitting and Start Moving

Easy Ways to Stop Sitting and Start Moving

Do you ever feel like you spend too much time sitting down? As a blogger, I spend more time on my bum now than ever before. I’ve always been quite an active person, so I’m conscious of the amount of time I’m spending in one place. I have two young daughters who I want to be able to run around after, therefore keeping myself fit and healthy is essential!

That’s why since blogging became my  job, I made a few changes in my life to make sure that I’m as active as I can possibly be. Here’s how I make sure I’m not always on my derrière:

I work on my  feet –

Sitting in front of a laptop obviously comes with the territory when you’re a blogger. However, there are jobs that I can do on my phone, whilst stretching my legs around the house to make sure I’m not sat down for hours on end. I’ve also been known to take my laptop into the kitchen and work standing up. The change of position is refreshing and gives me the boost I need to power through some more work!

I found a hobby that gets me out of the house –

First and foremost my job is being a mum and seeing as our girls are still very young they are with me full time. This can mean spending a lot of time around the house, sat playing games with them. Not only does this mean I’m on my bum again, but spending too much time in the same four walls brings with it a touch of cabin fever. So I found a hobby that takes me out of the house; the gym!

I’ve always been into exercise and before children I worked out from home. Since my circumstances have changed though, I decided a gym membership would be the perfect hobby for me to have a change of scenery and to keep me active.

I have regular cleaning sprees –

I’m always amazed by how many calories a bit of housework can burn off. Even just pushing the hoover around can burn up to two hundred calories per hour. So when I’m feeling like I need to do a little exercise I start cleaning, two birds with one stone and all that!

I ditch the car when I can –

We live in a small village in the countryside, so getting rid of my wheels altogether just isn’t an option. I am conscious of how much I use my car for convenience though, there are times when I drive to places when I could easily have walked. So these days I make an effort to ditch the car where I can and use my legs to get me from A to B!

How do you make sure you’re keeping active?

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