30 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 30!

30 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 30!

Hi guys! It’s me again! I thought this post would be pretty fitting since my 30th birthday is tomorrow 🎂.

Not going to lie, I feel a bit scared by this one! I’m leaving my 20s behind and I’m led to believe my body clock is going to start ticking (haha! Not bloody likely! 🤣) I’m desperately trying to believe that age is just a number!

I’ve not expanded on any in my list just because some are parts of stories that I still want to tell and some just don’t need any explanation!

Now, these are in no particular order, just some things I’ve picked up during my 30 years on the planet.

  1. No job/paygrade is worth your sanity!🤪
  2. Friends are just the family we make for ourselves.
  3. Admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness.🆘
  4. Antidepressants don’t stop you being you.
  5. Hangovers do get worse as you get older!🍷
  6. Staying in can be just as fun as going out!
  7. Not wanting to have kids does not make you abnormal. 🍼
  8. Tokophobia is the fear of childbirth and pregnancy.😱
  9. Blood is not thicker than water.
  10. Pineapples grow on bushes! 🍍
  11. If you are allergic to something, don’t let a doctor prescribe it to you.
  12. The division (÷) symbol is just a blank fraction.
  13. School is not the best years of your life.
  14. You will get over heartbreak. 💔
  15. Your happiness is your responsibility.
  16. Buying craft materials and actually using them are two different hobbies!
  17. Your career is not set in stone. 🗿
  18. Don’t try to be something you’re not.
  19. You are more than a number on the scale. ⚖️
  20. Sometimes you gotta say “f**k it!”
  21. You earn more respect with honesty even when it’s not what the other person wants to hear.
  22. Friendships will change for better or worse.
  23. Life is not a competition.
  24. Fun means different things at different times.🎉
  25. Sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover. 📚
  26. Geek out over your favourite things – don’t let anyone dull your love for something! ✨
  27. You don’t have to like everyone and there will be people that don’t like you no matter what you do.
  28. Bullies can be present at any stage in life.
  29. You need more sleep as an adult than you can actually fit into your day. 💤
  30. No matter how old I get, baked beans still give me the fear! 😨

I do hope some of them might be useful to some of you or at least given you a bit of a giggle!

When I thought of doing this post, I was sure I’d be able to think of 30 things but it was a lot harder than I imagined!

Now I’ve started this, I’m going to revisit this next year and see if I’ve learned anything new!

What is the most valuable or mind-blowing thing you’ve learnt so far? Let me know in the comments ⤵️

Thanks as always for reading and I’ll speak to you guys when I’m another year older! I’ll let you know if it really is as painful as what I’m thinking it will be!

Claudia xxx

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A Few of my Favourite Things 💜

A Few of my Favourite Things 💜

Hey guys! I thought this might be a fun idea so that my readers can get to know me a bit better.

I know I post my opinions on products ALL the time but I rarely share much about anything else!

I thought I’d start with a few of my favourite things in life. I am a simple creature and it’s normally the little things that I love!

He never fails to make me laugh! 💜

There’s the obvious things that make me happy like J, our pets and our friends but then there’s the other little things that I enjoy too!

These are in no particular order –

  • Having a cup of tea and a biscuit

Like I said, simple creature!

  • Netflix/Movies/Games

I love curling up with J and binge-watching a season of something or a movie. Normally I do fall asleep if I lie down for too long! Also love playing couch co-op games with J and it’s not unheard of for us to have played a game all night!

  • Trying out new eyeshadow

Of course makeup would come up! Eyeshadow is definitely my favourite (in case you couldn’t tell!) item and I love trying out a new palette for the first time. The more gimmicky the palette, the better!

  • Going for walk in the woods

I’ve always liked this but it’s even better now we have a dog for some reason!

  • Watching the waves

I really like living near the sea and we spend quite a bit of time at the beach. Watching the water is so relaxing and I could spend hours just watching the waves.

  • Reading a good book

I don’t read as much as I used to but I love curling up on the sofa with a book. I read fast so it’s even more satisfying when I finish a book in one sitting!

  • Food

I love food, probably a bit too much! Pretty much all my social interactions involve food. We went to Barcelona and I’m pretty sure our entire holiday revolved around our bellies and one of my favourite things at work is getting coffee and a cake on a Friday 😁.

  • Harry Potter Merch

I have a Harry Potter collection. Clothes, shows, lights, cushions, stationery, bedding – you name it, I probably have it. There’s always something so great about finding something new to add.

  • Sunshine

I always feel in a much better mood when the weather is good. I’m pretty much cold bloodied so I live for the warmer days! It also means I can get a washing out (yes, I am a middle aged woman at heart!).

When writing this post, I realised I’ve become a pretty boring person! I’m ok with that though! It doesn’t take much to make me smile! 😊

I hope you liked this style of post, let me know if you want me to do some others like it in the comments below ⤵️.

Just a heads up for any dog owners that are reading, when Murph reaches 1k on his Instagram, we will be hosting a giveaway. Make sure you give him a follow so you don’t miss out!

Thanks for reading and for your support as always! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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February 2019 Birchbox Review

February 2019 Birchbox Review

It seems like absolute ages since I have picked up a subscription box! My last one was October – I don’t know how I’ve managed to go so long!

I went for a Birchbox again because they are reasonably priced, I like trying out products from brands I’ve never heard of and this month they were doing a free The Beauty Crop eyeshadow palette when you entered “Latte” at the checkout. How could I resist it?

This month Birchbox have teamed up with notonthehighstreet to give you and a friend 15% off your next order at notonthehighstreet.com and their box has been designed by Miss Bespoke Papercuts.

The packaging on this one is beautiful. Definitely fitting for a February theme with the flowers in pink and red. You also get three post cards in the same style which is really cute!

In the box you get five products, four are full-size and two are exclusive to Birchbox. The value of the full-size products alone are almost triple the amount of what the box cost me and with the eyeshadow palette on top of that, I’m very happy with my purchase.

What makes it even better is that all the products in the box are cruelty free which is fantastic! I love how more brands are doing this!

I only received this a few days ago so I’ve not had a chance to test everything out as fully as I normally would but first impressions still count right? 🤣

Anatomicals – Body Cleanser

I love the packaging of the Anatomicals products. They are really eye-catching and pretty amusing if you read the small print. For example, this reminds you to recycle or “recycle man will recycle you!”

This smells amazing! It’s a very subtle floral scent which will brighten your mood until you get to work at least!

This lathers up fairly well (using a body puff anyway) and leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean and smelling great!

This retails at £4.00 which is more expensive than I would normally spend on a shower gel but for a treat, I don’t think I’d mind picking this up again.

LOC – Liquid Shimmer Eyeshadow

This was the product that you could choose your shade, I’m a risk taker (🙄) so I didn’t choose! I was sent the shade Moonlight which is a beautiful bronzey-gold shimmer.

I’ve not tried this on my eyes yet but I did swatch it and it did not budge! It’s water based so should be removed easily using a cleanser but it stayed on the back of my hand for ages and it didn’t smudge or crease!

It set really quickly too and it says it can be layered to make it more bold. The doefoot applicator will make it so easy to apply to your lid.

I’m excited to try this one as I’ve not really been a fan of liquid shadows for the most part but this seems fairly promising!

This costs £8.00 and is a fairly small bottle but I think it will last a while as I wouldn’t wear this type of shimmer every day, only when I’m feeling a bit extra!

Coco & Eve – Hair Masque

So I haven’t tried this because you’re supposed to wash your hair, towel dry it and then pop this on for 5-10 minutes which I just don’t have time for during the week!

I’m interested in this though, as I love a hair mask. Having bleached, fine hair means my hair isn’t in the best condition most of the time and it is due for a bit of a pick me up!

The coconut and fig scent is really nice and thankfully not overpowering! It claims to repair damage, hydrate, fight frizz and detangles your hair. With all those claims it should be sold as a miracle product!

This costs £9.00 and I’ll probably get about 10 uses out of this as I only need a tiny amount. If you have thicker hair than me (that’s everyone!) this will be gone in a flash!

John Masters Organics – Body Milk

Again, another product that smells amazing! Geranium and grapefruit is definitely an invigorating smell to me!

This absorbs really easily and quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any tackyness or greasyness on the skin so you can get dressed pretty much instantly after application.

It leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated which I think we all need after these winter months!

This was the only sample product in the box and I kinda understand when it retails at £18.00 a bottle! I don’t buy “luxury” skin care as I think cheaper brands can do just as much for a much smaller pricetag!

Luxie – 205 Tapered Blending Brush

I love getting new makeup brushes, mainly because I am hella lazy and can’t be bothered washing them most of the time so more brushes equals more time between washes!

The brush feels really soft and I haven’t noticed any shedding of the bristles at all yet.

It blends eyeshadows nicely and picks up product well. It’s a really good size for blending in the crease and could be used on the lower lashline for creating a dramatic smokey eye.

This costs £11.00 which is probably standard for buying brushes on their own I think? I tend to buy sets so it works out slightly cheaper!

The Beauty Crop – Espresso Yourself

This was my freebie this time and I’m really surprised that you get a full-size eyeshadow palette for nothing!

This palette has 21 shades which contain coffee extract and antioxidants which are supposed to help reduce dark circles and tighten the area around the eyes. I didn’t notice any benefit like that when I was wearing it but maybe it helps with regular use?

The shades themselves are really nice and as the name of the palette suggests, are all named after hot drinks such as Latte, Chai and Flat White.

On first application I was a bit confused as to where the pigment was but the colours are buildable and you can create everyday or dramatic looks.

The shadows blend really easily together and there is a nice gradient of colour. Every shade would look nice with any others from the palette as the compliment each other so well.

I didn’t notice very much fallout on my cheeks but there was a ton of kickback in the pan!

The shimmers feel nice and buttery and didn’t crease or fade throughout the day.

One thing I did really notice is the smell, I was hoping for coffee but instead it smells really chemically. I’m not sure if that’s the glue that holds the pans in or if it’s the shadows themselves but something to be warned of if you don’t like that type of smell.

This costs £23.00 on its own and the pan sizes are smaller than your average palette but it would be a good choice to dip into for your everyday looks! The only thing that would put me off would be the fact I would likely get hit with custom charges here in the UK.

All in all, I’m really happy with this month’s box. I’ve never tried any of these brands before and it has given me a chance to try them out. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised as normally you get at least one questionable product in these types of boxes!

Have you tried any new subscriptions recently? Is there any you would recommend I pick up next month? Let me know down below ⤵️.

As always, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Please leave any feedback – positive or negative – as I’d love to hear your views!

Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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What I’ve Been Watching

What I’ve Been Watching

I feel like all I have done is talk about eyeshadow palettes recently (don’t worry, I still have more to come!) so I did a poll on Twitter and asked what you guys would like to see.

You didn’t fail me! So tied in first place we have what I’ve been watching! Whether that’s to see if I have any new shows to recommend or if I watch the same thing as everyone else, I’m not sure 🤷.

I don’t tend to watch much actual TV and mainly use Netflix but that leads to much binge-watching and going to bed way too late if I make it there at all!

Netflix and Chill? More like Netflix, fall asleep on the couch and have to rewatch episodes!

These are all things that I’ve finished watching recently or almost finished. I don’t really watch many movies as I don’t really have the attention span to watch many movies, it needs to grab my attention right away or I’ll just play on my phone until the credits roll!

I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible as I don’t want to waste anything for anybody. I’m sorry if something sneaks in!

The Punisher 💀

I’m so sad I’ve finished watching this! Frank Castle has got to be my favourite “anti-hero”.

He is an utter badass and I love the more grown up vibe between the Marvel TV series compared to the movies.

I’ll be honest, this might not be the show for you if you’re looking for a really in-depth story, not to say there isn’t a story, it just doesn’t require much brain power to keep up with!

The 2nd series is a little slower at parts but there’s a few stories intertwined and new characters introduced.

When there is action, man, is it action packed! The fight scenes are so good and didn’t ever feel samey or just for the sake of it. There’s always a reason for people getting the crap kicked out of them!

I would love another season but I’m quite worried for the future of this show since all the other Marvel series are getting cancelled after they’ve been bought over my Disney 😢.

Riverdale 🏞️

This is one of the shows that I started watching because too many people I knew were watching it and I just couldn’t resist!

I really loved the murder mystery premise of the show – it’s a bit creepy in parts but I feel like I’m only watching it now because I’ve already invested so much time in it (just like PLL and Gossip Girl)!

It’s gotten a bit silly (even for me!) and I feel like they’re trying to make it too “out there” and they don’t know where they are going with it!

And I’m already annoyed because they have announced another musical episode! The first one was so cringey and awful but I couldn’t not watch it because I might’ve missed something important! I don’t like musicals to begin with and nothing can match up to the epicness of the Buffy Once More with Feeling episode so I’m dreading it!

Ted Bundy Tapes 🔪

After watching Making a Murderer last year (loved it, think him and Brandon are innocent!) I’ve found my love of crime stuff again.

Ted Bundy was never a serial killer I knew much about and I found this really interesting.

I think it’s crazy just how charismatic and clever he really was! The fact he managed to avoid detection for so long is mental!

I always thought Clark Kent taking off his glasses and having no one recognise him was daft but when you see the photos of Ted lined up he managed to change his appearance completely with just minor tweaks is mind-blowing! Every photo looks like it’s a different guy!

I would love them to do other series like this with different serial killers as the focus. The format of the show was great and seeing the timeline of events was really interesting!

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 🧙

Did anyone else watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch religiously as a kid? I used to love that show (and related merchandise but that’s another story!).

I was really dubious about this new reboot when it was first announced but I have really enjoyed it so far!

It puts a really dark twist on all the characters I loved growing up without making it seem way too over the top or like they have butchered the source material.

I’ve also read that the town it is based in is across the Sweetwater River which features in Riverdale so there is going to be a perfect opportunity for a crossover I imagine (maybe why Riverdale has gotten so weird??).

I need to get round to watching the last few episodes but I definitely have high hopes of they decide to continue the series!

You 👩‍❤️‍👨

Did anyone not watch this? I feel like everyone and their dog wrote about this show a few weeks ago!

I’ll admit, I wasn’t really paying too much attention when I stuck the first episode on (I think I was probably writing a post or something) and I remember looking up and thinking “that escalated quickly!”

It seems to go from 0 to 100 in what felt like two minutes! I was hooked!

One thing I couldn’t get over was Penn Badgely playing someone who was so similar to Dan in Gossip Girl. We know Dan had his crazy obsessive tendancies and it’s like they just blossomed and we are watching a series about what happened after Dan finished high school!

I will watch the second season if it materialises but I’m not sure how they can make it as gripping as the first!

The Santa Clarita Diet🧟

I turned this on not expecting very much but from the first episode I was sold!

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Oliphant are an amazing on-screen couple! The awkwardness of their characters is played so well and genuinely made me laugh out loud more times than I can count!

The premise of the show is so dumb but it works amazingly well. Mum turns into a zombie and they need to find a way to keep her alive by feeding her human meat while making sure no one finds out while still having to do all the normal things people do.

I think this show should get a lot more love, it’s ridiculous, funny, sad and entertaining! I just think it’s a shame no one seems to talk about it!

John Wick 2🐕

I thought I would add a movie to the list just because I actually sat down and watched one.

This only got put on because J thought I’d already watched the first one and it wasn’t until it had finished that he realised I hadn’t.

I knew I would probably like the first movie but didn’t want to watch it because his dog gets killed (not a spoiler, it’s literally the whole reason for the story!).

I was slightly lost with the story but I don’t think it really matters as I got a bit lost in the fight choreography and just the fact he was kicking so much ass!

It’s a really good action movie with your typical over the top fight scenes and ridiculous bad guys but I loved it! Plus how can you not love Keanu Reeves?!

I’m really looking forward to the third one too after watching the trailer! It might be one of the few movies I go to the cinema to see!

And that’s that! I can do a more in-depth review of the series I’m watching if you would like to know more but I thought I would avoid spoilers for my first post like this!

Is there anything you think I would like after reading my list? Do you like/dislike anything I’ve mentioned? Did you like this style of post and would you like to see more of this sort of thing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments ⤵️.

Thanks very much for helping me choose what to post this week and I’ll speak to you soon!

Claudia xxx

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Lush Lock In

I’m going to start by saying that I’m an idiot…who goes to an event and forgets to take photos for her blog?

This girl right here! 🙄 I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed 😢.

In fairness, I did take one picture and then I was so relaxed I forgot to take any more!

My friend and I got to Edinburgh in plenty of time so started our day out with a wander round the National Gallery of Scotland and then I met a sad looking Pikachu so had to get a picture! 🤣

We then went to Costa for coffee and a cake before sauntering along to Lush on Princes Street.

We arrived in plenty of time so had a wander round before showing our tickets and finding out what the night would entail.

We could book in to experience one of the mini treatments, spend time chatting to the charity speakers, have tea and biscuits downstairs, try our hand at making a bath bomb or just browse the shop floor and just relax.

We booked in for a mini treatment – Tales of Bath – and were given a Washcard to mark our appointment.

Everything is lined up so neatly!

We had a wander upstairs to find out what we were going to buy later before heading down to the spa where we got a cuppa and a biscuit and chatted to the staff and other attendees.

We realised that our appointment time had over run and it turned out someone had taken our spot – not to worry though as we mentioned it to one of the staff and we were taken in not long after.

The Tales of Bath taster was really lovely. You get given a robe to our over your clothes and your asked to sit down.

The room smells lovely, I don’t know what essential oils are in the room but it is really relaxing!

A reading was played about the tale of Prince Bladud who was healed by a Celtic goddess. It’s punctuated with music and your encouraged to be swept up in the words as you have your head and shoulders massaged.

The full treatment includes a bath and full body massage which costs £115 for 75 minutes.

We then went back upstairs and got the chance to book in for another treatment – The Comforter? – but it would be a while before we were due for it so we had a go at making a bath bomb.

This cost £3.95 (I think) with the proceeds going charity.

I really enjoyed trying this out, and it takes a bit more effort that you would maybe imagine!

We were making the Sex Bomb so there’s a little flower thing in that and you put that into the mould first and then cover it up with the first colour mix.

In the other mould you fill that up with more powder until you can’t pack it any more and you squeeze both moulds together really hard.

It was then placed in a rubber glove and we were told not to try and take it out the moulds for 24 hours to allow it to dry out. Then we would find out if we had the technique right and if it would come out the mould in one piece!

As you can see, mine did stick together but the flower thing wasn’t visible so I think I need a bit more practice!

As part of the fee, we also got to take home a medium Charity Pot. This is a fantastic moisturiser and as I already have a tub, I’ll be giving this away as part of my giveaway.

We chatted to the guy who was the charity ambassador for the evening. I really can’t remember the charity name but his dad does fantastic work by fixing up old emergency vehicles and drives them to Africa for use there.

Just before our final treatment we bought a couple of things. I stocked up on my 9-5 cleanser (holy grail! 💜) And picked up the Tee Tree Water toner to try out.

Back downstairs we went for The Comforter? mini treatment.

The full thing is a 60 minute full body exfoliating treatment for £95. As we were having a 15 minute treatment, it was just our arms.

This was lovely, the staff that were doing it were really nice to talk to and it was such a relaxed atmosphere.

They used a hot chocolate scrub and a rose serum to make our skin feel silky smooth!

Unfortunately after this, it was time to head back to the harsh reality of Princes Street.

It felt really surreal outside, we heard Kasabian playing in the Gardens and finally there was fireworks – a perfect end to the night!

This was a free event so I would definitely recommend checking your local Spas to see if there is anything like this happening near you as it was a fantastic night and great to get a feeling for what the treatments actually entail!

Let me know if you liked this post or if you’ve attended any of these events before and would you thought!

As always, thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to subscribe to be in with a chance of winning my giveaway which will go live next week!

Claudia xxx

 

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XLS Nutrition – A “Healthy” Way to Lose Weight?

XLS Nutrition – A “Healthy” Way to Lose Weight?

I’ll start by saying this product was gifted to me but, of course, this post and the opinions herein are all my own! Thanks XLS for sending me this product!

Also, as an aside, when this arrived it went to my neighbour who warned me that every time he touched the package white powder came out…I had to explain it wasn’t drugs and I didn’t think anyone was trying to kill me 🤣

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I can hear all my friends shouting “Sellout!” right about now as I have never been an advocate of meal replacement plans – Herbalife, Juice Plus, Slimfast etc.

I think this stems from my unhealthy relationship with food I had as a teenager.

***Trigger warning: I am going to talk about my ups and downs with food which may be triggering to those who have had issues in the past***

To give you a bit of background, at 15 I was 15 stone – I was a BIG girl and it didn’t really bother me until I overheard my highschool crush saying “yeah, her fat arse is always hanging round the common room door!”

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This made me look at myself in a different light and maybe, just maybe if I was skinny he would take time to speak to me (who was I kidding?! No Cinderella Story here! 🙄).

I realised that compared to my friends I was the big one! It didn’t help my periods were ridiculous (more on that on another post maybe?) so I didn’t really do P.E. and I wasn’t athletic anyway as I’m asthmatic and can’t breathe going up a slight incline!

So me being an all or nothing type of person I decided to stop eating regular food and instead survived on diet coke, apples and sugar free chewing gum.

If I had been good I would allow myself a bite or two of dinner but the rest would go to my dog out my bedroom window (hallelujah for living in a bungalow!) or I would dump it in the bin the next day at school.

My lunch money I would save up to buy cigarettes – ya know, that really cool appetite suppressant! – or alcohol (no mixer (calories!), just straight gin or vodka or whatever I could get my hands on!) this all led to another host of issues I had through my teens but again maybe a story for another day?

I also started exercising for at least 2 hours a night. This was in the Dancemat days so I would be flailing around to the songs of the 2000s in my bedroom and doing sit-ups and stomach crunches until I couldn’t move any more.

I was on all the “thinspiration” websites and a religious follower of “Ana’s Way”. I knew all the tricks to pretend I was ok even though, looking back, I know I wasn’t!

My mum did notice a few things over the time and did confront me about it but I just became more careful!

I’m not quite sure how long I kept this up for, I think it was about a year but it’s all very fuzzy due to my mental health and alcohol issues at the time!

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I remember feelings elated when I stepped on the scale and it showed that I went down from the previous week, day, hour…I was obsessed with checking my weight and noting the losses and punishing myself for the gains!

The lowest weight I remember was 6st 9bls but I don’t think this lasted for long. I think my body was just tired and craving food.

I also met my ex who I couldn’t really hide it from as we spent a lot of time in each others pockets.

I started eating meals again, just one a day to begin with but this grew until I became a normal weight and I started to feel myself again.

I don’t really like to say I suffered from anorexia nervosa as I didn’t go through the typical recovery stages but it has definitely left me with lasting scars in my relationship with food.

As an adult who has access to the internet, books, seminars and common sense, I know changing your diet radically, especially if you are reducing your calories, will help you lose weight.

This XLS Nutrition, if used according to the instructions (replacing up to 3 meals a day with a shake and then decreasing this until it’s just one meal) will help you lose weight.

Of course it will! You’re not eating real food! You’ve reduced your calories!

To lose weight you need to have a calorie deficit…that is the entire principal of losing weight. Whether you do this by increasing activity or limiting your food it will work.

Fun Fact: I lost weight while eating McDonald’s 5 days a week (I got free lunch) but this didn’t mean I was healthy!

I don’t think there is such a thing as a Healthy Weight Loss Shake and don’t believe these types of things should be marketed as such.

There is nothing healthy about missing a meal and consuming a shake instead.

Not only that, it’s not really sustainable. Who wants to have to replace their meal for years to come? It is a marketing strategy so you keep buying the product, it’s as simple as that!

You could just have a 244 calorie meal (the amount of calories in a shake) instead.

*Hold up* you can replace 3 meals with a shake to begin with…that’s 732 calories a day! That’s less than half your RDA for an average female! WTF? 😲 I feel hungry just thinking about it!

It’s recommended the ideal calorie deficit for sustainable weightloss is 10% of your calories required for daily maintenance.

So using the average female 1500 allowance, she’d be wanting to be aiming for 1350 calories a day to lose a healthy amount of weight.

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Something to note, weight loss doesn’t always amount to fat loss. Rapid weight loss suggests you are losing muscle too. I guess it depends on what your goals are as to what you would rather care about – i.e. the number on the scale or the way you look and feel.

So in that vein, I’m not even going to say I’ve used this shake for a few weeks and lost weight as I know I would if I follow the instructions.

Instead, I’ve used it in my regular morning smoothie as the main protein source as it claims to have 28g of protein per serving.

It’s strawberry flavoured but it makes my smoothie taste very sythetically sweet, I can only imagine how strong this tastes when you make it just with milk. At least I have yoghurt, fruit and coconut water to dilute the taste a little! It does stop me getting hungry until lunch but the regular protein powder I use does the same thing and tastes better so 🤷 .

I’m sorry this wasn’t really a review as such, it’s just something that upsets me especially as these things are generally marketed at women.

Don’t we have enough to contend with already rather than harming our physical and mental health with these promises of a perfect life if only we lose some pounds?

I’d suggest checking out James Smith on Instagram and Facebook if you want to explore this school of thought a little more as he explains all these types of topics better than I ever could!

I hope you liked this post, it’s slightly more raw than I meant to write and it was pretty difficult for me to share what I went through.

As I’ve said before, if it helps even one person, it has been worth it!

Please let me know what you think in the comments down below and what you would like to see next?

Thanks so much for reading, guys!

Claudia xxx

The Trials of Murphy 🐕

The Trials of Murphy 🐕
The day we brought him home!

As you guys know, I got a puppy fairly recently and I’ve discovered a few things about him and myself in that time.

I’ve been wanting a dog for my entire adult life, I’ve researched, researched, researched but I’m finding out things “on the job” that I wasn’t quite prepared for!

They don’t come out all trained, the nicely trained 8 year old dog that your friend has was once a boisterous 8 week old pup!

I’m pretty sure everyone knows that puppies are hard work, the world is scary to them, they’ve been taken away from their mum and siblings and are now in a strange environment. Of course they will be unsettled for at least the first few days!

How about for the first 3 weeks?! We made the decision to crate train Murphy and have him in the living room at night so upstairs could be the cats’ domain.

The issue with that was every time he was left alone in a room, he would scream. Not the cute puppy barks you hear on YouTube, actual screaming! He sounded like someone was killing him!

He wouldn’t bark himself out if he was left and he would get so stressed he would pee and poo in his crate! The only thing for it was to sleep downstairs with him!

Honestly, this was left to J most often than not but that’s because he insisted on it.

It wasn’t until about week 3 where we could sneak up the stairs and go to bed but we still leave Netflix on – the dulcet tones of David Attenborough of course! – to soothe him during the night.

He now sleeps through the night and only really wakes up when he hears our alarms in the morning. No more 3am wake-ups to take him out for pee!

He didn’t mind the crate, as long as you were there with him!

I had originally planned to crate him when we were out the house too but due to the aforementioned stress and messing in his crate, we decided not to and instead he got the run of the hall.

Turns out even the hall was too small for him and would get mega stressed with all the doors shut. This led us to opening the kitchen up to him too and it turns out the space is much more agreeable!

He still has puppy pads for when we leave him alone (annoyingly he doesn’t always use them and decides to chew them up instead!) but he is getting better each time we walk out the door!

We do have an issue when we come back in though! This is worse with me and J gets a slightly more chilled version but whenever I come into the room – I could be gone for 2 minutes or 2 hours, it does not matter – Murph acts like I have been gone for days!

With me especially, he jumps up and bites my clothes and will nip my calves in an effort to get my attention and it takes him ages to calm down!

I was definitely not prepared for just how much he wants to be with us. So much so, he has learned how to climb the gate at the bottom of the stairs so I now need to take him into the bathroom to stop him barking at the door or hassling the cats!

How can I say no to this wee face!! 😍

This neediness has definitely gotten worse now he is teething, he seems to want a lot more reassurance and will whine a lot which I think is how he comforts himself.

Even trying to write a blog post or make myself a cup of tea can be a challenge as he has to be right where I am at all times. One of the reasons why I’ve not been as active recently is the pup, it’s just easier to occupy him than write up a post.

Taking photos for my blog is like a military operation now. I need to wait until J is in so I can go upstairs for a few minutes and hope the lighting is alright since I won’t get another chance to do it for a bit!

One of the reasons we got a pup was to hopefully make it easier to introduce the cats to him. Don’t get me wrong, he doesn’t show any animosity to them but he wants to play with them 100% of the time.

The problem with this is, he tries to play with them like they are puppies too and he can be a bit rough sometimes. A hiss from Charlie is enough to get him to back off but poor Loki is too gentle to tell him off when he’s being over eager!

He is also obsessed with the cat litter tray and will, at any chance he gets, eat a cat poo 🤢. This has got to be one of the most disgusting things I have ever witnessed, I couldn’t look at him without feeling a little sick for hours!

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One thing I definitely didn’t realise, is how worried I am about him all the time. You see lots of posts on Facebook about the freak accidents where a dog has been killed by trying to lick inside a crisp packet or getting his collar stuck on something in the house which has bred a sort of paranoia in my brain where I check and double check stuff before leaving him alone.

This is a worry I don’t remember having for the cats, except when I first introduced them to each other. I don’t know if it’s because cats are more independent even when they’re young or what but I worry I’m doing the wrong things for him all the time!

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Since getting Murphy, we have become more social that’s for sure! We have lived in our house for just over a year and the only people we have spoken to have been our direct neighbors.

On his first few walks, I think we introduced him to the majority of our area! Lots of people stopped to chat whether they had dogs or not because everyone loves a cute puppy!

We have taken him to dog events and found out how nice other dog owners are when we have been given toys for him because their dog has got enough! Or given us tips on how to make teething easier!

My social skills are definitely being tested and if I can get away with it, I let J do all the talking!

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I know we’re not parents but I genuinely feel a puppy might be more difficult sometimes! At least if you put a baby down, it’s likely they will be in the same spot when you return!

We’re tired all the time, watching him to make sure he’s not telling us he needs to go outside or making sure he’s not doing something he shouldn’t is a full time job in itself!

But in saying this, I wouldn’t change it for the world! He is brilliant! Watching him learn a new trick or doing something we ask is a great feeling and I just know he’s going to turn out to be a great dog. He’s just growing up way too fast for my liking! 💜💜.

I know this is a little different from my usual topics but I hope you like it! I may try to do more Murphy topics if you would like to see that?

Let me know about your pets in the comments below! What’s the one thing you wish you knew before getting a pet?

Thanks very much for reading guys and I’ll speak to you all soon! Don’t forget to check out my other social media pages for updates on the pets!

Claudia xxx

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