Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Still going strong with Nutrisystem

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

This past couple of weeks has been very busy, and hard to muddle through. I've had appointments and visits and places to go, people to see, things to get in order and maintenance men in and out of the apartment fixing things and changing things about. It really doesn't seem like I have had enough hours in the day to think about food.

I have tried hard to stick to Nutrisystem but I hopped off to a diner for a date with my husband this past week where, all of a sudden, there I am eating a giant cheesesteak - I didn' t even think about it until after we'd left. I completely dropped the ball on that one.

I have definitely been trying overall, though, I take my shakes with me when going places and I stock up on vegetables so I know I'm not about to fall short and I was really inspired this week when I got my 10, 20 and 30lb Nutrisystem beanie bears to reflect the achievement of the weight I have lost already - I am just shy of 40lbs and it feels harder to get to that goal that it was to get anywhere near half that, but I am pumped and still trying for more.

Maintained my weight this week, but it has been that time of the month, so I am used to no losses this week, but looking forward to seeing where it lands on the next one. I am feeling great, and even the bathroom selfie isn't dead...

Check out Nutrisystem across social media and hop on the train!

Let me know how you're getting along :)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Nutrisystem Keeps Me Going, Even On My Off Weeks!

I was provided with products in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

This past week has been a struggle, but not with Nutrisystem.

A week ago, I was in severe pain in my face and had to go to the Urgent Care to get looked at and, as it turns out, I had an abscessed tooth, which had flared up over night and left my mind boggled.

After supplying me with more medication that should be humanly necessary to take, I started to feel somewhat better, but couldn't really eat anything that was too hard or complicated.

Thankfully, Nutrisystem has some very nice and soft meals that worked out well, so I was able to continue to stick to the plan, fabulous.

I am down 1lb this week, which is great! Every 1lb is closer to my next goal.

I wanted to say that this month I have realized that I don't mind other people taking photos of me so much, anymore - the angles and everything else have no longer become a necessity but more of a bonus. We were out to eat on Friday and a friend took a photo of me and I actually can really see a difference between the person I am now and where I was last summer (see above photo for last summer and the photo of me in the mustard from this week!).

I have definitely been enjoying sticking to the plan, not feeling hungry and even when i've been miserable and in pain, not having to worry about making a fuss over my next meal or taking things easy. I have just carried on and worked it out and kept myself hydrated.

This week, feeling much, much better, I am back to normal and working hard to keep this weight coming off!

Here's to everyone out there trying to do the same.

For more information you can visit the Nutrisystem website and you can also head on over to Twitter @Nutrisystem, with hashtag #NSNation, too. We got this!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Walking Dead Season Premier from Last Night!

The Walking Dead returned last night in not so spectacular fashion, with what I can only describe as a bit of a stroll.

The episode might have been a bit slow but there were moments so I will give it that, at least.

Lets look at the points:

Father G has gone nuts, it seems - where is he off to, why did he take all that stuff and WHO THE HECK was that in the car with him when he drove off in the beginning of the episode!? - Didn't catch it, watch it again - I didn't see it the first time, either!

Enid is bringing everyone together, she finally has a little purpose. Maggie is clearly more in charge at Hill Top even now with Gregory still sitting there being useless in his little chair - I doubt he is long for this universe, but stranger things have happened so we shall have to wait and see.

Then Daryl - oh Daryl. You should do look like you've scrubbed up alright this week, but when are you going to get a haircut - or your crossbow back and will the writers every start giving you better lines to deliver than "you're talking out of both sides of your mouth" (to Gregory)m delivered with so little gusto he may as well not have said anything at all.

Will Daryl ever actually run into Carol again, either? Is he the key to getting The Kingdom on board with this whole who-ha with Negan. Will he catch Carol and Ezekiel in a bit of a tight spot and realize he actually cares for her, or will nothing crazy happen this half season? The suspense is killing us all - but not really though because I think that ship has apparently sailed, right off to wherever that boat was that Gabriel (maybe) left a note about back at the pantry in Alexandria.

Confused? Yup, I am too. Not as confused as I was seeing the archer in The Kingdom walking about with an arm eerily similar to the one Merle had when he died. I wonder if it is the same thing and a bit of an 'easter egg' or just a coincidence (feel free to let me know!).

Carol is still off running the world by herself, in sweet denial. Morgan can't seem to make up his mind as to whether he is coming or going. Rick and Michone don't gel as a couple,but they do kick ass in cars very well.

Rosita has become more annoying, Sasha needs to just disappear, no one has word on Eugene and everyone is out scouting for Daryl who is apparently is just a walking target, now, too. Fabulous.

It seems all too quiet on most fronts this episode, but I'll enjoy that until the carnage happens later down the line. This must be the calm before the storm and so something bigger than everyone is going to happen and who knows who will be on whichever side.

I'm loving this season, but this episode was just a bit of a wet pancake. Hopefully we're on the upward turn from here on out... More interaction, less standing and talking, more doing.

Until next week...

Monday, 30 January 2017

New Year off to a GREAT Start with Nutrisystem!

Disclaimer: I was provided products in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you.

So I am down 37lbs in total on Nutrisystem since I started last year. I am almost halfway to where I would like to be to hit a new goal (which in total would be a nice 80lbs loss).

Nutrisystem pancakes with (added) berries.

I am noticing so much more energy and general happiness right now that I know I have gotten over this hump that I had over the holiday season.

I have been exercising while watching Netflix, so killing two birds with one stone and somehow justifying my unhealthy relationship this past week (*cough* or two) with Prison Break!

I tried out the chicken and bbq beans this week - something I never had gotten around to trying until now - and it was actually great. I don't know why I would expect anything less at this point, I haven't been disappointed by anything lately, at all.

A side salad goes well with all Nutrisystem lunches or dinners!

I was thinking about something, actually, that I thought I might talk a little about this week and that is how you cook your food with Nutrisystem. I personally do not own a microwave, haven't for quite some years (by choice) and I have experimented with ways to cook the Nutrisystem food to suit the meal.

I have found that just about everything can be cooked in the oven on a cookie sheet or baking tray and turns out great if you just keep your eye on the timing and make sure the food is hot throughout. You can also utilize a toaster for the pancakes, waffles and sometimes the morning muffins as well and so there are plenty of food items to choose from even if you are sand microwave.

If you like the frozen meals, I like to either put those in a pan with a lid on and slowly cook to defrost and then cook all the way through, or place in an oven proof dish and keep an eye on the food in the oven.

Some foods like the baked oatmeal can prove a little trickier but if you take it out of the packaging and, again, place in an over proof dish or bowl, then you should be just fine. Some foods are just easier to warm in the microwave, so I do now tend to avoid the ones that are a little more hassle, but almost everything can be worked with and so fear not, good readers, there is always a way!

This week my favorite meal has been the Three Cheese Chicken, which I just cover in boiling water and let stand long enough to soften the noodles and cook through. My failure this week was the apple pie i put in the oven and then completely forgot about and subsequently charred the bottom of! Fear not though, it still tasted good as half a pie, even if I had to eat it with a sad face that I didn't get the other half!

I have been really pushing my water and really trying to get in all the calories I am allowed and so many veggies that I feel like I am constantly eating - even with a late night snack my habits have changed and point me in the direction of some delicious celery and tomato, which is my go-to filler for the times I feel like I want to snack but don't want to eat a dozen donuts.

Hats off to everyone trying to lose weight, right now, no matter how you are tying to do it. Take every day at a time and see where it goes. This is the first time I've been able to stick to something for years because Nutrisystem actually lets you know hey, you need X, Y or Z and you get used to preparing meals as you use up your flex days with lunch or dinner to get the whole thing right. I definitely feel like I know what I should be reaching for now and not just making it up as I go along.

It is not easy to shift pounds, even if you are the healthiest snacker in the world, but we can all get there! Let me know how you are getting along, either in the comments or via direct mail!

Good luck, and much love!

-MGB xx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Ovation Brands, Paddington Giveaway! Ends Jan 31st, 2017

Disclaimer: I was provided with product in order to fully appreciate and give an opinion of it. All thoughts are my own and your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

Ovation Brand's chain of eateries, which include: Old Country Buffet, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet, Ryan's and Furr's Fresh Buffet are at it again with a great Family Night promotional series featuring Paddington bear for a "Beary Great" time. 

Family Night's occur on Thursdays between 5pm and 8pm and allow kids to participate in fun/educational activities. The dates thus far for the most current event series are as follows:

●       January 12 – Please Look After this Bear

●       January 19 – History of Teddy Bears

●       January 26 – BYOB, Bring Your own Bear

●       February 2 – All Aboard! From Peru to Paddington Station

●       February 9 – Letters to Aunt Lucy

●       February 16 – Dogs Must be Carried

As part of this event, I was lucky enough to get to see the Paddington movie on DVD, which was so emotional for me because I grew up with Paddington Bear and used to collect all manner of toys, pictures and artifacts relating to that lovable bear.

As a true fan, I can definitely say that I loved this movie and wasn't disappointed, at all. I think they did a wonderful job of recreating a real-world Paddington movie and they got the casting just perfectly right and lovely. The fun comes with the little hap-hazzardly bear, who still loves a marmalade sandwich to get him through any emergency and he's always trying to get himself out of a sticky spot that perhaps he never quite realizes he's getting into before it is too late.

The movie is fun, quirky and a great watch for the entire family - even my younger childen sat the whole way through and adored this wonderful little bear.

I am 100% into this series for Ovation Brands and think it might be my favorite one yet. To celebrate the series Ovation Brands wants to offer one of my readers a copy of Paddington on DVD, a Paddington plush bear and 4 complimentary meal tickets for any of the Ovation Brand's eateries.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form, below. Please leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. Entrants must be over 18 yrs of age, or have parents' permission and ONE winner will be chosen at random and notified within 24 hours of contest end. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize and after that it shall become forfeit and we pick another winner. This is so that we can wrap up our giveaways in a timely manner - so please, enter with a valid email (we do not sell, reuse, register you for anything or use your information for anything other than to contact you if you should win).

Giveaway ends January 31st 2017.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 13 January 2017

Nutrisystem in the house!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my own opinion. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

I received my new shipment of Nutrisystem this week and I suddenly remembered to let you know to make SPACE for all your food, of which there is a LOT.

I ordered a lot of shelf stable food this time around and not so much for the freezer as I had just been grocery shopping for the rest of the family and so wanted to make sure I had room.

When my box of shelf stable food arrived, I suddenly remembered that I hadn't cleaned out space because I was SO used to getting frozen foods instead.

A day later and I still hadn't sorted out this issue and the box of food sat on my table.

A day after that, I finally rearranged my cabinets and got all the food in (and on top of) them and bobs your mothers brother, we are ready to go!

Today I celebrated over a nice and delicious Loaded Potato lunch and then enjoyed a great little Nutrisystem pizza for dinner, with a side of veg. GREAT!

I have a couple of items this month that I still haven't tried yet and so I can't wait to share those with you as I give them a go. So far, so good and only 1 meal I've ever disliked, so this has really been a winner for me and I say that with much sincerity.

I can't wait to see where 2017 takes me.

Until next week...

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Nutrisystem for the New Year!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views and experiences might differ to mine. Thank you! 

The New Year is here and, while the end of 2016 was rocky (at best) it is never too late to start making changes to get things going in the right direction. 

I started with Nutrisystem in 2016 and have so far lost about 1/3 of the weight I would like to lose and there is still a road ahead that I am still happy to travel. 

My tight pants I bought in July are now getting baggy!
Life isn't always good, and sometimes it can get really tough to focus on food, so when I lost my grandfather (at the end of last year) and then had holidays, food and drink to contend with, while  being so far from friends and family, it was a little bit rough and I did slip a little (though not as much as I could have, thank goodness).

Overall, though, I am proud that I stuck to Nutrisystem for the most part - I ate a bigger Christmas dinner than I was planning on and I have indulged a bit here and there and with everything else that was going on, didn't really mind, when I probably should have made some better decisions.

NS Turkey and Stuffing with (added) Green Beans.
That all being said, I only gained 2lbs over Christmas and that is actually pretty decent! I would like to have not gained, at all, but I can't blame anyone but myself because it wasn't anyone else's fault that I got lazy and also ate a bit more than I should have while I was feeling pretty crappy about life, but is definitely on me and I can turn that around.

I have been sticking to my Nutrisystem breakfasts and I have enjoyed my lunches and dinners, too, and a Nutrisystem dinner was even on the menu for New Year's Eve. - I even went to bed early and would have completely missed 2017 rolling in if it wasn't for all the fireworks that woke me up in the middle of the night! 

This cold air is making it easy for me to make excuses not to exercise but I just picked up some new DVDs to get me moving at home - zero excuses! Time to go! 

Salisbury Steak with Mac'N'Cheese with (added) Spinach and Peppers.
One question that some people do ask me is "are you not bored of this yet?" and the answer really is "NO, I'm not". I actually have been able to figure out which foods I prefer as time goes on and have planned my menu to suit that. There are so many choices that it is easy to pick and choose and I really enjoy making the meals I make for myself a couple of times a week, too. It has been so much easier to stick to than anything else i've tried in the past - anything else and i'd have been completely done by now, so I am definitely happy. 

2017 is going to be my year. No one else is going to be responsible for me. It can be your year too!

Let's get eating, and moving! 

Follow on Twitter with #NSNation and #NutrisystemSnaps as well as Nutrisystem themselves @Nutrisystem

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Stylish Kitchen Accessories from Trudeau #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my honest views. Your opinions may differ to mine, thank you!

Trudeau is one of my favorite companies for kitchen supplies, gadgets and goodies for any person who loves to cook, bake, entertain and more - you name it, they seem to have it and in some of the best and delightful colors imaginable that you don't really seem to see anywhere else.

I had the pleasure to try out a new bottle opener, a fun wine saver, some awesome little chocolate containers that help to make look-alike Reece's and such, plus so much more.

I cook and bake, a lot. Probably more than humanly necessary, so one of the things I can definitely appreciate is a set of measuring cups. The thing I love about these ones, though, is that they come with a clip at the top so you can take them apart and use them one by one without having to bumble about with the whole stack if you don't want to. They are nice to grip, colorful and easy to store away. If you are in the kitchen a lot, you will love these.

Then this wine saver is the best - I always just used one of the cork-style ones that you just pop in, but this one lets you pull the air out of the wine before you close it, which makes it fresher and saves it a lot better for a lot longer so I can definitely appreciate this, too! I don't drink so much wine, now, but if you like a glass and don't want to drink an entire bottle or waste the rest of the bottle, then this nifty little device is most definitely for you! 

As a tea drinker, I love this steeper, too. It is cute and functional and I'm happy to leave it out on the side on a little drip catcher. Actually quite funny how many people's eyes catch it when they come over for a cup of tea/coffee. A cute little conversation starter, for sure.

Trudeau just puts emphasis on stylish accessories and honestly it makes such a difference when you have products that look and feel as good as these do - they brighten up your kitchen and serve a purpose. I could easily fill up a basket with Trudeau and gift them for any occasion - not just the holidays, but as a treat to myself, a moving in present for a new neighbor, a going away present for a neighbor who is off to a new home, etc. The cook in your life will love them all year around.

To check out some of their other items in their extensive inventory, head on over to the Trudeau website, here, and see what goodies you can find! Also, catch them on social media HERE, too.

Happy home-making!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Crown Royal's Northern Harvest Rye, Fine Blended, Canadian Whisky

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views and tastes may differ to mine. Please enjoy responsibly.

Here is a look at Crown Royal's Northern Harvest Rye, Fine Blended, Canadian Whisky, which is the first true rye to come from Crown Royal at a big old 90% rye.

With spicy, sweet and fruity aromas popping out on opening, it promises to give a smooth ride to match its delicate caramel color.

The first sip hits gently and evenly with a mix of lemony-orange, zesty fruitiness, a little spice and earthiness. Light enough to enjoy as it rolls over the tongue and mellows at the back of the throat to leave you with a gentle finish.

I was really impressed with the quality of this product and surprised by the smoothness in the taste, which complimented the color and expectation accordingly.

I have sampled some Canadian Whisky in the past so I did have an idea of what to expect, but really was delighted with just how rounded and delicate it was.

Perfect on its own, on the rocks, or with a little crushed ice and lime or lemon, fine with a little cola but in my opinions far better without, just as it comes.

Crown Royal really do seem to have hit a home run with this one as it looks great in the box, better in the bag and then the design of the bottle itself is a catch to the eye. A gift you can be proud of giving and a bottle you will want to explore, you can't do much wrong with a purchase that will set you back about $30 or so, give or take, depending on where you buy it.

I can imagine sitting out by a fire, toasting in the New Year with this bottle and a few good friends who can appreciate a good drop. Warming the insides and taking in the moment. Very well received and very well done for this first from Crown Royal.

To find out more about Crown Royal, you can visit their website, HERE. You can also find them across social media, including Instagram, HERE, too.

Please enjoy responsibly.

George Dickel's Premium No. 12 Sour Mash Whisky

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Please enjoy responsibly. Thank you!

George Dickel Premium No. 12 Whisky

Here is a stiff drink that will welcome in 2017 with a kick - George Dickel's No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky.

Straight out of the bottle the aroma hits you with a bang. A strong, present and ready to go is standard here with an invitation to come and play.

On the rocks, with nothing mixed in, this one gets you from the beginning, hitting your lips with a "hey, i'm here", broad, warming flavors, grabbing the back of your throat with hints of peppery vanillas and caramels, even a little honey or sweet sugar in this fine hitting drink with a bit of a growly finish.

This is not a drink to be dainty with, it means business and it hits your right where you need it. Perfect just as it is, to put a little hair on your chest and to warm the nights on some cold rocks. I also really enjoy this one in a little coffee.

This particular blend mixes very well with lemon and lime sparkling water, or a little lemonade. It is fine with cola, too, but for the real deal, on its own, on the rocks is best for my own personal taste buds and the coffee makes for a perfect digestif (after dinner drink).

For some more complex recipes, you can head on over to the website and check out the Dickel Tennessee Tuxedo, the Dickel Frozen Mint Shake or the Dickel Whisky Sour, which is absolutely delicious!

Bring this to your party, give it to your host, you're going to have such a good time and they are going to thank you for it! If whisky is your thing and you like it dark and enticing, then this is for you!


DANZKA Vodka, for a Danish Touch to the New Year!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Please drink legally and responsibly. Thank you. 

DANZKA Vodka. 

Here is  line of imported vodka, made from 100% whole grain, that I think you might like and which I had the chance to try for myself, this week, too. I have never heard of this brand until now and I wasn't sure what to expect but I liked the simplicity in presentation and wanted to give it my best shot.

I prefer flavored vodka, if I drink it at all, so I tried out the Danzka CranRaz, which is flavored naturally with its cranberry and Raspberry flavors for an interesting and tasteful drink, well enjoyed on its own, on the rocks or with a little dash of lemonade for a simple, longer drink.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the plain vodka as this isn't my kind of drink at all, but I was recently told that if a plain vodka works in egg-nog, it'll work in anything, so I went straight to the egg-nog that I happened to have in my fridge for Christmas and poured a little vodka in it. 

I sat back and thought about my decision and wondered how it would taste and gave it a sniff. It wasn't too bad and so I went for it and took a sip. Guess what?! It tasted GREAT! 

I love egg-nog, I love it spiked a little, but have never even tried to spike it this way before and so I was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked out. Given that, I decided that perhaps it was actually time to give the plain vodka a go on its own, so poured a little into a glass and furnished it with some ice and gave it a try. 

I am not, like I have mentioned before, a vodka person, never really felt the need to head towards it in the store and would usually pick up a bourbon or something like that because I feel like most vodkas that I have tried tasted like petrol or something that could burn a hole in your mouth and so have not ventured too far afield with the vodka.

Did I like it?! I sure did! You can definitely tell that this is a premium quality vodka and it really shines through in the way it mixes well with just about anything. I introduced this brand to my friend who thoroughly enjoyed it more on its own than in a mix, but I preferred it with a little lemonade and ice for a longer drink.

DANZKA, to me, is very light compared to some other brands I have tried and doesn't have that heavy-fuel-filled bite to it that a lot of the cheaper vodkas do have. I couldn't drink it straight for long, but I could definitely handle a shot of it here and there at a party or get-together, too. 

I did introduce this brand to a group of friends over Christmas and they all seemed to comment on the design of the bottle and that it looked pretty fashionable and that it might even be great to use it for something else once the bottle is done, so extra points for that to the company! 

There are more flavors to choose from than days of the week, too, which is always a bonus - flavors including citrus or grapefruit flavors, which are refreshing and new to me, and which I don't think I've seen in a vodka before.

Overall, I was pleased with the taste and quality of this vodka, found it to mix well, which is even better, and it was well received by friends and family. 

If you would like to know more about this brand, you can visit their website for more information, here! You can find them on Twitter, too.

I would love to know if you've tried DANZKA before and what you thought of it! Pick some up for your party, tonight!

Please enjoy legally and responsibly! 

Trail's End Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Hits The Nail on the Head!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to share my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Please enjoy responsibly. Thank you!


One drink that I love is Bourbon. If I were to walk in to a bar and be told that I could have pretty much anything I'd like then the first thing i'd ask for is usually a bourbon and coke to take the "edge" off if the drink is on the cheaper side, or on the rocks if it is a little more expensive.

Now, I am not an expert on bourbon, I don't drink it enough for that, but I have tried enough in my lifetime (having used to live and work in a bar) to know a good one when I find it - and Trail's End hits the nail on the head with this one.

Opening the bottle, an air of peaches, sweet florals, a little caramel in there, too - nothing overpowering, but all-together very inviting on the nose.

On its own, without a mixer, I get a creamy, light, chocolaty and slightly nutty flavor with a warming touch on the tongue and a slight hit on the back of the throat tinged with a little low spice as it goes down. It is SO smooth that you could easily enjoy one or two shorts without another thought, but if you love a longer drink, it does mix well, too.

"Trail’s End® is an ultra premium, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished with Oregon Oak." - (

I mixed a shot of Trail's End with a little cola, nothing too much, but enough to taste and then I tried a longer drink with extra cola and lots of ice. The flavor kept well all ways, but I just adore this on its own, without anything added at all for a nice, light, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey I could absolutely get into any day of the week and for any occasion.

At about $49 a bottle, I had high expectations of Trail's End and really didn't know what to expect. However, from start to finish, Trail's End really scores top numbers across the board from me and wins in every direction.

I would absolutely turn up to someone's party with this for New Year, or gift for a special occasion. It is a drop meant to be shared and which could easily help get memories made.

To find out more about Trail's End and the story behind it, you can head on over HERE. You can also find out more on Twitter, here, too!

One of my new favorite's this year and would be happy to see in 2017 with this one by my side!

Please enjoy responsibly, but enjoy all the same - one you won't want to miss out on, and which you'll definitely want to visit with again.

Celebrate with EFFEN VODKA - Raspberry or Green Apple Flavors!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Please enjoy responsibly. Thank you. 

If you enjoy a little vodka to welcome in your new year, then these flavors are something to consider this year, with EFFEN VODKA.

My friends and I were able to try out the GREEN APPLE and the RASPBERRY flavors, which are both light and flavorful. The raspberry flavor I could drink on its own and not have to mix but put on the rocks and away we go. The GREEN APPLE flavor is just as easy to drink but I really enjoyed this mixed with a little lemonade.

I did try out a few concoctions to see if there were any mixes that you might enjoy and some of the things we tried to mix in were: orange, lemonade, cranberry juice, cola, a sports drink, lime juice, energy drinks and tonic water.

The orange was alright but not for me. The lemonade worked well with both flavors and was light and refreshing. Cranberry juice worked a lot better with the raspberry flavor but not so much with the green apple, so I thought - but my friend did like it in the green apple more, so it will depend on your taste buds.

Weirdly enough, my favorite mixer was the sports drink, which was a well-known sports drink that was only mixed for fun, at first, but which actually did work a lot better than any of us expected.

The cola was a hit all around, held the flavor of both the green apple and of the raspberry flavors and the tonic water was a hit with most, but not with me as I do not like tonic water to begin with, so that was never going to be high up there on my list of things to mix anything with, period. If you do like tonic water though, you may enjoy that with a little EFFEN in it.

I tell you what did hit the spot for me and that was (in a tall glass) 1/3 RASPBERRY EFFEN,  2/3rds of cranberry juice, a little ice and a dash of lime juice. You can shake it up or stir it, but either way works well and this would be my go-to with this flavor.

For some more complex concoctions you can find recipes on the EFFEN website, here. You can also follow them on social media, including EFFEN's Facebook page.

Overall, our opinions across the board were that this vodka is a fun, flavorful drink that is clearly on the higher end of vodkas, that you would love someone to bring to your party and one that you could gift knowing that it was going to be widely enjoyed. Retailing for about $25, depending on where you shop, and worth the money you pay for this premium vodka, that won't leave a bad taste in your mouth the next morning.

Please enjoy responsibly!

Happy New Year!

Camus VS Elegance, a Cognac for the New Year

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Please enjoy responsibly. 

New year is a stones throw away and the holiday's are not over yet.

I had the chance to try out Camus VS Elegance and, as someone who can really appreciate and enjoy a nice Cognac - Camus does not disappoint.

with a light caramel-gold color right out of the bottle and onto some rocks, this is a smooth, light and delightful drop that I would honestly drink alone without a mixer because it is so delicate and refreshing on the tongue.

This drop fills the air with a fruity, sweet note that doesn't overpower and which lends a boost to the taste as you sip it down.

Think of a little vanilla, caramel, cinnamon in the background, a easy to sip, lots of character and a gift that keeps on giving - A bottle of which can rage from about $27 to $45 or more depending on where you buy. No matter what you pay for it, it is easily worth every penny and one of the best Cognacs I've had the pleasure to try.

If you were to mix it, though, for a longer drink, perhaps a cola would suffice or (as Camus's website suggests) a little green tea, whichever you prefer. I wouldn't mix this down too much as you wouldn't want to drown the flavor. It really is wonderful just on its own.

Cognac reminds me of nights I spent with friends in good times living in England. I rarely drink it these days, but this is such a warming and comforting drink that I would be delighted to gift this to someone for a holiday or special event and would happily see in the new year with a short glass or two of Camus VS Elegance and some festive cheer.

To check out more about Camus Vs Elegance, you can visit HERE. You can also find them on social media, too - Twitter is my preferred platform (@CamusCognac).

Please remember to enjoy responsibly and savor every sip!

Happy New Year!

Monday, 26 December 2016

Gift Yourself with Timex This Season

Disclaimer: I was given items to review in return for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

What better way to gift this year than with a new watch from Timex?

Reliable, loyal and well made, Timex has been a staple in many homes for long enough to have a great reputation in my household and I really enjoy this brand. 

With watches for everyone, I got to choose a men's and a women's piece and I think these speak elegant and wearable, stylish and useful for everyday wear. 

I especially love this turquoise color on mine, which is a color I enjoy and this watch is great when i'm out walking or getting about - I don't usually take my phone with me and I do rely on a watch for time or else I have no idea what is going on and/or where I need to be because the phone is just not something that I became accustomed to. 

A watch is still a very present and needed tool and makes a fabulous accessory to any outfit so you could treat yourself to a new one and be very excited about it!

If you'd like to check out other watches by Timex, you can find them at their website, HERE, where there is also an after-holiday sale, making it all the better for your pocket, too!

These are easily fabulous gifts and made it effortlessly into our gift guide, this year!

Follow our gift guide through January with #MGBHGG and at the above tab. Thank you!