Monday, 20 October 2014

The NutriBullet: A Review

As you all know, I'm a juicer.

Juicing has been a big part of my life for almost two years now; I juice daily and regularly juice fast too.

My brother, on the other hand, is a blender. He drinks daily smoothies and we regularly have 'discussions' (sometimes rather heated ones!) on whether juicing or blending is better for us. I've tackled this question in my FAQ in quite a well educated and diplomatic way I think ;) 

Juicing and blending are two completely different things - and both are great for you, for different reasons. The long and short of is it that juicing removes the indigestible fibre from fruit and veggies, which means the nutrients and vitamins are more easily absorbed and your digestive system gets a bit of a break too. Smoothies still contain all the fibre from the fruits and vegetables, which is a very important part of your diet, and this makes them a lot more filling (so they are ideal at breakfast time) and means they're much easier to make, with less wastage. 

I was given a Nutribullet to try recently and I have to say, it has revolutionised my life. I know that sounds stupid but it really has - and in so many ways too. I can't imagine living without one now!

First up is its size. It's really compact and can easily be stored away, unlike my juicer and Vitamix, both of which are beasts and would take up an entire cupboard each if I even attempted to take them off of the work surface. I keep the spare cups and blades to the NutriBullet in my tupperware cupboard and leave the base out at all times because I've been using it every day - but it's good to know it could be tucked away easily if necessary! The fact it's so compact also means it is easily transportable for nights/weekends/weeks away, so there's no need to stop juicing just because you're off on your jollies or a business trip.

I also love that it makes juicing (and cleaning up afterwards) completely and utterly effortless. With the juicer, even though you can just lob everything in, pips and all, it's still quite a mission to get everything cleaned up when you're finished. I don't object to doing it (in fact I think my juicer is one of the easiest models to clean!) but it can be a pain in the butt when you're desperate to rush out of the door on the school run. (Caked on fruit and vegetable pulp is a bit like caked on Weetabix.... It has to be cleaned straight away or it sticks like concrete!). Similarly, my blender requires prepared fruits vegetables - things that have been de-seeded and peeled in most circumstances. Cleaning the jug may be fairly easy afterwards but all that chopping can be time consuming. In both instances there is considerable amounts of waste.

One of my favourite features (silly I know) is that the NutriBullet comes with different sized cups, all with handles and lids - so if I'm running late I can just whack a lid on it and drink on the go (or I can just stick in a straw and enjoy at home if I have a lazy morning ahead).

Nutribullets don't juice, and they don't blend; they extract. They completely break down ingredients into their most nutritious and most absorptive state so you really are getting the best of everything; the fast goodness fix of juices, the fibre of smoothies - and no waste at all (yay!). I don't know the scientific details, but basically the NutriBullet blades completely pulverise the stems, seeds, and skins of fruits and vegetables, which is where most of the essential nutrition lies. Neither juicers nor blenders do this, so NutriBullets really are in a league of their own. 

Aside from smoothies, NutriBullets also make amazing soups, pasta sauces, dressings, all-natural ice creams, dips and they come with a Milling Blade that can mill brown rice into brown rice flour, almonds into almond butter, wheat berries into all-natural wheat flour and so much more. Pretty darn impressive, non?

Over the past fortnight I've had at least one meal replacement NutriBlast every day. Although it comes with a recipe book, I've been making my own depending on what I fancy and what I have in the fridge (top tip: fruit and veg taste COMPLETELY different juiced, so try everything, even if you don't think you're going to like it) and I also add linseed, dried goji berries, chia seeds and wheatgrass powder to my combinations for an extra boost. As with blenders, a small bit of liquid is required; the amount is dependent on taste. You can just use tap water, but I've been using coconut water, fresh juices and various dairy free milks! 

The NutriBullet costs just £99 and is such a good investment. My juicer cost almost £200 and my Vitamix almost £400 - so when you take those figures into account you could actually describe it as a bargain and, comparing it to the Vitamix, I would actually say the NutriBullet is better as it's smaller, easier to clean and a quarter of the price!

They are available from all good retailers but the best place to buy is via the official website - they also have a FlexiPay option too which is brilliant and only costs an additional £7 to spread the cost out over three months.

I'm obsessed with mine - have you seen my Instagram feed lately?! - and have been recommending it to everyone that will listen. If you have an interest in clean/raw eating and juicing then this kitchen gadget is definitely for you.xo

DISCLAIMER: I was gifted a NutriBullet for the purpose of this review.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

An Afternoon with The White Company

At the beginning of the month, to celebrate the launch of the new The Little White Company Autumn collections, Daisy, Evie and I were invited to a private screening of Frozen at the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill. 

I'd not been to the Electric Cinema before, but I will most definitely be going back! It's the most beautiful Grade 2 listed building (it's over 100 years old and one of the oldest working cinemas in the country) and the interior has been fully restored to its original glory. Inside there are sixty five leather armchairs, each with their own footstools and side tables, three 2-seater sofas at the back of the theatre and six double beds in the very front row!

The White Company had decorated the theatre with items from the latest Little White Company collection; there were blankets, cushions and teddy bears on every chair to make everyone's cinema experience super special - and comfy and cosy too.

We all snuggled down, with huge boxes of deliciously warm popcorn, and enjoyed watching Frozen back in the cinema. Movies are always so much better on the big screen!

All of the new Little White Company collections are utterly beautiful but it's this Circus bed linen set that I love the most. Isn't it just gorgeous? xo

Thanks so much to The White Company for a wonderful afternoon.

The highlight for me had to be getting this snap of the girls on the steps of the cinema. As you're probably realising from recent photos on this blog, Evie isn't a fan of having her photo taken! xo

Introducing.... Half Pint Chic

OK, so it turns out I must have been living underneath a rock for the last three years. I've only just discovered - and fallen madly in love with - online kids clothes retailer Half Pint Chic.

I have a real thing for designer kidswear. I love good quality children's clothes. I'm not denying that there is a time and a place for cheaper, supermarket alternatives, but those clothes never make it to hand-me-down status and, having two daughters, that's something I'm rather keen for my clothes to do.

Despite a penchant for lovely, well made clothes, I'm not a massive fan of huge price tags. I believe kids should be kids; running around, climbing trees, getting up to mischief. If something gets marked or torn in the process then I'll be a bit miffed, but so be it. I'd rather that as a result of them enjoying themselves than not letting them play out. This is the main reason I'm not prepared to pay huge sums for their clothes. God forbid I fork out £70 for a dress and it ends up stained as a result of a mud pie making party (special occasions are a different matter entirely, of course). Also, I don't believe in 'fashion' for kids. I hate seeing little children dressed as mini adults, which is probably why I go for a lot of vintage, or vintage inspired pieces for my girls. Something being current season is not important for me in the slightest. Anyway, I digress.

I was SO excited when I first discovered Half Pint Chic. They've been selling past season, designer childrenswear up to 70% off for the last three years, and they stock virtually ALL of my favourite brands!

My first order (I don't think I'm going to shop anywhere else from now on, so there will be plenty more orders in the future!) comprised a gorgeous Autumnal floral print smock from Theo & Rose for Daisy and a very festive (and adorably old fashioned) green, red and white dress from Little Ducking for Evie.

Both are 100% cotton and fully lined with utterly gorgeous detailing; buttons on the neck of the Theo & Rose and piping and cross stitch on the Little Duckling number.

Rose & Theo 'Valence Eve' Smock Dress - £24 (RRP £57) c/o Half Pint Chic
(Brown suede boots, past season at Clarks)

Little Duckling Heart Dress - £19 (RRP £43) c/o Half Pint Chic
(T-bar butterfly shoes c/o Clarks)

Turns out my nearly two year old doesn't like posing for photographs very much anymore. But grumpy face aside, how adorable are these outfits?! And what brilliant prices too. 

If, like me, you love designer togs but only want to pay high street prices, make sure you you pay the Half Pint Chic website a visit.xoxo
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