Saturday, 22 November 2014

BTBS Beauty Edit: Lucy's Lotions

Lucy's Lotions Vitamin E and Grapefruit Range
Image Credit: Howling Moon PR
Winter is definitely here! My central heating is on full to combat the plummeting temperatures outside...and I have really dry skin as a result. 

Fortunately, I've had the pleasure of testing out a lovely range of handmade moisturising products. Lucy's Lotions' Vitamin E and Grapefruit range is made of a Day cream, lip balm body cream and a night oil. The range is suitable for all skin types and packs in vitamins A, B, C and E. 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

BTBS Fitness Edit: The New MisFit Flash Vs MisFit Shine

Back in September 2014, the company behind the MisFit Shine announced the release of the MisFit Flash. The MisFit Flash is a waterproof activity and sleep tracker available for under £50, making it far more affordable than most other trackers. Made out of a special soft-touch plastic, the MisFit Flash is comfortable, extremely durable, and waterproof to 30 metres, making it fit for even the toughest uses. It comes in seven unique colours including Zest, Fuschia, and Frost.

So which one should you buy, the Flash or the Shine? The Flash differs from its predecessor, the Shine in a number of ways...

Monday, 10 November 2014

Going on a Skiing Holiday or Love Water Sports? You'll need a Waterproof Sports Bag

OverBoard Waterproof Duffle Bag
If you've ever been in a boat with someone who just can't get the hang of using the oras, or on a peddalo when the waves are getting up, then you'll understand the level of fear you have when you're looking at that canvas bag sitting at your feet containing your phone, camera and money when there's a very real possibility that it'll be going for dunk when you fall into the water. 

You can't always leave your bag on a beach or dock if the whole family is going with you on the boat or if you're on your own - there's the risk of it being stolen. But at the same time, our phones, cameras and kindles are expensive to replace should they get water damaged. This leaves us with too options - be the one to stay on the dry land and miss out on all the fun and exercise, or find a waterproof bag so that all the essentials can come with you. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Book Review: Letting Go of Self Destructive Behaviours by Lisa Ferentz

Self destructive behaviours can come in many forms, including eating disorders, addictions and self mutilation. 

In both my career as Social Worker and in my personal life I have seen many people (myself included) use a variety of self-destructive behaviours to cope with the traumatic experiences and the emotions they hide inside themselves. 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Guest Post: 10 Ludicrous Fitness Gadgets That You Can't Look Cool Using

Image Credit: Compels Health
From digital body composition analysers to wearable activity trackers, there are some really great inventions out there to motivate you and keep track of your fitness goals and progress. Then there are inventions like the ones listed below.

Gompels Healthcare has put together this hilarious list of fitness gadgets that have unsurprisingly never quite taken off!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Spicy Sausage & Veg Pizza

This pizza, although far lower in calories than anything you local pizza shop could delver, is sure to fill you up. The wholemeal pizza base is stacked high with grilled pork sausage, pepperoni, stir fry veg, cheese, tomatoes, oregano and fresh basil.

Best of all, it takes minutes to make and there's minimal clearing up to do afterwards, making it an ideal midweek meal.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Healthy Crisps?! Introducing Veronica's Baked Crisps & Crunchy Creatures

Veronica’s Snacks, a ‘baked-not-fried’ range of crinkled crisps, are made from 100% natural ingredients and contain no artificial colours, flavourings or gluten. The range of potato and veggie crisps contain 60% less fat than standard crisps.

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Hottest Fitness Gadgets of Autumn 2014

MisFit Shine
Image Credit: Ranieri Communictions.
Autumn 2014 sees the release of exciting fitness gadgets that will slide right into your working life, from activity and posture trackers with clasps that fit right into business meetings, to laptop bags that can handle the hazards of cycling to work. 

Here's a round-up of the hottest developments in fitness tech which will motivate you to workout in the cold winter months..

Saturday, 4 October 2014

All-Female Team SCA Take on The Volvo Ocean Race

Team SCA: Volvo Ocean Race
Image Source: RedPill
If you're lacking motivation and in search of an inspirational role model (or 14 of them!) then look no further than Team SCA. The squad is made up of 14 elite female athletes from Great Britain, USA, Switzerland, Australia, and The Netherlands, out of which a crew of 11 plus one on board reporter will be competing in the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the toughest sporting challenges out there. This race is not about one leg or one race, but nine races, visiting 11 cities, nine months of racing across five oceans and over 38,000 miles.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Guest Post: 10 Reasons To Get Out And Walk Right Now!

Image source: Microsoft Clipart
Activity holidays are becoming increasingly popular, from yoga retreats to hiking holidays. They can be a great way to travel, see sights, meet new people and of course, get fit at the same time! One provider of walking, cycling and hiking holidays is World Walks.

World Walks are on a mission to educate people on the many benefits of walking. As you may know, walking carries a multitude of benefits that stretch above and beyond fitness. From reducing stress levels to being an effective intervention for depression, walking is a fantastic and free activity for many to enjoy.

With this in mind, they have created an infographic which explores 10 key benefits of walking:

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