It’s a Thursday and we’re five days into the New Year. Therefore, in keeping with my failure to adhere to my own resolutions long enough, I’m now proposing a detox to and for myself.

After purchasing my body weight’s worth of Ovomaltine (if you didn’t know what Ovomaltine was before reading this, I’m sure you’re penning a letter to Her Maj’ now, asking her to OBE or MBE me – after ordering yourself some from Amazon) just before the Christmas period, something’s got to give… I say this a lot but, one of life’s most unanswered questions is: “how have I not got diabetes yet?” The worst part is, I’m not actually joking… I love and rely on sugar to get me through the day. Sugar is to me what water is to you, I assume.

However, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve gone “cold turkey” (whatever that means)… I am trying this method, even though I do not believe in because I do not believe ridding yourself off something completely (without having a plan of action and steps in place) will work. Alas, I’m trying it and what’s the worse that can happen, right? I am back on Juice Plus+ after taking a little bit of a break – so my body regulates itself.

It’s best to take breaks in-between more than a  3-month dose of supplements just so your body continues to reap the benefits of them.

As I said, I’m back on the Juice Plus+ boosters, taking the capsules (8 capsules per flavour, 3 flavours a day for three days), drinking plenty of water – my idea of “plenty” is somewhere between the amount found in the Sahara Desert and the amount of rainfall measured after a drought.

I sometimes think that I’m a human with camel-like qualities. 🐫  I wouldn’t be surprised if I was reincarnated into a human from a camel or visa-versa. 🐫 > 👧🏻

What I mean is, I don’t need much water to function. I drink a bottle (of wine 🍷 ? I wish!) before bed sometimes and hardly ever drink (wine 🍷? I wish!) during the day…

However, saying that, there are times where I drink too much water to the point where I struggle to stay out of toilets. TMI, much? 🤣

Woohoo! I’ve started a 14-day detox and it consists of fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies (lunch and dinner) and a banana (for breakfast). I’m wanting to keep up with drinking lots of… (wine 🍷? I wish!) water and taking the Juice Plus+ capsules / boosters because I remember doing this last time and losing a little bit of weight. This time though, I’ll be adding regular gym sessions to the programme too. Of course, I’m still keeping up with those treadmill, cross trainer and Zumba sessions.

By summer 2017 I’ll be a new (LOL! Who am I kidding? The same…) woman! 👩🏻

Merry Christmas one and all,

Every year I volunteer to cook Christmas dinner for my family as a tradition and this year was no different.

Here we have an all-butter, honey and mixed herb turkey with nut stuffing, sweet potato wedges, chestnuts and an array of mixed vegetables seasoned with salt, pepper, as well as various other spices.

Top tip when cooking turkey: take it out of the fridge the night before and slather it in butter (get it under the skin) and all the way around the inside (where the giblets are) and leave it to defrost in room temperature. COVERING IT OVERNIGHT IS VITAL. A plastic bag with holes in will do.

Then, a few hours prior to cooking the next day, add more butter on top and squirt honey all over it, adding sea salt, pepper, garlic and mixed dry herbs. Pierce it with a fork all over, and leave to soak.

Once the turkey has soaked up all the flavours, pop it in the oven for however long it takes to cook at Gas Mark 4 before taking it out, leaving it to cool, later devouring with the vegetables and cranberry or bread sauce and gravy.

Top tip for sweet potato wedges: cut them inot quarters length ways and sprinkle brown sugar, squirt some honey, add a dash of olive oil,  sprinkle some black pepper and salt then let them roast for 25-30 mins (or until soft). I included cracked open chestnuts in the tray for added flavour.


Miamii xxx

Minerva: Pure Gold Collagen

Before I get typing about this incredible new-to-me product that has changed my life, let me tell you a lovely story which probably – in fact – definitely won’t add anything to YOUR life whatsoever…



It seems as though Boots’ No7 advert featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has struck a chord with Marks and Spencer because the supermarket chain has chosen to highlight feminism in its latest advert.

Say what you want about 2016 but it has been a pretty rubbish year for politics, celebrities (death), and current affairs. I am so glad that Marks and Spencer and John Lewis have chosen to create light-hearted, warm Christmas adverts that make us feel like all is not lost.

As much as I loved John Lewis’ advert, I do think that the one that stood out to me above the rest  was Marks & Spencer’s. No, I am not being biased because although I love M & S’ food, drinks, clothes (and just about everything else), I feel as though it shouldn’t matter when choosing a favourite Christmas advert. I mean, I spend much of my time (and money) in John Lewis’ make-up and perfume section as it is!

I think, being a lady who’s always striven to get the message out there that women shouldn’t be limited to what they can and can’t do, Janet McTeer‘s role is pivotal in getting this across. She’s elegant, glamorous, oozes class and sophistication. The Oscar-nominated star plays the doting wife of Santa, supporting her husband by fulfilling a last-minute request made by seven-year-old Jake who wants to please his 11-year-old sister Anna after months of squabbles. He contacts Santa & Mrs Claus in a bid to resolve a situation where Tiger (the family dog) ate Anna’s favourite trainers.

After receiving his letter, Mrs Claus sets off in a helicopter no less (she don’t do things by halves, you get me?!) “slaying” the streets of North Pole on her quest to find the nearest M&S so she can pop in and pick up a pair of the brightest, most beautiful sparkly red trainers (in keeping with her red clothing theme) to deliver to Jake.

Jake and Anna sharing a tender moment

Thankfully, Mrs Claus manages to save the day and Jake makes up with his big sister, bringing the family together for a lovely, jolly and merry Christmas.

All puns aside, it’s a stunning advert that portrays feminism, family values and the spirit of Christmas perfectly – and it also helps that it’s cleverly advertising the products sold at M&S too – those mince pies for instance… In the words of Joey Essex: “NAUGHTY!” 😋

P.S. you CAN’T buy the helicopter or the North Pole from M & S so don’t even try it…


Happy Halloween weekend, folks!

Have a good one… Enjoy!

If you’re not up to much, check out this funny Halloween-inspired viral video prank. It’s legitimately my favourite.