Baavet Wool Filled Pillows

In November, my husband and I bought a pair of Baavet Wool Filled Pillows from a fair we’ve been to. Our pillows needed changing, so we’ve decided to spend a bit more money on something better. I think it’s worth investing in items we are going to use for a long time, daily. Have a look on their website if you want to know more information about the products or fancy one yourself. As we got them from a fair, we had a discount, but I think the pillows worth their price tag (over £30 each, without any discounts). I noticed there is a sale now, so you might get a bargain.

Baavet Wool Filled Pillow on the bed

I would never buy feather pillows, but wool pillows sounded great. I saw this brand before and I really liked the idea. The pillows are filled with tiny balls of wool. One of the best things about these pillows with wool is that wool regulates heat, the same as it does on the sheep.
The wool used in these pillows is not bleached. Another important factor for me, in deciding if I should get them or not, was the fact that they are made in Britain. Except the cotton, that comes from abroad, but that is made into fabric in UK, all the other materials are local. I’m more than happy to pay a bit extra for this.

Baavet Wool Filled Pillows. Filling.

This is how the wool balls look like. A great thing about these pillows is that you can wash them, as the wool can be taken out. They sell wool balls, so, in time, you can add more wool balls if you think is necessary.

Their pillows come in three weights. I got a medium one and my husband has the firm one. If, by any chance you think you need a firmer pillow, you can add wool balls. I love that, having the flexibility to make my pillows as I like them.

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Welwyn Garden City

I didn’t plan to write today about Welwyn Garden City. But, as I was busy, I didn’t have time to write the post I’ve intended to write. So, instead, I’ve decided to share pictures from a lovely city I’ve seen a couple of days ago. All the pictures are taken with my phone, as I didn’t plan to blog about it, so the quality in dim light is not as great as with the DSLR.

Door with beautiful shrubs in front

Welwyn Garden City, field of grass with houses in the background

A few words about Welwyn Garden City. It is a town in Hertfordshire, only 20 mile from central London. It’s an hours drive to Kings Cross (if there isn’t heavy traffic). Also it’s close to where we are staying in London this week. I heard about it in a TV show, when it was said that Welwyn is the second garden city in England, founded in 1920.

Welwyn Garden City

Welwyn Garden City, house

The whole concept of a garden city is to reunite the countryside with the town. Big open spaces with grass give one the impression you are up north in a small village. The big houses in Georgian style makes you think you are in a city centre. I enjoyed walking around the Welwyn, it’s a wonderful place to see. There are shops, but I didn’t want to take pictures of those, as the open spaces and the beauty of houses sets apart Welwyn from other cities.

Welwyn Garden City, row of houses

Sir Ebenezer Howard was the visionary behind this project. He was the son of a baker, after school he became a cleric. He went to America, but it didn’t work out. He came back to England, where he got a job with Hansard, which made the official record of the Parliament. His time in work exposed him to ideas about social reform. He married twice. As many late Victorians, he considered the social problems of the time, trying to find alternatives.

He wrote a book, To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, revised in 1902 as Garden Cities of To-morrow. His vision meant the new cities didn’t have any slums, they were not dirty and polluted.
The fist city he created was Letchworth Garden City, and the second one Welwyn Garden City. His ideas influenced future developments made by the government.

Door

House

Welwyn Garden City, road and houses

I think Welwyn Garden City is still an amazing place to live in. So green and beautiful, and very close to London (by London standards).

Church

Tree on the street

Have you been to Welwyn Garden City?

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Superfoods

January is the perfect time to talk about superfoods. After indulging at Christmas, all the supermarkets and companies that sell supplements and superfoods have all sort of offers. It might be trendy this month, but I’m not taking part in that trend. I say I’m not because I love trying out new foods all year round, and that applies to superfoods too.

It might sound strange, but some of the superfoods pouches you see in the next picture were given to me as a Christmas present. My husband saw things I haven’t tried before, so he got them for me. I was so happy to see them. In 2015 I’ve started a challenge in June called “Colourful Smoothie Challenge”, see here. I failed to do it. Next June, in 2016, I’ve tried it again and kept doing it after the 30 days were off, with a slight modification: smoothie or soup. Last year I’ve talked about 1 year of daily smoothies. I still go on with it, even when I go on holidays.

Because I had so many smoothies, adding superfoods is an easy way to keep them as diversified as possible. For each smoothie, I add at least two superfoods.

Superfoods. Packs and jars of superfoods

These are the ones I have at the moment. I would also use from other brands, and other types. I’m going to say a few words about each super food I’m using now or I’ve used in the past.

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Tan Products

I know how many women love to have a tan. As it’s quite hard to get a sun tan in January, I will start this year with a giveaway, a bundle of Tan Products. The bundle is worth £44.

Tan Products

This bundle consists of 4 products:
St. Tropez Instant Tan Gloss – 100ml (on offer at £9 at the moment, on their website). As with its name, it gives an instant shine. It can be washed off easily if you don’t want to commit to it. Can be used to enhance an existing tan or on its own.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Firming 4 in 1 – 150ml (around £13). This gradual tanning lotion is perfect to build up a natural looking tan. It is easily absorbed, and also moisturizes your body. You can use it daily.
UTAN Coconut Tanning Water – 100 ml (around £18). It is a facial mist that hydrates and tans, gradually developing over 4-6 hours.
Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt (around £4). It has a soft surface, that will help you achieve a seamless application of your tanning products.

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To win these products enter the giveaway. By entering the competition you agree to the terms and conditions listed below.
This giveaway is opened to UK residents only and closes on 31/01/2018.
The prize consists of a set of 4 items: St. Tropez Instant Tan Gloss, St. Tropez Gradual Tan Firming 4 in 1, UTAN Coconut Tanning Water, and Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt. The prize’s worth is £44.
There is no purchase necessary. No cash alternative is available.
Comments should be at least 8 words, shorter comments will be deleted.
The winner will be contacted on the email address provided, so please make sure I have your email address. If the winner will not respond in 28 days, a new winner will be picked up.
I will dispatch the items myself. I cannot be held responsible for items lost in the post. The shipment of the prizes will be tracked and, if lost, an inquiry should be made with Royal Mail or ParcelForce.
All entries will be checked.

*All the prices are accurate on the day the post was published. They might change, please check online for details.

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Simple Cosmetics

I realized that in my Style section, I shared only premium brands when it comes to skin care. While is true that I like to spend a bit more to make sure the products I’m using are good, I do use a brand that is very affordable. That brand is Simple. Only by chance I’ve decided to get a toner a couple of years ago and I loved it. That lead to me buying more of their products and I’m happy with all of them.

The main reasons I bought that first toner is that it had ticked the boxes: made in UK, without animal derived ingredients (some of their products contain honey, but that is fine for me). And it only costs a few pounds. How amazing is that.

Simple Cosmetics

At the moment I’m using these three products: Eye Make-up Remover, Facial Wash Gel, and Facial Toner. I bought them at different times, hence the difference in how much is in the bottles.

Simple Cosmetics - Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover

Kind to Eyes. Eye Make-Up Remover

I’m using an eye make-up remover because I believe it’s better for my eyes. I have another make-up remover for my face. I would use the eye one on my face, but I have another one, so I would use both of them as I don’t want to waste any products. The other make-up remover is Elemis.

The Simple Eye Make-Up Remover is from their Kind to Eyes range. It’s a good product that removes the make-up with ease, including mascara. I’m really delighted with it. I use only a bit on a cotton wool. It doesn’t leave residue and it has a light texture. I haven’t tried it with waterproof mascara, as I don’t usually use that type of mascara.
Is quite a big bottle and it lasts for a long time. I would definitely recommend it.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Poloxamer 184, Butylene Glycol, Ceteth-20, PEG-20 Glyceryl Laurate, Laureth-23, Panthenol, Disodium Phosphate, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, BHT, Pantolactone, Tocopheryl Acetate
Now is £3 in supermarkets like Sainsbury’s. The other two products can be found in the same supermarket for the same price. Sometimes the Simple cosmetics might be on offer, so they can be even cheaper. All the products I have are made in EU.

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A decade of Vegetarianism

5 years ago I talked about my experience as a vegetarian for 5 years, today I mark a decade of vegetarianism.

Being vegetarian is a very important part of my life, but not one that I would talk about. If I don’t have to disclose it, I wouldn’t. Recently I had light lunches with the other volunteers at the stately home I’m going to and besides telling a couple of them that I’m vegetarian, the rest have no clue. I simply pick from the vegetarian options – that means cheese sandwiches – and not talk about it. With desserts, I know which ones are vegetarian and which one might not be, so I know what to avoid.

Even on my blog, I rarely talk about this, unless I’m doing a pub/restaurant review, or a cooking at Christmas ideas/guide sort of post.

A decade of Vegetarianism - Cake

In the last 10 years I learned so much about cooking and discovering new recipes, ingredients. Like this amazing dark chocolate mousse cake I’ve prepared for today’s celebration. If you fancy trying the cake, here is the recipe for Chocolate Mousse Cake. I loved every minute of it and it’s something I intend to do in the future.

I feel great, I have lots of energy, I gained muscle mass, I did pretty intensive workouts like Insanity and P90X3. I am so happy with my choice and, I know I will always be a vegetarian. I feel too good not to be a vegetarian. Another thing that changed was asking questions about where products are made and how. It changed the way I shop, the things I buy. Also, it made me appreciate more local made.

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2018 Goals: blog, personal, travel

Instead of making 3 posts, like I did last year, I made only one. It’s easier to have a look during the year and see how it goes. Most of the goals are similar to the ones in 2017. Again, when it comes to blogging I’m not going to think of stats. With the personal goals I’m very relaxed. As for travel, it’s more a bucket list and not a goal. If I can’t make it, is not really an issue.

2018 Goals: blog, personal, travel

Blogging goals for 2018

1. Pub reviews, every other month. I did a pub of the month last year and it was great. Now I will keep doing it, but not necessarily monthly.

2. Villages, every other month. I want to visit and share pictures from small, local or not so local, villages.

3. Fashion & Beauty. I enjoyed very much talking about fashion and beauty last year. So, I will continue to blog, once a month about these subjects. I’ve decided on a post about fashion and a post about beauty every other month. This way I will keep my Style section updated and so far these posts were quite popular. If I have more things to blog about regarding both fashion and beauty, I will.

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