Sugar Detox to get healthy in the New Year

I don’t know about you, but I’m done with the excesses of Christmas. But I’m not done with it in a ‘ready to stop’ sort of way. I’m just looking to my annual January health kick, and this year it will involve a sugar detox. Christmas is the one time when I manage to totally stop working for a few days and relax. And like most people, this results in self-reflection and a few life-changes for the New Year. Health-wise, I feel like I’m on a slippery slope at the moment. I’m consistently attempting to eat better, exercise more and…

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Cucina Rustica Birmingham Review

Today I headed into Birmingham for lunch at Cucina Rustica Italian restaurant. Cucina Rustica is based in the Jewellery Quarter, which is about a 10 minute walk from New Street train station and Grand Central shopping centre. They serve authentic Italian food in a relaxed, bar-like atmosphere. Their cocktails are pretty good too! Cucina Rustica Starters When we arrived, we were given a copy of the large Cucina Rustica menu and their smaller specials menu. We were also treated to a basket of bread and olives whilst we browsed the menus. I went for the Funghi con Panna starter, which…

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Beer 52 Craft Beer Club Review and Discount Code

My husband is a nightmare to buy for at Christmas. I mentioned recently that he had his own unique ‘style’ when it comes to clothes. Not a style I’d care to emulate when I’m buying gifts. So I buy him books that he doesn’t read, experiences that he never uses or general stuff that he doesn’t need. So when I discovered Beer 52 craft beer club I realised this was the perfect gift. To hear more about Beer 52, read on! If you’re just here for the discount code (you can’t beat cheap beer after all) use the code PLUTONIUM10 for £10 off.…

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The Moments That Make Christmas

This is a collaborative post. As a blogger, Christmas starts early. I published my Christmas Days Out recommendations back in September. Last week my meaningful Christmas gift guide went live. And now I have to admit I’ve got to a point where I’m starting to feel a bit festive. Which got me thinking, what are the moments that make Christmas? Christmas Moments For us, Christmas starts with a visit to Santa. We wrap up warm and head to a garden centre, theme park or even just a local pub or shopping centre. We order from the Christmas menu and take part…

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Tea Tasting at Whittards in Grand Central Birmingham

A few weeks ago I met with the team from Grand Central shopping centre in Birmingham when I reviewed Caffe Concerto. I left there with a gorgeous goody bag and one of the things it contained was a little pot of strawberry mint tea and a tea infuser from Whittards.Since then I’ve been enjoying both the tea itself and drinking from an infuser. So when Whittards asked if I’d like to go for a tasting experience, I couldn’t say no. In fact, anybody can just drop in to Whittards and experience tea tasting themselves. So if you’re passing you can call in…

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Win Brunch with Pom Wonderful

Yesterday was one of the best mornings I’ve had in a long time. As usual I was woken up unnecessarily early. Instead of attempting to snooze with two children bouncing on my head and CBeebies blaring in my ear, I got up and went for a run. It was a beautiful day and the views were quite spectacular. After my run, top chef Paul Fielding from La Belle Assiette popped over to cook us brunch. On the menu were fresh and smoked salmon for the meat eaters (not me), scrambled egg, toasted muffins, garlic mushrooms and tomatoes and baked beans.…

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Chi Kitchen Birmingham – Review

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to review Chi Kitchen in Birmingham. This is a very upmarket Chinese restaurant situated on the third floor of Debenhams in the Bullring. They also have a Grab & Go counter on the ground floor of the same shop. I haven’t been to the Bullring much since I stopped working in Birmingham nearly four years ago, and had no idea that Chi Kitchen was there. However it is somewhere I am incredibly glad to have discovered and I would definitely go again. When we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and…

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