Naansters review

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Are you a Naanster?

That is the question penned on the back of a clever and delicious hot or cold Indian inspired snack that I was offered the chance to try for free a little while ago. I had written this post alongside a few others and my silly blogging platform hadn’t actually published them and I hadn’t noticed! Gutted is an understatement!

So what exactly is a Naanster anyway I hear you say!

Naanster is a unique and convenient handmade snack that comes in four tasty Indian flavours! Made with freshly cooked naan bread, our Naansters are filled with fluffy pilau rice with a topping of meat or vegetables and smothered in a Tikka, Madras, Rogan Josh or Balti sauce. To finish and complement the entire Naanster, we add a little mango chutney! 

I was sent two each of each flavour which had come at a really good time. I had been missing lunch or tea because I was so busy and I didn’t have time to cook a microwave meal. I needed food that was warm, filling and that would actually taste of something. Bung a curry filled pitta/naan into the microwave for about a minute and bobs your uncle I had some tassstttteeey food.
Many convenience foods don’t tend to have much in the way of filling; a blt sandwich may only have half a slice of bacon in it or a cheese and onion pasty won’t even contain a teaspoon of cheese. Needless to say I was impressed with the amount of curry and rice that was actually inside the naan bread!

I think my favourite flavour was the Balti one. It was so rich in flavour and the beef pieces were so soft and not chewy like some beef can be! It made me think of how much I really enjoy having a cheeky takeaway with a yummy curry and a warm soft naan; oh yes I can so have this for lunch now and not even feel guilty about it. So overall, yes, I do think I am indeed a Naanster now!

Beef Naanster Chicken BaltiChicken TikkaVegetable Tikka

World Mental Health Day

This week marks the annual mental health awareness day on the 10th of October 2014 with today in particular being bipolar disorder awareness day. Now this subject is a rather sensitive one for me and I’ve debated a long time in whether I could even bring myself to write about it. If you do want to comment, like or share on this post please be empathetic as you’re doing so reminding yourself on how it may make others feel.
Disorders of the mind are no laughing matter and are often toned down in conversation so as to not offend those who think it is still a taboo subject. It shouldn’t be though as one in four people will be diagnosed with at least mental health problem in their lifetime. And they do not just effect the individual diagnosed it also can have a dramatic impact on the family and friends surrounding them. I can’t talk on behalf of someone with schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder but I can talk about a few.

In August 2008 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 2 Rapid Cycling.

There I said it. Wasn’t so hard to write down was it? Well actually it was. So many people are ill informed and ignorant to what this disorder entails with far too many misusing the term bipolar to describe someone or something as being regularly changeable. I have people ignore me, turn their noses up at me, talk about me behind my back for being the crazy one and others have cut a conversation short with me just for admitting I have said illness. You wouldn’t do that to someone who said they had a different life long illness like diabetes; or would you? I write life long illness loosely. For me it’s like a life long sentence. A life time of dealing with other people’s ignorance, verbal abuse and general discrimination all for something I have no biological control over. Imagine going to bed every single night not knowing what kind of mood you will wake up with, constant fear of a brilliant day trip ruined by a depression so random so terrifying that you don’t want to leave your home. Fear of waking up like a child excited for their birthday when all there is to do is doing the housework. Don’t get me wrong being manic has its uses, it enables my creative side to flourish and with my confidence heightened I tackle challenges with a positive outlook with limited fear. But when I’m down I’m down. And it’s hell.

So what is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar – sometimes known as manic depression – is a severe mental health illness characterised by significant mood swings including manic highs and depressive lows. The majority of individuals with bipolar experience alternating episodes of mania and depression. Both males and females of any age and from any social or ethnic background can develop the illness. The symptoms can first occur and then reoccur when work, studies, family or emotional pressures are at their greatest. In women it can also be triggered by childbirth or during the menopause. The key to coping with bipolar is an early diagnosis, acceptance of the illness and adapting your lifestyle so you are in control of the symptoms as much as possible. Management of the illness can be achieved through strategies involving medication, health care, therapy and self management.  ( Taken from Bipolar UK )

For many years, even prior to diagnosis, Bipolar has been like a black cloud over my head always there waiting to start raining on my parade but since I have started to accept that I have Bipolar rather than saying I am Bipolar and I am always finding more ways to manage my stressors to keep my self stable.

Now for the big questions….. Does having Bipolar make me a bad person and does this mean in turn I am a bad mum??     NO I am a good person with a good heart, I have done bad things in the past and equally hurt a lot of people but any person with or without a mental illness is capable of doing this. Life happens it isn’t always a bed of roses. And like hell am I a bad mum. I work hard to give my children everything and more. Yes they’re aware that mumma has bad days and sometimes I’m tired and I don’t feel like doing much but they also know that I am exciting, we have fun and that I love them to the moon and back…plus one.

Plus there’s nothing wrong with dancing around with knickers on your head to silly music with my children!

Thank you for reading and please click on the links above, educate yourself and if you want to hear more about my battles with mental illness or have any questions..please…just ask. We’re all human.

Carla

Mirabilia Organic Olive Leaf Tea Review

Today I wanted to inform you about something I was lucky enough to try out a little while ago.  Majority of people love a good cup of tea right? But do you stick to the standard ‘english breakfast’ tea bags you can buy in your local supemarket or do you branch out into the wide variety of flavoured teas made from the leaves of different plants. Are you brave enough to venture into the world of loose tea? I did and I love it. Olive Leaf Tea bought to you by the brand Mirabilia is an organic, tanin and caffeine free loose tea grown and hand picked in the olive groves in Abruzzo, Italy.

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Doesn’t sound too appealing olive tea does it? I was sceptical about the taste I’m used to my english breakfast, earl grey, peppermint and chai teas but I am so glad I shook myself out of the childish mind set of that it would be gross without even trying it….Mind over matter and all that jazz…… although I must admit it did feel like a luxury digging the cafetiere!

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Opening the packet I was surprised by quiet a fruity smell, sweet almost despite the leaves being rather hard like bark. After leaving the tea to brew for about 5 minutes I poured myself a large drink to enjoy whilst I sat down and relaxed for a while! Looks good doesn’t it? And it was good; it was light and refreshing, a bit sweet and it didn’t leave any bitter after tastes like other teas have done before. My friends won’t try it they’re still a bit wary of it but I can assure you once you get over the initial fact that it isn’t your average tea you’ll love it. I am definitely buying more once I’ve finished this batch!

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Be sure to check out Mirabilia Tea site http://www.oleaft.com/olive-leaf-tea or @mirabiliaTea on twitter

…..I was sent a packet of loose tea for the purpose of this review, all opinions expressed are my own……

Olympia Beauty 2014

Hey All
It’s so weird listening to myself on playback on that mini vlog. Makes me want to never speak again.
I’m pretty sure I don’t sound like that in real life?!!!

Anyway, Olympia Beauty. Amazeballs!

One of UK’s premier beauty trade events – The Olympia Beauty Show – returns to the Olympia
Grand, on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd September 2014, offering therapists,
salon and Spa managers / owners, make up artists, hairdressers, nail technicians
and students the best in professional beauty, nails, tanning and complementary therapies.

I went on my own. It was terrifying; my first event leaving my home county on my own in years.
The anxiety played up especially seein as I had to take the tube- which meant ESCALTORS!!
I hate them friggin things.
But I really enjoyed myself. I met lots of new people, talked about new products on the market,
trialed out products and even spent money on myself; I had actually saved money just for me
and do you know what? I didn’t even feel bad. It felt good to actually have a treat day to myself!
I am sure I’ll be able to write another post shortly to tell you all about the goodies I got!

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Over the last few weeks leading up to the event I have been a bit chatty with a few brands that
would be exhibiting to really get a feel for what to expect on the day. One in particular is the awsome
ART PRO NAILS.

ArtPro Nail UK Limited is the sole UK distributor of ArtPro digital nail art printers and associated ancillaries.With a wealth of entrepreneurial and international beauty industry experience, the team behind the innovative British beauty brand are passionate and enthusiastic about working with only the finest, cutting-edge, unique beauty innovations.

“We are delighted to be the exclusive UK distributor for the revolutionary ArtPro digital nail printers. The traditional mould of nail art design has been broken, and digital beauty is now paving the way forwards.” Hannah Bawden, General Manager.

Imagine finding a funny picture, a photograph of your child, a piece of art you that you really love
now imagine if you could have that image on your nails. There is no chance that even the most
skilled of nail techs could ever get that much detial onto one tiny nail. However here comes the
exciting part ART PRO NAIL are a company that prints off ANY image on either a false nail or onto your
own nail!!!!!! I was so curious about these printers that I just needed to see them for myself.
I can honestly say that I was even more impressed than I had originally been.
The staff were so down to earth and it really felt like I was ‘wanted’.I was curious when just
last week they asked me what my five favourite things were and sneakily said they would have
a little something for me when I came to say hello.

Look at these beautys!!!!!!!
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I am sooooo chuffed and I can not say thank you enough to the lovely staff that took the time to organise creating these print nails for me and to then also take extra time to talk to me today despite it being VERYYYY busy!!!! I felt very special indeed!!

Please do check out their website, I know you want to!!!!!

Again thank you Olympia Beauty for organising a cracking day!

Carla
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Word Of The Week

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I’ve joined in with Word of the Week from the lovely Jocelyn over at The Reading Residence!
Here’s a little summary about this linky taken from her page ( hope you don’t mind J!!! )
If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. I comment on and tweet out every post, and it’s a friendly place, so come join in! All that I ask is that if you link up, you link back to me, and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and comment on their words, please.

My word is HELPFULNESS

This week has been tough. I feel like I’m a clown in the circus juggling with fire. I would not have been able to get through the week without peoples kind words combined with simple positive gestures just to make me smile. I have the best of friends and family and they have helped me so much as of late. Today I am still unwell so the children decided that they would be helpful to organise and fix the shoe rack and shoe box all on their own. I didn’t ask them to do it either I’m a lucky mumma indeed!
Over and out Randomers,
Carla
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The Reading Residence

Striking Mums

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

Happy Monday Everyone

I’ve joined Kate over on Kateonthinice.com with her new initiative Striking Mums to help women work together and support each other. Whether it be with their personal lives, self esteem or want to achieve something great this group of people are aiming to assist in making you feel supported offering advice where ever needed!

The first weeks topic is ”What is it you wish to achieve?”

Well it’s a very simple question but a not such simple answer from me. If you read my blog regularly you may already know that I have a 24 before 24 goal list( if you don’t check out the tab at the top of this page!).

I am learning to accept I need time to achieve superficial but yet still personal goals; knowing that I am not just a mum. I want to learn to accept who I am. I want to manage my lifestyle and find the right balance with all aspects of life. Sounds vague? I know. And I’m sorry. But maybe I shouldn’t apologise?

Who knows. Who. Knows.

My name is Carla, I’m a Striking Mum and I don’t want to be subject to stigmatisation any more.

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My Ice Bucket Challenge

Good afternoon everyone!

Just a quick post from me today but I thought I should share with you all my Ice Bucket Challenge.

Normally I wouldn’t par take in activity like this I absolutely hate being splashed in the face which I am sure you can tell by my twitchy hands. However, this is all in good fun and if it prompts more people to donate to the Motor Neuron Disease charity then I am more than willing to help. My friend E has been suffering with chronic migraines, loss of sensation in her limbs and generally her nervous system seems to be failing her; this is absolutely terrifying and we are all so very concerned about her. She is being tested for MND ( or ALS if you live in the States) and MS and they have yet to come to a diagnosis. By donating you will be helping research teams figure out a way of slowing down the process and understanding neurological diseases better which is turn can lead to quicker diagnosis and a better chance of being able to manage the degenerative illnesses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10QStn9F1oM

As you can see my lovely children helped me out they had great fun doing it and I loved !!!!hated!!!!!!!!!!! doing it too! I have nominated 3 people who absolutely love our friend E and I am hoping they will be able to donate and raise awareness too!

If you would like more information on the disease or would like to donate and don’t know how please check out the website http://www.mndassociation.org/

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Thank you for watching and please remember this isn’t any old trend going through the motions, there are many people in the motor with neurological diseases and without funding the charity’s can not continue to help everyone.

Thank you

Carla

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