Friday, 8 May 2015

Coco's Treats from Pet Shop Bowl

Not so long back, Coco and I were treated by the lovelies over at Pet Shop Bowl and we were sent the most generous care package! Firstly, if you don't know about my cute little bundle of joy then read this post all about her :-)

Dogs will be dogs and they will eat anything and everything in sight? No. Not Coco. As she grows older she is becoming the fussiest dog I have ever known. I've lost count of how many times I've bought different brands of food in the hope that she will actually eat it. However she has absolutely loved all the food in this package, to my surprise, and she has already finished it all. In the matter of a fortnight! And what's best is that I feel 100% confident that the foods I'm feeding her are very healthy and are doing her good.

Coco is a French Bulldog/Pug and they are known to suffer from very sensitive stomachs, so I have to be careful about the foods I choose to feed her as she often gets stomach upsets. This was something that I informed Pet Shop Bowl about and this Huntland Grain Free puppy food was a perfect pick on their behalf. This puppy food is 100% natural and grain-free, 60% meat/fish and 40% vegetables and botanicals. Coco adored this dry food and never left her bowl full once! And what's even better is that it's such good value in comparison to supermarket prices and ingredients. This 2kg bag is usually priced at £12.99, although is currently on sale for only £4.99.

The second item in our package was Naturediet Puppy Dog Food. At first I was apprehensive about giving this to Coco as her stomach doesn't usually like wet foods, but she was absolutely fine. This 390g tray fed her for the whole day. I decided to heat it up in the microwave, as is advised, and she went crazy when she caught a whiff of it! She couldn't get enough of it. These trays are specifically selected to meet the dietary needs of a puppy - all their products are made with meats certified as suitable for human consumption which means they're eating the finest quality ingredients! I think it's important that we wouldn't feed our pets anything that we wouldn't think is safe to eat ourselves.Very happy with his product and I'll be ordering more - they have so many flavours to choose from.

And the last product was a nice little treat for her - and a treat for me too because her breath stinks, hehe. It was these Pedigree Dentastix that are a solution to dogs dental health. And they must be pretty tasty too because Coco was trying to rip open the packet as soon as the box was opened - very unlike her! These little sticks are infused with plaque and tartar fighting ingredients, which if fed to your dog once a day will reduce build up by 80%! Coco actually really enjoys these sticks and haven't played her stomach up at all, like other Pedigree products have done before. I'll definitely continue to buy these as a daily treat for her!

And as we have only one Dentastix left I thought I'd give her a little treat right now... What a cutie! I posted a video on my Instagram of her chewing on one like crazy, and she looked so adorable. 


Thank you so much to Pet Shop Bowl for treating Coco to some delicious foods! I now feel confident that I'm feeding her healthy, good quality food that won't upset her little digestive system :-)

If you're at all interested, Pet Shop Bowl have a massive sale on at the minute and all the foods that Coco tried are included! 



Saturday, 28 March 2015

My Healthier (No Sugar!) American-Style Pancakes

A few of weeks ago, James and I took a visit to one of my favourite cafes in Norwich, No 33 Cafe. They serve up delicious breakfasts, brunches and basically every cake you could dream for! We both tried their amazing and very popular American style pancakes which I totally fell in love with. But of course, they were obviously very unhealthy and a real treat, so I felt inspired to create my own 'healthier' recipe. I've been experimenting and I think I've found my perfect combination so I thought I'd share it with you :-)

20g whey protein (I used The Protein Works in Vanilla Creme)
20g strong wholemeal flour
10g flaked oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 square dark chocolate (I used Lindt 90% Cacao), chopped
about 10g raisins
2 eggs (1 whole egg, 1 egg white)

2 tbsp fat free natural yogurt
small handful blueberries
1 strawberry
1 small banana
about 10 almonds


1. Mix all dry ingredients together (protein, flour, baking powder, oats, raisins + cacao). Crack in the eggs and stir. Add milk to desired consistency - I like mine to be quite thick so I didn't add too much. Whisk with an electric whisk until bubbles show, or hand whisk if you're feeling strong!

2. Heat a frying pan (I used a crepe pan) over a low-medium heat. Grease your pan, I used olive oil spray, and scoop out your first pancake. Use about 3 tbsp of mixture for each pancake and this should give you about 3 large pancakes.

3. When pancake starts to produce bubbles/holes then flip. The base should be nice and golden and the chocolate should have melted into the mixture (Mmm!). Repeat this step for all pancakes.

4. Then you're ready to top with goodies! 

These are so easy, so delicious and taste just as good (if not better - honestly!) than the unhealthy ones! They're perfect post-workout, perfect for a cheat day treat and absolutely perfect for brunch at the weekend... My favourite way to enjoy them!

Yum yum :-)


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Missguided Vs. Self Portrait


This weekend, I am attending a Charity Ball in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. This will be the first time I've been to a fundraising event and it is for a fantastic cause so I'm very excited and obviously looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous gowns! Me being (fussy) me - I just don't feel right wearing a full length gown and couldn't find anything I remotely liked, so I decided to just get something pretty that I will at least feel comfortable in. 

That is when I spotted this stunning dress by Self Portrait on the ASOS website. I have been totally obsessed with it, looking at it every day... And although it is absolutely beautiful, unfortunately it comes with a rather large price tag of £219. Ouch. Big no no in such short notice.
However, while desperately scrawling through pages and pages of dresses on the Missguided website I came across this. An almost (perhaps purposeful?) dupe of the Self Portrait dress, for an absolute fraction of the price!

It arrived in the post today and it looks even more identical to the Self Portrait dress in real life. I'm shocked by the amazing quality of material and how it has been made. I cannot wait to wear it this weekend and I couldn't wait until Saturday to share this find with you! I'm sure an outfit post is to follow :-)

If you're at all interested in more information on the Charity Ball, you can read about it here.