cheltenham estate agentsOut of all of the years 2014 seems to be my luckiest and my busiest. I worked in Leeds, lived in Sheffield, moved back home to Leicestershire, spent a summer in Long Eaton and now – Cheltenham! I saw Katy Perry, danced and swam around in Malta, relaxed in Padstow and wearily walked around Paris (it is probably one of the strangest places that I have ever visited – what do you think?!) AND, Fonte, our 8 month black Labrador came into our lives this summer.

I finished 2014 by relocating to Cheltenham, moving into our quirky little house and starting my new job at a Cheltenham Estate Agents named Cook Residential where I look after digital marketing and admin.

This year has been amazing, I couldn’t be more grateful. If there is one thing that 2014 has taught me it’s to never, ever lie to yourself. Always be honest. Life is too short to settle for a life that you’re not wanting to lead.

What has 2014 taught you?

Lots of love,

Amy xo

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Naturally protecting delicate skin, the miamoo travel goodies is a pack full of miniature miamoo products that you can take anywhere! Small enough to fit into your handbag and under the limit so they can get through customs at the airport. And, just because they’re small that doesn’t mean they don’t last! The ingredients are so potent and effective that the natural products go a long way! TAKE a look at my review of the miamoo travel goodies below, I’m in love.

ALL products are from 98% natural sources, completely FREE of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petroleum Jelly/Waxes, SLS, Synthetic Colour/fragrance and PEGS.

“My philosophy is simple, to cherish delicate skin with the finest natural ingredients so that everyone is happy and confident in their own skin.” from Saira Khan, miamoo founder.

miamoo’s 3-step process
1. wash
- fresh locks 3-in-1 wash
- splashy wash for body & bath
- spritz and wipe
2. moisterise
- huggy lotion
- cheeky cream
3. massage
- baba oil

miamoo fresh locks shampoo

This shampoo gently washes away any grease from the hair leaving it feel soft and bouncy!

“3 in 1 face, body and hair wash, bursting with lavender, which gently soothes the skin, calms the senses and has natural anti bacterial properties. Aloe vera, jojoba, soya bean, rosemary, silk and vitamin E extracts moisturise the skin and hair giving outstanding results.”

CLICK to view more about fresh locks shampoo.

miamoo splashy wash

My skin is incredibly sensitive; my skin is irritated by chemical ingredients or heavily scented products and if I am rundown then I am prone to eczema flare ups. I found the miamoo splashy wash to be really soothing and kind on the skin (I’m thinking this has a lot to do with the aloe vera and jojoba in the ingredients), so good!

“With lemon oil to cleanse and soya bean, aloe vera, jojoba, chamomile and Vitamin E extracts to moisturise the skin, splashy wash is great for all skin types.”

CLICK to view more about splashy wash.

miamoo sprtiz and wipe

A cleanser that really works. It gently sweeps away grime from the day as well as makeup. Unlike most chemical based cleansers, the miamoo spritz and wipe is kind to the skin and doesn’t strip any moisture from the skin. Your skin is left feeling soft and supple!

“Overflowing with limewater and minerals, this spritz cleanses, moisturises and freshens the skin. The bitter orange extract freshens he Vitamin E moisturises whilst the complex minerals (magnesium, copper, iron and silicon) tone the skin.”

CLICK to view more about spritz and wipe.

miamoo huggy lotion

One of my favourite products out of the travel goodies is the miamoo huggy lotion. It feels amazing to apply as it easily glides on to the skin and quickly absorbs. The lotion is extremely light on the skin and my skin was left feeling gorgeous and silky.

“Crammed with orange flower water, sweet almond oil, marshmallow extract, wheat protein, silk and jojoba seed oil providing intensive moisturisation throughout the day. Easily absorbed into the skin leaving it silky soft to the touch.”

CLICK to view more about huggy lotion.

miamoo cheeky cream

If you’re looking for a heavy cream to protect the skin from irritation then the miamoo cheeky cream works wonderfully. Containing shea and cocoa butter, the cheeky cream works intensely on the skin. I used this on areas where I am most prone to having dry skin flare ups such as, the skin that surrounds my nose. The ingredients worked well, even when the pollen count has been horrendous for my skin this summer!

“The sweet almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, wheat protein and castor seed oil provide the deep moisturisation whilst the the zinc, beeswax and carnuba wax act as a waterproof barrier for the skin.”

CLICK to view more about cheeky cream.

miamoo baba oil

I love the way baba oil feels, simply spritz out a little oil and rub it into the area, this oil feels amazing to touch and leaves your skin feeling so nourished! miamoo baba oil is also suitable for vegans, too!

“Formulated with sweet almond , sesame seed, lavender oils and vitamin E, to nourish, moisturise, protect and heal dry skin.”

CLICK to view more about baba oil.

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Love & naturally loving our skin,

Amy x

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A lot of us struggle to get to sleep. We toss and turn, reflect on the days events and worry about our life situations, it can be frustrating! As well as feeling tired the next day, sleep deprivation has a negative impact on our minds and bodies. BUT – there are lots of natural ways to help get into good habits. We can eat foods that help us sleep, making relaxing associations to our bedrooms and creating bedtime routines. What do you think about meditation? After seeing her children struggling to sleep, my lovely friend Randi from BeautifullyBohemian.com has put together a guided meditation to help us all catch some zzzzs!

“Heal While You Sleep” is a 40 minute guided meditation for adults, children, and families. Using the calming elements of nature, this meditation will take you deep within yourself, healing all of your energy points (also known as chakras) from your roots to your crown. Included in this session is a wonderful blend of key notes that are crucial to the cleansing of each energy point. By using this meditation during your bedtime ritual, you will be able to bring your body into a relaxed state, as well as your mind and spirit (and on a deeper level, your cellular memory). This promotes a peaceful and full nights rest, allowing you to awake feeling refreshed and restored. You’ll be able to heal, from the comfort of your own bedroom, as you are guided into an imaginary nature walk filled with blissful imagery accompanied by powerful affirmations.

*NOTE: Track 1 is only a sample of “Heal While you Sleep.” Upon purchase, you will receive the entire 40 minute meditation (as a “bonus item”). Also included in this download is the “Heal While You Sleep” Users Manual (PDF). Thank you for your support!

Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? This meditation feels beautiful too. Before bedtime I find it difficult to mute my thoughts – I guess it’s one of the only disadvantages of having a overactive creative imagination! I am forever flying through pink skies, feeling the splash of warm oceans & listening to people with dreadlocks talk about crystals. It is good to stop, to focus on the now and to be conscious of our surroundings. And, the Heal While You Sleep meditation feels incredibly grounding. You will feel centred and peaceful, a perfect mind state for sleep! If you would like to try the meditation you can listen to a sample here.

Do you have any tips on getting to sleep at night? Tweet me!

Lots of love,

Amy xo

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green party

We live in unsettling times. Many of the securities that our parents and grandparents fought for – a functioning National Health Service, free education, and an affordable home – now look out of reach for most of us.

Coupled with this, climate change is bringing unpredictable and threatening weather patterns.

People feel let down by politicians, and yet there has been an explosion in political activism. People want to do things differently and aren’t afraid to be bold and challenging.

We believe that public services should be for the benefit of the public, not sold off in bits; we believe that education is worth investing in and not something that should mean a lifetime of debt; we believe in leaving behind a better world for our children and grandchildren.

This is the only world we have and its welfare, above all things, should be the highest priority for us all.

Politics should work for the benefit of all, not just those who shout the loudest or have the deepest pockets.

We believe in “The Common Good”.

A vote for the Green Party is a vote for The Common Good.

Vote for Real Change.

We’re fed up with policies that tinker around the edges.

We want real change that benefits people and the environment.

A real change: from austerity and welfare cuts to investment in decent jobs.

A real change: from privatisation for the benefit of the 1% to public management of essential services not driven by corporate greed.

A real change: from subsidies to fracking and dependence on fossil fuels to a sustainable world we can pass on to our children.

The Green Party stands for the real change we need. Real change for today and tomorrow. Real change to your life.

On May 22nd Vote Green Party. For The Common Good.

VOTE GREEN! Lots of love, Amy xo

*This is the Green Party Manifesto (words not my own).

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Once you have fuelled yourself with motivation for new beginnings, it’s good to have a loose plan at hand to act as a guide & keep on track. It will also act as inspiration for when you forget why you are doing what you are doing. It is incredibly useful to get your plan in focus and thing can be done by keeping a journal or simply writing a letter to yourself saying why you need to carry on and push through the doubt.

You may need to save for a new course and cutting back is tough. Keeping reminders close by will keep you on the straight and narrow towards your future.

Same with your social life, constant nights out are not going to get you anywhere. Seeing friends and family is important. The bi-weekly hangover is not. But taking regular breaks from your hard work is essential to keep great work and creativity flowing. Exercise, cook or meditate. I would suggest reading over watching television. Read something that inspires you, that motivates you and enlightens you further in your chosen topic of interest.

Same with rewards, if you truly know that you have work hard and deserve a treat. Take yourself out to your favourite café, buy yourself something long lasting and meaningful. Something, anything that you feel represents who you are and what you want to become.

All these things will help you to engage with yourself and enable you to move forward towards where you to go.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Liz is an avocado & smoothie loving blogger that is on a self-love and wellbeing journey. Through her journey Liz is featuring inspiring posts on nutrition, wellness + natural beauty on her blog to help others ‘make their way’ to living a mindful lifestyle. Follow Liz on Twitter + Bloglovin.

P.S. The George Lucas quote was designed by Rendition. Love it.

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When life feels chaotic, stressful and unbalanced it may mean that one or more of our chakras are blocked. Either physically or psychologically we may hold on to stressful past times, become preoccupied with current life situations or life without movement (ahem, office jobs!) In order to have a healthy mind, body and spirit our chakras need be opened by energy needs to be freely flowing throughout our bodies.

Since my nan passed away last year, I’ve found it very difficult to love. I started to associate love with pain, preventing my heart chakra from letting go. After telling this to Lauren from Zephorium Oils, Lauren recommended that I used their heart chakra products made with rose quartz and rose oils, as “rose quartz relieves grief and sadness, enabling us to let go of the past and embrace love. It rebalances the heart.” Zephorium Oils are potenised with crystals that clear the chakras. Every morning I spritz the aura spray on my neck, concentrate on love and begin the day manifesting love.

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Base Chakra - Ruby Crystal with Ylang Ylang to “ground, strengthen and soothe”.

Sacral Chakra - Carnelian Crystal with Sweet Orange Oil to be creative, increase vitality + keep in the present moment.

Solar Plexus Chakra - Citrine Crystal with Grapefruit Oil to alleviate depressive thoughts and to encourage optimism.

Heart Chakra (love) - Rose Quartz Crystal with Rose Oil to help us find “calm, peace and joy”.

Heart Chakra (balance) - Emerald Crystal with Jasmine Oil for “balance, giving and receiving love in equal measure”.

Throat Chakra - Aquamarine Crystal with Neroli Oil to unblock our thoughts and to enhance self expression.

Brow Chakra - Lapis Lazuli Crystal with Frankincense Oil for opening the third eye, protection and spiritual connection.

Crown Chakra - Amethyst with Lavender Oil for connecting to our “kindest wisdom and manifestion of a peaceful, calm world.”

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau.

Love lots,

Amy xo

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Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
The other day I practiced Kundalini Yoga for the second time. As I attended an intensive fitness class earlier that day I wanted to stretch out my muscles and feel relaxed before bedtime. I found the perfect video (see below), I loaded it up and sat in the room with the laptop in the corner. And then I hit play. I was so lost in the video; so focussed and calm. And afterwards, magical energy surged through my body. I felt amazing.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha.

In Kundalini, each ‘kriya’ or ‘yoga set’ focusses on different parts of the body; relaxing and focussing on each part to free the mind from emotions and to strengthen the body.

♡ You will calm your mind
Kundalini clears your mind and remove anything that is weighing you down, it will help you feel relieved from any anxiety and make you relaxed.

♡ You will strengthen your core & open your spine
Kundalini is represented by a coiled snake at the base of the spine. The practice of Kundalini focusses on strengthening the spine and uncoiling the snake and releasing the energy within.

♡ You will be more self-confident
By practising regularly you are devoting time to yourself, the practice will raise energy levels making you feel more vibrant & full of self-love.

♡ You will be more mindful
Kundalini yoga is a practice of awakening your mind, body and soul. You will raise your awareness and expands your consciousness.

Yoga love,

Amy xo

P.S. I took the photograph during a yoga class at Ozora Festival, it was beautiful <3

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Does your skin sting when applying beauty products? Eye creams and liquid eyeliners hurt me the most. When I was younger my eczema was awful, particularly around my eyes and on my arms. At the time I didn’t know much about the side effects of using beauty products that wasn’t made from natural sources. I cleansed with cheap makeup wipes and I moisterised with any body cream that made my skin smell like chocolate. My skin burned with rashes and my face was forever flaring up with bouts of dryness and sore patches. I applied prescriptive steroid creams which occasionally ‘disguised’ the problem but it never vanished. Then something changed.

I started using toxin free natural beauty products. I began cleaning up my diet; cutting out meat completely, saying no to supernoodles (I was a poor first year university student!) and reducing my dairy intake. And, a few months later, my eczema had disappeared! At the time I couldn’t believe that my cleaner lifestyle choices had such an affect on my skin, but now it makes clear sense.

Why you shouldn’t use beauty products with synthetic ingredients..

Fragrances contain over 2000 chemicals. A study by the Environmental Working Group (2002) found that these synthetic fragrances have been linked to a myriad of health problems from allergies to hormone disruption. The phthalates + other chemicals have caused infertility, birth defects, feminisation in boys, liver and kidney damage!

Toxic cleansing wipes + harsh cleansers (ahem, Clean & Clear) strip away your skins natural oils and pH levels which will either make your skin too dry or too oily.

Preservatives (aka. the root of all evil) disrupt your bodies hormones which speed up the ageing process and may make your skin way too dry or spotty, for e.g. parabens + phenoxyethanol are the worst of the worst and are linked to breast cancer, testicular cancer, brain & nervous system dysfunction. Scary!

The solution? Look for cleaner, toxin free products from natural sources.

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The 3 step process for flawless skin! Morning and night I dab a touch of the Green People Cleanser on to cotton wool and wipe away any wakeup and daily build up on the skin. The healing calendula and jojoba esters balance your skins oils to ensure that your skin doesn’t get too dry or too oily. The HYDRATE step (my favourite!) I love applying the luxurious 24 hour cream all over my face, the ingredients feel so good on the skin! It’s full of nutrients and anti-ageing ingredients like Tara Blush, Seaweed and Baicallin that regenerate the skin. Now it’s eye cream time. The formula feels smooth and leaves the delicate eye area feeling fresh. The avocado + perilla seed oil nourish the skin. The creams are quickly absorbed and you’re not left with any leftover product on the skin. Perfection! (you can buy the whole set here)

If you would like more advice about caring for sensitive skin or choosing the right sensitive skincare products, tweet @GreenPeopleUK or visit their website!

Toxin free revolution,

Amy xo

P.S. Over the summer I will be reviewing Green People’s Organic Sun Cream, watch this space!

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Flowbox giveaway
You could win a Flowbox full of healthy yummy treats and natural household products made by ethical & eco friendly businesses! As you can see from the photographs there are lots to try and I am so excited to be giving ONE of you lucky readers a chance to enjoy these gorgeous goodies!!

Founded by eco-conscious individuals who wished to make it easier to use natural & toxin free products. Flowbox makes it easier to try a variety of goodies, live a healthy lifestyle as well as supporting ethical businesses! EVERY month Flowbox delivers between 8-10 ethical and sustainable delicious edibles + household products to your door (the box is recyclable too!) You can order a one-off monthly box, 3-month & 6-month subscription (so no nasty contracts!) If you would like to read about the Flowbox subscription plans, simply click here.

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Biona Coconut Water (organic, vegan & gluten free)
Elephant Food! (organic & gluten free)
Faith in Nature Washing Up Liquid (organic, vegan & cruelty-free)
Loveraw Rosehip & Lemon Bar (organic, vegan & gluten free)
Montezumas Very Dark Chocolate Bar (organic, vegan & gluten free)
Sarah Smith Microfibre Cloths (eco-friendly)
Sunita Organic Pesto Genovese (vegan & organic)
Weleda Body Oil (vegan & fairtrade)

I will love you forever if you could LIKE + SHARE this post with all of your friends on Facebook too, thank you! ♡

♡ I wish you the BEST of luck lovelies
Terms & Conditions – this giveaway is open to all UK entrants & will close at midnight on May 18th 2014!!

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how much water should you drink a day
A well voiced question with lots of different answers. It varies from person to person, how healthy you are and how much physical activity you do that day. All we know for sure is that we have to drink it. Our bodies are around 60% water and every part of your body depends on water in order to function from our teeny tiny cells to our brains and organs! It is no surprise that being hydrated comes with a mountain of health benefits. TAKE a look at some of them:

Weight loss- water removes the bi-products of fat, fills you up and stops food cravings! Researchers have found that drinking 500ml of water can boost metabolism by 24%, the dieters who drank water lost 44% more weight over 12 weeks!

Energising – muscle tissue is 75% water so dehydration can lead to poor performance, drink up to balance those electrolytes, enhance your strength + revitalise during the day.

Strengthened immune system – prevents you from getting colds, heart disease and cancer!

Flushes away toxins – drinking water will help your body flush away toxins through urination + perspiration.

Increased brain function – your brain is made up of mostly water so drinking lots of water will help you focus & keep you alert!

Maintains your digestive health – water is essential for digestion, keeping hydrated will reduce bloating and aid healthy digestive processes…aka. regular poos!

Improves your complexion – drinking water keeps your skin cells hydrated + make your skin glow!

Makes you happy! – as your body relies on water so much dehydration can make you moody, drink more for wellness!

We are always advised to drink more water, but, how much water should you drink a day? HERE is a simple formula you can follow…

Your weight (lbs) x 67% (or multiplied by 67 then divided by 100)
= water in oz you should drink per day.

ADD 12oz of water per 30 minutes you workout.

*to convert ounces into millilitres simply multiply it by 28.4.

For example:

155lbs X 67% = 103.18oz (2930.3ml or 2.93 litres).

In order to live a healthy lifestyle we have gotta stay hydrated, If you want to know more about how keeping hydrated read this amazing article – this lady drank 3 litres of water for 3 weeks, I can’t believe the transformation!

When you finish reading this drink a glass of water,

Amy xo

P.S. How much water do you drink per day? Is it more or less than the calculated amount? To shake water up a bit zing up your water by infusing it with fresh fruit! I sourced the gorgeous image from here.

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