Affordable healthy snacks to try

I decided to have more healthy snacks this year and I have so far successfully stuck to it. I have cut down on crisps, salted snacks and cookies and made way for more healthy snacks. You could have three healthy meals a day, but unknowingly you may add unwanted calories, sugar or salt to your body in the form of sneaky snacks you have between meals.

Sometimes healthy snacks can be expensive, so I tried to compile a list of affordable snacks. Being the lazy student as I am, I also try to find snacks that are easy to make and eat. These are ones that I have tried to snack on when I feel peckish.

  • Bananas or Apples – you can get organic bananas and apples at really affordable prices from most shops.
  • Unsweetened yogurt or Greek yogurt – I usually buy the unsweetened ones to avoid unwanted added sugar. This gives me more control over the sugar that goes in my yogurt. I usually sweeten it with natural honey.
  • Clementines/Easy peelers – mainly because I don’t want to cut up an orange and then eat it.
  • Plain almonds – I usally buy the pre-portioned packets of nuts to stop me from eating a full packet of almonds or cashews in one sitting. Smaller packs also make it easier to have it on the go. You could also buy the bigger packs and make smaller ones at home. It can be much cheaper that way.
  • Popcorn without any added butter or salt/sugar – not the microwaveable ones. You could either make them at home or buy the healthier air-popped popcorn packs.
  • Nut butter and rice cakes –  I love my nut butters, whether it be peanut, almond or cashew. To stop me from going overboard with the nut butter, I stick to two tablespoons each day. If I am on the go, I just take with me the nut butter pouches that are available in most shops these days. I either go for Meridian (100% peanuts) or Pip and Nut (98% peanuts and sea salt) and they have no added sugar.

I buy most of my snacks other than the fruits from Holland and Barrett as they are mostly affordable and they usually have good offers regularly, such as the ‘Buy one get one half price’ happening right now. During such offers I tend to stock up on my essential snacks to help me save money. Why pay full price when you know it will go on offer 🙂 I don’t know what I’ll do without a Holland and Barrett.

I don’t have an Asda nearby. But when I come across one, I pop in to buy some snacks from them as well.

 

Hope you guys found this post useful. Take care

 

 

Product review – Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask

Couple of weeks ago I bought the Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask after seeing it everywhere. I bought it for 99p from Boots when it was on sale.

The description on the product states

Super-hydrating revitalising mask 

  • Intensely rehydrates skin
  • Reduces the look of fine lines
  • Revives radiance

Since it was extremely cold for a week in London I thought to give my skin some pampering. I have oily/combination skin and usually my face looks dehydrated after a going out in the cold weather. I was also ill for a couple of days so an intense hydration for my skin was needed.

When I first put it on, it sat on my face well and did not slide off. It contained a lot of serum that I thought it would slide off my face when I stood up – but it didn’t. I didn’t also have a problem with the shape or size of the mask as it fit me quite well and didn’t have much overlapping layers. I felt this nice, cold, tingling sensation on my face, so I thought that the product must be working.

After the stated 15 minutes, I took it off. The mask was still moist and there was quite some serum on my face. I just massaged it into my face and left it there to dry before going to bed.

The next day I saw that my skin looked plumper and radiant. But as the days got on I felt that the oily parts of my face were a bit more oily. So the mask has worked and given me hydration and plumpness. However, I felt that the oily zones of my face got more oily/hydrated that it felt a bit sticky. But the hydration lasted a good few days.

This mask would world well with normal or dry skin however not so much with my oily/combination skin. I would stick to using it only during the harsh, cold winter months when my skin is really dry. I have also seen some reviews that it was harsh on some sensitive skin people. So please do be careful if you have sensitive skin.

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Hope you guys found this post useful. Take care.

Post-Valentine’s Day sales tips

Now that all the hype of Valentine’s Day has gone by, it is the start of the Post-Valentines’s Day sales. Now is the right time to buy those discounted flowers, chocolates and other VDay themed items you had your eyes on.

  • If you regularly buy flowers for your home or would just like to decorate your room, now is the right time to buy those big bouquets of flowers as they are literally half price or less. Most stores and supermarkets will be reducing the prices as they will be looking to sell off all their Valentine’s Day flowers and stock quickly. So go get them before they are all gone.
  • It is also the right time to buy chocolates. You could buy discounted chocolates and stock them up if you have any occasions coming up. Easter is also less than two months away so you could give them away as gifts (that is if the chocolates last that long at your house). However, do we really need a reason to buy chocolates 😀 . If you think that heart-shaped chocolates cannot be given as gifts, you could buy milk or dark chocolates and use them in recipes that need them – like in muffins or cookies.
  • Similar to my Post-Christmas sales tip, Valentine’s Day themed wrapping papers and gift bags can be bought at discounted prices. You can stock these up as wrapping paper that has hearts on or other love messages can also be used on gifts for anniversaries, loved ones birthdays or generally any gifts to your loved ones. If they are plain red, pink or white/cream in colour, it is more versatile as they could be used to wrap gifts for a little girl’s birthday or for Easter/Christmas gifts. The same goes for gift bags.
  • Last but not least, anything Valentine’s Day themed will be on sale. I had my eye on a couples heart and arrow key chain when it came in store for VDay. It was priced at £4. However, I knew the price would go down and so I waited and bought them today for £1. It may not seem much of a difference to others but saving £3 is a big thing for me. Now I have the heart key chain and my boyfriend has the arrow key chain. Many mugs and plates are also on sale – maybe stock up on those as well.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. Take care and have a nice day,

Valentine’s Day on a budget – Part 2

Hi guys. This is Part 2 of my Valentine’s Day on a budget post. If you haven’t checked out Part 1, you can do so here. As I mentioned in Part 1, these tips usually suit those couples who have been married/in a relationship for a longer period of time as there will be an understanding as to why you are celebrating a Valentine’s Day on a budget. Usually those new-in a relationship tends to find this day as a day to showcase their love and buy lavish gifts. Anyway here a two more budget tips.

  • Check out voucher websites

As mentioned in my first tip in Part 1, there is no shame in using voucher codes or coupons to pay your bill. If you both understand that you got to save money for future goals/purchases, it will definitely be OK. However, make sure that your code is valid to use on Valentine’s as some restaurants exclude certain days. Some loyalty card companies also offer deals to turn your points into vouchers to pay for your meal or for romantic days out. Look out for such emails or check out their websites to help you get these vouchers.

For example –

Tesco’s is currently doing an offer with its Clubcard points. Check out this link.

Many voucher code websites also offer fantastic discounts on chocolates and flowers. Buying such things online is another way to save money. Just by doing a quick Google search, you will be able to find such deals.

Food for thought – do you really need to buy that huge bouquet and a box of chocolates to impress your partner? Trust me, the prices of those bouquets literally get slashed to half price the next day and I have seen so many men buy the reduced priced bouquets. However, it is your call, if you think that it is within your budget, go ahead and buy them at regular price. If you think that chocolates and flowers are not that important, you could save that money and buy a gift that your partner will actually like and cherish for a longer period of time. Chocolates and flowers are short-lived gifts so why not buy them a gift that will last longer.

  • DIY it

If you think you are good at DIYs, then this is a right time to give it a go. Instead of buying expensive cards or gifts, you could try to make a card yourself. You could get cheap art and craft materials from pound shops or stationeries and create a card of your choice. You could personalise it as you want and include your own personal message.

You could also follow easy DIY gift tutorials on YouTube to give a handmade gift to your partner. They will appreciate the time, effort and thought you put in that gift and it is also a sign of affection. They will probably cherish it more than any store bought gift. You know your partner best, so you only know what to get them.

I hope these tips have helped you in some way to help to celebrate your Valentine’s Day. Have a wonderful one guys. Take care.

Valentine’s Day on a budget – Part 1

With a week remaining for Valentine’s Day, every couple’s thought would be “What shall we do for this Valentine’s?” For those on a budget, this is even a tougher question to answer. So I have compiled a list of tips for those trying to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget. This is Part 1 of 2. These tips will suit more for those who have been in a relationship for a longer period of time. This is because those new in a relationship often find this romantic day as a day to splash out and impress their dates.

  • Eating out on a budget

If you have been in a relationship/married for a while, there is no shame in choosing to use a voucher on a meal or selecting the cheaper set menu the restaurant offers. Usually during this period, many restaurants offer set menu deals for Valentine’s Day which are often at affordable prices.

For example –

Strada is doing a 2 courses + prosecco deal from £19.95. Pizza Express is doing a similar meal deal from £16.95.

Prezzo’s Valentine’s Day deal – 3 courses for £22.95 or 2 courses for £19.95. This also includes a glass of prosecco.

Just choose a lovely location such as by the river or go to your partner’s favourite restaurant.

  • Eating at home

If you choose to stay at home and eat in, you have two options. The first option is to cook your partner’s favourite meal. There are so many recipes online these days to help you cook easy meals or less time-consuming meals at home. You could even choose recipes based on what you have at home so you don’t have to go out and buy ingredients for just one meal.

The second option, which is also a lazier option is to order take away. These days many supermarkets have started to offer Valentine’s Day meal deals which you can also go for. These deals usually come out on the 9th/10th of February, so check out their websites or go in-store to find more about the deals.

For example –

Tesco’s Valentine’s meal deal – 2 sides, 2 mains, 2 desserts and a choice of wine or chocolates for £20

Waitrose is doing a £20 meal deal with 3 courses and a bottle of fizz

Morrisons is doing a £10 meal deal with 1 side, 1 main, 1 dessert and 1 drink

Check out you local supermarket for the deals they do and have a romantic night in.

 

NB. All prices are correct on the date of publishing this post.

Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration for under £30

With Valentine’s Day just ten days away I thought to give you guys some outfit inspiration if you are looking for a date night dress or a party dress. All these outfits are under £30 with some being under £20. I have added different styles to suit all your style needs – ranging from casual to sexy. Even if you don’t have any plans or a date, do we need a reason to buy a new dress? Many of these stores are offering discounts right now, so it is a great time to grab a deal.

 

  1. New Look Bright Pink Multi Strap Side Split Bodycon Dress
  2. New Look Black Velvet Glitter Off The Shoulder Bodycon Dress
  3. New Look Burgundy Sequin Sleeveless Bodycon Midi Dress
  4. New Look Black Choker Neck Sheer Panel Metallic Bodycon Dress

 

5. MissGuided Pink Metallic Split Front Textured Midi Skirt

6. Boohoo Boutique Clare Lace High Neck Bodycon Midi Dress

7. Boohoo Jo Sequin Stripe Open Back Bodycon Dress

8. Asos Club L Mini Dress with Lace Cape

 

9. Boohoo Lucy Statement Back Skinny leg Jumpsuit

10. Boohoo Boutique Lia Lace and Metallic Maxi Dress

11. Boohoo Perri Strappy Wrap and Tie Detail Midi Dress

12. MissGuided Faux Leather Seam Detail Midi Skirt Black

I hope you guys find this post useful. Please do leave a comment below if it has helped you find an outfit. Thanks.
P.S. All photos are taken from the respective websites.