Proceive the UK’s most advanced fertility supplement*

Trying for a baby? How can you give you and your partner the best chance to conceive. Taking the decision to start a family can be an exciting time for a couple but sadly infertility can cause an unsettling time due to problems either as a result of poor quality sperm or problems with ovulation. I know first hand how emotionally difficult it can be to face the roller coaster that is infertility. Fortunately my rainbow arrived in 2014 after a number of years battling the big “I” due to PCOS. I make no secret how challenging it is for those of you who have read my blog will know the struggles I faced. Of course there is no guarantee to most things in life but I am a strong believer in taking a preconception supplement to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.

According to the NHS around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK. You’re more likely to get pregnant if you and your partner are both in good health. Making some changes to your lifestyle may improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.  A new study has sparked fresh fears over the future of male fertility, as scientists find male sperm quality is falling. Fertility clinics found that the number of moving sperm found in men’s samples is dropping by as much as 1.8 per cent every year. Meanwhile, another study found that male fertility is declining in five out of six US cities, reports The Daily Mail.

It can be difficult to get all the nutrients you need from your diet in today’s busy world. Proceive is a range of scientifically formulated fertility supplements for men and women trying for a baby. Proceive is designed to support nutritional needs of the body. It provides the most comprehensive formulations including amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Proceive’s Health Nutritionist Gaye Godkin recommends couples trying to conceive make a  conscious decision to eat a healthy balance diet. The good news is Gaye suggests lots of tasty foods including dark chocolate (in moderation!), a great antioxidant.

Men have to produce between 40 and 300 million sperm cells to be fertile. This is an intensive process and the energy involved in creating these cells is significant.  Getting the environment right and developing good quality sperm cells are a key factor when trying for a baby. A deficiency in any nutrient may have an impact on male fertility.

The Proceive range consists of five fertility and preconception nutritional supplements:

Proceive Women is designed to support the female reproductive system and provide the
nutrients which are scientifically shown to help play a vital role in supporting the hormonal
system and the development of quality egg cells. RRP. £24.95.

Proceive Women Max contains 33 vitamins and minerals and is designed for women over
35 years of age or women over 18, who have been trying for a baby for 12 months or more.
RRP. £49.95

Proceive Dual Pack for him and her the PROCEIVE WOMEN’S pack and the PROCEIVE
MEN’S pack RRP £44.95.

Proceive Men is designed to help support the nutritional demands of the male reproductive
system. Key benefits of Proceive Men include healthy sperm support, energy support,
antioxidant supports and blood flow support. RRP. £24.95.

Proceive Men Max contains 33 vitamins and minerals for men and is designed for men over
40 or any men over 18 years of age who have been trying for a baby for 12 months or more.
RRP. £49.95

So if you are hoping to start a family of your own I wish you the best of luck and wish you a healthy, smooth pregnancy. A supplement like Proceive could make all the difference. Be sure to check with your GP should you wish to take it.

 

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*I was sent the Proceive supplements range and all opinions are 100% my own.

Spa Experience UK*

For those of you who follow me on social media will know how incredibly hectic 2018 has been for me and mine. A lot of changes have occurred some expected and some unexpected. It was therefore a fabulous surprise when I received a lovely email last October asking me to be a reviewer for the Spa Experience UK Bethnal Green spa at York Hall, a Thermal Spa Experience set in one of London’s oldest Turkish Baths.

There is a genuine appreciation for emails like this as a blogger and I couldn’t turn down a lovely opportunity. With the house extension disrupting our family life I have to admit I have been neglecting my body on the inside and outside. I was kindly offered to try a treatment of my choice and went along last month for a couple of hours of R&R. I felt a tad guilty going as Jay has been very clingy as of late but I realised after how vital it is to look after ourselves and experience a treatment to calm the senses. Life is for the most part chaotic as we all know and my time there was certainly not wasted and just what I needed.

York Hall Day Spa is an affordable award winning day spa in Bethnal Green and the finest spa of its kind in London’s East End.  The historic York Hall was originally built in 1929 and fully refurbished and restored in 2005 to create a unique experience for anyone seeking a memorable and uplifting spa day in London. I was welcomed by the staff and immediately given a dressing spa gown and slippers to change into. I decided to head into the historic and inspiring spa area space.

This included two Aroma Steam Rooms, Turkish Baths (Tepidarium, Caldarium and Laconium), a Sauna, an Ice Fountain, a Monsoon Shower, a Bucket Shower, a Plunge Pool, Hammam and a Relaxation Lounge. I arrived late afternoon and it was so peaceful I forgot I was in London. I took the opportunity to visit each area. The bucket shower definitely made me jump!




There’s a considerable choice of Spa Experience Signature treatments and packages, including body treatments, facial treatments, and massage therapies. Complementing the traditional thermal therapies  are leading International spa brands including Elemis, La Sultane de Saba, Murad, CND and Fake Bake.

I absolutely loved the treatment I selected and definitely had a Cleopatra moment as the whole experience felt really indulgent. I’ve never seen shea butter with gold before and asked Irine to slather me in as much anti-ageing elixir as possible!

Gold Turkish Delight (70 mins)

Includes Full Body Scrub, Full Body Enveloping Massage, and Facial

La Sultane De Saba, provided a delicately sweet and mesmerising aroma of Turkish delight oil along with 9 carat gold minerals. This indulgent treatment left my body with a shimmering veil of gold. Quite a sight!

La Sultane De Saba Black Soap Cleanse, Scrub and Wash

This is a wonderful taster treatment to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate the body. Black soap with eucalyptus used for a traditional, deep cleanse exfoliation packed with vitamins to nourish the skin whilst the antiseptic properties of the eucalyptus clears the pores.

La Sultane De Saba Turkish Delight

I would like to extend my thanks to the beautiful Irine who was so kind and explained the treatment and products used in great detail. I knew I was in good hands and felt at ease.  I can honestly say it was so relaxing and at the same time invigorating to have the body cleansed in this way. My skin was super smooth and shimmered with the gold.

One thing I noticed leaving the spa (other than the rain) was how easy it is to forget to look after ourselves and we all need a pamper from time to time. If you have any SPA EXPERIENCE UK places near you then please do take a look at the treatments offered and if you’re feeling generous treat that special someone!

Thank you Spa Experience UK!

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  • I was kindly gifted a treatment of my choice and use of the thermal spa (normal price £99) all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pigeon Organics


Dressing up the kids you either love it or find it challenging. Ever since Jay was born I have been keen on  colourful, ethical and organic childrenswear. Based in the UK Pigeon Organics are devoted to producing organic and high quality, soft clothing for babies and younger children.  The cotton is of the highest quality possible and the designs are really special and eye-catching. I have friends who dress their children in the contemporary prints and there have always been nice compliments about the clothing. Jay was kindly sent two items and this was a lovely surprise as we have seen the gorgeous social media posts and the items exceeded my expectations.

I think it’s incredibly important to mention the brand’s impressive stance when it comes to the environment and helping organic farming families. Pigeon Organics is GOTS certified company, choosing organic cotton for quality products that are softer, kind to skin, better for the environment and the people that make them.

Organic Cotton production involves replacing the synthetic pesticides and fertilisers with natural ones, then using crop rotation and mixed planting. This means less exposure to chemicals for the farmers and in the environment. Any ‘seconds’ eg. garments with small printing faults and end of season stock is donated to charities working with vulnerable babies and children. I love that and glad to see a brand make every effort to help where they can.

Jay loves his viking print top and navy jogger bottoms both incredibly soft and wash/keep so well. He can be so fussy at times with clothes but these garments have that soft hand feel and really showcase ethical and responsible fabric. There is a range of products from hats, dresses, jackets, gilets, pyjamas, onesies and snuggle suits. Our items arrived beautifully presented and the quality is evident the moment you hold the fabric.

Pigeon Organics collection is colourful and contemporary. Great attention has been paid to the finished product, offering you a high quality range, comfortable to wear and practical to care for. I highly recommend the brand and wish them continued success.
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* I was gifted two items in exchange for an honest review.

Living DNA

Like a lot of people I have always wondered about my ancestry. Over the years I’ve had chats with my parents who were both born in Gujarat in India about our roots and migration throughout time. I was recently offered the opportunity to find out more about my DNA and the ethnic and geographic origins of my ancestors.  I took the test offered by Living DNA and my results came through really quickly 5 weeks to be precise from the date I posted my sample (mouth swab) back. This was a lot earlier than the time specified in the kit. I was completely surprised to learn that my ancestry covers 26 countries going back thousands of years.

This knowledge has made me appreciate how we are all so very unique. I love watching programmes like ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ so this is probably the closest I will ever get to learning more about my past. It’s been a fantastic subject of discussion in our household. The test looks at your ancestry in incredible detail by looking at 3 types of DNA (Your Family Ancestry, Motherline Ancestry and, if male, your Fatherline Ancestry) and looking at not only where each piece of your DNA is from but how those pieces are related to each other, through proprietary technology.

Results will show ancestors movements at several points in time between 80,000 to 150,000 years ago from the point modern humans migrated out of Africa to where they moved through several eras spanning thousands of years. Living DNA uses the newest DNA chip and innovative software technology. It does sound so complex but all worth knowing.

How to use the kit:

  • Online order,through the option offered on the website. The test kit is then sent straight to the provided address.
  • Kit activation, which is also done online for the purpose of correlating your sample with the results.
  • Sample collection, with the provided easy-to-operate mouth swab.
  • Posting the kit back, using the provided free returns bag.
  • Viewing your results online within 10 to 12 weeks.

Within each of your cells, you have thousands of mitochondria, structures which supply energy to the cell. Your mitochondria has their own DNA, which makes it possible to trace the motherlines of individuals across the world and see how they connect. As our ancestors changed how they were living, from generations to generations, it created changes in the mtDNA which is shown as branches of the mtDNA tree.

My motherline signature belongs to the U2 group.  U2 and its subgroups are found across much of Europe the Middle East and Asia, but despite this it is still a very rare lineage. It is widespread, but found in low frequencies. So here we go my ancestry is varied. I haven’t gone into the percentages but there is a full breakdown on the online portal and much more detail which took me an hour or so to process!

Dravidian

Uttar Pradesh

Sri Lankan

Kamchatka

Pakistan

Gujarat

Andhra Pradesh

Kerala

Punjabi

West Bengal

Madhya Pradesh

Maharashtra

Thailand

Telengit

Kalmyk

Poland

China

Italy

Iran

Caucasus

Czech Republic

Saudi Arabia

Slovakia

Tibet

Libya

Armenia

Quite fascinating to learn that someone from India and someone from Europe are more closely related genetically than two men from adjoining villages in West Africa.  Living DNA presents the fact that we are more alike than different.

WE ARE ALL MADE UP OF US!

You can purchase your own Living DNA kit here for £99.00

Which also makes a fabulous gift idea for the person who has everything!

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Bella

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*The kit was kindly sent to me in return for an honest review.

Luxury Prestige Hamper Review*



’Tis the season to be indulgent!

There is one gift I absolutely love to give and receive you’ve guessed it a hamper containing goodies whether they be savoury or sweet! Gift hampers can be given all year round of course but for me Christmas ingredients for an indulgent and delicious festive period packaged up in a box is really special and fun. I was incredibly excited to receive a luxury Christmas hamper recently from Prestige Hampers, an online gift service based in Cheshire that specialise in hampers containing only the finest foods and wines.

I was genuinely impressed the moment I opened the box to reveal the beautifully decorated chest or trunk if you want to call it. I’ve always associated hampers to be wicker baskets so this was certainly different and caught my eye. If you’re looking for a brilliant gift idea for the foodie in your life this Christmas do have a look at the beautiful hampers in the range. There is an incredible amount of choice to spread some Christmas cheer this year. A gift hamper brings people together in my opinion and what better to share food and drink with the people who matter.

I am very tempted to donate this beauty of a gift to our local church for their annual Christmas dinner held for the elderly. Each quality item in the chest did not disappoint!

Gift Hamper £74.99

Included:
Water Stop Station Chardonnay 75cl
Water Stop station Shiraz 75cl
Red Velvet Crunch Biscuits 150g
English Breakfast Tea 40g
Milk, White and Dark Chocolate Classics 120g
Shortbread Festive Shapes 60g
Matthew Walker Classic Christmas Pudding 100g
Iced Fruit Cake 400g
Dark Chocolate Bar 60g
Mackays Christmas Marmalade 113g
Mackays Christmas Preserve 113g
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Yorkshire Crisps 100g
Handmade Smoked Oatcakes 125g

The perfect collection of foodie goodies at Prestige Hampers

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Bella

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