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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Thanks for reading

Bella

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

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!

Thanks for reading

Bella

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

This Girl Can

I realise I haven’t written a personal post for a while so here I am giving a little life update because in the blogging world it’s good to be consistent and of course write from the heart about the things that matter to you. Writing as I’ve come to realise is not only an art form, it can also be a form of therapy. This blog has always been a creative outlet for expression. I have been inspired by three lovely friends of mine  to get tapping away at the keyboard. Vicki, Lucie and Jess.

Motherhood is a lot harder than I thought it would be I still haven’t worked out whether that’s because I am a little older or whether it’s just that I over complicate things. My life in the past 4 years has drastically changed and I am a resilient woman who has tackled a lot during this time.  I think more parents in particular are turning to blogging and video blogging (vlogging) as a way of connecting with like minded people record memories as well as share the good and the not so good.  This guy is the main reason I started writing my blog on the 5th July 2014.

I love having a YouTube channel to run alongside the writing although it is quite challenging managing both at times.  Yes it can seem like over sharing but in my opinion a great way to help others and inspire. Becoming a sponsored vlogger for Channel Mum continues to be one of my favourite things ever.

I genuinely work with a wonderful team and I can really appreciate the power of YouTube working to influence and entertain many people. My advice to anyone thinking about starting a channel is to “just start”.  If you’re not sure or don’t feel confident then you can always record videos on your phone use insta stories get used to filming yourself, little steps which might just be the start of something amazing in your life!

For those that already know me I am devoted to my family.  I have been a stay at home (working mum) for a few years and  Jay starts Reception Class at Primary school next week. I am already beginning to get the butterflies, you know this thing called separation anxiety, I have it really bad.  He is my shadow  pretty much always by my side and September heralds big changes for us all.

We have had a busy active summer and Jay starts school next week. Some of you may know how much we love going to National Trust locations I genuinely recommend becoming members, it almost forces you to head out and take notice of the many incredible places that you have on your doorstep. Also good for your mindset and we all know how important that is to maintain.

As I also approach my 42nd birthday very very soon, I am preparing for a lot of change at home. We have a house extension taking place now which is to go on for a few more weeks yet. My intuition tells me it’s going to be tough and I trust my intuition a lot. I might be a little quiet on social media while I get used to the dust around me.  I must keep thinking of the end result, a brand spanking new kitchen with a utility room, a study and a downstairs toilet.  See I don’t ask for much. Mark and I celebrated 8 years of marriage last month and totally forgot to write the cards we had bought for one another. That’s how busy things are.

Last May we went to the beautiful island of Menorca our very first holiday abroad other than the time we visited my brother in California.  Contrary to what I thought we did relax with a few tantrums thrown in which was expected. I came home wanting us to travel and experience more together.


I have absolutely no regrets in staying at home raising Jay, after all we waited so long to become parents this is definitely what I wanted. I  have the upmost respect for the women and men who go to work and use childcare. I know for some women this is their choice and for others it’s not how they would like things to be but have no choice. We all need to do what we need to do and there mustn’t be any shaming in that.

Jay attended the loveliest Pre-school locally and this has been a wonderful experience.  From the moment I held him to this very day I have flashbacks to milestones and accept that time appears to move very fast.  Motherhood was something I was frightened of to be honest and now I take it day by day, trying my best to enjoy the present which inevitably brings it’s highs and lows. Exhausting as it is, there is something so magical about it that I feel very grateful for even when he is making me answer 100 questions in 10 seconds.

He’s at a fun age when he wants to know so much. Our bright boy who is ready for the next chapter in his life  amazes us with his speech and observations and I can’t wait to see how school education will take it to another level. He is 4 years old and often acts like a teenager which is funny and scary at the same time.  His latest interest is learning the Highway code signs which he has been viewing on various youtube videos. I have been driving for just over 24 years now and he seems to know more signs than I do! I reckon he’ll be ready for his theory long before his 17th.

There has of course been heartache in my recurrent miscarriage which I have written about here.  I know we all experience some form of loss or grief at some point in our lives but it is devastating when the plan doesn’t go to plan. We also recognise how incredibly lucky we are to have our son here to love and nurture. I  accept that life is full of surprises and joy and pain all part of this existence here on Earth. I recently read that something won’t go away until it teaches us what it needs us to know. I view life very differently now because things can be taken away from you in an instant.   I believe in turning negative situations into positive ones somehow something good can come out of it.

Working on media campaigns for Tommy’s the Baby loss charity and helping a recurrent miscarriage study at St Mary’s hospital makes these loses bearable. I advocate for more research on this subject to help prevent loss and suffering to people.  Baby loss is one of life’s cruel events. Despite the emotional battlefield I enter from time to time I am choosing hope over darkness. Life though will never be the same.

Society now is much more open to people talking about mental health breaking down stigma and working through issues seeking help because its okay not to be okay.  A positive mindset is essential to moving forward but also working on the things we perhaps might not want to face. Despite my many losses I vowed I’d never let it take me into a place I could not get out of because I have a very special mummy role to fulfill. In fact I feel stronger than ever before in my intentions to work hard and enjoy the free golden 24 hours we are all given each day.  I am currently reading a fantastic ebook by Turia Pitt about mindset. I set aside 15 minutes a day and work through the book.  If you don’t know who Turia is please take a moment to read up about her story I can tell you it’s definitely influenced me and pretty sure it might just get you thinking about your own life.

Recurrent Miscarriage recovery meant that I took the decision to sort my head and body out and began personal training in March 2017 3 weeks after I had surgery following the loss of my sixth pregnancy. I just went straight into it to help me focus through what was a really hard time.  I totally surprised myself  by training hard each week for months. I saw results I felt better lost body fat in the areas I needed to, and it has done wonders for my mind. Then in November I stopped personal training which was a mistake as I noticed I wasn’t feeling as positive and motivated. I kickstarted my sessions with new personal trainers Jacob Paul (400M Hurdler) and James Daly . I have said this before but Personal training has been one of the best investments ever. I have noticed a huge change in my physical and mental health. I’m not going to say this will be the best thing for everyone but movement is vital for us to feel good. Walking is hands down my favourite exercise.  Jacob and James are brilliant people and I highly recommend them if you are seeking personal training.

Through my work on social media I have been fortunate to work with small and big brands and use Instagram daily as it’s also a source of inspiration to me. Ever since I started posting 4 years ago I’ve seen more and more people engage with me and it’s been really wonderful having this platform to share content.  I have received lots of kind comments over the years and have formed wonderful friendships which significantly out ways any negatives from people who have unkind vibes. For those of you who read my blog and instagram posts and take time out of their day to watch my videos I thank you.  I think back to the time when I started using social media mainly Facebook and I was 32 years old. These days it’s all very different. The younger generation are exposed to so much. I do realise I am starting to sound very old but I do worry about the pressure young people face theses days all due to social media.

When I stopped working full time at 35 weeks pregnant in 2014 I had no idea what would happen to my career. My first priority was always going to be Jay no matter what but I also knew how much I loved working and I genuinely still feel very lucky to have had the oportunities that I have had since I became a parent. I will be focusing on my YouTube channel and business more once Jay starts school and be around to make sure I drop him off to school and pick him up after school.

I  started an online beauty business in April with an American Company as a distributor for their products and it’s been an exciting venture as I have an interest in beauty and helping others while at the same time learning and making income from home. I do have a Facebook group Belle de Beauté if you ever want to stop by to browse my posts and please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can help you with.  I hope to build this business and help others build a business from home to work around existing commitments, so please do send me an email if you’d like to find out more.

Despite me wanting time and financial freedom. Ultimately health and my family’s health is paramount. I am currently in a good place working hard and celebrating achievements.  They are usually little milestones but that’s fine by me, I’m not in a race.  I am working on a law of attraction planner which is something I purchased after reading The Secret. For me a woman in my 40s self awareness and discovery is becoming a huge theme as well as waking up each day with a grateful heart.So that’s really where things are at the moment with me and mine. Thank you for your kind words and friendship and to everyone who engages with me on social media platforms I am truly grateful you take the time to do so.

It doesn’t go unnoticed.

Love and Light Always

Bella

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For all you Glow Getters ~Insta Glow is here!

Tomorrow is the launch day for the AMAZING Insta Glow a self tan product which sold out in the States in seconds when it launched over there.  Starting my online beauty business Belle De Beauté  has meant I get to try a number of products but I have to confess I have never used self tan until recently. I can tell Insta Glow is going to sell out quickly as I’ve seen the results on friends so for anyone who uses fake tan please keep reading, this is definitely one not to miss.

My natural skin tone is brown due to my Indian heritage but there are parts of my body that are fairer than others like my legs. I managed to get hold of my very own Insta Glow ahead of the launch on 6th June to get an even tone all over and it’s exceeded my expectations. I’ve heard many conversations over the years from friends who use tanning products and smell is the one of the biggest deterrents from using fake tan products. Most commonly compared to biscuits, curry or even more undesirable substances!

Insta Glow

Non drip gel formula applies smoothly

Delivers an instant bronze finish

Low Odour

Stain Free

Absorbs Quickly for a streak free finish

Apply with hands no glove needed

NO ORANGE HANDS!

BEFORE

AFTER

The British summer as we know can be very unpredictable but a beautiful glow all year round is possible with this easy to apply gel building up to a bronzed glow. Safer for your health and skin, self tanning is without a doubt the smarter approach to tanning. If you would like to order this best seller than please do send me an email.

A streak free perfect faux glow – no problem.

My pre-order list is open for you beauties!

Lots of love

Bella

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email: alongcamejay@gmail.com

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Marie Curie #FeelSuper Event with Frankie Bridge



As a blogger and vlogger I am always grateful when I am invited to fun events and it’s been a real honour to be involved in the Marie Curie #FeelSuper campaign which is now its third consecutive year with Superdrug. This is a really special charity supporting the UK’s terminally ill. Death is something we don’t often talk about but it is inevitable and in a recent survey, Marie Curie found that nearly a fifth (19%) of people who have lost someone, feel that better end of life care could have helped them preserve memories of happier times.

Campaigns like #FeelSuper  rely on the continued support of UK shoppers and have helped to raise over £432,000. This equates to Marie Curie  providing over 2 million hours of care.  Frankie Bridge is working as an ambassador with the charity and together with P&G and Superdrug are committed to reaching the £500,000 mark this year, by simply asking the public to stock up on the little things that make them #FeelSuper. Every purchase of  P&G products at Superdrug, including Oral B, Olay, Pantene and Gillette, triggers a donation to Marie Curie.

 One product = One donation.

I headed to London to an afternoon tea and pamper held at the beautiful Rosewood hotel which was held to thank those involved in the campaign to date. It was lovely listening to Frankie talking about why working with Marie Curie means so much to her and I was genuinely moved to tears listening to the words of one of the  nurses describing what she does and why her role means so much to her and to others.  I think it takes immense strength to helping people with a terminal illness spend their final days in their own homes with their families. I spoke to one of the nurses at the event and she said her job was very emotional, very uplifting not depressing but an absolute privilege.

Like me Frankie is a busy mum and I had a chat with her after about motherhood and general life. She’s a beautiful young woman and very sweet. She was a Strictly Come Dancing Finalist if you recall and took the time to speak to so many people.

It would be lovely see more shoppers get behind #FeelSuper and each and every contribution no matter how big or small will make a real difference.

Marie Curie  double Nobel Prize winner and a pioneering woman scientist, commenting on life and science.

“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.

Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.”

Thanks for reading

Bella

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