Review -Bee Rested Sleep Support

It’s no secret that I suffer from insomnia. I’ve suffered for years and in comes in peaks and troughs.

Currently it’s hit a peak, I attribute this to the current Covid pandemic, uncertainty for my business and keeping my family safe. Talking to a lot of my friends there’s a lot of us feeling the same. And dreams… is it just me but dreams are really vivid at the moment? I suspect another side- effect of the current situation.

Long story short the lovely people over at Unbeelievable Health contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their sleep support capsules. Now I’ve tried meditation ( I’m just not there yet), hypnotherapy ( I laughed as it didn’t work) and I’ve upped my exercise so I thought “ Why not” and decided to give them a go.

On their website Unbeelievable describe these supplements as : “Bee rested sleep support blends 9 effective ingredients which have a soothing effect, helping to decrease tension and to promote good sleep including Griffonia seed extract (5-HTP), Chamomile extract, bee propolis, royal jelly, lavender, hops extract, Montmorency cherry, saffron and more.”

They are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten, nut and soy free. Incidentally I’d had a call from my GP ( about something else) I’d mentioned them to try for insomnia and the gp agreed. As with all supplements if you are unsure then do check suitability with a health professional first.

I love these little guys

Anyway they are easy to take capsules that are coated and I found do not leave a funny aftertaste ( always a bonus). I started to take them 1 hour before I wanted to go to sleep. The first night I didn’t notice much- still lots of over thinking for me, but by night 3 I admit I got 5 hours. That might sound like a dismal night for most but usually 3-4 is average for me.

After a week I was getting 6+ hours. Now this could be coincidence, but I do think they are definitely helping. I’ve noticed my skin incidentally has improved as well ( no break outs ) which I think is an added bonus. Anyway I’m that impressed I’ve purchased some more and will continue on them for the time being.

You can purchase these from Boots, Holland and Barrett , Amazon and Planet Organic amongst other places.

Disclaimer: This Post is a review of gifted items. All views are my own and truthful.

Virtue Drinks Review

So how are we all doing? Staying at home and keeping safe I hope. If I’m honest I’m finding the current Coronavirus lockdown physically and mentally challenging, I’m missing my family and friends, I’m missing my patients and a lot of the normality that goes with everyday life that we take for granted. Hang in there troops the good days will return.

Now I document fairly often about my awful sleep patterns. I’ve been an insomniac for years and some weeks are worse than others. I find myself often turning to caffeine to help with that afternoon slump. I tend to avoid the high sugar energy drinks…. because of the sugar content, and usually opt for a beanies flavoured coffee or similar. The lovely people over at Virtue Drinks offered to send me some new drinks to try that were high if caffeine but zero sugar. So here they are, and here are my thoughts.

Virtue describes the drinks as :
“Yerba mate is a magical energising ingredient from South America. It’s the traditional uplifting drink of choice in many countries in the region; the yerba mate drinking ritual represents unity as it brings people together. Yerba mate is an antioxidant powerhouse, with essential vitamins & minerals and amino acids. Yerba mate is naturally high in caffeine, one can = one cup of coffee (80mg natural caffeine).”

Brilliant I thought… and try it I have. There are 2 flavours Peach and Strawberry & Lime. Both have very subtle flavours- I like this as they are definitely not sweet and overpowering. Both flavours are pleasant although peach probably takes my favourite crown. They remind me a bit like Purdys just without the sugar and calories. The big bonus is that if any of you are following either weight watchers or SlimmingWorld etc then these drinks are acceptable on both diets.

The caffeine hit worked as well, perking me no end. This is another bonus for those of you who don’t actually like coffee. ( if these people exist?)

So would I recommend these drinks? Yes I would, delicate flavour, caffeine hit and zero calories. Really what’s not to like?

Have you tried these drinks yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Note- I was sent these products to try, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and truthful.

Review- The Box Bakery

Having survived all 732 days of January, we are now in the midst of days on end of soggy, breezy weather ( Thank you Ciara for the tree that came down) . It’s cold, wet and a bit dismal- so what better excuse did I need to stay in the warm and do some baking.

Now I’m ok at baking, apart from bread. Even before my Coeliac diagnosis bread was never my strong point ( one loaf even the birds refused to eat). It has always been my nemesis, and I’m determined to sort this issue out. The lovely people over at The Box Bakery got in contact with me and sent some products to try. I was very optimistic…. surely this is one loaf that I couldn’t mess up?

Anyway this clever product it called so because you bake the bread ( or cake) in the box the mix is packaged in. No mess either, this is surely a good thing.

You peel back the top cover, that says “Lift here” to reveal a stopper. Remove this and pour water in to the box, add the stopper and give it all a good shake. Next remove the top layer completely and give everything a good mix with a fork, this will stop any dry bits of bread mix which will alter the appearance and texture of your loaf. Brush oil over the surface of the bread mixture and place it in the oven. ( follow the instructions on the pack).

Fast forward a couple of hours for cooking and cooling and look what I baked. It’s crusty, and smells divine and cuts like a dream.

It was no good, I had to try it. It doesn’t disappoint. Unlike some gluten free breads, this loaf doesn’t have a dense cardboard like texture, and unlike my usual attempts, this loaf is very much edible. I like the seeds it gives a lovely taste and slight crunch to the loaf. It also lends itself well to both toast and as a sandwich etc.

I can honestly say I’m so impressed with this bread. It’s the first time I’ve successfully accomplished and edible loaf or bread. With these results it won’t be the last loaf either.

I was sent these products as a gift to review, however all opinions are my own and honest.

My favourite Gluten Free Products of 2019

Well we are nearly at that time again…. New Years Eve. And before the champagne starts flowing and the fireworks start their infernal banging it has got me thinking- just what have been my favourite free from Products of this year?

It’s been a mixed year in the free from field. We’ve lost smaller companies, and seen an expansion in the larger supermarket ranges. “May Contain” warnings have got me on my soap box a lot this year( I’m looking at you Sainsbury’s and Rice Dream) , but on the whole it’s been pretty, especially for those of us that are gluten free.

So to finish off the year I thought I’d share with you my favourite products of 2019.

My absolute favourite of the year has to be the selection of pastries that have hit the market. Croissants have been hit or miss but I love the Marks and Spencer choc chip twists, the apricot danish is pretty good as well. We also cannot forget the Tesco cinnamon swirls that launched last month. Seriously they are amazing.

In Marks and Spencer I’ve been impressed with both the pork pie ( dairy free and no nut warning either), and the spring rolls. Both delicious and great to have some new savoury items on the market as well.

Let’s not forget this from M&S as well👇🏻 this accidental find is both gluten free and a bargain at £2 a jar.

Nomo is my favourite new brand of the year, standing for No missing out they make chocolate that is dairy, gluten, egg, peanut and tree nut free. It is honestly the best dairy free chocolate I’ve tasted. Even better was they made an advent calendar this year. Kiddo was over the moon. It was the first year she’s had a decent chocolate calendar, whoops all round in our house I can tell you.

My top seasonal finds were from Sainsbury’s who this year actually produced a chocolate Yule log AND a Christmas pudding without a nut warning on them. No exaggeration I was so happy I nearly cried… more of the same this year please Sainsbury’s ( I’ll buy some waterproof mascara)

Finally kiddos pick of the year was the mermaid cupcake kit from Tesco, apparently the colours were just too funky

So there we have it, my top picks this year. I’m still hopeful for a gluten free battenburg cake in 2020 ( looks eagerly at Mr Kipling) and for someone to master the croissant. That said, if I find them you’ll be the first to know.

Happy New Year you lovely readers, here’s to a great 2020.

Cheesies Review and Giveaway

Hooray, it’s Friday, the weekend is here. We’ve made it. This week has been a shocker weather wise hasn’t it? The chickens have needed snorkels, my hair has been permanently frizzy and it’s been cold. There was only one thing for it- I made soup to warm up ( spicy butternut squash if you’re wondering).

But what are those crouton things on top? They are the new kids on the block- Cheesies . These are in fact popped cubes of cheese that are great on their own but work brilliantly with a soup or salad.

They come in 3 flavours ( at the moment). Cheddar, Emmental and Gauda. The cheddar is strong, with a great tang to it. The Gauda has a more subtle flavour and the emmental has a melt in your mouth quality to it. I do love the fact they are all low carb, and I think popped cheese is a really clever concept. They are all crunchy and hit the spot when you are after some nibbles.

Now you all know me – I’m honest. I do think these are great, if not a bit addictive. Do you know the best bit- you to can try them as well.

I’ve teamed up with Cheesies so one lucky winner can win and try the range for themselves ? How I hear you cry? It easy just click the link below. ( U.K. Residents only)

https://gleam.io/ky6AU/win-a-selection-of-cheesies-19

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Cheesies. The product was gifted, my views are my own and completely honest.

The Busy Parents Guide To Allergies- Book Review and Competition

We’ve all been there, your child has a range of symptoms, you go to the GP. Tests are carried out and all of a sudden your child is diagnosed with a food allergy or allergies.

Mini me’s first reaction was unfortunately anaphylactic due to a tiny bit of peanut butter, so in the space of about 30 minutes we dramatically discovered her allergy. And your life changes, right there, in that moment.

There’s the thing, it’s scary, and can be overwhelming and you’ll spend many an hour reading food labels, and have so so many questions. That is where this new book by Zoe T Williams could help you.


Zoe is an allergy blogger, who’s youngest child has allergies to oats, legumes, milk soya and eggs. She set up her blog and piers recipes and helpful advice. Leading on from this she has written this book and kindly sent me a copy to have a read through.

You can find Zoe’s blog Here

So having read this book I can honestly say it’s superb for all those parents who want some of those endless questions answered. It takes you from birth to university, and thoroughly covers all aspects of Allergies. I like how it’s easy to read, and set out in a way that doesn’t overload you.

Zoe has also included some really useful templates that are clear and easy to follow. I particularly like this one

This is a checklist for going on holiday- and when it’s your first one post diagnosis it can be a bit nerve wrecking.

I also like the very comprehensive section on challenge ladders- because hopefully you will encounter these at some point as your child can grow out of some allergies.

Anyway don’t just take my word for it, you can purchase Zoe’s book for yourself HERE ( Not an affiliate link)

The other great news is you can try and win yourself a copy of this great book. Zoe will kindly be sending the winner a copy after the competition ends next week.

you can enter the competition Here

Review – Sainsbury’s Free From Apple Pie

Well it’s most definitely getting colder, and autumn has set in with considerable force. The chickens did not like Ophelia the other day, poor things resembling feathered ping pong balls. They were wise and retreated to their run, likewise we battened down the hatches and stayed in the warm.

The other day I spotted this apple pie in the fresh free from counter in Sainsbury’s. It’s the right time of year for fruit pies, and my pastry is usually hit or miss so I thought I’d give this a go.

Like a lot of gluten free products this is best eaten warm so 15 minutes later out it came looking all golden and tempting.

So did it pass the taste test? Mostly yes. The pastry was lovely and buttery, with no soggy bottoms here although I didn’t particularly like the sugar on the top, it gave a texture that was grainy and too crunchy for my liking.

The filling is generous and has a good tang with I think a Bramley apple filling should have. You can actually taste the apples, this is a bonus for gluten free- I do feel some brands over compensate with sugar, instead of trying to perfect taste.

On the whole I was impressed and despite the crunchy topping I would buy this again. It’s great if you are in a rush and need a dessert or ( like me) pastry isn’t your strongest point.

Have you tried these apple pies? Or anything else from the Sainsbury’s range? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased the items and all views are my own personal ones.

Round Up of My Favourite New Free From Products

Well hello to you all and welcome to my first post of National Free From Week. This week you can expect a recipe ( or two). A review and maybe a competition- so keep your peepers peeled.

Anyway I thought I’d start with sharing my favourite new products. It seems ( rather like autumn tv) that the run up to Christmas brings all things new and exciting and this includes those in the Free From world to. And yes, yes I know I’ve mentioned the C word but those of you with children will be hearing about it already- unless it’s just mine that is obsessed with all things festive?

First up is this in Tesco

Actual Chocolate gateau, for £3 that’s dairy free and delicious to, really what’s not to love? I can hear the cheers and whoops all around from here.

Whilst we are on the subject of Tesco I should add Schar have introduced actual waffles, no good for us due to Lupin flour in the ingredients but exciting none the less. There are also an Almond Bakewell, Fruit slice and Brownie from Mr Kipling on the shelves this week in your local store. Other highlights are a celebration cake kit from Delicious Alchemy and gluten free San Miguel ( yes really).

In Sainsbury’s not only are they extending their Gary ( dairy free cheese) range, Christmas has also come early. Last year the Christmas pudding was my favourite and is gluten, nut and dairy free so naturally I might have purchased one- I’m not bonkers honest, they just sell very quickly.

Lastly my favourite news is that Baileys have launched their Dairy free, gluten free version of the classic drink. I’m yet to find it, I believe that Wholefoods are stockists, but I cannot wait to give this a try.

So there we have a brief round up of my new favourites. Have you spotted anything that tickles your tastebuds? Let me know in the comments below.

Appy Kids Company Juice Review and Competition. 


See all this in the picture above? It could be yours but we will get to that later.

You may ( or may not) know that I have a munchkin, and I may have commented on the fact she loves Peppa pig and Paw Patrol once or twice.  I know I’m not on my own, most children go through a Peppa stage I think.

Anyway the lovely people over at Appy Kids Co contacted us asking if we would like to try these juices, not only that we have collaborated to offer you all the chance to try them to. If you hadn’t guessed already Appy Kids sell licensed character juice drinks, which are made with natural ingredients and in ranges such as Peppa, The Gruffalo, Minions and Paw Patrol.


We had the Orange Paw Patrol pouches and mixed berry Peppa cartons to try. They are all much lower in sugar, (see Here for typical ingredients list) suitable for most diets and contain added vitamins as well.  I was happy for LR to try these, I’m always conscious of sugar content, in terms of teeth health and diet but 3.75g per 100 MLS is around about what these drinks are, which is so much better than some on the market- it’s a win for mums, and kids alike.

So how to they taste? Im Pleased to say LR liked both, her favourite is Paw Patrol ( I suspect Chase on the front has something to do with it). Mind you she drank both and has gone back for more on different days. I take this as a positive- wild horses would not make her eat or drink something she doesn’t like. Her only criticism was that Rubble was missing from the front of the carton, but taste wise it’s all good. 

For research obviously I had a few sips to. Both are very tasty and refreshing. I like the fact they don’t leave that horrid artificial after taste in your mouth.  They don’t cause a sugar rush after either, so that alone is a thumb up from me. Perfect for the back to school lunch boxes.  ( yeah I know 5 wks- you’ve got this).

So how can you get your hands on this great prize of:

  • 3 x 5-pack of Paw Patrol Juice Drink Pouches
  • 3 x 3-pack of Peppa Pig Fruit Drink Cartons
  • 1 x Peppa Pig 9in1 Bumper Puzzle Pack by JUMBO GAMES

That is easy just follow the instructions in the box below ( just click the link) 

Winner will be drawn at random next week. Good luck to you all.

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