Love Life, Love Me – Reviews For April 2014

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I have been very bad and keeping up with my monthly tasks for Love Life, Love Me project and it has disappointed me as I need to get life on track and feel like me again, but with 3 poorly pox ridden children and so much day-to-day stuff it has been impossible.

But I shall be back later this week with an update, but for now I want to share 3 companies who have been helping me on my journey to find the new improved me.

Firstly most of you will know that in August I am due to climb Mount Snowdon as part of Raising for Grayson, well you may not have known that I suffer with an auto immune condition called UCTD which unfortunately is progressing to Lupus (eek). So exercise is taking a massive toll on my body, I really need to exercise as I am grossly overweight and unfit but my poor joints are hurting, MADFORM heard my cries and sent me sachets of all their recovery creams to give a try. They have over 20 years experience in making the products and have worked with some of the worlds finest athletes.

madform review

I put my neck out end of last month whilst out for a jog, it is an old injury and can leave me in a brace for days, I came home and the hubby for 2 days applied the Double Power Recovery and it is immense, it worked so well helping to loosen the strain and take the pain, I have used heat creams in the past but they do not touch it, MADFORM is like magic cream for adults (any parent will understand this analogy). My hubby agrees too as he has used after his 15 mile bike trains and worked a treat.

As well as trying to burn off some fat to look better, I have been working on making my haggard skin feel a little brighter, Ginvera sent me some samples of their BB Cream and Marvel Gel – using Asian ingredients and rituals they have formulated these 2 products for the UK market. Both smell lovely, the marvel gel made my skin feel so fresh, like a layer of dirt I have never been able to remove had gone.

beauty products review

The BB cream is my favourite though, a moisturizer with inbuilt UV protection and also comes with Nude cover, I found that some days I didn’t even have to wear foundation as this gave me enough cover whilst not feeling greasy. As someone with sensitive skin I was a  little worried but I did not need to be, it left my skin feeling great and I shall be treating myself to some of the BB Cream for sure.

Now let’s be honest we all know looking after yourself on the outside is important but what you put into your body is crucial, I have major issues with food and it shall be a long journey combating them, but the lovely people at Jordan’s wanted to try to help me start by sending me some granola. I have honestly never tried Granola before, I am not sure why, it just never appealed to me, I really did enjoy the Super Berry, I actually added a little extra Strawberry to it as I love fruit in the mornings with my cereal, it had really good flavour and does fill you up more than standard cereals, which is great for the diet. I still have some left as well as the Super Nutty (which the hubby has been trying due to my intolerance’s) and I am excited as after visiting Jordan’s website I found a whole recipe section to use Granola in cooking, especially liking the look of the Brownies.

Jordans Review

I really think they are worth trying if you are trying to combat some extra pounds, they come in resealable bags too so they will last for ages, although you will probably eat them before they go out of date as they are moorish. They have some great giveaways at the moment on their site.

On the subject of controlling food I have also been sent a Yumbox from YumboxUK – do follow my progress with it on Instagram, I am very excited about this box and using it to aid food control, they shall be available in the UK in June so watch this space for more info.

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Disclosure – I was sent all these samples FOC to share my honest opinions. 

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Kara Janelle, Plus Size Blogging Mama. Vintage Lover, Interiors Obsessed, Chair Crazed, Collector of Much remembering to Smile as it is the 2nd best thing you can do with your mouth.

  • Susan Mann

    Loving the wee lunch box x

  • What a fab selection of products! Don’t feel guilty or like you’ve failed, you’ve had a hard month and your kiddies always come first! I’ve managed to track down the UK contact for Yumbox and she’s sending me one out for review in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait to use it as Riley has been loving his bento lunches this week xxx

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    I adore BB cream although have never seen this one before, I will have to take a look. I hate the feel of foundation but find BB cream to be quite weightless on my skin, is this one the same? x