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Blend Active Take One


A couple of weeks ago himself and I headed out on a general shopping trip trying to improve our small space at home. Whilst picking up some essentials in our local supermarket I came across the Blend Active what I can only see as a super blender! We have tried out a couple of recipes so I will be documenting them on here as we go.


Fruit Concoction


As you can see there is a multitude of fruit in these lovely large cups!

Actual Ingredients
2 x 600ml Bottles

– 2 Apples

– 2 Bananas

– 2 Handfuls of Strawberries

– 2 Kiwis

– 200ml Red Grape Juice

– 50-100ml Water

Fruit Burst

This is the end product and what a better colour to have than ‘Pink’. For my personal taste in smoothies the apple and kiwi were very apparent and made it slightly too tangy. I think if I had added yoghurt then it would be a lot smoother to drink. The taste of the red grape juice seemed washed out by the rest of the natural fruit flavours which I didn’t expect but . . .

Live It. Learn It.

1920’s Prohibition Night

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Being thrown back into the roaring 20’s is not something that happens on your average Saturday night out. Dressed up to the max a large group of people got together in an underground speak easy on a backstreet in East London. Drinks were served up in jars, flutes and thick rimmed glasses with dry ice in the air and spritzes of fragrance to enhance the wild flavours on offer. From flapper skirts to flat caps this crowd of glitzers were ready to roll through the night amped up on ‘bootleg’ liquor, late night gambling and shaking to the live band & DJ.

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The period of Prohibition was brought forward by the sanctioning of the 18th amendment to the US constitution where the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors was made illegal. Prohibition was a difficult movement to enforce due to the rise of illegal production and sale of liquor and the entry of speakeasies and increase of gang violence and numerous other crimes. In the 20’s social morals were somewhat loosened and the cocktail was popularised whilst cocktail parties were the done thing with the higher class social groups.

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Prohibition began on 17th January 1920 at midnight, no later than 1 hour later the first arrest was made against that act and that was one of so many to come. The age of bootlegging began and the era that we know as prohibition something that we celebrate so vigorously was in full force creating a domino effect of crimes throughout the united states.

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Part of the act allowed non intoxicating cider and fruit juice to be made in peoples homes. Vineyards at this time made an absolute killing and making wine at home became incredibly popular. However as with most things there was a way to get hard liquour and at that time it was going to your local doctor for a regular prescription of whiskey. Depsite numerous arrests the number of convictions was few and far between with not a single sentencing passed.

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By the 30’s prohibition was a thing of the past as the mass increase of organised crime, violence and social acceptance for flouting the law was on the rise.

Have you celebrated the Prohibition era before?

Have you been to one of these fabulous events?

This was my first time and I have to say it will most definitely not be my last. With the opportunity to get fully dressed up and have a brilliant night what more could I ask for?

Before I leave you to enjoy the rest of my pictures I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Lulu Gwynne from Betty Blythe’s Vintage Tea Shop as she was kind enough to provide me with the appropriate garments for the event. It is a perfect place to kick back enjoy a spot of afternoon tea and play dress up with your friends. When you were younger didn’t you just love playing dress up?! Why not grab your girls and head on over to Lulu’s vast array of vintage treats whilst enjoying your tea.

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The Morning After

How do you get through your morning after?

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One thing that you have to get used to when you are a nurse that works shifts is the feeling you have ‘The Morning After’. Now sadly there is no spring glow although there is a feeling of great relief that the shifts are over. BUT! The morning after you finish a row of night shifts is something that is reserved for the privileged groups of us shift workers of the world to either fall into a deep sleep knowing that you will not wake up for love nor money possibly until the next day OR endure the day ahead in a last ditch attempt to right your body clock for the next set of shifts that just so happen to be a set of long day shifts.

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Now this post is not specifically directed at nurses but being one I feel that my experience may be guided in that direction – does that even make sense? If not then it is most likely because I am sitting up writing this on my break during my last night shift from this weeks group of shifts. It may seem a bit off to be writing posts whilst at work and some may even shout from the rooftops – have you not got patient care to be getting on with? My answer to you is even nurses need breaks and I choose not to sleep on my night shifts and feel that I may not wake up until the end of the shift bleary eyed if I do. Nobody including my lovely patients was a bleary eyed nurse in the morning especially when handing out medications! Am I right?!

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A quick question to throw out there. How do you spend your days post night shift (If you don’t work shifts – how do you spend your day after you have had a particularly stressful day at work/home/generally?).

Unfortunately tomorrow (Today – Monday!) I have a list of things that I need to be getting on with and one includes going for a swim and steam post work. Despite the fact it might make me want to sleep for England it also makes me feel incredibly fresh to steam out all of the toxins that I have acquired from spending 2-3 solid days in the hospital. Swimming is something that calms me more than tiring me out, obviously if I swim at a vigorous pace for a lengthy period I tire eventually but when i’m on the go slow I seem to eat up the lengths and feel much better for doing it even after a 13 hour shift.

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After I have steamed myself into oblivion it is time for a light breakfast and much needed coffee. I usually head to Starbucks, as I have the app on my phone it is so easy to just pop in scan and go plus at the odd chance there will be a seat I can catch up on some work. This time however I will be taking some pics in the park down the road in hope of catches the bloggiest of blossoms on offer!

When pictures are being taken an outfit must be chosen but as I am currently between two places of residence my wardrobe is a bit scattered (much like my thoughts these days!). I will be posting on Instagram also so keep your eyes peeled on there for any outfit shots.

Aside from all of the gut wrenching excitement of gym going and photo taking I will be taking my mum shopping in the afternoon as she has a voucher of mine to spend on something nice. We are heading to Debenhams as I still have my voucher from the Press Day as I haven’t had the time nor inclination for shopping lately.

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So far this is shaping up to be an extremely busy day. The one thing I will be thinking about the most is getting home to my lovely man in the evening so we can snuggle up and chill together.

What are you doing today?

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