Nutribuddy Review & Results

 Today is my last day of trialing out Nutribuddy and I'm so very pleased with the results that I couldn't not share it. Over the past two weeks, I have cut out the majority of my usual unhealthy snacks such as biscuits, chocolate, sweets and crisps. I'm pretty good with crisps anyway - I'll always go for something like Quavers or French Fries because there isn't much to them, but I would say I at least halved my usual intake of crisps and swapped unhealthy options for fruit or better yet, my Nutribuddy chocolate shake.

The chocolate shakes are without a doubt my favourite thing about this brand. I would love to try the vanilla flavour just because the chocolate was so bloody good. The taste itself funnily enough reminded me very much of a MacDonalds milkshake, just without the gloopy texture. I experimented with my shakes using 3 different liquids to add to the powder. The water I wasn't a fan of, it was better than most shakes I've ever tried but it was much nicer with soya milk (as I don't drink cows milk anymore!). Then I pushed the boat out and added chocolate soya milk just for further chocolatey nom noms and it was by far my favourite. I also found it to be much more filling and kept my cravings well at bay.

I spent a week of my course on a break in Devon in a tent camping, so food was a bit tricky whilst away but to have achieved a result even because of this, I'm very pleased. I sacrificed many pasties and cakes down in Devon and I actually don't regret that one bit. I took my shakes with me and replaced my lunches with these whilst James had some actual food. I didn't feel hungry and after a couple of days I got used to it. I planned on doing more exercise than I actually managed but the hay fever was nearly unbearable whilst camping and it flared up my asthma for the first time in 5 years so I didn't want to push myself too much. I did some burpies and squats in the tent and when I arrived home, I started to do gentle jogging around the park. Exercise is something that frightens me a bit still after an accident I had with my leg last year which I'm still suffering with, so I always take it steady. Had I been a bit more active and brave around exercising though, I believe I could have lost plenty more weight.

I also really liked the Hunger Fix tablets which I was given as well by Nutribuddy. I didn't expect these to have much of an effect but honestly they stopped me from feeling hungry and I felt satisfied when I had taken them. There was an option to take 1 or 2 tablets three times a day - I stuck to just 1 because I worked out that 2 a day for two weeks wouldn't last me. However 1 was enough for me and taken with a glass of water, cravings soon disappeared and the effect lasted a few hours. Another thing which I feel is a huge bonus is there are no nasty side effects with these products, unlike some weight loss shakes and teas you can get. 

So here are my results! When I started with Nutribuddy, I weighed 9 stone and 8 pounds. After using the products for exactly 2 weeks, I am now bang on 9 stone. I still have a few pounds I would like to shift but overall I am so happy that Nutribuddy were able to kick start my journey and give me clear results which has motivated me to continue with the shakes and build up on my exercise.
If you are interested in trying Nutribuddy for yourself, I will pop all of the links down below. Let me know what you think or whether you've tried Nutribuddy and if you haven't, would you consider giving it a go? 

Thanks for reading!

Ellis x

Devon - 2016

Day 1 - Paignton
Setting off bright and early, we left home for Paignton in Devon for a week away camping. I hadn’t been camping since my early teens. In fact if I remember rightly, my Dad and stepmum took my brother and I away but it didn’t last long due to very heavy rain. I can remember rushing around to get packed up pronto and that’s about it.
James and I are currently saving like mad to buy our first house together, so camping seemed like an ideal way to get away from reality for a few days without breaking the bank. A friend from work recommended we try Beverley Holidays because they were dog friendly, easy to find, clean and in a great location. We stayed at the Whitehill Park site, which was very quiet the week we went, nearly every happy camper had a dog and we weren’t all cramped together. Plenty of privacy, help offered from our caravan neighbours should we need any assistance with our tent and nearby toilet and shower facilities. We were shown to our pitch by a very chirpy gent on a little tractor and were left to it.  Putting our tent up was surprisingly straight forward (after having a practice run through at home!) so we had it up in no time and were able to get a good couple of hours kip after the long drive down. It took us 4 hours so not majorly lengthy but we did the whole drive without stopping so we were very tired. The hayfever also flared up for the both of us so we were glad to see our blow up bed in the sanctuary of our bedroom compartment after messing about with the tent on the freshly cut grass. We fetched a chinese take away for dinner which was absolutely disgusting but convenient at the time, then settled down to watch an anime film called Wolf Children.

Day 2 - Brixham
I’d like to be able to say we woke up fresh and ready to go the next day but truth be told, we had a rough nights sleep and both felt like complete and utter poo. We visited a little seaside town called Brixham, which was very touristy with its pirate ship and actors wondering around winding people up. We grabbed a pasty for lunch and had a mooch around. There wasn’t an awful lot to do in Brixham so we decided to head off after an hour and it’s a good job we did because the heavens opened and didn’t stop until the end of Day 3. On the way back to the campsite, we decided to purchase another sleeping bag after our terrible nights sleep so I had the pleasure of snuggling into a lovely new squishy bag and James kept the double one to himself. We finished the day with a few card games and cooking dinner on our little camping stoves which actually went really well. Not that you can go wrong with veggie sausages, eggs and beans but we were proud of ourselves regardless.

Day 3 - Torquay
On day 3 we visited Torquay, which was about 20 minutes away from Paignton. We noticed the people of Devon are quite fond of one-way systems so finding somewhere to park was quite easy. I think we expected to spend a bit of time walking along the beach but from the minute we woke up, it was rinsing it down with rain and it took us a while to muster up the motivation to leave the tent and do something.  Torquay wasn’t too far away and we ventured out into the miserable weather to see if there was anything to do.  We wondered down the Torquay highstreet nipping in and out of shops - James spotted a cute little crystal shop and dove in for a rummage. He came out a few minutes later looking very suspicious having treated us both to a little crystal each for our collection at home. On the way back we tried to locate a beach to explore and the best we could find was Goodrington Sands. The tide was in and it wasn’t the prettiest beach in the world but we thought eff it and parked up anyway. We hopped down onto some rocks and instantly Custard hated us for it. I’d never known a dog to despise beaches until I homed Custard. Either she’s too posh for that nonsense or she’s terrified of water but she gave us such a dirty disapproving look and we couldn’t help but find her hilarious. James skimmed some pebbles whilst I rambled around in some rock pools and eventually I dropped my iPhone in the sea. I fished it out rapido and to my amazement it still works as good as ever. Nothing a bit of salt water can’t fix!
When we returned to our tent we were delighted to see that everything had remained waterproof despite it chucking it down all day. Happy days! We then played a few games of Boggle, cooked another dinner on our camping stoves and tucked up for the evening to watch 28 Days Later. James’ choice of film – not mine. The arsehole.

Day 4 – Berry Head
On Thursday we went to what we thought would be a town called Berry Head. Turns out its pretty much in Brixham which we visited on Tuesday, but we pulled up in a little car park and found some steps down to a rocky bit of beach. The weather was much nicer today so we took the opportunity to go rock pooling, something I have adored doing since I was a toddler. There’s something about the salty sea air and rambling around looking for wildlife that makes me feel so nostalgic and fuzzy. When my parents were together, we visited Cornwall often and rock pooling was one of our favourite things to do. My Dad would always encourage us to be very gentle with whatever we found and a favourite creature of mine were the crabs. We found a couple of little crabs in the rock pools here and saved a shrimp from sizzling in the sun, bless him.

Day 5 - Totnes
On our last day we decided to mooch inland rather than along the coast and stopped off in a quaint little town called Totnes. We loved it here the second we saw it – the town was full of little vegetarian and vegan cafes, colourful hippie shops, art galleries and cute little independent boutiques. We found a little supermarket called GreenLife where we were able to grab a few Pukka Teas we hadn’t tried before. James purchased a tattoo print vest from a chatty bloke who owned a stall on the market selling all sorts of quirky clothing and we also got a little sniffing pot full of Jasmine and other natural remedies to help with the hayfever. On our way back to the car we stopped off at a little veggie friendly restaurant called Fat Lemons and had a lovely vegan toastie with soup along with a yummy healthy vegan smoothie each. This was possibly our favourite day of all and loved everything about this town. James has decided he wants to live here…

I also picked up some Roly’s Fudge for James’s parents as a little thankyou for letting us borrow all of their camping equipment. We didn’t really have to buy anything other than food for this trip (and the extra sleeping bag!) so it really has been a really inexpensive holiday and Custard has enjoyed herself too.

Thanks for reading!

Ellis x

Etta French Candles

 This month I have been extremely lucky and was given the opportunity to review a brand new range of candles from a company called Etta French. These candles are very special as they actually contain a piece of jewellery hidden away in the wax. Once the candle has burnt down enough, it reveals a surprise parcel, which holds your mystery gems!

Etta French kindly sent me a candle to review over here on my blog and I was so excited to get stuck in.

My first impressions of the candle were that it was flawless - literally one of the most beautiful candles I have ever seen. I have never owned a candle that conceals a piece of jewellery before so this was so new and very exciting to me! I received the 'Rose, Saffron & Vetiver' scent candle and usually I'm not really a fan of rose smells but the wax smelt so fresh and pretty that I couldn't wait to light it. 
The packaging is also a huge bonus, it feels like such a treat owning one of these candles. The boxes are thick and sturdy with high quality printed detailing, complete with a gold finish. There is even a cute little silky pouch to keep your jewellery in once you have retrieved it from the wax. I thought this was a really sweet extra touch! The candle itself is in a beautifully matte white finished glass container.

I was concerned to begin with that I would be wasting a whole candle just to get down to the bottom to get the jewellery out but I was pleasantly surprised that you can see the foil within the first hour of lighting the candle, so within four hours I was able to wiggle out my little parcel with a pair of tweezers. There is still 80% of candle left and I'm in love with the scent.

My piece of jewellery was an adorable little dainty gold bird charm necklace. Dainty jewellery is by far my favourite and this little guy is so cute! The chain also has an adjustable end so you can wear it at different lengths. 

I am thrilled to bits with my Etta candle and I'm really enjoying the scent…I've not stopped burning it during the day time! The scent is strong enough to fill the room with a lovely subtle hint but not so much that its in your face. 

The available scents are:
Violet & Sweet Pea
Wisteria & Orange Blossom
Rose, Saffron & Vetiver
Pomegranate & Mint
Nutmeg, Orange & Cinnamon

Etta French work with jewellery designers from around the UK, the pieces are of very high quality and lovingly handmade.
The candles cost £37.50 each and I also have a little discount code for my blog readers and YouTube viewers to use throughout July, which will get you 10% off :)

You can find the candles here:

Don't forget to share your candles on Instagram & Twitter using #darlingettafrench
This brand deserves to be known about!

I would like to give another huge thank you to Etta French for giving me this wonderful opportunity and sending me one of their beautiful candles. It has honestly made my month!

Thanks for reading!

Ellis x

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