Thursday, 27 August 2015

Mack's Monthly best bits - August

augustWe are back rounding up of some of our 'best bits' from the month.... Just like a monthly favourites (which we love reading about!) but looking beyond make up and beauty products.  We'll look at our favourite days out, purchases, meals, movies....whatever made the month for us!  Some bits that are mentioned might feature in a more detailed post, but we thought it would be fun to have a quick round-up of our monthly highlights to look back on, and maybe inspire you for the month ahead....

This month Mack shares her best buys for her family camping trip, some toy purchases she made to keep her kids entertained during the summer holidays and a her new favourite TV series (New Girl) which she recently discovered!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Mack and May on a gut cleanse programme #2 Week One of our gut cleansing experience

Week 1 of our (exotically titled) gut cleanse is all done….and we’re alive and well! 

If you have seen last week’s post you will be aware that we are doing a 28 day gut cleanse programme inspired by the Clean Gut book by Dr Alejandro Junger. 

Last week we gave you the whats and whys, and this week we’re discussing how the first week went.



Thursday, 20 August 2015

Mack reviews the Brush DJ App (with help of her kids!)

Brush DJ App
I liked to think my kids were good at brushing their teeth properly. That is until the last trip to the dentist when I was told that my youngest son would need a small filling at the tender age of 6. I suspect fruit juice, Haribo and not brushing for long enough are the main culprits.
I bought cute and colourful sand timers to ensure the children brushed their teeth for a full two minutes (as recommended by our dentist) but the novelty of the sand timers unfortunately wore off after a few weeks.

When I recounted my family's dental woes to May, she told me about an app she had recommended to her young niece and nephew - Brush DJ, which is available free to download for iOS and Android platforms. 

Monday, 17 August 2015

Mack and May on a gut cleanse programme #1 The introduction and preparation

Following "Clean Gut" by Dr Junger
A couple of weeks ago, we were moaning to each other about feeling sluggish and tired, and that we hoped this wasn’t just the way we had to feel as we, erm, had increasing numbers of candles on our birthday cakes…Ever hopeful, we launched ourselves into some internet research and decided that maybe a gut cleanse was the way to go (ooh, sounds so exotic…). Neither of us are great at sticking to diets for more than a few days at a time (or a few hours to be more precise) but we thought that if we were both doing it at the same time we just might be able to spur each other on. The cleanse entails a 21 day elimination phase and further 7 day reintroduction phase. We’ll be doing a weekly update so stick with us and we’ll let you know how we get on and whether we’d recommend it if you are looking for something similar.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Mack and May's traditional wedding anniversary gift ideas - the first 5 years

photo of wedding organiser wedding certificate and horseshoeAs both of us have been married for over 5 years, we thought it would be fun to share our ideas for wedding anniversary gifts for your partner (or to drop subtle hints about you might like to receive yourself).

Each anniversary from year 1 to 15 and then every 5 years from there have traditional gift meanings and we have spent many an hour searching around for something suitable to fit the appropriate theme each year so keep reading to have a look at what we found...or wish we had found.

There are also 'modern' themes for each year which you can find easily with a quick look online, and the US has different themes to the UK. We've looked at UK only because, well, we live there!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Mack and May's City Break Essentials

photo of city break essentialsWe both love foreign city breaks. They give us a real opportunity to recharge  our batteries and escape from our normal lives for a couple of days, all while indulging our shopping habit and allowing us to explore new places and discover new restaurants.

Neither of us can say that they have perfectly mastered the art of packing light (we’re working on it!) but we have honed down our list of essential items that we always make sure we have with us when we’re heading off an a city break.  

Monday, 3 August 2015

Mack's Top Three YouTubers to cheer you up

Whenever I need to zone-out and relax after a hard day's work or find something to put a smile on my face, I usually turn to one of two things:  online shopping or YouTube video browsing.  

Given that online shopping can be quite counter-productive (as the credit card bill doesn't exactly make me smile), here are some of my firm favourites on YouTube which are either guaranteed to leave me in a fit of hysterics or seriously entertained.  

If you haven't checked them out already, what are you waiting for?!?