My Christmas 2014 wishlist...

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VENUS PAVE STAR PENDANT


MINI STAR HOOP EARRINGS






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New cook books (mostly gluten free)...

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I Quit Sugar for Life - Diabetes is high in my family and as I have Coeliac Disease (which is linked to diabetes) I want to try and prevent it if I can through my diet. I read about this book online and then went into Waterstones to see if they had it, I like to see a book before I buy it.  This book is beautifully laid out and has lots of delicious recipes which try and eliminate all the extra sugar.  Throughout this book there are well researched facts which help you to pick the best ingredients and the best items which are good for your body.  I have only flicked through this book so far and I can tell it's going to be one of my favourite cooking/reference books to reach for. To note - this book isn't gluten free but as I have been on the gf diet for 5 years now I know what to substitute to make it gf.


Simply Gluten-free & Dairy Free - This is a book I had eyed up when in Waterstones, the front cover picture alone had me hooked so when I seen it online for a better price I of course had to buy it.  For me I feel that dairy products make me feel bloated, I haven't cut it out of my diet completely but I would like to reduce my intake and find better substitutes.  I've started to buy the lactose free cheese and I actually prefer it to 'normal' cheese.  I can't wait to start making some of these recipes to learn how decrease the amount of diary I consume.

Flourless - being on a gluten free diet can be restricting so when it comes to desserts I love being able to make scrumptious options so I don't feel left out, most of the time people don't even realise what they are eating is gluten free, that usually means it's a really good dessert.  I've never made any flour free desserts yet but I've read reviews about flourless chocolate

Seriously good gluten free cooking I've grown up watching Phil Vickery (one of my mum's favourites) so when I seen that he had a gluten free book I of course had to have a look and then ended up buying it.  The recipes seem simple enough to follow which is what I like in a cook book:)



The Reboot Juice diet recipe book - I have been looking for this book ever since I watched the documentary that coincides with it 'Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead'.  This man Joe Cross was getting fed up with his lifestyle and health issues so went onto a juice diet along with doctors monitoring his health at all times.  Below is a synopsis of the programme (it's on Netflix):

'He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it's at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.
What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.'

After he ended his 60 days it showed that all his health issues had pretty much disappeared and he slowly introduced healthy food items back into his diet.  I would never go onto a juice diet (unless for health reasons) but I enjoy having a smoothie or fresh juice for breakfast or an in-between meal option .  This book was only £3.99 in The Works (which is online as well), they had it in their sale items.  To note - this book isn't gluten free but as I have been on the gf diet for 5 years now I know what to substitute to make it gf.

My favourite places to buy books is either The Works, The Book People or Amazon.
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Christmas jewellery pick...

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I was bought this lovely bracelet and earrings set to wear when I was bridesmaid for my friend a few months ago.  They are so beautiful (very sparkly as you can tell when I tried to take the picture), they make such a statement. Christmas will be the perfect time to wear them again.

What's your Christmas jewellery going to be?

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Recent drugstore beauty buys...

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I have bought all these products over the past couple of months and most were bought in the Boots 3 for 2 offers.

Have you bought any of these products recently if so what's your favourite?
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Duty free shopping spree...

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Benefit cheeky sweet spot box o' blushes set









I was invited to a duty free night by a friend, not only did this mean I was able to buy all these beauty items at the duty free price but there was an extra 25% off! I had to really control my spending which was very hard... but all the above products for around £85, such an amazing saving.  Next year I will definely be taking a list.

I am so happy with all these products, I've only used the Estee lauder foundation and the Clarins eyeshadows.  When I wore these products for the first time I got compliments from work colleagues.  

Have you tried any of the above products?:)


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A week on instagram #2

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Winter warming tea

Still in love with this album

Tea quote

Berry goodness

Favourite face mask

Lush twilight bath bomb

Glitter nail varnish had to be used

Sunrise

Oat banana & dark choc chip muffins

Morning sky

Childhood classic watched

Another beautiful sunrise

More tea quotes


New cook book

Gluten free nutella crepe with cream

Gluten free waffles

Feel free to follow me on instagram:) - lulabellem88
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It's all about the nails...

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As you all probably know by now Boots are having their 3 for 2 offers on at the minute accross all beauty.  I of course had to avail of this opportunity to splurge on nails. My own nails never seem to grow long enough and if they do they end up breaking.  I love getting Shellac nails but they are £25 each time which last a few weeks.  As I dont want to spend that amount of money every time  I thought I would give fake nails a try.

~Elegant Touch Adorned False Nails Squeeze Me £7.10

~Elegant Touch Polished Nails Slate Grey £6.59

~Boots own short glitter nails (in store only) Just over £5


What's your favourite fake nail brand to use?

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A week on Instagram...

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My gluten free victoria sponge masterpieces.lol

Lush had to happen

Loving Bombay Bicycle club's new song & video home by now

Started using my Christmas mug

Lovely Northern Ireland Coast

Christmas earrings checked off my list

Stocked up on gluten free healthier option goodies

Lush bath using candy mountain bubble bar

Glorious morning sunrise

Green juice to start the day







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Cards for all occasions...

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I love unique/quirky cards to give along with presents, I always find that the 'usual' card shops produce very similar cards and are the place I would go for a last resort.  I was browsing in Marks & Spencers one day and found that they sell cards for all occasions. To me they have the most beautiful range of cards and wrapping paper/gift bags.  It's my niece and nephews birthday soon so I picked up these two lovely cards. They have so many beautiful cards for children that are not only cards but also have games on them like mix and match images or sometimes include posters. There was a really nice girls card that turned into a 3d princess castle, super cute!  They also sell numerous cards that include sticker letters and numbers so you can personalise the name and age.

I would recommend you all to go in and have a look as they have such a good selection. M&S also do a loyatly card for buying cards, after your 6th card you get one free, I was able to get one of these cards free using this.  Prices range from £1 up which is great:)

Does anyone else buy cards in M&S?
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