Think Tabata is Easy? Try This 4 Minute Spin Bike Workout

Think Tabata is Easy? Try This 4 Minute Spin Bike Workout

Do you love tabata exercise because it provides a thorough workout? Try this tough workout on your spin bike for a lung busting workout.

This tabata protocol is simple. Use a tabata app on your phone to keep tabs, and put on your favourite tune. It will give you the motivation.

I set my tabata app for three rounds, but because I’ve not been on my bike for several weeks, I could only complete one set.

This is the tabata protocol, which I completed on my Proform TDF 1.0 Indoor Cycle at an incline of 15 (maximum) at level 15 (26 levels max).

  1. Cycle as fast as possible for twenty seconds.
  2. Rest for 10 seconds.
  3. Cycle as fast as possible for twenty seconds.
  4. Rest for 10 seconds etc

Repeat this intense cycle eight times totalling 4 minutes.

I know that this tabata protocol sounds easy, but cycling with maximum effort at the hill incline and the added resistance level made me pant heavily at my third interval.

Put your favourite tune on because you’re going to need the motivation.

Check out these great range of spin bikes for inspiration and enjoy a tough tabata workout in only four minutes. 









The Easiest Eco Friendly Cheapest Deodorant EVER!

The Easiest Eco Friendly Cheapest Deodorant EVER!

Check the supermarkets and skin stores and there are an abundance of antiperspirants, but not many deodorants. It’s just not healthy to stop the pores from sweating, and it’s not sweat that smells but when bacteria (from stress) mixes with the sweat this is what causes armpit odour.

Do you know what the easiest eco friendly cheapest deodorant ever is? Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda. However, I must warn you that it may cause skin irritation in some people, but it is absolutely amazing in eliminating any hint of underarm pong.

I’ve tried a few naturally made deodorants by Ben & Anna. The grapefruit one is especially nice.

The Persian lime one is nice too.

To be honest, these deodorant sticks do not last as long as plain old baking soda (which is soooo cheap), but it is certainly nice to know that the armpit can breathe. The skin is designed to breath and not to choke from antiperspirants.

Rubbing a lemon or lime under the armpit is also helpful, although it may leave a sticky residue and takes time to dry.

What is your favourite natural deodorant, or do you stick to the usual antiperspirants?

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Remember Where’s Wally? Where’s The Missing Jigsaw Piece

Remember Where’s Wally? Where’s The Missing Jigsaw Piece

Do you remember Where’s Wally? He was a cartoon character dressed in red and white stripes, with glasses and a baseball cap, and through the busyness of the scene, we had to search for the goggled guy.

I have a puzzle for you. Where is the missing jigsaw piece in this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle? Don’t look down, if you don’t want to know where the missing jigsaw piece is?

I purchased this personalised 1000 piece photo jigsaw from PhotoBox, only to discover that a piece was missing. I contacted PhotoBox who were unhelpful and stated I was out of their six month policy period. Anyhow, I discovered a fantastic website called Jigsaw Doctor who actually create the missing piece from the pieces surrounding the missing piece. I don’t know how they do it, but wow I can’t even tell that there was a missing piece. What do you think?



I’m absolutely buzzing with Jigsaw Doctor. I have now framed my Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane photo 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

Give Blood and Burn Over 500 Calories

Give Blood and Burn Over 500 Calories

We learn something new every day, and today as I was giving blood the nurse told me that I had burnt 650 calories donating a pint of blood.

“No way” I exclaimed. “That’s fantastic. Well I never knew.”

Already burnt off half of my full english breakfast this morning.

Can only donate every few months so it’s hardly an easy weight loss program, but hey, I never knew that you could burn such substantial calories by blood donation. How interesting.

Get Healthy Soft Skin With Naissance Organic Shea Butter

Get Healthy Soft Skin With Naissance Organic Shea Butter

Naissance Organic Shea Butter is a wonderful versatile product for adults and children. When a small amount is applied to the face, as it is very concentrated, it leaves skin with an immediate healthy glow. Immediate results it gives because it boosts blood flow. Great to use at night for super soft skin in the morning. Dab a small amount under the eyes as an anti-wrinkle treatment.

Naissance organic shea butter is also great on scars, dry skin, and an instant moisture treatment. It leaves skin nourished and baby soft.

Because shea butter increases blood flow to the skin, it is an effective treatment for cellulite. Apply to the thighs and buttocks thoroughly. It’s also a great butter to apply to dry lips. As an overnight hair conditioner, apply onto the hair and wash out the following day.

Great for hair, nails, skin, lips, body, under eyes, dry skin, marks and scars. Prices start from £7.99 for a 250g tub. Naissance organic shea butter whip their shea butter, so it’s super quick and simple to apply to skin. Shea butter has got to be the cheapest anti-aging balm for the face, neck, and under eyes, and it’s non-comedogenic too, so it does not block pores.

I’ve been using shea butter for many years and I get a lot of compliments on my skin, as I stopped wearing foundation about ten years ago. I’m 38 and sometimes I even get asked for ID when I buy alcohol 🙂 I wish I was an ambassador for wonderful natural products like organic shea butter so that these ridiculously priced beauty brands selling skincare for £100s of pounds would go bust. I know that might sound nasty, but who has got the money today to spend £100s per month on skincare? Seriously! I can’t even afford a pension.

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Water Flossers Are A Cheap Effective Way to Keep the Teeth and Gums Strong

Water Flossers Are A Cheap Effective Way to Keep the Teeth and Gums Strong

I purchased a Mornwell Water Flosser over 12 months ago, and it’s the best £25 investment I’ve ever made. I used dental floss daily, but it’s such a messy process, and using the water flosser is so effortless at flushing away food debris – and  also plaque from around the teeth and gums. I have very sensitive teeth, and I even over brushed my teeth once with an electronic toothbrush enough to skim off a bit of bone, according to my dentist. When I have to go for a scale and polish, they use a sonic descaler and I have to nip my thigh all the way through the process because the cold water hits my nerve – I wish they would use lukewarm water at the dentist.

It has been over 12 months since I’ve needed one of those horrible sonic scale and polishes, and I believe that it is because of the daily use of the water flosser. Although they may take a day or two to get used to, as the water flow is powerful – you will understand what I mean. Gums are healthy and plaque free. No food debris to dental floss away. Healthy teeth and gums when you visit the dentist. Possibly no need for a sonic scale and polish for a long time.

I’m due for a check up at the dentist in June, and I’m hoping that he’ll say my teeth and gums are healthy without the need for a sonic scale and polish. Oh, and I’ve gotten my sister one and she loves it. She fills hers with mouthwash, and my friend has bought one too. They are a great investment if you hate to floss with dental floss daily.

Taste Great With Organic Moisturising Lip Balms by Hurraw

Taste Great With Organic Moisturising Lip Balms by Hurraw

If you love your lip balms, as I do, you’ll love the various flavours of Hurraw Lip Balms. One of my favourite flavours is the pitta lip balm*, which contains coconut, lemongrass and peppermint. It’s luxuriously moisturising and tastes gorgeous.

Hurraw lip balms are formulated based on ayurvedic dosha principles. They contain cold pressed organic sesame seed oils, plus organic coconut oil, organic cacao butter, and organic castor oil. Although £4.99 might seem a bit stiff for a lip balm, the ingredients are organic and one lip balm lasts a long time. I’ve also tried the black cherry tinted lip balm*, and vanilla lip balm*. I also recommend the Hurraw licorice lip balm*, which is delicious..

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Lose Weight or Your Money Back With Skinny Sprinkles

Lose Weight or Your Money Back With Skinny Sprinkles

If you struggle with weight loss, and the main reason is because you can’t seem to feel full enough to stop eating, try the Skinny Sprinkles weight loss aid*. It is available as candy apple flavour, and it’s currently on offer with £15 off its RRP.

Skinny Sprinkles Offers a Money Back Guarantee

The manufacturer of Skinny Sprinkles offers a money back guarantee, should you not lose weight through its 20 day challenge with this product, then contact Skinny Sprinkles for your money back. It’s designed to be drunk half an hour prior to your meal. Its key ingredient is glucomannan, which creates an fluid expansion inside the stomach helping you to feel fuller. Other ingredients include the prebiotic inulin, green tea extract, polyphenols, vitamin C, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese, and natural caffeine anhydrous. At only nine kilocalories per stick, it’s a delicious way to lose weight.

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Why Don’t Supermarkets Limit The Plastic Packaging on Fruits and Vegetables

Why Don’t Supermarkets Limit The Plastic Packaging on Fruits and Vegetables

I’m not sure about you, but there’s this huge ploy to get us to reduce our plastic usage in the UK, and I see nothing getting done about plastic packaging on fruits and vegetables at the supermarkets. It’s surrounding carrots, turnips, cabbage, mushrooms, apples, sweaty bananas – you name it. What happened to good old brown paper bags? Why can’t supermarkets get rid of the plastic bags, that just cause our fruits and vegetables to quickly rot through the sweating process, and add brown paper bags instead?

All of this recycling talk is ineffective when it can’t actually be done in every area of our lives. I’m not sure what the ‘envisioners’ of this new Rochdale plan to do, but I just miss the fruit stall in the inside market (which they got rid of) who used plain old brown paper bags to wrap all their fruits and vegetables in. My carrots lasted far longer in paper bags than the plastic sweating carrots and veg we have to buy today. Get rid of plastic packaging on fruits and vegetables, because it is not healthy for the poor fruits and vegetables inside that are getting choked to death, and it is not good for the environment. Period!

Improve Gut Health With BioLive Liquid Probiotics

Improve Gut Health With BioLive Liquid Probiotics

The main liquid probiotics available at the supermarkets today include Actimel and Yakult, but are you aware that there are various strains of bacteria that can have a vast impact on health. There may only be one or two strains of bacteria in Yakult or Actimel, but BioLive liquid probiotics contains 14 live strains of bacteria.

I pay only £12.50 per month for a subscription that I set up many months ago, so I think the lowest monthly subscription price now is £14.50. Alternatively you can buy a single bottle for £18, but Microbz are always running deals on BioLive throughout the year. Both the Gold and Dark BioLive varieties taste pleasant

Microbz Biolive Liquid Probiotics Live Bacteria Health Products

Our BioLive liquid probiotics range is designed to deliver and maintain the balance of beneficial microbes in your gut microbiome. This living liquid is packed full of good bacteria and offers a gentle, safe and natural way to maintain digestive health.

Why Choose Bio-Live?

14 gut friendly probiotic strains
Billions of gut friendly microbes in every 15ml serving
A unique formula fermented with over 50 juices, herbs and minerals
Not just a supplement but also a mineral boost
Contains live and active cultures
100% natural, gluten free* dairy free, soy free and wheat free
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
One 500ml bottle is 1 month’s supply
Six unique products available – products specifically designed for women, children, those with breathing difficulties and to fight colds and flu

*Bio-Live Dark and Bio-Live Gold have been tested and certified as gluten free only.