Saturday, 14 December 2013

Juice Warrior - Juice Cleanse: Review

With Christmas fast approaching, it's the time of year when most of us have a jam packed social calender
All these lovely events usually include copious amounts of food and drink, which although great at the time it can soon catch up with you and leaving you feeling just a bit...Bleurgh!

My lifestyle has changed an awful lot in 2013 
I used to be a complete exercise-phobe. This year I joined a gym and have been going regularly 
My diet has improved drastically I now put a lot more thought into what I'm consuming and try to eat as clean as possible when I can.
All these good intentions however seem to go right out the window at Christmas!

I had been reading a lot about juicing and have been thinking about buying myself a juicer to try and incorporate some more fruit and veg into my diet but I didn't want to rush out and buy one if it really wasn't for me.

Luckily I was offered the chance to try out a Juice Cleanse from a Glasgow based company called Juice Warrior. 

Their juices are 100% pure cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices. They are never processed or pasteurised so you don't have to worry about any horrible additives. These juices are all natural,
because of this the juices are highly perishable so have to be consumed within a few days, but the company do offer a delivery service. 

You can pick from a few different cleanses from between 1-3 days. 
I only opted for one day this time as I just wanted to give it a try and decide whether it was for me. 
It is up to the individual whether they want to eat or not whilst doing the cleanse, but it is advised that you stick to fruit and vegetables and don't consume any processed food.

As I attend the gym regularly it is important that I consume enough calories to keep my energy up 
So I was quite worried at the prospect of not eating all day, but I decided to try and stick to the juices alone and see how I got on. 

I waited until about 10:30 to try my first juice
I usually eat breakfast around 7am but I had a day off yesterday so I had only been up for around an hour when I drank this. 
This flavour is 'The Golden One' containing - Pineapple, Orange, Sweet Potato and Ginger 
I was slightly dubious about the Sweet Potato as it seemed quite a random addition amongst the other fruits but it was really quite nice! It definitely suppressed my hunger. 

I had my second juice at around 1:30pm 
This time I opted for 'Sweet Beet' containing - Beetroot, Carrot, Apple, Lemon and Ginger 
Now I really wasn't looking forward to this one as I absolutely hate beetroot
but I liked all the other ingredients so I was hoping they would sort of drown out the beet taste.
Unfortunately that was the strongest flavour and I didn't particularly enjoy this one
but I gulped it down anyway. 

I had another Sweet Beet around 3:30pm

Although I had to decided to try and get through the day drinking the juice alone 
by about 5pm I was absolutely starving so I decided to make some dinner 

I had some roasted vegetables 
Red and Yellow Peppers, Courgettes, Red Onion, and Cherry Tomatoes 
I can honestly say vegetables have never tasted so good! 

Before bed I had one more 'The Golden One'

I thought I would be really tired and worn out by bed time but I actually struggled to get to sleep and seemed to have loads of energy! I was hungry though and had a bit of a sore head.
I'm almost certain that the sore head was due to not having any caffeine.
I am an absolute coffee fiend and whenever I try and take a day off from drinking coffee I get really bad headaches.

I woke up this morning feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed 
My dad even asked me 'What I was on?' haha 
and although the cleanse is not designed to be a weight loss programme 
I did weigh myself before I started and then again this morning
I had lost a total of 4lb which will definitely go a long way in helping me squeeze into my dress tonight for my xmas night out! 

Although I really struggled with the hunger I definitely want to try this again
I will probably try a 3 day cleanse early in the New Year 
from what I have heard the hunger subsides on the 2nd and 3rd day 

Would you try a juice cleanse?
Or have you tried one before?

If you live in the Glasgow and are thinking about trying one here is the website for Juice Warriors

Jen xxx

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Festive Nails - NOTD

Now I won't pretend to be some sort of nail painting extraordinaire 
They are usually a bit of a riot, I try and keep them nice and tidy but more often than not, I fail. 
However since I'm attending a Christmas Jumper Party tonight I thought I would make a bit of effort and make my talons a bit Christmassy :) 

What colours are more gloriously festive and tacky than red and green?

For the red nails I used:
two coats of 
No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in the shade Devils Delight
covered with one coat of 
W7 Nail Polish in shade 2 - Red Dazzle 

For the green nails I used:
two coats of
No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in the shade Totally Teal 
and one cot of 
W7 Nail Varnish in Shade 8 - Green Dazzle 

I think the No7 and W7 combinations work really nicely together 
and obviously if the alternating nail colours are a bit OTT for you 
then you could just opt for all red or all green

What are your go to nails for the festive season ?
I will be sure to post a photo of my awesome Christmas jumper on Twitter or Instagram 
So if you aren't already following me please do
Twitter - @thebigburdblog
Instagram - @biggins89

Jen xxx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Social & Cocktail - The Review

I can't quite believe I'm up and writing this today after the night I had last night! 
Admittedly I have a rather sore head, but I am powering through
I was lucky enough to host a fabulous cocktail party courtesy of Social & Cocktail 
In the comfort of my own kitchen!

There is nothing I hate more (especially in a wet and freezing Glasgow) than going for a night out and having to wait in a massive taxi que to get home at the end of the night.
So this was my idea of heaven! 

My lovely bar tender Evan arrived at 7:45 with a little white suitcase which magically turned into the most amazing cocktail bar.
They bring everything you can think of from fresh fruit and ice to cocktail glasses and straws
and probably best of all, they even clean up everything when they are finished!

I chose five cocktails for us to try from the menu. I wanted to stick to mainly vodka based drinks so there wouldn't be too many sore heads in the morning from mixing drinks,
We went for:
Moscow Mule
French Martini 
Strawberry Daiquiri 
and Mojitos
They were all absolutely delicious but I think my favourite was either the Moscow Mule which was so refreshing or the French Martini which is my favourite cocktail of all time 

My little cousin Rebecca is Vlogging every day for two months for charity 
You can check out her Youtube channel here
and Evan very kindly let her join in with the cocktail making and include it in her vlog

You could tell he was really passionate about his job and was answering all our questions about the different types of cocktails. 
He also wasn't scared of joining in with the banter in a room full of women! He must have thought we were all a bit crazy, especially after a few cocktails. 
He done a great job and really made the night what it was. 

Social and Cocktail can be hired for private parties and corporate events 
and the prices are so reasonable! 
£25 a head and they were here from 7:45 until after 12 
It is definitely worth the money when you think how expensive cocktail bars are.

I would definitely recommend hiring them
It is such a brilliant idea for birthdays or hen nights 
or even just for a fab night in or even before you head out to a club!

If you are in the Glasgow area and fancy having one of these great nights for yourself 
you can find the guys here
or on twitter @sococktail 
They are also going to be branching out to Edinburgh early in the New Year :)

Jen xxx