Sunday, 17 April 2016

EarlyBird - Healthy Snacking | Food

Oh I do love a good subscription box and my favourite is always food themed! EarlyBird is a healthy snacking box, containing 4 delicious punnets of goodies. Recently undergone a new look, which I think is super cute, all EarlyBird snacks contain no refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavours and colours. The main concept behind EarlyBird snacks is to eat them slowly, engaging your senses and creating energy - if we snack fast and don't think about what we're eating we can often overeat and upset our digestive system. Snacking and eating our meals slower can trick the mind into thinking we're more full.
EarlyBird Healthy Snack Box Review - Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
EarlyBird Healthy Snack Box Review - Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
EarlyBird Healthy Snack Box Review - Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
The packaging is sleek, letterbox friendly - which is always a winner in my book as I'm not always home for the post! I really love the colours of the box, very vibrant and perfect for Spring! The sleeve pulls away to reveal the contents, beautifully presents and a small leaflet with details on the products, nutritional information and 'badges of health'.
Snackwise, there's a really nice selection which when looking online before subscribing I really loved the concept of most of them. The four in my box were fantastic, starting with Florentiny - a dairy free trail mix style punnet with protein and fibre, containing raw chocolate covered raisins, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and almond silvers. I do love trail mixes so this was lovely for an afternoon snack.
Next, Kiwi crisps, a really simple yet totally delightful snack. Just 38 calories, less than 3g of sugar and high in fibre, this really did fulfil my sweet craving. I for one have never tried a kiwi crisp, but I was totally in love and now I'm on the hunt for bags on the highstreet - let me know if you've ever tried them?!
Next, Raspberry Coconut Jelly and probably my favourite out of the four! The raspberry drops with coconut chips and raspberry coconut chips went so well together. With no refined sugar, just 148 calories and high in protein, it didn't feel like a healthy snack at all. It left me craving more if I'm honest. Four more punnets please!
Finally another simple punnet of Wasabi Wheatgrass Kale Chips, a source of protein and high in fibre.I hadn't dabbled in kale chips before, the wasabi really gave them a nice kick!
And to top it off a little box in the centre containing a Darjeeling Duck Tea bag, the perfect accompaniment with an afternoon snack!

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the EarlyBird Healthy Snackbox and look forward to my next one. If you would like to try a box yourself use the code tamsy-2037 and get your first box for half price

Have you tried EarlyBird snackbox or any other subscription snack boxes? What's your favourite snack?

Sunday, 10 April 2016

An Overnight Stay at Burley Manor, New Forest | Travel

Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Ever feel like you need to get away for the night but may not have the time or funds to fly abroad? A staycation is what you need. So last week I headed down to the New Forest for an overnight stay at Burley Manor.
A stunning Grade II listed building, Burley Manor dates back to 1852 and has been a hotel since 1935 and set in just 8 acres of land, it feels miles away from everything. Purchased by New Forest Hotels in April 2015, it quickly underwent a £1.8 million refurbishment, transforming it into this completely stylish yet humble hotel with 40 Boutique bedrooms ranging from Snug to Suite, any Pinterest obsessed would be envious of, just check out the photos.
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
The bedrooms are situated in both the main Manor and the Garden Wing, the latter can either be accessed through a series of doors and corridors  (pretty easy to navigate once you've done it once) or through the courtyard and onto your very own private deck.
In the Courtyard, a small pool which was closed off, well it's not quite Summer yet. There are plans to expand and even add Spa facilities so I look forward to returning for that. All of the Garden Wing  rooms overlook stunning serene views of the countryside and even a herd of deer grazing. Yes, they are there most days and you can even buy food to feed them!
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
As if the views of the grounds and courtyard weren't perfect enough, the room itself was stunning and from the front didn't appear to be that big, I was expecting more of a snug room. However, it was very spacious and furnished beautifully. You can see they really took extra love and care to make the rooms individual yet compliment the surroundings. I particularly loved the bed, just look at that headboard, the side table ladened with tea and coffee facilities and even some delicious freshly baked cookies. It goes without saying that the bathroom is to-die-for and the complimentary Temple Spa goodies is enough to amke any beauty blogger squeal!
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
After relaxing for a couple of hours, listening to the radio, headed over to the Manor and to the restaurant where I'd booked a table for dinner. Staying midweek meant the restaurant was pretty quiet with just three couples having dinner at the same time and a few people at the bar. We were quickly seated with our menus and the Sommelier, Carlos welcomed us asking if we'd like any wine, our preferences and bottle or Carafe. Carlos really knows his stuff and after choosing a bottle of delicious red, poured into a carafe and we sat back and relaxed. Chatting and discussing blogging, taking photos too.
Starting with some homemade rosemary bread and a selection of infused Olive Oils, chilli and paprika, lemon and herb and garlic.
Next we kindly offered a plate of Tapas to share. A mouthwatering selection of dry cured Hampshire antipasti, Lamb Kibbeh with spiced yoghurt, couscous Tabbouli. But the star of the show for us was the Cumin Houmous topped with dukkah and pine nuts and served with warm flatbread. Freshly made and so utterly delicious unlike any Houmous I have tasted before. I could have and would have eaten the whole bowl, had I not ordered a main...
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
After filling our stomachs with Tapas, we chatted, laughed and drank a lot of wine. And then our mains arrived. Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni- it was stunning. The Ricotta filling and fresh wilted Spinach really worked in harmony with the pasta. Such a decadent and filling main.
Roast Duck with heritage vegetables and a jus. The duck was cooked to perfection, pink exactly how I like it and the vegetables roasted beautifully. We were very intrigued by the sweet potato with sherry vinegar, raisins and maple (not pictured as I got carried away and ate them instantly). Oh my, did they exceed my expectations, possibly the best roasted sweet potato I have ever tired, and I am a huge sweet potato fan. The maple and raisins really perfected the dish for me.
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
After polishing off the starter and mains, there was just had about enough room to squeeze in a small dessert, Affogatto - vanilla ice cream, espresso coffee, ameretto and an amaretto biscuit - the amaretto biscuits must have got lost on their way from the Kitchen, slight disappointment but I was too full to care and just wanted to down the coffee and amaretto itself. A simple dessert to finish off a perfect meal.

And so, retired to the Garden Wing for a luscious nights sleep in possibly the comfiest, most luxurious bed...
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Waking up bright and early, and after grabbing a cup of tea from the in-room Tea Service, we headed to breakfast in the dining room. You can also opt for breakfast being delivered to you (breakfast in bed, hello!), simply by filling out a form the evening before.
After seating and getting familiar with the breakfast bar serving yoghurts, fruits, fruit juices and fresh pastries, I check out the menu and decided the Cinnamon French toast made with their homemade brioche with berry compote & orange yoghurt. Oh my, I do love french toast, sadly never mastered making it myself. But this was so utterly delicious. The flavours complimented eachother perfectly and conquered my morning sweet tooth, along with a teapot of tea and glass of Cranberry juice.
Of course you cannot stay somewhere without trying their version of an English fry up and so we tried the Burley Breakfast with Balsamic roasted tomatoes, plancha style pork loin, locally sourced sausage, roasted Portobello’s & free range poached eggs. Although we were expecting something on the larger side, we were still full from the night before so this Burley Breakfast went down comfortably.
Burley Manor Hotel New Forest - Review from Peaches and Bear Travel and Lifestyle Blog - peachesandbear.co.uk
Packing up my things, feeling completely full and so relaxed, I couldn't help but feel sad to be leaving such a peaceful place in the heart of the New Forest. I can highly recommend for an overnight stay, or just stop by for dinner if you're enjoying some country walks in the area. You won't be disappointed.

To stay at Burley Manor on a Bed and Breakfast basis – prices will start from £119 per couple in a snug room.  To book or for more information see www.burleymanor.com or call 01425 403522.

Does a staycation tickle your fancy? Have you visited the New Forest before? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

A to Z City Travel List | Travel

Many of you may know that I really want to start writing more travel posts, sharing my photos and experiences with you all. My New Years Resolutions and 30 Before 30 lists always seem to include some sort of travel wishes. I first decided I'd like to visit a different city every month, or realistically every other depending on the distance, expenses etc. Anyway, when I was looking online at cities, I found a really cool A-Z list, some of which I'd already visited so i decided to create my own.



A - Amsterdam, Netherlands
B - Barcelona, Spain
C - Cape Town, South Africa
D - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
E - Edinburgh, Scotland
F - Florence, Italy
G - Gothenburg, Sweden
H - Helsinki, Finland
I - Istanbul, Turkey
J - Jakarta, Indonesia
K - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
L - Lisbon, Portugal
M - Monte Carlo, Monaco
N - Nice, France
O - Oslo, Norway
P - Prague, Czech Republic
Q - Quebec City, Canada
R - Reykjavik, Iceland
S - Saint Petersburg, Russia
T - Tokyo, Japan
U - Udon Thani, Thailand
V - Vancouver, Canada
W - Warsaw, Poland
X - Xi'an, China
Y - Yasawa Island, Fiji
Z - Zurich, Switzerland

I'd love to know what you think of my list. I'm currently in Italy so already ticking off Florence, aswell as a few others not on the list. I can't wait to share the adventure with you.
Have you visited any of the places above or are they on your list too? If you have any posts or videos I would absolutely love to see them so why not leave a comment or tweet me, @peachesandbear

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Lent - Giving Up and Taking Up | Lifestyle


Traditionally Christians Fast for 40 Days and 40 Nights, starting on Ash Wednesday and finishing on Thursday before Good Friday. However, these days that is rare and people usually give up something small for the period of Lent leading up to Easter.
Over the years I've given up many things from chocolate to alcohol and even binge watching TV shows and playing video games for too long.

I've been thinking long and hard about what I'd like to give up for Lent and this year and I've decided on cutting my spending habits, particularly on junk food and unneeded treats, *cough* overspending on beauty products I don't really need. I'm trying to save more for adventures, trips away etc. So cutting my spending habits is something I'd really like to achieve not just for Lent but for this year too.

But Lent doesn't have to be all about giving something up, I've also been thinking of something to take up or achieve by the end of Lent. To keep the positive energy flowing and to keep me entertained when I'm not at work, I really want to get into running again. I recently downloaded the Couch25K App for my phone and treated myself to some fancy running gear so I'd like to make the most of those and go out, hit the Common and fields and go running! Couch25K is a Nine Week exercise journey so if I can reach Week 6 and still carry on after Lent, I will pretty proud of myself.

I'd love to know what you're giving up or even taking up for Lent.
Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

30 Things Before 30 | Life


You may have recently read my '25 Before 25: What I Achieved' post. Since writing up the results of that list I have been thinking of new and exciting things to add to my '30 Before 30' list and I think it's obvious once you have a look that I am thinking about doing more adventurous things. I'm really starting to love these lists rather than New Years Resolutions. I feel like aiming towards a certain age gives me plenty of motivation to complete and try new things. So why not have a gander at what I'm thinking about doing over the next 5 years:
  1. Learn to drive and buy a car
  2. Relocate back to the countryside
  3. Keep fit
  4. Keep growing my hair
  5. Get a tattoo
  6. Get Invisalign 
  7. Watch Game of Thrones
  8. Start riding DH
  9. Get a DH bike
  10. Participate in a DH race
  11. Sky Dive for charity
  12. Tough Mudder for charity
  13. Go on more adventures
  14. Spend more time with friends
  15. See a Canucks Game at Rogers Arena
  16. Go on at least 4 trips per year
  17. Ride on a Sleeper Train
  18. Go skiing/snowboarding 
  19. See the Northern Lights
  20. Visit Yellowstone Park
  21. Visit the Rocky Mountains; Canadian Rockies in particular 
  22. Visit the Great Wall of China
  23. Visit New York
  24. Visit Iceland
  25. Visit Vancouver
  26. Visit Prague
  27. Visit Disneyland California
  28. Take more photos
  29. Start an Adventures scrapbook
  30. Keep blogging
Have you created a list of things you'd like to achieve before you reach a certain age? Or is there one thing you'd like to achieve by your next big Birthday? Let me know in the comments below!

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