Perfectly Clear – #AlwaysSpring

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With the summer rolling in and the hot streak still going strong across the country you are instantly open to more invites to BBQ’s, garden parties and all those other generic summer style social events.

And so with the help of Perfectly Clear water I am going to share some snazzy recipes for some cocktails and mocktails that are both refreshing and healthier than the usual options – and also SUPER easy to make, I knocked these up in minutes.

Unknown to me, Perfectly Clear is one of the UK’s first flavoured water lines on the market being launched over twenty years ago. With their main goal to provide a healthy alternative to the sugary drinks – priding themselves on being ZERO SUGAR and also they aim to make their water as affordable as possible (39p in Home Bargains) – which is better than paying big bucks for standard water.

After going through a rebranding recently they have a whole new range of bottles, flavours and styles. Offering the standard 500ml bottle which is perfect for personal use, an amazing 1.5litre bottle for sharing and also producing a range for kids in a cute little 330ml bottles. Because the kids are the future and keeping them healthy and refreshed is the goal.

They come in a tasty range of flavours in either Sparkling or Still; Strawberry, Lemon & Lime, Elderflower, Orange, Red Apple, Cherry and Summer Fruits.

Let’s go.


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Cocktail Numero Uno! 

I wanted to make a kind of  “Gin ‘n’ Juice” style drink but instead of loading it with sugar and lemonade I went for a fresh still version. Crushing some ice in a blender, then pour a shot of Gin (or two if you are feeling extra snazzy) then half a of Grapefruit juice and half a cup of Perfectly Clear Lemon & Lime Water.

Quick Stir and Enjoy.


Cocktail Numero Duo! 

Super easy one again – crushed ice, couple of shots of Sour Cherry Vodka topped up with Perfectly Clear Mixed Berries Water and stir. This one was a surprising treat for the GF on a hot Saturday afternoon and that is the point. Just simple but refreshing drinks to enjoy anytime.


Cocktail Numero Tres! 

I thought best to do one for the kids and T-Totalers. So again start with some ice, then super simply, 1/3 Perfectly Clear Strawberry Water, 1/3 Cranberry Juice and 1/3 Sugar Free Soda Water. Stir and pow.


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So the next time you are throwing a party or a BBQ give these cheeky little recipes a go. Enjoy the refreshing taste of a Perfectly Clear water based drink. Stay hydrated and just enjoy the sun.

Check them out on their WebsiteTwitter and Instagram and head out to try the taste of sugar-free refreshing flavoured water.

 

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Who puts the “Bra” in Equality

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Today’s post is almost a guest post type of deal. Hopefully it will find it’s legs and get off the ground but as we begin I am just aiming in a direction and preying we get there – Like when you approach a large roundabout and you are not 100% sure on which lane you need. We’ll get there.

My GF suggested blogging about this because and I quote “You have a lot of female followers and it’s just something that really annoys me” – from that you can tell this is going to be a girl orientated post so I ask: Ladies here this cry as I bet it’s going to be relatable and Gents also stick around as no doubt you would have heard similar in the past from the females.

Bras for Big Boobs vs Bras for Small Boobs

We are going on holiday this weekend and so you know what that means, a lot of rushing round, buying sun cream, new clothes and changing money up. Well two out of three isn’t bad but when it came to new clothes the GF really wanted to pick up some new strap-less bras – Can’t have strap line tan marks, that will never do she informed me. So the mission was a foot. Few trips into town with no success, her annoyance was grouping and the holiday countdown was getting closer to the end.

See the problem she has is . . . she has rather big boobs! Yes I know lucky me blah blah blah but when it comes to clothing it’s a royal pain for her because she can’t find nice reasonable priced clothing that fits and for me it’s a pain because I have to hear about it and watch her get upset. The frustration is with retailers and brands, the size selections that are offered usually leaves us stood there looking at a sea of shelves and stacks of A, B, C size Bras, a few D’s, even fewer DD’s and then a poor selection of anything bigger.

The anger grows from here, in a world that is trying so hard to be politically correct, trying to be inclusive of everyone, not offend anyone and overall promote equality. It currently doesn’t look like that when you walk into Primark, New Look or even Tesco.

In fairness I am trying to steer clear from having a rant about Primark altogether – maybe that is for another post on another time.

How the big chains think it’s ok and very acceptable to only provide bra sizing for a limited sizing is bizarre to me and annoyingly frustrating for her. I know it could be said that certain shops don’t stock every size jeans, I mean I don’t shop in H&M because there is no way a 34inch pair of jeans are going round my somewhat chiseled godly belly. And I accept that, I know where to shop and where to avoid – but for something like bra’s I think that should be a different story – they are underwear, supportive, functional pieces of clothing. If the jeans don’t fit, I can pop on joggers or shorts, if the bra doesn’t fit what are the ladies supposed to? Maybe pop on a . . . what ever the alternative is – oh wait there isn’t one. Bra or No Bra that is the question.

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Her rant will continue, imagine this – a sea of lush, sexy, cute styled bras made up of silks, lace and all that nice fancy stuff that makes a bra look as good as it is supportive. There at the back of the rail is a hanger that says 38DD or 40E (something for the fuller bust) so you reach in and imagine the disgust when you pull out a plain beige bra. I for one couldn’t even tell you what beige was, is it cream? Is it nude? Whatever it is it’s not the sexy purple and pink lace thing at the front of the rail. If a shop is going to accommodate for the large boob they think beige, black or white is the only acceptable colours – like are bigger girls not as sexy as the AA breasted ones?

That board meeting must have been a hoot and I think a few people need to start looking for new jobs after making that decision.

Yes I know, she knows, we all know there are stores that do stock the bigger size and some of the ranges are very tasty. But these specific stores come with a premium. £50 for a single bra in Victoria Secret compared to the three for £20 in Primark. So you’ve been blessed with big boobs but the price you pay for that is back pain unless you have a really good supportive bra and then you need a small mortgage to buy enough to keep you going. Is that fair? Does that make sense?

Am I making her point here. Can you relate to this and see what I am talking about?

I hope so.

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So back to boobs and the hunt for a strap-less bra days before our holiday, the shops have not got the selection, so we hit the online shopping looking for a click and collect service; ASDA – No joy, Tesco – again like the store its a no, Debenhams, Peacocks, M&S all no luck. This is a floored system that needs to be addressed surely.

So my lunch break comes around on Tuesday – I head off in the hunt to please my fair maiden. Out of the 4 shops I dashed into only one shop (Yours) had the strap-less style bra she wanted. So £17 late – I know right! I was out of there. There was some funny looks as I hunted around the lingerie sections and even more so when I was buying the bra while holding a box of cat food – bless the girl who was working in the shop. She asked if I had wanted a bag? – Yes please lovely it might look very odd walking around carrying a bra and cat food. We laughed! Thank you “Yours”

So now the holiday is back on track, the GF has what she needs. But it’s a real eye opener when it comes to every day shopping, sizing and the product lines these big go-to high street brands offer.

Now we are at the end, we have ranted, bought bras and got frustrated along the way. But I hope I have done the GF justice in her rant, I hope at least some of you can find this relatable and agree that something surely should be done about this!

Leave your comments below, share this amongst the world, we should make a movement and give the big brands a shout out. Or is that too Anarchist and no very PC?

 

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A New Blogging Series – The Gadget Guide!

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This is a little introductory post about a new series I am putting together called “The Gadget Guide”.

Where I’ll take recommendations, or find some quirky gadgets that I can review and make a guide about. Tackling manly gifts that can work as gift guides and ideas for boyfriends, sons and dad gifts. But also I’m also looking at house hold gadgets – Like that frying pan that cooks every part of a Full English in one go. How cool is that!

Rest assure though boys, I will take the plunge and review things that can be aimed to the opposite sex, so you can have a helping hand when searching for gifts for your lady friends, Mothers, Sisters and Lovers

Basically I will be taking on everything and anything,

The end goal is to treat myself to a Google Home device to review and sing its praises – because let’s be honest that little thing is awesome and I CAN’T WAIT to get one.

Partly the reason for this series is. . . because I am a guy and I love a good gadget. But also because I can sense you all need my help when it comes to gift giving which is something I nail. Christmas, pfft easy. Birthdays KA-POW. Baby Showers – done and done. So now it’s time to share my knowledge with you all.

So that’s me – short and sweet just to keep you in the loop. But know I need to work out what the first review is going to be. I have had a little look on Amazon to see what I could work with. Any suggestions or if there is something you want to see reviewed by a somewhat trusting, charming and funny guy (that’s me) let me know. I love a challenge and let’s be honest this is going to be a hoot.

Peace and Love my beautiful followers.

 

 

P.S The above image “Gadgets” is not my art work. I am grateful for it’s design.

Beginners Guide to NFL.

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Well not exactly a guide to understanding the sport . . . I mean I’m not even sure  I can understand it all yet, let alone explain it. But this is more about my new-found fondness.

So Sports Fans we had the Super Bowl which was awesome!

I’ve always wanted to get into the game, but obviously being an American game and living in England it never felt like it was meant to be. It’s not easy to watch it over here and the support is low (which I was wrong about).

So after the Super Bowl, which I sat down and watched thanks to BBC iPlayer, I felt like I was ready to learn and understand the game. I picked up the majority of the rules pretty quickly and thought – Ok I am going to actively work on this, support the sport and follow the game.

Again being a Brit I have no clue who is good or bad. I know that the New England Patriots are one of the best, with Tom Brady’s arm and there Super Bowl wins. But I didn’t want to do that, you know that fair weather Manchester United supporting fan thing. I am just picking a side and rooting for them.

So as I have family in Houston I thought, this is an easy pick – Go Texans!

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When I was out there, we went tailgating – which if you don’t know turns a football game (which is already long enough) into a day session. Everyone turns up at the stadium with their pickup trucks and RV’s – they set up a tent, a BBQ and they just DRINK. I mean like they go to town on the beers and BBQ – my god it was amazing. I was so drunk that day it was unreal. It’s crazy how culture in the States is so different, over here you get a crappy pie and a warm beer before the game, over there you got a whole pre party that is good enough to be THE party.

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I then went and bought Madden 18 to help learn the rest of the plays, rules and dynamics of the game. Which so far has offered so much more than just that, the game is so in-depth in regards to what you can do, the drafts, the contracts, the coaching. It’s a whole different level of gameplay than what you would expect with something like FIFA – which is top of the football gaming world, Madden steps over that and gives so much more for NFL. I’ve been able to learn about techniques, plays and even the dynamics of drafting new players from High School – I can’t say I am 100% up on the know how just yet but it is coming along nicely and it’s so much fun.

I’ve also got a couple of friends that are fans of the sport which is helpful in my rookie state. One being a guy I work with – who is probably reading this right now and realising we are talking about him. Hey Steve! It’s useful to talk to these guys to help gain an understanding of bits of the game I might not get. I worry that I have become that person – now that I’ve found something new to take an interest in, everything can revolve around NFL. Like I want to get a Jersey but I also don’t want to be that guy. You know the one that after two months of having a new hobby has the team strip, some merchandise and a signed picture. It’s over kill. But you know what I mean.

I would love a Jersey but they are like £100 and well that is a lot of money right now. So hey if anyone out there wants to send me one in return for some favours, posts or reviews – sign me up. (Houston Texans Home Jersey – 2XL, 10 Hopkins, 4 Watson or 99 Watt)

Just an idea – worth a shot.

So here is to the continued learning of the game, the understanding of the nitty bits and the start of next season. Yes it’s about 6 months away but I can’t wait. Going to have to work out how to watch in the UK but it’s going to be fun. Any of my readers or followers an NFL fan? If so who do you support? Maybe you can help me get out of the rookie league and into the Pro status.

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Dealing with Time.

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TimeSomething I have noticed as I have gotten older and become a “Responsible Member of Society” is that I have no time for anything and this is something I really struggle with; managing my time and finding a harmonious level where everything can work as one.

When I was younger, I would go to work, come home and do what I like – spend hours playing Playstation or going out. But now days in this adult life that luxury is long gone.

I get home now after working 7.30am – 5pm (five days a week) to a list of chores, taking the washing down and putting it away, putting a new load on, cleaning up from the night before and occasionally running the hoover round the flat before taking the bins out and then finally sitting down. But by that time I need to look at cooking some tea – so I go off and do that. Once more getting a chance to sit down eat and catch up with the GF.

The standard generic “How was your day?” and “Oh what happened with blah blah” conversations pop up and then before we know it’s getting time to think about having a shower and going to bed.

Where does the time go?

It is the same for me at the weekend, by the time the boring adult life stuff is done I am left tired and out of time to start something I want to do.

Obviously this isn’t always the case and some nights or weekends I have less “Chores” to do but still after working the 9 half hours I spend at work I am just so tired, like actually exhausted. So there are nights and times (like tonight. . . shhh don’t tell the GF) that I have a few couple of hours where I plan to cook a pizza, blog and play Playstation.

When it comes to time management for out of work activities – mainly blogging and media work, I just struggle so much to find the drive. My office job is so long that it makes coming home feel amazing but then I only have a couple of hours before I have to go to sleep or I know I will be ruined the next morning trying to wake up at the crack of dawn.

In a perfect world I would love to not have the office job. To be a self employed media mogul – if that was the case I 100% know I would schedule my time so much better. I would get up at a good time, unlike the ungodly hour I currently have to claw my way out of bed. Have a nice healthy breakfast, probably start going back to the gym for an hour or so, then home to do some writing, marketing and boosting of this lovely blog. Lunch, a few odd chores, then back to “WORK” – promoting media work, looking for clients and maybe the occasion Youtube video of a cat wearing a top hat – or something trivial. But you know what I mean – I am constricted to this lifestyle I have, trying to fit everything around the huge chunk of time I spend at the office a week.

I guess if I can get over this hump and once things pick up and start looking up maybe I can get to that goal one day – I don’t see it coming for some time as you know bills have to be paid. But like Journey said – Don’t Stop Believing.

WOW was that a little bit cheesy, oops. Sorry!

If anyone has any tips or tricks on how to help me with my time management I would love to hear from you, to try a new routine and work on something, anything, to improve and spread my capabilities across all platforms.

This is part the reason why I LOVE the idea of being a stay at home dad – I know that sounds crazy, trading a 9 1/2 hour day at work for a lifetime commitment of a child. But I think I would be able to handle that a lot better than I do currently. You know – Feed Baby, Take Baby for a walk, Blog while baby naps, feed GF and Baby – Sleep Repeat.

Yes I know that is WAY to simple an outlook on stay at homes parenting, I admire and fully respect what you do and will do the same when the time comes – but I can dream.

So until that day, or until I win the lottery, this is my life. I have to make of it what I can.

Wish me luck!