Friday, 24 March 2017

Exante Lemon Bar Review

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Hope your week has gone well! I've been so busy lately, it's been difficult to keep up with everything! So, today I'm back with another Exante diet review and this time it's the Lemon meal replacement bar!

I was definitely looking forward to this, almost as much as I'm looking forward to the chocolate pudding! I love pretty much anything lemon flavoured, especially if it's a quick and easy snack! First impressions were very good. It smelt deliciously lemony and looked like a normal breakfast bar you can often find. However when biting into it, I was a bit unsure about the texture. It was definitely unusual and I couldn't quite put my finger on whether or not I liked it. On the plus side, the lemon flavour was very nice. It wasn't too strong but instead gave the light and sweet lemon taste that I had hoped for. It was very similar to a lemon drizzle cake which is my favourite!

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So far my favourite of the products I was sent to review has got to be the shake but this is a close second! I think it's the lemon flavour that did it for me. Yet again, it's perfect to have for lunch on a busy day or to simple assist you in cutting down and getting fit and healthy! Definitely worth the £2.20 that it cost when you buy online! There is always some kind of offer on, via the Exante website, so likelihood is, you can get it much cheaper!

Would probably rate it a 3/5 stars but would definitely recommend if you're looking for meal replacements! It was simply the texture that put me off a little but I know from previous experience, it's the added protein that will often do that!

- KC xx

What sort of flavours would you like to try? Would you pick a lemon flavoured bar?

Monday, 20 March 2017

Barefoot Day No.2 and other plans!

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Well I'm proud to say my fundraising is well off and on it's feet now! I already wrote about my Barefoot Day and mentioned how much I have going on in my fundraising plan post, but things keep on getting added to the list! 

After the first barefoot day, and it's successes I thought I could improve on the £30 that I raised by doing another, but when the weather was slightly different. We've had much nicer weather recently so I jumped on the chance and started preparing for a second Barefoot Day! I made posters and social media posts and started spreading them straight away. I had the date set as Wednesday 15th March so that I would see different people at uni and made sure I had the day planned so I could see as many people as possible! I knew I had to post more on social media and get more photos so on the morning of the 15th, the mission began!

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The day didn't start off so well. I had a really rough night and I don't think I managed to get to sleep until around 4am. I had my socks off before 12 though! I had I few things that needed to be done, including printing stuff off and having a shower, before I headed off into uni for a 9am rehearsal. At 10am I was supposed to have an assessment, which is what the rehearsal was for, and then I was in lesson until 1pm. That didn't quite go to plan at all. Because of my stressful, late night, my alarm that I had set for 6:30am either didn't go off, or I slept through it. There was no one around to make sure I woke up either. I ended up waking up around half 9 due to one of my group ringing to find out where I was. Typical. Just the day where everything could go wrong. I quick got up and did what I could with my hair and face, put all the props for our assessment in a bag and ran. I felt seriously confused when it came to walking out the house without any shoes or socks. Obviously it hurt a lot more walking with barefeet so I was a bit slower than I had hoped when it came to getting into uni.

I got there with 5 minutes to spare for our assessment. I felt so bad for my group as we didn't have any time to rehearse. My day wasn't going well to say the least!

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When the lesson was finally over, still feeling like I was on a come down from a panic attack, I managed to get home for a shower and freshen up. It was well needed! By 2pm, I was sat in the university's pub with a bunch of mates ready to get some food. On the way there, I did a live video simply of me walking to the pub, I was surprised at how well it went down and how it managed to gain even more awareness of what I was doing! Eventually the day got better but it wasn't over... Around 8pm we headed off to the other side of the city for a Drunk Disney house party. Yes, of course this meant costumes as well! Fortunately, I was able to dress as a character that fit in well with the barefeet - Cinderella before she becomes the princess! It worked really well! I don't drink much but the idea was to drink whenever someone says 'honour' in Mulan, you can imagine how that went down for most!

Finally at midnight I was able to put my lovely socks back on before travelling back home. Seems ironic considering I was dressed as Cinderella!

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Over the weekend I was back home and whilst I was there I spent a few hours walking around town handing out letters asking for raffle prizes. I was lucky enough to get some really positive feedback from some shops, including being donated a chocolate bouquet from the lovely Sweet Lisa's (please go give their Facebook page a like as it's a new page and they are looking for some support)! It also gave me the idea of handing out a few letters up and down my street. So, Monday night consisted of writing, printing and posting a whole load of letters!

So, how much did I raise?!

Amazingly, I really proud to say that since the 11th March (the Saturday before Barefoot Day) I have raised £178!!! Just £22 off £200 in a week! Not only that, I'm now also £26 off reaching £600 in total which I would have loved to hit before the end of the week! There is also a possibility that I've managed to raise more as I'm not notified when I get text donates as they are only added just before my deadline. 

Massive thank you to everyone who donated, even if it was just a little bit of spare change! Every thing has been a massive help! 

Handing out letters to neighbours worked! One couple have generously donate £50 and offered for me to come round and collect some bits for a carboot, and another couple have donated £10 and have invited me round for tea and cake! It's very odd because normally we don't have much contact with our neighbours so it's lovely to have brought a few people together! Also, The Barefoot Backpacker donated a wonderful £20 which was a big boost, so I would just like to say a big thank you! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! 

If you have text donated please do let me know so I can say thank you to you!

What's next?!

I've got many events coming up and a lot more in planning process!

Today (Monday 20th) - I'm in York city centre all day doing a public collection dressed up as Supergirl!

Monday 27th March - I begin a no sugar month! 27th to the 27th (my birthday!). I will be working hard to cut out bad sugars and eat healthily. If I give in, I forfeit the money! 

Wednesday 29th March - Supergirl will be in Hull City Centre doing a public collection!

Friday 31st March - PAY DAY! I shall be doing a 100 in 100 challenge trying to raise £100 in 100 hours. There will be a number of live videos, including a raffle and possibly dares! Find me on facebook! I will also be attending a conference put on by Childreach International so add me on snapchat - kiralcurtis or Instagram -kiralcurtis to keep updated!

Tuesday 11th April - EASTER PUB QUIZ! I shall be hosting a charity pub quiz at the Station Pub and Grill in Lytham, £1 per person to enter! There will be prizes and of course, a raffle!

Sunday 23rd April - My first 10k! I shall be running the Blackpool 10k in aid of Childreach International!

Over the Easter holidays I will also be holding a carboot to raise some money and hopefully some public collections in my hometown areas, as long as I can get the permission!

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What else am I planning?

I have recently sent in permission applications for events on campus at university. One includes a lot of slime, and the other includes fish, eggs, cream pies, sauces, etc. So look out for more information on them across my social media! I hoping to do something with my local schools and I'm also in the process of arranging a family fitness day! I have so many other ideas, like a charity hockey tournament and a bingo night, but I'm trying to focus on one thing at a time. It can be a lot of hard work and I need all the help I can get. A lot of things require prizes which ends up costing a lot for me so of course I've got to work at getting businesses to donate what they can!

I've also been thinking about doing a charity blogger event either in Hull or perhaps in Blackpool as it's not very often I see them around. However, I would definitely need some help in arranging it as I'm not sure what to do! Any help you can give would be amazing! Or any tips you could give in arranging a blogger meet up would be a huge help!

If you would like to donate and help me reach my goals (£700 by the end of this week! Or I have an actual deadline of £950 by 11th April) then please don't hesitate to visit my donation page or text UNLOCK 193351 to 70007 which will donate £3! Don't forget that if you're buying your Mother's Day present online then please do it through my EasyFundraising link which will automatically donate a small percentage of your purchase free of charge to you!

- KC xx


Friday, 10 March 2017

Happy International Women's Day! Celebrating Women in Sport

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Well, for the other day any way. There has been a lot going on but in light of the celebrations of women this week I just wanted to do a quick post celebrating women in sport! I've always been one to get involved in sport since a young age and there was a point during college when I couldn't and it really made me realise how much I missed it. There just something about being part of a team or meeting a bunch of ladies who are in the same boat as you, they just want to get fit and have fun.

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The #thisgirlcan campaign is bigger than ever with more and more clubs and societies getting involved to support women in sport and encouraging even more to feel free and confident how ever they choose to keep fit. It's such a wonderful campaign and has got millions of women joining their local sports teams or simply going to a new fitness class at their local gym.

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This time last year I remember attending my first local sports event for International Women's Day. I had already started working on my blog and I began writing about local events to show my support. It was how I began to get contacts and since then I have made so many more friends through blogging and going to similar events and simply getting involved.

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Soon after, I got involved in Lytham Sportfest and literally joined in with the 'Join In' campaign of volunteers for local sports. There was a mini event at Park View, Lytham and then on the last weekend of August 2016, Lytham Sportfest took place inviting everyone to come down and take part in a bunch of free events. It was amazing to see how many people turned up and had a fantastic weekend. I also felt proud to see a large number of women who jiggled and wiggled through every song and dance move. Including me!

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Throughout the summer I also got involved with Lytham Runhunt, a Sportivate initiative getting women into running. Similarly to Couch to 5k groups, each week the amount of km increased, aiming to reach 5k by the end of the 6 week programme. Instead we reached 8k! In between we'd solve clues and do sprint drills. If I hadn't get involved in Runhunt, I would never have believed that I could reach even 10km one day. I'm getting there and I now believe I can!

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Here I am now! Bottom right, showing off my new hockey stick! After the mad year that was 2016, I found myself beginning my first year at the University of Hull and got involved in the one sport I've always loved but never had the chance to do, hockey! This photo was taken after a match and I was knackered. I was asked to play mid field when usually I play forward so I struggled to breathe for a lot of it. But even though I can't be bothered going to training, once I get there, I love it. It is a brilliant stress reliever too and a nice change from the constant drama scene!

I recently bought new trainers so I can't wait to try them out and get back in to running. That and I really want to try out new sports!

Here's to all women in sport! You keep on doing what you love! Jiggle your hearts out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

- KC xx

Do you get involved in any fitness classes or sports? What would you like to try out?

Monday, 6 March 2017

Looking Further Back on Dominican Republic

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Happy Monday! I hope Monday isn't being to dreary for you!

To be honest there's not much going on in my life at the moment, just busy with uni stuff and fundraising. Looking forward to spending a long weekend at home celebrating my best friend's birthday! There's definitely always a point in the semester where you just know you're ready to go home, and I've been feeling it for the past two weeks. I get to go home on Thursday afternoon but sadly I have to drive on my own, and it's a long drive! I'll manage knowing that I'll be there sooner!

Since not much is going on, the fact that I'm going on holiday in  days is pressing on my mind more and more each day. We're nearly in double figures! My new passport has arrived, visas have been bought and are on their way and soon we'l be looking at exchange rates! I'm avoiding buying any clothes until I've checked what I already have at home and it's very likely that I'll have plenty. Doesn't mean I don't need a new bikini or top though. It's a tradition to get a few new bits!

A couple of weeks ago I did a photo diary kind of post looking back on Dominican Republic in 2011. I mentioned that that trip had it's ups and downs but the first time I went to Dom Rep was actually when I was six  months old, then again in 2004 and 2006. So I wanted to share a few extra photos. I mean, it's always good to have a little laugh at how much I've changed!

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Guess my parents taught me well from a young age! This is the photo that I attempt to reenact every time I've been, like this one. I got a few from different angles and I have finally found them all so once I've got the next one, I may do a post about how much I really have changed, and yet I find myself back at a place where my love for travel all began.

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I never really used to be one for beaches. I always loved the hot weather but I tended to stay around the pool and would only really go down to the beach once or twice. For the past few years I've stayed at the Riu Tequila which, although it's far, is not situated right on the beach so I actually miss having that complete ease to get to the sea. This time round, I intend to do more snorkeling. Who knows, there might be a chance that I will have managed to get my eyes lasered before I go so I won't have to worry about water getting in my contacts like I normally do!

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I always end up being so busy on holidays, trying to make the most of all day and all night, that I rarely get to see sunsets and sunrises. They are always so beautiful that this time, I need to make sure I see both. What's better than watching the sunset laid down on the beach in the Caribbean?

These are really old pictures! It's amazing how much camera quality really has come on since then and on the other hand, it's amazing to think how good it actually was back then too! I think these photos were from out 2004 trip but I can't be too sure. I cannot wait to go back. I know both me and Edmond are both very excited. It's difficult not to think about it knowing that we still have quite a few weeks of uni left before summer! Bring on June!

Have you got anywhere booked? Where would you like to go?

- KC xx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March Goals

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Happy March!

Yes, it's March already. The 'already' is going to be the word of the year! Trying to keep up with everything that's going on with how fast this year is 'already' going is getting a little chaotic so I'm very glad I get a little break back home this month! Since it's the beginning of the month it's that time to give myself goals to keep myself on track! So far I've had a busy year but I know it's only going to get busier as the months go by. I turn 20 in April so that's the end of my teenage years. I will of course be finishing my first year of uni and going into my second. I am going to Dominican Republic in June then hopefully, as long as fundraising goes well, in August I shall be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Who know's what else will happen throughout the year! Last's put it this way though, it all looks much better than 2016!

So what were last months goals?

- Do things to fundraise regularly I have been checking what needs to be done and created a full plan for the year!
- Keep up with university reading  Ok, not completely, but I'm doing much better than I was last semester!
- Exercise everyday x I have been to the gym more but typical, I got ill. Time to get back on it!
- Create healthy recipes I created and sent off one recipe a week. Hopefully I can continue this!
- Be more active on social media Definitely managed this! Buffer for twitter is constantly being updated!

I don't think I'm doing too bad. So time to try my best to keep up with these and create some more!

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- Hand in assignments early!
The next essay questions have just gone live so I will start looking at them now instead of leaving it!

- Play more hockey!
I have hockey practice every Monday and Thursday but I can never normally go on Thursday so I would like to fit it in to my routine!

- Raise more money for Childreach International!
I will have another public collection and I want to make sure everything is planned out and ready for when I go home! I would also like to get more people donating via the text donation (Text UNLOCK 193351 to 70007 to donate £3 if you would like to help out!).

- Sort out opticians!
I may be eligible for laser eye surgery this year after thinking for ages I wouldn't be able to get it done until I was 21. I need to go have an appointment and then I can look into it!

- Do more research!
I want to focus on completing my physics course I started and doing more research into this list of things I find interesting!

- Pay off holiday!
The deadline to pay it all off is the end of the month. So far I only have £200 left and Ed has £300. I need to work on earning a bit more money so I can pay it off!

There we are then, 6 things I want to work on by the end of the month! Hopefully I can complete them all. As well as continuing the previous months goals! Got to keep myself busy! As I mentioned, I will be heading home for my friends birthday and because of the way my timetable works on that week, I get a long weekend! Unfortunately I think it also means I have to drive home on my own which won't be fun but at least I get to go home to my double bed. No resting though since I have some home fundraising stuff to sort out while I'm back. Again, busy month. Nearly Easter holidays though! 

Hope this month is good for you!

What are your goals this month? How did you do in February?

- KC xx


UPDATE: I was misinformed about my text donation number, it is actually UNLOCK 193351 (with a space between) so if you have donated and didn't receive a thank you text, then please do try again! Thank you! (I'm going back to update some posts now!)