Sunday, 29 October 2017

Making memories is my favourite, but documenting them is important too

While we were away on our honeymoon, I was seldom without some sort of camera or recording equipment in my hand.

If I wasn't taking photos, I was recording our every move on the GoPro. Whether it was the walk from our room down to the hotel facilities, or what we were eating and drinking, I was documenting every moment. Not to post on social media (although, I did do a lot of posts on Instagram), but most of what we captured is just for us to keep as a reminder of everything we did. It's nice to share our photos and videos with our family and friends, but it's nicer to have some that are special to us. (And no, they're not rude!)

Tom kept asking me why, telling me he would rather take everything in through his eyes rather than through a camera lens. The great thing about the GoPro is it is such a wide angle lens, I could point it in the general direction I wanted to film and still achieve my desired shot; while still being able to look at everything myself. But I did see what he was getting at.

The truth is, I take so many pictures and videos all the time because I want to remember everything. Of course, I know I will remember everything for now. I can still tell you now each meal we ate and what was my favourite cocktail from the bar menu. But, one day, one of us might not remember.

We might have forgotten how Tom mastered paddle boarding, or all the beautiful scenery in the Seychelles. We might have forgotten the things we saw in Dubai, or the amazing experiences we had during our honeymoon.

Each time he asked me why I was incessantly taking photos of everything I remembered the film The Notebook. Everyone in the English-speaking world has heard of The Notebook, if not ever seen it.

For those not familiar to the storyline, it centres around an elderly couple in a nursing home. The man is telling the woman a love story about how two people met and fell in love. It transpires, through the film, that the couple in question is the elderly couple from the start; and she has dementia. Each day, Noah tells Allie the story in the hope that she will remember him, even if just for a brief moment.

Now, of course, that sounds very dramatic (not at all like me, I know...) but you just never know what the future holds. I would hate to think that, years down the line, one of us developed Alzheimer's, dementia or another memory loss disease and not remember all the fun times that we had had together. All the adventures we had been on and all the memories that we made in good faith that we would hold them with us forever.

By taking lots of photos and videos, we always have something to look back on. We'll always have memory boxes, scrap books and photo albums to try and jog our memories. Plus, we can share all our adventures with our future family.

I know when I was little I loved looking at pictures and videos of my mum and dad's trips and adventures before me and Jack came along.

For now, I will keep snapping away and documenting every moment of our lives together. Because, taking hundreds of photos doesn't mean I don't take the moments in myself at the time, it just means I can look back on the memories in the years to come, when they aren't so fresh, and relive every moment.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Putting the smooth in smoothie

Hello - remember me?

I have been so, so crap at keeping my blog updated since honeymoon. The weeks before we went were hectic, rushing round getting everything sorted and the excitement of our trip. And since we've been back it's been just as hectic, catching up on life and getting back into a routine.

However, I feel like my life has resumed some sort of normality again.

Just before I went on honeymoon I was contacted by a company who wanted to send me some samples of a brand of smoothie that they were promoting. I completely forgot all about it, until I got back and the lady had emailed me again. While sorting through my hundreds of emails I found it, and decided that the post-honeymoon detox would kick off nicely with said smoothies.

I was sent a big box with a whole host of flavours in - some of which sounded more appetising than others.


The Savse (pronounced Sav-Say) smoothies are based on authentic family recipes created in the 1980s by Nina, the mother of Savse's founder Guka Tavberidze to help cure an iron deficiency during her pregnancy in the 1980s.

Savse is the ideal fix for those looking for something deliciously healthy and naturally tasty. And, what's even better, is that each low-calorie bottle offers two of your five-a-day.

Savse, mening 'crammed' in Georgian, is filled to the brim with 100 per cent natural super fruits and antioxidant-rich vegetables, to ensure the tastiest, healthiest, raw smoothies - with no added sugars, colourings of water.

I love smoothies, but my main concern is always how much sugar is in them. They're pitched as being so healthy but, often, they are actually worse for you than drinking a big bottle of Coke.

These, however, are completely natural and are all really low in calories.



The first one I tried was the Super orange flavour (which contains mango, passion fruit, orange, carrot, celery, apple and lemon). It smelt beaut and it tasted just like Tropicana. It tasted like it should be so, so naughty and full of sugar.

It also reminded me of the mango and passionfruit iced drinks that they do at Starbucks and Costa - it was really refreshing and really tasty.

I then tried the Super Red one, which was just as nice. This one contained strawberry, kale, orange, broccoli, celery and spinach. I actually made myself a smoothie with similar ingredients at home before these were delivered, and it didn't look (or taste) anywhere near as good as this one.

I have also tried the orange and apple juices - which are beaut. The orange juice tastes just like proper orange juice - which is probably because it is! It also doesn't have 'bits' which is a big win for me, because that always ruins orange juice for me.

The apple juice was really tasty, too. Although, I must admit I preferred the orange out of the two.

The Super Blue (blueberry, blackcurrant, beetroot, strawberry, kale, spinach, orange and apple) at first taste reminded me of a Fruit Pastille ice lolly. It was lovely - very blackcurrant-y. 

The Super Green, which contains kale, spinach, pear, apple, lemon, kiwi, broccoli and banana, was the one I was least looking forward to trying. It looks really healthy, which usually means it isn't as tasty. However, that wasn't the case. It was really refreshing and I really enjoyed it.

The only one I didn't particularly enjoy was the Super Purple (beetroot, apple, lemon, lime and mango). The taste was ok, it was the smell that put me off. It smelt "very earthy" as my friend put it. It didn't taste as bad as it smelt, I will give it that, but it wasn't my favourite.

Other flavours that the range includes are a Protein Blast, a Protein Punch and Protein Smash. These are apparently perfect for pre and post workout - not something I have any experience or knowledge in whatsoever!

Overall, I must say I was really impressed. And I would definitely buy the smoothies in future. You can buy them in Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, ASDA, Co-Op, Boots, Ocado, Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Spar, Nisa, Planet Organic and Wholefoods.

They are priced around £1.75 for a 250ml bottle, depending on where you get them from.

Since its introduction, Savse has shaken up the smoothie market. It's not like other smoothie brands, as it uniquely cold-presses all of its ingredients to retain the essential goodness of the full fruit and vegetables. High pressure processing (HPP) is the sophisticated preservation technique used to ensure that all vital nutrients are locked into each bottle and removes any nasties, without compromising on taste or quality by using heat pasteurisation.

Basically, they're just really, really good for you. And they taste good - which is a double win!

For more information about the brand, you can find them on Facebook by following this link.