StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Fri, 29 May 2015 15:34:44 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Friday 29 Mayhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-29-may/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-29-may/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 15:34:44 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93708 We’ve rounded up the best new in this week pieces…

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Totally Tropicalhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/best-of-childrenswear/totally-tropical/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/best-of-childrenswear/totally-tropical/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 10:29:02 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93211 Nothing says summer more than a tropical print. Fun, vibrant and on trend. Check out our round-up of the best items around, from shoes to shirts, shorts and skirts- there is something for everyone.

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Nothing says summer more than a tropical print.

Fun, vibrant and on trend. Check out our round-up of the best items around, from shoes to shirts, shorts and skirts- there is something for everyone.

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Summer Tarthttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/summer-tart/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/summer-tart/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 08:30:06 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93523 Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Serves: 8 What You’ll Need: Pastry: 100g salted butter, kept cold in the fridge 200g plain flour 50g icing sugar 3 happy egg yolks (keep the happy egg whites for glazing the pastry) Cold water, as needed Filling: 250g strawberries 2 happy eggs 2 happy egg yolks 2 tsp vanilla […]

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SummerTartPreparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8

What You’ll Need:

Pastry:

  • 100g salted butter, kept cold in the fridge
  • 200g plain flour
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 3 happy egg yolks
  • (keep the happy egg whites for glazing the pastry)
  • Cold water, as needed

Filling:

  • 250g strawberries
  • 2 happy eggs
  • 2 happy egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla Essence
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200ml whipping cream for decoration
  • 25g icing Sugar

What To Do:

Pastry:

  • In a bowl, scrape the butter into small pieces, then, whilst slowly adding the flour, press and mix the ingredients to make a crumble mixture. Once it’s crumbly, add the icing sugar and happy egg yolks and mix through to bind the mixture loosely. If the mixture will not bind together, add 1 tsp of cold water and continue to mix. Only add 1 tsp of water at a time and never more than 4 tsp of water in total.
  • Place the pastry on a piece of clingfilm, wrap tightly, then roll into a sausage shape and place in the fridge for 60 minutes.
  • We need to blind-bake the tart base. On a floured surface, roll-out the pastry to a thickness of a £1 coin. Gently place the pastry in a floured tart tin and mould it into the corners with your fingers; don’t tidy the edges yet because the pastry will shrink when it is baked Mat’s top tip: save a little of the pastry in case cracks or holes form during the blind baking.
  • Prick with a fork all over, to stop it from rising and place in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, check for any holes or cracks and patch them with your spare pastry. Allow the tart to cool for 5 minutes, glaze it with the beaten happy egg white to seal the base of the tart and place back in the oven for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the oven, and trim the edges with a sharp knife.

Filling:

  • Wash and hull the strawberries, cut each into approx four slices, separate into two equal amounts and set aside.
  • Make the custard by whisking together the happy eggs, happy egg yolks, vanilla essence, caster sugar, milk, double cream and salt. Whisk until it is smooth and fully combined. Add half the strawberries and gently fold-in.

To finish:

  • Turn the oven down to 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1. Pour the custard into the tart base ensuring the strawberries are evenly spread.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check it’s cooked by lightly shaking the tin, the mixture should be firm but still a bit wobbly, like a jelly.
  •  Whip the cream and icing sugar until the peaks hold.
  • To serve, decorate the tart with the other half of the strawberries and pipe the whipped cream in a pattern. Slice and serve.

Top tip:

  • It will continue to cook for a while once removed from the oven.

This delicious recipe was made using happy eggs. The happy egg co. are committed to providing the highest possible standard of welfare for their hens, with the belief that happier hens lay tastier eggs. For more mouth-watering recipes, visit www.thehappyegg.co.uk

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Win tickets to the ultimate dog’s day outhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-tickets-to-the-ultimate-dogs-day-out/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/competitions/win-tickets-to-the-ultimate-dogs-day-out/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 14:50:02 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93644 We’ve teamed up with DogFest to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets each to the ultimate doggies day out. Hosted by Channel 4’s Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and sponsored by Natural Instinct, DogFest is the paw-fect day out for dogs and their owners nationwide. With amazing action displays, have a […]

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We’ve teamed up with DogFest to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets each to the ultimate doggies day out.

Dogfest 2014 - Dockdog - Black LabHosted by Channel 4’s Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and sponsored by Natural Instinct, DogFest is the paw-fect day out for dogs and their owners nationwide. With amazing action displays, have a go sessions and some excellent shopping, dogs are welcomed to DogFest with open arms, with plenty on offer for owners and dogs alike!

For your four-legged friends, there will be plenty of have-a-go activities to take part in, including Flyball, agility sessions, dog diving and training. Royal Canin are sponsoring free Pet Healthy Weight Checks for all dogs and for dogs who like a bit of pampering, you can even treat your best friend to a grooming session!

Enjoy all that DogFest has to offer, including amazing action displays such as agility, doggy dancing and much more. Get first-hand advice from the experts with talks and demonstrations on all aspects of your dog’s life. Head to the Festival Village to treat yourself to the delicious variety of food and drink on offer, listen to live music, entertain the kids and of course shop till you drop!

Special highlights of the event include Supervet Live and The Great Dog Walk. Meet Noel Fitzpatrick, who will present his wonderful Eukanuba Supervet Live show, revealing the latest advances in the veterinary profession and recounting heart-warming success stories.

Noel will lead the way on The Great Dog Walk, the perfect opportunity to get walking with your dog and explore the beautiful grounds of Loseley Park with family and friends.

Don’t miss out on the exciting live shows at the Nerf Activity Ring, where you can see entertaining displays of Flyball, Police Dogs and not forgetting the Fun Dog competition, where special guest judges will present competing dogs with awards including dog with the waggiest tail and for the dog that can balance the most treats!

With all this and more, DogFest is the ultimate day out for you to enjoy with your four-legged friend!

StyleNest is offering five lucky readers the chance to win five tickets to the ultimate dog’s day out in the South East. Tickets are limited to one pair per winner. So what are you waiting for? Send your entry today!

If you are not a lucky winner, you can book tickets by visiting www.dog-fest.co.uk or calling 0844 581 4917.  Why not treat yourself to the exclusive VIP experience? This is your chance to meet Channel 4’s Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick! Sponsored by Leucillin, these very special VIP passes include a Premium Picnic Hamper in the VIP Marquee, premium goody bag for you and your dog, fast track entrance to the show and access to the VIP marquee with undercover facilities and seating area and much more.

For more information visit the DogFest website www.dog-fest.co.uk

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Pandora 50% Salehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/offers/pandora-50-sale/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/offers/pandora-50-sale/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 13:37:16 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93658 Get up to 50% off when you shop with PANDORA. Treat yourself to a piece of PANDORA at the Summer Sale. Whether you simply want to indulge in a charm…or two or buy a gift for a loved one, there’s no better time to spoil yourself. With a philosophy to create distinctive jewellery,  jewellery aims to inspire and create […]

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PandoraGet up to 50% off when you shop with PANDORA.

Treat yourself to a piece of PANDORA at the Summer Sale. Whether you simply want to indulge in a charm…or two or buy a gift for a loved one, there’s no better time to spoil yourself.

With a philosophy to create distinctive jewellery,  jewellery aims to inspire and create individuality whilst capturing and celebrating unforgettable moments in life.

Founded 30 years again in Copenhagen, Denmark by Danish goldsmith Per Enevoldsen and his wife Winnie, PANDORA can now be found across 90 countries and on six continents.

Creating contemporary pieces made from genuine materials at affordable prices, PANDORA is most recognised for their iconic charm bracelets. And with over 600 unique charms to choose from in sterling silver, 14k gold and two-tone, you can create a piece of jewellery to suit every mood, outfit and occasion.

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  • If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your PANDORA Sale purchase, you can return it to the PANDORA eSTORE for a refund, subject to the conditions set out below. We can only offer refund for sale items purchased from the PANDORA eSTORE. The items must be returned in a saleable condition with a valid receipt within 14 days from the day after delivery.
  • Items purchased at full price (outside of the PANDORA Sale) have the benefit of PANDORA’s normal Exchange and Refund policy.
  • Items purchased via the PANDORA eStore (http://estore-uk.pandora.net) may be exchanged in PANDORA UK concept stores. The items must be in a saleable condition with a valid receipt within 14 days of the date of purchase. No exchanges are offered within the PANDORA Bicester Outlet (except where goods are faulty and not sold to you as faulty). Estore items can only be returned to the PANDORA eStore directly under the PANDORA eStore’s return policy. Your legal rights are unaffected.
  • All jewellery sets with item numbers starting with B (ex. B800002-H) are bundled sets. Please note that if you have purchased a bundled set and wish to return it for a refund, the complete set must be returned.
  • Exceptions-If you purchased earrings online, you may return them to the website you purchased them from, but if they were supplied to you in sealed packaging they cannot be returned or exchanged if the seal has been broken. Items which are re-sized or personalised (for example, by engraving) are also not exchangeable unless faulty. Your legal rights are not affected. PANDORA Gift Vouchers and Gift Cards cannot be refunded for cash*

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Le Mu launcheshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/lemu-launches/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/kids/treasure-chest/lemu-launches/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 10:52:23 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93176 New UK brand Le Mu specialises in occasionwear and accessories for your little princess Princess Charlotte will surely have her fair share of beautiful dresses to wear when she goes out with mum and dad this summer, and now, thanks to new brand Le Mu, your little girl can feel like a princess too! There’s […]

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Le MeuNew UK brand Le Mu specialises in occasionwear and accessories for your little princess

Princess Charlotte will surely have her fair share of beautiful dresses to wear when she goes out with mum and dad this summer, and now, thanks to new brand Le Mu, your little girl can feel like a princess too!

There’s a wide choice of beautiful dresses and skirts for girls age 2 to 9, perfect for summer weddings and parties, characterised by layers of tulle and lace with pretty detailing such as embroidery, sequins, pearls and coloured beading.

Of course there are pretty-in-pink dresses for those little girls who insist their favourite colour is pink, such as the Pink Pearl Princess Dress, £64.99, but they would feel just as special in the delicate pastel shades, such as the Blue Mystique Dress, £59.99, or they could turn heads in the flamenco-inspired red and black pieces, such as Black and Red Alert Dress, £49.99, with a gorgeous red rose corsage and delicate lace sleeves.

If your little girl is playing an important part at a summer wedding, perhaps as a flower girl, eye-catching accessories are the ideal finishing touch to a Le Mu outfit to add a bit of sparkle. Jewelled headbands and twinkling tiaras will make her shine – and what little girl wouldn’t want to feel like a fairytale princess?

Le Mu prides itself on using high-quality materials for comfort and durability, and all the designs are made in the UK, so you know you’re getting something special for your special little girl.

Buy online at www.le-mu.co.uk

 

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Jennifer Irvinehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/five-minutes-with/jennifer-irvine/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/five-minutes-with/jennifer-irvine/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 10:22:06 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93233 We take five minutes with Jennifer Irvine, the founder of gourmet dietary delivery services The Pure Package and its sister brand Balance Box. Designed to bring healthy and tailor-made diet delivery boxes to your doorstep, Jennifer Irvine helps to put back the fun into eating healthy. Can you tell our readers a little bit about […]

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Kanya King MOBOWe take five minutes with Jennifer Irvine, the founder of gourmet dietary delivery services The Pure Package and its sister brand Balance Box. Designed to bring healthy and tailor-made diet delivery boxes to your doorstep, Jennifer Irvine helps to put back the fun into eating healthy.

Can you tell our readers a little bit about Balance Box?

Sure! It’s an easy, fresh, no-fuss meal-delivery service, which delivers your (almost!) ready-to-eat food straight to your door twice a week. It’s packaged in cool little pots which are bursting with nutrition and health, designed by our team of experts to help you shed pounds and gain energy. Simply choose from our light or our market menu, veggie or not, and leave the rest to us!

With juice bars opening on every street and fitness becoming a fashionable focus. Why do you think London has suddenly become a very health conscious culture?

I think a large part of it has to do with the predominance of the younger generation in these types of businesses – people who have been exposed to a greater variety of cultures, who are educated about health, interested in food and fitness, and most importantly not afraid to take risks and invest in their projects.

How has your childhood influenced your career?

Oh goodness, my childhood is the absolute foundation of my career! I grew up on a self-sufficient farm on the West of Ireland, and all our lives centred around food – real food. We grew it, raised it, caught it – even milked it! My parents make award-winning cheese (Milleen’s) and as a result love of, and respect and appreciation for, food is in my blood.

You launched your first business The Pure Package and it has grown into a multimillion-pound company with many celeb fans. What advice would you give our readers who want to start their own business?

Spend time working out what it is you really love – what do you feel passionate about? – and pursue that passion. The early days are hard – there will be obstacles and distractions (and a lot of self-questioning!) – but just stay focused on your goal, and remember that you’re doing something which you love.

How does Balance Box differ from The Pure Package?

Well, they’re both from the same family (in particular, they have the same “mother”!) and have a lot in common, but with noticeable differences. The Pure Package offers clients a wider selection of ordering choices and a greater range of menu options, and the meals are delivered every day. Think of it as the sophisticated older sister in the family – the one who wears couture and drinks vintage champagne!

Balance Box, on the other hand, delivers a few days’ worth of meals in one go (eg, weekdays, or weekends) and your store them yourself, then just follow our heating – and eating! – instructions. There are two alternatives – a lighter plan (for kick-starting weight-loss) and our market plan, each of which is also available as a vegetarian option.   This is the cheekier, slightly edgier meal-delivery sibling – the one who wears cool high-street brands and drinks artisan ciders!

You’ve also launched best selling recipe books, when you’re not busy with your fingers in all the pies (literally) what do you like to do to unwind?

Honestly, I am the busiest person you’ll ever meet! I don’t get to unwind too often – which doesn’t really bother me too much, because I really love what I do – but when I do I just veg out with my family. A good family movie, a homemade-pizza, a glass of wine – and my husband and kiddies all around me, snuggled up in front of a fire while a storm blows outside. Either that or pottering about in my vegetable garden!

Can you clue our readers in on any exciting projects you may be working on?

The team is always bandying around ideas, some we take further than others. I’ve had interest from television production companies, which might be something I consider when I have more time, and of course there’s always another book which needs to be written!

London is very much a social city. What are some of your favourite healthy spots across the capital you like to eat and snack at?

I love Japanese food – it’s so fresh and pure – and so if I need something on the go, I’ll try to pop in to a Leon restaurant and grab one of their delicious superfood salads. I’ve always had the utmost respect for Prets – it changed the face of lunchtime in England – and they have a great range of healthy options (especially their miso soup!), so I find myself there often also. On the rare occasion when I have time for a more leisurely lunch, or if I’m up “in town” with my husband, we’ll go to Zuma – their seafood is always spanking fresh and I have a weakness for their tempura which is an essential part of traditional Japanese cuisine.

You’re also a mum of four, how do you balance running multiple businesses and mummy duties?

Three easy steps: prepare, prepare, prepare! I get up as early as I can – around 5am most days – which gives me a precious hour or two to myself before the house is up. During this time I organise my day, respond to any letters or emails, and sort out the girls’ day. I’m also a huge believer in having key people in my team, to whom I delegate as much as I can safe in the knowledge that it’ll be attended to brilliantly.

What inspires your recipes?

Whatever’s in season. I really believe that Mother Nature knows best, and that we shouldn’t ignore the rhythm of the seasons. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful garden where I grow a whole range of herbs, berries, fruits and vegetables, so I get inspired simply by looking out my kitchen window.

What’s the best way to encourage little ones to get excited about healthy eating?

I think there are two key elements: firstly, introduce a variety of fresh, natural, healthy foods from as early an age as possible, so that it’s not a huge leap for them once they get older. But more importantly, don’t fuss about it. Children will often look to use some type of friction as a bargaining tool, and as much as you can, steer this away from food. If they don’t want to eat it, don’t force them, and don’t act like it’s a big deal. Chances are the next time you serve it, they’ll have forgotten what it was they didn’t like in the first place!

When we are feeling run-down and lethargic, it’s a hard battle to not reach for a chocolate bar. What inspires you to stay motivated?

Two things. The first thing is seeing the physical effects that our food plans have on our clients. It’s terribly vain, but it’s hard not to be motivated when you know just how great you’re going to look! But even more than that is just how great I feel when I eat sensibly and properly. It takes only a few days before those mid-morning and mid-afternoon energy slumps disappear, and once you feel like you can take on the world, you never want to turn back!

Do you have you have any guilty pleasures? (We won’t tell…. Our secret)

Oh God yes – it has to be potatoes! I am Irish, after all! And while potatoes are not bad for you, the way I love to eat them – dripping with fresh butter, a pinch of sea-salt and some fresh chives – is probably not the healthiest!

More and more people seem to be looking towards their diet and nutrition to help find answers to improve their wellbeing. Why do you think there is more of a demand for this?

I think that we have become more educated about self-empowerment – that if we want to be more content and fulfilled, we need to take control of it ourselves. For so many people, the first step in this journey is with food. It is our fuel, after all, and so if we want to have the energy to control our own destiny, we need to fill up with the best possible produce.

What advice would you give to new mums wanting to shift the baby weight quickly?

Honestly? I’d say “don’t”. As the saying goes, “nine months on, nine months off” – which I think is such sound, sensible advice. Focus on getting your energy levels as stable as you can, and cherish the special time which is early motherhood. You’ll enjoy it so much more if you have the energy to take it all in your stride.   When the time is right – 9 months, or a year, after birth – you will probably find that your body naturally reverts back to its prior shape. And if it doesn’t – often as a result of quick-fix pick-me-ups (choccie biscuits mid-morning, a gobbled bowl of sugary cereal at 6am) – then is the time to take stock of your eating and moving habits. We have some great menus for new mums, but they’re all about energy levels, not about weight-loss.

What advice would you give our readers what want to get beach body ready for summer?

The same advice we give all our clients who want to change their shape and their energy levels: eat three meals and two snacks a day; eat real food – food as close to nature – as possible; eat the rainbow – incorporate as many different colours of food (naturally coloured) as you can; and finally, remember the rule of palm: portion sizes of each component of your meal (one protein, one carb, and one vegetable) should be no bigger than your palm.

Please please please don’t ever starve yourself for any reason (other than a medical one). No bikini or beach is worth the damage to your health.

There’s been a big juicing and spiralizing trend, can you clue our readers on what to look out for next in nutrition?

Sea vegetables – or sea-weed, to most people! (But it’s so much more than just sea-weed – honestly!) It’s nature’s true superfood, an incredible source of minerals, fibre, and anti-oxidants. It’s also one of the few non-animal sources of Vitamin B12, making it a great food for vegans and vegetarians. In Japan, where it’s a staple ingredient, it’s accredited with low rates of cancer, thick lustrous hair, gorgeous glowing skin, and their famed longevity. We’ve got a meal package dedicated to sea vegetables, and the feedback we get from clients is incredible. You heard it here first!

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Marinated Beef Skewershttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/marinated-beef-skewers/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/family-friendly-recipes/marinated-beef-skewers/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 08:30:53 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93518 These marinated beef skewers make a great party snack or starter – and they’re incredibly quick and easy to make. Recipe serves: 4 Preparation Time: 15 min Cooking Time: 10 min What You’ll Need: 500g beef cut into cubes Marinade: 100ml beef stock made from Knorr Beef Stock Cube 2tbsps lemon juice ½tsp liquid honey Fresh […]

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MARINATED BEEF SKEWERSThese marinated beef skewers make a great party snack or starter – and they’re incredibly quick and easy to make.

Recipe serves: 4

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cooking Time: 10 min

What You’ll Need:

  • 500g beef cut into cubes

Marinade:

  • 100ml beef stock made from Knorr Beef Stock Cube
  • 2tbsps lemon juice
  • ½tsp liquid honey
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1tsp finely chopped ginger

What To Do:

Mix thoroughly marinade ingredients. Marinade the meat cubes for at least 2 hours in a fridge.

Drain and thread on the skewers. Grill for 3–5 minutes.

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First Day Of School: Packing The Perfect Kid’s Lunchhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/first-day-of-school-packing-the-perfect-kids-lunch/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/first-day-of-school-packing-the-perfect-kids-lunch/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:39:01 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=93643 If your kids already attend school, I suggest that you pack them lunches to take with them. While most schools tend to offer a dinner service, that means that you have no control over what your children eat. If you want your little ones to be healthy and happy, you need to make sure that […]

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If your kids already attend school, I suggest that you pack them lunches to take with them. While most schools tend to offer a dinner service, that means that you have no control over what your children eat. If you want your little ones to be healthy and happy, you need to make sure that they eat the right food.

They need vitamins and minerals so that they can grow up big and strong. Here are some tips to help you pack the perfect school lunch.

Always pack things the night before school

Whether you are an early bird or not, there is no way you can pack your kids’ lunches in the morning. When you get up, you have loads of things to do. You need to make sure that your children dress themselves and have everything they need for school. You might kid yourself into thinking that it will be easy, but it won’t. You need to make sure that you give yourself time for the important morning chores. Before you go to bed, fix your kids’ lunches so that they are ready to go.

Find the right balance of food

When it comes to choosing what to put in their lunchboxes, you need to be as smart as possible. That means that you need to figure out what’s best for your little ones. Loads of supermarkets sell ‘lunchbox sized’ items, such as chocolate bars and crisps. While it might be easy to stick a piece of chocolate in the lunchbox, it is not healthy. Instead, ensure that your kids get fruit and maybe even some nuts. That way, you will know the lunch they eat is healthy. Yogurt is always a good idea too because most children love it.

Don’t make the lunches too large

Remember, you are an adult. Your appetite will be much bigger than your kids. Sometimes parents forget that children can only eat a little at a time. You might find the idea of over-packing the lunch tempting, but avoid it. In general, your children should have a lunch that it about half the size of yours. Overeating is a serious problem among small children, and so you need to take this point seriously.

Keep them cool during the summer

The problem with lunchboxes is that they keep heat in them. When the summer comes around, you might find that the sandwiches get sweaty and sticky in the box. Of course, you can’t control where the teacher stores the lunchboxes, but you can keep the food cool. Get some chilled packaging to put around the outside of the box. That way, it doesn’t matter how warm it is outside, the food in your kids’ lunchboxes will always be cool. Throughout the summer, you might want to include fruit in the box. It is important that you keep the fruit cool, or it tends to get sticky and horrible.

Make sure your kids get the same

Sibling rivalry is a real thing, and you need to combat it any way you can. If you have two or more children, they will always compare themselves to one another. You need to make sure that your children get the same things in their lunchboxes. Your children will likely chat about what they had for lunch. If they find out that you have given them different things, it could cause a massive argument. It is not worth it. It will save you time and trouble to give your kids the same lunch each day.

Remember, you have a duty to make sure that your kids eat well. By packing amazing lunches, you can make sure that they get everything they need from their food.

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Eight of the best healthy fats and oilsRecent studies and articles have shown that the when it comes to optimum health and fitness, fat is no longer the enemy.

Good fats provide the body with a great source of fuel, many essential nutrients, and help you to feel fuller for longer. And although many have avoided fat for years in an effort to lose weight, when used correctly and in the right quantities, they can actually stimulate fat burning and weight loss. But which are the good fats? To make sure we are adding the right kinds of fats and oils to our diets, StyleNest spoke to UnoCardio for their top eight healthy fats and oils.

  1. Olive Oil – olive oil has long been praised for its health giving properties. It is particularly good for promoting optimal cardiovascular function, maintaining good blood flow and bettering cognitive function. Try it drizzled over summer salads for an easy and tasty way to incorporate it into your daily diet.
  2. Coconut Oil – one of the newest ‘superfoods’, coconut oil is a great choice for those looking to lose or maintain their weight. The fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to speed up overall metabolism, helping people expend more energy compared with long-chain fats. It can also improve common skin disorders, and is beauty secret of many top models, who not only add it to their daily green smoothie but also use it on their skin, hair, and nails. With a subtle and delicious coconut flavour, it’s a great choice for cooking.
  3. Borage Oil – borage oil is often used as an anti-inflammatory support for a number of conditions including eczema, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can be hard to find, so we recommend taking it in supplement format. Try B – Hada, which combines high quality borage oil with fish oils.
  4. Hemp Seed Oil – named nature’s perfect food due to its balanced concentrations of omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9, hemp seed oil can help support heart health and promote proper cardiovascular faction. It can also do wonders for your beauty regime, with people who regularly use and consume hemp oil reporting thicker and shinier hair, softer skin and stronger nails.
  5. Flax Seed Oil – this oil contains one of the highest concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids, essential for optimum health, and the right amount of consumption has been show to improve cardiovascular health, as well as exhibiting chemopreventative effects against colon tumour developments.
  6. Pumpkin Seed Oil – this oil has great benefits for both men and women. Research has found that pumpkin seed oil can significantly help improve prostate health in men due to its richness in zinc, and also help to decrease menopausal symptoms such as blood pressure, hot flushes, and headaches in women.
  7. Avocado Oil – we all know that avocados are great for our health, not to mention how great they taste, but the oil also has many health giving properties. Thanks to its nourishing, moisturising and protective fats, avocado oil works wonders on improving skin conditions, and its high levels of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, help to give skin a boost and keep it soft and smooth.
  8. Omega 3 Fish Oil – arguably the best type of fat, the fat produced by oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and anchovies) contains the highest concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids, proven to make a positive difference to both heart and brain health, as well as improving the skeletal system. Not everyone finds it easy to consume the amount of fish needed to reap the benefits of Omega 3, so here at StyleNest we recommend taking your fish oils in supplement form with UnoCardio 1000, recently named the highest quality fish oil on the market.

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