Staying safe in the Sun - Smartsun UV indicator wristband*

Wednesday, 1 July 2015
smart sun uv indicator wristband
Summer is in full swing in the UK, right now we are experiencing a heatwave! It's always important to stay safe in warmer weather and protect your skin. Rates of skin cancer are increasing faster than any other cancer in the UK so it's always important to apply sunscreen, most people apply sunscreen but forget or think they won't need to reapply during the day. The Smartsun's UV indicator is a great way to keep track on if you need to reapply sun lotion or stay out of the sun completely. 

What is it? The UV indicator is designed to help people stay safe in the Sun, its a wristband that can be worn on children to adults, on beaches, in the sea, outdoors etc.  

How does it work? The wristband measures the amount of UV radiation you are exposed to over the course of the day. After applying sunscreen, apply some to the wristband as well. The band changes colours according to the amount of UV radiaction your are exposed to, yellow its safe, beige its time to apply more sun lotion, pink means stay out the Sun!

This product is really great for everyone, you can find out more here.
Skin Cancer - The facts: Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, more people die from skin cancer here than in Australia. Melanoma is now one of the most common cancers in young adults (15-34 in the UK.) Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over exposure by the Sun and sun beds. 

Remember to apply sun lotion, drink water and stay safe in the Sun! What are your tips? 

*I was sent this product to feature on my blog, this topic is something that is important to me.

Review - Mink and Stone*

Tuesday, 30 June 2015
mink and stone review
As much as I like jewellery, I rarely buy it. This is mainly because I can never find anything I like, I also have dainty wrists so finding something that fits is near impossible. Mink & Stone is website where you can design and personalise your own jewellery. The process of creating and designing your own jewellery is really simple, there are eight essential necklaces and bracelets styles and lengths to choose from. Once you've decided on if you want a bracelet or necklace you then choose the beads etc. that you like and add them to your trays. You then simply add the beads that you want to your jewellery, you can play around as much as you want, the process is really easy. 
mink and stone review

There are so many beads to choose from in all different shapes and sizes, in a wide variety of colours. I added so many to my trays, in the end I opted for a blue and silver coloured bracelet with a floral theme, I wanted a bigger bead to act as the statement bead. I like symmetry  so I made sure it matched up on both sides. 

I'm really happy with my bracelet, Mink & Stone is perfect if you want to create your own jewellery (especially for gifts or for weddings!) You can also buy other peoples design, and if you've created your own design, you get 10% of the profit back in stones which is a great idea. You can find my design here, which also gives you the details about the stones/beads I have chosen.

*I was gifted £10 to spend on Mink and Stone in exchange for a review of the jewellery making process and item, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A day trip to York - York's Chocolate Story

Saturday, 27 June 2015
So if you know me, you would know how much I love chocolate, if there is ever chocolate around I'm the first one there, when people bring chocolate into work everyone's like 'Hannah, there's chocolate over here.' When I was looking for things to do in York I came across York's chocolate story, I was half and half about booking to go because I wasn't sure if it would be any good, but after a reading a few reviews on trip advisor (and checking that their chocolate is vegetarian) we booked the tour. 
yorks chocolate story

The tour started at half two and lasted an hour although it went really quick! Our tour guy was Dougie who was great (all the staff was pretty amazing!) The tour starts of on the top floor called the story zone, here you aren't allowed to take photos due to visual effects and talking photos... This part is all about the history of chocolate from the first cocoa bean used in a Mayan chocolate drink which included chilli peppers and water (which you can sample on the tour) to the start of Roundtrees and Terry's. It was really interesting with lots of information, I also really like hearing about the people of York who used to work in these factories and the roles they played. Again our tour guide Dougie shared lots of information and answered questions, and the debate over Hershey's and British chocolate. I've had Hershey's before and enjoyed it but apparently it gets its unique taste from rancid milk! 

Next we entered the factory zone which tells us all about how chocolate is made, I can't remember the correct name but those tiny crumbs I'm holding in my hand is chocolate before all the sweet stuff is added, as you can imagine it was very bitter! This part was really informative, I also learnt that white chocolate technically isn't chocolate since it does not contain any cocoa solids only cocoa butter. Here we also used out senses and learnt how to correctly taste chocolate to enjoy its taste at its finest. This is where Dougie left us and we looked around at old sweet tins and wrappers. Did you know before the famous Terry's chocolate Orange they had chocolate apples and lemons? 
After looking around we were called over to have a go at making our own chocolate lollipops, this was so much fun! After making a circle shape I decorated my lollipop with white buttons and caramel flakes, I ate this later on in the day and it was yummy! Once we had finished our lollipops we watch one of the chocolatier's make chocolate with a lemon and lime ganache, she talked to us about the process, again which was really interesting, she also told us how best to store chocolate (not int he fridge if anyone does, since this can ruin the taste.) Once the chocolate was ready we got to sample them, along with some made earlier which was blackcurrant and elderflower, which wasn't too my taste but the lemon and lime chocolates was amazing, I love lemon curd, I love chocolate the two together, perfect! I may have helped myself to several of these. We then headed back to the entrance and had a look around the shop and gave into temptation by not ordering something from the cafe. Overall, it was really enjoyable and if you love chocolate and have a spare hour whilst in York I would highly recommend. 
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