Drink No Evil Karma Cola

I was immediately drawn to Karma Cola drinks not just for their great design, but also because of the story that goes with the brand. Drink No Evil Karma Cola is all about doing good and enjoying some great drinks in the process. The brand currently has three amazing beverages for all walks of life, and I am in love with all of them! Let me tell you a bit more about them…

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The Karma Cola foundation aims to produce fizzy drinks which stand for a cause. Every drink purchased helps a village in Sierra Leone, Africa and the proceeds help to support a number of Sierra Leonean communities by maintaining local areas to sending young people to school.

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Flavour 1- The original Karma Cola

This is made from a cola nut (yes cola comes from a nut!) all the way from Sierra Leone. It has a unique blend including ginger and lemons which makes for a thirst quenching delight.

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Flavour 2- Lemony!

This is a great mix of organic lemons and fair-trade sugar cane which makes the farmers smile. It makes its drinkers smile too as the lemon bursts out and hits all those taste buds.

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Flavour 3- Gingerella

Gingerella is perfect for those wanting a fiery taste. It is quite strong and bursting with notes of vanilla and ginger.

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Pour and Enjoy!

Here are some more shots courtesy of my sister Evie. You should get in touch with her here if you are needing a blogger photoshoot! She captured the drinks in action, which I’m sure you agree look so tempting during the hot summer season! We chilled the drinks before pouring each for a clean and refreshing taste…

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So good in more ways than one- don’t forget that the more drinks Karma Cola sells, the more help they can do! Why not join the Drink no Evil Karma Cola campaign and host a great BBQ with some amazing drinks for July?! These drinks are available to purchase at Waitrose right now

Saharasplash x

For tips on how to host your own party, I’ve got you covered in my latest post right here!

 

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how to do a ‘girl’s night in’

Last week was my final week at my job. I have now left the office for the life of a full-time blogger, and I simply cannot wait to get started! I am hugely excited about this, and so I wanted to throw a little get together with the ladies to celebrate my new beginning. This blog post is all about how to do a ‘girl’s night in’ with style and I have some amazing companies that are a definite must for anyone planning on throwing the perfect party.

First up, you need to think about a theme. A theme is a great way to get everyone excited and will also help your guests to decide on a dress code too. My theme was carnival, so lots of bright colours, frozen cocktails and pineapples! I found an amazing company who helped me with the event, and they are Talking Tables. Talking Tables are an online retailer who specialize in party accessories and decorations. They have so many ranges for any occasion- birthdays, weddings, tea parties and of course an array of excellent goodies for a girl’s night in. I decorated the flat with fiesta fan garlands around the doors and sofa in wonderful bright colours, and we had a few parrots adorning the tables and chairs!

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For the main table, we had the most amazing pineapple accessories, from pineapple picks for the giant cocktail glasses to pineapple sunglasses! We also had some flamingo ones too for some epic selfies. You can’t go wrong with some silly props to get everyone having some fun!

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Talking Tables really do have such great quality items, even the patterned plates and wooden spoons helped to tie the whole carnival theme together.

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For food, I went for something really easy and simple that you can’t go wrong with- chilli. I made a meat as well as a veggie chilli for everyone in less than 30 mins. You don’t want to keep your guests waiting ages for food, and getting a takeaway for large groups is pretty expensive. The ingredients for the chilli (mince, tomatoes, kidney and baked beans) plus rice will have you and your guests covered for under £15 which is a great budget, especially if drinks are happening!

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Onto the drinks, I went for frozen cocktails. You can get these at all the major superstores and they are the perfect thing for a carnival theme! Fruity drinks are always going to be popular in the summer months, and it’s a great way to keep everyone happy without spending a fortune on spirits and taking up your time by making cocktails on the night. I want to thank Talking Tables for providing such a fantastic array of party accessories which made the night, the giant cocktail glasses were just perfect for our cocktails to share!

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When planning how to do a ‘girl’s night in’ the right way, I wanted to organise something fun for us to enjoy as well as the selfies, drinks and food. This is where my second guest comes in- My Showcase.

Founded by 2 great women, My Showcase is an online store for luxury beauty products, but they also host parties so you can have a My Showcase expert come in with their products to talk you through them. This was such a nice surprise for my guests who didn’t know what to expect, and we had a wonderful time trying on makeup and spraying ourselves with wonderful scents! A few stand out brands of the night were Connock London, New CID and Aurelia.

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To get more info and to host your own My Showcase party, click here. A massive thanks to our Stylist Katie for bringing her My Showcase selection for us! Plus a huge thanks to all my ladies who helped to make the party so great!

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So there you have it, my how to do a ‘girl’s night in’. I would say to sum up, a mixture of the right theme, good home-cooked food plus a surprise for your girls will make your perfect night in!

Saharasplash x

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what’s on my watch list right now

Over the past 10 months of serious blogging, I have explored many of my passions and written about them. You will know saharasplash best for fashion, beauty and gluten free lifestyle, but now I am wanting to do a bit more as my journey continues. For those of you who read my Dubai series, you’ll know that I am recently engaged and planning for a November wedding. I cannot wait to explore bridal blogging over the summer, but right now I am going to be sharing another big part of my life- film and TV. Paul and I just love a good TV show and attending premieres and special screenings around London. So for those of you that are curious, I’ve written a post all about what’s on my watch list right now…

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I tend to stay away from the mundane and go for shows about fantasy/heroes/sci-fi as this has been something that has stuck with me since I started watching Buffy back in the late 90’s. Vampires, witches & werewolves seem to grab my attention, and no matter how many shows there are about them (and there are a lot!) I tend to get hooked pretty fast.

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TV shows

I have just caught up on The Flash and Arrow, so I’m left with Game of Thrones (soon to end too!) and Gotham. Gotham is a must see for any Batman fan, the show just gets better with each episode so loving this and I am part way through season 2.

Netflix is definitely one to keep an eye out for. Shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones added a much needed thrill to my screen this year and both of these are available to watch in 4K for the best viewing too!

Onto films

I will always love my classic John Hughes movies which sets itself aside from the usual genre I go for. From time to time I do love to go back and watch these old greats-  who doesn’t love a bit of Ferris and the Breakfast Club?!

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What’s on my watch list right now though is more up to date. I am currently loving Amazon Prime’s Instant Video service as I get to watch great movies like X Men: Days of Future Past and The Martian, both available in 4K viewing mode!

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Up and coming on my watch list is definitely the new Suicide Squad film. I must say I am more of a Marvel girl, but after the showdown bewteen last month’s Batman vs Superman, I am excited for another DC fix!

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The Suicide Squad will also be available in 4K, as will the most anticipated film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Check out the latest Panasonic HDR 4K TV to watch them in great quality when they’re out! So that’s what’s on my watch list right now, I would love to know what’s on yours? Place a comment below to get the conversation started 🙂

Saharasplash x

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For more content, check out my latest post here where I went to visit a brand new London spa

 

 

 

Thai Square Spa London

I don’t really attend spas all that much- between working, blogging and balancing a social life I find that there isn’t much down time left for me to take a break and relax. That all changed recently upon my visit to the newly relocated Thai Square Spa London, and I’m so excited to tell you all about my visit there…

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I booked a day off work and so on Friday morning I packed my bikini in my oversized handbag and set off for Charing Cross from Canning Town. Thai Square Spa is about a 5 minute walk from the station and sits on the very corner of the block- it’s easy to spot as there are huge flags outside the building!

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As I went in, I was immediately greeted by reception, and I confirmed that I was booked in for a signature wrap and use of the facilities after my treatment. The reception area was decorated so nicely and had a lovely relaxed feel as soon as I was inside.

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The iMantara range of products affiliated with the spa was on show and available to purchase if you liked. I have tried the Siamese Sole foot scrub and lotion which are absolutely divine. The scents are so unique with hints of tea tree, orange and jasmine, and the brand is against animal testing which is something I always look out for.

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So onto my treatment!

I had a Thai Square Spa Signature Wrap, which I was quite intrigued about when I saw it on the website. I had only ever had massages before and so was up for trying something new for a change. The treatment started with a lovely foot soak from my therapist. She used salts and warm water to cleanse my feet while I enjoyed the signature blend of herbal tea from Thai Square Spa. After that, I got onto the massage table face down, and I had the cool algae painted on me from my feet all the way up to my shoulders with a brush. It was really soothing and the massage bed was heated too so that it started to dry and harden on my skin. I turned over and the process was repeated on my front half. Not going to lie, the belly felt the cold more than the rest of my body, but it wasn’t unpleasant at all. After this, I was wrapped up like a china doll in loads of towels, and left for 15 minutes for the wrap to soak in. It was lovely and toasty, any more than 15 minutes and I would have definitely fallen into a deep sleep!

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After this, I showered to remove the wrap and my skin was super silky. Once finished, it was time to venture round the rest of the Thai Square Spa facilities.

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I pretty much had the spa to myself, so it was the perfect time to take some shots!

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Here is the central point of the spa. There are plenty of chairs to lie back in and remove yourself from the busy London city, I was completely blissful as I sipped my tea and enjoyed my lazy afternoon.

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The jacuzzi and steam/sauna rooms are in a separate chamber just past the lounge area. It was so nice to feel the warm bubbles of the jacuzzi, I felt like I was back in Dubai again!

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Saharasplash x

 

If you liked this, go and see some awesome recipe ideas from my latest post here

 

Food from Flora Freedom

To celebrate World Environment Day, I wanted to do something a bit different on my blog. I have previously reviewed gluten free products, and even done a step by step macaron post, but I’ve never done any of my own recipes on here before. So now is my chance to show you all that I can actually cook too! This post is all about going green and reducing your carbon footprint by using a brand new dairy/vegan friendly butter- food from Flora Freedom!

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New analysis from the Carbon Trust in partnership with Flora Freedom has revealed the environmental benefits of reducing butter in our diets. Going dairy-free for even one day a week helps reduce our carbon footprint. New Dairy Free Flora Freedom spread is a good choice for those who favour a plant-based diet but want to add the indulgence of a great tasting dairy free spread to their meals. It is completely dairy free and contains no ingredients of animal origin, making it a spread suitable for vegans. I put it to the test and here’s what happened…

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Recipe 1- Veggie Kebabs, free from gluten, dairy and vegan friendly

You will need:

Flora Freedom spread

kebab skewers

Peppers

Courgette

Sweet potato

mushrooms

Sweetcorn cobs

Savoury rice packs

Baby spinach

 

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Chop your veggies up, not too small as we need to put these onto skewers! Start the rice first as this takes the longest. I boiled the rice for 20 mins in 1 pnt of water, and added in a little pepper and garlic salt. I also boiled my corn in a separate pan too, I did them for 15 mins.

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Fry the raw veggies all up (I did peppers separate to the courgette and mushrooms) with a tablespoon of Flora Freedom and season with some jerk spice- fry until golden brown. I did the sweet potato in the microwave (5 mins), and then sliced them into round sections and peeled of the skin last, et voila!

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Recipe 2-  Classic Victoria Sponge, free from gluten and dairy

You will need:

300g Flora Freedom spread

300g caster suger (white or brown)

300g gluten free, self raising flour

3 eggs

Raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

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First mix the Flora spread with the sugar to create a smooth paste. Next break in the eggs one by one and stir in individually. I do all my mixing by hand as I feel that this way the cake tastes better, but you can use a mixer too 🙂 Food from Flora Freedom_-16

Then add in the gluten free flour bit by bit, and carefully fold into the mixture to lose as little air as possible.Food from Flora Freedom_-17

Once you are happy with the consistency of the mixture, separate out into 2 cake tins, and shake tins back and forth so that the mixture evens out and touches all the sides (we don’t want a wonky sponge!).

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Place into the oven for about 30 mins. I usually don’t rely on exact timings, normally your nose will tell you when it’s just right! If unsure, stick a knife into the centre and if it comes away clean, your cake is done! Food from Flora Freedom_-19

Once cooled, take out of the tin, and add a nice layer of raspberry jam into the centre before placing the top tier on.

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You can leave as is, sprinkle with some icing sugar perhaps, or decorate it however you like! Food from Flora Freedom_-22

So there you have it, 2 quick and easy recipes you can use to cater for allergy sufferers and vegetarians, plus at the same time you are helping to reduce the carbon footrint by switching to a dairy free spread too! It tastes just as good as your regular spread so why not try these recipes out for yourself? Food from Flora Freedom in my opinion was a great success!

Saharasplash x

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For more food and fun, check out my DIY spa night in with Oykos Whip n Mix!

Getting the Greek Treatment with Oykos

It’s really important that we all have a good pamper once in a while. It can be quite expensive to go out in London to do so, so why not bring the spa to you? In this post I am working with Danone’s brand new Oykos Whip n Mix yoghurts and my friend and blogger Merrell to bring you all the fun we had at mine when I hosted a spa night in for the two of us! Getting the Greek Treatment with Oykos was so much fun, and here’s what we got up to:

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Oikos in Greek literally means hearth and home, so there wasn’t a better way to enjoy these tasty treats while in the comfort of my own living room. We had some gorgeous spa packs between us to get us into the relaxed spirit

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We lit some candles, and I brought out my foot spa to help us start to forget about our day at work. Getting the Greek treatment with Oykos was working out well so far!

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After a soak we used the Sanctuary Spa body souffle from our spa packs and I got into my comfy slippers from The White Company, pure bliss! I also gave Merrell a mini pedi too:

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Feeling nice and chilled, I went to go get the Oykos Whip and Mix yoghurts from an equally chiled fridge. We just had one tiny snag in our plans, which was that Merrell couldn’t eat the yoghurt as she is lactose intolerant. But I didn’t invite her over by mistake, I had a plan to make sure that we both got to enjoy getting the Greek treatment with Oykos that evening…

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So I got the Oykos packs and some spoons, and we opened them up…

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I ate some of mine as it would be a crime not to, the whipped yoghurt and fruity compote is just amazingly good!

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I then got some yoghurt, and told Merrell to sit still… as it was going on her face!

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As well as being a tasty snack, I decided to put the Oykos packs to a very good secondary use, and of course I then had my face done too…

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We had such a fabulous evening and really enjoyed using all the goodies from our spa packs as well as eating/wearing the yoghurts! Getting the Greek Treatment with Oykos was just what we needed to help us unwind and have a great night in 🙂

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Saharasplash x

If you enjoyed this, take a look at some more tasty treats in my post about Cadbury’s here

 

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