Make Over Your Morning: Green Smoothie Bowl

Make Over Your Morning: Green Smoothie Bowl

I love breakfast but find that I can't eat too much, especially early in the morning so a smoothie bowl seems to be the perfect solution - it's nutritious but doesn't fill me to the point of nausea. You can really get creative with your smoothie bowls and chuck in pretty much anything you like. 

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The Mobile Phone Detox

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The Mobile Phone Detox

I am not even going to pretend that it is a voluntary thing. This detox has more or less been forced on me as I broke my screen (meep) and have to have it replaced. That means that I am without a phone for a vague 'up to five working days.'.. I delayed sending my phone in for a few days because for some reason the idea of life without a phone was making me anxious, which is crazy! I decided that since I am being forced to detox from my phone I will try and make the best of it.

As a blogger I try to maximise my time (there's just not enough hours in the day!) and take any opportunity to catch up on social media, write up a blog post or check out what's going on on my favourite blogs. But the fact that a few days without a phone make me anxious scares me a little (aka a lot). I know I may be showing my age here, but I remember a time when nobody had a mobile phone, and guess what!? The universe did not implode. So here are a 3 things I am implementing to at least attempt to decrease the level of power that little piece of technology has over my life.

Alarm Clock

The first thing for me is to get a proper, old fashioned alarm clock. I've been toying with the idea of getting a Lumi Light for a while now and I feel like this is the perfect time. I hate the abrupt sound of my phone alarm in the morning and  feel much more rested when I wake up to a bit of light in summer anyway, so it seems like the perfect move to make!

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I take the train every day. Unfortunately, the train seems to go through some kind of internet black hole and inevitably I get frustrated trying to load posts on Instagram - not the ideal start to the day. Instead I'm going back to basics. I love reading and I don't get to do do it as much as I would love to anymore. Doesn't morning train ride sound like the perfect time to get a bit of reading in?

One thing at a time

I've noticed recently that I've been reaching for my phone during films, TV-shows or even while eating. I really hate that habit, it seems like I just can't concentrate on one thing and enjoy it fully. So I'm implementing a 'one screen at a time' rule. I feel like this one will be the hardest for me to stick to but I'm determined to make it work.

Have you ever tried to detox from your phone? Any handy tips?

The Mobile Phone Detox

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GIVEAWAY: Holland & Barrett Winter Wellness Box #WWPickMe

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GIVEAWAY: Holland & Barrett Winter Wellness Box #WWPickMe

The lovely people over at Holland & Barrett have sent us over something amazing to give away to one of our readers this Christmas - The Holland & Barrett Winter Wellness Box! The weather has been horrific & lots of us (me included!) are suffering from the sniffles, low energy and drier skin - all side effects of dark & cold days. 

Before I go into detail of what is in the box, here are the rules of the giveaway:

  • tweet us (anything!), our handle is @pinkelephantdub
  • all you need to do is to use the Pink Elephant Blog twitter handle (@pinkelephantdub)  as well as the Holland & Barrett (@holland_barrett) one in the tweet
  • and use the hashtag #WWPickMe

The GIVEAWAY will be open for 2 weeks in Ireland only (don't worry, there is an international giveaway coming soon!)

So... to the fun part. What can you win?

The Winter Wellness Box is packed full of great Holland & Barrett goodies! First up we have a Naturally Nourished Baobab Edition Set from Burts Bees, one of my favourite brands for lip balms! The set includes a moisturising hand cream and two gorgeous lip balms.

Next, still in the body care & pamper department, there is a Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath & Body Heroes Set that includes a gorgeous show /bath gel, body lotion & their famous bath salts!

There is also a Comvita Winter Wellness Manuka Honey & Olive Leaf Hot Drink which is a gorgeous revitalising and soothing hot winter drink that will boost your immune system & tastes delicious!

And finally, there's also a selection of essential vitamins & supplements that will keep you in top shape this winter: Solgar Zinc Picolinate (protects your immune system), Solgar Vitamin D3  & Mushroom Vegan Vitamin D (also known as the "sunshine vitamin", helps absorb calcium for strong bones and teeth).

Good luck!!! :)

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