Mini Lush Haul

Although I’m calling this a mini haul, it’s what I would actually consider this a regular sized haul, but I’ve seen people’s Lush Haul’s on Youtube, and they are mega hauls!

Last week my bestie came into the town I work in for a little trip to Lush and to get Sushi. She cleverly named this meeting, Lushi! She’s punny like that. Every day when I get off the bus and take the five minute walk to work, I go right past a Lush shop. Every day I stop and admire the beautiful window displays. They make me want to buy the pretty coloured bath bombs, the themed bubble bars, the facemasks that smell good enough to eat (warning: these may say vegan, but they are not edible) and the can’t live without face toners or body butters.

I had seen the new Easter collection, specifically the chick ‘n’ mix bath bomb, and had to check it out. I also wanted to get a scrub (for my barley there tan), a lavender bubble bar and more shower gel. I left Lush with all the things I wanted; I was one very happy customer. I would also recommend going with a friend, if you accidently get bath bomb dust on your nose from sniffing them all, you’ve got someone who will tell you.

Chick ‘n’ Mix Bath Bomb

How cute is this little guy? My brother thinks it looks like a penis, but I am ignoring this. I’m not even sure how to use this bath bomb. Do I use it in three separate goes or all at once? I went for all at once option. It’s all or nothing. This little guy doesn’t just look sweet, he  smells sweet too. As you can see he made the bath water go bright green.

Sheep Bubble Bar


I actually went into Lush wanting to get A French Kiss as I am a little obsessed with the relaxing powers of lavender at the moment. However I ended up buying the cute thing again, and got this little sheep. This is the Baa Bar Bubble Bar (4B’s). This guy also smells of lavender and Shea butter or Almond milk. I think this guy will be great for a bath just before bed time. He’ll get you in the right state of mind for a good night’s sleep.



I want to get a scrub because I accidently got sun burnt on my holidays and my legs are shedding like a snake out of its old skin (sorry for the overshare). I was thinking of getting Rub Rub Rub shower scrub, which I have used and love. Then I came across this pink scrub bar (pink’s my favourite colour so that alone had me hooked), and it turns out this is Rub Rub Rub, but in a bar. I love this. I prefer using the bar over the regular formula. It’s not as hard and rigid to use as the Buffy scrub, it kind of has some flexibility when using it. It is really exfoliating, and although it doesn’t fall apart you could break smaller pieces off if you wanted to.

It’s Raining Men


I have been using the Prince Charming Shower Gel for the last month or so, and it is going to run out soon. I’ve loved using this it smells sweet, but not too sweet and I love making my body pink. It is literally like painting yourself pink, it washes off, but does stains your nails pink for the day (not that I minded). Anyway, I needed a new shower gel. I had seen It’s Raining Men on the shelf before but I had never picked it up to give it a sniff. Boy I did not know what I was missing. It smells exactly like Honey I Wash The Kids, which is one of the first things I ever brought from Lush. It lathers up nicely, and I will definitely be repurchasing.

Products from Lush make me think of Hygge. I think of long relaxing baths, followed by a hot drinks, cosy pyjamas, blankets and a good book. What pamper evening, me time or a relaxing weekend doesn’t have a Lush product involved in it somewhere? I’ve been reading a book on Hygge and it is definitely a life style that I could get use too and want to adopt. I only wish Lush made candles!



Low FODMAP Diet.

Goodbye gluten my old friend, goodbye deliciously thick pizza bases that saw me through the good times and the bad times, goodbye fluffy and moist baked goods. Hello Low FODMAP diet.

If you couldn’t already tell I’m bummed out about being put on the low FODMAP diet. I was put on this diet under two years ago and I just couldn’t do it. I cut out some foods, but couldn’t bring myself to cut out the white bread, the cake or the pizza! My situation has not improved and my health is deteriorating. A registered dietician first told me to go on this diet, and I have been advised by my doctor to go back on it, and do it right this time. One should only go on this diet if a licensed professional has advised it. From what I have seen on google, people on this diet struggle with having a balanced diet and getting enough nutrients.

On a quiet Friday evening my friend and I ordered take away pizza from a well-known Italian restaurant. When we got our pizzas they were gluten free. My friend tried a slice and said it was chewy and cold. We sent it back and got the right pizzas. The following Tuesday I went to get my microwave rice and realised I had picked up the gluten free rice by mistake. I was starting to think the universe was trying to tell me something. Then Wednesday, when I saw my doctor, she told me to go on the low FODMAP diet and be strict with it. Sometimes I believe in signs, and this kinda felt like a massive arrow of flashing lights pointing towards the words ‘gluten free’.

Over the next four-eight weeks (I AM hoping I can make it to four weeks to begin with) I am going to be strict with the low FODMAP diet. One thing I am going to find the hardest to give up is the wheat. I’ve always said I could never go gluten free. Over the next four weeks I plan to try out the gluten free ranges of the leading supermarkets – Marks & Spencers, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Tesco. If you know of any other supermarkets that have a range of gluten free food please let me know.

I’m also going to miss garlic and onion. Garlic bread pretty much encompasses the two things I will miss most. Plus, garlic and onions are in everything! They flavour everything! So far it seems to me that the low FODMAP diet is easy to follow if you have the time to make everything from scratch. I don’t. I spend 10 hours a day at travelling to or at work, and 8 hours sleeping. That leaves 6 hours to prepare and eat all meals, which seems like a lot, but it isn’t really, that time seems to disappear so quickly.

I am also hoping to try some baking recipes that are gluten free, so I can continue with my favourite hobby. My best friend has also found a shop near my work that sells gluten free goodies, and will send me the blogs of those who are on the low FODMAP diet. This a whole new world to me, and her enthusiasm and support for this new diet blew me away. I’m so grateful to have such a good friend.

I am looking forward to trying the gluten free options at restaurants. I’ve already researched which restaurants and takeaways do gluten free pizza (thank you Jebus), and I will be testing them all in the name of research for my new diet. FYI Pizza is my favourite food, in case that wasn’t already obvious.

If anyone has any advice, or can point me in the direction of recipe/baking books that are gluten free or low FODMAP, please let me know. If you have any advice let me hear it, and if you know of any high street or online shops that do gluten free food, I would love to hear about them. This is all new to me and could use all the help I can get.