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Happy Halloween | Life and Blog Update

Happy Halloween!




Today I thought I would give you a brief life and blog update, because I haven't for so long.

So, what's been going on in my life?

Lots of work. I work full time, as well as having a Saturday night job. I also run my blog and YouTube channel. Additionally, I'm working on 2 projects at the moment. I need sleep! However, I don't seem to be too familiar with that concept recently. I'm travelling a lot, and I am off to London this weekend, so it's all go.

What can you expect from the blog in the coming months?

A few posts a week - either written by me and from me, or someone else. That someone else being a brand typically, or another blogger. (This hasn't happened yet but it might.) All my guest posts have Guest Post in the title, and aren't signed off by me so that you're aware. I accept Guest Posts as it's an interesting way to share new brands, concepts and ideas on here. I only accept things that I think my readers may be interested in, so just think of them as extra content for you guys.

I will still continue to talk about my usual stuff. Here's a quick rundown if you're new or just unfamiliar.

Beauty - Fashion - Lifestyle - Food - Travel - Mental Health

Expect to see the following posts / topics covered soon:

x Reviews
x Lookbooks
x Approaching adulthood
x Travelling alone / Travel anxiety
x More recipes
x Loads of Christmas content
x Fun guest posts / articles
x Mental health advice / experiences

and more!

I'll be discussing similar things on my YouTube channel as always - youtube.com/tamzinlena.

I've been lucky enough to start receiving things from Brands and PR's. I will always disclose in my posts if I received the products for free.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx



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Off The Eaten Path | Guest Post

All too often, we make do with a standard sandwich – when actually there are thousands of different and easy ways to enjoy lunch and be more adventurous with it. To help inspire people to try something new and spice up their lunchtimes, Off The Eaten Path has collaborated with renowned chef Deborah Thompson.



 Off The Eaten Path is a range of new and delicious snacks made with real vegetables. Ideal as a tasty snack in your bag at work, they can also compliment your lunch; especially with the below recipes crafted in collaboration with Deborah.

Deborah Thompson and Off The Eaten Path are on a mission to help people eat exciting meals that are simple, quick and easy to make. Inspired by the different flavours in the new snacks range, they’ve created three unique recipes, which you can whip up in the week to take to work or have at home.




The new snacks which Deborah has included within each of her adventurous lunch ideas provide a source of fibre, contain no artificial colours or preservatives, and are made from ingredients such as rice, green peas, pinto beans and white beans. Every snack is then seasoned with either simple sea salt, sour cream and cracked black pepper, or caramelised onion and balsamic vinegar flavouring for a delicious snack.

Flavours include:
      Sea Salt Crispy Rice & Pea Chips
      Sour Cream and Cracked Black Pepper Flavour Crispy Rice & Pea Chips
      Sea Salt Crunchy Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks
      Caramelised Onion and Balsamic Vinegar Flavour Crunchy Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks

Each dish includes unusual ingredients that you might not have tried before, or thought were hard to incorporate into a meal - together they’ve also constructed 10 simple hacks to make ensure your food is fresh, fast and exciting.




Top tips for adventurous eating:

1. Get your adventure on by updating classics like the egg salad sandwich. Deconstruct it and add some exotic spices like dukkah to liven it up. 

2. Swap out traditional ingredients like noodles and lettuce for courgette and kale to
keep things light and full of vitamins and minerals. 

3. Pack snacks that you will actually want to eat. Off the Eaten Path is perfect for this. They’re delicious and great for popping in a lunch bag or a handbag for that snack craving. 

4. Blend sauces and infuse flavours to create new salad dressings and marinades, like the Thai peanut dipping sauce – but keep them on the side until you’re ready to eat. 

5. Pair fruit with savoury foods to create a whole new flavour profile and make the most of seasonal fruit. 

6. Pick foods that can withstand a few hours without refrigeration, like kale for salads and veggie noodles rather than pasta that can go soggy, so that you can get out there adventuring and still enjoy a stellar lunch. 

7. Add micro greens to your dishes. Usually reserved for fancy restaurants, these micro greens, widely available in supermarkets now, pack a flavour and jazz up your meal. 

8. Incorporate baby vegetables and multi-coloured veggies into your lunches such as candy beetroot and rainbow carrots. These all have different flavours than the regular varieties that are widely available. 

9. Use things like carrot tops or beetroot tops to make sauces like pesto. Eliminate waste and create a totally different and adventurous dip/sauce. 

10. Add sliced cucumber and mint to water, rather than lemon for a change.  

Three recipes to make lunch time memorable

Six Minute Dukkah Egg Salad Box
An exciting (deconstructed) take on the boring old egg salad sandwich. Made with mixed baby greens, a boiled egg, and pistachio dukkah dressing with slices of rye bread.

Recipe:
      Cook an egg in boiling water for 6 minutes and cool in a bowl of cold water for 2-3 minutes.
      Whilst its cooling, pull together a pistachio dukkah dressing by mixing together
o      1 tbsp. sesame seeds
o      2 tbsp. coriander seeds
o      1 tbsp. cumin seeds
o      50g chopped pistachios
o      2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
o      The juice and zest of half a lemon
      Set aside the dressing and toss some baby greens, cucumber, onion, baby radish and baby beetroot together.
      Slice the boiled egg in half, drizzle with the dukkah dressing and serve with fresh rye bread.

Pairs perfectly with Off The Eaten Path Sea Salt Rice and Pea Chips


Spicy Mango and Cranberry Courgetti Noodle Bowl
Noodle bowls satisfy hunger pangs without the carb coma at lunch time. This sweet, sour and spicy noodle bowl is fresh and flavoursome to get you through the rest of the day.

Recipe:
      Spiralise 1 courgette and heat the courgetti noodles in a pan for 2 minutes.
      Add 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger, ½ a red chilli pepper, 1 tsp of sesame oil and 1 tsp soy sauce to add flavour.
      Remove from the heat, and place in a bowl. Toss with ½ a mango, peeled and cubed, with 1 tsp of dried cranberries and 2 tbsp. of chopped coriander.
      Add some sesame seeds to finish the dish.

Pairs perfectly with Off The Eaten Path Sour Cream and Black Pepper


Rainbow Veggie Wraps with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce
Vibrant, colourful and perfectly packable, this handheld lunch to take to work or for when you’re on the go.

      Prepare all your vegetables by slicing carrots, cucumber and red cabbage
      Blend together a sauce ingredients in the blender or in a bowl with a whisk with a combination of Thai peanut dipping sauce, 3 tbsp. smooth peanut butter ½ tbsp. red Thai curry paste, 1 tbsp. lime juice and a dash of fish sauce
      Set aside and lay some chard leaves flat ready to fill
      Layer 100g of pre-cooked brown rice, then the veggies and roll the leaves up. Into wraps
      Slice in half and dip into the peanut sauce

Pairs perfectly with Off The Eaten Path Sea Salt Pea and Pinto Beans
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Strong Roots | Cooking

I don't know about you, but I just love food, and cooking of course.

I find there's something so therapeutic about cooking, but sometimes we don't have enough hours in the day to prepare a meal from scratch, and on days like that, I have found some of the most perfect products to help.

Warning: This post is photo heavy!!:D


In a nut shell: (www.strongroots.co.uk) is an award-winning brand on a mission to revolutionise frozen food. It has launched in the UK at Waitrose and Whole Foods Market with its innovative, delicious and nutritious range of vegetables and veggie meals.

Working with the best producers in the world to source the finest veg, the brand was launched to help those with busy lifestyles cut corners in the kitchen and enjoy healthy food easily.  All Strong Roots products are fresh, tasty and bursting with goodness. The range includes Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Kale & Quinoa Burgers, Ripened Avocado Halves and Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes. All are a great source of fibre, vegan friendly, have no artificial flavours and are perfect whether they are enjoyed on their own or part of a balanced meal.







Strong Roots Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries (RRP £2.99) and Kale & Quinoa Burgers (RRP £2.99) are available nationwide at Waitrose.
While the full range, including the Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes (RRP £3.99) and Ripened Frozen Avocado Halves (RRP £5.29) is available at Whole Foods Market.

I decided to whip up the burgers along with the sweet potato goodies and put them to the ultimate taste test. I also made the avocado halves into Crushed Avo/Guacamole and it went down a treat!



I had great fun trialing out all the yummy food, and they were so lovely too. I was surprised how much I enjoyed them, the garlic sweet potato cubes were my favoruite!







The Lunch I made was so good and my family loved it too. I had so much positive feedback, and that's down to the products, not me. We put the burgers into sandwich thins, to make a healthier option. It worked so well! I think this goodies would be perfect for any gatherings around this time of year, if you wanted to make something on the healthier side.

Overall I think are definitely worth checking out, whether you are vegan/plant based or not. I don't follow either of them diets but I enjoyed the food greatly, I love exploring and experimenting with new products, especially in the kitchen, and I think it's great to try something that you normally might not.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I certainly enjoyed making it.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

**this product was sent to me for free. In no way does it shape or form my opinion
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50,000

Well. Here we are. Somewhere I didn't think I would ever be. I never expected this many people to read my blog, and I certainly didn't expect it to turn into what it has. I can't believe I am about to type this, but my blog, my little blog, has amassed over 50,000 views.

If you go back on my blog, or if you've been a reader for a while, you might have seen some milestone posts I did back in the day, when I hit 1000 and 5000 views. I haven't done a milestone post since, and here we are with over 50,000 views.

I am actually closer to 60,000 views now than 50,000 by the time I have gotten around to writing this. Crazy stuff.

Something else that is kinda crazy, is that the lovely guys from bakerdays have sent me (me!) a cake to celebrate. Thankyou so much for my yummy gift, it certainly went down a treat and was a perfect way to to enjoy this achievement.


They know I love flamingos. Who doesn't?




You can win yourself a personalized cake for you or a loved one by liking both mine and bakerdays' facebook pages.

Mine - https://www.facebook.com/tamzinlena
Bakerdays - https://www.facebook.com/bakerdays

We will pick someone from random who likes both!

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou all for supporting my blog. It honestly means so much to me. Whether you've been around 2 years or 2 minutes I appreciate you. Whether you came from a google search, twitter or my YouTube channel, I love you!

My platforms mean so much to me and I have you to thank for that.

So thanks. A lot.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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Contributing for the Growing Up Guide!

You may or may not already know that I am now an official contributor of a brand new online magazine called The Growing Up Guide.

I recently featured on their Instagram, taking over the story for the day (which was so much fun) and I have also had 1 post published so far - you can check it out here:

https://thegrowingupguide.com/2017/10/06/5-lipstick-shades-all-girl-bosses-need

I am working on many more posts so before long you shall see some more of my face popping up on the website!


If you enjoy my blog, you'll for sure enjoy the content on The Growing Up Guide. It's all about lifestyle, ranging from topics about beauty to sex and relationships to finance and studies. It has everything you need and some awesome advice about important topics.

I highly recommend you go and check it out as you're guaranteed to find something you'll like. It's so varied which makes it so different and interesting.

That's all for now but I really hope you love my post, please check it out, it would mean so much! I also really hope you love the magazine as the whole, the work force behind it is amazing and all the contributors bring their individuality, passion and characters to the site.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


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Little Moons Mochi | Guest Post

Little Moons, an award-winning artisan producer of mochi ice cream, has launched a UK first with its devilishly delicious and quintessentially autumnal Limited Edition Spiced Pumpkin Pie flavour mochi, created for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
What is mochi?
Steamed rice flour creates a delightful chewy mochi outer, wrapped around gelato ice-cream.

The Spiced Pumpkin Pie edition can be found at the self-serve mochi ice cream bar at Whole Foods Market stores in High Street Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, Fulham, Richmond and Clapham Junction and also the Mochi Pop bar at the High Street Kensington branch.

PUMPKIN PIE…BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT…

LITTLE MOONS LAUNCHES UK’S FIRST SPICED PUMPKIN PIE MOCHI ICE CREAM FOR HALLOWEEN & THANKSGIVING

Little Moons (www.littlemoons.co.uk)

Launching in October, the Spiced Pumpkin Pie edition will be available exclusively at the Little Moons mochi ice cream bar at Whole Foods Market stores across London (High Street Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, Fulham, Richmond and Clapham Junction).

Mochi is a Japanese delicacy where it has been enjoyed for thousands of years. Traditional mochi is filled with red bean paste, however, Little Moons have innovated the concept by combining delicious gelato spheres made from British dairy and wrapping them with sweet, soft mochi dough.

This new edition has taken inspiration from the classic transatlantic dessert, the pumpkin pie. The gelato and mochi is made by combining real pumpkin with an autumnal spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger to produce a scrumptious seasonal treat.

The delicious taste, special consistency and colourful appearance makes Little Moons mochi a unique and indulgent gelato experience. Gluten-free and less than 100 calories each, they are the perfect bite-sized treat; ideal as a snack or as an after dinner reward for those looking for some measured indulgence.

The Spiced Pumpkin Pie edition can be found at the self-serve mochi ice cream bar at Whole Foods Market stores in High Street Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, Fulham, Richmond and Clapham Junction and also the Mochi Pop bar at the High Street Kensington branch.

Visitors can choose to take home their own assortment of Little Moons mochi ice cream spheres in a freezer bag box at the self-serve station or head to the dedicated bar (at High Street Kensington) to create their own Little Moons ‘Mochi Pop’, a skewered stack of prettily coloured spheres of mochi ice cream designed to be enjoyed immediately.

Guests will be able to enjoy a range of innovative Little Moons varieties, mixing and matching them to create their own exciting flavour combinations: Matcha Green Tea, Toasted Sesame, Coconut, Raspberry, Yuzu, Vanilla, Mango, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, and Hazelnut and now Pumpkin Pie.

At the Little Moons mochi ice cream bar, a selection of one to five delicious mochi spheres cost £1.50 each and six or more cost £1.25 each.

Little Moons launched a retail range in August 2015 at Whole Foods Market and has since become one of Whole Food Market’s best-selling ice cream brands. Still available in a six sphere pack in Whole Foods Market (£5.99) is Toasted Sesame, Vanilla, Coconut, Matcha Green Tea, Mango and Raspberry flavours. Little Moons Mango, Matcha Green Tea, and Coconut flavours are also available nationwide at Ocado with an RRP of £4.99 and Little Moons Matcha Green Tea and Mango are available at Waitrose with a RRP of £4.99.

Little Moons require no preparation before consumption and are best savoured one bite at a time after removing from the freezer for three to five minutes to allow the mochi to soften.

Visit our website: www.littlemoons.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @lovelittlemoons
Follow us on Instagram: littlemoonsmochi Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/littlemoons





Want to know more about the brand?

Little Moons was founded by brother and sister entrepreneurs, Howard and Vivien Wong. Coming from a family of expert patissiers, the Wong family has been making traditional mochi for the past 30 years for the Asian grocery market and the pair bought this inherent craft and quality to produce beautiful mochi desserts.

Howard and Vivien Wong spent two years perfecting the complex and technical process of making mochi, developing their products alongside Nobu’s head patisserie chef, Regis Cursan to create big indulgence in a miniature form. Every mochi sphere is hand-rolled in London.


From Bone Daddies to Tonkotsu and Shoryu Ramen, Little Moons can be found on the dessert menus of London’s leading Japanese restaurants. Little Moons also became the first mochi brand to be available to buy nationwide in the UK in 2016 through its launch into Ocado and it is the number one selling new ice cream brand in Whole Foods Market.
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What I wore in Center Parcs | Autumn Fashion Lookbook

Something I love about Autumn is the clothing. It gives you the opportunity to layer, wear cosy jumpers and cute lil' ankle boots.

I went to Center Parcs last weekend (Check out my vlog here) and took a few photos of my very Autumn themed wardrobe. I tried my hardest to not over pack so you may see some repeated items. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!





Jacket - Primark
Sisterhood jumper - Newlook - http://bit.ly/2yGIZER
Black ripped jeans - Primark
Scarf - H&M
Trainers - Reebok - http://bit.ly/2hE8vzx (similar)



Top - Select - http://bit.ly/2gcixeE
Skirt - Newlook
Heels - Newlook




Jumper - Primark
Jeans - Primark
Shoes - Vans

Speaking of Starbucks, what's your order? Mines a Grande Hot Chocolate with a shot of Hazelnut.


I hope you enjoyed this post and collection of photos. I had the best weekend and loved everything I wore. Be sure to check out my vlog to see what we did!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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Mystery or Misfortune? | Guest Post

Knock on wood, avoid the cracks in the pavement and keep your fingers crossed as it’s that time of the year again. That’s right, coming up is Friday 13th… 



Paraskevidekatriaphobia or Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the official name for the phobia of Friday 13th. Fears surrounding the superstition are also surprisingly common, in fact new data reveals that 49 million Brits dread the date.

The history and origins of Friday 13th fears are widely debated, however, two examples are consistently referenced. The first, is that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus was the 13th guest at the Last Supper.

The second event, dates back to 1307 when King Philip IV of France commanded for hundreds of members of the Knights Templar to be arrested, they were then tortured and burned alive!

In the modern day, superstitious people believe that Friday 13th brings bad luck to employment, finances and even love. Dating and relationships can be affected which is proved by the many celebrity breakups. Michael Chopra and Heather Swan married on Friday 13th and argued throughout their honeymoon splitting only a few weeks later.

The devastation of divorce has also occurred on the unluckiest day of the year wreaking havoc on celebrity relationships. After ten years of marriage, Bill Murray and Jennifer Butler finalised their divorce on Friday 13th. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage also ended on a Friday 13th after months of arguments.

So, with cases like these is it any wonder that we don’t want to tempt fate with our love lives? 



The Dating Guru, James Preece, has noticed the connection between love and superstition throughout his career as a Dating Coach and Relationship Expert. He said:

“Everyone has their own little quirks and beliefs. I’ve had dating coaching clients who only want to date singles who are a certain star sign. Or they think that they will jinx the relationship by taking certain actions.”

James Preece also noticed that he had a lower turnout to his dating event on Friday 13th: “I once tried to run a singles event on a Friday 13th. I hadn’t really given it much thought until I realised ticket sales were low....Rather reluctantly a few did admit to me that they didn’t fancy attending due to the date.”

He added: “This wasn’t just because they thought they’d be unlucky but also due to them not wanting to travel at such a risky time.”

So if the thought of Friday 13th makes you tremble, we’d recommend you hole up inside with a cup of tea and some biscuits...day off anyone?


If you prefer a risk free Friday 13th, why not book the day off and hole up inside with your loved ones?
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Let’s talk about content creation on holiday

There’s nothing better than having the opportunity to escape your day job and break free for a short while. For me, whether that’s a weekend away or a summer vacation, it’s always welcome. My problem is however, I have jobs that don’t just require the 9-5 malarkey. Yes, I work 9-5(.30) in an office, but I also have my blog and YouTube channel which suck up any free time I have. I don’t call it a job, more a labour of love.



I wish I could go somewhere and just completely, utterly, switch off. However, when I’m away, it’s the perfect time for content creation. I can make nice videos in hotel rooms and take pretty pictures of pretty scenery. I would hate to miss up on this opportunity.
This weekend coming, I am off to Center Parcs with my family. We go every 12-18 months, and it’s my favourite place in the world. I feel relaxed, I have so much fun with my nearest and dearest, and I feel safe and secure and fuzzy inside.

Funnily enough, because we haven’t been for 18 months, I haven’t actually been whilst I have done YouTube, meaning I have never vlogged there. I have been saying since we booked it I can’t wait to capture it on camera as we have been so many times, but not whilst I’m a “vlogger” as I am now I guess.

I can’t wait to record it to show you all my favourite place but at the same time I am worried. It’s our family time and I never like to over use my phone, I always try to just chill and take step back. In the past week my head has been spinning with ideas on videos I want to do and pictures I want to take. But why? I never have before (maybe that’s why I want to) and that’s not what Center Parcs is to me. I am only going to be there for 2 and a half days and I want to make the most of it.

I have decided to restrict myself to the following:

1.       Lookbook / fashion video for Autumn filmed around the Park
2.       One video filmed in my room there as I love the background (undecided on what this will be)
3.       1 blog post (a good un) and some nice photos for Instagram (just as we are going round the park, nothing too “staged”)
4.       My usual weekend vlog (nothing too in your faces (or in my family’s faces), just some nice bits n clips)

Typing that out, that sounds a lot. We shall see!


We are actually going to go back in April for my 18th birthday, meaning we are only leaving a 6 month gap this time. So anything I don’t do content wise this time, I suppose I can then.

I know for sure I am going to take a step back from social media for the weekend. I will snapchat odd things (tamzinlena on snap) and instagram probably a fair few times too, but I don’t want to become all consumed by it. I want to barely touch my phone except for vlogging this weekend. (We shall see again)

I hope you enjoyed this post and this random rambley chat about stuff that you probably don’t care about! I just thought I’d share what’s on my mind.

Bye for now,

Tamzin xxx
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