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Christmas 2013: Breville Blend Active

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Foodie, New Year New You, Product Reviews | Posted on 04-12-2013

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Christmas is a time for indulgence. I’m sure we’re all guilty of overdoing things a little during the festive period with too much food or drink. Huge Christmas lunches, boxes of chocolates and biscuits, and just one more slice of cake. January dawns and everyone starts panicking about how much weight they’ve put on, as well as how much they’ve spent. If you or a loved one is planning on embarking on a new diet and fitness regime come 2014 then a Blend Active by Breville may well be the best present you get this Christmas.
“Not another blender/smoothie maker!!” I hear you cry. Well this one is a little bit different. This compact blender comes with two 600ml drinks bottles which you use to mix your drink in, and then take out with you to the gym or on the school run or for a healthy drink later in the day thanks to the none spill lids. The one-touch blending system is super easy to use, and the blades and bottles are all dishwasher friendly. The Eastman Tritan Copolyester bottles are also durable, shatterproof, and odour, taste and stain resistant.
Now I don’t do exercise – apart from running around after a three year old all day – and my school run is particularly lame as I take the car because my stamina is pathetic due to me being pregnant, so I gave this nifty little blender to my Dad to review – also known as Pops. He works four days a week for a taxi company in Chichester and generally tends to leave for work at 4am – don’t ask me how he does it, I have no idea! Leaving that early means his meals are generally at random times and he tends to grab things on the go. Not the healthiest way to live. He’s a fan of smoothies but has never had the facilities to take them with him. He is the PERFECT guinea pig for this little review then.
I must confess I expected the novelty of this to wear off pretty quickly, but I can report that Pops has been using this machine daily – even when he’s at home –  since I took it over several weeks ago. He’s having a huge range of fruit smoothies with yogurt in and fruit juice, and the machine is so easy to use.
He is a huge fan. The convenience of the pieces being dishwasher proof is a huge plus point as he can make his smoothie at 4am before he leaves and pop the blades in the dishwasher. Having two bottles is brilliant as there is always one in use and one getting washed.
Its the ideal healthy drink for someone who spends the day in a car driving, and its much more cost effective than stopping and buying food and drinks when you’re out on the road.  You can currently get this Blend Active for just £20.00 on Amazon which is great value for this nifty bit of equipment.

I was sent a Breville Blend Active to review by Amazon.

Start The New Year With Nuffield Health

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 28-12-2011

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Christmas is over and we’ve all overindulged.  I know I have, and I hope you have too. But if you’re feeling the effects of the excesses of Christmas and all that food and drink and more food, why not start the New Year off with a trip to Nuffield Health at Chichester Gate. Now I imagine you’re all groaning about gyms and membership fees and lacking the motivation to really achieve anything, but I can assure you that Nuffield Health is different. Honestly.

To begin with Nuffield Health is the UK’s leading health charity and they invest their profits back into their facilities, ensuring a high level of service to all their users. They get no government funding and have no shareholders so they are purely focused on you.  Along with their own hospitals they now have Fitness and Wellbeing Centres across the UK, and with over 50 years experience looking after people, who better to entrust your health in?

A Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre is situated on Chichester Gate, just south of the city centre. The facilities there are second to none and the range of fitness options available to you is mind boggling.

The facilities include:

Spacious Changing Room – The changing rooms are spacious and have places to change your little one before and after swimming classes and then a play pen to pop them in whilst you get changed yourself – no more rushing or precariously balancing your child! Hair driers are also available.

20m Heated Swimming Pool – The pool is open for general swimming as well as classes. Swimming lessons are provided by Gary Ball Swim School and there are also Aqua Aerobics lessons on offer.

Sauna & Steam Room – A place to relax aching muscles after a busy work out session.

Large Fitness Area – Every item of gym equipment you can imagine is on offer here in the spacious fitness area. TVs adorn the walls so you can keep your eye on things whilst you’re working out.

Free Weights Area – If lifting weights is your thing this is the place for you.

Relaxation Zone – There is a Relaxation Spa within the gym which offers some pampering if you need to unwind rather than work out. This includes facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, waxing and eyelash tinting.

Personal Trainers – If you need that extra push of someone by your side whilst you work out a Personal Trainer service is available to you.

Health MOT Service – A complimentary Health MOT is available to all new members. This helps to discover precisely what areas need the most work. During your MOT they take a look at blood pressure, cholesterol, fitness and activity levels, energy levels and even your sleep quality. Once your MOT is done a trained advisor will work with you to devise an action plan.

Physiotherapy & Sports Massage
 – If an injury does occur or is preventing you from getting the most from your Gym experience trained Physiotherapists are available at the centre to help you get back on your feet.

Cafe Lounge
 – Once your work out is over a Cafe area is available for a nutritious snack, with a range of light lunches, drinks and smoothies available.

Free Parking
 – To make your life and your access to the gym easier a large free car park is available, right outside the front door.

There are also a range of classes available to you including Body Combat, Fit Ball, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Dance.

Want to see for yourself – take a look inside Chichester’s Nuffield Health.

So you like the sound of the gym, and it looks really nice and you join. But after a month or so you just lose the motivation and can’t be bothered anymore. Sound about right? Don’t worry – this happens to a lot of people, especially when they join a gym in January. Nuffield Health want to help get you healthy and keep you healthy, so they have the Get Healthy, Get Fit, Get Rewarded Scheme. Once you’ve been a member for 3 months you’ll get another MOT. If you have improved or maintained your health they’ll reward you for your hard work and dedication. Rewards packs are worth at least £100 and include a months free membership, a free personal trainer session, and free guest passes for family and friends. If you don’t feel fitter and healthier you are free to leave with no obligation and no fuss – the remainder of your contract is cancelled, no questions asked. How many gyms can offer that? Nuffield Health are so confident of their ability to help you they have this hanging outside their centres:

Exclusive Blog Offer!
I can exclusively offer you the chance to test out the facilities at Nuffield Health at Chichester Gate. Readers of this blog can get themselves a 3 Day Pass for themselves and then the option to trial the Family Swim Times at the club as well. To claim this amazing offer just give them a call on 01243 788678 and pre-book your 3 Days and the Family Swim and quote “Sussex Mummy” when you do!!

More details on Nuffield Health and their Fitness & Wellbeing Centres can be found online.