Just For Tummies by Linda Booth

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


I know, I know you've been sat there looking at the blog wondering when I might actually write something again! 


Apologies. As you can imagine, moving house, moving country and getting settled into a new job has been pretty crazy. 
It's now, 2 months on and I'm finally able to sit down and write on here again! Hurrah! 

My first post back is about "Just For Tummies". Now, this may not sound all too exciting however it really is worth having a little read, so stay with me.

Question 1: Do you take a daily vitamin supplement? You do, Great! But do you take it every day?
Question 2: Do you take a probiotic every day? No... Then why not?

When we moved to Dubai, all those years ago. I found out pretty quickly that I benefited healthwise by taking a daily probiotic. I don't know what it was about Dubai but when we lived there I just tended to pick up every single bug going and was often quite poorly. 

In 2014 I became pregnant with Little Un and I continued taking a probiotic every single day. There are mixed views on whether you should take probiotics when pregnant. 
Personally, I found that it really helped me and it also helped to keep tummy bugs at bay! 

When I moved back to the UK I continued to take a probiotic. However, maybe not as regularly as I had before. I sure as heck noticed a difference in my health when not taking a probiotic as I felt bloated at times and I felt sluggish in myself. 

When the email dropped into our inbox saying "How would you like to move to Oman?" I decided that it was time to do some research again regards probiotics and health as I didn't want to get poorly when I moved back to the Middle East as I knew that I'd be jumping straight into my new job at HiFM. After doing some research I came across "Just for Tummies" They do this AWESOME set of goodies for your tummy in a special Travel Set.

If you ask me the Travel Survival Kit is a MUST HAVE for anyone who's travelling a lot with work or for anyone off on holiday abroad anytime soon. Let's be honest it's pretty much always guaranteed that when you travel with work you get asked out for meals or maybe whilst you're away you treat yourself to meals in the restaurant because it's at the companies expense. It's the same too when we go on holiday, we look at the menu and think why not and treat ourselves! Therefore this often means lots of heavy meals such as Steak with creamy mash potato or big portions of curry etc. the Travel Survival Kit from Just for Tummies has thought about everything you may need whilst away from home. 
The Digestive Enzymes tablets help your tummy digest heavy meals and deal with the richer food that you might be consuming whilst away. You just take these ahead of your meal and the clever little tablets help beat the bloat. 

Also in the Travel Survival Kit are Live Bacteria Tablets. These are a must and must be taken daily as they'll help your tummy stay strong when you're maybe eating lots of different food types or if you drink different water.


Now you may look at the kit and think why the heck is there a pack of GARLIC TABLETS in there. Well let me tell you Garlic is natures antibiotic and it helps keep bugs are bay and as well as keeping your tummy in check it helps the body to fight off colds. So Garlic Tablets are a must if you're travelling.

Finally introducing the Tummy Tea. 
This is my favourite product in the kit. It's the most calming and soothing cuppa ever. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I'm a MASSIVE tea fan. This tea is just perfect if you feel like you've overindulged the night before or if you feel that your tummy needs a little bit of TLC. It's a hug in a mug and super soothing and comforting if you ask me.


So what do I think to the TRAVEL SURVIVAL KIT?

I genuinely love this kit. I've been taking a Live Bacteria Tablet every day and I've taken the Digestive Enzyme tablets when eating heavy meals like curries out here in Oman and I feel that these tablets have really helped to keep bugs at bay and helped me beat the bloat. I'm super impressed. Also the lady behind the brand the lovely Linda Booth really is a lady in the know. If you suffer from IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or just need advice on the digestive system get in touch with her and definitely check out her website and blog as there's lots of helpful advice on there. 
A lot of peeps who read my random blog posts live in sunny Nottinghamshire. (My hometown.) The good news is that Linda Booth and her clinic are in Nottingham so if you wanna find out more get in touch and if you live a little further afield you can order any of her products online. 

My next mission... to find out if I can get these tablets shipped to Oman! 





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Cleaning the carpets with Rug Doctor...

Wednesday, 28 June 2017


Time moves really fast, doesn't it?


It's nearly two years ago since we moved back to the UK from Dubai and here we are packing up everything yet again and moving all our life to Oman.

It's amazing how much stuff there is to do before a move. Especially a big move like this. Let's be honest moving house is stressful, moving country is a whole different ball game! 

I was sat going through paperwork the other day and started to read through our tenancy contract. There it was in the small print. Carpets must be cleaned at the end of the tenancy. This I believe is in our contract because we have Monty the cat. 

I'm not gonna lie, when I read this I started to stress just a little. I mean carpet cleaning isn't really a skill of mine. I started looking into companies and realised pretty quickly that this whole carpet cleaning thing can get quite expensive and, to be honest with you the thought of having extra people in the house under my feet whilst trying to sort things wasn't all that appealing.
Then I remembered many moons ago that my mum hired a carpet cleaner from a company that she found in the "Yellow Pages". I decided to do a search using Google... NOT THE YELLOW PAGES! 

I soon found a company called RUG DOCTOR. I had a little read through the web pages and then decided to click on the page which said rental prices. I held my breath as I clicked on the link as I expected to be greeted with a list of really high prices yet again. However, this was not the case I was grinning from ear to ear pretty quick as I read down the page.



£28.99 for 48 hr rental... I mean how good is that! Also, the best this is that you can actually pick it up at local supermarkets or stores. 

So how does it work?

Well, this HOW TO CLEAN MY CARPETS page will tell you in detail how to use the Rug Doctor. Also, this video was so super helpful when it came to working out how to use the Rug Doctor.




Was the Rug Doctor easy to use and did it do its job?

Yes, yes and yes! I'm well impressed with the Rug Doctor and I would definitely hire one again.
At first, it felt weird using it and it took me ages just to do one little square of carpet. However, after a while, I became a pro and found myself scooting around from room to room.

The carpets were left super clean and the house definitely smelt really fresh on our departure.... it made me not want to leave. :)

I'm really happy that we used the Rug Doctor as it fitted around our moving house schedule beautifully and also fitted around looking after our two-year-old boy as it meant that I could stop now and the and go and play or change a nappy etc. and then come back to the carpet cleaning as and when.

See how we got on and have a giggle watching our video below... and thanks, Rug Doctor for helping us out with our big move to Oman! We love ya! x 


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IT'S TIME FOR AN ADVENTURE AGAIN...

Tuesday, 6 June 2017



You may have noticed that the sparkly blog has been a little quiet recently. That's because We've been a tad busy making life choices! 

So let's do a quick recap first shall we! I mean this might be the first time that you've read a post on this sparkly blog of mine.

In 2011. Chris and I jumped on a plane and flew off into the Sunset and built a new life in the Middle East... in Dubai. 


It was all a little mad. We'd never been there before and all I knew about Dubai was from what I had seen on the TV. We loved it out there! However, decided to return to the UK a couple of years ago... read Leaving Dubai for more on that!


We moved back to the UK in 2015 and we've been living near Brighton. We love it here. We have so many lovely friends, we have a lovely little pad, we love the beaches. the parks and the walks. We absolutely love where we live right now and have enjoyed the jobs that we've been doing here on the South Coast. However, I'm a BIG believer in the Universe and when an opportunity arises outta the blue sometimes you've just gotta grab it with both hands.

So here's our news....



You can read the official press release here.

Yup, Chris & I have been offered jobs at Hi FM Radio in Oman. We're really excited to be travelling back out to the Middle East and we're really looking forward to exploring Muscat. We'll be joining Robin Banks and his team. We've known Robin now for many a year and we're both proper excited to be working with such a creative and awesome guy! 

Our little family will be moving real soon... so click follow on our social media to keep up to date...









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Skinny Sprinkles!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

If you follow me on social media you'll have seen many posts about Skinny Sprinkles

I decided to try out Skinny Sprinkles for a whole 7 days straight to see if they would actually help me to lose weight.

As you know I've been battling the baby weight now since Little Un was born. I've done pretty well and have lost most of it. HOWEVER, there is about half a stone still sat on my hips that won't shift! 

I really needed something to help focus me in on my weight loss again because I was finding that I was grabbing a chocolate bar or a sweet coffee maybe a little too often without thinking about the calorie content.

I did a video vlog diary where I checked in on the first day, the third day, fifth day and the seventh day of the week when I tried Skinny Sprinkles.

See how my week went below... 


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