Bosley Tries Lily’s Kitchen & a Purr-fect Giveaway!

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I can’t believe Bosley is going to be turning one next month! He has quickly grown from a tiny kitten to our happy little lion, and it feels like he’s always been here.

A while back, I posted about the learning curve that being a new cat mama brings (catch up here!) but the truth is, I still discover new things all the time about Bosley’s personality traits, general kitty behaviour and wellbeing factoids. He’s become more talkative over the last six months, and loves looking out of the window – he’s the unofficial neighbourhood watch!

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One area that can be quite daunting however, is researching what kind of food to feed our furry friends. Wet food, dry food, treats…what should I be looking for, what’s the right portion size and how do I know for sure what is right for my cat?

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Luckily, the lovely humans at Lily’s Kitchen also want to do their bit to look after our pets, putting health and happiness at the heart of their natural, wholesome recipes. And when a parcel arrived bursting with their proper food for pets for Bosley to try, he couldn’t wait to get his paws on it!

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Our lucky boy has taste-tested every flavour from the wet food range over the last few weeks, plus the chicken and herb flavour dry food and some tasty treats. While he got stuck into the first flavour (Hunter’s Hotpot!), I was reading up on Lily’s Kitchen and their helpful hints for happy meal times.

As well as using sustainably-sourced ingredients, Lily’s Kitchen also use all-natural and grain-free recipes, to aid good digestion, heart and eye health, hydration and a shiny coat. They also have a pretty great sense of humour – check out this Cats Host Crufts video on their YouTube channel!

Having our little guy looking good AND feeling good is all I want for him, so it certainly seems like he’s in good hands… but how did it taste?

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I mean, OBVIOUSLY I can’t tell you, but I can share a few observations. First of all, when I opened the packaging, I could really smell the difference. It didn’t smell like cat food, it smelled like real food – the Lovely Lamb Casserole did smell just like a lamb casserole, and not like generic meat and jelly. In fact, I couldn’t really see much jelly.

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And it wasn’t just me that noticed a difference, Bosley was purring away before he even started eating his meals! His favourite wet food was easily the Whisker-Lickin’ Chicken (and yes, it smells just like chicken!), and he licked the bowl clean afterwards. We uploaded a little time-lapse video to his Instagram page recently, you can see him tucking in here!

Bosley is also now a huge fan of Lily’s Kitchen Little Lovelies treats, which are hand-baked in the shape of little hearts (aww!). These were a bit bigger than his usual treats, but funnily enough, he seemed to adapt quickly and not let that stop him!

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WIN a hamper of Lily’s Kitchen Purr-fect treats! 

Calling all crazy cat ladies and gents! It’s safe to say that our Bosley loved trying out this range, and if you think your feline friend will think Lily’s Kitchen is the cats pyjamas too, today’s your lucky day!

I’ve teamed up with the gang at Lily’s Kitchen to give away a hamper of their complete and balanced cat food (cat pictured not included!). All you have to do to enter is follow me on Twitter (@lynsayloves) and comment below with your Twitter profile name and a little something about your kitty (it could be their name, their favourite toy, a fun fact or whatever you like!).

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and closes one week today (that’s 10th April) at 6pm. I’ll announce the winner here and over on Twitter too. Good luck!

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Beauty Hit List: February & March 2017

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It’s been two whole months since my last Beauty Hit List and, since then, I’ve discovered (and re-discovered) plenty of new goodies to obsess over. Today we’ve got some new makeup releases, one of my long-time favourite scents, the Easter collection we’ve all been waiting for and a new beauty store to hit up!

So what are we waiting for? As Shania Twain would say, let’s go girls (and boys!)…

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GEN NUDE by bareMinerals

How do you like to go nude? At the office? The gym? Buying groceries? bareMinerals have a nude for every occasion with their new collection of GEN NUDE lip colours and are proving that nude shades don’t need to mean boring! With four dreamy formulas and 40 shades (!) to choose from, there’s never been a better time to go nude.

The Matte Liquid Lip colours are creamy and moisturising, while the Radiant Lipsticks are serving up “your lips, but better” coverage. 10 new Buttercream lipglosses are non-sticky and plumping and the Under Over lip liners can be worn on their own or to accentuate the perfect pout. My favourites from the collection have to be the Radiant Lipsticks, which feel super hydrating and add a slight shine (I’m wearing the shade XOX in this photo, if you want to see it on!).

Whether you’re into pink, peach, beige or mauve, bareMinerals have you covered. Nudes for days!

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Sugar Crush by Soap & Glory

Hands up if you got some Soap & Glory at Christmas time? Oh, who am I kidding? I love me some Soap and Glory all year round! My all-time favourite scent by Soap & Glory is Sugar Crush, a fresh kick of sherbet and citrus – so you can imagine my excitement when some of the brand’s classic products were recreated using my go-to fruity scent!

Over the last few months, I’ve been enjoying using Sugar Crush-scented Hand Food, Body Wash and Buttercream body butter. The dinky ones above came inside a Christmas gift set, which are perfect for stashing in your overnight bag for a burst of zing on the go!

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LUSH Spring 2017 Releases

One of my favourite things about LUSH are their seasonal collections. As well as REALLY knowing how to run with a theme, the exclusive products are packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients and the LUSH Spring releases are no exception.

Covering Easter, Mother’s Day and the general joys of Springtime, this year’s products are an explosion of colour, creativity and cruelty-free fun! The Golden Egg bath bomb is back (phew!) to turn your bath into a glittering pool of toffee-scented bliss and there are plenty of gorgeous gifts to spoil your mama, your bestie or yourself. I just love the Chocolate Egg soap, which smells like vanilla, white chocolate and lemon.

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Superdrug Partick

If you’re Glasgow-based and want to pick up all your beauty essentials, you need to check out the shiny new Partick branch of Superdrug, which opened yesterday. Part of Crow Road retail park, this bright, modern unit is packed with everyone’s favourite brands plus Superdrug’s own-label products.

When I popped along to check it out, I was immediately drawn to the makeup section, which was packed with the store’s exclusive ranges like Makeup Revolution, MUA and Freedom. I also loved the Googly Eyes makeup bags, which are a super cute way to keep your handbag must-haves organised!

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It’s been an awesome couple of months for beauty – I think this time of year is always so great for new releases! I’m sure you guys have a few of your own favourites too, so be sure to tell me what I should be adding to my basket in the comments below or over on Twitter.

Love, glitter and googly eyes…

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The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Crossing the Rubicon

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New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? This series is where you’ll find me sharing the most awesome meat-free food options around town, so whether you or a member of your posse are vegetarian, feel free to use this as your official guide to who is doing it right!

You can also catch up with all of my previous Glasgow Veggie Diaries entries here.

Let’s get this out of the way: as some of you might already know, when it comes to spicy food I am a total wimp. I’m the gal that loves burritos, but only if I can cover them in sour cream, rendering them virtually unrecognisable! I’m also the gal that had claimed to dislike Indian cuisine – deeming it far too hot (and meaty!) for my taste. That is, until recently.

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When Crossing The Rubicon initially opened their doors on Great Western Road at the end of last year, I didn’t rush to go right away because I wasn’t sure if there would be much on their menu for me.

However, over the weeks that followed I heard AMAZING things about their modern street food-inspired take on classic Indian flavours. And since I always like to keep an open mind, Gary (a die-hard curry connoisseur!) and I went along to a special evening put on by The Glasgow Food Company to try out some of their vegetarian dishes…

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About Crossing the Rubicon

On the surface, it’s clear that Crossing the Rubicon are passionate about Indian tapas and craft beer, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find out that they are also about much more than that. Taking their brand name from the concept of taking risks in life, the menu is filled with a range of Eastern flavours from the likes of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh and more.

Most of the dishes are smaller in portion, allowing guests to build their own feast, pick n’ mix their lunch or jump straight to pudding if they want to! Crossing the Rubicon’s relaxed approach to dining also aims to reduce food waste, and it’s refreshing to see a restaurant consider this issue.

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So, how was the food? Well, firstly I was really pleased to see an easy-peasy ‘traffic light’ system on the menu. Dishes that were not spicy at all are denoted by a little green dot, super hot options were red (of course!) and the ones in the middle were amber. And there were plenty of green items to choose from, hooray!

On our first visit, we agreed that the roasted carrot and sweet potato korma was a firm favourite. There was something incredibly moreish about it, and we loved the sweet, buttery taste! We both ordered it when we went back to Crossing the Rubicon a couple of weeks later for lunch, but had it served in different ways – Gary had it as part of a hearty naan-wich, and I enjoyed it as a small dish served with chana chat, chapatti and basmati rice. Delicious!

Another non-spicy, vegetarian curry that I really enjoyed was the dhal makani, which was made with lentils and beans. The sauce was rich and a bit tomato-ey – flavoursome but not spicy, which was ideal for me.

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Sides are also very veggie-friendly, and the crispy onion pakora was probably my favourite of all the sides and light bites we tried. It’s the perfect bar snack if you aren’t in the mood for a proper meal too! Gary also reported that the vegetarian haggis pakora was very good. A few other sides we tried included the pickle tray, hot buttered chapatti, naan, raita and salad.

The chapatti is dangerously addictive, especially when dipped into the korma sauce – is there any other way to deal with leftover sauce?

Overall, the range of meat-free options at Crossing the Rubicon is really impressive. There’s 24 tasty vegetarian items on the menu before you even get to the desserts, and a good amount of vegan choices too. Coupled with the fact that you can choose how spicy (or mild!) you want to go, there really is something for everyone!

I’m already planning my next trip, partly because I need more of their korma and chapatti in my life and partly because there are so many dishes I still want to try that sound so tasty (like the baingan bharta – made with smoked aubergine, tomato, onions and peas).

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Our repeat visits to Crossing the Rubicon just go to show that you need to push yourself out of your foodie comfort zone once in a while to discover something really great. I never thought I’d ever catch myself daydreaming about curry but there you have it – I’m a changed woman!

You can find out more about Crossing the Rubicon, and check out their full menu here.

Have you visited Crossing the Rubicon yet? When was the last time you tried something outside of your foodie comfort zone?

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