The ultimate massage experience at home

Imagine arriving home from a stressful day at work and having a massage always waiting for you.

I’ve recently got a Naipo Shiatsu Kneading Massager Neck & Shoulder Massager with Heat and I’m really enjoying all its features! It has 8 kneading shiatsu massage nodes that give me an in-depth bi-directional massage, which helps with stress relief to tired muscles while soothing away tension for ultimate relaxation.

Its design fits properly to different parts of my body: my neck, my shoulders, arms, back (where I usually have all the pain from being seated all day), thighs, etc. But my favourite feature is the gentle heat from the massage nodes that really help me relax, especially during these cold months.

I also tested it on a long car drive (of course I wasn’t the one driving) and it’s very practical and made the whole experience very relaxing.

This is one of those things that you didn’t know you needed it until you got one, and once you do, you’ll start using it daily because it becomes an addiction. A really good one!

You can order yours here.

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Healthy Food for Your Christmas Dinner| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

As Christmas is about the corner, it’s about time you got gifts for your loved ones and started to think about your perfect meals, so be sure to stay with us and keep on reading if you need some help! Here are four healthy recipes that will sweep everyone off their feet, so check them out and nail this task like a real pro this Christmas!

Salmon with red wine-morel sauce

In case you weren’t aware of that fact, salmon is highly nutritious fatty fish which is extremely tasty, versatile, and easy to find. As it’s loaded with nutrients, it can actually reduce risk factors for several diseases, which is exactly what makes it more than desirable during the holiday season. This salmon recipe uses mushrooms that will give this dish a fantastic meaty flavour and make your Christmas dinner much more enjoyable – especially if you aren’t really a fan of fish. The rich red-wine sauce together with barley, parsley, and steamed broccolini will undoubtedly enhance the taste even more, as well as a few drops of apple cider vinegar, and we’re sure that everyone will enjoy this amazing dish. Check out the recipe here.

Quinoa-stuffed pumpkins

Apart from being really yummy, this dish is a low-fat one, too, which makes it more than perfect for the upcoming Christmas dinner. Did you know that pumpkins are highly nutritious and rich in antioxidants and vitamin A? On the other hand, quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein, and it also contains all nine essential amino acids, which is why you should use it in this recipe as well. Organic quinoa is probably the best possible choice, so be sure to get quality organic food online if you can’t find it in your local store. Apart from quinoa, you should stuff your pumpkins with mushrooms and Moroccan spices, and top them with pomegranate and yoghurt later on.

Roast turkey with potato pan gravy

Turkey is probably one of the most popular choices when it comes to the holiday meals, and reasons for that are more than good. First of all, it’s packed with protein and nutrients, and it’s also low in fat. Apart from that, turkey meat is a great source of zinc, iron, potassium, and selenium, and you should know that regular consumption can even help in lowering your cholesterol levels.  Just remember that brining the turkey 12 to 18 hours before roasting will make it extremely yummy and super juicy at the same time. The gravy should be prepared in a mixer if you want to achieve a silky, smooth texture, and you can always thicken it with potatoes instead of flour or cornstarch. It will reduce the number of calories while giving it a much better taste. Check out the recipe and enjoy your turkey this Christmas!

Honey pecan triangles

Everyone knows that pecan pies are all the rage during the holiday season, but why wouldn’t you give this dessert a little twist and prepare it in a completely different way? Pecan nuts are absolutely unavoidable during this time of the year, as their crunchy texture and buttery flavour make them a quite interesting ingredient to add to a large number of dishes. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which is why they gained so much popularity. This dessert is really delicious and easy to make, and you should know that brown sugar and honey make it even sweeter and tastier.

As you can see, there are a lot of fabulous recipes that are healthy at the same time, so be sure to take them into consideration this Christmas. These four are certainly among the best ones, so don’t be afraid to give them a try and stay full and healthy during the holiday season!

24 Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for suggestions on what to buy as gifts for this Christmas, search no more. I’ve been sharing a list of Christmas gift ideas on my Instagram stories across the whole month of December.

Anything from experiences, charities to support, to products and things that will make others very happy and things that will not be forgotten after a few days.

In this list, you’ll be able to find products that I’ve tested along this year and had a very good experience with so it’s more than logical that I share it with you. You can find the full list on my Instagram highlights here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18008686186002467/?hl=en

I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to leave in the comments below any gift suggestions you might think of.

Do you have a small business that you think people should know about this Christmas? Do you have an Etsy page? Depop page? Any handmade products? I would love to get to know them!

I’m looking forward to read your suggestions. Have a lovely Christmas!

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