Discover the power of honey & #win with Love Marlenka

Discover the power of honeyLast month I shared with you my thoughts on healthy sweets (if you missed it, you can read it here); we covered sugar intake and the importance of natural ingredients but we didn’t really go into any details regarding the power of honey… well today I want to talk about honey!

Discover the power of honeyWe have no interest in a sweet substance that is similar to honey; no we want the real deal we want real honey. You would be surprised at what some people / companies will do to benefit from honey. Some types of honey are extremely valuable and have many great benefits as you probably know… so surprise surprise some people fake it! Yes that’s right, not only are Nike trainers or boutique perfumes getting their “aftermarket” copies… apparently honey is too. If you want to know more about choosing the right high value honey for yourself you might want to read: Manuka Honey – How to buy a real deal.

But back to my main topic… honey… this natural super-food made by bees has an awful lot to offer. To start with natural honey is… well, natural! There are no weird E number additions, no fake colorants; nothing manmade should ever be found inside natural wild honey.

Honey is a great source of carbs, which are necessary in every diet. As a natural sugar it is absorbed quickly and offers an almost immediate energy boost enhancing our performance and reducing any muscle fatigue.

It is also a natural sweetener. It can be used as a sugar replacement, which will provide our body with greater benefits than any processed white sugar.

Honey also works wonders in the world of skin care. As it attracts and retains moisture exceptionally well it makes a perfect ingredient for any moisturizing product. But that’s not all; you actually don’t have to buy honey based products to benefit from it; just use some pure honey. For example have you ever experienced dry chapped lips, redundant question I know… well next time you do, simply massage some honey into them and you will see great results in no time at all.

Last but not least honey can be helpful as a medicine as it has antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. For centuries our ancestors were using it as a home remedy to “fix” many problems. Are you suffering from a sore throat? Honey to the rescue! Got a cut or burn? Treat it with honey to speed up the natural healing process. Can’t sleep? Drink a cup of milk with added honey and your times of counting endless sheep will be over.

Honey really is wonderful! And to add to all its other great benefits it also taste great :-)

Love Marlenka is embracing the power of honey by using it to create 100% natural – no preservatives, synthetic colouring or thickeners – delicious tasting sweet treats.

Discover the power of honey & #win with Love MarlenkaIn celebration of the launch of Napoleonky, which are the newest addition to their treat range, Love Marlenka kindly offered a selection of their honey based treats to one of my readers.

To enter the giveaway and be in with a chance of winning selection of Love Marlenka sweets including their new Napoleonky simply complete the Gleam below.

#win a selection of Love Marlenka honey treats

1. Open to UK readers only.
2. This giveaway is sponsored by Love Marlenka.
3. There will be 1 winner chosen at random from all valid entries by Gleam.
4. The winner will receive a selection of Love Marlenka 100% natural treats including the new Napoleonky. The prize will only be fulfilled by Love Marlenka.
5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Closing date for the giveaway is Sunday 07/06/2015 at 23:59pm, any entry made after this time will not be counted.

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Kitchen Storage Solutions – Joseph Joseph Expandable Dishrack

Kitchen Storage Solutions – Joseph Joseph Expandable DishrackIf you are like me, you pop everything into your dishwasher… plates, pots, cups and a variety of plastic containers. All is good in our house until the wash cycle is done; then a problem begins… all the plastic pieces are still wet, soaked with water droplets and they need drying out :-(

When we first bought a dishwasher I was hoping for more kitchen space and really wanted to get rid of my dish rack, which would give me the option to replace our kitchen-sink for a smaller one… well this wasn’t an option as I still needed space to dry my soaking wet plastic dishes.

Mess bothers me (unless it is my own mess, the so called organized mess) and a pile of plastic bits stuck one on top of the other to dry out simply drives me mad. Yes, I know that there are such inventions as tea towel or even kitchen roll and I could simply dry them out and pop into the cupboard but I truly dislike drying dishes, almost as much as ironing. When I was a child this was my chore… help with the washing up by drying the dishes… I hated it so much it left me with a not so positive feeling towards drying things.

Anyhow, a while back, Joseph Joseph got in touch asking me if I would like to try their new expandable dishrack with draining plug.

Yes, please… there was no option I would pass on this fantastic opportunity.

So I now have an expendable dishrack and my life is a lot easier and calmer. I have more than enough space to dry all plastics without creating a Mount Everest in my kitchen.

Joseph Joseph expandable dishrack with draining plug comes in a choice of two colours: white (with green) and grey (with white cutlery drainer). They are priced at £50, which might seem a little bit high for a dish rack but believe me it is worth it.

Kitchen Storage Solutions - Joseph Joseph Expandable DishrackFirst of all it looks great, which is actually very important as you will look at it every time you enter the kitchen. The rack is made to very high standards and its finish is simply perfect.

Joseph Joseph Expandable DishrackSecondly you can expand it to almost double its size; from 32 × 36.4 × 16.1 cm when closed to 52.7 × 36.4 × 16.1 cm fully extended. That is a lot of drying space.

Kitchen Storage Solutions – Joseph Joseph Expandable Dishrack.Third it has a draining plug. You can leave it closed if for some reason you should want to trap the water on your dish rack (maybe useful if you’re worried about losing very small items) or you can open it, which will allow all the water to simply drain away, leaving your dishrack looking nice and clean and fairly dry most of the time.

Kitchen Storage Solutions & Joseph Joseph Expandable DishrackFourth it is customizable to your particular needs. It has a movable cutlery drainer, which allows you to place it in any spot you desire and it also has a removable steel rack, which also can be moved if needed.

Oh, and did I mention that it can be almost doubled in size? 😉 Very useful I found after visits from friends and family where the dish volume has shot up.

Mark thinks that I am silly by getting excited about things like a dish rack but keeping the home looking nice and fairly clutter free is obviously far more important to me, so if the dish rack makes me happy why not share some love?

I am loving this expandable dishrack. It is truly a great idea to incorporate a flexible size into the design.

What do you think?

Do you like the idea of this new dishrack or are you like my Mark totally indifferent to its existence?

How do you deal with wet plastics coming from the dishwasher?