Monday, 30 September 2013

Thrifty Gift Basket Idea - Welcome To Your New Home

I love putting together gift baskets for Friends and Family. They can be as cheap or as expensive as you like depending on your budget. You know me, I'm super thrifty so I love thrifty ideas for gifts that my gorgeous recipients will be thrilled to receive.

A lovely present to give is a 'Welcome To Your New Home' hamper. I've moved house a few times and it is such a stressful and exhausting experience, so I like to give my friends a basket full of goodies that will make that first evening in their new home a little easier. They so deserve a treat at the end of the day to look forward to. I usually look out for baskets while I'm at the charity shop, just like the one above that I got for £4, or I buy plastic baskets from Ikea, Argos or my favourites are in Asda - 3 for £3! Bargain.

Some Idea's To Fill Your 'New Home' Hamper.
  • A home makeover/decorating magazine
  • Tea Bags, Coffee and hot chocolate - I always put in the sachets that already have milk.
  • Milk/cream sachets/pods
  • Biscuits
  • Cake
  • Sweets/chocolate
  • An air freshener
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dish cloth
  • Pretty Print Loo Rolls
  • A scented candle
  • Bottle of Plonk
  • Cups
  • A teapot
  • Fruit juice
  • Tea towels
  • Bubble Bath

Any other ideas? I'd love to hear them.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Olpro - Camping In Style

We use Bertha The Retro Caravan all year round. During the winter months she gets used occasionally for guests who come to stay overnight during special events, Christmas and the odd weekend break. I like my caravan to look pretty, so I pick her accessories with great care and consideration.

OLPRO are a British designers of camping, touring and outdoor leisure products. Everything has been designed from scratch and has been tested. Their stuff is really stylish and I totally love their sleeping bags. They come in two different designs, the Berrow Hill and Witley (above) and they are both very different from any other sleeping bag designs that I have seen. They perfectly fit in with Bertha's retro look and will also be great for when we go camping next summer.

The quality is really good and I love the super soft feel of the sleeping bags interior. They are cosy and warm, very snug on a chilly night. Filled with 52oz filling, they can be zipped together with another sleeping bag to make a double and they also come in stuff bags with drawstring. The Sleeping Bag is 75cm wide and 190cm long. Weight: 2kg, These bags are very lightweight. Price £39.99 each or 2 for £59.99.

Olpro also produce a range of cleaning products for camping and the caravan. 'Inside & out' literally does exactly what it says. It cleans both the inside of your caravan and the exterior, from the toilet to windows. It is also great for cleaning cars, marquees, gazebo's and tents. Priced at £9.99 for 2 litres. They have recently introduced three new cleaning products too,  a Travel Wash, Wash & Proof and Spray & Proof.

So Bertha is now all ready to accomodate her winter guests!

*We were sent a sleeping bag and 2 litres of 'Inside & Out' free of charge for the purpose of this review. We have received no financial reward and our opinions are our own.

Silent Sunday

Friday, 27 September 2013

ActionAid #Rebuild The Lives Of Children Devastated By War

ActionAid’s latest campaign is to help #Rebuild the lives of children who have been devastated by war. As part of the campaign they are encouraging everyone to share their favourite childhood memories. 

I had a very happy childhood, an adventurous one. Mum encouraged us to be 'real kids', which usually meant being covered in mud and gnat bites. One of my most favourite childhood memories was a family holiday to America and Canada. It was a real adventure.

It was September 1979 and I was nine years old. We boarded the huge DC10 aeroplane full of excitement and anticipation for the unknown. We knew we were very lucky to being going to Disney World as we didn't know anyone else who had ever been to America. It was the 70's and not many British families visited Florida back then, but that was my Mum, She was always one of the first to venture into anything new. A real adventurer was our Mum.

The journey was long and my initial excitement soon wore off as I held my green face over a newspaper held in front of me, ready to catch the in-flight meal that I had eagerly devoured three hours before. I looked over to my younger Brother and his face looked even greener than mine. I called to Mum "Are we nearly there yet Mum?" Her response of "Try and have a little sleep" told me that we still had a long way to go.

After an overnight stop in  a chilly New York City, we caught a short internal flight to Miami airport. We were instantly struck by how different these two cities were. New York was cold, noisy, bright and thrilling, a little like London but on a bigger scale and Miami was sunny, hot, happy and chilled. As we stepped into our cab, heavy rain pattered noisily on to the car roof and Mum said "Blimmin typical, we come all this way and its raining just like it was when we left London!" The cheery cab driver quickly informed her "The rain here is nothing like your London rain!" and he was right. As we arrived at the Holiday Inn and opened the cab door, we were totally amazed that the rain was warm, just like turning on a hot tap. We all giggled as we dashed for cover.

That was the start of an amazing four weeks spent in Miami, Orlando and then on to Ontario in Canada. We enjoyed blue skies, white sands, palm tree's, orange tree's, Mickey Mouse, Friendly Americans, ice machines, candy, Halloween Canadian style, Niagara falls and the CN Tower. We had a ball.

I'm very lucky and privileged to be able to look back to my childhood and recall, not just this happy memory but many other fond memories too. Not everyone can say the same.

Actress and ActionAid Ambassador Sarah Alexander travelled to Sierra Leone, a country recovering from civil war, to visit ActionAid’s child sponsorship work.

Sarah said of her trip: “Children in conflict are at the forefront of everyone’s minds due to what’s happening in Syria. I’ve seen with my own eyes just how devastating the effects of war are long term on generations of children. Please help us to give everyone the right to a happy childhood.”

Many modern-day conflicts last the length of an entire childhood. Children can be psychologically traumatised; many have seen members of their family die and believed they would die too. ActionAid’s child sponsorship programme enables the charity to do vital work in war-affected countries, giving children the basics they need such as water, food and an education.

Throughout the campaign ActionAid are hoping to secure more than 2,200 new UK child sponsors for children in war-affected countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Everyone has the right to a safe and happy childhood. Bitter and bloody conflicts around the world are driving children from their homes and leaving them injured, traumatised and in constant danger.
Sponsoring a child for just £15 a month will provide: 
  • clean water and food
  • shelter to protect from cold and disease
  • sessions with a locally-trained counsellor
  • an education at a local school
You can sponsor a child here

Thrifty Plus Size - One Dress, Two looks

It's been ages since I lasted posted about my Thrifty Plus Size Fashion finds and now Autumn is upon us I thought I'd fire the series up again, kick starting with a simple investment piece tunic dress from Simply Be. This tunic is £25 and comes in UK sizes 14 - 34 in a choice of three colours - Black, Red & Blue. Simply Be set us a challenge of creating two thrifty looks from the one tunic. Fellow blogger A Thrifty Mrs is also taking part in the challenge, so please be sure to pop over and check out her looks for the same dress, I know she will come up with something fab.

This dress is so comfortable. I really like the loose jersey fabric and the fact that it doesn't cling to me and show off my curvy bumps. I also love the fact that it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and the accessories used. Oh and so affordable, I just love it.

For my casual look I wore black leggings and added a bright red belt to the tunic, which instantly gave me some shape. I wore a red necklace that I found on sale in New Look and a red rain mac that I found in a charity shop for £2. The mac did originally have plain buttons but I changed them to red polka dot ones to give the mac a new, fresh look. The boots are from Simply Be and are extra wide, so they are really comfy. They are bang on trend, great value for £45 and will be this years winter boots that I will get loads of wear from.

For look number two I went for a smarter look, something for the pub or a meal out with Hubby. I wore a pair of snakeskin leggings from Simply Be and slipped on my favourite nude heels, (wide fitting) from Debenhams. The bat winged nude cardi was in the sale in New Look. I added a black belt that I found at the charity shop and the bangle and bag were from Primark, £3 each.

What do you think? Which look do you prefer?

*I was sent a tunic dress free of charge for the purpose of this review and challenge. I was also compensated with items from Simply Be. My thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and totally unbiased.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Reasons To Be Cheerful

It's been a good week here at The syder house. The summer house is still a work in progress, but it is making progress which is the main thing. The weather has been quite nice, so I've been able to tidy my front garden which was beginning to resemble a jungle, but it's all tidy now ready for the weekend.

1. I was asked by Toy News to write a short article for them and it has been published in Octobers issue. I received it in the post this morning and was really pleased. It made me smile.

2. It's carnival weekend. The event of the year in our little town and it lasts all weekend. Everyone attends and its fabulous fun. We have Friends and Family coming too, so we are really looking forward to it.

3. I have a new pair of boots. They were sent to me from a PR for a lovely fashion campaign that I've been asked to be involved with. The request came at the right time because I was thinking about starting up my Thrifty Plus Size blog posts again, so this will kick start it. I have a weakness for comfy footwear and my new ones are lush.

How's Your Week Been?

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Gallery - Faces

I love this photo of our youngest baby (she's 13) and our Granddaughter (who's 7). It was a selfie that they took at one time. I found it on my laptop and it instantly made me smile.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Grandparents In Love

This is my Grandparents during their very last trip together to Granddad's beloved Ireland. Grandad was in the very early stages of Alzheimer's.

Born and raised on a beautiful farm in Kilkenny, Southern Ireland Grandad run away to London during the 1950's to be with Nan. They were young, very much in love and their religions forbid them to be together. One a catholic and one a Protestant.  

Leaving Ireland and the farm he was due to inherit broke Grandads heart, but he couldn't live his life without our Nan. So he packed his bags and headed for the bright lights of London. I imagine he felt afraid and uncertain of what the future held for him.

My Grandparents lived for their Family and they totally adored every one of their many Grandchildren. Every Grandchild was loved in equal measures. Every Christmas and Easter Nan would have all her Grandchildren's gifts lined up in her front room. They would be in big bags, all filled with exactly the same for all of her children's families. No-one was ever left out or forgotten. I have never met a fairer Lady, than my Nan, every family member was treated the same, she prided herself on the fact that every child felt equally loved by her and Grandad.

Nan and Grandad were still very much in love right up until we sadly lost Grandad. It was devastating for Nan to slowly watch her big strong Irishman crumble to Alzheimer's. Nan was never really the same after Granddad's death. She was still the same old feisty, funny Nanny but I knew her heart was broken. I knew her heart ached every minute of every day, for the one and only love of her life, Our Grandad.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Black Dog Delicatessen

Fresh from the , one of the UK’s top specialist food importers, comes an award-winning range of delicious new products that look as good as they taste.

The Black Dog Delicatessen range makes ideal gifts thanks to its stylish packaging. The products offer great ‘store cupboard staples’ for any foodie who fancies rustling up a quick gourmet treat.

The striking contemporary packaging features Bailey and Blue, the two rescue dogs belonging to foodhq’s MD, James Tyler, and who provided the inspiration for the brand. What’s more, proceeds from every product sold will be donated to The Labrador Rescue Trust. Sheila Pratt from the Trust takes up the story:

“We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year and have also just homed our 10 thousandth rescue dog.  We’re the largest labrador rescue charity, and one of the biggest rescue organisations dedicated to a specific breed, in the United Kingdom. As all our work is done by unpaid volunteers and we’re reliant upon donations, we’re delighted with the support from the Black Dog Delicatessen.”

Hand-picked by Food HQ from some of their finest producers across Italy, Spain and Greece, the Black Dog Delicatessen range includes:
  • Five Pasta Choices
  • Four Risotto Mix Choices
  • Five Olive Choices
  • Balsamic Vinegar (10 year old caged from Modena)
  • Two Olive Oils (Both awarded Great Taste Award)

Foodhq’s MD, James Tyler said “We wanted to create a signature brand that people could trust. Black Dog combines authentic provenance at an affordable price. What’s more, given the fact that the British are such a nation of dog lovers, I’m sure the rescue dog element will prove popular too”.

I must say I totally agree with James. I really like the fact that proceeds are donated to The Labrador Rescue Trust. The quality of the food and packaging makes this food range an ideal gift. Reasonably priced too! I have a list as long as my arm of dog loving Friends who would be totally delighted to receive mini hampers for Christmas from the Black Dog range. Think I better start putting my orders in!

*We were kindly sent items from The Black Dog range free of charge for the purpose of this article. Our thoughts and opinions are our own and totally unbiased.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Reasons To Be Cheerful

I've been so busy this past week. My garden looks a complete mess as Papa Syder is still working on the summer house/dining room. He is trying to fit the completion in around work and rain. Every time he thinks he is getting somewhere we get a sudden down pour. Bless him, he isn't the tidiest of workers and if I try to tidy up I get a grumpy face as he can't put his hand to what he needs. So, I've kinda given up and I'll sort the garden later.

1. Birthday Celebrations. It was our middle Daughters 18th Birthday last week and the celebrations have continued into this week as we will be meeting up with a few Family members and heading out for celebratory Sunday lunch together. I'm really looking forward to it, especially as it means no Sunday washing up!

2. BritMums. I am now officially a member of the BritMums team as I will be taking it in turns with Michelle to write the Positively Inspirational Round Up. I really enjoyed the role while Michelle had a break and I'm so looking forward to doing it again. Many Thanks to Michelle for giving me this lovely opportunity.

3. Proud Mummy Moment. My middle Son is 22 and he dreams of becoming a music producer. He mixes music and creates really unique tracks. Recently he has had interest from various musicians from overseas and one has even collaborated with him by recording a fabulous guitar piece. Sorry, I haven't a clue what the proper technical phrases are for this type of music, but my Son finally let me listen the track that he is working on and I was totally blown away.

How's Your Week Been?

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Monday, 16 September 2013

Happy 18th Birthday Baby Girl!

Last week we celebrated our middle Daughters 18th Birthday. This photo was taken a few hours after her birth. I had C-Sections with all four of my kids, and in this photo I had just been wheeled down to the ward from theatre. My first two births I was knocked out so wasn't really quite 'with it' straight after the birth, but with my 3rd and 4th births I decided to stay awake for the operations and it really was the best decision, as it meant I was much more alert after giving birth. 

My two eldest are boys so we were really excited that our third was a girl and I could finally buy lots of pink stuff. I grew up with five Brothers so I was desperate for some pink in my life and this little girl has certainly filled our life with that. You couldn't get a more 'girlie girl.'

This little girl has grown into a beautiful, bright, kind, gentle and creative young woman and we are immensely proud of her. Happy 18th to our Baby Girl!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Retro Dresser Makeover - Before And After

I'm really into up-cycling old furniture, I love pieces from the 1960's/70's and a couple of months ago I picked up 1960's wooden dresser from my local antique market for £50. It was love at first sight. I really like it's dainty size and shape.

Thankfully we had a very dry summer as I knew this would take me some time to paint. Over three days I had it sat on my deck in my garden while I gave it a very light sanding, then two coats of undercoat and three coats of a white satin paint. The cubby holes were the most time consuming, but I persevered with it as I knew it would look fabulous when finished. I also wanted to keep the handles in their original colour so I had to paint around these areas with an extra steady hand.

I love the finished result. Its a good, strong, very useful piece of furniture and I'm glad I could re-use and re-love it.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Bratzillaz™ Back To Magic Dolls

Bratzillaz™ are the witchy glam cousins of the original Bratz™ dolls. They study at an exclusive fashion magic academy known as the ‘Bratzillaz™ Academy’, where they learn magical powers to do good for all those around them. 

The new Bratzillaz™ Back to Magic dolls are dressed in unique witchy school fashions including delicate detailed clothing, with trendy magical patterns, and fashionable hair styles. 

This term the Bratzillaz™ academy welcomes two new foreign exchange students, Victoria Antique from China and Illiana Honesty from India. Jade J’Adore, Sashabella Paws and Meygana Broomstix are all returning to the academy for the start of the school year with their new friends. 

We were sent Jade J'adore to have a look at at and we love her. We like her funky taste in fashion, a little grungy but hey, she is a witch. Besides, as an eight year old she would have appealed to me much more than a princess doll. 

Jade's favourite colour is obviously red, she boasts a vibrant red colour in her hair and she comes equipped with  a cape, hat, brush and she even has a tattoo (just like Nanny).

The reason I like fashion dolls is because as a child I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer, to sit at a sewing machine, just like my Nan Grace and make my own beautiful clothes. The first items of clothing that I ever made were handmade dresses for my fashion dolls. They inspired me to sew and design items of clothing. I would sit for hours and draw dresses that I thought would look great on my fashion dolls.

Bottom Line - What Do We Think? My seven year old Granddaughter also has a creative flair and she loves Jade J'adore and I know she would enjoy playing with the other dolls from the same range. We think this doll is reasonably priced and would make a lovely gift for any child with an interest in fashion dolls. Big thumbs up from the Syders.

Bratzillaz™ Back to Magic dolls are priced at around £16.99, suitable for ages six plus, and available from all good toy retailers nationwide.

*We were sent a  Bratzillaz™ Back to Magic doll free of charge for the purpose of this review. We have receieved no financial reward and our thoughts & opinions are entirely our own.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Gallery - Selfie

I'm always taking selfie's of me and Papa Syder, it is something I've always done since we were teenagers. It drives Hubby barmy but he goes along with it all the same, bless him. This is our most recent one which I took back in May. We like to make them a bit silly, usually by me pulling a funny face. We always laugh when we look back at them and remark at how daft we look. But hey, they are just a bit of fun and when I look back at the older ones from our younger days I'm glad we did them.

Monday, 9 September 2013

My Favourite Place

This is my favourite place in the whole World. It's a village in North Devon, called Appledore. You may have been there, so you know exactly why it would be my favourite place. You most likely have never heard of it, until now. 

We lived here once. Not that long after my Mum passed away, we packed up our home and relocated to the other side of the country. We arrived in Appledore carrying heavy hearts, emotionally exhausted feeling battered and bruised, we tried our hardest to accept that we would never see Mum again.

I believe this place healed me. It changed my life. I walked to this spot everyday, rain or shine and as I walked I felt comforted, I felt refreshed, invigorated. I looked forward to the future as the sea inspired me to change, move forward and enjoy a slower lifestyle. Forever, I will love this place.

Debenhams Dream Bedroom Competition

I would love a dream bedroom. A place to escape to. A place that is just mine (and Hubby's). A place where everything will be just as it was when I left it. My personality stamped all over it. A place where no-one else can complain about how its been decorated or moan about chosen colour schemes (like my kids usually do). A room in the house that is just how I want it. My bedroom could be that room and if I had £5,000 to spend in Debenhams, this is what I would choose to fill it with...

My Dream Debenhams Bedroom

My Dream Debenhams Bedroom by mamamakes featuring chrome ceiling lights

I'd want my bedroom to be the perfect place to completely relax, so luxurious bedding, throws and cushions would be a must. Tranquil colours and lighting that help me drift off to sleep or feel cosy as I read my books would be blissful. Storage would be lovely, so a large sliding door wardrobe would be perfect to store everything from shoes and clothing to spare pillows and blankets.

The first thing that caught my eye on the Debenhams website was the geisha girl cushion. This cushion became my inspiration for the room. I built my mood board around it, creating a bedroom that tied in well with this gorgeous cushion. I totally love it.

Annie from Mammasaurus blog and Jen from Love Chic Living blog are hosting a really exciting bloggers competition to win £500 in Debenhams vouchers with two runner up prizes of £50. All you have to do is create a dream Debenhams bedroom mood board using an editor of your choice. I chose Polyvore here because its a great tool for creating a shopping list and a certain look. It makes it easy to compare colours and styles. Pop over to Annie's & Jen's and join in, it's great fun especially if you enjoy a spot of interior design.

What do you think of my dream Debenhams bedroom? What would you chose for your bedroom?

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Reasons To Be Cheerful

Thinking Of Mum

It's been a quiet house here, this week at The Syders. It has been a week of positives, touched with some sadness, as this week seven years ago we lost our beautiful Mum, so I often struggle a bit this time of year as my mind wanders back to our time at St Helena Hospice
On the positive side, this anniversary is getting a little easier as each year passes. I miss her just the same, and I yearn so badly to phone her but I can control the tears better these days.

1. No Back To School - As I Homeschool, I don't have that crazy rush around the shops for new school uniform. I don't get that anxious tummy as I wave them off to start their new school year. An anxious feeling I would get every year as my kids headed back to school. Its nice not to have that anymore. Although, we do still get to have the school holiday 'Clarks Experience' as we take our Granddaughter to get her school shoes fitted.

2. Friends - Firstly I had a coffee morning with my very good friend and neighbour. We have both been really busy over the summer and haven't really seen each other, so it was really nice to have a good natter and a catch up. I also had a lovely surprise gift turn up in the post from another friend, who blogs over at Sky-Blu-Pink. We have never met, but she is one of those bloggers that I feel a connection to, you know when you read a blog and you think, I could be friends 'in real life' with that person, well she is one of those for me. A very thoughtful, kind lady, Thanks G x.

3. Clear Results - All the tests I've been having over the summer have come back clear! I'm so relieved. My blood pressure is still through the roof so I'm on medication for it, but it is going down. To be honest, Ive had some extended family upsets to deal with and the Doctor thinks this could be the cause. He said I have to de-stress and not let things upset me, which I know is right.  Hubby has even downloaded an app that plays de-stressing music. Sounds of the sea and rain are my favourites.

Hows Your Week Been?

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Gallery - Back To School

Last year I started an Open University degree course in Criminology and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This year I have changed my degree for English literature, aiming towards next year studying creative writing at degree level.

I have studied before as a mature student by completing a foundation course at college, then going on to study at university for a year, which I totally loved. Attending Uni was brilliant. I made loads of lovely Friends and studied some really interesting subjects (like Darwin, globalisation, map reading, Heritage studies, marketing, stone circles and archaeology). I went on some amazing field trips and basically had a ball. 

However, that same year I lost my Mum, separated from Hubby and struggled to hold it all together. As a result my studies suffered, so I decided to take a break from the course and return to it when I was more up to it. Since then I have moved house. Relocated to another part of the country, so I couldn't continue with the previous course that I loved so much.

So, I signed up for a completely different degree last year (which I enjoyed) and after a nice, long summer break, in the next few weeks I will be starting my second year of my new degree. My course for this year is 'The Arts, Past & Present' in which I will be studying subjects like Cezanne, Cleopatra, Maria Callas, The Faber Book of Beasts, English Christianity, art from Benin city, traditions in Ireland and lots more. I can not wait.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Zaggora Flares 2.0 Review

I've had my Zaggora flares for about six weeks now. For the first two weeks I took part in a challenge to wear them every day, for at least 30 mins, while being active. I decided to go for a walk every evening with them on. At first I was a bit worried to wear workout gear in public, being a larger lady, the thought horrified me. As I looked at them I struggled to imagine that I'd even get them on. However, those fears quickly faded as I did manage to pull them on with relative ease.

The fabric looks and feels like wetsuit material, but more flexible (luckily for me). The waist is fitted high and doesn't feel tight, or uncomfortable. As I have a bit of a belly I was sure the waist would roll down, but it didn't, not once. The waist line was very comfortable for the entire time I wore them. I also totally love that there is a secret pocket in the waist, perfect for and ipod/mobile phone or cash.

Secret pocket

The Zaggora flares are full length, so they fit all the way down to the ankle. I like this because it means I can still wear them during my winter walks. 

"These running leggings are cool-weather solutions for spectacular legs. Flares 2.0 are powered by a thin, light, and flexible design, with flexible jersey at the knees and special ankle zips to keep you limber and ventilated. A zippered pocket in the waistband hides your keys and cash away."

Ventilated knee's
As a Plus Size lady I wouldn't usually consider wearing or buying running leggings, especially if they look like wetsuit fabric. However, I would recommend these Zaggora flares because I feel so comfortable in them and they hold me in, so no wobbly bits when I'm bouncing around. The only thing I didn't like about them was that they make a swooshing noise as my thighs rubbed when I walked. It was a bit annoying at first but I did get used to it after wearing them a few times.

Zaggora's products are "Celu-Lite Technology™ which is a patent pending, multi-layer fabric technology, harnessing the body’s natural heat during exercise to help you burn more calories".

It's true that they do make you sweat, I mean really sweat but I didn't realise how much until I got home and took them off. They were dripping! It probably didn't help that I tested them out during a two week heatwave. My skin felt amazing though. Really soft.

The Results
I lost 8lb in two weeks. I can't honestly say if this was down to the Zaggora flares as I was dieting too. But, they did motivate me to get up off my butt and work out for 30 mins every day. They are very comfortable, especially for a larger lady, like myself as I found that they really did hold me in. I felt confident wearing them, which surprised me as I thought I'd hate wearing them out in public, due to my size. I also found that the texture of my skin on my bum & thighs improved. It feels softer and smoother than before I started using my Zaggora leggings. I'm looking forward to wearing them during my walks, as I continue on my weight loss journey.

Zaggora Flares 2.0 are available from the Zaggora website priced at £75.00.

*I was sent a pair of Zaggora Flares 2.0 free of charge for the purpose of this review. I have received no financial reward and my opinions are completely honest and my own.


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