Hiver drink their beer save honey bees

Everyone knows that without bees we’d all be in a very difficult place environmentally, and that is one of the reason Hiver has made it their cause from the beginning to help British beekeepers by sponsoring and using their honey within their beer.

For instance if you look at any plate of food we eat, bees have most likely played a big part in either pollinating the many vegetables and fruits we eat directly or pollinating the food for the animals that we then consume. Plus that’s not all bees do for us, as honey and wax are two other important products that come courtesy of bees.

As a lover of bees, honey and beer Hiver is the perfect beer to have. Plus the beauty about Hiver is that all their beer uses honey which they source from three select Bee Keeping farms here within the British Isles.

Thanks to Hiver I was invited down on a press related invite to learn more about their beers as well as bees.

Hiver Urban Experience in Kennington

Discovering about bees and Hiver beer.

Bee Urban

Since 2015 Bee Urban has been looking after honey bees, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. Their site is in Kennington Park, The Hive is situated behind the cafe and in front of St Agnes church in Kennington Park.

Bee Urban honey bees are a social enterprise that aims to work with communities to improve the environment for the benefit of us all. They focus on responsible urban beekeeping, horticulture and community growing.

The pond and garden area is a space to come and learn about beekeeping, organic gardening and sustainable living, whilst providing nectar and forage for the bees in our apiary. Their cob oven is regularly used for their home made pizza sessions.

Within the workshop educational classes take place from beekeeping demonstrations, gardening and training sessions. Plus there is a small shop within where you can purchase candle-making equipment, honey and so much more.

Hiver

Since 2013 Hiver has been brewing their honey beer with their first beer being their flagship natural blonde beer.

Hiver was born out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. Hannah Rhodes, was the one who was inspired to create a quality beer using honey, following the discovery of the vast array of honey produced in London. The number of bee hives in London has soared in recent years following news that global bee numbers were in rapid decline. Unpasteurised, more textured and flavourful honey is used in the brewing process, contributing to the taste and body of the beer. Since brewing Hiver has gone from strength to strength with listings at Ocado, Marks & Spencers, and a number of independent merchants and pubs.

All of Hiver beers use raw honey which is sourced from independent British beekeepers, in whom they sponsor and run fun experiences at as also helping spread the knowledge about the role of bees and bee keepers are equally as important to them. They also believe that supporting the beekeepers they work with is one of the best ways to support British bees and helps give us all the best insight in how we should help support bee populations by planting for bees. With every web order at Hiver you will receive a free seasonal flower pack of seeds too, to plant and help bees. Plus working towards B-Corp accreditation they pledge to donate 10% of profits to pollinator and green spacing projects.

Hiver uses honey as an integral part of their brewing process, helping to deliver crisp, light tasting beer with a subtle honey aroma and flavour. Hiver never pasteurise their beer either, which means you will always get the freshest, most natural beer in your glass.

Hiver also has gone the extra mile working with local suppliers, from the people that kiln their glass, produce their labels and stamp their business card keeping to a low carbon footprint.

No wonder Hiver has won a number of awards from Britain’s Next Top Supplier to being the only British medal winner at the World Beer Challenge (with two gold medals) in 2018, a recent European Beer Star Gold and an industry award for Corporate Social Responsibility gets Hiver into the Best of British Beers.

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Peter Bowen Art pimp up your table & home

If you are looking to pimp up your table or home then I highly recommend checking out Peter Bowen, who sells a range of beautiful ceramics and prints. I was kindly gifted a sugar bowl courtesy of Peter Bowen to show me that having a sugar bowl on your table for breakfast or afternoon tea really can lift your spirits and make your dining experience at home feel that extra special.

Did you know that there are 56 different sugars out there? such as brown sugar to cane sugar. Do you know where sugars come from? Sugars are found in most plants. Also honey and fruit where an abundant natural source of unbounded simple sugars are.

Most of us crave sugars for sweetness which brings the phrase ‘sweet tooth’. Sugar is used in many ways be it within a cake, to make cookies but more commonly for our tea or coffee. With most of us always adding a spoonful of sugar to our hot beverage it might surprise you to learn that us average Brits consumes about 24 kilograms of sugar each year.

Make your sugar intake a royal one though and store within one of Peter Bowen beautiful ceramic pots which also comes with a pretty good leafy spoon. Be it for your cereal, pancakes or hot beverage you will feel like royalty.

Peter Bowen Art

Peter Bowen who is based in Somerset has been making ceramics for over 40 years. He produces clocks, butter dishes, cream jugs and sugar bowls in a range of unique glazes and colours which are all made from white earthenware clay. As well as art painting in watercolour.

His unique style of art and ceramics have earned him an international reputation with much of his work in private collections around the world.

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Dietly don’t need sugar or carbs anymore

With us all being more greener and shifting to being vegetarian or vegan you might wonder what treats could we still enjoy. Well thanks to Dietly they have put together a range of tasty boxes which contain snacks and drinks which contain no sugar and are healthier for us all.

However did you know that if you are vegetarian or vegan that getting protein in your diet is not that easy. However a well-planned diet can provide them with all the nutrients needed. Having a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet will provide all of the nutrients you need though.

What should vegetarians or vegans look at consuming to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need for their body and wellbeing?

Here is a list of all the vital ingredients anyone should add to their diet, not just vegetarians and vegans.

  • Tofu, Tempeh and Edamame
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Soy Milk
  • Nuts, Nut Butters, Chia Seeds and Other Seeds

With a Keto box by Dietly or any of their other boxes you can get all of the above within your diet.

I was kindly gifted one of Dietly Keto boxes to show me that sugary snacks can be easily replaced with healthy snacks and drinks and still taste just as good.

Dietly

Dietly is set up to provide those who are looking for healthier snacks for their diet, so ditch those sugary snacks and drinks and check out their healthy tasty boxes.

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Food for a vegan picnic

With the end of Summer looming over us and the temperature rising one final time, what’s better than a picnic in a park but a vegan one?

The best vegan picnic foods are those that are easy to eat and don’t deteriorate quickly when out of the fridge. Now all we can do is pray that the rain keeps away.

Courtesy of Gifta I was gifted a selection of vegan picnic food products to show that even vegans can have a great picnic during National Picnic Month as it’s not all about sausage rolls.

Gifta

Gifta helps companies resource influencers to help promote and spread the word about products. Saving companies resources and time. They take care of the influencer selection, outreach, management, product shipment and reporting. Gifta takes all the logistical pain away to provide an efficient and cost effective solution for all of your products.

Gifta latest campaign has been helping those businesses who sell vegan food which is perfect for staying in or going out but even more so for picnics as it is National Picnic Month.

The vegan companies which they are helping push the word out at present is:

  • Gosh
  • Taste and Glory
  • The Baker
  • No1 Living Drinks

Vegan picnic time

The suns out with his hat on so it’s time to grab my picnic hamper and load with vegan food and pop on down to the beach.

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Emunity Drink loaded with vitamins & minerals

Ditch unhealthy sodas and alcohol and drink healthier drinks which have been 100% made from plants. Emunity Drinks is the first detox health drink to be made within the UK which harness the healing and immunity-boosting benefits of nettles. 

What exactly are Emunity Drinks though? they are a detox drink which is great for the immune system as nettles are loaded with benefits. The common stinging nettle is one of the most abundant weeds growing in the UK within parks, woods and your own garden. Nettles have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Why? as they contain active compounds that are good for you and your body packed with omega 3, amino acids, vitamins and fibre. All of which help with the immune system, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels, fights symptoms of hay fever and it reduces the effects of skin ageing.

I was gifted a few cans of Emunity Drinks on a PR basis to review.

Emunity Drinks

Back in 2016 Roy and Nassir whom are two UK pharmacists who have a passion for helping people stay healthy created Emunity Drinks together. Taking an old family recipe they blended nettles with English Garden Herbs to create a great tasting, refreshing drink loaded with immune boosting health benefits. It is 100% natural, with no artificial ingredients and only 53 calories per can.

Nettle contains a significant concentration of biologically active compounds, particularly carotenoids and polyphenols, that are good for you and your body.

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Bath Fairy time to soak, relax and rejuvenate

Having a bath is the most relaxing way to wash your troubles away but what makes a bath even more fun is watching and listening to a bath bomb fizz away.

What are bath bombs? Bath bombs are a little like bubble bath but with a fizz. They can be bought in a variety of shapes and are made from baking soda generally and citric acid and a mix of essential oils to impart a particular scent and feel. The beauty though about bath bombs is that when dissolving within the bath it releases citric acid which fizzes up and helps loosen damaged layers of skin. Plus the oils used in bath bombs also tend to be super moisturizing and the hydrating oils will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.

The Bath Fairy bath bombs are a must though if like me you love a relaxing time and fun in the bath as their bath bombs are unique, fun and quirky plus last longer than other leading brands. I was kindly gifted a few bath bombs courtesy of the founder of The Bath Fairy.

The Bath Fairy

The Bath Fairy is a brand new cosmetic company which has hit the UK market supplying bath bombs, soaps and salts.

All their bath bombs are all handmade and each are unique, come with their own scent and colour, which provides a magical bath experience.

The salts on sale are infused with their own unique blend of essential oils, which provide a wide range of health benefits.

All of their products are:

  • 100% handmade
  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan friendly
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UIN footwear comfy shoes with style

It’s summer and like me you’ve decided it’s time to pimp up your wardrobe. You might of gone all out, bought a new bag, couple of t-shirts and new jeans that you just can’t wait to wear on your travels. However the only thing that might be letting you down is your shoes. If you’ve gone for a new look, you can’t let it down with your old boring plain footwear. Bin those shabby boring looking shoes and pimp up your feet with UIN shoes in whom sell an array of arty designer shoes. Like no other shoes on the market their shoes are a testament towards travel and art bringing positive feelings through colour and design. There is a design suitable for everyone, for me it is their Ferry Well shoes as I love sailing the high seas.

On a PR basis I was gifted a pair of shoes to show how stunning, unique and comfy their shoes are.

UIN footwear

UIN footwear was founded in 2015 by artist and designer Fernando Acevedo from Toledo, Spain. His arty designs highlight the enthusiasm of life, chase for freedom and love for traveling.  The shoes underline those positive feelings through colourful and artistic patterns. Every piece of UIN shoes tell a different story from new adventures and colouring stories expressing beauty, passion and freedom. UIN painted canvas shoes are crafted simply for free spirits who embark on all of life’s adventures in style.

UIN ships over 200 countries worldwide from within Europe, America, Southeast Asia, and Australia. With Amazon websites supporting the United States, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan, and our resellers in Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Middle Asia. The shoes are shipped from one of their warehouses located in the USA, China or Germany. UIN continues to thrive due to the company’s values in controlling the excellence of in-house production, aiming to provide the highest value of their shoes and dedication to quality and service.

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Kally Sleep targets those sleep problems

This past year with the pandemic of Covid19 it has caused us all to suffer with anxiety it has resulted in me suffering with insomnia, the inability to get to sleep at night. However sleep can be affected not just because of anxiety but stress, depression, hot flushes, jet lag, health conditions, medication or even the amount of coffee you drink.

Sleep though is a very essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge, leaving us all refreshed and alert when we wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. This can the impact our abilities to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories. Most adults require between seven hours of sleep. Children and teenagers need substantially more sleep, particularly if they are younger than five years of age.

To help get to sleep there are a variety of ways to help tackle issues such as insomnia and that is by eating healthier, exercise and more importantly having the right mattress, pillows and covers to provide comfort.

Having suffering with insomnia myself due to anxiety and getting very hot in bed I was happy to discover about Kally Sleep cooling pillows which I was kindly gifted one to show me that cooling pillows really can help.

Kally Sleep

Kally Sleep provide a range of products to help with a good nights sleep from pillows to blankets all which are designed for comfort but also to help with be it pain, recovery, maternity or snoring.

Did you know that up to 70% of people in the UK today complain that they can’t get a proper nights’ sleep and Kally Sleep is here to help.

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The Steam Dreams Rail Co cream tea on board 61306 Mayflower to Windsor

Have you ever taken a ride on a steam train before? Well even if you have or haven’t I highly recommend booking a seat on the 61306 Mayflower steam train in where you can take in stunning views upon your journey as well as tuck into a delicious brunch, tasty cream tea or even a luxurious dinner onboard. So if your looking for that something nostalgic and extra special be it for a romantic date, a treat for a friend or even to celebrate a birthday the 61306 Mayflower will be a memory which will stay with you and your loved ones forever.

Steam Dreams Rail Co. is renowned for giving memorable days out and holidays across the UK and Europe. This summer they are providing a vast array of trips across beautiful the British countryside, whether you choose to travel in non-dining or treat yourself to a delicious on board dining experience their journey will be a moment in your life which you will never forget.

I was invited down on a PR basis courtesy of Steam Dreams to enjoy an afternoon cream tea experience on board their 61306 Mayflower steam train which is one of their series of summer tours which leaves from London Victoria station.

The Steam Dreams Rail Co.

The Steam Dreams Rail Co. is renowned for memorable days out and holidays across the UK and Europe. Select from a vast array of trips and take a steam train journey across the beautiful British countryside and treasure the memory forever.

Under new management, having been acquired in December 2018 by locomotive owner David Buck, Steam Dreams Rail Co are delighted to have celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2019. Since its inception in 1999, Steam Dreams Rail Co has gone from strength to strength and now welcomes over 19,000 passengers on board each year on over 50 trips and stop at 100 stations across the UK.

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Royal China Group famous dim sum in London Baker Street

I love Chinese cuisine and like many I usually order duck with pancakes, spare ribs, beef in black bean sauce and munch on prawn crackers. However I have never had dim sum until now. Dim Sum is very popular with Chinese as a way to relax, and spend time with family over the weekend during the morning. What is dim sum though you might be asking? Dim sum is a cuisine which comes from Canton in China. Dim sum is basically pillow like buns which are generally either steamed or fried. They are served on small plates or within a wicker basket.

Courtesy of Royal China Club I was gifted a few different dim sums from steamed to fried to show me how tasty dim sum is.

Royal China Club Baker Street

Already famous in China, Hong Kong, and Dubai, Royal China Club bought their award winning chain of restaurants to London. They have four restaurants in all within London (Baker Street, Canary Riverside, Fulham, and Harrow on the Hill). They are famous for their Chinese dishes as well as Dim Sum which can be enjoyed within their Baker Street restaurant. The dim sum can be enjoyed during the day up to 5pm. All the dim sum is prepared on a daily basis by a team of dedicated Dim Sum chefs using always the best available ingredients on offer. To maintain maximum freshness, the Dim Sum are freshly steamed or fried only after the customer places their order. Award winning head chef Man Yuk Cheung, and a dedicated team of chefs leave nothing to chance. Always working diligently and treating their food with full respect.

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