I’m using this downtime (quarantine) to upskill – I’m enjoying learning Spanish with LearnLanguages24.com because they provide lifetime access to online courses that have 7,000 words and phrases, which is at least twice as much as all other language course providers.
They recently achieved the milestone of 600,000 satisfied customers.  To celebrate their success they are offering a temporary 60% discount, with lifetime access!  Furthermore, they are currently providing an exclusive 2 for the price of 1 special offer that is only available to my readers (you!).
If you purchase a course you will receive any other course of your choosing for free, regardless of the language or the price!  The 2 for the price of 1 also applies if you purchase the full range of courses for your chosen language.  You will receive the full range of courses for any other language for free!
You can even pass all of your courses on to your family and / or friends as beneficial gifts, at any time in the future, regardless of whether you have used the courses or not – personally, I think this is amazing as there are no extra costs to do so!
Simply purchase a course / courses from: https://www.learnlanguages24.com
Thereafter send an email to info@learnlanguages24.com mentioning my name (Robynne Louise) and the course / courses you would like for free – it’s that easy.  However, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help at all!
There’s never been a better time to learn a new language online than whilst we are stuck indoors, in quarantine!  Using this downtime to upskill is both highly rewarding and immensely beneficial.  The fact that you can currently get a 60% discount, as well as 2 for the price of 1, makes this an excellent value-for-money deal.  By broadening your horizons you create more options, more freedom and have a lot more fun.

I have wanted to learn to speak Spanish since around 2012 (since we began going to Spain very frequently).  I even started Spanish lessons around 2013/2014 but when I started my full time job, I was unable to travel home from London in time for my lessons each week.  Therefore, this course, which Learn Languages 24 have kindly provided me with, gives me the perfect opportunity to learn at my own pace and in my own time.  Watch this space, by 2021 I may even be fluent in Spanish!!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to significantly improve your quality of life.  Anytime. Anywhere.

[This is my own photograph that I took along promenade in Estepona in 2014 (you can even see Gibraltar in the background!).  This is my favourite place in the world!].

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

Veganism is much more than just a trend, and many people are deciding to adopt this lifestyle. People that go vegan will avoid consuming any animal products at all. This means they don’t eat meat, eggs, cheese, milk, etc. However, some vegans also decide to go full-vegan and avoid any products that may have ingredients from animals in them. As such, it can be pretty hard to find beauty products that you can use.

If you’re vegan and struggling to get your hands on vegan-friendly beauty products, then this is the article for you. Below, you’ll find a few simple tips that will help you figure out what you can and can’t buy: 

Google it!

It sounds obvious, but this is a great place to start your vegan beauty products journey. Head online and start searching for things like vegan haircare, vegan makeup, vegan moisturiser, and so on. If you’re at home, then this is the easiest way to find some of the best products around. Oh, don’t forget to check the online reviews as well. You’ll find plenty of products when you run a search, so see what other people think about them to find the absolute top ones around. 

Check the label

Now, if you’re in a shop searching for vegan beauty products, then you might not have time to Google everything you see. Instead, you should just check the labels of any products you like. There are a couple of key things to do when you check. Firstly, look for any writing that says ‘vegan-approved’ or ‘vegan-friendly’. If you see this, then you can use the products without worrying about the ingredients. It’s also worth looking to see a Vegan Society sign anywhere. Not all products need to have this sign on them to be vegan, but it helps!

Secondly, look at the ingredients to see if there are any things that stand out. Sometimes, a product can have no animal products but won’t advertise itself as vegan. This is rare, but you should still look at the ingredients to see what you’re putting on or in your body. If you’re ever unsure about one particular ingredient, then don’t take the risk. 

Follow vegan bloggers

Lastly, you can try and find the latest and best vegan beauty products by following vegan bloggers. There are loads out there, and some will blog about food, while others blog about fashion or beauty or fitness. Either way, you will likely find out about beauty products if you follow as many as possible. Most bloggers like to advertise or promote the different products they use, so it’s worth finding a few to follow, particularly on Instagram. 

That’s all there is to it! If you want to commit to the vegan lifestyle and remove all animal products from your world, then follow these tips to take care of the beauty side of things. It will be harder to find products than usual, but you can definitely get your hands on quality items for your hair, skin, face, and body.

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

What could be better than a year of travelling?!

Think about all the fun you have when you travel abroad for a long weekend or a summer holiday. Now multiply all the fun you had on those days by 365, and you’ve got an idea of how exciting a gap year can be!

Loads of people are going on gap years, and it’s easy to see why. There are so many new experiences to be had all over the world, it’s a shame to confine yourself to just one country or one area. Gap years can be diverse and thrilling, but there’s one tiny drawback; the costs. 

Obviously, going on a gap year means you have to pay for your initial flights to your first destination, followed by any other transport costs, accommodation, food, and general living expenses. It adds up to a lot of money, but here are a few different ways you can raise all the funds you need:

Put on lots of fundraising events

It goes without saying that the majority of funding options need to be done for a few months before you set off. In fact, most people will save up for at least a year before jetting off around the world. 

Your first idea combines a series of different ideas into one category. Fundraising events are things you host to try and get money from other people to pay for your gap year. They take on loads of different forms, but the most common one is a bake sale. This sounds like something a child will do, but it’s weirdly effective. If you bake loads of sweet treats and sell them to people, you can genuinely make a fortune. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to do this, so you’ll generate a profit. 

You don’t even need to tell people what you’re selling things for, but it definitely helps. If they know that their money is going to a specific cause – your gap year – then they could be more likely to give some money. 

Think about borrowing money

If you’re very lucky, you might be able to borrow money from your parents. The keyword is ‘borrow’, you will have to give it back! Not all of us are that fortunate, so you may want to think about going to a company like Buddy Loans and taking out a small loan to fund your gap year. You get the money you need to pay for everything, and you can spread the cost of a loan over a few months to pay it back. 

Obviously, this has some pros and cons. The pro is that you can get money almost immediately and set off on your gap year. You can also manage your repayments as they’re usually monthly. It’s also a great alternative for people who don’t have time to run any fundraisers. 

The downside is obviously that you owe money to someone. But, this could be the best option for you, so it’s well worth looking in to. 

Earn money while you’re away

Finally, you can opt for this idea. Save money for the initial flights, then earn money while you’re abroad. There are loads of gap year jobs available in so many different places throughout the world. This gives you the chance to explore and enjoy new countries while earning a living!

The upside of this idea is that you don’t have to worry about running out of money. If you’re constantly being paid, then you won’t run out of funds. Plus, there’s no reason you can’t do this alongside one of the other two ideas as well. 

The only minor downside is that you have to work when you’re supposed to be on a long holiday. However, the counterpoint to this is that gap year jobs are rarely proper jobs. They typically involve you in the local culture and are quite fun to do. It’s not like you’re going to be couped up in an office all day long for five days a week!

To summarise, gap years will always be expensive. Going away for an entire year will lead to plenty of different costs. Therefore, you need to have a plan in place to pay for everything. Some people choose to raise money over a period of weeks/months until they have enough saved up. Others may want to borrow money to leave right away, while some can save a small portion and work during the gap year to keep the funds ticking over. The choice is yours, but either option helps you pay for a terrific year abroad. 

The words “gap year” have been a huge topic in my household recently, with my sister at uni, we have been discussing her choices on her considerations to take a year out of studying to do a gap year – obviously, this is not for everyone but it is a good chance to explore a little in between studying!

Please do let me know if you do decide to do a gap year and let me know where you decide to go and whether you have any tips.

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

So, it seems that this year, my blog has only featured food events… but I guess, this is something I am not overly fussed about as I love my food and my food events!

I was recently invited to a try a brand new restaurant at Intu Lakeside, Chiktopia.  To sum it up, it is pretty much the UK version of Chic-fil-A (which is one of my favourite restaurants in the USA).  I am a huge chicken lover anyway, I probably eat it at least once a day, every day, so when I received an email inviting me down, I could not resist!!

Eager to get a taste of Chiktopia, I quickly arranged a visit.  I was already meeting a friend, Brooke, the same week that I planned to visit (I had to plan around my very busy holiday commitments), so I decided to take her along with me and get a second opinion to my thoughts on Chiktopia!

As I work in London, we arrived to Chiktopia fairly late, which in actual fact was a bonus, this meant that we were able to speak to Garry, one of the Chiktopia managers, in depth about the food, service they provide and the new restaurant.  Garry was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.  He talked us through each dish in lots of detail, right down to the ingredients included in each dish.  We had such a wide variety of food in front of us, we may have even tried the whole menu between us!

My favourite dish was either the “Deluxe Grilled Chicken Burger” or the “Spicy Cajun Chicken Tenders” (both dipped in the “Paradise Sauce”).  We had a variety of sauces to try which were all amazing but the Paradise Sauce was my favourite!  The Paradise Sauce is their secret recipe: so we were asked to see if we could describe the taste, which was actually quite difficult, but Brooke suggested that it tasted a little bit like Burger Sauce (which I am not usually a massive fan of), but whatever the taste, it was unbelievable!  I would definitely recommend you try this when you visit!  I also really liked the Louisiana biscuit – it was recommended that we dipped it into the Paradise Sauce but, this I was not a huge fan of!  I preferred it dipped into the “Buttermilk Sauce”!

The “Spicy Cajun Chicken Tenders” were a little spicy for me (but I can’t handle too much spice!) so the buttermilk sauce is a life saver when your mouth is on fire!  This sauce is another one of my favourites!

I also got to try the best milkshake I have ever had!  I am a huge milkshake lover anyway but tend to stick with strawberry 99% of the time, but I tried the “Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake” and it was hands down, the best milkshake I have ever had!  I also, recommend that you give this milkshake a go as you will definitely not regret it!!!

The prices at Chiktopia are very reasonable which makes it even more worth it.  The food was served extremely fast and was just delicious!  So if you are around the Lakeside area and in need of a quick meal, this is definitely the place for you, especially if you are like me and love chicken!!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Yvonne and Garry for gifting us such a lovely meal and for being so helpful and attentive throughout our Chiktopia experience.  I would also like to wish Chiktopia lots of luck as they truly deserve it for serving such fast and tasty food!

Make sure you give them a follow on Instagram @chiktopia_chicken and check out their menu online: www.chiktopia.com!

If you download the Chiktopia app, you can always grab yourself a FREE Original Burger!!

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

*this was a gifted dining experience but an honest review (as always!)

I was recently invited down to Jodhpur Indian Kitchen in Basildon, Essex to have a taste of their menu! Jodhpur Indian Kitchen has been open since August 2018 and is a very popular restaurant in the town centre.  Indian food is one of my favourite meals so I was super excited!

Food events/reviewing food is one of the my specialities: I am a real foodie, if you didn’t know!  And yes, I am one of those people who take pictures of their food!!!

I visited Jodhpur Indian Kitchen on a Tuesday evening and I am not exaggerating when I say, all I spoke about that day at work was how excited I was for my Indian meal!!! My dad is the biggest Indian food critic, so thought i would take him along.

The restaurant itself is really cute and quirky and the staff were very friendly and attentive.  We were seated and given a menu each to glance over.

After our poppadums which was served with three signature chutneys, we decided to get two different starters to share, in order to get the best of both worlds (if you know, you know!) and more of a variety for my restaurant review.  We decided to try the “Herb Chicken Tikka” (which is chicken marinated in fresh green herbs paste, cooked in tandoor, served with mix raita and chilli sauce) and the “Gilafi Seekh Kebab” (which is minced lamb with spices and peppers, cooked in tandoor, served with chilli sauce and herb chutney).  I absolutely love Chicken Tikka anyway so I knew this would be a good choice but I can honestly say, it did not disappoint.  As for the Gilafi Seekh Kebab, I am not always keen on lamb (as I don’t like it being too chewy) but it was cooked to perfection and was extremely tasty.

As for our mains and with their menu, they give you the option to change the spice on the majority of meals.  I prefer a more mild curry than a spicy curry (like a korma or a butter chicken.. don’t laugh!!) so decided to go for the “Madras Chicken” (which is a flavourful chicken curry with roasted southern spices, served with butter naan) in the mild option and my dad decided to go for the “Madras Chicken” but in the spiciest option and we had sides of mushroom rice.  I absolutely loved this: especially as it isn’t something I would normally go for.  The chicken was tender and moist and was simply delicious.  The sauce had a slight kick to it but it was enough for me to cope with!!  I also had a “Peshwari Naan” (which I always get) and I can honestly say, this was the best Peshwari Naan I have ever had!

Our overall experience was amazing!  We felt the restaurant and the food gave off a real “Indian Street Food” vibe.  We had such a lovely time and enjoyed the most delicious meal.  We will definitely look at going back and taking the whole family, so of course, we would highly recommend Jodhpur Indian Kitchen!  The restaurant also offers a lunch time menu that looks unreal – so I would love to go back to have a taste of that menu too!

A massive thank you to Jodhpur Indian Kitchen for having us, we thoroughly enjoyed our Indian dining experience!

Take a look at their website here: www.jodhpur-ik.co.uk

Lots of love,

Robynne Louise x

*this was a gifted dining experience but an honest review (as always!)