Health & Fitness

Macdonald Craxton Wood Spa

Macdonald Craxton Wood Spa

As a massive fan of a good Spa day I decided to check out the Macdonald Craxton wood spa. I took my mum along for a little treat. We were greeted by the lovely staff and had a healthy lunch with some champagne in the gorgeously calm eating area which over looks the pool.


We were then shown around the spa and to our own lockers were are robes and slippers were waiting for us. We got changed and then went for a steam before we had a swim in the pool before drying off in the roasting hot sauna.



I’d booked our treatments in late so we could make use of the facilities first as I’m always ready  for bed after I have a relaxing massage and a facial so I always have my treatments late whenever I go to a spa. So we waited in the relaxation room read some magazines and drank some lemon water until the therapist came and collected us. I was that relaxed I fell asleep and my mum had to wake me up! Lol



Over all my spa day was a lovely experience and I’d definitely recommend Macdonald Craxton wood spa to anyone looking for the ultimate spa day!


Here is some info about the spa…

Relax and rejuvenate your body and mind with a visit to the brand new Vital Health & Wellbeing Club at Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa. Having recently benefited from a £1.4million investment our luxurious new spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Our 18 metre heated indoor pool allows you to enjoy magnificent countryside views through the full-length windows as you swim. Burn off the calories with a class in our studio, or leave the stresses of the day behind on the Technogym machines before enjoying a well-deserved bask in the rejuevating new thermal suite or relaxation room. If you prefer, unwind with a relaxing hot stone massage from our trained therapists, enjoy our wonderful facilities or simply relax with a soothing herbal tea in our Woodland Café.

Residents can use these facilities for a charge of £20 per person, which includes: full use of the stunning spa thermal facilities including multi-sensory area of aromatic drench showers, sauna, steam room, thermal foot-spas and ice fountain.  Fluffy robes, towels and slippers are also provided.

To book a treatment please call the number below

Park Gate Road, LedshamChester CH66 9PB 

Tel 0344 879 9038

  • Spa entry: £20 per person
  • 18 metre heated indoor pool
  • Thermal suite
  • Fitness studio with classes
  • State of the art Technogym equipment
  • Woodland Spa Cafe
  • Relaxation room & garden
  • Monday to Friday: 6.30am–10.00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8.00am–8.00pm
  • Children’s swim times: 9am-11am & 3pm-6pm


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Evolution – Total Transformation

Evolution – Total Transformation

The perfect solution to start 2016 with a bang!!!

As everyone already knows Im a big fan of health and fitness but also a massive fan of food!! Ive tried every diet, detox, quick fix, fad diet there is too keep trim over the years but what I’ve grown to realise is healthy eating and exercise is the key.. It’s 70% diet 30% exercise. The majority of the time I eat good and follow a low carb high protein diet. But sometimes I fall of the wagon just like everyone does and I need a bit of a kick up the bum!

I was introduced to the Evolution transformation by a friend and I’m up for trying anything when it comes to weight loss as long as it’s a healthy way.  After  speaking to Rob Brennan the man behind Evolution total transformation  10 day programme proven to help you drop 8-10 pounds just by eating clean, I had to give it a whirl!

My food was delivered packaged to perfection with every meal clearly labeled, the chef came inside and talked me through my next three days of the diet. It was very simple and easy and nothing needed to be warmed up in the microwave which I was happy about as I hate microwaving food anyway. Most of the food can be eaten cold but most of the tea time meals required a 10 min warm up in the pan. Easy peasy!

Rob is a nutrition expert so along with a macro chef they both carefully constructed the eating plans which all consist of freshly prepared food which is gluten and diary free, my 10 day plan consisted of three meals per day, with a snack. To go along side the food is also some natural herbal food supplements some  liquid chlorophyll to make sure your body is getting everything it possibly needs.

For instance day 1

  • Breakfast – High Protein breakfast bar
  • Lunch – chicken satay salad
  • Dinner– chicken tai green curry
  • Snack– chocolate brownie

I have to say I was totally impressed the food was amazing and so tasty I actually text rob to say how much I loved the food and couldn’t Belive it was a detox. I was probably eating more food than what I do when I’m not dieting. That’s what made it so easy to do.


I wouldn’t even look at it as a diet or detox it’s more of a way of life and it’s perfect for people who have a busy schedule and haven’t the time to prep their food and perfect for those who just don’t know how to eat healthily. I lost 7lb in total and felt fantastic you don’t have to work out  whilst doing the evolution plan but I still done my training. Im a big fan of healthy eating anyway but I would highly recommend the Evolution Total Transformation its a great kick start for anyone wanting to lose some weight and get in the habit of eating healthier and living a healthier lifestyle and a great way to start of 2016 a new healthier you.

If you would like to know more take a look at

Evolution Total Transformation, visit 

Twitter @the1robbrennan

Mobile: 07789636873

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Maghull Health Studios

Maghull Health Studios

As a massive hot yoga fan I was delighted when I found out Maghull Health Studios had opened a Hot yoga studio as it’s not far from me.  I started to practise about 2 years ago and I’ve become so much more flexible and can get into positions I never thought was possible and really helps me lengthen and strengthen my body.

It clears my mind and helps me de-stress but best of all have a relaxing sleep. As well as it being so good for you. When I started the practise at Maghull health studios my daughter savannah started to come along with me and now she is also a massive fan and she has become really good at it. It’s something good and healthy for us to do for mum and daughter time.


The studio itself it’s very chilled and has an ambient vibe to it with candles lit and relaxing music and has a sense of calmness when you walk in. They use the latest infra-red heating Panels that warm up the body from the inside out to get rid of all the toxins.



High standard for any level

In our hot room we have gained a reputation for having a high standard of instructors, helping people to get fit and healthy and coming away from our classes de-stressed, relaxed and revived!
With the guidance of our highly experienced teachers we help everybody achieve the full benefits of Hot Yoga… weight loss, body toning, back problems, sports performance, injury rehabilitation and stress, are just a few areas our members experience major improvements.
We have instructors from all backgrounds/practises that believe that yoga benefits our lives when practised on a daily basis. Our instructors all teach different styles of yoga ranging from Hatha, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga and meditation workshops including pranayama breath work so there is something for everyone on all levels and abilities.


Our hot yoga studio has been specially designed to give you the best possible environment for your yoga practice and to make your overall experience is the best it can be from the moment you walk through the door.
We have used the latest infra-red heating panels to heat the body from the inside out, helping to rid the body of toxins that build up in our system through our air, food, atmosphere etc. Our studio temperature ranges from 38-40 degrees.
Our air system is designed to pull stagnant air out of the studio and circulate fresh-heated air back in to maintain the right oxygen levels throughout your class while also maintaining the right humidity.

We have our room set with an ambient vibe with soft lighting, candles, relaxing music and incense burners to create an atmosphere of pure relaxation. Bliss!


There are a number of reason why you would choose hot yoga as part of your healthy, active lifestyle…

  • Detoxification: heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin
  • Lengthen, Strengthen: The heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures so you know you’re really warming up the muscles and you can really approach the postures from a safe place.
  • It burns more calories than in a regular heated room: Practicing yoga in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder than in regular heat as your body has to try to cool you down at a higher rate. It’s really for people who want a more intense workout—those who want to develop strength, flexibility and tone along with a cardiovascular workout, depending on the yoga style.
  • Relaxation & stress relief: relaxing improves breathing (which helps conditions like asthma) and focuses the mind, which develops better mental concentration and stress relief.


Being hydrated before your hot yoga class is essential. You will lose a lot of fluid during the class and therefore if you are dehydrated you could feel dizzy, nauseous, fatigued etc so it’s important to listen to your body and take a break when you need it.

Everyone is different but as guide you should ideally drink 2 litres of water before your class and sip water throughout your class. We recommend that you replace your fluids and electrolytes lost during the class with a natural drink such as coconut water to replenish what is lost.

Everybody is concentrating on their own practise and resting when they need it. There is no ego in hot yoga, so work with your body, relax when needed and you will benefit much more from your practise.

To book your first class and ask about our introductory offers call us on: 0151 526 0062 if you quote AmandaH10 you will receive a hot yoga class pass deal for just £60 for 10 classes or a 20 class pass for £115 so works out just £5.75 per class.

Maghull Health studios
Sefton lane industrial estate
Sefton lane
L31 8BX

Tel: 0151 526 0062

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posted by Amanda, 1st October 2015, Categories: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

My journey with PT elite

My journey with PT elite

As it stands I’ve always been into health and fitness, I’ve never been obsessive but I’ve always gone to the gym and tried to eat right since the age of about 19. But two years ago I was introduced to PT Elite by my fellow Scousewife Elissa Corrigan.

I started training with them 2 days a week, I can remember my first session with Lewis (owner and founder of Pt Elite) I don’t think I could walk for 3 days afterwards! Even though I had always done classes at the gym this was on another level. It was so hard and challenging I felt so unfit.

But two years on I can honestly say my fitness and technique is somewhere I thought it would never be. My body is so much leaner and has changed shape, and I can squat and lunge with up to 60kg but when I first started I was only able to do 20kg my strength has come on massively. That myth about girls lifting weights makes you bigger is so not true. It makes you leaner and have more definition I actually love lifting weights. The heavier the better, cardio is my pet hate, But I still do it because it has to be done.

The functional training and circuit type of training I do is so much more beneficial that running on a treadmill for an hour.

As for the food side of things I’m only Human and I’m not training to compete in a competition so I do have a little cheat of a weekend because I love my food too much. But since being involved with these guys I’ve now learnt a healthy balance that suits my life style. My down fall is wine and chocolate and if I didn’t have these things I would be miserable. I have a lot of events I have to go to so I find it hard to go there and not have a little drink. So I just don’t go to that many any more I choose my fitness first. I also have my photo shoots and I have to feel good in a bikini.

Monday to Friday I make sure my food is on point, I make a healthy smoothie in the Nutri bullet with all types of fruit and veg and seeds. Or I’ll have smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or an omelette. Then lunch I normally have a salad and for dinner it’s always a nice piece  of steak, fish or chicken with spinach and sweet potato, I basically have a really low carb diet with lots of protein then of a weekend sat/sun I will indulge in the things I enjoy and I’ve found that’s what makes it work with me as I know I’m able to have the things I like of a weekend.

When I have a holiday coming up like I have in a few days I will step it up and make sure I work out every day and cut the cheat days out about a month before. The good thing about training with Pt Elite is that it’s all one to one training so the focus is all on you.. I can can honestly say my lifestyle has changed a lot from what it used to be. I feel healthier and happier and fitness is now a big part of my life. It’s took me a good while to get the food balance but as they say Rome wasn’t built in a day!! I got there in the end thanks to these guys and I couldn’t recommend them enough.

If your interested in getting involved and changing your lifestyle contact details are below….

Wirral Studio
92 Banks Road
West Kirby
CH48 0RE
0151 668 0250

Liverpool Studio
7 Summers Road
Century Building
Brunswick Business Park
L3 4BJ
0151 668 0250

Or speak to Lewis himself on 07771 533 408

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posted by Amanda, 24th July 2015, Categories: Health & Fitness

Clean 9

Clean 9

If you’re into Health and Fitness like me, or you have that big occasion coming up or a Holiday or your just feeling like you need a kick start with your Health and Fitness regime thenthe clean 9 is the one for you. I tried the Clean 9 last year before a Holiday I was due to go on. I lost 6LB in the 9 days. I was very Happy with the results. I thought the first couple of days would be so hard as you cant eat any solid food, but in place of this your having regular shots of the Aloe gel and supplements and a shake in the evening, so I didn’t  find myself as hungry as I thought. I think its more mind over matter, but once the first couple of days are over its a breeze! After that you have two shakes a day plus your supplements and Aloe shots and a 600 Calorie meal, with this combined with some exercise your guaranteed to lose weight. I not only lost weight I had so much more energy and felt more focused. Im also addicted to the Aloe Gel I still have two shots every morning, its so good for your Skin Hair and Nails.  Ill definitely be doing it again before my next Holiday.  Summer is just around the corner! what are you waiting for………….

Check out below all the information you need to know about the Clean 9. Some testimonials, Before and after pictures of people who have done it and most importantly where to buy. Also If you buy before May 31 you will get a free brightening toothpaste!

About The Clean 9

The 9 day cleanse is the first step of our Forever F.I.T Programme and the perfect foundation on which to build a healthier lifestyle. The Forever F.I.T Programme is an advanced nutritional, cleansing and weight management programme, designed to help you look and feel better.

The C9 was designed to kick-start the programme and cleanse your body, providing the perfect starting point for transforming your diet and fitness habits. Based around Forever’s bestselling Aloe Vera Gel drink, the nutritionally balanced programme will allow you to see and feel results in just nine days.

The C9 is not designed to be a “quick fix” or a “fad diet” but the start of a healthy eating and exercising regime that will assist in your long term goal to a healthier you. Customers have the option of completing the C9 and then taking control of their own eating/exercise habits, often continuing on with a variety  of products from Forever’s weight management line to support their new, healthy routines. They can also continue on with our FIT1 and FIT2 follow on programmes which are 30 days each and focus on maintaining and building on the results achieved from the C9.



Our aloe is one of the purest available on the market. It contains 100% inner leaf gel and is treated with the greatest care, avoiding pasteurisation, freeze-drying and heating which could cause aloe to lose its beneficial properties. We are so confident in our products we offer a 60 day money back guarantee on all items if you are not entirely satisfied.


The clean 9 programme was the perfect kick start both myself and my partner needed for a healthier lifestyle.
After years of telling myself to try and be healthier and lose a bit of weight, trying numerous diet plans only to give up after a few weeks and fall back into bad habits, I then heard about clean 9. After feeling sluggish all Winter it caught my eye, and the fact it’s only 9 days appealed to me, I thought its something to try but doesn’t take much commitment – but how wrong I was! After 9 days I was totally committed to a healthier life, and my partner was also hooked. A month on from the clean 9 we have stuck to a healthier eating plan and feeling more energised than ever. My partner lost 9lbs and I lost 7lbs just in the first 9 days and we have continued losing weight since and feeling so much healthier!


Jayne Russell – Aloe Health and Wellbeing
Instagram: jaynerussell_aloehealth
Twitter: @Aloeliverpool
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posted by Amanda, 1st May 2015, Categories: Beauty, Health & Fitness, Uncategorized

Instantly Ageless

Instantly Ageless

I’m guessing most of you image conscious women out there have heard the craze that’s just hit our country? Instantly ageless is the miracle cream that’s the topic on everyone’s lips. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and try it out myself. And the proof is definitely in the  pudding. It’s not a fad or a quick fix it actually works! I was amazed at the results and I honestly think it’s going to take the world by storm. No exaggeration!! Its amazing and really works without having evasive surgery.
Instantly ageless will last for 8 to 10 hours once applied and you put your make up on as normal over the top of it.  If your having a night out or have a special event then this is an instant fix.  Just take a look at the video and you can see how quick this product works! It really is a miracle cream. The before and after pictures speak for themselves!
ABOUT THE BRANDJeunesse products  are centred around anti ageing and health and well being. Jeunesse are an american based company that have been trading for 5 years. They have won 12 tv awards and 6 american business awards and the company have launched various products into the UK.

Instantly Ageless is a powerful anti-wrinkle micro cream  that works quickly and effectively to diminish the visible signs of ageing. The revolutionary ingredient is argireline: a peptide that works like botox—without the needles.  Instantly Ageless revives the skin and minimises the appearance of fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.

This amazing product works in 2 minutes to erase lines, dark circles and wrinkles and lasts on average 8 to 10 hours. It was launched in the USA 6 months ago.  This product sold out in the US within 24 hours and is the perfect handbag essential. It’s  Very sort after as gives instant results.

Its a micro cream that you can use on lines, wrinkles. Within 2 minutes of applying a very small amount of this cream it will lift and tighten the area its applied to and in effect make you instantly look younger.


Luminesce – Anti-ageing products  (patented stem cell technology) Serum is particularly impressive at long term repair of skin over 200 growth factors, also treats spots, burns and scars as well as rosacea and stretch marks – Luminesce has been featured in Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazine amongst many others.


Zen – These are health supplements – shape tablets, protein shakes also containing amino acids.

Zen Shape (tablets) African mango seed extract & raspberry keytones as well as green tea- Helps balance ravings, promotes fat loss, decreases sugar cravings and supports healthy cholesteryol levels


Zen Fit – (Amino Acids) helps burn body fat, supports healthy muscle health, helps build muscle, supports strength & stamina, curbs hunger and supports healthy metabolism – helps drop inches – help to mitigate stress and elevate your mood

Zen Pro (protein powders) Build muscle, Help you feel full, promote healthy metabolic fitness, supports a healthy immune system – assists to you tone up and contour your body

AM/PM – Delay ageing at a cellur level – AM gives you a boost and PM assist in improving sleep. dietary supplements designed to help you achieve optimal health and slow the symptoms of premature ageing. Formulated to provide you with all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, AM & PM EssentialsTM contain synergistic blends of special ingredients that help you maintain healthy biorhythms, support critical biological processes, and combat the signs of ageing around the clock. AM & PM EssentialsTM are endorsed by acclaimed physician Dr. Vincent Giampapa, a leading authority on anti-ageing, and are based on years of clinical research and studies.


Finiti -These are  Tablet supplements only known patented nutrient to lengthen telomeres (nobel prize winning research) protects cells and repairs DNA. Nobel Prize winning research has uncovered a fundamental cause of natural cellular aging. The answer cannot be seen by the human eye and is something called a telomere. Telomeres are made of repetitive DNA sequences that are the protective caps or ends, of our chromosomes. Their duty is to protect our DNA. When we are born, our telomeres are long, but as time goes on, they begin to shorten. So short, in fact, that our telomeres fray similar to the ends of a shoelace and a journey called “cellular ageing” begins.


Products can be purchased from reputable distributors directly please see below:



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posted by Amanda, 1st May 2015, Categories: Beauty, Health & Fitness, Skincare

Win a £200 Nina Ricci Set!

Win a £200 Nina Ricci Set!

A £200 Nina gift set up For Grabs! Today we are giving the readers of the blog a great chance to win over £200 worth of Nina products with Beauty Base.

There is five excellent products, for the competition winner, all from the great Nina brand by Nina Ricci, an internationally renowned French luxury brand which has an excellent reputation for its fashion and perfumes and is synonymous with timeless chic and pure femininity. Beauty Base are a family run retailer of fragrance & beauty products, operating many high-end premium stores throughout London. They offer a huge variety of fragrances including timeless classics, latest releases, luxurious brands and celebrity fragrances all at unbeatable prices.

For you chance to win the gift set containing.. Nina Eau de Toilette 80ml (rrp £54) Nina L’eau Eau Fraiche 80ml (rrp £49) Nina L’Elixir Eau de parfum 80ml (rrp £60.50) Nina Shower Gel 200ml (rrp £18.50) Nina Body Lotion 200ml (rrp £18.50)


 just enter using the rafflecopter competition below.
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posted by Amanda, 7th March 2014, Categories: Beauty, Health & Fitness, Uncategorized

Body By Vi Review

Body By Vi Review

It’s the shake mix that tastes like a cake mix!

If your into your keeping fit and healthy like me, and you like to keep your weight under control, if you have tried other meal replacement shakes before, you’ll see that there is nothing like the Vi- shape nutritional shake mix meal replacement for your weight control. At the moment I’m training 4-5 days a week with keeping to a healthy diet but your body needs that extra bit of protein that helps support lean muscle and a healthy weight, these shakes taste amazing  and have really left me full for a good few hours and after a hard training session I’m always starving, but the shakes have kept my hunger away. They can also be used as a post workout to fuel your body with protein to support lean muscles.

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posted by Amanda, 5th August 2013, Categories: Beauty, Health & Fitness Tags: ,

My Stay at Mottram Hall

My Stay at Mottram Hall

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to the fabulous newly refurbished Mottram Hall up in Alderley Edge. We arrived around 1.30pm to be greeted by Managing Director James, who assured us our every need would be catered for and informed us that our lunch would be ready at 2pm.

We were then  shown to our absolutely stunning suite, with the country décor and a view right across the golf course, I was looking forward to my stay, not to mention the Champagne on Ice waiting for us when we got into the room.

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posted by Amanda, 3rd July 2013, Categories: Beauty, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Skincare

The sales have arrived!

The sales have arrived!

Its that time of year again where your favourite brands are all massively reduced in their end of season sale!

Now lets be honest, most in store sales are like jumble sales, but shop on-line you’re certain to find a few hidden gems.

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posted by Amanda, 15th June 2013, Categories: Accessories, Beauty, Clothing, Fashion, Haircare, Health & Fitness, Perfume, Shoes, Skincare Tags: , , , ,