Why you should quit smoking *

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Quitting smoking is super hard. I'm not a smoker myself but I have watched one of my sisters try (and fail) numerous times to give up smoking, several friends and even my Dad. While some of them have been successful, others have not, and this is probably due to the fact that giving up smoking is just so hard. However, there are so many reasons why you should! If the health scares about cancer, lung disease and everything else aren't enough for you, how about the physical side effects of smoking? Smoking causes premature aging for one thing, excess wrinkles around your mouth for another. Here are some of the physical changes you'll notice in yourself if you quit smoking.

Better Skin
Changes in diet and in lifestyle can really have a huge impact on your skin, and this is no different when it comes to smoking. Smoking affects the collagen in your skin, and collagen helps the skin to stay flexible. When it becomes damaged by smoking, you end up looking a lot older than you are, and your skin begins to look tight and unattractive. Smokers can even find that sometimes, smoking leads to outbreaks of eczema on their hands. Give up smoking for good and you can be sure that your skin problems will begin to clear up and you'll look ten times better in no time!

Healthier Eyes
Smoking can cause dryness and redness in your eyes, due to the smoke causing irritation. You don't even have to smoke a lot to feel the effects of this. It can be combated by eating a lot of fruit and vegetables to make sure your body is getting a good amount of minerals and vitamins but really, it's ideal just to not smoke at all.

Brighter (and whiter!) Teeth
Nicotine is found in cigarettes, and it has the ability to turn your teeth and fingernails yellow if you smoke too much. Worse still, it can lead to gum disease and tooth loss too, which nobody wants! Giving up smoking means you can give your teeth a chance to become brighter and that also, your breath will smell better.

Revives Your Taste Buds
Smoking can really damage your tastebuds, which means smokers don't enjoy food as much. Giving up smoking means that you give your tastebuds the chance to revive themselves so that you can begin to fully enjoy food again!

If you really are serious about qutting smoking, it's a good idea to speak to your doctor or another kind of health advisor about it. People are four times more likely to give up smoking when they ask for the help of someone else, rather than when they do it alone. You don't have to go cold turkey either- there are some great tools you can use to help you quit, such as gum, Nicotine replacement patches and electronic cigarettes.

Have you given up smoking before? If you have any tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments below.

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post is sponsored but as always, all views and opinions are my own. For more information on my sponsored content, please read my disclaimer at the top of my page. 

Driving safely with Point S*

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My friend Alex and I go on a lot of road trips- and I mean, a lot. It doesn’t matter if we’re driving to
the shops, going on a day out or simply going for an emergency McFlurry at 10pm so we can have a
heart to heart in the corner of McDonalds; it’s safe to say that we drive a lot.

One thing neither of us is keen on is driving in the rain. In the past, Alex has actually been involved in a car accident due to the rain, and so driving in it makes us both a little bit wary. One of the things
that really panics us when we drive is aquaplaning. This is the technical term for what happens when
a lot of water gets between your tyres and the road and causes you to lose control of the car. This
isn’t just a super scary experience but it can be incredibly dangerous, resulting in damage to the car
and sometimes even serious accidents.

I have been in one aquaplaning incident that I remember, late at night when it was pouring with
rain. There was a mini flood we had to drive through and my mum ended up losing control of the car
for literally two seconds- but it felt like a lifetime. Although none of us were seriously hurt, I did get
whiplash from my seatbelt and a nasty bump on my head from smacking it against the window. It
was a terrifying experience and not one that I’m in a rush to relive any time soon. The tyres
however? Well, that’s another story. Aquaplaning can really damage them and while it’s better to
have damaged tyres than damaged people, it’s still a huge inconvenience to have to replace them.

One place that is really good to use if you’re looking to replace your tyres is Point S in Hertfordshire.
Point S collates the information of all sizes and brands of tyres available in Hertfordshire and the
surrounding areas, which is really useful, particularly if you need tyres quite quickly! The website is
really quite handy too, particularly if you’re like me and don’t have a clue about cars. If you don’t know what tyres you need, there is a function that allows you to search your registration
online and the page is actually able to tell you what tyres you need- amazing, right? You can also
enter your postcode on the site and it will tell you not only where your nearest fitting centre is, but
also where your nearest fitting centre with available tyres for your car is.

With Autumn closing in fast, there’s no denying that the weather is going to be getting a lot wetter
(although Summer hasn’t been too dry itself…) and so it’s important to remember to drive carefully,
particularly if there’s the chance you could end up aquaplaning. Make sure your tyres are in good
condition and if you need to replace them, consider using the services provided by Point S

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was written in collaboration with Point S Hertfordshire but all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information on my collaborative posts, please read my disclaimer at the top of the

Visit the Piano Works! *

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I love drinking, I love live music and I love food. When The Piano Works in Farringdon got in touch with me and invited me to their venue for brunch, watching a live band and with bottomless alcohol, I could hardly say no!

I didn’t really have any idea what to expect. I had never been to a venue like this before- part club, part restaurant, with two live pianists in the centre of the room, with other musicians such as a trumpeter and a drummer joining in on occasion. The best thing is, all of the songs that are performed are by request of the guests! On each table there are some napkins and pens where you can write your name, a song and a special shout out if you have a message you want to share. If you’re feeling very generous, you can write an amount to tip the musicians, to get your song played sooner! Waiters come around to collect the napkins from your table and take them up to the musicians, who then learn the songs on the spot before performing them! It doesn’t have to just be piano-based music either, the musicians are very temporary and will play the likes of Beyonce and Drake as well as some classics. They can honestly learn and play anything.

 I’m definitely a brunch kinda girl, and always love a good brunch date! The brunch at The Piano Works is incredible. Literally incredible. Not only is there an extensive, utterly delicious range of food options, you get the choice of bottomless prosecco, bottomless Bloody Marys or two cocktails of your choice. Obviously I opted for bottomless prosecco- you’d be silly not to! Our waiter, whose name was Red, went above and beyond, and only let my glass get empty once- and when he did, he was so disappointed in himself and apologised profusely before filling my glass to the brim. It’s safe to say when I left the venue at 2pm I was definitely not sober!

The food was so, so good. I went for the fried breakfast and it was just delicious- the sausages were out of this world, and when I went for breakfast the following day at my local ‘spoons, the sausages just did not compare at all. I need to make a trip back just to try them again.

The Piano Works isn’t just open for brunch- you can attend for lunch, dinner or just to drink too, and from 9pm at night the floor opens up for people to dance, creating more of a party atmosphere! I’d definitely recommend booking well in advance though, as when I turned up for my booking at 12pm (which was the time the venue opened) the venue was already full!

I enjoyed my time at the Piano Works so much that I booked to go back in September as soon as I could! The service was brilliant, the food and drink was incredible and the whole experience was just faultless. I had such a good time with my friend Alex and can’t wait to return. Get me more of that bottomless prosecco…

Love from,
Florence Grace

My experience at The Piano Works was kindly gifted to me but all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information on my collaborative posts please see my Disclaimer at the top of the page.

Click For Therapy *


Therapy is not something I have considered for myself, ever. I like to think that I'm a pretty strong individual. I don't suffer from depression or anxiety, or any other mental health issues as far as I'm aware. I've not always had a happy time in life but for the last two years I have been happier than I have ever been! I am surrounded by lovely people, have a good career, and am relatively successful. There's no way I could need therapy of any kind, for any reason.

Or...maybe there was.

It was first brought to my attention by two of my best friends that perhaps I needed to "speak to someone" about some issues I had been through when one day I had a completely random melt down during a BBQ, when I had previously been having the best day with them! It came out of the blue and I couldn't understand it, and of course when they suggested a therapist I said no straight away. Me? Need help? Need to talk to someone about my feelings? I don't think so!

"You need to start removing the bricks from this wall you've built up around yourself"

I don't really want to go into too much detail, because despite my blog being a very personal and open space, the things I've dealt with are not things I really want to share, for the meantime anyway. I've suffered a lot in a couple of different ways that have scarred me for life, and overcoming them has been far from easy. What I can tell you is that it's really damaged me emotionally and I now struggle to open up to anyone. Just this week my friend Alex said "You need to start removing the bricks from this wall you've built up around yourself"

And I know she's right.

That's why I was happy to find Click For Therapy, a website that allows you to find an ideal therapist for yourself in just a few minutes. Therapists often have a huge waiting list, and they're not always affordable either. This is where Click For Therapy comes in, helping you to source the most suitable therapist in the closest proximity to you. Now, you might think that this is what Google can do for you, but Click For Therapy is a lot more helpful. You can select specific types of therapists, rather than doing a general therapist search, and assess them for yourself very quickly.

Therapy isn't something I considered before, and is still something I feel dubious about now. However, it's a huge comfort to know that a site like Click For Therapy exists if I reach a low and feel like I really need to speak to a therapist about the issues I have been through. I'm always so reluctant to ask for help, but maybe now it's time to admit defeat. Sometimes you need some help, be it in the form of family, friends or a therapist, and there's no shame in that.

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was written in collaboration with Click For Therapy but all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information on my collaborative and sponsored posts please read the disclaimer at the top of my page. 

A Mermaid's Tale- Review and Competition*

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2016 saw the rise in popularity of one of the best mythical creatures there is; unicorns. And while the unicorn trend was- and still is- hugely popular, 2017 saw the rise of another mythical creature that stole people's hearts; mermaids. There's mermaid blankets that look like a tail, mermaid pool floats, stationery, homeware and even makeup brushes. I love the mermaid trend, so when Strike Media asked me to review A Mermaid's Tale I obviously said yes! Better still...I have two digital copies to give away to you guys! But we will get to that in a minute...

There's no denying that A Mermaid's Tale is absolutely a kids film- however, I don't suppose this really matters if you're a big kid at heart like I am! The film depicts the tale of 12 year Ryan, a beautiful young girl raised by her dad. Her mother passed away when she was very young and the only other living family she has is a grumpy, estranged grandfather. When her grandfather gets sick, her dad and her move away from their own home to go and live with him, in an attempt to look after him. While Ryan initially dreads the thought of living with such a hard-hearted and miserable man, she soon comes to love the new town she calls home- particularly when she finds herself making friends with a mermaid! 

Love, friendship and family are all key themes in this film, but there is another, overriding theme that is an important lesson everyone could do with learning: forgiveness. Life is too short and too precious to hold a grudge over a silly argument, to cut ties with people who make small mistakes and to carry out petty acts of revenge. It's always better to forgive, let yourself heal and then learn to love and reconnect again. This film does a brilliant job at capturing that. 

Whether you're an adult or a child, the irresistable magic of this film will entice you to watch it again and again, and I can guarantee every time you reach the end credits, you'll be beaming from ear to ear. We all love a happy ending, don't we? 

Now, I mentioned that I had not one but two digital downloads available to give away to you guys as part of a fun competition! Everyone always does 'follows' and 'retweets' for competitions and I know that they're easy entries but I thought I'd do something a little different. I want you to comment on this post, tweet me or comment on the Instagram or Facebook post what your mermaid name would be for one entry. For TWO entries (that's right, you get a bonus entry here!) you can create a picture to show me what you'd look like as a mermaid! You can draw it, photoshop it, paint it, whatever you like! Send it to me via social media (@flomatthews_) or email it to me at florencegrace13@gmail.com As it's a kids film, you can get your kids, nieces or nephews to enter as well as yourself- this really is a film, and a competition, for everyone! 

The nitty gritty: Competition is open worldwide to people of all ages. Leaving a mermaid name comment grants you one entry, leaving a name and photo grants you two. Two winners will be selected at random by an online generator. Competition closes Friday 18th August 2017 at midnight. Winners will be contacted within 24 hours and then have a further 24 hours to respond before another winner is contacted. Good luck! 

Love from,
Florence Grace 

This post was written as part of a collaboration with Strike Media but all thoughts and views are my own. For more info on brand collaborations read the Disclaimer at the top of my page. 

Fun Mom Dinner Review and Competition!*

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Fun Mom Dinner is a brand new film set for digital release on the 7th August- and I'm working in collaboration with Strike Media to give away two free digital copies of the film to you guys! 

Fun Mom Dinner has a pretty varied cast; some of the actors and actresses are really well known, such as Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Adam Scott and Toni Collette amongst many others, while some of the others I had literally never seen before. From the get go it does seem to have the appearance of a low budget movie that was possibly directed by a newbie to the industry but don't let that sway you guys! Stick with it until the very end because I can tell you now, you're in for a treat! With scenes of a sexual nature, drugs references, examples of bad parenting and some hilarious jokes, this movie is ideal for a girls night in- even more so if you're mums! 

Everyone knows just how gruelling parenting can be. It alters your relationship with your significant other, you lose out on 'me time', you end up with poo in places you never thought you'd have poo, your pelvic flaw goes to hell and you piss every time you sneeze... yup, parenting is no joke. And while it's definitely one of the most rewarding experiences in the world, theres no denying that it's always nice to have an evening to just be you. No babies, no husbnads, just you and your gal pals. Those nights are the best and that's what Fun Mom Dinner really embraces. 

The best thing is, it doesn't just show you the mum side of things- although the main bulk of the film is that. It also shows things from the dad side too, and all parents featured in the film have a different approach to parenting too. None of them are perfect, none of them are winning prizes for top parenting awards; it's all about embracing the way different people feel about parenting, and that it's okay to parent in your own way. It also demonstrates why it's so important to have a break away from parenting, and that a break away is okay!! 

This film had me giggling from start to finish, and I spent plenty of time drooling over Adam Levine as a sexy bartender. The film is a mash up of sex, booze and boys. If that doesn't sell the film to you, what will?

As I said, I'm working in collaboration with Strike Media, and I have two digital copies of the film, that was released today, to give away for free! All you have to do is retweet the tweet I will share with the link to this post in and follow me and Strike Media on Twitter (@flomatthews_ and @strike_media.

The nitty gritty... The competition will close on Friday the 11th August 2017 at midnight and the two winners will be randomly selected using an online generator. Winners will be contacted through social media and if there is no response within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. The film is rated 15 so all entrants must be 15 or over. 

Let me know if you've seen the movie, or plan to see it and what your thoughts are! If you're entering the competition... good luck!

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was written in collaboration with Strike Media, who generously gifted me a free digital copy of the movie. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. To find out more about sponsored content please read my Disclaimer at the top of the page. 

National Pink Gin Day 2017!*


Have you heard of Pink Gin Day?

Probably not! That would be because August 3rd 2017 is the first ever Pink Gin Day, an event that will be celebrated across the globe! The day has been created by Martin Edgerton Gill, founder of Edgerton Pink Gin, and will be celebrated all over the world by a number of bars and pubs who will be serving pink gin at a discounted price for all to enjoy!

I didn't even realise pink gin existed until I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Pink Gin Day press event on the 25th July with Alex. I don't particularly like gin but it was a party in an absolutely gorgeous venue (The Rose Lounge at the Sofital Hotel!), it was pink themed and you had to wear pink, so I was happy to attend- and I am so glad that I did!

The event was truly lovely. I got to meet the Martin Edgerton Gill himself, which was a bit of an honor to be honest! He was wearing a pink shirt, and was so sweet, kissing myself and Alex on the cheek, complimenting our outfits and chatting with us for a full five minutes about why pink was such a great colour. Aside from this, the event consisted of mingling with the other guests, drinking huge pink gin-based cocktails and listening to Martin tell the tale of how pink gin came to be. (Martin also introduced the tea bag to Britain...but that's another story for another time!).

Despite not being a gin drinker, I am happy to say that I absolutely love pink gin! I threw back two large cocktails with ease and can't wait to enjoy some of the pink gin that I was gifted at the event in celebration of the day today!

The pink gin was first launched in 2011 when Martin realised two different things. First of all, Bombay Sapphire, the most popular gin on the market at the time, was bright blue in the bottle, but when you poured it out, it was white. This was very disappointing! Secondly, pink was a far better colour than blue- something that Martin felt particularly strongly about  thanks to it being all of his daughters favourite colour! So what did he do? He decided to make a bright pink gin that retained its colour when poured from the bottle and didn't even fade when mixed with a tonic.

The gin is made from 15 different and unique botanicals, including pomegranate, which contributes to the bright pink colour of the drink. It also uses a botanical called Damiana, something no other gin used at the time Martin was creating Edgerton's Pink Gin. This botanical possesses a unique quality...it is well known for being an aphrodisiac!

This Pink Gin Day, make sure you celebrate at home or at a bar to the full extent! Wear something pink and try some delicious pink gin. If your local isn't celebrating the event, try making the Pink French 69 at home! All you need is 250ml of Edgerton Pink Gin, 125ml of simple syrup, 125ml of lemon juice, champagne and lemon twist. Stir the gin, syrup and lemon juice into a medium pitcher with ice before straining into champagne flutes and garnishing with lemon peel. Simple!

With pink being my favourite colour, I can't wait to celebrate Pink Gin Day 2017 and I hope you guys will join me in celebrating too! If you do, make sure to use the hashtag #PinkGinDay17 and tag @edgertonpinkgin

Feel free to tweet or Instagram me any snaps of your celebrations too! @flomatthews_

Happy Pink Gin Day!

Love from,
Florence Grace

This product was gifted to me by Edgerton Pink Gin but all views are my own. To find out more about my sponsored posts, read my disclaimer under the tab at the top of the page!
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