LIFESTYLE | MAIZY KITTY LITTER REVIEW

18/10/2014




It's no secret that I love my cats, and I'm a husband away from being a crazy cat lady. As any cat owner knows, as much as you love your feline companions, they can be a bit naughty / annoying/stubborn sometimes.

I was asked to review some Maizy Cat Litter*, as the name suggests it is made of 100% puffed corn kernels making it completely natural. On top of that it is compost-able, flushable and biodegradable. It is also unltra absorbent,omits minimal odour and free from additives or perfumes.


Before I talk about the product I feel I need to add some context. Sega, our first kitty, was bought by me from a colleague at a temp job 5ish years ago. When I got her we were told she was nine weeks old. We heavily suspect that that is not true. She has shown several signs that she was taken away from her mother too early. When we first got her she repeatedly attempted to suckle on Joes nipples, since then she has demonstrated that she was never taught to sharpen her claws and has toilet issues.

When I say she has toilet issues oddly, when she does to the loo outiside she digs a hole like a normal cat, Instead of doing her buisness in said hole, she rest her paws in it goes to the loo and covers the hole. She's kinda missed the point.

She also wees on the floor almost daily and flat out refuses to use the litter tray. Usually it occurs at night when we close the flap, but she also does it if it is raining because she doesn't want to go outside. We have a litter tray, Tobias only uses it if he is ill, otherwise, like most normal cats he goes outside. The tray is emptied regularly despite no one using it, we have tried all types of kitty litter/newspapers, got new trays, moved it about the flat and nothing ever made a difference.

So imagine the epic surprise I had when the Maizy Cat Litter arrived and Sega (who is usually scared of things like opening packets) gets all inquisitive about the bag. She usually only gets like this when I am cooking! Then again she loves popcorn, goes crazy for it so maybe it was the smell that attracted her.

But then when I changed the litter over in the tray she immediately walked over to it got in and went to the loo! Queue the Hallelujah Chorus. She has been using it sporadically in the last month and so far I have noticed no unpleasant urine smells.

Oddly *touches wood* in the three weeks since we got back from the cattery she hasn't had an accident once!


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FASHION | A broken promise is as good as a lie| Wishlist #5

17/10/2014

Weekly Wishlist #5


Black short sleeve shirt / Topshop high waisted skinny jeans / Office chunky lace up booties / Chanel quilted handbag / Comme des Garçons comme des garcons hat / Jassen, £120 / Amethyst Stone Bracelet £20 / Infinity Bracelet By Hot Crown 

It's been a while since I have done a clothing wishlist - I'm not to great at doing regular post it would appear! This week it was announced that Slipknot and Korn are touring the UK. today tickets went on sale and no doubt were going in minutes if not seconds.

Although, I have only ever seen Korn at a festival, I have had the honour of seeing Slipknot at the Brighton Centre in 2002. I loved every second of it, but looking back at the photos, I really don't know what I was thinking when I got dressed! It's fair to say that my style has evolved with age. I'm hoping to take Joe to see Slipknot and Korn and with this in mind and my terrible fashion faux pas from the last gig, I decided to to do a wish list for the gig.

I've stuck to black mainly, black is a rock staple. I am loving the Topshop Joni ripped jeans, they are high waisted so will hold me in and the rips aren't too extreme. I've teamed it with this basic logo tee - because let's face it, who hasn't wanted to be a unicorn!

I am loving wool coats at the moment too and this one here. is perfect for keeping me warm if we go bar hoping before or on our way back to the train station. As for the ankle boots, the heel looks comfortable and would I really be embodying rock icons like Courtney Love, Tarrie B or Brody Dalle without a single bit of leopard print?

Young 2002 me would have shunned this beautiful Chanel bag, but being grungy doesn't mean you have to be drab, in many ways it is about the attitude as much as the clothes.

When you think about your younger years are there any outfits or trends you just cringe when you think about?


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FOOD | Coast to Coast Brighton Christmas Menu #C2CMoments

14/10/2014



It's already that time of year when restaurants are getting their Christmas menus out, including the yummy Coast To Coast. I reviewed Coast to Coast a few years ago, and since then it has gone from strength to strength and grown into a plethora of delightful American restaurants.

The C2C crew invited a few of us Brighton Bloggers in to try their new Christmas Menu, including the entire Christmas Cocktail Menu, so who was I to say no?

On arrival we were taken to the bar area and given a cocktail lesson on how to take the majority of the festive cocktail menu.... I would share all of the recipes with you but to be honest I was too busy drinking them all. I can hand on heart tell you they were all delicious - even the Eggnog, which I really didn't think I would like! The warm cider was divine too - I love hot drinks like hot toddys and mulled wine in the winter so it was a real winner for me.
Chocolate Orange Martini (yes, that white chocolate on the rim!), the amazing Eggnog, a classic Bellini and the warm cider.

We then went back to our tables to have a taster of the new Christmas menu (3 courses for £24.95). We were served the Goats Cheese Bruschetta Bites to start, which were lovely, I liked the hint of pesto which really complimented the goats cheese. We were then brought 3 dishes from the main menu to try - first up was the Mushroom Risotto, which wall lovely, I have really got into mushrooms lately and the rice was cooked perfectly and not over seasoned.

Then came my favourite dish of the night - the Maple Bacon Burger. As we were sampling a range of dishes this was served as a slider (a small burger) but I am sure this had no impact on the taste, although if bigger means better, I will be in heaven. I love the combination of maple and bacon and this burger was literally dripping in syrup, I was a bit greedy and had two! The chef that helped create the menu was there telling us about each dish and apparently this one took a bit of convincing to get on the menu, but I am really glad it did. We also had sweet potato fries with the burgers - I have to say in my humble opinion Coast to Coast do the best sweet potatoes fries, they are tasty, nicely crisp and not oily like a lot of the ones I have tried.

They also gave us a Turkey Roast Dinner, which was nice, I particularly liked the mash, but it wouldn't be my first choice, it's not something I would go to Coast to Coast to eat - I'd definitely have the Maple Bacon Burger. 

Although extremely full and possibly about to explode, we still had dessert to come. It was an Oreo Cheesecake, served with cream and Oreo Ice Cream, and we all know I find it very hard to say no to cheesecake. The cheesecake was good, and had I not already eaten my weight in delicious food I would have probably enjoyed it more - I am also interested in trying the Pecan Pie.

 We were also treated to THE cutest Cocktail ever - The Snowman - it even had a little carrot nose! But by this point I had to admit defeat and only managed a sip.

Have you tried Coast to Coast before?

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