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Sponsored: The Great wall of Koskenkorva

Lifestyle

Life shouldn’t be complicated. There’s too much confusion and distractions around in our day-to-day life to really keeps things simple. Somehow, Finnish company Koskenkorva have found a way.

They use nature’s best ingredients consisting of good barley, pure water and dedicated local farmers to create a smooth, honest vodka.

The irony of this promotion is that the Finnish laws prohibit the advertising of vodka, which means Finnish people aren’t even allowed to visit their website.

This makes Koskenkorva village – the home of this product and a inhibiting over 2,000 people – a ‘village that can’t be named’, and adds an extra charm to it’s branding.

There’s been some bizarre situations where people from the village who share the same last name have been forbidden from opening any business.

In some cases people from the village who share the same last name have been banned from opening any business, and changes the way they talk about their own homes.

Not only has the village been essentially ‘forgotten’, in reality it has also almost become ‘persona non grata’ in Finland – a village that is invited to a party but told to wait permanently outside, even though its product is both famous and loved by the people of Finland.

But now it is the time for all that to change and for the barley farmers of Koskenkorva to finally get the recognition they deserve.

With a new “brand” film, and a mobile app called Vodka Farmer, where players get a virtual plot of Koskenkorva farmland to grow virtual barley, the real farmers of Koskenkorva are looking to make their invisible profiles visible and to break free from their shackled silence.

To do so, they are building a wall, The Great wall of Koskenkorva, where all the names of people who have downloaded the Vodka Farmer app will be immortalised.

Around 7,000 names will fit on the first section of the wall and when that part is full, the wall will be extended northwards.

But they will not run out of space anytime soon – the barley fields in Koskenkorva village stretch to the horizon and far beyond.

You can watch the wall being built in the player below:

This post is sponsored by Koskenkorva, however the opinions are of the author.

Eat Smarter With The Prepd Pack Lunchbox

Lifestyle

Lunchtime seems to be one of the hardest times within our day that we can sit down and eat a healthy, well cooked meal. It’s strange when you think about the concept of the way we were brought up to have a sandwich, packet of crisps and an apple in our lunchbox each and everyday. The thought of having a cooked meal within that lunchbox just seems crazy. A well cooked, prepared meal taken to work, blows people’s minds.

The best way to get around this is to eat out, however the cost involved with this is massive. Even if you’re picking up a meal deal at Boots, it can still dig right into your pocket. Unless you’re strategic about what you are eating, you probably won’t know what is actually in your foods, and how many calories, how much protein and fats are going into that meal.

The Prepd Pack Lunchbox Main Shot

To solve this problem, Prepd, San Francisco’s health conscious startup have created the Prepd Pack, which is a revolutionary new take on the lunchbox. It’s been designed, crafted and meticulously thought out, so that you can simply enjoy lunchtime. Sounds a little bit over the top, but when you break it down, it sounds perfectly logical, and really fills a gap in the market for many of us taking our lunches to work.

Fundamentally, the Prepd Pack helps you take control of every aspect of what you put into your body at lunch. You choose your meals, you prepare them and pop them in your lunch box. The innovative system that holds the containers can be arranged in all kinds of different combinations to suit your changing daily needs. Not only that, to help there is an app which is designed alongside this magical lunchbox.

The Prepd Pack Lunchbox Meal Prep

Using this innovative app, you can browse tasty meal plans and get inspired to try new healthy, easy-to-make recipes. Simply select which meal you would like using the app, and the list will show you exactly what ingredients you need to make a delicious, healthy meal. It takes out the time-consuming task of researching and building a list of ingredients for these recipes. All you need to do is take your list with you to the supermarket and find the ingredients! You’ll still have to cook the meal though obviously.

The Prepd Pack Lunchbox Main Shot

All the meals are designed to fit within the Prepd Pack perfectly too, so there’s no awkward tupperware taking up space in your bag. There’s multiple containers, which allow you to prepare all your meals for the week, just in case you want to get super-organised, and save a heck of a lot of time during the week.

One of the main things we tend to do when hungry is eat foods that may not be the healthiest for us, and doesn’t really fit our healthy goals. The Prepd Pack gives you more incentive to have a healthy meal prepared, just in case the cravings kick in for fast food.

The current storage options, such as the tupperware mentioned earlier tend to be really low quality, and may leak or get damaged easily. These Prepd Pack containers are a premium upgrade to the horrible hand-me-downs or old takeaway containers we rely on to place our food in on a daily basis.

The Prepd Pack Lunchbox

With their excellent premium material comes with the ability to freeze, microwave and allows you to stick them in the dishwasher. Each container is completely leak proof, so you can take these bad boys wherever you want, in any bag without the risk of getting food juice anywhere. They’re crisply designed for immaculate storage too, so fitting them in your overly packed fridge or cupboards is a breeze.

The Prepd team have done all the hard work by teaming up with chefs, nutritionists and foodies to design a huge range of meal plans and exciting recipes. The app allows you to search by diet type, health goal, or key ingredient so you can get the best meal for you.

The beauty is that the app measures what you’re eating too. So all your protein, fats, calories and more are placed into the app automatically, so you don’t have to spend time using Myfitnesspal scanning in hundreds of barcodes just to count your calories effectively. The app is available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets and also syncs up to HealthKit on iOS.

The Prepd Pack Lunchbox Phone App

If you travel to work, you’ll save money, as people who travel to work apparently spend as as much as £2,500 a year on items such as lunch and hot drinks. That’s around £10.59 a day on average! Just think how much shopping at Aldi you can get for over £70 per week? You’ll be healthier, happier and have a bigger bank account to match.

If that’s not enough for your concern, then how about the amount of rubbish we get through on a daily basis, and more scarily, the 50% of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes.

We can change, we just need to be a little more careful and prepare our food so that we don’t have to throw away so much. Think how much time we spend sat in front of the television watching TV shows that really aren’t that relevant or educational – why not prepare a healthy meal whilst watching to save time, money and the environment?

The Prepd Pack Lunchbox Layout

You’ll enjoy an unrivalled eating experience that’s totally new, and makes lunches much more enjoyable than ever before. There’s a cozy eating mat, and magnetic cutlery to give you all the tools you need to eat and enjoy your lunchtime. And if you really must, it looks great taking food pictures for Instagram.

Prep Pack Features Summary

The Prepd Pack will be shipping in June 2016 after it slammed a $25,000 funding goal, by raising $1million in just 34 days. For further info, you can go to their website here.

What do you think to the Prepd Pack, would you invest in a premium lunchbox to take to work?

7 Ways To Free The Joy With Cadbury

Culture, Lifestyle

It’s still the start of the new year and you really are sticking to your New Year’s resolutions.

The hours of work you’ve put in the gym and in the kitchen are really starting to show their metal in the areas that matter, so why would I write this article to promote chocolate. Well, you have to treat yourself every now and again.

You need to be rewarded for all the hard work you’ve put in, and there’s only one life to live, so work hard, and enjoy it. However, as with all goodness, there is badness, so enjoy a balanced diet on top of a treat once or twice a week.

Treat yourself to one of seven Cadbury Dairy Milk flavours and experience the joy! There’s some amazing moments in store for your tastebuds, so prepare yourself.

You can enjoy a crunchy wholenut for an extra bite to your treat, or divulge in a mouthwatering Cadbury Dairy Milk Turkish Delight Bar, chow down on Oreo or Daim filled chocolate and keep it classy with a smooth caramel bar.

For those of you that like to keep it simple and classic, there’s always the standard Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar – this is a personal favourite of mine as I like to keep things simple.

To celebrate these fantastic choices, YouTube star Anthony Vincent takes on the “Yes sir, I can boogie” tune in this awesome video.

Unfortunately, the video has now been set to private, which sucks ass.

Domino’s Presents The Tummy Translator

Lifestyle

You know you sometimes just have one of those days where you have absolutely no idea what you fancy for food. The hunger is there, but you just can’t seem to make a reasoned decision – especially when you are SUPER hungry.

An even-worse case scenario is when you experience food-envy. We’ve all had those moments when we’ve ordered something, and you look over at your mate’s plate, or someone else’s across the room, and you see some delightful treat that looks absolutely gorgeous. Your look back at your own plate, your little meal sat there staring at you, looking pathetic.

Luckily, Domino’s have come up with this amazing little app called the ‘Tummy Translator‘, which hopefully makes things a little easier for you when making your food-decisions. It’s available for free to download on iOS or Android phones, and believe it or not, this actually listens to rumblings of your stomach and translates cravings into a suggested meal that is available to purchase at the touch of a button.

So for those of you, like myself, who struggle to decide what to order from the massive range of different, delicious foods available at Domino’s, then the Tummy Translator is the perfect tool for you!

To get a better understanding of this innovative little Tummy Translator app, watch the video below:

You can download it straight away, and best of all – it’s free! So what are you waiting for? Download the app today and let us know what you think, leave your comments in the box below.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Groomer

Lifestyle

Everyman knows what it feels like when they first start shaving; those awkward, painful hours spent shaving with your dad’s razor, just get rid of the wispy butt-ticklers underneath your nose. The endless amount of shaving cream, the cuts, the serious aftershave burn. Oh the pain.

Some men don’t take full advantage of the growth factor, and decide to clean shave every single day, I mean us brits spend over 30,000 hours in our lifetime just having a shave. This is fine, but it feels like for us gents with a follicle disability, that they are underachieving what could be something epic.

Now if any industry could take claim for the best facial hair, it would definitely be the music industry. As much as they are in fashion at the moment, there has always been the two men that could turn their faces upside down, and not know which way is up, and that’s ZZ Top.

These dudes knew how to grow a serious beard (well, apart from one of them), and knew how to make it work. But what did they use to keep their bushy beasts in shape? We don’t actually know, but what we do know is the new Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Groomer takes care of beard business.

This shaver is a serious piece of kit. It’s a 4­in­1 trimming bison with the ability to do pretty much whatever you want with your new Rockstar look. It’s perfect for when you’re in the tour van driving to your next venue with one hours’ sleep under your belt. There’s no cables, just a smooth shaver and trimmer that is super easy to use.

So go check out the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Groomer and chuck it in your guitar case.

This is also part of Movember, which is a charity event held throughout November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Known as Mo Bros, all participants register at the start of November with a clean-shaven face, then grow and groom their moustaches throughout November, raising as much money and awareness about male health issues as possible.

The Language of Love

Fashion, Lifestyle

We get so tied up in life sometimes that so many things get lost.

Simple things in life that we take for granted, and more so than any other, we take people for granted.

Work gets in the way, daily lifestyle choices, hobbies and all sorts of things can make it so difficult for us to actually sit back and relax, then find the things that make us happy.

We take love for granted, we often don’t show it enough, or we don’t show it in the correct way. We put so much emphasis on the bad parts of love, and not enough on the good.

It’s all too easy to fall into that trap. Showing love in different forms can be so easy. Buying things on anniversaries, Christmas, Birthdays etc. is a small, but simple way to show that you care.

The time we spend with people is so limited, and the time we actually spend focusing on our loved ones is extremely limited.

Think about how much you actually sit and make someone feel loved. What attention do you pay them? What do you say to them? All these elements are so important.

For some people it’s really hard to show that love, and for some saying those three words is even harder. And us Brits are the worst at it. We really are stubborn when it comes to showing our romantic side.

This is where fashion brand La Redoute wants to show that there’s more to the French way of life than just the aesthetics.

In this heart warming video, members of the public that find it hard to express their emotions wrote down previously unspoken heartfelt messages to their loved ones and filmed their reactions upon hearing them.

It’s a moving piece of footage, so make sure you have your tissues at the ready.