Why you never have to leave home again

OK so I am exaggerating slightly, but only slightly. As a tech entrepreneur, I look at some of my fellow tech startups and think that’s genius. It started with the likes of Uber, Deliveroo and Just Eat finding success catering to just how lazy we’ve become- ahem I mean how savvy we are to use technology and our time so wisely. Que a string of apps to have almost all of our needs delivered right to our door. This is one of the most enjoyable and fascinating blogs I have been a part of- just look at all the things I achieved without leaving my house…

Handy- London’s fast and easy home cleaning service. I found it had easy online booking but do keep in mind it’s reoccurring automatically. Super convenient and great service but perhaps over rigid- by that I mean your choices have to fit into very definite boxes. Like the addition of one bedroom window I wanted cleaning the only option was to charge for the whole house. Overall good service and you can’t help but love the convenience of rattling through the to do list via an app.

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Hello Fresh- now I’m by no means a chef but even I can do this and I loved the experience. Once a week you get all the ingredients delivered to your door. Everything you need to make fancy dinners from scratch. Step by step guides too. Childs play and forced me out of my boring food routine. I genuinely feel I’ve learnt things I can take forward and (as you know if you follow me on snap chat lauren_riley22 or Insta @misslaurenriley) They are all pretty healthy and I’ve discovered some rather interesting vegetables too.  I highly recommend giving them a try.

 

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Bevy- an app that’s designed to supply alcohol and various other associated products to keep the party going- think nibbles etc via an app. Swift and friendly delivery under an hour in fact and good communication in the meantime. I ordered only Gin and chewing gum and only wish this existed when I was a bit less business and a bit more of a party. Please drink responsibly!

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TruBe- personal trainers to your door. Exactly what you are imagining. The UX (user experience) is very intuitive and I love the idea of those people who aren’t confident enough to leap head fist into the gym having this option. Gyms can sometimes be daunting places. I like it because I am so busy, this can fit around my lifestyle easily. It is important to keep fit and healthy where you can.

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Spa by car- another one doing exactly what it says on the tin. Spas are always a favourite of mine and I the fact I was sat on my own sofa watching tv while having my nails done was a big bonus. It surprised me how much better the experience was minus the trip to the salon. I also had a massage, a must for a those leading a busy lifestyle.

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Nutriseed- juice diet delivered straight to my door (as you can probably see the particular door was my office on this occasion). All nutritional work and portion control done for you. All you have to do is keep it refrigerated and drink five times per day. It’s not going to be suitable for everyone and I don’t encourage dramatic weight loss methods but pre-holiday I wanted to give my body a detox from all the naughty stuff I put in it living life a million miles an hour. For me the best benefit was how amazing an apple tastes afterward, totally resetting your taste buds.

This was such a fascinating experiment and I will certainly use these great apps again to suit what I have going on at the moment. Thanks to the brands involved in making this happen and you for reading. Please do give this a share.

http://www.handy.com/

http://www.hellofresh.co.uk

http://www.bevy.co/London

http://trubeapp.com

http://www.spabycar.com

https://www.nutriseed.co.uk/

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Travel: The Lake District

Taking a moment to appreciate this incredible scenery... Still UK but the opposite of my London life #wanderlust #travel #staycation #lakedistrict #views #calm

Instagram @misslaurenriley Taking a moment to appreciate this incredible scenery… Still UK but the opposite of my London life #wanderlust #travel #staycation #lakedistrict #views #calm

Every so often in life you get to the stage where you need a break. I don’t mean the ‘yeah I fancy a holiday’ or ‘oh wouldn’t a spa be nice’. I mean I’m working 6 days a week plus and had to cancel my much anticipate trip to South Africa because the business cannot spare me type scenario. Throwing that in there as context, not to moan, I make my own choices and love what I do but this little trip meant a lot to me. Continue reading

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Avoiding the Botox temptation

I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems like everywhere I turn at the moment pictures of ‘perfect people’ adorn sides of buses, my Instagram and magazines. Whatever the medium of delivery the thing being sold is perfection. I am certainly not immune to the pressure to look good. I take pride in my appearance and have long recognised the importance of looking after my skin. I think I am doing a pretty god job for my age. My mum claims credit whenever I mention this for the fact she only ever washed my face with water and cotton wool as a child.  I turned 30 earlier this year and I have never had Botox or anything done to my face except semi regular facials and the odd session of microdermabrasion. Now don’t worry this isn’t about to get all preachy, I am all for a woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body. Continue reading

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