The summer holidays are already here, again! Believe it or not, we still remember breaking up from school and thinking - YES! No school for ages! It was then all about staying up as late as possible gaming with your mates, sleeping in until some ridiculous time and consuming so much sugar and crisps you eventually get the shakes.

Summers are slightly different now, albeit we still stay up as late as possible gaming! We now have families and although its probably the most expensive time of the year to get away, you can't beat a holiday with the family in the sun.


Image courtesy of http://www.siampark.net

I think it's about right to say that both families need a holiday, it been an eventful 2018 so far! When we say families, we also mean families. It's not about the adults wanting to get away and have a break sitting in the sun all day whilst the kids entertain themselves. It's about showing your kids the world and having an amazing time together.

So when you get to your destination, your first thoughts should be (unless you have already planned ahead) where are doing as a family on the holiday? where are we going? Not, where is the closest supermarket to get some wine and beer?

We think one of the best things about a holiday is definitely going to a decent water park like Siam Park in Tenerife. Enjoying sitting back on the rapids in a dingy with the family, to flying down the Kamikaze and hopefully remembering to tie your swim shorts - you don't want to be scaring the locals :)

Obviously, its fine to have a drink but don't let it interfere with the holiday you went on as a family, look forward to the early morning brekkie on the balcony or the epic breakfast buffet at the hotel without a hangover!

If you feel like you need a family holiday now check out https://www.holidaygems.co.uk/ and if you have been to an epic water park, share it with us in the comments below! 

Here at Ablokeseyeview, we love it when brands bring out a new collection of clothing and we get really excited when it's trainers that we absolutely adore! We like comfort and we like the style, New Balance has smashed it when it comes to the new 247 range. 

They were released on the 30th June 208 and come in an amazing range of colours and its quite easily said that they all look great. There is a colour style for just about anyone, they range from a plain white trainer to a black bursting with pops of yellow and pink.

Black With Solar Yellow

Black With Faded Violet

Magnet With Solar Yellow

White Munsell With Outer Banks

Moonbeam With Dragonfly


The upper includes a single
piece toebox, moulded TPU eyerow and collar and a sprung sock construction. The
style offers a new midsole with exaggerated proportions and flared rear/midfoot area.
Taking inspiration from the classic New Balance Rollbar technology, the new 247
features a medial TPU stability post. The outsole is a new mix of current performance
aesthetic, along with the original 247 DNA

We have both been New Balance fans for quite some time. You are guaranteed a comfortable footwear so shopping for them is always easy, its just a case of picking out the style you like. We think its only fair that we share with you each of our favourites from the new 247 drop.

Carl

For me, it's the Black with Solar Yellow  I'm a massive fan of all, all black trainers, I just think they are the most versatile to go with most outfits I wear
and I know these have a slight bit of colour at the bottom but for me, it gives them a... LOOK AT ME! feature.


Dan 

For me, it has to be the Moonbeam With Dragonfly colour variation. I love how they have taken quite a simple colour and added a pop of orange, it creates contrast and they look on point.




It doesn't end here though, above is just the Men's drop! There is also a New Balance 247 Women's drop and it is stunning. Again they have the taken iconic NB247 look and added some bold colours creating colour contrast and amazing design detail. Check them out in the below pictures.



Also, don't forget to check out our previous posts on the New Balance 580 Elite and the New Balance Vazee Pace.

Hi and welcome back to another post here on Ablokeseyeview, this time we are moving away from male grooming and moving on to a kind of fitness, healthier lifestyle post.

If you didn't know, or if you haven't read one of our recent posts, Ablokeseyeview is not only written by me Carl but also now my best buddy Dan Co-writes for the blog too, a lot of the time we will both write separate posts but on this one we are both co-editing it due to us both starting the same 21 day challenge with Herbalife Nutrition.


Even though we are both quite similar in terms of beard, style and our love for snap backs, we both have our own stories to tell and our own reasons for wanting to complete this challenge. A huge thanks from us both to the team over Herbalife Nutrition for sending us the kit we need to take challenge, there is some amazing products.

 

Herbalife Nutrition X Nile Wilson 

Nile Wilson is launching a new fitness initiative with Herbalife Nutrition that challenges people to get in shape and live a more active, healthier lifestyle in just 21 days. The Herbalife Nutrition 21 Day Challenge is quite unique, it can deliver serious improvements to your flexibility, Core strength and co-ordination. All you need is a can do attitude and time as its open to all ages and fitness levels and requires no gym equipment.

The challenge also gives you a different perspective on fitness as this challenge in done through the eyes of an Olympian gymnast. They are known for their focus, discipline and obviously their strength! The exercises in this challenge have been designed to challenge body and mind whilst reaffirming positive habits that anyone taking part in the challenge can work into their everyday lives.

The 21 day program includes 15-20 minute sessions that actually include some of the moves that Nile relies on when training and this challenge offers a great insight into what he believes keeps him a physically and mentally fit Olympian. With everything from burpees, floor sprints and HIIT this is definitely going to be a challenge, but we aren't going to take this lightly. We will both be pushing ourselves to become physically and mentally fitter.



Who Is Nile Wilson?

Nile Wilson is a 22 year old northern lad based in Leeds. Nile is a British gymnast and if you haven't already seen what he is capable of, head over to Youtube and check his page out, he is insanely strong. He has had quite the run, in 2014 he became the first British Gymnast to win five gold medals at the European Junior Gymnastics Championships. Later that year he brought home 4 medals including two gold at the Commonwealth Games and is the reigning champ on the horizontal bars.

It doesn't stop there, this guy is a machine! In 2015 at the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships Nile was a part of the first worlds men's team in British Gymnastic history and the year after brought a bronze medal home from the Olympics on the horizontal bar. This year he has so far brought home three gold medals and two silver from the Commonwealth Games in April which was held in Australia. He will also be competing in two further events this year, European Championships and the World Championships - Bring those medals back to Yorkshire Nile!


Carl's Story




If you have read my blog before then you may know that I have used Herbalife Nutrition products before and I have had some fantastic results, and still to this day I do still use their products, To be honest, I have put a little weight on since I stopped using it but full time but I do feel quite good.





Lol ;)




When I got asked to take part in this campaign I jumped at it straight away, not because I wanted to lose weight, but because I was feeling quite weak and I'm hoping that after the challenge I will feel a lot stronger, especially in my upper body and arms. I am really looking forward to seeing what the videos have to offer and I'm 100% focused on putting all my effort into it.

I love the mixed selection of products I have been sent and I can not wait to start using them in conjunction with the workouts, I'm quite sure the gymnastics style exercises will work muscles in my body I didn't even know I had, I have a feeling the Rebuild Strength will come in handy after the workouts and If I, struggling to with a lack of energy before the workout, I'm sure the CR7 Drive will give me that extra boost to see me through it.


Dan's Story

I am getting married in October this year and I am still the same overweight person I have been for the past 10 years. Every year I have said, this year I will lose weight and it never happens. So for the next 21 days I am extremely excited to be taking part in this Herbalife Nutrition challenge. I want to feel confident and look good on the wedding day and I will be putting my all into this and make it happen.


Not sure if I look it or not, the t shirt hides alot! However, I currently weigh in at 15st 4lb and this is nearly the heaviest I have ever been, believe it or not its taken a lot of confidence on my part to post my weight online. I will be using products like the F1 and the Herbalife Nutrition bars to assist with weight loss, then to gain muscle the Rebuild Strength and CR7 products. Another thing I really need to up is my water in take and that is where the H24 Hydrate will be stepping in and making my water taste great.




The range of products that have been sent over look great and I am really looking forward to trying them out and like Carl states above, using them in conjunction with the workouts. I am not very flexible, so the gymnastic style workouts will be interesting. It's also a first for me using products like this, I have never been a gym go-er and protein shake guy. It is usually go to the gym then have a some fries after, however this has to change now. I know the products work and if you haven't already check out Carl's previous post about Herbalife Nutrition here, it is a great insight into what Herbalife Nutrition did for him the first time round.


So make sure you follow us on Instagram and Twitter, you will be able to keep up to date with our progress on this challenge!

Most of you will know we both have a beard, but that doesn't mean we never shave. Unless you have perfectly shaped facial hair or your necklines are totally covered then at some point you will need to neaten it. This means a decent razor and shaving supplies are needed, even for a bearded man. Although I wouldn't advise just buying a shaving kit for someone with a beard, they could take this the wrong way! However, a Shaver Review goes a long way to ensure you get the right but of kit!

So why line up? Some people complain that growing beards can look messy, this is where lining up comes into play. If you keep on top of your beard line, keeping to the natural shape of it but straightening or giving it a slight curve, depending on how it grows ensures you look well kept. It literally takes a few minutes in a morning and you soon get the hang of it.


To help us with ours the team over at The Bluebeards Revenge sent over the Cut Throat Razor Kit, it contains a shaving cream, post shave balm, their Doubloon shaving brush and their Cut-Throat replaceable blade razor. To start off I want to talk about the razor, usually, when you buy cheap razors you get cheap blades that damage your skin and not sharp enough to shave with. We found that this razor gives you a comfortable and close shave.

 The razor is also an absolute steal at less than £10! The brush is well made and synthetic/ cruelty-free, so for anyone who struggles to buy for the vegan in your life, it's definitely worth checking out. It gives you a good lather and feels a lot better to use than the competitors in the same price range.


Next up is the shave cream and the post shave balm. The shave cream lathers really well, again we have tested a similarly priced cream before and it turns to a paste on your skin causing drag on the blade and in turn irritation. Last but not least the one thing most people skip, a post-shave balm.

Please remember to use this, most people think its a waste of time but it can really help soothe your skin and keep redness to a minimum, plus it smells great!


Line up and keep that beard tidy


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