Monday, 18 September 2017

Fitness | Simply Health Great Aberdeen Run...


Running has never been my strong point nor has it particularly appealed to me. However, this year I needed to give myself a new fitness challenge and so it seemed rather rude not to sign up to the inaugural Great Aberdeen Run (10K).

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Life | Hello September...

Oh August, you flew by in an instant.

August was a busy month for me. Not only did I turn 30 but I also ran my first 10K at the inaugural Great Aberdeen Run. In addition, I saw a lot of my parents, had a few days of annual leave doing nothing but drink tea (and mourn the loss of WiFi as BT hadn't installed it properly), had my 1st sick day in years (unfortunately it was the 1st day of my annual leave!) and had a wonderful time at The Body Shop's Blogger event with a little Nandos beforehand.

September will be another busy month for me. Not only do I have another Wedding on the cards but I am also away visiting half of England (not quite) as well as a trip down to Edinburgh. In between I am hoping to get some more blog stuff done (Fingers crossed!) and to organise my meal planning better as I normally get to Friday and that's when things go awol until I get to Monday again.
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Friday, 18 August 2017

Beauty | Skincare update...

If there is one thing that I am consistent with then it is definitely my skincare routine. It goes without saying that I change it around frequently to try out new products on the market as who knows there could be a favourite in amongst them. However, there are a few firm favourites that will remain.

If you remember my last skincare update post, I was using very few products at that time. Since then, I have ditched a few and acquired a few.

So what products make up my current skincare routine?

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Monthly Favourites | July...


I know that I say this every single time but seriously where is this year going? Instead of looking out shorts and t-shirts, I'll soon be looking out the thick jumpers and woolly hats.

So what was I loving in July?

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Life | Hello August...


We seem to be on a fast track train to Autumn right now: I seriously cannot believe how quick this year has gone so far

In July, I enjoyed some beautiful weather (which for Scotland is a novelty in itself); found some new healthy recipes; spent time with friends; attended a beautiful wedding which was held in a Scottish Castle and 

August is the last month of my twenties (wah!); some well-deserved time off to relax and eat cake with the bestie; a 10K run (which I am so not prepared for - I don't run!) and my 30th (on the 30th FYI). It will also hopefully bring in a bit more down time to work on my blog; some minimalism in the flat and some plans for a little bit of redecoration.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Monthly Favourites | June...

Well this is a little bit on the late side....

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Life | Homeware Haul...


From a young age, I have been obsessed with interiors - a trip to IKEA is always top of my list if I've got time when I'm down in either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

So what did I buy?

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Blogging | 24 Hours in the life of a blogger...


Working full-time and maintaining a blog is pretty damn hard. I would honestly love nothing more than to work on my blog full-time but alas there's something called bills that I have to pay and currently this blog will not pay them!

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Beauty | Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara...

Teacups and Buttondrops Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara

Mascaras are one of those make-up items that I am always changing as I'm very aware that a mascara is only good for 3 months. And let's face it - no-one wants an eye infection!

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Life | Hello July...


Once again, I blinked and another month was gone...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fitness | Finding the perfect microwave oven...

I'm not sure about you but if there is one thing I hate more than anything then it is waiting for food to cook. I am so impatient and will normally find myself snacking until it is cooked.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Monthly Favourites | May ...


'At Home with...' - Lily Pebbles & Anna Gardner:

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that Lily & Anna are two of my favourite Youtubers to watch. They have now released a podcast where they go into well-known influential people's homes and have a good chat about...well pretty much everything. I have loved every episode so far and I personally cannot wait to see who they interview next.

Smoked Salmon:

Ok, I'll admit I have never really been a massive fan of Smoked Salmon. I just couldn't stand it. Until one day (fairly recently actually) I decided to make a salad with Smoked Salmon and ever since then I have been hooked (sorry couldn't resist).

The Food Medic:

One of my Instagram guilty pleasures is browsing  'The Food Medic' feed for meal inspiration. Now that Hazel has released a book, I have been using her book as daily inspiration for meals. And you know what? She makes a lot of sense. Having used a local fitness professional to help with my nutrition previously, everything Hazel has written coincides with what I have previously been told. The first section is jam-packed full of nutritional info and if I'm honest, it is one of the better (if not the best) healthy living books currently on the market.

Glass Teapot:

I love tea - if the name of this blog doesn't give it away. If I can, I generally enjoy drinking loose leaf tea a little more than bagged tea. However, loose leaf tea can be a bit of a pain to drink which is why this month, I decided to once again use my Glass Teapot which is designed for loose leaf tea so I could enjoy it a little more often.

Crew Cat Clothing:

I have already spoken about my love for Crew Cat Clothing before. However, last month I ordered some of their newer items from their website. I can safely say that their 'Crossover Hoody' is the best hoody you will ever own.


With the weather amping up the heat a little bit (although I am writing this on the wettest day ever), I have been starting to enjoy making smoothies a little bit more. Banana, Acai Berry and berries is usually a winner for me.
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Life | Hello June...


Well May has been and gone in a blink of an eye. In May, I enjoyed spending a little less time in front of the laptop and a little more time being me. I was also able to spend a few weekends with my parents simply because I felt like it (now that I don't have to spend several hours travelling to see them).

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Beauty | Tarte: Lights,Camera, Lashes Mascara...


Without Mascara, I feel naked (unless it's a non-make-up day of course!). Therefore, it is pretty safe to say that I have tried numerous brands since I started experimenting with make-up.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Beauty | Make-up Mix #006...

You know me - I love a good switch up of my make-up ever so often to keep everything looking a little bit fresher. I was long overdue an update so I thought I would do one today...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Beauty | Essie 'On the Roadie'...

Essie is one of my favourite nail brands so it will come as no surprise that as soon as their Spring collection launched, I had to head down to have a look.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Fitness | My top 3 kitchen appliances for healthier living...

With healthy eating being a massive thing right now, there are a million and one appliances on the market - from soup makers to blenders there seems to be something for every possible requirement.

However, to be healthy, you really don't need to splash out on every single appliance going. Seriously don't. Some of the ones available, I would class as a complete waste of time and money. In addition, if you're limited on space like myself, then you really don't need additional appliances cluttering up your kitchen.

So what 3 appliances do I recommend?

George Foreman:

I always said I would never get one of these - I didn't see the point in them. However, I have now have one after a recommendation from a friend. I use it all of the time for grilling absolutely anything. The version I have is the 2 portion which is compact and retails for around £20.00. I loved mine so much that I actually bought my parents one for Christmas and they are just as addicted to theirs as much as I am to mine,

Food Processor:

My Food Processor is probably my most used appliance - I use it in everything that I do. So whether I'm making Energy Balls or making part of a main meal, it has become an essential for me that I can't live without. Food Processors are relatively cheap for a basic one to start out with. Mine is a Kenwood one which was around £30.00

Breville Actiblend:

While a blender may not be on everyone's list, I find this compact one pretty useful to use. Sometimes I do use it for smoothies while other times I use it for blending up something for a recipe. This one is particularly good as the blade screws onto the actual cup and then once blended you replace the blade with the lid. Anything that reduces washing up is a must for me.
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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Life | 5 Netflix favs...


Netflix is probably my major source of procrastination. If I'm honest, I probably spend more time watching Netflix than I do normal TV.

Today, I thought I would share 5 of my favourites and also 5 that are on my to-watch list.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Fashion | Shopping for Vintage pieces...


Shopping for vintage clothing and accessories can sometimes be a little bit daunting for someone who has never done it before. Not only do you have to take into account your actual body measurements as opposed to just a generic size (10,12,14 etc) but you also have to pick your way through hundreds of individual pieces to find the one. It's definitely not a hobby for those people who have little or no patience.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Life | 25 Things about me...


You can never know too much about someone right? So today I thought I would share 25 things that you may or may not know about me.

001) I have a thing about switching switches off before I go to bed. Sometimes it can take me an additional 30 mins or so for me to go to bed as I check everything numerous times. No wonder I am tired in the morning!

002) I am an only child.

003) I have a fear of running fast on a treadmill. This is not helped much by the sheer amount of videos I have seen of people face planting on treadmills.

 004) I am petrified of Snakes.

005) Human feet - in any shape or form (including my own) - creep the s**t out of me. I always hope in Body Balance/Yoga I don't get someone's foot cm away from me.

006) I was born in Norwich and lived in England for the 1st 9 years of my life.

007) When I unplug any sort of charger, I have a strange thing of not allowing it to touch anything even when it is unplugged. Let's just say my living room floor can look amusing in the morning.

008) I used to have a cat called Gunpowder. My Dad's plan was to have 3 called Gunpowder, Treason & Plot. However, his plan was flawed as we only got 2 and I named the other one Mopsy (I was 6!)

009) My favourite book is 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

010) Apparently when I was really small, I asked my parents to get a divorce. Why? So I could get more presents, haha. Needless to say, they are still happily married 30 years later.

011) Squid are one of my favourite creatures in the entire world and they are even more interesting when they are dissected. They are not so interesting cooked I may add...

012) I went on a school visit to the prison (which may or may not have been conveniently located beside my high school)

013) I have a degree in Zoology.

014) My favourite song in the entire world is 'Wherever you will go' by The Calling.

015) I have a Golden Retriever called Alfie who is too intelligent for his own good.

016) My favourite film is 'The Lion King'

017) Tequila is my nemesis. I once got so drunk on Tequila (it seems like 10+ shots and whatever else we had been drinking prior to that is not a good combination) that I ended up falling over and severely damaging one of my ankles. It was fun waking up the next morning and not really having much memory of what had happened...until I was filled in. Funny how I can't stand the stuff now...unless it's Tequila Rose.

018) I have Epilepsy.

019) I can play the piano.

020) I have a number of different nicknames used by various people: AJ, Ameyjaney, Ames, Amester and my Dad's favourite - boy.

021) My ultimate comfort clothes consist of a massive hoody, over-sized t-shirt and some form of leggings. Usually accompanied with no bra (so glamorous), cosy socks and no make-up.

022) If someone offered me a bag of sweets or a packet of biscuits, I would pick the biscuits every single time.

023) I am obsessed with tea.

024) My time of birth is officially recorded as 4am although according to what I've heard, I was actually born a few mins before that, Apparently one of my relatives (on my Dad's side I believe) was born at 4am so it was changed to match that.

025) I broke my arm dry-slope skiing with my Primary School. Needless to say, I've not been back...

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Life | Nuart Aberdeen...


Aberdeen has a bit of a reputation for being a little grey (and I'm not talking just about the weather). However, recently that has changed as artists have been putting splashings of colour on the city's buildings as part of Nuart Aberdeen Festival.

Nuart is a festival that originated in Stavanger, Norway and features artists using buildings as a canvas to create art. The organisers of Nuart wanted to expand the festival out of Norway and so they chose Aberdeen (which is a twin city of Stavanger) to feature first.







Walking about the city trying to find these is a lot of fun. While there are some we didn't locate and were elsewhere - the ones we managed to find were pretty cool to see. If you're in Aberdeen, then I highly recommend that you give these a visit before they wash away.
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Friday, 5 May 2017

Blogging | Background DIY...

If you're anything like me then you spend a lot of time scouring the internet for ways to improve your blog. A simple, easy way of making an instant improvement is to make your own interchangeable backgrounds.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Blogging | Fitting blogging in around a busy lifestyle...

Life is busy and sometimes blogging has to take a backseat. You either do this or you spend every waking hour trying to fit in blogging around your busy lifestyle. I am definitely the latter.

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Monthly Favourites | April...

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb:

I think I've declared my love for this product before and once again it has made my favourites. This product is a serum which has the aim of restoring your skin. I really like this product as I do feel that it does help my skin out.

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream:

Another skincare product has made it into this month's favourites. This time it is Benefit's It's Potent! Eye Cream which I have been using daily. One of my worst areas is definitely my eyes - I am particularly jealous of those people that can go out with no make-up on and still look amazing. I generally look like I am morphing into a panda with my pale skin and dark under-eye circles.

Deliciously Ella Everyday:

In April, I found myself using this book a little more for work lunch inspo. I made the veggie Paella and I also made something else (but I can't remember what!). Both were absolutely delicious.

Essie Spring Nail Collection:

I have a lot of love for Essie Polishes and this month I have been loving their new Spring Collection. I have two shades: 'All the Wave' and 'On the Roadie' which are a beautiful blue and green.


This month I have been getting stuck right into Insta-stories. If you're not following me already, then you can find me over @ameyjaney

Girlboss (Netflix):

Like the majority of bloggers, I have been getting myself stuck into watching Girlboss on Netflix. I actually enjoyed quite a bit and may or may not have watched the entire series in a weekend...

April Glossybox:

The April Glossybox was actually a pretty good one. I liked pretty much all of the products in the box and for once, they are all practical.

Scrambled Egg/Chorizo:

This combo has been a bit of a go-to this month. I love scrambled egg but by adding a little bit of Chorizo, I love it that little bit more.
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Life | Hello May...


Oh May, you have crept up on us a little too quickly.

This month I want to allow myself to have a little more chill time; I want to nail my nutrition and experiment more with my Make-up. I also want to get rid of that pile of non-important paperwork that has been sitting gathering dust as well as finish painting the doors that I started more than likely a year ago. In addition, I want to research new opportunities as well as clear out my laptop of photos that never made it to a blog post. Finally I want to finish watching Gilmour Girls on Netflix.
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Life | This Week #082...

This post is sadly going to be the last weekly post that I will be doing. I feel that I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to post and I find that these posts in particular are becoming a little bit lacklustre. However, I will be starting to doing monthly round-ups so you will be pretty much be getting 4 weeks worth in one.

In addition to the above, I am going to be dusting off the cobwebs and refreshing the content as well as my posting frequency to have a better overall life/work balance.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Life | This Week #081...

001) This week has been preeeetty busy to say the least. I was working on Monday so I didn't have the dreaded heading back to work feeling on Tuesday. I was pretty busy on Monday though, haha.

002) How good is Girlboss on Netflix? I am obsessed with it and have pretty much binge-watched it all this weekend.It's such an easy watch.

003) Fitness-wise, this week I managed to increase some of my weights in Body Pump just because i felt like it, haha. I also managed to successfully do bird pose in my parents back garden of all places.

004) I think my obsession with veggies is getting a little out of control - veggies with everything is pretty much my current motto for life.

005) This week I rediscovered one of my favourite lipsticks by Clinique (I don't have it with me so i can't remember the name). I always forget to have a rummage through my make-up instead on going with trusty faithfuls.
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Monday, 17 April 2017

Interiors | Hallway Nook...


My hallway is definitely not the largest hallway in the world. It is a small L-shape which makes it very difficult to purchase furniture for it. 

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Life | This Week #080...

001) First of all, Happy Easter to you all. I've quite safely devoured my weight in mini eggs on the run up to Easter so I've been keeping things simple today with Hot Cross Buns. Although I do have some Salted Caramel Haagen-Dazs in the freezer...

002) On Friday, I decided that I needed to start finishing off odd jobs around the house. So I decided to tackle my Hallway and put up some prints that I had lying around. I really like it so much that I have a post coming up shortly on it.

003) Saturday saw me head along to North Hop for an evening of Gin, Cider, Beer & lots of yummy food. It was good but personally I think last year's event was much better but each to their own.

004) Before North Hop, I ended up having a good play with my make-up and realised that it's something that I enjoy but don't do half of as much as I would like to.  I think I would like to incorporate a bit more beauty into here as I love writing about it when I do.

005) Fitness-wise, this week  I managed to increase my chest track weight in Body Pump. I also managed to get my squat weight back to what it should be,
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Beauty | Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation...


You may or may not know that I am particularly fussy when it comes to base products. Generally speaking I always read a heap of reviews before I buy one particularly if it is foundation.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Life | Food Shopping on a budget...


We've all been there - walked into a supermarket and bought things we don't need and also spent much more money then we intended to do. When you've only got a minimal income, you need to know how to shop on a budget.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Beauty | GlossyBox March 2017...

I found out today that I have been subscribed to Glossybox for 5 whole years! Where on earth has the time gone?

Anyway, when the March 2017 box dropped, I was all kinds of excited. Mainly because when I opened it, 3 of my favourite brands were in it.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Eats | Easter Nests...


I always have fond memories of baking when I was a child. In particular, one memory I have is making Easter Nests in Brownies. So much so, that I thought I would re-visit the recipe and post it here. It is such an easy recipe to do and it is great for doing with little kids.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Life | This Week #079...

001) This week has been quite a quick one actually. Work, gym and lots of downtime pretty much.

002) With the weather being as nice as it has been, I have been making any effort to be outside in the Sunshine. Today I headed down to a local market with local producers. I ended up buying some local granola and some local fresh eggs. Yummy!

003) Fitness-wise, I finally managed to achieve a bind in Body Balance. It has only taken me 2 years! In addition, this week was the first full week of the new Les Mills releases and my body is wrecked. These new releases are tough! So much so that I had an unplanned rest day on Friday which actually did me the world of good.

004) This week I seem to have picked up an addiction to roasted veggies. I just love them - particularly roasted broccoli.

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Life | 5 ways to take things slow...

You may have noticed recently that I have been all about self-care and taking some time out of my busy lifestyle by simply doing very little. With so much going on in our lives, it's becoming more and more difficult to remember to take some time out for ourselves.

Here are 5 ways that I like to take things slow:

Go for a walk:

Remember that line from Legally Blonde? 'Exercise gives you Endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't'. Well it is true. When the weather is nice, I love to take myself off for a walk to really appreciate the nice weather. I find even if it's just 20 minutes sitting on a bench watching the world go by, it really does the world of good.

Read a book:

Another thing I like to do is put my phone in another room, sit with a book and a coffee and just read. I find it both enjoyable and relaxing.

Pamper night:

What girl doesn't love a pamper evening? Sometimes I do the full works: nails, face mask, feet etc. Other times I may just apply a Face Mask depending on how lazy I am feeling. My favourite face masks tend to be those by Origins.

Go for dinner:

I love spending time with my friends and catching up. It's something that I probably don't do near enough due to commitments. However, a good catch-up over food is always a good idea.


I love to bake: all kinds of goodies. Sometimes I go for something super healthy, other times I go for the unhealthiest thing I can think of. Anyway regardless of what I actually make, I actually find baking very relaxing particularly if it is for no particular reason.

What do you do to take time out?
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Life | This Week #078

001) This week has been confusing - I've been here, there and absolutely everywhere.

002) Speaking of which, this week I ended up dog-sitting my parents dog while they went away. Let's say he was a massive distraction when I was meant to be working. He is just too cute to resist!

003) Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. I feel like I have hit a bit of a wall. I'm just not eating as well as I should be. Someone just really needs to give me a massive shove. I think tonight I will put my macros into My Fitness Pal in advance as I feel that I am letting myself down if I don't. I've definitely been having too many treats since Christmas.

004) I really should remember what I order online. Yesterday I got caught in a torrential downpour and so I headed to Sainsburys to wait it out as I had only left the house in a hoodie. Halfway through drinking a latte, I opened the parcel I had just picked up - only to realise I had ordered a waterproof jacket. Idiot.

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Monthly Favourites | March...

Did March actually happen? In March, I watched a lot of rugby; I spent some time looking after the dog; I took advantage of the good weather and I got engrossed in Project Runway.

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Reads | Thrive - Arianna Huffington...

When you are gripped to a book right from the word go, you know that it has to be good. And 'Thrive' by Arianna Huffington  is no exception.

In 'Thrive' Arianna discusses the challenges faced in modern society detaching from technology and work to have a good life balance. Drawing from both experience and Scientific research, Arianna shows us that by bringing small changes into our lives such as meditating for a few mins per day or by not answering work emails at all hours of the day, we can achieve a healthy life balance.

What I loved about this book is that it divided into 4 sections: well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. My favourite section to read was definitely the well-being section as I could draw comparisons from my own life to what she was discussing. In addition, I really like the style in which she writes as well as the humour that she brings to the book which is mainly by personal anecdotes.

Overall, I would really recommend reading this book particularly if you feel that you need to re-evaluate your work/life balance.
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Life | Hello April...

Typically when the weather was getting nicer, we have April showers...on the 1st of April.

This month will be bittersweet for various reasons. Despite this, in April I really want to amp up my nutrition as it has been lacklustre since Christmas; I want to finish my hallway nook; I want to put out that first Youtube video in about a year and I also want to stop injuring myself. In addition, I also want to try new places and have more mini adventures.
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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Life | This Week #077...


001) First things first, who brought the Sunshine to the party? This weekend I have spent as much time as possible soaking up the sunshine as it's usually a case of blink-and-you-miss-it in Scotland. Yesterday I went for a lovely long dog walk with my friend along the beach and today I took myself off to one of the local parks beside to river to do some April content planning. I may have got a little burnt...

002) Last week I mentioned that I wanted to switch out one of my morning coffees for a herbal tea and that is exactly what I did. The first day I made the mistake of switching my first cup out. Rookie mistake - I was falling asleep at my desk by 9.30 am. The next day I kept the first one and changed the 2nd. Result.

003) This week has been a little about self-care. I really am a glutton for punishment so I decided that it would probably be a good idea to start taking care of myself a bit better. On Thursday I injured my calf once again in the same class as last week. Instead of pushing on and going to combat on Friday like I usually would, I decided to have a rest day instead which I think is doing it the world of good.

004) You know when you buy things but then forget about them for ages? That. On Friday I was off work so I actually had to get into something that wasn't work stuff, gym stuff or PJs. Looking for a jumper in my wardrobe, I stumbled across a vintage sweatshirt that I bought ages ago and never worn. Since Friday I haven't taken it off...
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Beauty | Make-up Mix #005...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Eats | Caramac Blondies...


I love a good Blondie. I also love Caramac. So what happens when you combine the two together? An epic combination that is what.

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