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...

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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...


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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...

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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...

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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.

Bake:

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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