Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Readers!! 

photo credit - star song studio

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your Easter! I am working today so I shall be spending it at the house which is all good because I still get to eat my egg haha x

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Where Did March Go?

Well blogging more definitely didn't happen this month! I can't believe its the last day of March already, the past couple of weeks have been crazy so much to do which has left little time for anything else which has meant the blog was slightly forgotten sorry! 

I hope everyone has had a good March? I've had a great month but it has whizzed by so fast! The past couple of weeks has been pretty much all work and a tiny bit of play. I had to get my work training folder finished by last Thursday and I pleased to say it was signed off with everything complete and correct yay! That means I just have to wait till June now to become an official member of staff and things are looking good so I'm not too worried. One of the other support workers has just left to relocate elsewhere and I have actually asked to go up in hours which was agreed so I will be working a bit more, just shows how much I love it!

Other then support work I am still training a few clients which is good and I have spent some time with friends which is always a must when we are free at the same time. I have also been eating some yummy foods and walking a lot. Unfortunately after going on about how good my back was feeling it went agin a couple of weeks ago after some stupid exercise move I did which I will not be doing again! So although it has got back to feeling fine quite quickly I am being very careful and was just walking for a couple of weeks but I am now able to add some running in too which is fab. I will be getting back to some other workouts after this week as long as my back is still feeling good. 

I haven't actually taken many pics this month but I did have a few stored up so thought I would share them with you.......


I have recently discovered some gluten free fruit bread and topped with butter and cheese, both lactose free, is bloody delicious! Not something I need to be eating everyday but definitely good for a treat breakfast.


I made me and Dale some spicy peanut chicken the other day which was so tasty, although very rich! I made the sauce by mixing peanut butter, tamari, red thai chilly paste and tom puree so very easy to do and it packs a flavour punch! 


Another gluten free treat was had on Sunday morning in the form of onion bagels with bacon and egg a great Sunday breakfast.


We took Dale's sister'd dog out for a walk round some local woods last week while the sun was shining which was fun, I love a good wood walk especially when I am joined by my favourite pup. 


As I mentioned I have been walking lots and its been at all times of the day, I went the other evening around 5pm as the sun was starting to set and the view was beautiful, I love walking along the seafront which my music on, having time to have a good think : )

So that's me, a very quiet month on the blog but very busy this side of the screen I am hoping I can pop by a little more often in April but no promise....

Question:

How has March been for you?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

5 Things I'm Loving - March 2015

Hello! Well its been a while so I thought it was high time to check in with you guys, how we doing?
I'm all good, this past week and half has been a little more busy for me as I have had to make sure my work folder is all up to date and completed for my manager to check it over today before it gets signed off next week, exciting stuff! Hopefully its all correct and I will then just be awaiting my complete 6 month sign off in June all going to plan : )

Along with work at the house, training clients and getting my folder done I have been spending time with my sister and Dale as well as catching up with friends over coffee and its now time to catch up with you! Todays post is all about 5 things I am loving this month so far, sit back grab a cuppa and enjoy the read.....

My Motivational Quote


I was asked by the peeps over at AXA PPP Healthcare to write a motivational quote for them to feature and above is the finished result, a quote that has definitely proven right for me. 

Finding Awesome Recipes on Pinterest


As you all know I am a keen pinner and there is nothing better then finding an awesome recipe that tastes just as good as it looks on the blog you find it. I pinned this delicious lentil and rice curry the other day and decided to make it for me and my sister when she came to stay on Saturday night, the recipe was easy and will definitely be made again so yummy! I left out the cilantro cashew sauce but it didn't matter at all, you can fine the recipe here

Choc Shot Orange Spice


I am a fan of the first chocolate flavoured Choc Shot from Sweet Freedom so when asked if I would like a sample of the new orange spice flavour I said a big YES! Just as good as the original this is perfect on top of porridge if you like to indulge or as a hot chocolate and with it being low in calories you can feel good about it not ruining a healthy diet. Definitely one to try if like me your a lover of chocolate and orange as a combo. 

Red Lips


For me a girl can never go wrong with some red lippy and these days when I'm not working I love a bit of slap! Ha 

Joey!


As you know my little sis lives in Ireland so we keep in contact through Skype and Viber and the joy I get when Leah sends me a photo of this little man is hard to put into words. He is the cutest little boy and his little face keeps me smiling all day, I can't wait till we can go and see him to get as many cuddles as possible, look at his face too cute!! 

Question:

What are you loving this March?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Currently....

Hi all, I hope you having a good week? I am up to the eyeballs in course work for my Support Worker job and I felt like taking a break so here I am : )

One of my March blogging goals was to do a Currently post and here it is, so read on to find out some of things that are currently going on in my world....


eating....


Mostly sugar free but I did crack and make a homemade cake yesterday! To be fair this banana and carrot cake is very low sugar compared to something I would buy in the shops. It has 2 bananas and 50g for coconut sugar which is not exactly bad so I am enjoying it and will hopefully not get too many skin out breaks!

thinking....

That the last time I wrote a Currently post was back in November and I was thinking about how I really wanted to do well in my interview and get the job which I now have which is a great feeling. I now just have to pass my 6 month probation (which is June) to be an official member of staff so lets keep our fingers crossed for me : )

pinning....


Everything and anything! One thing I still find time for is my Pinterest addiction and with nearly 200,000 followers I need to keep them happy and keep pinning! Check out my boards they are filled with all sorts of things from amazing recipes to style ideas.

loving....


The sunshine! It maybe a little chilly out of the sun but man am I loving the sun at the moment. It makes me feel excited for the summer months which will be here quicker then we know it yay!

feeling....

Like I want to move, me and Dale have lived in our little one bedroom flat for over two years now and I am ready to move on. We desperately need more space what with my fitness gear and Dale's fishing stuff I am feeling smothered so its time to start looking for a new place. We are little limited due to Sid and the need for a garden but I am sure something will turn up.

hoping....

image credit

The Libertines are at Glastonbury along with the Strokes and lots of other bands I love. I hate the fact that the Glastonbury line up is kept secret for so long but it does add to the excitement I guess.

thanking....

You guys for still popping by even though my posts are few and far between. I could try and post more and more but I think me going on about being busy and working all the time would be a bit boring somehow. This way I can keep my blog alive and it still be something people might like to read : )

starting....


To walk more which is due to the nice weather. Last year when I hurt my back all I could do was walk for exercise but it was summer time so getting out wasn't exactly a chore but as the weather got colder and my back pain free I worked more on home fitness and getting my my back really strong. Now its back to being as strong as it was and I can do my usual high intensity workouts I am teaming them with more walking and I have to admit its probably one of my favourite ways to spend free time, when the weather is good of course!

Question:

Whats current in your life?

Monday, 9 March 2015

Easy Peasy Gluten Free Pancakes

Hey everybody, hows it going? Has March started well for you? The month has already been lots of fun for me and we are only 9 days in, I have met up with friends gone for walks in the sun and hung out with family as well as working a lot! 

A little while ago a reader saw a picture of some gluten free pancakes I had made and I promised to post the recipe because these are so easy to make anyone can do it...even you Lynn! 

Sunday morning me and Dale had this wonderful breakfast to start the day and I thought it was time to share the pancake recipe so you guys can enjoy them too : )


Easy Peasy Gluten Free Pancakes 

Ingredients:

100g gluten free self raising flour*
1 egg
250ml milk

Method:

Whisk all of the ingredients up until frothy then fry in a hot non-stick pan with coconut oil. Thats it, so easy and so tasty. 

*I use self raising flour but you can use plain, I just found the self raising worked better maybe because they are gluten free? 

We teamed our pancakes with smoky bacon, scrambled eggs and avocado but these would work any way you like them. 

Question:

What do you like to eat your pancakes with?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Goodbye February Hello March - Blogging Goals and Savoury Foods

Well can you believe its March already? It definitely came round quickly, last month was great for me so before we talk about this one I'll back track to February first and see how I did on those blogging goals I set for myself. 

I managed to complete four of the five blogging goals which isn't too bad, I shared my Review Post, I wrote a "5 Things I'm Loving" and "A Day In The Life" post as well as sharing some new Recipes. I am still not getting on here as much as I would like but thats just the way things are right now, I am going to set myself some more blogging goals for March and try to get on here a little more if possible. 

March Blogging Goals

Write a "Currently" post - the one I missed in February

Post a gluten free pancake recipe - for a reader

Write a "5 Things I'm Loving in March" post

I'm going to stick to three this month and try and get on here more featuring foods and just life going's on and we'll see how I go. 

One thing that has been on point last month and will be continuing this month is my love of savoury foods. I have been making some really tasty dishes and the pictures have been clogging up my camera roll so here are a few that I thought you might like......


Garlic and chilli roasted squash topped with sticky tomato and tamari chicken with mushrooms and cabbage. 


Eggs, mushrooms and carrot ribbons cooked in coconut oil with a side of avocado.


Roasted herb chicken stuffed with soft goats cheese served with green veggies.


Baked mini sweet potato topped with tomato and chill chickpeas and veggies plus feta. 

All of the above were super tasty and a pleasure to eat even if I do say so myself! I'm loving all these hot foods but I am looking forward to eating lots of salads once the weather starts to warm up and it feels like its on its way, I went for a glorious walk in the sun yesterday all be it very windy but it was so pretty down by the sea I didn't care that the wind was freezing! 

Right time to get ready for my next client, have a great hump day readers x x

Question:

Did you have any February goals, how did you do?

Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Day In The Life - Friday February 27th

Happy Saturday folks, I hope you've had a good week? One of my blogging goals this month was to write a "Day In The Life" post and here it is just making the February cut! This is an average Friday for me these days and I thought I'd give you a little peak into how my new work life fits in with the old one : )

5.42am Jump out of bed throw on some clothes and get ready in 8 minutes to leave the house! 
( I love waking up to this cutie!)


6am Arrive at my first clients house for an hour of personal training.

7.10am Arrive home ready for my next client.

7.20am Hit the streets with client no2 for an early morning power walk.


We walked along the seafront.....


Up the East Hill and back to mine....

8.50am Arrive back home 10,000+ steps later! 

9am Shower and get ready for the day.


9.20am Have some much needed breakfast. I ate rice cakes topped with almond butter and lacto-free cheese one the best flavour combos, so good! 

10am Train my next client via Skype

11.15am Another client arrived at mine for an hours training. 

12.30pm Get my bag and dinner ready for work at the house later.


1pm Make lunch. I had eggs and mushrooms coked in coconut oil, a mini sweet potato and 1/2 an avocado. What a tasty lunch : )


1.45pm Meet my friend Wayne for a coffee and a catch up before work.

3pm Start work at the house, we get there at 3 ready for the arrival of all the tenants which is between 3.45-4pm.

4.15pm Accompany one of the ladies to the chiropodists.

5pm Get back to the house and get paper work ready for one of the tenants planning meeting's while they all eat dinner. I ate some plain gluten free oat cakes for a snack here to. 

6pm Complete planning meeting with tenant.


7.15pm Eat dinner. I had a rice and feta salad which was delicious.

7.30pm Administer some of the tenants medications.

7.45pm Take two of the ladies into town for a Friday night drink. We sat in a quiet little bar and chatted : )

8.50pm Arrive home and sot out monies and update tenants files. 

9.10pm Administer more medication and up date files. 

9.20pm Sign off all of my days paperwork. 

9.40pm All done and time to get off home. 


10pm Arrive home after filling up the petrol tank on the way, I'm beat! 

10.40pm All ready for bed its time to collapse into dream world......

And there we have it an average day for me, busy right? There are a lot more things I do on a shift at work but listing them all would be pretty boring so I listed the main things to give you an idea. I literally don't stop from the moment I get to the house until I leave be that the same day or a 24hr shift but I really love it, such a great rewarding job and lots of fun..mostly! 

Enjoy your weekend x