Monday, 24 November 2014

A little Monday joy x


My mum sister and Joey leave tomorrow so I will be soaking up as much family time as possible till then, have a great start to the week peeps.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Celebration of 50k Pinterest Followers!

In todays post I want to say a massive thank you to the guys over at Pinterest for adding me to their list of Pinners to follow because I now have more then 50k followers!! Literally cannot believe I have that many followers its crazy in a very good way. If you don't yet follow me go take a look at my boards, there is definitely something for everyone and I update my boards on a daily basis so there is always something new to see. 


I'm definitely a pinning addict and here are a few of my favourite boards and pins...










Board - My Style






Board - For The Home


Pin - That Table! from Simply Me

Board - Take Note


Pin - from Le cidl de Paris

And on that note I shall leave it there : )

Question:

Are you a pinning addict?


Credits for each pin can be found by clicking on the links under all photos.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Gift Guide - 2014

I have never made a proper Christmas Gift Guide since starting my blog so I thought it was about time I got with the programme and put one together. I have been looking around the web and found some great products that range in price depending on your budget for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. I also make my own gifts which I will doing this year too, that post will be up in December so keep your eyes peeled!

I have added things in here I would love myself or have tried and think they would be a rather nice gift for your loved ones, I mean we all know someone that loves something sparkly, make-up or chocolate don't we?! Take a look and you never know there might be something that catches your eye for somebody : )


For the chocolate lovers I have Hans Sloane Drinking Chocolate. This product was new to me and I was lucky enough to get some samples and for all those chocolate addicts out there this would be a great stocking filler. I love a good hot chocolate now and again especially when its as velvety and luxurious as this so if you or anyone you know loves it then a pack of this drinking chocolate would be a great gift. 

I adore Christmas decorations and ever since I was old enough to open my own presents and remember what I was getting I have received a decoration so I have a wonderful collection now. I saw the the Sloth and Fox tree decorations from Accessorize and just had to add these in because they are so cute! 

I have a little metal calendar that was my grandmothers which I love so when I saw this Stanley Calendar from Cath Kidston it just had to go in here I would love to get this! To be fair I am more then happy when I receive anything from Cath Kidston because everything she makes is just pretty and pleasing to the eye : )

The next gift idea is aimed at all those ladies that love sparkles me included Dale! I adore the sparkly Boden Jewelled Pumps, they look so glamorous and are perfect for any Christmas or New Year parties. I don't wear heels much these days so a pair of shoes like this looks the part and goes with anything.

How could I not include a onesie?! Ha well I am sure there are many people out there that are not that keen on the good old onesie but I have to say I love them, especially these ones from Tipsy Elves. I was sent the one above for me and Dale and they are so comfy and very warm, these are going to be great when the weather turns icy! I love the blue, white and red festive print too and think these are a great gift for all you peeps that like to sit in comfy's and watch Christmas films.

If you follow any of my social media pages you will know I love bright lipstick and the Dior lipstick above from the winter 2014 collection really caught my eye this would be a great addition to my make up collection and maybe yours too?

The Froothie Optimum 9400 has been on my wish list for ages so of course if had to be added to my gift guide just in case santa wants to be really generous this year! My blender has pretty much had it so I am dreaming of owning this!

Whenever I am passing a Paperchase store I can't resist having a little look round especially at their little plastic food tubs and these animal face ones I need in my life, how cute are they? I am sure all of you heathy eaters that love to take your own snacks tucked in your bag would love these. I also really like the party props set which I think is a great idea for any Christmas or New Year parties.

I couldn't write this guide without including something from my sisters new store The Future Kept. Choosing just one thing was pretty hard purely because I want one of everything! I settled on the Uashmama Washable Metallic Bag these bags are so cool and very unusual and I love the fact they are washable even though they are paper, great for all you mamas out there that love pretty things that stay pretty even after your little ones have been throwing food about!

Another thing I had to throw in was a kitchen gadget, I love a good kitchen gadget and Oxo make some awesome ones. If you read my blog you are probably well aware I love Oxo and after looking for a Mandoline for ages I got to try out the one above, its great and because its a handheld one it doesn't take up loads of room which is good for me as I don't have masses of kitchen space unfortunately! I will be posting a recipe soon which was inspired by my new mandolin so keep a look out for that : )

Lastly I thought I would add in a book, I don't read as much as I would like to but when I do I quite like a girly book and the Shopoholic collection are very girly! Shopoholic to the Stars is the next book in the series and if its as good as the last ones it will be a great read.

And there we have it my first ever Christmas Gift Guide, hopefully I have helped you out a little unless you are one of those really organised people who has already bought all the gifts and they are wrapped and ready to go. I love reading other peoples gift guides because there is always something out there I have not yet come across and could be the perfect gift for someone so I hope this has been like that for you.

Question:

Whats on your Christmas list, anything above you fancy?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Day In The Life - Sunday

Todays the day!!! My sister, mum and nephew will be arriving very soon and I am so excited, I can't wait to spend a long weekend with them its gonna be so much fun. I have to work Friday and Saturday at the shop so I will be wishing the days away until I can be back hanging with family. While I await their arrival here is my Day In A Life post for you to read, its all about last Sunday........

8.30am - Wake up to the cat nudging my face asking for breakfast, he gets a little impatient if I am not up at 6am sharp to feed him! 


9am - After a big glass of water I made a fresh juice and added a Grinki all natural matcha sachet for some extra workout energy! 

Grinki Juice

2 sticks celery
3 small apples
1/4 cucumber
1/2 lemon
2 small carrots
1 sachet grinki matcha

Juice all the veggies then whizz in a pack of grinki for a green tea boost! I was sent these little packets to try and I love them, they taste great in a juice and the packaging?? How cute is that! 

10am - Time to workout, I did a full body workout which was a real killer but only taking 30 minutes I was done and dusted by 10.30am boom!


11am - All freshened up I made an almond milk latte and waited for Dale to get back from fishing.


12pm - Dale returned and we had some toast and caught up on X Factor. I had three pieces one with butter, manuka honey and the other with almond butter....wow so good! 

2pm - We get ready to leave the house then go and visit Dales sister to hang out with Logan Dales nephew, he's grown so much its crazy! 

4pm - Off to visit more family this time Dales mum and stepdad, we hang out there until just after five then its off to town....


5.30pm - We went to the cinema to see Fury, brilliant film! We hadn't eaten since the toast so it was a bit of a snack fest at the cinema...wispa bites, M&M's and popcorn! Ha well lets face it the snacks on offer at the cinema aren't exactly on the healthy side so we decided to embrace it! 

8.30pm - Get home and eat some soup and more toast, no picture here as the ones I took were not pretty. We also watched some Peaky Blinders...loving that series! 

10pm - Bed 

Sunday was a good day, I loved the film and seeing Dales family is always a treat : )

Question:

Have you seen Fury or Peaky Blinders, what do you think?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Workout Wednesday: Cardio Blast

Its Wednesday all ready so it must be time for a workout! I have been loving my workouts lately, I really enjoy working out at home and not having to leave my house to get sweaty and pink like a lobster in the outside world and believe me I go very pink! I am lucky to own lots of workout equipment but many of my workouts don't use any just bodyweight so if your looking for a home workout check out my Workout Wednesday page which has lots for all fitness abilities or if your up for a real challenge go get changed and try this Cardio Blast for a killer calorie burn session! 


Cardio Blast

3-5 minute warm up - can be anything that gets your heart rate up!

Circuit 1

Star Jumps
Mountain Climbers
Step Ups
Squat Jumps

x 3

Burpees x 15

Circuit 2

Plank Jacks
180 Jumps
Bench Hops
Bicycle Crunches

x 3

Burpees x 15

Set your interval timer to 45s work, 15s rest for 4 sets and 3 rounds a total of 12 minutes. Perform 3 sets of circuit 1 for the 12 minutes then do 15 burpees before taking a 1-3 minute rest. Do the same for circuit 2 then feel free to crumble in a hot sweaty mess and give yourself a good stretch and pat on the back! This workout will be tough going but you'll be done within 30 minutes and the rest of the day is yours, deal?! 

Question:

What is your favourite home cardio exercise?

Mine would have to be mountain climbers, they kill but they get results!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Currently

Having not posted a Currently post yet this month and with so much going on I thought it would be a perfect time to write one and let you know whats happening on this side of the screen. This what I have currently been.....

drinking......


I was sent these new flavoured teas from Twinings which are delicious, I love the Moroccan Mint and Rose especially and the packets are so pretty. I am a sucker for packaging so I am sold on these its a bonus they taste wonderful too! 

eating......


Porridge of course! Its cold so I like a hot breakfast and porridge made with almond butter and sprinkled with Coconom's ginger coconut sugar is a winner for me, yum 

thinking......

I really want to do well in my interview tomorrow, I am not going to go into details yet just in case I don't get the job and I don't want to get my hopes up but they all ready are I guess, all I can do is be myself and hope they like me and what I have to offer...keep your fingers crossed for me! 

I have made a new board to pin my winter fashion inspiration, I'm in desperate need of a wardrobe overhaul so this is the perfect place to collect ideas. 

loving......


Almond milk lattes, I make myself one everyday and its become a morning ritual. I have one of those areolatte things to froth my milk which makes it feel a little more luxurious. Who needs a high street coffee bar when you can make one even better at home! Lets face it how many years is it going to take for almond milk to be offered in a coffee shop? Too many!

feeling......


Really proud of Dale!! My man has only gone at got featured in Carp-Talk magazine! He's doing really well at the mo and it makes me really happy he has a hobby he loves and puts so much effort in to good man! 

thanking.......


My sister Jes for my free veg box voucher, I am loving using these yummy veggies for different meals and juices : )

hoping......

urrrr I get the job or a job! 

starting......


To get excited about going to see Gaslight Anthem tomorrow night!! Me and Dale are off to London to see them which is gonna be a fun night out.

Question:

Tell me something thats currently going on your life......

Monday, 17 November 2014

My First Gourmet Veg Box from Abel and Cole

Here we are at the start of another week a very busy week, that is for me. I have so much going on this week its kind of hard to think straight, I am overwhelmed with so many emotions I am already feeling warn out and its only Monday! Why so busy? I here you ask well lets see...

Monday and Tuesday - two full days of clients

Wednesday - I have a job interview (more on this another time) and me and Dale are off to London to see Gaslight Anthem

Thursday - Clients and my mum, sister and nephew arrive and will be staying until Tuesday - yay!

Friday and Saturday - Clients before and after work at the shop both days 

Sunday - Family day....maybe a little time to relax?! I hope so! 

Ah I feel exhausted just writing this but I am also excited for family time, nervous to go to my interview and feeling over whelmed but I guess it means one exciting week ay?


While I just quiver in a corner lets get back to what this post is actually about and thats my first veg box delivery from Abel and Cole. I used to have a veg box delivered when I lived in Brighton but it became a bit boring so I cancelled it and since then just went back to buying veg in the supermarket but when my sister kindly offered a free veg box voucher I thought why the hell not! I have heard lots of good thing about Abel and Cole and the fact their veg is organic is very appealing to me and its seasonal which lets face it is a good way to eat. So I had a browse and went for the small gourmet box which gives you 8 different types of veg for £16. Not a bad price for organic produce and I am really eager to give this a try again just to help jazz things up in my kitchen, I tend to buy the same stuff each week and its getting pretty boring. Me and Dale decided if it works out the same price then  its a great idea plus I like the fact you can chop and change your order each week to suit your needs for instance this Friday I am getting a medium veg box instead of the gourmet because I preferred the veggies that are offered in it this week.


So what did I get in my first gourmet box? Well lets see there was a cauliflower, courgettes, a pepper, celery, cucumber, mushrooms, aubergine and a kabocha squash yum!! Everything in this box I love and can't wait to make some meals with these veggies. I added some of the celery to a juice yesterday and plan to make chicken with roasted veggies tonight. I have some ideas on how to use the other bits which I am sure if you follow my Instagram you will see what I come with : )

Question:

Do you get a veg box delivered?