Thursday, 24 July 2014

Fitness Thursday - Week 3

Two Pound Coin
So this is week 3 of my Healthy Selves and 'sort of' clean eating regime. I'd been  trying to lose weight before this but I'd lost my weight a bit. I now have to be committed as we only have a few months til our trip to Disney World and if I go looking as I do now, I know I will be very unhappy. 

I've been running and doing other forms of exercise regularly as well as eating much better. And if nothing else I feel better for it - more energy, less stressed and my tummy is definitely less bloated feeling. I've started to remember what hunger feels like rather than eating because of one emotion or another or just out of sheer boredom. I feel good and I like it!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Craft Wednesday - More Nappy Cakes

Let me just start this post by saying please excuse these dreadful photos. These nappy cakes were made as samples for a nearly new sale I went to (the nappy cakes are brand new but the sale has various 'business' sellers as well as nearly new but as my friend runs the sales I had a mixed stall!) and I had gotten a bit behind, what with studying for my Indian Head Massage Course and other things so these were made the night before and I had to take photos then and there as I wouldn't have had time to wrap them in the morning. So it was poor photos or none at all and I'd rather have some record of my creations than nothing!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Beauty Tuesday - My Routine (Hair)

I've decided to start a little series on Beauty Tuesday based on my routines. I'm a creature of habit and although I love trying new products, I also have some old faithfuls that I tend to fall back on. I also have some daily and weekly 'rituals' or routines that I do without fail as sort of upkeep or maintenance of my skin, hair etc. So I decided, it might be interesting for my readers if I did a series based on my current routines. I'll tell you what I do/use and when, and I'll give a mini review of each of the products I use for the steps. I hope you enjoy it....

Hair Routine

I decided to start off with hair - partly because I was pressed for time when prepping this post and my hair routine has the least steps and products involved! I also must apologise for the horrific background for my photos (yes, yes that is my lovely snuggly George at Asda leopard print dressing gown - I was in a hurry and my bed was disappearing under a mountain of ironing that needed putting away so I just grabbed what was closest!).

Monday, 21 July 2014

Recipe Review Monday - Carnation Lemon Drench Cake

Carnation Lemon Drench Cake
When you read this post I shall be starting my annual staff training day! Now I only work in a small office of 9 people so its not exactly the crazy team building exercise you hear of many firms doing. Its more of an informal day chatting and discussing and brushing up our various skills. 

The last couple of years, my boss has laid on a big picnic style lunch for us all but this year, as a few of us are keen bakers, we thought we'd bring along some treats ourselves too.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Family Friday - British Summertime @ Hyde Park

You might recall my post back in May where I talked about the McBusted concert I went to at the O2 Arena. And if you do, you might remember me saying that I had booked to seem that at Hyde Park in July. The exact date was the 6th July (last Sunday) at the Barclaycard British Summertime Festival.

Hyde Park British Summertime BST
I went with two friends and we had the most amazing day. We had bought priority entry tickets for about £60 (£10 more on top of the standard ticket price which meant we got in half an hour earlier.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Fitness Thursday - Eating Clean (Sort Of!)

Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie
The last few weeks I've been considering my diet. What with running two or three times a week, a weekly 'exercise date' with a work colleague and another once or twice a week of walking or pilates with my mum, I think I've got the exercise side of my healthy lifestyle plan sorted.

My eating however, needs serious improvement. I have been tracking sporadically on My Fitness Pal but not enough really to make an difference to my weight or well being.

I have been told in the past that I'm considered at a high risk of developing diabetes - there's a family history of it (many family members on my dad's side, including my dad developed Type 2 later in life) and both of my children were bigger than average birth weight, which can be an indicator. Add to that the fact that I'm overweight and its a recipe for disaster! So I've decided I'd rather do something about it now than when I'm told I 'have to' - which personally I always find much harder!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Beauty Tuesday - End of Spending Ban / Body Shop Haul

Body Shop Butters Scrubs Exfoliators

As my regular readers will already know, June was a month of no spending for me (original post here). This nearly killed me. Ok perhaps that's a tad dramatic... But it was tough. I did buy one product (we all agreed at the outset on a 'freebie'), which was the Models Own Hyper Gel Top Coat, that I reviewed here. Towards the end of the month, I was worried a few of my regular products were getting empty and so I had to be careful with using them so I didn't run out entirely (I should say my fears were entirely unfounded as we're a week into July and they're still all going strong - what can I say, I'm a panicker!)

Monday, 7 July 2014

Recipe Review Monday - Hairy Bikers Chilli and Ginger Salmon

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweeting pics of this recipe earlier today. Its a favourite in our household and is regularly put into my weekly meal plans to get some fish in our diet (so neglected as a food group in our house - anyone else have the same issue? I just tend to forget about fish!).

Its taken from the Hairy Biker's first Diet recipe book, though I've made a couple of minor tweaks for our personal taste but it is delicious. And very healthy.

I must admit I've got both of the 'Hairy Dieter's' books and love them both - I've got quite a repertoire of healthy dishes from them plus lots of tips to make my other recipes healthier. And I haven't got round to trying everything I like the look of yet so they were definitely money well spent.