Hello January

Well Christmas and New year Flew by didn’t it just? As most of you probably know from my Social Media Sites I was lucky enough to have got engaged! So January for me so far has been pedal to the metal organising and planning, who knew you had to book a venue and service like 2 years in advance? Crazy! but so Exciting
So much for my quiet January this year…

So as you do in January January, I have set myself a few blogging goals this year, which I wanted to share with you all to get me started!

Goal 1: Blog fortnightly! – no more hit and miss blog posts once every 2 Months! I am aiming for consistency.. (lets face it I am going to need a break from all this planning)

Goal 2: Be more socially active. This means “hello…I’ll be popping up in blogger chats on twitter”

Goal 3: Grow my online following by 10% – I’m hoping this will come from more consistent blog posts and increasing my engagement going to blogger chats. (fingers crossed)

So that’s me! What are your goals this year?

From the Provence with love

This weeks post is being written whilist I sit here sipping on an ice cold G&T and the pool at my feet! Yes I am super lucky enough to be writing to you from the south of France. I wanted to let you know about an amazing village we found today called ‘Saint Paul De Vence’ wow this place is so beautiful and full of amazing art, sculptures and the a view to remember. Having been to this region for so many years not going here in one of my early visits feels like I’ve missed out! So I wanted to shar this beautiful French village with you all!

One to add to the list of places to visit! 

Time to reflect…

I have had a bit of time lately to reflect on my first year of blogging, this has been on and off with my blogging but an amazing year it had been! 

Recently I’ve realised what I originally set out to blog about is harder than I originally thought, and actually blogging about what I’ve been getting upto is so much more fun, adventures food and interesting things I generally just want to share with you all. It also gives me the chance to reflect on what I’ve been getting upto! 

So in that light I have changed my blog look, I hope you like it, making it more fresh modern and fun! Here is a really nice quote that I feel summarises why I have changed it up!

Le weekend a Paris

I was super lucky last week to be able to get away to Paris on a long girls weekend away! We had so much fun exploring the beautiful city and the excitement of Disney! 

Here are a few highlights from the trip!

We managed to get round a whole lot of Paris in the short amount of time we were in the city! We took a bus tour which was great to hop on and off to be able to see all the sights! I can highly recommend this if you don’t have much time! 

Whilst we were in Paris we also got to taste some of the most amazing food, and we both felt that the food was pretty reasonable. We started the trip with mussels, followed by creme brûlée. We also got to have a delicious fondue and on our last day crepes! Savoury and sweet of course! Oh wait I can’t forget the deliciousness of the Parisian macaroon, boy they were delicious!

Of course how can I miss the wonderful world of Disney! I must be the biggest kid around, I had so much fun running around, meeting characters and pretending that I  was 10 again! 

… I hope you get to experience the wonderful world of Paris! I am for sure going back.

R x

Exercising for free

With the amazing weather we are having in England at the moment it has become so easy to pop a pause on that gym membership and get outdoors to make the most of our weather and work out whilst saving a few bob. Here I wanted to give a few great ideas to help you feel inspired to get out and enjoy it.

1. Saturday morning Park run – this is a great run for all abilities, they are all over the country and is run by volunteers, it’s a great way to meet people who run around the same pace as you and also to enjoy some of the glorious sunshine we have been having! Find your nearest park run here.

2. Circuits at the park – gather your friends or go alone, get a few exercise movements together – squats, burpies, climbers, Emily Skye has some great ideas here. Get a pumping playlist and either in your headphones (if alone) or through your speaker (if with others) and create your own workout. Try to make sure your workout uses a variety of muscle groups and pushes you.

3. Get on your bike – a brilliant way to get fit while commuting, using your exercise as your journey this can help you save time too. Simple as that and effective to!

Almond Milk

Are you an Almond milk drinker? – like it in your coffee? Porridge?

Well this recipe for Almond milk will get you wondering why haven’t you been making your own before it sure has me! It’s so easy and it means you know exactly what you’re putting in your body!

So you will need an Almonds, almond milk bag, you can buy this here. You will also need a sealable container/jug you can store it, a blender, a large bowl

So here we go… take 1 cup of almonds and soak these over night in water.
The next morning, rinse the almonds and pop in a blender, this doesn’t need to be a super powerful one. Add 3 cups of water and blend until smooth.

Next take your nut bag and a mixing bowl and strain the almond milk through the nut bag, squeezing to ensure you get all the juice out.

Transfer the mixture to your sealable jug and voila! Delicious Almond milk that will last up to 4 days in a sealed container in the fridge! Enjoy.

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Easy Granola

I have been super busy these post months! But I have got some delicious recipes and some great things to talk about so keep your eyes peeled and your bellies ready for a treat!
This is the first of a few recipes to try this is a delicious breakfast treat you can prepare at the weekends ready for the week (if you can keep it in the Jar that long).
**please note all the ingredients I use are Organic

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You’ll need:

  • A variety of nuts, I use raw Cashews and Almonds – 2 handfuls of each
  • Seeds – I use raw Sunflower Seeds -2handfuls
  • Goji Berries – 1handful
  • Oats – 4handfuls
  • Desicated Coconut – 1handful
  • Acacia Honey -2-3tablespoons
  • Pinch of Salf
  • Dash of cinamon
  • 1/3 of a vanilla pod

To make:
(this step is optional) Soak the nuts seeds and Goji Berries in water for a minimum of an hour.*
Pre heat the oven to 150°C (fan).
In a bowl mix the berries and nuts with the oats,Acacia honey, Salt, Cinamon and Vanilla.
Take a sheet of baking paper and lay the mix down evenly.
Place in the oven untill starting to brown.
Sprinkle the Desicated Coconut over the browning mixture and place back into the oven.
Once golden brown remove from the oven and leave on the side to cool.
Place into an drystore pot and serve portions for breakfast along with almond milk, and fresh berries.

*I soak the nuts, seeds and berries to release any toxins and help with digestion.

 

2016

  2016 so far for me has been super busy and very productive. I have really given myself time to reflect on 2015 and how I want to do things slightly differently this year. 

So you may have noticed that on the right hand side somewhere I have an etsy badge, click the link and you’ll see what I have been busy getting up to so far this year….Yes that’s right, I am now the proud owner of my very own etsy store. All of the things you see have been designed by me… I am in love with the gift cards, super cute. So please head over there.

I have also been debating taking up vlogging, this is something for me that seems so much more personal and nerve racking… I don’t know why even. So in the next week or so that is what I am going to start getting up to! I will of course upload my vlog here…. I feel nervous even committing to you all I am going to make one!
So how’s your 2016 going? Have you got things you’re trying to do differently? I’d love to know!
See y’all soon 

X

Blueberry pancakes

  
So 2016 so far has been super busy for me for May reasons, I’ll explain in my next post. Part of what I am trying to do for 2016 is enjoy the naughty food I love with a healthier twist and this recipe is one I have to share! It’s super easy and delicious! The pancakes are gluten free and dairy free.

Ingredients:

Almond flour 1.5 cups

Eggs 3

Almond milk 1 cup 

Oats 1/2 cup

Handful of Blueberries

2 teaspoons of Coconut oil

Honey to taste (optional)

Method:

This is the super easy, whisk together the Almond Flour, Almond Milk, Eggs and Oats until you have a pancake consistency. Then add in your blueberries.

Once you have the right consistency, heat the pan with the oil inside spoon in some of the mixture ( I was able to get 3panckes in the pan at the time as I made them small) ensuring you have a few blueberries in each. Heat on a medium heat for 3-4 mins depending on how thick you make them, then flip them over.

Serve in a stack on the plate and and sizzle with honey to taste.

Enjoy!

To make these slightly more savoury don’t add the blueberries, smash up some avacado and cook up some bacon as a topping to enjoy..

  

Cauliflower Base Pizza

So for my birthday I was super lucky and a great friend brought me a brilliant book by ‘Sarah Wilson’ called ‘I Quit Sugar’. This is a truely delicious cauliflower based pizza and it’s super healthy too! I’ve adapted the recipe myself but you can pretty much put whatever you want onto it. I couldn’t not share this with you all!

A great way to eat healthily and deliciously this January,  

So to make this delicious pizza (enough for 2), you will need;

For the base:

1 cauliflower- grated, cooked, drained and cooled

100g goats cheese

1 egg

Sea salt and pepper to taste
Topping:

2 tablespoons of Passata

4  tenderstem Broccoli  stalks

1 finely sliced red onion

2 eggs 

And whatever else you fancy really
To start pre-heat the oven to 200C. So to make the base mix all the ingredients together. Flatten the mixture out to around 1cm thick onto baking trays the mixture can make 2 large or 4 small pizzas spending on how you want to divide the mixture. Cook these for around 30-40min until the base is crusty.

Remove these from the oven and the add your topping, really this can be of your choice or you can use my suggestion. If using my suggestion, smear the Passata over the base and lay your toppings on top leaving the egg till last. Find somewhere to crack the egg, and then place into the oven for a further 10-15 mins (or until the egg is cooked)

Serve warm and enjoy!