Monday, 30 March 2015
Where has March gone? No, seriously, where? This year is seriously flying by too quickly, it’s freaking me out!
OK, panic over. Let’s concentrate on my March favourites shall we?
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum £24 - I picked this up a while back at an in-store event, used it a few times then forgot about it. Since the start of the year I’ve been hell bent on using up what’s in my stash before buying new and eventually this little one found it’s way to the front of the drawer. I’ve been using it on my skin twice a day under my daytime and evening moisturiser and so far, so good. I’m not seeing huge results, maybe my skin is a little too young? It does however even out my skin tone a little and minimises my pores a touch. I’ll get to the bottom of the bottle and let you know!
Origins GinZing Revitalizing Mineral Make-Up £25 - I’ve been in the market for a new mineral foundation for some time now and after having a little play around with this one in-store moons ago, I went back and picked up a pot. I’m beyond impressed with this foundation. It evens skin tone, makes me look awake and refreshed, and blurs pores and imperfections.
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream £27 - I picked this up at the outlet for £13. It’s amazing. It smells like spring, absorbs easily into the skin without leaving and greasy residue and my skin is visible softer and smoother looking. I had some dodgy dry patches on my elbows and this has cleared them right up too!
Jordans Porridge Oats - I usually always have porridge for breakfast, but it’s been a while since I tried a new brand other than Quaker Oats. Porridge is porridge really, it’s all about the toppings for me! Fruit, nuts, seeds, honey, even fudge makes it taste all the more amazing. The Jordans porridge makes for a really thick, not too creamy consistency which is just how I like it!
Cadburys Mini Eggs - Well, it is the season and all that! I love Mini Eggs, they’re my go-to treat for Easter, especially the really mini snack bags you can buy. They changed Cream Eggs too much for my liking so I’ll be doubling up on the Mini Eggs indulgence for at least a couple more weeks!
Nairns Oat Biscuits - Dark Chocolate - Light, crunchy and come in perfectly portioned little packets, what more can you ask for from an emergency biscuit? I always keep biscuits in my locker in work just incase I have to take an emergency tea break. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there, it’s late in the working day, the place is burning down all around you and you just need tea and biscuits, nothing else will put the fire out!
Trinity - Conn Iggulden - Second in the Wars of the Roses series, this has been my breakfast book for the last few weeks. I love historical fiction but usually, what I read is all about the ladies and the queens, the court drama, the romances and the scandals. Igguldens series focuses on the battles, the blood, the guts, the gore and the men. It’s a nice change and I’ve been really getting into it!
Map My Walk App (iPhone) - I used to go for walks on my lunch break. Then I stopped. In a bid to up my fitness game, I’ve started taking lunch time walks and I’ve been using this little app to track my walk, count my steps, how far I’ve gone and how many calories I’ve burnt. It’s great, it’s free and it does exactly what I need!
You’ve been loving…Rookwood Bar & Cue review
And I can’t say I blame you either! I put up a review of the fabulous Rookewood Bar & Cue this month and you guys have been drooling all over your keyboards over it! Their burgers are delicious, with innovative flavours and toppings. If you find yourself in the city then you need to stop by and try them for yourself!
What have you been loving this month?
Until next time,
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Sit Ups: 45 (previously 33)
Star Jumps: 68 (previously 73)
Jump Squats: 40 (previously 41)
Yes, I realise this post hits the 40 day mark but the days have fell funny or something so there's still one week to go people!
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
One of the things I've loved most about moving into my own place is the decorating. When it comes to living in a rented place, you want to get your stamp on it as soon as you can to start making it feel a little more like 'yours'. I got cracking before we even moved in, picking up bits here and there.
The living room is probably where we both spend the most time, together and separately so it's the room that's the closest to being complete. I wanted to keep everything bright and airy, we have a huge window which lets in some great natural light, so I wanted to maximise this. I also wanted to bring the outdoors - indoors. Living in a city centre apartment, we don't have our own garden so I wanted to bring a touch of greenery and life inside.
The one in the grey pot (pots was from TK Maxx, £4). Was a house warming gift that I accidentally killed, but it’s slowly coming back to life now! The pink toned pot is actually older than me. A friend bought it for my Mum close to 30 years ago! She wasn’t using it so kindly leant it to me! Thanks Mum! The plant, I think was called a Flaming Katie and was from B&Q for £6.
Ah, now the Hendricks and Belvanie bottles you see happened by accident. I love the bottles themselves and they were just too good to throw away so I thought I’d try them out as little faux flower pots. Seen as though Hendricks is my favourite drink and the Belvanie is Mr’s drink of choice, it was only right to keep them on display!
Monday, 23 March 2015
With a bunch of hungry girls in tow, I found myself wandering up Bold Street looking for somewhere we could have a little catch up over brunch. Just off Bold Street, I saw this little glass fronted place with a few tables and chairs outside. We wandered over, not knowing what we would find. We found Bretta & Co.
How cute! Each and every tea pot was different, the owners must have had so much fun picking out all the different vintage tea pots to use. It’s little touches like this that really make me warm to a place.
You can follow Bretta & Co @Brettaandco for event updates, experience evening and just tasty tasty looking food pictures!
Sunday, 22 March 2015
With week 5 now well and truly behind us, we have just two weeks left of the challenge! I can't believe how quickly it's flown by and how far we've all come! I was convinced I was going to fail this challenge somehow but now that we can see the finish line I'm more determined than ever to push myself and cross it with a bang!
Let's have a little look at week 5 then shall we?
Day 27: Weight Training 3x10 reps with 1.5kg (beginner); bicep curls, shoulder presses and tricep kickbacks.
I really want to buy some home weights. I tried out the reps with a bag of flour but it wasn't completely full and I was convinced I was going to drop it and really didn't want to have to clean that mess up! I really need to start incorporating weights into my fitness routine as I have really weak upper body strength!
Day 28: Avocado - I love avocado, but only in smoothies! I can't eat it, something about the texture just doesn't sit right in my mouth at all! I put together a new smoothie this week for St.Patricks day;
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 mango
- 1 kiwi
- 1 banana
- big handful of spinach
- 1 cup coconut water
Blend till smooth, it's refreshing and delicious!
Day 29: 30 minutes interval training. I went to the gym last night and did my interval training, the usual run/speed walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes, with a 20 minute total body on the cross trainer thrown in too!
Day 30: 3x15 sets with 60 seconds rest in-between (intermediate) ; lateral raises, back bows and donkey kickbacks.
The lateral raises made me realise how much I neglect to do any upper body/arm/weight training exercises. I focus mostly on cardio and yoga and as great as they are, I'm not targeting every area of my body. They were hard and my neck wasn't too happy afterwards. Back bows were not much fun either and hurt my lower back but I survived the donkey kick backs!
Day 31: Plank. Time held: 1:40! Last week I held for 1:23 so it's a clear improvement. They say you should see at least 20 seconds improvement each week so hopefully I will surpass 2 minutes by the end of the challenge? That's my goal!
I also did a 30 minute total body yoga routine! It was a killer but I felt great afterwards, I even tried side planking but I'm not strong enough to hold myself up like that yet!
Day 32: #SaturdayChallenge. 1:30 of the following
Star Jumps: (73)
Jump Squats: (41)
Fail. I was really busy all day on Saturday and completely forgot about the #SaturdayChallenge.
Day 33: Rest!
I've been so tired all day today and feeling really under the weather. I was hoping to do my #SaturdayChallenge today but I had a late night last night and woke up with a really scratchy sore throat this morning. I did manage to do a 30 minute slow yoga/meditation video which was so soothing and relaxing, it was all I could manage!
Also, this week an amazing hamper was sent to me by DWFitness as a thank you for taking part in the challenge and to keep us going through the home stretch. It was filled to the brim with lots of fitness goodies that I can't wait to try!
How did you do this week?
Until next time,
Friday, 20 March 2015
Back in my February Favourites I mentioned the Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser. I was still on the fence when I wrote that post, but what side am I on now?
Have you used Ultrabland?
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Lilly Valances childhood was completely over shadowed by the events of World War 1. Going into her adult hood, she is determined to not be affected by Post war Britain. Britain has changed; it’s people, its ways, everything about the country is different and Lilly is ready to embrace that as she takes centre stage in the pursuit of stardom and fame.
Captain Stephen Winters, haunted by the war and desperately clinging onto a Britain that no longer exists is desperate for an escape from the nightmares that plague him every time he closes his eyes. Lilly captivates him, her purity, her innocence and how totally untouched by the War she is, he knows she can save him.
Have you read any novels by Phillipa Gregory?
Until next time,
Monday, 16 March 2015
Last September The Bro and I went to the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival. One of the best stalls we visited on the day was Rookwood Bar & Cue. The 4oz flat iron steak with mushrooms was delicious and from that point on we both vowed to go to the actual restaurant and get more than just a taster. OK, it took us close to 6 months to get there, but we did! A couple of weeks ago on a rainy Sunday afternoon Mr and I took The Bro off to Rookwood Bar & Cue for an early birthday treat.
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Sit ups: 33, I seem to have reached a peak with my sit ups! (33 last week)
Star Jumps: 73, it's more than last week so I'm happy with that! I was aiming for 80. (71 last week)
Friday, 13 March 2015
Chances are you’re going to be heading into town tomorrow to pick up a last minute Mothers day gift, hey, don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there! Mothers day just seems to creep up out of nowhere and suddenly you’re queuing to get into Pandora, fighting over the last bunch of Tulips and spending half an hour in Thorntons wondering if Mum will prefer the milk collection or the dark.
You can purchase Stackers from John Lewis - they sell them in-store so you won't have to worry about it not arriving in time for Mothers Day! Check them out online here first!