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Thursday, 16 July 2015

...Travel: Summer Get-a-aways!..

Finally Summer has arrived and it is in full swing. Whilst I do love the sun, it can get a bit much sometimes, especially with the oppressive, muggy heat we have been having lately. So, while I am moaning about having the perfect Summer (as we British are very good at doing), I thought I would share with you my thoughts on Menorca, where I holidayed last August. It may seem a long time ago now but I never uploaded some of the stunning pictures and shared my thoughts on the beautiful island we stayed on...

And seeing as I'm gearing myself up for another relaxing holiday in the next few weeks, I thought why not look back to all those things I love about travelling...

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Menorca. What a beautiful island. When travelling in a large group, renting a villa is always the best. You have the space to spread out and really make yourselves at home. You do not have to worry about finding a place next to the pool or whether there is too much noise around. When we went last year, we stayed a lovely, rustic villa that was close to a small, local beach and had easy access to long coastal walks. Perfect for when you want to get up early and take a stroll to stretch the legs and awaken the mind. Where we stayed was a short drive away from the town Mahon. Another post on that later. Too many photos otherwise.

I really did have the most relaxing time here last August and would recommend this island to everybody. Menorca is definitely a place I will be visiting again. The beach we visited was quiet and small, not many amenities but when you want to swim and nap in the sun, all you need is bar or restaurant that serves up some local sangria and tapas! Tasting local cuisine and emerging myself in another culture is, again, another element to travelling that I love. I try to soak up every little bit of the place I am visiting so as mot to miss a things.

I hope you enjoy the photos. Am surprised I did not share them much sooner.

xxx

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

…Recipe: Fish Bake...


Well, well! Hasn't it been a while? School and training has completely taken over my life right now, and to be honest, I am loving it! So, lets get straight to it.

Cooking is an activity both myself and James enjoy partaking in, and we do try to share the responsibilities. Recently, we decided we wanted to try branching out with our culinary experiences and try something new. After my mean green juice post (and while ago that was), I thought I would mix it up a little...

Seeing as we have quite a variety of cookbooks, we decided to pick something, easy, simple but would be utterly delicious. This is where 'The Little Paris Kitchen' comes into play.  A wonderful cookbook by the ever so delightful Rachel Khoo, whom I have talked about before. We wanted something filling and comforting for a Sunday evening, and this take on a classic fish pie did exactly that. Rachel's recipe is very easy to follow, and requires little sourcing of ingredients, as myself and James modified some of the ingredients to our liking. The only thing that I find tricky is creating the white sauce. Getting it smooth and lump free takes a lot of practice, and I must say James is pretty good at it. However, the rest of the cooking process is pretty much throwing it all together in the cooking dish.

Ingredients:
Diced potatoes
Salmon
Mackerel
Diced onions
Grated cheese
Ground black pepper
Salt
Peas

Sauce:
Butter
Milk
Flour

Peel and dice the potatoes into cubes then boil for about 15 mins or until soft. Drain and run under cold water. Whilst boiling the potatoes, prep the white sauce. Melt down the butter, then add in the flour and mix until a smooth paste. Slowly add in the milk, bit by bit. Keep stirring and adding in the milk until you have think, smooth white sauce.

Chop the onions, flake the salmon and mackerel, and add everything together in one big dish. Pour over the white sauce, mixing all the ingredients together. Sprinkle over the grate cheese to create a gooey topping. Bake the dish for about 20 mins or until the cheese had crisped up in the oven. Remove from the oven allow to cool and serve with a side helping of green peas.

This is probable one of my favourite comfort meals to make. There isn't a lot of prep only the white sauce. It's the perfect dish when you want to feel safe, secure and comforted.

xxx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

…Green Machine...


Who doesn't love a good juice every now and then? I love them. A quick and easy way to get a load of your fruit and veg for the day. Green juices are all the rage at the moment and have been for some time now. Initially I always thought green juices might taste bitter or lack a sweetness to them. Well, over the Summer, since I found my juicer in a car boot fair, I've been trying out a variety of different juices and have settled on one of my favourite green juices. Not bitter or bland, but full of sharpness and sweetness.

On the blog today I thought I would share with you one of my favourite juices. You might remember a few months back, when I blogged a recipe for a yummy carrot and beetroot juice. It seems that post was well received. This juice however is very much in the green category. Full of vigour and zest. A great boost for any day you're not feeling 100%.

Ingredients:

1 kiwi
1 pear
handful of baby spinach
2 celery stalks
chunk of cucumber
1 beetroot
2 tsps on mooring powder
fresh lime juice


I always juice my water base veg first and then add in my fruit afterwards. Leaving my spinach last. Technically beetroot isn't a green veg, however it does add a wonderful sweet taste to the juice and who doesn't want to pack in as much goodness as possible?

Once all the ingredients have been juiced, stir in your teaspoons of moringa powder. This was the first time I have used a green powder in my juices and it was great. Didn't leave an odd after taste but definitely gave the juice an extra boost of super goodness.

I would definitely recommend this juice if you're feeling sluggish or want to give your system a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Recently I have not been treating my body with the respect it deserves in terms of the foods I'm feeding it. This has shown in my skin tone and complexion. I'm pretty sure those extra sweet treats have made me feel bloated and full. Juicing is a great way to give your body a rest and allow it time to recover.

Hope you enjoy!

xxx

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

…Sunday Travels...

Jacket - H&M, Ear muffs - gift, Bag - Independent boutique, Gloves - Primark


Having not been very well at the end of last week (I blame my ever increasing work load for that), it was extremely refreshing to leave the house and go for a little trip on Sunday morning. We only ventured out to our nearest car boot fair and market, but it was still delightful. Usually we would walk after getting the train to Ford, but this time round we decided to take our bikes. The weather was perfect, crisp and bright. It was so refreshing to ride out in the country air and get some much needed exercise. Even it was a short journey.

I believe I have talked about Ford Airfield mart and car boot before on the blog. It truly is a great place to get your hands dirty and find some true gems. I was able to get my hands on a couple of children's book for almost 2/3 of the normal price. Working as a teacher, it's always handy to have children's books to inspire reading. I love a good rummage, and have over the years found some great items for wither my wardrobe or the home.

xxx


Friday, 6 February 2015

…Life of a Student...

Studying and then sometimes remembering to blog - a hard balance to achieve.

Why should it be so? Blogging is a hobby, an outlet, a space to chitter chatter away, and the fact that people take the time to read and comment means a lot to me. Most of the time I'm posting because I like creating an online diary - a collection of posts and image that document my life, from food, to travelling to things I enjoy.

Thankfully I don't have to worry about posting constant content as this isn't my full time job, and those who do, do this full-time I applaud you and love what you do. For me, nah, I like coming and going from this online space as I please without feeling the pressure of having to post worthwhile content. I write and post about the things that interest me and if others find them interesting then, great, thank you for reading. If then thats cool too.

For me my passion is teaching and education. Working with and supporting young children through their learning journeys. Let me tell you, it is not easy job but if it was easy would I still enjoy. Um, not sure. I like the challenge of having to inspire and motivate young children. I truly do. Currently I am working hard to achieve this dream. This term is going to one hell of a term with two assignments and pretty much, full on teaching. But that's the way it goes. Teaching isn't simple. It's multi-faceted and the expectations are high and rightly so. People entrust their children into the hands of teachers to help them learn about the world around them. To be able to be a part of that system is a joy and a privilege.

So at the moment, blogging will be a way for me to document moments and snippets of life. Maybe my other passion, yoga, maybe bits on food and my general daily musings. Life at the moment is taking a back seat for studies. Am hoping to be on a better note soon

xxx



Sunday, 4 January 2015

…Beauty: Some delightful treats...


These are just some of the wonderful gifts I received this year! One very lucky girl. The ones I wanted to share with you were some of the beauty products I got. I don't think you can ever have enough bath stuff. It is always handy to have an extra moisturiser or shower cream, or a perfume. I love smelly stuff. Who doesn't want to pamper themselves every once in a while?

So, on my wish-list this year was a set of new make-up brushes. I am not amazing at applying make-up but find with the right tools, it is much easier to get a cleaner finish. I saw these on Amazon (see link in this post) and thought they looked lovely. From the wooden handles to the full array of different brushes. I have been using them over the past week and feel my make-up looks cleaner and fresher, and more even. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with using your fingers, sometimes it's quicker to do so, but when I want to make the effort then using my brushes and taking my time is much more preferable.

Secondly, the collection of Crabtree and Evelyn stuff I got is just divine. Especially the hand therapy collection. I used the exfoliator last night combined with the moisturiser and it was amazing. My hands have never felt so soft before. This will definitely be my weekly treat to myself on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

On a not so beauty not, this book is so witty and delightful. Have seen it cropping up on my Instagram feeds over the past few weeks. If you have it enjoy, and if not get it! Plus following on from my last well-being post, these new yoga pants are so comfy and another item ticked off my wish-list. A very lucky girl indeed this year. I hope you all received some well deserved gifts this year too!

xxx

Friday, 2 January 2015

…A simple Christmas...

My Christmas. A simple day spent at home, just us two. Perfect! Food, Cava, lounge wear and T.V.


xxx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

…Hello! 2015...

Well, here it is…2015! 2014 is no more! Weird feeling really, it never feels any different, just another day as per usual. Last night we spent it together, just James and I, in front of the TV and it was great. Bottle of wine, a curry and some films. Perfect!

When 00:00 hit and Big Ben chimed in the New Year, it all felt quiet normal. So, for me I haven't made any resolutions just some ideas to think on and maybe act upon in the coming months. I suppose the one thing I want to achieve is QTS and becoming a teacher of my own class. And am well on track to achieving it. Yay! Might compile a post on that soon, talking about my feelings on tackling something new and challenging.

Anyways, moving on from the sentimentalities of the New Year, this post is about rounding up some of my happiest or bestest or favouritest moments (okay so we're still on the sentimental here, ha!), or whatever you want to call them. I put together three collages that I think tell a true picture of my 2014; some outfits, some life moments and also my photography which I have been proud of this year. I feel I got some really great shots. I hope to continue this in the coming months…


Fashion: A collection of outfits that I think show my style and the progression of where I think my style is going. I suppose I wear things that I like rather than thinking about its 'fashion credentials'. I've said it before I think, fashion should be fun and ultimately and expression of yourself rather than hitting the 'on trend' buttons.


Life: I have had a wonderful 2014! Two weddings, a great Summer off seeing friends and family. My first yoga disco was brilliant and something I'll never forget. I also started my journey in becoming a teacher, and love it. Was a big change for me, leaving a job I was secure in, to go and challenge myself and my skills. But the best decision ever!


Photography: I may not have used my camera as much I as I would have liked but when I did, I think I captured some great shots. I love taking candid shots of events, especially of my friends and their respective events (weddings and shows). When away in Menorca I couldn't help but snap away all the time. Was a stunning, beautiful place to take pictures…

HAPPY NEW YEAY EVERYONE!

xxx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

…Well-being: Fitness//Health...

Click here for link to Adriene's website for more details…

image from Adriene's webpage

…30 Days of Yoga…

Getting back to myself and taking stock of what's important. Yoga has been a way for me over the past few years of a way to reconnect and relax. Over the Summer and my time off, I really took off with my practise and loved being able to practise on a daily basis. Since starting my PGCE I have found that my practise has taken a back seat. So I've decided to start the 30 Days of Yoga mission, which has been compiled by Adriene from Yoga with Adriene. Now, I follow this woman's videos on Youtube and love them. She puts together some wonderful routines and practises that range from detoxifying to gentle flow routines. When I saw this mission pop up on her Instagram feed I knew it would be perfect for me. I have seen a few of these packages flying around as they do for the coming new year. But for me I wanted something that I knew would be in keeping with my original ideas and thoughts on health and well-being.

If this is something that you think you might be interested in, then click the link at the top of this post for further details. The best part about this programme is it is for free. The only thing that is asked of us is our commitment and a willingness to try new things, and push ourselves a little further. Plus what better way to start this programme can I have with my new yoga pants and all my lovely yogi tea drinks to help shift some of the unwanted toxins in my system. That's not to say I've let myself go over the festive period, I think I've just enjoyed relaxing and not feeling pressured to do stuff. Having this two week break, where Uni and work has taken the back seat, really helped me put things back in their right place. Equal the balance of things. I don't necessarily think we have to wait until the New Year to begin our journey to good health. I feel it should be something that's in our thoughts all the time. Maybe it's because the idea of a new year, a new start is more appealing and I can totally see that.

So from the January the first I will begin my 30 Days of Yoga, however before that I have already started thinking about my food and went for my first run in, oh I don't know how long.

Everyone have a fab and prosperous New Year!!!!!!

xxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

…A Christmas outfit...

Jeans - New Look, Top - HM, Shoes - New Look, Watch - TkMaxx


Seems like years ago now we had Christmas. The time really does fly by. In just three days it will be the January 1st. Wow! As I write this I am currently snuggled up in my new robe, heatings on full blast, and I've just pigged out on a delicious salted, caramel, chocolate pudding. Feeling bit sick now, not going to lie! Let the new fitness resolutions begin tomorrow!

So, moving onto this evenings post, a festive outfit for you. Well, festive being it was Christmas day rather than the actual items being festive themselves. Although we spent the day at our flat, just us two (myself and James), we still felt like dressing up and making an effort. Not too long after though we were in our new lounge wear, horizontal in front of the TV.

The shoes I felt were festive, being that lovely green colour, plus the sequins on the top made it feel all sparkly standing next to the tree. The top I found two years ago in the New Year sales, along with the green shoes and jeans. Can't beat those sales. Can always find some gems and those must haves you've been craving...