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WIAW: First Date

Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month- I hope August has started out on a high for you all!

Well what a shocker the UK sunshine has disappeared to be replaced with rain and grey clouds again, geez should have known that it wouldn’t last.  The changing weather has left me with a bit of a cold so I have been nursing that for the past few days, but I haven’t let it get me down though and have ben trying to carry on as normal.

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This week for WIAW I want to share my goings on from Monday because I was treated to a lovely meal and it was  just so good that I had to share.

I kick started my day with a lovely bowl of fresh peaches and strawberries with some peanut butter Cheerios which was a nice treat as I have been trying to use them sparingly like I mentioned in my latest vlog.  I poured over some unsweetened almond milk and had an ice cold glass of water too.

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I love adding fresh fruit to cereal, it definitely makes it more satisfying and another way to get in more fruit into my day.

Later that morning we popped out to Hobby Craft and TK Maxx to buy some wedding craft supplies and props to dress the reception venue.  I’m really happy with what we picked up, all that is needed now is for us to get our wedding DIY heads on.

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Shopping OOTD: beige cardigan: Zara, blue vest: Forever 21, skinny jeans: Forever 21, scarf: Forever 21, pink rose bud earrings: Forever 21, moccasins: Forever21.

This outfit was a total Forever 21 love fest- such a great shop!

All of that shopping worked up my appetite so I picked up a lovely blueberry smoothie from Boots. 

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These things are so handy when you are on the go!

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When we got home it was time for lunch so I made a lovely salad of mixed leaves, courgettes, smoked salmon, half a baked sweet potato and some chunk hummus, so good!

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Afternoon snackage was a chopped pink lady apple and 3 pitted dates to tide me over.  I definitely need this extra fuel to get me through Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown Level 1 workout- it’s such a fab yoga routine!

Later on in the evening it was time to get ready for our date night.  We headed to our reception venue for dinner.

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a cheeky snap of the restaurant

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To start I had the salmon gravlax with Bellini’s.

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My main was the sea bass fillet with roasted fennel and crab meat balls (sorry the actually name on the menu for this dish had so much more finesse than I could ever muster!)

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An dessert was just amazing!  I delved into a delicious slice of chocolate heaven, a chocolate tart with cookie dough ice cream.

I think it is easy to see that it was  a pretty amazing meal.  I’m so excited to see what they come up with for our wedding breakfast.  This got me thinking about mine and Alfie’s first date. 

Our first date was seven years ago and we headed to Nando’s after work and went to watch a movie.  Funnily enough Hitch was playing at the time so we watched that, very cliché I know, but it was such a great first date.   Since last nights date night was in pour wedding reception venue it was amazing to realise how far that we have come as a couple.

What did you do for your first date with your partner?

Have you ever had a bad first date?

What is the most delicious thing that you have had to eat today?

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WIAW: Major clear out

Hey guys!  I hope you are all having a great week!

How awesome has the weather been in the UK!  I’ve been absolutely loving it and have had a good few days lapping up the sunshine and topping up my vitamin D.

Like with most things in life with every positive there comes a negative, my negative being my hay fever.  The pollen count has been sky high and has left me with flu like symptoms i.e. constant runny nose and congestion.  Luckily I’ve had no itchy and watery eyes yet.  I’m not going to let it beat me though I’ve still been enjoying the weather regardless.

And since it is Wednesday you all know what that means…

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….another week of foodie inspiration in the form of WIAW!  Thank you Jenn for being the hostess with the mostess as always!

I wasn’t feeling my best on Monday morning as a result of my hay fever so I decided to skip my planned yoga session.  I figured that a bunged up nose and yoga really wasn’t a great combination.  Instead swapped sun salutations for a major wardrobe clear out. 

It had been on the cards for a while, especially since I hadn’t worn any of the clothes that I had saved from my last wardrobe over haul.  This time round I was quite brutal and got rid of anything that I hadn’t worn in the past  months to a year or just didn’t fit in with my current style.  It was also a great opportunity to stash away my heavy winter knits and coats.  I have kept some thinner jumpers in my closet though as you never know with the weather in the UK. 

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These space saver bags are simply genius for stashing things away as you use a hoover to suck out the air so they become vacuum packed.  I store duvets and all sorts in them. 

After all of that hard work breakfast was well deserved.  At the weekend I saw that some of the Dorset’s cereal was on offer in Tesco’s so I decided to treat myself to a box.  I had a bowl of Simply Nutty muesli with a chopped pink lady apple and some green tea.

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Mid morning I was feeling a little bit peckish so I decided to make myself a snack of raw baby carrots and cucumber and hummus.

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This combo never gets old!

For lunch it could have been nothing but a salad as I have been craving them so much in this heat.  This one was pretty epic…

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It was made using lettuce leaves, tomatoes, beetroot, half and avocado, vegan cheese, cucumber and red peppers with a balsamic dressing, amazing!

Later in the afternoon I had to pop out to the Post Office so I decided to change out of my lounge around the house clothes and decided to make some sort of an effort.

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OTTD: white vest top and coral baggy vest top, khaki 3/4 trousers: H&M, sandals: River Island, bow necklace and big earrings, Forever 21.

In the afternoon I fancied a smoothie but after chopping up the fruit and eyeing the Total Greek Yoghurt in my fridge I completely changed my mind.  My lovely neighbour had given me some herbs and lettuce that she has grown herself early today and the scent form the mint was wafting through the air every time that I opened the fridge.  So I decided to combine all three ingredients:

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Mango, raspberries and blackberries with full fat Greek yoghurt and fresh mint.  Holy yum!  This was heavenly, the mint gave it a super fresh kick and a whole new dimension.  I will definitely be adding fresh herbs to my fruit more often.

For dinner I wanted something quick so I just cooked some soya mince and mushrooms in a tomato sauce and used it to stuff a baked sweet potato. I had this with some steamed broccoli.

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This tasted surprisingly good for a super speedy meal.

In the evening I raided my freezer for a raw treat:

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My Raw Chocolate and Salted Caramel Hearts x 4 with some delicious cherries.  These hearts taste amazing and it would be selfish of me not to share the recipe, so its coming soon!

Well a pretty good day of eats again where I managed to listen to what my body wanted and just went with it.  It was so great clearing out my wardrobe and feeling all organised.  I can actually navigate myself around my wardrobe so much more easier now!  Strangely, I do love a good clear out now and then, it works wonders for my mind.  Getting rid of old crap somehow clears my head too, weird I know.

When was the last time that you had a good wardrobe shake up?

Are you good at getting rid of things or are you a bit of a hoarder?

Do you find having a clear out as some sort of therapy like me?

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WIAW: Enough is enough

Hey everyone!  I hope this week is going well for you and that you enjoyed yesterday’s recipe post.  It’s been a pretty productive week for me so far with getting lots done, but I cannot wait for the weekend as I have some lovely things planned.

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Another WIAW post means that we are halfway through the week- I love celebrating that fact with a weekly dose of food porn.  For this week’s WIAW I want to share my eats and goings on from Monday.

I had an appointment to go to in the morning which meant that I could have a little bit of a lie in, which is unusual for me and quite a treat on a Monday morning.

I got dressed and ready and went with a casual ensemble:

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Casual OOTD: cropped jacket, black vest top, coral vest top, floral scarf, all from H&M, flared jeans: Warehouse, ballet pumps: Topshop.

I love the light blue colour of the jeans and the coral and beiges together.  This shade of denim practically suits any colour way.

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For a speedy breakfast I made a green smoothie using kale, a banana, peaches, grape juice and almond milk.  I also had a Bobo’s Oat Bar in cranberry and orange which Sarah sent me in her package.  Breakfast like this are great for when you are in a rush to get out the door.  The cranberry and orange flavour of the bar reminded me of my hot cross buns.

My breakfast kept me full for ages so I completely scrapped my usual mid-morning snack. I didn’t feel hungry again until past lunch time around 1.30 pm.

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For lunch I made a lovely salad using mixed lettuce leaves, avocado, beetroot, tomatoes and peppers.  I made a dressing using some plain shop bought hummus that I thinned down with water and the stirred in some red pesto.  Easy, peasy, delicious!

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In the afternoon I snacked on some yummy dates and 2 rice cakes. One rice cake was topped with almond butter and the other peanut butter.  It’s been so long since I had nut butter topped rice cakes, so much so that I went back for one more! Oh, so so good!

Later I the afternoon I headed over to the gym to try my very first yoga class.  To be honest I didn’t find this class very challenging at all.  We did some breathing exercises, a bit of stretching, the plough, sun salutations and the standing triangle and the relaxation phase.

I know that yoga isn’t just about the stretching and the more intense poses, but from a class I was hoping to be challenged and work on my poses more.  I’m not sure I will be going back to this particular class again next week, but it was nice to try it.  Like with most things, it’s probably just trial and error until you find a class that suits.

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When I got home I made a quick and easy dinner of steamed kale and broccoli with a baked sweet potato, kidney beans and black eyed beans topped with my Honey, Mustard and Lime dressing.  This meal totally represents the kind of food that I am loving right now- stripped back and simple with oodles of fresh produce.

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In the evening I was feeling snacky so I made a snack plate of chopped strawberries, cherries and some Lindt salted caramel dark chocolate.

Nor a bad day of eats me thinks- lots of roobios, green tea and water was consumed too!

Everything looks so small in the photos and looking back at some of my older WIAW posts and again the serving sizes look quite small.  I think photos can be very deceptive as I always make sure that my plate/bowl is piled high.  I know I keep saying it, but I am in a really great place where my eating is concerned at the moment.  I am not overeating and only eat when I need to, which was shown in this post by not eating my mid-morning snack as I knew that I didn’t need it.  I’ve seem to have got the hang of knowing when enough is enough for my body and I’m so happy that I’m finally coming to terms with what my body needs!

Are you good at knowing when enough is enough?

Do you think you are currently in tune with your body?

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WIAW: Drenched!

Hi all!  Smile I hope you are all having a great week so far!

Now I could easily be talking about the weather with the title for this post as I know I keep going on about how crappy the weather has been in the UK recently.  It was raining buckets yesterday!

-Alas!  What I am actually referring to is my conscious effort this week to drink more water.  I’m a big water drinker anyway, but I noticed last week that I haven’t been drinking as much as I should and I think that was down to the miserable weather- when the sun is shining I swim in the stuff!  Rather than lots of water I have been substituting it with lots of herbal tea, which I know still contains water but it’s no the same as the pure stuff, to me anyways.

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For this weeks WIAW I‘m going to share my eats and goings on from Tuesday as on Monday I was busy running around John Lewis scanning lots of amazing items for our wedding gift list and forgot to take pictures of my meals.

My morning started off really early, dropping Alfie at the train station at 5.30 am so he could make his way back to work.  Once I got home I made a cup of chai tea, ate an apple and pottered about the house and waited for the gym to open.

Once the gym opened it’s doors I did my upper body strength workout with some new moves included and I increased the weights too.  I also did 20 minutes of HIITS on the cross trainer and bike and some ab work.

My stomach was rumbling when I got home, so after a quick shower I made a basic green smoothie out of a banana, soya milk, vanilla stevia and kale and had it with one of my Cherry and Oat Breakfast Muffins, recipe to come!

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You can’t beat a classic green smoothie and the muffin was so yummy!

I didn’t really need my usual mid-morning snack as by the time I had finished breakfast it was 9 am!!!  So for lunch I was craving a mega salad, nothing new there then!

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It included lettuce leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, grated carrots and vegan cheese.  I made my current favourite dressing of honey, mustard, lime juice, a pinch of salt, apple cider vinegar and mixed herbs to go on top. 

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Lunch was good!

Later in the afternoon I snacked on a bowl of chopped doughnut peaches topped with soy yoghurt, almonds and some Caramel Apple Puppy Chow made by the lovely Sarah, its so good! 

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It was a pretty standard day to be honest, but a very productive one as far as editing my thesis goes.  By dinner time though I’d had enough so decided to call it a day and cook dinner instead.

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Dinner was a basic socca wrap stuffed with lots of peanut butter with a side of stir fried broccoli, red peppers, more kale and mushrooms with some tempeh in soy sauce, mirin, sesame seed oil and lime juice.  I love simple dinners like this, it really hit the spot.

Later on I was still feeling peckish and I always make time for dessert- it’s a must!

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I’ve been craving ice cream for a while now and decided to treat myself to some non-dairy vanilla ice cream last week.  Chopped apples, strawberries, non-dairy vanilla ice cream dusted with cinnamon and a fig biscuit which came in Sarah’s awesome package, was a very tasty dessert. 

A few extra scoops of ice cream and Caramel Apple Puppy Chow may have made it’s way passed my lips at some put later that evening too. Open-mouthed smile

When I’m at home I always have a 2 litre bottle of filtered water in the fridge which I take out when I set up my “office” on the dining table to start work.  I pour it in to a glass as and when I need it and make sure that I drink the whole 2 litre bottle.  So with all that water and the amount of herbal tea I drink normally I think it’s easy to say that I’m well hydrated.  It’s been difficult to drink so much pure water with the weather being so grey and I have preferred my tea, especially last week, but I am definitely back to my normal water drinking levels now.

****Don’t forget to enter my Total Greek Yoghurt giveaway to win a months supply of yoghurt!***

Do you make a conscious effort to drink more water?

Do you find that you find it easier to drink more water in the summer months or does the weather not bother you?

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WIAW: On the move

Hey guys! I hope all of your weeks are shaping up well.

Well I don’t know about the rest of you in the UK but I am so tired of this horrible weather that we have been having- where has the sunshine gone? I just hate living under these persistent grey clouds every day.

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Although having said that I do find every meal brings a little ray if delicious sunshine in to my days, which is what I think is great about WIAW. If you haven’t got on board with WIAW it is a great way to find some weekly food inspiration and all of the blog posts are linked up and shared on Jenn’s blog every Wednesday.

My little contribution for this week’s WIAW comes from Monday again. Unlike most Monday’s this one was quite exciting for Alfie and I as we had booked a series of appointments for house viewings in Oxfordshire. I find moving house so much fun and I love looking around other people’s homes, just because I’m nosey like that I guess.

Before we made the journey to look at our prospective new home I went out on a 3 mile run followed by some abs and core work. Despite the chill in the air it was a really great and comfortable run. I decided not to push myself any further as this distance felt just right.

For breakfast I made a yoghurt mess consisting of two chopped pink lady apples, soy yoghurt and cinnamon with some deliciously smooth peanut butter.

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I’m not sure what is wrong with me at the moment but I just cannot seem to get enough of pink ladies right now. I’ve had to buy 2 huge bags within a few days of each other, addicted!

Rather than buying food from a petrol station which I never enjoy I thought ahead and made something for lunch to take with me. Since I still have some of the Warburton’s wholemeal wraps to eat I thought these would make a perfect portable lunch.

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I stuffed one with spinach, vegan cheese, cherry tomatoes and red pesto, yum!

Whilst waiting in between house viewings we dropped in to Costa for some drinks. I had an amazing vanilla soya latte. I have been having the occasional coffee recently and they have really grown on me- loving this vanilla soya milk combo!

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Turns out house hunting is far more stressful than I thought so during the afternoon I snacked on a much needed 9bar…nutty and blushing pear:

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These pears are so lovely and sweet!

By the time I got home I was ready for dinner. It seems whenever I come in after a long day I am straight into the kitchen raiding the fridge and cupboards, hey I love my food what can I say? 😀

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For dinner I was craving a mammoth mountain of veggies so a stir fry was just perfect for this. I added butternut squash, mange tout, spring onions, purple sprouting broccoli, baby corn, red peppers, kale and tempeh to the wok with some Mirren, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame seed oil.

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Stir fries are so good for fast veggie packed meals!

Later I had some dessert whilst watching the whole of series 2 of Miranda. I chopped two plums, strawberries and added blueberries to an Alpro caramel dessert, so good!

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Check out the colour of the plums, they look like beetroots!

It was so much fun house hunting but very tiring. I’m so glad that I took the time in the morning to pack something to eat and some snacks too. We did see a lovely potential house that we got really excited about, but it’s early days so I won’t go into any more details in this post.

Do you prepare food to take with you when you are going out on day trips or do you prefer to buy food whilst you are out?

Do you enjoy house hunting or looking around other people’s houses in general? I just find the prospect of living somewhere new so exciting!

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