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I *HEART* JULY

What happened to July?  The month just zoomed by,and what a great month it was!

It was so nice spending a bit of girly time with my mum.  We found her a really lovely dress to wear to the wedding which she looks fab in!  I also managed to pick up some treats for myself and Alfie, so it wasn’t a bad shopping trip all round!

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We also sorted out our wedding gift list at the beginning of the month, so exciting!

Spending lots of quality time with my hubby to be was definitely a highlight of last month. We enjoyed the sunshine in Stratford-upon-Avon and also had the most delicious meal at our wedding reception venue. Since we both lead such busy lives it was really nice to spend some special tome together.

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Last month also saw my first AXA PPP healthcare guest post series go live.  The series concentrates on finding the motivation to exercise, which on some days I can relate to oh too well.

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The strawberries that my Nan gave me a few months ago seemed to have a growth spurt as they are producing juicy and delicious fruits in abundance last month.  My tomato plants are also doing so much better. It really is satisfying being able to go into your garden and pick your own.

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I also shared some amazing recipes:

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Raw Chocolate and Salted Caramel Hearts, Cherry and Oat Breakfast Muffins, Herbed Seitan Roll, Cherry Almond and Chocolate Protein Pudding, Blueberry and Raspberry Wholemeal Pancakes.

I also posted a vlog on making work wear affordable and my review on some E.L.F Cosmetics that I received.

Over the past few months I have come to many realisations about my perspectives on my eating and fitness which I documented in a post.  I am definitely more relaxed where these things are concerned now and really content on just concentrating on being happy and healthy.

Since my body pump classes have been postponed over the summer vacation I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try a new class.  I’ve been trying to try a yoga class for ages so decided to pop along to a body balance class.  Holy moly, this class is amazing! I am so in love with it and it has motivated me to up my yoga practice big time over the past few weeks.

Wow, what a month! You can watch my favourite things from July here.

My aims for August include:

  • Post my wedding invitations
  • Become a crafting DIY wedding Queen
  • Submit my thesis…eek!
  • Book my hen doo
  • Continue being happy and healthy
  • Redesign my blog
  • Enjoy life!

Most of these aims are wedding related but with only 3 months to the day (wowzers!) it is pretty much wedding HQ at my house at the moment.  Obviously, another major thing is handing in my thesis…so much going on but it is all so exciting!

August looks like it is going to be one amazing month and it’s already getting off to a great start, one for a reason which I don’t want to announce right now as a might jinx it and because my wedding invites are being delivered today!  

This month I want to give a big shout out to my blog sponsors for being so amazing, so please go and check them out and take advantage of my discount codes. 

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Also, I would like to say a big welcome back to Munchy Seeds who are sponsoring the blog again.  There is a giveaway coming your way from Munchy Seeds later this month so watch out for that.

How was July for you?  Did you make any goals and did you achieve them?

What’s on the cards for August?

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Simply amazing!

Hi, lovely people! Hope you have all been enjoying your weekends. I have been working all this weekend, but have been taking delight in the knowledge that I have next weekend off and only working a 3 day week on the run up to it, life is good!

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This amazing jar of deliciousness is my gorgeous Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie with strawberries with some large salted pretzels for dipping. The strawberries made the smoothie that little bit more extra special.

I adore this smoothie and pretzels so threw them both together for a wonderful Friday evening snack after work. If Reese’s PB cups and pretzels were to get together and have babies, they would taste just like this!

My workouts for last week looked a little bit like this:

Monday: 3.5 mile run followed by ab work

Tuesday: A variation of strength workout A, including weights and body weight moves, with 20 minutes of HIITS on the cross trainer and the bike

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: Body Balance…J’adore this class!

Friday: A variation of strength workout B with 20 minutes of HIITS on the step machine and the bike

Saturday: REST

Sunday: MTV Yoga DVD

Body Balance this week was another great class. I’m really enjoying the flow of the movements in this class and how well thought out the class is. I definitely feel so relaxed after this class, despite it being a kick ass work out. This morning I did my MTV Yoga DVD as I felt my muscles could do with a stretch, and stretched they were. For me I think it is important to get a good balance where my workouts are concerned with some gentle cardio, strength and yoga. My muscles get a little bit tight sometimes and the addition of yoga in my routine really helps to lengthen and stretch out my muscles.

I really feel like I have reached a happy medium where my workouts are concerned and I have a more in-depth post coming up about this soon!

Now on to the eats…

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Yesterday morning I indulged my current obsession of huge bowls of summery fruits with some chopped nectarines, strawberries and raspberries topped with Tesco’s plain soy yoghurt, honey and salted cashew nuts. This was like summer in a bowl, simple but amazing at its best!

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On the theme of simple food tasting very delicious, last night I made a huge Buddha bowl. It was nothing fancy, just made using some left over pearl barley, beetroot, avocado, kidney beans and steamed broccoli with my Honey and Mustard Lime Dressing poured on top. It was great being able to taste the flavours of each individual ingredient as they were not smothered in a sauce. I really enjoyed this!

Dessert last night was pretty epic. I was trying to watch Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy but just couldn’t get into it. I eventually ended up falling asleep on the sofa instead, but the dessert beforehand made up for my disappointment over the movie.

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I present my Cherry, Almond and Chocolate Protein Pudding. This was like heaven in a bowl and was so easy to make.

It included: ¼ cup of frozen cherries, 5 dates, 1 scoop of Good Hemp Fit Shake in Chocolate, 2 tsp of almond butter, a splash of almond milk and a pinch of xanthan gum.

I blitzed everything up in my blender and poured it into a small bowl and left in the freezer for 45 minutes to set.

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I was left with a pool of rich chocolate yumminess! I had some fresh cherries on the side for dipping into the pudding when it started to melt.

After feeling all relaxed after my yoga session this morning a leisurely breakfast was definitely called for.

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A leisurely breakfast calls for slow cooked stove top oats made with cinnamon, vanilla stevia, and unsweetened Almond Breeze and water. I added a blushing pear, more almond milk and cinnamon and had it with a mug of peppermint tea, yum!

For lunch today I made a really lovely calprese style salad with salad leaves, sweet baby peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, basil and buffalo mozzarella. 

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This tasted amazing!  Again just simple ingredients to make a lovely meal! I could eat this all day if I could!

Well, it has been a pretty incredible weekend of delicious food.  I think my favourite kind of food involves very basic ingredients that are just out together to make an awesome meal. 

I’m off to make some dinner, I’m thinking about a ginormous veggie stir fry with some baked tofu, and for dessert…well who knows?  I’m sure it will be something just as tasty as my Cherry Almond and Chocolate Protein Pudding.

Do you prefer simple and refined dishes or more elaborate things to eat?

What have you been getting up to this weekend?

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