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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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Herbed Seitan Roll

Some foods just fascinate me and the more stranger they appear the more intrigued I become.  After seeing seitan recipes on a few blogs and desperately wanting to make it I finally got round to ordering some vital wheat gluten from iHerb which is the main ingredient.

IMG_2631I don’t know why it took me so long to try and make my own seitan because I absolutely love it.  I adapted two recipes this one and this one which I thought were really good and then combined the two.

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Ingredients (makes one huge roll)

2 cups vital wheat gluten

1 cup gram flour

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 tsp mixed dried herbs

1 tsp of cumin

pinch of salt

pinch of ground black pepper

1.5 cups of vegetable stock

1 tbsp soy sauce

To make the seitan roll first combine the vital wheat gluten, gram flour, dried herbs, nutritional yeast, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix through until everything is evenly spread.  Next make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the vegetable stock and soy sauce.

Combine both the wet and dry ingredients to make a dough and then place on a tray that is lined with foil.  Mould the dough in to a log/sausage shape and wrap the foil around it, twisting the ends to seal the dough inside.

Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes at gas mark 5/345 degrees until it is golden brown on the outside.

Enjoy!

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I didn’t really know what to expect from this as it really was a new food to me and I was quite nervous when it was cooking.  A lot of watching the oven door and pacing up and down the kitchen occurred whilst it was baking, but I am happy to say that it was a complete success.   The outside forms a wonderful crust and the inside is really soft.

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I love to eat mine as an alternative to meat with roasted veggies and gravy.  It would also be great on top of salads or in wraps too.

Have you tried seitan before? What did you think?

Have you baked something that is really different before and it turned out surprisingly well?

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The week that was…full of my favourite things

This week has been simply fabulous and full of so many of my favourite things:

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Still on a smoothie high this week!  This one contained a banana, pineapple, strawberries, Frutein powder and little gem lettuce, ice, Kara coconut milk…yum!

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My first ever vanilla Frappuccino! These thing are incredible and I can feel an addiction coming on!

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Beauty freebies!   When I had my makeup done on the benefit counter a few weeks ago the makeup artist used the POREfessional pore minimiser and That Gal primer on my face.  I really liked the end result and really would love to use them both for my wedding day makeup, but they are a bit pricey to buy together. 

When I saw that both were available free in the 7.5ml sample sizes with Glamour magazine I had to snapped them up.  Well POREfessional anyway, That Gal seems to be like gold dust, but I’m sure that I can hunt it down. Open-mouthed smile

Fruity desserts have been my thing this week:

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Fresh apricots, strawberries and mango with salted almonds

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Huge blueberries, cherries, soy yoghurt with honey

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Strawberries, raspberries, cherries with tofu cream and crunchy peanut butter

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I have wanted to make Seitan for so long and in my last iHerb order I made sure that it contained some vital wheat gluten so that I could make it.  I adapted this recipe two recipes this one and this one, and combined them. It tastes so good that I cannot believe that it has taken so long to try it out.

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A tasty new box of cereal to try out!  I have seen these on blogs for ages and have really wanted to try them.  I decided to treat myself to a box and boy I have been missing out.  They are amazing!

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Sweet and salty overnight oats is always a winner! Open-mouthed smile

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I had so much fun shopping at Bicester Village the other day.  We picked up some amazing shoes for my gorgeous bridesmaids and managed to get one of their dresses too. Open-mouthed smile

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Whilst shopping I picked up these pretty floral pieces from Cath Kidston.  I desperately needed a makeup bag for my handbag as I was tired of rummaging through it looking for my lip gloss!  I also loved these oven mitts just because they are so pretty and I got them at a super discounted price too.

I also loved spending time with Alfie and posting my very first vlog!  I actually recorded another one yesterday so look out for that as it’s coming your way soon!

What have you been loving this week?

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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