Showing posts from May, 2015

May Fitness Update!

Thought it was time for another little fitness update as I've made so many changes in the last month it's hard to keep track... Last Targets I made (6ish weeks ago) 1) Drink more Water (Skin has been going through breakout phases a lot lately!) 2) Build some core muscles/strength (Going to aim to go to Yoga/Pilates more!) 3) Throw out the old clothes that don't fit! 4) Get outside more - whether it's running or cycling, or just going for a walk.
1) Drinking more water has definitely been a big change over the last month or so and it's actually going better than expected I've brought a nice proper water bottle to keep track and I'm trying to drink at least 2 a day along with a bottle in the gym while I'm working out. I've not noticed a huge difference in my skin as I've never had bad skin anyway but I hope it's supported my new Skincare Routine which I recently posted about!
2) I've found a whole new love for working out since I brought the…

How to Gym-Proof your Hair! + 10K VIEWS GIVEAWAY!

I got into a conversation on Twitter earlier after posting my blog about the new Tangle Angel about how often I wash my hair due to how much I go to the gym. I've posted previously (aaaages ago) about my 5 day hair rule but I thought I'd give my little tips on how to 'gym proof' your hair!

Plan ahead!
I always try to plan what days I'm going to the gym and if I'm going out any nights and that way I can suss out when I need my hair at it's cleanest and most presentable! If I know Im going out on the Friday night, I'll wash it after my gym session on a Thursday night... If I know I'm going out Saturday night I'll go to the gym Saturday morning and wash it straight after. It also depends if you want to leave enough time to curl it or something on 1 day old hair!

Never Under-estimate the Minis!
My Gym bag has 2x 2kg weights in it which I use on the treadmill (whole different story) so the last thing I want to is be lugging around huge bottles of sha…

#FoodFriday: Kayla Itsine Inspired Meals

I put on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that I finally caved and brought the 12 Week Body and Food guides by the super-hot Kayla Itsine! As it was a little on the pricey side for someone who's trying to save for a holiday, I'd debated it for a few weeks but after seeing some amazing before/after photos, I ordered it and downloaded the eBooks.
After 12 weeks I'll do a full blog post on the guides and more about them but I thought I'd share the meals I've made the last week which have been from her guide - I've adapted some of them as I either couldn't find certain ingredients or wanted to make it even healthier... (I'm not going to put Kayla's exact recipe on here as a) it cost me £80 so I'm not giving it out for free and b) there's a disclaimer on it to say not to share).
Enchiladas For the filling I used quorn mince with red onion and peppers with a Tesco Healthy Living tomato and basil passata sauce. I used Tesco's Gluten and Wheat Fr…

Urban Decay Selfridges Bloggers Event

Late last week I got a message inviting me to the bloggers event being held by Urban Decay in Selfridges, Birmingham so Bloggers Event + Bull Ring + Need for holiday shopping = YES!
So yesterday I got a early train to Birmingham with my game face on and determined to pick up some bargains before meeting the gorgeous girlies at Urban Decay.. (I'll do a seperate post on my holiday pick ups which are 99% Primark!)
The small meet up was hosted by the lovely Kirsty Lo on the Urban Decay stand in Selfridges - be sure to go and say hello if you're passing by! It was so lovely as always to meet other bloggers from the surrounding areas and we got a first look at the brand new Vault, The Stock Pile which is a large collection of lipliners and lipsticks worth nearly £400 in total but selling for £180 - something else to save for ;)
It gave me a great opportunity to look at and try the products as I've never ventured into Urban Decay so I'm excited to try new products and lea…

Boots Haul & Holiday Shop!

So with just 7 weeks until my holiday... not that I'm counting... I had some Boots vouchers to use by the weekend so I thought it was the perfect time to get some shopping done. There's not a huge amount of different items but there were so many great BOGOF/3 for 2/2 for £X deals on it was hard to say no. I love the offers in Boots as it's a great chance to stock up plus when you have your vouchers in the post, it quickly adds up on your Advantage Card. I had a voucher for buy 2 Soltan get 200 points so this was a must use and the Hawaiian and Magicool  were both on half price! I had a 100 points voucher when you spend £7 on skincare and the wipes were 3 for 2 so double deals going on here. The Lynx body washes, Lynx sprays and VO5 (all of which are for Nick.. I'm a nice GF like that!) along with the Colegate were on a 2 for £x offer. My favourite voucher though had to be the £5 off a Perfume and with the new Jimmy Choo Exotic (which I've been eyeing up for wee…

Tangle Angel Review

My hair is a day to day battle and washing/blow drying it is a genuine chore. All girls out there with long and thick hair will understand exactly what I'm saying when I say that I genuinely dread washing in and will do anything to get another day of dry shampoo'd hair.

I recently went to the Shropshire Bloggers Meet Up and in the amazing goody bag we got a free Tangle Angel Hair brush (and a mini key ring version too!) and I admit I was excited but I've been through Tangle Teezers (which I actually lost a month or so ago and wasn't keen enough to repurchase) and other products so my hopes weren't being held too high.

Last night though, a new era started for my hair! It took me no more than a minute to brush through my tangled wet hair which must be a new record, particularly as it had been scragged up into a bun after washing it quickly after swimming. I was so surprised as how easily it went through my hair - it did the typical "brush your hair from the top…

Food Friday: April Favourites

After a few people have asked how I make certain meals that I've posted on Instagram over the last few weeks, thought I'd pull together a food version of April Favourites and the meals I've been making last month!

As you probably know I'm on a huge health kick because a) I'm doing a 3000 mile challenge for Bone Cancer Research Trust (read more here) so I'm learning about the best foods to eat before/after gym sessions and more about how to get protein into my meals and b) I'm trying to lose weight before my holiday which is in 9 weeks... not that I'm counting. So these are all pretty healthy and normally super quick after a gym sesh!

I did a post a couple of weeks ago about my fitness update and mentioned that I'd been trying to have breakfast a bit more and this is definitely one of my favourites for those days where I have a bit more time (normally the weekend) and may even have it after the gym depending on how early I go! Really simple just 2 …

Shropshire Blogger Meet Up!

Finally getting round to writing my post on the lovely meet up with fellow Shropshire Bloggers on Saturday afternoon at The Two Henrys in Shrewsbury! I'm going to keep this relatively short and hopefully sweet but I just wanted to take the chance to say thank you to Kirsty for organising such a great afternoon and to all the brands involved for making the goody bags so good they're gonna be hard to beat ;) It was so lovely to meet so many people who write a variety of blogs and are from other local areas with the added addition of Charlotte from Smashbox doing a chat about the brand and Chelsea's blogging tips - I also got up there for a very quick chat about Stella & Dot and used the gorgeous Karen as a model. The buffet provided by The Two Henrys definitely kept us going as there was so much, along with the crazy amount of Popcorn provided by Propercorn!

Stole these photos from Kirsty.. was so lovely and welcoming having everyone's bags and cupcakes set out. …