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Healthier breakfast ideas

Hey lovelies,

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but not everyone eats it.

I know, if I don’t have breakfast, I don’t function well through my morning & my brain doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. I’m one of those people who get ‘hangry’.

We really need to realise the importance of starting our days out right, regarding our food intake. Having a healthy breakfast will help kick-start your metabolism & help set you up for a healthy run of food through the day.

Simple Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Here’s some healthier breakfast ideas;

Avocado & poached eggs on toast –

I prefer my avocados smashed, I think they taste better with the eggs & the yolk has to be as runny as possible without it being ‘snotty’. It’s delicious with pepper.

Granola, muesli & honey with almond milk –

The honey goes on 1st, then the milk, definitely better.

Honeydew melon & parma ham with poached eggs –

Try cutting the melon into chunks & wrapping the parma ham around them.

Smoothie & a piece of fruit –

I already have one healthy smoothie recipe – A taste for a Smoothie – Berries go Bananas. I’ll share more as I acquire more.

Overnight oats –

Recipes to follow.

Natural yoghurt, berries, granola & honey –

Being lactose intolerant, I can’t have ordinary yoghurt, so I have plain coconut yoghurt. I always put the fruit in the bowl 1st, then my coconut yoghurt, then the granola & lastly, the honey.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

They are so easy & I’ll follow-up this post with more recipe ideas.

I hope you have an amazing week.

Bye for now.

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My Spring bucket list

Morning my lovelies.

Welcome Spring

Spring has Sprung & it’s time to start thinking about what to do as the months begin to get warmer.

Spring has sprung

Making a bucket list is a way for me to make a note of the memories I want to create in the passing seasons. They can be as cheap or expensive as you want them to be & some things you can even do for free!

My Winter bucket list was a complete fail, that’s what I get for not referring to it over the Winter months! Winter was a busy season! Spring will be different, it’s going to be even more busy but with activities that I’m putting on my bucket list.

My Spring bucket list –

  • Celebrate my mother on mothers day
  • Get our seeds planted
  • Help Richard sort out our garden & get some veg/fruit etc planted
  • Have our 1st BBQ of the year
  • Have our 1st picnic of the year
  • Celebrate my birthday with family & friends – Yay!
  • Go out on a date with Richard
  • Watch the stars
  • Have dinner in the back garden
  • Get our bicycles on the road & go for a bike ride
  • Visit a pick your own farm with my niece & her kiddlies & grab myself some fresh juicy ripe berries
  • Make my own granola (from scratch)
  • Welcome the Spring air into my home
  • Go for a walk around my estate with my camera
  • Do some reading outside
  • Try our local butchers for some good quality meat
  • Try 1 or 2 new Spring inspired recipes
  • Have a lunch date with a family member
  • Have a lunch date with a friend
  • Do a car boot
  • Help organise our Ataxia UK summer fete
  • Have a dabble in minimising my space
  • Host a girls night
  • Host our 1st games night of the year
  • Be a tourist in my own town
  • Buy some flowers to have in the house
  • Have breakfast outside (preferably with Richard)
  • Visit our local nature attractions – Beacon Hill, Bradgate Park & The Outwoods
  • Host an afternoon tea party
  • Celebrate my dads birthday
  • Enjoy my 1st smoothie of the year – here’s my favourite recipe – A taste for a Smooth – Berries go Bananas
  • Try some new smoothie recipes
  • Establish an exercise routine
  • Try out some natural vegan make-up &/or toiletries

I don’t expect to cross everything off my list, all I want is to make some amazing memories.

I hope you’re looking forward to spring, I’m expecting a busy one this year!

Bye for now.

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My 2016 new finds, old faves & highlights

Yeah yeah, I know 2016 is rapidly becoming a distant memory for most of us but before it completely disappears from our thoughts, I wanted to go through some of the things I loved last year, some are new finds & some are old faves. I wanted to add in some highlights from 2016 that I failed to mention in one of my last blog posts – 2016 ~ Worst & Best

I’m very much a visual person, so this post is going to be mainly in photos but I’ll be adding links that contain everything I’ll mention for you to have a nosy through.

In no particular order, here we go –

Toiletries etc –

In 2016 I had a new love for the bath bomb, the others I feel are definitely old faves. The Wilko hand wash really does smell like rhubarb & custard & that So…? For Me body spray – OH MY WORD!!!

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

My Winter Scent ~ You’ve seen it before!

*I love to love these things* ~ Part 2

*I love to love these things ~ Part 3

Beauty –

I really enjoyed wearing a dark lip for the 1st time in 2016, I was always to worried I was too old to wear a dark bold lip colour but now, I don’t care, I really enjoy wearing it! I fell in love with that nail colour the 1st time I wore it & I’ve decided that I’m going to wear nail varnish more often. I only found the lip gloss in December 2016 but I’ve worn it lots since then.

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

I like all 4 but this one’s my favourite!

What I thought of my December 2016 Birchbox & freebie.

Blogtober ~ Halloween Fun

Yum Yums –

I feel like 2016 was a good year for finding new flavours & food/drink for me.

If you’re lactose intolerant like me, you’ll know just how frustrating it is when you want something but can’t cause it contains milk products or when they don’t contain milk products, they contain a soya product which I’m trying to stay away from because  it’s reported that soya can interrupt your hormone function & that’s the last thing I need! I finally found a lactose free custard that doesn’t contain soya. Yay! I found a new love for porridge & I love coconut yoghurt with berries, granola & honey. I also found some new glorious flavoured coffees in 2016 – a brand called LITTLES make some amazing flavoured coffee, the chocolate orange one is amazing. For Christmas, I got us both a Jelly Belly bean advent calendar & loved it (everyday a different flavour, nom nom). I fell in love with fruit smoothies in the warmer months & that’s one of the reasons I can’t wait for spring & summer. Tea pigs Winter Spiced tea is deliciously Christmassy. I love any excuse for a BBQ but I much prefer the coal cooked method, definitely my best way to cook – well, eat food! Hehe. I don’t actually do the cooking on the BBQ, Richard does that. I tried tacos (well, soft tacos) for the 1st time in 2016 too & enjoyed them.

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

A taste for a Smoothie………….Berries go Bananas

An amazing breakkie for the colder months

Blogtober ~ Week 4

Blogmas ~ Our advent calendars

Blogmas ~ Week 1

Littles Flavoured Coffee

Fun Stuff –

I absolutely love Yankee candles. Last year was the 1st time me & Richard did pumpkin carving together, we had a right laugh! Hehe. Loved the photo booth we had for our works dept. christmas party. I’m loving the new book Richard got me for christmas. I loved doing the Disney advent calendar for Richard, I wrote a little note in each day, some were notes of love & some were activities.

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well

Blogmas advent calendar link is above.

Yankee Candles

Blogtober ~ Halloween Fun

These made my life so much easier in 2016 –

The aloe heat lotion is amazing for aches & pains, honestly, it isn’t just another fad product, it genuinely works wonders, obviously, it’s not going to cure your arthritis but it’ll definitely ease the pain you’re in. I went to a festival in August & burnt my face a little & my lips (which I’ve never done before), the aqueous cream & aloe lips were amazing for my sunburn! Burt’s bees lip balm is my new fave lip balm (however, not the best to have in hotter sun than you’re used to). My new phone, wow, where do I start with this one?? My old phone, which was an older version of the Huawei was soooooo bad by the time I’d got my new one, I wanted to smash the old one! Hehe. (I still need to do a full review on my new phone but trust me, it’s amazing). We use our food warmer for every party, BBQ, gathering, family lunch or dinner we have, it’s saved my life so many times because I’m so rubbish when it comes to cooking timings!

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with a little more info about the products –

Still loving Aloe Heat Lotion

Aqueous Cream

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Vit E & Peppermint

Blogtober ~ Week 4 is when I got my phone – linked above. A website for you – The Huawei P9

I really need sunburn relief right now

Our christmas day lunch – Food Warmer from Ebay

Things that made me smile –

I loved our christmas tree last year, it was our best yet in my opinion, although Richard missed the tinsel! The santa mugs were a pressie from a friend at work for me & Richard. The basket with the Yankee products in was a pressie from my best friend for me & now I use the basket for all my Yankee stuff! “My” tree is on campus, I see it every day on my way to work & I love seeing it change through the seasons – my Blogtober posts see it change throughout the whole of October.

A little note – you know, I was convinced that 2016 had been a really bad year but actually, I don’t think it was all that bad, I started this blog in February 2016 & doing this blog has enabled me to look back on the year with much more positivity & with a smile.

I hope you had an amazing 2016.

Bye for now.

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A Pinterest Addiction ~ Part 1…………..

I’m writing this post because I wanted to share with you my love of Pinterest!

I can’t even remember when I 1st started using pinterest but I do know how much I love it! I’m not joking when I say that I have a look through pinterest at least once a day!

In order to make sure you’re not wasting your time (there’s nothing worse than investing time in looking through someones Pinterest boards & not finding what you’re looking for!), I’ve included a list of my boards so that you know what to expect, also though, I thought it would help me out by making sure you actually want to look through my boards!

None of my boards are rambed full of pins, I regularly sort through my boards & delete pins I’m no longer interested in, my last clear out was about 6 weeks ago & I deleted hundreds of pins! I’m put off by boards with hundreds upon hundreds of pins but I will have a look through in the hope of finding exactly what I need but I won’t even click on a board that has over 1000 pins (no way, no matter how desperate I am, you can get lost in them ones!), I’d have to at least split them into 3 different boards! Pinteresting is not a fast past time, it helps if you know what you’re looking for because there’s a pin for everything & if you go in just to have a look around (trust me), you’ll be there for hours! If however, you have an idea of what you are looking for, it’d make it so much easier & quicker!

 

The link below is a link to ALL my boards & the list below that tells you what boards I have to share…………

My Pinterest Boards

Entertaining – Parties/Picnics etc…………….

Dinner Party – Pins to give inspiration for throwing dinner parties

Party Decs – You’ll find lots of deckie ideas in this board & some of them are amazing

Party Recipes – Ideas for keeping your party guests fed & watered

Party Ideas – Game ideas, theme ideas, party accessory ideas

Bonfire Night – Ideas for throwing a fab bonfire/fireworks party

Picnics – Ideas for the perfect picnic

 

Christmas (oh how I love Christmas)…………..

Christmas Recipes – Lots of different recipes for christmas, from candy cane recipes to mulled wine

Christmas Ideas – Lots of ideas from pressie ideas & 12 days of christmas ideas to decky ideas

 

Halloween (those who know me best, know how much I love halloween)………………

Halloween Ideas – From games to decky ideas

Halloween Recipes – Sweet treats & deadly delights

 

Recipes & Foodie Stuff………………..

Jams/syrups/sauces/fillings etc – The clue’s in the title (hehe)

BBQ – There’s not much you can’t cook either on the bbq or for a bbq, no matter what time of year it is

Packed Lunch – A few recipes for making a packed lunch, either for work or a delish picnic

Chicken – Lots of different ways to chicken, from a chicken pie to chilli dorito crusted chicken

Eggs – Different ideas for egg recipes, from ham, egg & cheese bread bowls to making multiple poached eggs in the oven

Herb & Spice – Recipes for different spice blends like pumpkin spice & taco seasoning, with ways to cut & store herbs

Veggies – Recipes from cauliflower cheese, veg pie & baked rosemary carrots to making pumpkin puree

Pig – From how to cook slow cooked chorizo pulled pork, & pecan crusted pork to bacon recipes including a deep filled egg & bacon pie. Plus a pin for how long to cook ham

I’m Nutty Bout Nuts – I love pecans & so anything made with pecans definitely gets my vote! Recipes from chocolate pecan pie to candied cinnamon pecans or mixed nuts

Smoking Meat – The clue is again, in the title

Side Dishes – A new board, for side dishes I come across & want to recreate. I have a recipe for paleo coleslaw & guacamole

Breakfast Choices – Pancakes, breakfast muffins & fruit

Fruiti Ideas – Another new board for dishes containing fruit

Soups & Stews – Although this is an old board, it is incredibly bare due to the fact that I cleared lots of pins out of it

To Bake Or Not To Bake – A few recipes that are baked & no bake, ranging from baked coconut almond cookies to no bake vegan fudge bars

Fish – A very lonely tuna pasta bake

Free From – Recipes ranging from dairy free mint choc chip ice cream & dairy free pesto sauce to tips on going gluten-free

Freezer Friendly Food – Recipes that can be made ahead of time & frozen & recipes for bulk cooking

Food Storage – Tips for keeping your stuff fresher for longer

Drinks – Hot & cold drink recipes from cocktails to hot chocolate

 

Home Stuff……………..

Home sweet home – Full of ideas from curtains & blinds to wall deckies

Homemade – Ideas for making your own furniture & wall deckies

Decorating – General ideas for decorating your home

Decorating-Lounge – Ideas to make your lounge/front room look pretty

Decorating-Bathroom – Ideas to making your bathroom a place of peace & tranquility

Decorating-Kitchen – We all need a working kitchen & one we actually enjoy being in

Decorating-Main Bedroom – Your bedroom NEEDS to be a place for you to sleep soundly & have wonderous dreams & not be full of clutter & things that your bedroom don’t need

Decorating-Dressing Room – Things I love the look of for my dressing room

Kitchen Hacks – Ideas from cooking timings to weight conversions

Cleaning Solutions – From recipes to making your own cleaning products to cleaning tips to help make our lives easier

 

Garden & Allotment Stuff……………..

Garden – Ideas ranging from what to compost, testing the freshness of an egg, natural garden care, things you could build, to things I’d like to grow

Chickens – Pins for tips on keeping chickens & things you could build for said chickens

 

This post is the 1st of 2 posts listing my pinterest boards, I had intended to do just one but I think this is long enough! Hehe.

If you use any of the pins, I’d love to hear about it, even if you didn’t like to result, all feedback is welcome!

Bye for now.

Love Sarah Mx

 

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A taste for a Smoothie – Berries go Bananas

Hey lovelies,

Over the last few of months, I’ve developed a taste for homemade smoothies & I’ve made a few but I always seem to make the same flavours, I’m in the process of trying to find my all time favourite flavour combination but haven’t yet found one that blows my mind!!!

Here’s my latest flavour combination……………….

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I’m calling it Berries go Bananas cause it looks so much like a berry smoothie but tastes more like bananas but it still tastes fab!

Here’s what I mixed together………….

2 bananas

2 tbls natural coconut yoghurt

3 handfuls of mixed summer berries

2 tbls of chia seeds

8 fl oz orange juice (NOT squash or anything fizzy)

Here’s what I did……………..

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Bananas 1st, I just broke them into mouthful size pieces & added them to a food blender.

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Berries added next, I used frozen berries a little thawed.

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I actually only noticed the pic for the 1st time on Saturday! Hehe.

Then comes the yoghurt, now then, I’m not strict about the measure of this, I just use a table-spoon & take 2 scoops out of the pot & dollop them into the blender.

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Lastly, I add the chia seeds to the blender, these I do use a measuring spoon for.

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When all the ingredients are added, I 1st blend them together on a low-speed for a few seconds & then I turn the speed up a little, until all the ingredients are fully mixed together.

The end result should look something like this………………..

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I do enjoy a good smoothie & making them at home means I know exactly what goes into them.

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I always like to make enough for 2 servings & I sometimes take the other serving to work with me!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm…………………………yum yummy yum.

I’m still on the hunt for my ultimate smoothie flavour combination but this one’s still a good one. If any of you have a homemade smoothie flavour combination that you love, I’d love to hear it.

Bye for now.

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