Poisons of choice

I’m a sucker for health potions, powders and elixirs, I’m always looking for easier ways to incorporate more vitamins and minerals into my diet. Holland and Barrett is my favourite shop (even above Zara and Space NK) Crazy I know but there’s no better feeling than feeling good inside.

These are three health products I try to incorporate into my diet daily. I keep them in little suspicious looking bags and whip them out now and again…

IMG_20150517_143939Chia seeds – Consumed by the aztecs and Mayans, Chia seeds were thought to contain magical properties due to their ability to increase stamina and energy. The word ‘Chia’ came from the Aztec word for ‘strength’. People have been raving about Chia for a while, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this seed, positive and negative may I add! Chia seeds can curb your appetite making you feel fuller for longer, are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, are a great natural source of antioxidants and helps aid intestinal regularity. I notice a big difference in my energy a few hours after consuming them.

Supergreens – On the go super nutritious powder,  You can add to water, smoothies, soups – Just about anything. I add a teaspoon or two into my morning smoothie because I will warn you, this does not taste good in water alone! The great thing is that it provides you with more than your 5 a day per serving It gives me a super morning boost and after continued use I noticed more of a glow to my skin.

Linwoods Milled organic Flaxseed – Sprinkle into soups, salads and yogurts. This powder is a great source of fibre, high in protein and iron and lowers cholesterol.

Always do your research before adding crazy looking stuff to your diet. These do not substitute for a poor diet, Think of them as superchargers you can add to enhance your healthy diet :)

PS. My cute little pinch pots are from tiger  

5| Apps I love

 

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Duolingo – I can actually speak a sentence in Spanish now, I can only talk about how a woman loves reading or drinking water..but that’s after a couple of 10 minute sessions. You can even set it with your alarm and learn as soon as you wake up so the new words stick. This app is fun, easy and addictive. Each time you complete levels you get points, these points can be used to kit out your new best mate which happens to be this owl fellow, You can get him a new jumper and Wait there..ladies and Gentlemen…Duolingo are soon to release the Klingon language to the app! Yes…you heard right. – “buy’ ngop!”

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Monument valley – A brain training game that is extremely relaxing to play. The aim of the game is to guide the main character, Ida through stunning Escher style puzzles. It may look easy, some levels are damn hard though. This game is uplifting, with captivating visuals and hypnotising sounds.

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Deliciously Ella – Ella started documenting her meals on her blog Deliciouslyella.com after being diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, from there Ella created this app which is food-porn on the go for those who want no fuss, delicious and healthy food-spiration. the protein balls are my favourite *chomp*

My fitness pal – This is a handy little app, a food diary where you can document your food intake and fitness as you go. I’m either ashamed or proud to admit I ate over double my calorie intake in one day. This app helps you to realise where you’re going wrong. You can list your weight loss/weight gain goals, log recipes and join a supportive community of like minded motivated peeps.

VSCO cam – I’ve been using this photo editing app for a while and much prefer it over Instagram, It doesn’t come with the giant community Instagram has  but that’s almost a good thing, VSCO cam focuses on photography and artsy photos. This app encourages you to play around with tones and hues rather than simply choosing a filter.

 

DIY | Lime and ginger sugar scrub

We don’t always have the best weather here in the UK so this little pick me up should get you feeling good and ready to bare those pins. I whipped together this Lime and ginger scrub, a combination of my two favourite scents. I’ve just got out of the shower after using this and I can confirm – It is the BEST sugar scrub i’ve used so far. I feel so silky smooth and invigorated. You can use on dry or wet skin, I applied to dry so I could create more friction and get a better exfoliation.

Lime – If you asked me to describe happy in a smell, this is it! This scent makes me feel motivated, thinking about summer, feeling healthy and instantly uplifted. (I’m smiling just thinking about it!)

Ginger – A nostalgic, relaxing, spicy warming scent

Lime and ginger complement one another, add them together and you have an explosion of deliciousness! Have you ever made a pad thai? Then you’ll know what I mean.

Sugar –  a fantastic exfoliator. (You can always use a sea salt but sugar is more gentle for daily use)

Coconut oil – Investing in a pot of raw coconut oil is totally worth it! It has multiple uses from cooking to using as a moisturising makeup remover.

Zest 2 limes and 1 piece ginger, melt a couple of heaped tablespoons of raw coconut oil and add once oil has cooled. Add enough sugar, it shouldn’t be a runny consistency

If you don’t have a pot then use a plastic sealable tub. Store in the fridge and use within a week,

You can always add a little essential oil to enhance the scent further.

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This works out quite cost effective and takes minutes to make. If you don’t have time then here are some scrubs I have tried and loved –

Elemis Lime and Ginger salt glow

Rituals Good luck scrub

Soap and Glory Sugar crush scrub

DIY| Lavender bird

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I’ve been a crafty one of late. Joe blogs hosted a collaboration with Hillary’s blinds and the Crafty hen to bring a day of crafting mania (and cake!) to Chapter Arts centre in Cardiff. I was gutted when I couldn’t go as I was working *sad face* I did however enjoy reading some fellow blog posts about the day :) You can read about the craft roadshow here

They were kind enough to send me a pretty handmade goody bag filled with pretty fabrics, sewing bits and bobs, chocolate and a yankee candle!

The crafty hen are a small group of lovely ladies who run creative workshops teaching us folk how to get our craft on. A great idea for a hen do or birthday party for those who fancy something a bit different.

The fabrics from Hillary’s are high quality and lovely to work with – My favourite is the monochrome graphic print.

I will be showing you how to make your own little lavender bird.

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  • 2 Contrasting fabrics 
  • Scissors 
  • Needle and thread
  • English Lavender (this is optional)
  • A print off of Michael Fulkersons’ bird pattern HERE

Cut your shapes out and pin in place on the fabric

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Cut around your shape using the paper as a guide, You should end up with something like this…

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Sew together then repeat on the opposite side (leaving the end of the tail open) Yours should look something like this..

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Sew the head so everything’s stitched apart from the end of the tail..

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Finally, turn your bird inside out and stuff with english lavender (this is the most fragrant), add a few drops of essential oil for a more potent scent. These sweet smelling birds make great little gifts, look cool hanging around the home and create a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy!

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Thanks to Hillarys, thecraftyhen, joe blogs and Lou lou’s Homemade blog 

My Planner brings all the boys to the yard

Everyone has something they love to geek out over. My Obsession with Korean stationary started when I was working in Covent Garden and walked past Artbox to get to my lunch. I’m not a fan of a lot of the heavily anime themed style but a planner caught my eye and from then on I’d be in there every pay day!

Geez..This is what happens when you’re really fussy about stationary and design and have no life. It’s March and I’ve only just ordered my 2015 planner. If I get a hint that a shop is stocking some kind of diary, then I’ve already sniffed it out and investigated. I’ve also scoured the internet, looked on Pinterest. It just has to be perfect! I’ve come to the conclusion that Korea (South of course) is where it’s at when it comes to planners. They know exactly what I want. Seven days on one page is all well and good but I need the whole month across 2 pages damn it.

Some people have a man checklist, I have a planner checklist. These are my conditions –

  • must show the month across two pages
  • must be bendy
  • must be high quality paper
  • contemporary, clean and simple design

Minibus is a brand that aims to please and this planner does exactly that.

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What’s that you say? 8 fresh inspiring colours to choose from! A plastic cover so no moisture can ruin your planning fun! A little pocket thingy to store away your loose bits?

The problem lies in trying to narrow it down to just one colour…pink..no…yellow…wait!…umm – Just give me all of em!

Check out these other cool bits I’ve found while on the never ending hunt. I swear Frodo struggled to Mordor, retrieved that ring and got back quicker than this diary drama.

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Psst…Word has it that Iconic Design stickers are the coolest stickers on the block. Sooo pretty! I can’t cope.

What are your geeky pastimes? I will be waiting at the door for my journal to arrive.

 

Worth watching

“TV is chewing gum for the eyes”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

I’ve watched a lot of TV of late…ALOT. This isn’t because I don’t have friends…..*cough*…It’s simply because it’s too cold and I would rather be indoors being a toasty snail in it’s shell, than a chilly penguin wearing heels and standing in the cold to get into some club on a weekend. So that’s what I did and all this staying in has been quite rewarding, I’ve come across some right gems so make sure you get in your shell all cosy and watch.

Netflix – The book is ok, the film is great! Frank plays the most likeable song he’s ever written and I can tell you It’s probably the best song I’ve ever heard….

Mr Selfridge – I never watch period dramas but I’m so glad I started watching this. It’s what Sunday evenings are all about now, Mr Selfridge is the boss we’d all love to have.

Black mirror – prepare to be entertained. This 3 series of films directed by Charlie Brooker is so well done, kept me on the edge of my seat and left me mind blown! if you’ve ever seen the Twilight zone then it’s a similar idea. Disturbing and very believable, there’s one episode that’s stuck with me and that’s ‘fifteen million merits’. Partly because Daniel Kaluuya is a great British talent and played this part particularly well. The soundtrack on this episode is hypnotizing.

Office space is a comedy about a group of Office workers who hate their jobs and are literally men on the edge, It’s actually on Netflix now so give it a watch, the soundtrack features Geto boys and the characters are spot on. If you’re a fan of Napoleon Dynamite then you’ll probably love this.

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And something I will get round to watching..