Sunday, 27 September 2015

Book| Madeline Shaw- 'Get the Glow'.

So recently I have become obsessed with cooking, I have literally spent everyday making something new in the kitchen- most of which were successes and some not so much.
However I have discovered a little gem of a book- 'Madeline Shaw's Get the Glow'. I've always been intrigued by healthy food and ways to make it exciting in my everyday food instead of boring salads. Over the past year there has been a surge in healthy eating blogs, writers, you tubers and I have become fascinated by all of them especially Madeline Shaw and Deliciously Ella.
I think these two stick out for me the most, as they both hardly use any special ingredients and all ingredients can easily be found in my local Sainsburys.
Therefore I decided to treat myself to Madeline Shaw's book, which had- pardon the pun, glowing reviews online.
I have tried around 4 or 5 of the recipes from the book, which is hardly enough of the recipes within the book.
However, I did try a little gem- Turkey Meatballs. These are divine, something about them is so full of flavour. I did make them with pasta both times as my family weren't brave enough to try the courgette.
I also made the Orange and Pomegranate Chicken, which was also divine and full of flavour. This one I was a little hesitant about due to the odd flavour combination- but the sweet crunch at the end was perfect.
All in all I have found this book to be perfectly useful in my entrance to a more healthier lifestyle.

But it did make me think, that this book has inspired me into something new- which makes me realise how odd it is that one thing can change your lifestyle in the smallest way.

                                                              Love Kelly xox

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Food| Healthy snack.

Apple and Almond Butter.

Now I'm definitely a snacker and it has always been by biggest weakness. When I was younger I would always reach for the chocolate bars or biscuits. However as time has gone on I have learnt to snack more intelligently.
Todays snack post isn't anything fancy at all and infant is super symbol to make- only 2 ingredients.
Apple with almond butter on. Yes my Almond butter obsession still rallies on today.

Literally all you need to do is cut up your Apple into slices either quarter or 8th's and put a generous amount of almond butter spread over the top- this takes literally 2 minutes and I usually make it when I'm super hungry and can't be bothered to wait for food!

Super simple and super easy to make- something about the sweetness of the apple with the  nutty almond butter just seems to work.

                                                                   Happy snacking!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Something New| Yoga.

As you may have read in my previous post, I have recently taken up Yoga- it was one of my ‘must do’s’ this summer and I’m incredibly delighted to have perceived with it. I am still relatively new to the practice of Yoga and thus thought I’d share the way in which I have taken it up.
Now once I had decided to take up Yoga, I didn’t really know where to start- I didn’t want to commit to a class full of Yoga ry’ people and didn’t want a dvd on it. So I went to the trust YouTube to seek out a Yoga teacher online. Coming across ‘Yoga with Adrianne’. I found she did a playlist called ’30 days of Yoga with Adrianne.  This was perfect as it meant I could try something new and didn’t have to be completely committed to it, if I didn’t want too.
Why I love this Yoga Playlist?

*Easy to follow:
Adrianne makes Yoga super simple and talks through any new poses that we are trying. She always does everything slowly which helps me a lot as I like to watch the screen and do the pose and the same time- and don’t get stressed out by everything going to quickly and not being able to keep up.

*Can do it whenever you want:
The brilliant thing about Yoga on YouTube is you can literally do it whenever you want too, you aren’t committed to a time place or day to achieve relaxation through Yoga and can do it in the comfort of your own home- for me this is probably the most ideal thing ever.

*Adrianne way:
Adrianne has a brilliant personality and way of thinking she really does put you at ease from the beginning and by thinking positively about life, it does in many ways rub off on you during the 30 days- you start thinking with a more positive mentality. Problems are shut out of your head while you focus on your inner peace and personal mental time.

* Perfect amount of time to see if you fall in love with Yoga or not.
There is that idea that if you do something for 30 days it becomes routine. Well I believe this playlist of 30 days is the perfect amount of time for you to either fall in love with Yoga or realise it isn’t really for you.  Also in many ways, it is a free service and you therefore I not loosing any money for a little bit of experimentation.

I do hope this inspires someone out there to thing about taking up Yoga and giving Yoga with Adrianne a chance, it really is something so simple and helps me in many ways.

                                                Love Kelly xx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Re- Introduction.

Well hello again, it’s been a while and for that matter I feel like I should probably reintroduce myself onto my own blog (weird!).
Over the course of these past 3 months, little old me has travelled nearly 9,000 miles across the world to Australia on her own- creating the first chapter in my Travel Adventures.
However, as much as I planned to blog every day and document my trip, I was having too much of an experience to even think about taking the time to blog everyday- so I shall post below what I got up too in detail/ pictures.
However, Australia wasn’t just an experience of a lifetime, it taught be valuable lesson that has helped to shape my personality.
One of the many questions I got asked before I embarked on this trip, was, ‘Are you going to find yourself?’ and in my usual dismissive nature I snorted of course not- as at the time, I was very apprehensive about self-enlightenment. As I’m sure you would have guessed that did very much change, and it wasn’t till arrived back home after nearly 6 weeks out of the UK that I fully realised this. Australia taught me a number of things:

*Nature is beautiful:  I have always enjoyed bike rides and walking along the sea front on days out. But this appreciation for nature and people has stepped up a notch since my trip. I think people spend too much time looking at a screen and not enough time appreciating the scenery and the amazing world we live in. Considering I didn’t have my phone out while I was away, I learnt how to look up and appreciate the scenery. Australia is an active country so therefore I got into going on long walks and sitting down at a bench and watching the world go by.

*Worry less: I am, and have always been, the biggest worrier you could ever meet. I get worked up about the tiniest of things creating a problem that wasn’t even there to begin with.  Now many people, were shocked to learn I was going 9,000 miles away on my own. However, the big adventure has done me well. I learnt to do things on my own that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do and in fact understood there’s more to worry about than not being at the train station 15 minutes earlier. 

*The World is huge: One of the best pieces of advice I would give to anyone (even friends) is get out of your hometown even if its for a weekend and even do it on your own.  I learnt a lot more about myself when I was not surround by the influence and natures of the people I had spent 19 years of my life with- you got to do something of your own interest. Speak to new people with different ideas and different stories. I met the loveliest elderly German gentleman called Otto, who was a young child during WW2 and hearing his stories were fascinating. However, I also learnt that in fact the world does not revolve around your hometown and there’s far more important places in the world. Travelling to Australia taught me the world is huge, it gave me a thirst for experiencing new places and an insight into how naive I was just focusing my life around the small area I call home.

*Happiness starts within:  Now one thing I would say has changed is my outlook on life. I do very much believe in a healthy lifestyle and Australia is very much a healthy country, I had a freshly squeezed juice everyday. Anywhere I turned I could buy healthy banana bread- it’s a country full of the fresh fabulous food. Creating me into the biggest healthy foodie ever since and something I’m slowly learning. But also happiness is about doing something you love. Life is too short to be stuck under a cloud where you aren’t happy or are just plodding along. Life is about experiences and activities. If you love something you should do it, be enthusiastic. The World is well and truly your oyster if you believe in yourself.

*Peaceful Mind: Now if you read my ‘Summer Bucket List’ you’ll remember I wanted to try out Yoga. Well I very much succeeded in that and try and give myself half an hour a day of Yoga- my favourite Yoga tutorial ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ on You Tube, I found it really easy to follow her and she even has a 30 day Yoga playlist which was brilliant to easy yourself into Yoga. But it gave me a peace of mind. I never really understood it. But honestly its my new found favourite thing to do. When its nice weather I even complete my yoga session in the garden with the birds tweeting, bringing a whole new calm vibe. Yoga has made me connect with my body and own internal emotions and I think that’s partly the reason I have learnt to love myself and be chill just like the majority of Australian seem to be!

So on that note, Hello my name is Kelly. I’m 19 and a history student in London. I love healthy food, books, and clothes and have a passion now for travelling. I’m a newbie to Yoga and very much am a peaceful life enthusiast.

                                                So lets start this new journey.
                                              A life of happiness is worth living

                                                            Love Kelly