Saturday, 24 January 2015

Eggs in Purgatory



I don't know about you but at the weekend I like to go all out for breakfast. Monday to Friday I'm a porridge kinda gal but Saturday and Sunday its a whole different ball game. This weekend I finally got around to making this delicious fiery egg dish - Eggs in Purgatory. I saw this on Nigellissima a while ago and let me tell you this is a real treat - as Nigella herself says "Eggs in purgatory is absolute heaven when you're feeling like hell" Its quick and easy to do and will leave you asking yourself why didn't I try this sooner. 

You will need:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp seasalt flakes
1 or 2 eggs depending on how hungry you are (I say 2) 
2 tsp grated parmesan
Bread for dipping

1. Heat the oil in your frying pan over a medium heat then add in the minced or chopped garlic and chilli flakes - stir for 1 minute

2. Add in your tomatoes and salt then bring it up to a bubble

3. Crack in your eggs and sprinkle the parmesan over the top leaving some of the yellow yolk still exposed. Partially cover with a lid and let it bubble away for around 5 minutes. 

4. Remove from the heat and serve. By this point the egg white should be set and the yolk should still be runny - or as I like to call it "dangerous" Serve with your favourite bread for dipping and if you're feeling fancy another sprinkling of parmesan and a dash of chilli oil. 


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Monday, 19 January 2015

Five Things

1. This week I have reignited my love for Calligraphy. I saw Carrie had taken a Modern Calligraphy class and it instantly inspired me to have a go. I was massively into Calligraphy when I was younger and I remember my Mum and Dad buying me a special Calligraphy set with all of the nibs and inks - I loved it! Sadly I'm not going to London anytime soon so can't attend a class but after a little bit of online research I set about teaching myself. Until I can get some nibs and inks I have set about teaching myself faux calligraphy and I'm absolutely loving it! You can very easily recreate calligraphy with a rollerball or gel pen and a little bit of practice. If you want to have a little go yourself head over to this lovely website I found - The Postmans Knock. Here's a few of my practice scribbles. 





2. A couple of weeks ago I made a big batch of EssieButtons Protein Power Soup and I've just whipped up another batch this evening. Its really easy to make and it is SO delicious. I take this to work with me for lunches and it lasts me all week. I blend it up a little so its more of a smoother soup but I imagine its just as nice if you left it chunky. 


3. This week I finally got my hands on a Lumie Light after wanting one forever! Craig managed to get hold of one for me as one of his friends received one as an unwanted gift so we snapped it up. I used it for the first time yesterday and I love it already. I struggle immensely getting up in a morning. I usually wake up in the pitch black, disorientated and groggy and eventually drag myself out of bed after pressing the snooze button for about half an hour. The Lumie Light wakes you up gradually with increasing natural light that emulates the sunrise. Yesterday morning I woke up naturally at 6am with no alarm and felt alert and wide awake. It was so bizarre I just couldn't believe it!  


4. I mentioned this in my last post but I have been doing 30 Days of Yoga and its honestly the best thing ever. At the start I made a promise to myself that I would complete the daily practice every day no matter what. I wont lie some days it has been a challenge getting myself to the mat but every time I finish I'm glad I did. If you want to get into Yoga but aren't sure where to start this is a great place. I'm currently putting together a mammoth post about home Yoga practice with lots of links and tips so stay tuned for that. 

5. One to follow > Deliciously Ella. I have recently become obsessed with this gorgeous food blog and I can't wait to get my hands on the Deliciously Ella Book when it is released later this month. 

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

01.01.2015.

Its become somewhat of a tradition that I welcome in the New Year on my blog so here I am once again reflecting on all that 2014 brought and looking forward to whats to come in 2015.

Looking back at my post last year I'm really happy that I managed tick off everything that I had hoped to achieve. I wanted to travel, continue my yoga, keep up my creative hobbies and learn to crochet better. I can safely say I well and truly fulfilled all of those things and more! 


2014 for me had its fair share of ups and downs. Its funny how we only tend to share the good stuff online not the bad because lets face it none of us like to shine a spotlight on our personal problems in such a public forum. Last year I faced some of my toughest moments, Craig found himself out of work and we had to survive on my income alone - I didn't share this at the time because the whole experience was absolutely awful for us both but within a couple of months he found another job, a much better job that he really enjoys. Still at the time it all felt pretty hopeless and the pressure at times was just too much. 
Then in September my Grandad passed away very suddenly which hit me hard - much harder than I could ever have imagined. I felt so robbed at the time and still do but I treasure the memories we made together.
Its the age old saying that we need the bad times to appreciate the good and although there were some lows in 2014 there were also some incredible highs. For me the highlight was our holiday to Mexico. This couldn't have come at a better time - we just made an impulse decision and went for it. It was the best thing we could have done because I was in a pretty dark place before we went and I genuinely came back a different person. 


2014 was also the year where I was offered a permanent position at work. After two and a half years of extremely hard work I managed to secure a role as Team Manager of the team that I started in as a Post Sorter. Proof that with enough hard work and dedication you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. There were times I thought it would never ever happen and I cannot tell you how happy I was when I received my contract. 
I also made peace with myself in 2014. Towards the back end of the year I made the decision to stop being so hard on myself, stop stressing so much, lighten up and be kind to myself. I will share more about this as I document my Happiness Project throughout the year but I spent so long berating myself for all the things I wasn't and couldn't do instead of focusing what I was and what I could do. This was quite a moment for me and is something that I intend to do more of in 2015.

So what do I hope to achieve in 2015? This year I want to carry on exactly as I am, enjoying all of the things I pursued this year and more. This year me and Craig are going to begin saving up for a deposit so we can buy our first home. It will probably take us 12 months maybe more of intense saving but its so exciting and theres no one in the world I would rather share the experience with than Craig. 
This year on my blog you can expect to see more recipes, home decor ideas, crafts, yoga and health posts - all things that I'm loving at the moment! I'm 27 in March and I started this blog when I was a student back in 2009. A lot has changed since then - I've changed since then and so have you. Its only fair to expect that the content around here will change and grow as I do. I'm also pretty active on Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram so if you don't already I would love it if you came over and said hello over there. 

I also intend on carrying on my yoga to the next level and enjoying every part of the process. Yoga for me is so much more than exercise, it's crucial for my wellbeing. I am going to be doing the 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene which is an awesome way for you to get involved too and get all of the amazing benefits of Yoga!  

I have also invested in a Daily Greatness Journal. I have been looking for something like this for some time and although its a little on the pricey side it is totally worth it. 


This is an absolutely beautiful journal designed to be completed every day. Its somewhere to record your hopes, dreams and desires and guides you through the process to help you make those dreams a reality! This journal will not leave my side and I hope it will help me to achieve what I really want this year. To be the best version of me. Compassionate, kind, happy, healthy, loving, and generous. Here's to an amazing year. Happy New Year and thanks for sticking with me for all these years! 


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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Wardrobe Update


A couple of weeks ago I had one of those amazing shopping days where you find some absolute gems.  Primark can be so hit and miss but this time I managed to find some really nice bits and pieces. 





My staple uniform used to be pretty blouses tucked into simple skirts but at some point over these past few months I lost my way and got stuck in a bit of a rut. Its amazing how just updating your wardrobe with a few pieces can really make a massive difference. These blouses are so pretty and super flattering and they go with pretty much anything. I also picked up 2 gorgeous skirts, one in a navy blue and one in a gorgeous raspberry colour - perfect for the festive season.  

How adorable is this jumper? It's so soft and cosy and I love the fact that the necklace at the front is detachable. 



I cant quite believe I didn't have any breton stripes in my wardrobe - this little beauty solved that problem!


Last put not least how could I resist these super sweet pjs? I'm a sucker for woodland animals and this lounge top is so snuggly and warm. Perfect for these cold winter nights snuggling on the sofa with a hot chocolate.


Have you found any gems in Primark recently? 

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Monday, 17 November 2014

A Few Things




I am absolutely loving this nifty little iPad case. It's a bluetooth keyboard case that transforms your iPad into a little Macbook Air (thats how I like to think of it anyway)
I love my iPad but typing emails or blogposts soon gets tiresome on the onscreen keyboard. I've wanted one of these for a while now so I can write blogposts and respond to emails before work and on my lunch. For £16 its fab and does just the job. I bought mine on ebay (link here)



There's just something about having nice nails that really does it for me. I'm currently going through a phase of loving press on nails. How fun are these? I do love a good chevron! Primark have tons of different offerings for just £1 a set and they are small fitting so actually fit my nail beds. I'm currently stocking up on more tacky Christmas nails than you can imagine. 


Sticking with the Christmas theme last week I tried one of the new Costa Christmas Hot Chocolates and its safe to say since then I've developed somewhat of an unhealthy obsession. The chocolate orange hot chocolate is the one. 
Craig surprised me with one of their adorable ceramic cups ( SO CUTE I want them all) and the festive syrups so I can create my own more wallet friendly hot chocolates and I absolutely love it! 

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happiness Project Month 1 - October - Try New Things


I should start by saying that my Happiness Project actually started towards the end of September but for the purpose of keeping things neat lets just say it officially started in October. 

I originally read Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project last year and after a difficult few months and feeling inspired after reading Alix's posts about her Happiness Project, I thought I would have a go at doing my own and documenting it here on my blog. 

It was quite a spur of the moment decision to embark on my Happiness Project so I haven't planned it out as much as Gretchen. I do however hope to be able to spend a little bit more time over the coming months planning and putting more thought into my project but initially I just wanted to get started. 

Usually with a Happiness Project there is a general theme for each month and then a series of resolutions to go alongside the theme that help you keep to your goals. The project usually lasts for 12 months. For the first month as I said I didn't really do this but I intend on doing it for the months to come.

I decided my first month would be dedicated to trying new things. After a difficult few months I was left feeling in a very deflated, down and depressed state. I decided that I am ultimately responsible for my happiness and I needed to do something to pick myself up and dust myself off. I didn't want to do anything too bold or defined as the chances were I wouldn't stick to it. I thought an easy way to get things going would be to try new things. Although this may sound simple this was a very easy way for me to have something to focus on and to be open to new experiences and opportunities, not just in terms of physically trying new things but also trying new ways of thinking. 

So how would I summarise my first month? I would say fantastic! I have tried so many new things I couldn't possibly list them all. I've tried new foods, a new phone, booking a last minute holiday, a new style of glasses frame, new yoga poses, new books, learning to love my body, stressing less, lightening up, I could go on and on. 
The biggest thing I've learned this month is how enriching life can actually be if you keep yourself open to new things. Its so easy to always order the same thing in a restaurant, stick with the same style, and generally stay within your comfort zone. Well as cliche as it is life is what happens when you take yourself out of your comfort zone. There are so many amazing things waiting for you out there if you just try them! 
One of the fundamental things I tried was lightening up, just letting things go and telling myself things "aren't a big deal" It is amazing how before I would have flown off the handle for the slightest thing but just saying to myself quietly "its not a big deal" makes such a massive difference I cant tell you.
This leads on to my theme for November - Be Kind to Yourself. This month I want to build on Octobers resolutions and focus on being kind to myself. I for one am way too hard on myself, constantly stressed, beating myself up about something - and what for? I can tell you first hand it does you absolutely no good. Old habits die hard however but I feel like with the lessons I've learned from this past month I'm well armed to go into November with the firm resolution of being kind to myself. I've been thinking about my resolutions for this month and so far this is what I have:
Sleep Right
Exercise
Eat Well
Drink more water
Stress Less
Stay Present
I may add to these throughout the month but will be back at the end of November to fill you in with how I got on. I'm excited to share my Happiness Project with you - have you ever heard of The Happiness Project before? 


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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Adios Amigos


Well after what has been an incredibly difficult few weeks I'm delighted to say that tomorrow Craig and I are off on an adventure! We had both booked some time off work a couple of months ago with the intention of jetting off somewhere hot although we were undecided where we would go.

We were looking for somewhere that would have plenty of sunshine and originally toyed with the Canaries but decided to be daring and book something last minute. This is totally out of character for me being the control freak that I am I like to have everything planned and organised within an inch of its life. 

When my Grandad suddenly passed away last month my world was turned upside down and I cant deny at times I was in a pretty dark place. Emotionally and physically exhausted and drained I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. As I started working through things and moving forwards we decided that more than ever we needed to get away.

We took what we had saved, went straight to the travel agents and booked ourselves in for a 2 week stay at a 5 star All Inclusive hotel in Riveria Maya Mexico - a far cry from the week in Gran Canaria we originally had in mind. After everything thats happened recently we decided to just go all out and really treat ourselves.

Although I've been to Mexico once before I stayed in Cancun and unfortunately the hotel I stayed in wasn't that great and I ended up not very well. I decided not to let this put me off though and decided to try Riveria Maya instead and bump ourselves up to a 5 star resort.

I simply cannot wait to spend two whole weeks with Craig in Paradise - we have lots of adventures planned as well as lots of relaxation. This is our first holiday together and we are both so excited to be getting away. The last few weeks I've been reflecting on things and came to the realisation that ultimately we only have one life - live it. 

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