The Countdown Begins

The countdown to our holiday has begun, it’s only a few weeks to go now and whilst having a little walk last night, the husband and I were discussing sunshine, beaches and exploring and getting very excited about our upcoming trip to Sicily. Neither of us have been before so it will be a new adventure for both of us. We’ll be hiring a car so will have more freedom to explore on this holiday than on our recent trip to Croatia.

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Raw Snack Bars

I love finding out about new products that can help make my new healthy eating lifestyle easier so was really pleased to find and try Nākd snack bars. They come in a range of flavours including Rhubarb & Custard and Pecan Pie, and are totally raw and natural!

My favourite flavours were the Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie and Pecan Pie but they were all really tasty. I was actually really surprised how much I enjoyed them as I’m never usually a fan of cereal bars or healthy snack bar type things. No matter how healthy they claim to be, they all still seem to taste super sweet and I can’t stand that artificial sugary taste, even more so since I’ve cut those types of foods right down.

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Roasted Carrot, Lentil & Cumin Soup with Kale Crisps

The other day I was really craving something comforting for lunch, and I had a bunch of carrots that were getting a bit old so decided to try making a carrot and lentil soup. It was a bit ‘make it up as you go along’ but I loved the end result, a nice hearty (and healthy!) soup for a drizzly English Summer day. I served mine with some kale crisps and a slice of brown sourdough, but you can add whatever you fancy.

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Time For Exercise

I don’t have a very good relationship with exercising. The most I can remember ever enjoying exercise was when I was in junior school, I was quite a tomboy back then and loved to play football, was always on the climbing frames and running around with my friends.

I quickly grew out of that, I guess probably when I started secondary school, any interest I had in exercise of any kind quickly evaporated. I did the least I could get away with in sports class and what I did do was always half hearted.

Unfortunately that’s a philosophy I brought with me into adulthood, and it really hasn’t done me any favours. I went through a very bad period of ill health a few years ago, I look back at that time as my year of hell, and it really was a horrible time for both me and Jamie, but one that definitely made us stronger. Luckily, things did start to improve and we could see the light at the end of the tunnel, and not long after Jamie proposed.

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Holiday Fever

HolidayBooked After a lovely holiday in Croatia and our anniversary break in the Cotswolds, we decided we really wanted to book another holiday this year. We didn’t go abroad last year as we never got round to booking a proper honeymoon (we had a week in Norfolk after our wedding which was basically our honeymoon) so I guess we’re making up for it this year!

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Our First Wedding Anniversary

I cannot believe it’s been a year since our wedding already. Where does the time go?? To celebrate our first wedding anniversary we decided to book a luxurious little getaway. It took a bit of time to find the right place just for us, without spending a fortune, and without being too ‘posh’, but in the end we found The Wheatsheaf Inn and knew it was perfect.

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After a stop off in one of our favourite Cotswold villages, Burford, for lunch, we drove onto the village of Northleach. We arrived to a beautiful Cotswold stone coaching inn, covered in ivy and absolutely packed full of people for Sunday lunch – always a good sign!

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Our Croatian Adventure

We’ve been getting back into the swing of work this week after our week away in Croatia. We had an amazing time, very relaxing and just what we both needed.

We flew from London to Split, and after a week of fretting about the flight (I’m a terrible traveller!) the flight over there actually went really smoothly and I was pleasantly surprised. We were greeted at the airport by our airbnb host, Maja, who was very friendly and gave us lots of information on everything we passed as she drove us to our little apartment on Ciovo Island.

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For The Love Of Copper

Some of you may be over the whole copper obsession, I however, am not. I still can’t get enough. I even bought some copper spray paint and sprayed an old vase copper a while back, with plans to spray paint pretty much everything else in sight!

There’s something lovely and warm about copper. I think it’s at its best when just used in touches and hints across a room, as much as it pains me to say it – less is more!

Here are some of my favourite copper finds from across the tinterweb…

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