Malta

Sunday, 26 May 2019

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I really am awful at blogging. I was so motivated and then life gets in the way and I just can't be bothered any more. Since the last post, I've actually been really busy; I've ready a lot of books, run the Birmingham 10k (today), suffered a bereavement in my boyfriends family and visited Malta for week.

This trip was booked a few months ago, a cheap escape with my best friend, Emily. We stayed in a three star apartment in Sliema which was perfect for us, and explored somewhere new everyday or sunbathed for the odd afternoon.




We visited a number of places, my favourite two being Valetta and Mdina. Valetta is the capital of Malta was just a short ferry trip over from Sliema. It wasn't too expensive and it was just nice to wander around the streets. We went into the Cathedral and Barrakka gardens which were beautiful however it was sooooo windy when we went that I was actually getting goosebumps.




Mdina is known as the 'silent city' and was my favourite place we visited. Mdina is part of Kingslanding from Game of Thrones, and as a huge fan, it was obviously amazing to be there. It was spookily quiet, not many shops, cafes or places to eat but it was really pretty and nice to walk around. It only cost us about 1.50 euro for a return as well on the bus which was a bargain BUT if you are going, there is only one bus from Mdina to Sliema every hour, and this bus was 30 minutes late each time. It also went past us on the way home after already waiting an hour, so we ended up getting a bus to Valetta and ferry back.






And then the final place I can't not mention is the Island of Comino, where the blue lagoon is. We both really wanted to see this place and were looking forward to it but mistakenly booked a cruise of the whole island which took over 3 hours. That would have been totally fine had the water not have been so rough that I had motion sickness and literally had to leg it to the edge of the boat, to be sick overboard. Attractive, I know. So for the whole time I was on the island, I was recovering and becoming anxious about the trip back to Sliema.

But apart from that.... it was stunning!




I absolutely loved Malta, and definitely recommend it for a cheap, last minute getaway. I wouldn't say I'd go back because I believe life is too short to visit the same place twice but it was a brilliant week.
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Vienna, Austria

Monday, 22 April 2019

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So 10 days ago, it was my birthday, which I know I've mentioned one billion times. And, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Vienna, Austria, which was so beautiful. Me and Sam actually booked the trip over a year ago because the flights were ridiculously cheap, and we managed to find a really nice airbnb too, so it was a long wait but worth it.

I've always wanted to visit Austria because the musical which made me fall in love with musicals, was the sound of music. I used to watch it back to back with Joseph every weekend when I was younger at my Nan's; I know all of the words and always wanted to pretend to be Maria.








Vienna is beautiful. There are so many pretty buildings and palaces, gardens and markets to look at and just take in. For me, it was way too cold to appreciate it all properly and I found myself wanting to be inside instead which is a shame, but it was still good.

One of my favourite places was the Naschmarkt, which is a market full of food, souvenirs and culture. We had our best meals here if I'm honest and I'd go back there again in a heartbeat for dinner. I laughed so hard here as well because Sam ordered his dinner and it was served within seconds, it was SO surreal. For anyone that knows us, we are both fast eaters anyway so prefer things to slow down because otherwise, we're in the restaurant for minutes.



I wouldn't say there is loads to do in Vienna either so on the Sunday, we went to Praterstein theme park to go on the ferris wheel, madame tussauds and the chocolate museum. However, afterwards I had a three hour nap and it was bliss. I didn't realise how tired I was until I got to Austria, so it was nice to recharge.


Austria was a nice break but now I'm back, I can't wait for my next trip. Malta in 2 weeks...
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Digbeth Dining Club & Friendship

Monday, 15 April 2019

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This post is about 2 weeks overdue but there’s something about this blog which drains me as well as being valuable.

Blogging a few years ago was nothing like it is now, it was all community based and about making friendships. I made friends with Nicole who unfortunately lives 5 hours away, but I have been lucky enough to meet her a few times now. And it’s great because it’s like no time has gone by at all, which is how you know it’s a great friendship.

Nicole has come to my city for work purposes, so obviously I then met her after work. I always think there is so much pressure to find somewhere good to eat but I’d wanted to try Digbeth Dining Club for ages anyway, which is a small street food/bar club in Birmingham. It’s only open Thursday to Sunday and has a few different traders each day, selling different cuisines. We opted for somewhere called Buddha Belly which caters for vegan's too, and it was amazing!

Whenever me and Nicole are together, we find good food. It's almost a must do experience, and despite blogging, we usually put our phones away pretty instantly. Nicole said something to me about instagam when we were together 

Why are we all so obsessed with capturing images for something that only exists in our hands?

And when you think about it, why are we obsessed? I love photography and documenting my life,  but we do it on something virtual. Something we can never touch but it's just there, floating around us, storing everything we upload to it. 

And what if it disappears tomorrow? I think a lot of us would have to admit to being upset. That we've created a perfectly curated set of images to please us and other people. Sad really; because if we lost it all tomorrow, would we regret not spending those moments with the ones we love instead of trying to capture it? 

Who knows? I'm just glad I put my phone down when I was with Nicole.

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Win an Easter Egg Hunt Pack*

Sunday, 7 April 2019

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I must admit, when I think of Easter now, I'm just happy for the long weekend as oppose to anything else. I'm not really religious and we don't tend to exchange that many eggs in our family but I know Easter does mean a lot of chocolate.

I'm doing this post in collaboration with WOW FreeStuff who are currently running an Easter Competition where you can win a free Cadbury easter egg hunt pack. 




The box includes 14 eggs, 3 bunnies and 3 bags and there are 1 out of 50 to be won. It's really easy  to enters so worth a try if you fancy your chances. You can find the competition here.

Terms and conditions apply:

-This competition ends on the 10th April 2019.

-By entering you agree to sign up to WOW FreeStuff Newsletter

-Must be over 18 and based in the UK

Post in collaboration with WOW Freestuff*
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April Goals

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

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April; my birthday month, lighter evenings, the beginning of spring, a trip to Vienna and bank holiday weekend. It's set to be a good month hopefully and I feel it's needed. March wore me out, physically and emotionally, and I want April to be the month which restores some balance. Balance is key for me, and I've been feeling a little off balance so I want to level out. So, this is what I'll be doing



1. On Friday, my amazing friend Nicole is coming from Edinburgh to Birmingham and I'm super excited to see her. I think we'll be going to Digbeth Dining Club; I've never been before and it looks amazing so I think i'll be good to show her. It will be such a nice way to end the week

2. Next week I've twenty five and I'm going to Vienna for a long weekend. It's supposed to be such a beautiful city so I can't wait to see it. Travelling and exploring new places is my number one favourite thing to do, so I'm looking forward to some time with Sam.

3. I am having a month without any peanut butter. I have been eating the stuff like no tomorrow (seriously, a 1kg tub per week) and I swear I am becoming the size of a house. I'm going to Malta next month, so whilst I'm not unhappy with my body, I know if something doesn't change, I will be unhappy on holiday so I'm going cold turkey for one month. Already struggling but needs must.

4. I have downloaded an app called 'one second per day' and I'm planning on filming one second everyday of this month. I saw my friend do it and thought it was such a nice way of looking back at the month. So far, so good!

And before we know it... it will be May.

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March Reflections

Saturday, 30 March 2019

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Work has been so busy this month. I don't really like talking about my job on here because it's a personal job and it's difficult to speak about without breaking someone's confidentiality. But, this month I feel like I've been going from one fire to the next, trying to put fires out before another one sparks alight. Ironically, putting out fires has left me feeling a little burnt and I know my body is tired, I've been overeating and have been living for the weekends.

I do love my job though, these things come in peaks and troughs, but I think it's important to acknowledge when things are harder and take a step back to see how it's impacting you.

I don't really know what I've done this month, it's been a whirlwind which was topped off nicely with some extremely bad news for my boyfriend. Life likes to throw numerous hurdles at once, doesn't it?

I was looking back at my goals for March, thinking I've probably not done any but I have done two out of three.

1) More running outside. Not done once, well done Samantha.

2) Spend less money. I have actually done this. I signed up for a Monzo bank account and it's really helpful for seeing how much you spend on a daily basis and where things go. I think because everything is instant, the money leaves you so much quicker which has made me not want to spend anything!

3. Listen to more podcasts. I have been doing this as well! I'm loving Oenone's podcast, adulting, which I've been trying to listen to at the gym.

So actually, two out of three isn't bad. I 10000% need to try and do more running outside in April because I'm doing a 10k run at the end of May, and would hate myself if I couldn't do it. I'm looking forward to a new month (turning 25), I'm going to Vienna and allllllll the bank holidays. Should be a more relaxed month hopefully.
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FFS

Sunday, 24 March 2019

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I feel really honoured to be working with Friction Free Shaving for the third time; I just love their products and couldn't turn down the opportunity.

I am someone who shaves regularly, summer or winter, I'm not a fan of hairy legs. That being said, I respect anyone who is the exact opposite. Friction Free Shaving (FFS) offer a subscription box where you choose from either a silver or rose gold, 6 headed blade, to be delivered to you initially. Thereafter, you are sent 4 refills in the post, the idea being a new blade for each week in the month.


For the rose gold handle and 4 refills, it's only £9. NINE POUND. How many of us pay £5-10 for one  razor blade. You can also  choose to add engraving or  pre-shave scrub, shave cream or post shave balm (below). 




I can honestly say, my legs have never been smoother.

At the moment, FFS are doing a gift box which is perfect for Mother's Day too which includes

  • Your choice of Shaviour, the world's first metal razor designed especially for women.
  • Free engraving of your choice (worth £6).
  • Our award winning Shave Cream, packed with moisturising Manuka honey, Shea butter and coconut oil.
  • Our Pre Shave Scrub, a gentle and all natural exfoliate made using the husk of walnuts.
  • Our Post Shave Balm, which provides deep hydration to soothe and condition your skin.
  • Four German-engineered razor refills, each with 6 diamond-coated steel blades and a styling bikini blade.
  • Shower hook, Blade cover, Clamshell Blade Protector and Travel pouch.
If you want to try any of their products, FFS are giving my readers 25% off the first set of blades and free engraving, with the code 'SAMANTHA25'

- post in collaboration with Friction Free Shaving; all views are my own

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Top Benefits of a Gap Year*

Monday, 18 March 2019

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So, you’re about to finish school and now you have a decision before you- university or gap year. The first thing you’ll need to do is think about what you want to achieve in the next few years. Taking a gap year can teach you more than any university course can (although you may need to convince your parents of that). If you’re weighing up your decision, here are five benefits of a gap year that could sway the scales.




Higher Levels of Maturity


Studies show that students who have taken a gap year often start their university courses with higher levels of maturity. A gap year isn’t just one long holiday; it teaches people to be independent and confident. You’ll need to learn how to take responsibility for yourself, budget your finances, cook, clean and much more. Developing these skills before starting university will put you way ahead of the crowd and you’ll be able to use your first year to get a head start with your studies.


Improved Academics


A gap year gives you the time to consider what you really want out of life. Sadly, many students end up on courses they don’t really enjoy in an effort to gain a degree. Thinking about what you really want out of life will lead you in the right direction when it comes to choosing what you want to study. Therefore, anyone who has used student tours is more likely to be passionate about what they want out of their studies. Gap year students are often more likely to be confident and ambitious, so they’re far more likely to put the work in.




Broadened Thinking


Before leaving for university, many students are fearful of coming out of their comfort zones. It’s not easy to be somewhere entirely new, with new people and new experiences. If you’ve already been on a gap year, this shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll already have lived in a different climate, a different culture and with people speaking a different language. University should be a breeze after that. Travelling on a gap year will broaden your horizons and you’ll be far more willing to take on new challenges while you’re at university.


Reassess Goals


Taking a gap year gives you some extra time to figure out your future. Suddenly, you’re no longer faced with the massive decision of what you want to be and do for the rest of your life. That can be liberating and give you the chance to take time over making that decision. Taking a gap year is a lot pressure and it gives you the chance to get to know yourself. You’ll be able to learn more about your likes and dislikes and perhaps discover new passions. By the time the year is over, you should have more of an idea of the avenue you want to take when you return home.


Taking a gap year certainly isn’t an escape route- it’s a preparation for everything that’s to come.
* a contributed post and may contain affiliate links

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The Popcorn Shed

Sunday, 17 March 2019

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This is a post for the fellow snackers out there because if you're like me, and you're constantly grazing,  then this popcorn might be for you.

I was contacted by  the Popcorn Shed who is the UK's first super-premium gourmet popcorn brand. The founders, Sam and Laura, use a caramel base combined with nuts, fruits and chocolate to create interesting textures and flavours for popcorn.

I was lucky enough to be sent the seven flavours,  each one being under 130 calories for a snack pack (or more if you want devour a bigger box, no judgement here..)

- Salted Caramel
The classic sea salt  mixed with caramel

- Pecan Pie
Caramel  flavour popcorn mixed with pecan nuts

- Say Cheese
A more savoury creamy cheese flavour popcorn

- Berry-licious
Caramel and raspberry popcorn mixed with  dark chocolate 

- Pop 'N' Choc
A double whammy of chocolate accompanied by a smooth cocoa-infused caramel base

- Butterly Nuts 
A rich creamy peanut butter caramel with nuttiness topped with real peanut halves for extra crunch

- Sweet Cheesus 
Tangy creamy mature cheddar cheese popcorn



My favourite has to be Butterly nuts, but that was always going to be the case as I'm addicted to peanut butter. There isn't a bad flavour in the range though; it's a nice variety!

If you do fancy buying some yourself, you can head over to Popcorn Shed. I think these are on par with Propercorn and Metcalfe's Skinny popcorn if you want a change!

- These were sent to me for review but all opinions are my own!


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Long Distanced Friendships

Sunday, 10 March 2019

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I think it's  inevitable that as an adult, your friendship numbers  reduce  and you search for quality over quantity. People move around, are in relationships, have families and it's not like at school when you're friends with everyone  purely  because you're pushed into the same environment each day for hours at a time.

Maybe you kept in  touch with school  friends, or maybe you lost touch like I did. I moved away to University when I was very ill and essentially started again at  age 18. I made friends there but we were all  from  different ends of the country and unfortunately don't speak very much now. To add to that, I went travelling and met my now best friend in Sri Lanka, of all places. However again, she lives a good 3 hours away by car.

I also met people who helped me during recovery and bloggers, who are all over. In fact,  I had a great day yesterday with one of my friends who  has just had a baby, which involved driving 100 miles to  see her.

And then  last year, I moved again  to a town  where  I knew nobody. I joined a really  friendly gym though and have met some lovely girls who are much more local.

Writing this has made me realised how many times I've moved around.

But  despite that, I can honestly say that I don't ever feel like they live far away and I guess this a post for them to say thank you for being amazing. Long distanced friendships aren't always easy but I know, hand on heart, if I called any of them, they'd be on the other end of the phone at any time. All of my friendships are those where you can not see someone for years but pick up as if it were yesterday. And I think that's what makes me lucky.

Friendships seem to dwindle when one person isn't reciprocating the effort of another.  But I think my long distance friendships work because we know we have to make an effort as we are not physically there. Distance  can be difficult but I don't think it has to be the end of a friendship, and those who are really worth it, will still be there for you.

I'm not really sure where I'm going with this but I was thinking about where my friends live in relation to me and most of them  are far away, and of course it would be great if they were closer, but they are  all absolutely brilliant and I wouldn't change any of them.
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Why you should try Posted Protein

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

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I'm quite excited about this post actually because I have been working with posted protein now for 2 months and I've loved the whole experience (this is a collaboration but I really do love this brand!).

I used to hate protein products. I used to laugh at people who went to the gym and spent money on protein bars and whey protein. Times have changed, ha!

I really started to try and build muscle around one year ago, and tried a grenade bar. They can be expensive but they are soooo good, so I wanted to buy more and try the different flavours. That's when I found posted protein who literally sell every brand of protein bar.

So even if you don't like the gym or fitness, here's why I think any protein lover should try posted protein.

1. The customer service is unreal. With every order, I get a personalised note which is so nice! I've never really had an issue with them but I've had follow up emails (before I became a rep), checking my order was OK and that I was happy. I have never known that from a brand before and seriously can't fault them. 

2. They always have the up to date products. These two bars came out recently and I know they sold out in a few places, but posted protein made it so easy to get hold of them! I'm not actually as keen on these bars from grenade but I'm glad I could try them easily. 

3. I love how many bars/products there are to try. There is a mix option, meaning you can pick 12 products mix and match, so you can try different brands/flavours without having to buy a whole box of one thing you may end up hating. I've found quite a few new favourites by doing this, so will carry on. 

4. Protein bars can be pricey, but please use my 5% discount code on any order 'SAMBETTERIDGE'.

Enjoy!

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March Goals

Sunday, 3 March 2019

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Can you believe it's March already? I definitely feel like the weather has been edging towards a spring vibe, and I know it's kinda scary that it's been so warm, what with global warming and everything, but I do love the sun. This is a picture of flowers my boyfriend spontaneously got for me, bless him; they make me look forward to spring more.


I'm also excited for my birthday next month too. I'm going to be 25. T W E N T Y F I V E. Not sure how that happened and I definitely still think that you should have your sh*t together by 25, but as someone pointed out to me the other day, I think I do. I don't take anything for granted but I live with my boyfriend, financially stable and have a good job. Life is good!

Anyway that's next month, so this month my aims..

1. Start running outside more. I signed up to do the Birmingham 10k in May and the cardio I do is mostly at the gym (spin, combat, treadmill). I've been doing a few 3 milers recently but I need to up my game so that I can run 6 miles in the next 2 months! If anyone does want to sponsor me... click here and I'll be eternally grateful. I'm running for B-eat, the UK's leading eating disorder charity.

2. Stop buying unnecessarily. I got good at this but then last month, things started to slip. I've also had a mess up with the tax man recently too and owe HMRC quite a bit so I need to get better at thinking before buying.

3. Listen to more podcasts. I am really loving Oenone's podcast called 'Adulting' at the moment which I've been listening to in the flat or when running. She talks about everything from sex, drinking, race, feminism etc and it's great. My friend sent me a few other recommendations too so I want to listen to more!
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Banana and Oat Biscuits

Friday, 1 March 2019

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Part of me revamping my blog, means new content and the new things in my life. We all grow and change as we get older so I hope this blog reflects that.

I'm posting a recipe for the first time ever. I made these biscuits at the weekend, and it's a recipe I adapted from seeing Alice Liveing post on Instagram. She made more of a loaf whereas I've broken it down into individual biscuits.

So this recipe is for banana and oat biscuits. I've made these a few times and I adapt the recipe to add/flavour them each time, so feel free to experiment; you could use protein powder, peanut butter, dried fruits, chocolate chips etc. I should add, it's the easiest recipe on the planet and doesn't take long at all, and it's actually pretty healthy!



Ingredients - makes 10 biscuits

- 200g Oats
- 2 Bananas
- 2 Eggs
- 30g Raisins - optional
- Pinch of cocao powder - optional

For this batch, I split the recipe in half for the different flavours and mixed them separately. For one flavour I used 100g oats, 1 banana and 1 egg.

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper/fry light spray.

2. In one bowl, mix together 1 banana, 100g oats, 1 egg and 30g raisins. In the other, mix together 1 banana, 100g oats, 1 egg and cocao powder. Mix this together until it is all a sticky mixture with no oats left dry.

3. Spoon the mixture out of the bowl and onto the baking tray, creating 10 biscuits. You can use your hands to create the biscuit shape or two spoons.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until they begin to brown.

5. Take out of the oven, leave to cool. Then simply enjoy! The cocao can be a little bitter so I dip mine in nut butter (or you can use less/milk chocolate).
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Reading List

Sunday, 24 February 2019

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Since finishing my masters, I've really got back into reading on the weekends. I find it really hard to do nothing, and always have to be on the go, but reading really just help me just slow down.



So far this year I've read five books;

Never Greener - Ruth Jones
This book was a great way to kick start reading again. It's not well written at all, to be honest, it is trashy but I loved it. I couldn't put it down and think I read this in two days. It's one of those stories where you just need to know what happens to the love affair going on with the character. Perfect holiday reading!

They Both Die In The End - Adam Silvera
My best friend recommended this to me. She said Adam Silvera is similar to John Green, who we all love for young adult fiction. This ending is obvious but I still didn't want that to be the case. You really feel for the characters and don't want the inevitable to happen at all.

Feminists Don't Wear Pink And Other Lies - Scarlett Curtis
This is a non-fiction book about feminism; a collection of memories, essays and entries about everything ranging from periods to sex to relationships to equality. I loved it!

The Language of Kindness - Christie Watson
This is a great book by Christie, almost a diary/memoir of her 20 years as a nurse. The chapters cover everything from pre-birth to old age, discussing the difficulties with nursing now and the struggles nurses face in a time where the NHS is prone to numerous cuts. Heart-breaking and insightful.

Just Eat It - Dr Laura Thomas PhD
I read this book because I've been binging a bit recently and thought this may help. To be honest, it's a good book but I don't think it taught me anything. It's perfect if you are stuck in the dieting cycle, pressured by society and need to break free from that, however I would say this was too basic for me.  It made me hungry as well, just reading about eating!

I have two more books left to read on my 'to be read' pile, and then I'm allowed to go book shopping

  • The  Exact Opposite of Okay - Laura Steven
  • The Forgotten Hours - Katrin Schumann
If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
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Date Night - Sorrento

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

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At the beginning of the year, my boyfriend and I decided to put the name of every restaurant in our town (which we hadn't been to yet) in a jar. The idea being that we step outside our comfort zone, explore new restaurants and our town, and just try new things.

The plan is to draw a name out each month. We did try one for January but it wasn't the best start and I didn't photograph anything, so we'll start this little series now instead.

So, this month was a little Italian restaurant named Sorrento. 


The restaurant is owned by Italian owners and they were very welcoming, with excellent service. We went the day after Valentines day too and the place was decorated really nicely. Maybe tacky for some but I love how commercial V-day is.

We both chose pasta dishes and both really enjoyed it; probably because we don't usually have pasta very often. Sam wanted to share some bread as well, so we opted for focaccia - a really good choice!


With two dishes, one glass of wine and diet coke, I think the bill was roughly £45 which I didn't think was too bad for Valentines weekend.

Overall, I rated it 7/10 and Sam gave it an 8/10. So I guess the total rating is 7.5. Not bad for date night number two!
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Fitness: What I've Learnt

Saturday, 16 February 2019

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I've been a gym member for 15 months now which is something I never thought I'd write. The 16 year old obese teenage self would be mortified right now, and the 20 year old underweight me would be jumping at the thought of hours on a treadmill.

How times have changed.

I have genuinely come so far when it comes to my outlook on exercise. I no longer workout to lose weight; if anything I'm probably heavier now because I lift weights. I'm proud to say I can do a pull up,  deadlift 80kg and clean and press 30kg. I feel strong and I love that feeling.

I love that I am continually progressing, running further, lifting more, trying new exercises and just enjoying experimenting in the gym. It's amazing to think that when you fuel your body, it can do great things.

I used to think the gym was a chore. That exercise was punishment for eating x amount of calories. Now it actually saddens me when women (mostly) are a slave to the treadmill, eating very minimal and thinking this is the way forward. I never thought I'd get to a point where I would exercise for real health benefits, enjoyment and the endorphin release.

It has also really helped me transition out of education. I know that sounds weird but I'm 24 and only just finished with academia, so to just suddenly stop all of that left a gaping hole. I don't miss writing essays or researching but it's odd to be gifted time which I don't know what to do with. Fitness has filled that gap for me. It clears my mind after a hard day, it is something to focus on and something I can always progress with. Heavier lifts; more reps; new moves.

The best thing I ever did was rethink fitness and see how strong my body could become. To move the focus away from what I could lose to think about what I can gain.
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Valentines Day Gift Guide

Saturday, 9 February 2019

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It's been a while since I did a gift guide but I actually enjoyed doing this one last night. Valentines day is like marmite isn't it? You either love the romance (and tackiness) or hate how commercial it is. Either way, I don't think anyone complains at receiving a gift.

1. I'm yours, you're mine mugs
I really liked this because it reminds me of the Game of Thrones wedding vows. Something cute for a couple to share together on the weekend.

2. You mean the world to me keyring
One for those who love to travel or love the saying! Me and my boyfriend love seeing the world and get itchy feet if something isn't booked, so I know he'd appreciate this little token.

3. I'm a cutie print
This isn't even a valentines gift but I just loved it! I recently found planet prudence on Instagram and think she does lovely prints. I think this is a great pick me up if you are single and don't have a valentine too.

4. Big spoon, little spoon
I've debated buying these before because I love this bedding! A perfect little touch for the homeware and lifestyle lovers out there.

5. Halo Necklace
So, this is the most expensive piece but I am just in love with Astrid  and Miyu at the moment. They sell such lovely decorative, minimalistic jewellery and they can be layered so well. I literally want everything.

6. His and Hers socks
Customised penguin socks, cute right? Simple yet effective I think. Plus, the older I get, the more I love cute socks.. mostly with avocados on but penguins are equally as cute.

7. Reasons I love you
This is a personalised print with 10 reasons picked by you about why you love your partner. Hopefully you can think of 10...

8. Heart shaped cutter
A novelty heart shaped cutter  for cookies or an egg on toast which can be used as part of breakfast in bed on Valentines day!

9. Prosecco bath bombs
I don't drink but I reckon these would be quite luxurious in the bath, perhaps with candles and strawberries dipped in chocolate.




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Revamp 2.0

Sunday, 3 February 2019

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I've had a blog for 7 years now, and as the years have gone by, the less and less I've visited this space.  And yet, for some unknown reason, I keep getting emails to say people are following or stopping by and every time it makes me think about writing again.

So here we are;

A new design.

A new year.

A new month.

A fresh mind set.

A new enthusiasm to be creative again and document snippets of my life.

I don't know how long it will last but I do know that this time, it won't be about numbers or trying to keep up with every other blogger who is talking about something I simply don't enjoy. This will be a space for me and maybe a space where you can grab a coffee and read for a while.

Here goes What I Know Now, 2.0


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