Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Joules Press Day

I might be a city girl by day, but every weekend I love the fact that I live in Essex - which means I have the countryside on my doorstep as well as the city.  The best of both worlds.

The weekends for me mean time with my family and in particular my gorgeous nephew, who loves to be outside no matter how cold it is.  Luckily for me, he also likes a good cup of tea - so when I suggest popping into a cafe he never grumbles.


A few weeks ago now, I was invited to the Joules press day where inside their goddie bag I was unexpectedly delighted to find a gift voucher.  The vouchers are a new introduction for Joules, who before now haven't had online gift vouchers - so these will make the perfect present for any relatives this year who are difficult to buy for...

I went back to basics with the voucher though and decided to pick a few pairs of wellies for myself and my nephew.

Joules started their business 25 years ago and it all began with wellies.  Which no thanks to auto correct means they get some rather hilarious emails from time to time.  Take a look at their story online here, I promise you will not be disappointed.  

Once the wellies arrived, I was itching for the weekend to arrive (even more so than normal), so that Teddie and I could take a trip to the beach in our new wellies.













We had so much fun, but it was such a cold day we were really looking forward to a warm and a cup of tea when we got home. 

Here are some of their new ranges that you can look forward to in the Spring.

 



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Saturday, 3 January 2015

This is not a new year's resolution

For years I have tried to lose weight and failed, I have a few blog posts to testify for me...   But this Christmas with some much needed time off of work, I decided I was going to get myself into a routine of healthy eating and join the gym.


So a week ago, the day after boxing day I joined the gym and started my healthy eating plan.  That was a week ago now and I can happily say that I have now lost 5lbs and 5 inches.

I am no expert in the art of losing weight, but I am an expert at failing - so guys and girls I am going to need your support.

In the mean-time, here are some tips on ways that I have stayed motivated in the last week:
  • Buying new trainers
  • Buying new gym kit
  • Getting a personal trainer
  • Pinterest meal ideas
  • Having some 'thinspiration'
  • Keeping a progress diary
  • Finding healthy snack options
I always buy Nike trainers, they always fit me perfectly and mine were looking a little tired.  It is always important to have good trainers too, as they have such a positive impact on your workout.

Fabletics are a great new company selling gym kits for women, they have some really cute details on all of the outfits too.

http://www.fabletics.co.uk/invite/laurenhughes87/

You can shop their looks here.

However, if you are on more of a budget then Primark and Sports Direct have some great picks in store at the moment too.  Here are some of my new investments...


I love the bottoms too, as they have the zip on the back for your iPod.  This is something I am always hunting for on my running bottoms, otherwise I feel like I am running with a brick in my pocket.

I am sure most of us have this problem, but when it comes to the gym I pretty much have no motivation, so I have found myself a personal trainer.  It also really helps that I found a gym that I feel comfortable in.

When it comes to eating the right things, I always manage to eat all the wrong things.  If I had to choose between a burger and a salad, it's always going to be a burger.  So I needed to find some alternatives to salad for this to work for me.  My Pinterest board is now full of things that I am trying or going to try out.

Keeping a food diary using apps like My Fitness pal has been a god send too, it has made me aware of what I am eating and how many calories that I am putting in my body.  You can also see what percentage of fat, carbs and proteins you are eating too.   I am also keeping a diary of my progress, which takes into account my weight and measurements.


I am also a self confessed Instagram addict, so I have started following some fitness and 'thinspiring' accounts on there too.

Here are my top 4...
  1.  Base Body Babes
  2. Steph Pacca
  3. Hannah Polites
  4. Diaz Dilya 
So if you're looking for some inspiration these are the people to follow.  I have also cut out my skinny mini picture to give me something to work towards, as your only competition should be yourself.

Monday will be the BIG test for me, as I am back at work and will be exhausted at the end of the day, but still want to make it into to the gym!

Wish me luck guys...

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

The Nutcracker

Christmas isn't complete without a trip to the Panto, the Theatre or the Ballet.  This year I did dip my toes into the world of panto, but it was so bad my two year old nephew insisted on leaving and I completely agreed.

The day after though I was treated to the most amazing performance at the Ballet.  I was introduced to The Nutcracker in my first year of school, when I was a sugar plum fairy and every since I have wanted to see it at the ballet. 

So when I was offered some tickets to go and see the show this Christmas I jumped at the chance.  I took with me one of my mini ballet fans and her mum, my friend Jodie, and Tegan was mesmorised the whole way through.  The show was beautiful and I loved seeing Tegan so enthralled by the performance.







As the curtains came down for the half time interval, we couldn't wait to go and find some ice cream and to see the sugar plum fairies dancing in the second half.

Jodie and I were really looking forward to seeing the dance of the Sugar plum fairies and after the show when we asked Tegan what her favourite part was she agreed with us!  It seems no matter how old you are the sugar plum fairies are always our favourites.

If you haven't got time to go and see a performance soon though, not to worry there is always Swan Lake instead which is running a little longer into the New Year.

Here are some photos of the performance to leave you with though, but before you look, make sure you are listening to this.








Have you seen a Ballet this Christmas or thinking about it now?


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