#plank challenge – 1 month on

So 4 weeks ago today I decided to start the #plankchallenge. Did I manage to complete it … and if so what has happened between then and now? So yes I DID it! Admittedly I had a couple of days off whilst on a mini-break to Italy, but other than that I have stuck at…

6 benefits of doing planks everyday

Every week I have been doing planks at my pilates class for quite some time. They are hard but I know that they are good for me. But let’s face it once a week is not enough to make a difference so ….. I’ve decided to set my own #plankchallenge. A plank a day for…

How to keep cool, calm and collected

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find myself overly worrying about things. Worrying about how something might pan out, apprehensive about something big coming up and sometimes just worrying about worrying. Please tell me that I am not alone …….. If I am feeling a little anxious I turn to Bach’s Rescue Remedy….

My mini adventure to Venice

My idea of clean living yes of course includes cleaner food, but it’s also about a cleaner lifestyle and that means less stress and creating more hygge moments in my life (take a look at my blog on Hygge : what it is and why you need some in your life). Last week I was lucky enough…

Can you eat clean in Venice?

If you’ve not visited before then a trip to Venice needs to be on your bucket list. Last week I was lucky enough to spend a couple of, child and work free, days in this Adriatic gem and it did not disappoint. Prior to going I was a little concerned on what the food options…

Fresh vs Frozen – which is the best?

Not sure about you, but I like the idea of the convenience of frozen fruit and veg, and I do use them, but it always feels like the fresh versions are just that bit more healthy. So just how fresh are frozen fruit and vegetables and should you (and me!) be using them more? At…

Hygge: what it is and why you need some in your life

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) – feeling that you should know what it is but not really sure? Well before I tell you what it is, here’s why you need to know what it means. ‘Hygge’ was shortlisted to be the 2016 word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary and the hashtag #hygge has a staggering…

Stir-fried Courgette and Garlic

This has fast become one of my favourite vegetable dishes. It’s frankly delicious and a great accompaniment to almost any meal. Ingredients (serves 2): 1 or 2 courgettes (whatever you have available) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or use copped frozen garlic) 1 tsp coconut oil Freshly ground black pepper Method: Use a grater to…

For the love of homemade candles

One of my lovely friends has been telling me recently about her homemade candles and gave me one as a gift for Christmas. The fragrance was lovely and it just felt that bit more special burning a candle that had been lovingly handmade. So much so that my friend has inspired me to have a go…

What is a HIIT workout?

Firstly what does it mean? High intensity Interval Training. It’s one of the latest names out there in the fitness industry and is becoming increasingly popular when it comes to burning fat, build strength and increase endurance. Essentially low to moderate exercise intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals and can be applied to many…

Slow Cooker Top Tips

Do you own a slow cooker? If you do, does it hug a corner in the back of a cupboard? Do you long to use it but you’re just not sure what to do with it? Take action, dust it off and get cooking. If you do not have a slow cooker then you can…