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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Monthly Roundup: March 2015

Hello, hope you all had a lovely March. It has probably been the best months of the year so far for me - I went to Iceland which was amazing! Here are my favourite photos from the month (or maybe just from Iceland!) :

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Friday, 27 March 2015

My Post Workout Smoothie

Apologies in advance for the overuse of brackets in this post ;)

I recently purchased a nutribullet (quite risky considering I've never been extremely keen on smoothies) but I've heard (yes, I know I'm a bit late on the bandwagon with this one) loads of people raving on about green juices. I came in from a tough workout a few days ago and decided to (almost literally) throw some things into the bullet and whiz it up a bit.

I'd heard wonderful things about drinking raw eggs, they're a great source of protein and help build muscle. There can be some risks to drinking a raw egg but I decided to risk it as I have chickens and my egg was freshly laid that morning (thanks Omelet ;D) so I decided that the risks were too low to be concerned by. If you decide to make this (surprisingly delicious) smoothie at home, feel free to leave out the egg - I'm sure it would taste just as amazing!

This is a very approximate recipe, definitely not one to follow to the letter! If you don't like strawberries, use another fruit. If you prefer a stronger "green" flavour, use kale. You get the jist!

A few handfuls of spinach (I went for just over half way to the "max" line)
About a handful of strawberries (do this to taste, if you like a stronger strawberry flavour, add more)
6-8 grapes (these add an interesting flavour to the smoothie, it's probably my favourite thing about it)
A raw egg (optional)
Apple juice, to the "max" line.
About 2 teaspoons of ground almonds
A small handful of oats (pre grind for a smoother smoothie)

What's your favourite smoothie recipe?
Waffling Waffles

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Accepting the Unchangeable and Moving On

After something amazing, there's always the long fall down. Things will change and nothing stays amazing for long. When it's over, It's so easy to just live in the past, forever wishing for things to be as they were again. But that isn't the way to do it. I've always believed that you should let things go and live in the moment which is why I think it's a fundamental mistake to let the fear of the end prevent you from enjoying the experience. If you live life thinking about how things will end, you'll miss out on what's happening. I've done it before, I reckon we all have.

People say you should look ahead but I disagree. I think it's important to look in all directions and never look one way for too long. Look around, embrace the world as it is right now. Look forward to what you have coming and plan what you want to do. Look back on the memories and smile. Look around you at what's happening and enjoy it.

It's very easy to keep looking back on what you should have done or alternatively what you wish you could do more of but it's important not to fixate yourself on what can not be. The important thing to remember is that it's not easy, when something happens that was so incredible it brings tears to your eyes, it's extremely difficult to get over it. It takes time but there is hope, you just can't always see it.

Waffling Waffles

Friday, 20 March 2015

Top 5 Travel Tips: The Overnighter

I recently made it through a 24 hour coach journey, something I never thought I'd be able to master! I've always had trouble sleeping on planes and buses, I end up feeling awful, head spinning, appetite lost. These are my top 5 travel tips to help you get through your overnight journey:

1. Travel Sickness Tablets If there's a slight chance you could feel sick on the journey, make sure you take travel sickness tablets and keep topping it up. I use Stugeron which I find does the job. Each medication is different but I take two tablets two hours before travel then one every eight hours. How would you like to feel ill for 24 hours?

2. Temperature Change I always find that I get either too hot or too cold very easily when I'm traveling so a warm hoodie which I can easily take off is a must for me! It's also really comfortable and will help you drift off.

3. Music Before I traveled, I created a playlist of slower and instrumental music that would help me get to sleep or generally relax me. I downloaded some songs specifically for the journey. These are my favourite songs from my playlist:

Holocene - Bon Iver
Warm Foothills - Alt-J
Uranus - Sleeping At Last
Moon - Sleeping At Last
Sights - London Grammar

I also downloaded this for free from Noisetrade. When I had got past the relaxing stage and was ready for sleep, I played this on loop. Having these sounds playing in my ears helped to further relax me and allowed me to tune out what was going on around me. Download it for your next journey. If you'd like me to publish my sleep playlist, leave a comment ;)

4. Food and Drink One of the reasons why I'm not a fan of traveling is that it makes me feel ill and generally disgusting. Often when I feel like this, that last thing I want to do is eat but trust me, it makes you feel better! If you're on an aeroplane, try to eat as much as you can of what they give you, it will honestly make a huge difference. If you're not traveling on a plane (or even if you are!), I would take some plain food that you can nibble on, nothing too rich. I recently discovered Belvita which worked for me! Also, WATER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND. I feel like this is the case all the time but I find that it is especially important for travelling. Stay hydrated!

5. Freshening Up If you're traveling overnight, be sure to take either a toothbrush and toothpaste or mints (or both! That's what I did!) because it will make you feel instantly more awake and fresh and the people around you will like you more. I also take a packet of makeup wipes (bad, I know) so I can freshen up wherever I am. 

I hope this helped you, good luck!
What are your travel tips?

Waffling Waffles

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Life Through a Lens

When it comes to parties and events, I'm always the one behind the camera, snapping away in attempt to capture the general atmosphere of the day or evening. I think that there's really something special about having your own photos; taking a photo yourself means that it's from your perspective so you see what you remember and how you saw it when it happened.

This leads me on to Google images. When I'm in London, pointing my camera at St Paul's and clicking the shutter, I often get people telling me that I could get better photos from Google images. That's probably true. I am in no way (at all) an expert and the lighting and camera angles, focus and quality will most likely be a lot better than what I've taken. But I don't think that's the point. When I look at my photos, it makes me feel really happy and I remember all the good times that I've had. My photo, my perspective, my memories.

What's your opinion on photography?

Waffling Waffles

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Monthly Roundup: February 2015

Hello, hope you all had an amazing February! Here are my favourite photos from the month:

Snow in England, whaaatt?

Skiing is the best!

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