Monthly Archives: July 2014

What I ate Wednesday #27

Thanks and shout out to Jenn for hosting on her blog Peas and Crayons.

Here is What I ate Wednesday #27 – shot on Monday, a full day at work with a yoga class at lunchtime because my regular pilates instructor was on holiday.  Wow, did my legs feel it after the Warrior sequence.  The instructor complimented my form, so there was no way I was coming out early 🙂

What I ate Wednesday #27

What I ate Wednesday #27

Continue reading


Raw Ecstasy raw chocolate coated activated almonds: review

Yay, this is the first time I’ve been sent something free of charge to review on my blog.  It rather makes me feel like a real blogger.

I was really excited when Real Foods, offered to send me a sample in exchange for a blog review.  I’ve been shopping through Real Foods for over a year now, and have mentioned them on this blog before.

Raw Ecstasy raw chocolate coated activated almonds

Raw Ecstasy raw chocolate coated activated almonds

I was really keen to try the Raw Ecstasy Activated Almonds after my previous experience activating nuts in my dehydrator.  I learned about the benefits of activating nuts through Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar.

“activated nuts have sprouted, which means their digestive enzymes have been activated, making them easier to digest, but also great for your metabolism overall. The more enzymes you eat, the less of your own body’s enzymes are required to break down food…which keeps you younger”

Continue reading

To sponsor or not to sponsor?

I’ve recently taken part in a couple of 5km runs for Race for Life.  Pretty Muddy in Cardiff, and the 5k in Exeter.

Race for Life x 2

Race for Life x 2

I’ve spoken on here before about my quandry associated with sponsoring events.

Coupled with an article I read recently about sponsoring being a bad idea. I forget where I read it so forgive me that I can’t reference it, but the argument went that in people who choose to do sponsored challenges do so for hedonistic reasons – they do it for a personal challenge, or they do it because they think it would be fun.

The writer said that she (I think it was a she) would never run a marathon, no matter how much money she was offered.  People who chose to run a marathon do so because they are interested in doing so.

It went on to say that we would be better off giving a few hours to help out at a local childrens charity, or an old peoples home.

BUT – there are other needs out there that time can’t buy:

  • Awareness for a little known disease (my friend did a challenge for Dravets Syndrome)
  • Money to fund research
  • Money to run events, charities, and all sorts of things
  • Money for charities that work abroad – not all of us can travel to places where we might be needed.

Continue reading

What I ate Wednesday #26

I was going to share my birthday eats from Friday – but the day turned out crazy when Ben surprised me at 9.30am with tickets to Harry Potter Studio Tour, a few hours later.  We had a 3.5 hour drive across the country from Devon to just outside London ahead – and then a return journey meaning we didn’t get home until 22.20, so the food plans went awry.

Lucky girl that I am, I continued my birthday celebrations with brunch with friends on Saturday, and a family meal on Sunday.  So – I recorded my Sunday eats: so to the food 🙂

What I ate Wednesday, WIAW, Sweetcorn, Corn on the cob, sake, green tea, noodles, Wagamama, smoothie

What I ate Wednesday #26

Continue reading

A special day

Just quickly checking in because today is MY BIRTHDAY!!!

Whoop whoop!



Was it wrong that I was ridiculously excited to see this on my Polar FT4 watch 🙂

I took a leaf out of Armand’s book and made cake batter porridge for breakfast.


This was made with pumpkin, cinnamon and raisins and topped with Mango CoYo.  And of coure, everything is better with sprinkes 🙂

Listening to Kerrang while I eat my breakfast, and a flashback to The Offspring

103_9383Right, Ben has a special surprise day planned, so I’d better get to the gym so I can be ready on time.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!


What I ate Wednesday #25

Hello and welcome to another What I ate Wednesday.

Unfortunatley, I’ve been struck down by Ben’s Man Flu.  As I’m a woman though, I guess it should be ‘Bird Flu’ (do you see what I did there?!?!) or perhaps, just a cold.

But my food on Monday – the first day I felt really, truly bad – probably reflects how rubbish I was feeling.  Still not feeling great (though better than I was) so without further ado, the food:

What I ate Wednesday, WIAW

What I ate Wednesday #25

Continue reading

DIY: Wallpaper stripping

While I’m all for equality – I’m perfectly happy to sit back and let Ben get on with any manual work about the house.  He does the dishes, and washes the clothes, but in particular I’m talking DIY.  Yep, when it comes to hanging a shower screen, building shelves or installing a loft ladder, I’m happy to leave it to the boys (in particular my Father in Law is awesome at these things).

But since moving into our home in October, I have now found my interior designer.  When we first moved in, I didn’t care what colour the walls were.  I knew I didn’t want a red themed living room – been there, done that for four years in the flat.  But other than that I didn’t really care.  I bought some furnishings, and was ‘done with it’.

But, somewhere along the line I woke up and decided that actually the door in the living room was in the wrong place, that the kitchen space would be more effective if we had ‘L’ shaped units, and I embraced my love of storage.

Now most of these plans are pipe dreams.  It’s our first home, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before we outgrow it.  Not much point in spending a fortune getting it just right and then move out (ok, I know that’s how some people roll).

Continue reading

Happy Independence Day

Just dropping in quickly to say HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all my American readers.

Here’s his and hers burgers in honour of the occasion:103_9319

What I ate Wednesday #24

Bah, it was another one of those weeks when I almost forgot I had to record a days worth of eats.  But I got there just in time.  WELCOME to another What I ate Wednesday.

I had a busy weekend, and therefore didn’t get to do a proper shop. So on Monday I didn’t have much for breakfast. I started the day with oats made with water and a few sultanas. On the side I had half a grapefruit.  And do you know what?  I was SOOO hungry all day!

What I ate Wednesday

What I ate Wednesday

I learned my lesson, so on Tuesday I stated the day with a slice of French Toast with some avocado chocolate sauce and some banana slices – mmmm, fats to fill me up!  I eat a mainly plant based diet, and will go days without having anything non-vegan.  But I had one egg left after buying them for guests at the weekend, so I thought I would roll with some Eggy bread.  So good!

Continue reading

Hello Fresh Review

Good morning (or afternoon, or night, depending on when you read this 🙂

As I mentioned in my What I ate Wednesday post last week – I got the opportunity to try Hello Fresh (Hello Fresh UK, Hello Fresh USA) at a discount. (and if you want to try it too – you can use my Family and Friends discount code for £20 off! – 544MHW)

Hello Fresh, meal delivery

Hello Fresh Week 1

I always get excited when I get stuff delivered.  Even though I bought it, it still feels like Christmas – opening boxes to find things you want/asked for 🙂  So I loved opening the box of goodies (actually Ben opened it to put the perishables in the fridge before I got home from work).

Another bonus for me is that most of it comes pre-measured so there’s less work to do measuring stuff out (if that’s how you roll).  There isn’t any waste because it’s all measured and prepared so you don’t end up with huge portions.

spaghetti Continue reading