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With some of the gorgeous sunny (albeit freezing!) days we’ve seen in February, spring definitely feels like it’s in the air. I’m more than excited about heading into a new season, winter for me isn’t my favourite time of year. Bring on the freshness, colourful blooms and happiness that is spring.  Also, I turn 30 next month and the thought of it doesn’t scare me as much as it did my teenage self. 

WHAT I GOT UP TO IN JAN

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This had me in stitches!

Training for the Reading Half Marathon went up a gear and I’ve been making slow progress with my runs.  I’m up to 7 miles now and I know I should be making better progress, but I’ll take anything right now.  The count down emails that I keep receiving each week makes it all seem so real. 

I started another new book as part of my one book a month challenge for 2016.  Gala Darling is simply awesome and I love her whole mindset on self-love.  If you haven’t got your hands on her debut book, then it’s definitely worth a read.

We spent half-term up north visiting our family and friends.  It felt so nice being away from home and spending lots of quality time with loved ones and eating out…a lot!  Even though the Midlands isn’t the most exotic of locations it still felt like we had been away on holiday and felt very refreshed afterwards. 

I just love spending quality time with this little guy!  Although it hasn’t been all fun and games with him this month because his molars have started to come through – a period of sleepless nights, no smiles and a poorly baba!

 

I’m super excited because a collection of my recipes has been published in SuperFood magazine.   Seeing your work in print always feels surreal, but when it’s your own recipes and photography too, it makes it even more special.  You can see my collection of 6 recipes of healthy sweet treats in this month’s issue. 

I’ve also been super busy in the kitchen creating lots of yummy recipes for clients and for the blog.  Here’s a sneak peak of an easy peasy burger recipe that will be making its way to the blog in the next few weeks – watch this space!

FAVOURITE OOTD

OK, so I’ve come to realise that I’m completely crap at taking pictures of my outfits these days.  However, I am good at shopping in the sales and Warehouse is always one of my go-to shops when the sales are on.  I just love the quality of their stuff and the discounts are amazing.  Among other things, this caught my eye, which I think will look gorgeous with a pair of sandals for spring/summer. 

FAVOURITE READS FROM AROUND THE WEB

  •  – Say what you really mean instead of what you think people want to hear! 
  • – No one is perfect! It’s perfectly normal to have a bad day.
  •  – These look delicious!
  • 25 Best Meals to Bring to a Mom with a New Baby – including one of mine! 🙂
  • – A fantastic letter to herself written by Rock n Roll Bride! We all need to remember to be kinder to ourselves.

FAVOURITE PRODUCTS OF THE MONTH

1. Kromland Farm Organic Rooibos Caramel Tea

Later in the evening I like to settle down with a sweet tea and this is normally Pukka Herbs Liquorice and Peppermint tea, but recently I’ve discovered this lovely rooibos caramel tea* that really hits the spot.  So yummy! 

2. the Boss To Go

This nifty little blender* blitzes through anything, even the tough woody stalks on kale that I add to my green smoothies.  I love how small it is and the fact that it can sit neatly on my countertop without taking up too much space. 

3. Hippy Paste 

I was a little dubious when I first heard about this * because I’ve had some bad results with some in the past, particularly in keeping them clean.  The tin case that this 100% natural deodorant comes in keeps it nice and neat and it smells amazing too!

4. Belle Textiles Apron

How adorable is this apron?  I spend a lot of time getting messy in the kitchen creating recipes so an apron is a must to save my clothes.  The polka dots and vintage 50’s feel of this is just fab!

MONTHLY GOALS FOR FEBRUARY

  • Relax and enjoy turning 30
  • Work more on my nutrition qualification
  • Start developing my new recipe e-book
  • Run 10 miles 
  • Have a pamper day
  • Continue to budget and save
  • Start Aiden in nursery

Eeek!  Next month I’m heading into the big 3-0 territory and I’m definitely more excited than scared about the prospect. I think that’s something to do with the confidence that comes with age because I definitely feel more settled now than I did in my early 20’s.  My main goal this month is to go with the flow and enjoy getting older.

How do you feel about getting older? What are you most looking forward to about the arrival of March?

*Items sent for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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