Sunday, 21 September 2014

THREE THINGS SUNDAY // 02



Well, week one of Three Things Sunday actually went really well! I managed to do what I wanted to do, and without too much drama either. I know that I definitely to have a cooking/eating/drinking goal each week because I haven't felt too motivated in the kitchen and I'm definitely needing a push. 

Here's what I want to achieve this week.

1. GO VEGETARIAN
Let's not go crazy, I mean just for a day. Or a night. It can work out cheaper, and I really do need to work on eating more vegetables. Plus, Rob isn't a huge fan of vegetarian meals so it will challenge me to make something really tasty so we don't even miss the meat! 

2. SEE A FRIEND
I'm not going to say I'm bad at socialising, because I don't think I am. I see the people who matter, and I catch up with them over text or online. It's not quite the same as being face to face though, and I need to make more of an effort. As you get older, there are more priorities and it can be hard to juggle friendships, but it's so worth it. 

3. RUN/WALK 5KM.
Whenever things happen in my life, eating and exercising are the first to slip. As you know I'm doing the 365 Miles Over Days challenge and I'm so far behind it's not funny. I need to start giving myself little mini week goals to try and make sure I make it to 365. Five km isn't hard, and it doesn't take longer than an hour. I know I've got an hour spare most nights this week, so there's no reason for me to not do it.

RECAP // LAST WEEK



Just quick recap of last week! I made my green smooth and surprisingly, it was pretty tasty. The kale definitely caused me some digestion issues so I can't really say how good it was for me. Apparently spinach is the way to go, so I'll try that next. With the recipe, I had planned on doing something new for dinner, but because of the accident I just couldn't get my head right, so this morning I made banana pancakes! The most simple recipe ever, but it was a new one so it totally counts. And of course, my invitation! I designed an engagement party invitation, and I totally love it. Enough that I would use it as my own (if I was getting married haha.)

And that's how I went! Have you guys got anything that you'd like to achieve for the week?

Friday, 19 September 2014

IT'S FRIDAY // 14

Every Friday I'll be sharing a wee collection of links with you. From DIY to my favourite music tracks, there will be something for everyone.



THIS CAKE
As I've mentioned before, I've been trying to go gluten free (or at least avoid it.) I find that it makes me feel better if I don't eat it, but sometimes I just don't care enough to not eat it. This cake though, would make it all worth it. YUUUUM. And it has a whole block of chocolate in it. Hello! 

THIS SITE
I've only just recently stumbled across this blog, and I love it. Geneva is just so clever and creative, and she's totally inspired me to learn how to sew. Check out all the amazing stuff she's made or tailored! Hey Rob, Christmas is soon and a sewing machine would make a pretty swish gift. Just saying. 

THIS WEDDING
Seriously, how beautiful is this? From the dress to the flowers, it's so perfect. And that venue! This is like, my dream wedding venue but unfortunately, Auckland kind of lacks this sort of thing. Destination wedding anyone?



THIS DIY
Woah. How cool is this? Salt, citrus fruit and herbs is all you need for this neat idea! I never would have thought of this myself, but it totally makes sense. I'm definitely going to try it out. There's no excuse really, when it's this easy!

THIS SMOOTHIE
I told you guys that I was gonna drink a green smoothie this week, and I sure did! I was on the hunt for yummy recipes, and this site is awesome. They have so many great combinations that you're sure to find something that includes whatever you have on hand.

THIS SONG
Ugly Heart has been around for a little while, and it isn't lyrically genius, but I really love it. It's awesome to sing, dance, jump along to, and it just makes me happy. Don't laugh, but I've even tried to learn the dance on the video clip. So what! Sometimes it's good to have fun and pretend to be a kid again.

THIS VIDEO
Instead of showing you guys a video, I'm just gonna show you a YouTube channel. I've never been one to sit on YouTube for hours and find funny/strange/gross videos, but I really like this Buzzfeed channel. They are hilarious and awkward, and so darn honest! Give them a watch (and sorry if they've been around for ages and I'm the last one on this boat.)

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Iiiiit's Friday! Thank goodness. I've had a pretty shit week (which included my car getting written off on Wednesday) so I'm pretty happy about the weekend being here. It's going to be all about me relaxing and trying to sort out a new car. Ugh. The positive thing is that I'm okay and no one was hurt. Gotta find that silver lining somewhere! 

What have you guys got planned? Anything fun?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WHY I DIDN'T WANT TO RUN

Running and I are on okay terms. We don't love each other. We don't hate each other. But we get along, mostly because it makes me feel good. I don't just mean health wise either. Running, for me anyway, is almost a bit like therapy. I get to go and enjoy the fresh air, take in the sights, and just think about stuff. Sure, losing weight has been great, but the feeling of knowing I'm looking after myself is better.



I haven't always been a "runner." I don't even know if I deserve that term as I'm yet to run more than 5km but it's my main form of exercise so I'm claiming it. I'm not entirely sure how I got into it but I do know that there were a few excuses that popped up from time to time that came close to discouraging me. I thought I'd share them with you, as I'm sure you have all heard (or used them yourselves) from time to time and I figured they might also be stopping you.

BOOBS
This one could just be me, but having big boobs has always made me a little unsure about running. It's not exactly the most supportive exercise and I'm not going to get into the physics of it all, but it's hard to avoid bouncing. I got over it though, strapped my boobs up and off I went.
MY SOLUTION: Double bra it. Or I'll wear a tight (like, one size too small) crop top sports bra thing over it for extra support.

I'M NOT FIT ENOUGH
Unless you are under ten years old, I don't think anyone is actually "fit" enough to run. Naturally, when you go from walking for the majority of your life to upping your speed and putting more of a bounce in your step, it's going to be hard. Nothing really prepares you for when you start running, but just know that it gets easier. I always started out walking, and then I'd get to a fitness level where I felt comfortable starting to jog.
MY SOLUTION: Start slow. Remember, the first step is hard for everyone (despite what your fitness level is) and the only way you'll improve is by starting.




I CAN'T BE BOTHERED
This is a HUGE excuse that is used constantly, myself included. It's also one that is pretty easy to give in to. With all the other pressures of life - work, school, university, partners, friends etc - it's one thing that seems to be neglected. Which is crazy when you think about it. What's more important than you and your health?
MY SOLUTION: Be bothered! Not helpful? I find that thinking about how it will make me feel after the run helps to motivate me to get out there. I know that I'll come back drenched in sweat, but feeling a lot better because I've taken the time to look after myself.

RUNNING SUCKS
Yes. Some days it does. And running might totally not be your thing. It can be exhausting. It's cardio (and can be a high intensity) which means you are using your whole body and a whole lot of energy. That's when it's important to have balance. Running shouldn't be your only exercise (even though it's currently mine) because it only works one group of muscles. I've started thinking about what other exercise I can do, and that I'll enjoy, so for those days when I don't feel like running, I can do something else.
MY SOLUTION: Find something that you do enjoy. Just because running isn't your thing, doesn't mean you should forfeit exercise. There are so many classes and activities out there that are bound to tickle your fancy. Find one, and stick to it.

These thoughts of mine aren't original. I'm not alone. They will have been thought a million times over by people all over the world. The sad thing is, these excuses have the potential from stopping you looking after yourself and being healthy and happy. Starting isn't easy. But it never is, regardless of what you're doing. Working from the bottom is hard, but it's so worth it. I think a huge part of getting passed the excuses is really thinking about why you are doing it. Stop viewing it as a form of exercise that you HAVE to do each week. Instead, remember why you are running (or doing whatever you're doing) and how it makes you feel.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

THREE THINGS SUNDAY // 01


As I mentioned in my last Currently post, I'm really going to try to be more productive and more proactive. I figure, what better way to keep me accountable, than by blogging about it. So here I am. I've started a new "feature" if you like, called Three Things Sunday. I'm going to set myself a goal to complete these three things by the end of the week. It's really just to encourage me to get out there, and not to procrastinate. Easier said that done I think! But I'm trying, and that's half of the battle.

Okay. Here we go.

1. HAVE A GREEN SMOOTHIE.
This may be something that all of you do on a regular basis, but I've only just gotten into the smoothie business, and so far I haven't been very adventurous. I bought Kale, so I feel like I'm pretty serious now (HA!) so I'm gonna try. The lovely Danijela has some delicious recipes on her instagram (seriously, check it out. She is magic) so I think I'm gonna do it.

2. TRY A NEW RECIPE.
I... Do not like cooking. Don't get me wrong, I love food. I love eating. But cooking is not my forte. Often, our meals are a little lacking in flavour and creativity, mostly because I'm not really too sure what I'm doing. Because I'm trying to be healthier and look after my body more (especially from a food perspective) I'm really going to try more. I know that once I get a couple of yummy recipes under my belt, I'll be fine, so this is the start.

3. DESIGN AN INVITATION.
I always talk about making my Etsy store into something bigger with more items, but when the time comes to design something, all of the excuses come out and nothing gets done. I know that I'll get more sales with more products so it's not like the motivation isn't there. I actually want to design more than one a week (for a couple of weeks at least) but at least this way, I'll definitely have at least one up in the store each week.

And there it is! Not too hard (I hate goals that aren't really attainable) but this is definitely going to motivate me to do things I already want to do. Next week I'll be sure to prove that I've done them! I'm looking forward to it. Having a plan and goals is really important when you want to improve or get more out of life, so I think this is going to be really good for me.

Friday, 12 September 2014

IT'S FRIDAY // 13

Every Friday I'll be sharing a wee collection of links with you. From DIY to my favourite music tracks, there will be something for everyone.





THESE TIPS
I love this advice from the lovely Jackie. Her and her fiance have been together for nearly seven years (WOAH) so she knows what she's talking about. Rob and I are coming up to three and a half years and I can definitely relate to each and every one of her "secrets."

THIS DESIGN
We've finally sorted out our bar cart (mostly anyway) so now it's time to become pros when it comes to cocktails. There are so many delicious recipes out there, but none as pretty as Cocorrina's. Her style is so inspirational! 

THIS DIY
How cute is this? I'm not a huge fan of hanging portrait or family photos on walls. Candid ones I like, but I've never really liked the idea of having big smiley photos everywhere. This idea is cute though, and can make any image look a bit more interesting and fun. I actually have a photo in mind, so I might have to try this out in the weekend.


THIS RECIPE
Oh my yum. I love peanut butter. And chocolate. And pretzels. So this super sweet recipe is a winner in my books! There's only five ingredients and no baking required so for a baking rookie like myself, this is perfect.

THIS SCRUB
I'm a big believer in "me time" although I don't always put time away for myself. This, looks heavenly though. And it's good for you! There's only four (or five) ingredients and it takes no time at all to make. I've never really been into or used scrubs before, but if Tillie says it's good, I trust her.

THIS SONG
Ghost by Ella Henderson always comes on the radio on my drive home. I love it. It's awesome to sing a long to, it's catchy and her voice is just lovely. 

THIS VIDEO
Of course, It's Friday wouldn't be complete without my video for the week. It's not quite "on theme" with my blog but I'm just so proud and want to share! Rob's niece competed in the Hip Hop International competition last month and I am so proud of her. Unfortunately they didn't place but they made it to the finals and smashed their set. Can you believe these girls are only 9-12 years old? Insane.

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Alright, It's Friday is back. I had a wee holiday from it while I was trying to figure out my blog, but I think this is a good post for me. Not only do I get to share some neat stuff with you guys, but it also encourages me to explore the internet a bit and find cool things for myself.

So glad it's the weekend! I was lucky enough to win a free photography session with the wonderful Kate Tovey Photography so that's what we will be doing tomorrow morning. I've also got a ton of cleaning to do as well as some business planning to sort out so it's going to be a busy one. How about you guys? Any exciting plans?