As I'm sat one cold and rainy afternoon, looking back at photographs from far flung and breathtakingly beautiful places, I say to myself "Why are you running from that sea?...embrace it!"
To be fair, part of the joy of the sea is movement. The constant ebb and flow of the waves makes us want to jump over the surf, dive in or just sit, watch and think.
This beautiful beach is on the southern coast of Barbados, where the ocean outshines the sky in the eye-wateringly blue stakes.
Submitted to the Depths of Perception: Ocean Waves Photoblog Contest run by Cruise.co.uk. Click through, join in, and show just how beautiful and diverse the ocean can be.
These little spheres of moisture are super cute and the unique packaging design is certainly quirky. Twist open the little ball to reveal a dome of lip balm, and just slick over lips to hydrate and moisturise.
EOS lip balms aren't readily available in the UK yet, so I was lucky to get mine as a present... thank you Mr Wag Doll'ette! But they are available online priced £3.99, a total bargain!
Available in a number of flavours, this one is strawberry sorbet and has a mild scent and taste of summer strawberries. Best of all eos lip balms are 100% natural, petroleum and paraben free, made from organic soothing shea butter and jojoba oil with added vitamin E. The balm has a lightweight non-greasy formula which leaves lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.
I've been trying to think what they remind me of, and then I remembered ...Weebles! A blast from my childhood past "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down". Which made me smile...and not a cracked lip in sight!
It was my birthday recently. Yay, go me! Another year older and wiser *cough*.
Among my pressies, these made me smile and do a happy dance/run...
New trainers, thank you Mr Wag Doll!
Until I got these I didn't realise how much my old trainers were disrupting my fitness regime. My old trainers were a decent brand, but I've had them for over 4 years and while they fitted me perfectly when I bought them, they were pressing on the ends of my toes recently.
Not sure if my feet have changed shape (can they grow as an adult?). Or maybe my old trainers have shrunk somehow, but I'd convinced myself they were the right size and so must fit me. I thought that 'toe nail ache' ...ouch!.....was just a hazard of running.
Wrong, your trainers should not cause nail ache, they shouldn't press on the ends of your toes or rub your heels. If they do, you need to be fitted for new ones.
I can't believe what a difference my new trainers have made, they're Nike Dual Fusion Lights, whatever that means, I'm not very clued up about brands and the technology of trainers. I just explained to the sales assistant what type of training I do (HIIT and some running) and he suggested these as a good all round cross fit type trainer, excellent for running too.
And he was right, seriously they are so comfy, like slippers!
They support my arch and are very stable. They're also very flexible across the front, so easy to do burpee type movements where the foot needs to bend at the toes. And they are extremely lightweight, I felt like a spring chicken the first time I wore them! As I've explained in previous fitness posts, I don't run long distance, but I have increased my running this week and ran 6k the other day, unheard of. No toe pain or shin splints :-)
So peeps, not that we ever need an excuse for new shoes, but in this instance I actually did need new shoes!
Today I'm going to share one of my eating clean recipes, made with equal amounts of experimentation, love and exasperation in my kitchen!
Oat picnic bars. A granola'esque bar that's incredibly scrumptious and totally clean, yay.
One of the first lessons I learned about following a clean eating plan is the struggle to find healthy 'portable' food.
You know, that easy snack when you're out and about. It's not always convenient to dig out the tupperware containers (am I the only person who still says that???) and now summer is here I wanted something that I could take with me on a trip to the beach, park, back garden....you know?...picnic goodies!
So here's my recipe containing a secret ingredient, to make healthy oat picnic bars.
Finally this enormous tutorial is ready. It's an epic, months in the making. Rejoice... for here comes the Fussy Cut Tote Bag!
Fussy cutting is a technique where the fabric is cut to take advantage of the pattern, so in my case the script needed to be centred and the correct way up. It's a technique often used in quilting, to showcase a motif within a quilting square but the same idea applies here.
Of course you can make the bag in any fabric you like, I just fell in love with this fabric and knew I wanted to make a summer bag with it.
And that's not an arty 'hand near my face' pose, I'm shielding my eyes, it was actually sunny when we took these photos. Yes, my summer bag brought the sunshine to England...rejoice again people!
The bag is ultra roomy because the "travel light" concept is totally alien to me, "just in case" is my mantra. It's also fully lined and has a little interior pocket too.
Read on for a step by step tutorial. You know me, I've probably gone into too much detail, but better more than not enough.