An Active Escape With Sam To Feel Viana In Portugal

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Sam and I went on our first run together about 3 weeks into dating and a huge part of what I love about our relationship is that we can be active together and we value that so much. We spent his birthday rock climbing, we’ve cycled in Sweden last Summer and we regularly do Pilates and runs together. Our love for movement is shared and it’s a daily part of our lives so our perfect getaway would of course involve a lot of movement which is why we were so excited to spend 5 days at Feel Viana in Portugal with the Healthy Holiday Company. Feel Viana really did exceed my expectations and I’m very excited to share with you all the reasons why. I can’t recommend this hotel enough not only for the amount of activities on offer but for the hospitality, the food, the location, the rooms and the calming atmosphere that you can’t help but melt into from the moment you walk in to the serene spa and yoga area to the stunning walk down to the beach. A few days of peaceful paradise with a lot of fun movement, good food, wine and a cheeky espresso martini thrown in. 

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The Most Delicious Nourish Bowl

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Since writing my last blog post about my Spring reset, I had a little relapse. I got hit by the flu which completely wiped me out for a week but surprisingly it actually put me right off coffee and chocolate (two of my hard to budge vices), and I’ve launched nicely into my Spring reset this week-lemon water, green tea and lots of yummy fruit and vegetables. The illness also helped get me started on another of my Spring reset points which was to read before bed. The TV and my phone was giving me such a headache so I actually finished the book I was reading and am on to my next. I hate to say it but thank you flu. On Sunday, I was feeling well enough to take a trip to the farmers market and spend some time in the kitchen. I was craving all the vegetables to feel nourished from the inside out and I made my Mum and I this delicious nourish bowl. What is a nourish bowl?

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My Spring Reset

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Well hello Spring, lovely of you to finally arrive. I know it’s not exactly shorts weather but the fact we are not wrapping ourselves up in 100 layers anymore is just wonderful. It’s crazy how much you can appreciate a little bit of sunshine and blue skies after what feels like the longest Winter ever. I’m so excited to start swapping my morning bowl of porridge for yummy smoothies and to swap lazy afternoons watching movies on the sofa to picnics in the park with fresh fruit salads. I’m excited to feel lighter in my body and mind, a little bit sun kissed and more energised. Spring and Summer are my seasons. The Winter has dragged a little and I feel it’s taken it’s toll on my health more than usual this year- so I’m starting a little Spring reset. I’m not going to make any drastic changes but it feels like a good time of the year to hit refresh and remind myself of all the ways to feel amazing, glowing and alive. 

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All The Best Things In Life Getaway At No.15 Great Pulteney Bath Spa Hotel

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Sometimes I feel like I’m 26 going on 76 and I even think some 76 years olds live it up a bit more than me. I’ve never been a party animal but I’ve always loved a night out, drinking and chatting the night away in a bar and I have definitely been the last one on the dance floor numerous times but for me, nothing beats a cosy night in too. Being in bed by 9pm with a hot chocolate and a good movie or my book and by the way nothing beats doing this at new boutique hotel and spa No.15 Great Pulteney in Bath with your bestie…

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There’s Blue Sky Above The Clouds, Why I Love January

joules activewear lottie murphy blogger fitness motivation postIt was dark grey and rainy when I looked out my window at 7:30am this morning on apparently the “most depressing day of the year.” My bedroom floor however had a pop of pink colour and petal print from the Joules activewear I’d laid out the last night before and nothing was going to stop me from heading out for a run to start my birthday week feeling fresh. You see my birthday always falls on the third week of January when the odds are slightly against us all when it comes to feeling on top form but this year has felt slightly different…

My London (some of mine and my besties hidden gems)

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I feel like everyone has their own little London; their fave spots for brunch, for pizza, a secret banana bread find, a cute spot to read in a park, a fave salsa class. I was inspired to write this blog post towards the end of last year when out with some blogger girls and we was chatting about all our fave places in London and I realised that I hadn’t even heard or been to some of them. London is just full to the brim with incredible hang outs, foodie places, studios and everyone has their faves. So I thought I’d dedicate a little post to share the love of mine and some of my fave blogger gals. From a Swedish Bakery in Covent Garden to a stunning palace in South East London perfect for a picnic to a place you can get your shellac manicure and watch a the latest blockbuster; you’ll get an insight into our London… 

My New Year Resolutions 2018

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Hey guys, happy belated new year. It always takes me a few days to adjust to the new year. New Year’s Day is a bit write off for me and I always feel slightly weird; like I should feel different just because it’s a new year. Really it’s only the day after the 31st December. Plus the over consumption of alcohol the night before doesn’t help that feeling of blurgh (more on that later.) I don’t think I’ve ever really done a new years resolutions blog post and I didn’t actually think I’d even make any this year but I’ve been thinking a lot this first week in January, uh oh! A little reflective perhaps but more about what would really make a difference to my life, to me. There’s a lot of self help material around this time of year which I’m all for dipping in and out of for inspiration but it sometimes takes us a little off track. Oh that girl on Instagram is going to meditate for every day in 2018 I better do that too or your best friend has signed up to do a new hardcore gym and convinced you to join her, but are these resolutions the best for you

Breakfast At Farmacy With Daisy London And Crystals

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I was honoured to be asked my one of my favourite jewellery brands, Daisy London, to be one of the ambassadors for their new healing stones collection. I represent the Rose Quartz pendant which is the crystal of unconditional love and has a subtle pink complexion. I absolutely love it and have been wearing it every day. To have a healing stone that is said to carry a soft, feminine energy of compassion and tenderness around my neck daily is really special and reminds me to always choose love over fear. I got together with the Daisy girls at Farmacy in Notting Hill for a morning of teas, coffee, avocado on toast, pancakes and to talk all things crystals…

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Tahini and Pistachio Porridge

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So a pretty famous recipe amongst my retreat and event attendees is a tahini and pistachio cookie I learnt to make when on retreat with one of my favourite chefs, Kimberly Parsons. I make batches all the time for my boyfriend and to take to friends houses too. I love the creamy nutty combination of tahini and pistachio and it’s what inspired this porridge recipe because why not turn a cookie recipe into porridge so you can enjoy it every single morning! As you know I’m partnering with the NEW Oat So Simple Protein and bringing you yummy porridge recipes throughout the winter months. The protein sachets comes in two variants; Original and Cinnamon and this recipe works perfectly with the cinnamon one. This breakfast is delicious and convenient for any busy morning routine or pre workout. Porridge and Pilates is becoming my motto for life 😉

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How I Rebalance After A Busy Day, 7 Minute Yogi Tea Pilates Flow Routine

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I live a health conscious lifestyle and have done for many years now and my approach is very holistic; I strongly believe in the balance between body mind and spirit. When they aren’t in balance things don’t flow smoothly and I simply don’t feel well. This is something I’ve become much more aware of in the last year. Sometimes the day flows smoothly, I wake up and feel motivated, productive and calm. Other days when things don’t run as smoothly and I constantly feel distracted; there’s a few things I do to feel more balanced and in the flow again. It might be that I’m overwhelmed with work or rushing from A to B and this is when there’s nothing I love more than to get home switch the world out and find that inner balance again. When I start to feel stress building up, I know I need to simplify life. I close all my tabs, shut my laptop down, unload my rucksack, have a shower and then there’s nothing more I love doing to feel refreshed than enjoying an aromatic brew of tea and get my body moving…