A Sunday Well Spent Brings A Week Of Content

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A Sunday well spent brings a week of content and when it also involves winning a parsley plant in an egg and spoon race on Regent Street it brings a lot more than that. If you’ve read a couple of my recent posts you’ll know that I’ve been trying to make more of my weekends and find more of a work/life balance. Sunday’s in Summer should certainly not be for boring admin and loading the washing machine, they are for getting out and about and making the most of the day whatever the weather. So last Sunday I popped along to the second week of the Summer Streets festival on Regent Street to get involved in some of their health and wellbeing celebrations… 

A Magical Morning On My Terms

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I’m all about living life on my own terms which is why I’ve created a career around my ideal lifestyle but a gorgeous long morning routine is not always possible or realistic every day. At least once a week, usually at the weekend, I try to have a more leisurely morning exploring new passions and hobbies, without emails or an endless to do list. This week I’m exploring with my new handy love in a cup, Nescafé Azera Coffee To Go, which has inspired me to make the most of life even more. There’s something about coffee lovers, we get each other, which is why I’m sharing my special recipe with them, coffee lovers can get the low-down right here because I love you all. It’s the little things that we must remember to find adventure in; a good book, a new walking route or the smell of coffee. Here’s what my magical morning looks like…

My Confidence Secret

confidence blog post 4Can I tell you a secret? I’m not really that confident. If you’ve met me, watched my YouTube videos or attended one of my Pilates classes, you’ll probably think differently but deep down I am quite reserved, shy and often have mini freak outs before meeting new people or attending events. I’m so envious of those people with big personalities that can own a room but I’m not naturally one those people. I love my own company, being quiet and spend a lot of time in my little safe “Lottie bubble” or with my close group of friends and family who know me best but I know if I stay in that safe bubble all the time, I won’t grow and thrive and live the life I know I’m meant to live… 

Toned Arms Pilates Workout + NEW Pilates Brunch Event

pilates brunchToday we are working those arms, aim for 3 circuits of this workout and feel those arms burn. Pilates is amazing for toning your arms and creating all over body tone. If you don’t have a theraband which I use for the first couple of exercises then you can use light hand weights, cans of beans or no equipment at all works fab too! Don’t forget to have fun and join me for Pilates and brunch on Sunday 7th August, more details below…

It’s Never Too Late Too Dream Big

dream big postI recently had to write a biography for Cosmopolitan Online as I’m doing some freelance writing for them (eek) I never thought that I’d be asked to write for one of my favourite magazines when I was younger although I’ve always been so passionate about writing. I just didn’t think I would be good enough and as a young ambitious dancer I was going in a completely different direction. Dreams can change especially as you go from your teens to your twenties and if those dreams you had as a young girl aren’t your dreams today or didn’t come true, then find new dreams! The bio had to be short, get to the point and show who I really am. This is what I wrote…

Work That Bikini This Summer

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Okay so I’ve definitely caught the wanderlust bug. With three trips already done this year and three more booked, it got me thinking that I should really be feeling bikini ready all year round but what does bikini ready really mean to me! And what it means to me will be completely different to what it means to you. This summer is all about having fun, trying new things and staying active for me and if that involves a bikini then even better! 

Savoury Flapjack Recipe : The Sugar Free Snack

Savoury flapjacks Lottie Murphy

So I have been snacking on these savoury flapjacks every day since coming back from Catalonia, I simply had to share the recipe with you guys. Kimberly Parsons, author of The Yoga Kitchen, gave them to us for our packed lunch for the journey home from her retreat, so cute, and I instantly made a big batch the day after I got back. I’m a huge flapjack fan and I love snacking but most flapjacks, even the healthy versions, can sometimes contain a bit too much sugar for an every day snack. These savoury versions are a fabulous snack on the go as they are packed with vegetables, egg, oats, herbs and a little feta. I’m on to my third batch already…

How To Make The Most Of Your Weekend

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The weekends can fly by and there’s nothing worse than that Sunday night feeling wondering where those two days went, either from being slumped on the sofa watching reality TV because you’ve had exhausting work week or because you’ve been running from A to B with kids/parents, doing chores and somehow attending five social occasions across two days. A couple of weekends ago I went to Rye, Jamie and I made a conscious decision to really make the most of our little trip and we really did have one of the best weekends, I’ve come back with lots of fresh ideas to make my weekends more amazing and I’m really excited to share them with you. Now you can wake up to that Monday morning alarm with a smile on your face…

5 Tips To Yoga Studio Confidence

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As someone who has spent the majority of her life in either a dance, yoga or Pilates studio, I forget that it can actually be quite an intimidating space for people who are new to exercise and this sometimes cliquey environment. Remember that everyone is there with the same goal in mind, to feel good and do something for themselves. Whether there’s a group of giggly work friends or the bendiest girl on Instagram in your class, here’s my 5 tips to feel confident in a yoga or Pilates studio…

Perfect Poached Eggs On Seasonal Greens

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I bumped into my nutritionist friend the other day and she reminded me of the importance of eating seasonally. With this in mind I decided to create a super simple delicious meal using seasonal greens and my favourite food ever, poached eggs! I could eat this dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the sprinkle of parmesan really takes it to the next level. Swapping your standard toast for the seasonal greens a couple of times a week is a great if you looking to keep things light and avoid that sluggish feeling. Whole and in season veg is what you want to be choosing to feel vibrant all year round and I love making eggs the main part of my meal at least twice a week…