Healthy Christmas Cleanse Soup

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So it’s a week before Christmas day and there’s already various tempting chocolate selection boxes and M&S biscuits everywhere I look! Believe me, I don’t turn down the odd M&S biscuit but to balance out an indulgent couple of weeks ahead I thought I would create a tasty cleansing soup that I’m going to enjoy for lunches and dinners over the next week. I would say this could be a healthy spin on a minestrone as I’ve used cannellini beans, courgettes and tomatoes but I also added butternut squash and various spices to give it a seasonal christmas punch!¬†

Being A Girl

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Being a girl. Being a girl is hard. Here’s some of the daily questions and worries that go on in our heads or maybe it’s just me. Am I over reacting to a situation or genuinely annoyed? Am I too sensitive or being true to myself? Should I meditate and do yoga or get ahead with my emails? Was it that little bit of dairy or the fact I’m stressed that’s made me bloated? Shall I stay up and watch another episode of Kardashian’s or get 8 hours sleep?

A Perfect Hour Of Me Time Thanks To Doddle

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Christmas can be a little overwhelming and stressful, our social diaries get full up and any spare time gets consumed with worrying about what presents to buy or queuing at Post Offices for online deliveries. Me time is hard enough any time of year but near impossible at Christmas right? Well this is when it is most important! It is very difficult to be patient and kind to yourself and others when you are constantly stressed and on the go.

Top 5 Natural Beauty Products for Autumn Workouts

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Pilates, yoga and meditation are my workouts of choice this time of year, okay maybe all year round but there’s definitely something about this time of year that makes me want to slow my body down and be mindful. I love beauty products and want to introduce you to Content. “Content is a boutique¬†organic skincare¬†store, naturopathic clinic, beauty salon and website at the forefront of the move towards organic and¬†natural skincare¬†and complementary therapies.” I asked Imelda Burke from Content to share her top 5 natural beauty products for Autumn workouts. I love number 5!¬†

Your Feel Good Pilates Workout

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Whenever I’m feeling a little bit down or low in energy, I know one of the best things to do is to move my body. It doesn’t have to be a full on work out but just some spinal mobility, something to feel my core and some natural flowing movement. This always makes me feel so much better so I thought I’d create a little 10 minute feel good Pilates workout that you can do to boost your energy and mood.

Neals Yard Remedies Portugal Retreat

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Neals Yard Remedies so when they asked me to teach Pilates on their luxury retreat in beautiful Portugal it was a dream come true! A real “pinch me” moment! Lagos, is a town in the Algarve that I have actually been to numerous times when I was younger with my family and also with my friends as I got older. I never thought that I’d be coming back to work one day. When I say “work”, I mean teach Pilates overlooking the ocean to inspiring incredible women every day then enjoy delicious healthy meals and breathtaking cliff top walks. Yes, still feel like someone should pinch me!¬†

How To Make Forever Friendships in Your Twenties

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Sometimes you are sitting with friends for life and suddenly realise you don’t connect, you don’t understand why you are meeting for a coffee talking about the same old mundane gossip and you think to yourself what am I doing here, I have nothing to talk to you about.¬†Sometimes you meet people in life and you just click and you’re comfortable with them and you don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything! I realised pretty early on in my twenties that you don’t need a lot of friends in your life, you just need real ones!¬†

Comforting Chocolate Porridge

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I feel like I haven’t done a recipe post in ages! If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I needed some comforting this week. I got back from teaching on the Neals Yard Remedies Portugal retreat on Saturday and after being through the door for 15 minutes, I caught my hand on fire from using a hot pan and oil on the hob. I got a bit worked up and panicky of course and went to a&e where they treated me and I now am fashioning a lovely bandaged right hand. Comforting chocolate porridge was needed this morning…