Improving my mental health and wellbeing has been at the forefront of my mind of late. Quite often I have found my mind to be a messy jumble that I cannot clear. Since recognising the longer term effects of such a mind state, I’ve been doing my best to take moments of calm, to try and focus on the present and look after myself. Here are three small and simple things which have helped bring moments of peace and positivity.
Fresh faced beauty
Having little tendency to reach for a glass of water, my skin is often dry and uneven in colour. I have tried really hard recently to wash, hydrate and moisturise my skin morning and night. I’ve found using a hydrating serum has made my skin softer and feel plumper and healthier. Cleaning off make up earlier on in the evening means I’m more likely to clean it properly than I would in a sleepy state just before bed.
I never thought I’d be the type to get excited about a salad. I think that stems from having the same uninspiring salad forced upon me for many years i.e. bagged lettuce, cucumber, pepper and at a push some diced tomato. However, I have since learnt that salad doesn’t need to be boring. This one combines some old favourites like butternut squash and spinach with my new great food loves: goats cheese, beetroot and pomegranate seeds.
It’s a great one for a sunny weekend lunch and even for the weekday lunchbox: just make a batch of each component, stick them in the fridge and chuck them together before work. Continue reading
It’s been far too long since I spent some time on this small speck of the internet but the last couple of months have been so full of exciting things that I didn’t want them to go by unaccounted. As I said in my January update, this is mostly just a record for myself to look back on and remember all the fun things I did each month.
February was a lovely month, spent either in Bristol or back home in Devon. My weeks were pleasantly filled (but still with room to veg out on the sofa every now and then!). Halfway through the month I went to Wales for the first time (which for a Devon girl, is quite odd). We stayed in Pembrokeshire and spent the weekend walking the cliffs, eating lots of cheese and giggling. It was such a lovely weekend that just thinking back on it makes me happy!
My worklife consisted of a trip to an army base (very cool), a bakesale (all the cake!) and hosting a work experience student. This was my first experience of ‘managing’ someone and it was terrifying: the moment they sit down on Monday morning and you just think ‘what the hell am I going to do with you all week?!’. Continue reading
Alternatively: The tale of Alex’s Relationship with Coleslaw
I hate coleslaw. Correction: I hated coleslaw. Perhaps it’s growing older and tastes changing but some of my favourite foods of late are ones which I detested when I was younger: porridge, raw carrot, orange, maybe even beetroot at a push. For some, I’ve forced myself to eat them until I enjoy them (porridge being the prime example) and now I happily enjoy them! No really, I honestly do..
Coleslaw though was a different story: I’ve always hated the shop-bought kind, finding it too vinegar-y and tasting like 99% of the other mayonnaise-based pasta salads/potato salads/etc. on the shelf. But over Christmas we made our own for a family party and now I can’t get enough of the stuff.
As well as being tasty and going with any lunch option out there, it’s also brilliantly easy if you possess a food processor which, thanks to Santa, I now do. Continue reading
I moved placements at work at the start of January and was immediately on the cake rota (although each week since then I’ve been away on cake day, booo). I find cooking under pressure is when it goes completely terrible so, looking to keep things, simple I remembered our favourite family recipe for chocolate biscuit cake. I have the best memories of making this when I was younger; I think I once even ate all of the bottom before the melted chocolate went on top – that’s how good the biscuit base is!
Anyway, long story short, everybody in the office seemed to really like them and I made a good first impression! Continue reading
For me, January has been such a good start to 2017. I’ve squeezed lots in and feel like I’ve barely sat still. There have been big family get togethers, a cinema trip to La La Land, a games night and a doolally arts and crafts session, a night out (aht aht!) and an impromptu sleepover, and even a trip to laser quest (thankfully no eight-year-olds in sight).
This month I somehow ended up being interviewed on the radio about being a woman in engineering which was crazy but hilarious to look back on. I went to my first Goodgym session and had a weekend away at Bovey Castle in Devon (room service, afternoon tea, spa facial, big open fires and comfy sofas – the dream). I’ve also just gotten back from a trip to Bath with my Mum which was really lovely. I might write about some of these things soon – there’s too much to pack in to one post!
Booting this blog back up has reminded me how much I enjoy cooking and food photography. I’ve been experimenting with my camera and love love love this shot of some very yummy cookies! Continue reading
Moving out of home for the first time, my first rental flat was bound to be a bit sparse especially as the rooms were huge and the ceilings super tall (helloooo expensive heating bill). Until a few weeks ago, I had all of the basic furniture and a few knick-knacks from home scattered about. With a few more bits and pieces after Christmas, I ventured to the Mecca that is Ikea to pick up a few extra things to finish it off.
I was really surprised how much of a difference they make, my flat now feels a lot more like a proper home and less like I’m camping here temporarily! Below are some of the items I picked up; let me know below what your favourite quick fixes are for making your space even homier.
The kitchen is painted a dark grey which, whilst I love the colour, means it can be quite dark and the single window means it’s not the perfect place for a plant to thrive… These three succulents (basic, I know) and their pots add some freshness to the kitchen shelves and (hopefully) are unlikely to die on me!