What I ate Wednesday

What I ate Wednesday

I really want to try and incorporate some more healthy lifestyle posts in to my blog, so I thought I’d try out doing the What I ate Wednesday series. However, as I write my posts at the weekend and schedule them to go up during the week, it will actually be what I ate on Sunday but will go up on Wednesday evenings. Kind of defeats the point of What I ate ‘Wednesday’ I know.. but I just wouldn’t have the time during the week.

So I’m kicking it off with what I ate this Sunday just gone. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick for the last three weeks as it was getting to the point where I was eating out or ordering takeaways almost every night. I’ve been trying to have about 7/8 portions of fruit and veg every day – some days are more like five, others are closer to ten, that’s just how it goes. I’ve also been trying to get a lot more protein in to my diet as I’m not the biggest meat-eater, but I’m not trying to cut lots of sugar or carbs out or anything like that (as you’ll see). Just more fruit/veg and protein! So this is what I ate on Sunday.

For breakfast I made a smoothie – which I’m really trying to have one of everyday. It contains a handful of blueberries and raspberries with about 300ml of soya milk, a scoop of MyProtein protein powder and a teaspoon of flax seeds. I really love smoothies and they’re such a quick and easy way of getting lots of goodness in to you. I buy bags of fresh chopped frozen fruit from Tesco, which means that making the smoothies takes practically no effort at all and you don’t have to worry about using the fruit up quickly before it goes off.

Then mid morning I had a green tea and an Eat Natural cereal bar – this is the ginger, dark chocolate and cranberry one which is really really nice. IMG_7489

I had a bit of a late lunch at 3pm as I just can’t seem to do lunch at the normal time on a Sunday, even if it’s not a roast. I made some fajitas with Quorn fajita strips. I’m not vegetarian, but I fancied trying these fajita tips out as they looked pretty tasty and only took five minutes to cook in the pan. I added some mixed peppers, red onion and spinach and put it all in a gluten-free wrap with some BBQ sauce. Tgey were pretty damn good too. Only problem is I was so quick to scoff them that I didn’t get a picture of the finished product, so I’ll leave it to your imagination. IMG_7347

Then for a snack at six I had a bowl of grapes, apple slices, and bear paws (yes, those things that kids have in their lunch boxes). I also had a glass of cranberry juice, an Actimel yoghurt and a couple of Cadburys Curlywurlys and some Strawbs gummy sweets- because why not?

Overall, it was a pretty healthy day. I’m always healthier at weekends than during the week as I usually come home from work and just want comfort food, like curry or pizza. Let me know what you think of this post and whether you’d like another for next week? I can try and mix them up and squeeze in some cool meal ideas if you fancy it? Let me know in the comments!

emmachxrlotte

Friction Free Shaving subscription – does it really work?

Friction Free Shaving subscription – does it really work?

I’ve recently seen numerous bloggers raving about the Friction Free Shaving subscription service, and so I decided to see whether it really is as great as everyone is saying.

As a very un-organised and forgetful person, my razor definitely isn’t something always on my mind. I’m pretty sure that I had my previous razor for around four months (and I wonder why I get shaving rashes?!).

So when I heard about this new subscription service where you get a new blade for every week, sent to your door, without you having to life a finger, I was all for it. Plus, it saves money as you are only getting new blades and not a new handle every time!

Not to mention the fact that the razor is a gorgeous rose gold/copper colour – you can’t say no.

It is only £5 a month for the three blade razor, and £8 for the five blade (both of which easily match most other razors) and with my code GWCA18 you can get a mega 30% off!

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Okay, so it’s innovative, original, hygienic and really pretty, but does it really work? I can confirm, that after trying and testing the razor, it is friction free. I have super sensitive skin and always have to soak my legs for ages and use a load of shaving cream before shaving and then coat them in layers of aloe vera after.

However, the Friction Free Shaving razor seems to do the trick. My legs are super soft and totally rash-free! I am 100% happy with the razor and think it is well worth it’s reasonable price!

So head over to the Friction Free Shaving website and check it out, it’ll be at your door in a couple of days! You’ll never have to worry about sore and bumpy skin again!

Let me know if you give the razor a go and again, feel free to get yourself 30% off with my code – GWCA18. Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed then make sure you give my blog a follow!

emmachxrlotte

Devon in pictures – Spring 2017

Devon in pictures – Spring 2017

I recently went away on holiday to Devon and while I was there I was sure to take plenty of scenic shots. I’ve managed to narrow them down to just a handful and I thought I’d share them on here. I find it really interesting looking at these kinds of posts – especially if it’s a place I’ve never been to. So, I hope you all enjoy and it gives you a little insight in to where I stayed and what I got up to!

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The first picture I took when we’d literally just parked up.

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We then went off exploring the little town of Shaldon for a couple of hours and had something to eat. (Excuse the state of my hair, I’d been up since 5am and had spend 5 hours in the car in my defence.)

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We stayed in a lovely little house called The Dolphins which was backed on to the water and was literally half over it.

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The view from the balcony at the back of the house.

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All of the houses were so pretty, I’d love to live in one of these over-looking the water.

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All round the backs of the houses were these tiny little roads and random short cuts on to the beach.

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We visited a couple of the pubs and cafes while we were there. This was at the London Inn and these were by far the fanciest bacon sarnies I have ever seen – they were amazing though! This place was literally a one minute walk from where we were staying and had such a lovely atmosphere, I would definitely recommend it.

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Another day of exploring.

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I took this shot from a little beach that was hidden away round the back of Shaldon. There was a little cave that you could go through that brought you out on to this secret little beach.

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An action shot of Beryl running from the sea.

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A very tumblr shot of me enjoying the view (totally natural of course).

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The other shot, so picturesque… Ft. the Aunt and Uncle

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Later in the week we caught the train in to Exeter. This isn’t like your train journey in to Birmingham, this was an amazing train journey. The train goes all along the coast and the views are gorgeous.

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The Exeter Cathedral ft. my Dad. The Cathedral was gorgeous and was surrounded my so many shops – such great place to go for a shopping spree!

Tips for new bloggers!

Tips for new bloggers!

As a fairly new-ish blogger myself, I thought it’d be useful if I share some of the biggest things I’ve learnt so far in my 4/5 months of blogging. So here are some tips for those of you out there who are just starting out – I hope they help!

  • Don’t get too hung up on numbers. A small loyal and interactive following is much better than having 10,000 followers that don’t pay attention to what you post. It takes time to build up a good following so just be patient.
  • Be consistent. Being consistent and keeping to an upload schedule can keep you organised, make your blog look more professional and encourage people to come back to your blog on particular days to check for posts.
  • However, don’t set the bar too high. Don’t go trying to get a post up every single day – fewer quality posts are much better than lots of rubbish posts.
  • Don’t be afraid to make the first move and email companies and ask to collaborate. There is no harm in asking and the worst they can do is say no. Don’t sit around waiting for doors to open; go and open doors for yourself.
  • If you do collaborate with a company, be sure to ask them to share the post via their social media too. You’re doing them a favour so why shouldn’t they do you one too?
  • Act like you’re a professional, even if you’re not. Make yourself a contact email and create a professional signature for your emails – make a good impression.
  • Create a PR/Contact me page for your blog to make it as easy as possible for companies to contact you and to make it clear that you are PR friendly.
  • Set up an Instagram and a Twitter account and get following fellow bloggers to make friends. Share your blog on as many platforms as possible to reach as many people as you can.
  • Collaborate with other bloggers. You can make new friends and share each others blogs and reach new people. Create a new tag together, something that might catch on and get your name thrown about the internet a bit.
  • Think about investing in a camera. Personally, I feel like pictures are often what attract me to a blog post so make sure you’re taking some good shots to accompany your post. To be honest, most phones these days are pretty decent quality, so if you can’t afford a camera, find yourself some good editing apps and play around and see if you can make them look better quality than they actually are.
  • Only post about things that matter to you. Don’t go writing about certain products/topics just because you think other people want to read about them – write for yourself and write about what you’re interested in. Writing about something you don’t actually have any interest in will probably come across in your writing and won’t be enjoyable, so why do it?

Let me know in the comments if you have anymore tips – I’m still learning and could definitely use them. Thanks for reading! You can find my social media links here if you want to hear more from me!

emmachxrlotte