31 January 2015

TAKING STOCK | JANUARY 2015

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Making | a water-coloury mess!
Cooking | batches of healthy food to stock up the freezer.
Drinking | hot Ribena. Not the greatest for me I know, but a comfort when a sugar hit it needed pronto!
Reading | Michelle's newspaper column...well done lady! This girl rocks, check her out if you haven't already!
Wanting | so many wedding related purchases that I just cannot afford.
Looking | at Zara's spring collection like a mad woman. What must it be like to have clothes that don't have holes?
Playing | Ed Sheeran and Candy Crush... in any order (sometimes together...filth!).
Deciding | what on earth to do with my hair for my wedding day.
Wishing | for lots of snow!
Enjoying | getting to know my lovely new friend, H.
Waiting | for my birthday next month (I love birthdays, mine or other peoples!).
Liking | my commute to work with inspirational podcasts by Sean McCabe and Ben Toalson. Sean is a hand-lettering and design genius, but the podcasts really would satisfy anyone, they are so motivational.
Wondering | what it will feel like to be a wife.
Loving | the slightly lighter evenings. I really need more sun now.
Hoping | I can save for some new converse for spring, either these, or these - thoughts welcome!
Marveling | over my ability to remember every line of Aladdin (it's on Netflix people!).
Needing | to invest in new sports wear and trainers (again).
Smelling | the hyacinth that L bought me last weekend. Bring on spring flowers!
Wearing | my one year old Primark Christmas leggings...still. Who doesn't love reindeer's and hearts in January for heavens sake.
Following | many new Instagram accounts! Instagram is the new black in my opinion.
Noticing | how much happier I feel this month.
Knowing | I have a lot of work to do to get my business idea off the ground.
Thinking | about living by the sea.
Feeling | exhausted from five training sessions in a row, have another to do as soon as I hit publish on this little beauty!
Opening | a package from MAC, my first ever product from them (gasp!).
Giggling | at Joes impression of my laugh, cheeky boy!

What sums up your January? Let me know the highlight of your month in the comments.
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30 January 2015

FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK #4

Friday, you have finally arrived. Hoorah! I am not wishing life away, far from it, but it has been a hectic one. I feel like I say that every week, sorry everyone. How have you been? Have you all got nice plans for the weekend? We are basically not having much of a life until we are married now, all in the name of saving money of course. We have two months to go, so weekends are filled with searching for last minute things on line and doing things that cost very little. It is all worth it though!

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^^How could I not include my favourite Instagram picture of the week, look at our little bear!^^

Here are the things that have brightened up my week:

1. Nutella on toast. I am being mostly healthy, but after four days of the Insanity workout programme on the trot (huff!), I needed something to satisfy the sugar craving and Nutella just does it for me, hands down!

2. Receiving my very first MAC make up product through the post. I know I am well behind the times but I have just never seen MAC as something I can stretch to. The thing is, I know that when I start buying it I will want more and more, make up is my drug. I need an SPF-free foundation ready for the wedding pictures and thought I would try the face and body foundation as I have heard good things about it. I found myself almost drooling whilst looking on their website though... heaven.

3. Mid-week cards. My lovely friend, L, has been sending me a card a week to work and I cannot tell you what joy that has given me. I stick them all up on my wall in the office and look at them whenever I need a pick-me-up.

4. Crispy jacket potatoes with baked beans and chorizo. This was the perfect post-long-day dinner.

5. Driving home from work yesterday, listening to Ed Sheeran whilst in a bit of a heavy snow storm. Unfortunately, the snow did not settle one little bit, but it was kind of lovely driving through it.

What has been your favourite thing from this week? Have you had any snow where you are? 
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29 January 2015

THE LIEBSTER AWARD

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Last week, the lovely Lisa over at ‘The Creative Canvass' nominated me for the Liebster Award, an award given to new blogs by other bloggers, as a way of spreading the blogging love and allowing new blogs to be discovered. I have been nominated for this before, right near the start of this blogs creation, but as the blog has developed now, and what I post about has evolved quite a lot over time, I thought it would be great to answer Lisa’s questions and nominate some blogs that I love to read too! Before I start though I’d like to say a huge thank you to Lisa for getting me involved in this, her blog is fab, so definitely head over there to have a read too.

I want to echo what Lisa said in the introduction to her Liebster post; the blogging community really is wonderful. I have made several friends in fellow bloggers as well as a couple in readers too. The community is very supportive and I find it such a great way of releasing creativity. I love the freedom of having your own space and voice and being able to talk freely about any subject you want to.

The way the Liebster Award works is that I give you 11 facts about me, to allow you to get to know me better (to be honest, I probably give you way too much information about me anyway!) and then I answer the 11 questions Lisa has set me before nominating a blog / some blogs of my own and setting 11 questions for them too – simples! So, here we go…

11 Random Facts About Me
For this portion of the programme I was thinking what I could tell you that is different from the things I have listed in my ‘About Me’ section, then I thought, you may as well head there to read those things! They are all pretty darn random!

Now, onto the questions that Lisa set for me...

1. What inspired you to start blogging?
When I was younger I always kept diaries and enjoyed documenting things that I was doing, so I feel like I was drawn to blogging because of the desire to continue down this road. I always like to be doing something creative and like to write and make things, so I think that's what made me start From Lucy with Love (after a short and rubbish attempt at blogging when I was at university under a different blog name!).

2. What’s your favourite blog post and why?
This is a difficult one to answer because I post on such a variety of subjects. More recently I did a very honest post, The Importance of Understanding, which I had thought about doing for a long time and involved a certain confidence to put out there but I think it is one of my favourites as it is totally open and honest.

3. What’s one thing you’d love to blog about but are not sure if you should?
I think the post I have just mentioned covers the one subject that I was a bit afraid to put out there. I guess I would like to be able to feel confident enough not to worry about what other people will think or say. I am getting better at that, but, as a blogger I believe you sign up for putting yourself out there to contradictory opinions. 

4. If time and money were unlimited, where is one place you’d love to travel to?
This may sound utterly boring to most people but if I could take a whole bunch of time out I would love nothing more than to travel around the coast of Great Britain, making art along the way of all the places I see. I would specifically like to spend time exploring Scotland and all the little islands around it, such as the Isle of Skye. Maybe this is a humble travel dream, but it is what I would do if I had the time and money!

5. If you could makeover a room in your house what would it be?
We don’t own our own house so that makes it difficult, but hypothetically speaking, if the house we lived in was ours, I would certainly make our lounge a lot more warm and cosy. It is so hard when you rent as you can’t paint the walls or anything, which I would do for sure if it was ours. I'd really like to hang pictures on the wall and make it a lot more personalised!

6. Cats or dogs?
Can I say both? I have always had animals in my life. When I was living at home it was always dogs, but now that I have moved out having a cat has been the easier option. When you go off to work it makes more sense to keep a feline friend. We currently have Gizmo, who features on my Instagram on a regular basis! We adopted her after she was spending all her days in our garden and no-one seemed to own her. She is Joe's first proper pet and she loves him completely.

7. If you could do any job in the world what would it be?
To be self-employed is the big dream. If I could do this I would do something creative and have a working environment surrounded by inspiration and light. I think I would do well working for myself, I am fiercely motivated and passionate about the things I love, so we will have to see what the future holds!

8. What’s your favourite colour?
Hands down, my favourite colour is blue, all shades. I adore the colour blue and am always drawn to it. It is a classic colour that is easy to style and wear with other basics, like white, grey and black. It is only fairly recently that I introduced brighter colours into my life after always being a big wearer of black as a teen!

9. What’s one addiction you have that no one knows about? (until now…)
The only thing I am totally addicted to, but it is certainly not a secret, is make up...any make up. Oooh, having said that, strike the make up - I am totally addicted to stationary. It is a problem, a big problem. I cannot go into Paperchase without wanting to buy the whole store and simply adore art shops. If you have any doubt about this addiction you should check out my office tour video on my YouTube Channel! (I didn't mean to plug the channel there, just want to prove it!)

10. What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
Prepare yourself for a totally boring answer. My favourite day involves a cup of tea in bed, with a magazine (obvs!) followed by a stroll around the garden centre with Joe (and possibly more tea there too). I also love to exercise really, really hard at the weekends, the reason for this is two-fold. One, I can have a treat minus guilt and two, I can nap on the sofa, feeling all content that I have done a workout and can smugly rest for the remaining hours of the day :-)

11. What’s one recipe that you can’t live without?
Without a doubt, one of my favourite recipes is a vegetarian lasagne recipe that I have had for years. I can’t even remember where it came from. I think it may have been a Jamie Oliver one from way back. It is just one of the tastiest lasagne's I have had, even though I am not a veggie!

This is the part where I nominate other bloggers!Sadly for me, but great for them, a couple of the bloggers I wanted to nominate had already been nominated fairly recently. So, whilst I wait patiently to hear back from a couple of others I will make you this promise - I will tweet and blog as soon as I have my nominees... I hope that is ok for now. Watch this space!


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26 January 2015

JANUARY FAVOURITES

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It's been a good couple of months since I offered up a monthly favourites video on my YouTube channel. This comes mostly down to the fact that I am somewhat a creature of habit and don't change up the things I use on a daily basis very often. I tend to find something I like and stick with that thing long-term, like a relationship! 

This month though, I felt like I had a few things I wanted to share, so here we are! They are not all beauty related things so prepare for a couple of random items thrown in for good measure. What have been some of your favourite things this month? Let me know in the comments.

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23 January 2015

FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK #3

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^^The gorgeous sunset we had outside our house last night^^


This week has been fffreeezing huh? Unless you are reading this from another country of course, in which case please fill my head with daydreams of what it's like with you in the comments. I have some beautiful spring flowers sat on the sideboard in the lounge and am really excited to see the brand new bulbs bursting through the earth very soon. 

It has been a strange old week this week, full of medical appointments and busy work days but I am pleased to see the weekend peeking its little nose over the horizon! I hope you all had a fabulous week. Here's the five things I am (most) grateful for this week:

1. Having gone to the doctors for an appointment yesterday (no need to go into detail here!) and managing to pass out, not once, but twice, I am very grateful for the doctor and nurse who didn't feel the need to yell 'for heavens sake woman, man up!' at me. This incident was followed by tea and chocolate biscuits at my mum and dads to stop the shaking. Can I just add that I went back to work after that and carried on as normal? Gold star! Under this section I must also add that Joe made dinner and took very good care of me in the evening too <3

2. This week I finally managed to sort out some flowers for our wedding. I am so happy this is done as time is slipping away so fast. There are just over two months (two months!) to go. I ordered my bouquet from a gorgeous company called The Cornish Cutting Garden, who have adorable designs and fabulous ethics, so I very pleased to be getting my blooms from them. I don't know 100% what I will end up with as I have given them a bit of creative licence, but I showed them my Pinterest wedding board for inspiration!

3. A mid-week pressie from a grateful parent. Part of my job can be a little testing sometimes but it is nice when you get a good result for someone. This week I received a beautiful orchid and bottle of Prosecco from a kind parent who was grateful for some help with a tricky situation.Very sweet and very appreciated.

4. Cheesy broccoli and cauliflower. Not the healthiest of things to eat but oh-so yummy, especially the crispy bits around the edge!

5. Joe presented me with Mary Poppins on DVD this week and I couldn't be happier with it! It was on Netflix until last year when they removed it, probably because of a certain dodgy London accent I assume! Either way I love that film and can't wait until Christmas each year to see it! Now I have it for whenever I want to see it :-)

This week I have really enjoyed watching Beautosauras Lex's video on her favourite braided hair styles - I am searching for wedding-hair inspiration / reading Rosie's 'Six Months More' post - this made me all emotional and grateful for what I have in my life /  looking at photo's of other peoples amazing apartments, like Linsey's, featured on another blog this week.

I hope your week has been filled with great things. Let me know a highlight from your week below.
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19 January 2015

DAYTIME APPROPRIATE SMOKEY EYE MAKE-UP

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I have been trying to be a bit more experimental when it comes to make up for work recently. I am kind of stuck in a bit of a rut, always doing a liquid eye-liner look with, more often than not, a tinted lip balm or something similar. Having a more 'done' eye make-up usually helps me feel more put together at work and is always long lasting (thanks to the L'Oreal Superliner).
I have never been a leave-the-eyes-bare-and-just-add-mascara kind of girl and tend to feel naked faced without liner, but recently I have wanted to soften things down a bit and that is why this, slightly smokey (but wearable), make-up 'look' (I hate saying that!) came about.
Not being an expert with beauty means that I can, and do, make major errors. Recently it seems to surround a day-time smokey eye. I usually end up looking over-tired or like I have dipped the brush in the wrong palette or something, but this, I think, looks ok. What I like about taupe-y shades is that they are fairly flattering on most people. The one I have used, from the MUA 'Undressed' palette is ultra-flattering, with it's slight shimmer, and I think it opens and brightens the eyes.
Enough waffling from me, I hope you enjoy the video, click here to watch it on my YouTube Channel and why not subscribe whilst you are over there?!

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17 January 2015

HEALTHY HAPPY LIFE SERIES #2

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Just over a week ago I put up this blog post telling you guys about a new YouTube series I have started on my channel, called 'Healthy, Happy Life'. I decided to start it for a bit of New Year motivation for me, as well as the added bonus of having you lovely people to answer to if I slipped up! I also hope that we can all stick to our healthy plans together and share what has been working well for us all either in the comments of this post, or on the video comments, so go for it!

I hope you enjoy this weeks video. I wanted to talk a bit about the training I am trying to do as well as a bit about food, although I am going to talk more about this in weeks to come. Everything I mention in this video is linked in the YouTube information bar directly below the video (to see this you must watch it via YouTube itself).


It is worth noting that these videos are about a week behind 'real time' to allow for editing and uploading!
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16 January 2015

FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK #2

We all made it to another Friday, and what a week it has been. How are you all? Pop something about your week in the comments, tell me what you have been up to!

This week has been as mad and as full-on as all the others recently and I am very ready for the weekend. I have moved offices at work again, which involved traipsing up and down several flights of stairs with many, many folders and boxes. It is nice to have a bit more space again and some cracking company throughout my work day to keep me entertained :-)

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^^The most yummy pancakes ever, well, so far anyway!^^


Let's do this lovely people...five things that I am grateful for this week.

1. Blueberry pancakes. This happened on Sunday actually, but that's allowed as I type these posts on Fridays! We ventured to Bills in town on Sunday for brunch and it was as delicious as ever. My trusty choice of pancakes (with fresh strawberries and blueberries) did not fail to satisfy my man-like, post-exercise, appetite.

2. Receiving an awesome (very funny) card on Wednesday from the bestie to provide a bit of mid-week cheer. It is so nice getting something delivered to work and really helps to lift the spirits up. It joins my 'motivation' wall in the office.

3. Snuggly jumpers, tea and toast. I came home yesterday, after a bit of a busy Thursday, and felt like I was getting a cold. Whenever I feel a bit rubbish I just want cosy clothes (on went the navy and white spotted-fleece pjama bottoms, soft t-shirt and thick, woolly jumper) followed by a hot mug of something and a piece of toast (with butter and Marmite of course!).

4. Being tucked away under a warm duvet whilst the storm blew up a gale on Wednesday night. They predicted strong winds and they were right. We are somewhat vulnerable in that we live right by a field, so no wind-breaks for us. We barely slept due to the noise, which is equally exciting and terrifying, especially when you can hear roof tiles hanging on for dear life. Weather like that makes me feel small.

5. Kitchen fairy lights. When the cat decides she wants company at 3am, and drags me downstairs on the pretence of wanting to go out, I can't stand putting lights on for fear of becoming wide awake and said cat thinking 'hey mum, it's morning, let's play!'. The magic of the kitchen fairy lights just make it all better. P.S. Nine times out of ten she wants a cuddle and to be settled back on her bed - thanks for that Gizmo. (Side note: I would also be grateful for a cat-flap).

I hope you all have a lovely, restful (and fun!) weekend guys xoxo
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14 January 2015

TOP PINS | JANUARY 2015

I have been pinning like a woman possessed this month, which tends to happen when I feel like I need a change, but also when I am tired of a season and start dreaming about a new one. Spring is a particular favourite of mine, a sign of new beginnings and hope and, whilst it is still a fair way off, it doesn't stop me from scanning Pinterest for inspiration/escapism.

I have managed to pick out just four of my favourites from the hundreds I have squirreled away recently (believe me, you've had a lucky escape)...

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One :: I have found myself scouring Pinterest for pictures of pretty flowers. They make me feel happy (I love having flowers in the house) but I am also trying to decide what flowers I want when Joe and I get married. Whatever they will be I will love them, but I want something very simple, something no-fuss. My current favourites are peonies but I adore a wide variety of spring flowers so I need to have a chat with a florist to try and get some guidance!

Two :: This picture is my dream working-from-home set up (well, if I were living in Paris, my actual dream home-office would over look a stunning beach in Cornwall). I cannot stop looking at this perfect space and imagining the fresh-air pouring in through the little balcony doors and taking time over a cup of tea and fresh croissants...

Three :: I have been living in shirts this month, they are so easy to throw on over leggings, a classic white t-shirt and warm, chunky socks whilst working at home or snuggling up to watch a film on a Saturday afternoon. This lovely outfit appealed to me on a comfort level; denim shirt, draw-string trousers and a white top; my perfect lounge wear.

Four :: Watch this (blogging) space for my attempt at this recipe. I am still looking around to find healthy alternatives to things and this looks like a great option instead of regular potatoes. Sweet potatoes are super-yummy and quinoa is something that I can eat that doesn't make me feel ridiculously bloated (sorry, too much?), so when I saw this simple sweet potato quinoa patties recipe I was a happy bunny - great idea.

If you want to follow me on Pinterest I would love it, so head on over there. Leave your account links below and I will check out your pins because I cannot get enough of that site, it's true!
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12 January 2015

JANUARY BEAUTY BOX, TIME FOR A CHANGE

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You know what January is like, you want to change everything, all at once (if not sooner) - diet, exercise, wardrobe... and that is exactly what I decided to do with my monthly beauty box subscription. I have been getting the 'You Beauty Discovery Box' for a long old time and, whilst I really enjoyed picking what I wanted from a menu, I felt like I was a little bored of it and decided to make a change.

My last box was my January one, so I thought I would use this post and video to introduce you to what I chose in it's place, as well as show you what I got in my very last one.


In this month's You Beauty Discovery box I chose:
:: Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm (full size £14.50) & Overnight Recharge Night Serum (£33.50)
I actually really like the cleanser; it has a thick, balm-like texture that is very easy to massage in to dry skin. You can see it breaking down all your make-up (including stubborn, long-lasting liquid eye-liner - a tad gross but darn good to see melt away!) and when you add water it transforms into more of a milky formula that is easily removed with a muslin cloth. I didn't leave my skin tight and felt very comfortable and non-irritating on my skin. The night cream/serum was pretty standard, but it is really hard to know how good a product that makes changes over time really is with a small sample. The texture was a medium-heavy cream that felt nice to put on and smelt pleasant enough. The one down-side for me (and this is purely my own preference) is that it still left a veil over my skin by morning, which I really don't like.

:: Afyna Organic Detoxifying Body Scrub (full size £17.00)
Before I say anything about this scrub I should probably say that I like my body exfoliator's to pack some punch, think Soap and Glory's 'The Breakfast Scrub' (what I am currently using). I want to scrub my skin and then feel so darn slippery once I have washed it off that I marvel over it for hours. This just did not happen with this scrub. I put it on and started to work it in and it immediately disappeared to nothing. Sorry Afyna, it just wasn't for me.

My new subscription is to the Birch Box. I chose this after it was recommended by several of you guys and my YouTube subscribers, so thanks guys! I ended up seeing a great deal, in partnership with Women's Health, which included getting Birch Boxes and 10 months of the magazine, so I am super happy with that!

I won't list all that I got in this box on this post, or else you will certainly be sleepy before we are done, but the video has all the links to the products (if you watch it on my main YouTube Channel and click in the little box below the video). The highlight product for me was the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (full price £30.00) which gives the skin amazing life and luminosity after use.

Why not check out the video for all the information and stay tuned to see more Birch Box reviews every month :-)
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10 January 2015

SUPER-HEALTHY VEGETABLE SOUP

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I don't know about you guys, but in the winter time I really love a piping hot bowl of soup. It is so comforting and filling and warms you up right to the bones. As you may have noticed, from this blog post, I am trying to think more carefully about the food I put into my body and prepare better, more nutritious lunches for work (the one meal I am lazy about sometimes), so I decided to have a go at this healthy little number and come over all 'old-lady' and separate out batches to freeze. Rock 'n' roll!

I cannot take any credit for this recipe because I came across it in a book a colleague told me about called 'Fat Burner Foods'. To be honest, this recipe is not dissimilar to many other vegetable soups, it is just lacking in potato content, but either way it tastes good and is very, very good for you.

If you are interested in what goes into it then keep reading. I have included all the ingredients from the book but I didn't have everything and will let you know what I missed out as it still tasted lovely!

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INGREDIENTS:

:: 2 bunches of spring onions or 1 large onion or leek
:: 1 medium or 1/2 large cauliflower, divided into florets (including the green leaves)
:: 2 medium or 1 large head of broccoli
:: 125g (4oz) spinach (I didn't have any of this so missed it out!)
:: 1 large red, green or yellow pepper, cored, deseeded and chopped
:: 6-8 celery sticks, chopped
:: 2-3 large carrots
:: 1-2 teaspoons each of crushed cumin and corriander seeds (another miss for me - but this is listed as an optional extra)
:: 1 quantity of chicken or vegetable stock (they advise this should be home-made, however this wasn't possible for me so I used a pre-made stock cube. Although the recipe advised to make 1 pint I ended up doing 2 pints as it needed more when cooking)
:: 4-5 ripe tomatoes, quartered or 400gm can tomatoes
:: juice of half a lemon or lime
:: 1 small handful of coriander or flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
:: 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
:: 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (I didn't include this - this is also listed in the recipe as optional)

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HOW TO:

:: Place all the vegetables, except the tomatoes, in a large saucepan with the crushed spices (if you are using them). Add the stock and any extra water needed to ensure everything is just about covered.

:: Heat this gently until simmering, then add the tomatoes and the lemon/lime juice.

::Add the herbs and garlic and season to taste with cayenne pepper.

:: Simmer the soup for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Once cooled you can always separate into freezer-safe Tupperware boxes in portions. Another option, once suggested by my mum actually, is to blend up all or half of the soup if you don't like it so chunky - good thinking mum!

I hope you guys like this - let me know what you think. I am going to be cooking the soup that Essie Button did on her YouTube Channel fairly recently this week to keep it varied. Why not check that one out too! 
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9 January 2015

FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK #1

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^I am very grateful for finding some tasty green tea with mint too!^

Welcome to the new, updated version of my 'Loving, Needing, Meh!' post and the new, regular, Friday post! I loved my 'Loving, Needing, Meh!' posts but felt the need for change. Change is good for the soul.

2015 is about noticing. Noticing the every-day, the ordinary and the unappreciated. Noticing how lucky I am to have the things I have and the people I have in my life who care. That's where this post comes in. Sometimes, the weeks are so jam-packed that it is hard to list things that have made you super-happy, because if all you have done is drive to work, work all day and drive home it can all get rather samey! But it is easy to list the things you are grateful for, or it should be. I hope you enjoy reading these new additions to your Friday reading.

So, here we go, the very first post of 'The five things I am grateful for this week'...

1. Having fabulous friends who listen to all my wacky plans and thoughts and boost my motivation in everything I want to do (not to mention the motivational text messages this week too - thanks guys!).

2. Lovely emails from even lovelier readers. I honestly get so excited when I receive an email from one of you guys, I really like hearing from you. This week I had a really sweet email from H, we have been chatting over email for a while - it just goes to show what great friends you can meet, without actually meeting them! I also had an email from C, which was really nice to read (if you are reading this now, I will reply to you straight after this!).

3. Frozen lunches. Well, they are not actually frozen when I eat them you understand! I have been trying to get a bit better at meal preparation and planning and so embarked on a cooking marathon to set me up for this week (recipes up in a couple of days!). Waking up at 5am and knowing I don't have to sort out food for lunch is heaven.

4. Podcast company on the way to work. I heard about Sean Wes via YouTuber Charli Marie TV. Charli's a designer from New Zealand and she recommended Sean's podcast for their creative and business inspiration. There are over 100 to listen to and they are the perfect way to make my journey to work seem less boring! They are kind of design-industry specific but if you are looking for general creative ideas and ways of working then you may enjoy them too!

5. My quirky little family. I felt so sleepy all week and by Wednesday couldn't wait to get home and relax. I text Joe and told him that 'I couldn't wait to get home to my quirky little family...' This includes Joe and Gizmo the cat of course. Sometimes all you need is the ones you love and a cup of tea to make it all seem fine and dandy again.

Blog posts I have enjoyed this week: Laura's 'I can't not try, you know', a post about feeling the fear and doing it anyway / Freya's post, from the beautiful blog 'Nishaantishu', about 'How to Choose Happiness' / Anna's 'New York Vlog' and post (jealous, me? Yep!)

What are you grateful for this week? Leave me a comment below and let's share some love! <3
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5 January 2015

POST WORKOUT MAKE-UP & SKIN-CARE

I'm back, after a short break from Monday videos, with this 'Post Workout Skin-Care & Make-Up' video for you! I figured that a vast majority of us are on a health kick at this time of year and, I don't know about you, but I feel so much better having put a little make up on after I have worked out.

Speaking of working out and improving overall health, my last post was about a new series I am starting on my YouTube Channel, called 'Healthy Happy Life'. If you haven't seen the introduction video then why not check it out here!


I hope you are all feeling motivated and inspired for the new year ahead. I am ready for the new challenges I have set myself this year and am looking forward to sharing some of that journey with you. I am also looking forward to discovering some new blogs to read too, so if you write one please link it below so I can have a peep and, as always, please comment and get in touch on the wide variety of social networks I am on (linked in the right side-bar!).

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4 January 2015

NEW YEAR, NEW CHAPTER, NEW SERIES!

It's Sunday.... I know I don't usually post on Sundays (gasp!), but I thought I would put up this post to update you on a few things and to introduce you to a new series that I am trying to do on my YouTube Channel this year.

:: Update #1
This blog will be going through a few minor aesthetic changes (a blog mini-face-lift perhaps?) over the next 7 days. If you stop by and there is a random thing, looking totally out of place in the side-bar, it will be me, madly testing some html that I am working on this end! Please still stop by though! 

After almost two years of From Lucy With Love looking like this (*waves hand across the screen*) I felt like I had moved on and the blog had moved on so I wanted to have a bit of a re-design. All of this should be going live within a week...providing I don't have a technical meltdown!

Basically I am asking you to bear with me whilst this all happens...thanks lovely people!

:: Update #2
Anyone who watches my YouTube Channel will know that Monday is upload day. I only upload one main video per week and it is usually make-up/beauty related. News flash...This will not change! But I will be adding something else to my channel. 

I have made the little introduction video below to tell you all about it, so you should definitely check it out! I am excited to share something different on my channel, but understand that some of you who subscribe only want beauty and that is fine - don't go anywhere, Monday's are still your day :-)


Thank you for being a part of what I do, I love you guys heaps. Please keep commenting and email any suggestions you may have for videos or posts (or just say hello!) to fromlucywithlove@outlook.com.
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2 January 2015

A LAZY DAY, HOUR BY HOUR

If there is one thing I love the most about having a bit of time off work it is a day where we have nothing planned. I love it even more when it is one of those wintry days where the sun is bright and there is a thin layer of frost on the roof; days like that call for long walks and hot tea.

:: 7.00am
There is nothing like starting the day with a cup of tea and a flick through magazines. I picked up the latest Women's Health at the weekend for added motivation, but, honestly, a beauty or lifestyle magazine works just as well for me! Tea wise it is usually a cup of Twinnings Everyday first thing, but I am trying to up the antioxidants, so this green tea with mint (below) is just the ticket too!

:: 8.00am
Breakfast time. I can honestly say that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I do mix things up and have porridge or toast, but mostly I reach for my trusty Greek yoghurt with honey and granola, it is super yummy and good for you and fills me up for a good few hours too.

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:: 8.30am
Having decided last night that I would pop over to see L for tea and a dog walk at 10am I lazily head up stairs, armed with my new Lush BB Seaweed face-mask that L brought round for me on Boxing Day! I have never bought one single thing from Lush - slapped wrist for me. The reason for that is mostly down to never having one local to where I live (no, I have not discovered on-line shopping yet...honest!). Mask on, YouTube playing my 'Watch Later' playlist, I am set for 15 minutes of sitting time before my 'must-have-a-quick-shower-now-because-it-is-almost-9am-and-I-have-to-leave-soon' rush. Lucky for me L delays 'kick off' time to 10.30am - phew, make-up can now be applied with a slower hand!

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:: 10.15am
Time to shiver in the car whilst I let the heating work its magic to defrost everything. Taylor Swift is plugged in and playing and I dance on the inside before heading off to L. I always enjoy the 15 minute journey to the little village L lives. It takes you past so many beautiful views of fields, farms and wide-open skies; you can't help but mentally unwind on the way.

:: 11.15am
A warming cup of tea drunk, a chat with all the family and we are all wrapped up, Casper the dog in hand, and out the door. I am thankful for my new bobble hat as the frost has hit harder here and the ground is slippery but once we hit the fields safety levels return to 'low risk' (apart from my one slip in the mud - I managed to stay upright though...just). 

:: 12.00pm
Walking on a day like this reminds me how lucky I am to live here. It is stunning and I make a mental note to get out walking more, there is really no excuse.

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^^can we just note the dog munching on melting ice in the background^^

:: 12.30pm
Back at L's I have my very muddy boots cleaned by A (thanks!) and am on my way back home to Joe, who I left making music and looking after the house (a very important job!).

:: 1.30pm
Joe and I enjoy a lunch of hot ciabatta with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (and maybe a slice of left over cake too) then we are off to our separate rooms for guitar playing/blog creating for a bit.

:: 2.30pm
I am working on a new blog layout at the moment and attempt to throw down some ideas with water-colour which I need to scan in to Photo Shop, but being useless with our wireless printer/scanner I have to drag Joe out of the 'man-cave'... he is so good with these things and has the patience of a saint when it comes to helping me. Personally, I would have thrown the scanner out the window in about 2 minutes!

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::4.30pm
Training time! Even though it is hard over the Christmas period, when you are bloated from all the rich food, it is great to keep ticking over with the exercise. I find it helps keep me more mentally 'with-it' too, so it is win-win! Today's session included Joe and we chose an Insanity DVD. My poor legs were burning from the warm up which was partly down to a good hill walk this morning and partly because it was the 4th exercise session of the week. I still don't think I have burnt off even half the calories consumed however!

:: 6.00pm
Exercise done and we are on to my second favourite meal of the day - dinner. Tonights choice: sausages with roast vegetables and lots of broccoli for me (plus jacket potato for Joe).

:: 8.45pm
I mostly don't drink at all, but tonight we crack out a bottle of whiskey. One whiskey later we are both falling asleep - Joe on the sofa with a very comfy cat, me in front of my laptop scheduling blog posts and videos...I better check the content for slurring!

:: 10.00pm
Up to bed and I am suddenly wide awake. Typical :-)
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