06/11/2019

Warming Pumpkin Muffin Recipe!

How on gods green earth did I surpass October without releasing a recipe for something pumpkin spice! It’s my favourite season of all!!!!
It’s okay though, if you live the basic life, it’s pumpkin season until at least the end of November when everything becomes peppermint chocolate!
Without further delay, I present to you, my scrummy, soul warming fall pumpkin muffins!  



Ingredients (to make approx. 24)
  • 240g light brown sugar
  • 480g self-raising wholewheat flour
  • 240ml olive oil
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 100ml water
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
Method:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the olive oil and brown sugar until it forms a sort of paste.
  2. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the canned pumpkin puree, vanilla essence and water.
  3. To the wet mixture sift in the flour, spices and salt so as to create a thick batter.
  4. Divide between 20-24 lined muffin tins and bake at 180 Celsius for 25 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool for around an hour - and try to share with your loved ones.
I said try.
I totally understand if you don't!
Happy fall, and happy munching my loves!

03/10/2019

Why the radio silence blonde?

I’m notorious for going off the grid for a little while when things are getting me down or my anxiety is getting the better of me. So I guess I should have expected for everyone to think I was in a bad place when I recently took a break from the Instagram.
It always warms my heart when I receive kind messages checking on my wellbeing and I’m pleased to update you all that I was totally, 100% fine.
Here’s a couple of reason I “Shut Down” for a couple of days.
1 – Apple send me screen time reports, I was horrified when I spent over 8 hoursone day – on my phone last week.
2 – If I’m on my phone, I am quite often missing being present. I wanted to correct that, and make sure I was totally 100% present for a few days to see how it increased my productivity.
3 – The day I’m releasing this will be as we are officially in the final quarter of 2019 – I needed a few days, completely in solitude to work out what I wanted to achieve over the final 90 days of 2019 and how I was going to achieve it.
4 – I needed to do this without distraction, without looking at other people and their life choices.
5 – I didn’t just not use social media, the only time I picked up my phone was to reply to a message. I only replied to messages that required a reply also. IE, When my girls thought I was dead for not posting on social media.
6 – Instagram was winding me up a bit with it’s algorithm and changes, a lot of my posts weren’t getting seen by you guys and I was getting a little too concerned about engagement from my followers, which normally I wouldn’t give a hoot about -  I love everyone of my followers, but I always knew I wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea and I have always been okay with that. It’s about the people who do stick with me, the people I help and the people who help me. Social media can be a very fickle world, and I felt like I needed the break to re-coup, and ground myself. Go back to my roots and the reasons I do social media.
So over the last 4 days, I spent my time solo, planning, training, sleeping, eating well. Just completely getting in touch with myself, oh and boy did my work improve – we had training workshops the week before so on the Monday it was total madness – I somehow pulled out of the hat 3 day’s work in 8 hours. Safe to say I slept like a baby that night.
I love social media, it’s one of my real passions – but this little experiment really opened my eyes up to how much time I was allowing to be consumed by it. I’m not giving up the game, in fact I have so much more I want to share with you guys that I think people who suffer with mental health and life blocks are going to find helpful. I am however going to put limits on my phone use and just spend a little less time showing you what I’m doing and a little more time being present doing it.
Thanks for sticking with me,
Tonns of love, Blondie xx

23/09/2019

The Value of your Time!

Self love is more than just basking in your light. Self love is identifying where you’re fucking up, being accountable for it and correcting it.

3 quarters perfect and a quarter still in progress – that’s how I described myself this weekend as I found myself swimming in the pool of “where the fuck am I going next”
The fact is, I am already a perfect version of who I am, but a big part of who I am is finding ways to improve myself. I am ALWAYS working on something.
One of my personal flaws I have is my lack of management for distractions, I allow myself to get carried away in the moment sometimes, and whilst I think being present is important, you can’t allow you present to content you enough to take your eyes of the future.
Time goes by regardless of how you use it.
There are times to be selfless and giving with your time.
And there are times where you need to set boundaries and say “sorry not sorry hunni, but I don’t have time for this”
We get 86,400 seconds in a day. Once that day is gone, we can’t get it back.
Do you really value yourself, if you don’t value your time and where you’re using it?
Let’s talk monetary value for just a second:
Say your goal is to make £100,000 in the next 12 months.
That’s £275.97 per day (x 365) you sleep for 8 hours of that day. Left with 16 hours - the value of your time is £17.12 per hour if you are going to reach that goal.
Every hour you waste being worried about something you can’t control
Every hour you waste laying in your bed staring at your phone waiting for someone to reply
Every hour you waste being conflicted by the opinions of others
Every hour you waste arguing with people over irrelevant bullshit
Every hour you waste procrastinating instead of acting on your goals
Is wasted time you won’t get back and wasted money you won’t earn.
Now before you get all “Zen hunni, you need to rest” I get that – I do, but that time you are resting and spending with your family and friends still has a value on it too, so make sure you are spending it doing the things you really love, with the people that value your time as much as you do.
There are 99 days left of 2019 – what are you going to do with it?

 

26/08/2019

Vie Naturals Handmade Soaps!

You love smelling good, I love smelling good, well all love smelling good!
I’m also a sucker for anything that doesn’t have a tonn of ingredients that I don’t understand in, so when Vie gifted me some of their handmade soaps containing just FIVE ingredients, I was all over that! 
Also someone who suffers with dry legs and coconut oil being one of the main ingredients - soothes my legs gooooood! 

Here’s more from the soap master chefs themselves! 


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Each soap bar is uniquely textured with organic botanicals and has a bubbly lather and rinses off clean without residue.

Our base oil, coconut oil, provides a healthy lather that cleans and leaves your skin feeling moisturized.

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These soaps are great for placing in your guest bathroom, inside a mason jar, or as gifts for every occasion.

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Vie Natural’s Handmade Soap costs £6.95 for 4 pieces from www.global1st.co.uk
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