5 Things I’m Grateful For Right Now


So life has been pretty crazy lately. It’s been that way where every day is something, but when you look back on the past month you can’t really pinpoint what’s happened. Things are blurry, busy and lazy all at once. Progress seems impossible, and the future hazy. But I need to learn that that’s OK, and that the present is two things: always temporary and completely constant. The right now won’t last, things will change and fluctuate and you’ll go along for the ride, but also always be present. Value this moment. It won’t come again, so do the best you can with it. These moments make the future, so make them count.

I’ve got work to do to be living the life that I want to lead, and I’m taking my inspiration from Sophia Bush because she’s my favourite. In this podcast with That’s So Retrograde she tells ALL the truths, but one thing that resonated with me the most was her advice on habits. Build small habits, and those habits encourage other habits, and they become behaviours, and in doing that you’re being better to yourself. So, that’s my plan.

In the meantime I need regroup, stop thinking about what isn’t right (’cause I’m taking the steps to upgrade it) and shift my focus back to the good things in life. Because there’s always good things in life.

Right now I’m grateful for…

All of the awesome, badass and inspirational women at my WI who aren’t afraid to dish out the advice and give a sister a leg-up.

An actual, whole, entire day off that saw me meandering around the streets of Margate, gazing out across the sea and spinning on the carousel, all with my beautiful Mumma.

Excuses to get in the kitchen and bake up a storm.

Having the kind of relationship where we want to do the best by each other, and knowing that we’re in this crazy life together.

Hitting on inspiration and allowing my logical brain to work with my creative brain to do something great.

How’s life been for you lately? Are you also feeling the need to take stock? I’d love to know what you’re grateful for right now!

Why I Cried When I Heard About Prince


Prince at the Hop Farm Festival 2011. Photo credit: Stewart Rogers. All Rights Reserved.

I didn’t know Prince. I don’t know what he was like as a person and, aside from the hits, I don’t even know his music all that well. But yesterday, when I read that he’d passed away, I cried.

There’s a very special place in my heart for Prince. A place that’s feeling a bit broken right now. He was always there, a constant in my life from as young as I can remember. His songs were always on in the car, and I can remember my mum and dad rushing to change the track when it got too dirty for my little ears.

But Prince is more than that. He’s the reason I’m here, in this little house in Tunbridge Wells, looking forward to my weekly breakfast with my Dad tomorrow morning.

You see, I wouldn’t have the life that I have if it wasn’t for Prince. I mean, I’d still exist (though I’m sure there’s some other people that might not) but I wouldn’t be where I am, with the experiences that I’ve had.

I probably need to do a little background here. So my Dad, the most amazing, wonderful role model I could wish for is, technically, my step-Dad (but he’s really my Dad). He came into my life when I was four years old, and, alongside my mum, he’s given me the best I could hope for.

And it was Prince that led me to my Dad, or at least led my Mum to him.

My Mum has always been a huge fan of Prince, since before I was born (and Mum, if you’re reading this, please forgive me if I get any of the details wrong!). When I was a toddler, in maybe 1992 or 1993, my Mum went to a Prince convention in Norwich. At some point, maybe at an after party, she spotted the symbol spray-painted on the back of a leather  jacket, asked the guy if she could take a picture.

I’ve only seen that jacket a few times over the years, but every time I do it feels like I’m looking back on an iconic moment of my personal history, the moment that made me.

For months after that first meeting they wrote each other love letters. My Mum would trace a picture of Prince onto each and every one of them, and after a while, she made the best decision of her life. She moved from Leeds to Kent, and created my family.

So without Prince, without that convention and without that badass leather jacket, I wouldn’t be me.

Thank you Prince,

I’ll be forever grateful.

On Spending Time, Not Wasting It

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They say that we all have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé, and y’know what? They’re right.

We all get the same 24 hours in every day, and it’s up to us what we choose to do with those hours. Will I ever be as productive as Beyoncé? Doubt it. But then again I don’t get to have a literal entourage follow me around everywhere I go, so it’s swings and roundabouts, I guess.

What I do know, or at least I’m learning, is that time is valuable. Like really, really, valuable. Once it’s gone, that’s it. It’s actually gone forever and there’s zero chance of you getting it back.

What I’m getting at here, is that I’m fed up of wasting my time. I’m fed up of looking back on my days and weeks and genuinely not being able to remember what happened. I think my hours are draining away in a semi-aware state of working, Netflix marathons and social media scrolling. I wonder how much of my life I have given to screens? Too much.

I’m trying to train myself to think about my time. To believe that it is a valuable resource and to budget it as much as I budget my money. Money’s always tight, but time seems infinite. The thing is, it’s not. And while you can always find ways to get more money, you can’t ever get more time.

Which is why I’m changing the way I talk about time. The way we define things can have a huge impact on the way we think and act about them, so I’m only ever going to refer to doing things as spending my time. To me, spending is exchanging something of value for something else of value. Like time.

So while there’s always stuff to be doing with my time, some of it out of necessity, I want to start to bring value to all of my transactions. Gotta do the ironing (yeah, I’m one of those people who irons everything)? Then listen to a podcast or TED talk and learn something at the same time. Desperate to catch up on the latest Bake Off, because there’s a Bake Off on all of the time these days? Do something with your hands while you’re at it. Knitting anyone?

And then there’s those expanses of time that pass by without much warning and before you know it you’ve been up for hours but somehow you’ve, quite literally, done nothing. That’s where my favourite little pal comes in – the humble to do list. Writing down a list of everything that I want and need to get done is the best motivation for me to actually get on and do it. If it’s not on paper, it’s so easy to forget, or think I can do it another time. But when there’s a little empty box next to it, just waiting for a tick, it’s the metaphorical kick up the ass I need to keep doing things.

So I’m gonna wrap this up here, and go and do something a little different, but equally valuable, with my oh-so precious time.

Catch ya later!

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{ Recipe } Hearty Spaghetti Bolognese


If you ever need a simple dinner that you can rustle up in one big pot without too much effort, this is the one for you! We’ve been knocking up this spaghetti bolognese as part of our weekly menu plan for months now, and we’re not getting tired of it. It’s easy, tasty and super-filling, what’s not to love?


Serves 6

You will need…

  • 1 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil
  • 100g chorizo, diced
  • 150g mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 large celery sticks, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 800g lean beef mince
  • 2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp Italian herbs
  • 340g wholewheat spaghetti
  • Grated cheese like parmesan or cheddar


  • Melt the coconut oil in a large pan. Throw in the chorizo, mushrooms, carrots, celery and onion and fry for a few minutes until they start to soften.
  • Add the mince and fry until browned, making sure to break up any lumps.
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes, sprinkle in the Italian herbs and stir until well mixed.
  • Leave to simmer for around 10 minutes while you cook the spaghetti (per the instructions on the packet).
  • Serve the spaghetti, with a good helping of bolognese, topped with a sprinkling of cheese.

And there you have it! A simple dish that’s sure to satisfy when you’re cooking for guests. What’s your go-to for a big and easy dinner?

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Re-Aligning My Fitness Goals


So I’ve become a broken record…

I’m always adamant that I want to be healthier, that I want to be fitter, stronger and generally better. I want to feel super confident in a bikini, not get ridiculously out of breath when I walk up a hill and trust that the stuff I’m fuelling my body with is actually good for me. I’ve got the talk in spades, but I’m struggling to walk the walk.

I definitely go through phases. The intention itself seems to be a constant, but that’s all that is. I’ll be totally motivated one week, heading out for walks at the crack of dawn and lacing up my trainers when I have a spare minute, and then something will change. I don’t know what and I don’t know why, but all of a sudden it just stops without any kind of conscious decision, and before I know it I’m back wishing I was doing more.

So while I know I’m not where I want to be, and I could spend hours pondering on why that is, I’m not going get stuck in this negative place. Instead, I’m going to set some clear intentions, because maybe that’s what I’m missing. I don’t really have an end goal, I just want to feel better in myself, so it’s a little more vague, but I reckon I can do it!

I think one of the best steps I can take is to plan when I’m going to exercise. To start, I think just twice a week for dedicated exercise sessions like HIIT or one of Davina’s DVDs. Then when I know I can commit to that, I can start thinking about adding more!

I always work out from home because I can’t afford a gym membership and, quite frankly, I find them pretty intimidating, but that way it’s quite easy to just not bother. For this, I need some accountability. I really like the app Rewire, which helps you to track your habits and keep in line for your goals and will definitely use this, but I should probably also tell Sam when I’m planning my workout sessions. That way he can check in with me when he gets home, and I really won’t want to tell him that I bailed!

I also need to get real with myself. I’m the worst at impulse decision-making, especially when it comes to food. I’ll have my whole menu for the week planned out, it will be super healthy and exactly what I need and then I’ll meet a friend and buy the biggest slice of cake I can get my mouth around. I know that’s not the worst thing, but it happens pretty much every time! What I really need to do is ask myself the right question, and answer it honestly. Is this what I need right now? And sometimes, yes, a big slice of cake could be exactly what I need, but more often than not I’m just eating it out of the habit of ‘treating myself’, and really a green tea would suffice.

Finally, I need to move! I used to walk three miles a day just getting to work and back, but now I spend the majority of my time at my computer and FAR too long on my bum. Realistically, I think I should be able to walk three miles a day, and I know I will feel better for it. I’ve got a Fitbit too, so that should help me keep on track.

I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted with how my fitness journey goes, and I’ll be sharing the tips and tricks I’ll (hopefully) be learning along the way!

Is health and fitness important to you? How do you keep yourself motivated? I’d love any tips you can share with me!

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8 Ways To Brighten Your Days


We all have great days, good days and not-so-much days. If you’re anything like me you can be having the best day and something will happen to turn it all around. You might not even notice what it is, but suddenly you’ve lost the skip in your step and you’d be happy to spend the rest of your life binge-watching Netflix in you comfiest clothes, demolishing tub after tub of cookie dough. And while I’m all for indulgence and super cosiness when you’re feeling down, sometimes you gotta do what’s good for you, and kick that bad mood in the butt.

I really believe that the simplest actions can have a huge impact on the way you feel, and just getting on and doing something positive can be the injection of good vibes that you need. So when you’re feeling a little blue, have a think about one of these easy ways to boost up your mood…

Pour yourself a cuppa
I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know if there’s any scientific fact around this, but it is practically proven that tea makes everything better. Well, not everything but it’s totally conventional to make someone a cup of tea when they’re feeling sad, even Sheldon knows that!

Take a hike
Get yourself outside and into the fresh air, let the great outdoors clear away your negativity and take a minute to appreciate the beauty of mother nature. Even if your don’t have rolling hills to climb, taking a minute to look at the bigger picture around you can help put things into perspective. Plus, walking is a great opportunity to take a little time to meditate on what’s troubling you.

Jump in the shower
I don’t know about you, but I always feel better after a good scrub! There’s something about just-washed hair and super soft skin that makes me feel ready for anything.

Put your phone down
Log out, switch off and forget about what everyone else is doing. I love social media, but when you’re feeling down it’s all too easy to get stuck in a cycle, comparing yourself to what everyone else is doing and enabling that mounting feeling of inferiority. Shut that shit down. Social media presents a filtered, rose tinted view that no one can live up to, and sometimes it’s better to just ditch it and focus on you.

Read your favourite book
Sometimes it’s best just to allow yourself to get lost in a familiar world that’s not your own. Curl up with your favourite book and get lost in the stories that you know you love.

Remember the good things
Grab a pen and paper and write a list of all of the things in your life that are good, the things that you’re grateful for. It might be the sun through the window or the love of your life, nothing is too big or small. Write it, read it and appreciate it.

Blast some tunes
I always find that my mood can be dictated by the music I’m listening to. Adele is my bae, but sometimes her songs can make me feel miserable, let’s be honest. When you’re feeling a little low, crank up the volume on some feel good beats. I’ve even got my feelgood playlist ready to go!

Call someone you love
You mother, brother or significant other, take the time to chat to someone who’s got your back. Voice your stresses and let them help you out. Plus, talking out loud is a really therapeutic thing to do.

So, next time you’re feeling a little blue, take a small step or two and see if you can lift your spirits and brighten your day!

What do you do when you’re feeling down? Have you got any tricks that help you bust a bad mood and get your day back on track?

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{ Recipe } Lucy Bee Pancakes: 3 Ways


For me, breakfast is the hardest meal of the day. It’s super easy to knock up a lunch or dinner that is, for the most part, healthy. Breakfast…not so much. I know that it’s ‘the most important meal of the day’, and what you eat first thing in the morning really does affect how you feel for the hours to follow, but sometimes it’s just easier to slather a bagel in Nutella and be done with it.

Lately I’ve been making a really concerted effort to improve my breakfast habits and give myself the start to the day that I know I really need. I still need something to inspire me to spend a little time in the kitchen first thing, so I’m not 100% super healthy yet, but I’m giving myself a much better shot than I’ve had before!

My latest go-to for a good breakfast that gives me the energy I need to get through to lunch is healthy pancakes. I love pancakes. Simple ones with a sprinkle of sugar, sweet treats with strawberries and Nutella, and even some stacked with bacon and maple syrup. But those aren’t good for me, and neither is the Be-Ro recipe I’ve used since I was a wee one to make them. I’ve had a long, hate-hate relationship with healthy pancake recipes, and I just couldn’t find one I could get on board with…until now.

I’m thanking my lucky stars for Lucy Bee and her take on healthy pancakes from her cookbook, Coconut Oil – Nature’s Perfect Ingredient. It’s a simple recipe that’s open to customisation, and fills me right up. Plus, they taste great!

To make the pancakes you will need…

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 40g oats (alternatively you can use quinoa flakes or buckwheat flour)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Lucy Bee coconut oil


Pop all of the ingredients, apart from the coconut oil, in a blender (I use my NutriBullet) and blend together until smooth.

Melt the coconut oil in a small frying pan, pour the mixture in batches to make small pancakes and fry for a couple of minutes on each side until cooked.

I told you it was simple!

Now it’s time to experiment with different toppings! Here are 3 of my favourites…

A handful of frozen raspberries and a drizzle of honey


A dollop of Nutella and a sprinkling of dessicated coconut


A spoonful of greek yoghurt, cinnamon fried apple and a handful of fruit and nut mix


What’s your favourite pancake topping? Do you have any ideas for a healthy breakfast you can share?

Thanks for reading, until next time!


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