January Goals

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Blogging & media

Over the Christmas period it was madness with the run up to Christmas and I didn’t keep as consistent with my two blogs a week. Now that the crazy time of the year is over I want to get back to normal. I want to keep my blog consistent with two blogs a week and create quality content. I also want to try to do more food blogging as I feel it has been lacking a little on my blog lately. In regards to media I would like to hit 550 followers on Twitter & continue to grow my followers on my blog as much as possible. I also want to try my best to be more organised with my future blogs and have a few drafts ready to be edited and posted.

Learning to drive 🚗

December 2018 I started the dreaded driving lessons! I am now 25 years old, in Ireland you can get your driving license at 17 after studying and sitting your theory test. After you have your license, by law you have to take 12 driving lessons with a driving instructor (which are not cheap by the way 🤑) and learn how to drive safely & correctly. I have been putting these lessons off for many years as you can probably tell but December 2018 I stared them. It has not been easy to learned to drive for me because I was really nervous like most people starting out. Today I have completed lesson 5 out of 12 lessons and feel I am definitely making progress in the right direction. By the end of January I will be at the half way point of the lessons and hopefully continuing to make good progress.

Create new recipes 🌶

Creating new recipes is something I do now and again as the seasons change so I can eat more in seasoned fruit & veg. I want to create a couple new savoury dishes that I like this month. I love food and being healthy, I want to always enjoy my meals so being creative and trying new things keeps me loving my diet & staying on track. I love cooking & being in the kitchen, creating new, quick,and fresh meals is something I always make time to do at the weekend. I also want to try new foods that I would not normally eat. This can inspire new meals for me & be something fun to do on Saturday. 

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12 Days beauty set – Review

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For Christmas this year I wanted to treat myself in the mists of shopping for everyone else! From Holland and Barrett’s I got myself the 12 days beauty set pictured above. It was €40.00 at the original price then it went down to €20.00 finally just before Christmas it dropped down to €17.00 which is such a deal for this beauty set that comes with all your beauty needs from face scrubs to essential oil to shampoo. I’m going to take you through all of the products in the box & review all 12 of them. Excitement!

Dr. Organic Cream

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I have been using Dr, Organic products from nearly a year now & I love all of the products creams, oils, shampoos, conditioners, shower gels & even tan. The main reason I love this brand is because of the environmental friendly ingredients. All of Dr. Organic products are all certified & SLS, SLES & micro-bead free. Also they do not test any of their products on animals which is just a no brainer for me. This cream that comes in the 12 days set is really moisturizer & hydration on the skin. My skin is naturally a bit on the dry side, so I love this as a day cream under my make-up. I would usually recommend using an aloe vera cream during summer to hydrate the skin after sun exposure.

Burt’s bees lip balm – Ginger

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This one was a pleasant surprise. I really like the smell of this lip balm, it is like Christmas & it is really moisturizer also. It is handbag size, I love this because I always carry a lip balm with me all year around. (This prevents sore chapped lips)

Faith in nature soap – orange

I also would highly recommend this soap as it is made from all natural ingredients. I have only ever tried the orange soap but it smells so fresh! I have this soap in my bath room & use it everyday.

Weleda skin food 

I have used this cream for the dry skin on my hands and it is amazing! It is a thicker cream then any other body lotion I have used & it smells so good. The skin food can be used all other the body and is more so for dry rough skin but can be used on all skin types.

E’lifexir natural beauty – Fitness

This cream range comes for different aliments for example anti-stretch marks, breast push up, the one pictured above fitness. The fitness cream is intended to be used by those who exercise & work out that would like to shape, define & tone their skin. This cream is more creamy and takes a few minutes to dry in, intended to be used day & night for best results. I must admit my skin does look a lot more toned after a few times of use.

Salt of the earth – Melon & cucumber

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This deodorant is one of my favs of the entire set. It is Vegan & vegetarian approved and all of the ingredients are 100% natural. It is a spray on deodorant which I was a bit skeptical about using but I must say it is better then leading brands & it will now be a product I use in my daily routine from now on. The spray comes in a range of different sense for men & woman which all smell so refreshing.

PURE Papayacare – lips

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This lip balm feels so nice on, it smells a bit like coconut if you like that kind of smell, because I do! PURE products are 100% natural and made in Australia. Again, this lip balm is reallhy handy for popping in your hand bag.

Eucalyptus essential oil

This was another pleasent surprise in the beauty calander, I have a difusser with a number of different essential oils such as frankincense, lavander & camaoile. Essential oils have a number of different benifits for helping with different aliments such as stress, restlessness & sickness. If you don’t have a difusser a candle burner would work just as well.

How to use essential oils

Candle burner – place a tea candle in the burner, then add some water & a few drops of the essential oil you desire.

Difussers – I make sure mine is unplugged. Fill with fresh water add a few drops of my essential oil and put the difusser back together & turn on. I will change the oils & water every week or two.

Beauty kitchen – Shampoo

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By the Beauty Kitchen which I love. This shampoo smells nice & left my hair refreshed & hydrated. I really liked this shampoo & would recommend.

Naturtint – colour fixing protective conditioner

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Personally I don’t colour my hair, but I still used this protective conditioner on my hair. It is really hydrating & moisturizing to the hair & scalp. My hair is really dry & frizzy naturally, so I did notice that the conditioner leaves your hair feeling like silk.

If you are someone who dyes their hair, have you tried the Naturtint home kit hair dye? They are so amazing my mam uses it on her hair & said she absolutely loves it!

Andalou – 1000 roses body lotion

I wouldn’t be a huge rose scent fan, this body lotion however is really good. Still not a huge lover of the smell but the lotion itself applies really well to the skin, leaving it looking hydrated and full of moisture. That is all I would look for in a body lotion so it’s a win – win for me. I like this brand of course because it is 99% nature derived, No GMO, Gluten and animal tested free & vegan approved.

Sukin – foaming facial cleanser

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I loved the texture of this facial cleanser. It left my face feeling clean, cleansed & really soft. It comes out in a clear liquid, I dampen my face with water & with a circle motion face sponge I cleanse my face.

Thank you so much for reading. This was a fun blog to do & you should go treat yourself to something nice. Pamper yourself for 2019!

Goodbye 2018 – Hello 2019 🌟

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2018 has been a crazy year for me! A lot of new things happened from moving out, to getting a puppy & bank loans. Myself & my boyfriend have taken some risks this year some paid off some not so much but we have learned so much this year! I can’t believe it is actually the last day of 2018. We are currently in a hotel with our dog as it is myself & Craig’s 3 year anniversary.

I love setting new year goals for myself, no so much resolutions & not a new year new me either. I like to set goals to improve myself & my life each year. So without wasting any time here I go. 💫

Career & studies

So in 2018 I changed my career path from office administrator, going for job to job I hated. Now I work in the health & fitness industry which I absolutely love! It was hard to leave my job & start a fresh but it was so worth it. I am now AP qualified with my job. For 2019 my first goals is to get a higher qualification to APA. I also want to do a course in nutrition early next year.

Blog & media

August 2018 is when I started putting my blog together, it was something I have wanted to do for a while. I have gain some experience over the years with loosing weight, my fitness & over health & well-being so I wanted to share this with others. I have gained a lot of followers in the few months I have been blogging and want to continue to share the positivity. My goal for 2019 is to continue to blog twice a week & glow my media following. I also want to tweet more & interact with the amazing blogging community – it really is the best! 🌟

Health & fitness

In 2018 I have lost around 10kg and would like to keep going in 2019 to lose another 10kg. Not for anyone else but myself to feel comfortable in myself & really embrace my health & fitness journey to its full potential. In 2018 I have created the good habits & done a lot of leg work 2019 is going to me implementing & pushing myself.  🏋‍♀

Planning for the future

I need to sit down with my partner and start making some plans for our future. 2018 was a big year with getting loans & moving out of our family homes, only to realise we wanted to move back home to enjoy our money! Sounds insane I know but it was one of the biggest lessons we learnt this year. Next year we want to get a bigger car, save a lot of money & I want to have my loan paid fully off. 💰

So, that wraps up 2018 for me, I hope you all have an amazing New Years. I will be spending it with my other half & our dog, watching YOU & eating!

See you all in 2019! 🤗

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How to stay eating healthy over the Christmas ❄

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I know I am really late with post, I had planned on posting it a week before Christmas but the week just ran away from me between last minute shopping & work it’s been crazy! However, let me begin. Over the Christmas season I have always struggled to stay eating healthy. It is the season to fill yourself full of food & drink after all, from the selection boxes to tins of celebration. If you are trying to stay on track & not over indulge too much I have a few tips. 🤫

Dietary requirements

Having a dietary requirement or eating healthy shouldn’t stop you enjoying the Christmas period. If you are vegan or vegetarian, gluten intolerant, celiac or even just trying to stay eating healthy at Christmas there are easy ways around the Christmas time. There are a number of healthy food stores around these days such as Holland and Barrett, The Health store & Nourish that have healthy alternatives for all your Christmas cooking & baking. Every year like most I get an advent calendar. I usually get a Cadbury advent calendar but this year I opted for a Vegan SoFree advent calendar. This calendar is gluten-free & dairy free. I bought this calendar for €3.50 from Holland and Barrett’s. It was my healthy alternative to an advent calendar & it was also around the same price as my usual advent calendar. This way I kept my little tradition & still enjoyed chocolate guilt free.

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Christmas Dinner 🍽

This is the main meal most people build up to. I do love a good Sunday roast dinner whether I am on my healthy diet or not. For some people, because they have dietary requirements this can be a dreaded nightmare sitting down to a meal you cannot enjoy. My advice is plan ahead if you are cooking the dinner or going to a friend or families house for the meal make sure you either shop for the correct ingredients or let the cook know your requirements. Don’t feel like you are putting the cook out. They will already have 101 things to cook & prepare and they will want everyone to eat & enjoy the meal! Personally I stay in my own home with my parents & my other half so I will have imput into how I prefer my meal prepare. In saying this I still have to plan ahead & shop for my personal preferences. At the end of the day I do want to enjoy my meal. Most years I have told myself I can eat what I want and start a fresh in the new year but I do find this is not a great way for me to feel healthy, which can make after Christmas hard to detox. I prefer to eat well over the Christmas season & head into the new year feeling refreshed & healthy. One table condiment I feel is a must over any is Pink Himalayan salt. This salt used in moderation has the minerals your body needs from salt. I use this in my cooking all year round & it’s amazing!

Sweet Treats 🍬

Most people like to indulge at Christmas from the large Christmas dinner to the selection boxes to wine 🍷. Personally I love the chocolate & red wine. This year I have made a conscious effort to eat healthier chocolate. In advance I know I will be indulging so I planned ahead by getting different chocolates from Holland and Barrett’s. My favourites are Booja Booja Hazelnut truffles which are amazing! (I got 2 boxes & ate a box in one sitting 🤦‍♀) I also got these Tiffins pictured below by Lazyday Foods which also taster fab. Both chocolates are Vegan, gluten & dairy free which is easy on the digestive system.

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I hope your festive season was filled with joy, laughter & love. 🎄

Benefits of charcoal

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This year I’ve noticed charcoal beauty products popping up all over the beauty industry. Charcoal coming in all sorts of forms from shampoos & conditioners to face masks & scrubs. Most people are using charcoal for whitening their teeth in toothpaste, charcoal powders & as a mouthwash. In this blog I have a few hacks & tips for charcoal capsules that will save you money. I use activated charcoal capsules for face masks, teeth whitening and even stomach discomfort. The charcoal capsules I got are suitable for vegans & are only €7.99 from Holland and Barrett. (Online link below)

Face mask

My first tip for the charcoal capsules is to make a simple face mask. I combine half an avocado with honey and 1 to 2 capsules of the charcoal powder. The avocado is full of fatty acids which are really hydrating & moisturizing for the skin. I get the powder from the capsule by cutting the capsule in half. By cutting closer to the top of the capsule it means you won’t lose any charcoal powder. After combining the avocado, honey and charcoal powder together I rub this onto my face or you can use a clean brush. Leave for 10 minutes like a normal face mask and wash off. The charcoal powder is great for detoxing your skin & fighting any bacteria.

Teeth whitening

This is the popular one, naturally whitening your teeth with charcoal powder. I simply put toothpaste on the brush, cut the top of my capsule and spread it over my toothpaste. TIP: sprinkle the powder on your toothpaste over the skin as it can get messy! Then just brush your teeth as normal.

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Stomach discomfort

Charcoal capsules are used by people with stomach discomfort such as bloating, stomach pains & intestinal gas. These aliments come from foods and bad bacteria in the stomach & gut. Activated charcoal can help carry this bad bacteria from the stomach & gut. Helping you feel cleansed & back to normal.

Charcoal capsules 100 for vegans – https://www.hollandandbarrett.ie/shop/product/holland-barrett-activated-charcoal-capsules-260mg-60018937

 

Skin care – night routine

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The older I get the more time & care I’m putting into my skin care routine. In today’s blog I wanted to go through my night-time routine, the products I use and when. For me night-time skin care is just as important as morning time if not more important. Your skin needs to breathe at night time and repair. I like to change my skin care products around a lot & try new things. My basics stay the same, I always use make-up wipes, a good cleanser or face scrub & cream for hydrating my skin. Not intentionally but most of the products I use in my night-time routine are by the brand Dr. Organic but I can confess they are great products. Dr. Organic products are against animal testing & are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Step 1.

After wiping all of my make-up off and washing my face with cold water and a clean face cloth, I then like to use my tea tree foam face wash from Boots. I use a small exfoliating face sponge with 2-3 squirts of the tea tree foam. I use a circular motion to clean my face, then wash off and softly dry my face. The tea tree is really antiseptic, so if there are any spots or my pores are clogged this will help keep my skin fresh, clean and kill any spots attempting to show up. The face scrub is by Dr. Organic and feels so fresh & clean on your skin.

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Step 2.

I use my Dr. Organic face cream to rub onto my face, after washing & cleansing. This cream is made with Aloe Vera which is really soothing to the skin. If you had any spots coming up or just about to go, time in the sun or just to keep your skin hydrated & smooth this cream is amazing to your skin. I love how hydrating this cream feels on my face and leaves my skin really soft. This cream comes in a range to suit all skins types Manuka, Shea butter & Hemp face cream, which all can be used under your make-up.

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Step 3.

Earlier this year I changed my toothpaste to Dr. Organic and I absolutely love the brand the toothpaste is made from natural ingredients and is also a really good quality toothpaste. The brand comes is different flavours for different aliments tea tree, pomegranate, aloe vera & pictured charcoal. I have tried all and love them all, each few weeks I switch between flavors. I brush my teeth with this toothpaste morning & night. I also use  mouthwash & floss to keep my teeth & gums healthy.

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Step 4.

Depending on what condition my skin is in, if I’ve had a break out I will use my Beauty Kitchen night halo mask. I use this mask once or twice a week again depending on my skin, if I’m breaking out or I need to detox my skin. As I mention in my Beauty Kitchen blog this mask will detox and nourishes your skin while you sleep which I L O V E! The wonder balm as seen in the picture below is also great for chapped or dry lips. I use this citrus balm every night before I go to sleep to keep my lips hydrated.

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I genuinely love every product uses in my night-time routine & would recommend to any one looking for organic, raw products. I will leave links below.

Happy night timing. 💤

Face scrub – https://drorganic.co.uk/products/coffee-mint-face-scrub

Tea tree foam scrub – https://www.boots.ie/boots-tea-tree-and-witch-hazel-foaming-face-wash-150ml-10125605

Toothpaste – https://www.hollandandbarrett.ie/search?query=Dr+organic+toothpaste&isSearch=true

Aloe Vera cream – https://www.hollandandbarrett.ie/shop/product/dr-organic-aloe-vera-concentrated-cream-60083610?skuid=083610

Beauty kitchen – https://www.hollandandbarrett.ie/shop/product/beauty-kitchen-abyssinian-oil-night-halo-potent-sleep-mask-60011329

December preparations

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December is a time when most people start their Christmas to do’s such as putting up the Christmas decorations, ordering the turkey & Christmas shopping. I myself have a few things that I do in December. I like to start my Christmas shopping early in November so I don’t really have much left to get come December. There are some things I like to do in December; Christmas baking, watching Christmas films & giving to those in need.

1. Decorating our house

Every year around the start of December we put our Christmas trees up, usually we put two Christmas trees in our sitting/dinning room. The sitting room also gets decorated with lights and ornaments around our fire-place with Christmas stockings hanging above the fire. Outside the house we put lights in the garden, which look so nice on your way up to the house.

2. Giving to those in need 

Christmas time is not necessarily always a happy, magical time of the year for everyone. People really struggle with a lot of the elements that come along with Christmas, be it the financial side or a family member not being present. I think this is so important to bare this in mind & try if you can give to those in need at Christmas time & all year around if and where I can. Every year, I give to the homeless charity in Dublin. This organization is something I feel really strongly about because no body should be sleeping on our streets. The appeal I give to is for the Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH). You create a box with some essentials in it for homless people such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hats, scarfs & gloves. (See picture below) This box then gets dropped into the city centre & given out to the people in need. I think this is such a great idea. I always like to help people & make a difference at Christmas wish there was more I could do because nobody should sleep on a cold wet street ever.

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3. Christmas baking

In December I love to start Christmas baking & perfecting recipes. I’m not a huge fan of Christmas cake or puddings. I like to baking simple healthy gingerbread men & cookies which are healthy and everyone in the house enjoys eating them. (I will link a copy of the recipe I like to use in the coming weeks) After I have made a batch of fresh gingerbread I like to put them in a small Christmas tin and eat away at them. The smells from Christmas baking fills the house & atmosphere making it even more Christmasy. 🤶

4. Christmas films

I know this is a popular one for most people doing Blogmas but I couldn’t help myself I love all the Christmas films. 🎥 I just love putting on my Christmas pajamas, drinking hot chocolate & watching The Grinch on Christmas Eve it’s my own little tradition. My top 5 Christmas films are:🎬

  1. The Grinch
  2. Home Alone 1 + 2
  3. Elf
  4. The nightmare before Christmas

The Grinch with Jim Carrey will always rank no. 1 for me I just think it’s perfect, how well made it is. (I know every word of the film) 🤣

This weekend get yourself Christmas films & hot chocolate and just enjoy. 

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December Goals 🔔

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Blog & media

November has been my best month with my blog so far! Thank you all so much, I can’t believe I have out done myself by getting to 300 followers on Twitter! I appreciate each and every follower. My blog has received so much amazing feed back which makes all the time spent blogging & editing work it. So, part of my November goals was to reach 200 followers on Twitter🐦. I’m setting my Twitter goal at 450 followers by the end of December. No harm in being ambitious. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @SharpeZoe. I tweet about all sorts of things from health & fitness tips & facts to discounts off proteins to cute pictures of my dog which is my baby 🐕. I also plan on continuing to grow my blog through Twitter & WordPress. I’m going to be concentrating on my blog a lot next year, trying to get my blog to the next level with a few ideas I have in mind. 💻

Fitness

Similar to November’s goals I want to continue to do 3-4 workouts a week & exercise as much as I can with extra power walks. In my last blog on “Tips for staying motivated with your fitness” I talked about an app called Weburn, I have recently changed to a premium account which comes with so many more workouts. So with that I am really looking forward to changing up my works & pushing myself a little more. 🏋‍

Driving lessons

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This week I finally booked my driving lessons. If you’re not familiar with why I have to do lessons, let me bring you up to scratch. Here in Ireland by law anyone starting out driving or hasn’t passed their full driving test by 2011 has to do 12 driving lessons with a professional driving instructor with a driving school. 🚗 After putting these lessons off for so long I finally got them booked and paid for this week. I start my first lesson on Tuesday coming! Wish me & all others involved luck!!

2019 goals 🌟

At the end of each year or early January, whenever I get a chance after the crazy hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I like to sit down & make a list of goals & objectives I would like to achieve for the coming year. These goals are more long-term or goals which help me work towards bigger goals. 🙌

By making these lists of goals, it gives me a clear perspective of where I want to go & what I’m looking to achieve. I like to have goals short and long-term to work towards. This year I wanted to;

  • Achieve a qualification in health & fitness ✔
  • Push myself with my fitness & exercise ✔
  • Move out ✔

Create a life that I enjoy was my main over all goal for 2018 & I can genuinely say I have achieved it. I really enjoy my day-to-day life which is so important to me.

Thanks for reading.

Tips for staying motivated with your fitness

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Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is not always easy to do, you have a bad day eating doing no exercise or a bad week and you feel awful! Or you just simply don’t have that motivation within you to get up and go. My love of health & fitness is not for getting to a certain body type or to follow the crowd, I just hand on heart love looking after my body with wholesome foods, supplement & exercise. However, like everybody else I have days I’m not on point & lose motivation. So in this blog I’ve got a few useful tips for helping you to stay on track with your fitness journey and let you know it’s perfectly fine to have an off week it’s normal, it’s not the end of the world. 🌏

Workout clothing

All of these tips are tricks I have learned through trial & error over my fitness journey. My first tip is to buy sports clothes & leggings that are comfortable and allow you to move and stretch without having to keep fixing yourself every 5 minutes. When I started out getting into my fitness, I didn’t have a lot of “gym” clothes so to speak. So I started buying a few items here and there. I don’t recommend going out and spending €300 on fitness clothes by any means! 🤣 I started small by purchasing one pair of leggings at a time. I love the brand Pink Soda they have a great range of woman’s fitness clothing. They are comfortable & are lovely on. (Link below) Since last November 2017 I have built up my fitness clothes bit by bit from leggings & tops to sports bras & runners. All being comfortable and practical. Confession ✋, I do wear my fitness clothes doing my grocery shopping & running errands so some items are now a bit more sport lux. Do start small with one purchase a month or save for a while and treat yourself, you will enjoy wearing comfortable fitness clothing and this will be one less thing to demotivate you, I found if I didn’t have the correct clothes for working out it didn’t feel right.

Pre workout 

This one is very new to me, I have knowledge from work on what makes a good pre workout but I usually never used them. Recently, I have started using a brand call Optimum Nutrition which comes in a range over different flavors such as apple, watermelon, pineapple & pink lemonade. (Link below) They have a good hit of caffeine 175g per serving from natural sources & made from premium ingredients which make it a high standard of pre workout. I really look forward using this pre workout because it tastes amazing & also gives me nice steady energy boost for working out in the morning. 🏋‍

Another tip when it comes to staying motivated with your fitness is a good protein shake for lunch. This year I started using a brand called The Slender Blend which is just absolutely, I love the taste of it & it’s so smooth (link below). I use the banana flavor protein. 🍌 For the shake I blend together;

  • 200ml of water
  • 200ml of slim milk (you can use any milk preferred)
  • 1 whole banana
  • Ice
  • 4 scoops of the slender blend powder

I mainly use this protein as a meal replacement and to help my body recovery after workouts. It taste so G O O D & it is full of vitamins & minerals your body needs on a daily basis!

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Apps

This last tip I feel is the most important tip for keeping myself motivated. I use 3 different apps on my phone as reminders & trackers. I have trialed a lot of different fitness apps over the years but these 3 are my top 3 for staying on track.

Walking tracker I use the Hauwei Health on at the moment but there is also one on Fitbit. The walking tracker let’s me know how many calories I’m burning & how far a distance I’ve walk within that day. I add this information to my Fitbit daily.

My next app is Fitbit, I don’t have a watch I just use the app because of how beneficial it is to me on a daily basis. It has a dash for tracking my exercise that day & adding to that week. It tells me how many steps of done that day. It has a dash for tracking how much water I’ve drunk that day (see below) and you can count your calories. Also it has a dash for tracking your goals & where you are now.

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The last app and I feel the most important one. This app is called Weburn, I came across this one about a year ago & I absolutely L O V E it! It’s a HIIT workout app it has 4 different levels, so if you are just starting out with your fitness journey or just looking to change your workout routine this app is perfect. I use level 4 on Bikini body and Body shaping both slightly different I love them (as seen below). The app is really easy to use & designed with woman in mind. There are also a count down to every 5 seconds before the exercise starts & before it ends to help you (as seen below). I use this app 4 times a week & I can honestly say I enjoy using it every time, I would definitely recommend giving it a go.

As you can see on the app there are 4 levels of workouts for beginners to more advance levels. This screen will also let you know how long each exercise will last & how long the duration of the resting period is.

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This is the screen after you have finished your work out, which is really exciting. It will let you know from doing that particular workout how many calories you have burned. This app is also great for beginners because it has videos on each workout, showing you how to do each of the exercises. This really helps me stay focused, you feel like you have a workout buddy. 🏋‍

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Links 

Pink Soda

https://m.jdsports.ie/search/pink+soda/

Pre workout

https://bodyfirst.ie/product/on-gold-standard-pre-workout-330g/

The Slender Blend 400g

https://www.proteinworld.com/the-slender-blend.html

Apps – Play store

Weburn – http://go.joinweburn.com/workouts

Fitbit – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitbit.FitbitMobile

Huawei Health – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.huawei.health

Tips for Christmas shopping 🎄

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So it’s that time of the year again! Christmas. The ridiculously long queues in shops, the frustration of no parking spaces & the hustle and bustle of people running around like headless chickens.🐤 For those of you who celebrate the holiday season, you know how intense it can be. Most of us leave it to the last-minute to shop, or mid December is upon you before you know it. Creating the stress of shopping and standing in shops packed full of people looking for gifts for their loved one. 🎁 In my house we all love the holiday season, we buy a few gifts for each other. We don’t do a Chris Kindle or anything like that, even thought that would be a lot easier. Today’s blog I have a few tips & tricks I use for getting my Christmas shopping done stress free.

Lists

So firstly I always make lists of who I have to buy for and ideas of what to get people. By making a list of who I have to buy for I feel a lot less stressed & overwhelmed. I write down ideas I could get each person or if they have requested something in particular, this can alter a few times. Making lists are a great way to be organized, in saying this implementing them is the harder thing. I always take a picture of my lists on my phone so I stay on track of what I went out for. I have 3 different note pads A5 size at home for my list making. One for work schedules, appointments & meetings. Another small note pad for blogging ideas and brainstorming. Finally I have another note pad for weekly goals & food lists. I find this tip one of the most important if you don’t want to spend too much money on random gifts.

Be resourceful

Weeks before I go out Christmas shopping I like to do some window shopping online. Get ideas of prices & where I can get different presents that I am looking for. After I know what I will be shopping for I can start selecting the areas in which I will get most ticked off my shopping list. ✔

I find it can be extremely difficult going shopping for gifts if you have no idea where to start. By doing a lot of the leg work on gift ideas I have a clearer mind-set when I hit the shops.

Budget

If you want to be wise with your spending, I would recommend budgeting what you want to spend. If you have a list of people you have to buy for and an idea of what you are looking for you can close in on a budget of what you might be expecting to spend on each person or as an over all. This way the Christmas shopping won’t leave you broke come December/January. I personally get paid monthly so if I was to blow all of my monthly wage in December, leaving all of my Christmas shopping until then I would be in a very bad position.

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Start early

I know this seems really obvious but for me it is so effective. I have been gathering a few small gifts for my family & my partners family since the start of November, I can’t explain how much stress this has taken off us. Also yesterday the 23rd of November was The Black Friday sales event here in Ireland which runs for the weekend. (I know most countries have this event) So I planned to make time to pick up some gifts on this day. On these sale events you can get some larger more expensive presents such as;

  • Television
  • Audio sets
  • Electrics
  • Kitchen equipment i.e blenders, kettles & toasters
  • Perfumes
  • 3 for 2 on beauty

The list goes on & on. One thing I’ve learned from these big sale events is; not everything you go looking for will be on them. So a tip I would recommend is check the website that morning, if your item is not on it there will be a similar one on the sale. Go with that to save yourself some cash. 💶

My last piece of practical advice is to refrain from getting sucked into brilliant marketing, advertising & the whole Christmas spend spend spend trend that emerges every year! Be wise & practical.