Adventure awaits

Growing up we spent most of our days off at the Moors. We would go hiking, scrambling up rocks and trees and play in the streams for hours and have picnics with fondant fancies.  It was a huge part of my growing up!

My Grandpa was and still is incredibly adventurous and this is something that has rubbed of on us, he knows the moors like that back of his hand, where each trails goes and ends up, which hikes have the best views and most of all hundreds of tales to tell about them.

My brother and I decided it was time to get our boots on and do some of the challenge hikes our Gramps did over the years, so we have picked a few out and have started to prepare for them. After all we have a pretty good mentor!

Come spring we should be ready to start our adventures and I can't wait! Each weekend I will be heading out for a hike and hopefully, trek a further 2 miles each time.

Last weekend was my first "getting back out there walk, luckily I had my Target Dry Waterproof coat on because for 7 miles of the hike it was torrential rain! The jacket kept me super dry however my old hiking boots did not, time to retire them I think and invest in a new pair. This is all part of the fun, plus the views were so dramatic and eerie, perfect for October.

Saturdays walk was a bit more mellow as you can see from the photos, the weather was cool and crisp and thankfully dry. I currently have a pot of bean stew cooking away and we are just about to  head out for a mini hike to get in some extra miles (now my boots are finally dry)

feeling seasonal

Well autumn is in full swing, along with all my favourite traditions for this time of year. We have spent weekends taking walks in the crunchy leaves and foraging for blackberries to make some delicious cobbles with. My Grandparents have an amazing apple tree which has the sweetest fruit perfect for all those autumn recipes! Check out my blog post with laura ashley I'm sharing some of my wardrobe favourite staples for this time of year.

I can't actually believe we are in October already, how did this happen?  We welcomed in the 1st of October with a trip to the ruins of a 12th century castle. It was a place we would visit when I was a kid, we would tell spooky stories and run around playing hide and seek in between the doorways, spiral stairs and archers, it was a blast. What better way to welcome in the spooky season!?

What are your autumn traditions? 

Forever items


In the throw away culture we have rapidly embraced, nothing seems to hold any meaning anymore. We are quick to get rid and replace at the drop of a hat or because a current trend tells us to as it's no longer "in fashion" not only does that make us loose our own personal style it also plays havoc with the environment!

I feel like and believe if people only invested in things that truly filled them with joy they would be surrounded with pieces that they 100% love and want around them all the time, and then in turn they would only own things that would be a true representation of them and their personality.

Now I can hold my hands up, I have been guilty of falling into the occasional compulsive purchase from time to time because it was cheap or such a good deal, and as always it's not long before it's served its purpose or broke and I have let it go.  Some of my most treasured possessions are things that have been handed down from family and friends, those are the things that stand the test of time. Jewellery being one of them. This is also a perfect example of throw away culture.

So many places sell costume jewellery now which is filled with nasties our skin doesn't like, or faux gem stones created out of glass. Like many bohemian types, including me I'm sure you love crystals and gemstones, not only for their beautiful rainbow of colours but also there amazing properties. 

Let's get back to adorning ourselves with pieces that are so much more than "quite cute" and honestly it doesn't even have to break the bank now, you will have so much more than seasonal costume jewellery you will have something meaningful and sentimental and a true reflection of you.

Gemporia have an amazing campaign running called "Fake Nothing" they are on a mission to get people to adorn themselves in jewellery that is much more than a throw away fashion piece, they have an Aristotle quote saying "nature does nothing in vain"and let be honest who can argue with that?! 

Etsy love - Yoga edition #1


Thought I would share a few of my yoga Etsy finds with you. Etsy is probably the one place I have the largest wishlist for. While I was pulling a few of my favourites I unintentionally picked mostly blue hues, I'm putting that down to the fact we have just come home from a camping road trip to the beach! 

Let me know some of your favourite Etsy shops or finds, I'm always on the hunt for new ones.

Adventure awaits

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For me, Summer is the season of adventures and exploring, it's one of the things that I love the most about this time of year.  Now as much as I love England it's never really been known for it's amazing sunny summer days, I mean don't get me wrong when we do get them it's gorgeous and i couldn't be happier! but recently we have had more of our fair share of rainy overcast days. On days like this this is when my regular wave of wanderlust kicks in!

I have always been a bit of a daydreamer especially when it comes to places the world has to offer, but currently as our two kiddos are 6 and 2 we like to look for places that aren't to far a field, also there is so many beautiful places that are only a quick flight away like Tenerife in the Canary Islands, which has everything quiet secluded spots, beautiful beaches, mountains, hikes, party towns and even yoga retreats! 

When I was younger I had such a great time when I visited the island (it was for a girly holidays so admittedly I didn't get to see as much off the grid parts as I would if I went now) it has practically perfect weather all year round, which is always high on my "must have" list, sunny holiday destinations are more than likely to be my first choice.

Remembering back just one of the highlights from my trip was going on a yacht for whale and dolphin watching, it was incredible we got to see these beautiful creatures swimming around, it was one of the coolest things and I 100% would love my kids to experience seeing this.

Oh what I would do to be sitting on a pretty beach soaking up on some island life right now.Have you had the chance to visit the Canary Islands?

Tea with super powers

I'm pretty sure matcha is some sort of magical tea from above! however it's not, it's actually just green tea leaves from Japan, ground it to the most amazing green powder that kicks afternoon slumps in the bum. As the whole tea leaves are ground you get ALL nutrients, goodness and benefits.

When it comes to hot drinks I'm a tea girl all the way, I do enjoy coffee especially if it's iced but it does leave me feeling pretty jittery, so I limit my coffee intake and only have it occasionally. This is where matcha is my saviour!  One little scoop of this glowing green powder gets me right in the zone without any jitters, perfect.

I took part in the teapigs matcha challenge during may, it's where you have matcha everyday for 2 weeks in whichever way you like, be it; lattes, shots, smoothies or even added to food. It's actually incredibly versatile and really easy to add into your every day life, plus if the taste isn't something you dig it can be easily masked but you can still get all the amazing benefits.

When I took the challenge the first thing I noticed was the increase in my energy, and that was just on day one, plus I found it really helped me get stuff done especially on really hectic days. Some other benefits are helping with concentration, alertness, antioxidants, slow release energy, calorie burning and can help promote healthy skin! I'm certainly going to keep up with adding matcha into my daily routine and look forward to seeing more benefits over time. 

Do you use matcha? What's your favourite way to use it?

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WITH THESE HANDS- Launettes raw chocolate

If I could eat chocolate morning, noon and night I probably would, I love chocolate! I can't remember how I first came across Launettes instagram feed, but I'm so glad I did! She is a 70's loving Mama (she has adorable twin boys) radio DJ, health food enthusiast and a raw chocolatier. 

Getting hold of her chocolate is also quite fun, because she creates small handmade batches you have to be quick. Her chocolate sells out pretty fast, which is just another confirmation that this stuff is good!

I purchased a bar of her golden mylk chocolate, it's filled with amazing ingredients like coconut sugar, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon and so much more the flavour was incredible.  The other bar was her raspberry and acai, this had the most delicious zing to it, raspberry is one of my all time favourite flavours so this was a dream. You can check out her instagram here

I can't wait to see what new flavours and combination arise, one thing I do know is if they are anything like the two I have tried what a treat we're in for. Let me know if you get hold of one and what you think.

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