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Mani Monday – Disco Nails

I always feel good on Monday nights, like I’ve got the toughest day of the week out of the way. I did struggle to get up this morning but once I was in the shower, I felt back in my usual routine. I went to Pilates for the first time in a few weeks today and although I will ache tomorrow, it felt really good to stretch and move again. Next step, back to the gym!

I am currently having a good sort out of all my make-up and in my nail art box (yes, I have a box for this!) I rediscovered these jazzy nail wraps. They are from Avon in the design Check You Out.

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I like the fact that you can still see the nail underneath the wraps and the colours look great too. I’m not sure whether these are losing their effectiveness as they only stayed on for a few days this time but they still looked fab while they lasted. x

Latest Purchases #108 – Marble Phone Cases

Happy Sunday – I have spent today doing everything I can to avoid the back-to-work blues including a long walk in the country with Ian this morning, some baking with Mini Eggs this afternoon and a long bath with my favourite bath oil, face mask and a new book this evening. It’s kind of working but I’m still dreading my alarm going off tomorrow morning!

Just a short post this evening to share these beautiful marble phone cases that arrived this week. I upgraded to the new iPhone recently and needed some new cases. I love all things marble and couldn’t pick between these three designs. They are just thin, silicone cases and won’t last too long so I didn’t feel too guilty about buying a couple of them!

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I found these on ebay for a few quid each – I’m not one for spending a lot on phone cases as I do like to switch them up every month or so.

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Five Friday Favourites #7

Despite this week being a bit of a write-off, there were a few highlights:

BBC Dramas

Although I love Netflix and American TV series, I think we can sometimes forget just how flippin’ great our home grown dramas are! This week, Ian and I have watched ‘Moorside’ and ‘Apple Tree Yard’ both of which were gripping and contained brilliant casts. We have just started watched ‘The OA’ and although I am getting into it now, it is so stylised and quite slow-moving – give me a gritty British drama any day!

Hanjie

Quite a niche favourite but I love these Japanese picture puzzles. They do tap in to the whole mindfulness colouring book craze yet they actually make you think a bit too which is perfect for me.

Tea

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I don’t think I would have made it through this week without copious cups of the good stuff. For me, it has healing qualities.

The Versions of Us

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I finished reading this book earlier on in the week and really enjoyed it. It was actually my choice for my book club and was written in a really unique way. Funnily enough, it was the first book I’ve ever read on my Kindle that I wish I had in paperback as I had to keep flipping back to remind myself of certain details of the plot. I will do a proper book review soon.

The First Signs of Spring

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As I type this, I can see some little purple crocuses in the garden and I also have a bunch of bright yellow daffodils on the table. These little glimpses of spring make me really happy as I’ve just had enough of dark mornings, wet afternoons and grey skies!

 

Recipe – Easy Refried Beans

I’m back! I have spent the last 4 and a half days in bed with the most hideous bug, made even more hideous by the fact that this is my half term! I had much more exciting plans than lying in bed and on the sofa feeling dreadful, but never mind. I am feeling a bit better now and actually managed to get dressed today so I plan on just taking it easy for the rest of the week and weekend and writing this off as bad luck.

I thought I would post a simple recipe today to get back into the swing of blogging and this Mexican side dish is full of flavour, easy to make and about a million times better than the ready-made stuff you buy in a can!

Ingredients

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A good glug of olive oil

A large can of pinto beans, washed and drained

A small can of red kidney beans, washed and drained

1 large/ 2 small cloves of garlic, crushed

A teaspoon of smoked paprika

A teaspoon of cumin powder

Salt and pepper

A pinch of dried chilli flakes

A squeeze of lime

Some fresh coriander

How to make it

  • Begin by heating some oil in a large pan on a medium heat
  • Add the garlic and lightly fry for a minute or so

  • Add the beans, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and chilli flakes

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  • Smash up the beans with a wooden spoon as you stir

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  • Before serving, add a squeeze of lime and some fresh coriander

You can serve this as a side dish for fajitas or, like we did, with some pulled pork and cheese in a quesadilla…with guacamole and margaritas on the side of course! x

Five Friday Favourites #6

I have hardy posted anything on here recently as work has kind of taken over but I have finished for half term now so that should change. My friend Lucie is on her way to stay for the weekend, I’m over that horrible cold I had last week and it has actually just started snowing too so I’m hoping for a fun few days!

Bristol City

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I’m a big football fan and we had a great time watching Bristol City play (and win!) last weekend.

Giving Blood

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Whilst the actual process of giving blood is not that great, I reached a personal goal this week by not crying at the sight of a needle! I know that to many that sounds rather pathetic, but I have had a phobia of needles and injections for years and decided to start giving blood to try and get over it. This is my third time donating and I tried some calming techniques and they seemed to work as I didn’t shed a tear!

Fortitude

We have almost finished series 2 of this and while the actual storyline has gone a bit far-fetched the cinematography is stunning and is making me really want to visit Scandinavia again.

Homebrewing

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We made some cider this week. Granted, it was rather sickly and didn’t taste that alcoholic but fun nonetheless!

LaVanila Deodorant

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I am keen to stop using spray deodorants for a number of reasons and this roll-on is lovely. I try and pick one up whenever I am in a Sephora and this is a new ‘Sport Luxe’ version. I find it really kind on my skin and it smells wonderful too.

 

Mani Monday – Frozen Yogurt

I did a bit of a lucky dip in my stash of nail varnishes this week and picked out this lovely grey-purple shade. This is Frozen Yogurt my MUA and is really good for a budget nail brand.

I only needed two coats and it lasted for a good five days before the usual weekly wear and tear appeared.

As a sidenote, I have continued using the Rococo base coat and my nails are definitely feeling healthier.

Five Friday Favourites #5

I’m not in the best shape on this Friday night. I have pulled a muscle in my neck so can only turn it in one direction and I have also got the start of a cold which is making my nose and eyes stream alongside constant sneezing fits…not the best start to the weekend! Nevertheless, this weekly Friday post gives me a push to focus on the positives of the week.

New Leggings

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I have been trying to exercise regularly and one thing I love is a good printed pair of leggings. Ian treated me to these leopard print beauties this week and I gave them a trail run at Pilates this week.

Women of the Hour

I love these podcasts from Lena Dunham. I think they are clever, witty and cover a wide range of women’s issues. I am currently binge-listening to Series 2

Gallery Wall

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I have started a gallery wall in the kitchen. I want to fill it with colourful prints and add to it throughout the year every time I find something I love.

Spotlight

Ian and I watched this film last weekend and it was incredible. We missed it at the cinema and it feels like we have been waiting for it to come out for ages. It was worth the wait though and we both really enjoyed it. It was also set in Boston so it was lovely to see some of the places we had visited!

Winter Walks

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As much as I love staying in under a blanket when it’s cold outside, last weekend we wrapped up and headed out. It was a crisp, sunny day and surprisingly refreshing.