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Lovely Update of Life Recently

Sometimes I don’t think I take care of myself as well as I need to. Or the ways I think I am taking care of myself aren’t really what I need, but rather done out of habit and ease.

I’ve been following a few lifestyle blogs recently and realised what I love about them is basically they are all about taking care of yourself in the ways that matter to you. They are sometimes about fitness and weight, but most of the time are about what I am striving for – having daily adventures and enjoying life.

I’ve let myself get wound up in recent months and thrown off in a direction I don’t want to continue in. I’m not u-turning and heading backwards to start again, rather re-directing my path to take another course and see what comes my way.

So here is a roundup of some of the things I have been enjoying in life over the last few months.


I signed up for Laura’s email series #Askthequestion back in March and loved every week it came into my inbox. It made me leave my desk at work and head out for a coffee and a bit of internal soul searching. I love Laura’s blog too and she has just published an e-book – The Book of Brave – that I devoured in a couple of nights. Laura’s writing makes me laugh, think, cry, and want to push myself beyond the boundaries I have put in place. She is honest and says it as she sees it. She is my girl crush.

Coffee Run


I’ve been a bit rubbish with keeping stocked up and trying new coffee beans and roasters since I stopped my subscription last year and went to the London Coffee Festival back in March. So last weekend I made a coffee run to Cirencester (about 15 miles away) to go to Rave Coffee and get some new beans to try. I’m currently on the Fudge Blend, which is a lovely smooth blend, perfect for any time of day. I had a lovely hour out and chatted to one of the team about cold brew and different grinders while enjoying a flat white, which is my indulgence coffee of choice. It was fun to do and I appreciated that solo trip just for coffee; it reminded me of why I love doing that.

Rearranging my workspace


I’ve found my home space has felt a little cluttered and got to the point I was doing everything from the sofa, which was not constructive for me. Also I had turned my space room/office space into a cat room, which was also just a bit silly seeing as they follow me around the house anyway! So I sorted out and tidied up and was left with a space I can keep my laptop, journal, and filing in a usable space. It’s not exactly what I want, but with only using what I already have it is so much better than it was. It is currently where I am writing this post from!

A flyby visit to Plymouth 


I was down in Cornwall for work and managed to arrange some time to catch up with my friend Ingrid. We caught in a Starbucks and then wandered to find food and jumped at Yo! Sushi, especially as they were offering their special apple gyoza and sesame ice cream cone yumness in the photo above. Ingrid and I share a love of food and geekness without any judgement and I wish we lived closer so we could have that all the time. It was great to stop by and reminded I love her so much and we need to get together more often for our health obviously!

Black Forest Tea

I stocked up on some new tea when I was down in Brighton back in April with the girls for the Brighton Marathon weekend. They had this as their new tea and I only recently got round to opening it and I love it so much! It’s cherry flavour mainly with black tea, which makes it sweet, but not overly so and is great when I come in from work and feeling hungry, but I’m not really.

Lastly, but by no means least,

Kitty Love







My cats are so much fun and I think are coming round to the ideas of cuddles, although I think Pippin draws the line at selfies. They have gradually gotten more affectionate and play with me without using claws more often than not now. They are super spoilt though and below is their latest gift – Poopy Cat Blocks – I plan on switching the their litter boxes once they offer a multi-cat subscription as I think it will make life much easier and the litter boxes themselves look a lot nicer than the plastic ones I have.


Taking care of ourselves is about the little things we do. Those build up to make something much bigger and make life much more enjoyable. For me the important thing is to make sure I appreciate the smaller things and make them happen while I am waiting for something bigger to arrive.

Adventures in Tea… teapigs everyday brew taste test challenge

I spent March switching from my normal everyday tea to the teapigs everyday brew.

This is a great full leaf tea in a teabag. I love watching the leaves unfurl as I wait for it to brew and fill the teabag with the soaked leaves. It doesn’t get the powder at the bottom of the mug like other teabags and it tastes so much better. It is more subtle than ground up tea, but that means you don’t get the aftertaste that other teas can leave behind.

I would definitely switch to this all the time if it wasn’t for the cost compared to what you can get on offer at the supermarket. I know it’s not the same and no where near as good, but £9.95 for 50 teabags compared to as little as £1 for 80 is hard to justify when you are trying to spend carefully. Also I get free tea in work and make the most of this during the week. I worked out I would need two boxes of 50 to cover my tea drinking currently. I found I didn’t reduce the amount of mugs of tea I consumed as I thought I might. I like to drink a lot of tea during the day and do so instead of water most of the time. This could get costly.

My plan is to take advantage of the repeat delivery that teapigs offers which gives you a discount on every 3rd order. I will also keep this tea for at home and make sure of the work supply while at the office as this will be more economical and sustainable than trying to switch completely. I will also add the peppermint tea and matcha tea to my order as I also use these a lot as well.

Please note this tea and mug was sent to me for free by teapigs to take part in this challenge. All views are my own and I do not receive further advantages by taking part. I’ve bought teapigs several times in the past and love the tea and brand and will continue to buy the products myself in the future.

Adventures in Tea… teapigs everyday brew taste test

A tea filled March is ahead and I love it already.

teapigs kindly sent me over some everyday brew and an everyday brew themed mug to take part in their everyday brew campaign real tea taste test. I am switching my normal tea (usually whatever is offer at the time I need to stock up) and having the everyday brew instead for two weeks!


I started yesterday on the 1st and I already love it!

The tea is very different from the standard tea bags you get. It proper full leaf tea, not some semi powdered stuff and you taste the difference. This does mean it comes with a slightly higher price tag. I’ve always saved teapigs as a treat tea and have it every so often, rather than all the time and this is all to do with cost. However I am willing to experiment and see if quality can win out quantity. I hope that I can switch to having less cups of much better tea it will make it balance out and be economical for me to continue with after the campaign.

I have already noticed a difference. The tea is much less dusty and tastes lovely through the whole cup, with none of the bitter residue the tea I’ve been drinking leaves behind. Someone also made me a cup of tea at work using the normal bags we get supplied and I it was a completely different taste! The one we get in work I’ve always thought was quite good, but when you taste it pretty much side by side you notice the difference straight away. It’s quite eye opening!

So for the next two weeks follow me here, on twitterInstagram, and Tumblr to see how I get on switching my everyday tea to everyday brew!


#matchachallenge Review

I’ve now completed two weeks of the the #matchachallenge! I’m currently skiing so this post is coming from my mobile, so it won’t be pretty. I’m going to carry on using matcha like the challenge for the whole month, but wanted to share the two week challenge update with you first.

I have rally enjoyed that #matchachallenge these last two weeks and have definitely noticed an energy boost in the hours after I have had my shot or drink. I’m still noticing while I’m skiing as suffering with not not sleeping well at the moment. To me it is less of a buzz like you would get with coffee and more of a prolonged boost of concentration and motivation. This is what I needed and wanted so am really pleased. This was what I was aimed my for in the two weeks. I will have a look at the weight loss benefits over a longer period of time too

I tried the matcha in a number of forms. The shot is by far the quickest, but I found it can also be the least appetising. I tried it with milk, water, and apple juice, and the juice was the best. I would like to try with almond milk when I return from holiday, as teapigs recommended that as an option. I also made it up as a long drink in the form of standard tea and a tea latte and enjoyed both a lot and will continue to drink these when I have that little extra time to sit and enjoy over the shot.

I am continuing to use my tin as it lasts the month and will stock up on more while teapigs are offering a discount throughout January! I am then going to make it a regular part of my daily routine.













Adventures in Tea… Bluebird Tea Co Christmas Tea Box


When we head into winter I like to have a good selection of tea to hand to keep me going through the cold, dark days and nights. So this year I ordered the Bluebird Tea Co’s Christmas box with five different teas. I have now had chance to have a good sample of all five and want to share my thoughts.




First up is the Gingerbread Chai. I really like this tea. It’s rooibos, which makes it great for evening drinking as it has no caffeine. The chai and gingerbread are warming and I have enjoyed this tea with and without milk. I really like this is the evening after dinner as it naturally sweet too. A definite winner in my books.





Next up is Candy Cane. I was dubious about this one. A black tea with mint was not something I have seen or tried before. I liked it, but it would have been better with peppermint, rather than spearmint (I don’t like spearmint). It was an interesting drink with milk and I think as it is mint, it suits no milk drinking better. Not may favourite in the box purely due to the spearmint.



Thirdly is Mulled Wine. I really liked this fruity tea. If I had brandy I think it would be really good to add a shot for a really warming beverage. This is purely a fruit tea and not something I tend to drink very often, but this really worked over christmas as I felt I was getting he festive feeling, without having to have the alcohol I didn’t want as I wasn’t very well. I have a bit left so if I get any red wine left over in the near future I will add this to it try as proper mulled wine.





This was my favourite in the box – Christmas Cake! It was fruit and spicy and natural sweet thanks to the sugar snowflakes. I liked this with milk and found a great pick me up afternoon cup of tea. This tea felt like indulging, without the calories. I will definitely be ordering this again next year!



Lastly was Snowball. I wanted to love this as much as Christmas Cake, but unfortunately another flavour I am not a fan of is coconut. However I did like this one as I think the chocolate chips made up for the coconut so it tasted more like a nutty black tea than a coconut flavoured tea. The mini marshmallows again added sweetness to this tea. It was an interesting cup of tea and one I am glad I gave a chance, but not my favourite.



Overall this was a great box to get in order to try a number of different teas. I enjoyed them all in their own way and now know which one I will be ordering for next year!

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