February 2016: I’m Loving

It’s the first ‘I’m Loving’ of 2016 and whilst we love our luxury, none of these will cost any more than £9…read on!


 

1.  Confession time, I feel a fraud!  A few weeks ago in the exercise post, I spoke of using DVD’s  by Rodney Yee for my yoga practise.  I’ve used them for nine years.  The same week I tried out a yoga app and I’ve been using it ever since!

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Yoga Studio (recommended to me by my mother – don’t they always know best?!) has been designed with excellence… it is effortless to use!  Easy to navigate; classes are split into three sections ‘Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced’.   Within those headings, various practices are sub-divided by duration – 15, 30 & 60 minutes.  You can choose whether you want music, birds, waves in the background, there’s a calendar that automatically records all your sessions and you can custom make your own classes should you wish.  Best of all it’s portable, so we will definitely be taking this away with us next month and my daughter loves doing it so I can get a swift 15 minutes session in with her before she goes to bed a few evenings.  Absolutely well-worth its £2.99 – highly recommended and only wish I’d decided to look into it sooner! The app is available here.

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2.  Second up, a ‘chance find’ I’ve been loving – Boots BB Lips.

As someone who always wears a gloss, I’ve tried a few over the years but the past three or four years have stuck with Lily Lolo or Arbonne as I order other products with them.  Both are amazing but having got to the end (ok rant time,  do you ever actually get to the end? no because you can’t reach the end can you! Rant over), as I was in Boots, saw these which a friend had bought (Glam up North – thank you!) so made a quick purchase.  The ‘BB’ bit I still don’t get in all the products these days but regardless, the gloss is fantastic!

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Non-sticky, covers and lasts well and is SPF15 – we’re travelling to New Zealand in a few weeks where we’re going to need good SPF so I returned to Boots and bought two other colours (plus there was 3 for 2 on…bargain!).

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3.  Finally music… I LOVE my music and have been after some new easy-listening for a while; Jack Savoretti, ‘Written in Scars’, fits the bill and is one of those, ‘the more you listen, the more you like’.  Have a look on iTunes here.  I love most of the songs on the album… ‘Tie-me-down’ has a good ole Irish shin-dig feel which we love for our-kinda-crazy house moments.

Have a great weekend people – back soon OX

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IntroJuicing the zone of least comfort

When you dare to step out side of your comfort zone, you’ll say ‘yes’ to things you would otherwise say ‘no’ to.
An inner ‘no’ to an event invitation became an outward ‘yes’ when I was challenged by two people with “well why wouldn’t you go to it?”.  With a ‘fine I’ll go!’ I Carpe Diem’d it and attended my first ever blogger event.
Don’t be laughing!  We all have our differing levels of comfort zones and I just do NOT go to group events like this… like, ever.  Mingling… a word that sends shivers down my spine is one of the main reasons…that and anything ‘groupy’… help!
The event was a juicing event, a collaboration of Currys with Phillips in Leeds via an email invitation out of the blue.  For the sake of the blog, plus already being a daily juicer, I said ‘yes’ and dared to step outside the zone I call comfort.
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The event took place at Lambert’s Yard, a gorgeous design-led creative event space.  Arriving for the start, the announcement then came, “we will be starting in half an hour”.  Half an hour on MINGLE TIME?? Oh kill me now!  Bloggers all around were mingling, chatting and taking photos with oh-so-many-cameras while I do my best nonchalant phone-checking.
We are separated into groups and rotate at half hour intervals between various stations.  Already well into juicing, there was nothing at the juicing stations that was new to me  but I was glad for lunch!  The two highlights therefore were a practical talk by an excellent nutritionist Shakela Shan (find out more about Shakela here) and finally a session of rocket yoga with Amanda from Yoga Elementz.  Having practised yoga at home for eight years this was my first session in public so to be told I’d been doing it right all this time was a bonus.  The thing with bloggers at these events is they just can’t stop taking photos – quite funny.
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Juice served from a bar... just wrong!

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Sass says it’s good and writes a fab blog http://www.whatsasssays.com

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Having being 99% going to bolt for the door after the first ten minutes, three hours later I left and walked through the streets of Leeds back to my car.
Was it worth it??
Well I think it’s all about the stretch (no pun intended!).  Once we do a thing once, if we make it through, the next time it may be just a little less scary – I made a few new friends and now know what goes on at a blogger event.  Would I go to another blogger event in the future… well…I might just!
So, this week, I dare you to say ‘yes’ to a normally automatic ‘no’ for you and see what happens!
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Want more about the juicing?  Here’s one I wrote earlier and  here’s what Currys had to say about the event.

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