Blue Sky Tag

 

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This is my first time completing one of these “tagged” things, but I was nominated to answer some questions by Angy over at someangiestuff and it seems like a fun way to connect with new bloggers! Thanks Angy 🙂

Here are her questions for her nominated bloggers, and my answers. Continue reading

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Self Care Ideas

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First it was #mindfulness, then it was #hygge, now the buzzword of the moment seems to be #selfcare. In no way am I criticising this – I actually think these “trends” that should be common sense are beneficial – it’s kind of sad that enjoying pleasant things and taking proper care of ourselves is fashionable rather than something everyone just does. But if we need hashtags, magazine headlines and blog posts to remind us to take a step back, switch off and do something we enjoy and makes us feel good, then so be it – as long as we actually do it.

Self Care is different for everyone, but there are some basic things that everyone should be doing to take care of their bodies and minds, for overall health and wellbeing. However, I suspect many people (myself included) neglect the most basic things:

  1. Eating regular, healthy meals.
  2. Getting enough sleep.
  3. Doing, and enjoying, exercise.

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Easter Baking

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Happy Easter everyone! 🐰🐣🥚

I mentioned in an earlier post that I would make a whole post about Easter themed baking ideas. Before I do, I’d just like to point out that I’m having serious difficulty doing Easter baking here in Mexico because Mini Eggs do not exist here. I suppose it’s a good thing that the true significance of the holiday is being maintained and it hasn’t become commercial like it has in other countries, but that doesn’t change the fact that I want some Easter chocolate! No eggs or bunnies anywhere to be seen. Yesterday I made chocolate Easter nests (you know the ones) with peanut M&Ms for eggs but it’s just not the same. 😔

But, I’m sure elsewhere in the world everyone is eagerly cooking up some yummy, prettily decorated Easter treats. Here are some ideas! Continue reading

Springtime Crafting

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When I was a child I used to make things. All. The. Time. I never really lost my love for making art and crafts (and a huge mess) but as I’m sure many people find, adult life kind of takes over and we have other responsibilities that we have to take care of before we put time into our hobbies. Usually when I finish working I don’t want to do anything except sit at home in my pyjamas, eating and watching Netflix, but guess what? Now I’m a primary school teacher. I have two classrooms full of 7-9 year olds who I’m sure love making things as much as I did when I was their age. And, it’s spring, coming up to Easter, so I’m scouring the internet for ideas of fun, crafty things we can do. I found a few that I think are great for both kids and grown-ups (and people in the weird in-between stage like me.) I hope I’ll get to try some of them in the classroom, and some of the others during the Easter holidays!

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Autumnal Bakes, #GBBO

Just like that, August has been and gone and the colder, darker days are upon us.  I tend to romanticise this time of year, imagining crisp, bright mornings and dreaming of entire days snuggled up in a cosy jumper with a cup of tea and a good book.  Sadly, the reality tends to be drizzly weather, frizzy hair and puddles leaking into my boots…but there are one or two redeeming features of this season: one is autumnal comfort food and the other is the new season of the Great British Bake Off.

So in honour of this gem of a programme which inspires the entire nation to cook up some delicious (or disastrous) cakes, I have compiled a list of tempting, autumn inspired sweet treats.

Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake

From the Queen of GBBO, Mary Berry herself.  When it comes to warming, wintery recipes, ginger has got to be the number one ingredient.  This traybake uses lots of fresh stem ginger, which has lots of health benefits like soothing poorly tummies and reducing inflammation (so you might well argue that this cake is healthy.) Black treacle is also a favourite ingredient for indulgent, sticky sweetness.  You could also add chopped dates or sultanas to this cake if you really want to convince yourself it’s healthy.

Get the recipe HERE. Continue reading

Top 5 Coffee Stops in Cardiff

My first ‘real’ post is about two things I know and love: Coffee and Cardiff.  I have lived here for three years and spent the majority of that time in the following places, so, sticking to what I know for now, here are my top 5 coffee stops in the centre of Cardiff.

Coffee Barker

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I may be slightly biased about Coffee Barker (because I work here…) but I Love. It. So. Much.  Firstly, there’s the unbelievably comfortable seating: they are all soft leather armchairs and sofas, so good luck getting out once you’re in.  If you’re not convinced by Barker’s undeniably cool style, the menu ought to convert you: the food is all homemade and served in big portions, we’ve got a massive selection of drinks and we like to get creative (coconut latte, anyone?) Plus, look out for a great music playlist and amazing latte art.   Continue reading