Rose lemonade

Hello everyone, and happy Sunday! I hope it is nice and sunny wherever you are and you’ve been having a good weekend, and a good week in general! This week has been lovely, if somewhat busy. On Wednesday I took half a day out to spend some time with my Mam and aunt from Brighton who is up north visiting. We had a great morning looking round the shops before I took them to experience the delights of my favourite cafe in Newcastle, Olive and Bean. I am now totally hooked on that lemonade! I also had a fabulous salad:

Hummus and olive salad olive and bean

This was hummus with olives and sundried tomatoes, utterly delicious! We treated ourselves to some tray bakes to take home and enjoyed them in the sun:

Mini cake treats

Anyone that’s local who has visited Olive and Bean must know how massive their tray bake slices are! We shared a couple of them, a cheese cake topped brownie and a peanut butter caramel white chocolate one. Yep they both tasted as good as they sound!


Other eats from this week have included…

Mixed fruit and avocado smoothieSmoothie with lots of mixed fruits leftover from a fruit salad, avocado and plain whey protein

Green smoothie with tahini and persimmonGreen smoothie with spinach, persimmon, avocado, almond milk and topped with tahini, cacao nibs and coconut

Rye bread with peanut butter and strawberriesQuinoa rye bread topped with peanut butter and strawberries

Eggs and avocado on rye breadQuinoa rye bread topped with two organic fried eggs and avocado

Mexican saladMy Mexican Salad Bowl

Garlic salmon new potatoes broccoliSalmon topped with home made garlic and parsley butter, new potatoes and broccoli

Griddled veggies with lemon chilli and mint fetaGriddled aubergine and courgettes topped with lemon, chilli and mint feta

Harissa courgettes with fetaCourgette and cucumber ribbons mixed with harissa paste and topped with feta

California almonds snack happy challengeContinuing with my California almonds 21 day #snackhappy challenge, this time with raisins

Strawberries yoghurt coconut nectarStrawberries with full fat organic yoghurt and coconut nectar

M s cheese savoury sandwich

I had a huge craving for a cheese savoury sandwich so I just had to have one from M&S on Friday night. It was so good!


Gyming it

Workouts this week:

  • Monday – Gym, 10 minutes step machine, 10 minutes bike, strength training using machines, pilates pelvic exercises
  • Tuesday – Rest
  • Wednesday – Gym, 10 minutes step machine, 10 minutes bike, squats, seated chest presses, overhead extensions, pilates pelvic exercises
  • Thursday – Rest
  • Friday – Gym, 10 minutes step machine, 10 minutes bike, squats, shoulder presses, bicep curls, pilates pelvic exercises
  • Saturday – Rest
  • Sunday – long walk to the shops

Another week of being a gym bunny! Getting to the gym first thing on those mornings really works for me so I’m more than happy to go with it but I need to get more yoga in!


Maternity style stripy top leggingsNecklace: Topshop, stripy top: George at Asda, maternity leggings: New Look, tan leather sandals: New Look, denim shirt over bag: M&S Autograph via charity shop

I’ve been having a bit of a cheeky shop this week I bought that top for just £6 and another big stripy top from £3 from Asda (I’d only went in to buy a shower curtain!) I also got some more maternity leggings since all I want to do is live in them right now. On Friday night James and I had a quick trip to Ikea and the Metro Centre and I found a pretty Topshop maternity dress too. 


Holland and barrett natural beauty section metro centre

I am just totally loving experimenting with natural beauty products at the moment and since Holland and Barrett have re fitted their stores in Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham they are helping me get my fix! I’m never going to be 100% all natural products, as I said in my post for Mitchum, there’s some products where conventional just seems to do the job, however I only use them about 20% of the time like a heavy duty deodorant on some days, red lipstick (I love MAC for that) and liquid eyeliner. I also treated myself to some products from Herbfarmacy after I read Rosie from A Rosie Outlook’s review of them.


Can’t wait to try these! Also…

Officially getting my contract from the publisher to start work on my recipes, can’t share the details, other than it’s not ‘my’ book as their are several authors contributing to it, but still super excited to see my name and recipes in print next year! // our trip to Ikea / coffee date / shopping adventure on Friday night // making my kitchen look oh so pretty // starting to get the bathroom sorted // my midwife appointment – both me and baby are doing very well, spot on blood pressure, uterus size and baby heart beat // frappes // family time


Next week should be pretty fab too I hope, fingers crossed the nice weather continues! How has your week been? Have you ever tried rose lemonade? What’s your favourite drink right now?

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