Foxy cushions and Daim bars

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Foxy cushions and Daim bars

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Say hello to Basil! I got this cushion from Adsa for £9 yesterday, I thought he was quite cute! This weekend I got a few little things for updating the decor in the flat including a woollen throw for the bed, some new house plants, a shower curtain, bathroom storage and a randomly, a wok! We took a trip to IKEA and could’t resist the Daim bars:

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These are just so gorgeous, but very dangerous! I did quite well at not going completely over board with them. We made that shopping trip on Friday evening, and as we were out late, James had suggested a take away. Instead I thought we could have a look in Marks and Spencers for something. I had this spiced chicken with roasted cauliflower and yellow spilt pea dahl from the Delicious and Nutritious range:

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It was good, and certainly a better and just as tasty option as a take away, but it reminded me that I could have made something tastier myself from scratch if time hadn’t been an issue. To be fair I probably would have gone with the takeaway option if I had thought it wouldn’t take them 30 minutes to deliver the sodding thing!

I wore my favourite burgundy jeans that I bought when I was in Berlin:

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It was quite reassuring to see this photograph, I know my hips have expanded but I’m pretty happy with my hourglass shape right now. 

Other, more healthy eats, have included:

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I had some random things to use up so made a salad with black beans, lots of beetroot and some dressing made with tahini and apple cider vinegar. I used to eat vegan salads like this all the time, it was delicious! I’ve also been having a thing for yoghurt bowls:

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This was roast squash and a chopped russet apple with full fat Greek yoghurt, maple syrup and a few chopped roasted salted almonds. For breakfast yesterday I fried a load of fruit in coconut oil and topped with the same combo of yoghurt, syrup and nuts:

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I used a nectarine, two plums and several figs, they taste amazing when they have been cooked a little. I’ve also been loving my porridge:

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This was pumpkin porridge topped with coconut butter. I always whip in an egg or some egg whites to make sure that there’s a good amount of protein, as oats sometimes don’t always keep me that full. This morning I had some with almond butter and jam:

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That was before I went to my spin class, it was great! I definitely had some energy to burn off. Yesterday was a very relaxed day visiting my best friend and parents, then spending the rest of it watching random movies on Netflix (I recommend Grabbers, to any fans of fun Sci Fi) and reading magazines in bed with my wooly socks on! I hadn’t planned to spend the day like that, but all in line with this months pledge to de stress I found that had the opportunity to do so and it was bliss!

How has your weekend been? Have you bought anything new for your living space recently?

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26 Comments

  1. catherine

    I neeeeed a fox cushion in my life! Although I do have one already. Perhaps I need two. You can’t beat burning off energy to make lounging about feel even sweeter :)

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    • Laura

      Isn’t it lush? I think going with two must be done! I am glad to have added in a workout at the weekend, I definitely feel more smug when I can chill out knowing I’ve exercised!

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  2. 76 sunflowers

    Daim bars are back at Ikea? When did this happen?! Last time I went they had replaced them with our own rubbish version! *finds a reason to go to Ikea*

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    • Laura

      They must be! Someone has commented about that, but yes these are definitely the proper daim bars, they were delicious!

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  3. Nicky @kabochafashionista

    I was in IKEA this week too! Been so long since I’ve been and I was reminded of how amazing it is haha. I didn’t see the Daim bars though…although I didn’t have food on the brain at the time I guess…just another reason to go back hehe :)

    Ahhh ALL of your eats look sooo gooood. I just love this time of year for food..all the flavours and comfort foods. Yum!! I agree with whipping in an egg or egg whites into oats, takes them to a whole different level of creaminess and fluffiness too :)

    Love your outfit too – you look gorgeous as always! You definitely look glowing and you should be bloody proud of your shape, a lot of women would kill to have curves :) The biker jacket really suits you <3

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    • Laura

      Haha, I always have food on the brain ;-) Well saying that, not really, I just always like to look in the little supermarket at the end. We joked about trying one of their hot dogs but even James wouldn’t go near them! Thanks for being lovely about my shape and outfit, I’m the heaviest I’ve been a long time so need to keep reminding myself it’s still all good!

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  4. Claire @ Flake and Cake

    That fox cushion is do cute Laura! I can never resist Diam at Ikea, love the caramel crunch! You should be super happy with your lovely figure, many would kill for such a fab hourglass shape! In Germany they say the perfect shape is an ‘S’, curvy! Also, love handles are called ‘hip gold’ in some places because they’re valued so highly.

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    • Laura

      Thanks Claire :-) I love the idea of having hip gold! I see my hips as my estrogen generators ;-)

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  5. Maria @ runningcupcake

    I need to get back to Ikea! Last time I went they had replaced them with their own brand ones which were just not as good at all! Yummy!
    I really want an owl cushion but have not found the perfect one yet- that fox cushion is super cute :)

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    • Laura

      A few people have said that, seems they must have realised the original are the best! I saw some lovely owl cushions in BHS :-)

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  6. Emma

    Lots of yummy food here Laura. That beetroot, bean, tahini bowl is so me! And I love the idea of roast squash and apple with yog, maple and nuts for breakfast :)
    Those burgundy jeans look so good on you. Just a little jealous….

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    • Laura

      That salad was really good, I used to put tahini dressing on everything! It’s reminded me that I need to make some more green goddess dressing to enjoy, and get some more sweet white miso to go in it :-)

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  7. Jess

    That cushion is just gorgeous. I’d feel a bit mean sitting on it and squishing that adorable fox’s face ;)

    I used to love Daim bars as a kid…didn’t they used to be ‘Dime’ bars or ‘Diam’ bars…I’m sure they used to have a slightly different spelling. Oh bother, my brain just can’t recall…unsurprising since I tend to forget something that happened five minutes ago, let alone about 20 years ago. Jesus, now I feel old.

    xxx

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    • Laura

      Hehe, James has already crushed him! I’m sure they used to be Dime bars when we were younger and loved them back then too. Oh and don’t get me started on feeling old, was reading an article about 90’s TV being ‘retro’ WTF!

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  8. Lauren (@PoweredbyPB)

    Looks like you got some buys! I love buying things for the home. I always mix some protein powder into my oats to make them more sustaining. It’s been a very wet day today so I’ve had a pretty chilled restful one.

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    • Laura

      Will you be getting so new things for your new place? Shopping for house goodies is always fun!

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      • Lauren (@PoweredbyPB)

        Yeah well the new place is semi furnished, so we need to get a few bits- looking forward to it actually!

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  9. Em

    I adore that cushion – basil is very foxy indeed!

    I love love love those jeans you are looking fabulous lady!
    x

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    • Laura

      Thanks Em! They are my fave jeans at the moment for sure!

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  10. Lara

    Love those jeans!

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    • Laura

      Thanks! They are my fave thing in my wardrobe at the mo :-)

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  11. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    I love that cushion so cute. Basil Brush is the coolest…BOOM BOOM! I was in Ikea a few weeks ago, for some reason I always leave with more than I intended to.

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    • Laura

      Haha yes BOOM BOOM I’ll be thinking that every time I look at the sofa! James and I were joking that you can’t go into Ikea and leave empty handed, it just doesn’t happen ;-)

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  12. Nicole Marie Story

    First off, I freaking love your hair. It’s divine!!!
    Second off, I love the fashion pillow. I have a similar one featuring an Owl.
    Third off, your, “It was quite reassuring to see this photograph, I know my hips have expanded but I’m pretty happy with my hourglass shape right now” literally made me LOL and spit my coffee. I don’t know why! Your statement just screams confidence and happiness, and I think that’s amazing. I personally could not deal with expansion, but seeing that you are happy with your existence (and you do look fabulous) just makes me beam with joy! We’re the same age and have gone through similar body battles, so I totally connect with seeing yourself and giving it a check mark.
    Thanks for being an honest person. It’s gorgeous.

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  13. Tamzin

    Cute pillow! I am actually really missing porridge now the colder months are upon us I will have to get my quinoa and millet porridge going again!

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  14. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Ohh don’t get me started on Daim. I found the Cadbury’s with Daim in Tesco and put it in the fridge. It is DEADLY. I have to get Ben to get me squares as I can’t be trusted near it haha. Similarly it’s like those Crunchy Rocks as well. There is too mich good chocolate in the world hehe.
    Oh I do love a good take away I’m not going to lie. It’s always an Indian for me :D

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