Eat, Move, Wear, Love, Link #40

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Eat, Move, Wear, Love, Link #40

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Finley in cute baby vest

Sooo cute right? I could look at him all day long! We’ve had a fab week together (one particularly sleepless night aside). He’s gaining weight really well and is now focusing on us properly and almost looking like he’s about to smile! My health visitor said that he’s on target for his developmental milestones which I was thankful to hear as I thought he might be a little behind due to his prematurity. We have definitely found our groove, it feels like he’s always been with us and life without him is hard to imagine. 

Well this week generally started off well as I’d spent some time at the weekend preparing some food and getting myself sorted but after Monday time just seemed to run away from me and as of Friday I’ve been fighting off a horrid head cold, yuk! I have had some nice eats though…

Eat

Tea pigs chai latteGorgeous chai latte

Baked oats with apple and cinnamonMy baked oats made without the banana and two apples in place of some of the berries, plus a lot of cinnamon

Vanilla coyo and figsFigs and vanilla coyo

Protein pumpkin smoothieProtein pumpkin smoothie – pumpkin, vanilla sunwarrior, ginger, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk

Figs apple and almond butterSnack plate of figs, apple and almond butter

Turkey butternut chilliGorgeous turkey and butternut squash chilli

Thai red curry carrot soupHomemade Thai red carrot, sweet potato, red lentil and coconut soup

Thai red curry salmon and kaleThai red salmon and kale with courgette ribbons

Plantain blondiesPurely Twins flourless peanut butter choc chip blondies – I made mine using almond butter

At the weekend I made a big pan of that Thai Red Carrot, Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup just using up a few ingredients I had on hand. As I had found some plantains at the market on Saturday I decided to experiment and make those blondes. They were incredible and such an amazing texture. I also made a big pan of turkey and butternut squash chilli, I might have to work on that and develop it into a recipe for you! Then on Monday I made up my baked oats, batch cooking is definitely were it’s at for me right now! When I’ve been caught without anything prepared I’m still eating through a load of Illumi ready meals and making meal size green smoothies to keep me going.

Move

10 Minute Work Break Workout for at Home or the Office 10 minute work break workout via Pumps and Iron

This week has been abysmally stationary to be honest. I did do a quick yoga workout at the start of the week which felt fabulous, but after that I just didn’t seem to be able to fit anything in. I was also surprised when I contacted the Doctors to book an appointment for my post natal check, that they told me they no longer did a physical check on the mother, which I was surprised at! I’d been waiting to start exercising more until after I’d been checked over, but I guess I can just get on with it! The plan for next week is to try and increase our walks out depending on the weather, as well as fitting in a few 10 minute workouts at different points of the day. I think I’ll find this easier to achieve and should fit in better with Finley’s sleeping patterns. I’ll post more details of my mini workouts like the one above when I’ve come up with them or found them!

Wear

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Along with the lack of movement has been a lack of getting out of my yoga pants! I have been eyeing up some autumn season purchases to tempt me out of the cosiness of lazy wear like that cream coat from New Look. I’m adding plenty of stuff to my Pinterest wish list! 

Love

Shortlist

I was extremely surprised and excited when I got the email to let me know that I’d been shortlisted as one of the best food blogs in The North East Blogger Awards! Also…

Visits from friends // Finley gaining weight well // figs, lots and lots of figs // Trader Joes salted almond butter brought back from the States for me by a lovely friend // Quest protein bars // yoga pants //  butternut squash

Link

Have you ever tried plantain before? What is your favourite recipe to batch cook? Have you got your eye on any new clothes for autumn?

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37 Comments

  1. Pip {Cherries & Chisme}

    I think I need someone to give me a lesson on how to cook plantain… I never know when it’s ripe enough, it always seems to take forever and then goes bad… Think I’m doing it all wrong!
    Congrats on your nomination! :D Have a lovely Sunday xxx

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      • Laura Agar Wilson

        I sometimes order the enjoy life ones from iHerb which are really nice otherwise it’s Sainsbury’s own make x

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  2. Claire Hayhurst

    Congratulations on the shortlist Laura, well deserved!
    Fin is just gorgeous Laura, that picture is just so, so adorable! I’m glad to hear you’re finding a groove and that he’s on track developmentally despite his early birth, he must be super smart to catch up with all the full terms so quickly!

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Thanks Claire! Haha I hope this is the way he means to go on :-)

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  3. Nicky

    Oh that picture!..he is so adorable!! So glad to hear how well he is doing too :)

    Huge congrats on the shortlist, I should think so too! :)

    Fab eats as always, they look so Autumnal too – my fave season for food I must admit! I’ve never tried plantain but I keep meaning to. The Purely Twins recipes that use them always look so good so might have to give them a go :)

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Thanks Nicky, you should definitely give plantain a try I think it would be right up your street for baking :-)

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  4. Miss Polkadot

    Aww, I didn’t say it yet – hello, long time no comment: Fin is really adorable. I’m also happy to hear He’s developping well. A friend of ours had a baby girl born prematurely – barely larger than her dad’s palm shortly after birth. While everybody was a little worried during the first months she has since grown into an active. happy girl.
    Congrats on the shortlist nomination, too! Fingers crossed for the 22nd!

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Thanks so much! That’s lovely to hear that your friends little girl is doing well, it’s amazing how they catch up :-)

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  5. Laura

    Oh he is just so gorgeous! xo

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  6. Karina

    My 6 week check was a joke as the young & skinny female GP solely-focused on the contents behind my son’s Wonderoo nappy(she undone the popper to check & that was that), why do they put emphasis on the 6 week only to waste your precious time?

    Enjoy cutie Fin:)

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      It’s crazy! I had really expected something different all together, as you say I don’t understand the 6 week check thing now at all. Very frustrating!

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  7. Lauren (@PoweredbyPB)

    I made those plantain blondies before, they are so good! I need to pick up some plantains soon as haven’t had any in ages! The pumpkin smoothie sounds great.

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      I’m definitely going to have a thing for plantains now I think!

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  8. Sarah GB (griffinscat)

    Look at that gorgeous boy!! Looks healthy & cute.

    Omg – the pumpkin smoothie – have to have it… Drooling…

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  9. Maria @ runningcupcake

    Congratulations on the nomination- great news! And super news that Finley is gaining weight too.
    I love the sweet potato chilli that Andy makes- so good for autumn and winter, and he normally makes about 5 weeks’ worth.
    That chai latte looks amazing :)

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Thanks Maria :-) That sounds like a delicious chilli, 5 weeks worth is a good idea!

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  10. Ceri @ Natural Kitchen Adventures

    I’m a huge fan of plantains – amazing that so many people have never tried them! I may try your blondies recipe when I get the chance. Great to see your little boy happy and healthy!

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      I definitely think I’m going to have an addiction to them now, so amazed at the texture of those blondies!

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  11. Kezia

    I just got me some plantains too – thank you morrisons- so will check out that recipe! Looks like you have been eating some amazingly healthy food – well done lovely:)

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Wow, great that you were able to find them so where like Morissons! Thanks, it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be to eat healthy!

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  12. Zoe

    I love his little mohican hairstyle! :-D

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      I know, I’m not sure how long it will last but I love it!

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Thanks Danni, I’m loving the chai in fact I’m loving them more than the PSL’s I think!

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  13. Ragnhild Nordrum

    F is just the tinyest cutest little pea♥ Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!

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  14. Tamzin

    What a cutie!!! Congrats in the blogger award well deserved!

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  15. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    They don’t give you a check at 6 weeks anymore? That’s so weird – you always hear “wait until the doctor says OK to exercise at 6 weeks”. Bit unnerving!
    Your food, as always, looks so tasty! I’m all about soups when it gets colder.
    And congrats on the nomination! Amazing. You definitely deserve it.

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      I know it’s really odd isn’t it, I was waiting for some kind of ‘all clear’ when really I could have been getting on with things! And even then how are you suppose to be sure you are ok to run for example? Very strange!

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  16. Alexandra

    Congratulations on the nomination, Laura. Your blog is fantastic !!! :)

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  17. Catherine

    O my giddy aunt you linked to my post, made my day, thanks so much!!!

    Reply

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