♥ Healthy Sweet Treats
I have just returned from a 3 week holiday, and needless to say, my body has taken a beating at the hands of Pina Coladas, Pad Thai and English pub meals. After indulging my sweet tooth, coming back to my usual low-sugar fare has been a bit tricky. To ease myself back into the swing of things, I’ve been making some healthy sweet treats. These are delicious, and the basic recipe can be changed up (I put a dried cherry in the middle of mine for a surprise zing!). I’ve also been scoping out these delicious-looking recipes, and have a funny feeling some of those will be making their way into my kitchen very soon!
♥ Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers not only brighten up the room, but also your mood. Try it- it’s impossible to be unhappy or upset when faced with some fresh blooms. And who needs Ambi-Pur when you’ve got a bunch of something lovely on the table? It’s a simple pleasure, but well worth treating yourself with a bunch of your favourites when you get the chance.
I’ve been reading Mark’s Daily Apple (www.marksdailyapple.com) for a while, and lately his articles have really been striking a chord with me. Mark is a former athlete turned wellness activist, and promotes the ‘Primal’ lifestyle. He publishes daily articles, covering everything from recipes to success stories, lifestyle tips and his opinions on various foods and activities. Whilst I don’t always agree with everything he says, I really enjoy his down-to-earth approach to healthy living on a day-to-day basis, which alone makes it worth the read.
One of my new year’s resolutions was to journal more, and after just over a month, it’s become part of my daily routine. Sometimes it’s stress, sometimes it’s worry, sometimes it’s happiness and excitement, but most days I feel the need to jot down my thoughts and feelings. I find it very relaxing, and often if something is troubling me, re-reading my entry helps me see the solution. Journalling also allows me to appreciate the good in my life, which in itself is incredibly beneficial.
As kids, we rode bikes, climbed trees, and swung from monkey bars, but as adults, it seems the concept of play gets left behind. I’m on a mini-mission to bring back those golden years by riding my bike and skipping, whenever I can, for fun. I cannot begin to describe how much I am genuinely enjoying this, and really encourage everyone to do the same. Choose your two favourite childhood activities and try to incorporate them into your week. Even better, get your friends involved! Now, who’s for a game of ‘Spotlight’?…
What do you do for ‘play’? Do you journal? What are your favourite flowers to have in the house? Drop me a line below and let me know your thoughts!
Article written by Katie, a flower-loving, diary-writing biker girl, whose boyfriend is really enjoying her sweet treat recipe experiments.