Tuesday 22 January 2019

Podcast To Listen To Whilst On The Commute

On route to work, dashing to pick up the kids from school or simply stuck in traffic, we all face these daily rituals. I spend most of this time when doing any of the following, over thinking or not at all, just wasting time reading posters, or over hearing someone's music blasting from their headphones, whilst stuck on a cramped tube wishing that A I had brought a book with me, or B I can't access the book in my bag, as I'm sandwiched between a million people.

Podcasts I've never really listened to, whilst I have heard lots about it, friends making one, people raving about them on the tv and even reading about the latest hit in a magazine, I've never really listened to any, that was until recently.

Since listening to these podcasts, I have to say my commute has never been better, I'm even gutted that I've made my destination and I can not wait to be back on the move to pick back up from where I left off, I have to confess I've even waited around the corner for a few minutes just to hear the last part of the episode. I did however get caught out by my mum the other day, she asked why I waited to come in to pick up Leanora, I had to tell her the truth, her Leanora talk to damn much and if I came in I would of missed the bloody end (maybe not my finest hour as a mother and daughter, but she did ask).

My Dad Wrote A Porno
It is exactly what it says, a funny, cringe worthy podcast and I love it, I can honestly can not get enough of it. I mean, imagine your dad comes to you and asks you to read his porno, you then take it with two of your besties and every week read a chapter of weird dad porn to millions of readers. I've never laughed or cried so hard in my life, it is so horrifyingly bad, yet so great and is totally addicitive and worth it's weight in pots and pan gold.

All things true and disturbing in crime. Currently at season 3 and I am still on the first, by the time you've read this, I would of certainly made my way through the first chilling season, of did he really do it and who do I think did it and who could really commit such a horroific crime against another human and why! A chilling listen about a true story of a young girl murdered, her ex sentenced, always professes his innoncence but stated he was guilty in court, facts and evidence not checked properly a friend who claims on assisting with the cover and knew this young girl was going to be murdered, his story always changing

Have you listened to the podcasts, what do you think? Currently on a hunt for something new and funny and interesting, would love to hear what you recommend on me listening to next in the comments below!

Lindsey xx

Monday 21 January 2019

Wellness Supplements From Link Nutrition

I strive to achieve great glowing skin, strong hair and nails, and boundless of energy to keep up with L. But alas now in my 30s and body changing due to pregnancy and pushing out a kid, I know and feel my body is missing and needing something extra.
The last time I had taken supplements was whilst pregnant and after, but a few months after Leanora was born I never took them again. Whilst I buy for Leanora the strawberry flavoured vitamin gummies, that I am sure most of us had as kiddos, I never pick any up for myself, most likely as for me I’m always an afterthought and as long as Leanora is good that’s good enough for me. Undoubtedly not a great way to think, L needs me to be strong and healthy and wants me to have a all the good things she has too (which I think maybe wine - NOT FOR HER! JUST ME!) from her vitamins, so when Link Nutrition got in touch it felt right and as the New Year was approaching and wanting to change and have a healthier lifestyle come 2019 it was the right decision.
Link Nutrition is a premium high-quality health supplement brand bursting with natural ingredients. They are the missing link between food and supplements, by bridging the nutritional gap a health booster if you will. Most food-based supplements are filled with synthetics containing isolated forms of vitamins and minerals, whereas Link Nutrition pride themselves in avoiding the fillers, binders and anticaking agents that feature in most synthetic supplements.
Mushroom Plus
Mushroom plus is the perfect all-rounder, packed with turmeric powder, known for it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, makes it great for the gut for those that like me can suffer from bloating, this supplement is suitable for vegans and those that also like me are on a gluten-free diet.
Vitamin D3
This is the perfect winter supplement. When in sunlight our bodies naturally create's Vitamin D3, but now we are amassed in mostly darkness are body and bones need a little help and these supplements help keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
Vitamin C
This Vitamin C & Bioflavanoids is essential to have for a healthy lifestyle, it especially helps to combat colds. Vitamin C has been proven to contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system and taken daily, it does just that.
Since taking the Link Nutrition tablets, I have felt a lot better inside and out a lot less bloating and even perkier in the morning. The only downside about these supplement tablets is that they can sometimes feel like they are sitting on your chest, so make sure to drink PLENTY of water to help wash it down. it is probably due to the casing sticking!  I like to start my day with these and take just after breakfast at work. The containers are quite large so not ideal carrying them around, so I always fill up my Mon-Sunday pill box and pop it in my bag so it is always with me.
Lindsey xx

Wednesday 16 January 2019

The Books To Start Your Year With

Last year I got back into reading this year in 2019 I am going to be growing my reading list bigger than ever.

Last year was all about fiction, this year my reading habit will change as I have changed, I'll be reading and sharing more interesting books such as biographies, self-help and I may go against the grain and share a romance, but it will have to be a damn good one!

I decided to m ease myself into it this year and I’ve started with two greats, a biography from a political great and strong woman and a new book by a famous actor, totally unplanned books being from two people that I truly admire but I am glad I started with these.

A woman like no other, a first in the history America’s First Lady of colour, a sassy and smart funny woman that is Michelle Obama. There has been so much excitement around this book Becoming and it is evident why a beautiful and inspiring first hand look into her life and the trials and tribulations of growing up in America and becoming one of the most powerful and admired woman all over the world.

Tom Hanks, an amazing actor and who knew a brilliant writer Uncommon Type: Some Stories is a collection of amazing stories that I’d be more than happy to read again and again, I just wish I had him on speed dial to read these stories to me. In the book, there are 17 well-written stories perfect for a commute to work or even a light night time read each story I devoured they are moving, humorous and utterly engaging and making you yearn for more, from Mr Hanks.

What books have you started reading this year? Have you read Michelle Obama or Tom Hanks book, what did you think?

For other great books to read head to my Bloglovin page here.

Lindsey  xx


Tuesday 8 January 2019

Weeknight Polenta With Roasted Mushrooms

This polenta with roasted mushrooms is an all-time favourite of mine in the winter. It’s warming, indulgent and ever so comforting, great for lunch or a weeknight dinner.

This dish I normally save for myself when I’m home alone, one because I hate to share and secondly, Leanora is not a fan of mushrooms, so more for me in my tummy, another bonus is, it takes no time at all to make after a long day at work no one wants to be in the kitchen slaving away.

January calls for something healthy, I have even decided to start growing my own vegetables and I’ve just purchased my first ever bag of seed potatoes, I’ll let you know how it goes! Whilst this dish is somewhat a little bit naughty with all the cheesy goodness in the polenta, the vegetables totally balance's out the healthy vs naughtiness ratio, well in my eyes anyway.

Chestnut mushrooms
Fresh thyme
Bullion (vegetable stock)

  1. Line a baking tray with some parchment paper and lay out your chopped mushrooms, add 4 cloves of garlic a few sprigs of thyme, season with salt and pepper, 3 tbsp of olive oil, enough to cover but not saturated the ingredients and toss gently and make sure all ingredients are coated and mixed together and place in on middle shelf of the oven at 180c
  2. Boil the kettle and grab a saucepan add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water to pan once bubbling add your bullion.
  3. Add into your pan the polenta and stir until all lumps are out. Stir in 150g of grated Parmesan and a small bun of butter to make extra creamy. Once it all comes together season if desired with pepper.
  4. Take out your roasted mushrooms and plate up on top of your polenta.
Bon appetite.

Super quick and easy to make. A truly indulgent dish which I like to have with a nice glass of red wine enjoyed on the sofa with a few candles burning and my fave podcast in the background. 

Let me know if you make this polenta with roasted mushroom dish and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

For more tasty recipe inspiration, look to our Pinterest, food board here!

Don’t forget you can tag me on Instagram or find me on Bloglovin!

Lindsey xx

Sunday 6 January 2019

4 Cool Winter Garden Ideas

One of the things we love to do, is dine alfresco no matter the season, though it can be a little harder in the winter months, there are a few things that I to like buy, create and style for the colder months in
order for Leanora and I to enjoy a feast with friends and family outdoors under the night sky, whilst cooking up some s’mores by the fire all whilst nestled in a sheepskin throw.

Braving the chilly weather can be a bit daunting but there are some really cool pieces that will keep you warm and toasty for a wintery weekend or night and you don’t need items that will cost you a fortune.

For those that have a garden and looking for a winter warming serenity,  in order to achieve this a great place to start is with a firepit, chimney or a patio heater, plus its a great way to keep your guests out if you don't want them seeking refuge inside, especially after a party.

Super important, no one wants to stand all night, so seating is imperative, you can make your own out of crates to even buying some great outdoor furniture,  another great way to get creative is by getting blankets and making your very own hammock, or large cushions placed under a tree, got some large tree stumps use, them as additional seating and for even a more creative seating area you can use even a compost bag and just drape over a few throws.

Get all hygge outside! What better way to create a cosy corner, where people can chill, relax and have a good old chat with a glass in their hand, by throwing a whole load of cushions and blankets down on to some furniture or even under a tree. I doubt people will mind sitting on the floor as long as it is comfortable.

Light Up
Lighting is key, you want to bring the Arabian nights into your very own back garden, mix the lighting up with some solar powered fairy lights, candles, teas lights eve with lanterns dotted around the garden to give it a midsummers night dream feel. 

In need of further garden inspiration, look to our Pinterest, Winter Garden Board here.

Lindsey xx

*all pics sourced from Pinterest
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