9 Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life

  • Eat Breakfast! – remember learning that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, it’s true,  making sure you are getting your morning fuel is crucial to being healthier, studies show that eating breakfast can help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease and of course gives you the energy to get through the day! (Read here for more info on how breakfast can benefit you – https://www.rush.edu/news/why-you-should-eat-breakfast)

For some ideas on what to make for breakfast try the following link –https://www.loveandlemons.com/healthy-breakfast-ideas/

  • Drink lots of water – staying hydrated is key to a healthy body, it helps your skin, your body and your mind. drinking enough water helps carry nutrients and circulate oxigen in your cells and helps protect the organs, tissues and joints.
  • Practise self-care – for me this is crucial to leading a healthier life, practising self-care can be as simple as reading a few positive affirmations in the mirror once a week but is so powerful, taking the time out for yourself can help you relieve stress, it can work wonders when suffering emotional difficulties, and most importantly it makes you feel good!
  • Eat whole, real foods – everyone loves a visit to Mcdonalds or KFC every now and again and there’s nothing wrong with that, but including a range of whole real meals (unprocessed) in your day can improve your health and reduce symptoms of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer!
  • Daily walk – taking a brisk walk each day is something to include in your habits as many studies have researched all the benefits of a daily walk and it works wonders for your physical health and your mental health. It can help with joint problems or muscular pain, it helps reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other conditions.
  • Meditate daily taking time out to meditate daily is beneficial in so many ways. It’s a great way to reduce levels of stress and anxiety, there is also research that shows it can also reduce age-related memory loss symptoms. It can help increase your quality of sleep and it definitely helps gain better mental discipline. 
  • Exercise – this may be an obvious one but no less important. Doing regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep a healthy body, with added benefits like reducing the risk of internal conditions like heart disease or diabetes it can also be a great way to reduce stress, it can improve your mood and give you the energy boost your body needs. 
  • Sleep well – getting enough sleep is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as without enough sleep our bodies and minds cannot function properly. Its also proven that having a regular sleep pattern can improve your immune system, strengthen your heart and even increase productivity. 

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9 Exercises to do EVERYDAY!

Whether you want to get into shape, or improve your health in general, daily exercise is important and necessary but it can still be easy and fun! Below I have put together a list of all the regular exercises I enjoy practicing to help strengthen my body and mind. I like to spread different exercises out throughout the week rather than long sessions on certain days. The most important thing is to find whats right for your body, and don’t push yourself too hard too fast!

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Squats – they are such a great booty builder, and by doing daily squats you can help tone up your legs, increase stability and bloodflow. It also makes everyday tasks that little bit easier as they give you more flexibility and looses up the joints.

Meditation – a personal favourite of mine, I do 10 mins a day whenever I can fitit it in mostly in the evening to help wind down! Not only does it provide mental clarity it can increase your energy. For me it helps to reduce anxiety and stress.

Burpees – they can be a little tough to begin with but are great for the body, they help build overall strength, improve posture and composition, and they can even improve your lung and heart capacity. And of cours enot forget they are great for burning calories as they really get your heart going and blood flowing.

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Plank Hold – plank position is another one of my personal favs as its easy to do and doesn’t break me out in a sweat lol ! Doing the plank regularly can help reduce back pain and strengthen your back in general. It builds core muscles and improves your balance and posture.

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Breathing exercises – getting into the habit of practicing a daily breathing exercise is so beneficial for the body! It helps release up to 70% of toxins from your system. Other benefits include the elevation of mood, release of built up tension and reduces emotional distress, and it can even improve your blood quality!

Glute Bridge – A great one if you spend a lot of time at a desk or suffer from back pains. Doing these daily can strengthen your lower back and can ease lower back pain as it stretches the chest, neck and spine and releases any tensions. It can also help improve blood circulation and allievate stress.

Jumping Jacks – this exercise really gets your heart pumping which is great for your heart, daily blood flow stimulation is reccomended no matter your age! Jumping jacks can also help increase your coordination, boost your mood and help build body muscle.

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Positive Affirmations – I highly reccomend this for everyone and anyone! Its a great way to work on your mental health and grow more self accepting! And quite frankly, everyoen can do with lovign themselves a little bit more. It also helps focus your personal intentions, get into a better mental state, and help you feel more confident in yourself. The following link is a great website if you need some inspiration! – https://www.huffpost.com/entry/affirmations_b_3527028

Incorporating daily exercises into your day to day routine is so beneficial for your health, and from personal experience the above ones have been the best to get my health and mind back on track, I hope they can be just as useful for you too!

Please let me know any daily habits you have to make your life a little better and let me know if any of my suggestions have worked for you!

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9 Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

I love me a good afternoon of binge-worthy telly, if your anything like me then check out my list of Netflix shows to add to your list when you are looking for something to get gripped on!

It took me a while to select only 10 series considering there are about 40 I wanted to include but these 9 are my top recommendations for now… There will be more list to come!

The Ranch – now it took me few episodes to get hooked on this series, but when I did I literally watched nothing else for a couple weeks. It’s about a small town ranch it’s funny, sad, and moving. It an easy one to watch as well if you want something on in the background, There are loads of seasons too and they are bringing out new ones still so plenty to binge!

Ratched – this was trending for a reason when it came out, full of plot twists and drama it’s gripping from the very beginning all the way to the unexpected end, it gets pretty gruesome at times to be fair but it is so easy to binge I had to include it on this list. 

The Duchess – I totally loved this and finished it the same day, it made me actually laugh out loud which is a novelty for TV! The hilarious comedian Katherine Ryan is so funny in this series about her life and raising her daughter, it is fictional but written by Katherine herself so has put a lot of herself into and it paid off!

House Of Cards – If you are looking for something to really sink your teeth into, this is the one for you! This political drama is just brilliant, including enough scandal, romance, and unexpected storylines it so makes it binge-worthy! There are 6 seasons to get through but I think it’s a shame there weren’t more seasons!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – I’m not normally one to go for teenage witchy or vampire-like series as they’re not really my thing, but being a fan of the original Sabrina movie I thought I would try it, and I was not disappointed! It is cringy at times but so binge-worthy, I even got my boyfriend hooked on it!

Riverdale – Again, this is another cringe-filled teenage American high school-based drama but it does actually get really good, I initially put it on because I was fed up with scrolling through so many options and ended up hooked! Just when you think they can’t do anything else with it, they hit you with another wild closing scene that makes you just want to watch the next one! (plus there are so many seasons to waste some time on)

Atypical – This is a great watch, it is heartwarming and funny and really different from all the other stuff that’s out there at that moment. It follows the life of a teenage boy throughout various life events and the challenges that come with growing up when on the autism spectrum.

End of the f* world – Netflix did well when they put together this series based on the comic book by Charles Forsman, I think I have watched it 3 times already and am hoping they will bring out more. The dark twist it has that one of the main characters is pretty sure he’s a psychopath combined with the witty humor and dramatic events will definitely have you pressing the next episode button! 

Cobra Kai – Now I wasn’t a fan of the karate kid movies (yes I said it!) But I really got into the whole storyline when I ended up watching this because my boyfriend wanted to watch it, and now I find myself doing random karate chops with my headband around my face at any given moment! For the lovers of the film they have kept the original cast which is a bonus, but it’s also full of drama, action and even has its romances and is just an all-around well-made series!

Stay tuned for more content on what to watch! Leave me your thoughts on any you think should be on the list in the comments below!

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Confetti Cake Recipe

This is one of my all-time favorite baking recipes for a fun-looking special occasion cake, I tend to make this one for birthdays or events where the cake is a big part of it, as it’s super filling it’s great to cut up into little bits a share round a crowd

Just follow these few simple steps below, and voila! you have yourself a pretty party cake! I have made it with chocolate sprinkles this time but you can change it up as you like by adding classic colored sprinkles, little red hearts (great for valentines day or a romantic occasion ) and I also tried it with the little gold and silver shiny decorative balls that you can get in the pots and it works just as good!

Firstly preheat your oven to 160° for fan-assisted ovens or 180° for non-fan assisted, line two tins with butter and greaseproof paper (I used two 21cm tins but you can split the batter into four tins for a more layered look or use bigger or smaller tins depending on your preference, just keep in mind that the cooking time will be a little different in each scenario). Once your tins are prepared and the oven is on you’re ready to start on your batter.

For this step you will need: 

300g of brown sugar – 450g of unsalted softened margarine – 3 tsp vanilla extract – 8 medium eggs – 

Combine together all the ingredients except the eggs in a large bowl with an electric whisk or by hand if you don’t have one available, if you are like me and have pathetic arms using an electric whisk just saves you the struggle! Keep mixing until you start to get a fluffy texture.

Add the eggs in one by one, mixing well in between each egg (when combining the eggs the batter can often start to split and curdle if you see this happening just add in a tablespoon of flour at a time) mix until you have a creamy and light texture to the batter.

Next, you will need: 

450g white flour – 1 tbsp of salt – 1 tbsp baking powder – 4 tbsp of milk

In the same bowl, slowly sift in 450g of flour to avoid any lumps forming (if you used flour previously to break the egg up you will want to use a little less), pour in your salt and baking powder, and gently fold together into the batter using a wooden spatula or spoon. Once the majority of the flour has been incorporated into the batter, take an electric whisk and mix together until creamy and smooth.

Add in the milk one tablespoon at a time to help loosen up the batter to a pourable consistency.

For the final steps you will need:

– a bag of chocolate sprinkles or topping of choice – 275g non salted butter – 600g icing sugar – a few drops of food coloring –

Once happy with the consistency of your batter, add in your sprinkles, sometimes I use a whole bag/pot and sometimes I use less, it just depends on how many sprinkles you want in there really, when using chocolate sprinkles you can really taste them like chocolate chunks almost so I like to put the whole bag in there (the bag has 250g). I have also to chosen to throw in some cute caramel stars for extra bedazzle! Mix it well before dividing between your tins. (I always like to sprinkle a few more chocolate sprinkles on the top of of the sponges for an extra fun looking finish)

And now to get them in the oven!

Bake sponges for around 25 mins until you see the sponge springs back at you when you press it down. bake them evenly by turning them halfway between baking time (I prefer to put mine in individually to ensure they bake properly but if you know your oven and it’s good enough then they will be fine baking together)

While you wait for your cakes to get cooking you can make the buttercream!

Combine together the softened butter, icing sugar, and a few drops of food coloring of your choice, and mix it well preferably with an electric whisk, until you have a nice smooth and firm buttercream. If the room isn’t too warm you can leave it out on the side until needed, but if you are working in a hot area you will want to put it in the fridge until use or it will get too runny.

When your sponges are ready, bring them out of the oven and leave to cool down before icing.

And all that’s left to do is put it together! Spread half the buttercream on the first sponge, layer the second sponge on top and cover with the remaining buttercream. I add a few sprinkles on top too but you can get as creative (or not) as you want here really! 

Let me know how your cake went in the comment selection below, or if you have any awesome cake recipes for me to try please let me know as I am always looking for new things to try and write about! 
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