Easy Food Swaps For A Healthier You

Was your New Year Resolution to be fit as a fiddle and this time next year have the body of a Victoria’s Secret model? With January already in full swing you may be realising actually this dream is a lot further from reach than anticipated. Motivation is already flailing. Energy is lacking. And really can you be bothered to drag yourself out of bed at 6.30am for the 6th day in a row? Only 359 more days to go! Wahoo..?

Honestly, this first week back into healthy eating and an actual fitness regime after Christmas has been a toughie. This morning my quads and glutes were seriously aching from an intense leg day on Wednesday; the temptation to stay in bed and convince myself ‘I clearly need a rest, my legs ache too much’ was large. Yes, my legs did ache. But today was arms and abs so really this was an irrelevant excuse. So I picked myself up and hit the gym once more.

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A Guide To Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Throw it back to two years ago and I was an excitable nineteen year old packing my bags and researching everything I possibly could about Australia. I had a list as long as my arm of all the places I wanted to go, things I wanted to do and places I wanted to see; the prospect for adventure was exhilarating. I was going travelling.

From the eight months I spent in Australia (not nearly long enough), two months were spent with family living in Freshwater. Haven’t heard of it? Neither have most travellers. Freshwater is one of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and I think they often go a miss.

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Get Your Health Back on Track

A New Year, a new start… right?

For me, this last week has been a non-stop cycle of all things cheese, chocolate and alcohol. In other words: Christmas. What else are the holidays for!

Unfortunately now all the festive fun is over, the pounds you’ve piled on the past fortnight are starting to dawn on you and the January blues are already in sight. The health and fitness goals you’ve been promising to set yourself in the New Year (primarily as an excuse to tuck into that extra tin of Quality Streets) seem a bit too far from reach. Why couldn’t Santa bring you a super speedy metabolism and incredible willpower?

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2016: A Year In Review

One more trip around the sun and it hasn’t it been an eventful one? 2016. The year to bring us Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the Rio Olympics, the loss of George Michael, Mary Berry’s last Bake Off and the shooting of Harambe.


Beside everything else, 2016 has been a big year for me personally. I moved into my student house in Leeds, have gone through two jobs and started coaching a cheerleading team. And also came the birth of my blog.

Usually, I’m all one for moving forward. Lets live in the present and aim to improve our futures; the past cannot be changed so why look back? Sometimes it’s important to reflect on the good things. So here’s a stroll down memory lane looking back on the best bits of my blog from 2016.

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My Favourite Food Places in Leeds

Ahh Leeds! A city I’ve been lucky enough to call my home for nearly two years now – how time flies when you’re having fun.

Any spare money I have left over from my student loan goes on one of three things: alcohol (shamelessly student nights out are a priority), saving for travelling, or food. Specifically, eating out. There’s nothing nicer than having delicious food cooked for you whilst in good company.

So here’s a list of my favourite foodie places in Leeds guaranteed to get your tummies rumbling, taste-buds tingling and sort you out no matter what the occasion (not that there needs to be one).

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7 Tips: How Not To Stress

Stress. A feeling we all know too well.

That extra weight on your shoulders pulling you down; so many thoughts and worries ticking over in your head you can’t relax; that horrible anxious feeling at the pit of your stomach that you can’t quite shift. And that pull your hair out peak you hit right as you’re about to go over the edge. Sound familiar?

As you may have noticed my blog has been rather quiet for a while. I have felt a lot of pressure lately and my brain has been overwhelmed with things to do and how to prioritise. How am I supposed to complete work for five different deadlines, coach a cheerleading team, actively participate in two other cheer teams and manage two part time jobs, whilst staying on top of my finances (especially with it being Christmas and my student loan slowly diminishing), maintaining relationships in my life and looking after myself? That sentence was so long and confusing my mind aches just from reading it back.

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Five Must Do’s In Berlin This Winter

Ahh Germany! A country I have always wanted to visit yet with little time and money (student problems), it’s always managed to sneak away from me. Though with Christmas approaching and a very stressful semester one out the way I decided it was time; “Hold Christmas! Hold revision! Hold everything! I’m going to Berlin.”

And boy am I glad I did.

The first thing that took me by surprise was the size. For a capital city I don’t know why I was expecting it any other way, but the vastness of the city shocked me. And I’m no country bumpkin; I live in Leeds so city life if relatively normal to me. Thankfully the train network across the city was incredibly easy to use and great value (€7.70 for all zones until 3am the next morning – bargain).

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Easy Peasy Pancakes

Who says pancakes are just for pancake day?

Pancakes are quick and easy to whip up, taste delicious and are surprisingly cheap to make. Me and my housemate started making pancakes together (aww) and ‘Pancake Saturday’ soon made its way into out routine. As well as being affordable and tasty, as long as you don’t pile scoops of ice cream, glugs of maple syrup and lashings of cream, they can also be relatively healthy yet feel like a huge treat!

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Student Survival Guide: Your First Year Of Uni

That time of year when eighteen year olds all across the nation put on their highest of high-heels and pick up the soon to be empty vodka bottle came about on Thursday of last week: A-Level results day. It’s a day of fate-deciding which is no longer in your hands; either you’d have been celebrating success or drowning your sorrows in attempt to forget that you may have to return to the college you’d hoped to leave far, very far, behind (either way, a great excuse for a drink).

Many will be looking forward to the next splash of fun and adventure on the horizon: uni. For most students, uni is the first time away from home. Think of the independence. The freedom. The ability to do exactly as you wish, when you wish, without the annoying nag from Mum about tidying your room or being back by two in the morning. Bliss. 

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Campervanning Around WA

During my travels around Australia, two glorious weeks were spent in a camper van; she was the cheapest we could get our hands on, the bumpiest ride ever, yet she got us from A to B and we ended up loving her very much.

It meant we could wake up with breathtaking views on our doorstep every morning. And if that’s not a living the dream, then I don’t know what is.

Only having a two-week time frame with the camper van, this was the only part of my eight-month trip which was set to a strict schedule. We’d carefully sat down and planned our route before, and it was a stretch; to see all we wanted meant some days of endless driving and few breaks. Luckily for me (and unluckily for my friend) I can’t drive, so for me this was fine. I spent the ‘travel’ days singing at the top of my voice to the radio, reading my books, windows rolled down, hot breeze in my hair enjoying the never ending view of road and red soil.

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