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Happy new year and HELLO 2017. I love the positivity the start of a new year brings. We’ve still got a week left of our dream honeymoon so it’s difficult to reflect on home life or imagine anything other than this beach existence we are currently living! But soon we will be home and I’m focused on setting some goals to make 2017 even better than 2016.

Last year was full of excitement for me: I got married, graduated, started my teaching certificate, had my honeymoon to look forward to as well as visiting several other countries too. Looking forward to 2017 it doesn’t seem quite as jam-packed! But there are always things to be excited about or strive for.

2017 holds for me (so far!):

💗 My first full year as a Mrs and our first wedding anniversary.

💗 Finishing my post grad teacher training and (all being well) getting my first job as a teacher!

💗 Summer holidays to Greece and Portugal.

My goals for 2017:

⭐️ Finish my PGCE and get a job!

⭐️ Continue to grow my blog, extending my readership and improving my content.

⭐️ Take more photos and improve my photography skills.

⭐️ Get back in the gym and lose those few holiday pounds and get my six pack back!

⭐️ Get to as many places as money will allow, both in the UK and abroad.

So, now that I’ve committed these to paper I guess I’ve got to achieve them! What are your goals for this year?

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2017 and a big THANK YOU for reading my blog 💗

We all make New Years resolutions don’t we? Grand plans about how we are going to drop a dress size, become fluent in French, learn salsa dancing, the list goes on. New year, new me. In its most basic sense – I love New Years resolutions. The idea of wiping the slate clean and starting a brand new year with new intentions really appeals to me. However, a lot of the time the promises we make to ourselves after a few glasses of bubbly are not realistic, not achievable and not always that helpful to our sense of wellbeing. Constantly failing our resolutions on January 9th is not great for us! So, here are some ideas of some achieveable goals which I will set for myself, which are worth making.

1. Say yes more. I truly believe that life is for living. Say yes to the party, even if you don’t really fancy going. Challenge yourself, take a risk, say yes to the promotion/ holiday/ date. You’ll never know if you don’t go!  Cram as much as you can in while you can. Having a ‘yes I can’ attitude can have a really positive impact on your wellbeing too and you will radiate positive vibes to everyone around you.

2. Try something new. And it doesn’t have to be salsa dancing! But it could be! For me, even just trying a new music venue I haven’t been to before, a new cuisine or a new genre of film is exciting. It could be a new hobby or even a new career – but try at least one new thing in 2017.

3. Move a bit more. Next year I pledge that instead of getting the bus to and from uni, I will get the bus there but walk home. Just taking on a tiny bit more exercise in your routine can have a huge impact on your health, fitness or wellbeing. Try getting into the habit of going for a long walk every Sunday without fail, whatever the weather, or perhaps swimming on a Friday evening to relax and wind down after work. Whatever it is, it doesn’t need to be a huge fitness over haul. Just a small change is enough.

4. Drink more water. In previous years I’ve tried all the usual ‘cut down on this’ and ‘stop having that’, but I find it much more positive and helpful to think of what I can add to my life rather that what I should take away. Water is so important and most of us don’t drink nearly enough. Carry a water bottle round all day and try to drink just one more bottle full than you naturally would. Before you know it you’ll be feeling more awake, hydrated and happy.

5. Tick something off the bucket list. I know a lot of things may not be achieveable in 2017, or the year after that! Many things on my list will take me decades to get to probably. But I think it’s certainly realistic to aim to tick off just one thing per year. And if not then maybe your list needs revisiting! Potentials for 2017 for me include: surfing in Cornwall, volunteering for charity work, visiting Ireland, eating in a michelin star restaurant or swimming with turtles in Zante.

I hope you found some of these helpful and that it might give you some ideas for your own resolutions. Personally, I like to make resolutions and set goals but don’t beat myself up too much if they don’t materialise. There’s always next year right?!

Don’t worry, be happy. Peace and love to all and wishing you a truly magical 2017. I hope all your dreams come true.

Happy new year. 

Love from,

Some of you may know that when I started working out in January 2016 it was inspired by my impending wedding and I was motivated by getting in shape to look hot for my big day! One of the things top of my list of flabby bits to tone was ARMS. I always struggled with confidence around my upper arms and always felt they looked flabby in certain outfits. This would not do in a wedding dress!

So, my aim – to get toned sexy arms weren’t too muscley or ‘stacked’. Contrary to popular belief, if you lift weights in the gym – you will not get stacked over night!! Seriously I know so many girls who avoid the free weights because they think their arms will get too big. Body building takes months or even years of constantly lifting and using VERY HEAVY WEIGHTS. Trust me, you’ll be fine.

I’m really pleased with how my arms look now – I feel that they are slender and I have some muscle definition but not too much growth. I achieved this by doing one upper body workout per week where I worked all the muscle groups in my arm, and by keeping the weights mostly the same or increasing by a small amount (1kg at a time).

My favourite arm exercises:

💙 Push ups

💙 Pull ups (assisted or non – depending on how hardcore you are)

💙 Tricep dips

💙 Bicep & Tricep curls using the cable

💙 Bar bell clean & press (great all body toner)

💙 Kettle bell swings (tones the whole arm)

The important thing to remember is it’s okay to start with very low weights. If you think about it – the Bicep and Tricep muscles on your body are actually pretty tiny compared to, say, your leg muscles. The key is to complete the exercise slowly and controlled with a weight that is challenging, but still enables you to complete the movement.

So, get down the gym and boss those arms. Being strong is sexy!

Do you like upper body workouts? What’s your favourite?

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Would you ever get matching identical tattoos with your significant other? Names are tempting fate we all know that, but how about finding something that you both like enough to get permanently inked on your skin to show your ultimate commitment to forever together?

Well, we did! And it was before we were married. The idea started out as a tipsy late night pub conversation (no we weren’t drunk when we got them!). We were on the way home and I was winding Paul up about us being together forever and did he mean it (I know how needy is that) and he joked what would it take to convince me?! Neither of us fancied a each other’s name so the idea of a matching tat was born.

I had wanted a small but detailed Asian style elephant tattoo for ages. I had been umming and ahhing, did I want it? Where should I get it? I love what the elephant represents; strength, peace, being wise and quiet and always calm. Plus it’s my favourite animal by a long way due to the time I spent with these amazing animals in Thailand. I was lucky because Paul’s already got quite a lot of tattoos he was not really that fussed about what it was as long as it was unisex (no butterflies or playboy logos were my instructions!!!) and so he was happy to get the elephant too.

We went to the tattoo shop together and came out with our little elephant.


As you can see, mine is on my lower back and his on his wrist. All of my tattoos are hidden and I like to keep it that way incase I need to cover them. We both loved the ink straight away and I still to this day love the sentiment of it. No matter how tacky you think it is there is no denying that having something permanently inked on your skin is the ultimate sign of forever. I feel that we always have a part of each other. I am proud of this tattoo and what it means to us both.

When you go about something like this you inevitably get a lot of, ‘but what if??’ reactions. Well, first of all, who wants to live life like that?? Live and LOVE for the moment. If you want to get a couples tattoo then GET IT. However, saying that is is understandable that people may think it’s a bit reckless and let’s face it we’ve all seen Tattoo Fixers and the sheepish people trying to cover their ex’s names! That’s why getting a symbol or something that represents your relationship is perhaps more safe and I think it means a lot more as well.

We love our tattoos and I feel like it was the first step we took towards making the ultimate commitment – we were married the following year! Our little elephant is very special to us both and will be forever.

What do you think?? I’d be interested to get people’s opinion on this!


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Now that I’ve been working out consistently for 9 months now I’ve began to notice some progress in the weights I’ve been lifting. I’ve tried to progress my upper body weights slowly and most use lighter weights/more reps for this part of my body because I’m conscious of becoming too stacked in my arms and shoulders.

In terms of my lower body though I am constantly trying to up the weights which I squat to continue to tighten and build muscle mass on my butt! Booty gains is what it’s about.

So recently, the barbells I’ve been using o squat have become too heavy for me to actually lift above my head without help. It’s time to venture into the free weights area and stack up the squat rack. I’ve always  intimidated and ‘out of place’ as a female in the free weights area, so Paul showed me how to work it initially, but it’s essentially very simple. It allows you to safely squat weight levels which would be otherwise too heavy for you to lift.


A few tips for women thinking of using this kit:

  1. You are strong.  DO NOT feel intimidated by the meathead guys in the free weights section. If your gym is anything like mine it’s a male dominated environment and they may look at you like, ‘what you doing on our squat rack?!’ You have as much right to use it as they do.
  2. There is NO minimum weight which ‘allows you’ to use the rack. When you first start you may be putting baby weights on the bar, or even no weights (as the bar weights 20kgs normally). This is fine, you don’t have to squat 100kgs to be ‘worthy’ of the squat rack. Build up slowly.
  3. On the subject of slowly; take your time. Don’t get flustered and end up rushing and hurting yourself.
  4. Give it a go!! Why not?

Do you use the free weights section?