Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sharing the Love: My Favourite Fitness Bloggers

Hey Guys!

I thought today I would show a bit of love for the blogging community but I thought I would make a little series with 4 blog posts with them focusing on my favorite bloggers within Fitness, Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle type blogs. I'm going to start with fitness as that is my fain focus on this blog. Lets get started sharing the love with my 4 favorite bloggers.

1: Gymbags and GladragsCantara is a 23 year old blogger who has a blog that is a mix of everything but has a focus on fitness. What I love about her blog is that within her fitness section her motivational Monday post encourage me to go to the gym or even do a little change to my diet. 

Gymbags & Gladrags Blog

2. Outside Beauty, Inside Health :Cat is a 24 year old blogger who's blog is all about fitness, beauty, lifestyle and Food. What more can a girl want from a blog, I love Cat blog her fitness post are some of my favorites around in the blog world like Cantara she does a range of post but my favorite type of post that she does fitness wise are her Wednesday's Workout these post are either her workouts or she reviews workout programs that are big at the moment. Recently she reviewed The Podium Effect Workout which is definitely worth a look at.

Outside Beauty, Inside Health

3. Carly Rowena // Fitness Blogger : Carly's blog is another one of my favourite my main love of her blog is actually her YouTube Channel. Both her blog and channel are really informative either doing workout video or post, she does review of products that are either beauty, fitness and food. She goes in depth within her workout video or product reveiw which is what you need from a blogger.
Carly Rowena

4. The Blonde Ethos: Natalie's Blog is like the other blogs a mix of everything but a main focus on changing your lifestyle which I am all about. She does a lot of reviews of apps/classes and products but her reviews on My-Protein are what I pay a lot of attention to as I have been looking in to trying myself so see these types of reviews going in to her blog is a bonus. I'm not a massive fan of wishlist but fitness wear wishlist are another story as I love them. She has really good taste in fitness wear and I want to buy everything she chooses. 

The Blonde Ethos

Well these are my favorite fitness bloggers and I follow a lot of them. These are just my opinions but hopefully you enjoy reading these blogs or I've given you some new blogs to read. Leave comments of blogs you think I should have a look at in the future?

Hope to see you soon
Love Melissa xx


Saturday, 26 October 2013

What's in my bag: Activity Week In The Lakes

Hey Guys!

If you follow me on twitter or know me in person you will know that i'm heading up to lake Windermere for 3 days with Streetgames who are a massive organisation that are involved in helping volunteers get the best out of their community. I've been to this event once before and it was the best 3 days of my year. I meet some of the best people from all over the UK and got to spend time with a lot of different people. Anyways I thought I would show you what type of clothes i'll be taking away with me. I'm hopefully going to do a what is in my wash bag as well. So here are the clothes that i'll be taking away with for 3 days.

Most my clothes for the 3 days (I know what your thinking that is tones for 3 days, Just let me explain)
I'm going to explain each section and give you links if I can get them.

Knitwear Jumpers: I have only 2 knitwear jumper in the pile with a hoodie underneath but on to the jumpers, I've had these jumpers that are from Primark for about a year as they just haven't seemed to lost shape. I have a blue one and grey one there both a marl pattern to them, I'm mainly taking these away for the night time when we have free time and get to just be lazy. 

Jogger Bottoms & Hat: I really have 3 pairs of pants but i'm wear one on the mini bus so there is a different bag but these 2 jogger bottoms are again from Primark (seeing a pattern here) I have so many pair of these trousers because being a sport coach you need endless pairs plus when running around with kids clothes get wrecked and this week will be no different and at £7 you don't mind them getting dirty. 
This hat is my baby, I live in this hat all year round and when we got advised to take a hat. I knew this baby was coming with me, I'm not 100% sure where it's from as it was my sisters who said I could have it. We will be needing a hat as it going to be cold plus we are going to be doing outdoor activities so it good that i'm taking a hat with me.

Super Cosy Tights/ Leggings: If you don't know about these tight then I don't know where you have been, again these are from Primark and are mainly going to be used to put under my joggers just as another of layer to keep me warm.

Cosy Socks: Same as the tights these are them Primark gems that i'm always going back and re-buying them over and over again. These are to put on with my trainers to keep my feet what more could you want from socks.

Short Sleeves/ Vest Tops:  This is where the none Primark items come in. I have got my snow white cat face t-shirt from Romwe which i'm in love with. I also have this Red Pro Fit Nike Top which I've had for years as I've used it for playing sports and coaching in the cold so I know this top will work well when i'm away. Lastly I have a plain white vest top from Primark again this is just throw on on a night or under a jumper on the way.

Long sleeve T-shirt: All 4 of these tops are Primark, there either V necks or round necks. I'm basically taking these because there have long sleeves and they should keep me warm. I wear these all the way through A/W when i'm coaching as it just the best thing to wear when your teaching kids how to kick a football in the cold.

Hoodies/Jumpers: Final section of clothes and this is a mix of a hoodie and jumpers. The hoodie that is in the middle is my coaching jumper that I got from StreetGames and wear to most of my coaching sessions and basically live in tbh. I also have my guns and roses jumper from Primark which is about a year old again (see the pattern of Primark and year old items )and also have my Minnie Mouse jumper from Forever 21 (similar Here), I got this when I went to London in August. 

As you can see most of the things i'm taking away are from Primark, these main reason for this is because there basics that are cheap so if they get damaged when I'm away there easy enough to replace. Also I am taking underwear and all the other stuff but didn't think you would want to see all that stuff.

Pink Nike Small Duffle Grip Bag
Bag: This is my Nike duffle bag, I thought I would show you my bag that everything is going in. This was my sister bag but I had one similar and these bags are worth the money for £20 I must have used this every time I've gone away and most likely be buying the bigger version for when I hopefully go to america. 

Batman Converse / Nike Running Shoes (Similar Here)
Finally are my shoes;

My Ready To Get Mucky Trainers: These are my adorable Batman Converse, I'm taking these away with me as I don't mind getting these dirty and there basically wrecked anyways so I don't see why I can't wreck them a little bit more.

My Keep Dry Trainers:  If you followed my tumblr blog then you would have seen these little beauties a number of times. I got these from the kids section in start fitness and never regretted buying. That why i'm going to be wearing these on the night times and when we are doing group work as I don't want them to get to dirty.

Anyways that is my what's in my bag: Activity week in the lakes, I hope you enjoyed this type of post. I'm going away again in December for my birthday so if you like this post please leave me a comment or why not just tell me what you think I've missed out on.

Hope to see you soon
Speak to you soon
Love Melissa xx

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Lifestyle: Them Goals You Need To Reach


We are getting well in to October and every month I try and give myself some goals for the months and I thought I would tell you about them goals.

Goal 1: Spending Ban
Every month I say i'm going on a spending ban but now that it is only 2/3 months til Christmas and I need money so that is what my spending ban is in aid for. The only things i should be spending money on is bus passes, lunch for work but that will hopefully be it. I'm going to try and keep you up dater every week or at least fortnightly.  

Goal 2: Gym 
Lately my gym sessions have be a bit here and there but I'm hoping to try and get there at least twice a week. I get my gym sessions free so I don't have to worry about my spending ban.

Goal 3: Blogging
I don't have any blogging pattern at the moment but I would at least like to try and blog twice a week but I would really like to do at least 3 this mainly depends on a number of things like work and life in general.

Well that is my goals for the month. I'll update you with how my goals go at the end of October.

Hope to see you soon.
Love Melissa xx


Friday, 4 October 2013

Lifestyle: That First Graze Box

Hey Guys!

Hows it going? So last week I said to myself 'Melissa why not get a graze box?' and after having a look at the snacks and jumped on the bandwagon and got a box. I had a free code out of a magazine and thought this would be the best time. Well let me show you what I got. 

My Graze Box!
This is what the content of my box is.

As you can see the photo above shows what I got in my box. I'm going to tell you about them and give them a rate them like you do on the website. For people who don't know about the rate system on the website you get to decide if you want to 'Bin' or 'Try' a snack and then when you get the snack you decide if you 'Like'  'Love'  or you want to 'Bin' it. I'm going to use that system to rate my snacks.

I was given Fruit seed flapjack, the British barbecue, The inspired by Jaffa cake snack and Toffee Apple.

Snack No: Toffee Apple 'Sticky toffee sauce with granny smith apple slices.' This snack was a bit hit and miss for me. I loved the apple alone I had never had sliced apple like this but the the sauce I was not a fan of at all. I'm not a huge toffee fan to begin with but I did give it a try and was not a fan.
Rate: 'Bin'
This snack is also a source of fiber and is 66 calories. 
Snack No2: The British Barbecue 'Rosemary crostini, Mini basil breadsticks, fiery seeds and smoked almonds.' OMG this snack was the nicest snack out of all of these snacks. I loved the different textures of the the bread with the seeds and the barbecue taste is so nice. If i could just get 4 boxes of this I would!
Rate: 'Love' 
This snack is a source of at least 2 vitamins and minerals and this snack is part of the graze light range and is only 118 carl

Snack No3: Fruit & seed flapjack 'Rustic rolled oat flapjack with mixed seeds and dried fruits.' This is another snack that I loved, not as much as snack No2 but these were really nice and really easy to eat. I find that some flapjacks can be quite hard to eat but these weren't I wish i could get this in a big size so I can have it with custard. 
Rate: 'Love'
This snack is also a source of fibre which is always good to have within your diet.

Snack No4: Inspired by Jaffa Cake 'Roasted hazels, orange infused raisins and dark chocolate buttons.' This snack was not for me at all I don't like Jaffa cakes so I knew I wasn't going to like this but I thought I would give them a go but no I didn't get on with it at all. Your meant to stack them like a sandwich but that didn't work for me it just was not meant to be at all.
Rate: 'Bin'
This is a source of at least two vitamins and mineral and it also a source of fibre.

So that is my first graze box. Have you had a graze box before and have any snacks you think I should get in the future? Also if you know any recipes that i can use to make a big fruit and seed flapjack that would be brilliant!

Thank you for reading, see you soon
Love Melissa xx

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