Sounds of summer | Playlist

Sounds of summer playlist

Summer is finally upon us and i’ve definitely been feeling the heat down in London lately.

So it seems like the right time to bring the summer playlists back out. My sounds of summer playlist is all I can listen to lately, it’s packed full of super summery upbeat tunes. A lot of these are part of a playlist Jordan and I created last summer, which we played to death during our time in California, so a lot of these songs bring back a lot of happy sunshine memories.

Happy listening!

 

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Blueberry & Banana Smoothie Bowl | Recipe

Felicity & Ink | Blueberry & Banana Smoothie Bowl Recipe

I’ve been so good at sticking to clean eating since the start of the new year, it’s probably because i’ve been more adventurous with the meals and snacks i’ve been preparing. I have the Lean in 15 recipe books to thank mostly for that and because i’m learning to balance my meals and snacks better.

I’m enjoying cooking and inventing my own clean recipes so much at the moment, so I thought i’d start to share them on here. That way I won’t forget whatever I make up also.

Just to give you a bit of background,  i’ve been on a bit of a health mission which has resulted in a weight loss of 30lbs since this time last year, which i’m pretty proud of! Over the course of that year though I would try and deprive myself of any high carb/sugar treats I was craving, which would then result in me falling completely off track and going on a full on binge.

SO, i’m learning that moderation is the key to making this change in lifestyle maintainable. I’d say I have more of a savoury tooth than a sweet one but when I crave sweet it’s almost always dairy milk. Now i’m letting myself have whatever i’m craving, but in moderation. If I let myself have dairy milk every time I craved it, i would be eating it almost every day. So instead i’ve been creating my own little sweet treats that are healthier and take the craving away and thats how this deliciously refreshing smoothie bowl was created.

Enjoy!

SERVES 2
PREP TIME | 10 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 handful of blueberries
    (save a few for the topping)
  • 1 handful of blackberries
  • half a cup of ice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar / honey
  • 2tsp desiccated coconut
  • 2tsp chia seeds

METHOD

  1. Blend together the frozen bananas, blueberries, blackberries, ice and agave nectar until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into two bowls.
  3. Slice your fresh banana and chop the blueberries into halves.
  4. Top your smoothie bowl with the sliced fruit.
  5. Sprinkle one teaspoon of desiccated coconut and one teaspoon of chia seeds onto each bowl.
  6. Serve up and enjoy!
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January | Vision Board

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2017 is in full swing and a fresh year is a great time for a reset and a rethink of your goals and plans.

Now, i’m not one for new years resolutions, in past years I would have thought of one or two but experience tells me I won’t stick to them. To me one statement to work towards for a year is unrealistic and soon becomes daunting. Instead I prefer to break up any goals I have into monthly, weekly or daily ones to work towards something bigger.

So I have decided to start creating a monthly vision board to put together how i’m feeling, what my aim of the month is and what feels visually appealing to me at the time. Which in turn will hopefully help me create something new out of it afterwards. So lets start with January!


January, the month of new beginnings, fresh starts and new hopes.

This month for me, will be focused on my career and what I want out of it. I’m in a new city, so I want to take full advantage of that. It will also see the reboot of my health mission to lose the last of my unwanted weight and tone up.

What are your aims for January? Maybe try creating your own vision board, it doesn’t have to make sense to others, as long as it does to you. Putting one together is fun too, or is that just me?

Felicity & Ink | January Vision Board

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2016 | Year In Review

Felicity & Ink Year In Review

I always feel reflective at this time of year and 2016 has been a pretty amazing year for me.

So I thought i’d put together a little post of all the things i’ve been grateful of this year. That way I have something to look back at this time next year.

So heres some things that have made 2016, probably the best year of my life to date.

Felicity & Ink | New York City, Travel Diary 2016
Felicity & Ink | New York City, Travel Diary 2016
Felicity & Ink | New York City, Travel Diary 2016

Travelling to New York in January (and getting snowed in)

My trip to New York with my boyfriend Jordan is definitely what got 2016 off to the best start.

Not only because it was our first major trip together but the unforgettable events that happened when whilst we were there and just because well, it’s New York. I definitley want to visit again very soon!

Read my New York travel diary here.

Celebrating our 3rd anniversary at Edinburgh in march

We love Edinburgh, so celebrating our 2nd anniversary in a row in Edinburgh was perfect.

We spent a couple of days in the Scottish capital and stayed in a lovely apartment.

The past 3 years with Jordan have been absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to celebrate our fourth anniversary in March next year.

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Being surprised with a Birthday trip to Harrogate in March

This was a lovely surprise from Jordan, i’d never been to Harrogate before. It’s such a cute town in North Yorkshire.

We spent the night at the Hotel Du Vin which was lovely, accompanied by a three course meal and lots of prosecco.

It was the best birthday ever!

Felicity & Ink, New York City Travel Diary Day 3 - 5th Avenue Shopping & Central Park

My amazingly supportive boyfriend

Jordan is literally my number one fan, which he tells me all of the time.

He’s the most loving and chilled person i’ve ever met. No matter the situation he is chilled and reassuring and always makes me feel better.

He supports everything I do and I don’t know what i’d do without him, especially the past couple weeks. I’m so glad we have shared so many amazing memories together and I can’t wait to make more.

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Losing 25lbs and counting

At the beginning of this year I set out to become healthier and lose some weight. Like many, i’ve said this at the beginning of most years but this year I actually accomplished my goal.

I found a love for running at the start of Spring which helped a lot, this combined with weights, pilates and a low carb and no sugar diet all contributed to a huge weight loss. The fact I had a trip to LA planned in the summer was good motivation too.

This is the most comfortable i’ve felt with my body, something i’ve wanted to feel for a long time. I still have a little way to go and shall be adding a lot more exercise and a stricter diet into my life in the new year.

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Travelling to LA in August

It has always been a dream of mine to visit California, it finally happened this summer and it definitely did not disappoint!

I literally had the best summer ever this year, which this trip with Jordan was a huge part of.

I have never felt so chilled and laid back as when I was there, it is such a beautiful and surreal place. It is now my dream to live there someday.

Theres still a travel diary to come about this trip so keep checking back or even better, subscribe for updates.

Finding out i’m going to be an Aunty in October

This was an unexpected one but probably the most super special one!

I’m so excited to go baby shopping and of course I can’t wait to meet the little guy or girl next summer.

We only have to wait a couple more weeks for my sister to have the scan and find out!

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Moving to London in October

Jordan and I had been thinking for a little while that we wanted to move somewhere different. One day we just said lets try and move to London and so we did.

We didn’t know when it would happen but our aim was before Christmas and we ended up here 3 months before.

London is such an amazing, hectic and cultured city and we are both loving living here so far and exploring what it has to offer.

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Mine and Jordan’s first home

Our London apartment is our first non student home together.

It’s been so much fun moving all of our stuff in and making it our own, we absolutely love it!

It’s like a little calm sanctuary in this super busy city, I love hearing the hustle and bustle going on outside though. So much so I found the silence too weird when we travelled back to the North East for Christmas.

Old friends and new friends

I’m always grateful for my friends i’ve made a lot of great new ones this year too.

I do wish it was easier to get to spend time with them all, everyone is scattered all of the country which makes it more difficult but when I do see them it’s always great.

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My family visiting me in London (and family in general)

In November my Mam and Sister made the journey from Newcastle to visit me.

My Mam had always said if I moved to London, she would not be able to visit me. She’s not really a fan of busy places and struggles with small spaces which would make it difficult for her to travel around the city without getting on the tube.

But only a month after moving, her and my sister came to visit and she ended up loving it. She even travelled on the tube numerous times and coped really well with it all, for which i’m super proud and of course it was lovely to see them and show them around our new home.

My family have been super supportive of my move to London in general, which i’m super grateful for.

Spending time with family at Christmas

We were pretty unsure if we would get to travel back to the North East this Christmas but pretty last minute we ended up being able to.

Its always good to spend time with the family but it’s even more special after moving so far away from them all.

After 4 years as a couple it was the first year Jordan and I actually got to spend Christmas day together, which was perfect!

I’m so excited to set new targets for 2017 and to create many more amazing memories.

I hope you all enjoy celebrating with your loved ones tonight and I shall see you in the new year!

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