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healthy eating = healthy tummy. simple.

7 Apr

so anyone who knows me know that i am – usually- quite conscious of what i put into my tummy.

at the moment i’ve been bulking up on these bad boys below, and have to say, i’m really seeing (and feeling) the benefits:

almonds with the skin still on

green tea

green veggies-

avocado/guacamole

water

fish

eggs

nutty, superfood salads from m&s

humous on rice cakes

crunchy oriental stirfries

bounce balls- available at all good health shops

coconut butter- used as cooking oil-

cashew nuts and pine nuts – on top of my stirfry

flaxseed, chopped hazelnuts, linseed and bran with my porridge

healthy living words

i’ve also tried to stick to eating carbs- in so far as possible- to post-workout, thanks to the advice of the lovely guys at the edge gym in clontarf. i’ve started to take some of their supplements too to help make sure i get everything i need to keep my body healthy, strong and full of energy. you can buy them here.

give the above a try and i guarantee you’ll see a huge improvement in your overall energy- you’ll feel less sluggish, more motivated and less hungry. give it a go at least. feel good.

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new year, new to-do list…

5 Jan

so i’m obsessive about to-do lists. anyone who knows me knows that much…

so for 2013 i couldn’t wait to get my hands on a nerdy new moleskine (notes on an iphone simply don’t cut it) and start scribbling for the new year.

here’s what i came up with:

more travelling– already planning a trip to zakynthos with the girls and possibly a trip to new york and miami is on the cards although wouldn’t mind another sunny break after the summer…and dream of new zealand to visit kiri, brian and sophie and australia to visit nicole, maria & steen wuhu! need to start saving asap meh…

zakynthos

more learning- enrolled myself in a masters in digital marketing starting february 19th so i can be an even nerdier nerd and learn more ‘onliney stuff’ to keep my brain ticking over. next task is new desk but might have to draft some help to put that one together eek!

learn something new- got a guitar for my birthday from my brother and dad so going to get cracking on this pretty soon 🙂

guitar mexico

challenge myself- started bikram yoga this week  at init yoga and it’s awesome! very tough but feel like i have totally pushed myself after each class…i’m still pretty crap so hoping it get’s a little easier…or i get a little better! 🙂

Bikram_Yoga_Postures_spoof_by_anandb

get moving- need to finish learning to drive, pass my test and get a little crash dummy to drive around…thinking a mini one or mini cooper or maybe a fiat 500? also thinking of getting myself some two wheeled transport…

fiat-500c_1

more fun weekends- not necessarily boozy weekends but i finally need to address that i didn’t get to see everyone who lives abroad who i love and miss in 2012 😦 so need to get cracking on booking weekends to edinburgh, london, reading, cardiff, krakow and gothenburg for 2013 wuhu!! also with the new-old-wheels i’ll be able to host some little roadtrips. win!

krakow_sightseeing

just try and be a little healthier- eat more foods with no labels, drink more water and less caffeine, cut down on processed foods etc…maybe it’s easy to say but i also need to learn to be a little more proactive with my time as i tend to procrastinate over the teeniest tiniest things so need to get on with the show a little more, maximise my time and get the balance a little better…

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i’m open to suggestions 🙂

damn you santa- all the things i wanted but never got…

9 Dec

gizmo

mr. frosty

new kids on the block’s first album

twister

barbie magic van

racer bike

barbie magic van

gizmo

bmx

hair curlers

mr frosty

mini fake washing machine

baby born

teenage mutant hero turtles- all of them

teenage mutant ninja turtles

sylvanian families- all of them

trip to disneyland florida

guitar

sylvanian hedgehogs

totally starting to work my way through this list- guitar and gizmo first off…and maybe twister…

birthday wishes- blowin’ out the candles x 3

8 Dec

heart lights

 

 

hand lights

 

oscar Wilde Quote

 

orla mc donagh

 

interstate 29th birthday

 

made 3 awesome birthday wishes this year but not tellin’…

things that make me go bleh

10 Oct

dirty things

people who don’t clean themselves or their surroundings

rude people

being late

bad smells

velvet rubbed the wrong way

disorganisation

not living with a pet at the moment 😦

fakeness

big long- too long- nails

people who hock

shoes that get worn down on one side

harvey norman or eurocycles ads

shoes that get worn down at all

monday

wednesday afternoon

losing a really good to-do list

silly panpipe music

feet

people who come too close

neediness

having crutches this week

overthinking

lack of sillyness in people

people who don’t love christmas

people who don’t celebrate -positively- their birthdays

people who blow smoke in your face in the morning on the way to work

people who blow smoke in your face at a bus stop

this list will continue after I step in some puddles in new shoes or my umbrella flies away in the wind.

 

New Year- New Resolutions

5 Jan

So it’s now the 5th of January, definitely enough time to seriously consider my New Year’s Resolutions, without legging it to the gym and never using my membership after the end of January. Plus I HATE those resolution gym treadmill stealing newbies who arrive all made-up and matching and take over all the machines for a month all full of swagger and pzazz, and then never come back. Ok rant over.

Here is my carefully-put-together-made-with-love list of New Year’s Resolutions: (in no particular order)

  • Get a job that defies awesomeness in Marketing/PR/Social Media/Event Management-preferably a giant mix of all of the above
  • Get my full Driver’s License and actually use it. I will let you all know when I finally take to the roads so you have the option of not, while I find my feet.
  • Take more photos and make the time to do it slowly like when I was in college.
  • Travel more- Already this year I’ve booked Berlin to see Florence in March, Barcelona this weekend, have to book Manchester with the lovely Ciara for our anti-European Cup trip, and somewhere along the lines I want to make it to Edinburgh to see Shell and Paulie, Southampton to meet baby Leila, Cath and Mike, and London to visit Emma, Mags, Emer, Ruth, Jamie, Paul, Kasia, Amy and more… On this hit list, if someone else is paying I’ll add in a few weeks in Thailand,Vietnam and Laos and a shopping trip to New York when my little brother Ali hits the East Coast with his buddies for the summer. Oh and Galway to see Rosalie and James, Rory, Jonny and Ciara and Gary.
  • Hand in my Post-Grad projects. FINALLY. By the end of January. POW.
  • Get back into Zumba classes at the end of January with Ciara.
  • Start to run again twice a week- I know…When it’s a little less gale-forcey.
  • Get back into music- Feel like my iPod list it about 10 years old. Seriously, any suggestions for playlists welcome 🙂 Also going to more gigs would be delightful. small and cosy. Noel Gallagher and Florence are on the list so far.
  • Go somewhere random in Ireland with the girls for a weekend. Something like Delphi or Killarney back in the day. YUUUUUHUUU!
  • Learn some more yummy recipes like these
  • Get a few facials. Want to try this
  • Be more positive and not so cynical in certain situations.
  • Start an intercambio or get back into my Spanish when Ana comes to live in Dublin yay 🙂
  • Embrace the pale.
  • Learn a new skill. Mosaic classes or pottery anyone? I’ll make you an amazing pot for Christmas.
  • Find new places in Dublin to love it all over again. Open to many suggestions on this one.
  • Cut down my wardrobe and fill it with smaller amounts of more useable lovlieness. Bags and shoes are an exemption to this rule.
  • Step back and see the bigger picture. It’s not always black and white. This is a toughie.

This list is ever changing. Let me know if you have any more suggestions.

Best Christmas Ads ever

16 Nov

So I’m already excited about Christmas and have decided to put together some of my favourite Christmas Advertisements to get me and anyone else sad enough to be excited about it, even more excited YAY! and maybe even cry a little…but in a good way!

Not all of the ads are totally Christmas but they were always shown around Christmas time, people coming home to see their family, travelling to see friends, giving presents and sitting beside warm fires on frosty nights, waiting for Santa to come. Take a look and enjoy the memories 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

because you’re worth it…my list of beauty must-haves

18 Jul

so anyone who knows me, knows that’s i’m a self confessed beauty product junkie. creams, lotions, gels, sprays, mousses, serums, tints, balms, ointments, drops…you name it i’ve tried it. so with some wise years of experience under my skin and on my skin, i’ve decided to put together a little shrine list to all those favourites i’ve been using and abusing since i first stole my mum’s oil of ulay and pond’s cold cream. i thought it would be best to start from the top and move on down…

L’oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo

Revlon Professional Equave 2-Phase Leave-in Conditioner

Aveda Volumizing Hair Tonic

Pantene Pro-V Moving Volume Mousse

John Frieda Thickening Blow Dry Lotion

Clinique City Block Sheer SPF25

Kaeso Re-balancing Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser  & Mask

Origins VitaZing SPF 15 tinted moisturiser

Mac Strobe Cream


Mac Face & Body Foundation

Mac StudioFix Powder Compact

Benefit HighBeam

Estee Lauder Double Wear Shadowcremes

Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara

Rimmel Flash Eyeliner Black

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

Mac Lip Gelee in Fashion Flower

BareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Gloss in Free Will

Vaseline

Flexitol Lip Balm

Clinique All About Eyes

 

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator

San Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Garnier Bodytonic Firming Hydrating lotion

Bodyshop Body Butter

Johnson’s Baby Powder

Jason Aloe Vera Deodrant Roll-on

Garnier Mineral’s Deodrant

Arnica First-Aid bruise cream


La Roche Posay SPF 50

Lancaster Face & Body Tan Maximizer After-Sun

Essie Nail Varnish

Kaeso Pedicure everything


Noa Perfume

Perfectil 90 Day beauty treatment

Pure Simple Almond Oil for nails

Clarins Treatment Hand Cream

there is nothing better than…

6 Jul

that first bit of spring sun on your face standing at a bus stop

passing a test

tea after a night out

melty squishy red lindt chocolate

my new leather jacket

big bear hugs

booking a trip

pressing send when you know you shouldn’t

learning something new

being totally proven wrong by someone who really knows what they are actually talking about

driving with dad and not having a shouting match

pressing the emergency button (only once)

meeting new amazing people and feeling that buzz right away

enjoying what you’re doing

joey hugs

a big ticked off to-do list

someone who makes you forget all the bad stuff

90’s dance music

smell of new books, shoes, bags…

beach day with people I love

chinese takeaway with ali and conor

being nice to nice people

online window clothes shopping with mum

impulse buying with mum

doing kid stuff that adults shouldn’t do anymore

chats about old stuff with the girls

a nice glass of wine just for me

trashy harlan coben books

adventure days doing new stuff

me days with camera, long walk and fresh air

doing something you know is right, even if it’s hard

can’t live if living is without….these things

15 Jun

in no particular order:

music, chocolate, comfy pants, sunglasses, leather bags, summer, small wallet, toothbrush, the girls, warm fire, spf, tinted moisturiser, leather bags, travelling, volume spray, eyebrow pencil in blonde, fresh bread, long wanders by myself, exercise at least every other day, small amounts of trashy tv, good movies, lip balm, pizza, shoes, day planner, to-do list, shoes, lots of water, toast, nail varnish, shoes, clean sheets, tidy everything, tea, a good book, family, joey and someone who makes me feel like me but better…