20/04/2020

Blonde Vs Working From Home!

I felt like I had to live the lifestyle for a little bit before I could address this one.
I'll be real with you, it took me the first 3 weeks of lockdown to get into flow, build firm habits.


My lockdown started 4 weeks ago because I had a cold that sent me into isolation as the Pandemic began taking form in the UK. Talk about crap timing, I hardly ever get sick!
Working from home, is not as appealing as it would first seem. Initially I got back ache because I would literally sit at my desk for 8 hours solid. My eyes would sting because I was constantly staring at my screen, and we had to adjust to being entirely paperless - something my job where I am has never been. I felt like I was going from my bed to my desk to my bed for the first week.


By week 2 I knew I had to get some healthy routine in place for myself otherwise this lockdown was going to be even harder than it already is.


So here is the current weekday routine:

  • 5.30am the alarm goes off, this on the other side of my room and I have housemates. Not wanting to piss them off is what gets me out of bed in the mornings.
  • Down a bottle of water to rehydrate, make a coffee to dehydrate..
  • Get in the shower, stare into space for about 5 minutes until the shower finally starts to wake me up.
  • Shave and all that jazz. (My legs not my beard you cheeky monkeys)
  • Sit in my towel staring at the wall for about 5 minutes, then start hair, make up and so on. I normally have a youtube video or audio book on in the background and I drink the coffee I made as I get myself together for the day.
  • Get dressed, make another coffee.. (don't judge me) and some breakfast.
  • Journal my daily gratitudes and affirmations.
  • Read a daily page of the Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer Post my daily gratitude / 366 on Instagram.
  • Brush my teeth.
  • Guided meditation (I find them on youtube) 5-15 minutes depending on how much time I have left over.
  • 8.30am - Log into work.
  • 10.30am - Force myself to take a break - walk away from my desk for 5 minutes to make a drink or a snack.
  • 12.30pm - either go for a walk or do 30 minutes of home workout or yoga. Make and eat some lunch and back at my desk for 13.15.
  • 15.15 - take a 5 minute break - walk away from the desk.
  • Continue work until 17.15 and then log out for the day. If I didn't take a walk in my lunch I will do so then, or exercise. Basically the opposite of what I did at lunch is what I will do to wind down before making dinner and relaxing for the evening.


So that is my daily routine that is keeping me sane. If I get a little lonely, which to be honest I don't I have a daily video meeting online with my colleagues and we keep in touch via WhatsApp through out the day, but if I do feel a little lonely or uninspired I will put a audio book on in the background for company.
Here are some things I am really strict to myself about: 


  1. Always, always - getting myself dressed and put together as if I would when showing up for anything else. I tried working in my PJs the first day, it was the most unproductive day ever.
  2. I never have the TV or anything that can really distract me from my workload
  3. I have to get up and walk around and be active every 2-3 hours for maximum productivity
  4. Drinking a minimum of 2L water through out the work day to keep my brain fresh
  5. Not slacking, if anything - I work harder from home - just don't tell my boss because I kinda really miss my comfy office chair!

Much Love, Blondie xox

19/04/2020

Baking with Blondie: Healthy Oat Bread Thingy!

Whilst I enjoy being creative in the kitchen - I'm a busy woman (when there's not a pandemic) and I am what they would call a very slap dash cook.
For this reason quite often it's hard to write up recipes because I'll follow half a recipe from a book, and then wing the rest with my a little bit of this and a little bit of that method...
I'm random, of course my style of cooking is going to be random right?
Anyways, I found and adapted the following recipe to my taste in one of my many healthy eating books that I buy and never make anything out off....
What better time is there to get creative on our food with all this time on our hands?
I present to you: Healthy Oat Bread Thingy! Most of the ingredients you likely already have to hand and all of them are easy to get, unlike loo roll currently.




Ingredients:
  • 300g easy cook oats
  • 400g 0% fat free natural yoghurt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 70g seeds
  • Another 10g seeds to top
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian chopped herbs
  • 1 tsp pink salt (mineral rich!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Method of madness:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree's Celsius
  2. Combine the oats, 70g seeds, baking powder & salt in a large mixing bowl
  3. Stir in the eggs and yoghurt and give it a really good mix
  4. Pour your mix into a lightly greased non stick bread tin
  5. Bake for 25 minutes at 180 then turn the oven down to 150 for a further 25 minutes.


Enjoy! Blondie xox

15/03/2020

ImaStay Blondie!

It’s 3 months into the 2020, Megs n Harry have left the UK, the UK has left the EU, Boris hasn't invested in a new hair piece and Coronavirus has well and truely moved in!
Stocks have plummeted, with the exception of Andrex who err are doing exceptionally well as people flood the supermarkets in a bid to keep their bums safe from this killer respiratory disease…. Say’s everything really doesn’t it.
On the bright side, people are now learning the importance of washing their hands, and every day is a happy birthday!
& Blondie, said goodbye to Blonde Ambitionz and Hello to Namaste Blondie! Cuz ya know, Ima stay Blondie. Only, alot has changed. I am a completley different woman to who I was 6 month's ago, and I don't even remember the girl who started Blonde Ambitionz 5 years ago. 
It's been amazing, but it's time to move forward. 
So what else has been new? Why have I been so absent this year.... well, my loves... 
Already, it’s been a massive year for me in terms of personal growth. In fact, the last 2-3 years of my life have been incredibly eye opening. I’ve probably learnt more about myself and other people in the last 2-3 years than I have in the last 10.
That said, it takes the occasional break from blogging and sharing parts of me, and creating content for you – to be able to really be present and experience things properly.  
I had so much I planned to talk about, a whole reflection on 2019 post and a shit ton of ideas and goals I was going to list on Blonde Ambitionz to ‘make me accountable’ for 2020 then January 1st came and I just was not feeling it…
If I’m not feeling it, I just can’t write. Just call me the freestyler yo. Yah I said that.  
So, I thought instead I would live out the goals, and talk about them after. It’s working out pretty well and so I intend to continue to do that with all my social media for the rest of this year.
Its day 74 of 2020 and here are some of the things I have been working on doing consistently for the past 74 days:
  1. Morning pages: this consists of 8 things I am grateful for, 5 affirmations and as many daily intentions as I am feeling.
  2. Meditation, I won’t lie I sucked at it when I started and some days I still very much suck at meditating but then there are the days when I pull it off, I manage to lose my mind in the meditation and quiet my thoughts – the whole purpose of meditation.
  3. Timekeeping – in 2019 my timekeeping at work was errrr well shockingly bad. Let’s face it you’ll be lucky if I make it to my own funeral on time. January was my best month, I worked over my hours most day, arriving early or on time. I think I was no more than 5 minutes late to anything all of Feb and March okay I haven’t been perfect in March, but I’ve not been later than my core working hours and both week’s I’ve at least been even with my hours. I’ll keep working on it.
  4. Content – I may have been nonexistent on the blog for 2020 until today (sup) but if you do follow my Instagram, I have been consistent in sharing one thing I am grateful for every single day of 2020.
  5. Balance. If you know me at all, you will know I have two modes: all the way in or all the way out. I do not do limbo or floating in the middle. I have been like this in 99% of areas of my life. For as long as I can remember. It’s the reason I get as much as I do - done, but it’s also the reason I can be left feeling physically and mentally drained. A blessing and a curse. Now I wouldn’t say I’ve nailed this part but I have definitely made massive improvements. Instead of thinking I must train 5-6 days a week, if I didn’t, I was a failure. (Yah I know, right) in 2020 I committed to 3-4 days of exercise and anything else is a bonus. That training doesn’t have to just be weight lifting, some days I just want to walk my thoughts out on the treadmill, some days I want to stretch it out in Yoga and other days I just mess around trying to replicate exercises I’ve seen people do on Instagram. On the days I don’t train I catch up with my peoples or I just chill by myself (I’ll do a post soon about my opinions on the importance of being able to chill by yourself!)

But the thing I am proudest of this year, is my ability to adapt to whatever situation has arisen in my life without allowing my anxiety to take toooo much control over me. There’s been a couple of testing moments, that in the past would have knocked me for ten that I’ve managed to pretty much just take on the chin. See I gots more of that faith thingy in me this year. Maybe that comes from knowing that I’ve got through some pretty horrific shit in my lifetime, and I am built to be able to get through more or maybe it’s because I learnt to trust that there’s a whole world of opportunities out there and what is for me will be, and what isn’t will soon be replaced by something that is.
We only have lessons or blessings, and most lessons are the key to unlocking the blessings.
Life is good, Blondie is good & it’s good to be back!
Speak Soon & Namaste xoxo 





06/11/2019

Warming Pumpkin Muffin Recipe!

How on gods green earth did I surpass October without releasing a recipe for something pumpkin spice! It’s my favourite season of all!!!!
It’s okay though, if you live the basic life, it’s pumpkin season until at least the end of November when everything becomes peppermint chocolate!
Without further delay, I present to you, my scrummy, soul warming fall pumpkin muffins!  



Ingredients (to make approx. 24)
  • 240g light brown sugar
  • 480g self-raising wholewheat flour
  • 240ml olive oil
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 100ml water
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
Method:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the olive oil and brown sugar until it forms a sort of paste.
  2. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the canned pumpkin puree, vanilla essence and water.
  3. To the wet mixture sift in the flour, spices and salt so as to create a thick batter.
  4. Divide between 20-24 lined muffin tins and bake at 180 Celsius for 25 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool for around an hour - and try to share with your loved ones.
I said try.
I totally understand if you don't!
Happy fall, and happy munching my loves!
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