3 Things Thursday


It has been a manic month with work, getting ready for holiday and then being away – not that I am complaining about the holiday! Complaining about going back to work yes, complaining about the holiday no! But here I am back in my routine and reflecting on the three things that have been on my mind this week. If you blog you can also join in with three things by checking out Salma’s blog over at The Write Balance or her fellow bloggers blogs Pink Chai Living and Love, Laugh, Mirch.

1. Holidays (vacations) and travel planning:

My husband and I were both super ready for a holiday and some sun, so spending a week chilling out on the beach in Spain was exactly what we needed. The holiday also gave us the time to reflect on where we fancy spending future holidays so we got our wish lists together and picked somewhere! As I mentioned in my “travel wish list” post I thought it was only fair that my husband’s travel wish list should take precedent as he has done less travelling. Next year we are going back to Disney (where we spent our honeymoon) to celebrate my 30th birthday; I wasn’t looking forward to this birthday so thought where would I most like to be and Disney was most definitely the answer, so with the promise of some pixie dust, just like magic, I am now looking forward to this birthday! However, we also decided on our 2017 holiday and it is…. Japan! We are also hoping to tie it in with a trip to Hong Kong to catch the Hong Kong Rugby 7s, this also ties in with the ski season in Japan and Tokyo is home to reportedly the best Disney park in the world, Tokyo DisneySea so it looks like we will be able to tie all our biggest passions into one trip: rugby, skiing, travel and Disney – amazing. Good call husband! Better start saving! Do you have any holidays or adventures planned? Let me know in the comments!  Continue reading

Healthy Baking – chocolate & banana protein muffins

Great healthy baking recipe to try! Chocolate and banana protein muffins. Sugar free, gluten free and high in protein. #Healthybaking #Protein #snack #chocolate #fitness | www.notesfromtheshire.com

As part of my crusade to get my ultimate bikini body I’ve started some experimenting with healthy baking, I’ve made coconut and banana macaroons and done some experimenting with quinoa too… you can read about those here and here! However I think the most successful yet is my recent experiment using coconut flour and protein powder to bake muffins, yummy!  As a bonus these are gluten free, sugar free and can be adapted to be vegan friendly (using an egg substitute). They are also (as you may guess) high in protein so great when you are trying to build lean muscle and burn fat.  Although I’ve not quite mastered getting them to rise particularly well, they taste yummy none the less and it’s great to have a treat without the sugar/bad fat impact. They are also particularly yummy topped with a teaspoon of almond butter as an afternoon/post work snack. You can find the recipe below and let me know how you get on!  Continue reading

Tips & Tricks for getting yourself into the gym

Definitely need to try this! 10 tips for getting yourself to the gym. Motivational tips for a healthy lifestyle|NotesFromTheShire.com #Fitness #Motivation #Health #Gym #TipsandHacks

I know some mornings I just want to turn the alarm off, hide under the duvet and go back to sleep but I don’t, I stagger around, find my gym gear and get to the gym! If you’re struggling to make the transition from bed to the waking world or sofa to gym then these tips are for you!

1. Have a goal – I want to have my ultimate bikini body before I am 30, one year and counting – that keeps me motivated to keep pushing. Before I set this goal I wanted to be toned for our wedding/honeymoon. My intermediate goal is being bikini body ready for this summer. Having a goal to focus on makes getting to the gym and working out a lot easier!  Continue reading

Tips for waking up and getting up!

How to get up in the morning, 8 tips to get yourself out of bed| NotesFromTheShire.com #lifehacks #MorningPerson #GettingUp

Over the last couple of years I have been teaching myself to be more of a “morning person” and wean myself off the comfort of my duvet. Not the most fun task ever! Plus being married to somebody who is so decidedly not a morning person makes this even harder. But! I think I am getting there, I now almost like getting up and getting going, the only tough bit is actually going from horizontal to vertical but the extra hours in your day make up for it. If you too struggle with getting up and about then here are my top tips for becoming a morning person.  Continue reading