Monday, 28 December 2015

2015 Reflections and 2016 Goals.

I can't quite believe that another year has passed and that we're now heading in to 2016. I really don't know where the time went, it seems like only 5 minutes ago that 2015 was on the horizon. Today I wanted to just reflect a little on what has gone on in 2015 and also look towards what I want my 2016 to look like.

My General Life | 2015 Reflections & 2016 Goals

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Food and Mood.

It's pretty well documented that the food we put in our bodies has an impact on our physical health, be it positively or negatively. But what about our mental health? The impact of diet on our mental health is something that I personally find to be a really interesting topic, and so when I saw that Healthy Food Guide had produced an article in this months magazine, I knew it would be a must-read.

My General Life | Food and Mood


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Indigo Herbs Kick Ass Vegan Smoothie Mix*

Indigo Herbs are one of the proud supporters of Veganuary 2016, a campaign that encourages people to go vegan for the month of January. I feel like there's now so much more awareness of a vegan lifestyle and it seems to me that more and more people are choosing a cruelty free lifestyle and opting to go vegan.

Indigo Herbs Kick Ass Vegan Smoothie Mix - My General Life

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Myprotein Clothing - My Thoughts.

When I think of Myprotein, clothing certainly isn't the first thing that pops into my mind because that would be protein powder. I can remember being genuinely a bit shocked and excited when I made the realisation that Myprotein doesn't just sell protein and that it in fact has it's own clothing range.

My Protein Clothing Review - My General Life

Monday, 9 November 2015

Walk This Way.

Walking is, I feel, an underrated form of exercise. We all do some form of walking on a daily basis, be is walking to the fridge, walking to the office or getting the dog out for a stroll. I think so much focus is put on intense exercise such as running, HIIT, Crossfit etc, but it's easy to forget about the simplest form of exercise that the majority of us have right at our feet.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Snowboarding Wishlist.

I recently set myself a little challenge to learn how to snowboard. It's something I've always wanted to do and I've shared the beginning of my journey here. Anyway, I've totally fallen for it to the point where I just want to run off the Alps and snowboard my little heart out. One can dream hey! I've picked up some basic kit in the form of a jacket, pants, knee pads and wrist guards (the latter being well worth the spend for the sake of my joints!). So today I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of a few more items that I'd love to invest in when funds allow. I think the boots will certainly be next on the list!

My General Life - Snowboarding Wishlist, burton, salomon, anon, neff


1&2. Neff base top and pants - because why wouldn't I want to wear a doughnut outfit underneath my snow gear!! 

3. Burton bindings, I love the colours and I think they'd look really cool on this snazzy Salomon snowboard (6)

4. anon. helmet - not at bright as some of the other items on this wishlist, but I think this would go great with the kit I already have and might just reign the rainbow vomit look in a bit! Plus I'm keen to get used to boarding in a helmet as I know when I eventually get on a mountain I wouldn't want to be without on given that I have a track record of being the clumsiest person alive!

5. Burton boots, snowboarding boots can be a bit pricey and these are on the cheaper side of the spectrum, but my boyfriend has the men's version and they seem like a great beginner boot.

As you can see, I'm all about the colour, at least you won't miss me whilst I'm hurtling down the slope!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the bits I've popped together, why not drop me a line in the comments or on twitter @mygenerallife.

While you're here, here's my previous post: November Goals








Wednesday, 4 November 2015

November Goals.

Let's start this post off being honest, I feel like I've been a bit of a slacker lately. I've certainly slacked with my blog lately (sorry little bloggy), along with being a bit of a slacker when it comes to healthy eating and just generally keeping on top of things. So I've decided that to drag me out of my slightly lazy little funk I'd set some goals to work towards throughout the month.

Monday, 2 November 2015

The #BeYou Project.

The #BeYou project is an initiative run in partnership with treaclemoon and Bullies Out aiming to encourage individuals to embrace themselves and raise awareness of how wonderful it is to just #BeYou. In the modern world, with scrutiny and judgement around every corner it can be really difficult to truly feel able to be ourselves, to embrace our strengths and quirks and put them out there for the world to see.


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Monday, 26 October 2015

Winter Warmers - Porridge Recipe Ideas.

It's official, the clocks have now gone back which means Winter's edging ever closer. In Winter I'm all about warm, comforting foods and porridge (or oatmeal depending on where you're from in the world) has to be one of my all time favourites. You can't beat getting up on a cold morning and giving your belly a hug with some oats. So today I thought I'd share a few winter inspired porridge recipes that I'll certainly be test driving over the Winter months

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

VEGETARIANISM/VEGANISM & IODINE - What's the Deal?

Whilst perusing the latest issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine (October issue), I camw across their article on Iodine and why we all need it in our diets. Iodine is not a nutrient I've ever really paid any attention to and the only thought that springs to mind when I think of Iodine is that delightful brown stuff that they coat you in if you have an operation. So I read on and noted that the majority of the top 20 foods high in Iodine listed in the article where mainly fish, dairy, egg or meat based. I'm vegetarianbut I also try to limit the amount of dairy I consume (for intolerance reasons), along with the amount of eggs, so where does that leave me?


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Kenwood kMix - My Thoughts and a Sweet Treat.

You may have seen that a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers baking event in collaboration with Kenwood (you can read my post on the event here!) Following the event, Kenwood very kindly let me borrow a Kenwood kMix Stand Mixer to test drive so today I'm sharing my thoughts.

Kenwood kMix stand mixer review - my general life, vegan recipe

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Finland 2015 - Part 2.

So, as promised here's part 2 of my Finland photo diary - you can see my previous post here.


Saturday, 3 October 2015

Learning to Snowboard - Part 1.

Last weekend I did a beginners snowboarding course at Chill Factore in Manchester. I've been wanting to learn how to snowboard for so long, but it's not something I felt I could just wing and hope for the best. So after a taster session we bit the bullet and booked onto a course.

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This is obviously not me, I'm still very much going for the 'Bambi on ice' look!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

CAFFEINE - How Much is Too Much?

In the latest issues of Healthy Food Guide (HFG - September), there was an interesting little feature on caffeine. This definitely got me thinking about caffeine, what it does, how much we can have and if it's even good for us.

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Finland 2015 - Part 1.

Hello you lovely lot! I've been ever so slightly AWOL from my blog over recent weeks for various reasons, one of which being that we went on a little holiday to Finland! It was my first holiday in about 6 years, so as I'm sure you can imagine I was ready to burst with excitement. We stayed in Rovaniemi, which is just on the edge of the Arctic Circle, is the home of Father Christmas and this year was host to the World Masters Weightlifting Championships - the main reason for our trip. 


I was astounded by how incredibly beautiful Rovaniemi was, to the point where I feel words just don't do it justice.  It was a great place for an active holiday as we walked and biked our way around over the five days and everyone seemed to wear gym kit which made me feel right at home!

I had such a great time, I definitely want to visit again during the winter as I can only imagine how gorgeous it would look covered in snow! For today, here's a few photos of my trip and the beauty that is Finland, I think I'll share the photos in two posts otherwise it'll be photo overload! I highly recommend a visit, I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed. 


Misty morning in the forest.
The weightlifting training room, all kitted out in Eleiko.
Father Christmas graffiti on the walkways.

Ski slopes with no snow!

The Kemijoki river looking stunning in the sunshine.

Yes, I think I definitely need another post to share all my favourite photos! Have you ever been to Finland? Or is it somewhere you'd like to visit? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments below, or you could drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: Living Well One Line A Day.


Monday, 7 September 2015

Living Well One Line A Day.

I'm a big advocate of positive thinking and it's something I really try my best to incorporate into my daily life and mindset. I believe that in most instances we have the choice and ability to take hold of our thoughts and see the positive in our lives and choices. Obviously this is something that can be much easier said than done, and I'm not saying that I don't have times where I moan or think negatively, but I also like to try and counteract negatives with a positive.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Update and a Yummy Vegan Curry.

Hello folks! I'm here to offer my sincerest apologies that my blog has been rather quiet lately. I was hoping that this would change last week, with it being Caribbean food week and me having some yummy recipe ideas to share. However, this all changed when I was crashed into last Tuesday evening. I'm totally fine, but unfortunately my car was not and so my time since then seems to have been taken up dealing with insurance and third parties and more recently looking for a new car. I completely rely on my car for my job (I have a 60 mile round commute per day) so for me being without my car is a big deal (thank the Lord for hire car cover!) and trying to replace my little diamond in the rough has been a bit of a task. I think I'm getting there now and I'm hoping that I can slowly get things back on track blog wise - I need to pull my finger out really as I'm off to Finland next week for 5 days!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Caribbean Food Week 2015 - Jerk Tofu with Rice & Peas.

If you're not aware, this week (24th-31st August) is Caribbean Food Week. A week dedicated to exploring and encouraging people to give Caribbean food a go. Caribbean Food Week is organised by Grace Foods UK, who are the biggest suppliers of Caribbean food and drink in the UK, and they very kindly sent me a hamper of goodies so that I could get creative in the kitchen. Caribbean cuisine is not a regular on my menu, so I was excited to try something new and see what culinary delights I could come up with.



Monday, 17 August 2015

Recipe | Vegan 'Cheese' Sauce.

I love cheese, but given that dairy isn't my friend and I'm trying to lean more towards a dairy free lifestyle as much as I possibly can, eating a huge bowl of traditional mac and cheese is kind of off the cards. But fear not, you can create a delicious 'cheese' sauce alternative with no dairy in sight. So technically it's not really a cheese sauce at all, but we'll call it that just to keep things simple.



Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Great Blogger Bake Off and A Cheeky Recipe/Surprise!!

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have noticed me getting far too excited a couple of Sundays back at the prospect of going to my very first blogger event! The event was run in collaboration with Joe Blogs Blogger Network, Currys PC World, Kenwood and The Wilmslow Kitchen Cookery School and I must say, it was a corker of an afternoon. So today I'm going to share with you some thoughts and photos from the day. Also....keep reading until the very end as I have a My General Life first that I'm very excited to share with you all!!


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Sunday, 9 August 2015

10 Veggie Recipes You Need To Try.

I'm always on the look out for new veggie recipes to try and Pinterest is definitely THE place to be for foodie inspiration. So today I thought I'd share some of the delicious looking veggie treats that I've been drooling over that we all need to try right now!

My General LIfe | 10 Veggie Recipes I Need To Try - Pinterest, vegetarian, vegan

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ways To Cheer Yourself Up, Right NOW!

Do you ever have days when you just feel a bit glum/under the weather/not your usual chipper self? I know I do. So, in a bid for us all to be as happy and cheery as possible, as much as possible, I've compiled a list of things that might just cheer you up right NOW!

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Recipe | Vegan Protein Bites feat. MyProtein*.

"But how do you get enough protein?" is a question I have frequently been asked since going veggie. In all honesty it's really not that hard and there are plenty of plant based protein sources out there, including, pulses, nuts, seeds, soy and leafy greens. I'm not a huge lover of protein shakes and I do try my very best to get all the protein I need from food sources, however, it is handy to have a stash of protein powder knocking about for occasions when I fancy doing a bit of protein baking.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Fitness Evolution.

This year, for me, has been the year of fitness evolution. I've tried and loved new things, transitioned away from others and I feel like I'm getting to the point where I'm really discovering my fitness flow.

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Ways to Live a More Positive Life.

Today I wanted to share some thoughts on how we can all go about living a more positive life. I personally think positivity is so important for getting the most out of your day and it's something I'm keen to ensure is an integral part of my life.

my general life ways to live a more positive life

Thursday, 23 July 2015

These Boots Were Made For Walking... *

Walking is something I do a reasonable amount of being a dog owner, although it's usually only around my local streets or up to the park for a run around. However, since Obi is now calming down in his old age (he's 2 and is now pretty much calm enough to be in the presence of other creatures without exploding with excitement - unless you're a cat or a squirrel), I've been really keen to do more 'proper' walking, as in off road, up hills and generally just getting out and exploring. 

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Top Tips for Going Veggie.

If you're a regular reader or follow any of my social media accounts, then you may well have noticed that I recently took the plunge and switched to a vegetarian diet. I've posted a couple of updates on my blog which you can read here and here. I'm genuinely really enjoying my new veggie diet, I don't miss meat at all and I'm kind of wondering why I didn't make the switch sooner, in fact I'm even considering veganism. So if you're thinking of making the switch, here's some of my top tips to make the transition a little easier. 

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Original photo from here

Friday, 17 July 2015

Recipe | Kale Pesto.

Let me let you all into a little secret....I am crap at keeping plants alive. I just can't seem to manage it. So anyway, this is relevant because although I've tried to grow my own basil so that I can make reams of homemade pesto, I've failed far too many times. So that led me to a bit of experimentation to whip up my own pesto with something that is more readily available in my fridge....good ol' kale.

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Toe Stretchers....Do They Work?!

A wee while ago I was mooching on Ebay (as you do) and on a whim purchased a pair of toe stretchers...they were pretty cheap and I was intrigued. They're kind of like those little foamy things you shove your toes into when you're getting a pedicure, but they're made out of a gel-type rubber.
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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Pink Hair, Don't Care.

If you follow my Instagram, then you may have noticed that my hair has taken on a pretty pink hue of late. After months of deliberating I finally decided to take the plunge and create a pink ombre on my locks and I bloody love it. So I thought I'd share how I got there (although it's certainly not rocket science).


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Monday, 6 July 2015

The Summer Wishlist...

Did you know that I haven't put up a wishlist post since April?! I personally felt that it was high time I shared another little collage of goodies that I'd love to be getting my grubby mitts on in the near future.

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Friday, 3 July 2015

DIY | Dry Shampoo.

Dry shampoo is a staple part of my personal care routine to keep my hair looking clean and fresh inbetween washes. I try to only wash my hair every 2-3 days and so for me a bit of dry shampoo is definitely needed on day 2/3. Although recently I've been noticing that I'm getting quite painful spots around the front of my hair line. So after a bit of thought I've concluded that this is quite likely being caused by my dry shampoo as this is the only product that generally only makes contact with that area. So I've decided to shun shop bought dry shampoo and whip up my own with just 2 cheap as chips ingredients.

my general life diy dry shampoo do it yourself

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Ways To Improve Your Wellbeing NOW!

Physical and mental well-being is something that's really important to me and something that I'm always striving to nourish and improve. Today I thought I'd share the 'Five Ways To Wellbeing', a public health initiative focused at providing individuals the means to improve their own health and wellbeing in 5 simple, achievable steps.


My General Life | Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing NOW!!! health wellbeing wellness

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Protein Quest - Feeling Upbeat*

Since going veggie I've found I've been even more conscious of ensuring that I'm getting plenty of protein in my diet. Obviously I like to try to get my protein from food sources where I can, however, think protein shakes and drinks can be a great way to get a nice chunk of protein without having to eat a huge quantity of food. Plus they're great to grab on the go so are great for those with a busy, active life.

my general life upbeat feeling upbeat protein drink

Sunday, 14 June 2015

DIY | Sugar-free Soy Caramel Latte.

I've recently discovered (and become rather addicted to) Costa's sugar free soy caramel lattes. I'm sure I'm probably the last person to jump on this bandwagon, but I am not usually one for taking coffee related risks, especially as coffee from places like Costa and Starbucks can be quite expensive. However, a few weeks ago I decided to throw caution to the wind and just try it...and as I'm sure you've already guess I bloody loved it! As I've already touched on, although delicious, these snazzy coffees can be a little pricey, so I set about making my own at home for a fraction of the cost.

my general life diy sugar free soy caramel latte dairy free lactosre free

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Hooping Around.

If you follow me on any of my social media outlets, then you may have noticed that I've recently taken up aerial hoop (I haven't stopped wittering on about it/positing videos and photos). So , having now had 3 lessons, I decided it's high time to tell you what I think so far. 

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Recipe: Mushroom Stew.

I love a good stew and it's something that I knew I would miss now that I've made the transition to being a veggie. To me, stews and casseroles are comfort food and something I love to eat when the weather is a little bit rubbish. So after seeking a little bit of inspiration from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 'Veg' cookbook, I've concocted a delicious mushroom stew recipe, which is so bloody yummy and tastes super rich and almost meaty, but obviously without the meat. And what's even better, is that it's so simple and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.

my general life recipe mushroom stew vegetarian

Monday, 1 June 2015

5 Tips for Keeping Active.

My health and fitness routine has definitely evolved a lot over recent years. I've gone through periods where I've trained very little and other times when I've been in the gym 3-4 times per week. More recently I've decided to branch out a little a try different activities in order to help  improve my overall health and well-being. So today, I thought I'd share 5 tips for keeping active in everyday life. 


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Saturday, 30 May 2015

A Vegetarian Update.

It's now been 5 weeks since I made the switch to a vegetarian diet, so I thought I'd give you a little update on how I've found the transition and what my thoughts are now.

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Try Something New...

Let me tell you a little fact about me...I'm a bit of a creature of habit. I like my predictable, familiar routine where I like to do things in my own little way and sit, quite happily, in my comfort zone. But this year I've set a little challenge to myself to try things that are new and different - to me anyway. I guess this is a way of my pushing myself out of my comfort zone, finding new loves and adventures and increasing my social contact - something that since moving to a brand new place last year has been somewhat lacking.

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Symprove 12 Week Programme - Final Thoughts.

I can't believe that I'm now at the end of my Symprove 12 week programme! It's seriously flown by. So today I'm here to share my final thoughts on the Symprove programme.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Are You Having A Fa-LAUGH-el?

Since making the transition to a veggie diet, I've definitely found I've needed to get a little more creative in the kitchen. I'd never tried falafel before, but on a quest to make sure I'm still getting plenty of protein I decided to give them a try. Seeing as this week is National Vegetarian Week, I thought it was about time I got my recipe up so you can all make some delicious veggie treats!
my general life falafel recipe national vegetarian week meat free protein

Monday, 18 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week - #SHhealthyminds.

If you weren't aware, last week was Mental Health Awareness week (11th-17th May). A week of the year that is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues, started by The Mental Health Foundation in 2000. I have been able to be involved in a little project in collaboration with Simply Health and all last week I was dropping positive tweets, along with #SHhealthyminds, in honour of Mental Health Awareness week.

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