Recipe: Summer Mocktail Ice Lollies

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that one of my favourite things about this time of year is being able to indulge in sweet frozen treats! It’s been so humid recently that hanging out with the fan on and eating something cold has become one of life’s little pleasures.

Some of you might remember when I shared some of my favourite mocktails for New Year’s Eve celebrations (confession – they’re way too tasty to have once a year!), and when the gang at Funkin Cocktails got in touch recently to let me know they’d released some new mixers in time for summer, I was excited to see what they had come up with.

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Raspberry Mojito sounded like a fruity twist on my very favourite flavour, and I was not disappointed when I tasted this along with their other refreshing newcomer, Elderflower Collins (I’ve become pretty smitten with anything elderflower flavoured lately, is it just me?).

I wanted to give my mocktails a little makeover for the warmer weather, so I decided to make them into popsicles for the perfect low-effort summer treat! Here’s how I did it…

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1. Grab the essentials: you’ll need a carton of Funkin Cocktails mixer (I highly recommend both of the new variations!), some fruit (I used strawberries), ice lolly moulds (mine cost about £3 from TK Maxx) and a freezer (obviously!).

2. Dice your fruit into pieces small enough to fit and drop them into the empty moulds.

3. Fill the moulds with the Funkin Cocktails mixer – right to the top!

4. Pop them in the freezer – I left mine overnight.

5. When you next fancy something cool and tasty, head to your freezer my friend because it’s party time!

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And it really is as simple as that! Summer mocktail ice lollies in just 5 steps. If you want to take the effort down even further, you could skip the diced fruit – they’ll still taste great. Gary also wanted me to mention that you COULD be even lazier and skip the whole process and put the carton in the freezer and just cut the top off when it’s frozen…but I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

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We’ve really enjoyed trying these ice lollies over the weekend, I want to try the making Elderflower Collins with mango chunks next! I think they’re going to be ideal for barbeques and get-togethers over the next few months.

If you decide to give these mocktail ice lollies a go, let me know how you get on and if you come up with any tasty combinations I should try! Do you have any fuss-free recipes for summer I should check out?

Here’s to keeping cool and feeling fruity!

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With thanks to our friends at Funkin Cocktails 

 

Self Care Sessions: A Bit Fit with Fitbit

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In my Self Care Sessions, you’ll find me sharing the ways that I’ve been investing time and care in myself. I started this series to keep a track of what I’ve been doing to practice acts of self care, but feel free to use it as a starting off point if you have been feeling the pressure and are looking for ways to balance things a bit better too! You can check out my last post here. 

Last year, I decided to join a gym. It was the first step in my journey to get more active and push myself out of my comfort zone – and as someone that spends a good chunk of their day sitting down, I knew that it would help me to make a conscious effort to get up and move around!

Today, I’m not going to talk about me embarrassing myself at the gym on the reg (let’s save that hilarity for another day, eh?), I’d rather tell you guys about something else I’ve been trying lately to help keep track of all this new-found activity: enter, the Fitbit.

I’d heard of Fitbit before, but I didn’t really have a clue what it was or how to use it. Watching the Fitbit TV ad didn’t exactly make it clear either: “look at all these sexy, determined people wearing Fitbit on their wrists. Don’t you want Fitbit too? Come and live in our Fitbit world. Fitbit.” I’m paraphrasing (just a bit!) but still, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. And, more to the point, I was really keen to keep a record of my movements (that sounds a tad creepy…is it possible to be your OWN stalker?) to see how much of a difference I was making.

So, when Simply Health offered to set me up with my own Fitbit Flex, it gave me the perfect opportunity to FINALLY understand this whole Fitbit thing and see if I could make it work for me…

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A notification from Fitbit. Please note that unlike the man in the graphic I was wearing neither a toga nor sandals while earning this badge! It was still nice and encouraging though.

My gym routine has been on the go since October last year, so I guess it’s a bit cheeky calling it a ‘new routine’. I also walk as much as possible, so I was delighted to see that one of the main functions of my Fitbit is to track activity and exercise. How many steps do I walk each day? And could I aim to do more? As well as counting steps, calories burned and distance, it keeps a record of active and stationary minutes – that sounded strange at first, but after setting up my device on the app, and checking my progress each day, I found it quite interesting.

Remember I sounded like my own stalker a few minutes ago? Well, get ready to feel a tad weirded out again because… Fitbit also monitors you when you sleep! This is a function that I actually love, because getting more sleep is something I always tell myself I need to do. There’s something really satisfying about going into the app and seeing 8 hours of sleep – I wanted to hi-five myself for making sure I got that rest!

I find myself setting goals for steps, active minutes and sleep using the Fitbit, and I feel more determined knowing that I can easily check progress as I go along. The device vibrates lightly when I’ve hit my steps target just to give me the heads-up too.

With email notifications, badges, the ability to adjust your goals, and connecting with friends to give encouragement, there are a lot of features that extend further than simply wearing the Fitbit on your wrist. I’ve not used mine to its full potential yet but, for now, I’m really enjoying it as a tool to see how I’m progressing in my quest to get a bit, y’know, fit. It also has an uncanny knack of motivating me at the most unexpected of times (sometimes I’m surprised at how many steps I actually cover!).

Have you ever tried using Fitbit or another app to track how active you are? What are your thoughts on self-stalking?

With a hop, skip and a jump…

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Summertime Blues and Bubblegum Shoes

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Now that summer is in full swing, I’ve retired a few of my usual suspects (I’m looking at YOU, 60+ denier tights!) in favour of lighter, brighter pieces. Long may it continue! I’m loving not having to layer up and battle the weather each morning, and being able to show off what I’ve picked out to wear without insisting apologetically to people “it’s under here…somewhere…“.

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I don’t know if it’s the sunny skies having an influence on me, but I’m definitely wearing a lot more blue at the moment! Let’s start with this jacket. A total bargain from Zara, this baby blue comes in a super-soft faux leather with slightly cropped sleeves and lapels just dying to be decorated (hello, enamel pins – this is your new home!).

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It’s easily one of my favourite buys this year, and I’m even thinking about picking it up in one of its other colourways because I’m throwing this one on over EVERYTHING lately.

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One of my all-time favourite looks is a biker-style jacket over a dress, it appeals to the Wanda Woodward in me and I love the juxtaposition of cute and badass that it brings! This dress in particular is a denim fit-and-flare number by Oasis at House of Fraser – and yep, it’s blue as well (told you!).

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The material on this frock is lovely and light, making it an ideal dress for warmer weather. It’s sleeveless with generous pockets (YES!), and it can also be worn layered over a tee, pinafore-style for a slightly different look. I’ll be trying it out over a stripy long sleeved tee when the chilly days kick back in again.

With a blue jacket and denim dress, it was important for me to inject a pop of something bold and contrasting (I think blue acessories might have just tipped me into the wrong side of crazy, dontcha think?!) to pep things up a bit…

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I think we have a winner! These pink Karl Lagerfeld x Melissa flats from Spartoo UK are pretty much my dream shoes, you guys. Bright pink? Check! Comfy (they’re made entirely of rubber so they feel so soft and ready to dance in!)? Check! Just a little bit kitsch? They’re wearing giant black sunglasses a la Karl so…Check! You know you’ve found a special pair of shoes when they can throw shade all on their own, right?

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Not only do these cuties have the same vibrant colour as bubblegum, but they smell like bubblegum too! That might sound a bit bizarre but (hopefully!) anyone that’s ever owned a pair of shoes by Melissa will know what I mean! Also, since they’re made of rubber it means that a little summer shower isn’t going to ruin them (and in Glasgow, a bit of rain is never too far away!).

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I was feeling all kinds of summer ready when I wore this outfit recently, and decided to accessorise with a peach flower crown from one of my latest Crown and Glory subscription boxes, and my new Kate Spade Beware of Sharks clutch. This girl loves a statement bag!

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I’m looking forward to spending my summer dressed in denim and bubblegum, wondering if there really IS a cure for the summertime blues.

Have you found yourself dressing in a particular colour more often than usual lately? And what are you looking forward to wearing this summer?

With love, flowers and endless sunny days,

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