Is it worth it?

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              Thassophile (n.) A love of the sea, someone who loves the sea, ocean.

Since I can remember iv been drawn to the ocean. These something about them that makes me instantly calm. My fondest memories are of my family’s holidays to sea side, hunting for shells and sea glass with my Dad, building sand castles and filling up my bucket with everything I found.

The ocean today is a place I go to get away, relax and feel calm. I’m a worrier,  I over think every little thing and recently it’s coursed me to have panic attacks, I never understand what people meant when they talked about what happens to them while there having one.

First your breathing get’s faster and faster Second you can’t breathe, then your mouth goes dry and your hands start to shake. For the rest of the day you feel tired and drained.

Now more than ever iv been yearning for the Ocean. There is something about watching the waves go back and forth looking out to endless ocean that brings perspective. What is truly worth all the worries and what really isn’t.

A spontaneous trip to the beach changed my perspective and iv been feeling so much better! Well I still worry but I feel like its more justified now, I think about it and say to myself  “Is it worth it”?

Sophie Xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designing my own jewellery & starting my own business

For the past few weeks, Iv not been feeling myself, stress at work has become a problem and iv needed to take a step back to think about what makes me happy and to focus my energy on the right things.

A while back I started making and selling jewellery. I sold some bracelet’s to friends, family and also to a bride for her to wear on her wedding day! This is my passion, I love creating and a making pretty jewellery. So I started again but made a few changes.

Iv grown up a lot since the first time I started making my own jewellery, this time I’m creating simple, delicate unique pieces drawing inspiration from nature – from the colours of the ocean to the colours of forests and mountains. I pair rough cut stones, gems and beads with sterling silver charms; I love working with stones and gems as each one has its own character, no two are ever the same.

These are a few of pieces I have started working on, I would love it if you could leave a comment or message me with your opinions! Would you wear them? Is there anything you would change?

Sophie Xx

 

Fennel, Sausage & Baby Kale Pizza

Hello, happy Monday guys I hope you all had lovely sunny weekend!!  Today I wanted to share a new favourite recipe from Gousto, with you all! Fennel, Sausage & Baby kale Naan bread Pizzas! Yes you read the currently, naan pizza, it was seriously good! While eating all my parter and I could say was “this is so good”!! The recipe is super easy and only takes 30 mins! Its perfect fora quick midweek meal or a lazy weekend dinner alongside a glass of   wine, beer or your favour cocktail while enjoying the sun shine!

Make this recipe its delicious!

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30 minutes    Serves 2  ~ Double all ingredient’s to serve four

Ingredient’s

  • 4 Cumberland sausages
  • 2 plain naan
  • 50g baby kale
  • 1/2 tsp fiery chilli flakes
  • 1 garlic glove
  • 1x 125g mozzarella ball
  • 2 tbsp rich tomato paste
  • 10g fresh basil
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar

Pre heat the oven to 220c/200c (fan) Gas 7

Put a large baking trying the oven to heat up ( this will stop the pizza bottoms from getting soggy)

Remove sausage meat from their skins and discard the skins. Peel and finny chop or great the garlic.

Heat a large wide base pan ( preferably non-stick) with matching lib, with a drizzle f olive oil over a medium high heat. once hot, add the sausage meat, breaking it up in to small pieces with a wooden spoon as you go, then add the fennel seeds (if you’re not a fan of aniseed go easy, we only added a pinch) cook for 4 min or until the sausage meat is brown and crispy.

Meanwhile, combine the tomato paste, a drizzle of olive oil, a splash of cold water and 1 tsp sugar in a small bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Drain the mozzarella, tear into bite-sized pieces and pat it dry.

Remove heated try from the oven and add the naan breads, spread the tomato paste mixture  and dot the mozzarella over and put the tray in to the oven.

Meanwhile, add the chopped garland chilli flakes and baby kale to the sausage pan. Cover with a lid and cook for 1-2 minutes until the baby kale is starting to wilt.

Top the naan breads with the kale and sausage mixture. Return them to the oven for 10-12 min or until the mozzarella has melted and naan breads are crispy.

Cut cherry tomatoes in half, chop basil leaves finally. Add both and both to a small bowl and drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Serve the naan pizzaz with the tomato & basil salad on the side.

Enjoy!

Sophie Xx

(This recipe is from Gousto the photo is my own)

 

Lifebox ~ Nutritious & Wholesome Food Delivered

Lifebox is a monthly subscription box that sends you healthy, nutritious foods including a whole range of superfoods, powders, snack bars, drinks and more. Iv been thinking more about the food I’m eating and this is they best way to start trying healthy options.


Inside Women’s health lifeboat May: The “Vitality’ Edition £22.99

  • 1x Rude health organic porridge oat’s
  • 1x boost Balls
  • 1x Chi Coconut water with tropical fruits
  • 1x Creative Nature salted caramel protein flapjacks
  • 1x Emily Crisps Vegetable Crisps
  • 1x Erbology organic arena setback shot
  • 1x The good guru fibre sachet
  • 1x draw choice rocket raw cookies
  • 1x Louolas superfood quinoa porridge pot
  • 1x One earth organics green goodness nutritional blend
  • 1x Loveraw rosehip & lemon raw bar
  • 1x Tribe protein bar
  • 1x Well + Happy midnight raw chocolate bar
  • 1x Yumello Moroccan almond butter

From first opening the box I was surprised at the amount of products the small box contained! You are definitely get your moneys worth! This box is such a convenient way to start eating better and introducing new ingredients in to your diet.

Sophie Xx

 

Happy & Healthy Cold Busting Green Smoothie

This is my favourite green smoothie, it’s the perfect start to a busy day at work! This recipe is vegan, raw, gluten – free, oil free, defined sugar – free and nut free. Serves 1 ( I used my nutribullet, and this recipe filled 2 of the small cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 apple, quartered
  • 1  large orange peeled, quartered
  • 1/4 medium cucumber , quartered
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 cup soy milk ( I used  half cup unsweetened almond milk and a half cup water)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Add all ingredients t your blender ( not seeds) blend till smooth then top with chia seeds and mix. Serve immediately.

Sophie

This recipe is from PickupLimes I loved it so much I had to share it with you!

My city break beauty/skincare essentials

In 2 days my partner and I are traveling to Edinburgh for a long weekend, I’m in love with this city and can’t wait to show into my partner! We will only be there for 4 days so we are sharing a North Face base camp duffel bag, which means packing light! This might be difficult!

That past few weeks my skin hasn’t been right so I’m taking minimal make up on this trip to let my skin get back on track! But I will be tacking the basics my Born this way Two faced foundation, massacre and my soup and glory eye brow pencil.

The travel bag ill be taking is my new Rituals Travel bag – £25  the main pocket is massive, inside as two smaller pockets perfect for small lipsticks or balms. I really love this bag, it hold more than I thought it would and the colour is amazing!

Inside my travel bag

LUSH – The Comforter – £9.95 I love this shower creme and couldn’t imagine traveling without it. As I have the large bottle I’m going to transfer some to a small travel sized container. The comforter leaves your skin felling soft and smelling amazing!

LUSH Bubblegum lip scrub – £5.75 Edinburgh is cold and my lips can get easy shaped and sore so this is a must! I’ll be keeping tis in my small backpack for while we are exploring the city. This product is perfect for taking away dry skin before applying lip blame or lipstick.

Simple Kind to skin face wash & moisturizer, My skin recently has been horrible all due to stress! So iv been focusing a lot on my skin care route and see what works for me. I’m taking both so I can carry on part of my skin care route while I’m away.

I also have the cleanser and toner which iv been loving but my parter will kill me if I take all these bottles. He’s carrying the back pack!!

Paul Smith Tooth brush £11, I received this as a gift years go and totally forgot about it.  I love it as a travel toothbrush.

Lastly I’m be taking my Tangle Tezzer, I can not travel with out this thing!!

I hope you liked this post and found it little bit helpful, I’ll be sharing a lot about my Edinburgh trip in the next few week’s so stay tuned!

Sophie Xx

Sophie Loves

Podcast ~ recently Iv been getting back into listening to Podcasts, these are my two favourites I revisit weekly!!

The Lady Gang ~ Created by Keltie Knight, Jac Vanek and Becca Tobin, this podcast is like a weekly BFF lunch date, no subject is of limites with these girls, from sex and relationships to dishing the dirt on hollywood! Each week they are joined by a celebrity guest and they  try to answer listeners questions in #AskTheLadyGang. This podcast is so entertaining and funny,  you never get to hear people talk this way on the internet!

ResortLoop.com ~ Restortloop is a Walt Disney World resort podcast hosted by Tim & Bob. They share everything they know about the Disney parks from resorts, restaurants, favourite ride’s and so much more! As Iv never been to a Disney park, but planning a visit soon, I have been finding each episode so helpful! Their joint love for Disney shines though the podcast and adds a bit more Disney magic to your everyday life!


Dukki Gifts Nottingham ~ Dukki Gifts is an independent shop in my hometown.

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Iv never need in the store but Iv known about it for ages! They sell homeware,  cards and other gifts all featuring Nottingham phrase’s  like “Mardy Bum” and ” Ay up Me Duck”. I cant wait to get some Nottingham goodies for myself on my next visit home! I would love to know if any of you know what this phrase means!!

Sophie Xx