Pink food, the Oscars and chocolate love

A few of my favourite things this week…

1. Frozen Fruit

I finally got around to picking up some frozen berries to add into my granola and yoghurt in the mornings. Apart from tasting absolutely delicious and being the perfect compliment to the other two ingredients in my breakfast, the berries (and their juices) make everything so colourful, this made me realise that red and pink food is the perfect way to start my day!

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2. This song from the Oscars

I haven’t managed to watch much of the Oscar highlights yet, but what I have seenis the clip of the Les Mis cast singing. Has anyone else seen it? Isn’t it amazing?! Completely gave me goosebumps.

3. Kit Kat Chunky love

Has anyone else been sucked into the latest round of Kit Kat chunky flavours? Well I have, so far I’ve tried to Hazelnut and the Mint. can’t say I’m a fan of the first one, but the Mint one is seriously good. I actually think I could live off these! If you haven’t tried them then I recommend hunting them down asap!

Lau xxx

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Richmond Park 10km run

This weekend was my first 10k race in Richmond Park organised my The Fix UK. It was a race that I had signed up for with my Dad and sister just before Christmas so we hadn’t given ourselves much time to prepare. Honestly we went into this saying let’s just complete it, use it as an experience of a 10k. With that in mind I woke up on Saturday morning quite excited, until I looked out of the window to see snow. I don’t run in any kind of precipitation, ever. So not a great start, it was only light snow, but the wind was icy cold, not my preferred running conditions if i’m honest!

Anyways we made our way to Richmond Park grabbed our numbers and chips for timings and kept ourselves warm in the car until it was race time. We all started out running together, but eventually split up to run our own pace. I have to admit between 6 – 7.5 km I was having a hard time. It was a lonely stretch of race course and I just wasn’t feeling it, but I took a couple of 1 minute walks and by the time I reached 8km I felt like I could run forever – don’t you just love that feeling? I actually think the last 2k was my best part of the race. Anyway I crossed the line at 1:02:08 with a smile on my face. According to my Nike+ app I did my fastest 1k during the event – 04:39. Wow!

To start with I couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed about my time when I saw how close I came to being under an hour, I kept thinking if I hadn’t walked maybe I would have completed it within an hour. But then I remember that it’s my first 10k ever – and that I should be proud of myself for what I did, not wishing I’d been quicker. Why can’t my first thought be ‘you did it, congratulations’? Why is it the we, as humans, have that universal problem of expecting more of ourselves? With the above in mind let’s say this instead…

I can’t quite believe I’ve come so far with my running, this time last year I was just starting out with the Couch to 5k iPhone app and just running for 30 seconds was a real problem. So the fact that this past Saturday I ran 10k in 1:02 is remarkable. It shows just what perseverance, a bit of training and pure bloody minded stubbornness can do. And that is what I’m going to keep telling myself!

Here are a few pics from the race…

Reading, running and eating! My Week in Pictures #15

 

Browsing books / Lawrence Olivier statue, National Theatre / Born Wicked

Chickpea & chorizo bruschetta / 10k medal / Sunday on the sofa with Dahl

Birthday wishlist

Is it too soon for a post about things I want for my birthday? Honestly, yes it probably is, but considering I start writing my Christmas list in October and my birthday is in April, I think I’m probably actually a little late with the birthday talk.

So with that in mind this will be a special birthday related wishlist that will double up as my birthday list to my family and friends. How helpful of me to provide links to everything I want!

I’m pretty sure there will be more added to this list in the near future, but for now here we go…

 Noto teal adress book / London small travel pouch / Coral laser cut purse

Amazon gift cards / Purple Peacock bedding / The Casual Vacancy

Acer Aspire laptop / Magnolia Peacock bedding / River Island skirt

Chair / ConverseKindle case

So there it is my first birthday list for this year. I seriously loving all of these bits and pieces. How gorgeous are the two bedding sets? Yes it seems I’ve got a bit of a thing for Matthew Williamson bedding, but aren’t both these sets just gorgeous? They’d brighten up my bedroom straight away and give it a touch of luxury. I must admit both the chair and laptop are big purchases that I’m not really expecting to receive, but I just had to include the chair as I stare at it every time I walk past Oliver Bonas. Also the laptop is actually pretty essential right now, considering the fact that it’s taken me two hours to put this post together, even though I already had all the pictures and links on Evernote. My ancient and decrepit computer is really on it’s last legs so I’m definitely going to replace it sometime soon, so help towards that would be pretty perfect right now. Amazon vouchers are also always good, great for topping up my kindle and I think I also want vouchers for a couple of clothes shops which is why I’ve only got one item of clothing on this list. Although the skirt is so colourful I cannot wait to wear it in the spring.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the bits and pieces on this list, there will be at least one more I’m sure!

Lau xxx

Top 5 Apps

Today I’ve decided to share my Top 5 favourite/most used apps. I use the apps on my phone a lot, I’m sure you know what it’s like, there are literally apps for everything and I don’t just mean news, games and social media. There’s apps for banking, online shopping, exercise tracking, photo editing, discount codes, listening to the radio, and watching tv; the list goes on and on and on. You’d think picking my Top 5 would be hard, and it was. But these are the apps that I am constantly using…

My Fitness Pal – I know by now you’re tired of me mentioning my weight loss but this app has helped me achieve it so I had to include it here. It’s actually a website and this is the app version where you add in your details and your goal – lose, gain or maintain your weight and then get going with tracking food, exercise and your progress. You can create recipes and meals and use the camera on your phone to scan product barcodes – perfect for lunchtime trips to M&S. The search is incredible, you can guarantee that pretty much most restaurants and eateries products are on here. The Pizza Express menu – check. The soup and sandwich selection at Pret and Eat – check, check. It’s all there. I honestly don’t think I’d have done as well as I have done without this app. Anyone wanting to lose or gain weight should check it out.

Easy Phone Sync – I’m trying to wean myself off my dependency on Apple products, so last time I upgraded my phone I switched from an iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy III and I love it. My new (okay not so new as it’s a few months old now) phone is amazing, it does the whole multi screen thing, I can still get all the same apps, the camera is much better and things just make more sense – there’s less buttons to click etc, etc. Before the great phone switch the only thing stopping me was my music – it’s all on itunes you see and I was complaining to the nice man in the phone shop that I wanted to switch but didn’t want to lose my music and therefore I’d have to stick with my apple produced iPhone. Well how wrong I was. The man straight away pointed me to this app and told me how simple and easy it was. And boy was he right! You download the app to your computer desktop and your phone, connect the two together and then follow the easy steps. And voila you can transfer any playlists across from iTunes onto your phone. Simple as, and now there’s no looking back!

Twitter – I have a plethora of social network apps on my phone, you name it, I’ve got it; Facebook, Bloglovin, Pinterest & Instagram. Yes I’m a social media junkie! But the thing is I use them for different things. Instagram is to make my photos look good, Pinterest is for inspiration and digital scrapbooking. Facebook is used for keeping up with friends/acquaintances and I use Bloglovin to make sure I don’t miss any posts from my favourite blogs. But Twitter is probably the one I use the most, not that I tweet loads but it’s where I get all my information from. It’s where I find out what’s going on in the world. Seriously, if I want to know why my bus is being delayed or catch up on the football scores without being near a TV – then twitter is my go-to guy. I like that I can get snippets of information, get inspired by quotes, make plans with friends and see photos of cute animals all in one place.

Nike + Running – I’m relatively new to this app, but I’m already wondering why I haven’t been using since I started running a year ago. Previously I was using Map My Run to track the distance and pace of my running, it worked well, with only the occasional blip where the GPS stopped working and thought I was in the middle of the River Thames. Anyways I switched to this app about a month ago and it’s ace. Not only does it track my runs and link to Twitter and Facebook, but it also gives me a breakdown of my pace mile by mile, tells you how far you’ve run in total using the app (for me that’s 22 miles across 6 runs, burning 2,626 calories) and finally keeps track of your fastest run, longest run, fasted 1k, 5k, 1 mile etc. One final thing I love is that it links to your online Nike+ account so you can see all the stats and graphs at a computer too.

Evernote – This is a notes app, which is an absolute lifesaver for me. Before I downloaded this I was completely disorganised and would forever be scribbling on bits of paper or emailing myself things. But with this app you can organise all your notes into notebooks, which means everything is in one place and easy to find. So I have a notebook for Work, Personal, Lau’s Rambling Corner, Cook Bake and Eat (my other blog), places to go and shopping lists. Then you go down a level on the notebooks with individual notes. For example in my Lau’s Rambling Corner notebook I have 10 different notes on the go, all for different updates and each time I have a new idea I add a new note into my LRC notebook. The best thing is that the app is across all platforms so I can access it everywhere – I have it on my personal laptop, my phone, ipad, work PC and work mac and whenever I log in everything is always perfectly synced. You can also attach audio, video, photos and files to your notes to.

So are there any apps that you can’t live without?

Lau xxx