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Making Memories with Printiki*


For me, taking photos is a must. I don't just mean 'selfies', but I love to capture lovely memories as they happen to keep forever. I know people say "I'll remember this forever", but that's not always the case. Whenever a happy moment happens, I bring out the camera to ensure that the memory does stay alive forever.

My camera roll on my photo (and my Google Drive) are filled to the brim of photos, from random occasions such as: going out for a meal with friends, having a fun night out with them, with my family members, my animals... The list goes on and on. It's all well and good to have the photos on your phone/camera, or online, but I love having them physically.

The lovely people at Printiki got in contact with me a while ago, and I couldn't resist. There are so many ways to have your photos printed/presented, so I tried to go for something a bit different. The prints I had made were 20 medium sized prints with a polaroid design and a glossy finish*. 


Personally, I'm a major fan of having photos designed like a polaroid, as it gives it a 'vintage' feel, but also allows for you to write on the bottom - something which I will be doing in the near future.

I must admit, I did take a little bit of inspiration from Love, Maisie for how to arrange my photos, because I was just going to have them stuck to the wall. I wanted to do something different, and Maisie's post on her DIY Bump to Baby photo wall was literal genius.


I changed up the idea slightly and my mum purchased these fairy lights, where the lights also have clear, plastic pegs attached to them (perfect for attaching photos!). I fell in love as soon as she gave me them, even though she was saving them for Christmas. The photos from Printiki and these fairy lights are the perfect combo, as it gives a different edge to having photos displayed, but also helps create a warming atmosphere for your bedroom, living room or wherever you want to put your photos.



A lot of the reason I wanted to get photos printed as because in the Summer of this year, my family dog who we had for 11 years unfortunately passed away very suddenly, so I wanted to get photos printed of her (not as a memorial, but more of a memory wall). Sadly, I realised that there aren't too many photos of her, because I wanted to have her life from puppy to adult, so I wouldn't have been able to fill the fairy light wall.

So instead, I decided to keep it as a memory wall, but to have my most favoured memories. She is included on the wall a few times, but so are me and my friends, my family, and my new puppy, Evie. I prefer having it this way, as I know I'd get upset if I saw a lot of photos of my old dog, so I kept the photos of her to a minimum (she's in 2 of the 20).


Another way I've presented the photos is to have them around my wardrobe/mirror in my university bedroom. The person who had my university bedroom before me did the same idea, and I thought it was a really good idea. I currently have 5 photos on there, as they didn't fit onto the fairy lights (as I wanted to have a photo, then a space). Currently, there is some Christmas tinsel around them, but after Christmas I'll change it up and put some fairy lights up which are on a copper string (found in Primark!)

I can't wait to get more photos from Printiki, as I've never been so happy with the quality of photos in my entire life. I've printed out photos before, and I haven't been too happy with the quality or size, but I'm so happy that Printiki cater for that. Their website is so easy to use as well, and I think from the time of uploading to having the order placed, it took me about 5 minutes.

The website also allows you to resize your photos as well as being able to rotate them, which I think is a really good idea, and also allows you to have photos exactly how you want them. As well as this, you can upload photos from your phone, computer or even your social media accounts, like Facebook and Instagram. 

How handy is that?!


Fancy grabbing yourself some photos like I've mentioned above AND also getting free shipping? Head over to Printiki and when you're in the checkout process, use the code 8JPYZXPY.

I want to thank Printiki for getting in contact with me to work with them, it was so lovely and I'm very happy with the result.

*Please note that even though I did work with the company mentioned, the comments and opinions made throughout this blog post have been my own, and I have not been paid/made a deal to say positive comments.*

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Fitbit: Why I took the plunge



I've been debating back and forth in my head for honestly about a year and a half on whether or not I should purchase a FitBit. I know numerous people that own them, but as much as they would go on and tell me how good they were, I wasn't hooked. I kind of viewed them as pointless to own, and didn't really see the obsession with step counting. I mean, that's what pedometers are for, right? I have the Health app on my phone which records my steps, I didn't particularly care for checking how good or bad I slept. However, my mind has changed.

I guess the reason I didn't particularly care too much for fitness trackers was because I wasn't too into fitness, but now I have the bug (or plague, I should say) for it, I am literally obsessed.

If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you'll know that during the summer, I took the plunge and purchased a FitBit. The one I went for was a Charge 2 in black, and honestly? I'm in love. I did debate between the Charge 2, Charge HR, Surge and Alta, but I finally set on the Charge 2 after major temptation (thanks Maisie!).

Why did I change my mind?

One reason as to why I took the plunge was because I don't always have my phone on me, so I'd be missing out on my steps. This sounds kind of a silly reason to purchase a fitness tracker, but I like the exact amounts of workouts to be as accurate as possible, hence why I wanted a FitBit. I know it's not going to be 100% accurate to the step, but it'll be close, and obviously closer than when I don't have my phone on me.


It can record your heart rate (I'm quite interested in this as I like to see how it changes whilst I exercise and I'm determined to get my resting heart rate down to 'athlete' level, which I'm almost at), total distance travelled, calories burnt, stairs climbed and minutes of exercise. I like that it's more than just a pedometer, and when you've not really been moving too much, your FitBit will vibrate and give you a nudge to do a few steps to bump up your overall daily score. You have an app which accompanies your FitBit, and you get weekly emails on your progress. It's a whole system that for me, I think is fab.

Another reason why I now own a FitBit is because I think over the last 3/4 of a year, my sleeping pattern has changed erratically. It varied from about 2-4 hours a night to 11-13, it was crazy. With the help of my FitBit, it lets me know exactly when I fall asleep and when I wake up, which I find absolutely incredible to be honest. Over the summer, my average amount of sleep was 7.5 hours, which is a perfect amount for me - any more and I'll have a headache all day, any less and I'll be exhausted all day. My FitBit lets me know if I've had enough sleep, if I've been wearing it too loose while sleeping and exactly how long I spent in each sleep stage (which personally, I find majorly interesting).




There is also a feature to add friends and you can do daily/weekly challenges for steps, and you can also cheer on your friends with their progress. I think it's a nice addition to the whole FitBit thing, as it's a bit of a healthy competition, and if you've smashed a goal, your chummies can congratulate you. If that's not a confidence booster, I don't know what is. I am in some weekly competitions with other bloggers, and seeing how many steps they do inspires me to push forward and achieve higher.

One feature I also like on the FitBit, is that if you turn on your Bluetooth and the notifications option, your calls and text messages will appear on your FitBit. You can't answer them (at least on my FitBit you can't), but I think it adds even more usefulness, and I'll like this feature for when I'm in a lecture and I don't have my phone on my desk, so if I do get a call or a text, I'll be notified.

The more steps you take and stairs you climb, you earn badges and trophies. I didn't think much of it at the time, but it lets you look back on your progress. I was quite surprised to see what I had achieved since owning my FitBit, and it did give me a sense of pride and I felt like I had achieved quite a bit regarding fitness and my health.




Am I happy about taking the plunge?

100% yes. I don't regret my purchase at all, and I'd recommend a FitBit to anyone. If the price scares you a little bit, maybe try a cheaper alternative first before taking the plunge for a FitBit. There are a variety of prices for FitBits, but obviously it does depend on your budget and the higher the price, the more things you can do with it.

Do you own a FitBit? Have you been contemplating it and aren't sure? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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Healthy Snacks with Acti-Snack *


A lot of the time when I'm craving for a snack, I usually want something savoury or something 'unhealthy'. I did want to get into more of a health snack, because I find that my cravings are usually for foods that I know I shouldn't really eat constantly. I do have protein cookies, brownies (and the occasional pack of peanuts or cashews), but I honestly feel like my healthy snack struggle is now over.

The lovely team at Acti-Snack got in contact with me a little while ago and they sent me over some samples of their products, and I must admit - I was very excited.

So, who are Acti-Snack?

For those of you who don't know, Acti-Snack is a "delicious new range of natural dried fruit, nut and seed snacks which maximise on the intrinsic values of each ingredient to meet individual sporting nutrition objectives - carbohydrates for fuel, a combination of proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates for endurance or protein for recovery - perfect for those who lead an active lifestyle."

When the package arrived, I wasn't expecting many samples because I'm not the kind of person who expects to be given a lot when it comes to samples. However, when I opened the package, I was so surprised at their generosity. I was in actual shock with how many things I had been sent, and I was happy that there was a lot of variety there.


The products that I were sent were:

  • a bag of Nut mix
  • food bars (in a variety of flavours: fruit, nut & golden berry, fruit & seed, fruit, nut & soya and cacao, cashew & cranberry)
  • 2 bags of nuts (almonds and cashews)
  • little snack bags (in a variety of flavours: fruit, nut & cacao, fruit, nut & seed, fruit nut & soya)

I'm very thankful that they took time to send me a variety of their products, giving a variety of different flavours for me to try. As someone who is into fitness and finds that sometimes a bit of fruit is a little bit boring to have for a snack (or sometimes I don't find it appealing), I now have the chance to try out something new, and to coax me into eating some snacks that are good for me, and I can reach for something healthy as opposed to a bag of crisps or a little bit of chocolate.

Favourites?

I absolutely love nuts, so I'm very happy that a lot of these products do contain them, as they are one of my favourite snacks to reach for. I know the little bags of almonds or cashews will do me good when I'm in a lecture in uni and I need a boost, or at home writing my dissertation and need something to have a munch on.

The sizes of each product are so handy, as they're easy to put in your bag or to carry on the go and you've got yourself a healthy snack there waiting for you. Out of all the products, my favourites are: the Nut Mix, the bag of cashews, the fruit, nut & soya snack packs and the fruit, nut & cranberry bar. I'm yet to try any more of the other products, as there are some ingredients I'm not too much of a fan of (e.g. banana and raisins), but I'm willing to give them a try to say that I've tried it, or to see if my tastebuds have changed.

I can definitely say that their products have helped curb my 'unhealthy' snack cravings, and I do find their products to be quite moreish, even when I'm trying to be sparing until I purchase more of the products I love by Acti-Snack.

Will I be purchasing Acti-Snack in the future?

Definitely. I have browsed their website, and I like the fact they do multi-packs at a decent price on their store. It leaves me feeling happy that I won't be ripped off. Price wise, it reminds me of Graze and their products you can purchase in supermarkets, and a someone who is a fan of Graze, I don't mind paying the price for Acti-Snack, because a) their products are good for you, b) taste great and c) I don't feel guilty for eating them as a snack.

Once again, I'd like to say a huge thank-you to everyone at Acti-Snack for showing me about their brand, as well as their generosity with the products they sent me.

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and perhaps may check out Acti-Snack and see for yourselves what their products are like! Have you ever tried Acti-Snack before? Were you a fan of their products like I am? What are your go-to health snacks? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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* This is a PR post. The views and comments made by myself on this blog and any of my social media accounts are non-biased and I can confirm I have not been paid to say things that are untrue.

How To Increase The Effect of Your Workout | COLLAB



When it comes to fitness, all of us have different stories. Some can’t even get themselves in the mood to work out, while some of us work out every day and yet they fail to see the results. Regardless of whether you want to slim down, tone your body, or simply lead a healthier life, figuring out how to achieve your goals sometimes feels like rocket science, only more complicated. There’s a bit more to it than the simple “Well, just hit the treadmill!” that people keep pushing as the only solution. Luckily, once you learn how to approach your workouts, it’ll become as easy as pie. For the beginners and fitness enthusiasts both, here are a few tips to motivate you and help you get the kind of body you’ve always dreamed of having.

Don't skip strength training



Women are almost always guilty of this, and it’s such a shame because they’re the ones who can benefit from it the most. They tend to do it because they don’t want to end up looking bulky, but it takes a lot of time to actually build that much muscle and look beefy. Besides, muscles are sexy on anyone, not just on men. Being strong not only feels great, but it can help you lose weight as well. We all know that cardio is the golden standard for slimming down, but it won’t actually help you look toned. Weight lifting, however, makes your body trim and sexy, but it also has the added benefit of helping you lose weight even when you’re not working out. Muscles are immensely helpful with fat burning when we’re exercising, but even when we’re just resting they can help us lose more calories during the day.

Think outside the box

Hate the gym? That’s actually fine. Look, the gym is pretty great and can definitely help a lot of people, but for some it’s just too much stress. If going there makes you sick to your stomach, then you’ll just give up and ruin your progress pretty quickly. Instead, consider some other options. And we don’t mean just working out at home. Are you outdoorsy? Why not go running or hiking? Do you like to dance? Hip hop, belly dancing and jazz ballet are all great options. Or maybe you want to learn self-defence, in which case martial arts can be your go to. Yoga, swimming, cycling, fencing – there are so many options, and you know what the best one is? The one that you enjoy and that you’ll love coming back to every day.

Combine exercise with other things



Exercising helps everyone, but if we gorge ourselves with fast food every day then we’re bound to slow down our progress significantly. Cutting down processed foods and sugary things can easily help you shed the pounds, so try to eat home-cooked meals as often as you can. If you want to have a sexy body, just look at Aussie girls. They spend their whole lives at the beach, and to look good they have to work hard. Australia, more than most countries, has a high rate physically active people, and the beautiful Gabby Westbrook herself seems to enjoy outdoor workouts a lot.
Since there is so much pressure to look good, most Australian ladies aren’t shy about going to the plastic surgeon either. For example, CoolSculpting in Perth is becoming increasingly popular and if you want a non-invasive procedure to target fat, this is a pretty great option. It freezes the fat cells and removes them from your body, and it’s a great option for those who keep working out but can’t get rid of chubbiness in certain parts of their body. If you ever wanted to change something about your body, plastic surgery and other aesthetic procedures are something to consider. Combine these with exercise and the right diet and you can shape up and look just the way you want to.

Change it up



Having a routine is excellent, but sometimes you do need to introduce new things into it. If your workouts are becoming too easy for you to do, then it means you’ve reached a plateau and that you need more challenge to keep them effective. Switch it up a bit, or simply add more sets and repetitions to keep it all intense.

Make a calendar

It’s good to have a visual representation of your progress. Your body will change over time, but you won’t be able to tell right away, so keeping a calendar will help you track your workouts and keep you more motivated. Imagine looking at it and realising you’ve been working out for three months solid. This way you can take pride in what you do, and keep your goal in mind more easily.

The best and final tip that you need to know is to simply find any way you can to become in love with exercising. Stop seeing it as a chore that you just have to get out of your way. It’s the time for you to have fun, to enjoy yourself. Play your favourite music and don’t let anyone interrupt you. You’re working to become fit, healthy and beautiful, and there’s no greater feeling in the world than that.

This was a collaborative post, featuring blogger Amy Mia Goldsmith (x), who is a contributor to High Style Life.

I know for sure, I'll definitely be using some of Amy's tips here in my workout regime to really make the most of what I'm doing.

 What do you think of the tips included in this post? Are they something you'd add into your regime too? Do you do some of these already? Let me know in the comments!



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My favourite gym workouts


To link into my fitness direction that I'm going in for the blog, I thought that I'd share with you what my favourite workouts in the gym are. At some point, I'll do a post about home workouts, but for now, I hope you enjoy!

Leg press

If you follow my Instagram/Twitter, you'll know that I adore the leg press machine. I feel like my legs are one of my main assets, so I want to keep them as fit/toned as possible. The leg press can come in 2 different varieties: the foot platform moves, or the seat you're in will move. I've used both, but I feel like the second option benefits me the most. There are different stances you can do on a leg press machine, and they end up working the different parts of your legs. Personally, my favourites are: Narrow stance and standard stance since I like to work on my legs overall, but particularly the outer quads.

I do reps of 10 and I do this with weight progression from lightest to heaviest (last I did was 85kg to 165kg, meaning I did 100 presses... WHAT EVEN?!), and after I do this workout, I feel so good and that I've really taken a positive risk with pushing myself.

Taken from Pinterest
Knee raises/leg raises (Captain's chair)

A very recent favourite of mine, and I definitely feel it the day afterwards. I use the dips machine for doing both of these, and I find it so helpful and challenging (in a good way). I've never been able to support my own weight fully on my arms, so press ups have been out of the question forever. I never thought I could do these, and I've recently proven myself wrong. 

Captain's chair leg and hip raise exercise
Taken from Pinterest

I do a variant of the two whilst using this machine, so I start with a knee raise, then back down, then up to a leg raise (tuck position), then back down and keep repeating it and stopping after 10. I try to push myself each time to go that little bit further, but as a newbie to this workout (and to working out my arms), I don't make the next goal too far away. Dips are the next goal for me!

Lat pull downs

Another workout I totally adore, especially because I do like to test my limits with it (also it looks hilarious with me trying to reach the bar since I'm so short). Dependant on how far apart or close the placement of your hands are is dependant on the part of your arms you workout. I like to do a variant of them all, with reps of 10 and I like to do this for 2-3 sets, dependant on how much I want to push myself. I never used to bother working on my arms, but everytime I'm in the gym, I always get tempted by the dumbells and arm machines.

Taken from Pinterest

Dumbbell side lateral raises

For this workout, I like to change the weights between what I'm comfortable with, and the weight up from that. I do this to push myself, as well as giving me the comfort zone I can go back to if pushing myself feels like too much. I do these for reps of 10, and make it a set of between 3-5. You can do this workout at home if you have dumbbells in the house, but I do prefer to do this in the gym, especially when dumbbells can be costly if you're changing what weights you're using.

Correct side lateral raise exercise form
Taken from Primer Magazine


Kettlebells x burpees

I saw this workout over on KJ Apa's Instagram (x), so I decided to give it a shot. It's pretty easy to say that afterwards, you are literally breathless and sweating buckets. I stop after I've done 10 of each for a mini break to get my breath back, then I go back down again. It definitely is something you shouldn't push yourself to do, as the first time I did this, I had to stop after 7 of each due to being severely out of breath. This workout is a tough one to do, especially if burpees do make you pretty tired quickly, but if you don't push yourself, it is beneficial and can actually be a bit of fun.

Squats

How I really do love my squats (no sarcasm, I swear!) They're so simple to do, and work so well. However, if you want that 'peachy booty' or 'booty goals', unfortunately, just squats won't do it!

I do 3 different variations of these, and I rotate between them after every 10. First, I do just bog-standard regular squats. Secondly, I do squats and after I've come up, I follow it with a leg raise (then repeat but alternate legs). Lastly, I do weighted squats. Whether it's with a weight, kettlebell or medicine ball, it works a charm. I do all of these twice, meaning I end up doing about 60 squats. I do give myself a break after 30 to ensure I put in my full effort throughout the whole workout.

30 Day Challenges

I have 2 favourite workouts which branch under the '30 day challenge' title, and they are the Ab & Squat challenge, and the Butt Fitness challenge. I adore both of these challenges, as it basically follows the rule of 'little and often'. They don't take long at all to do, and they're quite fun if I'm honest. I fit them in either before I've gone training, or after, especially if I'm just sat around and not doing much and feel like I should be moving. When you start progressing further into the month, it really does surprise you as to how far you've gone, and how much you've actually done.

30 day ab and squat challenge
Taken from Pinterest

30 Day Bum Fitness Challenge Chart
Taken from Pinterest
That's it from me, and I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite workouts, and what I do with them! If you want some fitness inspiration, or some ideas for workouts, check out my fitness board over on Pinterest!

What are your favourite workouts? Do you have a least favourite? Do arm workouts make you feel like The Hulk? Do squats give you the Kim K vibes? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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