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Monday, 21 July 2014

Beauty: The Budget Bronze Smokey Eye

My favourite makeup look when I'm in a hurry but still want to look like I've made an effort, is the bronze smokey eye. I can put on this look in two minutes which is a great help when I'm running late.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Travel: Day trips from Edinburgh during the Summer

Edinburgh is lovely during the summer, especially when the weather is dry. July is relatively quiet in the city compared to the frenzy when the Edinburgh Fringe, International and Book Festivals take place in August. The chaos can be fun, but sometimes it can be a bit of a relief to leave the city for a while, even just for a day. All my day trip suggestions will take just a few hours and are suitable for everyone, including kids.
 
Cramond Beach is in the north of the city and can be reached by car or the Number 41 Lothian bus. This is a popular location for families, runners and dog-walkers. It has a cafe and a pub and an ice-cream van is parked along the promenade during the summer. The Cramond Kirk is very pretty and the 'secret' walled children's play park can be found just past the kirk hall. The highlight of any visit to Cramond, however, is the walk across the causeway to Cramond Island, which is one mile out to sea. The causeway is only accessable at low tide, so it is crucial to check tide-times in advance of any visit and also to check the safe crossing times at the entrance to the causeway and leave enough time for the return leg.



Linlithgow is a charming town to the west of Edinburgh  and Linlithgow Palace, which is now a beautiful ruin, was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The town can be reached by train from Edinburgh and a typical journey takes about 20 minutes. The Linlithgow Canal Centre is a 5 minute walk from the train station and during the summer, boat trips from 30 minutes to 2 hours are run during the afternoons. This is a wonderfully relaxing way to while away an afternoon. For the more active, a walk around the picturesque Linlithgow Loch takes about 45 minutes, and has wonderful vistas of the palace.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Food: River Cottage Baked Chicken Curry

This week I had a hankering for something spicy. Unfortunately the little people are quite fussy when it comes to spice, however, they loved the Baked Chicken Curry from River Cottage Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. They even asked for seconds!


The curry is quite mild and has a lovely creamy feel due to the coconut and an earthiness from the coriander and fenugreek. I used chicken thighs which I feel benefits from slow-cooking - the meat just fell from the bone. The preparation for this curry is very fast and despite it's hour-long cooking time, will become a week-night staple. I served this with basmati rice, peas and coriander leaves but naan bread will also work well.

Clementine.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Beauty: My Bedtime Grooming Routine

I never had enough time in the day to do all my daily grooming  until I realised that the two minutes before I turn off my bedside lamp, was a perfect time to fit it all in. I keep all my products in a Birchbox drawstring bag so that I don't have to look for anything when I'm tired.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Running: Coping with Injury



I still haven't recovered from my injury and am now beyond frustrated. I am so tempted to just throw caution to the wind and go for a light jog, but I know that that will set me back even further. I am so desperate to get back to full fitness that at my last physio appointment  I asked for even more exercises and was given a theraband to start doing some resistance work. I do my exercises diligently because I need to feel that I'm helping myself to get better.

I've had to start watching my weight so that I don't gain weight due to my more sedentary lifestyle. This mainly means cutting out all alcohol, drinking herbal tea so that I stay well-hydrated and skipping the rare treat I usually allow myself. So far it's working.

In the meantime I have no races planned and I'm having to learn to take things one day at a time. I have been doing quite a lot of reading though, all running-related. These are all books I've been wanting to read for a while so I thought I'd get it out of the way before I started my summer reading.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Beauty: The budget products I use every day

I love luxury skincare and body products but I do have quite a few budget-friendly products that I actually prefer over high-end products. I always bulk-buy the cheapest of these products whenever I see them  because they're often sold out and I'd really miss them if they were discontinued.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Food: Spaghetti with meatballs

Sometimes nothing will do but comfort food, a big bowl of something hot and yummy. When I'm craving some home cooking with big flavours, I often turn to Tom Parker Bowles' fantastic book, Let's Eat (Recipes from my kitchen notebook). The man can really cook!

On this occasion, I decided on Spaghetti with meatballs. This recipe is a particular hit in our household. The meatballs are not too dry as they contain breadcrumbs soaked in milk and the omission of onion leaves you with a lovely, smooth meatball. I blitzed the tomato sauce as that is the preference of the little people, and also added a wee bit of sugar and a dash of red wine vinegar for added flavour. Lastly, I drizzled over some chilli oil for some kick.



A hug in a bowl. Delicious!

Clementine.