22 April 2017

Project 365 2017 #16

Week 16 of Project 365 2017 saw us heading down to one of our favourite Cornish spots on the coast.

Project 365 2017 day 106 - Vegan friendly Easter egg // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 107 - 5 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 108 - Bee graffiti // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 109 - Beach art Widemouth Bay // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 110 - Boscastle // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 111 - Yandles sawmill // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 112 - Yoga study // 76sunflowers

Day 106
Easter Sunday and the Easter Bunny had a vegan friendly egg for me in his basket.
Day 107
A day of getting prepped for our short Cornish break but not before heading out on a 5 mile run in the Spring sunshine.
Day 108
Cornwall bound today -via Bath and South of Bristol for work purposes. We stopped off in South Molton for a comfort break - where there was some rather fab graffiti on the toilet block.
Day 109
A gorgeous day in Bude for a 5 mile morning run down to the beach - and back uphill to the caravan! The afternoon was spent at Widemouth Bay, which is one of my favourite beaches, where I installed a piece of beach art.
Day 110
We headed along the coast to Boscastle today with its natural harbour, green waters and amazing cliff top walks. My legs went a bit jelly like taking this snap.
Day 111
Friday I was feeling bit sad as we said goodbye to Bude - and the in laws and New Zealand arm of the family who were also staying on site. On the way home we stopped at Yandles sawmill and gallery in Martock - the wood here was amazing and I was planning some natural shelving in my head.
Day 112
A bit of a lazy day catching up on laundry. I did drag the kiddos into town as I needed to stretch my legs before a 10k race tomorrow. We popped into the libray where I found another yoga book to add to my study pile - I spent a couple of hours sat in the garden taking notes enjoying the afternoon sun.

x x x
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15 April 2017

Project 365 2017 #15

Week 15 of Project 365 2017 and it's the Easter holiday!!

Project 365 2017 day 99 - Devizes half marathon // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 100 - 21 days of happiness // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 101 - Rogue One & pizza // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 102 - Painting & wedding flowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 103 - Herbs // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 104 - Border // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 105 - Daffodil // 76sunflowers

Day 99
Devizes half marathon today and as well as the dreaded hills it was a hot one. Due to this I had no aim of getting a PB, I just wanted to finish. So I was over the moon to come in at 1:53:53 - which is 1 minute 1 second away from my PB.
Day 100
I don't think I stretched enough post-race yesterday as today my thighs were so tight. I popped into work to do some room re-organising, then back home I started an online 21 days of happiness challenge and was so pleased to have my girl want to join in too.
Day 101
We stayed local today with a walk to town to go to the library and to pick up some popcorn and general junk food for DVD night. The husband was away so it was just me and the kiddos snuggling up with pizza and chips and the awesome Rogue One - cried like a baby again.
Day 102
I finally gave the dining room a fresh coat of paint following 12 years of grubby fingers and furniture marks. This meant taking down my dried wedding flowers from their dusty place on the high unit. Now to order a new sideboard to finish it off and give me some desperately needed storage.
Day 103
My fabulous children were happy to come to my friend's house today and chill with her older children, who looked after them so we could go and run! A gentle 10k was completed to loosen up the legs from Sunday and get ready for a 10k at the end of the holiday. Back home I planted out some herbs on the patio - pretty much the extent of my gardening skills.
Day 104
Inspired by my herb planting I asked the in-laws to meet us at B&Q to help me pick out some plants for a garden border as I have no clue which plants lasts for a year or come back again next year! The afternoon was then spent in the garden digging over my bed, pulling up weeds and roots galore before planting out my selection of lupins, phlox and saxifrage - now to remember to water them.
Day 105
Before the husband went to work this morning I headed out for a 5 mile run then it was a day of baking, organising the girl for a birthday sleepover and having a friend over for the boy. The sun was shining and I found myself in the garden chatting to both sets of neighbours - which never happens! This daffodil was a latecomer from some bulbs I haphazardly threw into the ground a bit late in the season.

x x x
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11 April 2017

Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival 2017 {Preview}

The Easter holidays are upon us and the Spring sunshine is filling the sky, and our hearts, with some much needed warmth. It's that time of year, with the clocks already having moved on, that I start to look ahead to the long sun filled days of Summer and begin to make some plans. My Summer always has to include a tent and a festival and this year I am so happy to be going back again to cover the amazing yoga and wellness festival that is Soul Circus.

Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival 2017 {Preview} // 76sunflowers

Tucked away in the quiet area of Elmore, Gloucestershire, and within easy reach of the M5, Soul Circus is an ideal festival for the yoga lover whether you are on the start of your yoga path or way down that road; with a wealth of classes to suit a variety of styles there will always be a class for every yogi to participate in.
Many faces are returning from last year including Aimee Garcia-Marshall, who had me smiling all the way through her Vinyasa Flow class, Taylor Harkness, the first teacher to inspire me to attempt a handstand, and Emily Young (RYT 500 & senior lecturer in Children's Health and Wellbeing) to whom I owe a big thanks for really igniting the spark in me to train as a children's yoga teacher following a wonderful conversation with her last year, as well as assisting me in my handstand in Taylor's class!

Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival 2017 {Instructors} // 76sunflowers

Soul Circus will also have the whole family in mind again in 2017 with Mary Grinstead installed as the resident yoga instructor for the under 18s. As a fellow school teacher, and children's yoga teacher, I'm really looking forward to seeing Mary working with the younger yogis at Soul Circus.

As well as having opportunities to challenge yourself with your asana practise, Soul Circus also places high value on it's musical entertainment. Music will fill the air of Soul Circus 2017 with live entertainment on the main stage and acoustic offerings tucked away in pockets around the site.

Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival 2017 {Music} // 76sunflowers

Food and Drink looks to be a winner again; 'Whatever your diet, whether you desire gluten free, dairy free, cold pressed or grass fed we've got it covered!' Local produce is a key point again this year as well as the festival having it's own manifesto on sustainability including pledges to increase recycling and lower food waste, introducing composting loos for 2017 and sourcing food locally within 60 miles of the site.

Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival 2017 {Food} // 76sunflowers

For a bit of indulgence and pampering the VIP experience will give you access to a champagne bar, VIP champagne lounge, all day coffee and tea bar plus more!
You can also add a spot of extra comfort to your camping experience with a range of luxury glamping options plus, new this year, pre-erected tents. You can of course bring your own tent or camper van!

Wherever you stay for the two nights of Soul Circus 2017 you are bound to have a dreamy, chilled out sleeping experience.

Soul Circus 2017 takes place 18th - 20th August at Elmore Gloucestershire. You can find out more information on the Soul Circus website including ticket info.

You can also read more about my time at Soul Circus 2016 here.

**Heads up - I will be holding a giveaway for two weekend tickets soon!**

x x x 

Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival 2017 {Preview} // 76sunflowers

Disclaimer; I have received a weekend pass to Soul Circus 2017 in return for previews and reviews of this year's festival. As always, views and opinions are my own.
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8 April 2017

Project 365 2017 #14

Week 14 of Project 365 2017 and the sun continued to shine with the temperatures getting warmer and warmer - just in time for my half marathon!

Project 365 2017 day 92 - Barefoot // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 93 - Easter yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 94 - Lacock // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 95 - Garden cuppa // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 96 - Vegan Easter egg // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 97 - Vegan junk food // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 98 - Blossom // 76sunflowers

Day 92
A lovely warm Sunday and some well needed time was spent in the garden chopping back the neighbour's overgrown ivy and mowing the lawn. It also saw the first barefoot walk across the lawn of the year.
Day 93
Monday yoga and some Easter egg games were in store.
Day 94
Our last run before the half marathon on Sunday saw us do a gentle 5.5 miles around Lacock followed by a relaxing cuppa in the sunshine.
Day 95
Back home from work with the sun shining and I'm starting to wind down for Easter so a cuppa on the patio was in order.
Day 96
Last day in school today and my lovely work colleague bought me a vegan friendly Easter egg!
Day 97
The Asda delivery came tonight jam packed full of junk - the carb loading for Sunday officially starts tonight!
Day 98
A beautiful day with a lovely morning teaching yoga then a visit to the in laws where the blossom was blooming and the sky was blue.

x x x
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1 April 2017

Project 365 2017 #13

Week 13 of Project 365 2017 and the Spring sunshine is making a positive difference!

Project 365 2017 day 85 - Vegan Mother's Day breakfast // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 86 - Children's yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 87 - 12 mile run day // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 88 - Fishless fish fingers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 89 - Yoga & bedtime reading // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 90 - Friday 5k // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 91 - Garden furniture // 76sunflowers

Day 85
Mother's Day and I snuck out for a 4 mile run and returned to a vegan cooked breakfast, homemade cards and some lovely treats.
Day 86
Yoga teaching day and another lovely few sessions with my yogis.
Day 87
Running Tuesday with my buddy and our last long run of 12 miles before our upcoming half marathon. We kept a good pace whilst chatting all the way so feeling pretty confident - apart from the hills I've heard about!
Day 88
Back to work Wednesday and fishless fish fingers for tea for a vegan carb junk session.
Day 89
A long Thursday was made better by yoga night followed by a bit of reading in bed.
Day 90
It's so good to get back from work in the daylight now so I grabbed the opportunity to do my Friday 5k to the pub and back - I clocked exactly the same time as a couple of weeks ago so definitely consistent.
Day 91
Such a lovely sunny Saturday with some new faces at yoga classes this morning then we headed to B&Q to finally buy some grown up garden furniture - for which I felt we needed a degree in instruction deciphering to assemble it! A new magazine was an added bonus too.

x x x
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25 March 2017

Project 365 2017 #12

Week 12 of Project 365 2017 saw me take on a daily yoga challenge on Instagram which has resulted me in rolling out the mat everyday which is always a good thing - add in a smattering of running, work and family and that's my week wrapped up!

Project 365 2017 day 78 - 5 mile Sunday run
Project 365 2017 day 79 - Home Ed yoga
Project 365 2017 day 80 - 12 mile canal run
Project 365 2017 day 81 - Double pigeon pose
Project 365 2017 day 82 - Yoga reading
Project 365 2017 day 83 - Friday sunshine
Project 365 2017 day 84 - Windy walk

Day 78
5 mile Sunday run to start the day before the husband headed off to work and I did the weekly baking and house bits and bobs.
Day 79
A lovely session with just one family of 3 as illness wiped out the rest of my home ed yoga group followed by pre-school sessions and some catch up for the yoga challenge.
Day 80
Long run Tuesday and I took my running buddy for a slow 12 miler along the local canal.
Day 81
Back to work today so I definitely needed to hit the mat tonight - I worked a bit on my double pigeon as all the running is making my hips so tight.
Day 82
Yoga class tonight was perfectly timed with lots of leg and hip work then in bed I carried on with my yoga reading and study.
Day 83
I got home early from work and the sun was shining so I nipped out for a 5k and clocked my second fastest time. I'm not a fan of this distance as I always try and run fast - I much prefer long and slow.
Day 84
A change of scenery today following a lush morning of kid's yoga. We headed up the road to a neighbouring town for a walk in the wind.

x x x 
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18 March 2017

Project 365 2017 #11

Week 11 of Project 365 2017 was full of different decisions - some better than others.

Project 365 2017 day 71 - Sofa move // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 72 - 5k in the wrong running pants // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 73 - 12 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 74 - Deep Heat // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 75 - Bedtime reading // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 76 - Friday sunshine // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 77 - Yoga decisions // 76sunflowers

Day 71
After 12 years we finally took the big sofa apart and moved it into our front room.
Day 72
A lovely yoga day with my little yogis followed by a 5k run in workout pants that are great for yoga but not so much for running - resulted in my fastest 5k in a while!
Day 73
Long run Tuesday with my running buddy leading me for 12 miles around her home town for a change of scenery.
Day 74
Not the best day at work today; a moment of madness saw me pick up a far too heavy box of book bags which meant a good dose of Deep Heat on my back tonight.
Day 75
A long day and my bedtime reading lasted all of 5 minutes before my eyelids drooped.
Day 76
A lovely sunny start to the day; a deep inhale and exhale sat in the car before I cleared the windscreen and set off to work.
Day 77
I headed up to Cirencester to meet up with a lovely yoga teacher trainer to discuss her course - all very exciting! It also meant I could pop into see my Cirencester buddy for a cuppa.

x x x
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11 March 2017

Project 365 2017 #10

Week 10 of Project 365 2017 was one of those weeks that was full on non-stop and snapping photos was kind of an after thought - but I will not give up on this project!

Project 365 2017 day 64  - Vegan mushroom wellington // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 65  - Home ed yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 66  - 11 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 67  - Yoga studying // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 68  - Daffodils // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 69  - How to be Single // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 70  - 10k run // 76sunflowers

Day 64
The husband had a Wiggle bike ride with his brother today and then they came back home, with new girlfriend and in-laws too, for a roast prepared by me. I managed to do the chicken for everyone else and a vegan mushroom wellington for me.
Day 65
Monday and back to the Yoga Shed for home ed family yoga - I love my Mondays.
Day 66
Tuesday is now becoming long run day for me and my running partner in crime; today we hit 11 miles and I loved how her new runners stayed pristine whilst mine got filthy in the mud!
Day 67
Back to work so back to a bedtime photo; a bit of yoga reading and studying tonight.
Day 68
So nice to get home from work in the daylight now so I spent a few minutes down the garden admiring the daffodils.
Day 69
Friday and an early night with a DVD - How to be Single. It made me smile and I do like Rebel Wilson.
Day 70
I set the alarm to go out for a run this morning as I have no yoga classes to take this morning. A lovely 10k saying good morning to dog walkers and cyclists; a great way to start the weekend before dismantling a sofa!

x x x
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