20 May 2017

Project 365 2017 #20

Week 20 of Project 365 2017 turned me into a sniffing, coughing, self-pitying mess!

Project 365 2017 day 134 - Gavin & Stacey // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 135 - Singing Bowls // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 136 - Popcorn 'Chicken' // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 137 - Peonies // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 138 - Bubble bath // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 139 - Dandelions // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 140 - Failed slime// 76sunflowers

Day 134
A lazy Sunday again - I say lazy, it was actually a day full of household chores and prepping for the week ahead. I dream of a lazy Sunday. Tonight we vegged out watching Gavin & Stacey - which is now 10 years old!
Day 135
My cold came out today but I had three yoga sessions to get through; after each one I felt a little bit worse then after the final session, with the lovely toddlers, my body just let it all out! Earlier in the day I just wanted to sit and play my yoga teacher's singing bowls - I must get one of my own soon.
Day 136
I had a full day of teaching yoga in a local school today which was lovely - although tiring with my cold which had shifted overnight to my chest and developed into a cough. I made it through and had a simple dinner of popcorn chicken from Asda - no chicken involved at all as it is vegan! Not sure why they call it chicken though?!
Day 137
Felt a bit better so pushed myself out for a run tonight - panicking a bit as way off marathon training plan already due to illness. I managed a good 5 miles. The peonies are in my front garden and really brighten up the space.
Day 138
A long Thursday and then I felt rubbish again tonight - all bunged up in the head and my stomach decided to balloon again with pain leaving me looking 5 months pregnant for the evening, There seems to be no clear link to a particular food so just going to track it some more. Instead of going to yoga I sadly sunk into a hot bubble bath.
Day 139
Home early from work tonight so pushed myself out for a run. My head was all over the place and the 4 miles were filled with negative thoughts questioning my ability at training for a marathon, teaching yoga and generally being self-pitying. I sat in the garden for a bit with the dandelion weeds and sulked and had a sniff before shaking myself out of it. Looking at my splits on Strava later it was a really good run!
Day 140
A lovely morning of yoga today with three busy classes of children and parents. This afternoon the girl wanted to make slime so we headed off out to buy the ingredients. It wasn't quite successful and she ended up with a big bowl of foamy mess - but she spent two hours playing with it which kept her off YouTube, so all good!

x x x 
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13 May 2017

Project 365 2017 #19

Week 19 of Project 365 2017 saw me hanging around car parks, running and doing yoga - and squeezing some work days in too!

Project 365 2017 day 127 - Birthday number 9 // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 128 - Car park cycling // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 129 - Poppies // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 130 - Car park 5k // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 131 - Avacado toast // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 132 - Railway tunnel // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 133 - 9 mile run // 76sunflowers

Day 127
My boy is 9 today! I'm still trying to come to grips with that. The day started off with cake - I made it vegan so I could have a slice or two.
Day 128
My girl is flying with her cycling now and tonight we headed over to the local car park for her to ride around in a few circles.
Day 129
Marathon training officially started today with 8 miles round the town - walking back I spotted the poppies on the railway bridge.
Day 130
Back to the car park, with my girl and her bike, and tonight I wore my trainers and ran up and down and round and round quite a few times to clock up 5k.
Day 131
A light avacado on toast tea tonight before yoga class.
Day 132
I was allowed out from work today to visit some other settings - the walk took me under the railway through a tunnel.
Day 133
Back on the marathon plan tonight, which I have already had to adapt due to work next week, so it was 9 miles out on my own today across the fields and round the local villages.

x x x
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6 May 2017

Project 365 2017 #18

Week 18 of Project 365 2017 and a running niggle threw me off stride a bit but isn't putting me off a new challenge!

Project 365 2017 day 120 - Running with my boy // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 121 - 10k village run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 122 - Lacock run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 123 - Town church // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 124 - Cycling // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 125 - Marathon plan // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 126 - New Nikes // 76sunflowers

Day 120
The boy joined me today for a run around the block - I'm hoping he'll love running as much as I do.
Day 121
Bank Holiday Monday got off to a running start with a solo run for me on my usual 10k round the villages then on returning home the boy and girl came out with me for a run around the block.
Day 122
Back to school for the children again and back to Tuesday running buddy day; today we met up at Lacock for a gentle 5 mile plod - mainly due to a niggling piriformis issue with me. I need to strengthen my glutes again!
Day 123
It's that time of year where we're starting to meet the new intake for school next year so today I was let out to go into town to visit a small nursery. Nearby was the town church.
Day 124
After work I took my girl out for a practice ride on her borrowed bike; she has a 10 mile bike ride coming up on a school trip and has never really got to grips with cycling so we're having some last minute lessons in the local car park. Luckily she has taken to it like a duck to water - so one less thing to stress about!
Day 125
Tired Friday and, snuggled up in bed, I looked over a possible marathon plan. 18 weeks of running commitment is a big ask but it's on my unofficial bucket list.
Day 126
A lovely morning of yoga teaching this morning was followed by a gentle 5 miles; the leg felt better but not 100% so must keep up the extra stretching and strength exercises. It was also the second run out for my new Nikes - I'm hoping new shoes will help!

x x x
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30 April 2017

Project 365 2017 #17

Week 17 of Project 365 2017 with a personal best and a need to take it slower.

Project 365 2017 day 113 - Corsham 10k PB // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 114 - Yoga scarves // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 115 - 10 mile village run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 116 - Yogi Tea // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 117 - Yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 118 - Bedtime reading // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 119 - Bath bikes and tunnel // 76sunflowers

Day 113
Corsham 10k and I finally got my sub 50 minutes 10k PB - with my TomTom matching my chip time for the first time ever!
Day 114
Back to yoga teaching today after the Easter break and my afternoon preschoolers enjoyed being butterflies with my new scarves.
Day 115
Long run Tuesday and I shook off my achy legs - a hangover from Sunday - with a lovely 10 miles with my running buddy around the local villages. Later the heavy legs returned though.
Day 116
I wasn't feeling too positive going back to work today but the tag on my Yogi Tea did make me smile.
Day 117
I desperately needed yoga class tonight to stretch out my heavy legs and tight hamstrings - I've never suffered with these issues before so am easing back on the running a little this week.
Day 118
No Friday evening run and early to bed - I wanted to read more of my charity shop bargain book but the eyes drooped within minutes.
Day 119
A lovely morning of yoga teaching was followed by a trip into Bath for some clothes and trainer shopping for the girl. The walk back to the car took us under the railway station through the tunnel of bikes.

x x x
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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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