Windy Arbour Farm

This month I’ve been to Windy Arbour Farm for my Farm-of-the-month series. The farm shop is run by the Turner family. They were already farming at Windy Arbour for over a century when they decided to start selling their own produce in 1970s. Most of the veggies found at the farm shop are local. Of course some are imported, like the Chard I bought, as it’s not available here. My husband and I found the farm very easy and there are a few parking spaces, enough even for a busy day.

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The first thing I’ve noticed when I got in the shop was the amount of chocolate eggs and dragons, all looking amazingly decorated and delicious. We had a look around the shop, bought a few veggies and took some more pictures outside.

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Those apples were so yum. I don’t know why at supermarket I never think of buying apples, but at farm shops I want to get loads. I bought some Bramley apples for a crumble and a couple of Red delicious to eat.

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5 minutes workout

While I was away, I set myself a challenge to do as many push-ups as I could in a 5 minutes workout. I needed a fast and high intensity exercise routine as I didn’t have time for a 30 minutes workout. Because it was only 5 minutes I was able to do it everyday, usually in the morning, before taking a shower and getting ready for work. The great part is that I already had everything I needed: a phone with timer, a floor and the motivation to exercise.

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After a week my results were much better than I expected. In a week I was able to do 13 more push-ups and I think that is a great result. Here is the breakdown:
Day 1 – 80 push-ups
Day 2 – 83 push-ups
Day 3 – 88 push-ups
Day 4 – 90 push-ups
Day 5 – 92 push-ups
Day 6 – 94 push-ups
Day 7 – 93 push-ups

I didn’t feel the need to do any warm up or cool down as I made standard push-ups. I started with a batch of 20, then took breaks of 5-10 seconds and even longer. I continued with shorter batches, of 5-10 and rest in between. I enjoyed myself, as I love doing push-ups. I will take this challenge again next time I’m away, in holiday or with work, as it’s so efficient and I felt great continuing keeping active in an easy way.

Do you like doing push-ups? Do you have a go-to routine while you are away? What do you think of my 5 minutes workout?

Homemade popcorn

Making popcorn at home is so easy. I find the small bags of popcorn have too much salt and too much oil, also I don’t have a microwave oven at the moment. After trying to find better ways to make popcorn, I finally can say that making popcorn is fun, easy and with great results every time. To make it you only need a couple of spoons of oil, salt and corn kernels.

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Corn kernels can be found at supermarkets for £1 the 500g bag and they are also called popping corn. It’s so easy to make and if you have kids, I’m sure they would love it too.

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Put the oil and the corn kernels in a pan, stir with a spoon so the kernels are coated with oil. Put the pan on the hob over medium heat. When the corn is starting to pop, put the lid on the pan and wait until all the kernels are popped. It will take only a couple of minutes.

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Tip the popcorn into a bowl, sprinkle salt on top and enjoy!

Charlecote Park

I’ve been to Charlecote Park just 1 day before the house was opened again to the public. It was a lovely day, so hubby and I walked around the parkland, admired the deer and had a look in the kitchen and stables.

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Charlecote was completed in 1558 by the first Sir Thomas Lucy and it was one of the first great Elizabethan houses. Now it’s part of National Trust. The estate is situated in Warwickshire, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Kiqplan fitness app

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you noticed that I’m interested in working out and eating healthy. After loosing weight 5 years ago, I’ve tried to be as healthy and fit as possible. I never used an app before trying the Kiqplan* fitness app. I wasn’t sure what to expect and what I wanted from an app. I looked on their website and there are a few programs to chose from after pondering if I should go with Slim&trim or Fit&Healthy, I chose the latter.

kiqplan fitness app

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It was easy to install and complete my profile. There is a fit test that takes only a few minutes to do. In the test there are push-ups, squats and plank. From what I saw, the fit test can be redone after a while to check the progress. It’s a nice idea. The app offers a program and it suggested a number of steps each day and 1500 calories. For me, when I’m doing Insanity, 1500 is too low (even for loosing weight), but when I’m in between workouts, 1500 is enough.

One of the things I like about the app is that I can scan the food I’m eating, this makes it so much easier if you are counting calories. For the past 5 years I had an excel spreadsheet for this, as I counted calories on and off. The first time I used it, I scanned everything it had a barcode in the fridge and a few items from the cupboard as it was so much fun.

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5 outfits for work

I wore these 5 outfits last week, so I’ve decided to make a post about them instead of 5 different posts. A few things are new, some of them were mentioned before on my blog. When I chose the clothes for these 5 days, comfort was of the main things I had in mind, as you’ll see.

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Having a look at all the 5 outfits together I realized that I really love pinks/purples and grays. I should have taken pictures of the jewellery and makeup too, but it was too late and I’m going to keep that in mind for the next post I’ll make.

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The first day I had an old burgundy skirt, a merino wool pink cowl neck jumper and one of my favourite pairs of shoes from Asos. The pink nail polish is from W7. All week I’ve used the two W7 makeup pallets I bought recently and I love them, very good quality, the nail polish not so much.

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Good things

I wouldn’t have imagined to start my Good things post with a rant about B&Q, but well… this is what I’m going to talk about in the next paragraph. If you were not involved in this, the story will seem funny.

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1. Buying stilts for the loft. So, on Saturday, hubby and I went to B&Q to buy loft panels and stilts to sort out a part of the loft as we don’t have enough storage space left. I took 60 stilts and we went to the counter. An old lady was in queue behind us and hubby told her she could get in front as she had only a couple of items. She said “it’s fine, the cashier will not count each stilt”. Well, the cashier said she has to scan every stilt. I thought she was joking. We put all 60 stilts on the counter, she scanned them and when I got in the car I thought there is something wrong with the receipt. It was. The total should have been a round number as they had an offer: buy 12 for £15. There were only 59 stilts and this meant we didn’t get the offer. Basically we’ve paid more (almost £5 more) for 59 instead of what we would have paid for 60.
Hubby went to talk at the returns and the other lady said she has to scan all of them again. When hubby got back to the car and told me I said he was joking, he wasn’t. We took out of the car all the stilts and I counted them again, they were 60. We went in with a trolley full to the top with stilts and waited for the lady to count screws that were returned (OMG!). She counted the stilts and said “You know that there are only 59.” I replied that I counted them and there are 60. She counted them again saying the numbers out loud and finally someone at B&Q realized that for the past 40 minutes we were trying to buy 60 stilts! The sense of achievement I felt was incredible.
After another 10-15 minutes the receipt was sorted and the manager came to talk with us about our complaint. I inquired if they are doing this so people don’t steal. He replied that the cashier had to scan all the stilts so they don’t miss one… It was funny and incredible annoying at the same time. And the story is not over… we bought 60 for a part of the loft, but we need more… many more…

2. Valentine’s Day. This one is obvious. 🙂

3. Finishing a short fitness challenge. I’m going to talk more about the challenge these days. It was a challenge I made up myself and it was fun and I had great results.

4. Cookies. I tried a new recipe for cookies for Valentine’s Day and I loved it. They were soft and full of flavour. I took only one picture, so I’ll have to bake another batch to share the recipe.

5. The dog. He is funny, after a week away in holiday, sleeping most of the day, playing and chewing bones, he is so tired that he might need another holiday.