I {Heart} October 2014

by Jemma on October 30, 2014

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October has just flown by, but for me it has been the most incredible month EVER!

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For the whole of this month I feel like I’ve been lost in a wonderful baby bubble since little Aiden’s arrival.  We’re still finding our feet with our new reality, but we are having so much fun along the way.  All of the challenges that being a new parent brings are far outweighed by the amount of joy our baby boy has brought into our lives.  

It’s overwhelming at times and there are moments where I’m not sure how I’m still going with little sleep, but thankfully I’m coping better than I thought I would.  I have a whole post planned on my life as a new mama and my thoughts, but even in these early days I do feel like a different person, it’s really weird.

This being a landmark month with our little man’s birth, it’s been about him and nothing else, however Celery and Cupcakes has been featured in a couple of amazing places.  It’s so lovely to see my little blog grow!

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My Blueberry & Almond Polenta Cake has been featured in an online recipe book (page 56). I’m totally in love with how it’s been presented and it has given me some ideas for the future.

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Also, I’ve been featured in my first publication!  My  Salted Almond Butter Flapjack recipe is in this months issue of Women’s Fitness UK with a lovely write-up about the blog too. 

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This month I shared some lovely recipes on the blog such as my No Bake Peanut Butter and Coconut BallsChocolate Chia Courgette Bread Porridge and more recently my Hot Chocolate Chia Smoothie

My favourite posts published on the blog this month:

The last few days and final thoughts – #41 weeks

The day my world changed – my labour story

Welcome to the world baby Aiden!

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I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months as some of my favourite seasonal holidays are coming up: starting with Halloween then Bonfire Night and Christmas.  I just love this time of year!

Last month I focused a lot on self-love and the importance of taking some time out for yourself, documenting my thoughts on the blog.  Now more than ever I can relate to this as caring for Aiden takes up most of my time, its crazy how the hours disappear in the day.  Being with him is my priority, but I also realise that to be at my absolute best for him I need to take care of myself as well.  So far, I’ve treated myself to some new clothes and packed away my maternity wardrobe and I’ve tried to take naps during the day when I can.  Putting on some make up in the morning, making an effort with my clothes and cooking a nutritious meal makes such a big difference. To be honest, just 5 minutes to myself is something that I cherish and I don’t feel guilty for it.  I know that caring for myself is just as important as caring for my baby boy.

Life is such a balancing act now and I am finding it hard to prioritise certain things.  I’m someone who is super organised and always on the go.  I relish in the art of being able to do it all. Now I’m lucky if I mange to get the washing up done some days – it’s all about the ‘small little victories’ for me at the moment.  Spending time with my little dude is my main priority and everything else will hopefully fit round that with ease eventually.  It has definitely been a time of readjustment and major changes for me, but it’s all worth it.  Everything right now is just a crazy kind of perfect!

How has October been for you?  How do you cope with change and readjustments?

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{Recipe} Hot Chocolate Chia Smoothie

by Jemma on October 28, 2014

in Recipes

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On a cold autumnal morning, more often than not I will automatically head to the cupboard and pull out an essential ingredient that gets overused in my house in the colder months: porridge oats.  A warm comforting bowl of porridge seems like the perfect way to start the day when the weather isn’t up to much outside.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my smoothies and regular blog readers will know this, however the fact that they can be freezing cold does put me off them a little in the autumn. 

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What I love about smoothies is the convenience and speed in which you can make them.  I often find myself killing two birds with one stone and drinking a nutrition packed smoothie whilst getting ready or checking my emails.  If you love your smoothies, but are put off by cold breakfasts in autumn and winter then I may have come up with a solution, why not make them warm? 

Hot Chocolate Chia Smoothie
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The perfect recipe for smoothie lovers who are put off by them in the colder months. This one is warm and delicious!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 avocado
  2. 2 tbsps chia seeds
  3. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  4. 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  5. 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  6. 3/4 cup water
  7. 1-2 tbsps maple syrup or honey
  8. 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. First mix the porridge oats and water together and cook in the microwave for a few minutes.
  2. In the meantime pour all of the other ingredients into the blender and mix together until smooth. When the porridge is ready add to the blender and blitz to incorporate into the smoothie.
  3. Pour into your favourite mug or glass and enjoy!
Adapted from Ren Behan
Adapted from Ren Behan
Celery and Cupcakes http://celeryandcupcakes.com/

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With this smoothie you get the best of both worlds: a delicious rich chocolatey smoothie and a dose of warm oats.  The porridge makes the smoothie silky smooth as well as the addition of avocado.  Surprisingly to most, the healthy fats from the chia seeds, coconut oil and avocado make this a very satisfying smoothie and will kick-start your day.  

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Hot chocolate is the perfect autumnal treat on a cold evening and I’m glad that I can now enjoy it healthily for breakfast too.  Next time I might try to add some spices like chilli, chai or even some orange and mint flavourings too.

What is your favourite warm drink in the autumn?  Do you have a favourite hot chocolate flavour?

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New mama foods and being featured in Women’s Fitness UK

26 October 2014

Happy Sunday!  I hope you fabulous people are having a lovely weekend.  It’s so nice to finally get back to blogging this week, albeit very little at the moment.  I do love blogging and although my baby boy is my priority I do find it a nice release for my inspirations and a chance to […]

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WIN a Kenwood Smoothie 2Go

24 October 2014

Long time readers of the blog will know that I’m a big fan of smoothies, both green and fruit flavoured.  I’m actually sipping on a green smoothie right this minute for breakfast.  They have been the perfect quick health boost for breakfast whilst looking after a new-born.  If you’re not a smoothie addict like me and […]

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The day my world changed – my labour story

22 October 2014

Life is a bit different in this neck of the woods now.  The past two weeks have just been incredible since little Aiden’s arrival, the best two weeks of my life.  I’ve written my labour story in parts, basically when I had the time.  It’s been so lovely reliving the experience again and I’ve finally […]

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Interview with David Williams from AXA PPP healthcare on postnatal nutrition

10 October 2014

Now that I’m a new mum, one of my primary concerns apart from caring for my little man is ensuring that my body is nourished as much as possible to help my body heal and give my baby the healthiest start in life whilst breastfeeding.  I’m not rushing to lose the weight that I gained […]

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