WIAW: A very busy bee

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on August 22, 2012


Hi everyone!  I hope this week has been treating you well.  I’m happily having another very productive week and getting lots of work related things done. 

It’s been a case of my usual multi-tasking and juggling everything all at once but fingers crossed all going well by the end of next week I will be shot of my thesis, which will be one heavy ball and chain that I will be happy to see go.   That’s going to free up so much of my time more more things like wedding planning.

Peas and Crayons

For this week’s WIAW I’m going to back track to yesterday which was full of exciting stuff!

I work up early to make breakfast and get some thesis work done before our appointment with out wedding coordinator. 


For breakfast I had a craving for some full fat Greek yoghurt so had some of that with some blackberries, strawberries and cherries and some of my Guilt-Free Ginger Bread Cookies taken straight from the freezer so they had that extra crunch.

Later that morning we headed out for our very exciting meeting:


OOTD: coral vest tops: Forever 21 and H&M, skinny jeans: Tommy Hilfiger, gladiator sandals: Office, statement necklace: Office, bag: Mulberry.

The meeting went really well and we discussed how we want our reception venue to look, what features we want to bring into the wedding, timings, guest accommodation and we also had a look over some menu options for the wedding breakfast.  It was so great to finally discuss these final details as the ideas have been floating around in my head for so long!

When we had finally finished it was time for lunch, which consisted of mixed salad leaves, left over roasted veggies, cucumber, basil tofu and a Food Doctor pitta pocket. 


I had forgotten how good bail tofu tastes, it had been far too long!  Alfie’s plantain that he cooked up for lunch was just too tempting to resist so I dived into some of that too.

In the afternoon I got some more thesis work done, but took a break to do a power yoga flow plus Yoga for Runners


Post workout raspberry and banana smoothie, yum! 

Dinner was the most delicious Buddha Bowl of brown rice, roasted strawberry balsamic vinegar chickpeas, broccoli, beet root and avocado.


Such a simple dish but so tasty, that’s what I love about Buddha bowls.

Later in the evening we cuddled up on the sofa for a night of TV, loving the Great British Bake Off right now!  TV munchies was an old classic of chopped fruit including kiwi, peaches, a plum and grapes and topped with cookie dough ice cream.  This took me back to the days where I had to put ice cream on chopped fruit to get Alfie to eat his fruit.  It was such a treat!


More exciting news came earlier on in the day when I got a call from the bridal boutique where I got my dress from to tell me that my dress is now ready and has arrived at the shop!   I text my mum immediately and we are going next Wednesday so I can be fitted.  Also what I’m wearing under my dress arrived too, TMI perhaps but I’m never one not to share. Open-mouthed smile

How do you cope with juggling several things at once, do you get stressed out or just manage to get on with it?

What are loving on TV at the moment?

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Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse August 22, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Wow, what a relief that’ll be when the thesis has gone, bet you can’t wait!
I do get stressed at a sort of low level when I’m juggling stuff but I’d still prefer it to not having enough to do… I love the fact you used to have to put ice cream on fruit to get Alfie to eat it too :-)

Shel@PeachyPalate August 22, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Can’t wait to see your dress! When are you getting married???

Kat August 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Aaaah,this is so exciting! I want to see your dress NOOOOW… I’m so curious! :)
P.S. What is that tiny golden thingie in your breakfast plate? It looks cool!

Lauren (@poweredbypb) August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

How exciting about your dress! Can’t wait to see it. I’m loving the bake off right now too!

Bec - Half Baked August 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Oh you must be so excited about the wedding and thesis :) congrats in getting the thesis done! Can’t wait to see all the wedding stuff later. Your food looks amazing as usual :)

Jess August 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

It must be bloody amazing to nearly have that thesis out of the way – I swear if I ever get through I will burn a ceremonial copy of mine. And if there is something to get stressed out about, I will, and I don’t have a wedding to plan on top of that!

Love your dinner – simple but the definition of healthy.


Tessa@AmazingAsset August 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Ahh how amazing does it feel to almost have your thesis done :) Great job Jemma, multitasking is a great way to get things done, you just have to be good at organizing yourself, which it seems you are! Your meals look delicious as usual!

laura@keepinghealthy August 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I bet you can’t wait to have your thesis all done and dusted! I have to admit I pride myself on my ability to multi task, writing lists is the way I stay so organised!

Jessie August 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I’m so happy that everything is all coming together for you <3 Can't wait to hear how your dress fitting goes next week!

Living, Learning, Eating August 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

When I’m really busy, lists are my saving grace – good luck with your thesis!

Fairy Healthy Life August 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Busy girl! Your dinner looks so good!

Sophie August 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Ooh so much exciting wedding stuff! I bet you’re really looking forward to getting your dress fitted :)

Your food looks delicious as always, I’d love to have a bowl of those fruits with the cookie dough ice cream!

Glad to here that your thesis is almost done with, I can’t imagine what a relief that will be!! Enjoy the rest of your week :)

LilyLipstick August 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I love the Great British Bake Off too! The fruit and ice cream looks so good. x

Sarah @ Every Day's a Picnic August 22, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I’m ok with handling more than one thing to do, it’s when I nothing to do that I normally get into trouble!
I’m such a TV addict – I love GBBO and I’m just about to catch up on last night’s episode :-)

AnnaTheApple August 22, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Glad to hear your wedding planning is going well! Also, how did you do the roasted strawberry balsamic chickpeas, they sound lovely!

Sprint2theTable August 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Love the idea of balsamic roasted chickpeas. I bet that was amazing with the beets, too.

Good luck with the dress fitting! (And the undies. ;) )

Christina August 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I’m so excited for all your wedding plans and for you to finally try on your wedding dress!!

Really need to try basil tofu, I always see it and am intrigued.

Jennifer @jenmijenmi August 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Happy WIAW! I have never had basil tofu, I will have to look for it. I love your dessert. :-)

moderngirlnutriton August 23, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Mmm everything looks amazing! I make Buddha bowls, but I use quinoa, so technically theyre hippie bowls:) Strawberry balsamic chickpeas? genius!

Alexia August 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

basil tofu is one of my favourite too! love it!!! hope u enjoyed your wedding planner date as well :)

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Oh it is divine- the meeting went very well thank you!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I love any grain in my Buddha bowls, they make the perfect meal.

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I think you would love it!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Oh you so should it’t like eating solid pesto!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Hehehe! Thank you!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Thanks! I just poured a few tablespoons of strawberry balsamic over them and roasted them in the oven, so yum!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:46 AM

GBBO is so addictive, love it!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:46 AM

I love that show too!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM


Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM

I cannot wait to have it all done with. Hope you are having a great weekend!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Thanks! I love my lists too!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Thank you, it’s very exciting!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Lists are a God send when I am super busy, cannot live without them.

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Thanks Tessa! I don’t think I would accomplish anything if I wasn’t organised.

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:49 AM

You will get there Jess. There are days where it seems like it will take forever, but you will get there!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Thank you, it is very exciting!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:50 AM

I love that show too!

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Oh they are just sugar decorations that I put on my gingerbread to add a bit of sparkle. :D

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:51 AM

In 2 months time. not long now! :D

Jemma Andrew August 25, 2012 at 6:52 AM

I cannot wait, you have no idea!

Chrissy Grace August 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Hi Jemma – I love your blogs just found it ! For me, I think i do get a bit stressed when I have to multi task (as in the last few weeks!) but i try and combat it by taking control where I can (Creating to do lists often help alot) oh! and a big cup of tea and BREAATHE!

On TV at the moment I’m loving the Great British Bake off ! (Sue is hilarious!) my OH and I are also in love with MADMEN (watching it on dvd box set on series 3 at the moment)

Congrats on being a bride to be! Enjoy this moment all the planning eventhough it is stressful it is so exciting! – I got married 2 years ago and we are still little love birds !

love Grace xxx

ps. please check out my new blog http://www.goodphat.wordpress.com

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