Blogging; Meet Pau πŸ’žΒ 

Paulina is another girl I chat to daily so I’m so pleased you’ll all get to know her better too. She’s a Mexican beauty living in Scotland, so her Instagram feed is goals
What made you decide to start blogging? 

So I decided to create my own blog because after years and years of reading other people’s blogs I just really wanted to have my own little creative space in the internet. I also wanted to share my opinions, reviews and ideas about all the things that I love! 
Do you having a blogging niche? Or do you just write about whatever you enjoy? 

I don’t think I have a niche as theres a lot of things I love to talk about! I usually blog about fashion, makeup, skincare products and lifestyle things like travel and I want to start writing fitness posts as well as this is a massive part of my life. And of course I have been writing so much wedding content as I’m getting married in December this year 
Who would you say are your blogging inspirations? 

I absolutely love Victoria from inthefrow she’s just wow incredible and such an inspiration as she has managed to grow her brand into a massive thing! Also love Lydia elise millen 
How long have you been blogging? 

Not too long, started in 2017 and I’m not going to lie I haven’t been blogging as much recently as life just gets in the way but I absolutely love it! 
What is your favourite social media platform for sharing your blog?

I use Twitter lots and just share it with my other blogger friends as well!

Any tips for new bloggers? 

Just write about whatever you want and don’t compare yourself with anyone else! It’s all about having fun and being creative ❀

Great tips Pau ☺️ I didn’t realise you hadn’t been blogging for long! I definitely think you should do some fitness posts too

Lifestyle; cute nutrition ambassador πŸ’‹πŸ’ͺ🏽

Very pleased to share this with you all as I have used their products for such a long time now! I have become a cute nutrition ambassador! πŸ’‹  I literally love everything about this brand, but the logo is what makes me love them most! Who wouldn’t want to represent a brand that has a lipstick kiss as its logo?! πŸ’πŸ½ you all know how much I love lipstick πŸ˜‚

I use quite a few of their products so let me talk you through them ☺️

Apparel; 

I have a grey cropped top, a pink hoodie, a mug & a shaker. I will soon be getting a pretty new top which is very exciting!! But that’s all hush hush right now πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‰ I promise I will tell you more soon… I use the shaker almost everyday & of course the mug for my hot water with lemon β˜•οΈ 


Supplements;

I use acai berry, CLA, collagen & a banana powder! The CLA, collagen & acai berry help with your skin, reduce bloating, give you more energy & boost your immune system. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be without these now. Plus the shakes are super tasty & I tend to have these with coconut milk πŸ˜‹  the next flavour I am getting is definitely coconut! They do also have vegan protein too! I know this is very important to a lot of people πŸ’πŸ½ 


Have a look on cute nutrition site! I’m sure you will find something you love πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ plus you can get discount on your order by using my discount code CAITLINC10CC 

Let me know if you use these products or order anything, I’d love to know!

Caitlin xo πŸ’‹

Easter 2018; how I spent my 5 days off πŸ°πŸ£

I really tried to make the most of my 5 days off… Technically you could say it was 6 as I finished at 1pm on the Wednesday & didn’t go back until 1pm on Tuesday πŸ’πŸ½ yes I was super lucky this year! 

THURSDAY; was spent completely on me… I did my washing as I usually do on a Thursday, had a bath & face mask, blogged, watched films & completely chilled out. The sun was shining so my washing day was even better  I am such an old woman! 

FRIDAY; I went to the gym first, then I went to get my hair done… I haven’t had it done since before I went on holiday in November!! So this was a lovely treat. It needed a little trim as the ends were going a bit dead. So no colour this time!  Jenna does a fabulous job on my hair, always! I then went home & unpacked my George order which was full of goodies for our dining room/conservatory 😍 later that afternoon I had a good catch up with Colleen & her two little angels. Reilly (her eldest) invited me over for pizza & to watch dancing on ice πŸ’πŸ½ she’s such a grown up now! 


SATURDAY; I had a lovely lay in before getting up to become an estate agent for my mums house! I then met Sam at our bungalow so we could get some painting done! Took numerous pictures of the cats that came round to see us πŸ˜‚ & then we ate his Easter present which was a box full of goodies from skinny bakery! After this we went to watch the boxing at Sam’s friends house & had a Chinese πŸ˜‹ clearly I was into the Chinese more πŸ™„ 


SUNDAY; Sam got up to play football so I went to the bungalow  to carry on prepping all the wood at the house & met him back home as his grandparents were coming over for a roast! We then both went back to do some painting before going to the cinema with his sister Lucy & her boyfriend! We went to watch blockers… So funny I definitely recommend going to see it! 

MONDAY; we got up super early & were at b&q before 7.30 as we didn’t like the colour that we had been painting πŸ™ˆ I have never painted so much in my life πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚ but we also picked some other testers to see what we liked for other rooms! So then after about 8 hours of painting we went back to b&q to go get the other colours. No joke I dreamt about paint that night πŸ˜‚ 


It’s now Tuesday & I think I’m going to be asleep by 9pm this evening πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ˜ how did you all spend your Easter bank holiday? 

Caitlin xo ✨

Lifestyle update; January 2018 πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ🏽

I recently put a poll on Twitter asking who would be interested in this.. So here you go the 92% of you who wanted me to start this. This is the first month of my monthly updates for you.. With a recipe πŸ˜‹ enjoy.

This months meal is such a yummy one… Chicken of course πŸ’πŸ½  Sam got a Joe Wicks lean in 15 book for Christmas so we are working our way through the book.. I have to admit though I do change it slightly. I’m a bit of a spice mad person & some of these were without carbs. I can’t be that hard on myself on a Saturday night πŸ˜‚

Meal for 1… All we did was double it & add a little bit more for it to feed 2 

1 chicken breast

2 handfuls of spinach 

2 spring onions 

A sprinkle of nutmeg 

Handful of cherry tomatoes 

100ml single cream

Handful of pasta

Sprinkle of chives

Throw it all in a wok & voilΓ  πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ


Oh my word, so yum!! It’s a lot better for us than a Chinese or pizza πŸ’πŸ½ that’s how I look at it anyway! 

And this is January’s body update. My bum is getting peachier & I am finally starting to see a waist appear. I’m far from ready to start getting abs, but I’m getting stronger πŸ’ͺ🏽 

Let me know if you cook the meal, I’d love to know if you liked it as much as me 

Caitlin xo πŸ’ͺ🏽

Blogmas; day 8 πŸ½πŸŽ…πŸ½

Overeating is one of the main things that happens at Christmas. I find that a lot of the time it is because you’re out of your normal routine. We have started to have breakfast now on Christmas Day to keep a bit of a routine going. Which does help… A bit. You don’t feel quite so hungry by the time your dinner is ready πŸ’πŸ½ so I will probably be having porridge or a shake 

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This year I am determined to not pile my plate up & try to keep myself restricted to a normal portion. I don’t need lots of pigs in blankets & I don’t need second helpings…. I thought if I keep telling myself this it might actually help… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ does anybody else struggle with this? My lovely Twitter followers agreed πŸ™Š


A few tips that I have given myself this year are:

1. put more veggies on my plate for a start… Then I can’t overdo it with pigs in blankets or Yorkshire puddings πŸ™ˆ 

2. eat my dinner at a slow & steady pace, so I feel fuller quicker. 

3. lastly, drink more water with my meal πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ of course I will be having alcohol too, but water with your meal is always a good idea πŸ’§

*I will be eating lots of Christmas chocolate & getting merry on wine. Don’t you guys worry*

Please wish me luck with this as I have worked so hard to get myself into reasonably good shape so I don’t want it to all go to waste πŸ’ͺ🏽 

Caitlin xo 🍷🍽

Lifestyle; update before holiday πŸ‘™πŸ’ͺ🏽

We’re off on our holibobs tomorrow so I thought I would share with you how well I have done since my last update in September! Be warned, half naked body posts here… soz guys! 


The past 2 weeks I had decided to lower my carb intake so I could get rid of the awful bloating… I definitely didn’t cut them out altogether but I was watching how much I was eating. It’s little things like bread with soup on a lunch break. You don’t need it, you’ve got plenty to eat. So I swapped it for an apple or banana to have after my soup 🍎 I also cut out cake… Too much around me at work πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ 

I also really focused on my fluids… Again I still struggle with this but I feel like I’m really getting there now! I find it better to drink out of a bottle so I can keep track on how much I have had. 


I’ve also recently been noticing how well I have progressed with some weights. I used to only be able to manage about 20-40kg on the hip abductor & adductor machines, but I have now managed to do between 60-75kg! If that’s not progress I don’t know what is πŸ’ͺ🏽


Thanks for keeping up to date lovelies! I’m now off to enjoy some well deserved sunshine & have a nice break! See you all at Blogmas πŸ’πŸ½

Caitlin xo πŸ‘™πŸŒ΄

Caitlincx; 1 year old πŸŽ‰πŸ’«

Cannot believe my blog is 1 year old already! Bloooming heck that went fast. Happy Blogiversary to meee πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ


When I started this a year ago I didn’t think I would actually be able to get people to read my posts, nor did I think I would stick at it. But I can honestly say I love blogging. 

At school I used to pride myself in my spelling & grammar. It’s one thing that I feel I am actually pretty good at. I enjoy writing & ‘creative writing’ πŸ“ was always my favourite. Who doesn’t love creating an exciting story in your head & then writing it down. I also really love lists… I swear I have a life too πŸ™„ 

Eeee look at my cake from baker days! I love it, Thankyou soooo much. It looked beautiful & had the most perfect sponge everrrr πŸ˜‹πŸ°


Here is a little insight into how long it can take to grow your blog. It doesn’t happen overnight & it takes a lot of commitment. But if you love what you do, you’ll get there & you’ll enjoy doing it.


I hope all my existing readers & hopefully new readers to come enjoy my posts! But I am always open to feedback or ideas so feel free to comment ☺️ I don’t bite I promise. I’d also love to know what your favourite type of posts are that I write! Engaging with my audience is something I think is important. So hey πŸ‘‹πŸ½  & thank you for supporting me! 

Happy 1 year to my blog! Also head over to my Instagram, as I have teamed up with baker days, to do a fabulous giveaway! πŸ°πŸŽ‚ 

Caitlin πŸ’žπŸ’«

Bodyfit blog; Sweaty Betty vouchers

So recently I shared a blog post that I had written to do with fitness. I was then approached  by a fab lady who I work alongside for bodyfit. She asked me if I’d like to write a blog post for them… I was super excited for this as I said I was already starting one! 

I was gifted two Β£10 gift vouchers for either sweatybetty or whole foods. I chose sweaty Betty as I was wanting to try some new gym clothes. The postage from them was super fast! It was also very well packaged. I couldn’t wait to get browsing & I think I literally ordered some leggings the next day! πŸ’ͺ🏽


The postage again was super quick, I had an email on the Friday saying they would be delivered that day, which I think was only 2 days later!  There was a small issue of the parcel getting lost, but the customer service team were excellent & I received the parcel the following week. 

So.. the leggings!! Soooo pretty! I thought I would choose something slightly different! I always get the same colours so I got some nice blue cropped ones. They fit beautifully. They have a mesh at the front of the thigh too, so they’re ‘breathable’ but because I went for cropped I think I’ll be saving these for warmer days now πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ 

Thankyou again bodyfit! And to sweaty Betty for making fabulous leggings! Check out my blog post over on their page!!! Ahhh it makes me so happy 😍😍 don’t forget to use code Caitlin10 for discount lovelies 

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These are just a few of the bodyfit products I love too.. Incase you were wondering what I use lovelies.. I especially love the collagen supplements. Can’t beat looking after your skin too πŸ’πŸ½


Caitlin xo πŸ’ͺ🏽

What I eat in a week; almost everything β˜•οΈπŸŒ

A lot of people had been asking for this post. These are just a few of the meals that I have in a week! I am in no way saying this is what others should be eating by the way, far from it, but it’s some ideas for you ☺️ 


Breakfast: most important meal of the day

I used to skip this quite a lot πŸ™ˆ now I wonder how I managed to function when I did. I’m always hungry… so I love oats, granola, yoghurt, fruits etc. These are usually what I have during the week. At the weekend I would either have this again or protein pancakes which I personally think are delicious. So I would either have granola with natural yoghurt, fresh or frozen fruit (banana, raspberries, strawberries) with a drizzle of honey & topped with chia seeds. Overnight oats are another fav of mine, plain porridge oats, milk & frozen fruit. Pop it in the fridge overnight so they soak & voila, perfecto πŸ’πŸ½ If you’re opting for the pancake route I use women’s best unflavoured pancake mix, I add a scoop of banana whey powder too & sometimes even chocolate as well πŸ™„ for the topping, depends on what I’m fancying but, chocolate protein creme (not quite Nutella, sometimes I swap) a banana, some strawberries & raspberries, a squeeze of honey & some chia seeds. It’s so tasty, trust me. 


Lunch: whether you’re at work or not

A tasty salad. When I say salad it is jam packed; lettuce, spinach, boiled egg, tuna, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, beetroot, bacon, chicken etc. So so yummy & full of goodies. Sweet potato jacket potato, with tuna or whatever your fav topping is. Sometimes I switch it up & have my protein pancakes at lunch too. Or I really enjoy making homemade soups, they’re so much more tasty than bought ones. Tomato & red pepper is my ultimate fav πŸ…

Dinner: this is when it gets hard

So usually I have proper meals, like spag bol, or a curry etc. All I have done different here is cut out the naan bread or garlic bread as you don’t NEED it. Another fav thing to have is fish with roasted peppers, courgettes etc. Soooo yummy. Or with a salad works just as well. Don’t get me wrong I love fajitas & other meals too πŸ˜‹

         
I try, see the word try, to drink as much as I possibly can πŸ™„ I know I don’t drink as much as I should which is something I need to work on, but I have definitely upped this a lot. I also used to drink a lot of tea, I’ve really cut this down & I no longer have any sugar in my tea as well πŸ’πŸ½  that’s a big thing for me πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Any other meal ideas would be greatly appreciated as you can never have to many food ideas up your sleeve πŸ˜‹ 

Caitlin xo πŸ˜‹πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

Lifestyle change; becoming a bodyfit ambassador πŸ‹πŸ½πŸ’ͺ🏽

Never did I ever think that when I decided to turn my life around that I would become a fitness ambassador. So that’s just wow. Thanks bodyfit πŸ’πŸ½ my discount code is Caitlin10 if you fancy trying their products.

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So, the reason why I started this journey? To put it bluntly I felt awful about myself. I’m still learning to love myself too, I do still have some bad days. But now it is more good than bad. Have you ever felt fine one second & the next you just want to cry. I have. It’s an awful feeling. So I really don’t see any better reason to make a huge change in my life. So for the past few months that is what I have been doing. 

Working out

I have upped my game at the gym. I used to go once or twice a week. It’s now more like 5 times. This has made me feel a lot better. I haven’t made the most massive of changes but I can notice that my body fat has definitely gone down a lot. I do a lot more weights now & I absolutely love the cables. Get using them girls πŸ’ͺ🏽  you can literally do anything with these. When I was going before I was using a lot more lighter weights, this is where I have noticed the improvement most as I’m really managing to get the weight increased. I like to praise myself too when I get a new personal best with weights.

Food 

So I do still have some treats, but the most of it I have changed. I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a McDonald’s etc πŸ’πŸ½ sooo, so proud of me. I’m really enjoying having stir fry! Found a really tasty sauce in tesco, coconut & lemongrass, it’s a must for you to try if you enjoy stir fry πŸ˜‹ eating plenty of greens too, I love broccoli & asparagus… I promise you I’m not weird πŸ˜‚ & all fruit πŸ‡ for breakfast I enjoy having granola with natural yoghurt, banana, raspberry, honey & chia seeds. I’ve even managed to get my mum to eat it now. I never used to drink enough water either, but I feel like I have really made an improvement with this πŸ’§ little tip; get a water bottle, fairly big so you can keep track on how many times you have filled it up


Supplements

They aren’t always necessary & not everyone likes using them but I love having them to help me build up my muscles. Whether it’s a shake or a snack I feel so much better using them. Protein plays a huge part with fitness so I would highly recommend implementing it into your lifestyle. I love banana shakes, or protein bars after a workout. I would also highly recommend taking a multivitamin. If you don’t fancy supplements, not a problem, but vitamins are amazing 😍 


Lastly your mindset is a very huge role in a lifestyle change. You have to want to do it, not just need to. It didn’t take much to persuade my mind that this is what I wanted to do. I think my anxiety pushed it along a lot quicker πŸ™  tell yourself everyday that you can do it. It honestly doesn’t matter at what speed you get there, it’s entirely your choice. It doesn’t matter if you start off on low weights, or you can’t run fast etc. You are doing it, that’s what counts. 

Caitlin xo ✨