Recipe // The Most Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies (EVER!)

Monday, July 21, 2014

If you know me in real life you already know that I'm addicted to chocolate, baking and everything else in between. My Pinterest boards are chocked full of recipes that I drool over on a regular basis. So, in an effort to be more adventurous in the kitchen (and obviously counter act all of my hard work I put in at the gym each week), I've decided to start trying and testing some of my most delicious looking pins!

First up, was the most amazing chocolate chip cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction. I was sold from the words "Cake Batter" and knew these bad boys had to get in my belly STAT!

The recipe is really easy to follow with the hardest part letting the batter sit in the fridge for 2 hours before baking (try not to eat all of the dough while you wait!). The wait was worth it though as these were insanely delicious: Case in point: the first batch I made was gone a mere 12 hours later!

Let me know if you try this recipe and stay tuned for some more coming your way as soon as my tummy starts grumbling... ..what was that noise?

Bargain Fitness Haulin'!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

God forbid I leave any money in my bank account come pay day!

Ever since leaving the gym a month ago, I've been in serious need of some free weights and fitness equipment for my house. There are so many great workouts online, but without free weights I'm wasting my time. I've also been itching for some new workout gear for awhile now so I finally decided to take the leap and Just Do It (see what I did there?)!

My first stop was the Nike Factory Store where they sell Nike clothes at Outlet prices! I know people rant and rave about Lu Lu Lemon and Under Armour, but, personally, I just love Nike. Their workout pants are so comfortable, affordable and last for so long! They're definitely worth the investment. I picked up a pair of their full length Dri-Fit Leggings for only €25! If that's not a bargain, I don't know what is. I have a few pairs of their 3/4 length version dri-fit trousers and I could honestly wear them all day. So, while I may not wear these for working out, they'll definitely be my go-to house pants (do people have house pants?)

Next, I picked up a pair of shorts.

Pause for dramatic effect.

Yes, shorty short shorts.

I've never ever worn short shorts running before, but, screw it! I love my legs and I'm gonna show them off (even if it does mean some running wedgies along the way. Nice, Chrissy. Nice.). These bad boys have a nice layer of spandex underneath to keep everything nice and in it's place so when I saw that, I was sold. At €22 they're not as much of a bargain as the leggings, but a bargain nonetheless.

Next stop, TK Maxx, your one stop shop for discount fitness clothing and equipment. In need of some more sports bras (a girl can never have too many sports bras), I picked up this New Balance one in a speckled grey colour. Honestly, it's so comfortable. If I could wear sports bras all the time, I totally would. I also picked up this pink Pineapple yoga map for a mere €12.99! It's super long, non-slip and really cushioning. So long, hard, cold, tiled kitchen floor. Hello, comfort!

Last stop was Argos to pick up my new set of dumbbells! Do any of you know how hard it is to find decent dumbbells that don't cost a fortune? Pretty hard! Most of the ones I found were way too light for my fitness level and the ones that weren't cost well over the €50 mark. I spotted this Pro Fitness rack on sale in Argos for €19.99 and knew I had to get them. It comes with 3 sets of dumbbells, 1.1kg, 2.2kg and 4.5kg, perfect for any toning exercise I'm going to be doing!

So, I'm all set to kick some butt in style! Where do you go to get great deals for your fitness gear? 

Feeling Grateful

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

As much as I bitch and moan while trying to resist the temptation to run to the fridge and eat all of the cheese and chocolate in my line of vision, I've been feeling all the feels lately. By 'all the feels', I don't mean the inappropriate, NSFW kind, I mean the grateful, 'wow, I'm one lucky girl' kind.

I'm not going to go on and on about how perfect my life is, because, well, it's not. Nobody's life is perfect, but I'd like to take a page from my archive and bring a little 'Thankful Thursday' style post up in here again!

So, here's what I'm feeling grateful for lately (ah here, let's face it, all the time!):

// My Health. Yes, I'm packing a few extra pounds, but there's just more of me to love, right? Right.  Plus, I'm kicking serious butt in my goal to run 5K in 30 minutes, proving that my body is awesome and it's my mind holding me back. I'm healthy, happy and confident with where I am right now. And for that, I'm seriously grateful.

Sidenote: I read an article this morning over on Yahoo Health called 'How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My Body Type'. The Author asked a well known exercise physiologist the age old question: "But how do you know if you're at a healthy weight?". Her response has stuck with me: "If you have to starve yourself, if you're thinking about food for most of the day, if you over-exercise, which means feeling guilty if you haven't exercised, or exercising more than you're enjoying... If you're not enjoying life because you have to give up all eating, all drinking, and going to nice restaurants, you're not at a healthy weight". Let that sink in for awhile. 

// My Family. I'm so lucky to have parents who love and support me no matter what I do and what decisions I make (and who will listen to me rant about a particularly bad day in work or a pounding headache that may be plaguing me at any given moment. Thanks, lads!).

// My Guy. I always feel so cheesy whenever mentioning him here or on Instagram, but let's just put it out there: I'm in love and I'm happy so deal with the cheese for a sec! On a serious note, he's awesome and I'm really happy he puts up with my mood swings, binge fests and how I constantly change my mind about everything long enough to realise that he actually loves me despite all of my annoying qualities. Thanks, dude.

// My Home. Random, yes, but it's true: There's no place like home. I realised this after a long, tiring day in work. I got home, put on a tracksuit, plopped on my couch and a sudden calm just overcame anything else I was feeling at that moment. My house is my happy place.

// Weekend breaks in the country. I honestly love escaping to the country and try to do it once a month. Little weekend breaks away from the city, technology and commitments keep me sane.

// All you guys. My blogging 'schedule', so to speak, is non-existent, but I'm really grateful for each and every one of you for commenting, following me on various platforms and just being there. At least there's a few of you reading this besides my Mom and Dad *waves*.

There are countless other things I can mention, but, in all honesty, what else does a girl need? 

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