Friday, 15 August 2014

Running My First 10 Miles

 

I began training for the Great North Run earlier this year. It took me a long time to build up to actually running, and it wasn't until my grandad's birthday that I finally braved it - but I haven't looked back since! I'm surprised by how addictive running can be, and run days have slowly become my favourite. I absolutely love doing Little Miss Delicious full time and wouldn't change that for the world, but self employment means I'm always busy. I work at least 18 hours a day, my phone and laptop are constantly full of new notifications, and I don't think I've had an empty to do list since 2009! So it's nice to switch off for an hour or so every other day and just have some time to myself. And after a run, I always come back with a clear head and more motivated than before, ready to take on anything!

Running isn't something I ever, ever thought I'd enjoy. A year ago it'd be a task just getting me to run to the fridge, but after losing my grandad I found it very difficult to cope with the grief, and running became my outlet for that. When I signed up for the Great North Run I don't think I really considered how long 13.1 miles actually is, but I just wanted to do something in his memory and I'm so glad I did. It's become my way of remembering him, as well as coping with life without him there, and it's an amazing feeling knowing the money I'm raising for The Brain Tumour Charity might help other families that go through what we did.


Last Saturday marked a year since he passed away, so it was a very difficult day. I spent the first 4 hours refusing to get out of bed, but I know he'd hate to see me like that so I decided to turn it into something positive, and ran my first 10 miles \ 16 k. The furthest I'd done before that was 8.45 miles, and considering back in April 2 miles was a feat, I've definitely come a long way! 

I felt so lethargic so made my plan to do the run public - posting on the Little Miss Delicious Facebook page about it, and making it into a 'guess my time' competition to try and increase my fundraising efforts, while making sure I couldn't back out of it! And I'm so glad I didn't.


It was unbelievably cathartic, and helped my clear my head of all negativity.  It's definitely a big milestone in my training, and for the first time I actually feel confident about doing the Great North Run. I'd even go so far as to say I'm looking forward to it - although I'm probably going to regret saying that in a few weeks time when I actually do it!

I never thought running would help me deal with a loss, but now I couldn't imagine my life without it.

If you'd like to sponsor me or read more about what The Brain Tumour Charity do, you can do so on my Just Giving page, and I'm also doing a raffle with 100% of the proceeds going to charity - tickets are only £2 and are available to purchase from littlemissdelicious.com/charityraffle.html.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

NEW! Maskitec Lip Balms

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/cat_889439-Cosmetics.html

 I'm very excited to announce you can now buy the fabulous Maskitec Lip Balms from www.littlemissdelicious.com!

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3445868-Sherbet-Fizz-Lip-Balm.html

Derived from natural ingredients, these lovely hand crafted lip balms are a cruelty-free blend of natural waxes and oils. 

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3446010-Mysterious-Magenta-Lip-Balm.html

They're enriched with shea butter and sunflower oils to leave your lips feeling moisutirsed, nourished and kissable. Rich in vitamins to soften lips and beeswax to seal in hydration, these yummy lipbalms are a hand bag essential!

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3445769-Firebox-Cherry-Lip-Balm.html

As the lip balms are handmade, colours may vary slightly - making each lip balm completely unique. The more you apply, the deeper the colour becomes, giving you total control over the shade while still conditioning your lips!

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3446013-Sunset-Citrus-Lip-Balm.html

With yummy flavours such as plum, cherry and even sherbet, the only question is - which lip balm will you be getting first? Available to purchase here.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Blender Adventures | Smoothie Recipes


If you follow me on Instagram, you're probably already well aware of the fact I got a blender recently. I went a little overboard when I first got it and started doing a weekly food shop just based on what I could blend. Who knew I'd find domestic bliss in something so simple?

3 months later and I'm still completely addicted to it, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite blender creations so far! Most things I make tend to be dairy free just because I'm trying to cut out milk, but since I have a habit of just throwing things together to see what works and changing it up a little each time, all recipes are completely adjustable to suit your tastes! 

Note: I cut all fruit into small pieces then freeze them in freezer bags so they keep longer, and to save adding extra ice to the recipes. You can also be extra savvy and put the whole recipe in one freezer bag to save time if you're using more than one fruit! If you'd prefer to use fresh fruit and save freezer space simply add 1/2 cup of ice instead, then more as required.


One thing I really struggled with was perfecting a fruit smoothie using fruits that are IC friendly, and I think I've finally settled on this Strawberry, Mango and Banana Smoothie

Recipe (serves 2):
  • 1 cup strawberry
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
Blend until smooth. You can use a sieve to remove the strawberry seeds, but I actually quite like that it has a little texture.


By far my favourite is my post work out Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie.

Recipe (serves 1):
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

Blend until smooth. Another simple one, but also full of protein and the perfect treat to look forward to after an hour of running! If I'm feeling extra tired after a workout, I also add a little bit of honey for extra sweetness too.


A bit more indulgent, this Oreo and Banana Milkshake is not for those watching their waistlines, because it's so addictive one serving is never enough!

Recipe (serves 2):
  • 10 Oreos
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups praline, hazelnut and almond milk
  • 1 banana
If you're feeling extra extravagant, you can also substitute 1 cup of milk for a bottle of Frijj coffee caramel latte - trust me, you will not regret it!


And for those that prefer something with a bit of an alcoholic kick, you can also use your frozen fruit for super tasty cocktails (or an equally tasty mocktail if you don't add the alcohol!)...

Frozen Tropical Rum Cocktail
  • 1/8 cup freshly squeezed lime
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango juice
  • 1/4 cup light rum
 Sweeten to taste if preferred.

Frozen Strawberry and Vodka Cocktail
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/8 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup ice

Sweeten to taste if preferred. Instead of adding sugar  and ice, I poured the mixture from Jubbly ice lollies into a ice tray and froze them so they'd be easier to blend than big triangle blocks as I was in a bit of a rush and didn't have time to experiment too much, but they turned out amazingly yummy.

And if you have any left over smoothie/cocktail, you can always freeze it and have homemade delicious ice pops too!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

NEW! Woodland Creatures Collection

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/cat_887761-Woodland-Creatures-Collection.html

 I've been wanting to do hedgehog themed jewellery since we gave little Beaky a home, but instead of just doing one set I thought it'd be fun to do a full collection based around woodland creatures!

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3434507-Fantastic-Fox-Ring.html

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/cat_887761-Woodland-Creatures-Collection.html

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3434492-Funky-Fungi-Necklace.html

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3434499-What-a-Hoot-Owl-Necklace.html

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3455031-Adorable-Acorn-Charm-Bracelet.html

It's been the most challenging collection I've done so far, just because every piece was so out of my usual comfort zone - I think that might be why it's also one of my favourites. It was so fun trying new techniques and watching something I wasn't sure would work turn into a cute little skunk after experimenting a little.

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3434539-Striped-Skunk-Earring-Studs.html

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3434484-Cute-Raccoon-Necklace.html

But of course my absolute favourite has to be the Mr Pickles Hedgehog set - I just hope I've done him justice!

http://www.littlemissdelicious.com/ourshop/prod_3434497-Mr-Pickles-The-Hedgehog-Necklace.html


Which of the new designs is your favourite? Shop the full Woodland Creatures Collection here.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Feature Friday: Twinkie Chan


This weeks Feature Friday post is a very exciting one for me personally, as Twinkie Chan is a huge inspiration in my life, and someone whose work I have followed and admired for years.

An explosion of colour, cuteness and yarn, Twinkie Chan crochets super fun food-themed wearable accessories that are definitely unique with unquestionable quality!

Launching a new licensed line called Yummy You!, you can now get her amazing products from retailers all over the world, as well as still purchasing her original handmade designs on Etsy.



I spoke to Twinkie Chan about what inspired her to set up, her favourite products and her plans for the future. 

What inspired you to think up Twinkie Chan?
In 2005, I had a day-job in publishing and was crocheting for fun and for myself at night. When I started to have too many scarves to wear myself, I decided to set up shop and sell my extras. I didn't want my day-job clients to discover that I actually spent time doing something other than work, so I needed a secret, crafty alter ego for my web shop, and that's how Twinkie Chan was born!

When did you start crocheting? 
My BFF's grandma taught us to crochet almost 30 years ago, and then I started to crochet more prolifically in '05.

What's been your favourite creation so far? 
Oh that is tough! I always like the new thing I'm working on! I guess favorites have included the pizza scarf, hamburger fingerless mitts, and my new kitty donut hair pieces!


Where does your inspiration for new products come from?
Whatever I'm eating and whatever other people are eating. Keep posting your food pics on Instagram! ;) 

What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own business?
Consider and cultivate your brand, be excellent, be unique, and approach every part of your business with the greatest attention, detail, and quality that you can.

What do you have planned for the future?
I'm working on a 2nd crochet book (and currently writing patterns to contribute to my friend's secret book project), shooting more YouTube crochet tutorials, and finding time to set up the shop section for my charity crochet project www.TissueBoxBakery.com. I'm also continuing to build my licensed/mass brand "Yummy You!" We're coming out with 2 new scarves next month, and I have my fingers crossed for more cool scarf collaborations like the one we did with Sanrio last year!


You can find Twinkie Chan here:
Website: www.twinkiechan.com
Facebook: facebook.com/twinkiechan
Twitter: twitter.com/twinkiechan

Yummy You:
Website: www.yummyyouclothing.com
Facebook: facebook.com/yummyyouclothing
Twitter:  twitter.com/iloveyummyyou


Feature Friday is about celebrating all things creative and inspiring. Want to see your favourite brand featured on the Little Miss Delicious blog? Please email details to info[at]littlemissdelicious.com!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Events: Miss Manda's Vintage Fair, July 2014


At the start of the month my trusty cow print suitcase and I ventured to Sunderland to trade at Miss Manda's Vintage Fair and Craft Fair (and managed to get lost even though it's only an hour away from where I live - but let's just pretend that part didn't happen!)





It was such a fun day, and I was really impressed with the variety of stalls, and the venue was beautiful.

Vintageous Rags

Dark Secrets


Sew'd Up and Little Rockabilly Rebel

Ivy Apples Designs

Laura Parkin Handwoven Designs

Let it Reign

It's the first time in a while I've done a local event, but I had such a good time that I'll also have a stall at Miss Manda's August event in Newcastle too - hopefully see some of you there!


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