(2015) 52 things in 52 weeks update


52 things in 52 weeksI won’t promise to do a monthly update, as life often gets in the way of such things, but here we are at the end of January and I find myself with a few minutes to spare, so I’ll do a quick round-up of how my challenges are going so far.

Surprisingly, I have now completed TEN of the 52 challenges:

2. Watch 5 films nominated for awards in the 87th Academy Awards
I’ve actually now watched seven films this year that have been nominated for various Oscars, and several of the films I watched last year have also been nominated for Academy Awards. You can check out all the films I’ve seen HERE (and there are sometimes links to reviews I’ve written if you click on them!)

4. Post predictions of Oscar winners
Click the link above to be taken to my predictions post.

8. Apply to be a giver for World Book Night (fourth year running!)
I actually applied at the tail end of last year as I didn’t want to risk being late, so I started the year with one challenge completed. A teensy bit of a cheat, perhaps, but for a good reason. I really hope to get chosen again as I love taking part in this!

9. Drink no alcohol for 4 weeks (28 / 28)
Not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips during the whole month of January. It wasn’t particularly difficult, as I’m not really a big drinker, but I do tend to have a few drinks over the course of the festive period, and I have occasionally been tempted to crack open one of the bottles left over from the end of last year!

32. Make a summer holidays bucket list
You can see my list for this summer HERE. It’ll be a work in progress, as I’m sure I’ll hear of various events being held locally nearer to the summer holidays.

35. Make a family photo book/album of last year’s (2014) pictures
My photo book arrived a couple of weeks ago and I love it! It’s sitting with the previous two on the shelf in the living room. If you’d like to make one, I highly recommend Vistaprint – it’s a very easy to use system and a very professional finish.

39. Not shout at my kids for 4 weeks straight (28 / 28)
This was perhaps the most challenging of my challenges. I’m not a partiularly angry person, but I do have a six year old son who likes to push the boundaries! Nevertheless, I have managed not to shout at my kids all month, and I intend to continue as long as possible, I have raised my voice to call out to them from another room or over some distance, but I have not raised my voice in anger. I may have lowered my voice and spoken slightly forcibly through gritted teeth once or twice, but I have not shouted, and of that I am incredibly proud. I have once or twice gone into another room (or even a cupboard) and given out a short, sharp scream to vent some frustrations, but never in the same room as my children. And it hasn’t gone un-noticed. Tadpole has commented on it several times and seems quite pleased. We’re also trying to work on how he vents and expresses himself, so hopefully we will soon have a harmonious and peaceful home where nobody shouts. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?

43. Continue breastfeeding Choochie to the age of 15 months (10 January)
We made it past this milestone and he’s still going strong. Honestly, Choochie is a total boob-monster! He no longer nurses at night, but wakes around 4.30am for a feed and a cuddle, then a couple of times through the day he climbs up on my knee for his Milkies, but mostly when he’s feeling tired and wants to nap. He does, however, usually stop before he falls asleep and will now go to bed while still awake and settle himself down. He’s also started sleeping a little bit longer (most of the time, anyway), which is making a huge difference to me and my quality of sleep!

48. Make / contribute three items for charity (3 / 3)
I’ve actually made about 40 items now! I’m taking part in the Be Aware, Make a Square charity drive to raise awareness and money for a meningitis charity. The squares will be made into various items which will be auctioned off.

52. Make a new list of 52 things in 52 weeks for 2016
I’ve already made my list! It won’t be posted until the end of the year, so I may well tweak it a little bit, but it’s got 52 challenges on it ready to go!

I also have quite a few challenges ongoing and partially completed:

1. Watch 52 films in 52 weeks (17 / 52)
5. Read 2 books each month (2 / 24)
18. Lose 14lbs (9 / 14)
27. Split all my coppers between Tadpole’s and Choochie’s piggy banks each month (1/12)
28. Save all £2 coins into the Xmas fund each month (1/12)
29. Save all silver up to the value of 20p into the Xmas fund each month (1/12)
30. Put aside £2 for each challenge completed into Xmas fund (£20/£104)
31. Save £10 per week (£50 / £520)
34. Visit family in Scotland
36. Take the kids to the library once a month (1 / 12)
41. Share a photo of my kids and me each month (1 / 12) (see the photos HERE)
44. Continue breastfeeding Choochie to the age of 18 months (10 April)
45. Write 12 letters (total, between them) to my various pen pals (3 / 12)
49. Make six gifts /Xmas decorations (3 / 6)
50. Release twelve new cross stitch charts (1 / 12)

And these ones will be started in February:

10. Eat no chocolate for 4 weeks (0 / 28)
11. Drink a green smoothie every day for 4 weeks (0 / 28)
16. Try out 6 recipes I’ve never tried before (0/6)
17. Try 6 foods I’ve never tried before (0 / 6)

So, quite a lot of progress made, and I’m well on my way towards fulfilling my list of challenges!

52 things in 52 weeks – August Update


52 things in 52 weeksOK, it’s been a while. A few months in fact. I’ve been keeping tabs on my challenge progress, but sometimes I just didn’t manage to find the time to make the monthly post about it, so here is one big catch-up to keep you up to date with where I’m up to on the challenges. Quite a few are now completed, which is great, and some are still in progress.

Here’s how things are going:

Food challenges (30 days each):
17. 30 days of green smoothies – July (20 / 30)

Again, I didn’t manage the full 30 days, but I had a smoothie most days and will still take part in the October challenge.

Other food challenges:
19. Take the kids blackberry picking

We got a large enough haul for a crumble, but not enough for jam as yet. I plan on grabbing some more blackberries over the next couple of weeks and hopefully we’ll get enough to make a small batch of jam at least!

Financial challenges:
23. Put £20 into Tadpole’s savings every month (£160 / £240)

24. Put £20 into Button’s savings every month (£160 / £240)
25. Split all my coppers between Tadpole’s and Button’s piggy banks each week (35/52)
26. Put £1 for each day of every month into savings (£243/ £365)
27. Put £1 for each challenge completed into the Xmas fund (£30 / £52)
28. Save all £2 coins into the Xmas fund each week (35/52)
29. Save all silver up to the value of 20p into the Xmas fund each week (35/52)
These all continue as usual. The totals are totting up nicely and our individual piggy banks are looking a bit healthier!

Entertainment challenges:
30. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (17/52)

Still not caught up to where I should be with this challenge, but as I have a 10 month old baby who never sleeps and clings to me like bindweed, I think I can be forgiven for not being able to find so many quiet moments alone to read. you can get links to all the reviews HERE.
33. Visit six local attractions (6 / 6)
We’ve now been to LOADS of places locally. You can see which ones on my list HERE.

Family-related challenges:
34. Continue breastfeeding Choochie to the age of 6 months (10 April)

35. Continue breastfeeding Choochie to the age of 9 months (10 July)
Another two milestones crossed off here, and Choochie continues to be a total boob moster. He’s coming up on 11 months now and it doesn’t look like he’ll change any time soon!
38. Share a photo of my kids and me each month (8 / 12)
I’ve been sharing them, some on here, but mostly on my Facebook page, where, granted, you’ll not be able to see them, but they’re being shared. Here are a few recent ones though!

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41. Take the kids to the library once a month (8 / 12)
We continue to make our monthly visits to the library. Tadpole loves stopping in to check out the books.

Personal challenges:
47.  Get a new job

Technically, I got my old job back, as I managed to secure a transfer to my local branch after my maternity leave ended. Unfortunately, I was then forced to quit because I wasn’t able to cover the shifts they wanted me to work due to childcare difficulties and the fact that they wanted me to work full days when I was only supposed to be part time. So, for the time being, I am being a Stay-At-Home-Mum, but I shall be looking for another job to see if I can find something that will fit in with our family needs.
49. Make twelve Xmas gifts /decorations (1 / 12)
I’ve now gathered craft pretties to make more Xmas gifts, so this section will shortly be completed as I get my crafting hat on and my fingers get busy!
50. Release twelve new cross stitch charts (12 / 12)
Completed! I’ve actually have another eight that will be released over the remainder of the year as well, so this one is well and truly smashed!
51. Post a monthly update (8 / 12)
OK, so I haven’t technically given monthly updates here, but I have made regular posts which have kept the blog up to date and everyone abreast of all kinds of goings-on, so I’m choosing to count those here and renewing my resolve to keep up monthly challenge updates from now on!

Waste not, want not…


I’m pretty sure that everyone in the western world is aware that we should all be aiming for a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, and if you’re anything like me, every week you buy a bogey-load of fresh fruit and veg to help hit this quota.

And you try to eat it. You really do. But there’s only so much fresh produce you can get through in a week, so inevitably, there’s a load of stuff that you have to chuck out because it’s gone mouldy and rotten. So you clear it out of your fridge and your fruit bowl at the end of the week, and you buy more. It’s a vicious circle, and it’s incredibly wasteful.

I don’t know about you, but I HATE seeing good food go to waste, but try as I might, there’s always something thrown out untouched.

Until now.

Because I’ve found the answer. Jamie Oliver told me how to stop wasting all that lovely fresh fruit (somehow it’s always the fruit that goes to waste, hardly ever the vegetables – they seem to keep far longer, and I often buy frozen so there’s no waste there). It’s so simple I don’t know why I never thought of it myself, because it’s brilliant.

The answer is… Smoothie Bags!

Smoothie bags
Left: My bag full of smoothie bags, which is in my freezer Centre: One of my smoothie bags ready to blend. Right: My delicious smoothie, ready to enjoy!

Yup, you just grab some freezable bags and portion out the fruit into them, then you bung them in the freezer ready to pull out and make delicious fruit smoothies!

This past week, I’ve made up eight little bags of two different recipes:

  1. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and banana, with a spoonful of oats and another of mixed seeds.
  2. Mango, kiwi and banana with a spoonful of oats.

In both cases, each bag has half a banana, then a handful of the other ingredients. The oats make it silky smooth and give you a great source of slow-release energy to counter the instant fruit-sugar hit, and the mixed seeds are another lovely hit of energy that’s super good for you. Then all you have to do is add your base liquid (choose from fruit juice, milk, nut milk, coconut water, or plain water – I used a little coconut milk and water in mine), and if you want them a little sweeter, you can add a spoonful of honey too (I usually don’t bother, as I like mine zingy).

Not only do I now have ice-cold smoothies at the push of a button, but I’ve saved several quids’ worth of fruit that would have ended up in the bin within the next few days.

It’s a win-win situation!

And Choochie decided he liked my smoothie too – he was slurping it right out of my glass like crazy! I have a little fruit fiend on my hands here! He might be only ten months old, but when there’s fruit around, we can’t hold him back. That’s a good thing, at least!

52 things in 52 weeks – January update


52 things in 52 weeksSo, here is my first full monthly update on this year’s 52 things in 52 weeks challenge. You may remember I did weekly updates last year, but this year I know I’ll be much busier, so I opted for monthly updates instead – something far more achievable.

Here’s how January has fared:

COMPLETED:
Food challenges (one week each):
1. Two fruits and/or vegetables per meal – Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.
2. “Real” beverages – Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup). One cup of juice will be allowed throughout the week, and wine (preferably red) will be allowed in moderation (an average of one drink per day).
3. Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish.
4. No fast food or deep-fried foods – No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

Food challenges (30 days each):
15. 30 days of green smoothies – January (24 / 30)
I didn’t quite complete all 30 days because, as part of the crappiest run of luck during one week, my blender packed in. The new one I bought at the start of the month to replace the old one that died. It sucked anyway – it never once made a completely smooth smoothie. Either way, as I would have completed it, I consider this one completed in spirit.

Other food challenges:
21. Apply for an allotment
The application form has been sent off! My brother-in-law has expressed an interest in getting on board with this so we’ll hopefully be sharing a plot so it’s half the work and half the price for both of us, but still all the benefits of organic, home-grown produce! There’s a waiting list of 17 people, but there are 50-60 new plots being developed at my first-choice site, and I have been assured that everyone on the waiting list will be offered a plot as soon as they’re ready, so this one is definitely getting off the ground (ahem – sorry, for the bad pun!) sooner, rather than later!

IN PROGRESS:
Food challenges (one week each):
5. Try two new whole foods – Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.

Financial challenges:
23. Put £20 into Tadpole’s savings every month (£20 / £240)
24. Put £20 into Button’s savings every month (£20 / £240)
25. Split all my coppers between Tadpole’s and Button’s piggy banks each week (5/52)
26. Put £1 for each day of every month into savings (£31 / £365)
27. Put £1 for each challenge completed into the Xmas fund (£6 / £52)
28. Save all £2 coins into the Xmas fund each week (5/52)
29. Save all silver up to the value of 20p into the Xmas fund each week (5/52)

Entertainment challenges:
30. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (2/52)
Check them out HERE.
31. Watch 52 films in 52 weeks (28/52)
Check them out HERE.
32. Take part in three author book blog tours (1 / 3)
The Tudor Conspiracy by Christopher Gortner – Book review / Author interview

Family-related challenges:
34. Continue breastfeeding Button to the age of 6 months (10 April)
38. Share a photo of my kids and me each month (1/ 12)

Tadpole and Button
My lovely boys having a cuddle
Kell
My fringe is in serious need of a trim,
but I’m holding off on a haircut
till my cousin’s wedding next month…

41. Take the kids to the library once a month (1 / 12)
We LOVE going to the library, so this one should be pretty easy to keep up. 🙂

Personal challenges:
42. Lose 14lbs (4.75 / 14)
46. Write twelve letters to my pen-pal (1 / 12)
I have written my January letter to my buddy, Louise. We’ve been writing a couple of years now. One of these days we might even meet!
48.  Use FlyLady.net to get into a regular routine with the housework
I’ve allocated a room to focus on each week of the month to work in rotation. There are things in each room that will be daily or weekly anyway, but once a month I’ll give each room a detailed going over. Not quite on top of things yet, but I’ll get there!
49. Make twelve Xmas gifts /decorations (1 / 12)
Obviously I’m not going into any detail at all, in case the intended recipient sees it, but I’ve started on the Xmas gifts already and completed one so far, and am working on several more…
50. Release twelve new cross stitch charts (2 / 12)
My annual band sampler was released on New Year’s Day. Download it free HERE. I also released my Hope Sampler for sale. Buy it HERE.
51. Post a monthly update (1 / 12)
Here it is!

Week 1 completed – 14 weeks of mini pledges


An edible rainbow of nummy fruits and vegetablesSo the challenge for week 1 was to eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables at breakfast, lunch and dinner time. I didn’t anticipate it being particularly difficult, but it took a little planning to make sure I didn’t skimp! I think I did quite well as quite often had more than the required two per meal. Here’s how I did… and yes, I made pretty much everything from scratch!

Wed brekkie
A fruity breakfast

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Porridge (made with hazelnut milk), with hazelnuts, yoghurt coated sunflower seeds, flame raisins and banana, sweetened with honey.
  • Lunch: Carrot sticks with roasted onion houmous, cheese and tomato quiche, and a small bunch of grapes.
  • Dinner: Salmon in herb butter with baby new potatoes, sweetcorn, fine beans and asparagus.
stir fry
A spicy stir fry

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Porridge (made with hazelnut milk), with cinnamon and hazelnut butter, omega seed mix, raisins and banana (no added sweetener at all).
  • Lunch: Homemade potato, leek and carrot soup with tomato wrap.
  • Dinner: Sweet potato and paneer curry crisp bake, roasted parsnips, peas and sweetcorn.
smoothie
Super green smoothie

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: Fresh mango and banana with Yeo Valley Greek yoghurt with honey, omega seed mix sprinkled on top
  • Lunch: Homemade potato, leek and carrot soup with tomato wrap.
  • Dinner: Stir fried chicken breast with mushrooms, ginger root, onion, carrot, red pepper and courgette, in a hot chilli and ginger sauce.

Thursday:

soup
Hearty homemade soup
  • Breakfast: Green smoothie (apple juice, water, spinach, banana and mango)
  • Lunch: Homemade potato, leek and carrot soup with Kingsmill 50/50 bread
  • Dinner: Homemade penne Bolognese with tomatoes, onion, garlic, spinach, courgette, red pepper and mushrooms (see my Awesome Sauce recipe for the basis of this delicious dish!)
spag bol
Beautiful Bolognese

Friday

  • Breakfast: Green smoothie (pineapple juice, water, kale, banana and pineapple)
  • Lunch: Homemade tomato and basil soup (tomatoes, onion and garlic) with Kingsmill 50/50 bread
  • Dinner: Sausages with colcanon (mashed potato with kale), carrots, asparagus and green beans
Tadpole eating my tomato soup!
Tadpole enjoying
tomato and basil soup

Saturday:

  • Breakfast: Green smoothie (pineapple juice, water, kale, raspberries, pineapple and banana)
  • Lunch: Homemade tomato and basil soup (tomatoes, onion and garlic) with cheese on toast
  • Dinner: Sweet potato and paneer curry crisp bake, baby new potatoes, roasted parsnips, carrots, green beans and sweetcorn

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Green smoothie (orange juice, water, spinach, banana and kiwi fruit)
  • Lunch: Sundried tomato and mozarella panini with salad (cucumber and lettuce)
  • Dinner: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrotspeas, and swede

I was supposed to start the green smoothie challenge on Wednesday, but when I got up in the morning to make my breakfast smoothie, I discovered that my trusty blender of five years had given up the ghost, and as it was New Year’s Day and no shops were open, I had to wait till Thursday to buy a new one, so my smoothie came later in the day. So, to cover the extra day, I’ll continue the challenge to 31st January instead of 30th January.

I’ll be continuing with the green smoothies every day throughout January as part of my 30-day green smoothie challenge so at least one meal every day will easily have at least two fruits or vegetables in them. However, I plan to build this into my diet permanently, so the two fruit or veg at every meal is staying!

52 things – week 21


52 things in 52 weeksHere we go again with another weekly update. The numbers are slowly creeping up, but this has been a busy week and I feel like I’ve been running round like a headless chicken the whole time. Add to that the head cold my lovely hubby and son very thoughtfully passed on to me, and it hasn’t been the best week. Still, it hasn’t been the worst week either, so I can’t complain too much! I did find some time this week to finish Button’s first blanket, and another for my new nephew who will be born in September (although I can’t share pics of that one yet!). I also started working on a warmer, winter-weather blanket for Button too, so watch out for progress pictures of that project!

Next week, Tadpole has a school project where they’re making a museum, so we’ve sent along a few things for inclusion. I’ll post about that later in the week as it looks like it could be an interesting display!

Books:
1. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (36/52)

Reading: Jane Austen – Persuasion (Kindle e-book)
Reading: Brom – Krampus: The Yule Lord

4. Read only books that I already have, have been given as gifts/to review, or have borrowed from the library for 52 weeks (21/52)
Still not bought any books for myself. This is definitely the longest I’ve ever gone without handing over some cash for at least one book, so I’m seriously impressed with my restraint!

Film and Television:
7. Watch 52 films in 52 weeks (32/52)
Watched: Iron Man 3 (2013)
Watched: Gangster Squad (2013)
Watched: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

9. Watch 12 films that are newly released in 2013 (7/12)
Watched: Iron Man 3 (2013)
Watched: Gangster Squad (2013)
Watched: Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Food and drink:
38. Eat only vegetarian meals one day every week 21/52)
Vegetarian day: Thursday

Finances:
45. Save all £2 coins for 52 weeks (21/52)
Total saved in £2 coins: £58.00

46. Save all 1p/2p/5p coins for 52 weeks (21/52)
Total 5p pieces saved: £11.90
All coppers have gone directly into Tadpole’s piggy bank.

Other:
50. Self portrait picture every week (21/52)
I’ still doing the green smoothies every day for a month thing and loving it, so here’s me enjoying a frozen treat – a green smoothie pop straight from the freezer. This is one of my kiwi coolers and it’s delicious!

20. Week 21 - 24.05.13
Week 21
24.05.13

51. Post a weekly update of my progress on my blog (21/52)
Done!

Raspberry rise green smoothie


What do you do if you want to give your kids all the goodness of a green smoothie, but they refuse to try it because it’s green? Easy! Make it look like it’s NOT a green smoothie. Well, easy in theory, but we’ll see about the practice. Anyway, here’s my own recipe for a red green smoothie that might look a little more appetising to kids who won’t eat anything green unless it comes out of their own noses! It’s a fruity wake-up call that’s great for getting you started in the mornings…

Raspberry Rise Green SmoothieRaspberry rise green smoothie

  • A little pineapple juice
  • 1 large handful of baby leaf spinach
  • 1 small banana (frozen)
  • 2 handfuls of raspberries
  • 2 – 3 slices of pineapple
  • Optional: A touch of honey to sweeten if it’s too zingy for your tastes

As usual, whiz the greens with the liquid before adding the other ingredients to ensure you don’t have chunks of spinach floating around in your smoothie. The frozen banana ensures you have a nice, cool smoothie, but you could always add a few ice cubes to your blender too, if you like it colder still.

This also makes great smoothie pops, so if you have ice pop molds, pour some in and freeze it for a cold, tasty, healthy treat to enjoy in the sunshine later!

52 things – week 20


52 things in 52 weeksTime is slipping by ever faster and I still have lots to do if I’m to complete my list of challenges! I know there are one or two that are now written off due to pregnancy, but I’d still like to complete most, if not all, of the rest…

Still drinking the daily green smoothies (check my list of recipes HERE if you’re interested!). They definitely make me feel healthier and keep me full till lunchtime when I have them for breakfast!

Today is Saturday and I have the night off work, so normally I would have watched a movie, but it’s the Eurovision Song Contest Final tonight, and we look forward to it all year long, so no films tonight! Tadpole’s too young to stay up late and watch the show, but he’s listened to all the songs and definitely has his favourites! Incidentally, if you’re interested, my lovely Hubby has done a whole series of blog posts on Eurovision which you can see HERE. Join us for the Euro-party! 🙂

Books:
1. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (36/52)

Finished: George RR Martin – A Dance with Dragons Pt 2: After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire #5b)
Finished: Terry Pratchett – Dodger
Reading: Jane Austen – Persuasion (Kindle e-book)
Reading: Brom – Krampus: The Yule Lord

4. Read only books that I already have, have been given as gifts/to review, or have borrowed from the library for 52 weeks (20/52)
Still managing to resist buying myself any new books. It’s getting a little easier, but not much!

Film and Television:
7. Watch 52 films in 52 weeks (29/52)
Watched: Imaginaerum (2012)
Watched: The Reef (aka Shark Bait) (2006)

Food and drink:
38. Eat only vegetarian meals one day every week (20/52)
Vegetarian day: Tuesday

Finances:
45. Save all £2 coins for 52 weeks (20/52)
Total saved in £2 coins: £58.00

46. Save all 1p/2p/5p coins for 52 weeks (20/52)
Total 5p pieces saved: £11.35
All coppers have gone directly into Tadpole’s piggy bank.

Other:
50. Self portrait picture every week (20/52)
Another week, another photo… this time it’s one of me with Tadpole, outside our home on a rare sunny day.

Tadpole and me
Week 20
13.05.13

51. Post a weekly update of my progress on my blog (20/52)
Done!

52 things – week 19


52 things in 52 weeksAnother week of green smoothies (check back over my most recent entries for some fabulous green smoothie recipes – try them, and I promise you won’t be disappointed, but you may be very pleasantly surprised!), another week of, well of just getting on with things, really. Not an awful lot of progress this week, but the numbers are slowly creeping up…

Books:
1. Read 52 books in 52 weeks (33/52)

Finished: Amanda Grange – The Earl Next Door (Kindle e-book)
Reading: George RR Martin – A Dance with Dragons Pt 2: After the Feast (A Song of Ice and Fire #5b)
Reading: Jane Austen – Persuasion (Kindle e-book)

4. Read only books that I already have, have been given as gifts/to review, or have borrowed from the library for 52 weeks (19/52)
Still managing to resist buying myself any new books. It’s getting a little easier, but not much!

Film and Television:
7. Watch 52 films in 52 weeks (27/52)
Watched: Hansel and Gretel (2013)

9. Watch 12 films that are newly released in 2013 (4/12)
Watched: Hansel and Gretel (2013)

Health and happiness:
27. Lose 14 lbs (11.5/14) cancelled due to pregnancy!
I’m beginning to wonder about this one, as I’m actually now around 3lbs lighter than  I was immediately pre-pregnancy! This is largely down to the whole hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness), but also down to eating extremely healthily. I also give some credit to the green smoothies! In some ways, it’s just as well I’m a big girl anyway, so I have plenty excess to spare without causing any harm to Button.

Food and drink:
38. Eat only vegetarian meals one day every week (19/52)
Vegetarian day: Thursday

Finances:
45. Save all £2 coins for 52 weeks (19/52)
Total saved in £2 coins: £58.00

46. Save all 1p/2p/5p coins for 52 weeks (18/52)
Total 5p pieces saved: £11.10
All coppers have gone directly into Tadpole’s piggy bank.

Other:
50. Self portrait picture every week (19/52)
Another week, another photo…

19. Week 19 - 06.05.13
Week 19
06.05.13

51. Post a weekly update of my progress on my blog (19/52)

Done!

Banana-butter bliss green smoothie


Thgreen smoothie 10is morning, I woke up and the sun was nowhere to be seen. The weather is rather dismal and I felt like having some comfort food for breakfast. However, as I’m now ten days into my green smoothie challenge, I didn’t want to give up my morning smoothie. How to incorporate the two? Well, here’s what I did – I whizzed up the most creamily delightful smoothie that I could feel both indulgent and virtuous!

Banana-butter bliss green smoothie

  • Coconut milk (approx 200 mls)
  • Baby leaf spinach (large handful)
  • Peanut butter (heaped tbsp)
  • Banana (frozen)
  • Greek yoghurt (2 large tbsp)

As always, whiz up the greens with the liquid first, then add the other ingredients and whiz them up smooth too. I popped my banana in the freezer overnight so I would have an ice-cold smoothie this morning (I keep all the other ingredients in the fridge too), but you could use a fresh banana instead if you wanted.

As you can see, the colour is a delicate, creamy pale green, the consistency is like a thick shake, and it’s not overly sweet. Its lip-smackingly good!