Healthy Pasta Salad Lunch

My family are just slightly obsessed with pasta. Hold on, seriously obsessed. It’s definitely one of our favourite foods! But as great as pasta is, it’s not fabulous for you if it’s drenched in carbonara sauce, or with lashings of cheese and red meat! This pasta salad is so simple to make and perfect for taking with you for your lunch, hot or cold. Enjoy!

THE MAGIC INGREDIENTS: serves 1

approx. 75g pasta of your choice (try to get pasta over spaghetti as the ingredients will stick better to the pasta shape)

2-3 tsp red tomato/pepper pesto

12 cherry/plum tomatoes, chopped

Handful of basil

Salt and Pepper

THE MAGIC TECHNIQUE: (pfff…..)

Cook pasta, according to packet instructions until al dente (meaning firm to the bite in Italian) then stir in the pesto and cook for literally a few seconds. You can soften the tomatoes by frying them beforehand if you wish but if you’re not then just chuck them in and give it a good stir for about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Shread in the basil and BOOM. Heaven in a lunch box.

Now I know this isn’t completely healthy. There’s a bit of sugar in the pesto and the carbs aren’t wholemeal but ya know what? Life’s too short to be living on celery.

What’s your favourite lunch to make? Do you like pasta?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Current Favourite Earring Shop: ESSENTIAL

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Essential was my go-to shop when I first had my ears pierced. The main reason being that they were sterling silver, so kept my mum happy! Then I guess I just forgot about the shop, then we went back in a few weeks ago and I’m so glad we did!

I found these adorable little turtle earrings that I’ve literally been wearing non stop since I got them…no joke. They’re even sterling silver which is a big bonus, as I know they won’t infect my ears. And were an absolute bargain at just £5! The shop had so many gorgeous designs, I even saw little rhinos!

I’ll definitely be returning to Essentials for earrings, they’re such good value!

Have you ever bought from Essentials? What’s your favourite earrings shop?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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What’s In My Bag

Yes, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I’m really only doing this post because of this gorgeous new bag I got, how pretty is it? It was only £12 from Sainsbury’s and I believe it is now reduced to just £9! It has two compartments then two little zipper pockets with a tassel on one of them (very Rebecca Minkoff you know *posh laugh*). I can even fit my big camera in it, so taking this bag out for a day trip is perfect!

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And that’s what’s in my bag! Phone and earphones, for those times when you can’t bear listening to another 80’s classic on Heart in the car. Pinteresty notebook (post coming soon!) and brightly coloured pen for those times when you have a brilliant idea (or when you’re bored in a restaurant and decide to play Hangman).  Wallet (from TK Maxx) because…well, money, I guess. Glasses case because ain’t nobody got time for scratched bent glasses! SPF Lip Balm for chapped lips, also works on small cuts and moisturising cuticles. Hand sanisitiser because yes I am scared of public toilets.

That’s pretty much the basics in my bag. It varies a lot depending on what I’m doing, but these are my essentials!

What’s your favourite bag? Any essentials that you ALWAYS have around?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Healthy Eating As A Teen

I need to have a little rant. There aren’t many things I rant about, but this topic, I really felt I needed to.

We are told everyday what our life should be like. Whether it be something silly like how our throw cushions should be arranged to something serious like how slim we should be. This generation has a hard time trying to keep up with it all.

Sometimes it’s useful ‘advice’ – like try keeping a water bottle with you at all times, or do an Internet detox. That’s good. I like that advice. But sometimes I read stuff and it makes me SCREAM inside. Like you should be a max of 100 pounds to get a boyfriend. And not eating breakfast/lunch/dinner will make you ‘skinny’ and ‘beautiful’. No, just no.

It’s advice like this that affects teenagers A LOT. Teens are struggling anyway with working out what their future will hold. But whack some more pictures of Photoshopped beach blonde babe models and it doesn’t help, honey, it does not. That’s when eating disorders come into the equation.

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And it’s because so many teens are getting eating disorders, the minute another teen says “I’ll have the salad” parents, neighbours, friends, family start yelling “Nuh uh, what’s up with you? You don’t need to diet!”. Which is so annoying. Because sometimes all that teen is trying to do it nourish their body, grow stronger physically and mentally and you know what? Try some new food!

I am a pretty healthy girl. I love kale. And hot lemon water. And two ingredient banana pancakes (they taste like Heaven, try them out). And most people know that. But yet whenever I say, “Can I have some more salad/do you mind if we don’t have pizza?” I still FEEL the stares. Now I know these people are just caring and worried but because of this awful ‘advice’ trend going around at the moment people need to be concerned if ya girl just wants a smoothie!

This really annoys me. Because they’re are some very smart teens out there who know what they’re doing. They are HELPING THEMSELVES. And it’s freakin’ awesome. I love it. I love how some of my friends now say they love fruit. They know what Vitamin A is. They know that wholemeal is better.

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I am very appreciative of what I have, and how lucky I am. But sometimes I wish that there were more of us ‘middle group’ people. And by this I mean we’re not at either end of the spectrum. We’re not starving ourselves, neither are we eating Burger King for dinner errrrrry day.

I feel like I’ve waffled on a bit today. But there were all these thoughts just rattling around in my brain and writing it out seemed like the best option!

I’d love to know YOUR opinion on healthy eating as a teen. Tweet me, email me, or comment!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Fishtail Bracelet

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I laaaaarve stacking bracelets in the summer. It’s so golden-Cali-beach-babe it makes me way too excited than I should be. It’s even better when it doesn’t really matter if you lose the bracelets because they were so affordable! Today’s DIY is a fishtail bracelet, and I’m sorta in love with it. Enjoy!

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MATERIALS

Embroidery threads – in as many colours as you like (I’m using 4) Mine are from Poundworld and are pretty good quality!

Scissors – well, obvs.

Tape or clip – to hold the bracelet whilst you’re ‘braiding’

HOW TO MAKE THE LOVELINESS

1.Cut all your embroidery threads. The length should be just over half your ‘wingspan’, if ya feel me. Just hold your arm out horizontal to your shoulder , hold the end of of the thread, pull to the center of your chest. That’s half your wingspan. Do double for a bracelet that wraps around twice.

2. Once all your threads are cut, hold them together and fold them in half.

3. Tie a knot at the top.

4. Now onto braiding: separate your threads like shown below. If you have more than maybe 6 colours you can just braid in random threads. The bracelet will still look cool but will be easier to braid.

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5. Fold in the outer threads one at a time, just like you would braiding a fishtail on your hair. It will take a little time for the bracelet to start holding by itself but once it does, you can hold the threads in your hands rather than on the table/desk/clipboard.

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Et voila! Your beautiful new bracelet is ready to wear! Once you start practising you’ll be whacking these bad boys out like there’s no tomorrow. Oh, the life of a Pinterest obsessed generation, eh?

Have you ever made a bracelet? Let me know! I’d love some new designs!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Life Lately!

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Well hey! Long time no see! You might have noticed I haven’t posted recently. I was a having a bit of a fight with my blog design, it was the simple things like my social media icons weren’t centered and it really annoyed me! So I went ahead, became a HTML genius (ahem…) and just fiddled with my design a bit. I hope you like the new ‘refresh’ I’ve given it!

I’m also going to start doing 2-3 posts a week! I’ve decided that as I was doing 1 post a week I felt that it had to be really high quality. And because I felt this I worked so hard that the posts weren’t even that great quality! So, some snazzy new good quality posts are coming your way soon!

I’ve also got Pinterest now! I know, slightly late to the party, but hey? What can a girl do?

Right, see ya lovely people! Until Monday!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Lottie’s Life: Why Cambria Joy is The Youtuber You Should Be Watching

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Guess what….#LottiesLife is back! It’s the summer, or well it’s supposed to be (darn you British weather!) and yo girl got some time on her hands. So my midweek diary is back! Today I’m talking about a Youtuber I’ve been watching for the past year or so, Cambria Joy, aged 19, previously breelovesbeauty. This girl is just, ah. Let me explain.

First of all, GIRL THE BROWS ARE ON FLEEK. *cough cough* right. Moving on.

No moving back, the brows though. Is there such thing as eye brow donation services? I really hope there is. I would pay a lot to have such lovely brows. #2015probz

Cambria is one of those Youtubers who’s videos are constantly flooded with “You’re an inspiration” “Thank you for helping me find God” (more on that later) and “You are just so sweet!”. All are true. Cambria has that specific aura and spirit that even if you haven’t met her, you know that she is truly a beautiful person, inside and out. She’s so mature for her age (she’s only 19, can you believe it?!)

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She is a firm Christian and speaks about her relationship with God regularly, which I think is so so so important. To have a good relationship with God, personally, I think you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about what you prayed about last night or how often you go to Church. And I think that for some reason, her subscribers almost trust her more because she is a Christian. I may be wrong but that’s just what I’ve gathered from the comments! I’ve also really enjoyed watching her Bible Study videos, they’ve helped me a lot.

Cam is training to become a personal trainer, which is SO COOL. I’ve learnt so much useful information from her health videos, they’ve really inspired me to put down the chocolate and get up and go outside! She talks a lot about motivation as well which I’m sure will make her a brilliant personal trainer, for sure!

And the quality of her videos, oh my. The editing, camera quality and everything else is just perfect. You know those videos where you have to skip roughly two minutes to actually get to the video? Well you almost don’t want to do that in Cam’s videos! Do you know what I mean? You want to watch what she’s saying. Maybe I’m talking a load of rubbish, haha!

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And finally. This. Girl. Is. Beautiful. She’s got that gorgeous beachy waves boho look going on and I LOVE IT. And Cambria thank you so much for joining that LIKEtoKNOW.it website, makes following your Instagram a lot easier.

In conclusion, Cambria should be on your subscription list. If she’s not, do it now. Binge watch her videos. Leave lovely comments. Share her links. This girl deserves so much love. She’s had some rough patches in her life. Just watch day 3 of her Vlogust vlogs. How she even picked up a camera let alone go for a photoshoot after what happened the night before I’m not sure. Actually I am. She has God with her. She’s a beautiful soul, and she’s brave. So yeah, check her out, will you?

Have you watched any of Cam’s videos? Who are your favourite Youtubers? I’d love to talk to you!

Lots of Love, Lottie ♥

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Comins Tea House

Hi! So last week I went on holiday and we went to Comins Tea House in Sturminster, Newton, Dorset. It was such a great place that I had to feature it on my blog! A tea house is basically where you try lots of traditional teas from all over the world (no PG Tips here!). It was quite different to your classic Cath-Kidston-floral-apron-vintage-tea-cups sort of tea place, as you’ll see! Keep on reading to see some photos and a quick review of this brilliant place!

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Comins Tea House is very minimalist, which is a nice change to the classic pink floral houses you see! Don’t get me wrong, I love a little Cath Kidston but this was a lot more unique! The minute we walked in the owner, Michelle, welcomed us and took us to a table in the adorable courtyard. Luckily, it was a really sunny day! My aunt and I shared the ‘Comparison’ tea menu, where we tasted 5 different teas. Don’t even ask what the teas were called, I can barely pronounce them let alone type them!

Michelle gave us a run down of how everything works and how the tea house started, which was actually really interesting! We then chose our teas and a couple cakes, try the chocolate caramel shortbread, YOU WILL DIE OF HAPPINESS (and sugar overload…). Michelle then brought out our teas every 10 minutes or so, telling us where each tea came from and how it is made. She then explained how long to steep it for, and gave us a timer so we could do it ourselves. It was so much fun!

I then told her about how I visited a tea house in Beijing and she took genuine interest in it, which was so lovely! Overall I really enjoyed my time at Comins, I will definitely return!

Have you ever been to a tea house? What was your experience? I’d love to know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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