Get Good Summer | Week 8

So have any goals been achieved or improved this week?

1. Complete a Book – well, I still haven’t completed it, but am a few more chapters in. I am reading ‘The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie’ by Alan Bradley. It is really interesting. Quite a quirky book as it is written for adults, from an 11 year olds perspective but I’m enjoying it so far. We have been at my parents visiting this week so with grandparents on hand, I have had a little bit more ‘me’ time than usual.

2. Drop a Dress Size – Ok, not quite a dress size but have signed up to Weight Watchers to shift a bit more (I do much better when someone just tells me what to eat, plus there is a bit of friendly competition between my mum and I to see who can lose the most.) and this week I am another 1.5 lbs down. I’ll get to me goal eventually!

3. Improve my Personal Best – I have been running most days this week and have a new running watch to check my progress. My previous 5k PB was originally 32.08 and I managed to get it down to 30.11. I haven’t been to a parkrun for a couple of weeks due to one thing and another but will be going to one on Saturday – so watch this space!

4. Get Creative with our Fruit – I think I will class this goal as done. All of the strawberries and gooseberries are now gone and we have tried various things like jam, salads and pies. Will just have to wait a bit longer to get our apples ripe and I get some crumbles on the go.

5. Try New Things – I think it’s safe to say we now have a potty trained little man. So most of this week has been staying relatively close to home and cracking potty training. But hey, that’s a new thing, right?

How has your week been?

Rebecca x

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Clean Eating | Avocado & Spinach Dip

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Another delicious clean avocado recipe in my clean eating series. So simple and quick but will add some pizzazz to any event or summer BBQ.

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: under 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 Hass avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
  • 1 shallot, very finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 50g fresh young spinach
  • 200g extra light garlic and herbs soft cheese
  • Vegetable crudités, such as cucumber, celery, cherry tomatoes, carrots and peppers
  • Dip

What to do:

1. Cook the spinach in boiling water for 1 minute to wilt the leaves, then drain well and rinse with cold water. Squeeze the spinach to remove excess liquid, then chop finely.

2. Beat the soft cheese in a bowl until smooth, then stir in the spinach.

3. Mash the avocado with a fork and stir into the spinach mixture with the shallot. Season with salt and pepper, then serve with vegetable crudités.

So quick and simple. Let me know if you give it a try.

Also, the winner of the Dry Like Me Giveaway is Corinne P. Check your inbox and get back to me as soon as you can.

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Rebecca x

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Ahead of the Game | Interview with Anthony Head

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With his designer stubble, razor-sharp style and pearly-white grin, Anthony Head’s outward appearance belies his 60 years, but as far as new projects go, this is an actor who feels as youthful as ever.

 

First impressions of Anthony Head are that of the quintessential English gent, not far removed from Head’s fictional – and much lauded – role as tea quaffing librarian Giles, in cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Behind the scenes, Head’s Englishness spills over into his undying passion for bucolic Somerset, a place he calls “one of the most beautiful counties in England.”

 

“When I used to come back from LA, we’d be driving somewhere along the A46 and there’d be a point when I’d just wind down my window and breathe in the Somerset air,” he gushes. “It just loves all weathers and there’s something about the Mendips – the rolling Mendips – that is so stunning. There’s a real peace.”

 

Head and his partner Sarah bought a farm near Bath six years ago with some money left to them by “a dear friend of Sarah’s.” They now have twelve horses, a few donkeys and Sarah teaches, rides and sees clients at the farm.

 

Anthony mucks in too though. In fact, on returning home from San Diego’s Comic-Con just last month – which he quips was “insane” – the first thing he did was to tend to the donkeys’ needs.

 

“On the way back from the airport, the driver said very sweetly ‘Well, Mr. Head, are you going to spend a couple of days putting your feet up and getting over the jetlag?’ I went and did quite the opposite! That afternoon I was down the stables mucking out the donkeys, because actors do need to be grounded. We need to shift the odd pile of poo just to remember who we are.”

 

Born in Camden Town in 1954, Anthony Stewart Head was educated at Sunbury Grammar School and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), before earning his first acting role in the musical Godspell. He carved out his early notoriety from appearing in a series of twelve Nescafe commercials, before treading the boards in various stage shows and finally landing his famed role as Giles in Buffy back in 1997.

 

An industrious actor who clearly lacks the propensity to sit still, Head’s career is glittered with myriad small screen and big screen gigs, from playing Geoffrey Howe in 2011’s Margaret Thatcher biopic Iron Lady, to Will’s dad in The Inbetweeners, King Uther Pendragon in Merlin and the PM in Little Britain.

 

As a multi-faceted actor, he is forever turning his hand to new roles but for this latest one took on CGI, providing the voice for avaricious, egomaniacal footballer Flash in Juan Jose Campanella’s family foosball parable The Unbeatables. These days, his roles seem to be taking a darker turn…

 

“I seem to be playing a few baddies at the moment!” he laughs. “What I normally try and do to enrich the role is think about why he’s bad, what makes him bad, what drives him. Because no one really gets out of bed and thinks ‘I’m going to be bad today’, it’s something that people become and there’s a reason they become that way; nothing is that two-dimensional or that black and white.

 

“You sort of look at people in middle age and think ‘what on earth got you to this point? How did you become, so angry, or so embittered?’ Quite often it’s something very small, right at an early age, that just pushed them. It may have started off as a little acorn but it’s grown into this massive oak tree. So that’s me playing bad people. And I enjoy it, because I like the challenge of making them interesting.”

 

So would he ever give it all up for a life toiling the land?

“The thing about acting is that I’m extremely fortunate to do what I do but I do it because I’m passionate about it,” says Head, with a glint in his eye. “I just think that if it was missing from my life, I might get a little boring…”

 

The Unbeatables is in cinemas now.

Rebecca x

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42 Days of Summer

My little ones aren’t old enough to be on ‘school holidays’ yet (though I know that will come around super quickly), but we have been enjoying this lovely warm weather and getting out and about as much as we can. We haven’t wanted to spend a lot so we created a little bucket list of some random things that we could do:

bucketlist

Our activities were obviously aimed at the toddler but it’s been really fun to do these little things and explore some areas near us that we hadn’t discovered before. It has also just been nice to do a few of the ‘home-based’ activities like playing in the garden, drinking lemonade that we had made, making daisy chains and blowing bubbles. We also got some yummy BN biscuit treats to try in raspberry and chocolate flavour – the chocolate flavoured ones went down particularly well in our house!

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I think what you need to keep in mind for kids summer activities is: KISS

Keep

It

Simple,

Stupid

Just playing silly games like chubby bunny or watching movies until late or eating breakfast for dinner are really simple. They don’t take time to prepare and don’t cost anything extra but they will help to create amazing family memories for your children. When I look back at my childhood I remember all the silly games my siblings and I used to play and the fun we had. Not the theme parks we went to or expensive trips out. So, enjoy the school holidays and remember to kiss ;)

Rebecca x

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