Sunday 11 May 2014

It's time to move on!

You may have noticed I haven't actually posted on this blog since January, which is a pretty big rarity for me! I have been writing Daisy Dayz for 4.5 years now, and I have barely gone a week without a post (even whilst on honeymoon for a month!) so it has been hard in some respects to go for almost 4 months without posting anything, but I've been feeling a little off for a while about the whole blogging thing. I hoped that the new design at the end of last year would encourage me to start working again, but it still didn't really work. So I decided the best idea was just to take a break, there is nothing worse than forcing yourself to blog, just for the sake of it, as not only will you get frustrated with yourself, but you will also not produce work your readers actually want to read. So I needed time away and time to think. My life has changed so much over the last year (with work and moving) and I feel like I have outgrown my blog. Daisy Dayz was always started as a daily fashion blog, but I feel like that is no longer a priority in my life, I still love fashion but its not my focus any more. I have grown so much since starting Daisy Dayz, and it really was a saviour to my sanity when I needed a creative outlet after finishing you.

But all that being said I don't want to leave blogging, so after much consideration and deliberation, and lots of talking it through with Jon, I came to the decision to retire Daisy Dayz Blog...but I will be starting a new one, a grown up blog that more suits the person I am now, and this time it will be a joint collaboration with Jon, so I won't be taking on the entire job myself and it will give us something else to work on together! I haven't launched it yet, but after a few weeks of trying to decide exactly how we want our blog to look, the design is finally sorted, and the domain name is bought and the site is live - but we will officially launch on the 1st June! So without further ado, you will now find me and Jon over on Two Hearts One Roof. I really hope a few of you lovely ladies (and gents!) will follow me over to the new site too as I would love to see you all there.

Daisy Dayz has been an amazing part of life. It has opened so many doors for me, I have gotten to do things I never thought I would be able to. Worked with amazing companies, been to awesome events and meet some truly amazing people, from all over the world (in person and online!) Some of who I am happy to call real friends now (you now who you are ladies!). And I just can't step away from all that, not yet, I think blogging will always be a part of my life, I just need a change, need new scenery! The new blog will be more lifestyle based, more home and design, food and recipes, just general life (don't worry there will still be fashion every now and again!) I just want all you amazing guys to come with me too.

Ok so thats enough of me being all mush and sentimental. This will be my last official post on Daisy Dayz but I will be leaving the blog live, at least for a while. Please do come see us over on the new blog when we launch on the 1st June as I would love to get your opinion of the site! 

Two Hearts One Roof


Wednesday 29 January 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday - West African Curry Recipe - Slimming World Friendly

Well ladies I had my 1 month weigh in last night. I started with a weight of 13st 9lbs and last night put me at 12st 13lbs! I am pretty pleased with my overall loss for my first month, although last nights loss was only 1.5lbs, which was a little disappointing. But that being said it was still a loss which is the main point! Plus I had a pretty rubbish week diet wise actually due to me still being ill, but I am happy to say I am almost finally over my cold.

Well as this week has been so rubbish on the food front (really it has been very dull and not particularly good syn wise either!) I thought I would bring you all a great recipe we have enjoyed a number of times over the last few weeks - West African Curry. If you are on Slimming World then it is around 2 syns a portions as the only thing you have to count is the Mango Chutney. The original version of this was found in an old ASDA Choices Cookbook but I have adapted it slightly for my taste and to make it more slimming friendly!

West African Curry Recipe
This recipe should take around 45minutes in total and will serve 4 people. 

Fry Light
1 Onion, finely sliced
2tsp lazy garlic or 2 finely sliced garlic cloves
1tbsp Garam Masala
1tsp Ground Turmeric
2tsp Ground Cumin
2tsp Grounf Coriander
1tbsp Dried Mixed Herbs
455g Minced Lamb
2tbsp Mango Chutney
1tbsp Tomato Puree
115g Frozen Peas

1. In a large wok or frying pan, heat the fry light and gently fry the onions until softened but not browned. Add the garlic, spices and herbs and continue to saute for a further 1-2 minutes

2. Add the mince and fry until browned, mixing it well with the spice and onion mixture

3. Add the chutney and tomato puree and mix to combine. Cook, stirring well for about 10 minutes. If the mince appears dry add 100ml of water

4. Add the peas to the pan and continue to cook for 5 minutes

5. Serve with boiled rice for a tasty meal!

Alternative - If you like an extra kick the original recipe used 1tsp of cilli powder and 3 whole cloves as well. Plus you can garnish the curry with freshly diced tomatoes (get in some extra super free!)

You can find all the other bloggers involved in Weight Loss Wednesday on the link. There are 39 of us in total, so lots of inspiration if you are looking to lose weight and get healthy this year!


Thursday 23 January 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday - Week 3 on Slimming World

Yes I know it's not Wednesday anymore but the last few days have literally been a blur due to me being sick! I am still sick, but actually feeling marginally better today, sore throat is still bad, but earache is gone, so now it just feels like a bad cold instead of something worse!
Right anyway, on with the food! This is week 3 on slimming world and I am finding it easier to work out what I can eat but I have actually eaten very little the last few days, and the plan has strayed a little due to feeling so rubbish, but here's what I've eaten (you'll find my weight loss from my weigh in Tuesday night at the end!)
 Day 15 
Breakfast: Boiled Eggs and Tea
Lunch: Ham Salad, Seafood Sticks, Ryvita, Mozzarella and a Tangerine
Tea: Light Pizza at Pizza Express for a Leaving Do. It was still 25syns but was less than all the others!
 Day 16
No Breakfast
Dinner: Ice;and Hoi Sin Duck Skewers (1 syn a pack!!!), Stir Fry Veggies and Mozzarella (HExA)
Tea: Out for a family birthday at the indian, but only had a little portion of popadoms and half a curry (it has fruit in it too! lol!) 
 Day 17
New Breakfast/Snack: Cookie Crisp (25g is 4.5syns, its a surprising large portion as they are so light in weight) I eat them dry like biscuits
Lunch: Pasta Salad with ham, sweetcorn, cucumber, light cheese and 3 tbsp light than light mayo
Tea: Chicken in Pasata with veggies and roasted potatoes  
 Day 18 (when I started feeling ill)
Breakfast: Spagetti Hoops
Tea: West Indian Curry and boiled rice
 Day 19 (still ill)
Breakfast: Ryvita and Laughing Cow triangles
Tea: Beef Raviolli (2.5syns)
 Day 20 (most of this went uneaten)
Breakfast: Bacon, eggs and beans
Tea: Baked Ham, Mash and carrots
Day 21 (again very little was actually eaten)
Lunch (was eaten): prawn sandwich, humous and carrots 
Tea: Chicken in Chinese marinade (2 syns), potato wedges and fried veggies (I only ended up eating the fried veggies and a few wedges)
So that was how my week went, as you can see I didn't actually manage to eat much, which actually helped on the weight loss front lol!
So drumroll for the figures please (remember this is a 2 week loss as we couldn't weigh in last week)...I stared at 13st 6lbs after my first week and Tuesdays weigh in put me at...13st 0.5lbs yay!!! So a 5.5lbs loss over 2 weeks, I'm pretty happy with that!
Hopefully this week will continue on the same thread, especially if I can get some exercise in, but that will depend on my health in all honesty.
I'll also be aiming to post some slimming world friendly recipes this week too, so check back in if you wish to see them!
How is everyone else's weight loss going?

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Wish List - Shopping the Anthropologie Sale!

I have been nosing at some of the sales online so thought I would put together some wish lists. It's unlikely I'll manage to buy any of it as I am trying to save at the moment, plus I have decided not to buy any more clothes till I drop this weight! But I can always dream!

 Today's post is all about the Anthropologie Sale! And boy there are some major bargains to be had, some truly beautiful items!

Tulia Blossom Dress WAS £178 NOW £52.95

Leaps Ahead Dress WAS £258 NOW £76.95

Matt Bernson Street Fair Booties WAS £238 NOW £149.95

What do you think? Any piece catch you eye?

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