January 2016 | Harmony Blaze
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Sunday, 31 January 2016

My Favourites - January '16 Edition


Time flies when you're having fun doesn't it? This month has been action packed and filled with love, life and lots of laughter. It's time to take a look back on those products that have brought an extra big smile on my face this month...
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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Aqua Sana Spa Experience


What’s the perfect way to round off a beautiful weekend of relaxation and unwinding in the wilderness of Whinfell Forest? For me it’s to head into the onsite Aqua Sana Spa and try out their Elemis Brighten & Glow treatment out...
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Thursday, 28 January 2016

My Fitness Diary - January '16 Edition


January, a month for detoxes, resolutions and new beginnings, or so they say. I always find January a hard month; I fall into a routine over the Christmas break that I cannot maintain once I'm not abundant in time and also struggle with getting into the gym and battling the crowds...
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

My Threads, Treads & Treats - January '16 Edition


It's that time of the month again guys and girls, the one where I try to cram in the best of what I've been wearing, where I've been and what I've treated myself (or been treated) to over the last month. Yes you've got it, it's Threads, Treads & Treats time...

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Centre Parcs at Whinfell Forest - Part 2


It's time to carry on my Center Parcs adventure this morning as there was simply just too much to fit in one post yesterday! So relaxed and refreshed from our evening in the spa, we were raring to go on day 2...

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Center Parcs at Whinfell Forest - Part 1


As part of my turning 32 celebrations I decided I wanted to do a little bit of relaxing, recharge my batteries a little following Christmas and somewhere I knew wouldn’t disappoint me. Luckily I knew just the place...

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

The Birthday Haul


This time last week I was getting ready to head out for a meal with my favourites to celebrate my 32nd (yes I'm that old people) birthday in a more civilised manner than I am used to and looking back, I feel truly blessed to have such wonderful people in my life...

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Lush Brazened Honey


For those of you that know me and/ or have been frequenting the pages of Harmony Blaze for a while now, it will not come as a surprise when I say that my skincare regime can only be described as lazy. I've experimented with different creams, lotions and potions in search of fresher looking skin. But most require too much time and or money to be invested in them. but not this...


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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Birchbox: The Pinterest Edition


I've started to really enjoy my Birchbox deliveries again after a few shaky months last year and it seems that you guys like to hear about what products are in there too, so here is this month's evaluation of Birchbox: The Pinterest Edition...


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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Getting Motivated


Life getting on top of you already? Sometimes it can really feel like we have too many plates in air that we need to keep spinning around and occasionally when one comes toppling down, it can start to feel like everything is on the verge of crumpling. Trust me we've all been there and here are a few things I've learned...

...Getting and keeping yourself motivated to crack on with the job in hand can sometimes be one of the hardest things to do. Day-to-day we have many little jobs we need to be able to complete in order to feel satisfied, accomplished and pleased with ourselves. When we feel like we have a lot going on we tend to start feeling a little flustered, a little bit panicked and overwhelmed. We want to stay in bed until the last minute and make life harder on ourselves than it really needs to be. Here are a few things I can recommend trying to help keep yourself on the straight and narrow, on track and motivated.

PLAN AHEAD - Buy a diary and note down all of your important dates for the year ahead; birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and such, this will stop you from double booking yourself. Each week sit down and look at what is coming up the next week, set yourself a task in your phone to go buy any cards or presents that you need and plan out your schedule. Keep a note of what classes you like to do at the gym and when these are on and fit them in as and when you can too.

MAKE A TO-DO LIST - I do a few of these. I have a weekly planner that I picked up in Sainsburys for not very much that I note down various tasks on such as my blog schedule, meals out, trips away, gyms sessions etc. on and then I use these to create myself daily to-do lists in my diary. I try to keep my daily lists in the order that I will be able to cross them off (so trips to the shops etc. will be after work) and then I know exactly what I need to do and if I have time to do everything. If not I prioritise and put some non-urgent tasks down for another day instead. 

FIND YOUR MOTIVATION - Why do you want to workout? If it's because you have an event or a holiday you can set yourself a deadline and break your goal into smaller, more manageable goals to make them less daunting. Pop a picture of the hotel you're going to or the dress you want to wear in your diary as a bookmark so you see it daily and spur yurself on.

PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE - I am one of these people that get's everything ready the night before so that in a morning I only have to think about getting up, dressed and out of the house. You can prepare by simply making a little extra at tea time to take to work for lunch, by packing your gym bag before bed or simply by just deciding on what to wear to free your mind up in the morning. Life is full of hacks, find them, use them and exploit them to your advantage.

FIND YOUR RHYTHM - Over time as you get more used to planning ahead and preparing you will start to alter how you do things (you might put your tea bag in the mug ready for the morning) to make your life easier. What works for me might not for you, but trying different ideas out will trigger your own and you will start to identify areas of your life you can save time and make it easier on yourself.

What are your life hacks? I hope you have enjoyed my little motivational post, let me know your thoughts below and I'll catch up with you again soon. Until then though x



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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser


Well today is my birthday. I don't sound too excited about it do I? I guess as you get older they become slightly less exciting, we don't have as many exciting plans or nights out to celebrate them. However I am really excited to be turning 32 as I am really excited about the year ahead...


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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

2016 Wanderlusting


There's something about the dark, misty mornings of the early New Year that get's me dreaming of warm Summer evenings, walks on the beach and lazy afternoons in the sun. As a result I often end up with a Wanderlust list longer than the year ahead...

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Detox Files - Part 1 - Body


Welcome to 'The Detox Files' a three part series I am running this January to help you get the most out of that New Year, New You motivation that is (I hope) still running through your veins, making you pound the pavements in order to sweat every ounce of Turkey out and avoid coffee in the hope of becoming less of an afternoon grouch

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

My Heart Desires - January '16 Edition


A new year, a new month, a new My Heart Desires. Despite being so lucky in December and receiving some awesome gifts from my loved ones, I still have my eye on a few bits this month and who knows maybe some of these will pop up in my birthday box...

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

So You've Joined a Gym


It's no surprise that January see's a higher number of new gym memberships being started than any other month of the year. We're all feeling a little rounder, a little heavier and a little bit crappy after over indulging during the festive season and we're looking to make a few changes, good for us...

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Things to Try in 2016


The start of a new year inevitably sees our screens, airwaves and favourite publications telling us which diets we should be following, which workouts we will be trying and what we will be wearing this year. Here are 16 things that I will be trying to make time to do in 2016...

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

My January



Hello January and Hello 2016. I've read a lot over the last few days about goal setting, dream chasing and bond building and I'm really motivated for the year ahead and to fill my site with content filled with lots of love, laughter and life. Starting with January...

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Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year, New Goals



Happy New Year!!! So whilst today a few of you may have woken with a fuzzy head, the remnants of last night's makeup around your eyes and the biggest bacon butty craving ever... I decided that I wanted to welcome the arrival of 2016 in with a clear head and focus...

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