2017 | Harmony Blaze
Harmony Blaze

UK Healthy Living & Lifestyle Blog

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Life Update & Looking Forward

As I write this I am on the last leg of my journey to Wales, listening to Oasis & dreaming of a big ass bottle of water and some kind of salad. I guess you could say I'm in a good place right now and I wanted to finally give my YT channel the attention it deserves.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

No Results? No Sweat!


Its hard isn't it? Spending all those hours in the gym or working out at home only to feel as though you're making no progress with it all. I totally get how you are feeling, I've been there, I still am there but over the years I've learned to understand why.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Every Body's a Bikini Body*

Each Winter I spend months wishing away the days until I can shed the layers once again and enjoy long Summer days filled with Sun, Sea and ultimately a little self loathing too. You see as much as I love Summer, it is a huge test of my self-confidence.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Being Thankful

I'm pretty certain that by now you will have heard me mention that I have been fortunate enough to be shortlisted for Best Fitness Blog at this years #BloggersBlogAwards. Being shortlisted has got me thinking about this little corner of the blogosphere that I call home and how far I have come so far.


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Threads, Treads & Treats | July '17 Edit

As you may be able to guess from this post being a few days late, the end of July really did sneak up on me like a ninja! July started with long, sunny days in Rhodes that were filled with Pina Coladas, Gyros and not a great deal else and ended with even longer days in the office!


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hello August...

Well August, you're one of the months that we eagerly anticipate the most with your promise of evenings in the garden sipping Prosecco, barbecues and the sweet heat of the sun. This time two years ago I was settling down for a week in Sorrento but what does this August hold in store?

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Fitness Files | July '17

I don't want to start this post with the old cliche that is 'how is it the end of another month already', but, this month has flown by so fast that I didn't actually realise it was already the end of the month! So I thought we best have a catch up.


Friday, 28 July 2017

5 Things to Do or See in Rhodes

Although it may now seem like a distant dream and as though I have never been away, just a few weeks ago today I was waking up to my last full day on the Dodecanese Island of Rhodes. I've always wanted to go to Greece and I certainly wasn't disappointed during my time there.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Mindful Munching*

These days there seems to be a lot of hype regarding the subject of 'mindful eating' and it has become one of those on trend phases to say you are going through along with 'eating with intention' and 'intuitive eating'. But isn't this something that we just do naturally anyway?


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Step into Summer

I've always been a massive fan of those Chanel Espadrilles that I am pretty certain you will have seen adorning the feet of many a blogger over the past twelve months. However, there isn't a single part of me could ever justify £460 on a pair of rope soled shoes.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

My Better Blogger Manifesto

This morning when I woke up one of the first things that I stumbled upon online was Alice Spake's '18 Things I Miss About the Old Blogging World'. Never has a post resonated with me so much. I had already started to put this post together and it gave me the kick I needed to finish it.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Learning to Love Myself

During my time in Rhodes, I spent a lot of time reflecting on the relationship that I have with myself and I deduced that in all honesty it isn't always a very good one. I also deduced that it is probably about time that I did.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Yoga Changed Me

I've always been an analytical kinda gal, the kind who looks for the lines to read between as opposed to taking things at face value and rethinks and replays scenes from life over and over again, trying to find something that isn't there.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Travel Diaries | Rhodes

A few weeks ago I fell in love. I fell in love with crystal clear waters, soft sandy beaches and warmth of the sun on my skin. I fell in love with Rhodes well and truly.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Treading Bullsh*t


In a change to tonights scheduled post I wanted to bring you one fresh from the cutting room floor so to speak and one that you may have been expecting if you follow me on Twitter...


Friday, 7 July 2017

Nutrition, Travel & Me

When it comes to nutrition I am something of a novice, just like many of you out there reading this probably. I love to read different views on the subject and to compare different streams of information but man alive its a confusing subject matter.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Every year I go on holiday filled with the best intentions to not over indulge on sweet treats at breakfast, to not only workout my body but also my mind and to come back home looking like some kind of goddess. Every year I fail...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Hello July...

Well girls and boys, it looks like we finally made it to Summer 2017 doesn't it? June has been a real babe of a month filled with beach days, barbecues and beautiful people, but now its time to dive head first into July...

Friday, 30 June 2017

Holiday Packing 101

With the passing of every Summer Holiday and City Break that I am lucky enough to experience I feel a little bit more like a boss with regards to packing. I am no expert don't get me wrong, but I do feel like I know what I'm doing for once!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Art of Saying No

One thing that I have come to learn about myself over the past few years is that I always aim to please and although that isn't a bad trait to have, it does mean that at times I simply cannot say no to people, no matter how much I should to.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Threads, Treads & Treats | June '17 Edit

Summer is officially here and unfortunately we have past the solstice meaning that the days will now start to grow that little bit shorter again day-by-day. June has actually been a real hoot and as we fall into the latter half of 2017 it feels as though I'm just getting started!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Fitness Files | June '17

This post may be a day late, but today it is finally time for my monthly roundup of all things fitness related and it is time to dive head first into The Fitness Files to find out what I have been loving this month!


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Carry-On Travel Essentials

Now I know that I am far from being a ‘seasoned’ traveller, however, over the past 12 months O have been on more trips and visits than in any other 12-month period of my life. No lie. With that in mind, I would like to think I have this packing lark down to a fine art these days and I thought I would share a few tips with you…

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Night is Young

One thing that I absolutely love about Summer is how easy it is to take your style from day-to-night. In Summer rules are there to be broken and besides who wouldn't want to wear a swimsuit all day when it's as beaut as this?!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Live Limitless

Often in life we hold ourselves back. We limit ourselves with fear and often place restrictions on ourselves in order to live a life that we think is the one that we should or must in order to ben happy. But what happens if we live life without limits?


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Visit Yorkshire

Paul and I have always enjoyed a good weekend away in the UK, with past adventures varying from long weekends at Center Parcs to a few nights on the shores of Loch Lomond. Adventuring is something that we love to do, especially close to home.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

24 Hours in North Yorkshire

I am Yorkshire girl through and through, cut me in half and just like rock I have Yorkshire running through me. So whenever I get chance to explore my home county I grab it with both hands.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Me, Myself & Running

I never thought that I would fall in love with running, it was never something that I wanted to happen and it was certainly not something that those who know me anticipated either. But it did and and I couldn't be happier about it.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Things That Make Me Go Grrr

In a change to tonights scheduled post I would like to bring you one that popped into my head during my journey home from work yesterday. On the whole I like to think that I am quite a cool, calm and collected person but there are just some things that make me go grr.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Hello June...

There is something about June that is really exciting me this year. Maybe its the new home office we spent the Bank Holiday creating, maybe its the fact that I'm sat with the windows open & the sun is shining. Who knows, but I am really looking forward to the month ahead!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

It's Not You, It's Me

Yesterday, whilst sprawled out on my picnic blanket soaking up those precious early days of UK Summertime, I felt a pang of guilt whilst scrolling through my social media feeds for not liking certain pictures.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

What I Eat in a Day | Vlog

It's Sunday, it's 6.30pm and it's time for another new YouTube effort over on my revamped, revitalised & restarted HarmonyBlaze channel!


Friday, 26 May 2017

Ping Perfection*

Over the years so called 'ping' meals have gotten a bad reputation with the health conscious, the shopping savvy and the wannabe chefs out there. But yes, whilst the majority of 'ready meals' on the market are filled to the brim with chemicals and preservatives, homemade alternatives can be just as healthy (if not more so) than their hob or oven cooked counter parts.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Making Friends, Not Alienating People

Guys, I'm going to let you in on a little secret here - I am a crap friend. Now by that I don't mean that I am unsupportive, bitchy or a mean girl, what I mean is that I am the least contactable person on the planet.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

I Did It | My Half Marathon Story

Back in January I applied for a place in the Leeds Half Marathon with Alzheimer's Research UK. Having run the race before I purely wanted to go a little bit faster and to raise a load of money for a charity close to my heart. But I did better than I could have ever imagined...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Get to Know Me

As promised I'm making more of an effort with my YouTube channel at the moment. You may have seen my wonderful Porto vlog & my April favourites, but have you caught my latest attempt?


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Photography 101

A few weeks ago I was invited, by the bods at Carphone Warehouse, along to the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy 8 and a little photography masterclass. Which got me thinking about just how much we rely on our little phones.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Hello May...

As I sit here writing this I am finally looking out at blue skies above, the trees gently rustling in the breeze and can feel the warmth of the sun finally hanging in the air again after months of dull, dreary days. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Fitness Files | April 17

Another day, another post and another (sort of) revival of an old favourite of mine, my monthly roundup of all things fitness related. But this is a revival & a rebrand and instead of taking a look through 'My Fitness Diary', it's time to dive head first into The Fitness Files!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Favourites | April '17 Edit

Until a few weeks ago, I had neglected my YouTube channel since October and that disappointed me slightly. So I put it out there into the twittersphere 'do you want me back on YouTube' and you guys did so here I am with a brand new video.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Threads, Treads & Treats | April '17 Edit

2017 Threads Treads Treats Roundup

As another month draws to a close, I thought it was about time that I revived one of my favourite monthly features; my monthly roundup of what I’ve been wearing, where I’ve visited and what I’ve been treating myself to.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Best of British

Today in England it is of course St Georges day, the day that we celebrate our heritage and all that is good and great about Britain. However, I cannot help but feel that in recent months and years we have perhaps forgotten how great we are.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Manahatta Moments

I think by now you will have all of got the fact that I am no party animal and in fact tend to be a bit of a granny when it comes to going out these days. So when I heard that the new Manahatta in Leeds offered a late brunch I just had to check it out.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ab-Flab to Ab-Fab

Getting a little push in the right direction isn’t something we should be ashamed of, I mean at the end of the day none of us are Superheroes are we? We’re only human and sometimes we mere mortals need a little push.

Monday, 17 April 2017

A Day in My Shoes

How much do we really know about our favourite bloggers? I mean yes we know a lot about their online personas but what do we really know about them as individuals? What do we know about their upbringing, what motivates them in life and what goes on behind the scenes?


Friday, 14 April 2017

Fitness Bytes with Dan Mennell

Welcome to another 'Fitness Bytes' your fortnightly dose of reality with the shining stars of the health and fitness blogging community. We may make it look easy on our blogs and Instagram feeds, but we're only human and here's why... 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Come Fly with Me | Porto Spring Break

I'm pertain certain that by now you will all be well aware just how much I fell in love with the wonderful city of Porto when I visited November. In fact I loved it so much that I went back & filmed my very first travel vlog so that I could show you just how amazing it is!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Behind the Smiles

Until you choose to share your life online, I don't think you can ever truly appreciate what is happening behind the words that you read or behind the camera. Lately I have been thinking more and more about what goes on away from the glitz and glamour of the blogosphere and how I truly feel.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Ladies Night | #ZizziCreates

We all have those days (and months) where all we want to do is go home, hide away from the world and shut out all our problems. Those are the days you need to call upon your friends and head out for Pizza, Prosecco and Puddings!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Cocktails in the City | #CITCLDS

Cocktails in the City Leeds 2017, Pintura Kitchen

If there is one thing that I really enjoy heading into Leeds for its cocktails. In April the now prestigious Cocktails in the City turns 5 and returns to Leeds Town Hall with an all star lineup preparing to transport guests to a Cocktail lovers paradise.
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