Shannon Michelle

Shannon Michelle

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from the UK..

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

7 Healthy Habits To Include In Your Morning Routine


Whether you're someone who is constantly on the go and in a rush every morning, or someone who spends a lot of time at home with no need to get things done quickly in the mornings, these ten healthy habits should be incorporated into everyones morning routine to make you feel productive, energised and happy that you've got things done and also had a little time for yourself every morning to get yourself fully prepared for the day ahead of you. I personally love finding the time to do each of these things, and if you really don't have much time, maybe pick just a couple of these habits to try and include into your mornings . But if you can, try to find the time to pick up all of these healthy habits as you will benefit so much from them and suddenly doing these things every single day will become normal to your every day routine!

Make A Healthy Breakfast -
Okay, so this one is so obvious, but the amount of people that I've met that don't eat breakfast in the mornings because they don't have the time or just can't be bothered with it is crazy! It's such a key thing to kick start your day in the best way and fuel you up to be productive and be able to concentrate especially if you're in school. A quick breakfast doesn't have to mean buying sugary cereals from the supermarket because it's convenient either. I personally love making my own granola in batches from scratch so I know exactly what ingredients are going into it, I then store it in jars and it stays fresh for around 3 weeks! Not to mention, I feel great after eating this! Other healthy breakfasts include muesli, oats, smoothies / smoothie bowls, healthy protein pancakes / waffles, the options are endless. If you're really struggling to find the time for breakfast in the mornings then making overnight oats could become you're best friend, it's quick, convenient and not to mention super yummy! If you're not a fan of oats then prepping some smoothie ingredients and putting them in a freezer bag to then blend up really quickly in the morning is also a great idea! You can make these in big batches for the week on a Sunday evening and it will really save you some time in the mornings, but also give you a boost of energy and leave you feeling satisfied.

Be Optimistic -
Although this isn't something to physically make yourself do in the mornings, it's still really great to wake up and tell yourself that anything is possible and you can accomplish whatever goals you set yourself for the day ahead of you. I am definitely an optimist rather than a realist - I have so many goals and dreams that some people may think impossible, but I believe that if you work for what you want, you can accomplish anything. Waking up with a smile on your face and a happy, optimistic mind set will definitely start your day off in the best way possible.

Write Down Your Goals -
Following on from the habit above, writing down your goals for the day, week or month will help you in long run. If you're anything like me, I tend to forget half the things I tell myself that I want to get done within a few hours, so writing my goals down definitely helps SO much. Whether or not you write these goals down in the notes on your phone, in a journal or on a sticky note on the fridge, any of them are great and will hopefully help you have the most productive day!

Workout  -
I personally love working out in the mornings as I notice that my body aches such much less during the day when I do, as well as not feeling sluggish with no energy. Although sometimes just the thought of working out alone is effort, when you're half way through a good workout it no longer seems so bad, and then afterwards you're left feeling energised and ready to get things done.


Stretch -
If you have no time for workouts in the morning, then a quick 5 - 10 minute stretch every day is great! Stretching helps to improve flexibility and relieve any achey pains you have especially if you've slept funny. I often get lower back pain so stretching out all my muscles in the morning makes me feel a million times better and I couldn't recommend it enough.

Drink Fresh Juice -
Reaching for juice from a carton or getting a quick coffee fix in the morning is definitely the easiest option, but drinking freshly made juice not only wakes you up without the caffeine crash that would soon follow after a cup of coffee, it also helps improve your skin and cleanse your body of any nasty toxins. There are so many juice recipe ideas Pinterest, youtube, blog posts etc.. so you're bound to find one that you love without all the sugar that gets added to juice from a carton. A lot of people believe that making fresh juice is expensive, but you can find reduced fruit in supermarkets or even locally grown fruit at farmers markets can be inexpensive. Even just by making fresh juice a couple times a week rather than every day can benefit your body massively!

Do One Task At A Time -
A lot of people often want to get everything done at once, but doing so can often make you feel angry, confused or you even get so into the idea of trying to get everything done that you forget what those things were in the first place. Take a minute to breathe and begin by writing down all the things you want to get done like I mentioned in tip number three, and cross them out as you go. This way you still end getting everything done, but without all the stress! If you procrastinate a lot, then setting yourself a timer on your phone for around two hours is a great way to tell yourself to try to get everything done in that time slot, rather than procrastinating for two hours and trying to squeeze everything in within five minutes.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these tips so feel free to leave a comment! I hope they help you to have a more productive morning and feel great before you've even reached noon.

What's your best healthy habit to follow in the mornings?

Love always,
Shannon x

Saturday, 12 May 2018

5 Of The Best Ways To Stay Creative

I'm sure you can agree with me when I tell you that being stuck without creativity is one of the worst feelings. Whether that's not being able to write, getting back into routine, creating music, literally anything that involves using your imagination one way or another. Whenever I'm stuck feeling like this, I often struggle so much to get out of it and wonder how I could possibly get back into doing what I love. However, something always ends up snapping me back to my creative ways and the struggle is no longer there. So if you ever find yourself feeling lost, stuck or even confused then I hope these little tips help you get right back to feeling how you want to.

Make Lists -
I have so many notebooks crammed with lists for whenever I suddenly have a blog post idea or feel inspired, whether thats for ten seconds or ten minutes. Jotting these ideas down helps so much in the long run, it's like a first step towards your end goal and you won't feel so uninspired when you're not feeling your most creative later on. If you're struggling to write new lyrics for the song you've been dying to write, then gather up a few of your favourite songs or songs that inspire you to work towards what you want, write them all down so you won't forget and hopefully this way you will feel that little bit more inspired. If you're trying to come up with new recipe ideas for that cookbook you've been wanting to write, travel to new places, try new foods and write down the foods that you think would work perfectly together to create something delicious. Carrying a notebook everywhere is so handy and I couldn't recommend writing lists enough as this is my go to whenever I need some inspiration.

Get Away From Your Computer -
Sometimes sitting behind a screen can do more damage than good as the web is filled with articles and videos telling you whats right and whats wrong and it can often get a bit much and your head is filled with too much information that you end up doubting your own mind. Getting out and being in different surroundings can help you feel so much more inspired to create as it's all new to you, being stuck indoors at home can become all too familiar and we all need a bit of change every now and then no matter how big that change may be.

Get Feedback -
Whether thats from friends, family, your online audience, feedback is feedback. Of course don't listen to people that you know are out to doubt you, but getting feedback from friends and family can't really do any harm and even a little bit of constructive criticism is great every now and then to help you improve! If you're an online influencer you need to be sure to listen to your audience as they are the people who enjoy your content and won't be coming back if you don't show that you are listening. Continue to do what you love and don't take other peoples opinions to heart, but let them know that you are listening.

Create A New Playlist -
So many things roll back round to music for me whenever I'm feeling lost. Discovering something new is amazing and I always enjoy finding new artists or falling in love with songs I had never heard of before to help change my mindset and feel inspired to create. Right now I'm loving "Invasion Of Privacy" by Cardi B and "As She Pleases" by Maddison Beer. Both of these albums are incredible and definitely worth giving a listen to if you're looking for something new!

Take Time Out -
There's no harm in taking breaks. In fact, you're bound to end up making yourself feel frustrated by continuously working hard on something without mini breaks in between. Take however long you need in between whatever you're doing and you'll begin to notice how creative your imagination allows you to be without getting a creative block from pushing yourself too hard all at once. Use that time in between to make yourself a cup of coffee, go on a short walk, make a new recipe for lunch, do a workout or go on a coffee date with a friend!

I don't know about you, but writing and reading this post back, I feel like I have so much motivation and creativity flowing through my veins that I could write a million blog posts, jam out to a new playlist and create some yummy recipes!

What's your best tip to stay creative?

All the love,
Shannon
x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

15 Healthy Vegan Treats You Need To Try



If you're like me and love indulging in sweet / savoury treats, but wish they were healthier, then I am here to share some healthier versions of your favourite snacks, without feeling guilty / bloated after eating them! A lot of people have mixed opinions on creating healthier alternatives to their already favourite goodies, as they believe they couldn't possibly taste better and they're better off left with no health benefits, little to no nutrients and a high sugar content, all because they're worried about trying something new - which is actually very likely to turn out amazing! Today I tried this delicious peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe which you can find here, and it is certainly now one of my favourite recipes that I'll definitely be making again. Although obviously making these cookies every day wouldn't be the best idea as they're not the healthiest recipe out there, it was nice to try something new that is slightly healthier than a lot of cookie recipes you find online, and most definitely a lot healthier than any store bought cookies. Obviously, I'm not suggesting to never buy your favourite sweet treats, because it is nice to have those every once in a while, but I wanted to share some slightly healthier alternatives that you could make more regularly whilst still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Today I wanted to share some amazing, sweet + healthy vegan goodies that I highly recommend trying. Even if you're not vegan, you're bound to love these recipes anyway! And if you're used to eating sugary foods, then I challenge you to create these and let me know if you enjoyed them more or equally as much! 
Vegan Snickers Chia Pudding - Crazy Vegan Kitchen
Healthy Hot Cross Buns - Ascension Kitchen
Healthy Banana Bread - Beauty Bites
Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls - Natalie's Happy Health
Sweet Potato Brownies - Searching For Spice 
Healthy No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites - The Loopy Whisk 
100 Calorie Chocolate Orange Muffins - Wallflower Kitchen


What's your favourite sweet treat?
Shannon
x

Monday, 5 March 2018

Spring Goals 2018

Now that we have hit March, the weather is about to start get a lot more enjoyable and the sun will be shining, getting us prepared for summer - so I have quite a few goals set that I want to achieve by the end of spring! I become so much more inspired and motivated to get things done, go on adventures and make the effort to just do more when the weather is lovely. The seasons and weather in general can really determine my mood, I cannot stand being cold and as much as I love all the festivities in Winter leading up to Christmas, I then feel so done with the rest of the season and cannot wait for Spring to swing by. In the Winter I find that I isolate myself from most day to day things as I feel like I have zero motivation to do anything, a lot of people around me tend to be feeling down and the gloomy weather leaves me feeling uninspired to be creative and the best that I can be. So this Spring I am determined to accomplish all the goals that I have set!

Read More -
I've always loved reading, but it really has been some time since I've picked up a book and fallen in love with the story. There are so many that I'm dying to read, so I'm going to make so much more of an effort to sit outside with a cup of coffee and get lost in a good book.

Share More Recipes -
I've been wanting to share a ton of recipes on my blog for so long now, but have been slightly afraid to as I always used to consider myself as more of a beauty blogger, but now I feel like I'm heading in the direction of food and lifestyle, with a few beauty posts here and there as it is still a major part of my life and I love sharing my favourite products with you all. I'm going to really work on some recipes and try to step up my photography game so my content is better as I'm not 100% loving it right now and hopefully that way I will fall in love with my blog all over again.

Get A New Blog Design -
My current blog design is getting a little bit old now and as much as I still love it, I think it's time for a bit of change on my blog like I mentioned above, so changing my design will immediately make things so much better and give it a different feel.

Go On More Walks -
I always used to go on long walks and to be honest, it feels like forever since I've gone for a really long walk in the evenings. It's something I've always loved so am definitely going to be making a huge effort to do this more now that the weather is going to start getting warmer and going on a walk in the evening will be so much more fun.

Have a huge de-clutter -
I don't know about you, but I'm currently in a desperate need to de-clutter so many things for example, my wardrobe, my makeup collection, my blogging bits like notebooks and old photos and a bunch of other little things. It's so good to have a de-clutter and I feel so much more happy about having a good tidy when the sun is shining and I'm not shivering whilst still being wrapped up in a jumper and fluffy socks.

What are your Spring goals?
Shannon
x

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

5 Things To Do At Home On A Snow Day


If you're from England like myself, then you know that we don't get snow often. We don't deal with the snow the same way that Canadians do in winter, no, instead it feels like the world has stopped around us all because of a few inches of snow. But hey, I'm not complaining. I love how pretty the sky looks when the snow is falling and the ground is covered in a giant white sheet of fluffy ice, but if it stops me from being able to go out and do something, then yes I am annoyed. So if you're currently stuck indoors because school has been cancelled, you can't get to work or you just don't know what to do then here's five things to do at home to keep you busy!

Bake Some Goodies -
There's nothing better than the smell of cookies or pastries in the oven when it's cold and all you can think about is ways to make your house feel like home. So whip out your favourite recipe book, find some inspo on Pinterest and get your baking game on. If you have some relatives that live close by and in walking distance, why not throw on some wellies, give them a visit and share some of these delights with them whilst chatting over coffee? sounds perfect to me.

Make A Playlist -
If you're going to be trapped inside all day you may as well make it worth while right? Find some new artists or gather up some old favourites and make a giant playlist of good tunes and dance the day away. Better yet, throw this playlist on while you do some baking like I mentioned above and really have a good time. My favourite artists to listen to on days like today are most definitely Harry Styles, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Nesbitt. OH, and I'll also play "How long will I love you" by Jon Boden any chance I get.

Watch Your Favourite Movies -
and watch them back to back! I love watching my favourite movies on a dull day, so a snow day is the perfect opportunity to do so as well. I recently wrote a post about my all time favourite movies which you can read here, all of these are really cosy films so you're bound to love them just as much as I do especially on days like today.

Drink Tons Of Coffee - 
or tea, whatever you need to keep you going without freezing. Flavoured coffees are an absolute must for me, as I love experimenting with new ways to make my coffee as well as trying out all kinds of flavours that the coffee world has to offer. I've been loving Beanies coffee for a few months now and it's definitely made my coffee drinking during autumn and winter a lot more fun. My favourite of theirs is "nutty hazelnut" you've got to try it if you haven't already. Mix it with some hazelnut or almond milk and you have a dream cup of coffee waiting to be consumed. This also isn't sponsored by Beanies, I just really love their coffee. There's also a ton of different coffee ideas on Pinterest if you want to get fancy and practise your barista skills.

De-clutter -
Organize your wardrobe, clean a room in your house, or all of them! Throw out any unwanted things or just get the things done that you've been putting off for weeks. Now is the perfect chance to get everything sorted if you feel like getting productive. Even if it's something as simple as replying to emails or organising your weekly calendar. You've got this.

There's so much that you can get done at home without even realising and if you think you're going to get bored then now is a great time to find a new hobby and enjoy spending time at home. I'm currently feeling super cosy, sipping on some caramel flavoured coffee, sitting next to my boyfriend, writing this post for you lovelies and getting excited about even more snow that we're supposed to be getting. Although, if it sticks around too long I know I'm going to get annoyed as I'm not one for feeling cold, Summer where you at?

What's your favourite season?
Love always,
Shannon 
x

Thursday, 22 February 2018

3 Simple Smoothie Ideas

I am a smoothie addict. I have no shame. But for real, I've been drinking a smoothie a day and am trying to control myself from drinking 10 a day as the obsession is so real. Since my smoothie addiction has grown over these past few months, I thought I'd share my go to, quick and really simple smoothie recipes. They're all so tasty and it is completely acceptable to drink these when it's cold, because they're just that good!

Smoothies are so easy to make and can be really healthy without a bunch of fancy ingredients. So if you're on a budget, or just need quick smoothie ideas to make if you're on the go or don't want to be spending any more than 5 minutes in the kitchen, then these will be perfect for you. There are no more than 5 ingredients in all of these smoothies,  so if you're anything like me then you probably already have these things lying around in your fridge/freezer and cupboard!

Tropical:

- 1 cup of frozen mango
- 1/4 cup frozen papaya
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup coconut water (or less depending on desired consistency)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds *optional

Simple throw all these ingredients into a blender until completely combined. The chia seeds are optional, but I personally add these to near enough every smoothie I make as they are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and provide iron, calcium and fibre. You can't even taste them as they have no flavour, they're just a sneaky little extra that will help your body. This smoothie is so refreshing and is perfect for those warmer days when you're in need of a cool down.

Strawberry & Banana:

- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup plant milk of choice ( I love coconut or almond)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds / 1 tbsp flax seeds *optional

Place the frozen strawberries in your blender first, then add the banana, plant milk and then finally the chia seeds / flax seeds. I've noticed how this makes a huge difference when blending frozen ingredients in my Nutribullet as it blends a lot smoother and quicker. Again, it's completely optional as to whether or not you add chia seeds or flax seeds, but they add omega - 3, so it's definitely worth adding them into your diet when you can.

Chocolate:

- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tsp maca *optional
- 1/2 cup hazelnut milk

Simply add the frozen bananas first, then add the oats, cacao powder, maca and hazelnut milk and blend! This is one of my favourites, especially for breakfast as it keeps you full by adding in the oats. This smoothie is a lot thicker than the others, but is just as tasty. The maca powder is optional, but is a great extra as it gives a caramel - type taste. I always opt for hazelnut milk for this smoothie as it sort makes it taste like Nutella, it's sooo good.

I have so many more recipe ideas I'd love to share with you all, but since I'm obsessed with smoothies right now, I just had to share these with you today!

What's your favourite smoothie?
Shannon
x

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

My Top 10 Favourite Movies Of All Time

I'm currently sitting in my living room, sipping on a smoothie and indulging in some much needed Gilmore Girls binge watching session, but the dying urge to write a post today was calling so here I am. Since I'm all about having chilled out days when work or daily life gets a bit too much and you need a wind down, I thought I'd have a chat about my all time favourite movies. Im obsessed with each and every one of them and I hope you can either relate to some or want to watch them asap after I profess my undying love for them all.

About Time -
There is something so comforting in this movie, I always find myself watching it when I'm sad as I know it will make me happy as soon as it starts playing. The storyline, the actors, the soundtrack, everything about it is 10000% perfect. I cannot recommend this movie enough, it is so easy going and even brings me to tears every time I watch it.

Saving Mr Banks -
If you're a Disney fan then you will adore this movie just as much as I do, but whether or not you like the story of Mary Poppins, this movie will make you fall in love with it either way. Get your tissues at the ready and prepare yourself for a waterfall of tears by the time it's over though ... just saying.


Love, Rosie -
Just like "About Time" mentioned above, this movie can instantly put me in the best mood and has remained my favourite movie of all time ever since I first watched it a few years ago. The British humour will have you cracking up and with actors like Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, you're bound to enjoy it.


The Princess And The Frog -
I swear this is the most underrated Disney movie, but either way its still my favourite. The jazz music, the setting of New Orleans, everything about it is so precious and it will be sure to have you singing along with every song.


The Greatest Showman
You've probably been hearing endless amounts of praise about this incredible movie, but if you haven't seen it already, YOU MUST. This went so far beyond my expectations and it has the most insane soundtrack.


Roman Holiday -
Chances are if you're into watching old movies, you've seen this at some point in your life. I love virtually any movie featuring Audrey Hepburn, but this one is most definitely my favourite of hers. I love watching this on a chilled out Sunday night after taking a shower and applying a face mask in my comfy pjs.


10 Things I Hate About You -
This has been one of my absolute favourite movies for years now and it will most likely stay that way for many more years to come. Although this is the "typical" 90's teen storyline, it still gives me all those emotions I felt when I first watched it. Heath Ledger will always have my heart in this movie.


Begin Again -
This movie is so chilled and I swear I could watch it over and over again, it's too good. I love Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightley so this film is just brilliant. It's not a typical musical but still has some really good songs in it!


Notting Hill -
I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this movie. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant are two of my favourite actors, so this film won me over straight away. The storyline is too cute and again, if you like British humour, you'll love this movie.


Me Before You -
One of the most talked about movies in 2016, and definitely one of the best. If you're a hopeless romantic and want to be in floods of tears by the end then this movie is for you. 


I'm sure theres a million more movies out there that I adore but these are the ones that always come to mind whenever someone asks "what's your favourite movie?".  If you haven't seen some of these then I obviously couldn't recommend them enough. I'm not really into horror movies or anything remotely gruesome, but those that I have watched I would never really class as a favourite. So all of these movies are pretty chic-flick types, so if you're also into these types then I hope you love them as much as I do, and if you havent seen them then I'm sure you will fall in love straight away!

What's your favourite movie?
Shannon