Weekend Favourites

I’d be happy if the cold is more like today than last week. It’s been so wet and chilly that it sunk deep into your bones. I’ll take cold, crisp, sunny, days and cold, moonlit, starry, cloudless nights over rain and grey any day. You know where you are them. It’s cold, washing dries quicker, sun’s out, people happier.

Friday I took part of my run onto the beach to spice things up. I try to vary my running routes or switch them up to keep things fresh. The same route, like the same workout, can get tiresome. You get bored, things start to plateaux. I’m definitely incorporating more sand running in my routes. I miss trail running and it’s the next best thing I have to trails around here!

7.5km along and on the beaches. Stadium steps three rounds!
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Anyways, this weeks Weekends Favourites:

‘Tis The Season For Festive NapkinsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

December and January, napkins around here get a little more cheerful. Normally it’s the oh so glamourous kitchen roll napkins (and if you didn’t use it or it’s not too dirty, use it next time). Christmas is different as these napkins were too irresistible not to get.

H&M Running Gloves

It’s no secret I love my Lululemon leggings! To ‘offset’ the cost, my gym tops are regular tanks and I’m always on the look out for cheaper just as effective workout gear. Sometimes it works out, other times you’re better off buying the original (Lululemon leggings). Now the winter running season has begun, running gloves are a must. These were about €9.99, lightweight, wicked sweat away and kept my hands more importantly my finger tips warm when I took them out for a spin this week. The touchscreen finger pads worked a dream. No cold fingers removing gloves to operate my phone! There’s also a pocket on the left back hand to store keys and the white poker dots are reflective.

Long Sleeved Lightweight JumpersOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Until I discovered qulited coats, I’ve never really enjoyed dressing for winter. What ever outfit I chose seemed to be ruined by a hoodie over the top, then my wool coat. I felt like an American Football player. In the UK for many years, quilted coats were something only tourists (particularly Italians!) wore. We stuck with our wool coats, though quilted coats are rapidly gaining popularity. Wool coats are chic, but are no way nearly as warm as qulited or duvet coats as I call them. I kept up with my wool coats until France when I made the switch and became ‘European’. I purchased my first duvet coat! One small change, one big step! I could embrace winter style! I’m convert as long as the filling is polyester not down or feather. They’re so warm, no additional hoodies or big jumpers required. Maybe this section should be intitled My Love of Quilted Coats, but I’m enjoying wearing lightweight jumpers this season. Layering up without bulking up!

Tops: Cream: Forever 21, Striped Florence and Florence (Tesco)

Local (Lleida) Lavender HoneyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Normally I’m in charge of buying honey and stick with Mil Flores. Paul when I was away a few weeks ago picked lavender by ‘mistake’. Thinking it was the usual one, when I got back said he asked if it’s the usual honey as it’s tastes delicious! Alarm bells starting ringing when I saw the purple label. Purple usually implies lavender. Paul will run a mile from lavender! I know better than to buy anything even washing detergent that has even the slightest hint of lavender. A quick google search revealed espigol is lavender in Catalan. But it’s okay as it doesn’t taste of lavender. It’s not too sweet, not too sour, light tasting, but packs a punch! There’s already a second jar in the cupboard, as you know it doesn’t taste of lavender.

Dog Snow Maze

What do you do when when snowed in and need to dig yourself out to walk the dog? Built a dog snow maze!

AJ and D

Just because!

Hope you’re having a great weekend! What’s been making you smile this week?