Weekly Witterings – 2nd Edition

To Witter: to chatter or babble pointlessly or at unnecessary length. n. pointless chat; chatter.

Presenting my weekly roundup in order to spread the love and keep you updated with my adventures. This is a way of sharing my inspiration, music, books, and thoughts that have been a part of my week in addition to my blog posts. Think of it as a coffee and a quick natter with an old pal.

Website of the Week

I have to be biased here, because this week I have been working really hard on a new blog that I have created, Luxury Backpack. Its a BRAND NEW concept that I dreamed up whilst on my road trip around Florida as a way of sharing my travel hints, tips and tricks (I’ve got thousands!) which make a budget trip feel more luxurious. Read all about it here, and of course follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Insty.

Enough plugging, but on the same theme of budget luxury travel, I found this great website Budget Traveller which is a great website for finding the best experiences for your buck; such as alternative budget travel experiences, cheap eats, and money saving tips from the experts. Highly recommended!

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Song of the Week

This week brought us The Grammy’s, and exhausted from our day of travelling, our first night in Miami was spend eating sushi and watching the whole ceremony. So after watching it I couldn’t get James Bay out of my head. Have a listen to Let It Go here.

Book of the Week

It’s been such a busy week on our road trip that I have hardly had time for reading, and am still gripped by Valley of the Dolls (nearly at the end now). I have just completed my review of the book I have been reading for my Cup of Coffee Book Club on Goodreads which you can read here. The next book for March is Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders which I can’t wait to start! On my travels I found the cutest book which I am dying to get started on called Chomp by Carl Hiaasen which is set right here in Florida. It is about Wahoo Cray and his father, Mickey Cray, both professional animal wranglers, who are hired to assist with the latest episode of a reality series titled Expedition Survival! Mickey is injured by an iguana falling on his head (only in Florida!) and so Wahoo takes it upon himself to accept for both of them. I’ll review it once I’m finished!

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Food of the Week

We found the most amazing little farm shop style food markets on the road, where we bought local honey, bee pollen (which I’m now raving on about to anyone who will listen!), and fresh fruit and veg which I’ve been whizzing up in my blender.

 

Working Out this Week

This week we didn’t have too much time to work out, but we spent a lot of time wandering around Miami beach and watching everyone else doing active things! I did have a few minutes of my day that weren’t jam packed, so I’ve been doing 7 minute ab work outs. I call it the Miami Beach Workout! 1 minute of each ab work out back to back for 7 minutes:

Sit ups – flutter kicks -bicycle kicks – crunches – scissors – leg ups – plank

Now tell me you don’t have 7 minutes to spare?

Film of the Week

I recently watched the comedy Trainwreck. I wasn’t looking forward to it as I really can’t stand these stupid American comedies, but it was pretty funny, and now I finally get the whole Amy Schumer girl crush everyone has got going… she’s basically me and every girl friend I have ever had rolled in to one!

Adventure of the Week

This week I’ve been to Miami, the Florida Keys, and through the Everglades. The Everglades were so intriguing, and learning all about the history and wildlife there was really interesting. I couldn’t get over the colour in Miami. So many candy colours, from the buildings to the ocean to the sky. I really haven’t seen anything like it before. Have a look on my Instagram for lots more pictures from my road trip.

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Shopping of the Week

Please Santa, I know it’s early, but I would LOVE something from this beautiful marble crafter Allegra Stone. I am in love with her designs, especially the trays. Check out images of her pieces here.

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Love, EmilyΒ  x

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Health & Beauty: The Wonder That Is Papaya

Since travelling in South America I have become obsessed with Papaya. I used to hate its musky yet sweet taste, but having the usual travellers-stomach issues associated with that way of life, new foods and lack of a routine, I found myself craving it. Why? Well it is just the most stomach-soothing, gentle, vitamin-packed super food which just does the trick to deliver every thing your body needs whilst promoting digestive health. It contains so many vitamins and anti-oxidants, including carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium. All in addition to being a great source of fiber. It also contains Papain, which is great for injury, allergies and trauma.

I loved having it as a juice alone or with Mango. Try blending with almond milk or natural yogurt and banana for a gentle, stomach soothing, hangover cure.

But, the benefits of papaya do not stop here. All the vitamins and anti-oxidants mentioned are just as beneficial for our skin. I have been using Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel for a few years now, and I swear by it. The first thing I did for my skin when I returned from my travels was treat it to this soothing and rejuvenating mask. De-clogging, hydrating, and repairing, it is a great post-holiday reset, but also for this time of year when summer has had its wicked way with us and we are about to go into the cold of winter. I use it once-twice weekly for a few weeks, or as needed for an extra pick up for tired, dehydrated skin.

Other Papaya-Packed Products:

Cleanse skin gently with Decleor aroma cleanse hydra radiance soothing and cleansing mousse, containing papaya, grape and white mulberry to cleanse and soothe. Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF 15 uses Papaya enzymes to correct, perfect and nourish skin throughout the day, whilst its added SPF is perfect for this time of year.

For body, use Elemental Herbology Macadamia and Papaya Body Scrub to refresh and re-new skin that has had its fair share of salt and sand over the summer. And lastly, for added protection for lips and dry skin, Papaya Gold PAWPAW Moisturising Balm does the job whilst being gentle and soothing.

So when looking for something restorative for the skin and body look no further than papaya. Allow its anti-oxidants and vitamins repair and restore your skin after the summer and protect it for the winter ahead.

All available at http://www.feelunique.com/

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