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Everyday Life / Our Weddings / Weekends
You may remember that back in November, when we turned 29, I posted a few goals I wanted to achieve before the time we turn 30 this year, and one of those little things I was aiming to do was to start a new hobby. I wanted it to be something I could practice when I had some time, wouldn’t cost too much to get started with and one that I would really, really enjoy. Step in modern calligraphy. It is something I’ve always admired from afar, and have followed calligraphers I love on social media for years, so I thought I’d give it a go. I bought Nib & Ink and also purchased a starter kit from Lamplighter London, and started to read up and have a little practice. I have only done the basics so far, and will try to get more time in with it over the coming months, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress.
We had the best time this past weekend when we headed to Oxford for Hana’s hen celebrations. We dressed her up in various fancy dress items, sipped tea and cocktails and took part in some fun games along the way, with the best bunch of ladies you could hope to spend time with. Hana will fill you in on the finer details of what we got up to in the next few days, but here’s just a little snippet based on some photos I took.
Art & Design
We’re always looking for healthy versions of our favourite treats as both of us have a bit of a sweet tooth. It’s not always easy when you’re trying to be good and stick to a reduced sugar and fat diet so we were happy to come across a recipe by Jessica Spiel in her book, The Healthy Life. These cookies are a great way to get your sweet fix without feeling like you’ve overindulged. We’ve adapted it slightly to cater for what we had available in our cupboards, but I can assure you they turned out delicious.
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 4 tbsp raw almonds
- 2 tbsp ground almonds
- 4 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp stevia powder
- 3-4 tbsp filtered water
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until it’s a smooth consistency.
- Roll heaped tablespoons of the mixture into balls using damp hands, and place them onto a lined baking tray, flattening them slightly.
- Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 160°C (140°C fan, gas 3) for 20-25 minutes or until they’re completely cooked through.
Our Weddings / Photography
If you’re lucky enough to be familiar with the illustrations of Maëlle Rajoelisolo, you’ll already know what a talented lady she is. Lucy and I have been fans of her work for a long time and have been talking about purchasing one for a while, so we were over the moon when she agreed to commission a drawing for us. We took the opportunity to get a photo taken especially for the illustration while I was having my engagement photos taken. We’re so happy with the way it turned out and we have each had a copy printed so that we’re able to put it on display in our homes.
Last week we were lucky enough to have our engagement shoot in a local park, and the sun even made an appearance to give us some amazing lighting for the photos. It was a great chance for us to get comfortable in front of the camera now that it’s only 2 months until the big day. The photos have turned out beautifully and just reassure us that we have made the perfect choice with our photographer, Rhian Clarke. We can’t wait to see the shots she’s able to get of us and our guests at the wedding in July.