HEALTH, HEARING AND SOME REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF

Health and well-being are two things that it very important to me, I eat healthily, I exercise regularly, I visit the dentist every 6 months, make frequent trip to the opticians, so when I was asked how good my hearing was I was quite embarrassed to admit that I’ve never visited an audiologist before,  so when Leightons invited me in for a FREE hearing assessment and to join them in their campaign to spread awareness of audiological health I jumped at the chance.

For those of you who don’t know Leightons provide premium opticians and hearing care to anyone and everyone and strive to achieve 100% customer satisfaction through an individual approach to every customer.

If I’m completely honest, I had absolutely no idea about how our ears work, what causes hearing loss or even what a hearing assessment entailed but thanks to the wonderful team at Southampton I’m a little bit wiser. I won’t share the details with you because the team at Leightons will do this for you for FREE, but I will share with you a little about my experience.

I visited the team in Southampton for my first ever hearing assessment. I sat down with the audiologist and discussed how I felt my hearing was and problems I had experience with my ears/hearing in the past. We then discussed ways in which hearing loss can impact your quality of life but more importantly the ways in which Leightons could help me should I have hearing loss on any level.

I was then given a pair of headphones to put on and was told to hit a button every time I heard a noise. The audiologist then explained pitches I could hear and those I couldn’t and explained that it was nothing to be concerned about and that it’s quite normal to not hear all the different pitches, especially higher ones.

The audiologist then explained that my hearing is very good and my eardrums were healthy minus a little bit of scarring from an ear infection I had a child and encouraged me to keep up with regularly visits as the quicker hearing problems are detected the better they are able to help.

In light of this, I urge you to pop to your local Leightons and get your FREE ear test – its 15 minutes of your day that could impact the rest of your life.

Thank you to Leightons for my FREE hearing test and asking me to be involved in your campaign.

TEN THINGS ABOUT ME

Welcome to my blog, for those of you who have been here before you’ll notice some changes in the theme of the blog and for those of you who haven’t then let me tell you 10 things about me…

  1. I love animals.

I kid you not, put an animal of any shape, size or colour in my eye line and the rest of the world may as well not exist – step aside humans, I’ve got some petting to do.

  1. My favourite movie is Notting Hill.

I’ve watched this movie almost every single week for the past five years. If it didn’t exist then I’d be… uh, well buggered basically.

  1. I like to pretend that I’m as cool as a cucumber.

It’s true, I will do everything I possibly can to convince the world that I’m always super calm and happy, but most of the time I’m completely overwhelmed with anxiousness.

  1. I’m always singing.

I love to sing. I sing in the car, in the shower, even when I’m out running, which wouldn’t be a problem if I ever hit a single note.

  1. My favourite food is pizza.

Any pizza, any topping (as long as it’s vegetarian). I just love pizza.

  1. I’ve just moved house for the first time in my life.

I’ve just bought my first home, but until now, other than for university, I’ve lived in the exact same house since the day I was born. That said, when you’ve got both the beach and the forest on you doorstep (not literally) what reason is there to move?

  1. If I could, I’d live in flip flips.

From the day temperatures reach 10 degrees to the day they drop back under I’m wearing my flip flops. I finish a race, my trainers are off and my flip-flops are on. They are by far the comfiest shoes and when they look good with almost every single outfit, why would I not wear them?

  1. Chocolate is my kryptonite.

I’m obsessed with eating healthily and I do it really well most of the time, but I cannot resist chocolate. Give me a family bar of dairy milk and watch it disappear, just like magic!

  1. I say I’m into fitness, but all I do is run.

I have a keen interest in health and fitness, but if I’m completely honest all I really do it run! And its fine and I feel great after a run, but I really should try and vary my exercise regime.

  1. I am a rubbish blogger.

I love to blog, and I love the blogging community, but I really struggle to fit blogging into my busy schedule. So, this does mean my posts are sporadic and far and few between.

 

VEGAN OLIVE SCONES

When I was about eight years old my Grandparents decided to sell up in the UK and opt for a sunnier life in the South of Spain. I don’t really remember how I felt about this at the time but all feelings were soon a distant memory when regular trips to visit became a staple part of my every year. I know what you’re probably thinking, ‘good for you Jaime, but what has this got to do with scones?’.

Well amid the excessive tanning (it’s true, I am a self certified sun worshipper), the outrageous tapas consumption and the reading of as many books as possible, I became completely obsessed with olives. And what does a girl with an olive obsession do? She strives to put then in every recipes she possible can, so that’s how I came up with these vegan olive scones.

If you try this recipe, don’t forget to comment below or drop me a tweet!

Ingredients

230g self-raising flour (gluten-free flour will also work).
1 tbsp crushed garlic
100ml soya milk
50g coconut oil
70g sliced olives (green or black, or both)
1 handful of fresh thyme
1 handful of basil (if you fancy)
Salt/Pepper

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
    2. Finely cut up the thyme and the basil, set aside (just for a minute).
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, the coconut oil (maybe melt this slightly first), the crushed garlic, and the herbs.
    4. Add the olives. 
    5. Slowly add the milk, whilst continually folding the mixture with a spatula until a dough is formed, if you’re struggling to achieve this, add some more flour. 
    6. Dust a surface with flour and roll out the dough until approx. 1cm thick.
    7. Use a square cookie cutter (or a knife if you’ve not got a cookie cutter) to cut out evenly sized squares.
    8. Place them on the baking tray.
    9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they sound hollow when you tap the base. 
    10. Take the scones out of the oven and let cool for approximately 15 minutes.
    11. If you have any left once you’ve tried them, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a few days.

VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

Nine out of ten people love chocolate, and the tenth people, well they’re liars.

Seriously though, have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like chocolate? No, me neither. And you want to know what’s better than chocolate? Brownies. And what’s better than brownies?

Nothing?

These brownies are super simple, all you’ll need is 8 basic ingredients and about 45 minutes.

You’re going to LOVE these. They’re chocolatey, peanut buttery, easy, delicious and chocolatey (oh wait, did I already mention that?).

If you try this recipe, don’t forget to comment below or drop me a tweet!

Ingredients

  • 200g self-raising flour (gluten-free flour will also work).
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g agave syrup
  • 120g soya milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees  and line a (8 x 8 inches) baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and the sugar.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and the syrup and whisk.
  4. Slowly add the milk, whilst continually folding the mixture with a spatula until combined.
  5. Pour the mix into to the baking dish and spread evenly.
  6. Set the baking dish aside and heat the peanut butter in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  7. Add several dollops of peanut butter to the top of the brownie mix and swirl with a butter knife or the back of a wooden spoon.
  8. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until the center is no longer wet or sticky.
  9. Take the baking dish out of the oven and let cool for approximately 15 minutes, Then lift, using the parchment paper, out of baking dish and use a sharp knife to cut into (roughly 9) rectangles/squares.
  10. If you have any left once you’ve tried them, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a few days.