Watermelon And Strawberry Smoothie

In the summer I adore watermelon as a snack. Especially when the weather is a hot and humid as it has been in the UK!

I thought I’d share a quick and easy recipe for a Watermelon and Strawberry Smoothie with you today. It’s super refreshing if your fruit has been stored in the fridge beforehand.

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Ingredients:

  • 200g Watermelon (chopped and de-seeded)
  • 60g Strawberries (chopped)
  • 60g O% fat Greek Yoghurt

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Easy!
  • If you need to, add a tbsp water to loosen the mixture.
  • If you prefer, you can add more strawberry and less watermelon, depending on your tastes.

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My preferred yoghurt brand is Total as it has a high protein content and is completely natural. You could also add flax seeds for an antioxidant kick too.

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Let me know if you try this recipe! Or share your favourite in the comments below.

Toodles!

Claire

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Watermelon Wares

It’s watermelon week on the blog! Today I’ll be sharing some fruity finds and on Wednesday you can try out an easy watermelon recipe. Stay tuned for Friday when I’ll be sharing a watermelon DIY that I’m pretty excited about.

The most recent Lucky Dip Club subscription box was Tutti Fruity themed and included a cute watermelon pin and card.

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They have also released a shop section on the website where I picked up this watermelon tote bag.

Watermelon-Tote-Bag

These cute watermelon drinking glasses were 50p each from Tiger. Bargain!

Watermelon-Drinking-Glasses

Anyone else change their phone case with the seasons? I picked up this case online for a few pounds.

Watermelon-Phone-Case

I needed a new lunch bag for work and found this summer one in Marks and Spencer for about £2.50.

Watermelon-Ice-Cream-Lunchbag

After spotting this watermelon shoulder bag on Instagram I found it on sale via Romwe. They also offer free shipping worldwide and 15% off for new shoppers so it was a steal.

Watermelon-Bag

Anyone else addicted to those fizzy watermelon sweets?

Watermelon-Fizzy-Sweets

Are you crazy for the watermelon trend? Please link up your finds in the comments below!

Toodles!

Claire

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Ask Her Friends: July Panel Giveaway

If you are anything like me, you take your summer holidays and then end up dreaming of another break soon after. G and I take a spa break once a year and I’m already thinking of when we can go in the winter for a bit of cosy relaxation. Maybe I’m just lazy ha!

My Ask Her Friends Blogger picks for this month definitely reflect my desire for indulgence and a bit of pampering. Keep reading for the chance to win £50 to spend on Ask Her Friends – a great site for gift searching and shopping.

Ask Her Friends July Panel Giveaway1. The Cornwall Hotel and Spa by Secret Escapes; 2. Time To Drink Champagne Poster by The Contemporary Home; 3. White Chocolate Chunks by Rococo Chocolates; 4. Abahna Vetiver And Cedarwood Bath Foam by Sorella; 5. Cream Organic Cashmere Pashmina by Ella Georgia

I hope you like my picks! I think any chocolate that is served in ‘chunks’ is an absolute must.

You can check out the other bloggers picks and enter the competition here

Toodles!

Claire

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Cambridge Bicycle Sculpture Trail

In celebration of the Tour De France, Cambridge Bid organised a bicycle sculpture trail called Recycle Le Velo. 13 innovative sculptures were made by local artists and placed in different locations around the city.

I took to my bike and completed the trail this week. By the end of the trail I felt truly inspired by the artists of Cambridge and uplifted by the pride our city has for cycling.

Rainbow-Bicycle-Sculpture

Bicycle-Chains-Body-Sculpture

Bicycle-Chain-Sculpture

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Recycle-Bicycle-Lightshade-Sculpture

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It gave me an opportunity to try out my new camera too! I think bicycles are fast becoming my favourite thing to photograph (Tammy aside).

Tammy-Haircut

She had a haircut this week. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

Toodles!

Claire

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Kawaii Stationery Haul

I’ve recently been getting more into kawaii themed items, specifically kawaii stationery. There aren’t many physical UK stores selling decent stationery (anyone else bored of Paperchase and WH Smiths?!) and I’m constantly getting jealous of the goodies some US bloggers find! Target dollar bin especially.

However, I recently came across the Kawaii Box subscription service. The boxes contain surprise goodies from Japan and Korea and are delivered monthly. The June box contained some great kawaii stationery and little trinkets.

The burger sticker went on G’s plate when it was turkey burger night in our house!

Kawaii-Box-Subscription

I also frequent The Idea Owl’s feed on Instagram. Donna allows you to put a package together by commenting on items you wish to add. It’s a dangerous way to shop, but the items are too good to miss.

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Page markers are a must for my Filofax and if they are sweet themed I’m happy.

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I think I will never grow out of my sticker obsession.

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I like to keep my writing paper collection well stocked.

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Donut sticky notes?! Yes please. I also got some Rilakkuma post it notes but I cannot find where I put them!

Donut-Sticky-Notes

I also recently topped up my craft punch collection as Hobbycraft had a great sale. The mini pencil stapler was about £1 from Staples. Did you see my recent post with tips on how to sharpen craft punches?

Craft-Punches

This little fella was in the Kawaii box. Too cute. I’m sure if I ever visit Japan I will need to save for a year, just to buy stationery and plushies.

Kawaii-Subscription-Box

Pocky is a major obsession in our house. G got loads when he went to Tokyo a few years back. One of my favourite things in the Kawaii box was this little pill pot. It makes taking migraine meds a lot easier and cheerier!

Kawaii-Box-June

The subscription box also included some pretty lace shoe laces. I think they look pretty nifty in my mint converse, don’t you?

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Have you found any good Kawaii stationery stores? Please share in the comments below. As if I need any more excuses to shop!

Toodles!

Claire

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Tourist in Cambridge #1

Today’s post is the start of a new series called Tourist in Cambridge. I’ll be sharing photos I have taken around my home city of Cambridge. Obviously I’ll include bicycles, especially as the city has gone even more cycling mad since the Tour De France!

I recently upgraded my camera so all photos are taken on a Canon EOS 1200D with a 50mm lens.

G and I passed Kings College this weekend and right after we got caught in a massive thunderstorm and *had* to duck into a pub for cover.

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I spotted this old and characterful bicycle down a back street.

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I’m often asked by visitors if this book shop really is haunted….

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This antique book shop is amazing inside, full of history!

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We usually wait for the hype to die down before trying a new restaurant in the city, but we couldn’t resist Smokeworks which is in the home of the old Erainia restaurant.

Smokeworks-Restaurant-Cambridge

Think trendy interiors with exposed brick and benches with a cool switch ordering system. We had pulled pork buns and milkshakes that were out of this world. Salted Caramel especially. We are definitely going back.

Smokeworks-Restaurant-in-Cambridge

This cheery red bike is in the same place every day. I hope it hasn’t been abandoned.

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G and I spotted Wills and Kate made out of jelly beans in the old fashion sweet store!

Old-Fashioned-Sweet-Shop

This BMX was almost camouflaged in the hedgerow.

Vintage-BMX-Bike-Cambridge

Lots of shops and windows are celebrating cycling at the moment and the art around Cambridge is bike influenced.

Cycling-Window-Display-Cambridge

This cyclist reminded me that I really should make a start on decorating my bicycle!

Decorated-Bicycle-Basket

I recently visited a bicycle sculpture trail in the city too, so I’ll be sharing photos of this soon. What are the best parts of your home town or city? Tell me in the comments below.

Toodles!

Claire

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Pom Pom Sun Hat

I’m not sure what it is about pom poms that makes them so addictive. If you read my holiday post, you will know that I recently visited Cyprus (and got some amazing pom pom slippers). As it was our 4th time to the island, I knew it would be very hot and that I’d need a sun hat. A pom pom sun hat.

My hat was pretty standard with a flower decoration (I actually purchased it in Cyprus in 2013!).

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I was ruthless and ripped that right off and decided to make it waaaay more cheery with some pink and cream pom poms. I used some cotton yarn from my scraps and glue gunned them on. Easy!

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I like to make pom poms using the Clover Pom-Pom Maker. Such a good little invention! My pal Leanne wrote a helpful blog post on how to use one.

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I may add more for my next holiday, what do you think?!

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Here’s a little snap from my Instagram of the hat enjoying the sun.

I love pom poms so much I even made a Pinterest board for them. I’d love to see any pom pom DIYs you have found too! Please share in the comments below or Tweet me!

Follow Claireabellemakes’s board Pom Poms For Life on Pinterest.

I’ll leave you now with a photo of my new love. The pom pom slippers.

Handmade-Pom-Pom-Slippers-Wool

Toodles!

Claire

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Handmade In Cyprus

G and I recently took a week off to take a break in Cyprus. We usually start our holidays with a donut tradition at the airport. So indulgent!

Krispy-Kreme-Donuts

There was a heatwave for the entire week with temperatures hitting 42 degrees some days!

Cyprus-Views

This pink flower is everywhere and I see it every time we visit Cyprus.

Cyprus-Flowers

We relaxed, ate plenty of amazing food and took bike rides along the seafront.

Cyprus-Outdoor-Restaurant

There are a whole ton of cats in Cyprus and they are super friendly.

Cypriot-Cats

We visited the handmade markets and found some wonderful art shops filled with work from local artists.

Art-Shop-Cyprus

Macramé bracelets were very popular at the market!

Cypriot-Markets-Bracelets

I usually pick up some handmade lace at the markets.

Handmade-Lace-From-Cyprus

Some of the pieces are so intricate and beautiful.

Handmade-Lace-Cyprus

The pretty lace is surrounded by handmade leather sandals, olive oil soaps and herbs.

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I also couldn’t resist these handmade pom pom slippers! I will save them for the winter.

Handmade-Pom-Pom-Slippers

The benefits of a heatwave – amazing beach sunsets.

Beach-Sunset

We had a great time and relaxed as much as we could. I’m already planning out next break for 2015 – I’m desperate to go to Disney! Let me know where you are taking your summer holidays this year in the comments below.

Toodles!

Claire

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Tour De France Comes To Cambridge

The famous Tour de France cycling race came to the UK this year with Stage 3 beginning in Cambridge, travelling through Essex and ending on The Mall in London.

I headed into the city centre to soak up the amazing atmosphere in Cambridge. I took some Claireabellemakes flyers and found crowds of bike loving people to pass them out to. I even met a lovely blog reader by chance too. Hello if you are reading this!!

This is a photo heavy post, but I hope you enjoy what I managed to capture.

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Crowds gathered at the starting point from early in the morning.

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Cycling groups were out in their masses.

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We spotted a Penny Farthing Bicycle close to the starting point. It was really difficult to see the cyclists as they started due to the crowds.

Penny-Farthing-Bicycle-Cambridge

I had a good chat with the Tour Makers who were also enjoying the fabulous weather.

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The crowds were a sea of yellow and polka dot in celebration of the day.

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The queue for the official Tour de France merchandise was apparently 2 hours long!

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When Team Sky signed in before the race there was a big cheer from the crowds.

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This man had the best bicycle t-shirt I had seen all day and seemed chuffed I asked for a photo (much to the amusement of his wife).

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T-shirt available from NOTHS

I was so pleased to see my friends were wearing their bicycle bracelets.

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The shops in the city were getting into the spirit too. A local bike shop had a fun decoration!

Cambridge-Bike-Shop

A friend and I did a little shopping after the race and spotted this beautiful gold Bobbin Bramble bike in the window of our favourite fabric shop.

Bobbin-Bramble-Gold-Bicycle

The atmosphere was great and the weather perfect for a day out. In a city where one in 5 journeys is on a bicycle, it felt like a great moment to be a Cambridge resident.

Tour-De-France-Decorations-Cambridge

Did you follow the race this weekend? I’m still gutted Cav is out!

Toodles!

Claire

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How To Store Photographs

How-To-Store-PhotographsI love taking photographs. I take all my blog photos on a Canon EOS 400D (usually with a 50mm lens) and use a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera for polaroid snaps. They are SO fun. I recently purchased a new tripod to improve my photography skills too.

Editors note: from July 2014 I use a Canon EOS 1200D.

Fuji-Film-Instax-Camera

Recently, the lovely folk at Tesco Compare home insurance got in touch with me and asked me to share how I keep the contents of my home safe. I am keen on storing both digital and print photographs so I thought I’d share my tips and crafty ideas today with you all.

Digital storage

An external hard drive* is a safe way to keep digital images backed up. This one is pretty hefty (I could probably do bicep curls with it) but stores up to 4TB so is well worth it for snap happy folk like me. Of course you need to remember to actually back up regularly!

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Hard copy photograph storage

I adore printed photographs. I have collected old photos over the years and regularly print new ones too. I like to keep them in boxes with lids and clearly label them in categories for family, friends, Cambridge etc. This keeps them dust free and away from pets. My Persian cat loves to chew packaging and pictures for some reason!

How-To-Store-Printed-Photographs

Scrapbooking photographs

I’ve discussed scrapbooking or Smashbooking photographs here on the blog before. I have a number of albums where I store photographs as well as design pages like the ones below. It’s a good way to get creative and move away from the normal plastic wallet style albums.

Photo-Album-Scrapbooking

Our travel photo and Cambridge albums are the most up to date. We are hoping to go to the US next year so I’ll have more to add (maybe DISNEY!!!!).

Displaying-Travel-Photographs

Cloud Storage

Whilst cloud storage is useful for our online lives, G reminded me that your files are never 100% safe from hackers and viruses. I use cloud storage as an additional back up. You definitely want to keep that memorable photo of you cutting your hair into a ridiculous asymmetric style with scarlet red streaks because you thought it looked cool (Me?! No! *insert winky face*).

Cloud-Storage-For-Photographs

I’d love to hear your ideas for keeping photographs safe. Do you have any tips or tricks?

Editors Note: I also use IFTT for saving all my Instagram photos to Dropbox.

Toodles!

Claire

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