From The Bear Cave

I do everything on a budget.

As with most ‘lunge’ poses, people tend to sink very far into Warrior Pose, as shown in picture A. This means that most of your weight is over this foot, rather than being spread equally between the two. 
To fix this, have your knee directly above your ankle. Eventually, you’ll be able to form a right angle with this knee. Do not try this straight away, as it requires a great deal of strength. As long as you’re keeping your knee directly above your ankle, you’re doing it right.
Keep your arms spread either side of you and your head facing to the side. A nice, strong, warrior.

As with most ‘lunge’ poses, people tend to sink very far into Warrior Pose, as shown in picture A. This means that most of your weight is over this foot, rather than being spread equally between the two. 

To fix this, have your knee directly above your ankle. Eventually, you’ll be able to form a right angle with this knee. Do not try this straight away, as it requires a great deal of strength. As long as you’re keeping your knee directly above your ankle, you’re doing it right.

Keep your arms spread either side of you and your head facing to the side. A nice, strong, warrior.

When people are talking about healthy eating, one of the things that always comes up is cost. Example: “oh, I would eat healthily, but fruit and vegetables are too expensive, I don’t know how anyone can afford it”. In some supermarkets, that most certainly is the case. However, if you go to your local market, the prices are low and the quantities are increased. You get a lot for your money and, in my experience, taste isn’t effected. 
If you prefer to go to a supermarket, Aldi's fresh produce is amazing value. One example is that a pack of eight bananas is 79p, where as in Tesco it is £1 for five. 
I tend to set myself a budget of £5 per week to spend on fruit, which isn’t actually that much money. For this, I tend to get between 5 - 7 punnets on fruit, which is definitely enough to last the week. 
A favourite breakfast of mine is literally just two pieces of fruit, chopped up into small pieces, then sprinkled with a handful of uncooked oats. This morning it was kiwi and nectarine, as they were the two fruits I have in the house at the moment, but you can use any fruits you wish.
It is easy to eat healthily, and even cheap, you just have to make small changes in the way you shop. Next time you’re whizzing around the aisles, just ask yourself “If I don’t get A, could I afford to get a punnet of fruit? Would I miss A?”. If you wouldn’t miss it, then go back to the fruit aisle! Way up the benefits of the food you are picking. What’s going to be better for you: a frozen pizza for dinner or 5 pieces of beautiful, healthy fruit?
Until next time, Amy x

When people are talking about healthy eating, one of the things that always comes up is cost. Example: “oh, I would eat healthily, but fruit and vegetables are too expensive, I don’t know how anyone can afford it”. In some supermarkets, that most certainly is the case. However, if you go to your local market, the prices are low and the quantities are increased. You get a lot for your money and, in my experience, taste isn’t effected. 

If you prefer to go to a supermarket, Aldi's fresh produce is amazing value. One example is that a pack of eight bananas is 79p, where as in Tesco it is £1 for five. 

I tend to set myself a budget of £5 per week to spend on fruit, which isn’t actually that much money. For this, I tend to get between 5 - 7 punnets on fruit, which is definitely enough to last the week. 

A favourite breakfast of mine is literally just two pieces of fruit, chopped up into small pieces, then sprinkled with a handful of uncooked oats. This morning it was kiwi and nectarine, as they were the two fruits I have in the house at the moment, but you can use any fruits you wish.

It is easy to eat healthily, and even cheap, you just have to make small changes in the way you shop. Next time you’re whizzing around the aisles, just ask yourself “If I don’t get A, could I afford to get a punnet of fruit? Would I miss A?”. If you wouldn’t miss it, then go back to the fruit aisle! Way up the benefits of the food you are picking. What’s going to be better for you: a frozen pizza for dinner or 5 pieces of beautiful, healthy fruit?

Until next time, Amy x

Plant Nanny
This a free app, available for both Android & iPhone. It’s designed to encourage people to drink enough water during the day. It does this through giving you a plant to nurture; when you drink, it drinks. The more you drink, the more your plant grows.
As soon as it’s fully grown, you get to plant it in your garden and start growing another one! But don’t worry, it’s not just the same boring plant, there’s a huge variety, so you won’t get bored.
There’s different sized standard cup measurements, but you can also input your own. The app asks for your weight in order to calculate how much water you actually need to drink, rather than just using a generic figure.
This is perfect for people like me, as I never remember to drink enough during the day. If you’ve not ‘fed’ your plant for a long time, it will send you a little notification to say that it’s thirsty. But that’s it in terms of notifications, so it isn’t annoying.
As with all free apps, there is the occasional advert, but they stick to the bottom of the screen so they’re easily ignored.
Highly recommended.
Until next time, Amy x

Plant Nanny

This a free app, available for both Android & iPhone. It’s designed to encourage people to drink enough water during the day. It does this through giving you a plant to nurture; when you drink, it drinks. The more you drink, the more your plant grows.

As soon as it’s fully grown, you get to plant it in your garden and start growing another one! But don’t worry, it’s not just the same boring plant, there’s a huge variety, so you won’t get bored.

There’s different sized standard cup measurements, but you can also input your own. The app asks for your weight in order to calculate how much water you actually need to drink, rather than just using a generic figure.

This is perfect for people like me, as I never remember to drink enough during the day. If you’ve not ‘fed’ your plant for a long time, it will send you a little notification to say that it’s thirsty. But that’s it in terms of notifications, so it isn’t annoying.

As with all free apps, there is the occasional advert, but they stick to the bottom of the screen so they’re easily ignored.

Highly recommended.

Until next time, Amy x

SPORTSWEAR HAUL
£20.98 inc. P&P
After months of not wanting to purchase a sports bra, I finally relented: normal bras just don’t cut it whilst jogging. So I picked up this slightly comfortable looking Lonsdale Sports Bra from Sports Direct. It was only £6 (down from £22.99) so it was definitely a bargain buy. It is available in standard bra sizes, rather than body size, which is excellent for people who are funny shaped like I am. 
To complete the set, I bought the matching Shorts for just £2.50 (again, reduced from £9.99). Although they are very short at the front, they do have a bit more length in the back, so no problems with modesty there. I prefer to practice my yoga indoors, so these shorts are perfect.
The last piece of clothing I bought were these Karrimor Running Shorts/Tights. Now that Summer is finally here, it is time to say good bye to my full length leggings. Most people prefer something a bit more loose fitting in the summer months, but I need my clothing to be tight, as I have quite sensitive skin. These were £4.99 at the time of purchase, but have since risen to £7.50 (original price was £31.99).
I also picked up a new Yoga Mat, as my old one has needed to be replaced for a long time. This was only £4.99 when I ordered it but the price has gone up to £7.99. However, it is still reduced from the original price of £15.99, so you’re still getting a saving!
Just goes to show that if you’re willing to look around, sports clothing can be incredibly cheap!
Until next time, Amy x

SPORTSWEAR HAUL

£20.98 inc. P&P

After months of not wanting to purchase a sports bra, I finally relented: normal bras just don’t cut it whilst jogging. So I picked up this slightly comfortable looking Lonsdale Sports Bra from Sports Direct. It was only £6 (down from £22.99) so it was definitely a bargain buy. It is available in standard bra sizes, rather than body size, which is excellent for people who are funny shaped like I am. 

To complete the set, I bought the matching Shorts for just £2.50 (again, reduced from £9.99). Although they are very short at the front, they do have a bit more length in the back, so no problems with modesty there. I prefer to practice my yoga indoors, so these shorts are perfect.

The last piece of clothing I bought were these Karrimor Running Shorts/Tights. Now that Summer is finally here, it is time to say good bye to my full length leggings. Most people prefer something a bit more loose fitting in the summer months, but I need my clothing to be tight, as I have quite sensitive skin. These were £4.99 at the time of purchase, but have since risen to £7.50 (original price was £31.99).

I also picked up a new Yoga Mat, as my old one has needed to be replaced for a long time. This was only £4.99 when I ordered it but the price has gone up to £7.99. However, it is still reduced from the original price of £15.99, so you’re still getting a saving!

Just goes to show that if you’re willing to look around, sports clothing can be incredibly cheap!

Until next time, Amy x

Because sometimes it just helps to take a break and get away from everything from a while, you know? 

When I’m stressed or in a creative drought, there really is nothing better than a nice, long walk. I live in the outskirts of a huge city, so there are so many places that I haven’t seen yet. We found a massive, overcrowded grave yard with a church that had been burnt down. So many parts of the graveyard were ‘unwalkable’ as they were too unsafe to be on. 

Next time you’re feeling a bit iffy, just go take a walk! I bet there’s loads of places that you haven’t even seen yet :)

Until next time, Amy x

So I don’t lose hope/inspiration for my children’s stories, I will also be working on/uploading drawings from other little projects. 
This is a warped portrait of Cara Delevingne, which was exceptionally fun to draw. I’d gotten so bored of seeing the same old magazine covers, so I decided to take this one (from LOVE magazine) and make it into something a little different :)

So I don’t lose hope/inspiration for my children’s stories, I will also be working on/uploading drawings from other little projects. 

This is a warped portrait of Cara Delevingne, which was exceptionally fun to draw. I’d gotten so bored of seeing the same old magazine covers, so I decided to take this one (from LOVE magazine) and make it into something a little different :)