Small break..

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Hi all,

Firstly, if you are reading this, thank you for sticking around!

As you have noticed, I have taken a small break from my page to focus on my family and new job. 

I will be back to writing soon - I promise. I have loads to tell you all and lots of home improvements to show you all. 

As always, I love you all for being here and sticking with me through the duller times. 

If there is anything you want to hear about (questions/post ideas/etc) - let me know!

For now, keep an eye out on my Instagram (@funningupmylife) and my Facebook (www.facebook.com/funningupmylife)

Lots of love,
Rowan xoxo

"My Mug and I" with Natasha!

Friday, 10 July 2015


This week, we have the lovely Natasha from Heart of the Woods and The Sprout Mix. My favourite post from her is 5 Day Backpacking Packing Guide - mainly because I am soooo jealous of where she went backpacking - the pictures are amazing! Also, it is really handy. I love tips! Make sure you check her out :)

Here we go!


Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
Hey there! My name is Natasha Mila. I am a proud Wisconsinite. Go Pack Go! My hobbies include all things outdoors: hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, skiing, hunting, and all things outdoors! I currently am in full time grad school, working full time and have two blogs. So yes, I am likely certifiably insane for doing all these things at once! Nice to "meet" ya :)


How long have you had your favourite mug?
I just got my new favorite mug this April!

Where did it come from?
It comes from the Dominican Republic.

Why this one?
I liked this one because it has a map right on it so I can see exactly where it is from! Oh, and I am horrible with geography, so I might need this one day :)

Does it really make your drink taste better?
It doesn't necessarily make my coffee or tea taste better, but it does make me remember an amazing adventure!


What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
My favorite thing about my mug is where it came from. It holds a memory and brings that memory to life each time I use it!

When do you have your first cuppa?
I wake up and the first thing I do is grab myself a cup of coffee! Tea is for when I come home and sometimes at work.

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
I may or may not be a coffee and tea addict. I drink two cups o' coffee every morning and tea every night!

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
Just sit. I love to enjoy my coffee and tea and just sit and relax.

Anything else?
I plan to continue the tradition of purchasing a mug from every place that I travel from here on out. New tradition and new adventures! Crossing my fingers for oh so many mugs!



A big thank you to Natasha for taking part!



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My Magic Chocolate Pud!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Why is it magic? Because it is so easy, it tastes SO good and it is such a pleaser :)

You will need:
Two big bars of dark chocolate
600ml double cream

Really! That is it!

First, chop your chocolate finely. This will make the process easier and quicker!


Pour your cream into a saucepan and warm on a low heat. Add all of the chocolate. As soon as the heat goes on, you must keep stirring. If the cream is not stirred, the chocolate will burn and sink to the bottom.



As soon as the chocolate is melted and the cream is now a chocolate colour, turn the heat off.

I carry on mixing for at least a minute after the heat is off. If there are still chunks of chocolate in the cream that will not melt, it just means that there is a lot of chocolate!

Pour the mix into ramekins and leave to cool down.


When they have cooled to room temperature, put them in the fridge. They should stay in there overnight or at least until they are firm. This takes about 4 hours.

ENJOY!

"My Mug and I" with Amy!

Friday, 3 July 2015


This week, we have the lovely Amy from Allspice & Acrylics. My favourite post is "Hungry For Life" because she is an inspiration. Don't take my word for it - check her out!!

Amy has just got married! Congratulations AmyAmy Oestreicher-Thetford!! Find more about her big day here :)

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
Hi!  I’m Amy Oestreicher and I’m from the CT/NYC area.

How long have you had your favourite mug?
I’ve had this mug…since I made it.  I was obsessed with the Little Miss and Mr. Men series as a kid – I would doodle the little characters in my notebooks, on my shoes…and eventually they ended up on a mug!  I’ve loved painting pottery for as long as I can remember – there’s something very therapeutic about applying three layers of paint with a tiny brush, firing it up in the kiln, and getting to see the colors really pop!


It’s also my favorite mug because it’s huge and bowl-sized – optimal for drinking some homemade chicken soup!

Where did it come from?
 The mug was an unfired piece I picked up at a do-it-yourself pottery shop.  I saw it and thought – hot soup!  Must have!

Why this one?
 Seeing those characters makes me smile every time!  And there really is no better shape for an all-purpose hot liquid mug!


Does it really make your drink taste better?
I believe attitude is everything…so sure, why not?

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
Anything steamy and homemade.  I’m partial to my mother’s homemade chicken soup with fresh marrow bones, parsnips, and a handful of herbs – (secret combination!)

When do you have your first cuppa?
As soon as I wake up!  I need a burning sip of salty liquid to wake up my throat in the morning – gets my vocal chords clear for some vocalizing, rehearsing, and the busy day ahead.

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
If I were home?  I’d refill my mug every time I reached the bottom. Unfortunately, nothing reheats as well when you’re on the go.  (Sigh.)  My favorite mug is not the most practical thing to carry with me out and about.  But, that’s what makes it all the more appreciated when I can come back home after a hectic day, curl up with a good book, and heat up some aromatic chicken soup…mmmmm…..

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
My favorite thing to do is sip my soup in my mug while my fiancĂ© slurps his down in his own bowl – cuddled up on the couch watching cooking competition shows on TV.

Anything else?
My real favorite thing to do while sipping my mug is paint for hours in my art studio.  It’s a cozy feeling to be holding my hot mug in one hand and my paintbrush in the other – my two loves!  However, I stopped this routine once I realized it was quite difficult not to splatter acrylic paint in my beverage…not the smartest idea.  So now, it’s just slurping from my favorite mug with my favorite fiancĂ© – and I’m pretty happy with that!




A big thank you to Amy for taking part!



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