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For those of you who follow me on social media, you may have seen that I attended Good Roots Festival in London a couple of weeks back with the lovely Emma. Judging by my insane amounts of Instagram posts, you can probably tell that I had the best day out.

If you haven’t heard of it, Good Roots is an urban wellness and street-food festival, celebrating good, healthy food + living. You can view the full line-up here. This year it took place on the 11th June, at MC Motors. The venue was amazing. The festival took place inside and outside of an old renovated car warehouse, that was beautifully rustic and industrial inside. The atmosphere was hustling and bustling with excitement, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.

 

Within minutes of getting there, we had been given a giant bag of freebies. Delighted already, we stubbled across The Mae Deli, stocked full of goodness, and the most amazing platter of healthy choices and treats that I have ever seen. Not only that, but we also saw the beautiful Deliciously Ella herself, hanging around the stall!! She was busy signing books, so we decided to browse the stand and wait our turn. Minutes later, we didn’t need to, because she casually approached us and started chatting!!! I was ecstatic to meet one of my favourite bloggers in person, she was so friendly, chatty and down-to-earth, and willing to sign our books and take photos with us (pictured above).  They say to never meet your idols, but I’m so glad I met one of mine, because she was everything I imagined her to be, and more. The epitome of health and happiness.

 

Walking around the festival, it was fantastic to see so many great healthy products and brands on show. We took great advantage of all the free tasters on offer, and there were so many free tasters. So many in fact, that we didn’t need to buy lunch. Having many dietary requirements, it was really refreshing to be able to go a food festival and be able to eat everything. 

After looking around the outside stalls, we attended a couple of talks and got our books signed! I had got tickets to see Deliciously Ella + Livia’s Kitchen in talks, as well as the Blogging to Business talk with Madeline Shaw, Niomi Smart and Melissa Hemsley.

 

To add to my list of blogging idols, I got to meet the glowing and radiant Madeline Shaw, as well as the contagiously happy Hemsley sisters! They happily signed my books and made conversation, and you could tell they genuinely thrived off meeting and engaging with fans.

 

The talks were very engaging, and it was really interesting to hear some of my favourite blogger’s journeys first-hand. They had lots of pro-tips, stories and insights into the world of healthy eating, living and blogging. The big theme of the day, echoed by many of the bloggers, was that you have to find a healthy diet, and a health lifestyle that works to you. They are not trying to preach a certain way of eating or living to anyone, and only trying to help inspire those on a journey to wellness. Whether you make one of their recipes once, twice, or five times a week – it is entirely up to you. You are the master of your own diet, and your own health. Live the life that makes you feel healthiest and happiest.

 

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After the talks, it was time to fuel up on some foodie goodness for dinner. Emma and I decided on the Vegan “Duck” Sushi Rolls from The Happy Maki. This was by far the best decision. They freshly prepped the sushi rolls right in-front of you, and oh my worddddd, they tasted delicious. I swear the duck tasted better than the real thing. What was this magic?!?! Best. Sushi. Ever.

 

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After sushi, it was time for dessert. We couldn’t pass up the chance to try the gluten-free + vegan crêpes from Nojo London. We took advantage of their queue finally dying down, and ordered a sweet crepe, filled with berries, almond butter, vegan chocolate spread + whipped cream. The crêpes were crazy good, and they were even refined-sugar free!!! They were so incredibly tasty that I didn’t care how terribly ungraceful I was eating it. Chocolate spread… everywhere. Didn’t even care.

 

After a long day, it was time to get the train back to Norwich. On the way home, Emma and I reflected on the day, both taking turns explaining why we loved it. We were definitely on a high – and it was not just from all the matcha tea. Good Roots was by far one of the best days out we’d ever had.

You can see just some of my Good Roots haul and all my lovely signed cookbooks (pictured below).

 

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With the vibrant atmosphere, the chance to meet like-minded people + our favourite bloggers, get our cookbooks signed, sample many tasty goodies, and come away with some great new products + freebies. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. I will definitely be attending Good Roots Festival next year, and judging by it’s success, I think it will be back – bigger and better than ever!

Thanks for reading about my day out! To find out more about Good Roots, click here.

 

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The Liebster Award

 

For those of you who don’t know, the Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 500 followers. If you are nominated you are set 11 questions to answer from the person who nominated you. It is a chance for others to discover new blogs.

I have been nominated by the lovely Charlotte from lovefromcharlotte.co.uk (Thanks again Charlotte!) and here are the 11 questions she set me to answer:

 

What was your reason for setting up your Blog?

I set up Heart + Bowl after a long period of ill-health. I had 18 months of seeing numerous doctors and specialists to try and diagnose my digestive issues, fatigue, skin rashes, and muscular + joint pain. After all that time, I still did not have a diagnosis, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and look at the things I could do myself that may help my overall health. I did a lot of research online about food allergies and intolerances, and a lot (if not all) of the symptoms listed were the same as my own. So I decided to make the commitment to cut out wheat, gluten and dairy – and I’ve never looked back from there! My health improve drastically, and I started to really enjoy leading a healthy lifestyle. So I started Heart + Bowl as a way of helping myself, and others with a food allergy or intolerance to find fun and new possibilities in the kitchen. I have always been a massive foodie, so I took my food sensitivities and turned them into something good, and that was the beginning of Heart + Bowl.

What is the best holiday you have been on in the past?

I think one of my childhood holidays to the Peak or Lake District. They remind me of a simpler time, and of being close to my family and with nature.

Sweets or chocolate? 

100% Chocolate. I’ve always been a chocolate girl. Plus, after pretty much cutting out refined sugar from my diet, most sweets just taste too sweet for me these days! Dark chocolate is one of my favourite things to snack on. I also love Booja Booja‘s handmade truffles which are chocolates made in my home county of Norfolk! They use only the finest organic ingredients and are all dairy, gluten + soya free! I’m also a bit of a sucker for Ombar chocolate too, as they use raw cacao, and add coconut sugar to sweeten, and live cultures for some probiotic goodness! Gnaw are another one of favourites, also local to Norfolk, they have so many super fun and different flavour combinations. I recently used some of their incredible chocolate in my 2nd Blogiversary post. Sorry, I’m going to stop talking about Chocolate now…

What do you do for a living?

I work as an Editor at Video Marketing company, Lambda Films. We make promotional videos on a local and international level. Previously, I studied Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, so this was a dream job to land! Upon graduating I managed to secure an internship at Lambda, which later lead to full-time employment. I feel so lucky to work with the people I do, in such a fun and creative environment. I get to edit and do what I love everyday, with people that have become like a family to me.

Favourite film?

Impossible to answer! I’m an ex-film student! Getting a degree in Film Studies pretty much qualifies you for never being able to have a favourite film, because you love too many aspects of too many films. I could try and give you a Top 100?

Nope? Ok then.

Dress for comfort or style?

Somewhere in-between.

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

About 30 minutes.

Do you have any pets?

Sadly at this moment in my life I don’t own any pets. I rent a small flat in Norwich, and I don’t think my landlord would allow it. But I dream of the day that I can get my own dog. Recently I’ve fallen in love with Cockapoos, and would one day like to have one and call it something stupidly cute and inappropriate.

Is there anyone who inspires you?

I find myself inspired by ordinary people daily. My mum inspires me to be selfless and positive. My partner inspires me to be patient and kind. My best friend inspires me to be confident and creative.

What is your biggest achievement to date?

There’s not one big achievement I could name, as I have a handful of moments in my life I’m proud of. They include things like, getting my degree from the University of East Anglia, landing my job at Lambda Films, and setting up Heart + Bowl of course! But really, I feel some of my biggest achievements are everyday things, like managing my anxiety, maintaining great friendships and showing my family how much I love them.

Favourite thing to do on your days off?

Blogging of course!! But when I’m not working on Heart + Bowl, you’ll probably find me in a tearoom or coffee shop somewhere, spending time with friends + family, creating in the kitchen, exploring Norwich and other UK cities, or in the cinema catching a film (or two!)

 

So now that I have finished the questions, I have to nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 500 followers.

I now nominate:

Millie from Shabby Bear Co.

Karen from The Frugal Forager 

Ceinwen from The Clean Menu

Phil from Phil’s Film Journal

Pamela at Healing Holistically

Sophie at Love, Pumpkin.

Jane from The Functional Foodie

Rebecca at Run and Spoon

Amy at Amyroseee;

Fran from Fran Gets Lean

Anna at Eat Sweat Smile Repeat

 

Your 11 questions are:

  1. What was your reason for setting up your blog?
  2. Favourite place you have visited?
  3. Dogs or cats?
  4. What’s your dream job?
  5. What song always makes you happy?
  6. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
  7. Who’s your role model?
  8. Sweet or savoury?
  9. Favourite thing to do on your days off?
  10. Favourite film?
  11. What is your biggest achievement to date?
  12. What is your guilty pleasure?

 

The rules of the Liebster Award:

  • Mention the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 set questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 500 followers
  • Give them 11 questions to answer
  • Notify your nominees on Twitter

 

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning more about me. Lets carry on this Liebster Award and help new bloggers get discovered!

 

Shabby Bear Co.

 

For all of my readers who love crafty things, I have the perfect new blog for you!!!

My super talented best-bud Millie, has just set up her craft blog, Shabby Bear Co.

Here, you will find all of her lovingly-crafted handmade goodies. Plus, her online store will be open very soon!

 

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Shabby Bear Co.

 

For Millie’s first post, she talks through her first experience at screen-printing, the process of making a screen-print, and gives you handy hints and tips on how to make your own.

 

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Shabby Bear Co.

 

I know I’m bias, but Millie has an incredible style. She also has a fantastic eye for design. She puts so much thought, skill and love into all the things she makes – and I can’t wait to see what she makes next!

So for everyone out there who love crafts and handmade goods, I recommend you head on over to Shabby Bear Co.  

 

Shabby Bear Co.

Shabby Bear Co.