where have I been?

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Apologies for being MIA on the blog page recently.
I’ve been pouring a lot of love and energy into a new and exciting project, fitbitch! It’s exercise for you and your dog.
I’m still deciding if I’ll continue on this blog, but the good news is I’m still running a new blog inside the website which will still have all your favourite recipes and advice. I love sharing all the advice I can with YOU! 
What is your favourite part of hayleymorcom.com? (recipes? workouts?) I’ll make sure I continue what you love on the new one. 
Feel free to LIKE the Facebook page here and check out the website:
Hope to see you REAL soon! Hayley xx

A snapshot of my day… 

I’ve put together a snapshot of a standard   (weekday) day of food and exercise. 

On this particular day I didn’t have any treats but I’ll usually have a small bowl of ice cream or choccy treat if I feel like it 👍🏼

Enjoy and let me know what you think!  

 
Ps this was all taken on Snapchat. Follow me: hayleykmorcom 
HM x

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Sweet potato and chickpea stew 

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With the Victorian weather giving us a little glimpse of cooler Autumn weather over the past couple of days – my tummy is already grumbling for comfort foods.

I first made a big batch of this Sweet Potato and Chickpea stew a couple of weeks ago and made the mistake of adding too may spices – so much I referred to it as my ‘nose runner stew’ that baby did make my mouth burn! But I loved the flavours soo much so made up another batch this afternoon and gradually added the spices until it was juuuuust right (in true Goldilocks form).

One of the best things about this stew is you can literally throw all the ingredients into one pot and let it cook away. It’s also great when cooking for a large group. Too easy.

Although, I can’t claim this little vegetarian winner, It’s from one of my favourite recipe websites Delisciously Ella she does some amazingly scrumptious and healthy creations.

Ella suggests this recipe serves 4 but I tend to get around 6 serves out of mine and add a bit of brown rice to the bowl before serving.

Think a nice warm vegetation curry…mmmmmm!

Note: I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit here and reduced the amount of spices and also offered alternative ingredients.

Sweet potato and chickpea stew 

ingredients 

2 cans of tinned tomatoes (400ml each)

1 x 400ml can of light coconut milk

2 large sweet potatoes

2 eggplants (i grab one large and one small one)

1 medium bag of spinach

1 x 400g can of chickpeas

4 tablespoons of tomato puree (I also use tomato paste)

4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)

1 – 2 teaspoons of turmeric

1 -2 teaspoons of cumin

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

bunch fresh coriander

brown rice or quinoa to serve

method

Dice the sweet potato into small chunks and steam for around 15 minutes or until soft.

Chop the eggplants.

In a large pot heat some olive oil and add the tomato puree/paste, vinegar, garlic, spices, and a pinch of salt and stir for 1 minute.

 

Add the coconut milk, diced tomatoes, eggplant, sweet potato, salt and pepper and allow to heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes.

Add drained chickpeas and spinach and cook for another 15 minutes.

Finely chop the coriander.

Serve the stew with brown rice or quinoa and sprinkle the coriander on the top.

Pop remaining serves in an airtight container and store in fridge or freeze for future ready-to-go meals.

enjoy

HM x

PS if you make any of my recipes I’d love to see them! Tag me @hayleymorcom on Insta or Twitter or pop them on my Facebook page 

 

An open love letter…

You never judge my actions.

You don’t care what I’m wearing, how my hair is looking, if I’m dressed to the nines or lazing around in my trackies and slippers with hair resembling a scarecrow.

You don’t mind when I come home in a grump of a mood or forget to serve you dinner.

On the hottest of days you never complain when you’re crammed into my little car travelling for hours on end to get to our destination.

When I’m sick in bed you always let me know everything is OK.

When I’m busy you never complain I’m not spending enough time with you.

When I’m dancing around the lounge room to another crazy workout DVD you never laugh or judge. Instead you patiently wait until I’m done before you ask for a cuddle.

It doesn’t matter if I pop out to the supermarket for a couple of minutes or come home late after a night out… you’re always happy to see me.

Harry, you are my world.

In your short five years on this earth you’ve been carted from town to town, one house to the next because of mummy’s career; and you never complain.

You are dragged with me every weekend when we hit the road and wrack up the kms.  You are such a smart little boy; no matter what house we go to you remember the rules; no jumping on the couch or bed at Jake’s place, no couch at home, and play outside at aunty Jayde’s place. And basically do whatever you want at poppy and nanny’s house.

You adapt to your new surroundings so quickly, and as long as you are around me you are happy.

I love you little man.

You don’t ask for much in return so I’m openly thanking you right now, as you lay next to me on the bed, snoring your little head off.

xxx

PS for those playing along at home, Harry is my beloved toy poodle cross.

*this post is a little off topic to the usual posts to see on hayleymorcom.com but it was something I wanted to share with you. I’m sure you crazy dog peeps will relate here 🙂

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I love being a woman

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Happy International Women’s Day

 

Today is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate being the awesome gender we are!

 

Women go through a lot.  *You might want to take a deep breathe here. We have periods, deal with the pill, mood swings, hormones, pregnancy, child birth,  body issues, expense all our beauty products and clothes… did I mention hormones? The list is frigging endless, but we don’t need to elaborate any further here.

 

But you know what? I LOVE being a woman.

 

I love the freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want. I love the feeling of being in a dress and heels but also lazing around in my trackies. I get to wear makeup. I get to make babies. I get to feel feminine. And my favourite… I get to be emotional whenever I need to be – men feel they need to mask theirs to feel masculine. Not us, as the popular Frozen song goes, we LET IT GO! The tears that is.

 

We often forget how bloody awesome it is to be a woman. We are so hard on ourselves to look a certain way; be a certain size and shape; to have perfect hair; pimple and dimple fee skin; to have a so called ‘bikini body’ (what the hell is that anyway?); to eat in a certain way blah blah.

 

But you know what. YOU ARE AWESOME. You are something NOBODY else can say – you are YOU.

 

It’s International Women’s Day today, so give yourself a break. Be kind to yourself. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Do what you do best, embrace being YOU. Nobody else can.

 

HM x

 

PS Share below your favourite thing about being a woman.

Today… I quit the gym

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I used to be one of those girls who HAD to frequent the gym 6 days a week. I’d do some weights, hit up a piece of cardio equipment for a bit, essentially ticking the box for the day’s workout before heading back home.

It was part of my routine so getting there was not a problem (I don’t believe in motivation as 90 percent of the time I don’t have it, instead I rely on routine). But growing increasingly bored and sick and tired of the gym was.
I began to resent it. The atmosphere, the people, the same old same old day-in-day-out.
A gym session would ultimitately fill a large chunk of my day – getting ready, driving there, warming up, working out, cooling down, driving back etc (my current gym is only a five minute drive but still that is 10 minutes I could be doing something else!)
So today… I quit.
Living a very busy lifestyle at the moment means I am starting to time manage my days more and more – breaking the hours down and utilising my time as efficiently as possible to get everything done (I’m rather hard on myself so the daily list is pretty long).
Since turning to home workouts either sweating along to an exercise DVD on my laptop, stretching it out alongside a yoga YouTube video, or pounding the pavement running or walking Harry (and the occasional yoga class on a weekend) I have a new rule for myself… If i don’t enjoy it I don’t do it. (‘enjoy’ being the key word, let’s be honest no-one ‘loves’ exercise all the time).
My old gym-bunny self would plan ahead  my entire workouts for the week.
Now, I’ll listen to my body and do what I think feels best for that particular day.
Am I tired? Stressed? Sore? Then those days ill do Yoga, Pilates (sometimes in my pjs or trackies) or take Harry for a walk or do something calming.
Am I Feeling anxious and starting to overthink everything? Then I’ll pop on a cardio based dance DVD (Tracy Anderson is my ultimate go to) or head out the door for a run and sweat it out to release my pent up energy.
This has been a game changer. I used to workout soo much that I not only put a lot of additional stress on my body, but I’d end up overeating as I was so damn hungry all the time.
Today, I’ll refuel my body depending on what energy I’ve exerted for the day. If I just squeezed in a light yoga session and dog walk I’ll stick to light meals and snacks as I won’t be as hungry. If I’ve racked up my ten thousand steps as well as knocked out a longer and harder workout, then I’ll adjust my meals accordingly.
I also no longer strive for a full one hour exercise at one time. Instead, it might mean a quick yoga stress as soon as I wake up before hitting the shower, followed by a walk to get a coffee after the show and a walk after dinner. Tick. Done. Get on with my life.
Without the added pressure and stress of that dreaded gym session every.single.day I find I’m more calm, happy… and lighter! (oh and I’m saving $10 a week, bonus!)
Mind you, if the gym works for you and your routine – that’s great! Different routines work for different people. This is just something that is just working for me at this time in my life.
I hope this has helped you in some way.
I’d love to hear your thoughts below.
HM x