Wednesday, 25 March 2015

WWF Earth Hour ~ #EarthHourUK

Saturday 28th March 2015 is

Earth Hour is a yearly event where millions of people around the world switch off their lights for 1 hour to show they care about Our planet.
Loads of key landmarks from around the world join in. Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf to name a few from the UK take part. (its a shame they can't turn off most of their lights all the time #JustSaying) 

I've been taking part every year, and its great seeing this campaign grow.

Canary Wharf in 2009

Canary Wharf in 2011

What Canary Wharf normally looks like

A bit of a difference!

It starts at 8.30pm

Will you join us?

You can sign up and be counted here

Donna x

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Happy 1st Birthday Purple Tulips

1 year ago today I joined the blogging world, and I 'm so happy I did.

I have to admit I never realised how much time and effort goes into a blog post, but I'm loving every minute of it :).

I decided to call my blog Purple Tulips after two of my favourite things. Favourite Colour and Flower :). It took quite a few months for me to decide if I wanted a Name or to leave it with my name.

My 'category' for my blog has changed quite a few times in the past year. At first I was going to write just about my crafting, then it was going to be just my Fitness Journey. Then I decided to join the two, but I also wanted to share and write about other things.

Then I came across Lifestyle Blog. I'm so glad I found this 'category'.
The best thing about having a lifestyle blog is you can write about whatever you damn will want to write about. Everything pretty much goes under Lifestyle.

I still share my craft projects, but, my love of Fitness wins so I decided on Fitness and Lifestyle Blog.

I've had the opportunity to work with a few brands and have had the chance to try new things. I love giving reviews on products. I'm always 100% honest, which I think can be a bad thing because I think most brands don't like that. (Sorry Not Sorry :))

The things I've noticed about myself since starting my blog is, I never go anywhere without my camera anymore. I really enjoyed photography before. Now I love it! I'm always taking pictures and I love the creative side, always looking for a way of 'showcasing' a product. 
I really need to invest in more memory cards.

I always have a notebook / Diary with me, Just in case I have any ideas for posts.

I now have a collection of candles, Yes, Candles. before (I have mentioned in a few posts, one of them The Me Time Tag ) not a fan of candles. But, after reading so many blogs and family and friends talk so much about them, I jumped on the bandwagon and purchased myself a candle (or two ;) ).

I read so much more, In my blog post Must Read More I wanted to try and read more books, instead I've been reading blog posts. I've found so many other bloggers, I really enjoy reading their posts. When Summer starts I will get back to reading books as well :) .

And I suppose the best thing, Confidence. At first it took a lot for me to type a tweet let alone a blog post (to some that might seem crazy, but that's what Social Anxiety does to you Blog Post ). Now I write what I want, when I want and if people want to read it that's great, if they don't then that's okay. I'm writing this blog for me and if I help, inspire or motivate anyone in the process then that is Awesome.

My blog and I have changed so much in the past year, you never know you might see some fashion posts. Well, we will see on that one ;) never say never. :)

Thank you to everyone who has followed and taken the time to read my blog. Here's to another year

Donna x

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Monday, 16 March 2015


I have mentioned in a previous post Water ~ its the best advice I give for living a healthy lifestyle (and helps with Fat loss!!).

I wanted to share with you all one of my favourite Instagram accounts, I have found on my fitness journey and I now follow them across all social media and that is

I go through phases of drinking a lot of water to barely drinking a litre. Lately I have been really good with my water intake, I'm back to nearly 3 litres a day again. But I do need the occasional reminder to drink some water. That's where this account comes in. StopDropAndChug was created to promote water awareness. They share Daily Water reminders, tips and the occasional humour post :) every time I see their post I drink some water #StopDropandChug .

I think they are great and you can even Tag your friends/followers to remind them to #StopDropandChug

Its great when you find accounts that keep you motivated.

You can find them on:

Instagram: StopDropandChug

Twitter: StopDropandChug

Facebook: StopDropandChug

oh, and one last thing I Tag you! :)

Till next time

Donna x

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Lets Get Flexy In 2015 ~ Yoga Challenge

February was all about Flexibility. My Flexibility is improving...Slowly!!! but, It was good noticing the little improvements in this months poses.

Here are my attempts at each pose:
(Day 4 is the Video, and Day 18 is missing because I didn't attempt that pose. Day 27 is the Headstand :).)

For more details see my Instagram page @donnauk


The main thing I noticed this month was my 'Damn Hamstrings!' If you follow me on Instagram, you will know. They are still really tight.
I need to 'regroup' and focus on my Hamstrings. It seems to be that muscle that is holding me back in a lot of poses. I'm going to be adding a few extra stretches / exercises into my workout routines, that mainly focus on that muscle and see how they go. I know some things take time and I know not to rush, I really don't want to pull a hamstring. It would be nice not to write 'Damn Hamstrings!' on my Instagram page ;).

The best thing I've noticed is my Headstand is improving! Yay!!! look how straight its looking :) there is 5 weeks in between these two pictures ~ So happy :). #ProgressNotPerfection

You can follow my Fitness/Yoga Journey on Instagram I do try and post daily :).

This months challenge is ~ Journey To Handstand.

I've got a feeling I will be doing a lot of the beginners options/variations this month. I'm really not confident enough to do a Handstand yet.
Who's going to join in with me? Can you do a Handstand? How's your Fitness/Yoga Journey going? Leave me a comment, I would love to know.
Donna x
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