1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY + LAUNCH

Hi my loves,

I honestly cannot contain my current excitement. Today my blog celebrates it’s one year anniversary!

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I cannot believe that it has been this long already. It has been the most incredible journey so far. With this, I want to thank all my readers, family and friends for their continuous love and support and for keeping me motivated throughout this journey. Blogging has become almost an extension of my life and thoughts. It has been a method for me to express myself on different levels, push myself creatively, and develop new relationships with many of my readers. It has helped me through the ups and downs of life, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, and of course, the thick and thin (literally and metaphorically😉 ).

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Quick + Low Calorie: Honey Mustard Salmon

Hey guys,

I am so excited about this new recipe! I tried it out a couple of weeks ago in Spain, and just had it the other day again. It is simple, easy to make, healthy, and oh so yummy! My mom calls it restaurant worthy… but then again, she is my mom…

The salmon comes in at 310 calories, making it such a healthy and nutritional meal to have. Salmon is an amazing source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. In addition to this, its rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. What more do you want?😉 I served the salmon fillets with spinach. Simply fry off some garlic, add the spinach and season with salt and pepper. Keep reading if you want to find out how to make these babies.

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Update: Acupunture, Meal Plans & Healthy Eating

Hey guys!

I know that it has been a while since my last proper written post, but here I am! I wanted to do a little update on what’s been going on lately, and the things that are planned for the future.

Firstly, a little update what has been going on health wise. The reason why I haven’t been uploading many things lately, quite frankly has been because I can’t. As I mentioned before, the issue with my hands and wrists has become a lot worse, and the terrible rainy Dutch weather hasn’t been helping! However, last week I went to see an MD + acupuncturist to see if she maybe had some ideas on what to do and how to manage with the pain. I was skeptical about acupuncture and wasn’t too convinced that I would see results, but hey, when you are desperate, you will try just about anything.

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Thanks For Making Me a Fighter

Hey my loves,

So I’m currently at the beach house, (by the time I post this I’ll be back home in civilization with internet, so bear with me). I know it is a long blog post for a change, but please bear with me, it is worth the read.

For the first time in years I’m relaxed. I don’t have anything to do, anyone to talk to, or any pressure on me. No university work or deadlines to worry about. Just me, myself and I. Admittedly, it hasn’t even been 24 hours, yet I’m already in a state of Zen. I think sometimes a person needs that. Away from technology and social pressure and to really be at peace. I’m not a spiritual person by any means, but I believe more strongly every year that it is important to take a step back from the technology high life. Who cares what your friends are posting on Instagram, or how many days are left until your acquaintance gives birth and shares it all on Facebook. Really, for once, just don’t care.

Enjoy some peace and quiet once in a while Read a book, walk on the beach, have a swim, eat with your family without your phone on the table. Cherish these moments.

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Managing with the diet

Hey my loves,

So the prospect of me living this type of lifestyle isn’t easy. To be completely honest, this whole start of summer hasn’t been easy yet. Thinking that you have had an illness for 8 years and dealing with it only to find out that you might not have it, is tough. It leaves you in a vulnerable place, in which you don’t know how to deal with the current situation.

Medical tests aren’t fun at any time, especially not in summer. I have yet to find out what is wrong with me. Even now, a week after my injection, I’m having a hard time writing down these notes on paper without screaming out in pain. Fair enough, life goes on, hopefully we will find a solution soon.

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My diet on the other hand, seems to be something for life. I have been doing my best for a while now; eating clean and exercising. I can’t say that I’ve seen a difference yet, but I’ll have to be patient. Continue reading » » » »

1000-1200 Calorie Diet

Hey my loves,

I just wanted to update you all on what the current situation is over here. So as I mentioned before, I’ve been doing some blood tests and other things to see what is up with my health. Just over 8 years ago I was diagnosed with having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists, and Tarzal Tunnel Syndrome in both ankles. It was very unusual and uncommon for a child of 15 to be diagnosed with this, so the doctors figured that I might grow out of it and therefore would not need surgery. 8 years later, and I am still dealing with almost daily nerve pain in hands and feet to the point that sometimes I cannot pick up a pen or fork, let alone type. SOOOO, we figured, this summer it would be time to finally get the surgery, which takes around 10mins per hand, and just get it over and done with.

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Summer Inspiration: Graduation

Hello my loves,

I am so excited about today’s blog post! I am happy and proud to announce that I have gotten my exam results and am going to graduate with First Class Honors in my BSc Psychology degree!🙂

This excitement is the perfect motivation for summer party planning. The past few days have all been about the dress, the shoes and the celebrations.

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Back in Business

Hey my loves,

I finally have some time again to start bringing some life back to my blog, it has been too long!

daily-motivation-25-photos-1719As previously mentioned, the reason why I was not able to blog much during the past 6 months was because I was in my final year of my degree. I had a massive dissertation project that was due in that took up most of my time. I am currently still waiting on the results of that, and of my exam too, so fingers crossed until that time! I have also accepted a University offer already, and I’m looking forward to a new start there. I will be studying Child & Adolescent Mental Health🙂 It is exactly the route that I have always wanted to go down. Previously I always wanted to become a pediatrician, however that didn’t work out exactly as planned, hence me doing down the path of Psychology. Being able to work in a clinical setting with children, and having the opportunity to work with Great Ormond Street Hospital would be an absolute dream come true.

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Back in Spain

Hello my loves,

I have just arrived in sunny Spain, still need a few days to settle in before I can get cracking with my blog again. It’s been a hectic few weeks!

Firstly, I did take the plunge to chop my hair off! I like it, but I already miss my long hair😦 (knew this would happen). The pictures were taken in the Salon when my hair was completely straight. As my hair is naturally curly, its actually a lot shorter than it is on the pictures. I will upload a better picture of what it looks like now soon. 11209740_10153870160749937_4054216127951199655_n

11062074_10153870160639937_5237331477236551727_n11201149_10153870158434937_5507456450678921264_oOther than that, I am glad to be home. University was absolutely hectic, but I have now completely finished my bachelor degree, still waiting for my results, and if all goes well I will be graduating in July🙂 I have also had some amazing Master degree offers, one of which I will be accepting very soon. More updates and posts will follow very soon after I catch up on some much needed sleep and family time🙂

Hope you are all doing well!

Lots of love

XO Kim

Im Baaaackkk (sort of…)

Hello my dears!

Yes, I am still alive! (more or less), it has been an absolutely hectic time lately. As I had previously mentioned, I’m in my final year of University, and had been working hard to finish all my deadlines and submit my dissertation. I have finally finished everything! Except one exam in around a week time, dun dun duuuuuun. After that, I’ll be hopping on a plane to see my family in Spain🙂

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11150174_10153847114334937_5389142620356743059_n11062632_10153843781419937_7743385247010855669_n Quite a lot has happened since my last post, which I will all be elaborating on as soon as I am on holiday and have more time. For the meantime, I thought I’d share a few snapshots of things that have happened.

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Shall We Dance?

Hello my loves,

I’m so excited about today’s blog post! As I’ve previously mentioned, about 12 weeks ago I started a ballroom dancing course at Pineapple Dance Studios. I have the most fabulous teacher, Michael Litke, who with his professionalism and good humor has made this course an absolutely incredible experience.

My reasons for deciding on doing ballroom dancing are simple, yet complex. I guess to a certain extent you could say that I’ve been raised with a dancing background, my mom is a former ballet dancer and now owns and runs an incredible dance studio in Spain. Ballet was never my forte, and it will never be… it’s just not in me. I did however take jazz classes with pilates and participated in our bi-annual dance performance. Here I danced the Charleston, the chorus line, an adaptation from Hello Dolly, and Little Red Riding Hood. So the world of dance was sort of thrust upon me.

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I’m Still Alive!

Hey everybody,

I know I’ve been an absolutely terrible blogger lately and not uploading anything… I’m sorry!! Buuuut.. as I previously mentioned, I’m in my final two months of University (eeeek!) and working very hard on all of my deadlines.

Thankfully so far everything has been going incredibly well, and I’ve started applying to Universities for a Masters degree. I have already received one offer which I am incredibly proud of🙂 fingers crossed for the others!

On that note, I do not have any big plans for summer except for seeing my family, so I plan to spend quite some time developing my blog and taking it to the next level. Additionally, I am working on a big secret project, which I cannot wait to reveal when it is completed!

I have a few exciting blog posts and ideas coming up soon (when I have to upload them..) one including a mega ballroom dancing post with the support of my wonderful teacher Michael Litke, view his website here. Ballroom has absolutely changed my life in a number of different ways, which I will be sharing with you soon. Additionally, my birthday is coming up (ahh… the big 23 already), and I’ve had a few ideas lined up for the food at my party. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen soon to whip up some new ideas.

Finally, I’d like to wish all of my Jewish friends an incredible Passover. Chag sameach!

Lots of love,

Kim

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Helloooo all,

I’m so excited to be bringing a recipe to the blog again! It’s been a while since I haven’t been too inspired in the kitchen. I finally gave myself a kick up the backside and decided to just get up and cook something new and exciting. I’m so glad I did it, because now I feel inspired to cook again, and it excites me again. Cooking has always been something that relaxes me, I adore doing it. But I got into a bit of a lazy pattern of not bothering to cook anything exciting and new. I’m back to being excited about food again, and will continue to make a conscious effort to cook new and healthy things.

So I hope you like this one🙂

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Our Growing Edge February Round-up

Hello my dears!

I’m back with a huge post – the February Round-up of Our Growing Edge! It was so exciting reading through all the different entries and experiences of our fellow bloggers. It is great to see so many new tips, experiences, recipes and experiences.

I want to start with the last submission that I received, because it is an extra special one. Paige from Vittles & Voyages went on a cruise holiday to Cuba with man to celebrate their third anniversary of their first date. On the incredible cruise ship, off the coast of Cuba, under the stars, her boyfriend proposed to her! Paige said yes! Oh and the ring, it is absolutely gorgeous!
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Quick Update

Bonsoir!

I thought a quick update was necessary to show that I am still alive… It has been a while since I last updated my blog. To be completely honest and fair, I have been so busy the past few weeks with university work that I have had no time to upload anything. On top of that, I’ve been ill (again!), so I had absolutely no motivation to do anything.

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Kim Wagner Photography

Hello my lovelies,

I am very excited about bringing you guys this news🙂 I have just launched a new site exclusively for my photography. I will not be writing any blog posts on there, and Love, Live, Life will remain exactly how it is now.

I hope to have the images speak for themselves. I didn’t feel that some of the things I photograph link in well with my lifestyle blog, hence me wanting to create a new page.

I hope you all like it!

XO Kim

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The Liebster Award

Hello beauties,

I have some very exciting news! I was very kindly nominated for a Liebster Award by Lisa from Hapless and Hopeless.

The Liebster Award was created by bloggers, for bloggers and is a lovely example of ‘paying it forward’ amongst the blogging community. It is opportunity to put your own blog out there and introduce yourself, whilst showcasing other blogs also.

Here are the simple rules of the Liebster Award:

1) Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

2) Acknowledge and link back to the person who nominated you.

3) Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you has listed.

4) Tell 11 random facts about yourself

5) Give your nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post about the Leibster Award.

Now, I think I might break the rules a bit, and nominate a few of my favorite blogs. I unfortunately do not have the time to email 11 people and wait to find out how many blog followers they have. I have a few hectic weeks ahead at the moment with uni. So instead, I hope me breaking the rules slightly can be overlooked! Also.. I will be sticking to 7 bloggers.

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Wave After Wave…

I adore these photos for the simple fact that they haven’t been edited. It was one of the most gorgeous days in Spain. The lighting was perfect, the sky was clear and the sea was calm. Every time I look at these photos, it makes me miss home, and makes me realize how absolutely blessed I am to have such a gorgeous garden to our home. There is something so relaxing and refreshing about the ocean and the beach, it always makes me feel like I am on holiday.

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Valentines Day

10993479_10153625194009937_2731558624826756133_nIn Valentines style, I thought I’d share my lovely breakfast. Who doesn’t want pancakes on Valentines day (or any other day!). For this recipe, you can use any fruit you desire, but I thought I’d stick with the love theme.

Ingredients:

– 125g self-raising flour

– 150ml milk (I used lactose-free milk)

– 3 eggs

– 2tbs sugar

– fruits – I used raspberries and mixed black forest fruits

– a little butter for greasing the pan

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Let’s Get Sporty With Fanatics

Hello my lovelies,

This week I was up for challenging myself a little. I was inspired to create a ‘luxe sporty’ look with an NFL jersey from Fanatics Sports Apparel. A sports jersey is the perfect essential for creating a sport luxe look and should really be the base for your whole look. Personally, as I am Dutch, I don’t know much about the NFL and the SuperBowl, except for what entertainment there is going to be and what controversial commercials there have been. But, I did find this proposition really interesting to create a sporty look with a luxury feel to it. A lot of people feel uninspired or don’t know where to start when creating a look that is based on sports garments, but I hope to be able to give a few tips to you all.

Not all women want to be decked out in NFL gear with tracksuit bottoms, so I wanted to have a slightly more fashionable take on sports wear. I have previously worn a look with a sport jersey from Alexander Wang, which was a very relaxed look, but slightly more fashionable than your average sports wear. So inspired by this, I was happy to take on this new and exciting challenge!

Fanatics Look2As I mentioned, I don’t know much about the teams and the players… (Except for Tom Brady.. who doesn’t know who he is😉 ) So as I browsed through the Fanatics website, my main goal was to find a jersey that I would wear regardless of the team. I looked at colour schemes and designs that I felt would be most flattering for women. I loved the look of this jersey not only because of its platinum colour, but because of the darker side panels that it features. As a woman with curves, the darker panels will slim you down, making the illusion of an hourglass figure.

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Come Dine With Me

Hola Hola!

I have had one busyyyy week! Going back to uni the first week is always hectic. Deadlines are set, meetings have to be made, societies need to be run… Trying to get back into the swing of things.

BUT, I do have some exciting things going on🙂 I started Ballroom Dancing! Ah, it is so fabulous, it is amazing. I didn’t choose to do it as a workout routine, I actually wanted to learn the different dances, but after last class which included the Cha Cha, it really was a workout! Both my sister and I are doing it, at intermediate level at Pineapple Studios. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

10377348_10153599076109937_8403460643969273397_nThe next exciting item on the menu… i dyed my hair brown! I am so excited about this haha, every time I look in the mirror, it’s like a different person there. I’ve been dying my hair blonde for quite a few years now, as I felt that my naturally brunette color was too dark for my complexion. However, after a disastrous hair dye session in Spain… my hair turned orange… woop woop! I got so fed up with it, that I just decided to dye it back to dark, and I would just take things from there. Well… there result isn’t too shabby I think🙂 Continue reading » » » »

This Girl Can

Bonjour mes amis,

It’s that time again, normal routine is slowly coming back… Uni starts this week again, and work goes on. I have an insane drive when it comes to my professional life. I take pride in my work, I strive for perfection, and above all, I am dedicated. Yet this week I have found myself procrastinating in almost every aspect of my life… oh wait, I’ve been doing that for almost a month now…. Since coming back to London I’ve lost 1.5kg, solely from cutting out all the garbage I had been eating in Spain and Holland. Which is a great for getting back into things, yet that persistent drive in my head regarding weight loss, just simply hasn’t been there.

I had a conversation with a friend on Friday, and we talked about going to the gym and losing weight. It was not so subtly mentioned that I should really get my backside into gear and get cracking on this weight loss. I sprained my ankle again this week, and used it as another excuse for not working out. Sitting on the couch isn’t going to shrink that backside of mine… So maybe it was the harsh reality of somebody mentioning to me that I need to work on this, to get me in the right head space. I have all the means to get into shape, I have a goal – I bought the most gorgeous Graduation Gala dress. Long, blue, and figure hugging. The kind of dress, where if you lose 3kg or 5kg, you only look better in it. This should give me the drive and motivation to keep pushing myself to work harder than I am.

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Our Growing Edge – February 2015 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight

I’m very happy and proud to announce that I will be this months host of Our Growing Edge.

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Genie from Bunny Eats Design is the wonderful creator of this fun and interactive food community, which focuses on sharing knowledge with each other. This months submission link is featured below. Since Valentine’s day is in February, I thought of creating something to do with the love theme🙂 Where it is going to lead to, I am not too sure yet. (obviously have to avoid chocolate now that I’ve started my diet again….) I’m looking forward to all the wonderful submissions!

Who can join?

Our Growing Edge is open to anyone. It is not a competition and there are no prizes or winners, it is just a way  to share new experiences. You do not have to commit every month, just when you have something to share. To enter, you must blog about achieving a food related challenge that you have meaning to do (or redo). It could be easy, like tasting a new food or difficult, like cooking a life long nemesis recipe. It could be building or growing something an edible garden, or successfully preserving food. As long as it is food related and new to you, you can share your newly learned knowledge with the group.

The Rules

  1. Your post must contain the phrase Our Growing Edge and have the Our Growing Edge logo. Save the logo image and post it on your post.
  2. Example: This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by <<host name>> at <<blog name>>
  3. Your entry must link to the host and to this page. If you are submitting an already published post, remember to update it with the phrase, logo and links.
  4. You can enter with any new food experience as long as it is new to you.
  5. You can submit as many entries as you like as long as the posts are current.

This link for this month is available below:

http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=477707

I look forward to all the wonderful submissions and new knowledge to be shared!

Lots of love

XO Kim

Alumni Blogger of the month – Kim Wagner

Regent's University London Alumni Blog

Kim WagnerWhat is your blog about?

My blog is a health and lifestyle blog that focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. I am passionate about photography and cooking, and hope to combine these two to create inspirational articles. People can sometimes be put off by the idea of healthy cooking and fear that a healthy diet is only consistent of bunny food (salad). I want to show people that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be boring by creating interesting recipes that can be made in a short amount of time. Students, parents, we are all on the go and by the time we get home in the evening, don’t want to slave away in the kitchen for hours. I want to show people that you don’t need to resort to junk food in these times.

I provide tips and ideas on how to stay motivated during…

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