10 July 2014

Recipe: detox water

I saw this on Pinterest about a year ago and I've sworn by it ever since. I always thought detox water was a myth, or a buzz word but I tried this and I honestly don't know if it really helps to detox you but I do know it's really tasty and that it makes my skin look brighter when I drink it regularly.

What you'll need:
  • 1 litre jug
  • half a cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • a handful of fresh mint
  • water
All you need to do it chop the cucumber into chunks, slice the lemons into wedges and stick them all in the jug. Add the mint leaves and fill with water. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours to let the water become infused and enjoy the refreshing water. It's perfect for the summer, even this unreliable Scottish one!

8 July 2014

A week in the life...

Last week I was lucky enough to take the week off to visit my parents with my man friend and although it's not home (because I'm a bit of a gypsy) it's always so lovely to breathe some country air even if it does rain for the first few days! Here's what I got up to.

I wore a chav level gold
Took silly selfies
Took the city cat out in the garden (she didn't like it one bit)
Fed some ducks
Found a Hawaiian cafe in Cleethorpes
And brought a bit of Cleethorpes home for the fridge

6 July 2014

Recipe: Blueberry Smoothie

In my post earlier today about Genius I said I'd give you the recipe for a delicious blueberry and banana smoothie. It's crazy simple and super tasty this is all you need:
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries (I keep a stash of blueberries in the freezer)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of hazelnut milk (or any other milk)
All you need to do is bung it all in a blender and blend until it's smooth. It turns this gorgeous purple colour and like I said in my previous post, a joy especially for breakfast. 
How cute are my new strawberry glasses and milk jug? I may well have gone on a little spree in ASDA last week...
 
 What's your perfect smoothie?

Review: Genius pains au chocolat

One of the things I miss most since going completely wheat free is pastry! Yes, yes, I know that pastries are full of fat but it's good to have a sweet treat every now and again. I've tried a lot of gluten free foods and Genius are certainly my go to brand for a gluten free staples when there's just no time to bake anything. I rely on Genius bread to feed my sandwich habit but now I can pretend that I am indulging in some pastry like I used to.
These pains au chocolats are to die for! The pastry is buttery and flaky, just like a pastry should be and if you warm them up in the grill they are the perfect weekend breakfast with a home made smoothie, I'll post the recipe for the blueberry smoothie later today.
What's your favourite sweet treat or Genius product?

6 June 2014

New Addition!

You'll all know that I'm a HUGE fan of animals, be they whales (I've adopted two), llamas, screaming goats, rabbits or kittens, I LOVE THEM ALL. You all know my little rabbit Cupcake (If you don't she often makes an appearance on social media) this is her when I first brought her home:
Since I got her, I've been collecting a small zoo. I now have a fish called Willam and now I have a new addition to the family, a KITTEN! They are all so adorable, especially when Thor the kitty follows Cupcake around the flat or just chilling on the sofa.
Thor is now 11 weeks old and a total terror! But she is now the star of a schuh YouTube video with her big sister Boo, I know I'm biased but aren't they adorable?

If you want to watch Nadia's handiwork over and over and over, hop over to the schuh YouTube.

16 May 2014

Recipe: Coffee Smoothie

Smoothies are so great but if you're as addicted to coffee as I am you'll be conflicted about what to drink first, coffee or smoothie, coffee or smoothie, coffee or smoothie...? ARGH! 

I was flicking through my cookbooks the other day (one of my favourite hobbies) and came across a coffee smoothie from Nigella Express, I've changed it slightly but it's got the same vibe!

Here's all you need:
  • 1 x banana
  • 1 cup of hazelnut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs
Chuck it all in your blender and blend until smooth.
It's great immediately with a straw but is also perfect in a jar for work the next morning if you have to leave the house at crazy o'clock like I do.

15 May 2014

Hair: The Frida

Have you ever been obsessed by somewhere you've never been? I have, quite a few times actually.... my current obsession though is Mexico (remember my Mexican Meatball Soup recipe? See it here), the whole place makes me want to cry with joy and it probably stems from the long standing obsession with Frida Kahlo. The Frida obsession seems to be quite widespread at the moment, what with the film Frida in 2002, doesn't Salma Hayek look so much like her?
I've gotten to the point where this Mexican stuff is leaking into my everyday without me even trying. I'm calling my current go to hair style "The Frida" for obvious reasons.
Two plaits, pinned over my head and a flower to top it off. It's so simple for those days when my hair is flat at the top and frizzy at the ends (a constant issue for a compulsive back comber).

I'm trying really REALLY hard not to buy these socks to compliment "The Frida" Modcloth, you're making it so difficult!