Sunday, 1 January 2017

Back on the scene - Being myself and being happy.

The blogging world and community as a whole can mean different things to different people, some people may look at it as a platform to get recognised, a freedom of speech, a way to earn money, join a community, share their lives. 

 The blogging nook of the internet is very overpopulated, as with all other successful internet platforms.  Unfortunately it’s all too easy for people to follow what others do, see success and want it. Do whatever they can to get recognised. Obviously there is a part in us all that wants to be appreciated, but if you’re working hard to copy others, this sadly takes away your own identity. Although there is nothing wrong with that at all, i am a firm believer in doing what makes you happy, but wouldn’t it be nice to blog about something that you have a passion and real interest in rather than what gets the most page views? 

If you read any blogging help guide they will all say the same things,  you have to write epic posts, networking, networking networking, be unique, stay on a theme, write everyday....what about being yourself?  

I’ve had a lot of time to think about this blogging thing, I started off being a sheep. Did it bring me happiness...not really? I couldn’t find what avenue I wanted to go down, I liked clothes, homemade beauty, high street beauty, healthy food and naughty food, why did I have to pick one and be one type of person? It was all too much. So I quit. 

However, when I stopped I missed it. I was thinking of it all the time. Carrying on with my own little life constantly thinking, oooooh I want to share this. I appreciate and love the blogging community and I missed being part of it. This made me sad.  I want to share my life, on this platform, my way. I’m doing my own thing, writing about topics that I like, reviewing items that I love and I hope to meet like minded people. I need to stop putting pressure on myself and enjoy myself.

This post is just a little friendly wave hello really. Wishing you all a wonderful 2017. Here's to meeting new people, new adventures ,creating new memories and being ourselves and being happy.

Natasha Ann

Breakfast Egg Muffins

These muffins are scrummy, satisfying and easy peasy to make. Perfectly transportable, low carb and packed full of protein. Under 100 calories each so perfect for breakfast, lunch or even a snack, when ever really. I take then to work in a air tight container and have them for breakfast when I am strapped for time in the morning or as a mid morning snack. The only one thing you have to watch out for is spinach in your teeth, never a good look.  Enjoy warm or cold. 
 You will need
 4 eggs
3-4 button mushrooms or two normal size mushroom chopped up small
100g cottage cheese
1 slice of ham chopped
a small amount of feta crumbled
A dozen spinach leaves 

-Preheat your oven to approx. 180
-Lightly grease your muffin tray with coconut oil. I used olive oil on my first attempt and it burnt the base and edges.
-Cook the chopped mushrooms in oil or coconut oil until softened
-Crack and beat the eggs in a bowl adding the cottage cheese
 -Add your mushrooms, feta and spinach leaves and mix together
 -Add your mixture equally to the muffin tray cook for 20 - 30 minutes  

I found the best way to ensure that my muffins were roughly even was to pour a little of the egg mixture first and add fork in the other ingredients. This way I didn't have to much on one and none in the other. Also if your spinach has long stalks, give these a snip as they can burn easily if they are poking out.

 You can make variations of this Egg muffin by adding different ingredients like bacon, peppers, tomatoes.   

Natasha Ann

Easy Peasy Snacking. Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

For me the point of a snack is something that I don’t have to think about preparing, something that is mess free and doesn’t require washing up after. That’s why chocolate bars and crisps are dangerous to have in my house. I love dips and creamy spreads, ideally a share bag of Doritos and sour cream and chive dip, but that’s off the cards for obvious reasons. 

I adore hummus, I used to chuck a tub in my weekly shop and devour it in one sitting. This was until I realised how easy peasy it was to make, plus much more delicious and healthier. This sun dried tomato hummus is a huge hit plus it’s all store cupboard ingredients, great if you’re on a budget as its much cheaper than store bought.

 You will need:
1 can of chickpeas drained
2 1/2 table spoons of Tahini (sesame seed paste)
Salt and paper to taste
About 5-6 sun dried tomatoes out of a jar.
1/2 a squeezed lemon
1 clove crushed garlic

All you need to do is place all the ingredients into a blender and wiz until you have reached your desired consistency. It may be a little thick at first, I like to add some of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes to smoothen out the consistency. 

This will last up to a week in an air tight container in the fridge, perfect for dipping your left over carrot sticks in. It’s also scrummy with toasted pitta bread. The best thing about it is, as it lasts so long it’s there every evening when I get home from work in time for my 6 o'clock nibbles, I don’t have to prepare anything and it’s a lot less calorific than chocolate. Win Win.

A shot and sweet post, but it literally is that easy.

My new favourite in beauty- Acorelle Cleansing Oil.

I have greasy skin, always have and I have faced up to the fact that i always will. I ran away from face oils, thinking i couldn't imagine anything worse for my skin. Oh how wrong was i. I tried out the Acorella cleansing oil and was more than pleasantly surprised.

This oil is a little gem and am so ecstatic that i came across it, It will forever be a staple in my beauty routine. It ticks all the boxes, Moisturises, nourishes, cleanses, and soothes. What more could you possibly want from a face oil and at a bargain price of £17. I've had mine for 5 months, I use it nearly every day and I've got tons left. You can purchase from LoveLula.

On the odd occasion, mainly when I'm feeling lazy I commit the ultimate beauty sin and use a make up wipe. I can totally feel and see the difference in my skin. Even the next day when applying make up, i notice that my skin looks dull and tired. Acorelle cleansing oil contains plum oil and Vitamin E, its also a certified organic brand.

I dampen my face and apply the oil to my skin in small circular motions to remove my make up. Although its an oil it does almost lather into a thick creamy texture. It breaks down my make up in an instant, i then use a hot cloth and quite literally my make up slips off.  With in seconds my face feels clean and refreshed, I repeat the process, this time using a smaller amount to give my skin a deep clean and to ensure I'm squeaky clean .

I would sooo love to hear if anyone else is as much in love with this product as i am??

Natasha Ann