Reasons NOT to wear makeup.

Many people do wear makeup (including myself) but these are some great reasons to give it up.

1. You have more time, less time in front of the mirror and more time to read, sleep, bake, run or practice yoga.

2. Your skin becomes healthier and cleaner, makeup is generally toxic and anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.

3. You save animals, buying cruelty free makeup is much better.

4. You have a greater sense of peace, learning to love yourself is a challenge for everyone but a small change allows you to make peace with your body image and soul.

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Overall you will appreciate life on a much deeper level because embracing your natural beauty is the foundation to accepting the perfection within yourself!!

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Mini Chocolate Magic Stars Cupcakes

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These mini cupcakes are so delicious and are perfect for any occasion or as a treat enjoyed by everyone.

INGREDIENTS
125g butter, softened
125g castor sugar
2 eggs
150g self raising flour
2 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Basic Buttercream
75g butter softened
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g icing sugar

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/ 180°c. Prepare the mini paper cases into the cupcake tin. Start by beating the butter and sugar together then stir in the eggs one by one.

2. Sift the flour and cocoa powder and combine with the rest of the mixture, then stir in the orange juice. Evenly distribute between the cases and bake for 15 minutes. Once done leave to cool completely.

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Fresh out the oven

3. Now beat together all the ingredients for the buttercream, once the cupcakes are cooled add a dollop of buttercream to each top and spread using a palette knife. I added a few magic stars but you can decorate yours with anything 🙂

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Topped with buttercream

Have fun baking…

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Favourite Drink.

Every month I try to go to my local farmers market and this is one of my favourite things to get.

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This apple juice is very refreshing and tastes so pure, plus its hand made on the farm. I do think it’s quite important to buy locally when possible to support those smaller businesses because your money and appreciation means a lot to them.

What is your favourite drink at the moment?

Peanut Butter Jammie Dodgers

I saw this recipe in the stylist magazine a few months ago and I thought they looked amazing!

I love the concept of having the sweet jam with the salty peanut butter because they work really well together.

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Recipe is from Homemade Memories by Kate Doran

INGREDIENTS
150g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
100g smooth peanut butter
125g castor sugar
25g light muscovado sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
265g plain white flour, plus extra for dusting
100g of your favorite jam

METHOD
1) In a bowl cream together the butter and peanut butter for 1 minute. Add both sugars and beat for a further 2 minutes until fluffy. Then add the egg yolk, vanilla and salt and beat until well combined, sift over the flour and mix to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth.

2) Preheat oven to 180°c/gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

3) On a lightly floured surface roll the dough to 4mm thick.

4) Use a 5cm biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough. Then get a shaped stamp and cut a hole from the middle of half of the biscuits. Place all the biscuits on the baking trays.

5) Bake for 8-12 minutes until the biscuits are lightly golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on trays for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

6) When the biscuits are cool, spread jam over the whole biscuits and put the other biscuit on top to create your Jammie Dodger.

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I used a piping nozzle to create the hole in the biscuits.

Keep the delicious biscuits in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Hope everyone has a great productive morning xx

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What Makes You Happy??

About a month ago I started a beginner’s salsa class and it’s so much fun!

I literally look forward to my lessons every week and I always leave with a smile on my face. I have realised that salsa makes me happy and I was just wondering what makes you happy??

Hope everyone had a great week.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Chocolate Sprinkles.

Sometimes all I want to do is bake! I feel like there’s so much going on in my life at the moment;
– Work
– Looking for a new job
– Parent’s having work done on the house
– My sister having a baby and moving house
– Me preparing for uni
And much more, the days seem to go by so quickly without me realising.

Baking is the best way for me to simply relax and enjoy myself.

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These cupcakes are from Nigella’s website http://nigella.com/recipes/view/red-velvet-cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes are such a popular baking choice I just had to try them. The link above will take you directly to the recipe. It’s a nice and easy recipe to follow.

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Ingredients

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I could only find a food gel

*As you can see I lost the red colour once I started adding the cocoa powder so my tip to you is not to hold back on the red food colouring.

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They were delicious!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day/night 🙂

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Salad

Even though this salad is pretty basic I’ve put a method on just for guidance.

Ingredients
– 1/2 an ice berg lettuce
– 1/2 cucumber
– 2 carrots
– 8 radish
– 1 large tomatoe

Method
1. Separate the lettuce leaves, wash off once then leave to soak in water for 5 mins.

2. In the meantime wash off all the other ingredients and start preparing the salad. Drain the water off the lettuce and leave to air dry.
Cucumber: peel skin and slice into circles.
Radish: top and tail (remove both ends) then cut into quarters
Tomatoe: blanch (place into boiling water for 8 seconds and then into ice cold water to remove skin) take off the skin and slice.
Carrots: peel both carrots, cut off the ends and slice into strips.

3. By now the lettuce should be dry so all you need to do is roll up a few leaves at a time and cut every 2cm.

I feel like the best part is arranging the salad onto your chosen serving dish, I have picked an oval shaped plate which fits every on perfectly.

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There’s a lovely array of colours and the salad looks simply delicious!

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It’s August Already

For me a new month always means time to set myself new targets that I can continue to do on a daily basis. Recently I’ve done specific fitness workouts such as abs, arms and butt. Now I absolutely love working out during the day rather than sitting around wasting time.

I kind of feel that spirituality my body is down so I really want to focus on my inner body and I will try to do at least 5-10 mins of meditation everyday. Earlier in the year I would meditate every morning and it made such a great difference to my day but as I started working more hours I slowly drifted from my morning meditations.

I also want to learn more about crystals/stones and their healing benefits. I brought a book about it a few months ago but never got round to reading it.

Happy August everyone, I’m feeling super positive about this month and I feel like some really great things are about to happen!

Does anyone have any targets they wish to achieve this month? Do share in the comments 🙂

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