Monday Quotes

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Don’t think too much about the future or consequences just take a leap of faith and trust in the ultimate source (God) that everything will be okay.

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I Met Royalty!

Princess Sophie, countess of Wessex came to officially open my new-ish university building, which was so exciting. I got to stand at a post by the stairs and un-clip the rope along with 5 other ambassadors on different parts of the staircase. We had to address her as ‘Your Royal Highness’ and the ladies had to curtsey.

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I could only get a side view

Princess Sophie also unveiled a plaque for the university. Also she is the Queens daughter in law, I can’t lie I didn’t really know who she was at first however in the moment it was still really cool to be in her presence.

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It’s quite a random post however I thought I would share 🙂 hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Skills Show 2015

So last week I worked for the skills show at the NEC over 3 days. I was there with my university helping out between the different stands. Wednesday was all about the set up carrying different boxes and pushing trolleys loaded with stuff to the stands. It was interesting to see how important the marketing department was within the university in terms of organising the whole thing.

Friday was my favourite day because it was super busy and there was so much to do, I was mostly based on the hairdressing and beauty therapy stand and obviously had a good wonder around 🙂 there was so much stuff going on from all of the companies and overall I had so much fun!

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Bathroom Selfie

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These nails were amazing

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These women were literally naked and covered in paint

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Theatrical make up stand

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Not sure who this guy was... apparently a 'famous' chef

It’s been a tiring but fun week!

Food Matters

Yesterday I went to the Food Matters Live conference at Excel London, it was part of a university trip so my time there was quite limited however it was such a great event to attend for those interested in food, nutrition, sustainability and food science.

It was so interesting to be in an environment based around nutrition and the seminars and conferences were amazing, it’s always good here other peoples views on the current food issues within the UK.

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Interesting ingredients 🙂

I had to be at university for 7.15 and we left at about 7.40 by the time we arrived it was almost 12 due to traffic and we left at 3.30 however the event was free and I got loads of samples from the stalls too!

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This is so cool!

I would definitely recommend going next year and if you plan ahead book a hotel and attend all the days 🙂

Gingerbread Biscuits

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INGREDIENTS
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125g cubed butter
175g muscovado sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

2. Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers. Mix in the remaining ingredients with a wooden spoon, then bring together with your hands. Shape into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.

3. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough to the thickness of a pound coin. Use any shape cutter of your choice and stamp out as many shapes until all the dough is used up.

4. Arrange on the tray and bake for 13 minutes. Once baked transfer to a wire rack to cool down.

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Biscuit Brownies

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Ingredients
160g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
30g unsalted butter cubed
300g dark chocolate
4 eggs
175g caster sugar
30g flaked almonds

Method
1. Melt the butter and chocolate (bain marie style) over a pan of simmering water. Take off the heat once melted and stir. Allow to cool.

2. Then in a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Beat the eggs and sugar for 3 minutes until pale and slightly thicker. Pour in the chocolate mixture and combine until smooth. Slowly fold in the flour mix.

4. Put the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes, in the meantime preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

5. Take the bowl out of the fridge, scoop up dessert sized chunks of dough, place them onto the baking tray and flatten down.

6. Press almond flakes on the top of each biscuit and bake for 15 minutes, until cracked and shiny on top.

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Daily Scalp Massage

Thought I would do a post to raise awareness to National Stress Awareness Day (which is today), it’s something that I find particularly important because getting stressed is so easy but it’s much more difficult to de-stress and find the right balance.

Massage your scalp daily for 5-10 minutes in the morning or night.

WHICH OIL?
avocado oil
Coconut oil
Castor oil
Grapeseed oil
Almond oil
Jojoba oil

HOW?
using the balls of your fingers, add any oil of your choice to different parts of your scalp and rub in circular motions.

Slow movements = relaxation
Fast movements = enhanced circulation in the scalp

BENEFITS?
Decreases stress
Conditions the scalp
Increased relaxation
Increased blood circulation to hair follicles
Boosts the strength of hair roots