My First Nutribullet Smoothie!

I got a Nutribullet just before Christmas and it’s only now that I’m finally getting around to using it. As usual, I’m trying to be a little healthier since it’s the start of a new year so I’m really eager to make the most out of this machine.

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For my first smoothie, I kept it simple with just a few ingredients. I went with a large handful of baby spinach, half a sliced banana, some frozen pineapple chunks and topped it all off with some coconut water.

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In less than a minute, I had my smoothie — a creamy  consistency and a rich shade of green. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive but it turned out to be so delicious! You honestly can’t taste the spinach at all, instead you get this gorgeous exotic-flavoured drink. I can’t wait to try lots of different combinations — if you have any favourites of your own, be sure to share below!

77 Thoughts I Had Watching #PLL5YearsForward

  1. Ahh it’s back!
  2. Can’t believe Alison is a teacher.
  3. Seriously, how?!
  4. Spencer’s fringe.
  5. Aria actually looks older.
  6. Already seen this in the preview!
  7. Knew that wasn’t hers.
  8. Although it totally caught me first time round.
  9. Explain what?
  10. Still upset…? Um yeah, probably.
  11. Ali in the middle.
  12. The selfies are a bit cringe…
  13. Wait, is Hannah engaged?!
  14. What can they do though, in fairness?
  15. Emily’s eyebrows are incredible.
  16. What happened to army dad?
  17. It’s a hotel now?!
  18. Why would anyone want to stay there?!
  19. Paris…?
  20. Awfully coincidental that Ezra would happen to be back at the same time…
  21. That ad lol
  22. So…what does she actually do…?
  23. Well, look who it is…
  24. Oh God, did A somehow take the girl…
  25. That would kind of be impressive.
  26. Awkward
  27. Brotherhood of ex-boyfriends omg.
  28. Whatever happened to Jenna?
  29. Say yes!
  30. Yay.
  31. Oh, so they might actually be able to do something.
  32. Why would they want to though…?
  33. Of course the dollhouse and torture needs to be mentioned!
  34. Come on, it was years of torment!
  35. Did you tame it though, did you?!
  36. Mona!
  37. Looking all grown up.
  38. How did he die…?
  39. Alison’s lashes…
  40. Very poetic, Hannah.
  41. Okay, that’s actually terrifying.
  42. What do you expect, Ali?!
  43. Fair enough.
  44. What.
  45. Cute dress.
  46. “A little bit strange” — to say the least?!
  47. This can’t end well.
  48. Slightly insensitive, girls…
  49. Just waiting for a cryptic message to appear…
  50. Sounds to me like Aria is implying that she wants to do an A on Charlotte?
  51. Argh, I knew it!
  52. Oh, Emily…
  53. So it begins.
  54. Yeah, you should!
  55. Now how safe do you feel?!
  56. What the…?
  57. Who is that?!
  58. No way.
  59. So now it’s going to be a whole “who done it” thing?
  60. Caleb!
  61. Aw.
  62. They’re together?!
  63. No…
  64. Are they…?!
  65. So creepy.
  66. Mona’s face.
  67. Okay that’s even creepier.
  68. Why is she walking like that?!
  69. I’m actually scared.
  70. Ah Hannah, where are you going with that dress…?
  71. Now what?!
  72. Of course she was.
  73. So it begins all over again…
  74. Hey, how come they never showed that ‘he’s coming for you’ bit that was in the preview…?
  75. That was what we were waiting for!
  76. Guess we’ll just keep waiting…
  77. Can it be next Wednesday now?

Lush Avobath

Over the past few years, I’ve tried lots and lots of Lush products and although I have a few favourites; I’m always up for trying something new. On my most recent visit over the weekend, I picked up Avobath — and I didn’t waste any time in trying it out!

First of all, it smells incredible. I left this in our spare room overnight and as soon as I opened the door the next morning, the scent immediately hit me. It might be a bit overwhelming for some but I really like it. It’s fresh, zesty, uplifting and just gorgeous!

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Made with fresh mashed avocado, organic extra virgin olive oil and lemongrass oil; this is super moisturising and hydrating. It initially turns the water a vibrant shade of green which eventually settles in to a pretty pale jade colour. Lush baths always leave my skin feeling soft and thoroughly pampered and Avobath is no exception — it makes such a perfect treat on a cold winter night! Following it up with a green smoothie afterwards is totally optional ;-).

A Novel Idea!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to write. It’s pretty much the main reason I started this blog and one of the reasons why I’m still posting here nearly four years later.

Although I’m enjoying blogging as much as I always have; I’ve been wanting to work on a different style of writing too. It’s always been a dream of mine to write a novel, from start to finish. I’ve had this one particular idea for a while now and I’ve finally decided to start developing it. Over the weekend, I picked up a fresh notebook in Paperchase (any excuse for cute new stationery!) and began putting pen to paper. Ultimately, I’m going to be typing up my drafts but I really like the idea of recording my thoughts and ideas the old-fashioned way as well. I have absolutely no idea what way this is going to go — or if I’ll even stick at it for more than a week or two — but I figure I have to at least give it try! Who knows; this could be the start of a really fun project for me and a chance to do something I’ve always wanted. Here’s hoping it all goes to plan!

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Salted Caramel Profiteroles

If you’re on a New Year’s health kick, look away now! These choux pastries filled with decadent salted caramel and fresh whipped cream and topped with melted milk chocolate are not exactly diet friendly…but they’re so incredibly good! If you need a reason to splurge, consider this: here in Ireland, today is known as Little Christmas or Women’s Christmas — a day for all the ladies to enjoy themselves after all their hard work over the festive period! As far as excuses go, I think that’s a pretty good one!

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profiteroles

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease 2 baking trays.
  2. Place 55g of butter and 150ml of water in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Allow the butter to melt and as soon as it starts to bubble, take the pan off the heat and tip in 60g of plain flour.
  4. Stir until you have a smooth mixture and transfer the lot to a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time (I use a hand-held electric whisk here because I’m lazy!) until you have a smooth and glossy mixture.
  6. Spoon or pipe the mixture on to the greased baking trays. For me, I get around 12 individual pastries from this recipe.
  7. Pop the trays in to the oven for 18 minutes. After about 15 minutes, take the trays out and make a small slit in each pastry to release steam before returning them to the oven.
  8. When they’re golden and ready, take them out of the oven and leave them aside to cool.
  9. Once the pastries have cooled, carefully slice them in half. Spread a generous helping of salted caramel on the bottom half and then top with fresh whipped cream. I use this salted caramel recipe — it’s the absolute best! Just make sure it has completed cooled down before you use it here!

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For a finishing touch, melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, ensuring that the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Spoon the melted chocolate over the filled profiteroles and allow to set. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to put more effort in to my skincare routine. My lovely other half got me a bunch of beautiful Trilogy treats at Christmas so I have no excuses now! I’ve been a fan of Trilogy products for a while and amongst the haul was the Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm which I had my eye on for a couple of months!

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Made with mango butter, rosehip oil and coconut oil, this is a thick and luscious balm. To use, you simply scoop a small amount on to your fingertips and apply to your face. As you massage the product in, the balm begins to melt on your skin. I make sure that it’s evenly distributed across all areas and then work it in to my lashes at the end to help lift stubborn mascara residue. Then you just rinse the complementary organic cotton cloth in warm water and wipe over your face…and that’s it!

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This gorgeous balm makes taking off your make-up so much more enjoyable! It’s quick, easy and fuss-free. Massaging in the balm feels like a little pampering experience and my skin is always left feeling nourished afterwards. I tend to use regular face cloths with this as it’s impossible to properly wash the cloth included after each use — it’s a shame that it doesn’t come with a couple of spares!

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Retailing at around €25, this is a little on the costly side — especially compared to other make-up removal options out there. At the same time, however, a little goes a very long way and I think this pot is going to last me a couple of months. It also makes such a nice treat as it’s just lovely to use and feels really luxurious. Taking off make-up at the end of the day has always felt like a chore to me but this has made the process so much simpler and I really think my skin is all the better for it now!

Hello, 2016!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is settling in well in to 2016! We’re sort of still in holiday mode in our home but we’re really looking forward to the twelve months ahead. We’re planning on spending this week focusing on getting back in to a proper routine and making a fresh start. Here’s hoping 2016 will be the best year yet!