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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Carob and Ceramac Muffins



Hello my lovelies,
In today’s post I want to share with you our very delicious ceramac muffins recipe.
I have been making those lovely caramac muffins for some time now and I have to admit I love them so much even though they are not one of those fancy looking cakes with cream icing over the top.
I Promise these beauties are lovely snack for the kids or a nice treat for the grown ups with a cup of tea / coffee.
Please feel free to lick the spoon from the left over mixture as it is absolutely delicious, ok thats probably just for me, I’m gross.
Lets get baking!

Ingredients:
* 170g  Butter
* 170g  Caster Sugar
* 170g  Self Raising Flour
* 3x      Large eggs
* 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
* 1tsp  Vanilla Essence 
* £tbs Carob Powder
* 3 bars of Ceramac


Preheat the oven to 160 degrees fan.

Line a muffin tray with muffin cases.

Mix together Butter and sugar until smooth.

Add eggs each at the time and continue mixing with an electric mixer.

Meanwhile mix together flour, baking powder and carob powder.

Add this slowly into the wet mixture in sections and mix until you have a smooth batter.

Chop up 2 ceramac bars to small pieces and stir those into the batter mixture.

Fill the muffin cases 3/4 up with the batter mixture and chop the last ceramac bar to sprinkle over the top.

Put in the oven and bake until for around 20 minutes. 

Remove from tray immediately after baking.


Its very easy recipe that doesn’t take you much time and the result is quiet delicious. You can go ahead and instead of the caramac add chocolate chips and instead of the carob powder add couple of tbs of coco powder or just skip the whole step thats ok too.
My daughter can’t eat coco or chocolate so we had to find a substitute or experiment with different ingredients to achieve satisfying result and I think this one is spot on.
Hope you enjoy making those and please share with me on Instagram if you tried it.
Have a lovely day!


Emilia
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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Waxing / Shaving / Epilating // My Best Way Of Having A Smooth Skin For Summer

 
As the Summer approaches and we show our legs to the world I thought it might be a good time to share with you my favourite hair removing method. We spend a lot of time in our lives de-hairing our legs don’t we and we would love to make it as painless as possible, smoother legs that last longer. 

I have tried different options throughout my life from shaving to waxing and epilating. So I would like to share what have I landed on long term that suits me and might give you some ideas of what to try.
I am not even going to mention those waxing strips you can buy in pretty much every shop as those did nothing for me. 




SHAVING
I think we all tried shaving as that is probably the first method that we are all introduced to.
Shaving is a good, quick method for removing the growing hair. I have shaved my legs for years and would have carried on if I wasn’t too curious about other methods of removing hair.
Shaving is quick, inexpensive method however I didn’t like how quick my hair was growing back and how coarse and dark it was. We all know shaving cuts hair at the surface of the skin and cause irritation, causing dark spots and dark pores on the skin which is what have put me off.
I don’t want to say shaving isn’t good method not at all but those are the elements that I wanted to change and knowing that other methods could perhaps tick all the boxes I had to give it a go.


WAXING

I was introduced to a waxing Lady. I though I will try it out. Without any research really, which is my fault I didn’t realised how painful it would feel, maybe because it was the first ever time, ouch!  What can I say, it hurt like a b****!
I have used painkillers on my next session. It removed the hair well right from the roots and the hair grow took approximately 4 weeks If I remember well.

But I am a person who like to try to do things herself, so I purchased a waxing set from amazon.

It came with a heater for the wax, spatula to apply the wax on the skin and cotton strips to remove the wax and hair from the skin. I used this for approximately two years or maybe longer. 
I would lay a towel on the floor, drop a pot of wax into the heater to melt and follow the process required with the wax machine.
It worked, yes, however when I applied too much wax, the strip didn’t take it off properly and I had to repeat with the new strip. Also the wax sometimes caused burned, sore skin. Bits of wax were all over my legs, the stickiness and only baby oil was able to remove those afterwards.
You need to leave your hair longer otherwise it won’t remove it properly.
Overall this was far too messy and long winded process each time as the wax took long time to melt first. I also couldn’t use it for sensitive areas on my body so still used shaving for those. It wouldn’t work in creases or around my knees very well either, not sure if I was just doing it wrong. I had to do very small sections otherwise I wouldn’t be able to yank the strip off with the wax and would leave wax on the skin without removing hair. Just a messy job, not sure why I managed to continue with it for as long as I did, thinking about it now.

EPILATING 

After that I decided to purchase an epilator. This ended up being my Go-to hair removal method and I tell you why. Yes, it pinches slightly but no way as bad as waxing!! 
Its clean job, no mess allelujah after years of waxing!!
I make sure my hair isn’t too long because that hurts a little more if hair is left growing too long. Even 1mm hair length will be removed so no issues that you have to leave it grow longer. 
The epilator last several sessions before it flashes red light to signal that it needs to be charged. You just plug it into the charger for an hour and its ready to use again. It supposed to remove the hair from the root just like waxing, but I find myself using this every other week or when needed.

Another think that I love about this tool is that after the removal, the skin feels soft, and no dark pores on the skin at all. Immediately after epilating there are red pores where the hair was removed however this is all gone the next day. I don’t put anything on my skin straight after removal. I let my skin just settle from the irritation and I am good to go for days.

I love how easy it is to use the epilator. We call it angle grinder in our house!😂 
Busy mum needs all the good gadgets to make things easier for herself. I share a picture that I have put on my Instagram when I have purchased it in 2015, can’t believe its been that long. I am impressed actually how long it lasted without any issues, money well spend.





Emilia
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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Tips / How to Keep Positive Mind





Hello my lovelies,


Now is the best time to discuss and hopefully give you some tips on how to deal with anxiety. During this current difficult time anxiety is going to hit us hard. I never had anxiety in my life before, until now.
The uncertainty of this strange time and worry of the future and what else is to come is very worrying and lots of people feel anxious and concerned, which is understandable.
People loosing jobs, businesses are closing down and bills still have to be paid. Being lonely at home, not meeting your loved ones for some time, nobody to talk to is daunting. Especially who is still in the lockdown in Leicester area.

It is so important that we take each day at the time, take each day as a bonus. Here are some tips that helps me to keep positive and less anxious..


COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

When you wake up in the morning, set yourself to a positive mind. Think about 5 things you are grateful for. Those can be small little things that you normally take for granted, such as “ Im grateful for the food that I eat each day. Im grateful that I have a roof above my head, I am grateful for my healthy body, Im grateful for my family...” and so on.
There is so much in our lives that we need to be grateful for, because, unless we loose those things, we don’t realise How much we need them and we take them for granted.
How lucky am I that during this lockdown I was able to spend time at home with my husband and my daughter. I love them so much and we are always so busy with work and school that we don’t see each other much. We normally had only ONE day off together each week and we found it very hard. We had no family time..
Now we spend every day together, doing things we enjoy even if we are not able to go out.
We have a lovely daily walks together, play in the garden with my daughter, do gardening, grow vegetables, trying to improve the house.
I get very anxious about this time and what worse could be coming but then I remember to be grateful and think of things I love, not what upsets me.


LIVE IN A MOMENT

Don’t think about the upcoming future too much, especially if it upsets you. Try to live in a present time, enjoy the moment you are in now. Laugh and be happy with your love ones. Do things that make you happy such as baking, exercises or just read a book.
Create your happy place at home where you are comfortable and relaxed.
Take each day as it comes and make most of it. Try not to think too much about the future at this time especially because it will not make you feel better trust me. Live for today...




PRIORITISE SELF-CARE

It is so important to find time for yourself and especially at this time during the lockdown. Self-care is important for all of us and always not just now. It is normal to have negative thoughts, emotions especially if we are empty, drained and don't get to do something we love and what makes us happy, something that helps to recharge the batteries. 
This could be as simple as having a relaxing bath with candles and your favourite book or going out for a walk to get some fresh air and clear your mind.
If you are able to go and spend some time in the garden, try to plant something. Believe me gardening is very relaxing and it sure clears my mind.




REGULAR EXERCISE

Exercise is so powerful when it comes to clearing your mind and helping you feel happy and positive. The endorphin boost is what you need to make you feel better. 
Running for me is so refreshing. I feel more confident, strong and powerful. I feel that I am in full control of my life.
Try to do something different, perhaps go biking, or try to do yoga at home following online videos. Im sure there is plenty on youtube.
Walking is also good exercise that helps with anxiety. Go out to the Nature, breath the fresh air in and clear your mind.





RETAIL THERAPY

I have to admit I got used to some online shopping and I am loving it. For me, there is nothing better then sit with a cup of tea and scroll through some lovely shops online. I love home accessories, clothing and also sport wear online shops to check out.
You Don’t necessary have to buy but the shopping / looking experience for me is very relaxing. I love it far too much...



COOK TASTY MEAL

Why not trying something new for dinner tonight? Check online for new recipe, try something new for a change. If I make a nice meal that all family enjoy it makes me really happy.
You could try to bake something instead, if you don't feel like making dinner. The point here is to enjoy what you are doing and keep your mind busy.




I am not an expert on what is recommended in anxiety. I only know what works for me and this is what I share. I mentioned activities that you can do during lockdown. Those are simple things that we need to appreciate and feel good doing. We are all different individuals and what works for me might not work for you. 

We all hear about benefits of meditation and I agree its great way of destress. But sometimes when we are busy or have very little time when we are actually alone specially at home with the kids what I find helpful is for few seconds when I am alone close my eyes and breath! Deep breaths! In...... and out.....! Keep repeating and while you are doing that, imagine how you breathing in clear positive air ( energy) and see your body filling up with it completely. Then when you breath out imagine the dark, negative, sad thoughts that you’ve had coming out of your body making more space for the clean fresh happy oxygen (energy). 

If you feel really down and lonely please speak to someone, contact your close family or friends and let them know how you feel. Let them support you and hopefully make you feel better or advice you what to do... To do this is absolutely ok. We all need to speak about how we feel sometimes.

Emilia 
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