Sunday, 7 February 2016

Creamy Raspberry Fudge (Paleo, Vegan)


With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you can barely move in shops for the hearts, fluffy teddy bears and pink. Everything is pink.

I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day (over-commercialised, you know the story) BUT I will never let my beliefs stand in the way of creating cute, healthy treats (!!) and recipes. Really, though, you can make these Creamy Raspberry Fudge hearts every day of the year - and, trust me, you'll want to. In fact, they are the most perfect paleo Valentine's Day recipe imaginable.

paleo raspberry fudge

Made using all-natural, vegan and Paleo-friendly ingredients and, my new favourite, coconut butter (it adds such dairy-free creaminess to recipes) these scrumptious little bites are ridiculously good. I always know I've found a winner when the two toddlers eat them and say, "MMM ice cream mummy!"

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Sam x

CREAMY RASPBERRY FUDGE


vegan raspberry fudge


Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh raspberry puree
1/2 cup Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup Meridian cashew butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract 
1/4 cup Sukrin zero calorie icing sugar
2 heaped tbsp frozen raspberry powder
2 tbsp Sukrin coconut flour


Method:
1) In a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix), blitz the raspberry puree, coconut oil, cashew butter, maple syrup, coconut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl, then stir in the icing sugar, raspberry powder and coconut flour. Stop to taste and adjust sweetness, if needed.

2) Pour into ice cube or chocolate moulds, then place in the freezer to set. Remove from the freezer around 10 minutes before eating, then sprinkle with a touch more raspberry powder to decorate. Enjoy!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Raw Vanilla and Blueberry Zebra Cheesecake (Paleo, Vegan)


The other day, I noticed that flowers are already starting to shoot through the ground. And, as I write this, the sky is the most beautiful cloudless blue - I know it's only just February, but spring is definitely in the air!

To celebrate, I thought I'd make a raw zebra cheesecake, aka one of the prettiest, most beautiful things I have ever created! The colours of this Raw Vanilla and Blueberry Zebra Cheesecake were so fresh and pretty, so vibrant, that I almost didn't want to cut into it. Almost.

Raw Zebra cheesecake

Isn't it just beautiful? And, surprisingly, super simple to make too! Nothing complicated that a blender can't handle, I promise...


Paleo Zebra cheesecake

I made this cheesecake completely raw and with only Paleo and Vegan-friendly ingredients. Think plenty of creamy vanilla cashew filling, fresh blueberries and an almond / cacao base. It was also kept lower carb than most, thanks to the addition of the wonderful Sukrin zero calorie icing sugar.

vegan cheesecake recipe

Are you in the mood for spring? Enjoy this!

Sam x

RAW VANILLA AND BLUEBERRY ZEBRA CHEESECAKE


vanilla and blueberry zebra cheesecake

Ingredients:
For the crust -
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup cacao
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
Pinch Himalayan sea salt

For the "base" filling -
3 cups cashews, soaked overnight
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup Sukrin zero calorie icing sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Pinch Himalayan sea salt

For the blueberry filling -
1/2 of the filling above
6 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp Arctic Power Berries blueberry powder

For the vanilla filling -
1/2 of the base filling
6 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
1.5 tbsp vanilla extract (or more, to taste)

Method:

1) Start by making the base by tossing in the ingredients into your food processor (except the dessicated coconut). Process until it clumps together, then sprinkle the dessicated coconut over a springform pan (this stops the crust from sticking), then press the base down firmly. Place in the freezer to set while you make your filling.

2) To make the filling, start by blending the base ingredients together until smooth and creamy (around 1-2 minutes with my Vitamix). Add a splash more coconut milk if needed, then separate the mixture into two bowls.

3) To make the blueberry filling, blitz together all ingredients until smooth. Stop and taste and adjust sweetness or add more blueberries, if necessary. Set aside. Blend together the vanilla ingredients, stopping to taste and adjust sweetness once more.

4) Remove your base from the freezer, then start to assemble your cheesecake. Take two 1/4 cup measuring cups and fill one with the vanilla filling. Pour into the centre of your cheesecake and leave to spread (DON'T be tempted to move it yourself, it will do it on its own!). Now, fill your other 1/4 cup with the blueberry filling and pour into the centre of the vanilla blob. Again, don't be tempted to spread yourself.

5) Repeat until you have used all of your fillings, then place in the freezer to set. Remove from the freezer about 30 minutes before serving, then cut into slices and enjoy!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Bowl (Vegan)


I don't know about you, but I'm already longing for spring. For beautiful sunny days, for colourful shoots sprouting from the ground, and for the grey mornings to slowly lift.

Throughout the winter months, I become slightly obsessed with the colour yellow. Most likely because it reminds me of the sunshine, and its vibrancy never fails to make me smile. For this reason, I've taken to making beautiful sunshine-eque smoothie bowls to brighten my mornings - and this Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Bowl is my absolute favourite.

turmeric smoothie bowl

While this makes a wonderfully cheering breakfast , it also happens to be great at fighting off flus and colds. You see, turmeric is one of those brilliant super foods that can add much more than just an earthy taste to dishes. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, it's great at this time of year when colds and flus just won't shake. It's also brilliant for any muscle aches and pains!

Enjoy your morning bowl of sunshine!

Sam x

TROPICAL TURMERIC SMOOTHIE BOWL

tropical turmeric smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen mango
1/2 - 1 banana (depending on taste)
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup coconut water
3/4 tsp Lucy Bee turmeric
2 tbsp oats or flax (optional, but makes more filling)

Coconut flakes, granola, fruit / nuts, seeds (to top)

Method:
1) Blend together all of your ingredients, stopping to taste. Sweeten a little more, if desired. Pour into bowls, then top with any of your desired toppings. Enjoy!

Friday, 29 January 2016

TGI Payday Ladies - What To Buy This Week From The High Street


Yay, finally we have got some money, the first payday of the year. We all deserve a treat right?! Some much needed retail therapy?

This could be one of our smallest high street hitlists yet, but the 35 fashion picks we have today are definitely must-haves for your wardrobes. There are lots of gorgeous blouses, the ruffles and neck ties are huge this season. We want every single one of them!

Oh and there are some hot dresses too as well as lots of super cool items to have you looking effortlessly chic.

Hope you find something......



TOPSHOP



topshop white embroderie top, white embroidered blouse,
Cutwork embroidered frill top, £36
motel white embroidered dress, white embroidered sheer dress,
Floral Lou dress by Motel, £48
moto black denim jacket, black fitted denim jacket,
MOTO denim western jacket, £39
white frilly neck shirt,
Stripe ruffle neck tie, £36
topshop denim dress, denim shirt dress,
MOTO denim shirtdress, £40
black judo jumpsuit, topshop black jumpsuit, black wrap jumpsuit,
Belted judo wrap jumpsuit, £60
topshop shopper bag,
Leather knot shopper, £40
white collar black print dress, motel white collar dress,
Tilly Rose dress by Motel, £35
black tie frilly neck blouse, black bow white shirt,
Ruffle tie-neck shirt, £36
pink roll neck jumper, zip back pink jumper,
Zip back roll neck jumper, £39
cream plait jumper, cream topshop cable jumper,
Plait cable jumper, £45
topshop grey coat, grey slouchy coat,
Salt and pepper slouch coat, £85
bardot stripe top, green pink white stripe top,
Bardot striped off-the-shoulder top, £39
pink fur collar biker jacket, pink collar leather jacket, goldie fur collar leather jacket,
Ride to me PU leather jacket by Goldie, £75
khaki bomber jacket, badged bomber jacket, Ma1 bomber green,
Badged MA1 bomber jacket, £59




ASOS



selected green shirt dress, green midi shirt dress,
Selected Tanni belted shirt dress, £70
black yas dress, high neck black dress,
Y.A.S Venice long sleeve shirt dress, £50
oasis stripe jumper with collar, striped jumper with shirt collar,
Oasis 2 in 1 stripe jumper, £39
black kimono jumpsuit, vero moda black jumpsuit,
Vero Moda kimono sleeve jumpsuit, £40
v neck dungarees,
Denim dungarees with deep V neck, £65
warehouse black button dress, black popper shirt dress,
Popper front shirt dress, £49
david bowie t-shirt, bowie top, bowie stardust top,
Undiz akiz rebeliz top, £15


& OTHER STORIES

black top pink fleck,
Neon print t-shirt, £25
black open back dress, stories black dress,
Open back dress, £69

WAREHOUSE

warehouse black belted dress,
Dropped shoulder belted dress, £49
pink ruffle blouse
Pink jacquard ruffle front blouse, (also available in white) £45

RIVER ISLAND 


striped fringed jacket, river island cream fringe jacket,
Fringed jacket, £65

OASIS


oasis black red stripe dress, chevron print dress,
Stripe skater midi dress, £45
flower collar black top,
Embroidered rib collar knit, £40
black lace layer white collar dress, black layer white collar tie dress,
Lace stripe collar skater dress, £58

FRENCH CONNECTION


french connection evie dress, black gold sparkle dress,
Evie sparkle maxi dress, £250
french connection black mesh dress, french connection black arrow dress, black chevron sheer dress,
Arrow mesh fitted dress, £65

ZARA

black coloured flower blouse zara,
Printed shirt, £25.99
gazelle blouse, zara animal print shirt,
Gazelle print shirt, £25.99
ripped loose dungarees, zara dungarees,
Slouchy denim dungarees, £39.99




Thursday, 28 January 2016

No Frizzy Hair Here, Best Hair Product Ever!


Do you suffer the dreaded frizz at this time of year when there only has to be a slight dampness in the air and you look like Captain Caveman within seconds?  I certainly do and it's been a problem I have never been able to eradicate until now..... I have finally found a hair product which actually works!

I am so excited to let you know about this hair product which every girl needs in her life, forever. I discovered this miracle purely by chance and I am not being paid or sponsored to write this review. This is simply something I tried and absolutely loved and highly recommend to you all.







living proof style cream review, best hair for no frizz,
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing styling cream, £13-£32 depending on size you buy



Living Proof products are available to buy from John Lewis and Space NK and I shall be trying the shampoos, conditioners and other styling products from this brand too.

What's so good about this no-frizz styling cream?

In the past when I have tried hair serums/creams to combat the frizz I have found they either do not make any difference to my hair at all or they coat it in an oily slick even when using the tiniest amount. But with Living Proof cream it was perfect and my hair remained frizz-free until the next time I washed my hair.

You apply the cream after washing your hair, although brush hair through first then apply the cream and comb it through from root to tip. I used a 10 pence piece size blob of the cream and my hair is mid-length (five inches below my jawline). I then blowdried my hair as I usually do.

I was bowled over when I saw how smooth my hair was and it didn't look greasy at all. My hair felt light, soft, silky and moisturised. It's the nearest I have ever got to a salon-styled blow-dry at home. I have also used this no-frizz cream and left my hair to dry naturally and again it looked amazing once dry. I had model hair with hardly any styling involved.

This new discovery will be a permanent fixture in my beauty cabinet and will be accompanying me whenever I travel abroad too. I will never go anywhere without it.



Saturday, 23 January 2016

What To Buy This Week From The High Street - 50 Fashion Picks


We have got lots of beautiful items which are very worthy additions to your wardrobe. There are at least two jumpers we are going to snap up come next payday. The Topshop zip back roll neck jumper is right at the top of our shopping lists. It looks so snuggly for this time of year.

We are crushing on the tie waist midi skirt, you will be needing it as soon as you see it too! Oh and you are going to squeal with excitement when you see the trench coats Urban Outfitters have got.

Without further ado here is a cracking lot of latest fashion picks.....


ENJOY!!




TOPSHOP


grey jumper with white collar, white collar grey jumper, hybrid jumper grey,
Marl hybrid jumper, £42
topshop colourblock jumper,
Colourblock textured sweat, £36
topshop floral jumpsuit, black flower jumpsuit,
Iris print wrap jumpsuit, £58
Love khaki playsuit, khaki playsuit, long sleeve playsuit,
Long sleeve wrap playsuit by Love, £36
MOTO grey jeans, topshop grey jeans, grey mom jeans,
MOTO grey mom jeans, £40
grey ribbed jumper, ribbed funnel neck jumper,
Horizontal ribbed sweat, £36
blue mom jeans, ripped mom jeans,
MOTO summer sulphur mom jeans, £40
dark blue mom jeans, moto mom jeans,
MOTO dark blue mom jeans, £40
mustard roll neck jumper, zip back mustard jumper,
Zip back roll neck jumper, £39
red shoulder strap jumpsuit,
Pini topstitch jumpsuit, £59
black dress white shirt, ruffle bib black dress,
Ruffle bib shift dress, £55
black smart jacket ladies,
Clean tailored coat, £59
khaki shirt dress,
Oversized cupro shirtdress, £40
black chevron pattern jumpsuit, pleated jumpsuit,
Chevron print pleated jumpsuit, £38
topshop mustard blouse, mustard blouse, high neck mustard blouse,
High neck romantic blouse, £40
gingham shirt red rose, red rose check shirt,
Gingham ruffle shirt, £39
black white stripe dress, wrap striped dress,
Stripe wrap dress, £55
tie waist button down skirt,
Textured tie button midi, £45
sand coloured trousers, tie waist trousers,
Belted tapered trousers, £40
black checked shirt yellow red,
Cropped checked shirt, £30
kamilla dress TFNC, TFNC black sheer dress, sheer black maxi dress,
Kamilla maxi dress by TFNC, £110
leather jacket blue furry collar, goldie fur collar jacket,
PU pastel blue fur collar jacket by Goldie, £75
tan suede bag topshop, tan suede eyelet bag,
Leather eyelet crossbody, £55
denim shirt frilly collar, frilly collar denim shirt,
MOTO frilly collar denim shirt, £32

ASOS



peach skirt, peach midi skirt,
Chevron pleated midi skirt, £50
black striped dress oasis,
Oasis stripe dress, £58
french connection tanya jumpsuit,
French Connection tanya tuck jumpsuit, £99
wyldr black short dress,
WYLDR lace insert tunic dress with drawcord waist, £38
trench coat with strap on wrist, mac leather strap on cuff,
Mac with contrast cuff detail, £75
cross back jumpsuit, grey culotte jumpsuit,
Premium jumpsuit with cross back detail, £55
black white stripe dress open back, midi pencil dress striped,
Open back dress in stripe, £45
black lace layer prom dress, black crop midi dress,
Lace crop top midi prom dress, £75
grey mesh dress, grey grid midi dress,
Premium occasion lace midi dress, £85
white silver stripe adidas trainers, silver stripe adidas trainers, adidas silver trainers,
Adidas originals white & silver superstar trainers, £70

RIVER ISLAND

river island stripe shirt, grey & white stripe shirt,
Grey stripe casual shirt, £28

& OTHER STORIES


stories black loose dress, devore dress,
Draped art nouveau devore dress, £65
burgundy open back dress, stories open back dress,
Open back dress (available in black & navy), £69
stories gold boots, golden ankle boots, dark gold ankle boots,
Low shaft boots, £89
triangle pattern blouse, cream panel blouse, cream triangle print shirt,
Lace panel cotton blouse, £55
black paint stripe t-shirt,
Painterly cotton t-shirt, £19

MANGO


mango khaki parka coat,
Cotton parka, £79.99

URBAN OUTFITTERS


urban renewal vintage originals single breasted Burberry trench coat, vintage Burberry mac,
Urban Renewal vintage orignals single breasted Burberry trench coat, £120
Burberry vintage coat, double breasted vintage Burberry trenchcoat,
Urban Renewal vintage originals double breasted Burberry trench coat, £150

ZARA


zara mustard coat, peter pan coat mustard,
Coat with Peter Pan collar, £69.99
zara mustard parka, mustard parka coat,
Long parka, £59.99
zara gold dress, gold pleated dress,
Pleated dress, £29.99
zara faux leather biker jacket, leather zip jacket,
Jacket with zips, £49.99
zara black rucksack, black backpack metal clasp,
Metallic piece backpack, £39.99


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