My New Year Heroes!

Morning loves! January is a hideous month, too dark, too cold and fundamentally it’s not Christmas! So how do we get through it? Why don’t you join me for a look at some gorgeousness, some of which is actually useful! I promise it might make life more bearable 🙂 

Make up – for some of us girls ( me included) sticking some nice make up on is really beneficial, making us feel more confident, this lovely Younique palette is rapidly becoming my go to …….


Full of lovely pinks and purples, with matte, shimmer and downright glittery shaded, it really does shine some light on the darkest day and the colours are a lot more subtle on the eye……


Art supplies – I know, not all of you are artists but I know a lot of people are colouring and card making and doing lots of lovely crafty stuff, take a look at these beauties……..


These clever little minxes do all the shading for you, the pen gets put in a mixing chamber and then you just colour and bingo! All shading done by the pen!

Sales! – my favourite bag brand Nica is on sale all over the place at the moment, although Nica’s sale is over this beauty is in the special offer section on their website…..


And it’s £20! No shipping and in a variety of colours! Sorry I’ve got to lay down for a minute…..

I’m back with our final goody kale chips! Buy a bag of pre chopped kale, discard the tough stalk bits, put on a bowl and spray with fry light, spread evenly on a baking tray…….


Put on the oven at a medium high heat and WATCH THEM, these little devils will burn if you leave them to their own devices! Take them out when the edges are browning and place in a bowl to cool and crisp up……..


And eat!

 by the way the crystals that appear in the pictures are chosen for inspiration, creativity and peace,my New Year gift to you!

Kisses

Karen 

Start At The Beginning!

Morning Cupcakes! Do you remember my wish board? So far I’ve only managed to fulfil one of them by piercing my ear again. The thing is a lot of the other wishes hinged on me getting different medication, and losing a butt load of weight! 

Well for one reason and another the medication isn’t happening , but the weight is s..l..o..w..l..y coming off, am I dieting? Nope, after what I calculated as 45 years of dieting ( unbelievable right?) and probably a couple of decent cars worth of money I have resolved not to diet again.

So what to do now? Go Vegan of course, not because it’s really fashionable, not because I’m going to never eat meat again on moral grounds but because there is a large body of evidence that shows it is very effective in calming the pain of arthritis. So what does a day of vegan eating look like? Pull up a chair and join me, starting with breakfast……

My absolute favourite thing – a chocolate mint smoothie from the Deliciously Ella website, thick, sweet and chock full of goodness thanks to half an avocado, banana, dates , almond milk and raw cacao.

Feeling peckish? In need of elevenses?


These energy balls again from Deliciously Ella are amazing, nutty and sweet guarenteed to give you a pick me up.

Is there room for lunch?

This scrummy vegan sausage tart is perfect comfort food, it’s not normally on such pretty China but I knew you were popping in! Find lots of great recipes like this at http://www.veganrecipeclub.co.uk

Finally dinner!


This is a staple for me at the moment, Tivali vegan “chicken strips” veggies and soba noodles, add a soy based sauce and it’s ready in minutes.

Not exactly rabbit food is it? Equally as delicious as a “normal” diet and sometimes better, in my humble opinion vegan cake is better than its conventional counter part. Run, walk, wheel or in reality get on Amazon and buy this book……


The cakes are phenomenal and also can be made gluten free! 

Not everybody will be persuaded by the arguments for a vegan diet, and that’s fine ( I will still eat meat occasionally) but have a look at the recipes out there and give one a whirl, you might just be surprised.

Have a super week!

Kisses

Karen

Its Monday Month!!

I am currently reading The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald, its beautifully written of course but this quote takes the biscuit “January, its the monday of the months”! Doesn’t that just sum up the cold, boring, nothing to look forwards to that is January? So, my darlings how ever shall we cope? here are the things that are softening the blow for me

I am a huge believer in the power of mindfulness, but it can be tricky to do especially if you have the attention span of a gnat (like me) or your minds doing a mile a minute (thats when you need it  most) so here is a fabulous app called Pause…..

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You literally move a coloured bubble round the screen, first with your eyes open and then with them shut. After a while you realise that you are in a deep relaxed state without really trying! available in the Apple app store and on Google.

January saw me starting on a drug called Methotrexate, its chemotherapy but I take it for my inflammatory arthritis, as you can imagine it causes nausea, sore mouth etc. So my next can’t live without is smoothies…….

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

I usually have a chocolate mint one from the Deliciously Ella book, but my new favourite is a peanut butter and “jam” one that appeared in Red magazine this month, the jam is in fact a handful of raspberries or strawberries, add a half avocado, almond milk and peanut butter, sweeten with coconut syrup. i didn’t have any coconut syrup so sweetened it with date syrup, it is yummy!

It is bitterly cold at the moment so my normally dry lips have taken on desert like qualities! I have been relying on this lippie……..

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Its by diego della palma and is amazingly moisturising and available at Marks and Spencer.

The weather has also meant a change in body lotion, at the moment I can only use the body butter made by Amanda Pirret, find her at http://www.facebook.com/dolly-mixtures and this beauty bought for me by my daughter for Christmas……

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

The Alien by Thierry Mugler  fragrance isn’t for everybody but I love it, cover yourself head to toe and you won’t need fragrance, certainly not cheap at approx £24 but I think totally worth it, available at all major department stores and online beauty retailers.

Finally, I did manage to open my Etsy store this week but currently there is nothing in it! as soon as there is i’ll let you know!

Kisses

 

Karen