LUSH HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I love Lush products and a bath without a bathbomb and some bubbles is just boring so when I was running low on bath products I knew it was time to give Lush a visit. So the other week I popped into Lush to restock my depleted store of bathbombs and I thought you might be interested to see what I bought.

The Comforter

One of my all time favorite, I always crumble a little of this bubble bar into a bath.

Big Blue

I keep repurchasing this one because it’s just so refreshing and relaxing.

Cheer Up Buttercup

I haven’t tried this little gem of a bathbomb yet but it smells amazing! I wanted to buy a whole basket full of the

Cream Egg

Of course I had to try some bathbombs from the Easter range too. Again this one is new to me but I loved the bright colours and design of this one.

Which Came First?

At nearly £7 this is definitely the most expensive bathbomb I have ever bought!! However it was too pretty not to try and it will definitely last me for four baths so the price isn’t too bad.

Caca Rouge Henna

If you have seen my Henna Hair post you will already know that I purchased and have already used this Lush product. It is again quite pricey at just under £11 but if you think about how many hair dyes you actually get out of it it’s really good value. Henna has an interesting smell and is the messiest hair dying process I know of haha, but as it’s all natural it is nourishing and not damaging your hair. So if you want a beautiful gingery/red you must try this product!

Love Carina xo

FINDING YOUR FEET

Good evening beautiful souls,

I wanted to write a little review on Finding Your Feet as soon as I’d seen it on Mothers Day, but I completely forgot. My bad. So here is a belated review and I hope that some cinemas are still showing this movie so that if you haven’t seen it yet you can still go and watch this gem of a movie!

The trailer depicts a light hearted story of a woman ‘finding her feet’ reconnecting with her sister, making new friends and learning to stand up for herself. The actual movie has so much more depth to it though and is full of various elements viewers can relate to which makes it quite poignant.

The movie begins with Sandra (Imelda Staunton), a middle-class snob who takes refuge with her bohemian sister Bif (Celia Imrie) on the eve of her retirement after she discovers her husband is having an affair with her best friend.

This blow however comes as a blessing in disguise as she slowly rekindles her lost relationship with her sister. After reluctantly being dragged to Bif’s dance class one day she also eventually learns to relax, come off her high horse and find joy in life again. Her sisters easy going positivity begins to rub off on her and Sandra slowly begins to find her true feet as she realises how much she’d had to give up in her previous life and how little freedom she’d really had.

Whilst this is the main thread of the narrative the plot also adds depth by delving into other difficult and moving subjects within the storylines of Bif and Charlie (played by Timothy Spall) as their struggles are gradually revealed.

To keep the movie from being to serious and more light hearted the link between characters is introduced in the form of dancing. It’s a beautiful sideline story that follows Bif’s dance class perform, get talent spotted and win a trip to Italy for some added foreign flair. The music, mischief, laughter and friendships found through dancing make you smile and even give way to a couple of laugh out loud moments.

What makes this movie so down to earth and heart warming is the balance of the light and dark elements in the lives of the characters and which are so relatable to us. Watching the growth of the Sandra, Charlie’s acceptance and Bif’s outlook on life and how they each cope with the unfair and difficult hand they get dealt with in life is heart wrenching and moving alike.

I very much recommend this movie and I won’t deny I shed a tear or two!!!

If you’ve seen it I’d love to know your thoughts on it!

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QUINOA BUTTERNUT SALAD

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’m very excited to share one of my favourite recipes with you tonight. This dish is a perfect light delicious salad that can be eaten warm or cold, as a main or side. It’s great for a great dish for BBQ’s, garden parties or any get together really as it’s really easy to prepare and relatively quick to make too. I hope you all save this recipe, have a go at making it and let me know what you think. So without further ado let me share my favourite recipe with you:

Ingredients (for 4 ppl):

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 stock cubes
  • Fresh corriander
  • 250g quinoa
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

First of all put your favourite tunes on and make yourself a nice drink – cause cooking is always more fun whilst sipping at a cocktail and dancing around the kitchen!

Now you’re all set, peel your butternut, scoop out the seeds and chop into small bite-size pieces and put onto a tray. Next chop up your onion and garlic in small pieces and mix with the butternut pieces. Drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop in the oven to roast at 200-220 degrees Celsius (fan oven) for about 30 mins.

Next cook your quinoa, rinse first then bring 500ml of water to the boil. Add your two vegetable stock cubes before adding the quinoa and turning the heat down to simmer for about 15 mins until tender or the water is absorbed (add more water if necessary).

Next peel your pomegranate and cute up your coriander.

Once everything is cooked, mix all together (I only didn’t add the pomegranate here because my mum can’t eat it). Et voila – enjoy!!!

You can eat it warm, or pop it into the fridge and eat cold the next day – very refreshing and tasty too!

And there you have it my lovely readers, a scrumptious healthy vegan quinoa butternut salad! I hope you enjoyed this post and will try making this sometime; for now I wish you a relaxing evening and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other day I had the most delightful food and thus wanted to share what I ate with you!

I started my day with a beautiful smoothie bowl filled with lots of vitamins and sprinkled with goodness including chia seeds, cocoa nibs, nuts, goji berries and fruit. It was the first time I’d tried a dragon fruit and I was so excited but then sadly disappointed when I discovered that there was nothing too it, no flavour. However I must admit it does look cool!!

For lunch I made Jessica and myself some tofu scramble on toast. I added tomatoes and kidney beans which gave it that something extra and it wasn’t bad at all, but what really made it for me was the delicious asparagus tips we topped it with – mmmm… I will definitely be making this again soon!!

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For dinner I invited Anna over and made a vegan bolognese from scratch. This has to be one of my favourite meals at the moment it is just soooo good! I’ll definitely be sharing the recipe with you at some point!

Well the you have it lovelies, what I eat in a day!! Hope you enjoyed reading this post and if there’s ever any recipes you’d like, do let me know!

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