I absolutely love cooking. I started learning from quite a young age, and love creating new dishes as well as perfecting a few favourites...

Some Tasty Treats & Foodie Favourites

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

I absolutely love cooking. I started learning from quite a young age, and love creating new dishes as well as perfecting a few favourites. My lasagne's, chicken Thai curries and spaghetti bolognese are quite delicious, if  I don't mind saying myself! But when it comes to cooking meals for dinner, sometimes I really struggle to come up with new ideas and always seem to have the same foods over and over again, which can get a little boring when you're a foodie like myself. I love experimenting and trying new cuisines. Sometimes I trail the Internet for new recipe ideas and new ingredients I can use to create new, tasty dishes. A good place to find new recipes is the BBC Food website!

In collaboration with Snapfish, I have chosen to create my very own personalised photo calendar*, where I thought this would make a great addition to my kitchen, where I could actually begin to meal plan for each day, and come up with numerous recipes and dishes I could prepare to save me from cooking the same things over and over again.. For this particular piece, I opted for the Kitchen Calendar (5"x11.5"), which I could share some of my favourite foods and drinks, or just dishes I love to cook, for some culinary inspiration. They also look pretty damn tasty on the calendar!
Snapfish kitchen calendars retail at £9.99, which I think is such great value, especially for the quality and wide selection of design options. I think these would make such great gifts, that you can keep at home or at the office, and personalise them to fit your certain tastes. Whether you want to use this type of calendar for meal planning like me or to include your latest holiday photos, your Instagram snaps or some more personal photos, ordering a personalised photo calendar is a great way to display and remember those memories. If a kitchen calendar is not for you, Snapfish also offer a wall, desk and poster calendar!

Have you used Snapfish before? What are your thoughts on the calendar I have created?
   * Calendar sent for review purposes by Snapfish. All opinions are 100% honest

0 comments:

                               "100% Natural Remedy that Helps Dry & Oily Skin, Acne, Blemishes Overall Complexion - Als...

InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask

12:00 Laura Thornberry 3 Comments

                              
"100% Natural Remedy that Helps Dry & Oily Skin, Acne, Blemishes Overall Complexion - Also Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines & Wrinkles for Younger, Healthier Looking Skin"

Everyone's beauty regime should include a face mask, at least once per week. And when it comes to skincare, I think this is my favourite part of my routine, as I love being able to have a nice relaxing evening and pamper myself. I love to try out all different types of face mask, with my favourites being clay masks and self heating masks. During the colder winter months, my skin can sometimes appear to look dull and lifeless, I wanted to attempt to put some radiance and glow back into my skin, which is where I was hoping the InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask* would come to my rescue! With the benefits of the product consisting of being a Skin Cleanser, Pore Reducer & Natural Moisturiser, I couldn't wait to use it!

 As to the appearance of this particular product, the mud mask is a dark charcoal grey colour, with a wet, thick gel like consistency, which I actually like. Plus it feels super cooling and non drying on the skin. As for scents, to me this product didn't really have a scent to it, it literally smelt like nothing. As for most face masks, application directions are super easy! To begin, I firstly popped my hair into a ponytail to make sure it was out of my face. After this I washed my face, dried it, and applied a thin layer of the mask while avoiding around the eyes. As the mask began to dry, I watched the change from a dark grey to light, with my skin feeling tighter and firmer as the drying process continued. Kept it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. How easy is that! Unlike some mud masks, the InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask didn't feel too drying on my skin, and I could see a slight difference after the first use! My skin looked brighter, felt firmer and plumper, and just had an all round greater appearance.

- "Our Dead Sea Mud Mask is made from PURE Dead Sea mud to ensure the highest-quality product. Our mask also includes a nourishing blend of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula Oil, and Hickory Bark Extract that provides unsurpassed moisture to soothe dry and irritated skin. This detoxifier and purifier comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea, which is known to contain many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium and bromine. These elements work to extract excess oil & dirt from the skin and purge blemishes.Using this facial mask once a week also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Applying the mask will improve your skin so you can achieve a more even skin tone and smoother complexion."

The InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask is available for purchase here.
Have you tried this Mud Mask before? What are you favourite face masks?

*I received this product for free for my honest and unbiased feedback.

3 comments:

Travelling and Geography is something I've always enjoyed. Exploring new cities, learning about new cultures and tasting new cuisines...

European Destination Dreaming

12:00 Laura Thornberry 4 Comments

Travelling and Geography is something I've always enjoyed. Exploring new cities, learning about new cultures and tasting new cuisines. It's something I love doing, I've previously visited a number of countries, Ukraine, Italy, France and Spain, to name a few and I will continue to visit some more in the future. A huge wish of mine is to spend ample time in each capital city of Europe, there must be around 50 or so, as well as some other big cities in each destination, so whether its just a weekend break or a week holiday, I would love to explore and learn about each individual countries tradition and history.

 In collaboration with Snapfish, I have chosen to create my very own personalised photo calendar*. For this particular piece, I opted for the Desk Calendar (10" x5") to share with you the next 12 cities on my list to visit and explore! These cities include Barcelona, Budapest, Dublin, Berlin, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, Reykjavik and Stockholm.

Snapfish desk calendars retail at £10.99, which I think is such great value, especially for the quality and wide selection of design options. I think these would make such great gifts, that you can keep at home or at the office, and personalise them to fit your certain tastes. Whether you want to include your latest holiday photos, your Instagram snaps or some more personal photos, ordering a personalised photo calendar is a great way to display and remember those memories. If a desk calendar is not for you, Snapfish also offer a wall, kitchen and poster calendar!

Have you used Snapfish before? What are your thoughts on the calendar I have created?
What destinations are on your list to travel to and explore?


   * Calendar sent for review purposes by Snapfish. All opinions are 100% honest

4 comments:

When the Autumn/Winter season draws in, I always find myself placing a lovely little lush order, as there is something so cosy and satis...

LUSH Haul

12:00 Laura Thornberry 1 Comments


When the Autumn/Winter season draws in, I always find myself placing a lovely little lush order, as there is something so cosy and satisfying about a nice, warm bath in the colder months. I've always been impressed with the products I've used before and there is just so many different things to try, from bath bombs and bubble bars to hair and skin care. This time, my order consisted of 8 new products that I hadn't tried before - some I picked myself and others being recommendations from Melody
So let's take a peak at what I purchased!

"Follow yonder star all the way to the bathroom; it will bear exotic gifts of Fair Trade Ugandan vanilla from the Mountains of the Moon and precious rosewood from the depths of the Peruvian rainforest's. A twinkly dip in its starlit waters gives a bergamot-powered boost to the mind and body - ideal for a little post-party recovery. Note: wise men not included."

"If your hair feels like damaged goods, stir up your routine with this hot oil treatment on a stick. Packed full of extra virgin olive, shine-enhancing almond and avocado oils to replenish deeply and rehydrate thirsty locks."

"Shake it! You'll hear hidden contents as this present-shaped fizzer reveals glittering golden lustre and a sparkling turquoise explosion. Zesty lime oil and tangy sweet orange start a party of mood-brightening scents. This is one treat you don't have to wait until Christmas morning to unwrap."

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar £3.65
(Limited Edition Seasonal Product)

"Pep up your spirits in a bath filled with Rose Jam: lemon, rose and geranium oil will help perk you up, while Fair Trade cocoa and shea butter leave you feeling gorgeous. You’ll end up feeling as cheered as though you'd been been given a bunch of flowers. Rose oil and rose absolute give a double dose of rosiness, helping to clear the mind and boost your mood."

"This incredibly gentle cleanser is made from 100% natural ingredients. Inspired by a medieval recipe and topped off with lavender flowers, this contains kaolin to absorb grease and dirt, leaving skin clean and nourished. Lavender oil and rose absolute calm the skin. As you mix your solid cleanser with water to form a paste, the ground almonds create almond milk which helps to tone and brighten the skin. This can be used all over your body as well as your face."

"Deliciously toffee-scented, this syrupy sweet bar will make your hair turn heads (and noses). Honey is renowned for adding softness and shine to locks. To top it all off uplifting sweet wild orange and bergamot oils create an aroma that transports your troubles away."

"Remember your first snow and the joy of catching flakes on gloves. Frosty, stimulating peppermint oil swirls with bright Sicilian lemon to recreate the crisp air. Fair Trade Organic cocoa and Organic illipe and shea butters soften skin and transform the water for creamy, snow white bliss."

What are you favourite LUSH products? What would you recommend?
You can view my last LUSH haul here

1 comments:

Early mornings are never my kinda thing. Multiple alarm snoozes later and I always find myself rushing around to get ready for the day, a...

Breakfasts with Belvita

12:00 Laura Thornberry 0 Comments

Early mornings are never my kinda thing. Multiple alarm snoozes later and I always find myself rushing around to get ready for the day, and always forgetting to have any kind of breakfast. Cereals and toast with butter/jam/peanut butter always get a little boring, so I wanted to find something that I could eat on the go and something that was still good for you. So on a recent food shop, I browsed the aisles looking for some inspiration among the cereal bars and snack sections, and came across something I liked the look of.
 Enter Belvita. 
Belvita appeared to have various varieties of there breakfast biscuits, so naturally as a chocolate lover, I was drawn to the Cocoa Choc Chip biscuits, and they have definitely not disappointed! Packed with 5 wholegrains and 4 hour slow release carbohydrates, these breakfast biscuits are great for those in a rush, but still want something quick, easy and nutritious whilst on the go. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking to try something new for breakfast or even as a mid morning snack, as these are absolutely delicious!
 However, if choc chip isn't your thing, these biscuits come in a number of different varieties, including crunchy oats, forest fruits, fruit&fibre, honey&nut and milk&cereal. So there is definitely a flavour out there for everyone! I know next time I'm at my local supermarket, I will 100% be picking up some more of these as they are the perfect snack to start the day with!

Have you tried these Belvita biscuits before? 
What are your go-to breakfast ideas for on the go?

0 comments:

There's no denying that I love to cook, and any kind of pasta dish is my favourite thing to eat. But sometimes making some fancy sa...

Super Speedy Tagliatelle

12:00 Laura Thornberry 2 Comments


There's no denying that I love to cook, and any kind of pasta dish is my favourite thing to eat. But sometimes making some fancy sauces or using loads of vegetables is time consuming and takes a lot of effort, especially if you struggle with your way round a kitchen. When it comes to cooking, sometimes its all about simplicity, and my recipe today is all about that! A simple tomato sauce is the perfect accompaniment to any form of pasta. So carry on reading to find out how I make my own. 

Ingredients
500g fresh or dried Tagliatelle
1 x 400tinned chopped tomatoes
cloves garlic
small bunch of basil
pinch of chilli flakes
sea salt
black pepper
Parmesan cheese 

Method
Heat a saucepan over a medium heat and add some olive oil. 
Add the chopped garlic and fry for a couple minutes. 
Add the tinned tomatoes.. 
Season with chilli flakes, black pepper and a tiny pinch of salt.
 Cook the tagliatelle according to the packet instructions, and drain once cooked.
Toss in the cooked pasta in your tasty tomato sauce and mix well.
Serve with Parmesan cheese, black pepper and a sprig of fresh basil.

The end result is super tasty and can be put together in a matter of minutes. A great, easy recipe to follow for when you need a fast lunch or dinner idea!

Let me know if you give this recipe a go, and I'd love to hear about your quick pasta sauce recipes!

2 comments: