Sunday, August 25, 2013

More apologies.. Seriously + Life Update

Hey guys!

Now I'm seriously embarrassed as I haven't updated in about 2 weeks. I have been reminding myself to write however there's so much going on with school etc. I know thats no excuse but I feel like I owe you guys an explanation...

So this is a list I made of some semi-interesting things that have happened to me in these two weeks!
1. In schools, this year for all "high-schoolers" (this means grade 9 to grade 12) we receive a macbook air! So far it's been pretty awesome and I've been using a variety of different apps on here so I might just have a post on that!

2. I've moved up in my ballet group-- and it is Hard with a capital H. There are girls who are just amazing and dance so well. I have to admit it's challenging and difficult, but that's how you improve right? However it's been super fun and I have enjoyed every lesson so far :)

3. This point is not really that interesting and definitely not "fun" but is how I've been spending most of my time. The students enemy. Homework. -.-" . Yes, suddenly because we're in "high school", teachers are using this excuse as to why they can overload us with homework. I received at least homework from half of the classes I attend in a day. Trés ennuyeux (annoying-- for all you english speakers ;) ).

4. This is another point related to school-- but I'm sorry I'm a teen, our lives basically revolve around school. #truefactoflife . Anyways, I might have mentioned this before (I'm not sure) but as a "high schooler" we get off-campus privileges. And I have to say it's such a great thing. An escape from the crappy school lunch!! I'm a regular at Subway, been to Arnold's a couple of times and even went to Hanko Sushi twice! I mean come on, life doesn't get any better than this right? But, I do try to eat home lunch at least once or twice a week as eating out can't be that healthy. I wanna see how much weight some of my classmates gain at the end of the year. I mean Mc Donald's everyday??! Classy (not). And what's rubbish is that Mc Donald's is more expensive then subway. Common sense people. Common sense.

5. Okay so my mum's birthday was on the 23rd and we've just recently celebrated that! I bought her this collection of fun scribble notebooks. And my description is awful (<<) but it's seriously v. v. cool. For example theres one page where you fill it with apple stickers and another where you punch a hole through the pages. It's a fun way to spend your time and is slightly similar to scrapbooking. I can't remember the name of the collection of the top of my head. But I will come back and post a link here: __________. I also baked this lovely Almond lemon and orange drizzle cake. It is seriously delicious and addictive. It tastes amazing and I'm being modest here guys. I followed this recipe. I reduced the sugar amounts by more than half (as I always do) because some recipes are just sickly sweet and make me want to vomit. Harsh but true... It's vegetarian, gluten free and super simple to make! Its basically chucking everything into a bowl and mixing it with a wooden spoon.

So these are some of the semi-interesting (more to the boring side) things I've been occupied with. I'll try to update once a week and we'll see how that goes :) . Please be patient as I'm trying to juggle everything around and it's bound to get messy sometime or the other!

lots of hugs,

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Apologies + Skinny Cookie Bars

Hi everyone!

Yes, I'm sorry for not posting anything sooner. But as you all know I've started school so it's been a bit-- a little more than a bit chaotic. Plus to top it all off, I'm sick. This always happens around the start of school, I have no idea why. Perhaps it's a sign from above that schools not good for you... I don't know **shrugs, maybe. It's probably the germs everyone's carrying with them from their various holiday places. Anyways this year I'm a freshie and along with all the benefits, they are disadvantages aka the extra homework. I'm not even kidding. The first day back and I already have tons of homework -.- its not fun. So sometimes it's hard to satisfy your hunger whilst trying to complete all your work...which is why I'm sharing my super easy and healthy homework cookie bars to curb off your hunger. Now you can bring these to school too for a snack between classes or during your free period (if you have one). I love these because they're low in GI which means they'll make you feel full, they're low in calories, contains nutrients and proteins, 100% natural and super simple to make.

Now you don't have to prepare these before hand and take 5 minutes to prepare and 20-25 to bake. They should last 1-2 weeks. It makes 8-10 cookies.

You will need:
- 1/2 cup of Instant Oats
- 1/2 cup of Granola/Muesli
- 1/4 cup of Walnuts
-2 very ripe bananas
-1/2 tsp of Vanilla Essence
-2 tsp honey for sweetening

1. Preheat the oven to 350 f or 180 c.
2. Mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl.  If your bananas are not very ripe, mix in 2 tsp of honey.
3. Mix in the granola/muesli, walnuts and instant oats. Before putting in the walnuts, crack them in half.
4. Spoon the mixture onto a baking tray in either rounds or bars, using a fork to gently flatten. If it's too thick it won't cook.
6. Place the tray in the oven when hot and bake for 20-25 minutes.

TIP: If you prefer your cookies crispy add in a handful more walnuts or crunchy granola ;)

**Disclaimer: Adapted from Blogilates cheap clean eats cookies**

I hope you try this recipe out. I really enjoyed it and after there's hardly any washing up to do! If you don't like it, I'm sorry but each to their own. I'm sure there's another skinny cookie recipe floating around the web somewhere which you will L.O.V.E. There is something very satisfying when you eat something that is delicious and 'clean' >.<

lots of hugs,

Sunday, August 04, 2013

What Happened to My 5 Aims?

Hey guys! 

 So this is the follow-up or conclusion to my first ever blog post, My 5 Aims of Summer TAG!!! Yayy! My summer ends in what.. 2 days??! It's gone by too fast; it seems every year it goes by faster and faster! Anyways, this is how I achieved or tried to achieve my aims and how it went ;)  

AIM 1- Start and maintain a blog
I feel I should ask you guys if you think I've achieved this. So as you can all see, I have started my blog and personally I think I have maintained it pretttttyy well :) what do you guys think? My only thoughts (not really a conflict) on this blog is about what genre I want to focus on. I was thinking about beauty or fashion but I don't only want to be limited to that... So right now I have stuck with a mix of everything >.< 
AIM 2- Find my perfect lipstick/lip gloss shade
Yes I did find some pretty amazing lipstick/lipgloss shades :). I found 3 in particular that I liked: 69 FLIRT from Chanel46 LIBERTÉ from ChanelDusty Rose from Avon and Orchid from Avon. The two lipsticks from Chanel are both playful, fun and oh-so-gorgeous and lets just say they are both on my wishlist!!! The lipstick Dusty Rose, I actually found by raiding my Mum's makeup dresser >.< (guilty as charged). unfortunately it's been discontinued so I cannot link it here... 
However it's a lovely shiny sheer cinnamony/brick-red/pink if that makes sense? It's similar to Soft Sienna and Sunset Peach from Body Shop but it is more reddish (pictures down below). Orchid is this lovely berry colour which I found when I was trying lipsticks on online >.<(yes I was THAT desperate). I noticed because of my Olive skin the best lip colours are berries, mauves and corals! Especially shades with gold or bronze undertones :)

AIM 3- Go roller blading
Now this is one of the aims that I completed first and was quite catastrophic (is that a word?)! First I couldn't find my roller blades and tipped the house upside down trying to find it. When I eventually found them and popped them on, I discovered that I wasn't as "skilled" as I remembered.. Let's just say I won't be roller blading any time soon.

AIM 4- Sticking to the Blogilates beginners exercise calender
Now I haven't really accomplished this. **Runs and hides behind the corner.. I'm sorry *cries. The beginning of the month was awful I have to admit, I was hardly doing exercise because I was too lazy or tired. However after the 17th I became really motivated and was skipping rope regularly, doing pushups, situps etc. you name it, I did it (not in that way you dirty people ;) ). I haven't been sticking to the beginners calender but I have actually formulated a calender especially for me to follow :D If you are curious, comment below and I'll write a post on it ;)

Aim 5- Go lake swimming
Now this was my favourite aim to complete :) I went lake swimming whilst on holiday in Aland and multiple times in (....). The first time I actually went lake swimming was when we went rowing and canoeing in a lake behind our cabin. The weather was perfect and personally the temperature of the water didn't bother me as I'm a fan of swimming in cold water... The second, third, fourth, fifth time me and my bestie were just hanging out at her Summer Cottage which was soo fun :) I had a really great time and was just nice jumpier off her pier etc.

So I did completely 4 out of my 5 aims which I'm quite proud of :) I'm quite curious to see what my 5 aims are going to be next year... Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading about this and how did you think I did? Comment your thoughts below :)

lots of hugs,
littlemissarianna x