Friday, 30 September 2016

My favourite Fall candles


Happy Fall everyone! 

It is finally my favourite time of year and in my opinion the best time of year! Unless you love Fall I don't think you will understand just how happy I am Summer is over and Autumn has returned! 

As a season, Autumn brings so much with it, colourful leaves, crisp air, flannels, pumpkin spice lattes but one of my favourite things about fall is how cosy the season allows you to be. There are so many ways to make your home feel cosy during autumn. One of my favourite ways to make any room in your house feel like the cosiest place on Earth is with candles. Throw on a pair of your comfy pjs, make a cup of tea and grab a book, you may just be the cosiest person in the world. 

I absolutely love candles, especially fall inspired ones, so let me tell you composing this list was not easy! 


  1. Cosy home - Village Candles. Village candles always seem to do some of the BEST scented candles, they're reasonably priced AND they last a really long time! Cosy home makes your home feel just that, cosy. This candle infuses scents of clove, cinnamon and tea. I know what you're thinking, tea? Trust me it works. I have this burning 80% of the time, especially on cold evenings, let me tell you it is SO good!              


  2. Pumpkin Pie- Bath and Body works. This candle smells exactly how you'd expect it to and is definitely one of my favourite go to scents for fall! Bath and body works always seem to know how to make the best candles for every season, especially Autumn and Winter.                                                                              

  3. Autumn- The White Company. The White Company seem to always blow me away with their candles this year was no different! Autumn mixes fruity scents with muskier tones and amber. It smells so amazing and definitely makes any room feel super cosy.                                                                                                
  4. Zoella Lifestyle - Gingerbread village. Now I'm not a huge Zoella fan, I think her videos are sometimes a little too young for me, although I do enjoy her at times! As a result of this I've never owned any of her products, so when I heard she had brought out a lifestyle range I was a bit apprehensive, but after researching it extensively I knew I had to own the Gingerbread village Candle. This candle smells exactly how I imagine a gingerbread village to smell. It's sweet, spicy and reminds you of treats baking in the oven on those cold days, you know the ones I mean!                                                                                                  
  5. Leaves - Bath and Body works. As I said before, Bath and Body works do some AMAZING fall candles and leaves definitely has to be one of them! Leaves has a very fresh yet warm smell. It smells exactly how fall should, warm yet crisp. Leaves mixes scents of Apple and clove together to create a sweet, crisp and warm scent! 



Let me know your favourite scents for Fall! 

| Em |

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowl

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Hello everyone! 

As we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall I find myself craving the comforting foods that Fall brings with it. Oatmeal is one of my favourite things about the upcoming season. It's such a comforting dish that always seems to warm me up on cold Autumnal days! I'm very conscious about what I put in my body so I always try to eat the healthiest meal I can or make a dish as healthy as I can. Which leads me to this post, Quinoa oatmeal. I've replaced the oatmeal with quinoa to make a classic autumnal dish into a superfood breakfast, sure to give you the energy you need to kickstart your day. This dish will definitely be one of my go to breakfasts this Fall. 


Ingredients; 


  • 2 bananas (mashed) 
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon 
  • 1 cup Quinoa (rinsed) 
  • 1/2 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 tin of Coconut cream *if you struggle to find coconut cream soy milk can be used as a substitute, substitute 1/2 cup*
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract 
  • A handful of Strawberries
  • A handful of Blueberries

Method; 


  • Add your quinoa to a pan of boiling water, allow to boil for 2-3 minutes before turning down and allowing to simmer for a further 10-12 minutes. Once cooked set aside.
  • Add the mashed banana to a bowl, add 2 tsp of cinnamon and mix. Add this mixture, coconut milk and coconut cream to a pan. Boil for 5 minutes before reducing to a simmer. 
  • Add the cooked quinoa to the milk mixture and continue to simmer for 15 minutes or until the mixture looks thick and creamy. Remember to keep stirring at regular intervals. 
  • 5 minutes before the end of cooking add your vanilla extract and 1 tsp of cinnamon powder. Stir into the mixture and continue to cook. 
  • Serve, add your strawberries and blueberries, a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! This recipe can be made the night before and kept in the fridge for the following morning, all you have to do is heat it up in a pan and add a few drops of milk. 

Let me know what you think in the comments, until next time, 

| Em | 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Green smoothie recipe

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Hello everyone! 

I am a HUGE smoothie addict, like I practically live off them. Smoothies and juices, especially the green kind are filled with vitamins, minerals and protein making them incredibly good for you. Since becoming vegan, I've found that I'm drinking more and more smoothies. It's a really easy way to make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need in your diet and more, especially with all the supplements on the market. I've found since I've been having a green smoothie a day my skin has been practically glowing, I've had loads more energy and they always seem to give my mood a boost. They've also helped me get into the best shape I've ever been. It's taken me a few months and a lot of experimenting to figure out the perfect smoothie combinations so I thought I would share one of my favourites with you all. I know a smoothie recipe seems quite basic and straightforward but I love seeing what other people have done and getting inspiration from them. 


Ingredients; 

  • 2 large handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Banana (chopped)
  • 6 Strawberries (halved)
  • A handful of frozen Blueberries
  • A handful of frozen Mango (chunks) 
  • 2 tbsp Soy Yoghurt, I used Alpro almond yoghurt
  • Coconut milk or a milk substitute of your choice
  • 2 tsp Flax seeds
  • 2 tsp Chai seeds
  • 2 tsp Wheatgrass powder
  • 1 tsp Energy boost powder (optional) 


If you want it to be super sweet you can add a natural sweetener such as Agave nectar, however I find it doesn't need it. 

Method; 


  • Add the two handfuls of Spinach to your cup and squash down using your hands. 
  • Add the Banana, Strawberries, Blueberries and Mango chunks.
  • Add the Coconut milk (or the milk of your choice) so the cup is half full
  • Add the tablespoons of soy yoghurt and try not to eat loads of it as I always seem to do. If you have opted to add a natural sweetener this would be where you do so
  • Add the Flax seeds, Chai seeds, Wheatgrass powder and energy boost (optional)
  • Finally blend it all together in your blender, serve, enjoy and bask in the benefits of a super tasty, super healthy green juice.  

Until next time 

| Em |

 


Saturday, 17 September 2016

The beginning...


Hello everybody! 

It seems a little stereotypical and cliche to start a blog off with a sort of hi I'm Emily introduction but I'm doing it anyway! I'm Emily, or as I'm more well known Em. I'm 20 years old and have been vegan since may 2016. As you've probably guessed my blog is going to be a vegan one although there will be aspects of other things such as disney here and there. 



This is me, HI! 

I feel like the best place to start is to tell you why I became vegan. As I said previously I became vegan in may of this year. Prior to this I had been a vegetarian for 2 and a bit years. As a veggie I had always wanted to go vegan but had been oblivious to the horrors that happen just for some milk and eggs...and I loved cheese, like really loved cheese.I had not researched veganism and it is one of my biggest regrets not going vegan sooner. Then one night I was sent to hospital with stabbing pains in my stomach, so bad I was admitted to a ward. The doctors couldn't find a cause, it hit me I could be lactose intolerant. So off I went to my GP and shared these views with her she agreed that it sounded like that and I cut out dairy. Cutting out dairy, yes even cheese, was one of, if not the easiest thing I've done. I don't miss milk at all and frankly prefer the plant based options. It was then that it occurred to me, if I've cut out dairy why don't I just cut out all animal products and go vegan? So in May this year, that is what I did and it is the best thing I've ever done. I've always been deeply passionate about animals, saving animals and saving the planet so becoming vegan seemed like an obvious choice. 


Which leads us to this blog. I started this blog for the vegans in the world, I started this so I had someone to share recipes, vegan products I've loved or just talk about something I've seen, whether it be a new movement, a new product or what I wore that day. I've always wanted to start a blog and have tried and failed more times than I care to admit. This time it feels very different, I am writing a blog about something I'm deeply passionate about and love. I will be running this blog alongside my youtube channel where I will be starting to post a lot more vegan related videos. 


I've got big plans for this blog and my first proper post coming very soon! 


So to help you all get to know me better here are some of the things that hold a space in my heart are; 



Starbucks, my one true love, coffee...




My cat Marco...





The beach, I'm a mermaid at heart...




Food my other true love...


DISNEY! 

Pumpkin spice...fall..

Baking / Cooking...

and finally Fashion and beauty...


Of course there are so many more things I love. I intend on blogging about all of these things and more. I hope you stop by again. 

| Em |