Recipes, reviews & lifestyle

Thursday, 3 March 2016

A whole lotta February favourites

Coming into March, it's nice to reflect on the things that you have been loving in the previous month and to record those things you may want to buy again. It's also nice to just see everything that has made your day a little brighter!

I'm not going to ramble on in this introduction because I have a ton of things to get through, much to your delight (I hope!)








FOOD

1. Kallo Gluten Free Organic Wholegrain Honey Puffed Rice Cereal
This cereal has only recently become a favourite, and I was thinking about putting it in my March faves, but i've eaten it so often that it probably would be gone by March! Its great with yoghurt and fruit, but I guess you could get more inventive! The honey taste really come through so it's quite sweet, and satisfying if you like something sweeter in the morning. I usually pair this with a nice caffe latte. It can be found at Sainsbury's for £2.



2. Hartley's Jelly 
I've been eating Hartley's jelly since I was little. It brings back memories of looking forward to the inevitable jelly and ice cream at the end of a friend's Birthday party. The way the ice cream and jelly somehow compliment each other, both refreshing on a summer's day. I do think that it's the sort of food that gets forgotten about - almost like your childhood teddy, you know you will treasure them always but you forget, and then once in a while you come across them and it's like WHAM, the loves back. Well, I went a bit mad and bought jelly in every flavour in order to see which one I like best. I've only had the lime so far but I will let you know! It's a brilliant and quick midweek dessert - I don't think it's even that calorific!



3. Bulgar Wheat (or in fact anything similar: couscous, quinoa)
I have been eating a lot of meals from Hello Fresh recently. I talked about it in my recent (and first) vlog here, and have been loving the fact these recipes are beyond delicious and also quick. And the reason for this is that a large percent of them include one of these 3 (bulgar wheat, couscous or quinoa). So quick to make (literally boil 250ml of water, add about 2 cups of whichever and leave it to rest, covered and off the heat). Eh voila!


Beauty

4. Polaar Creme Mains La Veritable Creme de Laponie (hand cream with 3 arctic berries)

My hands this month have been loving Polaar's Arctic Berry hand cream from Lapland...not the sort of place you would associate with keeping your hands soft and sweet smelling! This cream arrived in Feb's My Little Box, much to my delight as I was looking for a new cream for my hands, as I don't know about you, but my hands often crack in the cold winter weather. It's quite perfumed so I'm not sure if it will sting if your hands are quite sensitive (I'm yet to try when they are cracked). The cream is meant to create a protective 'glove' around your hands, and is also free of parabens, alcohol and mineral oils. I couldn't find the cream alone for sale in the UK but found a set available here for £36.90, including face cream and lip balm as well.


5. Baija Paris Moana Cream - Tiare Flower

 My skin has also been loving this month a particular body cream by Baija Paris. I also received this in My Little Box late last year I think but have only just started using it. Again, the smell conjures up a summers day; it almost reminds of the jasmine flower. It is in fact meant to smell like the tiare flower (google it!). You can find this at the Baija website for 13.90 euros. I was unable to find it in any UK website.


6. Two Faced Melted Lipstick 

Again, received from My Little Box (I don't rely on this for all my beauty stuff, I promise!)
The Two Faced Melted lipstick has been talked about everywhere and I think I'm a bit late on the bandwagon with this one, but I've only had it for a little while and love it! I love the fact that the colour is so pigmented and it's so easy to apply with the spongey applicator. And it just feels like you are wearing lipstick - it's a win win! I love love love this fuchsia colour - nice and bright for summer! Available at quite a few online stores. I found it on the Debenhams website for £19.00. 


7. Avon Perfectly Matte Lipsticks

I owe this one to my best friend Becky in Cornwall who recently started working for Avon (shock horror that it wasn't from a certain subscription box), who recommended to me these lipsticks that claim to be 'matter than Mac'. Now I can't really compare as I haven't used a Mac lipstick - insert here crying with laughter emoji - but it was definitely matte! It also lasted a really long time, so all in all a great buy! I bought the colours Perfectly Nude and Posh Petal. Available at Avon for £8. Be sure to buy it at my friend's Avon shop (Becky Hudson)here - she will love you forever. #friendpoints


Lifestyle

8. Method Daily Kitchen Non-Toxic Surface Cleaner - Clementine
I wasn't sure which category to put this under, so I chose lifestyle...cleaning products can be a lifestyle, right? Anywho, I made the decision last month to cut as many toxic cleaners from my life as possible. I turned to Method as I found it one of the brands that stocked the widest range of products, from hand wash to toilet cleaner. I also love the smells of their products (I mean, clementine!) and the packaging is so appealing and looks kinda cool. I'm not afraid to leave this out on my surface (rather that than the ugly looking chemical ridden products!). I'm not going to bore you with all the details now though, however they are not toxic, so that's what I like to hear! This kitchen cleaner is available at Sainsbury's for £3. I bought mine however at Big Green Smile as they stock a load of other products by them.



Books

9. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Now this book I can't recommend enough. You will all remember Amy Poehler from Mean Girls; you know she played the mum of Regina, right? Well she's done a lot more than that! Being British, I didn't realise the extent of her career before reading this book, written by Amy herself. Amy is funny, talented and really doesn't care what she says! Yes Please is sort of a memoir + she gives advice to her readers through reflecting on her own life. A great read if you're a Saturday Night Live Fan too, as she talks a lot about what goes on back stage there! Available at Amazon for £6.99.



10. All The Buildings In New York That I've Drawn So Far by James Gulliver Hancock

Probably one of my most fave things from February is discovering this book. I think I just saw it online somewhere, perhaps on Facebook, and I bought it immediately. Basically the author vowed to draw all the buildings in New York and this book is a compilation of those that he's done so far. He's Australian and moved to New York to live, so he decided to do this project in order to connect himself to the city. He amazingly talented and has a website here - you should check it out; it's where he updates on the more recent buildings he's drawn. 
Available on Amazon for £11.74. 


Hobbies

11. Hobbycraft

Everyone knows Hobbycraft is a treasure trove and a place that makes anyone convinced they are good at crafts. I fell for their charm whilst shopping online and bought some bits and bobs for Easter. I decided that this year I was going to at least attempt to make some Easters cards. I also for some reason thought it would be a good idea to buy a knitting kit. It's for children but I'm still not sure if I will be able to do it! I will report back. Scarfs for everyone at Christmas if I become pro. All available here
Coloured card: £1.50
Paper flowers: £3.00
Pom Poms: £1.00
Knitting kit: £12.00



12. Propagating 

I started germinating some little seedlings a few weeks ago. So far I've got two types of lettuce (mixed leaf and little gem), pepper and tomato. I'm new to growing veg so it's all trial and error but i'm loving coming down every morning to see how my little ones have grown! I decided to use a propagator as I've tried without before and sort of failed, so I think given the weather here, it's the way to go! I bought this ROOTIT propagator at my local garden centre. It's a particular one that has these little sponges that you plant the seed into with no need to cover with compost. I think it helps keep in the moisture. You can buy a kit on their website for £11.99. Happy growing! 



Let me know if you've tried any of these things and also what you have been loving in February! If you've done a post similar, feel free to link it to me in the comments! I love hearing about other people's faves! 













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