Berry Smoothie Bowl

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I’m always looking for new things to try for breakfast, but something I have never tried is a smoothie bowl! This year I was was lucky enough to get a blender. Over the course of the year, I have made plenty of smoothies, but never in a bowl format. For breakfast a few days ago, I decided I had to make it. Here’s the result!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 100g frozen berry smoothie mix
  • 50ml soya milk
  • Toppings

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients in the blender, being careful not to over or under blend. If it is too lumpy, don’t worry because this adds texture. Liquid makes it thinner, substance makes it thicker.
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl.
  3. Place your toppings on, I chose muesli and a chopped plum.

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Rasberry and Almond Muffins

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Summer is the perfect time to do some baking and take advantage of all the wonderful seasonal fruit. Raspberries are one of my favourites especially because of how versatile they are. When baked, the raspberries ooze out of the muffins, creating a gorgeous texture inside.

Ingredients:

  • 250g of raspberries
  • 200g of self-raising flour
  • 200ml of milk
  • 125ml of oil
  • 100g of ground almonds
  • 100g of golden caster sugar
  • 75g of flaked almonds
  • Three eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Line the muffin tin with twelve paper cases.
  3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl with the oil and milk.
  4. Without the raspberries or almonds, add the dry ingredients into a separate bowl.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients together. Make sure not to overmix as the batter should be lumpy.
  6. Stir in the raspberries.
  7. Divide the batter between the paper cases and sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.
  8. Bake in the oven for twenty to twenty-five minutes or until golden brown.

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DISCLAIMER: This recipe was inspired by the one on Great British Chefs. Click here for the original recipe. 

Food in Valencia

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Recently, I got back from a trip to Valencia with my family. We spent just under a week there it was absolutely wonderful. It was incredible to go somewhere different and if you are looking for a unique experience, Valencia is the place.

As we stayed in a hotel for our visit, we ate out for every single meal. For the integrity of our trip, we went to some really amazing places. But, these were the best for me.

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La Bothéca was the restaurant we started and ended with. The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. The people who run it are so incredibly lovely and make you feel at home.

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In terms of the food, it could not get any better. Everything is freshly made. It was really humbling to be able to taste quite authentic Italian food.

Refugio - Starter and Main

Refugio was a lucky find. When we were in the El Carmen area, Google Maps directed us to this unique restaurant.

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What some may find slightly peculiar is that there is no permanent menu. I do think that this is very interesting as you get a new experience every time you visit.

The best thing about the food was the presentation, especially the starter. Cutting into the tomato, everything spilt out. A beautiful surprise.

Almalibre Açaí Bar - Starter and Main

Almalibre Açaí Bar was a place we passed whilst exploring the El Carmen area. Once deciding to go there, we knew we had made the right choice. The entire menu is vegan with no meat substitutes.

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Spain is obviously very aware of vegetarians, vegans and food intolerances because this place was one of many specialist cafes.

All the food was amazing, but the açai bowl opened my eyes to an entirely new breakfast meal.

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Although not a restaurant, I couldn’t resist but to include Ice Wave. Unlike the other places mentioned, Ice Wave is a chain of rolled ice cream stalls.

After seeing videos and photos of rolled ice cream online, I simply had to try it.

The prices are very reasonable, which is something I was worried about. They do it right in front of you which was extraordinary to see the effort it takes to make such a perfect dessert.

Valencia was a wonderful city to visit and I had a lovely time. The weather was very hot though!

 

How to Beat the Summer Heat

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As the height of summer is quickly approaching, the weather can only get hotter. If you’re anything like me, this weather is already unbearable. You cannot go outside otherwise you will be turned into a crisp by the sun. So, I’ve decided to share some of my tips to try and stay cool in a season that will only get worse.

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In weather like this, it is important to know what clothes to wear. Lighter coloured clothes tend to reflect light, making them cooler whereas darker coloured clothes absorb light. As well as this, ensuring you are wearing breathable fabrics to free your skin.

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Cold drinks are our best friend in the summer. Ice cubes are a must have. When out and about, it is also important to always have a bottle of water. Not only does it save you money, it also saves the environment.

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Postponing going out in the sun until earlier or later can prevent direct exposure to the heat and brightness we are so used to. Especially around midday, it can become a little too much to withstand.

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Eating fresh is not only good for your health but also your body and mind too! It keeps the kitchen cool which is one of the hottest places in your house.

Hopefully, the weather goes back to normal UK temperatures!

 

 

Summer Day in the Life

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Summer is finally here and I am so pleased. After a very stressful and busy school year, it is so lovely to finally relax. The Summer Holidays really allow me to spend time on my other passions and hobbies besides education. It really depends what I do in a day during the summer break, but usually how the day goes stays the same.

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In the morning, I tend to wake up between seven and seven thirty, but I won’t get out of bed until about half past eight.

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For breakfast, I always have a bowl of cereal and today, I also had a cinnamon bagel.

Getting Ready for the Day

I then get ready for the day, by brushing my teeth, combing my hair and washing my face.

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Afterwards, me and my twin brother decided to play tennis in the garden.

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Once we had done that, I watched some TV until lunch.

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For lunch, I had a falafel and vegetable wrap with fruit and crisps.

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In the afternoon, we decided to go into town to do some shopping.

Dinner

For dinner, we had pesto pasta with green beans and potatoes.

So, that was what I did on a random day during the summer holidays. I cannot wait to produce some more summer themed posts for my blog!

What To Do on a Rainy Day

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Although summer is known for its gorgeous weather and beautiful sunshine, it is also known for its torrential storms and horrific rain. In some ways, I do love the rain; the sound it makes, the path it leaves and the boredom it creates. So, in this post I am going to be sharing what to do on a rainy day!

But before I start, I am collaborating with Katie from Nerd Online who is also doing what to do on a rainy day. I’ve linked her post at the end of this one and after you’ve read mine, please do give it a read!

Colour

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I love colouring because it is so calming and therapeutic! Colouring makes the time fly by and it is such good fun! This colouring book was from Tiger and the pens were from IKEA.

Revise

Revise

Unfortunately, because of exams, I do need to revise and on a rainy day, you have no excuse! But, make sure to have the right balance or work and play because otherwise you will get overwhelmed.

Learn a Language

Learn a language

I don’t know what I love some much about languages, I just find them so enjoyable! At school, I am learning French and Mandarin Chinese. As well as this, I am attempting to teach myself Sign Language.

Learn an Instrument

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I like music in general, especially composing. I play the clarinet and am teaching myself the keyboard and ukulele. Instruments are great ways to pass the time, especially if it is something that you have never done before or that it is something you did in the past.

Start a Journal

Start a journal

Journalling is amazing for expressing your creativity. There are all sorts of ways everyone can use a journal to make them at ease with themselves.

So, they were my activities to do on a rainy day. Once again, thank you to Katie from Nerd Online for collaborating with me!

Katie’s Blog: https://nerdonlinee.wordpress.com

Katie’s Post: https://nerdonlinee.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/what-to-do-on-a-rainy-day/

Lovin’ Right Now

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Everyone has things in life that they cannot live without. Perhaps a certain t-shirt, pair of shoes or sunglasses. But, in this post I am going to be sharing some of my current favourites that I have been using or wearing a lot recently.

Stabilo Fineliners

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As you may have seen from some of my other posts, I have recently got back into journalling and scrap booking. So, these are perfect for little details or embellishments and they come in all colours of the rainbow!

Cactus Phone Case

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A few weeks ago, I treated myself to a new phone case and I chose one themed around cacti! It looks so adorable and it adds a nice touch of colour to my phone.

Canon FX Film Camera

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Now, this is something I am obsessed with. When I discovered my Dad had an old film camera, I went crazy because I just love the idea of them. It was really fun taking my first photos on it and I cannot wait to develop the rest!

Black and White Striped T-Shirt

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I love this t-shirt because it is really pretty! I have been wearing it with literally everything now the sun has started to come out more often.

Blue Polka Dot Shorts

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Like wise with the t-shirt, this is another clothing item I have been wearing a lot. They are really comfortable and the lighter blue dots are so pretty!

So, there was my current favourites. What are you liking at the moment?

A Long Weekend in Amsterdam

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Last June, I went on a long weekend to Amsterdam with my school and I never got round to posting what I got up to. So, in this post, I am going to share some of the highlights from my short trip.

Hotel and Local Area

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I stayed in the Eastern Docklands area at a Stayokay Hotel. After checking in, we had a wander around as the weather was so lovely. It was really exciting seeing the similarities and differences between living in the UK and the Netherlands.

NEMO Science Centre

NEMO Science Centre

One of the first places we went to was the NEMO Science Centre. I really enjoyed going here because it was so interactive and I had so much fun using all the equipment. We also stayed here for lunch and sat on the roof terrace which has a marvellous view of the Oosterdok.

Windmills at the Zaanse Schans

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In the afternoon, we visited the Windmills at the Zaanse Schans. It was so peaceful and really relaxing to just walk around and gaze at some of Amsterdam’s history.

Canal Tour

Canal Tour

To finish off the first full day, we went on a canal tour which took an hour, showing us all the sites to see in Amsterdam by water.

Duinrell Amusement Park

Duinrell Amusement Park

The entire second day was spent at Duinrell Amusment Park. I loved how everything looked and even though I did not go on many rides, I still had a great time.

Bruges

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On the way back, we stopped off in Bruges. It was so sunny and the architecture from the old and new was fascinating to see.

I enjoyed my trip to Amsterdam a lot despite how short it was. I hope to go back soon to see some of the attractions and sites I missed, such as the Anne Frank House.

 

Spring Delights

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Last weekend, I once again visited Bleheim Palace and it was extraordinary what a change the seasons had made to the grounds. Unlike last time, we were actually able to visit the wonderful nature that surrounds the house and here’s a selection of the photos I took.

Bloom

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Downhill Horizon

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Dulled Sights

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Alone But Together

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Order of Importance

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I cannot believe what wonderful weather we are having in the UK at the minute! Hopefully, it stays like this…

Inside my Journal – Sunflowers, Roses and Cacti

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When I was younger, I used to scrapbook a far bit. Now, I am getting back into it after seeing so many beautiful and inspirational bullet journal spreads. For a long time, I have considered starting a bullet journal but I have never gone beyond looking at images. However, with my little journal, I can scrapbook, doodle, paint and write with no worry of completing it in time for a month!

My journal is a lined A5 Muji Notebook and I got it in a pack of five. I like have lines so everything stays straight but it is annoying sticking paintings in.

Each of my pages has a theme, so for this post I am sharing my first three: sunflowers, roses and cacti. For the rest of this journal, I am just going to scrapbook, doodle, paint and write whatever I like or whatever makes me happy.

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So, the first two pages are on my two favourite flowers; sunflowers and roses. On both sides, I went with the same idea of having a quote on a watercolour background, a drawing of the flower and some stickers.

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I especially like the idea of having a photograph and the doodle underneath as kind of a comparison.

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Honestly, I still can’t believe I managed to draw that rose, I am so useless sometimes when it comes to drawing!

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For my next page, I decided to go with one of my obsessions; cacti. For this page, I didn’t include a quote because, well, I forgot! Instead, I found a load of pretty images that I printed and cut out. The stars were made out of an image I printed and in order to use up the watercolour I completely cut up another set of cacti.

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I think this page just shows what imagination can do when something goes wrong, especially how at the start of making it I made a huge mess!

I am definitely going to continue making these pages because they are so much fun and allow me to be really creative.