Beneath The Surface

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wow, those awe-inspiring photos were taken in a bunch of amazing places around the world, from the Farne Islands in the North East of England to even Cuba. They showcase the incredible underwater world in its full glory. Personally, I can't get over the cuteness of that seal in the second image. You?

P.S: Life on a goat farm.
P.P.S: llama type of day.

(via DailyMail)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cheers to the weekend. What are your plans for the next two days? Tomorrow night we are meeting friends for dinner and a movie, but tonight is all about chilling on our balcony with a glass of wine. Wishing everyone a beautiful next two days, I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you start weekending, don't miss out on those cool links below.

The strange, uplifting tale of 'Joy of Cooking' versus the food scientist.

Imagining a world after Anna.

What a gem of a place!

'I grew up on a diet of 90's skinny white-girl culture: Rachel Green, Buffy, Carrie Bradshaw.'


Buying slow fashion on a 'stay-at-home' mom budget.

Springtime adulting.

Dear sugar...

The career advice no one will give you.

Kitchen niftiness on another level.

The art of leaning back.

How to avoid impulse purchases.

How eating a plant-based diet has changed my perception of food.


Oatmeal is my gem!


Eight habits that are worth the trouble.

The very best breathing technique for anxiety.


How to join the minimalism movement.

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Eight years ago today
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago day before yesterday.

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(Photo by Jiawa Liu)

This Week's Gems

Thursday, May 17, 2018

This dress is on my wish list...

My go-to sassy arrow studs...

Oh boy, you have to try this salted pretzel dark chocolate! My favourite right now...

The prettiest stem vases...


To make your home smell amazing...



Hi there:)...

Stunning quilt...

Summer hat sorted...

Rainbow leggings = rainbow workout :)...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Yay, after a little break, we are back with a new Wednesday cake and it's a good one! To celebrate the glorious strawberry season, last Wednesday I made Anna Jones' healthy and scrumptious brownie with fresh berries and pistachios.

It came out gooey, rich, deliciously satisfying and totally chocolate-y. It's one one those desserts that a true chocolate person will never say no to. Try it...

Strawberry + Pistachio Brownies 
(Makes 12 brownies. Recipe by Anna Jones from her Modern Way to Cook cookbook)

- 3 tbsp chia seeds or 3 eggs
- 200g dark chocolate (70%), roughly chopped
- 100g coconut oil
- 200g coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200g ground almonds
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder, if you are using chia seeds
- 50g cocoa powder
- 125g strawberries
- 50g pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 180c/fan 160c and get all your ingredients and equipment together. Grease a small brownie tin with coconut oil and line it with baking paper.

 If you are using chia seeds rather than eggs, put the seeds in a little bowl and add 9 tbsp of cold water. Leave to form a gel-like paste.

Place a large, heatproof bowl (big enough to fit all your ingredients) over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Put 150g of the chocolate into the bowl along with the coconut oil, sugar and vanilla extract. Let them melt, stirring from time to time until the sugar is dissolved.

Once melted, take the bowl off the heat and stir in the beaten eggs or the chia seed mixture, then the ground almonds, baking powder (if using), cocoa powder, half the strawberries and pistachios and remaining chocolate. Fold everything together until well mixed. Pour the brownie mix into the lined tin and scatter over the rest of the strawberries and pistachios.

Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until just cooked but still a little soft in the middle. Leave to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting. These will keep for 3 - 4 days. Ta-dah!

P.S: Yum!
P.P.S: Fancy more?

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Food Bites

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Food Bites is a super creative feed from a mum who makes every meal more fun with her culinary creations. I'm all about those mozzarella chicks, you?

P.S: Culinary canvas.
P.P.S: Remember those food maps?

The Ways That Dogs Make Us Happier

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ever since we got Jenny last year, I've realized how incredibly uplifting her constant positive energy can be. She adds all those happy vibes to our days and her tail never quits.

Anyway, recently a few friends told me that I look happier and just generally more relaxed since Jenny come along. So I started to read up on the benefits that come from owning a pet and to my surprise, I realized how good they really are not only for our psyche, but also for our overall well-being.

Here are a few examples:

- A study published in Scientific Reports shows that owning a dog reduces our risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Researchers found, after looking at data from over 3 million people, that the increased social support and physical activity that comes from having a dog lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11% and death from any cause by 15%.

- They help us make friends. Taking your dog out in public is a great icebreaker - a study by Britain's Warwick University found that 40 percent of people reported making friends much easier because of their dog.

- They boost our mood. Towards the end of the work day all you can think about is going home to your patiently waiting pup. It's because they are basically the best stress buster ever. Petting a dog can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. Researchers found that patients with high blood pressure who also had pets could keep their blood pressure lower during times of mental stress than patients without a pet.

So, here it is...Do you have a dog? Tell me all about her/him:)

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: A little reminder.

(Top photo via A Well Traveled Woman. Tips via Apartment Therapy and The Loop)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, May 11, 2018

Cheers to the weekend! What are you up to? Tonight we are going to a vegan festival and I'm hoping to eat my weight in vegan burgers and ice-lollies. Besides that, I'm planning to go for a swim one of those days and maybe take Jenny for a long hike somewhere beautiful. Wishing you all a great next two days, I'll see you on Monday morning.

How to do salad for dinner like they do in Paris.

'But I’ve also added some positive new rules. Like, I’m not allowed to talk to myself in a way that I would never, ever talk to someone else...'

SO good!

Tuning into France’s best podcasts.

'Yes, I use a hair dryer to make roast chicken'.


Polish crocus goodness...

'The things that move me.'

The male glance: how we fail to take women’s stories seriously.

'My fake commute.'

Spot on.

Simple dish-washing.

5 ways to dress up your staircase.

'Our big bear family.'

Homemade biscuits for your pooch:)

Have you ever been to Verona?

Why we should all jump rope.

'We know, individually, that skin cannot be “bad” or “good - or, at least, we should.'

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Eight years ago today
- Seven years ago yesterday.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

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