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Are we in the same boat?

Good afternoon friends,

How is this beautiful Sunday treating you?

I have to jump right in and ask, Is it just me or does anyone feel like they’re all over the show??

The past 3 months I’ve really been struggling. You can only push yourself so hard.

The uncertainty of life, (I don’t mean in a spontaneous way) has thrown me off. Recently my mood has plummeted, then shot to the sky the next minute.

The past couple of months have been trying, with a mixture of emotions and events, I haven’t been in the right frame of mind to blog and didn’t want to post for the hell of it.

There have been a few topics that I’ve missed, but mental health and self care is more important than keeping up with a few posts which relate to the season.

I’ve been feeling constantly lethargic, little under the weather and finding it difficult to stay focused

I haven’t been able to shake the feeling of being tired, achy and low energy.

A few weeks ago we lost a family member which is always difficult, especially during covid but thankfully we were able to attend the funeral to pay our respects and say goodbye, which I am extremely grateful that we were able to.

I’ve mixed up my diet, have made an effort to exercise regularly, take my vitamins, drink more water and make the most of getting out in the fresh air when I can.

I have a solid group of support around me and have comfort in my family, friends, and surroundings, and don’t know if this is all stemming from Covid, but does anyone else feel a little lost and not themselves?

If you can relate to anything I’ve said, please reach out to me, or if you have any advice it’s greatly appreciated

Kaya •

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Saturday stroll, Carisbrook, The Tennyson Trail and Gatcombe

Good afternoon friends,

Yesterday morning/early afternoon, my fiance and I set off for a stroll

We didn’t anticipate such a long walk, but as the weather was so beautiful we decided to make the most of it.

We packed a lunch along with a flask of tea, wrapped up in layers, and set out for our trek. We walked from,

Carisbrook to the Tennyson trail to
Bowcomb down, towards Gatcombe, back through Carisbrook and into Newport.

Here’s just a few pictures from our journey

To walk for hours without a destination, to just chat, no distractions, getting exercise and taking in the glorious views, it was wonderful.

We ended up walking 13.6k, my legs definitely needed the stretch, and my chest the fresh air.

We passed less than a dozen people and a few dogs, spotted 2 robins, a sparrow, buzzards, a pheasant, sheep with their lambs, and a festival of birds singing in a tree.

The last few miles of the walk, the trees bowed over is along the tunnel path, I felt as though we were hobbits leaving The Shire.

There were dozens of exposed roots, with burrows, perfect for small creatures, as well as what I expect were rabbit or badger holes around them.

We were tempted to walk around Carisbrook castle before we heading home, though we could hear the families and dogs barking, and decided to take a different route as it looked a little too busy

Forever thankful for our Island, and cannot wait for Spring right around the corner

Kaya •

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New Product Review – Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo Bars

Good afternoon friends,

In recent years, zero waste items have become more accessable and affordable.
The past couple of months I’ve tried my best to take a little extra time when ordering beauty and home items, that are made naturally, with less plastics, to prevent waste, that are vegan, animal cruelty free and palm oil free.

Last week I found Garnier had released a selection of Shampoo Bars.

These 60g bars are packaged in a cardboard box, and retail for £7.99, but are currently on sale in Boots and Superdrug for just £3.99 each with a free aluminium storage box (whilst stock lasts)

It may not be the most exciting item to buy with a Boots voucher, but it was worth it for the price.
There are 4 varieties depending on your hair type
I picked up 3 (out of the 4) bars, one of which I knew a friend would like to try.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures’
Honey and beeswax for damaged hair, to nourish, strengthen and give protection to breakage, with a a soft sweet scent

Garnier Ultimate Blends Ginger’
Ginger root extract and almond oil to Recover and revitalise weak and dull hair leaving it shiny and stronger.
A warming scent, but not over powering, almost a christmas candle fragrance.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut’
Aloe Vera for Normal Hair, to leave your locks Hydrated and clean with a fresh light coconut scent

Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat Softening Shampoo Bar for Sensitive Scalp & Fragile Hair (The one I didn’t purchase)

The bars last up to 2 months each, are easy to grip, with a tear drop shape.
They are sustainable, Vegan and cruelty free and Silicone and paraben free, and 97% biodegradable formula

The free storage boxes were sold out, but I had another small tub to store it in.

I have used my Blends of Honey bar 3 times in the last week and absolutely love it.
I was unsure if it would work well with thick, long curly hair, and worried it would be left tangled, greasy or felt stripped, but instead my hair feels soft, smooth with a light fragrance, looks and feels clean.

If you haven’t already, I recommend your give them a go!

Kaya •

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Rice Crispy Marshmellow Bars

Good evening friends,

A oldie but a goodie, but who doesn’t love a rice crispy treat?

This is a sweet delight I’ve made, 3 times this year so far (Yes I know we’re only a few weeks in) however, if you have a sweet tooth like myself, this is a quick, easy, and cheap treat.

Ingredients
22g butter
150g marshmallows
90g Rice crispies cereal
*If you want to add a little something extra, use 50g of a chocolate of your choice to drizzle over

Recipe

1. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper, or if you don’t have any, grease the pan with a little oil.
2. Measurement out your rice crispies and pour into a large mixing bowl

3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the marshmallows, stir constantly and fold over to ensure all are equally melted and doesn’t burn in the pan

4. Pour the melted marshmellows into the bowl of cereal and mix vigorously, to coat all of the cereal

5. Once your ingredients are mixed together, pour into the tray and flatten with your spatula/cooking utensil or clean hands.

6. Heat your chocolate either on the hob or in the microwave until melted, and then drizzle over your tray

8. Place your tray in the fridge for 20 minutes, once chilled, cut and enjoy!

Kaya •

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Superdrug Pampering Face Mask Haul

Good morning friends,

Before I started my ‘No Spend 2021’, I stocked up on a few essentials, face masks being one.

I enjoy a sheet mask as much as the next girl, but there’s nothing quite like peel off and creamy face masks to pamper your skin

I’m trying my hardest, where possible to only purchase Cruelty free products

We’re in luck, all Superdrug’s own brand items are Cruelty free, and extremely affordable.

All of the masks below are also Vegan friendly, and just 99p each, and currently 3 for 2!

Superdrug Face Masks

Theres a mask for everyone

  • For all skin types
  • For normal to dry skin
  • For sensitive skin
  • Peel off masks
  • Clay masks

With masks for all purposes –

  • Nourish
  • Revitalise
  • Detoxify
  • Soothe
  • Hydrate
  • Exfoliate

I filled my boots (basket), and bought a variety of each

Superdrug Face Masks

  • Superfruits Exfoliating Face Mask
  • Orange and Lava Exfoliating Face Mask
  • Rescue Strawberries & Cream Moisture Face Mask
  • Skin Rescue Avocado Clay Mud Face mask
  • Cucumber Cooling Clay Face Mask
  • Skin Rescue Coconut Creamy Delight Face Mask
  • Pink Clay Face Mask
  • Sugar & Spice Self-Heating Face mask
  • Skin Rescue Sorbet Antioxidant Peel-off Face Mask
  • Tropical Cocktail Peel Off Face mask
  • Cleansing Manuka Honey Peel Off face mask
  • Fruity Lemon & Tea Tree Peel Off Face Mask
  • Fruity Strawberry & Raspberry Peel-off Face mask
  • Fruity Shea Butter & Bamboo Exfoliating Face mask

Superdrug also off a variety of 6 face masks tubs, 75ml, £3.99 each, and are currently buy one get one free

I bought the Avocado & Oat Face Mask tub, it has a thick consistency, easy to apply and smells fresh, there’s not doubt it’s avacado!

Superdrug Face Mask Tubs 75ml

I’ve tried a majority of these masks before, and have loved them, especially the Strawberries and Cream.

Have you tried these face masks before?

If not, would you give them a go?

Kaya •

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Christmas/January Sales

Good morning friends,


Each year we know to expect the Boxing day and January Sales, but in December 2020 hundreds of retailers started their sales a few days before Christmas.

As I mentioned on my last post, I am planning to have a ‘No spend 2021’, therefore took the opportunity to purchase a few items in the sale, all products I know I’ll get use out of next year.


Superdrug – Make up Bag – Original Price £5 – Sale Price £1



Superdrug Studio London 12 Day advent calender Original Price £60 – Sale Price £10

Contents –

  • 2 x eyeshadow palette 14.4 g
  • 1 x 3 shades blusher palette 12g
  • 1 x single pressed powder 8g
  • 1 x single loose powder 12g
  • 1 x Eye liner 0.5 g + eyelash set
  • 1 x primer 15g
  • 3 x lipgloss 3ml
  • 1 x lipstick 3g
  • 1 x mascara 12ml
  • 1 x liquid highlight 10ml
  • 1 x blusher brush
  • 2 x eyeshadow brushes



Soap and Glory The Square Necessities Christmas Gift Set Original price £65 – Sale Price £30

  • Clean a colada Hydrating Body Wash 500 ml
  • Drop in the lotion Lightweight Body Lotion 500 ml
  • Clean on me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel 500 ml
  • The Scrub of your life Smoothing Body Scrub 200 ml
  • The Righteous butter Body Moisturizer 300 ml
  • Hand Food – Non-Greasy Hydrating Hand Cream 50 ml
  • Your best shot Coffee & Oat Scrub 180g
  • Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash 350 ml
  • Bright & beautiful Radiance-Boosting Mask 29 g
  • The Fab Pore Pore-refining Mask 29 g
  • The Rush hour Scent-sational Dry Shampoo 200 ml
  • Thick & Fast High Definition Mascara in Film Noir 10 ml


H&M boots
Original price £24.99 – Sale Price £7.99



New Look
Red dress Original price £29.99 – Sale price £10


Grey cropped jumper Original price £14.99 – Sale price £6


Cranberry cropped jumper

Original price £14.99 – Sale price £6



The Works Note book Original Price £3 – Sale Price £1



Have you picked up any bargains in the boxing day or January sales?
If so, what did you purchase?

Kaya •
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Make up Declutter, clean and organise

Good afternoon friends, and Happy New Year!

This morning I decided to declutter and clean out my make up drawers.
Last year I wore hardly any make up, and when I did was drawn towards the same couple of palettes.
I love watching these videos on YouTube, and thought no time like the present.

I bought my make up drawers about 4 or so years ago from Amazon for around £40

6 tier/5 drawer clear make up drawers (Kardashian inspired, let’s not front), are easy to clean, store, and came with 3 sets of clear sturdy drawer dividers.

Link to similar drawers below

Cosmetic Organiser Drawers

From the bottom to the top, each drawer I’ve emptied out, wiped down, and repacked getting rid of any out of date, dried out, or products that have hardly or will never use, with a before and after photo.

1st drawer – Eyeshadow palettes

2nd Drawer – Foundation/concealer/cheek tint/highlighter palettes/bronzers/blushers

3rd drawer – Liquid matte lips and lip pencils

4th drawer Lipsticks

5th drawer Lipglosses/eyeliners/mascaras

Top Tray – Setting powders/beauty sponges/lip balms/lip scrubs/liquid highlighters

For the final drawer, I rearranged, wiped down but only got rid of 2 setting powders and added a few beauty sponges that I didn’t have room for.

All together I got rid of –
3 eye shadow palettes (one out of the picture as smashed)
3 highlighter palette
2 setting powders
7 lipsticks
5 matte Liquid lip
10 lip glosses
1 primer
1 liquid highlighter
3 eye liners
1 lip liner
7 single eyeshadows
1 single blush

I feel better knowing I’m using make up that won’t harm my skin or take up unnecassary space on my desk. (Even if I said goodbye to some of my favourite discontinued NYX lipsticks)

Have you had a declutter this New Year? If so, what did you clean out?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020, Cooking at home with Kaya

Blogmas – Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake

Good afternoon friends,

Today I’m sharing a recipe, one that I’ve made before, but will no doubt become a new Christmas tradition.

This Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake, can be prepared, baked and decorated in just over an hour. A simple recipe, with the most delicious smooth, light and flavoursome cake.

Although Nigella labels this a cake, I wouldn’t personally, as it’s flourless and doesn’t have this consistency, I would say it’s more of a gooey spiced pudding.

Photo from Nigella’s site

Click on the link below for the recipe, or read on for the information and a few step by step pictures.

Christmas Spiced Chocolate Cake

Recipe

For the cake

  • 150 grams chopped dark chocolate (I used 1 while Terry’s Dark chocolate Orange)
  • 150 grams soft butter
  • 6 large eggs
  • 250 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 grams ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • zest of 1 clementine (or satsuma)
  • 4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
For the topping

  • juice of 1 clementine (or satsuma)
  • 15 grams butter
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 50 grams flaked almonds

Method

  • Take anything you need out of the fridge to bring it to room temperature. The only truly important thing, however, is that the eggs aren’t cold, so if they are, just put them into a bowl (I use the KitchenAid bowl I’m going to whisk them in later) and cover with warm water for 10 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/gas mark 4/350ºF. Butter the sides and line the bottom of a 23cm / 9 inch springform tin.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl, in a microwave according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or suspended over a pan of simmering water, and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until thick, pale and moussy. They should have at least doubled in volume, even tripled. If you’re using a freestanding mixer, as I do, this is effortless.

  • Gently fold in the ground almonds, cinnamon, cloves, clementine/satsuma zest and espresso powder, taking care not to lose the air you have whisked in, then, finally, pour and scrape in the melted, slightly cooled, chocolate and butter, folding gently again.

  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 35–40 minutes, by which time the top of the cake should be firm, and the underneath still a bit gooey.

  • Remove from the oven, and sit it on a wire rack, draped with a clean tea towel, to cool completely.

  • To make the topping for the cake, put the clementine/satsuma juice into a small, preferably non-stick, frying pan with the butter, sugar and cinnamon and melt everything together, then let it sizzle for a minute or so and begin to caramelize before adding the almonds.
  • Stir everything together, and occasionally tip the pan to keep it all moving; what you want is for all the liquid to disappear and the nuts to look shiny and be coated thinly in a fragrant, orange-scented toffee.

  • Remove to a plate and cool.
  • Unspring the cake and transfer to a cake stand or plate; I am brave enough to take it off its base sometimes, but don’t if you’re scared. Remember this cake, however intense and elegant within, has a rather ramshackle rustic appearance on the outside.
  • (My cake was curved at the top and a bit crumby, I flipped mine over, which I think looks more enticing)

  • Scatter with the almonds, mainly letting them pile up in the centre of the cake, but drop a few here and there all over the top. And serve with the cointreau cream.
  • My cake did not look anything like the picture, it wasn’t as ‘stable’, but it tasted like a dream. I dropped off slices to family, and to our neighbour with a variety of double cream, whipped cream and custard.

    If you give this recipe a go please let me know!

    Kaya •

    Blogmas 2020, Cooking at home with Kaya

    Blogmas – Christmas Day Cooking

    Good morning friends,

    Christmas day for as long as I can remember is all about seeing family and friends, as many as you can cram into one day.

    Multiple minced pies, crackers pulled and countless cups of tea. Well, we partly did that!

    We had a relaxing morning, opening presents, listening to Christmas music

    We only had a light breakfast and cuppa’s during the day, ready for our festive feast.

    We social distanced with family, face timed and called loved ones.

    And for the first time ever, I cooked Christmas dinner. In years past I would have assisted here and there, but this year I cooked Christmas dinner and all the trimming, and absolutely loved it.

    I seasoned the chicken, I went rogue, shocker, taking it out every 25 minutes or so to baste it, as add the roast potatoes that seasoned in the juices, all was cooked to perfection.

    I minted the lamb chops and smoothered the carrots and parsnips so that they were honey roasted.

    Pigs in blankets were another ‘must’.

    I had to be clever with the arranging of the trays, the doubling up and timings, but all went to plan

    I over cooked, as we will have meat and stuffing sandwiches, chicken curry, chicken soup etc for meals through out the next couple of days

    After dinner, and a sit down all was packed away ready for the next couple of days, watched Home Alone and had a tipple

    Is it just my family tradition, or does everyone cook a little extra for the coming days?

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas X

    Kaya •