Showing posts from November, 2016

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Cacao And Coconut Sugar Brownies

I don't know anyone who doesn't like a chocolate brownie. 
And rightly so. If I'm craving a decadent, gooey, chocolatey treat, a brownie hits the spot every time. Whatever the occasion, a brownie always rises up to it. Satisfaction guaranteed. The perfect pick-me-up. Well - almost perfect.

I'm not going to beat around the bush here; brownies are hardly recognised for their nutritional value. Sure, they may provide us with a few moments of pure unadulterated pleasure but they're not great for our guts. So, today I thought I'd spend the day making healthy brownies. Healthy body, healthy mind and all that.

And it turns out, brownies don't have to be bad for you. There are so many recipe variations out there that are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free or made with beetroot or sweet potato or ground nuts... That's one of the things that I love about them; there are a million different ways to make a brownie and they all taste as fabulous as the next.

Me, Myself and I: Sinensis Chinese Herbal Facial

I've never been 100% happy with my naked skin. 
My complexion is overly pink and slightly oily, often blotchy, sometimes blemished with a few enlarged pores and - even at 25 - I still get spots. As much as I try to protect my face from Life, it's not always possible and bearing the brunt of the environment every day, I can understand why my skin sometimes needs a little extra TLC.
There are so many internal and external factors that affect our skin's condition: sunshine, wind, diet, cosmetics, hormones, temperature, air pollution, materials, alcohol, stress and stubble (kiss rash is a real thing, you know). There's not one day that goes by where our faces are not put under some sort of pressure. 365 days a year; that's a whole lot of pressure. 

So once in a while, it can only be beneficial that we seek professional help to keep our skin in check.

To Infinity And Beyond: A Little Surprise From

Infinity is one of those words that we won't ever truly understand. 
We know its meaning, 'to be limitless or endless in space, extent or size' - but how can this definition translate in a world where everything is calculated around us? We live our lives surrounded by metrics, reaching defined endings and creating new beginnings. Forever just a word on our lips.

From birth, Life already has a plan, giving us 2 parents, 2.4 children, 1 house, 2 cars, 1.6 dogs, 2.1 cats, 14 years of schooling, 1 year travelling the world, 3 years at University, 4.7 partners before The One, 14.5 months of engagement, 11.3 years of happy marriage, 33% chance of divorce, 10 jobs, 18 years of retirement....
And approximately 81.5 years to make our mark.
So let's consider the age-old question, the question used to define who we are and what we're to become: What do you want to be when you grow up? Honestly, I could never decide. My answer changed, and still changes, dependent on my mood o…