Remove decorative items other than your favourites| Minimalism Series

When it comes to decoration in my house I like to keep it minimal, easy to clean but at the same time aesthetically pleasing.

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It’s important that you give your house a theme and ask yourself what needs to stay and what you need to get rid of because it doesn’t fit that theme. My theme is all about plants, candles and a few family photos. All of this makes us feel good at home and gives a touch of personality to the space.

You have to ask yourself a simple question “Does it serve a purpose functionally or visually?” if yes keep it, if not, why bother?

Not everyone gets this mindset and sometimes it can be a difficult for family and friends to understand. Especially when you move to a new house, people tend to offer you decoration pieces amongst other gifts.

The majority of people see an empty surface on a new house as “they didn’t have the time to buy something to fill/complete that space yet”, when instead, I look at it and feel satisfaction for not having the need to clutter that space.

I know it’s difficult to just tell someone “don’t get me anything, I don’t need it” (Hint: I don’t want it), the person will just ignore it and get you something anyways. So my advice is to tell them what you would like to have, such as something useful and not expensive.

I noticed that by keeping empty surfaces in my house it makes it easier to organise and clean the space. So I definitely recommend doing it!

I’ve been writing separate posts about my minimalism challenge experiences, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media channels to not miss out on these!

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Anatomicals Face Masks| Valentine’s series

Valentine’s day is almost here and this year, Anatomicals challenged me to review 4 of their face masks along with my boyfriend.

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Andre is not a big fan of face masks. Basically anything on his face makes him feel uncomfortable, but he loves the end result, so I knew this was definitely something we needed to try.

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So here are our reviews along with a few crazy photos from the experiment:

Face Mask: I feel the need, the need for seaweed. calming algae face mask

What we have to say about it: Definitely our favour in terms of colour. Andre loved the smell and said it made him feel very relaxed. But what left us speechless was how refreshed and smooth our skin felt after we removed it.

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Face Mask: Makes your skin brighter. (if not you) strawberry + yarrow face mask

What we have to say about it: It’s stinging time! This wasn’t one of Andre’s favourite until he took it off and felt his skin very moisturised. I simply loved the smell of strawberries in my skin.

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Face Mask: “Anatomicals Farewell The Scarlet Pimperhell Face Mask’ 

What we have to say about it: I had tried this mask before so I couldn’t wait to see Andre’s reaction to it. Our faces ended up really clean and this mask was great to absorb excess oil. Loved it!

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Face Mask: ‘Look, You’ve Got Chocolate All Over Your Face, Anti Stress Mask’

What we have to say about it: We both had a nice glow after this mask. The properties of dead sea salt combined with the moisturising benefits of cocoa butter and shea butter really makes a difference to your skin. Andre said the smell was just like entering M&Ms store in London.

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Now it’s time you give them a try too! http://www.anatomicals.net/

Now available on Boots and Boots Online!

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You can check my other Anatomicals’ products reviews here.

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HelloFresh Review

It’s not the first time that I try a meal delivery service, for several reasons – it saves me time not having to do grocery shopping and it makes us try different meals at home.

So this time I decided to try Hello Fresh and after a lot of compliments from family, friends and family on social media about the delicious look of my latest meal photos on social media, I decided it was about time to write a review and answer all your questions.

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Trying new recipes is one of my favourite hobbies and Hello Fresh puts together the meal plan and mail you the recipes with all the ingredients, so it makes it very easy!

They have 3 plans to choose from. The Classic, Veggie, and Family Plan. I chose the Classic meal plan, where you can choose between 2 and 4 people and receive 3, 4, or 5 meals. The price is going to change depending on which you choose.

Hello Fresh creates the recipes, compiles all the ingredients, and delivers to your door. All you have to do is cook it. And the great thing is that the recipes are classic but at the same time you get introduced to new foods.

Also, you can pause delivery whenever you want. So you can schedule Hello Fresh for busy times when you don’t have time to plan out dinner or go to the grocery store.

So here are the meals I’ve tried:

Balsamic Steak with Red cabbage and Potato Wedges

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It’s difficult to find this great quality steak at a supermarket! I also loved the potato wedges with the rosemary leaves – perfect touch! Rated 4 stars, just because I’m not a fan of Red cabbage.

Mexican Chicken with Roasted Peppers and Homemade Refried Beans

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I’m a big fan of Mexican food so I need to rate this meal with 5 stars! Especially because of the mixed beans with chilli, amazingly delicious!

Thai Pork Stir-Fry with Green Beans, Holy Basil and Rice

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Just so you can have an idea, my sister hates spicy food but this was her favourite meal on the box. Once again the meat was a very good quality one and all the ingredients were fresh, which makes a huge difference when it comes to taste. I have to rate this meal with 5 stars too.

Bacon & Butternut Risotto with Chilli and Cheese

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This recipe took us quite a long time to put together, but it was also because it was our first time doing a risotto and the preparation of a good risotto is quite an art! I can proudly say that we mastered that art! It was a delicious risotto and the butternut cubes gave it a fresh and different flavour. Because of being time-consuming I would say 4 stars for this meal.

Creamy Linguine with King Prawns and Serrano Ham

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It’s not easy to find good quality seafood, so once I saw this recipe on the website I knew I had to give it a try. Linguine is one of my favourite pastas and it came out delicious! The only thing I would’ve changed is the amount of creme-fraiche, I’m not a big fan and for that I have to give it 4 stars.

Mushroom Tagliatelle with Stroganoff Sauce and Broccoli

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Everyone needs to try this amazing sauce: Ketchup, paprika, water, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of lemon zest and Worcester sauce. It’s amazing and I saved a little bit to use with other meals, that’s how much of a fan I became of this specific meal, so I have to give it 5 stars!

You can have £20 off your first box by using my link: here.

Let me know if you have any questions on the comments below.

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