Sunday, 27 December 2015

A Bit Of A Break



Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. It is Sunday today and that would normally mean a lifestyle or travel type of blog post. However, today, I just wanted to say that I am taking a bit of break from the blog for a moment. Hopefully not too long, hopefully to be back in the new year and hopefully with the same schedule, but we shall see. A big thanks to you who have been reading the blog so far, I hope you have been finding them helpful and I do appreciate it! The giveaway is still up if you would like to enter. It ends next Sunday the 3rd of January and as mentioned in the post, winners will be announced via a blog post. So I hope you have had a good December time so far and I hope you are looking forward to the new year! I do have a New Year's eve fashion post up if you are looking for inspiration on what to wear for your celebrations. I also have some great healthy recipes you could try out to start the new year off well!

So happy boxing day tomorrow, thank you for reading and hopefully, see you soon too, on the blog. 

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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Friday, 25 December 2015

Pictures Of The Sky, Sunrise To Sunset | Pictures Of The Week 10

Welcome to Pictures Of The Week 10, a different Friday for those who do celebrate the December festivities, but most importantly I hope you have a lovely time with your family get togethers! Today's pictures of the week is a combination of pictures from within the last two weeks. As the blog giveaway went live last week, the pictures from that week were not included in pictures of the week 9, therefore we have here today, a double dose of pictures and they are a sky admirations galore! From dawn to dusk, an album of the skies through the day!

As The Sun Rises…Good Morning!
The Sun Is Rising
The Sun Is Rising
The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising


The Sun Is Up
The Sun Is Rising
Bright Sun
The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising

The Sun Is Rising


Touch Of Pink
Bright Skies

Bright Skies

Bright Skies


Beautiful BlueBlue Skies
Blue Skies
Blue Skies

Blue Skies


Go For A Walk
Muddy Ground
Muddy Walk

River Flows
River Flows
Rivers
River Flows

River Flows

River Flows


As The Sun Sets...Good Night!
Sun Set

Sun Set

Sun Set

Sun Set

Sun Set

Thank you for reading and see you on Sunday's Post! Don't forget to Enter the blog giveaway, lots of prizes to win!!!

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

10 Healthy Vegetarian Meals To Try Post Holidays | Mealspiration

Going on a pinspiration mode again, today on Food Thursday, I am sharing some of my favourite non-meat and non-fish healthy meals from Pinterest. These 10 would be great to try post holidays if you are looking for healthier meals to have after the holiday stuffings. They would also be great if you would like to eat less meat or are looking for great non-meat recipes to balance out your meat options. Don't forget to enter my Giveaway which ends next week! Lots of prizes to win!

10 Healthy Vegetarian Meals To Try Post Holidays

Though I am not a vegetarian, I would love to be one some day for the health benefits! However we do try to limit our intake of meat in general within our household, leaning more towards the fish side of things most times. I do admire those a who know how to get great nutrients from what the earth produces off the ground. So here are some of those kinds of meals with links to the recipe's websites should you wish to try them too.

1. Healthy Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese
Now I only ever tried mac 'n' cheese for the first time in December 2015. Though I have seen it many times in movies, on YouTube and I recognise it as a soul food in America, Ikea never had any left each time my husband and I went there and wanted to try some. This one sounds great because this year I also discovered the tastiness of butternut squash soup!
Healthy Butternut Squash Mac 'n' Cheese post holidays meals recipes
Recipe Here - pinchofyum.com


2. Garlic Mushroom Quinoa
I also finally begun to love quinoa this year! I already have a recipe up on this blog on how to make an amazing quinoa dish for a healthy and filling dinner. This mushroom recipe is looking good also! I definitely will try it in 2016!
Garlic Mushroom Quinoa post holidays recipes meals
Recipe Here - Damndelicious.net

3. Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls
I do love whole wheat noodles as they are a great wholesome alternative to normal spaghetti or noodles. This recipes is looking good with all the colours from the vegetables especially the red cabbage!
Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls post holidays meals recipes
Recipe Here - pinchofyum.com

4. Tofu And Vegetable Stir Fry
Still yet to try tofu! I shall probably make my entrance with this recipe or the one just below it! I have heard a lot of good things about tofu as a great alternative to chicken. I think I shall make my debut in 2016!
Tofu And Vegetable Stir Fry post holidays meals recipes
Recipe Here - minimalistbaker.com

5. Crispy Peanut Tofu And Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Whew…that was a mouthful! This is the second beautiful tofu recipe. If you love peanut like me, then you might like this also, not forgetting how delicious it looks!
Crispy Peanut Tofu And Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry post holidays meals recipes
Recipe Here - minimalistbaker.com 

6. Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta With Roasted Tomatoes
Very Simple looking! A quick recipe for lunch or dinner. I have been loving penne a lot lately though I had always leaned more towards fusilli. So this recipe is looking good for the books!
Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta With Roasted Tomatoes post holidays meals recipes
Recipe Here - minimalistbaker.com 

7. Spicy Butter Bean, Chickpea And Butternut Squash Stew
Butternut squash again! Ahh nothing more than a warm stew or soup in winter! This is a January must try!
Spicy Butter Bean, Chickpea And Butternut Squash Stew post holidays meals recipes
Recipe Here - deliciousmagazine.co.uk

8. Butternut Squash, Spinach And Goat's Cheese Pie
Ok...Butternut squash much? Yup, look out for the butternut squash pictures of the week galore in January. If you are a lover of pie, then try this healthy alternative too, with all sorts of goodness in the middle.
 Butternut Squash, Spinach And Goat's Cheese Pie post holidays recipes
Recipe Here - deliciousmagazine.co.uk

9. Curried Roasted Eggplant With Smoked Cardamom And Coconut Milk
Back in Ghana, eggplants, especial the white ones,  are one of the main vegetables used in daily dinners. Perhaps I shall share a recipe on this soon. This recipe with varying eggplants is therefore something new to try from what I am used to. It looks like a great alternative to a meat curry especially with the texture of eggplants.
Curried Roasted Eggplant With Smoked Cardamom And Coconut Milk post holidays recipes meals
Recipe Here - bojongourmet.com

10. Keralan Veggie Curry
And finally my first ever Jamie Oliver recipe that I will try next year. An authentic looking vegetarian curry complete with popodoms, rice and a yogurt sauce! So do let me know which one is your favourite of the 10 and which one you might also try.
Keralan Veggie Curry post holidays meals recipes


Do Enter my Giveaway and win some lovely prizes! And as always, thank you for reading, see you on Friday's post!

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Beauty Products Reviewed From My 15 Paraben & Lead Free Products Wish List

Welcome to beauty Tuesday. Do you agree that wish listing is one very fun way to discover new products? Around September, I made a wish list of some paraben free beauty and skincare products which I hoped to try later on this year and in 2016. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to try some of the items from the list and in today's post, I am sharing the beauty and skincare products which I have reviewed on the blog so far. Don't forget to enter the Giveaeway which is currently live on the blog! Lots of lovely prizes to win!
Paraben Free Beauty And Skincare Products
Paraben & Lead Free Beauty And Skincare Products

This is a shot of the products which were mentioned in the September 15 paraben free beauty and skincare wish list post. Out of the 15 products that I hoped to try, I have been able to try 6 of them and have reviewed 4 of the 6.
15 Paraben & Lead Free Beauty And Skincare Products wish list
15 Paraben & Lead Free Beauty And Skincare Products Wish List

1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Anti-Clogging Corrector
This is the first product I tried from the wish list and it was reviewed here. I tried samples of the anti-clogging corrector before the wish list but I added it to the list as I wanted to try the normal sizes. It was one product from this brand which I had been eying for a while due to the many good things which had been said about it. If you are considering buying it and would like an honest review do check out my review on it via the highlighted link.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Anti-Clogging Corrector paraben free
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Anti-Clogging Corrector
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Anti-Clogging Corrector paraben free
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Anti-Clogging Corrector


2. Dr Hauschka Lipsticks & Kohl Eyeliner
The second group of products from the list which I have tried and reviewed are from Dr Hauschka. I had only wanted to try their lipstick to begin with as I had heard that they are some of the only few lipsticks around which are paraben free with no lead. I also added their eyeliner to my shopping basket to try. Definitely check this review out if you have been considering trying some Dr Hauschka beauty products or if you would like to try an alternative lipstick and eyeliner.
Dr Hauschka Lipsticks paraben free
Dr Hauschka Lipsticks
Dr Hauschka Lipsticks and eyeliner paraben free
Dr Hauschka Lipsticks & Kohl Eyeliner

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3. EOS Lip Balm
Not a new product, but definitely still one of the best, the Evolution of Smooth Lip balm. I tried and reviewed this paraben free beauty here. A products I had heard of since the beginning of YouTube but  never got to use it until 2015! Yup!
EOS Lip Balm paraben free
EOS Lip Balm
EOS Lip Balm paraben free
EOS Lip Balm

4. bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil
This is the final product tried and reviewed from the wish list. I had been looking for a paraben free, mica and titanium dioxide free loose powder which isn't as heavy as some finishing powders. This was the only one I could find for that moment. If you have used this yourself, or any of the the other products mentioned, I would love to know how you feel about them in the comments below.
bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil paraben free
bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil
bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil paraben free
bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil
Get One Here


Thank you for reading and I shall see you on Thursday's post. Don't forget to check out the Giveaway!!

xoxo
Yvonne Dzifa
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