February 26, 2017

KATECOOKS: BANANA PANCAKES

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We all have those days where we don't want to get up and those days for me are Sundays. 
A Sunday has always been my favourite day (other than when I worked in retail, more about that HERE!!) Today I decided to do my emails from bed, watch youtube videos from bed, and yep, eat my breakfast in bed, ultimate filth I know, but you know what, fuck it!! I decided to make my trusty banana Pancakes and with Pancake day right around the corner, what better time to share this gluten free, low calorie recipe.
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: YOU WILL NEED :
. 1 Ripe Banana
. 2 Eggs
. 1/8 TSP Baking Powder

:HOW TO:
1. Crack eggs into a bowl, add the baking powder and whisk together making sure all the baking powder has dissolved.

2. In a separate bowl mash the Banana, leave slightly lumpy so some texture remains in the pancakes, add egg mixture to Banana and combine.

3. Melt a small amount of butter in a frying pan and start adding your mixture, cook until baking powder has activated and the one side is brown then flip and cook on the other side, (I usually get about 4-5 Pancakes out of this mix) top with maple syrup and your choice of fruit.
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Make yourself a brew and climb back in to bed, take some time out for yourself and don't feel guilty about being a slob.

Enjoy

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February 18, 2017

WEEKEND LINKS

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This week has been a whirlwind of emotions, has anyone else been hit by a bout of the winter blues? Gimmie Spring already!!! However, my miserableness aside I thought I'd start a new series on my blog, a collection of my weekly finds and current loves compiled together, check them out below...

1 - Quite an exciting thing happened in my life this week? (Don't panic, i'm not up the duff) but I have a different kind of baby....That being my own business, I have officially launched my Luxury Dog shop called Bones, you can check it out here.

2 - My Youtube channel has undergone a revamp, some of you may not realise that I make videos, head over to my channel, I'd love it if you subscribed.

3 - I am currently lusting after this and these.

4 - I may be late on the bandwagon but i've just discovered Real Estate and cannot get enough of their music, especially this.

5 - I've added some new trainers to my wardrobe, if you saw a few posts back I couldn't decide which ones to go for, I ended up with these and couldn't be happier.

6 - If you need a new blogger/youtuber to follow, check out ThereSheGoes, i'm obsessed with her videos!!

7 - I've really fallen back in love with thrifting again, I'm trying to get more basics back into my wardrobe this month, see what I bought here

8 - The tastiest, quickest recipe you will try this week and it's carb free!!! 

I hope you have all had an awesome week, let me know what you've been doing, lets chat, I don't bite!!


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February 09, 2017

VALENTINE'S

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That dreaded time of the year is fast approaching, for some of us it's all lovey dovey and for others it's a night at home in our pj's with a pizza, crying into a sodden tissue, okay a bit dramatic but this was actually my life before I got into my long term relationship of three years (can you actually believe anyone has put up with me for this long?) Valentine's day certainly has it's mixed opinions, "oh it's all to make money" , "why can't you show someone you love them everyday?" both valid points but i'm afraid to tell you moaners that it is what it is and you will never put a stop to it! 
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These feelings aside, my inner soppiness actually doesn't mind Valentine's day, okay it can get a bit stale if you been together ages but that doesn't mean you cant make the effort right? This year I will be dolling myself up and heading out for a meal at Simpsons with Paul and a couple of friends (no we aren't swingers, and yes it will be just the two of us on the actual day) I will be donning my best outfit and a few of my favourite makeup items from The Body Shop.
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Always craving that full, lengthy lash look? This product certainly lives up to its name, with its super dense bristle brush and sturdy wand it allows you to achieve this look in no time!

Can we just take a minute to appreciate the smell of these!! If you own any of these lip products you will know what i'm on about, if not I suggest you get yourself to The Body Shop NOW and pick some up, the coverage is amazing, they glide onto your lips beautifully and leave you lips truly kissable, perfect for Valentine's day!!
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What are you doing this Valentine's day? I'd love to know your favourite products from The Body Shop too! 

 Much Love

February 05, 2017

THE ONLY TRAINERS YOUR WILL EVER NEED

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I think you all know by now that I am indeed a massive trainer whore, a day doesn't go by where I haven't got a pair stuck to my feet and nine times out of ten I wear them into the ground, with that being said my current pairs are all battered and thread bare and quite honestly, as comfy as they are I think I need to treat myself to a couple of (maybe all of these) new pairs, these are a few styles i've been eyeing up recently and am dying to get my hands/feet on/in.
I usually opt for a plain trainer but I'm loving these pastel printed nikes from Brantano at the moment, I have so many outfits in my head that would work with them and they would be the perfect additions to my S/S '17 wardrobe.

Which ones would you choose? Have you got any of these and the most important question, are they comfy?



January 30, 2017

BEDSIDE BEAUTY

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I have always been a massive fan of moisturising, it keeps my skin looking young, fresh and supple, infact I couldn't stand the thought of not being moisturised, if I was stuck on a desert island with no creams I would go insane!! I have recently been trying out The Body Shop's new Almond Milk & Honey range and I can safely say I am IN LOVE with every single product.
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I will start by saying that when it comes to moisturisers I am extremely fussy, if it lingers on my skin, smells horrible, is too thick etc etc it's a huge turn off and it goes straight in the bin. This range from The Body Shop is everything I love in a skincare product and they have been sitting proudly in my shower and on my bedside for a solid couple of weeks. (also can we just note how bloody photogenic they are!!!)
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So let's talk shower products.... 
The shower cream is a beautiful, rich yet milky consistency and lathers up brilliantly, (there's nothing worse than a shower cream that doesn't foam in my opinion) it works great alongside the exfoliating scrub which I use all over my body with exfoliating gloves, it gets ride of dry skin and has been working wonders on raised pimples on the backs of my legs, these two products have made my showers less of a chore and more of a treat. The smell of the whole range is incredible (like everything from The Body Shop) it's sweet and yummy but without being sickly, let's just say it fills the bathroom with the best scent ever!!
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Onto moisturisers....
These are my favourite things in the range, I was so excited to try them and I haven't been disappointed. I use the body lotion daily after showering and then use the 48hour intense moisturiser a couple of times a week. The Body lotion is everything I look for in a body lotion, it glides on so smoothly, it drys in an instant, it doesn't feel tacky and best of all, it smells delicious. The intense moisturiser is much thicker but a good thick, it makes your skin feel a million dollars, it takes a little longer to dry on the skin but I don't mind waiting as it keeps your limbs feeling supple for days, a definite hero product.

This range will be available to buy from The Body Shop in February, not long to wait eeeek, I would start queuing now if I were you, I can see this range flying off the shelves, I will most certainly be stocking up.


January 18, 2017

THIGH HIGH CLUB

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I'm officially a member of the thigh high club (not to be mistaken for the mile high club), i've toyed with the idea of thigh high boots for a number of months and because I slob around in trainers 99% of the time the idea of actually looking lady like and put together scared me shitless! However the lovely people at 4th & Reckless hooked me up with these super sexy, grey beauts and I can truly say i'm a changed woman!
I think they are the perfect addition to any outfit, they can be worn over jeans, leggings, with skirts, shorts, dresses the choices are endless. 
I chose to wear mine with my Police band t-shirt (I do have shorts underneath to hide my modesty when I bend over) and my sheepskin jacket to keep warm.
I can't wait to rock these babies on Valentine's day with a shirt dress.

How would you style them? Brave enough to team them with a mini dress?


January 17, 2017

KATECOOKS: 3 QUICK & EASY WEEKNIGHT MEALS WITH HELLOFRESH

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I was recently contacted by the wonderful people at HelloFresh and asked if I would like to try out one of their boxes. If you are unfamiliar with HelloFresh then basically they are a food company/service which deliver ingredients straight to your doorstep which you can then use the ingredients to compile your meals throughout the week, you can also choose on their app and website which meals are right up your street or which ones you don't like the look of, handy right?

Luckily enough I was gifted this box but myself and Paul have been signed up previously and can honestly say it is such a good idea, the meals are super quick and easy to make, if you hate cooking you will still love this as it's hassle free, all set out for you with easy to follow recipe cards and everything all weighed out for you, how much easier can you get?

HelloFresh contains the most wonderful produce, this is something we picked up on from the very start being subscribed before, the meat is amazing and the fruit & veg is all so FRESH!
The boxes range from Standard,Family sized and also Vegetarian.
See how I got on by clicking the video above.

Want to try it out? You can get £25 off your first box using the code "HFKATE" or just click HERE

Why not treat yourself this January, let me know how you get on

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January 16, 2017

THE CANDLE OF ALL CANDLES

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I know, Christmas is over, why am I blogging about a festive candle you ask? The reason is because this beauty has lasted so bloody long and I'm SO in love with it that I needed to let you guys know all about it and also it's still Winter so whats wrong with keeping the place cosy?
I received this Crabtree & Evelyn Candle early in December,it has been burning everyday since and is still only half way down the jar, impressive huh? It smells heavenly, not your typical sweet and sickly festive scent but more so of hints of Pine, Bark and Bonfires, all round quite a masculine scent.
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The fact that it has three wicks is my favourite part, it burns evenly and you don't get any wax left around the edges, there's nothing worse than a candle that lasts 5 minutes and all you're left with is a sooty, black mess. I have loved burning this over the festive period and will carry on doing so throughout the new year, quite frankly I don't want it to end! 
If you're a sucker for a good candle and want to hibernate in coziness for the next few months then I highly recommend this little gem!
Here are a few more of my favourite products from Crabtree & Evelyn, HERE, HERE & HERE


January 10, 2017

MANGO WISHLIST


It's fair to say that Mango has fast become one of my favourite places to shop, only when stumbling in there a year or so ago I first realised what I was missing. The clothing is such good quality, the price point is great and they cater for all styles from smart to casj, mens and kids, it truly is a one stop to kit out the whole family but more importantly, to kit ME out! My closest store is about an hour away which is quite frankly is a pain in the arse but I have recently discovered my local House of Fraser (10 mins away) stocks it,WINNER!!

Here is what I'm currently lusting after, can you tell i'm ready for summer! Anyone else?

Much Love

January 05, 2017

KATECOOKS : QUICK & HEALTHY SALMON STIR FRY

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I posted a picture of this super simple, healthy recipe over on Instagram and lots of you asked to see a healthy recipes series on the blog and hey presto, your wish is my command. This has been my failsafe lunch this past week, it's extremely versatile, you can use any Veg that you like, put pretty much anything on the salmon (within reason) and if you are on the go you can make it the night before and eat it cold, winner!

:YOU WILL NEED:
+ 1TBSP Sesame Oil
+ Veg of Choice Spiralized or Thinly Sliced
+ Fillet of Salmon
+ Salt & Pepper
+ Sesame Seeds (Optional)

:HOW TO:
1. Wash your vegetables and start cutting them into long thin strips, I use a vegetable peeler or you can spiralize them if you prefer. Toss together in a large bowl and sprinkle with Salt & Pepper, I also used chilli flakes on mine to add a bit of heat.

2. Line a grill pan with foil and place your Salmon in the middle, at this point you can drizzle some oil over, add the juice of a lemon,S&P or any herbage that you wish, the choice is yours. Pop under the grill and cook for around 5minutes depending on the size of the fillet, stick a knife in to check it's done all the way through, fish doesn't take long to cook so make sure it doesn't burn!!

3. Pop 1TSBP of Sesame Oil into a Wok or Large frying pan and heat until it smokes, add your Vegetables and toss, you want them Al Dente and not soggy so make sure you only fry them for a few minutes so they retain their crunch and don't forget to sprinkle over your sesame seeds at this point.

4.Turn out into a pre-heated bowl and once the Salmon is cooked place on top. Garnish with your preferred herb.

TADA.. There you have it, A quick stir fry which tastes incredible and is guilt free.
If you taking it to work or school the next day let it all cool down fully, place in a Tupperware box and pop it in the fridge overnight.
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Have you got any healthy recipes? I'd love to know what you are eating at the moment.

ENJOY