THESIS: …….Is it Love? Or Tolerance?

Due to the popularity of my last thesis I thought I’d give this a go again. You guys know that I’m 37 by now ( ye I do mention it in nearly every blog post, because I can’t get over it. Really 37! But I haven’t even seen the world yet!) And I’m somewhat happily married (on most days) for the last 18 years, and you guys know how on certain days we question: “Why do we do this s***?, like Why?!!” and that’s where this popped up.

So the Thesis is “Is it Love or Tolerance?”

A little bit of of a background before we move onto the fun part:

Love: A Passionate Affection for another person, a personal attachment or deep affection for another person (dictionary.com)

Tolerance: Able to endure (dictionary.com)

Methodology: You guys understand the way I work by now hey?

For this project I will be asking my fellow Instagram users “Is it Love that makes us Tolerant? or Tolerance that makes us love?

and here are a few responses:

For my case study I have decided to use the characters from “The Big Bang Theory” I know this one is a hit and miss, either you love this show, or you don’t…….but I absolutely LOVE it!! seriously give it a Go, I promise you will get obsessed …….

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Case Study 1: Sheldon and Amy Farah Fowler

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When it comes to Love and Tolerance I really don’t think there can be a better example than these two. We all know how intolerable Sheldon actually is- this is a man who has ‘room mate agreements,’ ‘friendship agreements,’ a ‘Do not sit on my couch agreement‘ he also has a ‘relationship agreement‘ with Amy Farah Fowler. He is very proud of his IQ, yet because of his head always being in science, he seems to have lost out on his emotional quotient (EQ)

He is forever putting his friends down, doesn’t understand ‘feelings‘ or ‘sarcasm‘ and yet although on television we can have a laugh at his odd behaviour- in real life ‘would I really be friends with this guy?“…… However all the things that we find odd, Amy Farah Fowler seems to be blind to;

“… your personality quirks, which others find abhorrent or rage-inducing, I find cute as a button.’

I mean forget tolerant- this is clearly a case of ‘Love is Blind’.

Yet on the last episode (did I really go through 12 series off this? Yes I did, and each series is better than the one before.) A bombshell is brought down:

Amy: “You never mean to. It’s the only reason people tolerate you”

Sheldon: ‘Does that include you?”

Amy: ‘Sometimes, yes’

Amy here clearly states that she tolerates Sheldon, as does everyone else around him. We should know this anyway, yet when someone you love says it its quite a bit of a ‘bombshell’ So is Amy here stating that she Tolerates him because she Loves him?

Case Study 2: Leonard and Penny

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I mean the Big Bang Theory really does not give us any easy relationships to work with hey? Its one big psychological nightmare to be honest.

When it comes to Leonard and Penny there is a very stereotypical undertone apparent- ‘the nerdy genius gets the fit dumb blonde girl‘, isn’t this what all scientists fantasies are about?. But because of of his ‘Infatuation’ over Penny he is seen to be ‘under the thumb’ and always prone to insults.

I personally think that their are 2 ways of looking at this. (Psychological M11bna taking over here) Firstly Penny could be mean towards Leonard, because she feels insecure because she knows that she is not clever, and her insults are a way of fixing that insecurity……. Or that Leonard generally is such a nice guy (and he really is!) that Penny generally looks like a bully next to him but she is just being her sarcastic self.

Lets get back to the question at hand, is it Love or Tolerance? Does Leonard Tolerate the insults because he is infatuated that his fantasy has come to life? or does he Love Penny and that is why he tolerates her insults?

Hmmm….. that’s a tricky one, but also…..Why is Penny with Leonard? Love? Tolerance? …….its one Big Bang Theory…… (Hehe *wink *wink)

Case Study 3: Howard and Bernadette

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The smallest person but the biggest bully by far Bernadette. I absolutely Love her! And this women by far is toooooo damn tolerant….. or is it the other way round? …… I’m really worried about this relationship out of them all…….

Bernadette acts as a replacement mother figure to Howard rather than a wife, and she takes up that role too. Both gladly accept this… (too weird)

As well as a mother figure she is also the breadwinner, which she forever reminds Howard, and she also makes it very clear to Howard on numerous occasions that she can do better than him- Which he also agrees to.

Is this why Howard is tolerant of her? Because he also knows that she can do better? or because he loves her? Is this another case of Leonard and Penny?

Why does Bernadette take over the role of his mother? She has children of her own, yet is seen forever babysitting Howard and his friends? Does she Love him, and that’s why she tolerates?

Now that we have had a look at the case studies…. lets move on,

Conclusion:

Firstly lets go back to the definitions of Love and Tolarance:

Love: A Passionate Affection for another person, a personal attachment or deep affection for another person (dictionary.com)

Tolerance: Able to endure (dictionary.com)

And now we can take these definitions and look at it from the couples perspective; Tolerance would be to be able to tell your partner that there is something you dislike about them, but you are going to deal with it anyway because you generally Love them.

Lets put this into the couples:

Amy tells Sheldon clearly that she and all the friends tolerate him. Leonard tolerates Penny snide remarks because he genuinely cares for her, and Bernadette tolerates Howard because….. well she must love him right? Otherwise why would she still be there? This women clearly doesn’t need him.

So now the question really is; Is Loving and Tolerating Linked?

Evaluation;

My understanding from everything that I have put down is : Do we become more Tolerant because we Love?…..

We all go through days where we do things we don’t want to, like….. really don’t want to, like really really, it makes you burn inside ‘Dont want to‘, but yet we smile (although mine is a hard fake one) and we do it? Why?? Tell me Why?

Tolerating does not mean hating or wanting to leave or ending a relationship. Tolerating is actually how the relationship is managed, and how much you want that relationship will allow you to grit your teeth and accept it. (Though a bitching session with the ladies is always a must afterwards)

The reality is, we will never find anyone who has the same thought logic as ourselves, and if we did….. then how boring would that be?! so we have to learn to understand that the other person has a different understanding to life than us. In a marriage or a relationship you may find that you disagree over a ‘matter’. That’s not to say that you are right and he is wrong (though in 99% of the time, us women are right. Obviously. We go have the Superior Gene *wink wink*). It just means you have a difference of opinion, and the crucial part of this is ‘trying to accept the difference without it affecting the relationship’

Obviously tolerating also has a danger to it…. Tolerating has to be done to a degree, do not allow yourself to tolerate the wrong things for the sake of Love. That is a sign of a very unhealthy relationship. If there is Love, Tolerance should come from both sides, and it should be easily accepted and not something that is forced or mentally draining.

And this balance between Love and Tolerance is not just about marriage or having a partner, its a balance that we bring to all relationships, that can be friendship, children and parents. We tolerate more from some friends than we do from others….. we tolerate more from our own children, than we would if someone else was to talk to us in a certain manner.

So it could be said that the more we ‘Love’ or ‘Have a likeness or affection’ for someone, the more we are prepared to tolerate. Yet once again I have to emphasise that Tolerance has to have a cut off point. Sometimes Tolerance can be misinterpreted for obedience or even misinterpreted as a form of bullying. You have to be very mindful of how much you tolerate and why, and whether you are getting the same amount of effort your way.

And that’s all folks. do share your thoughts on this matter. Would be interesting to discuss

Love and regards

M11bna

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How to Create the Ultimate Canapé Party….

So we decided to invite a few people over for lunch, by We I mean me and Afsha, by few people I mean my friends and her friends, and when I say lunch I mean…………..its time for a …..partaaaaaay! because that what we do best!

We have a problem, me and Afsha that is, a really big problem, not a bad problem…. well not for the people we invite anyway, but for us it usually ends up being a hair tearing, ideas all over the board, running around and stressing each other all through the night, and waking up at silly o clock to entertain our loved ones. And…. we wouldn’t want it any other way!!!

So we decided to invite our select few for lunch, and we wanted to do something a bit different, a bit niche, a bit glamorous, a bit memorable….. and we ended up with this:

Welcome to our Canape Party.

A What party? …….I heard you! A Canape Party, because what could be more niche than this?

We decided on Canapes only, because lets face it, us women we love picking on food, we love trialling, and we love pretty looking food and we love……. a photo opportunity, and I do think we ticked off all the boxes.

So what did we do and how did we create this?

Firstly we listed off a few canapes. We had to make sure that no one goes home empty stomached so our canapes consisted of some light canapes and some of the more heavier and filling canapes….

…………and drinks- we decided on Pina Coloda, I mean who is going to say not to a Pina Colada? Not me!

and now to make it Insta worthy:

Well here is our set up, we used a backdrop with white flowers. A backdrop always make anything look so much better and it gets people guessing whether your at home or out. we used a dining table covered with a white sheet and we went for the rustic look, so used crates, wooden logs, ivy and more floral decorations. We placed logs and trays according to the canapes we had, and just kept topping up as required throughout the day.

Now lets take a closer look at the Canapes:

Prawn Cocktail, drizzled with salt and red chilli flakes….just pick one up and pop it in your mouth…..

Mini Fish and Chips served with Tartar sauce in individual dessert bowls (don’t forget the lemon slice). Don’t they look a picture? It’s literally a bitesized amount….

Mini Gourmet burgers. These fit in the palm of your hand, They were the cutest. The burger and the bun were both home made. Contact Afsha for more.

Mini Pizza and Quiches. How adorable are these? Once again Contact Afsha for these.

How delighful do these nachos look in the cups with salsa. This was my favourite by far…

Our favourite! Bruschetta, and see if you can spot the springroll in the cup with the tangy chilli sauce?

Olive Tails- basically tomato, olives and feta cheese on a cocktail stick! Yum

and lastly the Pina Colada. We did a few in the pineapples for the photos, the rest were in wine glasses (it is hard work. Maybe for another blog post one day? hmmmm…… there is an idea)

and here is a video of the whole thing

And thats an extremely chuffed and tired us! and we had the best time.

And how did we do? You tell me?

If you are after a canape party in Leicester, give Afsha a follow for your canape needs. I promise shes worth it. I cant host anything without her.

Afsha when we doing the next one??

Love and regards

M11bna

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Granola and Yoghurt just got Sexy!

With this whole lockdown thing, people are going a little crazy.

Initially we thought it’d be 3 months, so Dalgona and Banana loaf cakes were on the menu daily. Everyone started cooking and baking at home.

5 months into the Lockdown and no clear indication of improvements later, those Banana Loaf cakes are now happily sitting on the love handles, and Sheesh ( kebabs because I don’t swear) just got serious.

Now it’s time to stop the binge eating, pressing the ‘buy’ button on Amazon, and Friends re-run on netflix.

First thing to shape up…..and Breakfast!

We all know yoghurt is good for you, with the diet being all over the place, yoghurt can help produce vitamin B in the bowels, and promotes a healthy gut to fight off infections….. It sounds all great but blah blah…. I just can’t do yoghurt…. By itself.

So I was looking around for how to create something with yoghurt…. But everything seemed so hard, so long to make and so not appetizing. With the rise of social media and Instagram, food not only has to be eaten with the mouth, but also the eyes…

Also, I feel like I’m in the kitchen all day everyday. I don’t think I have cooked this much in my 37 years of life as I have in these last 5 months and I really don’t want to be faffing around in the kitchen early morning. I wanted something quick and easy.

And ta-dah….. Since when did Granola and Yoghurt become so sexy?

Here’s a quickie on how to make this. It’s so easy… I’m thinking breakfast, lunch and dinner …… I just don’t want to cook. Ever again!!

You will need:

  • A very pretty and cool cup, transparent. ( You know I have a thing for cups right) this one is from Bodum.
  • Greek Yoghurt ( I chose strawberry)
  • Granola (just buy it!)
  • Raspberries and Blueberries or whatever fruit you fancy, Banana and Strawberries go really well too.

And here’s what you do with it:

Granola at the bottom….
Add Strawberry Yoghurt….
Add few fruits….

And ta- dah…. Told you it’s easy least lemon squeezy……and picture perfect too and actually really tasty!

Give it a go and take loads of pictures whilst your at it… Just like I did…

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Ms Beauty. The Perfect Girly Catch Up Date

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know I go here atleast 3 times a year minimum, and if I consider you to be special I’ve definately taken you here, if not…. Keep working Girlfriend, Not quite in my circle yet ( listen I’m 37 let me just pretend to be hip)(is the word ‘hip’ even trending at the moment?)

So why? Why do I go here? Well to that I answer…. Well first its in the city of Burbage which is just a drive away and also why not? What’s not to love about this place! It’s the best…. Let me take you on a tour,

Firstly Whats your ideal girlfriend trip? I want you to put aside the high heels and red lips kind of date. That’s the Ultimate date. But like when you want a no pressure, wearing PJ’s, hot water bottle, nearly time of the month, comfy warm setting, good food and drink and a Cry…. (yes a cry, because we all go through that. Dont we? Even the toughest of us). This kinda date requires the high heels and red lippy to be put on standby, and out comes the real girl talk, the nitty gritty, complaining and crying, and what goes on at M’s, Stays at M’s kinda girl talk……..and M’s Beauty provides us with the right atmosphere just for that….. Every Time.

They provide a few packages but we usually go for the lunch package. This basically includes: Starters, Lunch, Dessert, Tea and Coffee on call and a Massage….. yes you saw it right- I said a Massage! didnt I mention this is the full works!

For starters its usually different breads, olives and oils, and we get this on the couches so its a very informal kind of starter- which is what I love the most, the unformality……and so we just dip away whilst talking….

Comfy Couches and the Dining area for Lunch

I did mention that teas and coffee are on the go right? Im not kidding when I say its on the go, they come and ask you atleast 3/4 times if you want more.

Usually the massages/treatment are before lunch and they take you in one at a time into private cosy rooms, heres the room I last got, isnt it just the cutest?

They provide you with a choice of 4 treatments, so it can either be a Back massage, a facial, a mini manicure or a pedicure….. you just choose the one. If you want an extra one, you can add it on at an extra charge.

Now talking about how cute the rooms are, let me take you round, not only does this place offer a sanctuary for us female bodies, but it always has the most amazing pieces to sell all around,

If you have sat too much you can walk around stretch those legs and maybe even pick up a little gift or two.

Please tell me im not wrong when I say this is a paradise for us females. I want to pick up the whole thing and take it home!

Next up Lunch, the menu is very minimal especially because being Halal meat eaters we are confined to the vegetarian option. They usually have jacket potatoes with cheese and beans or a greek feta salad available though. Both of which are just perfect. I cant fault it…… the only thing is you have to bring your own drinks as they only provide water, but Im ok with that.

Luch under candlelight
we usually just take our favourite drinks

And lastly desserts, and im not joking im not a heavy eater but I always save space for this. Probably the best Eton mess you will ever have.

Let me just tell you this again, its starters, lunch, desserts, coffee and tea on call, and a Massage right guys, and youll never guess how much……. all of this is for £35. Yes £35, I spend more than that just popping into a Primark store.

The Perfect Date, the Perfect Atmosphere, The Perfect Package and here is the webby.

Hope you guys all enjoyed it. I cant wait to book myself in again once the Lockdown is over, Lets see who makes the hit list. Hehe

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Product Pick of the Month: Bobbi Brown VitaminE Enriched Face Base

With all the gunk I’ve been trying out on my face recently, their are certain products that shine more than others.

For this reason I’ve decided that I will do a review of one product a month, which shine’s from them all, and I have to start with this one;

It’s the Bobbi Brown VitaminE enriched moisturiser. I got this as a sample size in the Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Box, and I’ve been using it for a week plus, and can I say I’m obsessed, so much that I’ve actually ordered it in full size.

It’s thick and it really goes so far, I received a small pot in the box, but even after 7 days I’ve still got some left.

My skin since lockdown has been dry and honestly going through so many changes just like our lives. And whilst it’s been changing I’ve been trying new and different things on my face, but this one product has definately outstood all the rest.

I’m so impressed with it. Most moisturiser’s leave a slightly wet feel once used, but this sinks straight into the skin and still gives a hydrated feel. And honestly you can put makeup on literally straight away and it sits so perfectly.

I believe all woman are pretty without makeup-but with the right makeup can be pretty powerful.-

Bobbi Brown

Let’s look at the Science:

It has Carrot Extract and Vitamin A which Minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Also contains Vitamins C and E which protects against environmental damage.
The Grapefruit and Geranium Fragrance- it so beautiful and really lifts up your mood. ( I love all things Geranium)
And Shea Butter which hydrates and softens the skin.

It’s thick and smooth but it’s not greasy… Honestly no lie, It’s luxurious and the skin feels evened out. Its glorious and rich for a moisturiser. It’s definately on the higher side of the price range, but considering how much use I got from the sample, it’s totally worth it. I feel like once I have it on, it lasts all day, while with other moisturisers after a couple of hours, I feel I need a top up, especially in the heat we have at the moment- which I feel the skin is definately not use to.

Bobbi brown have definately worked out what and how a moisturiser should be. They got it in one. I would recommend this product to all of you.

You can buy it here.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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A Day in with Elemis

I disappeared, yes I did. I disappeared for a bit. I needed too… Everything felt mundane, everything felt subdued, everything felt…. I don’t Evan know. I didn’t know what to write. I didn’t want to write. I had hit a blank.

And then whilst the mind decluttered, I slowely started getting back into things and…. First things first…. I need to sort my skin out. Quarantine made my skin dry, fasting made it itchy and flaky, the lack of food and especially water has drained the life out of my skin.

With Eid round the corner, I couldn’t just magic the healthy glow into my skin, I needed something I could trust, and something that I could potentially hope will clear up my skin in a matter of 2/ 3 days.

Thats when I saw the Elemis SuperFood Range. I knew I had to have it. Elemis notoriously known to be the best of the ‘Spa Brands’. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with it.

Isn’t it just the preetiest with its green and white branding? ….. Isn’t green just a healthy colour? It reminds me of all healthy foods, like peas, and broccoli, and spinach……(obviously from the M&S adverts. Can’t do greens otherwise) and also… Palm trees… so it’s like a healthy spa retreat….. I’m already feeling better.

Named SuperFood because of its plant-based superfoods; which include a variety of grains, greens, fruits, seeds, oils, ginger, kale, broccoli, avocado, matcha and flax seeds. Which are all designed to help replenish, nourish and hydrate skin, the Superfood System feeds your skin from the outside in.

There was an online exclusive on the products which gives the whole bundle for £105 ( £158 if bought individually). You can find it here. The bundle includes:

  • Superfood Facial Wash 150ml
  • Superfood Day Cream 50ml
  • Superfood Night Cream 50ml
  • Superfood Facial Oil 15ml

SuperFood Facial Wash

I’ve been starting my day with the facial wash, with the dulling of the skin, a good facial wash is important part of getting the skin back to its stable healthy colour. The facial wash contains avocado aswell as pumpkin seed oil. (Doesn’t that sound so ….. Green?) It smells nice too! It really helped in me feeling brighter, and cleaner for the day ahead.

SuperFood Day Cream

Probably my most favourite out of the whole range. I use this as a moisturiser, it’s really deep and creamy and hydrates the skin instantly, the flakiness on my skin was absorbed instantly. It also gives a hydrated look without looking oily. This is a must people. An absolute must.

SuperFood Facial Oil

At my age, oils are a must in my skincare routine and this facial oil does exactly what I need it to do. It nourishes and hydrates into the skin. You can feel the skin absorbing it in, and the end result is dewy, and not oily at all. Another winner and another product I will have to hide from the men in my life…

SuperFood Night Cream

With hints of Lavender and Ylang Ylang this night cream not only replenishes the skin, but also aids in sleeping. It’s nice and thick and acts as a mask to harbour all the nutrients into the skin overnight. So you wake up to softer, fresher hydrated skin. Definately a product which will sit with my night time routine.

Freebies

Yes. I said it… It’s freebies and who says no to freebies? No one. Ever. Elemis have a super cool offer on at the moment. If you spend £80 or more (*offer valid at time of purchase. May change) we get a 6 piece gift set including a toiletry bag from Olivia Ruben. ( One can never have too many toiletry bags). And here it is below:

Isn’t the bag the most prettiest thing ever? I love getting samples, it makes the whole purchase so much more worth it…..ill be giving these a try after Eid, and will get back to you on my experience. Right now I have got to get my Eid face ready

here’s one last pic of all the products below, thats £105 for all of this:

The Superfood bundle of 4 can be found here. (*Offers may vary)

Love and regards

M11bna

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{Collab}…. I tried out Shafs Beauty New ‘Pill’ Face Mask…

Hi All, hope you all are keeping safe and staying indoors.

I think I’ve learnt alot about myself whilst in Lockdown, firstly that I ‘can’ cook more than just chicken fillets…. Dressing in pyjamas all day can be a fashion trend… Cleaning the bathrooms is the worse job in the whole world… their is loads you can do in the house- if you stay in it long enough….barbers and beauticians are talented people for real…not all superheroes wear capes #love NHS….. and…. I’ve become a little obsessed over skincare…..

I have always been a pamper type lady, I love my spas, I love wining, dining, I love my massages, scents… All the good things in life… But I have always had someone else do the hard work whilst I just enjoyed it…

Now I’ve had to learn to wax parts of the body I never thought I would have to….I’ve learnt to deal with aches and pain, and I’ve had to learn how to look after my own skin…. And initially I was anxious- I mean what do you do? How do you do it? …. But honestly along the way I’ve picked up a love for self care and skin care, and I love pampering myself and trying out new and different things….

So when Shafs introduced the new “pill” mask to me….. Well let’s give it a go!!

Staying indoors has really done weird things to my skin, I came out with dry patches, red patches, dull skin and all sorts, and I think I realised it more because I’m not wearing make up much, and God I look awful without it!

But one thing quarantine has taught me, if you look after your skin well, you really don’t need so much make up at all. I haven’t touched my dior foundation in over 6 weeks, and I feel illuminated without it.

I spoke about the products I use from Shafs Beauty earlier- if you missed it click here…. And now let’s take a look at this new face mask…

When Shafs gave me this and said it’s a mask, I really didn’t know what to think, I looked at her blank, wondering if the quarantine was driving her insane, but she explained that I had to put it into the rose toner and watch it turn into a mask…. I was still dubious….

It’s a size of a large pill, how could that possibly turn into a mask…. But it did… Here’s a video on it… It’s really impressive…

Did you see it? Just how cool is that!!! Obsessed.

The Rose toner by Shafs is one product I haven’t spoken about before. Rose itself is a really good product to get rid of grime and oils in the skin, and the rose helps in toning the skin… Can I say that it smells divine. The toner can be used as it is, or with the face mask. I loved using it as a mask. It felt cool on the face, yet I could feel a slight tingling near my nose and upper lip area (where the black heads usually sit). This definately will be sitting in my weekly routine.

After I removed the mask- I used the Shafs Geranium moisturiser.

I’ve never felt so clean and…. Urm…. Purified. It really felt like my skin was smooth and silky, and fresh.

My new look out of quarantine will definately be more of a natural look.

Truly another great product by Shafs! I can’t fault it.

Do feel free to have a look at her products {click here} . And don’t forget to quote “m11bna” to get your 10% off

Stay Home, Stay Safe and love the skin your in!

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Graze Boxes

The month of giving is here. In Ramadhan I like to give friends and family a little treat to break their fasts with. It’s actually a traditional among all of us. So this month as well as giving we are constantly receiving.

The reason why we give in this month is because:

Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”

Al Tirmidhi *iftaar meaning food for breaking fast

So basically if someone breaks their fast with food that I have given I get the reward of their fast aswell!! I mean bonus! That’s actually the easiest way to reap rewards in this month.

Fasting takes place between sunrise and sunset which in the UK is 18 hours. As you can appreciate when we eat although we are hungry our stomachs have now shrunk. But the cravings throughout the day … Oh my….

I decided to do graze boxes, firstly because I saw a box and wanted one. And secondly I saw it as a perfect treat, with our stomach being small- this light treat will be perfect to break our fast and….. Well graze on….

I mean just look at that and drool…. I’m fasting right now although had it just the other day I want it again.

Alot of people look at this and think ” I can’t do this” but seriously people you can. It’s not hard at all….. The buying part is harder than doing the boxes ( especially in this climate where there are queues to get into the shops, and once you do get in, half the stuff is already gone)

Well firstly the boxes, I had endless amount of people ask me about the boxes I used. I bought mine from here.

I use this company alot for my boxes. They are quality and free delivery plus it’s next day. How can you go wrong?

What to put in your graze box: the list is endless:

  • Watermelon
  • Orange
  • Cheese block
  • Mini cupcake
  • Nuts
  • Dates
  • Bread sticks
  • Cheese biscuits
  • Raspberries
  • All berries!
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Tangerines
  • Fig
  • Passionfruit
  • Houmous
  • Cheese and chives
  • Olives
  • …… And so much more!

The list is endless! Add whatever you desire, and then use your creative genius to set it up; here’s a video of mine

I used little dessert cups and filled them with houmous and cheese n chives, and just put things together. The colours really make the box…. I did want a fig or passion or kiwi fruit… But shopping is so difficult with the social distancing, and I just gave up. The beauty with these boxes….. You can buy everything, the only thing left for you to do is chop and present.

I’ll ask you again “just how beautiful do these look?”…. Running into the kitchen now to see what I have left over so I can make another box.

And if you do give it a go…. Well don’t forget to share your pics x

Stay Safe, stay Home.

Love and regards

M11bna

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Nutella Star Pastry

This pandemic has brought out the chefs in all of us…. I hate cooking, but all I want to do is…. Cook…. Because what else can I do? …… And by the way… I’m not too bad!! Really…. I’m not just saying it, the 3 men in my life are living proof…. I mean they are ‘living’- so there’s the proof!

The Nutella Star pastry ain’t exactly a great scientific experiment, but it looks like one, and I can assure you it tastes like one too, it’s heaven for sweet tooth’s like myself (although I really should be taking it easy, especially because all the dentist appointments are canceled at the moment.)

It’s also really quick and easy to make, and the kids will be over the moon, literally it’s chocolate overdose….make it with them, eat with them, stick them In the garden untill the hyperactivity wears off. The weather is on our side people! And just how glorious is the sun at the moment?

So here’s how it’s done:

You will need:

  • A Puff Pastry Block ( I have been advised the one I use has alcohol in it. Do check it before you buy it!)
  • Nutella
  • Greaseproof paper

Is that all? I hear you say…. Yes that’s all folks! That’s all you need to make this tasty treat, and here’s how it’s done:

Cut your pastry block into 4 equal divides

Roll out each divide and cut a circle round each one

Until you will have 4 round pastry circle thingimigigs!

Put the first one on baking sheet on oven tray, and add a full heaped tablespoon of Nutella and spread it round

Put the second round pastry on top and do the same untill all the layers are on…

Once all the layers are on, roll out the pastry whilst still on the tray- try not to let the chocolate out though, it’s just to get it ABIT bigger….

Get a small round cutter and do a indent in the middle on your pastry

Then cut into your pastry up to the indent at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock

Do the same again in between these dents

And one last time in-between the next dents. Remember not to go into the circle

Take the end of each pastry cut out and twist it twice and put it down. You will get the above once all done ( the Boi apparently took a boomerang- of this, yet he didn’t save it 🙄)

And put it in the oven at 170degrees for 15-20 minutes

And here’s the final look. Tada!! Ain’t it beaut? Not just to look at but to eat aswell.

And now I’ll be kicking the kids into the garden and locking them outside whilst I put ear plugs on…. It’s got to be done. We all need ABIT of peace. And I did give them a treat too!

Ah the joys. They are a wonderful bunch when they are far away.

Let me know how you guys get on

Stay indoors, stay safe

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Lets Take a Look inside: ‘BubbleT Christmas Advent Calender 2019’

So Im taking a bit of a leap here, I know that at the moment we all are a bit Corona Crazy but don’t you just need a minute? Away from it all, just to forget? when this calender popped up outside my door (Thankyou to my Guardian Angel) I almost forgot what was happening in the world, and those few minutes were so precious.

I racked my brains a couple of times thinking whether I should do a blog or not, whether it is appropriate or not, then I thought to myself it made me feel so happy for those few moments. For those few moments I was back in my ‘normal’ world. And wouldn’t you my readers also want that?

So I will just jump straight into it.

What is BubbleT?

Its a cosmetic company which uses Tea as a inspiration for its products

OH MY GOSH- Could there be a better fit for me?? I love all things TEA!

There products include bath fizzers, shower gels, handcreams, lip balms…. all the things we need for pampering.

This advent Calender was for 2019 christmas , and it was in the market for £19.99….. I mean a bargain! Advent calenders usually start at £50 plus, so I was quite dubious over it….. but my gosh was I wrong, Im sure this year ill be getting it at christmas time because its soooo damn good.

Firstly its huge. Like huge. I couldnt get round how big it was. That excited me more.

So lets take a look at what was inside:

  • Hibascus and Acai Berry Tea shower Gel
  • Hibascus and Acai Berry Tea Bath fizzer
  • Lemongrass and Green Tea Bath Salt T-bag
  • Morrocan Mint Tea hand cream
  • Hibascus and Acai Berry Tea Bag
  • Morrocan Mint Tea Body Scrub
  • Lemongrass and Green tea Body Scrub
  • Shower Pouffe
  • Lemongrass and Green Tea Oil Pearls x2
  • Morrocan Mint Tea Bath Fizzer
  • Hibascus and Acai berry Tea Bath Jelly
  • Lemongrass and Green tea Hand Cream
  • Hibascus and Acai Berry tea Oil pearls (x2)
  • Morrocan Mint Tea Bath Sea-salt T-Bag
  • Hibascus and Acai Berry Hand cream
  • Morrocan Mint Tea shower Gel
  • Lemongrass and Green tea Shower Gel
  • Morrocan Mint Tea bath Pearls (x2)
  • LemonGrass and Green Tea Bath Fizzer
  • Hibascus and Acai Berry Tea Shower Gel
  • Lemon Grass and Green Tea Body Lotion
  • Hibiscus and Acai Berry Tea Shower gel
  • Lemongrass and Green tea Bath Jelly
  • Morrocan Mint Tea Bath Jelly

I mean all these goodies for £19.99…. could we get a better advent calender (my life is not complete without a friends reference!) I was really impressed with the sizes of the products too! Not too small, and not too large. And the beauty is the products you like- you can buy the bigger version.

I’m really liking the products so far, and on the Webby there is so much more! Here it is

http://www.bubbletcosmetics.com

Ill definately be looking out for the one for this year, and for that price isnt it a steal to gift to your loved ones and have something to look forward to and speak about and compare notes?

With treats like this, Oh I do wish it could be christmas everyday.

Love and regards

M11bna

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