Saturday, 12 April 2014

DIY WEEKEND TUTORIAL- ENAMEL PAINTED VASES

Hello lovelies, hope you are having a lovely weekend. I am presently decorating our home and trying to do as much DIY because I believe it is the best way to inject your personality into your home.

Today's tutorial is on how to make these gorgeous enamel painted vases. They are perfect for adding that little bit extra to your Spring floral display or just display on their own. You could even take it a step further and use silver, gold or a mirror effect paint for Autumn/winter. 



Friday, 11 April 2014

BEYOND THE SURFACE- SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Ok this is a bit of a random post, recently the media has been filled with News of  a lot of young people killing themselves and it is becoming  quite disturbing. Today I read about the death of a prolific blogger Karyn Washington the founder of "For Brown Girls" and the #DarkSkinRedLip Project and was sad. Karyn created her blog and the #DarkSkinRedLip Project to motivate young girls to embrace their skin tones and be confident in their skin. My head cannot understand how someone can go from motivating people to ending their own life.


I just feel like I should use this blog as a platform to reach out to anyone struggling in any area of life and having suicidal whispers( it always starts with a whisper). The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to cast down every imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Just because a thought pops into your head it does not mean it is from you- SHUT IT DOWN! Don't entertain dark thoughts or whispers about the world being better off without you or that you are

Thursday, 10 April 2014

MY VEGAN DIARY DAY 3 - DON'T JUDGE ME


Yesterday I went to bed post skinny latte and my vegan journey was in question. I woke up this morning and went for a morning cardio session inspired by Supermom Ashley Honer, I ended up jogging for 2minutes and walking for 58mins while trying to convince myself that walking is better for me.

 Anyhoo post workout I was faced with the big question AM I STILL VEGAN? I did the 'opening the fridge pondering' thing you do when you are scavenging for food and the answer was staring me in the face . The answer was Eggs, I have been having eggs for breakfast (mostly whites) for years and that had helped me maintain my weight and regulate cravings. During my 2 days as vegan I weighed 1.5kg more, felt bloated and produced weapons of mass destruction that could destroy any marriage it must have been all that rice, lentils and broccoli.


I informed my Husband and Sister about my decision to quit and they laughed at me of course then tried to convince me to stick with it. My mind was pretty made up about it, I believe in the health benefits of the vegan lifestyle but I do not think it is for me. Here are my reasons.

  1. It is very high in Carbohydrates - A Vegan diet is a high carb diet and if you are naturally active it might work for you. Youtube Vegan advocate Banana freelee girl and Duran Rider are extremely active that is why they can eat all those carbs and still be slim. If you are more on the Sedentary side you are very likely to gain weight. 
  2. Getting Protein is not easy - It is possible to get your daily protein requirements from a Vegan diet but it is difficult. Most vegan protein sources also come with carbs and fats like most legumes , nuts and seeds. I found that for every gram of protein I was also getting a tonne of carbs which meant an increase in my daily calories total.
  3. I was always hungry- I wonder why no one tells you this,

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

MY VEGAN DIARY- DAY 2 (My husband was right)

I woke up this morning after a rough night sleep from feeling super bloated, all that fiber from the lentils or raw broccoli really got me bad.

Breakfast- Started with a detox tea as I was feeling quite rough tummy wise, after clearing out my system I was able to eat again. I had some lentils from yesterday, a side salad with some balsamic vinegar and a coffee with almond milk; Felt pretty satisfied this time, the side salad really works as a filler-upper. We are off to ikea and a furniture store today so I decided to pack some vegan snacks, I packed some dark chocolate and plaintain chips for some energy boost and they most definitely came in handy.

Lunch- Furniture shopping was quite stressful but successful, finished my snacks by the time we got to the first store and by the second store I was hungry again and snacked on

Monday, 7 April 2014

MY VEGAN DIARY- DAY ONE (Discovered vegans can be unhealthy too)


After thinking about going vegan as an experiment for a while I felt today was the day.

Breakfast- Breakfast was fairly easy and yummy, I had some raw broccoli dipped in hummus with a 1/5 of a grapefruit and raw some cashews. I was off to the gym post brekkie so I had a block of dark chocolate for some sugar.

Vegan Workout- I had one of my best workouts this morning and I think its too early to attribute it to having a vegan breakfast. I decided to do things a bit different by starting with 40minute cardio(hate cardio) then weights for about an hour. Felt really pumped!

Husband finds outs- Post gym I popped into Sainburys for some chickpeas, lentils and vegetables excited to make some hummus for  lunch and lentils for dinner. Only for my husband to inform me that he bought half a chicken for me for lunch...ooh sorry babe I said, I am now vegan! He laughed and said I wouldn't last as we are going to..

Friday, 4 April 2014

HOW TO PLAN A WEDDING IN 3 MONTHS OR LESS

Hey guys so I got engaged last year and we decided to get married as soon as possible! A lot of people were concerned when we told them how soon we wanted to get married and no I was not pregnant! After the engagement, life became a whirlwind from a betrothal ceremony in London to a traditional marriage in Nigeria and a Church wedding at our local church in Oxford.

When we got back from Nigeria we only had 3 months left to plan the wedding from scratch, with no family around and friends that lived far away it was not easy but it worked out and we had an amazing day. When planning an event like a wedding with limited time, you will need to do things a bit differently. I will be sharing tips on time management , handling vendors, choosing your venue and lots more.

When planning a wedding the first thing you need to do is;


DECIDE ON A WEDDING BUDGET
This is the most important factor as it determines what style, size and venue of wedding you will have. I am against taking out a loan for a wedding but I understand that if you are getting married within a few months you might not have £15,000 lying around which is the average price of a wedding in England. It is however possible to have a wonderful wedding with as little as a couple of thousand pounds. Consider options such as having a smaller wedding, a destination weddings or homemade rustic chic wedding which are in vogue at the moment.

CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PARTY
It is vital that you choose your wedding party sooner rather than later, as this gives close friends and relatives time to clear their calendar for all pre-wedding errands and commitments. This might not be popular, but with a short term wedding make sure to include a least a couple of friends that are local and can be 'on ground' rather than picking all your childhoods friends that live far away and cannot be there during the run up to the wedding as you will need all the help you can get and you don't have the luxury of time. I was blessed to have close friends that were local that they were such lifesavers!