The Best Banana Loaf

Thursday, 18 October 2018

I hate the thought of wasting food. So when I see two… Over ripe shall we call it, bananas in the bowl, one thing springs to mind.
Enter Rosie Berry. A banana loaf is always my go to, it’s so quick and simple. And let’s not joke. It’s yummmmy!

I kinda feel it’s a special kind of talent to get this loaf wrong, and yet, I’ve done it more than once. So now I don’t try before I checked my recipe. Like most people who enjoy baking, I’ve adapted a recipe to suit me. So I thought I’d share it with you
Ingredients

* 125g butter
* 150g caster sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 egg, beaten
* 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
* 190g self raising flour
* 60ml milk

Method

* Pre heat the oven at 200 degrees and grease your tin. You can use any shape tin, but I tend you use a loaf tin.
* Mash both bananas, and set aside.
* Melt butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over a medium heat, keep stirring to keep the butter from curdling and sugar from solidifying.
* Take off the heat and add to the mashed bananas. I like to do this little bit at a time, and mix well with a wooden spoon.
* Add the egg, and continue to mix. I will look gross, but stay with me.
* Stir in the flour and the milk. Again I like to do this little at a time, alternating between milk and flour, and pour into your freshly greased tin.
* For a topping, I always tend to mix it up a bit, depending on what o fancy and what’s in the cupboard. Today I added a few blueberries, some while chocolate chips and a sprinkle of demerara sugar to give a crunch.
* Bake at for 35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean, leave to cool and let your imaginary Sue and Mel marvel on your finished masterpiece!
I’d love to hear your go to recipes or any tips to make this loaf better, happy baking!
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4 Tips for Gaining Control of Your Day

Wednesday, 17 October 2018



If you’re anything like me, you flap about everything, and are on the move here, there and everywhere. Sometimes I lose my timings and thing get missed, so I’ve chosen my 4 top tips on gaining control of my day.

Breathing
When I started drama school, I was introduced to many new methods for relaxation. For me, I found breathing techniques to work the best.  I mean, okay, yeah we all know how to breath, and at first I was a bit like ‘this is a waste of time’ but hear me out! After many hours of lying on the floor breathing, which is at drama school,  believe it or not, is a class *LOL*  I realized that in fact I didn’t know how to breath effectively. Now you can google so many breathing exercises, but that can all be kind of overwhelming, so I’ve narrowed it down to my favourite.
4-7-8
Breath in for the count on 4, suspend the breath (aka hold it) for 7 second, then push the air out for 8. Then repeat this 4 or 5 times.
Give it a try, and I guarantee you’ll feel calmer! I like to do this when I feel my anxiety creep in to calm myself down, or when i’ m lying in bed at night.
Allowing extra time
 Anyone who knows me, will know above all, I hate being late. The thought of being late for anything fills me with dread and anxiety. Whether its for an important appointment or just to meet my friends, an extra 5 minutes to top up my lipstick always puts me in the right frame of mind.
 Having a plan
 Much to be boyfriends distaste, I am a hauuuge planner. When I go to bed at night, I always like to know the plan for the next day. That’s so obsessive, I hear you say! And yeah. Kinda is. But if I don’t I just feel like I’m floating around aimlessly. My brain works at 100 miles an hour, allll the time! So having a plan, allows me to have better time management and much more control over my day!

 Tidy Room, Tidy Mind
 I hate a messy room with a passion. But despite this, as hard as I try, my room always ends up being a little cluttered. I find whenever this starts to happen, I don’t sleep as well, and trying to get things done without distraction is a no-no.  I find looking at a tidy dressing table or freshly made bed, to be sooo satisfying and I immediately feel a lot more calm than then it was a cluttered mess. I always feel like I’ve got much more get up and go, and also slightly smug at how tidy my room looks!
I hope these little tips help you as much as they help me! If you have any comments, drop them in the box below and we’ll have a chat. Thanks Lovelies
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Wash Them Brushes



Having the correct tools for any job is important. Keeping them clean and at there best is also, very important. You wouldn’t paint a masterpiece with dirty brushes, just as you shouldn’t create your daily facial masterpiece with dirty brushes! I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t was them every day, but once a week is something I try extra hard to keep to. I know so many girls with beautiful skin *aka all my bloomin friends!* who hardly, if ever, wash their brushes, and I mean if you can get away with it, its your call. But for me, I find something really satisfying about using a freshly washed brush. They’re so much softer on your skin, and apply your makeup so much more smoothly. But most important for me, it keeps bacteria at bay, which for someone acne prone, is a winner!  Now, I know there’s an ongoing debate over which is more hygienic, brushes or fingers, but for me I find the idea of slapping on my slap with my hands, kinda gross. So taking 10 minutes every Sunday to keep them clean, is something I try to fit into my day. There’s loads of different techniques when cleaning your brushes, but I like trusty soap and water. Depending on how deeply I’m going to clean my brushes, depends on which soap im going to use. For a week to week wash, I used a normal bar of soap and some hot water. I dampen the brushes and swirl it on the wet bar. Then I use a silicone exfoliating pad to give them a good scrub to get them bright white. I use a cheap pad I picked up from the tills at Topshop, but Real Techniques do a hefty mitt that looks slightly like an oven glove that probably makes the job much easier! At least once a month or so, I like to switch things up and bit and use fairy liquid instead of a bar of soap, and leave them to soak for about 10 minutes. This is because, I find it pulls out all the grease that gets stuck in the brush, giving it a deep clean. Then I lay them out on a tissue or flannel and leave over night to dry.  If you can’t be bothered with this whole process, there are cleaners you can spray on a tissue or straight on the brush and wipe clean, but I’ve found these tend to bring me out with a breakout. However, I have found them to be a godsend when switching up my eye shadow colour from day to day!
So whether you want to fully wash then, or a quick spray ‘n’ go, id really recommend giving them a clean, you’ll notice the difference in your makeup instantly!!
If you’ve got another methods of washing your brushes, I’d love to know as I’m always on the hunt for new ideas, leave a comment and let me know!
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To Stress or Not To Stress



As I sit here, staring out the window at Boston Tea Party, drinking a delightful mug of English Breakfast Tea and tucking into a croissant (which by the way I have suddenly become overly addicted too) on a sunny Monday morning, I can’t help but watch the passers by. I wonder where they’re going to, what’s their job, and for the most part, why do they seem so stressed? All I can see, are people power walking, their phone locked to their ear, their shoulders hunched up round their ears, with a scowl on their face. Now I carry stress and tension as much as the rest of them. In fact, I’m often carrying so much tension, I don’t even know I’m tense. And recently my anxiety has been through the roof. So I’ve been trying my own little tips and tricks to help me relax, unwind, and destress.

Tea.

 Breakfast tea, camomile tea, peppermint tea, any tea. Now I know normal breakfast tea contains caffeine which probably isn’t the best to unwind, but I find a hot cup of tea to instantly clam me down. If that’s not your thing, and you don’t see the attraction to herbal teas, which is something I am trying to learn to love, for me, a nice frothy hot chocolate also has the same effect!

A bubble bath.

 My recent obsession to lush products has lead to this being in the list. My local store is, and has always been, packed. At any time of the day. Always. So I tend steered clear. But then, after getting a little box of Lush goodies for Christmas, I went on the hunt for a less crazy store. And lemme tell ya now, when I found that beauty, I STOCKED UP! Mostly with bubble bars, but also with the lavender Twilight bomb. I find a nice soak in a bath full of bubbles, in a candle lit room, catching up with the latest re run on gossip girl, puts me in the perfect frame of mind to leave my phone alone and snuggle down to sleep! The ultimate de stress.

Lavender. 

 It’s no secret that lavender is the thing of dreams when it comes to getting to sleep. I’d never really given it a go as I don’t actually like the smell, but when the bags got darker, I decided to give it a bash and get a good night sleep. The lavender bath bombs were the start. Then came the discovery of the This Works sleep collection. The pillow spray teamed up with the lavender oil you apply to your temple, (or in my case temple, wrists, pillow… Whole body) helps to settle your mind and relax you. I’ve also started to burn a lavender oil burner candle as I’m getting ready for bed. I don’t do all this every night as I’m still adjusting to the smell and it can be a bit of a lavender overload, but I try at least to do it every Sunday evening to freshen me up for he week ahead!

A good run.

 It’s true what they say, when they say exercise is good to clear your head. And though I do enjoy exercise, in the bleak mid winter, I do find it a bit of a struggle. But now that spring is on its way, getting up for an early morning *ahem mid morning* is a little easier. I stick my ear phones in, have ‘I can go the distance’ blasting in my ears, and run off into the sun…rise. Even just a 15-20 minute jog can help clear my mind, and helps me feel ready for the day!
Failing all that, a good natter always does the trick. Whether it’s to a friend, a parent, a partner, anyone who’ll listen, in the words of Shrek, better out than in.
I hope that was useful to anyone, who like me is one big ball of tired anxiety, and If you’ve got any tips and tricks of you own, leave them In the comments below!
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