Like many other festivals, Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah etc, Diwali is all about the food. Oh and religion too, but mainly food. Diwali for my family usually goes like this: meet family, eat, pray, eat again, talk about the treats made this year, eat them and repeat. It was Diwali yesterday and this is exactly how I spent my day. I decided to make coconut bounty balls, as coconut instantly reminds me of my childhood Diwalis, scoffing as many Bounty chocolates as I could before getting told off! Plus they are super quick and easy to make and definitely a crowd pleaser. My cousin devoured 3 of them within the first five minutes!
You will need:
- 1 tin condensed milk
- 5 tablespoons desiccated coconut, plus extra for dusting
- 200g milk chocolate
- 75g butter
- 15 digestive biscuits
- Crush the biscuits in a food processor to make crumbs. Add the desiccated coconut.
- Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat and once all the butter is melted, take it off the heat. Add the condensed milk and stir until all combined.
- Slowly add the milk to the crushed biscuits and add as much as you need to make the coconut balls. Don’t worry if your balls aren’t all the same shape or perfectly round, this is half the charm of homemade treats.
- Make the balls and place on a baking tray. Put this in the fridge to firm up for about 30 minutes, and meanwhile melt the chocolate.
- Dip the balls into the chocolate and sprinkle extra desiccated coconut. Leave to set for a couple of hours.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, there’s nothing more I enjoy than spending a Sunday taking a walk in the woods. For the first time in what feels like forever, the weather stayed dry on the weekend and so I grabbed my cardigan, camera and cosy tartan blanket and headed straight to the woods.
Being a Greater Londoner, its days like these that I am most grateful for having the best of both worlds. Magical forests (of course they are magical, it’s not called the Forbidden Forest for nothing!) are right on my doorstep and fresh, un-polluted air that other central Londoners crave, is plentiful.
However, this avid appreciation all goes out of the window when one simply wants to “pop in” to Oxford Street but quickly discovers that there is nothing quick about it. Or when once in a blue moon I wish to have a night out but think twice as the cab fare costs as much as a small car. Granted these nights out have become a rarity in my old age and are now usually swapped for a Lush bath, Downton Abbey and a hot chocolate. Don’t worry I still have my wild nights, like every 20-something year old should, sometimes I even put marshmallows on my hot chocolate. Thug life.
cardigan – ASOS | top – ASOS | jeans – ASOS | necklace – Topshop | boots – (similar) Topshop | hat – Primark
St. Ives got in touch with me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to take part in their 7 day blogger challenge to promote natural beauty. The idea was to use their apricot exfoliating facial scrub during the week, and then take a picture with no make up on to see the effects.
I read the ‘no make up’ part of the email and already began drafting my reply email to politely refuse. Take a picture of my bare face and post it on my blog? No thanks, I’m not that brave!
But that got me thinking (totally stole Carrie’s catchphrase!) when did it become brave to simply post a picture of yourself with no make up on?! What a crazy world we live in eh? So I decided to be “brave” and go ahead with the challenge and encourage having confidence in stepping into the online world naturally, how I am, without make up. I think social media can be damaging as we look at other people’s “perfect” lives and bodies and think that that is how they are all the time. I guarantee that they too pop down to Tesco with no make up on, hair up in a bun and in a massive hoodie. And then run the other direction when they spot someone they know! We all do it!
If you don’t feel confident in stepping outside with no make up on, try things that naturally improve your skin like using natural beauty products, such as the St Ives facial scrub which makes your skin considerably smoother (and smells lush!), drinking lots of water (might sound obvious but it really helps) and eating food like avocado, which has antioxidants and is brilliant for the skin.
Try it out! Let’s bring back the bare face! Although not completely, I’m loving the new Charlotte Tilbury autumn lip range and am dying to try them out! Thanks to the lovelies at St Ives for sending me this gorgeous pamper hamper filled with all natural products and healthy living treats!
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may know that the long awaited Cosmo Blog Awards was on Tuesday and my blog got named ‘Highly Commended’ best lifestyle blog of 2014! How crazy! Even whilst I’m writing this post, I am sat on my desk, grinning goofily from ear to ear with my award next to me and I still can’t quite believe it! Someone pinch me!!
The awards were at the swanky OXO Tower and I headed there with my sister, my date for the evening, for some cupcakes, canapés and Cosmopolitans. Well if you can’t have a Cosmo at the Cosmo awards, when can you eh?
We entered the awards room where the Editor in Chief and Web Editor of the magazine spoke about the awards, mentioning that a whopping 47,000 blogs were nominated this year! Even being shortlisted down to the last 12 is an amazing achievement for me, let alone coming away with Highly Commended, so a very big thank you (but more on this below)! They called out my blog name, I gasped and very shakily wobbled to the stage to collect my awards and take pictures and then got called to do an interview, which you can watch a small snippet of here!
Now I don’t want to sound like I’m giving a speech at the Oscar’s, but I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for my little blog. It really means a lot to me that you took the time out of your day to sit there and click through the categories to vote for me, so thank you! A thank you to Cosmo, for choosing my blog amongst the other amazing blogs in my category and for a fun filled evening. And lastly a massive thank you to my sister for always (even on her days off!) taking my blog pictures for me, and never complaining when I tell her to take the pictures again as they haven’t come out right! Oh and thank you to the Academy…I’ve always wanted to say that! Cue the ‘get off the stage’ Oscar music!
Altogether I had an incredible evening, meeting some amazing bloggers and just having a whale of a time, so Cosmo, how about we just repeat the night again? Shall we say next Tuesday?
P.S This was my first Get Ready With My video, I loved making it, so I hope you like it too!