Photography. Autumn Vibe.

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Flyte Drink Review

I always was against energy drinks. Being all about health I do prefer having a good sleep schedule to ingesting caffeine or anything else that boosts my energy levels. I was recently introduced to Flyte, and given that they only contain natural ingredients and are made of 100% organic ingredients (Green Coffee, Maca Root, Griffonia, Schizandra), I decided to give it a go. They come in three flavours: Green Mango, Citrus lemon and Red Berries. My favourite taste was Green Mango, strongly reminded me of Vibovit vitamin sachets, they were all the rage in the early 90’s in Poland – not sure if anywhere else?

What’s good about Flyte:

  • No artificially possessed taurine
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Sugar-free
  • Does not give you dizziness
  • Boosts up your metabolism! Green Coffee, right?
  • I really liked the taste, but this is subjective
  • It contains Maca Root which has a positive effect on hormone balance and is very rich in calcium.

The nays:

  • It’s fizzy. Not everyone can drink fizzy drinks, and it would be great if Flyte could have done a non-fizzy version.

Overall, I am happy that there’s a healthy energy drink on the market, but dear peeps, make sure not to overdose – it’s still caffeine and loads of it are always harmful.

If you want to explore Flyte a little bit more click here.

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Coconut Bowls & 100% rye pastries. 

When I first saw coconut bowls I absolutely loved them, love at the first sight for sure. I was also hyped by all those smoothie bowls everywhere!

Of course is nothing wrong with a smoothie bowl but I think I started following a Social Media trend completely forgetting what I really like and what my true style is. Don’t get me wrong, smoothie bowls are brilliant and I do enjoy a lot of them, especially the green one with spinach! It’s just, they’re everywhere!

I live vegan lifestyle 80% of the day I think. Sometimes I enjoy pastries (wheat free of course) or cheese and eggs. So why not to share with you my non-vegan recipes! All my ingredients are organic, eggs from farms I know chickens have a normal life, same with cheese, only from locals!

Coconut bowls are not for a sole use for smoothie bowls in my opinion. They’re amazing for everything you want. Sustainable tableware which looks great, and is out of ordinary.

I decided to take some pictures featuring coconut bowl in a bit different way, in a style which I love the most. Majority call it a mystery light food photography. Call it any way you want, I call it rustic  😊

People may wonder why everyone is so hyped about coconut bowls? Some are hyped because these bowls are just adorable, aren’t they? But behind the cute coconut shell bowl is a bigger mission, sustainability. Every year millions of coconut shells are burned as waste, Coconut Bowls reclaim them and turn them into the food safe environmentally friendly products you can eat from!

I used my coconut bowl to put the cherries which I later used for my pastries. I think it looks as cool as a smoothie bowl ☺️

Recipe for pastries:

– 3,5 glasses of white rye flour

-200ml milk (I used almond milk)

-14g instant yeast

-2 eggs

-120g melted butter

-vanilla extract

-2/3 glass of sugar. I normally don’t use sugar but xylitol kills yeast so is not appropriate. Here I used Demerara and 65g of vanilla white sugar.

– cherries. I used preserved cherries, you can use fresh or frozen. Remember to unfreeze first, and get rid of the excess of water.


 

 

Declutter Your Life. Episode II: Books

Hello!

Thursday means a new video!

Do you love books but you think they are actually a problem when it comes to space? Worry not, I am coming with a solution. I went through that, and now I understand that e-books are actually not that bad.

Stay Tuned and enjoy the video!

Declutter Your Life. Skin Care.

Hello!

It took me a while, decluttering. But I think I’m in a good place at the moment, not perfect, but definitely, not horrible.

I would like to share my 5 tips on how to declutter your skin care/beauty products. In a different version: a video.

Enjoy!

I also have a little list for you, which you can print, or do whatever you want. Just a little reminder 🙂

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Aromatherapy

City life can be stressful, especially when you don’t really like that city life but you don’t have a choice at the moment. But there is always something that can help you to relax and completely forget about the overcrowded tube and lack of nature around yourself. And that’s…

AROMATHERAPY

 

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It helps me a lot. Because of fresh lavender smell, I can manage to forget that I am not in the forest near Camelot but in my own bedroom, or bathroom. I normally use my secret heavy weapon: lavender essential oil in my lovely diffuser, a lavender scented 100% vegan candle, dry lavender hanging from the curtain rods, and lavender Fresh Skin essential oil on my duvet. Yes, a lot of lavender. And this is not the end.. I have a lavender bubble bath and a lavender bath oil from NYR (ok, this one ‘just’ contains lavender). Wait, I also have a lavender tea (Pukka Night). Ok, I’m turning purple already.

 

Of course, you don’t need to use lavender only, and the fact I’m obsessed with it, it doesn’t mean everyone has to be. Another great soothing oil is eucalyptus oil, that helps to purify your interior and helps you with early spring nasal infections.

But what aromatherapy actually is?

To save you googling, I found some facts about it for you to read:

‘Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.

More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s. Today, many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” However, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.’

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Why lavender is good for? As everyone probably knows, lavender helps with sleeping, but healing insomnia is not its only benefit. Lavender bath can relax your muscles after a hard cardio or heavy gym session, it can also be a relief after a stressful day at work or school. What else? Caught a cold? Feeling tired? Try lavender essential oil in a diffuser or vaporiser, I’m telling you, you’ll feel better!

If you’re interested in some more info click here. 

Time for eucalyptus. It is known for centuries for its wound healing qualities. It is highly antiseptic oil and helps wounds to heal quicker and prevent microbial infections to develop. As I mentioned before is also excellent in respiratory system problems like asthma, blocked nose, etc.

Peppermint is antiseptic and antimicrobial, but also very calming. I think it’s great to blend lavender (lol) with the peppermint, such a great smell!

I gave you examples of these three because I use them, but there are so many essential oils and all of them have unique benefits and smells. Click here to explore.

I recommend: 

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NYR

Natural Remedies

Relax Time!

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I would like to share this post again, because WINTER IS COMING. 

Plus I would like to share this great info with you, all in a nutshell!

Please include attribution to Positive Health Wellness with this graphic.

Aromatherapy Facts, Benefits and Uses

 Source of the graphic: PositiveHealthWellness 

Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event

I think my blog is becoming too focused on food. Don’t blame me please, I love food. But… we all do? My lovely friend Meyrovich surely agrees with me on this, right?

So, we had an amazing opportunity to attend Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event. Thank you Farmdrop for inviting us, we had such a great time.

We were given an opportunity to prepare some Christmas stuffing by ourselves, but under Masterchef finalist instructions – Beth’ Thomas and it was a brilliant experience as I have never made any stuffing in my life.  Meyrovich and I were given a veggie option with bread crumbs and then we could add whatever we wanted: I went for cranberries, sauerkraut, walnuts, mushrooms, fresh parsley, and some spices. As you know I don’t eat meat so, I didn’t really have anything to stuff haha, but I just fried it a little bit in a dry pan and my significant other at home said it was delicious, so … thanks, Beth! (I surely recommend to check Beth’s blog, and try making that mulled wine cheesecake!)

We also had a chance to try some new products, and if you are not vegan but vegetarian I recommend their cheese, Cornish Yarg, absolutely amazing and grass-fed, so no suffering here on the moo side of things! I am not vegan but I do care where are my products from, I wouldn’t buy eggs which are not really free-range and I know that Farmdrop eggs are free from suffering!

And good news guys! You can try delicious products by yourself, shop at Farmdrop and use a special discount code ‘ANNMARIQ’ to get £20 discount on your first order! (Minimum spend £50). Isn’t it amazing?

Wrapping it up, take a look at some of the pics from the event. Looks cosy, right? So hyggeligt! (The Little Book of Hygge, I strongly recommend)

 

 

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A glass of organic red wine. Someone is addicted to lip balms…

 

Catch you next time, guys.

BBC Good Food Show Winners + Foggy London.

Hello!

First things first. Time to announce the Winners of The BBC Good Food Show Giveaway!

The Winners are:

  • JACK
  • RONALD BRUIN
  • K. SHAH
  • MAXIME
  • NICK

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, you might be lucky in the next round 🙂

Winners, please email me on marianna@annmariq.com with your address details, so I can send the tickets.

Thank you for taking part in my first giveaway!

Foggy London? Have a look what I captured last Sunday!

 

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My favourite tree in Gladstone Park.
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Autumn is just so magical ❤
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Colours.
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Leafy Season.
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Pigeons.
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Favourite Tree number 2.
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Golden Tree.

 

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Source: Designers Guild Ltd.

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The House Fair 2016, London Olympia.

Happy Saturday everyone!

 

But, to the point, to the point.I had a pleasure to take part in The House Fair in London Olympia, and now I would like to share with you what I found there, what inspired me and who was my favourite exhibitor!

Enjoy and find your inspiration!

RAFT

My favourite items are definitely leather armchairs. But overall, RAFT presents good quality and affordable furniture.

 

I Love Produce Candles

Absolutely amazing idea and amazing person at the counter! I will surely purchase their tomato scent candle. Have a look and try, their candles are really original with scents like red wine, coriander, tomato, sage, rosemary, fig and more!

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Leporello

Another exhibitor with an amazing eye for the detail. Leporello designers produce an exceptional range of painted and polished wood furniture in both contemporary and classic styles. Also, their service includes custom design.

 

Greige

This is my favourite exhibitor. Colours, designs, everything that I love! Visit their website to find out about their open days on the Weekend in Chiswick.

 

I could not leave with empty hands, right… 🙂

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Enjoy 🙂