Nivea Sensitive 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water

Is it possible to have a cleanser that is gentle but effective? Yes, the answer is yes. Nivea has created the most wonderful cleanser in a body that makes cleansing your skin easy and very affordable.

This is the first micellar water I've tried, partly because the rest of the lot are quite pricey. I picked up this amazingness for around $10.00, and it was such a great buy! This stuff will last you a long time as you only need a little to take a whole face of makeup off. It's moisturizing on the  skin, and even tones! It transformed my outlook on micellar waters in general, and I'm completely converted to this 3-in-1 method. If you're looking for a product to take off makeup and the day's grime, definitely give this a purchase. You will not be disappointed! 

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Revlon Wine Not Blush

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This blush deserves a post all by itself. It's a wonderful shade of rosy wine, and I'm sure it would go nicely with any skin tone. I'm extremely fair, and this blush breathes life into my cheeks. It's a drugstore product that could rival any high end blush. blush2 This blush is in the shade Wine Not (very witty). It is a powder blush that just feels creamy on the skin. It doesn't feel heavy or cakey, and goes nicely over even my base of the Clinique CC Cream. See my review on that here. It brightens up your whole face, and pairs well with berry, pink, or even coral toned lips. I think this blush colour can take you through every season. For fall and winter you want more of a berry or deeper shade on your cheeks and it does this. In the Spring, I'm finding that it couples nicely with all of my lighter makeup as well. It's a great piece for a minimal makeup look.

Next time you're looking for a versatile blush, try this one out! I use it with my e.l.f. contour brush, which is another steal at only $1.99. The quality of the brush is great, and since it's a contour brush, its great for blush or bronzer.

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Vegan & Gluten Free Basil Pesto Pasta

Pasta is near and dear to me, but I'm not the biggest fan of tomato sauce, and let's not even mention tomato meat sauce. Pesto, light cream sauces, and even rose sauces are definitely my cup of tea. This recipe calls for a basil pesto that is vegan, gluten free, and supremely easy to make. A pesto for me is basically a leafy herb, oil, a nut, and some seasoning. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. You will need:

Pasta (I'm using a gluten free pasta, but feel free to use anything you have on hand)

A good handful of fresh basil

1/3 cup of pistachios (any nut will do)

Teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of olive oil

Optional: a teaspoon of almond milk (unsweetened)

To start, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta. In the meantime, add all of your ingredients to either a food processor or blender, and mix it up! You don't want the consistency to be too liquidy, you want it to still have a texture. You can store the pesto in a jar in the fridge for up to a month or freeze it for up to three months. Drain your pasta, add in a couple of tablespoons of pesto, and let it simmer together for a couple of minutes. I added in a teaspoon of almond milk to make it a little creamy, but this step is completely optional. Plate your dish, and enjoy!

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Pesto is easy, super affordable, and a great thing to have on hand. Add it to pasta, sandwiches, and pizza. It's so versatile, and just pumps up the volume on any dish.

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Orange Pomegranate Scones

Scones have a special place in my heart. They're fluffy, buttery, and can be either sweet or savoury. They're also the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa or any warm drink. Scones warm my soul. pile of scones nc1c edit

If you'd like to make these easy orange pomegranate scones, you will need:

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of sugar

1.5 teaspoons of baking powder

A pinch of salt

8 tablespoons of butter

3/4 cup of pomegranate seeds

Zest and juice of one orange

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together your milk and egg thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Grate the butter into the dry ingredients, and combine until it becomes like sand. Add the pomegranate seeds, zest and juice of one orange. Stir in the milk mixture, and combine until a dough is formed. On a floured surface, form the dough into one flat circle round, or two depending on the size of scone you prefer. I like a medium size which means I can get 16 scones out of two rounds. Cut into triangles, sprinkle a little sugar on the top, and pop in the oven for 15 minutes. The scones will be perfectly golden brown.

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Serve these scones and they will become a hit! You can add in cheese, herbs, or any other fruit that meets your fancy. They're completely versatile, and also pretty budget friendly.

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Scandinavian Apple Cake

I love Scandinavian food, culture, and design. It's very simplistic, cozy, and provides a great warmth as well. I stumbled upon an apple cake recipe, which is delicious and literally the easiest cake recipe ever. You're going to want to make this all the time. It is that scrumptious! (and gorgeous, if I say so myself) whole apple cake nc1c edit crop

You will need:

3 mugs of the same size.

The cake is equal parts flour, sugar, and eggs. Fill up the first mug with 3 eggs. In the next two mugs fill up the sugar and flour to the same height as the eggs.

1 apple

1 teaspoon of sugar and cinnamon (for the apple)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your eggs until they are a creamy colour, and very fluffy. They will become a similar consistency to a meringue. Add in your sugar and flour gently.

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Pour the batter into your pan. Slice your apple into thin pieces, and coat with the sugar and cinnamon. You can make a design with the apple slices on the top of the cake if you'd like. Pop the cake into the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden and the centre is no longer wet.

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Once your cake is cooled, I think it's nice to top it with icing sugar. Icing sugar is just so pretty. Serve with coffee or tea, and enjoy it! It is super easy and dirt cheap to make, and you'll receive so many compliments about it. apple cake sideapple cake slice nc1c edit

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Immune Boosting Vegetable Soup

Here comes the cold weather and all of the colds and flus going around. If you're anything like me, getting sick is pretty easy. To fight off colds, flus, and the bitter cold, indulge in this easy vegan and gluten free soup! IMG_3719

You will need:

2 cups of diced potatoes

1 onion diced and sliced

2 cloves of garlic, diced

1 cup of diced carrots

1 cup of diced celery

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1-2 teaspoons of salt

1 tablespoon of paprika

1 tablespoon of tumeric

1 tablespoon of cilantro (I used a paste)

1 tablespoon of red chili pepper (I used a paste)

1 carton of vegetable stock

To start, heat up some oil on high heat in a pot. Add in the onions and garlic. Let them sweat out for a couple of minutes, then add the chill pepper.

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Once mixed together, add the celery and carrots. Let them cook for 3-5 minutes and get soft. Add in the potatoes, and all of the spices, cilantro, and salt. Stir thoroughly until everything is well coated.

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Once the potatoes start to get a little soft, add in the vegetable stock. You may want to add in 1-2 cups of water at this stage as well. Stir well. Turn down the heat to medium, and let the soup come to a boil for 10-15 minutes. Once the 10-15 minutes is over, reduce the heat to low or medium-low and let it simmer. It should take about 1 hour or so for all the vegetables to cook and become soft. The longer your soup simmers, the better it will taste. The flavours will marry more, and it will become absolutely delicious!

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This soup is so good for you with the veggies and immune boosting spices. You can essentially add any vegetables to your soup with any spices to meet your own taste palette. The cinnamon is so delicious in a savoury soup and is so unexpected! If you try out this easy soup recipe, let me know how it goes! Also, this soup can store in the fridge or freezer well. Let it cool, and divide up your soup into single portions so you can heat them up from the freezer at any time! I'm a soup person, and this definitely warms my soul.

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Tis the Season for Decoration!

Happy December everyone! Hopefully you're getting into the spirit of the holidays! I've had my Christmas tree up for a couple of weeks now and it just adds so much warmth to my tiny apartment. I had to buy a new tree as its my first Christmas in a new place. I was scouting for the perfect tree that was small enough for my small condo but also substantial enough to look like a regular tree. I found it and you won't believe the bargain it was!IMG_3742

If you need a tree of my description, go to Target. This tree is six feet tall and forty inches wide. It fits perfectly in the tight space but is really hardy too. It came with 275 lights on it that glow ever so nicely! And it was only $30! That's with tax and everything included. It was $60 originally, then went down to $35 and I had a coupon for 20% off. It's the deal of the year. I'm so happy with it, and to be honest, I don't think it looks like a $30 tree.

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(Don't mind my yucky paper blinds! Since I will be on break very soon, I will finally have time to go pick out my blinds!)IMG_3597IMG_3610IMG_3601

Let me know what you think of my tree! More holiday decor posts to follow!

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University Crunch Time: Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

If you've seen my last post on the energy balls of brain food, you'll know I'm in crunch time. As there's so many exams coming up, I need some substance to keep me through it. And when I say substance, I mean yummy snacks. Popcorn tends to be my go-to since its so low in calories, high in fibre, and its also scientifically proven that popcorn makes you happy! That sounds like the perfect snack to me. For my birthday I received a popper which makes popping popcorn super easy and pretty fun. This cinnamon sugar popcorn recipe is so easy and will also satisfy all your sweet and savoury cravings. Cinnamon is also a great addition to any meal for your health. It is known to help out your heart, carries anti-oxidants, and also help with brain function (among many other benefits), plus it tastes amazing.

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You will need:

Corn kernels (I used 4 tablespoons as that's what my popper requires)

1 teaspoon of Truvia (It's a calorie-less sugar alternative)

1.5 teaspoons of Cinnamon

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil (you can use butter, vegan butter, or anything of your preference)

To start, pop your corn kernels! While they're popping mix together the truvia, cinnamon and salt. Melt your butter or coconut oil. Once it's popped coat your popcorn with all of the ingredients. And you're done! IMG_3622IMG_3626IMG_3631

Enjoy this popcorn recipe! It's super easy, gluten free, and vegan. Plus its healthy! The possibilities are endless when it comes to popcorn so have some fun with it!

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University Crunch Time: Energy Balls of Brain Food

Its that time of year that happens before the most wonderful time of year - crunch time. I have so many essays to do and exams to study for, and quite frankly I need some brain food. Today I made these little energy balls of brain food within 5 minutes. They're delicious, nutritious, and make for a great snack, pick-me-up, or quick breakfast. IMG_3467 You will need:

1/2 cup of dried, pitted dates

1/2 cup of dried cherries (any type of dried fruit can work)

1/2 cup of pistachios (any type of nut)

1/4 cup of oats

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of nut butter (I used peanut butter)

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To start, prep all of your ingredients except the nut butter and place them inside your food processor. Whiz it up until everything becomes small bits. Add in the nut butter, and again, whiz it up! The mixture should become one big ball and when that happens, its done! Make smaller balls out of the mixture into whatever size you like. Put them into a container and pop them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to let them chill and come together. You can enjoy them for up to two weeks. IMG_3492

These little balls of nutrition are vegan, gluten free, and so healthy for you. They're all natural and make a great snack between all of the craziness of university crunch time. Try them out and let me know how you like them!

Ps. those lights in the background are from my cute little christmas tree. There will be holiday posts coming soon!

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Vegan French Toast

Today was a stay-at-home-get-away-from-the-cold-and-work-on-1000000-essays-you-have-to-do kinda day. It's exhausting working on so many papers and trying to keep warm. Today in my humble town above Toronto it feels like -18 degrees. With that said, I wanted something warm at lunch and a little bit different than I usually would have, and something very quick! I went with French Toast, of the vegan kind. IMG_3323

This recipe is super easy, warm, and cozy. Slather it up with some maple syrup, fruit, and some whip cream (I opted for coconut whip cream). It'll take you no time at all, and makes you feel so comforting.

You will need:

Bread. I used a whole grain bread, but anything hearty should be fine.

1 cup of almond milk

1 tablespoon of chia seeds (ground or left whole)

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

To start, get your pan heating up, and place all of the ingredients (aside from the bread) into a bowl. Mix until its all combined. Let it sit for a few minutes so the chia seeds can thicken up (and mimic eggs.) Dunk each slice of bread into the milk mixture and let it sit for 20-30 seconds per side. Place it into your pan, and let each side become crispy and golden brown. Top your french toast with whatever you have on hand or would like to indulge with.

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Vegan & Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana and chocolate chip is one of my favourite flavour combinations when baking. Last week I was craving some yummy and healthy muffins so I decided to make these quick muffins. I also had some bananas going a little mushy so this was the perfect way to use them up! IMG_3155

You will need:

1 3/4 cups of gluten free flour

3/4 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 cup of almond milk

1/2 cup of oil (I used canola)

2-3 ripe bananas

1 cup of vegan chocolate chips

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and get your muffin pan ready with either baking cups or a non-stick spray. Sift the flour with the sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt. Mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix the almond milk and oil together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine. Mash your bananas, and add them with the chocolate chips into the mixture. Fold them in gently to ensure the chocolate chips don't get mashed too! Scoop the batter into the muffin pan, and bake for 15-20 minutes. They should be golden and a toothpick should come out clean if inserted. Let them cool, and enjoy!

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These muffins are so moist, and delicious. Again, everything you should already have on hand which makes them budget conscious. You can easily make this recipe without the vegan or gluten free ingredients; you can sub them out at a 1:1 ratio and they'll turn out just fine. I popped my muffins in the freezer so I can have them on hand anytime. Also so I wouldn't eat them all in one day! To freeze, wrap up each muffin with plastic wrap and pop them into a freezer bag!

Give these muffins a try and they'll definitely be a go to for you!

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Vegan & Gluten Free Falafels

I absolutely love chickpeas. They're high in protein and fibre, and absolutely delicious. I'm always trying to find news way to enjoy them so I thought I'd venture out into the falafel world. I made these falafels for lunch today and they're easy, very quick, and very yummy! You'll also have everything on hand which means less money for you to spend. IMG_3280

You will need:

A can of chickpeas

A pinch or so of salt

Cilantro

Hot peppers

A teaspoon and a half of gluten free flour (If you don't need it to be gluten free, use AP flour!)

A teaspoon of oil (I used vegetable)

A food processor

(I used Gourmet Garden's Cilantro and Chili Pepper paste. I always keep it on hand, and it makes flavouring a lot easier.)

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Put your pan on the heat at medium and add in your oil. Add all of your ingredients into your food processor. Put the lid on and whiz it up! (Its that easy really!) Make your little falafels with about a spoon or so of your mixture. If you wet your hands lightly it makes it the mixture stick less to your hands and easier to work with. Place your falafels into the hot pan, and let each side brown and crisp up. This should take about 1-2 minutes per side.

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Enjoy them with a salad, pitas, tortillas, yogurt, or any other chutney that you like! You could easily put them in the oven to bake as well. Next time I'm going to try adding sweet potato into the mix, and use them as a veggie burger! Bon appetit!

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Flower Beauty

I'm a huge fan of Drew Barrymore. I love her films, how she looks on the red carpet and now I love her new beauty line. Flower Beauty offers high quality cosmetics at ridiculously great prices. It launched at Walmart in mid October. Her line of products includes everything under the sun. Powders, foundations, concealers, lipsticks and glosses, eyeshadows, brushes, you name it! I picked up three of her products, each under $10, and I am now a lover of her line. Last weekend I had a wedding, and last minute realized I didn't have the dark burgundy lipstick I thought I had. So I headed over to my neighbourhood Walmart, and looked all over for a lipstick, but couldn't find one. Then I saw the very pretty and white Flower Beauty section, and found the perfect lipstick. This was the Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Colour in the shade LS21 Desert Flower. This lipstick lasted through an entire wedding of eating, drinking, and dancing and I did not get a ring around my lips at all! It's so smooth and really does make your lips feel like velvet. It is the perfect burgundy lipstick, and honestly, I think it beats out any other lipstick, high or low, out there.

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I also picked up another lipstick in the shade LS3 Tender Tuberose. It's perfect for daytime, and has a mauve undertone to it. Another favourite. I bought the Loose Powder in the shade LO1 Light. I've never used a powder over top of my foundation before, despite probably needing it since I have an oily t-zone. Again, I was not disappointed. Lightweight and did the job perfectly.

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I will be trying out many more products, and definitely some of the brushes from Flower Beauty. Another bonus about the line is that nothing is tested on animals! These cosmetics feel high end but are at a very reasonable drugstore price. I'm a firm believer that one shouldn't be spending an arm and a leg on beauty products, but I still love to try out new things. Give Flower Beauty a go and your wallet will thank you!

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Vegan & Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

Sometimes you want some cookies, but you want them to be a little lighter. I love bananas, oats, and strawberry jam (I'm a strawberry jam fiend!). These thumbprint cookies are easy and light on the wallet to make, vegan, gluten free, and can be enjoyed at any time of the day! You will need:

2-3 very ripe bananas (mashed)

2 cups of oats

2 tablespoons of flax seeds

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

A pinch of salt

Jam (The jam can be whatever kind of fruit you like! I used strawberry jam)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then mash the bananas. Add in the oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, and the pinch of salt. Once its thoroughly combined, use an ice cream scooper to make the cookies. The mixture will be heavy and moist. I used a mini ice cream scooper (melon baller) to make the cookies. Lay them out on a baking sheet that's lined with parchment paper. Make a thumbprint in the centre (hence thumbprint cookie!). Scoop about a teaspoon of jam into each cookie. Let them bake for 10-15 minutes. Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy!!!

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I absolutely loved these cookies. Everything I had on hand, plus I got to use my quickly ripening bananas. I got the inspiration for them from Oh She Glows, those cookies looked much prettier than mine! Gluten free and vegan can taste yummy too!

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The Beauty of Sample Products

I don't know about you, but I love beauty products. From a young age, I've been fascinated with doing my hair and makeup (although I don't like wearing too much). The problem with loving beauty products is that my budget can't really afford to keep up with it. But I have a way of trying the products I want, without the huge price tag! The first thing you can do is go into your beauty store of choice (mine is Sephora), and pick up a couple of samples. Samples are a girl's (and guy's) best friend. They're free, give you a chance to try out that lux product, and you don't have to commit to a large price tag.

The second thing you can do, which really you should do before the sampling, is become a member of the store, if given the opportunity. Sephora has the beauty insider program where you gain points, can redeem them for products, and get exclusivity to new and exciting things. Its a win win in all regards. Again, utilize those perks and you'll get products on discount or for free! What could be better.

The last thing you can do, and this involves actually spending money, is buying a value set. Once you've sampled the product, and want to commit, wait for a value set to come out. You can to try new products that are most likely amazing, and you get the product you want for a fraction of the cost! I have an Origins value set coming in the mail, and I can't wait to use everything that comes into it. The whole set, which includes six of their bestselling products, is a fourth of the price! What a great deal. I'll be doing a post afterwards on the set.

Getting beauty products that you want is within your means as long as you're willing to wait for good deals or simply use those samples until you've saved the money.

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Thanksgiving Yumminess

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Hopefully you all enjoyed yourselves and your tummies did too! (I know I did) My long weekend consisted of parties, family time, birthday time, and lots of food! The food is obviously the most important part of Thanksgiving, aside from your family! To make a foolproof and easier meal for yourself, start ahead of time. My mom is the turkey master! She cooked the turkey the night before with loads of butter, beer, and wine among other things. After cooking, she sliced it up and let it rest overnight in its own juices. Next day, she heated it up for lunch and it was a hit! We served the turkey with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, corn, cranberry sauce, gravy, salad, and some brisket. We also had gnocchi and lasagna to start (we're Italian okay?).

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After lunch we had cheese and fruit. I made a cheese platter that included brie, grand padano and asiago with nuts, dried fruit, and crackers. I had also olive tapanade, red pepper jelly, and apricot jam. The fruit was all seasonal. IMG_2940

And after all of that food, we had dessert! Homemade tirasmu cake, vegan and gluten free pumpkin pie, apple pie, and my homemade birthday cake!

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Also, make the table look special while not spending very much. Set your table with the best you have, make it look coordinated, and add some candles, flowers or pumpkins as a centrepiece! Inexpensive and makes a huge difference! IMG_2843

Keep all of this in mind when planning your next holiday at your house, and remember, easy and simple is always better when hosting. More posts coming soon!

 

Brunch Love

Going for brunch, I think, is money well spent. You get a beautiful and hardy meal that will keep you going for the majority of the day. And usually, brunch is extremely well priced. My favourite place for brunch is Symposium. Symposium is a chain of restaurants all across the GTA that provide you with wonderful food, a warm environment all at a great cost. I don't have any complaints about the place, and have been going there since I was a wee little girl. The last time I went I had waffles with strawberries, a bowl of fruit on the side, and a magnificent latte. I can't express how yummy or how filling this was, because I'll just start drooling. Mmmmm. My dad, who I usually go with to Symposium, had the french toast with bacon, a bowl of fruit, and a latte as well. With tip, tax, and everything in between, our total was $25! Yup, that was a good deal especially since we were held over until dinner.

Symposium also has great daily specials, my favourite being 2 for 1 HUMUNGOUS cake slice Sunday! You need to check the place out if you haven't already.

When you go out, spend your money wisely, because the worst thing you can do is spend your rent money on your times going out. Talk to you soon!

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Vegan Biscuits

Biscuits are a crowd favourite. They're yummy, fluffy, and when using this recipe uber easy and cheap to make! This vegan recipe tricks you into believing that they are loaded with non-vegan ingredients. They are absolutely delicious! You will need:

2 cups of flour

1 1/2 tablespoons of magic powder

3/4 tablespoons of sea salt

4 tablespoons of vegan, unsalted butter (I used earth balance)

1 cup of almond milk

Before you start, preheat  your oven to 425 degrees as the biscuits like a high heat to make them crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Add the flour, magic powder, and sea salt into a bowl and whisk together. Add in the COLD vegan butter and combine with a pastry cutter. The consistency will be like sand. Make a well within your bowl and add in the almond milk a 1/4 cup at a time. The mixture should be quite sticky when its ready to kneed. Flour your surface and need your dough roughly 5 or 6 times. Do not overwork your dough as they will become hard and flat. (Unfluffy biscuits = yucky biscuits!) Flatten your dough into about a 1 inch thick layer and cut into shape with a biscuit cutter or a glass. Place your biscuits on your pan and let them all gently touch so they'll rise in unison. Add melted butter to the top of each for a nice golden top. Let them bake for about 15-20 minutes or until they're lightly golden brown!

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This is such a versatile recipe and you can add herbs or cheese (if you don't care for vegan). These biscuits are delicious alone but with jam or vegan butter, they are even more scrumptious! Also, all the ingredients should be ones that you already have on hand and are pretty cheap. I make these biscuits at any time of the day. I've made these for a soul warming midnight snack before, and they really  do hit the spot!

Enjoy and happy eating!

Apartment Series: Gallery Wall

Hello my fellow InBetweeners! I apologize for not posting in a while, getting things done before school really bogged me down. But in this business, I managed to put up my gallery wall! It's not elaborate by any means, and showcases my own architectural photography. The white and silver frames are from Ikea. The large (8x10) silver frames were $9.99 each, while the smaller (4x6 and 5x7) white frames were $4.99 each. The tiny silver frames were $1.99 each. I love these ones the best since they almost look like shadow boxes! In the middle of the photography, I added an "M" (for Melody!) which I got from Indigo for $8.99 on sale.

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The gallery wall certainly adds interest in my apartment, and fills up the wall space between a shelf and pantry that looked pretty bare before.

In my front hall, basically right beside the door, I added a canvas on one side (very cute!) and a mirror with a tiny bird on the top. Both of these were from Homesense and were steals!

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Hopefully these posts have been giving you some inspiration for your own decor. Please let me know whether you like this series or not, and if you'd like to see any other types of posts from me! Will be posting again soon!

Apartment Series: The Bathroom

I think the bathroom is a pretty special place, especially when it has been transformed from a dirty & scary bathroom into a girly and clean one! I have only one bathroom in my apartment so it needs to contain all of my personal stuff while being the place for guests as well. I have tried to make it fun and affordably cute. The major changes to the bathroom has been painting the walls, a great deal of SUPER cleaning, changing the light and shower head, and a changing of the toilet. I used the same paint colour as the rest of the apartment just to keep it cohesive. There's some bobbles like the green (chia plant looking!) plant in the corner of my counter to add colour, which was $3.00 from Target. The soap is from Bath and Body Works (10 for $30 deal!). My toothbrush and toothpaste are being held in a french porcelain container that I got from Homesense, and yes, it was on sale for $5! The q-tip porcupine I actually got from the AGO's gift shop. I love it for being so cute and it being $13! The porcelain bird contains cotton pads for my face, and is from Homesense ($6.50). The mirror is also from Homesense and was regularly priced $10.The shower curtain is from Homesense as well, and was $29.99. (I splurged!) On the opposing wall from the counter I put a mirrored portal, which has storage instead. I think it adds some interest and was $39.99 from Homesense (another splurge!).

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All in all, I love my bathroom. Its pretty small, but contains everything that I need. When I have guests over I always get compliments on my inexpensive decor. The moral of the story is you don't need to spend a lot to make a bathroom, or any room for that matter, look nice!