Becoming a Morning Person….

Hello,

It’s the start of the week and after a long weekend in Ireland, it’s a slow start….

I am a person who loves their sleep! If you wake me up before I am ready to face the world I become insufferable. I’ve been slowly trying to become a morning person as quite frankly I’m jealous of those who start the day perky and productive.

Step 1: Wake Up Early

So as you can imagine, step one starts by getting up early. I’ve been progressively getting up earlier and earlier each day rather than going cold turkey and getting up at ridiculous O’Clock. This is a much more obtainable and sustainable process. Leaving my curtains open to let the natural light work as an alarm clock and not pushing that snooze button has been the key to my success.

Step 2: Breakfast!

That’s right the best way to entice me out of bed is with food. I usually start the Irish way with a good cup of tea. Depending on my mood, I change my breakfast, sometimes it’s sweet with overnight oats or it’s savoury with eggs, avocado and toast.

 

Step 3: Reading

I am usually one to grab my phone first thing when I wake up, cause you have to check if someone has messaged you during the night…….. right?! I know this is a bad habit and I’ve been trying to swap it with reading. I used to sit in bed on my phone for an hour even two (how bad is that!) but now I read for a half an hour and hop up about my normal morning routine. I feel so much more productive now.

Step 4: Going to the gym

I know, not many people want this to be a step and it doesn’t have to be but I actually like getting up and moving during the morning. Then I don’t feel so bad having to sit in work for a lot of the day. Sometimes even a walk around you area is enough to get the body moving and it’s good for your mental health!

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What helps you be productive in the morning? I’d love to make my morning even better and any tips that can help, please pass it on. It’s my favourite time of the day.

Love Megan xxx

Living a More Sustainable Life

I think everyone has had sustainability on their mind lately. It’s everywhere in the news, if you haven’t heard of Greta Thunberg you may be living under a rock?! I’ve been contemplating what changes I can make that are going to be more sustainable for my day to day living…..

Coffee Cups 

I have an addiction to coffee like many people, I can’t get through a days work without having at least three (I know, it’s bad!). I used to buy take-away coffee from Starbucks, Costa or McDonalds everyday. Not only is that expensive but using unneccissary paper cups each day. I switched to using a keep cup so anytime I get a take away, it’s not needed to be thrown in the waste. I also make almost all coffee’s at home now. My boyfriend got me a sealpod that works in a nespresso for my birthday, it’s metal and you just pop your ground coffee in it and pop a seal on top. No recycling involved and you can through the ground coffee in a compost bin.

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Metal Straws

Along the lines of using coffee cups, I also made the switch to metal straws. They are so handy and easy to clean. I got these in primark a few months ago but I have seen them on amazon and ebay too.

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Packaging & Recycling

Everything has so much packaging these days. At times not needed. Especially fruit! It has it’s own biodegradable packaging for goodness sake! These bananas from Dunnes were super cheap and I was delighted to see how little packaging was involved. Although I have been trying to go to more food markets, it’s not always realistic with my work hours. It’s also important to put waste in the appropriate bins. Many foods can actually go in the compost bin, we barely use our general waste bin anymore!

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Getting More Educated

I realise that I have so much to learn, I’m listening to more podcasts, watching more youtube videos (love Zanna Van Dijk!) and trying to read as much as possible. The planet is every changing and I think we should all try and do our part to make it a better place to live for us and our children.

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Do you have any changes that you have made to your day to day life that are making an impact on the planet? I would love to know!

Love Megan xxx

Essie Bahama Mama Review

Recently I made myself be conscious of looking after my nails to make them grow. They were not looking pretty! I tried gel nails but they are just expensive and time consuming. I’ve been obsessed with painting my nails the past few weeks and it’s been helping them grow so much. It’s my little self care routine each week to be cuddled up with a cup of tea, paint my nails and watch the Great British Bake Off.

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I have every brand of nail polish under the sun from Rimmel, Essence, Maybelline etc. However, I seen so much of Essie that I thought I would give it a try. Now it is on the pricey side but it’s so worth it. I’m so rough with my hands and always chipping polish that it never lasts long on me. Essie has been lasting the whole week with the smallest of chips, that I just top up if needed. It is IMPORTANT to use the top coat though! This bad boy makes it last on any nail polish but much longer when used with Essie polish. It also gives that gel look. Anytime I’ve been using it lately, I’ve gotten so many compliments.

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People have actually asked if it’s gel?! win win for me! I would highly recommend trying Essie polish, I’m certainly going to pick up more when I’m shopping. I got the colour Bahama Mama because it was perfect for Autumn and I’m addicted to burgundy colours! It’s my weakness.

Love Megan xxx

Massaman Stir Fry

This Massaman stir fry was so quick and simple but hits the spot in terms of flavour!

We were tempted to order a take away like many on a Friday night but decided to whip something up even quicker than a take away. This takes 20-30 mins (depending on how quick you can chop!)

Ingredients

  • Wholewheat noodles (or any noodles of your choice)
  • Massaman paste
  • Coconut milk (we chose reduced fat)
  • Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil (or any oil you have)
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spring onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Curry powder & Paprika (optional)

Step 1: Chop up all your veg

Step 2: Put the potatoes in boiling water for 5 – 10 mins.

Step 2: Put the pan on a high heat, once the oil is hot throw in your onions and garlic to sweat down. Once the onions become clear pop in the carrots, mushrooms and spring onions.

Step 3: Drain the spuds and put them in a hot tray with oil in the oven at 180 °C for 10-15 mins.

Step 4: Put the noodles in boiling water for 5-6 mins.

Step 5: Add 4-5 tablespoons of paste, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 200-300ml of coconut milk (add more milk if you want it have more sauce like a curry).

Step 6: Put the broccoli in the pan with the other veg and put a lid on the pan to let the broccoli steam for 5 mins.

Step 7: Add a sprinkle of curry powder and paprika, once the noodles are ready mix them into the pan with the veg.

Step 8: Take the potatoes out of the oven.

Step 9: Plate up the stir fry and top with the potatoes and cashew nuts.

If you liked this recipe or tried similar ones, let me know!

Love Megan xxx

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

I LOVE peanut butter and who doesn’t?! These soft peanut butter cookies are a MUST try if you are a PB lover.

Ingredients 

  • 190g cream flour
  • 150g dark sugar
  • 65g butter
  • 65g peanut butter
  • 95g dark choc chips
  • 2 small – medium eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Handful of peanuts

Step 1: Preheat oven to 175°C.

Step 2: Whisk together the softened butter, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract till smooth. Then add the eggs and combine till fluffy.

Step 3: Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt with a spatula till it resembles cookie dough. Add the choc chips and peanuts till mixed through.

Step 4: Place the dough in balls on two lined baking trays. It should make 15-16 balls.

Step 5: Bake for 10-12 mins or until golden brown. Once ready allow to cool for 15 mins and enjoy!

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Love Megan xxx

Sensational Express Gel Review

Hi Guys,

I hope you are all doing well! It’s been a busy month for me with a new job so I have been looking for ways to make my nails last longer. I’ve been using the normal sensational gel polish but it is very time consuming and you need to clear time in the evening to be able to do it properly.

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I noticed this Express Gel Polish in ‘Made Him Blush’ in boots in the clearance section for only 3 euro! So I said why not give it a try and I wouldn’t upset if it didn’t work because it didn’t cost a fortune.

The express gel still needs to be cured with an LED lamp but it eliminates using a base and top coat. It takes 1 minute to cure and I applied two coats.

I found it was a lot more forgiving than the normal gel polish and easier to apply. It looks just as good and took way less time. I haven’t found any difference in the longevity of the two types. The express gel lasts just as long as the normal gel. The express gel also has a larger bottle so you get more product for your money. I will definitely be going back for more colours!

Rating

Price: 💅💅💅💅

Lasting Power: 💅💅💅💅

Colour: 💅💅💅💅

Application: 💅💅💅💅

Overall I give this product 4 out of 5 💅

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and let me know your favourite gel polish!

Love Megan Marie X

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

It’s officially 2018! It’s time to start those lifestyle changes now and make it the happiest year yet.

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Photo Credit: Design Listicle

1.START CYCLING

I have been a vegetarian for four years now and I just want to make more difference to the environment. I currently drive to work, which is a very short journey only 15 minutes and I waste so much petrol and energy using a car to do so! Therefore, I want to cycle to work everyday and hopefully help the environment while I am at it.

Now I won’t lie this bike won’t only be for cycling to work but weekend trips to a park or cafe of some kind, the beach and maybe even an odd picnic!

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2. EXERCISE MORE

I am a gymnastics coach and part of that is being fit to be able to lift and keep up with the kids. It also involves kids looking up to you in terms of a role model and I feel I need to eat and exercise well to show them that it’s a healthy lifestyle. That means I’ll be rejoining the gym in January and getting back into lifting weights and cardio. I actually really like going to the gym, it’s a great escape from the world and feel great afterwards.

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3. HEALTHY EATING

Oh I can only imagine how we all feel after the Christmas break! yep it’s back to eating well and not gorging in the nicest of treats and dinners. I’ve been lacking on drinking my daily water intake and found that adding a concentrate to my water helped me get it all in. It just adds some flavour without the calories of a soft drink, yay for that!

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One of my favourite meals is eggs and avocado on toast. I know, so basic but it tastes so good. Although I’m a veggie, I still want to get more vegetables into my diet and try more recipes as I really enjoy cooking. I also want to bring more homemade meals to work rather than picking up lunch from the shop. It’s so much healthier and not tempted to buy chocolate.

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4. ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

One of my favourite things to do is to go to a little quaint cafe and sit while enjoying a good coffee. Whether it’s by myself or with a friend, it’s a nice way to unwind or even do work. We are all living busy lifestyles and it’s nice to find the little things that make us happy.

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5. FEEDING CREATIVITY

We are naturally creative creatures and we should express it in whatever way makes us happy. Some find creativity through their clothes or hobbies like music and art. I personally love photography. I’ve always had a strong desire to take photos and edit them and blogging has fed into this creativity. I’ve never been much of a writer so I’m hoping my photos speak more than my words!

Thank you so much for reading this blog, let me know what your plans are for 2018 and don’t forget to like it!

Love Megan Marie Hearts