26 May 2017

Day 5 - #MatchaChallenge by Teapigs

Today I feel more energised, the skin is quite horrible as always, but I am trying so many delicious Teapigs Matcha recipes that I am sure I am gaining weight!


Today I want to share with you an easy, but healthy recipe for the ones who love sweet food but hate nuts!
Just put two teaspoons of honey in a ramekin and put all the matcha, mix it up until you think the bits are not quite big and then add nuts! Yes, seems an easy recipe, but nuts are really healthy and honey too, so why not mix it all together with our delicious matcha?


Enjoy!

Wanderlust Alphabet by Jack Daly

The Wanderlust Alphabet concept is simple, Jack Daly has illustrated letters of the alphabet with cities he visited, traveling from A to Z.​​​​​​​



Spandex And The City by Jenny T. Colgan - Blog Tour


Spandex And The City by Jenny T. Colgan
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4/5


The publicist Holly Phillips doesn't have a personal life, and the day she decides to take the chance is being saved by Ultimate Man, the saviour from the city. Is this a sign that they have a chance as a couple or dating a superhero is more difficult than a human?

"'Could you please... possible... possibly forget we ever met?'
I thought of how much I wanted to be a journalist. I thought of a gigantic scoop this was. I noticed how downcast and miserable he looked."

I have to say I loved Spandex And The City, we are so used to see the superhero falling in love with the human and that they are happy forever that is refreshing reading that they can argue, have troubles and disappointments too! Because neither Ultimate Man or Holly will be "normal", as obvious Ultimate Man is a saviour, but he has feelings and dreams as all human being... And don't expect Holly to be rescued, she is ready to fight for the city and her friends even if she has to risk her life!
We will meet a baddie too, I will not reveal his true identity, I don't want to make spoilers! I am not sure his master plan is as bad or as good as he wants us to believe... but he won a little piece of my heart too!
This is a delicious read, with superheroes, villains and an intelligent woman that will try to decide if knowing the truth about the superheroes world would be worth the sacrifice! Ready for an action, funny and romance book?
One little question... what do you prefer to save or be saved?

25 May 2017

Rafael Araújo Gifs

Funny and cute gifs by the artist Rafael Araújo!



 

Day 4 - #MatchaChallenge by Teapigs


Mmmm... today I am not feeling so energised as yesterday, I suppose it is because yesterday I was awake till late reading a book, quite interesting if you ask me!
That's why today I will not share a very original recipe, just an easy but very effective and tasty way to enjoy your Teapigs Matcha, with a yogurt! I wanted to try it with a lemon yogurt, but since I discovered I am lactose intolerant I try to eat everything lactose free. I couldn't find a lemon yogurt, but the Alpro (soya milk) with coconut and my matcha was delicious, it will be on my diet from now on!
Here is a delicious photo to make you a little envy!


Have you already tried any delicious recipe with matcha?

Reconciliation For The Dead by Paul E. Hardisty - Blog Tour


Reconciliation For The Dead by Paul E. Hardisty
Genre: Action, Thriller
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 4'5/5


This is a bold and hard book, but reading about war has never been easy!

'Memory is a strange, malleable, and, he had come to realise, wholly undependable quantity. And nothing, it seemed, was immune from time's inexorable winnowing, that hollowing erosion that, eventually, pulled the life from everything.'

This is a story told between the past (1980's) and the present (1996) where Claymore Straker is appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to face off the demons from the past... His life changed completely 15 years ago, he was dishonoured and exiled and now is ready to tell the truth...  Be prepared to discover the injustices and the horrors that Clay face in Angola.
This is a brutal story to read, to live and to think about, because Hardisty has done an amazing job creating this book, but is based in true events, so it makes the story less fictional and more terrifying if you think of the consequences of everything you are reading! This is an addictive book, but you will have to stop to breath after reading some of the cruelty things told in the story.
I can't imagine how a young solider that is risking his life at every minute has to feel when he discovers that all his beliefs and actions had been used for the wrong purposes and that there's no turning back...
This is the third book of the series Claymore Straker, you can read it as standalone, but I think this story puts on perspective all the other books, so your choice if you want to start from here or from the beginning, because after reading this book you will want to know more about Claymore, for sure!

24 May 2017

Secret Passageways and Hiding Places of Hogwarts by Pottermore

Take a look at this detailed map of all the secrets of Hogwarts, only for Harry Potter fans! ;)
The source is Pottermore.


Beach Towels by Studiomateriality

Studiomateriality is a workshop which aims at applying art to products. Through this process, studiomateriality designs various products such as lighting, mirrors, homeware etc. 

Do you plan to go to the beach this summer? Do you have the bikini ready? Because I have the most original towels for you, digitally printed with the most beautiful sea creatures which will accompany you in this summer adventures, I am sure!





The source is Designboom.

Day 3 - #MatchaChallenge by Teapigs

This is my third day of the #Matchachallenge by Teapigs!


I may say that I don't feel too tired after running and jumping with my little one, maybe the matcha is really getting me more energy? Sadly my skin is as bad as always, I hope will improve a little after all! I have a wedding and I want to have a soft skin... but maybe this is asking too much...!
Today I want to share with you something easy, healthy and delicious to do with the matcha, a dressing salad! Are you one of those that doesn't eat salad because is boring or you love salad but don't know what to add to make it different?

Matcha Dressing Sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of honey
  • 5 tablespoons of oil
  • half lemon juice
  • a pitch of salt
  • a Teapigs Matcha Sachet

I love to eat salads, usually I put everything I find in the fridge with the salad mix bag you can find in the supermarket. Today my salad was with matcha (of course), a mix of salad leaves, cherries, carrots, raspberries, fried onion, pine nuts and to dress, of course the Matcha Dressing Sauce! It was healthy, tasty and a different way to enjoy the matcha!


Have you started the #matchachallenge?

23 May 2017

Buttery Planet by Daria Khoroshavina

Buttery Planet is a place full of magic, butter and happiness (because butter=happiness, of course) by Daria Khoroshavina.




Day 2 - #MatchaChallenge by Teapigs

Today is my second day in the Teapigs #Matchachallenge, and I think I am started feeling more energised, and you?


Today I will drink a "boring" Matcha Latte, but to say the truth, a matcha is never boring, the taste is quite different from the teas we are used to, but for me, the flavour is great, I never use any sugar or honey to sweeten the recipes, but not everyone love it, so, what side are you, a lover or a hater of matcha?
Matcha tea sometimes is tricky to dilute, that's why I use the milk frother to have a delicious matcha without bits!


Here is the photo of my delicious Matcha Latte, and of course while I was enjoying my delicious tea I was reading one of my new books! ;)

Pukka Fun - Interactive Colouring Book


There are a lot of interesting colouring books to entertain our kids, but when they had been painted all the interest in the book banishes... So when I was at the London Stationery Show I discovered the Pukka Fun Interactive Books, I fall in love with them at the moment! 


The Pukka Fun Interactive Books have a lot of pages to colour, interesting activities for the children to learn while playing, but the most interesting part is that with your mobile or tablet they come to life (with sound included!) in front of your eyes!
I had the chance to "play" with two of these amazing interactive books, the "Baby Animals" and the "Race Day", and I think all children should have one of these amazing books at home! If you colour the illustrations, when you scan them, they come to life with the colour you choose, amazing, don't you think? 


This is the perfect activity book for travelling, on a rainy day or when your little one needs a little bit of relax.


I thought that you may want to take a look at how it works, so here is the link to the Pukka Fun books that you can download some samples to try at home! The Eiffel Tower and a Triceratops. And here is the official video...!


This is a great book for this summer, it's not expensive and I am sure you and your little ones will have a lot of fun with them! Enjoy! ;)

22 May 2017

21 May 2017

Day 1 - #MatchaChallenge by Teapigs


First of all, thanks to Teapigs for the chance to participate in the May #matchachallenge, in which for 14 days I will be sharing some delicious matcha recipes with you. You can drink your matcha daily dosis (in the boring way, with hot water) or be creative and mix it with your favourite foods and enjoy something tasty and healthy without noticing!

Do you know all the benefits of drinking matcha everyday? (source Matcha Source)
  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
So, today is my first challenge day, and I would share a very easy and yummy recipe, a pesto matcha sauce, to mix with your pasta or rice, it will be healthy and yummy! ;)

Pesto Matcha (for 2 persons)


6 tablespoons of oil
4 teaspoons of pine nuts
1 sachet of Teapigs Matcha
half lemon juice
Italian spices
a pitch of salt
grated parmesan
(you can add basil too, but I didn't had at home!)

You mix everything together, and mix it with the mixer, the matcha will be better diluted and the pine nuts completely crushed and add it to your favourite pasta! We mix it with boiled tagliatelle, and it was yummy! 


Starting a healthy life means eating healthy and doing a little of exercise, ready for the next recipe of the #matchachallenge?

Literary Art by Obvious State

Passages of some of the more famous books made with these beautiful posters by Obvious State.
You can buy them on Kickstarter!
I am not sure which one is my favourite, they are all of them amazing!



Periodic Table of Disney by Oh My Disney

Do you know the Periodic Table? I do by heart, but I can assure I would rather study the Disney one than the original! ;)
The source is Oh My Disney.

20 May 2017

Beauty of Birds by Aga Więckowska

First set of illustrations for the bird project of  Aga Więckowska which are inspired by old, natural history books & antique prints. The description includes name of a species, family, order,  conservation status and number within the family.