Sunday, 25 May 2014

Cheerful Sunday

Last weekend I went to the South-East of England for 4 days to visit some of their GORGEOUS gardens (Sissinghurst, Stowe, ...). It was such a fantastic trip and the group spirit was awesome! I'm so grateful that I got the chance to go there. We went by boat from Calais to England, my first boat trip ever and we had 4 days of beautiful sunny weather. What else do you want, right?

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THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY THIS WEEK:

The beautiful trip to England with the best classmates ever!
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The sunny weather we had, perfect to make nice pictures ☺ 
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Having so many great friends!
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Laughing, talking and having fun with my classmates in England.
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It also was my last week of lectures. For ever ... (it makes me a little sad too)
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Now I have 2 weeks off to study for my finals. I've got 5 final exams ahead of me plus I have to defend my thesis (aargh!). Good luck to everyone who is in the same boat!

What are the things that cheered you up this week?


Have a nice and cheerful week!
Sofie

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Pastel green smoothie: Cucumber, pear & banana



It has been a while since I made a smoothie. So it's definitely time to change that!

To please my mum - it was Mother's day after all - I made one with banana on Sunday. She only wants to drink my smoothies if they have banana in them. I can't blame her, every smoothie with banana tastes great.



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Ingredients:
(6 glasses)

1 large cucumber
2 little pears
2 bananas
200 ml of almond milk

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Peel the bananas and put them in the blender. Clean the cucumber and the pears, cut them and put them in the blender as well, unpeeled. Add the almond milk. Blend blend blend. Done!



Simple, easy and delicious!
Add some chia seeds and hemp seeds on top, or anything you like.



Are there any other banana smoothie lovers?


Love,
Sofie
Previous smoothie: Quick smoothie: Blueberries & blood oranges

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cheerful Sunday

This week I didn't have school so I thought it was the perfect moment to do my ever delayed juice cleanse. If you are curious about how it went, you can read all about it over HERE. Okay, I only did it for one day, but you should start slowly with things like that, right? Right. 

Beside that, I went shopping in Primark with my sister on Monday. We had the best time together. I really love those sister days. They really are precious. 

And then of course, I studied for school, just a little. Because I'm a good girl.

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THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY THIS WEEK:

A sisters day out at Primark.
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Experiencing my first ever juice cleanse.
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Feeling refreshed and joyful after the cleanse. So happy I did it!
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Smoothie Sunday ☺
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My probably last day at work. All my colleagues were so sweet.
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Being at home the whole week and being with my family.
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I hope you all had a fantastic week! I'm very looking forward to the week to come. On Friday, I'll be leaving for England with my classmates to visit the beautiful parks in the South-East of the country. Wiiiiiiiii!

What are the things that cheered you up this week?


Have a nice and cheerful week!
Sofie

Thursday, 8 May 2014

One day juice cleanse ~ My experience and thoughts



Today, I did my first juice detox ever. I've been wanting to do this for such a long time, but there was always something that was holding me back: not the right time, no juice in the house, justifying myself to other people ("Do you want to lose weight?" - No, I just want to cleanse my body on the inside.) ... Postponing, for ever and always.

But then this week the perfect moment was there. Since I don't have school this week and I'm staying at home, I told myself to give it a go, this time for real.

Because I'm a major food - healthy food - lover, I was highly convinced that I wouldn't manage 3 days (= short cleanse cycle) without solid foods. In the morning, I always get up with a growling bear in my stomach. I need to be fed ... or I'll get really moody! So I thought I'd be kind to myself and do a cleanse for only one single day. I'm so brave!



The day before

Before I tell you about the actual cleanse, I must say that when you are planning on doing a juice cleanse, it's best to eat light a few days before and cut out the bad (alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy, meat, processed foods). Since I already try to avoid these products as much as possible, I just ate soup for dinner the evening before my cleanse.

Actual cleanse day

So I bought these two organic juices: organic apple beetroot juice (amzing!) and organic carrot juice (wasn't that great, too high expectations). I know, I know, I didn't make my own juices. The reason: I don't have a juicer (only a blender for smoothies) and it would be a big effort ... and I'm too lazy.

Of course, this morning - like every morning - I was awake at 6:18. Noooo, why, WHY?! And when I'm awake, I can't sleep anymore, so I jumped out of bed. An early morning means a long day means a long time without solid food. But, I was ready!

Ignoring the growling bear in my stomach, I grabbed a glass of water to flush out all the nightly formed toxins and waste. And of course I was thrilled to try out my juices so I also poured myself a glass of apple beetroot juice. Delicious!

Besides the juices, I also drank lots of water. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. The hardest part of the day was lunchtime and dinner. Everyday I'm always looking forward to what I'm going to eat. Yes, most of the time my thoughts are with food. The fact that there would only be juice on the menu, was a little disheartening. But I kept strong, cooked dinner for my family (that smell!) and drank courageously my juices.

The whole morning I was very hungry but that feeling slowly faded during the afternoon. And now, at this given moment, at 8:10 pm, I'm getting hungry again. Surprisingly, I didn't feel flabby during the day but I did have a slight pressure above my eyes and I was a little tired.

The day after

Oh, I'm so looking forward to tomorrow! Just like the days before your cleanse, it's best to slowly build up your diet again. Start with fruits and vegetables, then nuts and grains, then meat and fish. So tomorrow, for breakfast, there is still one avocado waiting for me (YEEEEEEEEEEES!!) and a banana, and some leftover juice (haha). I'm so going to enjoy this!!



And now, I just made myself a large cup of green tea and I'm going to bed early. To be honest, I'm not sure if I would do another cleanse in the future. Therefore I like food too much, good food of course. And because I'm trying to eat as healthy as possible (just because I like healthy food the most), I don't think it's worth the "suffer". But if I do, I would definitely make sure that I have a lot more different juices in the fridge. Only 2 juices, it gets really boring!

Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What are your experiences?


Love,
Sofie

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Colourful veggie quinoa



Today, I made this super easy veggie quinoa bowl with red kidney beans and feta for dinner. Since I'm a big (the biggest) vegetable lover, I also tried to add as many different colourful vegetables as possible.

Besides the fact that this dish is very healthy and vegetarian, it also only takes 30 to 40 minutes to prepare (cleaning and cutting vegetables included).

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Ingredients:
(4-5 servings)

200 g of quinoa
1 red bell pepper (paprika)
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
4 small carrots
10 cherry tomatoes
250 g organic red kidney beans (mine were canned)
200 g feta
Salt
Pepper
Turmeric (curcuma)
Oregano
Basil
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Step 1:
Bring water to boil in a sauce pan. Add the quinoa and some salt and cook for about 15 minutes until ready.

Step 2:
Meanwhile, rinse the canned red kidney beans and clean the vegetables. Cut the peppers and carrots into small cubes and cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters.

Step 3:
Add the peppers and carrots with some coconut oil (or olive oil) in another larger pan and heat them briefly.
Meanwhile, cut the feta into small chunks.
Add the red beans and tomatoes to the pan, just to heat them up. Season to taste with salt, pepper, turmeric, basil and oregano.

Step 4:
When cooked, add the quinoa to the vegetables and mix well together.
At the end, add the feta chunks and serve.



Super simple and it looks very pretty as well, don't you think? My sister whispered to me that she found it very tasty. This really means a lot because I know she mostly prefers something with meat. RESULT!

What do you think? Are you in for this colourful bowl of quinoa?


Love,
Sofie

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Cheerful Sunday

The weeks are flying by so fast! I just can't believe how quickly this year has started off. It's already May! MAY! 

Anyway. This week has been great. I got some tomato and bell pepper plants from my uncle which I find very exciting. Now I finally have my own veggie plants to take care of. Eeeeek!

Since the 1st of May is a holiday in Belgium (Labour day), I didn't have lectures on Thursday (and Friday). On Monday we had a school trip, which was alright. And on Friday and Saturday, I had to work and earn some money.

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THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY THIS WEEK:

 All my plants in my bedroom are blooming beautifully!
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I really love Lee Glasson from the Voice UK. I can listen to his version of "Careless whisper", "Strong" and "Can't get you out of my head" over and over. I'm a fan!
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The tomato and bell pepper plants I got from my uncle.
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Running ♥
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Coming home on Wednesday and having a long weekend.
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Watching the Champions League football/soccer with my dad. Haha.
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Friday night, all my classmates have left for 10 days Croatia. It is their end of year trip which I went on last year. Just like this year I was also in my final year last year (I'm doing an additional year now). So in theory, I could go on this trip for the second time, but that would be way too expensive. Instead, I'm just having a week off next week, where you won't hear me complain about.

I hope you all had a great week!

What are the things that cheered you up this week?


Have a nice and cheerful week!
Sofie

Friday, 2 May 2014

Help! Smartphone selection difficulties

I'm usually a little late with everything. Always running behind. It's in my nature, I guess. Haha. I bought my first cell phone when I was almost 17, I'm now almost 24 and I currently have my 3rd phone in use. It's okay, right.

A few weeks ago, my mum and my sister told me they were planning on buying a smartphone. At first I thought I wouldn't need one. It is an unnecessary luxury and I think it's quite time consuming as well since the internet is just one click away. So to protect myself, I said I didn't want one. But now, I start to see the benefits of it too. With the internet at hand I can look things up very easy and quick without having to wait for 15 minutes until my laptop is showing his first signs of life.

Sooo ... I bent and am now planning on buying myself a smartphone. *WOO excitement!*



The only thing is, which one should I buy?
- I don't want a Nokia, because they work with Microsoft.
- I don't want an iPhone, because I'm not an Apple fan.
- So it's probably going to be a Samsung. Only, which one ... And I prefer one that is affordable, of course ☺

Which smartphone do you have? Are you pleased with it?
Do you have any Samsung smartphone recommendations? Which one should I take?


Love,
Sofie 
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