Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia seeds

The humble chia seed has been around for centuries
I only just discovered it around 5 years ago, knowing that it is a healthy little seed and I used to sprinkle it on my salads, in my banana smoothies and in my muesli. I must admit I was never a really big fan of the texture or how "weird" it looked when it came in contact with liquid.

"Chia" is the Mayan word for strength and the Mayan people understood the important health benefits of this little magical seed.

Firstly, it is packed with fiber with so much as 11 grams of fibre per ounce.
Chia absorb up to 12 times their weight and expand in your stomach, making you feel fuller and curbing your apetite. (It is GREAT to eat for breakfast as it keeps me sustained until around midday).They are a concentrated source of Omega 3 fatty acids and believe it or not have more Omega 3 than salmon...really!
Chia seeds can also help promote better bone and oral health and contains 27 percent of your daily value of phosphorus that helps your body repair itself faster.

I have since gotten used to the texture and "funniness" of the Chia seed and I now use it every morning.

Here's how:
I put them in a bowl the night before and let them soak overnight in coconut milk, (you don't need that much soaking time, as they will expand in about ten minutes I just really like how when I put the mixture out of the fridge the next morning almost all the coconut milk is gone).
(You can off course use any other liquid).
I also add some nuts, dried fruit etc. into the mixture.
Come morning I will add some fresh fruit and some more coconut milk and mix it all together.
The last week I have also found some excellent blueberries that I have mixed into the mix plus cinnamon. (Yes, anything I can put cinnamon on I will).
and the added bonus of it actually being super healthy for you.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dolce and Gabbana Passion Duo lipstick

So, I buy my make up whenever I am out travelling. 
Maybe it is because I have spare time, waiting for the flight to take off but mostly it is because at heart I am (let's face it) a make up junkie.
I find it irresistible to go past a counter with all it's bling without stopping to sample a few colours on my hand. So alas it happened this time as well when I was flying from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Bergen. I met the most wonderful make up person in the Dolce and Gabbana stand, (but then again I guess they would never be hired if they were not trained to be friendly to the customer), she was also very clever refusing to be brushed away by my "not really interested, just looking at what you have here". 
Next thing I know I am in front of the make up mirror but I am so so happy she talked me into buying this lipstick.
Firstly, I am not really a lipstick kind of girl. 
I adore the lipgloss, lip stains with plenty of vaseline but to be honest lipsticks have always frightened me. (Think lipstick stains on teeth etc). Also, how on earth do I go about picking the right colour for my skin? The ones that I have bought are always on the nude spectrum of colours which, (thanks to the very clever make up person at D&G washes my skin right out). (Definitely don't want that to happen, I need all the skin colour I can get at the moment). 
Thanks to her expert eye and clever guidance I ended up with this pretty pretty colour, unlike anything I have ever had on  my lips before. It gives off a great colour straight off and on coat no. 2 it is a perfect, fun party colour. The "Passion Duo" has a heart of satin gloss which I really like as it gives you a pretty long lasting colour with full gloss shine, so it is kind of like a lipgloss -but it is not, you get what I am saying. (Plus when it is windy your hair doesn't get stuck in it). Plus they keep your lips moist. 
For more info check their website

I am so happy with this buy that I might actually go back and get a second colour next time I am out flying. 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Carpe the sunset

 One of the many things I miss with being away from Norway is the beautiful, late sunsets. It is only March and the sunsets are already as late as 18.45.
 We are lucky to live by a freshwater lake, (that actually used to be the city's water reservoir but since has been free'd up so we can now swim in it in the summer time).
      "When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you."

Friday, 20 March 2015

The latest from the make believe jewellery factory

Just because I felt inspired seeing the sun again and also because I have been stuck in Deborah Harkness' make believe world of fairytales.

Triple wrap bracelets, that also functions as necklaces. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Whirlwind trip

 Troika is one of my absolute favourite chocolates. It is basically chocolate truffle, marzipan, raspberry gel and a dark chocolate cover. I got to celebrate my birthday with my cousin who just happens to have her birthday on the same day as me, (talk about the best birthday present ever) and this stunningly beautiful Troika CAKE was on the menu. (Thanks Mum)!
There is a Norwegian Illustrator called Gunvor that I really admire, (her drawings and her book "Champagne pikene" is absolutely awesome), it is a shame they have not been translated into English yet. 
I also managed to sneak a trip up to the mountains with friends. Norway's had such a great winter this year in regards to snow. The white stuff is everywhere. 

Saturday, 7 March 2015


 You know what makes me really happy?
To finally be able to pack away heavy winter boots, knitted sweaters, woollen underwear..
 To welcome spring with all it's glorious colours, 
to finally be able to feel the (tiny) bit of warmth on your skin and to slowly start regretting all the dates with the bakery shop over winter. 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Runners knee

Apologies for a long absence.
This past two weeks have seen me in full recovery mode. After 18 years of snowboarding, surfing and other sports my knee finally gave in last year and for the past year I have waited patiently to get answers. Turns out I have a pretty horrible case of "runners knee".
The last year has been challenging, I have not been able to move around as I would like to so it has been a practise of sitting still and avoiding pain.
I am now on a slow road to recovery but luckily avoiding operations. Fingers crossed.