Happy Valentine’s

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Happy Valentine’s my loves! Today is the day we celebrate love: the day to celebrate our partners, our families, our friends and ourselves. Really, in my opinion, it’s about giving love to the ones we are closest to, the ones that mean just that much more to us – or, for some, it’s a day like any other. In reality of course it is, but why not use this perfect excuse to make it a little extra special – be it for yourself with a nice manicure, a spa day or a movie-night in.

I know this is only a super short post but I wanted to use this second in time to wish you all a lovely Sunday and Valentines! xo

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Quinoa Berry Porridge

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Happy Sunday loves! Another week has passed and I was able to tick-off everything I had on my to-do list until today – time to make one for the upcoming week. I’ve got a few lunch dates coming up this week with friends that I used to go to school with – cannot wait! Since knowing myself, and knowing that one of these dates might be switched to becoming a dinner and drinks event, I need to make sure that everything else is rightly scheduled and done in time.

With another weekend having passed, I wanted to share one of my new favourites in regards to breakfast. I love, love, love porridge – with them good old oats – and now started making it with quinoa. I always saw quinoa as a great grain for lunch or dinner, though never would have thought of eating it for breakfast/brunch. Here I am, and I could eat it daily. The principle method is easy – just as cooking quinoa (or rice) you can place ½ cup of quinoa, 1 cup of frozen berries and 1 cup of liquid in a pot – heat up the stove and let it sizzle on medium heat until no more liquids are left. I chose to say liquid as you can honestly make it with water (lowest kalorie form), milk (lactose free or not – as you wish and can eat) or nut milk. I’ve tried it in all ways, though usually go back to mixing ½ cup of almond milk with ½ cup of water. If you want to have your quinoa porridge a little sweeter and not so “nutty” in taste, you can add 1 tablespoon of agave syrup (or 1-2 tbs of sugar) and voila – you’ve got a perfect serving size (for one) to keep you full for hours.

With that, I wish you a lovely continuing Sunday! xo

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Breakfast made with Love

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Good morning loves! How cute is this toast? I recently saw a similar bread photo on Pinterest and decided to re-create my own little toast for breakfast. Now that I can finally eat again (after the tonsil surgery), I try to enjoy weekend breakfasts even more – you know it’s my favorite meal of the day. Really though, it usually turns out to be a brunch. This weekend I served a heart-toast, one with avoado and my new favorite morning drink; a matcha latte. I don’t know how I missed out on this matcha the whole of last year – I swear I had tried it earlier but really must have messed it up (or so my memories tell me).

I think this little breakfast is also the perfect surprise for a loved one – be it the partner, family members, best friends, or anyone dear. And speaking of loved ones, I think it’s a great little surprise for the upcoming Valentines Day – and it takes no effort at all. Of course it would make sense to make sure the loved one likes toast. And egg – but you get the idea I’m after. Speaking of Valentines – I hear so many opinions and have had so many debates. Numerous couples ignore the day because its “just like any other” – but (usually the girls) complain they didnt get anything. Some fully work it like their lives depend on it (does it, really?) and others, well they hate it because they aint in a relationship (or so I assume, usually). With February right around the corner, and thus Valentines, I have had this conversation over and over in my friends-circle. I came to the conclusion that I do like the day – I like having those little life excuses to give a little extra portion of love, but I don’t think people should reduce it to that day in the year. Nor make it the most special love-day of the year – because really – I feel blessed daily to have my loved ones around me (or reachable via phone). And with loved ones I include everyone dear to me – my closest friends, relationships and family members. With so much negativity going on in this world, I wish everyone would celebrate Valentines day – just imagine a day of peace and love. Without wanting to sound like a hippie.

Either way – I’m off to starting a super busy week (which I will throw out there in parts via snapchat – @stylephantom). Have a lovely Monday! xo

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WeekendLove – Thank You

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Hi everyone! I got quite a few e-mails in the past from readers and I really, really wanted to thank you for that. I started this blog a while ago mostly for friends and family , to just let out some of that creativity, to have something that separates me from my job – to just write. What I did not expect is to have several hundred readers a week, growing by the months. So I wanted to take this quick moment to say Thank You – all of you, reading my posts, commenting them, writing me e-mails or just following. It’s fun to write, and even more fun knowing there are also readers out there haha! So this heart (sorry for the webcam-quality) is for all of you!