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17.8.16

Guest post: Homemade Chocolate Muffins Recipe

Hey everyone,

Who doesn't love brownies!? They are definitely my favorite dessert. So that's why today's post is a yummy homemade brownie recipe guest post by Cristina from Janded.  She started her blog as a wish to share life experiences worth hearing and living. Her passions are what her blog's about: writing, food, crafting, traveling and much more! I hope you enjoy her post! 


Homemade Chocolate Muffins Recipe

You know what they say… you either are a food picker or a foodie, there is no other way around. And I know it because I turned from a very very, picky eater to a huge foodie. I love food; I love eating and making it. It’s no shame in it, I will always admit and praise my love for cooking & eating. So what a better way to show my love for food if not with a delish chocolate muffins recipe?
homemade Chocolate muffins recipe


What you will need:
·       125 g whole purpose flour;
·       80 g granulated sugar;
·       1 teaspoon of baking powder;
·       125 g soft butter (at room temperature);
·       2 eggs;
·       2 tablespoons of milk;
·       100 g milk chocolate (melted).
Preheat the oven to 175 C.

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Start by combining the dry ingredients: flour, sugar and baking powder. Add the soft butter and mix well. You should end up with a thick dough. Add the eggs and mix well until everything is well combined. Add the tablespoons of milk and stir well once again. Melt your chocolate in the microwave, in short rounds (about 10 seconds each) to prevent the chocolate from burning. Once the chocolate is melted, add it to the rest of the muffin dough and mix well one last time. Scoop the batter into the muffin tin using two spoons. I find this the easiest way; the batter is not too runny and it’s very easy to scoop with a spoon. If you don’t have a muffin tin you can use individual, disposable muffin forms as well. Also if you want to be naught you can add some extra chocolate chips in your muffin batter. They should be baked in about 20 minutes, depending on your oven. I love these muffins so much because they are chocolaty and taste a little like brownies as well. My Mum says they go perfect with coffee, but don’t believe her, try it yourself! I hope you’ll give this recipe a go, because it’s super easy to make and delicious. Let me know  how your chocolate muffins turned out! 

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I hope you enjoyed reading the recipe and now want to make some muffins too! Do you like muffins?
Make sure to check Christina's blog out and don't forget to visit her social media accounts as well.
You can also find me on my blog (www.janded.eu), facebook (www.facebook.com/JandedNet), instagram (www.instagra.com/janded)or on twitter (www.twitter.com/janded_).

Have a lovely day,
Isabella

16.8.16

Colorful back to school supplies

Hey everyone,

Ahh school is already starting next week!Can you believe it!? Time really flies. I remember the day I had still two months holiday. Quick life update: Looking back on these weeks I have to say I've grown a lot during this summer. At the beginning of my holiday I went with my brother by plane to Rome to spend time with my Italian family there. Also my summer job made me more independent too, because you help other people who can't do everything around the house anymore. I now understand better how older people feel and under which difficult circumstances they live and really appreciate your help. And not to forget I got my drivers license! I was so happy because it was kind of a weird story. One week before my test my drivers instructor was saying all the things I did wrong and was really mean and only made me nervous. This went on for until the test and I really had the feeling I wasn't ready to pass the test. He even planned like 10 lessons in one week which is really absurd. I decided to not let him come along during my test. You know that feeling right before an exam, I didn't know where to sit or stand.. Everything went very well and luckily the instructor was really friendly. Than finally I heard the good news that I passed! I couldn't believe it and my drivers instructor didn't even smile. But it was my revenge haha!! Now on to the school supply haul.To make it just a little bit better I got myself some cute and colorful back to school items to start fresh this year.


hema back to school supplies

All these supplies are bought in the Hema, a well know store in the Netherlands which has everything from fashion to food and is comparable to a Walmart in the United States. This year I wanted to go for something colorful because it's my senior year and than I'm off to Uni. 

Mini Markers
When I saw these mini markets I immediately wanted to have them. They are so cute and tiny and I love the different colors. The patterns remind me off summer which make school a little bit more colorful. 

hema back to school supplies

Academic planner 2016-2017
At first I wanted to by a personalized planner on Etsy, I really recommend that if you want to add a personal touch to it and design your own planner. But because I don't really use it that often and it's quite expensive I went for one at the Hema. They had many different ones to choose from, like a few that are from a brand but I choose one that's from Hema itself. It's in bright blue with big dots on the top. It's a week view planner and what's very handy is that it has a lot of space to write things in. It's in A5 format and also easy to take with you. Hopefully I'll be organized this year haha.. 

hema cute academic planner 2016-2017

Pencil case
In combination I wanted to have a new pencil case. I found this pink one with a palm tree on the zipper which also reminds be of the summer. The bright pink color is very cheerful and cute for next year. It's a medium format not too big just right for all the necessary things. 

Hema cute pencil case pink



Thank you for reading today's post! I hope you enjoyed my back to school supplies! What is your back to school must have for this year? 

Have a lovely day,
Isabella 

15.8.16

Guest post by Courtney: Drugstore favorites

Hey everyone,

Today I have an exciting new post, a guest post by Courtney Shepler. I hope you enjoy it but first A short introduction: With a touch of simplicity 
is a beauty and lifestyle blog hoping to inspire readers! It began with a 20 year old Navy Wife who started the blog to share all her life's tips, tricks, and the journey's she will encounter. The blog hopes to make a relationship with it's readers and provide a positive energy throughout! 

Makeup is so expensive now that it makes you want the best deal for your dollar. Drugstores are definitely the way to go! These are my go-to drugstore items that are higher quality than some of the high quality makeup out there!

drugstore favorites

In my last post about makeup (which you can find here: My favorite beauty products I talked about the Urban Decay setting spray. Well, I hate to say it but more than often I will go with the L'orealmakeup extending spray just because it really does work just as good, if not better (shhh, don't tell). My other favorite L'oreal product is the voluminous mascara! This is in black, but normally I like the darker black color which I believe is called carbon black. Total falsies look! 


loreal infaillable makeup extender


I also love NYX cosmetics just because the products that they produce are such good quality, and because of that they are very well known in the makeup industry. I love the NYX cosmetics liquid illuminator, it is literally perfect for all skintones! The illuminator gives your skin the perfect glow. You can use it as a highlighter, or put it on before your foundation to give that under-glow (if you have oily skin, do not do this). The other favorite NYX beauty product I have is the concealer. This concealer does not crease, and it is full coverage. The only difference in this and the Maybelline concealer is that it is creamier,  and the application of the product is much easier. 


Nyx liquid illuminator review


Maybe it's Maybelline (sorry that jingle is stuck in your head now)! Maybelline has been around for years and still constantly continues to amaze me. They have managed to gear all their makeup products to a variety of people rather than just teens and young adults. Maybelline has the best nude lipstick that lasts all day long. This color lipstick is called Blushing Beige (number 915). My other favorite Maybelline product that I just briefly mentioned is the concealer. This concealer is an extreme full coverage concealer, and it does not leave a tint under your eyes for pictures. But, this is just a squeeze tube and the concealer itself is rather thick so it does crease. I tend to use this and the NYX combined so this can be placed lower than my eye creases.

Maybelline concealer review


Lastly, is Revlon. Revlon has the best contour pallete! It is in the color Bronze Glow (number 030). This is more of a compact pallete that I like to use for bronzer and highlighter combined and I can fit it easily into my purse. It's less of a pallete and looks more like an eyeshadow kit, even though it is actually meant for highlighting.



REVLON CONTOUR PALLETTE BRONZE GLOW REVIEW





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Thank you so much for reading the guest post by Courtney! I hope you enjoyed her post. Don't forget to visit her blog and her other social media accounts above! 

What is your drugstore favorite? 
Have a lovely day,
Isabella 

12.8.16

Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet

I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Hey everyone,


Can't believe it's already the last week of my summer holiday! I wish it could be summer the whole year. I already went shopping for some back to school supplies and we're planning our last trip before the holiday is over. Right now the weather in the Netherlands is really cold, in the morning it was raining and ten degrees can you imagine that!? I felt like drinking hot chocolate milk and watching a movie all day haha. But now over to something else fashion related that I would love to share with you. 

Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet

A few weeks ago I came across a very nice jewelry brand called Victoria Emerson. I've never heard of the brand before but I am glad I discovered it. The jewelry is classic but unique and not like any other brands. What I also really like is that the jewelry pieces are all very colorful and can be worn even from day to a night out in town. 

Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet

I was lucky enough to receive a wrap bracelet from the Spring/Summer collection and I'm absolutely in love with it. It's a five wrap bracelet with alloy metal beads on natural brown leather. I was so excited when my bracelet arrived and it came with a 
pouch and engraved nickel free clasp. Even though I have very small wrist the bracelet fits perfectly, it's very light and the natural brown color matches almost every outfit. VictoriaEmerson




Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet
Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet

Overall I'm very happy with my new bracelet. The brand is has really cool Jewelry and the designs are fashionable and easy to wear. If you havent checked out her website you should defenitly take a look! 

What do you think of Victoria Emerson Jewelry? 

Have a lovely day,
Isabella 

10.8.16

Justine Brooks ear rings

I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Hey everyone,

I hope you're having a great day today!? I can't believe it's already August and the fall collections are already in the shops. Where did the time go? A quick life update: In two weeks my school starts again and I'm finally a senior in high school. I'm so happy that next year i can start a new exciting chapter in my life. There are still so many dreams and things I want to let come true and accomplish. This summer I wanted to have a summer job and after a few weeks I can already see how a job can change you and tell you so much. Basically my job is to help older people who need help for cleaning the house, need somebody to talk to or to do the groceries for. One old woman told me that she remembered the day she was eighteen years old and she told me that you have to follow your dreams when it's still possible. That really touched my heart and since then I started looking differently into the world and appreciating a the little things in life more. At first I thought why do I need a job, but looking back it's a great decision I've made. Well enough life lessons for now and on to my something else. ;) 
Justine Brooks jewelry review

About the brand
There is a jewelry store online where I came across that I instantly loved very much. The jewelry brand is called Justine Brooks and is based in Canada. It al began when Justine showed her love and passion for design and researching stones and metal techniques. She travels the world to learn and discover new jewelry from different countries. In 2005 Justine studied traditional jewellery techniques in India which was her first real experience. 
Justine Brooks jewelry design
The jewelry of Justine Brooks is inspired by all her trips around the world, creating a mix between east and west. Designer Justine believes that the ability to discover other countries and cultures is the greatest gift in life. After she worked with ceramic pendants at the Emily Carr Imstitue of Art and Design, she wanted to work with jewelry. She then became a student at the Vancouver Community College Jewellery Art and Design program to learn more about metal smithing techniques. During her studies Justine Brooks already had her very own brand which was showcased at the Vancouver Fashion Week and she won Livings Design of the Year Award in 2010. 

cute ear studs
Justine Brooks has always believed in never giving up. She believes in a healthy work/life balance which for her means playing sports, spending time with family and of course traveling. Her favorite sport activity is scuba diving. Her love for the ocean is can be seen in her new collection called the Silver Earth Collection.


Ear studs 
I was lucky enough to choose a jewelry piece from her collection. Her jewelry is very colorful and I love that all the items are very stylish but unique too. I just got my ears pierced a few months ago and I thought it was a nice idea to choose a pair of earrings. I picked the Aqua Chalcedony Triangle Studs which a perfect to wear daily. The delivery was very fast from Canada and I'm absolutely in love with my earrings they're so cute!! Each stone is 9 mm and the metal is made of sterling silver. 

cute ear studs

Overall I'm very happy I discovered Justine Brooks jewelry shop. The jewelry is very natural, unique and stylish and not like other brands. I definitely recommend checking out her webshop and take a look at her new collections for this fall. 


Have a lovely day,

Isabella