Recipe: Spicy Chilli, Fajita Bowl and Easy Homemade Guacamole

I’m a traitor to my Irish heritage – I’m not a fan of hearty stews or coddle, and don’t even talk to me about potatoes and cabbage! My foodie heart lies further afield – in Italy, Asia and of course, Mexico! Thus, this tasty chilli, my mam’s specialty I might add, is now a staple dinner in my own home and recently I decided to mix it up by serving in this fajita bowl with a little of my favourite accompaniment, homemade guacamole. this so simple to make and always something to look forward to. The bonus is it’s a one pot recipe and easily adjustable to your taste. You can add more or less spice to suit yourself, load it up with your choice of veggies and it goes just as well with some rice or quinoa! This is also perfect to make in bulk to freeze or reheat the next evening for round two (is there any better feeling than coming home to a pre-made dinner?). So here is my recipe for this tasty midweek dinner..

Easy Chilli recipe with Fajita Bowl and Homemade GuacamoleSpicy Chilli Con Carne in a Fajita Bowl served with Homemade Guacamole

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Monday Mix and Match

Hello and a very happy Monday to you all! This week I’ve realised that it really is the little things that can make your day – a fresh coat of nail polish, a beautifully scented room to cosy up in, and not forgetting a good book to accompany you! Here’s the details and do share what little things are keeping you cheery today!

Beauty

Best Dark Red Nail Polish: Rimmel Salon Pro in Venus

What gal cannot attest to the happiness a freshly painted set of red nails can bring? Although difficult to get right without the help of professional, it’s worth taking a little time out of your evening to add a little old school glamour to your talons. Finding a red polish that is easy to apply, not to mention easy to remove, is more than half the battle, and I think I’ve found one that fits the bill: Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate  Nail Polish in “Venus” . This is a beautifully dark and sultry shade of red, almost burgundy, that can make been the stubbiest of nails (i.e. mine) look chic. Red is definitely a shade that you always need to take your time when applying – that two minute job with your favourite nude shade just won’t cut it when it comes to red. One wrong stroke of crimson and there aren’t no amount of cotton buds that can save you…and forget about doing your hair or going to the bathroom for the next hour, amirite? But trust me, this shade is worth it – the formulation is just the right consistency for easy application – two light coats, plus a top coat and you’re good to go! And  for just under a fiver, this is a beautiful bargain!

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Travel Inspiration

I can’t be the only one who has spent the past few days, weeks even, staring out of the window at the pelting rain and the fading light and wishing myself away to somewhere far-flung and fabulous, can I? I think a switch hits in nearly every Irish brain come January 1st that causes every waking thought to be consumed with the idea of that oh so elusive, oh so far away promise of “a holiday”. I’m finding myself increasingly distracted by sun, sea, sand and in some cases ice (see below!) every time I click onto Pinterest and I’m now in the rather spoiled position of having to narrow down my holiday destination list – woe is me! If you are in a similar predicament or just want to indulge in an few minutes of escapism, then this is the post for you – although to warn you, it will only serve to add to your rampant wanderlust! Sorry about that…

Santorini

Santorini, Greece - Travel InspirationPhoto Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Initial research has concluded that basically this place is beautifully idyllic… and a big ‘ol pain in the butt to get to from Ireland, with no direct flights to this picturesque Greek island. Just looking at it though, I think any bad thoughts or ills caused by a stressful journey would soon be forgotten when you are surrounded by fragrant bougainvillea, sipping on wine and eating feta by the sea (cheese is generally a major factor in my decision making…). The sheer vibrancy of this place fills me with joy, I really don’t think the word “pretty” covers it! All I know is I could happily fill my time swimming, relaxing and exploring Santorini for a week or two. Oh and a gaff here wouldn’t hurt either…

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Monday Mix and Match

If you own any kind of social media account or have access in any way to the internet (which I can safely assume you do by the fact you are currently reading this), you’ll have been bombarded all day with articles on how this particular Monday is supposedly “the most depressing day of the year”. Well, hopefully you are all at home, doing something that makes you happy this Monday evening, and that this post might help to add a little fun to your evening too! Me, I’m heading out to see The Theory of Everything – which by all accounts may not be the best choice for a Monday evening cheer up, but I am excited all the same (popcorn!). Whatever you’re up to tonight, be happy and enjoy!

Beauty

Kylie Jenner Inspired Lips - Mac Kinda Sexy and Nude LipinerNude Lips - MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy, &  Other Stories Tiretaine Blush Lipliner

Not another post on how to achieve Kylie Jenner’s pout, I hear you cry! I think every make-up enthusiastic has their favourite nude lip sorted but I thought I’d weigh in with mine, having received the most gorgeous neutral shade Christmas (Santa knows his beauty trends, eh?). “Kind Sexy” by MAC is a pinky rose shade, perfect for achieving a full, natural looking lip, particularly when you have paler skin such as myself. I know thee Kylie shade is the perennially sold out “Velvet Teddy” but looking at it, I think its cooler, and very deep, beige tone is suited to those who are more sallow of skin, and I’ve found “Kinda Sexy” to be a much more flattering alternative. I’ve been wearing this shade at every available opportunity, along with my trusty nude lip liner, “Tiretaine Blush” from & Other Stories – this makes the look defined and more intense. That and a subtle bronze smokey eye and you are ready for a night on the tiles!

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Monday Mix and Match

Hello there! I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday.. although that phrase does sound like somewhat of an oxymoron! I would like to apologise for my absence and sporadic posting as of late – I have been up to my eyes with the return to work after Christmas, as well as my “other” job as a dance teacher. Post-Christmas is always Pantomime time (Oh no it’s not!!.…Sorry…couldn’t resist) and so I had been rushing around making sure my lovely dance students were at their best! But I’m back now and kicking off with the first of this year’s Mix and Match posts, which for the week that’s in it, has a bit of “New Year’s Resolution” twist and along with my goals for 2015! Be warned, it’s a long one so grab a cuppa and a rich tea biscuit or two! I hope you enjoy and do let me know what you have been motivated to change, continue or try in the next 12 months!

Beauty

No7 Exfoliator, Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum, Soap and Glory Eye Cream Review

Or more specifically: skincare. This particular resolution is mainly motivated by the havoc that Christmas indulgence has wreaked on my face i.e. I closely resemble a pizza at present! Spots are generally not a problem for me, with my main skincare woes being redness and wrinkles. But all that chocolate and cheese has taken its toll and I’m feeling the need to give my skin a little TLC and my skincare routine somewhat of a shake-up. Of course, I’m starting from the inside out and consuming as many detoxing and nourishing foods as possible – lemon water by the bucketful and avocados at any opportunity. But I’ve also started using two new products procured over Christmas too – No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator and Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum. Exfoliator is one of my favourite products to have in the bathroom cabinet – there’s nothing like the fresh feeling of being scrubbed and polished, am I right? This No7 offering was a free gift in a three for two and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It has a lovely creamy texture which is gentle on the delicate skin of your face but still goes to work with the exfoliating beads to rid you of any cosmetic build up and blocked pores. I’ve been using this on my face when in the shower around three times a week – I find the heat of the shower leaves your skin soft so the exfoliator doesn’t drag or feel too harsh. This product is a winner for me on all accounts, leaving skin smooth with no blotches or tightness afterwards.

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