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Savisto Home Mortar And Pestle Review

I was recently contacted by Savisto and asked if I wanted to collaborate and do a review. The company specialises in home ware and kitchen accessories, and I chose to review a mortar and pestle. I love to cook and have always wanted to experiment using a mortar and pestle, blend herbs and make my own sauces and salsas.

So when the product arrived, rather heavy but well packaged, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The mortar and pestle is hand-crafted from granite and it is a lovely, stylish speckley grey colour. I was rather surprised with how large it really was, but also delighted with the width as it meant I didn’t spill any ingredients out the sides when using it.

Mortars and pestles are used for crushing and blending seeds, herbs, and other foods into an ideal consistency. It is great kitchen exercise and you find yourself bashing away any frustration you have been harboring!

I decided to make a red pesto and a spicy guacamole. Using the mortar and pestle was easy, as it was so heavy it required little effort and it blended all my spices, crunchy peppercorns and garlic cloves perfectly.

Granite is non-porous which makes it a superb material to create a mortar and pestle with. It was easy to wipe clean and I could wash it with a mild soap which saved me time from doing it the old fashioned “dry cleaning” way. I noticed that after using it, there were no stains or marks inside from what I had been making and it scrubbed up well.

This mortar and pestle is great quality it is tough, durable and does the job very well! It will look wonderful on any kitchen counter and in my opinion it is a must-have kitchen accessory.

Overall I really rate this product, it is super easy to use and if you are unsure of what to make with it, I recommend having a scroll through pinterest where you will find some amazing recipes.

Savisto have a wide range of exciting products and I can’t wait to discover more.

Leave a comment below with your mortar and pestle recipes.

Thanks for reading,

Gee

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*I was sent this product in exchange for an honest and genuine review. All opinions are my own*

Adventures In Morocco

Its been a year since Jamie and I went to Morocco so here is my throwback post sharing our experience in Marrakesh

Marrakesh has two parts the old town (the medina) and the new town, we stayed in the Medina in a beautiful Riad we found on Air Bnb. Every morning we were greeted with a traditional Moroccan breakfast and our host would give us tips on surviving the souks and ideas of places we should visit.

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We visited Marrakesh during Ramadan a time considered to be low season, however it was the hottest time of the year, over 40 degrees and the souks were hot, crowded and humid. Getting lost in the mazes was both frustrating and tiring but walking through doorways and courtyards you could find yourself in a cool spot of shade being offered mint tea.

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The souks are the heart of the Medina and a must-see when you’re visiting the city. If you don’t plan on shopping for leather, tea or spices, the souks are still a crazy experience. There are motorbikes, people and cars trying to squeeze down the smallest alleyways and lots of cats! It is a unique atmosphere that heightens your sense; the smells of tea and donkeys, the sticky heat, and the loud motorbikes and stall owners shouting at nearby tourists.

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We decided to purchase a rug and we discovered that as well as haggling, Moroccans like to trade. So alongside a small amount of money we traded a pack of cigarettes and some sunglasses for a lovely berber rug. Both parties were extremely pleased with the trade, I even got a hug off the stall-owner because he was so grateful!

Navigating through the souks is tough challenge, it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of concrete walls as you cannot depend on the Moroccan signposts, and locals who want to “help” (ask for money for awful directions that then lead you to the wrong place)

“Follow this road , turn left, head towards the alleyway then walk past the tourism shop and you will be greeted with a road, turn right and you will be in Jemaa el Fna square”  

It took hours to reach the main square,even with a map! You almost feel like a real-life Hansel and Gretal, wanting to leave trails of breadcrumbs behind you to avoid becoming totally disorientated.

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The Marjorelle gardens were made famous by Yves St Laurent and without a doubt was my favourite place in Marrakesh. Tranquil, peaceful and visually stunning these gardens are picturesque. The bright colours and surrounding cacti took my breath away.

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If you are going to Morocco it is definitely worth trekking up to the Atlas Mountains, we organised a car to take us and even though the trip was roughly two hours in the 40 degree heat, the Ouzoud falls are just stunning. We had the chance to go swimming in the pools, had lunch with the locals and even fed some monkeys! I think this was Jamie’s holiday highlight.

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Our last day was spent at a beautiful farmhouse just outside the towns not far from the airport. We relaxed by the pool, met this cute chocolate Labrador puppy and also had a private lunch (chicken tagine) in the olive gardens. The quiet poolside was a far cry from the craziness of the Medina and was definitely the best way to spend our last day.

Marrakesh is a beautiful place, the bright colours, the lush greenery and gardens that thriving in the souring heat. A truly fascinating place where you can find a tiny slice of peace in a Riad or courtyard among the craziness that is outside.

Things to do in Marrakesh:

  • Buy some tea, spices or leather handbags
  • Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, although it’s not open to those that are not Muslim, the building itself it magnificent.
  • Stay in a Riad,
  • Try Moroccan mint tea and eat a traditional tagine.
  • Visit Museum of Marrakech.
  • Visit the Atlas Mountains
  • There is plenty of temples and muesuems so you won’t be short of culture.
  • Go to a hammam and get scrubbed down
  • Go see an exhibition at the Maison de la Photographie.
  • Visit the Jardin Majorelle
  • Find a rooftop in the square to spot the storks

 

Beyoncè Wembley Stadium Review.

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Opening the show instructing her fans to shout “I slay” Beyoncè was already encouraging 90,000 admirers to show confidence and be fierce. The influential singer and advocate for black lives matter performed her crowd-pleasing opening song Formation with her choreographed dance troupe marching behind her.

It is crazy to see how far she has come since Destiny’s Child growing as an artist and entertainer. A passionate and strong woman, the world has still carefully scrutinised her over the years from her age and pregnancy to Jay Z’s infidelity rumours. However Beyoncè always comes back fighting and as she fist pumps the air the strong message of independence and female empowerment echos through Wembley Stadium.

An expert storyteller Bey’s latest album Lemonade does just that. It tells a story of forgiveness, redemption, and combines her own personal experiences with black people’s suffering in America. Of course her set wouldn’t be complete without some older material from her previous albums Dangerously In Love and I Am Sasha Fierce alongside Destiny’s Child throwbacks.

A packed out stadium Beyoncè had her fans (also known as the Beyhive) bowing down to their Queen and all the females uniting to sing “Run the world (girls)”.  Labelled a modern day feminist she has inspired many to stand up and support one another.

Her beautiful a capella rendition of “me, myself and I” stuck a chord for many in the arena as she coincided it with an emotional speech about self importance, and striving to achieve a wonderful relationship with yourself.  She didn’t shy away from declaring her love to her Alabamian/Creole roots whilst playing a short clip of family images and videos. Beyoncè reminded us that we all our human and we should be proud of our heritage and who we are.

Even her interludes didn’t fail to impress; washing the crowd with purple lighting to pay homage to the late Prince. After a quick change into a glittering leotard her powerhouse vocals paid a poignant tribute singing “The beautiful ones” by the legend himself and purple confetti rained across the audience.

Survivor, freedom and halo were the last songs of the evening, and performing these accomplished dance routines in shallow water proved what a true, master show-woman she really is.

When life serves you lemons you make lemonade.

Starting a new job? 5 tips for having a great first day

 

Congratulations! You have worked hard on your CV, perfected your interview techniques and now you have accepted the job.

Starting a new job is daunting for anyone and nerves are expected but here are some tips to boost your confidence and ensure you have a successful first day!

  1. First impressions count

Make sure you arrive on time and suitably dressed. Plan your wardrobe beforehand, if you aren’t certain about the dress-code aim for smart attire e.g. pair of trousers or a dress and a blazer. That way you can keep an eye out for what other employees are wearing on the day. If you are unsure about how long the drive or commute will be try to plan ahead and test it out before your first day, there is no excuse for being late! 

2. Be confident and show your willingness to learn and work hard

It is important to act confident and have confidence in your abilities. It is easy to become overwhelmed with nerves especially if you are like me and suffer with anxiety! Remember that it is your knowledge and experience that got you this far and now all you need to do is demonstrate your skills to your new boss.

3. Take notes and ask questions

You will be taking in masses of information on your first day so try and write as much as you can down, that way if you forget anything you can look back in your notepad. Ask as many questions as you can during the first week, that way you won’t need to bombard your colleagues with obvious ones later down the line.

4. Get to know your colleagues

Go out of your way to introduce yourself and show interest in your fellow workmates. Show your friendly side and chat with them during lunch or offer to make them a cup of tea or coffee if you are heading to the kitchen. You may be shy but the sooner you get to know them the easier and less daunting your workdays will be.

5. Relax

It is easy to stiffen up your muscles and feel tense during your first day so to avoid getting any aches and pains try to relax the night before. Read a chapter of a book, listen to music or try some meditation to keep your mind and body relaxed. During the day remember to smile, it is easy to become swamped in a mixture of emotions but try to enjoy yourself and embrace your new work adventure!

What tips do you have for having a smooth and successful first day?


 

Gee

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*Picture credit to Kaboom Pics from CC*

14 things I’m thankful for on the 14th.

Hey everyone,

I have been super duper busy these past few weeks working hard and also having lots of events and arrangements to attend. I thought I would write a quick blog post listing the things I’m thankful for especially in light of what has been happening around the world these past few days.

I’m thankful for…

♥  My family and friends always.

That I have a roof over my head and a place I call home.

Positive vibes

My new work related adventure (working for a company writing content, creating graphics and managing social media accounts)

Future plans and dreams slowly falling into place.

Being lucky enough to travel, see places and spend time with family (holiday in August)

Nature

Books. Reading is a great escape for me and I don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t read.

My freedom. To speak my mind, do what I want and write freely is of huge importance to me especially as a female and I will always have my independence.

Balance and moderation.

My body and mind. Both of which aren’t perfect but it’s a working progress but I’m pleased that I feel and look healthy and happy.

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Baths. Alchemy baths and LUSH baths are just too perfect for me. The little things count.

Myself. It is hugely important to love yourself and take care of yourself.

 

I love writing these lists because they keep me so grounded. Even if you are having a bad day/week/month/year look around you and remind yourself of what you do have instead of what you don’t. 

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment below.

Thanks,

Gee

x


 

My Mykonos Retreat.

After spending eight days on the beautiful Cycladic island of Mykonos it is safe to say I have the post holiday blues after falling in love with such a visually breathtaking country.

We stayed in apartments overlooking Paraga beach, each day we had authentic homemade Greek food for breakfast and lunch made by our lovely host Anna.

 

We explored the island on a rented quad-bike and visited the many beaches Mykonos has to offer. In the evenings we headed into Chora and wandered down the narrow alleyways looking for places to eat and hunting for Pedro the famous pelican!

As we visited in May it is just before the party season picks up, however the beach clubs and bars are still open late and we definitely enjoyed some cocktails (mocktails for me) on the beach under the blazing sun.

Walking through the town was charming and everything I imagined this part of Greece would be. The square shaped buildings teamed with bright white and blue accents sit quaintly and make this scenic island a perfect backdrop for your holiday pictures.

Eat seafood on the port or try the greek speciality of gyros and then indulge in some shopping in the little boutiques.

I bought a platinum sterling silver necklace with the greek eye on and also purchased some local honey, olive oil and olive soap.

If you are fancy a splurge visit the Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger and Dsquared stores. Many of the small designer shops also hold collections of Chanel and Balmain for those of you that have been saving!

It is easy to see the whole island in five days by car, quad or bicycle and that is one of the things that attracted me to Mykonos. It is not often you can go on holiday and tour across the whole country!

Must see:

  • Little Venice
  • Windmills
  • Agio Sostis beach
  • Paradise beach
  • Delos (island of ancient ruins and birthplace of Apollo)
  • Mykonos Town (Chora)

 

 

A tiny island in the Aegean sea, Mykonos offers authentic traditional food, cultural landmarks, sandy beaches and stunning architecture. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation accompanied by incredible views and chic beach bars than Mykonos is the place for you.

See more of my pictures on Instagram and comment below and tell me all about your Greek adventures!


Gee

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Review: Just Bee Honey Water.

There is a huge decline in the number of beekeepers currently in the UK and bees are in danger of being completely wiped out from our environment.

Bees are a vital part of our food chain, so much so that about 70 crops in the UK depend on and benefit from bees.

I was delighted to be sent some Just Bee Honey Water to sample and review. I have always bought local honey due to being a hayfever sufferer and always keep my fingers green by planting flowers and plants in my garden. Most of which are bee friendly!

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Just bee drinks are only 49 calories, 100 % natural and contain vitamins and flavonoids which are natural antioxidants. They contain spring water with an added drop of honey from British and European beekeepers.

The drinks come in 3 delicious flavours:

Blueberry –  Sweet and light this a lovely flavour that is thirst quenching. Try pouring it into a tall glass with ice and fresh blueberries.

Lemon & Green Tea – Slightly bitter but I drank this one early in the morning pre-workout.

Apple & Ginger – My favourite flavour! Super refreshing with an added bite I could drink this over and over again!

 

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Just Bee drinks donates 10% of it’s profits to bee charities and even sent me a packet of wildflower seeds to scatter in my garden.

Order direct from their website here and find out more information about you can save the bees!