April Favorites


  1. Dove Summer Glow : I’ve been using this product non-stop and I love it. It’s a tanning body lotion so it nourishes your skin but it also gives you a tan. Obviously this isn’t like a self tanner but I think it looks very natural.
  2. Touch of Happiness Body Cream (Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood) : This was one of the products that came in the set that I got from Francis. This body cream smells heavenly. It’s very strong and very herbaceous. Whenever I put this on my skin, I feel fancy.
  3. Rituals Mild Facial Cleansing Milk : This product is perfect for me because it’s very soft on the skin and gentle too. It contains Lotus Flower and Moringa Extract so it smells delicious. My skin feels really clean after I’ve used this milk and my make up really does come off easily.
  4. Rituals Refreshing Facial Toner : I use this in combination with my cleansing milk. This toner also contains Lotus Flower and Moringa Extract and it’s perfect to remove the remaining impurities. This is the ultimate finish to your cleansing ritual.
  5. Maybelline Superstay Better Skin : This foundation promises you an instant even skin tone and a better looking skin in 3 weeks. I don’t know if this is true but I do believe that my skin looks better lately. The foundation is a little bit thicker than the ones I used before so you really have to work fast when blending it in onto your face. It contains SPF20 and I use the color ‘030-Sand’.



Did I Succeed in My April Goals?

IMG_1836I made a lot of awesome walks. Towards the end of the month, I did that same route but at that time, I ran it. I became that person that needs to go outside at least one hour each day.

10312135_4314130909480_1702295081_nThis picture was made right after a one hour weight training workout and a half an hour run. My boyfriend said that I look great in this picture. He defined it as energetic, bright and healthy. I love when he says such thing because I feel like he really understands how good I feel after a good workout. Oh and I’m wearing my brand new top from H&M. I love the minty color.

My second goals was to blog more and I guess I blogged more than usual this month but towards the end, I forgot about it.

I didn’t make my own healthy macaroons which I’m sad about. The main reason is that I didn’t have all the ingredients at home. I’m definitely going to try them in the future though.

I also wanted to make my own popsicles this month. I made them but never really blogged about it just because I couldn’t give an exact recipe. There are so much varieties, you know. I just cut up fruit and put it in the popsicle and then added some liquid to fill it up.

After I’ve reflected on my previous goals, I’ll always write down my goals for the new month. Here are 4 goals for May :

  1. I want to run at least 3, maybe 4 times a week. I prefer to do it after my weight training work out. Most of the times I run about half an hour.
  2. Juicing really prevents my skin from blemishes. I’ll try to juice every day.
  3. This will sound weird but I really want to focus on my studies. I find it really hard to stay concentrated sometimes. This month I really need to try my best because in June, I’ll have exams.
  4. I want to do a post ‘What I Ate’. I’ve seen it on other blogs and I find it very interesting to see what other people eat in a day.

What would you like to reach this month?


My Week On Instagram #16

Dear reader

I’m so sorry that I’m posting this on a Tuesday. Time goes by so fast and before you know, the week is over already.

On Thursday I met up with my dear friend, Febe who started a blog recently. I’ll link her below. We went to the Soup’r for lunch. In my opinion, they serve the best soup in Ghent. Beside soup, you can also opt for salads, sandwiches and even dessert. Febe went for a thai curry soup with pieces of chicken and peanuts and I had the Asparagus soup. I wish I knew the recipe.

After our lunch, we went to one of my favorite shops at the moment. It calls ‘Rituals’ and I love the concept. Most of the products are for your body but you can also buy make up, tea en a few home decor things. I had to buy a gift box for a friend of mine (Lore) who would give a surprise BBQ later that week. The shop-assistant asked if we needed any help and said that they had an amazing deal. All the skincare products were 2+1 which gave us the opportunity to buy an amazing present for Lore.

We spent like an hour in that shop because the girl started to test some products on our hands. Febe and I loved it so much that we bought 3 products for ourselves. I also really liked the fact that she gave us a lot of information about the products.

I bought the exfoliator, a product that you have to use twice a week to scrub off all the dead skin of your face. You have to be very gentle on your skin with the product because their are a lot of grains in it. The second product I bought was a toner. Basically you have to use this after you removed your make up to remove the excess make up. It gives your pores the chance to close up. Lastly, I bought the day cream. This was also the most expensive product but I knew, it would be a investment. I have been using these products for a week now and I seriously can’t complain. My skin looks great and I don’t have any pimples right now. The fact that I have been juicing lately, will also be a reason for that I think.

Ok, that description was waaay too long! Let’s move on…

After all the shopping, we were a little bit thirsty and we decided to have a drink. I went for my usual tea, lemon tea this time and Febe went for the freshly squeezed lemon juice. They gave her sugar to make it less sour and a little can of water. I had a taste and I found it so tasty that I tried to make my own lemonade at home. It was a success.

Afterwards, we went home again. I enjoy spending time with Febe. I always have a great time with her and she’s just a nice person to talk with. I feel comfortable and that’s a big thing for me because most of the time, I’m anxious to meet up with someone.

IMG_2111On Friday night I had to work but I didn’t mind because I really needed the money. On Saturday, I went for a 40 minutes run. That night, I picked up my boyfriend to go to the BBQ of Lore. She wanted to surprise her boyfriend, Francis’ best friend, for his birthday. His reaction was really cute because he had no idea. We all had the best time. I love parties like this : good music, delicious food, lovely people,… After dinner we decided to sit by the fire that the boys made in the garden. It was 2 am already when I finally got home.

IMG_2107On Sunday I had to go to a family party for my cousin’s communion. We barely see each other so it was nice to catch up.

Do you see your family a lot ?


* Febe’s blog : http://livelonglaughhardlovemuch.wordpress.com/

Juice It Up! #FFS

I have to admit something, I love juicing. It feel so refreshed after drinking a glass of juice. Of course, I make it myself because the store-bought juice is filled with sugar and bad ingredients.

I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite juices. Basically, you just have to juice all these ingredient. It’s really up to you how much of a certain veggie or fruit you use. Let’s start!
Ingredients :
2 big tomatoes – 1/3 cucumber – 1 lemon – 1 apple – ginger (to taste)

This juice is packed with vitamins. You’re very hydrated afterwards which makes this a good juice for spring/summer. It’s also good for your digestion and skin.

IMG_2099I also recommend you to make your own lemonade. It’s so incredibly delicious. You just need 3/4 of a glass filled with freshly squeezed lemon juice (but you can also use grapefruit juice for example). Then add a little bit cold water to thin it out and a few stevia drops to make it a little bit less sour. That’s all you need and I promise you…you will love it!

Oh and I totally realize that my arm looks yellow in the picture. Don’t mind, it’s just the light that’s doing weird.




Fit for Summer

Dear reader

First of all I want you to wish a very happy Easter. I hope you have a great day. This post will be a little different. I won’t do a ‘My Week on Instagram’ because I don’t really have pictures of my week. Instead, I’m going to start a new series : Fit for Summer or #FFS.

10c7066812a3ad759b847efc8b0d504dFirst things first : I’m so excited to tell you about this road trip I’m going to make with my cousin this summer. We are going to do the West Coast of the USA, one of my biggest dreams ever! The West Coast has a lot of canyons and national parks. That means that I will have to be very fit because we will do a lot of hikes. It will be very hot in the places where we will go so I need to be in the perfect body condition.

Yesterday, I came up with the idea to share my journey with you. Every week, I will post something different. This week I’ll start with running.

I’m going to start running again. I have times that I will run four times a week but I also have times that I won’t run for like weeks in a row. A routine is necessary to keep up with it.

  • I’ll try to run at least 3 times a week, 4 times would be even better.
  • I’ll start with running an average speed. The longer I can run, the better.
  • I’ll run outside but only where there are good running tracks and also on the treadmill.

Today I did my first run. I went to my favorite place to walk. I think it’s very important for your knees to run on a good running track. The one I did had wood chips and gravel. I did a 35 minute run which was perfect. I ended by walking to get my heart rate down. Then I did some stretching which is really important.

I hope you enjoyed my first ‘fit for summer’. Would you like to know something specific about me. Let me know!


Hazelnut Butter Spread


A few weeks ago my mom brought home a package of hazelnuts. She thought I liked hazelnuts because I love my cashew nuts. As a matter of fact I hate eating hazelnuts on its own. They are way too dry and plain. Recently I was browsing through some websites. I wanted to use my hazelnuts in a recipe but I just didn’t know how. I came across several ‘hazelnut butter spread’ recipes. I read a few of them and then started to assemble all the ingredients that I needed :

200gr roasted hazelnuts (just roast them a few minutes in a hot pan) – some sort of oil (I used olive oil because that was the only oil that we had. Of course, hazelnut oil would be the best option) – cacao powder – cinnamon – salt

I threw my hazelnuts in my food processor and started to mix them. Every minute, I had to scrape off the mixture of the sides. I was confused. After 10min, there still wasn’t any sign of out coming oil. Sooooo I kept mixing… At this point the hazelnuts were stuck together like wet sand. After 20min, my patience was completely lost and I added oil. I wanted to eat a buttery consistency, not sand!

Eventually, I also added cacao powder, cinnamon and salt to taste. My spread wasn’t creamy at all. It looked more like a wet brownie (if you know what I mean).

I was disappointed because I wanted to make a healthy spread, not one packed with oil. Maybe I did something wrong?

Oh and I didn’t take a picture of the spread. It didn’t look appealing, you know. 😀 This is the picture I used : http://www.cookingactress.com/2013/05/homemade-nutella-chocolate-hazelnut.html ==> Her spread looked the most like mine!



My Week On Instagram #15

Spring break started this week. Actually, I have to study in these two weeks for my upcoming exams but I haven’t really done an effort yet. I really needed some relaxing time after my week with all the tests. This post will be a little bit messy because I can’t remember all the things that I have done this week. I’m sorry for that. Anyway, come take a look at my pictures of this week.

IMG_2054Remember that I wanted to make my own fruit popsicles. If yes, the first picture shows my first creation. It’s just kiwi, blended into a smoothie consistency, with chunks of pineapple. The popsicle itself was a bit of a fail though because I didn’t fill up the popsicle forms enough. However, they tasted delicious, sweet and sour.

A few days ago, I also bought a new sports bra. I was in need for a new one because my other one didn’t do its job anymore. Obviously, I didn’t take a picture of me wearing this bra. When I was in that store, I suddenly came across this adorable gym bag from Roxy. I bought it immediately because I knew it would look super cute with my running shoes and my H&M sports jacket in pink.

Another April goal was to do a lot of walks and that’s what I did the past few weeks. The weather is still great so I can’t complain or make excuses to not go for a walk.

The last picture is quite funny. No words needed.

IMG_2053On Thursday I went out eating sushi with friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. I loved it. In the beginning I was a little bit nervous because I’m not that into those meetings with a lot of people. I know that sounds weird but I always get a little bit anxious. I was hesitating to go but in the end, I was really happy that I did it because I had a lot of fun. I just love sushi. It’s my favorite.


Omg, my boyfriend is the sweetest. He bought me this box from Rituals, full of beauty products. It was a late birthday gift and I’m so thankful. He knows me so well. I had a cream of this particular scent before and I was in love with it. He remembered this and bought me the whole set. So sweet!

The second picture shows a snack that I had a few days back. It’s a rice cracker topped with fresh pesto, Camembert, cherry tomatoes and basil. I love these savory snacks.

On Saturday, I went to a birthday party of two friends of mine. It was ok but I felt bad because everyone was so drunk and I wasn’t. I felt the outsider because I didn’t drink. It’s just that I don’t like alcohol.

IMG_2051My favorite picture of the week has to be the one with my boyfriend kissing me. That was also the most fun day (Wednesday) of the week. We went to the gym together and did an awesome work out. Then, we drove home to my house and took a shower. We lunched with my parents and talked a lot. Afterwards, we studied together for the whole afternoon in my garden. That evening, we went for dinner in my favorite restaurant. My family came along. I felt extremely happy and in love that day.

I know you haven’t seen my family yet but in this collage, you can see my dad and I acting crazy. I like those moments that we have fun together.

The last picture is a food picture because we all love food. It’s my mango breakfast parfait. The recipe is up on my blog. Be sure to check it out.

Did you have an extremely happy moment this week? If yes, tell me about it in the comments below.