Well Hi again! It's been a while I know. But I have been a busy, busy bee these past few days. I have a lot to work on and plan (and things I have been busy binge-watching but shhhh!) But here I am, back again. With some food for thought today! And a talk about body and mind.

This blogpost will be set on a more serious note. It's three days into May and it's been brought to my attention that it's Mental Health awareness month. What a good subject to bring into the spotlight for a whole month, I applaud it. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think that this issue should only be acknowledged this month only but I am a firm believer that awareness months are a good way to remind those who suffer from mental health issues that they aren't, and never will be, alone.

So this one's for you, your friend, your family member.. all your loved ones. We are never truly alone. Please, please keep that in mind.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional and I am in no way an expert, I am here speaking only from experience and trying to shed light on a very important cause.

Everyone has their bad days, each and every one of us. And that's okay. We are only human, sometimes we just can't keep up with the speed of everything else, it's alright! But when do you draw a line and how do you come to the realisation that your bad days have stretched on far too long, for no apparent reason? I definitely have struggled with that thought, for days, weeks, months. I refused to acknowledge it though, and I just let time go by, hoping it would heal all. It's important to know that there are things that even time won't heal alone, they need to be tended to. Mental health is one of those things.

It's important to take a step back (as hard as that might be) and sort your thoughts. What is going on in your head? What is the thought process? Is there a definite thought process or is it all a mush of feelings and thoughts? I felt a sadness, a sadness that took over my mind and my body. A sadness that I didn't seem to be able to pin point in my head but it was there, kind of like a dark cloud. My thoughts were all mixed up and I could never actually sort them out. This made me more determined to sort them, when I couldn't, it just made it all worse.

If you feel this way, grab a paper and a pen, and I want you to write it all down. Every single thought, empty it up.

The next step I took was to talk to someone. You can never go wrong with asking for professional help, even if your purpose is to only have someone help you sort your thoughts and feelings. This is something I need to touch on, there is no shame in mental illness, there is no flaw, no 'disease' no 'sickness'. Nothing is wrong with you. There is no shame in asking for help when you want it either. Don't let that cloud rain on your parade!

Once you get all those thoughts sorted, there will only be clarity. You will see much clearer, you will feel lighter, like the weight of the world was just lifted from upon your shoulders.

Educate yourself. If you are not sure about why you are feeling what you are feeling or if you suspect that you might be suffering from mental health issues then read about it, if you find your answer then be confident that it is not a flaw!! seek help, not because you NEED it or because you are ''sick'' but because you want it. You need to WANT to get better to do so.

Lastly, remind yourself to always put your health first, whether it be mental or physical, just understand that when you are faced with, let's say, a hard decision, that you know might make you feel better, mentally, then I encourage you to take that step. Nothing will feel good if your happiness is not true from within!

Take care of yourself

Take care of others

Understand that just as you might have issues hidden away from everyone's eyes, others around you might have issues just like you, so be kind.

I hope this post brings someone some peace.

Take care!


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Why hello there! Long time no see. So it's been a few days since my last blogpost but now I'm back! and I am not empty handed!

Today's blogpost is about energy/ snack bites! These little bites are super easy and quick to make and you only need a few ingredients to make them, some of which you probably already have laying around at home. These are raw, vegan and are perfect for a snack on-the-go. And if you are hard to please? well that's why I have three different recipes for ya!


Date Energy Bites (My personal favourite)

1 cup walnuts

1/2 coconut flakes or unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted

1 tbsp coconut oil

A pinch of salt

A splash of vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have a mixture you can work with. If you find the mixture too dry, you just need to add a little more coconut oil. Form the mixture into bite-size balls and viola! you are done.


Onto the next one!

Raw cacao Bites

1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted

1 cup Almonds

3 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp coconut oil


Pretty much the same here, you just gotta blitz it all up in your food processor, check the mixture and then form it into bite-size balls. I rolled mine in coconut flakes afterwards, which is completely optional!


And last, but not least, this one's for the PB lovers.

Peanut butter and oats bites

1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup rolled oats

A pinch of salt

The same old thang! Blitz 'em up and then form them into balls, I then blitzed some cashew nuts in the food processor and rolled these balls in it to get a crunchy coating.


There you go! Three super easy + quick recipes. I hope you liked this blogpost and hopefully you might take the time to try these babies out, they are pretty dan good.

Until next time, take care of yourselves and those around you!

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Happy Tuesday guys! You had a bad day? well allow yourself a little treat, you deserve it.

This is a simple recipe for a healthier version of the beloved Banana Bread... mmmhm. The perfect snack or breakfast loaf for a guaranteed better morning and overall better day. Don't underestimate the banana!


(Healthy) Banana Bread

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups flour*

2 tbsp melted, unsalted butter*

* You can use wither white or whole-wheat. I used white since it was what I had on hand

* Coconut oil can be used instead of butter


Pre-heat your oven to 175C (350F) and prepare a loaf pan by greasing it with your oil/ butter of choice and I like to lay down a small sheet of baking paper at the bottom and flouring the sides of the pan just as an extra precaution, that is completely optional.

Start by mashing your bananas, they should be easy to mash with just a fork if they are ripe. Mash them well until you see none-to-minimum lumps in the bowl. After that's done you want to add your brown sugar, cinnamon, egg, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla extract and mix it all into a smooth batter.

After that is done you can then add you flour, baking soda, baking powder and the melted butter and mix until all is well combined. And that's it! you are done with the batter, super simple and super quick! In no time, you are going to have yourself a freshly baked yummy loaf of banana... isn't that bananas?

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and let it bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes and viola! you are done. I did add some chopped walnuts on top which is completely optional. You can also use dark chocolate chips, raisins, almonds or seeds. Whatever tops your bread! Be as creative as you want/ need to be with your food.


This tasted amazing. I promise, just try it and you'll see. I topped my slice with some butter and jam, but it tastes just as good as it is. Just remember to wrap it up and preferably refrigerate it so it stays fresh longer! It will also taste better and better with each passing day, the banana makes it denser and sweeter. Better with age, just like you.

Oh the banana.... the gift that keeps on giving!


Nutrition info

Calories per slice (I got 16 slices): 111

Fat: 3.9

Carbs: 17.7

Protein: 1,7

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Well hello again! This is my first beauty blog, so welcome and I hope you like it.

Beauty Monday

Today, skin/ body care is in the spotlight. I didn't realise how important facial and body skincare was until I actually made myself get into the routine of it. taking care of your skin in the right ways and regularly definitely makes a huge difference in the way your skin behaves and reacts to other conditions. Here are some tips and some of the daily products that I use and would like to share with you.

1. EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE

Do you really like dead things on you like all the time? No? Well you better EXFOLIATE. Finding the right product for your face and body is not that hard. Start by buying a gentle scrub for your face, nothing too harsh, especially if you are like me and have sensitive skin, you want to be gentle.

My favourite product, one that I have been using for years, is the Clinique Exfoliating Scrub (21$) I use this once a week to exfoliate my face and sometimes my neck. I would not recommend using this more than once a week since over exfoliating your face could cause dryness and irritation.

Body exfoliation is just as important, believe me, stick to it because it will make your life so much easier. Your skin will be much more radiant and smoother. I have tried many exfoliating scrubs, mostly from the body shop. They smell great and do the job very well. At this moment, I am using a body scrub by & Other Stories , and I recommend them strongly. They have a very unique texture and their scents are amazing. You can use body scrubs as needed, I usually use them mostly on my 'dry' areas (knees, elbows etc)

2. Lock in that moisture girl!

Now you might think it was enough to just scrub away all that dead skin, but no no. You better make sure that you lock in that moisture once you are done with exfoliating. Commit to it and you will be rewarded with silky smooth and radiant skin. This will make your shaving days much easier and smoother, and if you like a fake tan, moisturised skin wears it best. Bye bye to that patchiness!

I recently started using what has become my all time favourite face moisturiser, the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream It is a lifesaver. It moisturises without leaving a weird layer on the skin (which is a problem I've had with many other creams), it's gentle and doesn't contain any perfumes so that makes it perfect for sensitive skin.

Another one that is guaranteed to be a worth-it buy is the Clinique Moisture Surge (12$ - 52.50$) This is also a very gentle silicone-y feeling moisturiser. It contains no perfumes and works for oily, combination, normal and dry skin!

The last product is also one I have been using for the longest time. I've always liked body butters and to me, the line that the Body Shop offers is one that is guaranteed to fit all tastes and is quite affordable! They have different sizes and scents and when used regularly, can make a huge difference in the feel and look of your skin. It is also a brand that is never tested on animals, which is a plus! The one pictured is the Shea Body Butter (7$ - 36$)

Well that was about it for today! I hope you guys liked this post and maybe even got a few good recommendations off of it. While products for skincare, exfoliating and body butters might actually do wonders, don't forget to drink loads of water and try to keep a balanced diet, this will help not only your skin but your hair, nails, energy and your overall body health!

Take care and I'll see you again soon! ๐Ÿ‘‹

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The name is Sana, if you haven't figured that out yet. I am a 19 year old girl, of Iraqi origin, living in Sweden and welcome to my blog!

My interests are cooking, writing, reading, binge watching Friends for an eternity and expressing myself! maybe we have a few things in common? Stick around and we'll find out.

The reason why I started this blog is because I have always been very interested in writing, whether it be expressive or informative. I am also aspiring to hopefully one day become a journalist. I have followed many bloggers and social influencers under my lifetime and I have always been inspired to one day have that kind of influence on others.

What content should you be expecting, you ask? As a beginner I see this blog as my creative space and potential business opportunity. The content you will be seeing here will be related to beauty, lifestyle and food for thought, mouth and eyes ;)

I also do a bit of photography on the side, nothing professional, simply a hobby. Here it is if you would like to check it out.

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