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Empties: Love, Like or Loathe

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This is my second empties post. I don’t get empty products an awful lot but I figured I’d throw a post together about them every once in a while, so here is the latest. All my recent empties and the accompanying review.

EMPTIES: LOVE, LIKE OR LOATHE…
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Summer Love Tag

Summer is almost over (yikes) so this is a late to the party kind of post but I was tagged by a very lovely lady over here so I thought it would be rude not to!

SUMMER LOVE TAG…
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Empties: Love, Like or Loathe

empties

This is my first ever empties post on the blog and it’s really only a smallish one. Since I’ve never done one before I haven’t really been saving up many of my empty products to show you, but I came across a few all at once and decided to give it a go. If it’s a success I might have to start storing things up for these posts!

EMPTIES: LOVE, LIKE OR LOATHE…
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Fresh Faced to Fight Cancer: A Reflection

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You’ve probably been seeing these beat cancer selfies all over the internet recently. I did mine a while back on facebook, but I thought I’d post it here as well to further raise awareness!

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Over six days an enormous £8 million was raised for Cancer Research UK by this wonderful campaign.  Cancer is a disease that affects so many lives and the work needed to eradicate it still needs so much money. I have had family members affected by cancer and in fact I know very few people who can say that it has not affected their lives in some way.

There are those that will tell you that donating to cancer charities is a waste of money, that pound for pound, more good is done in relieving poverty, hunger, malaria, AIDS etc. And while this is indisputable and while these are good causes also, we need to be feeding money back into research if we are to hope that things will get better.  I wish everything could get better but it can’t, not in this current state of affairs.

I wish I was better at giving to charity. I picked up a £30 playsuit from River Island a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love it, but do I need it? Absolutely not. There are people dying of hunger for goodness sake, how do we live like this? According to USAID $10 can feed a family of six for two days, so my overpriced please of fabric could give roughly thirty hungry people a whole days worth of food. But did that stop me from buying the playsuit? No. Do I feel guilty? For the most part no. It should be disgusting, we should all be disgusted at ourselves, but we aren’t.

I’m not a psychologist, I’ve never studied psychology or sociology so I can’t tell you any of the reasons why. I can’t tell you why we’re allowed to grow up in this heartless culture of consumerism and not one person, not one faction has gained the support to stand up and contest this hideous way of life. I’d imagine you’ve seen the hunger games (hopefully you’ve read it, but that’s not the point right now), well think about how the people in the Capitol make you feel. Think about it, because 99% of people reading this are not too dissimilar from those blissfully ignorant fools the novel so delicately depicts.

According to Hope Africa, AIDS turns a child into an orphan every 14 seconds. According to World Hunger the world produces roughly 2720 kcal of food per person per day (the RDA is 2000/woman and 2500/man) and yet around 870 million people suffer from undernourishment. The shocking statistics go on and on and on. I don’t know how we let it happen. And I’m certainly not here to preach about the issue, I am as much a part of a problem as you are. But it’s 2014, how haven’t we got to a point where we recognise that all humans are fundamentally equal? How are we still clinging to these foolish notions of state sovereignty and national identity. What is it going to take to bring us together? Yes our cultures are gloriously different but they come closer every day and our genetics are the same. We are citizens of the world and we owe ourselves that title. We owe it to those who aren’t empowered enough to use it.

But at the end of the day when I’ve wrapped up this blog post am I going to sell all my material possessions and travel far away to live the life of poverty I deserve? No. Am I going to return that River Island Playsuit? No. And that’s all you need to know about the sad state of the modern world, really.

So raise awareness about Cancer, raise awareness about poverty and hunger and AIDS and all the things you are about, but I think what I’m really saying here is something that I’ve come to know only recently. Just be grateful. For every small thing, for every victory and all the things you’d forgotten that you need to be grateful for. It’s easy to forget and I don’t ever want to forget again.

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

Cancer Research UK || Checking for Breast Cancer || Guardian Article

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Baking Valentines Day Cupcakes!

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Before we go ahead please bear in my that this was my first ever solo baking venture! All things considered, I’m rather pleased with how it all turned out and I received very positive feedback from everyone who was lucky enough to try my yummy cakes! Inspired by my very good friend Sarah who makes the best cakes of anyone I know!

AHOY VALENTINES DAY CUPCAKES…

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I used a BBC Food recipe which is linked below, but the basic ingredients for the cupcakes are:  110g of softened butter, 110g of caster sugar, 2 free range eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 110g of self raising flour and 2 tablespoon of milk.

And to make the buttercream icing you will need: 140g of softened butter, 280g of icing sugar, 2 tablespoons of milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

To make it a little bit different I used cute little heart shaped cake cases from Wilkinson and instead of colouring my icing I used vanilla extract to make it even yummier. I also bought little chocolate hearts to place on the top!

As a side note, I just love love love the baby pink little weighing scales I bought (also from Wilkinson). They were £8, reduced from £12 and while they might not be as accurate as their electronic equivalent they are so much more adorable!

I also learnt through this venture that investing in an electronic whisk/mixer would be very beneficial. My weedy arm muscles did not appreciate my endeavours and nor did my hands when they were covered in blisters from my wooden spoon. Oops!

Nevertheless I was happy happy with the results…

heart cakesheart cupcake

Had some extra mixture so made a couple of normal ones too, also forgot to take a picture of them iced and then there was only one left, oh dear! Got carried away wanting to eat them all up!

That’s all! Had a wonderful Valentines Day and hope everyone else did too! xxx

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

BBC Food Recipe || Wilkinson Baking Section || Sarahlouuu makes the best cakes

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