Colour your week! 

It’s a Monday, again. Monday for the successful is always a fresh start to limitless potential. This Monday as I was sitting in the salon (we have a shooting tomorrow for #WellaGala2016) I was looking at all the fun colours around me, the colours in the Esthetica magazines, the colours of hair swatches and then a thought came across me…How much does colour affect our positive vibe? 

Of course I researched it and I found that yes, of course, colours affect our moods, our vibes, our emotions and feelings and how we see things, if you want to contribute to your positive week, then one factor this week can be trying to include colours which are beneficial to your moods and to what you wish to achieve, below I’ve included some images of which colours affect what 😃

Choose your colours wisely and have a colorful week! ❤️💛💚💙💜💗



Oh my potato! Sweet Goodness…

Today’s blog post is going to be dedicated to potatoes. Sweet potatoes, to be more exact. And why, over here at the Moldovan household we love them! 

Some sweet facts about the SWEETPOTATO 

  • Sweet POTATO (Ipomoea Batatas), although called potato, is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum Tuberosumand is not a member of the nightshade family.
  • In many english speaking parts of the world, sweet potatoes are also called yams, however, they are distinctively different in their botanical properties from a genuine yam – so don’t get them confused!
  • The origin and domestication of the sweet potato is thought to be either in central or south america. In central america, sweet potato was domesticated at least 5000 years ago, whereas in South America, peruvian remnants date the sweet potato back to 8000 BC, so a very long time!
  • The correct spelling is in fact ‘sweetpotato’ – yes, it’s one word, so cool right?!
  • It is one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind.
  • The first Europeans to taste sweet potato were those who were on the voyage with Christoper Columbus in 1492, he then bought them back over to his home country England.
  • It is now grown in more developing countries for it’s health properties than any other root crop.

 

Now more importantly, why I   L O V E  sweetpotato and why it is found daily in my diet..

  • It has a superior ability to raise our Vitamin A levels.
  • It is a standout antioxidant food, containing the major antioxidant beta-carotene.
  • Anthocyanin and other colour related pigments highly present in the flesh means that this tuber is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient.
  • They are a good source of vitamin C, which means that not only is it great for immunity but this vitamin also plays a crucial role in tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation.
  • They are naturally so sweet, hence make the perfect dessert if you are on a diet, however, they do not cause blood sugar spikes as the natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream – therefore no fatigue/weight gain issues after eating your sweetpotato dessert!
  • Naturally high in magnesium, potassium and Vitamin D, the essential minerals for moods, energy and overall health.
  • Complex carbohydrate, the reason I love this complex carbohydrate better than any others is that it is a SWEET complex carb. So instead of eating brown rice, or wholewheat pasta, or even oatmeal (which without any add ons is not sweet at all), I can eat sweetpotato, get my sweet fix and my carb intake for the day, just perfect.
  • They are super versatile, you can eat them roasted, boiled, steamed, microwaved, fried, deep fried, mashed, you can literally do anything you want with them. Although they are sweet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be eaten as a sweet item or in dessert form, there are endless recipes to eat it in savoury form too!

 

Boost your health, stick to your diet and savour the goodness of the sweetpotato! 

 

 

 

 

Easter on the East Side 

So a lot of you have seen on my social media that I celebrated Easter quite recently, a few of you thought was going crazy, and a few of you asked if it was any different to the way we celebrate Easter in England – over here in Romania, Orthodox Christianity is the main religion so their holiday dates vary. Although personally we are not a religious family, Easter is a very big deal on this side of the continent, in fact I think it is the most important celebration of the year. Hence, for 3 days, the country is cut off from the normal working way of things and in place the Easter spirit takes over and is celebrated with so many unique traditions, so many eggs, boiled eggs, so much cake and of course, too much chocolate…so I thought I’d put together a quick little blog post with some pics to give a you an overall idea 🐣🐂

This year Easter fell on the 1st May 2016, you know for sure that it’s Easter when at exactly 00.00 (midnight) church bells start ringing all over the city and priests voices can be heard reciting prayers through microphones, whilst congregations of people stand with lit candles until the end of the service tradition 1 

Next people will go home where so much lovely food has been prepared in the upcoming days to Easter tradition 2 and they will eat to their hearts content in the middle of the night. This has become more of a tradition of habit over the years, however, the real reason people do this is because for 40 days up until Easter the orthodox Christians fast (many of the older generation still do) within these 40 days of fasting they are not allowed to eat meat, or anything that comes from animals (basically a vegan diet). If you know about the Romanian cuisine, then you will also know this is a very hard task tradition 3. Oh, by the way before they are allowed to eat they will eat some bread and drink white wine given to them from the church tradition 4 and before eating they will say one to another ‘Hristos a înviat’ – to which the response will be ‘adevarat a înviat’. Translation: ‘Jesus has risen’- ‘true he has risen’ tradition 5.

After that, sleep comes (or so I assume it does- it did for us anyways!) – The next morning was followed by an Easter Egg hunt for Ayan personal tradition, Easter activities for toddlers, which just involved a whole load of paint and mess, dyeing boiled eggs tradition 6, oh and they also have this really awesome boiled egg game where you try and crack each others eggs, the egg which doesn’t crack but has cracked all the others is the winner (obviously), so that’s really fun too tradition 7. The rest of the day we then prepared the Easter meal, and enjoyed time with our little Easter bunny, eating too much cake and chocolate and generally just chilling about. I’m not sure what exactly we were supposed to be doing the following 2 days of Easter (if anything) but we just used those days to spend some good quality time together, watch films, walks in the sunshine and consume the rest of the Easter food which we had received over the days. 

That was pretty much our Easter with our little bunny, do you have any special Easter traditions? How did you spend yours? 🐣