Friday, March 22, 2019

7 Weekday Dinner Ideas | Quick & Easy Dinner with Less Than 10 Ingredients

As a busy mom, I'm constantly looking for quick recipes that I can use for dinner, so that I can have more quality time with my toddler rather than slaving in the kitchen for hours. So I thought I would share with you 7 quick and easy dinner ideas that my family loves and that we have quite often.

I've also made all of these meal idea cards so that you can pin them on Pinterest if you'd like to save them for future reference (psst, there's a little pin button on the upper left corner of each picture to make it easier). 

Don't forget to check out the video I made to see how I cook these dinner ideas.

Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Ingredients used: macaroni, broccoli, onion, butter, Philadelphia cream cheese, mozzarella, seasoning (salt, pepper, parsley)

How I make it: You cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packaging. Saute onion and broccoli with butter in a pan. Add a big spoon of cream cheese and a bit of water from the boiling pasta to make the sauce thinner. Cook for a bit and add the seasoning. Add mozzarella at the end to make the sauce creamier. Pour the pasta on top and mix well with the sauce.

The Best Pasta Bake

Ingredients used: penne pasta, (red) onion, 2 carrots, 2 garlic cloves, 6 sausages, tomato paste, mozzarella, olive oil, seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder)

How I make it: Cook penne pasta in water and salt. Chop up largely the onion, carrots, garlic and sausages and put them all in a food processor quickly. Cook mixture in a pan with olive oil for a few minutes. Add tomato paste and seasoning to the pan. Spread olive oil in a baking tray. Add the layers: pasta, then the sauce and then mozzarella cheese on top. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

Easy Chili with Rice

Ingredients used: brown rice, red onion, garlic, ground meat, red kidney beans, tomato sauce, olive oil, seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder), mozzarella (optional)

How I make it: Cook rice with water and salt. Chop up the red onion and mince garlic. Saute these in olive oil in a pan, then add ground meat. Once the meat is cooked, add the red kidney beans, tomato sauce and seasoning, then simmer for a bit longer. Serve the chili together with the cooked rice.

Quick Chicken Pizza

Ingredients used: pizza dough and tomato sauce kit from Lidl, spinach, mushrooms, chicken, parmesan, mozzarella

How I make it: Lay out the dough in a tray. Spread tomato sauce evenly. Add your topping of choice. I chopped up some mushrooms and cooked some chicken separately before adding them on top of the pizza. I also added spinach and two types of cheese of top (parmesan and mozzarella). Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Stuffed Eggplant with Rice

Ingredients used: eggplant, spinach, onion, tomatoes, red pepper, turkey breast, mozzarella, seasoning (salt, pepper), rice

How I make it: Cook rice separately. Cut eggplant in half and scoop most of the inside out (save that for the stuffing). Chop up onion, tomatoes, red pepper, spinach, turkey and mix them with the seasoning in a bowl. Place your eggplant halves in a tray and fill them with the stuffing. Add mozzarella cheese on top and cook in the oven for about 20-30 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. 

Fish and Chips with Peas & Garlic Sauce

Ingredients used: fish fingers, potatoes, peas, olive oil, seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, parsley). For garlic sauce: 2-3 garlic cloves, greek yogurt, seasoning (salt, pepper, parsley)

How I make it: Cook fish fingers for about 15 minutes in the oven (I get the frozen ones because they are much faster for those crazy busy nights). Cut up potatoes into wedges and season them with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and parsley. Add olive oil and mix them up well to make sure they're all nicely coated. Cook these for about 30 minutes in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius. For the garlic sauce, I mince the garlic, add the seasoning and then the greek yogurt. Super simple and delicious!

Baked Salmon, Sweet Potato and Broccoli (with Garlic Sauce)

Ingredients used: salmon, sweet potato, broccoli, olive oil, seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, oregano). For garlic sauce: 2-3 garlic cloves, greek yogurt, seasoning (salt, pepper, parsley)

How I make it: For this meal I make two pans. One is the sweet potato fries, which I chop up, season well (with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, oregano), sprinkle olive oil and mix together. The second pan is for the salmon and broccoli, which I season more simply with just salt, pepper and garlic powder. I put both pans together in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes. I serve these with the garlic sauce from the previous dinner idea.


THAT'S IT! These are my 7 quick dinner ideas. If you want more details on how to make these, here's a video to make it easier:

Don't forget to PIN this for future reference!

Hope this gave you some dinner ideas for your family!
Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Casual Logo Tee Outfit | WHAT I WORE WEDNESDAY

Happy Wednesday!

I posted yesterday on my Instagram a bit about slowing down and I thought I would share it here too, because we all need a reminder sometimes.

Kids teach us to slow down. And it's amazing actually! 

Yesterday we went to the grocery store. I had my list ready, toddler in tow and ready to go. He is usually quite content sitting in the shopping cart and chatting while we do the food shop.⁣ But on this particular day he was not into that, he wanted me to get him out and then he sprinted straight to the toy aisle. My first instinct was to convince him to get back into the cart so that we can buy, pay and go. ⁣
I quickly realized we were actually not in a hurry at all, the store was not busy yet since it was quite early in the morning and we could take our time. So we played for about an hour in that aisle, looking at all the toys, giving them names and laughing at silly faces. ⁣ He then sat happily in the cart while I actually did the food shop and it was lovely. Sometimes they need that connection and then they're so much more content. ⁣
We should all slow down a bit sometimes. More often than not, we're not in such a big hurry as we might think. ⁣

As far as my outfit goes, I'm so excited to start dropping some layers now that it's finally spring. I tried to go for that casual-chic look we all love. I love combining something casual (like jeans and a tee) with something that kinda elevates your outfit a bit, like a blazer.

T-shirt: Levi's | Jeans: New Yorker | Blazer: Reserved

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Friday, March 15, 2019

20 Spots You Forgot to Spring Clean | SPRING CLEANING TIPS & CHECKLIST

I'm pretty sure March is the official month to start spring cleaning, right? :) I actually started a bit early this year and I did a whole bunch of videos on that. BUT now that I'm done with a lot of large areas of my home, I decided to look into things that I might have forgotten about or overlooked. Which is why I compiled this list of 20 things you might also be forgetting to spring clean.

Reusable grocery bags
These are amazing for saving money AND the environment at the same time. They're pretty awesome and come in so many different designs (I got mine at Ikea). However, we should remember to clean these once in a while since they can get quite dirty in time. I put these in the washing machine at a low setting and it worked perfectly. If you have more delicate ones, you can hand wash or just soak in some soapy water.

A refresh is always nice for curtains and drapes. A cleaning hack for these is to wash them in quite cold water (I use 30 degrees Celsius on my washer) and hang them back up right after you take them out of the washing machine. This way they don't get wrinkled and it saves you some ironing.

Windows & window sills
I think windows are usually on most people's spring cleaning checklists, but you might be forgetting the window sills and these gather quite a bit of dust.

Lighting fixtures
Anything that is high up is likely to be forgotten about. I used a feather duster for these since I can barely reach them (short people problems, haha), but it worked out really well.

Exhaust vents
We have two of these in our bathrooms and they get pretty disgusting quite fast, since there's a lot of steam which helps dust get trapped on there. 

Under bed
Not gonna lie, this was quite embarrassing in our case and the main reason for that is that our bed is really heavy and hard to move, so we don't do this very often. 

Under sofa
This was not too bad, since moving the sofa is far easier than moving the bed. We did find a whole lot of toys under there though. I vacuumed any dust and mopped as well to make it all fresh and clean.

Two things you can do here: 
1. Sprinkle baking soda all over, let it sit for 1-2 hours and then vacuum it all up. This is supposed to help absorb any moisture and refresh the mattress a bit. 
2. Flip it once in a while, so that it doesn't get a huge dent in the one spot where you usually sleep.

For soft toys I choose to use my washing machine because it's easy, convenient and I haven't had a problem with any toys getting ruined (make sure you use a gentle setting or hand wash if you have delicate toys). 
As far as plastic ones go, I put some soapy water (with Fairy dish soap) in a bowl and give them all a good scrub, then rinse and towel dry. 

TIP: for this not to get too overwhelming, don't try to do all toys at once. For example, I did toy vegetables on one day, cars on another day and so on. Otherwise you might be put off doing this since you're likely to own A LOT of toys for your kid.

On top of fridge & wardrobes
Oh my, the amount of dust that accumulated on there is unbelievable. I can't remember the last time I cleaned on top of the fridge, which means it's bad. I used the feather duster to get most of the dust out of the way and then I used a cloth with furniture spray in order to be a bit more thorough.

Door frames & knobs
There are spots that you touch a lot throughout the day, so they accumulate a lot of germs. They're also easily overlooked, so make sure you spray them down once in a while.

Lining of laundry baskets
We have two laundry baskets, both with lining in them. Since you put all your dirty clothes in there, it's no wonder that the lining will get a bit gross as well. I just take it out and put it in with my regular laundry every few weeks.

Chairs & under table
I don't necessarily mean the surface underneath the table, but more like the furniture legs and areas like that. They can get quite a lot of food splashes and you might not even notice.

Toothbrush holder
This can get quite a lot of water trapped in there, so make sure to take it out and clean it up well.

Cleaning supplies 
Yes, your cleaning supplies also need some care. I wiped the broom, the mop, I swapped any sponges that I use and I put all my cleaning cloths in the washer.

Light switches
Again, these are spots that you touch a lot, so they need a good wipe once in a while.

Remote control
You probably use this every single day. Let's not even mention the fact that you're probably eating your nacho chips, wiping your hands on your sweatpants and then reaching for the remote (that was definitely not me last night, no way). So remember to wipe this down every now and then.

Trash can
This will obviously get really dirty easily. I actually take it out and wash it in the bathtub, because it's much easier when you have a larger space that you can work with.

Dish washer filter
Food bits can get stuck in this filter, so you should take it out and clean it thoroughly, because this will ensure your dishes get properly cleaned when you run the dish washer next time.

Decor pillows
You might not be sleeping on these, but they will get dirty regardless. All of mine are washing machine friendly, so (again) I just used a gentle setting to give them a quick refresh.

If you want to see this spring cleaning routine in action, you can check out this video I did:

I do cleaning videos quite a lot on my YouTube channel if you want to get some cleaning motivation.

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Most Basic Outfit Ever | WHAT I WORE WEDNESDAY

Happy Wednesday! Hope you're all having a lovely week so far!

Not gonna lie, yesterday I had one of the most unproductive days ever. I think it's because I am still getting over my cold or maybe it's the sudden season change, but I was feeling exhausted and didn't really get up to much. I guess some days are just like that, you need a bit of a breather and recharge, so that you'll feel refreshed afterwards. 

So today I decided I'm going to kick it and get a bunch of things on my to-do list done: ✔ Write this outfit post and publish it on the blog. ✔ Film another spring cleaning video. ✔ Clean up my apartment because it was a mess this morning. ✔ Get in some quality time with my toddler (already did this morning and we plan on having a nice outing once he's up from his nap). 

It feels so nice to get things done, so I'm about to have another coffee and plan my videos for next week. Exciting times! 

As for this outfit that I've been wearing tons lately: I am obsessed with the ribbed fabric trend. I have a few ribbed tops like this and I just love them. Not sure what it is about it, but I find it to be quite a nice subtle add-on to your outfit. Kinda gives more texture to it, doesn't it? I paired this grey ribbed top with these skinny high-rise jeans. Aaaand of course, I've got my trusty ASOS ankle boots on. Love them!

How about you? Are you having a productive or quite unproductive day today? 

Top: H&M | Jeans: H&M | Boots: ASOS

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Florals & Faux Leather | WHAT I WORE WEDNESDAY

Wooohoo! It's March! So excited for the warmer days ahead, waking up to sunlight beaming in my bedroom and opening up the windows without having to put on three blankets on me beforehand. Aaand I've been having such lovely stroller walks with my toddler lately. Spring is awesome, isn't it?! 

For this outfit I did a combination of florals, faux leather (this is actually a pair of coated jeans) and faux suede boots. I love pairing different textures in an outfit. This floral top is from H&M (I got it a while back) and I love how flowy it is, but it also has a bit of peplum at the bottom, which makes it more flattering. The coated jeans are actually quite comfy, they're like a regular pair of jeans, but they look like faux leather. And I've got my trusty black Chelsea boots that I've had for years. That pretty much sums up this spring outfit.

Blouse: H&M | Coated jeans: Stradivarius | Boots: Deichmann

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Leopard print is a neutral, right? | WHAT I WORE WEDNESDAY

Happy Wednesday!

Hope you're all doing well. We've got an illness bug in our home, so it's not the best week so far. I'm currently having all the honey & lemon tea that I can in an attempt to fight it off quickly. Fingers crossed! We're having some beautiful sunny days (although still quite cold), so I'm excited to head out for longer walks once I feel a bit better. 

In other news, this week I got my bathroom cabinet declutter done and it feels so good. Why is it so satisfying to declutter and get rid of things? Marie Kondo is definitely onto something, haha! :) This weekend I also started watching a new Netflix series called Workin' Moms. I'm only two episodes in, but it's quite a funny one for moms. 

What are you guys watching on Netflix at the moment?

As far as my outfit goes (what we're all here for, right?) I am obsessed with leopard print lately, although in all fairness - I've always loved a good leopard print in my outfits. I find it to be quite a neutral piece and so easy to pair up with lots of other items in my wardrobe. And it's quite fun to wear, isn't it! For my outfit today, I went with quite a basic combo of a white top and a pair of jeans, alongside my beloved beige Chelsea ankle boots.

Scarf: Lidl | Top: Lidl | Jeans: H&M | Boots: ASOS | Hoop earrings : H&M

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Last Call for the Chunky Knitwear | WHAT I WORE WEDNESDAY

Ok, realistically, maybe not exactly the last call, but at least where I live we're not gonna be able to wear these for much longer since it's going to get warmer soon (fingers crossed). So I'm trying to make the most of this pompom chunky knit sweater that I absolutely love. I got it this autumn from the Zara knitwear collection and I've been wearing it so much this season. I'm kinda sad to be putting it in storage soon (until next autumn), but I'll make up for that by bringing out all the florals and flowy fabrics. 

Do you have any items that you're looking forward to wearing this spring?

For this outfit I went with a neutral camel and grey vibe. I'm always into simple combinations like this. And I can always count on these beige Chelsea boots for when I need to spring around after my toddler.

In other news, I've been working a lot this past week on decluttering and clearing up our apartment (yes, like everyone else on social media, I've caught the Marie Kondo bug). I'm filming the process over on my youtube channel and I'm so excited to get some spring cleaning done. I already posted how I decluttered my makeup collection and how I reorganized my pantry. It's so refreshing to have less stuff and I think it's going to be easier to keep it tidy in the future. 

Have you watched the Marie Kondo Netflix show? Are you decluttering this spring? 
You can check out my spring cleaning series HERE.

Sweater: Zara | Leggings: Zara | Boots: ASOS

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