Social Media Blast – Pinterest Week – Just Pin It!

Social Media Blast

Why Should We Work Together?

Brands and Sponsors are looking for bloggers just like you and me, but they need us to have a platform that matches their vision. You may already have the blog of their dreams, but perhaps you don’t have the quantity of social media contacts they require. They need an audience, and they will happily pay you to promote their products if they see that your blog has a large social media following.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

This is a classic combination my way. Peanut butter and chocolate – unbelievably delicious desserts could come out of this match. And simple tasty cupcakes, too.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

I know, peanut butter is high in calories. But it is also a very beneficial food when used in moderation. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals and gives you a lot of energy. Moreover, it contains healthy fats which are good for your heart and help reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol.

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Banana and Coconut Brownies

The chocoholic in me is speaking. The chocoholic in me is begging for some chocolate. I am trying to fool it with fruit or honey but sometimes, this simply doesn’t work. Chocolate addiction is a serious business, you know. I am supposed to deal with it every single day. Well, very often I lose the game. In such cases, I have two options: to choose a ready-to-eat chocolate treat or make it myself. Last time, I chose the latter.

Banana and Coconut Brownies

And here is what came out – banana and coconut brownies. They are moist and full of flavours, rich in cocoa, sweet and bitterish at the same time. And of course, I tried to make them as healthy as possible – less sugar, less flour, no butter.

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Social Media Blast – Instagram – Smile for the Camera!

Social Media Blast

Why Should We Work Together?

Brands and Sponsors are looking for bloggers just like you and me, but they need us to have a platform that matches their vision. You may already have the blog of their dreams, but perhaps you don’t have the quantity of social media contacts they require. They need an audience, and they will happily pay you to promote their products if they see that your blog has a large social media following.

So, we’re throwing down the gauntlet, getting the ball rolling. Let’s change our thinking and work together. 2016 could be an incredible year, if we decide that we aren’t competing with each other. We’re on the same team. #WAYWOW Social Media Blast will be featured every Thursday, we can use it to grow, each and every one of us.

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Fitness, Food, Supplements…

Fitness, Food, Supplments_SimplyMarina

You are a mother and a woman, and you are happy to be yourself. You work out quite regularly and you haven’t achieved the dream body yet. And you still love exercising. OK, I am one of you, a happily imperfect mama. If you have read any of my previous fitness related posts, you must have noticed that I am a big fan of home fitness because it suits me most. You may also have noticed that I try to make healthy food choices. You could even find a few recipes on the blog (healthy ones, I hope).

It seems, however, that I haven’t told you a thing about my own diet. I guess, this is because I don’t follow any strict plan. Neither do I count my daily calorie intake. I just stick to the idea of healthy eating or at least, I do my best.

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My Expat Child’s First Week at School

The school year in the UK has begun. Mums and dads of first-time pupils know how exciting a moment it is for both parents and children. But what about the expats and their kids? This is our experience…

Me Expat Child's First Week At School

Last week my son started Reception. His first week at school. Previously, he attended a UK nursery so I didn’t expect him to be too anxious now. Still, I thought he would feel a little bit uncomfortable being entirely in an English-speaking environment again. I was even prepared for a tantrum on the first day. I was almost sure there would be one. After all, he had spent the whole summer with his mummy and he probably had forgotten what it felt like being away from her.

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Why Not To Be Angry With Your Child

Are you patient with your kids all the time? And maybe, you have never yelled at them? Not a single nervous breakdown? Perhaps, you have never raised your voice, too? Well, this is impressive. Beyond all doubt, you are the ideal parent any child would love to have.

Now, let’s talk about the rest of us, the mortals who scold their children at least once a day. Not that a kid dreams of listening to their cross parents’ murmur every single day. But dear kids, I’m afraid this is how the world works.🙂

So… I’m not about to give you any parenting tips. How would I dare since I usually need such tips myself? Nor do I represent the ever composed mother. Patience, patience, patience, mummy! Or “Come on, inner peace! I don’t have all day!”

"Come on, inner peace! I don't have all day!"

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Social Media Blast – Twitter Week – How Tweet It Is!

Social Media Blast

Banding together is great Karma…

Bloggers are a unique bunch. We are so creative and it’s hard to slow down enough to think about blogging in a logical manner. You may know where you want to end up, or have a dream of what your blog will look like when you succeed. But it’s the getting there that we need to think about.

Sometimes it seems all we do is work on the blog, creating, photographing, writing, editing, visiting other bloggers, social media promoting, linking to blog parties. And it takes so darn long to get ahead. So long. It’s frustrating.

We are all going through the same thing, but we don’t need to go it alone. We can, and should be doing this together.

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Fitness for Happily Imperfect Mamas

Fitness is about looking good. Fitness is about perfect bodies in skinny jeans and tight dresses. Perfect abs, perfect legs, no cellulite… It sounds just perfect. But wait, I am not Rosie Huntington-Whiteley or one of her gorgeous colleagues. Neither am I the beautiful Kate Hudson (by the way, she is a co-founder of Fabletics; their collections of activewear are fab). I am a mummy, an ordinary human, and definitely not perfect.

Fitness is not about being perfect. It is not all about how you look. Fitness is about how you feel. A trivial thought, isn’t it? Then, why should I keep writing this post any further? Because I hope it will reach at least a few mummies who still can’t find the motivation to begin.

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Vegetarian Bulgur Wheat Balls

It’s time for another healthy recipe. And let it be vegetarian. There will be bulgur wheat and veggie balls. Easy to make, tender balls with a lovely taste. No frying, of course.

Vegetarian Bulgur Wheat Balls

The two main ingredients – bulgur wheat and courgettes. I thought they would combine perfectly and they really did. But why to eat them?

Bulgur wheat – tasty, healthy and versatile. It is a wonderful ingredient, full of nutrients and a good source of protein and fiber. Dr. Axe has an exhaustive article about bulgur wheat, Bulgur Wheat: The Better Wheat for Your Belly & More. You could read it here.

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