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How nutty is Nutella? Closer look at the ingredients in the popular spread

IMG_5402I once tried making my own chocolate hazelnut spread just to see if I can easily get a tastier and healthier version at home. After a long ordeal and a pile of dishes hours later I decided once is enough:-) There are recipes for nutty spreads that make it seem like a piece of cake, but that's not what happened. Continue reading

How to survive cold months

_DSC0124It's already March and winter is still here, snow and all. At least here in Finland. I don't know about you, but somehow I always expect at least some hints of spring at this time of year. Wishful thinking, I know:-) I've put together my personal survival guide for cold months. So, whether the cold you're facing is outside, or the common cold has been bothering you, I hope you find this useful. Continue reading

Amazing benefits of hemp

DSC08302Are you craving better sleep? Do you want perfect protein from plant sources? Do you want to balance your hormones? If you haven't included hemp in your diet, you're missing out. Hemp, or Cannabis sativa contains many valuable nutrients and useful cannabinoids. It's a true superfood because of its unique nutritional profile. It's perfect for vegetarians and vegans because it's a source of complete protein. Continue reading

White fish with green vinaigrette

IMG_5727This is my new favourite recipe for white fish. For a long time I had no good fish recipes that I'd enjoy making and that would work every time. Then I saw the original recipe on a great blog by Eva Amurri Martino and I loved it. Eva's version is awesome, it's very easy to make and the flavours are just amazing. I just can't help myself and tweak all recipes, so here's a modified version that serves 2 - 3 people depending on the size of your fish. Continue reading

Favourite natural beauty swaps for conventional personal-care products

DSC07957My friends keep asking me about clean beauty products, so I've decided to occasionally feature products that I’ve tried and liked. My approach to clean beauty is quite simple. I don’t swap everything in my beauty bag. That being said, I have most of my personal-care and beauty products natural, especially the daily essentials because the frequency of use and the amount are key. If you use it every day or multiple times a day, then it should be clean in my opinion. Our skin is the largest organ after all, so for me it makes sense to opt for natural when possible. Continue reading

When was the last time you felt beautiful?

The day I met him I could see through his photographs how he saw me. And I remember thinking, things don't get any better than this. He saw me for how I wanted to be seen. - Nate Berkus on Super Soul Sunday

It's weird how a simple thing like a photo can change your perception. I remember one occasion very clearly because it also inspired me to keep developing my photography. Continue reading

What’s in Nick Cave’s Sick Bag?

imageWhile waiting for Mercy On Me*, a new comic book inspired by Nick Cave, I picked up The SICK BAG Song* to get a fresh dose of my favourite artist. I remember the moment I learnt about Nick Cave like it was yesterday. A friend from work was hopping on a bus and just uttered: “You should check out Nick Cave. I think you’d like him.” Off he went and my life was changed, the spider-like shadow of Nick Cave following me around, inspiring my creations, perfectly describing my emotions in all their contradictions, leading me towards some crazy life choices and never leaving me for long. Continue reading

Have you ever had an affair?

2017-03-16_11-40-32_592 (2017-03-18T16_16_16.071)I've just finished a book about creativity called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and there's one concept in particular that I liked a lot. She talks about treating creativity like an affair - sneaking off, getting glammed up, seducing inspiration and making out intensively with your creative self, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes in a dirty stairwell. Continue reading