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Hey Megan’s Little Blog, I read your Tattoo Tag and it inspired me… So, here goes!

1. How many tattoos do you have?

I have just the one tattoo. People always say “once you get one you’ll want more”, as they’re apparently addictive… I want one more and only one more, my future husband’s name/initials tattooed on my finger. That’s all.

2. What is your favourite tattoo?

My favourite tattoo would have to be the one I’ve yet to have inked on to me…

3. How old were you when you got your first tattoo?

I was 25 (and still 25). I’ve talked a good game of wanting one since I was 20 years old… I waited until I found the right one because I wanted a Pegasus at first, but it was too detailed for the wrist and I’m not a fan of big tattoos on myself so I was reluctant.

4. What do your parent’s think about your tattoos?

You’ll laugh if I tell you my mum actually chose mine! She always said she wanted a butterfly or a heart tattooed on her back/shoulder personally, but that she wouldn’t be able to stand the pain, so I got one of a four-leaf clover instead.

5. Did you always have a love for tattoos?

I love art in general. Body art is just as nice. Although, I’ve got to admit I’m not a fan of full-body or over done ones. Like, if you can no longer see the person’s skin, it’s too much imo. Different strokes for different blokes/blokettes though… Rock it, and do you – always!

6. What was your inspiration?

I like unique things that people wouldn’t usually choose at first thought. So, the four-leaf clover was something I hadn’t seen before, but something with symbolism and meaning. I chose it based on the meaning. Also, it was around the time of St Patrick’s Day, I’m not Irish nor do I live in Ireland but I wanted some luck.

7. Do you plan on getting more tattoos in the future?

Yes. See Q1 and Q2 for #TattooInspo.

8.Which tattoo was the most painful?

None. If I had to say which bit hurt most it’ll have to be the outline. The rest didn’t hurt at all.

Mind you, I have to go in for an infill of one of the leaves – so my answer could change! One of the leaves got way too scabby, and when it peeled off, most of the detailing came off with it… 😿

This reminds me, I’ve got to book it this week. Thanks!

9. Do you regret any of your tattoos?

No. I would never get one done if I was going to regret it…

This is exactly why I waited until 25 to get one. If I had gotten one at the time I began wanting one, I’d have regretted it. I waited for the time when I knew what I wanted, and waited for my mum to approve it before going through with it.

10. What was your least painful tattoo?

See Q8.

11  What did you use when it was healing?

I was told to use Bepanthan. Hated it. I then started using LUSH’s Celestial, it was so much better. You could even use Cocoa Butter.

12. What’s the best aftercare?

L’Oréal Tattoo Reviver #NEVERFADE! It’s boss. Honestly, it really refreshes any tattoo. Not that mine has been on long enough to need it, but it just enhances and brightens the colour up. I love it.

I put a poll out on Twitter, and out of my 1,550+ followers, one of them voted for Everything. So, this is a post that has a bit of everything

It’ll have entertainment in the form of the above embedded Facebook video… It’ll have me discussing this alleged “beauty treatment” (or lack of it), and it’ll also have a life lesson along with another quick mention of everyone’s favourite: Bae! 💖

Let’s get the negatives out the way first, shall we? I’ll start by asking: WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL must’ve happened for a beautician or therapist to think wasting nachos, queso and cheese by placing them on another person could be “healing”?! If we thought applying makeup using a boiled egg was morbid, what the SAM HECK is this?!

I had never heard anything like this until I saw it. I – just, words actually fail me… I wish I didn’t see it in the first place tb…

Imagine that CHEESE though?! That cheese… Those nachos… Those jalapeños… Why? “Why’re you doing that, wo/man???” My God! 🙀

There are people starving and these people are wasting an abundant supply of this by bathing people in them as a means of “healing” SBMH (shake both my hands). 🤝

What happened to essential oils? What happened to sensual messages? Even acupressure? … Why is society wasting good food?

One thing this video has done though is turned people off nachos for life! There are things that – once seen – can never go unseen; this being one them… I have absolutely no words. Just – none.

Apparently, this is “healing”. I’m sure EATING it would be more healing than being covered in it… Then again, I don’t have a diploma in Beauty Therapy nor Nacho-Homosapien-Soaking.

Still, after throwing up about seven times, I did find the funny side. I mean, you’ve got to with stuff like this, haven’t you?

Let’s get onto the positives! 😃 This guy (receiving this treatment) is obviously living the dream! Imagine being lathered in that cheese like it’s sun lotion… He must’ve been in Nachos Heaven when this video was filmed; just look at his smug, goggles-wearing face. 🤣

The life lesson:

DON’T DO IT.

IF IN DOUBT, EAT THE NACHOS! DON’T RUN BATHS IN THEM.

YOU’LL STINK, YOU’LL LOOK LIKE A RIGHT PLEB, AND PROBABLY GET A SKIN DISEASE, SALMONELLA OR ECOLI.

The mention of bae:

Wanna tweet or nah? 💖

I was a pesky pescatarian when I was at Uni, wasn’t I? Yes, I was. My Uni was in Ealing and there were a number of good sushi places around, so I got accustomed to the consumption of fish like it was tap water.

If you know me, you know I love to cook. I’m in no way a Nigella, probably more a younger Mrs. Doubtfire (who’s yet to set the kitchen or her non-existent big fabric breasts on fire)…

This is a recipe for two. If you have a S/O who enjoys salmon, this’d be a nice treat! It’s so easy and quick to do, you’ll honestly love it – if you love Vietnamese food or anything authentic.

  • 25g (1oz) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (or stock?)
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic (you wouldn’t want to wear cloves on a night out)
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • Spring onions to decorate

Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl (fish sauce/stock, sugar, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and ginger), add the salmon, then use a pastry brush to spread the marinade evenly over it. Cover the now marinated fish in tin-foil or cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

If you’re planning on cooking this outside, grill the salmon on a BBQ for about seven minutes each side. Alternatively, cook in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 for eight to 12 minutes.

Finally, scatter the spring onion over the salmon before serving. Devour. 😋

So, I’ve decided to trial ‘Beauty Hack or Beauty Whack’ – a feature on my blog dedicated to stuff I find on the Internet which claim to “change your life“. First up is something I touched on yesterday… The experiment that claims to revert premature grey/white/silver hair to its natural colour.

Was I sold before trying it?

Look, a girl can dream, right..? As much as I’d hoped it would, I knew it wasn’t actually going to (least of all on the first try)…

Come on, I’m an optimist, positivist and someone who has hopes, dreams and aspirations – but I’m also not stupid or gullible – over stuff like this, anyway!

The overruling reason as to why I wanted to try this was because I know the benefits of applying lemon juice onto the hair and coconut oil too – so putting it on my hair for those reasons Justified it.

What you’ll need:

Juice of a lemon (3-4 tablespoons) 🍋

Coconut oil (4 table spoons, or enough to cover your hair)

As I said, this hack isn’t just for those who suffer from premature greys/whites/silvers from leading stress-free lives, waking up to rainbows above their beds, and singing Teletubbies… Oh no! You could do it just to boost the condition of your hair, making it healthier.

What you’ll need to do:

Mix the lemon juice and coconut oil together (melted, liquid consistency), and lather on your hair root/scalp to tip. Then, leave the solution on your hair for one hour, before washing off with a non-harsh shampoo and conditioner.

What does Coconut Oil do for the hair?

Coconut oil helps to condition the hair and scalp, it also strengthens the hair, treats the damaged and promotes hair growth. I knew all of that from before, but apparently – coconut oil also helps reverse greys and stop/prevent dandruff.

I find the latter hard to believe, I’ll tell you why… If you’re coating your hair with Organic coconut oil (with bits) you’re going to look like you have dandruff, even when you know it’s just shavings of coconuts.

The people you meet out and about don’t know that, do they? 😆 I’m speaking from experience…

What does lemon juice do?

Obviously lemon juice includes vitamin B, vitamin C, and phosphorus – this nourishes the hair, treats the root cause (pun intended) of greys, and claims to prevent premature greying.

I’m sure it does, don’t get me wrong, but if someone could’ve possibly called me up before I discovered my first grey and told me: “BATHE IN LEMON JUICE!” I think it would’ve helped more than telling me after finding my 6th…

Did the experiment work?

LOL. Major diluted LOL. Can we just laugh. Can you just accept my answer is LOL. Did you really think it would work in just one try? Come on now… The only way this’d work is if it was mixed in with the age old thing called HAIR DYE. That’s the only way you’ll get your natural hair colour back and reverse the grey!

It does say do this twice a week to see results – but I’m sceptical and don’t believe it… I’ll be doing this just because I like the way my hair feels and looks afterwards. It’s cheap, affordable and natural. My hair feels shinier, healthier and is easier to manage. No more ‘Russell Brand: The Early Days’ for me.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter LoveBunnies! 😉

I thought I’d come online quickly and write up a ‘Cook/Bake with Mii‘ post, because why the heck not?!

Here are a list of a few things (non-chocolate related) I’d recommend you make, bake and eat during the Easter weekend…

Boiled eggs

My current addiction. You know how to make boiled eggs right?! 😆

  1. Eggstreamly good eggs
  2. “WAT?!”er
  3. “(Hot) Sauce in your PAN, boil!”
  4. A hob(knob) ‘pon the cooker

Bisch, basch, BOSCH (the probable brand of your oven)!

Pop the eggs in the saucepan, pour the water over them until covered, then sprinkle some salt and boil.

When your saucepan starts looking less like a saucepan and more like an explosive scientific experiment, that’s your cue to take it off.

Hot Cross Buns

A traditional treat… We all love a Hot Cross Bun, don’t we? I love mine dipped in maple syrup or honey for an even sweeter taste.

Do you want a recipe for them? Of Kors you do!

  • 175g mixed dried fruit (loops)
  • 1 ORANGE, zest (for life)
  • 7g sachet of fast-action dried yeast(er)
  • 175g cast-er-vote ✅ sugar
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk, warm, plus 1 tbsp milk to glaze (milk it for all it’s worth-it 😉💖) 
  • 600g (“flour game) strong” white bread flour
  • tsp mixed spice (at this point, you could even sprinkle some PERi-PERi salt) 😍
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (“Ahoy! Cinna-mon-timbers!”)
  • whole nutmeg, to grate (you may want to spare your nutty friend Meg though cos she weren’t to blame for the boogie).
  • 75g unsalted butter, softened, plus 1 tbsp melted butter (BUT- BUTTER! Not marge, not lard — BUTTER!)
  • medium free-range egg, good yolks only (the ones that cause an abundance of “hahahaha”s)
  • 50g plain flour (wallflowers are best)

Mix together the dried fruit and ORANGE zest (for life) in a bowl(aroid). Set aside, collaborate and listen. Put the Yeast(er) in a jug(gernaut) with 15g caster sugar (lumps). Pour over 4 tbsp warm milk and leave to foam (like Colgate) for 5 minutes.

In a food processor, pulse the flour (like every time I see bae’s selfies, I eat my own ones – pulsate), 110g caster sugar, a pinch (not punch 👊 though cos we’re mid-month) of salt, the mixed spice, cinnamon, a good grating of nutmeg (Nutty Meg at it again, can’t take her ANYWHERE!) and the softened butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (K-Leeds to the FC). 💖

Tip into a large bowl and make a well (try throwing a new pound coin in and making a wish) in the centre. Pour in the yeast mixture and most of the remaining milk. Mix to a sticky dough, adding more milk if needed.

Tip on to a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic (hopefully not like my hair was when I went blonde).

Add the dried fruits and zest mixture and knead (again?! How “kneady” is this bread?!) until combined. Put in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.

Press the dough into a rectangular shape (like its a golden buzzer on BGT). Then, ‘Divide’ (like Ed Sheeran’s album) and ‘Shape (Of You)‘ into 16 balls of equal size. Place them, almost touching, on baking trays lined with baking parchment.

Cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place until doubled in size and joined together – this may take up to an hour, depending on the temperature.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 230°C/fan 210°C/gas mark 8. Beat the egg yolk (like you’re MJ) with 1 tbsp milk and gently brush the (squeezy 😉) buns with the mixture.

Mix together the plain flour and 1 tbsp melted butter with 4 tbsp water to form a paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a plain nozzle and pipe a cross on the top of each bun. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas mark 5, and bake for a further 10-15 minutes until risen and golden. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

In a small pan, gently heat the remaining sugar with 2 tbsp water to dissolve. Bring to the boil, then brush over the cooled buns. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Roast Lamb

I don’t eat lamb (often) at all! My diet mainly consists of chicken, vegetables and fish – I hardly even eat beef… So, I can’t really put a recipe of Roast Lamb because I don’t usually cook with it. Sunday roasts, for my household, is usually made up of chicken or fish (very rarely pork). However, I have come across some pretty experimental roast lamb recipes here.

Bread

Bread is life. Obviously it’s a huge deal around Easter, that and wine… 🍷 Although, saying that, wine is a huge thing 364/5 days-a-year for most of us. 🤣

Have you tried making your own? (Bread)

You don’t even need a bread maker to make some… Here’s a recipe for making some bread without all the technology…

You Knead These (100%)

Shake the flour, salt and yeast (like a Polaroid Picture) in a large bowl. After they’ve been well and truly shaken (not stirred), create a wishing well in the centre, and pour in the oil and water into it. All that’s left (of this bit) is to then Little Mix well.

If the dough seems a little “stiff(en that upper lip – Mockingbird)”, poor 1-2 EGGstra tablespoons of H2O, mix well then tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and start kneading it like I do you…

Once the dough is ‘satin-smooth’ (if it’s “satin-smooth”, you might want to start considering the options of wearing it as lingerie tonight instead) transfer it into a slightly oiled bowl.

Leave to rise for 1 hour (with a teatoowl over it) until it’s x2 in size. Alternatively, you could put it in the fridge and leave it there overnight (just cling-film it).

Line your baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back your Rise (not Fall) dough (like you would 45 jägers on a Stag/Hen do), then gently mould the dough into a ball.

Place it on the baking parchment to prove (because that dough ain’t making its way into your belly until it’s proven itself to you!) for a further hour until it’s doubled in size.

After its a quadruple times bigger than it was at first, heat your oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

Sprinkle a light dusting of flour on the loaf and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of it, then put it in to bake for 25-30 mins (until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath).

Leave to cool on a (not coat) rack.

Carrots

This one’s for the Easter Bunny. You could just eat carrot cake if you don’t like eating them raw… If you end up eating more slices than you bargained for, needing to visit the dentist on Tuesday – don’t worry,  he’ll probably sing you Ed Sheeran!

However, if you don’t mind raw “oranges” (carrots are oranges not greens), just munch on some carrots. Besides, they’ll help you see things clearer. For instance, when someone knows you’re an absolute BAE! 💖