Easy vegan Chilli recipe

When the cold nights start rushing in and the rain is lashing off the windows and I’ve just travelled home from work, I love nothing more than to be at home, in my cosy pj’s sitting down to some nice warm home made chilli. I started using this recipe about 3 years ago and make it all the time during the winter months. It fills you up so easy and that kick of spice is the perfect way to shake off the winter colds. The best thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to make, really versatile and I always make enough that I can use another time.

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Ingredients you will need:

¼ cup coconut oil

2 onions rough chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 tbls smoked paprika

1 tbls chili powder

¼ cup tomato paste

1 can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed

1 can baked beans,

1 can chickpeas beans, drained & rinsed

12-14 tomatoes on the vine, chopped & divided in half

½ cup of red lentils, rinsed

1-3 cups water S

Process:

In a large heavy bottom pot, add coconut oil, once hot, add onions, ½ of the chopped tomatoes and garlic and saute for 3-5minutes until softened, season with salt. Add Chilli powder (or flakes) and smoked paprika, tomato paste and stir well for about 15min. You can then add rinsed and drained lentils and 1 cup water, to bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to simmer and cook uncovered for a further 15min. Add the remaining beans and tomatoes ( you can also another 1 cup of water if chili seems to dry) – now cover and cook or heat through for another 10-15min. Once finished you can serve with some rice or have a hefty helping on it’s own

 

Note: You can whatever ingredients you want to this chilli which makes it so versatile. I often find that I’ll have maybe some ingredients and not others so whatever beans, peas or even sweetcorn you have in the cupboard then use them to pad the dish out. It’ll add new flavours and new textures that you think might not work but end up tasting AMAZING!

 

 

Tips for moving:

HELLO!

As you can see from my last post I have just moved in with my boyfriend and I wanted to share with you some of my tips for moving.

 

  1. Moving your hanging items: 

I prefer to hang all my clothes than fold them away in drawers (saves on ironing haha) and I remember when I first moved I took everything off the hangers, put it into suitcases moved it then had to hang it all back up NIGHTMARE! This is the fourth flat I have moved into so now I’m pretty much a seasoned vet and use this little trick for moving all my clothes. These are the tie handle bin bags which you can buy from pretty much every grocery store and all you do is open it out, slip your clothes in and pull it tight, once tight wrap the strings around the hanger. It’s so much easier to move from one place to another and means you can just hang your clothes up straight away and not add something else to the pile when moving,

 

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2. Easy storage: 

I genrally have a lot of stuff. I’m a little bit of a hoarder and although I got rid of a lot of things when I moved in to the flat I had a lot of shoes and bags to transport. Piled together these can be very heavy and awkward to move but I used these bags to help me do it. THEY FIT EVERYTHING and what is best is once you have moved you can use these to store anything! I use them for like sheets, blankets, extra pillows etc. and they cost like £1.49 which doesn’t break the bank and you so much use out of them.

 

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So those are my best tips for moving. These are a must have and make your life so much easier!

 

Has anyone else got any tips?

Head on over to my instagram @thisisyourlastchance__  to keep up with my day to do routines!

 

Much love,

 

Natalie

xx

October…

MORNING!!

It’s been a minute hasn’t it? Well let me fill you in on why I have been so quiet and it all started where most of the best stories start…in a pub:

Bubs and I decided to have a little date night in our little local. Just a get a bit dolled up, have a few drinks kind of evening. We were sat there a few drinks in and Bubs said “are you serious about this whole moving in thing?” To which I was like DUHHHHHH but actually replied ” yeh, of course I would love to live with you.” So we get on our phones and he found this quite little flat, 2 bedrooms, absolutely beautiful and in our price range, so that was that, we decided to look at it.

As you can imagine everything kind of fell in to place from there, viewed that flat, got all the paperwork and money for the flat waited a few days and then we got told…

 

WE COULD MOVE IN!

That is right folks, I am officially an adult, I live with my wonderful boyfriend in our cute wee flat and everything feels just perfect.

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This is our living room. All the furniture and decor is all ours. I love the brick, that was what made me fall in love with the flat n the first place . I’ve tried to make it as cosy as possible and as you can tell I love a photo! All of them are of friends and family or are pictures of me and Bubs.

 

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We have a cosy fireplace and I think it’s beautiful! That mirror of mine I’ve had for years and has followed me from flat to flat, I think it’s just wonderful. I can’t wait for cosy winter nights where Bubs and I can just cuddle up in front of the fire.

Now we are all officially moved in and our internet is all sorted I will have more time to keep you up to date. If you keep up with my instagram you can get a day to day account of my day.

Well I hope everyone has a glorious day, it looks like a nice day out so might go for a walk later.

I’m going to IKEA on sunday with Bubs mum and sister so look out for a blog post at the start of the week to see my haul.

 

 

Much love,

 

Natalie

xx

Wait… let me take a selfie

One of the things people recognise me for is my love of a selfie. I am that friend on a night out with the camera ready to take pics of all the best moments. I love taking pictures and keeping memories (believe me you should look at my camera roll.. I am a picture hoarder!) I am a self proclaimed selfie queen and believe me I could rival Kim Kardashian and her love of selfies.

I read an article lately about a woman who had posted all these beautiful images on Instagram and behind each image there was a story. It wasn’t a story about the image itself but more what was happening in her life at the time. It got me thinking how honest are we really when we are taking pictures? Not only how honest are we with our followers but how honest are we with ourselves?

The images above I took when I was actually really ill. I’ve been getting horrid chest pains and some days the pain can be crippling. It’s hard to explain what exactly is wrong but it’s basically my bones are all inflamed. Looking at those photos you can’t tell that I was in pain and that’s because I don’t feel the need to let people know that I’m in pain all the time. I would rather pull silly faces and live my best life. Am I being dishonest? I wouldn’t think so I am just wanting to focus on the positive things in my life than the pain. My smiles are all real and I’m just having fun!

So here’s my advice: do what you want to do! Take silly pictures, post your outfits of the day, laugh, cry, whatever you want! At the end of the days social media is an extension of you and what you want to show.

Much love,

The selfie queen ✌🏻👑

Metallic accents…

Imagine, walking down a street on a warm summer’s day. The sun is bouncing of the pavement and wrapping you in it’s warm glow and suddenly a shimmer, or is it a sparkle? Something flashes in the summers air and taunts you to come near. What is it? you wonder as your curiosity peaks and you search for the source. It whispers to you through the rays and the glistening light devours you making you want more… and there it is, the perfect shining pieces of metal, crafted into this seasons latest trend.

Scandi style living room in farrow & ball pavilion gray and that La Redoute Berber rug!
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I have been really into home decor lately and looking and different ways to add something a little bit extra to my home when I move. One trend that I always seem to come back to is metallics. Metallics are so versatile and can be mixed with all sorts of styles and colours. One of my favourite colour-ways at the moment is grey and pink. Call me a girl but I think it’s very romantic, and the bright airy feeling gives you a feeling of fantasy.  Adding in the metallic accents give it a bit of an edge. It goes from this airy fantasy feeling to that of mystery and intrigue.

 

Here are some of my favourite pieces at the moment:

 

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B&M Hepburn copper side table – £34.99
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B&M Metallic Photo frames 4X6″ – £1.99

B&M have been upping their game lately when it comes to homewares. This table and picture frame is just a few of the things they have in their metallic range. Honestly every time i go in I find more and more stuff I want. I could probably re-decorate every week and still find more stuff I would want to put in my house. Definitely worth a visit if you want a bargain!

http://www.ebay.co.uk Solid colour metallic cushion – £4.99 

This cushion I found on Ebay is a dream! not only has it got the metallics but that lovely pink blush colour that I’m into. Ebay is great for one off finds, but sometimes you do need to dig around for a while until you find the right product for you.

Metallic Ceramic Planter (15cm x 9cm)
Matalan Metallic Ceramic Planter (15cm) – £5.00

This planter from Matalan is to die for! I love plants and think something as simple as a plant with a pretty pot like this one can add so much to a room. I like this one so much though because it is something different. The shapes, the colours and even the structure of it make it something really unique and if you’re on a budget it is worth every penny.

 

I love this trend but I am not sure if it’s something my boyfriend would go for. Has anyone moved in with their boyfriend for the first time? How easy/hard was it to decide on the decor? Leave you’re answers below.

 

My relationship with food:

I have a very good relationship with food, or so I thought. I’m not a fussy eater, I will try anything at least once, I always clear my plate and am always panning my next meal. I love to cook and discover new tastes and flavours and mix things up and I love to eat!

Many a time have I turned to food as my comfort and I thought nothing of it until recently. Am i stress eating? is this the way I am now coping with stress? Before in my old job I didn’t eat because of stress, am i now overcompensating for that? There is a sort of comfort in eating and savouring every flavour, and that sensation feel at that moment in time like pure enjoyment.  The more I think about it the more I think that my relationship with food isn’t that healthy at all. I wish I could be like one of those people who could control everything that I ate but sometimes I feel myself being completely out of control. A lot of it has to do with boredom. I think that on a normal day I have about 1000 things to do at any one time but when I have a day off I find it really hard to get in to a routine of no snacking or finding something to do that will take up my entire day.

After my little revelation though I have been looking at what I am eating and have started to say no, or not have as much as I usually do. Knowing when I am too full and reacting to it is something that I struggle with especially if I am enjoying my meal. I would rather stuff my face until I was too full to move than admit defeat and leave some. I am getting better at it but I would be a lot better.

From this point forward though I am going to say no! No to eating out of boredom! No to eating because I am stressed! No to seconds! No to snacking! and Yes to a healthier life.

 

Here’s to our health!

 

Much love,

 

 

Natalie

xx

Is there a fascinator etiquette?

It is officially SUMMER! and one of the main events of the summer for most people are WEDDINGS! yes folks, that is right, get your best church dresses out and stick that fascinator on your head because ladies…. it’s wedding time!

I have been invited to a wedding at the very start of August. Unfortunately I can’t stay for the whole day but I am going to the church part, so with that I have a very specific look that I am trying to go for. I can’t be too blingy, too dressy, dress can’t be too long, can’t have big poofy shoulders and definitely not too sexy (I’m looking at you miss Sophie Turner of GOT.. why? just why would you wear that?). As a plus size girl I find it hard to find a dress to fit in to those parameters because everything and i mean EV-RE-THING is exactly like that. All I want is a simple dress that I can maybe dress up a little with some jewellery or have a nice enough pattern on it that I don’t need to. There are times when I can find the perfect dress and it’s like £100+ and I’m like “I ain’t spending that type of money to wear a dress for a few hours and only wear it once. no thank you.” and the other thing that is really putting me off this season are the colours as they are… horrendous. All everyone seems to have is like bright primary colour red, green or blue or a highlighter yellow dress. Then on the flip side of that the pinky, nude, peachy colour that I can’t wear because I’m so pale and because I’ve just highlighted my hair it would not go. STRESS!!

To add to all my worries and woes about dresses I’m already planning the accessories because when you have a look in your head you want to make sure it is styled to perfection. I have seen a pair of gold shoes that I like which are to die for! they are so pretty! and they are totally the kind of investment I need in my life right now. They are by Michelle Keegan for Very and you can purchase them here. Just look how pretty they are:

Apart from the shoes though, I can’t really make a decision on anything else. I have tried to not think about the shoes and try to find the dress first, I even know what kind of colour I want for my dress (navy blue). I was thinking about wearing a fascinator because I think they are so fun, and with it being summer, and being in a stuffy church for a few hours in the morning you’ll sweat a bit and your hair might mess up so it would hide your imperfections but is there an etiquette for wearing one? Do you have to be in the family circle to wear one? do you have to be in the best friend circle? can anybody wear one? do you have to take it off during the service? all these questions just for one little hair accessory. To answer them myself I’m still not sure but hopefully when I get my outfit together I will know what feels right and what doesn’t.

Apart from the getting ready for a wedding, I actually love weddings. I’m super excited myself to get married one day and on my invitations it shall read “fascinators welcome” just as a heads up to all those ladies who are just unsure.

Does anyone else have any other wedding stress? wether it be guest, family member, bride or groom. Let me know in the comments below.

Much love,

Natalie xx