Vegan Brownies, a new car and The Girls July #littleloves

It’s been a week where I feel like I’ve not really stopped. I’m currently stood up in my kitchen typing this while figuring our how to simultaneously put my kids to bed and make myself some dinner. The creative and industrious part of my brain has completely checked out and I want to crash out on the sofa (kids asleep and food cooked for me, obvs) and watch Love Island.. don’t you judge me. I usually try and write a nice, warm intro but instead this week you have this rather rambling incoherent paragraph, sorry about that! Moving on…

Here we go then, are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.

 

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I’m meandering my way through The Girls, grabbing a moment here and there to enjoy it. Following Eve as she tells the story of being a teen in a cult, it’s not a heavy going, dark book despite the core content, though I imagine I’m on the precipice of something big. 

I’ve read some really good blog posts this week that have left me feeling affirmed and aspired. The first comes from a lady that has inspired me ever since I stumbled across her in my early days of Instagram, so we’re talking about 5 or 6 years ago. If you’ve been to Blogtacular then you’re probably aware of her, I’m talking about Allison Sadler. Allison, like so many of us has fallen out of love with Instagram and is fed up of being bogged down with worrying about the algorithm (bear with me if you’re not an Instagram fan or user), stressing about likes, interaction and how your grid looks. She’s started up Free Up My Insta in order to help us all shake off the pressure and get back to the innocent love of sharing we once had. You can read her post here or just head straight over to her insta.

Getting away from social media for a minute I just had to share this post from another lady that inspires me daily, Sarah Bessey. This week she’s written about faithfulness and how it’s so often underestimated, the tenacity and ‘digging in’ that’s need not to quit in the tough times. However you read it and apply it I think there’s plenty of gems in there for everyone. Have a read –Keep Not Quitting.

 

watched

I’m still in my Mad Men binge state, and mid way through season 3. Of course, I’ve joined the masses and got sucked into watching Love Island. Oh the shame. I’ve tried to resist but it takes no prisoners!

The mister and I enjoyed watching Why Him? for our Saturday night film. I was so ready for something funny and involving very little brain power and this fit the bill perfectly.

Onto something a little more highbrow, we’ve started the film, The Circle, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Apparently it did so badly on it’s released in the US it has been released straight to Netflix bypassing the UK cinemas. Don’t let that put you off though, we’re only about half an hour in and I’m seriously intrigued. It centres around and ‘Apple’ style huge tech firm and newbie worked Emma Watson, there are lots of dark undertones as we face a dialogue about oversharing/transparency and what is in the public and private domain. It has some serious Black Mirror vibes for sure.

 

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The best vegan brownies EVER! I quickly made them on Sunday morning to take to church for a bring and share lunch. It was a bit of a gamble and I was prepared to run to a shop after church quickly if they went wrong but they were delicious. I know I’ve not had brownies or even dairy for a while but honestly you would never know that they were vegan. I loved them so much I’ve made another batch, and I’m desperately trying not to eat the lot! I’ve tweaked the original recipe and when I’m completely happy with it I’ll post it up so keep an eye out.

Talking of ‘free from’ successes I gave this yeast free pizza recipe a try earlier in the week and it was another big success. My eldest girl adores pizza and misses it massively so I’ve definitely scored some brownie points with this one. Now I just need to find a decent vegan cheese to go on top. It was eaten so fast I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture!

I’ve finally sorted myself out and got round to promoting my new monthly newsletter. It’s been on my ‘to do list’ since last year, and now in July I’m actually doing it. It will be a letter to you and a round up of a few posts and things I’ve been loving and want to share. 

A little while ago I was approached by White Stuff to style their new Rose Tassle Jacket for an ‘alfresco’ lunch, you can see the full post here. It’s such a gorgeous cover up and I cannot wait to wear it at the beach later in the summer. You can see the White Stuff’s blog where I feature alongside another lovely blogger here.

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heard

After driving a car that has been slowly falling apart for the past 18 months I’ve finally replaced it. With lots of my friends being pregnant or with newborns I’ve joked that this Mini is my third baby. We’ve loved having the top down and playing the music loud. Though N was mortified when her sister chose the Trolls soundtrack and we drove past school with it blaring, she was even more embarrassed when I sang along and did a little dance!

Besides Trolls, I’ve been loving this track, Loveblood by Sundra Karma. It’s an old one but it popped up on my Spotify Daily Mix and I’m obsessed.

 

 

and lastly

We’ve got a busy weekend ahead of a swimming gala and a ballet show. Poor N is going to be exhausted! I’m exhausted just trying to keep track of everything! Hopefully we’ll be able to fit in some chill out time in between.

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  • Jade @ Captured By Jade - July 7, 2017 reply

    The brownies look delicious! What a weekend ahead you have – I hope it proves to be a good one.
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  • Kerri-Ann - July 7, 2017 reply

    What a gorgeous round up Morgana. Those brownies and that pizza sound gorgeous! Do share the recipe. I remember seeing the top on your Instagram and it looked lovely. Have a great weekend and good luck for the gala x #littleloves
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  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought - July 7, 2017 reply

    Exciting news about your new car, enjoy! I read The Circle earlier this year and quite enjoyed it so I’ve been looking forward to the film, although I didn’t realise it was available on Netflix right away – will have to make sure I watch it soon. Have a great week 🙂
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  • B - July 7, 2017 reply

    Hope you managed to both eat dinner and put the kids to bed! Those brownies really do sound delicious, look forward to seeing the recipe. The Girls sounds worth a read, with a new baby I feel like my “to read” list is just going to get bigger and bigger for the next year or two..! X
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  • Seaside Sparkles - July 7, 2017 reply

    I am so with you at the moment for needing light and fluffy to relax to, life is so busy I haven’t got the capacity for thinking or studying my books and tv programmes, I just need easy. I look forward to your review of Thd Girls I’ve heard lots of good things about it and am hoping to catch up on it in the holidays. The brownies look delicious. Have a good week.

  • Angela Webster - July 7, 2017 reply

    This time of year seems to get silly busy doesn’t it, I hope you can grab some moments to relax. Hubby and I love ‘Why him?’ it was so funny, one of those films you don’t have to concentrate too much on but gives you a good laugh. I had to chuckle at the Trolls soundtrack, nothing like embarrassing your kids. Have a lovely weekend x
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  • Debbie - July 7, 2017 reply

    Looking forward to that brownie recipe!! I started to watch Mad Men but got distracted by another series. There’s so many good ones to watch and not enough time to do it.
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  • Pamela | Life With Munchers - July 7, 2017 reply

    I really want to try those brownies…. they look amazing! I’m laughing at you cruising with the top down and trolls on xx
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  • Anna-Marie - July 7, 2017 reply

    How amazing does your brownie look!!! Yum. I absolutely love your tattoo! I know I have said before how good it is, but every time I see it, I always want another! Saw your car over on Insta-stories! Love it!! Have a wonderful weekend xx
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  • Helen - July 7, 2017 reply

    Oo those vegan brownies sound and look incredible! Exciting news about getting a new car – I recently had to do the same, as my old car was getting very unreliable. It’s such a good feeling not having to worry about breaking down 🙂
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  • Jenny - July 7, 2017 reply

    I will have to check out these brownies for my dad see if he likes it. Sounds tasty. Loved your fashion post and this top is just gorgeous on you babes. Love the snap. Fashionista. Oh I just sorted out a new newsletter that’s been on my list for two years hahahaha But I still need a few tweaks to it. Love your badge for yours.

  • claire - July 7, 2017 reply

    I’m glad you are finding some great free from recipes. Love the sound of your new car. I’m off to read Allisons blog. I’d seen the hashtag on instagram but didn’t realise there was a blog post as well. Signed up to your newsletter too.
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  • Vicki @ tippytupps - July 7, 2017 reply

    I’ve been dragged into Love Island this year too…..I couldn’t help it. I’m hooked! #LittleLoves
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  • RachelSwirl - July 7, 2017 reply

    Mmm the vegan brownies sound awesome! Yum

  • Chantal - Capturing These Days - July 8, 2017 reply

    Those brownies look so good! I use a vegan recipe for mine too and find they are often more gooey that regular brownies! I’m reading The Girls too but I definitely haven’t reached the main part of the story yet. Exciting news about your new car! I’m about to have my very first one and really excited xx
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  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too - July 8, 2017 reply

    I can’t wait to see your Vegan Brownie recipe, they sound delicious.
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  • Emma - July 8, 2017 reply

    Ooh, I recently added The Circle to my list. The premise sounds really intriguing. Not sure if I should read the book first though…?
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  • Erin - July 9, 2017 reply

    I would love one of those vegan brownies right now! I’m glad you shared Allison Sader’s post, I’m heading to read that next. That’s a cute white tassel jacket!

  • Tracey Williams - July 9, 2017 reply

    Whilst I have not joined in with ‘free up my insta’ I have been loving seeing everybodies pictures. It’s true that we can all get bogged down with each social media from time to time. Your brownies always look so yummy, and I hope N isn’t too tired from all her activities this weekend x
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  • rachel TURONE - July 9, 2017 reply

    Hey lovely, are you vegan? I didn’t know! But those brownies sound divine.. For vegan cheese i love the Violife for taste.. granted its not the best melter but it tastes good. Tesco currently have a mozzarella type cheese that we used in lasagne last week and it turned out great!X

  • Sarah Christie - July 9, 2017 reply

    Oh i so get why people are feeling like this with Instagram it is so annoying to the point I am not worrying about likes any more and just enjoying posting and enjoying peoples feeds. I hope the weekend went well we have had a lovely chill today its been great x
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  • Chantal - Capturing These Days - July 10, 2017 reply

    Your vegan brownies sound absolutely delicious! I use a vegan recipe for mine too and think they are so much yummier and squishier than regular ones! I’m reading The Girls too – it’s the book for Stacie’s twitter book club so you should definitely take part if you’re around! xx
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  • Nicola Young - July 11, 2017 reply

    This time of year is crazy busy, with schools trying to fit everything in before they go off for the summer. I can relate to how you are feeling. The whole debate of social media is a tough one. You need it but too much it, well, too much. I think I manage because I don’t have that many followers!

  • Debbie | An Organised Mess - July 11, 2017 reply

    Those brownies look lush!! And I love your White Stuff top – my mum would never let me wear white (something to do with the ‘Calamity Jane’ label) and I’m still not brave enough to prove her wrong 😉 but your top looks great for accommodating our random weather. You will definitely have to feature your new car, especially if it’s your baby. I had my dream car before babies and sold it because of them (not enough room for three car seats), but am coming out the other side and would love some inspiration. x
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  • Gail - July 12, 2017 reply

    Love the look of the brownies – thanks for sharing the recipe, must try them 🙂
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