DIY: AVOCADO FACE MASK


This month, with our little blog team, we decided to share some lovely winter themed DIY ideas. So what would be better than pampering yourself with a fresh, homemade avocado face mask? 
This avocado face mask will moisturise your dry winter skin & I personally, enjoy the results. 

// Tässä kuussa, pienen blogitiimimme kanssa, päätettiin jakaa kaikki omat talviaiheiset DIY ideat. Mikä olisikaan siis parempaa kuin hemmotella itseäsi tuoreella, kotitekoisella avokado kasvonaamiolla? Avokado kasvonaamio kosteuttaa kuivan talvisen ihon ja itse ainakin henkilökohtaisesti nautin lopputuloksesta. 

MY PREGNANCY IN A NUTSHELL


THE BEGINNING

The beginning of the pregnancy went down pretty well. I wasn't feeling nauseous at all, although - I was living in a constant fear. What if this baby won't stick in my belly? What if once again I'm doing something wrong and this little creature in my belly decides that he won't be sticking around? All the what ifs rolled over my head millions of times during a day. That combined with the stress about the co-operation negotiations at work and everything that happened at work after negotiations I was pretty sure I was going to lose my mind. I mean, who gets pregnant during the most stressful time of her life, meaning that she needs to quit smoking at the same time. To quit that one thing that kept me calm during, well - most of the things.
After all, quitting smoking was the easiest thing I've done these past six months. When I found out I was pregnant on 20th of June 2016 I stopped in a wall. After that, there's only one cigarette I've smoked and that's because I was so angry about something that happened between me and one of the friends I thought was a close friend of mine.

10 PHOTO PROP IDEAS


As you might know, one of my goals for 2017 is to up my blog photography game (okay, who's isn't?) and I decided to start it with scrolling through ideas via Pinterest. 
There are two things I've never done - thought of photo props and scrolled through Pinterest. 

I felt that these kinds of posts have been helping me, so why wouldn't I share with you what I've learned during these past months of scrolling and sucking the inspiration?

WHY LUSH ROSE JAM SHOWER GEL ISN’T FOR ME?

You might know that I'm a huge fan of Lush. There haven't been a product that has disappointed me, but have we gotten to a point when there actually is a product that I don't enjoy using? 


ROSE JAM SHOWER GEL | LUSH

As I told you before, I haven't been enjoying using this product. As much as I love Lush and their products, this one has got some serious issues with me. I bought a new shower gel before Christmas, this Rose Jam shower gel because I had run out of my old shower gel. I was thinking "yeah, it smells like roses, so that might be the one for me as I like the scent in general."
Well, this one doesn't - at least to my nose - smell like roses. For me, it mostly reminds me of Karjala beer (Finnish brand of beer), that has been opened 5 hours ago and left on the table. I really don't know why, though, it might be because of my pregnancy that I really don't enjoy the smell of this or then it's just bad in general.
Otherwise, the product is basic Lush. It makes your skin feel so lovely after showering and the scent stays on your skin for a quite a while. This is absolutely wonderful for ones who enjoy the harsh smell of roses and for ones who won't smell the beer instead of the actual scent lol!

Have you tried this shower gel before? What did you think of it? 


SWEET POTATO SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK


INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic nails
  • 500g sweet potatoes
  • 1 jar of tomato purée
  • 1/2 red chilli (completely optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable fondué
  • 4dl coconut milk
  • 6dl water
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • salt & pepper for seasoning

HOW TO ROLL WITH IT?
  1. Remove seeds from the chilli, peel onion & garlic. Cut them into small pieces and sweat them in the oil. 
  2. Peel the sweet potato and slice it into small cubes. Add it to the pot with water, salt & fondué. Boil them until sweet potatoes are soft, then add tomato purée and coconut milk. Poach them for a while. 
  3. Mash the soup with a hand blender, add water if the soup is too thick. 
  4. Season with pepper if needed. 
TIP: Serve with fresh cheese bread.






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DREAMING OF LABOUR | 39 WEEKS PREGNANT


HEY-OO, today we're 39 weeks pregnant. 
There's only one week before the due date.

5 MOST POPULAR POSTS IN 2016


Well, hello! 

Today, I decided to do a little throwback back to 2016 (yeah, I know, we're all so over 2016 by now), and share 5 most popular blog posts over at Little Things With Jassy in 2016. 
I did a little gather up last year too, so why not continue the tradition?

SNEAK PEEK TO OUR BEDROOM


The bedroom is one of the places in our apartment I really enjoy hanging out. Mostly because I love to sleep and secondly because I absolutely am loving that little creative space in our bedroom I created in December. I've been hanging out in our bedroom a lot lately. Maybe it's because of the maternity leave or then again it might be because it looks so pretty. Who knows? I just love everything cosy & that's exactly what our bedroom is like. 

I love to fill our bed with all those decorative pillows and I've got a plenty of different options for duvet covers I've been hoarding for us during these years I've been living on my own. Or well, with J. It's so important to me that the bedroom looks like you want to wrap yourself in it and I've noticed that I've been sleeping way better when the environment is visually appealing to me. I don't know, I'm  a visual person haha! 

We have also finally proceeded in our lives and we have managed to get that lovely World Map board on our wall. We bought it back in February 2016 from Ikea, so it was about the time already. Gosh, do you ever buy something and then you're just forgetting it existence and end up finding pretty stuff you've bought ages ago from the back of your closet? That's what is happening to us pretty often. 


PASTA WITH COLD SMOKED SALMON

So yeah, we've been trying this new thing. Including fish to our weekly eats. I'm having some serious baby steps with this because I don't eat fish. I hate the smell and I absolutely hate the taste. Then again, I've got my husband and well - there's soon a baby who won't be that much of a baby anymore and will eat you know, food at some point, so fish is kind of a good thing to include in the table sometimes. I don't want them to miss out on things I really don't enjoy. So, I decided that few times a month, I'm trying to cook something from fish. A couple of days ago, I decided that I'd make a pasta with cold smoked salmon and I survived. Gosh, I survived. 


PASTA WITH COLD SMOKED SALMON
(serves four) 

INGREDIENTS: 

- 350g pasta
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic nail
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 200g cream cheese
- 1dl crème fraîche
- 75g fresh spinach
- 250g cold smoked salmon
- 1 lemon peel & juice
- salt & pepper
- parmesan cheese

HOW TO ROLL WITH IT? 

1. Dice the onion & garlic. Sweat them in the oil for a little while. 
2. Add spinach to the pan, fry them as long as the spinach gets softer and water starts to disappear. Add grated lemon peel and season the mix with salt and pepper. 
3. Add cream cheese & crème fraîche, season with lemon juice - carefully. Poach for a while. 
4. Cook the pasta al dente, pour the water away and then add the sauce from the pan to the pasta. 
5. Add sliced cold smoked salmon and finish the dish with some parmesan cheese. 


This was surprisingly easy to make when all I did with the fish was took it out of the package and placed it on the pasta. Gosh, why do I hate fish so much? 
J, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy this a lot - so we shall give it another try next month. Or you know, some day. 


DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT & MATERNITY CLINIC VISITS | 38 WEEKS PREGNANT


Today, we're 38 weeks pregnant. 

There has been a lot going on lately. Or well, not lately - but very recently. Stuff that I haven't had time to mention about before. Let's start with our second doctor's appointment.

HUGE WISHLIST | SPRING 2017


It's time for another wish list. You might remember the wish list I created before Winter last year and it quickly became one of the most-read blog posts at the time, so I thought a little Spring edition wouldn't be bad. I absolutely love making these wish lists, although - at the moment I don't really have money to buy anything but you know, part of me feels okay with just making a blog post and scrolling through all the websites without actually buying anything. All the product pictures belong to the websites I gathered them and you can find links to all the products underneath the pictures. This also is not a sponsored post so if you go and click the links & buy something - I don't get anything from it. Let's go to the list! 

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DENIM JACKETS

I've been so in love with denim jackets lately. I've got no clue really why, though, maybe because of the fact that they've started making them in other colors than dark blue-ish (what is it called, denim?). I've been wanting dark denim jacket for quite a while now and it would be perfect for Spring time. Oh my goodness, Spring - could you arrive a bit faster? Okay? Okay?
That second one from Pull&Bear has completely stolen my heart and I guess that might be the one which ends up to the shopping cart before Spring arrives properly.

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BOMBER JACKETS

Okay, I still haven't got over from my bomber jacket obsession. I really don't know why I find them so appealing, but I absolutely love them. Without a shame. I could buy all the bomber jackets in the world. I absolutely fell in love with those first two I put there in the photo collage somehow floral prints have also spoken to me on a whole new level.

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SWEATSHIRTS

Sweatshirt time is not over. If you ask me. You can wear these things also during the Spring so why not? I absolutely fell in love with the one from Puma so I might need to get that into my very own sweatshirt collection. Yeap, I've got a quite few of these in my closet.


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SHIRTS & BLOUSES

I mean, I went a bit overboard with this one - but there were so many pretty shirts and blouses around so I just had to include them all. I'm actually quite surprised that there is something else than all black on my wish list this Spring. Could it be? Could it? Am I getting over from all black outfits?

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JEANS

I know that my goal after pregnancy and during this pregnancy is to fit into my old jeans. But if I do not fit in, I've got a fine excuse to get myself new ones. Although, these are something that I really need so I might buy the ones from Pull&Bear(3).


So that's basically everything I've got on my wish list at the moment. Can't wait for Spring already!
What's on your Spring wish list?


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5 THOUGHTS ABOUT MATERNITY LEAVE


I've been home for one month now. 
Without a baby, though. 
On a maternity leave. 
And it's driving me insane. 

Okay, 'insane' is kind of an overstatement, to be honest. But I have to say that these haven't been the most enjoyable couple of weeks I've had.

KOKO K & CANDY K | KYLIE COSMETICS


To be honest, here, I never would have believed that I was going to be in this situation writing a blog post about Kylie Lip Kits. Honestly, I've never had any interest in these whatsoever, but here I am - writing a post about them. By the chance of faith, I managed to end up with two of these.

THE FIRST IMPRESSION

My first impression about these, hmm. They look great. The packaging looks very simple, yet so pretty. So my first impression about these was really good. I thought, what the heck - I might give these a go. For you who already don't know, Kylie Lip Kits include matte liquid lipstick and a lip liner to go with it. Nicely both in the same package with $29 sign tagged on to them.


THOUGHTS

Yeah, they look pretty and all. They spread nicely, or at least they did so on my hand. I didn't try them on my lips and you're soon about to find out the reason why I didn't. The shades are absolutely wonderful, but I still can't see what's the hype here?
Maybe it's the brand. Okay, I'm sure it's the brand.

For me, the experience was a bit painful. I found washing away that lipstick off my hand really hard. I used proper makeup remover, I used water and soap but yet that lipstick was like glued to my hand. A few hours later, my hand looked like I was branded. So I don't know if there was something about the product that was wrong - highly doubt it, though, because these are not dupes - or was it because my skin is extremely sensitive and these lip kits seem to be a quite hardcore stuff.

The lip liners I really did enjoy, so maybe I'll be using those and mixing them with my own lipsticks that I know that are okay with my skin. So no, I'm definitely not going to try these on my lips because my face is too pretty to be ruined.

How's your experience with Kylie Lip Kits, have you ever tried them out?


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ONLY FEW MORE WEEKS TO GO | 37 WEEKS PREGNANT


OKAY, PEOPLE, WE HAVE A FULL-TERM BABY HERE. 
Still inside, though. Which, of course, is a good thing, but I kind of you know, want it out already. 

We have reached the milestone of being 37 weeks pregnant, which basically means that the baby is fully cooked and ready to come out. You know, technically. If he doesn't want to come out yet my due date is in three weeks. I hope his highness makes an appearance before that.

SPINACH SOUP WITH BASIL


This is an ultimate green soup. It’s also super delicious! 
This recipe also serves four, so gather your friends and enjoy the meal. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pot of fresh basil
  • 160g spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 courgettes
  • 5dl vegetable broth
  • 2dl food cream
  • white pepper & salt for seasoning

HOW TO ROLL WITH IT? 

  1. Slice the onion and sweat it in the pot until it’s soft. 
  2. Slice courgettes to small pieces and add them to the pot, sweat for a little while. 
  3. Add spinach & broth to the mix. Let it poach until vegetables are fully cooked. 
  4. Add cream and basil. Use hand blender to make the soup smooth. 
  5. Season with salt & pepper. 


TIP: Serve with boiled eggs & fresh bread. 





ILLAMASQUA EYE SHADOW PALETTE


Don't you just love eye shadows? I know that I do. I had the Lookfantastic Advent calendar last year and even though I wasn't so impressed with most of the products they had added in it, it had a few pretty good moments. One of them is this Illamasqua eyeshadow palette. I can't remember what door this was behind of, but I was happily surprised when I found this from the calendar. This is one of my first touches with Illamasqua so I had really no idea what to expect - other than the fact that I happen to be all over the eyeshadows. 

The packaging looks so luxurious! It reminds me of one of those Dior eyeshadow palettes (like I said, this is my first touch with Illamasqua so I probably have no clue what type of a brand this is) with its black packaging and mirror. 
This palette has 4 shades in it. 1 shimmery and 3 mattes. I really do love a good matte eyeshadow, but recently when I've started to fall in love with shimmery ones I was kind of hoping these to be 50/50. But you know, as a proper eyeshadow palette lover I've got quite a few shades...


I absolutely fell in love with the shade 'Tango' (oh well, look at that, it's shimmery) and I think it fits so well together with the shade 'Servant'. Although, I kind of like the shade 'Terra' too but I believe 'Vernau' in its all redness is a bit extreme for me. Last time I wore red eyeshadow was two Halloweens back because it was kind of important part of my Halloween look for 2015. Although, I might give this a go. 

Mostly, the palette reminds me a bit of Autumn and the shades are bringing the late Autumn and early December to my mind. I don't really know why, though, it's probably that red eyeshadow in the right corner. Well, even though these look great for Autumn, Spring is coming so it might be I won't be using this until next Autumn or so. Or well, who knows - I'm kind of odd when it comes to choosing eyeshadows. 


MY BLOGGING GOALS | FEBRUARY 2017


Hello, February! 

This is a super exciting month for me, mostly because on 27th is my due date. I can't wait for this baby to pop out any minute, it's starting to get a bit hmm... Annoying? Am I allowed to say that I'm kind of annoyed? Probably not but I will say so. Sometimes I feel like he's carrying a knife in my womb, so at times his kicks feel kind of painful even. 

But that's not the point of this post, my blogging goals for the month is, so let's roll on to the goals!