disneyland paris

by Kelly on August 24, 2014

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Last weekend we headed to Disneyland Paris for a two-day visit to Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. I decided to step into my comfort zone for once, by taking only my compact camera with me. Mind you, my Sony RX100 is no ordinary compact camera, so I’m still able to provide you with the necessary images of our trip.

As we plan another visit during the Halloween festivities and Christmas holidays, we decided to purchase annual passes. It does come cheaper as from the second visit onwards, so we didn’t hesitate at all when deciding on this one. It has its perks as well such as free parking and discounts on food and merchandise. Needless to say, we came home with quite a few bags of Disney stuff.

While it was initially the husband’s idea to go to Disneyland I must say I really enjoyed myself. I put on my Minnie ears and was stress-free for two full days. I also conquered my fear of big thrills and joined the husband on each and every ride. My favorite ride was definitely the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. What a fun ride!
I’m a sucker for photographs so obviously I bought the photos of the rides we went on. They are such fun to watch, you should see our faces, especially Steven’s on Space Mountain 2.

Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get on the newest ride, Ratatouille, this time around. The waiting time exceeded 150 minutes at one point and fast passes weren’t available so we decided to wait for this one until our next visit.

When walking around the park we made use of the newest Disneyland app. However, it would be nice to have some hot spots around the park because the rates for roaming are still incredibly high. So, please, Disneyland, if you decide to develop an app like this, provide the necessary free wi-fi as well. I’m not talking all around the park, but maybe start with the restaurants and/or shops? I bet a lot more people would make use of this app and I believe that in the end it would help manage the waiting lines for the different rides.

fin du jour

by Kelly on August 20, 2014

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When deciding on where to shop, I always opt for either Ghent or Antwerp. Needless to say, any new addition to the present shops is more than welcome, especially when their offer is rather remarkable. New (web)shop Fin du Jour in Ghent is no exception here. Situated in a neighbourhood that is hip and happening, it will be one of my must-visit spots whenever I visit Ghent.

Think Aesop, Ellis Faas and Perricone MD, next to an abundance of brands that were only available abroad up until now. Also present: the Hair Care line of celeb fave David Mallett who has worked his magic on Natalie Portman for the Miss Dior campaigns she starred in.

The brains behind the shop is Miriam Rouw, a former lawyer, who pursued her dream after a couple of years in court. I visited the shop a couple of weeks ago and she established the most beautiful shop: the interior featuring copper and wood details is to die for. I’m sure I will have collected multiple Fin du Jour bags by this time next year.

If this rainy weather is preventing you from getting out of bed today, don’t fret: Fin du Jour also has a webshop for you to browse, 24/7.

Fin du Jour, Vlaanderenstraat 80, 9000 Gent

mocktail o’clock

by Kelly on August 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago the people behind Alpro surprised me with their coconut drink. A coconut drink can be just a coconut drink but it can be so much more. Let me introduce you to mocktail o’clock: the base for each and every mocktail being 125ml of the Alpro Coconut drink. By using a variety of ingredients I can present you no less than five different mocktails.

Let’s go!

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WATERMELON – LIME
125ml Alpro Coconut drink – 1 cup of watermelon (sliced into chunks) – 1 lime
Put the Alpro coconut drink, the watermelon and the lime juice into the blender and whizz until smooth. Garnish with lime.

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STRAWBERRY – LIME
125ml Alpro Coconut drink – 1 cup of strawberries – 1 lime
Pop the Alpro coconut drink, the strawberries and the lime juice into the blender. Serve topped with a few extra strawberries. Add a wedge of lime to the side of the glass.

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BLUEBERRIES – BANANA – LIME
125ml Alpro Coconut drink – 1 cup of blueberries – 1 banana
Put all ingredients into the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass over some crushed ice and serve. Top with extra blueberries and garnish with a wedge of lime.

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COCOA – MINT – HONEY
125ml Alpro Coconut drink – 1 teaspoon of cocoa – 1 teaspoon of honey – fresh mint
Pour all ingredients in the blender and add some ice. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture in a glass and serve. Decorate with a sprig of fresh mint.

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MANGO – PASSION FRUIT
125ml Alpro Coconut drink – 1 cup of mango – passion fruit (2)
Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with some passion fruit seeds.

Cheers!

alpronista brunch (m with a view)

by Kelly on August 5, 2014

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alpronista brunch
alpronista brunch

I think you know by now that I’m a huge Alpro fan. Their products are the one constant thing in my kitchen and I love how I just keep discovering new products in their endless gamut. They have been known for pretty cool social activities as well, which was exactly what I did last Saturday.

Over the weekend, I finally had the chance to try out the Alpronista brunch at M with a View in Ghent. All this in the company of three wonderful ladies/blogger friends.

First, let me talk to you about M with a View: this is a pop-up concept by Coeur Catering (if this doesn’t ring a bell: they are the same people behind pop-up restaurant and bar Gaston). As all pop-up initiatives tend to look for heights nowadays it will come as no surprise that we were taken to a penthouse on top of the old Nieuwe Molens building for our brunch. The view is pretty spectacular as you can see in one of the photos.

Now, back to the Alpronista part. Since mid-July M with a View has been transformed in true Alpronista style: the Alpronista Sky Box was born. From Thursday through Saturday night a menu is served, prepared with all possible things Alpro. At a prix fixe of 40 euros, you’ll be served a four course dinner. Not too shabby if you ask me.
On Saturdays, brunch is served, again with an abundance of Alpro products, this from 10 am until 3pm (perfect for those who already had a wild Friday night, no?). It’s the perfect start to the weekend and the best way to get to know their products, if you haven’t already. At 20 euros, the price for the brunch is quite fair although it is worth mentioning that all drinks are indeed included (which wasn’t communicated to our group so we left the brunch a bit thirsty).
The Alpronista Sky Box is waiting for your visit until August 16th and a quick tip: do bring a jacket when you visit because it can get quite windy up there.

For more information & reservations, click here.

last minute wanderlust (+ contest!)

by Kelly on July 25, 2014

last minute wanderlust

As many of you know, the hubby and I already had our fair share of vacation by heading to the US in May and June. However, since the office I’m working at is closed for two weeks during the summer months, I’m now home alone (Steven has to work this summer). One of the things I love to do, is looking at people’s Instagrams to see where they’re headed. Of course, all of this leads to nothing but more wanderlust. Let me assure you, if my husband would be at home, I’m pretty sure we’d book a last minute somewhere. I’m a homebody, but our road trip through the US wasn’t exactly all about r&r, so I’ve missed out on that one up until now.

To conquer that said wanderlust, I did some surfing on the Neckermann last minute page and these would be my top 5 destinations:
Santorini
Just Google Santorini and you know why I want to hop on a plane. Just to think about all those magical sunsets.
Ibiza
Now, don’t you think I’m some kind of Ibiza party girl, no way. As I recently discovered, Ibiza has way more to offer than its famous party scene. It’s high on my bucket list and chances are I will convince the husband for it to be one of our next destinations abroad.
Portugal
I’d love to explore Portugal, although I’d like to start off with a couple of days in Lisbon. It seems like such a beautiful, vibrant city. That said, I’m also in for Pastéis de Belém for breakfast when I’m there, like, every day.
Croatia
We have a couple of friends in Croatia and they keep telling us how beautiful their coast is, so we will end up there eventually. Although, I’m not sure which destination I’d have to pick here: there are so many!
Bali
In case I want to go a bit further, I can imagine myself swimming around in a gorgeous infinity pool somewhere in Bali. Pure bliss, right?

Whereas I’m not headed anywhere for now, maybe you will! The people at Neckermann kindly presented me with a gift certificate, worth €150, which I can give away to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do, is hop on over to Facebook and like the page of Coineanach and of Neckermann Belgium and leave a comment below with the destination on top of your travel bucket list, by next Friday August 1. The winner will be picked at random and will be announced via Facebook next Saturday.

Good luck!

* open to Belgium residents only, sorry!

le tour

by Kelly on July 22, 2014

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le tour de france
le tour de france

During its first week, the Tour de France halted in Belgium for a stage that resembled Paris-Roubaix in every way possible. I headed to the start of the stage in Ypres and witnessed the riders on the cobbles in Brillon. While it was pouring all day, it did prove to be an epic race.

While selecting the photos for this post, I had to think about how my photography style and interests have evolved over the years. Ten years ago, when I got my first dSLR, my main goal was to shoot action photos of the cyclists. I also pursued a press card. However, while I still have a keen interest in cycling, I lean more towards documentary photography nowadays. I find it particularly interesting to observe the crowds at a cycling race.
My biggest example would be the photographs that Emily Maye delivers. They are stunning behind-the-scenes images of cycling races (she specializes in other sports branches as well). Emily is also involved with my favorite team: Trek Factory Racing. Needless to say, I’m alway curious to see how she experienced the race. I’m a bit bummed I can’t attend her summer exhibition at Beach London, but did make sure to purchase one of the limited edition prints. I can’t wait to put it up on my wall.

bunny shower

by Kelly on July 14, 2014

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You know the deal when newborns are celebrated (or better they arrival is, if you happen to live outside Belgium) with a baby shower? We decided to do the same for the newest addition to our family: our two pet rabbits, Charlie and Lily. Let’s call it a bunny shower or ‘bunny borrel’ (bunny drink, English) in Dutch.
We invited my parents and my brother, because they’re as crazy (about bunnies) as I am, so it was a perfect match. We served food with a hint to bunnies, such as carrots as appetizers, hamburgers as the main course (served in buns, of course) and carrot cake amongst the desserts.
Of course, evenings like these are just the perfect excuse to have a drink and pig out on delicious burgers and fries, aren’t they?
As for Charlie and Lily, well, they kind of slept their way through the night and were still tired today. The massive amount of attention they got yesterday might have something to do with that.

wander & co

by Kelly on July 10, 2014

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wander & co

Last week, fellow blogger and fabulous lady Liesbeth invited me for the launch of her new webshop Wander & Co. Derived from the word wanderlust this webshop basically features my ideal household. Think House Doctor, HK Living and some Cowshed and we’re all set. The new entrepreneur spoiled us with the best drinks and appetizers, the latter courtesy of Atelier des Fêtes.

Next to spoiling yourself with everything Wander & Co has to offer, it’s also the perfect excuse to go shopping when in need for a birthday gift or whatsoever. Everything comes without that hefty price tag, so if you’re in need of a small gift, the shop will suit you equally.

It did take me over an hour to decide my first purchase at Wander & Co: these copper House Doctor baskets will be the perfect desk attire and this cute postcard is waiting to be put up on our wall. I’ve already got my wish list covered, so next time I will focus on my favorite products from the shop.

weight watchers picnic

by Kelly on June 24, 2014

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weight watchers picnic
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weight watchers picnic
weight watchers picnic
weight watchers picnic
weight watchers picnic
weight watchers picnic
weight watchers picnic
weight watchers picnic

Last week I invited a couple of ladies over to our house for a summer picnic. Sadly, no sun was involved that day so instead we opted for a cozy, indoor picnic. Who needs summer when you can create summer inside the house, right?

About a month ago, the people behind Weight Watchers contacted me about hosting this picnic. I have been doing the program for quite some time now and already use some of their products, but I noticed lady friends that are still quite hesitant towards purchasing Weight Watchers products. The main reason is that they think that these products will lack taste. Believe it or not, they’re not the only ones. That’s why the brains at the Weight Watchers head quarters did a simple test. They developed a tasting test: 16 people (male/female) were invited who had to taste different dishes. The products were presented in two categories: Weight Watchers and Le Bon Goût. Of course, those smart marketeers only served them Weight Watchers products. Still, because of their (Weight Watchers) label, the test persons preferred the products of the other brand (the so-called Le Bon Goût). Pretty interesting if you ask me and a perfect test to repeat during the picnic.
If you want to see a video of the test they did, then hop on over to this link.

I received a picnic basket stuffed with Weight Watchers products which allowed me to test their four new sandwich recipes. Perfect for summer and fairly easy to make! Of course, I did some testing of my own. I served two varieties of mayonaise and, as for the bread, yogurt and spreads, did not tell my guests what were Weight Watchers products and what not.
The opinions did differ, but in the end most of us will be buying one (or more) of the products that were used during the picnic. I was also surprised to see my husband devour one of the yogurt containers afterwards.

Now that I’ve told you all about my picnic, I will leave you with a quick Weight Watchers products history lesson.
The first Weight Watchers product was launched ten years ago (on the Belgian market). They aim to sell products that are both nutritive and taste good. For that reason, only high-quality ingredients are used in the process.
As of today, the Weight Watchers product line consists of more than twelve product categories. For the Belgian market, Weight Watchers only works together with Belgian suppliers as to adjust their products to local habits and taste.
80% of their products are bought by people who don’t even participate in a Weight Watchers program (which somehow surprised me).

For more information on the Weight Watchers products, please visit their website.

Charlie + Lily

by Kelly on June 18, 2014

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Here they are! Charlie and Lily. It took us two full days but we got them names. I’m so happy to have two bunnies hopping around the house (again). Since we’re at work most of the day, we decided to get two so they can keep each other company. They are both really sweet and Lily loves to cuddle, although she’s quite shy. Charlie, on the other hand, knows exactly what he wants. I can’t wait to discover more of their personalities and spend quality time with them over the weekend.