A yummy, healthy-ish snack

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy indulging in a small amount of dark chocolate on a semi-regular basis. If you purchase one with a high percentage of cacao, I find you can’t eat as much of it as you could with milk or flavoured chocolate.

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As written by Women’s Health Magazine dark chocolate with 70% or higher cacao holds multiple health benefits. Some benefits include reducing stress and blood pressure, as well as the risk of heart disease or stroke, and assisting with weight maintenance (probably as less is eaten) and increasing mental function.

With this in mind, combined with a craving for chocolate {there is none in the house}, I decided that I wanted to make use of the benefits – and my enjoyment – of dark chocolate.  I came up with the following snack and can’t wait to head to the shops tomorrow, buy ingredients and try it!

Dark Chocolate Mixers

The concept is pretty simple, get some dark chocolate to melt down and mix other healthy ingredients into it, let the chocolate set, and then enjoy! What you use is really up to you, below I’ve depicted what I will make first, but first – some ingredient possibilities…

* Dried fruit e.g cranberry,  apricot, banana chips
* Nuts that are unsalted, roasted (no flavour, salt or coating)
* Trail mix, oats or cereals like Special K or Cornflakes
* Seeds
* Dessicated coconut
* Plain, unsweetened popcorn

Tomorrow I make ones combining dark chocolate,  chopped cranberries and unsalted peanuts, I will update with some shots when they have set!

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What would you put in your mixers? I like the idea of having a container of these in the kitchen for a quick snack that is tasty and not completely unhealthy to have as an occasional treat. Do you already make something similar?

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Wedding Invites, Favour boxes and Gift Cards.. Oh My!

The one thing I love more than getting letters in the mail are receiving invitations…. to weddings, baby showers or birthdays. There is something about opening the beautiful envelope and seeing the bright, fancy, decorated invitation – maybe you can remember when the couple got together, or are so happy for your friend or family member.

These occasions form some of the happiest moments of people’s lives, and I think it is a really special thing to be asked to take part in that.

So when I had the chance to receive some stationary from UK stationary company Paper Themes I jumped at it. I wasn’t disappointed. A week ago, I received a package full of mock invitations {in a variety of styles}, favour boxes and gift cards. It made me excited! I fell in love with some of them, and would definitely recommend the products to someone who is getting married or planning an event and has not yet chosen invites. {they also sell accessories, custom made posters, other invites}

What I loved about the invites most of all, is that I was sent a varied selection and could see that there would easily be a theme to suit every couple. I was sent over ten invites, and there are many more to see on the site {head to the personalised wedding invitations page for more}. Just a few themes include traditional, pocket-fold, vintage, unusual and laser cut.
Reading on I found that you can completely design the invites {colour, theme AND wording}, will be sent a PDF copy to make sure you are happy with your creation and then sent the invites in a special box… oh and you also receive complimentary envelopes {bargain!}…


 

Some of the beautiful, different selections available. Brightly coloured; from mock concert posters, records, deck of card theme, ones tied with ribbons in envelopes and telegrams.
 

 
These invitations are fantastic quality and there are types for all budgets, including single card invites and ones that include guest information and rsvp cards (which are a postcard to send back and not need to pay for an envelope to send back your response).
 
For the Style Seeking Girl’s Favourites! I really love the record themed invites – I love music so much, and think this would be so cute for couples who formed a relationship around music or share a common love for it. Great keepsake too. The other invites I loved are the world atlas themed ones and a vintage, floral looking invite with a rsvp card attached all perfectly put together in a pocket envelope. What I love most about these invites is that they are not too over the top and not overly girly. They say wedding, fun and are something a little different.
 
Gift/Lottery Cards
These cards can be used to either give a gift to the lucky couple or can be used by the newly weds to give a small token of thanks/fun to their guest –
all depends on what theme you pick, words you choose and what you put in it.
 
 
I actually think (with text change) that these cards would make the cutest thankyou cards! Slip a small photo of the bride and groom and a personal not of thanks for the gift that was given inside.
Simple, effective and definitely cute!
 
Favour Boxes
Small boxes scattered on each table or placed in the middle of each place setting – place chocolate, crystals, small gifts to thank your friends and family who are sharing in your special day. Or have the bridal party hand out the boxes at the end with a small, perfect slice of cake inside….
Which Favour Box will you choose?
 
These boxes can be delivered flat and are so easy to put together {get your bridesmaids together the day before and construct them together, once you get started you will have them done in no time!}
 
I love that you get the vast majority of creative control when personalising your invites, favours and cards. I think this makes the products from Paper Themes even more special. They have samples that are available and really aim to make sure that you are happy with your design before you buy. Go visit the website, or check out their Facebook page.
 
Sarah/Kooklah Xo

Personal Planner Giveaway WINNER

First off I want to say a big THANKYOU to the lovely people at Personal Planner for offering the option of a giveaway! I am looking forward to creating my own and want to say congratualtions to the winner of the giveaway – Adina Shiel.

Thanks for all the interest and for the entries, thanks to those of you who commented, and also to the many email entries I had. Please share this blog with your friends and family, there will be many more exciting posts and things to come!

Here is what 2013 means to Adina:

“2013 to me means getting back the passion, happiness and spontaneity that I had as a teenager!”

Have a good year Adina, and enjoy your planner!
If you are interested in creating your own personal planner or notebook – think ahead for great gifts for 2014, please check out the website by clicking here!

Kooklah Xo
 

For the Style Seeking Girl GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY!

For the Style Seeking Girl and Personal Planner

The last couple years have been really busy for me, and whilst I love the chaos of working, setting aside time for blogging, meeting with friends and travelling to new places, if I don’t write my plans down – I forget about them.

Enter in a planner, I carry my year planner with me everywhere and constantly update it. I received an email recently from Personal Planner and they have a very exciting offer.

The amazing people of  Personal Planner are giving me a planner and they have also offered the chance for one of my readers to score a planner too! It gets even better… You get to create, design and style the planner to your own personal and individual taste…. Let your flair fly!

This opportunity allows you to add some colour to your workday and busy lifestyle as well as having a really efficient planner that is very personal! Sound good? If so, the offer from Personal Planner is one I think you’ll love!

Their planners provide you with endless design possibilities. You can change colour, text and design on front/back cover as well as inlay. There are also clever boxes for to-do list, gym/workout session, schedule appointments or classes, document your idea of the week and weather. You can also add your friends’ and family members’ birthdays to the inlay directly from Facebook. Once completed your planner will be printed and deliver the finished product directly to your doorstep. The winner of the giveaway does not have to pay the shipping cost! Bonus!


Here are a few things that I like about these planners:

  • Design the front/back cover
  • Tons of ways to design the inside to suit your style & needs.
  • Add friends & family members birthdays to the inlay
  • Can decorate with images/photos
  • Elastic strap closure to secure your planner
  • Choose between 4 different sizes
  • You pick the start date. – Mine will be for 2014!!
  • Best of all its fun and easy!

If this hasn’t caught your attention – I have no idea why! I know many of you who would love and benefit from this idea, many of you are so creative and I love that this offer allows you to put that to good use! This offer is not just for Australians! All my international readers can enter too!

So now for the essential details on how to make a valid entry:

1.     Like the Personal Planner page on Facebook (once you have hit like, send them a quick wall post telling them For the Style Seeking Girl sent you)

2.     Like the facebook page of For the Style Seeking Girl

3.     Share For the Style Seeking Girl facebook page/this giveaway to your friends

4.     Post a comment on this blog letting me know that you have liked and shared (needed for valid entry!), leave your email address, PLUS tell me in 25 words or less what you hope 2013 means for you.

5.     I will also accept entries that include the above details if they are sent via email to kooklahstyle@gmail.com

6.     Extra entries can be gained by submitting via Instagram and Twitter too – you must also be following me on these mediums (if you enter again via them- details for these below)

7.     Email addresses of entrants are required as you will be sent a gift card if announced the winner.

8.     Entries commence Saturday 19th January from 11.30pm and they close Monday 28th January 2013 at 9am (AEST).

9.     Winner is drawn at random and will be announced on Tuesday 29th January 2013. Decision is final.

So go on! Start your entry, tell your friends… let’s get creating! Goodluck!
To explore all this product has to offer – including what this giveaway could mean for you, check out their website here …
Kooklah Xx
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