Personal blog by Ashleigh Dougherty. Read with a pinch of salt and a cuppa' rosy lee.

30/10/2014

Betty Crocker's Devil's Food Chocolate Cake


Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix* 
£2.25 available at Tesco



Gas Mark 4, 30 mins

Ingredients:
1 Box of Devil's Food Mix by Betty Crocker*
Betty Crocker's Chocolate Frosting*
3 eggs ♥ 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil ♥ Half a pint of cold water

You will also need:
Mixing bowl  Table spoon ♥ 2 cake tins 
OR
1 cake tin and cupcake cases 


Let's begin...

Beat the eggs.


Then mix the water and the vegetable oil with the eggs.


Pop the Betty Crock mixture into another bowl and then add the egg mixture. Stir until you get a creamy consistency.


Spoon the mixture into a greased baking tin. I didn't have two cake tins so I decided to do just one cake and some extra cupcakes.


Bake at Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes, then leave to cool.


Now it's the fun bit! Time to ice! Using the Chocolate Fudge Icing* by Betty Crocker, the consistency is really creamy if kept at room temperature. I used a butter knife to spoon out the icing and spread it out evenly. I did this for the cupcakes and the cake making sure I did the sides of the cake too!


 If using two cake tins instead of the one and cupcakes then make sure you ice both and pop both on top of each other. I didn't use all of the fudge icing but it says you can keep it in the fridge for future cakes for up to 30 days.


I then added some white chocolate stars which I found in our baking cupboard. Totally optional of course but why not?!

Taaaa-daaaa! One chocolate covered cake with white chocolate stars. It was as yummy as it looks! Betty Crocker box kits make it incredibly easy to bake yummy treats without the need to buy a ton of ingredients. Definitely recommend them!
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24/10/2014

Meeting People Online

It's safe to say that the majority of the people I've met this year have all been people from the internet. Internet safety is so important yet easily overlooked when you think you can trust someone. I brush on this lightly as I've met some amazing people on the internet who all started off as people I just spoke to via social media.

It's very surreal when you've been talking to someone for so long 'via the internet' and then finally met them face to face. However, there are different circumstances in my case as I've met fellow bloggers and other creatives who have a 'following' on Twitter and Instagram. It's almost as if you've already met that person having followed their lives for so long.

On the other hand, there's the more dangerous side to it all in which we label as 'online dating'. I've met my fair amount of guys all of which I have met via apps such as Tinder. I'll start with the positives. I am not someone who's out partying every weekend and I don't like to mix pleasure with work (learnt from one big past mistake!) so apps like Tinder are easy and more convenient for people who live busy lives such as myself. However, it goes without saying that meeting a guy off an app is incredibly dangerous and something you should always be cautious about. Thankfully the guys I have met have all been who they said they were but there's always that chance that twenty three year old Ben could turn up as fifty three year old Bob.

Always let someone know where you are meeting the person! I always give my mum and/or a friend the number and name of the guy I am meeting. Then they know if they haven't heard from me all night then it's a case of SOS! Stick with reputable sites too. There are so many dodgy ones out there! Never release any personal information such as where you live unless the date goes well and they're driving you home - but still be careful! And my number one tip is to get their full name so you can do a little background check. Yes, I mean a full on Facebook stalk! It does wonders such as finding out if they are definitely single like they say they are, whether they're still posting Sunday morning selfies in bed with their ex-girlfriend Lisa and added extras such as what they look like drunk!

It's great to have fun, meet new people and network as much as possible but it's incredibly important to stay safe. Better to be safe than sorry!
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23/10/2014

Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Oil



Hair oils are my weakness. I haven't yet updated this on the blog front but I am now blonde meaning my hair gets re-bleached every couple of months leaving it a little worse for wear. The one product I rely on to make my hair feel like silky smooth hair again is always hair oil. I have used a wide range over the years since I started bleaching my hair and some have been good, some have been bad. 

Alchemy Oils is a hair oil with has all natural blended ingredients yet still works wonders. The oil claims to improve the condition of your hair, make it stronger and promote growth. I have been using this for a good couple of weeks now and can say I have really enjoyed using it. You can use it in two ways: either as an overnight replenishing treatment or a quick in-between styling treatment. My hair gets greasy quite quickly so I have been using it whilst my hair is damp just before blow drying. It sinks into the hair really quickly and makes my hair a lot more manageable when it comes to brushing through it before blow-drying - and trust me, I always have tangle troubles!

I am not sure about growth as I never seem to notice my hair growing anyway but my hair definitely feels a lot better since using the Alchemy hair oil. I love the grapefruit scent too - so fresh and uplifting! Perfect for damp hair.

The only negative thing I have to say is I think it would be easier if there was some kind of pump system. The bottle has a cork type bottle lid which looks great (the packaging is nice!) but it can be a little messy when pouring the oil into your hand. I also sometimes feel like pouring out too much product will only waste it so less really is more in this case. 

The hair oil retails at £17.99 which is a little more pricey compared to other ones I have tried but I think it's worth it if you have the extra pennies to splash out - plus it's the only one I have tried that not only works but smells delicious!

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17/10/2014

Sponsored Video: #LiveFearless


I recently asked people on social media what their fears are. My replies ranged from caterpillars to falling to the more common one of creepy crawlies. These are phobias however, so what is a fear?

My own personal fears are my regrets and the fear of repeating mistakes. From putting trust too quickly into people, dating the wrong boys and letting less important things take control of me. We all make our own choices in life and it's in our own mental stabilities where these fears originate and grow from. 


More recently I had felt threatened and pushed out of place in a personal responsibility I had. I take a lot of risks in everyday situations to better myself.  I could have fought my fear and carried on, worked harder and grew stronger. However, I decided to face my fear head on and end the relationship with it. I reached out to my inner beliefs and realised being unhappy was a scary prospect, making the problem bigger which could in all retrospect be prevented. 

So, what was my fear? ... 

The inner fear of not being good enough for someone and not moving anywhere, not growing and developing myself. I simply walked away without putting up a fight and realised some things just are not meant to be and I deserve the best. Why? Because I Live Fearless

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Disclaimer: Sponsored video by Bodyform. However, all content is my own. 






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