I Tried To Do Every Exercise A Pro Ballerina Does In A Day

I Tried To Do Every Exercise A Pro Ballerina Does In A Day

I love dance. I’m not a dancer, but I wish I could dance. A new dance TV show? I’m on it. I just love watching dance and admiring how incredibly talented they are, physically and also through their ability to express. It was through a random Youtube recommendation that I found Scout Forsythe, a ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre, doing almost ‘day in the life’ content for channels such as Glamour and Allure. To say I loved these videos is an understatement.

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Things To Do In London: Richmond Boat Hire

Things To Do In London: Richmond Boat Hire

Just outside of the busy centre, you can take a wooden boat out for the day! Sure, boat hires are scattered all along the Thames, but the ones nearer to central London will often be more busy. The Richmond area offers peaceful scenery with beautiful houses and restaurants, with unique boats scattering the edges of the river.

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The Best Oat Pancake Recipe: No Butter, No Sugar And Still Delicious

The Best Oat Pancake Recipe: No Butter, No Sugar And Still Delicious

Oat pancakes may be something you’ve never considered before, or have been curious to try as a healthy alternative to pancakes. I tried oat pancakes personally because I bought a bunch of oats ages ago for one recipe and had nothing to do with the rest later, and heard about these so I thought I’d give it a go.

In complete honesty, I tried an oat pancake recipe I saw on Instagram last month and it was just average, but really wanted to give it a go so I searched online and found the one I’m writing about now, by Quaker Oats. What I love about this recipe is the simplicity of it all: the steps are so easy, and it’s likely that you have most if not all the ingredients at home. Not to mention that I didn’t realise till after that the recipe has no butter or sugar, making it a healthier alternative to the pancakes I normally make.

I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty they were, especially with some honey on top: the oats give the pancakes an interesting texture and also appear to be a lot lighter when eating them than normal pancakes. I ended up making this recipe for my parents and I, resulting in me having 3 pancakes, which left me not too full but satisfied.

Although they don’t have the same effect as non-oat pancakes, I would definitely recommend trying this, and I will be making this if I fancy something easy, slightly healthy but still interesting.

(For this recipe, I chose to do the banana and nutmeg stir-in options, but it gives you different stir-in recommendations too, such as blueberries, apple cinnamon and chocolate chips. However next time, I might try and combine banana and cinnamon and see how that goes.)

Recipe (taken from Quaker Oats):

1 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour/plain flour

½ cup of rolled oats (they recommend Quaker Oats of course, quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt (optional – I included it in mine)

1 and ¼ cups milk (they recommend fat-free, I used semi-skimmed)

1 egg lightly beaten

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Stir-in options:

For blueberry pancakes: 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries (don’t thaw)

For banana pancakes: 1 mashed medium banana and 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg (I just used a pinch)

For apple cinnamon pancakes: ¾ cup finely chopped apple, ¼ cup chopped nuts and ½ tsp ground cinnamon

For chocolate chip pancakes: ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

How To Make:

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking powder and salt) and mix well. In a medium bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (egg, milk and oil) and again mix. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients all in one go and stir until you get a semi-smooth batter, or until the dry ingredients are dampened (don’t over mix). Add in your stir-in option and mix.

Heat a skillet over a medium to high heat and add oil. Wait for it to warm up before adding ¼ cup of the batter to the hot skillet. Wait for the pancake to bubble at the top before flipping. Wait for the edges to cook through and bubbles to form before serving. They recommend only turning it once.

I served my pancakes with honey on the top, but fruits like strawberries, blueberries and bananas would be a nice addition to the banana pancakes.

Taken from my Instagram stories (@itsmonicaagiuliani)

This is a completely unsponsored post – I just wanted to share a nice recipe I came across!

Monica Tries: Art – Floral Lettering

I’ve always loved art – I was never amazing enough to pursue it, but it’s something I always enjoyed doing every once in a while. I find drawing in particular so relaxing, and a great way to just relax and let go, whilst creating something beautiful.

In this new series I’m currently calling ‘Monica Tries’, I will be trying new things (this will hopefully be more exciting when we’re out of quarantine and I can go out and experience new things) and documenting my adventures in the process.

For now, I’ve decided to keep ‘Monica Tries’ as indoors and fun (at least for me) as possible, and try floral lettering today. Floral lettering is such a beautiful form of art which works great for title pages (or even just for fun).

I’ve seen many over the years, and wanted to try and recreate some when I had time (which we all do now). I recently celebrated my 20th birthday and wanted to stick the polaroids I took from the day into an empty scrapbook I had, so I decided to make a cover page for this.

I got most of inspiration from Shayda Campbell on Youtube, who does amazing floral doodles and recently done a video on floral lettering herself, which reminded me of how I wanted to try it myself.

How to:

If you’re going to try this, I would recommend using a thin-tipped pen/pencil to make the detail as clear as possible. I used a white pencil (for black paper) that wasn’t the best type of pencil, so next time, I’ll make sure to use a thinner tip – it’s so much easier this way too!

  • Start off by outlining the letters and/or numbers on your paper lightly with pencil
  • Draw little leaves and flowers inside and lining the letters. If you’ve picked up inspiration from anywhere or practiced any beforehand, this would be a great time to get it out and keep it beside you for reference. Keep them small and simple for added detail and clarity.
  • If you find you have a few spaces in between leaves, try drawing little berries (a tip I picked up from Shayda Campbell’s videos): they’re small and fill up the spaces nicely.
  • To help frame the letters, try using plants that would typically be quite wavy or bendy (like long, winding leaves for example).

I made a little timelapse of my attempt at it, with a little step-by-step into how I did it on my IGTV (@itsmonicaagiuliani). I hope you enjoy!

If you have any ideas as to what you want to see from the ‘Monica Tries’ series, drop me a comment or a dm on Instagram and I’ll give it a go! And if you like seeing content including videos, please let me know and I’ll continue doing some more. I’m playing around with different forms of media and different ideas at the moment, so you might see an exciting new concept very soon (maybe even next week, who knows!)