When it comes to taking photos, I use both my iPhone 7 plus and my Sony A5000 camera. When it comes to editing my photos, I use editing apps on my phone. I would love to play around with Lightroom filters, however, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing and to be honest, I don't quite have the patience to figure it out yet either. For now, these editing apps are my go-to and work perfectly, plus they are simple to use and convenient too.

SNAPSEED

Snapseed is probably my most used editing app on my phone. I use Snapseed to enhance my photos as the original photo can often look quite dull and not as bright, colourful or sharp as I'd like it to look. I've listed below my most used features in Snapseed. I always use the Tune Image and Details features, though, I don't ~always~ use each feature within the feature itself. I like to use ambiance first because it helps make the photo pop, then I play around with the other features.

Tune Image
• Brightness
• Contrast
• Saturation
• Ambiance
• Highlights
• Shadows
• Warmth


Details

• Structure
• Sharpening

VSCO




I use VSCO to add filters to my photos, recently I have been loving the A5 filter. My Instagram feed changes all of the time, I can never keep a consistent filter or theme. I love VSCO because you can alter the strength of the filter; so you can make it really subtle or vice versa. 

FACETUNE





I like to use Facetune to defocus my backgrounds, it is really subtle like a lens blur without looking too blurred. I also use Facetune to whiten my photos to make them look a little cleaner and brighter.

BEFORE AND AFTER 


My editing doesn't take me long at all and there's not really much to it. I don't do anything fancy but it works for me and I actually really enjoy the editing process. As I mainly post food content on my Instagram, these editing apps and some of the VSCO filters work well with food photos as well as the flat lay coffee shot, selfie, #ootd photos, etc. I also sometimes use ColorStory when I'm feeling like being a bit more fancier but more often than not I use these 3 apps! 



I love experimenting with ingredients and creating new dishes, so when I was craving a dinner without pasta or rice (shock, I know), I decided to create this Spicy Prawn and Chorizo Potato dish. The ingredients and method are fairly simple, I like my recipes to be quick and easy to follow yet delicious.

If you follow Slimming World you would only syn the Chorizo, though, I didn't actually use ~real~ Chorizo (I deffo will next time), I used Musclefood Chorizo Style Pork Sausages! Anywho... I hope that you like this recipe and if you make it don't forget to tag me on Instagram @sophiemleung as I love seeing people create my recipes!



Ingredients

serves 1


  • Parboiled Potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • Chorizo Sausage (chopped)
  • Ready Cooked Prawns
  • Handful of Spinach
  • 1/2 Can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Fresh Red Chilli (chopped)
  • Frylight
  • Parsley to serve


Method

1. On a medium heat, spray a frying pan with Frlylight and fry the chorizo. Once the sausage is cooked, add the parboiled potatoes and leave for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Once the parboiled potatoes become more fluffy and soft, add the spinach, stir and leave to wilt. Whilst the spinach is wilting add the chopped tomatoes, chilli and seasonings into a bowl and stir well to form a sauce.

3. Once the spinach has wilted, add the sauce and stir well. Leave to simmer on a low heat for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce has soaked into the potatoes.

4. Add the prawns and stir, leave for a further 2 minutes.

5. Serve immediately and top with parsley to serve.







* I was gifted these products by Superdrug, however, all opinions are my own *

Superdrug's new health and wellness range Some Body offers a range of innovative products from on the go snacks, ready to go drinks and nutritious protein powders. Superdrug kindly offered to gift me three products to try from their range, the Pure Whey Protein Powder Chocolate, Watermelon Flavoured Still Water and Cocoa & Salted Fudge Natural Bar. I love trying new health and fitness related products so I was more than happy to review some of the products from the Some Body range.

Some Body Pure Whey Protein Powder Chocolate




I love how versatile this product is. I decided to create a Chocolate Protein Shake using two scoops of the protein powder and 300ml of skimmed milk, however, you could also use the powder in pancakes, cakes and porridge (click here for Some Body recipes). The shake was delicious and tasted just like a chocolate milkshake! Also, I love how easy it was to make which is perfect for early mornings when you are in a rush. The Protein Powder is priced at £17.99 for 600g which makes 20 portions. It also comes in various flavours such as Vanilla, Strawberry and Banana.

Some Body Watermelon Flavoured Still Water




I'm not a fan of drinking plain water, but I love flavoured water. The Watermelon Flavoured Still Water has zero calories and tastes so good. I find with some flavoured waters, they tend to be too flavoured which results in a dry throat, but with this water, it had just the right amount of flavour. There is also Sparkling Bellini and Sparkling Mojito Water also, all three retail at £1.79.

Some Body Natural Protein Salted Fudge Bar



The final product I tried was the Cocoa & Salted Fudge Natural Bar which is 100% natural. This on the go snack is designed to curb hunger and sustain energy. It is also free of artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners and has no added sugars. I've never been the biggest fan of protein bars but this one was really tasty and there is also a Cocoa and Orange flavour which both retail at £1.49.

Overall, I am very happy with the three products I tried and I look forward to trying more products from the Some Body range and other flavours of the products I tried.

*thank you to Superdrug for gifting me these products*



Sometimes, all a rice dish needs is a tasty glaze - especially when it is served with salmon. All that is needed for this glaze is 5 ingredients and it is super quick to make and very tasty! When I transferred the glaze onto my rice there didn't seem to be a lot of sauce, but once I had stirred the sauce in with my rice, there was plenty and it tasted incredible!

If you follow Slimming World, this glaze is only 3.5 syns, however, depending on the sauces you use the syn value may vary so I'd advise checking the syn's on the Slimming World app. Don't forget to tag me on Instagram (@sophiemleung) if you make this glaze!

Ingredients

serves 1:

  • 1 spring onion sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp soy sauce

Method

1. Place the sliced spring onion in a bowl and add the hoisin sauce, Sriracha, honey and soy sauce. Stir well and leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

2. Once your rice and salmon (or whichever you chose to have with the glaze) has finished cooking, stir the glaze and place in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir well and place back into the microwave for a further 30 seconds and transfer on to your dinner. 

Depending on the wattage of your microwave you may need to cook your glaze for a little bit longer. If you prefer your glaze to be thicker, then just add more honey. 


Enjoy!




Pasta bakes are very versatile dishes, with regard to both ingredients and sauces. To me, they are very comforting. This recipe is simple, tasty and super quick to make. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do and remember to tag me in your photos on Instagram (@sophiemleung) as I love seeing them!


Sensimar El Dorado Seaside Suites & Spa is a luxurious adults-only resort situated on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico and there is no other way to describe it than pure bliss.

It's been 9 months and I'm only now getting round to writing about my time in Mexico. I think I have been prolonging it because looking back at the photos makes me sad and makes my Mexico blues even bluer, is that even a word? But anyway, here it is (finally) and I hope that this post will show you just how special this resort is! And if you have any questions, feel free to comment and if I know the answer I'll get back to you!

THE ROOM











We stayed in the Superior Junior Suite which was very spacious! The bed was huge and SO comfy, I'm sure I haven't had a good nights sleep since coming home. We also had a spacious wardrobe with a safe inside and an iron, bathrobes and slippers, air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities, wifi, a flat screen TV, a sofa, table and not forgetting a jacuzzi. We also had sliding doors which led on to our balcony/terrace which overlooked one of the pools.

THE GROUNDS AND FACILITIES

One thing is for sure, you will never be bored at this resort. The resort is massive with so many things to do day and night. I kayaked for the first time (which is free on the beach!) and it was so fun, except for when I was panicking the kayak would turn over.You will never go thirsty either, there are 10 bars situated around the resort including swim-up bars. I very much enjoyed the cocktails, especially the daquiri's which I highly recommend! There is also a beach waiter service so you don't have to move from your sun lounger or daybed to get snacks and drinks! Due to the resort being SO big, they have carts which will take you wherever you want to go. The resort also has a Starbucks!

THE FOOD

I don't think I was ever hungry in the whole 2 weeks I was in Mexico. All of the food was to an immaculate standard with a number of restaurants (10 to be precise) to choose from; a la carté, Italian, Asian, Gourmet Pub food, Beach BBQ, Mexican (obviously!), it was foodie heaven - and not forgetting the 24-hour room service which was FREE! For breakfast, our favourite place to go was the Arrecifes restaurant - whether you are craving a fry-up or waffles and Nutella, this is the place. Overall, I honestly cannot recommend this resort enough. I didn't want to come home, even now when I reminisce and look back at the photos it feels like a dream because it was SO perfect. There are so many destinations in the world that I would love to visit but Sensimar El Dorado Seaside Suites & Spa is definitely somewhere that I would love to return (hopefully in the near future).


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