Spicy Parsnip and Paprika Balls (Vegan!)

Time for another one of our favorite vegan recipes! Aya loves parsnip, because it has a delicious taste and doesn’t really look like a vegetable once prepared. I like to turn them into ‘fries’ for her, which she really enjoys. But parsnip also tastes delicious in these veggie balls! Made with paprika, white beans and whole grain rice these are a very healthy and tasty snack or addition to your meal.
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Talika Eye Patch for Smooth Under Eyes

If you’ve read my Talika review on some of their eye- and facemasks you know I am a big Talika fan. After using and loving their masks for over a year, I got curious about some of their other products. One being the Eye Therapy Patch and the other the Eyebrow Lipocils Expert. Today I am reviewing the Eye Therapy Patch, which is a reusable smoothing eye patch. I am also at the end of my six week Lipcils treatment for my eyebrows, so that review will be up soon as well! Continue reading

The Drugstore Make-up Routine

Because we are going to Curacao for three weeks in May I thought it would be a good idea to bring only drugstore make-up. That way I won’thave to worry about my make-up getting lost, stolen or messed up by the heat. One problem with this idea: I haven’t owned any drugstore make-up since I was seventeen. Apart from the occasional Milani product I didn’t have any drugstore products in my make-up collection. That changed when I bought two NYX palettes on a whim and ending up liking them. It made me curious about other drugstore products, which led to my idea to bring only drugstore make-up on our trip. The past couple of weeks I’ve tried them all out: most I like (to my complete surprise I must add) and some are nah. If you are curious about my reviews and the look I created with these products, then keep on reading! Continue reading

Chickpea and Potato Burger (Vegan!)

We had the most delicious falafel in town today: from Maoz. My chickpea burgers are nothing compared to what they do. But this recipe is still another vegan favorite of mine! These veggie burgers have a delicious spicy taste and are super easy to make. You can easily turn them into veggie balls, falafel or change up the veggies and spices. Enjoy!
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Een week lang L’Oréal Sublime Bronze

In mei gaan we drie weken naar Curaçao. Vroeger betekende dat: uren in de zon liggen bakken en zo bruin mogelijk worden. Sinds mijn zwangerschap doe ik dit niet meer. Mijn huid heeft zoveel zon gezien door alle jaren in de Tropen dat ik zonnevlekjes op mijn gezicht en armen heb. Ik wil mijn dochter graag groot zien worden, dus ik smeer me sinds een jaar of drie religieus in en ga altijd braaf in de schaduw zitten. Maar. Ik vind mijn lichaam wel mooier als ik bruin ben. Dan voel ik me ook beter in een bikini. En dat is natuurlijk mijn uniform op Curaçao. Dus ik besloot zelfbruiners te gaan proberen, in de hoop met een mooi kleurtje uit het vliegtuig te stappen in plaats van met een lichtgevend lijf op het stand te moeten liggen. Ik deed wat onlineonderzoek en besloot te beginnen met de L’Oréal Sublime Bronze.   Continue reading

The No Make-up Make-up Routine

For a no make up routine you can use just a couple of products to even out your skin tone, get rid of minor imperfections and enhance your natural beauty. The idea is that your skin looks like your skin, but better. Your lips look like your lips, but fuller and your lashes will be your lashes, but a little longer. A good no make up look is only possible if you have a great skincare routine. Check out my morning and my evening skincare routine here! Another important part of any no make up look is containing yourself. I love make-up, so nine times out of ten I want to do a subtle, natural look but end up using way more products and going all the way. Watch me  Continue reading

My Favorite Nude Lipsticks

You probably know by now I love all things nude. Nude colored clothes, shoes, bags, nail polishes, lipsticks: yes, please! But there is another reason I have a lot of nude lipsticks. I have a big scar on my lip. So I can’t wear any darker shades, without accentuating my scar. So today I am sharing my favorite nude lipsticks with you guys, because I am in love with them! And also because I wanted to proof to my wife that Yes, they are all different and Yes, I need all of them (and more). She wasn’t convinced, but you, my fellow beauty lovers, you know what I am talking about! Enjoy!
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World Mama Jourdan, from Charleston, South Carolina

I am able to be moved by the fact that my child loves me the way I should have been able to love myself all along, without reservation, without doubt, without fear. And I no longer mourn the loss of the girl I used to be. Rather through the birth of my son, I praise the birth of the woman I was always meant to become.” When I read these words, written by this weeks World Mama, I got goosebumps. I think a lot of mothers will be able to relate to Jordan’s story. I am very happy she wanted to share it here. Jourdan is the ninth World Mama of 2017 and the last one of this season. You can check out all sixteen World Mamas here. If you would like to share your story, then send me an e-mail: columnsbykari@gmail.com. But first, I would love for you to meet Jourdan, from Charleston, South Carolina. Continue reading

Opvoeding: Ideaal vs. Realiteit

Ik ging dat dus wel even doen hè: de perfecte moeder worden. Dat had ik al besloten ver voordat ik überhaupt zwanger was. Want ik wist immers hoe dat moest, opvoeden. Ik had er namelijk over gelezen. En we weten allemaal dat het wel snor zit, als je de juiste kennis hebt. Ja, niet dus. Er zijn zoveel dingen die ik tijdens mijn zwangerschap, met mijn neus in de boeken, had bedacht en die ik nu (heel erg) anders doe. Ik heb daar niet echt een oordeel over. Ik moet er soms wel om lachen (“kijk mij nou”), soms ben ik er heel tevreden mee (“zie je wel dat ik eigenlijk heel chill ben”) en soms voelt het ongemakkelijk (“ja maar, ik ben zo moe”). Dus, mede-niet-perfecte moeder, hier komt ‘ie dan: (mijn) opvoedingsideaal vs. de realiteit. Continue reading

The Everyday Glam Make-up Routine

There are very few days were I need my make-up to last more than eight hours. I always come home after work. There are only a handful of days Isaya doesn’t fall asleep in my arms. But when I do have an after-work date with friends, I like my make-up to keep up with me. I don’t want to have to re-aply my make-up or worry about creasing, if I go out for dinner and drinks after work. If you want to know how to create the perfect everyday glam make-up, that doesn’t crease and stays in place for more than twelve hours, then watch this video! Continue reading