My first ever Giveaway! Closes 31 March

Hello lovelies! It is a sunny Friday in London and I have launched my first ever giveaway. I am sooo excited to share this with you. I’ve carefully sourced some of my favourite products and put them all into a hamper for you. Check it out on my Instagram account to enter!

I want to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU for all the support, for allowing me to share my thoughts, recipes and life lessons and for believing in my skills as a home cook 😛

I love the community around my natural kitchen and I TRULY believe in the best life being one of freedom, healthy eating and mindfulness. Nature has a lot of lessons to teach us, we just have to pay attention, stand still, live in the now, use all our senses. My happiest times have always been linked to nature, whether through food, outdoor adventures, observing beautiful, natural beauty and living freely.

Back to the giveaway now!

You can win 13 amazing products by entering before 31 March 23.59 BST

The products are:

@clearspringuk Tamari sauce (I use this in most of my savoury cooking), miso paste and Udon noodles.
@hybridherbs cordyceps mushroom powder and matcha powder – premium tonic herbs and rare superfood powders. A huge thank you to them for sending me these incredible products! ❤
@mr_organic dairy-free hazelnut chocolate spread
Verivalbio #muesli and organic spelt granola
@orwellhealth_ Black Soybean Pasta – full of protein
@blooming_you_powders barley and aronia powders
@buywholefoodsonline currants + Soul Nutrients cacao nibs which did not fit in the pic, lol

All 13 products in this giveaway are vegan 🌱
HOW TO ENTER
1. Follow my account @mariasnaturalkitchen
2. Tag 3 friends you want to share this with
3. Enter until 31 March 23:59 BST
4. Multiple entries allowed
5. Winner will be drawn at random on 1 April
6. UK & EUROPE ENTRIES ONLY

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter is Maria’s Natural Kitchen.
  1. The giveaway is open to residents in Europe aged 16 years and over.
  1. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this giveaway.
  1. By entering this giveaway, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  1. Route to entry for the giveaway and details of how to enter are via https://www.instagram.com/mariasnaturalkitchen 
  2. Multiple entries are allowed.
  1. Closing date for entry will be 31 March 2018. After this date the no further entries to the giveaway will be permitted.
  1. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  1. The rules of the giveawayand how to enter are as follows:

Follow my Instagram account @mariasnaturalkitchen
Tag 3 friends you want to share this with

10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the giveaway will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this giveaway.

12. The prize is as follows:

The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. We reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

13. Winners will be chosen at random by software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter on 1 April 2018.

14. The winner will be notified by DM on Instagram. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

15. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / delivered.

16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the giveaway will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. By entering this giveaway, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18. The giveaway and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

20. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address hello@mariasnaturalkitchen.com

21. Entry into the giveaway will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Maria’s Natural Kitchen and not to any other party.

Some additional Terms and Conditions which you might wish to include if relevant:

  • Maria’s Natural Kitchen shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  • Maria’s Natural Kitchen also reserves the right to cancel the giveaway if circumstances arise outside of its control.

Read This If You Want to Create a Happier Life

Today we celebrate International Day of Happiness! How awesome is that? Not that we need a day to talk about it or celebrate it. We’re probably thinking about it a bit too much, a little too often and some of us may be obsessing about the question: Am I happy? So I wanted to share my views on happiness and my personal recipe for being happy. Supported in fact by the biggest study on happiness.

It’s not always been easy for me to stay happy or to fully understand what true happiness is. I talked openly about my anxiety, struggles with finding the right career path and other day-to-day doubts and fears. I have learned a lot about myself and …well, life, in the last five years especially. It was only after a lot of trial and error in my personal and professional life that I understood what happiness really is and, most importantly, what it is not! So let me start there.

Happiness IS NOT:

– joy or pleasure

– constant

– material

– hard to achieve

– in the future

This should be very clear for each and every one of us, especially today, in a world hooked on instant gratification and chasing status and money. Please know that EVERYBODY who’s extremely successful or has achieved a lot will tell you that happiness is not that. Everyone who has the ‘perfect’ body, face, etc will also say that happiness is not about that.

IN FACT, the biggest study on what makes a good life finally gives us the answer. And it’s not what you think! I have come to realise that myself every single day, happiness is linked to one simple thing:

✨ HUMAN CONNECTION ✨

The quality of our relationships within society, with family, friends and our community are the real source of happiness and health. Think about it – when was the last time you felt truly happy? I bet you were not on your own. I bet you were surrounded by friends, family, or even work colleagues. What about the sense of community on Instagram? We are all grateful to have found like-minded people who share our beliefs and values in one area of our lives at least (food, mindfulness, health).

So what does this REALLY mean? It means we need each other to stay happy. That no person can or should try and do everything on their own. We need to stay connected. In real life. We need to be kinder to each other, make an effort to maintain our relationships, help each other, give back, support each other.

I think it is crucial for all of us, in a world that is deceivingly connected to, to make sure we meet new people, make new friends, be part of groups, clubs and communities and not isolate ourselves.  Nothing quite compares with sharing food with other people, laughing, having a meaningful chat, being a shoulder to cry on.

And most importantly, we should slow down and appreciate what and who we have.