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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Love Story: My broken engagement

Hello everybody

When most people think of coming of the winter, I imagine some of the first things to come to mind are rosy cheeks, self-burning fire, hot beverage and making a snow-man. For me, it much more about a desperate search for water-tight boots, that can handle deep snow, brown puddles and muddy hours while I'm doing much needed outdoor chores (but that’s just life when you live in a climate with heavy-duty winters).
This day, as it is hugged by the curtain of fog has reminded me of that.

To move away from winter-thoughts
I have for you.. the story. :)

I say: I liked the way this went own.
OK, on to my least favorite part of this weather: knowing how long it takes me to get dressed before going outside, with all the layers keeping my body safe and warm.. and knowing that from now on, I'll need to add even more, and more layers. Like an onion, yes. :)
Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Waking up to a rainy day.

Hello everybody.

When it’s raining, do you ever feel like it’s never going to stop?
Studies have shown that people who live in warm, sunny climates are no happier that those in chilly, wet climes. Isolation and inactivity, moping around, listening to sad songs, staying in your pajamas until noon, skipping showers, or watching TV all day, are recipes for more depression and more distress. 

However, rain is a part of Nature's process of growth.  Just like nature needs the rain to grow, we all might need a little rain to relax, slow down and re-charge. I think we need our rainy days to grow, to flourish and to thrive too!
Personally, I like to get up and move.
Just because it's raining, it does not mean there's nothing to do here. It's not a pouring day, so a lot can be achieved, and there is a sense of peace in seeing how the rain darkens garden soil and changes up garden plants.

For those of you who get a bit more romantic and poetic on a rainy day
I have a poem:

I’m quite sure that there is no better feeling in the world than the way you will feel after spending the whole day outside in the rain, followed by a hot bath and then a nice hot cup of cocoa. 
Well, there's something to work hard for.
Have a nice Saturday.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Midweek magazines: Lipstick comes to be as necessary as silk stockings!

Hello everybody

OK, deep breath: let's start with a *shout out* to all of you out there, who just happen to stumble upon this article. There is someone in need, someone very dear, very strong, and very much a Vintage Queen. Her name is Jessica, (you may know her from the delightful place called Chronically vintage).. Her only home has been a subject of an arson-attack and the blazing flames took everything away from her. 
Right now, she needs HELP.
Anything that anyone can give, would be so incredibly helpful to her (and her husband) - if nothing else, keep spreading the word about their donation campaign link on social media and/or your blog - because anything is better that standing still.

When you take a closer look at what might happen in a blink of an eye, everything else seems so trivial, doesn't it? However, it is the small tricks and minor details that make all the difference, actually. Those are the things we starts fights about. Those are the items that brighten-up our day, and those little details are the key to "keeping it together"
Do not giggle, but when stress hits the roof, looking down at clean shoes might actually be the most re-assuring moment that gives me strength. Same goes for a dull & windy day, when wearing a touch of lipstick gives color to everything. If you have seen me wearing tiny earrings while working outdoors; it's because this seemingly insignificant piece of jewelry gives me a feminine feeling (even when I'm stocking-up wood).

Here's an article about 
making makeup work for you:

OK, this is what I had to post before the article.
This is a makeup & hair-color dream! :)

There's still some tricks we can learn from history.

Let me leave this post with a quote that conveys my thoughts:
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Snack smart: True blue smoothie

Hello everybody.

It seems like the minute the weather turns colder, we crave more to eat. 
Oh, but why? 
If you feel hungrier as winter draws near, you're not alone. No, no. Even though most of us spend our days in climate-controlled offices and homes, our appetites seem to change when the days grow shorter. Some researchers say it's our primitive impulses pushing us to stockpile calories for the winter ahead.
If you are trying to keep up the shape of your body, and not get the winter-padding (he, he - but, there's nothing wrong with getting it); the best way is to have at least one of our daily meals made out of highly nutritive fruits & vegetable blend.

I say: smoothie-days are ahead of us:

Whether it's pasta, coconut & chocolate cake or those holiday vanilla cookies, I like to say it's probably best not to deprive ourselves completely of the foods we love.
Have a great day.
and: what is your go-to snack on a windy day?