3 SIMPLE SNACK IDEAS FOR PRE-CHRISTMAS PARTY


Well, hello 

It's time for the blog team post of the month and this month we decided to come up together with a pre-Christmas party theme. Especially with food/snacks to serve in your own pre-Christmas party or what you can take with you to the party.
Gather your friends, prepare these treats & enjoy!

// On taas aika kuukausittaisen blogitiimipostauksen ja tässä kuussa me päätettiin tehdä postaus pikkujoulutarjoiltavista. Näitä voit tarjota omissa pikkujouluissasi tai ottaa mukaan ystäväsi pikkujouluihin.
Kerää kaverisi, tehkää näitä herkkuja ja nauttikaa!

CARROT SOUP WITH FETA CHEESE


This one has been pretty close to my heart and it’s so super easy and quick to make too! 
This recipe will serve four, but you can always make a smaller portion. 

INGREDIENTS: 

-1 onion
-2 garlic nails
-1kg carrots
-1l water
-3 tablespoons of chicken or vegetable fondué
-150g feta cheese
-salt & pepper for seasoning
-1tablespoon of oil

HOW TO ROLL WITH IT?

1. Slice garlic & onion to small pieces and sweat them in the oil. 

2. Peel & slice the carrots and add them in the pot. 

3. Add water and fondué to the pot & boil until carrots are cooked.
It’s like cooking potatoes you know, until they’re soft enough to mush. 

4. Add shredded feta cheese to the soup and use hand blender to make it smooth. 
You can add water if the soup is too thick. 

5. Season with salt and pepper, if you want of course. 

TIP: If you want to go vegan, drop the feta cheese & use vegetable fondué. 

TIP2: Serve with fresh bread.





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LUSH DON’T LOOK AT ME FRESH MASK

It's so hard to concentrate on writing this post. Dino is having its own house party in my womb and our guinea pigs are running around the apartment while writing this. Hah, let's see how this will go. 
Today I'm sharing another Lush related post with you guys. I guess you're pretty aware how obsessed I am with their products and that's probably one of the reasons I changed my skincare and haircare routines completely earlier this year. I got rid of all the other products in my shelves and replaced them with Lush products. Gosh, that was a hell of a good decision. Probably one of the best ones I've made this year, my skin and hair is looking so much better & well, environment thanks when going eco-friendly products. On the plus side, these are not tested on animals either so that's a really good thing. 


DON'T LOOK AT ME FRESH FACE MASK

It has been such a long time since I last owned a face mask. I had the Cup O' Coffee earlier this year and it was absolutely amazing. Although, I wanted to try something very different when I was the last visiting over at Lush shop. Yes, I went to the actual shop - what is this sorcery? 

This one is a product you'll have to keep in the fridge so it will maintain it's fresh quality. That's so weird, I hardly even remember that I'm having one because well - it's in our fridge. That's also so funny, because whenever we're going to sauna I ask J to bring my face mask from the fridge. 

I absolutely love to combine this product with sauna & Lush Roots hair treatment. That definitely feels like a perfect pampering evening. If I had a bathtub, that would be so amazing addition to this little sauna routine of mine. 


I absolutely adore the color of this face mask. It makes me look like an Avatar from the Avatar movie. Pretending to be Zoe Zaldana in the sauna lol. Okay, maybe not - but it's so pretty I could stare it all day if it wasn't supposed to be kept in the fridge.

It smells okay, I mean citrus fruits have been really close to my heart lately and this one includes citron juice. It makes me feel so fresh after sauna and it cleanses my face perfectly. It's wonderful after a rough day and a walk home in the middle of that cold that's going on outside during this time of the year.

Have you tried any fresh masks from Lush?



Ps. How do I explain to our youngest guinea pig that she doesn't have to keep those baby noises anymore because she's a full grown adult and independent little woman? 

LUSH BÛCHE DE NOËL FACIAL CLEANSER

Hello, everyone 

I realized that I haven't shared anything beauty related this month and it's so weird. Usually, my monthly blogging schedule consists of 3-5 different beauty themed blog posts but this month has been lacking them really successfully. That's so weird. Well, here we go - a beauty related post! 


BÛCHE DE NOËL

I recently realized also, (is this going to be all about me realizing things?) that I don't have a proper face cleanser so I wanted to make a change on that. I purchased this Bûche de Noël fresh facial cleanser for that purpose and oh my god I am in love. 

The smell is absolutely wonderful. They say on their website that it includes satsumas, cranberries and a drop of brandy and that combination smells absolutely wonderful. At first, I was a bit concerned about the brandy that was included in the product, as you might remember from my earlier post about Lush Ocean Salt face & body scrub when the alcohol in the product just wasn't something I really would enjoy. The scrub was smelling like tequila and it left my face smelling like a tequila. Not that I would mind about it, because I absolutely love tequila - I just don't want to smell like tequila. 
The brandy in this Bûche de Noël makes the product smell so soft, smooth and sweet. I absolutely love it. It kind of reminds me of Christmas, which probably is something that there was meant to happen; it is included in their Christmas range this year. 

The texture of this product is also something I haven't tried from Lush before, so I was excited to try it out. It's like umm, wet sand (can I say that?) and you add a little bit of water to it and then rub it between your hands before applying it to your face. For me, that's so wonderful! Although I do kind of take a bit too much of that actual product from the pot, because I'm not yet that used to the texture of it. As an idea, I absolutely adore it. 



I've included this to my evening and morning skincare routine from the minute I tried it for the first time. Now when being pregnant, my skin has been, well, a bit difficult. I've got a few spots around my forehead and cheeks, so this has been controlling them so well. It felt like I could have seen those little pimples disappear after a few uses. So it's definitely working for me and on the plus side - it smells amazing too. 
When it comes to facial cleansers, I absolutely suck at using them. I've never had any spots or you know, the impurity in my face or skin so all of this is kind of new to me. Now when I've found a product I actually enjoy using, I can't see why this wouldn't become my daily thing to do. 

I love it, especially in the mornings. You know, waking up at 4AM every single morning is not that refreshing so this one really does wake me up, it makes my face feel smooth and clean. Oh, and did I mention that my face smells awesome afterward? 


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LIFE UPDATE #4 | AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR


Well, hello 

It's time for another life update. Even though this month has been a bit deep over here at this blog, I still want to keep doing these little life updates twice a month. There's so much going on each month so it's just appropriate to share these things haha! 


AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR

Our move went pretty well, even though it was a pretty cold day when we moved. I guess that's one of the reasons why our guinea pig Tiuhti caught a cold and then after struggling for about a week, she passed away with quite a tragic way. I highly recommend you to skip to the next section if you're easily disturbed about death and things around it. 
Tiuhti has always been the one with the casual flu going on, so we didn't think at first that it wasn't that bad, because she had had the flu before this and then it just went away with extra vitamin C & parsley. Well, this one just didn't, so on a Sunday 13th of November we took her to the vet. The vet said that it's basically a 50/50 chance if she'll be okay. We took the medication he prescribed for her and went home. This happened around 12pm and at 1pm we gave her the first dose of her antibiotics. 
At 3pm we were making dinner and when I was sitting next to our kitchen table watching our guinea pigs minding their own business. They have this two-floor cage and I saw how Tiuhti was attempting to get downstairs. She was waving her front paws like she had no clue how to get down those stairs and then I saw her fell. 
She fell down the stairs leaving the rest of our four guinea pigs staring at her. At this point, she was still breathing and alive. I immediately had the need to check if her feet were working properly because guinea pigs don't really fall from places. We lifted her away from the cage to the floor next to it and found out that she wasn't able to move her legs. It was absolutely horrible to watch. 
I started to search the vet's phone number, so we could take her there immediately so  he could do things that were needed to do because there was no chance that Tiuhti would recover from it. While I was searching the number, J lifted her to our couch and she took her last breath. 

There's a funny thing about guinea pigs. Even though they live in a cage, they're not like hamsters. They actually socialize with you and become the part of your family. So losing Tiuhti felt like losing a family member. She had been with us almost 3 years and she was an important part of our little family. I know we've got still 4 amazing little potatoes left in our family, but it still doesn't feel like the same pack of piggies and it's not even supposed to feel like it. 

The first couple of nights were horrible, I wasn't able to sleep because every time I closed my eyes I saw how awful Tiuhti looked like when she realized that her legs didn't work. The first week was horrible, to see how the rest of our piggies tried to find Tiuhti from the cage. Others are completely fine and I guess that they're accepted the fact that their little Teabag is not coming back anymore. They still check up the place where Tiuhti loved to hang, but turn away because there's no one there. It's heartbreaking to watch. That was one hell of a Sunday.

We have planned to buy a new cage for our guinea pigs, for safety reasons and simply for the fact that there are a couple of spots in the cage where Tiuhti loved to hang out but they're simply too hard to clean. They can still smell her even though she's not there. 


Let's move on to the positive part of this post! Despite that Sunday, life has been good lately. We bought a crib for Dino from IKEA and I also renewed the look of this blog with J's help. We had our 4th maternity clinic appointment a couple of days ago and I finally bought the lamp to help me to shoot blog pictures. Now I won't have to use old ones for all my posts just because the lack of daylight is sucking all the motivation out of me.  

Oh, and who's doing Blogmas this year? At least I am, so stay tuned for that next month! 


OUR 4TH MATERNITY CLINIC APPOINTMENT


For starters, I'd like to share with you this adorable outfit I found for Dino from eBay. I've been doing lots of eBay purchases lately, for Dino and in general. All those pretty onesies for babies and outfits for them have just melted my heart. This one was the first outfit I purchased for Dino and it's so pretty.

10 THINGS THAT I’M THANKFUL FOR


I'm thankful for my family. 

I'm thankful for my guinea pigs. 

I'm thankful that Tiuhti was part of our little family. 

I'm thankful for this year. 

I'm thankful for Dino. 

I'm thankful for J being there when I needed him the most. 

I'm thankful for having the roof on top of our head & food in the fridge. 

I'm thankful for those snowy days we had. 

I'm thankful for my grandparents, they're awesome. 

I'm thankful for today. 

What are you thankful for? 





JASMIN FROM A TO W | GET TO KNOW ME BETTER

I've been seeing these types of posts all around the Internet that I decided to put my
own spoon in the bowl. Okay, that's one of a stupid saying.
I must say, though, that I'm pretty bad at describing myself or my blog with any words
- so bare with me okay! I've been struggling with it in job interviews or actually, every
single interview I've been to. Not that I would have that many interviews. Okay, I'm done.


Amused - I get amused so freaking easily. It doesn't matter if it's a cat with a
sombrero or a shitty joke, I can guarantee that I'll be amused by it.

Bananas - I used to hate bananas and I still don't really like them. I can eat
them sometimes, but that's only a seasonal treat for me. I'm not going to the
grocery store to buy bananas.

Cakes - I love to bake cakes, I never eat them. Hate the taste of them, although
that dough is delicious.

Dresses - I've got a hate-love-hate relationship with dresses. I don't usually wear
them, or actually never. When I go to Spain or somewhere else warm, I can wear
a dress.

Eetu - My little brother is one of the most important men in my life. I love him to
pieces and I am basically spoiling him, but what else can a loving big sister do?

Fearless - I'm basically fearless. There are only two things I'm really afraid of;
flying & clowns.

Goals - I've got plenty of goals in my life. I couldn't live without them, I'm kind
of a control freak when it comes to me trying to achieve my goals.

Height - I'm short as fuck. I mean, where have I been when they gave those tall
people cards? Taking a dump? Really?

Imagination - I've got a wild one. Do you?

Jasmin - That's my first name. I actually have three first names, all of them
starting with a letter J.

Kiwi fruit - I could eat plenty of Kiwi fruits, I mean all of the kiwi fruits that
are on this planet.

Lakeworth - The first city I visited in the USA if you don't count Miami and
traveling from the airport to Lakeworth.

Martta - Martta is my little sister, even though we don't get along as well as me
and my little brother, she will still be one of the greatest aunts Dino will ever have.

NeverLand - by Zayion McCall, I've been obsessed with this song lately! Can't
wait to sing the chorus as a lullaby for Dino when he arrives.

Ottawa Senators - My favorite NHL team.

Peter Pan - My all time favorite Disney story.

Queues - I'm not a fan of these, despite my Finnish roots. Finnish people
love to stand in queues.

Realist - I've always been realist person.

Stamps - I used to collect stamps when I was little.

Temperament - I've got a huge temperament, I love to get my opinions out
there and I can say some things really straight to your face. I used to keep it
as one of my flaws but I've started to respect that quality now that I'm better
with choosing words and been playing with other adults for few years.

Umbrella - I've never owned one, I should definitely consider getting one. It's
always raining here in Finland.

Volume - When I'm sober and I get excited, my volume tends to go up.
Although, when I'm drunk I keep my volume as minimum as I can.

Words - I love words. I love everything about them and how they can be used
to describe things in such an amazing ways.


I had to stop to W, my vocabulary is quite limited when it comes to letters X, Y & Z haha!
Hope you enjoyed the post :-)





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GETTING CREATIVE WITH H&M WALL STICKERS


Hi there lovelies! 

This is going to be so weird, I'm allowing you to have a little sneak peek to Dino's room
before it's even finished. Wow, I'm getting so ahead of myself.
There's literally nothing else than this crib we bought from IKEA & some little stuff around
it. I'm so excited it to be finished soon.

THE GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST - NEVER AGAIN, THANK YOU.


So earlier this month I went to take a glucose tolerance test.
There was something odd going on in my urine test at the early pregnancy, so the nurse
wanted me to take the glucose tolerance test. It was something about how something was
supposed to be 55, but for me, it was 56 so that made me belong to the risk group for
gestational diabetes.
I was instantly like "oh, what the hell woman - how do you expect me to keep that
the sugar-filled liquid in when I'm not even able to drink Coca-Cola?"

WHAT’S ON MY IPHONE?

Hello everybody!

I'm here with a ridiculous excuse to show off my new baby phone I bought a couple of
weeks back. I'm going to walk you through my most used apps and tell you why they're
so close to my heart at the same time when I can't take my eyes off my new phone.
It's so adorable. I love the matt black color of it and it actually feels a bit lighter than the
6S I had earlier.


First of all, I've got my essentials. Mail, calendar, pictures, camera, notes, clock, app store
and settings. Those are the only apps that I actually use and that already were on the phone.
I absolutely love this new iOs10 which ables you to delete all the original apps you don't use.
I mean, what on Earth am I doing with an app for Apple Watch when I can't even afford
to one?

Facebook, Messenger, Twitter and WhatsApp are probably on everyone's phone. They're
essentials, I mean, I could live without Facebook but I can't live without Twitter. I'm kind
of a Twitter addict nowadays. Now that I actually understand how that thing works, that
took a while, to be honest.

Youtube, Instagram, Bloglovin' and Snapchat are something that I use less frequently.
I don't know why but I've kind of lost my Instagram mojo and Snapchat really does eat
your phone alive. It takes a battery so much that it's ridiculous, yet I still have to have the
app.

Dreamdays, Hay Day, We Heart It and H&M. First of all, I'm obsessed to Hay Day.
Second of all, I absolutely love counting days to stuff, so I have to have Dreamdays.
Rest of the apps are just for fun.
I'm also using Spotify to listen to music because I'm not enjoying the one that is included
in iPhone in the beginning.

I don't want my phone to be full of apps, so that's basically all I've got.

What do you have on your phone?





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THE MATERNITY PACKAGE


Here in Finland, we pregnant women, get to choose whether we want our maternity
benefit as a money or if we want it as a package.
So basically, we get to choose between a huge package of baby stuff or 140€ of
money. Well, a common sense tells you to take a package including around 50 different
products for the benefit for you and your baby.
I chose the package, but there are a few families per year who wants money instead of
the package.

DURING THE WINTER I’M GOING TO…

Hi there lovelies!

Like Autumn, Winter is also one of my favorite seasons throughout the year. I absolutely
love everything about it, or I used to before I moved to Helsinki.
Here in Helsinki, we don't usually get that much snow. Eventually, it'll all be just a huge
wet slushie and rain boots become a daily essential. If rain boots were such thing that can
be worn during Winter, they're not. They're too slippery.

I also love all kinds of Winter activities, like hockey, ice skating, and snowboarding.
Although, I haven't been on a board for a while and during this winter, I'm not even
able to.

What are your favorite things to do during the Winter?


During this Winter, I'm going to...

... Drink plenty of hot chocolates.
... Enjoy cold evenings inside watching Netflix.
... Start listening to Christmas songs super early.
... Wear my wool socks every day after work.
... Build a snowman.
... Make snow angels.
... Wear the coziest knits and sweaters I own.
... Plan our babymoon in Sweden for January.
... Go to Sweden to our babymoon.
... Enjoy my winter break from work, knowing that I'm not going back after it.
... Watch Christmas movies.
... Prepare me for giving birth.
... Pamper myself during the cold nights.
... Fall in love with snow all over again.
... Hate the cold weather as I always do.
... Eat less Christmas sweets.





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IN THE MEMORY OF TIUHTI


"Little guinea pig in the grass
I can clearly see your thinking
How long will this tiny lawn last
As its very rapidly shrinking

Amongst the green patch
You find some tasty clover
I can clearly see your thinking
You don't want this feast to be over

Little guinea pig in the grass
I hope you feel wild and free
But please remember I love you
And want you here with me."

- Jackie

In the memory of Tiuhti, December 20th, 2013 - November 13th, 2016.

10 WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR STYLE BEFORE YOU TURN 18 | GUEST POST BY R'NELLE

Recently, I’ve had a huge shift in my wardrobe. When I first got into fashion 
and fashion blogging, I was all about accumulating as much clothing as possible 
as that’s what it seemed all of the big bloggers were doing, and people always 
loved my new clothes. Within the past three to four months, I haven’t wanted to 
buy loads of new clothing. Rather, I wanted to cleanse my closet of the items I’d 
matured from and invest in quality items from time to time that would last me ages. 
Ironically, this shift is occurring right before I come of legal age. Since my 18th 
birthday is in three days, I though it be perfect to share 10 ways to enhance your 
style before you turn 18. (These suggestions can be used by those older than 18 too!)



1) Pick a color! 
I love all black clothing. I can’t get enough of it! In my quest to really setting my 
inner style, I’ve decided to curate a mostly black wardrobe since it is the color I like 
to wear most. I’ve got black dresses, tanks, jeans, and will acquire more black attire 
here and there to start a collection of key/essential pieces. To keep things from being 
too overwhelming, I’ve decided to invest in mostly white and/or black pieces, hold 
onto my non-black favorites, and wear non-black shoes and accessories for flare.


2) Establish a signature scent. 
When it comes to fashion, smell is just as importance as appearance.  I’ve been 
wearing different perfumes here and there since I was a freshman in high school, 
but what inspired me to establish a signature scent was my workplace. A few guys 
where I work wear cologne, and they wear the same scent every time I encounter 
them.  I’ve come to identify them by their cologne, and just a whiff of it in the air 
lets me know they’re near. Having a signature scent is just so personal (there’s 
nothing wrong with having a backup scent if you can’t pick just one!).

 I started wearing Modern Muse by Estee Lauder, and I’ve decided to bring it back into 
my life. It’s such a rich, juicy, mature, and seductive scent! I get compliments every 
time I wear it, and it lasts for hours. 1 ounce is $65, but it’s well worth it. 



3) Take a plunge. 
A couple of months ago, I did a post about something I’d been wanting to try for 
ages but was too scared to—wine colored lipstick. Something about that dark colored 
mystery kept me thirsting for a go, so I finally gave it a shot. At first I hated it. 
I managed to try it (in my house) three more times, and I fell in love! It’s a shade that 
I only see myself wearing to special occasions, but it’s so sultry that it’s worth a go. 
Want to try a new eyeshadow but think it’s too bright? Thinking about that red dress 
but don’t want to stand out? Give it a go. If anything, you’ll be glad you gave it a try.

4) Donate. 
Stop holding onto that old stuff you haven’t worn since last year. Let. It. Go.



5) Go big! 
A little over a year ago, I discovered one of the coolest sites to exist known as 
“Shoes of Prey”. “Shoes of Prey” is a custom shoe maker that allows you to 
design your own shoes and have them delivered straight to your door! With 
suede, patent leather, pebble leather, hair, soft leather, silk, vegan leather, etc., 
there’s a material for everyone. 

“Shoes of Prey” shoes are an investment. Flats typically start at $129, heels at 
$179, oxfords at $199, and wedges at $219. This doesn’t even include extras 
such as trim, bows, 4+ materials, etc.. There is a 365 day return/money back 
guarantee policy, and depending on your shoes, they’ll send you extra heel taps, 
extra laces, and shoe inserts free of charge. Every pair of shoes also comes with 
a shoe bag.



6) Be prepared! 
When it comes to fashion anything is possible. You can run into anyone and be 
offered the opportunity of a lifetime. You could also encounter a circumstance that 
isn’t so benefiting such as getting a rip in your clothes, sweating off your makeup, 
or get your period unexpectedly. To be ready for any instance, carry a sewing kit 
with you (I keep one in my car). Invest in a moisturizing facial wipe (I use Burt’s 
Bees), and ALWAYS carry a pad/tampon on you and sanitary wipes even if you’re 
not expecting to need them. Our bodies can surprise us in all kinds of ways. 
You may also be able to help a friend in need.



7) Enhance your sleep. 
For a while, I wore pajamas that were unappealing (to me). I went to bed in 
baggy pants, shirts, anything faded, things of multiple colors, etc.. One day I 
was feeling crappy, and sliding into my usual home attire made me feel even 
worse. I decided I needed a change. I created an account with “Aerie”, and I 
ordered some cute soft crop sleep tees, a couple of pairs of their sweater shorts, 
and a tank top.   The first time I slid into my new sleepwear I felt gorgeous and 
amazing! Two weeks later I invested in a few bodysuits from “Aerie” and two 
more sleep tees. I also went to “Target” and got a robe and some suede/furry 
slippers. My new pajamas always lift my mood no matter how I am feeling prior 
to putting them on, and I feel like a queen. Who says you can’t have style at home?



8) Take it one at a time. 
I absolutely adore my black skinny jeans, and I’ve donated almost all my other jeans 
because they are honestly the only jeans I need. If my current pair starts fading 
excessively, I invest in aback up pair for when they finally retire and rip as my previous 
pairs have. I’ve only got one pair of legs, so I only need one pair of jeans!

*update: I got two new pairs of black skinny jeans; now I won’t wear out one pair 
super quickly!

9) Budget. 
As I have gotten more into fashion, discovering my personal style, and buying less, 
my taste has become more expensive. If I find something by accident that I didn’t 
want before seeing it, I don’t buy it. If I think of something on my own that I want, 
I add it to my bookmarks on my computer or write it down. I decide how much I’m 
willing to spend on that item in the case that I find it at different prices, and I don’t 
waver from how much I’m willing to pay. If I don’t have the money available, I save 
until I do and avoid impulse buys so that I can have money for what I really want.



10) Invest in your space. 
I find getting ready most fun when my room is clean, my floor is vacuumed, my 
closet is neat, etc.. I’ve recently placed my ottoman in front of my dresser for a 
vanity style look, I put an additional ottoman at the end of my bed to add to the 
aesthetic (plus it holds my books!), and I plan to invest in a faux fur rug (and 
possibly blanket) to give my room a nice studio/fashion chateau vibe to it.

Thank you lovelies for reading this post, and thank you Jasmin for allowing me 
to share this on your lovely blog. Let me know which tip was your favorite!

R’Nelle CyRe’ XX (pronounced ar-nell suh-ray)

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5 TIPS TO BALANCE BLOGGING WITH LIFE WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO GO RIGHT

Hi there lovelies!

As you might have noticed that I write to this blog pretty frequently. By frequently, I mean
daily. It takes a lot of work. I mean, like crazy. I'm also a little bit crazy as a person, so it fits
me perfectly.
There have been times when I haven't been feeling like I wanted to put together a post,
whether it's about negative feelings towards this blog and we all as bloggers know, how you
can have negative feelings to your blog. I've been there a couple of times. It happens when a
precious hobby of yours, starts to feel more like a job, or you just simply aren't feeling like a
blog is a thing you want to have in life. I tend to get these feelings about a twice a year, but
I've got over it because I simply just couldn't imagine my life without blogging.
It has become the part of my being, a part of who I am.

Sometimes, I also don't feel like blogging when negative things happen in my life. And oh
boy, that's a pretty frequent thing just because I've got this huge temperament inside of me
and it's always been there. Sometimes I can go from 0 to 100 for no reason and that's also a
part of my being. I swear a lot, I tend to get negative so easily - but don't all of us get that
way sometimes?
Last month went in a fog. Literally.
After everything I had going on with work, all the changes which all of them wasn't really
that good or great, to be honest, having these hormones in my system thanks to Dino, I felt
like I had nothing left to give. I was on a break of a burnout.
Somehow I'm still here writing this text to you and this is a moment when I'm going to share
my top 5 tips to balance blogging with life when nothing seems to go right.

Because sometimes, life just happens and there's nothing you can do about it. Or can you?


#1 LEAVE THE STUFF FROM YOUR WORK TO THE WORK

This one has been a bit tough one for me lately. After everything that has
happened, through the massive stress, I went through wondering was this it,
was I about to lose my monthly income. Thinking about what am I going to
do, I'm pregnant and that monthly income is kind of a necessity when it comes
to providing a future for you and your future family.
Thank goodness I did not lose my job, but I was feeling so overwhelmed and
unmotivated over there and I kept thinking about everyone who had to get their
things in order before they had to leave their jobs. Can't believe how emotional
I've become during this pregnancy.
I've always been the person who leaves all the work stuff to work if something
happens at the end of the day - I schedule it for the next morning in the back of
my head.
Somehow, with all that stuff that happened I forgot it and it almost drove me nuts.
It also affected to my blogging motivation and that was kind of bad feeling I had
inside of me, to be honest. I was almost ready to quit. But I didn't and I'm so glad
I didn't.

#2 REMIND YOURSELF WHY YOU STARTED BLOGGING

For me personally, this blog is my happy place. It's a place where I can escape for
all the things I've got going on in my life, whether they're good or bad. I've grown
with this blog for almost four years now and I wouldn't change a day of it.
There have been months I haven't posted a thing, there have been months I've
posted daily. It's my little creative place where I can write about me and my feelings
towards stuff, write less-important stuff like make up reviews - everything between
the Earth and the Sky.
It's my little therapy corner.

#3 DON'T HESITATE TO TAKE A BREAK

I personally believe, that if you need a break - you should go for it.
I needed a break a year ago when I went trough a miscarriage. Oh, and that's also
the first time I've said it out loud. I was having a mental breakdown.
It literally ripped me to pieces and I felt like I was a huge disappointment, worthless
piece of crap. I needed a break from life, from work and from this blog. I was in a
such a bad shape, that everything I tried to write down got me feeling so negative
- that I just didn't want to spread it out.
That little vacation saved my life, so if you need a break - take it.

#4 BLOGGING MOTIVATION ALWAYS COMES BACK

I've seen this so many times, there might be people who will disagree with me on
this - but trust me, there comes a time when you want to open a blogger and
WordPress and write your heart out. I had this feeling two weeks after my break
and oh boy how good that felt to write that I'm back.
I had this whole new point of the view to blogging and most importantly, the life.

#5 IT'S LIFE, WE'LL GET OVER IT

I'm not saying that I'm completely over with everything I've had been through in
this life of mine, but I've decided to let go. There's a plenty of stuff going on where
you can't affect in any way, so why just don't go with the flow and play with the
cards you've been given.
At this point, I feel like I should say that you don't have to settle with the cards
you've been given, but you can change your attitude for how you're taking things
that life gives you.
It'll let you see everything from a new perspective in a long haul.


My point of this post is, that if it feels like nothing is going right - go left.
There's always stuff going to happen in life, if you feel like you need a break, don't hesitate
to take it.
If you feel like you've lost your motivation, take a break to find yourself as a blogger and
come back with a whole lot of new inspiration.
It seems like I'm saying this could be easy, trust me it's not - but it pays off and it's definitely
worth it.





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THIS IS STARTING TO FEEL CREEPY | 25 WEEKS PREGNANT


Hello, everybody! 

Little pregnancy update over here, we're now 25 weeks pregnant. God this time goes
by so quickly and I can't believe that third trimester is already here. Not for long and I
can hold that little bundle of joy in my arms.
I mentioned that pumpkin in my last post before Halloween and I have to say that I did
buy a pumpkin this year. Although I bought it, I didn't carve it. Maybe next year then?

DREAM HOUSE INSPIRATION #8 | NURSERY


Hi there lovelies!

Now that we've moved to our new apartment I've loved to gather these inspiration
posts in a whole new way. I'm so excited to finally get the nursery done for Dino
and I'm full of inspiration to do so. I've got so many wonderful ideas and I'm
definitely going to share some lovely DIY's with you early next year. I've planned
so many home related posts for January that I can't even wait to the year to change
already haha.

WHY LONDON? 4 REASONS I MOVED TO THE BIG SMOKE | GUEST POST BY HANNAH


Hello, my name is Han, I am a twenty-something lifestyle blogger and I recently moved to London.


So what’s new? I’m a fairly recent graduate, I wanted to join the adults in the Big Smoke and London life is a millennial life goal, yes?


No.


I mean sure, it's a typical goal. But this move means so much more for me.


Let me explain.


I have moved around a lot in my fairly short time on this earth already. I have lived abroad twice, and I have lived in a few English towns. I LOVE the sea, and since leaving home I picked Southampton to study and a small island in south Brazil for my year abroad, the home of surf: Florianópolis. I love the calm of it.


And sure nothing has changed, I still love the sea. The calm.


But now I want more.


The truth is, I got to know London for a while before I made ‘the leap’. I took courses, socialised and had meetings there. Which in turn became a gift.


We would joke about this, but for half a year there was almost not one week that went by when I wasn’t in London at least once.


Then, in the middle of August a friend offered me a place to stay and I no longer had any excuses. A week later I was packed up and ready to move.

This. Was. It!


Now, don't get me wrong. There has been ups and downs. But that's life! And as my favourite saying goes: "without challenge, there's no adventure!".

So here it is, my four reasons for moving to the big city:
  1. Events. There is always something going on! Whether a beauty evening, seminar or a gig, you are never short of things to do! Even after being here for a few weeks, I couldn’t imagine anyone getting bored of this place! Although someone put it to me well: “bored of London, bored of life!”
  2. Shopping and fashion. Stereotypical girl response, but it’s so true. With exposure to so many brands, styles and messages, what's not to love!? Although you have to pick your times and it is hit and miss with many areas like Brick Lane and Westfield. But where isn't?!
  3. Access to the world. Ok, so with the creation of the internet and social media, you somehow wouldn’t think it a big deal. What I mean is easy access to transport. The other day I hopped on the tube to Heathrow and was in Paris within a lunch break. You can do day trips abroad and there will always be frequent travel to get there from London's many hotspots like King's Cross, Euston, Waterloo and the obvious airports.
  4. Out of the box thinking. You are never too weird or too crazy for this concrete jungle. I have finally found a city where I feel 100% comfortable in my own style and attitude. No idea of mine is too crazy, and nothing I say too out there. It accommodates to all minds and the wider thinking the better. Complacency is not an option.
This is among many other reasons...

Of course, London isn't for everyone.

It's loud, it's busy, it never tires. And it's expensive wherever and whatever you do. From council tax to a pint, your bank account will be constantly wincing.

Can I just say, that it is so worth it though and you can get through that initial scary start. 

So, my question for you is: what is your biggest leap in your life?
Han x