Oh, lazy summer days I waited for you with yearn. Since you came I want to spend my summertime with joy and laziness, hello life! You can imagine my feeling when you finish your college semester, or you go to your well-deserved holiday after months of hard work. My pre vacay days (Morocco here I come!) started and I want to share with you Loves how I spend my lazy summer days.
The most important thing I do is adjusting my night’s rest. During my studies I sleep sometimes just for three or four hours for days. Especially the days when I’m busy writing reports and learn for my exams. Those days are horrible, because at the end I’m feeling it in body and mind. I’ll be less energetic and cranky during my day. So, I’m trying to get at least six to eight hours sleep during my pre vacay days. When I wake up I feel so rested that I feel truly flourished and I will enjoy my day.
My semester is over so, I have more time to read other things than my study books. I like to read true crime stories like Judas from Astrid Holleeder or short poems/stories like Milk & Honey from Rupi Kaur. Either I want to wander in a true story, a short one where I can catch some feelings or flip senseless trough magazines.
What I also do is pampering myself. It can be easy as doing my makeup, fixing my hair or take a hot shower and moisture my body with a moisturizing body lotion. These simple things are to me like a quick confident boost, I feel self-confidence and energetic and ready to rock my day.
Obviously, Netflix belongs into my lazy summer days. Watching episodes, a whole season and feeling empty when I’m finished it, is just rooted in my daily work. I confess: Netflix is like a drug. I get easily hooked when I show is so good!
What are your summer lazy day moments Loves?
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I have been the last few months so busy and stressed out that I forgot how to enjoy life, to enjoy the simple things. I felt time is rushing me by and every day I woke up tired than the day before. I had to get a grip and remind myself to stop before I get a burn out! On top of that I’m not feeling comfortable with my own body, mind and skin. I stopped working out and junk food took over my diet. Knowing this, I need to take back control and to do that I have to lower my stress thermometer.
There is no better way to lower it by pampering myself. First, I start with lighting up tea lights and candles to create a relaxing atmosphere. After that I’m making myself lay comfortably to put a facial sheet mask on. The 30 minutes applying time comes truly handy to lay on my bed with my feet crossed and my fingers woven together. To not to be easily distracted I concentrate on my breathing, breath in breath out. As a result, the tension of my body disappears, and I can go through my day more relaxer. After the mask I take a hot shower to relax my muscles. When I’m done and put cloths on, I smear myself in with a delicious body oil or lotion and I immediately feel more confident and comfy. When my time is limited and need a mini break, I paint my nails. I can do this every time and anywhere! When I’m sitting by my desk, on my bed or even in the train going to college.
If I don’t have a lot of time due to work or my studies, I plan trips to the kitchen or coffee break room to make myself a hot cup of tea. While I wait for the water to get boiled, I take the time to look out a window and enjoy the view. I mostly drink green tea with no sugar or forest fruit also without sugar for an energy boost. While I’m at it, I browse through a magazine to get inspiration. If I’m not in the mood to do that I just sit there with my eyes closed for a couple of minutes. When my break is over I feel rested to go back to my work or studies!
What also helps for me is to read a book. Reading is the perfect way to wander with my thoughts into one of the book characters. Especially when it is a good book! I can easily forget time when the story is beautiful, it makes me almost write my own book. Speaking about writing, writing my thoughts about what I’m going through on paper is also a good way to relieve me from stress. A dairy is just like a best friend who listens and does not judge. Perfect!
What are your ways to relieve yourself from stress?
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Ps. if you suffer from prolonged stress contact your doctor for help or discuss it with a loved one! Trust me, it helps.
Do you know those days when you are so busy with your daily routines that you lack time to do the things that you love? You cannot even enjoy the little things like eating your favourite sandwich just because you are in a hurry. I had those moments the last two months and it is breaking me apart. I truly hate that I cannot do the thing that I love the most namely my blog. The more days that went by that I didn’t blog made me more and more petulantly.
I also must be honest with you loves, I need to get my priorities straight! I am so guilty of postponing things and it is not because out of laziness but more of not having the motivation to do it. So I am trying to take a step back and pause my daily routines. While I did it I remembered why I love to blog even more, is just read my blogpost about inspiration for motivation and it helped me back on track. In this blog post I will go more in depth, I want to empower all the ladies who are familiar with these feelings so let’s start with a cliché. Yes, clichés are clichés for a reason. They are mostly true.
‘’Every woman deserves to be noticed.’’ The words of this quote are so simple but yet so hard to believe in. We all have our own insecurities and it can ‘’control’’ us sometimes. Let’s break this pattern and put ourselves on a pedestal!
For instance, Loves when I see these pictures the first thing that comes into my mind is: I can lose some pounds and my mood decreases instantly. To shut that annoying voice in my head I look at the pictures better and see all the beautiful things that are so obvious to see! The ground I am standing on, all that nature and the most important: my health. Without it I cannot do what I love to do. I don’t know about you Loves but sometime I forget this realisation.
While writing this I noticed that more than this I cannot tell, it is truly the simple things that counts!
Let’s keep those thoughts for your booboo honey, ha! But I’m glad I have caught your attention because what I’m about to write is important too. The love of our lives: SLEEP! That enjoyable moment when you rest your head on a pillow is familiar to all of us.
What also familiar is to all of us are sleepless nights and waking up tired the next morning because of it. So annoying! When I have those sleepless nights the most thing that truly gets to me is being cranky during my day because of lack of sleep, there goes a spoiled day. I’m a person that values a goodnight sleep because I truly feel that sleep is the only way to charge ‘’your battery’’ that gets sucked empty because of daily routines, stress and other influences.
Because you all are my Loves and I want the best for you, am I going to share with you what I do to prevent sleepless nights and what I do when I have one.
First, your bed. When you walk into your bedroom the first thing that you see is your bed. When it is a mess, read: to many pillows, clothes and other things that shouldn’t be there, is the first thing that you feel is that annoying pinch of ‘’even throwing it on the floor cost me to much energy!’’ Prevent it by already having your bed hop-in free. Clearing your bed is literally clearing your mind. If you prefer to still have pillows on your bed, do not exaggerate. No need to make a fort out of them!
When you are laying in your hop-in free bed and still have a hard time to fall asleep don’t toss and turn about it, accept it. Make that time useful by analysing what is keeping your up. Write it down in a journal or just a notebook. Write your worry scenarios and the solutions of it and you already going to feel better, trust me! You probably even think that you are worried for no reason at all or it can wait until the next day to fix it. Sometimes I sprinkle a bit of Rosewater on my pillow because I like the smell, the rose extract literally ‘’distract’’ me of worrying.
Many professionals say: don’t use your phone before going to sleep, it makes your sleep rhythm confused and decreases your melatonin and I agree with them. I also know, easier said than done. So I was glad that Apple has a night shift button, I use it every night! I do have noticed that it helps me and I know it isn’t a miracle worker but every little bit helps. That’s why I also recommend to use your phone not too often during your sleepy time. If you like to listen music at night, make a playlist with songs that has a long playing time so you don’t have to look at your phone a lot. You even can make playlists that depends on your mood, for instance make a list that has songs of soothing classical music to fall asleep quickly or with sounds from mother earth like the sea and seagulls or how about the rain to clear your mind. Last but not least but definitely cliché: turn your phone into airplane mode to block influences from outside. No more checking emails! No more replying on tweets! And no more haters to listen too.
These tips make me sleep like a boss, now you do too!
Sweet dreams Loves.
The temperatures are rising which means not getting in the mood to cook long-lasting meals. We all need our breaks, right Loves? At those moments my mother makes the best soup that I and my other family members enjoy to eat. Not only it is easy to make, with just one cup and your belly is full. Yum!
The ingredients you need are easy to get and maybe even already in your fridge. Everybody knows those veggies that you don’t know what to do with. You can use them but my mum mostly uses soup vegetables like carrots, leek, celery, cauliflower and potatoes.
First you need to boil water in a stockpot. How much water depends on how many people you want to feed. Boil the water on medium heat and then apply the veggies in the stockpot. I don’t like my soup with big chunks of vegetables so my mother chops it in a blender, not too much because I still like to have a small bite. When you are done with the veggies you let it cook for ten to twenty minutes. Because it is finely chopped, it doesn’t take long for the veggies to cook. While you are at it apply the last ingredients salt, pepper and a broth block to add flavour.
Are you an ‘’soup dipper’’ like me? Serve it with sesame wholemeal bread or breadsticks.
Bonne appetite Loves!
One of my goals for 2016 is to adjust my diet in Lactose Free. We are just one day from April and I must say that turning your diet upside down takes a lot of time. I have noticed that I have to take this step by step otherwise I turn into my old habits way to fast. Whenever I’m doing groceries I’m trying all the lactose free products that I can find, (which is not a lot) out and since I started I tried a lot that tastes awful! Thinking about it now makes me even cringe. So I’m going to try until I found the ones that taste good.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw and tasted this cream cheese from Philadelphia. It has the same creamy taste that I used to taste in non-lactose free cream cheese. I’m definitely a ‘’creamy person.’’ I like creamy food like Greek or Turkish yogurts and feta cheese. So I’m glad I bumped into this one at my grocery store!
Since I’m taking it one step at the time let me share with you Loves this Lactose Free foodie. All you need is tortilla wraps, black seedless olives, cucumber and Lactose Free Cream Cheese. So easy! Heat the wraps in a frying pan for a couple of minutes, I like mine a bit crunchy but not too much like a taco. Lubricate the cream cheese on the wrap and fill it in with cucumber and black olives and you’re done!
This foodie is perfect for a healthy snack during your day. It gives you that energy boost that you need from your hard work or from your studies. Because it is so easy to make you wouldn’t have to grab an unhealthy snack instead. Besides those two minutes of frying the tortilla wrap is a nice way to get up from your chair to stretch your legs. Two birds in one blow, right Loves?
Are you also allergic from a type of food? And would you like to see more Lactose Free Foodies?
As I’m getting older I have noticed that I’m taking more care of myself. Taking care of my health plays a big part of it. To me it is such a big part because I’m still going in and out to hospitals to check my health. I’m suffering from distended abdomen. Only drinking of water and my belly swells. It is very annoying especially when you know in your mind you did not eat anything and you feel already full. But you cannot live only on water. This common scene, I’m gladly that I still have especially sometimes I feel very bloated because of my stomach. I’m happier about the fact that I can say the reason of my swollenness of my stomach is caused because I’m lactose intolerant. So I have to change my diet drastically. And to be honest it is hard because I can’t eat the most of the food that I’ve been eating my whole life.
Drinking Aloe Vera helps me to reduce the bloating feeling. This magical drink helps truly during my day! It even helps to regulate my bowel movements. This is perfect understandable because Aloe Vera has many benefits! It catered for proper digestion, it gives a good balance in your intestines, and it stimulates cell growth, is rich in minerals and is a good source of vitamins! Amazing right?
I certainly believe that good health start in the inside. Whenever you feel good in your own skin you’ll show it on the outside. Be Healthy Be Forever helps me to stay steadfastly in my diet. Their personal advice to me is such a great help and since I drink it I feel more energetic and comfortable in my own body!