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.
‘’Money doesn’t make you happy’ But it makes life easier, right? Since my goal for 2016 is to save money and don’t spend it on rubbish, I even have a no-buy list. Am I sharing with you Loves how I save money. I confess, I’m a spender. Not a big one! I can say I don’t shop until my wallet drops. I want to avoid it at all costs and to do that I buy things that my wallet allows me to do. Yes, it’s that simple!
To have the possibility to fall back on something, is it therefore useful to have a piggybank. In order to be flexible, I save my money in three sections. It sounds crazy but trust me, it is easy.
In section one I save € 50, – and more in my bank. No questions asked. In section two I save less then € 50, – in a closed piggybank but still reachable for important and unexpected circumstances. What is less then € 50, -? Well, that would be € 0,50 until € 20, -. In the last section I save less then € 0,50. Which is € 0,05 cents until € 0.20 cents. Those annoying small change will add up if you save it and at the end of a year or even a month change it for big money at a bank. ‘’Small money for big dreams.’’ Literally!
I believe if you save your money in this kind of way, before you know it you have saved a large amount. A year has 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months. If you couldn’t save something for section one, you can save something for section two and even if that wasn’t possible you always can save something for section three. Even though you saved a small amount you can say to yourself that you saved something and that gives you a good feeling. Because of this flexibility you always can save something in the whole year!
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During summer I prefer lightly or no make-up. It feels too heavy then! Let me not talk about clogged pores. Prevention is better than cure, right Loves?
For this look I used first BB Cream from So Me. What I love about this BB cream is that it covers just the right amount for a natural look. Not only it’s perfect for a sweet look it also has SPF 15 UV protection!
When I finished my face, I start with my eyes. The eyeliner I used is from Essence. This Superfine Eyeliner Pen I used it for many make-up looks and I must say I recommend it to every make-up lover!
For an open look I used W7 Yummy Eyes Baked Eye Shadow Café Latte on my eyelids. It has such a great pigment and it sparkles glamorous too! To complete my Sweetheart look I applied Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil #10 Almost Famous on my inner corner tear duct. It gives just the last touch of an open look. On my eyelashes I used Essence Plump No Clumps Volume Mascara. Yes, it does what is says!
On my cheeks I used Essence Silky Touch Blush #30 Secret It-Girl. This blush gives a shimmer look, just like when you have that natural glow in the summer!
Last but not least, for my lips I used Essence Pink Lip Gloss. When I first used this lip gloss I thought it’s going to be a typical Barbie doll colour. I’m glad it didn’t, I love it for this sweet look!
Do you like this look too?
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My blogpost about it’s a (Hard Knock) Bloggers Life was a success (whoop!), so I want to share with you all Loves, how you can make that perfect (product) picture!
First, having time to do it is very important. Don’t rush into it! Having a good camera is also a good start. Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be a very expensive one. Reading the instructions brings you already closer to how to use the camera properly.
My holy grail is a white background! It makes my pictures brighter, the products the centre point and it looks instantly more professional! Do you prefer another background, then this tip comes in handy: search on Google an background, for example Bokeh, save it and enlarge the picture on your computer. Stack magazines in front the screen place your product on it, take your position and click!
Place your products the way you want. Keep in mind which kind off product needs to be in the centre and match sizes with each other. Combine colours! This works perfect for flat lays. Mix and match the colour of your products, it makes it attractive to look at the picture. Unconsciously you go to the perfect looking shelving in stores to buy products. Why not with pictures?
To make it more picture perfect, use decoration! That’s the beauty of décor, you can use everything! From flowers to beads to vases to stones! Everything is possible just don’t exaggerate! You don’t want to take away the attention from the product.
Use your instinct and first thoughts, it is usually already perfect!