Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 12

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you! Lots of new recipes and cooking inspiration for you :)

Friday Favorites - Week 366


hello dears,

how are you doing? I hope you are all well! I have spent the last hours watching youtube videos like a crazy person until I actually reached the point where there are no interesting videos for me to watch, and I'm in search of new youtube channels to discover and obsess over :D

Before we get to the party, here's a brief summary of my week: 
  • Totally obsessing over this pagan / folk band called Faun that my boyfriend introduced me to. Eden and Von den Elben are my favourite albums so far. I never thought of the German language to be so soft and beautiful :) Perfect background music to write a master thesis!
  • By the way, did you know you could use avocado for health and beauty as a face mask, with oatmeal or even to make chocolate?! *shameless self promotion*
  • I went to see an orthidontist today because my wisdom teeth are coming through and have to be removed (panic!!), and as if the X-ray wasn't bad enough already (being the cause of many brain tumors, yay), I also had to go to the hospital and get a CT scan which totally sucked and turned my day into a pile of mushy porridge. Afterwards I felt dizzy and anxious, and I immediately bought myself a big box of blueberries to get in those antioxidants and heal the damage of the radiation, lol.
  • If you are an introvert like me, this open letter from an introvert will probably resonate with you. If you are an extrovert, this letter will help you understand us introverts :)
  • Grace's bentonite clay toothpaste couldn't have come at a better time. This is the solution to the problem of using coconut oil as a toothpaste, which can get quite runny/messy
  • If you are a blogger, this free printable blogging planner by Crissy is a great way to organize your blog! I'm a sucker for all lists and planners, so yeah :D

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3 Unusual Ways To Use Avocado

reading time: 3 min

avocado, beauty, diy, health, recipe

I'm sure we've all heard of egg-filled avocado and avocado brownies by now. But there are even more creative ways to use this testicle-shaped fruit (the Aztecan word for avocado, ahuacatl, literally means "testicle", so... yeah. you're welcome...?).

Way back in the "early days" of my blog, I did a blog post on avocados where I talked about the different benefits and uses of avocados, such as for making chocolate pudding, as a mayonnaise substitute or in baking. However, there are still some more unusual ways to use avocado other than for guacamole, pesto, pasta alfredo or dairy-free cheesecake. – Although, to be honest, avocado cheesecake is pretty dope.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thai Coconut Ice Cream

reading time: 3 min

Oh my god you guys, this is literally heaven on a plate! *angelic singing voice*

May I present?

This is dairy- free coconut ice cream! – aaand also the fourth part of my "Thai cuisine" blog series where I recreate meals that I've eaten in Thailand (so if you have any suggestions for other Thai dishes to recreate, please let me know!).  

It's the first thing I've ever eaten in Thailand, and I ate it about every other day for two weeks straight from then on. Just give it a try.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 11

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you! A lot of home cooking happenin' here :)

Friday Favorites - Week 365


hey there sweeties,

I hope you're all happy and healthy. Personally, I'm really looking forward to sleeping in this weekend because I haven't gotten much sleep this week, getting up early to get in a few productive working hours for my master thesis. Before we get to the linky party, here's what happened this week:
  • Last week the new documentary What The Health by the creators of Cowspiracy came out – I haven't seen it yet, but it's definitely on my watchlist. Have to watch Cowspiracy and Earthlings with my boyfriend first, though. (Have you seen any of those three?)
  • In case you are looking for a great alternative to coffee, here's 3 healthy coffee alternatives for you!
  • My parents are off to Morocco for two weeks, and I'm lucky enough to do house-sitting again! I will be writing the last major chunk of my master thesis in their house, care for their plants and enjoy their garden if the weather will allow it :)
  • Oh, and while we're at it: I will probably house-sit my great uncle's finca on the Canaries later this year! (exciting!)
  • I changed my phone background to a more spring-like wallpaper.
  • TMI, but I'm on my period at the moment, and homemade hot ginger tea is what keeps me alive these days. Stir in a little bit of raw honey for sweetness if you like!
  • This detox turmeric tea by Dear Crissy (who seems to be the star of this linky party as three of her posts got picked individually!) also has ginger in it, along with lemon juice and - of course - turmeric! I love this mix. Super good for you, especially during winter or when you feel like getting a cold.
  • For some reason I'm currently into those blush / white / gold tones on blogs like Milk Bubble Tea and In The Frow, aaah so pretty! (#photographygoals)

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Phone Wallpapers

reading time: 1 min

Is the sun shining where you live? The past month has been so grey and dull weather wise, that I can't wait for spring to arrive and bring some bright blue skies and cotton-white blossoms with it. It's been raining every other day here in Germany, which is kind of depressing (but great if you have to write your master thesis and don't really want to leave the house when it's pouring outside) – but that doesn't keep me from dressing my phone in lovely spring-y pastel colours!

Which is why I put together this collection of 21 of my favourite spring inspired phone wallpapers (that can be used as lock screen or phone background). Click "read more" to view all of them!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

3 Healthy Alternatives To Coffee

reading time: 3 min

coffee, matcha, maca, health, coffee substitutes, recipe, vegan

If you often feel groggy and unable able to function without your morning coffee or if you find yourself chasing the next coffee high, this post is for you!

Over 90 per cent of adults in the Western World consume caffeine daily. Most people will consume it for pleasure or to get an energy boost or both. I was one of those people. When I was doing my a-levels and went off to do my bachelor's degree, I drank a lot of coffee, usually the super cheap ones from the supermarket. Yuck! It left me jittery and restless, I felt like a little monkey in class. Which isn't always so great.

A couple of years later, working to do my master's degree, I'm completely off caffeine – unless I forget to order a caffeine-free coffee, which leads me to turn into a squirrel on drugs basically – and I'm not missing it a bit!

I still really enjoy the taste and the alerting effect of coffee, so here is what I use to get a similar effect without the actual coffee.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 10

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you!

Friday Favorites - Week 364


hey there little pineapples,

are you wearing something green? Cause it's officially St. Patrick's Day today! (at least in Germany, it's already March 17th here) I'm actually wearing a green hoodie, but that's just one of my standard slouch-around-pieces. Anyway. I decided I would use our weekly party to share some fun things that have happened to me that week.
  • I finished the theory chapter of my master thesis and started with the narratological analysis. (yay)
  • Spring is finally returning to Germany, and I'm totally obsessing over Rachel Talbott's youtube videos on natural home cleaning, beauty DIYs and spring decor. (love!)
  • My boyfriend and I took care of his sister's dog last weekend and went for a looong walk in the sun. (I wish I had a dog)
  • It took us 30 attempts to get a somewhat decent photo for my Relationship Problems post. (I gloomily stared out of the window for a solid half an hour)
  • I (kind of) fell in love with Grace's website, and (kind of) decided to slowly transition my blog content from food / fitness to more natural remedy & self care related posts. (exciting!)
  • I've started doing daily 20 to 30 minute workouts again (which I'm actually super proud of) and I'm also currently doing an online workout course with my boyfriend, which is super fun because we can motivate each other (the last workout was sooo hard!) 
  • This year's Dirty Dozen list is out, and while I already make sure to buy organic produce (potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, lemons), I'm once again motivated to buy even more organic! Especially fruits...

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

5 Productive Things To Do This Weekend

reading time: 3 minutes

Have some green tea or coffee brewing, play your favourite music or podcast or audio book or whatever you prefer, put your hair up in a ponytail and get that little booty off the couch. Because we are going to have a productive weekend this week! Are you with me?

Here's what we are going to do:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dealing with Relationship Problems | 6 Tips To Improve Your Relationship

reading time: 4 min

Tips To Improve Your Relationship

Relationship or marital problems come in all shapes and sizes, and chances are we've all experienced them. It starts with little things like feeling unseen or being sexually unsatisfied, and can even lead up to mistrust, infidelity, breakups or divorce.

Perhaps I'm not an expert in this field: I'm in my mid-twenties, I have been in no more than three committed relationships (the third being my current one), and as a teenager I always had a problem with committing to a serious relationship. But nevertheless I have had my fair share of challenges in terms of relationships, so here is what I have learned so far.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 09

Hey guys,

my boyfriend and I are back into home cooking, and we've made some seriously yummy dishes last week :) So here's another week menu for you!