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Things I Learned That Transformed Me In 2018

31 Dec

studioThe end of the year is the time when everyone tries to give you advice on how to live healthier, look better, and earn more money.

It’s understandable if you find yourself lost among all the tips and opinions. To help you out, I wrote this article about the things I learned in 2018 that made my daily life more harmonious and peaceful.

Stop focusing on the material objects: instead of focusing on what material object to give, I thought about the emotion I want to evoke in the gift recipient, and then I picked a symbolic gift that can support or represent that emotion.

camillaGet a fitness watch and found a physical activity that I enjoy: fitness watches are tiny accessories that will count my steps, calories burnt and served as an excellent motivator to move my body – or to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Also I practiced an activity with pleasure like swimming, running, biking, walking with my dog. Another tips to stay healthy I tried to skip cabs at night, using public transportation or opt for a walking instead to driving. I burned a tons of calories, breathe some fresh air, and save money!

Write a TO DO list everyday BUT plan ahead time to relax: I learned to write every morning my realistic to-do list (no too much stuff to accomplish) and in the same time plan my free/solo time. It’s really important to save some space for you and your passion even if it’s means reading on the couch or watch few episodes of my favorite series!

Block distracting apps and notifications on your phone and computer: I chosed one-hour, or longer blocking sessions and I experimented the positive impact this will have on my mood and productivity. I use Forest app: absolutely gorgeous!

barleyAvoid caffeine: drinking too much coffee leaded my self to nervousness, insomnia, an upset stomach. As a solution, I tried to switching to tea, barley coffee, maca powder, matcha tea – a more sustainable, healthy, and productivity-enhancing alternative. These alternatives generated a more even energy kick throughout the day without the coffee-induced abstinence and dehydration.

Maintaining a consistent sleep-wake cycle gave me a lot of energy: in the book “The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health From Morning to Midnight” when you don’t follow the circadian rhythm, or let this cycle get out of whack, it can contribute to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other diseases. Learning this drove me to going to bed before 11 p.m. and rising earlier—every single day.

fruitRaw (vegan) foods are better for my body and my mind: following a vegan raw food diet means the common allergens in food are completely avoided: eggs, soy, wheat (gluten), sugar and dairy. I started to eat such a clean diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting out all the processed crap and the above-mentioned allergens, that something changed inside me spiritually. My clean body seemed to open the passage for my intuition to soar. It’s like  or my brain fogged up from eating gluten, that I could see things with clarity. I became more focused and started to see the world differently.

I hope you will find this article useful…
Happy new year’s eve to everyone and thank you for all your support longer this year!

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DIY Christmas Decoration

21 Dec

Blogmas#7 it’s about Christmas decoration and in particular in DIY and realize sustainable (and zero waste) decorations in the spirit of living frugally, plastic free and trying to reuse or recycle any type of materials you have in your house.

The simplest and nicest holiday decorations are the ones you make yourself. Here are some great ideas for making your own frugal Christmas decorations.

xmas_treePlastic free Christmas Tree
This year we bought a plastic free Christmas tree made with bamboo and nylon 6 this is the most bio-degradable solution nowadays. This type of nylon decomposes in a short time and its thickness can vary to create hard, medium or soft biodegradable branches. On the other side of the photos can you see the tree we made last year with wooden and LED very simple and easy.  For more ideas about how to have a zero waste Christmas Tree I’d like to suggest you this article.
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Candle Holders
candleTo realize this candle holder I used I used an old steel candle holder decorating it with pine cones, real pine needles and papier-mache balls covered with silver eco-friendly colors (for example you can use indelible felt-tip pens or non-toxic dyes). To see other ways to make candle holders look at this video.

DIY crafted decoration
davI choose well-crafted decorations in a mix of materials. We’ve teamed geometric wire shapes with delicate wooden designs. You can use origami pieces and beautifully turned ceramic drops. Showcase your favourites on a simple wall hanger made from dowels and twine. Look on youtube for different ideas.

Christmas Lantern
candle_pineYou will need, for each candle holder, a small- to medium-size can, like coconut milk or small tomato sauce can. Remove the label and any adhesive. Wash and dry the can thoroughly. You will create the can’s punched design on paper first. Measure the height of the can and around the can. Cut a rectangle from white paper in the same dimensions. Repeat for each can. To made mine I was inspired by Mary Smith on this article “How to Make a Candle Holder out of a Tin Can – 5 DIY Tutorials“.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments
red treesIf you want to create something interesting and sweet for the Christmas holiday, try these cute Felt Christmas ornaments for your home or give as gifts. Felt Christmas ornaments could be easily crafted by you and your kids to make your Holiday tree more cool and unique. Check this website to a complete tutorial. They are also useful to adorn other things like branches, mantels, lamps and so on. Make a felt Christmas ornament today!

Christmas decorating ideas don’t have to break the bank. Make these homemade DIY Christmas decorations for holiday decorating on the cheap.

Winter Walking

19 Dec

Blogmas#6 walking in the winter wonderland!!!
Last week the cloud cleared and the sky was spectacular. There had been a few days of rain and the temperature had been dropping but we really want to be outside, going for a walk, clear our mind because be in the nature gave us excitement and exhilaration, wilderness and beauty, solitude and magnificence…
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We live in a perfect location with majestic wild scenery but also within equal distance to many of the other amazing wild parts of the island.
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We walk down the hill with our golden retriever Camilla: she was so excited and ran around the wildness sniffing everything and discovering new places.

We enjoy every single moment away from the city, savoring every small and every bites of wild apples..yes we found a wild apple tree!!!

The green’s color around us recharged our batteries and our mind, we spoken a lot about the idea to buy a campervan (or a van or a camper…it depends how much we’re capable to save) and going out every time it’s possible AND LIVE, BREATHE, MEET NEW PEOPLE, VISIT NEW PLACES…
greenWe are trying to save money for this dream since the last year…we are living frugally and in the last few months we sold a lot of our stuff and we felt so relief looking at the empty space in our house..it’s strange everytime you declutter your material stuff you’re at the same time decluttering your mind and your soul and finally appreciate what your really have and it’s important: freedom, love, family, faith…becoming minimalist was the best decision that I’ve make in this year I din’t regret any moments and any “sacrifices” because was worth!!!
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Have a nice and sunny winter day!

Soap Nuts: homemade cleanser

17 Sep

Hi everyone,
frontfinally I made my homemade nuts cleanser! Most of the commercial cleanser contains toxic ingredients. These toxic ingredients are absolutely unnecessary. You can protect yourself, and your family, by making a simple, inexpensive, cruelty-free cleanser at home—using natural soap and essential oil for a nice fragrance.
nuts1I was inspired by this article that I really really recommend to you about how many ways you can use the nuts soap and also how to made your cleanser!

To made my nuts cleanser I used:
3 nuts (from Green  Frog Botanic)
260 ml of water
3/4 drops of essential oil ( I used DoTerra Lavender oil)

You need to boil the water, put the nuts and boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
green frogCool down and put in a mason jar with essential oil. Then I transferred the liquid into a recycled spray container.

I used this cleanser to sanitize my yoga math, to clean the kitchen board,  tools and equipment, disinfect wood furniture and doing laundry!

Have a nice day xxx

 

 

 

Sea n Sand Vacation

29 Jul

davOh yeah I’m on vacation!!! Finally the time it’s come.. An entire week off… and off course we went to the beach, enjoy the sun, the sea, the relaxing time!

We decide to not book out time whit a precisely plan, we enjoy our time off and decide time to time want we want to do…
For example few days ago we get up early, I went for my morning run and after that banana_breadwe grab a banana toast on the go
fruit_snacksome fruits, water and we went to the beach.

The sky wasn’t clear and the sun didn’t burn like the summer sun of July and we have the chance to walking into the nature around the beach.
sandI spent my time reading and listen some podcast, at this moment my preferred podcast are Dear Sugar, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Boss Up! 
As you can see on the photo above I used vegan sun cream: Sunny Body Natural SPF30 Sunscreen by Goddess Garden Organics and Yves Rocher Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 (by the way I’m not really sure about the Yves Rocher sun cream… I heard that isn’t vegan at all on this article ). I’m thinking to try homemade sun screen. I found that most homemade sunscreen recipes include ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter or cocoa butter to make a lotion as a base and because my skin is acne prone I want to reduce minimal elements to use on my face. Probably I’ll try this recipe from Organic Authority. I’m trying to get into this world of homemade products because I want to reduce my impact on the environment.

Oh sorry I’m going off topic…

Another beach we visited it was composed principally of stones and  the advantage was that the dogs were allowed then we decided to go with Camilla (our Golden Retriever)

For lunch I prepared  a basket of fresh fruit and a vegan quiche tofu.grape
For the quiche I was inspired by this recipe but I tried a more light and simple version of that. I used:
1 puff pastry vegan (from VéGé)
3 T olive oil
1/3 c. onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 c. local organic spinach
1 pack of tofu (not silken), pressed
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. dried basil
Directions
vegePreheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor, combine the tofu, spinach , nutritional yeast, water, salt, pepper, and basil. Blend well and pour the tofu mixture into the pie puff pastry and bake about 30 minutes.
crustRemove from oven when the center is done. Allow it to set for five minutes or so to firm up.
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As you can see the quiche was delicious 🙂

Summer Saturday

24 Jun

It’s official: it’s Summer Time…
Few days ago we celebrate the Summer Solstice… and in this period I like to do things to re-charge my mind (and also my body), the summer is notorious for slowing us down especially at work. It’s a great time to take advantage of the slow season and refuel our senses. To clear away the busy work and focus on tasks that will build us up and sharpen our skills, like listen podcast. Or it’s just the perfect time to revisit your goals. Time to check in on them. Evaluate your progress, re-examine and re-align to stay on track.
But it’s important to remember to have fun. We forget the most important ingredient of life is to always have fun. Take a craft class, go bike riding, or in my case going out for a run. Making time for joy clears your mind and energizes you so that when you return to work Monday (or to study) you are focused and replenished.
Indeed I started my Saturday morning with an early run (only six k but it’s ok) after that we decided to going out for random shopping… And because I’m a big fan of breakfast we went to a magic cafeteria named Le Maison des delices and we ordered soy Cappuccino grande and a slice of orange cake and just few biscuits.
breakfast
The cake was terrific! I’ll link the recipe here
orange cake
After that we went to an huge stationary market, there I found new items to use with my Passion Planner and to study/ working (notice the summery pastel colors they are wonderful…)
stationary
In the afternoon we went out for a walk with Camilla and I baked a Wild Berries Crostata, is a free-form pie with the crust folded around the filling. You don’t need a special pie dish and it’s easy to made, let me know if you are interest and I’ll post the recipe.
wild berries
We finish the evening with an homemade happy hour with vegan bitter (alcohol free) and some rustic chips.
vegan bitter
If you want to prepare the chips at home I’ll suggest you this recipe by Olivia’s Cuisine.

The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality for action and movement.
(Carole Carlton from Mrs Darley’s Pagan Whispers: A Celebration of Pagan Festivals, Sacred Days, Spirituality and Traditions of the Year).

Happy week end

New Year resolution 2018

1 Jan

“Our brain is trained to develop habits,” says psychoanalyst Hans-Werner Rückert and I find that it’s true, it’s work for me!
I recently finished the book Better Than Before  and I learned a lot about habits and personality (I don’t want to spoiler nothing about this amazing book that I vividly recommend). Why is it so hard to stick to a New Year’s resolution? Because we don’t now ourselves very best like Gretchen write “We won’t make ourselves more creative and productive by copying other people’s habits, even the habits of geniuses; we must know our own nature, and what habits serve us best.” (sometimes we pretend to know exactly what we are…but I think it’s a continuous discovery) and we set up top high expectation about us and we need to set a goal that is actually achievable in the time frame we set for ourselves.
This also means being realistic with yourself and taking a hard, long look in the mirror. “Resolutions require changes in behavior, and most of us don’t want to face that there is often a laundry list of changes to make,” says Alabama-based clinical psychologist Josh Klapow. “So pick one you have confidence in and stick with it. It is far better to succeed at a smaller, more manageable resolution than to fail at a larger, loftier one.”
Sometimes it’s lack of honesty: are we truly committed to running a marathon, losing weight, or whatever else we are committing to do? Be honest with ourselves it’s the first step!! Oftentimes we find ourselves committing to things because we think we should or friends and family want. My suggestion) Don’t waste your time with that. You will only be disappointed in yourself. Make resolutions you actually want to achieve because you really want to and are actually going to put a plan of action towards.
I used this strategy:
1) I set myself goals to be reached within a specific period of time.
2) I imagined the best possible results these goals will bring to me.
3) I considered all the things which might deter myself from attaining these results.
4) I written down my goals on a piece of paper
new year resolution
I will suggest you this audio program from ABC and remember “The most important step is the first step. All those old sayings are really true. Well begun is half done. Don’t get it perfect, get it going. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Nothing is more exhausting than the task that’s never started, and strangely, starting is often far harder than continuing.” like Gretchen said.

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!

 

 

 

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