Sunday, April 23, 2017

2 Week No Sugar Update

reading time: 4 min

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

I quickly want to update you guys on my sugar detox and what it's been like for the past 14 days – if you haven't read my previous blog post on this, go ahead and check it out here.

Today is actually Day 17, but to be fair I slipped up during the Easter weekend, so yeah, those days don't really count. Here are the challenges, benefits and also some weird observations I have faced on my sugar-free journey so far!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 15

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you, showing you what I ate last week and at Easter. Enjoy! :)

Friday Favorites - Week 369


Happy Earth Day everybody!

In honour of Earth Day (on April 22nd) I'm featuring 9 Easy Ways to Replace Plastic Wrap by my fellow co-hostess today. It's so easy to do something for our planet's health, so please don't be too shy or above it all!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! Mine was pretty great – I spent four days at the Baltic Sea with my boyfriend's family, and the weather was windy yet sunny! But now I'm back, still finishing up my master thesis and taking care of my blog :) Here's what has been going on this week
  • After my little Easter vacation I kind of struggled with getting back into my routine, especially in terms of working out, but now I'm back with doing yoga again :)
  • Also still trying to establish a mindful morning routine that isn't consumed by replying to emails, writing comments on blog posts and drowning in the digital world.
  • I'm currently planning ANOTHER trip (I know, the amount of vacations over the past 2 years has been kind of crazy, but blame my world-travelling boyfriend for that!), this time to one of my favourite cities: London (once again). Any recommendations what to do besides the usual sight-seeing?
  • If you are into blogging yourself, here's a helpful guide on writing a blog post. To be honest, I'm never this organized, but I do write down my ideas on paper and take the pictures AFTER writing the post to match the content.
  • Now that it's spring and the fruit flies are about to start popping up, I'm looking into natural fly repellents. Lemons and cloves sound like a great and easy way to keep those fruit flies out of your kitchen! Does anyone know a similarly easy natural mosquito repellent?
  • My mouth is totally watering at the thought of biting into these homemade soft pretzels! It seems they are a little time-consuming, but I'm sure they are worth it!
  • Speaking of mouth-watering, here is a great collection of easy and healthy snack ideas that I stumbled upon just yesterday! Those peanut butter bites look heavenly. And avocado strawberry toast?! Yum!
  • Last but not least, I read another article on food photography tips. Huge recommendation for anyone trying to make their meals as photogenic as possible :)

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DIY Chocolate Mocha Body Scrub

reading time: 1 min

Whether for yourself or as a birthday gift for a friend or for Mother's Day (which is on May 14th, just saying) this homemade body scrub is an absolute dream. I myself have been using it for the past couple of weeks, and I love it!!

Besides exfoliating and oiling your skin, this body scrub combines the delicious scents of chocolate, vanilla and coffee, and basically makes you smell like a cup of warm chocolate mocha.

Made from all natural ingredients, easy to make and great for your skin!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dealing with Sleeplessness (Insomnia)

reading time: 5 min

The reason for this particular Dealing with... is the fact that I have not been sleeping well lately. Either I have trouble falling asleep or I wake up after a few hours and feel weary all day long. Probably because the submission of my master thesis is just around the corner. So today's topic is insomnia. Or sleeplessness, to call it something that doesn't sound like a disease.

The most important step to deal with insomnia is to find out the cause of your sleeping problem, then find the solution.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 14

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you! Enjoy! :)

Friday Favorites - Week 368



hello hello,

are you getting excited for Easter already? I know I am, but mostly because that means that I will have a mini vacation of 5 work-free days!! This week has been a little stressful because I was working on my master thesis (the usual) and trying to find the solution to a problem I'm having right now, I'm also packing for the weekend getaway, plus preparing a few vegan snacks for the trip, and also getting birthday gifts for my boyfriend's sister. So basically that's what me week looks like so far
  • Had another meeting (or rather Skype conference) with my supervisors and it went pretty good. Went home with 6 new books on narratology from the library (sigh.)
  • If you're into Avatar: The Last Airbender, or you just like taking those "personality tests", this Avatar test is a great one as it consists of 123 questions, goes really into depth and takes about 20 minutes to complete. I turned out to be a waterbender :)
  • While waiting for season 5 of Prison Break to be available on Netflix, my flatmates and I have started watching the Netflix original 13 Reasons Why. So far I'm into it, but we're only on episode 3. Have you watched it?
  • Speaking of Prison Break, if you have 2 minutes, please watch this moving speech by Wentworth Miller (aka Michael) which shows that he is not only a great actor, but also a beautiful human being inside and out :)
  • As of last Friday, I'm cutting added sugar out of my diet (I even made a blog post about it), so I'm making this super good looking sugar-free carrot cake as well as my naturally sugar-free banana bread for Easter! Yumm.
  • As a vegan, I'm shocked that a bunch of the 10 Tofu Hacks Kaila shared at last week's linky party were totally new to me!! Such as baking it into bars or blending it in a smoothie – like, what?! I don't usually feature the same blog twice in a row, but this blog post was so helpful (at least to vegetarians and vegans) that I needed to share this with you!
  • I'm very much in love with Grace's list of 10 Self-Care Activities for Spring. So inspiring!
  • Also: Totally obsessing over Simply Kenna's quirky cute youtube channel. Full stop. 

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Raw Raisin Chocolate Bliss Balls

reading time: 2 min

Seeing as I'm almost 1 week into my sugar-free month, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share my current go-to sugar-free treat! Because it's hard to quit sugar (i.e. chocolate), let me tell you.

For this recipe, you will only need 3 ingredients that are probably already in your cupboard, and 5 minutes of your time. Let's go!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

No-Sugar Challenge | Quitting Sugar For A Month

reading time: 5 min

Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon? Do you need something sweet after lunch or dinner? Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away? Then this blog post is for you, my friend!

There's something that has been bothering me. Over the past few weeks (and after quite a long period of feeling kind of unattracted to chocolate and sweet treats) I somehow have slowly acquired the habit to end the night with something sweet, such as a piece of dark chocolate, a handful of gummies, homemade chocolate popcorn, homemade banana chocolate cookies or a chocolate-coated rice cake. That "dessert" habit just kind of crept into my daily routine without me even realizing it. Until now!

I'm not a doctor, nor am I a nutritionist. However, I'm a sugar addict! And you are, too.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 13

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you! I am currently house-sitting at my parents' and making use of their space to work, cook, watch Netflix, sit on the balcony... I could get used to having a house to myself :)

Friday Favorites - Week 367


hello dear internet friends,

today is the last day of my two weeks of house-sitting at my parents' house. My boyfriend has already gone home two days ago, and I'm enjoying the peaceful quiet of being alone. Here's what my week has been like
  • Met up with my supervisor of my master thesis and finally got the green light for the registration of my thesis. (yay!) Also, I'm about 80% done, so double-yay!
  • With me house-sitting at my parents' without my usual "photo equipment" at hand, my options for blog posts were kinda limited. Which is why I went for this spring gift basket (not sure how I feel about it though). Take a look if you like.
  • I also visited my baby tree that has outgrown me and even my 6'2'' tall boyfriend by now! (yes, we are technically plant parents, lol)
  • Finally watched the final episodes of Prison Break (season 4 that is) which to be honest weren't that great. Season 1 was amazing, season 2 was still very good, season 3 was okay and season 4 was just... nah. (not sure what to expect of season 5 that is starting this week...)
  • 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 :)
  • Going to make this coconut banana chocolate snack cake by Jenn for a friends birthday tomorrow (with vegan eggs though). Should be great :)
  • If I do find any time, I will also bake this vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip coffee cake by Kaila that I'm featuring this week because it looks dang delicious! Unfortunately my boyfriend doesn't like the taste of coffee at all - so I guess I'll just have to eat the cake all by myself... shame ;)

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Easy Spring Gift Basket

reading time: 3 min

Hello birdies,

inspired by Eileen's list of 200 ideas for candy-free Easter baskets, I'm coming to you with an easy spring gift basket today. All you need is a basket (duh!) and a small budget of about 10 bucks.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Lifestyle Favorites ❤ March /17

reading time: 3 min

Hello beauties,

it feels like spring today. The trees are starting to bloom, the birds are chirping all day long, and I even spotted a few bees and bumblebees buzzing around in search of nectar. To celebrate this lovely Sunday, my boyfriend and I took a stroll across our local flea market and we also paid a visit to our foster child, a two-year old beech tree (Happy birthday, baby tree!)

Apart from this perfectly spent weekend, I have found a few new lifestyle favourites over the past few weeks that I want to share with you in this blog post.