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Wednesday, 4th December, 2019

My Favorite Morning Oats Part 3

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Good morning Sunday! Hungover from last night parties again? Well, here you got the perfect cure: morning oats with apple and cinnamon. Yum!

 

 

Apple Cinnamon Oats Recipe for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats (2,5 dl)
  • 2 cups of water (5 dl)
  • 2 tbs apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

 

 

Optional: Almond Milk and freshly cut apples

 

 

I just add water, oats, and salt to a pot and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes depending how “gooey” you like them. Put the apple sauce and sprinkle some cinnamon on the top. Serve with almond milk.

 

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Cetaphil Moisturizer Ezcema Review

My skin rarely wants to cooperate with me. You might not believe so because the majority of my photos are edited to my favor (oh my god, I am a false, shallow person now?!). I get flare ups of eczema and hormonal pimples that just refuses to go away no matter what I do. My skin is very dry and sensitive, and I can never use anything organic or all natural. The eczema has been a part of me since birth, then it got better, and from time to time it gets worse.

 

I know all the things I should do, like taking cold showers and only shower like twice a week, but seriously, who does that? Instead I’m trying my best to be nice towards my skin and always moisturize. I have after my trials and errors found my favorite brand: Cetaphil.

 

Here’s my review of three different Cetaphil lotions:

 

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(Click on the name of each product to see where you can buy it)

 

First out we have the Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer for sensitive and dry skin

+ It surely moisturizes your skin

+ Does not leave a greasy residue

+ No smell

– Gives me outbreaks of pimples

 

 

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for dry and sensitive skin

+ Same as above: moisturizes without leaving residue

+ No smell

 

I don’t have anything negative to say about this product, I love it! For me, it’s perfect. It may not cure my eczema but it keeps my skin nice and soft throughout the day without feeling oily.

 

Cetaphil Eczema Calming Body Moisturizer 

+ No residue

+ Light, more like a lotion than a cream

– The smell. It’s not a perfume, just that the “no smell” part kinda smell… Not too bothering though

-Does not give me any “itch relief” as promised

 

I wouldn’t say that I don’t like this product, it just doesn’t do that much. It reminds me of the body cream but lighter, so my skin actually gets a little dry.

 

Overall, I would definitely recommend anyone with eczema or dry, sensitive skin to try these products. Everyone is different and you might not experience the same effects. None of the products have in any way made my skin worse, and that’s why I still use them. On top of it all, I think they’re price worthy.

 

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5 Ways To Deal With Stress

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My challenge of doing one new thing every day is more difficult than I thought it was gonna be. Yesterday I did actually practice a little bit on my Photoshop skills. The result you can see above and below. As far as the rest goes a lot of changes has happened regarding my job. Nothing negative, but just new. Changes like this sometimes create a feeling of stress. Therefor, I was thinking I would share some ideas on how to deal with stress that I find helpful.

 

5 ways to deal with stress:

  • Relax. Lay down on your back on the floor, “grounding” yourself. Close your eyes and take at least ten deep breaths. Just feel the air go down all the way through your nose, lungs, and belly. Try focus on the way it feels, and let your body “sink” through the floor. Mindfulness is the key word here.

 

  • Write. Grab a pen and a piece of paper, or use your computer, and just write down what you are feeling. Why are you stressed? What thoughts are spinning around in your head? Writing it down can create a sort of “release”, and you get some distance to your emotions.

 

  • Talk. Call your best friend, you mom, dad, sister, whoever, and just talk. You can talk about how you feel or you can choose to distract yourself by talking about the weather.

 

  • Go for a walk/run/workout. Exercising might give you a feeling of “release” as well. Go outside and breathe some fresh air, walk around the block, sprint as fast as you can across the yard, do a full workout routine or try yoga. This is my favorite.

 

  • Make a plan. Organize your thoughts. Is there anything you can effect? Can you eliminate something in your life? Make a list of how you are going to deal with the situation, step by step. Think about your values and your goals.

 

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Or maybe just sing/scream it out?

 

 

Remember: If you are constantly tired, having troubles getting out of bed, get panic attacks, anxiety, or anything else that just doesn’t feel normal to you, please contact your doctor. These could be signs of a real burn out and may need treatment and/or medicine. 

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My Favorite Morning Oats Part 2

 

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Ready for the next one? Here it is!

 

Raspberry Coconut Oats Recipe for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats (2,5 dl)
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups of water (5 dl)
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional: Almond Milk

 

I just add water, oats, and salt to a pot and bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes depending how “gooey” you like them. Add the raspberries at the end and top with some shredded coconut. Serve with some almond milk.

 

This is my number one favorite right now. For additional sweetness you can always sprinkle some sugar on top.

 

 

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How To Be Happy With Yourself

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Why do you always have to compare yourself with others? I know I would generalize by saying it’s only girls/women who compare themselves with others, but I think the majority is. How many times per day are you thinking: “I wish I had hair like her” or “Wow, look at her eyes/butt/boobs/face/body/anything”? If you really start paying attention to these thoughts I think you would be astonished of how often they occur.

 

I’m not saying I’m any better. I think the same things all the time. What’s important though, is what your next thought is. You can’t choose your thoughts, they’re automatic, but you can choose how you wanna respond to them.

For example: I’m at a party and I meet a girl who I just think looks stunning. My first automatic thought is: “I wish I could look like that”.

How do I choose to deal with this?

 

Scenario 1: I continue this negative spiral of thoughts. This will creative a negative feeling, and maybe cause my shoulders to slack, and my smile to disappear. “Everyone loves her, and I’m just boring, sitting here moping in the corner”.

 

Or I can actively choose how I want to deal with this.

Like scenario 2: “Stop it. There it was again- the automatic thought. Just because I think that she’s better looking/funnier than me, does not take away my awesomeness”. Instead I will continue laughing and having fun at the party, and others will like me too.

 

When you think about it, what is it that makes another person attractive?

Is it how skinny they are? How long their hair is? What clothes they are wearing? What their thighs looks like when they’re sitting down? Or is it their personality? The way they laugh? How kind and generous they are? The way they’re listening to you when you talk?

 

The same qualities you find attractive in someone else, they will find attractive about you. Sure, first impressions are based on looks, but you continue to get to know people for who they are. How do you know they’re not walking around thinking that you are the most gorgeous/awesome person in the world? I bet that if you told someone that your jealous of they would give the response: “What, are you crazy? I hate my…But I love your…”. What’s the point then to walk around and be envious of others?

 

I personally try to work actively with this. It takes time, and you have to do it every day. What it comes down to in the end is how you feel about yourself. If you are confident and have a strong self-esteem you probably don’t agree with anything I’ve been saying so far. On the other hand, if you feel like you are less worthy, and insecure about yourself this might be a problem. The good news are it’s fixable.

 

Here is one exercise you can do when you find yourself comparing/ less worthy than others:

When walking down the street, in the school corridor, at work, the subway, anywhere, decide to compare yourself with every third person you see. Pick your age group, for example girls age 18-24, and look at every third girl. Are everyone of them super model attractive? Does all of them have perfect hair?

I can tell you from my personal experience, that no, not everyone of them is “perfect”. Even if they look “normal” that doesn’t mean they’re horrible and boring people, right?

 

Try doing this exercise the next time you go out. This, along with starting to become aware, is a first step to feel better about yourself. Because you are awesome. Everyone can’t love you, but you don’t love everyone either, right? Don’t be so hard on yourself. You would never tell your best friend the horrible things you say to yourself. Be nice. Be forgiving. It will work. It is a process about creating new ways of thinking.

 

You can do it. 

 

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Best Morning Oats Recipe Part 1

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There’s nothing I love more than my morning routine: Waking up, making coffee, cooking oats, and then just relax in front of the TV.

I try to alternate my oats but I have a couple of favorites. Here’s the first one.:

 

Banana Blueberry Chia Oats Recipe for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats (2,5 dl)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (0,3 dl)
  • 2 cups of water (5 dl)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Optional: Almond Milk

 

I just add water, oats, and salt to a pot and bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes depending how “gooey” you like them. Mash the banana with a fork. Add banan, blueberries, and chia seeds at the end and stir. Serve with some almond milk.

 

This is so easy and so delicious!

 

 

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My Monday Morning Weekly Planning

Monday is here again. What’s going on with the time? It seems to fly by. I’m not going to complain since I’m longing for spring, summer, and better weather.

 

I have so many ideas and things I wanna do this week I don’t even know where to start! So make sure to stop by for updates.

 

Here’s a few of the things I’m gonna do:

  • Dance class on Wednesday and Friday – first time, I’m so nervous 
  • Photo shoot
  • Spend time with friends
  • Workout
  • Cook food – when I was ill I ordered way too much takeout…
  • Buy a calendar – I may be good at planning but a calendar would help to keep track

 

And of course update the blog with plenty of new ideas, tips and recipes. I’m also thinking about writing a little bit about my personal experiences.

 

What would you like to read about?

 

Here’s a couple of photos from yesterday:

 

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Evaluate Your Week

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Sunday has arrived. This day is known to be lazy and boring, filled with anxiety about the upcoming week. Are you hungover from last nights parties?

 

How about taking a new perspective on this day? Instead of seeing it as an useless day, why not see it as the perfect day to charge our batteries, recover from the past week, and plan for the upcoming week.

 

I’ll start. These were my goals for this week. How did it go?

 

  • Make some personal phone calls – check! 
  • Laundry – check!
  • Dinner party on Friday – No, I was still sick
  • Get healthy (I still have a cold) – check! 
  • Work on the blog – check! 
  • BAKE. I recently got this urge to bake something. – check! 

 

5 out of 6. I’m happy with that. Now the thing is, my feeling today is that this past week has been useless. It basically a waste of time because of my cold and I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. However, by going through this checklist, I actually feel way better! It might not look like much but at least I accomplished what I set out to do, and a little more.

 

This is exactly the reason why I believe in doing this “homework”: Because it helps. It helps to keep me focused and motivated and it helps me feel better at the end of the day. Start with some easy goals that you know you can achieve and next time move it up a notch. It’s a process.

 

Now it’s your turn.

 

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Björn Axén Volumaster

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I already showed this easy trick to get a thicker ponytail. Now it’s time for increased hair volume for when you have your hair out. All you need is this:

 

Volumizer (Mine is from OBH Nordica: Björn Axén)

Comb

Hair clip

Dry shampoo

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1. You need at least some hair. 

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2. Divide your hair into sections. I usually start at the bottom. Back comb just a little bit closest to your scalp.

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3. Use the volumaster and press at the hair you just back combed, small pieces at a time. Don’t hold it there for more than a few seconds. 

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Tadaaa!

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Tips and tricks:

  • Take one layer of hair at a time, meaning back comb and volumaster that layer before moving on to the next. If you get it?
  • Take small pieces of hair when using the volumaster
  • Set the heat temperature to low if you have thin, brittle hair, and warmer if you have thick hair
  • Only use the volumaster at the back of your head. Otherwise you will look like a mushroom.
  • Also, make sure to leave the top layer of your hair so the volume “waffle prints” won’t shine through!
  • Finish with some dry shampoo for extra texture and longer lasting result.

 

 

I like to use the volumaster when I’m going to parties or when I put my hair up. It looks really nice if you take half your hair and pin it in the back. Then you can kinda poof your hair up at the top. This was really hard to explain, it sounds ridiculous. Maybe I’ll show you want I’m talking about next time.

And yes, you can of course comb it a little and not leave it messy like I did. 

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Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

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Yesterday I made these little sweet no-bake treats. They were delicious, but then again what’s not to like? You got both peanut butter and chocolate.

 

Make your own Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls:

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time with refrigerating: 1 hr 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Rice Krispies (9,5 dl)
  • 1 cup powedered sugar (2,36 dl)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (1,1 dl)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (0.7 dl)
  • 400 gram chocolate

 

Directions:

  1. Line a baking pan with waxing paper (I didn’t have any so I used tin foil). In a large bowl, mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, coconut and melted butter together.
  2. Add the Rice Krispies and gentle stir until the cereal is well covered.
  3. Form into balls and put them on the baking pan. Tip: Dampen your hands to make the rolling easier. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Then melt the chocolate by boiling water in a pot, put a plate on top of it with the chocolate. Stir until it’s all liquid.
  5. Take the balls and dip them in the chocolate. I just rolled them around in the chocolate and used a spoon to pick them up.
  6. Put them back on the baking pan and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

 

 

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