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Thursday, 5th December, 2019

My Favorite Makeup

 

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For my everyday makeup I prefer to keep it simple. When I’m tired in the morning I don’t wanna spend more than 15 minutes top. When I was in Boston for Christmas I went a little crazy at the makeup department.

 

These are my favorite products right now that I use almost every day:

  • MAC eyebrow pencil color “Lingering” 
  • Benefit mascara – world’s greatest! You can apply several layers without lumps and it stays on all day
  • MAC cream blush color “Keep It Loose”
  • MAC eyeshadow
  • MAC lipstick in colors “Plumful” and “Hue”. One lighter color and one darker to make the lips look fuller.
  •  Bare Minerals bronzing powder color “The Deep End”

 

A lot of from MAC as you can see, but it’s one of my favorite brands. I use a foundation from Bare Minerals but I’m not super happy with it, hence it didn’t make this list. I am still on the hunt for the perfect foundation but my issue is that I have eczema and almost every single liquid foundation causes flare ups.

 

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What’s your favorite makeup?

 

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Pulled Pork Nachos

If you don’t know what to make for dinner, make these pulled pork nachos. They’re amazing. Since there’s not much adventure going on in my life right now because of this stupid cold (I’m starting to wonder if it’s the flu?) the least I can do is share this awesome dinner recipe. However, I will make sure not to take credit for it: My beloved boyfriend made it.

 

You need:

  • Pulled pork (beef or chicken works just as well, anything pulled (wow that sounds nasty))
  • Nacho chips – 1 large bag
  • Black beans – 1 can
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Yellow onion – 1
  • Jalapenos – Not too many…
  • Salsa sauce – 1 can
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
  • Grated cheese

 

Optional:

  • Guacamole

 

Do this:

  1. Cook the pulled pork (beef/chicken). We usually get the pre-made stuff from Tulip, I actually think it’s pretty decent. 30 minutes in the oven and boom- done.
  2. Now the most important part: When pulling apart the meat make sure to squeeze some Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and mix it around! I like the original flavor, honey, or hickory and brown sugar.
  3. Put tinfoil in a large oven pan and spread the nacho chips evenly
  4. Chop up the tomato, onion, lettuce, and jalapenos (if they weren’t pre- chopped of course)
  5. Cover the chips with salsa sauce and cheese, then a new layer of chips with some more salsa and cheese
  6. Put the meat, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, and beans on top
  7. Cook in the oven at 200 C (395 F) for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and it looks done
  8. Sprinkle the lettuce on top

 

Mm… I start drooling just thinking about this amazing dinner. It’s perfect if you wanna spice up the regular “Friday- taco- dinner” (which is a huge deal in Sweden: Everyone eats tacos on Friday). The tinfoil will save you from having to clean the pan, and if you want to, you could even share it straight from the pan and you have absolutely zero dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Balance Your Life

Do you feel unhappy? Like something is just wrong, but you can’t really put your finger on it? Do you feel like something is missing in life? I know I have felt like this more than one time in my life. After many years I have found something that really helps to balance my life. That’s what it all comes down to in the end. If you are reading this, I encourage you to finish, even though it will be a long post. It will be worth it. 

 

Let’s get started!

 

I see my life as a circle, and in this circle I have a bunch of different pieces to fill. It’s all up to me how big I want them to be, and what I want them to be filled with.

Step number one is awareness: Start thinking about what your circle looks like right now. Make a drawing of it. Here’s an example of a life circle belonging to a person who works a lot:

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As you can see, work takes up most part of the circle, not leaving that much space for things like fun, and love doesn’t even exist. My circle used to be pretty similar to this one but instead of work I was completely consumed by an eating disorder. I had barely no time for friends, I couldn’t work and I spent all my time thinking about food, looking up recipes, working out, counting calories, you name it.

Of course, I have been to treatment and I have done a lot of things that got me out of it, but I found that the most influential part of it was to start reevaluating what I find important in life.

 

 

Ask yourself this:

  • What is important for me?
  • What do I care about?

Then follow up with this:

  • Do I think this is important because others (friends, society, etc.) tells me this?
  • Do I think this is important because it’s something I should do?

 

If the answer is yes to the last two- scratch it! If you think psychology is really interesting but are afraid to pursue it because you’re “supposed” to study law you’re never gonna feel fully satisfied until you actually try to study psychology. Of course, there are some things you have to be willing to sacrifice. Take this for an example: I really feel like I should study at university and become something “real”, like a psychologist, or an HR representative. However, if I really really think about it…I don’t wanna work as any of this. As a result I don’t do very well on my tests –> leading me to feel worthless. What I feel passionate about is events and creative, social environments. In order for me to pursue this, I have to be prepared to make some sacrifices: It’s a competitive business, it’s hard work, irregular working hours, and you might not always be sure when you get the next paycheck.

 

 

So you gotta ask yourself: What is most important to me? What do I value the most?

 

All these questions are applicable in all areas of life. What kind of friend do I wanna be? What kind of relationship do I want? What is health to me? Is it healthy for me to work out every day? If the answer is yes, then go for it.

Once you have made your new circle the next step is to start taking steps in that direction. I think that’s a different blog post though…

 

Maybe the result of your circle is perfect already, or maybe it has become more balanced:

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I have actually chosen to keep one of my pieces empty. I’m saving this piece for unexpected adventures and possibilities. This is a piece for all the new things I want to try out, all the things I missed during my years focusing so much on the eating disorder. I have replaced “training” with “health”: This will now include relaxing and rehabilitation.

 

This is an exercise you can do regularly. Life changes and so does your values. What’s important today might not feel important in 6 months.

 

What does your circle look like? Is it balanced? Of course it’s OK if a big piece is work, as long as it’s in line with your values. No one will judge you. It’s all about YOU. 

 

 

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Feeling ill? Here’s What You Can Do!

It seems almost everyone is feeling ill right now. Regardless if you’re “just” having a cold or you got the flu it sucks. My cold is getting better, (I think?) but I’m too tired to do all the normal stuff. With me being so restless this is not a good combination. So what to do? I figured I’ll give you some tips on easy activities you can do while you’re resting. If you’re having the flu you should probably just stay in bed and not move except when to get more ice cream- and for this I have a list of good TV shows you can watch.

 

 

Let’s start with some easy breezy TV shows to binge watch:

 

  • Suits

This is my favorite show right now. It’s got everything: Drama, humor, love, men in suits and girls in fancy clothes.

 

  • Making a Murderer

Documentary show on Netflix. Warning: You will get addicted. Not so easy and breezy though.

 

  • Teen Mom OG

Yes. This is my guilty pleasure. Follow four teen moms and all the drama…

 

  • Impractical Jokers

Humor show about four best friends who challenge each other at doing practical jokes. Really funny and totally OK to fall asleep to.

 

  • The Profit

Kinda like Shark Tank but more personal. We follow an entrepreneur who helps company’s by investing in them. I don’t know why but I like this show.  

 

 

Then of course you have the teenage shows that I think are great to watch when you feel a bit under the weather: Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, etc.

 

 

If you’re having a cold and are able to move around in between the TV episodes (like me right now) here’s some ideas of what you can do:

 

  • Organize at home

How about going through that drawer you never look in to but just keep on throwing stuff in. We all have one several. 

 

  • Make a list of things you want to do when you’re feeling better. Like this for example.
  • Be creative!

Craft, paint, draw, knit, write, anything you like to do.

 

  • Call or text a friend

If you can’t hang out in person, you can still be social. Gotta love technology.

 

  • Browse through your favorite magazines
  • Start a blog

I can easily spend an hour or two just looking at recipes and makeup/fashion/interior decor inspiration

 

Also, don’t forget to eat! I know a lot of people lose their appetite when being ill, but it’s still important to fuel your body even though you’re spending most of the day in bed. Maybe you have a a family member or friend who lives nearby that can bring you your favorite snacks? If you’re going to the store be sure to pick up some lemon, ginger, and honey to put in your tea.

 

Hope you feel better! I’m getting sick of being sick myself…

 

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Salami Cheese Pesto Toast

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This is by far my favorite toast. It’s perfect for lunch when you don’t feel like cooking or are out of leftovers. Have it with some soup, or like me: with a sliced pear and a glass of milk/latte.

 

This is what you need:

  • Bread (I use sourdough toast)
  • Cheese
  • Salami (Milano is my favorite)
  • Ruccola
  • Pesto
  • Sandwich taoster

 

Just spread a thin layer of pesto on both slices. The real secret is the layers. One layer of cheese, salami, ruccola, then cheese, and last salami.

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How To Make The Most Of Your Week

Monday has arrived once again. What will your week look like? What are your goals? Have you done your planning? Or is your goal to do less planning? How was the past week? Did you reach your goals? If not, what can you do different this time?

 

Today I thought I’d share some of my personal plans and thoughts. Here’s how I usually structure it:

 

Stuff I have planned/to do

  • Make some personal phone calls
  • Laundry (will take all day…)
  • Dinner party on Friday

 

My focus/goals for this week

  • Get healthy (I still have a cold)
  • Work on the blog
  • BAKE. I recently got this urge to bake something.

 

How will I do this?

  • Rest, eat lots of vitamins and healthy food (and some ice cream of course)
  • Think of different blog post ideas and continue to try out new things
  • Find a recipe and just do it

 

Is there anything that I might find difficult?

Since I’m a very restless person there’s a risk I might find the resting part tricky. To help myself I find it best to make a list of stuff I can remind myself about, and things I can do.

 

  • Think about that my body really needs to be still, especially if I want to get healthy quicker
  • Watch some good movies and TV shows, write, paint, craft
  • Do some easy stuff like cleaning, baking, organizing

 

As you can tell I love lists. I can’t help it, I’m a freak when it comes to organizing. However, I really think making lists helps to get a clear overhead picture of what I will do and what my goals are. If I just keep it all in my head I easily feel like there’s way more things I have to do and I get stressed. By writing it down I can see that it’s not that much and I can relax and think about other stuff.

 

This is a pretty relaxed week for my part and mostly because I’m still a bit ill. If you want to get real nerdy you can use the same procedure for your work.

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift

So today is the day when all singles are crying, eating ice cream in PJ’s and the couples are having anxiety over what to give their SO.

 

 

Nah. I don’t think anyone should feel bad over this day. It’s just an ordinary day, like the Monday I talked about before. Feeling left alone on Christmas or your birthday I would understand, but Valentine’s is something that is made up solely for commercial use.

 

 

This is gonna sound so cheesy, but for me, every day is Valentine’s Day. I’m so lucky to be in a relationship where we always take care of each other, no matter what day of the year it is. Before when I was single I didn’t care that much either. I guess that’s just the way I was brought up, and was fortunate enough to have a loving family and friends.

 

 

However, I still think it can be nice to do something sweet once in awhile. I love being creative and if it happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day, then so be it. I remember our first Valentine. My boyfriend came home from a trip to Ethiopia and was so tired we just lay in bed watching three horror movies in a row. Pretty awesome times.

 

 

My best Valentine’s Day gift:

 

 

Last year I did a “Jar of Mush”. I wrote down 56 reasons why I love him on tiny pieces of paper, rolled them up, and put them in a mason jar. He still hasn’t opened all of them.

 

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This year I kinda dropped the ball since I’m actually home sick. A movie and a nice dinner is more than enough for me.

 

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DIY: Natural, Brighter Nails

Like I mentioned before, I like taking care of my nails so I’d thought I share my monthly routine. I’m using gel polish but you could just as well use regular nail polish to do this.

 

Step 1:

File your nails to desired shape. Recently I’ve done mine a little pointy to give the impression of long, slender fingers.

 

Step 2:

Fill a bowl with hot water, some hand soap, and squeeze a lemon in there (this whitens and brightens your nails). Soak your fingers in the water for 5 minutes.

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Step 3:

Now your cuticles will be nice and soft so take your orange stick and gently push them down.

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Step 4: 

Use your cuticle cutter and remove all the cuticles you just pushed down. Don’t be afraid, you won’t feel a thing. Of course it happens I cut myself at times but you get the hang of it. The end result will be so much better.

 

Step 5:

Soak your hands lightly and use the nail brush, this will remove all the dead skin. Dry with a towel and finish off using the buffer on the top of all your nail.

 

Step 6:

Before I start painting my nails I use a pH neutralizer. This makes the polish stick way better and longer. My favorite is Bond Aid from OPI.

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Step 7:

Time to pain! You need a base coat, color, and top coat. As you can see I like OPI, and Bubble Bath is my favorite when I wanna keep it natural.

 

For gels:   

 

  • Base coat 90 sec
  • Color 90 sec
  • Color x2 90 + 60 sec
  • Top coat 90 + 90 sec

 

Otherwise do the same thing with regular polish but let it dry completely in between the layers.

Paint thin coats.

 

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Step 8:

Wipe off the excess with some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad.

 

 

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Result: 

 

Natural, bright nails that will last for at least 3 weeks with gel.

I always use gloves when I do the dishes or cleaning with chemicals, I noticed this makes it last longer.

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This might seem like a lot of steps but once you’ve done it a couple of times it’s not that bad. If I can spend an hour at the nail salon paying way too much money, I can just as well spend an hour at home getting the same result. At least that’s my logic.

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How To Get Thicker Hair In 1 Minute

I was born with thin, Scandinavian hair and I have never really been a fan of it. As a child I was always jealous of everyone else’s thick ponytails. I used to be ashamed of showing my hair in a tail because then everyone would see how thin and sad my hair was. Today I have learned to accept it and I don’t really care that much either. There’s really not much I can do about it, hair extensions are way to expensive for my budget. Now this sounds like it’s some major problem in my life, which it is not, so please don’t get me wrong. I think it’s just part of being a girl. Someone with curly hair wants straight hair and vice versa. The grass always looks greener on the other side. Looks greener.

 

 

Instead of drooling over the fence on all the thick ponytails there are a few simple tricks I use.  This is one of them:

 

 

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This little fella I got at Kicks. 

 

 

 

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     Divide your hair in two, put the “tube” facing downwards                                                                    Voila! Toupee for even more volume 

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Simple Halloumi & Bulgur Dinner Recipe

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This dinner is my go-to when I don’t know what I’m in the mood for. It’s quick, easy and healthy!

 

 

I used:

  • Bulgur 
  • Halloumi
  • Red onion
  • Kidney beans
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Cherry tomato
  • Olives

 

When boiling the bulgur i prefer to use some vegetable broth instead of salt for more taste. My favorite is from Renée Voltaire, no preservatives or weirdness added.

 

 

When it’s done I mix it with the beans, a pressed garlic clove and some basil (fresh or dried depending on what you like).

 

 

While the bulgur is cooking I just fry the halloumi in some olive oil.

 

 

And it’s done! Chop up some tomatoes, onion, olives and top it off with some black pepper and ruccola and enjoy. It’s really yummy to put some sun dried tomatoes in there as well, but we didn’t have any at home.

 

 

 

 

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