Sep 17, 2014

Makes me smile - Baby edition

Sometimes, when feeling down, I just type cute baby into Google and enjoy the instant lift of mood. Here are a few of my favorites that always make me smile.

sources (from left to right): 1 2 3
Xoxo, have a great week!

Sep 3, 2014

Lists all over

I love lists. Shopping lists, wish lists, to-do lists, bucket lists. Basically all kinds of lists. I make them in my head, on notepads, on old receipts, on my phone and on the internet.

I really enjoy writing them, but what makes me real happy is ticking off items and tasks I've completed. Nothing motivates me more than ticking off items.

Off the top of my head I can think of at least 5 different lists I am working on right now. There's the obligatory shopping list, a bucket list, a wish list, the list for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, a list of books to read and movies to watch and a list of gift ideas for my boyfriend. Oh, and of course the list of recipes to try on Pinterest.

Usually I keep my lists simple and don't decorate them or even try to use a nice writing, but sometimes I invest a little more time in lists, that I know I'll be consulting a lot.

How about you? Do you write lists? What do you write them on? Does it motivate you to tick items off?

Xoxo, I wish you a great week!

Aug 27, 2014

Liebster Award Nomination

I've been nominated! :D Yay!! Colli and Michelle from ToBeYoutiful have picked me and my blog to take part in this Question-and-Answer post series.

I feel very honored that I've been chosen to answer their questions. Let's see what they wanted to know.
(As the Liebster Award is in German, I will answer the questions in German too, but there's a translate button in the sidebar.)

1 Wieso habt ihr mit dem Bloggen angefragen? Ich habe immer gerne Sex and the City geschaut, und hab mich von Carrie und ihrer Kolumne inspirieren lassen.
2 Welche Kamera benutzt ihr zum Fotos schießen? Meistens meine Handykamera (ich hab ein HTC One S), da es auf meinem Blog meistens um den Text und nicht so sehr um die Fotos geht und ich meine, dass die Fotos von meinem Handy auch sehr schön werden.
3 Welches Kameraequipment würde ihr euch gerne noch zulegen?
Momentan keines, da ich keine Kamera besitze, aber wenn, dann würde ich mir gerne eine Spiegelreflexkamera von Nikon zulegen.
4 Grüner Tee oder Kaffee? Schwarzer Tee. Lust auf Kaffee hab ich nur alle paar Wochen einmal. Ansonsten trinke ich liebend gerne schwarzen Tee mit Sojamilch.
5 Wo seht ihr euch in 5 Jahren? Hoffentlich mit einem Master-Diplom in Betriebswirtschaft. Ansonsten lass ich das Leben so auf mich zukommen.
6 Geschminkt oder lieber ungeschminkt im Alltag? Im Büro auf jeden Fall geschminkt, zu Hause ungeschminkt.
7 Welche kleinen Dinge des Lebens machen euch glücklich? Ein süßes Bussi von meinem Schatz; wenn ich ein neues Lieblingslied für mich entdecke.
8 Welches Lied läuft bei euch zur Zeit rauf und runter? Kein besonderes, ich warte noch auf ein neues Lieblingslied.
9 Schnee oder Sand? Im Sommer Schnee, im Winter Sand. Immer das, was ich grade nicht haben kann.
10 Ward ihr schon mal auf einem Bloggertreffen? Wenn ja wo? Leider nein.
11 Welche Blog-Themen interessieren euch am meisten?
Kommt ganz auf den Schreibstil der Person an. Sonst aber eher kurz und knackig gehaltene Dateblogs, wo ich von den Highlights und Reinfällen auf Dates von anderen Leuten lesen kann. Ansonsten aber auch immer wieder Nagel(lack), Outfits und DIYs.

Hier die Regeln:
    • Die Person verlinken, die dich nominiert hat
    • 11 andere Blogger nominieren, die weniger als 200 Follower haben
    • 11 Fragen deiner Wahl an die Nominierten stellen
    • Die Nominierten informieren
    • Den Nominierten eine Link zu deinem Post bereit stellen
    • Alle Fragen beantworten, die dir gestellt wurden

So, jetzt zu den Nominierten. Ich nominiere:
Cupcake Werk
Melinas Süßes Leben
Wolkenweiss
Hoy hablar es vivir
Lines Bücherwelt
My exchange year in the USA
Paris Rom Athen
... und alle anderen, die gerne teilnehmen würden. (Hinterlasst mir einen Kommentar mit dem Link zu eurem Post und ich verlinke euch hier)

Meine Fragen:
1 Dein Lieblingsgericht?
2 Hose oder Rock?
3 Ausgefallenes Nail-Design oder Natur pur?
4 Dein Lieblingsbuch? Warum?
5 Was würdest du mit 1.000.000 Euro machen?
6 Welche Sprache würdest du gerne lernen?
7 Welches Land/Stadt MUSS man in seinem Leben mal gesehen haben?
8 Seid ihr noch in Ausbildung oder schon im "richtigen Leben" angekommen?
9 Welches Jahrzehnt würdet ihr gerne mal besuchen?
10 Ein Wunsch, den ihr euch auf jeden Fall mal erfüllen wollt?
11 Worüber habt ihr das letzte Mal so richtig herzlich gelacht?

Ich würde mich sehr freuen, wenn die Nominierten mitmachen und meine Fragen beantworten würden. Ich habe mich sehr über die Nominierung gefreut und hatte viel Spaß, die Fragen zu beantworten. Ich hoffe, euch geht es genau so.

Xoxo, ich wünsche euch eine schöne Woche!

Aug 20, 2014

My 20 ways to live a sustainable life

Today I want to show you what I do to live a greener life. I'm a huge fan of change as long as it doesn't involve changing your whole way of life at once. Small adjustments here and there are more my cup of tea.

1. I never print anything I don't essentially need printed out.
2. I always print documents double-sided.
3. I use the blank side of receipts to make shopping lists or notes on.
4. Currently I don't use a dryer.
5. When I still had a dryer I used to collect the water from the dryer and use it to water plants.
6. I only iron blouses and shirts that need ironing.
7. I collect left over water in glasses and the kettle to water my plants.
8. I turn off the lights when I leave the room (unless I am too headless to remember ;)
9. I try not to use plastic wrap.
10. I almost always bring my own shopping bag - if not, I reuse the bags I buy as bin bags.
11. I separate my waste into plastic, paper, glass, metal and residual waste. And once we have a garden I'll be sure to also separate organic waste and compost it.
12. I try not to buy stuff I don't need and also only throw stuff (especially electrical gadgets) away that is actually broken.
13. If there is a choice between paper towels and hand dryer in bath rooms I use the air dryer.
14. I try to use as little paper towel and toilet roll as possible - it's amazing how much water one piece of paper towel can absorb.
15. I make my own body butter/body lotion, so there are no unnecessary chemicals in it. Here's a great recipe for homemade body butter.
16. I try to get every last drop out of paste tubes and shampoo bottles by cutting them open.
17. From September on I will live in walking-distance to my office.
18. I grow my own herbs, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Of course it's not enough for for us yet, but it's a start.
19. I always use the cooking top on pots and pans and switch off the stove/oven a few minutes before the food is done, as the residual heat will be enough to finish the dish.
20. I am trying to reduce the number of actual books I buy and get ebooks instead.

Now that I've finished the list it seems to be quite long and extensive, but I feel like it only took a few little changes to get to where I am now. And, as a bonus, almost all are also great if one wants to save some money.

Xoxo, let yourself be inspired!

Aug 13, 2014

Sparkly, yet elegant nail design

Today I've got a sparkly, very elegant nail design based on the colors black, silver and gold for you.
I've had these rhinestones at home for quite some time, but never had a nice idea on how to use them. So last week, when I had some time at my hands I thought up this easy to do, but great to look at nail design.



What do you think? What kind of design would you create with these colors and rhinestones?

Xoxo, have a great week!


Aug 6, 2014

Jealousy

interesting story about jealousy source
In light of recent events in my life I've been doing some thinking on the subject of jealousy. And I asked myself: What is it that makes people jealous?
Is it the fear of losing someone, or the feeling of simply not wanting to share a person that's special to you with someone else? Is it the fear of the other person getting more important and - consequently - you getting less important and less attention?
Personally, I belive that it depends on the situation and mostly is a mixture of all the reasons stated.

Also, how does it start? Does it always start with the same situation? For me, sometimes it's the mere thought of that other person that makes me go nervous and queasy from one second to the other. And sometimes it takes a little more, like an affectionate mentioning or anecdote that you get to hear.

I guess, everyone has at least one person they're occasionally jealous of. It might beyour boyfriend's ex-girlfriend or your grandma's favorite grandchild.

Do you ever have feelings like that? In which situations do you react too sensitive? And what do you do to snap back out of it?

Xoxo, have a great week!

Jul 30, 2014

20 ways to reduce CO2 emission

All over the world there are roughly 33 billions tons of carbon dioxide emitted every year. More than half of said amount is produced in China (23%), the US (19%) and the 27 countries in the European Union (17%). source and source
Although a lot is produced by industry, the biggest part - around a quarter of the overall CO2 emission - is released during energy production. Compared to these the transportation sector's emissions may seem small, but in this sector almost all the energy is produced by using fossil fuels, so there is a big opportunity there to reduce emissions. source

In the following I compiled 20 easy ways and opportunities to reduce your personal carbon foot print.

1. Walk or take your bike whenever it's possible
2. Use public transport
3. Go by train instead of flying, if possible
4. Buy electric cars
5. Use car sharing platforms
6. If your car is very old, invest in a new car that doesn't need as much fuel
7. Take vacations close to where you live
8. Combine trips, e.g. shop at stores on the same route
9. If possible, work from home
10. Buy local food and reduce food miles - visit this website to calculate food miles
11. Grow your own food - there are quite a few herbs, vegetables and fruits that are very easy to grow
12. Don't waste food
13. Eat less red meat - for more information read this article by The Guardian
14. Use renewable energy like sun or wind power
15. Cut back on your energy use and reduce waste
16. Plant trees
17. Buy carbon credits which will be used to make up for the CO2 you couldn't avoid producing
18. Recycle as much as possible
19. Send e-mails rather than actual letters
20. Read newspapers and journals online

I really do hope that everybody takes up this opportunity and picks one or two of the options above to actively do something against the ongoing climate change. I'd love to hear which ones you picked and how it worked out.

Xoxo, have a wonderful week!