Jul 23, 2014

Makes me smile - Animal edition

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to put on a big dazzling smile. Here are a few pictures of animal babies that always make me smile.

sources (from left to right): 1 2 3 4 5
Xoxo, have a fabulous week!

Jul 16, 2014

"Sugarfree" Cotton Candy

A long, long time ago, I posted a few nail designs here, today I've got another one for you! A few weeks ago I found this amazing idea for Cotton Candy Nails on Youtube and decided to give it a try. It kinda looked a little tricky, but I was surprised how easy it actually was and how great the outcome looked! But see for yourself:


In case you are interested in a how-to, klick here for the video.

And, because my introduction to this post made me think of Don McLean's American Pie, here's the video:


Xoxo, have fun creating "sugarfree" Cotton Candy!

Jul 9, 2014

20 ways to save electricity

... and cutting your electricity bill

Every year, US residentials use 4 billion dollars worth of stand-by power, which accounts for 5% of all residential electricity use in the US. source
A lot of the energy we use is still produced in coal powerstations and nuclear power plants, so in order to protect our environment and in further concequence ourselves, we need to cut back on our use of electricity. Below I have compiled 20 ways on how to do so.

1. Make the most of natural light - open your curtains and shades
2. Turn off the lights when leaving a room
3. Use energy-saving bulbs
4. Use lower powered bulbs
5. When you don't need full light use up those half-used candles you've got lying around - as a bonus candle light creates a romantic atmosphere
6. Turn electric devices such as radio, TV or Computer off when not in use
7. Don't leave devices on stand-by
8. Unplug your phone chargers - they do use a little electricity even though they are not in use
9. Don't blow-dry your hair, let it dry naturally
10. Use solar heaters to heat water
11. Use less hot water
12. Produce your own electricity with photovoltaic panels
13. Turn down the temperature on the washing mashine
14. Air-dry your laundry. You don't even need sunshine, a cloudy day is just fine, too
15. Replace old appliances with new, energy saving ones
16. Use your air conditioner less
17. Try opening your cooler/freezer/fridge as short as possible
18. Boil water with a kettle rather than on the stove
19. Use lids on your pots when cooking and keep the pots closed for as long as possible
20. Turn off the stove 5 and the oven 10 minutes before reaching the cooking time

I hope, you'll be able to adopt a few of the suggestions above in order to cut your electricity use and save some money.
Have you got other ideas on how to save electricity?

Xoxo, have a great week!

Jul 2, 2014

Pinterest Favorites: Summer Investments

Summer's in full swing and I've been dreaming of wonderful, wonderful things that I'd invest in if I had a little (or a lot) more money to fling away. Unfortunately I've just bought a car, so I don't really have too much spare money right now. Anyway, one can always dream, right?

I'm dreaming of spending hot summer days on an elegant yacht, reading lots of books in my very own tree house and watching the hot life guards from my beach lounger right on the waterfront. At night, I'd like to dance, chat and sip champagne - all dressed up in insanely expensive, fabulous chiffon gowns.
sources: yacht - beach lounger - tree house

sources: white gown - red gown

What are you dreaming of this summer?

Xoxo, have a great summer!! Enjoy the sun, heat, beach, holidays...!!

Jun 25, 2014

Keeping a diary

Ever since I was 11 or 12 I have kept a diary. My diary is like my very own biography with gaps - and a little (or very) subjective. At times I wrote down my thoughts every day, at times I haven't written a single word in months. I think, the longest time I didn't use my diary were about 8 months.

Rereading my diary always feels like living my life again. It makes me feel sad, happy, excited - whatever feeling I had at the time. I have always used my diary as some kind of therapy to cope with thoughts and feelings. To me, writing my thoughts down equals pouring my heart out to someone in person. It's like my thoughts become clearer, calmer and less overwhelming.

Writing my diary is a way to calm myself down, to motivate myself, to sort things out.

I know, that a lot of people keep diaries, but I've never thought about the reasons they might have. Do you keep a diary, and why? What are your reasons?

Xoxo, have a great week!

Jun 18, 2014

20 ways to reduce waste

Every minute, one million of plastic bags is used worldwide. That makes 60 millions an hour and about 1,4 billions of plastic carrier bags a day that are only used once and take 1000 years to degrade. source & source

Another nice fact I found online is this one: If every starbucks customer used reusable coffee mugs, this would save as much water in producing disposable mugs as is needed to supply LA with water for 8 days.

1. Bring your own carrier bag when you go shopping
2. reuse carrier bags
3. buy food in bigger units, e.g. 2 liters of milk in one instead of 4 half liter bottles
4. buy water or other drinks in glass bottles
5. when storing food in the fridge/freezer use reusable containers instead of plastic bags
6. buy products in reusable/recyclable packaging
7. use reusable coffee mugs
8. use tab water instead of bottled water
9. use reusable drinking bottles
10. only buy what you really need
11. buy products with little packaging
12. cancel unwanted mail
13. don't throw paper and envelopes away, use them as scrap paper or to make shopping lists on
14. reuse carrier bags as bin bags
15. reuse jars and pots as small containers
16. compost food waste and yard waste - makes a perfect fertilizer for plants and garden
17. donate unwanted clothes and items to second-hand stores
18. buy products made out of recycled materials
19. use reusable dishware when having a party/barbecue
20. use rechargable batteries

You will find many more ways to reduce waste on these websites:
- Rethink Recycling
- Pedal people - Ways to reduce waste
- Recycling Guide

I hope, this list inspired you to change a few things!

Xoxo, have a nice week!


Jun 11, 2014

Summer love

Summer's finally here and so is nature - everything is in full bloom!







Xoxo, enjoy!