Saturday, 31 January 2015

Day 31 of 365: A Month in Instagram Pictures

The first month of the year is over and I thought I'd put together a post reflecting my life on Instagram for past 31 days. 

1. Celebrating new year with watching fireworks from the castle in Ljubljana. 2. First Sunday walk of the year, there was still a lot of snow and it just looked beautiful overall. 3. I discovered instant latte and it was caramel flavoured. Yum. 4. Waiting for the bus at 7 pm. It was cold. And dark. Can't wait for summer, when it won't get dark till 10 pm. 5. I bough a notebook! Now I don't want to write anything in it, because I don't want to ruin it. (first world problems) 6. There was a watch standing on a shelf, that I got for birthday once. Figured I should wear it every once in a while. It's surprising, how quickly I get used to checking my arm for time. 7. After three weeks of searching I finally found a journal for this year! Now I use all my bright pencils to write in it. Although it's quite empty for next few weeks, as most of my time goes for studying for exams. 8. Well this is a weird thing I found while walking across Congress Square. I guess it's supposed to be art, but basically it is a bunch of phones glued together on the floor and if you look at it from the right angle, it says 'new message'. 9. Watching ski jumps. Go Slovenia! Half an hour ago they actually won the team competition, 26.2 point ahead of German team. So there's a happy nation in Slovenia right now. 10. I woke up the other day and my hair decided to go back to the side fringe mode. I used to have shorter fringe, so they'd be covering my forehead all the time, but since they grew out, I spend most of the time with the fringe back in a ponytail. 11. I'm back into smoothies for breakfasts. This one was the banana + spinach + almonds + ginger one, it was delicious. 12. With all that weather changing, there's a lot of chances for catching a cold and I'm trying to trick it with getting a daily dose of vitamin c and tea. Well, tea usually appears at least three times in a day; black, green, herbal... but you know what I meant.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Day 30 of 365: Keeping Up With My New Year's Resolutions

With the end of the month being around the corner, I thought I'd check on how my keeping up with New year's resolutions is going. I did print them at the beginning of the month and taped them to the wall behind my desk, so I'm looking at them everyday. And some are going on very well if I say so myself. Some are yet to be executed. 
So, the 'workout more' is going on well. I've been doing some kind of stretching or yoga (for beginners, with Adriene) or squats, crunches, weight lifting and the lot almost every day (well, a day once a week for rest is necessary) for three weeks already and I am quite proud of myself. Sweating it out a bit for at least 30 minutes per day also made me feel better. I think I am almost at the stage where I don't have to convince myself to work out anymore, where it feels like a necessary part of the day. Like eating lunch or something. (have I gone too far?)
There are no problems on water-drinking part either. Apparently, you're supposed to drink at least 1,5 liters every day, or 2 if you have allergies (which I do, sadly). So 2 liters a day it is. It's funny how 2 years ago I couldn't drink water and I drank juices or iced teas or multivitamin drinks all the time and then at some point I just clicked and now all I really drink is water. And tea. And coffee sometimes. Oops.
Buuut then there's the 'procrastinate less' resolution. And the 'get organised' one. I still have to work on that. Maybe they could be in my a-month-after-new-year's resolutions. So next month I'll start planning my uni activities, so I won't forget anything and incorporate more studying into my day, so I don't leave everything to the last moment. Hope dies last, as they say...

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Day 29 of 365: Chocolate bananas

It seems the only thing I talk about these days is food. Well there is an exam period going on at uni, so my days mostly consist of studying and eating. And since talking about my digital structures exam, that is on agenda tomorrow, would be boring, here's an idea for a sweet treat. 
Bananas covered in chocolate. Simple, but effective. Just melt some chocolate with a bit of coconut butter, slice a banana into little circles, dip said banana circles into melted chocolate and throw in a freezer over night. 
Warning: you won't be able to stop eating them.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Day 28 of 365: Tortillas

Making lunch just for myself is a lot easier, because there is no 'will this be enough for everyone' questions going around my mind all the time. Today I only cooked for myself and my brother and he's usually very easy to cook for, so I just made some chicken fillets and added some bread and he was happy, while for myself I made some tortillas. The simple version, because I believe it's the best one. Basically I roasted chopped chicken fillet in a pan, chopped some vegetables - peppers, tomatoes, carrots, onions and sweet corn - mixed those in a container and added some salt, lemon and olive oil, warmed up tortillas in a pan and then put all the chicken and vegetables into a tortilla and voila! I left out nacho cheese today, because there was none at home and I forgot to buy it. Basically that's probably the simplest way to make tortillas. They're not the warmest food, since the cold vegetables cool down the chicken and tortilla quite quickly, but I think they're delicious none the less.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Day 27 of 365: A Tumblr Post

There are those kind of days, when you're supposed to be studying, but instead spend your time on the internet. I do usually manage to get something done even with Youtube videos playing in the background, or if I'm feeling extra productive, those Youtube videos are actually related to whatever I'm studying for. But some days I just find myself on sites like Tumblr. And an hour or two go past in a blink of an eye. I thought I'd share a few of my favourite pictures today, as that's the only non-studying thing I did in the whole day. If nothing else they're cute and that counts for something, right?

Monday, 26 January 2015

Day 26 of 365: Smoothies

What you eat the first thing in the morning is actually really important and sets you for the day, but I don't think many people know that. While in high school I usually didn't eat anything in the morning, or I just took a biscuit and a glass of multivitamin drink and I was out of the house. Later throughout the day one minute I had enough energy to power a factory and the next minute I was really tired. And that went on and on. 
Then about a year and a half ago, I went to see a friend, who is a nutritionist and mentioned that problem with energy level going up and down like sine wave. The first thing she asked was if I eat breakfast and as conversation about food went on, I realised that biscuits and multivitamin drink really aren't the best choice for the first meal of the day. So I made a decision that from now on I'll start the day with fresh fruit. And I did, and I genuinely started to feel less tired during the day. 
Then my mum bought a Nutribullet and for quite some time the first loud noise of the day was the making of smoothie. But while it was really good mixing different fruit together everyday and the first impression was great (because after a smoothie I wasn't hungry until lunch and I didn't have the urge to fall asleep at 2 pm), I had to interrupt my healthy breakfast strike when the exam period at uni started, because too much fruit + stress = major stomach pains, apparently. And the thing went on for a month and even after that I didn't dare to consume too much fruit for another few months.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Day 25 of 365: My Book Shelf

Today I'm making a post, that will hopefully get another few parts throughout the year. Let me introduce you to my little book shelf. I used to always read books from library and only bought a book once every 100 years. Then I figured I'd like to expand my book collection and I bought a few books, a few of them came as gifts and then I took an eternity to actually read them. I used to be quite a book worm back in elementary school, but then high school and uni came and whenever I'd like to read a book I feel guilty because I should be studying, or if I don't have to study I just want to sleep most of the time.
For this year I have decided that I'll buy and read at least one book per month, so my little book shelf will get heavier with books and my head full of new stories. However, I do have quite a few books on current book ensemble that I still haven't read. Maybe that should be my first mission: to read all the books that have been sitting unread. Or maybe I'll leave it like that, for times when I'll need a fresh book, but won't be able to get a new one. But that's a thought for another day.
Right now, let's focus on a current situation.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Day 24 of 365: Wishlist #1

I think I mentioned this before, but I have a Pinterest board full of crap, some useful ideas and a bunch of things I wish to have.
Today I thought I'd focus on the wishlist part, and share a few of the items on that board with you. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Day 23 of 365: Velvet Hangers

I know this seems like a weird topic to talk about, but last autumn I discovered velvet hangers after using plastic and metal ones before, and I can safely say I'm now totally converted. Just yesterday I picked up another set, so now there are no other than velvet hangers in my wardrobe. The best thing about these is that they're not slippery at all, so clothes stay put and don't fall to the bottom of my wardrobe. They're also quite thin, so they don't take up too much space, which is important for me, as my section for hanging clothes is really tiny (although big enough for storing my obsession with white shirts and black dresses). 
However, if you haven't tried velvet (or maybe other non-slippery) hangers yet, you're missing out big time, so go and do give it a try.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Day 22 of 365: Crete #ThrowbackThursday

I figured I'd do a throwback Thursday type of a post today. So in my mind I'm moving back to 2009, when my aunt took me to Crete for a week during summer holidays. It was a nice week full of sun, sand and exploring of the island. We took a mountain of photos and here are just a few of them, so I'll let them do the talking.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Day 21 of 365: Easy come, easy go.

We are 3 (three!) weeks into 2015 already and (look, I managed to keep up with this blog!) I still haven't found a diary/journal for this year. Maybe I'm to picky, but I really want a nice journal, with days, and section for notes and not boring covers. And everything I pick up is either a normal notebook, a boring-covers diary (that possibly doesn't even have days sectioned for the year) or, well, costs too much for my little budget. 
So I shall search some more, until I find the perfect one, where I can store my life in. 
But during my quest that has been going on for the last three weeks I found a notebook. Okay, I found loads of notebooks I liked, but I refrained from buying every one I saw and got only one (up to this day, he). I really like it. Technically it could also be a diary, but I intend to use it for something else. For what - I don't know yet. If my brain won't come up with ideas, I'm sure Pinterest will.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Day 20 of 365: You Need To Hear This

A long time ago (around 4 years ago), I was browsing Youtube and I stumbled upon this amaaazing cover of Fleet Foxes' Mykonos. I had the song on repeat for quite some time, I really liked the other things she did, but eventually I forgot about it.
Until this Sunday. I was checking my subscription box, as per usual, since everybody uploads new videos on Sunday and among them, there was a new video from Juliana. I didn't even know I was subscribed to her, but that song made my Sunday night. Check her out, you won't regret it.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Day 19 of 365: Birthday Celebrations

Following the birthdays last Thursday (it was my mum's and brother's birthday, as I mentioned in Thursday's post), yesterday was time for a little celebration with the family. So one part of the family came around, for an afternoon of catching up and a table full of food. And while mum spent the early afternoon preparing one pile of food, the other part was in my jurisdiction. So I made the dip I was talking about in Wednesday's post, another similar one with Pesto Genovese and the awesome brownies that eeeeeeveryone loves (recipe courtesy of Viviannadoesmakeup).
It's always nice to see your family and we only really meet all together for birthdays, even though we live relatively close to each other (busy lives and whatnot). So once again I was greeted with a massive hug from all my little cousins, who are, well, not so little anymore, but still around 10+ years younger than me, so they're little. Just like my brother is still the little one, even at his fresh 16 years of age and 180 cm of height, but that's not the point now.
The food was good, brownies disappeared pretty fast, girls were making bracelets for the entire time, while boys were playing games and we all had a nice chat, so it was a Sunday well spent.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Day 18 of 365: A Lip Balm That Saves Lives

I'm pretty sure everyone has that special product that they can depend on. Whether is it a beauty or make up product, or anything else really.
Mine is a lip balm. I have that problem, all year round, but especially during winter, that my lips tend to get very dry and crack very easily and there is no lip product that can make them better. Except the Lip Relief Cream from Blistex. I swear this is the best thing that happened to me since I stopped being allergic to chocolate when I was 7. I don't know how it works, but every other lip balm moisturizes my lips for about 10 minutes and after that they're back to the previous poor condition. But with this one, after two or three applications the lips are left feeling soft and it doesn't hurt when I smile too big.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Day 17 of 365: Favourite Five - Apps

Nowadays we are practically drowning in the ocean of apps that are available for Android and iOS devices, so I really like seeing and articles or blog posts with apps that I haven't tried before. The thing is, a whole lot of times apps in those posts are meant for iOS and aren't availible for Android, which is annoying. And since I own an Android phone (Sony Xperia Z), I thought I'd share five of my favourite apps (that are probably also available for iOS). Excluding those we all already know, as Instagram, Twitter etc.

1. Calm - Following the site, here's one of the relaxing/calming/meditating apps. It comes with a whole library of different scenes and calming programs that help you ease your mind. I really like to listen to it while reading or studying, or if I just want to relax for a bit.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Day 16 of 365: A Change of Nail Colour

There's nothing better than a nail varnish that stays on your nails for a week and doesn't chip at all. And with my current base (OPI Nail Envy) and top coat (Artdeco Speed Dry Top Coat) it's pretty much an everyday thing with any nail varnish. So I need to repaint my nails once a week just because I want to change the colour.
Last week was a colour free one, with just Nail Envy on, to give my nails a little time to breathe after dark colours and a bit of glitter around Christmas and New Year. 
This week the colour is back and it goes by the name Sand Tropez from Essie. I really like this one, because although it's a very light and neutral colour, it's still very opaque (after two coats), applies really nicely and stays put for a very long time. It's my go-to colour when I want something on my nails, but nothing too noticeable. And I didn't get tired of it yet. Although, to be fair, I probably never will.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Day 15 of 365: Muffins

First of all, happy birthday to my mum and my brother! 
Today I'm talking about food again, because I haven't baked anything yet this year (whaaat) and thought it was about time I do. And because I needed something to surprise mum and brother with.
So I made muffins. Non-chocolate - because mum always complains that I put too much chocolate in everything (if that's even possible) - strawberry ones. But the mixture recipe is pretty general, so you can experiment with adding different fruits or chocolate or anything.

-250g flour
-3 tsp baking powder
-150g sugar
-1 tsp vanilla sugar
-1 egg
-8 tbsp sunflower oil
-1,5 dcl milk

First mix the egg and then add sugar, vanilla sugar, sunflower oil and milk. After that, add flour and baking powder. At this point you can add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder if you wish. 
What I do next is put half of that mixture in muffin models, then I add strawberries (well, banana and Nutella is a very good combination too), that I previously chopped into smaller pieces and top that with the other half of the mixture. Finally, bake in a fan oven at 160°C for 25-30 minutes.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Day 14 of 365: Snack Time

Let me introduce you to a situation: you're standing in front of your fridge, you're hungry, but you have no idea what you want to eat and nothing in the fridge catches your eye. 
This happens to me a lot, sometimes it ends with me eating some chocolate or chips, sometimes I leave the kitchen without food and sometimes (after staring in that fridge for long enough) I actually make something decent. It still fits in category of snacks most of the time, but at least I feel better for eating that instead of whole box of chocolate chip cookies. So, today was one of those successful trips to the fridge, with me leaving the situation with a bunch of carrots and a dip for said carrots. 
This was actually one of the things that my friends made me for my surprise birthday picnic last last year (wow, 2013 now seems so far away...) and of course I needed a recipe for that right away. 
The dip contains sour cream, mayonnaise, grated cheese, sweet corn and some salt and pepper. You just mix those ingredients together - mayonnaise and sour cream in around 50:50 ratio, the rest by the feeling -  and voilĂ ! Then you just chop some carrots into sticks (or buy them like that) and you're ready to go. Oh and the dip also goes great with tortilla chips. Go try now. Thank me later.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Day 13 of 365: How OPI Saved My Nails

I have been biting my nails for a really long period of my life. At some point I really tried to stop, but nothing helped, not even that awful tasting nail varnish. Then one summer, when I think I was 14, it just clicked and I haven't bitten a nail since then. 
However, this annoying habit left me with nails in quite a bad shape for quite some time. I tried to grow them, but they grew slowly and they broke very fast. Then I discovered OPI's Original Nail Envy. Worked like maaaagic. It made my nails stronger and they started growing faster. It's not the cheapest of products, but I think it's worth investing in. At some point later I realised that even with such a good product my nails are prone to breaking if they're too dry (which tends to happen a lot during winter with cold temperatures), so I found a nail and cuticle oil to solve that problem. It actually came in a packet with Original Nail Envy as special offer, so it was a win win situation. What more could you wish for, right?

Monday, 12 January 2015

Day 12 of 365: Favourite Five - Songs

Monday is usually that miserable day in the week, where everyone gets back to school/work after a weekend of sleeping in and nobody is really ready to be productive until after 10 or 11 am. Since we still need to get through the day, something that makes the process easier is required. For me it's (in most cases) music.
So today I share with you my favourite five songs at this moment (not in any particular order):

1. DJ Fresh & Ellie Goulding: All I Want is a cover of Kodaline's song they did in Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1. I just love her voice, I could listen to it all the time.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Day 11 of 365: A Cup Of Tea

I feel like a cup of tea is a solution for every problem in the world. Do you need to wake up? Here's a cup of tea. Are you cold? Here's a cup of tea. Do you need to relax? Here's a cup of tea. Caught a cold? Here's a cup of tea. And I could go on and on. 
Even though during the week I usually don't have enough time to make a cup of tea in the morning before I get out of the house (you see, I really like my sleep), Saturdays and Sundays are in most cases started by a cup of black tea. Then I can go on with my day, with another tea or two until I go to bed.
The thing is, I have different tea for each part of the day. So, as I already said, the day is usually started by black vanilla tea (in the most adorable mug my friends got me for my 20th birthday).

Day 10 of 365: Pinterest - Home For Ideas

Today was spent partially behind books (exam era is coming), partially watching ski flying (go Slovenia!) and partially browsing through endless supply of ideas for every possible thing on Pinterest. 
I know that Pinterest is also defined as 'Tumblr for mums', but I'm telling you, it's much more useful. I've been on both networks for quite some time now and I learned that Tumblr is the weird-awesome-funny place (depends from which way you're looking really) and Pinterest is the place to go when you need an idea. For anything. Or if you want to save something you found on the internet and don't want to fill your browser's favourites with tons of links. The problem of Pinterest (at least for me - and I bet I'm not the only one) is, that it makes you want almost everything you see there. So, today I got about a gazillion new ideas of how my workspace could look like (if my bank account had an extra zero or two at the end). Or my flat, if I had one (and money for it). Or how awesome a huge bookshelf and a nook would look in my room (no, I don't have space for that, before you ask). Or all the clothes I could own. Or.. Sorry, I'll stop now.
And then there's that board, called My Wishlist where I store all the things I find on the world wide web and are not as utopic as the flat dreams(for now). It's a place for all the little wishes and a reminder of what I still need to buy or can fish for in case of birthday or Christmas. Now the only thing I need to do, is convince people around me to create a wishlist like that too, so I won't have problems with thinking of gift ideas for everyone anymore. 
While we're at the topic of gift ideas, I must say there is no better site for Christmas gift ideas than Pinterest. It had saved my bum every Christmas for the past two years, as I usually remember I need to do some Christmas shopping about two or three days before actual Christmas.
Now please excuse me, I'm currently collecting ideas for DIY projects I could do with kids in summer camp, recipes for healthy food and low budget workspace organising. I shall be back tomorrow.

p.s. here's my Pinterest page, in case you want to browse around a little or follow me or something.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Day 9 of 365: Making Better Chocolate

I do quite like chocolate, even if my new year's resolution was not to eat as much of it. However, a plain milk chocolate can get a bit boring sometimes and since I haven't yet spotted a chocolate that would have just little pieces of my favourite food in it (there's always one thing I'd rather not see and eat), I took matter in my hands (too dramatic?) and made my own version. I hope it doesn't sound too complicated, because it basically only means buying milk chocolate (or whichever you prefer, I'm not the biggest fan of the dark one), melting it, pouring it into a tray, throwing a bunch of fruits and/or nuts over and putting it into fridge or freezer for some time, so it becomes a solid piece of chocolate again.
I went with some dry cranberries and fresh bananas this time. Delicious. Although fresh bananas were not the best of choices, I'll stick with dry fruits and nuts next time.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Day 8 of 365: Wreck This Journal #1

The Beginning 
A new book! Okay, it's not so new anymore, I bought it 2 months ago (as I wrote here). But back in November I liked the idea of a new book and didn't have the heart to do anything to it, so I put it on the shelf above my desk, from where it was watching me every day since. 
And why would I do anything to a book except read it, right? Well you don't have a story to read in this one, because it's meant to be wrecked. It says so in the title: Wreck this journal. So that's what I'm going to be doing this year, slowly but surely. And I'll report back here with my progress every once in a while. Starting today.
I've never ruined a book in my life (I think), so this is a new one for me. It's filled with so many different ways to ruin it and make it kind of your diary of weird things at the same time. You simply can't not love it. You did a good job on this one Keri Smith.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Day 7 of 365: Taking Down the Christmas Tree

The day has come. Christmas spirit went back into the Christmas box for another 11 months. I usually set up my little Christmas corner at the very beginning of December, then I happily live with it for a little bit more than a month, and then I get kind of sad when I need to take it down and back into boxes. But I guess having that spirit for a month and not the whole year makes the thing that much more special. 
So, fairy lights are off, Christmas baubles are off, fluffy tinsel is off. All I'm left with is a box of hot chocolate I got for Christmas, that is yet to be opened. 
Now we are off straight into winter and hopefully lots of snow. And at least two weeks of really cold temperatures. So all the mosquitoes freeze to death and we can all have a peaceful summer. Right?

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Day 6 of 365: New Bag

Why is it, that when you're searching for something, you never find it and when you just go shopping to kill some time, you find everything that you need/don't-need-but-want-anyway?
I have this problem with finding an awesome handbag that I'd really love and not spend a fortune on it at the same time. I've been looking around for quite some time now and I still haven't found the one that I'd fall in love with at the first sight. So, today I went with Plan B. I figured that I won't really find the most awesome bag (that I have no idea what it looks like, oops) for as long as I'll be looking for it. So I bought one that was alright. That I didn't really dislike, but could still do better. With hopes, that now, when I don't need a new bag anymore, I'll find that perfect one I was thinking about at the beginning. Or maybe I'll just fall in love with this one, who knows...

Monday, 5 January 2015

Day 5 of 365: Winter Wonderland

This year - or should I start with las- last year! (meaning in the last few days of December) a strange thing happened.
Let me explain: I live in a place where we are very well aware of that natural occurrence called snow, but it usually gets to our side of a map in the middle of January or later. I don't really remember the last time I saw a white Christmas, although it was promised in various years. Same thing with new year. This year seemed like it'll be no different, with temperatures outside in the middle of the night around 20th of December still sitting right next to 10°C.
But then after Christmas, out of nowhere really, temperature dropped to -10°C and in one night 35 cm of snow came to visit. I'm pretty sure Santa had something to do with it. However, it's still here to this day, even if not one snowflake fell from the sky after that night and the Sun had been shining like crazy.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Day 4 of 365: Sunday Walk

So, the "workout more" new year's resolution... Right. I've always been more on the lazy side, but every now and then I get into whole running and doing squats, crunches, planks and press-ups for about a month before I forget about all of it. But I do plan to stick to a routine this year, starting right away. Now, since the roads where I usually ran last year (and plan to this year) are a bit frozen at quite a few points and I don't want to break a bone (since I can be very clumsy), I joined my mum and brother today, for a little (or long) Sunday walk. Perfect weather and the feeling of snow under your feet...

Day 3 of 365: Pancakes

You know that feeling of sudden craving for pancakes? Sure you do.
Now, I don't really get that often, but when I do, I have the mixture ready in 2 minutes and a pile of pancakes in 10. Then I find a jar of Nutella and I'm ready to go. This is usually where my brother comes into picture, with a single job that is eating the bigger part of that pancake pile I make. Because I do have a weird habit of making around ten pancakes and then eating only two. Does this only happen to me?

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Day 2 of 365: New Year's Resolutions

Some people say that New year is a perfect time to forget about bad things of past and turn a new page in the book of life. It's an excellent opportunity to decide how you'll get better at something and will stop doing something else this year, only to (in probably most cases) fail at doing so after a month or two. I tried to make some new year's resolutions in past years, about how I'll stop eating chocolate (stupid, I know) or how I'll study everyday from now on (hope dies last), but I didn't keep up with them for very long. As far as I remember, I failed at those in less than a week. Then I tried to start with those resolutions on February 1 - thinking that will help - but no success. At some point I even forgot to make some, so hooray for my discipline, which is nonexistent.
This year I decided to take the "change" in my life back to the first day of January, but keep it simple. Without big predictions or promises I know I won't be able to keep. So here are my simple 5 New year's resolutions, that I hope I can keep up with for at least a year. Or hopefully longer.