Sunday, April 30, 2017

Princess Leia Buns | May the 4th

reading time: 2 min

Besides my vegan Lembas bread and Bilbo's poppy seed cake that I made for our Fantasy Murder Mystery Dinner last winter, this is probably the nerdiest baking I've done so far. And I love it!! Don't you?

For all of you who might not recognize this lady – it's Princess Leia from Star Wars (RIP Carrie Fisher!), and those cinnamon chocolate buns look just like her famous hair buns!! Besides from fitting perfectly onto Leia's head, those vegan yeast buns taste wonderful, too. My non-vegan flatmate tried one of them and immediately ordered 20 more, haha!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 16

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you, showing you what I and my boyfriend eat on a daily basis. Enjoy! :)

Friday Favorites - Week 370


What's up, party people? Are you ready for another round of inspiring and getting inspired? 

Here's what I've been up to this week
  • Got the official approval for my master thesis with the compelling title "Creative Writing and transnational narrative strategies" :)
  • Still working hard to cut out all sorts of added sugar from my diet for the next two weeks.
  • Dreaming of those white chocolate truffles. Oh and also of those gorgeous salted caramel rose truffles. (drool)
  • Blown away by Angie's DIY Mason Jar Candle. At first I thought "oh she used a Mason jar to fill it with wax, neat idea but kinda boring" but then I read the post and realised that she made a Mason jar from wax entirely!! How cool is that?! Would make such a great (Mother's Day?) gift as well! 
  • Discovered a new youtube channel about nutrition and minimalism called Pick Up Limes and am already in love with it. 
  • Also found and fell in love with the minimalism, veganism and DIY themed youtube channel by Ela Gale. So inspiring!
  • Still looking for a place to stay/sleep in London. If you happen to know anyone in central London who would be willing to let me and my boyfriend sleep on their sofa or something, do let me know :)
  • Also still watching 13 Reasons Why with my flatmates – we've all sort of proceeded to code-name it "13 reasons to nag" because it seems that the characters get more and more annoying and stupid as the show continues. Who agrees?

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Get Healthy With Me 09 | 31 Days of Yoga

reading time: 2 min

Hi there, fit friends! 

Long time, no update. The last episode was all about staying fit during winter, and today's episode is dedicated to another fitness project. Because you can't be healthy without being fit – I'm sorry to all my fellow couch potatoes out there, but as important as healthy eating is, abs are not actually made in the kitchen, but in the gym. Or a yoga studio. Or where ever the heck you work out.

So here's what we're gonna do to get those abs! :)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2 Week No Sugar Update

reading time: 4 min

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

I quickly want to update you guys on my sugar detox and what it's been like for the past 14 days – if you haven't read my previous blog post on this, go ahead and check it out here.

Today is actually Day 17, but to be fair I slipped up during the Easter weekend, so yeah, those days don't really count. Here are the challenges, benefits and also some weird observations I have faced on my sugar-free journey so far!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 15

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you, showing you what I ate last week and at Easter. Enjoy! :)

Friday Favorites - Week 369


Happy Earth Day everybody!

In honour of Earth Day (on April 22nd) I'm featuring 9 Easy Ways to Replace Plastic Wrap by my fellow co-hostess today. It's so easy to do something for our planet's health, so please don't be too shy or above it all!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! Mine was pretty great – I spent four days at the Baltic Sea with my boyfriend's family, and the weather was windy yet sunny! But now I'm back, still finishing up my master thesis and taking care of my blog :) Here's what has been going on this week
  • After my little Easter vacation I kind of struggled with getting back into my routine, especially in terms of working out, but now I'm back with doing yoga again :)
  • Also still trying to establish a mindful morning routine that isn't consumed by replying to emails, writing comments on blog posts and drowning in the digital world.
  • I'm currently planning ANOTHER trip (I know, the amount of vacations over the past 2 years has been kind of crazy, but blame my world-travelling boyfriend for that!), this time to one of my favourite cities: London (once again). Any recommendations what to do besides the usual sight-seeing?
  • If you are into blogging yourself, here's a helpful guide on writing a blog post. To be honest, I'm never this organized, but I do write down my ideas on paper and take the pictures AFTER writing the post to match the content.
  • Now that it's spring and the fruit flies are about to start popping up, I'm looking into natural fly repellents. Lemons and cloves sound like a great and easy way to keep those fruit flies out of your kitchen! Does anyone know a similarly easy natural mosquito repellent?
  • My mouth is totally watering at the thought of biting into these homemade soft pretzels! It seems they are a little time-consuming, but I'm sure they are worth it!
  • Speaking of mouth-watering, here is a great collection of easy and healthy snack ideas that I stumbled upon just yesterday! Those peanut butter bites look heavenly. And avocado strawberry toast?! Yum!
  • Last but not least, I read another article on food photography tips. Huge recommendation for anyone trying to make their meals as photogenic as possible :)

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DIY Chocolate Mocha Body Scrub

reading time: 1 min

Whether for yourself or as a birthday gift for a friend or for Mother's Day (which is on May 14th, just saying) this homemade body scrub is an absolute dream. I myself have been using it for the past couple of weeks, and I love it!!

Besides exfoliating and oiling your skin, this body scrub combines the delicious scents of chocolate, vanilla and coffee, and basically makes you smell like a cup of warm chocolate mocha.

Made from all natural ingredients, easy to make and great for your skin!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dealing with Sleeplessness (Insomnia)

reading time: 5 min

The reason for this particular Dealing with... is the fact that I have not been sleeping well lately. Either I have trouble falling asleep or I wake up after a few hours and feel weary all day long. Probably because the submission of my master thesis is just around the corner. So today's topic is insomnia. Or sleeplessness, to call it something that doesn't sound like a disease.

The most important step to deal with insomnia is to find out the cause of your sleeping problem, then find the solution.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan CW 14

Hey guys,

here is another week menu for you! Enjoy! :)

Friday Favorites - Week 368



hello hello,

are you getting excited for Easter already? I know I am, but mostly because that means that I will have a mini vacation of 5 work-free days!! This week has been a little stressful because I was working on my master thesis (the usual) and trying to find the solution to a problem I'm having right now, I'm also packing for the weekend getaway, plus preparing a few vegan snacks for the trip, and also getting birthday gifts for my boyfriend's sister. So basically that's what me week looks like so far
  • Had another meeting (or rather Skype conference) with my supervisors and it went pretty good. Went home with 6 new books on narratology from the library (sigh.)
  • If you're into Avatar: The Last Airbender, or you just like taking those "personality tests", this Avatar test is a great one as it consists of 123 questions, goes really into depth and takes about 20 minutes to complete. I turned out to be a waterbender :)
  • While waiting for season 5 of Prison Break to be available on Netflix, my flatmates and I have started watching the Netflix original 13 Reasons Why. So far I'm into it, but we're only on episode 3. Have you watched it?
  • Speaking of Prison Break, if you have 2 minutes, please watch this moving speech by Wentworth Miller (aka Michael) which shows that he is not only a great actor, but also a beautiful human being inside and out :)
  • As of last Friday, I'm cutting added sugar out of my diet (I even made a blog post about it), so I'm making this super good looking sugar-free carrot cake as well as my naturally sugar-free banana bread for Easter! Yumm.
  • As a vegan, I'm shocked that a bunch of the 10 Tofu Hacks Kaila shared at last week's linky party were totally new to me!! Such as baking it into bars or blending it in a smoothie – like, what?! I don't usually feature the same blog twice in a row, but this blog post was so helpful (at least to vegetarians and vegans) that I needed to share this with you!
  • I'm very much in love with Grace's list of 10 Self-Care Activities for Spring. So inspiring!
  • Also: Totally obsessing over Simply Kenna's quirky cute youtube channel. Full stop. 

But now on to the party!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Raw Raisin Chocolate Bliss Balls

reading time: 2 min

Seeing as I'm almost 1 week into my sugar-free month, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share my current go-to sugar-free treat! Because it's hard to quit sugar (i.e. chocolate), let me tell you.

For this recipe, you will only need 3 ingredients that are probably already in your cupboard, and 5 minutes of your time. Let's go!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

No-Sugar Challenge | Quitting Sugar For A Month

reading time: 5 min

Do you get an energy slump in the afternoon? Do you need something sweet after lunch or dinner? Are you unable to eat just one piece of cake and walk away? Then this blog post is for you, my friend!

There's something that has been bothering me. Over the past few weeks (and after quite a long period of feeling kind of unattracted to chocolate and sweet treats) I somehow have slowly acquired the habit to end the night with something sweet, such as a piece of dark chocolate, a handful of gummies, homemade chocolate popcorn, homemade banana chocolate cookies or a chocolate-coated rice cake. That "dessert" habit just kind of crept into my daily routine without me even realizing it. Until now!

I'm not a doctor, nor am I a nutritionist. However, I'm a sugar addict! And you are, too.