Monday, 20 November 2017

It's almost Christmas

And like every year, before Christmas it comes the Advent.

So, to our house (or to my parent's in-law, depending on if we have left our flat or not) will come Clyde, our Elf.


For those who don't know what I'm talking about, two years ago we started a new tradition at home.


Elf on the Shelf - Christmas tradition


The Elf on the Shelf, is a tradition that seemed beautiful to me, and it brings a book telling the story in english so my kids may practice the language.

But, what is it about?


The elf gets home at the begin of the Advent, to watch the kids and to make his/her report to Santa.


We make it coincide with December, the 1st, so he also brings the Advent calendar.

If it's the first year that you have the elf at home, you should put him/her a name, in the book there are some possible names but you may get creative.


The kids cannot touch the elf (you either) or he/she will will lose the magic.

The elf, if there's someone near will not move and will act like a toy, but when nobody is watching he/she may move, change the position or even make some pranks, you only have to take a look on Google Images to see how he/she gets fun XD

Each night the Elf, thanks to the Christmas magic will fly to the North Pole to show the report to Santa.

The kids, each day when they get up will go to look for the elf and to find the new place where he/she will take.

At the end of the visit (December 24th) the elf may leave them an official report saying if the kids will be in the naughty or nice list, here I leave you the one I made two years ago.

What do you think? Do you have any special tradition in your family? Do you already have an Elf on the Shelf?



Friday, 17 November 2017

5 ways to simplify your life

Have you ever felt overwhelmed without a reason?

I'm in that point right now, is a strange feeling, I'm blocked, things go fine, but something is missing, the life doesn't advance as it should do, is like being in the groundhog day permanently. 


Today I've been watching my Instagram and I've seen that I started packing the non-essentials for the moving one year ago, OMG! One year already! And I haven't do anything during that time! no-thing, this is what sumarizes this last year in my life, a lot of thoughts but bit of actions, and meanwhile life happens and I just watch it pass....

And let's give thanks that I took those first boxes for the move to an old flat that my parents owns, otherwise the 'garbage' would have eaten us...


So, today, I'm going to start practicing this 5 ways to simplify, to start putting my life in order and to get out from this inaction that has be blocked.

simplify life


1.- Decide what things you need and what not


All of us have a big sentimentalism over the objects that bring to us memories, but... is it really necessary to keep so many things? We keep a lot of things without noticing it, so we may take advance of the deep cleanings to get rid of things we don't need anymore.

Regarding memories, I've decided to use just one 'beautiful' box to keep all of them and they will only be there (except the photo albums).

2.- Make a cleaning and then organize


It's a total nonsense to organize the clutter (also to take it with you for a moving).
Begin by making a cleaning in the closets or shelfs you use less, take everything out and think when was the last time you used it and if you see yourself using it again.
If you only keep it 'just in case' throw it! or give it to someone who may use it.

3.- Make your priorities


Ok, I know, all of us have a lot of things to do, our homes, our families, our jobs, our hobbies, sleeping is something that is said that is also important...
Well, so, begin thinking in your schedule,times that cannot be changed such as the kids school schedule, your job or the meals hours, and according to this, organize the rest of the day.
It may seem simple, but since I did this and organized my mornings dividing it in hours I live in a more relaxed way.


4.- Plan your week


Dedicate a little time in the saturday or sunday to plan your week. What will be the weekly menu? Do you have to prepare any meal for taking outside home? when will you make your groceries shopping? Is there any kids exam/work this week?
This way you may organize to avoid helping to  prepare a maths exam while you're preparing the dinner after coming from doing the groceries, better, isn't it?

5.- Teach the kids to organize by themselves


Sometimes the problem is not just our tasks but the chaos from the rest of the family. So teach your kids how to use a daily planner, so you (and they) will always know what to expect from the week and it will be easier for them to organize themselves without your help.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Finally we sold out our flat

OMG, I almost cannot believe that finally we have sold out our flat.

Living in a zone with a real state market totally halted is a pity, but, you know what? It has finished, 'finito', finally we may turn the page.


We sell our flat to a nice family and I hope that they will be as happy as we have been there.


And, once said that.... Now I may start planning my new house!!!!


Uuuuoooohhhhh!!!! Now I have to use all my decorative skills XD

Also, since we have sold the flat with all the furniture, excepting a kids bedroom I'm going to have a white canvas to decorate :)


¡Oh, yeah!

I'm gonna show you a mini-tour through the house, is an attached house, is devided in five floors, oddly enough I always said that I didn't want a house where you enter and have to climb the stairs to go to the habitable zone... and well, you may imagine what happened right? Yes, when you enter you find the garage and the stairs to go up to the resto of the house...


Well, lets, start with the tour, first in the basement we have a big room to prepare family meetings where will be a small kitchen and we have a fire place:


then in the street level floor we have the garage, and the stairs to get to the first floor where is the living room and the kitchen, this is the living room space, is quite big because most people put there the dining room space too, but I prefer to use the basement or the kitchen to eat.


 
and this is the kitchen, here will be the frontal:


and this is the side where will be placed the fridge, and in some moment I would like to add a pantry too.


And then in the third floor there are three bedrooms, one of them by now will be a play room for the kids and they will share the other bedroom.


And finally, the attic where will be the office, the laundry room and also a play room (but this one for the adults XD)

I'm not putting photos of those rooms because by now you will just see the walls...

I'm totally deluded with my white canvas :D


Friday, 6 October 2017

1st Day of the rest of my life... (or at least of the year)

Well, this was supposed to have been posted the day after returning from vacations (on September 11th to be more exact).

I'm one of those who leave the New Year's resolutions for September...

Yes this year, it has been delayed to October, the back to school has been busy and I didn't find the moment...

As I was saying, I have always been a girl who works better near the deadline, seeing that the year goes and all is still the same is an incentive to start looking for changes.

There is nothing like going on vacation to see the other's failure and your own failures and fault (some kind of revelation)

This holiday I have been thinking a lot about health, fortunately it is not because I have any problem, just for something as superficial as the physical aspect, but hey, our physical appearance is still a reflection of our health, right?

When Daniel was born, I had a few extra kilos I wanted to lose (5 to be exact) and then I said that I was going to get in shape...

Well, I just will say that almost three years later I still have the same kilos, and that is that, although I have not done excesses, I have not been constant either in exercising or taking care of what I eat.

So today, October 5, 2017 I challenge myself to start doing Yoga every day (I tried to follow a cardio video on YouTube and I almost die, so I think I'll start by recovering some muscle tone first ...) and from today I remove all processed products that I may prepare at home by myself.

I will make a purpose to eat healthier and eat more fruit, I have it a bit forgotten ...

And you? Any purpose for the return to school?

In case someone more is encouraged to start with Yoga, I've discovered a channel on Youtube that I find quite friendly and easy to follow (yes, in English). It's the Yoga with Adriene channel, it has a lot of Yoga videos for different applications and series to introduce you to Yoga, I started with the 30 days of Yoga, I'm on the third day and for now I'm really enjoying it. Let's see if I can get to day 30! :)

Friday, 29 September 2017

Three easy tips that will make your life easier

Hi, girls!

I'm sorry, I have been a bit unplugged from here lately, I have an excuse, I've been working in a new project: jadewebs and you know, I'm thinking in lots of things simulateously.

Well, back to the topic, I don't know you, but I love all those videos with easy tips for home that are shared in Facebook, how I didn't thought it before? but, do all of them work?

Some of them are a bit like re-invent the wheel.

Nowadays I may show you three easy organization tips that are practical for me :)


Idea 1: Reuse a hands soap dispenser for the dish soap

Have you ever been in the situation of having your hands dirty and you don't want to touch de dish soap bottle?

Solution, fill an empty hands soap dispenser with the dish soap, et voilà, you may use it without having to juggling, and also, you will not waste dish soap when washing.


Dish soap dispenser


Idea 2:  If you have your spices containers in a drawer, write the spice name in the cover.

For me there's nothing worse than having to look for a spice between twenty jars that are almost identical (or just identical if you only buy one brand for all the spices)

Solution, write what is inside each container in the cover, so in just one glance you will know what jar to take.

Spices organization

Idea 3: Fold the clothes in vertical

Seriously, this is one of the best ideas I've discovered thanks to Marie Kondo, the author of the famous The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

If you fold your clothes in vertical, besides of saving space, you will see all your clothes at a glance, so, you will never have to toss all your t-shirts looking for one.

Drawer organization

And you? Have you found any tip that becomes a real improve in your life and not just another way to do something?

Friday, 18 August 2017

How to create your own air freshener

If you are tired of aerosol air fresheners that besides being polluting, they may be toxics, today I share with you a way of creating your own homemade air freshener.

Homemade air freshener

It's a really easy recipe and the result is great, but I have to say that it don't last a lot.


The ingredients are just three, water, baking soda and essential oil.

Ingredients Homemade air freshener

We put in a sprayer a glass of water, two baking soda spoons and two drops of essential oil (I've used a Loto Flower oil)

We shake it well until the baking soda gets well dissolved and taste it, if we think that it leaves low aroma, then we may add a bit more oil.

Talking about the sprayer, firstly I mixed it in the blue sprayer that you may see in the ingredients photo, but finally I put it into an empty perfume sprayer I had because is more comfortable to use and also it makes smaller drops and spread it better.

As said, the recipe is quite fine and by now I haven't appreciated any spot left by it, but it doesn't last a lot, any idea?


EDIT: it works fine over clothes and fabric in general but it leaves rests of baking soda over other surfaces...

I should improve this recipe...

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Homemade Apricot Jam

Summer is here and with it have come the most tasty fruits of the year.

Today I'm going to show you how to prepare a delicious apricot jam at home.

Homemade Apricot jam

Ingredients:

 - Ripe apricots
 - White sugar
 - Half lemon

How to prepare it:

I must say that I made the jam to avoid the apricots get ruined, I had so much of them and they were so riped that I shoud do anything with them or I should throw them to the garbage...

Apricot

First of all you should start cleaning the apricots and then divide and pit them, and then put them in a big pot.

Apricot

Cover them with water and bring them to boil.


Apricot boiling

Leave them boiling for 8 minutes and then drain.


Apricot draining

Grind the apricots with the help of a blender. And weigh the amount of purée you have.


Apricot purée

The way of making jam is easy, the same weigh you have of the fruit you should use of sugar.
As you see I had 653 gr. so, I needed the same amount of sugar.


sugar

Now, put the sugar over the purée in the pot again, take a strainer and add the lemon juice (for this amount of purée I had, I finally used the complete lemon to make the juice, but if don't have so many apricots, probably with half lemon would be enough)

Apricot jam

Heat the pot again (medium temperature), and stir until the sugar dissolves and you will see that it gets to a liquid state, so, you should keep stirring until it thicken, my point is when you lift the spoon and it has a sticky texture a bit dense.

Apricot jam

And when it's a bit less thick than a commercial jam, take it out from the heat, put it in glass jars, and let it cool (it would thicken)

Et voilà, you already have a homemade apricot jam.

Apricot jam