Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday recommendation

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Hi, people!

I've just discovered a page that for me has been a total eye-opener, Houzz. (Maybe most of you know it and here I am re-discovering the wheel...)

It's a wonder! Thousand of decoration ideas in any style and besides you may contract professionals (architects, decorators, designers...) if you need them.

Houzz - pagina web

It's a great page, you may register with your G+ or Facebook profile and customize the deco style that you want to see, and you may create albums to save the ideas you find there.

It's like a Pinterest but focused just in decoration.

Besides the spaces we may see furnitures and complements and who sells them (this is a great idea :D)

And also you may read a magazine with articles about decorating styles, tips, diy, etc.

Did you know this page?  I already have entertainment for this weekend :)

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Planning a birthday party

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Next month is the birthday of my older boy that already turns 5.

The topic is clear, Paw Patrol. There's no doubt here, the past year the cake had to be mandatory blue, well this year the topic is not questionable.

So here I am looking for some inspiration through Google Images by now, I have find some amazing cakes:
From DePerla's

From Eva Cuinera

From Naty's Cake Shop

And I have found too a free printable for a Paw Patrol Party, created and shared by Postreadicción, (I'm sorry is a Spanish page) that you may download and use and is just beautiful, isn't it?

Other thing to think about is the fondant, this weekend I'm going to try with it because I haven't use it ever (in fact, I haven't taste it either)

But I have a sure thing, the figures are going to be toys, I don't dare to do them too...

Have you ever used Fondant? Is it easy or difficult?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Learning to meditate

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It has always grabbed my attention the importance given to meditation in Eastern cultures and the truth is that I thought that it should be something complicated, just for a few, etc... that, joined with some people determined to sell anything that sound exotic as a New Age pseudoscience, only for the few ones who are willing to pay for it, I didn't investigate about it.

Learning to meditate

I don't know exactly where, but last week I read something about meditation, I think that it was in any blog about focus techniques, and I started to search information about it.

Sometimes the simplest things are completely unnoticed (perhaps also, thanks to those who insist on selling it as something impossible withour their help).

And well, here I am, I have discovered that more than once I have been meditating without knowing it. Often when I go to bed before falling asleep I try to relax concentrating on my breathing and stop thinking about everything I have in my head (this is something that the midwife suggested us to do during the childbirth preparation classes to help us to have a better rest), ladies and gentlemen, that is meditate!

It's said that meditation is good to learn to control our thoughts and to stay focused more easily. For now I'll try for a month to meditate every day for 15 minutes, within a month I'll tell you if anything has changed or if it's still the same ...

The steps are simple:

- Find a quiet place where nobody bother us.

- Prepare a timer or alarm for the time you want to meditate so you will not be thinking about the time.

- Wear comfortable clothes

- Put yourself in a comfortable position, it is not necessary to be in the lotus position, there are people that meditates lying or even standing. In my case, I have chosen a position that I read, sat on a thick cushion with crossed legs off the cushion with the body slightly lean forward, so the column is more relaxed and with the hands over knees.

- Concentrate on breathing deeply through your nose only, inhaling and exhaling.

- Every time we are aware that a thought comes into our mind  we should go back to focus on breathing.

So many years on my 'pending' list and I just had to breathe ... ahem ...

And that's all, we have done a basic meditation.

If you want to try a guided meditation, in Youtube you will find a lot of videos, I leave you here one that I have tried just this morning.

Do you meditate? Do you use any method to stay focus?