5 surprising foods that boost your health

Posted in Health
on September 10, 2017

Hi there!

Luckily for us, we don’t have to look far and wide for healthy foods to incorporate into our diet. It won’t amaze you that some foods are healthier than other ones. Therefore, I’ve gathered five foods that, if eaten regularly, can improve your health majorly. So, are you ready to take in, write down, and memorize these healthy eats? Then read on, my friend! Continue reading

How to be a happy mom

Posted in Motherhood
on August 28, 2017

Let me bring you a principle that I stand by quite firmly: “You have to take care of yourself in order for you to take good care of your children”. I think all the mothers out there have heard that they should incorporate me-time in their day or even in their week. But what does this actually mean and how do you DO that?

Being a mother is not a piece of cake. You’re taking care of little humans. Humans with their personalities, their needs, and their feelings. And those apples of your eyes need to be guided to what’s good for them, in any aspect. That’s quite a responsibility and this takes a lot of effort and time. Don’t get me wrong on this, it’s so much fun to stand by their sides, cheering them on and correcting them wherever they need it.

But no unhappy coach ever had a happy team

I’ve noticed that if I’m feeling good in my skin, I’m a better mother to my daughters. Feeling good in your skin doesn’t mean that you’re having a good day because bad days do happen. It means that you’re feeling satisfied with YOUR needs. I’m really trying to make these periods last, and I’ve noticed that what helps me, are habits that I’ve incorporated in my life as well as taking efforts that benefit me in the long run. I hope these tips will help you as well! Continue reading

How to come up with meals for dinner – 5 tips!

Posted in Homemaking
on August 24, 2017

We’ve all had the following thought: “What shall I make for dinner?” Most of the time when we think this we just throw something together (not saying that’s wrong by the way), or we order takeaway. When I have this thought once in a while, I just shrug my shoulders and move on. But when I find myself taking “the easy way out” a bit too often it’s a sign for me to roll up my sleeves and get my game back on. The reason behind this is that I want my family to be eating healthy consciously again, so I return back to the approach I use to help them with that.

Plan your meals ahead and put the ingredients on your grocery list.

I’m sure that you’ve heard this one a lot. But it’s quite effective, you know. Make it a habit to sit down for a few minutes and write down what you’d like to eat the coming week. Don’t forget to write the ingredients of these recipes down also. I’ve had times that I thought “I don’t need to write the ingredients down, cuz I know what goes into those meals”, to find that I’ve forgotten something after we’ve done the grocery shopping.

If you just don’t know what to cook and you need inspiration

Got no inspiration, or ready to mix things up a bit? Pinterest, my friend, Pinterest. If you have no clue on what to make, just browse through the recipes and get inspired. If you do have an idea, but you’re not exactly sure what to make? Continue reading

How I get my laundry under control + free printable!

Posted in Homemaking
on August 22, 2017

Here’s a post about homemaking. I’ve had doubts about writing on this topic, but here I am now! I love to have my home in order. The reason behind this is that if my home is neat and organized, I can make better and healthier choices for myself and my family. Is this considered living healthily? It sure is! So let’s talk about laundry today.

Yes, laundry

This part of homemaking can make or break your day. There, I said it. If I have laundry lying around or my laundry baskets are overflowing with clothes (either dirty or clean), well, that’s not helping me be a cheerful mommy and wife. On the contrary, having my laundry sorted out and under control makes me way more happy and positive. This sounds kinda strange, but every housewife will agree with me on this.

So, if you like to read my tips on how to keep your laundry basket as empty as possible, read on!

Have a laundry sorter in your laundry room/space

This way you can have one for your whites, your blacks, and your colors. That’s how I sort my laundry though. If you have other categories, you can adapt this one to your needs. The reason why I love this is that I don’t always have the time to dive in my laundry basket and do the sorting just before I throw a load in the washer. I have a double laundry hamper, but check this page out. They even have triple laundry hampers! If it’s time to throw mine away, I will definitely buy one of those. That’s so nifty!

Put a laundry basket in every room

Or let me say, in every room you collect the most laundry, like the bed- and bathrooms. This prevents from clothes lying around everywhere because nobody’s bothered to take it allll the way to your laundry space. Just collect the dirty clothes in the evening (or morning) and put them in the main spot for your laundry. Continue reading

6 powerful tips to help you sleep early

Posted in Self-improvement
on August 18, 2017

Waking up early is majorly spoken about as being difficult (if you’re looking for some tips in that, visit how to wake up early – 7 tips), but sleeping early is not always an easy task either! If you have the opportunity to sleep early I bet you can come up with a lot of other things to do…. except for sleeping. And those things will vary from watching some (more) Netflix to plainly doing nothing.

So I thought to give you some practical tips to go to sleep at an earlier time. Sleeping early means more (quality) sleep which consequently means that you’ll be of great help to the health of your mind and body.

Set an alarm

This one is very helpful if you’re figuring out how to start to sleep early. For example: if you want to go to sleep at 10 PM, set the alarm for 9.30PM so you can get up and make yourself ready for sleep.

Have a standard nighttime routine

Have a standard nighttime routine that you follow before going to bed. If you get up at 9.30PM, go to your closet, choose some comfy PJs, and move on to the bathroom for a shower. If you’re not the one to shower in the evening, then just do what you see necessary that you do before getting under the covers. Over time, your body and mind will kind of recognize what you’re doing and that what follows this routine is sleeping. Consequently, you get in a more relaxed mindset, which is very helpful at nighttime, right?

Do something that relaxes you

Do something that relaxes you before you go to sleep. Whether this is drinking a cup of tea (chamomile tea is known for its relaxing effect) or reading a book. Oh, and by the by… Continue reading

A list of 50 hobbies to try out today!

Posted in Self-improvement
on July 12, 2017

I’m all for the hobbies! I think that a hobby is something quite special and unique: not everyone will like what you do as a hobby, and at the same time, you’ll not like what somebody else does. And even though there’s a group of people practicing the same hobby, every individual gives his own taste to it. Unfortunately, a hobby doesn’t always come natural; sometimes you have to look for your perfect match. So I thought I’d compile a list of 50 hobbies for some inspiration. I like to be creative, so you’ll find that most hobbies on this list are in that category. Anyway, I hope that this post will be a means for you to discover your passion!

Baking
Beadwork
Blogging

Calligraphy
Candle making
Card making
Colouring
Cooking
Crocheting
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7 killer ways to stay motivated in eating healthy

Posted in Health
on June 6, 2017

Hi, and welcome to the post of today!

I have periods in my life where I’m really good at eating healthy, and periods where all that “healthy eating” moves down on my priority list. I usually don’t make a big deal out of the last situation, because I will notice the negative effects after a certain amount of time… so I find myself jumping right back eventually.  But! Not with some effort. Sometimes I just lack the motivation, because eating unhealthy is easier… that’s what I tell myself though. Of course, that’s not the case (be on the lookout for a post about this!).

If I want to be back to eating healthy, most of the time I ask myself a very simple question. Here comes:

Why do I want to eat healthily?

And my answer to that is always:

“Because I want to feel good, be energetic, prevent/heal sickness and provide my body with the right fuel to perform at its best.”

And since I’m a mom, I add the part below for some extra fun motivation:

“I have to set an example for my kids and at the same time prepare or give them food that nourishes their little bodies and keeps them healthy, happy and energized.”

Every time I tell myself this (mantra much?), a feeling of guilt washes over me, and I’m ready to start eating healthy again. So it’s important to ask yourself this question in order to get your focus back.

Yes! The first move is made. Now onto the next steps:

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9 ways to unwind after a long day

Posted in Self-improvement
on April 22, 2017

Those loooong days. Everyone knows them, everyone has them: everyone can relate. If you’re finally entering the silent hours of the evening, you just want to relax for the day. But how do you really take it easy? Below are my favorite ways to spend the last hours of my day before I go to sleep.

Read a book

Not just a book. Read something you actually enjoy reading. I love to read books that make me laugh, especially after a stressful day. However, there was a time where I just couldn’t get enough of thrillers that made me have several adrenalin-spikes in just one sitting. Ever heard of Tess Gerritsen? Her books had me at the edge of my seat, all the time. The Rizzoli & Isles series is amazing. You can order the first book in this series here

Talk with someone!

Whether it’s with your partner or with a friend; whether it’s on the couch or over the phone: talking to someone is a must to unwind and de-stress for the day. Chitchat about what’s on your mind or just enjoy hearing them talk to you.

Indulge in a (luxurious) night time routine

Take a bath or a shower and pull out your stash of masks. I love the Freeman face masks. If I want to be fancy and all, I start with a detoxifying mask to then later put on a sleeping mask for hydration. Bonus: this one doesn’t smear all over your pillow, and it smells de-li-cious. Brushing your teeth, combing your hair and wearing some comfy pajamas will also set you in the right mode to go to sleep, peacefully. Continue reading

6 easy ways to eat more vegetables

Posted in Health
on April 3, 2017

The eternal struggle of eating enough vegetables… Those who can relate know what I’m talking about. We all know how important it is to get your veggies in; according to the orthomolecular medicine, you need 700 grams of vegetables a day! If you’re not used to eating vegetables that is quite a lot. However, I may have found some strategies (if you will) that have helped me a ton, and I figured that you may be benefitting from them as well.

Vegetables (especially organic ones) are full of vitamins and minerals which are essential for our bodies. Did you know that in order for your body to function properly it needs 15 essential nutrients that can’t be produced by the body itself? Those include Magnesium (spinach), Iron (mushrooms) and Calcium (broccoli). If you consistently eat vegetables and bring variety in them, your body will benefit from that tremendously.

So let’s move on to what you’re all here for…

6 easy ways to eat more vegetables

Sipping from some soup aren’t ya?

I love soups. You can literally throw in the most random vegetables with some vegetable broth and let everything cook (not too much). After that, you just have to process everything with a blender so you can enjoy your delicious meal.

One of my favorite soups is broccoli soup.

Here’s what you need: Continue reading

How to wake up early – 7 tips!

Posted in Self-improvement
on April 1, 2017

Ah, how I love the early mornings. Especially in the spring and summertime. Daylight kicks in, birds are chirping, silence is all around me, and there’s something special about the fresh air of a young morning. And not to mention, I can start my day with actually doing something productive. Waking up early is a huge motivation for me to get some work done and begin my day energized and refreshed.

I made it sound like it’s easy peasy to wake up early, didn’t I? But unfortunately… it’s not. At least in the beginning of setting up this routine. So, I thought I could share my tips with you that helped me jump right off the bed as soon as I open my eyes (unless it’s 2 AM, I would then rather close my eyes again, ha!).

So here we go.

My 7 tips on how to be an early bird (without flying around with your eyes shut)

Get enough sleep

It’s easy to expect from yourself to rise and shine early, but if you go to bed past midnight, you’ll probably give up in about… 2 days. If you don’t get enough sleep you will definitely not be as productive as you want to be. However, you will be tired at first (more on that later) in the process of trying to wake up early, but this is completely normal.

If you’re someone who consistently sleeps late, try to develop the habit of sleeping at an early time. Or try to get some sleep during the day. If you’re a mom, catch up on sleep when your kids are napping or having quiet time. If that’s not possible, try to sleep early or in between feedings in the evening. Same goes for the working individual and the other busy bees out there. Continue reading