Archive for March, 2010

2010, March 31

More happiness :)

Laurita Miller, an amazing writer I met through the #fridayflash community, has surprised me with the Happy 101 award.
The rules of the award have instructed me to list ten things that make me happy, then pass the award along to five other happy bloggers.

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I recently wrote a list of small things which make me happy, 35 things to be exact, and I’ll take this opportunity to add more things to that list.

For me, happiness is:

  1. Listening to music and singing (along)
  2. Compliments when I least expect them
  3. The snow globe from my fiancé
  4. Cool wallpapers (can give me such a mood uplift when I’m feeling blue)
  5. Happy memories from the past
  6. The perfect writing-time (including nice weather, a cool breeze, etc.)
  7. A view (of the Lake, from the rooftop, from the Fellegvár hill, etc.)
  8. Sunsets
  9. Politeness and respect
  10. Blogging

I’m curious to read ten things which makes the following people happy, so I’ll pass this award on to:

Karen Schindler

Marisa Birns

G. Janel

Sam

Thu-Trang

If you also feel like sharing, leave me a comment and list a few things which get you out of a state of sadness, some things that are consequential to your happiness.

2010, March 29

Homemade Fruit and Vegetables Disinfectant

Fruits and vegetables are part of our daily food. Whether we buy them from a supermarket or the farmer’s market, they contain traces of soil, chemical fertilizers and bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can cause death.

From wanting to disinfect as far as it is possible bio or organic solutions containing natural substances appeared on the market which eliminate most of the impurities found in plant fibers. But of course, these solutions are not found in stores that will offer them at low cost.

So I wanted to take this opportunity and share two very simple disinfectant solutions to home make, with few ingredients which are on hand to everyone.

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Disinfectant solution for fruits and vegetables

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– 1 table spoon baking soda
– 1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice

Or another mix is

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– Juice of one lemon
– A few drops of tea tree essential oil (tea tree)

Prepare either one by mixing ingredients thoroughly in a glass and then putting the end result in a spray bottle. Shake before using.
Spray the solution on fruits and vegetables, and rub gently in your hands for 10-15 seconds.
Rinse with water.

Stay healthy everyone ;)

2010, March 27

Surprise – by Estrella Azul

All the late night yelling and disrespect had ultimately got to him. He couldn’t bear it any longer.
This was nearly infantile, he knew that; and he’d probably get fired from the pet store once his theft was discovered.
However, nothing else came to mind.
He nodded his head once in satisfaction and took a minute to feel just a little bit sorry for the hairy little guys as he shut the jar behind the last tarantula which scurried across his roommate’s quarters.

 

Thanks to Karen Schindler for editing this piece, for believing in me and all her support without which I wouldn’t have had the courage to start writing.

2010, March 25

Look at what I just made;)

Yay! It’s warm, it’s really Spring (or at least so far it is and I hope it either stays this way or gets warmer!).

It’s finally here, my desires were fulfilled, and today I could finally go out with a just a jacket, no scarf, no hat (could’ve used sunglasses too if only I wasn’t so forgetful when it comes to them). It’s incredible how a ray of sunshine, a few degrees in addition to our thermometers, and that’s it, I feel that life is happier, even more so than before, and I’m smiling.

Today I choose to be happy, to be thankful for the beauty of this world!

And now to finally get to the title: I was reading one of Janel’s posts yesterday about Custom Creativity and she suggested this cool website (x3studios) to people where you can download many and/or make your own wallpaper.

I’ll just take a second to point out here that about two weeks ago I downloaded around 250 wallpapers in addition to the many many I already store on my laptop; and since have a program which makes my wallpapers change every minute/hour/day/week whatever I set it to.

So being the wallpaper obsessed person that I am, this suggestion of making my own wallpaper, well it definitely interested me .
I immediately visited, bookmarked and favorited the website, and started working on my own new wallpaper.

I went with a simple design, only used three objects, incorporating my favorite line from Friday night dates.

You can see the results below, and do tell me if you like it ;)

wallpaper friday night dates estrella

As a side note: now my stalkers will be able to download and look at my creation/quote on their own desktop (gluing photos all over their wall is so outdated, right? ;)

PS: how many wallpapers do you have?

2010, March 23

Adding to the list of published art

A (beautiful) photo I submitted to Soft Whispers has been published today. Insert here sounds of awe and clapping ;)

Serenity in Traffic, one of my favorite photos and one which made me run up to the flat’s roof in a heart beat.

Many thanks to Jim Wisneski!

2010, March 23

Homemade Cleansing Lotion

chamomile I searched for and luckily found some very simple recipes for home-prepared cleansing lotions, make-up removers.

I also found new facial exfoliating recipes so I’ll address that in following Homemade Beauty Product Recipes.

Not much time to post today, so here it is, hope you’ll find this useful :)

Rose eye makeup remover

80 ml rose water
5 ml of aloe Vera gel
5 ml of castor oil
2 g xantan gum
10 drops lemon essential oil (as preservative).

Warm the rose water in a pan, then take from heat and add xanthan gum stirring until it dissolves evenly. Leave to cool, then add castor oil, aloe Vera gel and essential oil.
Of course you can use other oils beneficial to skin, such as rose or rosehip, jojoba, etc.

Easy makeup remover

1 Tbsp castor oil
1 Tbsp light olive oil
2 tsp Canola oil

Blend all ingredients together.

Chamomile Cleansing Milk

1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp chamomile flowers, fresh or dried

Heat all ingredients in top of a double boiler for about 30 minutes, do not allow milk to boil. Turn off heat and let sit for about 2 hours, strain. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate. Keeps for 2 weeks.

Kiwi Facial Cleansing Cream

1 kiwi, peeled
2 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp almonds, finely ground

Put the kiwi in a food processor and puree. Add yogurt, almond oil, almonds and honey. It will form a thick and creamy paste.

Skin cleansing solution

Combine aloe Vera gel, jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin and essential oils of rosemary and grapefruit.

Blend all ingredients together.

Vegetable oils – whether they are olive, almond, jojoba, etc. are splendid to be used for makeup removal.
Apply on a cleansing drive, which was slightly been soaked in water before, and these cleansing lotions have the advantage that they will not irritate your skin, especially the sensitive skin around the eyes.
Rinse with plenty of warm water.
After cleansing, you can wash your skin with a natural soap or apply a tonic or floral water.

2010, March 21

Dreams of the night, dreams of the day

The past days have brought with them many plans and dreams for April. 
Missing the sun remained unchanged, as is the need to transform thoughts into tangible things, giving them life.

While eating chocolate, listening to music, painting plaster crafts this afternoon… everything seems so connected to reality, that even to me, it’s almost strange to find myself here in this place, in this exact moment.
My thoughts are so far from me that all I can do is hope that the invisible thread that links them to me will not break.

I almost always feel like living in a different time than today, and my body moves mechanically, as if expecting to find itself at last in one of my countless dreams.
Dreams of the night, of sleep, signs, codes and mysteries, always restless and strangely abstract, or dreams of the day, the sun and a multitude of colors, fragrant as cotton candy…

Regardless which, to me, it seems as if the dreams are often more tangible than I am…

My imagination working overtime seems to have written this (vague) philosophizing post ;)

Tell it what your thoughts and dreams’ relationship is now that Spring is around the corner (or arrived already, depending on where you live).

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