The Little Things – Fresh Flowers

Very obvious – I love flowers.

I don’t know where that obsession comes from, maybe it’s just because I’m a girl, maybe it’s the smell of them, the way they look, their colour, or because they make a perfect present.

Anyway, I find flowers are so comforting, they can instantly make you happy and bring some joy into your life – total mood boosters.

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Latrina Travels – Ways We Travel

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Today I am so happy to publish another one of Latrina’s posts on travelling. I love these so much already, I’m so lucky to be working together with special and super-creative gals like that. And it’s so nice to be reminded time and time again that travel and adventure doesn’t mean big and expensive trips but can also be just round your doorstep.
I hope you enjoy this post as much as I do (I bet you will!).

The way we travel

The word travel is very often associated with extended departures. There’s the suitcases, the TSA, the rush of the aircraft taking off, and landing to find yourself in a far-away land that can be altogether foreign or, sometimes, soothingly familiar. Long distance travel is something that requires a lot of forethought, financial investments, and time for many people, and so it’s often reserved to a mere few times a year (or less) for people like me. When that perfect storm does arrive and I find that I have the time and stability to make such a dedicated venture, it’s wonderful. These moments during the year are few and far between, however, so I need to fill the spaces in the middle to keep my wanderlust heart happy.

Day trips have become a mainstay for my husband and me. We hadn’t ever heard of a “day trip” before moving to Sacramento, but we’re still trying to figure out why it took us so long to consider the idea: take a short road trip to a destination that is close enough that we can explore and still make it home in time for bed. We don’t have to worry about unpaid time off of work, and boarding our dachshund at the vet is an expense that we can forego. We’ve been able to experience some of the most beautiful parts of California by simply packing a lunch and hitting the Interstate.

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My love for travel

On the occasions where the mister and I have a weekend to share, we get flexible with the word “day”—last December, we rented an inexpensive, adorable bungalow in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles for a couple of days and re-discovered parts of Southern California that we haven’t experienced in years. But—weekend getaways are something I want to save for later. Today, however, I want to encourage you to take a day trip of your very own.

I can promise that, no matter where you live, there’s a place within a couple hours from you (or even in your own town) that’s open for exploration. Pack a picnic lunch, tote your camera, and bring along a friend or two — it’s the perfect use of an afternoon. Pick a place and without all the hassle of planning, and just go. I promise that not only will you have fun but will also discover a little something new about you. I, for one, can’t wait to hear all about it. :)

Have you recently taken a day trip? If so, where did you go and what did you enjoy most about the experience?

Homemade Granola

Guys, you know that I am a lover of everything home-made and local. That’s practically all I ever talk about on this blog.
After reading a little bit about the topic, visiting the farmer’s market and overall wishing for tastier food, I thought it would be really great if I could try and eliminate (nearly) all industrially produced foods from my kitchen. Meaning all those that have ingredients that I can’t even pronounce or incredible high amounts of sugar.
So last weekend I started with my mission to create a tasty and fast home-made version of all my favourite ‘basic foods’.
After getting a little frustrated with the recipe choices on the internet, I decided to create some recipes myself. If you are like me not in possession of a food processor/ice-making machine/ juicer and thus not able to try 90 % of the recipes online, this is the place for you.

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My first project was home-made granola and it was a full success, super-yummy and the fastest and easiest thing ever. And the bonus, my flat smelled incredible for two days. Maybe this would have been more fitting to make in autumn and not on the first summer’s day, but still, I love eating granola, even in the summer. If you want to try it yourself, the recipe is below.
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Everlasting Apparel – Zipped

Chelsea for Everlasting Apparel

Everlasting Apparel is a column that features my favourite bloggers and creatives wearing a special piece of clothing. One they have loved and worn for a long time. The internet is full of new things we should buy and own, although it is so much better to wear something you have millions of stories connected to. 

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming Chelsea from Zipped Blog to this space. I first started following her on Instagram, before I found out that she also had a blog where she shared her lovely outfits. Let’s see what she has to say about her favourite piece:

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Appreciating friendships

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It’s been a while since the last issue The Little Things, and I’m happy to be back. Life is still quite busy, which is why it’s good to sometimes take a step back and remember the nice little things. Today is all about spending some quality time with good friends.

I was in Vienna a couple of weeks ago visiting a friend. It was great to get a few days together to hang out and catch up.

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Hanna’s Places is a green lifestyle magazine written by Hanna Ulatowski. It’s all about slowing down in a fast-paced society and finding ways to live a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.

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