Super/Food – Apples (and a recipe!)

Growing up, I didn’t really care for apples. Like bananas, they were the fruit, that were always available year round and thus – boring. Only in recent years I’ve come to love the sweet and slightly sour vitamin bombs. I’m not eating one everyday, but I’m keeping the doctor away anyway. In my opinion, apples are the perfect snack to take to university because you have zero preparation time and actually full after eating one. We have a lot of really old varieties over here in Germany, so you can really taste a difference between an apple that’s ripe in August to one that’s ripe in October. Gladly, I like them all.

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Ingredients for a quiet evening at home

Ingredients for a quiet evening at home

A quiet evening at home: Aren’t we all longing for that? No matter who you talk you, everybody is stressed out. Between university and work, hobbies, blogging, exercising and relationships, down-time just to relax can sometimes come a little short. So why don’t we all just take an evening off this week?  Just to relax and do exactly what we want to. Here’s my tips and tricks how to make that evening as enjoyable as possible.

Ingredients for a perfect quiet evening at home

+ Change into comfy clothes. I’ve always been one of those people who immediately change into sweat-pants and a comfy sweater once I’m home and I doubt that will ever change. Add some wool socks and your outfit is perfect for a quiet evening at home.

+ Put on your favourite autumn music, something acoustic and relaxing. My favourites at the moment are Keaton Henson, Bear’s Den and Daughter. Or you just put on a mixtape on 8tracks and discover some amazing new artists.

+ Apply a face mask for glowing skin. Especially in the colder months it is so important to help your skin against dryness. You can either buy one or create your own with organic ingredients from your kitchen. That’s the beautiful thing about a quiet evening at home: You don’t have to look presentable to anyone.

+ I know exercising isn’t everybody’s favourite (I hated it until very recently), but once you’ve started moving more, it can actually be very relaxing (everybody says that, but it’s true!). Last week I discovered a great YouTube-channel with tons of Pilates videos to choose from, each about twenty minutes long. It’s in German, but you can give it a try anyway.

+ After relaxing with a bit of Pilates, it’s time for a snack. Whether you want to really treat yourself and go all out on your favourite comfort food (this Raspberry Ricotta CROISSANT French Toast looks pretty amazing in my opinion). Or you try something healthy and good for your body. I’ve wanted to try zucchini noodles for ages, for example.

Do what you never find the time to do

+ Pour yourself a cup of your favourite tea – something fresh with loads of lemon and ginger for example.

+ Bake some cookies and eat them all by yourself (maybe not after the croissant, although you can do what you like of course).

+ Cozy up with a warm blanket and light some candles.

+ Watch your favourite TV show. Start a new knitting project as you get sucked back into the show.

+ Start reading that book that’s been waiting on your shelf for ages.

+ Whatever you do though, turn off your computer and mobile phone. Don’t check your mails or think of your to-do list. Just relax.

+ If you’re feeling lonely in the evening, just call your best friends and make your relaxing evening a little get-together. You’ll enjoy it even more, in your relaxed state of mind.

What else do you like to do if you have a whole evening to yourself?

All linked products are either handmade, fairtrade and produced in an eco-friendly way (some even all of those three). It’s nice to know that even ‘good’ things can be pretty!


Everlasting Apparel – We Resolve

It doesn’t happen often that I fall head over heels in love with a new blog, but when I visited We Resolve for the first time a few weeks ago, exactly that happened. The couple behind it are Lucy and Nate, newly-weds and wedding photographers from Sheffield in the north of England. As you can probably guess from the name, their blog is build around their resolutions for 2013, ranging from Eat Good Food to Capture Moments and Love God Always. It’s such a great concept in my opinion and reading their blog is definitely inspiring every time. I’m so happy that they agreed to take part in Everlasting Apparel and show you their favourite long-lasting garments. Welcome, Nate and Lucy!

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Mixtape – Pieces

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I just have to say it again: Noisetrade is awesome. Especially for people as addicted to new music as I am. I’m a student, alas poor, so I can’t afford to buy new records every week, to support smaller artists in the way I want to. Well, Noisetrade gives you the chance to download selected songs from great artists (mostly of the singer/songwriter kind, but that’s the best in my opinion) and give as much money as you want to pay.

Since visiting Noisetrade for the first time can be quite overwhelming (so – much – new – music!), I decided to create some mixtapes again (I’m making them all the time privately anyway).  I’ll concentrate on one new artist I have found on Noisetrade, introduce some of her/his songs and finish the mixtape with other ‘fitting’ songs.

Pieces - A Mixtape for Rainy Days
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Jessica from Coco/Mingo on Sustainability

Happy Monday everybody! Did you have a good and relaxing weekend? I worked for the last time at my old job (which I’m quite relieved about I must admit – it’s time to move on), celebrated my flatmates birthday with pizza, wine and friends and did a whole lot of relaxing. The perfect mix in my opinion.
Here on the blog, the week starts perfect as well, since the lovely Jessica from Coco/Mingo has created a guest post for Hanna’s Places! I’ve been following her blog for a while and it has slowly become one of my favourites to read, with personal stories and beautiful mood boards. You should definitely head on over and take a look.

Sustainability - Every bit counts
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