How to spend a relaxing weekend at home

How to spend a relaxing weekend at homeAnd just like that, it’s November. Beautiful, golden October is over and it’s definitely time for the cold and rainy season. A lot of people don’t like November for exactly that reason. In my opinion though, November is the perfect time to slow down and spend a relaxing weekend at home.

On cozy, slow weekends like this, I try to put a few fun things on my daily agenda, so I don’t end up mindlessly scrolling through the internet all day and somehow missing the weekend. There are so few days I truly have for just relaxing, so it’s quite sad to just waste them. These are my favourite activities for a hygge weekend at home.

Read a cookbook

If you watch my Instagram stories you might know that I love testing recipes on the weekend – big pancake breakfasts, chutney adventures or homemade bread, everything. I prefer to actually read a cookbook instead of taking a recipe of the internet on the weekend. It inspires me to try something (seasonal) I normally wouldn’t and I get to read all the little stories going along with the recipes.

One of my recent favorite cookbooks is Molly Yeh’s book “Molly’s Kitchen”. She talks about how she met her husband, her life in New York and the Midwest. It’s just the coziest thing to make a coffee on a Saturday morning, think about which recipes to try and then start cooking. I have already tried a few dessert recipes from her book and the homemade hummus is the best I ever had. Another bonus of trying recipes on the weekends: You have cake!
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5 fun goals for November

5 fun November goals

November is here, the year is almost over. For me, November has always been kind of a ‘in-between’ month. It’s too early to get in the Christmas spirit, but the beautiful parts of autumn are over, too. The weather is mostly grey and dark, with no snow in sight yet. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some elements about November I appreciate! It’s very cosy to be inside and at least – Christmas is almost there.

This year, I want to make a conscious effort to enjoy November as well. I don’t want to get down because of the grey and cold weather. For me, this also means saying no to spending all my time on Netflix and yes to new activities and other people. I tried to reflect this with a couple of fun goals.

Start weaving

I’ve enjoyed looking at the beautiful weavings all over Instagram and Pinterest for a while now. Since it sounds like a fun and easy hobby, I’ve decided to make it my new winter hobby to try. Last year it was calligraphy, two years ago candle-making, now I’ll try weaving. If any of you have any great tips about material, tutorials etc., please let me know!

Get a headstart on my Christmas presents

This year, I don’t want to buy my Christmas presents at the very last minute. Instead, I want to try and make more presents myself again (I already got an idea or two) and put a lot of thought into each of it. That’s why I want to start now, before December comes around (which I want to spend mainly baking cookies and drinkig spiked cider). I’d love to get together with my friends for a few crafting sessions, but we’ll see if that works out!

Make sauerkraut

In Germany, sauerkraut is a real simple meal most people eat at their grandma’s. In the past few month though, I’ve seen it pop up all over my social media feeds as a new and healthy ‘superfood’. I’ve also seen a couple of different recipes to make it yourself. Since I’ve never fermented food before and it sounds both interesting and a little scary, I was intrigued. I’ve settled on one recipe I am going to try and really hope it works out. Wish me luck!

Thankful November

Apart from all the crazy/sad things happening in the world lately, 2017 has been a really great year for me personally. I went on a few different and really nice trips, found a new church and a new home in Bonn. I had some fun little opportunities because of this blog, met new friends and my relationships got better as well. Normally, I do this kind of reflecting at the end of the year. I just thought it would be nice to express some extra thankfulness during a month when it’s not that easy to be thankful every day.

Take care of my body

I don’t mean this in a diet kind of way, but in a ‘try to feel healthy and good’ kind of way. This time of year, it gets a little bit harder to get out of bed in the morning, it’s harder to eat healthy or go outside and move around. I want to give my best to still act in a healthy way, so even if the weather and the light conditions aren’t ideal, I will feel awake and good, not sluggish.

There you have it, my November goals! I am actually quite looking forward to this month, and if I manage to act on all these ideas, it should definitely be a fun one. Did you set any goals for the next four weeks?

How to find key pieces for your wardrobe

How to find key pieces for your wardrobe (Kleiderrebell in Berlin)

After sharing my autumn key pieces with you last week, I wanted to put together a post on how I put together my list of key items. It definitely took me a little trial and error. Since I started shopping with a better sense of what my wardrobe needs, it definitely got easier though. I hope this helps you to find new items you love and reduce the clutter in your wardrobe!

Pinterest

This is the inspiration part of finding new key pieces, so naturally the first step in the key piece journey. If you haven’t already, start putting together Pinterest boards with outfit inspiration. I have one for autumn/winter, one for spring/summer and one that fits all seasons. Ones you pinned enough pictures on there, you’re very likely going to see a pattern. What kind of outfits are you bookmarking again and again? Why do you like them? For example, if you find yourself pinning pictures of mom jeans again and again and you don’t own any – maybe it’s time to start looking for great ethical mom jeans.

Look at what you own already

Before looking for new key pieces to buy, first look at what you already own and love. What do you wear over and over again? What’s the cut, what kind of material does the piece have? I’m not saying you should get something new exactly like it – that would kind of defy the meaning of a minimal wardrobe.

Instead, I believe that it helps you to know what you feel great in. For example, if you really like wearing midi-dresses but you only own a floaty summer dress, maybe it’s time to invest in a winter midi-dress as well.
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My favourite podcasts to learn new things

New podcasts worth listening to

Do you love podcasts as well? In the past few years, they have made a real comeback. I love listening to them while cleaning or riding the bus. They are the perfect combo of entertainment and learning new things. A few years ago, I shared a list of podcasts I listen to regularly with you. Here’s an update with some new favourites.

Planet Money

Apart from what the title suggests, Planet Money is not about financial tips. Instead, it’s a really fun podcast telling kinda weird stories about the economy. Recent episodes I enjoyed have been about funding for academic projects or the resurrection of a well-loved cookie. The hosts are all really funny too, so it’s great entertainment.

How I Built This

This podcast is one of my very favourites. It talks about successful people and how they started their businesses. The show covers entrepreneurs like the guys who started Kickstarter, BuzzFeed or the Rolling Stone. It is so interesting to learn how people got where they are now and truly inspiring! If you like great stories, this one is for you.
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Why I stopped eating superfoods

Why I stopped eating superfoods on Hanna's Places

As you might know, I try to live more sustainably by changing my behaviour in small steps, bit by bit. I buy organic whenever I can, use public transportation or take the train instead of a plane. Still, on my journey to a more sustainable lifestyle, there’s one issue I’ve grappled with for a while: superfoods.

Whenever you look at the recipe of healthy chefs or bloggers, they contain “superfoods” – avocado, chia, acai, quinoa, coconut oil… . Please don’t get me wrong, I am not writing this article to judge others or point fingers. It’s just that lately, I couldn’t ignore the harmful effects of superfoods on our environment any longer. So I decided to stop eating them.
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