Archives for February 2014

The Five Love Languages – Book review


I have just finished the second book by Gary Chapman and since Valentines day is just around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time for me to do a bit of a book review on them, since it is about love.
I didn’t actually feel like I needed this book personally as I felt I was quite good at expressing love and receiving it, but I had heard a lot of people talking about the five Love Languages. So since I am always so intrigued about human emotions and how we are all different, actually one of the most interesting things in the world in my opinion, I just had to read the book. 

Now I will just say that I am normally not into “self help” books, but this is literally a book I think everyone should read, as it just makes so much sense, how we understand love in different ways.
The author is a marriage counselor and have found that the way we express and receive love can be divided into five different groups, but with variations. So essentially if you are giving love in one way but the person you are giving it too are not understanding love in that way, the person might not know that your are actually showing that you care about them.
I had this feeling after reading them, Now I get it! and it made me realise so much about my self but also about the people around me that I care about, so really happy I decided to read this despite thinking I didn’t needed to.
For an example, I once had a friend that would always buy me presents for no reasons and she would always be so happy when I gave her a present, but she wasn’t really a person who would ever say something nice to you and was quite selfish. I now realise that it was because that was the way she understood love was by receiving gifts, so every time she was giving me a present she was actually telling me she valued me as a friend. Now if I had known that then, we probably would have still been friends today. So this book is not just about understanding the love language of you partner, but a way to understand and give love to everyone in your life.
I also like that it is so easy to read, there are no boring long psychological paragraphs about human psyche, just straight to how we as humans give and receive love.
Now the book is written by a Christian american, which is very prominent in the books, which means the scenarios might look very different from every day life of someone living outside of the states or isn’t Christian. But that shouldn’t put you off reading this book, as it might just require you using your imagination a bit more and imagine a bit of a different scenario than the one described in the book. It is about how we understand love and not about where you live or your religion that is important, so just take what you feel you can use from the book.


I have read, The Five Love Languages – The secret to love that lasts, which is more aimed at couples.
Then I read , The Five Love Languages – Singles edition, despite not being single I liked that this book also covered how to understand the love languages of other people in your life, like friends, family and coworkers.
Both books are available on www.amazon.co.uk 

Dusty rose nail effect.


Not really into heart nail art for valentines day? then this might be for you. It is easy, quick and just that little bit different.
The effect and colour, reminds me of a dusty antique rose colour, perfect for a different kind of romantic look. I used two Kiko products, so this is also quite an affordable nail effect.
I have already written a post about the Kiko nail polishes, which you can click Here to read, on why they are one of my favourite nail polishes in my collection.
To achieve this effect I used Kiko nail lacquer in 372 Nude (becomes more of a rose colour than a nude when the Mat top coat is applied) and 3 in 1 Mat as a base and top coat.
You do need to pay a bit more attention while doing these nail though, as when you have applied the mat top coat, mistakes seem to be more visible. Also if you have very ridge nails, you might want to use a ridge filler base coat.
I just did one layer of base coat, two layers of 372 Nude and one layer of top coat, making sure I covered all of the nail lacquer, so you get an evenly mat nail effect.
I have worn this for a week now and like all of my past experiences with Kiko polishes, they are still chip free. The mat effect has been buffed off a bit at the end of the nail though, making that area a bit more shiny, that is all.


The nail lacquer is prised at £3.90 and the 3 in 1 Mat at £4.90.
For more information visit www.kikocosmetics.co.uk 

Green Lemonade recipe and how to juice without a juicer – Video


Now this was suppose to be part of my healthy January, to see all post Click Here, but there hasn’t been good light to film in, so this is a day overdue.
Part of my getting healthy regime involves getting more vitamins through my diet and juicing is a great way to do that. Only problem is, I don’t have a juicer anymore. When we moved into our current house, we just didn’t have room for all the kitchen gadgets anymore, and one of the things that took up the most space was our juicer that we hadn’t used for a few year, so I gave it away.
I am still not sad I did, as it was big and difficult to clean. 
But after a few visits to Whole foods, where I would get a juice every time, I realised how much better I would be feeling the rest of the day. Buying a juice at Whole foods is expensive in the long run, and I don’t have one in walking distance of where I live, so if I wanted to have a daily juice, I had to think out of the box. I didn’t want to buy another juicer, as they are expensive and I might just end up collecting dust again at one point like the other, so I thought about what we already had in our kitchen and came up with this method.


We have a Nutribullet, but any good blender will do for this. Then you just need a fine strainer and a jug, thats it!
You just add all the ingredients to the blender, with a little water and then blend until as smooth as you can get it. Then you just work it though the sieve with a spoon, easy peasy. And it is all things that are easy to clean and that most people have in their kitchen, so a great way to see if juicing is for you before investing in a big expensive juicer.
I won’t say I will never get a juicer again, but for now, this works for me and the size of our kitchen.


Now for my favourite recipe that was inspired from my favourite juice at whole foods. It is rich in Vitamin C and iron from the spinach and kale and it taste divine, like a really refreshing lemonade.


Green lemonade. Makes about 2 glasses.


1 big handful of organic kale
1 big handful of organic spinach
2 sticks of organic celery
a small piece of ginger (optional) 
juice of 1-2 lemons
1-2 sweet organic apples or 100-200ml organic apple juice 
and about 200ml water.


The reason I use organic ingredients for most of the ingredients in this recipe, is that you are getting a very concentrated vitamin boost from this. So since the products I use organic here are all on the list of 15 vegetables and fruit you should eat organic, I have decided to use organic to get the healthiest juice possible.
I also normally use organic apple juice from a carton, just because I haven’t been able to find organic apples that are sweet enough.


Enjoy.


Mia

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