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How to pick a perfect gift

Lift your hand if you never know what to buy somebody as a gift. Lift your other hand if you are often not sure whether it’s enough / they’ll like it. I’m assuming you ran out of hands to lift so I’ll stop right there. You know where this is going. Oh yes, the struggle is real.

Wherever you go, whatever you do there is somehow this need of bringing a gift. Whether we’re talking about a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, wedding or just a simple visit of your grandparents. It’s always nice to “bring something”.
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Now let’s say you’re about to buy a gift. You want to be creative and not just give money in an envelope. You pick something up that seems suitable for the occasion. Untill you come home. There is suddenly a list full of non-ending questions. Did I spend too much /little ? What if they don’t like that anymore? Do they already own something like that ? …

I am no expert myself in picking up gifts, and was pretty much just describing myself up there, but I do have some tips.

Check your budget
You’ll have to know how much money you want to spend for somebody / what you can afford. A nice DIY is sometimes better that the most expensive diamond ring.

Listen & plan
It’s never too soon for planning. If you listen carefully you’ll see that most people tell what they want during everyday conversations. ” I really have to buy myself a big, cosy sweater. I really want a blue one, but they only have red …” Hint: they want a sweater. If they don’t get it by the time, you can be the one to buy it for them. To make things easier you can write down all the things they mention like that and then you just cross out the ones you know they changed their mind about.Scratch Map

Using the internet
Internet is a great place for seeking ideas. From Pinterest, Instagram to actual websites and online stores. One, I’ve recently found out about is uncommongoods. They are a friendly company offering you all kinds of unique, recycled, handmade and organic gifts. They offer a friendly environment to their workers and make sure that their products do no harm to animals or people. They care about customers as well and are open to new ideas. Not only do they work with smaller artists but also donate their money to organisations such as RAINN, American Forests, International Rescue Committee, etc. I suggest you click here and learn more about them yourself.

Decide what you want to achieve
Do you want to bring a person something expensive or a bit more personal? Do you want them to cry their eyes out once they see it or just smile happily ?My Life Story - So Far

Usefulness
A good thing to think about is about the gift being useful. No matter how much you spend for it if the person won’t use it it’s just a waste of money.

Being appropriate
This one depends on the situation. If buying something for a graduation, consider family members being there, so instead of some super embarrassing photo give them a necklace for example.

That’s all the tips I have for you. I hope you find what you’re looking for ! Let me know if you have any tips yourself in the comments !

NOTE: This post is sponsored by uncommongoods. All of the pictures are from their site as well.

Nusha

How to be productive

How to get things done? How to stop procrastinating? What to do when you can’t make yourself do things? How to put yourself together? These may look like something you’ll type into Google search and hope for the best results. If we’re completely honest, just reading articles about productivity aren’t enough. I know you’ve read a ton of posts like this one. I mean, am I the only one who reads articles about procrastinating while procrastinating ? Or study tips while I should study? Why is this post different from any other on the topic? It probably isn’t.
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Look, I’m a huge procrastinator. Call me lazy or just tired of things. Now that is summer, I have all those plans on writing blog posts and scheduling them forward. How do you think that’s going? The sad thing is that when I have no time at all, blog is all I think about. Will I be able to publish this week? What if people forget about me? But now that I have all the time in the world that I could write 5 posts a day. What do I do ? Nothing. I make myself coffee, even tho I usually don’t drink it, just to give myself more time.

Surprisingly, I’ve figured out a way on how to be at least a bit productive over the last few days. To get things done after all. No, I don’t have my posts scheduled till September, but I have one in the drafts waiting to be published. That’s something, right?

If you’re still interested in reading this post, you can find my tips below. I am not saying they will help you, but I can try. Maybe you’ll find out something new after all.

Start early
Now, I know you expect from me to say that you should wake up early. But do you really have to? I don’t mind if you get up at 1 pm, but once you get awake start working. I usually wake up around 9 am in the summer and I have plenty of time to do things. I prefer getting up a bit earlier sometimes just because it’s not that hot outside yet and it’s easier to start doing things. The sooner you start, more things you’ll get done and the sooner you’ll finish. Let your goal be to have extra time in the evening rather than stressing the whole day about something you should be doing, but are too lazy to start. And remember, once you start it will be hard to stop. Keep yourself entertained. You’ll see that once you stop you’ll have a feeling of missing something. Like you have more things to do. And let me not talk about the feeling you’ll get when you get things done before lunch time !DSC_0628.JPG

Don’t rush it
I know I just told you to start as soon as you can, but this tip isn’t about that. There is never so much work that is seems. You may think you won’t be able to wash the dishes, because you have so much other work to do, but come on, that takes you a few minutes. Having a lot of work doesn’t mean spending hours in completing it. So do not rush, because all you’ll do is stress yourself and that is not what we want. Because if that happens you’ll be in a bad mood and you’ll get nowhere.

Motivate yourself
Put it in that way: ” The sooner I start working, the sooner I’ll get things done and I will be able to spend my time doing something that I enjoy / want doing (for example reading a book, watching a movie,etc.).

Make it fun
Try to figure out a way on how to make work interesting, fun. Play yourself your favorite songs while tidying, make yourself a nice breakfast, etc. Enjoy ! Have fun ! Do not think about all the stuff you have left to do ! One thing at the time.DSC_0590

Write a to do list
By doing that you’ll know exactly what you have to do. Oh and also ticking that “done” boxes is fun and I guarantee it will make you happy.DSC_0595

Don’t push yourself too hard
Plan your tasks in a way that suits you. Don’t put too much to yourself. You’re a human after all.

That’s it. Nothing you’ve never heard before, but it might at least motivate you a bit.

I wish you all a productive day !

Nusha

 

 

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DIY : Banana face mask

Summer heat can be exhausting. After a day out in the sun, I usually just want to lay down and get a nap. But I’ve noticed my skin being tired as well. The mixture of sun and salt dries out my skin. I’m not a fan of putting lots of cream on my face, because then it feels oily. I know, decide what you want right? I’ve found a recipe that was quite helpful to me and might help you as well. DSC_04341

It felt good the minute I put it on. Soooo refreshing ! I guess you didn’t come here to read about my complains and rambling, so I’ll just get to it.
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You will need: 
1 ripe banana
juice of a lemon
1 tbsp honey

How to do: Mash the banana with a fork, add the lemon juice and honey and mix it all together. Put it on your face and leave it there for about 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
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Benefits: 
Bananas are good moisturizers, known for the big amount of potassium, Vitamin E and C, they contain. They all provide a glowing skin.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C which helps brighten and lighten the skin. Also good at removing blackheads.
Honey is a good moisturizer as well, antioxidant and it slows down the effects of aging. It’s said to lighten the skin as well and decreases the scars and increases the healing regeneration.
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My skin felt great when I rinsed the face mask off. I think I’ll be doing it more frequently from now on. It just feels so good when you know what you’re putting on your skin. So natural and made of things that you can find in a kitchen.
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DISCLAIMER : This might not work with everyone as people have different types of skin. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, DO NOT do it. I am no professional, just an amateur who decided to try this out. There shouldn’t be problems with it, but better be safe than sorry.

Do you have any face mask recipes that work for you ? Share them in the comments !

Nusha

Berry&peach popsicles

Summer is officially here ! Besides all the fun and excitement that comes with it there is something that many people complain about. Heat. And sweat. Lots and lots of sweat. It is so hot at the moment in Slovenia, but it’s not even July yet. The temperatures are so high that even my dog who usually sleeps on the sun all day, hides under the bed where it’s nice cold. I went out for just a day and got sunburnt. That was before summer even officially began. Oh, well what can you do?
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I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d make it up to you with something yummy. And refreshing. To help you bear the heat, I have a popsicle recipe for you. I know doing lots of stuff in this kind of weather is exhausting and unnecessary. But don’t worry, these are super easy and super quick to make.

All you need is fruit. I used a small bowl of berries (blueberries, raspberries, cherries) and a bowl of sliced peaches.DSC_0150 1DSC_0148 1DSC_0137 1DSC_0134 1
My berries were frozen, but it’s okay to use fresh ones as well. Then I mixed everything together in a blender to get a smoothie.DSC_0170 1DSC_0172
I’ve put the mixture into popsicle containers that you can buy basically everywhere and are very inexpensive. If you don’t have these, you can still use an empty yoghurt cup and put a spoon in so it serves you as a stick.

You put that in the freezer for about an hour and voila. DSC_0306 1DSC_0312 1
Yummy, refreshing, easy, quick and fun to do ! You can pick whichever fruit you like. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy !

Oh, and if you make too much, you can just drink the rest or make a really cute smoothie -bowl-healthy-breakfast as you can see below.

I hope this helps you not to melt down 😉 Have fun !

 

Nusha

Things to do before the end of the school year

Yes, you’re right. Another school year is coming to an end. How was it ? Did you accomplish anything exciting ? I hope you don’t have much stuff to do left, because I’m about to give you 10 more. But they are easy, I swear 😉

  1. Return all the books
    This one is so obvious, but people still tend to forget it. Whether you borrowed a book from your friend or a library, make sure to take it back. You do not want to pay penalty for delay, nor do you want mean looks from the librarian. You will need their help again.
  2. Go trough your school stuff
    I’ve already mentioned books. But I’m sure there are many supplies and notebooks that are lying around you. End of the school year is the perfect time for going trough them, throwing away the things you won’t need anymore, and seeing how many supplies you have left for the next year. Why would you spend money on something you don’t have to? A tip that I have is not to throw old notebooks away. You never know when you’ll need them again. Also a lot of teachers like to make mini tests at the beginning of the year to see how much of knowledge there is left from the previous year. A lot of things are connected anyways, so if you forget the basics you can just look it back. Oh, and if you do that now, you won’t have to do it later which will make it much easier to you.
  3. Clean
    There is always so much stuff in my bag at the end of the school year. A great idea is to clean it up, maybe wash it, and put it in the closet till next year. Cleaning your room or at least desk can be helpful before summer begins as well. Having plans of cleaning your room in the summer usually don’t work out, so just do it now and avoid it later.
  4. Contacts
    Enough about cleaning. There are people who made this year either horrible or awesome. You might be bored this summer or would just want to chat a bit with either of those. What do you do if you want that ? Get their contact (if you haven’t yet). I’m talking about phone numbers, social media usernames, etc. You can even ask them for their address, so you can send them postcards.
  5. Summer plans
    Make a huge bucket list for the summer. Everything you want to do and all the places you want to go to. Warning: after completing it you may not want to go back to school and wish somebody invented a time machine where you could just skip time till the break.
  6. Make a summer playlist
    How can you even be ready for summer without a playlist ?
  7. Make a reading list
    I usually spend hours in library trying to find at least two books that suit me. On the other hand I have so many on my mind I’d like to read. Do I ever make a list before going to the library? No. Does that make sense? No. Would it be helpful ? Yes!
  8. Goals for the next year
    If we’re talking about lists, let’s just make another one. There might be some things you want to do next year. Writing down all of your goals can be great to look back to and to give yourself a bit of motivation.
  9. Be friendly
    I don’t know if it’s just me or the fact that school is about to end. I sometimes get annoyed of people right at the end. I don’t know why, but I can’t wait for summer to begin. If you ever feel like that as well, just keep in mind to be friendly. You don’t want extra drama. Not now.
  10. Make a countdown 
    You’ve probably done this at the beginning of the year when you kept asking people how much is there till the next summer break. But hey, it’s not to late if you haven’t yet !

What is on your list of things to do before the summer break ?

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Nusha

Dog: Man’s best friend

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you have probably noticed that I’m a huge dog person. I own one myself. His name is Piki, and he has been making my life happier for the past 8 years. IMG_0696

I have always adored dogs. Some of my favourite childhood memories include dog walks, and hiding myself from that huge one, with a bell around his neck, with my neighbour. I remember the day my friend found two by the river that someone has probably kicked out. They have been adopted, and are probably enjoying spending time with their families now.In 4th grade I even gave a presentation about my dog.

I wanted to have my own so bad that I would not stop torturing my parents about it. I still remember the day I got him, and how he looked at me the moment I called him “Piki”. That day is one of the happiest and best days I remember. Getting a dog was such a big deal for me. I told all of my friends and soon everyone would know me by the fact that I love dogs.IMG_5037

Piki was and still is a big part of my life. I got him when I was 9, and he was with me trough the whole process of being a teenager and “growing up”. I can’t imagine my life without him because he really does make everything better.

We do have some troubles with him sometimes because he is very stubborn and just won’t do what you say if he decides not to. He absolutely hates other male dogs, and he doesn’t get along well with kids because they didn’t treat him well when he was young. But other than that he is a very happy and energetic little dog that never fails to make someone’s day. IMG_0549

Every day when I (or anybody else he knows) come home, he jumps and licks like he haven’t seen me in ages. He comes when we eat, and looks with his big eyes when begging for food. On walks he picks a branch and runs around with it like he is trying to make you play with him. And I could go on. These little things all lead to the fact that life without dogs would be boring.IMG_0657

Why do I love dogs so much? Being cute has nothing to do with it, I could say that’s just a bonus. They are the sweetest, kindest creatures that would literally do anything for you. Even die if they had to. Our furry friends really are our best friends. I’m not saying other animals aren’t great as well, it’s just something about dogs that makes them special.IMG_5050

Not only has been Piki (and other dogs) making my days, but also improved my health. Okay, I never had any bigger problems when it came to my health, but still. I’m sure you’ve all seen the amazing things dogs do. People train them to help the blind, rescue people, they work with police, are good at therapy, helping people getting trough tough times, etc. I’ve noticed something similar with Piki as well. He makes me calm no matter the level of stress I’m going trough. He obviously can’t talk and I could tell him everything if I had to. Dogs don’t judge and they don’t tell your secrets. I don’t know why, but sometimes I have a feeling he understands, or should I say ,is there to support me even though everything I can rely on is his eyes. IMG_5049

There is some kind of connection between humans and dogs that nobody can really explain. I’ve seen that myself a while ago, but I won’t go into details.

Having a dog means having to go for walks with them. It can be a bit “oh do I have to” situation, but it always makes me feel better. Always. Sometimes I’m so stressed out about school or other things, and I have so much going on that the last thing I need is taking my dog out. But I never regret it afterwards. IMG_0558

Being stressed means working even harder and being inside all day, by computer if possible. At least for me. Having Piki forces me to go out, and to breathe some fresh air and relax, even if the walk is very short. It’s much easier to think afterwards and who would have though, all of the problems I have don’t seem so big anymore, when I get back. Of course having a really energetic dog could mean long walks and consequently being in good shape or what so ever. So yes, they can improve mental and physical health.

You can see and learn more about it on the graphic.puppyspot_dogs_health_x2_v02.jpg

It was made by PuppySpot. This is their home page and Puppies page. “PuppySpot is a service committed to helping responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families.” They are a company that raises puppies and finds them a suitable home. Dogs are raised by professionals. They take good care of them and make sure that they go to the vet regularly, and are healthy before giving them away. Who knows maybe you’ll found a suitable puppy for yourself there. If you go to the Puppies page you can pick gender, age, breed, etc. and read all about their parents, weight and other information. Besides pictures they also have short videos of them, so you get to know your puppy well before you get it. It’s like an online store for puppies, but I have to point out once again that they treat them nice, and take really good care of them.

I suggest you check out their page and watch the video on their “About us” page. That will explain way better who they are than I did, or you can just click here . I haven’t adopted a puppy from them before, but looking at those pictures I want to have them all !

As you may tell they did ask me to include them in my post, but I didn’t get paid so this is NOT a sponsored post. All of the opinions are my own, and I really wanted to help them out a bit, because they really do seem like someone to trust.

Are you a dog lover? Do you have any pets ? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, please tell me more in the comments as I’d be very interested in reading that !

Nusha

 

Bad Radkersburg 2017

I’ve recently been to a small city in Austria called Bad Radkersburg. I thought I would share some pictures with you. IMG_4794IMG_4823IMG_4797IMG_4804IMG_4801IMG_4798Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

This is a very short post, but I promise there will be another one up soon !

Nusha

 

DIY: My Adventure Book

Have you seen Up ? It’s an animated movie from 2009. You know, the one with a man who tied up 500 balloons on his house so it was able to fly. And then there was the scene of Carl holding the Adventure Book. So beautiful. *wipes a tear* If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go see it. It’s one of my favourite animations.

As you can tell from the title of this post I’ll be sharing with you how I did my own Adventure Book. I’ll actually give it away as a gift which I think is such a great idea. Whether you like that or just want to make one for yourself go ahead and try it. I had so much fun doing it ! I think I’ll actually do myself one as well.

Things you’ll need: IMG_4660.JPG

If I write everything down again:

  • paper with 2 holes (I took a bit thicker paper (A4) and made 2 holes with hole puncher)
  • fabric (the smallest piece is hessian fabric, other two just normal red & brown )
  • glue gun
  • a pencil
  • a ruler
  • a clip (I took this one from an old folder, but binder rings would work great as well)
  • a cutting knife
  • scissors
  • foam rubber
  • cardboard (for the covers, you can also use shoe boxes, wood, etc.)

Firstly, I searched for “Adventure Book” on Google, took a piece of paper and trimmed the letters on a piece of paper.IMG_4595

I’ve cut “M” out, trimmed it again on foam rubber and cut that out as well.

It took a while, so I tried to figure out a way on how to do it quicker. I ended up placing the piece of paper on foam rubber and followed the drawn lines with pressing a pencil really hard.img_4607.jpg

Once you have the letters done, you can start working on the covers. Place the cardboard on fabric and trim it. Make sure to leave about 2 cm on each side.

Do the same with the brown fabric. This time leave 2 cm space on the inner side of the cardboard as this goes on the inside of the book. This were the measurements I had for one side of the cardboard. The full length of it was 38.5 cm, but leaving 2 cm on each side equals 34.5. I hope that makes sense. 1.jpgIMG_4615.JPG

Glue time ! Firstly, the inner part aka brown fabric.IMG_4617Then the red one :IMG_4618IMG_4628Edges can be quite tricky. This is the method I used to glue them : IMG_4682.JPG

Congrats ! You have your covers covered !

It’s time to add pages. You’ll have to glue the clip first.

Then you add paper and secure it.

The final step is decorating the cover. You can just glue the letters on top or add hessian fabric like I did.

This is how it would look like if I hadn’t added the fabric. img_4632.jpg

And this is once I did. img_4640.jpgimg_4642.jpgimg_4645.jpg

That’s it ! Not that hard, huh ? I’d like to point out that there are million ways on doing it. You could use different supplies. Maybe just stick some letters to the binder or a notebook and skip the “gluing the fabric” part. You could draw the letters instead of cutting them out, etc. Art is supposed to be fun. So be creative, go crazy ! Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out exactly the way you want it to. That’s how art works. I like how mine turned out, even though some details aren’t perfect and you can see some glue on the edges. But hey, I’ll know for the next time !ezgif.com-rotate.gif

Send me pictures if you decide to make it and comment below what you think about the movie !

Nusha

Worrying

“I worry too much.” A phrase every human being has said or thought of at least once in their lives.

According to dictionary worrying means :” causing anxiety about actual or potential problems”. See, that’s the thing I don’t get. How can we worry about potential problems if they haven’t happened yet? How do we know what the future will bring ? People don’t believe in magicians and fortune tellers, but they do believe themselves, that they can predict a failure? You can never be sure whether your predictions are right or not. You just want to prevent something bad to happen. Okay, I get that. But why do we worry about things we have no influence on?Literally none.

Let’s take me as an example. I have a test soon. I have more than two weeks to get ready for it. We have a short break from school now which means I’m able to study 24/7 if I want to. It’s the first day of the break and I already worry about not starting to study yet. I’m writing physics exam which,I admit, is not exactly my strength. I never study two weeks before the exam, so why do I worry about not doing it now? Is it because I know my friend is already doing it? I know people need a different amount of time to get things, so again, why? I’m being in a bad mood and feeling sorry for myself. But do I open my books and do it ? No. I know I have enough time, but I feel bad about it at the same time.

I know how stupid that sounds as I’m writing it down. People worry about all kinds of things and there’s me worrying about the stupidest thing possible that doesn’t even have an explanation.

I know everything will be all right at the end. I keep telling myself that I don’t have to worry. That I have enough time.I’m thinking of all these excuses and solutions. But constantly trying to calm myself down is tiring.

Knowing you can do nothing about it is the worst. The best solution is to not think about it. But that’s easier said than done. I don’t know how some people don’t worry about anything. Is it just a thing to say to make you feel better or an actual thing? I imagine their life not being as stressful but can’t see myself in that way either.

It’s weird to say that worrying has brought me quite far. I would be lying if I claimed otherwise. It’s still absolutely one of the worst feelings existing. But if I wouldn’t panic at times I wouldn’t get things done.

I know that how I feel is completely normal. I’m not the only teenager worrying about grades and school. Worrying is a hobby of all generations.

If you can’t help worrying, worrying won’t help you either. Imagine how many times you’ve worried before but everything turned out great at the end. I know it’s impossible to avoid it, but we can at least minimize it. The future will bring what it will and we can’t exactly change that. We can only hope and do things we know will lead us to the right direction.

Let’s all make something towards saying: ” I worry too much.” Let’s swap it with: “I worry when I need/want to.”

Let me know your thoughts about this in the comments!

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