What was I up to in March

After the busy start of the year, March took its toll and I spend most of the month gathering energy until the spring sunny days arrived and I started to feel more like myself again. March did not feel very productive, I am sorry to say, but I did watch a lot of tv and read few books.

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A lot of exciting things happened which cheered this month for me. My sister came for a visit and my godson was born. Now I am procrastinating with plans on how to be the best godparent ever and what presents I can buy and make for the little one. His parents should expect him to be spoiled by me!

I got inspired by the rule of the Seventh Generation and I introduced you to the sustainable lingerie brand Anekdot. I wrote 50 facts about myself and gave a recipe for the breakfast (treat) that I’ve had for the past few weeks now.

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By the end of the month, I reviewed the Mossa micellar water that I have been loving and linked 5 articles for self-development.

Overall it wasn’t a busy month. I relaxed a lot and gave myself time to think and rejuvenate myself for the exciting spring and summer months. Now I can’t wait for all the sunny days to come!

 

What were you up to in March?

With love,

Lii

 

 

50 facts about me

1. I can easily drink a dozen cups of tea a day.

2. My favourite tea at the moment is green tea with jasmine.

3. I’ve lived in three different countries.I’ve lived in the UK for nearly 6 years.

4. In the UK so far for nearly 6 years.

5. As a child, my favourite colour was read.

6. Now it is turquoise.

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7. My favourite food is the vegetarian lasagne made by my boyfriend.

8. I also love Vietnamese, Thai and Nepalese food.

9. I am very particular about pens that I write with. The sharpness, the feel of it on the paper and the feel in my hand. I also don’t like anybody using my pen.

10. My favourite pen so far is the PILOT BPS-GP (F).

11. I hoard lipsticks and books, I do use and read all of them, though.

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12. I love animals so much, I want to take every animal as a pet. When I was a small kid I was dreaming of starting my own zoo to be able to be with all different kinds of animals.

13. So as an ignorant child, I tried to have many creatures as pets; snails, spider, frogs and killing them all. Well, most of the frogs I took back to their pond after the first ones started dying.

14. After killing the spider my arachnophobia multiplied and to the present day, I am sure they are here to revenge on me.

15. I feel guilt for a long time, which really teaches me to take care of animals and plants now, as well as be so determined on sustainability.

16. I don’t allow spiders to be killed in my flat, but they have to be let outside.

17. I flinch when I see or hear people killing bugs (mosquitos are the only exception to this), not even talking about other animals.

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18. When I am awaiting an important email or a text message I will check my phone or email about every 5 minutes until I receive it.

19. I prefer an evening at home watching a movie or playing games, rather than going out.

20. I hate losing when playing board games. This is worse when playing with my sister and I would much rather lose to anybody else than to her.

21. I can’t bare to see inequality or unfairness. It makes me very upset and worked up.

22. When I write fast and am concentrated funny things happen with my words. Letters switch places, I forget groups of letters and yeah, it can look like a mess. The latest example I was writing ‘New Zealand’ it became ‘Zew Nea…’

23. My mind is always swirling with ideas. It can be hard to concentrate on one thing when my mind wants to think about the next step or a completely different thing. Fortunately, there is yoga!

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24. I am very influenced by the books I read and my mood can shift to represent that of the book. It can be very confusing to my boyfriend!

25. My favourite books so far are Jane Eyre and the Handmaid’s Tale.

26. My mother thought me to read when I was 5 or 6 years old. I hated it and swore I would never like reading.

27. It took me 3 years to read the Lord of the Rings. The chapters were so long I got discouraged to read it.

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28. I am a Harry Potter fan. I grew up with the books and they influenced me to read more. I’ve read the books more than twice each.

29. We have a tradition to watch the Harry Potter movies every Christmas.

30. I am obsessed with the tv show ‘Survivor’ and I’ve seen some of the seasons more than once.

31. My favourite tv show is Friends, which I’ve seen several times.

32. The movie genres I most like to watch are thriller and sci-fi. Especially any movie happening in the space.

33. I don’t like horror movies and can often see nightmares after seeing one.

34. My favourite Disney princess is Alice from the Wonderland, because of the craziness of the story, the amazing adventure she has and the imagination in the story. And of course Mulan. The warrior who saves the world, who fights the traditional role of a woman and is fearless against the evil.

35. I think movie theatre sounds are way too loud.

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36. I’ve been on a helicopter ride.

37. So far I’ve visited 19 countries.

38. My dream travel destination as a child was Brazil when everybody else’s was Australia or the USA.

39. Now it is the whole world.

40. In the last year of University, I stopped completely buying clothes because I couldn’t find brands that I wanted to spend my money on. I was disgusted by the high street fashion brands unethical practices and about the sameness of fashion, which I found boring and ‘not me’.

41. This lasted for over a year after which I started buying some basics, which I needed and I knew I would wear for years.

42. I still don’t enjoy shopping on the high street.

43. I boycott Nestle and try to boycott all the brands that Nestle owns. There are numerous reasons for this, which you can google very easily.

44. I used to be very ignorant about sustainability and quite self-involved until I met my now boyfriend and did my undergraduate. Now I feel ashamed of my behaviour in my teens.

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45. Whenever I speak on the phone or on skype I have to doodle.

46. I can’t sit still and when I’m watching tv I usually pleat my hair.

47. I’ve been a hairdresser for several weddings, where I’ve done the brides and the guests hair.

48. I’ve competed in the European championship of cheerleading.

49. I try to be nice to everybody, but I am very picky with who I pick as my friend. However, I quickly get a feeling of a person who I want to get to know more.

50. I get very attached to items I receive as a present from people who I care about.

 

Now tell me something about yourself in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

 

Happy Favourites of the Week – Tools of Relaxation

Anniversary – My one-year anniversary blogging and I’ve written 100 posts. So exciting!

Godson – My godson was born and I just can’t wait to see him. He is going to be the most spoiled and sustainably educated child!

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TV-shows – I’ve been a bit stressed lately with a lot of deadlines so I balanced it up by watching a lot of TV while not working. Will and Grace was a great comfort. I just can’t stop laughing at Karen and Jack. Juana Inés is a very inspiring show about a woman who really wants to read and study when that isn’t common for a woman. Project Runway for something else light to watch.

Fox – There is more than one fox living in our neighbourhood. It’s an absolute delight to come upon them whenever I am walking out. Wildlife brings me such joy!

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Two books – I’ve finished two books, since the last happy favourites of the week, both of which I enjoyed. My life on the road was definitely eye opening and a revelation not only into feminist issues but into minorities issues in the USA especially and politics. The Career of Evil was my ultimate relaxation while being stressed. I just wanted to go back to the book at all times and after reading it I kept yearning for more!

New products – I’ve wanted to try new micellar water and toothpaste for a while now. So I was super excited when my orders arrived. More about them soon!

 

What were your happy favourites of the week?

With love,

Lii

 

 

I Am Thankful

For this year I set myself a goal to read 24 books, 2 per month. Somehow, in February, I managed to read 5 most of which have made me really thankful for being me and being in the position and culture that I am living in. I don’t know about the rest of you but I often take for granted the life I have, and the privileges I have (eating what I want, walking out alone without being harassed, the internet and reading books) without understanding how it is that I got these privileges. It shocks me when I read that some people do not have these privileges or are not allowed to have them. And yes, I find them privileges to us if it is not available to every person on the planet.

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I am so used to these things that when I finally found zucchinis after a month of craving them when they were unavailable in shops due to the ‘vegetable crisis’, I was so happy to have them and couldn’t believe that they had been unavailable for so long. I got surprised and ashamed at my thoughts. How did I dare to think that way when for some people this is a reality?

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When we are used to getting something it becomes a norm for us, and we get mad/annoyed/frustrated when we don’t get it anymore rather than thankful that we do get it. So in light of this, I want to share what I am thankful for and hope that you share your thankfulness in the comment section.

  • I am thankful to have a healthy enough body to be able to do sports, to be able to take care of myself and others, to be able to be independent in my daily life and to be able to do my crafts.
  • I am thankful for all the feminists who fought for women’s and equal rights so that now I have the possibility to be educated, choose my career, be independent of men and earn my own living.
  • I am thankful to live in a country where I can buy and make almost whatever food I like, whatever clothes and other items I like, where healthcare is important and free for all people, where education is free and where I am free to be of any religion I want.
  • I am thankful for my friends and family who have supported me and brought joy and sanity into my life.
  • I am thankful for this planet for providing us oxygen that we breathe, beauty in plants, animals and scenery and offering us resources for living.

I hope I will enjoy all of this, many years to come!

 

What are you thankful for?

With love,

Lii

What have I been up to in February

I had trouble being motivated and inspired in February unless we count the inspiring Iris Apfel, who I wrote about in the beginning of the month. I was unwell for about three weeks of the month, which in February seems even longer than any other month. Being frustrated and stuck at home I concentrated my time on reading books such as The Buried Giant and Persepolis and watching tv-shows and movies that got me more inspired to learn more about different cultures.

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Being stuck at home has made me dream a lot. I’ve been dreaming about a dining space and about warmer weather. My two furballs have been a big comfort and seem to be happy about me being home so much. Some enjoyment I’ve gained from using my Matt&Nat handbag when out and about and using my new favourite items from Lush. Valentine’s day brought me many lovely messages from friends and a happy smile from my boyfriend on receiving his sustainable valentine’s day cards with two lovey-dovey foxes.

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I’ve had some time to research sustainability and wrote about 5 easy sustainable fashion changes and why I would change to natural cleaning products, rather than use the mainstream options. Most proud I have been about being able to keep up with regular posting! Hurray! Now I hope March will bring some more sunlight into our lives and I can go and enjoy ice skating while the rink is still open, yoga and walks in that sunshine!

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How was your February?

With love,

Lii

Are Cats Affectioned?

I can’t remember how many times I’ve heard people say that they can’t see how owners can be attached to their cats, how cats are not affectioned animals, that cats are solitary animals and do not like to have company whether it is people or other animals. This makes me sad. People have so many misconceptions of cats and although this might be true with some cats most are far from it. When comparing cats to dogs, I find it takes much longer to get affectioned with a cat than a dog, but they can be as loving they just have a different way to show it. So for those of you who don’t understand cats and also for those of you who do, I will tell you about my two lovely furry balls.

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I have two cats. An older one Nuppu, who is a boy, and a younger one Ninja, who is a girl. Nuppu is like a baby to me. He likes to be carried when he is tired, although does not like to sit in the lap. He always makes sure he can be in the same room with one of us, never mind which room it is. Bathrooms are a must, he doesn’t seem to understand that bathroom is usually a solitary environment, and our guests are usually quite surprised when they get him as a companion in the bathroom.He also makes sure that nobody is left alone in a room. In the mornings when

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He also makes sure that nobody is left alone in a room. In the mornings when I and Ninja are left to sleep, but my boyfriend gets up Nuppu makes sure to get up with him only to go back to sleep in the other room.

Nuppu always greets us when we come home and likes to inspect any shopping we have done by sniffing each and every item (I like to think he is inspecting whether they are good enough for us to eat, but most likely he is just looking for something for him to eat).

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Ninja behaves a bit more like a conventional cat. She doesn’t like to be carried and does often enjoy her own space, especially if we have guests over. Then again, she loves to sleep in our lap whenever it is cold and she usually sleeps on one of us during the night. She longs for attention and loves to be petted, and she will show you when she wants this, sometimes by a slightly snappy ‘miau’. Her favourite thing is to be brushed and it doesn’t matter who is holding the brush she will be that person’s best friend! Whenever I am taking pictures for the blog or anything else really, Ninja loves to be involved and will sniff items that I am taking pictures of and the camera.

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Whenever we have been on a holiday out cars react by being overly affectioned and looking for attention by sitting on us, following us from one room to another and purring extra loud when we are all sitting on the couch. If only I or my boyfriend is away they keep searching for the other person by walking aimlessly from one room to another looking from under couches, blankets, tables, as though one of us was hiding somewhere.

So believe me, I feel how affectioned my cats are and whenever I am away from home I feel bad because I’ve seen how they keep searching for me. They are like my two babies!

 

Do you have cats? And have you met a cat who is affectioned?

With love,

Lii

15 things I am dreaming about just now – February edition

Warm and light spring days with long walks outside!

To get rid of the cactus in my throat.

Quick reading abilities. I have so many books to read and I am anxious to get through them.

Going to a sauna. The hot moist air that purifies the skin and the body of all toxins! (one of the only things I miss from Finland)

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A comfier couch. Ours is a poor resemblance of a couch which makes my back ache and it’s not actually comfy to sit on.

To not have to read any more upsetting news, at the same time I am so thankful to be able to know what is going around the world.

Uncorrupt media and world governments…

A really good tiramisu. I rarely want one, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve been looking out for the one, I would like to have.

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A holiday. Warm, with clear waters and good food, that is all I need.. and maybe some adventure 😀 With friends, with my family and with my loved ones!

Having more energy!

Pizza!

Some clarity in my mind.

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Understanding hashtags.

My own garden to plant herbs, fruits, veggies and flowers in it!

Being confident to speak out all of my opinions, not only here but in general.

 

What are you dreaming about just now?

With love,

Lii