Thursday, 5 October 2017

How to manage your time effectively



                          How to manage your Time effectively



   Lately, I have been trying to do everything, but it's hard to find free time. I want to do so many things in one day and when I skip one or two things in my do to list, I feel guilty about it and then the next day it's harder, not easier. And that's why I want to talk about time management, well you can't manage time, it's more about self-management. 

 When you do "do to list", then you want to do the hardest thing first. That's what I have always done. But I realized that sometimes doing the hardest thing will not make next day easier. So I think you should ask yourself three questions about your hardest task in your do to list. 
  • Will this task help me to reach a goal?
  • Does it make my life/tomorrow easier? 
  • Does it have to be done today?
 There are days where I say "I do not have time for that" or "I don't have time for myself". We all wish that we have more time. If you say yes to something then you are telling no for other things. So you have to prioritize your tasks. What is the most important thing you want to do right now? Get an education - then you have to study first and then do your hobbies... Lose weight? Career? Write a book? If you want to do it all, then you should plan your week properly. Plan your time properly.

 And then you do not want to overwhelm yourself with these tasks. If you have a plan and you take a break from that, like 30min for yourself then it will feel like a small vacation in your day. You will enjoy this coffee break more because you are using your time wisely. You feel like you deserve this pause because you have been productive all day.



Plan a Successful Day


  • Wake up early - still, sleep ca 7h
  • Set your schedule, list your do dos
  • Prioritize healthy habits - plan your meals, snacks, and exercises
  • Select your top three - keep focused on your priorities
  • Plan for tomorrow
  • Break big tasks into pieces

 When I am watching TV, my favorite shows from TLC or just something for fun. I feel like I'm wasting my valuable time. And then I will feel guilty for doing nothing. I will think that I could have done so much more with this time. So now I will do my workouts while I watch TV. I discovered that multitasking is actually really easy.  When I'm cooking I can clean the same time and so on.

Of course, there are cons as well in multitasking

 You have to find what will work for You. 

        Your goals

 When some goals are frightening or you think they are too big. Then it's better if you take step by step, and you should break your big goals into small tasks

  1. Estimate your situation. What worked before? What didn't? What do you want to improve and achieve?
  2. Write it down. 
  3. Break it down. Break down your goals into manageable and small steps not to overwhelm yourself
  4. Hold yourself accountable. Maintain focus and discipline throughout your process
  5. Reward yourself. It will motivate you and you will stay positive. 
  6. Develop systems and habits. Effective habits will make it easier for you to accomplish your goals on a regular basis.

   
Plan your week to be productive

  • Select monthly goals  (fitness, money, budgeting, blogging...)
  • Make a list of tasks for each goal. 
Make a plan for every monthly goal. Like how much weight do you want to lose this month so you will reach your goal what is like in 6 months or how much money you have to save this month that you can buy a computer for Christmas. And so on.
  • Schedule the task
Take your tasks and separate them into weekly "do to list"
  • Plan how much time you will spend on these tasks and put them on your weekly calendar - 
Working out 3per week and 1h. Reading books a 1h every day. Working on a personal project/hobby 2h every day. 



  
 So I hope that there were some tips and tricks that you can use. Now technology has developed so much, there are many apps that you can use. Fun agendas, stickers and so on. You can print fun daily planners. You just have to try and see what is best for you. What will WORK for you.

















Tuesday, 26 September 2017

How to make your own Exercise Program


   Hello again, today I like to talk about something that I have struggled all my life. And of course, I'm not the only one. It's about losing weight and getting more toned/fit. So I think that now I finally found something that will work for me.

  I do not want to buy any fitness programs or diet programs that cost money. Why? I don't believe that it will work for ME. Because I'm lazy and I do not like to do something that I may not like (exercises).  I know that your health is something that is worth every penny but if I'm going to pay then I want like personal trainer who will go to the gym with me (basically my personal babysitter :D) not some workouts and diet on the paper. So what's the point to buy the program if I'm going to change some of these workouts.  So if you are like me :D then try it. And if it doesn't work for you then I'm sorry that I couldn't help you.


Before I start explaining what might help you  I want to make clear that I am not a professional trainer (sadly). I found it there, Everlast Nutrition



   So the first thing what you need to write down is your goal. What is it?


Losing fat? - You need to be at a caloric deficit
Gaining muscle? - You need a surplus of calories
Get more toned?


  • So if you have decided what is your goal then you have to keep it simple.

   Also, think what have you done past that didn't work!

 I have tried millions of ways to find my own suitable program.   I did Jar full of Exercises what I do like. That kind of thing is fun for me and makes me want to work out. I also tried like 90 days workout,  :D I wrote down on the A3paper workouts what I like to do per week. 3 - muscle training 2 - yoga days and 1 HIIT. So I hoped that I will workout 6 days a week.  Well, I did it like 2-3 weeks and then I found out it was too much for me.

   What do you like/dislike in terms of exercise?

 This is one of the reasons why I wouldn't pay for some of these fitness programs. Because if I dislike some of these exercises it will not motivate me to do it again and then AGAIN I have failed myself. So it's better for me to make a list of exercises what do I like. Then I will select 8-10 workouts what will I do that day.

 Do you like lunges, push-ups, planks, squats and so on.
 So then you have to figure out what do you dislike. Do you have any injuries? So you wouldn't hurt your back/knee/hand...

   How long should I work out? How often?

 I don't have much time to workout because I started blogging again and I love it, so I want to spend more time for that. Then I have a little son, of course, he takes a lot of my time :D  Then I also cook and clean. Fun stuff... :D I am trying to manage my time effectively.

 So I took more realistic plan for myself, 3x per week. If you have more free time then you are lucky and maybe can work out 4-5 times per week. 

 1 hour is enough for me. It will not overwhelm me that now I spent 2 hours training and I'm so tired and so on.  This is your journey, it will take some time. I have learned that I can't get my "dream body" overnight. I have tried so many diets and I believe that you have done it too. Like crazycrazy diet.  Military diet, cayenne pepper diet, cabbage diet, 3day-, 5day-, 7day diet. :D There are sooo many diets. I have to accept that it will take time. You have to take baby steps first, when this is in your routine it will go smoothly. 
  •  So do you workout 3 days per week? and 45min to 1h? Think what you can definitely do.

This is ideal for me. 

 5 min warm-up 
40 min workouts (8-10workouts, or even more)
  1. Hard exercises first
  2. Multi-joint exercises
  3. Single-joint exercises
  4. Stretching

15 min cardio

  • Try to train each muscle group at least once a week. But do not over train it either. 

   Where will you train? What equipment do you have access to?

 Of course in the gym you have more options. But that doesn't mean you can't train at home. If you have access to the internet you can watch some group workouts on the YouTube. Sometimes I do like one-hour BodyBlance, Zumba, Dancing, Core workout ... There are so many options.
 If I have time I would love to go to the gym, but I also live in the countryside. :D

   Intensity

 If you are training with lighter weights it will give you more muscular endurance. But if you are training with heavier weights then you will gain more muscle. Choose the right weights for yourself. When you feel that you can do harden then switch it up.

 If you want muscle growth then you should do 8-10reps (heavier weights)
 If you want to lose weight then do 15+ reps
 If you want strength then do 3-5reps but you have to lift very very heavy weights.
  • Do the most challenging exercises first.
    Four components should be in Your Exercise Program
  1. Type of exercise (What do you LIKE)
  2. How often per week do you exercise
  3. How long are you going to work out
  4. Intensity 

It's all about keeping it simple. There are no miracle pills or short getaways. It's your journey and it takes time. But you will learn so much about yourself, how strong you really are and how beautiful you are. :) So YOU know that you can do it.



Thursday, 21 September 2017

How to shop in AliExpress - on budget


Hello my darlings, so I was wondering what should I write today. I want to write something that I absolutely love, and it is shopping. Sometimes I'm really frugal and do not wanna spend much money on me, because we have a budge, how much we are going to spend on food, fun, clothes, dates etc.. Shopping gives me satisfaction. I can't help it, I love new things.

 When I didn't have a family I was spending so much money on something that I didn't need, I had clothes with the price tags still on. But now I feel that I know how to shop. I will spend my money clothes that I feel like I really need and can wear more than one outfit.

  I purchase fun stuff and some clothes from AliExpress because it is cheap and you can find good quality pieces also. It just takes little bit more time.


   What is AliExpress?

   AliExpress is one of the world largest online store. Well, we can't say that it's like really a store because it is a platform that connects millions of sellers and consumers.
 AliExpress also is a Multi-Language site. You can select: Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Indonesian, German, Italian Dutch, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Arabic and Hebrew.



   Is it safe?

   I have been shopping there like two years now, and I haven't have any problems. Like all my orders have come nicely. Of course, I know that there have been some problems with the items that didn't come and they didn't receive money back. I will talk about buyer protection also, these friends of mine they didn't use buyer protection so that's why they didn't receive their money. But I think that's why you need to choose the right shop and product. If you love one dress then you should keep looking because there are more sellers that offer you the same dress.
You can see that the same sweater
has different prices.

   AliExpress has a buyer protection, Everyone who shops on AliExpress receives the following guarantees.
1. Full refund if you don't receive your order. When your order does not arrive within the delivery time promised you will get the full refund.
2. Full or practical refund if the item is not as described. So, if your item is significantly different from the seller's product description, you can return it and you will get the full refund or you can get a partial refund and keep the item.

So how does the buyer protection works?
1. Contact the seller, if your order hasn't arrived within the promised time, or it isn't as described.
2. Open a dispute and to make a refund, if you were unable to resolve the problem with the seller, you can submit a refund request by clicking Open Dispute. 
3. Escalate Dispute to AliExpress, if you are not satisfied with the seller's solution, you can escalate a dispute to AliExpress.

One of the most important TIP is to check seller's feedback from his buyers and product description before ordering. 

   What can I buy from AliExpress?

 Well, you can buy almost everything. Like seriously it has almost EVERYTHING.

 I personally do not like to buy makeup from there. Because I have sensitive skin and I want to know what do I put on my face. I will do the post about - Buying makeup on the budget -

 I also do not recommend buying jewelry. Okeydokey, I know that there are so many beautiful pieces and sets. But I just watched a documentary about Chinese factories about how do they make it. And some of these pieces can be toxic. Because they may consist lead or cadmium. If you buy jewelry you should test it. You can buy lead tester online or from building workshop.

 You can find so many clothes, I bet you will be on that site forever. Even wedding dresses. I think that I will find definitely a good deal on my wedding dress from there. Just you have to look feedback. Also, you can find feedback from YouTube. Just search AliExpress hauls or makeup, wedding dress etc.


Alway look feedback


 Party/Wedding decorations are really cheap and popular. When you buy these kinds of things from your shop, where do you think they buy it? Of course from China. So I recommend buying straws, balloons and all cute stuff from there. If you shop there you will see what is worth to buy there and what is not.

 I do not like to spend more than 15€ on some item, it's my limit. Of course, everybody has their own limit. But sometimes I see there is a 25€ dress and I think that I can get a 25€ dress from the store and I can try it if it suits for me. But if there is a 5-10€ dress that I also like then I will buy it, because if it doesn't suit for me I can give it away or sell it.

  How do you pay?  

 Currently, you can pay using Visa, MasterCard, Western Union, Qiwi and bank transfer. There will be more payment options in the future.

 But it is really easy to pay there. You have to select the item what you wanna buy, then you have to choose the method how do you wanna buy.



  Where my item arrives and when?

 When you make your account then you have to write down your address (if you do not want your home address then you can write your nearest post office).

  All courier services and shipping fees are set up by suppliers. They can choose from following express shipping options:
UPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT, EMS, TOLL,e-EMS, ePacket, China Post Registered Air Mail, China Post Air Parcel,  China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus, HongKong Post Air Mail, HongKong Post Air Paracel, Singapore Post, Swiss Post, Sweden Post, Russian Air, Special Line-YW, DHL Global Mail and S. F. Express. - Shipping fees are automatically calculated on the basis of weight, size and volume.
 




 Delivery time varies depending on country and courier service. For information regarding the delivery time you can directly contact the supplier. To contact suppliers you have to click "Contact Now" button or the "Chat Now" icon in the Supplier Details section




So I realllly approve AliExpress :D It's fun and cheap, you will find everything like I said before. I have tried eBay, Amazon, Alibaba. But AliExpress is the one that suits for me. ''

Much Love!















Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Maybelline Baby Lips review/swatches



Baby Lips Dr. Rescue + menthol (Coral Crave) and Baby Lips Mint to be (Fresh Pink)




   So today I want to talk about Maybelline Baby Lips, probably you have tried some of these lip balms. These two have mint scent. It is really good scent. Not very strong but not too light also. It makes your lips so soft. 

   Dr Rescue Coral Crave dosen't give very much pigment, but still has something. Like soft peachy pink. It would not show to the lips very well but adds sexy shine to it. 

   If you like lip balms and little bit some color to your lips then these lip balms are for you. They are very moisturizing and cheap ca 2.69 - 3 €. 

   Mint to be - Fresh Pink was very nice, just perfect amount of pink to your lips. Nice for valentine, spring, summer. surely my go to lip balm. I am not very big fan of lipsticks or lip glosses. So these are my favorite things to use. 

   And always these packages are cute design is romantic, :D like you want to use it more and more. These balms have SPF 20 sunscreen. Gives 8 hours moisture and lip renewal.

Benefit: Buy from ULTA


  • Clinically proven to make lips 82% visibly less dry, 94% less rough, 77% more supple, and 77% better looking after just four weeks of use!
  • It's clinical care for baby soft lips
  • No more basic lip balm
  • The secret: Exclusive lip renew formula
  • Protects and moisturizes for a full 8 hours



Here are  Ingredients

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Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Petrolatum, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Diisostearyl Malate, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax / Cire De Candelilla, VP / Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Parfum / Fragrance, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Aroma / Flavor, Silica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Limonene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Citral, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Eugenol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Mel / Honey / Miel, Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Mica, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake. CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine.

Friday, 27 January 2017

What to do with mason jar tops. DIY


Lets do something fun with mason jar tops.

What can you do with your jars? Are you throwing them away? There is so many things what you can do with them. I have struggled with my workout a lot... But when it's more fun then I want to do it more. So i think having this cute jar full of workouts will bring you more motivation. 

It's really simple, there are something what do you need.

* Mason jar (of  course) - medium.
* Spray paint, i used belton molotow premium reference street-art colors.
* Stickers (what you don't need) - or you can use washy tape to make it more fun
* Post it notes  - or you can cut just regular paper or colored one too. :)


 These sticker are for making this jar looking more fun. Also washy tape is fine. (I got these stickers from aliexpress)

So just stick sticker on it and then spray it all over. Then let it try. Then carefully take the stickers off.

Then just take post it notes and write exercises on it, everything what you want. 

If you are done with that workout then but it in the envelope so it would not repeat.

Like:       
   45 minutes yoga
   30 min arm and shoulder
   60 min abs
   Belly dance .... and so on. 


Budgeting - What mistakes to avoid


What mistakes you should avoid when you do your budgeting?







  Every month I try to do it better, that i can save more money and I know where my money is going. This year is going to be your year. Maybe your new year resolution is budgeting more and getting your finances in order. Like the title says in this post I gonna talk about what mistakes you should avoid.

Here are some tips what might help you.

1. Don't make this complicated. 
   It doesn't have to be so detailed. If you have so many different categories you do not want to budget, at first it's fun but in the middle of the month you are tired to search what to but where. If, it's simple then it's better.

2. Don't be too strict on yourself. 
   I know that your main goal is to save money. But make sure that you are allowing yourself to have little bit fun too. You don't have to overdo this. Just do it in moderation, then you won't feel guilty about it because it's still your budget and you are trying to save money. Not spending any money for yourself is bad because when there comes a time when you want to spend something on yourself then you maybe over spent it like eating out or date night money or things like that.

3.  Don't forget to save money for larger long term expenses.
   Like family holidays, annual car insurance, Christmas presents and food. These things won't come ever month, so you have to plan these things what comes once a year or just not so often. These tings may be big expenses and if you don't plan this then it will mess up your monthly budget.

4. On weekly basis balance out all your expenses. 
   Get track all of your checks and write them down. Especially if you don't know where your money is going.  Doing that you will keep yourself motivated and organized. When you stop being organized then you may feel overwhelmed and this will impact your financial life negatively. So don't wait for the end of the month to write down you expenses. Also, you may forget something.

5. Work as a TEAM
   Don't forget to do this as a team. If you are married then you should work together, Don't try to force this budgeting to your spouse. It's your both  outcomes and incomes. Doing together will make it easier. You have to be in the same page, talk openly about you goals and visions you have.
   
6. Buying on impulse. 
   Buying small chocolate or gum in the checkout lane every time will not seem very harmful. But  no matter how inexpensive they are individually. They will add up, It's better to buy it in bulk and save some money.



   

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Top 10 Movies what plays with your MIND


Are you bored watching romantic movies with your boyfriend? 

I guess not :D But now is your boyfriend time to choose a movie.
Here is a list of movies what is full of action and what will blow your mind.



What I like about these movies that these endings are very interesting, you will not expect that coming. So crab your popcorn, snacks and drinks and snuggle with your boyfriend. You will need him now more than ever. :) 

10 - Mr. Nobody = A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Mr. Nobody

9 -  Triangle = This is not very popular but it's full of action and guessing. Psychological  horror thriller movie. I think it is really  underrated movie. It's mysterious and also sad.

Triangle

8 - Interstellar  = It will make you cry :) , long movie but worth watching. It's science fiction movie. A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. 
7 - Primer =  Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. Really cool movie. 

Primer

6 -  Inception =  Also Leonardo DiCaprio is playing :) A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO

5 - Looper = It's science fiction thriller film. Includes time traveling.

Looper

4 - Shutter Island = Leonardo DiCaprio is there.. ;)   Psychological thriller film . In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Shutter Island

3 - Edge of Tomorrow = A soldier fighting aliens. I know it's not very much info but i don't want to spoil it. 
2 - Predestination - You have to watch it very carefully because its hard to understand. But it's really cool movie. For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Predestination


1 - Coherence
 = It was really low budget movie, but it was so cool. One of my favoriteStrange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

Coherence

If you like more info then you can always watch trailer but i don't recommend it because then you will spoil it for yourself :)

Have fun watching these movies !!!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Blue Lagoon Drink


How to make blue lagoon drink


Blue lagoon cocktail is one of my favorite. It's really easy to make and it is really tasty. You can make these also alcohol free (just don't add vodka). And kids will love it too because who doesn't love colorful drinks? 
HAVE FUN

You need:

2oz vodka  (you can pour more, if you want ;) )

2oz blue curacao 

Lemonade 

Ice

Lime

Mix everything together and it's ready :)