Friday, August 1, 2014

Goodbye July, Hello August

Is it just me or has this summer been extra long?  Maybe its because I'm taking two blocks of summer courses that are never ending (yup worst dcision I ever made).  
It's a new month therefore time for a new beginning especially since july hit me in th head pretty hard. 
So I thought I'd set myself a few simple goals.

My main goals for this month:

- Always stay positive
- Don't give up hope in any aspect of my life ( studies / friends/ blog etc)
- Get back to posting at least 1 post a week for the sake of my sanity.
- Smile, even if I'm sad or if there is no reason to
- Drink 2 bottles of water a day 
- Leave the house ! Breathe some fresh air ! Go for an aimless drive
- Don't procrastinate ( My biggest number one flaw )
- Always remind myself that everything is and will be OK.
- DYE MY HAIR - something that i have never done and never thought i'd do because of all the damage dying it does.
- Try at least ONE new thing that I haven't done before.

I think that every month should be a new start to every one of us and that you as well should have a mini goal list, even if it contains just one or two things and let me know what they are.
I just hope that I can stick to mine.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mood Booster

For the past couple of weeks I have been feeling down in dumps.  So, I forced myself to finally get out of bed and do something, I thought I'd treat myself to a small outing to the flower shop and Paul's Bakery. Especially since i have a few friends coming over so... why not.

It was definitely the mood booster I needed (thank god). 
How do you lift your spirits up?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Few Things...

- First of all, I'd like to share with you one of my ALL TIME favorite things which happens to be a Dr. Seuss Quote :

Let that sink in...

Ok, so this quote is what I live by on a daily basis, it is actually the quote that made me finally actually write a blog because well, IT'S TRUE.  If you really think about it, the true people in your life will support you no matter what you do or who you become, they love you. Whilst others will just try to put you down and be negative, these people do not want your happiness. They don't matter.

Now, on this beautiful Sunday morning, I thought I'd pop into Carribou and snap a few pictures for you, as well as sharing some of the thoughts of this week.

- A snack that I am totally truly loving (which i got my friends also hooked on) is Carribou's Chocolate covered Pretzels. Okay so this is how I'm going to describe it :
The Chocolate surrounding the pretzel is a thin layer of dark chocolate, but the salt on the pretzel, once you crunch on it, it is the best combination you can ever taste. The dark chocolate does in no way overpower the biscuit, and yeah yeah I know what you're thinking, eew dark chocolate it's so bitter and blegh and nasty. But I honestly can say that you cannot taste any of that when you eat it. I for one am not a fan of chocolate whatsoever, but this, this hits the spot, with a side of tea... mmmhhm nothing better. Try it, I know u'll thank me.

- Can we just take a minute to admire how cute this "mug" is? As i write this, i keep eyeing it. I want it really badly, but my friend had a good point when telling me that this is an easy DIY kind of thing and not really worth the money.
Yeah so that is a cute thing.... 
Moving on !

- I've started to do this thing where I allow myself to just pause for 10 minutes, sit back and just do some deep breathing. This really calms me down and relieves some of my stress. I become more conscious of my lungs and i therefore am grateful for having them as healthy as they are. You should do the same, you won't regret it.

- This flower pencil. Look at it. It's perfect.
Not only do i love using it, I love putting it behind my ear which makes my hair look as though i'm on a tropical beach somewhere. Plus i love leaving the flower part sticking out of my bag as i walk around, it's the perfect spring accessory for any outfit.
I got it from Accessorize.

- Songs...who hates songs? Nobody that's who.
This week I have had 2 non-stop constant replay songs both by the same singer - John Legend. One is called - "Tonight (best you ever had)" and the other is "All of me".
They're pretty old songs, but i have recently discovered them thanks to my little sister. Now, I can't get enough! Tonight just puts me in the best mood, smiling and making me have a good day.
And can we just quickly talk about how GORGEOUS his wife is in "all of me"?? I mean WOW !! You are one lucky man john.

Well, That's all I have for today, 
I'm thinking about posting another post soon...a recipe maybe who knows.
Let me know what you think !

Friday, March 28, 2014

Nails & Tea

The best quick relaxation combo any girl should do?....
So I decided to go and get a manicure since my nails were in dire need of attention, but of course it can't be all that fun without a friend by your side so that you could be chatting away and forgetting the world for an hour.

Tea is a must to help the process of relaxation, but those marshmallows on the side... YUM.  My sister (who came with me) gobbled up both our meringues - apparently they were delicious.

Luckily for me, my manicurist had the softest touch and was very careful when doing my nails, i loved it.
I don't know about you but when i don'y feel comfortable during a session, i think that it is NEVER worth it, especially once you get hurt or it's not up to your standards, well then believe me, everything goes downhill from that point on.

Since it's spring now and everybody is having a hard time dealing with hay fever (esoecially yours truly) I found that this recipe helps keep evryhing in check.

The ingredients:
- A mug of your choice
- Lemon slices 
- Honey
- Twinnings - Revitalizing Lemon & Ginger Tea  

Add water into your mug and plce the tea bag inside, once that has settled for a while take out the tea bag nd place as many lemon slices as you'd like. I put in just one.

For some sweetness, add a couple table spoons of honey - or as much as your sweet tooth would like to have. 
Voila !! The prefect relaxing, soothing, delicious cup of tea.

Nearly forgot to mention my current nail colour obsession !! I have been wearing this colour for the past 3 or 4 months. Its perfect, not quite winter, not quite spring. It fits all the seasons.

The colour i have on is Essie's - Sand Tropez.

How are you handling your spring time?

Healthy Weekend Lunch

What better way to say hello to the weekend than with a great stop at the local Healthy food restaurant called GIA right after classes. We ordered A LOT of food which sadly i didn't take pictures of all of it because salivating hungry self just dived right in. 
This place is absolutely yummers, i love their simple menu and the food is pretty delicious if i do say so myself.  
It is a nice cleanse and change from the everyday food we eat, I'm going to try to be a lot more healthy from now on (key word TRY here - so any of my friends reading ... don't judge if i fall off the wagon every now and then hehe)

On the left, ratatouille pastry.

 Greek salad, fresh green apple juice , 2 kinds of quinoa salads

Aubergine with yogurt, pine nuts, pomegranate and i think spinach although i'm not quite sure

Something with chicken (not mine because i'm a vegetarian) so excuse me for not having the name of the dsh and freshly made lemonade.

Roasted vegetables quinoa salad.

Other things i didn't take pictures of : 
- Roasted potatoes with a hint of lemon, rosemary leaves and whole garlic cloves (my favorite thing on the menu). 

Not to mention, a great view to enjoy.

Hope you have a lovely, healthy weekend too !!

Friday, March 21, 2014

What I Did for Arabic Mothers' Day | 21st March '14

Here in the middle east, we celebrate mothers day on march 21st (I'm not really sure why though that it is a separate day from the rest of the world).  Anyway, I thought I'd show you what I did for MY mom, it might inspire you to do the same.

Now, to be honest, I'm a bit disappointed with a few things because they did not turn up quite as planned and I could not get my hands on some things that I really wanted ( like a balloon that said MOM). 
But generally, it was quite a success and my mother absolutely LOVED every single little thing and detail.

I placed all the gifts I bought for my mom in a lovely white basket and just tied some ribbon around it to give it that extra pop of colour.

Here, I took some mason jars, removed their lid and tied some rope ribbon around the lid area. A tiny bow sufficed. It doesn't have to be perfect. (As much of an OCD person as I am, I just thought that i would let it go this one time) 
I poured some water into the jugs and put in a small white candle. (Thank you pinterest)

Since, it was an extremely beautiful night outside, I placed everything in our canopy and added some walkway lights to brighten up the scene. This is what it looked like (Of course it is much more beautiful in real life)

For those of you wondering what is inside this goody basket, here is a list:

-Flowers, a pink mixture of baby roses and some white regular roses
- A set of matching lace teapot, cream/Milk Jug, and mug
- A Hallmark stand that says MOM and other things
- A small goodie bag from victorias secret 
- A Shirt dress nightie from Etam
- Last but not least, a lovely, gorgeous, exquisite card for mothers from hallmark

The cake was magnificent, a Victoria cake with some fruit and it went just perfectly with the colour scheme.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to do something special as well. 
What did you do for mothers day? Or are planning to do?

Sara x