10 Things I do to destress

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you 10 of my destress methods, when I feel tense and stressed. Stress isn’t good for your mind, nor your body, so I try not to let it get it in my head too much, but you know, sometimes the world doesn’t move like you want  or you just have to much on your plate. So here are 10 things I do when I’m stressed and need a timeout:

Read a book

I’m a book sucker. I love reading and it’s one of the things I love most doing to destress. Other than watching a movie I really feel involved in the story line and my imagination just runs wild when I read. Simply put, you just don’t have time to think about your life, because you’re imagining this world created by an author. Here are 5 books I would recommend for you, that I absolutely loved:

At the beginning of this year I also took some time to write down book titles that I wanted to read. I thought I would share them with you! Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments and tell me what you thought about them! Here are my Top 5 “Want to Read” books:

Listen to music

Music can just be as addicting as a good book. So of course this is on my list of things to destress. A good song can change your mood in seconds. Sometimes when I feel extremely stressed I pick one song (whatever one comes to my mind) and dance to it, you can literally feel the stress fading away. My playlist changes monthly, so here is what I’ve been listening to these past couple of weeks:

Coloring

If you’ve seen my January Favorites 2016 you know that a Coloring Book for Adults has been a favorite of mine. And it is a great way to destress! There are so many great options out there so everyone can find something they’re going to like. Here are 5 options of a coloring book:

Take a bath

I love a good hot bath! I usually go bathing once a week, mostly on Sundays! It’s so relaxing and you get to just lay there and do nothing or read a book! When I get the chance I use my favorite Lush bath bomb (Pink Bath Bomb) but anything that makes bubbles I love, there are even relaxing scents in the bath section in a drugstore near by! I love it!

Do Yoga

So, this has been added quite recently to be honest, but I’ve been doing Yoga for about 2 weeks now, and it’s strangely very calming. I follow the instructions of Adrienne, she has her own YouTube Channel called Yoga with Adrienne and I love her, she has a very calm voice and her Yoga for Beginners Video is the one I’m doing most of the time, but when I’m stressed I follow the instructions of this video:

Turn my phone off

Yes, that’s a thing! You can actually turn your phone off and trust me when I say it’s the most relaxing thing EVER! We’re so used to be connected with the outside world, that we don’t actually experience it anymore, so to turn your phone off, whether it’s for an hour or a whole day, changes a lot! I don’t do this regularly, but when I feel anxious and stressed, I turn my phone off and don’t use any device that connects to the internet! I just take a book, or a coloring book, and read or color in. It’s super de-stressing and the urge to look at your phone every 5 minutes is gone very soon! Trust me.

Go on a walk

Fresh air and exercise is probably one of the best things you can do when you feel claustrophobic and stressed! It clears your mind so much and I absolutely love to go on walks! Sometimes I go alone and sometimes I ring a friend up and walk with her. Nature is a very calming thing and to see something else than just the screen of a computer or whatever it is you do daily is a good way to destress!

Watch YouTube Videos

Now this might seems to be a bit out there, but it works for me. I love watching videos, my favorite kind are Vlogs or funny compilation videos. To have a sneak in somebody else’s life, especially when they are productive and positive turns my mood around in an instance and I want to do stuff. And to watch a funny compilation videos I mean who doesn’t do that, right? Laughing is, and always has been, the best medicine for everything. Who do you like to watch? I’m always on the look for new YouTubers to watch. Tell me in the comments.

Baking

I love baking more than cooking. Not just because I think I am a better baker than cook, but mostly because the result is much prettier. I love trying new things and explore the world of sweets and healthier options of my favorite things and I find it very relaxing to put together the ingredients and create something with my hands. Over the last couple of months I created a lot of new things and shared them with you, so if you want to give baking a go as a destress method, here are three of my baking recipes:

Hanging out with friends

Last but not least, hanging out with my friends. I love my friends, hence why they are my friends, but when I’m with them I always feel better and forget the world a bit, while we’re goofing around. This is probably THE BEST WAY to destress, hanging out with your friends, talking with them, laughing until you’re crying, watching a movie or try out the fun filters on SnapChat (by the way if you want to follow me there, my username is: xoxojasmin91).

I hope I could give you a good overview on the things I do when I need to destress! Let me know in the comments, what your ideas are!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

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Valentine’s Day – Best Friend Edition – 2016

Hey my loves,

Valentine’s Day is coming up and sometimes you’re not in a relationship and don’t want to spend your day all alone, you want to spent it with your better half, your best friend. So I thought I bring to you some of my ideas what you could do to avoid drifting into the Valentine’s blues. You could do numerous things, for example watch a movie (I’m going to see Deadpool *.*) or you could make your own spa at home. But whatever it is, make sure to have fun with it! So here are my ideas:

Watch Movies or binge watch your favorite TV Shows together

I love watching movies with my friends, especially when they are movies you can laugh about or make fun of. Here is a list of movies, you could watch:

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The Guardian, Guardians of the Galaxy, Olympus has Fallen, John Wick, The Walk, Oz the Great and Powerful, Red Dawn, Armageddon, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Hot Pursuit, The Bucket List, 2012, This Means War
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A Million Ways to die in the West, Jennifer’s Body, A Thousand Words, Aloha, 22 Jump Street, Silver Linings, 21 Jump Street, The Proposal, Love & Other Drugs
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A Walk to Remember, The Other Woman, Forrest Gump, Cruel Intentions, Penelope, The Last Song, Easy A, The Notebook, Eat Pray Love, 10 Things I hate about you, What’s your number, Bachelorette, 13 Going on 30, Dear John, The Ugly Truth
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X-Men, Independence Day, Matrix, The Butterfly Effect, Pacific Rim, Fantastic Four, Godzilla, Battleship, Inception
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House at the End of the Street, Funny Games, The Hitcher, Black Swan, The Ring, The Eye, Se7en, Pulse, Deadline, The Ward, The Unborn, Chloe, Mirrors, Scar 3D, The Roommate, The Oxford Murders, And Soon the Darkness
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My Sister’s Keeper, Coach Carter, Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, Southpaw, The Impossible, The Freedom Writers, The Blind Side
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Ray, Rise of the Guardians, Step Up, Big Hero 6, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike, Frozen, 8 Mile, Honey, Despicable Me, Grease, School of Rock, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Finding Nemo

Cook or Bake Together

I find it always very fun to cook/bake with friends, you get to talk and can try out new recipes together. Here is one of my favorite recipes for a Devil’s Food Cake:

Ingredients:

  • 280g Butter (at Room Temperature)
  • 4cl Espresso
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 200ml Milk
  • 110 Cacao Powder (unsweetened)
  • 220g Flour
  • 300g Sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 300g Dark Chocolate
  • 200ml Cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Put 130g of the butter, espresso, honey and milk in a pot and warm it up on low heat until the butter has completely melted.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the cacao powder, flour, baking powder and the vanilla.
  3. Beat the eggs in another bowl until they are frothy. Then add the liquid butter mixture and after you whisk everything together add your dry ingredients.
  4. Spread the mixture into your cake tin and put the cake into the oven for ca. 25 minutes.
  5. Chop your dark chocolate into small chunks and heat the cream up in a small pot on low heat. Mix the rest of the butter with the chocolate and pour over the hot cream and mix until smooth. Let the mixture cool for ca. 10 minutes.
  6. Spread the chocolate mixture onto your cooled down cake and decorate with whatever you like.

If you want something more healthier you could always try my Couscous Chicken Salad!


Make your own mask & do a Mani-Pedi for each other

I love a good spa session at home. I find it very relaxing and to do it with your best friend makes it so much fun. You could manicure each other hands and get creative or make your own face mask. I tend to do my own mask, whenever I don’t have any from the drugstore at hand. I can just speak for myself and I really like it, but I can’t promise that you might not have a reaction to it.

Greek Yogurt Mask with Honey & Lemon

  • 3 tbsp. greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 squeezed lemon

I usually leave it on for about 15-25 Minutes and then I wash my face with some water and moisturize. You could also do those: Homemade Face Mask Recipes or it’s always easier to just buy masks. Or I also find this quite helpful DIY Yogurt Masks:

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I hope I could give you an idea of what to do on Valentine’s Day! Let me know in the comments what your plans are? I’m going to watch Deadpool, so excited!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

 

 

 

January Favorites – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing my January Favorites with you! What were your favorites this month? Tell me in the comments.

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Beauty Favorites

The Balm – Mary-Lou Manizer

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I love this so much! I bought it a couple of weeks ago and have been using it every day! It definitely is worth it’s money! You can buy it here: FeelUnique – The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Bourjois – Bronzing Powder in 52 Peaux Mates

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A long time I have been using a drugstore bronzer from Catrice, but since buying this product I could never go back to it. This is absolutely amazing! It looks so flawless and natural, I love it! You can buy it here: FeelUnique – Bourjois Bronzing Powder

EOS – Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry

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This product became quickly one of my favorite lip balms of all time, it’s moisturizing and smells great and even though I have been using it for pretty much every day for two months it still looks like it did in the beginning! You can buy it here: Evolution of Smooth – Lip Balm

Lancome – La Vie est Belle – L’eau de parfum (Try Version)

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This parfum was a gift I got for Christmas, I got it in a small try version together with the other versions of this product. I love the smell of this! It’s amazing! You can buy it here: Amazon – Lancome La Vie est Belle L’eau de Parfum

KIKO Milano – Rebel Bouncing Blush in 03 Treasure Rose

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I only own this product a little over a week, but I have been using it everyday since then! It’s amazing and the color is great! If you want to know a little more head over to this entry: KIKO Milano Haul If you want to give this product a try, you can buy it here: KIKO Milano Germany – Blush

Essence – All that Greys Eyeshadow Palette in 01 – 7 Shades of Rose and Grey

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Lately I’ve been into smoky eyes even during the daytime and this product has been my go-to ever since! I love essence eyeshadow palettes a lot, you get a lot for your money and with a primer underneath, the eyeshadows stay on all day! I love this palette, if you can find it in your local store try it!


 

Non-Beauty Favorites

Busy B – 2016 Busy Life Diary

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This calendar is amazing! I have been looking for something like this a long time. I wanted a calendar in which I can have one site for my blog and other things and one side for my Uni stuff, and the little reminder pages before each quarters is amazing! You have to have this in your life, I bought it here: Amazon

Coloring Book for Adults

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This might seem odd, but I got this as a present from one of my best friends and I absolutely love it! We talked about it a while ago and she surprised me with it! Coloring books for adults is a great way to destress and just let go for once, I have almost colored everything in, and it has been a great time for me. The exact coloring book I own you can buy here: Amazon

Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

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Why this book is in my monthly favorites, you can find out here: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects – Review


Music Favorites

Pretty much the whole album “Badlands” by Halsey (iTunes) and “Royality” by Chris Brown (iTunes) have been my favorite this past month. Especially Halsey’s album runs on repeat!


 

That’s pretty much all it! I hope you enjoyed this entry, if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Finding Positivity & Happiness – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I want to talk about positivity and happiness, so I thought I’m gonna share my view on them with you. Let me know in the comments, what ways you have to stay positive and happy.

4Staying positive seems always hard, especially when you feel like life is making it hard for you. But let’s face it, maybe your just afraid to let go of things that are negative in your life, maybe you need to learn to say “FU, I don’t need that!“. I obviously don’t mean it in a harmful way, but in a way of letting it go.

Don’t bother with thinking too much about stuff, and just let time sort it out. Mostly our problems (or the problems we think we have) will sort out themselves. Staying positive is a choice and you have to make that choice. You have to choose a positive attitude –  yes, things might go wrong, but that’s how it goes. You learn from your experience. One bad thing shouldn’t minimize your standard in life. One bad thing shouldn’t be the reason do be all negative. Choose to look at the problems and difficulties in another way, look at it like that: “If you can’t change it, don’t get angry or be bothered about it. Find a way of making it work.“ There’s always a way, trust me – you may not see it right away but in the end you see that it wasn’t even that big of a deal.

When you face a situation that’s negative, don’t bottle up – just take a minute and breathe. Taking time to look at everything from another perspective always helps. Sleeping on it,too.

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Choose to be positive. Life’s not worth living being miserable and negative. It’s much healthier for you and your environment, when you stay positive. It leads to a much happier life.

The key to a happy life is to choose positivity and happiness. Yeah, you could have the worst day ever, but one smile, one laughter – even if it is just the tiniest giggle – should mean something to you. This world is full of negativity and hate, people need to understand that it’s a choice to hate, to be negative as is being happy and positive. Just because you’re having a bad day doesn’t mean you have to let it out on people. You never know, a smile to a stranger might be just what they needed. I know for a fact, that when I have a bad day and I’m let’s say at the grocery store and the cashier is friendly & polite and smiles, it makes me happier. Realize that happiness doesn’t mean having everything you want and being problem-free all the time.

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A smile, a laughter are contagious. Remember that!

And I’m by no means saying that you’re not allowed to be mad or sad, because we all have those days, but deal with it on your own and your friends and families and not strangers. Just because you’re having a bad day doesn’t mean others day needs to be ruined. Everyone’s allowed a piece of happiness.

I for myself struggle a lot to stay positive, but I see it as a journey. Yes, there might be days where I just wanna scream and shout, because “it just gets too much“, but there are always days where I’m filled with happiness and joy and am full of life. There are so many things we should be grateful & happy about it. Sometimes it’s just that ONE song that makes you wanna dance or it’s a friend who just knows to say the right things to make you feel better or even surprises you when you least expect it, but let’s face it: Life’s a rollercoaster of emotions, you just need to learn what’s worth being in your life and what’s important.

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Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. – Harry Potter

I hope I could make clear what my thoughts are and give you a little help for those who may be struggling to stay positive and happy.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

DIY – Photo Booth Props

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you a DIY I did for my birthday! It was so much fun using them! Make sure to check out the entry on Friday to see some of the photos! I’m going through every step with you, I hope you like this!


 

things you will need

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • White Pen
  • Pencil
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • different colors of papers 
  • glitter 
  • printouts (I found mine on Pinterest) 
  • wooden sticks

instructions

  1. Print out your printable or think about your own design. Look here: Pinterest – Photo Booth Props Printable or here: Pinterest – Photo Booth Props Search
  2. Cut out your printable or draw your own design on the paper. 
  3. Connect the hot glue gun to power.
  4. Place your printable on the paper and draw on the shape:3
  5. Cut out the shape and then decide if you want to proceed with glueing it on the wooden stick or maybe glam it up a bit.
  6. If you want to glam your prop up a bit, use the glitter or write something on it: 5
  7. Take the hot glue gun and make a dot on the back of your paper, stick on your wooden stick and wait until the glue is cold. 
  8. Continue these steps (except Step 3) until you have as many props as you want to have!

Result

Here is my result of an evening of DIY-ing!

Stay tuned for the results of the photos next friday! I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you do make sure to give it a thumbs up and leave a comment!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

Still Alice – A Review – @OriginalSGreenD

This year, Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal in the movie “Still Alice”. When I went to see the movie at the theater with my mother, we didn’t yet know it was based on a book by the same name. My mother found the book by accident and immediately bought it because she thought, if the book is just half as good as the movie that was made from it, I need to have it. And she was right.

Now, if you haven’t read the book, it’s alright. The movie is an excellent adaption, the differences in content between the two mediums are marginal. Also, if you haven’t seen the movie either, no worries, you can read this entry anyways, because, logically thinking, there are no spoilers for this story. Alice is a woman who finds out she has Alzheimer’s disease, and once you learn this – which is very early on in the story – you know what’s going to happen. This is not a feel-good movie with a happy ending. Alzheimer’s is not curable, and its symptoms can only get worse as the disease progresses. Hence, you already know the starting and the ending point before you have even opened the book: the story begins with Alice showing symptoms like short-term memory loss and difficulty finding the right words, and it ends with Alice not remembering who and where she is. However, it’s not the ending that counts so much as the how she got there.

It begins with Alice Howland, renowned professor at Harvard with a PhD in Psychology (in the movie she is a linguist, while in the book she is a psychologist also researching in the field of linguistics and psycholinguistics; I guess for the movie they changed it for simplicity’s sake), holding a speech in front of hundreds of students, something she does every week, and suddenly missing the word “lexicon”. It will not come to her, no matter how hard she tries remembering. She ends up paraphrasing it and moving on without paying it much mind, but these kinds of issues start occurring more and more often. At one point she goes on a run around Harvard square, where she lives with her husband and has been working for the last 25 years, and suddenly loses orientation, not knowing where she is. A while later she forgets to visit a conference in Chicago that she had been preparing for extensively. Alice knows something is up, and she goes to see a doctor, and she is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at only 50 years old.

From that point on, Alice’s symptoms grow steadily worse. And for Alice, losing her mind means losing herself. For someone who has defined their entire life and being by their intelligence, as a Harvard professor probably does, losing their memory means losing everything. Alice knows she will forget who her children are, and who her husband is, and to prevent that, she writes herself a list of questions, like “where do you live?” and “when is your oldest daughter’s birthday?”, and she says to herself, when I cannot answer these questions anymore, I will kill myself. The novel shows Alice’s progressing deterioration by letting her answer these questions frequently, and every time she gives these answers to herself, we see that every time a small piece of information is missing, right to the point near the ending when the answers are only fragmentary or downright wrong. But when Alice tries to kill herself, she is already too far gone and just forgets before she can go through with it.

This novel is very hard to read. Not because it is overly complicated, or because its style is poor, but because you read it and you feel it, you can understand and perfectly relate to anything Alice goes through, until the ending when Alice doesn’t recognize her family anymore, gives them nicknames like “the nice man” or “the actress”. You cannot help but get involved in the story, and it hurts. If a story can achieve this, it’s fantastic. “Still Alice” is a fantastic story, brilliantly structured, well written. I’m not sure if I’ll ever read it again, but if you haven’t yet, you should do so.

Miri

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