May 26, 2016

Things I Am Loving This Month

May Favorites

May Favorites by chrissyza 

I thought I'd share some of the things I am loving this month. I really enjoy seeing what you guys like and share on your blogs, so here goes:

I got 2 new pairs of shoes: a pair of new Nikes in grey (I already got those last month) and let me just tell you, wearing them feels like walking on clouds. I think it is safe to say that they are by far the most comfortable sneakers I have ever owned.

And I got a new pair of Birks. I usually go for the Gizeh, but I thought this time I'd go with the more classic version, the Arizona. We do have a Birkenstock outlet about 10 minutes away from us, so I will not completely eliminate the thought of getting another pair sometime later this summer.

The wooden ampersand - my daughter knows how much I adore them and when she saw one like the one pictured above on sale, she got it for me. She just knows me.

The Chicago print: I can never have too many Chicago prints and pics and as I am in the process of putting together prints and pics for a picture wall in our family room, the mister thought this one would fit perfectly. This one is actually from Target, but he somehow found it somewhere here in Germany.

I am not much of a make up fanatic and I keep things to a limit, but I do need a concealer these days (we're all getting older guys and those dark circles ain't pretty) and this one from Urban Decay really works wonders for me. It also lasts pretty long, so I don't have to worry about that at work.

Applying body lotion after every shower is something I am really bad at. It takes so long and I hate the feeling when putting on clothes and they stick to my body because I didn't wait long enough. This body wash is perfect for those days when I don't have the time to wait.

I fell in love with that Pandora ring while strolling through the city a few weeks ago. There is this little Pandora flagship store (which used to be a Swatch store) and it was on display. I must have mentioned how much I liked it, because the mister got it for our wedding anniversary at the end of April for me. Yay.

And last but not least my new perfume from Narciso Rodriguez. I already shared this in March, that's when I got it, but I just had to share it again. I think I might have found my scent. I have never had a perfume that suits me so well. And I have never been asked what scent I'm wearing as often as I have been lately. I don't wear it every day. I like switching things around. And I don't like being wasteful with it…but I really think this could be the scent I will wear forever.

What are some of your favorites this month? And have you found that one scent for yourself, too?

Hugs xxx

May 25, 2016

How I Feel In 5 Words.

It's been raining from day one of my week long vacation. Plans had to be cancelled and changed which was actually a real bummer. But we are trying to make the best of it heading to the Planetarium of Stuttgart today. The weather is said to clear up during the day and by Friday the temps should be somewhere around the 70's at least. 

I met a co-worker at the grocery store yesterday who also took this week off as our kids still have a week of vacation left. He had plans of going on bike rides and to the park with his 3 kids but that didn't work out - he was pretty bummed out as well. We laughed about it and tried to brush it off, both hoping for the forecast to be true, so we at least have a sunny weekend ahead.

Well, those are just the things that can happen. Life. We'll have to try and make the best of it, which will definitely include a movie night at home tonight.

Today I am:

1. Optimistic.

2. Disappointed.

3. Positive.

4. Content.

5. Amused.

A lot going on in the emotion department. Oh well…

What about you? How are you today and how is the weather in your corner of the world? Is it playing tricks on you as well?

Happy Wednesday, guys xxx

May 24, 2016

Change Of Plans

Change Of Plans

You might remember that we were planning a trip to Berlin for this week. The hotel was booked and everything was planned out for 3 days of fun in the capital city of Germany. And then, well, then weather happened. It was fine until Sunday - the temps were in the low 80's with a light breeze - it would have been perfect for a trip to the city. 

But, then on Monday we woke up to temps in the high 50's and rain. Constant rain. Without end. I checked the weather app on my iPhone, I checked the weather channel and I looked at the online forecast for the next few days - and they all predicted no change for the entire week. Well, awesome. 

Who wants to walk around a city in the pouring rain. There would be no picture taking possible, looking at outdoor sights like the Holocaust Memorial wouldn't be much fun either, walking around the shopping miles or going to the park wouldn't be either.

So, long story short, we cancelled our trip and will delay it to another time, probably some time during summer - the weather might be a bit more steady then. Well, it better be.

We will just do some other activities during our week off, like going to an indoor water park, visiting the planetarium or going to a new mall in Stuttgart, because I promised Leonie the chance to spend some of her birthday money she got.

We'll make the best of it and are looking forward to lots of quality time together and cannot wait to take that trip to Berlin later this year. 

Did you ever decide to cancel a trip due to bad weather or because of something else?

Hugs xxx

May 23, 2016

Weekend Recap

Weekend Recap

It's been a fun weekend. The temps were in the low 80's, the sun was shining constantly and we had a blast spending most of our time outdoors. Saturday included a trip to the hardware store to get a few things for our backyard. We are in the process of putting up a new privacy fence, the mister is building it on his own, so he needed some supplies. I took the chance to stock up on some flowers for my pots on the patio and I also added a few shrubs for the garden.

Yesterday was spent tending to my flower beds, weeding, pruning some bushes and my buxus. I love buxus and the way you can "form" it. We replaced the stone border around our flower beds, because the old one had been grown in over the years, so we decided to get a new border and replace the old one. We didn't quite finish all of it though, because there is a lot to replace and we were in the blazing sun and couldn't take it anymore at some point. 

But I am really pleased with how far we've gotten and I have to keep looking at it, because everything looks so neat after a good cleaning up. Now the plants can "breathe" again and new things can grow.

Ok, now tell me, how was your weekend and what were you up to?

Happy Monday xxx

May 20, 2016

Happy Friday | V16.20

Happy Friday | V16.20

Crazy to think another week is already coming to an end, time is flying by and summer's almost here. Don't those raspberries just look delicious. They are one of my favorite fruits - I planted a few raspberry bushes in my garden a few years ago and they keep spreading and growing - I pick them and eat them straight from the plant! Love it!

It's been a short work week here in Germany, but it oddly felt like forever. I am so looking forward to having next week off and hopefully to a fun getaway.

Here are some of my HAPPY MOMENTS this week:

1. New plants for my garden

2. Riding my new bike

3. Walks with the pup in the sun.

4. Movie date with my girl (Angry Birds)

5. Popcorn

6. One pant size down

7. Popsicles

8. Fresh cut grass

9. New eye shadow and lipstick

10. Planning the mister's birthday surprise

Ok, what about you? What were some of your Happy Moments in the past few days?

Linking up with these beauties! LindsayKrystenCharlotte.

Happy Friday xxx

May 19, 2016

Blogging Habits

If you are anything like me, you didn't really know what you were doing when you started blogging. And that is absolutely ok and normal. No one is perfect at something when getting started. But over time you learn. You see things others do, you read about it and you try it out for yourself. 

I remember when I started my first blog back in 2010 other bloggers weren't that open about how they did things. These days you can find so many helpful tips and tutorials on other blogs, it's literally amazing and also a lot of fun, because I love learning new things and trying them out on my blog.

But beside learning things like html, link ups, blog buttons, social media buttons etc. you also start developing habits and a schedule. You figure out what kind of posts suit you best and you find out what your readers love about you and your blog.

Some bloggers have a firm schedule - they blog about one certain topic every week on a specific day, like I post my "How I Feel In 5 Words" and I have learned that a lot of my readers are looking forward to that exact post and let me tell you, I love that!

I also did the Project 52 for a few years in a row and loved the routine of showcasing my week in photos once every week. I just figured I needed to take a break from it, because things can get a little boring and need some changing up every once in a while.

Another habit of mine is that I try and sit down on Sundays to write my posts for the coming week. I never schedule more than one week in advance, because otherwise it would be impossible for me as a lifestyle blogger to blog about current things. Things that just happened which I want to share with you. 

What are some of your blogging habits? Do you write according to a strict schedule?

Happy Thursday xxx

May 18, 2016

How I Feel In 5 Words.

How are you?

Since it's a short work week for us here in Germany, I am feeling pretty good today, as it is only my second work day this week. Things have been a bit slower at the office in the past few days, so I have no reason to complain.

Today I feel:

1. Relaxed.

2. Content.

3. Excited.

4. Fulfilled.

5. Open.

I took next week off since the kids here are on vacation for 2 weeks and we are planning a trip to Berlin - so I am pretty stoked about that! I will tell you more when things are final!

Now let me know how you are today and how your week has been so far?

Happy Wednesday xxx

May 17, 2016

How I Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated.
Life is busy and sometimes a little overwhelming. It can be hard to stay focused and it can be even harder to stay motivated. It's strange, at times you can be so full of energy and ideas that you wish the day had more hours for you to get it all done. Other times you feel tired and empty and you have to push yourself to keep going, which can be a really hard task when there is no motivation at all.
Those are the times where you would rather crawl back into bed, let the world be the world and just sleep it off. But, as we all know, it's not that easy and hardly anyone can afford to just "sleep it off", so we have to find ways to motivate ourselves. There are some easy things I do, whenever I feel this lack of energy.
1. Take a walk with the dog or ride my bike.
2. Listen to a favorite song.
3. Have a cup of coffee or tea.
4. Flip through the pages of a magazine.

5. Call a friend.

6. Gardening - I love spending time in my backyard.

7. Read a chapter of my current book.

8. Visit my local craft store - always so inspiring.

These are all simple ways to feel inspired - nothing fancy, but at least one of them help me most of the time.

What are things you do to stay motivated or to get motivation back?

Hugs xxx
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