12.31.2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year
Here it is - the last day of 2015. I can hardly believe it. I remember last December 31st like it just happened. I am saying good bye to a wonderful 2015 which has helped me believe in the good again after a crappy 2014 and welcoming 2016 with open arms hoping it will be an even better one!

Dear friends, thank you so much for your daily visits and heartfelt comments! I am so grateful for each and everyone of you! You are so wonderful and inspiring - DANKE!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year - see you on the other side!

Hugs xxx

12.30.2015

How I feel in 5 Words.

“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell just to keep getting your fix.” —Karen Marie Moning


I found this saying on Stumbleupon this morning and had to share. You know I am a sucker for sayings and quotes - this one is perfect.

It's the last Wednesday of the year - might as well make the best of it. Feeling all the feels because of it. Here's what's going on with my emotions today:

1. Excited.

2. Anxious.

3. Content.

4. Giddy.

5. Melancholy.

So excited for the New Year but also a bit sad to let the old one go. It was a good one. It treated us well. Thank you 2015 for bringing me back to my old self, for helping me restore my faith and my passion. It has taken a while but 2015 made me whole again. (spoiler alert for my OLW)

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday - please do share your emotions in the comments - I would love to hear them!

Hugs xxx

12.29.2015

2016 G O A L S


2016 Goals


New Year's resolutions just aren't for me, all I achieve from them is to not achieve them. And that's frustrating - I don't want to feel like I failed. So I rather set myself goals without putting too much pressure on myself, that way I can decide along the way if I will be able to achieve them or not. And that's totally okay. 

Last year's goals were perfect for me, as I needed some time to find back to my normal self after an awful 2014 and so my goals had to somewhat match my state of mind back then. And they did. I think I did pretty well with most of them. I didn't read as much as I wanted to, because most of my spare time went into knitting or gardening (during summer) and we didn't do as much as a couple as I had wished for, but we are working on it and whenever we do go out, we have one hell of a time, so I guess that counts.

This year's goals are pretty similar. There are just a few more things I want to focus on.

1. Get fit - I have had this on my list so many times and always started out so good, but never reached my goal. This time I REALLY want to get fit, lose the damn weight ONCE AND FOR ALL, be more healthy and lose the damn weight.

2. Travel more - The past few years have been all about work and getting our finances straight - we really rocked in that department last year and decided to "reward" ourselves with something we all enjoy. We are hoping to be able to visit Chicago in 2016 and maybe spend the summer vacation in Spain, Italy or Greece - we are still figuring out the details!

3. More couple time - We really need to work on this and so we are planning a few weekend getaways as a couple. Berlin has been on my bucket list for way too long, the mister really wants to take a trip to the mountains somewhere, maybe a spa retreat in Austria or Switzerland and there will be a few more destinations we want to visit.

4. Spend more time with friends - We are all always so busy with work and the daily grind and never really take the time for our friends, right? I want to change that so badly, because they are the people walking through life with us.

5. Girl time - Leonie is growing up so fast, she will be 13 next May and I want to make sure to do as much as I can together with her as long as she still wants to spend time with me. One day she will prefer her friends and I want to take as much quality time with her as I possibly can. 

6. Blog - I want to grow my blog and connect with other like-minded bloggers even more and share my shenanigans with all of you.

What about you? Do you make New Year's resolutions or set yourself goals? I would really love to hear them!

Enjoy the last days of 2015 - hugs xxx

12.28.2015

Project 52 | Week 51

Project 52 | Week 51
Christmas was wonderful - low key, with family enjoying just being together, talking, laughing, eating and drinking. Pretty crazy how fast it all went down and now we are already counting the days til 2016. How crazy is that, you guys!

I am certain that it will be an amazing year, I can feel it and I know it will be wonderful. Cannot wait to see what it has in store for all of us! 

So, how are you spending the last few days of the year?

Hugs xxx

12.27.2015

Sunday Thoughts | After Christmas is before New Year's

After Christmas
With the magic of Christmas slowly drifting away - our minds are wandering towards the New Year. Thinking about what this year was like, reminiscing about the good and the bad. Looking forward to a new start, a fresh beginning filled with excitement about what the next year has prepared for us. 

Last year I was in a completely different state of mind - this year has been so much better in every way possible - I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for us.

Wishing you all a wonderful ending to 2015 - make the best of the last few days and prepare yourselves for an awesome New Year.

Hugs xxx

12.26.2015

H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S

As most of you probably have, I took the past 2 days off from blogging. Us Gemans open presents on Christmas Eve, so for the kids it's the most important part of Christmas. What can I say, the gifts were a huge success this year - everyone was happy and pleased with what was under the tree. Family was over, good food was had, yummy drinks were devoured and this morning we slept in - pure bliss!

Today another part of the family will be over, a few more gifts will be exchanged and then we will all enjoy the rest of the weekend, planning a fun day for tomorrow, just the 3 of us. We'll see what the day will bring.

How is your Christmas this year? I hope your days are merry and bright and you are surrounded by loved ones!

Hugs xxx

12.23.2015

How I feel in 5 Words.

How are you


Today's my last day of work for this year - wow, it's still hard to believe even though the calendar really does show December 23rd no matter how often I check. This past year has been a year of development and growth for me, my OLW for 2015 was THRIVE, so I guess that counts for something. It has been a wonderful year and I hope 2016 will be as equally good if not even better.
 
Today I am giddy to get off work, finish up the gift wrapping and then maybe some knitting, a movie and a cuppa on the couch to finally get into the Christmas spirit and unwind.
 
1. Content.
 
2. Excited.
 
3. Anxious.
 
4. Hopeful.
 
5. Ready.
 
How are you today? Are you in the Christmas Spirit yet?
 
Happy December 23rd!
Hugs xxx


12.22.2015

Currently...

Currently...
Today is December 22nd - 2 more days and Christmas here in Germany will be in full swing. I still have one more day of work to go - tomorrow will be my last day at the office this year. Just last night I had a conversation with my man about how crazy it seems that the year is already coming to an end. Didn't it just get started? But, I am looking forward to the New Year, there's just something so appealing to a new beginning!
 
Here's what's going on over here lately:
 
reading: cookbooks to change things up a bit for our Christmas menue
knitting: a winter hat for myself #selfishknitting
watching: The Affair
listening: Pentatonix Christmas to Me
cooking: light meals tp prepare for Christmas eating
wondering: if we'll ever get snow again
pondering: whether or not to invite a certain person for the Holidays
watching: my girl turning into a young woman
snacking: on lots of veggies - NOT - Christmas Cookies
wanting: just some rest and peace
hoping: for 2016 to be AMAZING
needing: a good night's sleep or two
laughing: with my man - we're such a great Team
contemplating: a new puppy - yay or nay...
 
How do you feel about Christmas being so close? Are you ready? And what's been going on in your neck of the woods lately? A lot of shopping stress?
 
Happy Tuesday
Hugs xxx
 


12.21.2015

#lastminutegifts

last minute gifts



Just a few ideas in case you are still in need of a last minute gift. No worries, there its still time left to get that perfect gift that might still be missing. Like I said, I got a few more things last Saturday, I feel much better now and I am truly confident that I am really ready now. Thank goodness.

Wishing you all a wonderful week - happy Monday.
Hugs xxx

12.20.2015

Sunday Thoughts | 4. Advent

4. Advent
The last Sunday before Christmas is here. Hard to believe, right? I did kind of get a little overwhelmed wondering if I was even ready for Christmas, but after taking a stroll through a local mall and purchasing a few things that were still on my list, I am now calm and feel confident that I am more than ready.

We had decided to not go all out with gift giving this time around. We gift ourselves all year long and so we don't feel the need or want to pressure ourselves with having to spend a fortune on gifts for this one day, just because it's Christmas. Don't get me wrong - we do go all out for our girl (subtle ironie)- after all Christmas is something magical especially for the kids, so we want her to have a wonderful time. But, with family and friends we decided to just do something thoughtful and small and everyone welcomed that idea. After all, sometimes it's these smaller but thoughtful gifts that stick with us the longest! Right?

I had fun picking something for the ones close to us - it wasn't that easy to find the "perfect" little something for them all, but I had a great time and I did not let the stress of others get to me. It's just not worth it. We ended our trip to the mall with yummy food and Starbucks for our drive home. All in all it was a fun day and now I am ready for the Christmas magic to take me all in all the while listening to "That's Christmas to me".

Happy 4. Advent!

Hugs xxx

12.19.2015

Saturday's Saying

Confucius

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs xxx

12.18.2015

Happy Friday | V15.17

Happy Friday
Can you believe it? One more week til Christmas? Wow - seems like this month is going by even faster than the last 11 did. I am glad we are getting so close to the holidays, even though it makes me kind of anxious. Do I really have all gifts I had on my list? Did I miss something? Anything?

It's always the same. Every single year, I get a head start to purchasing all presents and then a few days before the show goes down, I suddenly have this weird feeling of not having everything together. Or maybe having it all together? haha It might seem crazy. I am sure it is. But I think I might have to get some last minute pressies tomorrow just for the sake of it. haha Anyone?

But, let's move on to my happy moments of this past week. There were probably more than just these 10, but they somehow stood out:

1. Quality time with my girl.

2. Great laughs at work.

3. A special surprise from a friend.

4. Lunch date with someone dear to me.

5. Movie night with the fam.

6. Knitting, tea, couch and kitty on my lap = perfection.

7. Decorating our Christmas tree.

8. Proud mom moments.

9. Christmas cookie baking.

10. Getting my Christmas bonus.

# 8 is definitely my favorite one - sometimes moments arise when you're a parent that just make you proud of the human being you are trying to raise in a good way. Seeing how your child turns into a wonderful person, showing you that you seem to be doing a good job - what more can one ask for. I will definitely be writing more about this in the future.

But now it's your turn to share your happy moments of this week with us.

Happy Friday, everyone - thanks for stopping by!
Hugs xxx

12.17.2015

Things I love Thursday | Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers




Germans normally don't have stockings - we brought that tradition with us from our time in Chicago. It's just so much fun getting some little extra surprises. And to us they are very special - because they were hand-picked for each and every one of us. I guess you can say that the items I picked here are more on the female side - probably because I shop for a girl all the time. Although I, too, enjoy looking for little extra gifts for myself. Sometimes we just have to get something for ourselves - the art of gifting yourself.

What about you? Do you have stockings and if so, what is your go-to stocking stuffer?

Wishing you a wonderful day.
Hugs xxx

12.16.2015

How I feel in 5 Words.

How are you?
As the year is winding down my strength keeps diminishing and I am so very eager for my Christmas break. I am positive that this break is very well deserved and oh so much needed. My emotions seem to be all over the place, what with the ending of 2015, a new beginning right around the corner, the holidays only a few days away and so many things on my mind. Can you see it - the over thinker in me is coming forward. HA

This week seems to be dragging even more than last one and I am SO happy Wednesday is already here. Still interested in my feelings this week? Here they are:

1. E X H A U S T E D.

2. T I R E D.

3. R E L I E V E D.

4. D E V O T E D.

5. C O M P L A I S A N T.

Caps and stretched was needed to emphasize how all over the place my emotions are. haha I hope you don't mind. 

But, enough of me - HOW ARE Y O U?? Please share in the comments!

Hugs xxx

12.15.2015

German Christmas Traditions

German Christmas Market
image found here

Today I would like to tell you a bit about our Christmas traditions here in Germany. I thought it would be fun for you to see what kind of habits we have during holiday season. Some of which you probably have heard of at some point, some of which might be new for you.

Christmas is the most important holiday for German families - it's that time of year where we get together as a family to spend quality time with our loved ones. During the so-called pre-Christmas period, the weeks leading to Christmas, we decorate our homes, just like others, with christmassy decor, candles and fir tree branches, we put up a mistletoe and put up lots of lights. Germans usually have an Advent wreath or "arrangement" with 4 candles and each Sunday of December we light one of those candles until all 4 candles have been lit, which means all 4 Advent-Sundays have been celebrated.

The children get an Advent-Calendar to open a door, bag, box or whatever it's made of each day until Christmas Eve. Like elsewhere in the world they write a wish list of things they would like to have. The Advent Sundays are spent with family and friends who come together for coffee and cookies, mulled wine and German Lebkuchen (comparable to gingerbread) or stollen and read Christmas stories to the younger children.

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day - the children put a boot in front of their room at night and if they have been good throughout the year, St. Nicholas leaves it filled with goodies for them to find the next morning. But if they didn't behave his assistant "Knecht Ruprecht" leaves a rod for a spanking to punish the kids, or so the legend says. I never had a rod in my boot - it was always filled with little surprises as long as I can remember, so I am not sure about the saga of the rod. haha

Throughout the month of December we have Christmas Markets "Christkindlmarkets" like the one pictured above. I love the atmosphere and the smell of food, mulled wine and cinnamon when strolling along between the stands selling lots of goodies. People love getting together for food and  warm drinks, some purchase handmade presents or jewellery, I love buying at least one new tree ornament during this time.

Speaking of ornaments - you might have heard of the German tradition the Christmas pickle "Weihnachtsgurke" and the legend it beholds. To be honest, I hadn't heard of it until just recently. It seems more common on Bavaria - although no-one I know ever heard of it either. So I guess, different parts of the country also have different traditions.

We exchange presents on Christmas Eve. Usually part of the family goes to church for the Christmas Mass while mom or dad stay at home to prepare the gifts under the tree. When we get back from church we wait in front of the door until we hear a bell ringing letting us know we can enter the room because Santa or the "Christkind" left after bringing the presents. Well, at least this is how it was when I was a kid. Christmas morning is spent around the tree, having breakfast, looking at our gifts until we prepare our Christmas meal which is normally goose, duck or turkey. Some have fish, or lamb or a roast - however it's a meal shared with the entire family. On the 26th we go out for dinner after having spent 2 days at home cooking and hosting for the family.

Well, that's how we celebrate the holidays. I am sure, as I said before, depending on the part of Germany you come from traditions may vary, but for the most part this is it.

I hope you enjoyed this - if you even made it to the end. Sorry for being so lengthy today.

Happy Holidays xxx

12.14.2015

Project 52 | Week 50

German Christmas Market
Week 50 of 2015 was a busy but fun one. On Sunday we visited a Christmas Market near our hometown here in southern Germany, had some brats and mulled wine and enjoyed watching the crowds. I had promised myself beforehand that I would not let the pushing and pulling from all the people put a shadow on my good mood and I must say, I was successful. I have made it a goal of mine to not let other people's bad mood affect mine in any way - hope I can stick to that!

The weather this past week was oddly warm for this time of year around these parts. Normally we'd have more snow by now - but we only had a day of snow so far, wouldn't it be nice to have a white Christmas once again?!

How was your week? Did you do something fun? Please do tell!

Happy Monday
Hugs xxx

12.13.2015

Sunday Thoughts | Blurry

Blurry Life.

Happy Sunday.
Hugs xxx

12.12.2015

Saturday's Saying

A Quote for your day.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! Spend some time with your loved ones - it's the most important thing!

Hugs xxx

12.11.2015

Happy Friday | V15.16

Happy Friday

Friday, here you are again - so good seeing you. It feels like although time is going by so fast, hours at work are kind of dragging and seem to take forever. I love my job, I really do, my body is just so in need of a break - I can hardly wait. Seem like a déjà-vu? I sure have said this before - sorry for repeating myself - it's just the truth though. 

How has your week been? Mine was long, but also good. Here are my 10 happy moments of the week:

1. Secret Santa at the office

2. Compliments

3. Lunch date with a friend

4. Movie night with my man

5. new tree trimmings

6. Meeting an old friend

7. Christmas knitting

8. a trip to the yarn shop

9. Sushi dinner

10. Watching The Family Stone

Ok, what about you? Tell me your happy moments in the comments!

Happy Friday, everyone!
Hugs xxx

12.10.2015

Things I love Thursday

Frozen

Frozen by chrissyza 


I had so much fun putting this together - I mean just look at the colors! Lovely! Do you know those glow shoes? They are THE hype here in Germany right now - Leonie wants a pair for Christmas. I don't get them, but I guess that's the way it works - parents normally don't really get the IN stuff teenagers want, right?! I can slightly remember my parents not being very supportive of my love for Dr. Martens way back when…haha…I got them anyway.

Technically this is not a wish list - none technically you could say it is…depends on your way of viewing it. HA No, seriously, it's not. I am not that kind of person. Material things are mainly material things, except for some things you really need and some things you get to treat yourself from time to time, because we all need a little motivation boost every now and then. Am I right? 

So, tell me one thing that really is on your wish list - one material thing!

Happy Thursday.
Hugs xxx

12.09.2015

How I feel in 5 Words.

How I feel in 5 Words.
Wow, how did Wednesday get here so fast - again?! I cannot believe how close Christmas is. I cannot fathom the fact that 2016 is kind of right around the corner. I am so looking forward to Christmas break - I really need some time to just unwind. Work has been so busy lately. Life has been as well. I will try and make the best of this coming break for me to fuel my body and soul for the new year!

Today I am feeling:

1. Joyful.

2. Irritated.

3. Auspicious.

4. Amused.

5. Delighted.

I know, I know, it's kind of all the feels - all at once. But isn't it always that way?

What a bout you? How are you today? PLEASE do share in the comments! Danke!

Hugs xxx

12.08.2015

What's on your man's wish list?

Men's Gift Guide

Men's Gift Guide by chrissyza 


If your husband is anything like mine, he is obsessed with anything technology. And even though one might think they have it all, there is always something better they really need. The cruel thing is, you buy a gadget today and tomorrow they'll bring out the newer even better version

So, this is most likely a wish list similar to thousands others - but I cannot blame them, because I would surely take one or two of those things pictured above as well. And even though Christmas should really not just be about the presents, let's be honest, at some point it is. We try to keep it down with the gift giving - one bigger item for each of us and maybe a few small, but one can dream, right?!

Would these be on your better half's wish list or is your guy totally different? I'd really love to know!

Hugs xxx


12.07.2015

Project 52 | Week 49

Project 52 | Week 49
Week 49 / 2015 - it's a wrap. One more week gone, one more week closer to 2016. Boy, I can hardly grasp the fact that it's all going so fast. I do have to admit though how happy I am for the holidays being so close. It has been a very busy year in all aspects and I am yearning for a break. 2.5 more weeks and I will have off until the 7th of January - I cannot wait!

I have been busy with handmade Christmas pressies - all other gifts just need to be wrapped and I am good to go. I always save the knitting part for the end - I love evenings spent knitting, kitty on my lap, a cup of hot tea and a good movie on Netflix - it's how I prepare for the holidays

How do you spend the last weeks before Christmas? Are your evenings filled with pressie preparations? 

Happy Monday, y'all.
Hugs xxx

12.06.2015

Sunday Thoughts | PEACE

World Peace

Happy Sunday.

Hugs xxx

12.05.2015

Saturday's Saying

Saturday's Saying

Hope your week was wonderful and your weekend will be even better!

Hugs xxx

12.04.2015

Happy Friday | V15.15

Happy Friday

Once again Friday got here in no time - it amazes me every week how fast time goes by and the end of the year comes closer and closer. And even though this week didn't start off so well, it turned out to be busy but very successful, so all in all it's ending on a positive note. What more can you ask for?!

Here are my 10 happy moments of the past few days:

1. Started and finished a new knitting project.

2. Adele's 25, yet again.

3. Puppy walks in the dark looking at all the Christmas lights.

4. Collecting tons of steps on my Fitbit.

5. Coffee dates during lunch break at work.

6. Compliments from colleagues.

7. New seasons of AHS!

8. Sushi dinner with the fam.

9. Shopping for new yarn.

10. Planning a trip to the Christmas market.

Now it's your turn - do share your happy moments of the week!

Hugs xxx

12.03.2015

Things I love Thursday

Rituals

Rituals by chrissyza 


I wouldn't go so far as to say I am addicted, but I have recently discovered my love for all products from Rituals. It all started with a hand lotion freebie in a magazine - the Ginkgo's Secret in the upper left corner and a visit to one of their flag stores in a major mall here in southern Germany.

Now I don't have every one of these products, but I always try to treat myself to one or two pieces whenever we go to said mall. Sometimes you just have to indulge in some great beauty products which make you feel good about yourself no matter what.

This is NOT a sponsored post - I just really like all their products and wanted to share that over here in my little corner of the internet.

Do you know Rituals or maybe even use some of their products? They recently added perfume to their assortment which I have yet to try.

Happy Thursday, y'all!
Hugs xxx

12.02.2015

How I feel in 5 Words.

5 Words.
Well, to be honest, the week didn't start out so well. On Monday I woke up with an excruciating migraine which kept me from going to work. I stayed home, in bed, blinds down, lights out in absolute silence until it slowly started to fade away in the late afternoon hours.

Tuesday was way better, I went back to the office and all was well. Today is even better! If you've ever experienced a real migraine, you know exactly what it means having to stay home because the pain is just too much.

Today I am so much better, happy and ready to share how I really feel:

1. Refreshed.

2. Excited.

3. Tired.

4. Liked.

5. Wonderful.

Now, as always, it's your turn - share you emotions in the comments - I am still pondering about making this a linky linkup - so for now, the comments will have to do! 

Ready, set, GO…

Hugs xxx

12.01.2015

Goodbye November | Welcome December

Welcome December
Can you believe it? Here it is, once again - December 1st. The last month of the year 2015 has come, the last few days of the year are here. Same day last year I was in a whole different state of mind - the dream of moving back to the US which had almost come true turned out to not be happening any time soon (see how I don't rule out the possibility of it ever happening?!), I was lost and depressed and thought I was about to lose my job, the only constant in my life at the time.

Little did I know that the job offer I had received shortly before writing that post at the time would turn out to be like hitting the jackpot for me. I have grown so much over the past year career-wise and I am pretty proud of myself for achieving so much in such a short time.

December is a time to look back on what lies behind us. To think about the things that have happened over the past 11 months and to think about the things we were able to achieve. Hardships may still need to be processed, maybe a loss is still not overcome. No matter what it is that made 2015 exactly the kind of year it may have been for you - this is the time to reminisce and maybe even let go.

I hope this month will be a good one for all of us - I sure am grateful for each and every one of you. No matter if you visit regularly or just happen to pass by - thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing so - it is very appreciated!

Happy December 1st my dear friends.

Hugs xxx

11.30.2015

Project 52 | Week 48

Project 52 | Week 48
Germans don't celebrate Thanksgiving - we do. We brought that tradition with us from our time in Chicago. We were very lucky to have been included in the holiday festivities of our dear friends and neighbors from back then. They treated us like family. It was so wonderful of them and we couldn't have been more thankful to have them in our lives.

But we didn't have our turkey yet, because Thanksgiving was during the week and we did not have off from work - instead we went for sushi and had a blast. We will have our turkey on Christmas Day - we kind of made that our tradition - my parents and sister with family will be over and we will have our feast. I cannot wait!

This past week was a busy and fast one. On Saturday we woke up to a snow covered world, but by noon it had already melted away. Nonetheless it was a special surprise. The weekend was filled with puppy walks, grocery shopping, a trip to a new mall in Stuttgart and dinner at our favorite local Greek restaurant.

Hope your week was just as wonderful and you spent Thanksgiving filled with love.

Hugs and happy Monday xxx

11.29.2015

Sunday Thoughts | 1. Advent

1. Advent

"You are more than the choices you have made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes."

Wishing y'all a wonderful 1. Advent - because after all

tis the time to be JOLLY!

Hugs xxx

11.28.2015

Saturday's Saying

Quotes for life

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Hugs xxx

11.27.2015

Happy Friday | V15.14

Happy Friday
One week closer to Christmas and the end of the year. Its that time of the year where we start to reminisce about the past months. About everything that has happened, everything we have accomplished and overcome. Did you set yourself goals for the year? I did and I tried to follow them. I guess I did a pretty decent job at it and I will write about it towards the end of the year a bit more. I will also take a look back at the year regarding my One Little Word "Thrive". Did you pick your own OLW as well? 

These past few days have been pretty good - a few things happened that got me thinking, about the whats and whys. A long-forgotten relative reached out to me and I have been trying to process all the emotions that came with it. I will tell you more soon. I just need to figure out where this is heading first.

Nevertheless I do count it to my happy moments, because we only have one family and why dwell on the past when the here and now is what counts! Right?

So, here go my 10 happy moments of this week:

1. Reconnecting with a long-forgotten relative.

2. Music - Adele gives so much - thank you!

3. Flowers from my man - just because!

4. Good laughs with co-workers.

5. A love letter from my girl!

6. Puppy kisses and kitty purrs.

7. A coffee date with my mom. 

8. Catching up on "Revenge" - finally.

9. Sorting through my thoughts on our daily walks.

10. Shopping for shoes.

How has your week been and what are your 10 happy moments you'd like to share?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!
Hugs xxx

11.26.2015

Things I love Thursday | Mugs

Mug Shot

Mug Shot by chrissyza

Don't you think Thursdays are great for sharing the things you like? Why this is a good day for that you ask? I have no idea, haha, I just think it fits. Anyway, today I am sharing my love for unique mugs. I am a coffee and tea drinker and I have a special favorite mug for certain things. They change every now and then and I am very particular about it - I don't want anyone else using my current favorite mug. Sound crazy? It probably is - I guess it`s just one of my spleens. 

Do you have a spleen about something like this? Maybe a favorite towel or pair of socks or that one spot on the couch that is absolutely reserved for you?
 
H A P P Y  T H A N K S G I V I N G  to all my dear friends in the US!!
 
Hope your week has been nothing but awesome so far!
Hugs xxx
 

11.25.2015

How I feel in 5 Words.

How are you?
It's Wednesday, which means it's time to share our feelings this week. I think the middle of the week is a good place to talk about how it's been going so far. It's been pretty good in my corner of the world (which is southern Germany), how is it in your neck of the woods? 

Today I feel...

1. Inspired.

2. Focused.

3. Understood.

4. Needed.

5. Loved.

Ok, now you - how are you feeling today?

Happy Wednesday!
Hugs xxx

P.S. would you be interested in making this post a weekly link up to share your own? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! Thanx!

11.24.2015

Liebster Award | Volume 2


The lovely Ajein from Ajeinomoto has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much, Ajein! I have received a Liebster Award before back in April, so this was definitely a nice surprise, because it is always fun receiving credit for what you do!


RULES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD

1. Thank the blog that nominated you.

2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer questions the blogger has made for you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers with below 200 followers to your own set of questions.


11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MYSELF

1. I am a perfectionist.

2. I hate wearing socks.

3. I am a TV junkie.

4. Love going to the movies.

5. Not a morning person.

6. Love coffee.

7. Guilty pleasure: diet coke.

8. Teal and purple are my fave colors.

9. I love to travel and want to explore the world.

10. Knitter at heart - a yarn shop is heaven to me.

11. Music has to be loud!


QUESTIONS FROM AJEIN

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging in September 2010, I wrote a bit about that here.

2. Coffee or tea?

Always coffee, sometimes tea. I don't function without my coffee in the morning and at least one cup during the day. But I enjoy a good cup of tea in between.

3. If you are ever given the chance to travel around the world, what are your top 5 destinations?

India, Japan, Brazil, Afrika, Iceland

4. What makes you smile?

Oh, so many things: my daughter, wagging tales from my furry kids, butterflies, babies, dolphins, generosity, love, a good song, riding the rollercoaster.

5. If you are ever given the chance to be someone else, who would it be?

Doc Brown from Back to the Future - because I would invent time travel and could get the hell out of here. lol

6. Who/ what inspires you to write?

My family, something I saw on tv or something I experienced.

7. Among the Marvel heroes, who suits you the most?

I would say either Kitty Pryde or Captain Marvel.

8. Car or house?

This one is tricky, because I have both and couldn't choose between them, because I need my car to get from A to Z and I wouldn't want to rent anymore either. So - both, I guess!

9. Do you believe in forever?

I definitely do. Not in living forever, but in being connected forever. Be it with your lover or friend. I do believe that some things were meant to be forever.

10. What are you willing to trade if you are ever given a new talent?

Another tough one. What would I give away? Mmh…I am not really sure I would want to trade something in. If I had to, I'd give away my photographic memory, but only if it's worth the new talent!

11. Math, Science or English?

Definitely English and Math. I love languages and I love numbers. But I do enjoy science as well. So maybe a bit of all of them.


11 NOMINATED BLOGGERS
(Not sure about the under 200 followers, so stretching the rules here)

1. Alex from The Berger Bungalow

2. Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

3. Ann from Cooking Maniac

4. Alexandra from My Urban Family

5. Sam from Samanthability

6. Shann from Shann Eva's Blog

7. Shana from Shana was Here

8. Jessica from Happily Hughes


10. Katie from Talk Less, Say More

11. Karin from Truncation


11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

1. What do you wish for in 2016?

2. Name some of your favorite movies from this year?

3. Who is your idol? Who do you look up to?

4. Tell us your favorite time of the day.

5. Which season do you like most?

6. Do you have a mantra you live by?

7. What do you want to achieve in life?

8. When you were a child, what did you want to become?

9. Tell us your pet peeves?

10. Do you sing under the shower?

11. What do you hate?

Ok, now it's your turn to answer the questions. In case you are not nominated, do consider yourself nominated and feel free to play along. I would love for anyone taking part to leave the link to your post in the comments, so we can read along!

Hugs xxx

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