How can you get excited about changing tires on your car? When you make it a Lunch Date with Mr. ♡. I hate that job of changing tires every 6 months when we need to put on the winter tires and back to summer once. It always feels like 90 minutes of wasted time. You drop off your car at the shop and then need to come back 90 minutes later. There is nothing around in the area. I actually try to refuse doing anything car related as I hardly use it anyways.
But Mr. ♡ manages to convince every so often that it could be fun if I tag along. So happened yesterday. He suggested we use the time in between for a lunch together. And eating out. I can not remember when we have last done that. Oh well maybe during summer vacation. But that is vacation and always feels different.
I mentioned that I attended the blogst conference last weekend. One fun thing about this conference is that during coffee breaks you not only drink coffee but can craft. Because those sponsors are cool. They don’t just set up a booth no they set up crafting tables for the attendees to get creative. One of the sponsors was PonyHütchen a natural cosmetics shop from Berlin. And we were able to make our own vegan bath bombs.
It was so very simple and most all ingredients are either already in your house or are available in any grocery or drugstore. Now that does sound good right. Not only because the product really is natural if you can actually (almost) eat it. So I asked Lucie (head of marketing & Berlin store fairy) if I can share this simple DIY with you here. She said yes!
So lets get started (recipe makes two vegan bath bombs):
♥ 100 g baking soda (Natron) ♥ 50 g citric acid (Zitronensäure) ♥ 35 g corn starch (Maisstärke) ♥ 15 ml almond oil (Mandelöl) ♥ essential oils, food colors, nonpareils – optional
Now it is really simple. You have to mix well. And by well I mean well. If it is not really mixed the bomb might break when drying up. So take you sweet time, let your mind wonder and start relaxing.
Then press the mixture into a form. We had some half balls but I guess you could easily use silicone mutton of praline forms. However it needs to be packed really good. Otherwise it will all crumble.
Now it needs to dry over night. And ready to go. Wrap them up, gift or just enjoy a bath yourself.
This is a wonderful gift idea. It could also be a cool idea for a girlfriends night. Oh the possibilities.
I’ve heard from PonyHütchen before the event but I was happy to have gotten a better idea what they are doing. I have to admit I am usually not the biggest fan of natural cosmetics. Not because I think it is not good valid cosmetics more so because of the fanatics behind it. Fortunately this was not the case it was just lots of love, enthusiasm and joy. I loved the displays they put up in the bathrooms and the packaging is so cute too. It is nice to see such a young fun brand.
After I tried their hand cream at the event – it smells amazing and makes the smoothes hands, really no joking here – I was really happy to find a sample of the deodorant cream in the goodie bag. I will give this a good try during my business trips as I like to travel with the smallest amount of weight and it comes in a tiny cute tin. I am excited how it works.
Anyhow, I just wanted to share this discovery from my weekend with you. If you are into vegan handmade cosmetics this could definitely be something for you as they do have some decorative things too. And they own an online shop for everyone not in Berlin. I am not sure about worldwide shipping though.
Now I am wondering, have you ever tried making cosmetics yourself? If I got you hooked my other homemade cosmetic recipes might interest you too.
Oh my, this “park life photo project” seems to be a tough one to finish. I fell in love with the idea. A collage of 12 images of the same motif where I can see the change of season. If only I would manage to take the picture every months. I published the change of the first three months (1,2,3), took a couple more but never shared them.
So lets see how the meadow look on November 1:
I think it is still quite green for this time of year. I might have to cheat and push it to October and take another photo in two weeks. Does that count?!
Just a few meters into the park it looks totally different though:
Strange how that is, huh? Who knows why? Is it because of winds? I mean it can not be altitude obviously? keeps me wondering.
Even though I have a few blank spots on my collage I put t together and I am loving the look.
What do you think, what’s your favorite? The meadow above or the trees below?
I think I stick with the meadow. Even though the tree images show off the seasons and the life within the park much better. Just wished I had the full picture.
Have you ever tried to attempt a photo project like this? Maybe I give it another try next year. I mean third time is a charm, right?
What do you eat when running errands or traveling and needing a snack? Are you more the sweet tooth or the sandwich girl?
I love me a muffin but I equally enjoy an egg sandwich or as we call them here “Eierbrötchen”. I never really thought much about it… But I guess it is kind of unique. Every bakery store in Germany offers those kind of sandwiches. Also every snack store in train stations and such. It is the most common one next to cheese, salami and ham.
They come in all sizes and shapes. Dark bread, wheat bread, baguette style or simple size. Some are made with way too much butter and others with remoulade. And they usually all have a leaf of lettuce too.
Also they are mostly the cheapest snack in the house.
It is funny. As much as I like having this snack when being out and about I would never really attempt to do that at home. Why is that? Do you have a snack that falls in this category?
I remember we used to have “Eierschnittchen” at every birthday party when we were kids. And usually they were the first to be gone. But I guess scarceness makes them more special. Or maybe I am just too lazy to boil eggs and slice them up… I think I only ever eat this at home if I have some easter eggs left over. But that’s about it.
March sneaked up on me… how did it happen and why is it already half over? I was busy the last weeks working on some business stuff. It took all my time, all my thoughts and more often my sleep.
I had to remember to actually go outside. Good thing I have my little photo project. And I didn’t want to miss the March edition (even though I shot it a week late and putting it out to see even later…).
The park in March starts to fill with life. It’s not only the hardcore fitness people, dog walkers and stroller pushers out there anymore. You can see people walking for the fun of it. There are groups already sitting on the lawn in the sunshine and older couples going for a stroll.
The other day I took my coffee break to the park. Grabbed my wedding coffee to-go cup a podcast and and just spend an hour out in the sun. It was nice.
I can hardly believe the first quarter of the year has gone by. I was curious how the three month look next to each other and put them together.
Looking at those pictures I like the meadow a bit better than the view with the trees. Maybe because it is so different in those pictures… What do you think?