August goals

August 11, 2017 — 26 Comments

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Find a new job. Hopefully one where I can accommodate my injuries, and one where I actually feel comfortable working at. I have had a lot of bad work experiences through the years so I feel like it should be my time soon to have a job that I enjoy. I also hate being unemployed, having nothing really useful to do, it’s slowly but surely driving me crazy.

Finish reading what is on my ‘currently reading’ list on Goodreads. I have five books there now that I need to finish, it’s a bad habit of mine to just start reading a lot of books and never finishing them. Here’s my current list:

  • Hannibal by Mirko Jelusich
  • The Calling by David Gaider
  • Daughter of the Drow by Elaine Cunningham
  • Stars above by Marissa Meyer
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Make more health-conscious choices. I need to stop saying yes to soda, need to stop buying snacks. Need to stop buying candy. I need to drink more water, more tea and less sugary stuff. I need to make more food from scratch instead of settling for processed or ready made meals.

Work out at least every other day. I’ve been good at working out but sometimes I feel like I’m too tired, even though I know I should push myself through it. I’ve at least been working out around 3 times a week, but it needs to be more. With every other day it would be about 4 times a week, which is better than just three.

Spend as little as possible to preserve what money I have in my savings account. Now that I’m unemployed and don’t have a steady income, I really need to save as much as I can to avoid running out of money. It is difficult when you have bills to pay and food to buy, and you can’t make any unnecessary purchases. There’s so much that I want to buy that I cant, and it sucks.

What are your goals for August?

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Have you ever tried to dye your eyebrows?

I sure haven’t, I’m terrified of ever putting anything harmful near my eyes. However, i saw this trend in many articles (mostly about catwalk trends), done with both liquid lipsticks, colored mascaras and eye shadows and I decided I wanted to try it. I’ve read in many places that you can use a shade that matches your hair to dye your brows to make it look softer and more ‘natural’, but I don’t really think that pink or red brows would ever really look natural.. Well, ginger red brows would look natural!

If I was to follow the same logic, I should have just used a black or dark brown pencil, something I do already so it wouldn’t really be too exciting. However, if you’re going to wear a bright wig, or a wig that differs from your natural color, you should probably try to match it. This is often done with cosplay, where the characters have either blue, pink, red or any other colored hair and it would be “natural” for them to have brows in the same shade.

I looked through a whole bunch of pictures and decided on trying three different colors, with three different application methods.

Red

For this one I used two of the liquid lipsticks I have from Makeup Revolution. One was a bright red, and the other was slightly darker. I wanted it to look like the color had a bit of depth. I used an angled brush to apply the color, following the natural shape of my brows. It was a bit messy and I had to clean up the edges a lot with a smaller brush soaked with oil infused micellar water. The red was the first color I tried, I honestly should have saved it for last because it was so difficult to remove. I think it would look nicer if my hair was still as bright red as it was, now it’s orange-y brown.

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Blue

For the blue I used a eye shadow pencil. The one I had was from L’Oreal and it was in the shade Ocean Blue. One thing I hadn’t noticed was that it contains a bit of shimmer. It didn’t look bad but I wasn’t expecting it. The pencil is very soft so it felt and looked kind of like a pomade. It wasn’t the worst, but it didn’t feel too good after a while. The blue was also difficult to remove because this eye pencil is very pigmented.

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Gold

You wouldn’t have guessed that it was gold, right? My gold obsession lives on and I decided trying to have gold eyebrows would be like the best idea ever. It could maybe have been that if I had a liquid gold product. What I used here was a wet eye shadow brush and golden eyeshadow, the one from the 24k NUDES palette from Maybelline. The color didn’t show up too well on camera but it looked slightly metallic in real life at least. I think this turned out the worst out of the three and I would never try it again..

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All in all, I think colored brows would work if they had a purpose, like completing a cosplay costume or for festivals and whatnot!

Have you tried out colored brows before? Is it a trend you could have worn?

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The Happiness Tag

August 7, 2017 — 17 Comments

I was tagged in this by my friend Rylie, but she didn’t want her blog linked because she writes about very personal subjects so I’m afraid I can’t do that! But thank you for the nomination either way, I really appreciate it.


The rules for this tag

  • List five things that makes you happy
  • Share five songs that makes you happy
  • Tag at least five bloggers that makes you happy

What makes me happy

  1. My cats. I don’t know what I would have done without them. They are always there if I need someone to vent to (even though they can’t talk back, I still talk to them about anything I need to). They are always there if I need something to hold, something to cuddle with to cheer me up. I love them more than anything in this world. They say cats are selfish but mine are far from it.
  2. Books. I love being able to read. Being able to escape to another world for a little while. Same goes for video games. Escapism is very much a real thing for me and a lot of the time it happens without me even noticing.
  3. Being able to connect with people all over the world. I live in a place with very few people and meeting new people is a difficult task. That is why I am so grateful for having the internet, being able to connect with others without having to travel to a place to do so. I guess ‘without restrictions’ is what I meant to say.
  4. Nature. Nature makes me happy. I love being outside, I love exploring the woods, walking through fields, picking the occasional berry as I walk past them. Nature is wonderful and the fresh air can always make you feel better. (Apart from during the pollen season, I always feel like death then).
  5. Being organized, that always makes me happy. I hate being messy, I hate not having things neatly put in place. Having a clean and organized home is my favorite feeling. It really helps me with feeling accomplished in life. Doesn’t matter how messy my head is as long as my home is clean.

Five songs that makes me happy

I don’t really have any overly joyful happy songs, so I’ll share some that makes me feel content, makes me feel wholesome. I think I have shared all of these before, but my favorites rarely change.

  1. Pvris – Half
  2. Meg Myers – Motel
  3. Blink 182 – I Miss you
  4. Highly Suspect – Bath Salts
  5. Chaos Chaos – Do you feel it

Five bloggers that makes me happy

I guess it’s more than 5, oops. And in no particular order.

  1. Michala
  2. Karalee
  3. Reeva
  4. Rei
  5. Storm
  6. Grace
  7. DanniiJane ( you can just share your response in the comments, it probably doesnt fit in with the travel blogs 🙂 )
  8. Abby
  9. Lisa (hey this isn’t an award! 🙂 )

“Eat like a king with this traditional recipe”…

That is what it said on the website where I found this, link can be found here. Here’s a tiny bit of information about  pearl barley, if you’re not familiar with it:

Pearl barley, or perlovka, is considered a pearl among the cereals because of its exceptional nutritional properties. This typical Russian recipe is an easy way to sample this healthy grain.

As it mentions, pearl barley is healthy! It contains a lot of vitamin c, it is great for people who have diabetes because it has beta-glucan solluble fiber, and it is good for your digestion overall. The best part of this recipe as a whole too, is that it is completely vegan, only consisting of pearl barley, mushrooms and onion. It is traditionally made with oil, but I used vegan margarine (because I was all out of cooking oil and I didn’t want to drive to the store just to get that). Also, sorry for only using metric measurements, I have no idea how the imperial system works, we don’t use that here in Norway. When I see instructions to add one cup of something, I literally believe that you need to just grab a coffee mug and use it for measuring.. Oh well!

Here’s what you need:

This recipe should feed four people.

  • 400 ml of water or vegetable broth. ( I used a broth and it gave the final product a grey-ish look, it’s supposed to be lighter. If color matters to you then make sure to choose a clear broth or go with water).
  • 1 large onion. (I used two smaller because that’s what I had at hand).
  • 30 g oil, or just a chunk of margarine/butter (depending on if you want to keep it vegan or not).
  • 350 grams of mushrooms. (Preferrably champignons but you can use any kind of mushrooms). 
  • 200 grams of pearl barley
  • Black pepper, salt to taste, greens (Russians use dill for everything).

 

Here’s how to do it: 

First you have to find and gather all of your needed items and ingredients, preferably set it up super nice and neatly on your counter, mine was a total mess so I didn’t take a picture of that..

Start off by placing a large pot on the stove, letting it heat up and add either oil and butter to it. You could use a deep frying pan but I don’t have any that would work for adding so much liquid and stuff to it. You should also make sure to make the vegetable broth in a smaller pot while you do this so it is ready to go when you need it. Then you should be chopping up your onions into smaller pieces so that you can saute them for a while in the pan. By doing this, I discovered that smaller onions will make your eyes sting more than normal.

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Once your onions are in the pot, you should slice your mushrooms. I had 50 grams too much but I decided to add them in anyways as I didn’t want any of them going to waste. By adding in more, remember to add a tiny bit more water after pouring in the broth/water later on. You can choose to slice the mushrooms thinly, but I honestly prefer a bit thicker slices, I also just cut a few of the smaller mushrooms in half to add more variety to it.

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Once your onions are done, add the mushrooms to it and let it all reduce. It’s gonna go from a massive pile to a seemingly disappointing amount, but it’s definitely enough still.

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Meanwhile that will basically be cooking itself (remember to stir it now and then to expose more of the mushrooms to the moisture), you should measure and rinse the pearl barley. I purchased mine from a Danish online store, it’s really expensive in stores here.

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I have a smaller pasta strainer that I love using for rinsing grains, berries, fruits and whatnot, the holes are just small enough to not let anything fall through them and it makes the whole process so much easier. Make sure to rinse them well!

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Once your mushrooms look fairly done and the onion has become mostly clear, it’s time to add the pearl barley and the broth to the pot. Stir it all together to see if it is enough liquid, add more if needed then bring it to a boil. Put a lid on and let it simmer for quite some time. The recipe said about 20 minutes, but I found that the barley needed around 40 for it to triple in size and feel like it was ready to be eaten.

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After the grains and the mushroom has finished soaking up the liquids and it has the right consistency (a bit soft but still a tiny bit chewy), it’s time to plate it! The recipe said to add greens, but I prefer to have raw carrots with any rice or grains, it keeps me from thinking that it is too mushy. I did add some spinach too later on. I didn’t add any salt or pepper though, the onion added enough flavor to it for my taste.

Since the recipe is for four people, I had to take whatever was left and freeze it, I refuse to throw food out if I don’t have to, and I wouldn’t be able to finish all of that in a short amount of time, it was honestly way too much just for one person. If you’re making this just for yourself, or for two, just halving it all would definitely be the easiest solution.

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It’s quite easy to see that my mushroom to grains ratio is a bit off, it would look more like a porridge if I actually followed the measurement and didn’t add in the extra 50 grams of mushrooms. Oh well! If you do try out this recipe, please let me know how it went! You can easily modify it to however you want it to be by changing the veggies.

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I have never been the biggest fan of jewelry..

I was very active when I was younger so I hated wearing necklaces, I never got my ears pierced, I didn’t like wearing rings because I was always in the woods or out in the fields and I would just lose them. My love for jewelry has certainly only been present for the past few years and I have purchased a few treasured pieces that I just love wearing. I don’t wear jewelry every single day but I do love to accessorize whenever I’m going out, no matter what occasion it is for. I don’t care much for handbags, sunglasses, shawls, scarves or anything else so jewelry is the way to go for me.

When it comes to buying jewelry, I rarely spend a lot, I know I’m either going to break it or lose it either way so I try to buy as cheap as possible. I don’t enjoy mass produced either, so I mostly purchase handmade jewelry off of Etsy. It makes me feel better that I can directly support whoever created it. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing jewelry from other stores or people, I just do what I think is right. Anyways, here we go:

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Amethyst cluster choker (probably not a real crystal, it is really heavy though) and a faceted glass choker, both with velvet bands. These two are my favorites and I love wearing them. Chokers do make me feel slightly claustrophobic at times but they’re both so pretty that it doesn’t really matter. Both are from sellers on Etsy.

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A metal dream catcher necklace. I love wearing this, but I don’t wear it as often as I probably should. It has a tendency of turning around and that can be a tiny bit annoying when you have to turn it back again and again. I don’t really remember where I purchased this.

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A chunk of tinted glass (they advertised it as some kind of quartz but it’s just glass) and a crescent moon, both from wish! I’ve been really into moon jewelry lately, been browsing Etsy for new pieces but haven’t found any that I wouldn’t regret purchasing.

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A 9 piece ring set, purchased from wish for like a dollar! These are so cute and I love wearing all nine of them at the same time. They are of varying sizes so that you can have more than one on a finger (like this). I really wish my fingers were more slender and longer so that I could fit even more of them on.

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And lastly I have a gold plated ring that I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away in December, and a blue faceted glass ring, a replica from the anime series Black Butler. Blue is one of my absolute favorite colors so I couldn’t resist purchasing it.

So that was my collection, for now! I might purchase some more in the future, because I’m bound to either lose or destroy some of these eventually. (Hopefully not though because I love them all).

Do you have any favorite jewelry?

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