Friday, 17 April 2015

What we did today {32}

I have worked from home today (one perk of my job that allows me to do so) and that means I could spend some time with my chocolate darling.

Even though it was raining I did enjoy our playing in a spring garden. Spring rains are so much nicer and do not count like the same way as winter ones.

Everything is in bloom. Magnolias, daffodils, tulips, cherries, dandelions and many more. The grass is taller and lush green. I love seeing the nature coming to new life in full force.

Maybe me and chocolate darling could go for a walk in the vineyards on the hills. There are lots of blossoming bushes with delicate petals that just call to be photographed.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Weekend links {5}

Happy weekend!

Here few links that I liked this week. These made me think about mindfulness, healthy nutrition and I threw in some crafty Easter eggs and banana bread recipe.

I have been following Humans of New York (HONY) on Facebook for some time and they shared a touching life story of Omar Samra and his family. I loved this quote by Omar:

“I’ve become much less goal oriented as I’ve grown older. I spent twelve years dreaming about climbing Mt. Everest. It was all I thought about. During my years of training, I focused all my thoughts on getting to the summit. My self worth, and the meaning of those years, all depended on that one moment of getting to the top. It’s not healthy to be that goal oriented. And Everest is a perfect example why. The weather can change at any moment, and even though you did everything right, and trained the correct amount, you can still fall short. And if you’re thinking of nothing but the final goal—all those years, all that effort, and all the personal growth that you achieved, becomes worthless if you don’t reach the top.”                                                     
                                                                                                                                          Omar Samra

how not to lose hair as a woman - literally

and what are gentle carbs

in case you don't have the easter eggs covered, check out these 16 ideas for Easter egggs crafts

this organic and natural skincare organic and natural skincare sounds awesome

I love banana bread which I used to enjoy while living in Australia and this recipe seems easy enough to bake

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Birthday week

End of March is always exciting for me as I have birthday and nameday three days apart. Celebrating these in spring means I get lots of beautiful spring flowers as presents. I also bought two different pink ranunculus plants myself.
Ever since I can remember, there were always yellow daffodils in the vase for my birthday - usually from our grandmother's garden.

There were cakes and home made pizza on the birthday menu, sushi lunch with my boyfriend and lots of presents as if it was second Christmas.

This year was even more special because I got to celebrate it with my boyfriend whose birthday is one day before mine. It was a first time in two years we could spend birthdays together and it was lots of fun.

The pile of presents below are mine and my boyfriends. He hasn't celebrated his birthdays properly and with presents in a long time. I was really surprised when I opened a box with iPad mini he got me :-O. Big thank you again XXXXXxx ! (It takes so much better photos than my HTC 500 phone).

I am one year wiser and I really was spoiled rotten on my birthday.

"Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake. - Edward Morykwas"

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Weekend links {4}

Happy weekend to everyone!

Here are few links I came across this week for reads, eats, things to think about and act on.

TED talks are cool and so are these 25 apps to make your everyday life easier I found there.

If you care about environmental issues, here is a big one. Australian great barrier reef is in real danger as the government approved mining near the reef area. This will mean more oil tanker ships ports, closer ship paths near the Great Barrier reef and higher risk of oil spillage catastrophy. You can add your name here in  Save the Great Barrier Reef campaign to help officially declare the reef as "World Heritage in Danger"     

I am craving  this chia pudding.

Metallic easter eggs?

Dreaming of having an English cottage looking garden like this!

Love these portable fire pits.

Something to munch on on Saturday night - langos that I have tried in Hungary during last weekend in Budapest.

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And if you still want to fit into your skinny jeans afterwards try this excercise regime.

Enjoy!  :-)

Friday, 13 March 2015

Weekend in Budapest {Part 1}

I love road trips! Driving somewhere by car gives you a great advantage (you can pack more stuff) and flexibility of time and space (you can go whenever and wherever you want) to explore. My boyfriend loves to drive and we did two big road trips last two years.

On our first road trip in spring, we drove to UK from Slovakia via Italy (Venice, Lake Como) France (La Rochelle) to UK (Lincolnshire). Second road trip was at the end of summer and it took us to Albania via Croatia, Monte Negro and Bosnia Herzegovina. Last weekend we drove to Budapest for a weekend away.

Driving from Bratislava, we got to Budapest in about two hours. We took the Chain Bridge to enter to city which opens up in front of you when you drive through a tunnel under the Castle Hill. 

Our hotel (Mamaison Hotel Andrassy) was at the of famous Andrassy utca (street) that is lined with trees and with old houses with beautiful facades. If you drive to its end, you will find yourself at the Heroes Square and City Park area. 

Hero's Square is an Antique looking monument. We got to walk around the square in the golden hour light. There are museums to visit and exhibitions in the Roman buildings right at the square or at the City Park (V├írosliget) across the street. Not far from there is also Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden.

The statues of the warriors at the square are quite impressive and look as if they came from old legends and tales. (The Seven chieftains of the Magyars (or Hungarians) were the leaders of the seven tribes of the Hungarians at the time of their arrival to the Carpathian Basin in 895 AD.) It is a beautiful monument. It was nice to see it during a low travel season without other hundreds of people.

We walked to the City park across a bridge over an empty river bank. In winter, this is where you can ice skate on a rink next to the castle. It would have been fun to ice skate there but we came few months too late.

The City park (Varosliget) has a castle that holds exhibitions and is surrounded by park. Even in winter it looks pretty with lots of trees and one must wonder what the park will look like in summer.

While in Budapest City Park, my boyfriend took me to this statue called Anonymus. To me it looked quite spooky. As I learnt later,  Anonymus was the first medieval Hungarian chronicler.

When we got tired and hungry from walking on our first day in Budapest, we went back to our hotel for a snack before dinner. Later on, we drove to river bank to see the city lights at night. Budapest at night is maybe even more beautiful then in daylight but that is something to write about in my next post. :-)