As some of you may know, this April I became an Arbonne Independent Consultant. I want to have my own business, but until I have my own product to sell, I wanted to grow a business with an already existing product. And what better product than something that I’m really passionate about? All Arbonne products are vegan, gluten free, the ingredients are sustainably sourced and they are on PETA’s list of cruelty free companies. And before I let people know that I’ve joined Arbonne, I’ve set myself up with A LOT of products to test them myself so I can give advice and advertise themRead More →

As we use exercise to train our bodies, meditation is a way to train our minds by inducing a state of consciousness where we can observe our thoughts without losing ourselves in the story they present to us. We see meditation as mental hygiene, as it cleanses the mind and calms the nervous system. It gives a sense of relaxation, grounding and “floating” after moving on to our daily activities. It also has health benefits for people with high blood pressure, anxiety or depression. (from my written exam for YTT) I was a non-believer for a long time, until I needed it. At the endRead More →

I love trying new things, experimenting keeps fitness fun and gives your muscles a surprise every now and then. As a fitness blogger I was invited to try SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Pilates with Ruth Tongue at WakeUp Docklands in London during their class launch day. Pilates on water on a shaky board? Count me in! Getting there Once I arrived in London Liverpool Street, I took the Central Line to Bank and then the DLR to West Silvertown. Royal Victoria is also a good station on the DLR or if you’re not so afraid as I am you can get the Emirates Cable Car fromRead More →

It’s ridiculous. Almost 3 years into fitness and I still can’t do a push up. Sometimes I can do them with my knees down, but I’m still far away from the real thing. My upper body strength improved loads since I started, but there’s always room for more. You know what they say – it’s a journey, never a destination. Tomorrow’s the first day of the month. I have a few things on my to do list, but I’m going to add some focused push up training. And no, that doesn’t mean I’m going to do push ups every day. I mean, I would, butRead More →

I was unsure if I should post this or not, we haven’t told too many people that our house was broken into, we try not to consider it a big deal. And honestly, it’s not, because they didn’t steal anything. There was nothing to be stolen. Here’s the story. We embraced minimalism almost 1 year ago – we sold, donated, recycled or in extreme cases threw away, most of our possessions. We kept the essentials, the things we use regularly and the things we love. You can read about our adventure here. Mid-March this year we left our London flat to escape to the countryRead More →

Two months since we left London. We left behind the stress, the crowds, the tourists and the bloody tube. But we also left the abundance and possibilities that the big city brings. Finding a yoga class in London is trivial, in a small town outside London – not so much. Not for someone so new anyway. As you know I started doing my yoga teacher training(s) and I need to try as many classes and teachers as I can – not only to get hours of practice in the bag, but also to learn tricks and ways of explaining poses. And, right on time, aRead More →

For quite a while now I changed completely my way of shopping. Actually, the way I look at prices. How do we pay for stuff? With money. How do we get the money? By working – around 8 hours a day, from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. The more stuff we want, the more money we need. So the more we need to work. It’s an exchange of our time for money, an exchange the robs us from our freedom. We’re almost never home during the week and we spend the weekend cleaning, cooking and organizing. So when do we spend quality time withRead More →

Our May Bank Holiday weekend started with a short trip to London for the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair. We got our tickets for free in exchange for this blog post, but what we’re super happy about is that someone else also had free tickets after the giveaway we hosted on the blog. YEY! Hope our winner had a day as nice as we had, putting a smile on someone’s face is always rewarding. Getting there was pretty easy, Alexandra Palace having its own train station, on a direct line from Hertford North. We dropped off our Beagles with a friend and had a few hours toRead More →

A while ago I started a Money Series on the blog and if you read the blog post and tried to budget for a month, you have successfully finished Step 0 – Now you know what you’re spending money on. If you didn’t, you can start now as the month has just begun. Step 1 is one of the most important and life changing ones. The Emergency Fund. It’s usually a sum between 1000$ and 1500$ (it’s the average amount that could cover almost any type of common emergency) but depending on your currency you might just settle for something else. For us, it was 5300Read More →

If you want to spend a fabulous day out in London, watching expert demonstrations, listening to entertaining talks, discovering wonderfully creative British crafts people or trying all sorts of mouthwatering foods and drinks, I have the perfect thing for you! I have a pair of tickets to the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair that I can offer to one of my readers. And not only that, but I also have a discount code for anyone who would like to purchase a discounted ticket. Here’s a bit about the fair. This year The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair moves to an exciting new venue, where theRead More →