Monday, May 19, 2014

Hiking and Appreciating Sweden.

This past weekend Daniel and I decided to visit my dad who lives a 2 hour drive from where we live. He happens to live close to an area that my dad, my mum and I visited on a camping trip about 15-17 years ago. I remember that I thought it was a beautiful and interesting place with so many things to see (this is an area with a rich history and many churches from the middle ages). I researched the area before our visit this weekend and found out that they had an excellent hiking trail, so Daniel didn't have a choice, he just had to join me on a 9 hour hike this Saturday. But luckily he thought it was worth it and I have to say that it was one of the most beautiful and interesting hiking trails I've ever experienced. 

The nature around the hiking trail kept changing through the whole hike. We walked through beech woods, pine forests, an old quarry, little countryside villages and meadows. At one point we also walked up on a hill and got the most amazing view. One of my favorite parts of the hike was when we got to this little cottage and the owners had left some cookies and lemonade outside on a bench for hikers to enjoy. So as you probably can imagine Daniel and I had a really enjoyable day. On these kind of days I remember how amazing Sweden can be (it's easy to forget on a rainy Monday in March). My only regret is that I forgot to bring my camera, but luckily I brought my iPhone so I have a few pictures to share. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wishlist: May.

I've spent this Monday night window shopping on the Internet. I guess there's a good name for that, but I'll just call it online window shopping. Monday evenings are perfect for not doing anything productive. We all need to be non-productive sometimes, it's healthy! Well I guess you know what online window shopping usually leads to, yes you're right, it's time for a wishlist!

1. I'm getting a bit tiered of buying cheap jewelry that gets discolored after I've only used them a couple of times. So I've decided to buy a few nice, good quality pieces instead of spending money on things I have to throw away- Jewelry from Pilgrim was the thing when I was in high-school and I rediscovered the brand a while ago. They make inexpensive but good quality jewelry. I would love to own this pretty necklace
2. I want a new eye-shadow palette! I probably don't need one but the heart wants what the heart wants. I think the NARSissist Eyeshadow palette is one of the nicest ones out there. I usually think most palettes don't have enough light shades in them, but that doesn't seem to be the case with this palette.
3. I've been interested in trying something from Rituals for a while, The Rice Scrub Calming Shower Cream Scrub sounds like a nice product and I really need a new body scrub. 
4. I don't think I need to explain this. The Mano mugs from K√§hler are just so pretty, especially in this mint color. 
5. The Naked Flush palette from Urban Decay looks perfect for traveling! 
6. I've been eyeing these glasses from Rosendahl for a while but when I got to see them up close this Saturday when I had dinner at Anna's house I was convinced! They look really sleek and nice.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book Haul.

Oh the excitement of opening a parcel with new books! To get to squeeze in a few more books in to my flooded bookcase is one of the big joys in life. I know I kind of bragged about being the queen of decluttering a few posts back but when it comes to books I'm all into clutter. I'm horrible at getting rid of books! I even save the books I secretly think kind of sucks.  

About ten days ago I finally found my reading mojo again and celebrated by ordering five new books! So I thought I would show you what I'll be reading the next couple of weeks:

I have to admit that this is a pretty weird and random mix of books. But I've decided to try to read a bigger variety of genres and not read as many young adult books. There's nothing wrong with reading young adult novels but I just want to be a bit more adventurous in my reading picks. 

Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley has been on my "to read list" since I started running last year. I just thought that this would be a fast, fun and inspirational book to read. 
I thought about reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt when I visited Savannah two years ago so it's right about time to pick this up and see what the fuss is all about.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a memoir and the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike. This just sounds interesting and as you might know I'm a big fan of hiking.
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks is a story about the plague in 17th century England. That might sound a bit depressing but I think it sounds intriguing. 
I'm not sure why I picked up Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell but I think I've read quite a few good reviews of this book on different blogs.

Monday, May 5, 2014

What I Ate Weekend.

There's something special about photographing your food, I don't know what it is but I guess food is such a big and enjoyable part of life. I've always photographed the different foods I've been eating when I've been traveling because let's be honest, food is a big part of the traveling experience. I also think that the foods we eat say a lot about us and our lifestyle. So I thought it would be fun and interesting to document what I eat on a regular weekend in my life. I kind of failed a bit with my mission because I forgot to photograph what I ate on Sunday, but oh well, here's what I ate on Friday night and on Saturday:

1. I had a pretty big lunch at work on Friday so I didn't feel like eating a proper dinner on Friday night so I only had olives, cheese and garlic bread.
2. I always have to get myself a special snack on Friday night. This week I got this milk chocolate with caramelized almonds, and yes it was as tasty as it sounds! 
3. For breakfast on Saturday I had cottage cheese with fruits, my favorite coconut yoghurt and tea. 
4. Daniel and I had our lunch outside on Saturday. I had a salad with pasta, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and avocado. 
5. This is one of my current food obsessions, the caramel macchiato ice coffee from Starbucks. 
6. On Saturday afternoon I had my first hot chocolate in ages. I like my hot chocolate with a lot of whipped cream!

Then I had sushi for dinner at Daniel's parents house but I forgot to bring my camera!

What do you think of these kind of posts? Are they fun and interesting or is it just weird that someone thinks it's interesting for other people to see what they've been eating? Tell me what you think! I can handle the truth! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hello May!

A few posts back I told you about my mixed feelings about the month of April. But my feelings for the month of May is another story. May is the first in a whole bunch of awesome months to come and I feel really excited! I've also found some energy and inspiration again (I told you a few posts back that I was feeling a bit tired and uninspired). For example, I've started reading again and I've done a few little changes to my blog. I feel excited about trying to make my blog better and only write post that reflects who I am and that I feel proud of. But enough about that, now I want to share what I've been up to today.

This spring and summer I'm going to do my best to explore the area I live in. Both Daniel and I have lived our whole lives in the suburbs southeast of Gothenburg but there's still so many places around here that we haven't seen or visited yet. So today we decided to pack our lunch and eat it in one of the nature reserves around here that we haven't been to before:

The first part of our walk was through a forest with ancient pine trees. After a 20 minute walk we came to this meadow where there used to be an old farm from the 1600 hundreds. There was only a ruin left of the house but the old fireplace was pretty much still intact. It was a really beautiful place to have our lunch consisting of salad and some garlic bread. This is definitely something we need to do more often!

I hope you're all having a nice weekend and I'll be back on Monday with a new post!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blog Cleaning and Thursday Thoughts.

I have a confession to make, I've never been a friend of clutter. I like having nice things but I just can't handle having too many things. I clean out my closets, my kitchen cabinets, my drawers and my make-up bag at least twice a year. So the other day I woke up with the thought that it was time to clean out my blog. I might have done something that you could consider a bit crazy, I deleted over 200 posts (I only saved the posts from 2014). First I was a bit scared that I would regret it but I have to say that I feel happy and my blog is finally clean and clutter free.

Luckily there's other things on my mind than decluttering and I thought I would share a few of my random thoughts this Thursday:

I've had a day off today (it's a bank holiday) and there's nothing better than having a day off in the middle of the week. I love the weekends but they can be a bit stressful because there's so much you want to squeeze into those two days. But today has just been relaxing and nice. 

Daniel and I watched the Butler yesterday and I really enjoyed it. I don't know why but I just find American history extra interesting.

I'm going to the movies to see Divergent this weekend and I'm really excited about it! Have you seen it yet? What did you think?

I've finally found the inspiration to start reading again! I'm currently reading the Woman in Black by Susan Hill. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Summer in April.

This past weekend was pretty amazing! We've had proper summer weather here in Sweden and I've been enjoying every minute. I even wore got to wear shorts while enjoying a book in the sunshine on our balcony. My legs are still so white that the sight of them blind our neighbors, but they will survive.

Because this weekend was an extra lovely one I thought I would share what I've been up to. So let me present my summer-like april weekend in pictures:

1. On Saturday  Daniel, my mum, my two nieces  and I had a barbecue by one of our favorite lakes (yes, we have several favorite lakes). This is my mum enjoying the sunshine.
2. This is me telling Daniel to take a picture of me. It might not be the best one, but it will do.
3. My oldest niece Tuva. She and Daniel spent an hour making a little boat out of twigs and branches.
4. Daniel and my youngest nice Nova on their way back to the car.
5. On Saturday night Daniel and I had sushi for dinner. It was really tasty because I haven't had sushi in a long time.
6. Enjoying a Frappuccino during our sunny walk around town on Sunday.
7. After the walk on Sunday Daniel thought it was time to do some trail running. I joined him and I have to admit that it was a pretty good run considering we got to run in this beautiful landscape.
8. I spent Sunday night reading on our balcony (and eating greek yoghurt with bananas, blueberries and peanut butter granola).