Be in love with your life, every detail of it

– Jack Kerouac

I love spending time at home doing my own things, especially on weekends. It feels so nice to wake up with no need to hurry anywhere. This weekend I had no plans at all, only to clean around the house a little bit and just enjoy the me-time. I did my things, chilled around the house, listened to music and sipped on my coffee – p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n.wp-image-1346744168One of my things to do was to decide where to put this shelf, one of my latest flea market finds. The originally dark brown surface was partially worn out, so I decided to paint it with chalk paint I had left from previous projects. I had the feeling it would find it’s place in the house and so it did in the kitchen. I like the result! wp-image-442772751

wp-image-138649637I also got to test out the new carpet I had ordered. Originally I pictured it into the dining room but it actually works better in the living room, what do you think? As you can see, I now have curtains and I think it’s amazing what a difference they made to the room. It’s a totally new feeling in there. Even our cat, Miss Helmi, thinks it’s a cozy place.wp-image-1458749397I’ve been juicing every morning since the 3-Day Juice Challenge and did this green juice on Sunday. It included apple, ginger, lemon, celery and spinach. So delicious!

The weather on Sunday was amazing, so I decided to go out to the nearby forest to look for mushrooms. I didn’t find any, but picked some lingonberries and blueberries instead. I got company by Miss Helmi and she seemed to enjoy the trip as much as I did.wp-image-1899313607

wp-image-1290434418After my walk in the forest, I got a message from my friend, asking if I’d be up to some “therapy talk” in the forest and of course I was. Deep discussions in the forest is the best combination. And we found mushrooms!

The rest of the afternoon I spent in our home garden picking apples. The amount of apples this year is insane! We already made lots of apple juice and the plan is to make jam during the week.

This weekend really charged my batteries and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Lots of energy to your new week!

xx mybohem

A healthy outside starts from the inside -Day 3

– Robert Urich

I made it! The 3-Day Juice Challenge by Jason Vale is now over and I have to say I feel amazing. Today I’ll share my feelings from the last day and also from this morning, the first day after the challenge.

Day 3 – Feeling like a boss, energy on top

Today I got to sleep a bit longer and it felt really good. After all the usual morning routines it’s again time for juicing. I feel I start to have a hang on it! The juicing goes quicker than the days before, although I now have to prepare four juices, one for breakfast and three to go. Meal prep is something I plan to keep doing also after the challenge.

07:20 Breakfast juice (Detox Special) and one large cup of mint tea.

9:00 Half liter of cold water. No headache anymore whatsoever, yay! I feel energetic and a bit restless as I know I have to sit and work for eight hours…

10:00 Morning juice (H20 Detox). Feel a bit cold afterwards, so I decide to take one large cup of green tea.

12:45 Lunch (Beyond Detox). I don’t feel hungry but drink up anyway.

13:00 Yes! Only three more hours, then it’s off work.

14:00 Half liter of cold water. This workday feels so long…

16:00 TGIF! Finally off work.

16:30 Afternoon juice (H20 Detox).

17:00 To celebrate the last day of the challenge, I watch the Super Juice Me! documentary and as I could expect, it’s really motivating!

19:00 The last juice and today’s dinner (Dreamy Detox). Yay, it feels great to end the juice challenge with one of my favorites!

20:00 Rest of the evening I spend chilling by the fireplace with my laptop and a large cup of mint tea.

22:00 Sleep time! Zzzz

The last day I finally felt the energy! The headache I’ve had for a couple of days was now totally gone, and even the poor weather could not affect my good humor. I didn’t feel hunger or any kind of cravings. I feel so proud of myself for carrying out the challenge without any struggles. It amazes me how easy it actually was!

Summary – Totally worth it!

The challenge was totally worth doing! I feel great and have lots of inspiration now to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I woke up this Saturday full of energy and started the morning with a berry smoothie and mint tea. My habits were not that bad from the begin with, but there’s always place for improvement. My weakness is, I’m often insanely hungry after work and eat whatever I get in my hands, the faster the better, and the thing is, usually that’s something unhealthy. Now I know better and will simply make myself a juice. It surprised me how well the juices kept my hunger away all day, but when you think about it it’s kind of obvious, as you get so much healthy nutrition into your body. I will not deny any foods from myself in the future either (I know that would never work long term), because I know I want to eat pizza at times, but I’m happy if I can include a juice or a salad to my diet a bit more often.

 

My breakfast this morning: blueberry-blackberry-natural yogurt smoothie and my usual tea.

Things I’ve noticed in myself:

  • My stomach worked normally, no problems there. I’m used of drinking lots of water and therefore visit the toilet quite often anyway.
  • My skin looks brighter but a part of the credits goes of course to the facial I had before the challenge. I’ve been juicing before, so I know it has good effects on skin.
  • My weight has probably not changed. I don’t own a functioning scale so I don’t have any idea if I’ve loosen weight, but it was not why I did the challenge in the first place.
  • My energy level is on top and it was one of my main goals with this challenge. I love it!
  • My cravings are gone, I have none whatsoever! This is super weird because I’m such a sucker for sweets and fast food. I’m very happy about this!

I’ve been juicing for some time now, and I suspect this challenge is easier for those who are familiar with juicing and have a relatively healthy lifestyle to begin with, but it’s worth trying even if it’s a totally new thing to you. It will only be for three days, so anyone can do it! The instructions are super easy to follow, Jason Vale is an enthusiastic person and his videos will help you through every day. I would say that good planning and preparations are the key to success. It will help if you can clear your calendar from other things, so that you can focus on the challenge 100%. All in all, this 3-Day Juice Challenge will give you a kick start to a healthier lifestyle and I can warmly recommend it to anyone who feels up to it!

Enjoy the weekend!

xx mybohem

 

A healthy outside starts from the inside -Day 2

– Robert Urich

Yesterday I shared my feelings from the first day on the 3-Day Juice Challenge by Jason Vale. Today it’s time to tell you about my second day on this challenge. Hope you enjoy!

Day 2 – Good tastes, slow motion

I had a good night sleep, so I felt quite spry in the morning, although it was again a bit earlier wake up than what I’m used to. I did my usual routines; wash-up, make-up, dress-up and then started with my new ritual – the juicing. This day’s menu looked a bit different, so it’s nice to have some variation. One positive notice – I did not feel hungry at all this morning.

07:00 Breakfast juice (Super Detox) and one large cup of mint tea. This morning juice tastes really good and fresh. It contains pineapple, blueberries, blackberries and natural yogurt.

8:00 A large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

10:30 I’m in a meeting starting to feel a bit cold, but otherwise all is good. I drink one glass of cold water.

12:00 It’s time for lunch (Dreamy Detox). I like this one very much! It’s a green juice with some of my favorites; apples, lemon, cucumber, celery and ginger. I also take the usual large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

13:30 I feel warm in my body and the little headache is slightly fading away.

14:30 I start to feel hungry and try to keep myself full by drinking mint tea and water. I hope also the headache would keep away.

16:00 Yin yoga. This yoga is not as intense as ashtanga, so it suits well for today’s slow motion mood.

17:00 Having a call with one of my dearest friends, and feel thankful for all her support.

17:30 Afternoon drink (H20 Detox). I actually don’t feel that hungry anymore.

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Here’s today’s dinner in a bowl. Beyond Detox ingredients: 3 Apples, 1 large handful Spinach Leaves, 2-3 cm Raw Red Beet, 2-3 cm Cucumber, 4 springs Fresh Parsley, 1/2 Avocado.

 

18:00 Preparing the dinner juice and chopping next days ingredients ready into bowls.

19:00 Dinner juice (Beyond Detox). This is the same as yesterday, but I like the taste so I have no problem drinking it.

19:30 I take a long warm shower and just relax in bed rest of the evening, watching some TV shows from my laptop. Okay, this part is not exactly what Jason Vale recommends, as he thinks the TV should be off during the challenge. I however like to relax this way and don’t think it’s that bad if you’re not used to combining it with eating.

21:00 Feeling sleepy and put the laptop away. Sweet dreams!

The topmost feelings from today were that I liked the juices more than the day before, but my energy level was still quite low. The headache was not that bad anymore, so I guess my need for caffeine is slightly fading. After the yoga session my humor was high and my friend’s pep talk made it even higher. No big struggles and that’s a bit surprising. I actually enjoy following the instructions, not having to think about what to make for dinner, haha.

Tomorrow I’ll share the last day’s feelings and give you a summary of the whole experience.

Wish you all a lovely Friday!

xx mybohem

 

A healthy outside starts from the inside

– Robert Urich

I believe nutrition has a big impact on our health and what we put in our body reflects from our external being. I’m far from perfect when it comes to healthy eating but I usually notice from my energy level and overall being, when I should start putting extra attention to my diet. My weak point is that I’m a lazy cook and I hate grocery shopping, so I tend to eat just whatever we happen to have at home, usually something super easy and quick. I’m lucky, we don’t have all too much crap at hand, haha.

Juicing is both easy and quick and I guess that’s why I like it so much! You can do endless variations and hardly ever fail, all the juices are simply delicious. This autumn I decided, I’d try the 3-Day Juice Challenge by Jason Vale in hope to get extra energy and also out of curiosity. I want to find out if there’s any changes I can feel and see in myself in just three days. I will share my experience with you and hope you get inspired as well!

Preparations – Prepping, Shopping & Chopping

I bought the Jason Vale’s 3-Day Juice Challenge app already a few weeks ago and wanted to really get familiar with the contents. I think it was good to have enough time to get myself into the right mood and also to choose the perfect timing for the challenge.

I decided to start my challenge on Wednesday,  and I happened to have a facial on Tuesday, which was a perfect way to relax before the challenge. After my facial, I did all the grocery shopping and went home to do some preparations. I washed and chopped all the ingredients for the next day’s breakfast, lunch and afternoon drinks, and put them into own bowls in the fridge to wait for the morning. In the evening I had a little headache, I guess it was from the facial and the massage, so I went early to bed to get a good night sleep.

In this picture you can see almost all the vegetables and fruits I’m going to consume during the 3-Day Juice Challenge. According to Jason Vale it’s as much as an average person would consume in three weeks. I don’t have a problem with this, it looks so fresh and delicious!

 

Day 1 – Feeling good, energy low

After my usual morning routines, I started to prepare the first three juices for breakfast, lunch (Detox Special) and afternoon (H20 Detox). I made the lunch and afternoon drinks ready and put them into large bottles to take with me to work. To get it all done, I had to wake up a bit earlier than normally, but it was really good that I chopped all the ingredients ready into own bowls the evening before. This made it so much smoother!

07:00 Here I go, I drink the first juice for breakfast (Detox Special) and one large cup of mint tea. I feel full after the drink and I like the taste as well.

8:00 At work I would  normally take a double-double espresso but now I go for a large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

9:00 Feeling great, two hours later still feeling full in my stomach!

10:30 A large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

11:30 A little headache, could be from yesterday’s facial and massage…

11:30 First time starting to feel slightly hungry.

12:00 Lunch drink (Detox Special), a large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water. I had a bit cold fingers but otherwise I feel good. The drink is the same as in the morning so that’s maybe a bit boring but it tastes okay anyway.

13:30 A large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

16:00 Ashtanga yoga. This is the second class in a long time but I feel really good during the whole exercise. No headache, hunger or thirst.

17:30 Afternoon drink (H20 Detox). I empty the whole one liter bottle in just a few minutes and feel quite full again. Starting to have a headache again.

18:00 Preparing the dinner drink and chopping next days ingredients ready into bowls. Starting to feel a bit annoyed about washing the juicer, but remind myself It’s the same thing with any cooking.

19:00 Dinner (Beyond Detox). The juice tastes better than the earlier ones, so I drink it with a great appetite. Afterwards I start to feel exhausted…

19:30 Bedtime… Yes!? I can’t remember this happening ever before. I feel good in my body but just extremely tired, so I give in to this feeling and actually go to sleep.

The summary of the day would be that I felt really good but not that energetic. I had a headache throughout the whole day, but felt that it was a bit better during the yoga session. I suspect the headache was caused from the massage I got on Tuesday during my facial, as all the blood circulation revived, but of course it can have something to do with the new diet also. I’m positively surprised I didn’t feel any hunger or cravings the whole day.

Tomorrow I’ll share my experience from Day 2, so stay tuned!

xx mybohem

 

The home should be a treasure chest of living

– Le Corbusier

I’m thrilled! I found a new member to our old furniture collection; a wooden sideboard which will work nicely in our living room.  It’s obviously old and it was quite dirty when we got it, in desperate need to be cleaned and freshened up. Although, I could see a great outcome in my mind, I have to admit, this exceeded my expectations – it’s simply perfect! I was lucky enough to be the first one to reserve it in a flea market and we picked it up already the same evening. It was a bargain, not expensive at all if you compare to similar ones. I’m so glad the living room is slowly taking the look and feeling, which I’ve desired.

This weekend was nice, although I felt a bit ineffective. That often happens to me when I’m having a lot of plans in my head. Today I’ll go and get myself a new project, which means I’ll have quite a few furniture already in need for new paint. I have chalk paint for that purpose, so I’ll share some of the steps with you later on.

Have a really nice Monday!

xx mybohem

 

Buy less, choose well, make it last

– Vivienne Westwood

Musla is a blog I’ve been following more or less ever since the beginning when it was still only written by Kirsikka. I love the way she writes, it’s really entertaining and inspiring at the same time. I admire (and secretly envy) her wardrobe and home, both so stylish! The latest thing she’s inspired me to question is my own consumption habits, especially when it comes to buying new clothes. This spring Kirsikka started a shopping challenge, a fast, as she calls it, meaning she won’t be buying any new clothes in 365 days. Respect!

It sounded quite easy to me at first but when I really started to think about it, I understood it would be everything else than that. Already looking back on this year I can’t believe the amount of clothes I’ve bought. Still, it feels my wardrobe is not any more functional than it was before. How depressing that I’ve spent money on clothes I don’t even remember… it’s so easy to just buy and forget. Way too easy.

It would be notably easier if I would be able to avoid all the temptations. I don’t hang around in shopping centers, unless I have real errands, so from that point of view I’m safe. It helps to live on the countryside, haha. The hard part is of course the Internet. There’s so many temptations in there, advertisement everywhere and different webshops bump up all the time. The marketing is both visible and invisible, so it’s a struggle both in mind and subconsciousness. What happens quite often is that I click things into the shopping basket but in the end get to my senses and leave the page. Good for me. I would otherwise be in bankruptcy.

I get by far the most influenced by advertising in blogs I read. There’s numerous times a blog post has triggered me to buy something. That’s why I find it so refreshing and truly interesting when a blogger is carrying out a challenge like this, instead of introducing the latest fall fashion. This challenge is something everyone can do and most importantly, afford. This would actually save your money and on the side of that, you would be doing a favor to the environment.

Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.

― Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

Another very interesting blog post in Musla, related to this topic, was written by Mia a few days ago. She was writing about how we should change our perspective and attitudes towards old, worn out and shabby things, we should value the things we already own and only buy secondhand. She had been inspired by a Japanese aesthetics called wabi-sabi. The idea behind wabi-sabi is to embrace imperfection in all things, appreciate our planet and live a more simple life where wealth, status, power and luxury are not things to be chased after.

This concept really fascinates me, and I think this is something worth striving for, at least when it comes to consumption of new things, especially clothes. I highly appreciate the fact that Musla bloggers are bringing up these topics in such an engrossing way. It has made me stop for a while and reflect on my own habits and I believe this will definitely help me being more self-aware and critical in the future when making the decision to buy or not to buy. So thank you Musla for being such an inspirational and exemplary blog!

Have a lovely wabi-sabi weekend!

xx mybohem

 

 

 

If a book is well written, I always find it too short

– Jane Austen

I wish I would read more books, but for some reason I haven’t done it in a very long time. When I was younger, I remember always having a book unfinished on the nightstand, and also enjoyed all kinds of literature from Agatha Christie to Emily BrontĂŤ. Nowadays, I’m too often just relaxing by watching vain TV shows. I don’t know why it has felt so hard to just pick a book and start reading, but instead of doing that I’ve created another solution – audio books!

When I started my summer vacation this year, I had decided to do changes to my reading habits. Just by chance I happened to read about the BookBeat app in one of my favorite blogs and remembered the audio book recommendations from my friends and sister. I decided to give it a go and test the app. And so, one summer evening I did something I’d been longing to do, only now without an actual book in my hands: I took a glass of wine (or was it perhaps cider), crawled under a blanket in one of our beach chairs out in the garden and started to listen to the debut novel by Jo Nesbø, The Bat. That’s one of the best me-time memories from this summer, so relaxing!

Now I’ve been using BookBeat for a couple of months and already listened to several books. My new routine is to listen to an audio book, instead of the radio, while driving and it feels so great to do something “useful” with all that time spent in the car. I don’t have a long way to work but the drive there and back home takes around 40 minutes per day, which is enough time to keep the listening progress reasonable. The morning me-time in the car suddenly doesn’t feel that bad at all and I’ve started to look forward to those moments. Jo Nesbø’s character Harry Hole is now keeping me company, haha.

I’ll keep up with this routine and maybe it’ll  even encourage me to grab a real book sometime soon, who knows. By the way, I was laughing at the book selection in my bookshelf with  one of my friends the other day. It surely doesn’t give the best picture about mine or my husbands taste of literature. The selection is a mixture of child and youth books, grammars, history books, chick lit and fashion opuses, detective and fantasy stories, as well as classic novels and the latest bestsellers – well, actually, now when I think about it, it maybe doesn’t give the best picture of our, or let’s say my taste, but it definitely gives a very honest one of me anyway. I’m a person who likes to mix things and gets emotional ties to old stuff. That’s why the idea of selling my old books has not even come to mind. It’s silly I know, but that’s just the way I’m with certain things. I will never ever sell any of my books or CD’s. Period. This was maybe a bit off topic…

…but I hope you enjoyed it anyway. Have a cozy evening!

xx mybohem