Getting To Know You 05.02.2019

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I’m on a diet. A quite strict diet. Which makes me fantasize about all the rubbish food I cannot eat. So my question for today is: What is your favourite rubbish food?

Mine? Well, I do love nacho nite! But in this case, I have to say cake batter! I cannot bake a cake, but I will eat an entire bowl of batter! Gross, huh?

What is your favourite rubbish food?

-Mliae

 

January Declutter Challenge Is Complete! Shall We Continue It?

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Good day, my peoples!

Firstly, the *feature photo is NOT of my home. This was a pic I sourced from Pixabay. (although at times, I have felt that this is my life)*

January is over and my January declutter challenge is past its conclusion date. This declutter challenge really got me motivated. I would actually like to continue the challenge on a month-by-month basis. Although I would really like to challenge myself and you, for all of 2019, that’s a big ask. I prefer having declutter buddies throughout this process as it somehow makes it so much easier. So, I think I will continue this challenge for February and I do hope you will continue with me!

For my last half of the January declutter, I purged 1 item a day (at least!). I realized early on in this challenge that paper clutter is my biggest problem. Bills (ooohhh…the bills!), Magazines (which I successfully managed to purge. Yay for me!) and books. I have always had a weakness for books. Everyone knows this, so I receive even more books. Occasionally, I get gifts of whatever some people manage to find at the used book shop for basically free. The problem with this is; Although people know I like to read, they have no idea what I like to read. I feel full of guilt to rid myself of gifts, so I keep them. I keep them all. This creates some spacial issues. (Also created the RBRC) Speaking the truth, I hate romance novels. I’m not a big vampyr fan, and research written in the 70’s is out of date many times over. So, I purged. This was my focus for the last 2 weeks. Purging my books and only my books. I gave away +2 full bags of books, then created 1 shelf for my ‘to-reads’ (Especially for the RBRC) and then I can pass these along (& hopefully the dictionary also!).

Looking at my shelves now feel so nice. A relief almost. It started me thinking about things. It’s strange how we spend so much time wanting items, but then when our homes are ‘full’ all we want to do is to clean it. How much time and energy of our lives do we actually invest into our possessions?  In my mind, it is quite much. This should be something we take into consideration when making future purchasing decisions. Because that book costs far more than the 10 cents someone paid for it. I was surprised to find that I had been dragging these books around with me for years. Why? How much of my mental and physical energy have I wasted on some junk that I won’t ever read? How much space has it taken in my small home? How much extra electric have I paid for these items to be there? (This is a big one when sorting the refrigerator) How many times have I dusted these useless items?

Now on to more important matters…. How was your January declutter challenge?

365 Days of New posted about her success with the January declutter Challenge and she has photos!

Janet’s Writing Blog posted about her success this month and drops a big hint that tells me maybe she continues with me?? 😀 😀

I am pinging some of the awesome people who joined in with not only this declutter challenge, but varying degrees of eliminating the junk, and I cannot wait to hear how it went!

Unexpected in Common Hours

Ghost MNC

Leggy Peggy

Saguren

Through My Lens

Elle Knowles

Time in our lives is valuable. I hardly think that there is anyone out there who actually enjoys cleaning. So isn’t it time we surround ourselves only with the people, items and activities which we enjoy and let everything else go?

Let’s keep this decluttering train rolling! Who’s with me for February?

-Mliae

*Feature photo sourced via Pixabay

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Quirky Quotes 03.02.2019

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‘You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams.’

-Dr. Seuss

I wish you all a happy time leading to Valentine’s!

-Mliae

*Photo sourced via Dr. Seuss ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

I Am Not Posting The RBRC This Month

Hello all 🙂

I hope that you were able to find some relatable data from the Blog Following Experiment that I posted 2 days ago.

Due to all of the work/research/organizing I have spent my time on recently, I have been unable to get through an entire book (or one that is relevant more than in my own corner of the earth) this month. So, I am postponing the Recycled Book Reading Challenge until 1 March.

Please do feel free to link to your own RBRC posts so that I may link to them as well!

Thank you for understanding

-Mliae


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The Blog Following Experiment is Complete!

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Well, my people, I’ve done it! I have completed the year long blog following experiment! Can you believe that a year has already passed? Where does the time go so quickly?! For those of you that are unfamiliar with this experiment of mine, allow me to explain. As many of us do, I got really frustrated following blogs that would suddenly stop, or disappear.  I started to do some online researching (because, well, that’s what I do!) and some of the articles I found were… eye-opening. Like this post from Hellbound Bloggers which states that ‘…out of every 100 newbie bloggers, around 90 hang up their boots even before enjoying a trivial amount of success’. (Singhal, Harshit, 23 April 2017) or this beauty from the New York Times which cites a 2008 survey by Technorati and says ‘only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs that the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to roughly 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned…’ ( Quenquay, Douglas,5 June 2009) I kept telling myself, that this can’t just be true! So, I decide to do a little test for myself. You can find the full blogpost here explaining this whole process.

Results:

  • I followed 1000 blogs at random for 12 months:
  • Sites remaining after 1 year: 480 = 48% of total
    • Of those 480 sites, 346 had been updated within 7 days.
  • Month 1: 80 sites removed in February, which hadn’t updated the site in 2 months,  8% of total
  • Month 2: 95 sites removed in March, which hadn’t update in 2 months. 9,5% of total
  • Month 3: 0 sites removed in April. 0% of total. This has my attention. What’s happening in April?
  • Month 4: 25 sites removed in Maj, which hadn’t update in 2 months. 2,5% of total
  • Month 5: 23 sites removed in June, which hadn’t updated in 2 months. 2,3% of total.
  • Month 6: 35 sites removed in July, which hadn’t updated in 2 months. 3,5% of total
  • Month 7: 29 sites removed in August, which hadn’t updated in 2 months. 2,9% of total
  • Month 8: 23 sites removed in September, which hadn’t updated in 2 months. 2,3% of total
  • Month 9: 33 sites removed in October, which hadn’t been updated in 2 month. 3,3% of total
  • Month 10: 26 sites removed in November, which hadn’t been updated in 2 months. 2,6% of total
  • Month 11: 50 sites removed in December, which hadn’t been updated in 2 months. 5% of total
  • Month 12: 83 sites removed in January, 2019, which hadn’t been updated in 1 month or more. 8,3% of total
  • 18 sites were formatted where the posting dates were unavailable/hidden. 1,8% of total

Analysis: 

Although my small, unprofessional experiment shows that 52% of the blogs I followed were left abandoned within the year. This is a large difference to the 75%-95% of failing blogs that I read about.

It does seem to my mind that the reports were accurate in that the larger percentile of blogs left abandoned were within the time frame of the first 3-6 months of the blog’s creation.

Surprisingly, there seems to be an interesting pattern regarding the time of year. This may be entirely coincidence, but it seems that a higher percentage of blogs are ‘abandoned’ during the winter months. I very much want to know why April seems to be a magical month for blogging! Not even 1 blog was left unattended for the 2 month limit during the month of April. Which tells me that something is happening during March/April that is affecting blogging motivation. This may warrant further study, as I am unable to stop thinking about it.

34,6% of the total blogs studied had updated within 7 days of the end of the experiment. Many (but not all) of these blogs have an excess of 1000 followers. This could be approached from the view that more followers, leads to more blogging focus. OR that higher blogging focus leads to more followers. Either or neither could be true.

Methodology:

  • Follow 1000 blogs directly from the reader in a range of topics at varying times of day. I didn’t read them, I just hit the follow button on the top few posts under each topic. Wait several hours and repeat so as to gain a variety of nationalities. This lasted several days.
  • Once monthly, I would remove the blogs that had not been updated in 2 months. I would collect data and record it in experiment excel file. (colour-coded by month unfollowed)
  • On January of 2019 (the final month of the experiment) I removed all blogs which had not been updated in 1 month or more. Data was collected, recorded & coded in excel file.
  • On January of 2019, I recorded data as well on all remaining blogs that had been updated within 7 days.
  • Recorded data counted and recorded in above ‘results’ section

Methodological issues that could result in false data:

  • I was unable to give accurate monthly updates, as I first thought I would be able to. This is due to the fact that 1000 blogs is ALOT and when you go ‘manage blogs’, I noticed that only part of them would display. Even when I waited patiently, changed the order…It still could not display the entire list. This also needs to be taken into account when considering the things that could have affected the outcome of my experiment.
  • Blogs followed were followed directly from the reader > discover > tags section. As it would distort data to include some languages, but not others, I used only english language in the tags search (as it seems to be the most widely used language on this platform). This has limited the control group to blogs written in the english language.
  • 1,8% of total blogs followed did not show (on my reader or their sites) the date of last update. So there is a 1,8% unknown variable

So this is what I have found, people. I did invest much time into this experiment and I hope that I was able to offer some data that you find interesting. There are some surprises in this which I think may warrant further investigation.

Thank you for reading and you are welcome to share this if you wish.

-Mliae

*Sources:

Pixabay, Feature photo

Quenquay, Douglas, ‘Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest’ New York Times, 5 June 2009

Singhal, Harshit, ‘5 Reasons Why Most Bloggers Quit Blogging Within 6 Months’ Hellbound Bloggers, 23 April 2017


*This blog experiment was a small-scale, personal experiment for blogging/entertainment purposes which should in no way be considered as professional, publishable data.

Getting to Know You 29.01.2019

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I read an interesting blog post about 1 week ago (which, of course, I am unable to find so I can link to it now…) which was talking about the insecurity that particular blogger had. ‘Will you like this?’ ‘ Do I suck?’ ‘ Will anyone read this?’ and I had to comment. I comment that, well, we all suck! Hah. That I think that our real-ness is what makes blogs so popular. When we are reading a blog vs. any kind of marketing material, we all feel a bit at ease because we know (in most cases) that there is a real person behind it. A real person with real emotions, experiences, needs… Not a team of marketing professionals that are blending together the ideal persona for their particular branding needs.

This blog post, really made me think. There are basic needs that every one of us has. We all need to be loved. We all need to survive. We all need to feel like our lives are worthwhile. And I think that we, as publishers, all need to feel appreciated for putting ourselves out there!

So my question for today is: Do you have these same needs and insecurities?

I know I do!

-Mliae


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Win a $1,000 Credit?

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Mmmm… Yyyyeeeeeppp!

So here’s the thing; I don’t, quite much never, post promotions / contests. (Okei, you got me – I did do the January sales) but beyond that – Never ever! It’s just not my thing. But, I digress. Gabriel & Co. Fine Jewelry is having several promotions at the moment. This is the one I actually thought ‘hey, can’t get easier than that! Maybe a reader or 2 may be interested in this.’ and decided to post about it. Because hey, I like simple 🙂

The promotion is to visit the Gabriel website, sign up to their email newsletter, and automatically be entered to win a $1000 store credit! Pretty cool, pretty simple & pretty shiny!

If you are interested, just click the following banner. If not, it’s all cool 😉


What Do Women Want, Fine Jewelry

PS- I am unsure if this is restricted to only U.S. citizens, or if this applicable internationally. (Fingers crossed for Int’l, I would LLLLOOOOVVVEEE $1,000 store credit! Does that count for my shopping ban?) There are also additional contests going on at the moment on the Gabriel NY site, so if this IS your thing, make sure to check out the social media campaign/competition as well.

Here’s to hoping this adds 1 more win to my ‘people winning stuff off my site’ streak! 😀

-Mliae

*Feature photo kindly uh-hum ‘borrowed’ from the Gabriel New York website.

7 Months In On My Shopping Ban and I’m Not OK.

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This summer, I lost my mind. I decided I would challenge myself to live as sustainably as possible. To only grow my own food or purchase locally produced food items. To learn how to bake. And to embark on a 1 year shopping ban. No trial runs, just go do it! The food thing didn’t last long. The shopping ban, however, has lasted 7 months. (Probably because, well… I got goodies for Birthdays & Holidays)

Why am I not Ok, you ask? I’ll tell you. I’m not OK because I want to shop. Very badly! There are a few things happening at the moment:

  • My pants are starting to wear out. Those little holes you see & think to yourself, nah, it still works. Well they eventually turn into huge rips. Usually at the most inconvenient of times! (See the day I accidentally ripped the ‘back’ of my favourite pants and found myself being taped back together at a strangers desk!)
  • It’s really cold and I just don’t feel pretty when its cold. Too many layers, not enough warmth. And when your eyes/nose are watering and your eyelashes freeze, bothering to put on makeup, only to have it dissipate after a few minutes in the elements just doesn’t happen.
  • I’m (too) selective. Because of my %100 natural fibre neurosis, I have to spend a crazy amount of time researching items before I buy them. So many stores don’t even have products that fall into this category! So sometimes I make myself feel better by walking into a store that I know has nothing I’ll buy, then I can leave having purchased nothing and feel good about myself. This usually works. Until, that is, the store surprises me and has something that fits both my fibre needs & my size. That turns into a challenge quickly.
  • As an affiliate, I get the opportunity to browse a lot of dream products. And that I do (see fibre neurosis) as I refuse to promote anything I don’t want myself! And that’s the magic phrase right there. I want it myself. I want so much of it myself! Hand-crafted stilettos? Oh yes, those will be mine! Cruelty-free alpaca? You know it!  But I have to wait. Stalk. Save… In the meanwhile, I’m like a trapped monkey here.
  • And, speaking the truth, I just love the occasional new goodie. Does that make me a terrible person?

I never guessed that 7 months without buying myself a new outfit or shoes would result in shaking and sweating. How is this even possible? I don’t actually shop that much when I allow myself to because, well, I have to save for those purchases that I really desire. So it is quite the surprise to me that I am getting bored with my clothing. There was a year when I couldn’t afford to purchase myself anything. I saved and saved and was finally able to buy a cute dress with little red apple print on it. I loved that dress and wore it far beyond the 50€ I paid for it. I was so happy about it! So this is where I am questioning what is happening. Of course, I would love to go out and buy every piece of sustainable luxury that I like. Wouldn’t we all? But what has me stumped, is that those very few pieces I have fallen in love with, well, I find myself obsessing over them. Like somehow my life will be better if I own them. And that isn’t true, is it? What good is a pair of stilettos to me when I’m knee deep in snow? (Granted, the alpaca would actually keep me warm.) But yet I really feel like somehow if I have these items, my life will change for the better. And that just doesn’t seem healthy. Or true.

Now, I have actually been doing good things too. I have a daily system that reminds me that I absolutely should NOT be purchasing any clothing or accessories right now. But that is its own blog post, so more on that later.

I have also discovered that I don’t actually own that much. Thank you, for all the comments! It really helped me to put things in perspective. I really had no idea the number of contents of my wardrobe are comparatively small.

Any advice on how to calm the shopping anxiety?
-Mliae

Random Factoids 24.1.2019

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‘There are 5 temples in Kyoto, Japan that have blood stained ceilings. The ceilings are made from the floorboards of a castle where warriors killed themselves after a long hold-off against an army. To this day you can still see the outlines and the footprints.’

Creeeeppppy! An interesting fact, though. Try pulling this bad boy out on your next trivia night!

-Mliae

*Source: livin3

A Single Stop for European Rail Travel

Product Review: Guinot Longue Vie Cou

For those of you who don’t feel like reading the full review, I’ll make this short: Save your money.

Guinot Longue vie products have been hailed as containing a miraculous mix of proteins, vitamins and amino acids which was supposedly developed in a hospital burn unit to create an optimal potion for cell renewal. I have used quite a few of their products. Some make me feel good, some do not. This one does not.

This product is supposed to increase cell regeneration and smoothing in the décolleté and neck areas.  However, I have been using this product twice daily for quite some time now and the results have been – Zero. OK, maybe I’m being unfair. Let’s say…2%.

Now, I will admit that I am beginning to show some signs of aging. Especially from the sun. However, I have always made skincare a priority so I like to think that I am not yet at the point of no return. (i.e.; I am not living in turtlenecks yet)  I do not mind paying a premium price for a premium product which delivers good results. I do mind paying a premium price for a product that works just as well as my super market hand cream. Guinot products are mainly available only in spa’s (although I have recently noticed a few available online) which supports the marketing image of a superior product and which also makes this so much more the disappointment.

This 30 ml bottle runs at about 80 €. Trust me, you do not want to spend that kind of money on this kind of product. With that price, you could buy products that actually do work like Guerlain, Ahava or Chanel.

You don’t have to listen to me. Of course not. But creating awareness of the million products that do and do not actually work – no BS included – is why I began this blog to begin with. So…

If anyone has tried this product, please share your experience with it! I am aware that my thoughts are not necessarily the majority and it would be nice to hear from all perspectives.

Thank you and GGGRRRRR…!

-Mliae

Getting to Know You 22.01.2019

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If you could get in a plane/train/bus and go anywhere in the world, today. Where would you go?

I think I would run to someplace peaceful & warm. It’s so cold today! I’ve been seeing a lot about Bahamas recently. Maybe I would go there!

-Mliae

Sharing My Favourite January Sales!

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Hello all 🙂

Okei, I’m first going to apologize for posting a blog post full of affiliate banners. I would roll my eyes if I saw this, so I’m certain you probably are as well. I hope this apology manages to take away some of the creepy. Speaking the truth, I wasn’t sure how else to do this. As an affiliate, I get advance notice of really good sales. Apparently, everyone is having a really good sale at the moment. As much as I love luxury everything, I never pay full price for it. I always wait for a sale, and I know that many of you are the same way. So I wanted to share these if any of the companies are companies that you like and have been waiting for a good deal to come your way. So that’s what this is about. I can promise you that this will not be a frequent occurrence on this blog.

Please also note that I am very selective about who I affiliate with. I only affiliate myself with those products or companies that I truly believe in myself. If I wouldn’t buy it myself,  I most definitely am not going to promote it  to you 😉

Because we are a world audience, I have opted to categorise my sales info according to geographical availability. And yes, I am placing banners instead of individual products because there are just so many that it will devour my entire years’ worth of storage. Sorry, you have to sort out what you like yourselves! ;D

Here we go, awesome January sales!

Global:

Mix & Match

John Robshaw is famous for his hand made, handcut, and hand painted or block printed textiles. They are gorgeous and I am waiting for the moment that I can fill my home with his pieces. He is currently having a 50% off winter sale and you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! Sales happen rarely and I suggest you take advantage when the opportunity arises!

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All sustainable & free trade items at Globein 😀 I genuinely love this place.
USA:


Ok, Kitchen Aid is actually having a 50% off sale with just about everything right now! Attachments, countertop appliances, ovens, fridges, stand mixers (both reg & mini in fun colours) which is insane because I really really want a stand mixer in the ice colour! (yeah, I’m doing the 50’s themed kitchen) Anyway, hubby has wanted one of these for sooo long and it’s actually affordable now! Kitchen Aid does have an international site and I suggest you check that also for January sales!


Winter Clearance- Up to 40% off Select Gear that Outworks Winter  

For a lady who spends a lot of time outdoors & in quite heavy weather, Carhartt workgear is my go-to. This stuff lasts forever!

Trendy Ethical Styles

 

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Life and Home Storage and Bin items

This start-up is a 1 stop shopping for

all home repair & reno items. You’re welcome 🙂

 

 

 

Available to EU only: 


 

*Cosme-DE has every skincare product imaginable, including La Mer and SK II

Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope you manage to snag a great deal on something you’ve been stalking for awhile!

-Mliae

*Feature photo sourced via Pixabay

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Happy Weekend all 🙂
This recipe for crunchy roasted chickpeas from www.nancy-c.com had to be shared! We do eat a lot of chickpeas in our home and this looks like such a delightful way to try them! We are trying to ‘snack healthier’ and you can’t really get much healthier snacks than this!
I only have 1 question: If you have dehydrated chickpeas, do you still need to soak and then dry them again, or…? Either way, we will figure it out. I hope my dear Husband reads this post. He is our resident chickpea genius 😉
I hope you find this as delightful as I did!
Thank you, Nancy, for allowing me to share this!
-Mliae


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Taking The Weekend Off The Diet

So, I’ve been doing kept and intermittent fasting. So far, it’s going great! I have lost the holiday weight. Yay!

I have also been torturing myself. As you can see, I have spent A LOT of time reading food blogs recently. And it’s making me hungry. But I love food blogs, so alas, I read. But hey, food bloggers, could you maybe not put such amazing photos of your delicious dishes? If you could just make your creations look ugly, that would really help me out. Thanks ;P

Add all those drool-worthy recipes to a massive dose of daily stress and guess what you get? Me, on a comfort food weekend. That’s what. And it’s going to happen. So, we’ll see on Monday what kind of damage I have done to myself. In the meanwhile, I will enjoy every moment of it!

Chips down the hatch!

-Mliae

Peaches and Cream Scones

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I am loving this peach scone recipe from www.pottsboilingover.com and I cannot wait to try making these! This dish looks truly amazing as do so many of the dishes on this website! If you love sweets you don’t see anywhere else, you will love this site.
Thank you, Potts boiling over, for allowing me to share this!

Enjoy!

-Mliae


Random Factoids: 17.1.2019

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Have you heard the saying ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’? That saying supposedly came into being in England during the 17th century when there were many homeless cats and dogs that would drown during heavy storms and float down the streets, making it appear as if it had, in fact, been raining cats and dogs.

Morbid, but interesting. I often wonder about the origins of sayings that seem so bizarre.

Have you heard about this one?

-Mliae

*Source: Livin3

January Declutter Challenge

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Hello all 🙂

First off, no, this is not my home. I sourced the feature photo via Pixabay. However, sometimes this is how it feels when you’re drowning in clutter. (Or when you initially combine households or add flatmates) We’ve ALL been there!

As I mentioned in my Happy New Year post, I have set forth a 31 day challenge for those who wish to join me, to discard one item every day for the month of January. Discard meaning: Give away, donate, sell, use up or toss. At the end of the month, you have successfully rid yourself of 31 items and at 1 item per day, hopefully no-one has gone into  a state of shock.

I actually love this challenge! I have been keeping a record of what I am able to discard daily. Sometimes it has been nothing more than an empty jar of daycream. However, since I only need 1 jar and not 3, this jar will not be replaced and therefore counts 😉 For the first half of this month I have managed to toss 2 chipped coffee mugs and several chipped/cracked plates plus 3 random salad bowl that go with nothing and usually find themselves being used for plants. I forced myself to go into the depths of my wardrobe (depths meaning: I love this, but it’s 3 sizes off what I wear and there’s no need to hang onto it in case I lose weight) and donated several beloved pieces for a Red Cross initiative. This wasn’t exactly easy. However, I think I have found my surprise nemesis. Books and magazines. It has come to my attention that I collect magazines. I never knew I collected them, but judging from the piles of years out of date publications – I’m a hoarder. Yikes! I pulled them out from every corner I had just managed to stuff them after reading. I flipped through them all to make sure I had indeed read it (yes – all of them), tore out any wow-me recipes and begrudgingly put them in the bin. There were a lot. And I am still finding them! As for the next half of this month, well, I will be doing that day-by-day.

As for the wonderful people who decided to join me, I’m linking to you and asking you: How’s it going?

Janet

365 Days of New

Ray

Unexpected in Common Hours

I would really love for anyone else who feels inspired to join us in the challenge, to join in! There are no requirements like reblogging or even posting about it yourself. Just 1 thing a day on the journey to a cleaner, simpler, happier lifestyle.

How are you controlling your clutter?

-Mliae
*Photo sourced via Pixabay

Project Make – Candles

via Project Make – Candles

Hello there!

I wanted to share this great post via My Colorful Life. As you know, I have been searching for ideas on things I can make for gifts, instead of spending a ton of money on gifts people may or may not actually like. I have been trying to get the mustard situation down, but I just cannot allow myself to make it strictly by the recipe. Time to try something new. Candle-making is such a super idea and Suzi makes this seem so…possible!

I hope you enjoy this post as much as I have. Thank you, Suzi, for allowing me to share this!

-Mliae

*This post was reblogged via Press, so you need to click the link to read the full post


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Window Shopping Day

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What do you do when you’re feeling blah? Well, window shop, of course!

I am not feeling so pretty or sexy today. It’s cold out and I’m wearing so many layers that I look like a marshmallow. I am dreaming of clothes that make me feel….feminine. With heels of course! So I hit the net in search of all the things I would purchase for myself to uplift my mood. Because let’s face it, days are just much better when you feel…pretty 🙂

Since I am currently unable to indulge in the January sales, the only way I am able to ‘purchase’ pretty things and show them off …. is here. This gives a whole new meaning to living vicariously through the internet.

So here is my virtual outfit for the day (please excuse the formatting, I am always learning…):
Tribal-Inspired Beaded Necklace

Thompson Tote - Darby Scott

 

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Post contains affiliate links. That only means that if you decide to browse or purchase items, I may make a small commission at no additional charge to you.

*Feature photo sourced via Pixabay

Making Sushi Is No Mystery

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On this happy Saturday, I had to share this fantastic recipe for sushi with a Hawaiian twist from www.chicksonthecase.com
If you haven’t already checked out their great site, please do, its lots of fun!
Thank you Leslie for allowing me to share this delicious recipe!

Readers, You Decide!

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Hello there 🙂

Today, I want to ask you about posting some of my series’ a bit more often. I have noticed that my ‘Quirky Quotes‘, ‘Random Factoids‘ and ‘Getting to Know You‘ series’ have actually had a much better response than I ever imagined they would. I have tons of fun with these also, so I have been going back-and-forth on the idea of doing them weekly, as opposed to monthly as I do now.

I originally opted to post these monthly because 1) I never imagined anyone other than myself would have so much fun with it and…2) I was only posting 2-3 times weekly. I am now posting more often so it would not be difficult at all to include these on a more frequent basis as well.

You are the ones reading my blog, so I leave this question in your very capable hands. Would you like to see more of these, or prefer I keep it the way it is now?

What do you think?

-Mliae

Horrifying Statistics

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STD’s, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, those moments when you are glad to be in a monogamous relationship…. this is the not so delicate topic I would like to talk about today. Allow me to rephrase that: This is the not so delicate topic no-one wants to speak about, but I now feel as though there is no option but to discuss this…today.

I’ll begin by saying that I am a numbers person. I’m a nerd, this I do not deny. I enjoy looking at annual statistics and thinking about them in relation to the times that we live in. So, I was doing some stat surfing since we’re in the new year and I happened across something quite terrifying. That something was the Center for Disease Control statics on STD’s. How I found myself here, I have no idea, as I was actually looking at economic data. But then, the rise in healthcare costs per household and I found myself here.

This is the following data for the USA via the CDC and world Gov websites:

  • ‘1,7 million cases of Chlamydia – a 22% increase since 2013’
  • ‘555,608 cases of Gonorrhea – a 67% increase since 2013’
  • ‘30,644 cases of Syphilis – a 76% increase since 2013’
  • ‘918 cases of Congenital Syphilis – a 154% increase since 2013’
  • According to HIV gov, there were 36,9 million people globally living with AIDS in 2017.

Doesn’t this scare you? It should. It scares me.

I will spare you my puzzlement on the matter, as I am sure you are asking yourself the same questions I am.

Now look, I get it. It’s baffling. It’s frustrating. And with all of the information available around the world about how to prevent STD’s, it is mind boggling that there is a constant increase in the number of cases in this day of instant global access to information. It’s also tricky. Given that the ‘S’ in STD is the abbreviation for Sexual, we tend to automatically make the assumption that these diseases are spread by sheer carelessness in that moment of passion. Not necessarily so. There are actually STD’s than can be contracted without unprotected sexual contact. For instance: Hepatitis, Mulloscum contagiosum, Trichonomas v, trichomoniasis, mono, scabies and those ever-feared creepy crawlies can all be contracted without direct skin on skin or bodily fluid contact. (oh yea….can you feel the anxiety level changing? Amazing how that happens…)

I remember, many years ago, when I helped at a charitable donations center. I would spend my Saturdays sorting donated clothing for people in need. All good. However, the problem arose when every once in awhile a hastily packed bag would find itself in front of you. You would find serviettes in the pockets, needles, medications and all sorts of interesting items crammed in along side business suits and dresses. Now that was a panic mode for me. We kept a bottle of vodka on hand for those types of ’emergencies’. (No, not for drinking, but for disinfecting.) And it was at this time that I realized that I should test regularly, just to make sure that nothing unexpected came my way. And I did. Many of us did; 1-2 times annually.

Although the statistics are horrifying in their intensity, it is possible to help keep those numbers from climbing further by being proactive and aware.

Please, I cannot stress this enough…. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, please remember to get an STD screening at least once annually – just to make sure all is well!

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae


*These Statistics are based on 2017 information. 2018 stats have not yet been released.

*Photo sourced via Pixabay

Off – Days

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Do you ever have those off – days when you have the best of intentions but the worst of plans? That’s me, today. I find myself just walking in circles, thinking about all the things I should be doing but just can’t seem to manage actually doing.

How do you handle those days?

-Mliae

*Photo sourced via Pixabay

Skype… WTF?!

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Skype. I’m not a big fan. However, this application does prove useful for certain blog and business related scenarios. Or, it did. But guess what yours truly did…

I opened my computer to research a few things and I realized that Skype was running. Not just running, but, still on a call, running! Apparently, when we were having the storm that kept cutting the electricity, and I was on a Skype conference at the time the electricity cut, the call somehow never fully disconnected and I had been LIVE BROADCASTING on a Skype call for more than 3 days! OMG! How this is possible, I do not understand. When the electric cut, everything went off. But there it was – Skype – still running from my last call! IIIIIKKK!

I think I am done with Skype.

To say ’embarrassing’ is just not adequate.

-Mliae

*Photo sourced via Pixabay

December RBRC: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

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Hi there,

My apologies for the delay in post. The electric cuts continued throughout 2 days, but now all seems to be running well again.

My book for the December Recycled Book Reading Challenge is: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. In my mind, this book falls into the romance and supernatural genres. The romance genre is not something that has ever appealed to me. However, I do sometimes get sucked into a good sci-fi or supernatural drama.

I think that this is part of The Twilight Series of books.  I have never read or watched the Twilight saga, so I really don’t know what’s going on here. While it is difficult to start reading in the middle of a seemingly complicated series, it is not impossible. I surely missed much of the characters background and the build-up to the story. But the actual storyline was ok. I think that this book is more fitting for the younger crowd, teens probably, as it seems a bit more angst-y (Is that a word?) and less … logical.

As far as this particular book goes, I had a very difficult time following it. There didn’t seem to be a cohesive, logical plot. I’m sure that the lack of clear ending was because it is part of a series. I would recommend this for teen readers, but not for the adult bookworm.  I know I’m giving the hard line on this one, but I just wasn’t excited about reading it.

If you would like to join my monthly RBRC, we would love to have you join! The basic guidelines are just to dust off one old book and read it in a month. Post your RBRC post on the 1st of the month, and let me know somehow (comments, ping, linking) and I will link to your post on my upcoming RBRC post.

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

Technical Difficulties…

We have been having a bit of a storm here which is causing occasional power disruptions, so I don’t trust that I can get a full RBRC post up today as I had planned. I will be posting again as soon as all systems are trustworthy again.

Thanks for understanding and enjoy your day!

-Mliae

Happy New Year 2019!

Today is the first page of a 365 page book. Write it well, live it well!

As so many of us seem to make unrealistic goals for ourselves during the New Year, I would like for all of us to think in manageable steps, as opposed to grande schemes this year.

As I, personally, have been trying to manage the clutter in my life this past year, I would like to challenge you to a simple 1-month exercise in eliminating clutter with me.  Don’t panic, you will not find yourself in an empty room for February.

The challenge is this: to rid yourself of only 1 item every day for the 31 days of January. It can be anything. If you are a beauty hoarder like myself, if you have multiples of an item, which won’t be replaced after use, that item counts as well. (Example, I have lots of eyeshadow. Almost every container counts except for the last 3 – because I will replace them with 3 new ones.) Same goes with multiples of lotions, shampoos, etc – when the total tally is reduced. Clothing, accessories, housewares, random dishes. Every item counts. And at the end of the month, you will find yourself with 31 items of less stress, less cleaning time and less clutter.

Whatever you decide to do for the New Year, I hope that you find much success in your hopes and dreams this coming year!

Who’s in with me?

-Mliae

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I Found This Last Night: What Do You Think?

Hello there 🙂

Hope you are all recovering nicely from the holidays!

I was sorting through some items last night and found an envelope full of newspaper articles that had been sent to me about 10 years ago. I keep these things because they are from a beloved person who always thought to send me good recipes and interesting articles from around the world.  She is dearly missed.

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This article states that researches have found some evidence that fidelity is in a persons genetic blueprint. However, as I read it, it sounds to me like ‘dad was loyal, I am loyal’. This makes me ponder the age-old question of whether or not something is genetic or environmental? I mean, those who have grown up in families where both parents are in love, loyal and know how to work through their problems are more likely to exhibit similar characteristics.

So, what do you think: Genetic or environmental?

-Mliae

Keto – 0 / Holiday Food – 1

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I am an idiot. I decided that I would start a Ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting, 1 week before the holidays. I did great. I lost 2+ Kg in that week! And then, I ate. For 3 days I ate like a normal person. It was wonderful. Guess what happened? In 3 days, I gained back 3 kgs! GGGGGRRRRRR!!!

Quite necessary to say that I hit the diet again today.

My question today is: What good is a diet if you gain it all back over a bad few days? Or is there a point when you get kind of ‘safe’?

Back in the ‘fat pants’…

-Mliae

*Photo sourced via Pixabay