Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Five Things Tuesday

The first glimpses of spring.

Well, hello there! Wishing you all a day full of smiles and happy thoughts! Hope you have a reason to smile today. xx

Drinking organic cranberry tea on a regular basis.
Cranberry tea has many health benefits. If you've never had cranberry tea before, you owe it to yourself to start drinking it.
Playing around with ISO on my camera. LEFT ISO 800. RIGHT ISO 100.


My lovely new desk accessory.

A cutie spotted during a neighbourhood walk.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Peaceful State of Mind

beautiful white flowers
Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.
Norman Vincent Peale

We all live in a busy world, there is so much happening around us, it is hard to just get away from it all and live the simple life. I often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as I can each day. At the end of the day, I'm often exhausted and stressed out from the grind, and the chaos of the day.
What if there's something we can do? We can! All it takes is a little effort to discover there are ways to feel more peace in our lives:

*Accept the things you can't change
We are human beings so we can't change everything.

*Self-Love
Allow self-love to fill you up. Self-love is important. It helps to realize that you are as important as anyone else.

*Live in the moment
The past is history. Embrace, accept and let go.

*Set Limits.
Learn to say "No".

*Slow down
Take a while to just lie down on your bed. Just relax and be there and focus on the world around you.
You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh

I need to remind myself of that daily.
Hope you have an inspiring weekend! xx 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Five Things Tuesday

 foggy country road
Baby, it's cold outside!
citrus
Fresh citrus for morning juice.
I love making lists. The main reason I love making lists is because they make me feel in control, as well as more organised. The joy comes not only from writing a list, but from ticking things off.
lovely hydrangea

Lovely Hydrangea. 
Amazing! Photo taken by pilot in the cockpit. For more: 25 awesome in-flight photos taken by pilots from the cockpit.

My dears, have a wonderful day! xx

(Bottom photo by Sebastien Conejero)

Linking to: Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake. {Chocolate Lava Cake}

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and doing something fun this Valentine's Day weekend.

We wanted to bake something for Valentine's Day and decided on a Molten Chocolate Cake,
using this recipe. This cake is pure decadence, gooey, warm, moist, and delicious to eat - bake a batch for your sweethearts.

Ingredients:

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for molds
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting molds
4 ounces (113,40 grams) bitter sweet chocolate
2 large whole eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar

We love this recipe and what better time to serve Chocolate Lava Cake than Valentine's Day?

Happy Valentine's Day weekend. Have a great one!
Lots of love. xx

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Five Things Tuesday

beer-how to quit drinking alcohol
Stress is a part of everyday life, unfortunately one way that people may choose to cope with it is by turning to alcohol. {How To Quit Drinking Alcohol.}

Hello there! Hope your week is off to a good start. xx
beautiful horses
Horses. Such gentle creatures! I cannot wait to spend a few days in the countryside when the weather gets warmer.
I love the snow!
Digging through my archives every day is reminding me that I really am passionate about photography.
Rocket (Arugula) and Prosciutto Salad. Rocket and Prosciutto Salad Recipe.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Free Photography Resources

beautiful pink roses collage
Can one ever have enough photography tips and techniques? I know I can never get enough of them. Photography is a constantly challenging area to experiment, feel, and discover. There always seems to be something to new to learn, even for experienced photographers.
With this in mind we've put together a list of some of the free photo resources for various kinds of photography that I've found so useful over the years.
Darlene - Digital Photo Mentor

*STROBIST

*APOGEE PHOTO Magazine

*FStoppers

*DIY Photography

*Florabella Collection-Textures

*The CoffeeShop Free PS/PSE Acrtions

We hope that these photography resources will be useful for anyone involved in photography.

Enjoy, have fun exploring! xx

Friday, January 30, 2015

To Live the Life You've Always Wanted...

...you must confront the issues you've always avoided.

I have to admit, I'm still trying to figure out how to live life to the fullest. Sometimes I get the feeling that all my life is going by and I'm not taking advantage of it.

A lifetime isn't forever, so take the first chance, don't wait for the second one! Because sometimes there aren't second chances! And if it turns out to be a mistake? So what! This is life! A whole bunch of mistakes! But if you never get a second chance at something you didn't take a first chance at? That's true failure.
C. JoyBell


Hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm! xx

P.S. Some beach photos to brighten the winter gloom.