March 19, 2018

Currently Reading // March, 2018.

I'm so behind on my Reading Challenge that I'm seriously considering giving up completely. If you check my GoodReads profile, you'll see that I'm only 2 books behind schedule. However, that is because I'm adding in the children's books I read with my students at work, which is kinda cheating but not really. I mean, they are books and I am reading them - they just happen to be 20 page books written by Dr. Seuss or 10 pages books about a little bunny helping his sister bake a cake.

I'm fully aware that this is not the way it's supposed to be, but lately I simply haven't had the time to read. Actually, let me rephrase that: I do have the time to read, I just choose to do other things like watch Netflix, sleep or reorganize my makeup drawer. I do want to change that, though, and that's the main point of this post - that and sharing what I'm currently wading but that's clearly stated on the title so... 

My goal for this week is to read everyday during my lunch break. I get one entire hour to eat lunch in which I usually spend 15 minutes eating and 45 minutes watching youtube videos. I don't necessarily feel like watching youtube videos is a waste of time, I just feel like my youtube consumption is too high at the moment and I using those 45 min to read a book will the best option at the moment. I tried this last week and I was able to finish The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 3 days. So that's what I'm aiming for and these are the books I'm attempting to finish until the end of March.
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Even When You Lie To Me - Jessica Alcott // This is a bit boring. I can kinda see what is going to happen and if the plot doesn't go that way (towards a teacher-student relationship) I'll be really shocked. I've never read a book about this topic, so I'm intrigued to see how the author is going to make this happen. My problem with this book is that I'm 23% in and nothing really happened. There's some flirting going on, but nothing really interesting. 

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian // Before starting my new job I had a weird week in which I didn't really have anything to do, so I watched all the Narnia movies in one afternoon - not my biggest achievement but I did have a lot of fun. I always liked the idea of going to a different world and 4 kids going on all these crazy adventures, I just never thought I would actually enjoy the movies that much. They were pretty cool, so I decided to read the entire series. It's been a minute since I last marathoned an entire book series and I'm excited! Like I said before, I read the first book last week and this is actually book two. Well, that depends on the order you're reading them - I'm following the movies. I've read the first chapter and I AM INTRIGUED!

Where Good Girls Go To Die - Holly Renee // The only reason I even picked up this book is because of the title. I don't think I've read anything from this author before and, honestly, I don't think I'm going to like this book very much. I think it's going to be a cheesy, sexy, fifty shades wanna be. However, I bought it, so I'm going to read it. 

Interview With The Vampire - Anne Rice // I've wanted to read this book ever since I watched the movie, so I'm finally doing it. According to my kindle, I'm only 5% in but I can already tell it's going to be a slow burn plot. Things are going to happen slowly and I'm going to get a lot context explanation and not enough action, but that's ok. I really want to see if it's similar to the movie. I think I last watched it maybe 2 years ago, so I don't remember a lot but sometimes I get some flashbacks and some scenes pop up in my mind, which is fun. I do plan on rewatching it once I'm done with the book. 

Those are the books I'm currently reading. I know this might seem like a lot, but I need variety when it comes to books and when I put my mind to it, I'm able to finish a book in 3-4 days, which is what I'm aiming for in the next month. I need to catch up on my Reading Challenge and I kinda need to do it now because I'll be super busy in a few months and I can already tell I won't have the energy or the time to focus on reading!

What are you currently reading?
Do you have any book recommendations?

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Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!
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March 14, 2018

Links I'm Loving // Mug Cakes, No Spend Challenges + Conditioners.

Heeello, everybody!

It's been a hot minute since I've shared a Links I'm Loving over here and I'm gonna remedy that today. With the minimalist game and now the no-spend challenge, I've been spending a lot of time online reading about these topics and doing some research on how to make this process easier on myself and on the people around me. So, a lot of time online equals a bunch of links to share with you guys! Don't worry, it's not all about being a hippie minimalist and not spending any money - I do have other interests, you know? And let's just say that desert is definitely one of those interests! 

Clean Chocolate Mug Cake // This cake is not only easy to make, it's also delicious! I have sweet cravings, usually at night, and nothing but sweets will do the trick - maybe the cravings are psychological, maybe I'm deficient in some important vitamin or mineral (my blood exams are perfect, so it's probably not that) or maybe I just really like sweets and there's nothing wrong with me. Either way, the craving usually hits at night when I don't have the energy nor the will power to do anything too fancy or complicated (I actually have to make something because I don't keep easy chocolate or candy in the house), so this mug cake has been the answer to my problems. I changed the recipe a bit: I used coconut oil, flaxseed flour instead of normal flour, soy milk instead of regular milk and I added cinnamon because I'm extra. 

30 Day Minimalism Challenge // This challenge is really different from the one I'm currently doing - you can read all about it here - which is why I wanted to try it out for myself and see what I actually think of it. It's all about reevaluating the way you spend your money, the things you buy and why you actually buy them. I loved it and I think talking about minimalism, the zero waste movement and all the important issues around this conversation is important because, there's not another way to put, our society is fucked up. We're killing the environment, we're in debt and we keep shopping to numb our feelings, which only makes shit worst. Maybe minimalism is not for you, but it's important to talk about some topics related to it. 

No Spend Challenge Update - Sustainably Vegan // As you guys know, your girl here is not going to buy anything for an entire month. Yep, I'm gonna try the no spend challenge and see where it takes me. Sustainably Vegan was actually one of the channels that really inspired me to try it out for myself. This link is going to take you to her newest update video, I think she's been doing this for three months now and I just absolutely love her channel. You should definitely check it out!

Save Half Of Your Income Without A Budget // Finances and saving money have been something I've been really into lately. Probably because I'm getting older and actually considering myself an adult now - there's no hiding it anymore, I'm 25 and it's time to be smart about and care about where my money is going. I've been loving the articles form The Financial Diet and this one really stood out to me, you guys should definitely check it out! 

Apple Cider Vinegar As Conditioner // Apple Cider Vinegar never ceases to amaze me. Ever since I've started this whole minimalism thing, apple cider vinegar has been everywhere. People literally use this for everything: you can drink it, wash your hair with it, clean your bathroom with it and God knows what else. So, I've decided to put it to a test and, at least as a conditioner, it actually works. I think it will take some getting used to, but it's definitely worth the try. 

That's all for today! Let me know on the comments if you had the chance to check out the links and what you thought about them. And for those of you who are wondering, the no-buy is going pretty well, I've been fighting off the shopping urgencies and avoiding all shopping areas around me, at least until I'm more used to not spending money. We'll see how things go, I'll keep you guys posted!

Do you have any cool links to share with us?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

March 12, 2018


Yes, I'm attempting a no-buy.. again. With all this talk about minimalism here on the blog and all the research I've been doing on my down time, I've decided to finally share this new challenge I'm putting myself through. My no-buy actually started the day I came back from NYC. I did quite a lot of shopping there (I know, I still have share those purchases here on the blog) and I feel like I got it all out of my system - I'm ready for a no-buy! I think I am.. maybe.. no, I'm doing this!

Right now you might be asking yourself, but why would you do that? Are you broke? Don't you have any money at all? Well, I do have some money but the money is not the issue here. I mean, it kinda is but let's think about the big picture: I'm doing this to be a more conscious consumer, to think about the toll my actions take on the planet and, honestly, just to see if I can. 

Ever since I started with minimalism, I've been decluttering and getting rid off things. I've come to the conclusion that even though I've been doing this for years, I still have too much stuff and the best way to proceed from now on is to not bring anything else in - like really, no shopping at all. I'm making do with what I have. At least for the next 11 months!

- Makeup, skincare, body care and hair care.
I have enough lipsticks, lotions, powders, hair oils and hair masks to last me for the next 2 years if I'm being realistic. So, the goal is to not buy any of the things in those categories. However, if I'm being realistic, I will have to buy shampoo and conditioner eventually and I will. I just won't be excessive about it - I can only buy them when I really run out. This exception only applies to shampoos, conditioners and soap because I still want to feel clean and torturing myself is not the goal here. I'll actually try alternative shampoos and conditioners, like using apple cider vinegar and things like that but I have no idea if they'll work for me or not, so I need this exception. 

- Clothes. 
Just like most of you, I have way more clothes than I need. If I'm being honest with myself, I have clothes for every occasion possible - I have work clothes, workout clothes, chill clothes, formalwear and clothes to go out to a bar or something. Believe it or not, I think not buying clothes is going to be the easiest.

- Books.

You guys know I'm a book addict, but for the last couple of year I have been trying really hard to control the amount of money I spend on books because, well, they're expensive and also because I don't have available space on my bookshelf to fit anything else. I know I could just buy them on my kindle, which is something I have been doing, but that totally defeats the purpose. My dad actually hooked me up to his online library or something like that, so having option won't be a problem.
- Extras.
I still don't know what this category entails, maybe I'll figure this out as I go, but what I have in mind is everything that seems too extra. Like, a chocolate croissant while I'm grocery shopping, spending money on an app or Starbucks when it's not necessary - I'll talk more about Starbucks in a bit. 

- Gifts and presents. 
My best friend's birthday is this week and I'll have to buy her a gift. I not only have to, but I want to. I'm doing this no-buy for me, so I can be more intentional with my money and make better decisions in the future - I don't want to "punish" other people. The world is not going to stop while I'm doing this experiment and I actually don't want it to, I wanna see how hard it is to fight the urge to shop on my everyday life.
- Food.
I mean, I have to eat and I have to have a social life. Those are essentials for me and I don't feel like limiting myself that much or alienating my friends. The goal is to always make the best choice in every situation. Let's say my all my friends invite me to go out to eat: I'll probably eat something at home first and then maybe just order one drink or a little something. I still want to go out and I need money for that.
- Small little treats.
I'm allowing myself one Starbucks drink a month and if I don't have it on that month I can't have two next month, which I don't think is going to be that hard actually. I don't pass through a Starbucks on my way to work and I'm always running late, so grabbing a coffee in the morning is not really an option for me. I usually grab a coffee on the weekends when I'm shopping or at the mall, so since I won't be doing any shopping I plan on staying away from the mall. Other treats I'm thinking about right now are maybe some chocolate, cookies or something like that. If I'm thinking long term, guys, I need my chocolate. 

- Save money.
I'm not saving for anything in particular, like a trip or something. I just want to save money to save money. I feel like I'm always spending money on stuff I don't really need and at the end of the month I don't anything to show for it - I waste the money and it's not even for a good cause. However, I am still paying my trip to NYC and some of the shopping I did there. I honestly don't regret buying anything on that trip, so I'm happily (well, as happy as I can be paying for something) paying for it. I still need to share with you guys what I bought while I was over there and I will, I just need a couple of days to get everything together. 
- Be a more conscious consumer. 
I want to be more intentional with what I'm spending my money on and I think this no-buy will be really good for that. I want to reevaluate the things I think I need to spend money on and I want to challenge myself to make do with what I currently have. 
- Be more minimal.
I'm already pretty minimal, but I'm still constantly finding little things I can declutter and other areas of my space I can minimize. I'm rethinking the way things are set up in my space and if I actually, truly need what I currently have to live a happy life or if that item is just getting in the way. So, by not bringing anything new in, I think I'll be able to really concentrate on my belonging and decide if I want to keep it or not. 
- Get creative!
The more youtube videos I watch and the more blogposts I read I realize that we don't need to buy all the things we're constantly buying. We can get creative with our products, the way we clean our house and the way we spend our time. I'm hoping that by taking shopping out of the picture I will push myself to do things differently and to think outside the box, maybe even make my own beauty products. 

That's everything for today, guys! You might think I'm crazy or you might think I won't last a month, I guess we'll figure that out together. If you're brave enough to join me, PLEASE DO! I could use all the help and encouragement I can get and we'll be no-buy pals! If you have any questions, words of advice or you just want to chat about this, you can leave me a comment. Let's see how far I last!

Have you ever done a no-buy?
Do you have any tips?
Do you think I'm crazy?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!