24. June 2017

Babyshower, maternity leave and… just about 10 weeks left!

I really love garden parties! No need to party hard, just feasting, chatting, laughing and taking photos: In my world this is perfect!
Also perfect is the fact that I left for maternity protection this week and am now off from work for around 14 months. What a great chance to develope, to grow and enjoy this very new and challenging time of life!

We had really nice weather, our garden was pretty and in bloom and my girls came over to eat and chat – last Saturday we celebrated Merle’s babyparty in an all relaxing way. Of course we tidyed and cleaned before hand and prepared some food, also we decorated the garden with our wedding decoration paper balls but besides that no fancy extras like garlands or bottle shaped cupcakes or rompershaped cake. No games, just being. Perfect, I already said so.

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19. June 2017

Heiki reads: Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation by Gabriele Oettingen

Live your dreams and reach your goals! Positive thinking is something we should do for that, we constantly hear. But really? Is it this easy? Almost. And positive thinking is in fact not the answer. Not alone.

When I got pregnant and was stuck in the first trimester of nauseousness I realized two things: my plans concerning my dreams (blog, book, working as a freelancer) needed to be adjusted and I needed a tool to overcome this crazy time of feeling totally energy depleted. Looking for tools I grabbed this book from my shelf which I already owned for longer, but now it was time. And it really was what I needed. This book and another one I will introduce to you another day. They both helped me A LOT to overcome this difficult time and actually work more effective and consistantly on my goals than I ever had, even though I am still pregant of ourse and have more topics on my mind and to do list than ever.

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13. June 2017

Welcome to Merle’s nursery!

I proudly present the almost finished baby’s room

Finally! Merle’s room is finished enough that I can fool myself to say it is finished – even though some things are still missing. I just guess that we will get some decoration and toys the next time, so I did not buy any further and wait for what will come. you know I am a pro at waiting. Not!

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8. June 2017

Senza Limiti Angelique with Rosequartz

Mey Allgäu-souvenir and at first place jewelry with a meaning for me. Because I not only had an eye on the Senza Limiti KPO forks with these little leaves, I also had my plans about rosequartz.

We remeber how my pregnancy started with euphoria – just to be slowed down almost totally by the lowest energy I experienced for ages and endless weeks of nauseousness. What did I do in that situation? I watched youtube (and Vox-no with “Zwischen Tüll und Tränen”, a docutainment about brides finding their wedding dress, similar to the Amercian “My perfect wedding dress”) to let the time pass between start of nauseousness and finally bedtime. I watched a lot from Holistic Habits and Sarah has such beautiful gemstones! Maybe out of sympathy I started carrying around my rosequartz palmstone, because me too I own some gemstones, I even colleckted them, when I was a kid… And then I bought two further rosequartz palmstones. For a few weeks I carried them with me in my jeans’ pockets and played with them in my hands.
Meanwhile they are back on my nightstand just being decorative.

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5. June 2017

Heiki reads: HypnoBirthing by Marie Mongan

One of the highest recommandations I got concerning pregnancy books and so I read it too. Even though this – again – is a book I would not have chosen by cover and title for myself. Luckily I learned to listen to recommandations first. And I recommend it too. But not for everybody. 😉

What is it all about?

About birth and labor obviously. A natural, easy, painfree birth, so claims the cover. With audio CD: Do I have to listen to it…? Well okay I take the easy, painfree birth to go, please. So let’s start reading.

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2. June 2017

Hair in June: cut, Allgäu meetup and Healthy Happy Hair

For seven years there was nobody but myself who cut my hair. But last weekend I grabbed the opportunity and let the hairdresser I trust in most do a trimm.

Where to start? The title already tells you a lot, especially that everything is great. I was down south in the Allgäu again meeting my beloved Rapunzel friends.  Haartraum-Nessa was our host as usual – and she was my hairdresser too. I was so happy and relieved that I could go to this little trip! In fact the babybump did not cause any troubles. Something which was really a bit insecure only two months back, so I am really grateful for my well performing body.

So show us the photos and give as the results!

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17. May 2017

#teampink and #teamblue

Boy, girl, unisex? – When we talk about gender specific clothing or nursery it seems as if we discuss something as sensitive as politics or religion.

I had very good talks about gender topics over the last weeks: about identity, biological gender, sex and personality. Because of course the question of “Is it a boy or a girl?” stayed and since  it is clear that we are expecting a girl, two other questions followed: “How do you think about pink?” and “Will she have to wear her hair long too?”

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2. May 2017

Heiki reads: Hautnah by Dr. Yael Adler

Healthy skin, healthy hair, right? So I had great expectations reading this book

Unfortunately for you it is another book which is only available in German. So I cut short on my translation again, especially as this book is none I want to recommend but a book I would say… you can ignore.

Alternative information concerning skin health

If you are really interested in skinhealth check out the YouTube channel from Holistic Habits. The Oil Cleansing Method she shows helped me a lot and she offers also much more advice for skin and overall health which can help you even if you or neither vegan nor vegetarian.
The Gut: The inside story of our body’s most underrated organ explains very well the interaction between a healthy intestine and colon and a healthy overall body (including especially the skin).
Very practical advice and nice recipes can be found in The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.
And if you are really interested in hormones and how they affect also our looks It starts with food by the Hartwigs is a good start.

Also I have already written an arcticle about skin and nutrition almost exactly one year ago whuich sums up what I consider to be the most important.

So no book recommendation today, but often it is also helpful to know what not to buy. 🙂 Money saved.