Lunch at Paco Ciao – Leiden

Leiden has got a new hotspots; Paco Ciao, at first this was planned to be a pop-up restaurant. But it’s a keeper, Paco Ciao is officially staying in Leiden.
It’s an easy restaurant to find, because when you leave central station you actually bump into it on your left side.

Entering this restaurant puts you straight into the summer atmosphere. It’s like you’re ready for a day at the most sunniest beach, with sun kissed skin, friends and delicious food. Unfortunately non of this was true, I was there with a cozy knit, beanie and a warm coat.
The location is amazing and the decoration and interior looks like it comes straight from Pinterest.
So the vibes are great and I didn’t even mention the food yet. mmm … those pancakes, I could really eat those right now.
Pancakes with caramel topping and berries … mm so good – and a detox drink, which was also very delicious.

Two delicious & healthy pro-workout smoothies

The past few weeks I’ve ‘tried’ waking up around 6, get up, do my morning workout with the Sweat app from Kayla Itsines and drink my smoothie. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and the workout plan is for the Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But I’m also doing the Tuesday (repeating Monday) and Thursday (repeating Wednesday). And I have to say I’m really feeling a difference, I notice that the workouts are getting easier, push ups get easier and I even miss workout out when I don’t have time.
After my workout I love to drink a smoothie with fresh fruit and one that fills, so filling enough for breakfast. Here are my 2 go-to delicious and healthy pro-workout smoothies.

Smoothie 1:

What do you need?

– 2 apples

– 1 banana

– 3 spoons of frozen raspberries

– 1/2 glass of soy drink

– 100 grams Mild&Creamy

Smoothie 2:

1 apple

1/2 banana

1 spoon of blueberries

1 spoon of raspberries

1 spoon of blackberries

1/2 glass of soy drink

100 grams of Mild & Creamy

Current ‘need to read’ booklist

When I was young I used to read a lot. I remember reading the Harry Potter books (in Dutch) in the chair in the living room next to the piano with a reading lamp on. That’s one is the most cozy memories. So as I child I read a lot, in High School I’ve read lots and lots of books. I can spend hours in a bookstore, just nosing around.
But honestly after High School I just stopped reading books. But it’s time to get started again, so here is my need to read booklist;
Not all of the books are on the list, otherwise it would be too long. There’s not theme going on, actually a mix of books; lifestyle, thriller and astrology books. I think this is a good start for now.

Proudly imperfect – Sabina van Roest

‘In een wereld waarin we continu getriggerd worden perfect te zijn en keer op keer te presteren, is het een uitdaging om jezelf te kunnen, maar vooral te durven zijn. Veel vrouwen gaan daarom soms heel ver in het streven naar het “Miss Perfect’-ideaalbeeld en onderdrukken wie ze echt zijn.
Dit boek geeft je de moed om het mooiste te worden wat je kunt zijn: Proudly Imperfect je ware zelf’.

“In a world where we are constantly triggered to be perfect and to perform time and time again, it’s an challenge to be yourself, and mostly to dare to be yourself. Most women therefore go a long way in striving for the ‘miss perfect’ ideal and suppress who they really are. This book wil give you the courage to become the most beautiful you can be; Proudly imperfect your true self’. 

Photo from: www.howaboutabook.nl

Eleanore Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine? Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

De sterren – Carolyne Faulkner (Dutch)

Carolyne Faulkner beschrijft in De sterren op een praktische manier hoe je de eeuwenoude wijsheid van astrologie in kunt zetten om je beslissingen en karakter beter te begrijpen. Met astrologie als kader kun je je leven, werk en relaties niet alleen beter doorgronden, maar ook verbeteren. In de twaalf sterrenbeelden staat geen ultieme waarheid over jezelf geschreven, maar als je astrologie als leidraad gebruikt, kun je wel je sterke en zwakke kanten ontdekken. Zo leer je jezelf beter kennen en kun je je leven daarop aanpassen.
De sterren is een moderne, verfrissende gids om astrologie in te zetten in je dagelijks leven. Makkelijk genoeg voor beginners en
met genoeg nieuwe inzichten voor astrologieliefhebbers!

“Carolyne Faulkner describes in ‘The Stars’ in a practical way how you can use the ancient wisdom of astrology to understand your decisions and character better. With astrology as a framework you can not only better understand your life, work and relationships, but also improve them. There is no ultimate truth about yourself in the twelve constellations, but if you use astrology as a guide, you can discover your strengths and weaknesses. This way you get to know yourself better and you can adjust your life accordingly.
The stars is a modern, refreshing guide to use astrology in your daily life. Easy enough for beginners and with enough new insights for astrology enthusiasts!”.

The outsider – Stephen king

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Moonology – Yasmin Boland

Make the seemingly impossible possible! Have you ever tried to make something work and it just felt impossible? This book may well be the missing link you need. Understanding the Moon’s magical eight phases will help you to improve and empower every aspect of your life. You will know better what to expect in the days ahead, and how to time important events in your life, from sending a crucial email to getting married! You can also use the Moon as a self-care guide and a planner. Discover: – Why getting in tune with the Moon can change your life for the better – How you can predict the weeks ahead based on the Moon – Powerful rituals and ceremonies for working with the Moon – How to work with each New Moon to create Magic in every part of your life – Why the high point of the Lunar Cycle – the Full Moon – is a powerful time for shifting blocks and practising forgiveness – The benefits of working with the energy of the Moon on any given day You will also learn affirmations, visualizations and chants to use, and discover the role of Archangels, Goddesses and Ascended Masters. This is a book for all those wishing to consciously create their own lives, to deepen their connection with nature and the Divine, and to take their spiritual practice to a new level. So climb aboard, we’re off to the Moon!

What I wore in Copenhagen

Last weekend in Copenhagen was quite cold, thats an understatement. I was prepared for the cold don’t worry haha.
My suitcase was full with jumpers, knitwear, a second coat and boots. In the end I only wore 2,5 outfit haha and the same pair of sneakers. 

On the plane I wanted to wear something cozy; so a mango oversized jeans, Tommy Hilfiger jumper, my teddy coat and my nike sneakers. I knew that till 15.00 o’clock I wasn’t able to change clothes so I just wore this outfit the entire day. 

The next day I went on a search for a new coat, a long black one. This season it has been difficult to find the perfect black coat. But I found one at Zara, it’s not the thickest one, but warmer then I’d expected. Another piece I bought is a new Acne scarf, the most soft and warm scarf I’ve ever owned for sure. 
During that day I wore a pantalon ankle hight and a cozy cardigan from H&M, very soft and cozy. 

Copenhagen Botanical Garden

Last weekend I went on a trip to Copenhagen, it’s the second time this year that I visited this amazing city. 
In July I went on a Srpr.me trip and ended in Copenhagen for 5 days. After this trip I really wanted to go back.
There were a few things that I didn’t visit then and were on my list for this trip. One of those things was the Botanical Garden, this would have been for sure way to warm in July. 

I’ve always loved Botanical Gardens, especially the glass with the palm trees. This a a very magical garden, because you have got the interesting stairs going round so you can see it from above. 

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Autumn decluttering

” Decluttering: the process or activity of getting rid of things you do not need or want from your home or another place “

I believe there are two kind of people. Some people do love to declutter and get everything tidy and some people don’t really mind it when it’s a little messy.

Personally I love it when it’s tidy, clean and in order to keep it that way I do need to declutter. A cleaning is not only for spring, but can also be perfectly done in autumn. Getting rid of the spring and summer stuff, maybe get over some things that you’ve had for years and it’s perfect to make your room more cozy.

It helps you to get your head straight again and it’s good to also declutter your mind. When you create space in your head it allows you to think more creative.

And with a cleaned and organised workspace your tidy mind will make better and organised plans or think about other projects. I think when your workspace is more tidy you’ll be more productive.

You wake up, get breakfast, grab a coffee and start working. You don’t have to worry about cleaning your desk first, you can start right away with all your ideas around.

For now I’ve done a huge decluttering in my room, thrown away lots of things that I’ve not used in two years. Things that I’d hold on to because it was a shame to get rid of it. But it was now time to throw it out.

So books, clothes, make-up, broken electronics, my computer files, photo’s but also one thing that has been bothering me for a long time. For years I’ve had a few google accounts, email addresses and other stuff that’s not useful and I just wanted to get this clear and have 1 private account and 1 “work” account.

TUITY FRUITY / My favourite breakfast

Goodmorning,

Autumn has started, so that means it’s that time of year when everyone feels a bit under the weather. I’ve had the flu last week & really feel like eating all the fruit I can find haha.

Lately, as you may have read in another blogpost, I’m making my own granola. Click here for the blogpost. And this has really been great so far, it’s delicious, easy to make and you can put it on everything.

So what I do in the morning for breakfast is; get a bowl with three spoons of Mild&Creamy natural flavour. Add banana, mandarine, kiwi, raspberry, grapefruit, blueberry, the granola & honey.

This is lots of fruit, but you can of course just add whatever you prefer.

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