Ramadan

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The 9th month of the lunar calendar is the month of Ramadan.
The month where the Quran was revealed in year 610.
The month where the doors of heaven are open and the doors of hell are closed.

"Recite in the name of your Lord who created - 
created man from a clinging substance.
Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous - 
Who taught by the pen -
taught men which he knew not".
(Quran 96:1-5)

Make the most of this month and have a blessed Ramadan!

Elizabeth

Fresh juice

I haven’t been this tired in a long time and I should probably be in bed getting some rest. But I just couldn’t end today without telling you about Witt’s slow juicer. 

I recently received a slow juicer which I tried out this morning with the little fruit we had left laying around. Two oranges and one kiwi made an awesome fresh juice. It’s a big machine but you can make amazing fresh juices, smoothies or even baby food. You get all your vitamins and maximum nutrition from you ingredients, and instead of blending or centrifugation the juicer cold presses the fruit and vegetables.

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Now I just have to go out and buy more fruit and veggies, cause I definitely want to use this more.

Elizabeth

Count your blessings

To be honest today hasn’t been the best day. Exhausting in some ways but most of all tiering. I’m absolutely ready to fall asleep any minute now but before I do I wanted to share my blessings instead of my complains. Because there is truly so much we can be grateful for each and every day.


When you see your child smiling
The best feeling in the world is when you see your baby smiling back at you, and you haven’t even done anything, just shown them your face. It melts my heart right down to the ground.

Good health
We often take our health for granted and only realize how lucky we are when we get a cold or get sick. There are so many people suffering from so much more and it can be a daily battle to get to the next day. So being well and healthy is something we shouldn’t take lightly.

Food on the table
It’s amazing that we can fill up our fridge whenever we want and we only need to take a couple of steps into the kitchen to get water. Imagine struggling everyday, not knowing if you’ll find food or water the next day. We should always keep reminding ourself how blessed we are.

Family and friends
Lastly I’m grateful for my amazing friends who have supported me and been there through it all. They are less than a handful but I can truly say they have been there through it all. And my family, especially my mother, has been a huge rock for me to lean on whenever I need.


Before you complain about what you don’t have or how awful your life is, take a step back and look at the big picture. You’ll probably see that you have more than enough so count your blessings and not your complains.

Elizabeth

Kettlebell

It’s Monday and a new week has arrived. Yesterday was a long day where me and two other girls made a huge shopping trip. I bough some new clothes, food and (wait for it), a kettlebell! I wanted one for so long and I finally found one that wasn’t expensive. I knew I just had to get it because I’m sure I’ll be using it a lot! I’ve already tried it out this morning with a 20 minute workout. I’ve hoped in the shower and cleaned the house. It’s safe to say that I’m very proud, if I can say so myself. A perfect start to the new week. Now I can sit back and relax for the rest of the day. I’m planning on going out as well as soon as the little one has woken up, which won’t be too long from the sound of it.

Have a great start to the week!

Elizabeth

Full body workout

There is only so much time in one day and when most hours go by to cook, clean, feed or change a diaper, there is only a little amount left. So you have to make the most of every minute especially when it comes to working out. I’ve found that multiple exercises put together is a great way to save time but also getting a full body workout. I stick to short workouts with a maximum of 5 exercises. If I want I’ll do a longer warm up, like today.

I started of with a 45 minute walk around the neighborhood to get my legs moving and body warmed up. When I got back home I only had a limited amount of time before I had to give the little one food again. So no time waisting I found 2 dumbbells & an ab roller. This is all you’ll need for this quick workout, and a couple of minutes to spare. I repeated the set 3 times with 12 repetitions.


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If I can do it, you can do it too!

Elizabeth

 

Skin care routine

CLEANSER
Since I was sixteen I’ve loved dermalogica and have used it ever since. I started off with their ultra calming cleanser because I had the typical “teenage skin”. Dry and sensitive with a lot of redness. I used that cleanser for a while before I change over to their special cleansing gel. Since I have a combination of sensitive to dry skin I need something that is mild and dermalogica provides that for me. I also love that you can remove any make-up with their cleansers, even though I always use a face wipe beforehand.
SCRUB
I started off using their daily microfoliant that gently exfoliates any skin type. It’s rice-based powder activates with water leaving your skin smoother and brighter.
After a while though I wanted something that gave me an even deeper exfoliation. And the skin prep scrub treatment gave me exactly that. It also improves absorption of moisturizing creams and treatments. You only need a small amount and I use this once to twice a week. Preferably with an exfoliating scrub to maximize the use of the product.
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FACE CREAM
After the cleanser and possible also the scrub I finish of my skin care routine with my all time favorite, the skin smoothing cream. I’ve used this since I started with the brand and haven’t found a cream better suited for my skin. It’s perfect if you have a combination/dry skin. And if I have extremely dry periods I’ve found myself using dermalogica’s intensive moisture balance cream. This is an ultra-rich moisturizer for dry skin, perfect for cold winter days.
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EYE CREAM
From the age of twenty it is recommend to use an eye cream and since I’ve just had a baby and a lot of sleepless nights this is a must for me. Right now I’ve only used tester and therefor haven’t chosen one that I must have. But to apply your eye cream properly you use your ring finger which gives the least amount of pressure and gently dap a little bit under the eye and upwards towards the temples.
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I will definitely keep on using dermalogica because this is one of my all time favorite skin care brands. It’s affordable and it lasts from 6 months to a year which is definitely worth the money.
Elizabeth

Today’s workout

When you start your morning at 7 o’clock and already had your first workout before 10 o’clock you deserve a break, maybe even a mid-day nap. But before I head of to my own bed I wanted to share today’s workout with you. Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated but when you finally get that motivation grab on thigh and hold on to it.


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Start with a quick warm up consisting 3 exercises that you do for 1 minute x 3 sets. Continue on with 12 repetitions x 3 sets with 5 kg weighs doing walking lunges, squats and donkey kicks. I also did standing leg lifts and used a thigh toner for my inner thighs.

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Finish your workout with a stretch and you’re done. Focus on one body group for each session and find out how many repetitions you’re comfortable doing. Do not overload yourself with too many exercises, rather choose a handful and do those perfectly.

Elizabeth