On my Bookshelf – June 2016

A of late I have been collecting a lot of books and I really need to start reading them!!

Books for self development:

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Books for relaxation and flipping through:

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As you can see there is an e-reader on top (kindle to be specific) as I download most of my reading genre, but the books under my kindle are either gifts, on loan or books I bought secondhand.

My favorite genre is fantasy, more specific vampires, witches, some fairies and everything inbetween. Want to know what I’ve read so far ? Visit my Goodreads bookshelf!
(wouldn’t it be great if there was something similar for movies, IMDB is fun for trailers but I don’t keep track of movie’s or series I’ve seen and I’m unsure if you can connect with other movie/serie lovers there….)

If you have any books on self development and/or the genre that I like please recommend them I love to expand my bookshelves!

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My favourite things

I used to have a blog where I shared my favourite things regularly, then I merged it with this blog and never got back into it. Guess what ? It’s back !!

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  1. Revenge
    Currently in season 3, watching episode 9, curious to see where the seasons finally will go. I love watching series online, having a marathon all by myself while doing other things, it’s my thing multitasking while watching my shows.
  2. Mantrabands
    I give these to my team when they reach goals, give them to special people in my life and love receiving them myself. They are so awesome and inspiring, I have 3 sofar ….
  3. Stress Away
    I seriously cannot live without this in my life, don’t leave home without it !
    Young Living should rename this into the mommy oil LOL It is a blend with Lime, Lavender, Ocotea, Copaiba and Vanilla in that does wonders for my soul. My favorite in the diffuser combined with peppermint in the evening to wind down and I love it when I am hosting parties, baking a cake, driving the car, have meetings, rushing with a deadline, uhm well everything I guess. Trust me we all need stress away in our lives …
  4. Filofax Maldens
    I have had filofax type planners when I left school and started my professional career. I started with fake planners in pocket size and later upgrading to a Personal sized. A few years ago I treated myself to a real filofax and I must say the Malden Filofax brings me planner peace even more so since I moved from my personal size into an A5.
  5. Herome WIC Brussels
    I love Essie nailpolish, it is the bomb but I will always remain in love with this color from Herome. Whenever I wear it, just plain or combine it with gold glitters, I receive so many compliments. It is the perfect taupe with a glisten to it when you look closely in the light, not pearlescent (hate that in nailpolish sorry) but it gives it a nice pop.
  6. Bobbi Brown beauty products
    My skin has had a rough time over the last few years, the stress took it’s toll on my combination skin and I have been struggling getting it to a good state. I always have a strict regime and I’m known for this amongst my friends (the girl with the creams for everything), drink a lot of water, always use sunscreen but stress is a doozy. So after seeing Bobbi Brown in my favorite beauty store I decided to try 1 product, the extra eyecream and was hooked. So the next month I bought the nightcream and every month I have slowly been replacing my old products and  my skin is returning to normal. Love the fact that Bobbi uses essential oils in her products but doesn’t make them too smelly which I prefer.

Let me know if you decide to try any of these and if you like them !

Toilet Fizzie Bombs

I made my first batch of fizzies bombs this month to compliment my new cleaning routine of our toilets (alongside the thieves all purpose cleaner). Yes these are fizzie bombs for the toilets not for in my bath!

 

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These are tossed in our toilets every evening for my daily morning scrub (it literally fizzes the gunk from the toilet bowl, I know gross and of course no one has so much gunk you can see it come off, but just imagine it) or when it needs to smell a bit nicer in between, I have 2 teenagers after all …

They are super easy to make, cheaper than the ones you can buy in the store and who doesn’t want a natural alternative to clean their home!
I mean seriously products with skulls, flames or that state you need to call your doctor if you drink, inhale or get this in your eyes is just not ok….
All the ingredients that are used for the toilet fizzies are regularly used in the kitchen although I would not eat hem in this particular state 😉

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Tools:
Mixing bowl
Misting spray bottle (which is a better option than just pouring it in there trust me on this)
Silicon mold (cute shape is optional)
Latex gloves and mask (optional)

Ingredients: 
100 grams Citric Acid (NL = Citroenzuur)
50 grams Baking Soda (NL = Sodium Bicarbonaat)
30 drops of Young Living Essential oils (3 kinds; I used Thieves, Lemon and Peppermint for this batch)
water (in the misting spray bottle)

Instructions:
Mix the 2 powders with a mixer
Add your choice of YL Essential Oils and mix again
Slowly spray the mix whilst mixing until it has the consistency of wet sand
When the mixture has the right consistency add it to the mold shapes, press firmly to get the air out and keep adding to the shape until a bit under the rim
Leave to dry for 6 hours.

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My personal tips :
Don’t fill the molds to the rim as it does swell up a bit whilst drying (trust me on this)
I recommend firmly pressing again the mixture again after 30 min.

They are fun to make in different shapes, I made 2 batches so I would have enough to fill the mold.

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Nutty Muesli

My favorite nutty Muesli recipe is from Yvonne Lemmers (her books were the first I ever purchased on the low carb lifestyle), totally fits into Paleo, Caveman, Low Carb etc. lifestyle.

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I made it this week at my mom’s house, just brought all the ingredients and made a batch for her and me in 30 minutes it is literally that easy and can add such a great touch to your quark, yoghurt, fruit or ice cream.

You will need the following ingredients:

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  • Assorted unsalted nuts
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon or mixed (cookie) spices
  • The original recipe also adds split flaxseed (2 teaspoons) and stevia but I prefer to add these seperately as I like to use 1 teaspoon per serving.
  • You will also need a good all purpose slicer, I have a fissler multi chopper finecut and it chops through nuts like crazy. (for the dutchies you can buy it here and INTL you can find it here)

100 grams nuts, 2 teaspoon of spice, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. This is the basic recipe, I just double, triple etc. to make the amount that matches the weight of nuts I have.

Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius.

Start chopping up the nuts, don’t throw everything in just a bit at a time and chop until they are a size you would like as a topping. I don’t like big chuncks so I make it quite fine in size although it is hard to get them all exactly the same size as you can see.

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After chopping add the spice and stir wel so all the nuts are all nice and brown from the spice.
Melt the coconut au bain marie (I usually put the coconut oil in a sturdy glass, and let it meld in a bowl with boiled water. No need for a the stove as it melts this way in a blink).
Add the melted coconut oil to the nuts and mix it through the nuts with a spoon so all the nuts are all oiled up.

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Place some  greaseproof paper on an ovensheet and evenly put the nut mixture on there.
I made a total on 500 grams and put it on one sheet.

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In the oven for 15-20 minutes and it will start to smell like cookies … it is literally that easy and so yummy ! Let it cool, place in a (preferably glass) container and start adding it to anything you would like.

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Enjoy and please let me know how you liked it in the comments.

Banana Egg Pancakes

My favorite breakfast is known amongst my friends, I eat it quite a bit and if you follow me on instagram you know I do.

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I have been asked many a time how I make them, how I get them so cute and round  and what goes into them so here’s my recipe, I didn’t invent this recipe but this is how I like them.

If you work out, there’s a variation you can make to this recipe by adding a scoop of (no flavor, unsweetend) protein powder. It makes them firm and you get you’re scoop of protein in there so win win.

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 egg
1 scoop unflavored unsweetend protein powder (optional for bodybuilders)
1 full dessert spoon (really full) of cinnamon or 1 drop of Young Living Cinnamon Bark Essential oil
coconut oil
immersion blender
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Forest fruit; I like blue berries & strawberries

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Blend the banana, add the cinnamon, add the optional protein powder, add the egg & blend again.

I was fortunate enough to find this cute pancake pan in a dutch store one day, never seen it again but if I do I will buy them all !! It is my precious, me being a little ocd and my pancakes need to me cute and this helps me with that.

I add coconut to every little circle, about a full teaspoon each.

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Add the mix and let it slowly simmer, do NOT flip them over until the top is solid and they can be wiggled from their space or you will have a gooey pancake that tastes the same but just does not look pwetty. I’m all about pwetty, have you sensed that ?!
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Add your honey and forest fruit, make your plate pretty with the pancakes and fruit (it makes eating it so much more fun trust me), get some herbal tea and bon apetit !

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Any questions ? Let me know or better yet share or tag me and let me know how they tasted. You’ll be hooked I promise !

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Hello 2016

I have never had so much fun working up to and during Christmas and New Year in a long time. In the past I was too preocupied with getting it all right so I guess it had a lot with stress, being a working mom I wanted to be a superwoman, making everyone happy, making sure all the prezzies were in, all the right food, nice decorations yadehyadehya you know the drill … And you all know what happens if momma is tired, they go through the motions but are not enjoying the moment.

Because let’s face it, raising 2 teenagers is not easy, add into that a husband who’s been unemployed for over 2,5 years, working a FT job and starting up a business was a lot to digest for us all. This past year was a whole new deal, me (and my family) had the roughest year together to date but there have been a lot of happy memories made as well. We stuck together, we laughed because you know you have crazy things happening with a special dog, 2 cats and 2 teenage boys, we cried when we said goodbye to an important member of our family we survived it all with ups and downs.

We made it work, I made it work and we slowly started to see things were looking up for us, My husband found a job, my boys were still hormonal but it was easier to deal with because we were under less stress, I said goodbye to my job and concentrated on my work as a independent distributor, started focussing on my health again with eating more and weightlifting and we all started to enjoy life a bit more.

Thus resulting in a more relaxed mommy that was looking forward to decorating the halls with holly, getting into the christmas spirit and making it a fun, easygoing holiday season. Got all the grocery and gift shopping done without the crazy feeling and it was just a fun time just like it should always be!

This past year has put a lot in perspective for me and yes it is too bad that it has taken me so long to realise this but on the other hand life is all about learning and I needed to have these experiences to be ready for a change, growth and purpose.

If there is one thing I would like to tell you from my experiences is get rid of what’s making you unhappy and change your life completely, it’s scary yes but instead of just going through the motions of your daily life, take a chance and live it to it’s fullest it’s so much more fun.

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I have been fortunate to be able to change my job and now work a passion driven business owner, I didn’t look for it, it found me and I wasn’t afraid to go for it.

Reflecting on 2015 I would say we flourished in the second half of 2015 and for 2016 I want us all to thrive … As a person, in our work and in our health.

It’s my one little word that I will be focussing on this year, have you thought about it ? what word describes best what you want for yourself this year ? Please share it with me in the comments I would love to know ❤

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The lowdown on my Young Living journey part II – Sharing

If you follow this blog or follow me on Facebook then you will read a lot about Young Living Essential Oils, trust me I really share about them a lot, which comes naturally as I use them for myself and my family daily.

I genuinely believe everyone should get themself, and their family, a premium starter kit.

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Even when I bought my Young Living Starter Kit in 2014, we couldn’t afford it to be honest, he did not question it and trusted it was what we needed to help us get through the stress, the dissapointment and the hardships we were facing.

Who would have thought when I quit my job a year ago I would not regret it 1 day; I can share, make people happy and at the same time I am a happier person doing this job (although it does not feel like one).

The stress I had and got through with my oils, I can share this. The problems I had with restless nights I got through with my oils, I can share this. The problems I had with balancing my hormones in a natural way, I can share this. The problems my kids or husband have, I can share this. And through sharing that and the experiences my friends have had with oils I can help even more people.

Help them when they don’t want to sneeze all summer, help them get their focus on at school or work, help them be able to move more freely without restriction, help them get through their day when they normally would have to “shut down” due to blinding throbbing in their head, help with any day to day discomforts.

And of course not everyone believes, trusts or has faith in these oils, but they should because they will work anyway.
Trust me when I say there’s an oil for everything and they work even if you don’t believe in them….
This is the most value for your money as the diffuser will help you get the most out of your oils and the kit has all the basics to get you started in suppporting your natural lifestyle.

It has changed my life and that of my family in a positive way on so many levels.
That’s why when my friend suggested we should tell the Netherlands about these wonderful oils we started sharing our experiences, working on translating information about oils and helping people and giving our link to Young Living.
Was this weird & salesy ? No because let’s face it everyone shares a good thing they discovered. A restaurant, a book, a great show and we don’t just say we found this great thing go buy it, we help you on your journey discovering the oils every step of the way.

I don’t sell thes oils from my home, you can order them yourself via Young Living, through this  link. When using this link you sign up with me as your distributor, meaning I will assist you with any questions you may have when using the oils or other Young Living Products.

You need to register as a member to receive a 24% discount but don’t worry you do not commit to anything by registering this way it’s a formailty to make sure you get a discount with every order you make.

Need more info than you found in My Pink Office ? No problem just check out the Oiled by Nature website, contact me through Facebook  or join one of my workshops in Hoofddorp and I will be happy to help you with any question you have.
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