Thursday, 14 February 2019

Warm yourself, not the world!


Warm yourself, not the world! That’s the slogan of nationale warme truiendag this year in The Netherlands. A very free translation is: national cozy sweater day. The idea behind this day is that we turn down our heater a few degrees in order to reduce our waste of energy to save up and also reduce CO2. I read about this on my school site and am glad that my school is joining this project tomorrow. Unfortunately I’m not at school tomorrow, but at work. So instead of tomorrow I use today as nationale warme truiendag. 
I didn’t turn the heater on and put on an extra shirt under my clothes. Today and tomorrow are even sunny days so it’s not that bad this year. It was freezing fricking cold last year! But still, I’m working on my desk right now in my bedroom and I’m even wearing my bathrobe to stay warm and my cosy woollen slippers to keep my toes warm! But to come back to the subject; I did a little bit of research, of course, on their website >> https://www.warmetruiendag.nl/ and found some facts:

~ When turning down the heater you’ll save up 6% of your energy
~ That 6% energy is 6% CO2 reduced
~ 40% of our energy world wide is used to heat houses, offices and schools

On the website is more information, infographics and explanation about this project and there is a counter on the websites that counts how many people are joining in tomorrow! I don’t know if this is also done internationally or not, but if so, let me know in the comments if you guys have a special day about this concept and if you are joining in?

Xx Rianne
Monday, 21 January 2019

Reduce my Plastic Use in 2019

It’s more often on the news and I’ve seen different documentaries about the environment. And I don’t know why, but it suddenly hit me harder than ever before: plastic is really really bad for our nature.
Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash
I’ve seen so much plastic everywhere, the massive plastic soup in the ocean, the micro plastics in my facial scrub, showergel and shampoo and that dead whale that washed up on the shore in Indonesia in December had 150 plastic cups in his stomach, 2 flipflops, and loads of other plastics…  I got a bit mad about the fact that this happened right under my nose but that I never bothered to take the problem serious. So I finally decided I want to do something about it.

I’m not going to rant about things and how everyone should change things. Everyone got their own troubles.  But I just want to share the little things I researched in December and maybe inspire you to change these few little things in your life too. Lately on the news was something about microplastics in shower gels and face scrubs. So I decided to end the use of my old face scrub and bought a different face scrub from the brand Sealine. Sealine is a brand that is microplastic free. It’s a bit expensive but I see it as an investment in the world.

With things like this I’m going to change my life style step by step. Not drastically, because I feel like it’s going to be impossible to go zero waste in 2 seconds. It's hard to stop using plastic. I mean, just look around you, everything is plastic, or is wrapped in plastic when you buy it.

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash
Also, I used all my plastic cotton swabs and changed them to wooden cotton swabs. I was so happy that I found the swabs in the store that I immediately bought 2 packages. When I got home I realised that the packages were plastic. You can imagine how quick my triumphant feeling washed away. It’s so weird that I didn’t realise that these swabs were packed in plastic. Everything is in plastic!

I’m doing research and I'm going to find the best and cheapest alternatives for you guys. Because, yes I want to change my lifestyle. But it must also be a little budget proof since I’m still a student and don’t have a full time job.

I’m going to show you some amazing online shops that I found through my time of research in different kinds of blogposts. I will review the products and hopefully help you to find websites or shops that are plastic free to make it a common knowledge on how to buy less plastic.

And for you guys to understand where I’ve found this new inspiration of going plastic free. There are some amazing Instagram accounts that show you in a sad but beautiful way how we are destroying our beautiful oceans and landscapes. Have a look and get inspired!

4ocean: https://www.instagram.com/4ocean/
storyofstuff: https://www.instagram.com/storyofstuff/
alisonadventure: https://www.instagram.com/alisonsadventures/

And the hasthags #PlanetOrPlastic #beatplasticpollution #beachcleanup are 3 tags that I follow as a daily reminder on my instagram that I won't forget how much plastic waste there is that is ruining our beautiful planet.

Xx Rianne
Monday, 31 December 2018

Funs and Fails 2018

Every year I look back on my funs and fails in my life. And so this year, I’ve made the list again.
Photo by Kristopher Roller on Unsplash
Fails:
I’m not even going to start about planning. I’ve given up. I can’t plan. You just have to keep popping up here occasionally to see if I posted – or not-. No more words needed.

Graduating. I want it so bad. But it’s just not working out the way I want to. I’m procrastinating. I’m hating it. I love the research, I hate the ammount work. The time I’ve sat behind my desk not doing anything is more than anyone can imagine. I try, I really do. I just am not motivated. NOT AT ALL! But I still want to graduate. An internal and eternal battle every morning when I wake up…

Funs:

There are more funs than fails this year. I’ve tried to be more positive in 2018 and I really did some things I never thought I would be doing, like donating my hair. It’s was so easy yet scary but so good to do. To help some girls and give them a little bit of joy during their battle with cancer. It didn’t cost me much. I was done with my long hair and wanted to cut it off. And what better way than to donate it!

Ice skating: it had been several years since we could skate on natural ice. And suddenly winter came very late in March. It was freezing. And for days we hoped the canals would freeze, but the wind blew it (HAH). Because of the strong winds the waters were moving too much and couldn't freeze up. But one night it was wind still and everything was covered in ice. (I think it happened like the way Elsa stepped on the water near her castle in arendelle) And so we could ice skate on the canals. And that was one of the moments after a dark time that I truly felt happiness. I was with my mom and later with my sister and it is by far the best moment of 2018! 

My little garden: this was a fun project. And I know my parents will lend me more ground in the garden in 2019 because they were very excited about it. So I can keep produce my own food and let you know about it as soon as I can plant the seeds!
My first winter sport holiday. Visiting the mountains covered in snow was such a magic moment. seeing it in real life is so different than everything you've seen in documentaries, movies or pictures. When I was on top of the mountains, ready to ski down the slope I was in awe of how beautiful the world is. It felt like I was in Narnia! Winking to my childhood dream to visit Narnia.

Hope you all have the best New Years Eve. Cheers to a new year, full of love, laughter and big and small adventures!

All the love!
Rianne
Thursday, 15 November 2018

My little Garden: the biggest courgette I've ever seen.

A few months ago I posted this post about 'My Little Garden'. In the blogpost I tell you about the veggies I was growing. You can read about that here. And totally forgot that I had this blogpost ready to go online. I've been so focussed on my thesis that I put my blog aside. (I will post here and there, but I just need to focus as much as I can on my thesis!) Here is the a very very late update about my little garden.

1. We ate the beans
2. We ate the beets
3. We ate the water melon
4. The one and only courgette that grew was the biggest I've ever seen.

The beans and the beets tasted amazing. From the beets we made beets stew. And I ate twice from my beans. It was not enough to feed the whole family. The stew was for 5 people (my parents, brother and sister). It may sound weird but it was fun to eat my own grown veggies. 

But the courgettes, they wouldn't grow in our garden. The plant tried to grow a courgette and then get rid of it or something. It just didn't work.
But one courgette plant went to the greenhouse of my sisters boyfriend along with my melon plants. And well, look at the result. One massive courgette and a water melon. There was another watermelon but the boys that owned the greenhouse ate it! ;)
For the record, the water melon was as almost as big as the size of a normal football. This is just a giant courgette that weighed around 3 kg. My sister made a lot of courgette soup of it.
Sadly the seeds were so big they weren't edible anymore. So it looked amazing. But next time I should take it earlier of the plant so it stays edible.

Hopefully until next year!

Xx Rianne
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Fall Tag

It’s autumn, and nothing fits better than a Fall Tag. I was tagged by https://ellduclos.blog/ (<< click and visit her amazing blog!) And let the tag begin!!
1. What is one candle you MUST light every fall?
Glades candle apple cinnamon. Not too expensive but it smells sooo good!

2. When you think of fall, what does it remind you of?
It’s not a specific thing autumn reminds me of. I guess, if I think hard, it reminds me of the days when I was younger. When we go search for red and white stippled mushrooms. When we used to go for walks in the forest nearby and how we would collect as many conkers as possible. Which actually is a funny that you can read in this blogpost

3. What is your all-time favorite fall/Halloween movie?
I really love a nightmare before Christmas.

4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?
One of my biggest wishes is to go to a Halloween themed party. Sadly, here in the Netherlands we don’t really celebrate Halloween, nor do we have trick or treating. (We’ve got Sint Maarten. Which I will tell you about later when it’s November 11th.) So, there is no costume in my mind. But if I ever get to go to a Halloween party I would look for a costume that will go very well with bloody make-up. That would be so cool to put on my face!

Photo by Jessica Lewis from Pexels
5. What is your favorite fall trend? 
I always loved faux fur coats. I finally bought one myself and I think it’s perfect to wear it in fall. Winter will be too cold and rainy for the coat, and I would need a real winter coat. But fall is not too cold not to hot for a faux fur coat.

6. When you think of fall, what drink comes to mind?
Rooibos Tea. That tea has such a warm flavour and smell. I can drink rooibos tea all day long!  And of course hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is for Autumn and Winter.

7. What is your go to fall beauty product? A must have staple!
Dark lipstick shades. Again: in a recent post I wrote about my favourites. Check it out here.
Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash
 8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie? 
I only ate pumpkin pie once in my life. That was a year ago when I visited the USA. I really really liked but since it’s not available or known in our country I choose apple pie with whipped cream. (But I would love to own a good pumpkin pie recipe!)

9. Do you have any fall traditions? If so tell us all about it!
No, not really. I know me and my mum will go and collect conkers and nuts and put them in a bowl on the table. But it’s not a tradition. We just love the way it looks in our living room and bed room.

10. The moment of truth, is fall your favorite season?
No, it’s not my favourite. I think spring is my favourite because feeling the sun getting stronger and seeing the world coming alive makes me feel so happy. But autumn is also a good season. I just really love every season because every season got something of its own beauty.

Now of course I must tag others for this Fall tag. These people are lovely bloggers with great stories on their blogs. It’s definitely worth your time checking them out!
1. Liv. https://seabreezecorner.com/
2. Maria http://thrivesoul.co/

3. Clementine https://www.clemloves.co.uk/
4. Giulia https://julesonthemoon.blogspot.com/  
5. Vicky https://www.vickyviews.co.uk/ 

Can’t wait to read your answers!

Xx Rianne