Friday, 30 March 2018

Paperless Post Invitations

Next month is my birthday month. Since I’m a little girl I’ve always been looking forward to my birthday, to see my family again, eating cake and candy unlimited and of course… presents!! I LOVE it!
And recently I was thinking, I might even celebrate my birthday with friends this year. I never celebrated my birthday for friends but since we all live in different places in The Netherlands now, we barely see each other. Some people I haven’t even seen in 6 months because we all live our own lives now. Some are still studying Journalism but moved out of Ede (including me), others are doing their masters at a different university, others are already adulting and hunting for jobs.

And while thinking about sending out an invitation, Paperless Post* found me. Paperless Post is a website where you can customize invitations and sent them via email. Sending out a card can be as expensive as you want it to be. It starts with 2 coins, which is like paying for stamps when you sent a real card instead of digital, and the more you choose to change or redesign the more coins it will cost to send the card to the recipient.
Paperless Post has hundreds and hundreds of cards you can choose from and customize. Think about Tea Parties, weddings, birthday, new born cards, just whatever you can think off they have it. And you can change backgrounds, fonts, envelopes. Just everything. So it looks more personal than just a written email invitation. Paperless Post also have card ranges that are designed by Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Meri Meri and Rifle Paper co. and many more. 

You can check out the designer range specifically or do what I did: searching for birthday cards and save the cards you like the most. And when it’s a card from a special designer it is written underneath. And so it turned out my family invitation card is from Happy Menocal (which is 8 coins per recipient). Look at how cute the card turned out!!
Now the invitation to my friends. I want to have a Tea Party since I’m a big tea lover and also in love with sweets and food. So it’s the best combination. And Paperless Post had a lot of designs but in the end I went for a normal design that is also 8 coins per recipient.

Isn’t this great? How lovely do the cards look? I totally love it. I’ve also seen that it is possible to sent out thank you cards. So when I’ve had my Tea Party I know for sure that I’ll sit down and design a thank you card. (even when they read about this on my blog.)

What I also love about this website is that, as the name says, this is Paperless. Good for the environment and also much more personal than just a boring email with the information written down. My friends all responded very excited to the invitation and loved the way it looked. So did my family!
Xx Rianne

This blogpost is in coorporation with Paperless Post 
Monday, 26 March 2018

Easter Cupcakes

(Chocolate) eggs, Easter bunny and matzos. That sounds like it’s almost Easter! And I felt very adventures I baked Easter cupcakes!

Since I’m not the best cook I bought a vanilla cupcake mix from Dr. Oetker to which I only had to add 2 eggs, 50 ml of water and 125 gr butter. Thanks Dr. Oetker, you make me look like a MasterChef! ;)

For the buttercream I used:
250 gram butter
250 gram powdered sugar
a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I coloured the buttercream with food colouring.

And look at the results! I’m so happy with how they turned out!

Xx Rianne
Monday, 19 March 2018

A Post For My Grandparents

I’m a lucky girl to have both my grandparents still around! My sisters and other nieces felt the same and we decided to give our grandparents presents that they will not forget any time soon. We decided to give them time with their granddaughters.

My grandma had her birthday back in April (last year). And we know how much we all love food. I mean, go to grandma and grandpa and there is always something baked or bought that is so delicious that we eat ourselves sick. And when we leave their houses we don’t walk but roll out of the houseJ 
So for my grandma’s birthday we gave her a high tea at her favourite bonbon shop. It's her go to chocolate store. So we picked a date and all came to Delft to spend the whole afternoon with grandma. Her face was shining throughout that whole afternoon. And we had so much fun. 
To see how much my grandma loved spending time with us made us feel so happy that we decided to give grandpa a sort of the same present. His birthday was in August. And because we all have been really busy we finally found a date we all could be together last week. And as a present for grandpa we decided to go to their house and eat raclette. They didn't have to do anything. We bought and prepared everything and did the dishes afterwards so nothing had to be done by them.
My grandparents are also moving out of their house after living there for over 40 years. So it’s also a sort of goodbye to the house where we all have fantastic memories of sleepovers and dressed up in old flower dresses and working with our grandparents in their garden. Grandpa is 81 and grandma is 78 and we loved to spent time with them. The whole dinner we’ve been laughing together and updating our grandparents on our lives. The glow on their faces is something that I’ll never forget!
I really hope we can do this more often. Because as little kids we used to have sleepovers at our grandparents, they took us to their summer house, they took us swimming, they took us on little holidays in the woods, they watched our sports games, they’ve always been there for us. And now they’re getting older and we can take time to spent with them and talk about those lovely memories they gave us! When we were talking about all this after we said our graces after dinner and we got a little emotional because of this wonderful night.

So I thought, since we do this, I should share this with the world to help others with an original present for their grandparents’ birthdays. The look on their faces is worth everything. And I really enjoyed the time we had together as a family.

Xx Rianne
Monday, 12 March 2018

Removing Milia

After a weird summer/autumn of getting better, I've finally picked up normal life again. Because I'm feeling better and more happier in general I also started to use my make up again and I started to take care of myself as how I used to do it before I felt tired and sick. And when I finally started to do my my make up I noticed my milia around my eyes more than ever. It had been there for a really long time but just then it started to annoy me so much that I had to take care of it.

So when I felt brave enough I walked into a beauty salon and made my appointment for removing these little white bumps. I knew that it would hurt. I had them removed before but that was like 5 years ago. So I was scared but I didn’t know that I had to be this scared...

But first a little explanation of "what is milia?" is from : (And I copied their explanation) so go to their website for a complete explanation.

"Milia are white, hard, raised bumps on the skin.

They're small, only about 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter. Milia aren't painful, and they don't itch. They're most common around the eyes and on the cheeks, nose, and forehead, but they can pop up anywhere.

While annoying, milia are harmless.
Milia are super common. If you have skin (and we all do) you're going to get a milium every now and again.

If you have acne and blackheads, you probably have milia as well. But milia can develop even if you don't have common acne, and your skin is otherwise relatively clear. It's completely normal.
Milia happen when the skin doesn't exfoliate, or shed dead cells, properly. That white bump is the actual plug of skin cells and oil, hanging about so close to the skin's surface that it's very visible.

Milia can occur at any age, from newborn to 110 years old. Some people are just more prone to developing them than others. Most milia just appear, for no apparent reason.

Milia can also be triggered by injury to the skin, like burns and sunburns, blistering rashes, and the like. Some medications can also cause milia, but that's very rare. Excessive sun exposure and sun damage also seem to make the skin more prone to developing milia. This is another good reason to wear your sunscreen every day!"

Now you know what it is, I’ll tell you how they are removed from the skin and it includes a needle(!)
but now I’m frightening you. ;) The needle isn’t the worst part. The needle is used to ‘open’ the skin, Since Milia is ‘under’ your skin. So when the skin, that is blocking the milia, is opened the milia gets pushed out. Sort of like a blackhead. But as you can imagine, that hurts like hell when you push and pinch your skin around your eyes. And I had milia on my cheeks and also on my eyelids! and under my lashes! Which were very painful to remove...
In the first picture, which is really bad because of a shadow of my phone, you can see the milia on my cheek. And as you can see in the middle picture, my skin looks really bad and red and bruised, just moments after the removal. The first day my cheekbones were swollen and I’ve had a very sensitive skin for three days. I couldn’t rub my eyes because the skin was so sore and painful.

After four days the little scabs were gone where the milia was removed and my skin looked normal again. So in the end I’m happy with the results but the pain was so bad that I almost cried in that chair. I was clenching my jaws so hard that my jaws even started to hurt. I had tears rolling out of my eyes like a waterfal… I’m not sure if it’s supposed to hurt THAT much. But I’m very happy with the results.
I hated to look at my eyes with that milia everywhere. When I did my make up the milia would even be visible through the foundation. And now it’s not anymore.
Should've closed my eye here. It's about the milia just above my eyelash. 
But now I still want to have removed the last little bits of milia because the lady of the beauty salon couldn’t get them all out. But after the pain I went through I think I’m going to wait a little while longer than I had planned I'm not ready for so much pain again any time soon… She did gave me a miracle 3 in 1 nectar that is supposed to help my skin and unclog everything!

Have you also had so much pain when you got you’re milia removed?

Xx Rianne
Monday, 5 March 2018

Winter Fun

When the weather man said that there was cold weather upcoming and my dad said that it was serious (my dad is our personal weather man) I immediately went looking for my ice skates last week. The forecast was looking good!

But then the wind. The wind made it almost impossible for the canals to freeze up. Only parts froze, but the wind kept the water moving so it couldn’t freeze up completely. And then, finally, we had a night in which the wind wouldn’t blow that hard and it would freeze -8 or something. And BAM! The canals froze and on Thursday I got my skates and went to find some frozen water. As you can see below, it went well…

My knees were wet because I fell a few more times in the snow and then my jeans froze. I thought it was bit too cold and went back home to warm up and unfreeze my jeans. In the afternoon I thought the time was ripe to go to the canal where my sister had ice skated on Wednesday. And that was the real real ice. Skating on canals is something I had done when I was around 17 years old guess. (I'm 21 now!)

Me and my mom went ice skating on the canals and that’s the best thing ever. In the morning I was ice skating on a meadow they flooded with water. And skating on the canals is just so much better. The sound of the ice cracking underneath and the hollow sounds of ice skates on the ice is the best sound ever. Literally, this is the best winter since for ever.

In the evening I went with my sisters back to the meadow again because they had big lights up there so we could skate in the night with a full moon. But because of the storm it was almost impossible to skate normally. Or the wind would blow so hard that you almost stood still on the ice, or the wind was blowing in your back and it was impossible to stop and you just had to go with the flow. But I had a LOT OF FUN! 
I love this kind of weather. Not just a bit cold and a bit windy and a weak winter… No, it was snow, freezing and ice skating. That is what winter is supposed to be!

On Friday I went back to the canals and did some more ice skating knowing that I had to work Saturday and then the cold would be over. But on Sunday, I took the big risk and went with two friends skating on the melting ice. I had to go to the mill. I skated for only 30 minutes, look at all the water on the ice in the picture below. We decided that it was too dangerous to skate any longer on the melting ice. So we went home with some lovely photo’s together!
How did you spent these winter days? Let me know in the comments!

Xx Rianne