Homemade pickles, brunch and wall rugs

My posts, starting today, will look a little different from recent posts. I realized that there is no need for to plan the content in advance, everyday life brings with it enough moments of inspiration and ideas that anyone can be inepired by and embrace them for themselves. So from today I will post posts in them I will share with you my daily life and the things I experience, the things that makes me happy and in general I will try to bring you guys interesting content, unplanned content that comes in motion authentically and flowing. Welcome to join me.

Yesterday, which was Tuesday, I started making a pickle jar with the vegetables I love: cauliflower, carrots and Kohlrabi. The vegetables are not ready yet, I will give them another day, and of course I have no idea how they came out (this is my first time) but I do not believe that such a simple task can fail.

how to make? I separated the cauliflower into relatively small flowers, cut the carrots into thin slices as much as possible and the Kohlrabicut into sticks, the vegetables I poured into the jar (I put the vegetables in the order that i cut them but I would recommend you to mix the vegetables before adding them to the jar so you don’t have to dig to the depths of the jar to get some greenery) I poured three glasses of water, one glass of vinegar, two tablespoons of salt, a little drops of lemon juice and a quarter cup of oil. I flipped the bottle several times to mix the ingredients and that’s it, two or three days and it’s ready. I love to eat pickles next to the meals and also as a snack alongside the wine or vodka redball (yes I know) that I usually drink on Friday nights, promising to keep you updated on how they came out when they will be ready.

I spent the rest of the day with my two boys (4 and 5 years old) and the 2-year-old baby that I was home with because of the corona virus but in the first second when I had a little time to myself, which happens when the baby falls asleep around 12 o’clock, I decided to pamper myself with a small snack.

I made two Fried Eggs, which I placed on two slices of bread smeared with pesto, and of course, I made myself a hot cup of coffee. While eating I watched Lydia Elise Millen’s YouTube channel, I love watching her content recently. Her YouTube channel, at least recently, revolves around home designing and this is because she recently bought her dream home that she still designs, fashion and beauty. Some may say that she presents a picture that is too perfect and even artificial, but for me, watching her content fills me with positive energy, the content inspires me, motivates me, and most of all, I love watching people that are happy and feeling good about themselfs, we have the opposite infront of us all day long. I encourage you to watch her channel if this content interest you.

Today was a super exciting and joyous day for me, today finally, after two months when the kids were with me at home because of the corona virus, they all went to kindergartens! Yas! Freedom!!! Those two months that they were with me at home were challenging, exhausting, funny, upsetting, those days were a squeezing emotions machine. It was difficult for the children allso as well, because in the end the life they known was taken from them. In addition to the quarantine, a person very close to me who I love passed away and another family member was hospitalized (thank goodness he is now in a good shape and healthy) For moments it felt like a movie, everything ran too fast and the extraordinary and extreme plot added to the feeling that it was some fictional plot and that we would wake up any second from the dream . it was not a dream, but it seemed like the beginning of its end, the children retorned to kindergarten and I started to breath again. This morning, after putting the kids in kindergarten, I decided to visit my sister and my mom, who lives with her, and sit down for a cup of coffee and a morning chat. The three of us sat in the balcony facing the sea and introduced me to the new crafts they created. In a previous post I mentioned the fact that my mom knits everything, including covers for decorative pillows, so get this three new pillow covers she knitted:

amazing or not?! In addition to my mother, my sister also has creative hands and head, she has also started to create insanely cool wall rugs

She uses a special weaving facility and special tools to create this stunning rug. The fabric she made has all kinds of different elements, for example, at the top of the fabric there are pom-poms and down the fabric there are wires that come off it. After talking to my sister, I realized that this is a very easy job to sink into and lose a sense of time so if you decide to try it, take it into account.

my sister purchased the facility and accessorise from amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/WILLOWDALE-Multi-Craft-Extra-Large-Develops-Creativity/dp/B07ZH96DXS

My sister also didn’t send me home empty-handed, and gived me three t-shirts

two of them she bought from the online store ‘NEXT’, the shirts are white with with inflated sleeves, the other shirt she bought from ‘MANGO’ but was small on her. So thanks to my sister for the presents and for the kindness. In general, I have to replenish my wardrobe with summer clothes, if you have offers for online sites that offer beautiful, high-quality clothing and that ships around the world wrote to me in response here.
And this is it for this time. follow my site and posts if you like.
See you in the next post! Bye Bye ๐Ÿ™‚

My mom’s handmade necklaces

Well, I’m really excited about the new gift I received from my talented mother. The fact that she always had golden hands I always knew, but her amazing hand made products surprises me every time. This time, my mother brought me some amazing beaded necklaces, they arrived just in time for the approaching summer, i will just throw on some T-shirt with jeans or a skirt and the necklaces would pop up my outfit.

My mom has been knitting for many years, from shirts, dresses to blankets and pillowcases and this time she did something different and decided to diversify a bit and move into the jewelry world, she combined knitting with beads to achieve the result that comes before you. She made the necklaces using knitting needle and craft threads in diferent colores, some here are gold, silver, bronze and black.

If you have the time and the desire, it is completely something you can do at home, the network is full of demo videos, there are a variety of options and techniques, you just have to choose the technique that is right for you and do it at home comfortably. There are craft shops that sell beads and all the accessories you will need, you just have to do it, if you want.

Online shop for example:

https://www.the-beadshop.co.uk/beads-and-beading-supplies-c491

This gift really excited me and I can no longer wait for a chance to decorate myself with them, a little light hit and you will not be able to ignore me ๐Ÿ˜‰
Which necklace do you like the most? isn’t she talented ?!

My loss

Hello everyone,

I haven’t been here for a long time because of unfortunate cause. At the end of March I lost a dear person, one who was close to my heart and it shook my world, made me very sad and bring me a lot of thoughts.

Photo: Danielle Aluf

This is the first loss I have ever experienced and unfortunately it touched my family and left me pensive and empty beyond the pain and longing.

At this time of my life, and by choice, I am not surrounded by friends and I am dealling with this loss with only a small number of family members. I still haven’t told anyone out loud about what happened, I’ve never said it out loud to anyone, “He’s dead.”

Photo: Danielle Aluf

My grief is a bit complex and different from the norm, but what is certain is that I feel a daily need to express my feelings and ease my heart and head.

Sometimes there are not enough words to describe the storm coming from within, so I set up the group on Facebook of Haiku songs called “haiku israel”, songs with only three lines. Songs that shoot with emotion and describe the atmosphere and the feelings in a minimum of words.

Photo: Danielle Aluf

Below are some of the Haiku poems I wrote following the loss;

โ€œEverything has a year tag
The old songs that left you time
They hit my stomach now”

โ€œI want to embrace the one that has never hugged me
Hold his hand that may have lost its feel
Wants to catch his eye and float with him in the dark”

Photo: Danielle aluf

“In the open air I’m with a puffy chest
Aspiring and exhaling, there are written rules
Against all odds, I will keep you alive”

——-

I miss you every day that goes by and I promise you,
I’ll hold your hand in mine until my last day.
Your dugong.

The first day of spring

The whole world is in a difficult time, the Corona virus has hit all of the world and many people are currently quarantined in their homes. It is very symbolic to me that today we mantion and celebrating the first day of spring. The coming of spring marks for me a process of renewal, the rash after the storm, and that is what I wish for us during this time.
Here are some pictures of me in the spring vibe.

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How did I stop drinking and smoking in one day!

Anyone who has known me for the past six years has known my new version, the latest update. Six years ago, and throughout my 20s, I lived a life of uncompromising hedonism. I spent almost every day of the week drinking a lot of alcohol and cigarette smoke emissions was always part of my image. I was, and I am still, a person who could not enjoy anything, anything, to the extent. When I drank, I drank to the point of obscurity and when I smoked, I smoked until my lungs burned and my hair smelled like an ashtray. Thank goodness I went through this period in one piece and thanks to that I can also say I’m sorry but I am not sorry or feeling any regret about my past. I have reached my thirties saturated with experiences, I won’t look back and regret that I did not live, did not travel, did not wander aimlessly, did not meet people without any special interest, all that I did and not only once. I ended the second decade of my life tired of my extreme life and night life. I realized that my body and mind needed something different. But that’s not what made me stop drinking and smoking.

Photo: pavel t.

The ability to stop living a life you have been accustomed to or stop consuming alcohol, quit smoking, eat chocolate, meat, carbohydrates, or actually stop anything else that has put you in a turbulence that is hard to step out from, must come from understanding, a deep, meaningful enlightenment that will let you examine the situation from the side, you will be able to look at yourself from a higher angle. I remember that moment, that very moment when I realized that my life had to change, I remember it well. A taxi dropped me off under the apartment I used to live in, after a long night out when I was drunk as hell, I lit a last cigarette before going to bed. As I slowly made my way toward the entrance to the building, I realized; These people I spent the night with, who are actually locking in the night and coming to their home, they are good friends, I spend the time with them just as I wanted, but if the body betrays me beacuse of the destructive life I managed, they might be sorry for me but they don’t really Or will be an essential part of me. I realized that I was probably pushing aside the really important things that would build me as a person and advance me later in my life. If you want to get out of some situation you must think about what really matters, we set out on this world air alone and so do we leave it, we must surround ourselves in a enveloping, good and loving environment and we must know that we have done what is possible to extend our stay here. Don’t be sorry when it’s too late, try not to be helpless.

Then the enlightenment came, but I felt I wasn’t strong enough to cut off the habits I loved so much. But this was the most significant step in the rehabilitation process. I took this recognition in mind as I continued to live my normal life, but I already had a stick on wheels that never stopped making problems and ruined every night’s out and all the lighting of a cigarette. That was the beginning of the beginning – and it’s not a mistake. My restoration is a start. point. I believe that because of this understanding, I began to see the things that mattered to me and as if my spatial vision was beginning to clear. I knew my husband and started to build a home.
So yeah, I stopped drinking and smoking in one day, the day I found out I was pregnant but it didn’t lower the value of the acts. Certainly some would say that this is not a big deal because the condition requires me to quit but I see the picture differently and the fact that I did not return to drink or smoke even 5 years after giving birth proves that the process I went through was profound and meaningful. I believe that to make a real change you have to go through a self-examination and a real understanding of what is important in our lives and what is less.

So after watching the positive answer of the pregnancy test, I lit a cigarette with the understanding that it would be the last one. Standing there on the porch and not copying my eyes from the cigarette, I realized in real time that it was a great moment that I would like to remember, a moment I would be proud of, and I really am, very proud of it. I was only able to smoke half a cigarette from that last cigarette.

5 top Eurovision songs of all time!

I am an Eurovision fan. Here, I said it. As the show begins, I am equipped with paper and pen and rate the five best songs and performance in my opinion and compare it with the final results.

During this time all participating countries choose the songs that will represent them in the European competition in may and I, as a nostalgic type, recalled my 5 favorite songs of the competition of all time.

Here are my top five favorite songs of all time:

5. Sweden 2012 – loreen with ‘euphoria’

4. Cyprus 2018 – Eleni foureira with ‘Fuego’

3. Romania 2012 – Mandinga with ‘Zaleilah’

2. Israel 1998 – Dana international with ‘Diva’

1. Itali 2017 – Francesco Gabbani with ‘occidentali’s karma’

What are your favorites?

Korean ‘So.ko’ Products – first impression

The products of the Korean so.ko company recently arrived at the drug store near me and started to catch my attention. The packaging of the products is amazing in my opinion, this gorgeous light pink combined with gold, omg I love it!

I purchased several products to get to know the brand and its qualities. I purchased hydrogel eye patches, daily masks and glow serum. Here is my opinion on the products after one use:

Eye patches:

it is silicone patches with tiny gold particles. The patches are enriched with 24 karat gold, caffeine, collagen and hyaluronic acid. it is written that the patches helps to give a fresh look and help to soothe the skin. After putting the patches under my eyes for 15 minutes, I did feel that the patches were refreshing and moisturizing the skin. After removing them, I felt that the skin was more elastic. In general, the experience was very pleasant and the skin feels more fresh and essential.

Morning glow – daily masks:

There is no way to look good in these fabric masks but the goal is worth it, I hope. The first sensation that comes after putting on the mask is an immediate chill and that is the feeling that accompanied me to every 15 minutes that the mask was on me. The mask has an amazing flower fragrance and it contains hyaluronic acid and blue floral extracts. The mask is designed to soothe the skin and provide moisture and shine. After removing the mask, I felt that the skin got the amount of moisture it needed and the skin felt more tense. I was very excited about this product. It is highly recommended.

Glow serum:

The serum is enriched with 24-carat gold particles and hyaluronic acid. After placing the serum, the little gold sparkels does appear on the facial skin, not everyone will like it, but the serum does revive the facial skin and makes it look glowing. The serum comes with a dropper, which I love very much and find it useful. In general, it’s a cute gimmick. I didn’t fall for it.

In conclusion, I was pleasantly impressed by the brand so.ko. Their prices are relatively low compared to the big brands and the products give results.

My morning routine – Facial Skin Care

A few years ago no product ever touched my facial skin except the water with which I washed my face in the mornings. but what to do, with the age comes the wrinkles and with them the awareness of the importance of skin care.

I experimented with lots of products from different cosmetics companies until I found my winning combination.

So, first thing I do in the morning is to wash my face with the pixi cleanser from the rose cream series.
I feel that this cleanser cleanses my skin well.

After the cleanser i use pixi toner from the same series. I feel it balances the moisture in my skin. I actually drip a few drops onto a piece of cotton wool and apply it all over the skin area.

Next, I apply the hydrating serum from Bio Active Care. It is a moisture-rich serum designed to restore facial skin.

For moisturizing, I use day and night face cream from the hydrolique series of Bio Active Care. This is a super moisturizing face cream that leaves the skin glowing, a result I have not achieved with any other face cream.

And for the eyes I use eye cream from the hydrolique series of Bio Active Care as well.

Combining these products works perfectly for me. I have normal to dry skin and for me the result after using these products is amazing. My facial skin looks healthier, younger and tighter.

Flavored water – tasty and healthy

I do not drink enough water and it charges a price, I am weak, not essential and my skin complexion is pale and unflattering.

I thought a lot about ways to make myself drink more water and to put the artificial juices aside and realized that I just had to add a drop of color and flavor effortlessly from ingredients I already had in the fridge.

Here are 4 recipes for water flavors that I particularly love:

1. Cucumber water:

Ingredients: half cucumber, half lemon, mint and rosemary.

2. Apple water:

Ingredients: half red apple, half green apple and mint.

3. Strawberry water and red grapefruit:

Ingredients: 3 large strawberries, half a lemon and a quarter red grapefruit.

4. Berries water:

Ingredients: Any berries you have in the fridge (there is also a frozen mixture) and half a lemon.

Add mineral water and enjoy!

Six pairs of shoes for only $ 44 ๐Ÿคฏ

I walked past many stores while shopping in the mall until a huge sign stood out in front of me with a crazy shoes sale.

After a brief deliberation on whether to enter the store or not, because I was left with only $ 40 in my wallet! And I found it hard to believe that the amount would be enough for a pair of shoes I liked, I decided to go in.

Ok, the surprise was big because I left the store with more than a pair of shoes for only $ 40, I went out with six pairs !!! That’s crazy!

I bought two pairs for 20$

This two pairs i bought for 15$

And this final two pairs i bought for 9$ only!

what do you think? Was that a successful purchase ?!

The purchase was made on ‘TO GO’: israeli Low Cost brand.