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2017 Achievements

It was such a great year even with its ups and downs. I managed to accomplish some of my milestones that were on hold. Wve been to many places and enjoyed lots of events and holidays together. We started 2017 surrounded by snow In the mountain cabin north Sweden, Julia was sick on our last New Years Eve and I did not quite enjoy it. This year we said goodbye to 2017 and welcomed 2018 in completely different temperatures, atmosphere and mind state. I am sure this is going to be my year! 

Here are some of the achieved goals and goodies of 2017 that I could remember:

- I lost pregnancy weight and managed to keep myself motivated for a workout routine doing Tabata cardio at home and treadmill running for at least 30 min every other day. See my treadmill workout here.

- Got my Swedish citizenship/passport. Which plays a big role in un-limiting my travel miles.

- Finally finally got my teeth braces. This one has been on my list for years and years and has been always delayed by work or other responsibilities at the time. I had to travel abroad to do them since they were ridiculously expensive in Sweden.

- Julia started her Kindergarten. And I got the time to accomplish some of the mentioned here.

- Traveled to: Canary Island again, Malaga twice, Greece for a week, Finland, Norway road trip, Estonia (back and forth) by boat, Danmark stop on our way to the Caribbean.

- I got my freaking SWISHISH DRIVING LICENCE (The driving theory is unbelievable including snow practice, alcohol road danger risks/lectures). This one has been on hold since 2015.

- I passed the Swedish language test with a good score allowed me to go further with my study and I started studying on distance part-time.

- Had a reunion with an old friend from Britain who came and visited me home in Sweden and such an amazing time talking nostalgic things about the country I grew up in where she used to work and live too.

- Planned and booked my first family/friends reunion for January which I can not wait for in the United States.

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Building Bridges In 2018

For the past couple of years, I have isolated myself quite a lot when it comes to my own personal social life/culture for different reasons. As the years pass me by and as I grow old in age and responsibilities, I see how important it is for me to maintain a social balance with people who I connect with and I shared wonderful memories and experiences.  

This year I am finally planning a get-together and reunion with a couple of my dearest family members and friends. These events are going to be very big and mean a lot to me because I really neglected this part of my needs for a very long time until I started feeling the consequences.  Dealing with homesickness for both missing the culture and people who I have a history with is not very easy. And it doesn't go away by time or years. 

Now I am so happy that my dearest people share the same interest and are willing to make this happen, by making the time and opportunity for me to reconnect with this part of me that needed to be fulfilled. I really appreciate it! 

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The Adrenal Body Type (Pear Shape) Profile And How to Fix it.

I am so happy I came across this info as I was doing research for some irritating symptoms I had lately, which made me almost think I might have diabetes. I was so surprised that my body type "The Pear Shape" is Fat Protein Efficient, Adrenal Body or even Gonad Type.  If you want to know your body type take the Dr.Eric Berg Quiz.

The life-saving info was about creating a meal plan/lifestyle for my specific body type. What happens when you eat for your body type? You give your body the right types of foods at the right time. Bigger meals when your metabolism is highest and you will more easily burn it off and smaller meals when your metabolism is lowest. You learn exactly what foods to avoid and what to eat more of. How to balance your glands hormones so that the weight comes off easily! 

Here is some info from Bodytypology about the pear shape woman: 

Physical Traits

The Pear Body Type may often exclaim, “Why do I always gain weight There!” You tend to gain weight on the lower body, the sides of the upper thighs, the bum, you are pear-shaped. The lower body is bigger, the upper body is small to medium-sized.  The back slightly curved in, the buttocks are predominant. Cellulite is usually present in the lower parts of the body and has usually been there for a long time. 

Energy Levels

The Pear Body Type is sometimes more of a night owl than a morning person. Although they need more sleep than any other types. You have the stable energy (unless consuming too much sugar). As the day progresses your energy increases. Those that have low blood sugar or hypoglycemia will tend to have an energy crash around 4 PM. If you do have hypoglycemia you need to follow the Thyroid Type plan until the sweet cravings are controlled. You can get your second wind around 9 or 10 PM at night and go to bed late, sometimes staying up until 2 AM, but many are in bed by 10 or 11. 

Your type is not as strong as the others and you need to go at your own pace. You are slow moving and it is best for you to follow this slow pace. While you may be known as the weakest of the four types your energy will last the longest.

Personality Traits

This is the gland of affection, emotion, attention, altruism, kindness, harmony, goodness, generosity and empathy. You have strong values, courage, and willpower. 

The Pear Body Type is known for your warmth, love and genuine interest in others. You love to take care of others, the motherly type, the maternal instinct is very strong, and this distinguishes you from the other types. 75% of all nurses are Gonad Types, social workers, teachers, naturopaths, the helping professions. 

Being in a relationship is very important to you as is having children. While the Thyroid Type can’t wait to get out after having a baby, the Gonad Types are in their glory at home, love breastfeeding for a lengthy period and being a mom. You love the responsibility. The home and land are very important to you and you prefer not to travel for too long. 

You are hard-working, perseverant and patient. You have a high sense of responsibility and organization. We can count on you, you are very reliable. You do not like confrontations; you find them a waste of time. When there is a conflict (which may be rare as you normally disallow conflict) you have a good sense of justice and a way to balance things out. You tend to do a little too much for others and it can become stifling at times for your children or those you care for. You tend to be overly concerned for the welfare of your children. You dislike superficial things and competition. 

You love to talk about life, exchange with others, share. You can project 20 years into the future, no problem. 

What stresses you; competition, superficial relationships, or relationships that are not harmonious, changes in the program, financial risks, lack of order. You tend toward burn out at work because you work so hard. When your children leave home it is very hard on you. 

You would do well by letting go, learning to live and let live, think more about yourself. The Pear body type usually takes care of others, ( they love to do this) and has a hard time taking care of herself!

Food Cravings

The Pear Body Type has cravings after dinner and at night more than at other times of the day.

The cravings include:

Spicy foods, Mexican food
Fatty foods
Fried foods
Butter, cream
French fries, chips
Salty foods
Red meat
Cold cuts
Red Wine
Rosé sauces, creamy sauces, creamy salad dressings    
Cravings around 10 PM indicate a feeling of lacking and wanting someone to take care of you, especially if you feel your partner is not giving you enough attention. Go and get a hug, instead of eating!

Common Ailments

Typical problems related to the reproductive organs, gynecological troubles and the lymphatic system. PMS, mastitis, infertility, fibroids, breast cysts or uterine cysts or tumors, endometriosis, menstrual problems, organs that descend and constipation.  You tend to have cellulite, varicose veins, leg pain, swelling, heaviness, swollen ankles, overweight. 

You may tend towards burn out as you neglect yourself by taking care of others. You tend to have congestion, a lack of circulation in your body, your veins and your life. 

Doing a detox is important for you to eliminate the toxins that you accumulate more easily than others. You need to get your blood circulating. 

Here is how to keep your Pear shape balanced and fix its adrenal issues by Dr.Eric Berg.

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Didier Waterfall Hiking Adventure

It was such a great opportunity to spend some time outside of the Mom life and study routine. Me and the rest of the Caribbean Scandinavian Wives :-) made a plan to go hiking the "forbidden hike".. because there is a sign at the entrance that forbids taking the hike up to the waterfalls. 

Didier water fall was not as we heard about it. The walking through the dark tunnel was quite fine. I stumbled a couple of times by the moving stones and slippery muddy hills but nothing really dangerous. Climbing using a rope was part of the hike and a lamp was also required to pass the dark dirty tunnel. After all the jungle, the view of the water fall and the lovely sweet water was worth the whole trip. 

Find photos and videos on my instagram account. 

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I am trying to cook as much seafood and tropical fruit, low carb food as possible. So I find myself searching for meal ideas that match my cravings and diet at the same time. This is one of the meals I highlight in my top low carb lunch recipes also recommended for hot weather. 

I previously made a similar recipe a few years ago which was very popular in the blog called the Avocado Tuna / Salmon Tartare. You might want to check it out as well! Enjoy..


30 shrimp
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 tsp salt

Quick guacamole
1 avocado mashed
1-2 tsp lime juice
1 clove small garlic minced
1/2 tsp sea salt

Mango salsa
1/2 mango diced
1/4 cup red pepper diced
1/4 cup red onion diced
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp to 1/2salt

1/2 cup rice
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp sugar

In a small saucepan, cook the rice for the time accorded on package directions (usually 15-20 min).
Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for guacamole (or just use mashed avocado) and mix together mango salsa.

In a 1 or 2 cup measuring cup or soup bowl, spoon in mango salsa until a there is a thin layer, then spread half of the avocado mixture over top. Layer with shrimp, then the rice.
Press down hard, then trace with a knife all the way around the measuring cup to loosen the mixture. Dump onto a plate, careful to make sure mixture remains intact.

Optional! Top mango salsa with crumbled wonton or tortilla strips, then drizzle some sauce over top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with fresh limes and soy sauce.

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I've been craving these for a very long time from the delicious American kitchen. Since there is no place to eat these Sloppy Joes I decided to look for the receipt and make them by myself and if it worked well I would share it with you as usual. 

What and Why they are called Sloppy Joes?
Sloppy Joes are a combination of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce or ketchup, and seasonings on a hamburger bun.

Early 20th-century American cookbooks offer plenty of sloppy joe type recipes, though they go by different titles: Toasted Deviled Hamburgers, Chopped Meat Sandwiches Hamburg a la Creole, Beef Mironton, and Minced Beef Spanish Style.

Marilyn Brown, Director of the Consumer Test Kitchen at H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, says their research at the Carnegie Library suggests that the sloppy joe's origins lie with the "loose meat sandwiches" sold in Sioux City, Iowa in the 1930's and were the creation of a cook named Joe.

References to sloppy joes as sandwiches begin by the 1940s. One example is a 1944 Coshocton Tribune ad under the heading "Good Things to Eat" says "Sloppy Joes' – 10c – Originated in Cuba – You'll ask for more – The Hamburg Shop" and elsewhere on the same page, "Hap is introducing that new sandwich at The Hamburg Shop – Sloppy Joes – 10c."

The term sloppy joe's had an earlier definition of any cheap restaurant or lunch counter serving cheap food quickly or of a type of casual clothing.

Food companies began producing packaged sloppy joe sauce, such as Manwich, by the 1960s.


1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 Sandwich buns, split
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In a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine beef and onion. Cook until the meat is mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Pour sauce ingredients over drained beef and stir until evenly coated. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in buns.

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Fabulous Places to help you escape from the winter of Northern Hemisphere

The winter chill has set in and as soon as Christmas is over, January will descend with its barrage of cold mornings, diet and exercise and all those other hard to face things! So why not escape and get some winter sun! Just what you need to forget about the dreary dark days of home and rejuvenate yourself and return ready for the new year ahead!

There are so many amazing places to visit and you can find exactly what you are looking for…whether it be a quiet, beach life, relaxing holiday or a bustling city break..the world is literally your oyster. 

For the more relaxing vibe, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Reunion Island. Situated in the Indian Ocean, this is not your average tropical island destination. This unique island is paradise on earth offering over 17 miles of warm welcoming beaches, the perfect destination if you are looking to kick back and totally chill out. A true gem. 

There are also of course, all the amazing forests and enclaves dotted throughout the island. You can go rock climbing, diving, snorkeling, taking helicopter to discover the splendid sight of volcanoes, or meditating in early-morning light on the beach, getting some massage... you name it, it’s on offer. A perfect spot to brush off the cobwebs and rejuvenate.


What to pack:
Maintain a relaxed vibe with flowy chiffon dresses, cute swimwear and pretty sandals to adorn your laid-back feet! 

Now for something completely different! One of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, Bangkok. This is not for the faint hearted and is a world away from Reunion Island! Bustling streets full of people, cars, markets, noise! This holiday will be full of excitement and is a total feast for the senses. There is so much to see and do in this amazing city and the food, shopping, sights are just incomparable. You will find yourself emerged in the fantastic Asian culture and the people are as friendly as they are busy. A wondrous adventure awaits you! Whether you wish to spend your days traveling through the markets picking up amazing materials or trying out different foods, or choose to visit the amazing temples and ancient buildings, you are sure to enjoy your trip to this eastern paradise. 

What to pack:
It’s HOT here, so loose clothes work best, maybe a floral silk dress, make sure to bring a comfy pair of shoes for walking and of course a bag for all your new purchases! 

Happy Travels! 
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15 Gifts Ideas For Geeks

Game of Thrones Snow Globe

Winter is coming...all on a little globe on your desk! Enclosed in the Game of Thrones snow globe is a weirwood tree with the Night's Watch oath carved around the edge. A collectors item, the globe comes in a collector box with a certificate of authenticity. And it's cuuuuuute!
RRP £85.99
Available here

Amazon Fire HD 7

So you need a gift for someone who really likes TV, films, gaming and literature? Look no further. Amazon's Fire HD 7 Tablet goes beyond ALL expectations. It's a kindle, a camera, a TV and so much more all rolled into one, meaning that your entertainment junkie friend will never be bored as long as this is in their bag. And the best part? It comes five different colours! Choices, choices.
RRP: £99
Available here

Gremlins jumper

Sulking in a reindeer jumper that lights up and plays a tinny jingle bells tune? BURN IT WITH FIRE AND GET THIS INSTEAD. A Christmas wardrobe staple but any Spielberg fans, relive the cuteness and the terror of the Gremlins movie with this mogwai/gremlin patterned jumper. It's almost as cute as Gizmo himself (we said almost!)
RRP: £52
Available here

The Walking Dead Monopoly

We all play board games over Christmas, so why not mix things up for your zombie obsessed friend? The Walking Dead Monopoly differs from the original as instead of buying properties, you are actually 'defending yourself' from zombie attacks, and there can only be one survivor...
RRP: £29.99
Available here

Shakespeare stationary

Literature nerds exist, and they are guaranteed to love a thoughtful gift inspired by the Bard himself. Shakespeare meets stationary? What could a budding writer or avid reader love MORE?!

RRP: £0.85

Available here

Light chop sabers

Make dinners fun (and geeky) with these amazing light chop sabers! The force is strong with this dinner. You do or do not eat with them. There is no try.

RRP: £12.99

Available here

Wand remote control

Want to become an ACTUAL wizard? Well, of your television anyway...this wand acts as a remote control with different wand movements do different things to your television. Sound good? All together everyone: SWISH AND FLICK! P.S. They also do TARDIS versions. Geeky scream together on three!
RRP: £49.95
Available here

Jedi dressing gown

The comfort is strong with this one. Be a masterful Jedi in your snuggly wugglys with this powerful yet comfy dressing gown/Jedi robe. Added bonus if you already have a toy lightsaber and can have hours of untold joy pretending to be in a galaxy far, far away.
RRP: £26.37
Available here

Clever mug

If you understand this reference, you are a funny nerd and need to purchase this mug. Go on now...
RRP: £6.55
Available here

Hobbit slippers

Want to go on an adventure?! These hairy Hobbit slippers will make you embrace the happy Hobbit inside, whether that means venturing out to explore (though they'd probably get ruined fairly quickly), or staying inside your nice Hobbit hole and eating a wheel of cheese. The decision is yours.

RRP: £19.99

Available here

Fantasy travel posters

I DO hear that Hogsmeade is lovely this time of year. From Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings, this Etsy sellers vintage travel posters for places we can never go (unless we take a quick trip to New Zealand and use our imaginations), will look perfect on your nerdy friends wall, we guarantee.

RRP from £4.99

Available here

Sherlock Cluedo

Forget Miss Scarlet and Colonel Mustard, we want to solve Sherlock's cases! Decide if you're Sherlock or Watson in this fangirl's dream Cluedo game!
RRP: £18.99
Available here

Baking Bad

A fan of Breaking Bad? Turn to baking to distract yourself from missing the show with these delicious, blue meth-inspired recipes. As the cover says, 99.1% pure. 100% edible.

RRP: £4.99

Available here

Self stir mug

For the lazy nerd of your life, this mug takes away any possibility that they could hurt themselves through using a spoon by doing it for them! Oh, and it's Star Wars, so they can boast of their Jedi mind skill set. These aren't the teabags you're looking yeah? Yeah?!
RRP: £9.99
Available here


There are book geeks, film geeks and our favourite - technology geeks. The Creative Muvo Mini is sure to satisfy any whiz kid's love of new gadgets as it is a speaker that you can take anyway in the palm of your hand, is waterproof and as loud as they come!

RRP: £49.99

Available here

This article was written by Emmy Griffiths.

Beauty: Christmas Eve Nail Art

20 Fantastic DIY Christmas Nail Art Designs That Are Borderline Genius

Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – DivineCaroline

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Nail Art Tutorial and Instructions – DivineCaroline

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Style: How to Wear Red Pumps

Choosing the Right Shoe:

1 Look for a slinky red stiletto for the ultimate in sexy footwear. If you want a shoe that will leave a lasting impression for a date or big event, a red heel is the way to go. Be careful about what you pair this shoe with, however, since pairing it with too many notably sexy garments can push your look into the realm of trashiness.

2 Tone things down with a red pump. If you want to wear your red shoes to work or for a casual stroll down the block, a simple red pump is your best bet. Flats are simple enough to subdue wild red into submission.

3 Find middle ground by choosing a low-heeled pump. Heels can look classy, even if they are red. Closed-toe pumps are your best choice, and you can wear them with both casual and dressy outfits.

4 Try a different shade of red. If you feel uneasy about wearing a bright red shoe, start out by wearing a deeper shade, like burgundy. A deep shade of red is more subdued and a little less noticeable, which may make you feel more confident about your ability to pull it off.

Choosing the Right Outfit

1 Match red with neutrals. If black, brown, gray, nude, white, and deep navy blue are the only colors found in your outfit, a neutral shoe will only make your outfit seem duller. Adding a bright red shoe can make your style pop. Try wearing a red pump the next time you throw on a black pencil skirt and white button-down blouse.

2 Color block. Color blocking is the practice of wearing solid blocks of bright, complementary colors against one another. Try wearing your red shoes against an orange or pink dress.

3 Avoid wearing red with red. If you have a solid red dress, do not wear it with your red shoes. If you do, you run the risk of overkill. If you would prefer to wear your bright red shoes with a red dress, choose a deep red dress to add depth to your ensemble.

4 Also avoid wearing red shoes with bright green. Red and green are too closely associated with Christmas, and wearing them together will make your outfit look too seasonal. Instead of a bright green, mix your red shoes with deeper shades like olive.

5 Wear red shoes with a neutral pattern. Red peep-toe shoes make a good accompaniment to a black and white polka dot dress or pinstripe trousers.

6 Pair red shoes with patterns that have traces of red in them. While solid red outfits are often overkill with red shoes, a print with traces of red in it coordinates with your shoes in a subtle, appropriate manner.

7 Wear your red pumps with casual clothes. Red shoes look great against denim blue jeans, especially medium and dark washes. A red pump is an easy way to add a pop of color and a twist of sophistication to your everyday style.

8 Avoid wearing red shoes with trashy or suggestive pieces. Red shoes are already relatively sexy. Wearing them with ripped jeans, tube tops, cut-off shorts, and other revealing garments does not make you look sexier. Instead of looking confident, it may simply look like you are trying too hard to be noticed.

9 Wear your red shoes with a conservatively sexy ensemble. If you want to take full advantage of the seductive nature of red stilettos, pair them with an outfit that is subtly, rather than overtly, sultry. For instance, a little black dress with cap sleeves and a hemline that comes down to your knee can be very sexy, even though it shows a modest amount of skin. This makes it a potential candidate for your red high heels.

10 Resist the temptation to adorn yourself in too many red accessories. You can match your red shoes with red lipstick and a red handbag, but stop there. Do not add a red belt, red scarf, red bracelet, and ruby red ring to the mix. A few red accessories looks coordinated, but too many looks overdone.

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