Having finished the days work, you sit on the couch to stretch your legs, and the first thing you do is drift away in your phone. Pinterest, Twitter,Iinstagram, Facebook. There’s this constant need to check our social media, or simply have our phones in hand even when we don’t need to. It feels a lot like a compulsive disorder or simply an addiction we have these days. But it’s not the need that bothers me, but the fact that we simply never get bored or rest.

No wonder i keep reading so often on blogs and articles, how “taking a break from social media is needed”, “why taking a break from social media will make you happy”, and “how to take a break from social media”. I’ve had my fair share of breaking up with social media since September. The pregnancy naturally turned me into an introvert out of a sudden and i’ve been trying to break free for the past few months. I do miss being more vocal, and active, but i love how peaceful and stress free my brain is.

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I’m not going to share the how, why and when taking a break from social media. I bet you already know that or read an article already. To each his own. For some social media is a way to be inspired, to others it’s their way to share their work and attract clients and to some it’s just for fun. While cutting off yourself from social media completely for a peace of mind sounds stressful, you might want to contain the time you spend there instead.

Finding a balance is the best solution. What really worked for me is to be on SM for a specific time in a day. During the day, on my breaks between work, after lunch and a little less on the weekends. Waking up, has become much faster as i don’t drift away in my phone. Evenings are more peaceful and i can finally relax by not being “locked” in front of a screen. And most importantly, notifications for everything, are turned off. No need for distractions. When it’s time, i’ll know who commented on my pictures.

I don’t care what season it is, give me a tropical cocktail and I’m set. Perhaps it’s the flavorful garnishes, usually consisting of pineapple or coconut. Maybe it’s that it reminds me of sitting on the beach, no matter what temperature it actually is outside. Or it could even be that distinct tiki feel, even if it’s not in a tiki glass.

Either way, tropical cocktails are my JAM. So, when I spotted ‘Coco-Lada’ by The Owl’s Brew, I knew exactly what I had to make. The team over at The Owl’s Brew is BRILLIANT. They’ve crafted teas specifically for cocktails. Major ‘aha!’ moment, am I right?

The tea I made this Tropical Rum Coco-Lada with is a blend of black tea, chai spices, coconut pieces, and pineapple juice. SO much yum in one bottle.

– A post in collaboration with by Gabriella

Naturally, I needed to go the tropical route with this one and so here we find ourselves with another cocktail on another glorious Friday. The weekend is so close I can taste it and it tastes a lot like this tropical humdinger of a cocktail. Grab the recipe below!

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INGREDIENTS

2 parts Coco-Lada

2 parts coconut milk

1 part rum

1 part Falernum

4 sprigs thai basil

Juice from 1 lime

Shredded coconut, for garnish

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Add thai basil to your shaker with the Falernum and lime juice.

Muddle for 15 seconds.

Add rum, coconut milk, Coco-Lada and ice.

Shake until cold, about 15 seconds.

Strain into glass over ice.

Add crushed ice on top and garnish with a lime wheel and shredded coconut.

 


 

How are you kicking off the weekend?

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It’s been a week since my birthday and i already feel the pressure of being twenty eight. While chatting with my friend Mel yesterday, i realised how much more inspired i am to achieve in pretty much.. everything. To be great at what i do, be a great mom, woman and wife. Somehow, somewhere in between all that stress and anxiety i found motivate to achieve instead of being scared of failure.

This week i worked on myself a bit, something i haven’t done in a long time. I managed to stress less with my full inbox and prioritise more. I set some extra time to have a cup of coffee during the day, take a nap to recharge and do some gardening and barbecue with the hubby. Words can’t even describe just how more relaxed i feel by simply altering my daily routine and stressing less about everything.

At the end of the day, i realised we need to say more “yes” and less “no”.  Out loud as well as in the way we live.

Twenty – eight and one day. Boy i was dreading for this moment! This number always felt enormous in my mind, and i was never one to dread ageing. I mean, as always i still feel like i’m 14, but i’m not intimidated by the first wrinkles or the fact that this year i’ll become a mom (gulp, who me?). But this year, more than any other, i imagined that this specific number would make me feel older, less adventurous and less and less me.

But, when you’re surrounding by incredible people who love you like mine do – these thoughts never actually reach your heart. I spent an incredible birthday yesterday, with the day off with Theo, dinner, birthday cakes and wine with friends and lots of warm wishes from everyone i know. Hey, today 28 doesn’t feel as bad i thought it would! Instead, i’m full of joy, determined to be the best version of myself and a little closer to who i envision to be.

So cheers to ageing gracefully, without drama and tears. And cheers to all the amazing things this year has to offer!

Our almond tree bloomed last week, and all i can see from my couch, is these beautiful almond blossoms. I really hadn’t realised how much i’ve missed the sun and warmth on my skin, until i heard the birds singing and worked from the balcony last Friday.

There was this reflection on the wall, from Bella’s water bowl, that felt like fire and it instantly gave me heat wave mood and summer vibes. Cannot hide you that i’m already browsing some new kinis and sliders. Even though, we just woke up on a very cloudy and rainy Monday.

Boy, wasn’t that a GREAT movie! Can’t hide the fact that i’ve been listening / singing the songs for the past three days now. It was so great to leave the theatre feeling inspired, hopeful, emotional, full of pure joy (and a few tears).

Yes, i can totally see what’s the whole deal about La La Land. People don’t make movies about dreams any more and i can’t remember when i last saw a move where i felt so much happiness and so connected to the characters – not to mention touched by the songs and music.  I have always been a dreamer, and vividly remember being laughed at quite a lot in high school about being one. Thank you for the beautiful reminder La La Land, i won’t give up on my dreams and when i reach them, i’ll create new ones.