Homemade Vegetable Chips

16 Apr

These homemade vegetable chips are the best snack for this “no meat/milk” week!

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Oven Roasted Beet Chips

This is a quick and easy recipe. All you need is assorted beets, olive oil, salt & pepper. We love the simplicity.

Sweet Potato Chips

This is another easy recipe from  Sweet Potato Chronicles. If you like sweet potato fries, you will love these crispy travel-friendly alternatives which only call for three ingredients and come along with a recipe for dipping sauce.

Colourful Kale Chips

This recipe for kale chips makes a delicious and nutritious snack.

Parsnip and Carrot Chips

These chips are cooked in a frying pan, making the cooking process a little more difficult for the young ones, but they will be surprised to find how tasty carrots can be!

Radish Chips

Perfect for a crunchy salad topping or an on-the-go snack, these radishes topped with salt, pepper, and rosemary, and baked for 15 minutes, are a unique hit. Tip: Since radishes shrink in the oven, make sure to find the largest ones available—a task your helper will love.

Tips to make sure your chips don’t come out soggy or burnt:

  • Try to make each chip as uniform as possible. Slicing them at the same thickness is important for even baking.
  • The right amount of oil is key. You don’t want to douse them in oil. A thin layer of oil all around the chip works best. Try using a brush for even spreading and some paper towel to soak up any excess oil (a good task for your assistant). But if you don’t have enough oil, your chips may burn quickly and lose flavour.
  • Consider using olive oil rather than vegetable oil. It’s got great flavour.
  • Some of our fave seasonings include salt, pepper,  garlic powder, cayenne, and/or herbs.
  • Make sure your oven temperature is correct—most recipes call for high heat.
  • Watch your chips closely while in the oven, especially for your first batch!

 

And the winner is…

15 Apr

The winner of LUB’s Giveaway is…

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 KATERINA!

Congrats!!!!

Paris Is Perfect In Spring

15 Apr

It may be kind of cliché, but Paris in springtime is really beautiful.

With perfect weather to stroll through neighborhoods, sit outside quaint cafes, and admire the flowers in bloom, spring is the perfect time to visit the City of Lights.

Just look at these photos to see what we mean:

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How to live like a french girl from Mangomini.

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It’s Friday!

11 Apr

It’s Friday! It’s April! It’s Spring! It’s Easter Time!

Can you think of anything better?

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Easter Eggs

10 Apr

Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime.

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In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Vigil (which is equivalent to Holy Saturday), and distributed to the faithful. The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.

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In some Mediterranean countries,  chicken eggs are boiled and decorated by dye and/or painting and used as decoration around the house. Then, on Easter Day, young kids would duel with them saying ‘Christ is resurrected, Indeed He is’, breaking and eating them.  In Easter Sunday friends and family hit each other’s egg with their own. The one whose egg does not break is believed to be in for good luck in the future.

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If you are looking for a natural way to dye your Easter Eggs this year, you should remember this LUB post.

 

Happy Birthday Lighting Up Bubbles! (+Giveaway)

6 Apr

It’s my blog’s second birthday and I feel sooo happy!

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and I have all of my awesome  followers to thank for making this such a success. I really want to take this chance to thank everyone who has visited, liked, written supportive comments, encouraged me to continue, and become a new and valued friend.

Thank you so much for being a part of LUB!

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Can’t have  birthday without a gift, right?

Like or Leave your comment here or on my Facebook page until  Monday 14th and  one of you will win this Easter Box full of LUB handmade soaps!

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Lub World

4 Apr

Welcome to LUB World!

Lighting Up Bubbles is travelling around the world trying to get closer to all of you LUB fans!

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Be a one-day blogger by describing us a typical day of yours… Tell us about your city, your hobbies, your work, your interests, your friends… Feel free to share anything you like with us! You should use this template to start off your post:

Name/Nickname:

City:

Country:

Age:

Status:

Moto/Favorite quote:

And an answer to this question:

WHICH LUB SOAP ARE YOU USING RIGHT NOW?

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I am waiting for your e-mails!

 

 

April’s 1st!

1 Apr

Καλή Πρωταπριλιά!

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Blooming Beauty

31 Mar

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A Ηealthy Start

31 Mar

A healthy start is a colourful blog Obsessed with food and breakfasts!

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Meditation Time

29 Mar

All day long our mind spins stories about our work, our health, our finances, our family, or that funny look the store clerk gave us. Often we’re not even conscious of the internal soundtrack unspooling in our mind and yet it is the greatest source of stress in our lives. Although the mind is capable of creating life-affirming stories, it has what neuroscientists refer to as a negativity bias, a tendency to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones. The negativity bias evolved as a survival instinct millions of years ago, as our ancestors focused much more attention on avoiding potential threats than on rewards. Stopping to savor a delicious meal or admire a Paleolithic sunset would have used valuable attentional resources, leaving our ancient ancestors more vulnerable to attack by a predator. Those who survived to pass on their genes paid a lot of attention to danger. Their legacy is a brain that is primed to focus on negative experiences and has a tendency to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression, and limitation.

The Healing Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is one of the best tools we have to counter the brain’s negativity bias, release accumulated stress, foster positive experiences and intentions, and enjoy the peace of present moment awareness. A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including:

  • Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
  • Lowered cholesterol levels
  • Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
  • More efficient oxygen use by the body
  • Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
  • improved immune function
  • Decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia

- See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/why-meditate#sthash.BtufS6Wx.dpuf

All day long our mind spins stories about our work, our health, our finances, our family, or that funny look the store clerk gave us. Often we’re not even conscious of the internal soundtrack unspooling in our mind and yet it is the greatest source of stress in our lives. Although the mind is capable of creating life-affirming stories, it has what neuroscientists refer to as a negativity bias, a tendency to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones. The negativity bias evolved as a survival instinct millions of years ago, as our ancestors focused much more attention on avoiding potential threats than on rewards. Stopping to savor a delicious meal or admire a Paleolithic sunset would have used valuable attentional resources, leaving our ancient ancestors more vulnerable to attack by a predator. Those who survived to pass on their genes paid a lot of attention to danger. Their legacy is a brain that is primed to focus on negative experiences and has a tendency to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression, and limitation.

The Healing Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is one of the best tools we have to counter the brain’s negativity bias, release accumulated stress, foster positive experiences and intentions, and enjoy the peace of present moment awareness. A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including:

  • Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
  • Lowered cholesterol levels
  • Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
  • More efficient oxygen use by the body
  • Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
  • improved immune function
  • Decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia

- See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/why-meditate#sthash.BtufS6Wx.dpuf

All day long our mind spins stories about our work, our health, our finances, our family, or that funny look the store clerk gave us. Often we’re not even conscious of the internal soundtrack unspooling in our mind and yet it is the greatest source of stress in our lives. Although the mind is capable of creating life-affirming stories, it has what neuroscientists refer to as a negativity bias, a tendency to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones. The negativity bias evolved as a survival instinct millions of years ago, as our ancestors focused much more attention on avoiding potential threats than on rewards. Stopping to savor a delicious meal or admire a Paleolithic sunset would have used valuable attentional resources, leaving our ancient ancestors more vulnerable to attack by a predator. Those who survived to pass on their genes paid a lot of attention to danger. Their legacy is a brain that is primed to focus on negative experiences and has a tendency to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression, and limitation. – See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/why-meditate#sthash.BtufS6Wx.dpuf
All day long our mind spins stories about our work, our health, our finances, our family, or that funny look the store clerk gave us. Often we’re not even conscious of the internal soundtrack unspooling in our mind and yet it is the greatest source of stress in our lives. Although the mind is capable of creating life-affirming stories, it has what neuroscientists refer to as a negativity bias, a tendency to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones. The negativity bias evolved as a survival instinct millions of years ago, as our ancestors focused much more attention on avoiding potential threats than on rewards. Stopping to savor a delicious meal or admire a Paleolithic sunset would have used valuable attentional resources, leaving our ancient ancestors more vulnerable to attack by a predator. Those who survived to pass on their genes paid a lot of attention to danger. Their legacy is a brain that is primed to focus on negative experiences and has a tendency to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression, and limitation. – See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/why-meditate#sthash.BtufS6Wx.dpuf

Why meditate?

All day long our mind spins stories about our work, our health, our finances, our family, or that funny look the store clerk gave us. Often we’re not even conscious of the internal soundtrack unspooling in our mind and yet it is the greatest source of stress in our lives. Although the mind is capable of creating life-affirming stories, it has what neuroscientists refer to as a negativity bias, a tendency to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones. The negativity bias evolved as a survival instinct millions of years ago, as our ancestors focused much more attention on avoiding potential threats than on rewards. Stopping to savor a delicious meal or admire a Paleolithic sunset would have used valuable attentional resources, leaving our ancient ancestors more vulnerable to attack by a predator. Those who survived to pass on their genes paid a lot of attention to danger. Their legacy is a brain that is primed to focus on negative experiences and has a tendency to get stuck in conditioned patterns of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression, and limitation.

The Healing Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is one of the best tools we have to counter the brain’s negativity bias, release accumulated stress, foster positive experiences and intentions, and enjoy the peace of present moment awareness. A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including:
• Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
• Lowered cholesterol levels
• Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
• More efficient oxygen use by the body
• Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
• improved immune function
• Decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia

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This is a funny beginner’s video

Seems that it’s working for Gisele too!

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Have a nice Saturday night ;-)

Love reading…

28 Mar

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After a long conversation with some friends I decided to write just a little about reading books.

Books can change us because we let them pass through our life.

People, ideas, stories, told from all walks of life, from all perspectives, enrich us.

We become more layered, more complete human beings by seeking experiences outside the sphere of our ordinary experience.

I just saw a really great quote that said “reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” I love that!

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We’ve got to do a better job of being conscious where we devote our attention and our time because we become the things we let into our lives.

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In his book How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom says that we should read slowly, with love, openness, and with our inner ear cocked. He explains we should read to increase our wit and imagination, our sense of intimacy–in short, our entire consciousness–and also to heal our pain. “Until you become yourself, what benefit can you be to others.” With the endless amount of perspectives and lives we can read about, books can give us an opportunity to have experiences that we haven’t had the opportunity to, and still allow us to learn the life skills they entail. Books are a fast rack to creating yourself.

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Maryanne Wolf explains that “Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. By and large, with oral language—when you watch a film or listen to a tape—you don’t press pause.” The benefits of this increased activity keeps your memory sharp and your learning capacity nimble.

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Get Started!

It’s Friday!

28 Mar

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Have fun!!

DIY: Hair Conditioner

27 Mar

For some of us, going natural did not stop with our hair. While numerous recipes exist on the internet, few are actually both simple AND effective in meeting the needs of our natural hair.  If you are new to making your own products or are a current mixtress searching for an easy-to-make recipe that actually works, you can start with these homemade conditioners, which are my favorites.

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Recipe 1.

Avocado Deep Conditioner

  • 1/2 mashed ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil

Combine ingredients and apply to hair focusing on the ends. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, then rinse.

Recipe 2.

Banana Conditioner

  • 1 large overripe banana (sliced)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pure vegetable glycerin
  • 2 tbsp honey

Place the sliced banana all the ingredients in a blender. Blend the ingredients thoroughly making sure no lumps or banana bits remain. Apply to hair and let sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap. Detangle, rinse thoroughly, and style as usual.

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Getting ready for Easter

27 Mar

My new Easter glycerin soaps!

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