Happy Birthday Fani!

24 Apr

Χρόνια πολλά Φανούλα!

Soap favors for Fani’s birthday party!

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Add a little Yoga to your life

21 Apr

I was not really a fan of going to the gym and because of that I had been thinking a lot about all the exercising and fitness things. I was trying hard to figure out what non-gym kinds of exercises I could take part in.

What I did come up with was…  power yoga!

I’ve been practicing power yoga the last 6 months and I feel so much better. What kind of excersice do you practice?

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Searching about yoga through the internet I found this really interesting article from MindBodyGreen.

It’s about 10 ways to live yoga out of the mat. Enjoy it!

1. Living truth. Almost daily we’re faced with easy-outs and ways to be slightly dishonest, but even these white lies are harmful to our psyche—and our yoga. Remember, of course, to be thoughtful and sensitive to the feelings of others because sometimes saying absolutely nothing is just as honest—and healthier—than saying something at all. Still, as often as you can try to speak the truth with love.
2. Living faith. Yoga physically teaches me to have faith in myself and things that I can’t see. I have to really believe I can physically get into a demanding pose in order to be successful, and meditation teaches me to feel energy in a way that I can’t tangibly express. This carries over to life off of my mat. Belief in things like fate, God, life after death—whatever you choose—sometimes helps us get through and enjoy our present moments more. So have a little faith.
3. Confidence rather than ego. Having an ego in your physical yoga practice is one sure way to have a downfall. Getting overly cocky on your mat can lead to injury, and having an aggressive ego in life leads to isolation. On the other hand, my yoga mat time has helped me learn to be confident—and that leads to success.
4. Just breathe. Sometimes all we can do is breathe. When I’m stuck in traffic, I focus on my breath. When I get stressed out dealing with insurance and bills, I breathe. When I’m on my mat and I can’t wait to get out of a challenging posture, I hold it for one more breath. Even if you can’t get on your mat because of a packed schedule, practice your breathing techniques. Then when you do hop on your mat, it’ll become second nature and your practice will be even better.
5. Be present with others. The next time you have a conversation, take time to listen, really listen, to what they’re saying rather then thinking about what you’re going to say next. Let their words connect, and you’ll also find your connections to others grow. This is real yoga—no mat required.
6. Be kind. Nastiness and harsh words come way too easily. The old “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” is the most untrue saying. Words hurt. Harmful words cause major problems for people, for relationships—and for real yoga.
7. Explore other forms of exercise.  Trying new things is good for you, your body, and your yoga practice.
8. Read. Sorry, I’m a huge book geek. I’ve loved to read since I learned how to. Taking the time to read about yoga, or anything else that interests you, will help you connect with other parts of yourself—and these deeper connections will enhance your yoga practice.
9. Make good choices. Do what you know to be right, even if it’s harder. We all make mistakes, but knowledgeably doing the wrong thing rarely is a good choice.
10. Give. If you teach yoga, consider a community that needs yoga but can’t afford it—like the elderly. Or share your skills in anyway that fits into your life. Maybe it’s as simple as patiently helping your child learn new things. Even smiling at someone can make their entire day, and isn’t getting in touch with our connectedness to everything around us—the divinity that flows in all—the entire point of yoga?
The physical practice of yoga is important, no arguments from me there. However, there is so much more to yoga than getting into postures. Connecting with your yoga off of your mat will enrich your practice and, more importantly, the rest of your life.

 

 

 

Καλό Πάσχα! Happy Easter!

19 Apr

Easter Is A Way Of Living, Of Loving and Hoping…

Fill your heart with  joy! Happy Easter!

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Good Friday

18 Apr

The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy with God. If the cross was the end of the story, we would have no hope. But the cross isn’t the end. Jesus didn’t escape from death; he conquered it and opened the way to heaven for all who will dare to believe. The truth of this moment, if we let it sweep over us, is stunning. It means Jesus really is who he claimed to be, we are really as lost as he said we are, and he really is the only way for us to intimately and spiritually connect with God again.

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Can’t wake up?

17 Apr

We all know mornings can be difficult. Most of us have those days when you hit the snooze button 1 or 6 too many times, you finally wake up and you are going to be so late! I’ve never been an early bird so regular office hours is a real challenge for me. And especially when it is dark and rainy outside it’s rather difficult to drag myself out of the bed. So I tried to find out the best practices to wake up more easily.

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1. Lay out your clothes the night before!Everything from shoes to bra, dress to jacket, purse to accessories. Check the weather forecast the previous night, maybe even for the week, and be ready! The only tricky part here is that it takes will power to stick to your decision from the night before. You never do know what mood you will wake up in and how that will affect how you want to express yourself fashion-wise that day, but maybe you’ll be too tired and in such a morning daze you’ll be unable to argue with yourself.

2. Streamline your makeup routine. Like a loaded shotgun ready for any possible intruder, have your morning makeup routine locked and loaded. Know how long it takes, have your products laid out and ready, so there’s no need to dig in a messy drawer searching for your favorite lipstick. Have a daily routine that you know like the back of your hand.

3. One of the conditions for waking up easily in the morning is a healthy and sound sleep during the night. So one of the things recommended is not to eat and drink too much before going to bed.

4.  You should also keep your bedroom window open during the night so that exhaled carbon dioxide can float away and the fresh air come in. Nevertheless you should take care with having a normal body temperature during your sleep, not to be hot or cold , therefore you should choose the appropriate clothing and blanket otherwise it will disturb your sleep. It is advised to try to cut out the possible noises around you because the stress your body is experiencing while being woken up by disturbing noises when asleep is actually very harmful for your health (especially heart), therefore probably you should also choose some softer alarm tune to wake yourself up with.

5.  It is important to have consistent sleeping hours – to go to bed and to wake up more or less at the same time every day (yes, even on the week-ends :S).

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6. Getting up straight after your alarm has went off is advised, not to snooze it over and over again (maybe this carpet alarm clock would be the answer :)). But you shouldn’t get out of bed without stretching your body.

7. It is recommended to drink a glass of water on an empty stomach because it wakes up the metabolism of your body and makes yourself alert. Some exercises and few deep breaths while listening to the music you like would do good.

8. Plan breakfast, prep coffee. Standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out how to start off your day and making your coffee are huge time wasters and things that can be done the night before. If you are an at-home coffee drinker, make it the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is flip the switch! No messing with filters, water, or grounds.

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9.  And of course having something exciting to look forward to during the course of the day is a very stimulating thing as well. If you can not think of anything then just remember what The Buddha had said that every time you go to bed you should consider that you won’t wake up. That way, when you wake up you will be especially grateful for the day you have ahead of you. Instead of seeing the day as a burden that you have to “get through” you will see it as an opportunity to do something meaningful and beneficial.
Yes, in deed, there are too many things we take for granted, starting with the waking up in the morning.

So good night and sweet dreams! And enjoy waking up in the mornings! :)

 

Easter DIY ideas-Oh Happy Day!

16 Apr

Oh Happy Day is my favorite DIY blog! I always find the most creative and easy making party ideas!

Paper Cup Easter Basket DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Paper Cup Easter Basket DIY

Glitzy Easter Placecards | Oh Happy Day!

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Paper Carrot Treat Bags DIY

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Printable Iron-on Bunny Bags | Oh Happy Day!

Printable Iron-on Bunny Bags

 

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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