How to Start a Compost Heap

Hey guys: next craze- composting. (Which has kinda been there for a while so call me a professional)

Composting is easy. Seriously, all you need is a heap load of biodegradable materials.

Materials:

  • kitchen waste
  • dried leaves
  • any paper (preferably with no ink)

Method:

  1. Get a well-ventilated pot/container. (A few holes at the bottom will be fine since it’s just for drainage and a little aeration)
  2. Throw all the materials you could find above into your container of choice. If you want to be fancy, layer it alternately with dry and wet substances for the best results.
  3. Cover with a lid and leave it for as long as you want.
  4. Remember to flip over the compost every month or two- when it has flattened and settled a little to allow even composting.
  5. Once your compost has turned completely black/ uniform in colour, it’s good to use as fertilizer/ a soil component.

Good luck!

How to Wake Up Early in 4 Steps (Morning Routine)

Current craze: Productivity- Waking up at unsightly hours, namely 5am

For many people I know, leaving the bed at 5am isn’t much a of a challenge. I’m not here to talk about how this challenge has changed me before I’ve even started (I have, okay!). But let me tell you what I did and hopefully motivate you to follow suit.

1. Write down why you want to wake up early

  • This one is quite the bummer, but the first step is always the hardest.
  • It would be good to have a general idea -spiritual benefit (highly recommended), or physical or working on something you’ve been neglecting (cleanliness, work, studies, plants)
  • Make it easy: write a simple list! Work backwards if it helps.

2. Give each task an estimated time frame, and calculate the time you need to get up by to get all those things done.

E.g:

15 minutes to fully wake up and brush your teeth and take a shower

10 minutes for meditation

20 minutes for exercise

30 minutes of reading

Total time: 1 hour and 15 mins earlier

3. Set that alarm and place your phone and alarm at a place farthest away from your bed. Snooze options might be recommend to make sure you get out of bed.

4. Wake up at that allocated time! It might sound too easy to be true, and it is. But try to think about why you are getting up early and it makes it a little easier. Once things get into a routine you might actually feel better about it!

Don’t forget, you’re here to have more time in your day, so make sure your distracting gadgets are placed far, far away from yourself. You are the master of your destiny. Go set that alarm and don’t give up. Good luck!

Grow Chillies at Home in 3 Easy Steps

Current craze: Gardening

Specifically: Chillies/Chilli peppers

I might not be a professional at gardening, but I definitely know how to grow some chillies 🙂

1. Get the seeds

Get preferably dry chilli seeds and stick them in damp/well-watered soil. Try to get them an inch or two below the ground and you’re good to go!

2. Water and wait

Since chillies are relatively easy to grow, you’re basically good to grow! Geddit? *laughs hysterically*

3. Compost, weed and water regularly

These are minor steps which are necesarry depending on where you stay. If you leave in a very hot, dry climate it would be good to water them daily to ensure the plant is recieving sufficient nutrients and hydration.

Try to add compost to plants twice a week for maximum results.

Weeding is pretty self-explanatory. Pull out all the bad guys to prevent them from absorbing all the nutrients your plants needs. Here’s some math for ya: Less weeds= Better, healthier chillies

Good luck! 🙂

Are Korean dramas rotting your brain?

Every single time I go online, I think about the latest Korean drama and how I should go and watch the latest episode. I need not explain what attracts everyone to Korean dramas, so let’s skip the why-we-watch-dramas part.

But is it a waste of your time?

Short answer no.

Long answer, yes if you do it for the wrong reasons.

The thing is, every single thing has the capability to waste your time and be an addiction if your are doing it for the wrong reasons.

You see, if you’re watching dramas to take a break and relax, go ahead! But you might want to reflect on your habits if you use Lee Jong-suk as a form of escapism from chores and overdue homework. *sighs*

Come on, a little bit of anything won’t kill anyone (accept, murder-don’t do that). I strongly believe in moderation and balance in life, so I don’t see why you should cordon off your hobby choices just because of productivity.

Here are some things to note though (which applies to most dramas) :

  1. Any drama rarely depicts what happens in real life. Don’t go putting your expectations in life as high as the sky, that’s just aiming for disappointment and dissatisfaction.
  2. There are many things you can learn from dramas, but there are definitely other ways to gain knowledge too. You could pick up a foreign language if you try hard enough, if you don’t let all the drama melt your brain. Make sure you have at least given books a try or make an effort to practice other hobbies as well. Like I said: balance.
  3. Don’t go binge-watching dramas for no reason. That’s where addiction and balance comes into play. Just don’t neglect everything for your favourite protagonist. You could even use it to motivate yourself with a little self-control and discipline. (i.e alternate watching dramas and studying)
  4. Friends and family matter way more than any drama. I know dramas make you laugh and give temporary satisfaction, but no heroine is going to be there for you in time of trouble. Make sure you appreciate your loved ones too.

I think that’s enough preaching for one day. What do you think about dramas? Are they a waste of time to you? Leave a comment down below!

Toodles,

Isabel

A Post a Day Challenge

OKAY. So YouTuber’s do it, why can’t I?

To help this blog grow, I’ve decided to do a topic a day, and if I can’t churn out a topic from my brain, I’ll post about something I’m working on currently- the original theme of this website. So here goes, to any of my random readers, drop me a comment if you have any requests 🙂

Toodles,

Isabel

The Best One Bowl Lemon Cake Recipe EVER

So, I know what you’re thinking, too good to be true; right? Well, give this recipe a try, takes less than an hour in total! This cake is forever my current craze 😉

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter/oil

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

the finely grated rind/zest of one lemon

4 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/ 180º C. Grease and line a 5-cup loaf pan.
  2. Add all the ingredients except for lemon juice and rind. Beat well until smooth, the stir in lemon juice and rind.
  3. Spoon the surface into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until well-risen and golden brown.

Adapted from ‘1 mix, 100 cakes’ Lemon Drizzle Loaf : Get it on Amazon

 

 

 

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How To Stop Procrastinating (4 Easy Tips To Get Work Done)

 

Everyone has faced some form of trouble with productivity, and I’m sure you can relate (unless you’re a robot). I’m no master of time either but I’ve managed to settle down that little monkey in my brain enough that I get what I want done. So without beating around the bush (see what I did there), let’s get straight to it.

  1. Write a list – I’ve been doing this since I can remember, and I know you most probably have 500 things on your mind; get it in one place! Even the way you write lists is different for everyone. I discovered that when I’m short for time it’s better to write just a list of three things I need to get done. When I’m more free, I go ahead and write a long string of brain-vomit with the comfort that I don’t need to finish it that day. Sometimes when I’m at a dead end, I just write another list which I know will motivate me to finish up the older tasks.
  2.  Switch of your phone/chuck it in a far corner – Now, I know you really those notifications are important but focus on your priorities! You just wrote a list, don’t go checking you phone every five minutes. You’re never going to get things done that way. If you really need your phone for this one, I suggest switching of your network connection or getting one of those app-blockers that don’t allow you to use apps for a certain period of time.
  3.  Choose a task and set a time limit – So, it’s time to get cracking! You know what you need to do, now just estimate the time you need to get it done and  stop when you’ve reached that time. Then, you can choose to take a break or just finish it off.
  4.  Break, breathe, repeat–  After you’ve crossed out your newly accomplished task, you’re probably getting the hang of it. Feel free to reward yourself with a 15-minute Youtube video binge or whatever suits your fancy. Just repeat steps 2 and 3 and you’re good to go!

Procrastination happens because your brain monkey (it’s still there) is looking for short-term gratification and isn’t really considering the consequences of those actions. Sometimes, playing with that monkey in your brain for while or giving it a treat isn’t so bad a thing. But be careful with letting it control you. With that being said, good luck and I hope you don’t become a monkey-brain!

Did these tips help you with stopping procrastination? Yay or nay? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Flaunt it to get your dream guy?

via Daily Prompt: Flaunt

These days, most people think showing skin is the new trend. However, I beg to differ.

In my opinion, showing too much off be it your assets, your assets or your daily life (read this gem: Is social media ruining your life? ) leaves no room for imagination. Let’s be real ladies (and/or gentlemen), if your special someone doesn’t like you when you’re looking yourself in your most comfortable clothes; how are they going to manage looking at you for the rest of your lives? Be comfortable and confident in your own skin, you deserve it.

And here comes the philosophical part. You are not your body. You are your personality and your principles and much, much more. That significant other is going to like you for not just your looks, but what you are on the inside. So don’t waste your time thinking you’ll nab a good one by looking extra sexy. There’s a thick line between self-acceptance and craving attention. Make sure you’re on the right side.

Here’s one more important reminder. There is no dream guy. Youtuber Mscaranicole said it better. He/She is going to have the same flaws as you are. Think you can deal with that? Well, start trying to. There’s going to be plenty of things you will have to learn to accept about your partner too, which is why you should have your shit together by this paragraph.

Now, I shall answer the golden question. You know what I think it is you should flaunt? Your time. Find your talents. Discover your personality. All the things you could be doing, go try them out. It will make you all the more interesting for that special someone.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Share your opinions in the comments down below.

Thanks for reading!

Is social media ruining your life?

Hey guys, social media has been a prevalent and important part of the routines of youth these days. But how much is it truly helping us to connect with those around us?

I quit social media more than a year ago, and what I learnt was amazing and terrifying at the same time. Amazingly terrible, you could say. At first, I was plagued by the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) which was all too familiar to my very involved self. After a year now though, I barely miss it.

Now, I’ve managed to cram the disadvantages all down into these few points:

  • Lowers our self-esteem
  • A waste of time
  • Makes us crave acceptance from society
  • and many more that I have yet to discover

The matter of the fact is, I think social media is doing us more of a disservice than a free app ever could. Every day we scroll through our timelines, comparing ourselves to the filtered and edited ‘best moments’ of our friend’s lives; comparing ourselves to them and questioning our self-confidence? That ain’t no way to live your life. But sadly, that’s what most people my age do.

And the best part is, they do it for at least a few hours a day. Imagine the toll that takes on your mental health! I’m sure you get to catch up on what’s going on with that 50 people you barely know, but I’m pretty sure that time could be put to better use.

Okay, trust me on this one. I know you say you post these photos for yourself. Trust me, you’re not. Then, you’d have a confidential Instagram account to keep this memories to yourself. We all seek for that place where we have sense of belonging. However, social media brings this to another level. Every time you post a new photo, you find yourself questioning if people will like what you post. Don’t think so? It’s subconscious!

Now, I’m sure there are many of you social media lovers out there hating on me right now for bringing down your beloved internet platform. But don’t you think it would be better to catch up with that long-lost friend over Skype? There are some things you’re better of not knowing. Come on, then there’s more to discuss face to face.

You are of utmost importance, I’m not denying that. Still, the whole world needs to know what you are doing every minute of your life. Social media is not reality. What I’m trying to say is you have too much potential to limit yourself to a few photos. Reality is not a pretty as a filtered photo, but being conscious of our real surroundings is what is going to get us where we want to be. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

Comment down below on your thoughts. Yay or nay?

Thanks for reading!