Blogger’s Block

Stuff

There are so many blog posts I want to write and post right now, but I feel like I just can’t. I actually don’t know why but I just can’t seem to get the words on paper… or on the screen I should say. It seems impossible to get my fingers to push the right keys and find the right words, to make up the right sentences and eventually the right post.

And sometimes, the words don’t even need to be right, and the blog post doesn’t need to be perfect. That’s okay. I feel like I put so much pressure on myself sometimes with these blog posts… I want them to be packed full with descriptive words, captivating pictures and carefully picked wording. That’s probably why the other thirds of this blog pointed out that my posts always are soooo long and with soooo many pictures (could also have something to do with me always writing too much and my love for photography/aesthetics but I’m not sure). But this is only sometimes. Other times I don’t, and literally write and post what I want and only what I want without a care in the world. Or I mean… I always post whatever I want and I always care, of course, but sometimes I put a little more effort in it and then I want every post to be that big and colourful. And that’s kinda impossible, since my (/our) lives are kinda crazy, and kinda super stressed right now… kinda. (kiiinda hate that word but I’m gonna use it anyway!)

So yeah. This is one of those posts I won’t overload with fancy words and pictures. I don’t really know why I wrote this instead of all the other posts I have planned in my head, but I guess this is what I felt like writing.

On another note, it was my birthday yesterday and I just decided I’m gonna have a Big Birthday Brunch this sunday and I’m quite excited about this. So you can expect a few posts about this from me, both the preparation, mid-brunch pictures and the aftermath! (but I probably won’t post about the brunch until after it actually happened, since K and M are both coming and I want to keep at least some of the element of surprise!)

Hey, look, I actually made myself type this out! And maybe these weren’t the right words, and maybe this wasn’t the right post, but that doesn’t matter. It was the right post for right now, and that’s okay.

~J

a little poem 

Art

Take me
where seasick birds
sail over seas without an end
and sun tickles my curiosity
Vibrating Hearts

Take me
where even rattling pebbles
dare to dream
about a boundless horizon
Paralyzing Hunger

Adventure whisper
in my ear,
tells me
this is my
Reality

Take me
there
Away
Home

 (it’s not like me at all to write and post poems, i know, but i’m currently writing poems in a writing class so i thought i could post it here, like, why not?)

~J

 

A Mix of Music For Your Enjoyment

Enjoyment

You probably haven’t noticed but this week we have added a new category called enjoyment to our escape plans. In this category we will put bloggpost about books, music, movies etc.

To celebrate this new category I have decided to make a playlist. The songs on the playlist are either all time favourites of mine or songs I have been loving these last few weeks.

So here goes, twelve songs I have been enjoying:

No Drama Queen – Grouplove
My Type – Saint Motel
Between the bars – Elliott Smith
BLUE – Troye Sivan
Heroes – David Bowie
Swingin Party – Kindness
LOST BOY – Troye Sivan
Riptide – Vance Joy
Monster – Paramore
BITE – Troye Sivan
Urban Photograph – Urban Cone
Misguided Ghosts – Paramore

I realise this is a strange mix between different types of music. It might be because I like most kinds of music, of course I have some I prefer more then others -like folk pop -but that doesn’t stop me from listening to all kinds of music.

➢ M

Why I love food

Yummy

I love cooking, and I love food, and I think I always have. When I was younger, I used to help my parents with the cooking and baking. We had a huge, bright kitchen (I remember it as huge but I don’t know since I don’t live there anymore) and I think my sister and I spent a lot of time there while my parents were cooking or baking, and then we started helping as well. When I was maybe about five or six years old, my dad and I decided to try and compile a cook book. The only difficult part was that most of the time we improvised and it was hard to replicate those kind of dishes.. I remember painting pictures of all the food and putting the book together with a lot of colours to decorate and ribbons to hold the papers. I think my mum’s recipes of cinnamon buns and other baked goods were suppose to be in the book as well (those recipes were always a lot more organized and easier to follow).

I think this is why I have quite a good relationship with cooking. I’ve almost always done it and I still love it, both cooking and baking are some of my favourite things to do when I’ve got time on my hands (or when I don’t… oops). It relaxes me quite a lot because it just gets my mind off of everything else, if only just for a moment, or for even longer depending on how much time the food/dessert requires.

Some people would say going vegan or following a plant-based diet would narrow down your options of food and making it difficult to prepare and cook food. I don’t necessarily think that’s true. There is so much food, so many recipes, so much to eat that doesn’t hurt animals or destroy our planet completely… SO MUCH! Of course, as always when you exclude certain things of your diet, you might have to find replacements and new foods, but I find that great. I still love cooking and baking, even though I’m a vegan. It clearly hasn’t affected any of that in a bad way; it actually made me more interested in what I eat and how I prepare it.

It’s funny how whenever you read up on Zodiac signs, the most frequent thing about Taurus (as well as being stubborn, loyal, down to earth etc) that pops up is the love for food. I sometimes find it annoying, but most of the time I think to myself how it’s actually kind of true.

 

 

This is my staple dish when I don’t know what to eat or cook for lunch/dinner. I always try to keep the ingredients for this at hand so I can just put them together in a pan and let it simmer for a while, and suddenly I have something delicious to eat! (for this i use things like lentils, canned chopped tomatoes, beans, carrots or other vegetables and sometimes coconut milk)

~J

J’s Current Makeup Favourites

Inspiration

Maybe this is a time of writing different blog posts, since I was actually choosing between this  and writing about my thoughts right now…(something I’m usually too scared to do). But the latter will have to wait a little while.

I’m not the biggest makeup geek out there. I actually don’t wear makeup that much, I definitely don’t wear it every day and it’s most often not a full face of makeup. Despite of this, I actually quite enjoy makeup, meaning I think it’s fun. I wish I was better at it and knew a lot more – I would definitely not say I know what I’m doing when it comes to makeup, but I do enjoy it.

I don’t really know why I suddenly decided to do this… But I guess it has something with recently going vegan, and realising that I don’t really want to repurchase some of these products no matter how much I like them (regarding animal-cruelty and ingredients from animals..). By the way, I’ve decided to not throw everything away immediately. So I decided to do this blog post before I decide to go completely vegan with everything I own.

But anyway, here are my current makeup favourites:

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Mont Blanc (light 2)
NARS Radiant Creamy ConcealerVanilla (light 2)
E.l.f. Cream Eyelinerblack
Bhcosmetics 6 colour palette – bronzer,  powder, highlight and blush
The Balm Schwing black liquid eyeliner
Maybelline Lash Sensational black mascara
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Serenity, liquid lipstick
The Body Shop BORN LIPPYraspberry
Ardell Brow Pomade – blonde
The Balm NUDE’tude – naughty palette

These are products I use a lot if I wear makeup, some of them I use on an (almost but not really) daily basis and some of them I only use when I want a more full-on makeup look. The mascara for example is quite a new favourite, I’ve been using for just a little while now. I picked it up when I was in desperate need of a new mascara (are you ever though? haha). I always used Maybelline The Falsies before but for some reason I decided to try the Lash Sensational one and it’s pretty good. And after I bought it – knowing nothing about it -, I’ve started to hear of a lot of people using it and loving it, so I guess that’s nice.

The Cream Eyeliner however, has been a favourite of mine for long. I should probably re-buy a new one since it has lasted me so so long so I haven’t gotten a new one… Woops. But it’s great, since I’m usually allergic to other eyeliners but… I do like (and am not allergic to) the Schwing eyeliner! I got it as a present from my sister and I really like it – no itchy eyelids yet!

The two palettes are probably my absolute favourites, and also the liquid lipstick of course – which by the way is like the only lipstick I ever use. Okay, I probably should stop writing about all of the products, since it will probably be too long and I’m a bit of a rambler so I’ll stop now. But yeah, soon I’ll probably write about which of these are vegan makeup products and also about other vegan makeup brands and products out there… I’m very interested in it and I want to know more.

 

~J

Vegan + Raw peanut cake

Yummy
I just wanted to share this delicious peanut cake with you all. My mother and I made this for our joined birthday party (well to be honest I made it) and it turned out beautifully so I just had to make it again.
So before I change my mind here we go:

Ingredients

100 g walnuts

12 dates (please use fruit, unless you’re into that gory stuff) 

1/2 dl oats  

1/2 dl cocoa 

if necessary 1 tablespoon water 

 

Filling 

1 dl peanut butter

1 dl oats  

2 tablespoons agave syrup

3/4 dl water  

1 pinch of sea salt  

 

Chocolate frosting 

1/2 dl coconut oil  

1 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup 

1/2 dl cocoa 

1 pinch of sea salt 

cocoa and salty, chopped peanuts for decoration

 

Let’s do it!

  1. Base: Mix walnuts, dates, oats, cocoa and water (if necessary) using a food processor into a smooth batter.
  2. Take your batter and evenly press it out into a form with a detachable edge. (Your form could have any size, it’s really a matter of preference and how thick you want your layers to be. I used a form with a diagonal of 21 cm).
  3. Filling: Again, use a food processor and mix together peanut butter, oats, agave syrup, water and sea salt into a creamy mixture. Be sure to mix everything thoroughly, not leaving a single oat unmixed. Using any tool of your preference, spred the mixture onto the base.
  4. Chocolate frosting: Melt the coconut oil in a small casserole. Then let the oil cool down. Then mix it with agave syrup, cocoa and sea salt. Stir until you have a smooth frosting.
  5. Pour the chocolate frosting over the cake. Make sure it covers the entire cake. Place the cake in the refrigerator, allowing the cake to set.
  6. Garnish the cake with powdered cocoa and chopped peanuts before serving it.

 

⇝K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st of April

Inspiration

As you know, it’s the first of april today. Although, this day is probably famous as April Fool’s Day. A year ago on this day, we (M and J) had a presentation in school. We got to choose a subject to talk about ourselves and we thought the most appropriate considering the date was to pick Pranks and April Fool’s Jokes! We presented some facts and talked a bit about the history of this special day, and we also made some quizzes. It was super fun and the presentation went quite well. So, we thought that we would give you some inspiration for pranks and jokes to pull this April Fool’s (a bit late though, but I mean, if not this year – maybe next year, or just any day, right?). As we’re not really big fans of the mean-disgusting-life-ruining-pranks spreading on the Internet lately, we hereby present fun and imaginative ways to prank and pull jokes on your friends:

  • cover something of theirs (think car, room, house, inside of fridge…) in post-it notes in fun colours!
  • put plastic cups filled with water EVERYWHERE (maybe you understand we watch ThatcherJoe on YouTube…)
  • make strangers/your friends whom they don’t know tell them a random word or sentence throughout the entire day, something to just confuse them (works well in school or workplace, or just trough texts)
  • fill a room or a locker with balloons (we did this for K’s birthday last year!)
  • buy someone a plane ticket and take them to the airport to give them a last minute surprise trip to a cool place! (this of course require the money and time… but this would be the best surprise ever)

 

So, what do we know about April Fool’s Day? Before doing the presentation; almost nothing. And now, our memories are failing us a little, but we have some of the notes! Apparently, ancient cultures used to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st. Pope Gregory  the 14th ordered to replace the old calendar with a new one. According to the new calendar the new year began on the 1st of January. Some people continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st and they were made fun of, hence April Fool’s Day which is also known as All Fool’s Day.

Here is the quiz we made, the key to this is further down in this post:

Is this an actual April Fool’s joke or not? (Yes means it’s a joke that has actually been made on April 1st. No means it’s a joke we made up.)

  1. In 1983 a Professor in Boston claimed that the April fool´s day was invented when Konstantin , as a joke, allowed a group of jesters and fools to run the empire for a day. And the professor said that this is why it’s called April fool’s day. Yes            No
  2. In 1957, BBC news announced that the Swiss were harvesting their spaghetti from trees thanks to the mild winter.        Yes      No
  3. In 1987 the newspaper The Times made an announcement which claimed that the Queen wanted Buckingham Palace to be painted pink.      Yes     No
  4. In 1962 when Sweden only had one TV channel in black and white a technical expert announced that you could get instant colour TV by pulling a nylon stocking over the TV screen.  Yes    No
  5. There once was a French aviator who dropped what appeared to be a bomb in a German camp (during one of the world wars). The germans were terrified and scattered immediately in all directions. This ”bomb” was actually a football with a note saying ”April Fool’s”.          Yes      No
  6. In 1998 an article was posted claiming the Alabama state voted to change the value of pi from 3.141592… to 3.0    Yes    No
  7. A British scientist said that due to the combination of molecules in a cucumber they were impossible to freeze. This is were the idiom ”Cool as a cucumber” comes from.    Yes      No
  8. Three years ago J woke up very early on the first of April and put sticky notes all over her parents’ car.       Yes       No
  9. The year after J.K Rowling published the seventh Harry Potter book, she said that she was going to publish a book series about the Marauders, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew.         Yes      No
  10. In Australia a news program revealed that the country would start using metric time. For example 100 seconds to a minute and 100 minutes to an hour.    Yes    No

Skärmavbild 2015-03-27 kl. 17.26.11

We also found a mad libs but we never used this for the lesson, and it probably won’t work out if you were to do it here, but here it is anyway… Put down the requested words here first:

adjective: (1)
emotion: (2)
a friend: (3)
adjective: (4)
noun: (5)
type of liquid: (6)
amount of time: (7)
adjective: (8)
costume/character: (9)
emotion: (10)
place: (11)
noun: (12)
funny phrase: (13)
sound: (14)
noun: (15)
place full of people: (16)

And then transfer them to the correlating number in the story below:

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day, so I am going to be super______ (1) so no one pranks me this time. Every year I am always ______ (2) I am going to get pranked, so this year I am going to plan to prank ______ (3) instead. I am going to need a friend who is very______ (4). First I will cover his/her dorm room in ______ (5). I will then set a ______ (6) on top of the door so it falls when he/she opens the door. Then I will wait ______ (7) until they come back. When they go in their room they are going to be very______ (8) that their room is now completely covered.  While they are in shock, I will come into the room dressed as a ______ (9) and scare them, making them so ______ (10) they scream and fall to the floor. Later I will text my friend to meet me at the ______ (11) but really I will be waiting behind a ______ (12) and pop out to scare them. Finally, I will be known as the prank champion when I stick a note saying ______ (13) on their back without them knowing. But just when I am about to fall asleep believing I have gotten out of being fooled, I hear a ______ (14) and look up to see a huge ______ (15) above my head staring at me and scream, waking the whole ________ (16).

 

Hope you enjoyed this extra-long post about today’s date! Happy April 1st and… safe pranking!

 

The answers to the quiz:

1.Yes 2.Yes 3.No 4.Yes 5.Yes 6.Yes 7.No 8.No 9.No 10.Yes

 

/J and M