It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Can you smell the holiday season already? Yes, the smell of home baked Christmas cookies or ginger bread, mulled wine…Christmas for me is more about traditions than a religious celebration, growing up as a TCK  I really missed having good family traditions especially during the holidays as different cultures have different holiday traditions.


Now that my kids are TCKs as well, we try to make our own traditions, like using a real Christmas tree that we keep alive since 2 years ago. It would be nice to see the tree grows as the children grow. We also keep the decor minimal, I feel annoyed when I see a Christmas tree so over decorated that  you can not even see the leaves, decorations suppose to accentuate not to cover the whole thing… poor tree.


This year, to keep up with the minimalist theme, we started a new tradition and decided to have a €5 challenge for gifts, so only things that cost €5 to buy or to make for each recipient. We want to enjoy the season more instead of having the “rush”.

Happy Holidays All!


Happy place, Happy face! – Desk Tour 2016


The month November was a very hectic month for me, it is the busiest time of the year for my shop,  added with family life and chores, I wish I had another 24 hour in a day.

Now that December is here, it’s my nesting time. Since adopting the minimalist lifestyle I really have to continue training my self to ask the two ultimate questions at all time:

  1. Do you need it?
  2. Does it brings you joy?

So this year instead of having again a winter home decor haul, I only bought these 3 marque letters and placed them near my work station to be adored 🙂 .


Another good things are, by buying the letters I reorganized my desk and finally did the Konmari paper clean up and get rid more than 75% of my papers., that was really freeing.


I still have “a lot” of things on my desk but at least I only keep items that I use very regularly, so bottom line… happy place, happy face!


What’s in My Makeup Bag: Only 6 items (Glasses Wearer).

Summer nearly ends, I don’t know what it is but this time of year always makes me reflect on my past. Normally it wouldn’t get me this heavy, but for some reason I felt tired. Tired of my messy house (no matter how hard I tried to tidy things up it always looks messy). I was also tired of always racing against the time (so little time, so many things to do). I was simply tired of everything.

To address the problem, the optimist side of me turned to the first and foremost source of “how-to knowledge”, Mr.Google… and yes i’m late again, I just found out about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-up” of Marie Kondo.

One thing led to another after doing the Konmari methode, I’m now in my journey to minimalist-landia. I’ve been around the world wide web long enough that  ZenHabits and The Minimalist are not completely new readings for me, yet somehow now I finally get them.

So I’m going to dedicated the blog to my journey of better living and we start with makeup 🙂 .

The story of makeup hoarder to a minimalist. You know my type, I’ve kept my cosmetic items long after their shelf life. Tons of mascaras…volume, lengthens, waterproof, brown, black, blue, glittered etc…and samples… o…my, I don’t even like most of them, just because they were “free”??? Brushes… where do I start, one face so many brushes, I usually end up using my fingers anyhow.

After a long afternoon, I’ve narrowed my collection to 6 piece of cosmetics, 2 brushes and a small make up bag. My ultimate hack is the BB cream, yup, 7 in one baby 🙂 . I use blush for eye shadows and contouring, eyeliner for eyelids and eyebrows.

Part of being minimalist is also becoming more conscious of my choice of  make up, I use now only natural / bio cosmetics. NeoBio is my new favorite, they are gentle and affordable (I really like them, not being paid).