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.

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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.

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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!

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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 🙂 .

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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. O..my, that was really freeing.

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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!

 

Minimalist Meal: Tabbouleh (tabbouli) Recipe / Simple Mediterranean Salad

I think I can call my self a foodie, I love cooking, baking, tastings, cook books, kitchen gadgets (all gadgets for that matter), day dreaming about delicious foods around the world, and the list goes on and on. With all that being said, there are also somedays that I just crave for something simple to eat, healthy, yet easy and quick to prepare, Tabbouleh is one of those my go to dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • 5-6 small tomatoes
  • half cup of couscous /bulgur
  • half cup of boiling water (depends on the type of bulgur see it’s individual directions on the packaging)
  • lemon juice from half medium lemon
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

Please see the video down below on how to make it.