There is a little devil inside me that wants everything to go as planned. Or, even more, to plan everything.
Of course I can hear all mums out there laughing at me, and I KNOW, you can´t plan anything when you have small children, as they will inevitably throw up/ a fit / the keys behind the cupboard when you are pressed for time. But I thought in my own little online bubble, things could be planned. Scheduled out nicely, prepared in advance, uploaded when it was meant to be uploaded.
Like Empties posts, once every three months. One in March (see here) and the next one in June. Quarterly. But wait, is it June already? No. It isn´t.
The video that was supposed to go up instead wasn´t ready. Because my camera decided to throw up/ a fit/ the keys behind the cupboard. Isn´t it funny how electronics sometimes act like little children?
Three months ago, I decided it was time for a fresh start. My empties started piling up, and the cute (and quite big) box I was storing them in was bound to overflow. As I am still trying to shop my stash a lot and finish what is already in there, I was heading straight to trash mountain.
A sight neither pretty nor inspiring.
Now fear not, I am not going to go all Marie Kondo on you. I will never ever be a minimalist, but sometimes you just have to let go.
So in January 2017 I dumped all my stuff into the trash and started again, quickly accumulating what is now my March 2017 Empties.
There was a time when I used to read much more than I do now. I would happily turn page after page, spending the whole weekend wrapped up in a story. These days are long gone, and even though I could blame that on the kids, fact is that if I spend only half the time I am on You Tube reading, I would go through multiple books a week.
The last time I actually read a lot was when we were road tripping through New Zealand (read here, here and here) and I had no wifi. Pathetic.
One of the books I read then was Memoirs of a Geisha (highly recommended), a classic turned into a movie. The description of their beauty rituals was captivating my makeup obsessed mind, mainly the sheer amount of stuff they would slather on their faces on a daily basis. Only the most diligent skincare could have prevented horrible breakouts.
So whenever I now read „Inspired by the Geishas skincare secrets“ I am all ears. And the last time that happened was with Odacité Green Tea Lemongrass Serum
If you have been around for a while in the blogosphere, you might remember the hype that was Bioderma Micellar Water. It was long before Micellar Water was available in every drugstore, and only a few months after I had started reading beauty blogs. Ah, back in the days.
No big deal, I thought, and quickly put it on the shopping list for my next visit to France. And no big deal it was. A quick stop at a French pharmacy and two big bottles were mine.
It was only then when I realized that if I had lived in the States, it would, in fact, have been a big deal. The only way you could get your hands on it in the US was through Amazons marketplace, and even if you put all trust issues aside (which you definitely shouldn´t), you still were charged about three times the price you paid in a pharmacy.
And boy, I do love my Bioderma, but it is not worth 60 bucks. Read more
I know the time „in-between“, the days after Christmas and before the New Year, are meant to be filled with party and glam.
But to be completely honest, my life couldn’t be less glam than it is at the moment. With me working and daycare closed, there is barely any time for going out and meeting friends, so I try to do my second favorite thing for the time between Christmas and New Years:
Staying in and getting cozy. And maybe get a light workout in to combat the crazy amount of cookies and chocolate I have been consuming.
My first ever You Tube video (linked here if you really want to see) was a „Taking out the trash“ video. And it was almost one year ago that I set it live. So to make up for my (obviously missed) You Tube anniversary, here is my December Empties video.
Honestly, I am rubbish at remembering anniversaries. I missed my blogging one for the second time this August and I don’t think I will ever remember to do a special post or something similar like I see on all the other blogs.
Oh well, I am going to celebrate everyday that I manage to keep up with it, I guess, and just go with the flow.
Every year, when November comes around, I ask myself why I didn’t move to a place where there is actual snow. I mean, we get snow occasionally, we even had a few flakes mixed into the constant rain earlier today, but a solid few months of nice, white layers outside?
With envy I watch Melissas Instagram, showing us the first snow of the season in Switzerland and then reach for my snow white bottle of Oskia Eye Wonder Nutri-Active Eye Serum (PR-Sample). Which, by the way, contains Swiss Apple Stem cells. That can´t be coincidence!
As I mention at the end of the video, that was supposed to be my September Empties.
Yeah, I know.
In my defense, I do have a ton of video ideas and barely any time to film and edit them, so I guess I will leave the „monthly“ empties schedule and sneak them in as a Sunday bonus video whenever I find the time.
What better way to spend a Sunday then talking about trash, am I right?
When you do something the second time, you are way better prepared. So when the time arrived to go to the hospital to deliver my son earlier this year, I knew how I was going to feel afterwards: Exhausted, emotional, sweaty and completely off balance. And that this feeling would stick with me for the weeks to come.
So when the time came to pack my skincare stuff for the hospital (here is a video on it, in case you are interested), I totally fell for the promise of MV Organics Skincare:
„MV is a unique and beautiful skin ritual which allows all women a moment in the day to truly relax and unwind.“
Just what I needed, so I packed the MV Organic Skincare 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic, ready to put that promise to the test.