Spring Activities!

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Those last few days were incredible sunny in Hamburg! I love the clear blue sky above my head as well as the intensive warmth of the bright spring-sun on my skin. The singing of the birds, the bloomy smell in the air. (Oh, and hello hay-fever… Nobody missed YOU.)
What do you plan to do during this new season? Here comes my list with ideas to enjoy springtime even a bit more:

Go to the farmers market and buy a fresh bouquet of flowers for your flat.

Create your own herb garden by planting basil, thyme and parsley on your windowsill.

Make a stroll through your city and get to know the old streets new (we love to walk through Hamburg using this guide).

Make plans for you summer vacations.

Eat more colorful salads.

Have the first BBQ this year.

Make your bicycle fit for the new season.

Take out your spring & summer wardrobe and store away all those thick sweaters, coats and heavy boots.

Create your personal spring playlist 2017 on Spotify and listen to it in the morning while enjoying your first cup of coffee.

(Re-) start a new or old sport. Running, anybody?

Eat ice-cream!

I wish you a wonderful spring week! Enjoy the sun and all those crazy-happy feelings coming with it :)!

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New Year’s Resolution III: Learn to Sew!

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My third resolution: Learn to sew! A few month ago, I got my first sewing machine and since X-Mas I also own some sewing books. So, it’s time to start with some easy projects.

Maybe a scarf? Some baby trousers? A cosmetic bag? Oh, so many ideas! Do you have more? Let me know!

Have a creative day :)!

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New Hobby: Sewing!

sewing1Colorful yarns. Pic by Franzi.

I have a new flatmate. Actually, she’s quite old already – my sewing machine! I got it from the belated mother of a friend’s friend. The same day it moved in with me, my father called and told me that he planned to give me a sewing machine as a Christmas present. He was devastated when I told him that he was too late. So, it seems that the universe wanted to give me a sewing machine right now. Despite the fact that I have no time and nearly no experience I really would like to learn it. Thank god, the web is full of easy tutorials. My first goal is sewing these baby trousers for all the little ones in my live. Wish me luck!

What about you – do you have a sewing machine yourself? Any tips how to start?

sewing2My new (yet quite old) sewing machine.

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New Year’s Resolutions: 4. Try Something New!

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The fourth New Year’s resolution of mine is to try something new more often: New recipes, new film genres, maybe even new hobbies. Let’s see where it will lead me. There’s still a lot I would like to try out!!

Have a fun party into the new year tonight!

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Winter Actions!

Winter ActionsPic by Franzi.

I just realized last week that I still haven’t made a Winter Activity post. But one look outside is sufficient to see that I’m still in time. Still winter… not my favorite season, but yes it’s beautiful in it’s very own cold, often grey and sometimes white kind of way. So what can you do on a typical winter day? Yes, if you’re lucky enough to have some snow, you can go sleding or make a snowball fight or go for skiing/snowboarding or whatever. Unfortunately, most winter days are more wet and cold and not-so-white. What can you do on these days? Here comes my list with suggestions…

I wish you all a beautiful wintry week!

Drink a nice cup of tea, staring out in the cold landscape.

A handcrafts project: Knit a scarf, …

Have a cold winter walk and enjoy the feeling of coming back to your warm home.

Start to think about this year’s gardening plans. Order seeds, develop ideas!

Have candle light dinners with your best friends.

Spend a sunday in the sauna.

Bake cookies with friends – the flat smells cozy afterwards. And anyway, everyone deserves a cookie from time to time.

Declutter your home … go through your wardrobe and old magazine stacks – it’s fun and afterwards you are happy about so much more space!

Go out, have a run. The air is freezing, but it feels sensational!

Start a new puzzle! Yeah, I know it will occupy space for the next months, but it’s worth it.

Go to the video store, take at least three films with you and spend the whole night with popcorn on your sofa 🙂

Go to a yoga class.

Make yourself a wintry salad.

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Groups & Clubs!

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Are you a member of a club or of a group of friends who regularly meet each other to follow a mutual interest? I was always a big fan of clubs. During my adolescence I founded an environment as well as a detective club :). And until today,  I can’t decide for only one group/club – currently I’m a member of four  (no sports group included). It’s simply the best way to follow your interests, to share experiences or to improve your skills. And there are a lot of possibilities and ideas for clubs. Mmmh, maybe I should found one more?! Here comes my Top 10 of club and group ideas:

Book Club …Journal Club, Novel Club, Poetry Club, Non-Fiction Club.

Cooking/Baking Group …Perfect Dinner, Motto Dinner, Breakfast Club, BBQ Club (Yes, the whole year long!).

Movie/TV Series Club …The best idea I heard so far: Look what food is presented during the current episode and bring this food to watch the next one.

Handicraft Club …Knitting, DIYs, sewing.

Music Club …Sing or make a jam session together!

Game Club …skat, doppelkopf, chess, board games.

Regulars’ Table …Meet once a month and go somewhere in your city, no one of your group was ever before.

Gardening …Either share an allotment garden or look what the next gardening projects on your balconies/in your gardens are, then circle from one balcony to the next.

Language Club …Regulars’ table with mixed nations or with people who want to train/speak one specific language. Or a tandem.

Sports Club …Look out for jogging partners, people who would like to play  regularly beach volleyball/billiards/bowling/hiking/cycling.

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Friendship Books

My Friendship Book from 1994

Do you still remember Friendship Books from your adolescence? In Germany we called them ‘Freundebuch’ back then and I own at least three from several time periods, where I always filled out the very first sheet of questions by myself. They were often decorated with hundreds of stickers or drawings and the answers still make me laugh out loud every time I open one of them. Some friends inside of them were long forgotten until I rediscovered their entries and some friends count still to my inner circle of best pals. Sometimes I wonder how especially those guys knew already 20 years ago what they want from life and how they already could have had such a good taste in music or literature (…and me not).Today, I would like to present you some of my answers from 1994 in comparison with today. Hilarious, isn’t it?

Do you also had a friendship book? Do you still posses it? Are you having a look inside it from time to time?

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