Fall in love with as many places as possible*

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Traveling is one of my absolute biggest passions. I love the excitement to plan a trip, book a ticket and to have an adventure ahead of me. And every continent, country and place I’ve been to had its own magic and inspired me in its very own way. There are places that touch me more than others but I think that’s normal that we feel more connected to certain places than to others.
When my sister was an Au Pair in Canada I went there to visit her over New Years and even though this is now probably 4 years ago I still feel so connected to Canada and will definitely go back there to explore more one day! This state necklace is from a beautiful etsy shop called IvyByDesign. Maybe a great christmas present idea for a friend or family member that is also in love with traveling? 🙂
Hope you all are having a beautiful autumnal Sunday 🙂

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Self Made GRANOLA

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I would like to share one of my probably favorite recipes so far. Yesterday I was actually just trying out to make granola myself for the very first time and I wasn’t actually planning to write a blog post about it yet. I just wanted to see how I go but when I was finished I was so surprised how good it turned out. It’s really easy and maybe you already noticed that I prefer easier recipes because as much as I love cooking and baking I feel like it doesn’t always turn out that nice as it looked in the recipe.

Just know that you can use any ingredients you want and just switch it up to your tasting.

DRY INGREDIENTS

3 cups oats
chopped almonds and walnuts
pumpkin seeds
chia seed
goji berries
dried cherries and cranberries

→ Combine all dry ingredients and put it in the preheated oven (180°C) for around 10-15 minutes (stir occasionally).

WET INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup honey
2 tsp melted coconut oil
cinnamon
vanilla extract

→ While the oats are toasting, combine the wet ingredients and once the oats mixture is ready, drizzle the honey mixture on top of it, mix it and put it again in the turned off oven for another 5-8 minutes and let it cool off afterwards.

I hope you liked the recipe and let me know if you tried it out and if you’re also such a cereal love like me!

Nina 🙂

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Time for another delicious recipe!
This time I baked, as you can already see in the photos, some vegan chocolate chip muffins while using this recipe!
All you need:
4 ripe         bananas
1/2 cup      dairy free milk (soy or almond for example)
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp    baking powder
1/4 cup      coconut oil
1 tsp          vanilla extract
1/2 cup      chocolate chips
Step 1 – Combine the bananas and the milk until smooth
Step 2 – Combine the flour and the baking powder, then add banana-milk-mixture
Step 3 – Add the other ingredients (chocolate chips last)
Step 4 – Bake for around 20-25 minutes (180°C) and let them cool off afterwards for a bit
It serves 12 muffins and I think it’s also a perfect snack for school, uni or work!
Enjoy and let me know if you tried them out 🙂

THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS by Marina Keegan

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I have seen people talking about “The Opposite Of Loneliness” on blogs and a general enthusiasm and interest in this book so I thought I would also grab this book when one day I was browsing through a book store looking for a new book for me to read. I won’t give you any spoilers but just my personal opinion of this book. First, Marina Keegan was a Yale student from where she graduated in 2012, tragically five days after graduation she died in a car accident. This book is a collection of essays and short stories she wrote and all in all just very different topics, fiction as well as nonfiction, which makes it interesting to read and doesn’t get boring. However some of my favorite chapters were “Cold Pastoral”and “Stability in Motion”.

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“You attract the right things when you have a sense of who you are!”

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Yesterday evening I stumbled across this quote and I really wanted to share it with you guys.
What I feel like I have learnt within the past weeks (where I to be honest probably had more downs than I have had in a long time and just got challenged by life which can also be a good thing) is that we will probably never know 100% who we are. There are things like your name, background, appearance, … – all things that define you in a way of who you are but obviously there’s so much more to us especially our inside qualities. If you feel like you don’t exactly know who you are then just remember that probably most of us don’t, well at least I don’t and I won’t stress myself with finding that out because in the end I will continue learning about myself and growing as a person every single day and maybe the steps will be little but I will always keep on stepping to be the best version of myself I can be – without copying anyone but being inspired and in the end when we just try our best and just be happy with who we are the right things will gravitate towards us. Life is a journey – a really exciting one!

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PORRIDGE – My Favorite Breakfast

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My go to breakfast is, as the blog post title says, PORRIDGE! It’s such a quick and healthy meal onto which you can add whatever fruits, nuts, eat you feel like. And it’s super cheap as well so perfect for students 😉

As a base I usually add water and some milk to the oats which I heat up in the microwave just because it’s easier and less dishes to clean up than heating it up in a pot. But I guess heating it up in a pot makes it more creamy so if I got enough time I would also grab a pot from time to time. After that I add some cinnamon and honey which makes it smell and taste delicious. Now it’s time to get creative. I think you can never go wrong with bananas and chia seed or some berries.

Porridge fills you up perfectly and gives you great energy in order to start your day!

Any other porridge fans out there? 🙂

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Rise and Shine

It feels so good to realize that the things you might think you need to be completely happy are already there. Just look around you and see the people, moments, opportunities, nature’s beauty, food, new places, feelings and emotions – it’s all there and we are in charge of our own happiness and nobody or nothing else.
Sometimes when we for example buy something new it makes us really happy for the moment which is of course 100% fine and sometimes just what we need and what will cheer us up. But true happiness is already deep inside us and it’s up to ourselves to let it shine out of us, to just smile and to appreciate what life has to offer. We don’t have to wait for something that will complete our happiness because it’s already there and we should embrace it.
I feel like sometimes the things we take for granted are the things that bring most happiness to us.

AUSTRALIA IN 224 SECONDS

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Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSpqeqAEbFg

29 September 2016

2014 and 2015 will probably be two of the best years of my life. After graduating in summer 2014 my dream came true and I flew to Australia. During my time on the other side of the world I learnt so incredibly much about life, myself and just what actually matters in life. I saw beautiful breathtaking places and am happy to share some moments with you of a place on our little planet I might have fallen in love with.

We Discover Paris

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Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17YY3cyLyWs
27 September 2016

As I already talked about in a previous blog post a few weeks ago. My sister and I went to Paris to explore the city which I have never been to even though it’s actually rather close to where I live. But I don’t know… somehow I’m always more drawn to the places which are extremely far away and where you have to cross oceans by an airplane to get to. But it was good that this summer was different and I actually took some time to explore Europe a bit more. I hope you guys enjoy the little impression of my time in Paris and please don’t hate on my video cutting and editing skills as it’s all new to me and I’m still learning and trying out 🙂