My Favourite at Home Full-Body Kettlebell Workouts

The kettlebell is such an underrated piece of gym equipment in my opinion. While most think lifting weights and going over to the gym to get fit, I’d take swinging my kettle bell comfortably at home over that any day. It really is a full body workout and once you try the kettlebell you will almost surely neglect your set of weights and opt for the modest looking piece of equipment. I love the kettlebell! By the end of almost any workout, I’ve got my heart rate up while strength training the best of both worlds.

1.If you are good at excercising on your own and want a variety of moves to try this killer workout is the one you’ve been looking for. If you follow the link to Women’s Health they even have a video guide to perfecting technique on all the moves and plenty more workout routines.killer kettlebell workout from Women's Health

2. When I was starting out, there really was no better workout than this one I found on ChiChi Fitness channel on YouTube. It was slow enough to follow, but after 2-3 reps it really left your muscles feeling sore the next day. The workout is one I always go back to when I feel like I need a little bit of encouragement. Check out their channel as they have over 20 videos in their Kettlebell work out playlist and there certainly is plenty to choose from.

3. Then there is Amy’s workout which is going to challenge you each and every time. She is such a joy to follow when working out and is a huge inspiration. On her Youtube channel Body Fit by Amy, you can find amazing kettlebell workouts and even tiny 5 minute ones when you are in a time crunch or just feel like getting in an intense short workout.Her playlist is increadible certainly check it out!

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Pope and Trump

Pope Francis is trending on Twitter! Super excited to see why I clicked and was absolutely disheartened at first to see what was causing the stir. It looked like supporters of Trump were up in arms and blowing their trumpet (aka tweeting) their support for border control.

While praying at the Mexico-USA border for people who died trying to cross it, Pope Francis was asked about his stance on Trumps plans to build a border wall. When the Pope boldly went on to say that “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Followed by the fact that he would give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt as he had not heard Trump’s border control plans firsthand, he added, “I say only that this man is not a Christian if he has said things like that.”

In mere minutes Trump responded by saying that the Pope, or any leader for that matter, should know better than to question anyone’s faith and referred to his words as disgraceful. Further elaborating that once the Vatican gets attacked by ISIS “the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened.”

It is shocking that many actually agree with Trump and are now posting pictures of the walled Vatican, picking on the world’s second smallest country and debating whether Pope Francis overstepped boundaries when he decided to share his view on the matter.

Who should it be up to to define what following Christ should look like if not someone who has devoted his life to him?

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Growing Flowers For My Wedding?! My Project

Hi! Today, I am rather excited to share with you all the first video in a series that I plan on making all about how to grow your own wedding flowers- after all that is what I am attempting to do.

Where I live there are absolutely no local flower farms and so I decided to grow my own flowers for ethical and environmental reasons. Last year was the year of the rose and there are now 36 David Austin and historical rose varieties in the ground, but this year it is all about sowing annuals and getting everything prepared for my summer wedding.

Even if you think that you have no green thumb at all, it is such a great idea to grow your own flowers if you have a tiny piece of land with no future plan for it. It is never too soon to start and I hope you join me in this experiment of mine, which could leave my wedding flowerless :D. Hope you all have a great day and I would love to hear from all of you.

Please let me know if you have any experience with growing your own cut flowers for an event or wedding, I’d love to hear all about it.

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Nail Art- Why do we do it?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about why people are drawn to nail art? Is it an expression of creativity, a way to beautify ourselves or just an activity most partake in to de-stress? In any case, there was no better group to go to other than the We Love Nail Art group on G+, with more than a million people logged in to the community, in the search for some answers?

Interesting facts to share about the origin of nail polish and nail art:

  • Nail polish originated in China as early as 3000 BC and was made with ingredients such as beeswax, egg whites and vegetable dies.
  • The creation of modern day nail polish was actually inspired by automobile paint and Revlon was the first established nail polish brand.
  • It looks like 2012 was the year where most went nail polish crazy, bumping up the sales to a whooping $768 million which was a 32% increase compared to the year before.

And now for the actual survey, also, please, feel free to partake in it if you are signed into your google account.

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The kettlebell is such an underrated piece of gym equipment in my opinion. While most think lifting weights and going over to the gym to get fit, I’d take swinging my kettle bell comfortably at home over that any day. Especially since there are so many great workouts floating about on the internet. The kettlebell really provides a full-body workout and once you try the kettlebell, you will almost surely neglect your set of weights and opt for the modest looking piece of equipment each time. I love the kettlebell! By the end of any workout, I’ve got my heart rate up while strength training- the best of both worlds.

1.If you are good at exercising on your own and want a variety of moves to try, this killer workout is the one you’ve been looking for. If you follow the link to Women’s Health, they even have a video guide to perfecting technique on all the exercises and plenty more workout routines.

killer kettlebell workout from Women's Health

2. When I was starting out, there really was no better workout than this one I found on ChiChi Fitness channel on YouTube. It was slow enough to follow, but after 2-3 reps it really left my muscles feeling sore the next day. The workout is one I always go back to when I feel like I need a little bit of encouragement. Check out their channel as they have over 20 videos in their Kettlebell work out playlist.

3. Then there is Amy’s workout which is going to challenge you each and every time. She is such a joy to follow when working out and a huge inspiration. On her YouTube channel Body Fit by Amy, you can find amazing kettlebell workouts and even tiny 5 minute ones for when you are in a time crunch or just feel like getting in an intense short workout.Her playlist is incredible certainly check it out!

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Hellebores, or the Lenten Rose, are fabulous plants! At times when there is nothing blooming in your garden, you cut back the spotted old Hellebore leaves to discover new growth emerging from the almost frozen earth in late winter. Once those blooms open, there is no stopping them as they last at least a minimum of 2 months on the plant. Notoriously known as an incredible evergreen perennial to add to any shady area, these plants are built to thrive. If you do not watch out and cut back flowers with ripening seed pods, they will spread like crazy.

Helleborus mix of flowers
Helleborus plant- blooms a few months

Helleborus plant and seedlings

Since we enjoy leaving most of the flowers on plant and use only a few stems each week as cut flowers, we almost always leave the majority of the flowers to go to seed. Although we never collect the seeds ourselves, we have had great luck discovering a carpet of seedlings each spring.  In the picture above you can notice the variety of tiny plants right next to the parent plants. These can be transplanted later in the year after the growing season is finished. You never know what the new hybrid flower will look like, making for a nice surprise the following spring.

If you are tired of looking at bare canes and branches in late winter, Hellebores are a great fix. They really can not any wrong in my book. What is your favorite flower blooming in early spring?

Cut Helleborus flowers in vase

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Pope Francis is trending on Twitter! Super excited to see why I clicked. Finding out what exactly was causing a stir was alarming to say the very least. It looked like supporters of Trump were up in arms and tweeting their support for border control, while others debated the ever popular separation of church and state. Can the Pope have something to say about the US presidential elections, better yet, who is a Christian?

After praying at the Mexico-USA border for people who died trying to cross it, Pope Francis was asked about his stance on Donald Trump’s plans to build a border wall. The Pope boldly went on to say, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Followed by the fact that he would give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt as he had not heard Trump’s border control plans firsthand.

Trump and Pope Francis conflict

In mere minutes, Trump responded by saying that the Pope, or any leader for that matter, should know better than to question anyone’s faith and referred to his words as disgraceful. Further elaborating that if the Vatican were to get at attacked by ISIS “the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened.”

It is shocking that many actually agree with Trump and are now posting pictures of the walled Vatican City, picking on the world’s smallest country and debating whether Pope Francis overstepped boundaries when he decided to share his view on the matter.

Who better to discuss what following Christ should look like if not someone who has devoted his life to him? Surely, being Christian should influence your actions, views on issues and always lead towards the search for a way to spread love and not hate? Being religious is in no way equivalent to being apolitical. Oh, the irony of how the battle Republicans vs. Democrats in elections often times comes down to the battle of who is the best Christian, yet when Pope Frances calls for everyone to evaluate their personal stance concerning walls and bridges, in an allegory to loving your neighbor, everyone gets defensive. Could it possibly be because the shoe fits?

Please, let us all search for a way to not be wall-minded and wall-hearted.

P.S. This post may be out of the ordinary on the blog, but this is something near and dear to my heart. I live in Slovakia and often witness how populism sways the minds of people, guiding them in a hunt for outside enemies in an attempt to sweep pressing national problems under the rug. During the past month, one priest spoke out in support of underpaid and overworked nurses on strike and was absolutely condemned by the leading party SMER for speaking his mind. Seeing the heated political debate linked to Pope Francis hit very close to home.  This March we have parliament elections and a chance to make a difference, it is a big year for us. At the same time we, as well as the whole world, pay close attention to the USA presidential elections and although no one here really takes Trump seriously, it is frighting to see that elsewhere, where it matters, people do in fact give him the time of day.

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Hi! Today, I am rather excited to share with you all the first video in a series that I plan on making all about how to grow your own wedding flowers- after all, that is what I am attempting to do.

Where I live there are absolutely no local flower farms and so I decided to grow my own flowers for ethical and environmental reasons. Last year was the year of the rose and there are now 36 David Austin and historical rose varieties in the ground, but this year it is all about sowing annuals and getting everything prepared in time for my summer wedding.

Even if you think that you have no green thumb at all, it is such a great idea to grow your own flowers! If you have a tiny piece of land with no future plan for it, I assure you a rose bush would greatly benefit it. It is never too soon to start and I hope you join me in this experiment of mine, which could leave my wedding flowerless :D. Hope you all have a great day and I would love to hear from all of you.

Please let me know if you have any experience with growing your own cut flowers for an event or wedding, I’d love to hear all about it.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about why people are drawn to nail art? Is it an expression of creativity, a way to beautify ourselves or just an activity most partake in to de-stress? In any case, there was no better group to go to other than the We Love Nail Art group on G+, where more than a million nail polishaholics are logged in to the community, in the search for some answers.

Before we start here are 3 interesting facts I wanted to share with you about the origin of nail polish and nail art:

  • Nail polish originated in China as early as 3000 BC and was made with ingredients such as beeswax, egg whites and vegetable dies.
  • The creation of modern day nail polish was actually inspired by automobile paint and Revlon was the first established nail polish brand.
  • It looks like 2012 was the year where most went nail polish crazy, bumping up the sales to a whooping $768 million which was a 32% increase compared to the year before.

To give you an idea of something I found out… did you know that the majority of people who answered stated that they paint their nails 1-2 times a month, followed by a close second of 0 times a month? It turns out, nail art is actually something that the majority of us just enjoy taking in visually without putting in the time and work. That may be the secret of why nail art blogs are super popular!

What about the fact that to the majority, color is the main thing they factor in when buying nail polish, disregarding the brand, chemicals and other major key factors? Let me know how you would answer and join in this big nail polish survey- you will only see the results once you join in.

Nail Polish Survey- Nail Art

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