Getting Organised in 2016

This year is a big year for me, from October I’ll officially be done studying which means getting organised and finding a job!

I thought I would share a few tips on how to get yourself organised.

TIP 1: Buy yourself a diary

I know some people who look at me funny when I whip out my diary, usually because nowadays a lot of people just use their calendar on their phone. I suppose it’s handy as you always have your phone on you, but I prefer a paper diary because I’m glued enough to my phone as it is and it gets annoying having to type every tiny detail! I suggest you get yourself a small diary that fits in your bag, and if it isn’t enough for you then you could always have a monster diary or planner at home that you update every few days!

TIP 2: Make to do lists

I absolutely love to do lists. There is nothing more fulfilling then ticking something off my list. In the Christmas sales I found a “to do list” book – I didn’t even know they existed! It’s a flip notebook and you can tear out the pages too if you need to. If you want to be extra organised give yourself a deadline to each task.

Tip 3: Write a list of your finances every month

As I’m currently learning how to drive, all my money is going on lessons. Every month I plan how much money I’ll be spending and what on; this is so helpful as if you realize your money might not reach to the end of the month you can re read what you’re spending your money on and cutting (or postponing) the least important thing.

TIP 4: Reply to your emails quickly

If I don’t reply to an email straight away, it sometimes takes days for me to get onto it. Replying to emails quickly means it’s one thing off your mind and you look efficient and organised to the person you’re replying to!

 

Hope this keeps you a bit more organised 🙂

Larissaingermany x

 

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Kinesio Taping Course

This is a bit of a late post, but a few weekends ago I did a Kinesiology Taping course.

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It’s a special tape that you use to support ligaments, relieve tensed muscles, or make them work more efficiently! It’s a lot to take in as you have to know all the muscle insertions and origins, and I was obviously too tired as on the same weekend as I almost cut theIMG_20151202_205124 top of my thumb off using a bread cutter machine, hence why this post is late. I got my thumb glued back together and it’s healing nicely 🙂

You can generally use whatever colour you want, although they do have a “meaning”: the blue tape relaxes the muscle, the red tape makes the muscle work more and the black tape is for ligaments (any other colour doesn’t mean anything). Of course the colour of the tape doesn’t affect anything, but if you get taped by various people it’s easier for the people to know what the person did before by looking at the colour! In order to relax or make the muscle work harder, it depends on how you tape the muscle, as there are certain techniques.

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If you see anyone walking around with a funny tape on their body you now know what it’s for! Have you ever tried it?

Larissaingermany x

Pimp Up Your Bed

Our bed has been looking pretty plain. My boyfriend built it himself but hasn’t had time to build a headboard yet, so at the weekend I picked up a couple of pillows to make it look a bit more interesting!

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I use a memory foam pillow but because it is quite small and weirdly shaped all of my pillow cases are way too big for it. I’ve been looking for a couple of pillows for ages that are cheap just to use as decoration. I picked up a pack of two pillows for 10 euros from Primark, which is only 5 euros a pillow! These ones are also anti allergy 🙂

I find a couple of pillows can make your bed look a lot more inviting (especially if you have no headboard) and you can put them to use if you ever have guests!

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(bed sheets from Zara Home)

Larissaingermany x

Philips HR1871 Review

Hi guys!

I got a new juicer (Philips HR1871) for my birthday in September and I’m so happy with it! I’ve been wanting one for ages.

The pros:

  • Looks good and is quite compact.
  • All parts are dishwasher safe, making it very quick in the morning before work.
  • Comes with a little “book” of recipes!
  • Comes with a jug and two spouts (one spout for the jug shown in the photo above, the other pointing downwards if you want to press your juice directly into a glass).
  • Has two levels, one for harder fruits and veggies and the other for oranges etc
  • You can put the entire fruit in with the pips such as apples and pears (note anything with a “stone” in you have to take out first)
  • It works!

The cons:

  • You can’t juice soft fruits and vegs like avocado, banana, papaya etc as it blocks the sieve – however as I have a hand blender I don’t find this so bad as you can blend it in your juice afterwards.
  • It’s quite pricey at around 160 euros, and there is actually a model that’s basically the same with a tiny bit less power which is a bit cheaper (HR1869).

As you can see the pros outweigh the cons in my opinion, and I would totally recommend buying one 🙂

Here are also a few tips:

  • If you don’t like that particular fruit/veg in a solid form… then you won’t like it as a liquid either! (I almost threw up drinking a celery juice as I absolutely hate celery haha)
  • If you’re not drinking it straight away, add a lemon to it so it keeps it’s colour! Otherwise it will go brown.
  • If you keep your juice in the fridge for more than a day or two it loses it’s vitamins.

Thanks for reading!

Larissaingermany x

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What to Expect

Helloooo,

As you can see I’ve added a new category to my blog!

The reviews part of my blog is going to literally be a review about anything: whether it’s a food product, a clothinIMG_20150906_204509g brand, a game (yes I’m also a nerd and love games!) or anything else that inspires me. None of my reviews are sponsored, they are literally just my opinion, if that ever changes (for example if a product I love wants to sponsor me) then I will note it in that post. I’m looking forward to expressing my opinion about products to you guys!

That’s all for now 🙂

Enjoy,

Larissaingermany x

To Do List

Since my exams I’ve haven’t been eating that healthily, so it’s time to get back on track! Here’s my to do list, maybe it will motivate you too?

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1. Eat more fruit and veg!

During my exams I literally ate all the cookies in the world and comfort food like mac and cheese. Time to get back on track! I’m going to drink my veggie juice everyday again as I’ve been IMG_20150906_095749neglecting my juicer and get some inspiration for healthier vegetarian meals, if anyone has some meal ideas let me know 🙂

2. Drink more water and buy a new water bottle!

I wrote a post a while ago where I drank at least 1.5 litres of water a day. I was in Italy last week and because you can’t drink the tap water there my water consumption decreased (not to mention the hotel only had lukewarm water for tea! 😦 ). I now drink green tea every morning and I’m planning on buying a new water bottle that I can re use that has no plastic toxins.

3. Plan Christmas Presents!

I know I know, Halloween hasn’t been yet, but I’m so excited for Christmas this year. I think it’s because here in Munich it’s getting so cold and so it already feels like Winter. I’m flying back to England on Christmas Eve which means all presents have to be bought here and taken with me, so it’s better to get organised now whilst I have the time 🙂

4. Plan some new workouts

Last week I did absolutely no exercise (apart from running around Venice) and I really hate the feeling of being a couch potato. It’s time to plan more workouts for this blog and also for the classes I teach! I’ll be teaching a Christmas dance aerobics class in December so if anyone lives around Munich more details of when and where will be coming up soon.

5. Find Amelie a new partner

My rabbit Amelie has been alone for a few months now after her brother Hector died. As rabbits love company I’ll be adopting a rabbit IMG_20151018_152721from the animal rescue centre so she has someone to play with again! Let’s just hope Amelie will actually find a rabbit she likes – sometimes it can be hard to bond rabbits and Amelie is especially picky.

That’s all for this month! I love writing to do lists; it makes me feel organised and it seems a lot easier tackling it in smaller chunks.

Larissaingermany x

New Furniture!

Hi readers!

A week ago we finally installed our new sideboard. My boyfriend built it years ago for his final exam for carpentry and now it’s finally up! I’ll just let the photos do the talking 🙂

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Ignore the cable sticking out, that shouldn’t be there!

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Now we just need curtains, a carpet and a coffee table for our lounge! Although it is taking us ages to decorate our flat, it makes it more exciting every time something new comes 🙂 What do you think of it?

Larissaingermany x

Training your Rabbit

Bunnies aren’t the same as dogs, you can’t train them to make them sit, stay, play dead etc… But you can train them in other ways 🙂 Here are a few ways how to!

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1. How to toilet train a rabbit

This is the most basic training that comes in handy if you have a house rabbit. Rabbits are generally very clean animals and when they have found their toilet, they will most likely always do their business in that spot. However there are of course exceptions and no bunny is perfect!

First thing to do is to castrate your rabbit (whether male or female). If they are not castrated it’s a lot harder to litter train them as they want to mark their territory everywhere! On the couch, on the floor, on you, on the other bunny… the list goes on. Once they are castrated their hormones will calm down and they won’t want to mark everywhere.

If you have a baby bunny (you can first adopt a baby bunny when they are around 10 weeks old) then don’t expect them to always get to the toilet in time. You can encourage them to use the toilet by placing more toilets around the room, and when they wee on the floor/somewhere else pick them up and put them in the toilet. Clean where they wee’d with water and vinegar so they know that isn’t where they should be doing  their business! If your rabbit insists on weeing in a corner, then put the toilet there.

If your rabbit is trained to use the toilet, but likes to wee on you/on your bed anyway then it will be a bit tougher to train them to not do this. This is what my rabbit does, as rabbits like to wee on soft surfaces for some reason. If this happens shout “NO” (or I shout “NU UH” as she knows straight away she’s doing something wrong) and pick them up and put them in their toilet. My rabbit hates being picked up so she see’s it as a punishment. I also put her toilet on the bed so I can quickly put her in it if she makes a mess. It can take quite a while for them, but is definitely worth it as my bunny Amelie has gotten a lot better! (The same goes to rabbits who like to spray their wee even if they are castrated).

2. Training your rabbit to come to you as you call

This does depend on your rabbit’s personality, some rabbits hear you call and choose to ignore you whereas others run to you straight away! First you have to make sure your rabbit knows what his/her name is. You can do this by always saying their name to them (nice and easy right?) Amelie always comes when I call and generally follows me about (it is the cutest thing ever). To encourage them to come to you as you call their name have a treat ready, so every time they come to you they get a treat – this also doesn’t always have to be something edibile, a treat can be saying “Well done {insert rabbit’s name}!” and stroking them. This training is very easy and effective. Amelie always runs into her pen when I call as she knows she gets a treat (I always time it right so after she’s been out for a while she either gets her breakfast or vegetables). After a while you won’t have to always give them a treat, they’ll come when you call anyway (again depending on the personality of your rabbit, when Hector was alive he usually ignored me haha). Here’s a cute video of her coming to me as I’m sitting on the bed – excuse my bunny voice it’s so embarassing!

3. Training them not to eat the walls/furniture/skirting boards

Amelie loved to eat the walls and skirting boards! Luckily she doesn’t do this anymore. In able to train your bunny to stop doing this they need a lot of supervision. If they’re living free range and you aren’t with them all the time it probably wont work – once we got our pen for Amelie it’s been a lot easier to train her as she’s only allowed out under supervision. Here’s how it works:

As soon as you see them biting whatever they shouldn’t be biting, shout “NO” (or I say “NU UH”), go up to them and push them away from what they were biting. If they try to come back put your hand over the surface so they can’t bite it. Wait till they’ve walked away and go back to whatever you were doing. Repeat this every single time they do it and eventually they will know they aren’t allowed to do it. At some point when you say “NO” and get up to move them away they will already know whats coming and run away. Amelie always goes up to the wall, looks at me, and runs away again! The key is to never let them get away with it. I’ve heard there are also “bitter sprays” especially made for rabbits who like to bite furniture etc, it tastes bitter but is safe for the rabbit to lick. As it doesn’t taste nice they connect it with the furniture and won’t bite it anymore, (I’ve never tried it though!).

4. Clicker training for jumping

I’ve never tried this before, although I think Amelie would be great as she can jump very high! It’s like show jumping for horses.. but instead you have a rabbit. Everytime they jump over the obstacle you click your clicker and give them a treat – if they don’t jump over it and run around it instead then you don’t click and they get no treat. It’s a fun game for you and your bunny! Clicker training can also be used to  get your rabbits to do other “tricks”, although I’m not sure how effective that really is.

That’s all for now! Good luck with training your bunnies 🙂

Larissaingermany x

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Fitbit Fun

Hi guys!

I know I haven’t posted anything in ages, I’ve been so busy as I write for another blog and I was in England over the Summer. I thought I would just wait until I have time to write a post properly before I start writing a quick post about anything! Now I have a little more time I’m going to be dedicating it to this blog, as I have missed writing it 🙂

I got an early birthday present from my parents whilst I was in England this Summer – a Fitbit!

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A fitbit tracks your movement and sleep, counts your steps, how many calories you’ve burnt, how many flights of stairs you’ve gone, how many km you’ve gone and it has a cute little flower that shows you how active you are! In your sleep it tells you how many times you woke up and if you were restless. You get an online account where you can set weight goals and meal plans, letting you make a food and water diary and check if you’ve burnt enough calories each day. You can also download the app so you can add food to your diary on the go.

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Did I forget to mention it sends you cute little messages? Mine are in German but it says “Good morning” “Larissa” “Love yourself”. If you’re trying to get fit then this is such a great little device to keep you on track. I’m not trying to lose weight and I don’t have a meal plan, but I find it interesting anyway to see how active I’ve been everyday!

To anyone who already has it, I have no fitbit friends! Send me a request if you want 🙂 you can find me here.

If you have any thoughts on the Fitbit then I’d love to hear them below!

Larissaingermany xIMG_20150825_155257

Benefits and Tips on Drinking Water

A few months ago I decided to up my water levels to see if I could feel the benefits of drinking 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day.

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What are the benefits?

  • You feel more awake – not drinking enough means dehydration, leading to fatigue. Drink more water and you could feel more awake during the day!
  • It speeds up your metabolism – your body is made up of 60% water; when you drink enough you get rid of toxins and studies show it speeds up your metabolism. This means drinking enough water and having a healthy lifestyle could help you lose a few pounds.
  • It gives you a better complexion – this is the same reason as above: your body is 60% water and when you drink water studies claim it will “plump” up your skin. Water also flushes out toxins and therefore can give you clearer skin.
  • Headaches and migraines disappear – sometimes the cause of a headache/migraine is simply because you don’t drink enough water! If you have this problem try drinking 1.5 – 2 litres every day and see if it helps.
  • Stops dehydration and pointless eating – it is very common that when we get dehydrated our body tells us we need food. If you’ve eaten enough during the day but start to feel hungry, try drinking a glass or two of water. If you still feel hungry afterwards then you know it’s real hunger!

Tips on how to fit 1.5 – 2 litres of water in your day:

If you aren’t used to drinking water then it can be tiring to try and force yourself to drink it. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Carry a one litre bottle of water with you

This is a good way to measure how much you’re drinking. If you always use a glass you might lose count of how many glasses you’ve had and this way you will always have a bottle with you on the go! I found a clever 1 litre bottle that’s short but wide and small enough to fit into my bag.

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  • Herbal tea counts as your water intake

So long as you don’t add anything to it (sugar, honey, sweetener) then it counts as your water intake! There are also great benefits from drinking herbal tea such as green tea to boost your metabolism, peppermint to refresh/detox your system and ginger or chamomile tea to reduce headaches. My favourite brand is pukka tea, they have lots of different teas that taste amazing! If you have English breakfast tea with milk and sugar, replace it with herbal tea – you will have drunken your 1.5 litres in no time!

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  • Always keep water with you

I know this problem – you’re thirsty but you just can’t be bothered to move! I keep a bottle of water with me all the time wherever I go. My boyfriend once asked where my bottle was as he was surprised he couldn’t see it (it was hiding behind a pillow). He then announced that the bottle was like my child, as it never leaves my side!

  • Swap your water for fizzy drinks

I’ve never been such a fan of fizzy drinks, but there are some people who drink them on a regular basis. If you’re one of those people try swapping them purely for water for a week and see what happens. I suggest you also add some fruit to your day to avoid getting low blood sugar (as your body misses the sugar from the fizzy drinks).

The Results:

After a week of drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day I was surprised to find that when I woke up in the morning I was very awake. I’m usually someone who has to be dragged out of bed in the morning! I most certainly felt a difference with my energy levels and on weekends I rarely carry on sleeping after 9:30am. Drinking more water has turned me into a morning person!

The disadvantage was I had to go on the toilet a lot. This is however competely logical and temporary. You are drinking a lot more water than your bladder is used to! After a week or two my bladder got used to the change and I no longer have to go on the toilet every hour.

Other than the energy levels I didn’t notice anything else. I rarely get headaches anyway and my complexion didn’t improve as far as I could see. I started drinking more water in May (2015) and I’m happy to say I’m still drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day. Although I only noticed a change in my energy it was definitely worth it as it was such a significant difference. If any of you try upping your water levels let me know if you felt a difference!

Larissaingermany x

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