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

 

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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So you’re thinking of getting bunnies

Hello,

If you’re thinking about getting bunnies, then this is the post for you! If not then you can just sit back and enjoy the cute photos 🙂

Amelie and Hector are brother and sister, and when we got them they were around 10 weeks old.

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Rabbits are adorable and if you spend time with them everyday they will grow to love you. But they aren’t “starter pets” like some people say. You can’t just pop them in a cage and only “play” with them when you feel like it. They are as much work as having a dog or cat.

So lets start with what you would need to have bunnies:

  • A large indoor/outdoor space (not just a cage). Rabbits need at least 4 hours a day to hop, jump and binky around. Those little hutches that they still sell in pet shops were originally made just to keep rabbits housed so later they would be eaten – why they still sell them now I have no idea as bunnies need space to exercise, just like any other animal. It’s also nowadays advised to keep your bunny inside, as the danger of foxes and other animals outside can kill a rabbit – even if it doesn’t physically get to your rabbit, your rabbit can have a heart attack from the stress.
  • Time. Although having a bunny is a bit easier than having a dog as they can be left alone when you’re at work (they are also nocturnal and sleep during the day), you still need time to interact with your rabbits and keep them company!
  • Money. Some people assume because rabbits are smaller it means they aren’t too expensive to keep but it really does depend, I’ll get to this in a minute.
  • Love. You need to love your rabbits! Obviously.. otherwise you wouldn’t be thinking of getting any.
  • A bunny proofed room (if they live inside).

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And now let’s add up the costs of having a bunny. This depends on what age your rabbit is that you adopt, we got our baby bunnies from a woman living outside of Munich in the countryside, her bunny had babies and for some reason no one wanted the little buns! If you adopt rabbits that are older and have already been spayed/neutered, you’re saving yourself a lot of work and money. Here is what I spend for my bunnies:

  • Operation for Hector to be neutered: 80 euros
  • Operation for Amelie to be spayed: 120 euros (it’s a more complicated operation for female rabbits, hence why it’s more expensive)
  • A cage: 30 euros (we got ours second hand so prices vary. Now that our room is bunny proofed the cage is always open, unless we want to give the room a spring clean then we pop them in a different room in the cage)
  • Water bottles, toilets, hay rack: Around 40 euros
  • Vaccinations: I can’t completely remember how much this was! But around 40 euros for both of them
  • Rabbit toys – straw balls, sticks, hay house, tunnels: Around 25 euros
  • TOTAL: 335 euros

And now for food:

  • Hay per week: 4.50 euros
  • Dry food per month: 7 euros
  • Fresh veggies per month: 8 euros
  • TOTAL PER MONTH: 32 euros

There can be other unexpected costs, for example when Amelie and Hector had a fight Amelie injured her eye – luckily the vet costs were only around 25 euros but you always need to be prepared for any additional costs in case they get ill etc!

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Other things to think about is that usually a bunny eats EVERYTHING. Cables, furniture, skirting boards, walls…. But I’ll put a bunny proofing in the next post. What some people don’t know is that rabbits are actually very clean animals. They will naturally pick out a corner to do their business in, you can place the toilet there and when they’re used it they should do their business wherever you put the toilet!

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When Hector was a baby his ear permanently stuck up for a good 3 weeks. It was so adorable!!

You might have noticed that I keep referring to getting rabbits as plural, this is because rabbits usually live in groups in the wild and they are most happy when they have a little bun buddy living with them. Even if you spend a lot of time with them there’s still those 8 hours you sleep at night and 8 hours in the day when you’re at work where your little bun is alone! A lot of rabbit holiday homes here in Germany refuse to look after your rabbit if they aren’t in a pair, as they say it’s cruel. So have a think about getting two – having an extra one doesn’t take up more space and if they’re already spayed/neutered then the cost is low anyway.

Speak with your local animal home about adopting a pair – rabbits are also very complicated when it comes to picking out a partner for life, it isn’t as simple as putting them both in a room and expecting them to get on like a house on fire. I’ll be writing an extra post about bonding and rebonding rabbits!

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Amelie, I love this photo as it shows her personality, she’s always curious and wants to know what’s going on.

I think I covered all the basics here. So in a summary they are amazing pets with amazing individual personalites. Just don’t forget because they’re small and can’t bark or miaow that they aren’t any less important!

If you have any other questions then drop me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Larissaingermany x

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The Flat

Hello!

Here’s my first post about my home in Munich. Since July 2014 I live with my boyfriend and my two buns in a three room flat. I’ll be sharing my experiences on decorating, choosing furniture, tips on how to organise small spaces and other small DIY projects!

Interior design has always been a big fascination of mine. When I was little I remember sitting in the back of the car staring into windows of houses as we drove by, trying to catch a glimpse of what it looked like inside. Although I didn’t choose interior design as my career (I still ask myself why I didn’t think to study it at the time when I choosing what to do with my life!), I’m still so excited to have my own flat where I can play interior designer 🙂

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The kitchen and lounge. In Germany if you rent you don’t get a kitchen with the flat – or if there is a kitchen you have to buy it off the person who bought it!

Here’s a photo of the lounge/kitchen last year when we first moved into our flat – we had no furniture as the boyf insisted he built all the furniture (he’s a carpenter) which saves a lot of money but means it takes longer as he builds everything from scratch.

We do have furniture and a kitchen now but we’re still missing a lot! Watch this space as I’ll be keeping you up to date with what’s happening to our little flat 🙂

Larissaingermany x