Challenge Day 3- Calm- a great App for meditation

Good morning/ afternoon/ evening to wherever you are. For me it’s morning.

I’ve just completed another session of Calm. It really is a great App to use to get into meditation. And it does help. In these times when we are so exposed and accessible 24/7- it’s important to learn how to switch off. It’s something I’m personally very guilty off. I love my iPhone and the opportunities it brings and how easy it is to communicate. I have friends in many places not near me so use different methods of communication. I need to get better at managing my time though and to focus on the here and now and to live life now! I love reading and researching but sometimes forget to switch off. Maybe I’ll do this into my third challenge?

1. My Yoga & Meditation challenge

2. Smoothie 7 mornings in a row

3. To switch off and be more focused for 7 days

It’s easy to set challenges. Trickier to stick to them and to not get distracted! That’s why I hope it’ll get easier to follow through sharing into the blogosphere. Let’s see. There is nothing like a challenge and I’m determined to live life to it’s fullest!

Let me know if you want to join? I think 7 days is a good start to try something different in your daily life. I know research claims it takes 21 days to make something into a habit. Then more recent research claiming 60 days something. To try something for a week though is at least a start towards some improvements in your life! Let’s go…!

Reasonable smoothie blender in Copenhagen I recommend

I have one challenge going already to do yoga or meditate once every day for 7 days straight. I often set goals- sometimes I reach them and sometimes I get distracted. I am a firm believer in never giving up though and to try again. So regularly I will set challenges here- for myself and you if you are happy to join me. Like a lot of people I’d like to be that little bit more toned, eat a bit better etc. It’s important with balance in life, which is one of the reasons you will never see me on a diet or to cut things out. For me personally- that doesn’t work. I need my ice cream, chips and being Swedish now in Denmark- my liquorice! But I do realise that I need to increase fruits and vegetables in my diet. That’s why I’m getting into smoothies. As I’ve said our old one decided to give up. A bit ironic that it happens when I’ve decided to start incorporating smoothies in my day.

And I also did something I usually don’t do. I bought a blender I’ve never heard of?!

When we spent time in the US KitchenAid, Oyster, Ninja are popular brands. In the U.K. Nutribullet. Here I don’t know yet but have seen KitchenAid, Bosch and Nordica. I just don’t want to spend too much nor do I want a big blender in my kitchen. So lo and behold when I stumbled upon this gem:

Cook & Baker from Imerco. It’s small, has detachable cups and you can put it in the dishwasher. So it sounds perfect for me and what I will use it for. Even better is the price at less than DKK 400!

So my next challenge will be to make a smoothie every morning for 7 days- using this blender and finally look for recipes in a book I got years ago: Smoothies by Stella Murphy. It’s never ever too late to start! I do not plan on being too adventurous though as I don’t want to end up with 100 ingredients in my fridge to get the variety.

So that’s my next challenge after my Yoga & Meditation has finished.

TapaVino in Canary Wharf, London a great restaurant to visit

It is so exciting to follow an opening when my husband has just launched a restaurant. This is his third. He is so passionate about it and this one truly is very special. The location, the decor, the food and the wine are quite special. Everything has been thought through. There is so much work behind a restaurant and it is fun to follow. Even more so when guests are happy and enjoy the food and the wine. The food is great- I know I am partial but it truly is. The wines as well are amazing. A lot of them are sourced from vineyards that he has (we) have visited so he knows the owners and of course a lot about the wines themselves. This is what makes this place so special (all of his restaurants actually). He is also very caring about his customers and focused.

This is something I can truly recommend: TapaVino in Canary Wharf and also his two other restaurants in Excel, London: Tapa Tapa and La Barrique. I will write more about the last two in a different post as they both deserve special attention.

TapaVino

Good morning more smoothies

This morning we tried another smoothie. My daughter was not too fond of it but it is quite healthy- I liked it:

1 cup of Oat milk

1 cup of yoghurt (ours was with strawberry flavour)

2tbs of chia seeds

1 banana

1tbs of honey

1 cup of frozen yellow fruit (mango)

Put this all in a blender and hit mix.

Later today I need to look into getting a new blender. It feels a bit sad having had this one for probably closer to 10 years. It has been well used.

assorted sliced fruits in white ceramic bowl
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