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ECOLOGY, HOLIDAYS, LOW WASTE, TIPS

The big debate : Real vs fake Christmas trees

Among the countless controversial issues that divide families and create heated debates that no one asked for at the Christmas table, lies the eternal question: Real or artificial christmas trees?   This question is equivalent to "Were Ross and Rachel on a break?” and "Team Jacob vs Team Edward"… but make it Christmas! That’s why the A Shiny Day team, armed with the threefold: trench coat-magnifying glass-hat, turned into Sherlock Holmes, researched and shared their findings through this article. But before we begin, I would like to share my favorite fact from this research: The first fake Christmas tree was made by mistake...

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DECOR, ECOLOGY, PETS, REVAMP, UPCYCLE

Cat food can candles

In this article I will show you how to reuse the tin can that your cat (or your dog or even you!) just devoured,by making a super cute upcycled candle! The idea for this craft stems from one of the challenges I had to complete during my online Ding Dong journey. The brief was clear: "Find a way to reuse your cats’ food cans!" And so I did. I found a way. In case you’ve been around for a while, you may already have heard about my four fur kids. Felice, Ginger, Mitsi and Birbilo are my four very cute...

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LIFESTYLE, NUTRITION

Vegan savory porridge with cauliflower

When the day of the week we get to eat our savory porridge for lunch comes, I smile from ear to ear. The reason is simple enough : A bowl of warm porridge can warm ones soul! The first time I tried savory porridge was in Copenhagen, in a #hygge little restaurant that specialized in these sorts of meals. They offered a variety of delicious oatmeals and porridges, savory or sweet. I was so obsessed with everything that I tried from Grød, that I even boughttheir recipe book. I studied, practiced the technique and I can proudly say that these...

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CRAFTS, DECOR, PLANTS, REVAMP

How to paint a ceramic pot

There are 300 reasons that I suggest you paint a plain, boring ceramic pot and 2000 ways to do it. In this article, I share with you an easy wayto decorate with pastel geometric shapes one or two small ceramic pots. You should try this because... Painting is relaxing You had those plain pots lying around and you wanted to give them some flavor You always want to add your signature as an artist to everything within a miles radius it's a great gift idea You don't really need a reason. Just for the hell of it! There are no...

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ECOLOGY, NATURAL DYES

Natural dye with turmeric

From all the colors and pigments, plants and food so effortlessly create, it would be a shame for yellow to be overlooked. In this article, I share with you how to make our own natural turmeric dye. Yay! What is turmeric? Turmeric, an ingredient tha you may have come across in recipes or seen in powder form, comes from the root of the turmeric plant or yellow root, that belongs to the same family as ginger (ginger). You can read more here. Turmeric is widely used in Eastern recipes, for its color and also for its beneficial properties, usually in powder form....

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LIFESTYLE, NUTRITION

Fluffy vegan carob chocolate cookies

For the past few months, I have been baking these fluffy delicious carob cookies every week, that are of course vegan. My mission to perfect this recipe was not an easy one. I had to try every variation, improvise and experiment with various ingredients. After numerous trials, these mouth-watering cookies are the perfect complement to your coffee or breakfast, made with cruelty-free and low in gluten ingredients, for everyone to enjoy. Disclaimer: I’m not a professocial cook. Like, at all. But I have a soft spot for delicacies and when I come across a promising recipe, a little voice in...

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LIFESTYLE, NUTRITION

Hot turmeric latte (vegan)

It’s been 2 years since I started this blog and I still haven’t shared with you my trusty recipe for my favorite hot drink! Shame on me. In this article, I’m going to share with you the recipe for a hot drink that’s dear to my heart : turmeric latte or golden milk. It is a delicious, nutritious and super antioxidant drink that I enjoy when the temperature drops. And in the summer months, I switch to my tried and true ICED turmeric latte. Here’s the recipe! The secret to a perfect hot turmeric beverage is love. Yes, I said it. In...

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CRAFTS, STYLE

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Καλημέρα Παρασκευή! Σήμερα θέλω να μοιραστώ μαζί σου έναν εύκολο και γρήγορο τρόπο να φτιάξεις έναν αξιολάτρευτο υφασμάτινο φιόγκο για τα μαλλιά χωρίς ράψιμο! Αυτός ο φιόγκος είναι τέλειο αξεσουάρ για μικρά χαριτωμένα κοριτσάκια ή για μεγάλα χαριτωμένα κοριτσάκια (!) . Η ιστορία : Όπως ίσως είδες εδώ, μπήκα στο #teamkarasavvidis και φωτογράφισα τα Τέσσερα Κοριτσάκια για την παράστασή τους. Η φωτογράφιση που κάναμε, μας έδωσε έμπνευση και για τα κοστούμια της παράστασης κι έτσι αποφασίσαμε με την Τζωρτζίνα Λιώση να φτιάξουμε έναν υφασμάτινο φιόγκο για τον κάθε χαρακτήρα του έργου, δηλαδή για το κάθε κοριτσάκι. Και η αλήθεια είναι πως είναι πολύ...

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CRAFTS, KIDS, STYLE

Φιόγκος για τα μαλλιά χωρίς ράψιμο

Καλημέρα Παρασκευή! Σήμερα θέλω να μοιραστώ μαζί σου έναν εύκολο και γρήγορο τρόπο να φτιάξεις έναν αξιολάτρευτο υφασμάτινο φιόγκο για τα μαλλιά χωρίς ράψιμο! Αυτός ο φιόγκος είναι τέλειο αξεσουάρ για μικρά χαριτωμένα κοριτσάκια ή για μεγάλα χαριτωμένα κοριτσάκια (!) . Η ιστορία : Όπως ίσως είδες εδώ, μπήκα στο #teamkarasavvidis και φωτογράφισα τα Τέσσερα Κοριτσάκια για την παράστασή τους. Η φωτογράφιση που κάναμε, μας έδωσε έμπνευση και για τα κοστούμια της παράστασης κι έτσι αποφασίσαμε με την Τζωρτζίνα Λιώση να φτιάξουμε έναν υφασμάτινο φιόγκο για τον κάθε χαρακτήρα του έργου, δηλαδή για το κάθε κοριτσάκι. Και η αλήθεια είναι πως είναι πολύ...

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LIFESTYLE, NUTRITION

Pancakes με καραμελωμένα μήλα

Φαντάζομαι ότι μόνο από τη φωτογραφία που βλέπεις σου τρέχουν τα σάλια...Λογικό, γιατί αυτά τα pancakes με καραμελωμένα μήλα είναι πεντανόστιμα και πολύ φθινοπωρινά! Θα προσπαθήσω να είμαι διακριτική σε σχέση με τα συναισθήματά μου για τους χειμερινούς μήνες και να μην το αναλύσω ιδιαίτερα. Ξέρω ότι εκεί έξω υπάρχετε όλοι εσείς που λατρεύετε το φθινόπωρο και το χειμώνα. Και μη μου πείτε τώρα για τα χουχουλιάσματα και το τζάκι, γιατί θα πω κι εγώ για το ασταμάτητο κολύμπι στη θάλασσα και το θερινό σινεμά. Οπότε τι κάνω που δεν αντέχω τον ερχομό του χειμώνα; Γκρινιάζω λίγο, και μετά βρίσκω τρόπους...

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