maandag 23 juni 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 25 Smile! Natural ways to a brighter smile

Of course we know that we need to brush our teeth at least twice a day, floss visit the dentist every now and then. Taking good care of your teeth is a must for good health and a bright smile ;).

However getting that big, white, sparkly Hollywood smile seems to be one step further. It takes pretty expensive professional whitening treatments and whitening strips to get results. Next to the money issue I doubt the health consequences a little bit….

Since a few weeks I started oil pulling and noticed that my teeth started to get whiter and whiter, even my mom and friends noticed it.

This got me to look into natural ways to get and maintain a bright white smile. Not completely sure if these little tricks work, but I would say that it is worth the try!

Oil Pulling
This is an ancient and relatively cheap ritual. All you need is a teaspoon of natural oil. I prefer virgin coconut oil. Swish the oil through your mouth for precisely 20 minutes. Spit the oil out and wash your mouth thoroughly with lukewarm water. The oil absorbs the toxins and bacteria in your mouth. And lots of people say they found their teeth wither after a few weeks of continuous oil pulling. I did at least ;).

Fresh Basil Leaves
Dry some basil leaves in the sun. As soon as these are completely dried out crush the leaves into a powder substance, add a little bit of water and brush your teeth with your home made basil paste.

Strawberries
The acid content in strawberries help remove buildup plaque and whiten your smile. Rub the strawberry back and forth over each tooth. After this, rinse thoroughly with water.

Water
You are not alway able to apply these fancy tricks or even brush your teeth. Something you can do at any time is swishing water through your mouth after a meal. This to remove food particles and to remove any liquids you consumed.


dinsdag 20 mei 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 24 Happy Rituals

Back from the states and fueled and more inspired than ever (thank you sunshine state Florida and the amazing WholeFoods store).

Back to continue the happy days :). The sun is shining more and more and summer is just around the corner but still my head has not landed in Amsterdam yet, guess I left it somewhere in Miami.

On vacation you have all the time in the world to do everything you like. More and more I try to implement little happy rituals in my daily routines.

My current fav ones:

1. A huge morning cappuccino
2. A sunset 5K run
3. A healthy breakfast to keep me going all day, especially some crunchy granola
4. Guilty pleasure number 1, being a mindless couch potato watching too much girly tv, a current fav is Pretty Little Liars.
5. A quick morning work out routine
6. The ongoing search for the ultimate healthy cupcake

Try to do something that makes you happy everyday :).




zondag 27 april 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 23 See you in 2 weeks

Happy days! Packing my bags for a 2 week trip to Miami :)

I will be back asap with updates from the USA. Excited as can be!


zaterdag 26 april 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 22 Summertime Workout

A healthy and fit body, an overdose of happy endorphins in the brain, stress release, and the list goes on. I can't see no reason why a good work out won't make you happy.

To get fit for the summer I am lifting weights and I am training for the 5K. To keep me motivated a good playlist always works. This is my current favorite playlist to help me through the work out ;).

Happy work out time!


dinsdag 22 april 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 21 Yoga essentials

If everyone would practice yoga on a daily base I guess the world would be a happier place :).

I love yoga, from Bikram to Power Yoga and from Hatha Prana to Ashtanga Yoga. For me yoga releases mental blocks, brings me back into balance and my body feels like I had and hour long massage, Halleluja.

To enjoy a yoga class to the fullest a good 'yoga kit' is essential. Here are my favorites:


1. Yoga tank top from H&M
2. Splendid Cotton Track Pants via Net-A-Porter
3. Comfy blanket ideal for meditation time from Zara Home
4. Clean water to keep you hydrated with Bobble Sport
5. Colourfull yoga mats from Yoga Accessories
6. My fav after Yoga Tea, Love tea from Pukka Herbs
7. Hair Ties from Etsy




maandag 21 april 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 20 A chocolate treat a day ….

Happy Food pur sang is of course chocolate. I guess chocolate is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. 

A little science - lesson; chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, a little chemical that makes us feel good. Next to the happy effect, the higher the cocoa content in the chocolate, the better. Cocoa contains a high concentration of flavonoids, which is good for a healthy hearth, blood pressure, prevents cancer and a whole lots of other benefits.

But let's cut to the chase; eating a lot of sweet and sugary chocolate is not good for you. I try to eat a piece of chocolate with at least 85% cocoa content every day. However it takes time to get used to the bitter flavor. 

This recipe is easy, extremely quick and extremely tasty. 

For 10 chocolates you'll need:

20 dates
2 table spoons of oil (either olive or sunflower)
3 large table spoons of organic cacao powder (preferably raw)
1 table spoon of dried coconut
2 large table spoons of crushed almonds

Mash the dates together with the oil, coconut and cacao powder until you have a smooth mixture (it tents to get pretty sticky, be prepared ;)). 
Roll about 10 to 15 tiny balls. Roll the balls through the crushed almonds, you can also use coconut or pistachio for example. Place the chocolate balls in the fridge for about 25 minutes.

Be sure to not eat them at once!!



dinsdag 15 april 2014

#100daysofhappy - Day 19 I'd rather be at Coachella

Very high on my bucket list, no actually on top of my bucket list is to spend a weekend at the Coachella festival in Indo, Californië. I love music festivals, always have and always will; the music, the people, the connections that are made through music, the butterflies in your stomach just before the artists are about to hit the stage, the cheap beers, sunshine and overall relaxed vibes.

But Coachella adds another dimension, THE FASHION. Halleluja, hippie / bohemian chic never looked better. My fav essentials to complete your Coachella look are the following:









*Image source: Pinterest