Weekend Friday Favourites

Welcome back to another Weekend Friday Favourites of things that have made me smile or caught my eye this week! 

I hope your week’s going okay. Spring’s saying hello both in its sunny days, slightly warmer temps and its rainy grey day as winter’s whispers it’s see ya laters. I’m just finally used to writing 2022 or 22 and not 2021/21. On third of the year’s already passed! 

Karina More The Marathon Book

I featured in a recent Beauty Finds, Karina More’s 21 day facial massage, facial exercises and postural exercise to help lift the face without botox, fillers or plastic surgery in a way to help Ukraine through skin care. This week she released via Instagram her book The Marathon*. It was meant to be a bound book however the current war in Ukraine has stopped this. She’s offering a PDF format form as little as €1 although I personally think she should have the minimum higher. She said she can’t accept money without offering something in return to help Ukraine. For now it’s purchased in PDF format via Google Drive. I was going to repurchase The Marathon as I wanted to check after a year I’m still doing the exercises correctly. With the book you not only get written explanations and QR Codes for the exercise videos, you get all the science behind how our faces age, how massage works which is also want I was looking for. I’ve downloaded it on my phone, iPad, printed it out as I don’t always want to look at a screen and for sure when it’s physically printed in traditional book format I’ll buy it again! 

*As she’s the biggest Ukrainian influencer she wants to use her platform for the world to see what’s happening in Ukraine so in-between the facial exercises you may see posts of shelling etc.

Kristina Earnest On Demand App

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Weekend Friday Favourites

How’s your weekend? Welcome back to another Weekend Friday Favourites! Perhaps my favourite post to write as it justifies me buying things to share. Only joking! It’s about things that have caught my eye or made me smile recently.

Holly Leaves

I seem to be turning into sucker for abandoned plants in shops. This dude I found randomly placed in the fruit and veg department in my local superstore Christmas. He (I think it’s a he the flowers have longer    thingies) dressed a plastic pot, another red metallic plastic wrapping and fake berries. It was about €2 so I was okay, you’re coming back with me. I did think initially it was just stem of holly. A repot and a few weeks later he’s flowered! My only concern is how big it’ll grow 😕.

Minisu

Minisu is a Japanese lifestyle shop that’s more filled with cute things which is now my cheer me up shop. I don’t have to buy anything, just walking around lifts my mood. Most of it is unnecessary plastic things although I have purchased a few things. I think the bright colours make me happy. It’s very similar to a Korean lifestyle shape Minsu that closed down in 2020, although it was actually a Chinese brand shop posing as Korean according to the girls at Miin Cosmetics a Korean beauty shop here in Barcelona. 

All Of Us Are Dead

My thing for Kdrama just keeps growing. Over the holidays and most of January there wasn’t anything on Netflix that I could get into. A random Netflix YouTube recommendation of All Of Us Are Dead caught my attention and I couldn’t wait until 28th January when it was released. Nobody does zombie dramas like Korea. Kingdom is one of my favourite dramas however All Of US Are Dead might top it. There are some great fight scenes, suspense and giggles, shouting at the screen and the camera man survives everything.

Cushion Compact Puffs

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Weekend Friday Favourites

Welcome to another Weekend Friday Favourites of things that have caught my eye or made me smile this week! 

How’s your weekend going? I hope it’s a good one!

Ducks and Geese

The signs say no feeding the birds. Loads of people ignore them 🙋‍♀️. I go a few times a week and I’m sure they’re getting to know me. They know I have the good bread! At the moment the boating lake’s drained for maintenance, the ducks and geese are in the smaller fountain pond which isn’t big enough for them. I don’t like so much feeding them there as it attracts too much attention, there’s not enough space for everyone (people) and it be honest I don’t like the vibe there. However I feel bad if I don’t feed them like they know she hasn’t been! I always try to throw more at the underdogs. Recently there’s been one goose that will come up beside me for pan. I haven’t got the courage to hand feed them like some as their beaks look like serrated razors. I’m not sure if it’s the same one, but other geese will chase it away so you know I’m feeding that one more. A few ducks too, if all the ducks are at the boating lake want snacks will get out the water if not too many people are around for pan.

Beach Clean Up Payment: Shells

Since September last year I’ve been participating in beach clean ups. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never knew how to get involved*. A local group, Project Save World put up a poster for World Clean Up Day and I’ve been going ever since once a week for an hour. It’s amazing what you find: wet wipes, zip ties, drink cans, clothes, fishing equipment, cigarette butts, sweet/candy wrappers, toys, an X-ray, my least favourite polystyrene that breaks into cry-able impossible to pick up little balls that fly away into the wind, the list goes one. If there’s been storm in a week it can take forever to collect as much as possible. I fill at least one 30L rubbish/trash bag in an hour.

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Weekend Friday Favourites

Welcome to another Weekend Friday Favourites that’s hopefully more regular. I have no excuses other than plain laziness the past few months. 

Weekend Friday Favourites is a favourite post to post so I’ll get straight into what’s been making me smile or caught my eye recently. 

HM Home Recycled Cotton Rugs

Visiting a friend I couldn’t stop admiring her rug in the living room lounge. It was so nice to sit on (she has a 1 year baby so you’re on the floor playing) I got thinking that’s what’s missing with my sofa. I had a look at some, saw the price and left it for when there’s more pennies at the end of the month until I went to HM Home. Knowing it probably wasn’t going to be big enough I got it anyway as I liked the texture and colour. It’s more or less the size of a yoga mat, way too small for the sofa so I added to my ‘office’. Checking online HM Home have the same version in larger sizes however maybe too big and on the pricier size. I wasn’t prepared to pay €99-199 for a rug when the first one was €29! I decided to wait until the sales however I found by chance looking again in HM Home the next size up at €39. It’s not the perfect size as it does doesn’t go. I’m happy and that’s the main thing. It feels so nice under my feet and separates the room into a living room from the bikes. In the office/spare room it again separates the room and while the desk can get messy, it gives it a bit of luxe feeling. HMHome España currently only sells the 2 larger sizes here.

Spring

The first official day of spring, winter returned but as quickly as it returned it disappeared with almost a week of blue skies. This winter has been grey with few fully sunny days. I’m not sure if this is due to climate change as usually winter’s here are sunny. The temps are going up and that makes me happy feeling warm sunshine, seeing trees getting dressed, changes in light. This time last year Spain was in it’s 5th week of lockdown with only being allowed out for work unless can work from home, food, pharmacy, doctors. I could only watch spring from the balcony and while the light was getting brighter and spring warming up, inside was dark. 

Gyms Reopened

Back in February Catalunya allowed gyms to reopen! While the whole of Spain has a curfew, the central government gave regional governments the power to reduce covid-19 transmissions bar total home confinement again. Catalunya I think was one the strictest, but we were allowed out. Some weeks only in our towns although exercise we could travel further. Gyms were closed for a while October to December to be closed again in January. For now they’re back open with restrictions but I’m so happy to be training in a gym again and back climbing indoors (this girl is a bad climber for outside climbing. It’s complicated, gym climbing’s easier to get to). 

DIY Dreamcatcher

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Weekend Friday Favourites

Happy November!

I hope you’re having great weekend and welcome back to another Weekend Friday Favourites! Spain declared last week another state of alarm to combat covid-19’s 2nd wave and is in place for 6 months. Unlike back in March it’s not a total confinement. For now a nationwide curfew from 23.00-06.00. Regional governments can alter an hour each way. Catalunya had already closed all bars and restaurants for 2 weeks unless providing takeaway with group meetings to a maximum of 6 people. Regions can also stop cross region travel however Spanish borders will remain open. In addition this week the Catalan Government set the curfew 22.00-06.00 with further measures this week of weekend municipal confinements from 06.00 Friday to Monday 06.00. We’re allowed to cross town borders to exercise but not shop unless for essentials not close by. All shopping centres/malls, gyms, the zoo, cinemas are closed for initially 2 weeks apart from supermarkets with other shops limited to retail size and people capacity. Bars and restaurants unless takeaway remain closed. I’m happy it’s not a total confinement like last time. I think I’ll crazy for sure if it was. 

Anyways, Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye recently. 

Jigsaw Puzzles

I used to do jigsaw puzzles as a kid and really enjoyed them. My Dad helped although he only did a few pieces before his patience and boredom set in. I’m hoping they’ll break up screen time in the evenings. I spend way too long on my phone particularly YouTube when I get back. Ironically it was YouTube video which gave me the idea. They’re not something I can find easily in the shops! My local supermarket has tiny selection* so it’ll be online for more. This one took me 5 days to complete. What I thought was 10 minutes was 30 minutes or more! I didn’t get much done 2 weekends ago as I was too busy ‘wasting’ time on it. But it’s a good wasting time as I’m using my brain. I felt a little proud when I completed it! I have 2 more already to start (* thank you Christmas toys board games in stock in that local supermarket). This one came with optional glue mix to keep it complete but I’m looking forward to trying it again to see if it’ll be easier, if I recognise pieces and places. Yep. Nerdy.

Crescent Moon Necklace

This is what happens when you watch Hotel Luna on Netflix. A fantasy Kdrama about an hotel that’s for ghosts, souls to rest, resolve grudges before moving onto the afterlife. Only ghosts can see it save the one human employee who helps the owner. The owner each episode wears at least one moon inspired price of jewellery and that’s how I ended up on Etsy looking at moon necklaces. I won’t lie, last week when the moon was a waning crescent to half moon I felt like I was twinning with it.

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