A modern map art print

This post is in collaboration with Modern Map Art. They kindly provided with a map art print of my choice to review. All opinions shared are my own.

It’s been a while since I changed anything in my house and when Modern Map Art contacted me about reviewing one of their prints, I though decor update. I was always drawn to map art and more graphic prints (that one still lives with my parents in Greece, until I move back to my own house), so I jumped at the opportunity to finally hang some map art on my walls.

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Choosing a map art print

Checking their website, I admit I was blown away by all the different of options. You can find almost all big cities. I couldn’t find Trondheim in the list, which would have been my first choice, but then I looked for other big cities I want to go back to, like Singapore, Paris, London and New York. I was also looking at all the ski art, which I thought would look awesome too. In the end, I went for New York, because of its famous grid street plan, that I think looks really nice in print. I went for the biggest size (24 x 36 inches) in green.

Shipping

I live in Norway, so I’m always a bit more aware of international shipping. Let’s say I’ve learned my lesson. It took a month from ordering to get the print to my house, which is a reasonable time for Trondheim. The print arrived well protected in a tube. It’s made from a museum quality matte paper and ultrachrome ink.

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The fun part

I haven’t bought a frame yet, since I plan to move the print to Greece (which you’ll see later this summer) and frame it there. I will definitely do that, since it’ll ensure that the colors of the print last long. I’m thinking of starting a gallery wall in my office in Greece and this print will be a great starting piece. For now, I used the easier method to hang it on  my wall just to take some photos of it for this post.

 

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Isn’t it strange how art can change the space and our mood at the same time? What type of prints do you buy (that is if you buy)? have you ever bought map art print? Let me know in the comments!

29

birthday commitment

…and all my teeth. It’s time for a new, fresh birthday commitment. Every year, when it get closer to my birthday, I make myself commit to something for the following year of my life. Some years it’s more abstract, like 24, which was the year I would figure out what I want. Or like 27, the year I would say what I believe and share my opinion. Some other year, it was more practical, like 25, the year I would learn how to cook dinners (I was only making desserts and cakes up to that point). 26 was a year of overall change, the year I would maintain a healthy lifestyle. Usually, at the end of each year, the change has grown in me and I’m not ready to give up and move on to something new, rather than add a new aspect. 28 was the year I would floss every day (spoiler: I didn’t) and do the exercises for my hunch back every day (spoiler: I did).

I didn’t floss every day, because I just didn’t. But I flossed much more frequently and I’ll keep working on it. However, when it comes to my back, I took drastic measures. I went to my doctor and he refered me to a physiotherapist, which is something I strongly suggest. I got a set of exercises for my back that I had to do everyday. I’m still doing the exercises every single day (it doesn’t take that long) and I’ve seen a huge difference. My back doesn’t hurt anymore (which was a severe PMS symptom for me), my abs are much stronger, I am sitting much straighter, I look taller and I got rid of my most problematic area in my body, my love handles. The last one was a bonus, I wasn’t expecting. If I knew it would be so life changing, I would have done it much earlier.*

Trying to find my own voice for my 27th year was really hard on me. It had ups and downs and was way too emotional for me. For 28, I wanted something easy. I needed a break, thus I shifted my focus to something more physical, my back pain. Now it’s time to find what I want to work on for the next year in my life and I’ve had many ideas. There are many things I want to achieve in my life, that include getting a PhD, becoming a yoga instructor and fully understanding quantum mechanics, but 29 is the year I stop over-analyzing. I know it’s going to be tough, being a control freak and a chronic over-thinker, but I’m going to start with the 7-second rule and go from there.

For me having a birthday commitment is more effective than new year’s resolutions. Do you feel the same? Have ever made a birthday commitment? Did you succeed?

Anyway, happy birthday to me! 🙂

* I plan to share the exercises I do for my back here soon.

Cooking through a Jamie Oliver cookbook:
5 dinners

Remember a long time ago, when I was cooking through Jamie’s 15 minute meals? I still am. But now I don’t post each recipe on a separate post, I gather five recipes at a time and tell you all about them. I’ve actually cooked many more recipes and I’m 75% done with the cookbook at this point. It’s becoming increasingly difficult, as the recipes that I’m left with I’m not that drawn to. But back to these five recipes. Today, I’m cooking through Jamie’s cookbook for you with the ease of my computer screen…

Jamie’s smoked salmon

Some of Jamie’s recipes are fast and delicious. Perfect for a quick summer lunch.

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Bacon, potatoes and salmon. I never thought this would be a good combo, but it’s a great Scandi-inspired dish. Feels like home.

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I especially loved the yogurt, mustard and dill spread. I goes so well with my favorite Danish bread and topped with some smoked salmon.

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Apart from a fast weekend lunch, this is great for when you have friends over. You can have everything in your fridge and serve something that looks elaborate, but it really isn’t. Will I make this again? YES!

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Jamie’s sticky kicking chicken

I love all sorts of salads, but there’s one type I really can’t eat and find disgusting, salads with strawberries or watermelon. Bleh.

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This recipe wasn’t a complete failure. The salad went to the garbage, because I just couldn’t eat it, but the chicken was absolutely delicious.

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Sticky chicken with sesame is so delicious. My only wish was a better salad to go with it.

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However, if you like fruits in salads, then you may like it. Apparently, I’m picky.

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Jamie’s winter squash penne

There’s this vegetable pasta in my local supermarket in Trondheim that is made out of beetroot and it’s so yummy. So when Jamie said penne, I said beetroot pasta.

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This pasta is a fall/winter recipe, because of the winter squash. It’s full of nutrients, as it also includes chickpeas.

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Unlike the previous recipe, this comes with an avocado salad. If you know me, you know that avocados are on the top of the list of my favorite foods. I can survive on it.

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This recipe quickly became one of my favorites and I definitely suggest you try it too.

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Jamie’s prawn linguine

Another favorite recipe is Jamie’s prawn linguine.

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Bonus? It looks like you spent half a day in the kitchen, while it probably takes 20 minutes to make. I used another type of vegetable pasta on this dish.

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I especially loved the garlicky breadcrumbs and the smell of saffron in the prawns. This combination, while I would have never imagine it work, was unbelievably good.

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Jamie’s Korean fried rice

Or fried bulgur, because that’s what I had in the house.

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Whatever has an egg on top of it, has my name on it. Pancakes? Sure. Toast? Of course. Fried rice bulgur? Definitely.

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Add to eat some meat, mushrooms, a basic spinach salad and pickles and it’s a delicious dinner.

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While this recipe was not in my top 10 recipes from Jamie’s 15 minute meals, it was a good one, especially when it comes to learning how to make a nutritious meal with many different components in it fast and easy.

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And that’s it for today: 5 recipes. Have you ever tried cooking through a cookbook? It has been an awesome learning experience for me. It opened my mind to a new world of nurturing my body.

Birthday wishlist 2017

Next week is my 29th birthday and just like I do every year, I made a list of the things I would enjoy as gifts. It all began few years ago, when my friends and I thought that a wishlist would make it much easier to pick gifts for each other that we would actually enjoy. If any of us wanted to get a gift outside the list, it was of course very welcome. That is if we wanted to get a gift, because there’s always an option to skip it altogether. Afterall, we don’t need gifts to validate our friendship. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been wanting for my 29th birthday.

Birthday wishlist 2017

A red backpack

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I’ve had a black backpack for the past 2.5 years that I carry with me every day. It’s holding up quite well, but I’ve repaired the zippers once and I want to ease up on the usage. I also want to add some color in my life and I hope this red backpack is the one. It’s doesn’t have to be Louis Vuitton though. This Guess one is super pretty.

Swimming lessons

My parents gave me a pool membership last month as an early birthday gift and I love it. I never imagined it, but it’s my favorite time of the week. However, my stroke is not the best one and I have a lot to improve. Swimming lessons will be a very useful gift.

Nike tights

Specifically, this high-rise pair in XS. I have an addiction to Nike leggings and running shoes. So a new pair of tights will be very loved.

A donation to Greek cancer society

Let’s be honest, I can buy whatever I need and want for myself. For the first time this year, I decided to include in my list a cause  you can donate to, instead of a material gift to me. I’ve been working in cancer research for the past 5 years and I want to support the Greek cancer society and cancer research in Greece. So feel free to support this cause as a gift for my 29th birthday.

Keeping it short and concise this year. It’s becoming  increasingly hard the more I support myself. How to you ask for something that if you want a lot, you can buy for yourself? What do you have on your wishlists?

ps. Birthday wishlists from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Didn’t I make a birthday wishlist last year? Go figure…

10 things that make me happy: 05│2017

Another month has passed and here I am wondering where the first half of 2017 went. I’m very happy it’s finally spring (or is it summer?) in Trondheim. May in Norway is a good month in the sense that most weeks have just four working days. So far this year I had a feeling of being constantly tired, but I’m back to feeling rested after taking time completely off in May. I’m ready to get back to normal rhythm now. Few weekends ago I flew to Stavanger to visit friends and see what Norway has to offer (apart from Trondheim and Oslo). It was a lovely quick trip.

When it comes to training, this month wasn’t a good one. I had an injury in one of my knees, nothing too serious, but one that resulted in a pool membership, as an early birthday gift from my parents. While my knee is back to normal now and I resume running, I still have a very expensive pool membership to make use of. At first I wasn’t very happy swimming, but the pool in Trondheim is AMAZING. Swimming is now my favorite part of the week. I’m looking forward to my time in the water.

I’m also looking forward to June and all the things I’ve planned for summer. Here’s what made me happy this month.

– Two podcasts: S-town and Hidden brain

– The pool in Trondheim (Pirbadet)

– Pink blossoming trees

– Escape rooms that I succeed escaping

My long weekend in Stavanger

– Have a proper manicure at home that looks good (I use Seche vite)

– Make waffles at home and my new waffle iron

– My 30-day lipstick challenge*

Twin peaks

– That I am so close to finish the Project Pan I started last year and begin a new one.

What was in your list in May?

* These days I upload far more often on Instagram than the blog. Follow me on Instagram and watch my Insta stories for more day-to-day unique content.

Instagram loves

There is no denying I like Instagram. From all the social media, Instagram is the one that gets most of my attention. There’s something very artistic and minimal about the design that makes me enjoy the content shared there more than anywhere else. I browse Instagram daily to get me inspired, find new recipes, see what’s new in my favorite stores and just see beautiful photos. I recently got addicted to Instagram stories, but that’s a whole other story. In this post, I’m going to share some of my favorite (small) Instagram accounts, that you probably don’t know about. If you, like me, enjoy pretty pictures of things, places and people, scroll down to find some accounts you’ll want to follow.

@myrthestyling

Myrthe Slootjes is a lifestyle photographer, whose photos are going to get you seriously inspired. There’s a mix of food, fashion and traveling in her posts. You can see her personality from her photos and the captions below them. #instafollow

@tasjavanrymenant

Tasja Van Rymenant is photographer and illustrator from Belgium. Apart from the beautiful tattoos, she features all white interiors and shots from everyday life, that looks nothing like the chaos in my house. #housegoals

@the.athenian.couple

A couple from Athens, living in London, is the duo behind this account. I followed them because in their photos I saw Athens (my city) through their eyes and it looked pretty, clean and colorful. If there’s a theme in their photos, that’s #architecture.

@barefoot_duchess

If you love dreamy shoes, skirts and dresses, then the Barefoot Dutchess is the one you should follow. She showcases all the clothes and accessories I have nowhere to wear to, but still dream of wearing. #dreamstyle

@dressingleeloo

On the other hand, Leeloo, who lives in Paris and recently became a mom, has a more wearable, but interesting style. This Parisian chic style I would actually want to wear everyday and I could, if I didn’t live in Norway. I’ve found so many nice brands through her. #stylegoals

@_andreanicolaou

Last but not least, Andrea Nicolaou shares beautiful photos of places I dream of going to. She adds places to my travel list with every new post. #takemethere

These are some of my favorite Instagram accounts out there. I chose some you propably don’t know about, since they have a relatively small following and I hope you find them just as interesting as I do.

What’s your Instagram account? Who do you follow? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments!

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