23 March 2018

Julien Tabet Creations

I love these beautiful photo manipulations from the artist Julien Tabet, amazing!

Ikea Art Event 2018

I am always searching for new and original products to share with you, is not always easy, but sometimes I am surprised with the things I discover. Today I want to share with you the Ikea Art Event from this year, 2018, let me say that I didn't know that Ikea was organising this event for the last 4 years! Did you know it?

This year the pieces are made with glass and for a price of 29'99$, so quite cheap considering that all the pieces are made for known artists, don't you think?
There are some really beautiful pieces, they will be available to purchase in April, I have no idea which day, but better check-it soon if you want one, I am sure the will not last very long!

The source is Domino.

Raspall - Català; Ara i Sempre

Today's word could be used as a different word depending on the meaning you want to use, but I can assure you that you use it at least a couple of times every day. The word is "Raspall" /raspæʎ/

Any idea what could it mean? Raspall... Brush; a hand-held instrument of bristles and a handle, used for painting, cleaning, grooming, etc... And like the English word, depending on the meaning you want to use, you have to add another word after Raspall, for example, Toothbrush it would be Raspall de dents (dents is teeth).
Let me say I didn't know that there was a song to teach how to clean your teeth, but I found it is quite funny, take a look...
Cançó Del Raspall
Raspall, raspall.                    Brush, brush.
Jo vaig sempre amunt i avall,                    I always go up and down,
Raspall, raspall                   brush, brush,
Com si anés dalt d’un cavall.                    Like I am riding a horse.

Fregueu-me fort per tot arreu,                     Scrub very hard everywhere,
així la brutícia traureu.                    this way you will remove all the dirt.
Si una càries pots trobar                    If a caries you could find
Frega-la sense parar.                    Scrub it without stoping
I veuràs en poc temps                    And you will see
Com et lluiran les dents.                    With just a few days your teeth will glow.

We didn't use any song to clean our teeth in school, but they made us rinse with a fluoride that was really horrible... I think it was one of those moments that we all hate it.

22 March 2018

Ampolla - Català; Ara i Sempre

Sorry for my absence yesterday, my little one seems quite special these last days, and I am more tired than usual, so I decided not to post yesterday, but I promise it was something exceptional, I want to continue with this project more time!
Okay, today's word is something that you could guess, but is not really similar with the English word, so... Ampolla... /əmpôlyə/

Any idea? One clue, is to keep drinks inside... now you know, I am right? Yes, bottle;  a container for holding liquids, having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
I decided to share with you this word because I am singing a song to teach the numbers to my little one that is based on bottles, so I thought it would be funny. He still doesn't talk, so far not learning the numbers,  but he at least tries to sing! ;)
The song....

Hi ha cinc ampolles - Ara va de bo
Hi ha dues ampolles a dalt de la paret                    There are two bottles at the wall
hi ha dues ampolles a dalt de la paret                    there are two bottles at the wall
però si una ampolla caigués per mala sort                    but if one bottle fell down for bad luck
queda una ampolla a dalt de la paret.                    there is just one bottle at the wall.

Hi ha una ampolla a dalt de la paret                    There is one bottle at the wall
hi ha una ampolla a dalt de la paret                     there is one bottle at the wall
però si una ampolla caigués per mala sort                    but if one bottle fell down for bad luck
queda cap ampolla a dalt de la paret.                    there is none bottle at the wall.

The Sony World Photography Awards

Take a look at some of the winner photos of this year at the The Sony World Photography Awards, amazing! If you have time, enter to the official page and take a look at all the photos, they are so impressive!

Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy - Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Source: Great Escapes 
Rating: 4/5 

Zoe Chambers is returning to work and finds a woman that has died at her home after a robbery... it seems that lately there are some men that enter to houses saying that they are checking the pipes and after a few hours they enter when there's no one inside and steal everything they can. But killing someone is another level... what has happened this time? Did she resist? Maybe the robbers didn't find anything valuable? Enjoy this read and you will discover all the answers! ;)

'Toni DeLuca snapped a note in her direction. 
"Welcome back. You're up. Ninety-two-year-old female. Unresponsive."
Not the greeting Zoe Chambers had hoped for from her crew chief on her first day back at work after eight weeks of medical leave for torn ligaments in her knee. So much for easing back into the "routine", if there was such a thing on an ambulance service. Especially in the middle of January.'

This had been a quick but interesting read, Zoe Chambers is a character who not only "investigates" murders, but also she loves her friends and family and always takes care of them. 
In this case the main story are the robberies and the murder of course, but we will meet again Zoe's mother; as charming as always... and there will be a weird reporter that seems that has a hidden agenda... is she involved in the murder?
We will enjoy a few scenes with the Police Chief Pete Adam, Zoe's boyfriend... but after reading the book I am still wondering if they simply share flat or they have feelings for each other... And I hope we will know more of Pete's father in the next story, seems he has a new friend...!
I don't want to spoil the mystery in this case, but I always love how Zoe treat the elder people, like a normal person, simply taking a little more care to them and making them valuable, really, I think everyone should learn to do the same. This case is quite interesting sharing with us the worries of old people, how they live alone and afraid that someone tries to steal them or how the sons/daughters/nephews they treat them or take care of them.
I really enjoyed the read, the mystery was not very complicate to discover, but is not just the case that interests the reader but all the other secrets that the characters hide.
Ready to be robbed by a white van?

Interested? Good luck in the Giveaway!

20 March 2018

15 Warm Drink Recipes by Avas Flowers

Really, can I ask for one of each of these delicious hot drinks right now? All of them seem so yummy! :)
The infographic is from Avas Flowers.

Cozy in a Cup: 15 Warm Drink Recipes to Banish The Winter Blues #Infographic

Quickstarter by Oscar Lhermitte

Ok, I have to stop looking at Kickstarter, everytime I am searching for something to post on the blog, I found something I fall in love and pledge for the product!

This time is something quite original the Quickstarter by Oscar Lhermitte, a tape with a few interesting measurements that I am sure it will be perfect to decorate my journaling creations, envelopes and even my little one boxes!
The Quickstarter is a collection of two rolls (made with vinyl) one with a Ruler and protractor and the other one with some formats and sizes...

I promise I will make a post when I'll receive the tape and with my creations with them! ;)

Desastre - Català; Ara i Sempre

Desastre is not a nice word, but we use it sweetly when we have to call our little one, el nostre petit desastre, our small "desastre"... /dəzæstrə/

Any idea? Is not very different from the english word, so I suppose you already guessed... Disaster; an overwhelming calamity or catastrophe. Do you call your loved ones any original name? Tell me!

I searched for songs and quotes with the word "Desastre" and almost all of them were quite sad, in the end I found this one, and I think is quite appropriate...

"Tots els mestres han sigut abans un desastre"
"Every master was once a disaster"

19 March 2018

Crispetes - Català; Ara i Sempre

Living in Ireland has some good things, one of them that today is bank holiday! ;) So this means I will be relaxing and reading all day, yuppy! So possibly this afternoon I'll do some Crispetes! /krɪspɛtəs/

I don't think you will guess what does Crispetes mean with just the word, it doesn't have any similarity with English, Spanish, Italian... so I have no idea where it came from, but they are Popcorn! Yes, similarity? None at all!

Today, instead of sharing a quote or song, I want to share with you an easy but delicious recipe I use with my popcorn while watching a movie at home!
You just need pop kernels (I have a popcorn machine, so I always have some pop kernels at home, I love all the different types you can find at Zaramama, but in any supermarket you can find the gold ones!) parmesan, oil, salt and pepper. And when the popcorns are done simply dress up, first with the oil (I put a little oil and salt always in the base of the bowl) and then the salt, pepper and parmesan. Mix it up, I normally jump the bowl a little, and voilà, some delicious "Crispetes" to accompany your movie! ;)