Project: “Daily Gratitude”

Hi friends 🙂

I have a confession to make… Well it’s not much of a secret butI might as well start from the beginning… So, it’s been 8 months since we left New York and moved to London. And yes everyone who knows me will tell you that I wasn’t too happy about it and that i ‘d keep complaining about how much I miss NY… Well, granted I still do miss it but that past few weeks after some experiences my eyes have “opened” wider to the world…

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I have met so many incredible people through this blog, people that deal with really bad situations and come out winners! And also i ‘ve met some amazing fighters, in my line of work (spinal cord injury research), who try as hard as they can every day to gain their life and their independence back… so a few days ago it hit me! We, people, are so blind! We keep complaining about things we don’t have, thing’s we can’t do, things we are missing…and of course we miss the point! We miss out on life, on what we have! It is easier than it sounds to stop seeing all the good things in your life… to wait for the big haul! Don’t get me wrong following your dreams and working hard to achieve them is different and am totally for it. But not “seeing” or not being grateful/happy/excited about all the good every day things that are happening is like missing out on your life!

So after all these thoughts, i decided to be a little more mindful about my everyday life. And this is how the “Daily Gratitude” journal project began for me 🙂 Cheesy?!?! You bet! But you know what, taking these 5 minutes (and not every day since then it makes me feel pressured to do it, only when I feel like it) to reflect and write down a few good things that have happened can completely change your attitude towards your day and people…

13282311_1085055024885229_381680778_nFor example, yes I was having a few pretty frustrated days at work and London was getting to me… but after thinking and digging a little deeper i saw… the “light” LOL! But seriously, I thought “yes work can be stressful and not always great, BUT how many people get to do what they choose and what they really love???”. Where I come from certainly not many.. Also I reminded myself how lucky I am to have gotten this opportunity to be here! In such an amazing lab with a boss that believes in me enough to give me the freedom I so much need when it comes to my work 😀 So my after thoughts?  “Really Ellen? Complaining about what?!?!” … oh yeah i do talk to myself quite a bit … 😉 Also I did started to look at exercising (and of course running) from another point of view as well! I don’t “have to” work out, I don’t “have to” put in this long run… I am lucky enough to “GET TO” do this! I am healthy and strong and I get to workout and run and exercise! So yes another thing to be grateful about… Don’t take it for granted EVER! Honestly, I don’t take anything for granted any more…

Another up side? If you are a stationary  (and notebook) junkie like I am, you get to use another notebook 😀 I picked this little beauty at a discount the other day and totally love it!!

Give it a try – if you are not doing already – and let me know what you think! You could even go fancy and use one of those “bullet journals” if your hand writing is nice and you are crafty enough. Apparently they are the new craze, I wish I could write/paint/draw as good so i could do this but no chance LOL!

Happy Wednesday (hump day 😉 ) every one!

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Crafty Saturday!

Hi friends 😀

I hope you are having an awesome weekend! We are having a blast so far just chilling at home or relaxing in the park enjoying the sunshine…

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So, I have been feeling extra crafty today (and yesterday) which could mean only one thing! More holes in our walls and a lot of glue on my fingers LOL 😛 Here is what I made today, which I really thing it is the least messy and easiest craft I have ever tried! Oh and did I mention that it costs almost nothing to make?

All you need is:

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  • scissors
  • stick glue
  • thin rope
  • any kind of metal can – size depends on what you would like to make. I wanted to make a vase so I used this old tennis ball can. If you want to make a pencil holder a tin can from beans is the ideal size 😉

(Sitting on the floor is completely optional by the way 😉 If you have more space than me the results is potential better if you use a table LOL!)

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Well, is as simple as that; apply -generously- the stick glue on the outside of the can and starting from one end roll the rope all around the can. Apply the glue on increments as you go so it want dry out. Also make sure that each wrap is nicely tighten with the previous one. Since this was meant to be a vase and I didn’t want the can to rust and ruin my flowers I put a small plastic bag in the tin can before I filled it with water.

Would you like to see the final result???

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I really believe it is very pretty 🙂 And extremely inexpensive! If you are into handmade gifts, things like this would be a great idea. It is also a kids’ friendly craft as long as an adult handles the scissors at the end.

Here are some other things I ‘ve made using the same technique:

The painting is simple cardboard and some cinnamon sticks, star anise and a golden marker. And the little basket is the newest addition to our kitchen. I used the same technique and wrap the ugly metal bar holder with the same rope! – the chilli peppers are from our own little plant! @mymamus loves spicy foods so they will come handy once they are ready!

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Simple, elegant and pretty. Pencil holders for all my coloured pencils and pens!

How is your weekend going so far?

Do you guys enjoy crafts and DIYs? Feel free to share any ideas here with me! I’d love to see your creations! You can also email me any pictures at taleoftworuns@gmail.com and I’ll make sure to share them with everyone here!

Have an awesome weekend!!! And stay tuned for some serious #SundayFoodPrep tomorrow!!

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Tiny Herb Garden

You don’t need a lot of space (or money…) to make yourselves a tiny herb garden. Technically its just basil, peppers and chilli peppers for now! But i have big plans for my tiny garden!

All you need is pots from the pound store and already potted plants – i got mine from whole foods – and maybe a little bit of clean up for the aftermath if you are as clumsy i am 😛