Summer Fridays all Year long

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Recently a friend asked me what face cream I use and complimented my skin that morning. That is such a rare question for me, you have no idea! I am the worst at keeping up a daily beauty routine. Seriously, I wish I was one of those that religiously practices their beauty routines everyday: wake up, clean face, add a million creams, add makeup, wash off in the evening, add another million creams, oils, etc. I do actually spend the money on new products once in a while and test them out for a bit. I’ve recently become a fan of hand creams, but that is for another story for another day/post.

The one product that I do use every single morning since about a year or so is the Jet lag Mask from Summer Fridays. I have been following Marianna Hewitts blog Life With Me for a while and instantly loved the product when I read about it: It’s paraben free, cruelty free, sulfate free, uses not synthetic dyes or fragrances and, is vegan! This face mask is perfect for giving your face an instant glow and a refreshing moisturising look – which I guess was developed just for that. I read that some people add a thick layer on their faces and leave it in for a while (which I just noticed it also says on the website! haha), though I for myself recommend creaming the whole face with it every morning.

Especially in the summer I do not wear make-up and thus having a nice naturally glowing skin is super important. And likewise in winter: I want my skin moisturised before adding the make-up so that I don’t look like I clustered several layers on my face due to dry skin :)

Japanese Chicken Udon

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sooo yummy!

Here’s to another super quick and easy recipe! We really felt like an Udon soup these days and decided to go for this recipe. Their blog in general has really good and healthy recipes that are super easy to make and surely filling. I think I will be browsing their blog a little more in the future to try and make some of their meals. Only recommendation: do add some chilli flakes if you like your food a little spicy! Also, we did not have Swerve or Monkfruit so we went for a teaspoon of Agave syrup instead. Tasted perfect either way!

Other than this recipe, there is nothing all too exciting to share. A normal Tuesday indeed. We are currently also planning our Friday and weekend. On Friday we may be driving down to Thun (Switzerland) to a military site and check out the stuff there. Since Samuel is very involved with the military he was invited to come over and asked me to join. I still need to check how much work I have and if I can make it happen.

On the weekend we will be driving up to Frankfurt so visit some friends that Samuel has known for long. They just got their second son and also (!!!) a puppy. I am super happy to see them again and spend some time away from home. Though driving up and down on two days is quite a bit. Thankfully, it should only be around 4h if we don’t hit any major traffic.

Easy Dinner @ Home

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Last nights dinner: super easy, done in 10 minutes and I’d like to say semi-healthy, too. We had gyozas filled with mushrooms and chicken, which we got at our local asian store close by. I absolutely love these things and may just call them my new favourite meal for when I don’t want to cook for long. Honestly, we only had to steam them for about 10-12 minutes and prepare the salad on the side. For the steaming we used our Thermomix. Samuel bought it a while ago and I am slowly but surely loving it more and more. It really does make life easier sometimes.

Otherwise, our day was rather less exciting: typical Mondays. I worked from home today, took Zaphira to the vet (the bandage was taken off), and we were able to cook at home for both lunch and dinner. We’re trying to cut down on eating out; for health reasons and to try and spend a little less on food. Let’s see how long we can last ;) We did go out on Saturday, though, and really enjoyed that. We decided that once a week we will continue having our date night out with a good dinner at some cute restaurant. Can any of you recommend any good restaurants in Zurich that are not on the top of list of every google search?

Taking out the Bicycle

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Happy Sunday! Our morning wasn’t all too exciting or bright; in fact, we cleaned the apartment. Once Fridolin (the third dog) was picked up, we had a little breakfast (such a good oat meal for me!) and got our bikes ready. Finally! I haven’t been on the bike in way too long and I was excited as a kid. Especially, because I bought a basket for Zaphira to sit in. She wasn’t all too happy about it in the beginning but did calm down and even lie down whilst I was driving towards the end. I ordered this KlickFix Doggy Basket online and I can say: it was worth the money!

Zaphira is doing pretty well again. If it was for her, she would be chasing the ball again at full speed. But because we didn’t want to overdo it yet, the bikes seemed a perfect idea. This way I allowed her some light jogging next to me driving and in between put her in the basket to rest.

Next, I want to try and bike to the city for work during the week when the weather is good. It would be a refreshing change to our routine and surely a healthier option than taking the train everyday. I checked out google maps and it told me I would be riding about 40-45 minutes. That should be do-able.

Now, for the rest of our Sunday we are more likely going to chill. Samuel is training is golf swings, I need to prepare some content and work on an email or two, the dogs will get another walk later and I am thinking about what dinner we could have tonight.

here you see the basket on the back of the bike – though Zaphira isn’t in it on this picture

She is alive!

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We have our little monkey back at home! As imagined, of course, all went well. I’ll be honest though: I was such a cry-baby at the vet. Poor Zaphira – I probably did not make it easier for her. She fell asleep in my arms though and then was taken to surgery. The surgery went really fast. We also decided to only take the right dew claw away, as that is the one that is causing her so much troubles and there is no need to take out the other one.

When picking her up she seemed semi awake. How wrong I was! She has been sleeping all of yesterday and only got up on the early evening when we served her favourite dinner. Of course ;).

Also we have Fridolin here until Sunday so that is a nice change. Zaphira seems much more active again this morning so I think we can walk for a bit longer with the dogs today. Unfortunately it is supposed to rain so let’s see how the weather will continue and what we will be doing. We certainly have no real plans for the weekend except for chilling a bit and (ugh) I really need to clean the apartment again!