mylifebox got a facelift

After a long long year of trying to put together a new design for my blog I finally am proud to announce that thanks to my lovely collaboration with Kelly myLifebox got a face-lift! As you can see there are a lot of black elements (what a surprise, right?) but I tried to keep it simple as much as possible!! 
Along with the design, my pages are updated too, so if you want to read a more recent about page, see where myLifebox has been featured in the past or are you interested in sponsoring myLifebox now is the right time. Or from now on, to put it right. That being said, I would looooove to hear what you think about my new baby!!

Kelly, thank you so so much for your help, patience and will to make it happen. If it wasn’t for you I’d be stuck in my old kinda miserable design. 
And people out there, if anyone of you needs a blog design or re-design contact Kelly, she is the best. Seriously guys!! 

recipe | spinach & brussel sprouts salad

Oh my, I love salads. Especially in the summertime. Not only they are healthy and nutritious, but they are delicious too. I think that most people haven’t realized how a great meal a salad can make. Seriously! They think that salads are side-food. On the contrary!! Of course it depends on the ingredients, but salads can definitely be great for light and fresh summer lunches 😉
Anyway, the one I’m sharing today is not that summery but it is absolutely delicious. A nice tricky way to make a salad a main dish is to combine raw vegetables with cooked ones. And of course with some meat too. You know, just enough to convince those who don’t like salads. This one doesn’t have as a main ingredient meat but it is pretty filling, believe me. So…

| spinach leaves | brussel sprouts | leek | spring onions | pear | smokes turkey slices
| balsamic vinegar / mustard / honey | virgin olive oil | freshly ground pepper / salt

How to make it
| 1 finely chop the leek and spring onions | 2 cut the brussel sprouts in half | 3 cut the turkey in small cubes | 4 add some oil in a medium sized skillet | 5 add the sprouts | 6 add the leek and onions and after one min. add the turkey as well | 7 add the spinach leaves and pieces of pear in a large salad bowl | 8 mix a tbsp of honey with a tbsp of mustard and two tbsp of vinegar. When completely incorporated add two-three tbsp of olive oil and mix again until fully combined | 9 add the cooked ingredients in the salad bowl, mix together and add the vinegar sauce | 10 add some pepper and salt, mix once more and ready

100 happy days challenge

This is an explanatory post about the photos I’ve been posting on twitter the last month. I know I might have been a bit annoying, hahaha, but I really love this project 🙂 A month ago I stumbled upon Elsie’s post about the 100happydays challenge and I loved it. Here is what you need to know about it:
We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.

The basic idea is to find every day something that makes you happy. It can be anything, from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee-place, from a feeling of being at home after a long day at work to a favor you did to a stranger. Is it so hard to appreciate these little happy moments every day? 

People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
– start noticing what makes them happy every day;
– be in a better mood every day;
– start receiving more compliments from other people;
– realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
– become more optimistic;
– fall in love during the challenge;

After completing the first month I have noticed that it is really hard some days to appreciate the beautiful things in life. People tend to get very easily overwhelmed by every day difficulties in life. However we need to put more effort on paying attention to the details that make our lives special. And this challenge will help you to do that… 
So if you want to register in the challenge go here…and then comment below with the link of your account cause I’d love to follow along you journey in this challenge.

DIY | Hanging Planter

Although I actually did this DIY a long time ago -not even remember when- somehow it never made the final cut. I made the net when I was still living in Chania but I never got to hang it, so I just took it with me to Athens when I moved and a few days ago it finally came in handy. Living in a small city apartment with a tiny teeny balcony that barely has enough room for a couple of chairs means that plants need to be hung 🙂 

The great thing with this project is that you won’t need weird or complicated supplies to make it and it is really simple too! 

 So if you are interested in making it you will need:

– 4 pieces of rope (at least one meter each, depending on how long you want it to be)

– some thread (same color with the rope)

– if you like the small rings I used you will need 12 pieces, BUT you can replace the rings with thread, so don’t bother, you can make it anyway!!

After finishing the net place your planter in the middle of it, lift it, make a knot and hang it 🙂 It can also be used indoors of course, maybe as a hanging fruit bowl in the kitchen or something.

P.S: you can find instructions on how to make the white plaster bowl from the last photo here!!

DIY | my Easter box

As I said yesterday, this year I didn’t dye eggs, as I usually do! However, on Sunday I’m invited to go to my best friend’s house for lunch, and although she asked me to bring a potato salad I traditionally make, I thought it would be nice to give her something eastery too. 
So I decided to make a small easter box for her! HA!

If you want to make them yourself, it’s pretty easy. I just boiled the eggs and let them cool! Then I spray painted them and put them in an egg holder, also spray painted! Please note that these eggs are for decoration only!! But who doesn’t want to add some gold in his life…and house? Then you will only need a nice ribbon to make a bow 🙂 And TaDaaaa!!
Easy right? And I think it makes a great Easter gift!

Happy Happy Easter!

As some of you know today is, traditionally, the dying-egg day.. Unfortunately this year I didn’t dye eggs, but you can always check out my last year post here!
I hope you all have a perfect Easter weekend, wherever you are, whatever you do!
And for those of you who want to get a bit inspired with all the egg dying and everything, check out this video I stumbled upon. Now that’s art, right?

The Egg Painter from Titus-Armand on Vimeo.

Giveaway | Canon Rebel T3i Camera

After a long period of absence I’m finally back, celebrating Latrina’s 29th birthday with an amazing giveaway! Latrina’s blog, Of Trees and Hues, has been a major inspiration source over the past year and I couldn’t feel more honored being a part of her birthday-blog-party. As a photographer who recently updated her camera, Latrina decided to give the chance to one of you to win a Canon Rebel T3i camera!! Teaming up with a bunch of talented people (including me! yay!) she managed to reach the amount of 650$.. of course this wouldn’t be possible without the following amazing people, so make sure you check out their lovely blogs and sites 🙂

Now people pay attention! There are many many ways to enter this fabulous giveaway, but first you have to submit your first entry to unlock the rest of them. Of course the more entries the more chances you have to win! You can also tweet once a day about the giveaway and it will count as an additional entry 🙂
The giveaway will be running through until 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 6th and it is open to international readers.

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