Tuesday, May 17, 2016

KAWAII BOX GIVEAWAY WINNER


And the winner of the Kawaii Box giveaway is.... " drum roll please" ... Miss Joana B. !!!
Congratulations Joana, I will be in touch with you via email and Facebook.  A big thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway.

Claudia 

Monday, May 02, 2016

8 BEAUTIFUL MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOMS

 http://www.decoist.com/2014-03-17/minimalist-living-rooms/bright-pops-of-red-accents-in-minimal-living-room/
http://www.decoist.com/2014-03-17/minimalist-living-rooms/understated-patterns-add-personality-to-the-minimal-living-room/
http://www.decoist.com/2014-03-17/minimalist-living-rooms/
http://oppenoffice.com/project/bel-air-villa-3/
  
http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/tricks-to-make-your-room-look-more-spacious/7
http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/high-design-new-york-city-hotels#7
http://www.houzz.com/photos/modern/family-room/p/32
https://www.tumblr.com/login?redirect_to=%2Flikes

Hello everyone! 
I hope you all had a great weekend!  
Ours was pretty relaxing at home with the kiddos.  
Today, I wanted to share 8 inspiring living rooms with a modern and minimalist decor.  
We spend so much time in our living rooms and it is the very first room that guests will see, so lets make it fabulous, yet simple and clutter free.  
Hope you feel inspired with these gorgeous and captivating living rooms that combine elegance, function and comfort without all the clutter.

Monday quote: 

Life is too short! Do what really matters.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway only 10 days left.
http://claudiapersi.blogspot.ca/2016/04/kawaii-box-review-and-giveaway.html

Take care everyone!
Claudia

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DECLUTTER AND SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE


Hello dear readers, hope everyone is having a great week.
Today, I am bringing a new topic to the blog, my journey towards a minimalist lifestyle.  It started almost a year ago when I realized I was constantly organizing things in our home.   I started googling about new ways to declutter and organize and stumbled upon articles that discussed about minimalism, I was very intrigued. 
So what is minimalism?  
First of all, I want to clarify a huge misconception about minimalist lifestyle.   It doesn't mean you can't own anything and live in a tiny home with no furniture and no clothes.
Living a minimalist lifestyle for me and my family means that we only keep what we truly love and use.
I look at minimalism as a life filled with adventures and happiness instead of an accumulation of stuff.

One of the main reasons I like to keep my home clutter free and organized is to reduce stress, make my life easier, have more free time and have more money.  
It's extremely hard for me to relax if I have a messy and cluttered home. 

When people come to my home, one of the first things I hear is how tidy and organized it is, and wonder how I keep it that way with small children? 
The key to a clutter free environment is to buy less.

From an early age, we tried to teach our daughter that everything she owns has a home, this means that at the end of each play she needs to tidy up and put all her toys where they belong.  
Yes, sometimes we have to insist "she's 4 years old" but she does an amazing job keeping her room tidy and organized. 
Our son just turned 1 and we are already teaching him in a fun and playful way to put his toys way.  
I also think when kids have too many toys, they tend to get bored easily and argue with each other more. 
Kids's don't need a million things to have fun!

In my younger years, I often made impulsive purchases, specially when I was not in my happy days or was going through some difficult time.  I still enjoy shopping, but the big difference now is that I can go months without stepping into a shopping mall.  
Yes, you heard that right, months!!!  
Today, I am in a place in my life that I prefer quality over quantity, I prefer to spend money on things that I really love and enjoy, like a good vacation, fun experiences with my family versus accumulating "stuff" in my home that will only lead to a more stressful life.

For the past months, we've been going through each room in our home and decluttered everything that we didn't need anymore, that didn't fit, that was broken or repeated and that we lost interest over the years.
We donated so many things, specially clothes and we also sold a few things and made extra cash.  
It's been a really fun and liberating experience for our family.

Tell me, what area in your home tends to accumulate more clutter?  Sometimes all it takes is 20 minutes a day.  I started with small areas in our home, one of the first ones was my walk in closet, linen closet and bathrooms. 
So go on, declutter your physical goods that have no meaning to you anymore and share your experiences with us.

I would like to share some great Facebook pages that will help anyone interested in living a more minimalist lifestyle.

https://www.facebook.com/mnmlstlvng/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/becomingminimalist/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/theminimalists/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/minimalismoemportugal/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vidaminimalista/

Thanks for reading!
Claudia

Saturday, April 23, 2016

KAWAII BOX REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

This Kawaii box was provided for review. 
Please note that all product reviews are always my true honest opinion no matter if it's purchase by me, a gift or if it's a partnership!


Hello everyone!
Today, I am bringing you a new subscription review, the Kawaii Box.
Kawaii is a monthly subscription box that sends you 10-12 super cute hand- picked Kawaii products from Japan and Korea.
Everything from Japanese candy to stationery and beauty accessories.
Did you know that Kawaii means "cute" in Japanese?
The cost per month is $18.90 if you buy a 6 month subscription, but they are other options you can choose from and they also include worldwide free shipping.

The box was full with cute items and everything arrived in excellent condition wrapped in tissue paper.
My daughter was over the moon with her Kawaii box and played with every single item plus they also included some delicious cookies that were gone as soon as they arrived.  
Her favorite items were the stickers, the paper clips, the little stuffed animal and the cookies.  My favorites were, the lucky baby sheep pen and the cute bunny paperclips.

The only drawback was the waiting time, this Kawaii box was February's and we only received it on the 20th of April, not sure what happened.
Have you tried this subscription box before?
Would you like to win your own Kawaii Box?
Don't forget to enter the contest and share it with your friends.

Thank you Kawaii Box for this wonderful collaboration and giveaway!
http://www.kawaiibox.com/

Good luck everyone!
Claudia 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SIBU BEAUTY, VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE

Please note this is not a sponsor post.  
All my product reviews are always my true honest opinion no matter if it's purchase by me, a gift or if it's a partnership!

Hello my beautiful readers!

I've been wanting to share this for a while now, but I wanted to try all these products for a few months before I gave you my opinion.

Sibu skincare products can be found at www.sibubeauty.com but this time I ordered from www.hautelook.com . They had a really great sale on all Sibu beauty products.  My skin was a mess after the pregnancy, so I needed to give it a good start. 
I've partnered with Sibu Beauty before and loved their face soap, so I decided to give their other skincare products a try.

Without going too much into detail, here is what I got:

 Exfoliating Scrub
This scrub is gently enough for all skin types.  It's my absolute favorite!!!  Leaves my skin soft, cleans my pores without being harsh on my sensitive skin.  I use this scrub 2 times a week depending on how my skin is doing.
Sibu does not recommend to use this scrub when using Sibu beauty Purifying mask.


Purifying Mask
This mask is recommended for all skin types.  I have mixed feelings about this one.  I use it once a week and usually leave it on for 10 minutes while I am taking a shower and then rinse away with warm water.  It leaves my skin clean and moist but sometimes right after I remove the mask I notice a little bit of redness, not sure if it's because of it's grainy texture.


Balancing Facial Cleanser
What a great cleanser for all skin types.  This one is for sure one of my favorite Sibu products.
I love this one, it cleans my skin without drying out or irritating and it has a pleasant citrus scent, I use it every day.


Age Defying Eye Cream
This tiny tube  of eye cream loads my skin with moisture, it brightens and tones my eye area without being greasy.  It also absorbs immediately, this is by far one of the most effective eye creams I've tried.
It isn't a wrinkle eraser, but it softens my fine lines and makes me look more awake, a small amount goes quite a long way, I use it day and night.  It's a good eye cream for all skin types.
Definitely worth a try!
  
Hydrating Serum
I use this serum in the morning before my daily moisturizer and at night before applying my night cream and seed oil.
This serum is good for all skin types, it naturally stimulates collagen production, has a non- oily texture that delivers a powerful dose of hydration.  It does make my skin softer and it absorbs quickly.  I have very sensitive skin and it does not irritate or redden my skin in any way, but for winter I think I need something a little more hydrating, for summer I think it's a perfect serum.

Nourishing Facial Cream
This day cream is great for all skin types!  It's not greasy as it absorbs into the skin quickly and smells great!  I just wished it was a little more hydrating, this cream is better for summer, in the winter I need something that gives me more moisture.

Seed oil
This product is fantastic, it's really good for my sensitive and dry skin, I even apply it on my lips at night when they feel dry.  Works great... but the smell is not the nicest so I usually put it right before bed time.

Replenishing Night Cream
***Last but not least, sorry this one is not on the picture, I forgot to include it.
I always mix a little of this night cream with  the sea buckthorn oil because I have dry skin and combining both products is a must for me. It is not moisturizing enough on it's own, other than that it is a lovely cream.


I've tried many skincare products in the past, and I do have other brands that I also love and use, I like to alternate but I gotta, say my skin responded really well to some of  Sibu's products, my skin feels soft and looks clean.
They are all natural and perfect for sensitive skin like mine, plus I love the citrus smell of  some of their products.

The packaging has a really simple minimalist and clean look which I love, the only thing I didn't like about the packaging is the cap of some of their products is made out of a very soft plastic which tends to break easily over time.

All Sibu products are Non- GMO, Free of parabens, sulfates, gluten and artificial preservatives.
They are also cruelty free and vegan.
All Sibu products are made in the USA

www.sibubeauty.com
1800-710-7428

Quote of the week:
"Look in the mirror and find something about yourself that's positive and celebrate that! "
Tyra Banks

Thanks for reading!
Claudia

Monday, April 04, 2016

QUICK, HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS MEALS




All photos are taken by me.
https://www.instagram.com/claudiapersi/

Hi everyone!
Hope you are all doing great!  
I've been doing a huge spring cleaning in my home, organizing my baby boy's first birthday and his baptism, so as you can imagine it's been wild in here, so much to do and so little time.  I will do a post soon about my new adventure in choosing a minimalist lifestyle, so stay tuned. 

When it comes to my eating habits, I try to eat as clean and healthy as possible.  I enjoy great meals with family and friends and I definitely don't deprive myself of my cravings and what I like.  I don't believe in diets, but I believe in moderation and eating healthy.  
It's been at least a good 10 years since I completely stopped eating red meat and about 4 years since I cut pork.  The only meat I eat once in a while and in very little quantities is chicken and turkey, I also love fish, my favorite are cod fish and salmon.  
I have to admit, it took me some time to adjust to eating more healthy but as soon as I got into it, it's almost addicting.  
Trust me I still love my sweats and chocolates, but I believe it's all about moderation and balance. 
When it comes to being active, I like to think I am a pretty active girl, I am constantly running up and down the stairs at home and busy with the kids, but when it comes to exercise let's put it this way it's not my cup of tea, I hate exercising, but my goal is to exercise at least 2 times a week, after 2 kids it's a must. 

If you would like me to do recipe posts in the future on some of my favorites let me know, in the meantime don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more. 
https://www.instagram.com/claudiapersi/

  Thanks for reading!
Claudia