Tuesday, 28 June 2016

TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD TRY, AND MAYBE GET INTO

This blog is guest posted by MimpixBlog. You can read more here: MimpixBlog

Everyday life can become bland to anyone. Experiencing the world and trying new things is a goal we all want to achieve, but where does one start? Not all of us are fortunate enough to be born into wealthy homes. Even while googling ideas online, you'll find that suggestions become fairly repetitive. 'Oh, try bungee-jumping and travelling to Hawaii, afterwards go to Tokyo and take a picture with a monkey riding a tricycle!' - pfft, if only I had the time and money!

So the question is, what are some things I can try that do not require a great amount of money, and I have not done/thought of before? To make it easier for you lovely readers, I've compiled a quick list on 'Ten Things You Should Try, And Maybe Get Into'.

1. Creating Online Graphics



Digital art includes drawings, the use of photoshop, logos, and so on. This can help you with your branding if you have your own 'organization' (for the lack of a better word). Blogging, youtube, having an instagram account, those are all examples that you can benefit from branding. This can be very handy as a lot of people are looking for graphic designers. Learning the skill can help you earn some extra cash, from other people that cannot create their own branding. If you want to mostly draw, use Paint Tool SAI, which is helpful when having a mouse. FireAlpaca is better (in my opinion), if you have a drawing tablet, which costs around $100 for non-professional use. Photoshop is good for logos, headers, and thumbnails. There are various ways on getting it free, but if you can't, Gimp is a good alternative. These are base programs you can begin using that are not too hard to learn. If you find yourself struggling, there are plenty of tutorials online.

2. Dazzle Your Friends By Cooking Cuisines From Around the World


There are multiple recipes you know and eat in your household. Depending on where you are from, the style of foods will obviously be different. We've also inherited a few dishes from other countries into our diet. For example, spaghetti which was originated in Italy, has become popular in many countries. From sushi to poutine, and vermicelli to shawarmas, there are more foods you can try and learn to make on your own. This allows you to understand various cultures a little more, and it's cool to show off to your friends on your expanded knowledge on cuisines around the world.

3. Knitting And Sewing Is NOT Just For The Elderly



I will remind you at the start, knitting and sewing requires a lot of patience to do.

This is for the artsy people. The two skill sets can become very handy in the time of need, and you can create many crafts with the use of yarn and string. There are plenty of tutorials online that will help you get started! To aid you in the brainstorming process of what you should make, I will list a few things you can attempt at

  • stuffed animals
  • stockings
  • baskets/carriers
  • clothing
  • covers for your books/bookmark
  • decoration around your house


4. Animation


Like watching cartoons? Disney movies? Anything that relates with, well, animation? This is something you should definitely try, even if you decide that this will not be a long-term thing. This educates you on the work animators put in and you can see if this may be something you would enjoy doing. There are two main types of animations to me, 2D and 3D. Choose one to start, as both have their own difficulties and challenges. Most programs may cost a bit of money, but for 3D animations you can use 'Cinema 4D' (which is free). I don't have a recommendation for a 2D animation program, but surely you can find something through google.

5. Start Your Own Business


Starting your own business sounds hard, and it is when you're trying to get yourself out there. That goes for many certain things, such as blogging and being an artist. To begin, you need to find the purpose of your 'company', and recognize how you will provide the following:fundingadvertisementemployees (if you want)websiteproductMake this a checklist and begin by starting a goal, or a 'mission statement'. Find your 'vision' and develop the business's 'values'. You can find examples of these by searching it up online. After that, think about how you are going to provide. Do you have the products or services? How are you going to obtain them? Will you need funding? Lastly, begin spreading news on your organization, which is the hardest part. A good way to start is on social media, and to join other aspiring business owners like you. Hopefully this guide will help you start off.

6. Coding



This is especially helpful for people who want to start a website completely from scratch, without a host. Learning how to code is difficult and not something you can be knowledgable about overnight. To begin, search, 'coding tutorial' on Youtube or Google, and continue from there.

7. Know More About Plants


You know how cool it would be, if you could go out and identify almost all the plants around you. I really don't know much about plants and flora, other than that I want to begin teaching myself this too. Learn about the use of each plant, and the history of how it was found with its meaning. This is something not many people do, so try this out!

​8. Find The Right Diet For You


Trying different diets can be beneficial when you find something that coordinates with your lifestyle. Not just by going vegan, but there are others out there that you can attempt. Make sure you know your boundaries so you don't starve or put yourself at risk! Begin by having one type of diet each week or two, and learn the cost and health benefits of them all. Hopefully you'll be able to find something that fits you.

9. Write To Your Heart's Content


While reading this blog, there's a high chance you also own a blog too. This clearly indicates that you love writing, and if not, you should try other ways to express yourself through the art of written work. Wether it's through the news, articles, or writing a story, here are a few websites you can begin.Wattpad-Write your own stories, it's easier to use and is the most popular writing app/site.Quotev-Another writing site. Quotev does not have an app, but there are groups where you can share your work and create your own journal. It's basically a mini blog/tumblr, but for writing.Listverse-Get paid $100 through PayPal by submitting a list that contains at least 10 things, with 1500 words (it does not matter what topic). Not all work will be accepted.

​10. Stream!


This is a great way to improve your communication skills. How does streaming work? By talking to yourself and having people watch you...yep, sounds fun! Streaming has many possibilities and there are websites that support this. Before starting, you should decide on the genre you want to record yourself doing. Wether it is gaming, singing, or just talking about your life, keep with that field so you don't confuse your viewers. Make sure you have decent audio and video quality. A couple sites you can use is Twitch for gaming, and YouNow for more life related topics.

Hopefully you found this helpful, and you will try at least one of these out! Let me know how it goes in the comment section.

SMOOCHES MARIÀNNE

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Monday, 20 June 2016

TOP PICKS FOR SUMMER 2016 FASHION TRENDS

Hello dearies, Hope you are doing fabulous.
In today's post i will be sharing with you my top picks for summer 2016 trends.
This is basically my style mood board. Hope they inspire you.

Currently, im loving irregular tailored shirts, pastels, fringes, pompoms, tassels, denim, chokers, hats, off shoulder tops and trainers.
Links are provided below.
 Smooches, Mariànne




Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Danone Light & Free BzzCampaign


Its summer and my trusted coats cannot hide the bloat any longer. And since I intend to feature a flatter tum, Ive got to get on the #teamsexy wagon.
So, when I received an invite from BZZAGENT to join the Danone Light & Free BzzCampaign to #tryitforfree , I wasn't going to say no? Really, why would I? I am personally lactose intolerant but I am fine with yogurts so let's get on with this review.

So my parcel from BZZAGENT contained a power bank, earpiece, USB cord and coupons to get  the yogurts to try. Wow, I wasn't really expecting  that but thanks BZZAGENT, you know I love you right:)

I picked my yoghurts up with my free coupon from Tesco.

They come in about four flavours Raspberry, Blueberry, Peach Passion Fruit and Cherry. 
They are very creamy with fruity bits in it and it's Greek style yoghurt .
I had it for breakfast with some granola and strawberries.  I also made a snack of yogurt, bananas , strawberries and a honey topping:)  for my daughter and we all loved it!
 'Light* & Free' has 0% fat, 0% added sugar**, and is simply, unbelievably tasty!
*Over 30% fewer calories than most full fat fruit yogurts
**Contains naturally occurring sugars
242 kJ, 58 kcal per pot*
*3% of an adult's reference intake. Per 100g: 210kJ / 50kcal


My verdict :
They are delicious and very affordable.I will very much recommend it to everyone. 








Smooches, Mariànne

Monday, 2 May 2016

NUPTIAL VIBES

Genesis 2:22-24
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Congratulations to my beautiful friend Afua and her beloved husband. Do have a wonderful marriage.

Thanks for stopping by.
Smooches, Mariànne 


Dress: Splurge or Save,  Coat: Buy it Here  Heels: Get it Here

Monday, 14 March 2016

HOME STYLING WITH FLOWERS

Hello people, It's part two of my previous post.  CLICK HERE  to catchup if you missed it. ( where I reviewed flowers I got for free from TESCO.COM)

So as promised in that post, I am going to share with you some ways to style your  home with flowers. In one of my previous post about home decor, someone requested that I show ways to style the home. So hope this is helpful.
I took these photos day three of bringing the flowers home and they are still going strong so thumbs up to Tesco for that. I may not find links to the items in this post but I will put thumbnails of similar items at the bottom of the photos if you are interested. Just click on the small photos to get to the item.:)

THE BEDSIDE

You can always add a touch of your personality to anywhere around your home .
At the moment I am loving the gold trend. I got this gorgeous  knotted effect photo frame from TKMAXX.Instead of a photo, I have written down on it our WIFI Password for when we get guests.I got the elephant   candle holder from a thrift store.The rose gold  tealight holder is from Home Bargain store.










THE  SIDE TABLE

I get a lot of questions about this chanel parfum vase. I got a clear vase and printed out a logo I designed and basically  glued it onto a clear vase.
I got the candle holder from B&M. It's mercury glass with a nice textured look to it.











THE CONSOLE TABLE

I painted this canvas by myself so i can give a direct link. But you can totally make one for your self by grabbing some acrylic  paint and going crazy on a canvas.
And of course I am a proud Ghanaian so i had to rep that at my home. I  got the Ghana Coat of Arms plate from the Elmina castle when I went to Ghana. I got the gold Blackpool tower from a thrift shop. That gold storage box is a repurposed 1million perfume box. I got the red candle from Primark. Who said that you can only decorate with ball baubles at Christmas eh? 






SMOOCHES, MARIÀNNE