Lukas Podolski’s “Ice Cream United” in Cologne

A week ago, German soccer sensation Lukas Podolski, a. k. a. Poldi, launched his ice cream parlor Ice Cream United midst "Belgisches Viertel" (the place to be, eat, drink and hang out) in Cologne, Germany. Naturally, I had to check it out as it was said to be tasty and healthier than your average ice [...]

Practicing self-love through the power of Yoga

Yoga has gained immense importance to me & my well-being in a relaxed state-of mind, practicing more intensively these past six months. I've been doing Yoga for years now, but it wasn't until this year, that I realized the true power of Yoga. The concept of being thankful not only towards yourself but also the [...]

More confidence to enjoy life to the fullest

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." - Sophia Loren This is a popular quote that is known by many and imaged on walls all around the world -- it also graces my wall. I wonder whether all women are aware of the powerfulness of this quote by Sophia Loren. The strength and confidence it [...]

Green Oatmeal Muffins — breakfast olé

I love oats. At least five of seven mornings, my breakfast consists of oatmeal with fruits, berries and (preferably) roasted nuts. Who doesn't like a healthy, fruity, energy boosting breakfast to kick-start the day? That's right. For the past months and years, smoothies -- especially green smoothies -- have been the thing in the healthy living [...]

May I interest you in a little gardening lifestyle?

Waaay way back in history, all mankind had to hunt and gather to get food and nourish their families. Their meals consisted of plants (probably not rarely undefined plants), vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. They were self-dependent and speaking of the health aspect of their eating habits would be doubtful but nature-based. So how bad [...]

TheBalancedLife.Com: 21 Days of Pilates challenge by Robin

Update: If you read this after the actual start of the challenge, do not worry: All videos are online on Robin's YouTube Channel, but only until the end of the challenge! 🙂 Did you do any of her workouts? Do you love them as much as I do? Just now, on my daily visit to Our [...]

spotlight on morning routines — take 1

This following notion is take 1 (the impact of morning routines on us) of 2 (the beauty of seasonal morning routines). Recently, I have been philosophizing about how different the unique ways are through which we all view tiny aspects of life -- these tiny aspects ultimately sum up to define our world view. I find [...]

acting 101: #1 loving your instrument

In the art of acting, your body is your instrument. Before you can use your body as means to an end -- which is embodying a character --, you need to feel good about yourself first and also be able to move freely and comfortably. So there are two aspects that you have to be [...]

diaries of a detox virgin — the day after

My first three-day detox experience is over and looking back, I gladly want to share my thoughts and experiences with all of you detox virgins out there who have been following this short little journey with me. RECAP Recapturing the first and foremost fact, I guess I can no longer call myself a detox virgin. [...]

diaries of a detox virgin — part 4: day 3

Oh you sweet little thang! (Talking in reply to the sound of the coffee machine at work -- No, I did not have a cup of coffee on the last cleansing day. I just enjoyed the familiar sound of the coffee maker. Now come on! Don't you have a little trust in my determination?! 🙂 [...]