Bright Scottish House – Country Croft

Croft House - bright dining room

Croft House – bright dining room

Croft House - comfy living room with colourful cushions

Croft House – comfy living room with colourful cushions

Croft House - an arm chair with modern fabric

Croft House – an arm chair with modern fabric

Colour colour colour! This bright and cheerful interior design was created by an interior designer in Aberdeenshire, Emma Clanfield. Weather in Scotland can be challenging (I know so, because my other half came from there!), and often days are so dark in winter. But look at this! Every corner of this pretty house is covered by beautiful colours. 

Emma spent 12 years in the Middle East and after her return she set up an interior design business in Aberdeen. She was originally trained as a textile designer, and I can see her strong skills in combining exotic taste and modern fabrics. Love love love these colourful cushions and a pretty arm chair at the corner! This is a good example that we don’t need a drastic change to make our home look pretty. There are so many wonderful fabrics and all we have to do is to pick the ones that make us happy. And if you are stuck, there are always talented interior designers like Emma.

It is still dark and cold outside, but looking at these photos I can almost smell spring. It’s almost there.

Free Workout Videos on YouTube to Get Fit at Home

Andrea Orbeck and Fat-Blasting Workout

Andrea Orbeck and Fat-Blasting Workout

Wow time flies – it’s been a while since my last blog…..But I’ve been busy! Over the last weekend I’ve been trying various free workout  on YouTube to get fit at home.  Here are some of my favourite free workout videos I found:

Victoria’s Secret Model Workout: 10-minute Fat-Blasting Circuit

This short workout was designed by Andrea Orbeck, who teaches models for Victoria Secret (yes! That Victoria Secret!). She also teaches how to get fit during your pregnancy. This particular workout lasts only 10 minutes, but you’ll be surprised – it’s really hard! You do each workout only for 1 minutes by keeping your body low and strong. Believe me, you really feel the effect on your thigh. It is very simple, but also it’s FUN. Andrea’s calm voice encourages you to get going whole through the workout.

Fat Burning Cardio Workout – 37 Minutes Fitness Blender Cardio Workout at Home

My other favourite workout is Fat Burning Cardio Workout designed by Fitness Blender. In just 37 minutes the workout pumps up your heart and works on all the muscles in your body! Jogging, jumping jack, tummy crunch, and more. The video has calories consumption scale on the screen, so when you get tired, just look at the scale and get going! When you complete the entire workout you can shed nearly 400 calories. Founders of Fitness Blender, Daniel and Kelli, offer various workout programs on their website. Check it out.

So guess what, my body aches so much after the hard work and I could hardly walk this morning. It feels good though – and on top of that I might have flat tummy and toned body just in time for late beach holiday.

 

No Makeup Selfie to Beat Bullies

Amy Elsegood Birthmark Selfie

Amy Elsegood Birthmark Selfie

Ah the world is full of inspiring people! Today via Huffington Post and Daily Mail I found an inspiring story of Amy Elsegood, who was born with facial birthmark. Apparently she was bullied when she was growing up just because she was different. I really hate these bullies – what’s wrong with these kids? What is wrong with being different?  Well, I was bullied at school too, so I understand how difficult it is to deal with bullies. But luckily I was not suffering from a physical difference like Amy did. According to Bullying UK, there are still a lot of myths about reporting and challenging bullies. I really hope we will find an effective way to stop bullying one day, because I am sure it is causing many children serious misery in their precious early life.

Anyway, back to Amy – I was so impressed with her Selfie and her positive attitude. Amy now accepts who she is, and decided to promote the discovery with her No Make-Up Selfie. What a brave thing to do, I totally admire her for her courage.

Amy with foundation concealer

Amy with foundation concealer

Amy also has a wonderful support from her boyfriend, Josh, who didn’t even register Amy’s birthmark when she first revealed it to him. Whenever I hear about these aspiring young people, I become a bit more positive about the prospect of this sometimes gloomy world. Looking at Amy’s selfie  makes me smile with hope and wonder. Really well done Amy!

Borrow a Dog and Be Happy

Little girl with a black dog

Little girl with a black dog

Puppy in bed with blanket

Puppy in bed with blanket

Bulldog brothers and sisters in bed

Bulldog puppies

Husky puppies sleeping

Husky puppies sleeping

Whoa! I found an amazing company today via Huffington Post.  Borrow My Doggy is a community for dog lovers, and  it matches dog owners and borrowers to enjoy lovely doggies jointly.  Isn’t it a great idea?  Look at the above photo of a little girl hugging a dog. Sooooo sweet!  Apparently you can BORROW a doggy even for a few hours.  I know there are many people in Central London who want to have their own dogs. But sadly space and busy work schedule often don’t allow them to own doggies. That’s why this service makes sense.

Its co-founder, Rikke Rosenlund, came up with the idea when she “borrowed” a Labrador named Aston.  She took her for a walk in the park and it was a life changing moment.  Shortly afterward Rikke met her co-founder, Les Cochrane, who used to volunteer at the RSPCA.  Together they started Borrow My Doggy website.  This is how it works – dog owners post their dog’s photos with an annual fee of £34.99 (that’s actually very reasonable, don’t you think?).  Then borrowers can browse the website once they set up their own profile with a £7.99 a year.  Borrow My Doggy can even arrange for a meeting between an owner and a borrower locally. Really amazing!

Having a pet at home is a great way to alleviate day to day stress level.  These days we all work really hard and often long hours. Certainly my stress level drops sharply when I see Jude greeting me at the door every night.  So everybody, this is a new way of life – borrow a doggy and BE HAPPY!  You can learn more about Borrow My Doggy via their blog here.