How To Use Your Time Well?

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Hi guys

I had a friend when I was a teenager who used to do her homework on the way to school, in a moving car. I, on the other hand, couldn’t even look down at my book without feeling sick. I still have the same problem. I get carsick so fast that I can’t even text someone while I’m in a car, bus or train. Therefore seeing someone reading a book or working on a laptop makes me envious of them. They’re using the precious time being proactive while all I can do is to look out of the window avoiding motion sickness, such a waist of time. If you have the same problem surely you understand my frustration.

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That’s one of the reasons that I love Audible. Since couple of months ago when I started to listen to my favorite books on Audible my life has changed. It actually lets me take advantage of the time I used to waist on my way to work or school. Nowadays I listen to any material that I find useful. Beside a huge range of books there are courses available that one can listen to, depending on one’s line of work or study.

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Audible is part of Amazon company. As a result all Amazon prime members are automatically sign to Audible and can use it for free. Since I’m not a member, I pay 14,99 dollar monthly for Audible and I can say with confidence that it  is money well spent. Every member receives one credit every month that allows them to buy a book without any extra charge. That’s how I roll, all books I have in my Audible library have been purchased by monthly credit. I can proudly say that I’m building an amazing collection for only 14,99 dollar per month, which is a bargain.

 

 

Other reasons to love Audible is that one can have it on every device from iPhone to Pc. It’s the easiest app I’ve ever worked with. No matter how limited is one’s knowledge of using computers or smart phones, they can get a handle on it in no time. Therefore I think it’s an amazing gift for almost everyone. You can give a membership as a gift to anyone you love, paying for only one month or the whole year. I think that’s a gift of lifetime.

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You also can share books that you like with your friends and family no matter where they are. For me that’s one of the huge advantages of Audible. Sharing knowledge is one of the most precious gifts. Also it reminds me of my childhood and all those books that my grandfather had bought me through the years. That was one of our family traditions. Twice a year he used to buy a book for all his grandchildren. Those books are still one of my most valuable possessions. The collection is his legacy in addition to be a reminder of his love and care for me . Now I’m trying to build a digital version on Audible, that will last forever , for myself and all those that I care about.

You can try Audible for two weeks free of charge. During this trial one can have two free audio books of their choice to listen to.

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Links:

-Klick here for Audible program

-Two of my favorite books are available here and here.

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Nastaran

Disclaimer: this post is in association with Amazon affiliate program.

 

 

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How to use Saffron

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Hi guys

Saffron is one of my favorite spices. I think it’s unique and exotic, there are no other spice like Saffron. The smell is amazing that’s why it can be used to cover other smells like smell of egg yolk in pastry.  Saffron is used to add color and smell to main courses, desserts or drinks.

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To get the most flavor out of saffron it’s better to grind the threads.  You can use a mortal&pestle or a coffee grinder to do so.

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The saffron powder can be stored in an airtight food container . Every time you want to use it add a little bit of the powder to a small glass of hot water and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Then you can use it according to the recipe.

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Kisses

Nastaran

Eight Tips For Traveling With Just a Carry-on

Hi Guys

There are two reason that I don’t like to travel – specially in Europe – with anything but a carry-on; first is waiting for my luggage to arrive at the destination which is annoying and the second reason is the extra money that I often need to pay for it. So I do my best to fit everything I need in a carry on and here are the 8 tips that I follow to do so:

1-BE AWARE Of THE RULES:

All airports and airlines have strict laws about carrying liquids and sprays in flight. Make sure that you follow the law otherwise you may be surprised when they throw  a bottle of your beloved perfume or hair spray into a garbage bag.
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2-USE ORGANIZER BAGS:

Use different size of organizer bags or dust bags to separate your stuff like makeup, shoes, clothes…… In addition that it’s easier to pack your stuff you will know exactly where everything is when you need them.

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3-MAKEUP:

We all have a daily makeup routine so we know exactly what to take with us. If you think about a piece and your thoughts start with “IN CASE…” don’t take it, there is 99% chance that you won’t use it and I’m completely certain that you DON’T NEED IT.

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This my makeup, sunscreen, eye cream and hand cream.

4-CLOTHES:

Have specific plan for your outfits. Check the weather at your destination during the period you’re going to be there, this way you know what to pack. Plan your outfits for every day accordingly.Lay them around, create a complete look -try them if you have time- to make sure that you are happy with each outfit.

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5-SHOES & BAGS:

Don’t take more than three shoes and pick thoes that go with all of your outfits. I prefer to take a pair of evening shoes among them for a date night and ones that are comfortable enough to walk in for hours. Just remember to wear the most chunky ones and pack the other two pairs.

When it comes to bags pick two different sizes; one oversized bag to take with you in the plane and a smaller one to use while you’re exploring and walking around. You can carry the small one inside the big one into the plane so it won’t take any place in your carry-on.

 

6- NECESSITIES:

Carry all your necessities in the large handbag with you. These are thing that you will need at any time during the flight. Things like travel documents, laptop, chargers, external battery, headphones, sunglasses, camera, reading material, hand cream, face mist, hand sanitizer and whatever you think you will need. Separate these in different categories and put them in separate organizer bags then put those bags in the oversize hand bag.

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7-KEEP IT SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT:

Check your hotel website to see what is available in your room. For example you can find a blowdryer at almost every hotel room so you don’t need to take yours. Smallest details are important, don’t forget to take them into consideration.

8- BE SMART:

Last but not least; carry the biggest clothes like your rain coat or jacket on your hand or wear them during the flight. This way you will have more space in your carry-on.

If you follow these eight steps it would be really easy to travel with hand luggage without compromising any thing.

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That’s all I take with me for 5- day trip.

 

Do you have any tips? Please share them in the comments.

Kisses

Nastaran

 

How To Clean Makeup Brushes or a Beauty Blender

Hi Guys

One can find many products in many different forms ; spray, liquid, gel …,for cleaning makeup brushes. Personally I believe all of that is confusing for a beginner and expensive for many. Since these are tools that we use directly on our skin there is no doubt that they need to be cleaned. So what is the solution? Use an alternative cleaner.

I use baby shampoo. They’re cheap, gentle and usually hypoallergenic. It does not matter which brand you choose any baby shampoo would do the job.

All you need is a small bowl, paper towels, baby shampoo and water.

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Beauty Brushes:

Add a little bit of shampoo and water to the bowl.

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Put the brush in the water and let it sink for a few second. Then move it till you see the water getting darker.clean your beauty blender

take the brush out and dry in on the paper towel. Repeat this until the brush does not leave any residue on the paper towel.

Here you can see the difference.
Here you can see the difference.

Then take the brush under cold water for a few seconds, dry it with a clean paper towel and let it dry upside-down for 24 hours. ( or lay it on a clean surface to dry )

Beauty Blender:
You can clean the Beauty Blender ( or any makeup sponge applicator )in the same way. To make sure that the sponge is completely clean and prevent any possible damage to it, hold it the exact way you do when you use it ( from the thicker end ). Squeeze the sponge, don’t be too harsh, while you’re moving it around in the bowl. Do the same when you are rinsing it under water.

Gently squeeze the sponge
Gently squeeze the sponge

How often they need to be cleaned?

It depends on how often you use them and how do you store them. If those are part of your daily makeup routine , you must clean them once a week. The same goes for brushes that you store in a open space – on your desk or on the counter in the bathroom- since they will get dusty which is not good for your skin. Otherwise clean them once every other week.

If you have any question or there is something that you think I’ve missed please share it in the comments.

Kisses

 

Nastaran

Disclaimer:

-The sponge applicator in the pictures is not Beauty Blender. It’s a foundation applicator from KICKS.

-This post is not sponsored.