Militza is a full time mom, eco-blogger and designer of eco-friendly products for kids and home.
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I’m sitting here at my favorite local cafe, in a bit of a daze really – because just a day ago I was opening the glass door to my hotel room, stepping out to my private pool, feeding wild fish off the pier, playing with hermit crabs on the beach and spending time with my family.
Our home for the weekend was Le Meridien hotel - I absolutely recommend it! Paradise!
Every morning, the hotel gave us a bowl of yesterday’s bread to feed the fish gathering around the pier, anticipating their daily treat. We spent all morning hand feeding these schools of wild fish and with each day, I loved seeing the girls overcoming their fears, going from nervous to total hands-in!
We spent hours exploring the beach, finding all kinds of creatures and sea life!
Every time I take a vacation, I always think “Why don’t I do this more often!?” Does that happen to you too? Here’s the thing: vacations are not just about getting away and relaxing – it’s about giving yourself new experiences and it’s in those experiences where we find new perspectives, broaden our lives and create new opportunities. On this trip, I had an experience that definitely opened up my world. Here’s what happened: On our second day in, before dinner, Ciaran and I decided to go for a wander outside of our beautiful hotel. We stumbled upon a little shop with a thatched roof and a big sign that read “Natural juice. Healthy food.” I was instantly drawn in and there I struck up a conversation with the owner, a tall man that had been living in Thailand for the last 15 years. His perspective on health and well-being was refreshing and, from that one meeting, I’ve come home with a whole new opportunity that I can’t wait to tell you more about! I’ll share that experience and show you a bit of his shop in part 2 of our Weekend in Ko Samui. See you then!Posted by militza | Leave a comment
Dads are simple creatures. They don’t need much, except for a little encouragement and the occasional token of our appreciation. This Father’s Day, say “Hey Dad, you’re an awesome guy!” with something simple, and homemade. But, to be honest – if you don’t have a gift figured out yet – you’re kind of short on time. Don’t fret. These DIY’s are not only awesome (just like Dad) but also super quick and easy to make!
I shared another fun do-it-yourself makeup recipe with the stylish folks at Aquila Style! This time I did a lip and cheek stain using ultra pigmented beet roots. Will it last as long as store bought makeup? probably not. Will you need to re-apply it? Sure. But who cares! It’s so beautiful, with a natural flushed pink color that you’ll love. Carry it in your purse and give yourself a dose of vitamin c throughout the day. Seriously, unlike the make-up that we buy – this stuff is actually good for you! Head over to Aquila Style for the recipe.
p.s – if you have little girls who love to play dress-up, they’ll love this project! My five year old has been smacking her lips in beet juice all day!Posted by militza | Leave a comment
3 days, 36 solid hours. That’s the amount of time I spent this week learning how to conquer one of my biggest fears. Here’s the thing: ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a little… awkward. Both an extrovert and introvert, I love the idea of speaking to people, sharing and teaching – but I’m terrified of it at the same time. Have you ever felt insecurity holding you back from the things you want to achieve? We’re good at making up excuses why we don’t do go for these big, scary dreams: “It’s too hard. I’m too busy. I’m comfortable with where I am now.”
Perhaps you’ve had the same experience where, one day, life offers you an opportunity and you have to make a choice to either stay comfortable or expand your horizons. That’s what happened to me last year when Del invited me to teach workshops with her. It’s funny how people come into your life right when you need them. Now, remember I’m terrified at the thought of speaking in front of people, so you can imagine my surprise when when she asked and I heard myself answer “Yes”.
If you could be standing next to me when I’m about to teach a workshop… I’m looking out at a group of people. I can see their faces staring back at me, some are younger than me, some are older. My hands are starting to shake a little. The room is silent. They’re looking at me hoping to learn something, to be inspired. If you could feel my pulse, just before I begin to speak, you’d know that my heart is pumping a million beats per minute and I feel like I’m about to implode.
Here’s what I know – we all have insecurities, fears and imperfections and, for me, I had to decide: do I settle for a life that is comfortable -or- do I go after my dreams of connecting, sharing and inspiring no matter how fast it makes my heart beat.
So I signed up for a public speaking workshop to learn new skills and to empower myself. I’m so glad that I did. No, I haven’t cured of my fear of public speaking, but I’ve decided to tell that little voice in my head that says “Militza, you’ll make a fool of yourself!” that it’s ok. My hands may shake a little, I may stumble over my words, I may even feel uncomfortable – but life’s too short to play it safe. I want to live a life that I love – full of meaning, connections, experiences and adventure!
That was a long introduction, but thanks for letting me tell you my story. I knew going in to a 3 day workshop wouldn’t be easy, so I prepared for it. Every night, before I went to bed, I made massive amounts of green juices and packed a lunchbag with healthy treats for the next day. Even though I had to get up at 6:30 every morning, I made sure to leave the house with a good breakfast in me. Here are some pictures that I took and some little tips that helped me along the way.
Now, have you ever had that struggle of being afraid of the very thing you want? Have you recently taken steps to achieve a goal or to go after a dream? I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below!Posted by militza | Leave a comment
What’s the best part of being a parent? For me, it’s the excuse to go to places like L’Observatoire - - a project that combines art and science for kids (and child-like adults!). We spent our Sunday in a beautiful classroom brimming with evidence of children creating experiments and art.
Once a month they host what they call Tinkering Sundays, activities centered around different themes. On this bright, sunny day – we played with water. We made colors, shapes, photography – and got pretty wet along the way. It was a blast! Stations were set up with experiments, giving kids the chance to view water in a whole new way. The girl’s senses were excited – they were happy tinkering away for hours and I have to admit, I had fun playing too! If you are in Singapore, do check them out!
They had so many great repurposing ideas!
Syphoning water and changing your perspective when looking through water
Water Sculptures with artist Ila - projecting images of water mixed with colours, oil, soap and bubbles!
Capturing the shapes of water thrown in the air, which turned into a very silly game of ‘run under the stream before you get wet!’ I got wet.
It’s located near Pasar Bella, so after our morning at L’Observatoire – we walked down to the market for lunch. A perfect Sunday!Posted by militza | 1 comment
I got the chance to share one of my favorite beauty DIY’s with the very awesome Aquila Style magazine! I’ve been using this powder myself for a while now and love just how simple it can all be. I still have my favorite foundations and make-up that I use but, when it comes to reducing our exposure to chemicals and toxins, a recipe like this is a great way to start. And unlike most powders, this homemade version actually nourishes your skin. Plus, it kind of smells like chocolate!
Here’s the thing: when you see just how easy it is to make your own product and how well it works, you’ll be less impressed the next time you walk into a shop and are bombarded with a million face powders to buy and clutter up your home. With the money you save, you can invest in the brands that are doing really great things, that you’re happy to support! In the meantime, have fun making your own products at home. It’s my favorite way to unwind and spend time doing something that is positive, healthy and good.
I hope that you’ll pop over to Aquila Style to get the recipe and try it out for yourself!Posted by militza | 5 comments
Kale is the boss. It’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – but, what really sets kale apart are four other nutrients that may surprise you. Here’s why – these nutrients are generally found in… animal products!
My favorite way to eat this powerhouse green is by making kale chips, smoothies and now I’ve started juicing it too. For more recipes and ideas, I created a Kale Pinterest board full of delicious inspiration to get our kale on! Click on the picture below to see my Pinterest Board:
For my Singapore readers – I have the answer to your biggest question: Where do I buy kale in Singapore?
1000 Facebook friends. I’m blown away! I can’t begin to tell you how much you guys have enriched my life, because if I do, I may get teary-eyed sitting here at my local cafe and that would be awkward… You have motivated me to be a better person, to find my truth and to live the life that I’ve always wanted. Sharing with you has been the best thing that I have ever done, but I think I’ve gotten the better deal here because I’ve received so much more!
How do you say thank you for something like that? Impossible. But hopefully $100 worth of products from iHerb.com is a good start! In my mind I picture one of you receiving one of these boxes full of goodies, opening it up and having a blast playing in your kitchen and whipping up all kinds of natural, wholesome products! I chose my favorite ingredients that help me to make a lot of the recipes that I’ve shared with you. Each box totals up to $100 SGD worth of products – and the contest is open to everyone, no matter where you live! You can pick between two boxes: The Natural Beauty Goodie Bag -or- The Super Foodie Goodie Bag …
The Natural Beauty Goodie Bag – You love the idea of using pure ingredients on your skin, radiating natural beauty! Whip up your own body butters, skin toners, hair rinses, solid lotion bars and more!! Here’s what you get:
The Super Foodie Goodie Bag – you love the idea of having a pantry stocked with healthy food essentials to whip up nourishing meals, healthy treats and yummy snacks! Here’s what you’ll get:
So, which will you choose?
Here’s the way it works:
Now, this giveaway is only going to run for two weeks, so don’t leave it till the last minute to enter, okay?! GOOD LUCK!!!
**Please note: Depending on availability, the contents of the giveaway prize may vary from those pictured in this post.**
*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or iHerb.com. The giveaway sponsor, Little Green Dot, will ship the prize within 14 days of the end of the giveaway. Giveaway starts Friday, May 23rd at 5pm SGT and ends Friday, June 7th at midnight SGT. Once the giveaway ends, winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within 24 hours by email. This post will be updated with winners’ names once we’ve heard back from them. Winners will need to respond within 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. *Posted by militza | 78 comments
I’d like to share a story with you. About a year ago, I became really preoccupied with eating healthily. When cooking my family’s food – not only did I have the stress of planning meals, organizing the ingredients and taking the time to cook it – but I was also adding to the burden, questioning whether I was using organic ingredients, the right kind of flour or heaven forbid, too much sugar. I was feeling stressed. Making the choice to be more hands-on was supposed to be a good thing, so why did I feel frustrated?
I took a nutrition course on Coursera to get more of a handle on my nutrition, thinking that more information would make me feel more comfortable – and what I came away with was completely unexpected…
Food can be a nourishing experience – not only offering nutrition for your body, but for your total sense of happiness. There’s a lot to gain if you offer yourself the opportunity to connect with your food. Those little moments where you spend time at a fresh market looking through all the beautiful produce. Sitting at your kitchen counter picking through fresh blueberries for homemade muffins. Cutting a carrot into little heart shapes for your kids… it can be a time where you feel joy just being present in the moment. And when it comes to nutrition, knowing which foods make you feel your best and which don’t, knowing the right proportions and healthier cooking techniques… it all becomes more natural the more time you spend doing it. When you make it yourself, you can already feel good about that – because it’s going to be healthier for you and your family than eating pre-made, processed foods. Even when you do sprinkle a little sugar on top!
I absolutely love spending time in my kitchen now. Over the last year I’ve organised my time so that I can create those moments. Slowly, I’ve stocked my kitchen with all the necessities that make it easy for me – a food processor to make my nut butters, glass tupperware that I like looking at and a few gadgets that make me smile – like my zucchini slicer for making veggie lasagna sheets! I haven’t bought quick cooking lasagna pasta in ages!
I think creating a space that works for you is key, that’s why I recently shared my top 10 Favorite Kitchenware Shops in Singapore with Sassy Mama’s readers. Definitely check it out, there are some great finds. Get the list below from Sassy Mama!
p.s. – my biggest lesson has been that while my kids don’t always like to eat what I make for them, they ALWAYS like spending time with me making it. I think there’s a lot of nourishment in that too. And when they grow up, I’m confident that they will love their veggies, and spend happy moments peeling potatoes with their kids too.
Have you ever tried downing a shot of wheatgrass? I don’t think there’s a person on earth who would say it’s delicious. So then, why do so many people drink it? Trendy juice bars and fads aside – it’s actually an incredible way to detoxify your body. Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, which draws toxins from the body like a magnet. When your body is cleansed in this way, everything flows smoothly, oxygen is easily transported throughout and you feel the benefits: increased energy, bright eyes and clear skin. And the best part, I’m going to show you how to easily make a wheatgrass shot that you’ll actually look forward to drinking!
This is my Omega 8000 Juicer. It makes life easy. If you don’t have one, you can blend up the wheatgrass with a little water and then strain out its dark green juice with a nut bag. This is how I did it for a good year before I bought this juicer. Once you have the wheatgrass shot ready, then you add the magic ingredient: coconut water.
Not only does the coconut water give it a refreshing, almost sweet-nutty flavour - but it’s also incredibly hydrating to the body. It’s rich in potassium, which is an electrolyte that floods muscles and tissue cells – giving you a charge of energy! It’s an amazing post-workout drink to replenish tired muscles, but it’s also a fantastic way to start the day. Try it!
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