How to save money || tips & tricks

Dear Reader,

How are you? I’m doing fine, there’s just something that has been going a little downhill the last few weeks/months, and no that’s not my taste in music or my grades, it’s the numbers on my bank account. I’m trying to save money for a new laptop for months now, but I find it so hard to save money and I really want to change that because I’m not only not getting that new laptop, I’m also just spending my money on stupid things that don’t matter. Soooo, here is a blog post to help myself and my fellow money spenders to stop spending your money on things that aren’t important.

#1. Stop spending your money on food.

The first thing I saw when I looked at my spending, was that I spend way too much money on food and drinks. Not only do I go on Mac Donalds dates with my friends a lot, I also just learned about this place that sells the most AMAZING ice coffee that I’ve ever tasted (shoutout to Mikki <3), and I can’t stop buying it. But….. Is it really necessary to buy all this? no, not really. I mean, okay maybe I really need this ice coffee once in a while, but, we can also just bring food and drinks from home and go to the beach in stead of spending our money on bad quality food in a crappy Mac Donalds. So, from now on I’m going to spend as less money as I can on food and just remember to bring food from home.

#2. Just don’t bring money with you all the time, or a specific amount.

When I go out shopping with my friends, I mostly don’t really think about how much I spend, and when I come home from a long day in the city, I look at my bank account and say oooopsss. So, from now on I’m only bringing a certain amount of money with me that I am okay with spending. We often go to the city when we’re done with school, and even though I wasn’t planning on buying things, I often end up buying a lot of stuff I don’t need. So, I think I’m just not going to bring my wallet to school every day, and when I really want something I can just borrow the money from my friends.

#3. Before you buy something, think about if you really need it.

Before it’s too late and you have already purchased your item think about if you really need the item you have in your hands. It helps when you range it from 1-10, if it’s not at least a 8, don’t buy it!! Think about if you really need it and if it’s going to add up to what you already have.

That’s it for now guys. I hope I helped you guys a little, as well as myself… I really have to stop spending so much money, and from this day, I will! (I hope, hahaha).

Thanks for reading and lots of love!

Love always, L.G. ❤

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How to: “fake” calligraphy

Dear Reader,

How are you? Today I will show you how to I “fake” calligraphy. It’s an easy way to make beautiful letters without the fuss of buying a calligraphy pen and dealing with practicing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my calligraphy pen, but this way of calligraphy is also very nice. 

First you have to write a word or letter out, make sure to leave some space between the letters when writing a word. I used my fountain pen with black ink, but any pen will do. I also like to use black stabile fine liners.It’s a little bit hard to explain, but every time when you go down while writing a letter, you have to make a dubble line, so that you create a blank space.

Now fill in these spaces you have created and make all the lines a little bit sharper.

And that’s that! It’s really easy when you get the hang of it. I love to make nice letters on cards and notebooks to jazz them up a bit. I’m still not a pro, but practice makes master! Good luck and make sure to send me a picture of Your finished result on my instagram .

Thanks for reading and have a nice day! 

Love always, Laura Grace

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Gewoon elfenbankje (Trametes versicolor) – Tonderzwammen

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Gewoon Elfenbankje, foto door Laura Grace Thostrup, maart 2017, bosjes aan Scheveningse weg, Den Haag.

Lieve Lezer,

Vandaag begin ik met een nieuwe categorie op mijn blog: Biologie! Ik ga het in deze categorie in het Nederlands hebben over van alles wat ik in de natuur aantref en heb vastgelegd.  Van “doodnormale” planten en dieren, tot zeldzame en prachtige planten dieren. Op deze manier probeer ik de natuur van Nederland beter te leren kennen en meer soorten planten en dieren bij naam te kennen.

Het Gewone Elfenbankje (Trametes versicolor) is een paddenstoel en behoort tot de Tonderzwammen. Hij groeit het hele jaar door en is veel voorkomend. Voornamelijk is deze prachtige paddenstoel te vinden in loofbossen op dode stronken en takken, af en toe ook op levende bomen wanneer de bast is beschadigd of er een tak is afgezaagd. Ze groeien aan één zijde van een tak of stronk in groepen, zo ook boven op de afbeelding te zien. Het Gewone Elfenbankje dient niet alleen als bankje voor magische wezens, maar helpt ook met het afbreken van bladeren en hout in het bos.

Het Gewone Elfenbankje komt in verschillende kleuren voor zoals wit, beige, okergeel, (rood)bruin, grijs, blauw of zwartachtig, de buitenrand is wit. De hoeden zijn tussen de 3 en 8 cm groot en meestal niet dikker dan 2 mm dik. De soortnaam versicolor betekent dan ook “veelkleurig” en Trametes betekent “de dunne”, heel toepasselijk bij de zwam. Het hoedvlees is dun, leerachtig en taai van structuur. Het hoedoppervlak is deels bedekt met fluweelzachte haren. De hoedrand is golvend, enigszins ingekerfd en scherp. De onderzijde van de paddenstoel is licht van kleur (witachtig) en voorzien van kleine poriën (3 tot 5 per mm). Binnen aangetaste boomstronken kunnen mycelia van het elfenbankje die tot verschillende individuen behoren grenszones vormen, dat wil zeggen, zulke mycelia komen niet te dicht in elkaars buurt en grenzen zich tegen elkaar af. Vruchtlichamen van het Gewone Elfenbankje worden gegeten door rupsen van het oranjebruin kroeskopje Nemaxera betulinella (een motvlinder) en door maden van de breedvoetvlieg Polyporivora picta

Elfenbankjes zijn voor mensen oneetbaar, wel wordt deze schimmel in de biotechnologie veel gebruikt voor de productie van laccase, een lignine-afbrekend product dat vaak in de papierindustrie gebruikt wordt als bleekmiddel. Ook bevat het mycelium van het Gewoon elfenbankje (Yun Zhi of Kawaratake) Krestin, een bij de behandeling van kanker van het spijsverteringskanaal, borstkanker en longkanker toegepaste polysaccharide (antioxidant).

Een hele mooie schimmel met bijzondere functies en eigenschappen. Zo zie je maar, deze veelvoorkomende zwam is specialer dan ik eerder had gedacht, wat een geweldige schimmel!

Bedankt voor het lezen. < 3

Veel liefs, Laura Grace

Bronnen:

http://www.zwammeninzuidhorn.nl/Gewoon%2520elfenbankje.html

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gewoon_elfenbankje

http://www.soortenbank.nl/soorten.php?soortengroep=paddenstoelen&id=963

Open your eyes to your own beauty

Dear Reader,

I might not have sun kissed skin, Kylie Jenner’s lips, a thigh gap, a flat stomach, long fingers, a big butt, hairless everything and thin legs. I might not have big blue eyes perfectly curled hair and long perfectly painted nails. I might not be model long or cute and small. But I’m perfect the way I am, and I think it’s disgusting that nowadays media is making millions of girls and boys feel like they need to look a specific way to be seen as beautiful. You are beautiful the way you are, and no one should ever touch your beauty.

I’ve always dressed outside the lines of “standards”. I wouldn’t say that I was standing out very much because of that, it never affected my social life. I still wear clothes that aren’t standard, and I still am not affected in a bad way by it. Sure, sometimes I get the looks, but I don’t mind, because it is who I am and I feel most beautiful that way. I don’t like the way jeans and shirts look on me, I don’t care about clothes with specific brands on them, I just really don’t care about what everyone thinks. I don’t mind wearing no makeup, and I don’t mind wearing makeup either, I mind only the way I think it looks on me, for me.

I don’t mind the girls and boys talking bad about me around my back, and I don’t mind stares. Because all that counts, is that you are happy, and that you are surrounded by the ones that make you happy. If you let all of it go, all of the comments, the critics, you will feel so relieved. So please, please stop feeling insecure about things other people tell you to feel insecure about. Because you really are perfect just the way you are made. If you, like me, don’t have the perfect body, rock it, stand out; get out of that flock of people trying to all look the same. Be yourself and own all you “imperfections”. I don’t believe in imperfections, they don’t exist in my vocabulary.

Sure, I’m insecure sometimes, and sure, I don’t always like the way I look. But when I look back at these kinds of moments, the insecurities mostly come up because the internet told me to be thin and look certain ways I just don’t look. And I almost feel ashamed for myself that I let them walk over me. And I’m done letting them. I am not a model. But I’m me. And that’s just the way I should be.

And I’m mad at all the magazines, all the social media, all the mean girls and boys at school. I’m mad at all the people that make the perfect people feel imperfect. And I’m done thinking about what the world might think of me. They can go think and say all they want, because I know better, and I know better than all of them. And I feel so bad for everyone who is a victim of social media. No one deserves that. Social media nowadays tell small girls of only thirteen years old that they have to shave their legs, put tons of make up on, dress the way everyone dresses, and take pictures of themselves where they almost look like sex object. Is that woman’s empowerment? No! We should tell our youth, that they can be and dress and look whatever way they’re comfortable in! Why do we teach our girls and boys that they have to fit in to this mold, and if they don’t, they’re not beautiful. Everyone is beautiful, and I hate the way that so many people get treated by society. I get só angry when I see it happening, reading it, hearing it.

The thing is, we should stop comparing each other to others. You should look at yourself, as an individual, and when you start doing that, you will see your beauty. You will get to know yourself, and your own beautiful features. Open your eyes to your own beauty.

All the models looking like sticks, all the girls putting layers and layers of foundation on, all the girls shaving every inch of their body, all the people getting lip injections, all the girls straightening or curling they hair. I’m done with it all.

And I’m not saying you can’t get injections, or shave your body or be slim. I’m just asking you, are you doing it because you truly want it, or are you doing it because they want you to do it.

I was glad to see a commercial of H&M with a big variation of body types, colors and looks. And I’m glad that more and more people stand up and speak. Because it is really a problem. (Here is a link to the H&M commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQrple9AnL8)

If you’re fat, rock it. If you’re thin, rock it. If you have a birthmark, rock it. If you are pale as milk, rock it. If you’re as dark as the night, rock it. If you are “imperfect”, rock it. Rock all your looks.

I’ve learned long ago, that not everyone will think that I am pretty, perfect or beautiful. And I’ve learned long ago, that I will not always think that I am pretty, perfect or beautiful. But I am. And so are you. I don’t care what they think about my features. The only thing I care about is that I am happy, and I feel beautiful and that the whole world is able to be beautiful the way they are. And I see it as my duty, as a teenager, to help as many girls as I can to feel beautiful again, just as I learned years ago.

Beauty is not to be labeled. There is not a specific look that is beautiful, and I don’t think that enough girls and boys realize this. Everyone is perfect in a special way. Don’t you ever dare feel like you’re not. Raise your chin, swing your hips, shoulders back and go rock the world. Cause you are beautiful.

You are beautiful whatever they tell you. Please don’t let them touch your beauty.

Love always, Laura Grace

 

How to make waking up easier // Advise

Dear reader,

Waking up early, one of the hardest things to do for many people. You hear people complaining about it almost every day and you complain about it yourself every morning when that damned alarm clock goes off. We can’t do anything about having to get up early, but we can surely make it easier, here are a few tips and tricks to help you roll out of bed easer early in the morning!

  1. Don’t snooze your alarm clock, but get out of your bed the first time it goes off. Snoozing your alarm clock makes it only harder to get up because you’re being pulled out of your sleep on and on again.
  2. Drink a big glass of water directly when you wake up and splash some water in your face. This always wakes me up a lot more when I went to bed way too late.
  3. Prevent your room from being cold in the morning; it’s terrible having to get up when it’s cold, and to have to leave your magical cocoon of warmth. Especially when it turns autumn and winter, turn your radiator a little bit up in the evening! If you don’t want to do this because of costs or “global warming” reasons, just lay a sweater next to your bed and put it on when you wake up.
  4. Already pick out the clothes you want to wear for the next day, as well as to pack your school bag. This makes that you have more time to sleep in the morning, and no stress about what to wear or if you’ll forget your books.
  5. Obviously, try to go to bed on time! This is really hard, I know, but it’s really bad for your body to always be tired. I know for myself that the internet is a big reason for my lack of sleep, and I know that this is the same for many of you. Try to put away your phone at nine, and get ready for bed. Instead of checking your Instagram before you’re going to sleep, read a book.
  6. If you always go to bed around 1 in the morning, it’s really hard to just suddenly go to bed at 10. Try to shorten the time day by day half an hour. So go from 01:00 to 12:30 and the next day to 12:00 and so on.
  7. If you just absolutely can’t get any sleep before 10:00 at night because you’re a night person, then don’t. You just gotta take naps. Just take a nap after school, you’ll feel energetic again, and instead of making your homework in the midday, do it in the afternoon or evening. It sucks for night persons that school starts so early, but if we can’t change that, we just gotta go with the naps.
  8. Put on one kind of perfume every evening just before you’re going to sleep. Your brain will associate the smell with sleeping and you’ll fall asleep quicker.
  9. Clean up your room before you go to bed; it will give rest and it’s nice to wake up with a neat room. Also, try to make your bed every morning.

Well, that’s all I could think of that works for me. I hope you’ll get a little more sleep than before reading this! Good luck to all of you next schoolyear, and may your sleep be tight and deep.

Love always, Laura Grace

 

 

Address Book // DIY

Dear Reader,

Today I found myself searching for my brothers address I once wrote in a random notebook, couldn’t find it, and I figured I had to change my organization a little…. So I made myself an address book, and I took pictures of the progress so that you guys can get some inspiration yourself! Enjoy.

As you can see, very simple and cute. Just use some glue, pens and paper. Hope you liked it, I’ll write soon again. 
Love always, 

L.G.

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Meet my baby’s || we got kittens!!!

Dear Reader, 

Since 2 weeks, we have two new family members, Ronja and Vosje, our new kittens! We’re all absolutely in love with them and I can watch them play for hours… 

We got the two from a very nice cat owner, around two weeks ago. When they first came, they were both a little shy, but after a few hours they were already settled in and they were playing with the toys we got them. Ronja, the white cat, is called after the  book Ronja the robbers daughter from Astrid Lindgren. The name suits her very well as she is very cheeky and is already chasing after spiders and small insects that live in our house. The red one is called Vosje, which means fox in Dutch, because, of course, he is red. The two are inseparable and as Ronja takes the lead, Vosje follows her around everywhere. They love snuggling together in the sun that shines through the windows and when you sit on the couch, they come to great you with a cuddle and a very cute miauw. I can’t stop playing with them in the morning and I’m so so so happy that we finally got two little lions! I can’t believe how tame they have become in just this little time, and I will never stop loving them! Here are some pictures of my babies! (Sorry for the bad quality, the pics were taken on my phone…).

Love Always, Laura Grace & the babies ❤