And just like that the first month of the year has come to an end. Inevitable, just like the end of the train track with the feeling of satisfaction that you've reached it but also melancholy because you will go no further. That is how I would describe this last day. It has been a long month but waking up and realising it is the last day I felt like not much has happened. I guess that is what January is.



At the start I was focusing on positivity, I regret to admit that it only lasted the first half of the month as life sneaks up on you with those little yet big things that throw you off your path but I want nothing more than to open my eyes and go into the storm brave, again. I am however pleased to share that I have been focused on my goals I want to accomplish this year, although the progress is small it is better than nothing at all.

Where there is coffee, there is me. I've been drinking a lot of the good stuff this month, with friends and at home. I took this photo of myself on New Years Day, it's strange when you look at a photo of yourself taken a little while ago and think about all the things that have happened since that they did not know will happen at that moment in time. Went to LEON a few times this month, one of my favourite places to eat at the moment. When you take away the rain there have been some glorious mornings in the sky.

Lets see how February unravels..

xo Natasha
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January Days

31.1.14

And just like that the first month of the year has come to an end. Inevitable, just like the end of the train track with the feeling of satisfaction that you've reached it but also melancholy because you will go no further. That is how I would describe this last day. It has been a long month but waking up and realising it is the last day I felt like not much has happened. I guess that is what January is.



At the start I was focusing on positivity, I regret to admit that it only lasted the first half of the month as life sneaks up on you with those little yet big things that throw you off your path but I want nothing more than to open my eyes and go into the storm brave, again. I am however pleased to share that I have been focused on my goals I want to accomplish this year, although the progress is small it is better than nothing at all.

Where there is coffee, there is me. I've been drinking a lot of the good stuff this month, with friends and at home. I took this photo of myself on New Years Day, it's strange when you look at a photo of yourself taken a little while ago and think about all the things that have happened since that they did not know will happen at that moment in time. Went to LEON a few times this month, one of my favourite places to eat at the moment. When you take away the rain there have been some glorious mornings in the sky.

Lets see how February unravels..

xo Natasha
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It is a long month. January always is. Known as being the blue month after all the end of year celebrations spiral down and the reality of another year begins again. The daylight is short but there are still blue skies every now and then to enlighten our minds to give us hope that it does not last forever. Sometimes I think we need that time to wallow in the slow blue days before diving back into the world with a full heart and clear mind. Music always helps. There is always a song out there that matches what you're thinking and feeling, it is there for whatever you need. Here are some songs that have been doing exactly that for me. 

January Blues Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

What songs have you been listening to this month?
xo Natasha
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January Blue Music

25.1.14

It is a long month. January always is. Known as being the blue month after all the end of year celebrations spiral down and the reality of another year begins again. The daylight is short but there are still blue skies every now and then to enlighten our minds to give us hope that it does not last forever. Sometimes I think we need that time to wallow in the slow blue days before diving back into the world with a full heart and clear mind. Music always helps. There is always a song out there that matches what you're thinking and feeling, it is there for whatever you need. Here are some songs that have been doing exactly that for me. 

January Blues Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

What songs have you been listening to this month?
xo Natasha
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When I'm at home on a wintry afternoon with nothing in particular to do I often begin to think of something I can get my mind focused on as well as warming myself up and this time I decided I wanted to make blueberry oat cookies. I knew I had the ingredients so gathered them all and started baking in the kitchen. They got the approval of my family and I thought I would share how I made them.


You will need..
50 grams oats
50 grams blueberries 
100 grams softened butter
100 grams brown sugar
25 grams white sugar
125 grams plain flour
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 a teaspoon baking soda
1/2 a teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 175C and line the baking trays with a lightly greased baking sheet. In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together, beat in the egg and add the vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda together and gradually add the creamed mixture, leaving the blueberries until last. Put a heaped tablespoon of the mixture on the baking tray roughly 2 inches apart. Bake in the oven until golden brown for about 12 to 15 minutes. Take out and leave to cool.


xo Natasha
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Blueberry Oat Cookies

22.1.14

When I'm at home on a wintry afternoon with nothing in particular to do I often begin to think of something I can get my mind focused on as well as warming myself up and this time I decided I wanted to make blueberry oat cookies. I knew I had the ingredients so gathered them all and started baking in the kitchen. They got the approval of my family and I thought I would share how I made them.


You will need..
50 grams oats
50 grams blueberries 
100 grams softened butter
100 grams brown sugar
25 grams white sugar
125 grams plain flour
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 a teaspoon baking soda
1/2 a teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 175C and line the baking trays with a lightly greased baking sheet. In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together, beat in the egg and add the vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda together and gradually add the creamed mixture, leaving the blueberries until last. Put a heaped tablespoon of the mixture on the baking tray roughly 2 inches apart. Bake in the oven until golden brown for about 12 to 15 minutes. Take out and leave to cool.


xo Natasha
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Translated from Japanese, Norwegian Wood tells the story of Toru, a serious and brooding university student with a devotion to Naoko who are bonded together by the tragedy of their best friends death. As he adapts to life on campus and faces loneliness he starts to become drawn to fascinating women and fills it with new experiences and as Naoko finds the pressure of life difficult along comes Midori who develops a friendship with Toru.


In the city of Tokyo the thought provoking novel goes through themes that many people in their late teens and twenties can relate to as well as more critical tales, highlighting areas of depression, relationships and other life struggles. While reading I found myself immersed in Murakami's writing and the simple yet carefully chosen words that bring you into the mind of a young man with insightful reflections on the way that people act with one another and attitudes towards natural events. Described in a way a lot like how I would go through my own memories, going into great detail with the important moments yet not lingering on every little thing. Right now after reading this novel I would quite happily take a plane ride to Tokyo, experiencing the culture, eating the food and meeting the people of the thriving city as well as the surrounding towns. For now I will settle with adding every other book Murakami has written until then.

xo Natasha
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Book Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

18.1.14

Translated from Japanese, Norwegian Wood tells the story of Toru, a serious and brooding university student with a devotion to Naoko who are bonded together by the tragedy of their best friends death. As he adapts to life on campus and faces loneliness he starts to become drawn to fascinating women and fills it with new experiences and as Naoko finds the pressure of life difficult along comes Midori who develops a friendship with Toru.


In the city of Tokyo the thought provoking novel goes through themes that many people in their late teens and twenties can relate to as well as more critical tales, highlighting areas of depression, relationships and other life struggles. While reading I found myself immersed in Murakami's writing and the simple yet carefully chosen words that bring you into the mind of a young man with insightful reflections on the way that people act with one another and attitudes towards natural events. Described in a way a lot like how I would go through my own memories, going into great detail with the important moments yet not lingering on every little thing. Right now after reading this novel I would quite happily take a plane ride to Tokyo, experiencing the culture, eating the food and meeting the people of the thriving city as well as the surrounding towns. For now I will settle with adding every other book Murakami has written until then.

xo Natasha
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Using bath salts at the end of the day can be very relaxing, about once a week I like to have a soak in the bath to calm my mind and body. One day I decided to make my own and here is how I made it.

You will need..
1 cup of Epsom Salts
Half a cup of sea salts
A quarter cup of baking soda
25 drops of lavender essential oil
Dried lavender

Mix the salts and baking soda together, add the essential oil and dried lavender and pour into a container.


When bathing in Epsom salts, the magnesium sulphate absorbs the surface of the skin to support the removal of toxins from the body while soothing the body. They also exfoliate a soften the skin without making it feel dry. The lavender oil can benefit the body by improving circulation, inhaling is also an effective way to treat the nose, throat and lungs as well as helping to prevent infections. Sometimes they help with relaxation and revive the nervous system. These two ingredients in combination with each other is ideal if you need a boost when relaxing.

xo Natasha 
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Lavender Bath Salts

3.1.14


Using bath salts at the end of the day can be very relaxing, about once a week I like to have a soak in the bath to calm my mind and body. One day I decided to make my own and here is how I made it.

You will need..
1 cup of Epsom Salts
Half a cup of sea salts
A quarter cup of baking soda
25 drops of lavender essential oil
Dried lavender

Mix the salts and baking soda together, add the essential oil and dried lavender and pour into a container.


When bathing in Epsom salts, the magnesium sulphate absorbs the surface of the skin to support the removal of toxins from the body while soothing the body. They also exfoliate a soften the skin without making it feel dry. The lavender oil can benefit the body by improving circulation, inhaling is also an effective way to treat the nose, throat and lungs as well as helping to prevent infections. Sometimes they help with relaxation and revive the nervous system. These two ingredients in combination with each other is ideal if you need a boost when relaxing.

xo Natasha 
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