Friday, April 18, 2014

Five Things. A snail parade, impressive travels and horrifying advertisement.

Hallo meine Lieben,

happy Friday! I hope you will all have a weekend full of happiness! Please check out my friend Celeste's Five Things as well.

1. These fantastic snail pictures are absolutely beautiful. It gives me joy to look at them. That is why I always pick up snails from the street and bring them to a save place.

2. This story of a guy who traveled to all the countries in the world. Without using a plane. 

3. This stupid pizza chain wants to promote their "rabbit pizza" by covering a billboard with hundreds of dead rabbits. What is wrong with this world?

4. I really need a house where I have lots of space for all the books and book shelves I adore. I would add this one to my collection.

5. My plan for the weekend is to make some vegan peanut butter chocolate chips cookies. What are your plans?

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Random Thursday. My favorite Easter traditions.

Hallo meine Lieben,

welcome to another Random Thursday with LinEm and me! We hope you will have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Well, let me start with the bad: I am obviously not a fan of some things that come with Easter because Easter means a lot of animal cruelty. Did you know that male chickens get shredded alive immediately because they are not useful for the egg industry? Horrible and sad but true. Sometimes they get gassed or killed in another cruel way. And all the chickens who have to live in factory farms to produce all the Easter eggs? It is just terrible and needs to stop. 

One thing I will never forget about my childhood Easter is searching for candy in our garden. My parents and grandparents always hid surprised for me and it was my highlight so go searching for them on Easter Sunday. No matter if it was snowing or raining or I don't know what. That is a tradition I will never forget and I definitely want to keep that alive. 

My two Easter bunnies Tiffie and Findus will definitely get some extra cuddles on Easter. I mean, they are the Easter VIB's (Very Important Bunny). 

What is your favorite Easter tradition? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A baby turtle, a ducky sweater and metal cats. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

it is Tuesday which means that I am linking up with lovely Alyssa. I hope you are all having a fantastic week. 

1. You can all help ending the horrible Canadian baby seal slaughter by signing this petition. I guess we all agree how wrong it is. 

2. I love how this cat greets her/his owner. Way to go cat. Found on Cute Overload

3. I am trying to win the lottery. Wish me good luck.

4. If you want to see some metal musicians and their cats you can go here. Love to see some mean looking guys being all cuddly with their feline family members.

5. This is way too cute not to share. Also found on Cute Overload.

6. I am really trying to eat healthy and I eat my fruits and veggies every single day but right now I am craving all kinds of unhealthy stuff. Vegan fondant eggs, sugary almond milk cappuccino, chips, marzipan, gummi bears....

7. It might sound weird but it is so much fun to watch bunnies eat. It really is. They always look hilarious.

8. I am absolutely and totally and completely in love with this fantastic sweater.

9. I am thinking about baking a carrot cake but I have never made one before so I wanted to ask if you guys have a favorite recipe? It does not matter if it is vegan or not, I can "veganize" it. I would really appreciate it a lot!

10. I can't stop listening to "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen. I guess I am weird. 

Have a fantastic week! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Five Things. A dog-licking goat, an awkward professor and safari party chocolate.

Hallo meine Lieben,

happy weekend! Hope it is full of sunshine  and fantastic things. Please check out my friend Celeste's Five Things as well. 

1. This candy.

Saw all that stuff at the store which stocked up on vegan delicacies (which is very exciting) and could not resist. I had the fruity version of these gummi bear thingies before and they were fantastic so I can't wait to try the cola ones. And come on, rice milk chocolate shaped like safari animals. I don't even know if I want to eat them because they are way too cute. But I tried the chocolate bar (with crispy rice pops) and it is heavenly! Yay for more vegan options. I am really exciting that groceries stores start to sell more vegan products. 

2. These animals.

I found it on Cute Overload. These animals are just so unbelievably fantastic. I mean, that goat is just funny and never gives up to try to make the dog play with her. And come on, a dog-licking goat is brilliant. And the dog is so patient and unimpressed. Can't stop watching these two. 

3. This book.

I do not usually read books about love. But this one sounded so interesting that I made an exception. I haven't finished the book yet but I can honestly say that I am surprised how much I like this book. The main character is hilarious and reminds me a teeny tiny bit of Adrian Mole. This book makes me laugh and it touches my heart. Unless the other half of the book turns out really crappy, I definitely recommend reading it. Here is a short description I found on Goodreads

"An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper."

4. This entrance.

This is the entrance to a bookstore. I would not mind having an entrance like that. And my own book store.

5. This show. 

I am re-watching Freaks and Geeks (not that I have tons of other stuff to catch up with) because the show makes me feel good and comfortable. It's like meeting an old friend. I also took a test to find out which Freaks and Geeks character I am and my result is Ken Miller because "sarcasm is my second language."

Happy Sunday to you!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Random Thursday. What I'm looking forward to in spring...

Hallo meine Lieben,

welcome to another Random Thursday with LinEm and me! We're so happy that you are a part of it. I hope you are all enjoying your week! Almost weekend! yay!
And happy National Farm Animals Day!!
Each year in America an estimated 10 billion farm animals are killed for food. An unfathomable 99 percent of these animals are forced to spend their entire lives confined to factory farms. It is time to change this. 

Spring is definitely one of my favorite seasons, right after fall. It has been pretty nice here over the last couple of days. Sunshine, warmer weather, lots of flowers and everything is colorful. And here are the things I am especially excited for. 

Not freezing to death.

Well, I always have cold feet and freeze when others don't but I guess it is not as bad as in winter. There is a picture of one of my friend's birthday party and everybody wears t-shirts and summer clothes and I wear a scarf. That pretty much says it all I guess. It is definitely nice to not have to freeze as much as usual. 

The smell after a spring rain shower.

Can't really describe the smell but I guess you know what I mean - kind of fresh, grassy, clean and pure I would say. Definitely a good one. 

Fruits and veggies. 

I love fresh fruits and veggies, preferably directly from the garden. So spring is definitely a good time for me. I mean, Spargelzeit (asparagus time) starts in April! When I was a kid we had a huge garden with all kinds of veggies and fruits, it really was like paradise. I just had to go outside and got everything I wanted. I hope I can have that again some day. 

Books - just because.

Books are always something to look forward to. No matter if spring, summer, fall or winter. So I have to mention them all year round. 

Hearing the birds sing.

I love to wake up and hear the birds sing. It is the perfect way to start a day. Makes you happy immediately. 

Wearing ballerinas again.

I think I mentioned these before.

Don't get me wrong, I love my boots. But after months and months of wearing nothing but boots it is nice to be able to wear something else again. Still might wear boots in the evening. know....cold feet. 

What are you looking forward to in spring?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Smart kitty, Pig Beach and a cottontail rabbit. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

how is your week going? Hope it is fantastic. You can link up with lovely Alyssa here.

1. If you want to see a really smart cat then you need to click here. I am impressed.

2. I took the test Which backyard wildlife species are you? and my result is: cottontail rabbit. Perfect result I would say. Rabbits rule.

3. I need to move to Pig Beach, an uninhabited island in the Bahamas which is populated by lots of swimming feral pigs. Sounds like the perfect place to live.

4. And bunnies obviously. 

5. One pair of these shoes in European size 39, please. Thank you. They are vegan and fabulous. 

6. It is so true. Everybody can make a difference. 

7. I really don't know how many times I have heard this question before. Nobody cares about your protein intake until they find out you are vegan. Ironically a lot of plant-based products contain more protein than any meat. 

8. I might have a Black Books marathon this weekend. It is time to re-watch one of the best shows ever. 

9. I found some vegan Easter candy which I always loved as a kid and now I can't stop eating. I had planned to wait until Easter to open the package but I got so excited that I had to try. And it did not disappoint. I don't even know why I like it so much because it is way too sugary for my usual taste. And obviously it is clearly against my cutting out sugar policy. Bloody hell.

10. A corgi and a dachshund. I am in love.

Have a fantastic week! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Five Things. Sugar bowl love, cuddly seals and a cookie monster.

Hallo meine Lieben,

happy weekend! I hope you are all enjoying it and having a fabulous time! Please check out my friend Celeste's Five Things too!

1. This sugar bowl.

I saw it in the store. It is pink and red and gold and there is Snoopy on it. I do not necessarily need a sugar bowl but I am sure can put something useful in it. Like earrings or buttons or coins. It makes me happy so it is useful.

2. This video.

I found the video here. Watch it, it will make you happy. One of the most wonderful things I have seen. I love the guy's reaction.

3. Cookies. 

I found the vegan version of the favorite cookies from my childhood (Prinzenrolle, for all the Germans) and now I am happily eating the whole pack without feeling guilty at all. Sometimes all you need is cookies. 

4. This tea set. 

Hello? Cats AND tea! Just added this to my wishlist. I am quite sure that tea tastes even better out of this gem. 

5. This cake stand. 

Because you need something sweet while you drink your tea. And because my cookies will look even better on that thing. And because I am old school. Lots of reasons to buy this thing.

Happy weekend!