Monday, November 29, 2010


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I love these Priti nail polishes I just received from Pure Citizen. Priti Polishes have been completely formulated without any Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phathalate (DBP), Toluene, and Camphor. They are also Cruelty Free and 100% Vegan. I also included completely biodegradable soy nail polish remover in my order. I love how it removes the old polish without the terrible chemical smell and drying feeling of normal polish remover. This is actually oily and leaves your nails well hydrated. It's best to swipe the remover on each nail and then start again with the first nail so that it can sit for a few minutes and comes off easily. 
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With our love, we could save the world. (George Harrison)

Saturday, November 27, 2010


 Some of you might remember me introducing my new Cougar boots few weeks ago here and here (that I absolutely love). Now Matchstick is asking for your feedback, dear audience, and they are donating $2 to the Red Cross for every survey completed. Please help the good cause. It will only take a minute, guaranteed! Go here to start.
Thank you darlings!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


"Before European visitors arrived here, native people had been celebrating a series of Thanksgivings throughout the year for many, many generations.  Those thanksgivings recognized and acknowledged the natural world and the gifts of land provided by mother earth." (source)
"In our society, it is not uncommon for our modern celebrations to have arisen from evil beginnings. Over the centuries, Thanksgiving has become a special day to join with loved ones in an offering of thanks for our blessings. Some give their time to help with the homeless and hungry. It is now a day of giving, and of honor, and of true thanksgiving.

In your Thanksgivings to come, I would ask that you offer a silent prayer for the spirits of those who were sacrificed so long ago. You and I did not commit these atrocities, and we are certainly not responsible for the behavior of our ancestors be they red, white, black or yellow.

However, we are charged with the responsibility of learning our true history, and of having the courage to behave with honor and dignity toward our fellow man. If the lessons of history are not learned, they will repeat themselves." (source)
I don't personally celebrate Thanksgiving (didn't grow up celebrating it), but I did leave work early today in order to attend the big family Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law's house. Food was phenomenal and I stuffed myself with pasta, broccoli, artichoke, brussels sprouts, pineapple custard, sweet potato casserole and rice and beans. Not to even mention the dessert table that had apple pie, coconut custard, cannoli, ten different varieties of cookies, cheese cake, fruit platter, ice cream, cinnamon cake etc...
I wanted to start a tradition of my own for Thanksgiving and adopted a turkey. This made me extremely happy. Now I just need to find my way up to the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary to meet my new baby in person.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I started my weekend already on Thursday. Sun was bright, breeze just right and I had just finished playing with the kitties when the doorbell rang. 
It was my good friend C, who's been out of the country for 6 months! Working abroad in the good old motherland Finland and now she had finally returned back in the US of A before they would snatch that Green Card away from her. Good times!
We spent the day walking around town and enjoying the mild weather, shopping in all cute little stores (and some larger ones like Anthropologie) and pampering with manicures and shoulder/neck massages.
We also had lunch at this little bistro and their pumpkin-coconut puree soup was outstanding. So delicious. Caribbean salad went great with it.
What a perfect girls day out in town.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 12, 2010


Me and daddy
This is my favorite museum in NYC. American Museum of Natural History used to be my number one, but I've graduated to MET now. AMNH is still strong second though. 
 I love the feeling of museums, like the time stands still and nothing rushes you (exept when it's time to close and the security wants you out). 
 There are so many quiet rooms where you can just sit down and amaze all the wonderful things around you. It would be ice to come here with a laptop and see how much work you can get done. The atmosphere seems perfect for concentration.
MET is huge, so don't expect to see everything in one visit, you might get an art overdose. Every time I come here I discover something new. My personal favorite is the Asian section, expecially India.
Mom not so interested in museums, dad very interested. Love them.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


 Winters in the north east can be quite harsh, but as a Finn I know how to dress for the weather. When trying to stay warm, being cute is not always the main thing for me. Especially when it comes to winter shoes and boots. 
But I gotta say I really like the look of these "Ravishing" boots from Cougar Shoes that are made to withstand temperatures as cold as 30 Celsius (22 Fahrenheit) and they are also completely waterproof. At the same time they are extremely light weight which makes them perfect for hiking and long walks in the city. They have amazingly soft faux fur and polar fleece lining and lace up front, but the snow or the rain won't get inside because the boot is entirely closed. 
Come rain, hail, sleet and snow storms, I'm ready!
Thank you Cougar Shoes and Matchstick for this wonderful gift!
Please complete this one minute survey about the boots and Matchstick will donate $2 to the Red Cross. Thank you!

Stay warm, 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Like an early birthday present, I found these two boxes behind our door few days ago. What a nice surprise!
They were from Cougar Shoes and the smaller box contained the "Regal" rain boot and the other one the "Ravishing" winter boot. Both guaranteed waterproof and insulated even for the harshest climates. 
I got to test the rain boots immediately the next day when we were having heavy rainfall and I had to head to work. First thing that I noticed was the soft polar fleece lining. How awesomely comfy. No need to wear heavy socks. Or socks at all if you prefer it that way... I wore the boots all day at work (felt lazy to change regular shoes on...) and my feet didn't start hurting one bit like they normally do with heavy rubber boots. 
But not only are they comfortable and high quality, they also look pretty darn good. Get yours here.

Please complete this one minute survey about the boots and Matchstick will donate $2 to the Red Cross. Thank you!

Monday, November 8, 2010


Flu season is almost here (or maybe it's here already) and pharmacies are pushing the flu shots to everyone buying gum at Duane Reade. I've never been eager to take medication nevertheless vaccinations and haven't done so since my trip to India over ten years ago. And I'm glad I haven't with all the new information about the harmful side effects and unproven effectiveness. Here's a great article and video from Dr. Mercola (holistic doc) about flu shots and the importance of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is very important nutrient that helps our body to absorb calcium, helps build strong bones and may also help to prevent heart disease. Check out this very informative package about Vitamin D from World's Healthiest Foods. Many people with holistic approach to health seem to agree that Vitamin D deficiency is the major cause of flu. 
The food sources for D are slim (egg yolks, beef liver, some fish. Don't count on the bogus synthetic Vitamin D2 fortified foods) so whenever possible, you should try to get your dose from the sunlight. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy it. 20 minutes a day is ideal, but if you live in an area with limited sunlight especially during winter months, even few minutes makes a difference. 
Just like I did while taking a stroll in this beautiful nearby reservation. Fall is amazing season when you make time to stop and look around. 

Get out and take a walk!