My go-to cookie recipe

Everybody has a swear-by choco chip recipe, right? After some tries, I made my own changes in a highly-rated recipe I found on the internet and ended up with a chewy-but-crispy cookie that isn’t too sweet and fills my heart with warm happiness at every bite.
Here is the recipe:

CHOCO-CHIP COOKIES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • semisweet chocolate chips to decorate
  • (optional) laminated almonds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven in mediun to high heat
  2. Take the baking sheets and grease it or line with parchment paper
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl, set aside
  4. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until well blended, set aside
  5. Beat the eggs and the (optional) vanilla extract until light and creamy
  6. Blend the ingredients from steps 3, 4 and 5
  7. Make small balls (about 2 inches) on the prepared cookie sheets 4 inches apart each other
  8. Decorate with the chocolate chips and (optional) laminated almonds on top (the dough will spread)
  9. Bake for about 17 minutes in medium heat or until the edges get lightly toasted
  10. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets (they’ll be a bit too soft in the beginning) and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely

Enjoy!

Happy New Year (and a month)

After an exact month after New Year’s commemoration, I can say my 2018 has finally begun. I felt trapped in 2017 for an entire month even after it was officially over. It took time to heal the most important parts of myself, to replace and recreate what didn’t serve to its purpose anymore. There were uncountable mornings I desired the pitch black dawn and way-more-than-I-would-like to-admit nights when I would pray to the vivid nightmares around me to end. It didn’t, but things started to feel better.

 

3 random: animations to re-watch + why looking at the past can be good for you

First of all: yes, I was a Disney movies child. Yes, they had an important (and maybe kind of strong?) influence and I’m not ashamed of that. And yes, I still listen to those songs from time to time because, why not? I’ve been having this annoying-but-necessary identity crisis, and because of this I found myself looking for something to hold on to, mainly new things to help redefine myself, but nothing worked as well as I wanted to. I turned my whole world upside down looking for something like this, something new, and then I finally found something that I had put aside a long time ago: my childhood memories. It does no good to live in the past, but sometimes taking a look at it like someone looks at a photo album or a memory box, can really help to understand who we are and how we were “made”.

Mulan- Mulan knows that she doesn’t fit in the role society gave her and fears to be a failure who will ashame her family but is braver than anyone when it comes to going to war in order to protect her father. This movie is inspiring for me, she worked so hard in order to be a great soldier despite all the trials, and in the end becomes what she was really meant to be.

PS: Grandma Fa is also awesome every time she appears on screen. “Sign me up for the next war!”

 

Tangled – I don’t know if this one can be considered one of my childhood ones, but I really like it. She’s an artist and tries to live the most of her life even though she has the tower-espace limitation. The “I See The Light” song is also one of my all time favorites.

 

Hercules – He is a really good guy who just like Mulan, doesn’t really fit in. Hercules needs to discover who he is and then fights really hard in order to become this person he is meant to be despite of the difficult beginning and skeptical comments he received through his whole life, never giving up.

 

Hope I’ll be able to watch all of them once summer break starts 😀

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil for skin and hair care

Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Oil is a famous japanese product mostly related to hair and skincare. It’s a multipurpose, lightweight, 100% natural camellia’s seed oil sold in 40, 60 and 120 ml glass bottles.

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It comes with instructions but honestly, I think they recommend too much oil there. One drop is enough for my entire face + neck (I have really dry skin). Because of this, I’m going to write down my use and quantity personal sugestions.

I like to rub my hands first to warm them up, then apply 1 or 2 drops at a time and spread the oil between them. Light pats are recommended for a more even and light application.

  • Face + neck (1 drop, preferable before bed)
  • Arms + Legs (3 mixed with moisturizer / 6 of oil)
  • Hair – before shower (2 for short to medium-length hair / 3 for long hair)
  • Hair – after shower (1 for short to medium-length hair / 2 for long hair)
  • Scalp – before shower (2 or 3)
  • Cuticles + nail (1 drop)
  • Lips (1 drop)

The brand’s site is in Japanese:
http://ost.oshimatsubaki.co.jp/

I highly recommend this product to anyone who’s looking for something free of alcohol, fragrance and color free. However, using too frequently  this oil on my face made me break out (just a little) a few times, so swapping it with other products may be a good idea.

You can find this Tsubaki Oil available on Japanese shops and online too.

Pamper routine: some steps to relax without leaving your house

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Getting stressed out can really affect our work, study, relationships and overall health. Because of this, stress is something we should really take care of. When this happens to me, going out and randomly walk in a certain area which I know that will have places I’ll be interested about and spend some hours there really help. However, sometimes we can’t (or simply don’t want to) get out of the house for a certain reason. If you’re in the second situation, here I have some “pamper routine” steps from which you can choose some (or maybe all of them, why not?) and enjoy a good relaxing time!

  1. Turn off your phone, e-mails notifications and/or any social media that may stress you. Unless you’re waiting for a super urgent call, taking a break from those things won’t hurt 🙂
  2. Make use of aromatherapy: scented candles, a good air freshener or just adding some drops of your favorite perfume behind your ears, neck and wrist, a soothing scent has the properties to calm you down.
  3. Take a warm bath and use a moisturize afterwards, using this time to give yourself a body and face massage (there are plenty of videos online teaching you different types of massage that work pretty well).
  4. Drink something that will help you relax, alcoholic or not, you have lots of options such as no caffeine tea, passion fruit juice, warm milk (I like adding cinnamon to this one) and wine.
  5. Cook yourself something good if you enjoy doing it or simply order it (why not?) and have a nice meal!
  6. Pick a good book, a movie, some series (or drama) episodes, or that album you’re curious about or haven’t properly listened to in ages. In this part I believe choosing something that won’t offer a constant interruption is a good thing. You don’t really want to think too much about what to do next in this exact situation, right?

Inside Cinderella’s Castle in Tokyo Disneyland

These are some pictures I took inside Cinderella’s castle located in Tokyo Disneyland while in a Japan’s trip with my family in the beginning of the year. I was looking through old pictures and found them worth sharing with you!

It was my first time in a Disney Park and didn’t have any really big expectation at the time but wow, it managed to take my breath away, seriously! I don’t think the pictures need any explanation as they speak for themselves.

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