Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 11 - Coimbra day 2

Hello there! :)

Before I get started, I have a little warning to make: this post contains many pictures!! :-)
Yeah, Coimbra is so full of amazing and cute places to show that it was very difficult to make a small selection.
On our second day in town, we spent most of our morning at the University campus, visiting every single building including the so well know and breathtaking Library (where it's not allowed to take photos...), the university's Tower, chapel and main Hall.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Movie tip!!

Hey guys!

Any plans for tonight? Here's a little tip.
Should you have the time and the will to go to the cinema, do yourself a favor and check out the amazing movie "Bridges of Spies" directed by the brilliant Steven Spielberg, featuring the talented Tom Hanks.
The movie is about 2h20 but it is for sure not boring at all!
You get hooked on this thriller/drama espionage story line during the Cold War.

Here's the trailer:

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ;)
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Monday, January 11, 2016


It took him a while, but he finally got the right stylist!

Better later than never...  :-)
Not sure he deserves the prize though...

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Pelos caminhos de Portugal - part 10 - Coimbra

Hello!! :-)

I am finally back with another chapter of our summer road trip to the North and Central part of Portugal. I know it is taking long to finish this series, but besides not always having the time, I find it nice to every now and then, go back to this amazing trip even though it has already passed so many months. It keeps all the memories alive. ;-)
But, shall we continue?

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Beauty | Keep them smooth

Hello!! :-)

Today is all about keep lips smooth.
I don't know about you, but my lips are 9/10 times super dry and chapped. No matter how much lip balm I apply, it just doesn't get better.
Measures had to be taken...

Around the Holiday season, Lush had their limited edition Lip Scrub called Santa's, with a nice mix of coca-cola and cherry. Such flavor I can only notice after wash away the remaining of the scrub after rubbing it on my lips for as long as necessary.
The little hearts are so cute and I like to see them as an extra touch of love to my lips. hahaha
I use the scrub in circular motions, using my fingers and whatever is left, I just rub both top and lower lip together. It is a tough job not to lick on the lips all the time when they taste this good! hahaha
Goodie bag!
Pics taken w/ Sony a5100 w/ kit lens

As a finishing touch, I apply a generous coat of lip balm, whatever I am currently using.

I tried to do this every week, but honestly, I tend to forget. Here's one item for the 2016-resolutions list.... ;-)

What do you do to kip your lips smooth?
I would love to know your tips.

See you soon!
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Monday, January 04, 2016

Invisalign - Tray 1 & 2

Hello there! :-)

So, today I've got a little update on my Invisalign journey.

First two weeks impressions:
  • Week #1 day 1 & 2: Mouth extremely dry and sore inner lips caused by the attachments every time I had to eat and talked without the trays on.
  • Broke the first attachment on the second day of wearing Invisalign. Apparently, Invisalign does not check if the position of the attachments could lead to conflict while biting/eating. 
  • Week #1 day 1-4: Removing the aligners feels like you are pulling all your teeth out but it doesn't hurt.
  • Switching from set #1 to set #2 it felt very tight... Imagine you just bought a pair of jeans that are 2 sizes smaller than what you should have. That's how my teeth felt in set #2! hahah
  • Day 2 of set#2 was the first time I felt pain. My teeth were sore, specially the lower ones. Couldn't bite on food but after 1 paracetamol, all got fine. From that point on, everything smooth!

As time goes by, the aligners are not super tight anymore and it's a lot easier to remove/put them back in. Even though I thought my speech had changed, it seems that nobody notices anything.
I also thought that everyone could notice my attachments and braces while talking but I was wrong! And yes, I do have some attachments on my front teeth (not the middle ones).

To keep them clean, I use a baby tooth brush (it reaches the smaller places much easier than an adult brush) and a bit of tooth paste. Nothing fancy but I haven't noticed any coloration so far. I'm just following the instructions that came with the Starter Kit.

I knew what I was getting into but brushing my teeth&aligners every single time I eat (which reduced from 6 to 4 times/day) is a bit annoying!
Do it on public restrooms becomes even more awkward. You get funny looks but nobody says a word (so far...).
My purse became a portable mouth cleaning kit; everywhere I go I need to carry:
  • Tooth brush + paste
  • Flossers
  • Aligners's case
And yeah, say good bye to unexpected snacking/drinking. Everything has to be planed.
On the other hand, I try to keep it as relaxed as possible, as I don't want to be a "slave" of these braces. As long as I carry my "cleaning kit" everywhere, all is fine.
After a while, you just get used to it and to the looks you get... hahaha

While wearing the aligners, I just can't bite my lips (you know... remove dry patches... I know it's not good!) or nails! So, finally, they are slowly getting back to a much better size and shape.
But because I wash my hands so much more now, my skin is super dry. I will soon become one the biggest hand-cream customers of my local drugstore...

But for those who are wondering how the first two sets of aligners look, here they are:
I honestly do not see a major difference between set 1 and 2, but if there's something I can point out is the slightly movement of my two front upper teeth.

I did get my first session of IPR done (a procedure to file a bit of your teeth's enamel to make them "slimmer" so they have more room to move) and it was not painful though uncomfortable. No need to be afraid! ;-)

At the moment, tray #3 is almost over; it's going fast.... :)

Soon, I will come back with more info/updates.
If you have any questions, please, leave them in the comments section below.

See you soon!!
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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016!!


Long time no see, right? :-)

Before anything else, I hope you had a great Christmas (if you celebrate it) and a great start of 2016!
I sure had and still recovering from these past weeks!

Ever since moving to Tulips' country, Christmas got a new meaning. A moment to gather with family (like always) but enjoying even more all our Portuguese traditional foods, even though away from home.
Throughout the years, many suitcases have been filled with so much food, sweets, wines, cheeses, breads, cakes and many other things that I simply cannot find in NL. Luckily, no customs within EU.
As an expat, the small things make the difference. I don't need a fancy or expensive gift, as long as I can have my loved ones nearby while enjoying some delicious comfort food made with love. Sounds cheesy and cliché, but it's the truth.

I enjoyed preparing everything (with my mom's and man's help!) in order to welcome our guests during the Holidays. It could have been a lot easier on us to just get a bunch of pre-cooked food, but then it'd miss all the love and care we always like to offer our guests. Yeah, it was a lot of work but totally worth it! I will do it all over again!
In the end, these are the moments that we carry with us in our last seconds in this planet. The moments we shared with those who mean to us, and mostly, those moments are along side a dinning table.

2015 was a year full with ups and downs; people came in and out of my life, I got disappointed at some, others made my darkest days felt like nothing happened. I did things I longed to do for a long while, I took better care of myself. I laughed. I cried. All the things we all do all the time.

For 2016, I am sure most of these will happen again; that's life. But what I do hope, is that in between all the daily craziness, we all have time to enjoy life, take even better care of ourselves, live and laugh as much as we can, and try with all we've got to do what makes us happy. Because before you know it, the party is over.

Long story short: Live the now the best way you can! Make 2016 a year you'll always remember as a good one!
I am starting now!
See you soon!

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