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Everyday Cleaning Tips That Will Save Your Time

Tereza Šťastná

Our house is always a chaos so I should not give advices on clenaing but I know few things that you can do to keep it at least clean if not very neat. 

I found out that if I do following small steps it really pays off and saves me ton of cleaning later. 

Clean the bathroom while brushing your teeth

Every other morning, when I brush my teeth, I spray the toilet with bleach and the sink, bidet and shower corner with natural disinfection. By the time I am finished with my teeth and my face washed, the cleaning formulas are set and I just give it a fast scrub and wash away. Once a week I toss the carpets in the washing machine and clean the floors. 

Swipe the floors when you finish with your duties

I'll admit. I am so bad at this and don't do it often. But I know I should because every time I do it, the next morning I feel like a princess from a Disney movie. Seriously, having two dogs requires lot of swiping and I really want to make a habit that every night when I finish cooking I should swipe the mess of the kitchen floor, all the threads from my work-room and dog hair from bedroom. 

When you're finished using something, put it back where it belongs

It is so much harder to return it to its place after it has been laying there for some time. That's why I think it is absolutely necessary to make it a habit and clean after yourself when you're finished working with your tools. When you do this, there is less crap to put where it belongs on your cleaning day. Just how they teach kids in Montessori schools. 

Don't toss your clothes at the end of the day

Appreciate your wardrobe and treat it with respect. You put it on your body every single day so don't make it trash. If your clothes are dirty, put them in the laundry bag, if they are not, they belong to the wardrobe. My boyfriend always tells me he is going to wear it tomorrow but there is nothing more annoying than folding his clothes for an half an hour.

Use decorative baskets and boxes

In every apartment, there is the kind of mess that you can either organize the real OCD way or if you don't have time, just hide it in a box or decorative basket. So by the end of the day, just go through your home and collect all the loose small items and hide them. Your house will look much cleaner. 

Do the dishes while you're cookin'

I found this to be the best way how to prevent my kitchen from being overloaded by dirty dishes. So when you cook, wash your dishes right away after you use them, except for hot pots. You definitely will not want to wash them right after good time dining. 

To sum all this, don't be a kid and don't leave shit everywhere. Just do simple cleaning every evening and your house will be easier to upkeep. I know I need to learn this. 

 

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Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Learning to Sew

Tereza Šťastná

 They say practice makes perfect and when it comes to sewing it is as important as when you try to learn backflip. 

 Sewing is very easy skill to learn. It uses simple logic and ability to read. Seriously, nobody is asking you to create your own designs. Sewing can be as easy as going to the store, buying a pattern, fabric and some threads and zippers and reading according the manual. That of course is in the case you already own sewing machine. If you don't, get that one too on your way. 

 Before you start learning this skill, you should ask yourself some questions, though. 

"Do I have time to sew?"

 Especially at first, sewing can be very time consuming. You are in learning process and you are gonna make mistakes along the way. And then you will have to rip the seams and sew them again, in the worst case run to the store for some additional fabric and re-cut it again. But we all learn from our mistakes. 

"Do I have the patience to sew?"

Oh this goes along with the first question. If you give up easy, sewing is not a hobby for you. 

"Can I afford it?" 

As with everything, even with sewing you need to make some investments to begin with. You need to get your sewing machine, which can become quite pricey but if you buy good quality machine, you will have it for life. Then there is good scissors, pins, threads, measuring tapes, washable pens and the list could go on. But truth is, you really need only few of those things and as you progress, you can buy else later. 

 Maybe you consider a course, if you don't have anyone who would be willing to explain the process to you, and that's another cost, but don't be stingy on knowledge. 

"How much will one thing cost me to make?"

 Look, the price is all about materials you want to get. At the beginning learn with some super cheap fabrics, because you won't feel as sorry if it doesn't turn out great. If you want to use some fancy pantsy fabric, get some cheap fabric and sew it first cheaply. That's normal process what professionals do and it will save you some tears in case your dress don't fit. 

"What should I start with?"

Don't think you will sew yourself collared shirt with pleats and darts. It is great to be ambitious, but start with some small projects with simple lines. Every pattern has a difficulty level shown, so start with the simplest. Burda magazine also sells beginners version called Burda Easy with many patterns and step-by-step instructions with pictures.  

"Am I willing to spend all my free time at home?"

 As my grandma's sister said to me: "I was very stupid I found this as a hobby because I feel like I missed out on my youth. Sewing all the time at home." I give you a warning, once you start, you will not want to leave home until you finish it. 

"What machine should I buy?"

Do research. Check what is available to you, what is in your price range. Don't buy the cheapest machines they sell in groceries in the home dept. because soon you will want your machine to perform better. Get a sturdy one, in the middle of the price range of hobby machines, if you don't want to invest too much. You can always sell it and get a better one or never return to sewing again. 

"Do I have a place at home to sew?"

IT TAKES A LOT OF SPACE! Think for extra table, because once the mess is out, you don't want it to occupy your dining table. You will work with big sheets of paper patterns, fabrics, the machine is big and there is mess everywhere from threads, needles,  fabric scrapes. Kitchen is really not the place. 

"Is it worth it to me?"

 I know it is to me. I know that when something gets broken I can fix it, I shop less in the store, because I say to myself, that I am not gonna pay for this or that in the store, when I can make it better by myself. Plus it is a great relief from working at the computer all the time. 

Think through your answers to these questions and if you really feel like you are ready: Finally start! Sweing is sexy, ask my boyfriend:) 

And of course, if you would like to ask me something else, write down in the comments and I will try my best to help you. 

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How To Grow Your Instagram Followers

Tereza Šťastná

 There is no argument denying the power of Instagram. Glossy magazines were beat by blogs in the early 10's and now the leadership is given to the everyone's favorite app. It allows us to become editors of the content we want to see and except for some dreadful advertisement we have a portion of what we care about. 

Instagram turned from a platform for spontaneous filtered selfie sharing into highly edited feed with concept and a plan. 

So how can you take a charge of your own feed? I have some tips for you, based on what works for me in my work and blogging. 

1. View Instagram as a community

It's social network after all, so use it to your advantage. Give a heart to those who you'll like, comment on pictures, write those you admire. Your account will be hanging at the comments section of those you like, people you like will read it and also people who like the same things like you. That's pretty solid reason not to be stingy with compliments.

2. Make the most out of your equipment

Honestly, nobody really cares for blurry dark pictures. The most successful snaps in the Instagram world are those, who are sharp with balanced whites, good lighting and yes, some good idea to which I'll get in point 3.. Use the camera on the back of your phone instead the front one as it offers more definition or go pro with SLR camera if you have one. Plus, I noticed that pictures with big depth of field do also better than wide-angle especially when you don't want to think about composition too much. 

3. Try to invest in some extra phone lenses or try some special effects

My boyfriend got me these lenses you just snap on your phone and you can do some crazy macros or fish-eyes. The details are amazing and it's worth the fun. As it goes for the effects, you can really experiment here, just cover your lens with something like a colored tape and enjoy. Think how it can make your profile more interesting than the other's. 

4. Be regular with your posting

You can see everyone giving that advice and if I followed it more, maybe I would have more fans by now. But it is so true. The more active you are, more exposure you are getting and more possibilities to be seen. And loved:)

5. Don't troll

From time to time I get someone trolling on my account. Why do they feel the need I don't know. But you know... negativity calls for even more negativity. So? STAY POSITIVE and embrace others. 

6. Use some photo editing app

 There was a time when IG filters were cool. And that time is gone. Download some of these apps that can help you improve the quality of your picture not to hide the flaws. If you want to retouch a little, I can recommend FaceTune, just don't overdo it and use it for some touch ups only. 

Another amazing app that helps me to get amazing results is VSCO. Plus it is another great photo sharing network. 

7. Like and comment... like literary all the time

I know it's the same as the number one, but this is absolutely necessary step. I even read somewhere that to get 100 fans, you need to like 1 000 pictures. So like like like and comment as it has higher value. 

8. Post a link to your Instagram account everywhere

Let your friends, readers, family, strangers to know how they can reach you on this platform. Today we can have pretty much everything connected and that'sThere are even some great plug-ins you can add to your Facebook profile. 

9. When you feel like it, give shoutouts and tags

Shoutout is when you tag some user in the text of your post so whenever your share a pic you took with your friend, tag them and give shoutout. They just might return the favor. Plus it really works with companies in case you want to get them to know about you.

10. Stay sharp

The worst you can do to a nice picture is to downgrade it so much it becomes very rasterized. Be sure, you're posting from an original source and not a render from the internet. The same goes for shooting the picture, always check if everything is on focus, unless your artistry gets the word :)

11. Be original

Publish content that is made by you only or you are the owner of the author rights. I know this should go without being said, but there are few people even around me, who create their Insta profile by posting pics from the internet and I am pretty sure they are also without a consent of the author. Not only it's against the law, but it shows lack of creativity, so don't be a copy cat and create your own content!

12. Don't let it overtake your life

You have only one life, so don't waste it on Instagram. While it can become business for you or bring you some desired popularity, it can also be pretty nasty world. Don't post anything you would be ashamed to show on the street and when you feel like it, turn of your phone and actually look around, you never know when the inspiration will strike in. 

13. Monitor your results

If you want the biggest reach, you need to know when are your followers actually online. Get some statistical service for your account. I use Iconosquare and pay just like $2/month and every morning I have statistics in my mailbox. And based on that I can decide what to post and when.

 

And that's about it. If you have any other tips, let me know in the comments section! Love you all! 

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Amazing infused waters for hot summer days

Tereza Šťastná

 I am addicted to infusing my water with something yummy to give it a little flavour kick. It is very simple way how to create healthier drink than just having a soda or pouring some sugary syrup with lots of preservatives into a glass every time you are thirsty. 

 The most popular infused water is the well known lemon in your glass or sliced cucumber. Recently I have also seen people drinking water with strawberry or other fruits, but did you know you can also infuse your water with some herbs and even flowers? Trust me on this one, it's definitely worth a try. 

Here are few drinks that I made while I was out at the countryside: 

Rose & Lavender Water

 Roses are definitely my favourite flavour in drinks! Just get some blooming roses and lavender, add it to your water and let sit in the fridge for some time. Then you can enjoy this royal spa water.

Mint & Red Currant Water

 Red Currant is quite sour which means it's very refreshing especially if you combine it with mint. Just crush a hand full of those berries and add some mint leaves that you have squished in your hand just to help with the flavour release. Cool it down a little and enjoy the nice kick. 

Melissa & Mint Water

 You can work with any herb plant you want so you have nice space for experimenting on the flavours. I love mint and melissa because it has this lemon-ish aroma that I really love. Always just work those leaves with your hand to release the aroma. 

 I will surely post some another tips on flavours for this drink but go ahead and don't be shy to experiment with these. If you add some fruit you like, you basically cannot go wrong. And i guarantee you will soon forget about those artificial flavoured drinks! 


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