Exciting news! A couple of weeks ago I shared a new ebook 'Te-Tid' on my Facebook page. But that was only available in Danish. Well, until now! You are now able to get the free ebook 'Tea Time' with amazing and healing tea recipes + tips, tricks and how to dry your own herbs and flowers. Click right here to get it, or send me an email thecolorfulreflection@gmail.com with the subject TeaTime.

Love from Cami

Welcome to 'Thrifted Treasure'! This is a new series where I show, you guessed it, thrifted treasures to inspire you to go thrifting. This is just to show how easy it is to upcycle and to give some inspiration as to what to use these thrifted treasures for. Some of them will be DIYs and some of the treasures I will use for something other that what they were made for.. if that makes any sense.

Well I can just show you, because today I am going to show you what you can use a chair for. Other than to sit on it. My mother and I found this at a thrift store and thought it was perfect for the corner of our dining room to use as display. There are so many possibilities, for now we just use it for plants and candles. You can also wrap some twinkle lights around the back-rest or you can even decorate the chair itself with some mod podge and any kind of paper.

What do you think? 

Love from Cami

A good morning is essential. A morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. For me a bad morning means a cranky day. I am still working on my morning, finding out what I like and what works for me. These are some of the tips I have found along the way that definitely better my morning which also better the rest of my day and made me so much more productive. I have already made a post about how to get shit done and how to stop procrastinating.

Have a routine
Having a routine is probably the best advice I can give. The days I wake up without doing a routine are chaotic and confusing. And I find myself not doing the things I prepared for that day. Having a routine helps you focus yet calms you mind. Humans are very routine based. But the key is to find the routine that works for you. 

Stop scrolling
A clear what not to do is reaching for your phone when you wake up. Leave your phone at your desk or on your dresser, just away from your bed. That way you won't lie in bed scrolling and scrolling when you go to bed and you won't end up reaching for it when you wake up. Instead you should: 

Do something you like
Mornings are for you. They are for waking up your inner sun and what better way to do that than doing something you love? I like something so simple as drinking a nice hot cup of tea or going for a walk in the early light. Find something that makes you happy. Something that makes you heart dance. 

A good breakfast
Food is fuel. Simple as that. Therefore a good breakfast is essential in a good morning. I will forever recommend a smoothie. With fruits and veggies and amazing seeds. Fruit is easy carbohydrates for your brain and that means easy energy. And what's not good about veggies?? And no, it does not have to taste bad. The key is dates. Dates make everything taste sweet and don't be afraid to use a lot of them. They are the balm for your body.

Recipe on the smoothie above: 
1 banana
250g thawed strawberries
1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach
A couple of slices of cucumber
7-10 dates
A handful of hemp seeds
Optional: the juice of 1 orange
Water to desired thickness

To do list
The best way to kick off your day is to have a to do list. You can choose to do this the night before or you can do it in the morning, that's really up to you and what fits your routine. A to do list is just great to get you ready for the day and you have a clear plan of what the day is going to bring. 

Off with the PJs
Now, when you are ready to get to work make sure you change out of your PJ's. I used to just keep on my PJ's and then I don't really get out of bed and I don't get anything done. But by switching out of the clothes you sleep in you let your mind and body know that it's time to get to work. 

Love from Cami

As some of you can probably tell I love me some stars. I love looking at stars outside but I also like bringing them into my decor. A couple of weeks ago I made stars our of branches which you can check out right here. Super easy and so cool! This idea came to me when I was making myself a lovely cup of tea (said in a british accent) and I wondered if you could make kind of a starry heaven with star anise. This is what I came up with and I kind of really love it! 
It's actually quite funny. I have been wanting to make this post for a long time. This list has been in my notebook for quite a while but I have just, yep you guessed it, procratinated. Not the ideal thing to do with a post about procratinating. More specifictly, how not to.. But how do you get shit done?
This is my tips that has helped me from sitting in my bed all day watching netflix and youtube to crossing out my to do list.

Welcome to the first DIY in 2018. I have been wanting to show this DIY for so long so why not as the first DIY in the new year? But there are many amazing DIYs and recipes coming! This idea came to me when I saw a frame at the thrift store and I wanted to make it into a tray I could have notebooks, necklace pendants or crystals on. I love the result and currently I have my crystals on it which I love. You can do this with any frame, I just like mine to have a bit of an edge if that makes sense. But it is so easy to make so let's just get into it: 

You need a frame, four beads/pearls and some glue

Place the beads in each corner on the back of the frame

Glue the beads on to the frame. I used a hot glue gun

And it is done!

What do you think? 

Love from Cami

Happy New Year!! The new year always feels like a fresh start. Or it can be. Just like any other day at the year can be a new start. You should never stop developing yourself just because it's not the right time of the year. And to be honest, when is the timing ever right? But with that said, New Years is for many people the place to start so here are some of my tips on how to nail those goals of yours.

You forget your goals
You write down your goals and think great now I’m all set for the new year. You close the notebook and two months in you find the notebook and oops there are the goals you wanted to work on but because you couldn’t see them you forgot all about them. Have them displayed so you see them and get reminded every day. 

Your goals are too unspecific // break them down
If you just write down ‘lose weight’ it’s going to be hard and it is most likely going to end in failure. Instead of focusing on one big thing break down your goal into smaller goals. For example a smaller goal could be to find an exercise you enjoy. Therefore exercising will be no stress and no forcing. 
I like to have some music in my ears and just dance. Not choreographed or anything fancy, just feeling the music. Turn of your head and let your body take over. It is amazing.
A goal could also be ‘I want to love myself’. Great. Yes. That is the first step. But how do you do that? If you do no more thought than that it’s going to be difficult. Instead ask yourself 'what does self-love mean to me?'
And then break it down. What are some smaller steps you can take to reach that goal? Yes, the ultimate goal is to love yourself but where does that journey start? How do you get there?
It could be: 
- Smile at yourself in the mirror. Keep smiling. Every time you see yourself in the mirror smile. And if you start looking at your insecurities. Stop the thought and smile. Just smile. It might be weird at first but it is going to feel genuine over time. 

- Replace negative thoughts with positive thought. When you think 'I have such an ugly smile' stop. Acknowledge that you had the thought, don't hate yourself for it (because that's not very helpful in terms of loving yourself) and replace it with 'I have such a lovely smile' And keep doing it even though it might seem silly. Thoughts are very powerful. Keep replacing the thoughts with positive and encouraging thoughts. 

- Before you go to bed have a positive thought you repeat every night: I am fucking awesome or I love myself and I am just as I'm supposed to be. By repeating this you create a positive pattern. Repeat it many times and smile. Smiling is key. 

Start small and then work your way up. What is the saying? Don’t put more on your plate than you can eat? If you just say ‘I want to love myself’  You are most likely going to end up feeling like a failure when you keep having setbacks. Take baby steps.

You make too many goals
You have 20 goals and you are absolutely set on succeeding. But you forget half of them and the ones you try to do doesn't really go very well. Instead have a handful of goals. I would say maximum 4-5, display them so you see them every day and get to work. Again you are setting yourself up for failure by taking on more than you can handle. Have a few main goals and work hard on those instead of working half ass on 50 goals.

Be realistic
But people say to dream big? Now I’m confused. If your goal is too big it is going to be hard to achieve – yes, nothing is impossible but again, break your goal into smaller pieces and it will become so much easier. And you will have a lot more positive experiences once you achieve the smaller goals. You will have a desire to achieve more. 

Ask yourself why?
Why do you want to do it? With a goal there should always be a 'why' that makes sense to you. Otherwise it's not going to work. You should have a genuine desire to do this and write the reasons with your goals so you have even more motivation to succeed. 
And if it is something you really really want to do, it is not going to be a pain in the ass or a chore to do. You should choose goals that make you happy. ‘I should this’ and ‘I should that’ does not belong here (or anywhere for that matter) and your goals along with everything else in your life should make you happy.

Work hard
Something that makes me happy does not necessarily mean that it is going to be easy peasy. It can be, but not always. Work as hard as you can but if you have a setback then stop, for the love of god, stop punishing yourself. Forgive yourself and let it go. Learn from your mistakes and get to work again. 

Love from Cami

The new year is just around the corner. And for many people a new year means a new them. Or just a couple of changes that will not stick more than a month, maybe even less. I actually have some changes I would like to make in my life. Some changes that have to do with zero waste. I have already made a post where I share a couple of changes I have made to better my life – these on the other hand are changes I want to make. So let's go: 

Why would you ever want to save something you don't use? I get it. The 'what if' creeps up on you are leaves you with a fear of making a mistake. Let me tell you something. If you have the 'what if' thought about something then you aren't going to need it in the future. Because if you were going to need it you wouldn't be considering throwing it out. As simple as that. Here are 10 things to get rid of before the new year. And remember to donate everything that's not broken.

1. Old make up
Make up, like almost anything else, expires. Having too old make up is cluttering and definitely not nice for your face. Get rid of anything that's too old, smells bad or just generally looks.. not good. Then you have the space to find something new you would love or minimize your collection. Because who really use and needs 14 bronzers and 21 mascaras?

2. Clothes that doesn't fit 
Do you have clothes hanging on the hanger that's maybe a bit too bit or a bit too small? It is time to let them go and let others enjoy them. If you have something small that you need to work out a ton before you can get into it then fold it together, put it in a bag and give it to a thrift store. That piece of clothing is just going to remind you - which in some cases can be a good motivation, yes, but also stress and it is going to be a symbol of bad feelings you will get everytime you see it. Let it go and fill yourself with loving feelings.

3. Jewellery you don't wear
I recently went over my jewellery to see if there was anything I haven't used for a long time and there was. So off to the thrift store they go so others can enjoy them. Why have them hanging around if you don't use them. Even the smallest things are clutter that takes up your energy. 

4. Apps you don't use
Some people have a lot of apps on their phones. And to be honest I don't get it. All I have is my clue app, Instagram and Vegan Amino. Why do you have so many? What do you use them for? Do you use all of them? It is time to get rid of those apps that's just.. there, never opened. 

5. Decor pieces you don't love anymore
Whenever I have a decor piece that I don't want anymore I tend to put it away if ever I want to display it again. Becuase 'what if?' But the truth is I never do and I forget about them. So why not throw out any decor pieces that may be at the back of your closet and your mind before 2018 starts. Get rid of any decor you don't absolutely love. 

6. Any gifts you don't want
Throwing out gifts you have recieved but you don't really like can be hard. You don't want to seem ungrateful. But you shouldn't feel guilty for letting go of any gifts you may have recieved because the person who gifted you the item wouldn't have wanted to give you clutter. Instead donate it and let it give joy to others. It's yours now, you can do whatever you want with it. Don't feel obligated to keep something just to keep another person happy.

7. Saved dokuments you don't read or use
I used to save all my old dokuments from school but I never look at then and I'm never going to use them for anything. So why save them? I have only saved two assignments because they inspire me and other than that everything is gone. Also let go of the documents you don't write, read or use anymore that's just wasted space. 

8. Old receipts
Don't we all know this; We say yes to the receipts and they pile up in your wallet and you never really throw them out. And it's not like you're going to use them. It's time to open your wallet and throw them out. And when someone asks if you want the receipt just say no thank you. Why do you need it? 

9. Any declutter on your computer
This is the same as the documents. Why would you save it? Old pictures. Music you don't listen to. Old videos. Old programs. Declutter your computer for a fresh new year. If you have something you would like to save but don't want it on your computer, get an USB and have those things you don't use on a daily basis there. 

10. Broken electronics
Do you still have the charger for your last phone? Or maybe you still have those broken headphones lying around. Well, they need to leave. Or you need to throw them out, haha. Haven't had the time to get around to decluttering? Well, the time is now before the new year. 

Love from Cami

Merry Christmas! Hope you are having a wonderful december. Here I have a few exciting news. First off, for the danish people out there: We have made a free tea ebook with amazing tea recipes and tips as to how you can dry your own herbs. Find it by clicking right HERE

But don't worry, it will soon be translated to english so stay tuned. 

Now for some other exciting news; We are making a second ebook! This time with more than snacks and desserts. It will be with amazing recipes perfect for lunch or dinner. These recipes are perfect for a movie night or just any night where you are having guests over. You can make your own menu with the different recipes. 

This is so easy to make and so easy to customize to the person you want to gift it to. This is the perfect gift for the necklace lover and you can really make it however you would like to. You can even just find a thick branch and hammer in some nails for a rustic look. You can use a flat piece of wood like I did here, but use stones or crystals to make the holders for the necklaces.
But all I did here was just glueing the flowers on to the piece of wood that my mom found, I think at a beach, and then tie a piece of string to each edge.

I saw a guest book at one of my friends house and thought it was such a nice idea! So I thought I would make it myself and I think it would be an awesome gift idea. You can decorate the notebook however you want (or not at all). Just write guest book on it and have a pen nearby. Then people can write a small message (or just write their name) when they come visiting. You can even put in pictures of their visit.

I hope you are having a great December so far! So, I know that this is not exactly Christmasy but I just wanted to show it anyways because I think it looks super cute. You can always find some fake poinsettias flowers to make it more of a Christmas present. It is super easy to do and looks so cool. So let's get into how I did it:

Use any kind of gift wrap to wrap your present

Cut the flowers and the leaves off the stem

Glue the leaves and then the flowers on to the paper

And it is done!

See how I made this heart gift wrap by clicking right here (LINK)

Love from Cami