Weigh-In {Ozeri Scale Review}

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Sam and I got a scale. It’s an Ozeri brand, lights up, nice dial, both kilograms and pounds, and of course it made it’s way into our bedroom! Sam steps on it twice a day every day. Me? I am not as keen on the idea. I have even threatened him to throw it away if he doesn’t stop. All those weigh ins make it seem like we are on the Biggest Loser, when in reality it just tells us our healthy weight!

Do you have a scale? If so, are you obsessed with it?

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Happy Tuesday!

Zhenya

Disclosure: the scale was provided by the brand for review, in exchange for my honest opinion.

A little more about the scale (as seen on Amazon.com)

  • Synchronized electro-mechanical Dial and LCD automatically illuminate and instantly point to your weight in lbs and kg, for easy-to read results in all light conditions and from any angle.
  • Visually stunning design incorporates a huge 5.5 inch dial and integrated digital display with stylish chrome accents to create a distinctive retro look with the accuracy of modern technology.
  • Uses 4 high precision GX sensors that weigh up to 400 lbs (180 kg) in 0.2 lbs or 0.1 kg increments, with StepOn technology that captures precise weight measurements upon contact.
  • Professional quality scale features and an oversized platform made of impact-resistant tempered glass for ideal stability, and a new built-in alarm that reminds you to measure your weight at the same time each day.
  • Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life. Runs on 3 AAA batteries with a Low Battery Indicator (batteries included). Satisfaction guaranteed.

Leopard & Military

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When the weather gets gloomy, so do my outfits. Even though I try my hardest not to be affected by pre-winter Minnesota, it’s hard not to! All I want to do these days, is curl up into bed with a good book (I finished two over the last weekend!) and drink unlimited amounts of tea and my favorite Chai flavored hot chocolate. But the errands, unfortunately, don’t run themselves and the blog must go on. At least this time around I had fun new accessories from Fossil to play with 🙂

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Fossil purse and watch were provided through my Klout membership

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Does the weather affect in your style? If so, how?

Zhenya

PS. Don’t forget about my holiday giveaway!!!

Click here —> Blue Nile giveaway

Or simply go to my Facebook page for an easier way to enter!

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I got the Power! Brain Power!

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Every time I had to take an important test at school, my grandma always gave me chocolate. And not just a piece, a full size candy bar! Chocolate makes us happy, helps our brain function better, but it has CALORIES (the scary word for women over 25! and a reminder that we need to work out!) So what about other  products out there? 

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I have recently been offered to try Excelerol a supplement, that supports memory, concentration and alertness. I am not going to go on and on about the ingredients, and maintaining a healthy diet, working out regularly, basically the same information you can find on a “Magic Diet Pill” box.

But let’s say you have a test or an important meeting in the morning, pop one of those about 30 minutes before, and you are golden. Heck, this thing help me wake up in the morning! Pssssst, it does contain caffeine! 

I do notice that it increases my productivity and I do like the taste, it’s almost like gum – has a refreshing effect! And it did bring back some odd memories of my high school years i Russia. I am not sure if I want to remember that day when our physics classroom was too cold, so we had a class in the hallway and our teacher used the door for a board! But woe to you if you didn’t pay attention or was caught talking during the hallway physics circle time – she sent you in the freezer aka the classroom! 

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Do you take memory/concentration supplements? What’s your opinion on it?

Zhenya

Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

 

Where God Guides…

Here is someone I want you to meet. And no it’s not another Etsy maven, or a fashionista from down the street, they are my friends Christiana and Phil Brande, and their Baby B (who is yet to B born 🙂 get it? )

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They are 9 short days away from departing the US and heading over to Prague, to teach at the Christian School there. See, they are raising money for their trip, and believe that God will provide, because they are following his calling!

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They are beautiful people who spent over 10 years living and spreading God’s word and love in Russia (my home country), that’s where Christiana and I met, when I was 14 or 15. I was a part of the group from the Wesleyan church that went to a camp for orphans organized by a team from the States. And she has an absolutely calming peaceful presence, but radiates happiness at the same time! And after talking to them today, I felt so inspired and encouraged, and once again amazed by how Great our God is! And how big our small world is!

I don’t know when I am going to see them again, but I will definitely be following their blog and you should to! And if God puts it on your heart to donate to their ministry then bless your heart!

Xx,

Z

{27 Dresses} Dress 7: Checking Out Some Books

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I will be honest with you, library is one of my favorite places to go to! It’s relaxing and inspiring for me at the same time! So I don’t think I am going to surprise you if I tell you that I dress up to go to the library! Well I dress up to go almost anywhere, even work 😉 and that’s how this project started!

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All the books are safely tucked into the Zabar’s bag that I’ve had since my New York days. And if you are interested in what I am reading now, here is my list:

Paulo Coelho – Manuscript Found in Accra

Paulo Coelho – The Winner Stands Alone

Gary Shteyngart – Super Sad True Love Story

Victor Pelevin – T

I am also reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Have a great day everyone!

Xo,

Z

По-русски: Все уже, наверное, знают, что я обожаю библиотеку и хожу туда как на праздник! Ну и не удивительно, что я специально нарядилась для подобного случая. Я могу провести в библиотеке весь день, я так релаксирую и расслабляюсь, ну и нахожу своеобразный источник вдохновения. Если вам интересно, что я читаю, то вот список:

Пауло Коэльо – Манускрипт, найденный в Акко

Пауло Коэльо – Победитель остается один

Виктор Пелевин – Т

Гари Штейнгарт – Super Sad True Love Story

И на моем Nook я читаю “Игра Эндера”

Читали ли вы что-то из вышеперечисленного? Мне будет очень интересно ваше мнение!

Женя

 

{27 Dresses} Dress 6: On the Boat Again

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!

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Some of you were wondering whether I received a boat for my birthday last week, well not really 😉 The boat actually belongs to my father-in-law, and back in the day Sam and he spent a lot of time building it! And now sailing has become one of my favorite summer pass-times! And this time I made sure I packed my new Samsung Galaxy Camera I received from Verizon Wireless back in May!

When it came to picking out my sailing outfit, I went for one of my favorite DKNY dresses from Macy’s (yay for fitting into juniors size!), and my thrifted (Goodwill) white rim sunnies! I also braided my hair, because once you get out on St.Croix it gets really windy and the hair blows all over the place, in your face included!

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I also wanted to share some scenic photos, enjoy and let me know what you think about sailing and any other kinds of on the water activities!

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Another cool thing I was going to talk to you about is this new app I’ve been using called Mavatar. It’s an iPad app that let’s you shop and create wish boards, but at the same time applies coupons and any promotions going on in the store at the time! The creators of this app focus on higher end stores and brands (Nieman Marcus, Bloomington’s, Nordstrom) with a good mix of Macy’s, Gap, and Banana Republic in between! It’s especially nice to see Bloomingdales and Nieman’s featured on here, because they closed both of these stores in Minneapolis! (*SIGH*)

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The “main” page of the app (every category breaks down into more when you tap it)

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And this is where you can see how many coupons/discounts/promotions are available

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And an example of a “Wishlist”!

So here you have it online shoppers – a great way to shop and save at the same time! Now that’s what I call smartshopping!

Let inspiration guide you today~

Xo,

Z

{27 Dresses} Dress 2: It’s Still My Birthday

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I know, I know, but let me tell you about this amazing place called Burger Jones! Oh wait, you already knew?!? I sure hope so!
Well let me start by showing off my new living room furniture! It took Sam and I a pretty long time to find the pieces we knew we absolutely loved. And we looked almost everywhere there was to look in the Twin Cities. But you know what it all came down to? Macy’s furniture store in Edina!

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My mother-in-law came over and we went to Sur la Table at 50th and France, and got the rest of the beautiful silverware set that my in-laws have me for my Birthday!

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We also got some frozen yogurts at the Yogurt Lab, and the Chili Chocolate is to die for! So is salted carmel 🙂 YUM

Now we are getting to Burger Jones 😉 After one “Big Sloppy Kiss”

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And this specialty pesto burger

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Surprisingly enough I had room for dessert! Which was on the house!

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If you are wondering about the dress 😉 I like it, but it has this really awkward length, and the pleats don’t go all the way down, so it looks a bit off if you take a closer look!

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And here you have it! A second day of my 27 dress project! Don’t forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway!
Happy Tuesday,
Xo,
Z

Make Tonight a Game Night

When it’s too hot or too cold to go outside (those seem to be the two most common temperatures in Minnesota) – make tonight a Game Night!

Growing up I was obsessed with card games, Uno, Phase Ten, Draw 2, Wild card, I was hooked! I even learned how to do the bridge shuffle – I called it the fancy way!

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There are also some Russian games, like the never-ending game of the Drunk (pyanitsya) or Fool (doorak), I had a lot of fun teaching my husband how to play those, and beating him in those was definitely a boost to my ego 🙂

When I was a teenager I got my first gaming console and even though I enjoyed a game of Sonic here and there, after I beat the games, I quickly lost interest and moved on to something else. Now, after having been married to a gamer for almost 2 years, I can definitely say one thing – I enjoy watching someone else play a video game more, than playing it myself. I am willing to participate in an occasional race or two though!

During my au pair years I got into Monopoly. Have you seen all the available versions of this game nowadays? There is one with fake credit cards! Not to mention the one with Disney or Star Wars characters. We actually own the latter, it was my gift to Sam for Valentines day last year. I am a nerd like that!

11219148 Check out this Nightmare Before Christmas edition for the Tim Burton Fan in all of us!

So why not make tonight a game night? Turn away from that TV you’ve been probably watching for the past few hours, and spend some time playing with your loved ones. And if you’ve got kids – you are in luck, because there is always that good old chutes and ladders laying at the bottom of the stack!

And finally don’t forget to check out some on-line gaming opportunities, especially if it’s a single kind of night. There are quite a few websites out there, i.e castlejackpot.com, where you don’t only play the game, but can also place bets and win some $$$. It’s a virtual casino with slot machines, roulette, black jack and so much more! Besides you can also play Monopoly online, Star Trek (for the geek in all of us!), treasure quests, and so much more! Please remember to play responsibly!

So go have fun, enjoy the night, and remember, it’s only a game!

Cheers,

Z

My Kombucha is Square

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As some of you, Instagrammers, have noticed, I started brewing my own kombucha! Wait what? We all thought I hated that stuff!

Back in the day, when I still lived in Russia, I had some American friends over, who had never seen kombucha before! So when they saw it their eyes grew bigger, and bigger, and I think it’s worth mentioning that I didn’t know the English for Kombucha (it was over 10 years ago! give me a break 😉 ) and in Russia we call it Tea Mushroom (чайный гриб). I also have memories of it being nick named the Happiness Mushroom! I guess it’s supposed to bring happiness and good luck to your household! Hey, okay with me 😉

A few years ago when I still nannied for a family in New York City, we were doing kombucha as well, but I hated it. I guess the childhood memories made a deep deep impact! I do remember killing one scoby, but the second one lived 🙂 And I even remember sharing it with someone on freecycle!

What is scoby? SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Other good examples are Ginger beer plant, kefir, mother of vinegar, sourdough – you can read more about it on Wikipedia!

I don’t know what made me try Kombucha a few weeks ago when I was out and about with a friend, I don’t know what made me like it, what made me ask for it on freecycle, what made me drive to Apple Valley after work to get a scoby, but I did all that, and now I have a square kombucha living in my kitchen, if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you that it’s something that should be in a science classroom!

Now everyone brews their kombucha differently, but here is what I do, and I learned that from Jade – the person who shared her scoby with me:

Bring three quarts of filtered water to a boil, and then add a cup of organic sugar and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Then take the pot off the burner and steep four bags of organic tea (2 black & 2 green) for 10 minutes. Then pour the mixture into a gallon size jar and let it cool to 98 degrees (body temp).  Once it reaches that temp add the starter (the liquid that the scoby is in), give a little stir, then add the scoby. Cover it with a white flour sacking cloth, and let it sit for 7-14 days. Metal should never touch the kombucha, so no metal utensils or anything!

I mix green and black tea when I brew my kombucha, it’s no specific brand, just something I pick up at the grocery store, or Marshall’s/TJMaxx – they have great tea variety (sometimes!), I also use regular white sugar, and then it all lives in a square glass jar I bought at Target for $5.99, that’s why it’s actually square! 

Of course we’ve all heard stories about some woman in Iowa, who supposingly died from it, but yet again some people say it helps cure cancer. I know one thing – everyone’s result is going to be different, so give it a shot, and see for yourselves!

Now let’s talk about what I like to put in my kombucha! Let me make it clear though, all the additives go in the glass, not the scoby jar!

Lemon juice has so far been my top choice!

I did try adding spinach/cucumber juice to it, and it tasted okay, but I wasn’t a fan! 

I do like to add cranberry to it though! That is super yummy!

Let me know if you like kombucha, tried it, hate it, whatever your opinion is – please DO tell! 

Happy Monday everyone! 

Xo,

Z

PS. If you are in the Twin Cities area and would like a scoby, let me know!

 

One Lovely SPAM Award ;)

I am really not big into giving blog awards, it reminds me of the whole chain letter system, back when we were little, we used to do it all the time. I guess nowadays we can simply call it SPAM 😉

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But when Thirteenth and Hudson nominated me (thank you ladies!), I thought – why not? It’s a great opportunity to share more facts about me, so you can learn more about me, the person behind this blog!

So, the rules for the award are as follows…

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Add the “One Lovely Blog” image to your post
  • Share 7 things about you
  • Pass the award to 7 nominees
  • Inform the nominees chosen by posting on their blog

So here are a few things about me…

One – I love thrifting and freecycling for clothes! I will go to weird places to find clothes, but always end up with amazing finds!

Two – Even though I lived in Russia for a long long time, I feel really distant from the Russian community in the US, and I feel like my mentality is more American than Russian.

Three – I have pooped my pants once! The day before my Appendix surgery! That’s a legit reason, right?

Four – Sam and I met at church camp in 2006, I was his counselor! The no purpling rule didn’t apply to us! Needless to say I almost got fired from the same camp in 2007 because of him!

Five – I love my job at daycare, but I would love to work in Social Media or be a full time blogger one day, or…. as you can see I haven’t decided yet!

Six – I really want to be on TV! Hopefully soon 🙂 I was on TV in Russia with my mom when she got a makeover on the What Not To Wear show back in 2006

Seven – I never thought I’ll be in my 20’s and own a house, and be married, and have this amazing life in the US! I am a very happy person, I love waking up in the morning, I love going to work, I love life and I am very very grateful for it! And even though I have been staying away from all shapes and forms of organized religion, I am thankful to God for every second of my life!

Now I would like to nominate these lovelies:

Kate from Clear the Way – she is quirky and fun, and I think her and I would be friends in real life!

Nensi and Natasha from FreeUrCloset – they do a lot of personal style, DIY and plenty of lifestyle posts!

Naturally Stellar – she is a beauty/fashion/style guru! You ask her she’ll probably give you the answer off the top of her head!

Jennifer from Just one Chick

Loren from Lo’s Stylebook 

Nadine from Sage Atelier 

Roselinde of Roselinde

Alright, and here you have it!

Love you all ladies, keep spamming, I mean spreading blog love!

Xo,

Z

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