join: healthy may challenge started by amanda from here comes the sun

on march i was setting myself up a goal to do something different every day for the whole month, and blogging about it publicly seems to give me more pressure motivations to keep up with it till the end of the month. next month (that's tomorrow!) i'm going to once again challenged myself for something else: to join in healthy may

i understand that health and fitness is quite off topic from what i normally blog about so i would like to keep the updates on this challenge separate from my blog. but if you're interested, i'll be updating my twitter and instagram. oh, and my fitness pal username is lauratj (don't judge my embarrassing and inconsistent updates on my food intake in the past!)

find out all about healthy may here. yes. i can do this. 

*photo by julian bialowas*

see: illustrations and typography by talented sasha prood

she is currently based in brooklyn, new york. praise for her delicate and very detailed works of art on pencil, pen and watercolour.
painted wooden bowl tutorial by chasing our sunshine

painted dipped wooden spoons by house & hold

brighten up your mops, brooms and gardening tools by hello brit

 dipped sideboard by the sweet beast

colour blocked wooden cutlery by studio DIY

who said colour blocking is only for fashion? i think colour blocking is so much more fun to play with interior design! here are a few great DIY tutorials to make your home prettier, all found via the most awesome pinterest account that i subscribe to: hello tiger.

the closer it is to the day when we're going to start renovation and move in to our new place. and the more i look into different interior magazines, blogs and pinterest vigurously to look for inspirations. if you have any interior or DIY blogs or links that you can recommend please let me know!

see: paper collage by anthony zinonos, based in norwich, uk.

i'm liking the bright bold colours combo with the vintage photos.

+++ on a side note +++

i'm sorry i have been quite slow and behind at blogging and reading other blogs, i've been so busy lately! how are you all? i've also been thinking about a quick and efficient way to respond to your comments. can you please give me a feedback, which one do you prefer? much appreciated, thanks heaps!

- a bulk of replies that i've previously done on my blog posts?
- a personalised response e.g. via email if you put your email address in?
- or via standard blog comments?

♥ reading... suzanne collins'. just finished the 2 books and about to mockingjay. so good! 

♥ planning... to go back to the gym, now that i'm feeling better. going to be hard to go back to the routine.

♥ listening... to oscar + martin

♥ eating... spicy lentil soup from the falconer.

♥ loving... photoshop tutorials at puglypixel. inspiring.

♥ watching... game of thrones. only up to season 1... so no spoiler please.

photo by chrissie white 

see: cloud series by lauren maccabee from manchester, england.

i love clouds.

see: 365q a project by julian bialowas from canada.

amazing views wonderfully shot combined with nice typography for inspirational quotes. a new page to bookmark to keep going back to whenever you're feeling blue. yes, that quote on the first photo is definitely most important. julian is also the other half of the creator of 16 hours magazine.
well well i know it's april already, but i just need to do one more wrap up post about march challenge: do something different everyday. most of the things that i've done were pretty simple and easy change, but i'm glad i did some stuff that i wouldn't have done if it wasn't for this project, for example the crazy future sound of yoga (which i'm planning to do again by the way hahaha).

i have also designed little goodies for you! download your "do something different everyday":
for desktop wallpaper here or for your iphone here (see the link on the image caption)

and here are a short QandAs with other bloggers participating in this challenge!

it's the 1st of april and that means the march challenge to do something different everyday finished yesterday! sharing the second part of how i went with the challenge:

day 16: a little design project that i've prepared for you *hint hint*
day 17: the discovery of this amazing japanese shop daiso. it. was. amazing!
day 18: quite liking strongbow, this new cider i tried 
day 19: plait hair overnight, but my hair is so straight, the next morning it all went back to straight within less than an hour..
day 20: bought peter pan! one of my faves from old childhood love. i've only read the children book version with pictures, and it was even a translation version. just about time to read the original novel.
day 21: played sudoku on the train home instead of browsing on my iphone. i couldn't finish the game, it was too hard..
day 22: the future sound of yoga, which was a 2 hour yoga session at a church with a 15 mins free style dancing, it was crazy weird and hillarious.
day 23: my first ever bingo night, it was super fast and stressful with all these very competitive (majority) older women. oh, and i didn't win, but it's okay because it was a lot of fun!
day 24: cleaned up my inbox by unsubscribing to a lot of newsletters. i felt so much better afterwards!
day 25: face pampering at home with mud mask and exfoliant. 
day 26: expenses, expenses... time to track my spending. i'm still doing this by the way, but only when i remember! i need to make this a new habit and put expenses in regularly. (the same with my calories counting app, sigh!)
day 27: discovery of new music active child, a bit of a different genre from the music that i normally listen to, very calming and soothing.
day 28: being a kid and had ginger cookies and milk for a late night snack hehe..
day 29: my first ever music instrument! if anyone has any good sites or videos about basic ukulele tutorial to recommend please send to me!
day 30: ordered different coffee macchiato. not something i would have everyday but i quite like it.
day 31: printing with solarplate workshop. don't really like how mine turned out but it was really fun. 

my conclusions from doing this challenge? stay tuned for my next post with little freebies :) 
enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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