Monica
02 July 2015 @ 11:46 am
Buying a jar of coconut oil a few months ago and searching for its skin care applications opened a whole new world to me. There is an ocean of recipes that can be easily made at home.

One of my favourite skin care products is lip balm and I got excited when I found out I can make my own. The recipe I used is a slightly modified version of Peppermint cocoa lip balm from Humblebee & Me (this blog is amazing, check it out!).

Ingredients
(makes about ten 4.5g lip balm tubes)
10g beeswax
12g virgin coconut oil
7g raw cocoa butter
19g grapeseed oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil

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Instructions
Measuring the ingredients accurately is important so using a post/jewelry scale helps a lot. If you want to make less than ten tubes just divide the quantities.

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After the ingredients are measured, melt them in a double boiler (to prevent scorching). If you don't have a double boiler you can simply use a saucepan with some simmering water and a metal or glass bowl on top of the saucepan.

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Pour the mixture in clean lip balm tubes or containers and let it cool before putting the caps on.

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Monica
31 May 2015 @ 12:06 pm
If you haven't watched Kung Fury yet, take 30 minutes and do it! Featured: super kung fu cop, arcade-robots, hackers, dinosaurs, vikings, nazis and more!



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Monica
08 May 2015 @ 11:09 pm
Finally rediscovering my passion for cycling, I started going to work with my bike which means about 7.5 km in every direction. It is quite faster and a million times better than the public transport and I can already feel my endurance growing.

Most of the parks in my city are unpleasantly crowded in the weekends and too urbanized. However, Loven park is a lovely exception. With the cross-country terrain of the smaller pathways and the lack of people, it immediately became my favourite cycling place in the city.


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The main alley is a bicycle lane, built around 1985
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Monica
I've done this before but anyway, here's another one:

Pick a band/artist: Garbage

1. Are you male or female? Supervixen

2. Describe yourself: Only Happy When It Rains

3. How do you feel about yourself? I Think I'm Paranoid

4. Describe your current location: Happy Home

5. Describe where you want to be: My Lover's Box

6. Your best friend is: Sugar

7. Your favorite color is: Cherry Lips

8. You know that: The World Is Not Enough

9. What’s the weather like? Big Bright World

10. If your life was a television show what would it be called? Shut Your Mouth

11. What is life to you? A Stroke Of Luck

12. What is the best advice you have to give? The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

13. If you could change your name what would you change it to? Butterfly Collector

14. Something beautiful: So Like a Rose

15. What do you need? Happiness, Part 2
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Monica
29 April 2015 @ 10:38 pm
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Why beard oil?
Beards need care (and love) too! A well-groomed beard is generally considered more comfortable and more visually appealing than a poorly groomed one. Growing a beard is just like growing hair - the longer it gets, the more care it needs - washing, trimming and conditioning. Beard oils moisturize and prevent beard hair from growing brittle. As a result the skin gets smoother and the beard is shiny and soft.

Carrier oils vs. essential oils
Carrier oils like coconut, grape seed, jojoba, saffron and argan are the main ingredient in beard oils. They are absorbed easily because of their chemical compositions, similar to the natural oils produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin. Some carrier oils have anti-inflammatory properties which cut down the irritation. Essential oils are optionally added for a natural fragrance and the ones considered manly are cedarwood, lime, bergamot and others. If applied directly, they might cause chemical burns or skin irritation and that is why they form a smaller volume of the product and are paired with carrier oils. Apart from their scent, most essential oils condition the beard hair as well.

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How is it done?
Making a beard oil is quite simple. You need a carrier oil, some essential oils (optional) and a dark glass bottle (for example, a dropper bottle) to keep the final product in. Just combine the oils in the bottle and shake well to blend. There are plenty of recipies on the Internet. I tried making the Woodsy blend oil from Growing Up Herbal which has an amazing scent:

Per 30 ml (1 oz) of carrier oil (I used grape seed oil) add:


  • 6 drops cedarwood essential oil

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil

  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil

  • 1 drop lime essential oil (I couldn't find any so instead I used lemon essential oil)

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Monica
31 March 2015 @ 11:47 pm
Carrots are one of my favourite things. Not only they can be used in different kinds of soups, dishes and salads but there are also many carrot desserts. I have tried baking two different kinds of Carrot cake and this is my new favourite type of cake. Also, I've recently bought a pair of rabbit shaped cookie cutters. They're adorable.


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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
A classic carrot cake recipe.
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Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting
An easy cake with delicious frosting.
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(Rabbits) Sugar Cookies
A basic sugar cookie recipe for you to use with your favourite cookie cutters.
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Monica
17 February 2015 @ 11:25 pm
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There is something reassuring in cyclicality of life, the change of seasons, days and nights. In a world where every step can lead to unpredicted events, knowing the pattern of things happening can be encouraging.
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Monica
08 February 2015 @ 07:48 pm
What image comes in your mind when you hear the word "programmer"? I doubt you imagine a woman. Yet, everytime you use a computer, remember that it might not have existed without the work of some great women.

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world's first computer programmer.

Jean Jennings Bartik was one of six female mathematicians who created programs for one of the world's first fully electronic general-purpose computers - ENIACs. Men didn't think it was an important job.

Grace Hopper, a math professor, found a way to program computers using words rather than numbers - most notably a program language called COBOL.



Now let's go back on the question I asked - what's the image of a programmer? I am pretty sure it is male, nerdy and antisocial. For the last four and a half years at the university I've stumbled across some professors who clearly stated that girls are not good at math. Girls are just a decoration. Girls cannot be programmers. Unfortunately, this opinion is not common only with aging male mathematicians. Sexism is a common thing in the IT sector. And that's probably the biggest cause for the IT genre gap.

Facts speak. The percentage of women in IT is declining. The percentage of Computer Science graduates who are women is dropping. Men are being hostile to women and discourage their participation in programming. Female developers are being offended with sexist remarks or being asked out for dates. Teen girls are lacking positive role molels and do not choose careers in technology.

As a female and a developer, I feel like showing a little bit of femininity is dangerous. But even if I am not a girly-girl (and always been more on the nerd than the chick side) I cannot ignore everything feminine in me. I do have ovaries and I like dresses. But I also find programming extremely interesting and challenging. Can't we just forget the stupid stereotypes? Please?
 
 
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Monica
13 January 2015 @ 01:45 pm


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"I love you more than words. And I am a big fan of words."

"I want birds to have strips of my soppy diary to pad out their nests. I want the mother birds to regurgitate food for their young and little bits of half-chewed sick to accidentally landon my name."

"Unhappy people have a role in society – and that is to make the rest of us feel better."

From "Submarine" by Joe Dunthorne
 
 
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Monica
10 January 2015 @ 10:14 pm

I had another baking afternoon with Gery and we tried two new recipies - Toffee muffins and Empirina's Apple Cinnamon Strudel. Later, I decided to combine apples and caramel in one and baked some Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

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Apple Cinnamon Strudel
I didn't manage to make the "layers" perfect and my strudel was a little watery but it tasted so good! For sure I will bake some again.
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Toffee Muffins
These muffins filled with toffee sauce are really, really sweet! But who doesn't like sweet? Gery decorated them with sugar stars instead of nuts.
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins
I added some nutmeg and dried cranberries to the batter and decorated the muffins with caramelized sugar and walnuts. This muffin recipe became one of my favourites.
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