Film of the month: And then there were none (by Agatha Christie)

Hello, nice to see you!
I’m sorry it’s not literally a “film” but TV series again. However I watched 3 episodes (1 hour each) with no breaks, so it was kind of the “film show” for me 😀 There is nothing better in the cosy evening than a blanket, your dog next to you, a hot cup of tea, and a good crime:)  And then there were none was based on one of the best and the most popular stories by Agatha Christie.
I’m a great fan of her books, despite the fact it’s not the most ambitious type of literature. They are relaxing me, I just can’t help it.  I’ve read about 36 of Christie’s novels so far and I had only guessed few times who the murderer was. No, it’s not a great success. Well, I don’t really try to play detective while reading because I love to be surprised by the Master of Crime. Or maybe it’s an excuse and I’m just not clever enough! 😀
And then there were none also known as Ten Little Indians or Ten Little Soldier Boys was my first Agatha Christie book. I had read it ages ago and I fell in love with the mysterious mood that is present in her novels. I know they are a little bit old-fashioned, but it doesn’t really bother me.

Can you believe that I missed And then there were none on TV? I didn’t even know it’s been released!  And I’ll be honest with you: I haven’t seen something so good for a very long time.
What  I really loved about the serial were: great music, amazing actors and nice costumes. But there was something even more important for me: the film is faithfully reflecting the book, on the contrary to the previous adaptations!
The atmosphere of the mystery starts from the beginning. 10 people (who apparently have nothing in common, but is true?), isolated island, nursery rhyme, murders, and a perfect, oneiric mood.
In my opinion, that was the best adaptation of any book by Agatha Christie. Well done BBC! And Aidan Turner even in Poldark hasn’t looked so sexy.


Check my previous film and series reviews HERE.
Do you like crime stories? Have you watched or read anything interesting this month? Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day!

3 biggest nutrition lies I used to believe

We could be overwhelmed sometimes with all the nutrition or diet information and studies revealed every day. Depends on the source we hear and read different pieces of advice.
When I was a teenager my self-esteem was quite low and I  suffered from eating disorders. I was looking for the diet advice on the Internet, but I wasn’t able to judge which page is really trustworthy. After many years I realised that I had believed some nutrition lies, that were propagated by the mainstream.

  • Fat makes you fat

    That’s my favourite! I’m sure, all of us heard it so often and we were all confused if we should reduce fat from our diet. The studies published in British Journal of Medicine and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveal that there is no correlation between fat and obesity or even the heart disease.
    In fact, good quality fat in the diet is not only essential for our health but also makes us feel full for longer. Usually while reducing fat, we need to compensate it with sugar or carbs, which are the true cause of “making you fat”.  Don’t hesitate to add these products to your diet:

    -nuts,
    -avocado,
    -seeds,
    -fatty fish,
    -unrefined oils:

  •  Light products make you Healthier

    They are so popular! And usually, you can find the low-fat version of any dairy product. In fact, instead of using natural fat, food producers add substitutes: artificial ingredients and sugar to compensate a lack of the taste. With no success in my opinion – I can immediately say if the product was made with natural ingredients. But reading and comparing labels could be also very helpful. All artificial stuff and chemicals added to the food are not neutral for our body and can even mess with our hormones.

  • Margarine is better than butter

    It’s another well-promoted myth. The range of vegetable spreads and margarine is really rich in our supermarkets. Butter is a natural food and could be even made from cow’s milk by yourself.
    What’s the margarine then? It’s an artificial mixture of ingredients like:

    -vegetable oils,
    -emulsifiers,
    -preservatives,
    -colourings,
    -synthetic vitamins,
    -flavourings.

    While producing margarine, vegetable oils are heated to the high temperature.  And that process is followed by the formation of the free radicals, which could be really dangerous to our health.

    Did you hear about those nutrition lies? Are there any different ones that you believed?

Film of the month- (for Mother’s Day) The Light Between Oceans

I had just watched that film and my first thought after was: “I must recommend it to my mommy”. Mother’s Day is on Sunday but unfortunately, my mom lives far away from me, so we can’t celebrate it together.

I must confess that I’m a little obsessed with Alicia Vikander.  She is one of the most talented young actresses and I always look forward to seeing her in the new roles. I also admire her beauty, style and… ability to speak English with no accent, despite the fact she grew up in Sweden.
I was so happy to see a cover of The Light Between Oceans at Sainsbury’s Entertainment Department.
I missed it in cinema, so it was a great chance to see Alicia again (I’ve already watched all of her interviews on Youtube, excluding those in Swedish of course:P).
I am definitely not a fan of melodramas so I only watched it because of Miss Vikander. And you know what? That film was so much better than I expected!

What is the story about? Don’t worry, I try not to spoil:)
Tom is an emotionally wounded former soldier, who took a part in the World War I. Now he tries to find peace of his mind and to forget about traumatic war memories.  Soon he takes a job of the lighthouse keeper and falls in love with a beautiful girl. Young couple starts a new, happy life on the isolated island. But after the devastating experience of Isabel’s miscarriage,  something unexpectable happens.

What is really charming about that film? There are true love, amazing colours, incredible landscapes, and of course perfect acting, but we also observe moral dilemmas, difficult life- changing choices and tough decisions. Maybe it is a little too sentimental, but I believe that we must expect it while watching a romantic drama;)
The light itself is very important in that film indeed. It creates a beauty of the picture but it also reflects main characters’ state of mind. Did you know that name Lucy (which is used in the film) has got the Latin origin and means Light as well? That makes the title of the movie significant.

In The Light Between Oceans mother’s love and sacrifice is an essential subject and I think it is a perfect film choice for Mother’s Day.

Have you seen that film yet? What would you choose to watch with your moms on Mothering Sunday?

Check my previous film reviews HERE 🙂

How to get soft hair? Try homemade linseed gel!

For someone who dyed their hair in the past, having shiny, soft hair is often just a dream. Does your hair stay matte and unhealthy even though you really try to nourish it? Let me introduce one of the best natural solutions for dry hair. Flaxseed/ linseed gel is a humectant and that basically means it gives your “thirsty” hair some moisture:)

The recipe to prepare that hair gel couldn’t be easier. It doesn’t  really matter if you use gold or brown seeds. There are few different methods, but here is the one I usually follow:

-put 1 full tablespoon of linseed in the pot,
-add 1 glass of water,
-slow boil and stir frequently until it gets thicker,
-strain the mixture through the sieve.
It’s done, you can get rid of seeds or use them in the kitchen. Keep your gel in the fridge for maximum 7 days.

What can you use it for?

  • As a moisturising base before oiling hair. Put a little bit of gel on your hair and scalp. Wait a couple of minutes and apply the oil on your hair as usual.
  • For the last rinsing after washing: 700 ml of warm water with a half glass of warm gel. It’s a great start if you plan to stylize your hair later.
  • As a mask or conditioners addition. Linseed gel is one of the best moisturisers.
    Adding it to mask with a little bit of oil (explanation below) will make your hair look softer.
  • For stylization: use gel to create or just define lovely curls.

    As you know humectants usually need an emollient cover. Don’t forget about adding some oily substances to conditioner or use a drop of silicon serum when your hair is already dried.

    What are your favourite methods to get soft hair? Do you like natural, homemade treatments? Or do you absolutely trust professional products from drugstores?

Drinking salted water. Is it crazy method to stay hydrated?

I’m sure that you are all aware how important it is to stay hydrated and to drink enough liquids during the day. Recently I’ve read some interesting, medical articles about the hydration and its influence on the general condition of the body.  We often forget how destructive could dehydration be.

Recent studies provide the evidence that people often mistake serious illnesses for simple dehydration, which is a deficit of total body water.
Did you know that migraine could be a result of water insufficient as well?
Some of the other symptoms are:

  • tiredness,
  • feeling dizzy,
  • dry mouth
  • and of course feeling thirsty.

I must admit that I didn’t really drink much water. Juice, tea, smoothies and coffee were always more attractive to me. They are not bad of course (they are still liquids!) but not as good as water in process of rehydrating. And it is essential for all body cells.
To stay hydrated you can put a small pinch of Himalayan salt on the tongue and drink a glass of water after that.

Why is it good?
Even drinking a lot of water won’t hydrate us as well as a water with salt.  Some people add salt straight into the filled glass, but I can’t drink it like that. I prefer to take a small pinch on my tongue and then drink a clear water after (as I mentioned above). Both methods are equally good.

Remember: it shouldn’t be the basic, refined kitchen salt,  but the one that contains a range of minerals (I’m using Himalayan because it’s really rich in those).
Salt increases an ability of the body to absorb water quicker. It also helps to keep important water and electrolyte balance in the body.

Since I started to drink water with a little bit of salt addition, I can feel some positive effects (my skin is not so dry, I have got more energy and nap is not a necessary point of my afternoon any more).

We loose minerals during the whole day and the night- it’s really important to replace them.
Bad news:  plastic bottles could be toxic for water (especially if they were left in the hot car for a few hours). A good choice is buying water in glass bottles, but let’s be honest: it is much more expensive.

Do you always remember about hydration?
I’m gonna challenge myself with drinking 1.5 l. of water daily. I’ll let you know how I am doing:D
Thank you for reading and see you soon 🙂

Baking soda- health benefits and features

You probably have got one in your kitchen drawer right now!:) I’m sure you were using it not only for baking but also for cleaning (it’s very efficient!) or as a fridge odour solution.  But did you know that baking soda (which is an alkalizing agent) also has got fantastic features and different health benefits?

You can use it in so many  ways, for example:

  • as an antiseptic solution: soda shows antibacterial and antifungal activity.
  • A permanent cough and sore throat remedy: try an inhalation with hot water and 2 spoons of baking soda.
  • Hygiene: natural deodorant (trust me it’s really effective)- paraben and aluminium free. Mix soda with a few drops of 3 % hydrogen peroxide and apply under your arms like a usual antiperspirant. You can also try it as a mouthwash or toothpaste (by adding coconut oil and natural peppermint extract). It’s  fluoride free and neutralises acids!
  • Heartburn relief: a half teaspoon of bicarbonate soda to a half glass of warm water, about 2 hours before the meal, but that shouldn’t be done too often (*read the explanation below).
  • Detox: by adding baking soda to your bath (as much as you like). It promotes toxins elimination and gives a relief to muscles and irritated or itchy skin.  Bath with sodium bicarbonate addition leaves skin softer and thoroughly refreshed.  It’s also helpful in case of yeast infection.
  • Anti- Candida supportive treatment:  1 spoon of soda to a 1 glass of warm water for maximum 3 evenings. (*read the explanation under the picture).
*Remember: PH of stomach should be always acidic! Drinking water with a baking soda for a longer period is a very bad idea. it neutralises necessary stomach acids and that could be dangerous for our health. Moderation is the key!

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a non-toxic, super cheap and really effective remedy for lots of problems. It balances our body PH and promotes healing.

Did you try any of those uses? Do you know other benefits of soda?

Film of the month- Little Miss Sunshine

Inspired by Miss Universe pageant and the beautiful winner, I decided to come back this month to one of my favourite films- Little Miss Sunshine.

By the way, Miss France looked absolutely stunning in her “Moulin – Rouge” national costume:).

But now, let me introduce Hoover family:

  • Richard and Sheryl:  he’s got an aspiration to become the motivational speaker ( no success yet).  She wants to be helpful for each family member.
  • Uncle Frank – gay and underrated Proust expert. He just tried to commit a suicide.
  • Dwayne- the teenager who is fascinated by Nietzscheanism.
  • Granddad- a drug addict and very liberal-minded person.
    And finally:
  • a candidate for a Beauty Queen in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant: Olive. Participation is her biggest dream.
    The whole family decides to go with her to the pageant, which in fact turns out to be a big vanity fair. The long road is not easy to anyone – they all have to deal with personal issues.

Each character in the film is very interesting and well shown. For example, Olive’s brother tries to keep a vow of silence until his dream comes true- he wants to become a pilot. It’s important that Dwayne is intrigued by Nietzsche’s philosophy. In the book that he’ s currently reading,  German philosopher proclaimed a death of the God. However, it was rather a destruction of positive values than a literal death of the Creator.

Dwayne observes the surrounding moral decline and rebels against it. He starts to practise tough discipline, that allows him to isolate himself from the “rotten” world. Routine of exercises and vow of silence make him stronger in both ways: physically and mentally.

I think that we all support  Olive during the pageant, although she is so different to other contestants. She doesn’t really achieve “standards” of little beauty queens.

We are convinced that it is her charm, grace, naturalness should be rewarded. Unfortunately, in those little miss events, other criteria are appreciated.

I watched a few episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras on YT and I was terrified how big pressure is on these girls. Of course, some of them are spoiled brats (:P), but most of them just try to please everyone around, especially their mothers. It’s the first step to psychological problems in the future (here is my post about self-imposed PERFECTIONISM)

If I liked the film, I often watch it more than once. Someone may say that it is a waste of time, but for me, some scenes should be watched again to catch all the meanings.
Little Miss Sunshine is one of those films. I’ve seen it a few times so far and it is still funny but also full of the life wisdom.


It’s a great mixture of dramatic moments, good humour and it shows family relations in an interesting way. I’ll definitely watch it again:)

Slow juicer- how much fresh juice can I get?

Hello there:) As I promised last month in my post, (Click) I’m going to show you, how much fresh juice you can get by using a slow juicer.
Ingredients are very simple to give you a clear vision:)

First juice is made of:

    • pack of baby- leaf spinach (that one is from the Lidl-250g.),
    • 2 oranges,
    • 3 apples,
    • 1 celery stick (2 halves),
    • a slice of ginger
    • a little bit of water.

      The result:

      2 glasses on the left- 2x 250ml
      glasses on the right- 1x 300ml +1x 150ml
      = 950 ml of juice

      Spinach is a great source of potassium, calcium, folate and B-vitamins. The taste of spinach is masked by all the other ingredients. That detoxifying juice is not very sweet, but I don’t mind- it’s full of antioxidants!

      My second fresh juice:

    • 2 big and 2 small carrots,
    • 2 oranges,
    • 2 apples,
    • a bit of ginger,
    • parsnip (it doesn’t give a lot of juice, but I like the flavour),
    • slice of lemon,
    • half celery stick.

      The result:
      2 glasses on the left- 2x250ml
      glass on the right-200 ml
      =700 ml

      Carrot juice is a source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, B complex vitamins and of course, beta-carotene and Vitamin A.  It slows down the skin ageing!  I love the taste of that juice, it is nice, delicate and sweet.

      And the third one:
    • pack of kale (Lidl again- 200 ml),
    • one celery stick (2 halves),
    • slice of lemon,
    • 2 apples,
    • 2 oranges,
    • a little bit of water.

      The result:

(Juice wasn’t so extremely dark- there was no good light that day:))
2 glasses on the left 2x 250 ml.
glass on the right- 300 ml
=800ml

Kale is known as the superfood- it is an amazing source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (they help to protect the body from free radical damage).
Taste of that juice is specific, I think some people won’t like it. But you can always add more fruits to make it sweeter. For me, it’s OK as shown:)

I make my juices with Andrew James machine and I’m happy with it so far. Maybe I’ll change it for something different in the future. These look quite decent for a good price:

Let me know if you had any of them:)

I can really recommend juicing- it keeps me aways from sweets:)

Goodbye January

I bet everybody who works in retail was looking forward to January. Believe me, December could be really exhausting for them!
I wouldn’t mind if shops were closed on Boxing Day. One day doesn’t really make a difference for customers, but it does for all retail workers and their families.

There are few pictures of my January this year:

Christmas remains. I made these little decorations (of polymer clay) for our Charity Of The Year.

  • I treated myself with new Dior Absolute Blooming. By doing that I betrayed my all time favourite Pure Poison!
  • We sold all of my Christmas tree decorations except for 1, so he came back to me:)
  • Scottie tin of shortbread biscuits was a good companion in January :).
  • There was just one snowy day this month, but we can definitely feel winter in the air.
  • I had decided to be more organised this year, so I bought that lovely Year Planner.  It’s so beautiful that I feel sorry when I need to write something! 😀

There were really foggy days last month.

And some lovely, sunny mornings.

I started blogging🙂 And it’s a big challenge for me to do it regularly. I appreciate every visit and every comment you leave here:)

  • My dog found a new relax- spot. Not very comfortable (in my opinion) storage box:D
  • New in- fish tank:)
  • I like lazy morning when I’m off from work! Just me, my coffee and giraffe slippers:).
  • I try to grow my natural hair, but roots are really dark. I’m looking forward to walking on sunny days- the sun makes my hair a bit lighter.

We also had a little anniversary with my dog in January. 3 years together! As you can see there is a big difference between these pictures:)

The film of the month (well not exactly film, but drama series) was Rome. You can read my short review of that historical show here: CLICK .

That’s it from me. Did you have a good month?:)

Film of the month- Rome

Waiting for the 7th season of Game of Thrones is not easy for anyone, so today I’m going to tell you about the other HBO production that is worth watching. You can treat Rome as a compensation for months of being patient:) Little SPOILERS in that post:)

This is a story of two  Roman soldiers, involved in historical events and great political changes.
They stay together for better and for worse, against all dramatic situations- even though, they don’t always agree with each other.

We observe the transformation of Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. But in Rome great history is just a background for personal problems,  betrayals, intrigues, and murders. Don’t worry there is also a lot of bitter humour, great costumes and the culture of ancient Rome.

 the best moments of the whole show are for me:
  •  Cleopatra’s negotiations with Octavian and what happens after,
  • Pullo’s fight on the arena and Vorenus’s decision,
  • “Punishing” slave – girl Gaia by Pullo and all the consequences.

O.K. -that last scene was one of the hottest I’ve ever seen.  Made me very emotional and angry, but let’s be honest: it was just perfect 😛 Despite the fact that I lost all my respect and big sympathy to Pullo. Just indifference left… and the broken heart.

There are so many fantastic characters such as Lucius Vorenus, Marc Anthony, Titus Pullo (badass), Ceaser and… “even you Brutus”.

But my absolutely favourite character is Cleopatra. She’s both: girlish and feminine and also crazy and sensible at the same time. Queen of the Nile, lover and mother.  Maybe not a classical beauty but a real woman. And she’s a perfect example to prove that you don’t need to have long hair to be gorgeous 🙂 She is sensual, charming and sexy and her feminity is just undoubted.
To be honest, the other female characters in the series were quite disappointing.

There are 2 seasons of Rome only (2nd is much more interesting and dynamic in my opinion) and it’s a shame that HBO didn’t decide to continue.

I can really recommend that great historical series full of ancient history, intrigues, real friendship, sex and blood. I hope my short review encouraged you to watch it.
Have a great day:)