November 23, 2015


Hello friends,
I know how much you like natural beauty products so I invited my dear friend Catarina from Joan of July to share one of her magical recipes with you guys :)

"Are you a fan of natural soap as much as me? I prefer naturally and handmade soap to any other alternative to wash my skin. By using natural soap you’re not putting any nasty chemicals or parabens into your skin or system.

I even learned how to make my own natural soap a few years ago and I love making them! I mostly use olive oil and sometimes soy wax in the base, then add some essential oils to give it a nice smell and to make it more appropriate for my skin type.

But… what happens when you find yourself with a bunch of old, unused soap and other pieces of used soap that are now looking less than fresh so now you don’t feel like using them anymore?

Well, I have an idea! Why don’t you put them all together and make your own natural shower cream? Trust me, it’s a lot easier than making the soap itself and you can do this with any kind of soap you have in your home!

Making your own shower cream is a great idea if:
>> You’d like to recycle bits of old and ugly looking soap you already have;
>> You prefer a liquid substance to shower with, instead of soap.

It’s so easy to do it, but I’ll tell you how to anyway!

How to turn your soap into shower cream

1.Gather your soap/old soap/bits of soap

2. Cut them into pieces

3. Melt them in the stove using a pan you wouldn’t use to cook food
Because - trust me - it will ALWAYS taste like soap after you use it.

4. Add some water

5. After that, reduce the goo to a sort of puree

5. Adjust your cream’s texture and add whatever you like

If the mixture looks too runny, as soon as it gets cold, the soap will try to solidify and - if you didn’t add enough water - it will. I don’t know how much I should tell you to put in there, because I don’t know how much soap you will be using, but I added a few cups.

And this is also the phase when you should put in all the oils and essential oils you want you shower cream to have.

In mine I used:
>> A bit of my body moisturizer;
>> Two table spoons of castor oil
>> A few drops of my essential oils (orange and rosemary)

6. Let it cool down

Please don’t skip this step before storing your shower cream!
It’s very important to see how it will settle after it has cooled down. If it hardens and is not liquid or creamy, put it back on the stove, melt it again and add more water.
Let it cool again and check the consistency of the cream. If you’re happy with, bottle it up or store it wherever you like! :)

Here’s what I did with mine:

And there you have it! :D

Could it be any easier? Only if there was a magical way to know how the consistency would turn out in the end, but that depends a lot on what kind of soap you use and how much you use it, so it will vary a lot from case to case. 

Anyway, I hope you liked this little DIY and that you put it into use so you don’t let your old soap go to waste. Now that I think about it, this is a very sustainable DIY recipe, isn't it? :D

November 19, 2015


When you travel, you want to keep in touch with your dear friends and family you left at home and internet is no doubt the easiest way to contact all these people. But did you ever thought that while you are skyping 2 hours with your mom you might be missing out your travel?

I try to find a balance between visiting the new country, meet new people, connect with locals, take pictures and internet. After years of traveling I figured out there's one way to do this: once a week staying at the hostel/home and catch up with internet. This way I also rest from all overwhelming walks and visits here and there, take time to myself and do tasks like laundry or reading a book. You might be thinking "What if I travel one or two weeks?" Then yep, take half an hour to be online per day but leave the great and long stories whenever you get home. I usually travel slow so I can have a day off traveling :)

Is not a secret anymore that I love lists. This time I was brainstorming what the heck I could blog about and all the sudden I started writting reasons to avoid internet whilst traveling:

1. I want to live the moment. If you decided to go on a trip isn't it important to enjoy it as much as possible? If you find out wifi in that restaurant you probably won't be aware how delicious is the food, instead you want to scroll down in instagram or facebook and eat quick because you gotta go visit that museum. Or you are surrounded by other travellers in the hostel living room, maybe you are losing an opportunity to listen their tips for your next destination because you are so focus on checking your email... again.

2. It's disrespectful with others. If something I don't understand is when we are eating together in the table, people around me on the phone all the time. And you try to talk with them and don't give a s***. Not cool.

3. Searching online, instead of going to the place. I know it's so much easier to search on internet whatever we need but what about going to ask the lady in the train station what train schedules? That's a great moment to interact with locals. Who knows if the train station is magically beautiful inside? Maybe you will accidently meet that cool traveller you met last week?

4. Internet will show you touristic places mostly. Websites like Tripadvisor can be useful when you are looking for a place to visit or a nice restaurant but is also blocking you to go by yourself and discover. The best places to eat I discovered by walking thru, enjoyed the environment, the menu was catchy and staff looked friendly so I asked for a table. Better see with your own eyes and choose than reading strangers reviews on internet. In the other side, I agree that internet is a great tool to find out what to do in certain city/town/country but mostly of recommendations lead you to the most famous touristic places, what about that smaller temple so pretty two blocks from your hotel? You will never find it because you are focusing on your to do list from internet. A mix of both exploring & tourism is a good idea.

5. Internet addiction. I can spend all day online, really. If I'm traveling and have wifi I want to check my emails, take a look at instagram feed, see if I have any private messages on facebook. Knowing that I can't control myself I either leave my tablet or phone in my hotel room or simpley don't check wifi availability because I know that if I go online "just to say hi to my friends" I will spend almost two hours there. In the meanwhile is dark outside already.

6. "Gotta leave because I have a skype conversation scheduled with my friend". This really sucks! Imagine you are having fun dancing with locals and learn new moves, you are having the best time of your life. You look at the clock and be worried because in half an hour you gotta skype. This can break a precious moment that will never come back. 

7. Travel is a good excuse to be offline for a while. It's great to turn off the button sometimes. We spend way toooo many hours in our computers and phones, getting more magnetism in our bodies that sometimes is a NEED to disconnect from the world wide web. One week without social media and phones is not a big deal and believe me, after this you will feel so much better. Give a try!

Your turn! When you travel are you online often? Do you agree is a good time to disconnect from the WWW? 

November 17, 2015


While ago, I posted about me, in a tag game. I listed 25 things about me but 5 were false. Nobody really found out about all the false ones... and how would you? Not even my closest childhood friends will guess, so yeah, not really mad, it's ok :) 

Instead of just tell you which ones are wrong, I will go, one by one point and describe it, this way you'll learn more about myself. 

1. My dream job was being a journalist.

TRUE. Some kids have an hard time when somebody asks the typical question: What do you wanna be when grow up? For me was easy, I always wanted to be a journalist... until I was about to graduate from High School and decided it was a tough job, needed to work my butt off at least 10 hours/day and really wanted to have a life. Sometimes I daydream about having my own channel in youtube and be a journalist like I always wanted, interviewing people all over the World and make some serious and some funny documentaries. Who knows one day!!

2. My dad is racist.

TRUE. Although dad is very special dude and I love him tons, he has a narrow mind about subjects like people's colors and ethnicity or being gay. I had zillion conversations with him about this subject but he remains with the same opinion forever and ever. Every time he starts with a racist comment I'll make him "that" look and he knows he has to shut up, otherwise I simply leave. 

3. I went on a road trip in USA and explored all East Coast.

TRUE. I had the brilliant idea to buy a Chrysler Voyager seven seat van when I lived in Maine, USA and in the end of my staying me, my brother, my best friend and Jenn (coworker in USA and great friend) went on an adventure from North to South USA. It was amaziiiiing! I called it The Funtastic Road Trip.

4. I have been in 53 countries so far.

FALSE. I will get there though. I've been in 42 countries so far and you can see all the countries I've been here. (Yeah, I have a portuguese blog now!!)

5. I worked in Mac Donalds as my first job.

FALSE. Only if I had 10 kids to feed and a miserable life with no job choise I'd work in such place. I don't like Mac Donalds and similars. Food is Junk, isn't nutritious or fresh. All the money goes to a big coorporation. No no no. The worst? Dealing every single day with that smell. By the way, my first job was when I was 14 years old giving flyers from a Organic Shop called Nectar to people in the streets with my rolling skates. They paid me 25€ for 3 hours work every Saturday. Pretty good hein!!!

6. I have 2 piercings.

TRUE. Nose and belly bottom. I had one in the lip long time ago.

7. I love to spend an entire day at home watching movies while eating doritos and oreo.

TRUE. And I don't think it's a waste of time. Sometimes I need an entire day doing nothing but be entertained by movies and not so healthy food. Nowadays seems I'm changing to sunflower seeds with shell, it's so addictive. It happens once or twice a month, don't worry folks!

8. I’m pretty good at ice skating.

TRUE. Or rolling skating, like I said in number 5. Not boarding skate though!

9. When I was a kid I spent 2 weeks eating only corn flakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

TRUE. I got pretty sick! My friends would come over to visit but their fun stories about going to the beach made me super jealous. After this episode I started eating all kind of food. (Before I tried to avoid veggies, fruit and all things healthy... I was in a phase in my life I didn't like any food but corn flakes)

10. I want to have kids soon and bring them to my trips.

TRUE. I have been searching for an amazing autocaravan that fits our needs. Let's have the kiddos first!

11. My favorite food is pizza.

TRUE. I can eat pizza every single day. Pizza is this kind of food you can eat different all the time with fresh ingredients. I love Greek pizza with feta cheese and olives, or pineapple with ham, or vegetarian or 4 seasons. I can eat cold or warm pizza, italian or american style, doesn't matter, just gimme pizza pizza pizza.

12. I refuse drinking coconut water from a bottle.

TRUE. It doesn't taste the same. If I feel like drinking coconut water I gotta find a place with coconuts, makes all sense right?

13. I know how to sew in a machine.

TRUE. I learned via youtube and it was my mayor source of income for several months when I couldn't find a job.

14. I eat chocolate every day.

FALSE. Even though I love eating chocolate, I only crave for it when my menstruation is about to show up or I really need sugar in my body. Also, when trekking or working out, it's great energy right there. I'm learning to enjoy dark chocolate beacause is healthier.

15. I taught english in Asia.

FALSE. It's something that poped into my mind before (always finding ways to earn money to travel more, youuuu Marta!) but after a small researchI figured it was easier if english was my native tongue. South Korea and Phillippines would be the countries I'd choose.

16. I don’t like to receive flowers.

TRUE. I never liked the idea of picking up flowers. If I love them why killing them?! And then, giving someone something that is dead? I know, I'm being radical here but this is the way I feel. If you wanna give me flowers, I prefer chocolates. Just sayin´. 

17. I grew up living in 2 different houses in 2 different towns.

TRUE. It's one of the reasons why I cannot stay in the same place toooo long. I can't complain too much since every Summer I would stay in Quarteira, 5 minutes walking from the beach. Also, this way I had sooo mannnyyy friends. Oh dear, good times. 

18. When I was a teenager I used to be a big fan of BackStreet Boys and Spice Girls.

TRUE. And not ashamed. Because of them I improved big time my english, reading and singing their songs and looking for words I didn't know in dictionary (there wasn't google translator by that time)

19. I’m afraid of flying in an airplane.

TRUE. It's silly since I travel so much. Actually I just need to reach my destination aka country by plane and then I travel slow by land so I guess I travel wayyyy more by land. Anyway, I'm scared to heights and to be in situations you cannot really save your life if there's an accident. I so wanna get over this fear! I wanna start with scuba diving next year and some day I will sky dive. Yes, I can!

20. I was 8 when I had my first boyfriend.

TRUE. That young! It was such a cool relationship, we would share candy and play soccer together. Some french kisses and hugs between :D

21. I had eye surgery.

FALSE. Thanks Buddha, Ganesha and all gods and goddesses in the whole Universe, so far I haven't break a bone, had no surgeries and never been in an hospital (just for visiting friends/relatives), hope it stays like this for the rest of my life. Amen. 

22. Jump pictures are my favorite!

TRUE. It's incredible that we take 15 minutes to practice with 1, 2, 3 and in the end only 2 or 3 pictures are ok. Good thing we have awesome loud laughs all the time. There's always someone who haven't jump high enough haha

23. I believe in karma and reencarnation.

TRUE. Since I'm more into spirituality I read more about buddhism, I even joined a retreat where I learned more about dharma (buddhism teachings) and all they say about these terms make all sense for me. It's hard to believe that you die and that's it. I believe your body is no more functioning but your soul is somewhere else, ready to come to life in a new body as soon as possible. (depending on your karma) I also like that people start believing in karma and because of that they are better to eachother, Go go goooo! Be nice, always.

24. I dislike talking on the phone.
TRUE. Way toooo many hours wasted on the phone when I was a kid, I'd spend 3 or 4 hours with my best friend talking about everything and nothing. I definitely prefer to talk face to face. I'm rarely in the mood for it, if I miss tons that person... what will happen is that I will miss that person even more. Makes any sense?!! I don't like to talk on the phone, that's it!!

25. I don’t have a smartphone.
TRUE. By the time I posted this TAG I didn't have a smartphone but now I do. I tried to refuse it in my life because of so many reasons: I don't like to type in a touch screen, I'm super duper internet addicted, I lose/break things pretty easily, I like old fashioned. Buttttt, yeah a smartphone kicks ass! I really needed one just because makes your life so freaking easy man! Now I can take pictures and make videos, I can look in the internet for train schedules and I feel I'm following the online time World (eg. check facebook anytime of the day so I answer quickly my private messages) and Instagram, oh this social media is the best, so inspiring!

So now you know my answers, are you surprised?

I figured a bunch of people dislike or are shy about talking about themselves, I don't. Seems that I basically use this blog as my ego supporter. Thanks Shanti Free Bird! And Thank you guys to still read this crazy gal :) 

If you didn't take this Tag yet do it!! And leave a link below in the comments so I can guess your 5 false facts about you.

See you soon!! Much love, Marta.