Oleolites DIY – Easy homemade spa treatment

Gli oleoliti sono più comunemente conosciuti come macerati o olii macerati: si tratta di materiale organico (spesso semi, infiorescenze secche o spezie) lasciate semplicemente a riposo in olio (di solito olio di semi di sesamo, olio extravergine di oliva o mandorle). Il principio è lo stesso di alcuni preparati culinari, per realizzare i quali si lasciano a macerare peperoncini secchi o rosmarino nell'olio di oliva, ottenendo così un olio molto aromatico. In entrambi i casi, si ricava un concentrato fitoterapico molto prezioso. 

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Oleoliti ed Oli essenziali: stessa cosa?

Anche se oleoliti e oli essenziali sono entrambi alleati del benessere psicofisico e della cosmesi, non sono affatto la stessa cosa e non vanno confusi. Gli oli essenziali sono ottenuti grazie a processi differenti e più complessi, come ad esempio la vaporizzazione o la spremitura. Questo tipo di preparato è estremamente concentrato, tanto che risultano necessarie ingenti quantità di materiale organico per produrre pochissime gocce di olio essenziale. Ovviamente gli oleoliti non possono vantare una concentrazione simile a quella degli oli essenziali, ma dal momento che prepararli è molto semplice (ed economico) possiamo comunque avvalerci delle loro proprietà benefiche. 

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Ricetta: cinque oleoliti da preparare in casa

La preparazione degli oleoliti è banale e veloce, ma richiede comunque molta attenzione, poichè questo tipo di preparato è facilmente deperibile. Con alcuni piccoli accorgimenti, come l'aggiunta di poche gocce di Vitamina E (acquistabile anche tramite Amazon) possiamo ottenere un oleolito più duraturo.

Oleolito alla Lavanda - (Lenitivo, Rilassante)
  • 150 gr. di fiori di lavanda secchi
  • 500 ml di olio extravergine di oliva
  • vitamina E (facoltativo, ma caldamente raccomandato)
  • barattolo ermetico di vetro da conserve
  • bottigliette scure per conservare

Lasciate macerare i fiori di lavanda nell'olio all'interno del barattolo ermetico, avendo cura di lasciarlo alla luce del sole il più possibile per 30 giorni. Muovete il barattolo una volta al giorno per permettere ai fiori di mescolarsi bene all'olio. Trascorso questo lasso di tempo, filtrate l'olio ottenuto in bottigliette più piccole e scure, senza dimenticare di aggiungere qualche goccia di vitamina E per una migliore conservazione. 

Oleolito al Caffé - (Detox, Antiage)
  • 20 gr di chicchi di caffé
  • 500 ml di olio di semi di girasole
  • vitamina E (facoltativo, ma caldamente raccomandato)
  • barattolo ermetico di vetro da conserve
  • bottigliette scure per conservare

Lasciate macerare i chicchi nell'olio all'interno del barattolo ermetico, avendo cura di custodirlo per 10 giorni in un luogo buio e asciutto (l'interno di un cassetto della cucina o un ripiano riparato da uno sportello andranno benissimo). Muovete il barattolo una volta al giorno, capovolgendolo. Trascorso questo lasso di tempo, filtrate l'olio ottenuto in bottigliette più piccole e scure, senza dimenticare di aggiungere qualche goccia di vitamina E per una migliore conservazione. 

Oleolito alla Camomilla - (Calmante, Nutriente)
  • 100 gr di fiori di camomilla secchi
  • 500 ml di olio di sesamo
  • vitamina E (facoltativo, ma caldamente raccomandato)
  • barattolo ermetico di vetro da conserve
  • bottigliette scure per conservare

Lasciate macerare i fiori di camomilla nell'olio all'interno del barattolo ermetico, avendo cura di custodirlo per 20 giorni in un luogo buio e asciutto (l'interno di un cassetto della cucina o un ripiano riparato da uno sportello andranno benissimo). Muovete il barattolo una volta al giorno, capovolgendolo. Trascorso questo lasso di tempo, filtrate l'olio ottenuto in bottigliette più piccole e scure, senza dimenticare di aggiungere qualche goccia di vitamina E per una migliore conservazione. 

Oleolito alla Curcuma - (Antinfiammatorio, Antiforfora)
  • 4 cucchiaini di curcuma
  • 500 ml di olio di semi di sesamo
  • vitamina E (facoltativo, ma caldamente raccomandato)
  • barattolo ermetico di vetro da conserve
  • bottigliette scure per conservare

Lasciate macerare la curcuma in polvere nell'olio all'interno del barattolo ermetico, avendo cura di custodirlo per 7 giorni in un luogo buio e asciutto (l'interno di un cassetto della cucina o un ripiano riparato da uno sportello andranno benissimo). Muovete il barattolo una volta al giorno, capovolgendolo. Trascorso questo lasso di tempo, filtrate l'olio ottenuto in bottigliette più piccole e scure, senza dimenticare di aggiungere qualche goccia di vitamina E per una migliore conservazione. 

Utilizzo: in caso di forfora, prima della doccia potete applicare l'olio direttamente sul cuoio capelluto con massaggi circolari dei polpastrelli.

 

Le ricette che vi propongo sono solo alcune delle tante che potrete facilmente preparare da soli. La bellezza di lavorare con questo tipo di preparato è in parte nascosta nella scoperta: potete creare oleoliti con moltissimi ingredienti di facile reperibilità, e a costi estremamente contenuti.

Se preparerai un oleolito seguendo una delle ricette provate da me, o se sperimenterai con qualcosa di nuovo, dimmelo con un commento! 

Vado a buttare su la prossima vagonata di oleolito alla lavanda!

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Block and Burnout: the Resources whe can use to avoid them

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Week 36 is about to end, and I look back at it with a sense of progress. I am developing several important projects, but it's to late to speak of them clearly. During the last week I managed to start a couple of those projects and this makes me happy. Recently I felt ashamed. because I have not used my planner very much. Actually, I was preparing the planner you see in the pic above and that one, finally, has an excellent structure. I love it. I'm organizing things in order to shot a short flipthrough, but I believe that it will be released in December, so that I'll have a few pages to show it to you.

Today, however, I want to start talking about the blocks, block planner included. More generally, I will introduce the topic of Resources that are at our disposal in everyday life, how the use of these Resources can fall into unbalance and generate burnout linked to a given activity. I will not cover everything with just one post and, in order to avoid boring you, I decided to split it in more than just one article. Let's start with the introduction,  and enjoy your reading!

Planning Block: when planning it's exhausting

Probably it also happened to you: one of your passions suddenly loses its sweetness, and all its attractiveness seems to have vanished. This is what happened to me in the last few months with planners. I have tried in many ways to modify the layouts and the uses of the various journals acquired in search of inspiration; I've been looking for new ideas through Pinterest and Instagram; I watched tons of videos about planners. Nothing, zero. Each layout I prepared was condemned to "die" unused, each journal being filled up for a very few pages and abandoned. This is what I call the Planning Block syndrome, or Planning Burnout. It comes when we have used too much of the External or Passive Resources and very little, or at least none, of our Internal Resources. We have outsourced too many of the functions that should remain under the control of our vigilant and mindfull mind, and not an action that a support can take (either paper or digital).

Internal, External and Passive Resources?

Let's dig deep in the topic. Internal, External and Passive Resources are at our disposal, but what are they and and how can we use them to get the most out of productivity and serenity? Let me show you.

Internal Resources are all those qualities / abilities / habits / knowledge that allow us to move to the best in the professional, social, and personal space. As you will already know, these resources are not limitless: you often hear about the fact that your power of will, for example, needs to be used wisely because it will decrease pretty soon. Some examples of Internal Resources:

- the education received (the level of empathy, responsibility, emotional control);
- acquired skills (theoretical and practical knowledge, scholastic and non-formal);
- traits of personality (tendency to optimism / pessimism, mild / high stress tolerance, etc.).

External Resources are all those objects / people / relationships with which we have a frequent interaction, and that help us in our daily life. Some examples of External Resources:

- objects (like home appliances, they perform for us some important and routine functions);
- people (a babysitter or a partner can, among other things, help us with the domestic workload).

Trusting on External Resources is a good thing, and it is important. It allows us to create new relationships based on trust and collaboration, lower our burden of commitments and consequently the perceived stress.

Passive Resources are objects / habits that we use to develop over time, and allow us to present ourselves to the best in everyday life. They also enhance some of our faculty somehow. Some examples of Passive Resources:

- Objects that allow us to expand our capabilities and faculties (such as your smartphone, computer, planner, or agenda);
- Daily habits (if good, they will help us increase perceived well-being and lower stress levels, if bad ones will be additional obstacles).

Passive Resources are actually the toughest ones to acquire because they require a lot of continuous work (planners or the calendar apps should be updated very often, but also the goal of losing weight or developing the habit of going to sleep early in the evening requires a lot of effort and time).

 

Warning: We can influence and modify all resources at our disposal! With some of them it will be simpler (the resources with which we have less ties / frictions, probably), with others it will be very complex (relationship with parents / partners, for example). Through the power of active will you will approaching Resources that can resonate with your purpose (having an affirmative relationship, being hired for a good job, etc.). You could surround ourselves with valid Resources, and only with them, if you would to. I promise to talk about this specific topic and the dark side of Resources in a forward post.

This introductory article ends here. I would say that there is so much information to process and evaluate! Let me know in your comments if you liked this action, and if you find the "subdivision" of resources is compatible with your person and your daily life.

Next week I'll talk about how Resources work with each other!

With love,

[Disclaimer: This site is not intended to provide auto diagnosis elements or diagnosis of any type of disorder or syndrome. It's recommended, in case of strong discomfort and self doubt, to contact a psychotherapist.]

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Teddy Bear Day [+ Tutorial!]

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Good Teddy Bear Day to ya all! Let's briefly skim the Teddy Bear topic: did you have one? What color was? Mine was white (originally, then turned into a dirty cream color because of continuous usage and no wash at all I suppose), and I do not have a hint about the name. I'll bring the issue in front to my Adorable Mother aka Poppy.

Trivia

The legend of the Teddy bear is linked to the story president Theodore Roosvelt. In 1902, President Roosvelt was invited to an hunting trip, which seemed to be unsuccessful. By failing to conquer any bear's head, Roosvelt's collaborators sought the possibility to build up a positive image of the president through the press, in any way. The solution was simple and cruel: they tied up a bear cub to a tree (actually the "cub" was an old bear) to allow the president to kill him. The stories tell that Roosvelt he did not dare to kill the bear so barbarously, eventually leaving it free. The press dropped like vultures on events.

In spite of any hypothesis about the outcome of the events, the episode had great resonance in the general public. Two married couples of Morris and Rose Michtom, craftsmen, exposed a few months after the first specimen of plush toy in the showcase of their store, calling it Teddy Bear.

Absurdly Simple Tutorial: How to draw a Teddy Bear

Drawing a teddy bear is really, really, really easy peasy lemon squeazy! Follow five simple and easy steps:

Begin with those basic shapes and begin to draw several teddy bears: you will notice, at some point, that your personal style emerging. Continue to work on the teddy bears: create clothes and accessories to customize them and, perhaps, change their expression. Are they prettier when angry or surprised?

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Il risultato finale!

If you'll try the Absurdly Simple Tutorial let me know in the comments, and share your Teddy Bear!

With love,

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[FREE PRINTABLE!] Brain/doodle dump + Celestia The Unicorn

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March = Light. I'm repeating myself, right? I love, love, love wake up in the sunlight, doing yoga or just meditate with the powerful energy of the sun: it's one of those simple yet fundamental things that make me thank every time I became aware of their blessings. 

This is also the best time of the year for long afternoon walkings, to recharging our Vitamin D (thanks to sunlight!) and eat a lot of fantastic things like gelato, milkshake, crepes and so on.

I'll be hit the road again in my seasonal attempt to come back to run again, because I hate to run in the cold and dark of the winter.

But let's talk about serious things with this week's free printable, with the sweet Celestia as main character (thank Jenn for giving her a name!):

"IDGAF I'm a Unicorn!" - FREE Printable!

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This week's printable is a set for your "brain dump". If you don't know what braind dump is, I'll explain it in a few simple words (for more information please refer to Julia Cameron's page, since she is the creator of "Morning Pages", a particular way of brain dumping).

To brain dump is to make space and order in your thoughts and feelings. No meditation or chanting required, no fancy walkings in the woods searching for your True Soul, none of that. You just need to sit down (in the morning of before going to bed) and write down all your thoughts as you became aware of them. You will not read them again, and you need to follow no rule at all. Just write freely and empty your mind of thoughts and stress.

Julia Cameron suggests to write down three pages every morning, but since I don't have plenty of time in the morning, I just go with one

I found that this practice is working extremely well even if done with doodling. In your set you'll also have a "doodle" dump sheet. Use it to brain dump while drawing and sketching!

Here all the links for download:

Desktop version
Printables (A4 size)
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Did you get the latest free printable? March Planner Cover is here: print it and color it, or just add it to your planner!

Download is totally free but I would really love to receive some feedback from you, so please comment here on the blog or tag me in your pics if you use it!

Want to keep update for the next free printable?

With love,

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[Free Printable!] Planner Cover for March

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March is almost here and this means that Spring is coming back! March is a special month for me since

a) it hosts my Birthday! (yeah I'm a stubborn Aries)
b) the temperature begin to rise at a life-friendly level
c) light is back! No more making up slamming my face against the door!

To celebrate this upcoming month, I prepared a spring-themed doodle. It was designed as a planner cover in the first place, but then I realized that it was a very cool wallpaper too:

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"March" is a free printable and you can choose from different versions as:

Desktop/Mobile (1280x1024)
HD Desktop/iPad (1920x1080)
Printable (A4)
Printable (A5)

Versione adatta alla stampa in formato A5 (metà di un foglio di carta per fotocopie):

Download is totally free but I would really love to receive some feedback from you, so please comment here on the blog or tag me in your pics if you use it!

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With love,

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(Free printable) Cleaning Schedule Challenge – Only 30 minutes a day!

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Raise your hand if you have experienced problem to keep your home clean!

I have three cats (yes, Calipso is the new entry, she is so cute and tiny and meow :3), and I struggle to keep my home decent. The apartment where I moved last year is way way bigger than the previous one, and I have this strange feeling to keep it tidy in order to keep it tidy. Endless story.

I know, though, that cleaning my home can be powerful in a lot of ways, indeed. It helps me to:

– have much more space to think (tidy place = easier thinking), because I don’t have to focus on your clutter or on the busy space around me
– realize what’s really matter for me (tossing away unwanted or ugly things)
– understanding who I am and how my organization works
receive guests with happiness, and not in a stressful way
– live in a space that talks about me, not over me

Using my best-paper-friend (aka my planner) I tried to create a daily routine that would work for me (I don’t have three fancy bathrooms, or a patio, sorry) and this is the result:

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I need a very neat and simple list in order to stick to it, without forgetting some colors and doodles. Since this pic was loved on Instagram, I decided to digitalize it with my iPad, then processing it through Illustrator and ta-da!

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You can download this free printable from the VIP Download Area, and you’ll need to be subscribed to the NewsBetter Newsletter in order to get the password!



Some tips from me to you, collected during long and suffered years of house chores:

1) I always recommend to clean on a tiny yet fast everyday schedule, but if you don’t have enough time (30 minutes are nothing, by the way!) or you do prefer to clean your home once a week (big effort, less weekly chores), you can adjust it to fit in a single cleaning day

2) Set a timer for each room. I usually set 5 min. for the bathroom, 10 min. for the bedroom, 5 min. for theliving room and 10 min. for the kitchen = 30 minutes!

3) Don’t do it perfectly, just do it fine! You don’t have to declutter the entire wardrobe, not this time. you’ll plan a moment in your week to declutter things, but not during the everyday cleaning routine.

4) Hire some help! my partner has the duty to load/empty the dishwasher, so i can clean the countertops in the meanwhile. we save a lot of time doing so!

5) Play good music, sing, dance and have fun while cleaning!

I hope you’ll enjoy your printables, and i would like to receive your comments and thoughts on my blog or mail me (contact@plusbizarre.com). If you use my printable in your instagram pics, let me know tagging @plusbizarre and using #pluspaper or #plusbujo as hastags.

With love,

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My Wheel of Life 2017 – How I set serious goals (more or less)

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Goooooodmorning planner junkies! I would like to share with you my success and the first step to financial independance, a milestone in my path to a successful life as an entepreneur: I earned my first 0.76€ with Google ads, thanks to my mom probably (she clicks everything randomly)!

February got off on the wrong foot because, well, my toothpick weightlifter’s body broke down. Officially, I contracted an infection but my immune system is not responding (may-day, may-day!), choosing the path of non violent resistence. Bad timing. I’m at home sick since last week, getting bored to death on my sofa, and I must thanks Cristian that comes to flip me like a pancake (literally) every now and then, avoiding me bedsores. Florence Nighingale Prize 2017 is all yours, my love! Despite a chronic lack of sleep due to a very friendly whooping cough, and the debilitating fever that brings me a friend in spirit with Jacopone da Todi, there are some positives:

  1. Cats, cats everywhere -> they are a smart-ass of a pack, and are extremely attracted to me and my hawaiian temperatures, not to mention the holy mountains of blankets of all forms and kind that I need in order to survive;
  2. “Yes! With lots of books, mountains of books! forests of books! cascades, swamps of books! More books than you’d ever read in a lifetime! -> my reading frequency is about 28 minutes per page, since I can’t focus on words and their meanings. But I have plenty of time and patience, and a lot of handkerchiefs to wipe off my sweat.

(Plusbizzare on “Daily Prophet”, 02/12/17 edition)

Whatever. I’ve thought again and again on the famous Wheel of Life, or Level 10 Life system, that I used in my last Planner. I decided to change the setup and layout and to transfer it on my Master Planner (the bigger and yearly version of the daily Planner, the one where I started to keep all the lists and useful things that are useful on a yearly base). This is what it looks like:

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Since the Master Planner is a dauntless A6 format, it’s simplier to write and draw in those larger spaces. As you can see, I choosed the name Wheel of Life since it has 12 slices insted of 10. It would be a life to keep calling it Level 10 Life, don’t you agree? Actually, it has 12 spaces since it was easier to draw, yeah (I suck at technical drawing).

Under the Wheel you can see a bunch of very positive quotes that will help me to gain the cool grove I need in my daily life, keep dreaming big to achieve my goals for 2017. the areas on which I will focus (more or less) are:

  1. Spirit: meditation and study of religion
  2. Mind: Mindfulness practice and reading books (my goals for this year is to read 70 books by December 2017)
  3. Body:workouts and yoga sessions
  4. Fun: having fun with friend and at home
  5. Career: with my part-time job and boosting Plusbizarre.com
  6. Sociality: Bookclub’s dates and other random meetings
  7. Finances: saving money
  8. Home:everyday small cleaning
  9. Family: weekly date with my friends, calls with my grannies
  10. Relationship: space dedicated to our couple
  11. Study: passing my last exams and preparing the graduation thesis
  12. Creativity: collages e daily doodles

A lot on my plate, I know, but being an Aries I can work well only under pressure. Positive anxiety keeps me young and vital!

A lot of details for your inner voyeur:

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(My cats are always very excited about helping me…)

So, do you like it? Do you have a personal Wheel of Life? Are our goals the same? Tell me more, tell me more with a comment, and don’t forget to share your plannerly-love following me on my Facebook page (some doodle tutorials come this way) and on Instagram (lot of cool pictures)!

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Bullet Journal – My October Setup

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October is here, yay! I’ve started to study again, work again on the Etsy shop and on my all side projects. Woah, not easy at all but it’s nice to have things to do all the week long, and the moments of rest are more enjoyable. Besides, I can read a lot more while commuting or between one meeting and another.

Let’s talk about juicy bullet journal things!

This is my new setup for October: the warm shades and the watercolor style stayed, but I banned the pyramidal calendar (I need to work on this a little more in order to make it…usable). But there’s a huge new entry: the labels! I’ve cut a small amout of paper (just the blank space on the side, actually), because I was in the desperate search of some further organization troughout the month.

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