23 March 2018

Julien Tabet Creations

I love these beautiful photo manipulations from the artist Julien Tabet, amazing!

Ikea Art Event 2018

I am always searching for new and original products to share with you, is not always easy, but sometimes I am surprised with the things I discover. Today I want to share with you the Ikea Art Event from this year, 2018, let me say that I didn't know that Ikea was organising this event for the last 4 years! Did you know it?

This year the pieces are made with glass and for a price of 29'99$, so quite cheap considering that all the pieces are made for known artists, don't you think?
There are some really beautiful pieces, they will be available to purchase in April, I have no idea which day, but better check-it soon if you want one, I am sure the will not last very long!

The source is Domino.

Raspall - Català; Ara i Sempre

Today's word could be used as a different word depending on the meaning you want to use, but I can assure you that you use it at least a couple of times every day. The word is "Raspall" /raspæʎ/

Any idea what could it mean? Raspall... Brush; a hand-held instrument of bristles and a handle, used for painting, cleaning, grooming, etc... And like the English word, depending on the meaning you want to use, you have to add another word after Raspall, for example, Toothbrush it would be Raspall de dents (dents is teeth).
Let me say I didn't know that there was a song to teach how to clean your teeth, but I found it is quite funny, take a look...
Cançó Del Raspall
Raspall, raspall.                    Brush, brush.
Jo vaig sempre amunt i avall,                    I always go up and down,
Raspall, raspall                   brush, brush,
Com si anés dalt d’un cavall.                    Like I am riding a horse.

Fregueu-me fort per tot arreu,                     Scrub very hard everywhere,
així la brutícia traureu.                    this way you will remove all the dirt.
Si una càries pots trobar                    If a caries you could find
Frega-la sense parar.                    Scrub it without stoping
I veuràs en poc temps                    And you will see
Com et lluiran les dents.                    With just a few days your teeth will glow.

We didn't use any song to clean our teeth in school, but they made us rinse with a fluoride that was really horrible... I think it was one of those moments that we all hate it.

22 March 2018

Ampolla - Català; Ara i Sempre

Sorry for my absence yesterday, my little one seems quite special these last days, and I am more tired than usual, so I decided not to post yesterday, but I promise it was something exceptional, I want to continue with this project more time!
Okay, today's word is something that you could guess, but is not really similar with the English word, so... Ampolla... /əmpôlyə/

Any idea? One clue, is to keep drinks inside... now you know, I am right? Yes, bottle;  a container for holding liquids, having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
I decided to share with you this word because I am singing a song to teach the numbers to my little one that is based on bottles, so I thought it would be funny. He still doesn't talk, so far not learning the numbers,  but he at least tries to sing! ;)
The song....

Hi ha cinc ampolles - Ara va de bo
Hi ha dues ampolles a dalt de la paret                    There are two bottles at the wall
hi ha dues ampolles a dalt de la paret                    there are two bottles at the wall
però si una ampolla caigués per mala sort                    but if one bottle fell down for bad luck
queda una ampolla a dalt de la paret.                    there is just one bottle at the wall.

Hi ha una ampolla a dalt de la paret                    There is one bottle at the wall
hi ha una ampolla a dalt de la paret                     there is one bottle at the wall
però si una ampolla caigués per mala sort                    but if one bottle fell down for bad luck
queda cap ampolla a dalt de la paret.                    there is none bottle at the wall.

The Sony World Photography Awards

Take a look at some of the winner photos of this year at the The Sony World Photography Awards, amazing! If you have time, enter to the official page and take a look at all the photos, they are so impressive!

Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy - Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Uneasy Prey by Annette Dashofy
Genre: Cozy Mystery 
Source: Great Escapes 
Rating: 4/5 

Zoe Chambers is returning to work and finds a woman that has died at her home after a robbery... it seems that lately there are some men that enter to houses saying that they are checking the pipes and after a few hours they enter when there's no one inside and steal everything they can. But killing someone is another level... what has happened this time? Did she resist? Maybe the robbers didn't find anything valuable? Enjoy this read and you will discover all the answers! ;)

'Toni DeLuca snapped a note in her direction. 
"Welcome back. You're up. Ninety-two-year-old female. Unresponsive."
Not the greeting Zoe Chambers had hoped for from her crew chief on her first day back at work after eight weeks of medical leave for torn ligaments in her knee. So much for easing back into the "routine", if there was such a thing on an ambulance service. Especially in the middle of January.'

This had been a quick but interesting read, Zoe Chambers is a character who not only "investigates" murders, but also she loves her friends and family and always takes care of them. 
In this case the main story are the robberies and the murder of course, but we will meet again Zoe's mother; as charming as always... and there will be a weird reporter that seems that has a hidden agenda... is she involved in the murder?
We will enjoy a few scenes with the Police Chief Pete Adam, Zoe's boyfriend... but after reading the book I am still wondering if they simply share flat or they have feelings for each other... And I hope we will know more of Pete's father in the next story, seems he has a new friend...!
I don't want to spoil the mystery in this case, but I always love how Zoe treat the elder people, like a normal person, simply taking a little more care to them and making them valuable, really, I think everyone should learn to do the same. This case is quite interesting sharing with us the worries of old people, how they live alone and afraid that someone tries to steal them or how the sons/daughters/nephews they treat them or take care of them.
I really enjoyed the read, the mystery was not very complicate to discover, but is not just the case that interests the reader but all the other secrets that the characters hide.
Ready to be robbed by a white van?

Interested? Good luck in the Giveaway!

20 March 2018

15 Warm Drink Recipes by Avas Flowers

Really, can I ask for one of each of these delicious hot drinks right now? All of them seem so yummy! :)
The infographic is from Avas Flowers.

Cozy in a Cup: 15 Warm Drink Recipes to Banish The Winter Blues #Infographic

Quickstarter by Oscar Lhermitte

Ok, I have to stop looking at Kickstarter, everytime I am searching for something to post on the blog, I found something I fall in love and pledge for the product!

This time is something quite original the Quickstarter by Oscar Lhermitte, a tape with a few interesting measurements that I am sure it will be perfect to decorate my journaling creations, envelopes and even my little one boxes!
The Quickstarter is a collection of two rolls (made with vinyl) one with a Ruler and protractor and the other one with some formats and sizes...

I promise I will make a post when I'll receive the tape and with my creations with them! ;)

Desastre - Català; Ara i Sempre

Desastre is not a nice word, but we use it sweetly when we have to call our little one, el nostre petit desastre, our small "desastre"... /dəzæstrə/

Any idea? Is not very different from the english word, so I suppose you already guessed... Disaster; an overwhelming calamity or catastrophe. Do you call your loved ones any original name? Tell me!

I searched for songs and quotes with the word "Desastre" and almost all of them were quite sad, in the end I found this one, and I think is quite appropriate...

"Tots els mestres han sigut abans un desastre"
"Every master was once a disaster"

19 March 2018

Crispetes - Català; Ara i Sempre

Living in Ireland has some good things, one of them that today is bank holiday! ;) So this means I will be relaxing and reading all day, yuppy! So possibly this afternoon I'll do some Crispetes! /krɪspɛtəs/

I don't think you will guess what does Crispetes mean with just the word, it doesn't have any similarity with English, Spanish, Italian... so I have no idea where it came from, but they are Popcorn! Yes, similarity? None at all!

Today, instead of sharing a quote or song, I want to share with you an easy but delicious recipe I use with my popcorn while watching a movie at home!
You just need pop kernels (I have a popcorn machine, so I always have some pop kernels at home, I love all the different types you can find at Zaramama, but in any supermarket you can find the gold ones!) parmesan, oil, salt and pepper. And when the popcorns are done simply dress up, first with the oil (I put a little oil and salt always in the base of the bowl) and then the salt, pepper and parmesan. Mix it up, I normally jump the bowl a little, and voilà, some delicious "Crispetes" to accompany your movie! ;)

Ice-creams by Bethany Crutchfield

Take a look at these delicious ice-creams created by Bethany Crutchfield...

End Game by Matt Johnson - Blog Tour

End Game by Matt Johnson
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Source: Orenda Books
Rating: 5/5

In the new book of Robert Finlay we will have secrets, murder and a poisoned chalice that everyone who sees it appears dead... will be our main character the next victim?

"'End Game' Kevin has said. It was code, well, sort of. Like saying we had one chance left. I'd never put it to test before, although I was well aware that other had. It was recognition that in desperate situation, the only option wasn't a good one and was likely to end badly. At all levers within the Regiment there was an acceptance that if being captured by enemy forces was bad enough for ordinary soldiers, for Special Forces it was always worse. And although those times had been the best part of two decades since, I knew all too well what 'end game' meant to them, and what it now meant to us. All or nothing."

This is the last book of the Robert Finlay trilogy, but let me say that you can read it perfectly without having read the previous books, but is so addictive and well written that I would recommend you to start from the beginning, this is one of those books that has a complex story and so addictive that you will not be able to stop reading till the last page.
Robert Finlay thinks that his past is buried, but when his former colleague and friend discovers that someone is spying on him, he knows that something is not right. Yes, both of them have made enemies in the past, but who could be trying to frame them with a murder and ready to kill everyone that talks about a very secret document? Robert will need the help of his friend,  the MI5 agent Toni Fellowes, who trusts and knows that even if his life is in danger she will help him.
I always read fiction, but really sometimes fiction scares me more than reality, for example in this book, Finlay is not spied by a dark agency in another country or a serial killer, he is pursued by someone in the same country he is working and with enough power to kill someone and frame his best friend for it. How can someone has so much power and no one able to stop him? I really, really, want to think that reality is not so dangerous, but then watching the news, you could see that fiction and reality are the same nightmare. Good job Matt Johnson, your book seems real and dangerous as reality, fingers crossed "the good ones" win in reality too! ;)
I hope this will not be the last adventure of Robert Finlay, I know this is the end of a chapter, but his adventures are so engaging that I want to believe I will read another of his missions soon.
Ready for a layered up plot with brave and adventurous characters that will keep you up all night?

17 March 2018

Si Fa Sol Si - Català; Ara i Sempre

Today is Saturday, so I will make the word a little bit more complicated, because is not a word is a phrase! ;) And I don't think you will discover what does it mean Si Fa Sol Si... /sɪfɑsɒlsɪ/

Because this is a sentence let me say that we use quite often, but at the same time is a hieroglyph, a music hieroglyph. So, today apart from the word I normally show you, I'll show you how we read the piano notes! ;)
Take a look at the difference...

So, what I am writing is Si Fa Sol Si, and it means If it is sunny, yes.
Sometimes learning a new language is not so boring, am I right?

Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig - Blog Tour

Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Great Escapes
Rating: 4/5

When Quinn Bellandini finds the brother of her best friend dead, she would never thought that she will be person of interest of the murder... and when Drew (the brother of the victim and Quinn's best friend) is put under arrest, she starts investigating, because she knows he is innocent and doesn't want to be the next suspect!

'"Do you hear how absurd you sound?"
"This whole thing is absurd!" I cried, lowering my voice as I got some disdainful side-eye from the other guests. "When have you ever heard of a murder happening and a dozen people having really good reasons to kill the victim?"
"Well, during last weekend's Netflix binge-watching, I seem to recall in this one episode of-"
"I mean in real life, D."
"Oh, well in real life it's always the spouse."'

This had been a quite interesting read, because you could totally understand what Quinn is feeling and why she starts investigating, she is not curious, she is really terrified to start questioning some possible suspects. But at the same time, she knows if she doesn't investigate it doesn't seem that the police will do it, they think they already have the suspect!
Of course the victim is not a saint, he has a very dark character, some debts, maybe an affair... and is divorcing her wife... so everyone has a motive, even her brother... so Quinn will have to be quite sharp if she really wants to discover the truth, this is not an easy case to decipher, be prepared for a lot of theories but not many of them are correct!
It was nice too the relation Quinn had with her family, and specially her sister Delilah, their mutual protection but not afraid to say always the truth, lovely! And be prepared for a mysterious presence... I don't believe in ghosts, but maybe in the B&B they both own there's an uncle who take care of them... 
There's a little bit of romance in the story too, a handsome school friend that seems quite interested in Quinn, but after so many failed dates, I am not sure they are ready for anything more than enemies?
If you are searching for a new cozy mystery, this had been a great read, and I am sure the next Quinn adventure will be a must read too!
Ready for a walk in Savannah?

Kung Fu Otter by Leo Xing Ming

I love these Otter and how they make Kung Fu by the artist Leo Xing Ming! ;)

16 March 2018

Stranger Things By Sophia Ayuso

I love the simplicity of Sophia Ayuso characters, take a look at the famous Stranger Things characters and tell me that you don't recognise them, because I will not believe you! ;)

Aigua - Català; Ara i Sempre

Aigua is my little one first word, I am not sure if it is because we used a lot or because he is thirsty all day...! Aigua /æɪˈɡwə/

Yes, this is an easy word to know the translation in English... Aigua is Water; an odorless, tasteless liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen that makes up rain, oceans, lakes, and rivers.
Here is a song I sang with my mother when I was little...

Si Vols Aigua Ben Fresca - Xesco Boix                    If you want really cold water - Xesco Boix
Si vols aigua ben fresca,                    If you want really cold water,
a la font has d’anar.                    at the drinking fountain you have to go
Si el que vols és la gresca                    If what you want is an uproar
un bon vi has de buscar.                    a good wine you have to search.
Oh, là, li,...                    Oh, là, li,...
Oh, larà, liria, oh, lalà,                    Oh, larà, liria, oh, lalà,
cucut, cucut (3)                    cucut, cucut (3)
Oh, larà, liria, oh!                    Oh, larà, liria, oh!

It was funny because when I searched for the author of this song there were a lot of modifications with the lyric, quite strange that only the original says wine! ;)

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Doubleday
Rating: 4'5/5

This is a disturbing but addictive psychological thriller that will keep you up all night.

"The key slides and turns in the lock, smooth and slippery as a silverfish. Lying in bed last night, staring at the trembling shadows of the branches grazing agains the window and thinking of this moment, I thought it would be harder. I imagined scratching metal. Jarring resistance. After everything that has led me here, it feels s if it should be more of an effort. But it's easy -an anti-climax, even. An eggshell cracked in the hand and tossed aside."

First of all, if you are planning for a house swap this summer, keep this book till you return, because after reading it maybe you will re-think about it... Sorry!
This story is told between the past and the present of Caroline and Francis marriage, when the things were difficult and the secrets started; and the present, were they are trying to reconnect and have the spark they had before. And then there’s a mystery voice, the person that made the swap with them, has a secret agenda... Who could be? And what is Caroline hiding?
While this slow burning mystery evolves we discover the truth about Caroline and Francis marriage, they had passed a very dark period, this had to be their way to relax and connect, but as the book passes we know that Caroline secret is too big to keep it hidden and maybe it will change their life forever.
This had been a twisty read, but it felt real and human. I’ve done house swap a few times, and sharing your house with an stranger is something intimate and scary at the same time. You never know what you’ll find in the other house, and this is the mystery Rebecca Fleet uses amazingly to penetrate on your skin. Because the anxious is not just when you go to the new house but returning to your own and pray that will be still there.
This is a book to read, share and comment, I am sure it will make you think about some important aspects of your life.
Ready for a swap?

15 March 2018

Hivern - Català; Ara i Sempre

Ok, is it a fact that I am not a very good teacher, it seems that I put the cart before the horse, because really, after the days and the months I should tell you the seasons, isn't it? More normal... sorry! I started this project as a way to fight for the Catalan and I didn't have a program at all... but I can promise you that I am trying to be interesting and original and share things that if you don't live there you couldn't know. So ok, today is the moment to share with you the word "Hivern"...

And after all the "silly" talk I made before, I am sure you could guess what it means Hivern, yes, Winter, like "Winter is Coming" from Game of Thrones! Winter as, the cold season between autumn and spring.

Oli, sal i pa calent, fa de bon passar l'hivern.
Oil, salt and hot bread, makes it easier to go through winter.

This is something really typical from the people that lives or have a country house, don't think about a mansion, a simple house with 2 rooms, a kitchen and a living room, but with a fire place and some big extension to cultivate vegetables and fruits. I had spent a lot of years making fire outside to cook meat and toast bread, let me say, delicious! ;)

Music in Film by Costa Rica Philharmonic Orchestra

I love this advertising from the Costa Rica Philharmonic Orchestra, original and funny at the same time! ;)

Advertising Agency: Garnier BBDO, San José, Costa Rica
Creative Director: Chepe Antillón
Illustrator: Allan Sanchez
Additional Credits: Sebastian Espinach

The source is Ads of the World.

Magnote Toys

I've seen the Magnote Piperoid cute animals a few times at the toy shop, sadly I haven't bought any of them...! But this doesn't mean they are not cute and so perfect for any kid (or adult kid) to create one of these animals and have a lot of fun!

The Piperoid are handmade animals (because you assemble them, of course!) with paper pipes and pre-drilled holes, really easy to create and of course don't put them near water or they will melt...!
Take a look at the new designs, they are so cute...


Note for myself, the next time I see them, buy one of each! :)
The source is My Modern Met.