06 August 2015

Why keep to-do lists?

planner listsAs you might know, if you follow my social media, I absolutely love to make lists. Which in return makes me want to cross those bullet points out. This is a great way to be productive if you're like me, whith many ideas and with a knack for distraction!
I cannot do without my planner! However, how do I make sure I'm actually completing these tasks? Well good thing you're reading this because I'm going to tell you!

03 August 2015

Swedish Chokladbollar Recipe

Chokladbollar Recept

Hello! Since moving to Sweden I have made a great discovery: Swedish chocolate is delicious! And as that I have tasted countless Ischoklad, Semla pasteries, Pepparkaka, Lussekatt and my favorite chocolate Daim! I dare say that it is as good as Swiss chocolate! I have made this healthy version of these as Carob Bliss Bites before and they were so good, so if you are on a regime you might want to check it out.

31 July 2015

What's on my phone!


Let me tell you what I have on my phone as I have never owned an android os and it has been great to test out new things! Being abke to customize so many aspects on this phablet has been a great experience and something I never thought would bring such benefits or productivity. I have a Huawei Ascend Mate 7, and I'm loving it! I like the large 6 inch screen and the camera, as colors are true to real life. I really apreciate the dual sim slot and the HD screen, sometimes pictures from other people can look not so sharp on Instagram but that's something I'm willing to overlook. Being that I'm a fan of the Emotion UI and how it works well with certain functionalities, it can resemble the likes of iOS whuch I was accustomed to. Plus, that battery life! This phone lasts 2 days easily! And I'm a very heavy user.
So my basic apps that I use the most are by far instagram, snapchat, taptalk, skype and afterlight. This is the wallpaper I use and the plugins I have. I like keeping minimal pages with files of related apps. Yes there is no app drawer but since I came from an iOS device I have no issues with this!

27 July 2015

Everything about green smoothies


You've seen me share them quite often on my instagram and on here. Of course, I am talking about green smoothies! I try to drink one everyday and I have gotten some questions about this and how I'm taking care of my body.
Green smoothies tend to be mostly vegetables (as the name indicates) with a small percentage of fruit. I just need a blender and a bit of time in the mornings for this! Also, no it doesn't taste...healthy. It tastes refreshing and it's actually really good! No "earthy" after taste.

06 May 2015

#listersgottalist May Edition

Hello! I've been busy lately but it's all good. If I were to not have anything to do I would be so bored! Not gonna lie though, I am stretched pretty thin but I didn't want to not post today so I decided on sharing a Instagram challenge by the wonderful Cori from TheResetGirl.
This challenge consists of a list of things that relate to you when answering them. This is a great thing to do if you're into the planner community. Which I am obsessed with! No, seriously I'm part of every Facebook group related to planners and stationary/scrapbook out there! Other then that here are some pictures I've taken lately on my instagram feed. Feel free to follow me as I update regularly!

https://instagram.com/nekkoart/

planner and organization list2


If you liked this post please say so in the comments down below. Also, are you a planner person? What planner are you using right now?

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28 April 2015

How to make homemade Ghee

Homemade Ghee Recipe

Hello! So we've been on this mission to find something other then butter or olive oil to cook our food. And what we have found is called Ghee. Now that we've tasted this golden deliciousness it's much easier to get addicted to it and make it ourselves. You'd be surprised how easy it is to make and since we live in Sweden it's a bit difficult to find in stores (without it costing an arm and a leg).

This is mostly a recipe that my boyfriend discovered and has told me of it's benefits. Apparently, this is considered golden liquid in India. It is important to use high quality butter to create Ghee of he best flavor. This is great for your nails, hair and skin as it has vitamin K. This vitamin is good for people in need of calcium and if you want to ingest more foods with vitamin K here are some: spinach, kale, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and turnips. 

27 April 2015

Free Week on Two Pages with Notes


I absolutely love Erin Condren style planners but I don't see myself using anything else other then a binder type of agenda! So i decided to create a free printable inspired by the style for me and as such decided to share with the internet, because sharing is caring, right?!

Planner Undated A5

So here is how it looks on my dokibook but since you can cut the inserts in half it can also fit well in Kikki K planner also! This is an a5 size since I don't think it'll look good in smaller sizes but please let me know if you'd absolutely would want it!

You can download it here or by clicking on the image.
Planner Undated A5







Planner Undated A5








Did you enjoy what I've created? If so do you think it would be a good idea to continue? Please leave a comment on what you think! :)

21 April 2015

Spring Cleaning Checklist 2015

Spring Cleaning Checklist 2015

This is a great and quick spring cleaning checklist that I used myself which prevented confusion, waste of money on unnecessary products and made my cleaning habits quicker! This is a general list of things to do first as apposed to doing something in depth (hat's to come in future posts):

07 April 2015

Banana&Chocolate Oatmeal Comfort Food

banana chocolate oatmeal healthy

Hello there! It has been enough of good weather for me to be happy and prancing around the Swedish mountains, however, there comes a time when I want a comfort food and to me this is oatmeal!

banana chocolate oatmeal cookies

I seem to gravitate to the banana and chocolate combo quite a bit. I feel like many other people also will like this combination of flavors so I've decided to share this recipe since it's spring and all yet we can still have those rainy days where you just want to stay in and cuddle while eating the deliciousness!

05 April 2015

Loppi Blog Bag │April 2015


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With all the things happening this month, I haven't had the chance to open my April Loppiblogbag until today. This is like opening a present for Christmas and, as so, I loved the experience behind receiving this! I was very impressed with my first impression with this box and its contents. I loved all the products and have since used them. Here’s what I received in my box this month:
  • Friggs' TE+ Solljus and Ekologiska Miniriskakor med mörk choklad I just might be addicted to this tea! I actually went out and bought three more! They're really good for someone who doesn't sleep much at night like me (curse you insomnia) and have no caffeine. regardinf the rice crackers with dark chocolate, well I ate them in 9.5 seconds! They were good!  
  • Bio Oil This oil is aimed to reduce stretch marks but you can also use it for dry and aging skin. Which is great for me since I get such dry skin from work! 
  • Elixir Volume Mascara and Moment de Bonheur eau de toilette from Yves Rocher. I'm always excited to try out new mascaras and so far this brand has proven to have really good ones! As for the perfume, it has a fresh odor with fruity nodes that are seemingly perfect for Spring! 
  • Pierre Robert Yup, I got panties in the mail. But to my defense they are actually really good quality! I got the lime colored ones which is a really great color for Summer. 
  • RFSU Active Balans This helps prevent vaginal infections. These tablets are good to be taken during pregnancies or during menses.

04 April 2015

How to live with Fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia natural treatment for pain

You may have noticed that I lacked in posting here on the blog for a while. Well there's a reason for this as well as this post. Working with children is indeed wonderful but this also means that they cough, sneeze and slobber all over you. Yes I know it sounds horrible but that is just a small thing in comparison to all the other wonderful things that involve working in a preschool.
However, this also means that we get sick quite a bit. And having health issues such as hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia is a very difficult situation to balance between work and health, so i keep a good diet. The last month has been very difficult in terms of dealing with poor health from a throat infection (everyone in my school has been sick though!), then a few weeks later I got flu and fever so I couldn't go to work again. And the third time in March was when I had so much pain I had to stay at home on Friday. It was really bad and I couldn't walk. So I had to adopt even more measures to upkeep my health and live a better life without being in bed all the time.

For this I have come up with a list of things that have helped me withstand everyday pain and power-up through the week:

1. Remove coffee from your diet.

This is a difficult one for me since I love coffee but I do indulge in he occasional latte when we go out. This by no means is a restrictive diet and it shouldn't feel like that but what you need to realize is that coffee may equal a bad night of sleep and in consequence that may result in a painful day!

2. Use Ghee instead of butter.

I found this to be an interesting one as it is very obscure to find as a solution. But Ghee is good for lactose intolerant people (like I've been finding to be). If you're milk protein intolerant this is good for you too. Just make sure that you make it correctly while boiling it.

3. Replace milk chocolate.

Again, on occasion, you can have some. But since it contains milk it might "mess" up your tummy. 

4. Implement Omega 3 in your diet.

Apparently, omega 3 is very good for someone suffering from fibromyalgia. I take fish oil tablets daily and I have to say I notice an increase in energy by 25%. 

5. Exercise

This is a given but for us it can be a huge hassle. If I get 15 minutes of exercise per day I see it as a victory!

6. Reduce the intake of red meats

I have noticed that when I eat all vegan or reduce my meat intake to only chicken that I feel better and sleep better! 

7. Try using cure-tape.

This can be of great help for specific areas where pain is unbearable. In my case, it's my ribs and wrists. A lot of the times I wake up with my hands in pain and fallen asleep believe it or not. 

09 March 2015

Spring Roses Wallpaper & Iphone 6 Free Wallpapers



We've been having such good weather that I've been experiencing the need to draw flowers everywhere! So I've decided to take this obsession to the next level and offer free computer and iPhone 6 plus wallpapers! Hope you enjoy. And if you did, then please do share this post! 
Spring Roses Wallpaper & Iphone 6 Free Wallpapers

Spring Roses Wallpaper & Iphone 6 Free Wallpapers

Spring Roses Wallpaper & Iphone 6 Free Wallpapers


If you enjoy my free downloadable tech prints then you might want to check out these here.

02 March 2015

Carob Vegan Bliss Bites Recipe

Carob Vegan Bliss Bites Recipe

I made the yummiest vegan treats a few months ago and decided to share the recipe as soon as I perfected the recipe. I decided I like eating healthy things but they need to taste good for me to appreciate a healthy treat!

19 February 2015

Colorful Wallpaper Free Download

Free Wallpaper Tech Download

Since the weather has been giving us some nice sunny days lately, I thought It would be time to go with a nice and fresh desktop for the month! As so, this might even inspire you to clean up your pc and remove all that clutter from your desktop (come on, we all are guilty of this). I know I did and felt much better.  I chose a positive quote that inspires you to work hard and carry on, and now you only have to choose the color that suits you best! Download this as a wallpaper, a free printable for your planner or even as wall art… I save freebies I find on pinterest in a folder to use for my projects too!




Tell me if you liked these wallpapers and what color you like best? Did you enjoy this quote?

15 February 2015

Mini Vegan Decadent Chocolate Tarts

Mini Vegan Decadent Chocolate Tarts recipe gluten-free sugar-free
Today is for delicious vegan tarts that you eat without feeling guilty. These are a triple layer rich flavored vegan chocolate tarts that are just asking to be eaten!
Mini Vegan Decadent Chocolate Tarts



13 February 2015

Blogging on a Budget: Camera & Apps

So you want to start blogging but you cannot afford it? Well I’m here to tell you that you can do so inexpensively! This is going to be a series I’m doing every week where I share with you how I blog, what I use and how I do so inexpensively!
Blogging on a budget camera and apps

Blog living on a budget is something really important for someone who is starting, for example, a fashion blog and needs to take good quality photos and schedule what to do on apps but simply cannot afford to do so on a big budget. I’ll start by listing the instruments of trade that I like using and from there be sharing more things to help you be a better blogger within a reasonable budget (or for free)! Here are my initial options:

11 February 2015

Soft Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe

Soft Homemade Hamburger Buns Recipe

I have loved this recipe my boyfriend has created so much I've decided to share it here. He has altered it along the time to fit our needs and make it tastier. I love that the hamburger bread isn't full of sugar and that it hold its shape while eating. Unlike store bought bread that is so dry it falls apart and before you know it you're eating your own fingers!
Soft Homemade Hamburger Buns


We add lettuce (as you do) with sweet pickles, onion and hamburger sauce we make at home. 
And at this point we're done with it as it is filling! But sometimes we decide on making fries and this is the perfect combo for when you want a cheat meal.

09 February 2015

11 tips on living frugally in 2015

live frugally in 2015

Living with a limited income is difficult but doable. First of all, different things work for different people and not everyone likes to live in such a tight budget. I’m working on a preschool and my boyfriend is working as a temp, he’s a chef. We’re doing this to save up since we ended up moving last year and we want to build upon that. So any extra money that we make goes straight into savings for our house.
I like saving money and living frugally because sometimes you have to think outside the box to survive on such a small income, yet this doesn't mean it’s impossible to have a nice life. I have learned from my mother that saving money is easy, especially when you don’t really have any high cost habits - like not drinking alcohol and smoking – that can add up to a lot per month. The next step is creating a budget and following it. Here are my favorite ways to save up money for 2015:

1. No debit Card

Cut your Credit Debt I mean it! Cut that plastic card in half, literally! We made it a rule to not even own one to begin with. Believe it or not paying loans with interest is one of the most negative aspects many families have to deal with nowadays. This also makes us live moderately without unnecessary luxuries.

2. Live with a limit 

Set a limit for you and your family. Make that budget and print it out so you can see it and follow it strictly. This will help you not get on the “red”. Making grocery lists or even wish lists is something that will help you set a general view on things as well. This can help with priorities and believe it or not but keeping things written down has helped our household a lot. We have a wish list for the house with what we need/want; for our personal hobbies; for grocery lists; for work; etc.

3. Shop smart 

This ties in with being creative but I want to talk a bit more on the subject. You need something and you go out and buy it immediately? Wrong! You read reviews, watch videos on it, look at photos on Instagram of it, as those people if they like what they bought, go to forums on it and THEN you check where you can buy it cheaper! 
For instance, here in Sweden, we use pricerunner.se. This shows us where we can buy something the prices in lists and reviews from people who bought it on that online store. Ten you also check eBay to see if you can find a trustworthy store owner and/or a better price. And yes, I include shipping in that price limit. I have done that with my DSLR, phone and so on. And I have yet to be unlucky thankfully. 

05 February 2015

Best Inexpensive Washi Tape Shops

inexpensive planner decor 2015I've been on a planner decorating kick lately! This all started with buying some very inexpensive cute washi tapes! I'm nearly done with organizing my planner since I've been experimenting with inserts and printables I've done. Soon I'll add more to the blog free for download!

But as of today, I've decided to share some of my favorite eBay stores that have done a great job at sending things quick and good quality (as well as cheaper! And that's always important!)

First off, I have bought these with my own money, nothing was given to me and I'm just sharing because I'm assuming many of you, like me,  also like things cheap and cheerful.
inexpensive planner accessories

1. 4900vestenskov

Honestly this was the best experience I've had with an eBay shop ever! I bought the washi tapes and 3 days later I've received them from Hong Kong! They were in good condition and the images did not lie! Plus they sell the cutest most wonderful things for stationary addicts like me!

2. sumire_snoopy

Again, a large assortment of cute things that I have to force myself to NOT buy, while being very inexpensive in comparison to other online stores. Did I say they had cute things? I am not disappointed!

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3. LightInTheBox.com

I've never heard of this online shop until recent but it can be dangerous! It has a lot of things (not so much in cute planner accessories) and they sell for very inexpensive! And the tapes they sell are very colorful and different from the ones available on eBay.

4. warehouse87

I'm aware this seller has only 98% positive feedback but I've had good business with them and got my glitter golden washi tape goodness only four days after buying it. Again, keep in mind this is from China to Sweden. I'm glad I've risked it because glitter. :P

kawaii stationary

5. ginger*jujusmile10

If you look at their page you'll see the most desirable things for a planner nerd to ever buy! I have to admit that I'm still waiting for my order to arrive but I had to mention them as they have so many kawaii things that it's impossible not to mention them!

If you have any good places to shop stationary? Then do share down in the comments, please! I'm always hunting for cute things!

03 February 2015

Spicy Baked Parsnip Fries

 You may not enjoy parsnips but I found a way for you to enjoy these without having them in soup.
I know right? In my mind parsnips is stringy and fibrous, so cooking it like this made it less earthy yet very enjoyable. Totally deliscous. Also the lemon acts like magic in this recipe making the interior tender whilst the outside is crispy!

23 January 2015

Free Planner Printable: Blog Tracker

If you like planner templates then this post is for you. I have long been wanting a blog tracker to keep up with posts and whatnot so here I am making you some for your Personal, pocket and A5 Filofax! Or for your Webster Pages, Dokibook or Kikki K. 
You can list your title ideas and then mark if has been written, if you've taken photos for the post (always very important), if it's ready and scheduled and when you've shared it on your social media. To me this is a simple technique for the planner addicts out there that want to maintain a blog.

planner agenda free printable


Note: Please adjust your printer to 100% size when printing, A4 borderless. And for best results, use best quality print.

22 January 2015

Healthy Snacks to Avoid Binge Eating

Yes I know it's cold and that hot chocolate is looking at you with sexy eyes! Believe me I feel the same pain. And as such I've been coming up with snacks that are both filling and keep my sweet tooth satisfied without having my conscious nagging me. These are some of my favorite healthy snacks on the go, for the kids, for work or just if you're trying to control your weight-loss!

Healthy Snacks to Avoid Binge Eating
These are foods that worked for me while not being extremely fitness orientated and I walking to my job. And I have lost weight thus far!

raw bite weightloss healthy snack bars
Raw Bite is wonderful if you're vegan and they make the most delicious tasting snack bars! My favorite happens to be Spicy Lime flavor.

19 January 2015

Free Planner Printable: For the Home Wishlist

Since I got my new planner, I've been obsessed with decorating it! I absolutely love the look of washi tapes, stickers, cute dashboards filled with post its and everything else related to the planner community and making the planning life easier!
Because of this I've decided to start making my own inserts to better match my system. With that being said I also thought it would be nice to share these inserts with everyone because sharing is caring! Corny I know, but true!

kikkik planner free planner printable wishlist

The first printable I made was a wishlist dedicated solely to things I want/need to buy for my house since we're (kind of) newly moved in and need a bunch of things still. The need to create something feminine compelled me to include an element from my own logo: peonies!

Note: Please adjust your printer to 100% size when printing, A4 borderless. And for best results, use best quality print.


Creative Commons License
For the Home Wishlist by Nekkoart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

17 January 2015

How to be a productive blogger while having full-time job

How to be a productive for blogger while working a full time job

Wanting to improve your blogging system is overall a must if you're trying to make blogging part of your business. If so, then I've found some productivity tools that can ensure you make it the most out of your blog's life while working a full time job.

1.Write posts in bulk and schedule them. 

Work in bulk. Sit down one day with the intent of only writing. Nothing else. This will keep your mind focused, your time strict and your blog full of topics. You can start by scribbling some ideas on a piece of paper and then evolving from there. Even if you think they're stupid, do not throw them away! Work on them and better the content. I promise that by the end you'll have a fully written article!

2.Do the most important tasks in the morning on the weekends.


If your blog is your job, then work first thing in the morning. But if you're like me and get back from work later, you need to shower and then get on that computer and write to your heart's content!

3.Bring your blog planner to work. 


Having a blog planner means that you can write down your blog posts. Don't like writing on paper? Well you can use your iPad BUT having to rewrite your post means you'll be able to explain your thoughts better since you can edit them once more.

15 January 2015

My Favorite Everyday Green Smoothie


This has to be one of my favorite kale smoothie recipes that I've put together! It keeps you full until lunch and since I work in a preschool and we have to go out for a few hours until midday, it’s very important that I keep energized and not hungry.

My recipe is very tropical tasting and most importantly, it doesn't taste “healthy” even though it totally is, so if you don't like smoothies this one is a great start to a nutritious and vitamin filled diet.

Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

This green monster smoothie is simple to make every morning because I blended the kale with a bit of water and froze it in cubes, making the process so quick to make on mornings when I'm running late!

If you workout then this is also a good choice and you can add your protein powder for added protein. I prefer adding vanilla flavored one which gives this beverage a very nice flavorful touch. 

03 January 2015

15 things only expats will understand

I have noticed that defining an expatriate not only means that you left your country, but also, that you pick up habits that are specific to adapting your life to a new country and culture. Before I start let me give you a bit of a back story, I have lived in the USA as an expatriate, previously to living in Portugal before I moved, in 2012, to Sweden. I have lived in Scandinavia for 2 years now with my boyfriend. It feels like six months as it is one of the best countries to live in.

Being an expatriate in Sweden

During these two years I have learned many things besides the language, therefore, deciding to share this knowledge seemed appropriate. I have met many other expats in Sweden and have noticed we form a bond only we understand; whether it’s how to go to that one international gourmet store and what ingredients you can find there, or what packages you got from home and how you pack your luggage when visiting home.

1. Coins everywhere!
You have euros in your car, kroners in your pocket and dollars in your wallet because you are THAT organized. And then you have to pay for your Quest Bar and you grab a euro thinking it’s the right currency… yeah.