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Aron

Aron

Writer & co-founder of Just Us. A young videographer and web-designer that loves to travel, spend time with his wife and go on adventures around the world. 

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DIY - Living room cabinet transformation

We love doing makeovers on old furniture and giving them new life, and I am happy to say we finally finished our latest project, after weeks of procrastination.

We found an old and worn out cabinet and bought it for cheap. We saw potential in it, but we were amazed at how beautiful and elegant it turned out!

So here’s what we did:

• We bought white paint, golden spray and a lot of nail polish remover & cotton buds.
• We started on the cabinet top, removing the old varnish by rubbing it away with cotton buds soaked in nail polish. I recommend wearing rubber gloves and doing this in a place where you have good circulation of air because the chemicals are quite strong. It worked like a charm, and is a trick we'll definitely be using again!
• Next we removed the old knobs on the cabinet doors and sprayed them golden.
• We then started painting the cabinet, leaving the cabinet top untouched.

And this is the result!

 

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How to relax and unwind after a long day

We have all experienced coming home tired and even stressed after a long and hectic day. I have those days regularly, where I feel exhausted, tired and often a bit stressed as well. I've lately seen a pattern for how I spend the first hours when I come home these days.  All I want to do is to relax and calm down and what I frequently do, and I think many of you can probably relate, is to sit down in front of my laptop or TV. I often think that by watching an episode or browsing the web is going to help me relax and unwind. Sometimes it does, but I have discovered that most of the times I just feel more tired and just as stressed.

The reason is simple. We are constantly taking in new information during our day! We are constantly browsing the web, reading news, articles or watching incredibly funny cat videos that never seem to get old! And when we’re not on our phones or on our computers we’re watching TV. I am no exception here, I actually really enjoy working online, blogging and watching Netflix, but I have discovered how important it is to not use these things as a way to escape the everyday worries, stress and tiredness. That being said, the last couple of days I’ve been pondering on ways to relax after a long and tiring day.

1. Clean up

This is certainly not the first thing that comes to my mind when I come home tired after work! To start my relaxation by cleaning up and “working”. For me this is one of the most important things to do for me to be able to relax! Studies have shown that people generally are more comfortable in a clean and tidy environment rather than a big mess. So you will feel better in a clean environment and also when trying to relax, knowing that you later have to do the dishes from yesterdays dinner or vacuum the apartment, won’t give you the same feeling of achievement and relaxation as being done with them and being able to sit down knowing there is nothing waiting for you.

2. Unplug

Yes, close the laptop, put your phone away and turn off that tempting TV. Instead of taking in new information, try to process the information and thoughts that are already there instead! We are constantly receiving new information everywhere from our environment, but we rarely take the time to process it. Take time to enjoy hearing your own thoughts, thinking about what you are thankful for and enjoy just being with yourself. If we don’t take the time to process, how are we ever supposed to be able to relax and find out what triggers our stress us and worries us in the first place?

3. Take a walk

Why pay a shrink when you can take a walk for free? Kidding, but seriously though, taking walks can be so soothing and calming, I’m amazed every time! In my experience it helps me clear my mind along with getting much needed fresh air!

4. Take a bath

Taking a hot bath can be a great way to de-stress yourself and regain some strength! It will help your muscles to relax and also give you the opportunity to do nothing and just reflect on your day and current thoughts. The trick here, at least for me, is to not bring my phone with me to “entertain” me! We have got to learn to be comfortable with ourselves and our thoughts! This may sound strange, but truth is that many of us, and me included, are so used to getting fed by media or other distractions and stimulates that when we are suddenly alone with our thoughts it feels strange. A hot bath may just be our savior.

Relaxing tea  Read and drink tea

5. Read and drink soothing tea

Now I know I’ve talked a bit about us having to learn not to rely on outside stimulates to help us relax and escape stress. I do think that is important, but by now you’re probably a relaxing ninja and I think you are ready for number 5! Read a book and drink relaxing tea. When I say book, I mean a book book, not a ebook on your phone or laptop. The reason why, is that a book is easier on your eyes as it doesn’t glow and it’s also not likely to redirect you to youtube! Regarding the right tea to relax, I would recommend staying away from black, green and white tea as they all contain caffeine and rather pick a herbal tea, for example chamomile tea.

6. Take a nap

Sometimes we just need a nap, and that’s Ok! Just remember not to nap for too long. According to Wikipedia, the perfect power nap is a brief 10-15 minutes and it can improve your alertness without you experiencing any sleep inertia. Basically you don’t get grumpy after it like you might get after longer naps. But let’s remember we are all different and what works for us may not work for the next person. So try to find your ideal napping time without it affecting you’re ability to go to bed in the evening.

There are tons of other good ways to unwind and relax, these are just a few I have found work well for me, and hopefully you too.

I would love to hear what you do to relax after hectic days and get your suggestions in the comment section below!

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Quinoa Goreng With Turmeric!

When we lived in Bali, Indonesia, we quickly learned to cook Nasi Goreng (fried rice), and some days we ate nothing else! It’s quick, easy and really delicious. Since we moved back to Iceland we've started to use quinoa instead of rice and we’re totally loving it!
Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein and comprised of all pernine essential amino acids. Turmeric is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems!

The thing I like most about this recipe is that I am constantly changing it. I just use whatever vegetables we have in the fridge and today I did just that and it turned out fantastic! 

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup / 100 g Quinoa
• 1 Bell pepper
• 4 Carrots
• 1 Onion
• 1 Red onion
• 2 Spring onions
• 1/4 cup / 40 g Ginger
• 4 Garlic cloves
• Half a broccoli head
• Handful of spinach
• 2 tbsp Cilantro
• 2 cups / 400 g Chickpeas
• 2 tbsp Coconut oil
• 1 tsp Turmeric
• 1 tsp Cumin
• 1 tsp Salt
• 1/2 tsp Pepper
• 4 tsp Soy sauce

  

1. Add 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup of water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once its boiling, reduce the heat and cover and let it simmer until most of the water has been absorbed. Usually it takes about 15-20 minutes for it to be ready.

2. While the quinoa is getting ready, cut the garlic, ginger, white onion, spring onion and carrots into small peaces and slices. Then cut the red onion, bell pepper and broccoli just the way you want! Throw it all into a frying pan and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Fry on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes.

3. Add the quinoa & chickpeas to the frying pan and spice away with salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric & soy sauce. Fry for 5 minutes until adding the spinach and the chopped cilantro.


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Asparagus & cherry tomatoes drizzled in balsamic vinegar & basil

Another typical Tuesday in Tastyland! Yeah that’s right, we’ve got a brand new, delicious recipe for you to try out!

Now, I know I often talk about how much I love easy, quick and healthy meals, and maybe you’ve got the point by now! But they’re just that awesome! You don’t have to be a king to eat like one! And it doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or unhealthy either! That said, let’s take a closer look at what we will be making today.


This is one of my favorite quick and light meals. This dish also goes great with the Garlic Buttered Mushrooms we made a few weeks ago.

Asparagus & cherry tomatoes drizzled in balsamic vinegar & basil

Total time to make: 20 minutes - Serves 2 people

Ingredients

• 1 lb / 450g Asparagus
• 2 cups / 250g Cherry Tomatoes
• 1/2 cup / 120 ml Balsamic Vinegar
• Olive oil
• Fresh basil
• Salt
• Pepper


1. Start by preheating the oven to 400 ºF / 200 ºC.
2. Trim the ends of the asparagus and slice the tomatoes in half and place them in a baking dish that you have oiled with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add another teaspoon of olive oil on top of the asparagus and tomatoes and then add a bit of salt and pepper. Now put the dish in the oven and leave for about 15 minutes, or until the asparagus is a bit softer and brown.
3. While magic is happening in the oven, let’s move on to the balsamic vinegar. Put 1/2 cup / 120ml into a sauce pan and heat it for 15-20 minutes, until it thickens.
4. Now drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the asparagus and tomatoes, fine cut a bit of fresh basil for garnish.
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