Printed Canvas with CanvasDiscount.com

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Hey, guys! How are you doing? I hope that you are safe and staying at home. Since it is the second week staying at home with my husband, I am almost running of things to do. I decided that it is a good time to redecorate our guest room and change a few things in the house. I got quite lucky that I got in touch with CanvasDiscount.com and was so thrilled to order a few printed canvases to redecorate our home.

Before the world lockdown, we got our chance to travel to Namibia and South Africa. I got a lot of amazing pictures that I will share with you. The most memorable moments were seeing wild flamingos and the tallest dunes in the world, following by Deadvlei. I knew that we had to have printed versions of my photos in our house.

CanvasDicount.com is actually a very easy page to navigate. They offer different types of things you can order for your house - from wall decorations to photo blankets. The prices are also quite affordable because I did some research to compare prices with other photo printing companies, and Canvasdiscount.com is a good deal.

Anyway, after creating my order, I got my package delivered to the house undamaged, and I was super excited about how my photos turned out. Each canvas has a stamp for quality. I also ordered a gift for my little sister. She recently opened a beauty salon and I thought that a picture with pink flamingos would look fantastic in her salon. Since I am collaborating with CanvasDiscount.com, we are giving 15% off with discount code QUEENHORSFALL15. For Canvas Prints click here.







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How to survive in isolation from COVID-19

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Our normal lifestyle has changed and the entire world is at war with the pandemic virus-like COVID-19. I always had a fear of sicknesses and don't really do well even with a common cold. I thought that while everyone is isolated, I should write a short blog post on how to survive this period of quarantine and/or isolation.

Normally, I spend a lot of time with my husband, but we usually travel or do things like shopping, enjoying a delicious meal somewhere, going to the gym, or even cooking together. But this time, it is a bit different because we don't have people around us. It is just the two of us in the house and we are 24 hours together for the next 2 or even more weeks. It is like being stuck on an island or in a galaxy spaceship where only 2 people survived. It's actually been going quite well for us.  Seeing how we've adjusted to this new reality, I am offering some tips to help maintain your sanity with your loved one (who you may be seeing more than normal right now!): 

- create a list of tv series or movies you two want to watch. I love having our TV time.  We usually watch together in the evening while having dinner. Bring some snacks, drinks and enjoy your 1-2 hour together when you don't need to talk;

- find time to do exercise. Exercising is not only good for your health, but also for your mind. I find online exercises on Youtube and do it myself.  Sometimes, we do it together in our yard if it is nice weather.  If you don't have a garden, you can exercises while motivating each other;

- play board games. I am so glad that we bought a bunch of games for our house that we can play with two players. If you're bored with just two, then invite your friends or family to join online;

- create an online drinking Friday night with your friends. Pour some wine and enjoy your time in a digital group setting;

- create or join a book club. I actually created a book club maybe 3-4 weeks ago with my besties. We picked books that we want to read and then decided how many pages to read for certain time periods.  We then have a chat call where we can talk about the book;

- invest time in blogging and Instagram. I know it is hard to create any content right now, but you can still write things that you want to share and stay in touch with your followers;

- read books that you wanted to read. I have a list of books that I am planning to read while my friends are trying to find time to read the book we picked for our book club. I just finished reading "Three Daughters" by Consuelo Saah Baehr, and am now reading one of Stephen King's books ("Salem's Lot");

- start to create. I love drawing, but I usually only do it if I have inspiration or want some meditation. It is seriously so calming. My mom loves knitting, for others it is sewing. Just try something new or do something that you didn't have time to do before;

- clean your house or your closet. Our house is almost always clean because I clean every day, but I don't mind doing a deep cleaning like washing all the doors, stairs, and windows;

- repot your plants. It is getting warmer and it is a great time to repot your house plants. I am actually thinking I should use some seeds at home to plant something. Why not?;

- take an online course. Since many schools are closed, there are many programs for online courses you can do today. Here are some websites that you can check: open.edu, Coursera, Khan Academy, lingua and you can also get apps like Duolingo to learn a language; 

- cook something that you didn't cook before. It is a great time to hone your cooking skills. There are plenty of recipes on Youtube;

- self-love. If you forgot how to take care of your skin, your body, and your mind, quarantine and/or isolation is an ideal time to enjoy a bath, do your nails, put on a face mask, and do hair masks.


I hope that all these tips are helpful and will color your day during this trying and scary time we live. At least we're not living through a war or something more destructive. Stay home, don't be selfish, wash your hands, and stay healthy!




















Second Hand is trending

1:28 AM
Second Hand isn't only an environmentally friendly thing nowadays, but it's also becoming quite popular among younger people who both care about nature and finding something unique to stand out among others. I have been a big fan of vintage and thrift shops since 2016. I bought a few things online and through apps like Poshmark. But since we moved to Europe, I have been able to enjoy not only second-hand stores but also visiting vintage markets where you can find a lot of rare items from the 60s,70s, 80s - oftentimes for a great price.

Last year, I purchased Chanel earrings in a Parisian vintage market and a Chanel scarf online. I have skirts and a few vintage bags that I got while traveling in Europe. If you are still not convinced that second-hand clothes can be good, will save you money and also save our environment, I suggest you reconsider! 

I like to shop via Etsy (sometimes you can find a good deal), Vestiaire Collective (you might pay for tax, authenticity and shipping fees), Poshmark ( I used to shop via Posh a lot but since we don't live in the US, I don't use it). You can check Rebelle online store too, I don't have any experience with them but would love to hear from you. Also, I have seen that many use the Vinted app. If you know something more about second-hand shopping please leave in the comment below. 

 
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