Monday, August 31, 2015

Movie Monday

Growing up my sister and I weren't allowed to watch a whole lot of TV so the very few things we were allowed to watch were cherished. We often would watch movies on Sunday afternoons as a family. These films would include German post war happy movies, pirate movies, movies like the 10 commandments, Ben Hur, Robin Hood, Rocky etc. but we also grew up watching Lois & Clarke, the new adventures of Superman and I loved it very much. Needless to say to this day I am a big Superhero fan/nerd whatever you want to call it. Funny enough though I have not posted one single Superhero movie on here. But I consider this a good thing because I watch a lot more than Superhero movies.
Anyways this one deserves a spotlight on here because let's face it IT IS SUPERMAN and although all of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies and all of the Marvel Universe are awesome and I watch them on a regular basis (not The Dark Knight because Clowns and me are not friends) I really think this one should be mentioned on here for you to watch.
I love the costumes, I love the atmosphere and the general feeling of the movie. I like that it really goes deep into the story taking as much as possible from the actual comics. I find the actors a great choice and since it's Monday and Movies and Man of Steel should we actually call this a #mcm? What do you think?

That's all. Go watch Man of Steel.

xoxo

Ramona




Friday, August 28, 2015

Seasons

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For a long time now I have sorted my music into Seasons of Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer because I think that every season brings its own flavor, its own feeling and atmosphere and its own adventures. Obviously the same goes for life in general because I really believe we also need to see it as such where we go through different seasons. I have experienced that so often. Sometimes there would be a season of stretching and changing and it brought out what was inside and then there would be seasons of blessing and overflow and bounty.
I think we need to embrace all of the seasons. We need to take them as they are and decide what we're going to do with it. Are we going to allow God to work within us in each season that comes our way? Are we allowing him to either cut things off in our lives, to challenge us or bless us and give us rest? Obviously we all want the season of blessing and rest but we can only get there by pruning and cutting off and getting rid of old baggage in order to bring out a bountiful blessing.
So as this summer is slowing down I am using the time of rest that is still left to prepare for everything which is ahead in the fall, harvest and work and bringing out the best colors but also to prepare for whatever God has next. Shouldn't we always have an attitude of "God, your will not mine"? Whatever it is he is going to put on your plate next, allow him to do so for He has greater plans than the ones in front of you. Allow him to prune you for you to become the person you were intended to be. Allow him to speak to you and with you so that He can reveal His mighty plans to you.
Happy End of Summer

xoxo

Ramona



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Tunes

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Well hello there and welcome to another Thursday with awesome music and the end of the week approaching. I have decided to make the Thursday Tunes even easier for you and created a "The Soundtrack of my Life" playlist on spotify for you to follow. I will update it as regularly as possible and will share it here too. This week we're calling it "Summer Rock 'n Roll" because this music got me dancing all week while I was preparing dinner and enjoying what is left of Summer.

It has been a great summer and funny enough I have been listening to a lot of country granted though I was BBQing a lot and what suits it better than country right? Right.

The band in the playlist is called Vintage Trouble and they are pure soulish Rock 'n Roll and Blues and they have been on repeat for days!
So whatever you're doing right now, cooking, cleaning, working out, working... push play and get in a good mood!

xoxo
Ramona


Monday, August 24, 2015

Movie Monday

I know this place has been a bit quiet lately and I don't like that but honestly I was just simply enjoying my summer having many guests, throwing many a BBQ and just spent a good amount of time with friends.

But as the fall is slowly approaching I have every intention to be more present with this blog and share movies and music and stories and inspiration with you throughout the next couple of months.

So lets's start us off with this movie I watched on the plane to Birmingham: McFarland, USA.
When I was a teenager I was the biggest Kevin Costner fan and I've watched Robin Hood so many times I cannot even recount.
And still today I really like him a lot as an actor. This is your "typical" sports movie but I thought it was pretty special and I will admit to crying on the plane when I watched it.
What I really like about it was the intercultural communication, the subject of family and the understanding between cultures and languages.
I also think it is a great family movie so go watch it!

xoxo
Ramona




Friday, July 31, 2015

Sweet Home Alabama all Summer long

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My favorite way of traveling is visiting friends and becoming part of a culture. I love to step out of being a tourist and step into the lives of people listening to their stories and create memories.  This year I had the wonderful opportunity to not only travel to the South but also visit one of my closest friends. It is with this trip that I now have seen all major parts of the US so #'merica, right?
I was asked many times what my favorite part of the trip was and I think I can summarize it in this:
It was a trip of firsts. First time tubing, first time rides on the boat and on a jet skis, first time blueberry picking, first time in the South, first time eating sorghum syrup, first time pedicures and last but most certainly not least first time shooting (yeah you heard me right!). And in between all of these adventures and amazing things to try my friend and I ate our way through the city and I got to meet a whole bunch of new and amazing people. I guess what I loved most is the fact that we ate local only. If you know me you will know that I am a big advertiser of locally owned businesses especially cafes and restaurants and love supporting them in any way possible.
All in all I absolutely fell in love with Birmingham. More than I could have ever imagined. Walking into Church of the Highlands felt like walking into my own church - home.
I put some links to the amazing restaurants and cafes we went to after the jump. So go enjoy.
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Urban Standard
Trattoria Centrale
Continenal Bakery
Alabama Biscuit Company
Superior Grill
Chez Fonfon
Sprout & Pour
Church Street Café
Urban Cookhouse

Until next time Birmingham.

xoxo
Ramona

PS: See more places I travled to here
 

Friday, June 12, 2015

#babyboom2015

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"Everybody's pregnant. Even ______ (insert famous person)", is a sentence my flatmate and I have been saying frequently in the last couple of months. Hence the hashtag.
I love that a lot of my friends are pregnant right now and starting their own little families. It is something absolutely beautiful to watch and having been given the opportunity to plan their babyshowers was such an honor for me. You see for me planning a party or a gathering for somebody else means showing them how much I love them and to me it is a way of honoring them.
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I haven't done a lot of post recently about event planning and such mostly because of the move and also because sometimes when we gather for smaller events or bbqs and such I don't even take my camera or the phone out because the moments are so precious (therefore these pictures are mostly taken with my phone) that I want to be present in the moment. We sometimes become so fixated on curating our life and styling it and presenting it on social media that we lose what's important right now and that is the friendships and the moments and the memories which are created. Don't get me wrong. Nothing wrong with styling your life - I do it to to portrait bits and pieces but there needs to be an honesty and an authenticity to it.
Anyways moving along to these three babyshowers which I am covering in one post. First up let me say that I pretty much followed the same pattern in creating these which involves the following steps:
1. invitations and guest lists
2. design, decoration and crafts
3. food and drinks
4. program (in this case meaning prayer and presents)
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There was no overdoing it just the simplicity of gathering women and honoring mothers. And yet always trying to do it in style and beauty and fitting to the mother's personality. So I'm simply going to explain the babyshower theme and color scheme to give you an idea. When it comes down to it these showers are as personal as the mothers and I believe you don't need a whole lot of decorations. Focus and what's important: The table. Yes it is that simple. If you have buffet style, make the buffet look pretty (pretty plates, bowls etc.). Try to frame the buffet. If you are sitting down at a table try to make that look pretty with candles and some fun and colorful details. Try to focus on just a few colors instead of trying to do everything and then go from there. I sometimes feel having a theme like rain or something like that helps you stay on track.
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1. The "Hey Baby" Colorful afternoon
Colours: apricot, yellow, pink
My sister had a baby girl but didn't want too much pink. She's a fun person and since it was still kind of winter out here we tried to do something fresh and colorful. There were lots of people so we decided to do plastic dishes as we hosted it at church. The cake was definitely a highlight made by a woman from church. The streamer's were super simple and you can find the tutorial here.
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2. The rainy brunch Babyshower
Colours: aqua, white, yellow
My friend Tanja whose bridal shower you might remember from here loves rain and storms and so it was natural we included that in her babyshower. She is going to have a little baby boy. We hosted it at Elemenz, our church Café and really we just made the table look pretty with some fresh flowers, table runners and hung some clouds over the buffet. It was quite simple but made the room look really nice. She added some "Build your own rainstorm" favors which made everything perfect.
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3. The modern girly brunch
Colours: black, white, pink, gold
This babyshower was hosted at a home and we all sat around the sofa and chairs wherever there was room. Clarissa, whose bridal shower and wedding your might remember has some great taste and so it was all black, white with a lot of pink and gold thrown in. It was very modern with a touch of shabby vintage thrown in the mix. Here also we simply focused on the buffet table and tried to frame it and make it the focal point of the shower.

Anyways I hope you're feeling as inspired as ever and I believe anybody can create beautiful gatherings. With a little love for detail and some candles you are going to do a great job.

xoxo

Ramona

Monday, June 8, 2015

Movie Monday: The TV Show edition

I have been wanting to do a "movie Monday" like this for a very long time and so I am super excited to share some of my favorite TV shows with you.
I personally love TV shows because they have ongoing story lines and you don't have to commit to a full on movie. I will be honest with you and tell you that I totally get attached to the characters and often times in busy season I like to put on a show and forget about all the things that are going on. During the last couple of months Sunday Night movie night became Sunday Night show time with my flat mate and it was one of those rather ordinary things which totally still felt like home.
So here's a list of my favorite TV shows and can I just add that I am quite picky and you will realize that there are more action based shows which it due to the fact that I cannot constantly fill myself with drama and wrong decision making.

1. One Tree Hill
Although this might be a guilty pleasure show it is to this day my favorite show. I admit though that I never finished the last season. I still have a few episodes to watch but that's ok. I might never. Who knows. This is definitely drama it the most dramatic sense and at some point I had to stop watching it because it got too intense for me but nonetheless I loved it.

2. Arrow
Oh yeah and this is how we dive into the superhero world of shows. I've heard many people say how they don't like the acting and story and find it boring. I never agreed. I thought it had everything without being too dark. And it has only gotten better and gained more depth.

3. The Flash
This is the spin off show of Arrow and haven't we all just fallen in love with Barry Allen/The Flash over the last 9 months? What I love about this show is that it is action filled and yet very human. It is about a guy really trying to do good and save the world. I love how positive it always is.

4. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yes I love my superhero shows and comic adaptations. It is just so far from anything going on in my own life that it makes it really easy to unwind. What I love about this show is how parallel it runs to all the Marvel cinematic universe movies like Captain America The Winter Soldier and also the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron.

5. Hart of Dixie
I loved that show because it was light and funny and witty and full of southern charm and definitely taught me to understand the accents. I watched every episode from start to finish.

So here they are: 5 of my favorite shows. There is other shows that I watch and love too but these really are on top of the list.

What are your favorite shows to watch and why?

xoxo
Ramona






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