2:38 PM I'm a sucker for anything seasonal! I am super happy to walk around in the supermarket and already see and smell a little Christmas here and then (Germany is not a huge pumpkin season reveler...). Good vibes all over, even if it's a little too early, I get that...

That's why I am bathing in anything pumpkin right now and add a little extra cinnamon to feel warm and cozy already. 
In my collection, I got so many delicious loaf recipes and I love to have different variations for throughout the year, because it's basically the best snack/ breakfast out there...
For years, I've been looking for the best pumpkin bread or loaf recipe, though...unfortunately, I was lost and confused forever. 
I tested all of my recipes with a little addition of pumpkin puree, but nothing really made me happy. 

During a long and last research session before giving up, I found a recipe that said it would make a better pumpkin bread than Starbucks. Okay, that sounds good. (question, is Starbucks' pumpkin bread really that good?) - nevermind, I was intrigued. 

I baked this baby and I was shooketh. 
What. The. Fuck. 

This is one of the best things I ever had in my life. 

Pumpkin season will be all year around now. Thank youuu! 

I know you want this, too. 
There you go! 

recipe via

YOU NEED 2 Cups flour + 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 teaspoon soda + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/4 teaspoon ginger + 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg + 1/2 Cup melted butter + 1 1/4 Cup sugar + 1 Cup pumpkin puree + 1/4 Cup sour cream + 2 eggs + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + cinnamon sugar for topping 

*a healthier take is also allowed: instead of white sugar, you can go with coconut sugar and instead of butter you can straightly use coconut oil 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray (or softened butter).
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. 
3. In a separate large bowl using a hand mixer, beat melted butter, sugar, pumpkin puree, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. (In case you don't have sour cream at home, you can also use yogurt)
4. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just combined. 
5. Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread the dough evenly. Combine 2 tablespoons of brown sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it on top of the batter. 
6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let the sugar on top become a beautiful crust and don't worry about cracks - the loaf will just be perfect then. 
7. Let it fully cool down, or be curious and try it still warm (it's a dream). 
8. You can surely keep the loaf in the fridge throughout the week to keep it moist and sexy. 

This is just a dream. 
I don't know what I love most about this loaf. The crispy cinnamon crust? Or the silky yellow-orange inside... This is my favorite recipe currently and I am so happy I never gave up looking for the best seasonal pumpkin treat! 

Tell me how your loaf turned out! 
I hope you enjoy pumpkin season just as much as I do! 

Happy baking! 🎃

8:54 AM Being a very sensitive person to energy and having my anxiety with me whenever I don't need it, I realized I need to be better prepared in any situation. 
For my daily life, I would say I am always pretty well prepared and I learn to understand my patterns. But when I'm on the road, I always experience the biggest surprises, and guess what, I am not at all prepared for this. 

There are certain situations, moods, and feelings that can happen during a long flight, a long day travelling, or even during the first days of the vacation. One travels through different time zones, the body has to adjust, and there are a lot of hormones driving us nuts, because they are excited, too. 

Let me tell you one thing to be clear - you can never be perfectly prepared. 

I still haven't figured this out, but I am sharing something with you today which helps me more than it should and that already makes me feel like I'm winning. 

In my backpack, which I take for work, I always have a SOS kit with me where I gathered my favorite things that help me in any situation, may it be sickness, cravings, you name it. I'm just not in the mood to deal with a moody and pissed self, when I can help myself out like that and carry an extra protein bar with me, or having magnesium with me that helps me calm down - again, you name it. 

I thought I needed something like this for travelling, too, since being on the road is a bit more stressful and sometimes we are not able to go to the next grocery store to get xyz - I rather have it already with me - less anxiety for me! 

With my wonderful and so perfect Away mini suitcase (I talked about it here before, too, - yes it's just that perfect), I knew I found the best helper to transport my soothing friends. I grabbed all the things I thought I could use during a flight and travels, and check this out, it all fits in there perfectly, and I feel more than zen to go on my next trip. 

I take the Away suitcase with me and my carry-on, so inside the plane, I can just pull this out and see what I can use. I treat myself with anything that calms me down and makes me feel more than relaxed: beauty things, food, ear plugs, and tools to be less wasteful, like my silicone straw....

You might think this is too much, too crazy, and who really needs this?
Well I do. 
My body needs it and yours maybe, too? 

I am not complaining at all with this kit by my side and I feel nourished and so healthy during travelling.
Anxious community, you should try this! 

Let's explore how my travel buddy is equipped.

Seaweed snack: I am a seaweed freak. I love to eat it and since I am super snacky, I do really enjoy this during travelling! Many nutrients and vitamins keep me working perfectly so I am feeling nourished and balanced. 
A daytime lotion: airplane mode: dry skin...ughhh. WE ALL NEED extra lotions and things to keep our skin moist and breathing! 
A night time lotion: same goes with a night time lotion. I mostly travel a whole day, so I always need to bring lotions with me that give me the best benefits during any time of the day. 
Wet wipes: bacteria is everywhere! Very simple said: keep your hands clean with wet wipes - easy peasy, fast, and you won't get sick! 
A face mask: Flying is a luxurious thing to me...I enjoy watching movies I missed in the cinema and I want to feel like a king, since the flights are already hella expensive.... So my favorite routine during flying is putting a face mask on! Treating myself and having a little moment to come down and just enjoy the moment. 
Lip scrub: my lips tend to get very dry during flying, too, so I love taking my honey lip scrub with me which is also a good secret for cravings! I love to lick my scrub down and enjoy the sweet taste in my mouth... (you can really eat Lush's lip scrubs! - I'm not a freak, haha).
A reusable straw: ...because I want to travel as sustainable as I can. I don't want to use plastic cutlery, or get 10 plastic straws which I only use for about 5 minutes. This silicone straw goes everywhere with me! Thank you to koffie straw for the gift! I also love any other straw like these ones here. 
Fenty gloss: I said it already... I want to feel like a king and let me tell you.... I feel like the queen of the world with my Fenty gloss! The best gloss out there! Also, doesn't the world just look different when putting the perfect gloss on? Nothing can bother me then... 
Ear plugs: ...just in case. 
Sneaker wipes: ...because you never know... (I'm really sensitive to dirty sneakers, so I always carry this with me). 
A pimple stick: Airplane food sucks. My face always reacts crazy to airplane food, so I better prepare myself and get a pimple stick which helps me having a drama free flight! I love Glossier's solution to treat little spots and red inflammations which really mess with my vacation mode.  
A hot chocolate mushroom drink: I am always craving chocolate. When I really can't take it any longer, I will get some hot water and just enjoy this hot chocolate drink! With the help of mushrooms in it, I will feel zen and I can breathe easily. 
Peanut butter: To not eat chips and crazy things on the plane, I love having Justin's peanut butter pouches with me, so I can always snack on them! A healthy snack that is filling and some extra protein to feel fine as hell.
Extra adaptogens: Whenever I feel super low and need  a little boost, I just take my adaptogens and add them to a drink! I'm not going to be jumping around then, but I help my body adjusting and just taking every moment as it is. 

I really hate putting stress on my body and into my system. 
Anything I can do to have a stress free vacation with less anxieties, I am down for it and I will do anything to have this smooth experience. 
I can really tell how much this is helping me! Especially knowing that no matter what, I am prepared and I can win any battle my body or the environment wants to fight. 

Vacation should be nice and soothing - let's keep this vibe and just lay back and take a deep breath. 

7:34 PM I never cared about cellphones and technology in my life. To me it felt like a waste somehow, because ask anyone — you can never reach me, haha.
Since I was a kid, I was involved with anything that deals with Apple... Its design and it is "so innovative", okay... as long as my dad supports it, too, it must be real.
I own a lot of Apple products... but the iPhone never made me happy. Too many issues. software updates, and expensive battery exchanges.
I fought another 4 week battle with my very old iPhone 5 which went off after a minute of usage at 100% battery status and the software slowed everything down which wasn't fun.

I decided to make a major step and finally cut the chords. Doing something new and maybe unexpected...I'm ready for a change.
Again, I am not a fan of cellphones, but I knew I needed to get myself a phone now asap.

I needed to experience this journey...
Ok. And which one? Duhhh. I hate this game. 

While my close circle recommended me to go with Huawei or stay with Apple, I strictly went the opposite and decided to give Google a chance.

Plus let me admit here that money also played a big part. The Google pixel is really affordable, but still a chic alternative. I felt this was the right decision, no matter what.

I am already using Google mail for all of my business stuff and lately I started a few online classes which Google offers and day by day I am even more in love with the company. So there was actually nothing wrong to get the Google pixel...
I ordered it, it arrived a day earlier than expected and now we are here.

This phone is huge, but so sexy.
An easy approach and so much I can do. My phone is singing, telling jokes, and reading German poetry to me. 
But most importantly, my phone cares for me.
Who can say that?

I am a high supporter of being disconnected and taking weekends off my phone to stay zen and keep my balance. Less usage of certain apps and a steady bedtime routine without a phone. Google is actually all that.

After taking their online class on digital wellbeing, I was surprised to find the same name as an app on this phone. An app that creates my perfect wellness routine with a healthy take on technology. Do we really need that? Yes.

Starting with the basic control of how long one is using every app, one can very easily create the perfect daily schedule and routine. Activate the relaxation modus to enjoy all the benefits: night light in a warmer yellow tone that doesn't hurt your eyes, a pssst function where no one can annoy you by simply turning your phone with the screen to the table, and finally create your evening off time routine. Currently I am enjoying my relaxation modus from 9:30PM to 5:30AM. The phone is turning its colors into grey and one doesn't feel the urge to continue checking things. Once the alarm is set for the next day, Google is saying its bye-byes to you and plays some relaxing sounds which makes one faster falling asleep. 

My highlight would be my wake-up routine. Nature sounds wake me up and it feels like my phone is waking up together with me, preparing itself for a good day. Google is greeting me, telling me the time and the weather outside and thanks to my Gmail and Google calendar, my phone knows every single detail on where I have to be for that day.
For example, when t travelled to NYC, Google told me everything I needed to know! Two hours before taking-off, my screen showed me automatically which gate I needed to wait in... What a nice way to travel.

Less stress for me and I feel like I finally fall in love with technology. Google, you are my one and only wellness phone and oasis - hopefulIy for a longer time!

I can't wait to experience more with you and feel all the benefits from our special evening rituals.
So far, I am more than happy, more than zen.

Have you ever thought about your digital wellness a bit further? I would love to hear your thoughts on how you balance a healthy relationship with your cellphone!


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