Less work, more summer – and always good coffee (+giveaway)

Sponsored collaboration with Slurp

 

I feel like every year I say the same thing: I love summer. I love the green leaves and flowers everywhere. I love the endless sunlight and the light feeling I get. I love how everything comes to life.

I’m thinking of a reason not to repeat myself, but I can’t think of any. Because the feeling comes back, every year, just as strong. I smile. I feel as if there’s more time (well, there is, because of the light and the energy it gives me).  I feel like I can go and take a break outside, have a nice picnic without timing it. That actually feels like the exact thing I should be doing.

And I know I’m lucky for being able to do that, but at the same time I’ve decided to be my own boss and that’s not just sunshine and rainbows.

But still – Summer is the perfect season to relax a little. To look back at winter, fall and spring and cut some slack.

 

Espro Travel Press

Espro Travel Press – fresh coffee on the go

And what better way than a picnic with some good, fresh coffee? You know it – I’m drinking good coffee even on a picnic. Life is too short for bad coffee and all that.

Besides – coffee outdoors? Oh boy. It tastes even better, just like food does. Drinking my coffee on a blanket, watching the sky and the trees and our beautiful nature – I’m reminded of all the lovely mornings on a summer cottage and I feel like I’m on a holiday. Even for just a sip of a moment.

On my first post with Slurp I talked about making those coffee moments special with coffee subscription. But did you know that Slurp also sells coffee equipment? Well, in this post I’m introducing Espro Travel Press, which upgrades your picnic take away coffees. You can actually make coffee in just a few minutes, fresh.

Espro Travel Press is actually awarded the product of the year by Specialty Coffee Association of America.

 

How Espro Travel Press works

What’s awesome about Espro Travel Press is that it makes delicious coffee and keeps it warm and fresh. You can make French press type of coffee, filter coffee or tea with it.

It’s very simple. You simply throw in the coffee and some hot water, push the filter in and withing a few minutes your coffee is ready. The brewing of the coffee stops once the plunger is pressed down, so you don’t have to worry about the coffee grounds on the bottom.

I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about this thing – but after trying it and tasting the coffee made with it, I’m sold. It’s great. There’s no going back to regular coffee brought on a thermos to a picnic. My picnics suddenly got even better. 

If you have a problem with your coffee turning cold – this could be your solution. It keeps it hot so you can enjoy hot coffee all throughout the afternoon.

Giveaway! Win your own Espro Travel Press

Now you can also win your own Espro Travel Press by commenting this post. Make sure to leave your email, so that I can contact you, in case you are the lucky one. Giveaway is internationally open until 30.6.19. I’ll contact the winner personally.

 

And hey – If you would like to try SLURP coffee subscription (get freshly roasted coffee right on your doorstep), you can now get -30% off from your first coffee with the code ‘Charlottatakkula’. Order your SLURP subscription here.

 

A thing or two about jewel materials

beautiful jewellery

Jewelry gifted by Hopea-Puro

Who else admits to buying jewelry, which you know you are allergic to? Especially if they are on sale and you can’t resist their sparkle.

Guilty as charged! But allergy is so annoying, that buying those jewels is useless.

Luckily there are jewels, that don’t cause allergies.

jewel material

Did you know, that you can be allergic to jewels, that are supposed to be nickel-free?

It doesn’t necessarily mean that the jewels are bad or contain a lot of nickel. It’s possible your allergy is so severe, that even though the item would be according to EU regulations nickel-free, even the faintest amount of nickel causes allergy. So, ‘nickel-free’ can be misleading if your nickel-allergy is really severe.

Hygiene is also important when wearing jewels. Your ear piercings can get infected, if your hands or jewels are dirty. So always keep your hands and jewels clean!

Also: sometimes wearing too heavy or too tight earrings might cause you discomfort, that you might mistake for allergy.

silver-plated jewel

Allergy & jewelry materials

Silver is a good and long-lasting material,  but you can also be allergic to it.

Silver-plated jewels are usually made from brass. Brass or bronze aren’t suitable for you, if your skin’s pH-level is significantly acidic. It’s not that common though. Then the jewel might tarnish easily and it might give off green color on your skin.

Stainless steel AKA surgical steel is completely allergy-free. The same mix is used in hospital gear and in piercings.

hopea puro korut

When choosing the material for your jewels, you need to think about how often you are gonna wear it.

If you want a jewel, that you’re  gonna wear day-to-day, you should choose a  long-lasting material. Those are gold, silver and steel. Silver-plated jewels are more affordable than silver jewels, but silver platings wear off from chemicals and sweating – so they might be a good choice for a party for example.

Steel is a long-lasting and care-free option –  sauna or perfume won’t affect it.

I can use silver jewels without problems, but silver-plated jewels only for a short amount of time. Steel doesn’t cause me any allergies obviously, so I like that there is an affordable option for jewels, that are still long-lasting and beautiful.

rose gold jewellery

Discount & giveaway for my Finnish readers:

You can get -30% with code CHAR30 on  Hopea-Puro’s selection (except Lotta and Hetta jewels). The code is valid until 4.6.18.

You can participate in a giveaway, where you can win a pair of ‘Ystävyys’ silver earrings (the ones I’m wearing in the first pictures) by commenting this post. The only requirement is, that you are a reader of my blog through either Facebook, Instagram, Blogit.fi or Bloglovin. New readers are welcome as well! Just tell me in the comments, where is it you follow me. Remember to leave your email in the box designated for it, so I can reach out to you if you win. The giveaway ends 11.6.18.

Hopea-Puro

 

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