The moving Latte

Before I start this post, I just want to say: my blog has over 11,000 views altogether now so thank you to all my readers who support me in what I do. Much love to all of you! Mwuah! x

So anyhow, Daniel went and picked up my Latte yesterday evening and I was so excited! I already love my Latte so frickin' much, I just want to stroke my Latte.

"Why are you getting so excited over a Latte?" You ask.

Well the reason is, I own a Latte that moves. Literally, this Latte can move, run, jump, shake, roll, wiggle etc and is the best damn Latte ever! My Latte is so talented right? Are you jealous of it? I would be if you had it and I didn't.

Do you want to see a picture of it? You will be surprised as it will not be what you expect.

Well, the thing is. My Latte is NOT a drink. I bloody hate coffee and I heave every time I smell or sip it. No, my Latte is a PUPPY! I love her so so so so much! 

"What gave you the idea of calling your puppy, Latte?" You also ask.

I didn't name her. Daniel said I could have the puppy for my Birthday, only on the agreement of he gets to name it. Of course I agreed. Thinking of names myself, I thought that Daniel would pick a great name like Coco, Bella, Biscuit (ok, maybe not that one,) Amber etc.. but NO, Daniel had to go all-out and name my puppy, Latte.

At first I was pessimistic, but now I have gotten used to the name, I actually like it. It suits Latte considering it is the same colour as her coat - she is such a cutie. Secondly, the name is unique and you all know I love the unorthodox of everyone and everything! However, Daniel says he hates dogs because they always bite him and doesn't know why dogs resent him, so he told me he is worried this dog will hate him too. I told him not to be daft and because we are both bringing Latte up together, Latte with eventually grow up to be protective over us.

(He has never had a pet dog in his life.) No wonder he isn't comfortable around them. My Dad has a pet dog and other random pets therefore I am not afraid of animals so I am the only one out of Daniel and I to be excited about the Latte. Well, Daniel isn't so uncomfortable as he started to get a little excited towards the time of picking her up and knowing we were soon to be looking after a puppy. 

I know he loves her really, and he will protect her. In reward, she will grow up to protect him.

During the day yesterday, me and Daniel sorted out the house - pretty much baby proofing all the rooms. Well a puppy does what a baby does, right? We also went shopping to buy puppy food, flea repellent shampoo, puppy milk, bowls, toys etc, and when I got home, I rearranged a few things and made Latte a little bed. She also has a teddy, how cute! 

Latte is a cross breed of a Shar Pei and a Staffy.

Here are some pictures from last night:

Latte absolutely adores Daniel and he her. 

Obviously she was really shy and nervous in her new surroundings and hearing new sounds; she shook a bit but after a while she happily trailed off to explore her knew home.

At first when I was introduced to her, she was predictably shy and kept waddling to Daniel for comfort as a result of him spending some time with her prior. Though once I fed her and gave her some formula, she began to trust me, be more relaxed and playful.

She settled in nicely.

The only way she would follow you at first.

Check how small she is. Daniel kept on playing and relaxing her and due to her not wanting to move out of the front room, he found a way to get her to follow him and conquer her fear of exploring a new place.

Nonetheless, last night when we put Latte to bed, she slept straight away with no problem - perfect.

I thought it was going to be for the whole night.

At 03:30am we woke up to Latte crying yet after some comfort, we managed to get her relaxed and asleep again. Sadly at 05:00am she woke up again but this time she was hyperactive - breakfast time. Like a good girlfriend, I left Daniel to sleep and made Latte her breakfast and formula. The cheeky bugger fell asleep after her breakfast in the front room, sadly, I was already awake, I wasn't able to head off back to bed and sleep.

I haven't been awake at 05:00am for over a year.

Pictures from Today:

Fallen asleep. Again.

I didn't comprehend how often puppies sleep during the day in advance. All day she has a nap, then has something to eat/drink, plays for 15 minutes-ish, and then goes back to sleep - unless she needs the bathroom. 

Latte is half toilet trained - she knows where to go but sometimes she won't go there. I am not sure whether she is just playing up or not considering when I place her on the newspaper, she will walk next to it and do her business. Luckily she will only pee next to the newspaper and does her #2 on the paper.

Daniel thinks she is purposely being naughty, but she will learn soon enough. She is actually really clever so she can't act stupid with us - we know her game.

How can you resist this face?

You are just too cute Latte. 

Sleeping on my lap.

Why so sad little one?

Daniel's brother came round with his Dad to visit, but the Bro stayed for a few hours instead of heading back with his Dad. Both Daniel and his brother are now in town having a drink in the Gay Village; I would go but I have a puppy to look after, plus I wouldn't want to ruin the brotherly bond.

I am happy looking after Latte since she is so cute and playful, but she does 'bite'.. well nibble on your clothes, feet and hands - it doesn't hurt, she doesn't grasp.

Latte is currently asleep as I am typing right now! 

Honestly, Latte could sleep for so long, per contra, I do wake her up after a little while so she can try and sleep all night from not having long sleeps during the day. Hopefully after a while she will sleep less during the day and sleep through the night! 

Having Latte makes me realise how hard it will be to have a baby of my own; I didn't realise how hard it is to wake up during the night when I am used to sleeping up to thirteen hours straight.

So you have met Latte, super cute right? I love her so much! 

See you later!

Feng Shiu | Part 2 - Tips by Room


Finding good Feng Shui in basic rooms of the house and tips to help. Again, this is copy and paste, but has been edited so you can easily understand it.

Front Door & The Main Entrance
The front door of a house is called "the mouth of Chi" in feng shui, as this is how your house absorbs essential Chi, or energy. When a house has enough good Chi coming in and the flow of Chi is harmonious, the people living in the house experience heightened levels of well-being. Learn to take good care of the feng shui of your front door and help your home absorb best energy nourishment.
1. An unobstructed, open flow of energy to the front door.
 This means there are no recycling bins, cracked old pots with dead plants or any other items blocking the flow of feng shui energy to your front door.
A front door that is well-cared for: that opens widely without squeaking, that has good looking door hardware and paint. no odd looking, unused nails around the door frame, no rusty doorknobs, no worn out Christmas wreaths in June... you get the idea.
A front door that is in harmony with the feng shui element of its direction. The direction of the front door is very important in feng shui, so in order to harness the best energy it is advisable to choose a feng shui colour that is in harmony with the feng shui element of its direction.
4. A strong feng shui front door opens up to a smooth flow of energy in the main entry
. The efforts of attracting the best feng shui energy to your house will be wasted if your main entry does not have good feng shui. You need to channel the good feng shui energy throughout your house, and it all starts in your main entry.
A front door that "is enough", or has a good relationship with the house structure. A strong feng shui front door is a door that has good proportions in comparison to the house as a whole. This simple point is often forgotten during home renovations, so you can often see two or three story houses with tiny front doors that might have been enough when the house was initially just a small, ones story structure.
Feng shui is all about balance and harmony, so be sure you check the energy of your front door often to assure good feng shui Chi flowing into your house. Use Feng shui colours for your front door wisely in order to attract the best quality of Chi, or universal energy. Best feng shui colours for your front door are determined by the feng shui direction of the front door.

Living Rooms and Family Rooms

Know how to create good energy in the busiest areas of your home - the living room and the family room. Check the bagua area(s) of your living room and family room and decorate them accordingly by using the right feng shui element colors. Go even further and find out the feng shui birth elements and kua numbers of your family members and create harmony for all!

Choosing a good feng shui decor scheme for your living room usually requires a bit of work. It is best to start with understanding the feng shui 
bagua, or energy map of your home. Once you know the feng shui area your living room is located in, you will have clarity on the best choice of colors, shapes and materials based on the feng shui element that needs to be supported.

For example, if your living room is in the South feng shui bagua area, you will be encouraged to strengthen the Fire and Wood feng shui elements, so reds, oranges, yellows, as well as all shades of greens and browns will be excellent feng shui for your living room.

In your quest to create best feng shui decorating for your living room do not forget that you need all five feng shui elements, just in different proportions, so be sure not to eliminate, for example, the water feng shui element in the South area, just limit it in relationship to the other feng shui elements.

Main Bedroom & Guest Bedrooms
Find out everything about the feng shui of your bedroom - from what makes a good feng shui bed to mistakes to avoid in your bedroom. From choosing the best colors for your bedroom to dealing with all your bedroom challenges in the most practical feng shui way. Your bedroom is the most important room in your house - treat it wisely.
A good Feng Shui Bedroom
TIP # 1Let go of the TV, computer or exercise equipment in your bedroom.

TIP # 2Open the windows often or use a good quality air-purifier to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen.

TIP # 3Have several levels of lighting in your bedroom, or use a dimmer switch to adjust the energy accordingly.
TIP # 4Use soothing colors to achieve a good feng shui balance in your bedroom.

TIP # 5Choose the images for your bedroom wisely, as images carry powerful feng shui energy.
TIP # 6Follow the basic feng shui guidelines for your bed, which are:

  • have your bed easily approachable from both sides,
  • have two bedside tables (one on each side), and 
  • avoid having the bed in a direct line with the door.
TIP # 7Keep all the bedroom doors closed at night, be it the closet doors, the en-suite bathroom door or the bedroom door.

Your Kitchen
The kitchen was always considered the heart of a home. In feng shui, the energy in the kitchen is also connected to the energy of wealth and abundance. Explore solutions for many feng shui kitchen challenges - from a very small kitchen to a kitchen located in an undesired feng shui area of the Bagua. Find out the feng shui meaning of an oven mouth, choose best colors for your kitchen and do not forget to watch our short video tip on creating good feng shui in your kitchen.

Feng Shui and the Kitchen Triangle

Feng shui agrees with the proper interior design placement of the so-called kitchen triangle - the oven, sink and fridge - because this provides for the best balance between two conflicting elements: fire and water.

Good Kitchen Feng Shui Colors
Any shade of yellow is excellent for the kitchen because it's a good color for digestion. Red, brown, and white are also good choices for the kitchen. Try to avoid a strong presence of water colors such as blue or black because they put down the fire feng shui element.

Clutter and Kitchen Feng Shui
Keeping your kitchen clean and clutter-free is a necessary step for good feng shui. This applies both to areas that you can see right away, such as your countertops, as well as the ones that are usually hidden.

Feng Shui Kitchen Decor
Place a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers on your kitchen table. Display some of your utensils, plates, or cookbooks to create a nourishing and welcoming feeling in your body. The kitchen was considered to be the heart of the home for thousands of years. Use feng shui to make it a clean, light and happy heart for you and your family. 

Your BathroomsBathrooms have a bad reputation in feng shui. However, this does not mean you can’t create good energy in your bathroom. All you need is some good feng shui tips and a bit of effort. Find easy solutions for various feng shui bathrooms challenges, such as a bathroom in the feng shui money area or a bathroom over the bedroom. Watch our short video for some simple tips and forget about bad bathroom feng shui!

First, you need to keep your bathroom spotless, like full on sparkling clean. This is because the energy in the bathroom can be a bit challenging, feng shui-wise. Any lack of order of cleanliness will quickly double, if not triple the negative quality of energy there.

Next, once you know the feng shui bagua are where your bathroom is located. No matter where your bathroom is located, colour white and light skin colours are excellent for the bathroom. White is also a metal element colour which is the energy that cuts through unnecessary slowness, delays, confusion etc. and warm skin colours are very friendly and welcoming for your body.

Children's Rooms
A good flow of feng shui energy in the space will inevitably lead to a happier, healthier child, while a room with a poor energy flow will contribute to a child who can't sleep well, is cranky, and tends to get sick often. Use feng shui to create a healthy and happy space for your children.

Here are three main steps for a good feng shui foundation in your children's room.

1. Fresh air is a must for good feng shui in any space and especially in children's rooms where there is a constant influx of toys, gadgets, clothing, books, etc. Monitor the air quality in your children's room and open the windows often.

2. Clutter clear and organize are the two-in-one absolutely necessary steps for good feng shui in your child's room. There is no way around it, you have to have a clear system so as to avoid chaos and low energy.

3. Use good feng shui colors and feng shui cures in the children's room to strengthen the energy foundation for your young ones and help them experience a harmonious and happy growth.

The main feng shui goal in transforming children's rooms is to create a healthy, loving and safe environment. A child's room created with feng shui in mind will serve as an emotional and physical support during many experiences of your child's growth.

The Dining Room

Explore the feng shui basics for your dining room to help you enjoy your dinners and use the dining room more often. Choose best feng shui colors according to the Bagua area, find out the recommended guidelines for your dining table and let feng shui help you create good times with your family and friends. With good food, of course!
The table should be in proportion to the room and it is best to have an even number of chairs, unless you go for a round table. Best chairs are the ones with a solid back. As the dining table is one of the most versatile and functional furniture pieces in the home, I would suggest taking your time, doing your research and buying it when you are in a relaxed mood. Ask where the table is made and who made it. Invest in an oak, pine, cherry or walnut table, rather than chip board with veneer, or a glass one.
So there you have it, the basic Feng Shui tips for the basic rooms of your house. I have learnt quite a lot and it had definitely opened my eyes to a whole new experience I need to try - Feng Shui may or may not do the world of good for me; I guess I will just have to wait and see if the ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China is indeed real. I really hope so!
See you later!

Summer side effects

First side effect of Summer is asthma. What I never realised about Daniel last year was that during the Summer his asthma strikes - badly. He never has any problem with asthma during an opposed time of the year or even during a game of football - he only informed me today about it all. 

Last summer I didn't notice the cough, but that was presumably as a result of only spending time together a couple times a week for half a day, so if he was having a coughing fit, I anticipated that it was merely caused by a tickly throat of some sort. 

My poor baby has been suffering from mini coughing fits all afternoon and it is quite concerning - it is like he is about to cough up a lung or two. He is also wheezing when he breaths, which is quite irritating for me never mind himself. Likewise, I do feel sorry for him.

Between coughing fits, Daniel and I thought of ways to relieve him of the cough, and the solution was with the Covonia cough medicine - Daniel absolutely hates it! Let me show you how our conversation went and how elaborate he explained the taste of Covonia:

Me: "Why don't you try Gaviscon? It works a treat - well it did for me, you should try it and see if it helps. You do know what I mean? You know, the medicine that is pink with the bull on the front."

D: *Wheeze* "Don't you mean Covonia?" *Wheeze*

Me: "Yeah that one."

D: "Ugh I hate Covonia. It tastes like arse dipped in piss. Lauren, you know when you walk down the street and see dog shit on the floor...?"

Me: *Nods*

D: "...and you lick it, also it's like black shit on a spoon. Do you know when I get home from work and I smell? Imagine sucking on my armpit hair then drinking my fart. Covonia tastes like all of that on a plastic spoon."

Me: *Gob smacked* "I'm just glad I love you, you weirdo." *laughs*

Another Summer Side Effect is humidity at night. You will know what I mean when I state that it is when you are lay in bed at stupid o'clock in the morning thanks to it being so damn humid and you just can't sleep. It's even worse when you are on your 'time of the month' or as some of you girls say: "when the painter is in," and you have to wear underwear along with a pair of pajama shorts but it makes your arse crack sweat. On top of that, the sad thing is, you can't do anything about it. 

With being on your time of the month, you are already cranky and over heat quite quickly, so the humidity of your bedroom really shits on your parade when you really need your sleep. I don't look this good from having only NO AMOUNT of sleep! (Just kidding... it takes a lot of effort to make myself look even half decent.)

Fucking hot in your room at night now, right? I can't even open my window at night; actually I can, I just choose not too for the reason that I don't like hearing the outside noise and having a cold breeze in the room. Not having a fan is also unsatisfactory at this time of year, I don't like how a fan makes a blatant noise so I can't sleep with that either. It's like a lose lose situation. On the contrary, I do like my front room to be humid during the day, however, I would like it more if it wasn't humid in my bedroom and if I could sleep. I will tell you soon in another post what I also don't like - stay tuned for that one!

Right now, Daniel is sound asleep next to me, (how? How are you asleep Daniel, have you taken sleeping pills for this heat? What is your magic? Whatever you are using, I want some,) but he seems to be heavy breathing. I am not sure whether it's because of the heat of the room or because of his asthma - I can't blame the humidity if it is his chest that's the issue.

I am getting worried though, what if he has a coughing fit in his sleep and chokes? Is that even possible? Ahhh I worry too much. I wish I could just take the asthma away from him.

Have you ever seen a vulgar girl walking down the street in short shorts and a crop top, whilst the size of a whale? This is a coarse summer side effect. It burns my eyes! Don't even get me started on the crude skinny white wanna-be-black lads walking round the town topless with their snapbacks, pants under their arse showing their cheap boxers, whilst wearing a fake gold chain around their necks and showing off their lame tattoos. I wish I could choke them with those chains - dole dossing, waste of space, deadbeat underdogs. Blah!

Let me give you an example:

This IS how you should look in short shorts.
Sexy right?
No I am not lesbian, I just know what is nice for men. 

This is NOT

Someone please shoot her. Or me. Which ever is best - I wish not to see this anymore.

Okay, so let me give you an example of what men should dress in summer. The key word in this is MEN.

So this is how men SHOULD dress
Cute yeah?

Now this is how men should NOT dress

Sooooo crude. There is nothing appealing with this look. Look at the pictures of how a man should look in summer - now that is appealing! Guys, how would you like it if your kid dressed like this on a day to day basis? Not good right? Girls with class do NOT find this sexy, girls with class do NOT think you are attractive at all, girls with class would NEVER go near you if you dressed like this.

The only girls (I use the term 'girls' loosely, as the breed I am about to describe could also be a butch woman) that would ever go near you are the ones who: wear a two piece tight pink Adidas tracksuit, big cheap fake-gold hoop earrings, wearing their hair up in a greasy pony tail with that chavy one strand of hair falling over their greasy face, whilst snorting and smoking god-knows-what, and living in dirty council flats on a rough estate. Yums!

Please, lads who dress like this: GET SOME DIGNITY. YOU LOOK LIKE DIRTY SCUMBAGS WITH NO SEX APPEAL. Gah! Knocks me sick, so skinny, so ugly, so blah. 

That concludes the Summer side effects so far!

See you later.

Feng Shui | Part 1 - Colours

I'm guessing you are thinking: "why on Earth does Lauren want to learn about an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China called Feng Shui?" Well my dears, let me just tell you that everything and anything interests me - even the minute thing in the world, I will want to learn about it. I want to learn about Feng Shui because it is all about the energy in your home and what can give off good feng shui. It can affect your day to day life and you, who haven't learnt or heard of Feng Shui, may not even notice. Your problems can simply be sold by Feng Shui, if it is indeed real. I damn hope it's real!

Before we get started I just want to say that I got all this information off a website so it is mostly all copy and paste. I have changed some of it so it is easier to understand and more on my level of English - I hope you understand it.

What is Feng Shui? 
This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.

Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.

The ancient Chinese believed that specific land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.



Here is the color correspondence of each of the five feng shui elements:
  • WOOD: Green, Brown
  • FIRE: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink
  • EARTH: Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown
  • METAL: White, Grey
  • WATER: Blue, Black
Knowing how to use color to strengthen and balance the energy of your home is a complex feng shui subject, but there are always basics to it. The right placement of feng shui colors is defined by the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your space.

What is Bagua?
It literally means '8 Areas.'

Feng shui bagua (also called ba-gua or pakua) is one of the main tools used in feng shui to analyze the energy of any given space, be it home, office or garden. Basically, bagua is the feng shui energy map of your space that shows you which areas of your home or office are connected to specific areas of your life.

You need to first take a compass reading of the area of the bagua before you start your reading. This will show you the location of different feng shui areas in your home or office. Each of the 8 feng shui areas, or directions, has a specific feng shui element, feng shui colour, as well as life area connected to it.

Here are the fend Shui areas of your Bagua:
  • North (compass reading from 337.5 to 22.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Water
    Colors: Blue and Black
    Life Area: Career & Path in Life

  • Northeast (compass reading from 22.5 to 67.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Earth
    Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, and Sandy/Earthy
    Life Area: Spiritual Growth & Self-Cultivation

  • East (compass reading from 67.5 to 112.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Wood
    Colors: Brown and Green
    Life Area: Health & Family

  • Southeast (compass reading from 112.5 to 157.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Wood
    Colors: Brown and Green
    Life Area: Money & Abundance

  • South (compass reading from 157.5 to 202.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Fire
    Colors: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink and Bright Yellow
    Life Area: Fame & Reputation (a better translation is "The Light Within You")

  • Southwest (compass reading from 202.5 to 247.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Earth
    Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, and Sandy/Earthy
    Life Area: Love & Marriage

  • West (compass reading from 247.5 to 292.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Metal
    Colors: White and Gray
    Life Area: Creativity & Children

  • Northwest (compass reading from 292.5 to 337.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Metal
    Colors: White and Grey
    Life Area: Helpful People, Blessings & Travel
The energy of the South feng shui bagua area is connected to your Fame & Reputation energy. A better translation, actually, is the Light, or Fire Within. The energy of the South feng shui bagua area is also connected to the image you project to other people, or your identity in the eyes of others, as well as to how well you are able to maintain your own Light - your identity and values.

The feng shui element of South is Fire, and the feng shui colors that express it are red, purple, pink, strong yellow and orange. Obviously, you want to keep your fire energy strong, which means it is best to avoid many blue or black color decor items in the South feng shui bagua area of your space.

Why would you avoid blue and black color scheme in the South bagua area? Because blue and black colors have the energy of the Water feng shui element, and Water puts down the Fire element of the South in the destructive cycle of five feng shui elements.

Here Are Some Easy Feng Shui Color Tips For Your Home:

  • Color Green is excellent for improving health and balancing family life when used in the East feng shui bagua area of your home.
  • Color Blue is a very good feng shui choice in the North bagua area to support the energy of your career growth or in the East (Health/Family) and Southeast (Wealth/Money) to water and nourish the Wood feng shui element.
  • Have some strong Yellow in the South feng shui bagua area for happy gatherings and good times.
  • Pure White in the West feng shui bagua area (Creativity & Children) will bring supportive energy for all your creative endeavors.
Before using specific colors in your home as feng shui cures, be sure to study the light patterns throughout the day in the room. Would the color feel good in the morning? How about at night with artificial lighting?

Be sure the chosen feng shui color has a good relationship with the other "inhabitants" of your home, such as your furniture pieces, decor objects, art, etc. You would like all of them to have a good time, rather than argue and continuously fight for your attention!

(...To be continued...)

See you later!

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