Recipe for German Cinnamon Cookies (Zimtsterne)

[featured photo – Zimtsterne byLiliana FuchsCreative Commons 2.0]

Hi everyone,

I am, unfortunately, a little bit late to the party but here is my part for the holiday recipe week for Anna’s blog parade: I decided to share my mom’s recipe for German cinnamon cookies, called Zimtsterne (literal: cinnamon stars) with you. They can be found in bakeries and at Christmas markets all over Germany and for me Christmas is not really happening without them. So I made an effort to bake at least a small batch this year as I am not going home for Christmas. In Germany, we like to bake using weights not cup measurements, so I tried my best to convert them but the recipe will probably still work out better if you use a kitchen scale and weigh all the ingredients.

Enjoy!

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5 Easy Christmas Card DIYs

[featured photo – Yvonne Heine]

Hi everyone,

this is kind of a different blog post than usually. I am participating in a pre-holiday blog train started by Anna from whenanna.com. We are five bloggers from different niches working together to publish five posts a week related to a certain holiday topic (see schedule at the end). This week’s theme are holiday DIYs.

I just recently moved from Germany to the US, meaning I left my whole family behind and during the holiday season I usually miss them the most. So I decided I would make my own Christmas cards this year and send them to my family. However, grad school keeps me more than busy, so I searched Pinterest for simple and easy ideas. I thought I’d share my favorites with you:

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Review: Yuzen Subscription Box – Sending you a little zen

Hi everyone,

After researching all about natural beauty products and the zero waste movement in the last couple of weeks and months, I decided to get my toes wet in the world of natural beauty products. And what better way to do that than with a subscription box? They bring a selection of carefully curated products right to your doorstep. So I stumbled upon the eco-friendly Yuzen box and decided to test it out. The mission of the Yuzen box is to bring natural and healthy products to you, that allow you to find your little piece of zen in your everyday life. All the items are carefully picked by Jen and Ted, who got their inspiration for this box on their travels through Asia.

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Top 8 Budget Restaurants in London

Top 8 Restaurants in London

[featured photo by Roberto Trombetta – Creative Commons]

Hi everyone,

I am currently a bit busy with my move to Santa Cruz, CA and starting grad school. I didn’t want to skip a week posting here, though. So I asked Kiran from theswindian.com for a little help and her recommendations on budget restaurants in London. Kiran is one of my favourite food bloggers who I met on Twitter (something I didn’t know was possible until recently). She lives in London and blogs about all things food related. Check out her blog 🙂

Now with no further ado, let’s get started with

The Swindian’s 8 favourite budget restaurants in London

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Expat Life: I am moving to the US in five days

Hi everyone,
today I have something slightly different for you. I usually don’t post a lot about my private life (other than my travels). However, since I am slowly but surely transitioning into an expat life for graduate school, I decided I would give personal blogging a try. In case, you have missed the update, I am moving to the US! I wanted to share with you guys, what is happening in my life in rather short simple posts. So I guess this is the start of a new series and a new category on this blog.

As the title already revealed, I have only five days left until I am hopping on a plane and moving to the San Francisco Bay Area for four + years.

What is already organized:

– I have canceled my apartment and found a new tenant.
– I have found and rented a room in Santa Cruz.
– I arranged all the flights and the transportation to and from the airports.
– I have already said goodbye to my family about a week ago when I had to go back to Berlin.
– The majority of things for school are organized as well.

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The US National Parks – a bucket list

Hi everyone,

some of my favorite things about the US is the huge number of National Parks. In my opinion, they are taken care of so well, they always make for a good road trip, and the variety of ecosystems and landscapes in the parks never ceases to amaze me. As the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year (this week to be exact), I thought it was only appropriate that I told you about the National Parks that are on my bucket list. Well, to be honest, after I got an annual pass for all National Parks for my birthday (greatest gift ever!!), I pretty much put all 58 parks on my list (see infographic below). Talking about all of them in detail would probably be way too much for one blog post. Therefore I proudly present you my top 10 US National Parks:

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My Wishlist: Conscious clothing

Hi everyone,

I never was a fashion blogger and I never will be. My sense for fashionable outfits is pretty weak and I usually wear casual and comfy outfits. Nonetheless, I enjoy picking out new clothes, especially online. After reading a lot about the zero-waste and other environmentally-friendly movements, I was looking for conscious clothing choices especially. Here are my current favorites!

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Photo Walk: Sutro Baths & Lands End, SF

Hi everyone,
the weekend was super rainy here in Southern Germany, which gave me the perfect opportunity to whip out my hard drive, browse through my old photos, and have a little photo editing party. Of course, I could have also worked on the presentation for my final exam but why would I?

After recently publishing my San Francisco/ Bay Area bucket list, I felt the need to show you some of the list items that I have personally seen/ done before. The rainy grey outside my window reminded me of that one day that I decided to go and hike the Sutro Baths/ Lands end trail in San Francisco. It was super grey and foggy that day (what a surprise) and initially I was somewhat disappointed but in the end, it made for some quite dramatic photos.

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100 Things to do in San Francisco

Hi everyone,

as promised and to celebrate my imminent move to the San Francisco Bay Area, I wanted to share my bucket list for that area with you. Similar to my Berlin bucket list, this one is composed of items from my own list and of things that I have done myself and can strongly recommend. I am planning to edit the list as I go and add links and more recommendations, so come back once in a while. Enjoy!

Food

  1. Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
  2. Twirl & Dip Ice Cream Truck
  3. Smitten Ice Cream
  4. The loving cup
  5. Trouble Toast Coffeeshop
  6. Sightglass Coffee
  7. Brunch at Zazie’s
  8. Dynamo Donut in Mission
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One big update

Hi everyone,

it’s been forever that I published something here. This is mostly due to plenty of things happening out there in the world and me struggling to keep up. However, now I am taking a little break from all of this so I finally have time to fill you in on all the big news.

First of all, the very obvious change: I switched to a self-hosted blog with a new design. So from now on the URL is even easier to remember. It’s just yoursjuliet.com. Now, there are still some minor design flaws roaming this site but so many people advised me to make the switch rather sooner than later. So apologies if something is not working correctly just yet. Let me know about it and I will try to fix it asap.

Second, I basically finished up my Master’s program. I recently handed in my thesis and now I am just waiting for the defense to be over (which won’t be until mid-September). This means my days are not filled with scientific writing and graph making any more and can now be filled (at least partly) with blog post writing and photo editing.

And last but certainly not least, I AM MOVING TO CALIFORNIA! I am still having trouble believing it since everything happened so fast. I got into grad school in Santa Cruz ,where I will be starting mid-September already. So there are some stressful but also very exciting times ahead of me. I’m excited to go back to all the places I loved so much, discover new ones, and blog about it all.

Also, I will try to use my time off to catch up with blog posts that I meant to write ages ago. So as you’re reading this, I might be working on my Bay Area bucket list or the next posts about Prague, Lisbon, and Porto.

Hope you like the new design!

Yours,
Juliet

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