Winning competitions

   Pinaholic manic compulsive 2

So I was before addicted to freebie websites, bargains and samples and had forgotten that one night I got in a few free competitions on magazine insiders, yes I know! I had never won the lottery and probably would not win there too... But I did it anyway just to spite my odds... 
A few weeks ago I received an e-mail saying that I won a competition on a magazine so I gave  my address details and forgot about it again expecting to receive some free samples the size of a peanut and some adverts at home... This week I got a parcel and felt like Santa really exists ... Those pics were taken to prove to you and are self-explanatory ...

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC So sometimes it's worth being a bit impulsive, a bit risky and believe in your fortune...

Making friends with good old Nature


I have a confession to make... I have never been on a camping trip before yesterday. Since sunday I hosted a Birthday party for seventeen four years old little friends of my currently four years old daughter. By the end of the party I came back home and started opening presents and writing down thank you cards. Then we decided that on monday we would go camping (we didn't have a tent or sleeping bags or anything) for the night of monday only. So yesterday I woke up and got some clothes and some food and we went to the supermarket then the outdoors shop to buy a tent. We set up the tent and I decided to explore the surroundings with my little daughter and we ended up in an Idyllic beach after going down a mountain through a deserted enchanted forest with waterfalls and streams running throughout. The forest reminded me of Snow White's Fairytale. By the time We got to the beach we were already tired and my dear daughter was already asking me for a cuddle (to be carried on my arms) and we had the way up the hill to face. I put my bravest face and we started climbing that hill forest, I was scared by then because it was a gloomy forest and what if we got lost? plus it was 17hs by then... up we went while having my daughter in my back sometimes. At a certain point I thought with myself that I would not be able to finish it but there was no phone coverage (not one little bar) and if I gave up then we would have to what? Sleep in the forest? plus I did believe we were lost. My clothes were all dirty and sweat left my hair wet  but I could not give up... By then it was a nightmare and I started thinking about those stories of tourists that disappear and are never found... I couldn't seem nervous for my daughter's sake... I heard then what sounded like a helicopter and thought that maybe it was my husband worried since we had left for 4 hours but we kept going because no helicopter would spot us deep in those woods and knowing my husband I knew he would only worry if it was night and we were not back... then it escaped my mouth "I DO NOT LIKE NATURE IN TIMES LIKE THIS". And after what seemed like an eternity I found the first fence that would lead us back to the camping site. After three more fences we would be back. My arms were killing me from holding my brave daughter, my glutes were burning and started raining hard when we got to the tent. My husband had just started the fire and was not in the least worried drinking a beer. I was in shock but cleaned myself and my daughter and got some warm clothes. Stopped raining and we got to see the most amazing sunset while my daughter played and we ate the most delicious meal cooked by the fire and drank a lovely bottle of wine and by the time I put my daughter to sleep She asked me if I would go to sleep and I responded that I would go back outside for a bit to enjoy the nature surrounding us and she said to me "But mommy I thought you said you don't like nature?" which gave me and my husband the biggest giggle in history. We went to our comfy fluffy sleeping bags and I woke up at 5:00 a.m and left them both asleep to go back to the forest where I walked for two hours and finished with a bath in the cold water of the stream of the mountain that I conquered!!! I apologised then to my old friend nature...


Homemade beauty DIY HAIR RINSE


Nature provides us with everything we need to heal and purify. It’s half term here in sunny Britain and I have been so busy. Life is funny because it comes in waves for me. I always use the sea and its tides to relate to events in my life. I don’t know how to say it in English about the series of waves after the Sea was flat, so I will go back to beauty tips for I digress.
I do like to invent potions and lotions with flowers and herbs from the garden and kitchen spices….

Good for shine and dandruff – Sage+rosemary+vinegar 

With water covering sage and rosemary take it to boil and leave it there on low heat with the pan covered for 30 minutes after boil. Then do not uncover the pan and forget about it overnight. On the next day mix the water resultant from the boil with vinegar and voila!

After washing your hair as usual use this for the last rinse...





In the generation of “built-in obsolescence” everything is built to end at a certain point. Products are not made to last forever because if that was the case then people would not have to buy a new product again. Like our bodies are made to decay so are the products of modern life. We are a product consumer, always needing the last product that will make us … make us what? ... Make us need to buy the next product I guess. Are we all building our lives in obsolescence? Relationships that start with an end in sight, after all, it’s so easy to split, divorce, turn the page, start again and etc… Are we starting careers built in obsolescence? We embark on everything, try everything, travel everywhere but do we dive deep? Buying stuff that we know won’t last, knowing everything goes so fast, we became the generation of superficial and fast. We have books we don’t read, we start things we won’t finish, we buy houses knowing we will move and cars thinking about the next car we will have. We are the generation of discontent because we are never happy with what we have.
I know that you might be different and an exemption to the generalization above. But think again about your plans for the future and close your eyes now and tell me when was the last time you actually enjoyed with passion and jumped of happiness for some achievement? Because if you tell me you achieve and you are not thinking about the next goal I will say to you that you are a liar or I will say that you are really old and spineless. We have to be anxious in the generation “BUILT IN OBSOLESCENCE” because you won’t survive if you stay still, if you don’t play the game. We have to be fast, cold and prepared to fail or fail others. We are all victims of a giant race that is life and we are all running so fast we are not paying attention anymore. I know you are different and an exemption to this rule, but seriously, are you?  Enhancing ourselves to self- improvement, always on the lookout for what’s next, you snooze you loose and we think we are special or different but we are not because we are a generation of “what’s next?”
 Yes, yes, sorry you are different…  And Bob is your uncle...



“Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence[1] in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period time.[1] Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again, whether from the same manufacturer (a replacement part or a newer model), or from a competitor who might also rely on planned obsolescence.[1]
For an industry, planned obsolescence stimulates demand by encouraging purchasers to buy sooner if they still want a functioning product. There is however the potential backlash of consumers who learn that the manufacturer invested money to make the product obsolete faster; such consumers might turn to a producer (if any exists) that offers a more durable alternative. Estimates of planned obsolescence can influence a company's decisions about product engineering. Therefore, the company can use the least expensive components that satisfy product lifetime projections.Philosophers such as Herbert Marcuse and Jacque Fresco have criticized the economic and societal implications of this model.” WIKIPEDIA