<![CDATA[Mållü in the making - Blog]]>Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:13:09 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Book review: Modelland]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:36:10 GMThttp://mollymaria.weebly.com/blog/book-review-modellandThe book in all: Really good
 
You know a book is good when your eyes are as round as circles and the only thing you can think when you’ve read the last sentence is “Oh my God”. 

The book ”Modelland” by the amazing woman Tyra Banks is quite the book of fantasy I must say. The world inside these folders is very elaborate and spectacular. I haven’t read anything like this ever before, but I also have never read a proper full-on fantasy tale before. There are no dragons, trolls and fairies, although maybe not far from it if you modernize and fashionize the classic fairy tale creatures.
 
Tyra Banks is, as I think we all know, famous for her supermodel career, which is only one of the many things she does in her life as a business woman, and she know the fashion- and model world by heart. Therefore there is no surprise that the book is about just that. (Also the title gives it away a bit).
 
Frankly the book is about Tookie, a fifteen-year-old girl with untameable hair, a large forehead, a gawky body and eyes in two different colours. She’s not the typical definition of beautiful. And there is this school, Modelland, where only a few of the prettiest girls in the world get invited to attend, and of course no one would ever imagine Tookie being invited. But that’s what happens, and that’s the start of a story I will remember for a good while.
 
Bullying, alienation, family issues, fear, thrill, friendship, love and plot twists are just a few of the elements included in this book. And you can also see some criticism towards the fashion industry and society’s narrow definition of “beauty”.
 
I’ll admit that it took me some time to get in to the book. The language it’s written in is a bit different from your typical novel, if you’ve seen Americas next Top model or The Tyra Banks show you’ll recognize Tyra’s personality in the language immediately. But when you just get used to her writing style you will be captured in a story that got everything there is to wish for.

​I can't wait for the sequel! Let me know if you've read the book and if so, what you thought about it.

Make peace x/MollyMaria

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<![CDATA[My 3-year diary]]>Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:39:51 GMThttp://mollymaria.weebly.com/blog/my-3-year-diaryNew year, new me. New Year’s resolutions. This is going to be the best year ever, and all the other New Year clichés you can think of. I don’t mind these aspirations or what to call it, but they never seem to work for me. The first days of January I still lay there in my bed watching YouTube videos and maybe a film or two, just as I did all the boring days the year before, and after those days it feels useless to try and change that bad habit. And if I set myself some New Year’s resolutions I promise you that I will have forgotten about them by the time of February. 
I want this year to be different (and there comes another cliché!). I received this little thing the other day. It’s a 3-year diary where you write down a note about what you did that day, what the weather was like and other things you want to add. When you open the book you have the same date three times on each page, so when you write the second and third year you’ll see what you did that exact same day the year/-s before.
 
I thought that this could be my motivator to actually try to live my life to the fullest. When you write down the things you do, you want to do nice things, exiting things, things you’re proud of. I personally would like to fill my book with experiences, trips to different places in the world, new food I tried, how much I’ve exercised and so on. 

This year, 2016, is my 18th year and also the year I graduate from high school or upper secondary school, therefore I decided to start writing a diary. At this moment in time I don’t know what I’m going to do after I graduate, I can continue to study at university, I can get a job, I can, and want to, travel, there are so many options out there. So I will write down every step I take towards my future in this diary. That may sound cheesy but what I mean is that I’ll write down everything I do, like trying out different jobs, or where I travel and what I experience, or the day I move out from my parents etc. And in three years time I can look back on all the things I did and where they took me. 
I’m very excited to start writing, let me know if you are writing or want to start writing a diary as well, and if so, what you want to fill it with!
 
Make peace x/MollyMaria
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<![CDATA[Nutella & berry cake]]>Fri, 08 Jan 2016 18:30:23 GMThttp://mollymaria.weebly.com/blog/nutella-berry-cakeI love baking. I love making my own recipes and try new things. I love to go shopping for ingredients, I love the preparing, and to be honest, I really like to do the dishes afterwards as well. And of course; I love love love to taste the cake, cookies, cupcake or whatever other thing it is.
 
I find it peaceful and fun to bake, I know it can feel quite stressful at times, but if you make sure you’ve got the time, and read through the recipe one extra time, I promise you that the stress won’t come and disturb you or your baking. Also, I think that if you take a step away from the thought of that the thing you’re baking must be perfect, you’ll find a bigger joy in the process of baking it.
 
Now; I’ve wanted to bake something new for a long time, I just haven’t got myself to actually do it. But now it’s done, Christmas is over and the longing for the summer has begun (for me anyways, am I alone on that?), therefor I decided to at least make it taste like summer with some berries in the cake. I made a classic sponge cake with nutella, strawberries, blueberries and a nutella & coconut sauce. This is how it turned out:
Too make this you will need:
Two bowls
A baking tin
A wooden spoon or electric whisk depending on how strong and patient you're feeling
A spatula
 
200 g of butter (room temperature)
2,5 dl caster sugar
3 eggs
4 dl flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla sugar or the zest of one lemon
Berries of your choice
Nutella
Coconut oil
Start with preheating the oven, temperature: 150-175°c. Stir the butter and sugar until it’s frothy. It may take a while if you do it with a wooden spoon, and you'll most certainly feel it in your arms after, but with the electric whisk there is a risk of splashing your kitchen (I tried). Then add one egg at the time. Mix the flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar/lemon zest in a clean bowl and then add this in to the egg mixture and stir well. 
Now put about 2/3 of the batter in to a buttered baking tin. Lay some nutella on top of the batter. I used about 2 tbsp. and I microwaved it for 30 seconds to make it more fluid and easier to work with.
Now arrange the berries the way you want them. You can make a pattern like stripes or like I did, or you can sprinkle the berries all over the cake, you won't be able to see is when it's done, but I think it's nice to know that it is there. 

Also; if you're using frozen berries, like I did, I suggest you let them drain off for a while. 

Put the rest of the batter in the tin and try to make it cover the berries. Bake in the lower part of the oven for 60 minutes.
 
Too make the nutella & coconut sauce you take about 2/3 nutella and 1/3 coconut oil, put it in the microwave for a couple of seconds and stir. Easy as that. You can either pour the sauce on each piece as you eat, or you can pour the sauce on the whole cake before it's served. 

Let me know if you make this cake yourself, and how tasty it is on a scale of 1-10! I would say it's a strong 8. 

​Make peace x/MollyMaria

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<![CDATA[Girl Love]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 11:01:00 GMThttp://mollymaria.weebly.com/blog/girl-love
This woman, Lilly Singh also known as iiSuperwomanii, have started this beautiful thing called #GirlLove. The video itself is very informative, and every view it gets donates money to the Malala Fund which is a fund that help young girls to go to school and get an education, so give it a watch or two and share it with your friends. 

All the things that is said about women in this video is super empowering, and that's a feeling I want every girl to experience every single day. My view on women  is that we are smart and intelligent! Every single girl on this planet have the potential to be a strong, independent, smart and powerful woman. And everyone have the potential to a beautiful woman, and with that I mean a loving, caring and good hearted woman, a woman with a beautiful inside! 

Now use the hashtag 'til you reach tweet limit, 'til all of your friends has gotten a complementing  Facebook message and 'til your Instagram feed is filled with love. But most importantly, compliment the girls in your surroundings in person, face to face. 

Make peace (and spread love) x/MollyMaria
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<![CDATA[Inspired]]>Sat, 02 Jan 2016 22:58:02 GMThttp://mollymaria.weebly.com/blog/inspiredI’m so inspired right now. It’s currently January 2nd as I’m writing this, and my year so far hasn’t been great. I’ve already managed to procrastinate my only sort of resolution. That “resolution” is to become the person I want to be, and do the things I want to do. It sounds quite easy, but that’s not the case, at least not for me. A big part of becoming, and being, a happier me is working out and living a healthy life, so I thought the New Year would be a good time to pick up running again, which I’ve been doing on & of for a while now. I planned on taking a run the very first day of the year, to really represent the New Year and the beginning of this change. Pretty much everyone is hung over and it’s quiet outside. But I didn’t go out for my run, I procrastinated it. And I didn’t go for a run today either, so as I said, not a great start.
 
But after that fairly negative note, I come with a much more positive and cheerful reminder; it is only January 2nd, the year is still new and there is still time to stick to your resolutions or to start the change. I look at these very first days of the year as “hung over days” where you are mentally hung over. I mean the celebrations and welcome parties to the New Year are massive, so it is okay to take a day or two extra to recharge those batteries so you can take on the New Year with full power.
 
If your year has started similar to mine I have one important thing to say to you: It’s NOT too late to start achieving your goals now! It doesn’t matter if you´re reading this in February, or even May, it’s still not too late! I intend to go out for my run tomorrow, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Let me know how your year has been so far!
 
I’ve got a post coming up soon about my method of staying motivated throughout the year, so stay tuned for that.
 
Make peace x/MollyMaria 
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