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I LOVE sleeping naked, and yes I still sleep with stuffed toys!

Hey loves! Ok so this is such a different post for me to do. For those who don’t know, I love snapchat and probably snap the first thing when I wake up or right before I head to bed and a question I’ve gotten each time is , ” wow are you naked?” or “you’re always naked, is that how you go to bed?”. The answer is YES AND I FREAKING LOVE IT! Just a disclaimer, sleeping naked doesn’t necessarily insinuate something sexual for me (even though it’s been proved that it is good for you sexually as well). I just do it because it’s liberating and incredibly great for my body. Here are five reasons why it’s so fantastic and why you should sleep naked too!

You get a much better sleep 

I don’t know about you, but getting into a deep sleep is the best thing, I feel like I’m truly at rest and I’m not fidgeting , somehow by sleeping naked my body has gotten into that deep sleep phase a lot easier than when I’ve heavily clothed myself.

It’s great for your reproductive system 

Ok I can’t really speak for men but girls, this is soooooo good for your VAG (really feels weird saying that maybe we’ll just stick too hoo-ha) , this is when your “hoo-ha” will get some air, you’ll be reducing yeast production (YEAST INFECTIONS ARE NOT FUN), as it thrives in moist environments, and your vagina will most definitely thank you for it.

 Fantastic skin

We all want the perfect skin and one step closer to getting there is by SLEEPING NAKED. When your naked your skin really gets to breathe, and if you’ve got any issues with like body acne lets say, oxygen will be sent to those problem areas and you’ll be feeling so much better.

Your body temperature is controlled 

When you’ve got your pajamas’ on, your body will most likely heat up, and I’m sure you don’t want to wake up sweaty and sticky ( or maybe you do? I don’t know?) , sleeping naked will automatically lower your body temperature which did I mention leads to a much better sleep ;)?

 Helps regulate your cortisol 

 Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This increase can often lead to increased anxiety (I already suffer from anxiety so I don’t want it to get worse 🙁 ) , cravings for bad food, weight gain etc.
Are you going to start sleeping naked? Let me know in the comments!
Kisses,
Petronella

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Fun sleepover with one of my best friends Noni!

First personal/everyday post, how fantastic?! So freaking crazy that Noni and I have been friends for 8 YEARS! CRAZY RIGHT?! She goes to fashion school in Italy and even though she’s the one always saying bye to me ( since I am always moving and usually am only in Kenya for the holiday), this time I had to say bye to her! It felt so weird, one day being with her and the next, we were on the way to the airport. After new years I really wanted to relax and I was so sad Noni wasn’t around to do something with me. I went over to her house after she came back and we cooked a lot of food and had a lot of wine. My favorite is L’ambrusco Emilia.

It was an incredible last day with Noni, she loved the Pad Thai, I finally taught her how to make it and I loved her asian fried rice, it was amazing! After dinner we finished our first bottle of wine so we decided to open up another one but I was already so sleepy haha that when we got into bed with our wine glasses and Noni was just about to start playing “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” , I completely passed out!  The next day we woke up and had a beautiful breakfast continued to watch “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and then took her dogs out for a walk and had some ice cream before we headed to the airport. I actually cried when she left 🙁 but not to worry, I’m hoping on a plane soon too so we’ll see each other a lot sooner!

Kisses,

Petronella

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Dream breakfast  ♥ healthy but sooo freakin’ good  

Heya! How are you guys? Hopefully hungry after lusting after that photo of a breakfast I made a couple of days ago. I’ve always loved to cook and so cooking for myself everyday is so much fun, I love trying out new things as well, like a vegan lentil stew, I just tried out ( you can add meat if you’d like, but I’m not a big meat eater) , that a lot of you actually really loved on my instagram and snapchat. So I figured I’d give you an exact recipe on this whole breakfast!


For the pancakes:

1 cup self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 scoop protein powder ( I ran out of vanilla so I used chocolate flavor and they came out just as good)

A quarter cup of milk ( or whatever milk you have, I’m dairy free so I use Soy or Almond)

Start off with the flour , pour it into a bowl and mix in your cinnamon and protein powder, then you’re going to add your milk and stir and then seep in the vanilla extract. Crack open your egg in there, and then mix up the batter until smooth. Heat up your pan on medium heat with either olive oil or coconut oil, then lower the heat and begin to make your pancakes! Also keep in mind that there are quite thick so don’t pour in too much batter into the pan, they’re not crepes!


For the juice:

I LOVEEEE A GOOD GREEN JUICE so I’ll give you a recipe on two of my go to green juices

1 handful of Spinach

1 handful of Strawberries

1 apple

A little bit of mint (sorry I don’t use an exact measurement but put as much as you’d like)

1 cup of water

or

1 handful of Spinach

1/2 an Apple

1/4 cup  of Pineapple

A little bit of mint

1 cup water


Use the hashtag #petronellarisita or tag me on instagram  @petronellarisita or twitter @petronellaa_ to show me your recreation of this dream breakfast!

Hey loves! How are you doing? I’m so happy today, I’ve already been flooded with sooooooo many kind comments from all of you on my blog and I am so touched! REALLY, IT MEANS THE ABSOLUTE WORLD TO ME! Especially because I worked so incredibly hard , had so much going on personally , and had many moments of doubt. But the final result came out and I’m so happy you love the new look as much as I do.

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30 DAYS OF YOGA! Wow I have rambled on and on about this for the past 3 and a half weeks or so. Once I started to feel physically better towards the end of the year, I got back to one of my favorite practices of yoga (I’ve done yoga roughly on and off for about 2 years now) and I love the practice. It could be slow, it could be intense but I think both have the same impact on you of being mindful and aware. Before the new year, I decided to challenge myself to 30 days of Yoga (yes that means everyday, no days off ) and see both the mental and physical change that was about to take place at the fresh start of the new year. I am so happy so many of you have joined me ( and it’s still not too late we’re only on day 3 and goes all the way up to the 31st of January) and so far it has been challenging but good!

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This post is all about just giving you a basic introduction into what this challenge is all about and Yoga with Adriene (Youtube Yogi intstructor) is doing 31 days of revolution yoga, which is great for those who are just starting out and want to build up. Africa Yoga Project, is also fantastic! I know a lot of my readers aren’t from Kenya so for those of you currently in Nairobi listen up, Africa Yoga Project holds classes everyday with amazing morning classes, afternoon classes and evening classes (not to forget their new community classes everyday at 1pm run by donation) . I have loved going to their classes ever since I started and their staff is so INCREDIBLY FRIENDLY! I’ve already made so many friends by going and that makes me look forward to going to classes even more to see the friendly faces. So between the classes at Africa Yoga Project , Yoga with Adriene and an old yoga fitness video by Jilian Michaels called Yoga Meltdown ( you can find level 1 here) , I’ll be going with all three during the next 27 days. This is so exciting. What’s even more exciting is that I will do a “What I Eat In A Day” video on my Youtube channel and blog post to go along with it within the next week to show you what exactly I eat as I do this challenge and I will have a video and blog post at the end of the month with a full summary on how this experience was and would I do it again. That’s all for today. Are you challenging yourself to thirty days of yoga? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Kisses,

Petronella

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 Incredible photo by : Poppy Miyonga

Hey loves! IT’S BEEN FOREVERRRRRR! I really have missed blogging but I needed a break and while I took sometime off and decided to give my blog a new look! How do you guys like it? Also how have you been, Missed the blog?! It’s so good to be back! So many of you sent me your kind messages wanting to know when the blog would be back up, it means so much that you care! A little while ago I mentioned that some changes were coming to this website (also rambled about it on my snapchat which you can add me directly here ) but three new  categories are being features now on the blog ; WRITING, PERSONAL/EVERYDAY AND HOTSPOTS . All of three of these categories are sooo personal for me, I’ve always loved to write but I’ve always been super shy about my writing , every once in a while I’ll post some pieces up on here and only hope you’ll like them! Personal/everyday  is all about my everyday life, whether I’m happy happy or sad or meeting up with friends or even just staying home,  baking , cooking an amazing meal or even just sharing a cozy night in ( which I SERIOUSLY LOVE, 20 YEAR OLD GRANDMA WOOP!) . Hotspot is all about new places/restaurants that I am currently loving and think you guys would love too! With a new look , there’s a new feel and I’m honestly so excited to take on this next chapter in my blogging life with you all! Also thank you so much for your well wishes and concerns about my health and wellbeing, I am much better now and will let you know if anything happens in the future, it really shows me how much you guys care which touches my heart immensely! Forgot to add that I’m also going to try my best to upload on Youtube to go along with my content on my blog! I’ll leave it here for now. Feels good to be back! One last thing to add, I’ve started my #30daysofyoga , which is such a super personal challenge for me and I’m so happy so many of you have decided to join me, don’t forget to share any pictures or tweets from your journey.  Hope you’ve had an amazing start to the new year. Be kinder, be open, be you.

A thousand kisses,

Petronella