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No more laces in summer shoes
I like to spend most of the summer in flip flops or sandals. There is something very invigorating about getting your toes out in the fresh air especially when they spent the rest of the seasons inside boots. Despite my best intentions to free my feet from the restrains of shoes, the weather doesn’t always comply and sometimes it rains. Imagine that! So inconsiderate, don’t you think?
I usually have a pair of canvas shoes that I have for those days where sandals are not an option, but I don’t like laces. I actually resent them. You need to tie them, they get wet, they become untied, tangled… they are just messy so I decided to get rid of them.
No more laces in summer shoes
This “no lace” solution is also great to use for children’s runners, especially when they are at an age where they don’t know how to tie them up properly just yet. It allows them to wear the shoes that they want without the hassle of the laces (no more dirty looks from teachers!)
No more laces in summer shoes 2
Remove the laces from the shoes (isn’t it liberating?) and replace them with an elastic band tying a knot at the top and at the bottom. That is it.
Replacing shoe laces for live
No wet laces. No more knotted laces. No more laces. Easy to slip them in and out. Hurray for small victories!
No more laces in summer shoes
What do you think? You like laces?
Chaotic Itzi

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2015 is a very special year for Mr B and me. This year we celebrate 20 years together. 20 years!!!
It seems like it was yesterday that I met this long-haired boy (yes, long-haired) who was studying in my university… and many countries, many adventures and two kids later, we are still going strong.

Getting married was never our thing. We don’t have anything against marriage, we never had the need for it. But this year, we wanted to mark our 20 years together with family and friends (I will share more about our celebrations later on) and we will be having a party at the beginning of August. I can’t wait!
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
We are planning something simple, something rustic, something familiar. I wanted to make some decorations. Nothing too complicated. Something simple and pretty so I armed myself with some washi tape and candles.
Making decorations with washi tape and candles
I got these vanilla candles from Ikea. I love the smell of vanilla. There is something warm and familiar about them.
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
Once I decided on the color scheme for the day (blue -of course- and other pastel colors) I covered the base of the night lights with washi tape.
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
I have also enlisted my whole family to give me all glass containers they have to put the candles in. A up-cycled jam-jar and some ribbons are the perfect recipient for pretty candles, don’t you think?
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
These decorations are easy to make and pretty around the house, for garden events, for a romantic night in.
If you are having problems removing the super sticky stickers from the jar, this is the only recipe you need.

How do you like your celebrations? Home-made or store-bought.
Chaotic Itzi

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I think it is time for some summer Etsy inspiration. It is long overdue, don’t you think?

This clock is just super cute, don’t you think? (by Sascalia)
Bohemiam Wall Clock

This bohemian bracelet is just so cool and summery… (by HVart)
Bohemiam Bracelet

This geometric quilt is just right down my alley… triangles and blankets? the perfect combination! (by Petunias)
Geometric Quilt

These heart shaped candles are gorgeous and perfect for a romantic summer’s dinner. (by myLovecandles)
Love Candles

And how adorable is this bird house? Who would not like to live there? (by birdhouse20)
Bird House

Have an inspired weekend!
Chaotic Itzi

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Oven-dried tomatoes salad
Before I left Ireland, I was trying to make sure that there was enough food for Mr B, who won’t be joining us until the beginning of August. I left the freezer full and I made sure that he had enough fresh fruit and vegetables to last him for few days (I know, I am adorable….)
Oven-dried cherry tomatoes
While trying to clear out the kitchen of food that would not be used in the following week, I realized that there were 3 punnets of cherry tomatoes, my favorite food. Although Mr B likes tomatoes, I knew there was no way he would eat them all before they went off so I decided to oven-dry them in order to make them last.
Oven-dried cherry tomatoes - so sweet!
Oven-dried tomatoes are very easy to make, a great solution to make those extra tomatoes last and sooooooo sweet…. Just delicious!
Easy oven-dried tomatoes
Place the cherry tomatoes in an oven tray, season them with salt and pepper and spray them with some olive oil and place them in a pre-heated oven at 120 degrees Celsius (250 Fahrenheit).
Leave them in the oven for 2 and half hours shaking them a little bit half way though.
Easy oven-dried tomatoes - delish!
You can use these tomatoes straight away for salads or sandwiches or you could just store them in a jar with olive oil and eat them as you please. that is if you can wait…
Delicious salad with oven-dried cherry tomatoes
There is no need to throw anything out. Join me in the #NofoodWaste Challenge
Chaotic Itzi