Grow with Appreciation, Heal with Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Even though you do not have a valentine, and let this day be a day to celebrate the love in our lives.

Oyku and I did something crazy and sang a song on our Youtube Channel! It is an old Turkish song, which is normally more upbeat but we wanted to sing it slow, since we like this song more when it is slow.

And I have a couple of things to say about the today.

It is so easy to overlook family, friends, nature and so many other things we love. It is so easy to take them for granted.

We grow with appreciation, heal with love.

Let’s appreciate the people we love, cats and dogs we adore and nature.

We all know that days like this are primarily good for the economy. Cakes, candies and flowers are sold and of course the businesses enjoy the seasonal revenue boost. Today so many sweet things are taken in and sweet things are spoken out. So let’s say nice things today.

Yes, these are words of a romantic girl, but wouldn’t it be nice to be more optimistic and wear our pink shades for a day and see through rose-colored glasses?

By the way, if you forgot to click on the one above and kept on reading (thanks) here it is again.

Love,

Ovgu

Yellow Houseplant Mushroom – Little Surprise Near Our Cactus

If you want to read this in Turkish: click here.

Two days ago I realized something curious at the bottom of the cactus in our living room. There were two little yellow mushrooms! As much as they look like toys or from Smurfs, they are real! They appear to have yellow pollen-like powder – which is probably the mushroom spores – and have painted the end of spikes of the five cacti in the same pot to yellow.

After some research and friends’ help through Instagram (of course we shared the pictures on Instagram Stories) we learned that it is not as poisonous as we think – as long as you don’t eat it. But still we put the pot in the balcony, just to make sure that it doesn’t have any bad effects through the air we breath indoors.

The scientific name of Yellow Houseplant Mushroom is Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii and it is very common for the potted plants. Apparently the spores come with the soil package or through air and when the conditions like humidity and warmth are good enough, a mushroom just pops out next to various house plants.

Now the pot is resting in the balcony and the two little mushrooms are still there, although they are wilted. It looks like the mushrooms don’t like the cold balcony. We hope that they don’t affect the growth of our beautiful cacti. We will update you 🙂

Love, Öykü

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Instagram NAMETAG * AD ETİKETİ

Turkish version is below

Instagram instroduced a new feature: Nametag. The purpose of nametag is to scan the tag and go to the account and follow it. It kind of reminded us the Snapchat feature. You can also customize your nametag with emojis, colors or even a selfie! We wonder how creative people will get, but it seems like there is not much room to make crazy changes.

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Ours is a hand writing emoji, we think it suits the blog very well and tells so much about our passion. We love writing (which obvious by now due to this blog), we also love drawing. We used to draw and paint more often when we were at school, but Continue reading

A Link to Happiness: Self Respect

Self respect is the key to make right decisions. We need to respect our own thoughts, feelings, confusions, wishes and dreams. No one can really know what our dream is or what we are actually thinking and feeling.

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Isn’t it difficult to express the real ‘me’? Isn’t it sad that we often choose what is offered and do not share our actual abilities?

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Tears of Love

The title sounds lame but wait until you read this post.

A few weeks ago we went to a florist.  The owner has turned his large backyard of his little house to a plant storage, almost a plant-house and now he cultivates seedlings of citrus, jasmine and bougainvilleas. He also sells pots of flowers, mostly to be planted, and a very small collection of succulents. Oyku and I love succulents and when we went near them we saw a different looking plant. We had seen that plant for the first time in our lives and before we could ask about it the owner told the name: ‘Tears of Love’. It seemed as if this was one of his favorites. He explained that the plant doesn’t have flowers, but when a little bud drops on the soil, a new plant grows from there.


We think this plant is a succulent or a type of cactus (forgive our lack of knowledge about succulents and cacti; we may not know much, but we are admirers) and propogation is possible with the small buds. We wonder Continue reading

New Youtube Video – Noisy Makeup Challenge

This is a continuation video. In the previous video, Oyku tried to do an iconic makeup on Ovgu. It turned out differently. In this video Ovgu is trying to do same makeup on Oyku.
This was truly a challenge! Especially because of the background noise…


Bu bir devam videosu. Önceki videoda Öykü Övgü’ye Türkan Şoray makyajı yapmaya çalışmıştı ama farklı bir şey çıktı ortaya. Bu kez Övgü Öykü’ye makyaj yapıyor.
Oldukça zor ve farklı oldu, özellikle de arka plan sesinden dolayı…

Sokaktaki Sürpriz | Sanatın En Güzel Hallerinden

Bir sokakta habersiz müzik yapmak ve insanlarla o anki etkileşim; sanatın en güzel hallerinden…

Bu videoyu lisedeyken seyrederdim. O zamanlar Yann Tiersen hayranlığım hat safhadaydı (hayranlığım hala devam eder) ve bir şeyler yazarken dinlemek de ayrı güzeldi! Okurken de dinlerdim, hatta kendimce bazı kitaplara fon müziği yapardım.

Yann Tiersen’in hemen hemen her parçasını bilirim ve severim ama bu video bana ayrı bir zevk veriyor. Tam kararmamış sokağı aydınlatan sarı-turuncu ışık, huzur verici bir müzik ve mutlu insanlar.

Dünya hep böyle güzel olsun…

Sevgiler,

Övgü

Best Moments of Art | Ramdomness of Street Music

Playing on a street and interacting with the people around; one of the most beautiful moments of art…

I used to watch this video when I was in high school. I was a big fan of Yann Tiersen back then (I still am a fan) and I enjoyed listening to his musical pieces as I wrote. I also listened to him while reading, sometimes as a soundtrack.

I know almost all of Tiersen’s pieces, but this video above is one of my favorites. Warm lights on a beautiful random street, before it is dark, peaceful music and happy people…

Let the world be this beautiful…

Love,

Ovgu

Fıstıktan Yapılan Kahve: Menengiç Kahvesi – Coffee Made With Pistachios: Menengic Coffee

Hiç fıstıktan kahve olur mu?

Olur. Menengiç kahvesi yabani fıstıktan yapılıyormuş ve doğal olarak kafein içermiyor. Tadı pek kahveye benzemiyor. Adına aldanıp kahve diye içince garip bile gelebilir ama aslında kendine has yağlı ama güzel bir tadı var.

Gaziantep’te doğal olarak (fıstığın merkezi olduğundan) birçok yerde, lokantalarda kafelerde bulunuyor ama İstanbul’da karşılaştığımı hatırlamıyorum. Eğer karşınıza çıkarsa denemelisiniz. Özellikle sütlü ve şekerli harika oluyor.

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Türk kahvesi gibi görünüyor ama aslında sütlü ve tadı farklı – Looks like Turkish Coffee but this tastes different and has milk in it. Photo from: http://yemek.com/elazig-yemekleri/#.WLM0Z3g-B-U

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New Year Resolutions 2 – Yeni Yıl Kararları 2

Last year Ovgu wrote New Year’s resolution blogpost so I wanted to write mine this year. These small resolutions help us to bring new beginnings to our lives and we discover what we can do more.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is exercising more (as if I am exercising at all now). I am not going to go far though, just exercising in a somewhat systematic way. To be honest I really want to try pilates when I look at the celebrity instagram posts about pilates, but pilates is not among my 2017 resolutions this year. I am thinking Continue reading