I spent my 30th birthday in Krakow

I can't believe that July 12th was my 30th birthday! If you are curious what I think about this magic number, check out Instagram where I posted photo with my thoughts. Today, writing this article, I can boldly admit that actually ... nothing has changed. And I will probably be mistaken with numbers for a long time (I have the same on New Year's Day, that I have to enter the old one for a long time), but apart from that I did not feel any spectacular changes ... maybe when I celebrate another round birthday? Who knows…

room Matejko hotel indigo Krakow

Krakow welcomed us with its dream weather - 31 degrees Celsius, full sun and a light wind that pleasantly cooled the sun-burning skin. It is true that Piotr could not take advantage of this wonderful day because he had a business meeting, but I used it to the maximum! I walked the length and breadth of the square, I was in awe of the beautiful cloth halls that will continue to delight me.

Hotel Indigo Krakow Old Town ****

We were lucky to have our beautiful four-star Hotel Indigo Krakow Old Town was in the very center, so without fear of getting lost, I set off to visit Krakow, and more specifically to admire the richness of Krakow's architecture. I high five with everyone who can get lost with Google maps in hand. At one point, the map showed me that the fastest way to do this would be to jump over the rooftops. After much reflection, I gave up this option ...

Saturday was not so kind to us. When we got a text message in the morning with a warning about possible flooding, we began to wonder whether we should rent a boat to return to Warsaw. Luckily it wasn't that bad even though 98% of Saturday was raining. We used the rainy Saturday weather to take photos for Instagram and for this article. We visited all the nooks and crannies of our hotel, including the reception area, where we found a beautiful marble fireplace. You can see it in the photo below.

Hotel Indigo Krakow Old Town amazed us not only with its design in our style, but I cannot fail to mention the beautiful Matejko room (paintings by Jan Matejko hung over the bed, as you can see in the first photo), where we slept. The room itself was very large and very tall. It made you feel the space there (I love it, that's why we were looking for a flat in a tenement house in Warsaw for a long time).

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Rain was raining, but it was also very cold in Krakow (14 degrees in July was not my dream peak). Delicious ramen came to our aid, which was the best ramen we had ever eaten! From now on, I will also associate Krakow with this delicious food.

30th birthday in Krakow

Birthday Sunday was absolutely crazy - the morning greeted me with breakfast in bed (could I imagine my 30th birthday better ?!). We set the return to Warsaw at 15 p.m. so that after returning, we could still vote in the presidential election. It was an important day not only for me, but also for Poland.

vegan hotel breakfast

At 12 o'clock we checked out of the hotel and went with our suitcases to do some sightseeing. I don't know how many kilometers we did, but climbing with our suitcases towards Wawel replaced the gym for a week. All to see a beautiful stamp informing that we will not enter with the suitcases. You have to imagine what my face was when I saw this. Piotrek stated that he had already been to Wawel (I was a long time ago), so he stayed for a while with his suitcases in front of the entrance.

Harry Potter places for fans in Poland

Later we went to Dziórawego Kocioł, a Harry Potter style pub (love it!). It was a really magical experience and attention ... they also have a few vegan dishes on the menu (phew, there were also vegans among the Wizards). After this magical experience, we boarded the pendolino back to Warsaw. It was a wonderful weekend that allowed me to take a break from everyday life and completely reset. I think we will focus on such short trips this summer. It is true that we are still tempted to go somewhere further, but still common sense (or rather fears) gives up.

A greener version of me

In recent years, the topic of ecology has become really loud. Other cosmetic brands are trying to outdo each other in the production of ecological products. On the packaging you will find the words "eco, bio, healthy" and other similar slogans. Unfortunately, very often there is only a seemingly ecological product. Okay inside, it might be super eco, but nobody looks at the packaging that closely anymore. And it is often made of plastic that will break down over the next several dozen years.

Consequently, for several years I have been trying to make small changes to my life that allow me to live in harmony with nature. I started with seemingly simple changes. I stopped buying low-quality clothes that looked like 10 years after washing them. Currently, power cables do not exist for me, although I know that some of them try to introduce more ecological solutions. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go to eliminate Fast Fashion. However, I have the impression that the coronavirus epidemic has slightly changed our approach and perception of mass buying. Supposedly, shopping centers are empty and bags of clothes are no longer taken out of shops. I will not say that I am silently smiling to myself.

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An ecological revolution in the wardrobe and home

After the revolution in clothing, it is time for the next steps. And so, for over 5 years I have been using only ecological and vegan cosmetics for care. I have my favorite products and brands that I have not parted with for a long time. I also rarely test products (especially face care) and I know that you also appreciate it. However, there are still a lot of Influencers who are able to test brand X cream on Tuesday and brand Y cream on Friday. I avoid this type of person, because I know that only money speaks for them. I do not trust them and do not follow such profiles.

The next step in changing habits was to switch to ecological cleaning products. For years, only those that are not harmful to the environment have been added to my basket. I've even convinced a few family members to switch from chemical products to organic ones. I am very glad that many of you also pay attention to this. I am happy when you consciously choose cosmetics, home products and food products. Today, a few words about reusable cosmetic pads that I don't know why I started using it so late. Ps. This post is not sponsored by the Hello Body brand. I bought two packages of reusable cosmetic pads with my own money.

Why is it worth using reusable cosmetic pads?

I answered this question when the idea of ​​switching to reusable cosmetic pads was born in my head. As you know, I try to live in harmony with nature. For many years, my care has been 100% natural, I use ecological cleaning products, I also try not to waste food (which is really good for me!), and to look for other solutions to harm the Earth as little as possible (remember that we are its inhabitants and we must take care of it).

Reusable cosmetic pads are a great discovery for me. The first advantage that speaks to them is, of course, ecology and the fact that I do not generate so much waste (usually I used 2-3 cosmetic pads a day, because in the morning I wash my face with colloidal silver, I use pads for makeup removal, I also wash my face before going to sleep).

Another plus is savings. It is true that such disposable flakes are not expensive, but when we calculate the annual consumption in relation to reusable flakes (which we can put in the washing machine together with washing), the costs of their use are really much more favorable.

Which petals to choose?

Moje Followers on Instagram (who is not watching us yet, let him do it now!) eagerly shared with me their observations on reusable cosmetic pads, thanks to which I chose bamboo (they are said to be more durable than cotton pads). I decided to use Hello Bamboo reusable cotton pads from Hello Body. These petals are made of 80% bamboo and 20% cotton. In addition, they have a laundry bag made of 100% cotton (I do not recommend using it, however, which I will say more about in the next paragraph).

Hello Body pads are very gentle so they don't irritate my combination, blemish-prone skin. I was worried that these types of cotton pads could transmit germs, but nothing really happens.

How to wash reusable cotton pads?

I wash the cotton pads together with the white washing in the washing machine. I put them in a Tchibo zipped laundry bag. Thanks to this, they do not fall out, which happened to me when I washed them in the bag attached to the petals. I use an ecological liquid for washing (in 40 degrees) and rinsing fabrics.

I have a trick for you when it comes to drying. Before hanging the petals on the dryer, I shake them off vigorously, holding the hanging handle. Thanks to this, the cotton pads regain their original shape after washing (of course they do not look like new, but it definitely improves their appearance).

Conscious influence on our planet is something that I want to cultivate in myself and that I want to infect others with. Of course, to generate a jar of garbage in a month (I really respect people who can live like this) in my case it is still a long way, but today I can have a real impact. It is worth starting with minor changes that motivate you to continue acting and looking for new solutions. I would love to know if you use reusable cosmetic pads and how do they work for you?