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Handmade birthday

This year I thought I should try something different for my birthday.

I know you’re not supposed to say what you want to receive, because it should be a surprise.

But I figured, it’s better to be honest than to receive gifts you don’t like and you’ll never use.

So… the challenge for my friends was to offer me something made by hand (made by them or someone else) or to give to an NGO. Of course, I also let open the option of offering me whatever they wished!

So… here’s the outcome! 🙂

Hat and clutch from Ceibo Handmade

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Dried flowers paint from Alina brought from the Republic of Moldova!


beer made by Damien (veeery tasty!!)


Soap support from Raluca – coming from a Mediterranean Sea beach


handmade Romanian blouse from Teo, G and Francesco!

here’s a website where you can find out more and buy one if you wish 🙂


handmade knitted bed cover from Cristina, Roxana and their mum!


hand painted top from Cristina!


As you can see, I was more than spoiled! I never dreamed of this much and I am very happy they did this instead of buying me something from a normal store.

As for giving to an NGO, my friends gave to Aide et Action, a French organization that sustains education around the world.

My other friends offered me lovely things too, like books, a 100% cotton sweater, a TEDx conference in Mulhouse among other things.

Hoping that it inspired you to do the same…


Beautiful and sad GIFs that show what’s happening to the ocean

Let us know if you will still eat fish after watching this! Remember, local, sustainable and bio is the best!

Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work premieres today on Netflix. Watch it here.

Below, four ocean infographic gifs from the film.

What happened to the coral reefs?

Between 1950 and 2014, half of the coral reefs across the oceans died.

What happened to tuna, sharks, and cod?

Mission_Blue_gif2_256_99_0_600Between 1950 and 2014, Pacific Bluefin Tuna, sharks, and North Atlantic Cod were all almost fished to extinction. Between 5% and 10% remain.

The number of ocean deadzones then and now:

Ocean deadzones are spots in the sea where life no longer exists. They occur when massive fertilizer runoff (or other ocean crises) set in motion an oxygen-depriving chain of events…

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Microcredits to finance your business

Microcredit is becoming more and more important, and not only in emerging countries. In a world where big companies have a hard time managing themselves and they keep closing factories, stores, etc, the small companies are the future.

“Microcredit is the extension of small loans and other financial services (such as savings accounts) to the very poor. This allows them to pursue entrepreneurial projects that generate extra income, thus helping them to better provide for themselves and their families.” –

Here you have 2 links that can help you create your own small company.

Good luck !