After finishing work on Monday afternoon, I went home and Chris told me to pack my bag. He was taking me on a surprise getaway for my birthday! Very excited I jumped in the Uber with my love, not knowing at all what to expect. The driver dropped us off at the harbour. "Are we going on a boat??" went through my mind. Chris grabbed my hand and walked over to Pier 2. There was the Waiheke ferry. My heart skipped a beat, I got even more excited!! I love Waiheke so much, so knowing that's where I would spend my birthday made me so happy.

When we arrived we went to get the rental car that Chris had booked for us. We drove up a hill to get to the hotel we were staying at. The view of our room blew my mind completely! I have never in my life stayed at a hotel with a nicer view than that one. The room overlooked the ocean and the beautiful bays!

After checking in at the hotel, we went to the Mudbrick winery for a 7 course degustation dinner. It was absolutely divine! Probably the best dinner I have had in my entire life. And the wine was delicious too! I felt euphoric, everything was so perfect and romantic. I was thinking to myself "wow, my life is such a blessing".

The next day I woke up from Chris hugging me and whispering "happy birthday baby". I almost felt like I had my birthday the day before because of everything being so incredible at dinner, so waking up to another day of surprises made me feel very spoiled. We had coffee in bed and admired the incredible view, and I got my birthday present. Then we went to a cozy cafe with sea views for a birthday breakfast.

After breakfast Chris took me to a house near the beach. I had no idea what we were doing there. Turned out the lady living there had a massage room in her house, and Chris had booked me a relaxing full body massage. It was absolutely amazing!! The birds were singing outside the window and I could hear the waves hit the beach nearby during my massage. I was thinking to myself that it can't get much better than this. I was wrong.

After the massage we drove to three different galleries and looked at beautiful art. A woman working in one of the galleries said "you are the first couple I've seen all day that really look in love" and that comment from her made my heart ache in the best way possible. We finished the day with oysters, wine, gelato ice cream and a trip to the beach. When we got home around 7pm we lighted some candles, ate popcorn and watched a movie. A perfect end to a perfect birthday!

We were so lucky with the weather too. It was 23 degrees, blue sky and sunshine! Which is incredible considering the last few weeks has been rainy, windy and cold in Auckland. What a day! <3

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Good Friday made me feel so tired and relaxed. Pretty much every store in Auckland was closed so there wasn't much to do but chill at home. My other half told me that sometimes people even get a fee of they are opened on Good Friday! So everyone is literally forces to relax, haha. Me and Chris just watched movies and eat popcorn. A perfect Friday in other words!

Today the sun is shining, the view is absolutely stunning. It is getting colder though, Autumn is definitely on its way. But I find that a bit cozy. I love it when I get to wear my Ugg boots and knitted scarf. Besides, we had a kick ass Summer in my opinion so I don't mind the cold weather so much. Ask me again in two months and I might have a different answer ;)

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I have a confession to make. I am somewhat obsessed with mermaid nails at the moment! I just find the glitter to be so damn satisfying to look at! So of course I had to get me some new mermaid nails at my nail appointment two days ago. These are my favorite ones so far! It's so much fun to get different nails every other week. It makes me feel so fresh.

What do you think about this color?

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They told us that a big cyclone was coming to Auckland. Heavy rain, wind of 150km/h and thunder. But in stead, the storm went straight past Auckland and mother nature gave us this. I have never in my life seen such an amazing rainbow! This photo is taken from my bedroom window. Nature really is incredible, I often find myself speechless by its beauty. New Zealand really is heaven on earth on beautiful days like this!

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Happy Easter!

This year is the first year I am not celebrating Easter like normal. Easter is not a big deal for my partner, but I have always grown up celebrating with traditional Swedish food, paining eggs and decorating the house. But since he did not want to celebrate like that I was thinking that I at least could cook us some decent food!

I just improvised with what we had at home and came up with this dish. It is a zucchini-carrot pasta with pesto, garlic and prawns. So yum!! Chris loved it too. Want to know how to make this? See recipe below!

Zucchini-Carrot pasta with prawns
Serves 2

Ingredients:
3 small zucchinis
2 carrots
500g Prawns
2 tbsp of pesto
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Basil leaves (optional)

How to:
Peel the zucchinis and carrots into long, thin strips with a vegetable peeler. Stir fry the vegetable pasta on high heat in some olive oil for about 5 minutes. Put to the side in a bowl. Using the same frying pan, cook the prawns for about 3-4 minutes until they turn pink. It is important not to overcook prawns, once they are pink turn off the heat. Put the vegetable pasta back into the frying pan with the shrimp and add the crushed garlic and pesto. Stir in the pesto and garlic and finish with some salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fresh basil leaves for extra basil flavor! Enjoy!

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On Friday me and Rochelle went to Vinyasa Flow yoga together and then grabbed some lunch at Fika With Me. Look at this lovely food!! It was absolutely divine. To all of you living in Auckland, you have to try this! Yum!

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I have a very good mindset right now. I feel energized, strong and happy. My workouts are going great at the moment and I feel motivated. I have also changed my diet a tiny bit, I have cut down on the carbs and increased my protein intake to see if it will improve my results from the gym. I'm so sick of feeling unhappy about my weight, and I have realized that if I never quit exercising in the first place, I will never have to start all over again. Which has been my biggest problem in the past, to not be consistent enough with my training. So now I am working out about 4 times a week, no excuses. For my own sake. It makes me feel so good!

Today is a lovely, sunny Sunday in Auckland. I am currently at work and will be the whole day, but I have the best view anyone could ever ask for. I see the entire ocean from the reception so I feel very blessed. I am so grateful for everything in life right now. I am grateful for my work, partner, family, friends, house, health and much, much more. I've got so many amazing things going for me.

Do you remember the book I am reading? If not, it is called "Who says you can't? You do!". It is such a great book! This book is what made me make the decision to exercise more regularly again. The author really forces you to analyze your life and also realize that you have 100% of the power needed to make whatever you want out of your life. I love taking advice from people who have lived and learned more than I have, someone who is older and wiser. It saves so much trial and error to actually take advice from someone who knows. Who is your inspiration/mentor? If you don't have one, get one! We all need a little guidance sometimes.

Have a great Sunday!

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I forgot to tell you guys that me and my man went to Waiheke a few weeks ago. I really wanted to go there one last time before fall. Said and done! We were so lucky that we even got absolutely perfect weather. The sky was bright blue and it was nice and warm.

We started out a bit unlucky though. We took the bus to a tapas winery that we really wanted to go to. Turned out that the bus stopped 15 minutes from the winery and we had to walk up a big hill. Which normally would have been perfectly fine but I was wearing heels so once we got to the winery my feet were soooo sore and we were all sweaty. So we said to each other "let's just sit down and eat" because we were starving at this point. We went to grab a table and the waiter told us they stopped serving lunch like 10 minutes ago. At that point I almost started to cry, haha!

We decided to leave the winery and try to find a place nearby that served food. But how would we get down again? There was no way I could walk down with my practically bleeding feet. We tried calling a cab but there was a 40 minute wait. So we decided to try and hitch hike. After being turned down about 5 times, a turquoise Cadillac came at us. I was thinking "please, please stop!!" and luckily they did. It was a couple in their 30's driving the car, and we seriously couldn't have met nicer people. They gave us a ride to the nearest restaurant, which was located right on the beach. The afternoon sun was shining so beautifully over the restaurant and I breathed a sigh of relief and smiled at Chris. Finally some food and wine!

We ordered mussels and a bottle of sparkling wine from the Mudbrick winery. It was absolutely divine! I am so happy that we found that perfect spot in the end. We bought two bottles of that same sparkling wine to take home with us and save for special occasions. We have both my birthday and our anniversary coming up so it will be perfect to enjoy some nice wine then.

Sorry that I don't have any more photos than these, we were so occupied trying to actually find a place to eat haha =)

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I am far from the only girl on the planet who can say, hand on my heart, that my mum is my hero. I don't know what I would do without her. Mum is the first person I call when I need advice, get good news or just want to talk. I can't even imagine a better mum then mine. She is funny, caring, loving, goofy (in the best possible way), wise, intelligent, brave, mindful. She is the rock of our family. I really hope that when I have kids of my own, I'll be exactly the kind of mother that she is to me. People already say that we are really similar, like twins almost, which to me is the greatest compliment anyone can give me. I love you so much mum. ❤

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This spot on Takapuna beach is one of my favorite spots in the whole world. This is where I do my best healing after a tough week. I usually come here to meditate, do some drawings or just listen to music. Everyone should have that special spot where they feel safe and happy. That special spot that you always can come back to no matter what happens.

Nature does wonders for your well being. I have never felt more healthy than when I was living at the beach. You need that daily dose of fresh air. It is a shame that there aren't a lot beaches in Sweden. It has had such a positive effect on my mind to be able to go to the beach whenever I want. It truly is a blessing.

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