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MOTHERHOOD & 5 BLOGS I ENJOY

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Almost two months have passed since my last post. I do not know what happend, it is two months later before I could blink with my eyes. My mini human is growing so fast. And I realised I am not the cool mum. I am not one of those that seem to manage everything that go out when their little one is only a few weeks old. I still have days where coffee is my best friend and I am not joking when I say that last Friday evening we, my guy and I, were in bed at freaking 9 o’clock. Really. We were exhausted.

Our little one is so lovely. She starts to smile with twinkly eyes of adoration when she sees one of our cats. She tries to crawl and moves around the floor and she is not even 7 months old. She likes daddies guitar and her baby keyboard. She still smiles a lot and she is just amazing. But her world is getting bigger and that takes a lot of energy. But she is a stubborn little girl, and she does not wanna sleep. She loves attention but plays on her own just as easy. And when she is waking up and 5.30 in the morning and I am standing next to her crib half a sleep wondering why the …[and yes add some swearwords in here] she is wide awake already. Well then smiles at me, her eyes looking for mine and well at that moment my heart just melts. I love her so much.

But I have not been blogging at all. She goes to bed a little earlier the last days as her days are so full with exploring that she needs to go to sleep a wee earlier. So I start to have a little bit of evening for my own. Or I can finally snuggle up next to my guy and watch a movie. Or maybe it is finally the moment where we start to enjoy these hours before we go to sleep. So I hope to start blogging again.

As said above in the title there are a few blogs that I love to read at the moment, and yes I am sorry. I said I was not going to turn into some lady that can only talk about her little girl and motherhood. But the whom was I kidding and what was I thinking. Becoming a mum simply does change your world and your life. Sadly I am not as cool as some mums but I hink I am quite okay. So here is my little list.

1| DE HUISMUS
Well I actually followed her on Instagram. She was pregnant and has just become a mum and it all seems so easy on her. Her blog is in Dutch, sorry for some of you here! I started following her because I liked her food and house and interior posts.

2| LITTLE SCANDINAVIAN
I was a fan already before my little mini was born. It is about kids, life, fashion and a lot of inspiration inspired by all things Scandinavian. Yeah that sounds like something I would like, doesn’t it?
This Christmas I even won something from this blog, which is pretty amazing. She blogs a lot about kids clothing, lifestyle, travel ideas and fashion.

3| A CUP OF JO
Actually I just found out about this one. So I am not sure if this blog is a keeper on the reading list. But this post about certain time or places where you should make photo’s of your kids is a great one.

4| BLEUBIRD – 52 WEEKS PROJECT
I love these photo’s about her life as a family. The peek into their lives and home. Somehow you just wanna join in with all the fun they seem to have.

5| HANKE ARKENBOUT
Oh yeah, this has nothing to do with babies! She is a very cool Dutch photographer and she makes the most loveliest photo’s of weddings. Outdoor style with loads of nature. Me likes. So yeah I like reading her post as a photographer but also a girl/woman who is sometimes dreaming about her wedding. So check her work!

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Interior & Design

NEW IKEA LIMITED DESIGN COLLECTION

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Ikea teamed up with Ingegerd Råman, one of Swedish most known glas designer. Who together with Nike Karlsson and Wiebke Braasch designed the new VIKTIGT collection. This collection has handmade products from glas and natural fibers and stand out in pure simplicity.

And I cannot wait for these to hit the shop. I need to plan an Ikea visit in early may. I have white plates with an edge like these from another store. But they do not sell them anymore. I think it would be cool to mix it up with some of these black beauties don’t you think. And maybe some Marimekko black and white mugs. I can’t wait for those summer dinners outside. For that I also need a stop over at Ikea to buy some items for my balcony. Because I still have nothing don’t there. And in spring it is so nice to sit there up high. I can picture it, sitting in the sun and enjoying some lunch or dinner with this plates.

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On the Road

BIKE HOLIDAYS

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The sun is shining these days, not very powerful and not for long periods but we can all feel it. Spring is coming. And with that the summer holiday plan making time. Or maybe you already did that. We are not sure jet. We have plans to take the car to Germany and travel around. It will be our fist holiday with the little one. One thing I would like to do when she is a bit older is a bike holiday in Denmark.

Not talking the real bike-like people. No tour the France or off road mountain biking. No, just a good bike and getting from one place to another. With a lot of sightseeing along the way. I think it would be really nice to bike from town to town as you see more along the road, like smaller villages. And it would be easier to stop along the road when you see something nice. Just park the bikes and you can stroll around.

These days a bike holiday would be more easy to plan as well as these days there are  hotel chains up North that offer biking around holidays where you do not have to carry your own luggage when cycling and exploring. They make sure your suitcases will be delivered at the next hotel. Or you can bring your own tent and sleeping bag with you and sleep at campsites.

Why would you do it? it’s not just riding from A to B, there’s lots of places to visit en route. Whether it’s for lunch, a good photo stop or just to enjoy the sunset. If you need to bike a longer distance these breaks will make it more do-able as well, even with kids. It is on my to do list for the future with our girl.

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Motherhood

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN, YES OR NO?

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Before our little girl was born my guy and I discussed traveling, and then mainly with a plane,  with a newborn or a toddler. It did not take long before we found out we both think the same about this. And it’s mainly the thought that it is not done. Well in our opinion.  Although there are circumstances where we would understand, like family abroad. But not for a fun trip. Why would you bring young children on a plane – and even for hours and hours? Like there are no good holidays closer to home? Like said I do understand there are circumstances where the parents live abroad and you do would like to show your little one to your parents.

We went to Lisbon last june and we saw some parents dragging (oh yes dragging by the arm) a kid around the city to go explore it. It ended up with a frustrated dad and mum, both angry at each other and the kid. And…well then there was yelling at the kid. In that case the kids were no newborns anymore but still quite young. I understand you would like to do things with your kids as well, because I am one of those that feel you should not do nothing anymore because you have a kid. But a holiday can be something else then a city trip. When kids are a bit older, like when they can walk themselves we feel you can bring your kids. We would then do some kids stuff as well. One day a museum and the next day some funfair, theme park or other thing where the kid(s) would be happy. And then we got back to those parents with that kid dragging and shouting at it in Lisbon. Who knows if they were at a funfair the day before and had planned a day in the park so the kid could play all day? So who were we to judge? It did made us think about traveling with kids. Seems not that easy as you think. Or is it?

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Dressing Up

S/S 2016 LOOKBOOK LINDEX

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The Swedish store LINDEX just showed their spring and summer collection. Well a few pieces of course. But usually it will outline what direction they are heading with their main collection. As they always have different collections to cater to everyones needs. I feel that the regular women collections is always something to look forward too. I always have a few pieces that I would love to have. And this time they make me very curious for the spring to come.

With this collection they flirted a bit with the 70s style and they also try to bring denim back into like in various items. For they 70s pieces they were inspired by strong women like Brigit Bardot and Lauren Hutton. And even with a wink to the 70s I feel you can see the Scandinavian style in the clothes. I am not sure how to say it in English but a bit of minimalistic and simple. But not simple as easy but more that there is not too much added to the pieces. No 20 buttons just for fun. But neat lines. The denim collection will get more attention throughout the spring. These pieces already look very promising don’t you thing? Sadly a denim dress or blouse never looks good on me. But maybe I just have to try it on once more.
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Interior & Design

LIVING ROOM EYE CATCHER CHAIR

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Fist of all I wish all of you a Happy New Year!

One of the things my guy and I want for a longer time is a new chair in our living room. It needs to be a little bit of an eye catcher, it must be comfortable and my guy likes to sit on it in front of the tv so he can play games up close to the screen. So it has some points that needs to be toggled.

And right now, well I am not so sure how fast we will get another chair because we have this big baby box in there taking a bit of space as well. Of course what my guy would prefer Continue Reading

On the Road

COLD WINTER NIGHTS AT THE ICEHOTEL IN SWEDEN

Since the first icehotel in Sweden, which was founded in 1989, this hotel will rise in cold winterly Sweden. An can be found in Jukkasjärvi. Every year it will be build and every year it will look different. Besides ice they put a lot of effort in the art displayed in the hotel. This year visitors could make suggestions for the rooms. The snow and natural ice they used to build it is coming from one of Europe’s last wild rivers Torne river which lies 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.  People can enjoy it until nature warms up and the hotel will melt in spring.

There are different rooms to chose from. And if you would like to stay and enjoy the north a bit longer but one night in a cold icy room is enough they have packages where you stay one night in a cold icy room in combination with a stay in a warm chalet. You can learn how to ice sculpture and enjoy a dinner on ice. Continue Reading