Letters to my future self letter book by Chronicle books.

Friends – so sorry I’ve been MIA! It’s been a whirlwind here. Hubby got some big (good) news at work, and we’ve been trying to wrap our heads around it all. Our green card process is also finally moving forward – which means tons of paperwork to fill out right now-, and on top of that we’re leaving for Europe in a week. I am traveling to Europe alone with the three girls to get there and trying not to freak out about it! Between all of these things and trying to find a new balance with three kids, this blog has taken a hit, and I am so sorry I haven’t been around more!

Today I wanted to share a little something hubby and I have been doing this week – write letters to our future selves. For Father’s day I was looking for a little present, something simple to give to hubby, and found these “Letters to my future self” by Chronicle Books. I loved the idea right away, and figured I’d pick one up for hubby and I to do together. These have been such amazing conversation starters for us. Like I said, a lot is going on right now in our life, and it will be so great to open letter twenty or thirty years from now and read about all of the things that were going on in our life in 2014, our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams. There are 10 different letters in this little book of letters with different themes – I don’t think I will write them all, but my favorites/the ones I intend on writing are: “A pep talk to the future me“, “Where I want to go” (major wanderlust here!!!), “This is a letter about my love“, “It was an extraordinary day…” and “a promise to myself“. I am sure that as I write these letters tons of thoughts will come up, and I’ll try to share some of these thoughts with you.

Have you ever written a letter to your future self? How was the experience for you? If you haven’t done it…would you? How old do you think I should be before opening the letters?

PS: Also, do you have a bucket list?

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Hi! This is Erin from Apartment 34 for Audrey’s last guest post during her maternity leave. It’s rare I talk about baby things not having any of my own yet but when Audrey asked me to guest post while she’s out with darling Freia,  I thought I’d poke around to see what’s been going on for the wee ones these days. And I’m glad I did because I discovered a collection I might start buying now! How good would you feel if the money spent towards making your kid look cute went to an even better cause?! Now you can find out!

Twenty-two high end designers including Prada, Chloe, Celine Vera Wang, Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen and Isabel Marant {basically the most A-list designers, ever!} have teamed up with Shopbop and Born Free for a baby and kids line where 100% of the proceeds are going towards ending HIV transmission between mother and child. We’re all for shopping for a cause so naturally we’ll take a moment to break our baby silence with a stunning nursery and cute clothes that would obviously look beyond gorge hanging in the closet!

We love, love the message behind this line and are super excited to share it with all you mamas, mama-to-be’s, and aunties. Even if you’re that one friend out of your whole entire group who doesn’t have a child yet {raises hand!}, you’ll definitely want to keep this collection on your radar for when that inevitable “damn-it-another-one-of-my-friends-is-having-a-baby-before-me,” baby shower moment!

>1 Ivanka Trump Toddler Kurta + Bloomers

>2 Alexander McQueen Baby Blanket

>3 Prada Child’s Pleated Skirt

>4 Lemlem Child’s Patio Dress

>5 DKNY Child’s Dress

Btw, while sourcing nurseries, we came across THE cutest little boy of all time, Carter from Babiekins!

images via The Brick House, photography by Laure Joliet 

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People often say “less is more” – but in the case of this growing little family, more is definitely more.

It is more work. More tiredness. More juggling. It’s life on steroids. But really, what it really is, it’s more love. I am not going all hormone-emotional on you, friends. I am also not trying to sell you this “big family” idea. It’s just that my heart has been feeling SO full since Freia was born, it feels like it’s gonna explode any minute now. And not like it wasn’t already filled with love before she arrived….it’s crazy, that capacity that we have to love and to love even more, beyond what we thought was possible.

I still can’t really believe we are a family of 5, but it is every bit real. The laundry pilling up and the three car seats in the back of our car are the very proof of that reality 😉  I have three little girls….how lucky I am to be able to write these words….A couple weeks ago for Father’s day we had our first little escape as a family of 5 – drove south of the Bay to Mount Diablo. It was totally unplanned, we left on a whim, hit the road and made up our day as it went.

We stopped when being in the car was too much. We picked flowers. We sat in the shade of a tree and ate cupcakes. We stopped to look at the horses – oh the sparkles in the girls’ eyes. Take that, shake it up with a couple meltdowns and spilled drinks at lunch, and you’ll get the kind of perfectly imperfect day that we love so much.

It’s not always  perfect and it’s not always easy. We’re all tired, and we’re still trying to figure out how to deal with all that “more”. But we’re a team and we’re going to figure this out together. And when I see the girls loving on their sister the way they do, I forget about all that extra tiredness and juggling and the tantrums – all I can see is  the oh-so happy days ahead of us.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

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Hello! This is Nomita from Ebabee Likes. When Audrey asked me to do a guest post for her while she went on maternity leave, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Since she’s busy welcoming her new baby in to the world, I thought it would be fun to put together a nursery inspiration board.

I went for shades of blue because blue is such a calming colour that works equally well for a baby boy or girl. I’ve also included hints of grey as not only does it work really well with blue but it’s a colour I would love to see used more often in a nursery. Grey can be paired with almost any colour out there so it’s easy to use in a more minimal nursery like this one or even in a bright, colourful one.

Here’s the selection:

1. Mountains wallpaper | 2. DIY Bear head |3. Party animal poster |4. Vintage chair |5. Stars garland |6. Dotty storage baskets |7. Striped rattle toy |8. Raindrop in boots cushion |9. Butterflies bed linen

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One of my favorite thing about living in California is all the citrus. I. CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH. Growing up in France surrounded by apple and cherry trees, I had never even seen a real citrus tree until I moved to Arizona for college. I was hooked instantly. Nothing like the sight of bright yellow in a tree to cheer me right up – oh, and the blossoms, that smell….it’s like a drug!

Today I wanted to share a little favorite recipe of mine, a perfect little lemon curd (the best you’ll ever have I swear!), and a couple more fun twist on that – a grapefruit curd and a blood orange curd.

Lemon curd is such a great classic – if you’ve never tried making it you should, it is SO easy and SO delicious….and it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to make! My FAVORITE breakfast of all time: greek yogurt topped with a bit of lemon curd and some ginger (or berry. Or chocolate!) granola from Trader Joe’s. Heaven in a bowl. I dare you to try it and not like it! And now that I have blood orange and grapefruit curds at home, I can mix it up some more – they are just as delicious! You can also try them with ricotta pancakes, or fill a cake with them or use them as a base to make ice cream. Yum!

Simple lemon curd (make about 1 cup)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
In a small saucepan whisk egg yolk and egg until combined. As you whisk add sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest, and keep whisking until everything looks smooth – one minute or so. Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly. When the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, it is ready – that should take about 8-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and slowly stir in the butter, one cube at a time. Strain the curd into a bowl/jar, cover up with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.


Pink grapefruit curd (make about 1 cup)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbps lemon juice
  • zest of 1 medium grapefruit
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
Follow same directions as lemon curd recipe – only difference is that you add the lemon juice as the same time as the grapefruit juice.
Blood orange curd (make about 1 cup)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
Follow same directions as lemon curd recipe – only difference is that you add the lemon juice at the same time as the blood orange juice.

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Hello, Clemence here from Oh The Lovely Things. I’m excited to share a little DIY project while Audrey is busy cuddling her beautiful Freia!

A few months ago, I decided it was about time I re-organized my craft supplies. I found treasures I had completely forgotten about, and among them was a hidden gem: a bottle of fabric stiffener. Jewelry is my favorite type of things to DIY, so of course I started making necklaces, rings and bracelets. When I saw lovely lace ribbon on sale, I knew my fabric stiffener was about to strike again.

This lace bangle is perfect for hot summer days: it’s so light that you can barely feel it on your arm. And it’s probably one of the easiest DIY projects ever!

You will need:

– Lace ribbon
– Fabric stiffener
– Paintbrush
– Glue
– Scissors
– Cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass) with a circumference slightly larger than your wrist.
– Narrow satin ribbon (optional)
– Tape (optional)

1.Find a cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass or a coffee can) that has a circumference slightly larger than your wrist. A good way to find the right object is to use one of your bracelets or bangles and try it on various glasses (or other cylindrical objects) until you find one that fits. Wrap the lace ribbon around the glass and mark the end point with your finger. Add about half an inch, then trim excess. 

2. Apply glue on the extra 1/2″. Glue the ends of the ribbon together and let dry.

3. Once the glue has dried, place the bracelet around the glass. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous amount of fabric stiffener all over the lace. Let dry (mine took about 5 hours to dry). 

4. That’s it! Easy, right?

Now my little niece saw my new lace bracelet and immediately wanted one for herself. “But in pink!” she said. She’s in her “everything needs to be pink” period. I didn’t have pink dye on hand, so instead we weaved a pink ribbon through the lace.

1. Step 1 is identical: Find a cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass) that has a circumference slightly larger than your wrist (or in my case, my little niece’s wrist). Wrap the lace ribbon around the glass and mark the end point with your finger. Add about half an inch, then trim excess.

2. Cut a piece of narrow satin ribbon, just a little longer than the piece of lace ribbon you just cut. Use tape to create a shoelace-ish end on the ribbon.

3. Weave the ribbon through the lace.

4. Trim excess.

The next steps are identical to steps two and three of the simple lace bracelet version: glue the ends of the ribbon together and let dry, then place the bracelet around the glass. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous amount of fabric stiffener all over the lace. Let dry. And voilà!

I helped with the gluing part but she mostly did it all by herself (she’s 5). If you have little girls, it makes a great activity to do together. Or of course, you can just make a bunch for yourself. I won’t judge 😉


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Hi friends – I am back! Well, almost. I am on my way back – I have a few more guest posts left to share with you, but I am slowly transitioning back into blogger mode…and figuring out how to balance it out with the little babe 😉 I am so so thankful for all of the wonderful blogger friends who have been helping me out since Freia was born, but I am ready to rock n’ roll again. As much as I love being a mama, the creative part of me craves being here and sharing things with you guys.

In any case, today I wanted to share another little slice of our home: hubby’s new office corner. His desk used to be in our bedroom (total mood killer, ha!), so when we found out we were expecting baby number 3 it was the perfect reason to find another spot for it in the house. We have a little window nook downstairs in the main room, so we figured we’d give it a try there. I wasn’t super excited to have the office space in the middle of everything – but better than in the bedroom if you ask me!

And it ended up working pretty well, I think! I added some plants to break the “office” feel and that big fig tree also helps seperate the office desk from our dining room. His gorgeous desk from EQ3 didn’t have any drawers so I bought a bunch of boxes at IKEA – they also help add color to all that wood. My favorite piece is the mid-century modern saddle chair from West Elm – such a gorgeous piece, it complements the desk so well and hubby thinks it’s so comfy…perfection!

Oh and yeah, it is officially hubby’s desk I know, but I HAD to sneak in a little flamingo in there, haha. Yo, if I am gonna have to look at this desk all day long…..hubby hasn’t said a word about that little guy yet – I think he’s a keeper 😉

Now, tell me guys – the built-in cabinets to the left of the office area is driving me nuts, I can’t stand that brown! Is it as terrible as I think it is, or am I just making it up in my head? would you paint it? I hate it when wood is painted brown! Our landlord told us that everything that we paint will have to be painted back to the original color when we move out, so wondering if I should bother….pretty sure I would like it a 100 times better in another color though!

PS: What our “office” looked like in New York……

Sources and credits: All pictures by This Little Street. Desk from EQ3, saddle office chair from West Elm, boxes from IKEA, Room Essentials desk lamp from Target, flamingo tape dispenser from Anthropologie, pen holder from CB2 (decorate with contact paper), geometric planter from One King’s Lane (actually a regular planter that I turned into a hanging planter), wooden bird by Rikki Tikki, post cards (top. middle. bottom), instagram calendar.

Disclaimer: West Elm kindly sent me the saddle office chair when they heard of my project to redo hubby’s office corner, but not compensation was received. All thoughts and opinion are my own. 

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Hi there! I’m Victoria from A Moka Day! I’m very honored to have been asked by the talented Audrey to share a little crafty project here on This Little Street while she is away. I like everything sweet and colorful, and above all I love crochet! So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I have prepared a tutorial to help you make little crocheted granny-square baskets.

They take a little time to assemble but are really fun to make, you can use any color combination that you like and move them around your house. I have already found many uses for them: to gather my yarn and crochet hooks when I’m working on a project, to put my most treasured nail polish bottles and jewelry or just to hide away the little bits and pieces that are frequently scattered in my home. I hope you will like them!

You will need:

– cotton yarn (in three different colors for me, but you can use as many as you wish)

– a crochet hook that matches your yarn size (a 3.0mm or D crochet hook in my case)

– a piece of fabric

– scissors

– thread and needle

– I also used a sewing machine for the lining but you can do without it

How to: 

Crochet 5 granny squares with 5 rounds each. The pictures below show a few of the steps but you can find many videos explaining how to crochet a granny square (this one for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFovV2kTNsk ).

 You will need to know how to crochet a chain stitch, a slip stitch, a single crochet and a double crochet. 

 In this case, start the circle and first round with color A (image 1), then crochet rounds 2 to 4 with color B (image 2) and add a 5th round with color C (image 3). Cut your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat it 4 times to get 5 granny squares (image 4).

You now need to assemble your granny squares to get a cube. Place the granny square that will be the “bottom” of your cube against another one that will be one of the “sides” (back against back) and crochet a single crochet with color C in each stitch (image 5). Cut your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat for each “side” so you will get the bottom with all 4 sides attached (image 6). Bring together the two edges of two of the “sides” and crochet a single crochet in each stitch (image 7). Repeat for each side so you get your cube (image 8). Add a row of single crochet to the top of your cube to give it a bit more structure. Cut your thread and weave in all the ends.

For the handles, insert your hook in the 3rd stitch from the last on one of the sides and crochet 30 chain stitches. Slip stitch in the 3rd stitch from the last at the other extremity of the granny square (image 9), simple crochet in the next stitch, turn around and work 1 single crochet in each of the 30 chain stitches. Slip stitch in 2nd stitch from the last of the granny square, single crochet in the last stitch, turn around and work another row of single crochets in the 30 stitches. Slip stitch in the last stitch of the granny square. Curt your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat on the opposite side of the basket. Tadaaaa! Your cube now looks like a basket (image 10)!

For the lining: Measure the perimeter of your cube. In my case 3,5 inches x 4 + 0,4×2 for the seams = 14,8 inches. Measure the height of your cube. In my case 3,5 inches + 0,4×2 for the seams = 4,3 inches. Cut a strip of fabric of 14,8 by 4,3 inches (in my case). Cut a square of fabric of the size of the bottom square and add 0,4 inches for the seams (in my case 3,9 by 3,9 inches). See image 11. Fold the long strip of fabric in two (face against face) and sew at 0,4 inch of the edge (image 12). Pin the square of fabric to the bottom of your long strip that now forms a kind of circle (image 13).  Sew each side along the pins. You now have a lining that forms a cube (image 14).

Insert the lining in your granny-square cube, slightly fold the edge of the lining to be able to pin it just below the edge of the cube (image 15). Use a needle and a thin thread to sew with discreet stitches the lining to the edge (image 16).

Voilà ! Just make as many as you want, mix them and play with them! And a final tip: when you take the two handles together, they can also make perfect small baskets for little girls :)

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Hi everyone! Jamie here popping in from A Pair of Pears. I’m so excited that Audrey asked me to guest post while she is away resting and enjoying her new beautiful baby girl.

With all the babies being born around the blog world lately (and amongst my own friends) I thought it was the perfect opportunity to design something to go with all that cuteness. Here is a sweet little art print that you can easily print off at home (I like to use a heavy card stock) and hang up in your baby’s nursery. But I wouldn’t tell if you want to hang it in your own room instead. This would also make a great baby shower gift. Just pair it with a nice frame and you’re good to go.

Click here to download the Sweet Dreams printable.

Thanks for having me Audrey! Sweet Dreams.

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Hi everyone! This is Brittni from Paper & Stitch. I’m happy to be guest posting here on This Little Street while Audrey is spending time with her beautiful Freia. I currently live in Florida and while things are still heating up in other parts of the country, it already feels like summer here. It is hot, hot, hot. So, I thought I would share a beach tote makeover I recently did, to get you in the mood for beach weather.

I recently went on a trip to the Virgin Islands and had bought this tote from Forever 21 to bring along with me on my trip. It was only $15, so I figured it was worth buying and just giving it a little makeover to add some more color. It only took me about an hour to complete (including drying time), so even if you don’t have much time for DIYs, you should be able to recreate this DIY idea.

 

Materials:

All you need to make your own painted tote, like this one, is the following: textile paint, paint brush, painter’s tape, and a tote or beach bag.

How To:

Step 1: Start by taping off stripes with painter’s tape and pressing down on the edges to make sure the tape is secure and is sticking to the surface well.

Step 2: Then paint inside the tape lines with several coats of textile paint.

Step 3: Remove the tape when the paint is dry and repeat steps 1-3 to create additional stripes in various colors. Once the paint is dry and the tape has been removed, head to the beach (or the pool) with your newly made over tote.

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