Our time in France is nearing the end. Last weekend hubby and I left the girls with my parents and went on a weekend escape to the coast of Brittany. A cold but oh-so-perfect seaside escape. If you have kids and leave far from your close family, you know how rare of a treat that is :) You might already have seen some pics on my instagram feed, but I wanted to share a few pictures of this simple, yet magical weekend here with you all.

We need nothing extravagant really. We went for walks by the water and stayed cosy at the hotel drinking tea and reading books for the most part. And we talked. A lot. It’s crazy how much you can talk with your partner when you’re not constantly interrupted by life and kids ;) We talked about the past year, and the one to come and beyond. And we also talked about our resolutions for the year. We’re so hard core we even started an excel spreadsheets for them – I kid you not….we’re such geeks :D

Baby number 3 is going to be here before we know it (I am already 21 weeks pregnant!) and life is just about to get a bit crazier, but there is still so much more I want to do for my family, for this blog and for myself. I love setting up goals, it makes me feel I’m getting this much closer to reaching my dreams. Last year I shared my 13 goals for 2013, and while that was amazing guidance for the year -and I actually managed to keep up with almost all of them!-, I want to cut down a bit this year – but more focused on each of them.

1. People, people, people: because really, isn’t it the one thing that really matters in life? I want to feel more connected to those around me. We all pretend that we’re too busy, that we don’t have time to go on that walk, grab that coffee or even just give our loved ones a call. It should be that way. We should always make the time. I want to cut down on screen time and social media, and spend more time actually being with family and friends – old ones and new ones- in the moment. I am dreaming about sharing a passion with a friends, and spontaneous adventures, and dinners parties and long conversations about life. I also want to make sure I get to know you all better. You might not know it because I don’t say this often, but you are such in important part of my life – you make it possible for me to come back here everyday and blog.

2. Take better care of my body: When you have kids, that’s usually the first thing that goes out of the window. You have less time and you cut down where it will “hurt” the less. You skip a shower. Or two. Or….mmm, I don’t smell that bad, riiight?! You stop combing your hair or hydrating your skin like you used to. Gym what?! And before you know it, you’re that woman-thats-too-busy-to-care-about-her-appearance that when you were in college you swore you’d never become. This year I want to find a new exercise routine, eating well and listen to my body a bit more. A pretty ambitious plan but I am determined to make it a priority!

3. Prioritize creativity and original work: I want this place to make unique, I want to explore new avenues, explore my creativity, and push my limits. I want to train my eyes to look at the life around me in my own, particular way, and encourage curiosity. And I’d love to pass some of this along to my own children – Olivia is already showing so much talent and love for painting, and I need to encourage her in that path. I can feel that there is so much more in me, and I have the tendency to let other things put that side of me in the background. Like Justin said, let’s bring sexy creativity back ;)

4. Strengthen my marriage: because it is where this family all started. And I can’t really imagine life without my partner in crime. I don’t want to take my husband (and our relationship) for granted. This year will be spent on finding the right balance between family time, us time and letting each other have some alone time. Since we moved to Berkeley, we’ve barely gone on any dates since we didn’t really have any good babysitters. And that needs to be fixed – anybody out there that wants to babysit our adorable-and-not-at-all-mischievous little girls? :) I also want to step it up in the “small gestures” category, so that he’s reminded every day of how much I love him.

5. Stress less: life with young kids and babies can be very busy and feel so stressful, but in the end, I just need to step back and make sure to remember that life IS very good. I don’t want stress to get in the way of my appreciating all that’s good in my life.I want to remember the past but not dwell too much on my mistakes. I want to feel prepared for the future but not have that take over this moment right here, right now. I tend to live through to-do list, and while they are awesome at helping me stay on top of things, sometimes I just feel like I am becoming the slave of these lists. This year I’ll be better at knowing when to quit and not letting the perfectionist side of the take over too much.

I know these my seem very general  and vague, but don’t let the list fool you – as I mentioned I’ve got a whole excel sheet and a plan for each of these items. They say it takes 66 days to change a habit…..so let’s get to work! :) It will be hard to find the balance while adding to our family, but I know we can do it.

What about you all? Did you make a list this year? Anything that’s really dear to your heart on there? I’d love to hear about them!

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Hi friends, hope you’re having a wonderful first week of the year :) I’ll be back with new content next week, but in the meantime I wanted to share again some of my (and your) favorite posts from 2013 – in case you missed a thing or two. Have a lovely weekend!

TOP – Favorite 2013 DIYS: 1. A rolling herb garden |2. A colorful basket for blankets and pillows |3. Rolling toy boxes on casters |4. Cake topper made with artificial flowers

BOTTOM – Other favorites of 2013: 1.  A baby is on the way! |2. The girl’s bedroom, redecorated |3. 10 tips to take great pictures with your phone |4. My summer escape to Paris |5. Danish summer with the family.

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I hope you all had the loveliest of holidays! We’re still in France enjoying a little break with my family, and to be honest I am not quite ready to review to the year that has gone by, or to make new resolutions for the year to come. All I want to do is to enjoy the moment right here, right now. I’ll be back next week with regular posts, but in the meantime I wanted to wish you all the happiness in the world for 2014. Many many hugs!

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I wish you all a very Merry Christmas – or the happiest of holidays for those of you not celebrating Christmas. Last weekend we went out with my husband’s family to get the Christmas tree, had such a lovely time picking and decorating it, and we’re starting to prepare loads of traditional Danish food – we’re almost there :) it’s not exactly “bright” in Denmark – the days are super short and the weather is pretty gloomy, but we light up candles and it feels so cosy inside. Time for a little break to enjoy the family – I’ll see you all with the New Year!

Still, don’t forget that a few of the 24 Merry Days giveaways will be going on until New Years’ eve so make sure to enter – Christmas after Christmas if you win ;) Including my giveaway, today is the LAST DAY to enter and win a beautiful pair of Swedish Hasbeens shoes!

Here is the list of all the giveaway you can still enter:
- a pair of shoes from Swedish Hasbeens on This Little Street(end 12/24) – open WORLDWIDE
- $150 gift card to Oh Hello Friend on Little White Whale (ends 12/25) – open WORLDWIDE
- a necklace + Walnut Society doll from Amelia on The Proper Pinwheel (ends 12/26)- open WORLDWIDE
- $500 worth of Mud Australia dishes on Design Crush (ends 12/27)- US and Canadian residents only
- Ultimate Washi tape collection (72 rolls!!!) from The Plaid Barn on Henry Happened (ends 12/28)- US only
- Party set from Grandiflora on Funkytime (ends 12/29) – open WORLDWIDE
- Leather purse from Sezane Paris on Oh the lovely Things (ends 12/30) – open WORLDWIDE
- $150 gift card from Rifle Paper Co. on Apartment 34 (ends 12/31) – open WORLDWIDE

May your holidays be merry and bright :) hugs, Audrey

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Hi friends! We’re having a brilliant time in Denmark – it’s soooo cold though, brrrrrrr but we’re staying warm and drinking a lot of cocoa. Today I am sharing a quick and easy project over at Say Yes to Hoboken during her maternity break – these super cute hand-painted glitter leather belts and a little purse to go with that. Super easy gifts to DIY if you were still looking for some idea, or just something you can make for yourself for New Years…or anytime really ;) can’t go wring with wearing a little shine! Get the full tutorial here.

Oh, and don’t forget to enter my Swedish Hasbeens shoes giveaway for 24 Merry Days – you can choose the pair YOU WANT in the color that YOU WANT –  pretty fab uh?! Happy Friday, friends!

PS: Also for day 20 of 24 Merry Days, head over to Design crush to win $500 (that’s right!!) worth of gorgeous Mud Australia dishes – so dreamy! Also, find the full giveaway calendar here.

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We’re almost at the start of a new year – how that happened, I am not sure, this year has flown by! I guess moving across the USA will do that, suck up all your time :) Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite calendars for 2014. Personally, I am sort of stuck between floral and geometric this year and can’t decide which one to pick. Which one would you go for? Happy Thursday, friends!

PS: Today is day 19 of 24 Merry Days – and you can win $150 worth of goodies for the little ones and the mamas from Amelia over at The Proper Pinwheel. Enter here! Also, have you entered my giveaway to win dreamy Swedish Hasbeens shoes?!

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It’s no secret by now that I am utterly in love with all Scandinavian design – and what is more Scandinavian than a pair of gorgeous Swedish Hasbeens?! Well, guess what, today is your super duper extra lucky day because it is my turn to host one of the 24 Merry Days giveaways, and I am giving away a pair of Swedish Hasbeens – your choice from their fab Cruise collection, worth up to $400! I own a pari of Swedish Hasbeens, and they are by far some of my favorite shoes to wear…if only I could have one pair of each of their shoes, my life would be complete ;) And this giveaway, my friends, is open to people WORLDWIDE – which means that every single one of you can enter. Are you doing the happy dance or what?! If only I was eligible I’d be all over this!

So, which shoes will you pick?! These awesome red boots? Or maybe these sassy gold braided beauties? It’s a tough choice, isn’t it?

To enter, it’s super easy! You have up to 30 entries (20 regular + 10 extra for referring friends!), and it all happens in the Rafflecopter below.
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Please note: As mentioned before, this giveaway is open to people WORLDWIDE (yay!) and you’ll need to enter before 12/24/2013 at 11:59 PST. Please make sure to leave a valid email address as this is how we’ll contact you if you win!

Also, don’t forget to enter yesterday’s giveaway- a $250 gift card to the Land of Nod over at You are my Fave. And also check out all of the other fab 24 giveaways on the 24 Merry Days calendar page, I promise you won’t be disappointed ;) Good luck, friends!

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Friends, we’re off to Denmark today (and then France after Christmas) to spend the holidays with our families! And I am kind not-so-secretly hoping we’ll get a lot of snow while we’re there – what do you want, I’ve been in winter withdrawal mode since we moved to California :)

And don’t have a heart attack please, I’ll still be posting while traveling ;) Especially TOMORROW, you DON’T want to miss my post tomorrow – because listen to that, I may or may not be giving away some pretty little shoes for my turn in the 24 Merry Days of giveaways *hint hint* AND it will be a WORLDWIDE one so all of your can enter! BTW, have you entered them all?! Today you can win a fab $250 gift card to the Land of Nod over at You are my Fave – don’t miss it, enter here!

Happy Monday, friends – and I’ll talk to you again when I am on the other side of the pond ;)

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It sure is starting to look a lot like Christmas at our place :) It’s been so nice to be in the new house and decorate for our first Christmas here. The house is slowly coming together and starting to feel like home. I’ll show more picture of our house in January, but for now some pics of our home as it is right, all Christmas-ed up and all. If you look carefully you’ll see the girls’ advent calendar and the cute little bottles that I made last week for Say Yes to Hoboken – it’s been a crafty Christmas!

We’re leaving on Monday (already! Where the h*** did December go?!) to spend the holidays with family back in Europe, and I am trying not to freak out that our bags aren’t packed or that I haven’t done that much laundry at all, for that matter. I just put it off, because every year I always feel a little sad that we don’t get to have Christmas in our own home…but the minute I see our families I forget all about it – especially as I stuff myself with yummy French food at my mum’s ;)

I just realized that today is Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious at all? In my family Friday the 13th have been considered a good thing ever since my little brother bought a lottery ticket on a Friday the 13th when he was like 10, and won 10 000 euros! We’ve been buying lottery tickets on those days ever since but doesn’t seem like luck is striking twice ;) Talking about winning, today is also day 13 of 24 Merry Days, and you should head over to the lovely 79 Ideas – she’s giving away a gorgeous (and I mean GORGEOUS!) open cuff necklace by Alexis Russell. And the giveaway is open to people worldwide – so really, don’t miss it!

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Last week I showed you guys my holiday cards – was so proud to have them ready already, so not like me…well, uhm uhm, they haven’t left my house yet, and hopefully they’ll make it to the post office before Easter ;) ANYHOW. Today I wanted to show you some more holiday card favorites, just in case you havent’ made up your mind yet.

Oh, and today is day 12 of 24 Merry Days – can’t believe we’re already 1/2 way through all of these awesome giveaways. And still plenty of awesome prizes to come!! Swedish Hasbeens, Mud Australia, Rifle Paper Co. and so much more. Today’s giveaway is over at the lovely Sugar & Cloth and you can win a $100 gift certificate to Artsy Modern – such a cool shop! Check it out here!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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