Victory! Freia slept through the night the past two nights, which she had not done in almost two months….I feel like I am getting my brain back! Haha. Don’t ask my friends how many times I’ve *lost* my keys in the past month. Thank goodness for friends willing to take the girls to school while I turn the house upside down to find said keys. Gaaah. But hey – I see the light at the end of the tunnel now, it feels like things are finally falling into place. Crazy what good this little thing called sleep will do to you ;) Only hoping I am not jinxing myself my screaming victory too fast ;)

Fall finally arrived here (it was still 90 degrees last week!), and all I want to do is to get time to stop spinning so that I can enjoy my favorite season. Good news is that we’re going camping friends this weekend in the redwoods (same place we went to last year), so you’ll find me rolling myself in leaves and stuffing my face with s’mores all weekend :) I can’t wait for music by the camp fire! 

On that note, a few perfect fall projects: 1. Customized enamel mugs! 2. Wax-dipped leaves |3. Pumpkin tartlets | 4. DIY dream catcher | 5. Squirrel neck pillow – not a DIY, but should be easy to make!|6. Almost like s’mores in a jar ;)

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L: Swedish home via Hus o Hem|R: pumpkin cake apple turbans by Lemon Fire Brigade.

Guys, this house hunting stuff is crazy! Last week we put our very first offer on a mid-century home that we LOVED – we put in a very strong offer….but  our offer still got outbid by $75K. And worst, it was an ALL CASH offer!! Gaaaaah. I mean, who has that kind of money? We were so sad to not get the house, we didn’t realize how emotional this whole process was until we got into it…oh well. Hopefully we find our dream home soon!

Meanwhile, I’ll keep looking at pretty houses that are on the other side of the world while stuffing my face with chocolate….yeah, I feel a whole lot better already :D  I love this pretty Swedish house – all that wood and the warm hues make me feel of fall and a good old pumpkin spice latte :) And my, can we talk about that super bold wallpaper they used in their daughter’s room? You know I go bananas for a good bold wallpaper!

And with that, how do these pumpkin cake apple turbans sound? Pretty amazing, right? I’ll take a dozen thankyouverymuch. You can find the recipe here on the Lemon Fire Brigade :)

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Our happy tech series is back (Check out #1 here), and well, I couldn’t be happier about it – no pun intended :) Jessica from Coco & Mingo and I worked on a little wallpaper for your computer and phone, and it’s all free – so download away, you’ll find the download links at the bottom of this post!

I simply love this quote.  As a blogger, it is so easy to comparing yourself to others, to look at what everybody is working, and well…you end up going to the kitchen to bake yourself a chocolate cake and eating the whole damn thing the second it cools off. Feel better?! Really, constantly comparing yourself to others is just down right depressing. This quote is the perfect reminder we need to stop comparing ourselves all the time – as women, as a professionals in your field, as mothers… who cares what others are doing and thinking. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be making my way on my own little purple road :)

Click to download:

1280x1024 black (PC)
1280x1024 white (PC)
2560x1600 black (13 inch Mac)
2560x1600 white (13 inch Mac)
2880x1800 black (15 inch Mac)
2880x1800 white (15 inch Mac)
phone black
phone white

Lettering by Jessica from Coco + MingoFloral wreath design by me.

For personal use only. Not for sale or distribution. If shared, please link back to original post.


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…that’s what I wish I was doing right now. But hey, the alternative isn’t so bad, is it? I mean, look at these cute little girls :) If only the little one slept at night… It’s been crazy, and I am exhausted. I mean, it took me an hour to find my keys this morning because I just couldn’t remember where I put them. Freia was crying in her car seat ready to take her big sisters to school, Madeline used the time to get in my closet and try every single pair of shoes that I own, and Olivia was like “mmm mama, when are you taking us to school?!” every two minutes. And I, well, I was just trying not to loose it.

But hey, deep breaths. I know I am so blessed. My eyes say that I am tired, but my mouth shows I am happy. It’s a weird thing, being a mama. It takes away all of the energy you have, taste your patience beyond limit….yet, it is the most incredible thing and worth every sleepless night.

Nothing comes easy, although I thought that by now I’d already be firing posts left and right on this blog. I haven’t found my balance yet, and really, that’s ok – I am not in a rush to do so. My littles are little, and they will only be little once. They need their mama a whole lot, and so I am here for them. I am learning to be selfless. In time I know that I’ll find my rhythm again, I know that in time the tiredness will fade away and I’ll have my energy back. So bear with me while the blog runs on slow motion!

In other news…we’ve started looking at houses to buy – because you know, adding a baby and changing job wasn’t enough hecticness ;) We’re actually putting our first offer in tomorrow so keep your fingers crossed for us – we’re very nervous about it and so excited at the same time! Chances are slim that we’ll get the house, the market out here is crazy…it’s been a learning process, but hey, it’s so good to dream regardless :)

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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September in the Bay Area might actually be the hottest month of the year – but nothing will stop me from getting ready for my favorite season of all. Damn you 90 degree weather, I will wear my leather boots if I want to. Hubby shakes his head when he sees me get out of the door – stubborn much? :) That being said, we’re putting together a little camping trip with friends in the redwood forest this together (similar to what we did last year), and I just can’t wait to pack all of our camping gear, cosy sweaters, drink hot cocoa by the fire. It will be our first camping trip with a baby too!

I’ve been gathered little DIYs that are just perfect for fall:

1. Wooden polaroid gift set: Love this DIY by my friend Ashley at Sugar & Cloth. I think it would make the sweetest wedding present using pictures of the couples together, or for first time parents with pictures of their baby.

2. Basic weaving tutorial: Do you guys know how to weave? My hands are itching to…another thing to add to the list I guess. But when I do get to it, I’ll be coming back to this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess

3. Cross-stitch stool: by yours truly :) I have actually just been asked to make another fall/winter version of this stool for a magazine…it will be fun to make another 3 years later!

4. Leather catch-all wall pockets: I just about died when I saw those on Justina’s blog. They are simply perfect!

5. Hot water bottle cosy: If you know how to crochet, then this is the perfect fall/winter project! hot water bottle make me nostalgic – my grand-ma always had a hot water bottle to warm up our beds whenever we had a sleepover at her house – she was old school, no heat in the house.

6. Headbands: Love this idea of cutting up old shirts to turn into pretty little headbands

Also, I wouldn’t mind making waffles and trying out these guys on our camping trip – talk about awesome s’mores! :) Happy weekend, friends!

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This summer during our trip home to DenmarkYes, I call Denmark *home* now :) -, my good friend Elizabeth introduced me to her friend Sylwia. I had caught a glimpse of Sylwia’s apartment on Elizabeth’s IG feed earlier this year, and emailed her “You HAVE TO introduce me to your friend!”. On a rainy Monday afternoon Elizabeth and I paid Sylwia a visit – but you could never tell that it was raining outside, her apartment was just SO bright and happy.

Sylwia lives with her husband and 5-year old daughter in Copenhagen. Sylwia just quit her career as a digital project manager to follow her lifetime passion for decor and design and become an interior designer and stylist. She shares her ideas on NORDIC by DESIGN and is looking to provide visual interior solutions remotely – in form of online design packages tailored to each customer’s needs.

Her home is a 140m2 duplex apartment in the heart of vibrant Vesterbro in Copenhagen. The apartment is situated in a brownstone building from 1900 year. Wooden floors and stucco moldings are original from 1900 y and give the space warmth and character.

When she and her husband moved in, the apartment was on one floor. After her family got bigger, they needed more space so they renovated the attic above the apartment and built an additional floor there. Sylvia is currently still working on decorating the first floor, and I can’t wait to visit her again and see what she does with it.

Sylvia loves to combine good Danish design, quality natural materials and strong colors…and I love her for that! Their home is functional and decorated in a modern Scandinavian way, but always with colors and patterns in mind. She’s not afraid of using bold wallpaper, and I just couldn’t help but stare at her walls – you all know what I did to our walls! Her home is decorated with few, but good furniture and designs and she uses lots of smart storage solutions, like sliding doors in the entrance hallway…helps keep the clutter at bay!

Credit: All pictures by This Little Street.

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The girls at roughly the same age. Can you guess who is who? :)

These pictures hang right by our front door, and they are probably the pictures of the girls that I cherish the most. I just took Freia’s picture, and already I have a teary eye when I look at it. Even though right now she still smells of that wonderful baby smell and still fits oh-so snuggly in my arms, I know that it will change all too soon. Before I know it my little girls will be going to college and bringing a boyfriend home - and hubby will be greeting said boyfriend with a shotgun, no doubt ;) But when I look at these pictures, it is like time stands still. I go right back to that sweet baby smell and the adobrale baby noises that they used to make.

No matter how big the girls get, they will always be my babies.

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Believe it or not, I am alive. Three kids is no joke, and I’ve been trying hard to kick butt at this mama thing. Which really, involves everything but time spent online….which is a funny thing when you’re a blogger. But the break isn’t all that bad for the mind :) The girls start school on Monday and I can’t wait to have time to share more of my projects with you all again :) in the meantime, enjoy this little smoothie recipe I am sharing today on my friend Laicie’s blog, A Thousand Thread. Check out the recipe here, I swear you won’t regret trying it :) See you all next week, friends!

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haha, because who am I really kidding?! Like I have time to read these days – taking a shower is already enough of a challenge in this house! Don’t even talk to me about a hair brush….We came back from Europe a week and 1/2 ago and it’s been nut-town since that. The girls don’t start school for another two weeks, hubby started a new job last week and his commute went from 1/2 hour to an hour and 1/2, and our regular babysitter is away for two weeks for her sister’s wedding. So it’s the girls and me and myself and my tequila. Just kidding – if only, not sure how much Freia would like tequila in her milk! ;)

In any case, back to the books – my favorite books to leave on the coffee table:

1. Whatever you are, be a good one: I’ve always been a sucker for good quotes – and since I love Lisa’s artwork I just had to get her book. When I feel like I need a break from the craziness, I sit down on the couch and grab this book – because I know I’ll always find some words that will cheer me up and make me feel inspired again. Even looking at it makes me happy, I find the title of the book just perfect. These days I might have to spend a lot of my time being a mama and there isn’t much room for anything else – but that quotes reminds me that I still need to be the best mama that I can be, even when I feel frustrated and tired.

2. Humans of New York: One of my very good friends gave me this book as a mama present after Freia’s birth. I was already familiar with Brandon’s work (I follow is facebook page and love seeing his work pop up in my feed), but seeing his photograph printed in a book is even more special. The people and their stories are so inspiring. As a photographer, I am amazed by the simplicity of Brandon’s pictures and how much he manages to say through them and the few words he shares about each person. He’s a wonderful storyteller – and everybody that comes to my house and picks up this book has a hard time putting it down.

3. What would Audrey do? My personal favorite. Because I am a big big BIG fan of Audrey Hepburn – why, she’s got a great name don’t you think? ;) And also because this copy of the book was given to me as a wedding present my my sweet friend Alexandra, and inside the book she wrote “…she would say Oui”. Well yes, Audrey and Alex, marrying my sweet hubby was one of the best decisions I ever made :) That being said, the book is full of great advice and timeless lessons inspired by the life of Audrey Hepburn.

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“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a little something near and dear to my heart – my first free computer and phone wallpapers for you all, designed in collaboration with my sweet friend Jessica from Coco+Mingo. A little tech candy for y’all :) I worked on the watercolor illustration, and Jessica worked on the calligraphy – isn’t she so talented? So excited because I had tons of fun working on this and actually love how it turned out! This quote by Steve Jobs is my hubby’s favorite quote, and mine too for that matter….and I am sure he’ll appreciate dressing his tech with pineapples just as much as me. Am I right or am I right? ;)

All of these wallpapers are free, so download away! We included a few different computer screen resolutions so you can find what fits best, as well as a few versions for your phone. Hope you guys like it!

For your computer – click to download: 
1280 x 1024
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
1680 x 1050
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1200

For your phone – click to download:
Stay Hungry iPhones up to 4S (and some other smartphones)
Stay Hungry iPhone 5 (and some other smartphones)
Pineapples iPhones up to 4S (and some other smartphones)
Pineapples iPhone 5 (and some other smartphones)

Downloadable wallpaper created by Audrey of This Little Street and Jessica of Coco & Mingo. For personal use only. If shared, please link back to original post.

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