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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Raise your hand if like me you don’t want summer to end! It’s been so nice to take it slow and just hang out with my little family. One of my favorite ways to make summer last a bit longer is to have picnics (just like this one) way into the fall until the rain comes…and even then… I am pretty unstoppable when it comes to picnics :) Anyhow, today I wanted to share a little tutorial for bright and cheerful picnic throws with pompoms, to make each of your summer picnics a little celebration. Because, duh, pompoms. Come on, look at these guys and tell me they don’t make you smile :)

These are especially great if you are planning a little picnic party and want to add a little whimsy. Maybe a birthday in the park? Or a movie night with friends in your backyard? I’ll definitely be using these next year when we celebrate the girls’ birthdays! Olivia was all over the throw with the golden pineapples….that’s my girl ;) I love that print too.

This project is a very easy sewing project – perfect if you are just starting or want to get into sewing! You’ll get a lot of practice sewing in straight lines here. I used Spoonflower‘s new eco canvas –  the colors are so vibrant, the fabric has a great weight to it, and will hold up really well being thrown on the ground and washed many times. I also LOVE the endless pattern options that they offer!

The pompoms are also super simple to make, they take 5 minutes. The pompoms are clipped on the throw, so that when it gets dirty – and it will if you’re doing your job right :) – you can just take them off and put the throw in the wash. Et voila! You can also remove the pompoms whenever you want to pack the throw in a smaller bag without room for the pompoms.

Click here to read more and see the full tutorial!

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I am back in the US of A and back on the blog, friends :) Sorry about the silence around here, I didn’t really plan on taking a blogging break during our vacation – but this year in Denmark was so magical, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend a minute in front of a computer screen.

We went rowing and boating, found a magical cove with swings that went over the water, took the girls and their cousins on a treasure hunt, jumped in the lake from the dock, ate ice creams as big as our heads, chilled at the beach, strolled through the streets of Copenhagen, went on a family picnic in a field of flowers and flew kites….sounds idyllic? Sure was. So much that at times I had to pinch myself. It really wasn’t the Denmark I remembered from when hubby and I lived there.

When we left Denmark 3 years ago I was done with it. The problem was, I think I was focusing on the things that Denmark WASN’T – i.e. comparing to life in the US too much. I used to look at how much more expensive life in Denmark, when I should have been looking at their amazing design. I used to complain about the rainy weather, when I should have have learned to make the most of the few but amazing sunny days. I wanted stores to be open 7 days a week, when I should have been appreciating the slower pace of life. The list goes on…

I think that back then too many things were new to me: becoming a mama + moving from Manhattan to the countryside + going from having a career to staying at home…I was overwhelmed and couldn’t appreciate what I had right in front of me.But this year, I stopped and looked and couldn’t believe what I saw. Maybe having young kids, seeing them build the most amazing childhood memories there, made me look at Denmark through their eyes more. Or maybe it’s because we had an entire week of amazing weather. Which is pretty much a miracle there :)

There is a study that says that Danes are the happiest people in the world - despite the bad weather and high taxes. Hubby always jokes that it is because they have super low expectations and so they get happy with what they get..But he is a right, in a way. The Danes know how to make the most out of what they have. Short winter days with no light? Let’s paint the inside of our home white. 180% tax on cars? Well, let’s grab our bikes!

I really am so happy that I married a Dane, otherwise I might really have missed this amazing part of the world, and everything it is teaching me. And I hope that we can keep bringing the girls there every summer to spend time with family. And hopefully, they will be a bit smarter than their mama and don’t miss what a gem Denmark truly is.

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…the more time passes, the more priceless they become.

My photographer friend Alicia (who also photographed our family picnic) snapped this picture of me and the bump when she visited us in California last April. Alicia tried to send me the picture before Freia was born, but her message landed straight in my spam folder and I only got it now. And in a way I am glad I only saw it now, because I am sure if I had seen the picture then, I would only have talked about how tired I was and how big I looked - when really, duh, I was fiiiiiiiiiine…but when you’re pregnant you often mix up how you feel and how you look. Three months later this pictures is so much more special – all I see is time, stopped. A slice of my life as we knew it a few months ago. And I know this picture is only going to get more and more special as the years pass and the girls get big.

It’s my favorite thing about photography: bottling up that time so you can enjoy it for years to come.

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We’re flying to Denmark today to see hubby’s family, and so I thought I’d share a quick little morning smoothie recipe with you to celebrate. Buttermilk is very popular in Denmark, especially in the summer where it is often used chilled for dessert and served with small cookies. I first tried this lemon smoothie at my favorite brunch place in Hilleroed when we used to live in Denmark a few years back.

I love the zesty yet sweet taste of it. Kinda like a lemon tart – except for healthier :) And now it’s become one of my favorite smoothies to make on busy mornings. It’s so easy to make and helps me fill my crazy dairy needs these days!


Recipe (makes one tall glass or two small glasses – about 12oz)
1 and 1/2 cup of buttermilk
Zest and juice of one small organic lemon
1 teaspoonful of vanilla extract
1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of sugar (to taste) – you can also use honey if you prefer

In a glass, mix the lemon juice, vanilla and sugar together. Add the zest and buttermilk and stir well with your spoon. For best result, let the drink chill in the fridge for 1/2 and hour so that the lemon zest have time to really infuse the buttermilk. But let’s me honest – I often make this drink in the morning for breakfast and don’t always have the time to let it chill. I gulp it down right after making it, and it’s delicious already as is :)

NB: This recipe uses a real teaspoon (rather than measuring spoons) to measure how much vanilla and sugar you use – Just because I like to use as few utensils as possible in the morning when I make my drinks. Less dishes = happy Audrey :)

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L: Swedish summer house via Hus o Hem | R: Coconut tres leches cake by Local Milk

Sharing this little Swedish summer house with you all today. We leave tomorrow for Denmark, and I can’t wait – I’ve had Scandinavian summers on my mind lately. Summer in France are great, but somehow, there is something extra special about summers in Scandinavia. Walking in the green forests. Jumping in the lake. The extra hours of light that let you eat Al Fresco until 11pm every day. Everything I love.

Cottages and summer houses are extremely common in Scandinavia – so common that, in Denmark for example, houses are categorized as either year-round or summer houses by the state, and different laws apply depending on the category the house falls into. Because the summer houses are a big part of their life, people make a point of giving their summer house a homey feeling – just like this Swedish summer house. The furniture isn’t anything fancy, but each piece brings some personality to the house.I love that the house feels old and fresh at the same…oh, and can we talk about that old stove?! My grandma used to have one like that in her house, I loved watching her put logs in it.

And with that, I’ll take this delicious-looking coconut tres leches cake by Local Milk. I know that the flavors aren’t exactly scandinavian (berries berries berries!), doesn’t that cake look like it stepped right out of that Swedish kitchen?! Love the gorgeous styling with wild flowers.

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Long time no see, friends! I had planned to share a few posts last week, and then…well, life happened :) So I decided to enjoy it rather than spend time rushing to try and finish posts when my head and my heart  just weren’t there. Life happens offline. Time to slow down and smell the flowers, literally – flowers everywhere here! We had no master plan coming here this year, and I love that for once I am letting time sort of flow, no goal, no agenda. A walk in countryside here, a glass of wine there…I was hoping we could go cherry picking with the girls again this year, but the cherry season peaked a couple weeks before we arrived and birds took care of the rest for us. Oh well! The girls have been spending time with their cousins and making little French friends at summer camp – and every day they are learning new words, especially new words that their mama won’t teach them ;)

We’re in France staying at my parents  until then end of the week, and on Friday we’ll head over to Denmark. Hubby will join us there -we miss him so!  His family hasn’t met little Freia yet, and we can’t wait to see them all :) I will *try* to post a bit more the next couple of weeks – but no promises there ;) Hope you are all having a lovely summer!

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I’ve been obsessed with making my own sugar scrubs ever since I made that great peppermint sugar scrub last Christmas. Scrubs have become one of my favorite thing to gift to girlfriends for birthdays, as party favors etc. So cheap and easy to make and ladies love it – and I always make extra for myself while I am at it ;)

Today I wanted to share my latest sugar scrub addiction: rose + coconut!

Rosewater always brings tons of sweet memories. When I was little my grandma kept a bottle of rosewater in her bathroom. It was the prettiest deep blue bottle with a picture of pink roses on it, and she used the rosewater as her perfume. She was the kindest of women, and making anything with rosewater – like these rosewater cupcakes I made for Madeline’s birthday - brings a smile to my face.

In any case, back to this scrub: it has become my favorite. While I liked the peppermint one, I find the combination of rose and coconut super relaxing. It smells SO delicious that you’ll want to eat that scrubs- and technically you could, since it’s made with all eatable ingredients! Find my recipe below.

What you need

yields about 12oz/350g

1 cup 1/2 of sugar - or about 300 grams
1/3 cup of virgin coconut oil, melted- or about 8 cl
3 teaspoons of rosewater (you can always add a bit more if you prefer a stronger rose smell)
the petals of one rose (about 12 petals, more or less)

What you do

Easy! Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend together until the rose petals are broken up into smaller pieces and the sugar is all wet – you might need to use a spatula to finish mixing a bit. Transfer the scrub into a jar. If you want to decorate you jars like me, find some pictures of roses (in magazines/catalogues or just print some off the internet), cut and glue on the container with mod podge/white glue. You could also add a little gift tag, ribbon or print a label if giving to a friend.

Tip: make sure to use a container with a wide mouth (like a small mason jar for example). I made the mistake of using these milk bottles for the pictures – while the bottles look very pretty, it’s was a bit too hard to get the scrub out of the bottles as it is more of a wet one.

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