Many of you have been following our european summer adventures on my Instagram account, and now that we’re back States-side I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from our time visiting family in France and Denmark this past month. So sorry I went MIA for a month by the way – I had originally intended to blog during our trip but then between the traveling, jet-lag, third trimester of pregnancy and real need to disconnect from the screen and spend time with the girls (+ working on a super fun project I’ve been working on for a while that I’ll be revealing to you all in just two weeks!), I just didn’t cross many items off my blogging to do list. Hope you’ll forgive me
Let me tell you, traveling with three little girls during your third trimester of pregnancy during 16+ hours was absolutely no joke. Don’t let the pretty pictures fool you – I was tired the entire time and hubby only joined us for the second half of the trip. Was all this traveling worth it though? Absolutely, without a doubt.
Since I was tired we slowed things way down and had a great time enjoying the simplest of things. For us that mostly means picking flowers on the side of the road, harvesting vegetables in my parent’s garden, jumping in the lake in Denmark, eating candy and cake, and spending some time (re)discovering the beautiful places and villages just around the corner. No agenda. We just took each day as it came and tried to make the most of it
There is so much history everywhere you go in Europe, but when you grow up there, you kind of take it all for granted and don’t always see the beauty of it all. Od castles and 13th century churches just blend in with your everyday. Now that we live in the US both hubby and I appreciate the history of the places we were born and grew up so much better. My absolute favorite place I discovered this summer was the little fishermen village of St Suliac in Brittany – an hour away from where my parents live and somehow I had never even heard of it! Old stone house with bright doors and shutters, hollihock growing at every corner, a little crepe restaurant by the water and hardly any tourists – it was a dream. We roamed the empty streets for hours, just taking it all in.
While we were in France the girls also went to summer camp in France in my parent’s village (for a whooping $30 a week per kid!) and it helped so much with their French. The first few days of camp are never easy because they barely know anything and their French is really not as good as that of French kids their age, but I am always amazed at how they tackle the challenge and make the most out of a situation they are uncomfortable with. But I really believe that long term it will help them handle just about anything they don’t quite feel comfortable with and give them tons of confidence. They were completely immersed in the French culture without me to help, and in the end they made friends with tons of little French kiddos, learned new games and new ways to look at things, and now they keep telling me they can’t wait to go back to camp next year.
Because in the end, it’s all about challenging ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zone, right? Happy summer, y’all!
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Alright friends, I wanted to make a big reveal for my little “big” girls’ bedroom, but I can never seem to find time to tackle the last details. Since we’re pretty close anyway I figured I might as well show you the room now and let’s be real here, I probably won’t get to finish these details with baby arriving in a couple months. Especially given that I haven’t even started to work Freia and baby’s rooms…such is the life of a fourth child, right? 😉
If you remember from my inspiration post for the girls’ room, I wanted to make a big statement wall with a pink diamond wallpaper, something girly (because my girls are ALWAYS begging for more pink!) but also something they could grow into – and I was so happy to find removable wallpaper on Spoonflower with the design I wanted! I took my own advice and used a liner first since our walls aren’t that smooth – it helped so much! I absolutely love the results – the pattern is not too busy but give the room this fun and cheerful vibe. Even hubby likes it (and ask him – he is usually NOT a fan of wallpaper!) soooooo let’s call this a big win, shall we?
The IKEA beds I wanted for the girls ended up working just like I wanted. Actually, better than I had even planned! Before we bought them I thought that we’d have a couple inches left between the girls bed…..turns out, not even!I love the old vintage feel – and can’t beat the price! The beds are extendable and have 3 different length – right now we set them up at the intermediate length and it’s the perfect size for the girls, and when they grow up the beds will grow with them…I have the feeling that’s going to happen super fast at the rate Olivia’s going! We’ll just have to rearrange the room, but in the meantime these beds allow a bit more play space in their room…which they really need because it’s a tiny room.
Above their beds I made a pattern play of little house with different pieces of removable wallpaper (from Spoonflower again) and a little ledge underneath so they can play with their little princess and horses – you can find the full tutorial here! The mix and match of patterns adds another really fun touch to the room, and it was so easy (and cheap!) to set up. Other than that on the walls I jut added a couple of my favorite prints that they already had in their room in NYC, and swapped the cheap Ikea frames for some of my favorite, awesome looking frames by Framed and Matted.
My girls are bookworms so we needed loads of storage for books! I do hate though how kids have to pull books off bookshelfs 1 gazillion times a day – I get it, they want to see the cover to know what the book it, so I made them a little book bin that I lined with removable wallpaper inside for extra cuteness. Turned out so great and totally solved the problem of books ending up on the floor all the time – the bin is their height and they can browse through them as they please without taking them out! I am working on a little tutorial for the book bin and will share with you all soon, I promise 😉
We still had more books though so I hack this IKEA sideboard to make it fit under the window. I took off the second level, painted it and lined the back with removable wallpaper. And I used our toy crates on casters (tutorial here) for toy storage – you only see one in the pictures, but I but extra crates at the bottom of their closet and they can pull them out as they please – the casters make it fun for them and it makes their room less cluttered.
Also book related, the girls had been BEGGING to get reading lights – and I’d been trying to avoid it for a while because I could imagine the lights being turned on in the middle of the night to read their favorite books. But I finally gave in and so happy – the girls were over the moon when I set up the plug-in wall sconce (for Olivia) and the gold table lamp (for Madeline). And they have been really good with them – well, I may or may not have threatened them to take the lights away if they don’t 😉 I love the look of both lamps, especially the vintage feel of the wall sconce! I love adding a bit of vintage in every room, it instantly gives a room more character. I found a vintage dollhouse at the Alemeda vintage fair (that place is SO good!) and lined the inside with some nice paper + modpodge to give it a more modern look. Patterns patterns patterns, you know it
The girls love their room and so do I! I often find myself just laying on their bed when they are not there As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, still working on some details – I need to change the ceiling light that I cropped out of the picture, and need to add shutters so we can block the light as needed and give them a bit more privacy. I also go back and fourth about adding a rug. Their room is SO tiny that I feel like a rug back make it look more crowded, but maybe if I find something simple enough?
I tried to get ideas from the girls and ask them for their opinion along the way, but now I can’t wait to see how they make this space truly theirs along the years. I am pretty such that will mean that pretty wallpaper covered with their art and princess stickers all over their beds haha. Oh well, I’ll try to teach them but in the end, such is life with kids 😉
Sources: Wallpaper by Peacoquette Design via Spoonflower | Ikea beds | Yellow stool via Dot & Bo | Book bin handmade | Sideboard from IKEA, hacked | Toy box on casters handmade – tutorial here | Plug-in sconce via Schoolhouse Electric | Gold scoop table lamp via West Elm | Rabbit night light via My Sweet Muffin |Bear print by Caroline Gomez | Ballerina print by Apanona | Artwork framed by Framed & Matted | Row of wallpaper house using removable wallpaper from Spoonflower – find DIY + sources for each pattern here in the supplies section | Cloud pillow handmade | Doolhouse vintage| Mooshka fairies from Target | Crochet garland by my friend Victoria | Unicorn superhero cape via Love Lane
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Traveling alone with the girls has been tough but I’ve got good news – we are all FINALLY getting over the jet lag and I’m one happy mama I’ll tell you that! I mean, it only took a week and 1/2 of sleepless nights. Le Sigh. I’ll share some pictures from our trip in a little while, in the meantime feel free to follow along on Instagram. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite DIYs right now, all in white + gold/yellow. I find this simple color palette so soothing. You can also see more DIY inspiration here on Pinterest.
Happy Friday, friends!
1. Pineapples are Sooooooo hot right now – loving this simple pineapple plant pot by Little Peanut mag.
2. A sweet little wall hanging by Homey Oh My!
3. Love the simple look of these DIY dipped marbled vessels by Sugar & Cloth.
4. DIY tank top dress using a simple tank from Target – I’ve been living in this dress!
5. Oh those would be sooooo dangerous to make! 😀 DIY Golden macarons by Lovely Indeed.
6. I know it’s summer and the last thing you want to think about is chunky wool – but this chunky seat pad would be so easy to make with the right material, and it’s so pretty!
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Alright, promise me to try to not drool too much on your screen while checking out this gorgeous home in Sydney, ok?! I’d move in in a heartbeat with my slippers and books!
This small home belongs to designer Frag Woodall and his wife Naomi and was inspired by Scandinavian summer houses….I mean – is it perfection or is it perfection? Love the color palette (reminds me of this loft, and also the inspiration for our media room), and the fact that it’s so simple yet there is so much attention was put in every detail. The beams, the earthy materials, the sparse touches of color… And can we talk about that white floor throughout the house?! That’s my dream to have white floor, although at this point I am pretty sure it will never happen – maybe when we renovate the in-law unit, if I can convince hubby? I mean, he’s the real Scandinavian in this family – he should happily oblige 😀
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I am now officially 30 weeks pregnant – the final stretch, as people will always tell you. So I figured, while I still have the energy, that I should take some pictures of the bump. And no, for those of you who are wondering, we’re not having a boy – still definitely a girl! The reason for all that blue is that I am participating in this fun photo project on Instagram that my sweet friend Brittany from The House that Lars Build is putting together called #Dresstherainbow – where people dress in the same color as the background…you should join! In any case, my parents have this amazing blue hydrangea bush in their yard and it was my inspiration for the pics. NO boy
So back to that last stretch: the girls all arrived a bit early, so if this sweet girl follows her sisters footsteps she should be here in just 8 or 9 weeks. Which is crazy. And I know that usually the last few weeks of pregnancy feel very loooooooong, but I doubt it will be the case with this one. First because I have three tiny ones at home who keep me pretty busy and I don’t really have the leisure to “sit through” this pregnancy. Also because it’s summer and everything seems to move so fast in the summer.
But mostly, because we’ve always wanted four kids and there we are: this is our fourth kid. Which means I’ll never be pregnant again after these last few weeks and it’s all a bit bittersweet…although some of my friends are trying to convince me to go for 6 kids. Haha. well, yeah sure “You’ve got 4 lady what’s tow more to you?!” no, really, 4 is the right number for us I have easy pregnancies and actually enjoy being pregnant, so I will miss it all I know and want to make sure I savior these last moments. When that child is not quite yet a reality but you can imagine what life will be life…..before the harsh reality actually hits you in the face 😉 Then a new chapter of our life will start. That chapter where our family is completely, and we can grow, learn together as a family. Our little tribe.
So cheers – here is to that last stretch and enjoying every little kick and every reflection of my bump in the shop windows and having Freia snuggle up against my big belly because it’s the best place to be right now Have a wonderful week, friends!
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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, maybe you’ll remember the days when I had a weekly “like mother, like daughter” column? Well, I’ve decided to bring it back to share with you some of the cutest things to DIY or buy that I see for the little and the less little ones Today, a few things in pink, grey and yellow with a dash of leather for a fresh start to the week! Today I leave for France with the girls so they can spend a few weeks with their grand-parents and cousins, and let’s say I am a bit nervous to travel alone with 3 girls and a big belly all the way across the Atlantic – and don’t even get me started on tackling the jet-lag…..but I can do it, right? right? I’ll see you on the other side! Happy Monday, friends
1. DIY maxi leather bag – that’s what I need for our trip! I am sure I’ll easily find keys and passports in that bag 😉 (google translate the tutorial)
2. How adorable watermelon romper?!
3. Such a cute cat garland by A Subtle Revelry!
4. Yes to more green in the house! The leather strap on these ceramic planters is perfection | picture via ABM.
5. Perfect for a summer by the pool, DIY pattern kimonos by Sugar and Cloth
6. Love the pop of color and the tassels on this dress.
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Yay – it’s the first of July I don’t know about you, but I always feel like summer REALLY kicks off once July gets here – probably because as a child in France our summer vacation would only start then. I grew up in a part of France that was always SO green (rain anyone), but for a short month or two the fields would turn this golden color and I always marveled at that golden beauty everywhere. It was even better when little red poppies could find their way through the golden wheat. The farmers didn’t like that, but oh well 😉 So this months’s free wallpaper download is inspired by that – a little fields of gold pattern combined with the beautiful hand-lettering of my partner in crime Jessica from Coco + Mingo…. “Hello Sunshine” indeed Download links at the end of this post.
PS: Thanks SO much for all the sweet comments and feedback on my dress tutorial from Monday! The love is pouring in and you all know how to make a girl blush, that’s for sure
Click here to download the wallpaper(s) that you need for your tech!
Hello Sunshine wallpaper for your phone
Hello Sunshine Wallpaper for you PC
Hello Sunshine wallpaper for your Mac (13 inch)
Hello Sunshine wallpaper for you Mac (15 inch)
Have a beautiful start of July, friends!
Lettering by Jessica from Coco + Mingo, artwork by me. For personal use only. Not for sale or distribution. If shared, please link back to original post – thank you
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Doesn’t this little nook look up there look so cosy and welcoming? I’d spend hours there reading a good book…well, hours I don’t really have right now but someday, friends, someday I know I’ll be able to sit down without kids interrupting me every minute because they can’t find their favorite minion underwear or that the pink crayon is missing or that really, they are hungry and need a snack even though they just hate 10 bananas…someday 😉 In the meantime, I’ll just try to build said cosy nook – that’s a start, right?! I’ve been looking at a lot of accent chairs to put in our media room for extra seating on top of our couch, and thought I’d share my favorite finds with – all of these 10 gorgeous accent chairs would give your space some personality! Any favorite? I ordered number one below, but it just didn’t work well with the layout of the room and the amount of space left there and was just a bit too modern for what we have going on, so now I am thinking about going for something a bit more casual, maybe a sling chair like this.
Tell me, can a house ever have too many accent chairs? I am trying to convince hubby that we need one in every room
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Today I am sharing my sewing tutorial to make this DIY tank top dress using a basic tank top from Target. Alright you guys,this project is extra special to me because it features one of my newest patterns from my very first fabric collection (which I’ll be revealing very soon shhhhh!), and I am so excited/nervous to share it with you! This pattern is called “California fields of gold,” and I used Spoonflower‘s new cotton lawn fabric to turn my design into this easy DIY summer dress. I absolutely love the way it turned out and I’m pretty much living in this dress now!
Spoonflower‘s cotton lawn fabric is so light and soft, it’s absolutely perfect yo make this light summer dress. This dress is super comfortable, and the fit is loose below the bust so you can actually wear it pregnant or not. My dear and gorgeous friend Sarah volunteered to model the dress so you could see the regular fit -or maybe I volunteered her?! ;)-, and here I am with my big belly showing you the maternity version
To tell you the truth, I usually don’t like sewing clothes for myself because I always get lazy around the neckline…hence why I haven’t done a sewing tutorials for this blog! But because this dress uses a basic tank on top, it removes all the hurdles and it’s so easy to make! I made this tutorial using French seams, it makes the whole finish that much nice, but you could totally change that to regular seams to save yourself time. This dress has a long sash to make it more elegant – I attached to my dress using bonding tape because really, I can’t be trusted not to loose a sash 😉 Another favorite thing about this dress: the in-seam pockets! Gaaaaaaaaaah do I love me some pockets on my dresses…..it’s addictive, you guys! The pockets make this dress feel so comfy and casual, and you can barely notice them since they are in-seam.
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It’s become a tradition now: the day before we got on a camping trip, I make these vanilla bean and bourbon marshmallows for the adults. I mean, if I am going to have some s’mores, it better have a little something something extra in it, don’t you agree? These are also amazing with a little bit of Bailey’s or with coffee.
Last weekend we went up to the Russian River valley with a lot of friends and had such a good time. As much as I love jumping on a plane and exploring new countries, going camping – near or far- remains my favorite. Even when pregnant and in my third trimester. There is something just so relaxing about it – and no, it’s not all because of the bourbon marshmallows 😉 Being out in nature where most of the time we have absolutely no cell reception is so refreshing. The adults chat, make food, play the guitar by the fireplace while the kiddos run around happy and free, doing what kids are supposed to do. It’s pure, simple happiness right there. I mean, I am happy to get back to by bed after a few days out camping, but I LOVE sleeping in the tent with my entire little family – it makes me feel so close to them. Do you guys like going camping too?
So, about the marshmallows: I made these already last fall for our camping trip to Little Basin (when I also made this delicious fall sangria!) – and I loved these but at the time it was my first time making them and I needed a bit more time to experiment with them before sharing the recipe with you all. Now here it is! Don’t be afraid of trying to make your own marshmallows, whipping out a batch only takes less than 30 minutes and they taste SO much better than the store bought ones. As long as you have a candy thermometer at home you should be able to easily make these
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated white sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup Bourbon
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped
1. Make sure to gather and measure all of your ingredients before you start – very important, you’ll thank me later as some of these steps need to happen rather quickly!
2. Mix the cornstarch and powdered sugar together in a bowl. This will be the coating for your marshmallows. Heavily coat a baking pan with some of the marshmallow coating using a sifter – make sure to leave no bare spots! Reserve 1/2 of the coating for later. PS: You can choose a pan the size you like, but the wider your pan the thinner your marshmallows will be, and the smaller the pan the thicker the marshmallows.
3. Combine the 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin and 1/4 cup of the water in a small bowl. Mix and let stand.
4. In a small sauce pan, combine 2 cups of sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup water and warm it over a medium low heat for a minute or so. Add in 2/3 cup corn syrup and turn the heat up to medium-high. Using your candy thermometer to check the temperature (important!) bring the mixture to 240 degrees F.
5. While you are heating up you sugar/corn syrup mixture, start mix 3 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a stand mixer on low until the eggs are just a bit foamy.
6. When the sugary syrup hits 240 degrees F, turn off the heat and add 1/2 cup of bourbon and the gelatin mixture. While the gelatin melts, turn the stand mixer back on, this time to high, and start whipping those whites real good!
7. Once the whites have become fluffy and cloud-like, slowly pour the syrupy mixture into the mixer bowl -very slowly so the syrup doesn’t splash and burns you.
8. Add in the 2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and the scraped vanilla bean seeds, and whip for another 12 minutes or so – until the mixture is fluffy, stiff and the outside of the bowl is cool to the touch.
9. Pour the fluffy marshmallow creme onto your baking sheet/pan, using a spatula to even it out. Dust it with some of the coating and then let it sit uncovered overnight – or for at least 5 hours.
10. When ready, use a sharp kitchen knife or pizza cutter dusted with some of the coating to cut square of marshmallows. Or you could also go a bit more funky – where are these flamingo cutters you’d been meaning to use?
11. Toss the cut marshmallows into the bowl with the coating, just a few at a time, and using a spoon, make sure they are fully powdered, then use a wire strainer to give the marshmallows a good shake and remove the excess coating. You can make these up to a week in advance and store in an airtight container at regular temperature. Ours never last that long though