hello sunshine wallpaper download

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 :)

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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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10 gorgeous modern accent chairs for your space Source

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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DIY tank top dress with in-seam pockets made from a basic tank top

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 :)

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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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Click here for the full step by step sewing tutorial!

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vanilla bean and bourbon marshmallows

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?

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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 :)

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Ingredients

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

Recipe

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 :)

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bright and airy living roomSource

Hi friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend – we went camping for a few days and I came back from our trip with a big smile on my face…and a pregnant belly begging for a bed 😀 camping during your third trimester is no joke but I am so glad we did it! I’ll share more pictures from our trip at the end of the week, but for now I wanted to show you some image of this beautiful, bright and airy Swedish home.

The Swedish home belongs to Sofia from the Mokkasin blog and her family. By now my love for Scandinavian interior design is no secret. I really wish we could pull of having white hardwood floor in our home too! Maybe when we remodel our in-law unit? I love the simplicity of this home. The way they mixed a few vintage pieces with more modern furniture brings so much soul to the rooms – I mean, did you see that pendant light and the wooden cabinet in the office? Oh oh, I am not even going to mention the wallpaper….hellllooooooo gorgeous!

PS: Have you entered our flamingo stroller giveaway yet? It ends tomorrow, hurry!

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DIY cute flamingo pull toys for the little ones

Flamingo frenzy continues (have you entered our amazing flamingo troller giveaway yet by the way?!) – meet the flock :) Your little ones are going to love pulling these DIY flamingo pull toys around the house! They are so fun and  their wings flap in the wind if you take them outside for a stroll.

When I received our flamingo stroller for Freia last week, the girls totally rolled their eyes and screamed how unfair it was that Freia gets all of the cool flamingo stuff. I told you, flamingos are a high commodity around this house! So I decided to make all of the girls these little flamingo pull toys that could tag along when we go on a stroll. Flamingos gotta stick together, ya know? 😉

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These little guys have pretty much been going everywhere we went since I made them! They are surprisingly easy to make and I am pretty sure they will win you Best Parent of the Year award if you hand them out to your littles….or something like that :)

Click here to learn how to make these flamingo rolling toys!

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in love with this flamingo fling stroller by Cosatto

Do you have the flamingo fever real’ bad like we do around here? :) Well, you are going to love what I have in store for you today and tomorrow – trust me about that! Today Cosatto and I have partnered to give away this super fun Flamingo Fling stroller (value $400). Is it your lucky day or is it your lucky day?! :) Instructions on how to enter are at the bottom of this post, but hey, first let me tell you how awesome this stroller is!

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Here are the details: We used to own an umbrella stroller in New York but it broke shortly before our move and we never go around to getting a new one in California. I love that the Cosatto Supa is light and small to pack up in the car but still has many great features of the larger strollers. Freia sits comfortably in it and it’s big enough to even stroll around bigger sister in it -so great size from baby to young kid.I’ve read on some reviews that some users find the frame a bit wobbly – but not my case, it really feels great to drive. The sun hood easily extends with a zipper closure – it essentially doubles the canopy! The seat reclines to a full flat position for naps, and the fabric of the stroller is of great quality, it protects UPF50+ and is shower proof. This stroller was designed in the UK so you know, they know their rain alright 😉 And in case you get stuck in more than a quick shower, the Supa comes with a rain cover also as well as a cozy toes with kangaroo pouch and reversible zip-off fleece liner to keep the littles warm during the winter – can’t wait to try it this winter!

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Cosatto included a cup holder too that you can place on the right or left side if you’re a leftie….helloooooooo morning coffee! Not that the super bright and fun pattern of the stroller isn’t a mood booster already – I love the happy colors and so do the girls. The super fun pattern is probably my very favorite thing about this stroller. I’ve been getting so many compliments since cruising around with this stroller!  Want to know about another great feature? Cosatto included an ipad window (+speaker!) inside the hood of the stroller so that you child can watch the ipad in those busy life moments where you’d give anything to keep your little one happily sitting in his/her stroller. I haven’t used this feature yet, but I am thinking it’s going to come in super handy one of these summers when we travel to Europe and get stuck through airports :)

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Now you, my readers are extra lucky because this Flamingo Fling Supa stroller is only available for pre-order here for now- so you’ll be one before anyone else in the US! How about that for being special?! All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter below between today and next Wednesday. Do as few or as many  of the options as you want – but obviously the more you do the better your chances of winning. US residents only, sorry! And please pretty please, no cheating – we’ll be checking that the winner actually did their part when entering ;) Good luck y’all!

Enter the giveaway here

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* Giveaway sponsored by Cosatto USA. It is limited to U.S. readers only, age 18+. $400 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once giveaway closes and announced in the rafflecopter widget above. Pictures by Jacqueline Knapp for This Little Street and by Audrey Smit.

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10 gorgeous pendant lightsSource

You guys, I’ve been spending way to much time on the internets looking up pendant lights since we moved to our new home last December. Don’t tell my husband, he’ll roll his eyes at that because the previous owners put in new fixture right before putting the house on the market….good fixtures, just not the fixture I would have picked and it bugged me to look at them every day – hubby on the other hand probably doesn’t even know what color or shape they are…..the only thing he notices is the light that comes out of them 😀

Do you have this thing with light fixtures do or is it just me being crazy? In any case, I thought I’d share with you all the fruit all of these hours spent scouring the high seas of the web for lights – starting today with these 10 gorgeous pendant lights. One of them we ended up picking to set up above our dinning table – can you guess which one? :)

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“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ― John Muir

The magic of getting lost in nature. There is nothing like it, don’t you think? That’s why I love living in California so much – it’s is never short of place to escape to, new trails to discover. Last weekend we hiked Tennessee Valley – in Marin county, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was the most gorgeous hike and I decided to listened to my own advice and just let the hills and the fog roll through my soul – well ok….maybe it sounds a bit too poetic, I was also really out of breath with my growing growing belly….how am I already 26 weeks pregnant?! It was the first time we went there, and somehow I felt right at home.  Maybe because it reminded me of Ireland and the year I spent there? Or maybe it’s just that home to me is being surrounded by majestic hills, thousands of yellow flowers and my family.

Do you have anything fun planned this weekend, friends? Wishing you all a great weekend! xxx

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Oh yes, you’d better get excited because today I have partnered with Nuna and Giggle to give you their gorgeous Nuna MIXX stroller in Basil – a color that’s sold exclusively through Giggle! Giveaway is only open today so hurry and enter.

When Nuna asked me if I wanted to review their new MIXX stroller, I thought why not?! I’ve been using strollers for years now with the girls and tried many -so good some bad!- everywhere we lived and went, from the streets of New York to the hills of France, through many many airports. Hours of beating the pavement with 3 kids and strollers are probably the piece of baby gear that I am the most critical of.

When the Nuna MIXX arrived I was simply blown away – and that’s saying a lot coming from me! The stroller was super easy to put together – I barely had to look at the instruction manual. The seat can face you or by easily switch forward with one click and lift, and it reclines to several position, all the way to flat = major score for when Freia has to nap! The sun canopy unzipps open for extra shade when you need it so no sun in your little one’ eyes.

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AND this stroller is SO easy to drive, you guys – I can make that bad boy swivel and do a 360 with one hand, no sweat! I may or may not be doing it just for the fun of it….. poor Freia’s got her head spinning alright 😉 The storage basket under the stroller is very spacious – Madeline has already tried several times to climb in it to hitch a free ride :)

But oh my very favorite feature of the Nuna MIXX stroller? Super easy folding/unfolding! Trust me, as a mama of three who’s currently pregnant, that part REALLY matters to…the less I have to fight with my strollers the better :) it takes no effort at all. I am seriously in love with this stroller. I love it so much that I am planning on buying the Nuna Pipa car seat that goes with it – it’s just that good.

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This stroller really is the perfect mix of being stylish and practical. And you my friends are in luck because you can win your own Nuna MIXX in Basil thanks to Nuna. All you have to do is enter TODAY (giveaway will close at 11:59 PST tonight!) in the Rafflecopter below and we gave you tons of different options. Do as few or as many as you want – but obviously the more you do the better your chances of winning. US residents only, sorry! And please pretty please, no cheating – we’ll be checking that the winner actually did their part when entering 😉

Enter below to win a Nuna MIXX stroller in Basil.

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* Giveaway sponsored by Nuna USA/Giggle. It is limited to U.S. readers only, age 18+. $500 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once giveaway closes and announced in the rafflecopter widget above. All pictures by Jacqueline Knapp.

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