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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


* 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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DIY row of houses using removable wallpaper

Guys, I am telling you: there is nothing like putting a pregnant woman in her new home. She’ll go into crazy mode nesting habit and get all sorts of stuff done 😀 Oh my friends, I am whipping this house into shape like nobody’s business – the basement renovation into a media room, setting up the girls in their new bedroom, oh and I haven’t told you yet that I am working on setting up my new office in the house….among (a few) other things. It’s like my brain wants this house 200% for when the baby arrives – never mind that most of these changes have nothing to do with the baby itself 😉 I am no foul though, I know that the burst of energy I have right now ain’t gonna last so I take full advantage of soon. Soon enough all you’ll find me doing is eating ice cream on the couch while watching re-runs of Ally McBeal.

Anyhow. The big girls’ room is almost finished – a detail here and these and I’ll be sharing the full room with you in a couple of weeks- and today I want to show you this fun little row of wallpaper houses I put in their room using removable wallpaper from Spoonflower. It was so easy to set up (DIY how to at the bottom of the post) and is a major hit with the girls – it makes the whole room so cheerful and I love how it calls for their imagination!

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I set up a little wooden ledge right at the bottom the houses so that they can put their toys and pretend the houses form a little town.  I often catch them making a little mouse go to school or a mama rabbit head to the market :) Olivia mostly displays her horse collection up there – that girl and her horses, unstoppable! Of course Freia loves to come to her big sisters’ bedroom and knock all of the toys down :)

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The best thing about this project is you can easily adapt it to your own space – just decide on the length of the row your need, pick the colors and patterns that go for your little one’s room and you’ll be on your way!

Because I wanted to use several patterns, I kept the houses very simple in shape. I simply hand-drew them and they are a little crooked but I love them for it. I went for a mix of gold yellows, soft and hot pinks, and bits of green and grey. I really love how it turned out! Spoonflower has so many options for patterns, and I even started to design my own  – the wallpaper that has the bits of green and red is mine. So fun!

Click here to learn how to make this row of wallpaper house!

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live here eat that all naturalL: Rotterdam home via Avenue Lifestyle|R: Apple toasts with thyme and honey via Tasty Yummies.

You guys know I love me loads of colors, but I just can’t get enough of the simple, natural vibe of this Dutch home. They went for very earthy colors throughout the house without getting to dull – these bright accents of mustard yellow, pretty orange dinning chairs and the green accent wall in the kitchen. Combine with the high ceiling in the living room and tons of brick walls – it’s a winner in my books! I’d move there in a heartbeat :)

And how amazing do these apple toasts with honey and thyme sound? So easy too, got to try them this weekend for breakfast!

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope you all had a good week – if not, well here’s a little reminder from the lovely Jessica at Coco & Mingo and I to keep just breath and take it easy on yourself. It’s a three-day weekend here in the US and we have some friends visiting and my brother is also here – although ironically he’s at the hospital right now because one of his lungs collapsed after his flight….so much for the whole “just breath” thing :) He should be ok though, we’re hoping he can make it out of the hospital in a couple of days.

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For this month’s free wallpapers for your computer of your phone, we created a little design that goes well with the May page of our free printable 2015 calendar (below) from earlier this year – which you can download here and just print on your home printer :)

Click here to download the wallpaper(s) that you need for your tech!

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Breathe wallpaper for your Mac (15 inch)

See you all next week after the holiday weekend, I’ll have some exciting things going on around here next week….giveaway, did anyone say giveaway? :) Have a great weekend!

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It is bittersweet when they turn one, isn’t it?

That very first birthday. When they turn one I see both the baby and the little girl. They say so much and yet so little. I want to cheer them on to take their first steps and still want to carry them everywhere we go – because I know the days are counted and soon she’ll want to do it all on her own like a big girl. So many reasons to celebrate on that first birthday, and yet part of me always feels a little sad…knowing that from that moment on the baby days are really going to slip away. Freia turned one last week and already I can everyday I can see the chance in her, becoming more and more of a little girl. I swear it was only yesterday that her sisters turned one….now how is Olivia about to enter Kindergarten already?!

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And of course, we had a little party because really we always try to spend more time celebrating life and all the changes it brings than regretting the things of the past. Moving forward, to infinity and beyond :)

As we always do, we hung balloons and set the Danish flag on the table, we put a crown on our party girl and made our traditional strawberries and cream cake, we asked friends and family to write down what they think Freia will do/be when she grows up on her birthday post. Traditions. I love them. They make time stand still for a moment…and sometimes really that’s all you need. Take minute to reflect on life. Knowing that some things might change, our babies might grow up and we may not always like it, but really in the end – we get so much good stuff out of all that growing up. So cheers, to this tiny little girl turning one.

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live here eat that in pink L: Colorful Dutch row house via Decor8 | R: Strawberry sorbet float by Adore Foods

More pastels and pinks, I can’t seem to be able to shake this whole 4 girls thing :) But how fun is this Dutch row house?

Tons of white with pops of pastels and neon. It would definitely be too girly for hubby, but if I lived alone it could be such a fun color scheme…if only I could stick to a color theme the way they did in this house!!! Am I the only one with friends and family who gift weird home decor? :) Everything is curated so perfectly – looking at the pictures it almost feels like these shelves belong in a scandinavian shop! Love the bright yellow pendant above the dinning table….I’ve been looking for a fun pendant for the girls new bedroom and I think they would love something like this!

And yum – that strawberry sorbet float…..the perfect Spring dessert really!

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DIY roundup in salmon pink and grey

Alright, so in honor my big announcement on Monday, here’s a little roundup of DYs and recipes all in soft and bright pinks and happy yellow, in case you are looking for something to do this weekend :) We’ll be busy celebrating Freia’s very first birthday with lots of cake and family time! I can’t believe this little girl is one already! Have a great weekend, friends!

1. DIY gummy candy, craving some so bad!
2. How super cute is this polka dot chair?! Find the DIY here.
3. Citrus cake is by far one of my favorite. So simple and sweet!
4. I want to find a way to make these little cactus houses! The girls would love that. 
5. Love this tote, perfect go to the farmers’ market.
6. Alright, absolutely need to try these blood orange and strawberry mousse tartlets!!! If only I could make them look this pretty.

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1, 2, 3… and 4 coming right up!

Now you know what’s been keeping me away from the blog for so long :) We’re expecting baby number 4 for mid-September! I know, you guys probably think this is completely crazy since Freia is only turning 1 this week, but believe me – this little babe was very much wanted and planned for. Hubby and I have always wanted four kids, and having Olivia and Madeline so close together in age has been one of the best thing – so we decided that for Freia and our last one we wanted to have a similar age gap = about 15 months. Still, it’s crazy we know…but that’s totally us, we love it that way.

Of course I have been super tired, like brutally tired given that I am pretty much going through two pregnancies in a row – one of the reasons why this blog has been on super slow motion. But I still can’t complain, this pregnancy has been just has easy as the first three. We’re so excited and can’t wait to have our family complete!

Oh, and I guess maybe you guys would like to know the sex of the baby? :) Because yes, we found out last Friday at the 20 weeks ultrasound. TONS of people have been predicting a baby boy – you wouldn’t believe the number of strangers at Target that stopped me and said “Oh that belly, it’s a boy for sure” Well…all fools! We’re having another girl :) And I couldn’t be more happy about it! Somehow I always imagined myself as the mama of an all girls team, something inside, I just knew…poor hubby, outnumbered doesn’t even start to describe it! But I know he’ll be alright. More than alright 😉

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