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!

bright simple homegorgeous pendant lightoffice with vintage feelbookshelf by the bed

You might also like:
{live here, eat that} vintage and modern
Paris versus New York
{Live here, eat that} A Scandinavian Christmas
Renovating an old French farm - part 3 |Our inspiration boards

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? 😉

DIY flamingo pull toyDIY flamingo pull toykids DIY flamingo pull toyDIY flamingo pull toy for kidsflamingo pull toysDIY flamingo pull toys

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!

You might also like:
{like mother, like daughter} lovely lace
{this little shop} Wild Things
{holiday gift guide 2013} for babies and the little ones
Adorable Spring collection for your bunnies + a bunny coat GIVEAWAY!

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!

flamingo stroller by CosattoFlamingo fling stoller by Cosattoballoons and a flamingoflamingo feverwalking around with a flamingo

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!

cosatto flamingo fling

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 :)

love the flamingo fling strollerby Cosattopolka dots and balloons happinessthe flamingo fling stroller by Cosatto

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* 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.

You might also like:
{like father, like son} slingshots
CLOSED - $100 Winter Water Factory gift certificate giveaway
{Like mother, like child} all sewn up
{like mother, like child} wood and pastel

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? :)

10 gorgeous pendant lightsSources: 1. |2. |3. |4. |5. | 6. |7. |8. |9. |10.

You might also like:
Wanna chip in?
{live here, drink that} In Spain
Feels like Spring in Winter
Coconut Panna Cotta {Guest post by Laicie from A 1000 Threads}


“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


You might also like:
Five things that made me smile this week
{rock it yourself} cut and sew wonder toys
{the colors of happiness} sweet popsicles
Big news number 4!


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.


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.


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.

You might also like:
Happy tech #4 | Be Merry wallpaper
Make up your (halloween) mind
When they turn one...
Home renovation | Redoing our in-law unit, inspiration & before pictures

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!

DIY row of houses using removable wallpaperDIY row of houses using removable wallpaperDIY row of houses using removable wallpaperDIY row of houses using removable wallpaper

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 :)

DIY row of houses using removable wallpaperDIY row of houses using removable wallpaperDIY row of houses using removable wallpaperDIY row of houses using removable wallpaper

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!

You might also like:
Perpetual calendar {via Design Sponge}
{Rock it yourself} Pink me a bracelet
DIY clear nursery shelves...Read Baby Read!
DIY Ombre-Dyed Letter Mobile {Guest post by Jessica from Coco + Mingo}

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!

chairs in different earth tonesoak stainless steel and green wall in kitchengorgeous brick wallsimple kitchen with green wallpretty bedroom and wooden cribbedside vase and plantsnatural vibe in the bedroom

You might also like:
Weekend DIYs - 4th of July edition
Friday DIY roundup
Home renovation | Redoing our in-law unit, inspiration & before pictures
Free phone & desktop wallpaper | May Happy Tech

1280x1024_May 15

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.

m_82_pf_open_white 048Phone_mockup_May 15

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!

Breathe wallpaper for your phone
Breathe wallpaper for your PC
Breathe wallpaper for your Mac (13 inch)
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!


You might also like:
On to new adventures...
{In love with} Present Time
When they turn one...
Home renovation | Redoing our in-law unit, inspiration & before pictures


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?!

IMG_3563 IMG_3591IMG_3670IMG_3595IMG_3577

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.

IMG_3703IMG_3654IMG_3664IMG_3581 IMG_3675

You might also like:
Weekend DIYs - 4th of July edition
{live here, eat that} Pistachio
Love is stronger than hate
GIVEAWAY - Nuna MIXX stroller in Basil