collect moments not things

Hi friends – Obviously, a little break was needed on my side of the pond. It’s been very intense (hopefully I can share more on why soon), and I could have forced myself to come up with posts that were half-hearted, but that wouldn’t have been fair to you or me. So instead chose to just lay it low until the time and energy to post returned – I hope you’ll forgive me :)

Mid-february a friend of mine got married in the Tulum area of Mexico, so hubby and I decided to take our little family South to be there for the big day…we figured a little vacation wouldn’t hurt :)

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So, you’ll ask me, how was Tulum? It was really good! Was it great? Mmm I am not sure I’d say that. You see, Tulum one of these super popular destination where you end up paying for the reputation. I had heard so many people raving about Tulum and in the end maybe my expectations where too high, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me, and I was really shocked at how much everything cost – it was like being in New York city! . Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time and I am so thankful for this trip. Nature down there dead gorgeous and it was super relaxing  – and the food was yummi!Favorite activity though during the trip: swimming in the Cenotes. The water was unbelievable!

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Am I glad we went? Absolutely! Will be go back? I don’t think so. Plus, there are so many other places on our list – even just here in California and on the West Coast.

Sometimes hubby and I joke and try to think about “what if we had all of the money in the world? what would we do with it“…and the one thing that always always comes to my mind: travel. Because I really believe that it’s the only thing that you can spend money on that truly makes you richer. I mean, paying off our mortgage would certainly be nice, buying pretty things for our home would be fun…but I’d rather own less and travel more. Make new memories. Show the girls the many faces of the world.

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It is so easy to compare ourselves to others, don’t you think? I am guilty of it too, and I don’t even really know why we do it, because it never feels good and really, it’s a total waste of energy. Because it comes down to one thing: our gifts and talents and successes are entirely unique to you us, and so are the set of challenges we have to deal with.

My partner in crime Jessica picked this quote for this month’s happy tech free wallpaper downloads, and if she’d been standing next to me I probably would have given her the biggest hug. It’s exactly the reminder I needed! Who cares what the other flowers around you are doing…..just focus on your own petals, live your passions and bloom :)

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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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You guys, I am not sure what’s up with me – but these past few weeks I am been FREEZINg all the time. And yeah, not like we like in the middle of Alaska here….we’re in CALIFORNIA for goodness sake, what is up with my body? I think it’s asking to move to Australia so I can just enjoy some of that heat!Twist my arm, I’d move in a heartbeat to this gorgeous mid-century modern Australian home that has just the right pops of color! That yellow, it’s like a ray of sunshine. Totally psychological but my body feels warmer just looking at it. Also, love how airy and simply furnished it is. Now my question is – where do people in these home put all of their mess? No lack of it at my house for sure! I’ve been meaning to give you all an update on the house since I realized the last pictures I shared where from before we moved in – time to let you all know what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning on doing! Loads of exciting stuff :)

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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This post was written in partnership with Spoonflower. They provide the custom doll fabric that I used to make the dolls from Olivia’s drawings.

For a while now I’ve been trying to think about what to do with the girls best drawings – I really hate to see these pretty pictures pilled up in the box….because let’s be honest, friends, given the industrial amount of drawings the girls make there is no way I can proudly hang them ALL on the wall. Our walls just don’t have that square footage :) I’ve also been wanting to show the girls the many ways that our imagination can come alive, how their pretty pictures can become so much more.

A couple months ago I was playing around on Spoonflower trying to design my own fabric (more on that later I promise!), and it hit me – I realized I could easily just print some of their best drawings on fabric and sew little dolls out of them! Olivia’s birthday was coming up, and I thought these would make awesome party favors for all of her friends.

When I told Olivia the idea she was SO excited! The result = awesome! All of Olivia’s friends LOVED the dolls and Olivia is already planning which dolls she wants to make next for her friends birthdays – and Madeline is asking for some for her friends too!

Click here to read more and see the full tutorial!

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It’s been a week today since the horrible events started in my home country. It was surreal to see these events unfold in my home country, and completely shook me. I don’t know if it had an impact on your guys, but for me it’s been a week a crying and asking questions. A lot of them still don’t have an answer, but I know one thing: killing another human being is never. Ever. ok.

Journalists went to some high schools in Paris after the events and got a few answers like: “Well, they deserved it” or “Ok, maybe killing 12 was a bit much, maybe they could have killed the main guy only.” What the what? It makes me SO angry to even hear this type of comment. The world we live in scares me. The task ahead is a complicated one, and the road is bound to be long, but as Charlie wrote on one of their front page in 2011 (after their offices were bombed), love is stronger than hate. It really is, and together we can solve this.


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It’s that time of the year, friends….New Year’s resolutions! Maybe you’ve already written yours, but if you haven’t here is a little free printable that my partner in crime Jessica and I  put together for you. We designed it to match the 2015 printable calendar  :) PS: You guys have been downloading our free calendar like crazy…..Thanks!!! We love your support and seeing it in your homes on Instagram! 😀

Thank you all for following this little blog along, and for all of your support in 2014, for all your comments, for sharing my works… You are the reason why I keep doing this :) As you may have noticed, I didn’t do any “best of 2014” post this year. Not that I didn’t have any favorite posts and projects last year (in no particular order, the dipped jars, our summer in denmark, the wallpaper stools, my three baby dolls and adjusting as a family of 5 come to mind), but I think my mind just isn’t ready to wrap up 2014. It has been a crazy good year for our family (3rd child, our first home, super fun trips), one that we will remember forever, and I want to hang on to it just a bit longer. I want to look  that. I want to hang on to every little memory. I want to look at the pictures some more…..especially this one, our first picture as a family of 5. This is all that matters.

And yet this new year is rolling it, and I feel it, my mind is craving it: moving forward. The planning, the scheming….dreaming away new dreams. Because no matter how good 2014 was, we’re going to rock 2015:)And when I say this year is going to be my year, it’s because I really intend to make it so. As a mother of now 3 little girls, it’s sometimes very hard to focus on my personal dreams – heck, it’s hard to even take a shower every morning 😀 The personal dreams sort of get buried away so that bigger family dreams can happen. And it is all SO worth it and I have zero regrets. But I want 2015 the year where I find a better balance between my family’s dreams and my own.

When we were in Denmark last summer I had this epiphany moment when I realized that I am 100% the happiest when I am creating and designing things….so 2015 will be the year were I immerse myself in design, explore and learn to grow these dreams of mine, these little seeds that are in my head and heart. What it means for this blog is that I will be focusing on original content and artwork, as well as share bits and pieces of life with my little family. I hope this sounds like a good plan to you :)

Do you guys have any big resolutions this year? Happy 2015

Happy 2015, friends!

Resolutions printable created by Jessica of Coco & Mingo and Audrey of This Little Street. Not for distribution or resale. Please link back to original post if shared. Thank you!

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My oh my, where did 2014 go?! The first part of the year went pretty normal, and then BAM. baby number 3. BAM. hubby changed job. BAM. we bought a house. Can time please pretty please slow down in 2015? That will be my only request please and thank you. In 2015 I really need to focus on the now and take time to stop and appreciate each passing week. Maybe even have some quiet times here and there? What, a girl can dream!

In that effort to make each month/week/day count, here is a little 2015 calendar that you guys can download and print at home, created by myself and the lovely Jessica from Coco + Mingo. We hope it will make you smile every time you look at it!

Clearly I was a bit inspired by our fall vacation in Hawaii when I worked on the art boards for this calendar! All that lush nature got to my brain you guys…I guess there are worse things 😉 And isn’t Jessica’s calligraphy simply stunning? Gets me every time!

Click below to download and print the full 2015 calendar free printable. Each month is printable on 8.5 x 11″ paper. Print in high resolution on white, thick card stock for best results – Enjoy, friends!

Calendar and wallpaper created and copyrighted by Audrey of This Little Street (artwork) and Jessica of Coco and Mingo (calligraphy/layout). For personal and non-commercial use only. You are not allowed to sell this calendar in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form. Please link back to original post if you want to share this calendar – do not link directly to the file.

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Today is finally my day for 24 Merry Days and I couldn’t be more excited about this giveaway -because you can win an INSTAX CAMERA with 3 rolls of double films ($150 value!) from the awesome photo store Photojojo to get you snapping pictures left and right for the holidays :) When hubby and I got married we snapped so many instant pictures, and to this day these remain my favorite pictures because they were so spontaneous and fun! So I am telling you, you want…no… you NEED this INSTAX CAMERA!

And psssst if you’ve got a photography lover like me in your life, you’ll want to bookmark Photojojo – it is filled with the most fun and unsual photo gear around! Here are some examples:

1. Colorful camera strap | 2. Limited edition polaroid camera | 3. Everything-proof case  | 4. Holga lens for iphone

Now back to the fun and our giveaway, are you ready?! To win the Instax camera + 3 double rolls of film, it all happens in the rafflecopter widget below! And the even better news if that you have up to 20 entries (that’s right!) each to win this little baby, so go go go and use ’em up! Giveaway is open to people in US/Canada and over 18 years old. Good luck everybody :) And don’t forget to check the 24 Merry Days website + facebook page, tons of (amazing) giveaways you can still enter!

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Jessica and I had planned on sharing the December wallpaper collaboration much earlier than this, but then life happened – something like moving a new house (and doing some work on it) for me and crazy busy job for Jessica! Needless to say, we’re sorry about that but hey, as I always say, better late than later 😉

We hope you love this wallpaper and that it puts you in a merry holiday-lets-drink-eggnog-and-dance-around-the-christmas-tree kinda mood every time you look at your phone and computer :) Click here to download:

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We’re also working on something extra special for your guys to celebrate the New Year…I can’t say much about it except for I am super excited about it and it’s gonna be so good… keep your eyes opened!

In other news, my 24 Merry Days giveaway is tomorrow (YAY!) so make sure to come back to enter the awesome giveaway I have ready for you! And you can still enter to win a mini SMEG fridge, a drop kitchen scale + ipad mini,and so much more! The full schedule of the giveaways is here!

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Hi friends! We got back from our vacation in Hawaii late on Tuesday night, and as I right this post I am surrounded by piles and piles of boxes – talk about coming back to reality! We’re moving to the new house this Saturday and it still feels surreal. And our vacation in Hawaii now also seems surreal. I am in a zone of real realness where only packing boxes and bubble wrap exist 😉

So I figured I’d bring myself back to this past week before this crazy week gets the best of me, and share a few pictures and words about our adventures on the beautiful island of Maui. Although we take vacation often to go back to Europe and see family, it was our very first family vacation in about 5 years just going somewhere unknown and exploring. And damn it felt good! W

We tried to find the right balance between keeping it low key for the girls and going on some adventures, because hubby and I just can’t help it :) We stayed at a condo in Kihei (West part of Maui) and loved that – it was so much better than staying at a hotel! We had two bedrooms and a kitchen to make ourselves some food whenever we wanted. And it was just across the road from an amazing snorkeling beach. And it was also cheaper than a hotel. Win win win!

In case some of you plan on going to Maui with your little family in the future, here are some of our favorite things that we did while on Maui:

*Snorkeling: it was simply amazing! We saw tons of sea turtles and amazing tropical fish. I could have stayed in that water all day. Olivia went snorkeling for the first time and had such a great time – but hey, talk about setting the bar high when you see a sea turtle on your first snorkeling trip 😉 Madeline didn’t quite snorkel but she climbed on her daddy’s back like a baby turtle and swam around with him and she was happy as a clam :) Our favorite beaches to snorkel with kids were Kamaole Beach Park II and Kapalua beach – no big waves and tons of things to see.

* Hiking Iao valley: Ok, I thought it would be more of a hike than it was, but it was still amazing and beautiful. 1/2 hour to 45 minutes of walking around with the kiddos in gorgeous nature. And probably for the best that it wasn’t more than that because my calves still hurt for two days after we went….out of shape much? I think Santa is bringing me a gym membership for Christmas…

* Going to a Luau:We went to the one at the Hyatt – which is a really beautiful hotel! Not cheap, but kids under 5 don’t pay so we all got in for the price of two adults so that was great! Drinks, a  buffet and a show. The girls still rave about the hula dancing they saw at the Luau, they even went on stage when they offered to teach a little bit of it….it was a great night for all of us.

* The town of Paia, and Mama’s Fish house: The little town of Paia is super cute, and the day we went there hubby surprised me by taking us to Mama’s fish house. Probably one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. The setting is absolutely stunning – the restaurant overlook a private cove filled with palm trees- and the food is just amazing. Not cheap, but definitely worth it if you want to treat yourself to a delicious meal. I was in paradise :)

* Stopping for shaved ice: I know, you find shaved ice in other places, but in Hawaii there are shaved ice store at every street corner and we happily made it a daily routine to get shaved ice. And I loved trying all of the local flavors – Pineapple and mango of course, but also lilikoi (passion fruit) and Tiger’s blood (strawberry & Coconut). Oh just for that I want to go back….


On our way back to the airport on Tuesday I made hubby stop at a fabric shop – I wanted to bring back some hawaii prints….fabric has got to be one of my favorite thing to bring back when I go to a foreign country. I can’t wait to get my sewing machine set up in the new house so I can make something with that pretty fabric…..maybe a tutorial to share on the blog? :)

Vacations like these are so addicting, and hopefully it won’t be another 5 years before we decide to do it again :) Happy Thursday, friends!

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