While the girls continue their never-ending obsession with anything from the Frozen movie (you guys, since they have blond hair and red hair, they pretend all day long that they ARE the real Elsa and Anna – the real deal Nordic sisters I tell you!), I have my own little frozen obsession going on lately since I got this bad boy for my birthday: FROZEN TREATS! Ice cream, sorbets, sherbets, popsicles….you name it. I’ve been looking for interesting recipes to try – and all of these got me intrigued! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love me some good ol’ strawberry ice cream, but if you’re going to make your own ice cream, wouldn’t you want to try something that you just can’t find at the store?! I think the first one on my list is going to be that yummi watermelon sorbet - perfect for the warmer weather coming up! So come on and sing with me “Let it go, let it goooo. Don’t count the calories anymooooore!”
Do you guys have any fun recipe to share? Send them my way, I’d love to add them to my list!
Above images: 1. Cantaloup melon ice cream |2. Roasted rhubarb sherbet. |3. Watermelon sorbet |4. Blueberry maple cheesecake ice cream. |5. Plum sorbet with rosemary shortbread cookies.|6. Lemon verbena buttermilk ice cream.
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With hubby’s family and friends staying at our house and a gazillion projects to finish and my crazy nesting urges, to say that this week has been hectic would be an understatement. But it’s time. It’s time to take the time. Time to slow down. Time to enjoy these little girls before their sister arrives and all of a sudden they are no longer so little. Time to give my body a rest and put my feet up. Next week I will be 37 weeks and this baby could come any time. Between now and then I need to stop the frenzy and remember to take time to smell the roses and hug big balloons
Happy Friday, friends!
Pictures from a quick family escape to Napa last weekend. All pictures by This Little Street.
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Oh you guys I am so excited to share today’s DIY with you – giant animal wall stickers that I made with removable wallpaper for the girls bedroom! And the best thing, I am included free animal printable for you guys so you can just make these at home in just a few easy peasy steps – if you can trace and cut, you can easily do this! The girls went absolutely nuts when I put these up on their walls, and I loved them so much too that I had to put a couple flamingos in my own bedroom
You guys loved the pics of my wallpapered living room and entrance + tips I shared a couple weeks ago – that removable wallpaper is seriously DA bomb and I just had to use it upstairs too! A while back I saw these giant animal stickers, but they are only available in the Netherlands (and a bit expensive for my wallet) – and so there I went finding a way to make my own. And I am so happy that Spoonflower, the company that sells the removable wallpaper I used downstairs agreed to jump with me on this projects and send me a few 1/2 rolls of gorgeous wallpaper to try out my idea!
When I asked the girls what animals they wanted in their bedroom, the first thing they screamed was: “A UNICORN!!!!!”. Poor little girls, they still think that we’re going to see unicorns next time we go to the zoo. I keep telling them they don’t really exist, but it just goes out the other ear They also asked for a bambi and some flamingos….which I am really glad they did because I wanted some for myself So there, we ended up doing a tower of unicorn/bambi/flamingo on one wall, and I put another bambi and a mama rabbit with her babes in another wall
Now – I know these stickers are more geared towards little girls. Would you guys by chance be interested in another round of giant stickers, more “boy” friendly stickers? Thinking bears, lions, foxes, etc – although really I know my girls would be happy with all these animals…..anyway, let me know what animal you’d like in the comment section if I do a round 2 for you guys
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Usually I am all about homes that don’t have a lot of darker colors (if any), but I am loving the contrast of darker colors with pastels – the pastels help soften the industrial vibe of this home, and the dark helps break the sweetness of pastels. Not a combination I would have thought of, but a total win if you ask me! And that kitchen? My oh my! This home isn’t big at all, but you can tell that the owners made the most of the space they had in the choice of furniture and clever storage solutions – proof that small spaces can be just as bold and beautiful as big ones (just like this studio and that one that I featured earlier in the blog).
And with that, how about this beautiful Vanilla blackberry mascarpone cake for two by Sweetapolilta? I have a thing for anything blackberry – my mom has the biggest blackberry bush in her backyard where these big, juicy, sweet-but-not-too-sweet blackberries grow, and have have so many memories of, well, me stuffing my face with them until the juice dripped on my chin….so I’d say this cake is a must try! Plus, aren’t the colors of the frosting the prettiest? Must learn to frost like this!!! <—– wishful thinking. Find the recipe here!
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Can’t believe we’re almost there! my oh my, can this belly of mine get any bigger? It doesn’t feel like it – but I guess I am wrong since baby girl is supposed to be in there for another month! I am definitely in penguin mode now – waddling is in full motion;) Let’s be real here – and don’t let the above picture fool you- I am SO DONE physically. As much as I really enjoy being pregnant, at this point everything hurts and I can’t wait to feel comfortable in my own body again…feels like such a remote idea at this point! Just like with the girls, I keep having A LOT of contractions all the time and I keep wondering if that means she will come early like her sisters. it doesn’t matter, whenever she decides to show up, we’re 100% ready for her! I love to see the baby stuff that has popped up everywhere in our home – preparing for a new life, a new little person to join our family is one of the sweetest, most exciting thing. the nursery is almost done (can’t wait to share with you soon!). I am trying to wrap up my last big projects so that I can rest up in may before she arrives – which is SO hard because the urge to nap is getting bigger and bigger already!
Also, a link love with some of my favorite things this week! Happy Friday, and happy Easter, friends
♥♥ Easter bunny lollipops DIY.Because every treat tastes better dressed up as a lollipop. ♥♥
♥♥ Love more, worry Less ♥♥
♥♥ The most genius DIY kid toy: a plantable felt garden! ♥♥
♥♥ Crazy about photography? Win a Canon Rebel T3i on my friend Jessica’s blog here! ♥♥
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Last week I gave you guys a little preview of how I am planning on refreshing our upstairs bathroom, and today I wanted to share a little project that I made to organize our bedroom and add a little color We needed more storage space for little things items and thought I’d add this removable bathroom shelves, simply made with clear storage drawers, a painted wooden board and some nail polish. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out, and they are super affordable and easy to make! Probably one of my favorite projects I’ve ever made for this blog.
It’s been so nice to have the extra storage that I can easily move around or take down when we move out of our rental. I set up the finished shelf in the little window nook. Before them I didn’t really know how to best use that space, I tried to use wire baskets in the window to store things but it looked super cluttered and it wasn’t practical. I found these stackable clear show drawers, and they are actually perfect to store small to medium bathroom items.
I like that I can easily see what is where in each box, but didn’t want to clutter in them to show too much, so I decorate the front of each box with nail polish and put a small piece of contact paper to back it up – so cheap and easy, and a nice touch of personality! You’ve got so many possibilities with the nail polish, obviously I went a little fancy but you could simply do polka dots, tiny hearts, etc.
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When I was little, my grandma almost always came to have Sunday lunch with us, and every now and then when I’d go to bed at night I’d find a little treat under my pillow. Nothing much, a piece of candy or picture or a little treasure she found in her attic that she knew would make me smile. She was a very thoughtful woman, my grandma. Easter Sunday was probably one of her favorite days of the year, and so, with Easter coming up this Sunday, I thought I’d put a little collection of images that remind me of those sunny Sunday treats and other happy memories of her.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
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It’s Friday, friends, want to do the happy dance with me? Any fun plans for you? So happy it’s the weekend, even though we’ll spend most of it cleaning up around the house before my in-laws arrive from Denmark on Sunday. Whatever, I don’t really mind because I am still on a high from our lovely birthday celebration/babymoon/last family of 4 gateway weekend to Santa Cruz.
Have any of you guys ever been to Santa Cruz? We’d been wanting to go ever since we moved to California, and had such a great time! We went in without much of a plan, ate way too much bad food, enjoyed the sun and these little girls of ours. We went to the famous Santa Cruz boardwalk (I’m sure you must have seen pics of it on Pinterest) and had a blast. I mean, hello funky colorful rides straight out of the 80s ;)
We also did a lot of chilling by the pool because, well, there ain’t any baby stopping us right now! It will be a different story in a few weeks I read my favorite magazines and ordered one (virgin) drink after another and totally forgot about the busyness of the world. I hardly saw the girls because they spent the entire time swimming around with their dad. Little Fish they are I don’t think that Madeline removed her sunglasses for a minute the entire weekend, even to go in the water. Child, you are so funny.
On Sunday we cruised along the coast and stopped at one of my favorite places on Earth, Swanton strawberry farm – we went there for the first time last fall after our camping trip and we couldn’t drive by and not stop. That place is so good for the soul. You make your won change. You hang out and play game. You find dollar bills that say “Not to be used for bribing politicians”. Oh, and you eat yummy strawberry everything- fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry lemonade.
Every time we step out of the Bay area (which is beautiful itself), we have to keep pinching ourselves that we actually live here, in this gorgeous region. Instant vacation feeling wherever we drive. We can’t wait to explore California some more.
Thank you Santa Cruz – you were so good to us!
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As if putting together baby’s nursery wasn’t enough (more about that here and here), I’ve also decided to do a little “refresh” in our upstairs bathroom. welcome to the journals of a mad nesting woman I never did much to our bathroom when we moved to Berkeley last summer, and just want to make it ours.
The house we’re renting is an old craftsman’s house, and I don’t think this bathroom hasn’t been changed since it was originally built. Even though you can feel the years, it has some great features – amazing natural light coming from two skylight windows, a gorgeous claw-foot bathtub (that I’d probably paint a crazy color if it was mine)…and then there is all that wood paneling on the walls! Pretty…but a tiny bit too much wood for me. Also, not a big fan of the counter tiles, but also something I can’t change. So accessorizing (without breaking the bank, ha!) and DIYing it’s going to be!
I want to give this bathroom a slight “tropical” feel – adding touches of red and pink, and lots of green via plants. And white, duh, loads of that! Here are some of my favorite bathroom accessories right now. What would you do if your bathroom had so much wood? Would you embrace the wood goodness, or change it up?
1. Toothbrush holder at Nine Space. |2. Medicine storage box by Present Time |3. Wood toothbrushes via Urban Outfitters.|4. Tissue house via CB2 |5. Fouta towels at Nine Space.|6. Soap stones via Jayson Home.|7. Rug via One Kings Lane. |8. Towel rack at West Elm.
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Have you guys ever tried using removable wallpaper? I put removable wallpaper on a couple of walls in our home, and I’m addicted now, so I thought I’d share a bit about my experience and a few tips - but before I do that, don’t forget to enter the giveaway, today’s the last day!
When we moved in, our landlord told us that we could paint the walls if we wanted to, but that we’d have to paint them back when we leave. It didn’t take me long to decide agains painting – one paint job I can handle, but two? Especially since our walls have loads of wood trims and little corners. So instead I decided to give removable wallpaper a try. I created one accent wall in our living room with this gorgeous yellow wallpaper by Holly Zollinger, and I also wanted to make a bold statement in our entrance and used this gorgeous “farmer’s market” wallpaper by Chrissie Van Hoever.
Obviously, I went bold and colorful with my choices of wallpaper – but you could also go more subtle. There are so many options out there now . You can find wallpaper here, here and also here among other places, depending on what kind you want. But my very favorite place to shop for removable wallpaper is by far Spoonflower – so many options, and they have an easy calculator that helps you customize how many rolls you need for your needs, score! Of course, all these options can be a little intimidating at first, but you can easily search by color and trends, so you should be able to narrow things down. Here are some of my favorite Spoonflower wallpapers right now:
Take a look around and I dare you not to find something you like. Which wallpaper would you go for?
Now, this was my very first time putting up wallpaper in my home, and let’s just say that I went “free style” a bit more than I should have. Things turned out fine in the end, and I love the result, but thought I’d my 5 tips for decorating with removable wallpapers:
1. Dare! The best part of removable wallpaper is that, well, it’s removable. Perfect for people with commitment issues like me! You don’t like it? You can easily take it down! So allow yourself to go bold, and try something fun and a bit unexpected!
2. Find the right pattern:To find the best pattern for what you want to do, you’ll need to consider style (do you like floral prints, or do you prefer geometric?), colors and scale. Now I could write an entire post on that, but here is the most important: before you select your wallpaper, you need to have a clear idea where the wallpaper is going to go in your home. Large patterns generally don’t look good in a small room because they tend to overpower the space and make it seem smaller. Color-wise, dark colors with make your room seem smaller, but wallpaper with a light background will have the opposite effect.
3. Don’t have even walls? That’s ok! The walls in our rental home have loads of pumps, the plastering is really irregular – but I used this strippable lining under the wallpaper and then applied the wallpaper – worked like a charm! You can’t see any of the bumps at all now
4. Do a little research: If you’re trying yourself at wallpaper for the first time, do a little reading first Removable wallpaper might be easy to take down, but it takes as much work to put up as regular wallpaper. Not that hard, but you will want to make sure that you learn the tricks of the trade before diving into it. You can start your reading here.
So, did I convince any of you to give it a try? What do you think, would you go for it? Really, there are tons of ways you can use removable wallpaper to give your home some personality, and I’ll try to show you guys some more ideas in the weeks to come! Happy Wednesday, friends
Credits: Photography by This Little Street. Removable wallpapers via Spoonflower. Green couch from Ikea. Lamp from CB2. Frames by Framed and Matted. Lion jacket by Little Goodall. Slippers by Collegien. Dachshund pillow by Kate Durkin.