With two spring/summer babies, birthday season is upon us and I’ve having fun shopping for my two boys (I LOVE naturebaby). Here’s some ideas for 3 and 6 year old birthday gifts.
….oh how we play.
How to make the most of three weeks without my husband (with two very long ‘long’ weekends and two adventurous boys):
Don’t freak out when it rains: make the most of the puddles and how ecstatic 2 year olds are over them!
Break a rule or too and take them the satanic restaurant (#2′s first time having a Happy Meal: he was over the moon)
Find a trampoline, who cares where, but wherever, it will amuse them for a whole day (well it did for mine anyway!)
New parks: how cool is this one? They had balancing beams, fire hydrants, stepping stones and hill slides – and nothing beats that view – at Stige Ø
The kids loved this park aka ‘the noise park’
Take your urban kids out to the country side (#2 thought the pigs were going to eat him so kept close to #1)
Enjoy hanging in your neighbourhood and really noticing how cool it is.
Get out of the city and experience spring in all its colour.
Take a different mode of transport (we usually walk or cycle)
My new wheels! (whatever it takes to get out of the house even it kills me doing it!)
Again, break some rules: ice-cream before dinner!
Thanks guys for being wonderful kids while Dad’s away – I write this just in case I ever forget to thank you:
I feel so blessed to be your Mum.
Especially when there’s cute rainwear such as these!
All items can be purchased at boozt.com
I recently purchased an old sewing machine/table for an absolute steal (similar). It’s gorgeous and I want to turn it into a dressing table but need some inspiration. Have been having so much fun with pinterest finding cute dressing table set-ups.
I love spring. But I struggle with spring fashion. Growing up in Australia, spring essentially meant a cooler summer. T-shirts, shorts and flip flops can be worn in spring with no worries mate. But in the northern hemisphere, every year spring rolls round, I get so excited. I swap my winter woollies over for my spring/summer cottons, my boots over for my flip flops, pop on my sunnies and head outside and… freeze.
Even so, I shudder when I see people still wearing winter coats, gloves and scarves and want to yell at them ‘It’s May for heaven’s sake, get your coat off!’ Also I can’t stand seeing black everywhere – when I see a girl wearing black tights, it looks so wrong to me, then I stare down at my pasty, unshaven legs and realise why she’s still wearing them. It’s still cold and our bodies are not quiet ready. When it’s 14-20 degrees outside, it’s definitely not shorts/t-shirt/flipflop weather.
How to escape the winter black and embrace the spring brights without freezing your bottom off or heating up too much?
I turned to Stockholm’s fashionistas for advice.
Boots away, Ballets In.
Put the knee-highs in the closet for a few months and get out your colourful ballet flats. Your ankles may freeze a little but your top half will warm them up.
Cover up your arms with spring jackets.
Don’t say farewell to the long sleeves.
Coats and scarves may be packed up but your long sleeved shirts, sweaters, cardigans and tops will come in handy. Team them with a spring short or skirt and at least keep your top half warm and then fake tan your legs! And smile!
Welcome the boyfriend jean.
Much hated by my husband but loved by me, the boyfriend jean is here to stay. Comfortable and perfect for spring – rolled up and with a girly shoe these trousers are an essential to the European spring/summer wardrobe.
Show some skin
Ok cover up if you really have to. But feel free to wear open toed shoes. Get a pedicure, some bright coloured toe nails and don your favourite pair of sandals, with your long sleeves and long trousers.
Long Boots away, Short boots stay
While I think spring is a good time to put away the black tights and knee high boots, I have to say, the ankle booties need to stick around. Especially if you want to show some leg – they look great with shorts or skirts – of all lengths and they at least will give your feet some warmth!
My husband is away for most of the month of May which is a lovely month weather-wise in Odense. There are tons of things on so if it were not for my upcoming Danish exam, I would be kicking back and enjoying my time with the boys. One tip I give Mums on their own with their kids (and with few friends and no family around) is to plan, plan and be spontaneous. Have a calendar of events that are happening in your town and plan to attend them…unless something cool happens eg. the kids decide that racing leaves down a stream is worth spending an hour and a half doing or plan to go an antique market… unless the weather is horrible and it’s better to go to Blockbuster and let the kids pick a DVD each. Also treat yourself: everyday. Whether it be a trailer for your bike, some cheeky online shopping or a chai latte – something a little selfish that perks your day a bit. And, go to bed early!
Some of my fave spring pieces: Target flats (last season), Topshop biker jacket (old), Zara cargos and H&M stripes, one of my last pics my littlest man with his long baby locks, checking out gorgeous scarves at Besos, SDU International Club at Simoncini’s, nothing like a Danish brunch in the sunshine, attending Odense May 9th Eventyrløbet (he didn’t like the starting gun!), enjoying a sunny morning in our town square and much concentration is required when you play with leaves and sticks.
Since moving to Denmark, I really have missed meeting with ladies, going through their wardrobes and given them a good spring cleanse. At it is spring now – I think it an apt time to open up your closet, peer inside and reevaluate all the items you have – do you wear it anymore? Does it fit you still? What items do you have that you can wear it with? Are you perhaps too old for it now?
Spring is a perfect time to give your wardrobe a makeover as you are already putting away the winter items (make sure you get rid of anything you didn’t wear over winter or any items that have seen their day) and as you get out your spring/summer items, check and see if you can donate any of them or if you’re missing anything in particular (this is why I always host a clothes swap party in spring!)
Shopping for me has always been an enjoyable pass-time but these days the budget is tight, time is limited and as am over 30 years I can’t dress like a 20 year old anymore. Shopping for me is now about getting wardrobe essentials at a good price and if I want to buy something ‘trendy’ I head to H&M and pick it up there for under 100kr.
Here’s a great checklist for your wardrobe:
Coats & Jackets
I know that I’m on the market for a cashmere sweater, snow boots, a peacoat and dressy pants – what’s on your wardrobe essentials list?
images c/o coffeestainedcashmere
Remember my maternity monday series? I really miss talking about maternity wear as I love seeing how far it’s gone since I was pregnant and I do get a little envious when I see what’s out there these days. If I were pregnant again I’d get myself a Magic Maternity Tube. For a mere 28 euros this is possibly the most multifunctional maternity (and post-maternity) item on the market. It can be worn in a variety of ways and is made of a soft knitted fabric. Nothing sells itself better to me than versatility!
Following my Mother’s Day theme this week, I thought today I’d focus on how Moms can get the most out of foods to improve their mood. We all have cranky, exhausting, forgetful and frustrating days/moods but never fear, there’s food that can help!
1. Stress & Hungry & Tired = Chocolate
Chocolate (especially dark chocolate can reduce the stress hormones in your body. A recent Swiss study, found that eating just a smidge of dark chocolate (about 1.4 ounces) has the power to lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in the body, thus reducing your anxiety!
2. Lack of concentration & sluggish = Spinach
Instead of turning to our old friend caffeine, try having a spinach salad instead. According to Dr Dolgoff, “Folic acid, or folate, helps your body to process and lower homocysteine levels,” says Dr. Dolgoff. “High levels of homocysteine are associated with damage to blood vessels, in addition to interfering with the flow of blood and nutrients to the brain. Impaired blood flow may leave you feeling sluggish or slow to process or recall information.” Folate-rich food such as spinach and other leafy green vegetables as well as potatoes, fortified breads and cereals, beans, peas and mushrooms can help wish that weariness away!
3. Cranky & snappy = Apple with Peanut Butter
When you’re cranky your body needs fuel food. Your body needs to get a combination of carbs, protein and a bit of fat. The apple is your healthy complex carbohydrate and the peanut butter is a healthy fat (also almond butter is a good alternative!)
4. Worried & Anxious = Salmon
Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. “Regular consumption of omega-3s has extensive research support for both the prevention and treatment of clinical depression. And there’s growing evidence that omega-3s also help reduce anger and irritability,” says Stephen Ilardi, PhD, author of The Depression Cure. While there are plant-based sources of omega-3s, Dr. Ilardi says it’s best to stick with fish: “The specific form of omega-3 that most strongly boosts mood is found most abundantly in coldwater fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel,” he says.
5. Frustrated & Angry = Green Tea
According to Jacob Teitelbaum, nutrition expert and author of Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! Green tea is the answer to our daily anger. Why? “Green tea contains theanine, which calms you and helps you maintain clear concentration and focus,” he says. Green tea’s modest amount of caffeine won’t send you into an angry rage, either; it’s gentler on your body than coffee.
6. Miserable and teary = Whole grain cereal
When you’re feeling down it’s often because your body is low on vitamin D. If this is the case, you may be affecting your body’s ability to stabilize your mood and reduce feelings of depression. To boost your intake of vitamin D, turn to lowfat fortified milk, fortified cereals or mushrooms. In addition it’s good to take vitamin D and calcium supplements on a daily basis.
7. PMS = Egg salad
When it’s that time of the month, we often want fatty comfort food which doesn’t necessarily help us in the right way. Instead, opt for whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, and for extra PMS-zapping strength, pair them with tryptophan-rich protein such as eggs, sunflower seeds or turkey, which may enhance the release of serotonin. An egg-salad sandwich on whole-grain bread offers the perfect carbohydrate-tryptophan combination. Also try this: Instead of mayonnaise, mix the hard-cooked eggs with a teaspoon of fat-free or lowfat plain Greek yogurt and half a teaspoon of whole-grain Dijon mustard. Mhmm!!!
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