Either I’ve become really Danish and acclimatised to cold weather or it really has been a late Fall this year. I mean today it was a blazing 16 degrees! We even had lunch on our verandah – in October?! Anyway… I felt it time for a life update. As you know after a three year hiatus from teaching, I’m back being Mrs – oh no – we’re in Denmark now – so just Anna to my pupils. I was worried about my big break but am SO happy to be back (despite falling into bed by 9 most nights). Other than that.. just cruising along -
#1 on his 6th birthday present
Enjoying a unusually warm Fall day in front of husband’s cricket game
Documenting the first time I wore tights this Fall (with my lovely tote)
After school bus rides to swim class
I love watching the world through my pupils 5 year old eyes: it is far more exciting!
At my other job: leading groups through Denmark’s ‘wildness’ (here I’m pretending that we’re not lost when we were VERY much lost)
Loving Autumn sun (after years of rain in Vancouver!)
Creating some ‘hygge’
Featured in the October issue of Canadian Family
My first Fall soup (I was ECSTATIC to find butternut squash here!)
Finally, two of my favourites at church this afternoon.
Life is good in our little household – busy, but good and this gorgeous Fall helps!
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Part of my life is spent organising trips for international staff at my husband’s university. This past weekend I took 45 academics to the island of Møn in the south-eastern part of Denmark. This island is particularly famous for its white cliffs (similar to the Dover cliffs in England), lovely beaches, rolling hills and the old merchant town, Stege. If you’re in Denmark, I highly recommend a visit!
Enjoying the beauty in Stege, I love these quirky pictures from the 1400′s on the ceilings of Stege Kirke (this one looks like a wife is being punished for trying to poison her husband?!?), typical old Danish streets in Stege, random sunflowers, it’s pretty important you know when you’re going when you take 45 people on a 5 km hike – thank goodness for technology and a helpful bus driver…, our group when we arrived at the wrong hostel and the stunning Møns Klint.
Hello all. This evening, I biked home in the dark from my Danish class, rain pouring down and I came into the house and realised: it’s freezing. Summer is over. My fingers were white and I put the kettle on. One soothing mug of herbal tea and 2 blocks of raspberry dark chocolate later, I did the bi-annual wardrobe haul: folding up and placing the summer clothes and shoes at the back of the wardrobe and dusting off my winter woollies and putting them on fresh coat hangers. It is pretty depressing but I figured the only way to be excited about it is to share the trends we’ll be seeing this Fall and how I recommend to do it – the tasteful, simple and stylish way (appropriate for Mums!)
1. London Punk
I call this trend this because when I think London fashion, I think: ripped jeans, over the knee leather boots, biker jackets, buckles, silver studs and exposed zippers. Accessorize with a beanie and you’re good to go!
2. Statement Coats
If you prefer a simple outfit, you can accessorise with a coat that is either colourful, has a crazy print or is oversized.
Pastels, pencil and mid skirts, Peter Pan collar and high neck blouses: this trend is perfect for the romantics!
4. Lazy days
The sweatshirt trend isn’t going anywhere. While I haven’t really got into this trend yes as fear it is too sloppy for my taste, there are some really great prints out there.
What trends are you looking forward to this Fall?
All items are from Asos
… if you’re a very busy Mom who gets totally frazzled by those pinterest Mommies who spend way too much time (and money) on creating the PERFECT party for their child (when in my opinion, the child would rather you spend 15 minutes sitting on the floor playing with them). I really think birthday parties have to be simple. The age-old rule of invite as many kids as the child is turning turned out to be perfect. We had six kids come (plus my two) and it was a great number. The weather was fine so we spent as much time outside as possible and I kept it to two hours that way we could really plan lots of short activities, they wouldn’t go too wild and we could still feed them a meal in that time (11-1 was perfect). Here’s some more tips for the Mum who like me isn’t the most practical, clever or willing to spend a ton of money…
I was not going to send the kids home with lego in their gift bags, so these candies were brilliant! (we bought 5 kgs worth!)
Many games (always involving prizes as we all well know: males LOVE competition) eg. a duplo scavenger hunt, a speed-building game and guessing the number of lego pieces in a jar (guesses ranged from 30-900?!?),
They worked so hard…
Of course the team Dad was on won!
Vegetarian pizza and garlic bread was served for lunch alongside a paper aeroplane contest (off theme but who cares?!)
And of course cake!
I totally recommend leaving present opening to the end of the party (even if the birthday boy is impatient!)
Birthday parties are exhausting! Make sure you get some rest time afterwards!
People often ask me where to find viking hats when they come to Denmark in order to take them back to their countries and gift them to their friends. However, I think it’s better to give something a bit more authentic, as in something you actually see someone in Denmark wear on a day to day basis and after a year here, I haven’t seen one person wear a viking hat
I’ve been doing some back to school shopping for my first born (now six!) recently and have been enjoying the sales on all the Danish kids websites. I’ve also noticed that it has taken me a year to stop shopping on US sites and instead shop soley on Scandinavian (or Europe wide) sites (probably because I’ve figured that while the cost is higher: so is the quality!)
For those of you wanting to dress your child like a Dane or buy authentic Danish/Scandinavian brands to send back to kids/friends in your own countries, here are four of my favourites!
Instead of wearing a viking hat: wear one on your t-shirt
These adorable adorable backpacks are made to last – a perfect gift for a school starter
This is the brand for all the cool kids (they make the best cotton shorts for boys ever)
And – practically every nursing mother in this country owns something from here