I know i know, i promised months ago to keep you updated on the nursery process, but trust me. It has been a lot more difficult than i thought it would be! For some reason i thought that designing a nursery would be pretty much the same as designing a brand, but i wish someone told me that i was wrong. Overall, i had a very clean idea of what i wanted for the nursery from the moment we found i was pregnant. Clean, bright, woodsy and a bit of folk.

I never got to do a mood board for some reason, until this very moment. All my ideas are stored in pins on a secret board and that was pretty much my virtual mood board. When we first started buying the first furniture, i was so stressed about finishing everything and having the nursery done and ready way before baby arrives. Now, i laugh at myself knowing that it won’t be and i’ll be probably putting the final touches when Jason arrives.

So far, we have all the important things done. Painting the room, put up the shelves, the cot is ready as well as the dresser. For the last one, we used an ikea dresser that works out perfectly after we changed the doorknobs to gold ones. Now all we need is the final touches like artworks, toys, mirrors and decorations.

Overall, the room has a lot of white and wooden elements, gold and bright pops of colour. This lama was my main inspiration for a big part of it 🙂 I never told you the story of how for a whole month we thought i was having a girl did i? Well, a lot of my planning involved a nursery for a baby girl, that turned into a fear of having a too girly nursery for a baby boy.

I guess this mood board was a good start to set up a general guide for our final touches. I know not everyone’s into baby / nursery posts, and i’m really not great at them ahah so the next one will be a photoshoot of the finished room. Crossing my fingers it will turn out as i imagine it!

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Deer Hook | Wire Basket | Mirror | Swan Doll

Natural Basket | Rino Hook | Moroccan Rug | Folk Pillow

Having finished the days work, you sit on the couch to stretch your legs, and the first thing you do is drift away in your phone. Pinterest, Twitter,Iinstagram, Facebook. There’s this constant need to check our social media, or simply have our phones in hand even when we don’t need to. It feels a lot like a compulsive disorder or simply an addiction we have these days. But it’s not the need that bothers me, but the fact that we simply never get bored or rest.

No wonder i keep reading so often on blogs and articles, how “taking a break from social media is needed”, “why taking a break from social media will make you happy”, and “how to take a break from social media”. I’ve had my fair share of breaking up with social media since September. The pregnancy naturally turned me into an introvert out of a sudden and i’ve been trying to break free for the past few months. I do miss being more vocal, and active, but i love how peaceful and stress free my brain is.

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I’m not going to share the how, why and when taking a break from social media. I bet you already know that or read an article already. To each his own. For some social media is a way to be inspired, to others it’s their way to share their work and attract clients and to some it’s just for fun. While cutting off yourself from social media completely for a peace of mind sounds stressful, you might want to contain the time you spend there instead.

Finding a balance is the best solution. What really worked for me is to be on SM for a specific time in a day. During the day, on my breaks between work, after lunch and a little less on the weekends. Waking up, has become much faster as i don’t drift away in my phone. Evenings are more peaceful and i can finally relax by not being “locked” in front of a screen. And most importantly, notifications for everything, are turned off. No need for distractions. When it’s time, i’ll know who commented on my pictures.

I don’t care what season it is, give me a tropical cocktail and I’m set. Perhaps it’s the flavorful garnishes, usually consisting of pineapple or coconut. Maybe it’s that it reminds me of sitting on the beach, no matter what temperature it actually is outside. Or it could even be that distinct tiki feel, even if it’s not in a tiki glass.

Either way, tropical cocktails are my JAM. So, when I spotted ‘Coco-Lada’ by The Owl’s Brew, I knew exactly what I had to make. The team over at The Owl’s Brew is BRILLIANT. They’ve crafted teas specifically for cocktails. Major ‘aha!’ moment, am I right?

The tea I made this Tropical Rum Coco-Lada with is a blend of black tea, chai spices, coconut pieces, and pineapple juice. SO much yum in one bottle.

– A post in collaboration with by Gabriella

Naturally, I needed to go the tropical route with this one and so here we find ourselves with another cocktail on another glorious Friday. The weekend is so close I can taste it and it tastes a lot like this tropical humdinger of a cocktail. Grab the recipe below!

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INGREDIENTS

2 parts Coco-Lada

2 parts coconut milk

1 part rum

1 part Falernum

4 sprigs thai basil

Juice from 1 lime

Shredded coconut, for garnish

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Add thai basil to your shaker with the Falernum and lime juice.

Muddle for 15 seconds.

Add rum, coconut milk, Coco-Lada and ice.

Shake until cold, about 15 seconds.

Strain into glass over ice.

Add crushed ice on top and garnish with a lime wheel and shredded coconut.

 


 

How are you kicking off the weekend?

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It’s been a week since my birthday and i already feel the pressure of being twenty eight. While chatting with my friend Mel yesterday, i realised how much more inspired i am to achieve in pretty much.. everything. To be great at what i do, be a great mom, woman and wife. Somehow, somewhere in between all that stress and anxiety i found motivate to achieve instead of being scared of failure.

This week i worked on myself a bit, something i haven’t done in a long time. I managed to stress less with my full inbox and prioritise more. I set some extra time to have a cup of coffee during the day, take a nap to recharge and do some gardening and barbecue with the hubby. Words can’t even describe just how more relaxed i feel by simply altering my daily routine and stressing less about everything.

At the end of the day, i realised we need to say more “yes” and less “no”.  Out loud as well as in the way we live.

Twenty – eight and one day. Boy i was dreading for this moment! This number always felt enormous in my mind, and i was never one to dread ageing. I mean, as always i still feel like i’m 14, but i’m not intimidated by the first wrinkles or the fact that this year i’ll become a mom (gulp, who me?). But this year, more than any other, i imagined that this specific number would make me feel older, less adventurous and less and less me.

But, when you’re surrounding by incredible people who love you like mine do – these thoughts never actually reach your heart. I spent an incredible birthday yesterday, with the day off with Theo, dinner, birthday cakes and wine with friends and lots of warm wishes from everyone i know. Hey, today 28 doesn’t feel as bad i thought it would! Instead, i’m full of joy, determined to be the best version of myself and a little closer to who i envision to be.

So cheers to ageing gracefully, without drama and tears. And cheers to all the amazing things this year has to offer!

Our almond tree bloomed last week, and all i can see from my couch, is these beautiful almond blossoms. I really hadn’t realised how much i’ve missed the sun and warmth on my skin, until i heard the birds singing and worked from the balcony last Friday.

There was this reflection on the wall, from Bella’s water bowl, that felt like fire and it instantly gave me heat wave mood and summer vibes. Cannot hide you that i’m already browsing some new kinis and sliders. Even though, we just woke up on a very cloudy and rainy Monday.