30 September 2014

Chaos in my head

WE are going away for a week, but feels I need to take stuff for a life time. Why, well I am travelling with one child. Only one child. Wonder what it would be like if your travel with 2 or more.

It started with booking the tickets. Mr. P. said lets take the cheapest ones, no luggage, just a bag. And I said...we are travelling with Annemay. ah.... since it doesnt really matter anymore than, you starts looking into the times. Wondering if you can book the times where she will hopefully sleeping and not running up and down the corridors....mothers nightmares. Do not get me wrong I love her and she will probably behave, but I just keep the worst in mind.

Packing last year - this year I will be doing this when she is at the creche, otherwise she gets anxious. She does that when she senses something is gonna happen.

New spot in town - Pippa's

I love living in Haarlem, close to Amsterdam, close to the beach, close to dunes and greens. Also its such a child friendly city. Many playgrounds outside and inside!

We have Meneer Paprika in the city center, we have Mini Markt in Bloemendaal (5 minute drive) and now we have Pippa's at the train station. Lunch and dinner while kids are playing with trains and have place to read and make art. Love it! Places where I get to hang out with friends, having coffee or wine and the kids can run around and play. Unlike many places where they have to sit still at the table. Which is an impossible task with A, who loves to run wild and free and will make a dramatic scene.

Ps. if you want to learn more great tips in haarlem for kids (toddlers and pre-scholers) have a look at Mugjes ,

DIY Fall

Seeing all those chestnuts on the ground it reminded me of my childhood. I loved making things as a kid (still do;-)) and wanted to do something with miss A. Which means mama is making something and A sort of helps taking them apart and mess them up. 

I decided to make some spiderwebs with them and collected wool and some fabric and made a few. Not to bad.

All you need
> a few chestnuts
> some toothpicks
> different colors of wool
> and/or some fabric


18 September 2014

a day at the beach

The other day we went to the beach. I was very curious whether Annemay would enjoy it. Since the last time we went it took her about an hour to even touch the sand with her feet.
She loved it, plenty to see and she loves hanging out with the three of us. I have good hopes for out little upcoming holiday in Portugal :-).

We went to IJmuiden, takes us about 15 minutes by car.  Its a smaller cosier beach and not so crowded as Zandvoort or Bloemendaal. And there is a playground in the beginning of the beach, which is perfect for (little)kids.

1 September 2014

Rainy days equals baking cookies

Now my little girl is getting bigger is has become more fun doing things with her because there are more things to do :-). She understands more and loves to do stuff with me. Mostly she loves dancing with mum and dad and wrestling with us. Every day you see changes. A new word, new things she does, things she understands, I am amazed and happy to see them.  Also saying lets go home, or even a sentence with the word home, she will start waving to everyone and gets all excited. Have to be careful saying this word when I am somewhere else, because she will grab her chance and  gets frustrated when we do not go.

Yesterday was a rainy day so I decided to bake cookies with her, the healthy kind, more or less ;-) a variation to the ducth "sandcookies". (butter, flower and sugar). We made cookies with spelt flour, coconut blossom sugar, coconut rasped and butter (was out of coconut oil). They did not turn out bad, a bit burned, so I need to alter the time and heat somewhat next time. She had fun, mostly by eating the cookie dough, However it entertained her for 15 minutes. I call that a success!

25 August 2014

Come back

I keep on saying the same, I am back. But then I lack inspiration and do not post.
But I am gonna give it another go :-)

Trying hard to figure out what I should do with my blog. Which direction I shall take. Its been a rollercoaster since I became a mum to a beautiful energetic little girl. I also wanna change the layout, so I have some serious thinking to do. I would like to write again because I love to, not because I have to. I would like this to be my outlet, my inspiration, my joy and something I love to do again.

x Julie & Annemay

13 February 2014

Kloo Booso

Sometimes you come across a brand for kids clothing and you wish they would come in Adult Sizes. Seriously! I actually emailed them asking if they would make adult size clothing and yes, this summer they will have some in adult size. I cannot wait!

I bought 2 pieces for Annemay and I would love to buy more. Check their website here.

My absolute favourite, this vest. I would live in it!

4 February 2014

February 14th

Valentines day is coming up and sweet Esther  mama to a beautiful boy from this lovely blog From Ezter with love (check it out) is has decide to rename this day to liefjesdag (day of loved ones).

A day not just to think of the day you have your eye on, but also the people around you. So therefore she decided she wants to send two people a sweet package. If you want to be one of them, check her blog here!

24 January 2014

Manon Juliette

Much to Mr. P. annoyance I am always thinking of rearranging en changing our interieur. AS a kid I would change my room several times a year. I had a bed, desk and kabinet attched to eachother as one furniture piece. I would seperate the pieces and move them around, only have 2 pieces attached, or all three seperated. Built tents, reading corners, loved it.

Mr. P however is not always as keen to my never ending urge to change things, There are so many nice things out there. Although I need to stop mixing to many styles, to the point it doesn't fit:-)

Have you see these carpets? The idea of designing it my way....tempting :-) Have a look here.

Badkamermat van Studio Manon Julliette

6 January 2014

Etsy favorites 1

Besides Instagram, Pinterest and this blogging community I also enjoy browsing through Etsy. So many gifted people making beautifull things.

So I decided to share with you some of my new finds. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

For some beautifull light in cosy winter night, see here

porcelain tea light holder  - wedding candle holder N.6. modern ceramic votive holder. Tea light delight collection Wapa Studio.

A favorite of mine already, Studio Meez, made these new containers:

Awesome decoration, still trying to decide which one I want and in what color by Assembli

Paper Rhino Folding Kit

And to start of a good year by having this pretty calender by Snug Studio:

Have a happy Monday!!!

4 January 2014


Happy new year lovely bloggers. Hope you all had great holidays! May all your wishes come true in 2014.

We have been to Switzerland for Christmas, pics will follow, absolutely y beautiful there and new years eve we spend home, just the three of us.

One of the things I love about this season is buying presentes for others and especially now for my baby girl. Problem only is I like a lot :-). I love seeing peoples smiles and happiness when they open my presents. I spend a lot of time on selecting them. I know its crazy, but i love doing it.

One of the presents was "lange Leo" (long leo)  a dolls made bu Suusssies. So cute and Annemay loved it. She als makes these adorable bowties. On my wishlist.

Have a happy Saturday!