A LOT of work has happened here over the last few months. After those initial weeks of demolition, ground work & pipe configurations, we got to build things back up. Slowly but surely this building site was turning into our home. Wow. There wasn’t much left of that old, smoke stained house and obviously we’re quite happy about that! Writing some details for you today so you can follow our process. And if you haven’t read the initial story, make sure to check out “Our New Home Renovation – Part I“!
It’s been a rather hectic time for our family. We bought a home, sold our old home, planned a renovation and then made that renovation happen and finally, we moved – ALL within the space of about 3 months. I’m sitting on the couch with a lovely tea and finally have some mind space to share some of our journey with you!
Recently we got to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday! It was a beautiful spring day – the sun was out and we celebrated with a little lunch get together with our close friends & family. In this post I’d love to share some moments and inspiration with you!
First of all – and it’s so cliche but also SO true – we can’t believe our little bubba is already one year old. ONE year! And although I thought I would never be ready for it, I actually was and I’m fully embracing this new stage of my baby not being such a baby anymore 🙂
All the cliches about babies are so true. Especially the ones about them growing up so (too?) quickly. It’s pretty much time to start planning Eleanor’s first birthday party and I’m not sure I’m quite ready for that! At the same time, this age is so much fun as she really starts exploring and her personality comes out more and more! I’m trying to take in every moment I can.
Today I’ll be sharing some of the baby items we have been loving during this 6-12 month phase. We tend to lean to a more minimalist lifestyle and don’t want to purchase lots of different things. These next few items we have found very useful and well worth our money!
Even though it’s officially still winter, spring is definitely in the air over here! The weather turned from cloudy & grey to exceptionally warm en sunny for this time of year. You don’t hear me complaining! I’ve been throwing the windows open and moved my morning coffee moment outside to the balcony. We’d better make the most of it while we can – you never know if the Dutch winter makes a sneaky come back before it says goodbye for the year.
My houseplants are now slowly awakening from their winter hibernating. The days are getting longer & they respond with new fresh growth. After a winter season indoors, with the heating on and not much daylight, they could benefit from a little love and care. It’s time to help my plants wake up and enable them to happily grow in this new season!
I’m quite excited about sharing this post with you. I’m passionate about living a more sustainable lifestyle and these are a few things EVERYONE can apply: they are not hard, and they won’t take lots of your time or money!
I think we all want to do something for the environment. Yet there is often a big gap between our current lifestyle and that totally green one. We’re nowhere near being zero waste, vegan or minimal, but we’ve started somewhere. While I admire people that go all the way, I find that for most of us it’s a journey! And I think that’s okay too.
So I thought it would be cool to share some of the things we’ve been doing that work in a real family environment. Over the next months I’m going to write more about different areas in our house and habits we’ve changed.
One year ago I was pregnant and well in my second trimester. It was about time to get everything ready to welcome our little one into our home. I remember the confusion as to which baby items we all needed to get. It can actually be a little overwhelming I think – we wanted to be prepared but not go over the top. Yet there was one thing we were quite clear about.
Life as a new mom has definitely made me more thankful for my morning cup of coffee. While I’ve never been one to drink coffee for it’s caffeine ‘to get me through the day’, every bit helps when your little one keeps you up during the night hours!
For years I’ve worked as a barista with specialty coffee. And while I love a good espresso, at home we stick to the more gentle filter brewing. With filter coffee it’s a lot easier to get a good extraction (meaning yummy coffee) with simple tools. Contrary to an espresso, filter coffee becomes better when it’s cooled down a little and brings out so much of the character of the beans you use. We love sharing a cup together on our mornings off, especially when there’s cinnamon rolls involved!
Making wreaths is definitely one of my favourite things to do around this time of the year – choosing the prettiest greens, bring them home & put them out on the table. I’ll make myself a lovely tea, put on some Christmas music and get started with arranging. I love how it makes the house smell of a winter forest, creating an instant Christmas fix.
If you never made your own wreath, you might want to give this a try. You can make them as simple or as luscious as fits your style – but every time they turn out so different, and I love how a wreath never needs to be perfect to look beautiful. They make your house look & smell amazing! Wreaths also make a perfect gift for someone special. Or how about gifting one to someone who could use a little extra encouragement or support during this season?
A few years ago Dan and I were planning our wedding. We had a tiny budget so we had to keep costs down where we could. My mum offered to make the cloth napkins for our garden dinner party and they just looked perfect within that outdoor setting! Afterwards, they got distributed among our family and now we have a stack of them sitting in our cupboard. They come out every time we have dinner guests over.
Exchanging disposable items for reusable ones in your home makes such a difference. It’s often simpler than you think, yet it cuts down your waste for as long as you continue to use it.
One of those very simple things you can change is replacing your paper disposable napkins by cloth ones. They don’t only make your dinner table look so much more refined, they are lovelier to use and you won’t have to throw them away!