As I said before, in a previous blogpost, I'm a huge Rituals fan. So for Christmas, I got a great gift pack from their store, which happened to have a body scrub in it. So on the last day of school, while everything was still quiet at home, I jumped in the shower and enjoyed a nice shower wíth a great smelling body scrub. Great way to start the summer!
While they're not really my favourite flowers, they sure do scream "spring's here!". So I was eager to get a great bouquet, but boy, those flowers are expensive! I went to the local flower shop and she told me that they don't even have them in stock because they're just too expensive and they only get them when you order them first.
I did eventually find some and the bouquet turned out quite nice! Nothing like some colorful flowers to brighten up your house!
What we see most in our garden, are flies. So.. not very idyllic. Which is why this idea sounded great. When we were on our last trip to Intratuin to pick out our flowers to plant in the garden, we found a mix of flowers to grow that would appeal to butterflies.
All we had to do, was mix the 2 bags in a bowl, spread them out over some potting soil and make sure to give them plenty of water. Easy enough!
The first two weeks nothing really happened and we were wondering if we might've done something wrong, but then one day we looked outside and it had really started growing.
From then on, it kept growing and growing, but it stayed green and to be fair, it looked like we had planted just a bunch of weeds you find on the side of the road. And we hadn't seen any butterflies either. But then, just as quickly as it had started growing, there were flowers in all colors growing and we got visited by 5 butterflies in one day. Honestly, it still does look like weeds for the most part, but the tiny flowers and butterflies make it worth it!
So all in all, mission accomplished!
Last year we gave our garden a much needed spruce up. We got rid of all the grass that was there (which was mostly weeds anyway) and threw away our outdoor furniture. We put down new grass, bought new furniture, planted some trees, bought a fun outdoor playhouse for our daughter.
Because it looks better now, it's even more fun to pimp it up from time to time.
So a few weeks ago we went out to a huge garden departement store in The Netherlands, that we really like, called "Intratuin". They only have a Dutch website, so I don't know how much you'll be able to make of it, but it's basically like Ikea but with nothing but stuff to use outdoors.
We picked out some great plants and had fun getting them all garden-ready.
.When you think about spring, you just picture blue skies, baby animals, green grass and sweater weather. However, where I live, we get lots and lots of rain during the first months of spring. So one way to help you realize it actually IS spring, is to surround yourself with tons of beautiful flowers.
My favourite flowers are tulips, especially closed tulips. They're just simple and colorful and work in every room. And, a nice bonus, they're not expensive at all! We have a supermarket not far from here that has a flower-section and they often have tulips on sale. A few weeks ago, you could get two bouquets of tulips for only 6 EUR (or $7). Score!
I'm not a big movie fan and I've never been tempted to watch most old movies, but this is definitely an exception. I know (and love) the song, of course. So I was eager to see if the rest of the movie was as catchy as its title song.
We picked out a rainy evening in April and cuddled up on the couch.
I love the movie more than I thought I would! The story felt very modern and we even had a few laughs. Some of the songs went too long for me, but I guess that's just personal taste.
When the movie was over, I did look it up on IMDB and one of the things that I thought was amazing, was the fact that Gene Kelly actually had a very high fever during the day they were supposed to film the "singing in the rain" scene. So they only had one take to get it right and they didn't have the dance routine ready. So he improvised most of it.
Knowing this makes the movie even better!
I've never been a big movie-watcher. I would never put a movie on by choice, I would always pick a tv-show. So it's no surprise I hadn't seen Fargo before. My husband loves watching movies and watches a ton without me, so I had thought he would've watched it already, but he hadn't, so we made a cozy evening of it.
I figured, since this is apparently a must-watch movie for wintertime, that it would be a story to warm yourself up to. Something romantic or family-oriented. Boy, was I wrong, huh!
When I read the back of DVD case, it said it was about a kidnapping gone wrong, murder and a pregnant detective trying to figure everything out. So I thought, a mystery thriller or something. Wrong again!
In the end I did like the movie. It was just weird enough to still be funny and the accents are awesome! Happy I did watch it!
When I was a kid, I used to love puzzles. But I just didn't make any time for it once I got older. Now that I have a daughter who loves puzzling as well, I get to do it a bit more often, but they're always just 40 piece-puzzles, with cartoon characters on them.
So I figured for this Bucket List Item, I'd pick out a puzzle for me alone. My husband watches a ton of tv shows that I don't like, so I figured I'd use this time to finish the puzzle. What surprised me a bit was how hard it was to find a winter-themed puzzle for adults! I did manage to find this one though:
I wanted to make this puzzle on the dining room table but I couldn't leave it there for days, and since the puzzle was too big to finish in one sitting, I had to find a solution. So I found this:
It's a puzzle mat! You can roll it open, make your puzzle on it and then when you're done for the day, just roll it back up and put it away. This is probably something everyone knows about already, but I hadn't heard of it until I found it and I thought it was great!
I ended up working on the puzzle for about 4 days before I finished it. And I've already gotten another puzzle as a Christmas present, so I guess I can just keep going!
I love Christmas! Love it, love it, love it! If I could put a Christmas tree and decorate the house on the 1ste of November, I would. Unfortunately, where I live, we have the tradition of Saint Nicholas (more on that later), that is celebrated on the 6th of december. And because of this tradition, it is somehow "frowned upon" to put up a tree and decorate before the 6th.
So I found another way to get into the Christmas spirit! I sent an E-Mail to Santa!
I found this website while I was surfing around for some fun Christmas stuff and I didn't expect much of it, but I gave it a go just for fun. The way it works is, you put in some info like your name, age, presents you would like to get,.. and it generates a letter.
Last year, I got a letter from Santa as a present from one of my friends, but the letter was very weirdly written and other than my name, there wasn't much that was right. This one however was fun! I won't give too much away, but it looked like this:
I made another letter with the information of my friend whose name I got for Secret Santa and I put it in her gift with the other things I got her. A fun (and cheap) Christmas present!
Another thing we did on our yearly end-of-october-forest-walk, was collect tons of leaves, pineapples, nuts and more, in the most beautiful shades of orange, yellow, red, brown.
When we got home, we couldn't come with a great way to use them for decoration. So we did what everyone would do: Pinterest, baby! We found some great and easy-to-make ideas right away.
We loved these the most:
The DIY Fall Centerpiece from May Days The Thankful Tree from Simply Vintagegirl
We didn't have the tiny pumpkins, but other than that, I think we managed to recreate the centerpiece quite nicely. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving because we're not American, but I loved the idea of the thankful tree anyway. This year we just went with a variation with leaves and pineapples, but next year we're doing the small chalkboards as well! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but we do have a lot to be thankful for!
This is how it ended up, I think it turned out lovely!
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