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To My Precious Daughters

Growing up I would imagine of greatness, a future filled with amazement, splendor, joy and laughter. A grownup version of me, who was fearless, strong willed and a force to be reckoned with. A lioness who’s heart was as strong, as it was loving and caring. As so many of life’s wonders, my journey was indeed filled with everything I ever wanted and more. To my greatest discovery however, true happiness, fulfillment and my greatest accomplishment was only achieved, when you gifted me with the greatest challenge and the most beautiful task yet, becoming your mother. 

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My beautiful girls, you amaze me everyday with your inquisitiveness, your love and passion for new discoveries is contagious and shines bright through your star studded eyes. The gift of being your mother is a cornucopia of happiness, a gift that keeps on giving! 

My phenomenal girls, when you were babies I would walk ahead of you, while you would grip my hands so fiercely as we would take small steps together. Those tiny hands in mine, were so fragile but yet so strong and trusting. Now older and fully capable of walking on your own, my new position is beside you and no longer in front. As we walk side by side, I gaze at you and marvel at the young girls you have become. Never seize to shine, for your shimmer is but your essence and my purpose in life. Sprinkle that glittering essence of yours everywhere you go, walk tall, speak your mind and never be afraid to chase your dreams and goals. 

My extraordinary girls, every day spent with you is filled with amazement, splendor, joy and laughter. I am already proud of the day, when you will be walking ahead of me, while holding and guiding my fragile hands. 

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Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size  
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

– Maya Angelou

Fall In Love With Fall

September has arrived and we can officially begin the festive season. My calendar is always jam-packed this time of the year and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Birthdays, picnics, anniversaries, s’mores bar, tailgating, Halloween, Thanksgiving, outdoor movie nights, Christmas, oh my! To kickstart my favorite time of the year, I made some trail mix and packed a quick picnic basket to take with us, for a day of family fun outdoors.

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Picnic Under The Stars

It has been a while since our last date night, the kids have been sick all week and we were starting to suffer cabin fever. What we needed was some adult time and I had the perfect idea in mind. After the kids went to bed, we set a picnic for two in the back yard and the telescope aimed up for some stargazing. 

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My Little Pony Birthday Party

I have a little girl here, who is very excited for her birthday. To say that she’s obsessed with My Little Pony, is the biggest understatement in the history of the world. So of course she wants to have a MLP themed party. I have a specific idea I want to implement, I’m thinking MLP Sleep Under Party. I’ve already ordered a bunch of party supplies and I will be sharing them all, once they arrive, but for now, enjoy this mood board I’ve created for the occasion.

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Inspire Her Mind!

A few months ago, I read a book for my little girls about Amelia Earhart. Ever since that bedtime story, my oldest has been very occupied with equal rights and proving to her self that girls can do anything, just like boys.

Exploring what you are capable of in your formative years, can be great fun and exciting. I see my job here to be guidance. Nudging them ever so gently into the right path and exposing them to new and inspiring experiences through life’s adventures.

Educate a woman and you educate her family.
Educate a girl and you change the future.
– Queen Rania of Jordan –

Inspiring their minds through story telling, embarking on awe-inspiring field trips and mind blowing experiments are just a few tools I carry in my arsenal of how to raise strong willed, open minded, well cultured and intelligent little girls.

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Wake Up Buttercup

We all want our days to be productive and successful and I’m here to let you know it is not as hard or daunting as it may seem. It’s actually quite simple, not easy, but simple non the less!

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Research shows that your brain has a five-second time limit, when it’s required to make hard decisions. These choices require what’s called, activation energy. This is the minimum quantity of energy you must possess in order to undergo a specific reaction.

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So lets take for instance, your alarm goes off and you don’t want to get out of bed. Your brain chooses to press snooze, and with that you have chosen not to enforce your self to tap into your activation energy. By not disciplining your own behavior, you fall short and into bad habits, which is counterproductive.

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Now on to the part on how it’s simple to start your day productive. First things first, don’t press snooze! Get up! No matter how tired you are, that feeling will go away after a few minutes. A refreshing morning shower/rinse wakes your body and then caffeine and nutrition for your brain. Last but not least, something for your psyche. Make an upbeat playlist and play it on shuffle, that way you don’t get easily tiered of your favorite tunes.

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Here’s my Good Morning Playlist, which also works as my alarm clock. I wake up feeling pumped and excited to embark on a new day. Since I’ve started this new routine, I no longer have to wake my sleepy kiddos either, as they wake up to music they like and get ready for their day. We sing, dance and get ready together for our days all the way to school. That’s what I call an upbeat start to a productive day!

Fashionably Green

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you know as well as I do that living a greener life is not only healthy for you and the planet, but it’s stylish too. Besides the obvious choices like switching to LED lighting, walk when you can, etc. There’s one point me and my family are working on, recycling! Have a look around you and see what stuff you can make a massive change on in your day to day life!

Are you the type who buys bottled water, then why not filter at home and use a glass bottle instead? Do you often buy new toys for your kids? How about arranging with a group of friends to exchange or borrow toys from each other?

I’ve made a conscious decision to include my children in this new and exciting life change. There are so many clever ways to reuse and recycle our daily items. Our family uses straws a lot, so these stainless steel ones are not only planet and wildlife approved, but family approved as well. Last but not least, kids lunch boxes… Even the sturdiest of plastic lunch boxes break or crack, that’s why I got this rustic looking one. So my six year old daughter doesn’t really care whether her lunch box is rustically trendy, but she does love the three compartments and all the healthy food that goes into it. Win, win!

Polaroids In The Wind

Remember my Shades Of Blue Love Post? I love my little blue Instax Mini and I think I’ve found a way to display some of my favorite shots of the kids. This cherry blossom tree was already in their room. I added a mini wooden peg to each photo and scattered them around amongst the dancing cherry blossoms, that are getting swooped around in the wind.

Outfit Of The Day & A Greener Future

When I was living in Norway, I always hated returning empty bottles of cans. Ugh, the long waiting lanes and there was nothing glamours about trash bags filled with dirty and wet bottles. The smell alone was enough to make me want to throw in the towel.

Those days are long gone and I no longer live in a society, where recycling your empty bottles and cans for pocket change is looked upon as normal. Until recently… No I haven’t moved back to Norway, the Australian government is making an effort to encourage it’s residence to recycle more. Similar to Norway, we now exchange our empty bottles and cans for 10 cents each. It’s not much, but enough to make people think twice about where they throw their garbage.

I have made a conscious decision to become better at recycling, but also to include my kiddos in this process. They learn about the importance of taking care of our planet and they get to keep the change we get for recycling. Win, win!

Bored Games

Alright so I know it’s not spelled that way, but that is what I like to call them, because I usually bring them out under extreme circumstances. It’s not often my girls get bored, but this heatwave we have going on right now has given everyone a severe case of cabin fever. When life gives you heatwave, you bake cookies and play board games, or something like that…

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