My journey from Stay-at-home-mom to Create-at-home-mom

Trying to incorporate creative work into my busy mom-life


… (and still doing the laundry, the cooking and of course caring for the kids!)

Let me just get it straight out first thing: I am a planning genius! As in: planning in my phone, on the computer and sometimes just in my head. Not in actual real life. You could argue that it’s actually poor planning if you can’t apply it in practice. But I still think I kick ass when it comes to planning. I just haven’t been doing it right…

So enter the goal chart and general weekly planner! …

How I got over the “don’t get dirty!!!"


Nowadays my children get dirty all the time. Several times a day. They don’t care about black knees, dirty nails or sweat and sand caked on the side of their foreheads. And so don’t I. Here’s the story of how I stopped worrying.

When my oldest was born, I was careful. He was a preemie, first 2 weeks of his life he was in the hospital. So every time I went to him (which was pretty much all the freeking time when I was not instructed to take a nap :P ) I needed to scrub down with disinfectant. …

Be outside for the fun of it!


Don’t overthink it (hey, am I talking to myself?) just take your children and get outside! The world is waiting for you to discover it!

I am the Queen of Planning! I love reading about how to do this or that and I love doing research. I write to-do lists like no other and I plan ahead. But than reality hits and it’s all going down in the lasts few years. Let’s say, since I got blessed with my amazing children ;)
So while I still love to write my lists and knowing what needs to be done is a great help, I am aproaching things on a flexible basis.

It stops by inspiration


There are many ways to inspire children. It can be a fantastic adventure story or a small object, animal or plant found somewhere (boxes full of your childhood stuff, anyone?).

Children need very little to get inspired. And when they are, they can go on and play for hours! They make up their own games and play out their favourite stories. Their imagination knows no borders!
This is why very often they don’t need any further assistance. Boredom creates the most imaginative things!

Nosy Dragon finds an earthworm

Nosy Dragon finds an earthworm

"I can fly fast! I can also sit on a tree and not fall. I am very good in that! But what I'm the best in, is finding things. I can spot every tiny snail and bug, they are always trying to hide, but I can see them!

Once I found an earthworm after it was raining very hard. Everything was wet and muddy so I was wearing my rain boots.

Earthworms are intersting. It is fun to see them get very short and chubby, than very long and thin. This is how they move.

This worm had funny colours too! …

Scavenger hunts: the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to get out of the house


I know it’s not fun to go out with kids for a walk if they are nagging all the time. Or when you’re nagging all the time - even if your nagging is only in your head.

I don’t like to just ‘do nothing’ and take a walk. My kids don’t usually like it that much either. Even though they look around and find some intersting stuff on the way, but generally we do much better when we have a purpose to go out. (Okay, I do much better with a purpose...)

Enter: The Scavenger Hunt.
If you’ve never heard the term ‘scavenger hunt’ here’s the deal: basically you have a list of things that you need to gather, photograph or just spot. …

Nosy Dragon knows about magical places


Nosy Dragon knows some truly magical places. He also finds amazing things, like this rock! He collects the interesting things he finds and makes a little gallery in his garden.

Until next time, Stay Curious!

Why I’m #everydayoutside


My kids sleep, behave and learn better when they spend time outside. There are tons of scientific studies and articles to back me up on this. There are also tons of people talking about the health benefits of time spent outside, so I won’t start on that.

From very early on I’ve noticed that my children are extremely active. They can be entertained with a book or puzzle for some time, but by the end of the day if you haven’t taken them outside and let them just be, you’ll regret it for the rest of the day and the night! …

Meet the Nosy Dragon

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Meet Nosy Dragon. He is fun and smart, but he doesn’t speak too much. The other animals like him, but he doesn’t have too many friends.

Until next time, Stay Curious!

What you should know before stocking up on eggs

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With easter coming up, lots of people stock up on eggs. In Europe there is a code printed on every egg that is sold commercially. There is an explanation about the meaning of the code in every box, so I won't go into that in detail.

This is what was interesting for me: the meaning of the first number, the explanation about how the chicken are held.

0 = Organic
1 = Free Range
2 = Deep Litter
3 = Battery cage

Now it's all nice and everything, but what is behind these explanations? …

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