Making art with our kids!

I am really proud of Michiel for making this video and going outside his comfort zone and doing a voiceover for the very first time!
He really wanted to participate with contributing to this blog and start making videos and blog posts. And I am so excited he is actually making a big effort to take part! So here the first of hopefully many blog and video posts from Michiel, to show you guys the dad’s perspective in our lives!

But as usual with firsts, the insecurity kicks in… and I hear him asking me  “Jolanda tell me hounestly, is it good enough!? it’s not isn’t it…”
Well, I definitely think its good enough!!! It’s honest, sincere, from the heart and real. Especially when you know that it’s the first time he had done a voiceover, which made him completely awkward. So I give him extra Bonus points for daring to push beyond his comfort zone and being open and vulnerable. That’s why I love this man.

What do you guys think!? Want to see more of his content on the site and witness him getting more comfortable with sharing his thoughts with you guys!?

Michiel about the video:
Watch our 7-year-old daughter Miley making art!
With this portrait of my daughter Miley I draw I wasn’t sure what to do with the colors, so I drew the lines and hung it on the wall for a good 6 months if not longer. Until Miley came up with the idea of giving it some color herself! I only had to tell her ones and she picked it up so fast. She loved working together with me creating this painting together and the end result could not have been any better.

 

Weekend links #004

Photography: Wild&BOHOJolanda Marti

Weekend links #004

We collected a few inspiring links with tons reading and watching material which made us laugh, cry, think, be inspired or amazed.
So here you have a few of our favorite links to entertain you this weekend!

favorite links this week:

Iris

This is what you can call video Art, with a capital A.

Wach this video  

Netflix: Austin to Boston

This is the singer songwriter dream captured in one movie! 5 old VW’s. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. Featuring Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear’s Den.

Austin to Boston

Artist Pat Perry

This Detroit based artist got some very diverse artwork, from big mural portraits to small and beautiful detailed sketches, mixed with some weird characters and nature.

Link to some of his artwork

Link to his instagram

Music: The Cat empire

I love discovering bands that already got 3 albums you can listen to right away, as in the case of ‘The Cat empire’ that we discovered on a wedding we photographed in 2017. After there first dance the opened the party with ‘Still young’

Listen on Spotify 

Listen on Youtube 

Follow on Instagram

How to interplant your Tomatoes

This video really helped us last year growing our Tomatoes.
Curtis stone tells you how to take care of your tomatoes while they are growing and how to make them grow bigger and to have more tomatoes.

How to interplant tomatoes

Follow on Insta!

I try to follow people who post beautiful inspiring photo’s on their Instagram, and post real-life raw honest content on their insta-stories! I’m following @gypsyon__  for a while now, amazingly talented yogi and I especially love the way she speaks to us in her stories! She is such an honest, pure, natural person! It’s all the things i love to follow on Instagram!

Take a look at this instagram profile!  

Our plans this weekend:
Miley is free from school for a week, so it is going to be a long weekend for us.
But for Saturday and Sunday, we had planned on sorting out all the toys the kids have (and maybe throw some away).
We are also cleaning up the garden and making it ready for spring.

Loving at this moment:

Shopping inspiration!
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Weekend Links #001

Photography: Wild&BOHOJolanda Marti

Weekend links #001

We collected a few inspiring links with tons reading and watching material which made us laugh, cry, think, be inspired or amazed.
So here you have a few of our favorite links to entertain you this weekend!

favorite links this week:

TED talk

It was 2010 when I watched this Ted talk from Sir Ken Robinson that was recorded in 2006.
And i still remember how moved i was. How i agree with everything he is telling us! He is putting into words what I thought and felt all these years about our education system.

Rewarding and recognizing some skills as valuable and devaluating other skills like creativity. A heartbreaking reality. And I was moved to tears and felt understand and empowered! This is my absolute must-see TED talk of all times! So Please Please Please GO and watch this amazing TED talk and let me know what you think!

Wach this Ted talk!  

Ckickens!!! WANT!

This is making me want to have chickens! If you are thinking of getting some but still in doubt, go and read this blog post on Old Joy!

Chicken happiness!   

I LAVA it!

Oh this made me so happy!!! It’s a Pixar short of 2015, but this week saw it for the first time and it made my day!

So if you feel in the need of some happy-feel-good-Vibes… Go and watch this adorable love story.

Wach the video! 

Music: Postcards From Mars

We are a big fan of this band! We love their dreamy sound and its the perfect soundtrack to a long road trip, or lazy Sunday afternoon in October. We first saw him perform live at the album release back in 2016 and we are following his music ever since.

Listen on Spotify 

Listen on Youtube 

Plant watering LIFE-SAVERS

This girl knows what she’s talking about! No really! listen to this “crazy plant lady” she has some pretty good advice for everyone who has trouble keeping their plants hydrated!

Wach her plant watering hacks!

Follow on Insta!

@mother_ofall_adventures She has four beautiful children and shares her story with us! Talking about subjects like (postnatal) depression, loneliness, and all the struggles she encounters as a mother! She is real, pure and honest in everything she puts online. Letting us know: Mothers, the struggle is real, and you’re not alone! Love all the pictures in her feed, and the real honest way she talks with us through her insta stories! GO and follow! She’s amazing!

Take a look at this instagram profile!  

Our plans this weekend:
We have a fun weekend ahead of us, My sister in law is pregnant with my new little niece and I’m going to take some pictures of her pregnancy, and Sunday we’ll be having some friends over for dinner.
What are your plans for this weekend!?

Loving at this moment:

Shopping inspiration!
Click on the product to shop our style-favorites we personally selected from our partners!

MOMyself

It feels like there was the “me” before I had kids and the “me” after. Not only that but after each and every birth of one of my baby girls I totally felt had to find myself all over again.

Having a baby, giving life to a beautiful tiny helpless human and bringing it into this world, and then caring for it 24/7 giving it everything you’ve got is so intense. What that does to your body, you’re mind, to your whole being. It’s all most indescribable. It puts everything upside down and inside out. For a while there the “me” became a “we”. The sense of “self” was scrambled. And all doh after giving birth I turned in to a “me” again… but it doesn’t feel like that at all. That connection to my baby is still there and feels as strong as ever, especially the first 6 months. I am the MOM to someone very special now! And being a mommy is making it impossible for me to remember who I ever was before this little being of mine sprung into life inside my belly. Which by the way, obviously must have rewired this brain of mine in some way. I don’t recognize myself anymore.

And then slowly but surely the dust settles after 7 months or so and I’m starting to get to know myself again. Finally, I can see the new shape of “Myself” again through the new all costuming role of MOM.

And I’m still there! It’s still ME! With the same passions, likes and dislikes, fears, talents, hopes and dreams and everything! But just with a few little extras.

Extra love, extra cuddles, extra responsibility, extra milk, extra patience, priorities and a whole new set of extra hopes and dreams. You’re a MOM but still your Self! And right now I feel like MOMyself!

Recognizing who I am aside from the mom role gives me the strength and clarity to see past the things I want as a mom and gives me the space to feel like an individual And decide what I want to do besides being a mother. Because being a MOM doesn’t mean I can’t have a successful business, be independent, have hobbies, be creative, travel, do sports, feel sexy, powerful, smart, feel like I can do anything I want. Setting an example for my girls! Because I CAN do all that and still be there for my babies almost full time… Even on a working day (3 to 4 days a week) I am with them 18 hours a day! The power of co-sleeping, having a family business, mom/dad equally shared tasks, and working from the home! I want to have it all!

Yes, I am proud to be a mother of 3!
But I am much more than that.

Here is a photo series I did with photographer Wouter Keuris.
So happy I did this shoot with him! We talked a lot about Photography, the wedding-buzz and we had a great time during the shoot! It made me feel like an autonomous person without a baby or kid attached to me for a few hours. I felt like a whole person again, empowered! Not the same as before… but that’s ok. I’ve grown, I’ve learned, I’m getting to know my new MOMyself for the third time. I’m embracing the new me! Never felt so at peace with myself.

Are you a mom? How did you experience that?  Did having of having baby’s changed you in some way?

Photography: Wouter Keuris
Retouche: Jolanda Marti

2017 Recap!

2017 was amazing! Looking back at the past 12 months and so much has happened! We are so thankful for everything and everyone we have in our lives! We are grateful for all the experiences we had and even the difficulties we encountered because we learned from them!

Feels like we are on the right track, let’s continue 2018 and make it a good year filled with positivity and inspiration!

I will be checking in more often from now on! And we are switching from Dutch to Englisch from now on! Subscribe on our youtube channel to be updated on all new videos!
Have a Happy 2018 everyone!!!

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