Happy Midsummer!

Woohoo, summer is here and we are feeling energized and inspired.

This weekend was the summer solstice and we are feeling it in our bones! Summer is coming and we can’t wait to hit the road!
All the Preparations for our big summer trip are totally happening right now!

I took all the summer clothing from the back of the closet to the front! Re-discovering all my summer favorites.
The only thing that was lacking was a fresh pair of summer loving specs. This will be the first summer for me with glasses.
So Polette geared me up with some groovy round frames that makes me feel like I’m back in the ’60s. No wonder this model is called “rewind”.
Loving it!!!

Suddenly the kids are feeling “done” with the school. Aldou they LOVE to go to school, they want to stay at home now, “no more school mom!” I know babe… just a couple of weeks and we are free to go!

We are also still editing a few weddings from our wedding photography, but other than that we are buzzily prepping the van, making a checklist for all the things we want to bring with us, but more important deciding what things NOT to bring with us. Our tiny little van hasn’t much space, so we are taking the BARE minimum with us!

Also thinking of a way to make the journey and the whole “where are we” story clear for our kids on the way… So I started designing a custom “kids activity book/ travel diary” for them on this trip. With games, logs, and maps to get an understanding of where we are in the world and what to expect along the line of our journey.

So! Enjoy the weather, and remember to take the time to stop… feel…hear….see…breathe…stretch…and smell the roses!

Love,
Jolanda

SHOP the LOOK

Middle child

Middle child

Your too small to do all the things your big sister can.
Too big to do all the things your little sister gets away with.

You are not the biggest sister
You are not the smallest sister
Somewhere in between…

But in your eyes, you are a BIG sister AND a SMALL sister all at once.
In fact. You have everything!

It’s not always easy being the middle child. But then again. You are the center of our attention a lot of the time. Your glass isn’t half full… it’s overflowing! They often say that the middle kid easily is forgotten. Well… let’s just say that that will never happen to our Haley. Attention, she will demand it. And you deserve all the attention you need my love.

Strongwilled, adventures, curious, assertive, smart, funny, direct, strong, honest, observative, and so so so sweet. It looks like her other two sisters came from the same planet, cut from the same wood, same temper, same base template, but this girl came from a whole universe of her own.

There is a dull moment with this little dragon girl. Never stops moving, climbing, reaching for the most dangerous (and therefore most interesting) objects, piling up chairs on tables on books to get higher, never scared, and fast… oh she’s so incredibly fast. I blink my eyes and she’s around some corner running, laughing, looking over her shoulder to see if she is being followed. The determination in everything she does. I believe she will be able to achieve anything she puts her mind to. This smart, sweet, strong, passionate, fierce, athletic, energetic, crazy, explosive, funny, radiant sweet and beautiful little girl. She will be noticed.

That little game we play, where we both claim to love the other more!
But my little baby girl, I LOVE you more than you could ever comprehend! Maybe when you get babies of your own someday you’ll realize.
So, I win… I love you MORE!

Love,
Jolanda, Michiel
Miley, Haley & Quinn

Consciousness, Like mother like daughter +Twinning Lookbook

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

~Audrey Hepburn

To have children is for me believing in tomorrow. Planting a garden with them and teaching them to treasure this planet is an essential part of the way we are raising our babies. We must protect what is left of nature and try and stabilize the unbalance we are creating as human beings.

Making as many conscious choices as you can possibly make in your unique situation.
From using las plastic and package materials to recycle your waste.
From buying your clothes at your local thrift shop to buying conscious fashion brands. From growing your own food to supporting local farmers.

Lead by example. Like mother like daughter…

Minimalizing our carbon footprint and sometimes spreading a handful of wildflower seeds on to a patch of dirt. To see it turn in to the most beautiful flower field in a few weeks time. The bees will thank you for it by keeping our fragile ecosystem stable. And our children will have a better chance of having a carefree future on this beautiful planet.

How do you contribute to the awareness of conscious decisions in your children? Maybe you have inspiring ideas I would love to hear!
Tell me in the comments on instagram!

Love,
Jolanda, Michiel
Miley, Haley & Quinn

    We love Bobo choses

    Bobo choses,  a Spanish brand has the most gorgeous collections of fair susnainable fashion.

    We are in love with their spring-summer collection “to plant a garden” and we feel like the spirit and attitude of the collection is capturing what we and a lot of parents around us are feeling. Let’s care for our kids, lets care for this planet. And let’s look awesome while doing it!

    Bob choses send us our matching mother-daughter jumpsuits and clogs! So much love for these fun and happy outfits!

    Lookbook TWINNING with Miley

    I went Twinzies with my big girl Miley!
    Spring is here so a perfect outfit to get out into the garden and enjoy the first rays of sunshine!

    We want to thank Bobo choses and Polette eyewear for our Mother and daughter twinning outfits! We are loving it!

      We love Polette

      Polette send me the same pair of glasses that we already had bought for my daughter. This way we can twin!

      Polette has beautiful frames and doesn’t pre-produce the frames. Every time someone orders a frame and lenses it is completely produced on demand. This way there is no wasteful overproduction of their collection.

      The frames and lenses are manufactured in their own factory in China by trained optical professionals.

      Their friendly priced prescription glasses are making quality glasses available for everyone. And in a household with 3 glasses-wairing individuals (from-wich 2 kids) we are really happy that with their frames we can afford it to get everyone the high-quality prescription-eyeglasses we need, without having to completely empty all our piggy-banks.

      SHOP the LOOK

      SHOP the LOOK

      Our Mindful Babycare routine +WIN a Babycare Sheepskin

      Our Mindful Babycare routine +WIN a Babycare Sheepskin.

      Clean, feed, sleep repeat
      Clean, feed, sleep repeat
      Clean, feed, sleep repeat

      Day in, day out you get in this automated rhythm of taking care of your babe. And it’s basically the same every single time. Being a parent of a baby is hard. Especially that first year using. So going on survival mode and the whole taking care routine on autopilot
      But sometimes the “autopilot mode” becomes the “normal”. A habit of just getting the job done and get it over with.

      And then your baby starts acting out around those care rituals… Twisting and turning, trying to help you change the diaper grabbing all the dirty bits getting poop everywhere. Grabbing your face with their hands or kicking you with their feet for attention or maybe even try and turn to get away from you.

      But put yourself in their place. Someone grabbing you and starts clothing you, changing and washing you while completely ignoring you as a person. No eye contact. Nothing. They are just getting it over with. Sorry, no one home. Not mom or dad. Autopilot has taken over.

      Once in a while, I noticed it happened to us again. We’ve been overwhelmed and exhausted for a period, so we’ve slipped into this survival mode. And never came out. Usually, it hit me when my baby wasn’t working with me but making it impossible to get the job done. Acting out in all sorts of ways. Literally, shake me up and making me snap out of it.

      Instead of shouting to my baby “keep still” or “stop that NOW” I would realize what was happening.
      I am making her do this! It’s on me!
      So the solution was always simple, and always the same:

      1-make eye contact.
      2-talk to them and include them in what you are doing.
      3-sing to them.
      4-tickle them.
      5-cuddle them.
      6-lots of kisses and attention.
      7-take your time

      And we’ve all been there.
      Multiple times. This survival/autopilot mode is actually pretty handy for night changes or moments when you have trouble coping because your baby has been sick and keeping you awake or you are not feeling well or whatever. But after the crisis moments.. Get back in the moment and enjoy the precious one on one time with your little one.

      MAKE EYE CONTACT, TALK TO YOUR BABY. TAKE YOUR TIME.

      The Vachtenspecialist.nl send us a Babycare sheepskin for our little Quinn to chill on while we give her all the attention in the world.

      So tell me… Do you catch yourself sometimes being an apathetic exhausted on-auto-mode operating parent sometimes?
      How do you notice you’re out of it and how do you get yourself back in the moment?

       

      Blog by: Jolanda Marti
      Photography: Jolanda Marti & Michiel Fook

      WIN a babycare sheepskin For mothersday!

      Research has shown that babies who sleep on a sheepskin are less likely to have asthma.

      In addition, sheepskins are not only for the cold winter months, they also have a cooling effect in the summer. Moisture is absorbed by the fur and air between the hairs acts as a natural air conditioner. In winter you stay pleasantly warm and in the summer nice and cool.

      Another advantage of these coats is that they can be washed out. And the size is ideal for the crib or baby pen!

      If you want to have the chance to win a Babycare sheepskin all you have to do is:

      • Follow: @wildandboho on Instagram
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      The winner will be revealed the 5th of Mei in my Instagram stories 

       

      Living with Syndrome of Raynaud

      Afraid of what might happen

       

      Coping Syndrome of Raynaud and tips on preventing an episode.

      Whenever the temperatures get low. I will start wrapping myself in.
      Whenever I step into a place that has air conditioning on, I shrink in.

      Whenever there is a brisk breeze… I cover my ears.
      Whenever I feel overwhelmed and tired, I wrap myself in a blanket to keep warm.

      Afraid of what might happen. Afraid of my fingers, my toes, my ears, and my face turning in to numb white-yellow paralyzed lumps. Losing all fine-motor skills and not being able to move those areas of my body. The area’s around the temporarily affected body parts feel cramped. And it hurts. When I return into space with a stable temperature and something warm to start up my blood flow again the color and life starts to flow back into my feet again.

      “I remember when I was a small child I would try and hide in the classroom”

      I practically never talk about this to anyone. because it’s not a big deal to me. For me, it’s the most normal thing in the world. I remember when I was a small child I would try and hide in the classroom, trying to skip play-time in the schoolyard. I preferred to stay inside in winter time. I preferred to not go through the whole process of another episode again and again.

      The only other person who had the same reaction to the cold is one of my best friends. And she told me she had googled it and that it might be Syndrome of Raynaud.
      I thought, Nah, what are the odds of us both having this same thing. I probably just get cold easily and am “being a pussy about it” (such a Dutch way of thinking). So I never dug into it.

      Years later I talked to my yoga teacher Ingvild at Yogaways about it. The topic came up because I tend to get really cold feet and lose all feeling and sense in my toes during yoga (which is something you do barefoot) Especially while doing yoga outside and it’s not a shimmering 25°C outside (or there is a cold breeze). She told me it sounded like Syndrome of Raynaud.

      “But I realized this was a thing to be reckoned with. Ignoring it could turn out devastating.”

      Ok. This was the second time someone pointed this out to me, so I thought it was time for some research. WOW! The pictures of white and yellow fingers and toes I found online were spot on what I was experiencing. The pictures of the black and blue limbs scared me a bit. I never let it go that far! Like, What the hell, the white stage was painful enough, and I always got my blood flow back before something like that could ever happen. But I realized this was a thing to be reckoned with. Ignoring it could turn out devastating.

      Overall there is no real cure. But there are some things I do that will prevent me from having another big attack on my limbs.

       

      Advice for dealing with Syndrome of Raynaud

       

      1. – Hot/cold – Training the veins and gaining flexibility there is making the attacks less heavy and makes recovery after an attack faster.
        Taking hot/cold showers, or going to the sauna is a well-controlled way to train the fine fains in your limbs.
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      2. – Protect yourself! – If it’s temperature and the thing that triggers an attack: Protect your hands, feet and face/ears before going into situations where you just KNOW you could have another episode.
        I also notice that whenever I’m tired or emotional or overwhelmed it tends to happen! So finding rest and nesting on the couch or the bed with a blanket when needed is key! And when an episode is triggered as an emotional or after a scare, It’s important to retrieve yourself. Get your heartbeat and adrenaline levels down. Drink some tea, move and warm up the affected areas gently. And try to distract yourself by reading, watching Netflix or talk to someone.
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      3. – Health! – Having a good healthy body will help you battle this, and will make the outbursts less extreme and less frequent. In short… It’s a veins problem. So obviously your overall health has a big influence on it. These things seem obvious (to me) but I’m going to sum them up anyway:
        -Do not smoke (This one is very important)
        -Eat plenty of deep green veggies
        -Move your body! Run, climb, swim, do yoga, fitness, whatever you like! As long as you get off that couch!
        -Get enough sleep
        -And be mindful! Do whatever you need to take your stress levels down!

       

      I really hope that this might help some of you that may have these symptoms and maybe never realized what it was. And for everyone else: This is a thing, It’s not a huge thing, its not life-threatening, but it is something I have to live with. If you ever see me suddenly walk away when its cold, or stepping inside the hallway of school while everyone is standing outside in the cold, or waiting in the car instead of stepping out, I’m not being impolite, selfish or a pussy… I’m preventing an attack on my limbs. 😉 Not all conditions are visible.

      Do you know anyone that feels pain or gets paralyzed limbs with a sudden change of temperatures or cold?

      Blog by: Jolanda Marti
      Photography: Michiel Fook

      Wikipedia on Raynaud syndrome

      Raynaud syndrome, also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, is a medical condition in which spasm of arteries cause episodes of reduced blood flow.

      Typically, the fingers, and less commonly the toes, are involved. Rarely, the nose, ears, or lips are affected. The episodes result in the affected part turning white and then blue.  Often, numbness or pain occurs. As blood flow returns, the area turns red and burns.

      The episodes typically last minutes, but can last several hours. Read more…

      Yoga and Syndrome of Raynaud

      One of the things I recently started doing is wearing these barefoot shoes while doing yoga whenever  the temperature is too cold. Wildling shoes geared our whole family up with their barefoot shoes and gave me these for my yoga practice!


      Just perfect for preventing getting cold feet during my yoga practice and still give be the next best thing after real bare-foot yoga. Because of the freedom my feet and toes have in these shoes, I am able to protect myself from the cold and still feel like being barefoot. The top of the shoe is smooth which allows me to glide, while the thin and flexible sole gives me a lot of grip on the ground and prevents me from slipping! It works better than I ever could have hoped for! So grateful for this solution!

      So for everyone doing yoga on rough terrain or who get cold feet and maybe get cramps or has Syndrome of Raynaud like me!? These Barefoot shoes are a really good solution!

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