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:

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10 ways to fight off the “Blue monday” blues!

The days are short, no Christmas or new years eve to look forward to, it all went by so fast and all your left with are some extra pounds!  The weather isn’t really making your day, most of the new year’s resolutions are already out the window… which makes you feel shit about yourself. So much to do and it feels like the summer is so, so far away! And you just feel so extremely tired and unmotivated and just maybe a little down.

Well, maybe you have a mild case of a little winter depression. Don’t worry, it won’t last that long.
The most depressing day this year is tomorrow! (January 15)
But here’s the upside: If thats the low-point, it’s all up from there! This year is only getting better from tomorrow on!
So YAY to that!

But first surviving the low-point, Blue Monday coming up!
Michiel and me went out to get some quality time together with coffee and conversations at Coffee & Cacao in Monnickendam!

Get ready to fight the blues with us! These are my 10 tips to cheer up your spirit upcoming weeks!

About the BLUE MONDAY
Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. This date was picked taking many factors into consideration, including weather conditions, shorter daytime, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.

Blue Monday this year (2018)
is on January 15.

Photography: Michiel Fook & Jolanda Marti
Location: Coffee & Cacao   Monnickendam, the Netherlands

1- Meet friends

Chill out with your friends, talk to them, have a drink, compare stories, talk about the fun stuff like:  vacation plans, remodeling the house plans, getting a puppy and all other exciting things/hopes/dreams/plans coming up. And talk about the less fun stuff like things that are going bad, negative feelings, and problems. A friend can help you put things in perspective and can help you think of a way to make it better. But at the least, you can get things off your chest and gives you a moment to vent! And that in itself tends to help a lot to make you feel better!

Have a drink, eat, talk, laugh, cry and toast to an amazing year to come!

2- Spa Sauna day

That tension will just fall right off your back in a few hours of pampering and warm temperatures!
You deserve this! After all those months of hard work, you are allowed to treat yourself!

This is the best time to reload, just when you need it the most!
So if you could afford to go to a spa at least once a year, this would be the perfect time to plan it in.
This way your visit to the spa will have maximum effect. I’m sure it will make you feel so relaxed, inspired and positive so that you’ll be able to get back in the ring and hit the ground running on whatever challenges are lying ahead upcoming months!

3-(‎Bring the kids to grandma and) Go on a date!

For all the childless people: Get off the couch and go do something FUN!!! That’s your excuse!? Go NOW! Have fun! Or if you’re tired of that stuff: Pick up your little neeses and nephews (you will make their parent’s day) and skip to point 3 of this list!

For all the parents: Yayyyy we are going to grandma and grandpa Kids!!! Sleepover! So Exiting! The kids will be over the moon!
And we are too! What would we do without our social safety net, our parents, our friends, our family! So grateful to have them in our lives! And don’t be afraid to ask for a bit of help when you really need it! We parents often go on and on way too long before breaking down… Look after yourselves and your relationship, take the time to talk to each other. Especially with 2+ kids, you will need a break from being a parent sometimes to be a partner instead, give each other your undivided attention.

We love our kids to pieces, but there are things we miss doing together. Before there where kids, it was just us two. And you had the time to do things without entertaining a kid or you could plan a day out with all fun grownup things!
Remember the last time you could just sit at a table for two and enjoy a cup of coffee and a conversation, followed by a visit to a museum? Or go out to dinner and watch a movie after? Or… whatever you would like to without having to worry of whatever your mini is doing… But just for a little moment just be the two of you again.

And guess what!? After a few hours, you’ll see! You will miss them! And when you go and pick them up, you will have the energy to be more fun and patient parent for weeks to come!

 

4-‎ Bake cookies a cake or something else!

Yes! Nothing gives the house that cozy warm happy feel to it than the smell of fresh baked cookies or big delicious apple pie!
This is also amazing to do with your kids. Its fun to do when you’re making it… it smells amazing when your backing it and it makes everyone happy when you’re eating it! Yay! (writing this makes me hungry)

5-Movie Night!

Do a Netflix movie night at home with blankets, homemade popcorn and hot coco!
If you’re going to be a couch potato… be a proper couch potato like a pro! Make things as decadent and comfortable as possible!
Turn that couch into Movie watching heaven! Wait until the kids are asleep and Watch at least 2 movies with your favorite (healthy) snacks!

6-Go outside!!!

Put on your warmest coat and go outside! Take a walk in the park or go on a hike through nature! I know its tempting to stay indoors under a cozy blanket, but going outside will give your body and mind the chance to reload, get some movement, breath some fresh air and get some of that vitamin D in your system!

A walk outside may just give you that little extra energy and positivity to get other stuff going that will get you back on a positive track again!

7- Go swimming!

Yes, you heard me! even doh its cold outside! Especially with the kids! Go and make some swimming bags, put on your swimsuit and go to an indoor tropical swim-paradise! Just use that imagination and act like you’re on a tropical island adventure! Play, jump, have fun! And be in the moment! when you’re back home everyone will get all fuzzy and tired and everyone will sleep like a rose that night! On behalf of your kids, can i just say… Best-Day-Ever!  And happy kids = happy parents!

8- Get creative!

We love to watch our favorite tv series or watch a movie, but a few times a week we leave the tv off, put on some nice music, pour ourselves a drink and just get creative! We do or create whatever we feel like. Like a nice and relaxed art-jam. Most of the times its just the two of us, but over the years we have organized a few art-jam-nights with friends so we can be creative and inspire each other. Being creative is such a wide concept, it could be a drawing, painting, writing, brainstorming on some ideas in a notebook, making new clothes, doing something with your interior, it can be a small project or a big one, and if I could, I would love to make music. (something that’s definitely on my bucket list) but I don’t have those skills yet, so we just keep it at just listening to music for now!

Being creative is great for stress relief. Everyone is talented in some way or another! The problem is that people tend to stress on the fact that whatever they are creating should be “good enough” and that is such a big roadblock. Art cant be wrong, as long as you enjoy making it! Don’t be so hard on yourself and try to have fun!

9- Take care of your health!

Yes I know you’re tired and feeling like eating junk food on the coutch, and that is’n the end of the world. But try and balance that out with lots of delicious fresh fruits and veggies! Combine that with a nice workout or a yoga session and you will definitely feel better and energized with and get all those nice endorphins flowing! That way it’s okay to relax and chill out and eat cookies on some other nights and you get the best of both worlds. Having those two in balance will make all the difference. No extreme health and workout regimes or extreme couch potato-laziness (and all the guilt and tiredness that come with that).

Finding the right balance is hard in the dark winter days after all the holidays already far behind us and still a lot of winter days to go.
But a little bit of movement and extra vitamins will give you the kickstart you need to get up and smile again.

10- Bring some green into the house.

Most of the trees outside have lost their leaves months ago and it will still take a few months for the new fresh leaves to grow back.
Plants are air purifiers. They help remove dangerous compounds from fuels, furnishings, and clothing. They help you feel healthy, happy and fights depression! It also makes you focus better, brings out your creativity and calms you!

So go and get yourself some plant-babies!
Tip: look for palms if you’re looking for some low-maintenance greens in your home!

 

So tell us!? Have you got a bad case of the Blue Monday Blues?
Do you have additional tips? Leave us your experiences in the comments!

x Jolanda

Frisse zomerdrankjes! *alcoholvrij

Van bepaalde drankjes kan ik geen genoeg krijgen! Van deze heerlijke alcohol vrije cocktails kan ik in de zomer de hele dag door nippen in de wetenschap dat deze drankjes nog gezond zijn ook! Dus onbeperkt genieten!

En als ik zwanger ben kan ik al helemaal obsessed raken over een drankje.
Deze mixjes had ik al bedacht voordat ik zwanger was en maakte ze al regelmatig, maar tijdens mijn zwangerschap was het praktisch het enige waar ik trek in had om te drinken. In mijn zwangerschap vlog over cravings tijdens mijn zwangerschappen heb ik het gehad over “het” drankje van mijn tweede en mijn derde zwangerschap.

Voor de tweede zwangerschap was dit het de Frooty chia coconut water
En voor de derde zwangerschap was dit het de Minty Raspberry bubbles

…p.s. wat vind je van de namen? Heb ze net bedacht, gezien de drankjes eigen brouwsels zijn hadden ze dus nog geen naam.

Bekijk hieronder het recept voor deze twee heerlijk frisse zomer drankjes!

Frooty chia coconut water

Benodigdheden:
-groot hoog glas met iets langs om mee te roeren bijv. een lang rietje
of
-meeneem drinkfles

Ingredienten:
-theelepel chia zaadjes
-1 deel cranberrysap
-3 delen verse jus
-6 delen 100% cocosnoot water (het liefst niet van concentraat)

Bereiding:

Pak je glas of drink beker, en gooi daar eerst je chia zaadjes in.
Schenk daarna de cranberrysap, de verse jus, en vul de rest van het glas met het cocosnoot water.
Roer alles goed door elkaar of sluit je flesje en schud!
Laat het drankje nu eerst 5 a 10 min staan zodat de chia zaadjes de kans krijgen om zacht te worden en een gelei laagje krijgen.
Dit geeft een leuke structuur aan je drankje, en het drinkt daardoor lekker makkelijk weg.

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Chia zaadjes na 10 min. met een laagje gelei.
Super leuk en lekker!

Minty Raspberry bubbles

Benodigdheden voor 1 glas voor nu meteen, plus een fles voor in de koelkast voor later:
-groot hoog glas
-de fles van het bruiswater (zie ingredienten)

Ingrediënten:
-2 plus 6 eetlepels bevroren frambozen
-1 plus 4 takken verse munt
-2 scheutje elderflower limonade naar smaak
-fijn bruisend bronwater

Bereiding:

Pak je glas en de fles bruiswater. Maak wat ruimte in de fles door er wat uit te gieten in je glas.
Was je takjes munt en klap er op tussen je handen (zo komt er meer munt smaak vrij in je drankje) stop 1 takje in je glas en stop de rest in je fles.
Schenk een klein scheutje elderflower limonade in je glas en je fles.
Gooi een grote eetlepel bevroren frambozen in je glas, en stop de rest van je frambozen in de fles (ja, 1 voor 1 vanwege de smalle hals, best irritant, maar het is het waard, beloofd)

Draai de dop goed aan op de fles, keer de fles zachtjes 2 a 3 keer om en LAAT NU DICHT!!! (anders is het feest) Zet’m in de koelkast voor later! Roer met het munt takje zachtjes je drankje in je glas en Enjoy!

Wat is jou favoriete alcohol-vrije zomerdrankje!?
Of heb jij ook een bepaald drankje of eten waar je tijdens je zwangerschap geen genoeg van kon krijgen!?
Heb je mijn zomerdrankjes uitgeprobeerd? Wat vond je er van!?

Laat het me hieronder bij de comments weten!

Liefs, 
 Jolanda

Text & Photography: Jolanda Marti

Rare Zwangerschap Cravings VLOG

To my English readers:
This blogpost and vlog are in dutch only. Sorry about that…
It’s it’s an old post from back when i only posted in dutch.

Tadaaa, hier is zwangerschapvlog #01! leuk dat je kijkt!
In deze vlog: Mijn persoonlijke (rare) Zwangerschap Cravings!

Lees Hier de twee receptjes van de drankjes waar ik het over heb in de vlog!

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