Books + Magazines

Book Review: Playful

June 23, 2015

Are you looking for a beautiful craft book for kids? I’ve got one for you! I was so happy when I first heard that Merrilee’s book, Playful: Fun Projects To Make With + For Kids, published in German under the title, “Spielzeit: 25 fantasievolle Projekte zum Spielen und Gestalten“. It’s such a sweet book and I think it will do just great here in Germany where I’m currently living. Merrilee Liddiard is the blogger behind Mer Mag and I’ve followed her blogging adventures for years so it’s very nice to see her in print.

Book Review: Playful

The crossover from blog to book is never easy, but Merrilee and her team pulled it off just beautifully. Her photographer, Nicole Hill Gerulat, made Merrilee’s projects shine  too – Nicole is quite amazing behind the lens and takes such great photos of the children interacting with the various projects. It’s so hard to photograph children and now that I have a toddler, I have even more respect for photographers who work with children on a regular basis. My god. Capturing portraits of children at play is like shooting wild animals for Nat Geo – you have to observe for what feels like hours and be patient as you await Continue Reading…






Bloggers

Our Food Stories in Berlin

June 22, 2015

Berlin is fast becoming a food-lovers city, a place for foodies from all over the country and beyond to gather with drinks, eats and stories in the many biergartens, trendy cafes and edgy-urban outdoor spaces. Along with this big wave of food, you also have a rising up of food trucks, markets and bloggers – all of which are quite impressive with their culinary passion shining through. In fact, I predict that the food culture in Germany will only grow, and leading the scene is definitely the great city of multicultural, forward-moving Berlin (with Hamburg in second place). Between the low rents in Berlin (compared to other German cities), innovative youngsters and middle-agers who want to bring fresh ideas to life, and the abundance of food that is available sourced locally at affordable prices, it’s definitely fertile ground to make your culinary dreams come true in Berlin.

Our Food Stories in Berlin

I was recently reading the Michelin Star Report 2015 and found that their are now 15 Berlin restaurants (I want to try Pauly SaalHorvath and VAU) that hold the high honor of receiving Michelin stars and an additional 5 have received their newest award, Bib Gourmand, one of which I’m dying to try called Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

Second Skin Collection By Stylist July Adrichem

June 18, 2015

I always return to a simple truth in my own work. Limitations foster creativity. The psychology of limitation is so interesting, don’t you think? Have you noticed this in your own work too? We can become so paralyzed from innumerable opportunities – for instance, have you heard of this new term, “Pinterest Depression?”. I heard this recently, I think from a friend, and I was like Yes, omg yes! You see so many ideas and you just freeze or feel like a giant loser because Pinterest stuff looks so much prettier than your stuff. Or you try to work on a few of the recipes you’ve pinned or a craft DIY and they don’t turn out nearly as good as what you saw on Pinterest and you feel depressed about it. Or you simply do nothing because there is just so much out there to see and do that you don’t know where to begin. This is called the paralysis of too much choice.

Second Skin Collection By Stylist July Adrichem

Has this ever happened to you… You want to bring a cake to your sister’s housewarming party but instead of baking one, you go to the corner bakery and select something from the dozen or so displayed there. Think about it though – if that bakery didn’t exist, or you were really broke, you would be forced to bake a cake and who knows, that cake may really inspire you, give you a sense

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Recipes

Recipe: Rhubarb Cake with Honey Meringue Topping Recipe

June 17, 2015

Would you like a delicious recipe for baking a summer fresh rhubarb cake? This is Lisa and I just arrived home from a week in sunny, dazzling Mallorca. We stayed at a beautiful hotel where we were served delicious food created by cooks who rattled pans and spoons as they laid out a twice daily buffet. It was a wonderful feeling not to have to stand in the kitchen and cook for myself, not have to clean up afterwards and to be able to choose from many different dishes and taste little bits of this and that instead.

Recipe: Rhubarb Cake with Honey Meringue Topping Recipe

It was splendid, but to be honest, after a week of such a culinary explosion, it became a bit overkill! I caught myself looking forward to homemade food again, the kind that I make with my own hands and lots of time, with my daughter. Nevertheless, the week in the sun allowed me to wind down and learn to relax a bit. There has been a lot going on in my life lately so this was a much needed break.

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Books + Magazines

Book Review: See San Francisco

June 16, 2015

Hey there friends, my e-course just wrapped up which meant I went MIA but I’m back now and ready to share some goodies I’ve found. I’ve been dying to review Victoria Smith’s debut book, See San Francisco, published by Chronicle Books so today is the day people! This is it! This is the review of my dear blogmate’s gorgeous book. But first, let me just say that I had my honeymoon in SF in 2001 and spent two of the best weeks of my life there. I returned a few times since and Victoria and I share the same publisher. Victoria also started blogging the same year that I did – 2006 – so we’ve been following each other’s careers ever since. I’m so happy for her and to see that she published a book about a city she knows and adores so much is just awesome. If anyone can tell you about SF and show you an alternative view, non-touristy, it’s Miss Victoria from the blog SFGirlByBay.

Book Review: See San Francisco

This book is so pretty and I love how Victoria breaks the book down by sections so you can catch glimpses of Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, The Mission, Potrero Hill and Continue Reading…






Inspiration

Yoga & Breakfast

June 4, 2015

Are you doing yoga regularly? What do you like about it? I did lots of yoga positions when I was pregnant and later, I relied on certain poses to relax my muscles and encourage delivery. As a general practice though, I am not into yoga at all. My friends are different, they are so dedicated and go at least 3-4 times a week. I’m so inspired by their commitment to mind and body and wonder if I need to give it a try too. An outlet for me to plug into right now which encourages mindfulness, builds strength and increases blood flow, flexibility and brings more self awareness sounds positively lovely.

Yoga & Breakfast

Now that my son is sleeping consistently 3 hours a day, I could definitely fit it in during nap time or in the evening when he’s asleep. Hmmm. I’ve been doing some research lately and it seems there is a huge trend (at least in Europe) Continue Reading…






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