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Simple Easter traditions at home Easter is coming closer and my girls thought it was time to decorate our house for the coming little holiday. I am not really a big fan of all the decoration for Easter. It’s all a little bit too cute for me. But my girls love it all and therefore am I compromising for the happiness of them. I am more into preparing a good or special meal or brunch for Easter, but they want the whole package, which I also can understand. That is what makes these holidays extra special of course. One of the things I always do for Easter is decorating spring branches with Easter eggs and cute little Easter figures. It has become a tradition that we have to have every year. It’s a quite simple thing to do with a great effect. It immediately gives the room a touch of…

From a mum to her daughters It is only a couple of month ago I closed my web shop with maternity gifts I had designed myself. Almost everything is sold, but I have saved a few special things, which actually never came in production. I still love the design very much and have decided to keep the last few products for my two daughters when (I hoop) they get their own children. I think that it could be something special for them to receive, when they become a mum like me. Today I packed it all carefully in strong plastic bags. I am going to store it in the attic until one of my daughters come and tell me that I am going to be a grandma. At the moment I can’t imagine me as a grandma yet. They are only 10 and 12 years old. But I do hope…

Hellen van Meene – The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits A background story: My daughter was a couple of years ago asked to pose for a photographer here in Heiloo. The Photographer was a mother from a girl in her ballet class and she was constantly looking for young girl models. I didn’t know her and looked her up on the Internet. It turned out to be a very famous photographer/artist which is known all over the world with exhibitions running from New York to Tokyo, Germany and of course in Holland. Hellen van Meene Hellen told us that she was busy with a book (The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits) and she wanted to make some classic pictures of Alieke for the book. Hellen takes all her pictures with natural light, therefore she had planned the photo-shoot on a Saturday afternoon around two o’clock, because then there was a…

Scary vampire girl for carnival Carnival is around here in Holland and my youngest daughters big wish is to be dressed like a Scary vampire girl. She has been watching a program on the television lately with a girly vampire and she wanted to be something like her. Together we looked through Pinterest and found the look she wanted. “Mum! Will you please make a costume like that for me?? Please!!!” No way around. No excuses!! I knew what I had to do. My daughter wanted to be a scary vampire girl and she needed my help. Lucky for her I also love to make costumes and in one day I made her this costume. She was so happy with it, and the other day we dressed her up with all the makeup for the perfect look as well. Tomorrow (Tuesday) they are celebrating carnival at school and then…

It’s carnival around the world and here in Holland as well. Unfortunately for our children we live in an area, which doesn’t do much with carnival. There are no parades in the area and you only find it here for the kids at school. If you want to celebrate a real carnival, you only find them in the south of Holland. There they live for the carnival.

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