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10 happy things

I started this blog in February this year, inspired by the little things in life. The things we so easily forget because most of the time we’re too busy with the things, that in the end, don’t matter that much at all. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and be in the moment. To accept the things as they are and love them that way. This is something I didn’t do enough for the past few years, but became more important along the way. It’s just the little things that do the trick and this are the little things that are currently making me smile.

1. The smell of autumn. Autumn arrived with a lot of rain and wind as usual and it makes a lot of people grumpy. I, on the other hand, love the arrival of autumn. The smell of rainy air (is that even the right way to describe…?), trees changing color and I already spotted some chestnuts! All these things remind me of my childhood when my mom, little sister and I used to put on our wellies and stroll down the park searching for chestnuts. At home we made spiders of them while drinking hot chocolate.

2. The closet affair. Organizing my closet is one the my favorite spring and autumn rituals. But at the same time it’s not that much fun at all. Working myself through piles of clothing that I still like, but totally forget during my morning rituals. And then… there’s the throwing away and selling part. Oh my. I wish those clothes could sell themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely want to do something to get more money but it is very time consuming. Well, this should be a happy things and it is! I love the feeling when it’s all done. The organized closet (for a week), a lot of new outfit inspiration and A LOT space for a whole new wardrobe. Yay! Let the project begin. And maybe there’s something in it for you later on ;)

3. Finishing a big to do (or a small one). Since I’m almost finished with my big school project I’m a professional in making to do lists! It always makes me calm down (sometimes for a few seconds, but still…) and it’s so much fun to finish all the little tasks. I even cheat by writing down tasks I just did, but weren’t on the list and cross them immediately. Works like a charm!

4. Kittens! Who doesn’t like kittens! My sister and dad cheer me up whole day by sending me cute photos of our little Abu. Even the simplest capture makes me smile like an idiot. (More cute overload soon!)

5. Candles. Autumn means candles all over our apartment and a grumpy boyfriend ;) When it gets darker outside my candle addictions takes over. I like a cozy and warm home especially with the smell of Clean Cotton or Christmas Cookie.

6. Clean sheets. There is nothing better than clean crispy sheets at the end of  the (long and busy/lazy) day. If I didn’t have to change them myself I would jump in a clean bed every single night!

7. Tea and coffee dates all day long. One of my favorite girlfriend dates! Drinking tea or coffee and enjoying each others company. Just as simple as that.

8. Fluffy jumpers. My favorite piece of clothing during eh.. the whole year I guess. Sweaters, hoodies, big cardigans, knitted jumpers, especially chunky knitted over sized jumpers and cardigans. Yes please! Lots of them. I just made room in my closet…

9. Freshly painted nails. I even like the smell of nail polish. Yes, I know. And only the sight of perfectly polished nails makes me smile. Girls…

10. Getting home before it starts raining cats and dogs. Best thing about autumn and winter is sitting on the couch with a big cup of tea and that over sized jumper and the smell of clean cotton candles and nail polish.

Wishing you a happy start of the new season.
What are your current happy things? Feel free to post them (or a link to your blogpost) in the comments and don’t forget to mention me ;)

Love, Sari


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Flowers for the best mom

Today is the day you get out of bed early to make your mom breakfast. The day we used to give her all our finger painted creations, not so pretty but so cute. We gave her a card and told her she didn’t have to do anything that day. In the end, she always took care for us the whole day. But it’s about the idea right?
This year will be different. It’s the first Mother’s Day without her. In our heart she’s still here and that’s why we bought her some beautiful flowers yesterday. She loved flowers! That’s why I love being around them too. The make me think of her. We used to pick wild flowers with her when spring finally arrived. Enormous bouquets, too big to carry home ourselves. It’s the memories that keep her with us.

Found these images this week and they made me think of mom.
So here they are. On Mother’s Day.

Hope you all have a good one. One more memory to cherish :)

Love, Sari

Click on the image to see where I found it.


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There’s no one like grandma

I’m back.

Not that I’ve been away for ages, but there’s been a little silence her on the blog.
The fact is that my grandma passed away this Sunday. She was 85 years old. A respectable age, but the grief is no less. My granny was perfect and I’m very grateful for all the happy memories we have. Will miss her lots though… That’s why I wanted to dedicate this post to her and all the grandma’s in the world.

“There is no place like home, except grandma’s.”

So true. She is always happy to see you and when I finally sat down on the “grandma couch” after a 2,5 hour drive the homemade coconut cookies were waiting for me. She always made them herself and I can’t even remember a day she didn’t cook or bake something.
When the whole family was visiting, she made her famous bami and peanut soup. For all of us and you didn’t even notice she was in the kitchen preparing everything!
Yes, magic happens sometimes…

Besides the best cook I know, she was also very creative. Knitting, embroidering, drawing, sewing, painting. She did everything and we were always happy to help her or to just sit and watch her magic. She ones made us a little book full of old Dutch children songs. She made drawings of every action in the song and put a beautiful golden cover around it. It must have been so much work for her but she did it anyway and it made us extremely happy.

Grandma’s always do everything for you. No matter how much work it is or how long she has to travel. She’s always there. When my mom had a little accident while ice skating, grandma immediately jumped on the train and traveled 3 hours to take care of her daughter, and of course, us. Every visit from her was like a little party. I can still see her sitting at the window, playing crossword puzzles and smile at us over her glasses. Just happy to see us play and when we fought she could look so strictly we immediately started playing again. That granny magic again. She always played games with us, never got tired and… never let us win. Maybe once, but I can’t remember. She always won.

I’m very grateful that she was with me for so long. My sister and I have so many memories of our childhood with her , but I’ll keep that for myself cause I could write a book about it. I hope you’ll enjoy or remember your grandma’s warmth, love, care and extremely good food instead. Because there’s no one like grandma.

You’ll always be with me.

Love, Sari


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