a very happy national day

We spent the Swedish National day with family in my favorite Swedish province. If I would live in any other part of Sweden than I live now, it would be here. It hits close to paradise. 

My aunt, aka my second mother, owns a beautiful property together with her husband. They've got sheep, hens, a kitchen sofa, a rocking chair and everything a child could ever dream of. Or maybe it's just me. I'd totally live here. I'd like it a little closer to town but I really wouldn't say no to a home like this. 

I've managed to make myself unfit to climb trees two years in a row now so I can't wait until next summer. Until then I'll just have to settle with watching little folk do it...

I feel like there are people like myself, and then there are people who manage to make their dirty dishes look pretty. And their dirty laundry. What are your secrets in life?

Anyways, it was a very happy national day. No overly fancy & complicated meals or desserts but boy it was tasty nonetheless, and with the very best of company and lots of lots of coffee and cookies. 

life lately

It’s been cold and dark here in the north but we're slowly getting more hours of sun and this year we're lucky to be having a lot of snow! Take a look at a couple photos from the past month.

This little winter adventure with my two favorite guys + my mother & the dogs made me incredibly happy.

January was what has felt like the beginning of my recovery after birthing Josef. We were finally out of the NICU and my mother and little sister began to visit more often to help me out at home when my husband was working. 

I finally opened my web shop with apparel and little things for the home. 

My little work & cuddle bud. I've truly enjoyed all the changes going on with Josef as he grows. Things like him laughing and showing adoration toward his daddy and I. It's a blessing to be such an important person in someone's life. 

one for mama and one for baby

There are few things that beats a good book. And nothing like receiving a book order in your mailbox. My books follow me everywhere, not all of them of course, but always one or two. I hardly ever finish them, but I most certainly enjoy reading them. 

Since my brain is finally starting to function again + I actually have some energy to do things other than survive everything that has been related to giving birth prematurely, I ordered these two books because 1. My baby book stash has only begun it's growth and 2. I sure deserve a book after having survived laboring a child. Read: the Jenny Mollen book was totally my coronation gift to myself.

One for mama and one for baby!

Live Fast Die Hot by Jenny Mollen is absolutely hilarious and I was sure I would have read it in one sitting if it wasn't for Josef demanding my attention on the regular. If you're a mom or ever think about becoming one, read this book. It's super funny I've seriously been laughing out loud reading it.

Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon was even cuter than I thought it would be - simple but adorable. I've been reading it for Josef in Spanish and I'm currently reading this one and some stories about Juán Bobo for him in the morning before I begin working*.

*For you who follow me on Instagram, you're already in the know! I'm opening an online shop with apparel + beautiful little things for the home. 

sweater weather

My favorite season of the year has finally arrived and my whole being is feeling it! Autumn is such a bittersweet process. The switch is so beautiful; fresher air, the rain, the autumn colored roads & trees, the rich scents from stews and slow cooks, the sweaters, the books, the tea...

But the melancholia of this season comes with some sadness too; an end of things I love. And I tend to start missing things even before they're gone.  
The increasing lack of daylight is making me tired, the temperature will soon drop below what's comfortable, the porch hangs are getting less and less frequent and before I know it all I can think of is to escape the cold and the dark and travel home to Puerto Rico.

Pretty bittersweet, isn't it?

I woke up with a cold this morning that "finally" broke through. A sore throat, endless coughing and sinuses acting up. This is where I thank God for finally going on vacation and also being able to work a couple of days from home. 

Yesterday I rearranged the furniture in the nursery/my little office space so for the first time in months I finally feel like I have found my place. Being a total homebody, it's always been so important to me to have a "space" just for me, wherever I happen to live. Where everything in is positioned with enough thought & care to give me peace of mind, rest and tranquility.
Enamored, I've been sitting here pretty much the whole day working and doing some prepping for my days off, except for when Sami and I left to find us some dinner at the street market. I've also been drinking at least 7 cups of tea, had four different kinds of tasty sandwiches and been playing and updating my Sweater Weather playlist. It's been one of my favorites for more than four years now.

cute little things - craving giraffes

Here's some pregnancy weirdness for ya. Ever craved a specific item, totally food un-related? Apparently that's a thing because it happened to me just recently. I've been wanting a giraffe for weeks and I knew exactly what kind of giraffe I wanted and exactly where to place it at home, it was just that I didn't know where to get it or if it actually existed.

Anywho, last week when my sister and I were doing a little shopping, we walked passed a toy store and I found the exact giraffe I've been wanting for so long! The little fellow behind found it's way to our home too. I can't help but thinking that this little duo pretty much represents the mix of tropical and nordic that I am. Symbolically of course since we don't have polar bears in Sweden and no giraffes in Puerto Rico. But nevertheless, a little duo that happen to make me incredibly proud of what I am.

I always loved playing with animals as a kid. Animals, cars, lego and dolls. Just the perfect combo of all things nice. I can't wait to see what our little one will love playing with!

P.s. I'm writing she since I've found that to feel the most natural to me and it's incredibly hard writing a coherent text with he/she everywhere. However, we actually don't know what we're expecting! That'll be a surprise for later. It'll be interesting to see if my momma senses are right or if I'm just tricked by being used to the thought of only having baby girls.