Copper lighting

I spotted this apartment by Josephine Hurley Architecture over at Est and quickly filed it away in my inspiration folder. I pretty much love all the spaces, especially as I've been looking homes for that combine rustic brick into a modern space without making me feel like I have to go the country route. But it's the lighting that made this home pop. Who knew, all you needed was lengths and lengths of copper pipe?

Death by chocolate Death by chocolate Death by chocolate Death by chocolate Death by chocolate Death by chocolate

I had something completely different in mind for my birthday cake but since Mika's birthday is the same week I figured I'd make his favourite and that is hands down something chocolaty! 

This is chocolate cake with a few twists. There are cherries whipped into the batter for moistness as well as espresso. The glaze is cacao studded with more espresso. Everything gets topped with chunks of berried studded chocolate and rose petals. 

Because if you are going the chocolate route, go all the way, baby! Now to figure out how to chocolate the heck out of his birthday breakfast!

Statement vase

Slightly obsessed (what's new?) with scoping out beautiful pieces. Right now I have a major thing for large, transparent glass vases. I would love a big signature piece but with kids and clumsy moms afoot, I need options...that span the range between 'build a cage around that puppy' to 'easily replaceable'. And this little list is just that!

Seeming to defy equilibrium is the exquisite Ammo vase by Jean Marc Gady. The Echasse vase designed by Menu is on sale now and a good family-budget friendly version is the new Berakna vase from Ikea.

Still Still Still Still

Weekends are less hectic and busy, slower and calmer. Quiet before the storm of a new and busy week, with long lists, too little hours, too many tasks and short nights. This is our weekend: home, together and still...

Milo, baby

Still loving the urban green vibe but I like my green more styled than wild. The look of green under glass is my favourite and so this miniature urban greenhouse is the perfect thing for a shot of green indoors. Also available in a larger size with equally gorgeous wooden bowl.

Clean living..bleh living

Okay, clean living is not bleh but coffee without sugar equates to eternal sadness in my book. No really, I look forward to that sucker more than sleep and I love sleep, naps, nodding off and any other form of closed-eyed rest.

Anywho, I set no resolutions and made no goals but somehow I ended up doing a January kick start. My exercise routine by no means is minimal but this month I wanted more. Only Sunday was a miss due to other activities but for the rest of the month I did six days of exercise a week and switched it up with new and forgotten things that I really enjoy like busting my abs in core training or simply screaming my lungs out to my beats on the hometrainer.

For the first time I did a no-shopping month and actually felt no regret. Cleared out all the accessories and everything else in this home we don't need. To view things as such makes me feel freer. I cook more, even on the days the kids are away, and try to keep them lighter and more veggie loaded, despite the pursed lips I spy at the dinner table.

And I even did a three day sugar break, which I dreaded like a prisoner being sent to the gallows. And in the end it was pretty easy despite having to give up the caffeine as well. Not having my liquid breakfast or lunch made me crave actual meals and carrots have never before tasted like a fresh batch of cookies.

Do I feel reset? Craving a chia seed smoothie? No and double no. I just feel like me. And that's really all I need. That and a morning cup of coffee...with (less) sugar. 


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