Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fashion Friday - Pink, Black & White

Hi everyone! Hope you had a week full of excitement and fun! 

Our week was mostly spent in bed because of the flu so we didn't get much done around the house. I'm also a bit behind on commenting on the Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge but I'm trying to catch up. There are so many awesome blogs and the Comments Challenge has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of new things and be inspired by these wonderful ladies.

And since we were all feeling better, we got out of our PJ's and ventured outside. Here's what my dear daughter wore - plus a puffy coat and a pair of warm boots.

The top is a bit big but I like the fact that it's longer on her so I just rolled the sleeves up a bit.

What did your little ones wear? 
Feel free to leave a link of your kids fashion posts in the comments so I can have a look at what your kids are wearing and be inspired.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cinnamon, Honey, Walnut Banana Crepes

Today's been a very productive day. The sunny and quite warm weather made me feel energetic and ready to tackle some of the clutter hotspots in our home. To celebrate today's accomplishments I made these delicious crepes that include a healthy and nutritious combo of bananas, cinnamon, honey and walnuts.

1 egg
200 gr flour 

 250 ml milk

250 ml sparkling mineral water

a pinch of salt

cooking oil or cooking spray for the pan


banana slices



chopped walnuts


1.  Mix all of the ingredients well so that the batter is thin and lump free.
2. Lightly grease and heat a frying pan. 
3. Scoop the batter with a ladle and pour into the center while moving the pan in a circular motion and tilting it to spread the batter evenly. 


Spread the banana slices, honey, cinnamon and chopped walnuts on the crepe. Fold the crepe to form a square and drizzle some honey on top. 


 Do you eat crepes often? Do you have a different recipe? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Bon Appétit!

Linking to:

The DIY'ers />

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Boost Your Blog in 100 Days

I am super excited for the Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge which starts today. Blogging is all about interaction and sharing, and these 10 day challenges are meant to help you meet fellow bloggers, get more traffic to your blog and boost your social media. The series will cover topics such as SEO, Twitter, Pinterest and Blog Post Topics.

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  Why Thaleia choose 100 Days? Well, to be honest I am a very, very busy mom of 4 children 11 years and under. I do not have extra time to spend laboring over by blog and Social Media. I want results and habits that can transform the limited time I have into something incredible. Spreading out 10 challenges over 10 days each just sounds better to me. Spending just 10-15 minutes a day versus an hour or two makes more sense to me. Easing into each new challenge should help create a habit a little easier. This will also give you a better understanding of why a particular challenge should be done daily or weekly and how it has helped you. Quick clarification- anyone with a blog CAN participate. I did seek out an initial 100 bloggers to help promote this series in exchange I am using their blogs to direct people to during the 10 days of Comments Challenge. Hope I have not confused anyone. You may do one or all 10 challenges at your own pace or join in daily.

Meet the Hostesses:

honey 400 Honey Rowland blogs at Honeys Life about homeschooling, family life and green living. With a passion for self sufficiency and natural, special needs parenting you'll learn about everything from natural, local foods to essential oils and homeopathy to gardening and farm life. Honey has also turned the constant 'talks too much' report card comments into a home business. She runs social media while obtaining new sponsors and advertisers for herself and other bloggers. So whether you're curious about chickens or children, ask...'cause she's dabbled and babbled in just about everything.

   Michelle Simplify Live love  Michelle Marine blogs at Simplify, Live, Love where she shares down to earth tips for the thoughtful mama. Michelle. along with her husband, 4 kids and a bunch of animals, lives sustainably in barn on 5 acres in rural Eastern Iowa. Michelle is an avid gardener and from-scratch cook of real food; she cans produce, homeschools, and teaches community college classes in addition to blogging. Her husband is building their forever home to the German Passive House standards and they plan to live off grid yet still enjoy modern conveniences. Simplify, Live, Love chronicles their attempts to live sustainably and strives to remind people to live simply and frugally yet still enjoy life.

Martiel   Martiel Beatty from Amazing Success Academy specializes in helping artists build online businesses and blogs. She is a fiber artist, expert blogger, author of Blog Notes, and GIMP Wizard. She is also the founder of Sewmantra and started the Academy because she couldn’t find an affordable, knowledgeable and effective program that supported handmade, indie-artists. Find out how she can help you build your business today. Learn More Now!

 lisa family   Lisa Nelson from The Squishable Baby focuses on creating positive learning experiences through everyday life. I believe that learning about – and respecting diversity, different religions, other cultures, charity, and our environment – through play, through crafts, through lessons, through giving – will not only produce more empathetic children and adults – but will put a child on a path to a love of lifelong learning.

  Thaleia 300 lightThaleia Maher blogs at Something 2 Offer where she is generous in giving advice and helping others find free resources that meet their needs; be it for homeschool or life! She is a BIG researcher who wants to encourage families on their homeschool journey. Wife to high school sweetheart. Mother of four (including 2 little reds!), Sister, Daughter, Christ-Follower, Talkative, Creative. Hoping to figure this whole life, blogger, social media thing out! So be sure to keep tabs on her journey of life.

Days 1-10: Leave 100 Comments with Thaleia begins Feb 15. 

Days 11-20: Grammar Mistakes Bloggers Make with Michelle 

Days 21-30: Using Twitter with Honey

Days 31-40: Topics for 100 Blog Posts with Martiel 

Will reveal more soon! So stay tuned! Want an email reminder when a new Boost Your Blog challenge goes live ? Sign-up! Join us on this 100 day learning journey to improve our blogs and social media.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Fashion Friday - Valentine's OOTD

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Hope you are having a wonderful time with your loved ones. We are staying in tonight, just relaxing and enjoying a family dinner. But the fact that we are not going out doesn't mean we can't get festive with the outfits, right?
 Here's my daughter's outfit in true Valentine's Day spirit.

I love this fabric heart. I love it so much that I might recreate something similar on one of my tops one day.

Aren't these beautiful heart-shaped hair ties simply adorable?

Have an amazing Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sweet & Savory Sunday - Homemade Pasta Sauce

We love pasta. It's one of the things that somehow creeps into a lot of our meals and we devour it pretty fast, especially when it's topped with this delicious homemade sauce.
The sauce consists of 6 basic ingredients but you could easily switch things up by adding different veggies and herbs and have a completely new sauce every time. And since we have our own garden, I usually make large amounts of the sauce which makes it both healthy and budget-friendly.


2 kg peeled tomatoes, ground in a meat grinder
2 eggplants, peeled and ground in a meat grinder
50 gr sugar
150 ml oil
100 ml water
salt to taste
garlic, finely chopped, to taste


handful of parsley
chilli  peppers


1. Combine everything in a large saucepan and cook on medium heat for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. If you would like to store it for future use, pour it into jars while it's still hot and close the lid. Let it cool and then transfer jars to the refrigerator or a cool and dark place. 


Linking to:

The DIY'ers />
Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
A Bowl Full of Lemons
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Love Bakes Good Cakes
buttercream Bakehouse

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fashion Friday - Faux Fur

Hi everyone! It's been a pretty long and exhausting week and I couldn't wait for the weekend to begin. 
In order to switch to relaxation mode we went out for dinner - faux fur, boots and all. 
Here's what my daughter wore:

Jeggings and faux fur = cuteness overload!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sweet & Savory Sunday - Simple Apple Cake

Welcome to another Sweet & Savory Sunday! Today's treat is simple and easy to make - it consists of only 7 staple ingredients which makes it perfect for unexpected company or a quick sweet delight on a busy weekday.  Here's what you'll need:


4 large apples, peeled and cut into slices
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder


1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Beat the eggs and sugar with a mixer. Slowly add the milk and oil.
3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour and baking powder and gradually add the dry ingredients to the eggs, mixing constantly.

4. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. Arrange the apple slices on top.

5. Bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Bon Appétit!

Linking to:

  The Weekend Re-Treat Link Party

Love Grows Wild
The DIY'ers 
A Bowl Full of Lemons
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Yummy Healthy Easy
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