HEY-OOO, it has been an interesting couple of months and by interesting I mean the fact that I'm finally able to tie my own shoe laces and most of all - I can see my toes. I can see them and I can reach them. Goals, right?
Ah, I can't believe that our little bundle of joy is two months old today. Time seems to fly by so fast and the super tiny baby I had a month ago has turned into this strong milk monster. Milk monster that doesn't smell like a fresh baby anymore. Milk monster who used to be the same size as the bunny. Heck, he's a grown ass little man already!
If there were things I did not miss about being pregnant, there are still a few that I do miss.
I mean, we all know by this far that the pregnancy wasn't my cup of tea in any way, but there are still few things I miss about being pregnant.
Spring is such a wonderful season.
Although it's not my favourite season, but there are still few reasons why I love it so much. As a true Winter enthusiast, I still like the fact that the Winter ends at some point and that has something to do with the fact that I kind of love Spring.
As I mentioned earlier, I had a bit trouble deciding which cake to bake for the name giving party we held for Dino little over a week ago. So I did two and this is the first one of them. I absolutely love baking and especially when it comes to decorating, cakes are my favourite.
Personally, I'm not that into eating cakes but chocolate cake is something that I'm willing to eat as well. So here's my favourite chocolate cake recipe, filled with vanilla-white chocolate finning, coated with white vanilla buttercream and with some blue white chocolate ganache dropped on top.
Oh wow, last week there was Crazy Days (Hullut Päivät) over at Stockmann and we visited there. We weren't supposed to buy anything, but you know - when you see all those pretty prices and yellow things everywhere, it's hard to resist. I have to say, I'm not missing work at all. Even the way the department house smells like brings back all those hours I've spent there and I'm more than happy that I'm staying at home with little D for a while. Anyhow, if you remember my previous Crazy Days - haul, there really wasn't anything to buy. This Spring, there was more than last time, probably mostly because of the baby. And baby clothes. Damn those tiny clothes are deceptive.
I've got some exciting news for you guys! This month, I'm going to share two different cake recipes with you and this is kind of an introduction for those two cakes. I mean, they're all covered with buttercream frosting as are these cupcakes in the picture as well.
I had trouble to decide which cake to bake for little P's name giving party so I decided to make two little cakes! I love baking and cakes are really close to my heart. I mean, I really don't enjoy eating them, but decorating and baking parts are my absolute favourites.
I'm not a big fan of kids high street clothing, but this Gugguu beanie absolutely stole my heart before I even had a baby. Gugguu is a Finnish kid's clothing brand with some adorable designs. I'll leave a link after to this post so you can all go check them out if you feel like it.
- thick snowfall.
Dino's first name is Pyry.
The meaning behind the name is very simple, at the time I was pushing him out of me, it was snowing like crazy. And well, I've always wanted to name my kid Pyry, so that's the name he got.
Flat lay photography is really out there.
It has been quite a while.
And I absolutely love it.
For me, one of my blogging goals for 2017 was to improve my own flat lay photography. As I love them so much, why wouldn't I jump on the bandwagon and try to improve my own? So far, I can't say that I've improved that much. I've basically spent my early year studying the flat lay photography via different blogs and practising shooting those with and without a baby. Now, with the baby - I genuinely haven't had time to practice as much as earlier this year but I'm getting there.
I've gained some inspiration through all these helpful blog posts and I honestly can't wait to master my flat lays. But then again, is it really something that can genuinely be mastered? I don't know but I'm looking forward to finding it out.
TO GET YOU STARTED
Getting started with flat lay photography, you should know what it is. I found a pretty blog post by Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about what the actual f the flat lay is.
HOW TO MASTER FLAT LAY PHOTOGRAPHY
I've noticed that styling is pretty essential when it comes to flat lays. I still struggle with this, to be honest, and sometimes I just go with the flow. Styling all the bits and bobs all over again is so rewarding, or is it just me who enjoys that?
As you might know, pregnancy and especially the third trimester really wasn't my cup of a tea. Or coffee, as I prefer coffee nowadays (ah, finally back to my old bad habits). There are things that I miss being pregnant but today I'm sharing five things, that I don't miss about being pregnant at all.
FEELING LIKE A WHALE
Honestly, I felt like a whale for the last weeks of my pregnancy. I was rolling around from a place to a place and it actually got to the point where I wasn't able to tie my own shoelaces or reach to my own feet to get my own socks on them without the help of my lovely husband.
NOT BEING ABLE TO TIE MY OWN SHOELACES
Yeah, I thought this earned its spot to be mentioned in its own little paragraph.
HEY-OO, I'm able to sleep again. Even though Dino wakes me up two or three times at night (depending on what time I go to bed), I sleep so much better. Because I actually sleep. And I can sleep on my stomach.
ALL THAT RIDICULOUS PAIN
I mean, pregnancy gives so many pains at times. For me, those combined with rheumatoid arthritis it was even worse. My back was killing me, my hips were killing me and most of all my knees were killing me. In total, I gained weight 7-8kg throughout the pregnancy and that weight gain was something my knees didn't sign up for. I've always walked around a lot and during the final weeks, my knees started to be a proper pain in the arse.
Oh, the pregnancy brain. Wonderful times, thank god I got my old brain back pretty quick.
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written by Jasmin N at 7:30 am
As you might remember from a couple of months (or was it weeks?) back, I told you how we're budgeting our monthly groceries now when there's three of us and the most importantly, lower income when there's only one of us working. Everything has been going on so great and we've actually managed to stick to the budget. How?
Sticking to a budget takes a huge level of commitment. You know you plan your budget and then there's the part when you actually need to stick to it. So when you plan, be determined that that's the way you're going to spend your year/month/how long you intend to keep to the budget.
Setting goals are motivating. For us, it's going out for dinner. Simple things like that. Something we're given up to, but something that's not too expensive to fulfil. If it helps, add a picture of your goal next to the budget and sticking to it feels so much easier when you know why you're sticking to the budget.
We're using cash for sticking to our budget with groceries. I know right, nobody withdraws cash anymore these days - well, we do. We withdraw the amount from our weekly budget so there won't be any hesitations to buy anything else than necessary - because there's no money to do so. Paying with the card, when you can't visually see the money, it might make you feel okay to spend "a little more" this week.
Have you ever been living on the budget? How did you stick to it?
Several weeks ago, when Dino turned two-week-old we started giving vitamin D drops to our little bundle of joy which got him in such a bad mood. I mean, he's always been a super easy baby and those drops made his stomach turn around like crazy. This is a bit TMI now, but pooping in our house was flavoured with screams and cries each time it was coming out. Thank goodness it's all better now.
That time, Dino had trouble falling asleep, which meant that nowhere was good. He didn't enjoy the sofa, the nest, the bed, his own bed or well, basically anything else than my lap. So I went to his room and picked up this Done by Deer activity play mat and placed him under that. It kept him entertained while I got the chance to drink my cup of coffee in peace.
As you might have noticed, I've fallen in love with Done by Deer. We have bought so much stuff from them it's insane. There's a lamp in the nursery from them, Dino has two sets of bed sheets from them, our nappy changing mat is from them and the nest I introduced earlier is from them. I'm literally obsessed, but what can I say? They fit in our house decor so well and Dino seems to be enjoying them as well. Thank goodness.
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Woah, another month has gone by like a wind. This year is going by so fast am I right? Or is it just me who's feeling that way? Last month was crazy hectic especially after the baby had arrived and I don't know, days just seem to go by the blink of an eye. My days literally consists of thinking "when was the last time he ate? Is it his time to eat soon?" Oh, these newborn days.
It's time to share the blogging goals for the month. I'm not so sure how I did last month's goals, though. Or well, I managed to get up all the blog posts I planned but on the middle of March, I realised that I've got no content whatsoever ready for April. Usually, by that time of the month, I'd have written most of the posts for next month. It's so funny.
This month, I just try to get something up. I can't promise any consistency, but I'm hanging in there you know. I've planned a post about blogging with a baby and I'll be opening more about my views on the topic there. It's just, hmm... I wouldn't say it's hard because I have time to write when the baby is asleep but then again I kind of want to sleep too. And clean up the apartment. And do some laundry. Wash the dishes. You know, basic mum things.
All the pictures I took last month included a baby. This month, I'm seriously trying to get back to blogging photography when little D is taking his naps. It's about time to get some routine back in our lives.
There have been a few threads over at the Facebook which I've managed to take part on and that's something I'm going to try to do again this month. Usually, I've commented on so many other blogs as well but now I have to admit, there's no time for that at the moment.
I've still got this long-time goal going on over at the Bloglovin' and that is to reach 1000 before the Summer. That would be so cool! But this month, I'll try to reach something between 850 and 900.
Damn, those are some big numbers - I honestly never thought there would be so many of you, thank you for that.
As I'm still trying to gain back those followers I lost when I re-created my Twitter account, my goal is to reach 500 this month. I should really try to join more into some Twitter chats there's going on, but somehow Dino always seems to be awake when something like that is going on. Or I'm too tired to join. Haha, I'll get there someday.
What are your goals for the month?