Friday Favorites #2

Welcome back to the blog for another Friday Favorites! I cannot believe it is Friday AGAIN. Time has been flying by the past few weeks since we have been back in The Netherlands.

I hope you all had a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving! Are you all stuffed? Have you recovered from your food comas? We will actually be celebrating our Thanksgiving on Saturday instead because nobody has the day off on Thanksgiving here in The Netherlands.

Thank you for taking the time to join me for another Friday Favorites! Today I will be including a little bit of what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving!

Ps. The first of many Holiday Gift Guides came out on Wednesday! Be sure to check out my top picks for Gifts for Moms!

What I am Thankful for:

  • My Husband Daniel for being the best life partner and father I could have ever imagined. He is my rock and with him, I know that anything is possible!

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  • Fé! Fé has taught me so much about what it means to be a mother and has taught me some important life lessons. When I look at her I see a world of endless possibilities and she is truly such an amazing little girl!


  • My parents for being so supportive of our family even though we are halfway across the world from each other. I have managed to see them about 4 times in the past year since Fé was born and they are always supporting and encouraging me to be a better person.

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  • Daniels Famly. We have lived with Daniels Mother and Stepfather in their house in the UK for 9 months and we are so grateful for that opportunity. They opened up their home to us and I am so thankful. They are also truly wonderful grandparents to little Fé. Daniels father (in The Netherlands) has also supported us so much and is there for us for whatever we may need. Fé also has some pretty awesome aunts and uncles spread out throughout Europe and the USA (I am looking at you Paige in Minnesota!)

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  • Our new bike with a baby seat!

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I took Fé out for a spin on our new Gazelle Bike and she loved it! She even fell asleep on the way back!

  • Speculaas Cookies

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These cookies are a typical Dutch winter cookie (normally served on December 5th- St. Nicolas Day) but I decided to try them out a little bit earlier this year. It was my first time making them and they turned out great! I followed this recipe here from The Dutch Baker. If you would like to get your hands on some real Dutch Speculaas Spice Boston Trade sells some on Amazon 😉

Every morning when I use my Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker I feel like I am conducting a science experiment! I love the cool way it brews coffee and it comes out great every time! I actually forgot we had this until I saw it packed away the other day. I was so excited to get it back out (I have grown a little tired of our Nespresso machine) and now I have been enjoying a big pot of freshly brewed coffee every morning!  

What are you loving this week? How were all your Thanksgivings? What are you all thankful for?


Holiday Gift Guide 2017 | Gifts for Her

Hello Everyone! The Holidays are just around the corner and I could not be more excited!! e are spending Christmas in The Netherlands with Daniels family before we move back to California in January! It will be Fé’s second Christmas but she will actually be able to enjoy and participate in Christmas a little bit more this year than last year. Last year I was so stressed out about having a newborn I hardly had time to enjoy the holiday season. But I am making up for it this year as I have been in the Chrismas spirit since the beginning of November!

I think that it is never too early to get your Christmas shopping done (ps. it cuts down on lots of stress!) so without further adieus, here is this year’s gift guide for busy moms!

Ps. Check out my gift guides from last year!

1. Embroidered Jewellery

There is nothing more special and meaningful than jewelry embroidered with messages from your loved ones. Monica Vinader has a collection of STUNNING fine jewelry with complimentary engraving. I am absolutely OBSESSED with her signature bangle, which is on my Christmas list this year!

2. Polaroid Camera

 Fujifilm Polaroid Camera is a great gift for all those mamas who love having photo print-outs but have no time to get photos printed. It is small enough to pop in a diaper bag and so cute you will want to take it out and snap pics everywhere you go!

3. Stylish Diaper Bag

petunia pickle bottom

I am absolutely OBSESSED with my Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag (check out what is in my diaper bag here). Petunia Pickle Bottom bags are not only stylish but oh so practical. Any mom would love toting around one of these super cute bags!

4. Echo hands-free speaker 

Turn your home into a smart home with Amazon’s Alexa technology. The Amazon Echo is a ‘smart home hub’ that allows you to play music, ask questions, make calls, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more by just asking “Alexa!”

To learn more about turning your home into a smart home check out more of Amazons smart home services!

4. Luxurious bathrobe

Every mom deserves a luxurious bathrobe. This Ralph Lauren bathrobe will keep her warm and cozy all winter long!

5. Christmas Candle

We all want our house to smell like a cozy winter wonderland, but with a group of little ones running around, that may not be possible. Bring your home one step closer to that wonderland with this Woodwick Christmas Classic Candle!

6. Standing Mixer

For the mom who loves to cook, get her a KitchenAid Standing Mixer! These mixers make the perfect addition to any home. With tons of different attachments, the mixer allows you to make anything from pasta and bread to ice cream! The KitchenAid is also known to be the most durable and last for years and years.

7. Slippers

Comfy slippers are a favorite of mine. As a stay at home mom who spends a lot of time at home, my slippers get a ton of daily use. Any mom will definitely appreciate nice quality durable slippers such as these Ugg Scuffette II slippers. Not only are they warm, they are great quality, super stylish, comfy!

8. Essential Oil Diffuser

My mom bought me an essential oil diffuser a few months ago and absolutely LOVE it! It is a great natural way to freshen up your home and essential oils have so many different benefits. Diffusing essential oils can help with relaxation, sleep, boost your mood, help with colds and other illnesses, ward off insects, improve cognitive function, and so much more! There are endless amounts of oil combinations that provide different benefits and you can have so much fun experimenting with different recipes!

This oil diffuser is not only sleek and beautiful but has a number of different settings that make it the perfect addition to any home!

9. Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush

Any beauty or skincare addict will love to pamper herself the new Mia 2 from Clarisonic. It is a facial cleansing brush recommended by dermatologists that gets your skin 6x cleaner than washing your face manually! As soon as I started using mine (which I have had for years!) my skin was noticeably softer, smoother, and more clear!

10. iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum robot

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger? That sounds like a dream! With the Roomba 980 Vacum Robot, you can have a perpetually clean home without ever having to vacuum yourself. The Roomba features advanced dirt detection technology so it will never miss a spot. IT is also able to go on multiple surfaces, has visual navigation, and can even be used with Amazon Alexa or controlled from your phone using their iRobot app!

Other Gifts:


I hope this guide helps you all with your holiday shopping! Have a Merry christmas and a happy holiday season!



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