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On feeling like a crappy mum

This weekend birthday party season officially started for Alec, since most of his friends have birthdays from now until May. Alec was at home all last week since he was still coughing a lot and feeling pretty tired, but of course he was not going miss the two parties he was invited to this weekend.

I went with him to the first party on Friday evening. Alec got dressed up and was concerned about his hair getting messed up under his hat on the way there. Super cute. He didn’t want cake (crepes cake) but he ate four oreo cookies and tons of popcorn. Just before we went home at 6.30 in the evening, Alec got his candy bag and immediately made me super proud. On his own, he said “I’ll just eat one candy now and then save the rest for next Saturday.” When we came home in the evening, he showed Louis the sweets and then we put them away, up on the book shelf in the living room. Even though the candy bag was in plain view, he didn’t ask about them or mention it or anything until Saturday evening when he gave one piece to Louis and had a piece himself.

On Friday evening Léonie came down with a really high fever and she was really miserable all of that night and the day after. Which is the only reason I can think of for me dropping the ball completely on Saturday.

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No-Bake Lemon Oreo Cheesecake (in a jar!)

It’s one of my best go-to recipes and I just found a way to make it even easier to make (and also cuter). Head on over to Hellobee and check out the recipe (and variations!) for my no-bake lemon cheesecake in cute little individual jars!

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IKEA Hack – DIY TV Shelf out of Kitchen Units

I came across this IKEA hack – a tv shelf built out of kitchen units – this evening, and I had to share it.

We have IKEA kitchen units in our entry way – it’s how we built pre-school style cubbies and shoe shelves etc for each of the children. And I love all the things you can do with kitchen units. This shelf is kitchen units topped with floor tile and I love it. Details here.

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Buying (and selling) a home in Sweden

At the end of November we (sort of on a whim) bought a little white house in the suburbs, and a few weeks ago, we sold our flat in the city.

The process of buying or selling a home in Sweden I think looks a little different than in some other places, so I thought it might be interesting to hear more about it…

House hunters in Sweden (and many of those who aren’t even looking for a new home) stalk the Hemnet app checking in several times a day to make sure they don’t miss a new property to come on the market. All realtors publish properties on Hemnet and they all have the same format so it’s easy to compare. Real estate photos are really important here and there are tons of companies that focus solely on “staging” – getting a home to look its absolute best for sale. We staged our own flat with help from a friend who works with staging and interiors.

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Valentines Day DIY Projects and Baking

Valentines Day is coming up and here are some fun projects you still have time to do!

Make Pink Macarons (it’s easier than you think!)

You can also fill them with white chocolate ganache (like I did for Léonie’s naming below) – absolutely delicious!

Make a pink ombré cake and pink cake pops (use this recipe and this method)

Felt Heart Cake Toppers

Painted Cut-out Heart Valentines (and 3 great ways to up-cycle kids’ art into Valentines!)

Edible Finger Paint

Easy Salt Dough Necklaces

DIY Valentines Day Baby Cupid Photo

DIY Heart Potato Stamp

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Felt Heart Cake and Cupcake Toppers

Today on Hellobee I’m sharing these super sweet felt heart cupcake toppers and cake garlands for Valentines Day. If you have some felt scraps, you have everything you need to make them. And you can use them over and over again! Check out all the how-tos here.

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